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Storage Clips: Sun beefs up compliance products

Sun launches compliance and content management system; AmeriVault to acquire Certified Backup; Nexsan ATAboy2x chosen by USC.

Sun launches compliance and content management system
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced the Sun Compliance and Content Management Solution that integrates Sun's storage and compliance products and the Solaris operating system with compliance software from AXS-One. This collaboration aims to address regulatory compliance and business governance requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, SEC 17a-4 and Gramm-Leach-Bliley. The announcement extends Sun's existing content and compliance offerings that include the Sun content infrastructure system powered by Sun StorEdge SAM-FS, the Sun StorEdge compliance archiving system and its content and compliance client solutions practice. Through integration with AXS-One's compliance software, Sun users will now have a single platform for the management of all corporate electronic records including e-mail and instant messages.

AmeriVault to acquire Certified Backup
AmeriVault Corp., a provider of data protection services, announced that it will acquire Certified Backup for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition builds on AmeriVault's goal to provide small businesses with disk-to-disk data protection and recovery. Certified Backup has been effective in the small- and home-based business market and will become part of the AmeriVault organization. The Certified Backup software will be used to power new AmeriVault XpressVault product offerings.

University picks Nexsan
Nexsan Technologies announced that the University of Southern California¹s School of Cinema-Television has selected an ATAboy2x as a primary storage subsystem at its Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. The Center is a 35,000-square foot digital production and post-production facility that features five sound stages, a digital editing laboratory featuring 50 Avid Xpress Pro editing systems on HP XW8200 workstations, a Vicon 3-D Motion Capture System and more than 175 Sony digital cameras. Nexsan's ATAboy2x provides the Center with 5.6 terabytes of storage for student projects incorporating visual effects, computer animation and synthetic sets.

Diligent hits 100 customer mark
Diligent Technologies' announced that customers of its VTF Mainframe and VTF Open solutions now number more than 100. Its customer base includes 20% of the Fortune 500 financial services firms, as well as some of the largest and most progressive companies in retail, health care, government and transportation services worldwide, the company claims. Several value-added resellers have recently joined Diligent's Channel Partner Program, which now includes more that 20 VARs. The new resellers include Computersystems (Luxembourg), CorpTech (U.K.) and Redbridge (California).

LeftHand helps buyers on a budget
LeftHand Networks, a provider of IP SAN products, has been awarded the PEPPM 2005 Technology Contract for SAN products. The multi-state bid program allows educational, municipal and non-profit buyers to procure IT infrastructure products from companies like LeftHand Networks at affordable bid-protected rates. The company said that education and government institutions with limited budgets benefit from LeftHand's easy-to-manage SAN that includes replication and snapshot features. Pricing for an IP SAN starts below $20,000. Over 70 educational institutions and government entities are using the LeftHand SAN including Yale School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Colorado State University Library, offices of Ogden City, Utah (recently named Digital City of the Year) and the city and county of Denver.

Media vet joins Exanet
Exanet Inc., a provider of clustered NAS grid storage products, announced that media and entertainment industry veteran, Per Sjofors, has joined the Exanet management team as vice president, business development, media and entertainment. Sjofors brings more than 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Most recently, he held the position of CEO of the strategic marketing firm Atenga Inc., a consultancy focused on the media and entertainment business.

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