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Sunnyvale, Calif. — August 21, 2000 — Oak Technology, Inc. and RPK SecureMedia, Inc., today announced a joint development program under which the companies will collaborate on the development of chip-based technology for securing content on optical media. This chip-based approach to content protection at the controller level, offers greater protection and compatibility than media-based options, which are more susceptible to hacking or reverse-engineering. Applications for this technology include the distribution of music, video and software intellectual property.

"The RPK SecureMedia real-time encryption capability adds one of the highest levels of encryption security and speed to our industry leading controller chip solutions," said Don Shulsinger, Vice President Business Development, Oak Technology. "Content providers now have a highly secure way of managing and controlling digital distribution of their copyrighted materials in PC and consumer devices." Oak Technology plans to make this technology available across a wide variety of optical disc platforms including CD-ROM, CD-R/W, DVD-ROM, DVD-Writable, audio CD and DVD player devices. ...Oak Technology profile


London, England - 21 August 2000 - TFI Technology today announced the release of StayAlive 2000, the latest version of its crash protection software for Windows. Designed to avoid the pain of lost work, this software breaks new ground in crash recovery and data protection. Now in its 3rd major release, this popular software uses proprietary techniques to put itself in the firing line for crash interception. When the worst happens, StayAlive immediately steps in to prevent the problem from escalating into a full system crash. With a click of the recover button, the new crash-analyser in StayAlive 2000 goes to work. Using intelligent techniques to work out what went wrong, the program can be made stable again. The user can then continue to use the program and save their work. During a save, StayAlive uses its new FileSafe feature to prevent data corruption. By safely storing a copy of the user's original files, the user need no longer worry about losing their original work when they hit save in a crashed program. StayAlive provides a simple interface for accessing these safely stored files. ...TFI Technology profile


MILPITAS, Calif., - August 21, 2000 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced "RAID Everywhere," an initiative to accelerate RAID into mainstream PC servers and high-end PCs for business-critical data protection and performance. The announcement included the unveiling of three powerful microprocessor-based Ultra160 SCSI RAID solutions combining Adaptec chip technology, compatibility and global support.

"More than 75 percent of today's whitebox servers, and nearly half of all PC servers shipped today don't have adequate RAID protection – that's an alarming statistic," said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president of channel marketing at Adaptec. "Critical data exists in businesses of every size, yet the benefits of RAID have simply not been widely available, due to cost, complexity or support issues. The goal of 'RAID Everywhere' is to put RAID on every server and make it as ubiquitous as SCSI."

Adaptec's "RAID Everywhere" initiative focuses on three major areas: technology, compatibility and support. Adaptec has simplified installation and support with new easy-to-use management software tools and 24x7 global customer care, and is developing new ways to extend the adoption of RAID in the marketplace, from offering a rich breadth of solutions, to educating the market on the latest technology developments and applications.

Among the new offerings Adaptec announced today are two robust 64-bit Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 3200S and 3400S, that feature a ¾-size form factor, and come in two- and four-channel versions, respectively. Adaptec also introduced the SCSI RAID 2100S, a half-size, single channel Ultra160 RAID controller. With these additions to its product portfolio, Adaptec now claims it delivers the most complete line of RAID products in the industry, from entry- to high-end server offerings, and the broadest choice of interfaces, including ATA/UDMA, SCSI and Fibre Channel. ...Adaptec profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif., August 21, 2000 – Amdahl Software advanced its position as the leader in the data availability market with today's announcement of Version 2 of its TDMF software (Transparent Data Migration Facility) storage management software. Today's announcement extends TDMF software's capabilities to include copy processes that improve data availability. Version 2 adds several new enhancements:
  • Interfaces with third party utilities so data can be backed up with ease
  • Fast Copy - reduces the amount of time necessary to migrate a volume
  • Target volume empty - provides an extra level of protection
  • Reverse Pacing - an ideal function for devices that experience heavy loads for long periods of time
  • Offline Volume Access - provides automatic backup of offline target volumes and simultaneous use of these volumes

Amdahl's TDMF product, first introduced as a software solution in April 1997, eliminates downtime during data migration in System/390 environments. TDMF software transfers data between any two storage devices of appropriate capacity regardless of vendor or model. This facility is a transparent, vendor independent, copy tool that maintains full user access to data and continuous availability of applications during data migration. ...Amdahl profile

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Sanitization Methods for Cleaning Up Hard Disk Drives - article by Intelligent Computer Solutions

Removing the data on old unwanted disk drives has become a concern for all users. Earlier this year Pointsec found that they were able to read 7 out of 10 hard-drives bought over the Internet at auctions such as eBay, for less than the cost of a McDonald's meal, all of which had "supposedly" been "wiped-clean" or "re-formatted".

This article reviews the various methods available to sanitize hard disks along with the advantages and disadvantages in each case....read the article, ...Intelligent Computer Solutions profile, disk sanitizers
BETHESDA, Md., August 18, 2000 - OTG Software, Inc. today announced the appointment of Robert C. Capozzi as vice president, investor relations. In this newly created position, Capozzi will develop and direct the company's investor relations programs, including serving as OTG's spokesperson to the financial community. Capozzi will report directly to Ronald W. Kaiser, OTG's chief financial officer and treasurer.

Capozzi, 42, has 18 years of experience in investor relations and financial communications. He joins OTG from Global TeleSystems, Inc., (GTS), an e-business and telecommunications services company, where he was vice president - investor relations and corporate communications. ...OTG Software profile
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Havant, UK, 18 August 2000 – I-Bus/Phoenix has announced its latest SCSI RAID storage device for high transfer speed industrial grade server applications. The new Industrial RAID Box offers dual Ultra 160 SCSI connectors and throughputs of up to 160MB/second. Fully SCSI backwards compatible, the device supports all RAID storage levels and features true hot-swappable architecture.

At only 3.34" high, the Industrial RAID Box fits into standard height drive bays and can be fully integrated into the I-Bus/Phoenix range of high reliability servers. Its innovative design provides three hot-swappable drives in the space of two 5.25" drive bays. Another key design feature is the high capacity, variable direction fan that provides exceptional cooling performance. The Industrial RAID Boxes also have the ability to be quickly daisy chained together to expand storage capabilities up to half a terabyte. Configured as an easily maintainable unit, the disk array has unique latched hard drive rails for ease of removal and can be mounted either horizontally or vertically. The IRB-U3 Industrial RAID Box is now shipping in quantity from I-Bus/Phoenix. ...I-Bus/Phoenix profile


Woodcliff Lake, NJ - August 17, 2000 - An independent laboratory test of five major enterprise-level backup applications has cited Syncsort Incorporated's Backup Express as the overall leader for its excellent performance and fastest data backup and restore times. Syncsort's Backup Express outperformed Computer Associates' ARCserveIT, VERITAS' NetBackup, Legato Systems' NetWorker and Tivoli Systems' Storage Manager products. Backup Express performed more than 25 percent faster than its nearest competitor in simultaneously backing up 349GB of data and more than 24 percent faster in restoring 151GB of data on the test lab network.

The lab test environment consisted of approximately 350GB of data in more than one million files distributed across multiple Solaris 7, NT 4.0 and NetWare 4.11 and 5.1 servers with Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 residing on one NT machine. The primary backup server ran Windows NT 4.0. The tape library used was an ADIC Scalar 1000 with four DLT 7000's tape drives attached to the primary Windows NT backup server. ...Syncsort profile


CARLSBAD, Calif.- August 17, 2000 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. today announced enhanced support within its product line for the HP-UX platform. Customers with HP-UX based systems can now benefit from Dot Hill's increased interoperability in heterogeneous server environments and receive all the benefits of Dot Hill's SANnet storage products and solutions. These benefits include full HP-UX support in its newly released suite of storage management software utilities, SANpath 3.1 and SANscape 2.3. With its continued commitment to this popular platform, Dot Hill can now offer more data storage products and solutions to the large installed base of HP-UX users.

"This move is consistent with Dot Hill's open systems approach to storage, and adds to the growing list of platforms and operating systems supported by the company's SANnet product line," said Bill Long, software product manager. In choosing to concentrate efforts on full HP-UX support for its SANnet product line, Dot Hill listened to its customers, who requested full support. Dot Hill also considered the growing installed base of HP-UX users in medium to large enterprises who can now get the full benefit of SANnet's superior performance. ...Dot Hill profile


SAN DIEGO, CA - August 16, 2000 - Western Scientific today released the TsunamiRAID, a high performance active/active RAID that gives users high availability and high performance across a broad range of environments, including Windows, UNIX, parallel databases, and SANs. Performing 100 MB/sec controller to cache transfer, the TsunamiRAID offers unrivaled performance and capacity to open systems environments. This Fiberchannel RAID is capable of transferring data at a rate of up to 80 MB/sec standard or 200 MB/sec burst. This high performance system is ideal for high-end RAID users that require unparalleled performance and reliability. With system sizes ranging from 500 GB to 3.82 TB of RAID storage, the TsunamiRAID can be easily configured to meet the needs of many users who require high performance with the ease of possible future upgrades to meet expanding data storage needs. Each controller comes standard with 128 MB RAM and can be configured with up to 1 GB. The TsunamiRAID also contains a built-in IP address and fabric switching in a SAN-ready rackmount box, making it an ideal SAN solution. Base TsunamiRAID systems start at $45,000. ...Western Scientific profile


MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, AUGUST 16, 2000 - INRANGE Technologies announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Computerm Corporation. The agreement to acquire was originally announced on July 31, 2000.

Computerm's high-performance channel extension products will be incorporated into INRANGE's IN-VSN89 Virtual Storage Networking family of channel directors, optical multiplexers, and channel extension products and services, which are used to build large-scale, distributed storage networks.

Computerm's Pittsburgh-based facilities will serve as the base for INRANGE's newly formed Virtual Storage Networking Group, which includes the channel extension and optical ultiplexing products. Ed Nash, former Computerm President, has been appointed General Manager of this group. ...INRANGE Technologies profile


Hopkinton, MA - August 16, 2000 – The FibreAlliance, an open, international consortium driving the development and implementation of standards for managing heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs), today added six Fibre Channel suppliers to its membership. This brings to 50 the number of companies working cooperatively within the FibreAlliance to make it easier and more cost-effective for customers to design, deploy and operate SANs. The new FibreAlliance members include:
  • Adaptec, Inc., of Milpitas, Calif., (NASDAQ:ADPT) makes products and solutions that move, transfer, manage and protect valuable data that is the heart of Internet and e-business computing.
  • ArtStor AG, of Hamburg, Germany, specializes in highly available, platform-independent storage hardware and software solutions as well as individually tailored integration and performance-tuning services.
  • Connex, of San Jose, Calif., specializes in providing scalable, centrally managed network storage solutions that deliver coordinated intelligence to storage-centric environments, from the workgroup to the enterprise.
  • Nexsan Technologies, Ltd., of Derby, England, is an OEM design and manufacturing company specializing in advanced, Internet-enabled, data storage technologies.
  • ProactiveNet, Inc., of Alviso, Calif., enables online businesses to optimize their site performance proactively by providing insight into the business impact of the e-business infrastructure's performance.
  • Spectra Logic Corporation, of Boulder, Col., is a leading manufacturer of high-performance tape automation products providing mission-critical data protection for companies worldwide.

"SANs provide an effective way to profitably harness the exploding and often far-flung volumes of information companies need to manage, protect and share," said Don Swatik, Vice President of Strategic Planning at EMC Corporation, which sponsors the FibreAlliance. "But the full promise of SANs awaits standardized methods for managing SANs in a multivendor environment. Working together, the companies of the FibreAlliance are playing a central role in making these standards a reality."

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Phoenix, Arizona - August 15, 2000 - Microtest, Inc. recently conducted performance tests on its NAS operating system. Two configurations, one using software RAID and the other hardware RAID, were tested with the industry standard NetBench 6.0 benchmark testing software to determine optimal throughput.

FileZerver's OptiRAID system clocked a maximum throughput of 211 megabits per second with an average response time of 1.21 seconds. Surprisingly, the addition of a RAID controller to the test only resulted in a 1% improvement in throughput. The software RAID configuration included dual 733 MHz Pentium III processors, 128 MB of memory, three hard disk drives (54 gigabytes) configured in RAID 5 arrays, Extreme Networks Summit 24 switch and Intel's PRO/1000 Gigabit Server Adapter. The hardware configuration hosted all of the above components along with the addition of an AMI hardware RAID controller.

"Our benchmark results far outperform any of the published numbers for midrange NAS products currently on the market, which culminate at 95 megabits per second for the next highest performing competitive product. When factoring in the overall price/performance of NAS solutions, FileZerver exceeds the competition even further," indicated Mike Pfeffer, Director of Engineering, Microtest Network Appliances and Storage. "The test results comparing our OptiRAID, Microtest's unique software RAID system, to dedicated hardware RAID implementations confirm our leadership in optimized RAID solutions and matches the available performance numbers for enterprise storage systems."

Microtest's FileZerver controller and NAS operating system including OptiRAID provide the heart for a growing number of integrator, VAR and OEM storage appliances. In addition, the FileZerver operating system is being marketed to OEM vendors implementing a variety of Intel-based architecture servers. ...Microtest profile


DALLAS, Texas, August 15, 2000 - Interphase Corporation today announced a strategic partnership program designed to strengthen its relationships with key hardware and software providers in the SAN and embedded telecommunications markets. The Interphase Diamond Developer Program provides evaluation product, technical support, co-marketing programs and equipment discounts to qualifying partners to ensure reliable, easy-to-integrate, turn-key solutions for end-users and fast-time-to-market for resellers, integrators and equipment suppliers.

"Building strategic alliances with other suppliers in the SAN and telecom industries is paramount to providing world class solutions to Interphase customers," said Greg Kalush, Interphase president and CEO. "The Diamond Developer Program moves beyond compatibility testing to actively leverage the combined strengths of Interphase and our partners toward robust networking solutions aimed at exciting business opportunities. Having a joint program that encompasses interoperability testing, marketing, and future product development with strategic partners will foster truly innovative solutions for the market."

Inaugural partners through the Interphase Diamond Developer Program include Eurologic Systems, Force Computers (NYSE: SLR), Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), Gadzoox Networks (Nasdaq: ZOOX); LynuxWorks (formerly Lynx Real-time Systems), Molex Incorporated (Nasdaq: MOLX, MOLXA), Motorola Computer Group, Vixel Corporation (Nasdaq: VIXL), Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), and Ziatech Corporation.

"Vixel is a leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of Fibre Channel interconnect products and partners with industry leaders like Interphase to develop products to meet the growing needs of Enterprise data centers," said Edmund J. Reilly, Vice President, Customer Services and Solutions at Vixel. "The Diamond Developer Program allows us to build upon our existing partnership with Interphase, and to focus cooperative efforts on providing enhanced Fibre Channel storage solutions to the user community."

According to John Hannigan, Synergy Partners Program Manager at LynuxWorks, "We provide new ways to solve embedded Linux and real-time customer needs using the two most complementary operating systems on the market today: LynxOS® and BlueCat™ Linux. Our strategic alliance with Interphase via the Diamond Developer program opens the door for the development of tightly integrated solutions targeted to next-generation telecommunication environments running on open embedded platforms."

"The Interphase Diamond Developer Program complements our 'Running with the Force' partner program," said Lorraine Orcino, third party alliance manager at Force Computers. "Our collaborative testing and marketing efforts with Interphase ensure a hassle-free, turnkey solution for telecommunication providers building tomorrow's communication infrastructure."

...FORCE COMPUTERS profile, ...Interphase profile, ...Vixel profile


Baughurst, UK, August 15, 2000 - ACSL, publisher of STORAGEsearch.com disclosed today the 10 most popular product areas visited by viewers of its computer storage web directory. The results measure the recent viewing patterns of over 90,000 readers. The 10 most popular subjects are, in order:-
  1. Fibre channel switches & hubs
  2. RAID systems
  3. Backup software
  4. SAN
  5. SCSI adapter cards
  6. Hard drives
  7. RAID controller cards
  8. Solid state disks
  9. Data recovery services
  10. SCSI converters, extenders, repeaters

Publisher Zsolt Kerekes said "The biggest change since we published a similar table in March, is that Fibre channel switches have shot up from not even being in the top 10, to the #1 slot." ...ACSL profile

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Exabyte Corporation today announced that BakBone Software(TM) has reported new benchmark performance levels on M2(TM) (Mammoth-2) tape drives and libraries. BakBone cited M2's speed and ease-of-use in both stand-alone and automation environments, and qualified the M2 products for its NetVault(TM) storage management software. With both Fibre Channel and SCSI network configurations, M2 delivered a record-setting transfer rate that peaked at 50 MB/second. The M2/NetVault combination achieved a sustained transfer rate of 14 MB/second during backups with little or no compression. Restore speeds averaged 13 MB/second. All testing was performed at BakBone's SAN Interoperability Lab in San Diego.

M2 sustained the record transfer rate by using a Sun Microsystems SPARC E250 server running Solaris 7; Dot-Hill Fibre Channel SANnet RAID system; Compaq StorageWorks Fibre Channel SAN switch 16; Crossroads 4x50 router; and Antares LVD Ultra2 PCI host bus adapters, all running on NetVault storage management software. BakBone's testing simulated real-world situations by using one GB kernel files. BakBone also tested Exabyte's EZ17(TM) autoloader and X80 library.

"These numbers represent the clear conclusion that companies can combine impressive, high-performance data backup with incredible ease-of-use," said Jack Corrao, BakBone's president and chief operating officer. "These benefits are of increasing importance to companies that must secure more corporate-critical data in a shorter time frame than ever before. Enterprise backup must be simply administered and accomplished in an absolute minimum of time with an absolute maximum of confidence in the process. The BakBone/Exabyte combination proves these objectives can be met running on today's LANs, and maximized as companies move toward SAN-centric configurations."

"BakBone's M2 test results confirm that M2 is the technology to beat for high-performance backup and restore operations in complex Fibre Channel SAN environments," said Kathy Ingraham, software alliance manager at Exabyte. "When used with M2 drives and libraries, NetVault offers end users blazingly fast performance as well as great ease-of-use and cross-platform support." ...BakBone Software profile, ...Exabyte profile, ...SPARC Product Directory

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