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Storage Clips: Connectivity makers scramble to support blades

As server vendors push blades as the wave of the future, storage connectivity makers, QLogic and Brocade, are ready with HBAs and switches.

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Connectivity makers scramble to support blades
QLogic Corp. introduced the QLogic QMH2462, a 4 Gbit Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) for the Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) BladeSystem c-Class. The HBA is a member of the SANblade Pro 2400 series, specifically engineered for the new HP BladeSystem. Brocade Communications Systems Inc., also announced that it is providing a new embedded SAN switch module for the BladeSystem c-Class. The new Brocade SAN switch module offered by HP is a 24-port 4 Gbps integrated SAN switch.

According to an April 2006 report from analyst firm IDC, worldwide unit shipments of bladed servers increased 63.6% in 2005, and spending for this sector increased to over 80%. Brocade itself reported a record first quarter for SAN bladed server modules. The switch maker also announced that it has launched a new 4 Gbps embedded SAN switch module (Brocade SilkWorm 4016) for Fujitsu Siemens Computers' blade server line, as well.

HP, meanwhile, has announced its intention to redesign virtually all its servers into the bladed format. The announcement of the c-Class this week encompassed HP's own PA-RISC chips, as well as Intel Pentium IIIs and the new "PowerBar" chassis, will find its way into storage and other specialized servers, according to reports. The first c-Class offerings will be Linux-only, with Windows and HP-UX to follow.

Atto updates Xtend SAN for Macs
Atto Technology Inc. has just released an updated version of the Xtend SAN iSCSI initiator for Macintosh OS X. With Xtend SAN 2.0, Mac OS X servers, workstations and laptops can directly communicate with iSCSI-ready storage devices using an existing Ethernet network. In addition, Xtend SAN 2.0 now supports Intel-based Macintosh systems, meaning users with the latest Mac systems, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook and iMac with Intel processors, can now connect to iSCSI SANs.

Acopia closes record quarter, venture funding round
Acopia Networks Inc. announced today that it achieved record results from the first quarter of 2006, reporting over 40% sequential quarter-to-quarter revenue growth, and that it has closed an additional $20 million round of funding. The round was led by Meritech Capital Partners, a premier late-stage venture capital firm and a new investor to the company.

Acopia's record quarter was driven by customer wins, including Yahoo!, DreamWorks, Novartis, Industrial Light & Magic, United Rentals, Massachusetts Medical Society, Iron Mountain, Hartford Insurance Group and Wellington Management, along with continued expansion within several existing Acopia ARX NAS virtualization switch customers.

Fast introduces data classification offering
Norwegian enterprise search startup Fast Search & Transfer announced the launch of Fast InStream for Data Classification, which will allow OEMs to develop storage systems that classify and make data searchable. One such company, Archivas, has partnered with Fast to embed InStream into its fixed-content archive.

MarketStar recruits channel partners for Revinetix
Disk backup and recovery startup Revinetix announced that 100 regional value-added resellers are now signed up for its sales channel partner program, due to in part to a new recruitment campaign headed by MarketStar Corp. Revinetix recently contracted with MarketStar to boost sales representation in Revinetix's D3 channel program and provide sales support.

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