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Storage news - 2001, April - week 2
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12, 2001 Dataram Corporation today announced that its 128MB and
256MB PC2100 DDR Registered ECC SDRAM DIMMs have achieved validation by ServerWorks,
Corp. for use with its Grand Champion HE chipset. This is
ServerWorks' highest performing System I/O architecture to date, and will
support 2-way and 4-way implementations of future Intel Xeon processors
for servers, storage and networking appliance platforms. ServerWorks, a Broadcom
(Nasdaq: BRCM) subsidiary, is a leading independent supplier of high-performance
core logic for servers and workstations.
Dataram's new DDR SDRAM DIMM modules provide a doubling of memory bandwidth over the current generation PC133 SDRAM module, with reduced power consumption. The new DDR chip architecture accomplishes this speed improvement by utilizing both edges of the memory clock for sending and receiving data, providing a sustained data-rate of 2.1 GB/Sec. ...Dataram profile
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 11, 2001 - MIPS Technologies, Inc. today announced it licensed the MIPS64 5Kc processor core to Adaptec, Inc. for implementation in its next-generation I/O products. The 5Kc core is a high-performance, synthesizable core based on the MIPS64 architecture. Adaptec, plans to initially use the core in products targeted at high-density server systems.
"We're seeing an interesting trend towards high-performance integrated RAID solutions in ultradense server configurations. The 64-bit MIPS solution is exactly the fit for the performance space we're targeting," said Lee Caswell, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Our customers are on the edge of their seats as they realize the impact they'll see from a MIPS Technologies 64-bit synthesizable core married with Adaptec's I/O and PCI-X cores. Not only will it provide the performance we need, but we're also showing customers the advantage of the design flexibility and 32-bit code compatibility, which keep the cost down. Above all, it gives us more than enough headroom to meet our customers' needs well into the next generation." ...Adaptec profile, ...MIPS Technologies profile
MILPITAS, Calif., April 11, 2001 - In response to the adverse economic climate and the widespread inventory correction in worldwide communications and storage markets, LSI Logic today announced plans to close its Colorado Springs manufacturing facility. The closure of the 1635 Aeroplaza Drive factory will take place in August. The facility, which commenced manufacturing in 1983, uses mature process technologies. Approximately 500 employees will be impacted by the decision. Many of these employees will be offered transfers and the balance will receive a competitive severance package.
"This decision is precipitated by the weakening national economy, sharp decline in end-demand and the build-up of inventory in the supply chain," said Wilfred J. Corrigan, LSI Logic chairman and chief executive officer. "The mature technologies utilized by the Colorado Springs facility have been particularly impacted by the decline in the overall economy. We are consolidating our manufacturing capacity at our two major sites in Gresham, Oregon and Tsukuba, Japan."
The company estimates it will record restructuring and other charges of approximately $120 million to $150 million for fixed asset write-downs, severance, direct exit costs and other expenses associated with the closure of the Colorado Springs facility. The company is in the process of refining its estimates for the charges. The restructuring charge will be recognized in the second quarter, and other related charges will be incurred in the second and third quarters of 2001. ...LSI Logic profile
April 11, 2001 EMC Corporation today announced it has acquired FilePool NV, a venture-backed software development company based outside of Brussels, Belgium, in a cash transaction valued at less than $50 million. FilePool is the sixth software acquisition EMC has made since January 2000.
David A. Donatelli, EMC's Senior Vice President of New Business Development, said, "Acquisitions such as FilePool position EMC for continued industry leadership in the burgeoning information storage market. FilePool helps expand EMC's enterprise software capabilities and intellectual capital." ...EMC profile
Laguna Niguel, Calif., Storewidth 2001 Conference, April 10, 2001- LeftHand Networks today announced that it has received $10 million in funding led by Boulder Ventures and Sequel Venture Partners. Additional funding was secured from Vista Ventures, also a Colorado-based venture capital firm.
"LeftHand directly addresses the two most important enterprise storage issues in the market today: virtualization and the utilization of standard Ethernet for network storage," said Kyle Lefkoff, general partner for Boulder Ventures. "With storage needs doubling every 90 days for online service providers--and annually for all other companies--the market is primed for a technology break-through," added Tim Connor, partner for Sequel Venture Partners. "LeftHand's impressive Network-Unified Storage architecture eliminates the CPU bottleneck and enables storage to be clustered in parallel on the network."
Existing architectures like NAS restrict storage traffic to a single network connection. LeftHand Networks' unique approach positions storage modules in parallel and uses the network itself as the storage bus. Since Network-Unified Storage can be configured to handle either block or file protocol capabilities, and can scale exponentially from work-group to enterprise levels, it is highly flexible and easy-to-manage.
"Our vision was to create a truly network-centric storage architecture," said Bill Chambers, CEO for LeftHand Networks. "This means that customers can choose how to organize their storage volumes across Ethernet or gigabit Ethernet networks to emphasize performance, redundancy, or both." ...LeftHand Networks profile
HSIN-CHU, Taiwan - April 10, 2001 - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company today announced the foundry industry's first automated FlashROM service in support of its EmbFlash process technology. The new FlashROM service is provided to EmbFlash customers who need help reducing manufacturing cost and accelerating time-to-volume by automatically converting on-chip flash into "mask-based" ROM (MROM). TSMC's EmbFlash technology is used by designers who need flexible system blocks for code or data reprogrammability. The EmbFlash technology is particularly advantageous for designs requiring in-system programming, product re-use, or last-minute code alterations.
Once the design is relatively stable in the field, some companies choose to look for lower-cost alternatives to large amounts of embedded flash in high-volume production. TSMC's FlashROM provides that flexibility without requiring a complete redesign of the chip. This is significant, as all other foundry-based alternatives require removing the flash block and replacing it with an MROM block. Through TSMC's new FlashROM service, designers can convert the flash-based portion of the product to MROM version directly, without modifying other portions of the logic design. All design, layout and manufacturing is accomplished in a very short cycle. ...TSMC profile
Mountain View, CA., April 10, 2001 Legato Systems, Inc. and Global Knowledge, the world's largest independent provider of IT training, today announced a worldwide strategic alliance. Global Knowledge will provide education and training for all of Legato's products including, but not limited to, Legato® NetWorker®, Celestra®, Legato Cluster and the company's high availability product line. Global Knowledge will begin customer, channel partner and employee education for Legato products on May 14 in North America. The companies expect to set education training dates by the end of June for Europe, Middle East and Africa and by the end of the year for Asia.
"Legato's alliance with Global Knowledge is part of the company's ongoing education initiative to provide the industry's best professional, educational training for our customers, channel partners and employees," said George I. Purnell, vice president and chief learning officer, Legato Systems. "Global Knowledge's worldwide reach coupled with their wide breadth of product teaching experience compliments Legato's own worldwide presence and scope of expertise. The alliance will allow Legato to create education programs for each product that can be duplicated and delivered directly to the customer in any of the geographical locations Legato is conducting business, thus creating a globally unified, educational voice for each product." ...Global Knowledge profile, ...Legato Systems profile
SAN FRANCISCO, Embedded Systems Conference Booth 610, April 10, 2001 - M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. and General Software Inc. announced the joint development of a disaster recovery solution for OEMs developing switches, gateways and other telecommunications devices that form the infrastructure of the Internet. The new solution, based on M-Systems' DiskOnChip® flash disk storage devices and General Software's Firmbase firmware operating environment, allows embedded telecommunications products to self-heal by booting and recovering even when the boot OS has become corrupted or is missing.
The Firmbase operating environment provides the essential real-time detection of an operating system failure, and then hands over the correction of the problem to the backup operating system located on the DiskOnChip. The Firmware Application running in the Firmbase environment is responsible for monitoring the "foreground OS" and detecting system death using a number of system health indicators. Once it detects that the operating system is no longer functioning properly, it switches the BIOS's boot order settings to cause the next boot of the device to load the DiskOnChip backup operating system, and then reboots the system. The backup operating system runs an OEM-written script that reinstalls the primary operating system while the backup operating system is running, and reboots again, this time with the fresh operating environment loaded.
"The capability of an infrastructure device to self-heal in this way is going to significantly impact the level of availability that telecommunications networks can offer in the near future," said Steve Jones, president and CTO of General Software Inc. "Operating system software is becoming so complex, running it without Firmbase protection can be likened to performing a high-wire act while juggling with fire without a safety net. With Firmbase's monitoring of the system, the device is never more than a few seconds away from realizing that it needs to be reloaded and restarted. This is important to maintain the level of uptime that network users demand." ...M-Systems profile
Editor's note:- over 20 years ago, as a young design engineer in industrial control manufacturer Square-D I remember we used similar techniques to ensure that a processor could never run for more than a fraction of a second without recovering, whatever the initial cause of the upset. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. The more things change, the more they are the same.
San Jose April 9, 2001 Alacritech, Inc. today announced that iSCSI initiators using Alacritech server adapters are part of the IP storage solutions being demonstrated by Cisco Systems, Inc. and Falconstor, Inc. in the iSCSI Emerging Technologies Demo Lab at Storage Networking World in Palm Desert, CA, April 9-11. The emerging iSCSI standard has received broad industry support as it is expected to become the cornerstone of the convergence of networking and storage. Stepping up its commitment to iSCSI, Alacritech has joined Cisco Systems' AVVID (Architecture for Voice and Video Integrated Data) Partner Program as a storage networking solutions member.
"As storage and networking merge, new protocols demand new solutions," said Larry Boucher, CEO of Alacritech. "iSCSI demonstrations by Cisco and FalconStor reinforce the benefits our TCP/IP acceleration technology brings toward the practical deployment of IP storage solutions. Alacritech looks forward to working with fellow charter members of the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) IP Storage Forum to accelerate the convergence of networking and storage." ...Alacritech profile
LOUISVILLE, Colo., and PALM DESERT, Calif. - April 9, 2001 - StorageTek® and American Power Conversion have entered into an OEM partnership agreement to offer the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with full AC redundancy for the StorageTek L180 and L700 tape libraries. The UPS assists StorageTek customers with L180 and L700 tape libraries in maintaining continuous operation, redundant power protection, data integrity and availability in the event of a power disruption.
ContingencyPlanning.com and Ernst & Young recently reported that 31 percent of computer outages are the result of power failures. According to a survey by the Yankee Group, nearly half of corporations ascribe their downtime costs at upward of $1,000 per hour, with 9 percent estimating costs up to or exceeding $50,000 per hour. According to a study by Bell Labs, power sags, also known as brownouts, are the most common power problem facing data centers.
Ian Stewart, StorageTek director of Product Marketing, said, "Power failure is the primary cause of unscheduled downtime for more than 72 percent of U.S. corporations. In joining with APC, StorageTek is further demonstrating its commitment to providing customers with complete protection of their mission-critical data." ...StorageTek profile
Editor's note:- down here on the farm, at STORAGEsearch, when the electrons stop coming down the wires, the power is usually off for much longer than a UPS can handle. We've got a Honda generator in the barn, which can run the office for about 36 hours on one tank of gas. I thought only us country based hicks had these problems until California started its new style of state lottery recently.
See also:- Uninterruptible Power Supplies
MINNEAPOLIS and PALM DESERT, CA, April 9, 2001 - CNT® is adding a new storage networking router to its UltraNet® family of storage networking solutions. The new UltraNet Edge Storage Router, which will support high-speed network architectures including Fibre Channel over IP networks (FCIP) and the emerging iSCSI and Infiniband technologies, provides a high degree of flexibility and performance in a cost-effective package.
Palm Desert, Calif., April 9, 2001 - Today at the Storage Networking World Conference and Expo, Intel Corporation released software to the open source community, enabling organizations to more easily build storage systems that use common Ethernet components. Intel also announced that it is chairing a multi-vendor group to help accelerate the deployment of next generation standards that will extend Ethernet to include networked storage. Intel's open source reference software will help storage device vendors quickly develop products, such as switches, routers and adapters, which are compliant with the Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) specification.
The iSCSI software reference implementation was developed by Intel Labs and is available free of charge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/intel-iscsi/.
Also at the conference, Intel announced that it is leading the iSCSI Group, a new group within the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) IP Storage Forum. The new group will evangelize and help accelerate the deployment of the iSCSI specification. More information on the subcommittee is available at www.snia.org.
"With the rapid increase of electronically generated information, organizations today are buried under mountains of data, creating a growing need for storage space. But, that data still needs to be readily accessible from anywhere in the organization for analysis, inquiries and customer service," said Ahmad Zamer, chairman of the iSCSI Group and senior product line marketing manager in Intel's LAN Access Division. "By extending Ethernet to enable the transfer of storage data, iSCSI enables the creation of cost-effective and high-performance storage farms without sacrificing easy access to data." ...Intel profile
Editor's comment:- Intel's move announced today is really going to accelerate the widespread adoption of iSCSI. Older readers may remember that Intel was one of the 3 original creators of Ethernet (the other 2 were Xerox and DEC). It was Intel's participation in that standard which changed it from being a high cost, academic interest only, connection standard to becoming the low cost affordable backbone it became in the 1980's.
Sunnyvale, CA - April 9, 2001 - Network Appliance, Inc. announced today that it is officially endorsing iSCSI technology. This endorsement will make iSCSI yet another protocol option in the company's enterprise storage solutions portfolio. It also validates the company's multiprotocol product development strategy with solutions for TCP/IP and Fibre Channel networks, support for NFS and CIFS protocols, and developments on the horizon for iSCSI, VI, DAFS, and Infiniband deployments.
Network Appliance pioneered and is the largest supplier of TCP/IP-based storage networking and has a long history of advancing network-centric storage architectures. As a leading network-centric enterprise storage company, NetApp has offered customers a variety of protocol choices to extend the life of their legacy investments while simultaneously offering new solutions that anticipate tomorrow's business opportunities. NetApp's endorsement of iSCSI technology will help customers:
Amherst, NY - April 9, 2001 - ATTO Technology, Inc has joined more than 50 other storage networking vendors to showcase storage networking solutions for enterprise messaging at the Spring 2001 Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference and Expo in Palm Desert, CA this week. Enterprise Messaging is the theme for the SNW Interoperability Lab and Demo, a regularly featured event at the conference that is sponsored and organized by member companies of the of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Interoperability Committee.
The ATTO ExpressPCI Fibre Channel host adapter and ATTO FibreBridge SCSI-to-Fibre Channel bridge is being showcased throughout the SNW Interoperability Lab. The FibreBridge enables serverless disk-to-tape backup through the implementation of the SNIA Extended Copy Command. By deploying the FibreBridge in conjunction with third-party management software such as OTG SANXtender or CA ARCserve 2000, data is backed up directly from a disk array to a tape library without placing a load on the server itself. By off-loading the server, users gain high performance, 24x7 continuous access to data and applications, and the removal of backup traffic on the LAN.
"Enterprise storage requirements are bursting at the seams due to many contributing factors such as the proliferation of digital data being created by high-volume streaming media and messaging applications," said Dan Forcucci, Marketing Alliance Manager - Content Creation at ATTO Technology, Inc., and Co-Leader of the SNW High Volume Applications Sub-theme. "ATTO is pleased to join forces at the SNW Interoperabilty Lab with other leading vendors such as LSI Logic Storage Systems, OTG Software, Quantum|ATL, and XIOtech to demonstrate how IT managers can deploy interoperable heterogeneous storage networking solutions to quickly and efficiently archive, share and retrieve this deluge of digital data." ...ATTO Technology profile
See also:- Events & trade shows
Eden Prairie, Minn., April 9, 2001 - XIOtech® Corporation today announced that its revenue increase of 386 percent from 1999 to 2000 is anticipated to outpace that of its competitors in the worldwide disk storage systems market, according to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC). In its 2000 Worldwide Disk Systems Market Forecast and Analysis, IDC estimates that XIOtech's growth will be higher than all other disk storage systems vendors including the market leaders. Disk storage systems include SANs, NAS, disk arrays and disk systems internal to servers.
Fueled by the strength of the company's flagship MAGNITUDE SAN, which employs a unique architecture based on storage virtualization, XIOtech moved from its twelfth place position in 1999 to a number eight ranking in 2000 in the open SAN disk storage systems market. Within this category, XIOtech was the fourth fastest growing company.
"Last year, the entire industry gained ground due to phenomenal demand for storage," said Charlotte Rancourt, director of storage research at IDC. "This year we expect the open SAN market to continue to grow almost 60 percent even as IT spending is curbed. Companies like XIOtech, who offer SAN solutions that don't strain tight IT budgets and allow fewer people to manage more data should continue to fair quite well again this year."
"We're looking forward to building on our momentum as we strive to reach our goal of becoming a top five player within the next two years," said Phil Soran, president and CEO of XIOtech. "We believe our sales will grow substantially over last year because our economical and easy-to-use MAGNITUDE SAN can help IT to reduce administration and storage procurement costs both of which will be especially important criteria this year. Over the next couple of years, we will focus on increasing our market share by growing our business abroad, and by targeting new enterprise customers while expanding our sales in the small and mid-tier markets where we already have a strong presence." ...IDC profile, ...XIOtech profile
SAN FRANCISCO - April 9, 2001 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced today that its new Ultra320 SCSI web site is online and available to visitors. Ultra320 SCSI is the seventh and newest generation of SCSI technology. It operates at 320 MBytes/sec, doubling the data rate of the previous generation, Ultra160 SCSI. An important new feature of Ultra320 SCSI is paced data transfer, which includes packetization, Quick Arbitrate and Selection (QAS), a free running clock, driver pre-compensation, skew compensation and training patterns at the start of a transfer series. All Ultra320 SCSI devices support packetized protocol. Additional features are domain validation and the optional receiver Adjustable Active Filter (AAF). Expander communications techniques have also been defined.
Paul Aloisi, president of the SCSI Trade Association, commented, "Ultra320 SCSI is the most powerful and highly featured SCSI generation to date. The first generation of SCSI products ran at five MBytes/sec, in contrast to the current speed of 320 MBytes/sec. SCSI data rates have increased over the years to stay abreast of disk drive speeds. Ultra320 SCSI features make it the most versatile and flexible high-end storage I/O technology on the market and with its popularity and large installed base, we expect it to continue to serve the needs of the industry for many years to come."
See also:- Industry trade associations
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 9, 2001 Xyratex and Computer Bus Tools announced today a strategic partnership to sell Xyratex Fibre Channel Investigator traffic generation and protocol analyzer products throughout the United States.
"Our sales channel strategy is an aggressive one," said Joe Sigismonti, Vice President responsible for worldwide Fibre Channel Investigator sales. "We selected Computer Bus Tools because of their focus on analyzers, testers, design services and training for the computer, storage, networking and peripheral markets. We are also impressed with their track record in providing superior service, integrated solutions, and expert consulting."
"Xyratex has tremendous technical depth, and we will help them introduce many innovative new products over the next four months. These new products will significantly enhance our product offerings in our target markets," said Dennis Murphy, president of Computer Bus Tools. "Xyratex Fibre Channel tools are unmatched in the industry for performance and price. Xyratex products will provide our customers with the right tools to measure, monitor and troubleshoot to meet their development, engineering, manufacturing and field service needs. This agreement is a win-win for us all." ...Computer Bus Tools profile, ...Xyratex profile
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