Sun storage chief quits
Mark Canepa, former head of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Data Management Group, has left the company after 10 years. He will be replaced by David Yen who ran Sun's scalable systems group. Sun also announced the appointment of John Fowler as executive vice president of the Systems Group that combines the SPARC and x64 Systems Groups. Fowler will be responsible for delivering all systems products at Sun, from the x64-based servers to the UltraSPARC IV+ products and Coolthreads-based T1000 and T2000 systems.
EMC reshuffles top brass
EMC Corp. has given chief financial officer Bill Teuber the extra title of vice chairman. The company also announced new responsibilities for executive vice presidents Howard Elias and Frank Hauck. Elias will lead a newly formed EMC global services organization. Hauck will lead global marketing and customer quality assurance. Each will continue to report to CEO Joe Tucci.
IBM claims tape density record
IBM researchers announced they have demonstrated a world record in data density on linear magnetic tape. The researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., packed data onto a test tape at a density of 6.67 billion bits per square inch -- more than 15 times the data density of today's most popular industry-standard magnetic tape products, the company claimed. To achieve this feat, they created several new data-recording technologies and worked with Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. of Japan to develop a next-generation dual-coat magnetic tape capable of storing high-density data.
California Credit Union picks NeoScale encryption
California Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the U.S. with over $1 billion in assets, has selected NeoScale Systems Inc. to secure client and organizational information on its tape backup systems. It's using NeoScale's CryptoStor Tape to encrypt backup data before transporting backup tapes off site.
QLogic and Revivio partner
QLogic Corp. and Revivio Inc. announced a strategic alliance to integrate QLogic's SANbox 8000 Storage Services Platform and Revivio's TimeOS version 5.0 continuous data protection (CDP) software. More details on the integration effort will be announced at a technology demonstration at Fusion 2006: QLogic's channel conference, being held May 22-24, 2006, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
LeftHand touts university customers
ISCSI SAN provider LeftHand Networks Inc. says it has sold its product to over 30 universities throughout the U.S. "We evaluated different storage vendors and found that LeftHand Networks was the best choice for our Linux environment. The features that are inherent to the LeftHand solution would cost several times the amount with Fibre Channel solutions. With 20 terabytes of storage, the LeftHand Networks iSCSI SAN leverages our existing Ethernet infrastructure and allows the school to easily add storage as needed without compromising performance and at a price that we can afford," said Jim O'Leary, IT manager for the University of Illinois at Chicago.
InMage, Xiotech partner on DR
InMage Systems Inc. and Xiotech Corp. announced that InMage's application-aware failover capability will be added to Xiotech's TimeScale100 replication feature, itself an OEM of Kashya's replication software. The companies' combined offering will consist of appliances, with disk hardware by Xiotech, aimed at midsized businesses with operating environments, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP/UX, AIX and Mac OS X.
The companies say this collaboration, which will ship at the end of June 2006, is the first in a planned series that will also include CDP appliances and the ability to perform failover via WAN.
Brocade announces file security software
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. introduced a new version of Brocade Tapestry MyView, a file resource access management product the company picked up through its acquisition of NuView in March.
MyView improves file access controls for IT and security administrators with tools to streamline reporting of access authorizations for compliance audits. The software provides individual users with a "personalized" view of enterprise resources they can access in a network and gives administrators tools to monitor access rights and improve overall network security. The new release of Tapestry MyView includes enhanced capabilities for better security practices and simplified auditing for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; the Federal Information Security Management Act; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act; and other compliance requirements, the company said.
Solid Data Systems claims record retrieval speeds
Solid Data Systems has introduced a line of low-cost appliances for Fibre Channel connected server, cluster and SAN environments. The new SD2000 stores and retrieves data with a latency of less than 10 microseconds, making it and the SD3000 the lowest latency nonvolatile, external storage systems in the industry – 500 times faster than mechanical disk storage, the company claims. The SD2000 provides an alternative to spreading files over a large numbers of rotating disks to achieve acceptable application performance. While more expensive than rotating disks in cost per byte, in appropriate applications, the SD2000 lowers overall cost per transaction by lowering server, storage, licensing and maintenance costs, according to the company.