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Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 3/5/04 Page 2

Additional Briefs for 3/5/04:
Enhanced Cryptography Added to Kasten Chase's Assurency CipherShare 3.0
SANRAD Boosts V-Switch Line of IP SAN Solutions
High-Capacity DVD Spec Approved
Tacit Networks Acquires AttachStor's Product Portfolio


StoneFly Ships Backup Advantage for SMBs

Few are the small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) that command the IT resources to deploy enterprise-class storage systems. With those organizations in mind, Stonefly this week started taking orders for its latest SMB backup and recovery offering (as first reported in the 10/24/03 edition of Enterprise Storage Snapshots).

Dubbed StoneFly Backup Advantage, the hardware and software combo is the result of a strategic partnership between StoneFly and CommVault Systems. Backup Advantage offers fledgling enterprises a way out of the inefficiencies and perils of relying on direct-attached storage (DAS) .

The IP-based storage product is comprised of the company's Storage Concentrator i3000 and CommVault's Galaxy Express software to provide local and remote backup, replication, and virtualization capabilities. Together they form the basis of a system that auto-detects the network environment and provides businesses with push-button ease of initiating a slew of storage chores, such as automated backup (to disk and/or tape).

StoneFly's Storage Concentrator i3000

StoneFly's Storage Concentrator i3000

The i3000 appliance, which made its debut in October, effectively provides a gateway to scalable IP SANs. Built around a 3GHz Intel Xeon processor, the storage router melds into its 1U chassis the benefits of an iSCSI router, bridge, and provisioning engine for managing virtualized capacity over IP SANs.

Staying true to the firm's flexible storage value proposition, the i3000 can serve as the lynchpin to differing applications such as extending FC (Fibre Channel) SANs, disk-to-disk backups, data replication across LAN and WANs, and direct-attached storage to SAN migrations.

CommVault's contribution is Galaxy Express software. The storage software coders at the Oceanport, N.J.-based firm specialize in backup, recovery, and migration software for corporations. Serving the SMB marketplace, it turns out, proved a natural extension of the work they were accustomed to producing for high-end customers.

Based on the enterprise-level Galaxy Backup and Recovery software, Galaxy Express has been tailored for SMBs by whittling down the core functionality that smaller, or in many cases non-existent, IT departments require when backing up data over IP SANs. By forgoing high-end features such as job prioritization and networked-attached storage (NAS) support, the companies have crafted a manageable suite that covers the basis of the majority of SMBs.

As a business grows and storage requirements grow in complexity, Galaxy Express can adopt many of the features of its big brother via software upgrades.

The StoneFly Backup Advantage with 1TB ATA disk storage solution is available for shipping starting this month at a price of $29,795.

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LEGATO Releases New Version of DiskXtender 2000

LEGATO Software, a division of EMC Corporation , has upgraded its DiskXtender 2000 (DX 2000) storage management software with integration and support for IBM Tivoli TSM and StorageTek ACSLS 7.0, as well as strengthened integration with EMC Centera Content Addressed Storage (CAS) to provide a highly resilient storage solution for regulatory compliance. The new release, version 5.5, also adds support for new tape, DVD, and DVD-R media devices from ADIC, Hewlett Packard, Kubota, Panasonic, Qualstar, Seagate, and Sony.

DiskXtender 2000 is a Windows-based hierarchical storage management (HSM) application that automatically moves infrequently accessed data to more cost-effective storage, maintaining transparent access to the user and associated applications, according to Legato. The software is offered as part of LEGATO's suite of Intelligent Data Management solutions, which are designed to play an integral part in an organization's Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategy for meeting the challenges of rapid storage growth, regulatory compliance, shrinking backup windows, and rising storage management costs.

"The ability to classify and align the value of data with the most cost-efficient storage medium is vital to gaining the benefits of an ILM strategy," says Victoria Grey, vice president, Business Continuance, LEGATO Software. "DX 2000's powerful HSM capabilities enable businesses to significantly reduce storage acquisition costs and management overhead without compromising service levels, and quickly protect and recover their environments. This solution is perfect for those customers looking for measurable and immediate ROI."

LEGATO DiskXtender 2000 version 5.5 is immediately available. [Additional Information]

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Additional Briefs for 3/5/04:
Enhanced Cryptography Added to Kasten Chase's Assurency CipherShare 3.0
SANRAD Boosts V-Switch Line of IP SAN Solutions
High-Capacity DVD Spec Approved
Tacit Networks Acquires AttachStor's Product Portfolio


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