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Storage Clips: Cisco taps Apple for e-mail archiving

Cisco to use Apple's Xsan to archive global e-mail; Emulex ships over 4 million Inspeed ports; NSI updates GeoCluster.

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Cisco taps Apple's Xsan to archive e-mail
Cisco Systems Inc. has deployed Apple's new Xsan SAN product and Xserve RAID storage subsystems to archive the company's global e-mail communications for compliance with government regulatory requirements and internal risk management policies. The service integrates Cisco MDS 9000 Series SAN switches with Xserve RAID storage subsystems. IT integrator Digital Strata in turn integrated the Apple storage systems with Veritas KVS e-mail archiving software and other components, including Cisco storage routers. Digital Strata will manage the deployment of the Apple service to enable Cisco to archive terabytes of corporate e-mail.

Emulex reaches milestone for switch sales
Emulex Corp., a provider of host bus adapters and embedded storage switches, announced that it has now shipped over four million ports of its InSpeed embedded storage switches. Previously, in May 2004, Emulex announced that two million ports of InSpeed had shipped since the technology first became available in May 2002. With over two million additional ports of InSpeed delivered between May 2004 and January 2005, the rate of InSpeed port shipments has nearly tripled over the last nine months, the company said.

NSI updates GeoCluster software
NSI Software Inc., a developer of data replication technologies and services, released the latest version of GeoCluster, its software that provides data and application protection and availability for Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS). GeoCluster 4.4 features functional enhancements such as an improved interface and increased scalability. The product is now Microsoft-certified for performance within the Windows environment. MSCS clusters maintain only a single copy of the data and allow failover only within limited distances. Built on top of MSCS, GeoCluster 4.4 offers added data protection by allowing MSCS cluster members to have their own independent copy of the data, and also allows cluster members to be separated over greater distances, providing geographically dispersed clusters.

Intransa signs channel agreement with RedBridge
Intransa, a provider of IP SAN storage systems, announced the signing of a strategic channel agreement with RedBridge IT. This partnership will provide RedBridge IT and Intransa users with a scalable, high-performance IP SAN family of network storage products for small, mid-tier and enterprise users.

Wells Fargo invests in Viewpointe
Viewpointe and Wells Fargo announced that Wells Fargo has taken an ownership position in Viewpointe, and concurrently signed a long-term agreement to utilize Viewpointe's national check image archive. In addition, Wells Fargo will leverage the archive service to participate in Viewpointe's "on demand" image exchange service, ImageShare. As a result, Wells Fargo will join Viewpointe's other board members: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, SunTrust Bank and IBM as an owner in the company. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Dot Hill awarded patent for storage architecture
Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a U.S. patent entitled "Bus Zoning in a Channel Independent Storage Controller Architecture." The patent derives from Dot Hill's proprietary RAID controller technology. Through a fault-tolerant backplane design using bus zoning, the patented technology provides high internal performance while preserving high data availability for business-critical applications.

Riverbed secures $20M in third round funding
Riverbed Technology, a provider of wide area application acceleration, announced it has secured $20 million in Series C funding. The lead investor in this round was Goldman Sachs, with follow-on investments from Accel Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and UV Partners who participated in the company's first two rounds of financing. Riverbed has raised a total of $37 million. The company said that Riverbed's Steelhead appliances can accelerate applications by up to 100 times on WAN and can be the key to successful site consolidation of IT infrastructure like file servers, Exchange servers, NAS and tape backup equipment from remote offices to data centers.

XOsoft unveils WANSync software for IBM systems
XOsoft, a provider of continuous application availability software, announced that it has released an enhanced version of its WANSync Server application availability software platform specifically for IBM AIX-based systems. The new version of WANSync enables system administrators to protect AIX-based corporate information repositories across multiple servers around the world. It synchronizes entire servers and constantly replicates them to either local or remote replicas in real time. Should an AIX server fail for any reason, a WANSync Server replica will take its place. A snapshot-based undo capability, based on XOsoft's peerless Rewind technology, provides protection against data corruption, allowing system administrators to instantaneously rewind servers to a previous state.

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