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The SNIA forms FCIP group; EMC expands its developer program; and SAN switches get some BakBone.

SNIA forms new group

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Mountain View, Calif., has formed a new group within the SNIA IP Storage Forum, the Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) Group, which will promote the emerging FCIP standard for interconnecting geographically distributed Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs) over IP networks. SNIA said the mission of the FCIP Group is to market and promote FCIP as a standards-based block storage networking solution using widely deployed IP networks. The group will help expand market awareness of FCIP benefits through the development of educational materials, public presentations, interoperability and showcase demonstrations, as well as participation in SNIA events. Among its first initiatives, the FCIP Group announced the immediate availability of the FCIP White Paper, a high-level introduction to FCIP applications and its benefits to end-user customers. This paper is accessible under the IP Storage Forum Web page on the SNIA Web site. In addition, the group is sponsoring the first FCIP plugfest, which is scheduled for the last week of this month.

The Storage Networking Industry Association

EMC expands developer program

EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass., expanded its E-Infostructure Developers Program, an open software integration initiative, to give customers access to additional third party software tools integrated with a range of EMC storage systems through new programming interfaces. The initiative, which began in 1999 with programming interfaces for EMC?s Symmetrix systems and software, now lets developers customize their software for EMC?s family of Clariion systems and software and Celerra Network File Servers. The E-Infostructure Developers Program has 75 members ranging from database, backup and management companies to specialized data software firms. More than 40 products with EMC-specific features or functions are currently available from these companies.

EMC Corp.

EZ storage

Boulder, Colo.-based Exabyte Corp., announced today the availability of its EZ17-A autoloader based on the AIT-2 tape format. The EZ17-A accommodates one AIT-2 tape drive and seven cartridges and has a native capacity of 350G Bytes and native data throughput of 21.6 GB/hour. The EZ17-A starts at $6899 and general availability is scheduled for the end of July 2001.

Exabyte Corp.

Testing?testing, is this thing on?

Vixel Corp., Bothell, Wash., and IBM, Armonk, N.Y., have joined forces to get their two 2GBps Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) products to work together. The companies are conducting tests to demonstrate compatibility between Vixel's new 9000 Series 2 Gbps switches and IBM's 2 Gbps ProFibre Storage Array DF4000J. According to Vixel, the initial testing of Vixel's 9000 series switches with IBM's ProFibre DF4000J has shown positive results. Vixel's new 9300-HA 2GBps fabric switches are designed for large switch meshes, cascading switch environments and joining islands of SANs. The ProFibre DF4000J is the first in a series of 2 Gbps Fibre Channel subsystem enclosures from IBM.

Vixel Corp.

IBM Corp.

SAN switches get some BakBone

San Diego, Calif.-headquartered storage management software maker BakBone Software Inc., and Gadzoox Networks Inc., announced that BakBone?s NetVault backup/restore software is certified for use on Gadzoox Networks? Capellix 2000 and 3000 series SAN switches, providing full interoperability for enterprise-level storage management. The Capellix 2000 series of SAN switches offers a choice in media type, scalability to 11 ports at a price of less then $400/port and open management. BakBone?s NetVault is a modular storage management solution with the ability to scale from workgroup to enterprise.

BakBone Software Inc.

Gadzoox Networks Inc.

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