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CARROLLTON, Texas - Nov. 14, 2001 - Excel/Meridian Data Inc. announced the immediate availability of its new SecurNAS 7200 NAS filer. The addition of the SecurNAS 7200 line provides a fault tolerant, scalable RAID solution for IT managers looking to quickly add over 1 terabyte of storage to their network. The SecurNAS 7200 filer is a fault tolerant, 4U Rack Mount with a powerful, low overhead, Linux-based operating system coupled with hardware RAID backplane and controller. It can be installed and configured in less than 15 minutes and offers a very affordable fault tolerant solution, readily scalable from 30 GB to 1 TB with cost-effective IDE hard drives.

Paul Kleifgen, vice president of marketing, summarized the new SecurNAS 7200 market niche: ``Customers have asked for features that we are only now able to deliver with the SecurNAS 7200 filer. Specifically, it offers full support for JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 3, RAID 0+1, and RAID 5. Secondly, they desire to have a solution which is scalable. The SecurNAS 7200 will accommodate up to 1.28 TB of raw data and up to 938 GB of data set up in RAID 5. Finally, add true NetWare NDS and IP support, redundant hot swap power supplies, cooling fan monitoring, and optional Gigabit Ethernet card. At a starting price of $7,595 for 120 GB, it is truly a unique value proposition in today's storage market.'' ...Excel/Meridian Data profile

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA - November 14, 2001 - Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a world leader in laser driver IC technology, today introduced a series of new dual laser driver ICs that deliver an innovative industry breakthrough for next-generation CD and DVD recordable optical disk drives. Elantec's new EL629xC architecture is the industry's first recordable write strategy architecture to enable two laser diodes to be driven from a single laser driver IC. The EL629xC lets OEMs and system designers build high performance combination CD-R/W and DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW drives for all disk formats more cost effectively than ever before.

The new architecture integrates standard DVD and CD write-strategy capability into the laser driver. It significantly improves performance by reducing write-strategy timing signal noise and distortion. Incorporating high-speed laser write waveform generators inside the laser driver device eliminates the need to drive high-speed timing signals over flex cables from the controller IC to the OPU, thus increasing the 'X' write speed performance dramatically. The EL629xC will enable up to 40X CD-R/W and 6X DVD-R drives speeds, significantly greater than performances achievable with current generations of laser diode drivers.

The market for recordable optical disk drives is expected to grow as much as 80 percent over the next several years. CDs have become the media of choice for data backup, downloadable music and other functions, and DVDs are increasingly used for video storage and downloadable movies. All major PC OEMs are shipping desktop models with a single optical recording drive -- known as a super-combo drive -- for recording all CD and DVD standard formats, and the consumer products industry has adopted the DVD recorder optical drive as a replacement for the aging tape-based VCR. Both these trends are fueling the need for a higher write- performance, cost-effective dual laser driver.

"This is a significant innovation for the optical drive market," said Stephen Sacarisen, Elantec's Director Strategic Marketing, Optical Products Group. "The EL629xC architecture allows optical drive OEMs to design a single product for all industry CD and DVD formats with a longer lifecycle and a higher value than any products currently available." ...Elantec Semiconductor profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - Nov. 14, 2001 - DISC Inc. announced today a new feature for the NSM Series libraries that will double the storage capacity and lower the total cost per megabyte to under a penny in its DVD-RAM libraries. The Capacity Doubler will be available as an option for the NSM2000 and NSM3000 models and will be standard in the NSM4000 and NSM6000 models. Used in conjunction with double-sided media, this new Capacity Doubler has been tailored for using the modular design of the NSM Series DVD-RAM libraries. The ease of integration also makes it perfect for upgrades to existing units providing a cost effective way for customers to increase their storage capacity.

``Customers that have purchased our modular design series have once again been rewarded by our commitment to this technology,'' stated Bob Riland, DISC's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. ``All units in the field are upgradeable with the Capacity Doubler and new customers will be able to acquire our solutions for less than a penny per megabyte. The new Capacity Doubler will give customers storage capacities up to 5.2 terabytes of data in one of the industry's smallest footprints.''

The Capacity Doubler from DISC will come standard in all NSM4000 and NSM6000 models. It can be added as an option to the NSM2000 or NSM3000 models. Any customer with a current DVD-RAM library from DISC can purchase a Capacity Doubler upgrade kit. Prices start at $2,660 for a Capacity Doubler to be installed at time of purchase or $4,100 for a field upgradeable. ...DISC profile

HOUSTON - November 14, 2001 - In an annual report on the worldwide disk storage market released by leading industry analyst firm IDC, Compaq Computer Corporation has achieved the number one position in the 2001 global disk storage systems market (internal and external), pushing ahead of EMC in terms of revenue, terabytes sold and units shipped.

According to the IDC comparison of the disk storage giants, Compaq bested EMC in five of six major categories, including highest revenue, most terabytes sold and largest number of units shipped in 2001. IDC forecasts that Compaq will ship 100 petabytes of capacity in 2001, more than two and a half times the capacity forecasted for EMC. Compaq will grow market share while the overall market decreases 18.2%, settling at $25.5 billion. ...Compaq profile, ...IDC profile

Editor's comments:- in another release today (below) citing the same IDC research, EMC was bullish on its prospects in the external RAID market. However if you look deeper into the situation, EMC has nothing to crow about because it's rapidly losing market share, and is just making positive sounding noises because that's been the company's PR culture for so long, and they have to think about all their disappointed shareholders.

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Alanco's Excel/Meridian Launches New SecurNAS 7200

Elantec Semiconductor Develops Industry's First CD/DVD Recordable Dual Laser Driver Architecture and New Family of CD/DVD Recordable ICs

DISC Inc., Announces Feature That Doubles Capacity of DVD RAM Storage Systems

Compaq StorageWorks Overtakes EMC to Become the Undisputed Leader in Disk Storage

BakBone Software Reports a 41% Quarter Over Quarter Revenue Increase for the Second Fiscal Quarter 2002

EMC to Finish 2001 as World's #1 Provider of External Storage for Fifth Consecutive Year, IDC Reports

IBM to Ship Exabyte M2 Tape Drives with iSeries AS/400 Servers

Maxoptix Embraces Third Generation of AIT

Astrum Software Challenges Customers to Reclaim 15% of Disk Space or Software is Free

Auspex Systems Broadens Market Strategy beyond Network Attached Storage

Network Appliance Announces Results for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2002

Merlin Names Robert G. Murray as Chief Marketing Officer

NTI Announces DVD Support in its Award-Winning Recording and Backup Software

Kentron Technologies is the First to be Approved for a Low Profile, 1GB DDR Memory Module on the Serverworks Grand Champion HE Architecture Platforms

LSI Logic Storage Systems Announces MetaStor E4600HPCx Storage System For High Performance Computing Sizes Competing Backup Technologies

EVault Accelerates the Adoption of Online Data Backup and Recovery Services Through Service Provider Relationships

FIA Naked Mini Server is Ideal "Building Block" for White Box Resellers and Systems Integrators

Ailing Systems "Phone Home" With Seek Systems' Remote Monitoring Solution

LeftHand Networks Introduces NSM 100

Western Digital To Demonstrate Serial ATA Hard Drives at Comdex

Intersil Works With Intel on New Concept PC

HP Introduces World's First Retail PC with DVD+RW Technology for Easy DVD Recording

LSI Logic announces key customer designs for Fusion-MPT based Ultra320 SCSI Solutions

Growing Industry Support For Memory Stick Removable Media Format on Show at Comdex

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Sony and MKE Promise Half-Terabyte Drive by End of 2002

from Jean-Jacques Maleval Editor of StorageNewsletter

We had an early taste of the news (StorageNewsletter April 2001) and were even lucky enough to see this extraordinary machine, Sony's S-AIT, at the last CeBIT. Of course, it was only a non- functional prototype, but the tape routing was operational, and the helical head spun. At the time, Sony's people mentioned some extremely impressive specs: one terabyte native capacity with a 60MB/s transfer rate. Since then, unfortunately, the company has revised its claims, dividing those figures in two. Even 500/30 is nothing to sneeze at, however, and the product is still promised for the end of 2002. Its price should land somewhere around $10,000 for the drive, $200-$250 for the cartridge.

No other tape company has a roadmap that will allow it to attain such specs next year. LTO may hit 200/30, with Quantum's SDLT at 160/16 and Exabyte's M3 at 120/18. All, with the exception of Sony, will fall under the HDD mark, where the highest capacities should easily exceed 300GB by the end of 2002. The only other product that comes close will be Tandberg's O-MaSS, at 600/64, not expected before 4Q03. In terms of technology, Sony uses its AIT helical scan base, adapted not to a small 8mm cartridge with two axes, but to a cartridge with a single axis housing 600m of half-inch tape (compared to 203m and 8mm for AIT-3), in a cartridge similar to LTO. AIT-3 and S-AIT share the same areal density: 720Mb per square inch. Both are equipped with the same R-MIC, a flash memory that keeps tabs on cartridge data and the files written to tape, to accelerate access. Of course, the two products will be incompatible.

The AIT drive conformed to a 3.5-inch form factor, while S-AIT will be housed in an extended 5.25-inch full-height volume, which is 30cm long or a few more centimeters longer than DLT or LTO drives, according to Tadashi Ozue, Sony's chief research scientist. "This is not an issue for library vendors since they have time to design in the drive and have enough space," noted Mark Lufkin, Sony's GM of storage solutions marketing. The device will incorporate an automatic head cleaning system and "an effective leader block tape threading system with a simplified tape load path."

As for the new technology's roadmap, it should roughly adhere to that of AIT. This means an S-AIT 2 will follow, at 1000/40, based on AIT-4 recording technology which is supposed to be 100/24 in 2003. Sony is eager to point out "the potential to scale up to 4TB of uncompressed capacity in a single cartridge" with the use of MR and GMR heads.

We were not the only ones who were impressed by Sony's project. A second manufacturing source agreement has already been concluded. Beginning in 2003, two subsidiaries of the Matsushita group, MKE and MEI, will respectively make the drive and the media, compared to current AIT drives, which are produced solely by Sony. As Lufkin puts it, "We learnt the hard way about the need for multiple sources." Three library manufacturers, Adic, Qualstar and Spectra Logic are the first to express their intention to integrate the S-AIT into their automation products.

This announcement also reignites the old debate between longitudinal (DLT, LTO) and helical scan (AIT, Mammoth) technologies. More importantly, it raises questions about Sony's strategy vis-a-vis computer tape drives. AIT will no doubt maintain its current course, based on its smaller form-factor and its superior access times, even if the size of the cartridge limits capacity. S-AIT, however, will clearly take on the costly DTF, currently at 200/2 4 in its DTF-2 version, and only (!) anticipated at 400/48 in its next generation.

S-AIT main specs

  • Capacity 500GB native, 1.3TB compressed
  • Transfer rate 30MB/s native, 78MB/s compressed
  • Areal density 720Mb per square inch
  • Form factor 5.25-inch full-height (extended)
  • Interface Ultra 160 and FC
  • Media 600m AME, half-inch width, one reel, R-MIC
  • Heads Hypermetal, Super laminated
  • MCBF 50,000 hours
  • Drive's price $10,000
  • Cartridge price $200 to $250
  • Manufacturers Sony and Matsushita
  • Availability end of 2002
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - November 14, 2001 - BakBone Software™ Incorporated (TSE: BKB), a global provider of storage management software, today announced financial and operational results for the company's second quarter ended September 30, 2001. BakBone reported consolidated revenues of US$2.3 million for the second quarter, an increase of 94% from consolidated revenues for the same period in the previous year. Consolidated revenues increased 41% over the company's first quarter ended June 30, 2001. Management cited the strength of the company's technology, the company's business model, and the continued growth of the storage market as leading contributors to the positive results.

As well, net loss for the second quarter was down 18% to US$4.1 million or US$0.09 per share, compared with a net loss of US$5.0 million or US$0.12 per share, for the preceding three-month period. The improvement is, in part, due to the restructuring that took place in the beginning of the quarter, including reduction in headcount to a level in line with industry norms as well as the implementation of company-wide cost savings goals. This improvement is a key indicator of the company's commitment to its shareholders.

"I am pleased to see that our plan is working," said Keith Rickard, BakBone's President and CEO. "While we continue to live within our means, and be mindful of the current economic situation, we are still experiencing solid growth. This last quarter, virtually all parts of our business grew, including a 70% quarter over quarter increase in North American NetVault sales and 77% overall revenue growth in Asia. As we continue on our path to profitability, I see no reason why we can't keep expenditures down, and continue to see solid revenue growth." ...BakBone Software profile

Hopkinton, Mass.- November 14, 2001 - for the fifth consecutive year, EMC Corporation is expected to finish as the world's #1 provider of external storage systems, and to maintain or extend its lead in the industry's major growth segments, according to a new 2001 report issued today by IDC. In its 2001 Disk Storage Systems Forecast and Analysis, IDC also forecasts EMC will take over the #1 market share position for the first time in the rapidly growing NAS segment.

The IDC report predicts EMC will sustain or extend its #1 position against all other suppliers in nearly every major information storage hardware segment for 2001. In the total external RAID market (storage systems connected to any computer operating system or network), IDC projects EMC will lead with a 25.3% revenue market share, more than the combined shares of the next two competitors. According to IDC, the market for external RAID storage systems will be $14.9 billion in 2001.
In networked storage, including both SAN and NAS implementations, IDC projects EMC's revenue market share will be 38.9%, exceeding the combined revenues of the next three vendors. Within the external storage market, IDC forecasts overall networked storage market revenues will grow from $7.5 billion in 2000 to $8.1 billion in 2001, while the DAS market is expected to decline 32.2% this year. EMC is the only supplier with greater than 5% share in both the SAN and NAS segments.

In the NAS market, EMC will meet President and CEO Joe Tucci's August 2000 prediction and overtake the previous market leader — by nearly 10 points — in 2001, according to IDC. EMC will have 42.3% share in a market expected to grow from $1.62 billion in 2000 to $1.84 billion in 2001.
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EMC will continue to hold a nearly 20-point market share lead in the SAN market with 37.9% revenue share, more than double the share of the next supplier. IDC predicts the SAN market will grow from $5.91 billion in 2000 to $6.25 billion in 2001.

"Even in a year when budget pressures forced most large corporations to reduce their storage expenditures, the transition from direct-attached to networked storage deployment continues at a rapid pace," said John McArthur, Vice President of Storage Research at IDC. "With significant market share leads in both SAN and NAS, EMC executed well in these growing segments. IDC believes more than half of all disk storage systems will be purchased in either SAN or NAS configurations by 2003, and two-thirds of the market will be SAN or NAS by 2005."

EMC also will continue to be #1 in both the UNIX and Windows NT external RAID storage markets in 2001, IDC reports. In UNIX external RAID, EMC will again be the #1 supplier with 29.5% revenue share, more than the nearest three competitors combined. In Windows NT external RAID, EMC will be #1 again with a 26.2% revenue market share....EMC profile, ...IDC profile

Editor's comments:- not mentioned in the above EMC release, is that while EMC is still #1 in the external RAID market, their market share has actually dropped by 9.3% from the previous year.

BOULDER, CO - November 14, 2001 - Exabyte Corporation announced today that IBM's 7208 Model 345 60/150GB M2 (Mammoth-2) external tape drive is now supported on IBM's eServer iSeries (AS/400) family of servers and systems. Almost 700,000 AS/400 systems have been shipped to companies worldwide ranging from small and medium businesses to large enterprises. AS/400 is a key business system in 95% of the Fortune 100 industrial companies and 85% of the Fortune 500 second-tier companies.

M2's high performance and capacity in backup, restore, and archive functions can now benefit iSeries (AS/400) users running applications such as ERP, CRM and E-Commerce. M2 tape drives offer IBM iSeries users up to 150GB of capacity with sustained transfer rates up to 30MB per second. Forty-three gigabytes of uncompressed data can be backed up in less that an hour using M2 drives, dramatically shortening backup windows to meet the needs of 24/7 IT environments.

The IBM 7208 Model 345 60/150GB M2 external tape drive is currently available for all eServer (iSeries and AS/400) servers directly from IBM and IBM resellers. Migration for the existing IBM 9406 Models 170, 270, 720, and 730 AS/400 Customers who currently use Mammoth-1 technology is particularly easy due to M2's ability to read tapes generated by the earlier Mammoth technology installed internally on iSeries and AS/400, and Mammoth-1 IBM 7208 Model 342 external tape drive. In addition, the drive's SCSI Ultra 2 Low Voltage Differential (LVD) interface facilitates easy attachment to either LVD or single-ended SCSI host interfaces, the standard in peripheral connection. ...Exabyte profile

Lightwater, UK.- November 14, 2001 ­ MaxOptix Europe Ltd announced two new Compact Library products that embrace the recently publicised AIT-3, the latest generation of Sony's field-proven AIT technology. The 8PAC-3 features the Sony AIT-3, an 8mm tape drive that boasts a native capacity of 100GB and native transfer rate of 12MB/ps. Shipping January 2002, 8PAC-3 is an ideal entry-level Tape Automation solution by providing 800GB [eight cartridges] of native storage capacity and a simplified and automated means for unattended backups.

The MaxOptix 8PAC family can be implemented in either a desktop or [4U] rack-mount environment with side-by-side mounting for increased library capacity and redundancy. The MaxOptix 16PAC-3, provides increased storage capacity and performance predicated by the most cost effective, volumetric efficient design footprint. Anticipated to be shipping in February 2002, the 16PAC-3 provides 1.6 terabytes [16 cartridges] native storage capacity, as well as 'drive scalability'; adding a second AIT-3 based solution to its line-up. ...Maxoptix profile

Boston, Mass., November 14, 2001 – Astrum Software, a leading provider of SRM software, today launched The StorCast Guarantee, a special program designed for clients who realize the need for more efficient management of their storage resources, and want to begin saving time and money today. StorCast enables enterprises to identify at least 15% of disk space that can be reclaimed within 10-days of installation—or, it's free.

"Astrum can help you find that extra financial breathing room by managing your storage more effectively," states CEO and President of Astrum Software, Robert Infantino. "For several years, StorCast has helped many companies realize the return on their storage investment. With the StorCast Guarantee, we aim to show enterprises how easy it is to take control of their storage, while stretching their budget by using StorCast."

From now until December 31st, 2001, The StorCast Guarantee is available for new and existing clients with at least 200 GB of Windows NT/2000 based storage. Astrum will provide the initial StorCast licensing and technical assistance to install the product and will work with customers to create profiles of environments that highlight areas for storage savings. The only charges accrued will be maintenance fees, which include technical support and software upgrades. ...Astrum Software profile

Santa Clara, CA, November 14, 2001 — Auspex Systems, Inc. today announced a product roadmap that will move the company beyond its origins as a pioneer in NAS. Products now under development will build on Auspex's existing technology to provide a new non-proprietary storage model that will significantly reduce a company's storage costs through storage virtualization, central management of heterogeneous enterprise data assets, and open access to major vendors' storage subsystems.

As part of the new initiative, Auspex is also forging strategic relationships that will help pave the way for open-systems storage management as well as developing a series of industry-first capabilities designed to automate various storage processes. Those new features are expected to include content-aware, network-aware and demand-aware functionality permitting intelligent file categorization, intelligent file movement or placement, and intelligent allocation of processors based on workload. The first product in the new Auspex line is scheduled for release in early 2002. Further details will be announced at the StorageNet conference in December. ...Auspex Systems profile

Editor's comment:- do users want vanilla NAS, which just provides low cost scalable storage? Or the fancy frills which become possible when you start using a network storage model? If there was a de-facto market standard for SAN - software you wouldn't need this type of initiative. But there isn't, so everyone's coming out with their own products to solve the same problems.

Sunnyvale, CA - November 13, 2001 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2002. Revenues for the second fiscal quarter were $194.7 million, compared to revenues of $260.8 million for the same period a year ago, and $200.4 million in the prior quarter. Pro forma net income for the second quarter was $7.7 million, compared with $36.9 million for the same period a year ago. Pro forma earnings per share for the second quarter was $0.02 per share compared with $0.10 per share for the same period a year ago, and $0.01 per share in the prior quarter. For the second quarter, on an as-reported basis with adjustments for acquisitions, stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and write-down on equity investments, the net loss for the quarter was $11.2 million, or $0.03 net loss per share, compared with net income of $35.4 million, or $0.10 net income per share for the same period in the prior year. Revenues for the first six months of the current fiscal year totaled $395.1 million, compared to revenue of $491.9 million for the first six months of the prior fiscal year. ...Network Appliance profile

Editor's comments:- one of the pioneers of NAS systems during the 1990's Network Appliance has been creamed during the last two quarters, which perversely have seen high growth in the NAS sector. The reason? Users are sold on the NAS concept, but they don't see why they need to pay premium brand prices for what they perceive to be commodity products, and dozens of new NAS companies have flooded the market with similar products. Network Appliance will need to adapt to the new marketing reality, when it's no longer seen as a leader in its market, just another storage appliance company. The company name doesn't help in establishing itself as a strong brand either, it's now too generic.

Burnaby, BC, November 13, 2001 - Merlin Software Technologies Intl., Inc Chief Executive Officer and President Robert Heller announced today that Robert G. (Bob) Murray will join the company as chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Murray was General Manager of Compaq Computer Corporation's North American networking products business unit until March 2000. At Compaq he was responsible for creating the complete sales and marketing organization for Compaq's network product offering as well as the business unit's P&L. Reversing six quarters of sales decline, the network business unit increased sales volume 400% quarter over quarter.

In his executive capacity with Merlin, Murray will be responsible for creating and implementing global marketing strategies including research, new products, pricing, promotions, sponsorships, diversity, global corporate communications and advertising, community relations, and business analysis. ...Merlin Software Technologies profile

LAS VEGAS, NV - November 13, 2001 - NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI) said yesterday that its CD recording and backup software for PCs will support all DVD standards by the end of 2001. The announcement was made at the DVD+RW Alliance Press Conference at COMDEX where NTI demonstrated the DVD+RW support capabilities of its award-winning software, NTI Backup NOW!, NTI CD-Maker, and FileCD. NTI Backup NOW! turns a CD or DVD recordable drive into a complete PC backup solution that protects the operating system, applications and files; NTI CD-Maker turns a CD or DVD recordable drive into a virtual recording studio; and FileCD is NTI's high-performance packet-writing software.

"By the end of this year, we will add DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW support to our entire PC software product line," said Bill Yao, NTI president and CEO. "This early DVD support allows OEMs to immediately begin including our powerful capabilities in their DVD products. NTI is one of the first companies to provide software for both DVD burning and DVD backup. This, coupled with our entry this week into the Mac market when we introduced our DragonBurn! software, makes NTI the most complete one-stop software provider for manufacturers and distributors of DVD and CD recordable drives." ...NewTech Infosystems profile

Wilmington, MA - November 13, 2001 - Kentron Technologies today unveiled the first low profile, 1.2-inch, non-stacked, 1GB and 512MB DDR DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Module) approved by Serverworks for the Grand Champion HE architecture for Intel based multiprocessor platforms. Kentron's 1.2-inch, 1GB and 512MB DDR, Registered, ECC memory modules, part numbers KT12872DRN3R and KT6472DRN3R respectively; are the first low profile, non-stacked, high density, low profile memory modules approved on Serverwork's Grand Champion HE platform. Kentron's DDR modules provide high density and low junction temperatures providing system developers with a cost-effective option to improve overall system performance. The Grand Champion HE platform populated with FEMMA DDR memory modules achieve a bandwidth of 6.4GB/sec by operating the DDR memory modules in a four-way interleaved configuration.

"The Grand Champion HE accommodates up to sixteen registered PC1600 DIMMs with capacities ranging from 128MB through 2GB per slot, for a system maximum of 32 Gigabytes, four times more than the earlier ServerSet III HE design", said Joseph Capaldo, Product Marketing Manager at Kentron Technologies.

The industry continuously demands significant increases in densities as systems and technologies become more complex. Kentron is able to fulfill the demand through its expertise in design while maintaining outstanding quality levels through its diverse memory qualification programs with various industry leaders. ...Kentron Technologies profile, ...Serverworks profile

Milpitas, Calif. - November 13, 2001 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced the new MetaStor® E4600HPCx storage system. Built expressly for high throughput applications such as complex modeling, seismic processing, and streaming video, the MetaStor E4600HPCx can be configured to deliver sustained data transfer rates up to 1.56 gigabytes per second and up to 160 terabytes (TB) of data storage capacity. The new storage system is available now in limited release and will be generally available in the first quarter of 2002.

The MetaStor E4600HPCx is available in three models, the E4600HPCx2; the E4600HPCx3; and the E4600HPCx4, with practical, sustained transfer rates of 780, 1170, and 1560 megabytes per second respectively. Each model can support up to 16 Fibre Channel host connections through an advanced, internal 2 gigabit switching architecture and uses a striping strategy that optimizes data transfer performance by minimizing head movement across multiple volumes.

"Today, high performance applications are still throttled by storage systems that cannot deliver the needed performance at the right price point," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing at LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. "With the MetaStor E4600HPCx, we once again are raising the price/performance bar for storage systems with an easy to deploy and space-efficient solution." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

November 13, 2001 – ACSL, publisher of revealed today that the category for web based storage has overtaken tape libraries for the first time. "As the number of alternative methods for data backup continue growing, I thought it would be useful for readers to see how their interests measure up" said publisher Zsolt Kerekes. "I sometimes reveal this kind of information to vendors, and thought that a wider public airing could be helpful."

If we restrict the analysis of data backup methods to those which have already been established categories for several years on this web site, and if we call the set of those backup technologies 100% to simplift the ratios, then we get the following breakdown of interest among our readers, measured by pageviews during the last 3 months... During the past year, RAID systems have also emerged as an alternative backup method. RAID hasn't been included in the above figures, because this type of application is too new, and there's no easy way to distinguish in our statistics between RAID being used as the primary disk server technology, or as a backup, such as the InfiniSAN D2D backup from Nexsan Technologies. ...ACSL profile

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Walnut Creek, Calif. - November 13, 2001 – As enterprises demand a cost-efficient alternative to cumbersome and ineffective tape-based data backup, EVault, Inc., today announced strategic alliances expected to accelerate the adoption of online data backup and disaster recovery systems. Through these relationships, EVault and its partners are eliminating the need for traditional tape-based backup, which can not only involve costly transportation issues, but also make it exceedingly difficult to restore mission critical data. Under the terms of the agreement, Data Survival, Inc., a provider of electronic data backup and storage in the Southeastern United States, and Titan Data Safe, an Oklahoma-based provider of data protection services, will offer EVault's online data backup and disaster recovery solution to their customers.

This agreement allows clients to take advantage of EVault's more reliable, highly-intuitive system that leverages the Internet to store critical data offsite, safely and securely in "vaults". The system—in use at over 500 businesses across the globe—ensures the data is immediately available for rapid recovery and restoration.

"The ability to automatically backup and store data offsite via the Internet is something that our customers are demanding," said Jeff Hamra, manager / owner, Titan Data Safe. "Through EVault's solution, we are now, for the first time, able to offer our customers an effective, efficient and easy-to-maintain alternative to tape-based solutions."

David Mills, vice president and director of information technology at Data Survival, agrees. "Companies must be able to protect their data in the easiest, most cost-effective – and most importantly, secure – means possible," he said. "Often times a company is in a position where data is not easily retrievable, or they need to wait for trucks to pick up and deliver the tapes, which takes time to transport. EVault is the only company offering customers a true, disk-to-disk alternative to archaic, tape-based data backup and disaster recovery solutions."

"We are extremely happy that both Data Survival and Titan Data Safe, two companies which have a great reputation of offering top-of-the-line backup and recovery services, will now offer our technology to their customers," explained Alston Noah, CEO and chairman of the board, EVault. ...Data Survival, ...eVault profile, ...Titan Data Safe

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – November 12, 2001 – FIA Storage Systems today introduced its new blade server, the FIA Naked Mini. The ultra slim, value-added server is designed for white box resellers and systems integrators who custom build solutions for their customers. By providing a solid server foundation that can easily be built upon, the FIA Naked Mini allows VARs and systems integrators to meet unique application requirements in a wide range of vertical markets.

The FIA Naked Mini represents the next generation of dual-processor servers that optimize rack space and are loaded with features for multi-user environments. System builders can benefit from this densely packaged, PC-based bare bones server that offers an extensive array of features in a compact 1U rackmount chassis. The FIA Naked Mini provides front-load access to three hot swap SCA, SCSI or Ultra160 drives, one floppy drive and one CD-ROM drive. An integrated 4MB VGA Ultra160 SCSI controller, dual 10/100 Ethernet LAN and a full range of server manageability features are also included.

"Today's VARs and systems integrators deal with such varied customer requirements, so they need a way to build their own server solutions from the ground up," said, Genny Ortegon, director of marketing for FIA Storage Systems. "The FIA Naked Mini server provides the necessary performance and is packed with reliability features, while still leaving ample headroom for customization. While other suppliers, such as Gateway, Dell and IBM, cannot offer this type of 'building block' program, FIA provides resellers with an opportunity to increase their profits."

"We believe the FIA Naked Mini will be a natural complement to our POPnetserver line of NAS products" said Vic Sangveraphunsiri, vice president of engineering for FIA Storage Systems. "We have effectively separated the storage from the server for more efficient workload management, thereby reducing the cost and complexity of deploying servers in a typical IT or data center environment." ...FIA Storage Systems Group profile

Editor's comments:- in the 1970's the "Naked Mini" was a brand for one of the first minicomputers which was sold as an unbundled single board product from Computer Automation or Data General (I can't remember which) as a competitor to DECs PDP-11. DEC's response was to unbundle their processor as the LSI-11. Interesting to see that none of those minicomputer companies has survived... But returning to the FIA Naked Mini, this is an excellent marketing concept, beacuse the storage is only one part of the solution, and I'm sure the availability of the server will lubricate and speed up the sales process for the servers. Because users have their own in-house standards for rackmounts, this is a segment which has lots of opportunities for smaller companies who can customise their offerings. It's been the #1 product segment on our Sun site for several years.

See also rackmount SPARC systems

Bothell, Washington - November 12, 2001 - Seek Systems today announced the release of the FasFile Remote Monitor. This new remote monitoring package notifies network administrators by several methods, including mobile devices, when IT problems arise. With FasFile Remote Monitor, network administrators can be anywhere -- a floor up or a country away -- and still know when the system needs attention. System status reports and configuration information from Seek System's FasFile Storage Controller can be generated and sent by e-mail, phone or pager via an Internet connection. The system administrator is called, and if the customer wishes, a Seek System customer support is also notified.

Seek Systems developed the FasFile Remote Monitor to support the growing number of customers and other companies that choose to co-locate -- or house off-site -- their storage systems. Since the early 1990's, the co-locating trend has driven the market for remote monitor software to an estimated $350 million, according to Massachusetts-based International Data Group.

The FasFile Remote Monitor is available in a 1U rack-mounted sleeve that supports one to eight FasFile controllers ($3,995) and a 2U rack-mounted sleeve that supports nine to thirty-two FasFile controllers ($5,995). A management GUI is included in the configuration to further simplify the storage management. The FasFile Remote Monitor began shipping last month. Through the end of 2001, domestic Seek Systems' customers will receive a standard FasFile Remote Monitor at no additional charge when they order the company's FasFile RAID System. The offer applies to orders of .5TB or larger including maintenance. ...Seek Systems profile

See also:- Watchdog cards

BOULDER, Colo. - November 12, 2001— LeftHand Networks™ today announced its debut product, the NSM 100. The NSM, or Network Storage Module, is the first product in the emerging NUS category. The modules' NUS architecture combines the performance of a SAN with the ease-of-use of NAS in a stand-alone device. An integrated hardware and software product, the NSM operates over standard Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet networks. It enables companies to scale storage modules seamlessly in either block or file configuration via LeftHand Networks' unique Advanced Ethernet Block Storage™ (AEBS) protocol. NSMs can be clustered in parallel on the network, avoiding bottlenecks and increasing flexibility. They can be managed as a single storage volume via the Storage Control Console and are able to stripe and mirror within and among the devices, regardless of geographic distance.

"We're delivering on our promise of a scaleable, flexible and manageable network storage solution at a reasonable cost," said Bill Chambers, president and CEO of LeftHand Networks. "The NSM 100 is the first product in an entirely new breed of storage devices. From initial customer response, we can see it is something the market has been waiting for."

The NSM 100 has a 1U form factor with 4 hot swap IDE drives, an 866MHz Pentium III Processor, redundant power supplies and up to 1GB of cache per module. Prices for a 160GB NSM system inclusive of hardware, software and a three-year service and remote support warranty begin at below $15,000. The product is currently in beta testing at six customer sites and will ship commercially in December 2001. ...LeftHand Networks profile

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Nov. 12, 2001 - Western Digital Corp. today announced it will showcase hard drives using Serial ATA during Comdex - November 12-16 in Las Vegas. In a live demonstration with Intel, Western Digital will demonstrate fully-compliant prototype Serial ATA hard drives with native hot-plugability.

"Western Digital believes that Serial ATA will see broad adoption in the entry enterprise market starting in late 2002 and ramp to dominance in the desktop market starting in late 2003," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing at Western Digital. "We see future growth within the desktop, low-end server, and classic enterprise markets with Serial ATA"

"Serial ATA's scalable performance, hot plugability and standardized connectors is expected to allow for better integration into enterprise markets over today's parallel IDE interface and its 100 Mbyte/sec (ATA/100) transfer rates," said Darrin Bulik, technical marketing manager at Western Digital. "Suppliers of connectivity (host bus adaptors, RAID controllers) and storage solutions expect to be able to offer improved performance, connectivity, reliability, and value for the enterprise market due to Serial ATA's capabilities."

Announced in August, Serial ATA is projected to be used to connect such internal storage devices as hard disks, DVDs, CD-R/Ws to the motherboard in desktop and mobile PCs, value servers and network storage. Serial ATA is intended to allow each drive to communicate directly with the processor, allowing for easier integration of NAS servers and enterprise storage applications. With current ATA 100 connections, each drive must share a common connection. Serial ATA is also anticipated to eliminate the need for Parallel ATA's ribbon cables, which move data between devices within PCs. The ribbon cables are two inches wide and can only be 18 inches long. Serial ATA cables can be made three feet long and allow for more elaborate routing, which could aid in cooler-running PCs. ...Western Digital profile

IRVINE, CA, November 12, 2001 – Intersil Corporation, the world's leading developer of silicon technology for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), announced today that Intel Corporation has incorporated Intersil's PRISM® 2.5 USB chip set into Intel's new concept PC, codenamed Hannacroix. The Hannacroix concept PC is a legacy free I/O motherboard that incorporates Wi-Fi(802.11b), USB2.0, Serial ATA, 1394a and Bluetooth advanced communications technologies. Intel has integrated Intersil's PRISM 2.5 wireless LAN chip set in the Hannacroix concept PC to provide the high-speed, 11 megabits-per-second, Wi-Fi(802.11b) networking capability via a USB interface.

By using Intersil's PRISM 2.5 wireless networking chip set that is optimized for smaller form factors and embedded WLAN applications such as mini-PCI, USB or Compact Flash, Intel was able to create a wireless solution which is completely contained within the desktop system housing.

"Our PRISM 2.5 USB solution provided the perfect combination of small size and high performance to help Intel in the creation of the Hannacroix concept PC," said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager for Intersil's Wireless Networking Business. "In the not too distant future, Wi-Fi networking will be part of every PC's suite of communication technologies. This demonstration is the first step in that direction."

Intersil's PRISM 2.5 USB chip set solution provides a solid solution for integrating wireless networking into the Hannacroix concept PC." said Tom Matson, marketing director of Intel's Desktop Platform Solutions Division. Intersil's PRISM 2.5 wireless networking chip set is optimized for smaller form factors and embedded WLAN applications such as mini-PCI, USB or Compact Flash that are much smaller and are typically installed directly into systems during product assembly. PRISM 2.5 delivers wireless Ethernet networking with compliance to the Wi-Fi (IEEE's 802.11b) global standard. Optimized for high data rate (11 Mbps) performance, PRISM-based systems are feature-rich and provide fast, reliable performance in all types of networking environments. ...Intersil profile

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Nov. 12, 2001 - Hewlett-Packard Company today announced a new home PC featuring HP's new DVD+RW drive. The HP Pavilion 9995 home PC is the first PC on store shelves nationwide with DVD+RW technology. The home PC includes the HP dvd100i DVD+RW drive and has an estimated U.S. retail price of $1,999.

The easy-to-use software included with the drive allows consumers to transfer digital or analog video, using an analog capture card, from a camcorder or VHS tape and immediately view the scenes on DVD. The HP Pavilion 9995 home PC sports the Intel® Pentium™ 4 2.0 Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM and is equipped to handle high resource tasks such as video editing, gaming or other multimedia activities.

"Talking with customers over the last year has shown us that video editing is a booming trend in home PC use," said Rob Wait, worldwide business manager, HP Consumer Business Organization. "With DVD+RW, our customers have the best tools to easily edit and share home videos, back up important information and create music CDs - all from the same drive." ...HP profile

Editor's comments:- this could be just the sort of product to kick start the PC market back into growth again after its worst year ever. It will also be good for lawyers. HP got stung by the courts in Germany earlier this year and had to pay notional royalties for copyright violations deemed to occur with every CD-R drive shipped. Will movie makers now follow suit?

MILPITAS, Calif. - Nov. 12, 2001 - LSI Logic Corporation, extended its Ultra320 SCSI leadership today with the announcement of strategic OEM customer design wins for performance-driven workstation and server applications. New business deals with four leading OEM providers, including Dell, will center on LSI Logic's single and dual channel, Fusion-MPT™-based controllers, the LSI53C1020 and LSI53C1030. The design wins underscore the significance of LSI Logic's technology development and storage company acquisition strategy and will also encompass LSI Logic's Ultra320 SCSI host bus adapters, expanders and RAID storage adapter products.

"Dell is committed to bringing its customers the highest performance server products. LSI Logic's Ultra320 technology and Fusion-MPT architecture provide us with the value-added support we demand," said Damian Cook, director of PowerVault™ Storage Platforms for Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "LSI Logic's MegaRAID® family of Ultra320 SCSI RAID solutions will further enhance Dell's ability to compete at all levels." ...LSI Logic profile

LAS VEGAS (COMDEX Booth L6455) - Nov. 12, 2001 – From wireless phones to car navigation systems, more than 80 consumer electronics and information technology companies converged to showcase Memory Stick ® media compatible products in 50 product categories this week at the COMDEX Memory Stick Pavilion. At this interactive exhibition, attendees can experience the many ways that Memory Stick media enables users to store, transfer and share digital data between any compatible device – regardless of the manufacturer – without the need for reformatting or risk of losing data. Industry Support and Comments At the Memory Stick Pavilion attendees can find Memory Stick media-compatible products in three application areas: Audio, Imaging and Data—each representing a component of the personal network platform.

The Memory Stick format has made significant strides in worldwide adoption since introduced as a concept at COMDEX 1998. Some key facts include:
  • More than 300 different Memory Stick media-compatible products currently available;
  • 189 companies supporting Memory Stick format as of Nov. 9, 2001;
  • More than 15 million cumulative worldwide media shipments at the end of October
Also being launched at COMDEX is the new Memory Stick platform Web site, allowing users to learn more about connectivity with Memory Stick media, its technology and the available compatible products on the market. ...Memory Stick platform Web site

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