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Netvault 6.03 features NDMP application plug-in modules for Netapp filers

BakBone Software, San Diego, Calif., a global provider of storage management software and network-attached storage (NAS) giant Network Appliance Inc., (NetApp) have announced the availability of NetVault 6.03 enterprise storage management software, featuring Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) v.3 support for Network Appliance environments. NetVault's NDMP for Network Appliance Application Plug-in Modules (APM) maintains centralized backup administration, and speeds online backup and restore of data. The APM provides a full-featured solution for NetApp filers, including local backup, automation control, direct access restores and dynamic drive sharing, available for UNIX, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Linux. NetVault 6.03, introduced earlier this month, incorporates an added range of features designed to simplify the implementation of topologies based on NAS and SANs. NetVault 6.03 for Windows NT/2000 and Red Hat Linux begins at $995. UNIX versions begin at $3,725.

BakBone Software Inc.

Network Appliance Inc.

3ware announces RAID 5 for Escalade 6000

3ware Inc., has debuted RAID 5 for the company?s Escalade 6000 product line. 3ware?s RAID 5 is an ATA RAID controller for the open-source and Linux communities in addition to supporting Windows NT and 2000 platforms. 3ware?s Escalade switch RAID controller, using ATA/100 disk drives, achieved 85M Bytes/sec of sustained throughput. The suggested retail prices for the Escalade switch controllers with RAID 5 are $295 for the Escalade 6400 and $495 for the Escalade 6800. Current customers will not be charged to upgrade to RAID 5 and will be able to download the firmware driver-sets from 3ware?s website beginning February 15, 2001.

3ware Inc.

NSS partners with Hitachi for customer maintenance

Network Storage Solutions (NSS), Chantilly, VA, is teaming with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to provide customer maintenance services to its customers in North America. Under the service level agreement, HDS Worldwide Customer Services will provide call center, customer maintenance, and logistics support to NSS system integrators and end users of its Thunderbolt product line. NSS customers can select from HDS? multi-tier service level menu ranging from Platinum Plus 7x24 coverage, with 2-hour on site response, to Silver Service next business day spare parts delivery for those with less critical needs.

Hitachi Data Systems

Network Storage Solutions Inc.

Dot Hill deals with Arsenal

Storage area network (SAN) solution provider Dot Hill Systems Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., has agreed to a referral and purchasing deal with Arsenal Digital Solutions, Durham, N.C. a storage service provider (SSP). The terms of the deal state that Dot Hill will refer end-users requiring data storage and services through an SSP to Arsenal, while Arsenal will quote, purchase, and use SANnet products from Dot Hill when providing its services to customers referred by Dot Hill.

Arsenal Digital Solutions Inc.

Dot Hill Systems Corp.

Chaparral expands European distribution

Chaparral Network Storage Inc., is widening its reach into the European storage market with Omnis Source, a Belgium-headquartered company focused on enterprise storage solutions. Omni Source will offer Chaparral's FS1110, FS1310 and FS2620 Intelligent Storage Routers. Chaparral routers enable end-users to connect SCSI storage devices to Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), offering customers the benefits of Fibre Channel while protecting their investments in new and legacy SCSI devices.

Omnis Source

Chaparral Network Storage Inc.

Ciprico picked for IBM Ultrastar testing

Ciprico Inc., was tapped by IBM to test Big Blue's new 15,000-RPM Ultrastar 36Z15 hard disk drives. Both the 18 and 36G Byte models were tested and results indicated read/write performances faster than capabilities previously demonstrated across Ciprico's product portfolio and storage area network (SAN) solutions. Ciprico designs, manufactures and markets direct-attached and networked storage solutions, including hardware, software and professional services.

Ciprico Inc.


Spectra Logic tackles tape backup for IP

Boulder, Colo.-based tape library manufacturer Spectra Logic Corp., announced its new IP-Tape Initiative. According to the company the initiative?s efforts address backup concerns for emerging storage IP protocol architectures. The participants in the Spectra Logic IP-Tape Initiative include companies who are driving protocols such as iSCSI, iFCP, iSNS, NDMP, VI and Jumbo Frames. The initiative?s goals are to examine the standards work already in process associated with these protocols and ensure that tape backup solutions exist in these architectures. Participants in the Spectra Logic IP-Tape Initiative include: BakBone Software, Benchmark Storage Innovations, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Computer Associates International, Inc., Dantz Development Corp., Ecrix Corp., Exabyte Corp., Extreme Networks, Inc., Knox Software, Legato Systems, Inc., Network Appliance, Inc., Nishan Systems, Seagate Removable Storage Solutions, Sony Electronics, Syncsort, Inc., Tandberg Data, VERITAS Software and XIOtech Corp.

Spectra Logic Corp.

ATL certifies 43 SANs and counting

ATL, Irvine, Calif., a unit of Quantum's DLT and Storage Systems Group and a supplier of DLTtape automation products for networked computers, debuted its "Certified Solution" program, which, according to ATL, has successfully certified 43 storage area network (SAN) solutions. As a complete SAN solutions provider, ATL certifies its libraries with products from a number of hardware and software vendors to ensure the total solution works together, and integration challenges are invisible to the customer. Additionally, ATL offers one call support on all of their certified solutions. Since a number of well-coordinated changes must be made to implement a SAN successfully, a fairly high level of expertise is required, which is why all ATL SAN solutions are planned, deployed, serviced, certified and maintained by ATL.

Quantum Corp.'s ATL unit

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