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A plethora of product partnerships announced at SNW

There are so many "partnerships" in the storage industry soon users will need an organizational chart just to figure out who's working with whom. More partnerships were announced this week at SNW.

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Apparently, product partnerships are what make the storage world go 'round. And, several vendors took the opportunity to announce their newest alliances at the Storage Networking World show here this week.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., has added switches from San Jose, Calif.-headquartered Nishan Systems to its product arsenal. The reseller relationship allows HDS to expand its remote copy capabilities by offering Hitachi TrueCopy replication software for use over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Hitachi TrueCopy remote copy software and Nishan IPS switches, combined with Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 systems, lets customers leverage existing IP networks for moving, replicating and backing-up data over longer distances, according to HDS.

On the interconnect front, TidalWire Inc., Westborough, Mass., announced the details of an expanded agreement with two of its partners, EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass., and Brocade Communications Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif. Both relationships center on interconnect product requirements of midrange storage networking customers.

Under the agreements, TidalWire will supply EMC Clariion resellers, integrators and service providers with EMC E-Lab Tested interconnect products. Clariion storage interconnect products include Fibre Channel host bus adapters from Emulex and QLogic as well as the Brocade SilkWorm 3200 Fabric Switch.

TidalWire said the addition of Clariion environment support expands on a five-year partnership with EMC during which TidalWire focused exclusively on EMC Symmetrix support.

Prior to the TidalWire agreement, EMC managed Clariion interconnect product distribution program internally. TidalWire began E-Lab Tested Clariion and Brocade SilkWorm 3200 distribution this week.

Alacritech Inc., San Jose, Calif., is speeding up network-attached storage systems from Nashua, N.H.-based Storage Computer Corp. The two companies announced an OEM agreement under which Storage Computer will integrate Alacritech's SLIC Technology into its CyberNAS 4000 product to achieve a higher level of system performance.

Alacritech's Gigabit accelerators can simultaneously access iSCSI block data from iSCSI targets and NAS file data from the Storage Computer CyberNAS over a single network interface. Alacritech's 1000x1 Single-port Server and Storage Accelerator is an Integrated Storage Network Interface Card (IS-NIC) that simultaneously accelerates both IP storage and standard Ethernet traffic, Alacritech said.

The Alacritech solution provides Ethernet port aggregation and failover capability, stated Todd Viegut, vice president of marketing, Storage Computer.

The Storage Computer CyberNAS 4000 system using the Alacritech 1000x1 Single-port Server and Storage Accelerator is available now and is designed to support mid- to high-level enterprise environments.

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kevin Komiega, assistant news editor


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