Industry round-up: Aragon Surgical, EMC, Fluke Biomedical, NetApp, VeriSure
Surgical device start-up Aragon Surgical has acquired VeriSure, a privately held medical device company. The acquisition provides Aragon Surgical with the LapCap, the first of an entirely new category of laparoscopic enabling products, the PCAD (Pneumoperitoneum Creation Assist Device). The Aragon Surgical LapCap allows a surgeon to more easily and efficiently pass a Veress needle into the peritoneal cavity in order to create a pneumoperitoneum (the gas-filled space in which the surgeon operates). The Aragon Surgical LapCap has already received FDA clearance. Aragon Surgical expects that the device will be commercially available to U.S. surgeons within 10 months.

EMC Corporation has unveiled new Microsoft SQL Server 2005 solutions and services, and enhanced Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 support. EMC also announced joining the Interop Vendor Alliance, a group of software and hardware vendors working towards interoperability with Microsoft systems.
The new products and services tie together EMC's deep solution testing integration work with the advanced Microsoft expertise delivered by EMC Global Services. There is growing customer demand to deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for mission critical computing, EMC said. The new services include: EMC design for Microsoft SQL server data warehouse infrastructure solution; readiness assessment; upgrade implementation; database recovery; performance optimization; application optimization; and business intelligence planning.
EMC also released a new custom solution to secure and protect e-mail by managing e-mail application security and document-level information rights, while also ensuring the right level of data protection for the underlying network and storage infrastructure. This solution addresses the key customer initiatives of providing a reliable and secure messaging infrastructure based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 that can meet mission-critical service level requirements and scale to meet ever-growing enterprise needs. It is based on a combination of EMC's data protection and recovery technology, RSA SecurID capabilities, and the award winning delivery expertise of EMC Global Services, EMC said.
Lastly, the company has joined the Interop Vendor Alliance. This expanded interoperability effort should allow customers to more easily deploy EMC hardware, software and integrated solutions for the Microsoft platform.

Fluke Biomedical unveiled its new 84-347 Gray Scale Ultrasound Phantom, a simple tool designed to access resolution of masses of varying size, depth, and contrast. 84-347 uses patented materials to permit rapid visualization of gray-scale resolution power at continuous depths from 1 cm to 12 cm. The tool is usable on all diagnostic ultrasound machines, allowing user evaluation of gray-scale sensitivity with a wide range of transducer frequencies. According to the company, it acts as a valuable training and quality-assurance tool for exploring optimum system setup and performance for all levels of ultrasound applications and asset management. The anechoic masses in 84-347 fully comply with the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation program.

Imaging Dynamics Company signed an agreement with the King Fahad General Hospital of Jizan, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The facility is a 430-bed hospital related to the Ministry of Health in the south west province of Saudi Arabia. Delivery of the new IDC Xplorer 2200 Digital Radiography (DR) system is expected in Q2 of this year.

Network Appliance has extended its data center portfolio with the addition of its newest midrange platforms, the NetApp FAS3040 and NetApp V3040 series. These systems offer flexible unified storage for data-driven business applications such as Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft Exchange. The FAS3040 and V3040 systems are additions to the company’s technical applications infrastructure, providing storage for design, automation, and other data-intensive needs. Future Data ONTAP GX support can also be leveraged on these systems for customers who require scale-out systems, NetApp said.
According to the company, the new FAS3040 and V3040 completes the refresh of the widely deployed FAS3000 series storage systems by offering 75 percent greater performance and 50 percent more storage scalability than the FAS3020. As part of the unified NetApp architecture, these midrange systems support file services, FC SAN, IP SAN (or iSCSI), and multiple network configurations while offering scalability to higher-performance systems with seamless upgrades. The new systems are built to increase reliability, simplify maintenance, and reduce storage infrastructure complexity, and are based on a 64-bit architecture, with up to 252 disk drives, 126TB capacity, and high-bandwidth I/O, including embedded 4GB FC ports.