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Storage Clips: IBM resells Brocade 4 Gbps switches

IBM has added Brocade's 4 Gbps switches to its product line; OnStor and 3Par claim NAS gateway performance breakthrough; NEC targets storage bundle at SMBs.

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IBM resells Brocade 4 Gbps switches
IBM will resell 4 Gbps SilkWorm director and entry-level switches from Brocade Communications Systems Inc., the companies announced. IBM has added the IBM TotalStorage SAN256B based on the Brocade SilkWorm 48000 Director and the IBM TotalStorage SAN16B-2 fabric switch based on the Brocade SilkWorm 200E switch to its TotalStorage product line, which already includes the Brocade SilkWorm 4100, rebranded in November 2004 as the IBM TotalStorage SAN32B-2.

OnStor and 3Par report performance record
NAS gateway vendor OnStor Inc. and storage maker 3Par Data Inc. announced that a pairing of their products has set gateway performance records in benchmarking tests with the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). A cluster of four OnStor 2260 Bobcat gateways was used with 3Par InServ Storage Servers for the testing. The performance rate reported by the testing, which was conducted at OnStor's headquarters using SPEC testing software to simulate various operations, was 128,236 operations per second.

NEC software/array bundles target SMBs
NEC Solutions (America), Inc. has announced two new storage disk arrays packaged with an updated version of NEC's Storage Manager Software and targeted at small and midsized businesses (SMB). The S2400 and S1400 disk arrays provide up to 27.6 terabytes (TB) and 13.8 TB of storage capacity respectively, and are designed to be integrated in a DAS and SAN environment. The arrays will begin shipping in September and will be available through Avnet Partner Solutions, Americas and Team 1 Systems. The manufacturer's suggested list prices range from $30,000 to $250,000.

Xyratex, Condre Storage partner
Component maker Xyratex Ltd. has entered into an OEM agreement with Condre Storage Inc., the companies announced yesterday. Condre Storage will then sell its systems to integrators.

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