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Ingram Micro longtime services chief departs

Ingram Micro loses services chief; Cisco launches SMB storage

IT channel news in brief for June 21, 2010

Crotty exits Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro, Inc., which has been trying hard to build an IT services juggernaut, is losing the chief architect of that effort as Justin Crotty departs to become senior vice president and general manager of NetEnrich, Inc.

Crotty joined Ingram Micro, the largest broad line IT distributor, nine years ago and built a 30-person services division. He has been a loud booster of the channel's role in cloud computing -- and spearheaded Ingram Micro's seismic effort to facilitate that role.

Crotty was the second executive to depart Ingram Micro last week. Last Monday, the company disclosed that Alain Monie resigned as president and COO.

Cisco launches multiprotocol storage for SMBs

Cisco Systems recently released new multiprotocol storage systems for small companies.

The new products replace last year's Cisco NSS 2000 and 3000 series. The new Series Smart Storage platform, based on hardware and software from QNAP Systems Inc. comprises three models with two-, four- or six-drive bays. They can support 2 TB SATA drives for a maximum capacity of 12 TB. List prices range from $913 for the smallest model with no drives to $5,625 for a fully configured six-bay model with 12 TB.

The products support NAS and iSCSI protocols, and run in Windows, Mac and Linux operating environments.

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