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CA has released Brightstor version r11.5, which includes enhanced support for more applications and a lower capacity minimum for entry-level systems.

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CA releases Brightstor r11.5
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) announced enhancements to its storage management software product line with BrightStor version r11.5. The new version brings more of CA's software under one umbrella, including tape management and virtual tape management software.

In addition, BrightStor r11.5 adds support for 64-bit platforms and midrange disk arrays from Sun, EMC and Hewlett-Packard, as well as Sybase database backup software. It also provides enhanced protection of Lotus Notes and SAP on Linux, and special features for Microsoft SharePoint.

BrightStor Storage Command Center, a new component of BrightStor r11.5, will be available later this fall. The software translates raw technical information into a "dashboard" for monitoring.

New McDATA Sphereon switches available
McDATA Corp. announced the general availability of its Sphereon 4400 and Sphereon 4700 4Gbps Fibre Channel switches. The switches are available through McDATA, OEM partners EMC and IBM and McDATA resellers and distributors this month. The switches will be available through Hitachi in fiscal third quarter.

Xyratex hits snag in acquisition of nStor
Xyratex Ltd.'s cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of nStor Technologies Inc. expired at midnight on Friday, Sept. 2, because nStor stockholders had not validly withdrawn 155,094,600 shares of nStor common stock Xyratex said it intends to acquire the remaining shares of nStor through a short-form merger in which all remaining nStor stockholders will receive the same $0.105 per share in cash paid in the tender offer.

Brocade announces seminar series
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. will conduct its third annual technical education seminar series this fall. The focus will be on Brocade's new Tapestry product line, 4 Gbps products and will also include a session on branch office solutions sponsored and presented by Microsoft's Branch Office Solutions Group. More information on the seminar series and registration is available.

ACAL, Emulex launch European channel program
Component maker Emulex Corp. and European storage networking distributor ACAL Storage Networking have announced a joint channel program that will see ACAL distribute Emulex's host bus adapters.

Engenio to demonstrate InfiniBand system
Engenio Information Technologies Inc. will demonstrate a native InfiniBand storage solution at Storage Networking World Europe, which will be held at the Congress Centre in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 6-7, 2005.

LeftHand Networks announces $25M in Series C funding
LeftHand Networks Inc. announced completion of a $25 million dollar round of Series C financing. The C round funding brings the total equity investment in LeftHand Networks to $75 million. Valhalla Partners led the round, with new participation from JPMorgan Chase, as well as funding support from all existing venture investors.

CentrePath announces 100th customer
Storage management software startup CentrePath Inc. announced that it now has more than 100 customers for its Magellan product. Magellan connects storage and optical networks.

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