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Storage Clips: BlueArc raises another $29M in funding

NAS vendor BlueArc has raised $29M in funding, bringing the total to well over $200M to date; SunGard packages DR services for SMBs.

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BlueArc raises more money
NAS vendor BlueArc Corp. has raised another $29 million in funding bringing its total raised to date to over $200 million. The investment was led by new investor Morgenthaler Ventures and included financial support from existing investors and new investors Chevron Technology Ventures and Wasatch Advisors. This funding will enable BlueArc to expand its field sales and services team throughout North America and Europe, the company said.

SunGard offers DR services for small businesses
SunGard Availability Services and Recall Corp. announced an agreement to provide data protection and disaster recovery (DR) services for small and midsized businesses (SMBs). Recall can now offer its Data Protection Services, which provide secure, off-site protection and regular rotation of backup media, along with SunGard's information availability services, the companies said.

Luminex unveils mainframe developer kit for FICON
Luminex Software Inc. announced a mainframe developer platform for FICON that incorporates Luminex's FICON driver and mainframe control unit software, and Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel host bus adapters. According to Luminex, new software developers can now enter the mainframe market more easily as the developer kit shields the developer from the complexity of the mainframe channel and control unit architecture. Using the platform, time to market for new or enhanced mainframe-attached storage and networking products will be significantly reduced, the company said.

Separately, Luminex announced the completion of the installation and release for production of its Channel Gateway 3200 mainframe encryption product at a global financial services company with several million customer accounts.

Network Engines OEMs Availl WAFS software
Security appliance provider, Network Engines Inc., and Availl Inc., a WAFS vendor, announced that the two companies have signed an OEM agreement under which Network Engines will license Availl's WAFS software. The software will be included in Network Engines' line of Windows-powered appliance product offerings. The first such appliance is the DBX appliance built by Network Engines to power the Getronics' Managed Branch product, also announced today.

IT services company, Getronics, launched its Managed Branch solution for the financial services sector, developed jointly with Microsoft and Network Engines. Managed Branch provides all the technology and IT services needed in the branch workspace as a utility, according to Network Engines. By using Managed Branch, banks can release capital and reduce total cost of ownership, while increasing their speed and agility in responding to the market and the needs of their customers, the company said.

Florida veterinary center deploys StoreAge
Storage software provider, StoreAge Networking Technologies announced that the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medical Center has just completed its installation of the StoreAge SVM for creating and managing a homogeneous storage area network at the facility.

3Par and Data Domain set up in Japan
Data Domain and 3Par Data Inc. announced new operations in Japan. Data Domain has staffed up with new offices in Tokyo and 3Par has partnered with Uniadex Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nihon Unisys Ltd.

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