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AURORA, OH - October 10, 2001 - Network Technologies Inc (NTI) today announced their first electronic keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switch that controls multiple computers with one USB keyboard, USB mouse and monitor. The KEEMUX-USBV-8U Universal USB KVM Switch is immediately available with a suggested retail price of $840. This switch allows users to control up to eight USB computers from one USB keyboard, USB mouse, and monitor.
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NEW KVM Switch from NTI: One USB Keyboard, USB Mouse and Monitor Controls Multiple USB Computers!

FIA Partner Program Provides Resellers with New Revenue Streams in NAS Market

CNT Announces Support for IBM's Peer-To-Peer Virtual Tape Server over Unlimited Distances

Gadzoox Networks Slingshot 2Gb SAN Switch Certified ca smart™ with Computer Associates Unicenter

InfiniCon Systems Announces Selection of IBM InfiniBand Switch Technology For Its Sharable I/O Subsystem

Nexsan Executive Vice President to Address Fibre Channel Technologies Conference

NSI Software Launches Professional Services Organization to Drive Market for Data Replication Technologies and Services

Quantum|ATL Names New Vice President of Marketing

BlueArc Corp. Certifies Atempo's Time Navigator Backup and Restore Software Platform

BakBone Software Launches Bare-Metal Disaster Recovery Module for Intel Based Platforms

EMC Delivers Anti-Virus Solution for Celerra NAS Environments

LSI Logic Storage Systems is first storage supplier to receive ISO 9001:2000 Certification

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Maxoptix Abandons OSD Optical Project

from Jean-Jacques Maleval Editor of StorageNewsletter

Plans for high-density digital disks, based on hybrid technologies combining optical and magnetic technology, have had the wind let out of their sails after gobbling mountains of dollars for very little results. TeraStor has given up, while Seagate no longer makes any mention of its Quinta technology, although it continues to file the odd patent.

And now it's Maxoptix's turn to throw in the towel on its OSD (Optical Super Density) disk drive. Hardly any projects are left, with the exception of UDO (Ultra Disc Optical), in which Plasmon and Sony have invested in the hopes of attaining 20GB per side on a 5.25-inch phase-change optical platter, with a launch set for 2003. OSD was originally meant to integrate a 40GB removable disk with a 30MB/s transfer rate.

"We have completely stopped," confirmed Brian Blanchard, Maxoptix's European VP. "We couldn't get the disk media from Mitsubishi [Chemical] up to 13GB." The cessation of this activity will result in cutbacks of some 40 employees, Blanchard further revealed.

The company also exits its historical 5.25-inch magneto-optical drive and library market. Consequently, Maxoptix's business will now be primarily focused on tape automation products, thanks to its acquisition of Breece Hill at the beginning of the year.

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It features NTI's patent-pending USB autoboot technology which allows users to boot all attached USB-enabled computers in one operation. Other USB KVM switches on the market require individual, sequential boot-up. This switch also supports Mac soft (keyboard) Power-On capability. Users select the desired CPU channels with the front-panel pushbuttons or with hotkeys. The keyboard hot-plug feature allows users to change their keyboard on the fly - even to a different keyboard platform (PS/2, Sun, or Mac) - with no need to power-cycle the switch. news image NTI USB KVM switch
Users can connect any USB-enhanced computer, including the following:
  • -SUN Blade 100s, 1000s, SUN Rays and Sun Fire 280
  • -PCs with USB ports
  • -MAC G3/G4s
Crisp and clear 1900x1200 video resolution is supported at a bandwidth of 150 MHz. The required VGA multiscan monitor is connected a standard 15HD VGA type connector. User devices, including USB PS/2, Mac and Sun keyboards, and USB mouse (including USB Intellimouse) are connected through a female USB Type A connector; computers are attached through a female USB Type B connector. NTI units connect between computers and peripherals, are easy to use, and require no special tools or software for immediate operation. ...Network Technologies profile

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - October 10, 2001 - The FIA Storage Systems Group today launched its FIA Partner Program, designed to help resellers take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the high growth NAS market. The program effectively addresses key issues of importance to the channel, including product quality and reliability, marketing and sales support, training and certification, and high margins.

"Resellers are definitely a primary focus for FIA," said Bill Stoll, national sales manager, FIA Storage Systems Group. "Our goal was to develop a product that would enhance a reseller's current mix, then provide the necessary tools to help sell that product. The POPnetserver's low cost, ease of implementation, and strong performance make it ideal for the reseller market. We hope that the numerous benefits provided by the FIA Partner Program demonstrate our dedication to being a channel partner." ...FIA profile

Editor's comments:- VARs who focus on fast growing product segments can insulate themselves from the worst effects of the IT recession. An article published today, in our Sun site, aimed at Sun employees looking for new jobs, lists the resources which provide market intelligence about fast growing product sectors and companies. That can benefit VARs too.


MINNEAPOLIS, October 9, 2001 - CNT® today announced completion of testing peer-to-peer network interoperability with IBM's TotalStorage Virtual Tape Server (VTS) solutions. The tests validate CNT's ability to link VTS systems together over unlimited distances for data mirroring, disaster recovery, and business continuity applications, and reflect IBM and CNT's history of working together to address data access across the enterprise and continued data availability and redundancy. The Peer-to-Peer VTS allows users to link two VTS units into a single, interconnected system, maintaining two up-to-date copies of data. CNT's UltraNet® Storage Directors, high-speed switching platforms that allow companies to move and share data among diverse servers and storage systems, were installed at two remote VTS sites.

"For years, CNT and IBM have worked together to bring unlimited-distance high-performance storage networking to the enterprise," said Mark Knittel, group vice president of worldwide product operations, CNT. "Increasingly, customers are deploying remote connectivity storage networks in order to increase the disaster resilience of their information systems, and ensure non-stop, continuous access to information. Enabling Peer-to-Peer VTS over any distance adds a powerful new capability to high-availability tape storage that's both efficient and cost-effective."

"Peer-to-Peer VTS has been extremely successful for our customers at ESCON distances," said Brenda Zawatski, vice president of IBM's removable media storage solutions business. "With CNT's ability to extend ESCON over unlimited distances, our customers will have even more opportunity to improve the efficiency and resilience of their tape processes."

Through the tests, CNT and IBM were able to demonstrate that this highly redundant tape solution creates a bi-directional mirroring environment where two production data centers can be backed up to each other on a real-time basis. The solution can help increase efficiency by removing the mirroring process from the application server and freeing it up for normal application processing. The solution also help decrease the number of required tape drives, improves data access performance, and reduces use of tape cartridges. ...CNT profile, ...IBM profile


SAN JOSE, CA — October 9, 2001 — Gadzoox Networks Inc. today announced that its Slingshot 4218 2Gb Open Fabric Switch has been certified ca smart with Unicenter, the award-winning family of eBusiness infrastructure management solutions from Computer Associates International, Inc. The ca smart seal of excellence is earned by partners who deliver eBusiness value and technical excellence through the integration of their solutions with CA technologies. The combination of the two products will enable customers to confidently build and manage a heterogeneous SAN fabric in support of rapidly expanding and increasingly complex data storage requirements. Gadzoox Networks' Slingshot 4218 is the first 2Gb Open Fabric switch to be certified ca smart with Unicenter. Through the certified integration between CA's and Gadzoox Networks' technologies, customers can be assured that the resulting certified solution meets the most demanding eBusiness requirements.

"The ca smart program is focused on certifying integrated solutions that are capable of meeting today's eBusiness requirements," said Robert Wilson, vice president, solution partner program, CA. "Gadzoox Networks' Slingshot 4218 is such a solution and we welcome their solution to the ca smart family."

"As we enter this new generation of Storage networks, interoperability and certification among vendors are absolute requirements," said Clark Foy, vice president for marketing at Gadzoox Networks. "In meeting CA's comprehensive ca smart requirements, it is evident that we recognize our customers' needs for flexible, standards-based solutions." ...Gadzoox Networks profile


KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – October 9, 2001 – InfiniCon Systems, Inc., a premier developer of sharable I/O subsystems, today announced that it will work with IBM to integrate IBM's InfiniBand chip technology – known as InfiniBlue – into sharable I/O solutions to be offered by InfiniCon Systems. InfiniCon Systems will market offerings that will provide integration between InfiniBand-capable servers and Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks, as well as enhanced server-to-server communication via an intelligent, high availability sharable I/O subsystem. InfiniCon Systems' offerings will reduce complexity, improve manageability and lower the total cost of ownership. InfiniCon Systems will incorporate the IBM technology into the InfiniBand 4X switch module of their sharable I/O subsystem.

InfiniBand is a new high-speed common I/O standard defined by the InfiniBand Trade Association, an organization made up of more than 230 companies. IBM is co-chair of this organization, as well as a steering committee member. InfiniBand utilizes a channel-based switch fabric architecture with scaleable performance from 500 Megabytes per second to 6 Gigabytes per second per link, dramatically improving the performance, reliability and availability of next generation servers.

"We are confident that this relationship will greatly benefit the industry," said Bill King, vice president, sales and marketing, InfiniCon Systems. "IBM's technology integrated into InfiniCon Systems' InfiniBand-based sharable I/O architecture will improve the overall InfiniCon Systems' offering, thus improving the value provided to our customers."

"Combined with IBM's leadership in switched fabric technology, we see this agreement with InfiniCon Systems as an ideal way to help grow the marketplace and deploy highly integrated, superior performance InfiniBand solutions that will implement the full power of the InfiniBand architecture," said Bruce Beers, vice president, Server Business Line, IBM Microelectronics. ...IBM Microelectronics profile, ...InfiniCon Systems profile


WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., October 9, 2001 ­ Nexsan Technologies today announced that its Senior Executive Vice President, Diamond Lauffin, will be presenting at the fourth-annual Fibre Channel Technologies Conference, October 16-18, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California. Lauffin will address the topic of "Digital Paper" as part of Session 105 scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16. The presentation will be part of the RAID Systems seminar, chaired by James Porter, President of DISK/TREND.

According to Lauffin, "In the new paradigm shift, the cost of data storage has been tremendously reduced by the usage of correct cost ATA devices. Delivering high performance along with unsurpassed reliability, these simple, easy-to-use systems have made technologies and concepts, such as disk-to-disk backup, an affordable reality for many companies."

Prior to joining Nexsan, Lauffin spent seven years at Qualstar Corporation responsible for worldwide sales and technical support of all customer-related operations.

In addition to Lauffin's presentation, Nexsan is scheduled to unveil its InifiniSAN network storage solutions. The InfiniSAN systems incorporate enterprise-class features and performance previously unavailable in their price range. Nexsan will display its InfiniSAN D2D disk-to-disk backup storage solution along with its ATAboy and Fibre Channel InfiniSAN units. ...Events, ...Nexsan Technologies profile


Hoboken, N.J., October 9, 2001 – NSI® Software, a leading developer of data replication technologies and services for Fortune 1000 companies, today launched its Professional Services Organization to help customers achieve continuous data protection and availability. Based on NSI Software's Double-Take® and GeoCluster™ products, the new organization combines a comprehensive roadmap of services with certified consultants to assist enterprises with the design, planning, implementation and support of data protection and availability solutions.

The company also announced the appointment of Mike Lesh as vice president of professional services who brings more than 20 years of experience in professional services.

NSI Software's Professional Services Organization encompasses a comprehensive portfolio of custom and pre-packaged offerings. Unlike other service organizations, NSI Software is providing a fixed cost model that will allow enterprises to more effectively budget and understand both the financial and required resources necessary to implement and manage a successful solution deployment. A sampling of the key services include:
  • Business Continuance Requirements Analysis:- Ensures data protection and availability solutions matches customer business continuance requirements
  • Solution Architecture and Design Service:- Develops a clear and concise 'blueprint' of the solution
  • Pre-packaged Solution Designs and Deployments:- Fixed price pre-defined 'solutions' that are easy to understand, budget and deploy
...NSI® Software profile

Editor's comments:- IT managers have long been used to the concept of using specially trained people to manage their Cisco routers, or do the systems administration on their Unix servers. But the network storage market hasn't had time to digest the new standards and train enough people to manage their own storage. So we're going to see services emerge as a fast growing segment in the storage market.


IRVINE, Calif., October 9, 2001 - Quantum|ATL, a subsidiary of Quantum Corporation (NYSE:DSS) and leader in data protection and recovery systems, today announced that Robert Pickell has been named vice president of marketing. Pickell brings more than fourteen years marketing, business development, product development, and management experience to Quantum|ATL. In his hew role he will be responsible for the company's product marketing, field marketing, public relations and marketing communications efforts.

Prior to joining Quantum|ATL, Pickell was general manager and vice president of marketing for Escrow.com, an Internet financial service provider in Santa Ana, Calif. Previously, he was vice president of marketing and operations for Change.com, an eCompanies start-up, and vice president of marketing for Stamps.com ...Quantum|ATL profile

Editor's comments:- storage companies have been surprisingly slow to grasp the potential of web marketing, compared to the leaders in the Unix and Network segments of the computer business. Acquiring marketing talent with dotcom backgrounds will give any storage company an edge in today's market where every asset has to be made to work better.


SAN JOSE and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - October 9, 2001 - BlueArc Corporation and Atempo, Inc. (formerly Quadratec Software), announced today that the BlueArc Si7500 Storage System has been certified with Atempo's Time Navigator, the software platform for high-performance backup and restore services. The certification with Atempo will complement the unprecedented throughput performance of the BlueArc Si7500 by allowing IT managers to easily monitor and back up their storage systems.

"The certification of Atempo's Time Navigator software gives our customers a reliable and easy-to-use system for backing up and rapidly restoring business critical data and enhances the world's highest performance enterprise-class network storage system," said Bryan Sweeley, senior vice president, Marketing at BlueArc. "Time Navigator 3.6 will make it easier for BlueArc customers to manage operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year." ...Atempo profile, ...BlueArc profile


Poole, Dorset, UK - October 9, 2001 - BakBone Software announced today the availability of the VaultDR Application Plugin Module, a new disaster recovery APM that provides complete bare-metal recovery capabilities for Intel based operating system platforms. The VaultDR APM allows users to recover from disk failures without having to manually re-install the base operating system. The VaultDR APM includes VaultOS mini-kernel and supports the most popular NIC and SCSI card drivers, along with a utility for the creation of boot floppies.

"Disaster recovery software is an important capability for any IT manager or user who manages routine backup procedures," said Mike Johnson, BakBone's Director of Product Management. "In the event of a disaster, VaultDR provides complete bare-metal recovery of all your disk partition contents, including your operating system, patches and service packs. VaultDR also works in conjunction with our NetVault( backup and restore software to provide data protection, scaling from the workgroup to the enterprise."

BakBone's complete line of NetVault APMs ensure continuous data availability by providing fast, on-line backup and recovery for many business applications, such as DB2, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, SQL and SAP. NetVault's modular architecture sets new standards in application backup support with simple point and click installation and seamless integration with application software. Local and remote client software installations and automatic client backup and restores can be easily administered across the network, all from one centralised management console.

The VaultDR APM is available now for all Intel-based platforms including FreeBSD, Linux, SCO UNIX, Solaris x86, Unixware, Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and more. Pricing includes a one time server charge of £495 (approx $740 in real money editor) and an individual client-side license fee. ...BakBone Software profile


Hopkinton, Mass.- October 9, 2001 - EMC Corporation, in conjunction with the world's four largest anti-virus software vendors, today announced an integrated anti-virus solution for the Celerra™ File Server, EMC's enterprise-level NAS offering. Available immediately, the Celerra Anti-Virus Solution leverages EMC's relationships with Computer Associates, McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro to provide customers with centralized, scalable virus-checking functionality while maintaining enterprise levels of data availability. The solution utilizes external anti-virus engines from each of the four vendors to provide "on-access" anti-virus scanning by checking data and content files for viruses as they are updated.

"In order to employ enterprise-level virus-checking capability, companies no longer have to choose between high-level performance and security — the Celerra Anti-Virus Solution provides both," said Jon Brown, Vice President of Engineering at Activate.net. "And, by virtue of EMC's partnerships with leading anti-virus vendors, companies can leverage their existing infrastructure to add flexible and centralized virus-checking functionality to their environment."

The Celerra Anti-Virus Solution provides a consolidated approach to virus checking by taking advantage of the robust Celerra architecture while augmenting existing server and desktop anti-virus software. By integrating external anti-virus engines with Celerra, customers benefit by isolating virus checking from other information flows, scaling anti-virus capabilities as necessary, and facilitating improvements to system performance and data availability. ...EMC profile


Milpitas, Calif., October 9, 2001 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative storage solutions for the open enterprise, today announced that it is the first storage supplier to successfully pass an extensive audit against the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000 standard. The audit was conducted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Inc. over four days at the LSI Logic Storage Systems' facility in Wichita, Kansas, which is where the company's MetaStor® family of storage systems are manufactured. The audit addressed all aspects of storage systems production from engineering design through manufacturing and shipment of products.

"LSI Logic Storage Systems' certification against the new ISO 9001:2000 standard demonstrates that our ongoing effort to identify customer requirements and assess their satisfaction is producing tangible, market-leading results," said Ron Engelbrecht, vice president and general manager of LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. "ISO 9001:2000 certification also substantiates our dedication to continuous improvement through rigorous evaluation of our organizational processes."

ISO 9001:2000 standard supercedes ISO 9000:1994 and was officially released by the International Organization for Standardization in December of 2000. The new standard requires organizations to improve product quality through identification of customer requirements, delivery of products that meet customer expectations, and analysis of customer satisfaction. The new standard also requires organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of established improvement processes. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Editor's comment:- as markets mature and get more competitive, standards become more important. There have been standards for manufacturing processes for over 100 years, but the lack of a standards body for Storage Service Providers was bemoaned in a new article which appeared on our site yesterday.


Boston, Mass., October 9, 2001 — Astrum® Software Corporation announced the introduction of StorCast® Migration Solution, a combination of software and services designed to help clients plan for storage and server consolidation and enable them to move toward storage-centric computing environments. The Solution automatically evaluates current storage and system infrastructures and provides detailed usage, trend and file reports to simplify an organization's storage consolidation, migration and SAN/NAS deployment.

StorCast Migration Solution is composed of Astrum Software's flagship storage resource management software product, StorCast, and a combination of professional and technical support services, all sold on a user defined, subscription basis. The Solution offers comprehensive reports, detailing what data can and should be migrated, and identifies system requirements needed to support server consolidation. This helps eliminate any unnecessary data, easing the migration and enabling an organization to determine the appropriate amount of servers and storage to purchase to support the new environment. Following the migration, StorCast offers IT a single interface to improve the management of storage and system resources.

"As enterprises continue to scrutinize IT budgets, it is now a requirement for many organizations to improve storage and system ROI and move toward efficient models for IT infrastructure management," explains Robert Infantino, President and CEO, Astrum Software. "Astrum's clients have been demanding a solution set that helps ease the pain of data migration and server consolidation. Astrum's StorCast Migration Solution is designed to help them do that."

StorCast Migration Solution will be based on a subscription price, which includes software, services, technical support and maintenance. Subscriptions are available in 3-, 6-, 9- and 12-month options. ...Astrum® Software profile


Cambridge, UK, October 8th, 2001 - Tandberg Data ASA today announced that an extended agreement has been reached with Quantum Corporation's DLTtape Group to manufacture and sell DLTtape and Super DLTtape drives to regional OEMs and distributors in Europe, APAC and Japan. Quantum will focus efforts to market and sell DLTtape and Super DLTtape drives in North America and Latin America. The manufacturing and distribution agreement will be implemented during the fourth quarter of 2001.

The agreement will enhance the focus on providing customers with best in class products, support and services. Tandberg Data ASA foresees that this agreement will have a positive influence on its revenue from Q4 2001. The market position of Quantum's DLTtape products and the recently announced Super DLTtape product roadmap make the relationship with Quantum a strategic one for Tandberg Data. During the last year, Tandberg Data has gained market-share, especially in Europe, and this agreement is viewed as a result of Tandberg Data's long-term strategy.

"Tandberg Data is pleased to strengthen its relationship with Quantum Corporation. The agreement will continue to provide customers of DLTtape products with greater satisfaction on a global basis," said Gudmundur Einarsson President and CEO Tandberg Data."

In addition, by combining our strengths within storage technology, we will be providing our customers with highly reliable DLTtape products which cover their removable data storage requirements, from entry level/low end to high end networks, both now and in the future," said Einarsson. "The DLTtape Group continues to enjoy positive engagement with Tandberg Data and we look forward to continual strengthening of the DLTtape brand in Europe and Asia, through this expanded strategic relationship," said Andy Panayides, Vice president, Strategic Planning, DLTtape Group. "As data storage demands grow at an unprecedented rate for businesses around the world, DLTtape products provide an ideal solution for Tandberg Data¹s customers." ...Tandberg Data profile

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