Adaptec offers cheap iSCSI target software Adaptec Inc. announced software, dubbed OnTarget, which turns industry-standard servers into an IP storage system for small businesses. It supports direct attached storage (DAS) and storage area networks (SAN) from the same box, as well as SCSI and SATA drives. Systems integrators, including Izon and Variel have already signed up as resellers.
NetApp purchased Auspex, a bankrupt NAS vendor, for $9 million in 2003, with what appears to be the intention of asserting Auspex's patent portfolio against other file server companies, according to BlueArc. NetApp, represented by Henry Bunsow from Howrey, filed for patent infringement two weeks after it bought the defunct file server firm.
Had an injunction been issued in the case, it would have effectively shut down BlueArc's operation. Judge Patel dismissed the case and determined the patents invalid in July 2005. NetApp hired Matt Powers from Weil Gotshal to take up the appeal. After oral arguments, the Court of Appeals dismissed the case without a written opinion. NetApp declined to comment on the result.
Siafu launches cheap tape encryption Siafu Software LLC, a provider of low-cost encrypted iSCSI systems has announced Siafu Sypher encryption appliances, a series of SAN appliances that securely compress data and encrypt tapes destined for offsite locations. The Sypher inline appliance costs $6,995 and is a handy little box for "people that want to encrypt tapes but not spend $40,000," said Siafu founder John Mates.
SNIA takes on software development The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) said that it plans to increase its charter to include software development projects. Current projects underway that will receive renewed support include SMI-S; eXtensible Access Method (XAM) and the Common Information Model (CIM) protocol tester.
Ravens hire AmeriVault The Baltimore Ravens have signed a new player to defend its data. Challenged by time-consuming and resource-intensive tape backup, the team has devised a new game plan for data protection-disk-to-disk online backup. To achieve this, the Ravens selected online backup by AmeriVault Corp., a provider of online data backup, offsite storage and recovery services.
Imation introduces rugged storage suitcase Imation Corp. has introduced a storage case specifically designed to protect high-capacity data storage tapes during transportation. Rugged and ultra durable, the Imation DataGuard Transport and Storage Case has been tested to outperform other leading storage cases, with two-to four-times the shock protection of other cases, the company claimed.