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Storage Clips: Veritas veteran quits for startup

Staffing shifts continue in upper management at Symantec as former marketing chief Peter Levine heads to a CEO position with a startup in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Veritas vet defects to startup
Open source virtualization software startup XenSource has hired Veritas veteran Peter Levine as CEO and president to replace former CEO Nick Gault. Levine served as marketing, OEM, and mergers and acquisitions chief at Veritas. XenSource refused to provide details on the reasons for Gault's departure.

Turner Networks picks Quantum
Quantum Corp. announced that Turner Entertainment Networks has become the first customer to install the new SDLT 600A data tape system in its broadcast center in Atlanta. The SDLT 600A includes features aimed specifically toward video data storage, including access to subclips by time code.

Arrow snaps up EMC distributor
Storage reseller Arrow Electronics Inc. announced that it will acquire Skydata, a value-added distributor of data storage products based in Mississauga, Canada. Skydata is the largest distributor of EMC product in Canada. Total 2005 sales for the company were approximately $43 million.

Seagate, Maxtor end their wait
Seagate and Maxtor Corp. announced that the waiting period for Seagate's proposed acquisition of Maxtor under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired. As a result, no further antitrust regulatory review of the merger will be necessary in the U.S. As previously announced, the transaction is subject to other customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals by the competition review authorities of the European Union and several other jurisdictions, as well as authorization by shareholders of both companies. Both parties expect the transaction to close during the second half of 2006.

Cisco invests in Moviebeam
Cisco Systems has joined the Walt Disney Co. and Intel as investors in MovieBeam Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The Series A financing round, worth a total of US$48.5 million, includes additional investment from venture capital firms, such as the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners. MovieBeam is a movies-on-demand service serving major metro areas in the U.S.

Polyserve certified by Microsoft
PolyServe Inc. announced it has been given Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program in three different "competency areas." ISV/Software Solutions, Networking Infrastructure Solutions and Microsoft Advanced Infrastructure Solutions. The company provides cluster file systems and NAS products for Windows.

Xyratex announces OEM
Xyratex Ltd. announced they have entered into an OEM relationship with Maxdata, which will sell its 5000 Series 4 Gbit Fibre Channel to SAS/SATA modular arrays. MAXDATA will integrate Xyratex's 5000 series into the MAXDATA SR1202 storage enclosures and market it to small and mid-sized businesses.

NetApp expands in Singapore
Network Appliance (NetApp) has announced an agreement with Ingram Micro in which Ingram will distribute NetApp's data management products in Singapore.

IBM launches staffing program
IBM has launched the Lite Blue initiative, a program aimed at increasing the staffing levels at its channel partners. IBM will use its own network and recruitment resources to identify, attract and hire sales specialists, systems architects and technical support employees.

StorCase announces mobile SATA II
StorCase Technology announced the release of the new Data Express DX115 removable drive enclosures supporting up to 3 Gbps SATA host connections and featuring Dantz Retrospect backup software.

Sherpa updates archive product
Sherpa Software announced the latest release of its e-mail and PST file archiving product, Archive Attender for Exchange 2.5. Archive Attender moves messages and attachments to an external storage device from Microsoft Exchange mailboxes and PST files; version 2.5 allows users to access their personal archives through a Web interface and creates message stubs.

LaunchPad goes for Sanrad
Sanrad announced that its iSCSI V-Switch 2000 has been selected by LaunchPad Communications, a sales and marketing company. The company currently manages 2.7 terabytes of storage on SATA storage arrays. The V-Switch is being implemented into LaunchPad's IP SAN architecture to provide data protection in the event of a system failure via its data replication and migration applications.

OnStor offers training classes
NAS gateway maker OnStor announced the opening of OnStor University, an end-user training program that provides hands-on instruction for system administrators. The curriculum offers two courses: a one-day NAS Gateway Administration course and a two-day NAS Gateway Installation course.

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