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Quick Takes: Storage partners tackle Japanese markets

A number of storage vendors have banded together to bring storage software and services to Japan and beyond.

LSI lands Fujitsu server bundling deal

A new suite of interoperability software is on the way from Milpitas, Calif.-based LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc. According to LSI, the company's TotalNET Advanced Server (TAS) network interoperability software will be distributed with every Fujitsu Primepower server shipped in Japan. LSI has high hopes that the new agreement creates the potential for TAS to increase its market share, with an estimated distribution of 45,000 servers per year. TAS loads directly onto a UNIX server and enables them to operate as file, print, and application servers for Windows, NetWare, and Macintosh workstations.

LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc.

Fujitsu and Scale Eight take on Tokyo

Fujitsu Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, and Scale Eight Inc., a U.S.-based maker of data storage software, said they will start selling data management services to Japanese companies that need to file a large amount of digital information. PFU Ltd., a unit of Fujitsu, Japan's biggest business computer maker, and Scale Eight will start operations this week. Fujitsu is focusing on software and computer-related services, while San Francisco-based Scale Eight sells software that manages data such as employee payroll. The privately held company's customers range from Internet service providers to television companies such as Viacom Inc.'s MTV network, according to Scale Eight's Web site.

Fujitsu Ltd.

Scale Eight Inc.

Enter the StoreAge

StoreAge Networking Technologies Inc., Irvine, Calif., a SAN Management software maker, announced a series of partnerships with storage networking vendors. StoreAge said it is teaming up with various storage companies to certify that its Storage Virtualization Manager (SVM) works in heterogeneous SAN environments. StoreAge is working with ATTO Technology, BakBone Software, Brocade Communications, Computer Associates, Emulex, Eurologic Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Infinity I/O, Inrange, JNI, McData, Novell, Overland Data, QLogic, Quantum and Sun Microsystems. StorAge Networking Technologies Inc.

From the Garden State to the land of Kiwis

Hoboken, N.J.'s own NSI Software Inc., has expanded its Xcelerate Partner Program into Australia and New Zealand with its newest international partner, idata Ltd., formerly known as Backup Strategies NZ Ltd. The partnership will lead to the development of new data replication products, the companies said. NSI Software's Xcelerate Partner Program revolves around its Double-Take and GeoCluster products. Double-Take combines real-time backup and automatic failover capabilities and GeoCluster features replication technology that stores local copies of clustered data on each node, without a single point of failure and enables servers to be located anywhere.

NSI Software Inc.

Backup, backup everywhere

Backup software vendor Dantz Development Corp., Orinda, Calif., has released Dantz Retrospect 6.0 for Microsoft Windows. This major upgrade to the Retrospect product line brings high-end features to small and medium-size businesses, Dantz said. Retrospect's multi-volume, open file backup capability enables back up of applications such as databases, e-mail, CRM, accounting, ERP, web sites, and directories while live and in operation. Dantz Retrospect 6.0 will be available in mid summer of 2002. The Retrospect product line for Windows is available in three configurations: 1. Retrospect Single Server - Backs up a single server and unlimited networked desktops and notebooks at a list price of $799.

Dantz Development Corp.

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