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Verari Goes Off the Rack

Another marriage of storage and blade server technologies took place today, as Verari Systems Inc.
announced an OEM deal with Engenio Information Technologies Inc.

Verari will sell Engenios Fibre Channel and SATA storage subsystems under its brand, with a “Powered by Engenio” tag.

Verari, a nine-year-old company that changed its name from RackSaver in April, primarily sells blade servers. CEO David Driggers says more and more of its blades are connected to storage systems, so he decided to increase Verari’s involvement in storage. The company previously had a reseller agreement with Engenio but now will support Engenio systems as well as sell them.

“We sell a lot of blades, and most of our customers buy storage to attach to them,” Driggers says. “Quite a lot of our servers get attached to Engenio. We’re looking at storage as a significant part of our revenue in 2005.”

Driggers isn't alone. The market for storage-based blades is gaining momentum, and a growing number of vendors of storage arrays, switches, controllers, and other SAN gear are looking to get their products into blade form. With the right OEM, SAN vendors can capitalize on the drive to consolidate servers and storage in data centers.

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