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Quick Takes: Start your engines

NSS drops prices, upgrades systems; SANgate launches website; HDS gets a new infrastructure in Sacramento.

Gentlemen, start your engines

Network Storage Solutions (NSS) Inc., Chantilly, Va., is cutting the price and upgrading the technology on its NASengine network-attached storage systems. The upgraded NASengine, which is shipping now, includes an Intel Pentium III processor operating at 1GHz, double the ECC SDRAM, and quadruple the PCI bus bandwidth of the previous version. The new model also features externally accessible, redundant, hot-swap fans in a 1U package. The company also announced a price reduction of nearly 50% for the product. The company's NASengine is a part of the NSS Thunderbolt storage system. A one terabyte Thunderbolt NAS system configured with an active/active Ultra-160 RAID storage module and two NASengines in a failover configuration sells for less than $50,000 dollars.

Network Storage Solutions Inc.

Prepare for launch

SANgate Systems Inc., Southborough, Mass., unveiled its new corporate web site. The company says it will use the site to educate visitors about Enterprise-level storage networking, and to build brand awareness. SANgate says the new web site serves as a comprehensive resource for customers, investors, partners, media, and analysts to turn to for up-to-date information on SANgate. SANgate is developing an Enterprise Storage Appliance that supports both open systems and mainframe storage environments.

SANgate Systems Inc.

Bird on a RagingWire

Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS), has signed a deal to have RagingWire Telecommunications Inc., provide HDS with its mission-critical infrastructure, business continuity and disaster recovery managed services at its Enterprise Data Center facility in Sacramento, Calif. Under the terms of the deal, RagingWire will provide power, cooling and physical security systems at its 200,000 square foot Data Center facility. RagingWire will also provide a staff to monitor and manage HDS? systems.

RagingWire Telecommunications Inc.

Hitachi Data Systems Inc.

Done and done

Disc Inc., a manufacturer of automated storage products, announced that it has completed its purchase of all of the outstanding shares of NSM Storage GmbH, a CD and DVD library systems company located in Bingen, Germany. NSM has become a subsidiary of Disc. According to Disc, the combined companies will offer a range of NearLine storage solutions worldwide for a fraction of the total cost of RAID.

Disc Inc.

Howdy partner

Imperial Technology Inc., El Segundo, Calif., announced that it has joined the Exodus Communications Inc., Partnering for Success Alliance Partner program. Imperial will have access to the Exodus Alliance Exchange, an online community that helps Exodus partners and customers build relationships and pursue business opportunities with other members. Through the Alliance Exchange, Imperial will market its solid-state storage appliances to other partners and customers across Exodus' global network of Internet Data Centers (IDCs).

Imperial Technology Inc.

Exodus Communications Inc.

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