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Storage Clips: McData program to expand channel

McData program integrates worldwide partners; Breece Hill updates D2D2T appliance; Tandberg passes LTO test.

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McData intros new program to expand channel
McData Corp. unveiled a new partner program that rewards channel partners for selling McData hardware, software and services for the Global Enterprise Data Center. The McData PartnerPlus Program will reportedly integrate all existing McData partner programs worldwide, and will feature incentives to help McData VARs and distributors increase earnings potential. The training program provides partners with an understanding of how McData products can enable tiered storage and ILM strategies, and other cost-effective ways to manage data, according to McData.

Breece Hill updates D2D2T appliance
Breece Hill reports that it has expanded features for its iStoRA integrated disk-to-disk-to-tape appliance. Additions include the following: 33% more disk capacity -- up to 3.2 terabytes; LTO-3 and LTO-2 half-high tape technology; WORM capability; and expanded Linux support. Breece Hill iStoRA appliances start at $18,000, and are available through the company's worldwide network of distributors and resellers.

Tandberg passes LTO test
Certance, HP and IBM, the companies in charge of the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program, announced that Tandberg Storage has passed compliance testing for its tape drives based on the LTO Ultrium format generation 2, making Tandberg the fourth manufacturer of LTO Ultrium tape drives. The LTO Program requires that all licensees pass a series of compliance verification tests, which include data interchangeability.

StoreAge, iVivity tout SPAID-based SAN
StoreAge Networking Technologies and iVivity said that ASIC-based, SPAID-optimized SAN storage products are now available. [Editor's note: SPAID stands for split path acceleration of intelligent devices.] Based on split-path separation, which provides separate paths for management and I/O in a SAN fabric, the StoreAge/iVivity product is the first ASIC-based, SPAID-optimized product on the market, the companies said. For this combined product, the StoreAge split-path software will run on iVivity's iDiSX ASIC processors.

CentrePath extends to SANs
CentrePath Inc. announced the extension of its technology and service offerings into the SAN and channel extension domains. CentrePath, which offers management services and software for data center networking, reportedly helps customers build and manage their own private data center network. CentrePath products and services now support SAN, channel extension hardware and optical domain hardware from all major suppliers.

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