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Storage Clips: Seagate buys Maxtor for $1.9B

Drive giant Seagate has shelled out $1.9B for Maxtor in an all-stock deal.

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Seagate shells $1.9B for Maxtor
Seagate Technology LLC. and Maxtor Corp. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire Maxtor in an all-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both companies, Maxtor shareholders will receive .37 shares of Seagate common stock for each Maxtor share they own. When the transaction is completed Seagate shareholders will own approximately 84% and Maxtor shareholders will own approximately 16% of the combined company. The value of the transaction is approximately $1.9 billion.

SNIA approves XAM standard
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announces that its Fixed Content Aware Storage Technical Work Group (FCAS-TWG) unanimously voted to use the eXtensible-Access Method (XAM) contribution from a consortium of industry vendors as a basis for the development of a fixed-content application programming interface for content-addressable storage. The XAM is intended to provide an interface for fixed-content archiving.

The XAM initiative began in October 2004 as a collaborative project between IBM and EMC. They were eventually joined in this consortium by HP, Hitachi and Sun. In September 2005 the XAM consortium formally presented the proposed standard to SNIA. Once it was officially received by SNIA, it was passed to the FCAS-TWG for review of the XAM contribution.

Word of the standard's initial submission reached users at this fall's Storage Networking World in Orlando, Fla., in October. For the most part, users liked the idea of opening up fixed-content archiving technology to more vendors. Currently, EMC has a stranglehold on that market with its Centera product. For more on that story, please see "Users give thumbs up to object storage standard," Oct. 26.

University of Pittsburgh chooses IBM
IBM announced that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has completed the first stage of technology infrastructure overhaul that includes IBM's enterprise and midrange storage systems. The new infrastructure consists of three IBM TotalStorage DS8300 storage servers with two systems located at the main data center and one system at a remote disaster recovery site approximately four kilometers away. The DS8300 is responsible for electronic medical records, the migration of management materials and human resources payroll.

Additionally, UPMC deployed two IBM TotalStorage DS6800, Tivoli Storage Manager for backup, and IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center solutions for disk, data, fabric and replication. UPMC, a $5 billion organization in western Pennsylvania, employs 40,000 people and is comprised of 19 hospitals and a network of other care sites across a 29-county service area, previously used an HP-based storage network. According to the announcement of the deal, UPMC also plans to add IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller virtualization software in early 2006.

McData router qualified by HDS
McData announced that its Eclipse 2640 SAN router is now available through Hitachi. In addition to being resold by Hitachi, the Eclipse 2640 has been qualified for use with Hitachi's TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform and TrueCopy Heterogeneous Remote Replication software.

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