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FalconStor Software lifts CEO Jim McNiel's interim tag; more data storage news

Storage management vendor FalconStor Software makes Jim McNiel CEO after four months as interim CEO; QNAP adds NAS server; InQuinox upgrades backup appliance.

FalconStor Software Inc. has named Jim McNiel CEO and president, four months after he became interim CEO of the storage management and data protection software vendor.

McNiel replaces ReiJane Huai, who resigned in September 2010 after disclosing that improper payments were allegedly made in FalconStor's contract with a customer. McNiel, who joined the firm in 2009 as chief strategy officer, was also elected to FalconStor's board of directors. In an interview in October, McNiel said he wants to change FalconStor's primary OEM business model to an "end-user-centric, solutions-branded" strategy. In other FalconStor news, the company named former Symantec sales executive John Turner vice president (VP) of North American sales, and promoted Walter Curti from head of research and development to chief technology officer, and Bob Daly from VP of managed services to VP of R&D.

QNAP adds SMB NAS server
QNAP Systems Inc. expanded its Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-419U+ rack-mounted NAS server. The TS-419U+ can be configured for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, or JBOD with online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration for high data redundancy. The TS-419U+ supports iSCSI and has 4 USB ports and 2 e-SATA ports.

InQuinox gives backup appliance more juice
InQuinox LLC upgraded its SD3 backup appliance for Symantec PureDisk, and claims the new systems have a deduplicated backup throughput of 10 TB per hour for each SD storage node. The upgraded appliance uses quad-core CPUs, and a combination of solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives. The SD3 scales to 192 TB of usable storage.

ExaGrid Systems claims 2010 growth
ExaGrid Systems Inc. said it increased revenue 50% in 2010 and grew its customer base to more than 845. During the year, ExaGrid added DeltaZone zone-level deduplication and introduced a new platform for its EX1000 through EX5000 models in a smaller form factor.

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