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SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Jan. 31, 2001 - Storability, Inc today announced it is the first storage services company authorized to deliver support services under VERITAS Software's elite Partner Support Program (PSP). Storability has completed and passed all program qualifications and is now authorized by VERITAS Software to provide Level I and Level II support on VERITAS products.

"Being named the first storage services company in the VERITAS Partner Support Program is a significant accomplishment for us," said Marco Buchbinder, Storability's Vice President of Business Development. "It validates our process, technology, and expertise and makes our partnership with VERITAS even stronger. The end result will be easier and faster service for our customers."

The VERITAS Partner Support Program is designed to assist select service providers in delivering availability sensitive services based on VERITAS Software solutions. Membership in the PSP program will grant a higher priority to Storability when escalating issues to VERITAS Software. Storability will also be given access to the VERITAS Software internal knowledge base and have a direct toll-free 800 number into the support center. ...Storability profile, ...VERITAS profile


Merrill Lynch Conference, Santa Barbara, CA and Chantilly, VA - January 31, 2001 - Network Storage Solutions (NSS) today announced a partnership with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to provide high availability customer maintenance services to its customers in North America. The partnership validates NSS as a strategic player in the NAS market, supports its customers with a proven service provider and gives NSS access to HDS' worldwide distribution channel.

Under the service level agreement, HDS Worldwide Customer Services will provide call center, customer maintenance, and logistics support to NSS system integrators and end users of its award-winning Thunderbolt product line. NSS customers can select from HDS' multi-tier service level menu ranging from Platinum Plus 7x24 coverage - with 2-hour on site response for customers with extremely critical availability requirements - to Silver Service next business day spare parts delivery for those with less critical needs. ...Hitachi Data Systems profile, ...Network Storage Solutions profile

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VERITAS Software Names Storability as First Storage Services Company to Join its Elite Partner Support Program

Network Storage Solutions Partners with Hitachi Data Systems as Service Partner

Inphase Technologies, New Venture From Lucent Technologies, to Develop Fast, High-Capacity Holographic Storage Technology

ADIC Acquires Pathlight Technology

AMD to Provide Lucent Technologies with Flash Memory Devices Through 2003

Intel Achieves InfiniBand* Milestone, Ships Product Samples to the Industry

DataCore™ Software Launches SANvantage™ Partner Program

Maxim to Acquire Dallas Semiconductor for Approximately $2.5 Billion in Stock

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The Future of Storage

by:- Farid J. Neema - President of Peripheral Concepts, Inc

The future of storage networking is contingent upon the evolution of SAN and NAS architectures, the distribution model for storage, and the advances in telecommunications techniques. These in turn will create new applications demanding higher levels of performance, very scalable interoperable systems, and universal data access. Storage beyond 2003 will inter-operate with the rest of the IT and IP environment

SAN and NAS Architectures

The frontiers of SAN and NAS are rapidly growing and evolving making it increasingly difficult to identify separate markets. Ultimately, much of the differing functionality of the two architectures will merge. NAS will find a way to overcome the slow nature of TCP, and take advantage of the higher Ethernet speeds, as NAS appliances scale and layer in additional software functionality SAN will overcome its interoperability problems, will incorporate both caching and heterogeneous data sharing, while moving to easy-to-install, low-cost products. The road to NAS and SAN convergence will go through some "SAN over IP" solution

The exact outcome of SAN and NAS merger is not clear at this point. The most likely outcome is that FC prevails in the mid-term for the metropolitan area, a SAN file system emerges as a standard, and bridges are built to either encapsulate FC (or SCSI) over IP or to translate FC into IP for WAN connections. IP protocol will prevail in the long term with the advent of 10-gigabit Ethernet, its advantages override FC merits, and many SAN products will be implemented based on IP.

Just like in any major new development, there won't be one technology that fits everyone's needs. There will be complementary technologies that address different market segments. The proper solution will likely differ by application, connectivity requirements, scalability, performance, and price sensitivity. Fibre Channel SAN has acquired enough momentum to ensure its continued high acceptance rate for the next three to five years. For any architecture to be successful, it will have to guarantee continuity/ integration with Fibre channel.

Storage Distribution

The profile of distribution channels is changing, driven by service providers. Service providers represent a very significant discontinuity in the way storage is distributed and the way vendors interact with their users and channels. They will constitute a great market opportunity and create a new business model for storage. A data tone model will prevail. Storage will be provided as a utility by service providers, except for larger corporations that will be very reluctant to give away all of their data to someone else to manage. To succeed, a VAR will need to offer a complete solution and service.

Applications

The Internet revolution is causing businesses to rethink every interaction with customers, suppliers and partners. While the Internet is merely the trigger, the real effect lies in the better use of corporate information, leading to broader market reach and additional business. Corporations will aggressively invest in the development of more efficient and optimized IT infrastructures to leverage new and existing data. Mobile business, consumer retail purchase, entertainment, combined with multi-media support, will drive the creation of an infrastructure where content is independent of the data format and the storage location. In such an environment, data security will grow to a become a vital necessity.

Industry and Industry Leaders

The storage leader in year 2003-2005 will:

  • Provide reliable, scalable solution to open storage that is easily managed
  • Stay closest to his customers
  • Execute in a timely way
  • Offer a high Quality of Service
  • Have very high software, system and network skills

Industry consolidation will continue, many storage vendors will disappear, and a new breed of companies will emerge as storage leaders.

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MURRAY HILL, N.J. - JANUARY 30, 2001 - Lucent Technologies today announced a new venture, called InPhase Technologies, that is developing high-performance holographic data storage media and systems with the potential to dramatically speed the evolution of the fast-moving entertainment, consumer products and information technology industries. Using technology in recording media and systems developed at Bell Laboratories, the research and development arm of Lucent, InPhase Technologies will design holographic systems that combine high storage density with high-speed access and fast parallel transfer rates. news image
The venture's holographic products could vastly improve the performance of video, Internet, data warehousing and games applications, which demand ever-increasing performance of storage systems

"InPhase Technologies is aimed at satisfying the world's insatiable need for more storage, delivered with ever-higher speed and convenience, " said Nelson Diaz, president and chief executive officer of InPhase. "For Internet applications alone, industry estimates are that storage needs are doubling every 100 days. We believe that the exceptional benefits of InPhase's technology will be welcome in many business and consumer markets."

Before joining InPhase, Diaz had been vice president and general manager for the StorageTek Corp.

Unlike other methods that record data only on the surface of a disk, holographic data storage allows recording through the entire thickness of the material, which allows for a huge increase in storage density. In addition, much higher transfer rates are achievable because the data is stored and recalled in "page format," which can be accessed one million bits at a time.

"With InPhase Technologies, we have combined the right people, technology and financial backing to help commercialize holographic storage, and transform many markets that need its increased performance in storage technology," said Tom Uhlman, president of Lucent's New Ventures Group. InPhase Technologies has received investments from the venture capital companies Signal Lake, Madison Dearborn Partners and Newton Technology Partners. Imation Corporation is a corporate investor. ... InPhase Technologies profile

REDMOND, WASHINGTON - January 30, 2001 - ADVANCED DIGITAL INFORMATION CORPORATION (NASDAQ/NMS Symbol: ADIC) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Pathlight Technology, Inc. Based in Ithaca, New York, Pathlight has been pioneering the technologies that enable networking of critical storage resources since 1994. The merged companies will offer a broad range of intelligent storage products including SAN management, connectivity, and virtualization products that complement ADIC's existing storage hardware and software solutions. Following completion of the transaction, Pathlight Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Said Rahmani will become Executive Vice President of Research and Development at ADIC.

The agreement announced today calls for ADIC to exchange 10.3 million shares of common stock for all of the outstanding stock, warrants and stock options of Pathlight in a merger intended to be accounted for as a pooling-of-interests. Based upon ADIC's closing price on January 29, the transaction has a current aggregate value of approximately $265 million.

ADIC expects to report one-time acquisition costs of approximately $10-12 million during its second quarter ending April 30, 2001. Directors of both companies have approved the merger, and approximately 75% of the Pathlight shares have agreed to vote in favor of it. ADIC shareholder approval is not required.

"The acquisition of Pathlight further confirms ADIC's long-held strategy to offer intelligent, open and device-independent storage solutions for our customers," said Peter van Oppen, Chairman and CEO of ADIC. "Pathlight saw early on that protocol-aware technology addressed not only the SCSI-to-Fibre interface question but offered a direct path to any-to-any connectivity, resource virtualization and storage network management," he said. ...ADIC profile, ...Pathlight profile

Editor's comments. To put it simply, ADIC makes tape libraries, Pathlight makes fibre-channel switches and converters. As storage networks become more complex we're going to see more of the network intelligence sitting in the central storage bins such as RAID systems, optical jukeboxes and tape libraries. These storage devices will start to take over many of the roles which were traditionally done by (human) systems administrators and other storage related software. During the last year, we've reported many alliances between storage bin companies and fibre-channel adapter companies. The ADIC - Pathlight merger represents part of a trend to secure critical technology which is currently available unbundled from 3rd party suppliers. But many of the FC switch technology companies are small enough to be swallowed up by predatory server companies, when they realise that the server operating system is no longer the pivotal technology in computer networks. The land grab for storage technology has barely started.


SUNNYVALE, CA - JANUARY 30, 2001 - AMD today announced a three-year strategic agreement to supply Lucent Technologies with a significant portion of Lucent's Flash memory device requirements. The Flash memory will be used in Lucent's wireless, optical, and data networking products, systems and solutions.

"We are pleased to extend our relationship with AMD for these important Flash memory devices that will support products in all parts of our business," said Jose Mejia, vice president and chief supply officer at Lucent Technologies. "Throughout our long standing relationship, AMD has demonstrated the quality and responsiveness Lucent values in a supplier." ...AMD profile

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29, 2001 - Intel Corporation today announced it is shipping samples of its InfiniBand silicon and software products, critical components that will help implement the InfiniBand I/O industry specification and enable a key advance in Internet servers. The InfiniBand architecture is a new I/O infrastructure technology that simplifies and speeds server-to-server connections and links to other server-related systems such as remote storage and networking devices. InfiniBand architecture's easier connectivity, reduced latency, improved bandwidth and enhanced interoperability features increase the performance, reliability and scalability of Intel Architecture-based (IA) servers to meet the growth needs of emerging e-Business data centers, service providers and server farms. Components of the InfiniBand architecture are expected to be commercially released later this year, with InfiniBand-enabled systems expected in late 2001.

InfiniBand technology is considered a key element to building a next-generation, high-performance, highly reliable, low-cost server infrastructure. InfiniBand products provide users with scalable throughput via high-performance 2.5 Gb/s links that can be combined to create large InfiniBand fabrics. The new Intel® InfiniBand products will be used with future IA-32 and upcoming Itanium™ -based server platforms. As the first vendor to provide samples to leading server OEMs such as Compaq and IBM Corp., switch vendors such as QLogic and Crossroads, and storage vendors such as Adaptec and LSI Storage Systems, Intel hopes to accelerate widespread adoption. ...Intel profile


FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jan. 29, 2001 - DataCore Software today launched the DataCore SANvantage Partner Program. This channel distribution initiative targets select, storage-focused distributors, value-added resellers and other channel partners to enable them to simplify end-user SAN deployments. The program, which was piloted by more than 60 storage-focused resellers in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Pacific Rim, also includes a partner starter kit, training packages, marketing literature, and discounts on products and services. ...DataCore profile


SUNNYVALE, CA and DALLAS, TX – January 29, 2001 – Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXIM), and Dallas Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: DS), today announced an agreement under which Maxim will acquire Dallas Semiconductor, a leading provider of specialty semiconductors. Based on Maxim's closing price on Friday, January 26, 2001, each outstanding share of Dallas Semiconductor would be exchanged for 0.6163 of a share of Maxim, and Maxim would issue approximately $2.5 billion of stock for all of the outstanding shares and stock options of Dallas Semiconductor.

"The synergy and growth opportunity of combining our organizations and product lines was apparent to both sides from the start of our discussions," said Jack Gifford, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Maxim. "Dallas Semiconductor has many product lines that are complementary to Maxim's, and we look forward to giving more visibility to Dallas Semiconductor's excellent digital and mixed-signal circuits in both the domestic and the international marketplaces." Mr. Gifford added, "We believe that the cultures of the two companies are closely aligned in their focus on product proliferation and engineering innovation. Dallas Semiconductor has an extremely talented group of professionals, and there is no plan for a workforce reduction." ...Maxim profile
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