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2001, December week 2a, news archive
Looking Back on Sun's Cache Memory Problem
DIEGO, Calif. - December 13, 2001 - Overland Data, Inc. today announced
that Quantum Corporation has signed an agreement to license Overland's
patented Variable Rate Randomizer (VR2) technology. Overland's VR2
technology will be integrated into future Quantum tape drive offerings.
Today, the installed base of Quantum DLTtape drives is more than 1.7 million. Additionally, tens of thousands of the new Super DLTtape drives have been shipped to date. The first of the next generation of Super DLTtape drives is the SDLT 220 drive which operates at a native capacity of 110 GB and a native transfer rate of 11MB/second. Quantum's published technology development roadmap takes Super DLTtape technology to a native capacity of 1.2 terabytes (2.4 terabytes compressed) on a single cartridge, with a transfer rate of over 100 MB/s.
Overland's VR2 substantially increases the capacity and throughput of linear tape formats. The first successful implementation of Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) channel encoding technology on linear tape drive platforms, VR2 can increase native capacity and native data transfer rate performance of existing linear tape technologies by as much as 50 to 100 percent without requiring any changes in tape path design, recording heads and/or media. This is accomplished by achieving rate efficiency of greater than 99 percent, making it one of the most effective PRML implementations ever developed.
"IT customers are looking for data protection solutions that can help them keep up with the explosion of data on their network," said Duncan Furness, Vice President Quantum's DLTtape Group. "Overland's VR2 technology will help us deliver on customer needs for greater capacity and performance while helping DLTtape to remain the standard of choice for reliable tape solutions well into the future."
Christopher Calisi, president and CEO of Overland, said, "The majority of our tape automation business is based upon DLT, and we are pleased that VR2 will be an enabling technology to advance the future success of DLTtape drives. Quantum now joins a growing roster of companies who have licensed VR2 including StorageTek, Seagate, Imation and Tandberg Data. We are optimistic that VR2 licensing revenue will make a meaningful contribution to Overland's profitability beginning in calendar 2002." ...Overland Data profile, ...Quantum profile
REDMOND, WASHINGTON - December 12, 2001 - ADIC today announced sales for its fourth fiscal quarter ended October 31 grew 8% over the same quarter last year to $91.2 million, and grew nearly 26% to $364.7 million for the fiscal year. Despite economic concerns, sequential quarterly sales grew approximately 7% from the immediately preceding quarter ended July 31. Inclusion of acquisition costs and other one-time items results in reported net losses for the quarter and year of $5.4 million and $10.8 million, respectively. Earlier this year ADIC confirmed that the company would maintain heavy investments in product development, sales and service channels as well as infrastructure improvements at the expense of optimizing short-term profits.
"The last several months have brought a dramatic slowdown in the economy, the effects of which were compounded by the tragic events of September 11 and their aftermath," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter van Oppen. "Despite these concerns, we are very pleased to report annual growth, on both a quarterly and fiscal year basis, resumed sequential growth and profitability consistent with expectations that were established prior to the terrorist attacks," he said. "Further, current first quarter sales are expected to range between $90 million and $95 million and are likely to show sequential sales growth over our traditionally strong fourth quarter."
The Company noted that more than 40% of its 2002 revenues are expected to be associated with SAN installations or SAN-ready storage solutions. OEM shipments for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2001 totaled 43% and 42% of total sales, respectively, versus 33% and 27% for the previous fourth quarter and fiscal year. During 2001, sales to Dell Computer were $60.1 million and sales to IBM Corporation were $85.8 million. ...ADIC profile
POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM - December 12, 2001 - BakBone Software today announces the introduction of its NetVault storage management software to the Middle East market, saying the software is designed to help enterprises confidently handle their data storage needs, both today and in the future. BakBone Software has chosen to partner with distributor AGIS, Algosaibi Information Systems, in Saudi Arabia and Qatar and with Storus in United Arab Emirates in order to introduce NetVault into the respective marketplace.
Neil Ferrier, business development manager at BakBone Software comments: "We are delighted to partner with AGIS and Storus and to enter into such a dynamic market. We look forward to meeting customers' growing storage management needs and to offering a refreshing alternative to more established products, ones that have grown old over the years and which do not fully satisfy customers' requirements." ...BakBone Software profile
King of Prussia, PA - December 12, 2001 - InfiniCon Systems, Inc. announced that it has joined the IBM PartnerWorld for Software program. This relationship will leverage InfiniCon Systems' powerful sharable I/O subsystem technologies with IBM server and software developments in the next-generation server architecture arena. IBM's recent announcement of accelerating research into the InfiniBand sector, highlighted by its introduction of DB2 Universal Database running in an InfiniBand environment, provides strong validation for the emerging InfiniBand-enabled market.
Membership in IBM's PartnerWorld for Software will assist InfiniCon Systems in providing entrée to new markets; increased industry awareness; greater access to IBM services, tools and resources to assist InfiniCon Systems in developing stronger offerings; and increase InfiniCon's ability to work with the wide array of IBM divisions in building the optimum solution for IBM customers. ...IBM profile, ...InfiniCon Systems profile
Dresden, Germany - December 12, 2001 - Infineon Technologies today officially commenced volume production of semiconductors processed on silicon wafers with a diameter of 300 mm (12 inch). As the first chip manufacturer in the world to begin volume production using 300 mm wafers, compared to the current 200 mm (8 inch) technology used by all other manufacturers, Infineon extends its technology and production cost leadership position in the semiconductor industry. The increased number of chips that can fit on the surface of a 300 mm wafer - around 2.5 times as many as on the 200 mm wafer yields production cost advantages of up to 30%. With a concurrent switch to smaller device geometries (0.14 microns) Infineon expects to ultimately reduce its production costs by a further 30%. In comparison with 200 mm wafers processed in 0.17-micron technology, Infineon will approximately halve its production costs for DRAM chips at the Dresden facility. Infineon also anticipates that the demand for DRAM memory (measured in total bits) in 2002 will increase by 50% compared with 2001.
"If you want to prevail in tomorrow's semiconductor market, you have to be willing to make counter-cyclical investments today," stated Dr. Ulrich Schumacher, CEO of Infineon Technologies, at an international press briefing today in Dresden. "Right here in this city, we invested in a technology that will allow us to produce the smallest possible chips on the largest possible wafers for the lowest possible costs. This will allow us to expand sharply our recognized cost leadership within the industry. The corresponding jump in productivity gives us a technology edge of more than 15 months on the competition, giving us unrivaled flexibility within our volatile market."
"The beginning of volume production on 300 mm wafers means a new manufacturing dimension for ourselves and the semiconductor industry as a whole," said Dr. Andreas von Zitzewitz, board member and COO of Infineon Technologies. "We've established a new standard with our 300 mm technology. Infineon is clearly the trend-setter in this area. This superb accomplishment at our Dresden location is a further proof of the state of Saxony's capacity for technological innovation - over 80% of our Dresden team comes out of this area." ...Infineon profile
Editor's comment:- the combination of increasing wafer size and decreasing chip geometries is what's been behind the lowering of memory costs for the last 3 decades ever since semiconductor RAM inventor Intel made (magnetic) core store obsolete. This price per bit trend benefits all users. But most memory analysts have been projecting that the total revenue in the RAM market will continue being way down compared to 2000 despite increased demand for storage "bits". That's due to the recession, overcapacity in RAM manufacturing, technology improvements like the one mentioned here, and industry consolidation. Those factors taken together make investing in memory companies today seem only marginally less foolhardy than buying stock in airlines and holiday tour companies which specialise in the Middle East.
December 12, 2001 - a major new Squeak! article on STORAGEsearch today lists the top 10 storage software companies for 2001/2002. Ranked in order, the list is based on analysing the pageviews of the company profiles viewed by hundreds of thousands of readers during the last few months. Taken from a list of over 100 currently active storage software companies listed on STORAGEsearch, the top 10 list provides a real-time snapshot of which companies are perceived to be the leaders in this important segment of the market today, and is the best market predictor of which companies will emerge as the market leaders in the fast growing storage software segment during 2002. ...read the article
Editor's comments:- Like me, you're probably going to correctly guess at least one of these companies before seeing the article. But the only way to be sure about the other nine is to see it. BTW The article also includes the most recent news stories from each of the companies listed, so you can get a big dollop of software news by clicking the link above to see it. The companies themselves will also learn for the first time if they are listed by visiting the article. We kept very quiet about this major feature before publication today to avoid pressure, spam or other inducements which might affect the final list.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 11, 2001 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), one of the world's leading suppliers of hard drives and computer peripherals, today announced that Fujitsu now holds the number two position in the enterprise hard disk drive (HDD) market. According to new data released by Gartner Dataquest, Fujitsu became the world's second largest supplier of enterprise drive technology by shipping 21.3 percent of the total number of enterprise-class HDDs delivered during the third calendar quarter of 2001. Fujitsu increased its shipments of enterprise-class HDDs by more than 27 percent from the second to the third calendar quarter of 2001. The market share gain comes just months after Fujitsu announced its focus on developing and marketing HDD products for the enterprise and 2.5" mobile hard disk drive markets. The enterprise HDD market is expected to grow from 19 million units in 2001 to more than 26 million units in 2005, according to recent Gartner Dataquest estimates.
"Fujitsu is pleased and proud to have been recognized with this market share improvement for its efforts throughout 2001," said Mitsuhiro Okada, senior director at Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "These gains are a direct result of continuing and concerted efforts on all fronts -- product delivery, technology research and development, and an aggressive, customer-centric refocusing of our channel development efforts." ...FCPA profile, ...Gartner Dataquest profile
Glen Ellyn, IL December 11, 2001 TrelliSoft, Inc., a provider of multi-platform SRM software, announced today that it has joined the Brocade Fabric Threads Developer Program. The program is designed to provide SAN hardware and software developers with the tools and resources to successfully develop applications and products with Brocade SilkWorm® fabric switches, the Brocade Fabric Operating System (Fabric OS), and Brocade Fabric Services. Brocade Fabric Threads Developers include leading providers of SAN hardware and software solutions. These companies leverage the intelligence in Brocade SAN infrastructure to develop products that interoperate in multi-vendor storage networks.
"SRM software like StorageAlert is a natural complement to Brocade SANs, and is particularly helpful in accelerating effective SAN implementations," said Stephen C. Donovan, President and CEO of TrelliSoft, Inc. "By joining the Brocade Fabric Threads Developer Program, we can further enhance the StorageAlert product line to help organizations more effectively evaluate their current environments, plan a SAN migration, and manage SANs once they are implemented." ...Brocade profile, ...TrelliSoft profile
MINNEAPOLIS - December 11, 2001 - CNT® today announced that EMC Corporation has qualified CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router as the first to support EMC's Symmetrix® Remote Data Facility (SRDF) as E-Lab Tested in Fibre Channel over IP environments. As part of a shared mission to deliver innovative data replication solutions, the Fibre Channel SRDF over IP solution provides customers cost effective data replication for business continuance and disaster recovery, data mobility, content distribution, data migration and data sharing across the enterprise.
The EMC/CNT Fibre Channel SRDF over IP solution leverages customers' widely deployed, yet frequently underutilized private IP-based networks, and Fibre Channel, the standard in networked storage connectivity. Through CNT's compression capabilities and support for 100 Mbps Ethernet, customers can realize performance without a costly infrastructure upgrade, enabling a fast ROI. It also offers the benefits of CNT's IP Storage Architecture, a technology that is scalable across multiple, virtual links, utilizes Fibre Channel and IP payload matching, and features CNT's unique, patent-pending Data Integrity Check, a network level "fabric-to-network-to-fabric" data check that ensures complete data integrity.
"Companies throughout the world are re-evaluating their business continuity solutions," said Doug Fierro, EMC's Director of Enterprise Storage Networks. "As the first company to qualify CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router, EMC continues to provide its customers with the latest advancements in innovative, cost-effective business continuity solutions. EMC's relationship with CNT provides companies with the capability to deploy business continuity solutions across extended distances by utilizing EMC's SRDF software - the industry standard in data replication software - via Fibre Channel over IP networks. In the event of a planned or unplanned outage, SRDF over IP enables companies to maintain their corporate information at a geographically remote site without missing a transaction." ...CNT profile, ...EMC profile
Princeton, NJ December 11, 2001 Princeton Softech today announced that Archive for Servers provides complete support for rich media and large data objects (LOBS). This breakthrough represents the latest milestone in the company's ongoing initiative to deliver leading-edge Active Archive Solutions. Now, companies can archive images, video clips, audio files and large documents, storing rich media in its business context and still providing easy access.
"The emergence of rich media BLOBs such as video and graphics files as standard business collateral is starting to affect corporate databases," said Rich Evans, Vice President of Enterprise Data Center Strategies for META Group, a leading IT industry analysis firm. "As IT incorporates rich data at an accelerating rate, this situation has the potential to hamper database performance already suffering under increasingly large amounts of simple data types. Active archiving solutions can greatly reduce the amount of data including large objects and greatly enhance database performance and availability while maintaining easy access to rich media."
Archiving rich media delivers significant benefits to industries that must store LOBs to comply with corporate policy or government regulations. Archive for Servers provides easy access to archived LOBs, which can be researched, browsed and restored to production databases if needed for business or legal reasons, even if the data model has changed in the meantime.
"As the market leader in active archiving, Princeton Softech's vision is to enhance and broaden its technology across as many markets as possible," said Lisa Cash, President and CEO of Princeton Softech. "Support for rich media follows the natural evolution of our Active Archive Solutions, further addressing important data storage issues that our customers in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial services, and other industries deal with everyday."
Active archiving optimizes disk utilization, improves database performance and increases availability uptime by removing infrequently used data from production databases and storing it on a more cost-effective medium. With the potential to save millions of dollars in deferred capacity upgrades and maintenance fees, active archiving can deliver a rapid return on investment and provide a long-term solution to the problem of skyrocketing database growth. ...Princeton Softech profile
Lowell, MA, Sunnyvale, CA, Campbell, CA - December 11, 2001 - Crescent Networks Inc, LuxN and SAN Valley Systems announced today the successful interoperability of Crescent Networks' Dense Virtual Routed Networking (DVRN), the LuxN WavSystem and SAN Valley's IP-SAN connectivity solutions. The interoperability demonstrates for the first time a profitable routed network services solution for seamlessly delivering high-speed storage services across multi-service metro networks (IP, Optical, ATM, and/or SONET) to large and medium sized enterprises. Additionally, for providers already providing connectivity services to enterprise customers, this turnkey solution enables high-margin storage services to be bundled with other value-added offerings to those customers.
Large and medium-sized enterprises today have a growing need to interconnect SAN in different metro areas and/or wide area networks with various network connections (optical, gigabit ethernet/GigE, asynchronous transfer mode/ATM, digital subscriber line/xDSL). According to leading industry analysts, by 2004 over 6.7 million SAN ports will be shipped and almost twenty percent will be extended over metropolitan and wide area networks; Gartner Dataquest estimates that the overall market for the provisioning of storage capacity will grow to more than $5 Billion by 2004.
The successful completion of testing between Crescent Networks VRX-1000 service edge router, the LuxN WS 3208 optical access system and the SAN Valley SL1000 IP-SAN Gateway highlights a powerful turnkey solution for service providers to maximize, extend and scale high-speed storage application services across multiple metro and regional networks without the capital and operational expense associated with today's conventional platforms supporting similar services. The SAN Valley platform is ideal for providing high-performance IP-SAN connectivity by mapping Fibre Channel to IP at Gigabit-Ethernet speed. LuxN offers resilient wire-speed metro optical Ethernet transport among provider points-of-presence (POP) locations, data centers, and enterprise sites. Crescent Networks solution offers a secure, high-performance dense virtual routing platform to efficiently extend services beyond single metro areas and maximizes the value of the IP-SAN services with a full range of metro/access networks. ...Crescent Networks, ...LuxN, ...SAN Valley Systems profile
SUNNYVALE, CA - December 10, 2001 - Oak Technology, Inc. today announced that its OTI-9897 "combo" CD-RW/DVD-ROM controller is featured in the first combo drives produced by Tokyo-based Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. (HLDS), a joint venture of Hitachi, Ltd. and LG Electronics that began operation early this year.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the demand for combo drives faces an unprecedented growth rate over the next several years, forecasting to ship 49 million drives in 2005 from six million in 2001. The first combo CD-RW/DVD solutions from HLDS include half-height and slim drives targeted for both desktop and mobile systems. Both models have been selected by major PC OEMs for their next-generation systems. The GCC-4120B is a half-height combo drive for desktop systems that features 12X CD-R and 8X CD-RW write speeds as well as 32X CD-ROM and 8X DVD read speeds. The slim GCC-4080N for mobile computers features 8X CD-R and 8X CD-RW write speeds as well as 24X CD-ROM and 8X DVD read speeds.
"Device speed and affordability are driving the rapid deployment of CD-RW/DVD drive enabled products. The fast writing speeds and high level of integration in Oak's single-chip controller made it possible for us to support this trend with combo drives that are among the fastest and most affordable yet available for both the desktop and mobile markets," said Mun-Hwa Park, Chief Executive Officer for Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. "In addition, Oak's solution contributed to a rapid time to market, because the firmware for the CD-RW portion is compatible with Oak's CD-RW controllers used in our CD-RW drives, thus simplifying system development requirements." ...Oak Technology profile
SAN DIEGO - December 10, 2001 JNI® Corporation today announced thatLSI Logic Storage Systems Inc. certified JNI's 2 Gb Ready FibreStar® PCI and SBus Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) with the MetaStor® E4600 storage system. Two families of JNI HBAs have been qualified for the MetaStor system: The 2 Gb Ready FCE-6460 PCI and 2 Gb Ready FCE-1473 SBus HBAs. JNI's 2 Gb Ready HBAs are certified to connect Sun Microsystems servers running Solaris 2.6, Solaris 7 or Solaris 8 to all MetaStor storage systems at 1 Gb or 2 Gb speeds, including the recently announced E4600 2 Gb storage system. ...JNI profile, ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile
Milford, MA December 10, 2001 - FileFlow, Inc. - developer of the Internet's FastSend digital courier service has announced dramatic changes for FastSend. Beginning January 2, 2002, a new automated version of FastSend will become available that eliminates all per-megabyte transfer charges. In addition, monthly server access will be priced at only $24.95 down from $99 per month.
Providing fast file transfer service to professionals such as printers, publishers, professional photo labs and their clients who handle high-resolution images, FastSend accelerates file transfers up to 25 times faster than bandwidth alone. Regardless of the sender's Internet connection speed or file size, FastSend improves file transfer performance without relying on extra hardware, dedicated phone lines or broadband access. Macs and PC's are both supported.
"FastSend has been very well accepted by our base of approximately 1,700 users over the last 18 months. Many of them use the service every single day, paying a $99 per month subscription and ten cents per megabyte," said Richard DiStasi, Vice President of Sales for FileFlow. "With our new automation software products, we felt is was time to open the system to those who wanted to send files but had trouble predicting the cost of use."
FileFlow's new product, FastSend Pro, allows users to exchange files over the Internet with anyone anywhere in the world. FastSend Pro also automates the reception of files from clients and can direct received files to hot folders in a workflow management system. Access to the FastSend server, at $24.95 per month, includes up to 250 transfers (or 50-gigabytes of data) with no additional charges or hidden fees. ...FileFlow profile
BOULDER, Colo. December 10, 2001 Spectra Logic today announced its partnership with government reseller GMR, Government Micro Resources, Inc. Spectra Logic's sharable, high density tape libraries will enhance GMR's storage offering, giving government organizations the data protection needed for mission critical information.
GMR was awarded contracts by NASA in two classes of the Scientific Engineering Workstation Procurement III (SEWP III) program. SEWP III was a full and open competitive procurement, and GMR is the only small business to receive an award. Spectra Logic's tape libraries are now available to all federal agencies on the NASA SEWP III contract through such resellers as GMR. ...GMR profile, ...Spectra Logic profile
Boston, Mass. - December 10, 2001 Astrum Software announced two new partnerships that will provide more enterprises with the ability to efficiently manage their storage resources. Astrum Software has signed agreements with Innovative Information Solutions, infrastructure specialists focusing on enterprise back up, storage, and high availability solutions, and GlassHouse Technologies, an independent professional services firm. The agreements enable Innovative and GlassHouse to offer clients Astrum Software's StorCast storage resource management software.
"We are always looking for the 'best of the best' when it comes to products for our clients. One of our primary goals in any project is to help the client recognize maximum value and benefit out of their technology investments," said Evan Walters, president and CEO, of Innovative Information Solutions. "Astrum's money-back guarantee, which promises that users will reclaim 15% of their storage capacity through StorCast, is exactly the kind of thing my clients will find compelling, especially given today's tighter budgets and reduced resources."
"StorCast will provide our clients with a means to improve their knowledge about what is occurring in their storage environment", said Jim Damoulakis, vice president of consulting services, GlassHouse Technologies. "Our customers rely on us to receive thought leadership and to build best practices. We're pleased to be able to recommend StorCast for their SRM needs." ...Astrum Software profile, ...GlassHouse Technologies profile, ...Innovative Information Solutions profile
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