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Storage Clips: IBM acquires Cims Lab

IBM's latest acquisition makes software that tracks resources in virtualized environments; EMC will resell Fujitsu's VTL.

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IBM acquires Cims Lab
IBM announced it has acquired Cims Lab Inc., a privately held software company based in Roseville, Calif. Financial details were not disclosed. Cims Lab makes software that helps businesses track the usage of computing resources across virtualized technology environments, such as servers, storage, e-mail, networks, databases, applications and operating systems.

An accurate view of software and hardware usage helps organizations determine how computing virtualized resources are being used, what that usage costs and how much departments should be charged. For example, a bank may have several different businesses -- commercial loans, mortgage branch, retail banking -- that share software applications and storage devices. Cims Lab's software provides information that helps the bank to determine how much usage should be billed back to each department.

EMC to resell Fujitsu VTL
Fujitsu Siemens Computers today announced that EMC Corp. is now offering the CentricStor virtual tape appliance in the U.S. and Canada as part of the EMC Select Program. The product, formerly only distributed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will now be available in North America through EMC and its sales partners.

EMC also OEMs a virtual tape library (VTL) product from FalconStor, combining it with its Clariion arrays in the Clariion Disk Library product.

AT&T does massive DR exercise
AT&T Inc. will conduct its largest Network Disaster Recovery exercise at the Infomart in Dallas on Feb. 8–15. Forty-three trailers, 30 of which are semitrailers, and other support vehicles housing AT&T data-routing and voice-switching equipment will test and evaluate how well the company can support its enterprise business customers in the event of a disaster.

Sepaton announces replication
Sepaton announced Site2 electronic vaulting software, designed to run on its S2100(r)-ES2 VTL appliance. Site2 replicates data from the Sepaton VTL over a WAN to remote locations. Site2 is shipping now, and is priced at $10,000 per site for the software license and installation.

Avamar releases 3.5
Avamar announced the general availability of Axion v3.5. The new version includes centralized management, expanded client functionality, file system support, searchable backup and interoperability with tape libraries.

Mimosa says it exceeded goals
Mimosa Systems Inc. announced that it exceeded its goals for 2005, releasing an e-mail archiving product, and signing more than 40 enterprise customers. Mimosa also secured a second round of funding totaling $11 million led by Jafco Ventures. Mimosa said it will be archiving information other than e-mail later this year.

Sodexho Belgium vouches for FalconStor
FalconStor announced that Sodexho Service Vouchers & Cards of Belgium has implemented its IPStor software. The software was provided by FalconStor channel partner the Comparex Group.

Plasmon appoints new VP
Plasmon announced the appointment of Mike Koclanes as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Plasmon Americas and Asia Pacific. As the newest member of Plasmon's executive team, Koclanes will also hold the title of chief strategy officer, reporting to Plasmon's CEO, Nigel Street. Previously, Koclanes was CEO and chief technology officer of CreekPath Systems Inc.

Breece Hill signs distributor
Breece Hill announced today that it has partnered with distributor Promark Technology Inc. As part of the agreement, Promark Technology will add the Breece Hill product line to Promark's GSA Federal Supply Schedule.

IQstor signs channel partner
IQstor Networks Inc. announced today that it has signed a channel partnership agreement with Matrix Integrated Products Inc., to sell, service and support its SAN products in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Riverbed opens Japanese division
Riverbed announced the launch of offices in Japan and the launch of Riverbed Technology K.K. As part of its launch, Riverbed will hold an event on Jan. 27, including a seminar hosted by Riverbed's CEO and president, Jerry Kennelly. Titled "Riverbed Day," the event will provide a company overview, a look at Riverbed's products and technology, and a demo of Riverbed's Steelhead appliances.

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