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EMC plans to expand in Massachusetts
EMC Corp. has revived plans to build a 2.2 million square-foot office and 445-acre research campus on the Southborough-Westborough border, according to reports. A consulting firm hired by the company, which currently has headquarters in Hopkinton, Mass., filed a preliminary plan last month with town planners. EMC shelved the plan six years ago after its sales declined.

Double-Take offers new support for clusters
Double-Take Software announced version 4.4.2 of its high-availability software and new services for Microsoft Clustering Services (MSCS) users. The software, called GeoCluster, allows nodes in the cluster to be separated by a WAN link (the default version does not provide for such geographic distance). The newer version, also known as Service Pack 2, includes enhanced quorum arbitration functionality, streamlined cluster setup process and improved orphaned file management.

Quorum arbitration is a process in which, in the event of a node failure, a "witness node" assesses whether it's the secondary node or the network itself that has caused the problem. Service Pack 2, according to Double-Take's director of solutions engineering Bob Roudebush, will automatically configure the witness node, rather than requiring the user to do it manually.

According to Roudebush, the install process now also includes automatic detection of the elements of the cluster, and a default setup and configuration wizard. Improvements in orphan management are similar to improvements made to Double-Take's self-titled flagship replication software -- a more efficient means by which the failover software can establish which files in a transaction log have been written to a database following a failure.

Double-Take is also offering installation services and a three-day training program that provides hands-on experience in configuring and using Double-Take and GeoCluster for MSCS users.

ADIC adds Apple support
Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) announced the latest version of its StorNext FX data management software, which will now allow users to share data between Xsan SANs, Xserve RAID systems, and applications running on Linux, Windows and UNIX. The StorNext FX version 1.3 also offers compatibility with the recently released Xsan 1.3.

Idealstor launches SATA
Idealstor, maker of FrankeNAS, an ejectable disk-to-disk backup product, announced today that its removable hard drives can now be SATA, as well as PATA, which previously was the only option for the drive cartridges.

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