Storage Clips: Sony tape survives explosion

Sony tape cartridges were part of a test meant to simulate last year's London bus bombings.

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Sony survives explosion
Sony's AIT (advanced intelligent tape) cartridges were inside a ShiftWatch video surveillance product from A4S Security Inc. when it underwent a blast using 10 pounds of explosive material in a test designed to simulate last year's London bus bombing. The ShiftWatch/Sony combination reportedly provided data and video of the event up to within seconds of the blast.

Meanwhile, according to A4S Security president Michael Siemens, in a video on the blast test, "In previous tests, conducted last year, we found that hard disk-based recording units … failed when subjected to this massive explosion."

LeftHand qualifies with Microsoft
IP SAN software startup LeftHand Networks announced it has achieved Microsoft's Simple SAN for Windows Server designation. LeftHand is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a participant in Microsoft's Exchange Solution Reviewed Program for storage.

Xiotech to resell Brocade
Xiotech Corp. said today that it will resell the Brocade SilkWorm 200E fabric switch with its Magnitude 3D SAN arrays.

Samsung ups 2.5-inch capacity
Samsung introduced four new 2.5-inch SATA drives to its SpinPoint line of products, including a 100 GB HM100JI ($170), 120 GB HM120JI ($200), 100 GB HM100JC ($150) and 120 GB HM120JC ($180).

Finisar expands testing software
Finisar Corp. announced it has expanded its SAN analysis and testing product Xgig Analyzer 3.0 to include SAS) and SATA storage interfaces.

Computer Associates changes name
The erstwhile Computer Associates Inc. announced it has legally changed its corporate name to "CA Inc.", effective today.

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