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CommVault, StoneFly to develop disk-based backup appliance

Here's a brief roundup of the week's storage news and announcements that you might have missed.

CommVault, StoneFly to develop disk-based backup appliance

CommVault Systems Inc., an Oceanport, N.J., software vendor, has signed an OEM agreement with iSCSI appliance maker StoneFly Networks Inc. for a disk-based backup system. Under the terms of the deal StoneFly will develop a disk-based backup and recovery solution tailored for data protection in IP SAN environments.

StoneFly will utilize CommVault's QiNetix Galaxy backup and recovery software with StoneFly's Storage Concentrator i3000 appliance in an effort to meet the business continuity demands of small and medium-sized businesses.

ADIC offers expanded storage training courses

Redmond, Wash.-based Advanced Digital Information Corp. wants to teach users about backup and IP SANs. The company announced an expanded offering of training courses that includes instruction in disk-to-tape backup architecture and the planning of iSCSI storage networks, as well as Web-based instruction in SAN fundamentals.

The new course offerings bring to more than 30 the number of training classes offered by ADIC's Educational Services group. Topics covered include everything from the fundamentals of SAN theory and advanced operation of specific tape libraries to the creation of shared storage environments that automate Data Lifecycle Management (DLM) using ADIC's StorNext Management Suite software.

Vitesse offers 4 G-Bit/sec integrated controllers

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., Camarillo, Calif., has developed an integrated solution for managed 4 G-Bit/sec Storage Systems and Storage Networks. The latest member of Vitesse's storage product portfolio addresses the raw performance, comprehensive management, and low component cost requirements of the storage OEM through a combination of its Ring-Router architecture and embedded enclosure management offerings, Vitesse said.

The new VSC7196 is a 22-port accelerated JBOD IC that provides many of the performance and flexibility benefits attributed to fully switched IC implementations without the burden of added complexity.

The VSC7196 is priced at $80 per unit in volume with alpha partner samples available on April 2, 2004.

Sony puts money into AIT tape marketing

Sony Electronics, San Jose, Calif., has launched a new program aimed at putting AIT tape technology in more small and medium-sized user environments. Coupled with investments in advertising, the goal of the program is to provide resellers with marketing, sales and service support required to grow AIT storage solutions business.

"We're seeing a groundswell in demand for AIT technology because its advantages are well-suited for small-to-medium businesses that require a data protection solution that delivers reliability, large capacity, fast performance and room to grow in a small tape format," said Michael Nixon, senior manager for tape storage in Sony Electronics' Business Solutions Division.

Sony's products can manage both traditional AIT media for standard backup applications and AIT write-once-read-many (WORM) media for creating backup and archival copies, Nixon said.

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