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Storage Clips: Bumper crop of customers for DR vendors

Topio, Asigra, and EqualLogic announced their customer wins.

Daily compilation of storage news:

Concordia Advisors chooses Topio
Topio Inc. announced that Concordia Advisors, a London-based hedge fund, has implemented Topio's Data Protection Suite (TDPS). With TDPS, data from e-mail and trading applications in Concordia's New York location is continuously replicated to Concordia's London data center, using Concordia's existing IP network.

Insurance adjusting firm selects Asigra
Asigra announced that Crawford Adjusters Canada Inc. has selected Asigra's Televaulting software, a WAN platform that performs backup and restore services as a utility, to protect data on servers and workstations at each of its 70 plus locations across the country. The firm's data is protected with an automated backup, encrypted "at-rest" and "in-flight," to an off-site data vault. The latest generation is available locally for quick restores of files or individual e-mails or mailboxes.

North Carolina Central University goes with EqualLogic
EqualLogic announced it is providing the primary storage platform for the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) data center. EqualLogic's PS Series arrays form the central pool of storage for all campus-wide servers and applications, including the University's SCT Banner ERP system. NCCU worked with VeriStor Systems Inc., a systems integrator, to deploy the EqualLogic iSCSI SAN. NCCU now has two PS200Es in the data center with a third at the disaster recovery site 15 miles away. In addition to performing regular snapshots to disk with the PS Series, NCCU has implemented disk-to-disk-to-tape backup using a third-party backup target that writes to tape. Six additional PS200E arrays have been purchased for more capacity at the data center and the remote site.

Lucid8 does CDP for Exchange
Lucid8 LLC, provider of optimization and recovery software for Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, 2000 and 2003, today unveiled DigiVault, which provides continuous data protection and disaster recovery for Microsoft Exchange. The software backs up data every time a change is made, and performs integrity checks on backups. Similar modules for SQL Server, Active Directory, IIS and other third-party platforms, such as Oracle's database systems and IBM's Lotus notes, are currently under development, the company said.

FalconStor VTL certified with Grau
FalconStor announced that its VirtualTape Library (VTL) product has successfully completed interoperability testing with the Infinistore Tape Library from German vendor Grau Data Storage. Grau will also distribute FalconStor's VTL as part of its "Infinistore Virtual Tape Library" solution.

QLogic buys back shares
QLogic announced that its board of directors has authorized a new program to repurchase up to $200 million of the company's outstanding common stock for a two-year period. The new repurchase program follows the completion of the previous stock repurchase programs in which the company has repurchased a total of $550 million of its common stock since fiscal year 2003.

The company also announced the completion of the sale of its hard disk drive controller and tape drive controller business to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. for $225 million. In connection with this transaction, the company received $180 million in cash and $45 million of Marvell common stock.

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