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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Seybold Booth # 2146) – September 25-27, 2001 – Ricoh Silicon Valley (RSV) and DAX Archiving Solutions (Chess DAX B.V.) today announced availability of an affordable solution to easily save, manage, store, and retrieve important documents like faxes, photocopies, scans, emails, and hard-copy business documents. The key elements of the eCabinet/smartDAX solution include:
  • eCabinet™, by Ricoh Silicon Valley, is the first intelligent electronic filing cabinet for storing, sharing, and finding your office's important papers, faxes, and digital files. Using TCP/IP, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), auto-indexing, and browser-based technology, eCabinet securely captures documents, extracts essential information to create a detailed index, archives a digital copy (via near-line and offline storage) and allows for simple end-user retrieval.
  • smartDAX ® 100 Appliance DVD-R by DAX Archiving Solutions. One of the smartDAX solutions, that are available for CD-R, DVD-RAM and DVD-R and with 100, 200 & 700 media capacity points. It provides a complete data archiving solution that is directly connected to the network and has a network data storage capacity of 470 GB that easily is extended - to any desired capacity -by adding additional smartDAX units to the network. It includes an integrated Sun Ultra Archive Server, 30 GB of on-line File Cache, 1 DVD-R drive and 1 DVD-ROM drive, and 5 X 20 media cassettes. Ricoh Silicon Valley's eCabinet easily fits into an already existing slot in the smartDAX appliance for true product combination in a seamlessly integrated all-in-one solution.
The eCabinet/smartDAX solution offers the protection of safeguarding your documents through the use of on-line caching disks with the permanency of near-line optical DVD-R media. Pre-configured and easily integrated, the eCabinet/smartDAX solution is also easy and convenient to administer and use. By connecting to the existing network infrastructure and setting an IP address, your company can have enterprise level archiving and retrieval at a fraction of the cost of other options.

"Our partnership with DAX Archiving Solutions helps us more effectively meet customers' needs for WORM media that meets SEC standards," said James Harris, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Ricoh Silicon Valley. "Together with the smartDAX product, we offer a secure solution for people who have intensive archiving needs."

"Once a document is captured, data will automatically be exported to WORM (CD-R or DVD-R) media for SEC compliant document storage, " added Sonny Burkett, Vice President of U.S. Operations for DAX Archiving Solutions. "This solution holds 100 media in five twenty-disk magazines, and its storage capacity of 470 GB can be expanded infinitely by adding ancillary smartDAX systems."...DAX Archiving Solutions profile, ...Ricoh Silicon Valley profile

See also:- Jukeboxes

NEWCASTLE, CA- September 27, 2001 - CEI added RAID level 0 (mirroring) support today to their popular software-based RAID solution RAID Toolbox. RAID Toolbox is a high-performance RAID utility for the Microsoft® Windows 2000 operating system. RAID Toolbox lets users stripe or mirror IEEE 1394 (firewire), SCSI, IDE, USB 2.0 or fibre channel drives to create powerful, portable disk arrays. RAID Toolbox's mirroring module lets users create redundant arrays perfect for real-time backup. The striping module helps users achieve unparalleled performance gains by combining two or more drives together and transfer data in parallel, dramatically multiplying data-transfer rates. In certain configurations users can expect to see performance increases of up to 300% or more.

RAID Toolbox lets users create and manage single volume and multiple disk arrays on both external and internal storage devices. RAID Toolbox is the only product that will let you create stripes or mirrors with high-performance IEEE 1394, or firewire, hard disk drives. CEI's Portable RAID technology eliminates sluggishness often associated with large network data transfers. RAID Toolbox's intelligent driver lets users create striped or mirrored arrays on one workstation and then move the array to a separate workstation where the array will auto mount practically eliminating the need for large, slow, network data transfers.

RAID Toolbox is targeted directly at the digital audio/video, graphics, prepress or enterprise markets or anyone seeking top hard disk drive performance. RAID Toolbox lets users stripe or mirror on Windows 2000 Professional or Server editions.

RAID Toolbox also includes CEI's Apple® Macintosh® RAID software. A RAID Toolbox demo is available. RAID Toolbox carries an SRP of $99.95, but for a limited time CEI is offering RAID Toolbox at a discounted price of $59.95. CEI can be reached by calling (530) 885-4420 or by emailing "". ...CEI profile

PARIS, September 27, 2001 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that IPStor has won the "Best Product of the Year" award in the Software category at the 2001 Stockage IT Forum, held September 25 - 27 in Paris, France. FalconStor won the award after extensive competition with 18 other significant contestants. Its solution netted the highest scores from a jury composed of European users, journalists and consultants. Evaluation criteria included technical/business innovation, user-friendliness, and end-user business benefit impact. ...FalconStor Software profile

Houston, TX . - September 27, 2001 - Texas Memory Systems announced today that it has contributed a RAM-SAN solid state disk for use in the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Technology Center located in Colorado Springs. The RAM-SAN solid state disk is the "World's Fastest Storage". The RAM-SAN is used to complement existing storage, by providing a cache for frequently accessed files. Typical applications for the RAM-SAN include file caching for databases, streaming video, modeling and data acquisition. The RAM-SAN delivers higher throughput and I/O capability than any other storage device, including other solid state disks. The systems provide from 8GB to 128GB of SDRAM capacity in a single chassis.

"The SNIA Technology Center is delighted that Texas Memory Systems has contributed a RAM-SAN solid state disk for the benefit of companies conducting interoperability testing," said Thomas Conroy, the Director of the Center. "The Texas Memory Systems contribution is integral for accomplishing the SNIA Technology Center's goal of becoming the premier venue for testing and development of heterogeneous storage networking configurations and solutions."

"We believe that every storage network can benefit from a RAM-SAN solid state disk. Our contribution to the SNIA Technology Center is designed to help other companies reach this conclusion through hands-on testing," according to Woody Hutsell, Marketing Director for Texas Memory Systems. "We are proud to be the first solid state disk vendor to have a product available for use in the SNIA Technology Center. We encourage end-users, resellers, integrators and vendor companies to visit the Center and find out first-hand the benefits of a RAM-SAN solid state disk." ...SNIA profile, ...Texas Memory Systems profile

See also:- Industry trade associations, Solid state disks

Santa Clara, Calif., September 26, 2001: Exodus Communications®, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXDS) announced today it has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filing will enable Exodus® to focus on operating its business and serving its customers while it develops a plan of reorganization to provide a suitable capital structure for long-term growth. The company also announced it has received a commitment for up to $200 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from GE Capital which will be used to fund post-petition operating expenses and supplier and employee obligations. The company filed its voluntary petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington. The filing includes the company's domestic operations headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.

Exodus Chairman and Chief Executive Officer L. William Krause said the actions allow the company to continue to provide its customers with the highest quality service and support and assure fulfillment of its obligations to them as well as to Exodus employees.

"Providing high quality products and services to our customers has been, and continues to be, our number one priority. Our employees have been, and continue to be, our number one asset," Krause said. "We are committed to meeting the needs of both — now and well into the future. This restructuring action ensures we have the wherewithal to do that and our daily operations continue uninterrupted as before. In addition, we will now be able to devote efforts to solidifying and executing on a go-forward operating plan that is based on tough-minded fiscal discipline and focuses on managing Exodus to profitability." ...Exodus profile

Editor's comments:- the internet storage services sector has seen a very high attrition rate:- about a third of all companies disappearing since the fledgling market began just a few years ago. A recent Yankee Group report confirmed that the business models of this sector are deeply flawed. When most of these companies started, an important target customer base built into their plans were dotcoms. When the dotcom investment boom collapsed last year, many service companies had to go back to basics and market their services to longer established bricks and mortar companies. That kind of delayed market fulfillment was longer than the burn rate of most wannabe web storage companies could stand.

Berkeley, Calif. - September 26, 2001 - PolyServe, Inc., a leading next-generation system software company, announced today that it will unveil its SAN file system technology at the Storage Decisions 2001 conference, September 26-28, in Chicago. PolyServe is one of seven emerging technology companies invited to present at the first-ever Storage Decisions conference, an exclusive event for enterprise storage managers. Other companies scheduled to have speakers at the event include EMC, Veritas and StorageNetworks. ...PolyServe profile

MINNEAPOLIS - 26 September 2001 - General Dynamics Information Systems puts Seagate drives into fighter aircraft. It's clear that the world of information technology is changing dramatically. With everything going digital, storage is the backbone of the new economy and new applications that were previously unheard of. And every time someone taps into the Internet, sends an email, uses an ATM machine, trades stock or makes purchases online, they are creating information that needs to be stored and accessed. Based on current disc drive performance levels, their low cost per gigabyte and the proliferation of applications that require fast access to data, disc drives are moving into new applications like television, digital video recorders, MP3 players, game consoles and even surveillance equipment in Navy fighter planes. General Dynamics Information Systems, a unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has a contract that involves the use of disc drive technology on the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.

General Dynamics Information Systems (GDIS) is a market leader in providing mission-critical systems to markets that include tactical avionics, rugged mass data storage, surveillance, space-borne processing, and other defense and aerospace applications. Recently, it was selected by Raytheon Electronic Systems to provide the Data Storage System (DSS), a compact, flight-worthy data translator, storage and retrieval system that translates and stores data from the U.S. Navy's newest fighter radar. The recorded information will be used to refine the radar's signal processing programs. These programs translate the radar signals into displays that show the pilot what the radar is seeing, be it a bird or a missile.

Up to this point, legacy tape systems were used to record surveillance data in the Navy's aircraft. New recording systems using disc drives are lighter (a comparable tape system would weigh more than 400 pounds, versus 90 pounds for the disc drive system), less expensive, provide higher data rates and offer more storage capacity. These disc drive systems also provide significant advantages over other technologies like solid state storage. As a result, the Navy has begun replacing legacy systems with rugged GDIS products that use disc drives.

The DSS will be used in the development of the Boeing/Raytheon Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radar system on the Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft, and for other radar system improvement programs. GDIS plans to use Seagate's Cheetah 73LP disc drive for the Data Storage System. With the Seagate drive, the DSS will provide storage capacities up to one terabyte and sustained data rates greatly exceeding the performance of any digital recorder ever flown on a fighter aircraft. ...GDIS web site, ...Seagate profile

Wilmington, MA, (September 26, 2001) – Kentron Technologies today announced that Avant Technology, a world-class provider of memory modules to OEMs, has licensed Kentron's FEMMA (Foldable Electronic Memory Module Assembly) high density, low profile memory technology. FEMMA technology provides a proven low cost and highly reliable memory platform to achieve high memory density. The FEMMA technology was designed by Kentron to be utilized in the "1U", "blade" and "hyper dense" server platform environments and telecom markets where space and height constraints are at a minimum. Kentron's low profile FEMMA based memory modules have been widely accepted by system developers for their advanced thermal properties, high density, and leading price/performance position. FEMMA technology is scalable to future chip technologies such as Ball Grid Array and Flash.

"Kentron is quite pleased that Avant Technology has joined the growing number of memory module manufacturers who have realized the excellent price/performance that the FEMMA platform can provide to the server and telecom space," said Bob Goodman, Chief Executive Officer of Kentron Technologies. "We view the Avant Technology licensing agreement as a strategic step towards building a long term relationship."

"This licensing agreement reinforces our position as one of the leaders in today's memory marketplace", said Brad Scoggins, Executive Vice President of Avant. "FEMMA fits perfectly into our strategy to provide world class memory solutions to the Telecom, Networking and Server Marketplace. FEMMA's Low Profile, High Density and excellent Thermal Characteristics will allow Avant to meet the requirements of today's space constrained environments," concluded Scoggins.

The licensing agreement provides Avant Technology with Kentron's leading memory technology, which enables them to build and sell higher density, more cost-efficient, reliable memory modules utilizing FEMMA technology. Avant Technology plans to leverage this arrangement to manufacture and sell high-density, low profile memory modules into the growing "1U", "blade" and "hyper dense" server and telecom marketplace. ...Avant Technology profile, ...Kentron Technologies profile

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - September 26, 2001 - BakBone Software™ today announced a strategic partnership with Nishan Systems, the industry's first supplier of native IP storage solutions, and Plasmon, a leading manufacturer of automated data storage libraries, to jointly develop, market and support a certified optical archive/retrieval storage solution. The partnership provides a comprehensive storage management solution for customers demanding reliable, high-speed access to stored data.

BakBone has certified Nishan's and Plasmon's offerings with its industry-leading UNIX and Linux-based MagnaVault™ solution to address the recent Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that permit registered investment companies and registered investment advisers to preserve required records using electronic storage media such as magnetic disks, tape and other digital storage media. The BakBone-certified solution combines BakBone's MagnaVault optical storage management software with Nishan System's IPS 2000 Series IP Storage switches and Plasmon's optical libraries. The combined products ensure quick and reliable archive and retrieval of stored data including financial information.

"We are pleased to team up with BakBone and Plasmon in delivering a proven, ready-to-implement data archive/retrieval solution that provides immediate value to channel partners and customers alike," said Gary Orenstein, Nishan's director of marketing and coordinator of its IP Storage Partners program. "Our IP Storage products, coupled with BakBone's high performance MagnaVault software and Plasmon's optical libraries, create a powerful offering that will drive opportunities in new market segments, particularly in the financial arena."

MagnaVault version 2.2.6 contains device drivers, file systems, and optical library management software for a wide range of optical libraries and drives running on UNIX and Linux-based systems. An optical library appears as a standard file system that is completely transparent to existing applications, databases, and tools. Users can browse the contents of the library as if the files were on a hard drive, with MagnaVault transparently scheduling access to media in the library.

"Our alliance with BakBone and Nishan Systems combines our marketing strengths to deliver a complete and certified enterprise-class solution to customers and channel partners," said Kelly Scharf, Director of Product Management, U.S. for Plasmon.

"With the recent SEC ruling which mandates reliable storage solutions for the financial community, the timing is ripe for us to bring a document retention solution of this caliber to market," said Randy Batterson, VP of Alliances and OEMs, BakBone Software. "Increasing revenue is the major goal for all of us. Providing the channel with a proven and tested product creates a win-win scenario for all parties and demonstrates our commitment to our customers." ...BakBone Software profile, Nishan Systems, ...Plasmon profile

See also:- iSCSI, Jukeboxes, Tape libraries

BOXBOROUGH, MA, September 26, 2001 - Eurologic Systems announced the next generation of its SCSI network storage systems, the Ultra320 SCSI-ready ULTRAbloc network storage system. The second product line in Eurologic's next-generation FLEXIbloc(tm) family of network storage solutions, Eurologic's ULTRAbloc is designed to minimize the risk of migrating to emerging SCSI technologies. Ultra320 SCSI will be the seventh generation of the (20 year old) SCSI network interface protocol. Features like improved data transfer speeds of up to 320 Megabytes per second and packetized data transfer will mean overall improvement in data transfer performance, efficiency and integrity.

ULTRAbloc incorporates an Ultra320-ready midplane and I/O modules that will enable customers to quickly and easily upgrade to Ultra320 SCSI when Ultra320 drives and host bus adapters are available. At the same time, ULTRAbloc is downward compatible to Ultra160 and Ultra2 SCSI, ensuring customers can protect their existing infrastructure investment, while making it simple and cost-effective to support ULTRA 320 SCSI when they are ready.

Ken Claffey, product manager for Eurologic Systems, said, "SCSI is still a dominant interface in the enterprise storage market, and Ultra320 will provide customers with significant benefits above the previous-generation of SCSI. Eurologic's ULTRAbloc will utilize the Ultra320 interface technology to deliver a new level of performance and functionality for our customers. ULTRAbloc provides an optimum solution for high-performance, data-intensive storage environments that demand round-the-clock data availability. At the same time, our ULTRAbloc minimizes the risk of migrating to an Ultra320 storage solution. The modular design of the system's underlying architecture enables customers to quickly, seamlessly, and cost-effectively upgrade to the benefits of Ultra320 SCSI without the costs and time required with a forklift upgrade."

Eurologic is accepting orders for its ULTRAbloc Ultra320 SCSI-ready JBOD now. The system is available in rack-mount and deskside configurations. Entry-level JBOD pricing, without disk drives, starts at $3,675. With 14-73GB disk drives, the entry-level price is less than 2 cents per megabyte. ...Eurologic Systems profile

SANTA CLARA, Calif, Sept. 26, 2001 - Intel Corporation today introduced a new flash memory chip designed to enhance the performance of cell phones, PDAs and other wireless devices. The 3 Volt Synchronous Intel StrataFlash® Memory is up to four times faster than traditional flash memory, making it the best value for executing code and storing data in handheld devices.
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Ricoh Silicon Valley and DAX Archiving Solutions Jointly Announce Availability of eCabinet/smartDAX Archiving Solution

CEI Adds Mirroring to RAID Toolbox, Product Now Supports RAID Levels O and 1

FalconStor Wins "Best Product of the Year" Award for Software at Stockage 2001 IT Forum

Texas Memory Systems Contributes RAM-SAN to Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Technical Center

Exodus Communications Seeks Chapter 11

PolyServe, Inc. To Unveil SAN File System Technology

Defenders of the Air Take Flight with Seagate Disc Drives

Kentron Technologies® Announces that it has Licensed its Advanced FEMMA™ Memory Technology to Avant Technology

BakBone, Nishan Systems and Plasmon Deliver Certified Solution for High Performance Optical Storage

Eurologic Systems Powers Up To Ultra320 SCSI Storage

Intel Introduces New Intel StrataFlash® Memory To Enhance Performance Wireless Devices

Sanrise Announces Availability Solutions for Disaster Recovery

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Re: Stock Buybacks

A lot of storage companies have announced stock buybacks since the markets reopened this week, following the terrorist attacks on September 11th. So why are they doing it? Particularly at a time when the prospects for the market seem so uncertain.

In a normal market, there are many reasons you might want to do this, all related to signalling that you think your company's share price could go higher in the short term.

These reasons could be:- you want to avoid being a takeover target (and losing your job as the CEO), you want to motivate employees who have stock options and are thinking about jumping ship, or you've already spent all the money you want in other areas, and want to use your surplus cash to reward investors.

In today's markets, which are far from normal, it's unlikely that any of the above are major factors in the recently announced buybacks. I think there's another factor at play:- Patriotism.

Many people in the US (and western allies) today feel that their country and way of life has been attacked. If the stock market and the economy slide into even deeper recession as a result of the war against terrorism, then the terrorists will have won. Announcing that your company has allocated money to buy back your shares is a way of saying "we feel confident in the capitalist system and we won't be pushed over the edge". It's one of the many ways that business leaders can try to get confidence back into the free market system.

At most times in the past, stock buybacks have been a cynical ploy, done for the sake of management self-interest or to benefit a very few stakeholders. I've said as much in the past, and would not hesitate to say so again in the future.

But in today's difficult times, I believe that stock buyback announcements can be good for everyone, and should be applauded. The war to preserve the way of life which we all cherish will not just be won by sailors, pilots and marines. (It goes without saying that they have the most difficult jobs to do, and we all wish them every success and a safe return.) But every little action on the home front which shows you are not defeated, strikes another blow for freedom. Opening the markets last week was the first step. Signalling that the economy will not collapse is the next. It may not be business as usual. But the recession is not the most important thing going on right now, and I think it's about time for this recession to end.
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Manufactured on the cost-effective 0.18-micron process technology, the new chip represents the third generation of Intel's multi-level cell (MLC) technology that allows twice the amount of data to be stored in a single memory cell. The fast-read feature allows a software application to execute code directly out of flash, rather than downloading to a device's RAM for execution, saving the costs of redundant system memory and board space.

Synchronous Intel StrataFlash can be used in conjunction with Intel flash memory software to improve both the performance and time to market of a device. Intel® Persistent Storage Manager simplifies design for handheld devices running the Windows CE operating system by combining code, file and data storage in a single flash chip, while Intel® Flash Data Integrator provides similar storage capabilities in cell phones.
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3 Volt Synchronous Intel StrataFlash
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The 3 Volt Synchronous Intel StrataFlash Memory is available in densities from 64 Mbit to 256 Mbit. The 128 Mbit memory is sampling now, with production for all densities starting in April 2002. In 10,000-unit quantities, prices range from $10 for 64 Mbit chips to $35 for 256 Mbit chips. ...Intel profile

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DUBLIN, Calif., September 26, 2001 — Sanrise Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries announced today that it will meet the growing market need for disaster recovery solutions by providing advanced data availability services to minimize data loss, reduce costly downtime and ensure optimal business continuance for the enterprise. The sanrise data availability capabilities provide replication and retrieval of data across multiple locations through an exclusive hardware and software solution. Furthermore, the software component provides the customer with tools that dynamically time the frequency of backups predicated on identified data set availability requirements. Data restores can be initiated to the primary site, secondary site, or hotsite, facilitating the most flexible and efficient restoration of data.

"In an increasingly information-centric world, data availability is critical," said Doug Chandler, Director of Infrastructure Management Services research at IDC. "Sanrise is meeting the needs of organizations that no longer view data backup and recovery as an option - but as a necessity."

Sanrise data availability solutions complement and extend the scope of sanrise's existing suite of robust backup and restore solutions delivered at enterprise data centers, Internet Data Centers and remotely over IP MAN. ...Sanrise profile

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