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Merlin Software Moves to Larger Premises

Burnaby, BC - February 7, 2002 - Merlin Software Technologies International, Inc. a leading developer of NAS appliances and the Merlin SecurDVR for security and loss prevention today announced that the Company has moved to significantly larger premises.

The move was facilitated by a 25% increase in staffing levels to meet the expanding needs of the sales, customer service and engineering groups.

Effective February 11, the new address is: 3rd Floor 4370 Dominion Street Burnaby, BC., V5G 4L7, Canada, Tel: 604-320-7227 Fax: 604-320-7277

"With all the new additions to the Merlin team, we simply outgrew our existing space," says Robert Heller, President and CEO of Merlin. "We've grown in all areas of the company but most significantly in sales, customer service and engineering and really needed a space that brings out the best thinking and ideas from our talented employees. This new office is almost four times larger and give us room to breath and grow." ...Merlin Software Technologies profile

Dot Hill Expands Presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

CARLSBAD, Calif. - February 7, 2002 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NYSE: HIL) today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Scientific Digital Business Pte Ltd (SDB) of Singapore, a leading mass storage and imaging product distributor in Southeast Asia.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) IT market is expected to grow by 13 percent in 2002 according to industry analyst firm IDC. The agreement enables SDB's regional offices, value-added resellers, and systems integrators to distribute Dot Hill's carrier-class data storage systems and storage networking solutions throughout the region.

"We are very pleased to be working with Dot Hill to distribute its reliable, flexible SANnet® and Axis product lines," said Wilson Chia, managing director of SDB Group. "Dot Hill's versatile storage networking products offer our resellers' customers many options. SANnet systems are an excellent fit with our existing storage solutions, and we look forward to introducing Dot Hill to our resellers."

Based in Singapore, Dot Hill's Michael Le, senior director sales and marketing for Asia Pacific, will work with SDB on a variety of promotional activities including reseller conferences, training, end-user seminars and trade shows in the region.

"We selected SDB because they understand storage networking and have proven to be a successful distributor. They have been in business since 1989 and distribute complementary products from JNI, Gadzoox, Bakbone and StorageTek," said Paul Makhail, Dot Hill's vice president Asia Pacific. "Their experienced product management team has implemented storage area networks and realizes the benefits Dot Hill's SANnet and Axis bring to storage infrastructure. We look forward to working with SDB offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to promote Dot Hill's storage solutions." ...Dot Hill profile, ...SDB

Editor's comments:- in another release this week Dot Hill reported on the quarter ended December 31, 2001. Net revenue for the fourth quarter 2001 was $10.5 million. Net loss was $5.0 million. But they've got $16.5 million in cash and short-term investments and should see out this recession and better times.

MTI's New NAS - StingRay

Anaheim, CA - February 6, 2002 - MTI Technology Corp and Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic relationship for the next generation of MTI NAS solutions that will simplify management and reduce cost of ownership for customers.

"MTI's new Windows Powered StingRay NAS product is a great example of how the Windows 2000 platform and the Server Appliance Kit 2.0 combine to deliver a compelling customer solution that offers a comprehensive set of management tools for reducing the cost of deployment, along with the benefits of high scalability and high performance, to meet the needs of the enterprise" said Keith White, senior director of marketing for the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft. "

"Working with Microsoft helps MTI offer our customers leading-edge NAS storage solutions that are easy to manage and cost-effective to administer," said Marc Nussbaum, MTI's CTO, senior vp product development. "Using the Microsoft SAK for Windows 2000 enables StingRay to integrate seamlessly with existing IT environments and Active Directory infrastructures, providing a highly scalable, highly reliable storage solution for heterogeneous servers throughout an enterprise."

StingRay brings improved NAS performance and manageability to the company's Vivant™ storage solutions, which combine SAN and NAS technologies into one consolidated storage networking solution. The Vivant storage platform provides integrated, scalable, high-availability storage solutions that enable enterprises to dynamically allocate and manage storage between SAN and NAS as their business needs change. The addition of StingRay NAS to a Vivant system allows MTI customers to choose the right solution for their data management requirements today while keeping pace with growing data requirements. The StingRay NAS solution is available now from MTI in flexible configurations that start at $88,600. ...MTI Technology profile

Editor's comments:- "StingRay" is a good name for a product. It was used in the 1964 TV science fiction puppet series written by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson . Maintaining its aquatic links, the Stingray later became an air launched anti-submarine torpedo, manufactured by Marconi.

Cisco Systems Reports Second Quarter Earnings

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 6, 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc. today reported its second quarter results for the period ending January 26, 2002.

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2002 were $4.8 billion, a sequential increase of 8% from the $4.4 billion in net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2002. This compares to $6.7 billion in net sales for the same period last year, a decrease of 29%. Pro forma net income, which excludes the effects of acquisition charges, payroll tax on stock option exercises, net gains (losses) on investments, and an excess inventory benefit, was $664 million or $0.09 per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2002, compared with pro forma net income of $332 million or $0.04 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2002, and $1.3 billion or $0.18 per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2001. ...Cisco Systems profile

Editor's comments:- after a dreadful year, there's no realistic probability that Cisco can develop enough revenue in the storage segment to remain in our top 10 future storage companies list. It's going to be dropped when that article is updated next week.

EMC Opens Microsoft Windows Competency Center

Duluth, Georgia - February 6, 2002 - EMC today announced the opening of the EMC Windows Competency Center.

The new center leverages EMC's long-standing alliance with Microsoft to test and pre-qualify new Microsoft products in storage network environments, demonstrate storage networking best practices for the Windows platform and simulate specific customer environments for testing prior to installation.

EMC has been working directly with Microsoft and has supported Windows environments since 1995. EMC and Microsoft formed a strategic alliance in February 2000 designed to help organizations worldwide more effectively build and deploy highly reliable, available and manageable business solutions using Microsoft Windows technology. EMC has since opened a dedicated Windows engineering lab in Bellevue, Washington, next to the Microsoft campus. And, most recently, EMC announced a co-branding agreement with Dell for the EMC CLARiiON® line of enterprise storage systems, significantly extending EMC's reach in providing networked storage solutions for Windows environments.

Sandi Thomas, Microsoft's General Manager of Global Services & Technology Partners, said, "The EMC Windows Competency Center is both an Authorized Microsoft Solutions Provider and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, bringing the highest levels of Windows expertise to our joint customers. Microsoft and EMC have a long-standing relationship built on innovation and technical collaboration. The Windows Competency Center is the latest fruit of our joint engineering efforts." ...EMC profile, ...Microsoft profile

See also:- SAN training

Compaq Sets Date for Shareholders to Vote on Proposed HP Merger

HOUSTON - February 5, 2002 - Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today announced that a special meeting of shareholders will be held on March 20, 2002, to vote on the proposed merger with Hewlett-Packard Company.

Compaq shareholders at the close of business on Jan. 28, 2002, will be eligible to vote by proxy or at the meeting. A joint proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to Compaq shareholders on or about February 6, 2002, in connection with the March 20 special meeting.

The Compaq special meeting of shareholders will be held at 2 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 20 at the Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel, Raphael Ballroom, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston, Texas 77060. ...Compaq profile

SANavigator Certifies LSI Logic's Fibre Channel HBAs

SAN JOSE and MILPITAS, Calif. - February 5, 2002 - SANavigator Inc., a leader in powerful, heterogeneous SAN management software, and LSI Logic Corporation today announced certification of LSI Logic's 2 Gbit/s host bus adapters (HBAs), for use with SANavigator™ software, the industry-standard multi-platform Java-based SAN management application.

The certification is another in a continuing line of interoperability successes for SANavigator. For LSI Logic, it is further assurance that the company's Fusion-MPT based Fibre Channel HBAs continue to demonstrate industry compatibility and ease of deployment.

The complexity of installing and maintaining a SAN is reduced for end users, resellers and integrators using SANavigator and LSI Logic as the companies have delivered enhanced administration and configuration of SANs. Testing by the two companies confirmed that the LSI Logic Fibre Channel HBAs, the LSI40919-O and LSI40929-O, are now supported by SANavigator's AutoDiscovery topology mapping function. Additionally, SANavigator and LSI Logic continue to work together to extend the amount of information provided by HBAs to the SANavigator management application.

"SAN interoperability is a major customer concern with SAN technology," said Robert Wright, General Manager of SANavigator Inc. "Certifications such as the one with LSI Logic help end users determine which companies are advancing the pursuit of the fully functional SAN and offer the technology leadership to accomplish it. LSI Logic and SANavigator certainly meet that description."

"SANavigator and LSI Logic are dedicated to developing key enabling technologies that further the growth of SANs and help ensure product-to-product interoperability in storage solutions," said Bob Anderson, director for LSI Logic's HBA group. "This alliance to deliver certified SAN solutions is a further example of our commitment to reduce the complexity of heterogeneous SANs."

SANavigator 2.5.1 is a Java-based storage management application that operates as a host for other storage management applications, utilities and tools from major storage vendors, and includes an Auto Discovery feature that performs a complete inventory of all SAN resources. The SANmap™ component of SANavigator presents an intuitive visual map of the SAN, showing all devices and their interconnections. It allows a manager to establish new data path zoning and create redundant paths and other management routines, completing with just a few mouse clicks a process that previously took several hours. ...LSI Logic profile, ...SANavigator profile

SNIA to Host Backup & Restore Workshop

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Feb. 5, 2002 – The SNIA will host a two-day workshop that will provide IT managers with solutions on how to use storage networks to backup and restore large volumes of data.

The workshop will be held Feb. 26-27 at the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs. The event, titled "Easing Backup Pain: A Backup & Restore Workshop," is being organized by more than 30 member companies of the association, a non-profit organization that develops industry standards for and education about storage networking technologies.

Highlights of the workshop include a keynote speech by W. Curtis Preston, president of The Storage Group and author of "UNIX Backup & Recovery" and "Using SANs & NAS." Preston will explain the logic behind one of the newest trends in backup and recovery – large, inexpensive disk arrays being used as cache for tape libraries. A second speaker,Todd Pekats, director of consulting of Neartek Inc., will present a case study on how two financial institutions with contrasting backup and restore strategies fared after the September 11 th terrorist attacks.

Three tutorial tracks will be offered: a business track that will teach participants how to plan, design, implement and manage large-scale backup and restore solutions; a technical track for hands-on implementers of storage networks; and a cross-functional track that combines tutorials from the business and technical tracks. Attendees can also sign up for hour-long consulting sessions with storage professional services consultants. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the SNIA Technology Center's state-of-the- art labs and view multiple demonstrations of backup and restore solutions with a minimum data backup rate of 1 terabyte per hour.

The fee to attend the workshop is $495 per attendee, which includes attendance to the tutorials and demos, all meals, including a breakfast at the Wyndham Hotel and dinner at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, and transportation between the workshop venues. ...SNIA - "Easing Backup Pain: A Backup & Restore Workshop"

See also:- Events

AnexTEK Forms Strategic Partners with Gadzoox

HSICHIH, TAIWAN - Feb. 05, 2002 - AnexTEK Global Inc. today announced that it will partner with Gadzoox Networks, Inc. in order to integrate Gadzoox Networks' advanced switches into AnexTEK's storage networking solutions.

The move furthers AnexTEK's commitment to providing highly stable, cost-effective storage networking solutions and furthers the scope of Gadzoox Networks' global customer base by leveraging AnexTEK's network of resellers and system integrators in Africa, Australia, Greater China, the Middle East and Singapore. The two will cooperate on sales and marketing to bring AnexTEK's solutions to its corporate clientele.

AnexTEK's storage networking solutions are hardware and software based, designed to provide advanced data protection, ease of use and mission-critical availability. The IP-based solutions offer features like virtualization for easy storage allocation, high availability for 24 x 7 data protection, remote replication for distance protection, unified SAN and NAS allocation for cost effective file and block level data throughput, LAN-free Serverless backup to reduce network bottlenecks and Zero-Impact backup and restore which reduces server backup traffic.

Gadzoox Networks' switches will be the bridge between AnexTEK's storage networking architecture offering high speed Ethernet or Fibre Channel connectivity, high throughput, scalability, a non-blocking architecture, broad interoperability, multi-layer support, self-configuring ports, as well as auto-sensing and auto-negotiating ports.

Alex Kuo, AnexTEK President, commented, "AnexTEK is committed to developing products that help customers manage storage more efficiently and enable businesses to operate more continuously. Partnering with Gadzoox Networks, a leading provider of network switches, will allow AnexTEK to bring a more stable, available and interoperable product to market." ...AnexTEK profile, ...Gadzoox Networks profile
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Compaq Sets Date for Vote on Proposed HP Merger

SANavigator Certifies LSI Logic's Fibre Channel HBAs

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