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Storage Clips: Exabyte announces capacity on demand

Customers can now nearly double the capacity of the VXA system with an electronic upgrade.

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Exabyte announces capacity on demand
Exabyte Corp. announced the availability of electronic Capacity On-Demand for its VXA-172 Packet Drive and VXA-172 PacketLoader 1x10. The VXA-172 platform allows users, for the first time, to buy only what they need and increase capacity with an electronic upgrade. These upgrades are now available through computer resellers for $350 for a drive upgrade and $600 for the PacketLoader upgrade (estimated U.S. street prices).

With the upgrade, customers can nearly double the capacity of their VXA-172 Packet Drive, from 172 GB to 320 GB. The VXA-172 PacketLoader can be upgraded from 1.7 terabytes (TB) to 3.2 TB. Customers who purchase the upgrade will also receive a high capacity, 320 GB tape cartridge.

Asigra, NetMass partner on remote office backup
Asigra Inc. and Texas-based online backup and disaster recovery service provider NetMass Inc. are using their backup software as the basis for their remote and branch office backup service. The service is being marketed specifically to businesses in hurricane-prone states and users in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas are being offered an extended trial of the service. Companies can call NetMass at (800).731-2737 to see if they qualify for the extended offerc or visit for more information.

Beta Systems updates mainframe backup
Beta Systems Software AG announced the availability of Harbor Enterprise NSM (Network Storage Manager) 7.1, the latest version of its data protection and disaster recovery software for IBM z/OS mainframes. The new version supports the proprietary encryption of data written to tape, offers transfer speeds up to 200 GB per hour, moves data in parallel across different communications paths and includes a central administration console and remote help desk.

Beta Systems said it will be expanding its market to include nonmainframe environments later this year.

UMinn deploys BlueArc
BlueArc Corp. announced that University of Minnesota has selected the company's Titan Storage System as a data repository for the university's Supercomputing Institute Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory (BSCL). The BSCL houses research interests in computational biology, X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. The 16 TB Titan supports both legacy SGI Irix systems and newer Linux workstations running science applications, such as CCP4, CHARMM, Gaussian, InsightII and Jaguar.

Symantec certifies agami
Agami Systems Inc. announced its certification in the Symantec Corp. Technology Enabled Program. As part of agami's certification in this program, Symantec has qualified the agami Information Server NAS system with Veritas NetBackup. Effective with agamiOS R1.2.2, data stored on AIS systems can now be backed up and restored over high-speed gigabit networks using NetBackup and NDMP.

IQstor Networks certifies Alacritech
IQstor Networks Inc. announced today that it has certified Alacritech's iSCSI accelerators for use in servers connecting to the company's iQ1250 iSCSI storage platform.

EMC qualifies Emulex 4 Gbps HBAs
Emulex Corp. announced that EMC Corp. has qualified Emulex's 4 Gbps PCI-Express and PCI-X host bus adapters (HBAs) as compatible with the new EMC Clariion CX3 UltraScale storage arrays.

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