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Storage Clips: HP adds three Brocade products to switch family

Three new Brocade switches, routers and directors will be folded into B-series line.

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HP adds three Brocade products to switch family
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced that three new Brocade storage network connectivity products will be added to the Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) B-series switch family. The three new Brocade products to be offered are the HP StorageWorks 4/64 SAN (storage area network) Switch, based on the Brocade SilkWorm 4900; the HP StorageWorks MP 400 Router, based on the SilkWorm 7500; and the HP MP Router Blade for the HP StorageWorks SAN Director, based on the SilkWorm FR4-18i Blade for the SilkWorm 48000 Director.

Cisco rumored to be slashing FC prices
Industry sources say Cisco Systems Inc. "is about to embark on an aggressive Fibre Channel (FC) pricing campaign." Sources also "continue to see a renewed alignment of EMC Corp. and Cisco at the sales level." Reached for comment, Cisco spokesperson Lee Davis told, "It's Cisco policy not to comment on rumors and speculation.

"However, I can tell you that Cisco and EMC have a very strong and healthy relationship and are working together to further strengthen our joint sales and marketing efforts."

Avid ships latest shared storage systems
Avid Technology Inc. announced the immediate availability of its new Avid Unity shared-storage products -- the Avid Unity LANshare 4.2, Unity MediaNetwork 4.2 and Avid Unity ISIS 1.1 systems. The latest versions offer increased capacity, up to 192 terabytes. The Avid Unity family also supports Avid Interplay -- a nonlinear workflow engine (scheduled to ship in Q3 2006) and Avid's Open Storage Initiative, which enables customers to run third-party Mac OS X or Windows XP content creation systems, including nonlinear editing, compositing, 3D animation and script writing tools.

Unitrends extends rapid recovery system
Unitrends announced that its disk-to-disk backup product, the Rapid Recovery System will now include support for IBM's newly released System i servers (iSeries AS400), offering the ability to electronically vault i5/OS-generated data off site along with other data for disaster recovery and regulatory compliance purposes.

Verio launches small business backup
Verio Inc. announced it has partnered with Iron Mountain Inc. on its new Verio PC Data Backup service for small businesses that protects data and work documents stored on personal computers connected to a hosted server. Small businesses primarily backing up word processing documents and simple spreadsheets or financial information can choose from plans offering 2 GB or 10 GB of backup, while businesses that need to secure larger media files, digital photographs or higher volumes of data can choose a plan offering 30 GB of backup storage. PC Data Backup features also include encryption during transmission and storage, mirrored storage at multiple sites and 99.99% uptime, with user access to data 24/7/365.

Dot Hill, Crossroads settle lawsuit
Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced that it has settled the outstanding patent action brought by Crossroads Systems Inc. against it. Under the terms of the settlement, Dot Hill will pay $3.35 million for alleged past damages and Crossroads will dismiss, with prejudice, all patent claims against Dot Hill. A third party will pay Crossroads an additional $7.15 million. Going forward, Crossroads will receive a running royalty of 2.5% based on a percentage of net sales of RAID products sold by Dot Hill, but only those with functionality that is covered by U.S. Patent Nos. 5,941,972 and 6,425,035, and other patents in the patent family. For RAID products that use a controller sourced by a third party, Dot Hill will pay 0.8125% of the 2.5% royalty and a third party will be responsible for the remainder. For RAID products that use Dot Hill's proprietary controller, Dot Hill alone will be paying the 2.5% running royalty.

CA hires IBM vet
CA Inc. announced that it has named 30-year industry veteran James E. Bryant to the new position of executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Bryant's appointment is immediate and he reports directly to president and CEO John Swainson. Bryant, 61, joins CA from Common Angels, a Boston-based investment group. Prior to joining Common Angels, Bryant was the vice president in charge of the finance and administrative operations of IBM's software group for eight years.

Attune joins NetApp partner program
Attune Systems Inc. announced it has become a member of the Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) Partner Program. Membership in the Partner Program allows Attune to provide its network attached storage (NAS) virtualization products to customers with an existing NetApp enterprise.

Terrascale partners with GraphStream for HPC
Terrascale Technologies Inc., developers of storage for enterprise cluster and grid applications, announced a partnership with GraphStream Inc., a supplier of high-performance computing systems and services, in which GraphStream will integrate Terrascale's Storage Brick into its Scalable Computing Platform (SCP) systems. Terrascale Storage Bricks are high-performance storage servers that create high-capacity, high-throughput storage arrays that can be integrated into Ethernet and InfiniBand network fabrics.

Affiliated Computer Services selects Mimosa
Mimosa Systems Inc. announced that Fortune 500 business process and IT outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has selected Mimosa NearPoint to replace its existing email archiving and eDiscovery products for enterprise users.

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