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Apptime for a NetApp

Network Appliance, Inc., (NetApp) Sunnyvale, Calif., and Apptime Technologies AG of Ismaning, Germany have unveiled a new solution for network-attached storage (NAS) and heterogeneous, clustered application servers. The new solutions combines Apptime's Watchdog software for arbitrary cluster application servers with NetApp filers offering a flexible cluster solution for NAS environments. This joint venture tackles the problems that occur when utilizing various file systems in heterogeneous clusters, allowing for high availability of data and also failover capability in clustered application servers.

Network Appliance, Inc.

Apptime Technologies AG

Benchmark nabs $40 million in financing round

Benchmark Storage Innovations, Inc., a DLTtape storage solutions company, closed its third round of financing, securing $40 million in its largest round to date, and including several new investors. The Boulder, Colo., company said that the financing will be used to fund working capital addressing rapidly expanding opportunities from major OEM customers including Dell Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. New investors and industry partners Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), Lafe Holdings Limited, StorageTek, and individual investors join Aweida Venture Partners and Quantum Corp. in this third round of financing.

Benchmark Storage Innovations, Inc.

Columbia Data and Veritas team on Netware

Columbia Data Products, Inc., (CDP) Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Veritas Software Corp., Mountain View, Calif., have announced the integration of CDP's Open Transaction Manager (OTM) as the Open File Option for Veritas Backup Exec for NetWare and Veritas NetBackup. OTM eliminates backup windows and helps users maintain safe and consistent backups. This partnership expands CDP's relationship with Veritas as OTM is already integrated into both Veritas Backup Exec for Windows NT and Windows 2000 and Veritas NetBackup for Windows NT. OTM's disk/volume-based snapshot technology developed by CDP provides backup of open files and raw operating system transactions.

Veritas Software Corp.

Columbia Data Products, Inc.

Grau signs with Logicon for Infinistore maintenance

Louisville, Colo.-based, Grau Data Storage, Inc., signed an agreement with Logicon, Inc., a Northrop Grumman Company, to provide service and support maintenance for the company�s Infinistore Virtual Disk (IVD) network-attached storage (NAS) servers and Infinistore Tape Libraries (ITL). Under the agreement, Logicon's Commercial Information Services (LCIS) business unit will provide both round-the-clock help desk technical support and service in the field for Grau customers.

Logicon, Inc.

Grau Data Storage, Inc.

Pathlight teams with TidalWire

Pathlight Technology, Inc., has entered a fulfillment agreement with TidalWire Inc. (formerly known as Polaris Storage Network Services), a Value Added Reseller of storage area network (SAN) interconnect products. TidalWire will distribute and provide customer support for Ithaca, N.Y.-based Pathlight's entire storage networking product family including its SAN Gateway and SAN Router solutions and software products such as Data Mover, Virtual Private SAN and Virtual Private Map.

Tidal Wire, Inc.

Pathlight Technology, Inc.

QLogic takes the initiative

QLogic Corp., a provider if SAN infrastructure components debuted its host bus adapter (HBA) High Availability Package, a software module that provides data path redundancy in clusters and storage area networks (SANs) incorporating servers running Windows NT. The QLogic HBA High Availability Package also complements storage subsystem failover software by eliminating performance degradation associated with RAID controller failover. The High Availability Package is the first product in QLogic's high-end server and storage initiative targeted at providing availability, scalability and performance to enterprise-class data centers. As a key component of the QLogic Management Suite software, the High Availability Package automatically re-routes data to ensure users have uninterrupted access to information on the system or SAN configuration. IT administrators can keep the system available with no interference to user applications and other system resources. Input/output (I/O) loads can be transferred back to the primary adapter without any disruption to the network.

QLogic Corp.

Veritas takes MyCD across the pond

Veritas Software Corp. has licensed Prassi Europe SARL's Px Engine for CD-R and CD-RW mastering software. Prassi's Px Engine is embedded in Veritas MyCD and Veritas MyCD Pro, the new CD-recording line designed for the Microsoft Windows desktop market. Veritas plans to deploy the Prassi Px Engine across the entire spectrum of its CD-R/CD-RW software, including the OEM and retail markets.

Prassi Europe SARL

Veritas Software Corp.

The mark of the SAN

San Diego, Calif.,-headquartered nStor Technologies Inc.'s NexStor Fibre Channel storage solutions have earned the SANmark certification from the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). The FCIA's new SANmark program is designed for Fibre Channel manufacturers or independent laboratories to verify compliance among products from multiple vendors. The goal of the SANmark program is to ensure multi-vendor conformance to common network operation that promotes robust, heterogeneous Fibre Channel networks. Vendors who successfully complete the certification program are "SANmarked." The SANmark program identifies key protocol elements that could adversely affect a multi-vendor Fibre Channel based SAN. The FCIA, with assistance from the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab, has built tests that can be used by Fibre Channel vendors to test these vital elements and eliminate multi-vendor interoperability issues.

The Fibre Channel Industry Association

nStor Technologies, Inc.

Emulex gets with the program

Fibre Channel host bus adapter-maker Emulex Corp., Costa Mesa, Calif., launched the Emulex Technical Integration Partners' (eTIP) Program, which the company said is designed to recognize a select group of highly-skilled systems integrators, and to provide technical training and support in deploying Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) solutions. The program assures end users that eTIP partners possess all of the required skills and expertise necessary for leading edge SAN design and installation.

Emulex Corp.

M4 Data and CommVault enter tape management deal

London-based M4 Data, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of tape drives and tape libraries, and CommVault Systems Inc., Oceanport, N.J., a provider of enterprise data and storage management software solutions, announced that M4 Data's MagFile family of tape libraries are now fully supported and certified with CommVault's Galaxy Enterprise 2000 software. This certification allows M4 Data customers to take advantage of the CommVault Galaxy software across the complete range of MagFile tape libraries.

CommVault Systems, Inc.

M4 Data, Inc.

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