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Synnex becomes major distributor for Quantum|ATL; FalconStor announces certification of Quantum|ATL's P-Series automated tape libraries; and Hewlett-Packard and Hitachi extend joint technology agreement.

Pushing tape

Synnex Information Technologies Inc., a Fremont, Calif., headquartered IT services company, has become a major distributor for the entire series of Quantum|ATL's high-end storage systems, including the M1500. Quantum|ATL is an Irvine, Calif.-based subsidiary of Quantum Corp., and a supplier of DLTape automation products. Providing the industry's most comprehensive product family ranging from desktop to data center, Quantum|ATL's library systems provide high-performance, proven reliability, cost-effectiveness and scalability for organizations requiring backup, archival and recovery of business-critical data. Synnex works with industry suppliers in PCs and servers, motherboards, CPUs, memory, storage, networking, communication and component products.

Synnex Information Technologies Inc.


Soaring for certification

FalconStor Inc., Melville, N.Y., and Quantum|ATL, a subsidiary of Quantum Corp., Irvine, Calif., announced the certification of Quantum|ATL's P-Series automated tape libraries with FalconStor's IPStor for data protection on IP/iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage networks. IPStor software aggregates and virtualizes storage resources via interfaces including SCSI, Fibre Channel and iSCSI, and provisions the virtualized storage in the form of SAN or NAS over IP/iSCSI and Fibre Channel. In addition, IPStor offers mirroring, snapshot, replication, active-active fail-over and integration with off-the-shelf backup software to perform high-speed snapshot backup of virtualized storage data. Quantum|ATL's P-Series DLTtape libraries feature support for high-speed host and network interconnects, hot-plug DLTtape drives and Internet browser-based management tools.


FalconStor Inc.

If it ain't broke, extend it three more years

Let the good times roll. Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., and Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, are extending a joint technology agreement and OEM agreement for another three years. The original agreements, signed in May 1999, had HP combining Hitachi Data System's core array technology with HP's open system software and solutions to create the HP Surestore XP disk array family, which exceeded sales of $1 billion earlier this year. The HP XP disk array family uses Hitachi's high-end disk array technology combined with firmware exclusive to HP and HP-developed software to deliver Web-based HP XP disk array management. HP also has integrated the XP arrays with HP OpenView data center and storage management software.

Hewlett-Packard Co.

Hitachi Ltd.

Increase your Fibre Channel I.Q.

With the introduction of a line of M2 native Fibre Channel drive and automation products, Exabyte Corp., Boulder, Colo., launched a Fibre Channel website that explains the basics of storage area networks (SANs) and defines serverless backup, one of the features of Exabyte?s native Fibre Channel products. As well as general information about SANs and Fibre Channel, the website offers a number of white papers that and technical information. The site also describes Exabyte?s native Fibre Channel tape libraries and tape drives, and helps customers determine how native Fibre Channel products will meet their data backup and restore needs.

Exabyte Corp.

Virtually deployed

StoreAge Networking Technologies Ltd., Nesher, Israel, announced today an agreement with Robert Bosch GmbH, a German manufacturer of electrical appliances, to deploy its Storage Virtualization Manager (SVM) in Bosch?s European computing centers. The deployment will be assisted by Basis, StoreAge?s strategic partner in Germany. The SVM provides a uniform and centralized management view of all the enterprise?s installed disk systems.

Basis Advanced Technologies Ltd.

StoreAge Networking Technologies Inc.

At your service

Southborough, Mass.-based Storability Inc., has bagged CTC Communications, an integrated communications carrier, as a customer for Storability's AssurEnable program to provide storage services to its existing and future customer base. By integrating Storability's Storage Assurance Services with its existing network infrastructure and data centers, CTC Communications will be able to add managed storage services to its portfolio of voice, data, Internet and video services. CTC provides these services to more than 14,000 medium and large business customers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. According to Storability, the AssurEnable program allows customers to begin generating revenues on storage services as early as 30-60 days from contract signing.

Storability Inc.

Shhh! For Vixel users only

As a follow-up to the its recent OEM agreement with Fujitsu Softek, Vixel Corp.., Bothell, Wash., is now making its multivendor storage area network (SAN) management software, SAN InSite Professional, available to its base of switch and hub customers. Vixel customers can upgrade their SAN management capabilities through a "Vixel Users Only" introductory offering. Vixel's time-limited offer to customers allows them to acquire the full, unrestricted release of SAN InSite Professional at a 50% discount off published list prices. SAN InSite Professional extends users' ability to manage and monitor the health and reliability of their SANs, and capitalizes on the recent Fibre Alliance Management Information Base (MIBs) that are now implemented by the majority of SAN device manufacturers. Vixel Corp.

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