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Compaq unveils new DLT libraries

Compaq is introducing three new StorageWorks tape library systems that incorporate Quantum Corp.'s DLT 8000 technology. The new library systems include solutions that accommodate up to 16 DLT drives, and centralized backup and restore features for the mid-range enterprise computing market. The ESL9198DLX and ESL9326DX solutions are designed for the enterprise level and the TL891DLX library extends the TL891 platform for mid-size businesses. The StorageWorks library systems feature 80G Byte DLT drives that provide a native capacity of 40G Bytes, and a 6M-Bits/sec data transfer rate. The drives are backward read-and-write compatible with 20/40G Byte DLT and 35/70G Byte DLT formats and use the same DLT IV cartridge.

Quantum Corp.


Compaq Computer Corp.

StorageTek ups deal with Amdahl to $3.5 million

Amdahl Software Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif., announced that Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek), of Louisville, Colo., has increased its contract to resell its flagship storage migration and replication product, Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) software. The new contract raises the total value of the StorageTek contract with Amdahl Software to more than $3.5 million. StorageTek, has been reselling Amdahl Software's TDMF product since 1999 and will remarket TDMF software to its top 1000 global customers under the names TDMF/Full, TDMF/Exchange, TDMF/Virtual and TDMF/Volume Organizer. TDMF software enables independent data migration and replication.

Amdahl Corp.

Storage Technology Corp.

DAFS releases new software development kit

The DAFS Collaborative, a group formed to create, review, and submit a proposal for the new Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol specification, has released a new version of its Software Development Kit (SDK). The new SDK includes support for RDMA operations and a test program that enables developers to establish a basic VI connection between client and server, and test simple DAFS operations. The DAFS protocol is a new method for providing application servers with low-latency, high-performance file access to shared pools of storage in data center environments. DAFS uses the Virtual Interface (VI) architecture (or architectures with VI-like features) as its underlying transport mechanism, which allows applications to access VI-capable hardware without operating system intervention, and carry out bulk data transfers directly to or from application buffers. DAFS takes advantage of both of these capabilities to enable clusters of application servers, connected in heterogeneous environments via Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet or InfiniBand fabrics, to efficiently share data. The SDK is available for download from the DAFS Website.

The DAFS Collaborative

IBM pulls into Driveway

Driveway Corp. has struck up a deal with IBM under which Big Blue will function as the primary storage services provider (SSP) to Driveway's customers. Driveway is a file management and software and services company that provides online storage services to e-businesses, application service providers and corporate enterprises. Driveway and IBM will jointly market Driveway's Private Label Storage (PLS) offerings, which allow end-users to store, access, manage and share files over the Web. IBM also will deploy, maintain, host and manage Driveway customers' PLS data through its Managed Storage Services. The data will be hosted at IBM e-Business Hosting Centers, customer locations or Driveway's facilities in San Jose, Calif. IBM will manage more than 80T bytes of customer data within the first 12-18 months of the relationship.

Driveway Corp.


Ever been caught between the moon and Tricord Systems?

Tricord Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., has introduced the first product in a new family of server appliances called the Lunar Flare NAS. Enabled by Tricord's Illumina aggregation software, customers can grow their storage by simply adding individual Lunar Flare NAS appliances to create a cluster, managed as a single resource. Lunar Flare NAS can be deployed on a network and shared by all Windows users. A single node provides 135G Bytes of raw storage. Each 135G Byte Lunar Flare unit will sell for $5,700.00 - or $ .04 per/M Byte. Currently in beta testing, general availability for Lunar Flare NAS is planned for the second half of Q1, 2001.

Tricord Systems, Inc.

Jiro in the SANbox

SAN infrastructure developer, QLogic Corp., Aliso Viejo, Calif., announced plans to ship Jiro technology-enabled SANbox switches next quarter. Based on the Java 2 platform, Jiro technology is an open, available set of application program interfaces (APIs) that provides developers with an infrastructure for building interoperable end-to-end storage management solutions for heterogeneous environments. QLogic's Jiro Technology Management Facade will allow the company's Fibre Channel switch products to integrate into Jiro technology-enabled environments. It will also allow Jiro technology-enabled management applications to configure and monitor the performance of QLogic SANbox switches in real time.

Jiro Technology

QLogic Corp.

ADIC expands same-day service to 182 countries

Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), Redmond, Wash., has more than doubled the reach of its customer support program, now offering complete enterprise service support, including same-day on-site service, in more than 180 countries worldwide. In the expanded ADIC service program, a single call links customer sites around the world to resources including Technical Support Help Desk, which specializes in small library support, On-site Customer Engineers, most important for supporting larger library systems and ADIC's NAS appliance line, SAN Support Team offering one-call support for ADIC Storage Area Networking installations, and Software Support Team, specialists in ADIC's storage management and SAN file-sharing software. ADIC has an installed base of more than 70,000 automated tape libraries, management software, and SAN and NAS solutions.

Advanced Digital Information Corp.

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