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Vixel announced the opening of its $2 million solutions and interoperability lab at its headquarters in Bothell, WA. The lab will streamline the process of certifying Vixel's multi-vendor storage area networks and leverage forthcoming Fibre Channel switch interoperability standards. Separately, Vixel announced an agreement with NEC, whereby NEC will bundle Vixel's 2100 Zoning Management Hub with its Express5800 series servers.

OTG Software announced the availability of DiskXtender for Unix and DiskXtender for Linux, both of which provide access to unlimited storage of critical business data from the desktop, corporate intranets, or the Web. Separately, OTG has joined JNI's SANpartners program, whereby OTG will certify-through rigorous interoperability testing-its SANXtender and DiskXtender 2000 with JNI's host bus adapters.

Inrange Technologies has acquired Waltham, MA-based Prevail Technology, a professional services company that designs and implements high-availability solutions for IT infrastructures and e-business environments. Prevail deals with enterprise storage management and implementation, open systems planning and integration, data management, e-business, and business continuance strategies.

IBM Global Services will be the primary storage service provider to Driveway's customers. The companies will jointly market Driveway's private label storage offerings, which allow end users to store, access, manage, and share files via the Web. Separately, Sedona announced an agreement with IBM's Midmarket Banking, Finance, and Securities Group, whereby IBM will market Sedona's Intarsia bundled hardware, software, and services to financial institutions.

Exabyte's Mammoth-2 tape drive will be incorporated into Qualstar's TLS-4000 tape library using MammothTape technology.

Trimm Technologies and Microsoft have announced an OEM partnership to provide network-attached storage appliance/enclosure combinations for the storage VAP and integrator channels. The NAS platform enables VARs and integrators to configure RAID storage solutions for specific customer applications.

Grau Data Storage's Infinistore Virtual Disk will now support Sony's new AIT-3 drives.

BMC Software has announced the formation of the Professional Services Storage Practice. Through this group, current and potential customers can have all their storage needs-from developing framework architecture to product implementation-addressed through one vendor.

Tivoli Systems and IBM have agreed to resell OTG Software's DiskXtender 2000 software management product to complement Tivoli's Storage Manager software.

ECCS has partnered with Brocade Communications to become a Brocade Fabric Integrator, which requires the completion of comprehensive training on Brocade SilkWorm Fibre Channel switches and software.

The SCSI Trade Association has redesigned its Website,, facilitating site navigation. New features include a resident search engine, an enlarged product section, and cross-references.

WorldStor has secured more than $33 million in funding in its second round of financing through investment partnerships with W.R. Huff Asset Management, Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, Keystone Venture Capital, Five Paces Ventures, and others. The capital will be used to support increased demand for outsourced storage solutions.

QLogic was added to the S&P 500 Index last month. Also a member of the Nasdaq-100 Index, the company ranked fourth on Forbes' list of the Best 200 Small Companies.

TrueSAN Networks has secured $30 million in second-round funding from Merrill Lynch, Woodside Fund, JT Venture Partners, Credit Suisse First Boston, Finisar, and QLogic. The funding will enable TrueSAN to be more competitive with other storage-industry leaders.

Quantum's DLT and Storage Systems Group announced that Overland Data is Quantum's first automation partner to begin shipping Super DLTtape units to customers. Separately, Dell Computer will use Quantum's Super DLTtape technology in its data-storage offerings, including PowerVault DLT tape drives and automation devices.

ATL, a unit of Quantum's DLT and Storage Systems Group, has entered into an agreement with McAfee to bundle McAfee's anti-virus software with ATL's LANvault backup appliance. ATL will provide and manage McAfee's virus protection and up-dates to LANvault users through the Internet-based management capabilities of ATL's eStorageCare Website. Separately, ATL announced the certification of the CommVault Galaxy Enterprise 2000 software suite with ATL's PowerStor, P1000, and P3000 series of automated tape libraries.

Pioneer announced that its combination DVD/CD recordable drive will be available in Compaq Presario 7000 PC systems. Separately, Compaq has selected Overland Data as an OEM supplier for its midrange tape library based on DLT8000 technology.

Tandberg Data ASA announced that its OEM partner, Cristie Data Products, of Stroud, UK, has placed an order for delivery of SLR60 and SLR100 tape drives in a deal worth more than $5 million. This contract is part of a server/backup installation for one of Germany's leading groups of corporate banks.

Advanced Digital Information now offers complete enterprise service support, including same-day on-site service, in more than 180 countries. This extension is part of an ongoing program to expand service options for an increasingly global customer base.

Veritas, QLogic, and Quantum announced the availability of tested and certified storage area network (SAN) solutions for LAN-free backup sold through Consan, an Arrow North American Computer Products oper ating unit. Separately, Consan also announced its initiative focused on IBM's Ultrium product line based on linear tape-open technology.

Raidtec has announced a partnership with Bell Microproducts, whereby Bell will distribute Raidtec products such as the RAIDServer V 12 midrange NAS file server.

Digisonics, a Houston-based medical imaging service provider, has selected KOM Networks' OptiStorm NT data storage software to archive medical images to magneto-optical jukeboxes. KOM Net-works, headquartered in Ottawa, ON, Canada, provides enterprises and institutions with open storage solutions and networked storage management strategies. Separately, KOM announced that the latest version of its OptiServer 5.5 software has added support to Compaq's Tru64 versions 5.1 and 5.0A, permitting attachment of optical storage jukeboxes to the network.

SCH Technologies has expanded its AlphaStor product suite to include "out-of-the-box" support for Legato's Net-Worker backup products. AlphaStor enables Legato customers to share tape devices and libraries across multiple NetWorker backup servers or data zones.

CreekPath Systems has received about $23 million in funding from TeleSoft Partners, Sequel Venture Partners, and Exabyte, which will be used to finance continued product development. Separately, Exabyte announced the spin-off of its subsidiary, CreekPath Systems, into an independent privately help corporation.

Procom Technology has announced the integration of QLogic's QLA2200 series of Fibre Channel host bus adapters into Procom's NetFORCE 3000 series of network-attached storage (NAS) appliances.

CommVault Systems has secured more than $33 million in equity funding from a group of investors led by Dain Rauscher Wessels, Morgan Keegan, and Van Wagoner Capital Management. The capital will be used to develop next-generation technologies and expand distribution and marketing efforts. Separately, Brocade Communications Systems and Comm-Vault announced the availability of a Brocade SOLUTIONware configuration for advanced LAN-free backup and data management in storage area networks.

Emulex announced that its LightPulse SBus LP8000S host bus adapters have been awarded the Solaris Ready certification from Sun for SunSPARC enterprise servers. The certification program recognizes "best-of-breed" products that have passed testing criteria defined and controlled by Sun. Separately, Legato Systems announced a cooperative agreement with Sun, whereby Legato will provide backup solutions to Sun's e-business customers that ensure access to mission-critical data. Sun will also continue to sell and support Legato's NetWorker, under the brand name "Solstice Backup."

EMC has qualified Pathlight Technology's SAN Gateway complete storage networking solutions as EMC E-Lab Tested. The qualification program is part of the EMC E-Infostructure Interoperability Program. To achieve the designation, SAN Gateway had to successfully complete EMC's stress-testing program. Separately, CommVault Systems and Pathlight announced the certification of the CommVault Galaxy Enterprise 2000 data and storage management software suite with Pathlight's SAN Gateway. This certification ensures customers can take advantage of the benefits of LAN-free backup in open systems environments when using storage area networking architecture.

-Compiled by Marcy Koff

Source: InfoStor

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