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Storage Clips: NetApp breaks into the high end

NetApp launches new 1,000-drive SAN box that is aimed to compete with EMC Symmetrix, Hitachi TagmaStore and IBM DS6000 boxes.

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NetApp breaks into the high end
Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) will be bringing out two new SAN products, the FAS6030 and the FAS6070 arrays, which boast capacities of up to 420 terabytes (TB) and 504 TB, respectively, and support up to 16 Fibre Channel (FC) ports. Both new arrays support FC drives ranging from 9 GB to 300 GB and SATA drives of up to 500 GB. The FAS6030 is priced from U.S. $131,600 for 1 TB of storage, and the FAS6070 starts at $195,225 with 1 TB of storage.

The specifications on the new boxes put it ahead of EMC's DMX-3000 range, which scales up to 576 disks and exceeds the 480-drive capacity of the new Clarion CX3 series disk arrays launched by EMC this week.

Engenio expands 4 Gbps line
LSI Logic Corp. introduced four new Engenio storage system models; the 3992, 3992 Turbo, 3994 and 6994 systems, which join the existing 6998. The 3992 and 3992 Turbo are new entry-level offerings. The midrange 3994 scales up to 112 drives, with twice the connectivity, cache and performance of its predecessor. The extended midrange 6994 is targeted at the upper end of midrange requirements, offering eight 4 Gbps FC host ports and supports up to 224 FC or SATA II disk drives.

Each box also features common management through SANtricity Storage Manager software, support for data replication services and software compatibility between models, as well as data-in-place migration capabilities enabling upgrades between models. All models feature drive-level intermix, supporting any combination of 4 Gbps FC and 3 Gbps SATA II disk drives.

Sepaton does dedupe
Sepaton Inc. announced its new DeltaStor deduplication software. DeltaStor software is a Sepaton ContentAware application that the company claims will perform data deduplication without affecting the backup window. The company also claims that DeltaStor will offer a 25-to-1 deduplication ratio for a typical mix of business application data such as e-mail, database and files.

Sepaton's DeltaStor software will be available for "strategic customers" midyear 2006 with general availability in the fourth quarter of 2006 for Symantec/Veritas NetBackup, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and EMC Legato Networker users.

Edinburgh financial company picks Brocade
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced that HBOS, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based financial services company, has implemented Brocade's 4 Gbps 48000 directors to support connectivity within and between its two main data centers.

With approximately 22 million customers, HBOS is the U.K.'s largest mortgage and savings provider. Data growth prompted the company to put in bigger pipes to its data centers, located in West Yorkshire, England.

Online image archiver announces customer
BitShelter LLC announced that Contact Press Images has chosen image archiving and distribution products developed by its subsidiary, PhotoShelter, to make its image archive available from Contact's Web site. Contact will be using the PhotoShelter multiuser product, a "many user, single archive" system that allows users to set up groups of editors, contributors and clients with varying levels of access.

Honda Racing F1 uses DataCore
DataCore Software Corp. announced that the Honda Racing F1 Team, through its partnership with NCE in the U.K., has deployed DataCore's SANmelody software to support storage for its e-mail, documents, database and spreadsheet systems, as well as its CAD/CAM environment, which is used for development and performance monitoring of the RA106 race cars, plus the everyday use and analysis of still images and video footage for engineering adjustments and driver feedback. Honda said it chose DataCore to speed up workloads and backups, and selected it from among competitors because of the ability to use existing FC and SCSI disks.

TSX delists BakBone
BakBone Software Inc. has been suspended from trading effective at 5:01 p.m. on May 4, 2006 "for failure to meet the continued listed requirements of TSX," the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a press release. BakBone will be delisted at the close of market on June 2, 2006.

Wall Street: Symantec profit, revenue fall
Symantec Corp. is expected on Tuesday to post a lower profit "amid weakness in its consumer software segment" and a "shaken" pool of investors following the Veritas acquisition, according to a Market Watch report. However, some of the analysts predict this will be an up year for Symantec in the end, due to changes in how Symantec recognizes revenue and a $4 billion stock buyback program.

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