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Quick Takes: Brocade, NetApp strike connectivity deal

Switch maker Brocade and Network Appliance have signed an OEM partnership to integrate the FAS900 series storage platform, with Brocade 2 G bit/sec switches; StoreAge and KOM Networks plan to deliver policy-based storage management solutions; and Princeton Softech and Brooks-PRI Automation announced a partnership to enhance application performance and availability.

Brocade, NetApp strike connectivity deal

Switch maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., and Network Appliance Inc., San Jose, Calif., a NAS developer, have signed an OEM partnership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Network Appliance will integrate the FAS900 series storage platform, with the 2 G bit/sec Brocade SilkWorm 3800 Enterprise Fabric Switch and SilkWorm 3200 Entry Fabric Switch to provide NetApp customers with the benefits of SAN and NAS in the same enclosure, according to a joint press release issued by the companies. The Network Appliance FAS960, FAS940, F880, and F825 are unified storage solutions capable of handling networked storage in SAN and/or NAS mode with a single hardware platform and architecture. Brocade SAN infrastructure enables NetApp storage systems to connect servers with storage devices through a SAN, the company's said.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

Network Appliance Inc.

StoreAge and KOM team for automated lifecycle management

Irvine, Calif.-based StoreAge Networking Technologies Inc., and KOM Networks, Ottawa, Ontario, announced plans to deliver policy-based storage management solutions that operate across virtually all storage platforms, the companies said. The two companies said the solution will enable customers to automatically manage the lifecycle of their data optimizing the performance and utilization of their storage resources. StoreAge and KOM Networks have integrated the volume management and storage management capabilities of StoreAge's Storage Virtualization Manager with the data lifecycle management technology of KOMWORX. The combined solution allows SAN-wide storage provisioning, network-wide load balancing, data migration between heterogeneous storage devices, data replication for business continuance, and centralized management of all SAN storage resources. The combined SVM and KOMWORX solution is available now.

StoreAge Networking Technologies Inc.

KOM Networks Inc.

Princeton Softech partners to improve application performance

Princeton Softech, Princeton, N.J., and Brooks-PRI Automation Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., which develops automation for semiconductor manufacturing, announced a partnership to enhance application performance and availability for companies deploying Brooks-PRI software systems, the companies said in a joint press release. The partnership will provide a long-term solution for managing data growth associated with automated semiconductor and electronics manufacturing systems.

Brooks-PRI Automation Inc.

Princeton Softech

Tandberg intros next generation DLT drive and media

Tandberg Data ASA, Oslo, Norway, introduced the Tandberg ValuSmart Tape 160, a second-generation, half-high form factor DLT tape drive, and its accompanying media, extending the availability of tape technology's industry standard DLTtape format, Tandberg said. The Tandberg DLT VS160 will be available in November at an improved value per G Byte over existing offerings. Offering 80 G Bytes of capacity and an 8 M Byte/sec transfer rate, the Tandberg DLT VS160 features twice the capacity of the half-high DLT VS80. The DLT VS160 features back-read compatibility with the DLT1 and DLT VS80. The DLT VS160 maintains the half-height form factor found in the Tandberg DLT VS80. The Tandberg DLT VS160 drive will be available as an internally configured unit and as a tabletop drive.

Tandberg Data ASA

Astute ships developer kit, preps product launch

In preparation for its first product launch, Astute Networks Inc., San Diego, Calif., has begun shipping its Software Development Kit (SDK) to storage OEM customers. The SDK allows Astute customers to write their own application code in concert with industry standard storage protocols, providing a method to develop differentiating features, the company stated in a press release. Astute said the SDK enhances productivity in the software development cycle, encompassing design, development, debugging and performance analysis of the customer's system. Using Astute's C-based simulation model allows customers to simulate a significant number of test cases.

Astute Networks Inc.

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