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Remote storage market to top $19 billion in 2005, says Analysys
CAMBRIDGE, UK - December 7, 2001 - Storage and management of the billions of gigabytes of computer data generated each year is driving rapid growth in distributed SANs, and this is good news for optical telecoms carriers, according to a new report, Storage Area Networks: New Revenues for Optical Carriers? from Analysys

Analysys forecasts that global revenues from SAN traffic and storage service provision carried over a WAN will reach US$19.3 billion in 2005, up from US$500 million in 2000 (as shown in Exhibit 1 below).
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Tandberg Data Appoints UK Distributor Micro Peripherals

NEC selects intelligent IDE RAID solution from LSI Logic

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Exhibit 1: Total revenues worldwide from WAN SAN traffic and service provision, 2000-2005
[Source: Analysys Research, 2001]
Data storage and management are now major issues for businesses of all sizes, according to the Analysys study. Organisations need an array of storage facilities and services, including disaster recovery, Web hosting, content warehousing, digital data exchanges, datamarts, disk mirroring, storage sharing, centralised back-up and archiving.

SANs, which are rapidly emerging as the technology of choice in this area, are now being extended from user sites over the WAN by using dark fibre, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet and IP. This, says Analysys, will lead to the creation of huge networked virtual storage and data management systems.

"By using their high-capacity IP optical networks, telecoms carriers, particularly those operating in the metropolitan and wide area networks, can potentially generate significant new traffic and service revenues for themselves," says report author, Tim Hills. However, while the opportunities for carriers in this new market are considerable, careful assessment is essential, warns Analysys. Success will depend on having the right combination of characteristics for the carrier's chosen segment of the multi-layered storage market. Key characteristics will include IP network capabilities and capacities; quality of service; access to customers; and data-storage expertise and facilities.

Analysys believes that moving storage networking to an IP base will help eliminate the need for separate storage and data networks, improve management and flexibility, and allow the offering of third-party managed storage services across the WAN.

"Such services are not only attractive to major corporates, they also have the potential to reach small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which often lack the expertise to maintain their own storage solutions," adds Hills. "Needless to say, affordable IP broadband access will be crucial to opening the SME market for WAN SANs." ...Analysys profile


BOXBOROUGH, MA - December 6, 2001 - Eurologic Systems, a leading worldwide provider of network storage solutions for the vertical, channel and server markets, has signed a value-added reseller agreement with StorNet, Inc. StorNet, one of the largest nationwide independent providers of networked storage services in the United States, will offer Eurologic's network storage solutions as part of their complete, customized storage implementations for enterprise and eBusiness applications. The agreement with StorNet forms part of a strategic worldwide expansion of Eurologic's channel marketing activities which in the past few weeks has seen Eurologic appoint several key national Channel Partners across North America, Europe, and Asia. ...Eurologic Systems profile, ...StorNet profile


Wilmington, MA - December 6, 2001 - Kentron Technologies, a leading provider of next generation memory technologies, released its evolutionary technology roadmap for Quad Band Memory (QBM) module or board based solutions. The QBM (bit packing) technology utilizes the current, low cost DDR memory devices and new, faster switching technology to deliver the highest memory bandwidth in the industry. By combining the QBM technology with faster switching devices and the faster DDR devices, Kentron and its partners will deliver QBM module and board based solutions up to 6.4 GB/sec (12.8 GB/sec for dual channel applications) by 2005.

The QBM technology utilizes the newly designed, faster switch component (QBM10) initially available from STMicroelectronics. This new switch design is a dramatic improvement over standard switching devices in that it exceeds the requirement to operate at 533MHz and is manufactured using today's standard process technology. Additionally, QBM uses a newly designed, more capable Phase Lock Loop (PLL) component from Integrated Circuit Systems, Inc. that provides the desired phase shift and frequency multiplication.

Kentron is announcing the availability of QBM modules running at 3.2 GB/sec bandwidth (400MHz data rate) and 4.2 GB/sec bandwidth (533MHz data rate) in the first quarter of 2002, at least a year ahead of the rest of the industry. Faster QBM modules running at 5.4 GB/sec bandwidth (667MHz data rate) will coincide with the availability in volume of the faster DDR333 memory devices expected in 2003. QBM modules running at 6.4 GB/sec bandwidth (800MHz data rate) will be available once the memory industry is able to introduce in volume the faster DDR 2 memory devices sometime in 2004. ...Kentron Technologies profile, ...QBM Alliance


Cambridge, UK - December 6th, 2001 - Tandberg Data today announced it had signed a distribution contract with the UK Networks Distributor of 2001, Micro Peripherals Ltd (Micro P). Micro P will concentrate efforts on reseller markets with the promotion of Tandberg's SLR, DLT and SDLT tapes drives. The agreement will support Tandberg Data¹s increased focus on providing customers with a channel structure of professional distributors that are able to meet the increased demand for SLR, DLT and SDLT products.

"Tandberg is pleased with this extension of its distribution operations in the UK", comments Steve Smith, Director of UK Sales and Marketing at Tandberg. "Micro P is a highly regarded, professional distributor - as demonstrated by the company¹s recent awards and accreditations. We are confident that Micro P, specifically its new storage division (following the acquisition of AGP Ltd) will prove to be an excellent partner".

Mark Khar, Purchasing Director at Micro-P stated, "We are very pleased to commence our trading relationship with Tandberg. We recognise that Tandberg has a significant role to play in the growth objectives we have for the Storage division of our business. We are a key player in the UK IT distribution market and Tandberg matches our profile and aspirations for this sector". ...Micro Peripherals profile, ...Tandberg Data profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - December 5, 2001 - LSI Logic Corporation announced it is supplying its intelligent IDE RAID storage adapter to NEC Corporation for its market leading IDE RAID servers. With four independent IDE channels and on-board microprocessor , the MegaRAID® i4 is an attractive solution for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and system integrators that require hardware RAID solutions for cost-sensitive storage environments.

"LSI Logic's i4 PCI RAID solution has opened up new applications for RAID in server environments," said Shigeru Oshima, Senior manager of WAS division, NEC. "Using intelligent IDE RAID solutions from LSI Logic, NEC can offer the Express5800/110Ee,120Ee server line at very competitive price, while still maintaining the demanding data reliability and availability requirements for today's data-intensive server environments."

"This partnership highlights NEC's commitment to offering high-performance solutions that also support the highest levels of data availability and security," said Siamak Iranpour, director of sales and marketing with the LSI Logic RAID Storage Adapters division. "With its extensive OS support and RAID capabilities of 0, 1, 5 and more, the MegaRAID i4 is positioned to be the industry's premier high performance, low-cost PCI RAID solution."

The MegaRAID i4 couples advanced hardware design and full-featured RAID capabilities, resulting in the most feature-rich IDE RAID solution available today. LSI Logic anticipates rapid adoption of IDE RAID technology in entry-level server and workstation markets worldwide....LSI Logic profile


SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - December 5, 2001 - BakBone Software announced today its flagship backup and recovery software NetVault has been validated by Red Hat as part of the Red Hat Certified ISV Partner Program. NetVault is now being distributed on the Linux Application CD that ships with Red Hat Linux 7.2 Professional, to Red Hat customers worldwide.

"Red Hat is committed to working with application vendors like BakBone to assure the highest levels of customer satisfaction and usability," said Mark DeVisser, VP of Marketing, Red Hat. "BakBone's NetVault software offers a level of simplicity and ease of use that makes it an excellent choice for Red Hat Linux users."

This validation solidifies BakBone's long-standing commitment to the Linux community. NetVault's core architecture has provided superior device and central management of the backup domain for Linux since 1999. By joining the Red Hat Certified ISV Partner Program, BakBone is expanding its presence in the Linux marketplace gaining access to Red Hat's global marketing and sales programs, technology road maps and developer support solutions.

"Red Hat is the market leader in Linux, the fastest growing platform within today's enterprise environments," said Randy Batterson, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, BakBone Software. "We are delighted to reach out to their growing customer base to offer NetVault, our high-speed, high-performance backup and restore solution that has already been proven in Linux installations around the world." ...BakBone Software profile, ...Red Hat profile

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