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Seagate bundles Bakbone's NetVault

Bakbone Software, Inc., a San Diego, Calif.-based provider of storage software solutions, and Seagate Removable Storage Solutions, Scotts Valley, Calif. announced an OEM software agreement under which Seagate will bundle a copy of Bakbone's NetVault backup/restore software with Seagate's Viper 2000 Ultrium tape drive and Viper 2000 autoloader. NetVault will enable the Viper 2000 to process data at a higher rate of throughput and efficiency.

The NetVault/Viper drive bundle will be available in the first half of 2001 through Seagate's resellers and distributors or on the Internet at

Bakbone Software, Inc.

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions

CNT adds new storage networking router

CNT, Minneapolis, Minn., a provider of storage networking solutions, is adding a new storage networking router to its UltraNet family of storage networking solutions. The UltraNet Edge Storage Router will support high-speed network architecture including Fibre Channel over IP networks (FCIP) and iSCSI and InfiniBand technologies providing a high degree of flexibility and performance. UltraNet is a customer installable, configurable and maintainable device.

The UltraNet Edge Storage Router model 1000, scheduled to become available during the second quarter of 2001, will support FCIP, allowing customers to leverage IP infrastructures and Fibre Channel investments to interconnect "SAN islands" for the creation of enterprise-wide storage networks. The UltraNet Edge Storage Router model 2000, scheduled for availability in the second half of 2001, will support iSCSI, providing a variety of interconnects for iSCSI and Fibre Channel protocols. The 1000 model can be software-upgraded to the 2000 model.

The UltraNet Edge Storage Router model 3000 is scheduled for availability in 2002 and will support InfiniBand, a point-to-point switching architecture.


I-TECH debuts the Fibre Channel Analyzing Hub

I-TECH Corp., located in Eden Prairie, Minn. a designer and manufacturer of hardware and software products for the computer peripherals test equipment market, introduced Monday its Satellite IFC-8202 Fibre Channel Analyzing Hub. The hub combines a two-channel analyzer and an eight-port hub within a compact, transportable unit. Multiple networked users can access the device via a standard Ethernet TCP/IP connection. According to the company, the device's pluggable design allows for configuration and enables the use of any copper or optical GBIC combination.

The IFC-8202 analyzer provides 320M Bytes of trace memory for each channel, at 1 or 2G Bytes data transfer speeds. High-speed TRAC engines (intelligent trace control processors) enable multi-level triggering configurable to more than 100 events, along with real-time pre-filtering, post-filtering and performance monitoring.

The integrated eight-port hub operates either as a stand-alone arbitrated-loop device or in conjunction with the analyzer for capturing protocol and performance data between any two devices connected to the hub. Analysis test points are assigned in the software-no manual connections are necessary.


McDATA releases Fibre Channel Galaxy-Class Director

McDATA Corp., Broomfield, Colo., on Monday released its newest enterprise-class Fibre Channel Galaxy-Class Director ED-6064. The ED-6064 is a SAN backbone that offers scalability, flexibility and provides guaranteed 99.999 percent data availability, according to the company.

According to the company, the ED-6064 Director provides a combination of performance, high availability, non-blocking, protocol-independent architecture, security, speed and extensibility. This 64-port Director provides customers with access to their data coupled with centralized management from McDATA's Enterprise Fabric Connectivity (EFC) manager software.

The ED-6064 features hot-plug redundant power supplies, hot-plug redundant fans, hot-plug optics, hot-plug redundant processors (CTP), hot-plug redundant single stage switching modules (SBAR) and hot-plug port modules (FPM). It also offers on-line diagnostics, on-line non-disruptive firmware load, activation and fault isolation tools for network-wide activity and hot code activation technology.

This newest Director will be available in limited quantities beginning in April, 2001 from all authorized McDATA Elite Solutions Partners and OEM partners.

McData Corp.

TrelliSoft's StorageAlert for Unix and Windows

TrelliSoft, Inc., Glen Ellyn, Ill., a provider of Web-based storage resource management (SRM) solutions, announced that its StorageAlert/OS is generally available. According to the company, StorageAlert is a Java- and Web-based SRM solution suite that ensures application availability and reduces storage costs enterprise-wide, monitoring assets and usage across UNIX and Windows environments from a single web browser-based interface and is designed for the open enterprise.

StorageAlert provides these key features and benefits: Identifies wasted space by locating files that haven't been accessed in a long time; allocates storage costs helping IT to understand which users, projects and departments belong to storage and hold them accountable; after initial backup, ensures that data is backed up by identifying data that has been added or modified; analyzes storage usage and predicts future usage based on real information; enables IT to enforce usage policies by prohibiting storage of MP3 files on all or selected servers and has the capability to avert a potential disaster such as disk failure or loss of date.

StorageAlert is available immediately in the United States. Pricing begins at $1,000 for a single Intel-based processor.

TrelliSoft, Inc.

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