Ibrix and EMC cozy up

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Ibrix and EMC cozy up

SearchStorage.com Staff
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Ibrix joins EMC Select
Formalizing a relationship that had largely taken place behind the scenes on several large customer deals, clustered file system software vendor Ibrix Inc. announced that its product, Ibrix Fusion, is now available through the EMC Corp. Select Program.

Under this program EMC salespeople will now be able to offer the Ibrix product along with EMC Clariion or Symmetrix storage. EMC will target low-cost messaging applications, online services requiring small block sizes and large file-sized applications like geophysical, upstream oil and gas, and digital content, according to an EMC spokesperson.

"I expect you'll see a new Celerra head that runs Ibrix on it, and ultimately it could be integrated into the DART operating system," said Steve Duplessie, founder and analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

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EMC was mum about whether or not the previous deals won with Dell Inc. and Ibrix prompted the partnership, or whether or not this announcement could be the precursor to an acquisition. See also: Behind the Scenes, Oct. 12, 2005; EMC wins deals with Ibrix file system, Jan 13.

NetApp, Kazeon tighten software integration
Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) announced that its joint offering with data classification vendor Kazeon Inc. has been extended to include data migration and records retention management capabilities. The Information Server 1200 (IS1200), announced in February, allows NetApp Snapshot, SnapVault and SnapMirror users to index and search for snapshot data in their NetApp systems.

According to NetApp, the product development itself was done by Kazeon engineering using application program interface (API) information from NetApp, and its Data OnTap operating system under an existing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement.

Meanwhile, NetApp also reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 of $621.3 million, an increase of 39%, compared to revenues of $448.4 million for the same period a year ago. This is an increase of 4% compared to $598.0 million in the prior quarter. NetApp grew its top and bottom line, exceeding earnings targets and Wall Street forecasts.

Elsewhere, HP also beat analysts' estimates for its third fiscal quarter ending July 31, with net revenue of $21.9 billion, representing growth of 5% year over year.

3Par offers native iSCSI
3Par Data Inc. announced native iSCSI connectivity for its InServ Storage Servers. This capability means that users may now supplement Fibre Channel (FC)-based storage deployments with an IP-based storage network using built-in Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) ports and iSCSI drivers. Network attached storage (NAS) gateways can now also be ported into the InServ block-level storage system.

ISCSI for Utility Storage is available immediately and is supported with Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux and Microsoft Windows Server. Pricing for the 3Par InServ Storage Server with four iSCSI ports starts at around $115,000 and includes installation, training and three years of support.

3Par competitor Compellent, meanwhile, was quick to point out that it had customers using iSCSI and FC in Storage Center last fall and started shipping the product last summer. "It looks like 3Par is using the iSCSI only to connect to servers," said Rob Davis, Haberman Inc. public relations for Compellent, in an email to SearchStorage.com. "Compellent can also put an iSCSI card directly into its controller to support IP remote replication."

Law firm taps Mimosa for ediscovery
Mimosa Systems Inc. announced version 2.0 of its Nearpoint email archiving software, which includes an email search option that can be used for legal discovery and regulatory compliance; the ability to create a thread of conversations and message for litigation support; and a workflow process that allows discovery teams to search, hold, review, tag and export results. The company also announced a customer that is using the new features -- Salt Lake City law firm Kirton & McConkie.

NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange Server starts at $10,000 for 100 mailboxes. The new version is available now.

In a separate announcement elsewhere, Xiotech Corp. introduced Archive Management Services, to facilitate and control access to archived paper and electronic documents. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota is an Archive Management Services pilot customer that is using the offering, Xiotech said.

Dell'Oro Group makes 8 Gbps FC, 10 GigE predictions
In a newly released report, Dell'Oro Group forecasted that the majority of FC and host bus adapter (HBA) sales will remain at 4 Gbps speeds beyond 2010. Sales of 1 Gbps FCl dominated the market for approximately five years, 2 Gbps dominated for four years -- the report predicts 4 Gbps to dominate beyond five years.

"We don't see 8 Gbps Fibre Channel being able to offer a price advantage over 4 Gbps speeds in the next few years. In addition, we expect 8 Gbps Fibre Channel will hit the same 15 meter distance limitation and laser jitter problems that Ethernet has at 10 Gbps speeds," said Tam Dell'Oro, founder and principal storage area network (SAN) analyst.

In a separate report, the group said that the 10 GigE switch market grew substantially to $302 million in the second quarter of 2006, following lackluster results in the prior quarter.

"Until 8 Gbps Fibre Channel or 10 Gbps Ethernet can offer a price advantage over 4 Gbps, the latter will be the logical choice," Dell'Oro added.

Fox Sports Australia picks Atempo
Atempo Inc. announced that Fox Sports Australia has selected its Time Navigator backup software to protect approximately 500 GB of data per day. "Ultimately, we chose Atempo's Time Navigator because it supports all the databases we use -- Oracle, SQL, Sybase and DB2 -- and our multiple operating systems," said Paul Slowey, technology manager at Fox Sports.