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Storage Clips: EMC reaches technology deal with AT&T

Network management software developed out of Smarts for AT&T's Project Lightspeed can now be marketed separately by EMC.

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EMC reaches technology deal with AT&T
EMC Corporation announced a licensing deal with AT&T Knowledge Ventures, the intellectual property unit of AT&T Inc. The agreement allows EMC to market certain IP network management technology developed for AT&T.

Under terms of the agreement, EMC can now market the EMC Smarts software developed specifically for AT&T Project Lightspeed. The EMC Smarts automated analysis and impact assessment software works with Alcatel's 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) to manage the network of Alcatel IP routers being used as part of AT&T Project Lightspeed.

Project Lightspeed is AT&T's initiative to expand the fiber-optic network deeper into neighborhoods to deliver AT&T U-verse TV, high-speed Internet access and, eventually, Voice over IP services. AT&T companies expect to reach approximately 18 million households by the first half of 2008 as part of initial deployment, using fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and fiber-to-the-premises technologies.

In other EMC software news, authentication, credential management and digital signature software maker Arcot Systems, Inc., has announced a technology and channel development relationship with EMC. The alliance will integrate Arcot's universal digital signing solution with the EMC Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) platform.

Silverback, NetApp team on iSCSI acceleration
Silverback Systems, Inc., announced it is teaming with the StoreVault division of Network Appliance, Inc., to offer its iSNAP® 2110 dual-port iSCSI host bust adapter (HBA) as an option for the new StoreVault S500 network storage system for the small and medium business (SMB) market. When used in a host computer connected to the StoreVault S500, which NetApp introduced today (see today's lead story on, the iSNAP 2110 HBA offloads several tasks that a host connected to the StoreVault S500 would otherwise need to manage, including iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols.

Compellent automates tiered storage
Compellent Technologies announced the availability of Storage Center QuickStart ILM, a storage area network that automates tiered storage within the disk drive enclosure. QuickStart ILM mixes high-performance Fibre Channel (FC) drives and lower-cost mid-tier FC drives in its enclosure; data is then automatically classified and migrated to the optimum tier of storage based on usage.

Aptare announces backup managed service
Aptare, Inc., provider of Web-based data protection management software, announced Aptare StorageConsole Managed Services Edition. The software enables resellers and managed service providers to offer customers backup reporting and management for Veritas NetBackup and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager as a managed service. The product will be available to resellers and managed service providers starting July 17, 2006.

Data Storage Corp. gets boost from Exanet and Asigra
NAS maker Exanet and backup software maker Asigra announced that offsite data vaulting service bureau Data Storage Corp. has selected Asigra Televaulting offsite backup software and Exanet's ExaStore clustered NAS products as the basis for an infrastructure upgrade to its services. The new deployment will take place at DSC's data center in the New York area and at its southeast U.S. data center, with data mirrored between the sites over a WAN using Exanet's mirroring product.

Bocada refreshes pricing model
Data protection management software maker Bocada, Inc., announced the launch of Bocada NOW, a new pricing program meant to drive sales of Bocada Enterprise software in the midmarket. The program includes one, two or three-year subscription pricing and a simplified cost-per-client licensing model. The program also includes a standard, 30-day acceptance clause. Bocada NOW is available immediately for purchasers of Bocada Enterprise 4; subscription pricing begins at $7,500 per year for the application and first 500 licensed units, including maintenance and support. Implementation, training and custom services work is provided by Bocada Customer Services and is quoted separately.

EqualLogic customer readies DR for hurricane season
LifeLink Foundation, based in Tampa, Fla., is dedicated to the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissue. The non-profit, community service organization has multiple divisions, including organ procurement organizations in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of which are in hurricane territory. To prepare for the 2006 hurricane season, LifeLink implemented a DR plan based on converting all servers to VMWare ESX server and EqualLogic iSCSI arrays, according to an EqualLogic announcement.

The first EqualLogic array that LifeLink purchased came in February 2005 and was installed at LifeLink's headquarters. The second array was purchased in June 2005 and was implemented at LifeLink's tissue bank, 15 miles inland, which currently serves as LifeLink's disaster recovery site. Lifelink recently bought its third EqualLogic array at the end of April; the foundation is in the process of deploying it at its Georgia site, which will eventually become the organization's main disaster recovery location.

McData protects Poland's largest retail bank
PKO Bank Polski, the largest commercial bank in Poland, has purchased McData's 10000 Directors (i10Ks) and 4700 Fabric Switches, according to an announcement by McData.

According to Andrzej Krzesniak, director of computing centre at PKO BP. "While we initially considered Brocade's Silkworm 48000, after evaluating the McData solutions, we chose to replace our Brocade switches with an additional order for 10 FICON-enabled 4700 Fabric Switches."

Nexsan announces iSCSI connectivity
Nexsan Technologies announced the availability of iSCSI versions of several members of its line of RAID storage products, including its SATABeast and SATABoy.

Spare Backup selects Raptor Networks for upgrade
Newport International Group's Spare Backup subsidiary has selected Raptor Network's newly launched Ovi-Raptor edge switches to upgrade its service delivery network. Spare Backup is an automated online backup service specifically designed for small business and home office users.

Vitesse announces SAS RAID-on-Chip
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation unveiled the VSC7250 and VSC7251, a RAID-on-chip component for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage. The product also includes RAID-on-demand, which allows system vendors to use a single system design to meet various data protection requirements on a "pay-as-you-need" basis.

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