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Storage Clips: IBM launches NetApp-based platform

The IBM System Storage N5000 line is based on the NetApp FAS3020 and FAS3050 products; NetApp and EMC also announced new software support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

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IBM launches new NetApp-based platform
Entering into the next phase of its reseller agreement with Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp), IBM launched a new line of NAS systems, the midrange IBM System Storage N5000. The product line has two members: the N5200 and the clustered N5500, and are functionally and physically equivalent to the NetAppA FAS3020 and FAS3050 products. "The only difference between these products is cosmetic," says John Foley, worldwide product marketing manager for the IBM/NetApp alliance.

This August, IBM launched the N3700 based on NetApp's FAS270 and promised to complete the roll out of NetApp filers, gateways and software in the first half of 2006. According to Foley, the one product IBM will not resell is NetApp's NearStore, the ATA-based filer. Instead, it will give customers the ability to populate N5000 filers with SATA drives, in addition to the usual Fibre Channel (FC) disk drives. "Comparing the two, customers will probably say that the N5000 series is more expensive," he said. "But they are making a choice between old technology with parallel ATA drives and new technology with a faster motherboard and a choice of disk drives."

NetApp, EMC introduce SQL software
NetApp announced SnapManager 2.0 for SQL Server in support of the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2005. NetApp SnapManager 2.0 for SQL Server supports both NetApp FC and iSCSI-based IP SAN storage.

Not to be outdone, EMC announced a suite of new products, professional services and support designed to help customers migrate to SQL 2005, including software to migrate to and optimize SQL Server 2005 infrastructures, and EMC Services for SQL Server 2005, to suggest best practices design and implementation. The services include upgrade and migration, database layout planning, and recovery optimization.

Bocada updates software Bocada announced the general availability of Bocada Enterprise 4, the seventh major release of its storage management software. The new release consolidates management of geographically distributed, heterogeneous storage through a centralized platform.

Hungarian insurance company picks Cisco
Cisco announced that Allianz, Hungary's largest insurance company, will deploy its optical and SAN products to help connect two data centers located several miles apart in Budapest. The Cisco optical networking products will help support the backup information between the data centers and consolidate multiple traffic channels onto one optical network.

Ibrix announces university customer
Ibrix announced that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has deployed its Fusion parallel file system for its 543-node, 21 terabyte supercomputer cluster. The file system will support a lab studying fluid flow and structural properties of aircraft, ships, submarines, automobiles, jet and rocket propulsion engines, buildings, and other structures.

Cisco veteran joins Riverbed
Riverbed announced today that it has appointed Marcus Chambers as vice president, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Chambers was previously the operations director for Cisco Systems EMEA's storage, optical and wide-area file services group.

DataCore joins VMware
DataCore Software announced that it has joined the VMware Technology Software Alliance program. As a partner, DataCore gains additional access to software, technology support and access to VMware software technical consultation and training.

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