Network Executive to Speak at SAN Conference |
- December 14, 2000 - GiantLoop Network, Inc. today announced that Jon
Oltsik, vice president of corporate marketing, will speak at next month's
SAN Solutions conference. |
Oltsik will address the growing
need for enterprises to implement optical technology in storage environments.
GiantLoop Network recently announced Optical Storage Networking (OSN), the
merging of storage and fiber-optic technologies to create high-bandwidth storage
networks that remove speed and distance limitations from storage resources,
applications, and services.
In his speech, titled "Fiber Optic Networks: Storage at the
Speed of Light," Oltsik will explore the impact of fiber optic networks on
storage business and technology. He will also discuss the relationship between
storage, servers and networks, including how optical networking will open the
market to various service providers. As a former Forrester analyst covering
storage and networking, Oltsik is uniquely qualified to discuss the ultimate
impact of optical technology on the storage industry. ...GiantLoop Network profile
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Infineon Invests $30 Million in Ramtron
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
December 14, 2000 Ramtron International Corporation announced
today that Infineon Technologies AG has agreed to make a $30 million
investment in the company.
Earlier this year, Infineon also made
an investment in Ramtron's DRAM product subsidiary, Enhanced Memory Systems,
Inc. Infineon will provide Ramtron with $10 million in cash and $20 million in
Infineon stock, in exchange for an approximate 20% stake in Ramtron. The
companies also entered into a separate cross-license agreement that provides
Infineon with a nonexclusive license to Ramtron's FRAM memory technology, and
Ramtron with access to certain Infineon technologies relating to the fabrication
of FRAM memories.
"This investment is a major endorsement of Ramtron's FRAM memory
technology," said Ramtron Chairman and CEO, L. David Sikes.
memory is a next-generation, high-performance memory that retains data without
power. The combined features of FRAM memory are not available in any other
single semiconductor memory product. Ramtron currently markets a full line of
memory products, including seven new products introduced during the last 12
months. Current applications for Ramtron's products include electronic power
meters, smart cards, test instrumentation, factory automation, laser printers,
security systems, and other systems that require reliable storage of data
without an external power source. The technology is also ideally positioned for
emerging mobile-computing and communications applications. ...Infineon Technologies
Overland Becomes #1 in Europe
14 December, 2000 - in a press release
issued by Overland Data in the UK today, the company announced it has
become Europe's number one supplier of midrange tape automation products.
Figures just released by IDC for the third quarter of 2000 show
Overland leading the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) market in terms of
units shipped with a share of around 25 percent.
"We are delighted with this endorsement by customers," said
Nick Charles, VP for Overland EMEA. "Our channel partners have done an
excellent job and we have always been convinced that our reputation for quality,
reliability and versatility would bring market success." IDC's figures
for the last quarter also reveal that when shipments were counted by
manufacturer of origin, as opposed to vendor, Overland's lead was increased to a
31 per cent market share.
"Overland had an excellent third quarter," said Zarah Damji,
storage analyst with IDC. "They have been steadily increasing their market
share for many quarters now." Midrange libraries include DLT, DLT1, 8mm
(AIT, Mammoth and VXA) and SLR drive technologies.
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CA and EMC Form SAN Management Alliance
ISLANDIA, NY AND
HOPKINTON, Mass. - Wednesday, December 13, 2000
Computer Associates International, Inc. and EMC Corporation
today announced an alliance to offer customers enhanced enterprise SAN
management and security solutions.
Under the alliance, the two
companies are cooperating on a number of initiatives, including joint
integration of their respective storage software products. This integration will
extend across CA's broad range of eBusiness solutions, enhancing the value of
solutions from CA and EMC with world-class enterprise management, security and
predictive analysis technologies.
CA has joined the EMC E-Infostructure Developers Program (EIDP),
which facilitates the integration of independent software solutions with EMC
Symmetrix® Enterprise Storage systems and software through a range of EMC
application programming interfaces (APIs). EMC will continue its support of CA's
SANITI initiative. Both companies will collaborate to develop open SAN standards
and software APIs for storage and SAN management.
As part of this alliance, CA and EMC will host joint educational
seminars and technology initiatives in early 2001 that will underscore the
breadth and scope of these new offerings. Among the first set of integrated
solutions resulting from this relationship is CA-Vantage. As a premier, storage
resource management solution, CA-Vantage now supports EMC Symmetrix. This
storage resource management solution provides continuous availability of
information through industry-leading monitoring and automation functions.
"As the deployment of SANs becomes more prevalent in business
enterprises, offering integrated tools for optimal management and security is
imperative," said Don Swatik, EMC's Vice President of global alliances. "CA,
which offers security solution leadership, and EMC are working together through
EMC's E-Infostructure Developers Program to provide customers with the tools
they need to manage their current and emerging e-Business storage requirements."
Associates profile, ...EMC
OTG Software Joins JNI SANpartners Program
MD., December 12, 2000 OTG Software, Inc. today announced that
it has joined JNI® Corporation's SANpartners program.
As a JNI SANpartner, OTG will certify through interoperability testing its SAN
storage software products, SANXtender and DiskXtender 2000, with JNI's family of
Host Bus Adapters (HBA), including certification with JNI's 2 Gigabit-per-second
technology in Q1 2001. JNI is the fastest growing Fibre Channel host adapter
manufacturer and was the first to introduce 2 Gb/s technology to the market.
OTG joins more than forty other leading SAN companies in the SANpartners
program, including ADIC, Brocade, Chaparral, Quantum/ATL, Legato, Hitachi,
McData and others.
...OTG Software profile
ADIC Expands Service Offerings
12, 2000-Redmond, Washington. Advanced Digital Information Corporation
announced today that it has more that doubled the reach of its customer support
program, and now offers complete enterprise service support-including same-day
on-site service-in more than 180 countries worldwide.
extension is part of an on-going ADIC program to expand service options for an
increasingly global customer base. The expanded program links ADIC Technical
Assistance Centers (ATAC), which provide 24-hour dispatch service, to teams of
help-desk resources, customer engineers and logistics centers on six continents
through an integrated, globally accessible database.
"Service is a central part of ADIC's mission of helping
organizations store, manage, and protect their most critical asset-the**ir digital data,"
commented Rob Swanson, ADIC vice president of Worldwide Customer Support. "ADIC
has shipped more than 70,000 automated tape libraries and last year had the
world's second largest unit market share in the segment."
INRANGE Technologies Announces FICON for ESCON
LAUREL, NJ, DECEMBER 12, 2000 - INRANGE Technologies today announced the
ability for fibre channel and FICON storage networks to coexist with legacy
ESCON storage through a single SAN director.
This unique storage
networking capability is provided with the release of the IN-VSN Fibre Channel
Port Adapter (FCPA) for CD/9000® ESCON Directors. According to
International Data Corporation (IDC), up to
70% of the world's corporate data exists on legacy mainframe systems, most of
which use storage networks based on the IBM ESCON storage protocol. Once the
most advanced interconnect available, ESCON is migrating to IBM's new FICON
interconnect, which blends ESCON control with the new technology of fibre
channel storage networking. IBM has begun FICON channel shipments that are
expected to be the replacement technology for these very large ESCON-based
systems. This technology 'refresh' means that thousands of customers that have
ESCON storage networks are faced with a total replacement of those networks, if
unable to upgrade to the new technologies.
Using the IN-VSN FCPA feature, up to 128 new FICON and fibre channel
ports can be added to existing or new INRANGE CD/9000 256 port capacity ESCON
directors, even while ESCON storage and servers are attached. This allows for a
coexistence of all three storage network types in a single director footprint,
providing a more seamless migration path to these new technologies. No other
vendor has announced product or plans for this type of technology.
IBM began shipping FICON channels in their S/390 in 1998, and more
recently these channels are included in the new IBM zSeries of servers announced
in October. With FICON channel rates of 100MB/s compared to the ESCON rate of
17MB/s, and distance limitations eased from 3km to 100km, these enterprise
systems are now capable of larger, faster I/O networks to support exploding
Availability of the IN-VSN FCPA for the
CD/9000 is scheduled for January 2001. All current installed systems and newly
shipped systems can take advantage of this upgrade/feature. ...INRANGE Technologies
AlphaStor Introduces New Storage Management Paradigm
December 11, 2000 SCH Technologies today announced general
availability of AlphaStor, an enterprise media management system.
AlphaStor provides open systems environments with mainframe-class media
management; device and library sharing in a SAN environment; and a universal
interface for managing day-to-day operations from a single web-based console.
AlphaStor represents a new approach to managing removable media. Unlike most
media managers that are compatible only with vendor-provided backup products,
AlphaStor was designed to coordinate device requests, enable the sharing of tape
devices and libraries and provide media life cycle management across various
backup and other data mover applications-all from one product. Data movers are
defined as applications that write to removable media, such as backup/recovery,
HSM, archiving, and others.
For many years SCH Technologies has served some of the world's largest
data centers, gaining valuable information about the enterprise-class
functionality required by customers, yet not provided by traditional open
systems storage management software products. This advanced functionality has
now been incorporated into AlphaStor. Some of the customer issues addressed by
These issues have now become critical. Organizations are learning
that they must address these issues not only for cost containment, but also to
fully benefit from new technologies. For example, the inability to manage media
across multiple data movers or lack of full library and device sharing makes
customers unable to realize the full potential promised by Storage Area Networks
(SANs). In addition, SCH created AlphaStor using products like Computer
Associates'® CA-1® as a guideline, ensuring AlphaStor's objective of
providing comprehensive mainframe-class functionality to open systems
- Underutilized storage resources, due to inability to share resources across
multiple backup applications.
- Lack of media policies, device failures, lost tapes, and unpredictable
- Multiple operational interfaces for different backup applications
all of which must be monitored and managed thereby increasing personnel
and training costs.
- No consolidated reporting or visibility of media, devices or library usage.
Combination of Maxtor and Quantum's HDD Unit Cleared to Proceed
December 11, 2000 - Maxtor Corporation (NASDAQ:MXTR) and
Quantum Corporation (NYSE:DSS) (NYSE:HDD) today announced that the
waiting period applicable to the pending combination of Maxtor and Quantum's
Hard Disk Drive Group under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements
Act expired on December 9, 2000.
The two companies also announced
that, on December 8, 2000, the European Commission issued its approval of the
combination under the European Union's Merger Control Regulation.
The two companies further reported that they have filed today with the
Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement of Maxtor covering
the shares to be issued in the transaction and a joint proxy
statement-prospectus for the special meetings at which the respective
stockholders of both companies will be asked to approve the transaction.
Maxtor's securities will be offered, and proxies will be solicited by both
companies, only pursuant to the version of the registration statement that is
declared effective by the SEC and the definitive version of the joint proxy
statement-prospectus that has been cleared with the SEC.
As announced by the two companies on October 4, 2000, holders of
Quantum HDD common stock will receive 1.52 shares of Maxtor common stock for
every Quantum HDD share they own. The companies expect the transaction to be
completed in the first quarter of 2001.
Imperial Technology's SSDs are eBay's Holiday Helpers
El Segundo, CA -
December 11, 2000 - eBay has selected Imperial Technology as a
strategic technology provider in ensuring high-speed transaction processing
throughout and beyond the holidays.
"Imperial's products are
an essential component of eBay's mission-critical infrastructure," said
Marty Abbott, vice president of operations at eBay. "Imperial has
demonstrated to us their commitment to quality and ability to deliver a robust
solid state disks deliver the performance we need in many of our response
"Imperial Technology's MegaRam Solid State Disks are high-speed,
random-access storage peripherals. Often, mounting only 3% of an application on
a solid state disk is enough to realize the desired performance improvement,
making a sound economical sense," said Farid Neema, president of
Peripheral Concepts, a
leading storage consultancy based in Santa Barbara, CA. "It is no surprise
that one of the largest eBusiness sites finds this technology to be a strategic
"Solid state disks have been around for a long time but are now
experiencing a renaissance," stated
David, Imperial's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "With
the explosion of web content and delivery, and the huge increase in eBusiness
transactions, solid state disks are no longer being seen as an exotic
technology, but as an enabling technology that allows companies to achieve a
competitive advantage, as is the case with eBay." ...Imperial Technology
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Vicom Systems Announces Alliance with StorageNetworks
Fremont, Calif., December 11,
Vicom Systems, Inc. today announced that Vicom and StorageNetworks,
Inc. have entered into an engineering development alliance under which Vicom
and StorageNetworks will develop storage virtualization technology for
StorageNetworks' Global Data Storage Network (GDSN).
engineering activities are intended to tailor Vicom products so that they
specifically meet the rigorous requirements of StorageNetworks' GDSN.
Technologies co-developed by the two companies will be made exclusively
available to StorageNetworks for a period of time.
announced today that StorageNetworks has made an equity investment in the
company for an undisclosed amount.
Samuel Tam, CEO of Vicom
Systems, said that Vicom Systems is seeking similar technology agreements with
other companies engaged in Storage Area Networking. "We are eager to form
joint development partnerships and OEM agreements with leaders in all areas of
storage networking, such as servers, switches, storage subsystems, and file
management systems," Tam said. "We believe we have the ideal
technology platform for providing storage on demand efficiently and easily."
Toolex and Constellation 3D enter into strategic alliance
December 11, 2000 - Toolex International N.V. and Constellation 3D
Inc. ("CDDD") Inc. announced today that they are in the final
stage of negotiations to enter into wide scope alliance to co-develop the
manufacturing processes and associated equipment for production of optical data
storage media incorporating CDDD's fluorescent Multi-layer Disc (FMD) and Card
Industrialisation of multi-layer disc systems and
optical cards using the FMD technology requires out-development of several media
production processes. Among them are thin layer technologies, embossing thin
layers or sheets, pit filling technologies, thin layer and sheet handling,
moulding and assembling. The agreement is envisaged to combine CDDD's
expertise in the development of FMD technology with Toolex's industrial
leadership in the development and industrialization of processes and equipment
for manufacturing of optical storage media. CDDD and Toolex will develop the
processes and equipment to be used by manufacturers of optical data storage
devices in the production of FMD media, with the intention of facilitating the
commencement of large-scale industrial production of FMD media within 18 months.
This alliance will implement specific development plans as well as embody
specific partnerships in achieving the appropriate industrial and marketing base
for the FMD concept.
Toolex' new President & CEO Leon Giesen said : "This optical
technology is, among other technologies, one of the contenders for going to next
generation high volume data distribution and storage systems. All these
technologies require new thin film and thin layer production technologies for
their media. Given the status of the FMD concept, we decided to intensify our
partnership with CDDD towards an alliance". ...Constellation 3D
Grau Data Infinistore Available with New AIT-3 Drives
December 11, 2000 Grau Data Storage Inc. today announced that its
Infinistore® series of network storage solutions will support Sony's new
AIT-3 drives. Mike Holland, President of Grau Data, said, "The
Infinistore Virtual Disk (IVD) will take full advantage of the reliability and
performance of the AIT-3 format. These new drives nearly double the capacity
and performance of the already impressive specs of our IVD, while maintaining an
unbeatable price point."
Grau Data's IVD provides simple plug-and-play attachment to any
network topology, providing seamless cross-platform file sharing for UNIX and
Windows NT/2000 data using NFS and CIFS protocols. The unique design allows
users to scale capacity from 2.5 TB totoday to 35 TB with AIT-3 drives. The
system can be configured with Fibre Channel, ATM or Gigabit Ethernet connects
for performance-intensive applications.
The entire storage
capacity of the IVD appears to network clients as a single logical disk that can
be partitioned for different applications. The IVD system is based on a
two-tier storage hierarchy, combining up to 1 TB of RAID-5 disk storage and up
to 20 TB of uncompressed capacity using tape storage to deliver a dual level of
high volume data protection. The system is intended to substantially reduce
total costs of managed storage plus enable larger amounts of data to be made
accessible, affordably, without human intervention. The Infinistore with AIT-3
drives will be available in mid-2001. ...GRAU Data Storage profile