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Storage Clips: Xiotech adds another array

Xiotech unveils Magnitude 3D 3000 for SMBs; ZipLip improves e-mail discovery; McData announces 4 Gbps switches; Permabit hires CEO.

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Xiotech unveils new Magnitude array
Continuing its focus on small to medium-sized enterprises, Xiotech Corp. announced the latest addition to its Magnitude 3D storage arrays. The Magnitude 3D 3000 supports up to 224 total drives, supporting both Fibre Channel and SATA, and offers 2 GB of protected memory per system. It can be upgraded from older Magnitude 3D systems on the fly, without downtime, and offers application-based cache to the system. Users can turn this on or off as application and performance needs dictate.

ZipLip adds discovery module
E-mail archiving company ZipLip Inc. announced Enhanced Discovery Module, part of the ZipLip Unified Archival Suite, which provides electronic discovery features for attorneys. New features in the Enhanced Discovery Module include more detailed searches within sentences, paragraphs and whole documents. Searches include wildcard possibilities in the case of misspellings, and can be done across the header, body and e-mail attachments.

McData unveils 4 Gbps switches
McData Corp. announced two 4 Gbps Fibre Channel switches that will ship to OEMs for qualification this week. The 4400 and 4700 are a scaled up and scaled down version of the company's 4500 2 Gbps switch. The 4400 comes in a half rack configuration that lets IT managers put two side by side for redundancy in a single 1U rack space. The per port pricing for the 4 Gbit switches will be the same or less than the 2 Gbit products. An eight-port Sphereon 4500 ranges from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on rack kits and extended warranties. There will be 4 Gbit cards available for McData's Intrepid Director products at the end of 2005, early 2006, the company said.

Permabit hires CEO
Permabit Inc. announced a new CEO and an upgrade to its compliance product. Tom Cook has 20 years of experience in the software industry, most recently as president of Curl Corp., where he sold the company to the Sumitomo Corp. He has also raised over $100 million in private and public funding throughout his career.

Permeon Compliance Store V1.4 adds continuous replication support in the event of a disaster, automatic failure, quick recovery of the Permeon archive, support for 400 GB drives and SNMP.

Isilon launches clustered storage system
Isilon Systems Inc. announced the next generation of its Isilon IQ clustered storage family – the Isilon IQ 1920, 3000 and 4800 storage systems, and the newest version of its OneFS distributed file system software. The new systems offer a low-latency, high-performance InfiniBand architecture-based connectivity option. The new products also offer 1.9 to 4.8 terabytes (TB) of storage per 2U node and a single level of management for clusters that can scale from four to 168 TBs of capacity in a single file system.

Isilon IQ 1920 and 3000 will be generally available by the end of April with the release of the Isilon IQ 4800 expected by the end of the second quarter.

Emulex, Brocade create SAN wizard
Emulex Corp. and Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced their "EZPilot" multi-vendor SAN management wizard. EZPilot will offer a common installation and management tool for the companies' respective switch and host bus adapter (HBA) products. With EZPilot, users can install and provision a SAN by navigating through wizards to deploy HBAs, switches and storage arrays from a variety of vendors. The product is expected to be available for OEM qualification this summer.

StoreAge ships SPAID software
StoreAge Networking Technologies is shipping a split-path, SPAID-optimized storage services application. SPAID stands for "split path acceleration of independent data streams" or "split path acceleration of intelligent devices," depending on who you ask. SPAID architectures are used to create intelligent, network-based SAN storage management and data protection. The Split-Path architecture separates the I/O path from the management path to increase performance and scalability.

>Air Force picks Asigra for multi-site backup
Asigra Inc. announced that Texas-based Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) has chosen the company's Televaulting software for disaster recovery and system restore of its data. AFCEE allows the Air Force to develop and sustain the United States' environmental and installation resources. IT managers at the AFCEE had been looking for technologies that would restore all server data and applications faster than the day and a half it was currently taking them. Using Asigra's Televaulting backup software, the AFCEE reduced the restore window to two-and-a-half hours. Televaulting is now implemented at the AFCEE as a disaster recovery tool, ensuring that the 2.5 TBs of information backed up from 34 on-site computers is available when needed. A staged backup to disk storage takes place at the Brooks Air Force Base data center, where it is later off loaded to tape for archiving up to 50 years.

IBM certifies PacketLight
PacketLight Networks, a provider of storage extension products, announced that it has received TotalStorage Proven (TSP) certification from IBM for its SONET/SDH suite of products. Certification in the IBM TSP program confirms that PacketLight's PL-10, PL-20 and PL-100 SONET/SDH suite of products are interoperable and certified to work with IBM SAN storage appliances and software.

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