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Quick Takes: Security, conformity and data-eating Cheetahs

Trebia secures $30 million plus; FCIA releases details of SANmark Qualified Program; MTI debuts Vivant D100; and Seagate's Cheetah X15 36LP disc drives certified for integration with XIOtech's Magnitude SAN.

The funding process

Trebia Networks Inc., an Acton, Mass.-based developer of network processors for storage networking applications, has secured more than $30 million in its second round of funding from venture companies. Atlas Venture led the way and was joined by Kodiak Venture Partners, Raza Foundries, BancBoston Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Allianz of America Inc., Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, and others. Trebia said the funds will be used for continued product development as it readies for its first product shipment. Trebia makes a type of network processor, the Storage Netowrk Processor, which is specifically designed to speed storage devices. The company has raised more than $40 million in venture capital to date and expects to announce details of its company strategy and product plans later this year.

Trebia Networks Inc.

Fibre Channel conformity: Round 2

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), San Francisco, Calif., released its second round of conformance test definitions and associated test suites supporting its SANmark Qualified Program. The FCIA said the SANmark - an open standards compliance program ? helps resolve protocol and multi-vendor integration problems and promotes mainstream compatibility and consistency across heterogeneous Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs). The FCIA released three new Standards Conformance Documents (SCD), addressing Fabric Attach Device Conformance, Inter-Switch Link (E_Port) Conformance and Fabric Loop (FL_Port) Conformance. The first SANmark conformance suite, Arbitrated Loop Conformance, was introduced to the industry in October 2000.

The Fibre Channel Industry Assocaion

Terabytes for the workgroup

MTI Technology Corp., Anaheim, Calif., debuted the Vivant D100, a multi-terabyte direct-attached storage solution for departmental and workgroup environments. The D100 lets users connect the unit to a single host through dual high-speed Fibre Channel connections, creating redundant data paths between the host and local storage, or to two independent hosts via independent 100 MB/sec Fibre Channel connections. The D100 contains redundant components and data paths that allow for continuous data access to up to 1.7T Bytes of local storage capacity. The new MTI D100 is available as a deskside tower with a 12-drive bay, a 20-inch cabinet with 24-drive bay and as a rack mount 24-drive configuration.

MTI Corp.

The data eating Cheetah

Seagate Technology Corp., Scotts Valley, Calif., and XIOtech Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn., announced that Seagate's Cheetah X15 36LP disc drives have been tested, certified, and are available for integration with XIOtech's Magnitude SAN. XIOtech said that incorporating Seagate's 15,000 rpm, 36G Bytes disc drive into the Magnitude hardware platform will boost performance and reduce time-to-data. The Magnitude's virtualized architecture allows simultaneous access to as many as 64 drives and supports up to 11.5T Bytes of storage.. The Cheetah X15 operates at 15,000 rpm with a seek time of 3.6 msec.

XIOtech Corp.

Seagate Technology Corp.

Software team-up

SAN management software maker SANavigator Inc., San Jose, Calif., and TrelliSoft Inc., a provider of storage resource management (SRM) software, have signed a strategic partnership, mutual reseller and integration agreement. The agreement includes SANavigator, the multi-platform Java-based SAN management application, and TrelliSoft StorageAlert/OS, a Java- and web-based storage resource management software application for operating system-based storage. The alliance will deliver storage management software for Windows, Unix and Linux. Under the terms of the agreement, there will be a phased integration of the products. In the initial integration, SANavigator will launch TrelliSoft?s StorageAlert. In addition, SANavigator?s Event Manager will be able to collect and process the capacity utilization events reported by StorageAlert.

TrelliSoft Inc.

SANavigator Inc.

Nordic tape

Tandberg Data ASA announced that its production facilities in Oslo, Norway have begun manufacturing Super DLTtape drives. The SDLT220 tape drives are now available from Tandberg's distributors and resellers worldwide. Under license from Quantum Corp., Tandberg will act as a supplier of Quantum DLT tape drives and SuperDLT tape drives. Tandberg Data has manufactured branded DLTtape tape drives since September of 1999. The Tandberg SDLT220 offers 110G Bytes of storage capacity with a transfer rate of 11MB/sec, and is backward-read compatible with DLT8000, DLT7000 and DLT4000 media.

Tandberg Data

Quantum Corp.

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