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Storage Clips: Telecom company chooses EMC Smarts

McLeodUSA taps EMC, Cisco for network data management; Symantec service audits IT infrastructure; Users pick CA BrightStor to cut tape costs.

McLeodUSA taps EMC Smarts
EMC Corp. today announced that telecommunications service provider McLeodUSA Inc. has selected the Cisco Network Connectivity Center (CNCC) for the company's integrated communications services. CNCC uses EMC Smarts software as its core IP management engine. McLeodUSA provides voice, data, wireless and Internet services to customers. Using Smarts software, McLeodUSA gains better visibility into its integrated communications services, and can automate the detection and analysis of faults in the network, the company said.

Symantec launches IT auditing service
Symantec Corp. announced the availability of the Symantec Systems Continuity Service (SSCS), designed to help businesses maintain a more resilient IT infrastructure. The SSCS includes an audit of a company's IT infrastructure to identify security, network and storage risks. Consultants then provide policy recommendations to protect against system attacks or disasters, meet compliance requirements and maintain availability of data.

Users pick CA to slash tape costs
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) announced that users are choosing BrightStor CA-Vtape Virtual Tape System to lower total cost of ownership across its storage infrastructures. BrightStor CA-Vtape stacks "virtual volumes" of storage on a single physical tape, helping users to eliminate tape and hardware expenses, and consolidate tape utilization, said the company. Some recent customers using BrightStor CA-Vtape are the city of Austin, Italian telecom company Tele Sistemi Ferroviari and Blue Hill Data Services.

NeoScale lands $12M
Storage security provider, NeoScale Systems Inc., has banked another $12 million in funding bringing its total raised to date to $43 million. A new investor, Advanced Technology Ventures joins existing investors Bay Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sevin Rosen Funds. NeoScale will use the capital to fund increased international sales, marketing, channel development, new product development and global support.

Aero-Metric deploys Procom NAS
Wisconsin-based Aero-Metric Inc., which acquires and processes digital aerial imagery for the U.S. government, has deployed Procom Technology Inc.'s high-end NetFORCE 4000 series NAS filer. Aero-Metric chose the NF4200c, which has 300 gigabyte drives with a storage capacity of 67 terabytes.

Nexsan lands video editing user
Nexsan Technologies announced its SATABlade SATA RAID storage system has been certified by digital video hardware and software company Matrox Video Products Group. The companies said the combination of SATABlade and Matrox's Axio HD, an engine for realtime video editing, will provide a more cost-effective editing environment by creating multiple streams of uncompressed data for post-production facilities.

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