Quick Takes: Options, updates and initiatives
by Kevin Komiega, Assistant News Editor
Solid Data says: lights out!
Solid Data Systems, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of file-caching solutions based on solid state disk technology, announced a new option that enables lights-out operation and system monitoring of its Excellerator product line from anywhere in the world. The Remote Monitoring and Reporting (RMR) feature brings network connectivity and reporting of system status indicators for the Excellerator 800 and 1000 systems, enabling customers to easily manage and monitor distributed systems from a central location or from any HTML-capable browser device. SNMP monitoring and traps are also supported for integration into standard enterprise system management packages. Solid Data's Excellerator products run on all major Unix and NT hardware platforms, and support industry-standard SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces. Excellerator products provide non-volatile storage, using a patented Data Retention System that protects data in the event of a power loss.
KOM Networks goes virtual with StealthWorx
KOM Networks, Monterey, Calif., has launched its new StealthWorx storage virtualization software suite of storage virtualization. According to the company the StealthWorx suite of enterprise wide storage management products allows organizations to integrate multiple data storage devices, media, software applications and hardware components across an entire network into one homogeneous virtual storage space. At its core Virtual StorageWorx is policy driven file virtualization. The built-in file lifecycle Management features optimize the use of the various storage components to serve the varying performance requirements of departments and their respective applications. Virtual StorageWorx can dynamically expand and shrink virtual volumes while sustaining continued access to user and application data. KOM has also announced a global agreement with Compaq that will see KOM's StealthWorx resold as part of the Compaq Archive documentation and archiving solution. Compaq will also continue to distribute KOM's Optistorm and Optiserver optical storage management software as part of the Compaq Archive for SAP solution.
SiteSmith partners with StorageWay for storage-on-demand
StorageWay Inc., Fremont, Calif., a storage utility service, said that managed services provider SiteSmith Inc., has chosen StorageWay as a preferred storage service provider. SiteSmith will use StorageWay's shared storage utility architecture and services to deliver storage and backup solutions to its customers. SiteSmith will offer StorageWay's storage-on-demand solution as part of its SiteBackup service. SiteBackup is a secure data backup, storage and recovery solution. The company utilizes StorageWay's storage solution to provide added value by managing customer capacity and planning issues so that site availability is not affected, and backup is assured for the customer.
StorageCeNTral update supports Microsoft Active Directory; offers SAN enhancements
W. Quinn Associates Inc., Reston, Va., developers of storage resource management (SRM) software for Microsoft Windows NT/2000, has released its latest product update of StorageCeNTral 4.1. Designed with increased scalability for large enterprise storage area networks (SANs) and data center environments, the release of StorageCeNTral 4.1, build 457 includes support for Microsoft Active Directory and more than 20 other performance enhancements. Aimed at the enterprise level environment, WQuinn developed this release as a result of WQuinn's ongoing relationship with Microsoft Corporation. Performance testing was accomplished in conjunction with Microsoft-directed performance standards. Among its performance enhancements, StorageCeNTral 4.1, build 457 includes the following major features: Active Directory Support; an enhanced TruStor I/O Quota Filter Driver ; and a user-definable Quota Monitor Window.
Vertex Initiative bears fruit
Veritas Software Corp., Mountain View, Calif., and Chaparral Network Storage Inc., Longmont, Colo., a storage networking solutions provider, announced the availability of the first part of the Veritas Vertex Initiative, which includes the SCSI Extended Copy command that provides server-free backup. The feature is available in Veritas NetBackup ServerFree Agent, a part of the Veritas NetBackup 4.0V data protection solution. The Veritas Vertex Initiative is a comprehensive set of data protection solutions that utilizes breakthrough snapshot or frozen image technology to virtually eliminate backup windows and minimize time required for data recovery. Additional software solutions based on the VERTEX initiative will be introduced throughout the year.
JNI reports resignation of board member
JNI Corp., San Diego, Calif., made public the resignation of Terry M. Flanagan, Ph.D. from the company's Board of Directors effective as of February 1, 2001. Flanagan, 63, formerly President and Chief Executive Officer, has served as a director since the company's formation in 1997. His decision to retire was announced in September 2000. He was succeeded by Neal M. Waddington as President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2000. The JNI Board of Directors currently has five members and is seeking a replacement for Dr. Flanagan. JNI manufactures enterprise-level storage area network (SAN) products and Fibre Channel-based host bus adapters (HBAs) for Solaris servers.
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