News in Brief: Acronis’ new MD, Isilon’s scientific win and more

Acronis has a new local boss, Isilon a new local customer, while Seagate has a milestone to share and Quantum is hugging Macs.

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Acronis has announced a new General Manager – Pacific. The job goes to Karl Sice, who Acronis said in a press release “has an outstanding track record of success in regional sales management and professional services roles in high growth organisations such as Gartner, Sun, American Express and Dell, working in Australia, the USA and Asia.”

Sice issued the usual statement in which he expressed excitement at having a new job and a desire to sell more stuff, both direct and through the channel.

Sice’s Boss, Acronis APAC  President Bill Taylor-Mountford said he expects the appointment will “... consolidate our leadership position with SMBs across the Pacific and seize upstream opportunities.”

Isilon wins gene research deal

EMC division Isilon has scored a win at the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), which has picked its storage appliances to record data generated by its HiSeq 2000 gene sequencing systems. According to Wayne Mather, Head of IT at AGRF, the HiSeqs pump out around ten terabytes of data each time they are put to work, and he therefore “... needed a storage system that could not only capture massive data from the initial runs but also handle the intensive process of analysing that information as quickly as possible to get the results back to our clients.”

AGRF worked with Isilon reseller AGTC Consulting to implement an Isilon X-Series IQ12000X 5 node Scale-out Storage Platform, with 60 TB of storage.

 “We chose Isilon storage because it did have higher transfer rates and disk speeds than the competition,” said Mather. “In the past we used to have to add a whole new disk array for new services and that became tedious because we would end up with four or five different disk array technologies. We didn’t want to do that anymore so now we can head down one path and Isilon is the way to go.”

Seagate secure drives crack the million mark

Seagate says it has cracked the million-sales mark for its self-encrypting laptop and enterprise hard drives. The company says it now has 24 self-encrypting drives in its range, and that one reason for the sales surge is the US government signing off on the drives for use among the spook security community.

In the press release announcing the milestone, Seagate quoted Charles Kolodgy, research director of security products for analyst group IDC, as saying “Companies and government organizations worldwide increasingly are securing confidential information on self-encrypting hard drives, recognizing that this commonsense yet powerful approach simplifies the deployment of security for data at rest. As storage and security continue to converge, solutions like Seagate’s self-encrypting hard drives are leading the way by providing organizations with the strong, easy-to-use security they need to protect their data assets.”

Quantum’s StoreNext to access more Apples

Quantum has announced “plans to offer a new range of file storage products which will enable business organizations that use Apple products to leverage their existing IT investments more effectively.”

The first product is described in a press release as “software that brings new client access options to StorNext users. Quantum co-developed a new local area network (LAN) client for StorNext with Group Logic, the leading provider of enterprise file access, management and integration for heterogeneous computing environments. The Group Logic LAN Client for StorNext will enable desktop clients running the Mac OS X platform to have native access via a LAN to StorNext's high-performance shared file and archiving system.”

StorNext then provides an interface between Macs and SANs other than Apple’s own XSAN.

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