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Oxford, United Kingdom: December 28th, 2001 - NCE Computer Group (Europe) Ltd have announced the delivery and implementation of the first Automated Tape Library based on Sonys' AIT-3 technology in Europe, to Oxford University. The Tape Library chosen by thePhysics Department at the University is from the Qualstar Series 4000 portfolio, and provides excellent reliability at an unrivalled price point. The Library was chosen by Ian McArthur, IT Manager of the Physics Department, having decided to upgrade from DLT tape technology to the Sony AIT (Advanced Intelligent Tape) format. ...NCE profile, ...Qualstar profile


BOSTON, Mass. - December 21, 2001 - A U.S. District Court jury today found that Digital Island is the first inventor of Internet content delivery network (CDN) technology. By this finding, the jury invalidated key claims of Akamai's U.S. Patent 6,108,703 - the basis for their FreeFlow content delivery product. The same jury found that Digital Island's Footprint® system does not infringe Akamai's client-side-testing patent (U.S. Patent 6,003,030) acquired in its purchase of InterVu, Inc.

"This is very good news for us," said Digital Island CEO and President, Ruann F. Ernst. "Not only did the jury decide that critical aspects of the Akamai patent are invalid, but they found them invalid because Digital Island had invented them first."

The jury also found that certain legacy aspects of Digital Island's Footprint® Version 1.0 caching service infringe on minor aspects of Akamai's '703 patent. "Our customers will not be affected by the jury's verdict," said Ernst. "Digital Island will continue business as usual delivering high quality 2Way Web Services™, including our 2Deliver™ content-delivery services. Our customers have come to depend on our fast, secure, guaranteed and global service offerings and those services will continue without interruption."

The jury also found that Akamai does not infringe on Digital Island's content delivery network Truename ™ patent, which covers ways to ensure that only the freshest information is served to Web sites and ways to optimize content storage by avoiding duplication of information. This month's trial is one aspect of what is expected to be a multi-year effort to protect Digital Island's intellectual property and defend its status as the first inventor of CDN technology. Digital Island expects to appeal any adverse decisions affecting its intellectual property to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, Digital Island is seeking redress on several patent validity issues before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). ...Digital Island profile


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - December 20, 2001 - Ciprico Inc. announced today they have received solutions compatibility certification from VERITAS Software Corporation. This signifies the completion of a certified test plan that involved the Ciprico NETarray RAID storage solution in operation with VERITAS software applications to validate that all products work together as intended. VERITAS is the leading provider of storage management software for data protection, application availability, and disaster recovery ( and the #1 storage software company according to STORAGEsearch readers - Ed).

"The Military's Joint Vision 2020 Initiative of Interoperability is dependent on commercial companies taking the responsibility for compatibility." noted Robert H. Kill, Ciprico President and CEO. "Certified compatibility between Ciprico and VERITAS products represents a major milestone in Ciprico's strategy to deliver highly available storage solutions for global C4I (command, control, computers, communications and intelligence) systems. Ciprico and VERITAS have worked closely together to assure our two product families are compatible for the mission critical applications of C4I. Additionally, there is strong momentum within the Military to utilize Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) technology wherever feasible. The combined functionality of the Ciprico and VERITAS commercial products provide the same level of high availability for the Military previously available in custom solutions, while significantly reducing the overall cost of the system. Ciprico customers in broadcast and entertainment also have high data availability requirements and will benefit from this interoperable solution."

As a result of certification, Ciprico will be listed as a solutions partner and added to the VERITAS Tested Solutions List. VERITAS is in the process of updating their web site, www.veritas.com, to include the Ciprico listing as well as the specifics of the tested configuration. ...Ciprico profile, ...VERITAS Software profile


LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Dec. 20, 2001—Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that revenue, unit shipments and profitability for its second fiscal quarter ending December 28, 2001 are expected to exceed its earlier guidance. The Company expects Q2 revenue in the range of $540 million to $550 million on unit shipments of approximately 7.5 million. Earnings per share are expected to be approximately $.04—the Company's first profit on a consolidated basis excluding non-recurring items since the quarter ending December 1998. Western Digital had earlier said it would post revenue in the range of $490 million to $520 million on unit shipments of 6 million to 6.5 million, and would break even or report a profit of $.01 per share for the quarter. In the year-ago period, the Company reported revenue of $562 million on unit shipments of 6.1 million and a loss of $.04 per share, excluding non-recurring items.

The anticipated Q2 results include an operating profit of approximately $14 million from the hard drive business, compared with an operating profit of $12 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2001 and $4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2002.1 The Company will announce its final results for the second fiscal quarter after the market closes on January 24, 2002.

Separately, Western Digital announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Fujitsu (Thailand) Company Ltd. to purchase a 155,000-square foot hard drive and head stack assembly facility near Bangkok, Thailand. The transaction, which is expected to close in January, will include land, building and equipment. The Thailand facility will complement WD's existing manufacturing facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by providing both head stack assembly and final assembly of its value line of hard drives. The Thailand facility will be retrofitted to the Company's processes and quality standards and is expected to be operational during the March quarter.

"The addition of this facility and its highly-trained HDD and head-stacking workforce will ensure that our manufacturing model remains highly-focused and cost efficient, and continues to have the flexibility to quickly shift mix in response to customer needs," said Arif Shakeel, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Western Digital. "As we bring on this new capability, we will maintain Western Digital's operating philosophy of managing build plans to meet existing market demand. At the same time, this step will help mitigate the potential risks of having all HDD manufacturing conducted in a single site." ...Western Digital profile


SAN FRANCISCO - December 20, 2001 - Mountain View Data, Inc. announced the closing of $3 million in its first round of outside funding. Participating in the round were venture capital firms Nippon Venture Capital, Orix Capital, and Tsunami Network Partners. As part of the funding agreement, Tsunami Network Partners will hold a seat on Mountain View Data's board of directors. ...Mountain View Data profile


ROCKVILLE, MD - December 19, 2001 - OTG Software, Inc. today announced the availability of DiskXtender® for Unix and Linux (DXUL), version 2.4. DXUL provides automated storage management and transparent access to vast amounts of mission-critical data - up to tens of billions of files per server - no matter where it is stored, helping enterprises reduce data management overhead and maintain high operational system reliability. Key benefits of the new version include improved intelligence, performance and disaster recovery support.

"The latest enhancements to our storage management software for Unix and Linux operating systems further demonstrate our vision to provide customers with immediate access to information, independent of location, platform or storage media device," said Michael Del Rosso, chief technology officer of OTG Software. "DXUL provides virtually limitless scalability for data intensive environments within a variety of vertical markets including telecommunications, entertainment, healthcare, financial services/banking and energy." Some of the key benefits of the updated software include:
  • Enhanced Intelligence and Automation - The optional Data Manager™ component operates with the native file system to provide intelligent, policy-based management, reducing administration cost and increasing network efficiency.
  • Improved Performance - When a file belonging to a related file set is staged, other files in the same set are staged as well. Therefore, performance is improved since related files can be accessed immediately. This is useful in patient and customer service records, or in any environment where groups of files are needed for review.
  • Improved Disaster Recovery - DXUL will automatically and transparently stage a secondary copy of an accessed file if the primary copy is unavailable, minimizing user wait times. In addition, the optional Disaster Recovery Manager™ component allows administrators to centrally make and manage multiple copies of data in remote storage.
  • Enhanced OS and Device Support - DXUL now supports version 7.1 of Red Hat Linux and Solaris 7 and 8, while supporting additional media and devices, including WORM and DVD-RAM.
Availability: DiskXtender File System Edition for Unix and Linux is immediately available and priced starting at $20/managed GB...OTG Software profile


Houston, TX. - December 19, 2001 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. and LSI Logic Corporation announced today a partnership to promote high bandwidth and high I/O Fibre Channel solutions for the enterprise storage market. Products in focus will be the Texas Memory Systems RamSan-210 solid-state disk, and the LSI Logic line of 2 Gbit Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). Texas Memory Systems has added the LSI44929O to its Interoperability Matrix. The RamSan-210 has been added to LSI Logic's Interoperability Matrix also.

"Top notch performance and solid drivers are key items we look for in a HBA," said Paul Kaler, V.P. of Technology for Texas Memory Systems. "The LSI449290, dual-channel 2Gbit HBAs are the fastest we have tested, and that is paramount in delivering the ultimate performance from the RamSan-210 to the server and application. That is why we are recommending these to our customers."

The combined products help eliminate I/O bottlenecks that are currently costing enterprises millions of dollars in wasted productivity and server capability, said Kaler. The Texas Memory Systems RamSan-210 solid-state disk eliminates I/O bottlenecks by storing data on SDRAM chips instead of hard disk drives. The Fusion-MPT based LSI44929O HBA helps servers maximize the benefit of the RamSan-210 by supporting very fast I/O rates from server-to-storage over Fibre Channel.

"The RamSan-210 is able to maximize the high performance capacity built into our 2 Gbit/s Fibre Channel HBAs," said Robert Anderson, LSI Logic's HBA Group director. "Our enterprise customers will benefit greatly from the random I/O performance rate that the Texas Memory Systems products sustain. This is a model product partnership that can deliver best-in-class performance."

The LSI44929O offers an industry-leading performance, reliability and distance to interconnect technology. As well, the LSI44929O is auto-negotiable down to 1Gbit/s to assure backwards compatibility with existing 1 Gbit/s SAN infrastructure. Built using LSI Logic's proprietary Fusion-MPTTM (Message Passing Technology) architecture, the LSI44929O delivers over 75,000 I/Os per second using both channels. The LSI44929O is the industry's only dual channel HBA designed in the Low Profile PCI form factor and is ideal for rack mount servers....LSI Logic profile, ...Texas Memory Systems profile


Westminster, CO - December 18, 2001 - SuperPC Memory, Inc. today announces the availability of a scalable, entry-level SAN solution that simplifies storage network component integration for under $.02/megabyte. The SANQuik™ 2100 bundled SAN offerings support Microsoft Windows, AIX, Solaris and Linux platforms and can include PCI compatible host bus adapters, Fibre Channel hubs and switches and a RAID controller. Storage capacity starts at 1 Terabyte of storage in an enterprise Tower or rack-mount subsystem chassis. Capacity can be upgraded to over 19 TB in a single rack-mount enclosure with optional IBM Micro Channel (MCA) Fibre Channel adapters, High Availability hardware and Dynamic Path Failover™ software that doubles SAN throughput.

"SuperPC Memory has been supplying mission-critical memory upgrades for enterprise customers for over ten years," said Rick Schaefer, Executive Vice President of SuperPC. "We know from our multi-vendor experience that a primary concern our customer's have is the compatibility and interoperability problems normally encountered with component integration. Pre-configured SANQuik 2100 solutions make a lot of sense when the customer has to develop and test the basic SAN topology prior to a large application deployment." Schaefer added.

Pre-configured SANQuik 2100 solutions are easy to implement, and speed up the most time consuming part of deploying a new SAN strategy - choosing the infrastructure components. "The most critical component in achieving SAN interoperability is the host bus adapter and its operating system drivers. Prior vendor testing with specific hosts and storage arrays may not be applicable when new host or storage platforms are added to create the SAN. That's why we include a Terabyte of storage, which is enough for the first year in many cases," Schaefer said.

Customers with various generations of Windows, AIX, Solaris and Linux servers can provide all users with common database access through a SAN. PCI-bus connectivity is achieved through the use of the Cambex FibreQuik™ PC1000, and the MC1000 for the IBM MCA bus architecture. Configuration flexibility is enhanced with a broad selection of FibreQuik PC2000 2 GB/s host bus adapters, hubs and fabric switch choices, with single or redundant storage paths to the hosts.

For High Availability SAN solutions, optional Dynamic Path Failover (DPF) software protects against the mechanical vulnerability of cables, connectors, hubs and switches and prevents the accidental disruption of storage access. DPF software recognizes the loss of channel connectivity and transparently switches to an alternate storage path, providing continuous data access for the user. In Active-Active mode, the DPF software doubles Fibre Channel data rates by transferring data simultaneously on both protected channels.

SANQuik 2100 Model 11 configurations start at $19,990 for 1086 GB of "ready-to-use" storage capacity using six 181.6 GB fibre channel drives, two FibreQuik PC1000 host bus adapters and a HB2000™ hub with appropriate cables and storage management software. Additional storage capacity, RAID controllers and Fibre Channel switches are also available from SuperPC upon customer request. SANQuik 2100 components are qualified for use with third-party storage from Compaq, CLARiiON, Hitachi, IBM, STK and others, providing superior investment protection for heterogeneous SAN solutions. ...SuperPC Memory profile


Boise, ID, December 18, 2001 - Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE: MU) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Toshiba Corporation pursuant to which Micron will acquire Toshiba's commodity DRAM business. The sale will include the assets of Dominion Semiconductor, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba based in Manassas, Virginia, including its land, buildings and DRAM production equipment. Toshiba will terminate its commodity DRAM business, and will gradually phase out production at its Yokkaichi Operations.

In announcing the proposed acquisition, Steve Appleton, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Micron Technology, stated, "This transaction clearly demonstrates Micron's commitment to further strengthen its memory business in the face of a significant industry downturn. Similar to prior transactions, we believe this acquisition will better position the company to more cost-efficiently produce its products and to establish new customer relationships throughout the world."

The Dominion facility was originally a joint venture project between Toshiba and IBM, which began full-scale wafer production in 1997. In 2000, Toshiba purchased IBM's ownership interest. The plant is located in Manassas, Virginia, approximately 30 miles West of Washington D.C.

The proposed sale does not include Flash equipment of FlashVision LLC, a joint venture of Toshiba and SanDisk, located at Dominion. It is anticipated that such equipment will be relocated during a transition period. ...Micron profile


SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — 18 December 2001 — Seagate Consumer Electronics storage experts Michael Sklar and Rob Pait will speak at the industry's first conference on home entertainment data storage, Storage Visions 2002, on January 7 at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. This new event will bring together industry visionaries, content providers, storage system providers and end users to focus on the intersection of data storage with content creation, content delivery, and home, auto, and mobile Consumer Electronics systems. Sklar is senior director of Consumer Electronics Business Development and Pait is senior manager for Consumer Electronics Product Marketing for Seagate Technology, the world's number-one hard drive maker for the Consumer Electronics industry. ...Seagate profile, ...Storage Visions 2002


BOULDER, Colo., – December 18, 2001 – Spectra Logic today announced it is now shipping AIT-3-equipped Spectra 12000 and 64000 tape libraries. The AIT-3 technology will double the capacity and throughput of Spectra Logic's tape libraries to meet the accelerating storage capacity demands of end-users. Spectra Logic customers who own Spectra 12000 and 64000 tape libraries can now trade in their working AIT-2 tape drives for new AIT-3 drives. Effective immediately, participating customers will receive credits from $2,250 to $3,000 per drive, pricing dependant upon number of AIT-2 drives being traded in. This trade up program will run until March 31, 2002.
  • The Spectra 64000™ library is designed to accommodate enterprise data management. With more than 166 TB of compressed storage in only 40U of rack space, the Spectra 64000 library with AIT-3 tape technology has the highest storage density in the industry.
  • The Spectra 12000™ library, with AIT-3, offers 31.2 TB of compressed storage in a standard 19-inch rack mount enclosure for high storage density in a very small footprint. The Spectra 10000™ library delivers extraordinary capacity in a very small form factor. Utilizing today's AIT-3 tape drives, the Spectra 10000 library boasts a capacity of 14 TB compressed in only seven inches of rack mount space.
  • The Spectra 2000™ library addresses the needs of departmental server systems. Spectra 2000 library offers storage capacity up to 7.8 TB compressed, when fully populated and equipped with AIT-3 tape technology.
...Spectra Logic profile


Foothill Ranch, California - December 18, 2001 - Aristos Logic, a leading developer of silicon solutions for the networked storage market, announced today that it has raised $15.5 million in Series B funding from an investment group led by J. P. Morgan Partners and TPG Ventures. Enterprise storage experts Quantum Technology Ventures also participated in this round of funding. The company intends to use the proceeds to continue aggressive development of its Storage Processing Unit (SPU™) technology and FibreSlice™, its flagship product targeted at the enterprise class storage controller as well as network storage virtualization applications.

"Aristos Logic is fortunate to have received funding from such reputable investors. As the industry navigates through difficult market conditions, it is particularly important to have strong and resourceful funding partners," said Anil Gupta, President & CEO of Aristos Logic. "Over the past year and a half, we have been developing a very powerful technology base and building a world-class team. We look forward to leveraging the strengths of our new investors to build a strong business," added Mr. Gupta.

"TPG is delighted to co-lead this round of investment in Aristos Logic. Based on our active involvement in enterprise storage domain, we believe that Aristos Logic's solution offers a compelling value proposition to its customers" commented Steve Foster, General Partner at TPG Ventures. "I am particularly excited about the SPU technology and its applications to the storage and networking markets. I believe this technology offers an unprecedented level of performance and manageability combined with advanced functionality that is simply not available in any other silicon solution," added Randall Meals, General Partner at Quantum Technology Ventures. ...Aristos Logic profile


Milpitas, Calif. - December 18, 2001 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced general availability of the new 36 gigabyte, 15,000 RPM disk drive for its MetaStor® E-Series family of storage systems. The new 36G disk drives enable up to 40% more IOPs than comparable 10,000 RPM drives of the same capacity, depending on application and configuration. Their availability means that customers may now choose either 18G or 36G drives for applications that require the highest possible performance from their shared storage systems.

"Until now, customers desiring the fastest RPM drive had only one capacity choice, which was 18 gigabytes," said Jamie Gruener, senior analyst of the Yankee Group. "LSI Logic now gives customers a second high performance choice, and both can be mixed with higher capacity drives in the same MetaStor system."

Many companies interact with their customers via revenue-generating, transaction-based applications over the web, which means that response time, revenue, and customer satisfaction are now closely coupled. Transaction-based applications usually depend upon quantities of very fast, small capacity drives for high I/O performance. Compared to 10,000 RPM drives, the new 36G, 15,000 RPM drive enables customers to achieve much higher performance from the same number of spindles, or to reduce the total number of drives required to achieve the same performance level.

"Lower cost of ownership is achieved through sharing of storage systems," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing at LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc., "but different applications require different kinds of performance and disk drives. No customer should have to buy a new storage enclosure every time they need a different kind of disk drive, which is why we build maximum configuration flexibility into every MetaStor storage system."

MetaStor storage systems are unique in their ability to support two different drive geometries: low profile and half-height. This feature enables customers to maximize their "spindle density" with low-profile drives in the 14-drive module, and support the latest half-height drive capacities in the 10-drive module, all within a single storage system. As a result, customers can maximize their return on installed drives and take advantage of new technologies - all within the same cabinet. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Editor's comments:- in the 1980's most disk drives rotated at 3,000 RPM. That meant if the head had just missed a circuit of the rotating magnetic media, you might have to wait another 20 milli-seconds (1 minute divided by 3,000) for the same sector to come round again. Disk speed ups during the last decade have mainly come from increasing the density of data per inch (which enables more megabytes per second throughput for any given rotation RPM), increasing the rotation speed (which lowers the average access time), and cranking up the speed of the connecting disk interface (SCSI, fibre-channel etc) without which the media would deliver data faster than you could actually get it out. Most multi-user servers in commercial applications are limited not by the speed of their processors, but by the speed of their mass storage. So speeding up the disks gives you the feel of a faster new system.



MILPITAS, Calif.- December 18, 2001 -Maranti Networks announced today that it has received $25 million in series B funding, bringing its total equity investment to $31 million since being founded in October 2000. This second round of investment is led by Menlo Ventures and Trinity Ventures, along with Alliance Ventures, who led Maranti's first round of funding last year. Based on its patent-pending technology, Maranti will introduce the first standards-based, application aware storage switching platform enabling truly intelligent storage networks. Maranti Networks addresses the needs of today's complex enterprise storage environments by delivering storage services for business continuance with unprecedented scalability, availability and performance. ...Maranti Networks profile


HILLSBORO, OREGON - December 18, 2001. - TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) today provided updated guidance for the quarters ending December 31, 2001 and March 31, 2002. The Company's revenue estimate for the quarter ending December 31, 2001 is approximately $64 million to $66 million with adjusted earnings per share of a loss ranging from $0.01 to $0.03 before an impairment charge. This compares to a previous estimate of approximately $75 million with adjusted earnings per share of approximately $0.04. The Company estimates its revenue and earnings per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2002, to be similar to the quarter ending December 31, 2001. Earlier this quarter, TriQuint Semiconductor stated that it would record an asset impairment charge of approximately $100 million, pending final appraised value, in the quarter ending December 31, 2001. This asset impairment charge is due to excess capacity and a lowering in the value of several private equity investments. The earnings per share estimate above excludes the impact of these charges. ...TriQuint Semiconductor profile


Sunnyvale, CA - December 17, 2001 -- Network Appliance, Inc. released a study today that confirms the excellent scalability, low total cost of ownership (TCO), and ease of use of NetApp® filers running enterprise applications in IBM DB2 database environments with Intel clustered servers. The study was completed in conjunction with IBM's DB2 group and Intel and is available on each company's Web site. It verifies what many real-world customers have experienced over the years: IBM DB2, Intel clustered servers, and NetApp storage solutions integrate, scale, and perform well together, making them ideal for deployment in data-intensive business applications demanding rapid and near-continuous growth, such as business intelligence, data warehousing, and CRM applications. For customers, this study represents an affirmation that the solution deployed using the three companies' products is leading-edge in terms of scalability and outstanding price/performance, both of which are vitally necessary in these competitive economic times.

The full study is available from http://www.netapp.com/partners/docs/scalability_whitepaper.pdf. The focus of this technical bulletin was a study to validate and understand the scalability of the system with only a moderate amount of performance tuning. This bulletin also documents findings from the evaluation and offers some best practice recommendations. The collaborative efforts of these three industry leaders offers companies with growing databases the confidence and assurance that they can deploy DB2 on Intel-based servers with NetApp filers, knowing that this solution will support their scalability requirements. The study included the evaluation of scaling from one to four Intel servers and quadrupling the database size from 50GB to 200GB. Results demonstrated excellent scalability and also found that the database layout was simple to set up and adjust. ...Network Appliance profile


MINNEAPOLIS - December 17, 2001 - CNT® announced that its IP storage router, the UltraNet Edge Storage Router, has been certified to support Hewlett-Packard Company's remote data replication software. In a test environment using HP Continuous Access XP over Fibre Channel disk mirroring software, the storage router connected the HP Surestore Disk Arrays XP512 and XP48 over a distance of 25,000 miles. Working together, the UltraNet Edge Storage Router and HP Continuous Access XP solution provide full data integrity over Ethernet/IP networks across any distance, offering a truly global application that companies can use for data migration, replication, or business continuity operations.

"By supporting the CNT UltraNet Edge Storage Router with the industry leading HP Surestore Disk Arrays XP512 and XP48 and HP Continuous Access XP software, we're giving customers another choice in the way they deploy their HP disaster recovery solutions," said Neal Clapper, General Manager of HP's Network Storage Array Solutions. "Customers can now use their existing IP network to mirror and migrate data across large distances. This is a real alternative to deploying a dedicated WAN."

The UltraNet Edge Storage Router The UltraNet Edge Storage Router is a compact, intelligent, user-friendly storage networking platform. It supports the proposed FCIP standard, allowing customers to leverage IP infrastructures and Fibre Channel investments to interconnect "SAN islands" for the creation of enterprise-wide storage networks. The UltraNet Edge Storage Router leverages CNT's unique IP Storage Architecture - core software technology embedded in the company's UltraNet hardware products that helps organizations take advantage of high-capacity data storage from within the open IP networking environments prevalent in today's enterprise-class businesses.

The HP Surestore Continuous Access XP HP Surestore Continuous Access XP and XP Extension are high-availability data and disaster recovery solutions that deliver host-independent real-time remote data mirroring between XP disk arrays. With seamless integration into a full spectrum of remote mirroring-based solutions, HP Continuous Access XP and XP Extension software can be deployed in solutions ranging from data migration to high availability server clustering - available over ESCON or Fibre Channel. ...CNT profile, ...HP profile


Corvallis, Oregon—December 17, 2001— Evergreen Technologies, Inc. today announced the latest addition to its fireLINE family of high speed IEEE 1394 and USB products. The new fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive delivers up to 40GB of high speed external data storage which PC and Mac users can quickly add to any desktop or laptop simply by plugging the drive into an available 1394 or USB (either 1.1 or the new 2.0 standard) port. (For users without these connections, Evergreen offers a complete array of 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity cards for desktop and laptop systems.)

Evergreen's fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive has a light weight, compact 2.5" case that fits in a pocket, making it a good storage solution for users on the go who frequently back up dense amounts of data, and who need to share data between multiple systems quickly. With both PC and Mac compatibility, it is also an excellent vehicle for users to transfer data between the two environments. Like the original 1394 data transmission standard, new USB 2.0 also supports 'hot swapping' (plugging devices in and out without powering down the host system), daisy chaining of devices and power transmission from the host system. The 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive is supported by Windows 98SE or higher or Mac OS 8.6 or higher. It comes with an illustrated installation guide, 1394 and USB 2.0 device drivers (1394 digital video camera drivers needed for Windows 98SE/ME only), 1394 and USB cables, a 5V power supply and a one year warranty.

"Not long ago, if users ran out of hard drive space, they only had two options: buy a new PC or open up their PC and perform surgery to install a new internal hard drive," said Mike Magee, president and CEO of Evergreen. "Now, they can easily increase data storage space using hot-pluggable, high-speed external storage drives, like our HotDrives. In a world where data file sizes have grown dramatically, rapidly consuming storage space, and where we are mobile, needing our data accessible to us, Evergreen's HotDrives make a good addition to the well-outfitted office." ...Evergreen Technologies profile


BOULDER, CO - December 17, 2001 - Exabyte Corporation and Raidtec Corporation today announced the compatibility of Raidtec's SNAZ R6 and RAIDserver with Exabyte Corporation's M2 and VXA-1 tape drives. With M2, users of Raidtec NAS server appliances now have a high-performance integrated backup device, while VXA-1 provides a high value and high reliability option. Either backup solution can dramatically reduce the saturation and throughput restrictions over a LAN. The M2 tape drive will allow Raidtec users to store and retrieve large amounts of data quickly by delivering a 30 MB per second compressed transfer rate, and a capacity of up to 150 GB (60 GB native). The VXA tape drive will offer Raidtec users one of the best values in the industry with a cost of less than $11 per gigabyte for a 66 GB drive.

"With this joint compatibility certification, Raidtec is one of our first partners to benefit from our new efficiencies in sales, marketing and support achieved through the Exabyte merger with Ecrix," stated Exabyte President and CEO Bill Marriner. "The performance, reliability and value of Exabyte's drives are a perfect match for Raidtec's NAS appliances. The combination of Raidtec's NAS functionality with our tape storage capabilities also allows users to increase storage over their networks while reducing the impact to servers during the backup process." ...Exabyte profile, ...Raidtec profile


BELLEVUE, Wash. - December 17, 2001 - TeraCloud Corporation announced today the launch of SpaceNet™, a unified enterprise SRM software platform for organizations with mainframe and open system servers. SpaceNet allows organizations to effectively manage the growing amount of information, as well as the increasing labor costs associated with complex storage infrastructures. By providing customers with a system that monitors all aspects of current storage use and projects future storage needs, SpaceNet maximizes available technology hardware, reducing overall infrastructure expenses.

From a central console, SpaceNet allows administrators to view and manage storage hardware and data throughout the organization, maximizing space utilization, increasing overall IT performance and assisting with provisioning. SpaceNet delivers file-level detail, enabling companies to manage, control and protect strategic information assets, while enabling lost or misplaced data to be easily located. File detail allows organizations to monitor, analyze and control storage performance at the platform, application or file level, where data is generated. SpaceNet allows users to locate lost or redundant files anywhere in their enterprise. In addition, SpaceNet permits users to define management policies at the platform level, enabling corporations to customize their resource software to fit their business needs.

"Faced with spiraling data growth, Fortune 1000 companies know the cost of managing that information is skyrocketing," says Douglass Ebstyne, CEO of TeraCloud. "Companies must get a handle on these costs, to say nothing of the need for a reliable system to manage the growth of important information. It is no longer acceptable to buy additional hardware to solve the storage dilemma. While meeting internal service level agreements, SpaceNet delivers immediate and dramatic co

SpaceNet supports a variety of environments including Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows NT, UNIX, Linux and OS/390. SpaceNet is now available from TeraCloud Corporation and is based on a cost per terabyte under management pricing model and begins at $50,000 per terabyte. ...TeraCloud profile

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TriQuint Semiconductor Provides Updated Guidance

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The Next Decade in Storage


ACSL, publisher of STORAGEsearch celebrates its first 10 years of computer directory publishing in December. As editor, I thought it would be interesting to speculate about what major changes the next 5 to 10 years might bring. We'll be returning to these and other subjects in much more detail in future articles.

Who will dominate the storage market?


Is the storage market going to be dominated by a single supplier? in the same way that the IP switch market is dominated by Cisco, and the Unix market is dominated by Sun?

If you'd asked that question at the beginning of 2000 the bets could have gone either way, and the answer might have been EMC. But in 2001 we've seen the start of some irreversible trends which will shape the market of the future. EMC lost 9 points of market share in the external RAID market this year, and the biggest gainer was that category (which includes hundreds of RAID companies) and which market researchers lump together as "others".

It's clear that even at this early stage of the new storage market that users regard network storage as a commodity, and don't see why they should pay a premium price to anyone for a box of disks with some network ports. Storage will end up looking much more like the PC market, in which there are thousands of manufacturers. It will be difficult for a single storage company to capture even as much as 10% of a market which will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. No single company will dominate the market.

The end of operating systems?

The increasing use of data network technologies like XML and storage virtualization software in new business applications software will reduce the role of the operating system in the computer market from the primary buying criterion, which it is today, down to a secondary minor role. When you can do pretty much the same things with your data whether your OS was written in Seattle or California, or as an Open Source project, the OS is going to become as irrelevant to most users as the source of their gas or electricity is today. It's only the computer appliance manufacturers who will interface at this level.

Of course, the desktop appliance, which we nowadays call the PC, and the notebooks etc will continue to be mostly Microsoft Windows based products, but as long as they get shipped with all the connectivity they need, users won't really care what the differences are in the internal versions, because, as now, they'll be driving these things from a browser front end. In the long term, we may even see the disappearance of the reset button, but remember I'm talking about a 5 year timeframe here, so the mechanical switch manufacturers don't have to start panicking just yet.

The end of tape backup?

The tape library occupies the same slot in the IT datacenter arsenal today that the ironclad Dreadnoughts did in the Europe of the early 1900's. They're expensive to buy, include a lot of metal, and are seemingly invincible.

Owning more Dreadnoughts became an obsession to navy planners in the UK and Germany in the years leading up to World War I, because they demonstrated superpower status. In a similar way, owning a fleet of tape libraries indicates to the outside world that your company is a massive data owner, such as a media company, a bank, a telco or other corporation which is on the same scale datacenterwise as a government department. So you may get a bit twitchy when someone predicts that you're going to pull the plug on all that investment, especially when most of it hasn't even been installed yet, and is waiting for the next budget period to kick in. Well, remember, I'm not talking short term here, but here are my reasons.

Tape was a good idea as a backup and recovery technology in a disconnected world, when disk drives were expensive, and data security depended on being able to carry your data into a car for off-site backup via sneakernet. Although the density of tape backup has increased, so too has the volume of data which people want to store.

Data weighs a lot, and the average person would not feel comfortable carrying a terabyte of storage for very long. Unfortunately the terabytes are are growing like Topsey. Tape libraries solve today's problem of backing up data networks, but no-one suggests that you're going to unplug your tape library, lift it up using a fork lift and drive it to an off-site location as your secure backup. Get real. The way that tape libraries manage the off-site backup problem nowadays, is they use IP based data replication software to back themselves up onto other tape llibraries somewhere else...

...And that is exactly my point. If you aren't going to pick up the whole damn thing and move it, then there is no particular advantage in using a tape cartridge as the medium for the data replication. It could be any convenient, reliable technology which stores data, such as a RAID system using hard drives or an optical based juke box. So one of the historic arguments for using tape media has already been junked. The internet doesn't care what shape or size the media is at the other end.

I think tape will put up a fierce rear guard action, and remain a factor in the data recovery market for many years, but its days are numbered. From now it will only lose market share, maybe just a few points each year, but the writing is on the wall.

...I look forward to reporting on all these changes and more, in our 2nd decade as a computer directory publisher .

LSI Logic Storage Systems
LSI Logic Storage Systems, one of the largest and fastest growing storage companies in the world, builds and markets the fastest storage systems and most sophisticated storage applications for today's data-intensive, multi-vendor computing environment.

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