Storage History - 2001, February - week 2
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REDMOND, WASHINGTON - February 14, 2001 - Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS Symbol: ADIC) today announced sales grew 41% to $90.1 million for the first quarter ended January 31, 2001 versus sales of $63.9 million for the same period a year ago.
Earnings were $8.7 million for the quarter as compared to $7.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2000.
"Revenue growth was exceptional this quarter as OEM sales grew by nearly $20 million over levels in the fourth quarter reflecting the ramp up of sales to IBM and continued strength among existing OEM customers," commented Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter van Oppen. "We diverted production and engineering resources to support OEM demand but opportunities for both branded and OEM business remain robust," he said.
Total OEM revenue was 45 percent of sales versus 28 percent of sales in the previous period. The Company has previously announced that its multi-product OEM relationships include Dell Computer, IBM and Fujitsu-Siemens. ...ADIC profile
Editor's note:- this ADIC press release also says that part of the reason for reduced margins is the increased percentage of OEM sales. That type of relationship can create long term dangers for suppliers if their super resellers hit growth problems or switch suppliers. However, 2 out of the 3 main OEM's which resell ADIC drives have been identified by this publication as likely to be among the top 10 storage companies by revenue at the end of 2003, and those companies will achieve long term growth substantially above the market. My next Squeak article in March will actually list the top 10 fastest growing profitable storage companies today. Wannabe contributors can look at our plan for this.
InClose Acquires Antares Microsystems
SAN JOSE, CA - February 14, 2001 - InClose Design today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Antares Microsystems, for an undisclosed sum.
"This acquisition allows us to strengthen our enterprise-class storage focus, while diversifying our product lines," notes InClose CEO and Founder, Sunny Behl. "We are especially pleased to announce Antares President, Carl Munio, will become our Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately, and will direct the combined engineering resources of both companies."
Munio adds "We have an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the two companies' past successes with an exciting new array of SAN innovations. We are working on cutting-edge technology in both serial and parallel SCSI, giving us performance leadership that may surpass what the market expects."
Antares Founder, James J. Ludemann, who joins the InClose Board of Directors, notes " We were impressed by the innovation and initiative InClose has displayed in the marketplace. We are confident they will do what it takes to grow the business to the next level." ...Antares Microsystems profile, ...InClose Design profile
Editor's note:- Antares Microsystems launched the world's first 3rd party Sun compatible SBus card in 1989, and pioneered a market which resulted in the need for our independent Sun buyers guide which was originally called the SBus Product Directory. I've noticed during the last year, that newer Antares products targeted at the storage market started to appear with support for Windows NT, 2000, Linux etc in addition to the traditional support for Solaris. As I know from doing my own market estimates for STORAGEsearch.com there's a bigger market out there which companies born in the shadow of Sun can reach out for and thrive in.
Legato's wanCluster Automates Management
Mountain View, CA, February 14, 2001 - Legato Systems, Inc, announced today an extension of its premier high availability product line for heterogeneous platform and storage.
Legato® Cluster, now extends the ability to manage and protect data centers built around a SAN. Legato Cluster product line solutions deliver high availability clustering of enterprise applications such as ERP, database, email and web applications.
Legato has recently completed extensive qualifications with a series of industry-leading SAN device manufacturers, including Qlogic, Brocade, Vixel, Emulex and JNI in support of Legato Cluster solutions utilizing heartbeat connections across SAN fabric that includes their respective devices. In addition, Legato is announcing the March 2001 availability of a newly enhanced version of its Legato® wanCluster that provides automated management and continuous operations of SAN-based data centers across wide area as well as local distances. Legato wanCluster 4.8 will be available March 2001 with enhanced support for hardware imbedded replication solutions, such as EMC's SRDF. New functionalities include automated management of SRDF data replication and synchronization capabilities in SAN and non-SAN environments, support for health-check heart-beating through the Symmetric disk, and automated management of IP address switching among local and remote network subnets.
Legato is also announcing a new version of its Windows 2000-certified wanCluster, supporting automated management of data center operations from site-to-site across a globally extended enterprise infrastructure. New features available in March include automated options for data management from disk-to-disk, in SAN and non-SAN deployments, using server-based software replication. ...Legato profile
ADVA Optical Reports Annual Revenue Increase of 197%
Martinsried/Munich, Germany; Ramsey/New Jersey, USA. February 14, 2001 - ADVA Optical Networking today announced preliminary results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2000, which ended December 31, 2000. Sales for the full-year 2000 reached 68.1 million Euro (64.2 million USD), an increase of 197% over the full-year 1999 (full-year 1999: 22.9 million Euro / 21.6 million USD).
"2000 was a tremendous year of growth for ADVA as we executed on all fronts to increase sales 197% and strategically position ourselves as a dominant player in the metro market," said Brian L. Protiva, ADVA's Chief Strategy Officer. "We are expanding our product range to offer the broadest portfolio in the market, specifically meeting customer requirements for end-to-end metro solutions." ...ADVA Optical Networking profile
|Tandberg and Imation
unveil new SLR7 tape drive
OSLO, Norway, and OAKDALE, Minn. - February 13, 2001 - Tandberg Data ASA and Imation Corp. today announced two new additions to the award-winning SLR (Scalable Linear Recording) product group, the Tandberg SLR7 tape drive and data cartridge.
The new SLR7 tape drive stores up to 40GB of data and features a 21.6GB per hour (6MB per second) transfer rate (capacity and transfer rate assume 2:1 data compression). As with previous generation SLR tape drives, the SLR7 features a 5.25-inch half-height form factor to ensure easy integration and scalability. Imation's new SLR7 tape cartridges, offers 40GB of compressed storage capacity.
|The SLR7 tape drive
and cartridge provide a complete, data backup, file transfer and archiving
solution for IT systems and network environments demanding high performance tape
storage at an extremely affordable price. This product carries the proven high
reliability of SLR technology, while extending the range of the scalable and
backward-compatible SLR technology into the entry-level markets and upwards.
The SLR7 tape drive and cartridge will be available through distribution and resellers in March and expected end user price $749-$799 for the drive and $49 per SLR7 data cartridge (actual pricing may vary). ...Imation profile, ...Tandberg Data profile
Procom Announces NetFORCE 3000 NAS Filers
IRVINE, Calif., February 13, 2001 Procom Technology, Inc has introduced the latest addition to its enterprise-level NetFORCE 3000 series of NAS filers the 3200C cluster.
Available immediately, the average selling price for 7TB capacity is $319,000 or 4.5 cents per MB. Offering up to 96 drives with proportional performance increases, the 3200C is the highest capacity NetFORCE filer currently available.
Relying on high-density Fibre Channel technology for back-end storage sub-system, the 3200C combines high availability, ease of use, ease of installation, affordability, and true file sharing capability in heterogeneous environments. NetFORCE 3200C filers are deployed in a clustered environment, thus eliminating any single point of failure. The dual-active server configuration provides automatic failover in less than five seconds, leaving applications and users unaffected even in the event of catastrophic server failure. The NF 3200C also employs dual-active Fibre RAID controllers, redundant cooling fans and redundant power supplies for an even greater level of reliability.
"The NetFORCE 3200C is designed for companies that are experiencing explosive data growth,² said Dr. Homayoun Yousefi'zadeh, Procom's Senior NAS Product Manager.
In addition to the cross-platform file sharing enabled by NAS, the NetFORCE 3200C adheres to both Windows and UNIX file security protocols by integrating UNIX directory services, NIS and Windows NT Access Control Lists (ACLs) as well as Windows NT multiple master domain (MMD) architecture. Cross-protocol file locking support ensures data integrity and security. ...Procom Technology profile
INRANGE Technologies Reports Record Revenues
LUMBERTON, NJ, FEBRUARY 13, 2001 - INRANGE Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: INRG) today reported record revenues of $71.1 million and net income of $7.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2000.
The company reported record revenues for the fourth quarter of $71.1 million, a 48% increase over fourth quarter 1999, and up 11% sequentially over the third quarter 2000. Revenues in the open storage networking business (which includes fibre channel directors and optical networking equipment and services) for the fourth quarter 2000 totaled $17.7 million, a 268% increase over fourth quarter 1999, and up 24% sequentially over the third quarter 2000. Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2000, were $233.6 million, a 16.5% increase over 1999.
"We are delighted with our record fourth quarter revenues and our 36th consecutive quarter of profits, excluding unusual or non-recurring items. In particular, customer demand for our FC/9000 and open storage networking offerings reached unprecedented levels," said Greg R. Grodhaus, President & CEO of INRANGE Technologies. "Our business is about large, complex networks and how 'large scale,' which exponentially increases network complexity, changes the 'rules of the game.' Customers are not interested in technology they are interested in solutions. INRANGE provides these solutions by combining leading technology and the expert resources to help customers use this technology to solve their complex business problems." ...INRANGE Technologies profile
Editor's comment:- I certainly agree with that part about "Customers are not interested in technology". They need the technology to make their businesses work, but there isn't a mass of underutilised SAN internetworking engineers sitting around which most users can tap into yet... and it will take years to train them. That suggests that oems can use services to leverage their growth to a greater extent than in mature markets.
The closing pitch goes like this:- yeah, our product works, and our competitor's product works, but we know some people who can make it work in your organization next month. So headcounts and partnerships with service companies are strategic assets in today's storage network market. The INRANGE press release also mentions that they've "got 450 field-based professionals working directly with our customers and business partners" - which is a critical resource for this type of business at this early adopter stage of the market.
Tandberg and Overland Announce Technology Deal
Tandberg and Overland Announce Technology Deal
Oslo, Norway, February 12. 2001 - Tandberg Data ASA today announced an agreement with Overland Data, Inc. whereby Tandberg Data will purchase complete rights to the SLR Autoloader, including design, manufacturing and future development rights.
Under the agreement, the companies will work together to transfer production of the SLR Autoloader from Overland Data's San Diego, Calif. facility to Tandberg Data's manufacturing facilities in Oslo, Norway.
Accommodating one SLR tape drive (SLR100, 60 or 50) and an eight-cartridge magazine, the Tandberg SLR Autoloader automates the backup process allowing unattended backup for extended periods, thereby saving resources and ensuring consistent, timely backups.The Tandberg SLR Autoloader addresses the requirements of growing organizations for entry-level tape automation and offers capacities up to 800GB at a transfer rate of up to 36GB/hr (capacity/transfer rates assume 2:1 compression). The SLR Autoloader is recognized as being extremely price and performance competitive when measured against other entry-level autoloaders.
"The worldwide marked for autoloader products is estimated at in excess of 110.000 units in 2001 and is expected to grow by 25% per year in the foreseeable future. Tandberg Data considers tape automation products a priority and is very focused on developing products that will meet our customers ever increasing storage needs. This agreement allows us, on the one hand, to optimally configure the product for our customers, including OEMs, whilst on the other hand we will be able to further develop the design for use in future generation automation products" said Gudmundur Einarsson, CEO of Tandberg Data. ...Overland Data profile, ...Tandberg Data profile
Delkin starts shipping 128MB eFilm SmartMedia card
San Diego, CA - 2001, February 12, 2001 - Delkin Devices today unveiled their new 128MB SmartMedia memory card.
With first shipments beginning January 31, 2001, Delkin Devices, Inc. has followed through on their promise to be one of the first to deliver these SmartMedia cards to retail channels & OEM manufacturers looking to bundle the 128MB card with their products. Nearly 48% of the digital cameras currently support SmartMedia memory, some of which are 3.3 megapixels or higher. The 128MB eFilm card will greatly expand the number of pictures stored on a single card, reducing the need to change eFilm in the middle of photo shoots or download images to a computer during vacations. Users of MP3 players will also benefit from this cutting-edge technology because of the card's ability to record and play twice as many songs. A single 128MB SmartMedia card can store approximately 32 MP3 formatted songs (MP3 files tested were 3 min in length 4MB each). ...Delkin Devices profile
Crossroads and Sun Microsystems Sign OEM Agreement
AUSTIN, Texas, February 12, 2001 - Crossroads Systems Inc. today announced it has entered into an OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems.
Under the agreement, Sun will sell Crossroads' Enterprise System Connection (ESCON®) channel interface adapters to connect Sun Ultra Enterprise servers and IBM or compatible System 390 (S/390) mainframes via a high-speed fiber optic link.
"With more than half of the world's data stored on mainframes, medium-to-large businesses are constantly seeking ways to move data efficiently to and from open systems," said Brian R. Smith, chairman and CEO of Crossroads Systems. "This process can be very time consuming over a local area network. However, by connecting directly to a Sun Solaris® platform using our ESCON solution, data transfer performance is significantly improved."
The OEM agreement includes Crossroads' 6950 PCI-to-ESCON Channel Interface and software for TCP/IP applications and fast data movement. The products will be sold under the Sun brand, providing Sun customers with increased bandwidth and a high-speed ESCON connection between mainframes and Sun Enterprise servers for data intensive applications.
"High-speed data movement is essential in many applications, such as data warehousing and data backup and recovery," said Steve Campbell, director of marketing for Sun Microsystems. "With increased amounts of data and shrinking processing windows, direct, fiber optic connections between mainframes and Sun's Enterprise servers make a great deal of sense. Sun customers will have a way to move large amounts of data quickly without overloading their network." ...Crossroads Systems profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's note:- see also Sun resellers in the USA
St. Bernard Software Acquires Internet Products, Inc.
SAN DIEGO, February 12, 2001 - St. Bernard Software today announced the acquisition of Internet Products, Inc. and its highly touted Web filtering appliance, iPrism.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Our focus on the three critical segments that make up the Internet Infrastructure market - storage management, change and configuration management and performance management - is further enhanced with the addition of iPrism," said John Jones, CEO and President of St. Bernard. "iPrism is an exceptional appliance-based performance management tool that enables corporations, schools and other organizations to monitor and control access to the Internet."
As a result of the acquisition, Internet Products' Chief Executive, Farley Stewart, will assume the role of vice president of Internet appliance products at St. Bernard Software. Additionally, St. Bernard Software has added 25 Internet Products employees to its team, raising its overall total to 90. St. Bernard is planning on moving to a new facility mid year in order to house the entire corporate family under one roof. ...St. Bernard Software profile
Editor's note:- I'm sure this kind of software can be valuable if set up correctly. But a colleague of mine recently found that when she was sending her marketing courses to an organization she was working with, a filtering package on their incoming email server kept bouncing them back as "likely to contain porn".
The courses were actually powerpoint presentations and an investigation showed that they were rejected by the out-of-the-box filtering setup because the files were large, included flesh tones (pictures of people) and video clips. I'm not saying that there's any connection with that particular package and the one in the press release. But it does suggest that some software is only as good as the systems administrator who installs it.
Infineon introduces new Type of Low-Power DRAM for Handhelds
Munich/Germany, February 12, 2001 Infineon Technologies today introduced a new DRAM product line for the strongly growing market of handheld devices.
The "Mobile-RAM" family combines three important features specifically needed in handheld battery-powered applications such as very low power consumption, small form factor, and low cost per bit. The Mobile-RAM is a low-power SDRAM mounted in a chip-size Ball-Grid-Array package (BGA). Initially based on the 128-Mbit DRAM density, this product fulfills the requirements of handheld applications such as Smart Phones, Personal Digital Assistants and palm-sized computers. The 8M x 16 organization of the first member of the Mobile-RAM family allows it to be used in 16-bit and 32-bit bus environments. Power consumption of the Mobile-RAM is reduced by up to 80% depending on the operating conditions and system design.
The world market for Personal Digital Assistants, the largest of the target markets for the Mobile-RAM, was around 10 million PDA units in 2000, and is projected by Dataquest to grow approximately 46 percent per year to reach 34 million units in 2004. High-end PDAs today come with up to 64 Mbytes of DRAM, but with software becoming more sophisticated and large numbers of applications becoming available at a quick pace, memory content per system is expected to grow above the industry average. First samples of the 128-Mbit Mobile-RAM organized 8M x 16 will be available in Q2 2001. Volume production is expected to start later this year. ...Infineon Technologies profile
New Releases of SmartStor Archive for Windows 2000 and Linux
ANDOVER, MA - February 9, 2001 - Smart Storage Inc. today announced major upgrades to several products in its On-Line Archive product family.
SmartStor Archive v. 4.0 and SmartStor Jukeman v. 3.0, offer significant new functionality over previous versions, including support for the latest version of Windows 2000 and the Linux operating system.
SmartStor Archive v. 4.0 is a complete read/write storage solution for DVD-RAM and DVD-R applications. By virtualizing multiple physical libraries into a single logical file system, SmartStor Archive is the ideal solution for large volume storage applications including medical imaging, document imaging, publishing, and prepress. SmartStor Archive supports multiple-industry standard formats such as ISO9660, Rockridge, Apple HFS, and UDF, ensuring universal data accessibility.
SmartStor Jukeman v. 3.0 is a complete read/write storage solution for multiple UNIX platforms including Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, and IBM-AIX. SmartStor Jukeman is completely media independent, allowing applications to view any combination of DVD, MO, WORM, and CD as one large network storage repository. SmartStor Jukeman is easy to install and use, and provides a common interface for document imaging, e-mail, audio/video, healthcare, and other data-intensive applications. SmartStor Jukeman supports the new 4.7/9.4GB DVD-RAM drives and the new Sony 14X 9.1GB MO/WORM drives in addition to previously supported media. ...Smart Storage profile
Network Appliance Announces Revenues Up 91%
Sunnyvale, CA - February 8, 2001 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), today reported revenues of $288.4 million for the third fiscal quarter ended January 26, 2001, an increase of 91% compared to revenues of $151.3 million for the same period a year ago.
Pro forma net income for the quarter increased 95% to $38.9 million compared to pro forma net income of $20.0 million for the same period a year ago. Revenues for the first nine months of the current fiscal year totaled $780.3 million, an increase of 106% compared to revenue of $379.3 million for the first nine months of the prior fiscal year.
"During the quarter, Network Appliance continued to execute on its business strategy to fundamentally change the way companies architect their enterprise storage and content delivery systems," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. "Storage is a strategic IT investment and remains a priority for today's leading corporations. We are clearly encouraged by the enterprise penetration of our new high-end systems." ...Network Appliance profile
Ciprico Acquires SANStar Assets and Team from ECCS, Inc.
February 8, 2001, Minneapolis, MN Ciprico, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPCI) announced today the acquisition of the SANStar technology from ECCS, Inc.
This acquisition presents an opportunity to strengthen Ciprico's software development team and to accelerate the Application Hardware Acceleration (AHA!) program.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ciprico is acquiring all of the assets, rights, and intellectual property related to SANStar, a clustered, high reliability, network-connected storage management software system, for approximately $600,000 cash. This software will become a key element of a new storage and computing strategy, AHA!, currently under development by Ciprico. In addition to the technology acquisition, Ciprico has also hired the New Jersey based software development team, which will report to Steve Hansen, Ciprico's Vice President of Strategic Product Development. ...Ciprico profile, ...ECCS profile
Seagate Leads Hard Drive Market
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA 08 February 2001 Seagate Technology continued to lead the market in 2000, selling more Personal Storage hard drives for PCs and Consumer Electronics, and more Enterprise hard drives for the Internet and Network Servers, than any other hard disc drive manufacturer.
Seagate has held the industry's highest market share for 10 years. All of the world's top 10 PC makers choose Seagate personal storage disc drives - which include the most popular drive in history, the U Series - and 10 leading Consumer Electronics device makers have qualified these drives for use in Personal Video Recorders, audio jukeboxes, satellite TV receivers and game consoles to be released in 2001. Propelling its lead in Enterprise storage, the company has a significant time-to-market advantage with 15,000-rpm drives, and has shipped over 13 million 10,000-rpm drives. Every leading network and Internet storage system company uses Seagate disc drives.
"Seagate has continued its desktop market leadership and remains the strongest storage company overall," said Mark Geenen, president of leading data storage market research firm TrendFocus. "Seagate invests more in Research and Development than all other independent hard drive companies combined. In Fiscal Year 2000, Seagate increased its intellectual property portfolio 25 percent to 1,250 patents, more than the collected patents of all other independent drive makers. As a result, Seagate offers among the most advanced technology and the broadest product offering of all drive manufacturers. Seagate is shipping the world's fastest disc drive at 15,000 rpm, the Cheetah X15; the highest capacity disc drive at 180 Gbytes, the Barracuda 180; and the fastest PC/Consumer disc drive, the Barracuda ATA III."
"Seagate's leadership in the Enterprise storage segment is substantial," said Dave Reinsel, senior research analyst at IDC. "Seagate introduced the first 10,000-rpm disc drives in 1996 and has shipped five generations and over 13 million 10K Cheetah drives to date, three times its nearest competitor. Last June Seagate shipped the first 15,000 rpm hard drive, the Cheetah X15, and is still the only company shipping this technology. Over two million Cheetahs shipped last quarter alone, and for the year 2000 almost one of two enterprise drives shipped, 10,000 rpms or greater, had the Cheetah name." ...Seagate profile
HP nominated to top 10 vendors list
UK - February 8, 2001 - HP has been nominated to the top 10 storage companies in 2003 list by STORAGEsearch readers, in the biggest surge of email communication on a single subject which the editor has seen in 9 years of publishing computer directories.
Due to an error in compiling the original article which predicts the top 10 storage companies at the end of 2003, HP was omitted from the final list.
"At first, I thought it was spam, as screenful after screenful of emails started flooding in" says STORAGEsearch editor Zsolt Kerekes. "But then I realised as I scanned the subject areas, that these were not trying to make me rich or offer a better sex life. As the emails kept pouring in, I noticed the word 'HP' a lot, and 'nomination' and 'you've got it wrong'."
"HP were in my original short list, but when I did a point by point comparison with other companies which were strong in individual point products, HP did not come out #1. The big mistake I made was in not adding up all the individual product segments. If you're #2 or #3 in a lot of big storage segments than you're actually much bigger than some of the other companies which did go into the first published version of this list I'm greatful to the huge number of readers who pointed out this error for helping to make this article more authoritative, and I hope that my future articles on 'top 10' subjects will also pass the STORAGEsearch reader test. Incidentally, I did use a sanity check in preparing this article. I checked the popularity of HP's company profile on the STORAGEsearch web site, which ranked #31 (whereas EMC is #1). Also the popularity of news headlines which included HP generally attracted a lower than average click rate from our readers. That suggests that HP's visibility to our readers lags way below their actual market position. Or more likely our hundreds of thousands of readers use the site to find information about newer companies, rather than the ones which they already know.."
Later today STORAGEsearch will publish some of the comments we got from readers on this subject. The original article has been updated, and to compensate for this error we have now listed HP at the top of this list (althought the original article was not in any particular ranking order). Also we apologise to HP for any upset the original article may have caused, and we're glad that our readers and their customers and employees accepted our invitation to correct any matters of material fact. ...Hewlett-Packard Company profile
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