Cisco and Veritas have added the glut of recent storage announcements with some of their own.

Cisco has two new products for its MDS 9000 family of multi-layer intelligent directors and fabric switches.

Both the Cisco MDS 92161i fabric switch and the Cisco MSDS 9000 Multiprotocol Services Module are equipped with 14 Fibre Channel ports and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Both will support the latest version of the operating system for the Cisco MDS 9000, the SAN-OS 2.0, also announced today. The two products are aimed at disaster recovery, remote backup, and business continuity applications, according to Cisco officials.

Veritas, meanwhile, is adding support for IBM’s AIX environment across its storage management products. New AIX support has been added for Veritas' Storage Foundation, Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC, Storage Foundation for Databases, Storage Foundation Cluster File System, Cluster Server, and Volume Replicator software packages.

"We're seeing a great deal of new installations of AIX, so it made sense for us to add support for the operating system," said Bob Maness, senior director of product marketing for Veritas. Veritas' Storage Foundation 4.0 already supports Windows, Solaris, Red Hat, and SuSe Linux.

But there's even more storage announcements: Princeton Softech has an information lifecycle management product designed for PeopleSoft and the IBM TotalStorage Data Retention 450. "This product addresses the need for PeopleSoft users to manage their business critical financial and enterprise data long-term," said Jim Lee vice president of product management at Princeton Softech.
It allows PeopleSoft customers to store archived data for long term compliance and availability. "Data retention regulations are now calling for many types of data to be accessible for several years and this product makes it much easier and faster for IT managers to perform that task," said Lee.

Also finally, Overland Storage is introducing the REO 9000 high capacity disk-based backup and recovery appliance. The REO 9000 offers support for up to 24 400GB disk drives for 9.6TB of total capacity with dual SCSI expansion ports.

It also offers Overland Storage's Dynamic Virtual Tape feature, which sizes a virtual tape drive to match the side of the backup data to optimise storage capacity. Prices start at $4,949.