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Storage Clips: MB Financial Bank deploys 3Par data storage

Chicago-based MB Financial Bank is centralizing and consolidating all its data storage on 3Par; NeoPath closes $11M in funding.

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MB Financial Bank picks 3Par
3Par Data Inc. announced today that Chicago-based MB Financial Bank has selected its InServ Storage Server to centralize and consolidate all its mission-critical data storage. MB Financial, which provides customer- driven financial solutions to middle-market businesses, selected 3Par for ease of use, scalability and the cost-effectiveness of 3Par Remote Copy for disaster recovery, according to a 3Par press release.

NeoPath closes $11M in funding
File virtualization provider, NeoPath Networks Inc., has received $11 million in a funding round that included participation by Cisco Systems, Inc. and previous investors August Capital, DCM-Doll Capital Management and Gabriel Venture Partners. The company also announced it has appointed former Network Appliance executive Ali Zadeh to be chief operating officer.

Maxxan announces encryption appliance
Maxxan Systems Inc. announced the availability of the new CipherMax data encryption appliance. In addition to AES-256 encryption, CipherMax includes security features to defend against network attack, including split management interface, which enforces a separation of duties between storage and security administrators, and security audit logs record policy violations with automatic alert notifications.

Imation scales down Ulysses
Imation Corp. has announced that a small to midsized business version of its Ulysses disk-in-tape cartridge will be available through OEMs next quarter. The Odyssey cartridge has the same docking station and disk-in-cartridge design similar to Ulysses, but it doesn't come in standard LTO tape format as Ulysses does. Odyssey, instead, is designed to fit into a 3.5-inch bay within a server. Imation is also touting its method of connecting the cartridge, using gold spring-loaded "pogo pin" connectors rated for tens of thousands of insertions and removals. The new drives also have high shock and static electricity protection, soft load and support for the UDF (universal disk format) file system format, which will be supported by Windows Vista, as well as NTFS.

Breece Hill offers backup appliance
Breece Hill Inc., announced the all-in-one BizGuardian backup and recovery appliance, suited for small and midsized businesses or departments of larger organizations. The new product integrates with EMC Inc.'s Retrospect backup and recovery software to offer the speed of disk and the portability of tape into an easy-to-use networked appliance, the company said.

StoreAge deploys at Indian telco
StoreAge Networking Technologies announced that it has deployed its volume management and low-capacity snapshot applications at Sasken, a major telecom solutions provider in India. The installation was performed by StoreAge's partner in India, Fourtune Computers Technologies.

Crosswalk announces GA of iGrid
Crosswalk Inc., announced general availability of the iGrid Intelligent Storage Grid System. IGrid enables users to concurrently access any data they need for collaborative projects by delivering seamless connectivity between applications, storage resources and file systems. The technology also offers a single view of the storage environment, which, combined with a policy-driven architecture, simplifies what were previously complex and time-consuming management tasks, the company said.

The first release of the iGrid 5100 Series supports from two to eight nodes and is architected to support up to 256 nodes in the future. Each node has from eight to 12 Gigabit Ethernet front-end network interfaces and eight back-end Fibre Channel ports. It has no requirement for host agents and operates seamlessly with NFS and CIFS protocols.

LSI supports Windows x64
LSI Logic Corp. announced SAS storage components enabled for the Microsoft Windows X64 platform. LSI, its OEM customers and Microsoft collaborated to ensure that the LSI storage adapter and component products support the growth for 64-bit computing, the company said.

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