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Storage Clips: Brocade upgrades SAN health tool

Brocade announced enhancements to its diagnostics freeware; TimeSpring released a free version of TimeData for SQL server testing.

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Brocade upgrades SAN analysis tool
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. announced Version 3.0 of SAN Health, a tool used for analyzing and optimizing SANs that is available to Brocade partners and SAN users at no charge. Upgrades in the new release include more customizable report options, a simplified graphical user interface; support for Secure Shell communications between SAN locations and support for Brocade Secure Fabric OS. The upgraded software will also analyze McData SANs as well as Brocade fabrics.

TimeSpring offers free CDP testing software
TimeSpring Software Corp. announced the availability of a free version of its TimeData continuous data protection (CDP) software that will allow customers previewing SQL Server 2005 to test and migrate data from SQL Server 2000. Qualifying organizations must be located in North America. They must be evaluating Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 before the end of November 2005, and they must have a compatible IT environment. Further details are available here.

Optica adds FICON/ESCON converter
Optica Technologies Inc. announced the general availability of its Prizm FICON to ESCON converter, the fourth in a series of protocol conversion products for the IBM mainframe market. Prizm is a server-based channel appliance that provides connectivity for a customer's legacy ESCON devices to a switched, nonswitched or ISL-extended native FICON infrastructure.

Winchester Systems announces FlashDisk SATA
Winchester Systems Inc. introduced 400 GB hard drives in its entire line of SATA disk arrays. Winchester Systems has incorporated Western Digital Corp.'s Caviar RE2 drives into its FlashDisk SATA disk arrays with 12, 16 or 24 drives to provide capacities of 4.8 terabytes (TB), 6.4 TB or 9.6 TB.

Dot Hill certified by FalconStor
Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced that the Dot Hill SANnet II line of Fibre Channel arrays has been certified with FalconStor Software Inc.'s IPStor Enterprise Edition and virtual tape library software.

IBM partner joins Sanrad program
IP SAN maker Sanrad Inc announced that Champion Solutions Group has joined the company's iPartner reseller program and has been named a Premier iPartner -- the program's designation for large regional or national VARs with storage products making up a significant portion of its business. Champion is the third IBM business partner to also become a Sanrad Premier iPartner, following the recent signings of Jeskell Inc. and Cornerstone Systems Inc.

U.K. startup upgrades encryption box
U.K. data protection software maker Data Encryption Systems Ltd. announced the launch of DESlock+ v3.2 for Windows XP and Windows 2000. The free security tool now offers multiple software encryption keys for personal users.

FalconStor partners with Australian reseller
FalconStor Software Inc. announced that Australian-owned reseller Volante Group Ltd. will offer its IPStor software and VirtualTape Library products.

FilesX backs up hospitals
Data protection startup FilesX announced several healthcare customers that are using its XPress Restore software, including the South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island in New York, the Austin Diagnostic Clinic in Texas and the Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts.

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