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Storage roundup: Intel lines up storage system partners for Jasper Forest

Xyratex, Promise Technology to use new Intel Jasper Forest processor; Micron buys flash rival Numonyx to expand market footprint; STORServer adds agent for IBM TSM Microsoft SharePoint.

This week's storage briefs:

Intel Corp. said its new Xeon processor C3500/C5500 series – previously code-named Jasper Forest -- will be used in storage systems from Xyratex International Inc., Promise Technology Inc. and others.

With the C3500/C5500 series, Intel has integrated PCI Express and all I/O functions onto a dual-processing Xeon chip. This facilitates dense storage and communications products such as IPTV, On-Demand Video Services, VoIP, NAS, SAN and wireless radio network controllers. The new processor maintains the performance of the Intel Nehalem architecture while lowering system power consumption. Other storage system partners named by Intel include AIC/Xtore, Brainaire, and United Information Technology Inc.

Micron acquires flash maker Numonyx

Micron Inc. acquired flash memory rival vendor Numonyx Holdings for $1.27 billion. The deal lets Micron diversify its memory offerings, adding NOR flash used in mobile devices and non-volatile Phase Change Memory (PCM) from Numonyx's product line to its own NAND and DRAM platforms. Numonyx was a joint venture between Intel and STMicroelectronics.

STORServer adds SharePoint Agent

STORServer launched its Agent for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Microsoft SharePoint 6.1, which helps customers to more efficiently back up their shared Web-based workplaces for better online collaboration. A policy-based backup and recovery solution, STORServer claims the new Agent allows customers to restore portals, top level sites, subsites and individual document libraries, attachments, lists, folders, areas and sub-areas, in addition to scheduling full, incremental or differential backup at different levels.

SNIA migrates to new tech center

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) opened a new Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The new facility, which will have more than 8,600 square feet of data center, computer lab, office, classroom and meeting space, has relocated to the LSI Corp. campus after nine years at the Hewlett-Packard complex in Colorado Springs Technology Park. Technology programs housed at the facility address energy efficiency, storage management, standards conformance, data archiving and cloud computing.

Sport Relief turns to 3PAR storage

3PAR is providing back-end storage to support transaction processing for Comic Relief's fundraising campaign, Sport Relief. The cloud infrastructure was built on 3PAR InServ T-Class Storage Servers by Carrenza Hosting. To handle traffic during Sport Relief from March 19-21, Carrenza built a transaction processing engine using 3cV, a virtualized utility computing model that combines 3PAR Utility Storage with Hewlett-Packard BladeSystem c-Class server blades and server virtualization software from VMware.

Spectra Logic says disk backup and dedupe revenue spiked

Spectra Logic claims a double-digit year-over-year sales growth last quarter for its disk-based backup appliances and midrange and large tape libraries. Spectra said its nTier700 deduplication appliances and Spectra T950 tape libraries were strong sellers in the quarter.

Bowdoin College deploys Mimosa NearPoint for email archiving

Mimosa Systems Inc. said Bowdoin College has selected NearPoint for unified email retention, e-discovery, storage optimization and end-user search efficiency on its Mac and PC-based Exchange mailboxes. Bowdoin, based in Brunswick, Maine, turned to NearPoint after its Exchange server storage grew from 150 GB to 2 TB, and it sometimes required two days to recover an Exchange database.

Asigra Cloud Backup Platform achieves FIPS 140-2 certification

Asigra Inc. said the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 1 certificate #1240 to its Cloud Backup platform. FIPS is a recognized standard for cryptography products developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all non-military government agencies and contractors. Certification of Asigra's platform encompasses the entire system for all data, and testing is performed for physical security, design quality, cryptographic best practices, fully specified state model and independent cryptanalysis.

MTI to offer Axxana Phoenix System RP in Europe

Axxana and MTI Consulting have signed a partnership agreement to market the Axxana Phoenix System RP, which will also be showcased in the MTI Solutions Centre in the U.K. in conjunction with EMC Corp., VMware Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. Axxana claims the system enables zero data loss over any geographical distance, complements the asynchronous replication benefits offered by MTI with EMC's RecoverPoint, and enables organizations to protect a synchronous copy of the data at the primary site in a storage device. Following a disaster or loss of communication with the primary data center, the Phoenix System repatriates the data set using a cellular broadband link, which is then reintegrated by RecoverPoint.


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