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JNI and BROCADE form Strategic Alliance for SAN Connectivity

SAN DIEGO and SAN JOSE, Calif.-July 13, 2000- JNI® Corporation and Brocade Communications, Inc. announced today a strategic alliance between the two companies.

As part of the BROCADE Fabric Aware and JNI SANpartners interoperability programs, BROCADE and JNI will collaborate on product development, service and support, and marketing and sales initiatives to advance the adoption of open Storage Area Networks (SANs) in enterprise environments.

BROCADE is the leading provider of SAN switches and JNI is the fastest growing HBA vendor in the Fibre Channel market. The companies will work together to provide customers with optimized functionality using the combination of BROCADE SilkWorm Fibre Channel fabric switches and JNI FibreStar HBAs, in order to support the requirements of today's high-performance SAN environments and applications. Development is expected to include performance enhancement, network management, and auto speed-sensing and negotiation for new-generation Fibre Channel technologies.

"We are pleased to enhance our long-standing relationship with JNI and expand the options for our customers in choosing open, standards-based products for their storage networking environments," said Greg Reyes, president and CEO of BROCADE. "As the SAN market continues to evolve, the need to interconnect islands of data in a heterogenenous environment is a crucial SAN requirement. Through our alliance with JNI, BROCADE is furthering its commitment to enable multi-vendor SANs as the networking foundation for storage." ...BROCADE profile, ...JNI profile


TrueSAN Recruits Hank Warg as Vice President of Marketing

SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 13, 2000 -- TrueSAN Networks, Inc., announced today the appointment of Henry E. Warg (Hank), to the position of Vice President of Marketing, reporting directly to Thomas Isakovich, President and CEO.

Hank will assume responsibility for global marketing for TrueSAN, including all brand, communications, and product marketing programs. Hank brings 14 years of information technology management experience to TrueSAN with proven leadership in building marketing and branding strategies as well as international alliances. Most recently, Hank was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RenderX, an XML-rendering software startup. From 1997 to 1999, Hank served in several management roles at Hitachi Data Systems. As Vice President of Worldwide Sales for the OEM Business Unit, Hank was responsible for initial development of the HP/HDS OEM agreement for HP's SureStor E products.

"Hank brings a wealth of enterprise marketing and sales experience to TrueSAN at a time when the Company is poised for incredible success," Tom said. "Hanks' breadth of experience in enterprise storage and his demonstrated branding expertise will help position TrueSAN as a force in the storage industry, as well as bolster the strategic initiatives we are taking to address the high-growth opportunities that are emerging in various markets."

"TrueSAN presents a unique opportunity," Hank stated. "To establish TrueSAN as a world-class leader in an emerging market with unprecedented growth ahead is a challenge that I cannot wait to get started on." ...TrueSAN Networks profile. Storage People


Quantum/ATL Announces P2000 Automated Tape Library

IRVINE, Calif., July 12, 2000 – Quantum|ATL today announced its P2000 automated tape library.

The P2000 is a new mid-range enterprise-class library designed for companies whose data is growing at Internet speed. With high-availability, connectivity and scalability options unmatched in the industry, the P2000 meets the requirements of data-intensive operations demanded by e-business, ISPs, ASPs and dot.com companies. Features and benefits of the P2000 include:
  • Fibre Channel or SCSI interface, field upgradeable
  • Up to 10 tape drives for up to 360 GB per hour backup performance
  • Up to 198 tape cartridges for up to 13.9 TB of storage capacity using DLT 7000 technology
  • Scalable capacity and performance for up to 105 TB of storage and 2.7 TB per hour data throughput
  • High-availability, redundant AC power, power supplies and fans for non-stop operation
  • Hot-swap, hot-plug and user-replaceable tape drives, power supplies and fan modules for on-line service
  • Prism Storage Architecture featuring two PCI and six CPCI expansion slots for advanced functionality
  • Twelve-cartridge load port with two removable magazines for quick loading and unloading
  • Support for future drive technology including Super DLTtape™ and LTO Ultrium™

The P2000 pricing is $51,300 USD for the base library with 100 slots and is shipping today. ...Quantum|ATL profile


New NAS Platform For Integrators Who Need Fast Own Brand Solutions

Phoenix, Arizona and Chatsworth, California - July 12, 2000 - Microtest, Inc. and JMR Electronics, Inc. today announced a partnership to provide the first NAS engine-enclosure combination for the storage VAR and integrator channels.

The NAS platform enables VARs to quickly configure solutions for specific customer applications. The partnership entails a JMR Fortra storage enclosure redesigned to readily accommodate Microtest's FileZerver engine. Distributors will sell the product combination as a kit SKU, to which only hard drives and optional tape drives need be added. This pre-certified, plug-and-play solution will reduce installation and support overhead costs for VARs and integrators and can be private-labeled by those who choose to market the NAS platform under their own brand.

"Our NAS development partnership with JMR Electronics, one of the preeminent storage enclosure manufacturers in the world, will allow us to provide the foundation of a mid-range NAS solution for our storage integrators," said Rob Strong, Director of Sales, Microtest Network Appliances and Storage. "As a result of this partnership, our storage integrators and VARs will enjoy shorter time to market, access to cross-trained technical support teams and sales opportunities."

Market education is necessary to establish a broad market acceptance of NAS. JMR and Microtest will work together to increase understanding of NAS appliance benefits by way of joint training sessions, road shows and advertising campaigns.

"JMR's partnership with Microtest in this endeavor clearly demonstrates our commitment and support to all facets of the storage market," said Duran Alabi, Director of Strategic Marketing for JMR. "We are confident our global presence in the storage industry complements Microtest's excellent network-attached solutions, with their highly rated FileZerver product. We at JMR receive hundreds of inquiries weekly from people looking for this type of solution. This initiative will allow our VARs, integrators and distributors to offer a reliable, certified and cost-effective NAS solution." ...JMR Electronics profile, ...Microtest profile


Cirrus Logic Teams With Sony To Double CD-RW Storage Capacity

AUSTIN, Texas – July 12, 2000 - Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced a new CD-RW drive device that offers twice the storage capacity of current solutions.

This new double-density encoder/decoder, designated the CR3490, makes it possible to store 1.3 gigabytes of data on a single CD-RW disc, and boasts the industry's fastest write (16x) and read (48x) speeds. Cirrus Logic was the first company to deliver a device capable of those speeds and now offers the first device that will meet the new Double-Density CD-ROM/-R/-RW (or DDCD) specification from Sony and Philips when it is finalized.

With more than 10 million CD-RW devices shipped to date, Cirrus Logic holds 35 percent of the burgeoning CD-RW drive market and continues to be the technology and performance leader. This market is already making its way, as a standard feature, into high- and medium-end OEM PCs and is expected to be the removable storage drive of choice, replacing the floppy. The CR3490, ATAPI CD-RW encoder/decoder is packaged in a 128-pin LQFP package and is priced at $8.00 each in quantities of 25,000. The device will be available in September. ...Cirrus Logic profile


OnStream Announces High Capacity Firewire Tape Drive for Mac

LONGMONT, COLO. -- July 11, 2000 -- OnStream's introduction of the Echo FireWire and Echo USB, with full Dantz Retrospect Desktop support, provides Macintosh users with the first line of high capacity tape drives that are compatible with their FireWire and USB interfaces.

The company will showcase the drives for the first time next week at Macworld Expo in New York City in booth #359. The FireWire drive will also be running in the Dantz booth #649 at the show. The new OnStream Echo drives provide 30 gigabytes of removable storage with an easy-to-connect FireWire or USB interface, allowing iMac, iBook, Power Mac G3, Power Mac G4 and PowerBook users to back up an entire hard drive on a single cartridge. These plug-and-play storage devices provide Mac users easy to use, reliable backup devices that deliver high performance at an affordable price. The Echo FireWire and the Echo USB deliver native transfer rates of up to 2 MB/s and .85 MB/s, respectively.

"Invented by Apple and adopted by the IEEE as an industry standard, FireWire provides incredible business opportunities for developers seeking to create high-performance peripherals with true plug-and-play functionality," said Clent Richardson, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "OnStream's Echo FireWire drive, bundled with Dantz Retrospect software, delivers a world-class backup solution for Mac customers."

The Echo FireWire 30GB digital tape drive bundled with Dantz Retrospect Desktop 4.3 will be available in early Fall through leading resellers at an estimated retail price of $599 (U.S.). ...OnStream profile, ...Dantz profile


INRANGE Announces SAN Agreement with VERITAS

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, JULY 11, 2000 - INRANGE Technologies Announces SAN Solution Partner Agreement with VERITAS Software

With the capability to connect storage resources to a heterogeneous set of servers on an any-to-any basis, Storage Area Networks (SANs) continue to gain acceptance as a valuable business solution for managing the high volume of data in today's Internet economy. As more and more of these network types are deployed throughout corporate enterprises, key management initiatives include reducing the complexity of SAN administration and equipping SANs with 'data-center' class products that can protect data availability. To address this need for highly available, centrally managed storage networks, INRANGE Technologies announced today that it has entered the SAN Solution Partner Program with VERITAS Software, a provider of enterprise-class storage management software. Under this agreement, both VERITAS Software and INRANGE Technologies will be implementing a certification and interoperability environment with INRANGE's 64-port FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director and VERITAS' SAN data availability and SAN management software solutions.

Through this program, the companies certify interoperability of their solutions, allowing users to plan for interoperable storage networks. INRANGE will add a complementary management layer to its IN-VSNä family of Virtual Storage Networking solutions, of which the FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director is the cornerstone. IN-VSN is a suite of director-level switching platforms (supporting Fibre Channel and ESCON standards), optical networking platforms, and channel extension technologies that gives customers the means to build large-scale storage networks that can be extended to remote locations, business continuance sites, and business partners worldwide. ...INRANGE company profile, ...VERITAS profile


Network Appliance and Fujitsu Announce Strategic European Alliance

Sunnyvale, CA/Bad Homburg, Germany - July 11, 2000 -- Network Appliance, Inc. and Fujitsu Siemens Computers today announced a strategic alliance that establishes Fujitsu Siemens Computers as a reseller of Network Appliance filers throughout Europe. NetApp® filers extend Fujitsu Siemens Computers' solutions for online storage, archiving, storage management software, and storage networking.

According to Dataquest, Network Appliance storage systems account for approximately 60 percent of the worldwide NAS market. NetApp filers are designed to manage multiterabyte capacities of stored data and directly attach to corporate networks, offering a scalable solution to managing large amounts of Internet and enterprise applications data in a single system. With exceptionally high performance and high availability that exceeds 99.99 percent uptime, NetApp filers can simultaneously manage and administer data sharing in both Windows NT® and UNIX® environments.

Reliable storage solutions are a vital component of today's IT network infrastructure. Fujitsu Siemens Computers provides a comprehensive product portfolio for tailor-made storage solutions which fit today's predominantly heterogeneous server and application customer environments. Design, implementation, and support will be handled by Fujitsu Siemens Computers' specially trained, international storage solution team.

"We are excited about the partnership with Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Our innovative storage solutions for database, ERP, e-commerce, and enterprise applications match perfectly with a European leader in enterprise computing that offers market-proven expertise in the storage market," says Ian Henderson, managing director, Europe, at Network Appliance. "We are looking forward to a successful working relationship as we penetrate new market opportunities throughout Europe." ...Network Appliance profile, ...Fujitsu Siemens Computers profile


XIOtech Joins Fibre Channel Industry Association

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., July 11, 2000 - XIOtech® Corporation, today announced that it will step up its involvement in developing and implementing fibre channel standards and interoperability through its new membership in the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA).

One of the first FCIA-sponsored activities in which XIOtech participated was the University of New Hampshire Research Computing Center InterOperability Lab's FCIA Group Test Period, held June 12-16, 2000 in Durham, New Hampshire. The XIOtech MAGNITUDE SAN was put to the test with SAN components from numerous vendors. These components included host bus adapters (HBA), switches, routers, bridges, servers and operating systems. Although time limited testing with each and every branded SAN product represented at the event, every component that was tested with the MAGNITUDE was found to be completely functional and interoperable. A complete list of components that have been tested with the XIOtech MAGNITUDE can be obtained by sending an email request to info@xiotech.com.

"We extend a warm welcome to XIOtech as they become a member of the FCIA and join us in developing the fast-paced fibre channel market," said Skip Jones, president of the FCIA. "Our goal in the FCIA is not only market development, but also to foster a sense of community within the fibre channel industry. We feel that XIOtech, with its broad view of the fibre channel market and its strong relationships with customers and partners, will be an asset for the mainstream market acceptance of fibre channel technology and SAN topology."

"With a growing installed base and accelerated deployments of fibre channel-based SANs, it is crucial that all SAN players share their experience with industry organizations such as the FCIA who will continue to drive the solidification of compatible behavior and open standards," said Richard Blaschke, executive vice president of marketing for XIOtech. "XIOtech's SAN solutions conform to all standards that have been set forth to date, and the inherent flexibility of our products makes it possible to conform to additional standards as they are set. Close cooperation with the organization that is leading the way in the fibre channel revolution is an important step for both XIOtech and our customers." ...XIOtech profile, ...FCIA profile


Dataram Unveils Memory for SGI's Newest Workstations

Princeton, NJ—July 11, 2000— Dataram Corporation today announces immediate availability of memory products for Silicon Graphics 230 and 330 workstations.

Marrying state-of-the-art Intel architecture with Dataram memory and SGI visualization subsystems, this collective effort sets a new standard for graphics performance on Windows and Linux operating systems. Rejuvenating its strategy in the windows-based workstation market, SGI's 230 and 330 newest models aim to leverage industry-standard, off-the-shelf components with an improved focus on Linux. The new workstations feature Intel Pentium III 667, 733, or 800MHz processors. Model 230 is a single processor-based system while the Model 330 can support up to two. In addition, both the 230 and 330 support a minimum of 128MB to a maximum of 1.5GB of memory using 133MHz ECC SDRAM DIMMs. Dataram is offering 256MB and 512MB capacities.

"Dataram remains committed to SGI's Intel-based workstation marketplace and is pleased to offer these new products for the 230 and 330 workstations", states Jeff Goldenbaum, Dataram's product manager. "Adding our memory is a perfect way to extend the capacity and performance of these new systems."

SGI's 230 and 330 family is the company's first workstation offering for Linux users, and the industry's first workstation family designed from the ground-up to accelerate OpenGL 3D graphics in hardware on the Linux operating system, providing an ideal platform for graphics software developers and users. Dataram memory list prices are as follows:

Capacity - Dataram Memory - List Price
256MB - DRG330/256 - $677
512MB - DRG330/512 - $1467 ...Dataram profile


THOMSON and SEAGATE form new consumer powerhouse

PARIS, France and SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – July 11, 2000 – THOMSON multimedia and Seagate Technology, Inc. today announced an equally owned joint venture to form an independent company, called CacheVision, that is focused on value-added storage-centric systems for home consumer electronics.

Leveraging the product development activities of Seagate's Consumer Solutions Group and THOMSON multimedia's digital expertise, CacheVision will begin operation immediately, bringing the new-media technology partners together to develop cost-optimized, time-to-market integrated systems to be incorporated in the consumer electronics products of the world's largest manufacturers. Based in San Jose, California, CacheVision will soon employ approximately 100 people focused on the design, development, and customization of an array of CE systems, including integrated modules that add function to CE devices, component subsystems for integration into CE devices and potentially complete OEM consumer devices. These systems will bring together technologies such as disc drives, compression hardware and software, analog to digital conversion, and interface connectivity to enable CacheVision OEM customers to deliver tested, reliable, optimal consumer solutions to the market much more quickly.

"The creation of CacheVision anticipates a profound change in consumer behavior. Consumers are searching for new features, such as time shifting and services on demand, permitted by the integration of storage capacity in consumer electronics products, leading ultimately to the advent of personal television," declared Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of THOMSON multimedia. "We intend to provide answers that consumers expect for information storage capacity in a wide range of products. This new activity should rapidly reach a worldwide leadership position". ...Seagate Technology profile, ...THOMSON multimedia profile


OTG Software Selected For Russell 2000 Small-Cap Index

BETHESDA, MD, July 10, 2000 - OTG Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:OTGS), a leading provider of online storage and access solutions, today announced that it has been selected by the Frank Russell Company for inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index.

The company was added to the index as of July 1, 2000, and traded as part of the index on July 3, 2000.

"We are extremely pleased to be joining the Russell 2000 Index," said Richard Kay, President and CEO of OTG Software. "As a leader in data storage and access solutions, we have created a strategic position in the market for OTG Software and are continuing to significantly build upon our current success, as for example, with the recent introduction of OTG's comprehensive email management software, EmailXtender."

Russell's highly-regarded indices rank the performance of the 3,000 largest public U.S. companies, and are widely used benchmarks for both passive and active investment strategies by leading investors. More than $175 billion is invested in funds that rely on Russell's US indexes as investment models. ...OTG Software profile


Medéa Ships VideoRack RTX

Westlake Village, Calif., July 10, 2000 – Medéa Corporation's award-winning line of VideoRaid storage subsystems just got a big boost with the announcement of VideoRack RTX, a high-performance, hardware-based RAID 0 disk array designed for professional digital content creators who require a high-bandwidth video storage solution in a 19" rackmount configuration.

VideoRack RTX subsystems are available in four- and eight-drive, single-channel and eight-drive, dual-channel Ultra2 SCSI configurations with storage capacities up to 600 GB per rack. When populated with four- or eight-drives, the single-channel VideoRack RTX sustains a data transfer rate of 65 MB/second. When populated with eight-drives and used with a 64-bit, dual-channel SCSI adapter, the VideoRack RTX delivers an amazing sustained data transfer rate of 135 MB/second. This performance enables VideoRack RTX to easily support dual-stream, uncompressed NLEs including Accom AFFINITY, Avid Symphony and Pinnacle Systems' TARGA 3000. For HDTV applications that demand even higher data rates, two VideoRack RTX units can be configured to support the necessary bandwidth requirements. ...Medéa profile


SST Launches PATA SSD on a Chip

BOSTON, EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE SUMMER, July 10, 2000 - SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.), today announced that it has entered the embedded mass data storage market with the introduction of a flash memory-based ATA-Disk Chip (ADC) product family.

Utilizing the company's proprietary SuperFlash technology for the ATA controller, SST's ADC is the industry's first ATA/IDE protocol-compatible solid-state mass data storage product housed in a multi-chip packaged device. SST's ADC uses a standard ATA/IDE protocol and can be used as a replacement for conventional IDE hard disk drives. The new product family is ideal for embedded mass data storage applications that require low-power and high-performance yet at the same time, smaller and more reliable mass data storage. These applications include set-top boxes; thin client systems; network computers; Internet appliances; PDAs, cellular phones, MP3 players; digital cameras and other digital handheld de

SST's ADC family provides complete IDE hard disk drive functionality and compatibility in a single device. The ADC has built-in microcontroller and file management firmware that supports the ATA standard interface. Because SST's ADC supports the standard ATA-protocol, the host system does not require additional or proprietary software, such as Flash File System (FFS) or Memory Technology Driver (MTD) software to support the ADC. The ATA driver is a standard part of all major operating systems such as Windows 95/98/2000/NT/CE, MAC, Linux, UNIX, etc., and no additional BIOS or OS modification is necessary.

"The announcement of our ADC family underscores SST's commitment to provide our customers with nonvolatile memory solutions that enable them to achieve fast time-to-market and take advantage of emerging market applications," said Bing Yeh, president and CEO of SST. "We believe the ubiquity of wireless data transfer to be enabled by the Bluetooth technology in the future may constrain the growth of removable flash card products. Our entry into the embedded mass data storage market allows SST to target a potentially multi-billion dollar digital electronics market that will benefit greatly from a semiconductor equivalent to a hard disk drive."

SST's initial ADC products are packaged in a 32-pin DIP package and are available in a range of capacities from 8 MByte to 64 MByte. SST's ADC supports both 5.0V (SST58SDxxx series) and 3.3V (SST58LDxxx series) operation. SST also plans to announce additional packages and higher density offerings of the ADC in the future. In addition to supporting ATA interfaces, SST's ADC products integrate advanced features critical to the embedded mass data storage markets. The ADC family includes a Write Protect (WP) pin to protect contents from external erase or over write. This feature is mandatory for secure information data storage for applications such as video-on-demand, interactive gaming, etc. The ADC pin assignment is designed to match existing IDE signal traces on the motherboard for simple design integration. ...Silicon Storage Technology profile, SSDs on a chip, PATA SSDs


Maxtor Sets World's Record in NAS Density

MILPITAS, Calif., July 10, 2000 — Maxtor Corp. today announced a record breaking 240 GB in just 1.75-inches of rack mount space for their newest MaxAttach NAS 4000 system.

The MaxAttach NAS 4000 rack mount storage system installs and configures in less than 10 minutes with no network downtime. Available immediately with a suggested price of $3,995, the MaxAttach NAS 4000 provides network addressable storage at an outstanding $17 per gigabyte with nearly one terabyte (TB) in seven inches of rack height. At the same time, Maxtor announced an enhanced MaxAttach NAS 3000 desktop storage system with an increased capacity of 120 GB.

This newest member of the desktop NAS product line now supports Linux/UNIX clients and offers enhanced management software. With a suggested retail price of $1,995, the MaxAttach NAS 3000 also offers network addressable storage at an outstanding $17 per gigabyte.

"Maxtor's industry leading storage density and cost advantage comes from our unique business model, which couples both NAS and hard disk drive design," said Mike Cannon, Maxtor's president and CEO. "Our record breaking MaxAttach NAS storage is important to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Application Service Providers (ASPs) and other mid-range enterprise customers who are charged indirectly or directly for rack mount space." ...Maxtor profile


Compaq, IBM Announce Investments in Storage Networking Initiative

NEW YORK, July 6, 2000 - Compaq Computer Corporation and IBM today announced a strategic agreement to accelerate customer acceptance of open storage networking solutions.

Both companies are committed to interoperability of each company's storage hardware and software, and will also sell significant products from each other's storage portfolios. The total of investments currently planned by the companies could exceed $1 billion. Compaq and IBM will work to help ensure their storage products work seamlessly together. Further, the companies will share their knowledge with the industry to help create standards for open storage networking solutions such as Storage Area Networks (SANs), making storage networks more flexible and easier to deploy and manage.

"With the explosion of e-business and consumer demand for anytime-anywhere products and services, storage plays an increasingly vital role in our customers' Internet infrastructure," said Howard Elias, vice president and general manager of Compaq's Storage Global Business Unit. "This agreement assures both companies' customers of a complete portfolio of critical storage technologies that will work seamlessly with future Compaq and IBM products." Both companies commit to driving interoperability with their respective software and hardware. Under terms of the deal, Compaq will augment its portfolio with IBM's "Shark" Enterprise Storage Servers and select Tivoli systems management software. IBM will augment its portfolio with Compaq StorageWorks™ Modular Array storage systems and software, which will include IBM 10,000 RPM hard disk drives. IBM will support Compaq's VersaStor™ technology for storage SAN-wide virtualization.

"Today's announcements are a game-changing play," said Linda Sanford, general manager, IBM Storage Subsystems Division. "Delivering true interoperability across our storage products—and open standards for the storage industry—will benefit all customers through greater choice and flexibility, ease of use, and increased speed to deployment. Vendors who continue to promote proprietary systems and standards will find themselves increasingly isolated." The agreement between the two computer technology leaders underscores the crucial role that storage plays in the future of the Internet and successful e-business. Storage technology has come front and center to change the way companies access and use information to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. IDC Consulting projects that worldwide revenue for disk storage systems and storage management software will total $53 billion by 2003.

"The networked storage industry took a giant step forward towards open standards, plug-and-play interoperability, any-to-any connectivity and storage virtualization as Compaq and IBM announced a multi-year collaboration and cross-OEM agreement for storage hardware, software, services and solutions," said John McArthur, vice president, Storage Research, IDC. "The companies recognize that cooperation on open standards and interoperability best serve the interests of both parties as well as the larger networked storage community. The companies have hit the bulls-eye, but the real winners are the customers." ...IBM profile, ...Compaq profile


Fujitsu Signs on as OEM for M2 Drives and Libraries

BOULDER, Colo., July 6 - Exabyte Corporation today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers of Munich, Germany, a leading European computer company, has chosen Mammoth-2 (M2(TM)) tape drives and libraries for its Intel-based PRIMERGY servers, the Solaris/Sparc-based PRIMEPOWER platform and the Reliant UNIX-based RM server line.

"We have worked with Exabyte for more than 10 years and were an early adopter of MammothTape technology when we integrated the Mammoth tape drive into our backup solution offerings in 1997," said Dr. Helmut Beck, executive director storage at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "M2 demonstrates the potential of tape technology allowing us to offer our customers an extremely fast tape drive with highly compact tape libraries. This is a major step toward providing cost efficient solutions that secure today's exploding data while maintaining maximal uptime of the productive applications."

M2's half-high form factor is designed specifically with automation in mind, and it creates the highest rack density on the market. Coupled with M2's outstanding data transfer rate, end users receive reliable, high-performance, cost and space-sensitive data storage solutions with four times the capacity of competitive tape libraries. M2 libraries range from one to 10 drives and from seven to 200 cartridges, delivering performance of one TB per hour and capacity of up to 30 TB. In addition to performance characteristics, preventive maintenance features like SmartClean(TM), the TapeSafe tape handling system, as well as the AME (Advanced Metal Evaporated) data cartridges are beneficial to the reliability of the drive. M2 automatically cleans itself without any prompting from an operator or administrator thus reducing system down time and increasing head life to provide unmatched reliability. This combination of factors means a user's data integrity is never compromised, which an overall reduced cost of storage management is achieved. ...Exabyte profile, ...Fujitsu Siemens Computers profile


Microtest Unveils High-Performance Optical NAS Server

PHOENIX - (BUSINESS WIRE)- July 5, 2000 - Microtest, Inc. today introduced DiscZerver Cyclone, a new high performance optical NAS platform for OEMs and integrators.

Delivering superior access speeds, DiscZerver Cyclone surpasses competitive NAS products benchmarks, by as much as three to one, while maintaining a modest sub-$1,000 starting price point. Designed for the exacting needs of optical media access and management, DiscZerver Cyclone can support up to 15 SCSI and 4 EIDE devices, including hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and CD-R drives, allowing storage capacities in excess of one terabyte. DiscZerver Cyclone is sold in a 5-1/4 inch sled form factor, allowing for easy integration in tower enclosures. ...Microtest profile, Optical Storage Libraries


Dataram Accelerates Compaq Alphaserver ES40

PRINCETON, N.J. - July 5, 2000 - Dataram Corporation today unveiled advanced 4GB memory upgrades for Compaq's high-performance AlphaServer ES40.

Dataram's 4GB memory doubles the maximum capacity for the ES40 to 32GB providing the power to handle tough jobs with stunning speed. The ES40 system is enhanced with the latest 21264A "EV67" Alpha processor, providing as much as two-times performance improvement over previous systems. Designed to provide accelerated business advantages, Dataram's high-performance 4GB product doubles total memory (to 32GB) in the quad-processor model for faster processing and faster data retrieval. The DRQES40/4096 consists of four 1GB modules incorporating 256Mbit SDRAM ECC technology. Dataram also offers AlphaServer ES and AlphaStation ES memory products in capacities of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. ...Dataram profile


Trigem Names Seagate Best Hard Disc Drive Vendor For 2000

SEOUL, Korea — 05 July 2000 — Seagate Technology, Inc. announced that it has been honored with TriGem's Best Hard Disc Drive Vendor 2000 award.

The award was presented to Seagate at TriGem's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

"Being singled out as TriGem's Best Hard Disc Drive Vendor at their 20th Anniversary Celebration is indicative of the strong relationships we seek to build with our customers," said Joel Stead, Seagate senior vice president of International Sales & Marketing. "This recognition attests to Seagate's ability to align its business strategy in order to meet our customers' varied product and service needs. Our relationship with TriGem has been of great benefit to both companies, especially with the successful integration of our U Series disc drives in TriGem value-class PCs."

Seagate was chosen for the Best Hard Disc Drive Vendor because of its technology leadership, ability to align with TriGem strategic needs, success in meeting quality standards, customer service and support. Seagate has been doing business with TriGem for more than a decade and has been actively supporting TriGem in its sub-$700 PC market segment. Seagate supplies a comprehensive line of award-winning data storage products to TriGem. These products include the U Series and Barracuda ATA disc drives for desktop PCs, and Barracuda and Cheetah disc drives for workstations and servers. The U Series and Barracuda ATA family of disc drives are widely recognized in the Korean IT market. Some of the press awards and recognition received include: Best Product for Barracuda ATA II (Korean Daily Electronic Times, K-Bench) in June; "next generation HDD…a real 7,200 RPM drive with speed and capacity" (Microsoftware Korea, Jan 2000); and a "recommended award" for the U Series (PC Sarang Korea, Jan 2000). ...Seagate Technology profile


Introducing the DualBoot multiple o/s enabler from Arco

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - July 1, 2000 - Arco Computer Products is proud to introduce DualBoot, the hardware multiple o/s enabler. DualBoot allows a user to easily switch between operating system environments with the simple flip of a switch.

A user no longer has to be a computer guru to take advantage of multiple o/s environments. Imagine, you can now go from your favorite experimental o/s platform to a traditional platform without the hassle of high-level platform managers. "DualBoot is THE new essential tool for the developer community. Now you can experiment with new products and operating systems and easily restore initial settings with a flip of a switch", says Joel Rieger, Marketing Manager for Arco. DualBoot uses patented technology to remain o/s independent which makes installation quick and simple. Eliminate problems with traditional platform managers when upgrading one of your operating systems. DualBoot includes 2 removable drive caddies for quick installation or removal of hard drives. Additional caddies can be purchased, giving the user even more flexibility and power.

DualBoot will also allow educational and technical centers to restore entire drives at the flip of a switch. Any computer lab instructor knows how difficult it can be to maintain non-corrupted data on educational machines. DualBoot will now allow the instructor to "rebuild" his lab computer quickly and easily. Keep entire curriculums on removable hard drives and insert them into the lab machine in seconds when needed. companies.

DualBoot can be used as a disk to disk backup device. Imagine, no more restoration of files after a drive failure. With DualBoot, just place your backup drive in bay 2 and copy the entire drive, o/s and all. If you ever need to use the backup, just place the drive in either drive bay and boot from that drive. Now there is a cost-effective solution to high-capacity HDD backup. ...Arco Computer Products profile

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