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SanOne enters the StoreAge

Virtualizing SANs is the goal of a new development and distribution partnership between Scottsdale, Ariz.-based StoreAge Networking Technologies, ltd., and SAN provider SanOne, an Alanco Technologies, Inc., company in Phoenix. The two will combine StoreAge's Storage Virtualization Manager (SVM) technology with a SanOne development team dedicated to virtualization technology for functions such as serverless LAN-free backup, Shared File Systems, Multinode Clusters and other services that require a uniform overall view of and multiple access to all storage resources of the enterprise.

StoreAge Networking


Done and done

StorNet, Inc., and Vangard Technology, Inc., a pair of players in the data management and storage services space, announced they have closed on their previously announced merger. The combined company will be called StorNet and will be headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Terms of the merger were not disclosed. Additionally, the company said it has closed on an expanded $25.0 million Senior Credit Facility with PNC Business Credit. StorNet said that its strategy, technology, and employees add up to significant growth potential.

StorNet, Inc.

Vangard Technology, Inc. A>

How supportive!

Vixel Corp. has said it will support the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) development and implementation of the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) Application Programming Interface (API). The HBA API provides a common way to access information about Fibre Channel networks, giving Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) a single standardized interface to deliver functionality to their users. Bothell, Wash.-headquartered Vixel said the HBA API allows ISVs to spend less time developing solutions for managing Fibre Channel networks to meet the requirements of different operating and hardware platforms, considerably reducing their development cycles and allowing them to focus on further extending software functionality and management tools.

Vixel Corp.


Emulex gets into FC with Compaq

Also on the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) front, Emulex Corp., Costa Mesa, Calif., signed an agreement with Compaq to develop a Fibre Channel host adapter to support Compaq's VersaStor technology. The agreement outlines Emulex's intent to define and develop VersaStor-ready products. Emulex host adapters will leverage VersaStor's virtualization API to provide a single, uniform storage interface and management model to heterogeneous servers.

Emulex Corp.

ATL OEMs Veritas

Quantum ATL, a unit of Quantum Corp.'s DLT and Storage Systems Group (DSS) announced plans to OEM version 3.4 of Veritas Software's NetBackup and Backup Exec products, for ATL's LANvault backup appliance. The LANvault is a backup and restore solution that combines a high-performance tape library, Veritas software and a backup server.

Quantum Corp.

Quest for NetApp

Network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Network Appliance, Inc., has certified Quest Software, Inc.'s high availability and monitoring solutions for Oracle, including SharePlex, LiveReorg and Spotlight, with NetApp filer storage appliances. The company, located in Sunnyvale, Calif., said that this alliance will enable businesses to simplify, share, and scale storage networking and content delivery infrastructures while maintaining continuous uptime.

Network Appliance, Inc.

Quest Software, Inc.

MangedStorage expands, eh?

Storage service provider (SSP) ManagedStorage International, Inc., Broomfield, Colo., has entered into a channel partnership with Canadian-based Data Base File Tech Group (DBFT), a move that ManagedStorage said will serve as a primary vehicle for its entry into the Canadian market. ManagedStorage and DBFT will partner to provide DBFT with ManagedStorage's PowerBAK personal computer (PC) backup and server backup solutions, which DBFT will resell to its own Canadian customers. ManagedStorage provides DBFT with a "pay-as-you-go" utility model scalable to DBFT's changing capacity requirements.

ManagedStorage International, Inc.

Adapt your floppies

The U.S. sales region of Santa Ana, Calif.-headquartered Ingram Micro, Inc., a global wholesale provider of technology products and services, will soon be offering SmartDisk Corp.'s, FlashPathfor MultiMediaCard floppy disk adapter to its customers. FlashPath, which the Naples, Fla.-based SmartDisk introduced in May 1998, allows for the transfer of digital images, data and audio from flash memory cards to PCs via the floppy disk drive, without using special cards, or external connections and interfaces. It is used with digital appliances, including digital cameras, digital voice recorders and camcorders.

Ingram Micro, Inc.

SmartDisk Corp.</

Eurologic has the LINK

A new interoperability initiative launched by Eurologic Systems, Inc., Boxborough, Mass., is focused on developing and promoting storage solutions configured to be interoperable from the component level through the solution level. Called Eurologic's LINK Alliance Program, it enables OEM and vertical market application providers to reduce the time and costs associated with storage network deployment and to provide their customers with pre-tested, interoperable storage solutions designed from end-to-end to meet specific application requirements, said the company. The LINK Program addresses areas such as connectivity, operating systems, and applications.

Eurologic Systems, Inc.

Vixel certifies backup appliance

Vixel Corp. announced that it has added the LAND-5 SaveStore 800 SAN backup appliance to the list of integrated, multivendor solutions using products that are tested and certified for interoperability. LAND-5 Corp., San Diego, Calif., Exabyte Corp., Boulder, Colo., and Vixel collaborated to create a SAN backup solution that circumvents the formidable task of integrating components from multiple vendors. In this solution, both the StoragePod Plus NAS system and an Exabyte X80 automated tape library are interfaced to a high-speed Vixel 7100 Fibre Channel fabric switch with three additional GBIC ports available for direct server or storage array interfaces. This pre-configured appliance is packaged into a single full-height rack for fast and easy data center installation. Typically installable within 30 minutes, the LAND-5 SaveStore 800 appliance can provide up to 12 terabytes of unattended, high-performance SAN backup.

Vixel Corp.


Branching out in Asia

Further branching out from its Milpitas, Calif., headquarters, Adaptec, Inc., has opened a new office in China, in the Beijing Kerry Centre. The new regional office will offer local sales, marketing, technical support to Adaptec's Chinese customers. The company said a physical presence in Beijing enables the company to provide local service and support for Chinese corporate accounts. Adaptec has been selling its products into China through distributors since early 1990s, but the Adaptec Asia Pacific head-office in Hong Kong has significantly increased its sales and marketing reach throughout the region over the past three years, to the point where a local office seemed a necessity.

Adaptec, Inc.

That's QLogic-al

Compatibility testing between QLogic Corp.'s Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) components and Nortel Networks' metropolitan-area fiber optic transport technology has been successfully completed, according to Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based QLogic. The company announced that the testing verified the compatibility of QLogic's QLA2200 Series Fibre Channel host adapters and SANbox switches with Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 Multiservice Platform and SAN products from other leading vendors.

QLogic Corp.

Nortel Networks

Shugart goes to the lab

Shugart Technology, Inc., (STI) of Irvine, Calif., is set to test future versions of its FIBREcalc software application at Imation Corp.'s SAN (Storage Area Network) Solutions Lab. STI recently accelerated its product development and completed testing of its Windows NT and Windows 2000 versions of FIBREcalc at Imation's lab. STI has announced that it will use the lab for similar testing of future OS versions saying that use of the lab will accelerate the company's time to market for its software products.

Shugart Technology, Inc

Imation Corp.

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