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Storage Clips: Engenio sues DataDirect

Engenio is accusing former employees of conspiring against them.

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Engenio sues DataDirect, lands Fujitsu deal
Engenio Technologies Inc. has filed a lawsuit against DataDirect Networks, a competitor in the high-performance computing storage systems market. Engenio is accusing its former employees, William Coleman and Randy Kreiser of conspiring with their new employer to poach Engenio employees and to divert business from Engenio by misappropriating its trade secrets. Engenio is seeking injunctive relief to retrain the defendants from engaging any further in the alleged anticompetitive behavior.

Meanwhile, Engenio announced that it has inked an OEM agreement with Fujitsu Ltd. of Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, Fujitsu will sell storage systems based on the Engenio 2882 controller.

STORServer announces email archive
STORServer Inc. announced the release of its Enterprise E-mail Archiving Appliance, a 1U box capable of holding approximately 500 million messages. The appliance allows users to search, list, view and retrieve messages into their inbox, and works with any e-mail application, including Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes/Domino, GroupWise, Unix mail or any combination of the four. Customers can change their messaging system without changing the archiving system or limiting access to older archived messages.

Discovery networks archive with Front Porch
Incentra Solutions Inc. announced that its Front Porch Digital Broadcast and Media Division was selected by Ascent Media Network Services as the archival system provider for Discovery Communications Inc.. Front Porch's DIVArchive archive management software will help support production and play out in 60 of Discovery's 90 global networks, serving subscribers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Archipelago taps EMC, IMlogic
Archipelago Holdings Inc. is using IMlogic's IM Manager and EMC EmailXtender e-mail archiving software integrated into an EMC Centera content-addressed storage system for compliance on Microsoft Exchange and instant messages, the companies announced.

HighPoint releases SATA II products
HighPoint Technologies released the RocketRAID 2224, an 8-port controller that can link to SATA II or SATA I hard disk drives. The RocketRAID 2224 offers 3 Gbps transfer rates and support for Native Command Queuing, as well as online capacity expansion and online RAID level migration, and provides advanced RAID levels (0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD). HighPoint also released the HighPoint X4, a 4-bay external SATA storage enclosure.

Winchester Systems announces new SATA arrays
Winchester Systems Inc introduced Hitachi Data System Inc.'s 500 GB disk drives in its FlashDisk line of SATA disk arrays. All of the company's FlashDisk SATA arrays now incorporate the Deskstar 7K500 disk drives. Various FlashDisk models include 12, 16 or 24 drives to provide capacities of 6 terabytes (TB), 8 TB or 12 TB in one enclosure. The company's expandable SATA arrays support up to 64 drives for a total capacity of 32 TB. The company also offers Enterprise (FX604e) and Archive (SA-700) versions that support up to 800 drives and 400 TB within a single system as a SATA archive and up to 224 drives and a maximum capacity of 112 TB as Enterprise SATA with redundant failover controllers.

EVault announces professional services offerings
EVault Inc. introduced new implementation, education, data protection planning and disaster recovery test services for its online backup customers. The services are available immediately; for EVault Protect customers, the data protection planning solutions start at $2,400. Disaster recovery testing starts at $1,500.

Agere Systems wins chip designs with QLogic
Agere Systems Inc. announced that QLogic Corp chose it as the system chip supplier for its new 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) application-specific integrated circuit and host bus adapter (HBA) SAN products. The 4 Gbps HBA FC SANblade 2400 series is deployed as both PCI Express and PCI-X 1.0 / 2.0 host bus interface products.

StorageTek wins European market award
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced that Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek), a wholly owned subsidiary, was honored by Frost & Sullivan with the 2005 Market Penetration Leadership award for successful penetration into the European healthcare market.

Sun offers Sun Grid incentive, announces customer win
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the Sun Grid Readiness Offer, intended to support resellers and OEMs in pushing grid computing technologies from Sun. Sun also unveiled the new Sun Grid Developer Community ,which provides developers with a framework and community in which to "play" on the Sun Grid and develop applications for it.

Meanwhile, Sun also announced that Prediction Co., a trading system company, has completed a trial deployment of its financial services software on the Sun Grid Compute Utility. Prediction plans on using Sun Grid to analyze and transform data from the New York Stock Exchange.

BakBone updates channel program
BakBone Software Inc. announced that its North American channel partner program, Channel Advantage, will include new incentives for resellers including Web-based sales certification training courses, prequalified end-user leads, preferred discounts and price protection.

Xiotech launches entry-level SAN, upgrades software
Xiotech Corp. announced the launch of an entry-level SAN, called the Magnitude 3D 3000e. With the new product, users can include multiple classes of storage in the system, and includes a feature that can turn disk caching on and off.

Xiotech also announced new features for its DataScale platform manager software, including VDisk prioritization, which will allow users to tune the quality of service received by different applications either manually or automatically, and version 1.1 of its SMI-S tool. The new version of DataScale is also compatible with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service and supports 224 drives -- up from 128.

ADIC adds support for more platforms
Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) announced the availability of StorNext 2.6, which features interoperability with an expanded range of OS platforms and devices, including all leading UNIX, Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating environments, and all major 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms. New file system support in the 2.6 version includes AMD32, Opteron, SGI Altix and Xeon EM64T platforms, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0, IBM AIX 5.3, SGI IRIX 6.5.27 and 6.5.28, and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 OS. StorNext 2.6 also includes new support for devices including IBM's 3584 tape library, and for LTO-3 and 3592 tape drives.

Dot Hill extends agreement, architecture
Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced it has expanded and extended its agreement with Sun through January 2011. Under the terms of the agreement, Sun will continue to use storage and management controller products from Dot Hill, including products from Dot Hill's recently acquired subsidiary, Chaparral Network Storage.

Dot Hill also announced a new modular product architecture aimed at helping OEMs put together customized products.

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