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Hillsboro, OR - April 22, 2002 - LaCie announced today a new web site where users of Apple® Macintosh® computers can download SilverKeeper backup software free of charge. Posted on www.silverkeeper.com, LaCie SilverKeeper takes the complexity out of backing up documents, video, photos, music and graphics files. The software can be used with any storage device that will mount on a Macintosh desktop. Like LaCie's Silverlining drive management and formatting software, SilverKeeper will be included with all of LaCie's storage products.

An easy-to-use backup solution, SilverKeeper eliminates the time-consuming task of manual backups. Users can quickly schedule unattended backups on specific days and times or at system shutdown. SilverKeeper can also compare folders, or synchronize folders so they contain the same files.

"We've taken away the last excuse users had for not backing up their critical files: Backup is too expensive or difficult. With the increased reliance on computer data files and the daily threat of viruses, protection of user data is more important than ever before," said Mike Mihalik, LaCie Product Manager. "SilverKeeper gives all users the tools they need to easily backup important data."

SilverKeeper is compatible with Mac OS 9.x, and 10.x, and can be used with any compatible LaCie or third party product, including hard drives; CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM, and MO drives; as well as other removable storage solutions with FireWire®, USB, IDE, ATA or SCSI interfaces. ...LaCie profile


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 22, 2002 - Organizers of the ninth annual Network Storage Conference continue to sign up exhibitors and speakers for this year's event, scheduled for June 17-20, 2002. The 2002 Network Storage Conference is organized by Peripheral Concepts, a multi-faceted computer and mass storage consulting and market research company, and will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara.

The four-day conference is heralded as this year's unique opportunity for users, manufacturers, channels, and service providers to come together at a single event, network and exchange ideas and opinions about the storage industry and the issues it faces across a broad realm of market arenas. Of course, media and analysts will also be in abundance at the event. The conference will offer exhibits from a variety of leading-edge storage manufacturers, as well as a series of informative seminars, debates and roundtable discussions focusing on technology, end-user applications and financial issues as they directly relate to the storage industry.

The legacy of the Network Storage Conference is one of the oldest and most comprehensive industry gatherings devoted exclusively to users, manufacturers, distributors and integrators of storage solutions. Participants, ranging from industry start-ups to well-established storage juggernauts, have been attracted to the comprehensive discussion topics year after year.

This year, Adaptec, Hewlett-Packard, Quantum, EMC, Seagate and IBM will be among the participants, with scheduled keynote addresses from Robert Schultz, chief operations officer of Adaptec, and Tom Rallens, vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard. Executive panelists will include industry notables like Brian Truskowski, vice president and chief technical officer of systems development and strategy for the Storage Systems Division of IBM, Jim Rothnie, senior vice president and chief technical officer of EMC, and Tom Porter, executive vice president and chief technical officer of Seagate Technologies.

"I am very pleased to see the Network Storage Conference embark on its ninth year," noted Peripheral Concepts president, Farid Neema, who is the principal organizer of the event. "This year's event promises to be even more exciting and informative than previous years. The storage industry has shown rapid acceleration in its revolutionary changes in the last year, from both a technology and business model standpoint. The need for a forum to debate and exchange ideas is more critical than ever and we are pleased and honored to welcome such illustrious participants."

Exhibitors and attendees interested in the 2002 Network Storage Conference are invited to register online. ...Peripheral Concepts profile

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Exabyte's Juan Rodriguez Receives Career Achievement Award

Imperial Technology SANaccelerator Certified with LSI Logic's 2-Gbps Fibre Channel HBAs

INRANGE Announces First Quarter Results

BiTMICRO Introduces World's First and Fastest UDMA Solid State Disk Storage

Vistastor Unveils New Standard in Consulting and Integration Services Focused Exclusively on Business Continuity Planning, High Availability, and Storage Management

Oceaneering Selects XIOtech as Strategic Storage Vendor

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Nibble Re: STORAGE Software

E
ven though dozens of storage software companies been disappeared into the maws of systems manufacturers in recent years (see our acquired companies list) the total number of independent storage software companies is increasing. That's despite a trend identified by many market research companies, which suggests that upto 50% of all software companies will disappear over the next couple of years.

STORAGE Software is one of the fastest growing segments of the software market, measured by revenue.

Lots of new startups are coming into this market and another factor in its diversity may that the cloud of Microsoft does not, as yet, hang over this sector. As our reader statistics have shown, Microsoft (whose insecure operating systems spawned an entire market for anti-virus protection products, and whose legacy crashware keeps alive those companies which make the millions of reset buttons on the front of your PC) yes, that same Microsoft which is so loved by investor, is apparently unloved or entirely unregarded by most of you, our readers, as a potential supplier of storage software.

Will that change?

It might, if Microsoft acquired Veritas, for example. But in the meantime, there seems to be room for over 110 storage software companies to provide the tools you need to manage your data.

The network storage age, may well be an era in which operating systems take a back seat. But my guess is that as the segment gets larger, we're going to see some major initiative from Microsoft in this area. However, I hesitate to predict where that might be, since listing Microsoft in my long range prediction for the top 10 storage companies back in January 2001 (for storage services ) only to take them out again in the February 2002 update of that article.

My crystal ball is cloudy here, but I guess that acquisition will play a part in any major market repositioning which takes place in storage software.
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BOULDER, CO - April 22, 2002 - Exabyte Corporation announced today that its co-founder, president and CEO Juan Rodriguez was awarded The City College of New York (CCNY) Engineering School Alumni group's Career Achievement Award. The Career Achievement Award is the highest honor engineering and computer science alumni can bestow upon their fellow School of Engineering graduates.

"Mr. Rodriguez was chosen because his achievements were outstanding in all areas of our criteria, " said Francis Redhead, president, CCNY Engineering Alumni Association. "Mr. Rodriguez's history is filled with multiple professional accomplishments, as well as demonstrated leadership, initiative and community support."

Juan Rodriguez graduated BEE from The City College of New York in 1962 and received a MSEE from New York University in 1963. Since graduating from CCNY, Mr. Rodriguez has dedicated 38 years of his life to engineering, manufacturing and marketing state-of-the-art computer data storage products. Among Mr. Rodriguez's many accomplishments are:
  • The designing of some of the earliest tape storage products for IBM in the 1960's.
  • The co-founding of StorageTek in 1969, currently a $2 billion worldwide company.
  • Exabyte's invention of the world's first 8mm helical scan data tape drive in 1987, which increased data storage capacity at the time by 10x.
Mr. Rodriguez was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1992, and currently serves as a Professor in the faculty of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder. ...Exabyte profile


El Segundo, Calif. - April 22, 2002 ­ Imperial Technology today announced that its SANaccelerator and File Cache Accelerators have been certified with LSI Logic's 2-Gigabit LSI44929O and LSI40919O Fibre Channel HBAs.

"LSI Logic's HBAs are industry leaders in reliable, robust Fibre Channel solutions for clustered environments and SANs. We've hit over 72,000 I/Os per second with small block reads using two channels. That's a real performance edge. Having our boards certified with Imperial Technology's storage devices enables a customer solution with industry leading performance,' said Robert Anderson, LSI Logic's HBA group director. "Imperial's application accelerators have the performance capabilities that compliment our 2-Gbps Fibre Channel HBAs and dramatically enhance I/O performance.'

LSI Logic's Fusion-MPT (Message Passing Technology) 64-bit Fibre Channel HBAs are ideal for high-performance SAN applications. Both the single -channel LSI40919O and the dual-channel LSI44929O operate at speeds up to 2-Gbps and are fully backward compatible with the existing 1-Gbps SAN infrastructure. LSI Logic's Fibre Channel HBAs offer high bandwidth, CPU offload, and low I/O latency for maximizing SAN performance.

'Imperial is firmly committed to seamless interoperability with all the leaders in Fibre Channel and SAN Technology,' said Robert David, president and CEO of Imperial Technology. 'Without question, LSI Logic is a major player in both areas and we're pleased that once again, our SANaccelerator and MegaRam accelerators have demonstrated both plug and play operation, and enormously high levels of performance.' ...Imperial Technology profile


Lumberton, NJ – April 22, 2002 – Inrange Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: INRG), a subsidiary of SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPW), today announced first quarter financial results. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2002, revenues were $61.9 million and earnings per share were $0.01, exceeding consensus street estimates.

Commenting on the company's first quarter results, Sherrie Woodring, President and CEO, stated, "Given the difficult economic environment during the first quarter, the INRANGE team is pleased to have delivered strong financial results. We met our original revenue guidance, and exceeded guidance for earnings per share. We were able to do this by capturing additional market share, by continuing our focus on running our business efficiently, and by cross-selling our broad base of products and services."

Revenues from the company's core storage networking and services businesses grew 34% on a year-over-year basis to $46.9 million. Total first quarter revenues were $61.9 million, a 3% decrease from revenues of $63.9 million in the first quarter of 2001. This decrease was driven by declines in the company's ESCON and datacom product lines and the divestiture of the telecommunications networking businesses....INRANGE Technologies profile


FREMONT, Calif. - April 22, 2002 - BiTMICRO Networks, Inc. outlined today the company's strategy for extending its ATA/IDE flash disk drive offering with the first release of its E-Disk UDMA series. The new line of UDMA E-Disks is being offered and developed to give customers the flexibility to choose the best ATA/IDE solid state storage solution for their own design. BiTMICRO's initial UDMA flash disk drive series offering, E-Disk 2A33 and E-Disk 3A33, are the first in the industry. The UDMA 33 E-Disks support PIO Modes 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 and UDMA Modes 0, 1, and 2. They have a burst rate of 33.3 MB/sec and a sustained random read/write rate of greater than 22 MB/sec.

By eliminating seek time, latency and other electro-mechanical delays inherent in conventional hard disk drives, E-Disk 2A33 and E-Disk 3A33 have a random access time of less than 0.1 millisecond. The UDMA E-Disks are high capacity flash disk drives available in a variety of sizes. Starting with 128 MB in capacity, the slim 2.5-inch E-Disks are offered with maximum capacities of 1,024 MB, 5,120 MB, 9,216 MB, 13,312 MB and 17,408 MB in 8.5 mm, 12.6 mm, 16.7 mm, 20.8 mm and 24.9 mm respectively. The 3.5-inch come with maximum capacities of 4,096 MB, 12,288 MB, 20,480 MB, 28,672 MB, 36,864 MB, 45,056 MB, 53,248 MB, 61,440 MB, 69,632 MB and 77,824 MB in 13.1 mm, 17.2 mm, 21.2 mm, 25.4 mm, 29.8 mm, 33.9 mm, 38.1 mm, 42.2 mm, 46.3 mm and 50.4 mm respectively.

Their dynamic, high performance data storage that allows critical information to be always on, continuously available, and fully secure, is supported by a self-monitoring, self-healing, and dynamically provisioned storage that makes E-Disks well suited for mission critical applications. BiTMICRO's patented dynamic wear leveling algorithm provides enhanced endurance and maximum data integrity that contributes to E-Disks' outstanding performance.

The E-Disk flash disk drive product family is a 'plug and play' solution that has been tested on all major platforms. The E-Disk is fully compatible with Linux, Solaris, Windows, MacOS and LynxOS. Other supported operating systems include, but is not limited to: AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, NetBSD, OS/2, QNX, VxWorks, SCO Unixware and Open Server, Solaris X86, and Tru64. The E-Disks® solutions are offered with SCSI, IDE/ATA or Fibre Channel interfaces in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDD footprints and 19-inch rackmount configurations. ...BiTMICRO NETWORKS profile


BROOMFIELD, CO. - April 22, 2002 - Vistastor Corporation today announced the immediate availability of a comprehensive suite of consulting and integration services designed to help organizations of all sizes optimize their existing storage infrastructure and leverage enabling technologies to ensure business continuity, enable high data availability, and simplify storage management. The services include: Business Continuity Planning, Storage Planning, Assessment, and Design, Network Services and Education Services.

As businesses continue to struggle with the effects of recent natural disasters, terrorism, war, and equipment reliability, they have recognized more than ever the need for their organization to be prepared. Industry experts agree that companies aren't adequately planning for business continuity or disaster with their distributed and e-business networks. Even among corporations with business continuity plans, studies show that less than one half meet an acceptable portion of their recovery objectives. Analysts estimate that if efficient management of storage is not undertaken, storage costs will quadruple over the next four years, even after price declines are taken into account. Industry analysts also state that most enterprises now expect their storage capacity to double every six to nine months. For many Internet data centers, the growth is even more dramatic, as they report a doubling in capacity every quarter or sooner.

"Understandably, most IT and corporate personnel are fully absorbed in day-to-day operations, making it difficult to allocate required resources to the planning and implementation of initiatives that cost-effectively ensure business continuity, enable high availability, and simplify storage management," said Glenn Jacobsen, president of Vistastor. "Vistastor brings years of IT, storage management, business continuity planning experience and a vendor-independent, best-practices approach to help both large and small organizations meet the complex challenges associated with cost-effectively managing explosive data growth and demanding business continuity requirements."

Vistastor is currently offering website visitors the opportunity to qualify for a free Business Continuity Plan Review or a free Storage Capabilities Snapshot service; each equivalent to 40 hours worth of consulting value. These reviews assist clients in critically evaluating their current strengths and weaknesses, identifying potential vulnerabilities and gaps, and providing prioritized recommendations for improvement. ...Vistastor profile


Eden Prairie, Minn.- April 22, 2002 - Oceaneering International, one of the world's top deep water drilling support companies, has recently selected XIOtech Corporationto provide the storage for its critical business data. Oceaneering is known for its subsea remotely operated vehicles (including those that explored the Titanic wreck); its tools and equipment aboard the Space Shuttles; and amusement rides for Jurassic Park and Jaws. While many of Oceaneering's products are custom built, the engineering research behind those products can be used over and over for many different applications. To maximize use of their engineering information, Oceaneering employs a collaboration solution, but the mass of data generated by their research also required a high-availability storage solution.

"We were disappearing under a mountain of data," explained Steve Shirt, IT Operations Manger. "We evaluated the major storage vendors, half-a-dozen of the major players, and found most of them to be lacking technically. They were little more than boxes of disks with RAID controllers. When we saw XIOtech's solution the difference was obvious; we couldn't miss it. Not only did the XIOtech MAGNITUDE win on a technological basis, but its unique virtualization architecture and capabilities provided the best return on investment."

Oceaneering chose XIOtech because its easy-to-use storage management tools mean that the company can manage more storage without adding personnel. Oceaneering can boot its Novell, Windows, and UNIX servers directly from the MAGNITUDE hardware platform. Oceaneering's first implementation includes 2TB of storage capacity connected to about 50 servers. They're planning to purchase a second MAGNITUDE to use for disaster recovery. ...Xiotech profile

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