Storage History - 2002, August week 2a
|COSTA MESA, Calif. -
August 12, 2002 CMS Peripherals today announced the new ABSplus
previewed at Macworld Expo in New York is available immediately, starting at
$299, from all major distributors, Apple resellers, corporate resellers and
directly from CMS. The new, easy-to-use ABSplus is the first ever backup
solution and restoration/recovery system for Mac OS X with complete system
"Even if you don't know a gigabyte from a horse bite, the CMS ABSplus is so easy to set up and use, even your grandmother could do it," explained Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. "And once it's up and running, she doesn't have to do a thing -- the intelligent hardware and software do the work for her."
"The ability to boot into Mac OS X from an ABSplus backup opens up a wealth of possibilities, including recovering from any kind of disaster instantly," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals. "Since files are archived in native file format you can access your entire system immediately. The new svelte design compliments the ease of use for which ABSplus is known, and the shock mounting can withstand even the most rugged travel conditions."
The new ABSplus provides a native file format backup allowing the user to boot straight into an exact copy of their system on Mac OS X by simply plugging their ABSplus unit into the FireWire port, holding down the option key and starting the machine. ...CMS Peripherals profile
Hopkinton, Mass.- August 12, 2002 - EMC Corporation today announced major new performance and business continuity software solutions for the EMC CLARiiON line of storage systems. As businesses and governments intensify their focus on uninterrupted information access, the new IP connectivity for EMC MirrorView software and addition of EMC PowerPath software support for CLARiiON bring advanced features of extended-distance and lower-cost remote replication, and intelligent path management to CLARiiON users.
David Donatelli, EMC's Executive Vice President of Storage Platform Operations, said, "Every customerwithout exceptionis demanding near-instant recovery after an outage, zero data loss and rapid resumption of operations. Solutions like MirrorView over IP apply EMC's depth of knowledge in IP-based storage replication to enable the secure, automatic, wide-area mirroring of critical information between any combination of CLARiiON CX600 and CLARiiON FC4700 storage systems." ...EMC profile
Mountain View, CA - August 12, 2002 - The SNIA today announced the launch of the SNIA Storage Management Initiative (SMI), an organization-wide program to develop, standardize, and drive the adoption of open storage management interfaces. This initiative, based on the Bluefin draft specification recently submitted to the SNIA, will ultimately solve one of the storage industry's most challenging issues: management interoperability. The initiative will strive to meet today's customer needs for more easily managed multi-vendor storage networks and the ability to maximize valuable IT budgets. The SMI's goal is to generate management standards and to create an open storage management interface built upon the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF)'s Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) architecture and the Common Information Model (CIM). Following the completion of a formal review of the specification, the SNIA officially adopted Bluefin and created the SMI, allowing the integration of Bluefin with the organization's previous technical work on storage management. The SNIA plans to develop and promote the use of the standard; goals for the initiative include:
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - 12 August 2002 - IBM is the first to ship Seagate's 15K RPM Ultra320 SCSI Cheetah disc drives in a RAID solution with its eServer xSeries enterprise server line. Use of Seagate's 15K RPM Cheetahs enables IBM to reap the benefits of the highest transaction processing performance available along with field-proven reliability, which can effectively reduce an IT manager's total cost of ownership. The need for increased I/O performance along with worry-free reliability in today's enterprise servers has made Seagate's 15K RPM Cheetah disc drives the most successful and widely adopted family of 15K RPM drives ever produced. IBM's eServer xSeries enterprise servers with Seagate Ultra320 SCSI disc drives allow wider signal bandwidth and greater data integrity, as well as fulfilling the added requirement to provide more storage scalability - doubling what was available in previous generation solutions.
"IBM's xSeries customers require systems with the storage capacity, performance, and reliability that can support mission-critical and I/O-intensive environments," said Jeff Benck, Director of WW Product Marketing for xSeries Servers at IBM. "With Ultra320 SCSI technology from Seagate, we are now providing our customers with storage bandwidth and scalability never before offered." ...Seagate profile
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- August 12, 2002 - DinoStor today unveiled the DinoStor TapeServer, a network backup appliance that allows a single automated tape library to be easily shared across an existing Ethernet network. Now multiple Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP)-compliant NAS servers, application servers and mail servers can share a single library, reducing the cost and complexity, while improving performance and reliability of network backup operations. DinoStor TapeServer is a simple-to-install, easy-to-manage network backup appliance that provides standards-based, vendor- and platform-independent library sharing without the management problems, performance degradation and vendor lock-in inherent in alternative proprietary library sharing designs. DinoStor TapeServer is the only library sharing solution that gives customers complete investment protection of their existing tape library and network infrastructures.
Unlike competitive sharing alternatives, DinoStor TapeServer allows customers to use their existing libraries, instead of purchasing a completely new "network enabled" library or making extensive and expensive modifications to proprietary library designs in order to implement library sharing. Instead, the DinoStor TapeServer is fully compatible with all standard SCSI tape products, such as libraries from ADIC, Compaq, HP, IBM, Overland, Qualstar, Quantum, Sony and StorageTek. It works seamlessly with the leading NDMP hardware and backup software, such as products from Computer Associates, EMC, HDS, HP, Legato, Network Appliance, Syncsort, Tivoli, or Veritas.
DinoStor TapeServers allow organizations to preserve their existing IT infrastructure by enabling library sharing over Ethernet networks (including Gigabit Ethernet), producing Fibre Channel-like speed without the expense and difficulty of deploying back-end Fibre Channel SAN. The simple plug-and-play installation process only requires the attachment of a network Ethernet connection to either the 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, and connecting a tape library to one of the two available Ultra160 SCSI ports.
DinoStor TapeServer supercharges network backup performance, allowing tape libraries to operate at the maximum potential possible with Gigabit Ethernet. A single TapeServer can stream data at 110 MB per second, unleashing the performance potential of high-performance LTO, SDLT and AIT-based libraries. For maximum throughput, three DinoStor TapeServers, taking just 5.25 inches of rack space, will back up more than one terabyte per hour. The DinoStor TapeServer has an MSRP of $9,995 and is now available through reseller and OEM channels. ...DinoStor profile
Editor - August 12, 2002 - a new article appears on STORAGEsearch.com today called "Tuning SANs with Solid State Disks" written by Craig Harries at Imperial Technology. The benefits of using solid state disks (SSDs) in a SAN environment go well beyond speeding up a static part of your system. This article includes useful ideas about how to architect your SAN to get the best performance even if you're not currently using SSDs. ...Imperial Technology profile
San Francisco - August 8th, 2002 - The FCIA announced today that it successfully completed the latest in a series of open-industry 'plugfests' designed to test the interoperability of Fibre Channel products connected to form a fabric. This Plugfest, more formally called a large group test period, was held at the University of New Hampshire with twelve participating hardware and software companies. The focus of this event was to test interoperability of 1 and 2 Gigabit devices across a fabric and test remote back-up across Fibre Channel. Management applications also underwent rigorous testing. The plugfest team reported seeing few interoperability issues at the physical layer of Fibre Channel.
According to Ed von Adlung, FCIA president, "The improved interoperability that was seen at this plugfest is very exciting. We saw several switch vendors come together to build a fabric characterized by 1 and 2 Gigabit interoperability that was very solid, as well as great progress made on different storage management applications." ...FCIA profile
COSTA MESA, Calif., - August 8, 2002 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2002. Revenues grew to $70.2 million, up 20% from the $58.4 million reported for the same quarter a year ago, and up 1% sequentially from the March 2002 quarter. For the fourth fiscal quarter, on a GAAP basis Emulex reported a net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.14 per share, compared with a net loss of $31.3 million, or $0.38 per share for the prior year's period. Amortization of deferred compensation, goodwill and other intangibles, amounted to $39.0 million, net of tax, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002, primarily associated with the acquisition of Giganet, Inc., an early-stage company specializing in IP storage networking solutions, which was completed on March 1, 2001.
Due to a shift in Emulex's FICON-related storage and mainframe connectivity products from HBAs to chip solutions, on a sequential basis Emulex's fourth quarter Fibre Channel revenue held level, even as combined unit shipments of HBAs and ASICs grew 13% over the third quarter. Emulex continued to lead the transition to next-generation storage networking technologies, as sales of Emulex's market-leading 2 Gbps Fibre Channel HBAs grew 27% sequentially, rising to more than 60% of Fibre Channel revenue in the fourth quarter, up from 48% in the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, both IDC and Gartner Dataquest published new industry research verifying that Emulex extended its leading position in the Fibre Channel HBA market during calendar 2001.
For the year ended June 30, 2002, revenues grew 4% to a record $255 million, compared to the $245 million reported a year ago. ...Emulex profile
Editor's comments:- I must admit that I've had difficulty in the past understanding how Emulex has failed to make a profit in recent years despite periods of good revenue growth. That mystery is explained in today's annual report. One big factor was they seriously misjudged the speed of customer take-up for new 2Gbps and consequently had a large obsolete inventory of 1Gbps products. My guess is that Emulex may spend more on market research this year, and then maybe we'll see some much better bottom line results next year since there's clearly strong demand for their products.
Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 8, 2002 - Fujitsu Softek today announced the promotion of Scott Kennedy to company officer and vice president of strategic business development. He will report directly to Fujitsu Softek President and CEO Steven F.X. Murphy. In this newly created position, Kennedy is charged with implementing and coordinating Fujitsu Softek's multi-department strategic initiatives with the Fujitsu® group worldwide. Here, he will increase his efforts on the integration and market success of Fujitsu Softek's newly acquired products and continue his focus expanding the company's reach with targeted emerging technology companies in the storage industry.
"Scott is one of the key foundation builders of Fujitsu Softek and has played an instrumental role in realizing the Fujitsu Softek vision," said Murphy. "His extensive experience and passion for Softek technologies will allow us to further develop new and innovative partnerships to deliver best-of-breed storage management solutions."
Recently, Kennedy played a key role in the acquisition of Vixel's SAN Management software and DataCore's virtualization source code. These two acquisitions were key to Fujitsu Softek becoming the first company to supply a comprehensive suite of storage management software that is hardware-vendor and OS-platform independent. Kennedy joined Fujitsu Softek after 15 years at Amdahl Corporation, where he is credited with the launch of Softek TDMF software, the most successful vendor-independent data migration product in the industry, which proved to be a $100 million product with more than 400 customers worldwide. ...Fujitsu Software Technology profile
See also:- Acquired companies
Sunnyvale, Calif. and Munich, Germany August 8, 2002 Actel Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG today announced that they have entered into a cooperation to develop flash memory field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions for production in 0.13-micron chip processes. Building on Actel's flash-based ProASIC FPGA family and Infineon's process technology and manufacturing expertise, the development program will extend the capability of flash-based FPGA technology in both current and new ASIC alternative market segments, such as smart cards, automotive, industrial controls and mobile communications applications. ...Infineon Technologies profile
Editor - August 8, 2002 - SPARC portables have become very desirable items, as shown up in our recent Top #10 SPARC Systems Companies article. They use processor chips from Sun Microsystems and run the native Solaris operating system.
This week Sterling Heights, Michigan based Rave Computer started a promotion which gives away a free 400MHz Sun UltraSPARC-IIe laptop from Naturetech, to customers who buy a 1.5TB InfiniSAN rackmount storage system before September 30th. ...Rave Computer profile
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