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COLT and StorageNetworks Enter Service Partnership

September 7 2000 - COLT Telecom Group plc and StorageNetworks, Inc. today announced they are collaborating to sell world-class, high-availability managed storage services.

Forrester Research estimates that total storage expenditures for an average Global 2,500 company will increase by a factor of x10 over the next 5 years. Storage and associated administration is expected to grow from 4% of computing systems budgets in 1999 to 17% in 2003. ...COLT Telecom Group profile, ...StorageNetworks profile

St. Bernard bundled with HP

SAN DIEGO, CA., September 6, 2000 - St. Bernard Software today announced a strategic partnership with Hewlett-Packard for the integration of its Open File ManagerTM Software into the HP OpenView OmniBack II product offering.

Open File Manager compliments HP's OpenView OmniBack II by enabling the leading backup utility to consistently capture open files and relational applications not already covered by OmniBack II's Application Agents.

Files inadvertently left open by users or still in use during backup windows are the primary reasons for data backup failures. Since most databases, files, and web-based IT applications are open around-the-clock, they are vulnerable to an incomplete backup or a corrupted restore, resulting in lapses in data integrity that can compromise mission critical data repositories. Open File Manager and HP plan to solve this problem by providing around-the-clock protection of critical data. Open File Manager in combination with HP OpenView's OmniBack II Application Agents, guarantees users the most complete and accurate backup and restore.

"As the market-leader in open file solutions, St. Bernard Software is pleased to secure a partnership with such a worldwide leader in the storage market," said Brian Bonert, OEM Sales Manager for St. Bernard Software. Open File Manager is currently available from HP, and is listed on its corporate price list and web site. ...St. Bernard Software profile, ...Hewlett-Packard profile

HP SureStore Tape Autoloader 1/9 Provides Tape Library Features at Autoloader Price

Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 6, 2000 - Hewlett-Packard Company today announced the HP SureStore Tape Autoloader 1/9, which offers many of the manageability, scalability and investment-protection features of a high-end tape library at a competitive autoloader price.

Designed as an easy-to-use, flexible data-backup solution, the 1/9 is a storage option anyone can set up and use, even from a remote location. The growing demand for fast, flexible and reliable data backup, coupled with users requiring greater access to their information, leaves IT professionals with more data to back up in less time. The 1/9 meets this need for a highly reliable, scalable and multiplatform support solution. With a DLT 8000 drive, the 1/9 has data capacities of 360GB native and 720GB compressed, with estimated transfer rates of 6MB/s native and 12MB/s compressed. The HP SureStore Tape Autoloader 1/9 is designed to work with leading operating systems, such as HP-UX2, Solaris and NT.

Pricing and Availability The HP SureStore Tape Autoloader 1/9 is available now worldwide with the DLT 8000 drive at an estimated U.S. street price of $7,500, and with the optional remote-management card at an estimated U.S. street price of $7,900. The product has a three-year limited warranty. ...HP profile

Peripheral Concepts - "SAN 2000 Report"

Santa Barbara, CA - September 6, 2000 - Peripheral Concepts, Inc. has announced it is updating its yearly report "SAN - Infrastructure, Products and Market Opportunity" originally published in September 1999.

The 2000 version will be available end of November 2000. The objective of this report is to analyze the different implementation approaches, compare products functionality, identify the major players and assess their strategic direction and their market shares. The report also forecasts the market evolution.

The report is addressed to marketing managers, planning executives, and system designers from storage system component vendors, integrators, value-added resellers and application service providers. It also addresses Managers of Information Systems and Information Technology personnel responsible for re-architecting their enterprise Storage and Data Management system. The report will also benefit investors and venture capitalists. more info

Editor's note:- if you are or intend to become a major SAN company, and are not already involved in the Peripheral Concepts, Inc study, you should Tom Coughlin Tel: +1 408-978-8184 Email:

DISC Libraries Selected by Capital Data

Milpitas, CA, September 6, 2000 - DISC, Inc. announced today that Capital Data, Inc. has selected DISC's Orion Series of 5.25-inch optical storage libraries for integration into enterprise networks and data intensive vertical market applications.

Capital Data will incorporate the libraries into storage solutions which are requirement driven, and may include hardware, jukebox management and file migration software or RAID cache, with the added value and flexibility of leasing.

"Capital Data has a great reputation for the quality of its storage solutions and the high level of support they provide," said J. Richard Ellis, DISC's President and CEO. "We are pleased that they will be adding our libraries to their product line." ...Capital Data profile, ...DISC profile

Seagate Delivers World's Fastest 20 GB-per-Platter Hard Drive

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 6 - Seagate Technology today announced its new Barracuda ATA III, the industry's only 4th-generation 7,200-rpm ATA disc drive for proven reliability and superior ease of integration.

Barracuda ATA III can withstand 350 Gs non-operating shock - higher than any other 7,200-rpm drive. Barracuda ATA III ships with third-generation Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor as an option, for improved acoustics, reduced vibration, longer life and increased shock resistance.

For performance-oriented users, Barracuda ATA III offers the fastest internal transfer rate available on any ATA disc drive, at 500Mb/sec. This is a 37% increase over earlier drives. Barracuda ATA III also features a new 80-MHz processor for a 25 percent increase in processing speed. With its Ultra ATA/100 Interface, 8.9-msec seek, and 2-Mbyte buffer, it's the drive of choice for ATA RAID subsystems. The drive is available in capacities up to 40 Gbytes.

"Consumers are now demanding the performance that only 7,200-rpm drives can provide," said Brian Dexheimer, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "Compared with 5,400-rpm drives, high-speed disc drives improve overall PC performance. In tests performed by Seagate's lab, our 7,200-rpm drives increased performance by 21 percent in Windows 98 systems. In Office 2000 applications, execution was 32 percent faster. A 7200-rpm Barracuda ATA III drive is a low-cost upgrade that significantly improves user productivity." ...Seagate Technology profile, PATA SSDs

Dell Introduces SAN Appliance to Protect and Manage Data

Round Rock, Texas, September 5, 2000 - Dell today announced a SAN appliance with performance, availability and data protection features typically found in higher-end systems, but with the low cost and ease-of-use advantages inherent in appliance devices.

The Dell PowerVault™530F™ gives customers the means to keep data available around the clock by creating exact copies in local and remote locations. Through "remote mirroring," data is written simultaneously to both local and remote storage systems, ensuring identical and concurrent information at all times. The complete PowerVault 530F solution brings new value and ease-of-use to this market. In many cases, the system sells one-quarter to one-half the price of comparable systems with similar capabilities and taking much less time to configure, setup and use. The PowerVault 530F SAN appliance is available immediately, with prices starting at less than $50,000 (U.S. list). ...Dell profile

PowerQuest's ServerMagic 4.0 for NetWare

OREM, Utah - Sept. 5, 2000 - PowerQuest® Corp. announces the release of ServerMagic 4.0 for NetWare, the newest version of the company's software solution to manage network storage.

Version 4.0 adds "across-the-wire" support to copy, move and delete NetWare volumes and focuses on simplifying the complex storage management issues unique to IS professionals using NetWare. This version of ServerMagic also includes an enhanced BootDisk Builder, a utility that assists users in the creation of a remote server boot disk to facilitate the across-the-wire functionality. Version 4.0 also enhances the user's ability to move or copy the entire NetWare system including hidden files and directory settings.

"ServerMagic 4.0 is a step forward in providing the complete server storage management that NetWare customers want and need," said Anne Vincenti, director of product marketing, PowerQuest Corp. "By giving IS professionals greater control over their server storage resources, we enable them to maximize the return on their storage investments and most efficiently manage their storage environment."

Across-the-wire functionality allows ServerMagic 4.0 users to access a remote machine using a TCP/IP network. Users can copy or move partitions to or from remote machines, delete or check the integrity of partitions, and copy or move volumes and volume segments. The release of version 4.0 represents the first time PowerQuest has separated ServerMagic's NetWare support from its NT support. An upgraded version of ServerMagic for Windows NT will be released later this year. ...PowerQuest profile, online backup and cloud storage

Maxoptix Launches High-Performance DVD-RAM Libraries

Woking, England, 5th September 2000 - Maxoptix Europe Ltd introduces two DVD-RAM libraries, marking the company's entrance into the market.

The Maxoptix DVD520 and DVD540 are the only DVD-RAM jukeboxes in the industry designed specifically to meet the random-access requirements of DVD-RAM - and the only jukeboxes that can use the standard DVD cartridges approved and recommended by the DVD Forum. (All other DVD-RAM libraries are adaptations of products originally designed for CDs - and can handle only single-sided bare media.) The DVD520 and DVD540 jukeboxes provide a cost-per-gigabyte comparable to tape, with much faster access - and a ruggedness and achievability comparable to magneto-optical (MO).

"The DVD520 and DVD540 provide excellent media durability, because they use standard DVD-RAM cartridges," said Brian Blanchard, Maxoptix Managing Director. "Since the media is never touched by human hands, it cannot be contaminated by dust or from handling. Over time, repeated handling of unprotected rewritable media can cause significant contamination. Fingerprints are especially problematic, because they degrade the signal level reaching the disc's recording layer - media housed in a cartridge completely eliminates this problem."

Media cost is also a concern with libraries. Maxoptix jukeboxes use standard double-sided cartridges, which cost about half as much as the media used by competitive units.

The DVD520 and DVD540 use 5.2GB double-sided (2.6GB per side) DVD-RAM cartridges. This gives the 40-cartridge DVD540 a capacity of 208GB. The jukeboxes feature a flipping mechanism to take advantage of the storage capacity on both sides of the discs, and are available with one or two drives. The compact libraries fit under a desk and are compatible with Apple Power Mac, Windows NT4.0/2000, Solaris and UNIX environments, with management software available from independent software vendors. Connectivity is via SCSI interface. The 40-cartridge DVD540 has a price tag of £4915 for a single drive.

Blanchard concluded, "The tape market continues to grow, indicating a continued strong demand for removable storage solutions. Our DVD520 and DVD540 challenge mid-range tape products such as Travan, DAT and 8mm by delivering fast access plus the superior archival reliability that tape cannot provide. Maxoptix jukeboxes are extremely well-suited to growing applications such as auxiliary Internet storage, audio/video storage, SANs, back-up/restore and archival storage. ...Maxoptix profile

Seek Systems Announces FasFile RAID Storage

Bothell, Washington - September 5, 2000 - Seek Systems, Inc. announced today the first two members of the FasFile family of high-performance storage solutions.

Based on proven technology and open standards, FasFile RAID and FasFile Xcelerator are designed for small to mid-sized applications in any organization. FasFile RAID is self-configuring RAID disk storage that reduces I.T. management overhead while improving application performance and end-user service. FasFile Xcelerator is a storage appliance that enhances the performance and the value of existing disk and RAID storage systems.

Pricing for FasFile RAID begins at $20,000 and FasFile Xcelerator at $15,000. They are sold directly and through a network of authorized resellers. FasFile RAID simplifies storage configuration and management while avoiding the problems of conventional RAID storage. FasFile RAID can be installed into any UNIX, Linux, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 server environment in less than one hour. Using adaptive RAID technology plus industry-standard SCSI and fibre SAN connectivity, FasFile RAID improves the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of data storage. ...Seek Systems profile

Exabyte Ships 430 M2 Tape Library

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 5 - Exabyte Corporation today announced it has begun shipping its new 430 M2(TM) (Mammoth-2) tape library, part of a new library family designed to accommodate multiple tape drive technologies.

The library is already experiencing strong demand from resellers, distributors, end users and OEMs. Exabyte's 430 provides users with superior capacity, performance and rack-density features at half the cost of comparable tape libraries. List prices start at $22,000.

The 430 occupies just two cubic feet and five units of rack space. Drawing on M2's industry-leading combination of capacity, performance and compact size, the 430 tape library offers users the highest rack density, minimizing the use of costly data center space and reducing the overall cost of ownership. The Exabyte 430 accommodates up to four M2 tape drives and 30 data cartridges, delivering up to 1.8 TB (4.5 TB compressed*) of capacity and 173 GB/hour (432 GB/hour compressed) of data throughput. ...Exabyte profile

Network Appliance Acquires WebManage Technologies

Sunnyvale, CA - September 5, 2000 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held WebManage Technologies, Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass., a developer of content management, distribution, and analysis software solutions.

Under terms of the agreement, Network Appliance will acquire WebManage Technologies, Inc. for approximately $75 million in common stock, assumed options, and cash. The acquisition will be accounted for using purchase accounting and is expected to close during the current fiscal quarter.

"The acquisition of WebManage ushers in a new era for Network Appliance. We are leveraging our leadership in network attached storage and content delivery to redefine enterprise data infrastructure development," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. "WebManage will enable enterprise and service provider customers to build content delivery networks (CDNs) that improve access to information throughout their networks."

WebManage develops software that intelligently distributes content between various points on the Internet and enables organizations to plan, manage, and deliver predictable Internet/intranet services.

"Network Appliance is uniquely positioned to provide end-to-end solutions for enterprises and service providers," said Vijay Basani, president, CEO and founder of WebManage Technologies. "Our content distribution and analysis solutions will become an important piece of NetApp's end-to-end solution, enabling customers to optimally manage, store, and deliver data and content to all points of the network." ...Network Appliance profile

Editor's note:- many storage manufacturers are moving up the value chain, and into the storage services market. This news item is interesting because unlike previous services we've seen, such as web backup, and storage asp's, this announcement seems to point towards the longer term goal of providing products for the new electronic services economy of the 21st century. "Storage Services" will be a new section on this web site soon. We've already got the graphic, ready, we're just working on the content...

Seagate's SeaShell Honored With Ameristar Award

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 5 - Seagate Technology today announced that it has received the Ameristar Award from the Institute of Packaging Professionals for its SeaShell design.

SeaShell is Seagate's innovative, environmentally friendly new packaging that provides increased protection for hard disc drives from shock and electrostatic discharge damage during manufacturing, transit, and customer integration. SeaShell won the "Best of Category" Ameristar Award in the highly competitive Electronics category, beating out second and third place designs offered by BOSE and Hewlett-Packard in addition to 107 other entries. SeaShell provides a unique advantage over traditional static-shielding packaging - a ten-fold reduction in shock experienced by a disc drive and a resistance to over 1,000 Gs.

PC World magazine conducted "drop tests" on a Seagate drive using SeaShell. The reviewer dropped the drive 12 inches onto a hard table, then knocked the drive off the table 30 inches onto a carpeted floor. After installing the drive, "It ran flawlessly, and it was still going strong after running a nonstop disk diagnostic for more than 24 hours," said the magazine. ...Seagate Technology profile. Military & Rugged Storage

Editor's note:- Ouch! That sounds painful. Packaging is important! Back in the mid 1980's I was working on a RAID prototype and lost a lot of time due to the fact that 4 out of the 5 new drives I was using had been damaged in transit. (I thought at first it was a problem in my interface design). Drives are more robust now, but I still treat them with kid gloves.

Ricoh Ships MediaMaster CD-R/RW Drive

Tustin, CA, September 1, 2000 - Ricoh DMS-Center has announced shipping for its new MediaMaster MP7120, 12X/10X/32X CD-R/RW drive package that supports Ricoh's new 10X CD-RW media.

Both the drive packages and media will be available starting in September through the Ricoh CD Online Store click link above, distributors and through various OEM suppliers.

Priced at $279 (MRP), the MediaMaster package features MP7120A Ricoh ATAPI drive that can record at 12X, rewrite at 10X and read at 32X. The media is priced at $34.99 per 10 disc box. The package contains the MP7120A drive, general-purpose packet writing software, (Prassi's abCD), and professional premastering/audio/backup software (Prassi's PrimoCD Plus), one Ricoh CD-R disc and one Ricoh high speed 10X CD-RW disc. ...Ricoh DMS-Center profile
Other news on this page

COLT and StorageNetworks Enter Service Partnership

St. Bernard bundled with HP

HP SureStore Tape Autoloader

Peripheral Concepts - "SAN 2000 Report"

DISC Libraries Selected by Capital Data

Seagate Delivers World's Fastest 20 GB-per-Platter Hard Drive

Dell Introduces SAN Appliance to Protect and Manage Data

PowerQuest's ServerMagic 4.0 for NetWare

Maxoptix Launches DVD-RAM Libraries

Seek Systems Announces FasFile Storage

Exabyte Ships 430 M2 Tape Library

Network Appliance Acquires WebManage Technologies

Seagate's SeaShell Honored With Ameristar Award

Ricoh Ships MediaMaster CD-R/RW Drive
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