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QLogic ships record number of FC HBAs

According to the latest Dell'Oro Group report, QLogic broke industry records for Fibre Channel ports shipped.

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QLogic ships record number of Fibre Channel HBAs
QLogic ranked No. 1 in Fibre Channel (FC) HBA market share for the fourth consecutive year, widening its overall market lead, according to the Dell'Oro Group Q4 2007 SAN Report. In the last calendar quarter of 2007, Dell'Oro reported that QLogic achieved all-time highs of 49.9% revenue market share and 52.4% port market share and for 2007, set an industry record by shipping more than 1.4 million ports in one year.

In a separate release, QLogic and LSI said they will cross-certify InfiniBand-based storage systems from LSI with QLogic InfiniBand networking products.

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FCIA makes FCoE progress
The T11 Technical Committee adopted a common addressing structure for the FCoE standard this week, according to the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). A common addressing structure allows products to be built by the industry to a single standard.

CaminoSoft automates file archiving for Mac
CaminoSoft announced that its Managed Server HSM software supports Mac environments. The new product is based on partner Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP File Server software, which adds Mac client file sharing (AppleShareIP) to Windows servers.

PivotStor makes its tape automation modular
PivotStor said its new AP Series TL4000EX and TL8000EX tape library expansion modules will help users scale tape environments in more granular increments. Users can double the number of slots available in a PivotStor TL4000 automated tape library, from 48 slots up to 96 slots by adding a TL4000EX module, or from 96 slots to 192 slots in a PivotStor TL8000 8U library by adding a TL8000EX module. PivotStor also has 2U, 4U and 8U tape libraries; pricing for the new modules starts at $7,000.

CipherMax storage encryption certified with HP VTLs
CipherMax said its CM140T appliance and KeyCruiser key lifecycle management system have been certified with the Hewlett-Packard (HP) TAC Partner Program for HP StorageWorks VLS. The product is now included in the HP StorageWorks EBS Compatibility Matrix.

Agami gets $45 million
Agami has closed $45 million in Series C financing and has an option to extend the round. The funding, led by Advanced Equities with participation from current investors New Enterprise Associates, Kleiner Perkins, APEX Venture Partners, Alta Partners, TIF Ventures and Duff Ackerman Goodrich, and new investments from Itochu and David Stiles will be used to boost sales and marketing activities.

E-discovery unit uses Brocade director
LexisNexis e-discovery unit is using a Brocade 48000 director to network half a petabyte of Tier 1 storage, according to Brocade.

HP, Unilever extend deal for $675 million
HP and Unilever extended their relationship with a seven-year outsourcing contract for the management of Unilever's technology infrastructure in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Turkey and Middle East. According to the companies, the new extension is worth $675 million. HP will manage Unilever's corporate data centers, messaging and directory services, Internet and intranet systems hosting, disaster recovery services and the outsourcing of 4,500 multivendor Unix and Windows servers and storage environments.

U.K. company boosts network with Riverbed
LeasePlan has selected and deployed Riverbed's WDS solutions in its U.K. offices, Riverbed said this week. LeasePlan upgraded its WAN as part of a project to reduce its network operation to a single service provider with the goal of improving performance; that consolidation didn't have the desired effect, and the company added Riverbed's WAFS to further speed traffic.

Wisconsin ISP deploys Pillar for disaster recovery
Wisconsin Independent Network (WIN) has deployed the Pillar Axiom storage system in its primary and secondary data centers, according to Pillar. The new arrays were set up for a sister company and to support a secondary data backup service for businesses in the Wisconsin region. WIN has deployed two Pillar Axiom 500s, combined SAN and NAS units, replacing NetApp 3050s.

German manufacturer goes for ExaGrid disk-based backup
FLSmidth has selected ExaGrid's disk-based backup to speed restores and to reduce its reliance on tape. Prior to installing ExaGrid, each of the company's weekly full backups used 35 tapes. Since installing ExaGrid, KOCH has reduced the time to complete a full backup from 36 hours to 20 hours. The IT staff now performs incremental backups in less than an hour each night.

Panasas adds oil and gas user
Netherlands-based Fugro has replaced DAS and standalone NFS systems with Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage, boosting its seismic application performance by five times, according to Panasas. The new system allows multiple users working on the same project to access the cluster without response time degradation.

Sepaton reports business growth
Sepaton reported this week that its user base expanded to more than 900 customers with over 57 PB of data in 2007. The totals represent a 180% increase in the number of customers and a 320% increase in overall petabytes shipped compared to 2006. Sepaton also received $22 million in venture funding last year, led by new investor HarbourVest Ventures.

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