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April 30, 2002 - in late breaking news today, the judge ruling on the Hewlett family dispute with the HP-Compaq merger, ruled in favor of the company. ...HP profile

Redmond, Washington - April 30, 2002 - ADIC today announced an enhanced version of its Pathlight 5000 storage networking appliance that includes new, multi-path failover capabilities. This new version of the Pathlight 5000 both helps expand the range of supported storage options and boosts overall system availability. The Pathlight 5000 is a connectivity and management platform that provides flexible associations between compute and storage resources. It connects devices using different protocols, lets dissimilar operating systems share the same fabric, provides dynamic mapping between servers and disk volumes, and controls access for security.

The new version of the Pathlight 5000 gives users a new cost-effective solution for increasing overall data availability by boosting its support for multiple data paths. The Pathlight 5000 now allows servers with single-channel output to be supported by two independent paths to storage addresses in centralized storage arrays, with automated failover between paths that is transparent to the host and the application. The new capability will provide greater system reliability, while simplifying management and lowering costs.

"The HP Utility Data Center now uses the advanced functions of the Pathlight 5000, including path failover, to provide redundant fabrics and help ensure continued availability of data," said Nick van der Zweep, Worldwide Director of Infrastructure Solutions, Hewlett-Packard Company. "The UDC now lets users shift their resource utilization rapidly in response to demand, while supporting multiple types of storage and client resources in a single, highly available system. ADIC's innovative Pathlight technology is a key enabler of this solution." ...ADIC profile

Mountain View, CA - April 30, 2002 - Legato Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGTO), a worldwide leader in enterprise storage management software, today announced financial results for its first quarter 2002. Revenues for the first quarter of 2002 were $55.6 million as compared to $62.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2001 and $61.0 million for the first quarter of 2001. Net loss for the first quarter of 2002, excluding unusual items, was $5.7 million, or $0.06 per share, as compared to a net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.04 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2001 and net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.03 per share, for the first quarter of 2001. The unusual items include the amortization of intangibles, charges related to a litigation settlement and the effect on income taxes of those items. Net loss for the first quarter of 2002, including unusual items, was $46.7 million, or $0.52 per share, as compared to a net loss of $47.9 million, or $0.54 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2001 and $10.6 million, or $0.12 per share, for the first quarter of 2001.

"Legato continues to deliver competitive solutions to our customers, partners and alliances who require premier offerings for information protection, application availability and recovery management," said David B. Wright, Chairman and CEO, Legato Systems. "Absolute demand remains for our products and services; however, the customer's' buying patterns continue to be cautious and there is an ongoing trend of just in time buying". ...Legato Systems profile

Editor's comments:- a 9% year on year revenue decline for this quarter is significant, because most analysts agree that spending on storage software is rising. This result from Legato may indicate that the trend we've already seen in the hardware market, where the biggest companies lost market share to smaller rivals, may also be happening in the software market. However, the leakage will be slower because software applications are harder to replace. Only time will tell.

San Jose, Calif. - April 29, 2002 - Acirro, Inc., a storage management software supplier, has sprung from stealth mode to be a serious contender in the industry. Led by a seasoned executive staff, the company has developed a unique technology and is shipping product. Simplifying the management of complex storage networking resulting in lower IT operational costs for Fortune 5000 companies was the driving force behind Acirro's technical team. As a result, the company has developed a unique software solution that can reduce the cost of managing complex storage networks by more than fifty percent.

Acirro's groundbreaking Global Distributed File System (GDFS™) technology is the foundation for the company's current and future products. GDFS technology uniquely embeds storage aggregation, smart replication and automated capacity management capabilities directly into a distributed meta-file system resulting in a non-disruptive solution that provides seamless integration into existing storage network infrastructures. GDFS aggregates all storage devices on a LAN or WAN and presents a single logical pool of storage for simplified management of the storage network, regardless of what vendor or technology exists on the network. Administering one large pool of storage devices is simpler than managing storage devices scattered across many servers. Using GDFS, the number of redundant copies is minimized and there is no need to reconfigure individual desktops each time a storage device is added. ...Acirro profile

Princeton, NJ - April 29, 2002 - Dataram Corporation announced immediate availability of the first 1GB monolithic low-profile memory module to pass Intel® Corporation's 'Advanced' Qualification Testing. The DTM60193 is a 1.2 inch low-profile PC133 registered ECC DIMM designed for Intel architecture-based servers compatible with 1U chassis configurations. The DTM60193 features an innovative design utilizing 36 fBGA (fine-pitch Ball Grid Array) 133MHz SDRAM devices in a monolithic DIMM configuration. The thin .155 inch configuration provides improved airflow when compared to competitive stacked DRAM offerings, which are more than .250 inches thick. Approximately half the size of a Thin Small-Outline Package (TSOP) memory chip, the fBGA SDRAM enables Dataram to provide a product with higher reliability and reduced manufacturing costs. ...Dataram profile

New York, NY- April 29, 2002 - EMC Corporation today delivered a major advancement for the online storage, management and access to more than 50% of the world's newly created data. Ushering in a new era of "content-addressed storage" (CAS), the company introduced EMC Centera™, an entirely new software-driven, online storage architecture designed from the ground up to address the unique information storage requirements of long-lasting, unchanging objects – or "fixed content" – such as electronic documents, digital x-rays, digital MRIs, movies, e-mail, check images and broadcast content.

By storing fixed content online with EMC Centera, businesses and government agencies can generate new revenue streams and reap new levels of value from their information assets for years and decades, while scaling from single-digit terabytes to petabytes with virtually no increase in complexity. The world's first CAS solution, EMC Centera employs industry-first content-based addressing software that simplifies management, reduces costs, ensures content uniqueness, and delivers the scalability needed for terabyte- to petabyte-level fixed content requirements. In addition, more than 30 companies representing many of the world's most content-intensive applications have endorsed this groundbreaking new solution from EMC.

The Centera software - CentraStar™ - incorporates a content addressing intelligence that calculates a unique address based on the actual content of every stored object. This unique digital fingerprint serves as a permanent and portable "claim check" that applications use to retrieve objects. Retrieval requires no knowledge of the storage environment or physical location of the objects. This method simplifies the task of developing Centera-integrated applications and accessing and managing huge numbers of objects, and ensures verifiable accuracy of the content for data integrity, authentication and other purposes. In addition to content addressing, CentraStar delivers critical features for large-scale deployments including self-management, auto-configuration, self-healing, non-disruptive maintenance and upgrades, and content replication.

EMC Centera is available immediately. List price begins at $101,500 for Centera hardware and $103,200 for Centera software, representing $204,700 for a 5-terabyte protected (10 terabytes raw capacity) total system configuration. Centera implementations scale from 5 terabytes (protected) to more than one petabyte, in 2.5-terabyte increments. ...EMC profile

TORONTO - April 29, 2002 - ActionFront Data Recovery Labs, a world leader in data recovery, today released the "Data Emergency Guide". Available as a free download from and the ActionFront web sites, the Guide is also available as a limited edition hard copy for computer professionals and end-users.

While major disasters such as floods, fires and terrorist attacks garner the most attention; most data emergencies occur for more mundane reasons such as power problems, device failures and user errors. Panic is a common reaction to a data loss emergency, often spawning actions that further degrade the situation. The Data Emergency Guide will help computer users identify a data loss situation and then provide a step-by-step workbook that will assist the user to preserve and protect their digital media (such as hard drives and tapes) until a professional can properly diagnose and resolve the problem.

Nick Majors, President of ActionFront, states, "Insights gleaned from our 13 years of experience saving customers data are contained in this guide. It is a good idea to read this guide while your computer systems are running smoothly, or if you are having problems, just stop what you are doing now and get a copy. We have seen too many data emergencies that have a good prospect for recovery, turned into total data disasters during the first few hours of a data loss situation." ...ActionFront Data Recovery profile

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POOLE, UK - April 29, 2002 - BakBone Software announced today it has entered into a technology agreement with EMC Corporation to integrate its suite of backup/restore and near-line archival solutions, NetVault and MagnaVault, with the newly announced EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS) solution. EMC Centera represents a new software-driven storage architecture built to address the unique information storage requirements of long-lasting, unchanging digital objects - or "fixed content" - such as graphics, video, photos and electronic business documents. BakBone's software suite, with its focus on ease-of-use and simplicity, will offer EMC customers powerful backup options for supporting all major operating systems, storage topologies and protocols as well as major data intensive applications such as Oracle, SQL, MySQL, DB2 and SAP.

"As the world's first CAS solution, Centera addresses the unique requirements of fixed content, bringing a new level of value to the storage market," said Tom Heiser, vice president and general manager, Content Addressed Storage, EMC. "Integration of BakBone's software suite with Centera will offer customers exciting new solutions for networked storage."

Once relegated to tape archives, optical disks, or file cabinets, fixed content is now being driven online, fueled by regulatory requirements, digitisation of industries such as healthcare and the desire to leverage this content into new services and revenue streams. Just as the growth of applications such as CAD and the explosion of the Web drove the use of NAS as an enterprise storage strategy, the need to manage, protect and access fixed content is the driving force behind this new category of networked storage.

"EMC's Centera content addressed storage solution introduces an entirely new approach to storage and we're excited to support this cutting-edge solution," said Sean Jackson, Marketing Manager EMEA, BakBone Software. "The ease of use and simplicity of our storage management software will enable customers to implement solutions quickly, so they can focus on their core business-not on testing, validating, and customising disparate solutions." ...BakBone Software profile, ...EMC profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 26, 2002 - Quantum Corp. today announced its highly acclaimed Snap Server® family of products has reached a milestone with an installed base of over 100,000 units, more than any other NAS vendor. The Snap Server line from Quantum has also received more than 50 awards since it was first introduced in 1998. ...Quantum profile

Berlin, Germany - April 26, 2002 - Freecom is launching a new external housing for installing internal drives in the market in the form of the Drive-In USB-2. Almost all the traditional internal CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM drives, CD-burners and combo-drives can be integrated in the external drive housing, which also has an in-built USB-2 cable. Installation is fast, uncomplicated and does not require any tools. After installation, the drive is connected to the computer and you're on your way.

Thanks to USB-2, the drive is plug-and-play-capable, so that you can connect it or disconnect it at any time while your computer is running. The possibilities for using the Drive-In are tremendous. Whether there is no more place in the desktop, or an existing internal drive needs to become portable for on-the-road use, with the Freecom Drive-In USB-2, you can easily and cost-effectively upgrade your PCs and notebooks. The maximum speed of the installed drive is achieved 100% by connecting it to the USB-2 port. For example, if you insert a DVD drive into the Freecom Drive-In USB-2, the high transfer speeds of USB-2 ensure that even videos can be reproduced.

"With Drive-In USB-2, Freecom offers the user an extremely cost-effective option for an external hi-speed drive", says Fred Grondijs, Product Manager of Freecom Technologies. "The existing internal CD-burner, the DVD or Combo-drive are simply inserted in the Drive-In - connect it and you're ready."

The Freecom Drive-In USB-2 will be available immediately in stores at a price of 89,- €. The supplied kit includes the drive housing with a USB-2 connecting cable, the AC adapter, the necessary drivers and the manual. ...Freecom Technologies profile

PORTLAND, OR – April 26, 2002 – APCON, Inc. today announced the release of the IntellaPatch FC32 Physical Layer Switch for interoperability. The IntellaPatch FC32 is a 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel layer 1 switch designed to improve the flexibility of lab testing within research and development environments. The IntellaPatch FC32 enables test engineers, quality assurance engineers, and other systems personnel to automate cable pulls in a controlled environment, which eliminates time consuming, and potentially inaccurate, manual labor.

IntellaPatch FC32 switches provide optimal flexibility and expandability. The FC32 comes standard with 32 ports that use SFP (Small Form-Factor Pluggable) transceivers. Customers can install their choice of multi- or single-mode fiber optic, or copper media transceivers on an add-as-you-grow basis. By supporting the Fibre Channel protocol, FC32 users can experience data rates up to 2 Gigabits per second, which is in demand for interoperability and test environments.

“Time to market is an important measurement for success,” says Richard Rauch, APCON president and CEO. “Customers using an IntellaPatch switch will see a reduction in their test and reconfiguration times, which will speed up time to market and ultimately help them outpace their competition.”

The process required for compatibility and production testing makes the IntellaPatch FC32 ideal for interoperability and R&D environments. Lab tests generally require multiple fiber optic or copper connections be made repeatedly via manual patching. IntellaPatch switches eliminate manual patching and ensure repeatability by electronically automating the switching process. The APCON IntellaPatch FC32 Physical Layer Switch is now shipping with prices beginning at $6.595 (USD). ...Apcon profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 25, 2002 - Adaptec, Inc. has signed an OEM purchase agreement with IBM to become a global supplier of 1Gbit and 10Gbit iSCSI host bus adapter cards and related chips.

"iSCSI TCP/IP offload engines are designed to improve the performance of iSCSI solutions," said Paul Mattson, manager of IP Storage for IBM Storage Systems Group. "Adaptec's IP connectivity products can be used with IBM iSCSI products such as IBM's TotalStorage 200i, to provide customers with improved performance for IP SANs."

Ram Jayam, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Networking Group, said "IBM and Adaptec partnering on iSCSI is a significant milestone for the industry, and will pave the way for iSCSI adoption this year." ...Adaptec profile, ...IBM profile

Editor's comments:- our readers statistics during the past 12 months show that about twice as many of our readers are interested in iSCSI than the good old fashioned directly attached kind of SCSI. So this emerging market should do well.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apr. 25, 2002 – Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today reported revenue of $595 million on unit shipments of approximately 8.1 million, and net income of $15.2 million, or $.08 per share, excluding non-recurring gains, for its third fiscal quarter ending March 29, 2002. That was a year on year increase of 16% compared to the same period in 2001. The Company's hard drive business generated $22.3 million of operating income in the quarter, compared with $15.3 million in the second fiscal quarter, while new venture operating losses were reduced to $4.3 million from $4.9 million in the second quarter. Including non-recurring tax benefits and investment gains totaling $4.0 million, net income and earnings per share were $19.2 million and $.10, respectively.

"Notwithstanding the slower economy, businesses and consumers are purchasing PCs, and our OEM and distribution customers like our flexibility as a supplier and the breadth, quality and reliability of Western Digital's family of hard drives," said Matt Massengill, chairman and chief executive officer. "In addition, we are just beginning to participate in the emerging consumer-related growth markets for rotating magnetic storage devices, markets that require modest additional investments. In the March quarter, a little over 10% of our unit volume was shipped into the gaming console market, a product category that didn't exist one year ago for our industry." ...Western Digital profile

Munich, Germany – April 25, 2002 – Gartner Dataquest's 2001 chip card integrated circuit market study reports that Infineon Technologies increased its share of the worldwide market by four percent, with total unit shipments surpassing 51% of all chips sold. In terms of revenue, the company increased its share of industry revenues from 34% in 2000 up to 38% of the US$1.17 billion calendar year 2001 market, which shrank by four percent from the previous year. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Infineon has achieved the number one ranking in share of the worldwide chip card ICs, which includes secure memory chips and smart card microcontrollers.

During the calendar year, Infineon's chip card group began shipments for the largest card-based identification project in the United States, the Department of Defense Common Access Card. ...Gartner Dataquest profile, ...Infineon Technologies profile

NAPLES, Fla. - April 24, 2002 - SmartDisk Corporation today announced a 20 Gigabyte model of its portable hard drive, FireFly™ for USB. Approximately the size of a deck of playing cards, the new FireFly drive stores up to 20 hours of superior quality video, more than 5,000 MP3 songs or more than 15,000 high-quality digital photographs. FireFly's small, durable magnesium casing - just 2.5" (W) x 4" (D) x .6" (H) - and weight of approximately four ounces make it easy to carry in a purse, a briefcase or pocket. The new model supports both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 host systems, which means that users in transition between the two versions can use FireFly on any USB machine. Because FireFly is powered by the computer itself, it doesn't require its own power adapter. The drive is also 'Mass Storage Class' compliant, which means users don't have to install software drivers before using FireFly for most Windows or MacOS releases. Its rapid read and write speeds let users work on data and applications - even digital video applications - directly on the drive. Pricing and Availability FireFly for USB is priced at $399.95 SRP for the 20 GB model. It will be available in early May. ...SmartDisk profile

San Jose, CA - April 24, 2002 - TrueSAN Networks, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance with LSI Logic Storage Systems to integrate TrueSAN's Cloudbreak Storage Operating System with LSI Logic's MetaStor storage systems. With this alliance, both companies will collaborate on bringing the advanced storage management capabilities of the Cloudbreak Storage Operating System to storage network infrastructures based on LSI Logic storage solutions. As an LSI Logic Storage Systems alliance partner, TrueSAN is licensing the LSI Logic Storage System API and software developer's kit (SDK) for the MetaStor E-Series storage systems.

"This alliance enables customers with storage systems from LSI Logic to leverage the end-to-end storage management capabilities of the Cloudbreak Storage Operating System to simplify and optimize their storage networks," stated Tom Isakovich, President and CEO of TrueSAN. "LSI Logic is a recognized leader in enterprise storage systems, and our partnership signifies both companies' commitment to reducing infrastructure cost and complexity through open storage management."

TrueSAN's Cloudbreak solution represents the first Storage Operating System: a comprehensive, network-based platform for managing heterogeneous storage networks. Unlike single-purpose utilities, Cloudbreak represents a unique solution: a software suite that combines essential storage management technology (storage virtualization, storage network and device management, storage resource management, business continuance applications, and policy management) in a single, integrated platform. Cloudbreak's storage network and device management technology will leverage LSI Logic's robust API and SDK to provide complete support for the MetaStor E-Series family of storage subsystems within the Cloudbreak environment.

"TrueSAN's support for LSI Logic Storage Systems addresses end-user concerns regarding the complexity of storage management in large-scale, heterogeneous environments," said Flavio Santoni, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. "Our alliance with TrueSAN will enable end users to efficiently manage their storage environment while leveraging the seamless scalability and high performance of LSI Logic's storage solutions." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...TrueSAN Networks profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 24, 2002 - Quantum Corp. today announced that it is combining its Data Protection Division and NAS Division sales and services functions to align with its recently expanded storage solutions portfolio. With this move, Quantum's Storage Solutions Group will pursue a go-to-market strategy that involves strengthening both its channel and OEM partnerships.

In recent months, Quantum has broadened its addressable markets by building on its leadership positions in tape automation and NAS and moving into disk-based backup. In addition to launching its new ATL M2500 modular tape library for the mid-range market, the company has extended its reach into low-end tape automation with the new SuperLoader, an autoloader targeted at the workgroup and department level. In the NAS market, having already established itself as the leader at the workgroup level, Quantum is moving up into the mid-range, building on the success of its Snap Server 12000 with a soon-to-be-announced NAS product line. Finally, Quantum has launched the Quantum DX30, a disk-based product optimized for enhanced backup that combines seamlessly with a tape library to provide a high performance, low cost solution for the many customers struggling with shrinking backup windows.

With these recent announcements, Quantum can now offer customers a more complete range of storage solutions encompassing tape and disk-based data protection and NAS. As a result, Quantum has decided that its Storage Solutions Group can better serve its customers and channel and OEM partners by leveraging the common customer sets and internal resources across this business through a single sales and services organization and an integrated go-to-market strategy. Beginning this month, therefore, the Storage Solutions Group will no longer have two separate divisions but instead operate as one functionally-aligned organization. ...Quantum profile

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2002 - Oak Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: OAKT), a leading provider of embedded software and semiconductor solutions for the optical storage and digital imaging markets, today announced for the third quarter of fiscal 2002, ended March 31, 2002, net revenues of $42.1 million, a 52% increase over net revenues of $27.7 million recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2001. Net revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2002 also represented a 16% sequential improvement compared with $36.3 million posted in the second quarter of fiscal 2002. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.03) per share for the third fiscal quarter of 2002, compared with a net loss of $12.7 million, or $(0.23) per share for the comparable quarter of 2001.

"We are very pleased with how Oak performed in the third fiscal quarter," said Young Sohn, Oak Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We continued to achieve sequential improvement in both revenues and the bottom line for the third consecutive quarter, including achieving pro forma income from operations for the first time in several quarters. In particular, we saw strong growth in our optical business driven by CD-RW and DVD Combo product lines. In addition, during the quarter we executed important strategic initiatives to position us for leadership in the burgeoning digital home entertainment market." ...Oak Technology profile

WESTWOOD, MA. – April 23, 2002 - Precise Software Solutions (Nasdaq: PRSE) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002. Revenues for the first quarter of 2002 grew 49% to $17.1 million compared with $11.5 million for the first quarter of 2001. The Company reported a pro forma operating income of $672,000 or $0.02 per share, for the first quarter of 2002, compared with a pro forma operating loss of ($726,000), or ($0.03) per share, in the same period last year1. The Company reported a net income of $650,000 for the first quarter of 2002, or $0.02 per share, compared with net income of $29,000, or $0.00 per share, in the same period last year.

"Precise had a solid first quarter 2002 in spite of the typical seasonality of the quarter, and amidst a challenging economic climate. While we did not meet all of our expectations, I am pleased with the overall performance of our company," said Shimon Alon, Chief Executive Officer of Precise Software Solutions. "We continued to enjoy strong loyalty from our existing customers, we strengthened our leadership position in the Application Performance Management marketplace, and we achieved record revenues from international sales, all while increasing our profitability." ...Precise Software Solutions profile

ARMONK, N.Y. - April 23, 2002 - IBM today unveiled a storage software roadmap aimed at embedding intelligence in storage networks through a combination of breakthrough IBM technologies designed to exploit rapidly emerging industry-wide storage management standards. IBM's storage software will help unlock the potential of storage networks, providing customers the ability to better manage their information while reducing their IT costs.
  • Linux-based virtualization engine: virtualization software designed to reduce total cost of ownership by enabling systems administrators to view and access a common pool of storage on a network, and to increase storage utilization on existing storage servers.
  • Storage Tank™: the industry's first file system optimized for accessing, saving, sharing and managing files on storage networks. To facilitate industry adoption of Storage Tank, IBM will make available a source code reference implementation of the application server module at no cost and will publish the protocol between the application server and the metadata server. Since Storage Tank is designed to exploit IP networks for communication between application servers and the metadata server at the file level, and to support storage network transports for direct communication between application servers and storage servers, the technology represents a convergence of SAN and NAS technologies and will help integrate the business benefits of SAN and NAS.
  • Standards-based management interfaces: open management interfaces centered around the software model proposed by the SNIA designed to allow any storage system or device, such as IBM's Storage Tank and virtualization engine, to be managed by standards-based storage management software, including software from IBM's Tivoli Division.
Storage Tank and IBM's virtualization engine are planned for availability in 2003. ...IBM profile

Munich, Germany / New Orleans, Louisiana / London – April 23, 2002 – Infineon Technologies, today introduced a high-security single-chip microcontroller with an USB interface, providing manufacturers of USB enabled chip cards and USB dongles with a cost-optimized solution for public key cryptography, secure network log-on and authentication for e-commerce transactions. The new USBsec™ microcontroller, which is designed to support the highest level of security defined by international criteria for chip devices, significantly increases the overall performance of USB-connected security tokens such as chip cards and dongles. Engineering samples of the SLE66CUX640P will be available in Q3 2002 with volume production planned in Q4 2002. The product is shipped as sawn wafers. In quantities of 10,000, the SLE66CUX640P is priced below US $ 6.00 per unit. A derivative with 32 Kbytes of EEPROM is planned to be available the end of 2002. ...Infineon Technologies profile

SAN DIEGO – April 23, 2002 – Overland Data, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL) today reported its fiscal 2002 third quarter and nine-month year-to-date results, and also formally announced the launch of a new software business unit by the Company. Third quarter revenues for fiscal 2002 grew 15.7% reaching $42.8 million, compared to $37.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2001. Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2002 was up nearly 150%, hitting a record $2.1 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share, compared to $850,000, or $0.08 per fully diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2001.

Revenues for the nine-month period ended March 31, 2002 were $128.4 million compared to revenues of $118.3 million during the same period of the prior fiscal year. Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2002 amounted to $5.1 million, or $0.46 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $4.0 million, or $0.37 per fully diluted share, for the corresponding period in fiscal 2001.

Christopher Calisi, president and CEO of Overland Data, said: "My goal when arriving at Overland a year ago was to capitalize on the Company's success and broaden the scope of our business. ...Our Neo product family represents the most successful product launch in the Company's history. Recently, Freeman Reports identified Overland as the market leader and fastest growing mid-range tape automation vendor, citing an increase in market share from 37% in 2000 to 57% in 2001.

"Today we are excited to officially announce the formation of a new software business unit. Our new unit will continue Overland's focus on the mid-market storage space, where we have experienced major success with our hardware products. The software products we will soon launch will be completely unrelated to our existing tape library business, and unrelated to backup and virtualization products, two areas that we believe are or will be market-dominated by other companies. Our goal is to become the market leader in what industry analysts predict could be a $4 billion market by 2005. We expect to launch an exciting, new family of three storage management software products with first product availability commencing in June 2002." ...Overland Data profile

Redmond WA - April 23, 2002 - ADIC announced today the introduction of its new StorNext® Management Suite, the first storage management software to seamlessly merge disk and tape into an integrated storage system that provides comprehensive access, management, and protection of data in SANs. The StorNext Management Suite's end-to-end management tools give users Total Data Life Management™, the ability to manage data intelligently over time to provide streamlined workflow, reduced management overhead, increased resource utilization, and improved long-term data integrity. The StorNext Management Suite creates a highly scalable solution that combines Fibre disk arrays and storage networking tape libraries into a single storage system. StorNext storage systems appear to applications as simple disk-volumes, but they can support millions of files, hold virtually unlimited amounts of data, and give users high-speed shared file access. It is an open systems solution that allows users to manage data sets with changing access requirements from a single, unified interface.

"The StorNext Management Suite is the first product that truly presents a large, multi-tiered storage system as a single entity to all applications," said Bill Britts, ADIC Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "It was something that ADIC could do because of our unique combination of expertise in SAN connectivity, file systems, storage management software, and hardware systems. We believe it opens up a wide range of solution options that will bring increased productivity to IT departments."

The StorNext Management Suite includes ADIC's CentraVision™ file system and Infinite Storage Manager™. CentraVision provides fast access to data by letting many users access the same files or file-sets at the same time, providing true, shared data use at Fibre Channel speed. It dramatically improves workflow and reduces network bottlenecks by eliminating the need to copy, move, and manage different file versions. The ADIC Infinite Storage Manager controls data storage locations based on user policies, and it protects the integrity of data over time by writing disk-based files to tape in near-real time, performing in-stream replication and versioning, migrating data to different media types, and managing media vaulting.

The StorNext Management Suite is designed to provide automated data management for a wide range of applications that manage large data sets in dynamic environments. These include enterprise data centers, scientific data analysis, digital broadcast, rich media creation, digital asset management, large-scale imaging, and Web serving. Supported client operating systems include Windows, Solaris, IRIX, and Linux. StorNext Management Suite is available now from qualified ADIC channel partners. ...ADIC profile

Editor's comments:- The tape library companies already have the high ground in the SAN data protection landscape, and this announcement from ADIC says they're going to help you manage your data whether it's on a tape, disk or jukebox. If you own the network backup software, then you're the kings of the storage network, and all other vendors become partners (in technology terms) or commodities (in price terms). But like Harpers Ferry, these are only the early shots in the brewing civil war of the storage network operating systems. It's too early too say who will be the winners. HP and the Federals may have other ideas.
Judge Rules in Favor of HP-Compaq Merger

ADIC Announces Enhanced Version of Pathlight 5000

Legato Systems, Inc. Reports Declining Revenue

Acirro Emerges as a Wannabe Leading Supplier of Storage Management Software

Dataram First to Receive Intel® 'Advanced' Memory Qualification for One Gigabyte Monolothic Low-Profile Memory Module

ActionFront Releases the Data Emergency Guide

BakBone Software Announces Support for EMC Centera Content Addressed Storage

Quantum Ships Over 100,000 Snap Server NAS Units

Freecom Announces Drive-In USB-2

APCON's IntellaPatch FC32 Switch Automates Electronic Cable Pull Simulation

IBM Awards Adaptec iSCSI Connectivity Contract

Western Digital Reports 16% Year on Year Increase

Gartner Dataquest Report Says 50% of Chip Cards Shipped Worldwide in 2001 Contained an Infineon IC

SmartDisk's FireFly Hard Drive for USB 2.0 Now Available with 20 Gigabytes of Storage Capacity

TrueSAN and LSI Logic Storage Systems Forge Alliance on Open Storage Management

Quantum Underscores Storage Solutions Group Strategy With Newly Combined Sales, Service and Operations Functions

Oak Technology Reports Net Revenues Increase 52% Year Over Year

Precise Software Solutions Reports a 49% Increase In First Quarter Revenues

IBM Unveils Storage Software Technology Roadmap

Infineon Technologies Introduces Single-Chip Security Controller with USB Interface

Overland Data Reports Record Net Income in Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2002 Announces New Software Business Unit

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tape storage
Megabyte found that the advantage of taped storage was that he could store a huge amount. But it sometimes took a long time to retrieve what he wanted.
Nibble Re: STORAGE Software

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.
Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems, Inc., founded in 1978, manufactures the RAM-SAN family of solid state disks for storage networks:- "the World's Fastest Storage".

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