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Storage Clips: Iron Mountain gets Connected

It's acquisition alley... Iron Mountain acquires Connected Corp; EMC officially announces deal with Dantz; IDC predicts storage chip market to hit $1 billion in 2005.

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Iron Mountain gets Connected
Iron Mountain Inc. announced it will acquire Framingham, Mass.-based Connected Corp. in a cash deal valued at approximately $117 million. Connected is known for its DataProtector desktop and laptop data protection software that is offered as both a subscription service and as licensed software. Currently, Iron Mountain delivers this service to its customers via a partnership with Connected. The DataProtector product also supports the backup and recovery of Windows servers, which Iron Mountain will add to its online server backup.

EMC acquires Dantz Corp.
As reported by last week, EMC Corp. today announced it will acquire Dantz Development Corp., a privately held supplier of backup and recovery software for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), for less than $50 million. Dantz is EMC's 15th software acquisition since the beginning of 2000. While the majority of EMC's offerings to date have been targeted at the enterprise and commercial markets, Dantz represents EMC's first major SMB software entry with purpose-built products targeted specifically to the needs of SMB users. Click here for the full story.

NSI takes wraps off Double Take 4.4
NSI Software Inc. (NSI) announced the latest version of its Double-Take software for host-based data replication and failover software for Windows servers. New features in Double-Take 4.4 include data compression, improved system resource management, server filtering in the management console, e-mail notification and Web-based software update checks. These enhancements help ensure higher levels of data protection and reduce the cost of continuous data protection, NSI said.

IDC: Storage chip market to pass $1 billion in 2005
The enterprise storage semiconductor market will pass the $1 billion mark in 2005, an 18.5% jump from 2004 when the market will rise to $857 million, according to the latest International Data Corp. (IDC) study. Key drivers include increased competition as networking and datacom chip players have made acquisition and are allocating R&D spending to become bigger players in the enterprise storage market; adoption of serial SATA and SAS; application-specific integrated circuits continue to migrate to programmable logic devices and some merchant application specific semiconductor products. And finally, FC HBAs and switches will migrate to 4 Gbps in 2005.

Medical center picks ONStor NAS
The Methodist Medical Center of Illinois has selected the ONStor SF4400 SAN filer to consolidate 21terabytes of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems information into a single storage system to ensure access to critical diagnostic information. ONStor said its SAN filer system centralizes and simplifies file management to reduce capital costs and management complexity while ensuring continuous data availability and data protection.

Verari ships iSCSI array
Verari Systems is shipping its PUREcluster ipSAN box, a clustered iSCSI-based SAN storage system that combines a storage server, virtualization software features and disk capacity into a single pool of shared storage. Each PUREcluster ipSAN System Storage Module (SSM) contains up to 4 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity along with a RAID controller, dual processors, memory and networking in a 3U rack mountable system. As additional SSMs are added to a cluster, all aspects of the storage system scale linearly, including capacity, throughput and processing power, the company said. A 4 TB System Storage Module is priced at $26,815.

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