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Acquires CMD Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 7, 2001 Silicon Image, Inc. today announced it has acquired CMD Technology, Inc.
With this acquisition, Silicon Image accelerates its move into the Serial ATA segment of the storage market, another mass market that stands to benefit from Silicon Image's proven, robust, high-speed I/O technology.
CMD is a worldwide leader in SCSI and Fibre Channel storage controller solutions for the UNIX, Open Systems and PC markets, as well as a leading supplier of IDE/Ultra ATA semiconductors for the PC and embedded markets. CMD also provides a wide range of complementary software and firmware products and services, including its industry-renowned Medley RAID software. Counting Cisco, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems among its valued customers, CMD brings an experienced sales force, as well as strategic partnerships with an elite group of VARs, system integrators and resellers worldwide.
The combination of Silicon Image's field-proven, high-bandwidth, scalable semiconductor I/O solutions and CMD's extensive storage systems hardware and software expertise positions the combined entity to be a significant solutions provider for the emerging Serial ATA market.
"The CMD acquisition cements our position in the storage arena," said Steve Tirado, chief operating officer of Silicon Image. "Silicon Image and CMD have highly synergistic core competencies and technical talent. As a supplier of fully integrated, application-specific chip and board-level solutions with proven core components, the combined company will be uniquely and strongly positioned to attack the storage bandwidth price/performance challenge. In addition, the CMD acquisition provides Silicon Image with established sales channels, as well as strong and long-standing customer relationships we can utilize to populate the market with Serial ATA and Fibre Channel solutions." Tirado added, "Essentially, the CMD acquisition moves Silicon Image up the supplier food chain, bringing us closer to the enterprise customer. This represents a tremendous opportunity to provide high value-add solutions from the chip to the system level." ...Silicon Image profile
Editor's comments:- during the last year we've seen 3 RAID systems companies (or their technologies) acquired by semiconductor companies... Intel acquired ICP vortex Computersysteme, LSI Logic bought the RAID systems business from AMI, and now with this acquisition of CMD by Silicon Image we're seeing a clear trend. Semiconductor companies are only interested in volume, and "feeding the fab". What you and I mean by "volume" is not the same for a semi. RAID is going to become the default technology which connects all computers to mass storage, not just the servers. See also:- Squeak! - Which RAID Manufacturers will Survive?
Western Digital Agrees to Sell 9 Million Common Shares
LAKE FOREST, Calif.-June 7, 2001 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has agreed to sell an additional 9 million shares of the Company's common stock in a private transaction valued at over $37 million to an existing large institutional beneficial owner of WDC shares.
The purchase will be made by a large Boston-based institutional investor on behalf of its clients.
Matt Massengill, president and chief executive officer of Western Digital, stated: "We are delighted with the level of quality institutional investor interest in our Company. We view this investment as a sign of confidence in our strategy and long-term growth prospects." ...Western Digital profile
BlueArc Exhibits SiliconServer Architecture At SAN 2001
IRVING, Texas - June 7, 2001 BlueArc Corporation featured their new SiliconServer architecture at SAN 2001 this week.
BlueArc's enterprise class network storage system is designed to enable BlueArc's customers to change the way they implement their IT infrastructures, allowing them to fully exploit their networks while dramatically lowering total cost of ownership. BlueArc's SiliconServer architecture is at the core of the BlueArc storage system, delivering groundbreaking speed and scalability. The company claims that the Silicon Server is the first totally new server architecture to be introduced during the last 50 years - built from the ground up to remove the bottlenecks fundamental to all other servers on the market today. ...BlueArc profile
Adaptec Chairman of the Board Resigns
MILPITAS, Calif., June 6, 2001 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that Larry Boucher has resigned as a board member and Chairman of the Board to devote more time and attention to his position as President and CEO of Alacritech.
Mr. Boucher has served on the Board since he founded Adaptec in 1981 and more recently, has served as Chairman since April 1999.
"We will miss his contributions to Adaptec," said Robert N. Stephens, president and CEO. ...Adaptec profile, ...Alacritech profile
IDC says: U.S. PC Market will Decline for the First Time Ever in 2001
June 6, 2001 - Based on new data, IDC has revised its U.S. PC shipment forecast for 2001, lowering it from the previously expected 2.2% growth to a 6.3% decline from 2000.
IDC has also taken down its worldwide forecast number for the full year, dropping it from 10.3% to only 5.8% over 2000. The worldwide performance was strongly affected by a swooning U.S. market. U.S. consumer sales for 2001 are now expected to fall by 17.3%, based on the presumption of a continuing poor economic environment.
"While we believe that the shape of the seasonal pattern will be normal," said Roger Kay, director of Client Computing at IDC, "the yearend uplift will not be as buoyant as is typical at that time of year. Consumers have still not emerged from the shell they crawled into late last year."
The final tally of consumer shipments in the United States in the first quarter of 2001 showed this market had declined by 26.4% from the first quarter last year. Up through the first quarter, commercial shipments in the United States held up reasonably well, achieving mid-single-digit growth rates. However, IDC believes commercial spending will be reduced more dramatically in the coming quarters, as declines in consumer spending spill over into the commercial segment. IDC projects shipments to the U.S. commercial segment will be flat in 2001 with growth of only 0.6%. - more. ...IDC profile
ADIC® Launches SAN-Enabled Enterprise Library
June 6, 2001-Redmond, Washington. Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) today unveiled a breakthrough new enterprise tape library platform.
The new library, the Scalar 10K, is the first to deliver capacity-on-demand scalability, true high availability architecture, and a full suite of integrated storage network management and connectivity capabilities. The Scalar 10K is available in LTO, SDLT, AIT and mixed media configurations and provides the industry's leading capacity and density, with native storage from 35 TB up to 881.5 TB.
"The Scalar 10K is the first automated tape platform designed from the ground up to support data consolidation in the era of storage networks," said Bill Britts, ADIC executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. "When IT organizations put a major percentage of their data in a single resource, it needs to have easily scalable capacity, provide intelligent SAN-aware management, and ensure very high levels of reliability and availability. In all of these areas, the Scalar 10K's fundamental design advances set significant new standards for the industry."
|The Scalar 10K
platform is designed to grow in tandem with fast-moving IT storage requirements
and to let users pay for storage only as they use it. It's the first tape
storage system to offer instant capacity-on-demand, allowing IT departments
to immediately access additional capacity through a simple non-disruptive
software command. Capacity-on-demand Scalar 10K libraries-which can provide room
from 700 to nearly 5000 tape cartridges and from 36 to 162 drives-are delivered
with extra capacity already installed.
When storage needs increase, users simply contact ADIC for a software "key" that activates additional capacity in blocks of 100 slots. When most of the activated capacity is used, ADIC expands the library without charge. Regardless of expansion, the system remains a single high-performance library; all capacity upgrades are barrier free with no pass-through ports.
|Users have the
option of ordering the Scalar 10K as a traditional component library as well,
where its support for up 15,885 tape cartridges and 648 drives make the Scalar
10K the industry's capacity and density leader.
Recognizing that management and operation costs are typically many times higher than storage hardware costs, the Scalar 10K is also the first automated tape system to integrate a full suite of storage network management and connectivity functions. The Scalar 10K provides its own single-view SAN resource manager that discovers and reports status for all connected initiators and targets, and it passes that view to standard network management tools such as Computer Associates' Unicenter, IBM Tivoli, and Veritas SANpoint. The Scalar 10K also integrates the industry's first device-level SAN security, giving users fire-wall features that let them isolate the library from unauthorized access. Security settings are independent of zone assignments made in the switched fabric, and can even isolate access to the library's controller for a further level of protection. The Scalar 10K also features a unique technology-independent, any-to-any connectivity design that allows IT departments to use it as a platform to integrate legacy devices into high performance SANs. In fact, the Scalar 10K is the only integrated library system that can support arbitrated loop, switched fabric, and SCSI protocols at the same time - even providing simultaneous support for different switched fabrics from different vendors. Future versions will add support for Gb Ethernet-based storage networking protocols as well.
The Scalar 10K also offers new intelligent library management tools that allow users to perform all operations and diagnostics remotely over a web interface. E-mail alerts are delivered to user-defined contact lists, including ADIC's Technical Assistance Centers (ATAC). The Scalar 10K also provides virtualization management options-a single library can operate as many smaller "virtual" libraries.
The Scalar 10K is designed with features that create reliability, redundancy and rapid recovery from any system faults to keep Enterprise data available. Cross-coupled redundant AC and DC power is standard for all drives and for the library controller. Redundant library control paths to support fail-over are standard, as are dual ports for redundant data paths through the storage network. On the library's roadmap is mechanical design that eliminates all single points of failure, including the library robot. Scalar 10K libraries are also designed for rapid service: drives are equipped with easily readable status LEDs; drives and power supplies are hot-swappable; physical upgrades fit through standard doors and can be added in less than two hours; and the Scalar 10K is completely self-teaching and self-calibrating after new drives or capacity are added. ...ADIC profile
NPD INTELECT: With Nearly 1 Billion Sold, Recordable CDs Become Mainstream
PORT WASHINGTON, NY, June 6, 2001 market researcher NPD INTELECT reported today that, over the past 15 months, sales of blank recordable CDs through U.S. retailers, mail-order firms and resellers had reached nearly 1 billion blank disks.
For the first quarter of 2001, despite the sales slowdown in the computer industry, unit sales of CD recordable media rose almost fourfold and revenues increased by 76 percent, compared to the same period a year ago.
"Even as consumers slow their purchase of technology products they continue to find the advantages of CD recording compelling, as evidenced in the huge numbers of blank discs being sold each month," said Stephen Baker, Director of Research at NPD INTELECT. "The mainstreaming of this function will be tested over the next few months as CD makers and marketers begin to implement recently announced price increases.". This trickle down affect isThese increases are already beginning to impact consumers, as the average cost per disc for CD media increased to 55 cents in March 2001, up 7 cents from the previous month's figure of 48 cents. In addition, the average retail price for a 10-pack of CD-R discs climbed to $11 in March 2001, up $3 from February's $8 average price.
"The growing need for more storage for downloading music to archiving digital images - is driving sales of CD burners which in turn continues to drive sales of blank disks," Baker added. "Even as PC sales slow, CD burners are attaining the status of a checklist item for computer buyers. This is demonstrated by the impressive market share held by computers with pre-installed CD recordable drives." The robust sales growth of aftermarket CD recordable drives is one of the factors driving increasing consumer demand for CD media. Retail sales of these drives grew 136.4% during the first quarter of this year, compared to Q1 2000. Also, a greater number of computers are being sold with a CD recordable drive pre-installed. Retail unit sales of computers with a pre-installed CD recordable drive grew 15 percent over the year ago period. Unit sales of these systems represented 43.2 percent of total retail computer sales during Q1 2001, compared to 32.4 percent during Q1 2000.
Sales of home audio CD Recorders are also fueling this trend with 71.1% growth during the first quarter of 2001 compared to the same period last year. "As prices for audio CD rRecorders have fallen to affordable levels (April ASP $363) another nail is driven into the tape cassette coffin,." According to Jim Hirschberg, director of Consumer Electronics for NPD INTELECT. ...NPD INTELECT profile
Dataram reports 20% annual revenue growth
Princeton, NJ, June 6, 2001 Dataram Corporation (NASDAQ: DRAM) today reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended April 30, 2001.
The Company reported revenue for the fourth quarter of $25.9 million compared to $32.9 million for the same period of the previous fiscal year. Net earnings excluding amortization of intangible assets, net of tax ("Cash Earnings") were $839,000 or $0.09 per diluted share compared to $2.4 million or $0.24 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year. Net earnings for the fourth quarter were $635,000 or $0.07 per diluted share.
For the fiscal year, Dataram reported revenue of $131 million, a 20 percent increase over the previous fiscal year level. Cash earnings increased 12 percent to $8.8 million or $0.90 per diluted share, compared to $7.8 million or $0.81 cents per diluted share in the previous fiscal year. Net earnings were $8.6 million or $0.88 cents per diluted share.
During its fiscal fourth quarter, Dataram completed the acquisition of certain assets of Memory Card Technology A/S. ("MCT"), a leading European designer and manufacturer of memory upgrades, headquartered in Denmark with sales offices worldwide. Consequently, the Company has entered into a new line of credit agreement with its bank. The agreement provides for a $10 million term loan, which was used to complete the acquisition, and a $15 million revolving line of credit, which is unused. The fourth quarter financial results include approximately six weeks of the acquired MCT operations, which generated a net loss of approximately $971,000 or $0.10 per diluted share.
Mark Maddocks, Dataram's vice president of finance and CFO stated, "MCT had been in suspension of payments for approximately two months prior to the acquisition. While we were reestablishing relationships with customers and vendors we continued to incur normal operating costs. This process was largely completed early in the first quarter of fiscal 2002." ...Dataram profile
Nanochip Teams With Memstech to Produce The Worlds First Commercial CMOS MEMS Storage Devices
San Jose, Calif., 05 June, 2001 Nanochip, Inc. and MEMS TECHNOLOGY today announced a joint development effort to deliver world's first MEMS-based commercial memory devices.
The announcement continues Nanochip's aggressive campaign and commitment to lead the expanding need for storage in the portable market by forming strong partnerships with leading OEM's and suppliers. This partnership leverages Nanochip's MEMS, media, and design expertise and MEMSTech's rich MEMS manufacturing capabilities in SensFab Pte Ltd a MEMS Wafer Fabrication Foundry and SenzPak Pte Ltd a specialized MEMS packaging house. Within this effort, Nanochip and MEMSTech will jointly refine the proprietary Nanochip manufacturing process for building the Nanochip low-power MEMS memory engines. Nanochip will then incorporate and integrate these devices into several upcoming general purpose and application specific memory products.
"Since it's inception MEMSTech has been a supportive foundry partner for Nanochip. This joint development is a further commitment for both parties to work together and continue to lead the MEMS memory market" said Ross Johnston, president of Nanochip. "While there are other MEMS-based storage initiatives, we feel that our position is far superior in that with the help of MEMSTech we are developing a commercially viable high yield process. Nanochip will release the worlds first MEMS memory device that the everyday consumer can afford and use." ...Nanochip profile
StorageWay, Storage Access, Progressive Technologies Group and StorageLink choose Yipes' optical IP networks for customer connectivity
SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2001 - Yipes Communications, Inc. today announced that Storage Service Providers (SSPs) in markets across the country have chosen its pioneering optical IP networks for the fastest, most flexible and affordable connections to their customers.
These SSPs are providing services such as storage backup, disaster recovery and data retrieval over Yipes' network directly to corporate locations. By partnering with Yipes, industry-leading SSPs like StorageWay can now reach a far greater number of customers, allowing businesses to scale their IT infrastructure more economically, better manage their vital information and focus on their core competencies. With its near-instant scalability, Yipes is a particularly good fit with SSPs that offer storage as a utility service-adjusting storage and network capacity to quickly and precisely meet customer requirements. Storage is one of the most demanding network applications. Its requirements for high capacity, speed, scalability and data security make it ideally suited to Yipes' gigabit optical networks.
The inherent scalability of Yipes' network-from 1 Megabit per second to 1 Gigabit per second in 1 Mbps increments-offers the ultimate flexibility for bandwidth-intensive storage applications. The exceptionally low latency of Yipes' regional networks-typically less than 5 milliseconds end-to-end-ensures that high-volume storage services, such as backup-and-restore operations, proceed with utmost speed and efficiency. The redundant fiber-ring architecture of Yipes' network provides high network availability, backed by strict service level agreements.
One of the leaders in the new SSP market, StorageWay, already serves more than 15 markets across the country and numbers several Fortune 500 companies among its early customers. Housed in secure data centers, StorageWay's goal "is to leverage Yipes' network to extend our service to other Internet data centers and to enterprise customers directly," said Jason Schaffer, Vice President of Marketing at StorageWay.
"We selected Yipes as our go-to-market partner because of our common approach to service flexibility and scalability," Schaffer explained. "StorageWay's unique storage utility architecture enables customers to scale backup and storage capacity almost immediately from less than 100 Gigabytes to many Terabytes. Yipes' network functions the same way, allowing customers to turn up bandwidth on demand, all the way to a Gigabit per second and beyond. With Yipes, our customers now will be able to scale their bandwidth and storage infrastructure in parallel, as each application warrants. There will be a growing and seamless fit between our infrastructures and organizations."
Storage Access, based in Boca Raton, Florida, is building a global network of managed storage repositories that are extremely secure, highly available and easily accessible by the Internet, direct connection or by a variety of wireless devices. Yipes will be a key element in its strategy of reaching customers.
Progressive Technologies Group, based in Fort Collins, Colo., serves the Front Range market with industrial-strength data protection and disaster recovery services. Two Yipes customers already use PTG for critical backup-and-restore operations. Drew Furney, Director of Business Development at PTG, says the company chose Yipes for its highly scalable bandwidth, the simplicity of Yipes' fully managed services and the extremely competitive price. But PTG quickly came to value Yipes' helpful approach as well. "Yipes' customer service was a huge factor," Furney said. "Yipes' people are proactive and pitch in when we need them. Yipes' service has been above and beyond what we could get from anyone else."
StorageLink, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, will use Yipes' Gigabit Ethernet optical network to deliver backup and restore services, disaster recovery and online archiving to enterprises and tenants of Internet data centers looking to outsource their data-protection needs.
"Yipes is pleased to partner with a broad range of companies offering comprehensive storage solutions," said Ron Young, Yipes Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer. "Our relationship is truly symbiotic: We enable SSPs to reach customers cost-effectively and their presence on our network adds value by giving our users a greater choice of services. Our fast, flexible and secure optical IP networks are truly storage ready." ...Yipes profile
SAN Valley Systems Names Former 3Com Executive Vice-President of Business Development
CAMPELL, Calif., June 5, 2001 - SAN Valley Systems, Inc. today announced the appointment of Niraj Jain as vice president of business development.
Jain will play a major role in defining corporate business strategy and building strategic relationships with major storage and networking partners. As vice president of business development, Jain will head up strategic alliance initiatives and will lead analysis and exploration of new business opportunities for SAN Valley.
"The leadership and experience Niraj brings to SAN Valley is critical to our ability to form strong and mutually beneficial strategic alliances", said SAN Valley Systems President and CEO, Sandy Helton. "His reputation as a strategist will play an important role in building recognition for SAN Valley's IP-SAN solutions. His in-depth understanding of customer needs and market trends will contribute greatly to our future success."
Prior to joining SAN Valley, Jain was director of business development for 3Com's residential connectivity group, which developed solutions for broadband access, home networking, gateways, voice-over-IP, Internet appliances, and other emerging technologies in the converged consumer networking market. Jain was a key architect of a business plan to leverage 3Com's broadband modem sales into a $1B value added solutions business. ...SAN Valley Systems profile
IDC Study Finds EMC Infrastructure Delivers "Profound Cost Savings"
Hopkinton, MA- Tuesday, June 5, 2001 "Profound cost savings" associated with an EMC information storage infrastructure are quantified in the most significant new independent research on storage TCO (total cost of ownership) and value research presented in several years.
The new IDC report, titled "EMC Information Storage Infrastructure Reduces Cost, Drives Business Value", highlights significant customer-articulated cost savings associated with EMC information storage infrastructure and defines new metrics for storage TCO.
Examples of IDC's findings include:
MTI Vivant S Series Now Shipping in Volume
ANAHEIM, Calif., June 5, 2001 MTI Technology Corp. today announced that its MTI Vivant S Series, a Fibre Channel SAN - based storage appliance is currently shipping in volume.
With customers already deploying the product, the S Series is one of the most popular SAN solutions from MTI, joining an installed base of 500+ enterprise class Vivant customers worldwide. The Vivant S Series features 1.7TB to 6.8TB of storage capacity and is a completely integrated SAN allowing IT managers the option of consolidating storage for multiple UNIX and Windows NT/2000 servers. The Vivant S Series has a fully redundant architecture to provide its users Continuous Access to Online Information. The MTI Vivant S Series is available in both rack-mount and cabinet configurations.
"The MTI Vivant S Series has quickly become the storage solution of choice of organizations looking for highly available, scalable, high-performance data storage," said Russ Ritchie, Director of Product Marketing at MTI. "With orders for the S Series coming in, we are confident that this is a storage solution that will help companies conquer their overflow of business-critical data while providing a significant return on their investment both now and in the future." ...MTI Technology profile
Microsoft to Present Future Directions for Storage Networking at Peripheral Concepts' Network Storage 2001
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- June 5, 2001 - Microsoft Corporation will give a long-awaited presentation on the future directions of storage networking at Network Storage 2001, next week in Monterey, Calif.
Microsoft will also participate in two panel discussions.
Network Storage 2001 features its highly respected Executive Roundtable with top storage executives from Cisco, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, McDATA and Seagate who will assess the storage industry evolution and opportunities on Wednesday, June 13, 2001. New registration options allow attending one day only to include the panel and the reception.
Press and media sponsors and attendees will include Computer Technology Review, InfoStor, SMS, Business Solutions, Integrated Solutions, STA, STORAGEsearch.com., La Tribune, Mix Magazine, SearchStorage.com. isit.com, ASPstreet.com, HSPstreet.com, The Churchill Club and IDG News.
The conference is developed and managed by Peripheral Concepts Inc., a market consulting firm specializing in Storage and Storage Management. Sponsors of NS2001 include Cisco Systems, Exabyte, McDATA , Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Quantum/ATL, SAN Valley Systems, KOM Networks and Storability. ...Microsoft profile, ...Peripheral Concepts profile
Editor's note:- some readers emailed to say they thought I was nuts, when I included Microsoft in my January article - Squeak! - The 10 biggest storage companies in 2003. Well, they could be right about the nuts bit, but not for that reason. I think you're going to see "Microsoft" appearing in a lot of news stories connected with "storage" over the next few years...
Infineon Files Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission
Munich, Germany June 5, 2001 Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) has on Monday filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to enable a public offering of shares by Infineon.
The company has appointed Goldman, Sachs & Co. oHG as global coordinator. A registration statement has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. Securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time a registration statement becomes effective. This announcement is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy shares of Infineon. ...Infineon Technologies profile
ManagedStorage International Launches Suite Of Data Storage Management Services
BROOMFIELD, Colorado, U.S./London, England, June 5, 2001 - ManagedStorage International, Inc today announced that it will design, implement, and operate all outsourced storage services offerings of TeleCity PLC a European provider of data center services.
This is the first comprehensive European-wide offering for businesses that want to outsource data storage management. ManagedStorage will design scalable, multi-vendor infrastructures, implement these new systems, and proactively operate these storage solutions through innovative management and monitoring technologies for TeleCity's customers, enabling them to focus on their core businesses.
TeleCity will roll out the first set of turnkey storage solutions in June in the United Kingdom. Deployment to other countries will continue through 2001. ManagedStorage's storage expertise will enable TeleCity to provide value-add services to information-intensive customers who require storage support, but lack the technical expertise or capacity to initiate these programs in-house. ...ManagedStorage International profile
Avaki (formerly Applied Meta) Raises $6M from Polaris
Cambridge, Mass., June 4, 2001 - Avaki Corporation, formerly Applied MetaComputing, Inc., announced that it has closed $6 Million in its first venture capital funding, led by Polaris Venture Partners.
The funding enables Avaki to commercialize its Internet-scale enterprise-class "grid" middleware platform, which converges distributed, pervasive, and peer-oriented computing. The platform, in development for seven years at the University of Virginia, unifies multiple work platforms in multiple locations, robustly and securely extending enterprise capabilities to the edge of the Internet.
Due to its new focus on enterprise middleware, Applied Meta has changed its name to Avaki Corporation. The word "avaki," which comes from the Polynesian language spoken in the Marquesas Islands, connotes a distribution of resources in a manner in which everyone takes part.
Widely viewed as ahead of his time, Professor Andrew Grimshaw, founder and CTO of Avaki, foresaw the coming revolution of the networked world. Developed by a team led by Grimshaw in 1993 at the University of Virginia, Avaki's technology allows robust and secure cooperation among networked resources. It has been in production for over three years and is currently used at over 20 university and government sites. Grimshaw built the technology around the principle of masking and managing underlying complexity, developing an integrated infrastructure that would allow all types of digital devices and resources - regardless of scale, physical location, language and underlying operating system - to work seamlessly together. ...Avaki profile, Inanimate Power, Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands
Storage Technologist Lynn Jacobs Moves to ADIC
June 4, 2001 - Redmond, Washington. Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) today announced that Lynn Jacobs, one of the best-known technical leaders in the data storage industry, has joined the Company as Vice President-Engineering.
Jacobs will share responsibility for design, integration and test of ADIC's storage solutions. He will report to Said Rahmani, ADIC Executive Vice President of Research and Development.
Mr. Jacobs has over 24 years of program management and product development experience in various industries, including most recently twelve years at StorageTek where he was Vice President of Engineering for Tape Drive and Cartridge New Product Development and a principal in the development of proprietary data storage technologies. He holds 15 patents and has recently been responsible for engineering teams of 100-200 professionals.
ADIC President and Chief Operating Officer Chuck Stonecipher said, "as ADIC approaches a half billion dollars in annual revenue, we must continue to evolve our processes and procedures to reflect the scale of our opportunities and the demands of our customers. Lynn brings a level of seniority, industry prospective and vision that we expect will significantly enhance our ability to continue delivering innovative and reliable software and hardware products to serve those customers." ...ADIC profile
Storage Networking Industry Leaders Forge Breakthrough Interoperability Initiatives
New York City- June 4, 2001 Storage industry leaders Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Compaq Computer Corporation, EMC Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation and McDATA® Corporation today announced several industry-changing initiatives intended to provide storage product customers with the first qualified cross-vendor, interoperable storage networking solutions to come from the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
The initiative also provides improved cooperative support among storage product vendors.
LSI Logic samples first Ultra320 SCSI controller with proven interoperability
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4, 2001 - LSI Logic Corporation today announced commercial availability of the LSI53C1030 Ultra320 SCSI controller and the start of a worldwide product sampling and demo program featuring LSI Logic's Ultra320 products.
Built on LSI Logic's powerful Fusion-MPT architecture, LSI Logic is showcasing the LSI53C1030 at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.
"Having end-to-end Ultra320 products with proven interoperability allows our customers to migrate to this next generation of performance with confidence. We've moved out of the lab and into the marketplace as bandwidth and speed requirements continue to grow," said Bill Wuertz, vice president and general manager of LSI Logic's Storage Standard Products. General customer availability on the controller and related host adapter boards are anticipated before year-end. ...LSI Logic profile
NTI CD Maker 2000 Included with Intel Desktop Motherboards
TUSTIN, CA - June 4, 2001 - NewTech Infosystems (NTI) announced today that NTI CD Maker 2000, a high-performance CD-R/RW mastering and recording application designed specifically for Windows environments, is shipping with Intel Desktop Boards.
"NTI CD Maker 2000 recording software, combined with SoundMAX, RealPlayer, and RealJukebox as a unified offering with the Intel ICH2/AC'97 desktop motherboards is targeted at the heart of the multimedia market", says David Yao, Executive VP of NTI. "This combination provides a most powerful and compelling answer to those premium integrators whose intent is to offer the most advanced and cost effective multimedia solution" ...NewTech Infosystems profile
Vixel and Dallas Digital Services Partner to Provide Enterprise-level Fibre Channel Storage Solutions
Bothell, WA, June 4, 2001 - Vixel Corporation today announced that Dallas Digital Services (DDS), a provider of enterprise storage networking solutions, has become the latest VAR to sell and support the Vixel family of storage interconnect products.
Under the agreement, DDS will integrate Vixel's complete array of Fibre Channel switches and hubs into its comprehensive storage solutions targeted for Fortune 1000 companies, leveraging their expertise in deploying mission-critical Fibre Channel SANs.
As an authorized reseller of products from industry leaders including ATL, EMC, StorageTek and Veritas, Dallas Digital will use Vixel's complete line of Fibre Channel switches and hubs to round out their cache of high-performance storage solution offerings. DDS customers will now have access to the Vixel 7000 and 9000 Series Fibre Channel switches.
"Vixel's Fibre Channel interconnect products offer unique advantages to our enterprise customers, such as their ability to scale for use in large switching meshes and interoperate in multivendor switch environments," said Robert Kiesling, founder and CEO, Dallas Digital Services. "Our business is predicated on ensuring that our customers realize the value of their Fibre Channel SAN investments, and Vixel's products will play an integral role in helping us maximize the ROI of each installation."
"DDS and Vixel are working together to simplify the implementation of storage networks. By combining our best-of-class interconnect products with DDS' storage expertise and exemplary support services, our mutual customers can now achieve the robust and scalable storage that is a requirement in today's enterprise SANs," said Brian Reed Vixel Corporation. "DDS' well-established base of Fortune 1000 customers will help extend the installed base for Vixel-based SANs and enable more customers to take advantage of the flexibility of Fibre Channel storage environments." ...Dallas Digital Services profile, ...Vixel profile
Spacedisk, Inc. has changed its name to Accellion, Inc.
Editor's rumor - June 4, 2001 - Spacedisk may be in need of more web design resources.. Actually, this is mere speculation on my part, triggered by the fact that a press release today on BUSINESS WIRE reported that Spacedisk has changed its name to Accellion. There was no mention of this name change this morning on either the Spacedisk or Accellion web sites. It's difficult to manage brand changes at any time, but this is a good example of how not to do it. ...Accellion profile
Banderacom Raises $35 Million in Second-Round Funding
AUSTIN, Texas - June 4, 2001 - Banderacom, a leading fabless InfiniBand semiconductor company, today announced $35 million in second-round venture capital funding.
Lead investor Infinity Venture Capital LLC joins well-known venture capital and technology leaders Austin Ventures, Crossroads Systems, Intel, Jato Tech Ventures, QLogic Corporation and Trinity Venture Capital as Banderacom's second-round investors. Austin Ventures, Crossroads Systems, Intel and Jato Tech Ventures participated in Banderacom's $9 million first-round funding, concluded in August 2000. This $35 million investment will enable Banderacom to maintain its leadership position in the rapidly emerging InfiniBand technology sector by funding the development of Banderacom's IBandit silicon products family.
"This substantial investment by industry leaders reflects Banderacom's early success and strategically positions Banderacom to continue to be the leading InfiniBand semiconductor supplier," said Les Crudele, president and CEO, Banderacom. "Banderacom will use this funding to accelerate development of the high-performance InfiniBand products our networking and storage customers demand."...Banderacom profile
New EAS 2.1 offers enhanced global support - 20+ languages
Ottawa, Canada, June 1, 2001 - Ottawa software developer EDUCOM released Exchange Archive Solution (EAS) 2.1 for MS Exchange.
EAS is an agile, highly robust and scalable enterprise archive solution for MS Exchange. EAS 2.1 incorporates an enormous number of advanced technological features.
"Every time we release a new version of the product, I believe, it just can't get any better. However, in responding to our clients' requests, our development team has been able to incorporate, some amazing new and enhanced features into the EAS 2.1 release." says EDUCOM's CEO Andrew Moffat. Moffat went on to state "To date we have been very successful gaining a global foothold. However, our move to a global presence has been significantly enhanced with the release of EAS 2.1, as it fully supports over 20 different languages and dialects."
"Our larger financial clients were very pleased when they tested EAS. They had large complex environments that required auto synchronization of the archived mail's access rights across 100,000 users, the archive solution needed to be able to transparently handle large geographically dispersed user communities, the requirements demanded performance that would process millions of messages in a four hour window." states Tom Dobaj, EDUCOM's CTO. Dobaj went on to say "EAS 2.1's performance is over the top. We are processing mail at speeds rated in minutes that exceed what some of our competitors rate in hours. In addition, we have demonstrated to larger clients that when we state "single instance storage" that means single instance, and that claim is reflected in the numbers that we are seeing during client testing. When five year projections are being extrapolated by clients, using their own test data, we have been rated as using much less storage than the competition. Without any loss of intellectual property." ...EDUCOM profile
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