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Storage Clips: EMC adds NAS Acopia switch

EMC NAS users can now add Acopia ARX6000 or ARX100 adaptive resource switch to their environments; HP deploys 2.5-inch 10K rpm hard disk drives to its suite of ProLiant servers.

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EMC adds Acopia to NAS partner program
Users of EMC NAS products can now add an Acopia Networks Inc. ARX6000 or ARX1000 adaptive resource switch to their environments and enjoy cooperative support, joint escalation procedures and rapid response from the two companies. Designed for heterogeneous NAS environments, the ARX switches allow customers to scale capacity, improve utilization and simplify management of file-system resources through virtual namespace and nondisruptive data migration technologies.

HP will standardize MSA on 2.5-inch SAS drives
Partnering with hard disk drive manufacturers Fujitsu, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Seagate Technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has announced that it will deploy 2.5-inch 10K rpm hard disk drives in its ProLiant family of servers, as well as its entry-level HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array offerings, leaving behind the older and lesser performing 3.5-inch, 10K rpm drives. The drives will feature a serial-attached SCSI (SAS) interface. For 15K rpm drives, HP will use a SAS-based 3.5-inch drive.

BakBone delivers first 64-bit backup app for Mac OS X Tiger
Enterprises that have taken the Mac OS X plunge and need data protection software can look to BakBone Software Inc., which announced that it has completed testing a 64-bit version of its NetVault software on Mac OS X v10.4, a.k.a. Tiger. Architected for multi-terabyte file storage, NetVault is well equipped to handle the data-intensive, high-throughput applications developed for the Tiger platform. NetVault also incorporates the idea of a virtual disk library to reduce the nightly backup window.

Brocade appoints former Agilent CFO to board
Robert Walker, a career finance and operations executive, has been appointed to Brocade Communications System Inc.'s board of directors. Before his retirement in 2001, Walker was chief financial officer at Agilent Technologies from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that position, Walker worked at HP for 24 years in a wide variety of positions, including controller, business manager for U.S. field operations and executive in charge of HP's information technology function.

Panasas lands three California universities 
The three University of California institutions involved in the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research project all rely on the Panasas Inc.'s ActiveScale Storage Cluster, the company announced today. As part of a team designing next generation drugs by analyzing the behavior of protein molecules, researchers at the Universities of California at San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Berkeley report seeing 5X improved application performance from the Panasas storage.

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