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Storage Clips: Veritas brain drain continues

Veritas VP jumps ship for StorageTek; Engenio unveils 4 Gb/s controller; Sony bundles Backup Exec with tape drives.

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Veritas brain drain continues
Veritas vice president of marketing, Brenda Zawatski has left the company to join StorageTek as vice president and general manager of Information Lifecycle Management Solutions (ILMS). At Veritas, Zawatski was in charge of marketing campaigns for all products and acquisitions. In addition to Zawatski, Veritas has lost multiple senior executives since being acquired by Symantec, including CMO Rene Bonvanie; Mark Sutter, former Veritas chief of CommandCentral R&D; and Michael Sotnick, former VP of Channel Sales.

Engenio unleashes 4 Gb/s controller
Engenio Information Technologies has announced the release of its 6998 Fibre Channel controller which provides 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity - doubling the performance of its predecessor, the 5884. The 6998-based RAID systems include eight 4 Gb/s host-side and eight 4 Gb/s drive-side ports, providing more interfaces into a SAN and to the drives. The 6998 4 Gb/s technology also provides backward compatibility to existing 2 Gb/s and 1 Gb/s Fibre Channel infrastructures, protecting existing investments.

Sony bundles Backup Exec with tape drives
Sony Electronics announced that it is bundling version 10.0 of Veritas' Backup Exec software with its Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) tape drives, as well as with DDS-4 drive models. The bundle comes with pre-defined backup templates that help users back up critical data right out of the box. The Sony drives are being shipped through Sony's channel of resellers and come bundled with version 10.0 of Backup Exec QuickStart for Windows 2000 and version 9.1 for NetWare.

Luminex, Diligent open up mainframe
Mainframe connectivity company Luminex Software and data protection software company Diligent Technologies announced the merging of Diligent's Virtual Tape Facility Mainframe (VTF Mainframe) product with Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 (V|B 3990) DASD control unit. The two products allow mainframe environments to do disk-based backup and recovery on all open systems disk.

IBRIX releases global file system
IBRIX has released its Fusion Software Suite, a global file system for Linux clusters. It includes an integrated logical volume manager and high-availability features such as server-to-server failover and dynamic load balancing features. Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas and Spinnaker Exploration Company, an oil and gas firm, are early adopters of the product. Dell is IBRIX's first OEM partner and it is hoping the storage hardware players will be next to resell the product.

Asigra joins EMC NAS partner program
Backup and recovery software company Asigra has joined the EMC NAS Partner Program. With the new program, companies with geographically dispersed locations that are implementing NAS will now have access to multi-site data protection with grid-based performance and capacity scaling and an agentless architecture.

Compellent adds Web tool for business partners
Compellent Technologies, a provider of storage products distributed through business partners, announced Quote Center, a Web-based product configuration tool that allows Compellent business partners to design and quote customized SANs online with a Web browser and internet access. Quote Center is fully integrated with Compellent's product database and CRM system, and automatically adds accessories and cables as partners configure an order.

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