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Cisco launches entry-level 8 Gbps FC switch; Xiotech CorteX API enables control of its ISE platform

Headlines: Cisco launches an 8 Gbps FC switch model aimed at entry-level SANs; Xiotech opens up its CorteX Web service-based API available to developers, for control of ISE.

Storage channel news roundup for April 1 to 7, 2010

Cisco launches entry-level 8 Gbps FC switch

Cisco Systems Inc., which focuses on large FC director switches in its SAN switch line, launched a smaller 8 Gbps FC model that is aimed at entry-level SANs.

The Cisco MDS 9148 can start with 16 ports (scalable to 48) and customers can upgrade in eight-port increments. All the ports support 8 Gbps without oversubscription, said Mark Weiner, director of market management for Cisco data center solutions. The MDS 9148 is Cisco's first non-director to support 8 Gbps FC and includes features such as inter-VSAN routing and redundant power supplies and fans.

Read this tutorial on Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) implementation.

Xiotech CorteX Web service enables control of the company's ISE platform

Xiotech Inc. is making its CorteX Web service-based API available to developers, allowing other systems to control its Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) storage platform, to better appeal to enterprise customers.

CorteX, which covers volume management, storage configuration, status and performance, uses HTTP and REST and runs directly on ISE.

Read the rest of this story on Xiotech's CorteX RESTful Web service.

IBM, Verizon aim for the enterprise cloud backup market

IBM and Verizon Business are looking to draw large enterprises to cloud backup by combining Verizon's VPN services with IBM's cloud backup software. The two say that opting for Verizon's VPN instead of the Internet for data transport will ease cloud storage security and performance concerns among enterprises.

The service, which has been piloted by a few joint Verizon and IBM customers, will be available this week in the New York area to IBM and Verizon customers. Companies can sign up for the service via either vendor; no network redesign or new network circuits from Verizon are required.

Read this tip about two inroads to cloud data backup services.

SunGard customer on balancing core competencies, cost for DR colocation

A colocation customer of SunGard says that despite the increasing popularity of cloud DR services, deploying his own equipment in a SunGard collocation data center has provided the mix of hosted and do-it-yourself DR and data center load-balancing that his company needed.

The company, Mitchell Repair Information Company LLC or Mitchell 1, a Snap-On company based in Poway, Calif., specializes in  repair manuals and software management systems for auto repair shops. Besides its online resources and software for mechanics, it also staffs a call center with expert technicians for customers with questions about repairs.

Read the full story about how to balance core competencies and cost with colocation data centers.

Quantum aims Scalar i6000 tape library at high-end data archiving

Quantum Corp. launched a high-end tape library aimed primarily at enterprises with huge archiving needs. The Scalar i6000 features an archive-tape integrity monitoring technology, LTO-5 tape drives and support for larger bulk exports than the prior generation, the Scalar i2000.

Quantum's automation product marketing manager Ryan Duffy said the Scalar i6000 supports 96 4 Gbps or 8 Gbps LTO-5 tape drives, and scales to 12 modules, 5,322 cartridges and 16 PB of storage capacity. Duffy says the Scalar i6000 is backward-compatible with the i2000.

Read about tape backup vs. disk backup at customer sites.

StorageCraft bolsters ShadowProtect 4

StorageCraft Technology Corp. will upgrade its ShadowProtect bare-metal restore backup product to Version 4.0 this month, with new features such as restore acceleration, virtual boot of backup images, support for replication and centralized management.

StorageCraft claims more than 100,000 customers for ShadowProtect, which specializes in protecting virtual servers. The company was founded more than a decade ago and sold snapshot drivers to OEM partners, including a driver still in use today as part of Symantec Corp.'s Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR), according to Brandon Nordquist, vice president of product management for StorageCraft. VMware also OEMs a snapshot conversion tool from the company that lets VM images be converted to run on a different hypervisor, Nordquist said.

Read this blog post about the opportunities in virtualized server environments.

HTG Peer Groups Advisory Council announces appointment of Kowerchuk

HTG Peer Groups announced the appointment of Brad Kowerchuk, president of Bralin Technology Solutions, to its Advisory Council. Kowerchuk has been an active member of HTG Peer Groups since 2007 and has served as the facilitator of HTG4, one of HTG's 22 international peer groups, since July 2008. Kowerchuk also led a professional facilitator training committee for the team of HTG peer group facilitators. 

Aspire Technologies integrates QuoteWerks with ConnectWise

Aspire Technologies Inc. announced that it has completed integration with ConnectWise. The company said that the combination of QuoteWerks and ConnectWise enables users to provide estimates and proposals to prospective customers; combine sales quotes with business development opportunities in the pipeline; create orders and service tickets; and gain visibility into revenue streams from products, services, managed services and other sources. The QuoteWerks built-in ConnectWise integration is available in QuoteWerks' Corporate Edition.

VAR membership package from CompTIA offers monthly payment plan

CompTIA Inc. announced its new membership package, giving VARs access to major industry research, education and skilling programs, and networking opportunities for $20 a month. The organization said that the membership will give VARs access to the full range of CompTIA benefits, including participation in CompTIA's seven communities, CompTIA research, and discounts on CompTIA certification and business products.

Avere Systems unveils reseller program for FXT appliances

Avere Systems unveiled a new channel partner program for its FXT Series of appliances, whichcontain a mix of SSD and/or hard drive storage. The program is targeted at vertical and geographic markets, the company said. Avere has signed 10 new partners under the program so far. Additionally, channel partners can participate in promoting their stories in Avere PR campaigns.

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