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NJ - MARCH 7, 2001 - INRANGE Technologies, announced today that it
is partnering with BMC Software, Inc. to deliver enhanced storage
resource management solutions for INRANGE-based SANs. BMC Software will
develop a PATROL® knowledge module - an interface to BMC Software's
Applications-Centric Storage Management solution - for INRANGE's IN-VSN Virtual
Storage Networking architecture. BMC Software's solution will let network
administrators control both applications and SAN resources from a central
location. This approach helps lower the cost of storage ownership and enables
users to keep pace with the ever-increasing data volumes that must be linked and
made highly-available. Through this partnership, SAN customers can use BMC
Software management solutions to proactively manage INRANGE-based heterogeneous
(or multi-vendor) SANs. Management capabilities will include real-time "application
level views" of all devices in a SAN through dynamic discovery,
application-level management of storage devices to optimize resource
utilization, and integration of SAN events into the BMC Software management
...BMC Software profile,
, ...INRANGE Technologies
PHOENIX, Ariz., March 7, 2001 SanOne, Inc. and StoreAge Networking Technologies announced today a definitive agreement extending their existing technical and commercial cooperation in building solutions that allow customers to consolidate, manage and scale centrally their storage assets. The two-year agreement calls for StoreAge's SVM technology to serve as the core virtualization engine for SanOne's recently announced DAMstor modular storage system.
"Storage virtualization is the single most significant advance in storage technology over the past several years," explained Eli Shapira, President of StoreAge. "StoreAge has developed a unique architecture which virtualizes storage out-of-the data path thus provides all the advantages of virtualization without any performance drawback. SanOne has been the first to understand how critical it is to include virtualization in enterprise storage solutions. They bring tremendous expertise in integrating our technology in today's complex SAN environment, as well as productizing it and serving the massive requirements of the US market." ...SanOne profile, ...StoreAge Networking Technologies profile
Redwood City, California - March 06, 2001 - Latest Zona Research report reveals 50% of enterprises say NAS is important to their distributed storage strategy. Once upon a time storage was just a repository for data, but alas the Internet floodgates have opened, saturating businesses with trillions of emails and untold numbers of ecommerce transactions to administer. While each piece of customer information could prove invaluable to Internet savvy enterprise, simply storing, let alone effectively managing this horde of data, could bury the existing enterprise data storage infrastructure. For many, the notion of "Storage at the Edge", the strategic placement and management of enterprise data across the network, offers a chance to regain control of the myriad stores in the enterprise. But are enterprises successfully rising to the challenge?
To answer this and other salient questions, Zona Research announces the release of its latest Zona Market Report, Storage At The Edge: Have Data, Will Travel. The report is packed with primary research from interviews with 203 decision enterprise makers who are currently deploying storage at the edge solutions or plan to do so by 2003. This report addresses storage deployment budgets, deployment plans, barriers to deployment, the benefits of distributed storage as well as preferred purchasing channels for storage solutions. ...Zona Research profile
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 6, 2001 - TAC Systems today announced an innovative new notebook-sized version of its NAS-Turbo hard disk-based storage system for workgroup and network attached storage. The TurboBook server is about the size and weight of a typical notebook computer and provides up to 80 gigabytes of RAID 5 storage.
The system plugs into existing networks with no additional wiring or modifications and supports Novell NetWare* and Windows* NT operating system-based networks simultaneously. It can be managed via the Web locally or remotely from clients using Windows (95,98,00,NT), Unix, Macintosh, OS/2, Linux, and Novell operating systems.
|"Portable storage has been neglected for some time, but is something customers are requesting more and more," noted Mickey Johnson, National Sales Manager, TAC Systems. "We developed the TurboBook server for IT staffs and anyone who needs a cost-effective way to carry their storage with them."|
server was developed to provide a large amount of storage in a portable
form-factor. Information technology and system maintenance staffs, for example,
typically upgrade operating systems and applications for individual PC users in
larger organizations and often roam office-to-office. Before the availability
of the TurboBook server, software was downloaded slowly over a network, creating
bottlenecks, or software had to be installed manually by disks or CDs. Back-up
storage and data restoration also are ideal applications for the TurboBook
server, which eliminates the need for tech staff to carry and use tape storage.
The TurboBook Server is available immediately for volume shipments, starting at
...TAC Systems profile|
Campbell, Calif., March 6, 2001 - SAN Valley Systems, announced today their charter membership on the SNIA IP Storage Forum. The SNIA IP Storage Forum was formed to market and promote standards-based block storage networking solutions across IP networks. SAN Valley's role in the SNIA IP Storage Forum builds upon its active participation in SNIA's technical working groups and its work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
"The marketing initiatives driven by the SNIA IP Storage Forum represent a critical step towards ensuring ease of integration and interoperability based upon industry adopted standards," says Sandy Helton, president and CEO of SAN Valley Systems. "The IP Storage Forum will have significant impact on the market acceptance of IP Storage technology, helping to alleviate the interoperability issues that existed with early Fibre Channel technology."
Farid Neema, president of Santa Barbara-based Peripheral Concepts, Inc. states, "SAN Valley is pioneering this transition to IP storage networking. Joining the SNIA forum is an excellent initiative, since only through a focused effort can this technology hit the ground running. The long-term market potential of this technology is very high" ...SAN Valley Systems profile
See also:- Industry trade associations
FREMONT, Calif. March 6, 2001 MaxOptix Corporation today unveiled the StreamIT, the first tape RAID appliance in the industry and the first in a planned series of high-availability Tape RAID appliances for MaxOptix. StreamIT is the first tape appliance that meets the performance and reliability demands of SAN-based serverless backup applications. Combining a fault tolerant chassis design with its PowerStream RAID controller for removable storage and Sony¹s robust AIT-2 drive technology, MaxOptix has created a unique and cost-effective, leading-edge solution that meets the most demanding data management requirements for ultra-reliable enterprise storage. The "plug and play" StreamIT appliance meets an increasing market demand for higher-performance solutions, with outstanding performance boasting transfer rates of over 2,200 MB/min or over 130 GB/hr with up to 400 GB of capacity.
|"Serverless backup enables
disk arrays to backup directly to tape devices. What better way to backup a
disk RAID system than with a tape RAID system?" said Fred Bedard, Senior
Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MaxOptix.
StreamIT StreamIT users can easily integrate the power of the tape RAID into their existing tape backup architecture as it provides 100 percent transparent support for all leading backup and storage management applications. The exceptional reliability and performance of the StreamIT appliance is based on the innovative RAID for Removable Media architecture enabled by MaxOptix¹s PowerStream controller technology.
| The array
supports a variety of configurations through a single Ultra-2 SCSI host or Fibre
Channel connection to precisely meet customer requirements based on cost,
performance and availability parameters.
The appliance supports both RAID level 1 with data mirrored across up to five individual drives or one or two pairs of drives and RAID level 3 operation where data and parity information are striped across five AIT-2 drives, while taking advantage of the aggregate bandwidth of all tape drives, to create data transfer rates of more than 130 GB/hr and providing corporate customers with a failure-resistant tape solution that can withstand a single AIT drive or media failure and continue backup or restore operations with no loss of data or interruption of service. To further enhance system reliability and fault tolerance, the StreamIT incorporates N+1 cooling fans and optional N+1 power supplies, eliminating those components as failure points that could cripple the unit. MaxOptix new StreamIT appliance is currently available in rack-mount configurations with five- drive configurations with either an Ultra-2 SCSI or Fibre Channel interface. List prices are $29,995 and $34,995 respectively. The new tape array is supported on all major storage management software applications as well as all operating systems. ...Maxoptix profile
FREMONT, Calif., March 6, 2001 Network Peripherals Inc. announced today the industry's first IP-based Gigabit Ethernet switch with an integrated hardware-software architecture specifically for data storage applications, including both SANs and NAS. NPI collaborated with FalconStor Software, Inc., Melville, N.Y., to embed that company's new IPStor software into an NPI switch with either six or 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports, two SCSI ports and two Fibre Channel ports.
The new XSAN"! is also the first switch designed to provision storage over IP with a full suite of enterprise-class storage services including virtualization, mirroring, remote replication, snapshot and zero-impact backup/restore facilitators. XSAN is also designed to fully support the emerging iSCSI standard.
The XSAN switch is a turnkey solution allowing enterprise customers to leverage their existing Ethernet infrastructure and IT staff expertise to construct a SAN/NAS storage network based on the familiar IP protocol. Coupled with a per-port cost less than half that of typical Fibre Channel switches, the NPI solution can drastically lower the total cost of ownership of the storage network. While XSAN provides IP connectivity to provision virtualized, managed, SAN and NAS services to application servers, it uses raw storage space from Fibre Channel and/or SCSI-based storage subsystems via the built-in ports. This allows customers to take full advantage of the global connectivity of IP, the scalability of Fibre Channel and the large installed base of SCSI. Until now, Fibre Channel has been the only means to consolidate and provision storage. ...FalconStor Software profile, ...Network Peripherals profile
See also:- Network Switches
Boulder, CO - March 5, 2001 - Ecrix Corp. today announced that ECMA has approved and published the VXA-1 Format standard. This standard specifies the magnetic tape cartridge, the recording method and the recorded format used in the VXA-1 tape drive that Ecrix sells through worldwide channels, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, resellers, e-tailers and direct over the company's web site.
In 1996, Ecrix founders and tape industry leaders, Juan Rodriguez, a founder of StorageTek and Exabyte, and Kelly Beavers, a founder of Exabyte, introduced the VXA concept of recording data on tape in small data packets instead of entire tracks or large data blocks. Following several review sessions and approval by ECMA's Magnetic Tapes and Cartridges Technical Committee (TC17), the 39th General Assembly of ECMA released this standard as ECMA-316 8mm Wide Magnetic Tape Cartridge for Information Interchange - Helical Scan Recording- VXA-1 Format.
Founded in 1961, ECMA is dedicated to the standardization of information and communication systems. Generally recognized as being far-sighted and reflecting technological trends at an early stage, over 150 ECMA standards have been accepted as a base for standards published by International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). In addition, active participation in ECMA by leading information and communications technology companies generally ensures rapid acceptance of ECMA standards by ISO and IEC. ...Ecrix profile
Wilmington, MA, March 5, 2001 Kentron Technologies announced its 1.125-inch high, 168-pin, PC133 SDR DIMM. The module is a single board solution with a profile height of 1.125". This high-density memory module is available in Registered operation and has densities ranging from 128MB-1GB. The 1.125" Low Profile module will be available for sampling in Q1, 2001.
"Kentron has met the challenge of developing a high-density memory module that fits the ultra low profile need of leading Tier1 server manufacturers," said Bob Goodman, CEO of Kentron Technologies. "The low profile, 1U chassis and the new "hyper-dense" server chassis of the server solutions require large amounts of memory in a small space at the lowest cost. The new 1.125" low profile module delivers exactly that." ...Kentron Technologies profile
Washington, D.C. - March 5, 2001 - SwapDrive today announced that the first phase of the company's three-tiered wireless support initiative is now available. Wireless file access and data storage is the latest enhancement to the company's Corporate Web service. Current and future Corporate Web customers can utilize the wireless service at no extra charge. Phase I wireless support will enable Palm VIIx Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) users to access, view and manage their files and share data with customers, partners and fellow employees. Phase II, expected to be integrated into the Corporate Web service in Q2 of 2001, will extend support to additional wireless platforms. Phase III, which will be rolled-out in Q3 of 2001, will include the ability to fax, upload, download and email files from a wireless device.
Support for the Palm VII PDA is now available at www.swapdrive.com. The service is available as part of the SwapDrive Corporate Web at no extra charge. Costs for the Corporate Web service range from $50 to $200 per gigabyte per month depending on specific storage needs. ...SwapDrive profile
MARLBOROUGH, MA, March 5, 2001 - LiveVault Corp. today made it possible for the first time for enterprises with remote and branch offices (RBOs) and small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) to fully protect their critical server data. The company announced the immediate availability of its LiveVault Online Backup ServiceTM, the first 24x7 online backup, recovery and electronic vaulting service designed specifically for servers.
John Butler, President and CEO of LiveVault said: "The LiveVault Online Backup Service completely eliminates the need for server backup, tape handling, vaulting and recovery. Our customers focus on their core business, not on backing up their data."
LiveVault eliminates the burden of traditional backup and data vaulting by using emerging last-mile bandwidth connections (e.g., DSL) to deliver its service, and by electronically vaulting data securely offsite at Iron Mountain® (NYSE:IRM). LiveVault created the new service based on two years of successful experience in providing proven backup and recovery technology solutions to hundreds of customers worldwide. With an estimated 3,000,000 stranded Windows NT/2000 servers, LiveVault believes that it is well positioned to benefit from a $10.5 billion market opportunity.
"Two pieces of Gartner Dataquest research suggest that by focusing on backup and recovery, LiveVault is targeting the sweet spot of the storage service market," said Adam Couture, Senior Analyst Gartner IT Services. "In a user wants and needs study, respondents indicated that they would be more likely to purchase data backup and recovery services from a storage service provider than any other service."
The use of managed services by RBOs and SMBs is exploding. LiveVault's new service offloads one of the most onerous yet important business functions. The LiveVault service is the first technology designed to perform continuous backup for this target market. There are services for SANs and for backing up laptops over a 56k modem, but until now there was nothing to serve the stranded (RBO and SMB) server market. ...LiveVault profile
Editor's note:- I completely disagree that this type of service can replace the need for traditional backup strategies, but I agree that it can be a useful part of your total data survival strategy. For example, if our local area is hit by a storm it can be days before the overhead line based telecommunications get reconnected. If that happens at the same time that someone breaks into the office and cleans out all the servers and backups (which did happen to a dot-com publisher we know) - then reloading your corporate data down a cell-phone is not currently an attractive option. We use a lot of different methods, and we do have our own generator and externally hosted web sites and ASP's, but you should never use a back up method which has a single point of failure.
Oslo, Norway, March 5, 2001 - Tandberg Data ASA announced today that they will begin volume shipments of the Tandberg SDLT220 tape drive from March 22, 2001. The Tandberg SDLT220 provides higher backup capacity, reliable data protection, faster data access and compatibility with previous product generations. The Tandberg SDLT220 offers a unique combination of optical and magnetic technologies that provides dramatically higher capacity and performance than current systems. Offering 110GB of native storage capacity and a transfer rate of 11MB/sec. (220GB at 22MB/sec. with 2:1 compression) the Tandberg SDLT220 tape drive is ideal for midrange computers, network servers, high-end workstations and mainframe environments running NetWare, UNIX, Windows NT, Linux, or proprietary operating systems. The Tandberg SDLT220 is highly suitable for applications in Automation, NAS and SAN environments. The Tandberg SDLT220 is also widely supported by all major independent software vendors.
The Tandberg SDLT220 is backward-read compatible to the large base of DLT8000, DLT7000, DLT4000 and DLT1 users. These customers have the ability to migrate to the higher capacity Tandberg SDLT220 when using DLTtape IV media.
"Super DLTtape technology coupled with Tandberg's expertise in automation products offers an unprecedented storage solution for customers in a variety of business environments," said William Boles, vice president, marketing, Quantum DLTtape Group. "Our partnership with Tandberg, as a second source supplier, is a powerful example of our dedication to delivering unparalleled technology solutions, service and satisfaction to our customers."
By early 2002, Tandberg Data will launch the next Super DLTtape tape drive, the Tandberg SDLT1P. This drive will offer a native capacity of 160GB of native storage capacity and a transfer rate of 60GB/hour or 16MB/sec. (320GB at 120GB/hour or 32MB/sec. with 2:1 compression). Quantum Super DLTtape technology provides a clear roadmap for long-term scalability in future mid-range and enterprise storage environments with more than 1TB of storage capacity and up to a 100MB/sec. transfer rate (native uncompressed). ...Tandberg Data profile
Boston, MA, March 5, 2001 - Astrum® Software today announced that it has closed its second round of venture capital by securing $5.3 Million in Series A funding. Led by JMI Equity Fund, other strategic investors include Ironside Ventures and Morgan Keegan. Astrum plans to use the investment to aggressively expand its SRM development efforts and strengthen sales and marketing initiatives.
Commenting on the announcement, Robert Infantino, President and CEO of Astrum stated, "We are thrilled to receive this endorsement and become a member of the JMI family. The storage resource management market is growing rapidly and our model brings scalable technology to those IT professionals looking to ensure connectivity, gain availability to their data, analyze performance and guarantee efficiency while reducing storage total cost of ownership. Ultimately, this means that a company's IT team has more time and resources to do their jobs more effectively." ...Astrum Software profile
Mountain View, CA, and Burlington, Canada, March 5, 2001 Legato Systems, Inc. today announced the grand opening of the company's newest facility in Burlington, Ontario. Legato Systems (Canada) is the hub for Legato's technical support operations worldwide, as well as a major center for Legato product development. With the move to 1111 International Boulevard in December 2000, Legato has made a substantial investment in the Burlington location, developing a high-availability infrastructure that includes a complete product education and demonstration center for customers. ...Legato Systems profile
MILPITAS, Calif., March 5, 2001 Maxtor® Corp. today announced it is now shipping Maxtor MaxAttach NAS 4100, a broadly interoperable, NAS file server. Windows, UNIX/Linux, Macintosh and NetWare users can easily access the server, share files and leverage existing network security features. The new high-density NAS file server is the first to support the latest enterprise directory services from Microsoft and Novell: Active Directory and NDS.
"Our goal is to make network storage more pervasive. Maxtor knows what IT customers value most, so we have added new features and capabilities such as Gigabit Ethernet, local SCSI backup support and integration into existing network and management environments to meet their needs," said Victor Jipson, president of Maxtor's Network Systems Group. "Companies can now widely deploy and manage our file servers with the backup and device-management tools already deployed on their business networks. IT managers will quickly realize that Maxtor MaxAttach NAS 4100 delivers the most value, manageability and performance in the mid-range NAS market."
Maxtor's MaxAttach NAS file servers, based on new Windows 2000 technologies, are compatible with backup and device-management tools from leading vendors such as Veritas, Legato, Computer Associates and Hewlett-Packard. They support RAID 0, 1 and 5 for increased data availability and a new SCSI port enables local backup to tape. On the 320GB NAS file server, Maxtor has added high-performance Gigabit Ethernet, up to 100 times faster than traditional Ethernet. Maxtor is the first storage vendor to ship a NAS file server with this robust feature set for less than two cents per megabyte, a price point more common to tape storage.
Maxtor MaxAttach NAS 4100 is currently available from leading distributors such as Bell Microproducts, Ingram Micro, Inc., and Tech Data. Suggested retail pricing for the new NAS file server is $3,299 for the 160GB configuration and $4,999 for the 320GB configuration. ...Maxtor profile
Melbourn, UK - March 5, 2001 - Plasmon has signed an agreement with UniTree Software. The partnership will combine the expertise of both parties to deliver complete automated data management to today's enterprises. Both Plasmon and UniTree believe that near line storage is key to providing cost effective solutions to problems associated with growing data mountains, whether these are in databases (data warehouses) or not. Plasmon and UniTree will work together to build market share. Plasmon will promote UniTree Database Near Line (UDNL) for database users and UniTree Central File Manager (UCFM) where databases are not used but files present storage challenges. ...Plasmon profile, ...UniTree Software profile
MILPITAS, Calif., Friday, March 2, 2001 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) today announced that it will incur a restructuring charge of approximately $10 million during the quarter as it takes steps to reduce operating expenses by more than $7 million per quarter.
"IT investments are down industry wide, and this trend is expected to continue over the next several months," said Bob Stephens, president and CEO at Adaptec. "We are taking the steps we feel are necessary to scale our costs to match the current business environment." Details of the restructuring plan will be announced before the end of the quarter, Stephens said. The goals of the program are to support future growth opportunities, focus on investments that grow top-line revenues, and restore operating margins.
Adaptec also noted that its sequential revenues for the fourth quarter will likely fall short of original projections and be down approximately 15 percent. As a result, the company has adjusted its earnings per share forecast for the fourth quarter to 10 to 15 cents per share. ...Adaptec profile
IRVINE, Calif. March 1, 2001 Procom Technology, Inc. today announced the qualification of Procom¹s NetFORCE 3000 series of NAS appliances with version 3.4 of VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter. The NetFORCE 3000 series combines traditional NAS benefits such as ease of use, ease of installation and true file sharing in heterogeneous environments with the device interoperability, high availability and other advantages of SANs. Series 3000 Fibre Channel-based storage can serve clients on existing LANs, MANs and WANs. With a raw capacity of 4.38 TB per rack-mounted enclosure, the 3000 series filers deliver immense storage capacity and seamless file sharing capabilities.
"VERITAS Software is the leading supplier of advanced storage solutions in today¹s enterprise environments," said Parsa Rohani, Procom Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning. "We are pleased to be partnering with such a leader so that we can best address the needs of enterprise IT managers through a cutting-edge combination of our NetFORCE 3000 filer, VERITAS NetBackup software and NDMP technologies." ...Procom Technology profile, ...VERITAS profile
Editor's note:- a few days ago, Procom Technology reported their financial results for the three-month period ended Jan. 31, 2001. Total revenue for the quarter, including legacy products, was $11.9 million, compared to first-quarter revenue of $13.3 million and $16.3 million for the same period last year. Within the NAS category, sales of Procom's flagship NetFORCE line grew 21 percent from $6.1 million in the first quarter to $7.4 million for the period ended Jan. 31.
Aliquippa, PA - March 1, 2001 - Microlite Corporation is pleased to announce that its popular BackupEDGE backup and disaster recovery software for Unix and Linux is now available through national value added distributor JBSi.
"We're thrilled to have JBSi as a business partner", said Tom Podnar, President of Microlite. "Our business model is to add value to Unix and Linux systems exclusively through the channel, and JBSi has a proven record of supporting and supplying the resellers and end users who need our products the most." ...Microlite profile
March 1, 2001-Redmond, Washington. Advanced Digital Information Corporation - announced today that its Redmond, Washington headquarters and manufacturing plants were undamaged by the February 28 earthquake that affected parts of the US maritime Northwest and that all internal systems are operating normally. The Company also reported that the temporary shipping delays caused by interruptions in service at local airports are not expected to have any significant negative impact on the Company's ability to deliver products. ...ADIC profile
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