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Packeteer to stockholders: Take no action

Packeteer tells stockholders to wait while it weighs a hostile takeover bid; Sun and MySQL to offer open source data backup.

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Packeteer to stockholders: Take no action
Packeteer is urging stockholders to take no action on a $200 million offer to buy the company by hedge fund Eliot Associates LP. The minority investors appear frustrated by Packeteer's inability to increase revenues and generate profit with its WAN optimization products. Packeteer said its board of directors will have further recommendations for stockholders within 10 business days.

Sun, MySQL to offer open source data backup
Sun and MySQL have both signed on to resell startup Zmanda's open source software for backing up the MySQL open source database. A 30-day trial of Zmanda Recovery Manager Enterprise Edition is available via the MySQL website, and Sun will offer the product starting April 1. Zmanda and Sun have also agreed to a joint-selling and co-marketing partnership.

This week's news
EMC revs up interest in Iomega

Brocade moves file virtualization in-band

Hewlett-Packard tries new storage automation focus

EMC, Quantum form deduplication tag team against Data Domain

Storage managers explain their different paths to data archiving

IBM reportedly in talks to buy VTL vendor Diligent
EMC to OEM Brocade data center backbone
EMC will rebrand Brocade's 8 Gbps DCX data center backbone as the EMC Connectrix ED-DCX-B. The product is generally available through EMC channels.

VAR, HP bundle Xen with storage
Citrix reseller Moose Logic will package DataCore storage virtualization software with Citrix's XenServer server virtualization software for small and medium-sized business customers in the northwestern U.S. Moose Logic will offer the full line of DataCore's SAN storage virtualization, disaster recovery and continuous data protection software, and said DataCore's low-cost packages from $1,000 and up are appealing to cost-sensitive small companies. In a separate announcement, Citrix also said its XenServer will also be bundled with HP ProLiant servers and HP storage hardware in a package sold through HP channels.

Compellent adds Novell Yes Certified products
Compellent Technologies' StorageCenter (SAN) has been certified with Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and NetWare 6.5 operating systems. The Novell Yes Certified designation applies to both Fibre Channel and iSCSI server connections to the Compellent SAN.

InMage supports Oracle VM
InMage said its DR-Scout product will support Oracle VM, Oracle's server virtualization software. The InMage product does continuous data protection for local data centers and remote disaster recovery.

ExaGrid blessed by VMware
ExaGrid has become a VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) and has certified its product's use within VMware virtualized environments. ExaGrid said its product will store both VMware .vmdk (virtual disk) and .vmx (VMware configuration) files.

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