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Quick Takes: FalconStor manages Cisco's switches

FalconStor Software Inc.'s IPStor storage software completes interoperability testing with Cisco's MDS 9000 Family of Multilayer SAN switches; Disk drive maker Maxtor announces its Serial ATA drives have been validated by VIA to work with its VT8237 chip; and Promise Technology's FastTrak S150 TX2 Serial ATA RAID 0/1 controller is now available as an option for customers purchasing Compaq Presario 8000T Series PCs.

FalconStor manages Cisco's switches

FalconStor Software Inc., Melville, N.Y., announced that its IPStor storage management software has completed interoperability testing with Cisco Systems Inc.'s MDS 9000 Family of Multilayer SAN switches, including the new MDS 9000 IP Storage Services Module. The interoperability testing measures the compatibility of specified features in a laboratory environment, according to FalconStor. The Cisco MDS 9000 IP Storage Services Module provides transparent mapping of SCSI input/output operations between iSCSI and Fibre Channel domains and delivers both FCIP and iSCSI transport. FalconStor said when used together, the combined solution offers management and protection of corporate data attached to SANs.

A full list of hardware and software certified for interoperability with IPStor

Cisco Systems Inc.

SATA drives come center stage

Disk drive maker Maxtor Corp., Milpitas, Calif., announced that the company's DiamondMax and MaXLine Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives have been validated by VIA to work with its new VT8237 South Bridge chip. Featuring an integrated, multi-configuration Serial ATA/RAID, VIA's VT8237 chip gives PC OEMs, white box manufacturers and system builders a choice to integrate one or two high-capacity, high-performance Maxtor SATA drives in a RAID for added performance, capacity and data protection. Maxtor's SATA drives are available in 60GB to 250GB configurations.

Maxtor Corp.

VIA Technologies Inc.

RAID for Compaq PCs

Promise Technology Inc., a maker of ATA RAID data protection and storage systems based in Milpitas, Calif., announced that its FastTrak S150 TX2 Serial ATA RAID 0/1 controller is now available as an option for customers purchasing Compaq Presario 8000T Series PCs. With the addition of the FastTrak S150 TX2 RAID controller option, Compaq Presario users can now use RAID for improved performance or data protection. Users can choose RAID 0 for increased performance and storage capacity for large graphics and rich media files such as videos, photos, MP3 and games; or RAID 1 for exceptionally reliable data protection against a single drive failure, the company said.

Promise Technology Inc.

Avocent connects Microsoft data centers

Avocent Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, a provider of KVM switching and network connectivity appliances, said Microsoft has selected its KVM Over IP switching system to centrally manage its worldwide network of online gaming servers that host the new "Xbox Live experience". Avocent's DSR4160, CPS1600 and its Equinox LAN-to-serial solutions were installed in data center sites to manage multiple servers in Japan, the U.S. and the U.K to assist in performing and maintaining up time for Microsoft's servers. Within the Xbox data centers, Avocent's DSR4160s connect directly to existing LAN cabling to create a parallel, in-band service network so administrators can access and manage the servers from a remote console. CPS1600s and Equinox LAN-to-serial solutions add serial connectivity so administrators can continue to manage the network if it goes down or a server powers-off.

Avocent Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

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