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Storage Clips: GlassHouse acquires Fortified

GlassHouse fortifies consulting business with another acquisition; FalconStor refreshes iSCSI software; Maxtor adopts Broadcom's NAS on-a-chip; Philips unveils optical disk drive.

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GlassHouse snaps up Fortified
Storage consulting and services company GlassHouse Technologies Inc., has acquired Fortified Technologies Inc. a smaller storage services firm for an undisclosed sum.

The deal continues an acquisition spurt for GlassHouse that begun last year with the purchase of U.K.-based storage providers, Source Consulting and Sagitta Performance Systems.

GlassHouse has appointed Fortified founder and president Mark Sullivan to the newly-created role of director, New England Regional Sales. Sullivan, who was national general manager of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s storage sales operations, left Hewlett-Packard to found Fortified in 2003.

"Working with GlassHouse on a number of client engagements, it was clear that the synergies of how we solved customers' storage issues were well aligned," Sullivan said.

Fortified provided a range of storage and backup consulting services. including assessments, architecture design, implementation, project management and training services. GlassHouse will support Fortified's consulting services customers.

GlassHouse will be winding down Fortified's reseller business, which would conflict with its position as an independent consultant. Fortified has just a handful of employees who will join GlassHouse at its headquarters in Framingham, Mass.

FalconStor updates iSCSI Storage Server software
FalconStor Software Inc. announced the next generation of its iSCSI Storage Server software built on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003, providing disaster recovery, disk-based backup and rapid data restore to Windows users. FalconStor said the new software also offers a new level of disaster recovery -- via IP-based delta replication of an application host's data -- from a primary site to a remote site over IP in a peer-to-peer or many-to-one configuration. The iSCSI Storage Server also protects host-based systems and user workstations through the replication of local files and directories, as well as mirroring an entire local disk to an iSCSI server-managed disk for automated off-site backup and disaster recovery.

Maxtor adopts Broadcom's NAS on-a-chip
Chip-maker Broadcom Corp. announced that hard disk drive vendor Maxtor Corp. has adopted its NAS on-a-chip storage processor to develop new small office/home office (SOHO) and home networking storage products.

Maxtor also announced the Maxtor Shared Storage that lets home or SOHO users centralize, organize and share data, photos or music on a wired or wireless network. Maxtor Shared Storage is installed with automatic network configuration, and comes with Maxtor's Drag and Sort technology. The new products will take advantage of Broadcom's bundled software and Maxtor's user interface for ease-of-use and ease-of-installation.

Philips unveils optical disk drive
Philips Electronics announced an optical disk drive for use in computers that can burn and play CDs and DVDs in three formats, including the new Blu-ray standard. The drive will be available in the second half of 2005, earlier than expected. Philips, together with a group of electronics makers including Sony Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., is proposing the Blu-ray format, which can store as many as 50 GB of data on a disc. This level of storage allows film publishers to put a full-length movie in the high-definition format on one disc.

SanDisk acquires Israeli firm
SanDisk Corp. announced the acquisition of MDRM, a privately-held Israeli company that distributes secure content through flash memory cards. With offices in Israel and Sunnyvale, MDRM was founded in 2002 by CEO Dan Harkabi and CTO Gidi Elazar, both pioneers in developing the USB flash drive category, a portable device that has large memory capacities and attaches to the USB port of a personal computer. MDRM has adapted the SanDisk flash controller to create a version of SanDisk's Cruzer USB flash drive that is capable of delivering content in a protected environment.

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