SSD and storage news - October 15-18, 2001
Dataquest Says DRAM Industry Must Brace for Consolidation in 2002
TOKYO, October 18, 2001 - Worldwide DRAM revenue is on pace to decline 67% in 2001, and it will continue to struggle in 2002 as revenue will drop an additional 19%, according to the latest projections by Dataquest, Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc.
As market conditions worsen, Gartner Dataquest analysts said industry leaders must prepare for consolidation. Worldwide DRAM sales are on pace to reach $10.5 billion in 2001, a significant decline from 2000 revenue of $31.5 billion. In 2002, revenue is expected to reach only $8.5 billion. This is a stark contrast to 1995 when the DRAM industry peaked with revenue of $41.8 billion.
"The omens are bad for the DRAM industry next year," said Andrew Norwood, senior analyst with Gartner Dataquest's Semiconductors group. "All DRAM companies are now losing money and will do so until the fourth quarter of 2002. Some vendors may not even survive that long." ...Gartner profile, SSD Market Analysts
Overland Data Reports Results For First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2002; Performance Exceeds Previously Reset Higher Expectations
SAN DIEGO - October 18, 2001- Overland Data today reported revenue and net income for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2002 that exceeded both original analyst estimates as well as higher expectations reset by the Company in a previously issued preliminary release.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2001, Overland reported revenue of $39,972,000, up 6% from revenue of $37,727,000 in the same period of the prior year. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002 totaled $1,050,000, or $0.10 per share, compared to $1,305,000, or $0.12 per share, for the same period of the prior year.
The revenue growth reflects a strong performance by the Company's recently introduced Neo series of tape library products. The reduced profitability results from a lower gross margin of 23.3% for the quarter ended September 30, 2001 as compared to 28.0% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2001. This reflects a higher concentration of sales generated by new products which initially generate lower gross margins until their costs are reduced by economies to be realized from ramping production volumes. Partially offsetting the decline in gross profit, however, were lower operating expenses during the first quarter of fiscal year 2002. Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002 were 19.9% of sales, down from 22.2% of sales in the same quarter of the prior year primarily due to reduced research and development expenses. This expense reduction resulted from the Company's exit from the entry-level tape drive business in June 2001 and its completion of the Neo development.
Christopher Calisi, President and CEO of Overland, stated, "Considering the continued sluggishness in the economy and the impact of the tragic events of September 11, we are very pleased with our performance for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002. We are especially gratified by the rapid growth in sales of our Neo tape library system, which we began shipping in March of this year. On a sequential basis, Neo sales more than doubled over last quarter and it has become the most successful product introduction in Overland's history."
Adtron Corp. Named One Of Fastest Growing U.S. Companies By Inc Magazine
PHOENIX, AZ. October 18, 2001 - Adtron Corporation has been named one of America's entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc magazine, which today released its annual ranking of theInc 500, the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
Adtron achieved over 1,100% growth in the past 5 years, with sales growing from $2 million in 1996 to over $25 million in 2000.
"We are proud to have achieved the rapid growth that put us in the Inc 500 ranks," said Adtron CEO Bob Benkendorf. "We appreciate the dedication and hard work of each member of the Adtron team who made this happen. The entire team is committed to providing innovative, high quality storage solutions to the industrial, embedded systems, and military markets. We are confident that Adtron is on the path to even greater success."
Started in 1982, the Inc 500 ranks the nation's leading entrepreneurial firms according to sales growth over the previous five years. Former Inc 500 companies that have gone on to become household names include Microsoft, Timberland, Domino's Pizza and Patagonia. This year's Inc 500 set records in terms of both collective sales and growth rates, racking up a collective total of $12.5 billion in sales.
Among the key trends: Inc 500 enterprises are dramatically larger than they were 10 years ago, with an average of 160 employees, compared with just 61 employees on average in 1991. In existence an average of eight years, 56% were started at home, approximately 63% of which had five or less employees when they moved from home. About 50% were started with an investment of $20,000 or less, and 15% were started with less than $1,000. The companies as a group generated a total of 80,188 jobs and some 76% of Inc 500 companies were profitable in 2000. Inc verifies all information using tax forms and financial statements from certified public accountants and by conducting interviews with company officials. ...Adtron profile, ...Inc magazine, the Fastest Growing Storage Companies
Eurologic Systems Signs Distribution Agreement With Bell Microproducts
BOXBOROUGH, MA, and SAN JOSE, CA - October 18, 2001 - Eurologic Systems announced that Bell Microproducts, one of the world's largest storage-centric value added distributors, has signed a distribution agreement to market Eurologic's network storage solutions in markets around the world.
Under Eurologic's newly launched Channel Program, Bell Microproducts has signed as a distribution partner in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada.
Under the agreement, Bell Microproducts will introduce and distribute Eurologic's complete line of network storage solutions, including the award-winning 2Gb Fibre Channel SANbloc and Ultra320 SCSI-ready ULTRAbloc network storage systems and Spheras(tm) storage management software, to its extensive base of value-added resellers and systems integrators. ...Bell Microproducts profile, ...Eurologic Systems profile
Infineon Technologies Begins Volume Production of 256-Megabit DRAM in 0.14-micron Technology
Munich/Germany October 18, 2001 Infineon Technologies today announced that it has introduced its advanced 0.14-micron process technology into volume manufacturing for DRAMs, and that volume production of its high-density 256-Mbit SDRAM memory chips in this technology has already begun.
Furthermore, first samples of high-density 512-Mbit DRAMs using the 0.14-micron process have been delivered to strategic partners.
Featuring 18% smaller structures than the company's previous smallest process at 0.17 micron, this 0.14 micron manufacturing technology results in a cost advantage per chip of around 30 percent.
The new process has been deployed in Infineon's Dresden 200mm wafer facility since September, and is now quickly ramping volume for 256-Mbit production. The other two DRAM manufacturing sites of the company's 'Fab Cluster', the Infineon plant in Richmond, Virginia, and the ProMOS Technologies joint venture in Hsinchu, Taiwan, are in the final phases of preparing their own production start for the 0.14-micron process.
"With our 0.14-micron process shrink, Infineon once again underscores its memory technology leadership," said Dr. Andreas von Zitzewitz, member of the board and COO of Infineon Technologies AG. "Our latest shrink version of the 256-Mbit DRAM is the smallest 256-Mbit in the industry, and will result in Infineon again having the best manufacturing cost position."
Key account customers of Infineon began to test and qualify samples of the 0.14-micron, 256-Mbit SDRAMs earlier this summer. Among the first companies to successfully finalize their qualifications are Intel® Corporation and several major PC manufacturer. ...Infineon profile
Solid Data Named 6th in Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - October 17, 2001 - Solid Data Systems, a leading global provider of file-cache systems, was honored as one of this year's 100 fastest-growing private companies by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal for the second year in a row, moving up to the number-six position.
The Business Journal engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers to rank a nominated list of privately held companies headquartered in Silicon Valley, based on their revenue growth rates for the three-year period from 1998 to 2000. Leaders were announced October 11th. Accepting the award for Solid Data was Gene Bowles, president and CEO. ...Solid Data Systems profile
BakBone Software Delivers Powerful Open File Protection Solution
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - October 17, 2001 - BakBone Software announced today the availability of Open File Manager APM with BakBone's NetVault backup and recovery software.
Offered as an Application Plugin Module (APM), the combined solutions provide NetVault customers with the ability to successfully capture files that are open and in use and include them in a NetVault backup.
"In today's 24x7 information availability economy, open file management capabilities are a valuable component of any data storage management strategy." Said Mike Johnson, Director of Product Management at BakBone Software. "By integrating the market-leading Open File Manager API from St. Bernard Software, BakBone now provides end-users with the safest, most reliable and easiest to use solution available on the market today."
The Open File Manager APM is available now for Windows NT/2000client/servers. Pricing is $595 per APM. ...BakBone Software profile
Dantz Retrospect Backup Ver 5.6 Adds Full Support FOR Windows XP
ORINDA, CAOctober 17, 2001 - Dantz Development Corporation announced today the immediate availability of Retrospect® Backup version 5.6, the latest upgrade to the company's award-winning backup software.
Available as a free upgrade for owners of version 5.5, Retrospect Backup version 5.6 fully supports Microsoft Windows XP Professional and XP Home Edition. The new version also adds support for new storage devices. A free 30-day trial, complete with bootable CD disaster recovery capability, is available from the Dantz web site..
Performing a complete backup before making any changes to a computing environment can save time and heartache when new applications or tools do not perform as expected. Craig Isaacs, Dantz's vice president of sales, says it's important to be prepared for the unexpected.
"Microsoft has done a fabulous job testing Windows XP," said Isaacs, "but the complex interactions between operating systems and applications make it unrealistic for them to test every possible configuration. Thanks to Retrospect Backup, upgrading one's operating system doesn't need to mark a point of no return." ...Dantz Development profile
RARE Systems and FalconStor Form Partnership to Offer Network Storage Solution for IP/iSCSI and FC SAN
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 17, 2001 - FalconStor Software, Inc. and RARE Systems, Inc. today announced an agreement to integrate FalconStor's IPStor with RARE Systems DSM 6000 data storage module technology.
The resulting network storage solution, StArNet 6000, will help IT contain the skyrocketing storage management costs by consolidating and virtualizing storage equipment and offering the storage resources/services over IP/iSCSI and Fibre Channel SAN. In addition to providing storage to application servers and workgroups in the form of SAN or NAS, StArNet 6000 can also deliver a full suite of enterprise-class storage services including data mirroring, off-site replication, active-active failover and tape library support for serverless backup to facilitate business continuity. A Java-based management console allows centralized management, end-to-end diagnostics and reporting from anywhere via IP. SNMP integration allows StArNet 6000 to be managed by a company's existing enterprise management console.
"With an avalanche of new data being acquired every day and new applications being put into use on servers, the biggest issues our customers face is how to manage all their storage requirements," said Ron Rieke, CEO of RARE Systems. "Our partnership with FalconStor makes StArNet 6000 possible, and gives our clients a convenient, plug and play storage solution that delivers total storage freedom. We are excited to expand our solutions expertise in order to provide our customers with an even wider-range of products and services." ...FalconStor Software profile, ...RARE Systems profile
EMC Reports 3rd Quarter Results
Hopkinton, Mass. October 17, 2001 EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2001.
Total consolidated revenue for the third quarter was $1.21 billion, 47% lower than the third quarter of 2000. Excluding the impact of a pre-tax restructuring charge of $825 million incurred during the quarter, EMC reported a pro-forma loss of $270 million, or $0.12 per share. Including the impact of the charge, EMC reported a consolidated loss of $945 million, or $0.43 per share. The charge includes the cost of excess inventory, workforce reduction, facilities consolidation, and the write down of certain investments. The ongoing reduction of operating costs includes lowering EMC's worldwide employee population by approximately 4,000 people, an increase over the company's previously announced estimate. This reduction, when completed, will bring the EMC workforce to approximately 19,000 employees.
"This is a very difficult time for nearly all businesses," said Mike Ruettgers, EMC Executive Chairman. "Like many technology companies, we normally complete most of our business in the third month of every quarter. We came out of the summer and launched a completely refreshed lineup of Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems that extend our technology lead and lower our customers' costs. That announcement took place on September 10th. The next day, the world changed. The focus of many of our customers and employees turned to assisting those affected by the tragedies, helping companies continue their information flows, or simply navigating through an even slower pace of business." ...EMC profile
Editor's comments:- I think this is an EMC, and not a storage industry problem. For my analysis, see the View from the Hill column on the right of this page.
Avantis Demonstrates OpenCD Enterprise Technology
Storage Expo, UK - October 17, 2001 - Avantis, a leading supplier of multimedia NAS solutions, demonstrated its OpenCD Enterprise server appliance, which provides a high end performance solution for corporate enterprise environments, allowing 1000+ employees to access the same CD/DVD at the same time, at the Storage Expo show 2001.
Incorporating 'Multimedia Virtual Drive' (MVD) technology, the OpenCD Enterprise provides 100% compatibility across all CD and DVD formats, ensuring access to even the most sophisticated of today's multimedia software packages. Users simply double click an application shortcut on the desktop to run the CD. MVD() fools the CD into believing it really is in a CD-ROM drive and is so sophisticated it allows even copy protected CDs to be networked. Avantis' OpenCD Enterprise technology is providing easy access to multimedia technology within a diverse range of industries.
Within the aviation industry Monarch airlines has 6 CD/DVD servers which provide on-site access to aircraft maintenance manuals and engineering data. The CD and DVD offer a practical storage solution which has stood the test of time. Within the education sector, over 3, 000 educational establishments enjoy the benefits of Avantis' patented technology. The addition of MVD() technology bolsters Avantis' existing position in the UK education sector, where it already has a market share of around 30%.
Richard Theo, Managing Director at Avantis has reasoned their marketplace stronghold, 'our technology is deemed as the preferred solution for providing multimedia to schools, and we are also successfully offering this solution in a number of other industry sectors, including financial, engineering, aviation. This is because we are able to provide the performance required to deliver high bandwidth multimedia applications across the network and because of our unique ability to support all multimedia CD and DVD formats. The Open-CD Enterprise range supports the delivery of up to 50 concurrent video (AVI) clips - which is pretty staggering'. ...Avantis profile
SanDisk supplies industrial flash cards for use in Targa's airborne data logging storage
October 16, 2001 - SanDisk Corp and Targa Electronics Systems, Inc., announced today that Targa storage systems equipped with SanDisk flash memory cards are being used on a growing number of U.S. military helicopters, jet fighter planes and bombers.
More than 20 types of aircraft, including the B-2 Stealth Bomber, NATO AWACS, C-5 Galaxy, F-15 and F-16 now fly with the storage systems and flash cards. SanDisk has been supplying Targa, a leader in providing ruggedized data storage solutions to the military and aerospace markets, with standard, industrial grade Type II flash memory PC cards for many years and more recently started shipping smaller-sized SanDisk industrial CompactFlash (CF) cards to Targa. Removable SanDisk PC cards primarily are integrated into Targa Data Transfer Units (about the size of a video cassette) that are installed in the cockpits of the aircraft.
Joseph Fronsee, Targa's vice president of sales and marketing, said, "SanDisk's solid-state (no moving parts) flash cards are exactly what we need for these harsh and rugged applications where our storage systems store mission data, boot-up programs, area maps, video imagery and other data that is classified. We use only SanDisk industrial grade flash cards so we can meet the temperature requirements of these systems."
Those monitoring products essentially are maintenance prediction systems that record the wear and tear taking place on the aircraft. They are equipped with advanced software, temperature, vibration and strain sensors and SanDisk PC flash cards with capacities up to 256 megabytes that capture and store all the data being collected. The CF cards are employed in a Targa data cartridge product used in air combat training flights. The cartridges are housed in a pod under the wing where they collect flight data that is later downloaded via the removable cartridge and analyzed. SanDisk PC cards also fly on the B-2 bomber where they replaced optical disks.
Mitch Cohen, SanDisk's VP for industrial products, said, "Our industrial grade flash cards meet very rigorous standards for ruggedness, reliability and operation in extreme temperatures. Targa is a valuable ally for SanDisk because they have been involved in important military and aerospace programs since 1981. We are delighted that they selected SanDisk as the exclusive supplier of their flash cards."
Adaptec Steps Up iSCSI Campaign With OEM Design Win From ADIC®
MILPITAS, CA and REDMOND, WA. October 16, 2001 - Adaptec, Inc. extended its lead in the IP Storage market today by announcing an iSCSI OEM design win with Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC).
ADIC will integrate Adaptec's iSCSI Storage Protocol Accelerator (SPA) ASIC into its broad line of automated tape library solutions and storage appliances, delivering faster, lower-cost storage network solutions for customers over IP networks. This is the industry's first announcement of an ASIC-based iSCSI implementation for a storage device.
"Just as ADIC was the first company to provide true integration of Fibre Channel SAN support within tape libraries and storage appliances, this new relationship with Adaptec will help make us the first to integrate support for iSCSI SANs," said Bill Britts, ADIC Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The combination of ADIC platforms and Adaptec SPA technology should help expand the market for storage networks by providing new levels of affordability and ease-of-use." ...Adaptec profile, ...ADIC profile
Live SANRAD iSCSI Virtualization Switch Demonstrations and Presentations at Storage Networking World
October 16, 2001 SANRAD Inc will demonstrate its iSCSI Virtualization Switch at Storage Networking World later this month.
Gil Chaouat, Director of Product Management, of SANRAD has been working with distributors and users to define the iSCSI V Switch so as to meet the needs of the market. "Our feature set is driven by interviews with end-users and distributors. We are focusing on solving real problems for network administrators. We want to avoid marketing trends and focus on customer trends".
The iSCSI V switch is a network centric, storage management and virtualization solution. It includes the iSCSI V Switch 3000 hardware and a browser based management GUI. The iSCSI V Switch supports the new, standards based, iSCSI TCP/IP storage protocol in addition to the existing fibre-channel protocol. This provides iSCSI and FC networked hosts with secure and trusted access to a variety of logical volumes residing on diverse storage systems within a SAN. The iSCSI V Switch operates in the data-path of a storage network, independent of hosts and storage. It provides a single, easy to use connectivity and management platform for IT professionals responsible for administering small to enterprise class storage resources.
iSCSI V Switch storage management and virtualization features gather all physical storage resources (SCSI, iSCSI and FC) into a single pool. Network administrators can define new logical volumes from these pooled resources independent of physical barriers such as enclosures, physical disks, protocols, and distance. The iSCSI V Switch provides multiple storage and host network ports and can perform block level storage routing. It provides volume mirroring, striping, remote copy, drive concatenation, precise LUN carving (as low as a few hundred Kilobytes), snapshot, multi-pathing, port performance aggregation, selectable QoS per host, in addition to port, path, and V Switch failover. ...SANRAD profile, ...SNIA and Storage Networking World
VERITAS® Software Reports 34% year on year revenue growth in the first 9 months of 2001
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- October 16, 2001 - VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2001. The Company achieved third-quarter revenue of $340 million, compared with revenue of $317 million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2000. Pro forma net income for the third quarter, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and the loss on strategic investments, was $51 million, compared with $70 million for the same period in the prior year. Diluted pro forma net income per share for the third quarter was $0.12, compared with $0.16 for the same period last year. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2001, VERITAS Software had revenue of $1.118 billion, compared with revenue of $837 million, for the same period of fiscal 2000, a 34% year-over-year increase. Pro forma net income for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2001, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and the loss on strategic investments, increased to $218 million from $179 million in the prior period. Pro forma diluted net income per share was $0.52, compared with $0.41 for the same period last year.
For the third quarter, on an as-reported basis with purchase accounting adjustments for acquisitions and the loss on strategic investments, VERITAS Software reported a net loss of $162 million, or $0.40 per share, compared with a net loss of $148 million, or $0.37 per share for the prior period. Purchase accounting amortization amounted to $238 million in the current quarter and $235 million in last year's third quarter
"The highlight of the quarter for VERITAS Software was the success of our software and services for more than 100 of our customers whom we assisted in the recovery of lost data due to the tragedies at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," said Gary Bloom, president and chief executive officer, VERITAS Software. "We were also able to produce quarterly revenue growth compared to last year's third quarter and demonstrated solid expense management in spite of the weak economic environment, the immediate revenue impact of the September 11th attacks, and our focus on servicing our existing customers during this critical time." ...VERITAS profile
Burnaby, BC - October 16, 2001 - MERLIN Software Technologies International, Inc. today announced the launch of its new SecurDVR, a security and loss prevention system that provides cost effective monitoring and surveillance for North American retailers, commercial/industrial property managers and hospitality operators.
The product is being demonstrated at the Canadian Security show in Toronto, October 17-18. Utilizing state-of-the-art digital recording and image capture, the SecurDVR integrates up to 16 closed circuit television cameras for fast image retrieval and high-availability digital storage. The SecurDVR can be installed in minutes and presents an affordable alternative to traditional analog devices such as multiplexers and VHS recorders but with the greatly enhanced features and capabilities that only a digital video recorder offers.
"The protection of people, property and assets is critical to the success of any business, large or small," said Merlin's Senior Product Manager for the SecurDVR, Jim Herringer. "Billions of dollars of shrinkage occur annually because of theft from both customers and employees. SecurDVR provides a cost effective, reliable and scaleable way to protect the financial health and viability of a business."
The SecurDVR can monitor up to 16 separate cameras with extremely sensitive traffic areas redlined to identify, record and alarm any out-of-the ordinary activity. Frame rates can be programmed for specific cameras to ensure the digital images are acceptable for legal proceedings. Remote access over the Internet or Intranet allows security personnel to view, record, and "clip" images from virtually anywhere. For example, head office security staff can monitor activities from their desk to any number of remote store locations, "clip" a specific image and email that image to the remote location for action. The SecurDVR is scheduled to begin shipping in October with prices starting at CDN $6,575. ...MERLIN profile
MERLIN Introduces Affordable Security and Loss Prevention System at Canadian Security Show
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. October 16, 2001 Imperial Technology announced today that it has successfully completed interoperability testing with QLogic Corporation's 1Gbps and 2Gbps Fibre Channel switches and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) on its MegaRam solid state accelerator.
The testing helps ensure compatibility in heterogeneous SAN environments. Imperial tested the MegaRam-2000 solid state accelerator with QLogic SANbox switches, SANbox2 switches and SANblade HBAs. QLogic's switches and HBAs enable the deployment of resilient, intelligent SANs, while Imperial's solid state accelerators supercharge the storage systems to which these switches and HBAs are connected. ...Imperial Technology profile, ...QLogic profile
Editor's note:- the 400% increase in SSDs by readers this year probably indicates a significant market trend. See the Solid state disks page for the data and market analysis.
Imperial Technology Completes Interoperability Testing with QLogic 2Gbps Fibre Channel Switches and HBAs
Milpitas, Calif.- October 16, 2001 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced that it has provided 46 high performance, high availability, MetaStor® E4400 storage systems to Sandia National Laboratories.
Sandia National Laboratories is a research and development facility with ongoing projects in national security, energy and environmental technologies. Sandia will use the MetaStor E4400 storage systems to store data resulting from complex, supercomputing applications that simulate, analyze and predict performance of nuclear weapons to assure safety and reliability. The MetaStor E4400 systems installed at Sandia will provide more than 100 terabytes of storage in aggregate and support a sustained data transfer rate of more than three gigabytes per second.
"The E4400 is a perfect storage solution for any supercomputing application where speed and reliability are mandatory," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for LSI Logic Storage Systems Inc. "Sandia National Laboratories is one of the leading research organizations in the world and we are very pleased to have been selected to support its mission."
SICORP, a New Mexico-based company that specializes in large, high-performance, high-availability storage systems, installed the E4400s and will provide ongoing service. SICORP supports its customers through a variety of responsive service and support programs.
"We selected LSI Logic Storage Systems and SICORP based on their understanding of our data requirements, their performance, their technical expertise, and price," said Milton Clauser, project manager at Sandia.
The MetaStor family of storage systems scales a thousand fold, from 36 gigabytes to 39 terabytes of online data storage, and features advanced software for centralized administration, replication, virtualization and disaster recovery. In direct attach, SAN or NAS configurations, the MetaStor systems support AIX, CIFS, IRIX, HP-UX, http, Linux, Mac®OS, Netware, NFS, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile
Sandia National Laboratories Selects LSI Logic Storage Systems For Massive Supercomputing Application
SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 15, 2001 - Silicon Image, Inc.'s CMD Storage Systems today announced the introduction of two new Titan CMD Rack Array (CRA) products.
The Titan CRA-7400 and CRA-7240 RAID controller solutions offer the highest levels of data integrity and availability in a compact, fully integrated, 2U rackmount package simplifying integration for VARs and storage system integrators-thereby reducing costs and accelerating time to market.
With the industry's rapid growth in storage requirements, demand for space-efficient storage solutions is also increasing. Rackmount is the most efficient packaging for large-capacity applications. Incorporating proven, third-generation Titan RAID controller technology, the new CRA products are equipped with hot-swappable hubs, power supplies and fans as well as new Java-based, platform-independent Vision Storage Management Utility software for RAID subsystem set-up, management and monitoring. The Titan CRA-7400 is a 4-channel, Fibre Channel-to-Fibre Channel rackmount RAID controller, while the Titan CRA-7240 is a 6-channel Fibre Channel-to-Ultra 160 SCSI rackmount RAID controller. Both are designed to meet the rigorous requirements of data-intensive, mission-critical applications in high-availability environments such as SANs and clusters.
Steve Ferrari, product marketing manager for Silicon Image CMD Storage Systems, noted, "Storage system integration is normally a time-intensive and expensive process, particularly when the various components are sourced from different manufacturers. Our VAR and system integrator customers have been looking for RAID controller solutions that quickly and easily integrate into their systems. Our new CRA products address this need by offering a turnkey, rackmount solution with proven components designed to function as an integrated package. Furthermore, these components are hot-swappable, offering the highest degree of serviceability and availability at a cost-effective price point."
Both the CRA-7400 and CRA-7240 are available in single controller or dual redundant, active/active controller configurations. Each is OS independent and features auto-failover and AutoRebind (automatic failback), non-disruptive online firmware updates, non-disruptive online RAID level migration, non-disruptive online RAID set expansion, SANmask LUN mapping and Vision Storage Management Utility software. Each supports up to 1 GB of user-installable ECC protected DIMM-based cache.
Hot-swappable controllers, power supplies, fans and hubs are standard. The inclusion of front-serviceable, hot-swappable Fibre Channel hubs-one for each host and disk port of the Titan RAID controller-is a key differentiator. Integrated hubs eliminate the need for costly external hubs for either host or disk channels, while also maintaining Fibre Channel loop integrity in the event one of the active/active RAID controllers requires replacement.
The CRA-7400 and CRA-7240 will begin shipping later this month. The CRA-7400 will be available from $9,895 list, while the CRA-7240 will be available from $9,195 list. There will also be a CRA-7040, a SCSI-to-SCSI version, available from $6,549. ...Silicon Image profile
Silicon Image's CMD Storage Systems Introduces Industry's First Rackmount RAID Controller Solutions With Hot-Swappable Hubs
ROCKVILLE, MD - October 15, 2001 - Strengthening its presence in the mid-range NAS appliance market, OTG Software Inc. today announced that Rising Edge Technologies has added OTG's solutions to its archive appliance servers.
The combination of OTG's storage, email and video archival and access solutions and Rising Edge's NS-100 appliance family provide cost-effective solutions for corporate workgroups and small-to-medium businesses. Using OTG's solutions, application-specific appliances can now meet the storage and access demands of specific markets.
"OTG's clear understanding and technological expertise in the storage industry made it an easy choice for us to offer their solutions with our servers," said Jerry Curl, CEO of Rising Edge. "We now have a leg up on our competition by providing a better storage solution to our customers and OTG has given us a competitive differentiator that is hard to beat."
Rising Edge will offer three different appliance packages through its NS-100 optical storage server, which provides 900 GB of high performance RAID and multi-terabyte optical archive in a single rack mounted unit. The storage appliance package utilizes OTG's DiskXtender®, which will automate the migration of stored data to the NS-100 device. The email appliance solution utilizes OTG Software's EmailXtender to permit rules-based archiving and search-based retrieval of mail messages and attachments. Finally, the video appliance package builds on OTG's VideoXtender product to provide automated data transfer within the NS-100 server so that video assets can be accessed directly from primary or secondary media without manual intervention.
"With NAS playing a central role within corporate IT strategies, we want to be well positioned as a dominant player within this market," said William Caple, executive vice president of OTG Software. "Building on our previously announced relationships with Maxtor and Snap Appliances, and now with Rising Edge, we continue to execute on our strategy to partner with storage appliance vendors, to provide value-added storage and access technology." ...OTG Software profile, ...Rising Edge Technologies profile
OTG Partners With Rising Edge Technologies to Provide Affordable Data Access and Archival Appliances for Storage, Email, and Video
MELVILLE, N.Y., and SEATTLE, Wash., October 15, 2001 - FalconStor Software, Inc. and Driveline today announced they have formed a strategic partnership to incorporate FalconStor's IPStor technology into Driveline's Fibre Channel SAN-based rich media solutions.
The OEM partnership will complement Driveline's rich media applications with FalconStor's state-of-the-art storage infrastructure software, allowing comprehensive aggregation, virtualization and provisioning of storage resources over Fibre Channel SAN.
Driveline's Fibre Channel expertise enables them to build a SAN environment for digital media companies that addresses their storage needs and time-to-market demands for heterogeneous file sharing of huge, uncompressed video files quickly and efficiently between workstations and facilities. This allows more than one person to work on the same video clips at the same time without worrying about keeping track of multiple copies of edited files, that are not only time-consuming to manage, but expensive to accommodate with the increasing storage capacity requirements.
"Our extensive experience working with media workstation technology enables us to successfully connect many different media content production applications to the Driveline Core SAN solution," said Driveline President Jack Weaver. "We pride ourselves on being able to connect everything in the production environment, and IPStor's standards-based infrastructure allows us to offer customers a very powerful combined solution with virtualization and business continuity."
By partnering with FalconStor, Driveline can leverage IPStor's enterprise class storage services, including storage virtualization, active-active failover, capacity-on-demand, remote replication, mirroring, application-aware snapshot, and zero-impact backup/restore enablers for their digital media customers with large or medium enterprises that need data center consolidation, 24x7 operations, reduced total cost of ownership and advanced data management services. IPStor will allow digital media companies to maintain non-stop operations by eliminating chronic problems such as running out of space, inability to perform reliable backup without shutting down, vulnerability to single-point-of-failure, and inadequate remote disaster recovery protection. ...Driveline profile, ...FalconStor Software profile
FalconStor and Driveline Form Partnership to Bring Storage Sanity to Rich Media Madness
ATLANTA, Georgia - October 15, 2001- Dot Hill Systems Corp. will showcase its SANnet® series of high-availability storage solutions in booth number 1404 at the Fall VON (Voice on the Net) Conference, October 15-18, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
Force Computers will also exhibit the SANnet 3320 as the storage component of its new Centellis 21000 Backbone system in booths 723 and 725. The VON Conference focuses on the convergence of the Telecom and Internet industries with an overall focus on the Internet Protocol (IP) Communications industry. Dot Hill will feature its highly reliable SANnet 7128 and 3320 storage systems, designed to meet NEBS Level 3.
Dot Hill's SANnet 7128 is a full Fibre Channel, switchless SAN solution that directly connects to up to 16 servers. This low-cost, easy to use system is ideal for customers with applications that use rack-optimized servers and require a small footprint. The SANnet 7128 combines high data throughput with a redundant, high-availability architecture to meet the most critical telecom and enterprise storage demands.
A carrier-class SCSI-to-SCSI, 48 volt, DC-powered SANnet 3320 solution will also be on display, showing a configuration commonly used in Telco environments requiring NEBS Level-3 certification. With advanced Ultra160 SCSI RAID protection, SANnet 3320 is designed with the performance, flexibility and reliability to meet the needs of data-intensive applications.
Dot Hill will also exhibit the SANnet RAID Blade, an ultra-slim, rack-mountable storage array available with AC or DC power, a RAID controller and four hot-swappable Ultra 160 SCSI disk drives. Providing more than a quarter terabyte of storage in a rack-mountable 1U form factor, the RAID Blade is designed for customers with limited space who need to add incremental high-performance storage for applications such as web hosting, e-mail server, co-location services, and small to medium databases. ...Dot Hill profile, ...Force Computers profile
Dot Hill Features Carrier-Class Storage Solutions At Voice On The Net (Von) Conference
BROOMFIELD, Colo - October 15, 2001 - McDATA Corporation today announced that its Galaxy-class 6000 Series Directors are upgradeable to 10 gigabit per second (Gbps), enabling storage network customers to extend the life of their storage investments, while providing a total cost of ownership advantage.
McDATA's 6000 Series Directors are the only Director-class products available today that are 10Gbps, multi-protocol ready and interoperable with 90% of the current installed base of fabric switches. With thousands of units shipped, the Galaxy-class 6000 Series Directors were engineered to protect and build upon a customer's investment.
"The architecture in our 6000 Series Directors is designed to expand with a customer's needs so they can efficiently build on their storage networking investments," said Jack McDonnell, CEO and Chairman, McDATA. "McDATA's first concern has always been solving our customer's business problems while helping them safeguard their SAN investment. We are committed to continuously providing customers with upgradeable and cost-effective solutions - not just pieces of the puzzle - that can grow with their evolving storage networking needs." ...McDATA profile