Storage Clips: Quantum, Crossroads partner

Quantum and Crossroads will work together to embed Crossroads' routers into Quantum's tape libraries; IBM offers file backup software for laptops.

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Quantum, Crossroads partner
Tape library maker Quantum Corp. has partnered with storage router manufacturer Crossroads Systems Inc. to work on embedding Crossroads' products into Quantum's systems to bring tape libraries into storage networks, the companies said.

IBM offers file backup for laptops
IBM announced software that continuously protects information -- on laptops, desktop PCs and file servers -- from viruses, file corruption or accidental deletion. The software, IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files provides back up for information such as Word documents, MP3 files, digital photos, presentations, and spreadsheets. The software creates a copy on the local machine within milliseconds and then sends another copy to a remote server, IBM said. The product will be available on Sept. 16 at $35 per laptop or desktop and $995 per server processor.

Western Digital CEO retires
Western Digital Corp. announced that CEO Matt Massengill will retire at the end of the current quarter (Sept. 30) after six years on the job. Arif Shakeel will take over on Oct. 1, 2005. Mr. Shakeel, 50, currently president and chief operating officer, will retain the title of president when he becomes CEO. Massengill will remain actively engaged as executive chairman of the board and in relationships with shareholders.

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