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Quick Takes: Tape, drives and backup

Ecrix grabs an OEM deal; Compaq teams for online backup; and Silicon buys CMD.

Ecrix bags OEM deal

Ecrix Corp., Boulder, Colo., has scored an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Compaq Computer Corp., to sell VXA-1 Tape Drives for its commercial desktops and workstations. Compaq plans to ship both SCSI and high-performance IDE versions of the VXA-1 tape drive within 30 days. Both SCSI and IDE versions of the VXA-1 tape drive offer capacities up to 66G Bytes at 6 MB/sec. The VXA-1 IDE tape drive features an Ultra DMA mode 2 interface and the VXA-1 SCSI tape drive with a Fast and Wide SCSI Ultra 2 LVD interface. VXAtape media is interchangeable between drives with both interfaces. VXAtape cartridges are also available in a selection of capacities from 12G Bytes to 66G Bytes.

Compaq Computer Corp.

Ecrix Corp.

Buying the building blocks

Silicon Image Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., has acquired CMD Technology Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based company that builds storage area network (SAN) components. Silicon Image said this move would accelerates its push into the Serial ATA segment of the storage market. CMD makes SCSI and Fibre Channel storage controllers for the UNIX, Open Systems and PC markets, as well as IDE/Ultra ATA semiconductors for the PC and embedded markets. Silicon Image gains CMD's customer list, including Cisco, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems, as well as its sales force and strategic partnerships.

Silicon Image Inc.

CMD Technology Inc.

Compaq cares

LiveVault Corp., announced that its LiveVault Online Backup Service will now be offered as part of Compaq Computer Corp.'s CarePaq service offerings. LiveVault and Compaq are conducting joint training and marketing programs to bring awareness of the offering to their respective customers. Compaq CarePaq for LiveVault Service Offers Web-based, customized data backup and recovery. The LiveVault service automatically provides Windows NT/2000 server backup, offsite secure electronic data vaulting at Iron Mountain data centers, and data recovery services.

Compaq Computer Corp.; CarePaq

LiveVault Corp.

Back it up

Exabyte Corp., Boulder, Colo., announced that its 110L autoloader and 221L tape library, using LTO Ultrium technology, and its EZ17-A autoloader, using Sony?s AIT-2 technology, have been certified for use with Veritas Software Corp.'s Backup Exec versions 8.5 and 8.6 for NT and Windows 2000. Veritas has completed interoperability testing for these Exabyte products. They are now available from Exabyte and are targeted at small and medium-sized businesses.

Exabyte Corp.

New NAS gets Inline

Inline Corp., Dulles, Va., announced the release of a line of network-attached storage (NAS) devices targeted at multiple segments of the storage market. The NAS Appliance 2000 (NA 2000) series features a Gigabit Ethernet connection and up to 2GBytes of RAM, as well as an option for Fibre Channel while the NA 4000 has up to 4 Xeon processors, 8G Bytes of cache and 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Inline Corp.

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