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Storage Clips: Sun partners with Imation, Softek

Sun announced a new partnership with Imation and an extended relationship with Softek; Quantum and Symantec reported earnings; EMC sued by a former employee.

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Sun cultivates partnerships
Sun Microsystems Inc. and Imation Corp. announced a strategic agreement to extend work on the Sun StorageTek T9840 drive. Imation will also become an approved supplier to Sun StorageTek for LTO-2 and LTO-3 tape cartridges. The two firms will investigate alternative recording media technologies, including Imation's Ulysses disk-in-tape technology, for potential future integration into Sun's automated tape libraries.

Sun also announced an extended partnership with data migration startup Softek to include mainframes and professional services. Softek has recently become a member of the SunSM Partner Advantage Program for Independent Software Vendors.

Former employee sues EMC
A former EMC Corp. employee has filed a lawsuit in Middlesex Superior Court this week alleging that the company forces its workers to put in eight-day work weeks in violation of state law, according to a story in The Boston Globe.

The plaintiff in the suit, former EMC technical support engineer Kevin T. Bujold, 50, said he was fired in November for refusing to work 10 hours per day for eight days in a row.

EMC has vehemently denied the claims and said it will "vigorously defend" itself in court. While federal law says that salaried and management employees can be required to work longer than 40 hours per week without a break or extra pay, state law says that anyone employed by manufacturing, mechanical or retail businesses must receive a 24-hour break after working six consecutive days.

Quantum, Symantec report earnings
Quantum Corp. announced that revenue for its fiscal third quarter, ended Dec. 26, 2005, was $218 million, up 8% over the same quarter last year. While the year-over-year increase mainly reflected the contribution from Quantum's acquisition of Certance in January 2005, revenue also grew 7% sequentially. Quantum had a small GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) profit of $819,000, or broke even on a per diluted share basis. This was down from the 8 cent per diluted share profit in the comparable quarter last year, largely because of a one-time $12.1 million tax benefit in that quarter, but represented a solid improvement over the 7 cent per diluted share loss in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006.

Meanwhile, Symantec Corp. said its quarterly net profit sank, weighed down by charges following its big acquisition of Veritas Software, though its profit before the items rose 5% to slightly outpace analysts' estimates. GAAP revenue for the December 2005 quarter was $1.149 billion and nonGAAP revenue was $1.253 billion. NonGAAP revenue includes $104 million of deferred revenue that has been eliminated from GAAP results as part of the purchase accounting associated with the acquisition of Veritas. On a nonGAAP basis, revenue grew 5% over the December 2004 quarter's combined nonGAAP revenue of $1.192 billion.

Brocade looks to overhaul business model
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. said it is will attempt to shift its business model from hardware to software and services, following in the footsteps of EMC and Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp). The company said it will acquire storage management software from partnerships and develop some internally over the next year, according to reports.

Maxxan nabs former Spinnaker execs
Maxxan Systems announced that George Vaiser has been named vice president, sales, and Jeff Whitney named vice president, marketing. Whitney and Vaiser worked together at Spinnaker Networks and briefly at NetApp following the acquisition of Spinnaker in February 2004.

Credit Suisse adds NetApp virtualization
NetApp announced Credit Suisse, a Swiss financial service provider, has added NetApp's V-Series virtualization products to its storage environment. Credit Suisse is a long-standing user of NetApp's NetCache Internet access and security products.

Alebra announces FICON-to-FCP gateway
Alebra Technologies announced the availability of z/OpenGate, a FICON-to-FC-FCP gateway, which boasts a bandwidth of over 225 MBps. The gateway can allow users to integrate their FICON SAN fabric with their Fibre Channel SAN fabric.

Sepaton announces VTL market share
Sepaton announced strong sales of its S2100 appliance in 2005, with year-over-year revenue growth of 300%, more than 150 new customers and over 2.5 petabytes of customer data under protection.

CCSU picks NTP for SRM
NTP Software announced that Central Connecticut University (CCSU) picked NTP Software's QFS software package for storage management. QFS implements quotas for user groups and enforces them according to policies set by the storage admin.

Synerway partners with FalconStor
FalconStor announced it has entered into an OEM agreement with Synerway, a French backup and recovery software maker. Synerway will be incorporating FalconStor's iSCSI Storage Server software into its Synerbox appliances for disaster recovery and continuous data protection marketed to small and midsized businesses, and branch offices.

Incipient announces financing
Intelligent switch storage software maker Incipient Inc. announced that it has raised $24 million in Series D financing, bringing its total equity capital raised to $79 million. Leading this round is new investor QuestMark Partners, along with participation from Wasatch Advisors. Incipient's major existing investors Globespan Capital Partners, GrandBanks Capital, Greylock, HLM Venture Partners and Sigma Partners also participated in this round of financing. The Series D capital is earmarked for expansion of marketing and sales efforts in support of the Incipient Network Storage Platform software.

Kazeon joins Google
Kazeon announced it will integrate its storage indexing and classification product, the Information Server IS1200, with Google's enterprise search offerings. In support of this effort, Kazeon has joined the Google Enterprise Professional program.

Kimberly-Clark chooses Zantaz
Zantaz announced that Kimberly-Clark Corp., a health and hygiene company, has selected Zantaz Enterprise Archive Solution) for its e-mail archiving and management.

Holocaust memorial chooses Nexsan
Nexsan Technologies announced that Israel's holocaust memorial authority, Yad Vashem, has implemented two of Nexsan's SATABeast storage arrays. The arrays are being used to power video-on-demand services for Yad Vashem's Visual Center, which allows visitors to view holocaust-related films, documentaries and video testimonies of survivors. Yad Vashem said it was planning on increasing SATABeast capacity to more than 200 terabytes of storage.

Adaptec extends replication software
Adaptec Inc. announced that for customers purchasing new Snap Server 1100s, 2200s or 4100s, its Server-to-Server (S2S) Synchronization software version 2 will now perform data migration to and from any pair of SnapOS- or GuardianOS-powered Snap Servers located on the LAN. Pricing for S2S Synchronization v2 for SnapOS Snap Servers starts at U.S. $299 manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) per server. Upgrades for existing customers are available starting at $99 MSRP per server.

Law firm uses XOsoft
XOsoft announced that Louisiana law firm Jones Walker is using its WANSyncHA software for business continuity. With WANSyncHA, Jones Walker completed a successful "failback" during Hurricane Katrina and Rita to its high-availability servers and remote replication site, providing attorneys, staff and clients continuous communication and allowing attorneys to retrieve vital documents quickly.

Kroll Ontrack acquires Norwegian SP
Kroll Ontrack Inc., the data recovery and legal technologies subsidiary of Kroll Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Ibas Holdings ASA, a Norwegian-based provider of data recovery, data erasure and computer forensics services in a deal valued at $45 million.

3Par, OnStor push new UtiliCat
Longtime storage startup lovebirds OnStor and 3Par are pushing their combined offering, UtiliCat, with some new enhancements, including support for 500 GB Nearline drives and support for OnStor's new 2280 NAS gateways.

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