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Xiotech Owns Up to Kashya

Prince Charles would be proud: Xiotech Corp. has acknowledged an alliance with Kashya Inc., which is apparently the first of a couple of big announcements for the latter startup.

Interestingly, the formal Kashya announcement reveals only that the two partners are working together on a solution for Xiotech's 3D storage arrays. But Mehran Hadipour, VP of marketing for Kashya, says Kashya's software is the source of the TimeScale Rapid Restore add-on option Xiotech announced late last year (see Xiotech Replicates). That solution is in use by several customers, Hardipour says.

For its part, Xiotech's reticent about this alliance. A Xiotech spokesman, Nick Ludlum, says the TimeScale option, which includes hardware that can be installed in the same rack as Xiotech's 3D, 3D Magnitude, and Magnitude 3D NAS arrays, is "not Kashya rebranded." It uses Kashya's software to help provide continuous local and remote data replication across any combination of Xiotech arrays, but it also incorporates technology from Xiotech, he says.

Hadipour says Xiotech's not the only OEM on its dance card. A second big partner is waiting in the wings, he maintains, and will be announced soon. Other OEMs are in the talking stage. Kashya also sells its KBX5000 replication appliance directly for use with heterogeneous SANs (see Kashya Reveals Replication). It's sold through integrators as well.

Xiotech has no immediate plans to partner with another appliance vendor, a spokesman says.

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