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New name brings new focus

Cranel Inc., Columbus, Ohio, has chosen to rename its storage division Adexis, stating that the new brand will allow the company to better focus on the end-user's storage needs. Adexis provides expertise in implementing data access, management and protection solutions. The company's services cover the areas of online storage, backup and recovery, and high availability/clustering providing consulting, installation, training and support.

Adexis Storage

Neartek partners with ADIC for virtual tape solutions

Neartek Inc., has entered an agreement with Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) that will bring virtual tape solutions to the mainframe, open system and mid-range market through the certification of Neartek's Vsengine virtualization software with ADIC's Scalar 100 and Scalar 1000 tape libraries. The companies said, in a joint press release, that the combination of Neartek's software and the tape based capacity of ADIC's automated libraries will reduce the complexity of sharing resources and consolidating back-up from mixed computing environments and various tape applications. The ADIC Scalar series of libraries comprise more than a dozen models that offer capacity ranges for all of the major open system tape formats including LTO, AIT, and DLT. Neartek's Vsengine is a virtual near-online storage solution.

Neartek Inc.

Advanced Digital Information Corp.

Imperial certified with Solaris

Imperial Technology, El Segundo, Calif., a manufacturer of solid-state accelerators, announced that its MegaRam-5000 storage accelerator has gained Sun's Solaris Ready certification for compatibility and interoperability with the Sun Solaris Operating Environment. Solaris Ready products, such as the MegaRam-5000, are certified and tested in Sun laboratories and are verified to work with Sun platforms. Being Solaris Ready, Imperial's storage accelerators are compatible with Sun Enterprise Servers and Sun StorEdge T3 storage subsystems. Imperial's MegaRam-5000 storage accelerator features up to eight independent Fibre Channel interfaces for multiple hosts or redundant data paths, and includes dual AC inputs, redundant hot-swap power supplies and battery packs, redundant hot-swap fan assemblies, and multiple LUNs and multi-pathing when used with Veritas DMP or Cluster Server.

Sun Microsystems Inc.

Imperial Technology Corp.

nStor and Avant Networks Sign Distributor Agreement

nStor Technologies Inc., San Diego, Calif., has signed a distributor agreement with Avant Networks to offer enterprise-class storage solutions in the Asia/Pacific region. Avant Networks, one of Asia's top providers of network and infrastructure products, will offer the NexStor Fibre Channel and SCSI RAID solutions as stand-alone products or bundled with its line of servers. Avant and nStor will jointly provide customer service and support. The NexStor family of SAN-ready storage solutions is available with Fibre Channel, SCSI or Fibre-SCSI connectivity. Flagship products include the NexStor 3150 and the NexStor 3250, which offers an increased spindle count. The NexStor 3150 features dual RAID controllers and accommodates up to eight 1- or 1.6- inch disk drives, providing 584G Bytes of storage in a 3.5" high (2U) enclosure. For multi-terabyte solutions, additional NexStor 802 modules connect to the NexStor 3150, scaling to more than 9.1T Bytes of total RAID capacity. The 3150 and 3250 both support 10,000 and 15,000 RPM drives and are easily upgradeable to facilitate the next generation of 2G-bit performance.

Avant Networks Inc.

nStor Technologies Inc.

Mylex cuts RAID prices by 25%

Mylex, Fremont, Calif., an IBM Company and supplier of RAID controllers, announced it is offering its value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators price reductions across the board for Mylex AcceleRAID and eXtremeRAID controllers. Reducing prices by up to 25%, or $400, Mylex said it is bringing the features, performance and manageability of RAID protection to a wider market. Mylex AcceleRAID and eXtremeRAID controllers offer support for RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 10, 30, 50 and JBOD, and most major operating systems, including Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, NetWare, Sun Solaris, SCO UNIX, SCO UnixWare, and DOS. Pricing starts as follows: AcceleRAID 170LP, $399; AcceleRAID 170, $499; AcceleRAID 352, $799; eXtremeRAID 2000, $1,499; and eXtremeRAID 3000, $1,999.

Mylex Corp.

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