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Network Appliance Joins TSANet

SCM Microsystems selects MPEG-2 codec from LSI Logic

Oracle Expands Digital Delivery with Conxion

BMC Software Named as Market Share Leader

Dataram Expands Alphaserver DS10L Memory

GlassHouse Technologies Names Todd Gresham to Board

Overland Storage Reports Record Results

Worldwide SMB Storage Spending Expected to Surpass $18 Billion

3ware Ships First Enterprise Class Serial ATA Controller

BakBone Software Announces New VP of Sales

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Sunnyvale, CA - August 14, 2002 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced it has been accepted as a sponsoring member of TSANet's just-announced Mission Critical Support Community. The TSANet (Technical Support Alliance Network) Mission Critical Support Community was formed to give enterprise customers rapid, global support on a 24x7 basis, and to ensure seamless cooperation and rapid escalation between and among vendors for maximum customer satisfaction, system uptime, and data availability.

For Network Appliance, joining the TSANet Mission Critical Support Community reflects the company's strong commitment to customer satisfaction as well as Network Appliance's long history of partnering with other industry leaders to deliver robust enterprise solutions and support. Joining this group also demonstrates the expanding array of support services Network Appliance offers to provide customers maximum choice and flexibility for their data management needs.

"Network Appliance knows that a customer's satisfaction is the number one priority, and that not all IT problems can be solved by a single vendor," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "Working closely with other industry leaders in TSANet and other initiatives empowers all our customers with added vendor choice and flexibility, which ultimately translate into lower TCO, higher data availability, and greater returns from IT investments." ...Network Appliance profile, ...TSANet


MILPITAS, Calif. - August 14, 2002 - LSI Logic Corporation today announced that SCM Microsystems, maker of the award-winning Dazzle™ brand of products for creating and sharing digital video, has chosen the LSI Logic DVxcel™ MPEG-2 codec as a key component for its DVD Creation Station 200, DCS 200. The DCS 200 is the only product available today that allows consumers to capture DVD-quality video from any camcorder, VCR or TV, as well as read photo and other files from all types of flash card media. Using the LSI Logic DVxcel single-chip device, the DCS 200 can create Hollywood-style DVD content by converting video to high-quality MPEG-1 or MPEG-2, in real time, for playback on a TV or VCR for recording, via video streaming over USB.

"The LSI Logic DVxcel architecture enables the DCS 200 to convert any analog video source to DVD-quality MPEG digital files in real time," said Dirk Peters, director of marketing for SCM Microsystems' Digital Media and Video division. "LSI Logic's advanced technology makes it quick and easy for users to convert their video to a digital format so they can customize their videos and photos, and create DVDs they are proud to share with friends and family." ...LSI Logic profile, ...SCM Microsystems profile


London, UK - August 14, 2002 -Conxion Corporation has expanded its relationship with Oracle to include more digital delivery and storage services. Since June 1, Oracle has been using Conxion's HotRoute Digital Delivery Network (DDN) for the distribution of additional software titles, along with documentation from Oracle's online developer network, Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

All content will be distributed from Conxion's datacentres in the US and Europe, which Oracle already use to manage the electronic delivery of many of its software titles, including the Oracle 9i Database. The DDN also supports the Oracle E-Business Network (EBN) and Oracle University Online Learning. The EBN content includes programming related to Oracle product seminars and presentations. Oracle University Online Learning offers classroom-simulated training for a number of Oracle products and services.

Conxion has a large SAN supporting many of its customers. For Oracle, Conxion has directly allocated six terabytes of storage to hold more than one thousand software titles - currently all on CDs.

"Using Conxion's secure network for digital delivery of Oracle 9i has been extremely successful and cost-effective, so we are pleased to be moving our software and related documentation to that model," said Campbell Webb, Oracle senior director of Web Services - Global IT. "We believe our customers will find this method much more convenient than having to manage multiple CDs, and this also reduces our manufacturing and shipping costs." ...Conxion profile


HOUSTON - August 14, 2002 - BMC Software, Inc. today announced it has been ranked the overall market share leader in 2001 in Performance and Availability Management Software revenue by research firm IDC. According to data from IDC's June 2002 report "Worldwide Performance and Availability Management Software Forecast and Analysis, 2002-2006," BMC Software was the leader in performance and availability management software in 2001, with a 15.4 percent market share. BMC Software was also the clear leader in the category of performance management software, with an 18.1 percent market share.

According to the author of the report, Tim Grieser, Program Vice President, Enterprise Systems Management, IDC, "In addition to performance monitoring, alerting, reporting and service level management, BMC remains unique among the major performance management software vendors in terms of the depth of its server-oriented analytic performance modeling technology incorporated into its PATROL® Predict and MAINVIEW® Predict products." ...BMC Software profile, ...IDC profile


Princeton, NJ - August 14, 2002 - Dataram Corporation today announced the industry's first low-profile 1GB memory upgrade for Hewlett-Packard's AlphaServer DS10L. This unique memory offering allows customers to double the maximum memory capacity of the server from 1 to 2GB. The DS10L is designed for space-constrained environments where the 1U form-factor allows customers to install as many as 40 servers in a rack. Although there are four slots for memory inside the server, only two are usable with the current OEM memory design. Now, using all four slots with 2GB of Dataram memory and a 600MHz Alpha processor, this 1U server delivers exceptional performance in a small scalable package with your choice of three operating systems. Dataram's DRQDS10LP/1024 1GB upgrade consists of two low-profile (512MB ECC SDRAM DIMMs. Because of its unique height and design, all four DIMM slots in the DS10L server can be utilized, allowing customers to double the maximum memory capacity to 2GB by installing two 1GB upgrade options (list price $1,050 each). ...Dataram profile


Boston, MA - August 14, 2002 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. today announced the appointment of Todd Gresham to its Board of Directors. As the Founder and President of Meritage Associates, an executive management consultancy focused exclusively on storage, information systems, and network infrastructure environments, and the former Vice President of OEM and Reseller Sales at EMC Corporation, Gresham brings a wealth of industry experience and sales, channel sales, and marketing acumen to GlassHouse's Board of Directors.

"GlassHouse, by virtue of its truly unbiased position as an expert rather than a vendor, is being recognized by users as a trusted partner," said Gresham. "At the same time, vendors recognize GlassHouse's ability to accompany new technologies with expert services and support - asset optimization from day one, for example. Such a supportable, reputable product rollout is guaranteed to accelerate traction of any new technology." ...GlassHouse Technologies profile


SAN DIEGO – August 14, 2002 – Overland Storage, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL) today reported fiscal 2002 fourth quarter and full year results. Revenues for the full 2002 fiscal year ended June 30, 2002 reached a record $163.4 million compared to revenues of $155.7 million for the prior fiscal year. Net income for the full 2002 fiscal year reached $4.5 million compared to net income of $2.5 million in fiscal 2001.

Christopher Calisi, President and CEO of Overland Storage, said: "Like virtually every company in the technology sector, our performance during this fiscal year was dampened by a challenging economic environment. Despite this, we are gratified at again being able to post record annual revenues and earnings, an achievement that reflects the dedication of the entire Overland team. We believe that the softness of the past quarter is temporary and that by the second half of our fiscal year 2003, revenues will not only recover, but should accelerate." ...Overland Storage profile


NEW YORK – August 14, 2002 – Annual worldwide spending on data storage hardware, software and services by Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) will undergo phenomenal growth over the next 4 years, more than quadrupling to $18.5 by 2006, according to a new report from Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, Inc. Worldwide SMB storage spending will grow at a compounded rate of 43% over the next 4 years, far outpacing the 5% annual growth rate in large enterprise storage spending, and positioning the under one thousand employee segment to be the key contributor to industry growth over this time period. At this substantial pace, total worldwide SMB spending will increase from just 8% of the $54 billion storage market today, to 24% of the projected $79 billion market in 2006.

"As storage vendors seek new avenues for meeting and exceeding their revenue goals in a challenging economic environment, expanding into the SMB market is a logical and perhaps necessary step," said Ryan Brock, a senior consultant with AMI-Partners. "Those competitors that are able to swiftly and decisively deploy resources and go-to-market strategies that demonstrate a keen understanding of the SMB space will undoubtedly garner financial rewards," added Brock.

Over the next 4 years, all of the major global regions are expected to contribute to outstanding growth in storage solution deployment among SMBs. SMB markets in Latin America and Eastern Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA) will experience the highest compounded annual spending growth rate, at 55%, followed by Asia Pacific at 50%, and North America and Western Europe at 40%. North America will remain the top market from a total dollar spend perspective, accounting for roughly 40% of worldwide SMB storage spending, followed by Western Europe at about 35% and Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA together accounting for the remaining 25%.

The number of SMBs with some type of networked storage solution, which includes SAN or NAS, currently stands at 1.5 million and is expected to grow to almost 6.8 million businesses by 2006. Although this uptake is substantial, these businesses will represent only 8% of all SMBs across the globe. As such, a prerequisite for successfully competing in the global SMB storage market will be the ability to pinpoint these segments and recognize the factors that will lead these businesses to seek storage solutions. ...AMI-Partners profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - August 13, 2002 - 3ware Inc. today announced it has begun shipping its latest family of RAID controller cards based on Serial ATA specifications – the Escalade 8500 series. The Escalade 8500 series is available in four, eight and twelve-port configurations, offering storage VARs and systems builders the first complete family of enterprise class Serial ATA RAID controllers. The new controllers extend the company's high performance ATA controller line to support the Serial ATA interface standard, providing terabytes of reliable, performance-based Serial ATA RAID storage.

Traditional technologies such as parallel ATA and SCSI use a bus-based architecture where all the drives share a single bus, with a resulting compromise in performance. The Serial ATA architecture provides point-to-point communication, delivering full bandwidth to each connected drive when a switched architecture is employed. 3ware's non-blocking switched fabric design allows the controller to simultaneously access all drives, delivering much higher performance than competitive SCSI or Serial ATA solutions.

The Escalade 8500 series of Serial ATA RAID controllers eliminates the problems of traditional parallel ATA cabling. Serial ATA has longer, thinner, more flexible cables (up to 1 meter) providing superior airflow for better system cooling and assembly. For users who want to benefit from the advantages of serial ATA cabling with standard parallel drives, 3ware also offers a Parallel-to-Serial converter which allows the Escalade 8500 series controllers and Serial ATA cables to connect to a standard ATA drive. ...3ware profile


SAN DIEGO, CA - August 13, 2002 - BakBone Software announced today Scott Petersen has joined the company as Vice President of Sales for North America. Petersen comes to BakBone Software with more than 20 years of sales experience. Petersen's main responsibilities will be to grow and refine BakBone's channel organisation. He is also chartered with developing and implementing strategies to expand current sales efforts.

Mr. Petersen joins BakBone from Actionpoint where he was Vice President of Sales responsible for the sales efforts of one of the leading data capture software companies. In that role he grew the product pipeline and channel revenue by over 200%. Prior to that he worked at Sterling Software in numerous roles culminating as Vice President of Sales for their Storage Management Division.

"I am delighted that Scott has joined BakBone at this exciting time in our company's evolution. I've been working towards building BakBone's management team and Scott's appointment to Sales completes our team," said Keith Rickard, President and CEO. "Scott brings a wealth of experience that will directly benefit BakBone as we significantly grow our business in North America and worldwide." ...BakBone Software profile

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