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Storage Clips: McData adds security features

McData incorporates centralized security and authentication on its directors and switches; PolyServe unveils CVM; NetApp beefs up services.

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McData bolsters security features
McData Corp. announced new security features for its SANtegrity software, including centralized security management and standards-based authentication. Authentication verifies the identity of devices before they are allowed to attach to the fabric and verifies management users' access. The Security Center provides centralized management for the administration of authentication, automates all security device settings and generates logs and policy-based reports. The software is available today for McData's Intrepid series directors and Sphereon fabric switches, as well as the company's software management applications -- EFCM and SANavigator.

PolyServe unveils cluster volume manager
PolyServe Inc. announced File Serving Solution 3.0 on Linux, which features a new cluster volume manager (CVM). The PolyServe CVM enables storage to be grouped into logical, shared pools and increased in size as needed, online. Once grouped into shared volumes, storage can be managed as a single, central pool and shared across all nodes in the cluster.

The CVM also allows users to get better performance out of their storage infrastructure as many storage arrays can be aggregated and data evenly distributed across them. This means customers can use many small, cost-effective storage arrays instead of purchasing expensive, top-of-the-line arrays.

Up to 16 servers can be combined to form a high-performance file-serving cluster. Other key enhancements to version 3.0 include: support for large file systems (up to 16 terabytes each), the capability to grow storage capacity online without disruption, expanded integration with open-source Network File System protocol implementation for improved fault tolerance, lock recovery and transparent client migration and support for hardware-assisted snapshots and snapshot management capabilities.

NetApp beefs up consulting services
Network Appliance, Inc. announced a series of six consulting services designed to simplify complex storage and data management requirements. These services include: SAN design and implementation, SAN data migration, storage consolidation for Microsoft Exchange, storage consolidation for Microsoft SQL Server, storage consolidation for Windows File Servers, and backup and recovery design and implementation.

Voltaire scores $15M
InfiniBand switch maker Voltaire Inc. announced that it has closed $15 million in financing. Baker Capital, Pitango Venture Capital and Vertex Venture Capital led the oversubscribed round. Existing investors Platinum Venture Capital, Tamir Fishman Ventures and The Challenge Fund also participated. Among the new investors is Paul Bonderson, co-founder and former vice president, engineering of Brocade, who also contributed to the round.

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