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Storage Clips: OpSource taps 3Par

The software as a service company said it chose 3Par for its thin-provisioning capabilities.

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OpSource taps 3Par
3Par Data Inc. announced that OpSource Inc. has increased its storage capacity for its customers' Software as a Service (SaaS) applications using the 3Par InServ S800 Storage Server.

According to OpSource CEO Treb Ryan, the company chose 3Par's InServ for its thin-provisioning capability, which uses a dedicate-on-write process to allow OpSource to allocate capacity but not have to install or pay for it until applications actually write data to the storage array.

"[It] allows us to acquire storage capacity [gradually], as opposed to buying all the storage we expect our customers to use in the coming year and then having most of that resource sit around, paid for but unused, for most of the year," Ryan said.

Fujitsu incorporates Emulex switches
Emulex Corp. announced that Fujitsu Ltd. of Japan has incorporated Emulex's 4 Gbps FibreSpy SOC 804S and 4 Gbps InSpeed SOC 422 embedded storage switches into the new Eternus 4000 and 8000 storage systems. The new systems are the first to combine Emulex's root switch and switched bunch of disks architectures.

Emulex also announced that it has completed its acquisition of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and storage virtualization component maker Aarohi Communications. The terms of the acquisition include a transaction value of up to approximately $39 million in cash, contingent consideration, assumed debt and assumed Aarohi stock options, plus employee equity incentive compensation.

Cybernetics incorporates TimeSpring
TimeSpring Software Corp. and Cybernetics Inc. announced an agreement under which Cybernetics will include TimeSpring's TimeData continuous data protection (CDP) software with its iSAN Vault line of iSCSI storage products. Users can connect the iSAN Vault CDP appliance to their Ethernet network, give it an IP address and install the TimeData software on their application servers. Once installed, the company claims the system automatically and continuously protects data without scheduling, backup windows or slowing down production on Exchange, database or file servers.

EqualLogic touts joint VMware customers
EqualLogic Inc. says a growing number of companies are using its storage with VMware Inc. server virtualization software. Customers include Carnegie Mellon University; Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; Conxerge Managed Solutions; Foley Hoag LLP; Georgia Department of Transportation; HCC Insurance Holdings Inc.; HomeBanc Mortgage Corp.; Kane County, Ilinois; LifeLink Foundation; NewAlliance Bank; Plains Exploration and Production Co.; and Shiloh Industries.

Archivas signs Japanese reseller
Archivas Inc. and Tokyo-based Nissho Electronics Corp. announced that they have signed an agreement that will allow Nissho Electronics Corp. to offer the Archivas Cluster (ArC) software. ArC software is marketed as a content aware storage archiving product.

DataDirect targets HD broadcasters
DataDirect Networks, Inc. showcased its storage system for applications in the HD broadcast, HD post-production and digital intermediate markets at NAB 2006. The S2A9500 storage system is capable of delivering twelve concurrent HD streams, six 2K streams or two 4K streams, according to a press release.

Hammer releases external storage device
Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts Inc., announced a 750 GB external desktop storage device, the Hammer Express 750, which incorporates perpendicular recording. The drive is priced at $599 and is available now.

Nimbus integrates LSI SAS
IP storage maker Nimbus Data Systems Inc. announced that the company's products will incorporate advanced SAS components from LSI Logic Corp., including host bus adapters in its Breeze MX4 and 10G lines. By incorporating LSI's products, the Nimbus systems will now be able to support both 15,000 rpm SAS, as well as SATA drives.

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