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Quick Takes: The week in tape

Tape maker Qualstar buys power supply design company and StorageTek adds ESCON connectivity to tape libraries.

Qualstar makes a power play

Qualstar Corp., a maker of automated tape storage products, announced that it has acquired the assets and intellectual properties of N2Power Inc., a privately-held company located in Newbury Park, Calif. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. N2Power designs and produces the small, open-frame switching power supplies based on its patented technology. N2Power's products are targeted at environments where space is a design requirement or where excessive heat cannot be tolerated. Qualstar designs and manufactures automated tape libraries, including the RLS-Series of rack-mount libraries. N2Power will be relocated within Qualstar's main facility in Simi Valley, Calif., and will be managed by founder David Barton, the company said.

Qualstar Corp.


Redmond, Wash-headquartered Advanced Digital Information Corp. announced the availability of a range of automated storage libraries based on Sony's AIT-3 tape technology. The new line includes all of ADIC's storage networking library platforms, which are designed to improve backup performance, reliability, and manageability in Storage Area Network (SAN) environments, the company said. The AIT-3 tape format stores up to 260 G Bytes per 8mm format tape, offers throughput of 31 M-Bit/sec per drive, and average file access times of approximately 30 seconds. ADIC AIT-3 tape libraries start at less than $26,000. Advanced Digital Information Corp.

StorageTek adds ESCON connectivity to tape libraries

Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek), is now providing new connectivity options for its L180 and L700e tape libraries with the addition of the T9840B ESCON Tape Drive. Customers can now match the drive technology and connectivity option that is best suited for their storage management application, as well as sharing tape automation resources between legacy MVS systems and growing open systems platforms, StorageTek said. The L180 and L700e now support ESCON tape drive attachment in addition to SCSI and Fibre tape drive Channel connection. The StorageTek T9840B with ESCON connectivity is available now and starts at $34,400. Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek)

Emulex provides the pulse for ADIC

Costa Mesa, Calif-based Emulex Corp., announced that Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), has certified the Emulex LightPulse 2Gb/s LP9002L, LP952L, SBus LP9002S and 1Gb/s LP8000 Fibre Channel HBAs for its Scalar 100, 1000 and 10K tape libraries and Pathlight 5000 storage appliances. The Emulex family of Fibre Channel HBAs, including the recently qualified LP9002L, LP952L and LP9002S, offer firmware upgradeability and a driver architecture that enables compatibility of a single operating system driver across Emulex's entire product line. Emulex HBAs are compatible with legacy 1Gb/s SANs, and feature automatic speed negotiation.

Emulex Corp.

Advanced Digital Information Corp.

Sun shines in Princeton

Princeton Softech, Princeton, N.J., announced the general availability of Archive for Servers 5.0 with support for Sun Microsystems' Solaris UNIX operating environment. According to Princeton Softech, this advance allows companies to optimize network facilities and take advantage of high-speed UNIX processing capabilities to archive large volumes of relational data stored on the Sun( Solaris UNIX platform. Additionally, Archive for Servers 5.0 delivers enhanced support for Microsoft's SQL Server(tm) 2000. In addition, processing capabilities for the Sun Solaris platform are now available for Princeton Softech's Relational Tools for Servers 5.0. The new releases of Archive for Servers and Relational Tools for Servers also include enhanced support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2000.

Princeton Softech

MTI gets Microsoft nod

MTI Technology Corp., Anaheim, Calif., has received Microsoft Corp.'s, Logo and Cluster Device qualification to four models in MTI's Vivant V-series (the V10, V20, V25 and V30). They join the previously tested Vivant S-series storage solutions as compliant with Windows 2000 Server Design Guide 2.0 and are now authorized to carry the Microsoft Designed for Windows 2000 logo. Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) is software that supports the connection of two or more independent servers into a "cluster" for higher availability and easier manageability of data and applications. MSCS compliance is a three-stage process that requires first passing Storage/RAID System and Cluster/RAID System tests. Other MTI products are currently in various stages of MSCS testing, including the latest additions to the Vivant V-series (the V40, V45, V60 and V80) -- which features a different RAID controller than the V10, V20, V25 and V30 -- and the recently introduced Vivant 400 high-capacity storage solution, MTI said.

MTI Technology Corp.

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