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Nibble:- The Changing Map of the New Storage Frontier

" I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto" - from the movie - Wizard of Oz

Today's system managers would be forgiven for thinking that their predecessors had a much easier time managing storage.

In the 1980's the choices were simple. You only had two types of mass storage to worry about:- disk drives and tape. You ran software on the disks, and backed everything up onto tape. Mainframe managers backed up their systems overnight, Unix systems administrators backed up their networks on Friday afternoons.

That was it. Nice and simple.

In the late 1980's optical disks entered the computer scene. Write Only Read Many times (WORM) drives could be used to archive critical data for people who worried that their tape media might not last more than 10 to 20 years. And Sun was the first Unix company to switch from tape to CD-ROM as the media for distributing software. That meant we all bought CD-ROM drives, but things were still simple (relatively).

High capacity hard drives (200MB) were still expensive in those days, so things got a little bit more complicated when Sun introduced the Sun-3 (68020 based) diskless node workstations. These saved money by loading porgrams and data from the ethernet. But that idea quickly faded away, as drives became cheaper, and faster workstations couldn't wait to get data off the network. It was a good marketing ploy though because it made Sun's entry level workstations look cheaper than their rival HP.

During most of the 1990's systems managers simply had to shuffle around the concepts of three types of mass storage:- hard disks (sometimes bundled in RAID), tape drives (sometimes bundled in libraries) and CD-ROMs (sometimes bundled in jukeboxes). The differences in capacity, performance, and cost of this storage trinity were well understood, and the scope for overlap was minimal.

Nowadays things are a lot more complicated...

Not only has a new type of mass storage device - the internet, been added to the list, but everything has gotten faster and comes with more connection and intelligence options. R/W optical drives have got fast enough to compete with tape. Some vendors are now offering disk to disk backup. Jukeboxes have inbuilt disk drives to cache the data. RAID systems can back themselves up onto tape without requiring any server intervention. The storage can work with all your computer operating systems. And any of the storage systems can be placed almost anywhere...

Should you buy hybrid storage systems which integrate several functions? Or single function systems which are tied together by your own SAN software?

When there are so many viable looking combinations, it's no wonder that things are confusing. Which will be winners? And which, like the Sun-3 diskless nodes of the 1980's, will be consigned to computer history as architectural dead-ends?

I hope that's why you'll continue reading STORAGEsearch, as with the help of our hundreds of contributing information partners we continue to explore the new storage frontier and see how the new territories get mapped into their own recognisable states.

The destination may not be Kansas, and the path may not be as simple as following the yellow brick road. But we'll try and help you find it.

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor

Storage news - 2001, April - week 3

Cereva Founder Says Internet Storage Will Alleviate Internet Bottlenecks

Burlingame, CA - April 20, 2001 - Raju Bopardikar, founder and CTO of Cereva Networks Inc., has revealed an important breakthrough in solving Internet bottlenecks: Internet Storage.

At a panel session yesterday held during the Next Generation Network Ventures 2001 conference in Burlingame, CA, Bopardikar discussed how the revolutionary new technology would succeed in breaking through bottlenecks that can hinder performance and lead to end-user frustration with the Internet. Citing independent industry research that finds that 70 percent of the Internet's performance bottlenecks occur in the "first 50 feet," Bopardikar illustrated the remarkable effect that Internet Storage systems can have on improving Internet performance.

Such systems are specially designed for easy implementation within the Internet data center to eliminate performance bottlenecks, the system downtime they cause, and the management cycles spent resolving them. Internet Storage systems combine massive parallel processing with high-speed networking and purpose-built storage systems to eliminate system bottlenecks, increase content delivery speed, and support significant increases in traffic, number of users, diversity of content, and amount of data being stored - without loss of performance or reliability. This is in contrast to conventional storage and servers which have several potential bottlenecks inherent in their architectures, such as centralized caches (which can become full) and slower bus technologies that are used to move the content from disks to cache and ultimately out of the storage system to the server, the network and, ultimately, the user.

Speaking with other storage and networking solutions providers and venture capitalists, Bopardikar highlighted the benefits of Internet Storage for service providers, Web hosting companies and large content providers in achieving optimal Internet performance, including:
  • Optimizing content delivery from Internet Storage directly to the network without server involvement;
  • Reducing infrastructure complexity;
  • Increased storage-to-server bandwidth;
  • Automatic "hot spot" elimination and load balancing.
"Over the past few years, as new networking technologies have been adopted by users and carriers to improve Internet access and content delivery speed, the 'root cause' bottleneck has become exposed - the bottleneck that results from trying to re-purpose traditional enterprise storage systems and servers to solve the Internet content delivery problem," said Bopardikar. "Internet storage provides a revolutionary new architecture that eliminates bottlenecks inherent in conventional server and storage technologies, minimizes the need to involve servers in content delivery, and provides significant scalability and performance advantages over other types of storage and servers," Bopardikar explained. "The results are increased speed of Web content delivery and elimination of network complexity, which lead to a significantly improved user experience, improved reliability, and accelerated time-to-profitability for Internet companies." ...Cereva Networks profile

Auspex Enters the Indian Market, Naming Lanbit as Local Reseller of its Network Attached Enterprise Storage Systems

Santa Clara, CA, April 19, 2001 - Auspex Systems, Inc. today announced that it has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific by entering the India market for the first time. Auspex will be represented in India by LanBit, one of the country's top three networking and data communications firms.

LanBit will give Auspex access to a customer base of more than 600,000, including major enterprise users as well as more than 1,500 dealers, distributors and system integrators that sell into all of India's vertical industries. The expansion coincides with an escalating need for data storage in India, particularly in the country's rapidly expanding software development and video digitizing businesses. Storage demand is also increasing among oil and gas companies, banking and finance institutions, Internet data centers, Internet Service Providers, Application Service Providers and others.

LanBit has been providing its own workgroup NAS products in India since 1996 and has now selected Auspex as its source for enterprise-level storage solutions. Auspex won the privilege over competing vendors.

"LanBit commands a strong and diversified base of products, a vast distribution network and a very strong and visible brand in India as well as a solid knowledge of data storage systems, so it is an ideal partner for our push into the market," said Gurcharan Singh, Director of Sales, South Asia, for Auspex. "They have the customers and the resources to help us leverage our technology advantages to quickly build a significant customer base for our advanced storage management solutions."

"LanBit has over 70 percent of the low-end NAS market in India. We have identified that some of our customers will require high-end solutions," said Manoj Kumar, Managing Director of LanBit India. "In our search for partners who can provide us with technology in the mid- to high-end enterprise NAS market, Auspex came across clearly as the best in the range. Auspex offers a far superior product, and we are confident that it will fit like a glove in the Indian market." ...Auspex Systems profile, ...LanBit profile

New Online Backup Solution for Service Providers

Simi Valley, Ca. — April 19, 2001 — NovaStor Corporation continues to thrive in a market that has punished several startups over the past few years.

With the latest version of NovaNet-WEB released today, NovaStor continues to command success by selling a straightforward solution that enables service providers to offer a truly valuable online data backup and recovery service to their customers. With hundreds of thousands of licenses sold through service providers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, NovaNet-WEB has become the premier Internet online backup software solution around the world.

Enhancements in this new version of NovaNet-WEB Version 3.6 include server scalability features to allow user management and authentication via the LDAP protocol used by Microsoft Active Directory. The client software, which can be customized to a service providers' own branding, has been improved to help the end user upgrade their backup service before their free 30-day trial expires. Dutch language support has been added to this version which also includes English and German versions.

NovaStor has also updated several free utilities that are made available to NovaNet-WEB customers. A web-based automatic account creation and management system can be downloaded and customized by NovaNet-WEB licensees for setting up a "hands-free" account management system generating instant end user satisfaction. NovaStor has also improved hundreds of documents found in the NovaNet-WEB online knowledge base. Online backup service providers and corporate customers can purchase NovaNet-WEB Version 3.6 directly from NovaStor for as little as $60 per user with the purchase of a 1000-user license. ...NovaStor profile

ADIC® Libraries, Software, SAN File Sharing Show at NAB

April 19, 2000 – Redmond, Washington. Advanced Digital Information Corporation announced today that the company will feature storage and storage management solutions for rich media content at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention next week in Las Vegas.

ADIC solutions will be demonstrated at the ADIC booth and the booths of partners, including DataDirect Networks, EMC, Seachange, and Tecmath.

"Broadcasting is expanding dramatically from its traditional control room heritage to encompass transmission of digital content directly from disk and the presentation of streaming media over Internet protocol," commented Dave Uvelli, ADIC Executive Director of Software Marketing. "Companies who are successful in this area must now assimilate storage networking, file sharing, and digital content management into their operations. The broad presence of ADIC at this show illustrates the extent to which companies that have been leading the way in providing capacity and management for digital storage are becoming leaders in broadcast and entertainment technology as well." ...ADIC profile

See also:- STORAGE trade shows & events

INRANGE Announces Record Q1 Revenue of $63.9 Million Fueled By FC/9000 Director

LUMBERTON, NJ, APRIL 19, 2001 - INRANGE Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: INRG) today reported record revenues of $63.9 million, adjusted net income of $3.0 million and earnings per share of $0.04 for the quarter ended March 31, 2001, excluding the effects of the amortization of goodwill and other intangibles.

The company reported record revenues for the first quarter of $63.9 million, a 38% increase over first quarter of 2000. In terms of revenue, this was the best first quarter in Inrange's 33-year history. Revenues in the open storage networking business in the quarter totaled $21.1 million, a 235% increase over first quarter 2000, and increased about 20% sequentially over the fourth quarter 2000. This 235% growth was mainly fueled by the continued marketplace acceptance of the FC/9000 128 port director and SAN services.

"Inrange continued to build on its technology leadership position in Q1 with the introduction of the 128 port capacity director. However, we are not in the business to just talk about having the largest and best directors. Market leading technology doesn't lead to market traction unless that technology is focused on helping customers solve their complex business problems - and you have the right way to 'deliver' that solution to the customer. We tailor our solutions to our customers' unique environment, for their specific applications. The FC/9000 now scales between 24-to-128 ports, without any degradation in performance. We accomplish this with our unique XCA 'any-to-any, non-blocking architecture.' This allows our customers to build larger SANs than previously available.," stated Greg R. Grodhaus, Inrange President and CEO....INRANGE Technologies profile

EMC Reports 37% Storage Revenue Growth, Expansion Of Market Lead In First Quarter

Hopkinton, Mass.- April 19, 2001 EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2001, reflecting its expanding lead in the worldwide market for information storage solutions, one of the fastest-growing business segments in today's economy.

Information storage revenue for the first quarter grew 37% compared with the first quarter of 2000 to $2.26 billion. This strong quarterly growth was highlighted by 158% year-to-year revenue growth in networked information storage, which totaled $833 million during the quarter; and 73% year-to-year growth in information storage software revenue, which reached $468 million. Information storage-related revenue represented 97% of EMC's total consolidated revenue during the quarter.

Joe Tucci, EMC President and CEO, said, "With 37% growth in information storage revenue, it's clear we gained substantial market share in Q1. Our highest growth is coming from the areas that deliver the greatest impact to customers: networked information storage and information storage software. We extended our already substantial lead in networked information storage, which encompasses both SANs and NAS implementations. Gartner Dataquest reported this week that our #1 market share position in storage management software grew by almost six points to 25.5% in 2000, and our industry-leading 73% software growth in Q1 will only add to that lead." ...EMC profile

Sony Offers easy Migration To AIT Solutions As It Marks The End Of Its DDS Format Roadmap

San Jose, California, April 18, 2001 - Sony Electronics today announced that it will not develop a DDS-5 format, and will offer Advanced Intelligent Tape™ (AIT) solutions to meet the demands for higher capacity and performance.

DDS technology has been very successful in the market, with broad customer acceptance over a ten-year lifecycle to date. As an early pioneer in bringing DDS to the market, Sony has concluded that a new member of the DDS family, offering substantial improvements in both capacity and performance beyond DDS-4, is not practical given the realities of time-to-market and technology investment constraints. Sony is committed to delivering world-class solutions with its DDS-2, DDS-3 and DDS-4-based products. As a roadmap alternative, Sony believes that AIT technology, with its proven market acceptance and future scalability, offers an ideal transition from DDS, with a comparable 3.5-inch drive form-factor, enhanced reliability and extensive automation support.

"When customers are ready to transition from DDS, the key decision factors that they should keep in mind include not only capacity and performance, but also form-factor, and future scalability," said John Woelbern, director of tape streamer OEM marketing for Sony Electronics' Core Technology Solutions Company. "AIT-1 fits this criteria by offering higher capacity and improved performance, as well as a small, 3.5-inch form-factor, all in a scalable product family with greater reliability and robustness at a competitive price."

"The DDS product family has been very popular with our ProLiant server customers and we will continue to support their requirements in this segment with the opportunity to transition to the robust and scalable AIT family," said Rusty Smith, director of Nearline Storage for Compaq Computer Corporation's Enterprise Storage Group. "We are committed to AIT as our premier mid-range technology and will deliver a migration path to allow our customers to take advantage of AIT's innovations in delivering higher capacity and performance. We will also continue to integrate AIT devices into automation solutions and to make the technology available through our worldwide distribution channel." ...Sony profile

IBM Announces 2001 First-Quarter Results

ARMONK, N.Y., April 18, 2001 - IBM today announced first-quarter 2001 revenues totaled $21.0 billion, an increase of 9 percent (14 percent at constant currency) compared with the first quarter of 2000.

First-quarter 2001 net income was $1.75 billion, a 15 percent increase from the year-earlier period.

IBM's Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., IBM chairman and chief executive officer, said: "The momentum we saw building in the latter part of 2000 continued in the first quarter of 2001. In the face of weakening economic conditions, the validity of the strategies we put in place over the last five years was underscored time and time again. For example, services revenues, excluding maintenance, grew 21 percent while our technological leadership drove microelectronics OEM revenues up 117 percent and our Shark storage revenues grew 82 percent. Within distributed software, revenues increased 53 percent for our leading Web management software, WebSphere, and our database revenues grew 36 percent. At the same time, our UNIX-based pSeries revenues were up 33 percent, our PC-based xSeries revenues grew 14 percent, and z900 mainframe MIPS grew 40 percent. In addition, our global presence proved, once again, to be a unique competitive advantage, with revenues from Asia up 18 percent, Europe up 11 percent, and the Americas up 7 percent. Although industry data is not yet available, it seems probable that we gained market share in nearly all of our strategic businesses."

"However, not all the news was good in the quarter. The desktop segment is hurting -- and it is not just a cyclical issue. This is a mature business, and it no longer drives the economics of the IT industry. Related to this, our hard disk drive and display businesses, which sell to the PC segment, were also weak. Finally, while we are pleased with our 14 percent revenue growth, we have not lost sight of the fact that the first quarter of last year was quite weak. Looking forward, we are no better than others in predicting how the current economic uncertainty will unfold," Mr. Gerstner said. ...IBM profile

Vitesse and Vixel Partner on 2Gb/s Fibre Channel Loop Switch IC for SANs

Camarillo, CA and Bothell, WA - April 18, 2001 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation and Vixel Corporation today announced a partnership to jointly develop and market Fibre Channel Loop Switch semiconductors for use in standalone switches or in embedded applications such as disk arrays and RAID subsystems.

Under the agreement, Vixel contributes their state-of-the-art Fibre Channel switching technology and management firmware, while Vitesse contributes their multi-channel Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) technology and Enclosure Management functions. Vitesse will fabricate and market single-chip Loop Switch ICs and associated firmware to the storage industry for use in a wide range of SAN applications.

"The combination of Vixel and Vitesse represents the perfect blend of superior technologies and marketing strength," stated Jim McCluney, president and CEO of Vixel. "Our work with Vitesse will make the high performance of 2Gb/s Fibre Channel switching technology available for embedded applications within complex storage systems. By working with the leading provider of Fibre Channel semiconductors to integrate these complex functions onto a single IC, we are creating a new and unique offering that addresses the rapidly expanding market for embedded switches."

"Our disk array customers demand more performance in loop environments and advanced diagnostics that identify misbehaving components efficiently. By using Vixel's Loop Switch technology we will co-develop highly integrated switching chips that bring all of the features our customers demand in the industry's highest integration solution," said Bob Rumer, vice president of Storage Communications Products at Vitesse. "We initially looked at developing this technology ourselves, but quickly realized that Vixel had already conquered the complexity and compatibility of these functions. The partnership will bring Loop Switch ICs to our customers sooner and with lower risk." ...Vitesse Semiconductor profile, ...Vixel profile

INRANGE and QLogic Expand Partnership

ALISO VIEJO, CA and LUMBERTON, NJ - APRIL 17, 2001 - QLogic Corporation and INRANGE Technologies today announced a new, long-term agreement that bolsters the companies' capabilities to deliver the industry's highest-performance, end-to-end storage networking solutions, and provides enhanced service and support levels to customers and partners.

The agreement expands a successful business relationship that leverages QLogic's expertise in Fibre Channel component design with INRANGE's expertise in software and large-scale switching technology, and global infrastructure, to develop the world's most scalable SAN solutions. The first product from this partnership has been the IN-VSN FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director, the most scalable high-availability technology for building enterprise SANs.

As a result of the new, expanded agreement, INRANGE will also serve as an OEM for QLogic 8, 16, and 32 port 'edge' switches, including the upcoming QLogic SANbox2 line of 2 Gb-based products, and will market QLogic HBAs as an integral part of their SAN solutions. These QLogic products, combined with INRANGE's director, optical networking and channel extension technologies, provide customers with the most complete solution available for building high-availability SANs from the network edge to the core, and for extending network traffic to any location, over metro and wide area networks. In addition, INRANGE has selected the QLogic 2 Gb Fibre Channel components, including the 16 port switch-on-a-chip ASIC, as building blocks for the FC/9000 2 Gb implementation, expected to be available at the end of 2001.

The companies are also aligning their respective strengths in distribution and service. Leveraging a global infrastructure of more than 450 direct sales and service professionals, systems engineers, and high-level systems architects, INRANGE will become the preferred end-user service organization for QLogic worldwide. QLogic and INRANGE will cooperate to develop the SAN distribution channels. With substantial direct sales and sales to business partners like IBM and Hitachi Data Systems, INRANGE will provide channel fulfillment of high-end directors, channel extension, and optical networking products to QLogic's Premier Partners. With a successful history in the OEM channel, QLogic will also provide the INRANGE FC/9000 director, including the upcoming 2 Gb implementation, to OEM customers, complementing the company's end-to-end offerings that include chips, HBAs and switches.

"Each company's strengths are optimized through the agreement," stated INRANGE CEO and President Greg Grodhaus. "This relationship will deliver on-going value to our customers, shareholders, and partners, and produce an array of solutions that can be tailored to meet any end-user's requirements, from low-end components to massively scalable SANs. We are well-positioned to reap the enormous opportunity that the storage networking revolution is presenting." Storage and Fibre Channel infrastructure markets are growing at approximately 100 percent per year, according to industry analysts, with the infrastructure segment expected to reach over $7 billion by 2004....INRANGE Technologies profile, ...QLogic profile

Editor's note:- when 2 of the top 10 fastest growing storage companies in the US get together like this, it's worth seeing what they are doing. As I've said before, the recession in the US is not going to slow down the fastest growing new segments in the computer market, which may actually speed up as businesses try to get more efficient in their use of human resources.

Eurologic Systems Signs Vixel Corporation To Its LINK Alliance Program

BOXBOROUGH, MA, April 17, 2001 - Eurologic Systems today announced that Vixel Corporation has joined its LINK Alliance Program.

Under the LINK umbrella, Eurologic and Vixel are cooperating to enable users of storage-critical applications to confidently implement pre-tested, interoperable storage configurations across a SAN environment. Through Eurologic's LINK program, Eurologic and Vixel are collaborating at all levels of the product cycle to assure the interoperability of Eurologic's SANbloc(tm) network storage system with Vixel's fabric switches. ...Eurologic profile, ...Vixel profile

IDC Adds Additional Leadership to Its Storage Research Team

April 16, 2001 - IDC today added a seasoned industry veteran to its storage research team. Paul Mason, IDC's group vice president of Infrastructure Software research, announced Bill North has joined the software group as director of Storage Management Software research.

He joins a large team of storage systems experts to enhance IDC's coverage of storage solutions. North has more than 20 years of storage-side experience. He comes to IDC from Adaptec, where he was director of Business Development. Prior to that, he was director of Storage Networking Programs, Strategic Initiatives Group, at VERITAS. There, he developed a road map for integration of VERITAS' products into a coherent storage area network (SAN) offering; established and managed strategic partnership programs for SAN, management, and infrastructure partners and systems vendors; and drove engineering and marketing participation in standards bodies and consortia. North also served as vice president of Business Development at Mylex Corporation and director of Advanced Products at Storage Dimensions - two companies involved in various parts of the storage hardware business. ...IDC profile

Vitesse Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2001

Camarillo, CA - April 16, 2001 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VTSS) today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 ended March 31, 2001.

Revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2001 were $121.8 million, an increase of 21% over the $100.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2000 and a decrease of 26% from the $165.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2001. For the six month period ended March 31, 2001, revenues were $286.8 million, a 51% increase over the $189.6 million for the six month period ended March 31, 2000.

Vitesse President and CEO, Lou Tomasetta, said "This was a very disappointing quarter. For the first time in over eight years we experienced a sequential decline in revenues due to a dramatic reduction in demand from our communications and data storage customers. Visibility in the near-term at a majority of our customers continues to be weak and we do not expect a reversal in this trend in the current quarter." Mr. Tomasetta continued, "On the brighter side, design win activity in switch fabrics, network processors, and OC192 physical layer products remains robust. We are optimistic that these products will be the major drivers of future growth once the next generation systems that they are designed into start ramping up." ...Vitesse Semiconductor profile

FlashDisk OpenRAID from Winchester Systems Stores 1.45 TB with 181 GB Disks

Burlington, MA. April 16, 2001 - Winchester Systems has introduced its ultra-high performance FlashDisk OpenRAID using 181 GB disk drives to provide 1.45 TB in a single enclosure.

FlashDisk OpenRAID models using 181 GB disk drives are designed for the most storage hungry applications including data warehousing, data acquisition systems, near-line storage replacements, decision support systems, video and audio applications plus major e-commerce, financial, manufacturing and database applications. Each FlashDisk OpenRAID unit holds 8 half-height disk drives of 181 GB each to store an unprecedented 1.45 TB. The FlashDisk 82" high Data Center Cabinet will hold 9 rackmount units plus a UPS to store over 13 TB in just 6 square feet of floor space.
OpenRAID not only stores massive amounts of data, it has the speed to deliver it to and from host servers and their applications exceptionally fast. FlashDisk delivers up to 13,000 I/O operations per second and up to 121 Mbytes per second sustained data throughput using two available host ports. The high random I/O performance makes FlashDisk OpenRAID suitable for OLTP, database, financial, manufacturing and other random access applications. The high I/O throughput performance makes FlashDisk OpenRAID also suitable for sequential tasks such as file copying, report generation, data collection, video and audio streaming and backup applications. OpenRAID
OpenRAID is a true hardware, plug-and-play storage solution, which emulates standard SCSI disks --eliminating proprietary host software, RAID managers and the need for software drivers or agents of any kind. It supports hardware RAID 1, 3, 5, 1+0 and RAID 15 for data protection. FlashDisk OpenRAID attaches via industry standard fibre channel and SCSI interfaces to host servers including SUN, HP, IBM and Intel.

Price and Delivery:- FlashDisk OpenRAID models are available in rackmount and pedestal configurations. A 1.45 TB FlashDisk OpenRAID unit with 8 disk drives of 181 GB each is priced at $53,943 including cables and UPS or under 4 cents per MB. Delivery is 3 weeks. ...Winchester Systems profile

nStor Announces Agreements to Convert Debt to Capital -- Positions Company as a Debt-Free Organization

SAN DIEGO- April 16, 2001 - nStor Technologies, Inc (AMEX:NSO) announced today that it has reached agreements to exchange newly-issued convertible preferred stock with a stated value of approximately $12 million for approximately $12 million of its notes payable.

The agreements, which are expected to close this week, provide for the preferred stock to be convertible at any time into shares of nStor common stock at a conversion price of $0.72 per share, the market price on the effective date of the agreements. Larry Hemmerich, nStor's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated that the exchange will allow the company to eliminate all of its existing debt (exclusive of its asset-based revolving bank credit facility) and add $12 million to its shareholders' equity.

"In addition," Mr. Hemmerich commented, "we will be better-positioned for new business relationships with OEMs, resellers and large end user prospects. We expect two new major OEM relationships to be concluded within this quarter and we believe that these relationships, together with various other OEM and reseller agreements which have either been concluded or are in advanced stages of negotiations, will give nStor the ability to substantially increase its share of the storage market and represent the beginning of long-term revenue growth for the company." ...nStor profile

Plasmon Adds DVD-R Capability and Robotics Enhancements to D-Series Libraries

Minneapolis, MN, April 16, 2001…Plasmon has announced second-quarter shipping for its newly enhanced D-Series libraries that can incorporate both DVD-Recorders and DVD-RAM drives in a single unit with a new media rotation mechanism that doubles the capacity of the media.

Targeted at business, financial and government institutions that require a combination of write once data protection with the high capacity for archiving and distribution applications, the new D-Series libraries will be priced starting at $14,995. This entry-level configuration includes one DVD-Recorder, one DVD-RAM drive and 120 slots, while a high-end, six-drive DVD-R unit with 480 slots is priced at $54,995. Plasmon prices include the SCSI interface, disc magazines and disc import/export mail slot.

The new Plasmon patented robotic media Rotation Station mechanism allows access of double-sided media and increases the 4.7 GB DVD-R and DVD-RAM media to 9.4 GB per disc. Both the drives and robotics combine to extend D-Series capacity to move than 4.1 terabytes. Previously DVD-R was used primarily for DVD authoring such as movie and software titles.

Recently the DVD-Forum, the industry body governing DVD formats, approved the General Purpose format. As a result, the new standardized product specifications use the same laser wavelength as DVD-RAM and DVD-ROM, which allows the DVD-Recordable media to be read by DVD-RAM and DVD-ROM drives. The new format ultimately lowers the cost of the recorders while increasing capabilities. ...Plasmon profile
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