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Storage Clips: Brocade to acquire NuView

Brocade is expected to announce the acquistion of file virtualization startup NuView Inc., imminently, according to sources close to both companies.

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Brocade to acquire NuView
Brocade Communications is expected to announce the acquisition of Houston, TX-based NuView Inc. for an undisclosed sum, according to sources close to both companies. The two firms have been in talks for three months, with the deal representing another move by Brocade away from its core Fibre Channel business and towards selling more sophisticated storage software. Stay tuned for more details soon.

EMC Smarts discovers NAS
EMC has extended its Smarts network discovery and analysis software to support NAS, autodiscovering its own Celerra NAS systems and gateways, as well as NetApp filers, the company announced. Within two months EMC will add support for SAN devices, although it wasn't specific on which ones. Smarts' root-cause analysis features enable users to pinpoint failures quickly and take actions to resolve problems, lessening downtime, EMC claimed.

The company also took the wraps off two new NAS devices, the NS704 and NS350 that integrate NAS and iSCSI, and can be upgraded to gateways. Lastly, EMC extended its partnership with MTI, which resells a file management and archiving offering combining Celerra and Centera.

Brocade releases 64-port, 4 Gbps switch
Brocade announced the SilkWorm 4900 64-port, 4 Gbps switch and the SilkWorm 7500 with 16 Fibre Channel (FC) ports and two Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) ports, as well as an FCIP routing blade for its SilkWorm 48000 director and the Brocade iSCSI gateway(BIG), which has two FC ports and 2 GigE ports. Brocade codeveloped BIG with Sanrad, although the gateway is manufactured by Brocade and the software that supports it is also from Brocade.

EMC, Microsoft expand alliance
EMC and Microsoft today announced an expansion of their partnership to push adoption of Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. The alliance will focus on Exchange/SQL upgrade and deployment, and what the two companies are calling "accelerated Lotus notes to Exchange migration." The deal stems in part from EMC's January 2006 acquisition of Internosis, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and seven-time Microsoft Partner of the Year.

Microsoft acquires String Bean
Microsoft today announced that it has acquired the intellectual property of String Bean Software, a privately held company based in Montgomery Village, Md. The product, WinTarget, is an iSCSI target built for Windows servers. Microsoft will not sell WinTarget as a standalone product but plans to release the WinTarget technology with Windows Storage Server 2003 R2.

Quantum beefs up DLT
Quantum introduced DLT-S4, a new enterprise-class tape drive that offers 1.6 terabytes (TB) per cartridge (compressed), twice the capacity of LTO-3 and almost three times that of SDLT-600 at six cents per Gigabyte. DLT-S4 is also available in Quantum's PX720 enterprise tape library, making possible a tape automation system with 1 petabyte (PB) of capacity in a single frame and up to 5 PB when five frames are connected. The new drive is backward-read compatible with both SDLT-600 and SDLT-320; DLT-S4 is part of a seven generation roadmap with a goal of 14 TB on a single cartridge.

DLT-S4 is currently available as both a standalone tape drive and for Quantum's PX720 enterprise tape library, starting at $4,495; a single DLT-S4 cartridge costs about $100. DLT-S4 is scheduled to be available in Quantum's PX500 Series midrange tape libraries and the SuperLoader 3 autoloader next quarter.

Atempo acquires StorActive
After seeing some success with a reseller deal, Atempo announced it has decided to acquire privately held continuous data protection (CDP) startup Storactive of Marina del Rey, Calif. Atempo had been offering Storactive's LiveBackup for desktops and laptops, and were in the process of bringing in its LiveServ product for CDP on servers.

"In just three months we had more than two dozen customers sign up and implement this software," according to Stephen Terlizzi, vice president of global marketing. So great has the customer traction been, in Atempo's view, that Terlizzi said the company is looking to use Storactive's IP as a "wedge" to put its flagship backup product, TimeNavigator, into more enterprise environments.

Servergraph supports NAS, NDMP
Servergraph introduced reporting support for backups of NAS and Fibre-attached storage devices that are performed with Tivoli Storage Manager's (TSM) network data management protocol (NDMP) interface. Backup statistics for NDMP-related backups are included in Servergraph's standard system-wide reports.

NDMP is an open protocol used to control data backup and recovery communications between primary and secondary storage in a heterogeneous network environment. NDMP-initiated backups let the NAS filer write directly to a tape drive, rather than to the TSM server. While this improves performance, it doesn't let TSM report how many gigabytes were moved. Servergraph's data capture and analysis shows this information.

Asigra announces backup extension
Asigra announced Backup Lifecycle Management (BLM), an extension to Asigra's Televaulting for Enterprises 6.0 software that migrates backup and archival data to the most cost-effective storage medium. The BLM archiver stages archive requests from multiple locations and then assigns data to a storage tier based on policy-based criteria, such as applications and recovery time objectives, and eliminates duplicate backup files. The product maintains a common file format and uses restorable images that can be mounted on equipment different from the original. The module is currently available with a price of US$2,500 per terabyte of data stored in the BLM archive.

Compellent names former Dell exec VP
Compellent Technologies announced that former director of worldwide marketing for storage and servers at Dell, Bruce Kornfeld, its new vice president of marketing. Kornfeld was part of the team at Dell that completed the initial planning and launch of the company's storage business. He has also held numerous leadership roles in Dell's storage division, including product marketing for Dell's SAN, NAS and tape businesses, as well as worldwide marketing for all Dell server and storage products.

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