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Storage Clips: EMC snaps up another Microsoft partner

EMC acquired Interlink, a privately held North American-based IT professional services firm and a 2005 Microsoft Partner of the Year.

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EMC snaps up another Microsoft partner
EMC Corp. announced that it has acquired Interlink Group Inc., a privately held North American-based IT professional services firm that specializes in application development, IT infrastructure, enterprise integration, enterprise-content management and customer relationship management for Microsoft environments.

"The acquisition of Interlink … strengthens and expands EMC's growing Microsoft practice and builds upon the Microsoft-focused services established by EMC late last year with its acquisition of IT professional services firm Internosis," EMC said in a press release.

Interlink, based in Englewood, Col., is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and the 2005 Microsoft Partner of the Year in the western U.S. The company and its approximately 180 employees will become a part of EMC's Microsoft Practice within EMC Technology Solutions, EMC's professional services organization. Interlink's services will be marketed and sold through its existing team, as well as through EMC's North American sales channels and business partners. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Cisco walks both sides of the fence
Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. slipped after CEO John Chambers tried to temper expectations for its current quarter, according to an AP report. In a call with Wall Street analysts Tuesday, Chambers forecast revenue for the current quarter in the range of $7.8 billion to $7.95 billion, almost exactly in line with an earlier estimate of $7.87 billion in a Thomson Financial survey of analysts. But for many who had heard Chamber's "bullish" outlook on current business during the call, the forecast was a letdown. The outlook was partially based on a slight dip in its fiscal third-quarter profit, which Cisco said was due to the cost of new stock option expensing rules. Cisco shares fell 93 cents, or 4.3%, to close at $20.75 on the Nasdaq Stock Market yesterday.

Nexsan releases Assureon 4.0
Nexsan Technologies announced version 4.0 of its Assureon archive appliance. The new version includes an unlimited versioning capability, which allows users to determine how many copies of a file they require to meet specific compliance or business continuity requirements. Assureon 4.0 also features hardware-based content-address storage and encryption acceleration. Finally, version 4.0 offers new support for removable optical disk and tape media. The new box is now available through Nexsan's resellers. Specific pricing details were not disclosed.

DataCore announces SANmaestro monitor
DataCore Software Corp. announced an entry-level performance monitoring and utilization addition to its SANmaestro line of software. The new version of the software, SANmaestro Monitor, does resource analysis, monitoring and reporting, and is priced starting at just under $5,000 per network site. SANmaestro monitors and analyzes Windows storage parameters, including system information; memory; processor utilization; IP traffic and network interfaces; and I/O and disk-storage capacity, physical ports, I/O bandwidth and throughput.

Sun appoints eco-responsibility VP
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced the appointment of David Douglas as vice president, eco-responsibility, reporting to Greg Papadopoulos, Sun's chief technology officer and executive vice president of research and development. Douglas brings more than a decade of experience in steering organizations to build more environmentally responsible products. Douglas will head environmental initiatives across the company, including enhancements to Sun products' energy efficiency, cooling technologies, product recycling and clean manufacturing, as well as environmentally friendly changes to Sun's day-to-day operations.

3Par sets up Japanese branch
3Par Data Inc. announced the establishment of 3Par Data Ltd. (3 Par Data Nippon K.K.), a Japanese subsidiary. Kenzo Kato has been named vice president of 3Par Japan. He will be joined by 3Par chief financial officer Adriel Lares and general council Alastair Short to form the 3Par Japan executive team.

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