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Storage Clips: Big, tough disks hit the market

Rasilient boosted raw storage capacity by qualifying Hitachi; Winchester released a pumped-up SATA II array; and Formation passed inspection with the Army and Marines.

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Rasilient to offer Hitachi
Rasilient Systems Inc announced today that it has qualified Hitachi's new Deskstar 500 GB SATA II hard drive for its Rastor 4000 Storage Platform, increasing its raw storage capacity to 7.5 terabytes in a 3U form factor.

Winchester releases SATA II array
Winchester Systems Inc. introduced a FlashDisk SATA-II disk array that includes 500 GB disk drives, 4Gbit Fibre Channel host interfaces and RAID-6 data protection.

Formation passes military inspection
Formation Inc. announced that its ToughDisk 3500 Rugged Hard Disk has been selected by ISR Inc. for servers it is providing to both the U.S. Army and to the U.S. Marine Corps. ToughDisks are high-performance, removable and built specifically to withstand extreme temperature, shock, vibration, humidity and dust conditions. The TD3500 is a rugged drop-in replacement for standard 3.5-inch low-profile disk drives with 73 or 100 GB capacity and SCSI or ATA interfaces.

The servers will be used by the Army's Special Forces units throughout the world and are being considered for the Marine Corps' Unit Operations Centers (UOCs). The UOCs are mobile command-and-control operations centers for ground warfare.

U.K. firm selects Kashya, Cisco
Kashya announced today that its KBX5000 data protection appliance for the Cisco MDS 9000 SANTap Service had been deployed at the Nationwide Building Society, one of the U.K.'s largest financial institutions. The Kashya appliance eliminated the need for proprietary array replication technology, which Nationwide had previously been using in its environment.

CommVault tweaks software
CommVault announced its latest version of QiNetix software, 6.1. The upgrade adds support for data classification software, reference media and QiNetix DataMigrator. The software is slated to be available later this month.

iStor Networks announces iSCSI product
iStor Networks announced the general availability of its flagship product GigaStorATX, a multiport GigE iSCSI-SATA storage controller.

EqualLogic appoints former Microsoft executive
EqualLogic announced today that former Microsoft executive Bob Skelley has joined the company as vice president of channel development. During his career at Microsoft, Skelley managed OEM, system builder, value-added reseller (VAR) and distribution businesses. Most recently, he served as Microsoft's director of U.S. distribution and VAR channels.

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