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MILPITAS, Calif. - February 21, 2002 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that it will showcase its iSCSI adapter, the industry's first Serial ATA RAID card, an Ultra320 SCSI RAID controller, an Ultra320 SCSI ASIC with embedded hardware mirroring, and Fibre Channel and InfiniBand solutions in its booth - 521 - at the Spring 2002 Intel Developer Forum (IDF), February 25-28, in San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Adaptec's AIC-7902 Ultra320 SCSI ASIC, software drivers, RAID firmware, and Adaptec's RAID management utility will work in concert with five Seagate 36-gigabyte Cheetah X15 Ultra320 disk drives as a complete Adaptec solution that enables customers to speed their time to market. A RAID 5 array with the Seagate Ultra320 disk drives connected to a low-profile two-channel Adaptec Ultra320 RAID controller will run multiple streaming video applications with data flowing at 320 megabytes per second across the SCSI bus. ...Adaptec profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Feb. 21, 2001 – Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. today announced that Tech Data Corporation has been named FCPA's Fastest Growing Distributor of enterprise hard disk drives (HDD) in 2001. The award recognizes Tech Data's significant increase in shipments of Fujitsu enterprise HDD products by 370% from January 1 through December 31, 2001. Tech Data, a leading global provider of IT products, and FCPA have shared a strategic alliance for the distribution of Fujitsu storage products since 1991.

"We are extremely pleased with Tech Data's commitment to the enterprise line of Fujitsu HDD's," said Lorne Wilson, vice president of channel sales and marketing at Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "Tech Data's success with Fujitsu storage products in 2001 is a result of an aggressive and effective focus on the small- and medium-sized business and large system builder segment, coupled with Fujitsu's ability to develop and quickly bring to market leading edge enterprise HDD technology including 10K RPM, 15K RPM, SCSI & Fibre Channel HDD's."

Tech Data's small- and medium-sized business (SMB) focus continues to strengthen the company's leadership position in the distribution industry. Fujitsu benefited from Tech Data's exceptional service to this market and added more than 600 SMB enterprise HDD customers through Tech Data in 2001

FCPA implemented several sweeping changes to its channel efforts in 2001, resulting in an almost seventeen-fold increase in its enterprise HDD channel market share during the calendar year, according to FCPA's research. ...Fujitsu profile, ...Tech Data profile

SANTA ANA, Calif .- Feb. 21, 2002 - I/OMagic Corp. today announced that its optical storage business unit has grown significantly over the past year. The company posted more than 1.5 million unit sales for this division in 2001 - up 260% over last year. I/OMagic will expand its optical storage offering by soon introducing both internal and external 40x12x48 CD-RW drives - the industry's fastest burners to date.

``Optical storage is a huge area of growth for the company,'' said Tony Andrews, vice president of engineering and product development. ``We are successfully transitioning our CD-ROM market share into a CD-RW product line featuring internal and external products with USB 1.1, USB 2.0 and Firewire products. ``We round out our optical storage line up with DVD-ROM and DVD+RW drives, CD-R, CD-RW and audio media. Now that Hewlett-Packard has departed the CD-RW category, we intend to grow and expand this business unit even more.''

I/OMagic expects its new internal and external 40x12x48 CD-RW drives to ship to stores nationwide in March 2002. ...I/OMagic profile

Mountain View, CA and Rockville, MD, - February 21, 2002 - Legato Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LGTO) and OTG Software (Nasdaq:OTGS) today announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Legato will acquire all of the outstanding shares of OTG in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $403 million or $11.13 per share based on yesterday's closing price of Legato's common stock. After the merger is completed, OTG's shareholders will own approximately 21% of the combined entity's shares, using the treasury stock method of accounting. The companies anticipate that the transaction will close by the end of the second calendar quarter of 2002.

"Today's announcement represents further expansion of our core strategy, which is to provide our customers solid information protection, the ability to manage and maintain an application environment and the ability to automate recovery on an application specific basis. This acquisition allows us to accelerate our current ability to provide our customers with the most scalable and secure management and applications solutions available in the market today," said David B. Wright, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Legato. ...Legato Systems profile, ...OTG Software profile

Editor's comments:- stodgy Legato will get a significant boost from this acquisition. OTG Software was identified in STORAGEsearch's strategic articles last year as one of the top 10 fastest growing profitable storage companies, and one of the top 10 software storage companies (ranked by reader interest), lists which, incidentally, Legato did not rate on its own performance.

Amherst, NY - Feb. 21, 2002 - ATTO Technology Inc. is participating in the Terabyte Per Hour Demo at a workshop that will provide IT managers with solutions on how to use storage networks to back up and restore large volumes of data.

"Easing Backup Pain: A Backup & Restore Workshop" an event being hosted by the SNIA, will be held Feb. 26-27 at the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs.

"Our participation in the Terabyte Per Hour demo at SNIA's Easing Backup Pain workshop is testament to our company's dedication to developing high-performance products in accordance with industry standards, thus ensuring interoperability for our customers," said Sherri Robinson, Markets manager for ATTO Technology. "We are pleased to be part of SNIA workshops and welcome the opportunity to work one-on-one with other leading vendors to demonstrate interoperable back-up solutions." ...ATTO Technology profile

Cambridge, Mass. - February 20, 2002 - AVAKI Corporation announced today it has submitted its Secure Grid Naming Protocol (SGNP) specification for discussion and comment at this week's Global Grid Forum in Toronto. A result of eight years of academic and commercial grid computing experience and supported by leaders in the industry, SGNP is a proposed standard for the scalable, secure and migration-transparent naming of global grid resources and services. Adoption of a naming protocol, in concert with other important standards, will accelerate the development and proliferation of grid computing in commercial environments and augment existing Web services standards.

AVAKI also announced its plans to make a reference implementation of SGNP available, based on the current specification, on March 18, 2002.

As organizational and computing complexity grows, grid solutions provide critical access to processing resources, data and applications required for many companies to remain competitive. As grids span locations and administrative domains, they need to deal with the complexities of heterogeneous computing platforms, varying security and administrative policies, and unexpected failure of individual resources in a highly dynamic environment. Current naming schemes including DNS, the naming scheme upon which the Web itself is built, were never designed to address all of these complexities.

Secure Grid Naming Protocol (SGNP) and AVAKI 2.0 SGNP is an elegant solution that delivers a scalable, global name space, a built-in method for associating security information with such names, and migration transparency. The global name space, scalable to literally trillions of named resources or services, is designed to unify multiple or conflicting naming schemes, allowing any resource or service to be found and communicated with using the same name across an entire grid. SGNP's security model eliminates the need for a central trusted authority, which is a major barrier to grids extending beyond a single enterprise today. Finally, the enabling of migration transparency gives grid solution providers the ability to move processes or data without impacting work in progress or needing to inform end users. It allows grid resources to continue reliably communicating with one another in the face of any number of challenges. ...Avaki profile

UK - February 20, 2002 - K-PAR Archiving Software has partnered with ARTEC Computer GmbH, a German systems house specialising in computer peripherals, archiving and optical media. The partnership of K-PAR's archiving software coupled with ARTEC solutions will open up new markets and customers for both organisations. The partnership will strengthen K-PAR's position within central Europe and will enable ARTEC to develop a wider range of data storage solutions. K-PAR's commitment to customer support will help position ARTEC more strongly as a 'value added' distributor, enhancing relationships with its customers. ARTEC will serve as K-PAR's primary distributor for its flagship product, Archimedia, in the German-speaking territories and will manage a German version of K-PAR's website.

Rachel Woods, K-PAR's European sales and marketing director says: "The ARTEC partnership is important for K-PAR as it will really strengthen our position in Germany. We are looking forward to working with ARTEC to develop new and innovative storage solutions." ...ARTEC Computer, ...K-PAR Systems profile

Taipei, Taiwan - February 19, 2002 - IEI today announced the launch of its NAS-4020 with Gigabit Ethernet LAN technology. Available in 320GB, 480GB, and 640GB the NAS-4020 is the perfect solution to deploying a file server for small to medium sized businesses, with disk management available as well as RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and JBOD data protection. To complete the flexibility, the network file protocol supports Microsoft Networks (CIFS/SMB), Apple (AFP), UNIX (NFS), Novell Netware, FTP and Internet to give remote clients ease of access via a web browser anywhere around the world.
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Adaptec to Showcase iSCSI, Ultra320 SCSI and Serial ATA Raid, External Storage, InfiniBand and USB 2.0 Solutions at IDF

Fujitsu Names Tech Data Fastest Growing Distributor of Enterprise Hard Drive Products

I/OMagic's Optical Storage Business Unit Shows Explosive 260% Growth in 2001

Legato Systems to Acquire OTG Software

ATTO Technology to Participate in SNIA Backup & Restore Workshop

AVAKI Submits Secure Grid Naming Specification to the Global Grid Forum

K-PAR Targets Central Europe with ARTEC Computer GmbH Partnership

IEI announces the launch of NAS-4020

Gartner Dataquest Says Worldwide Storage Services Market Will Reach $41 Billion by 2005

Infinicon Systems Secures $26m Series B Funding

Dot Hill's Storage Systems Power Atlanta Journal-Constitution Databases

Call for Papers Storage World Conference

Fujitsu Softek Purchases Core Technology License for DataCore's Storage Virtualization Platform

QLogic Introduces 2Gb Fibre Channel Switch At 1Gb Ethernet Price

Western Digital Announces 120 GB External FireWire Hard Drive

Alcatel Chooses Sun StorEdge for Raleigh, NC Operations

Exabyte Announces Reorganization in Sales and Engineering

BiTMICRO Networks and Azzurri Technology Fortify Strategic Partnership Alliance

LSI Logic Unveils Ultra 320 SCSI Host Bus Adapter Product Family

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Editor's intro:- the recent announcement by the Affordable SAN Initiative to get SAN entry costs below $50,000 help to clarify the difference between SAN and NAS. At the high end, a NAS box from MTI Technology or Auspex overlaps with a SAN system from LSI Logic Storage Systems, and the issues get blurred. It's at the low end that NAS really comes into its own. We don't all have money to burn, and this user case study is a helpful and interesting reminder that the biggest and fastest box is not always the best solution.

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Jiffy Lube Drives Toward Success with NAS

by Sean Porcher, Director of Operations
Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube, Inc.

Navigating the Network Infrastructure

With more than 2,000 service centers located in 49 states, Jiffy Lube International, Inc. is the largest franchising organization in the fast oil change and fluid maintenance industry. Specifically, our operation, Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube, encompasses all of the Jiffy Lube outlets in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. When customers come to us, they already have an expectation of the Jiffy Lube experience: quick, dependable, and inclusive service for a low price. In order to provide our customers with this exceptional experience at our service centers, it is important to begin at the roots: Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube's corporate office in Arroyo Grande, California. The corporate office acts as the "nerve center," and is responsible for overseeing the operations of all the service centers, including inventory management, customer service issues, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. Our data storage requirements are significant due to a growing customer base and extensive inventory management system. This data must then be made available to all our service locations. For example, we store customer and inventory information here at the corporate office and update it on a nightly basis. Each of our service centers must be able to access this information 24 hours, seven days a week, so they have the critical data they need for their day to day operations. To conduct this coordinated effort, Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube required a network infrastructure that could store large amounts of data and make it continuously accessible to all the service centers.

Meeting the Challenges of the Information Highway

When considering the options available to meet our storage requirements, we were looking for the same qualities that characterized the Jiffy Lube operation: cost-effectiveness, simplicity, and speed. With oil and labor prices constantly rising in our industry, the prospect of replacing our servers and workstations on a frequent basis was extremely unappealing and made no business sense. We wanted to implement a solution that could easily and cost-effectively scale along with our operation. Expanding the servers was another possibility. However, since Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube encompasses quite a few service centers, adding servers would have been a very expensive proposition. Our lack of high-end technical knowledge and an IT person made this option even less attractive. Without a network administrator to manage our infrastructure for us, the quality of simplicity became very important. We wanted a solution that was out of the box, plug and play, regardless of user experience level. Lastly, we needed to improve the speed of our network, enabling faster data sharing between our corporate office and our service centers. The qualities of network-attached storage fit ideally with our needs. We evaluated NAS products from several different vendors with a focus on the above criteria, as well as reliability and performance. After a thorough competitive analysis, we selected the POPnetserver 2000 from the FIA Storage Systems Group , a San Clemente-based supplier of NAS systems.

Mapping out the Benefits of NAS

When we were first informed of the ease of installation of NAS appliances, we were skeptical. However, the system proved to be extremely simple to install and use, even for the computer novices in our office. Our POPnetserver 2000 was configured with two 30GB hard drives for a total capacity of 60GB, and expandable to a third drive. The POPnetserver 2000's overall storage capacity is 240GB in the same 1U enclosure. In 15 minutes and two mouse clicks, I had the system up and running. The accompanying POPassist software, a Windows-based user interface for system administration, allowed me to quickly and easily configure the device. The software also provided us with the ability to remotely monitor and manage our storage resources in real time. The POPnetserver is currently being used across all Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube's departments. In addition to providing high capacity storage for numerous workstations, we are also using the POPnetserver to run our extensive inventory management system and accounting database.

Since implementing NAS, we have benefited from enhanced network performance and highly efficient file serving. The POPnetserver has improved the speed and functionality of our entire local network. Before the installation of the system, we often experienced slowdowns in data availability. This was due to the fact that a large amount of data was being shared from workstation to workstation, and we had insufficient storage capacity on our server to handle it. Since NAS systems relocate storage onto its own independent platform and separate file sharing from application serving, this freed up file server bandwidth and reduced the overhead on our existing application servers. Once we had a NAS system in place, the speed of our network increased drastically, saving us up to two hours a day in network wait time. And for a cost of approximately 1.5 cents per megabyte of network-attached storage, the system's value proposition was strong.

As far as reliability was concerned, we were able to rely on several features to ensure the integrity and accessibility of our data. Our POPnetserver was configured for RAID 1, also known as mirroring. This allowed the second set of drives to duplicate the first set for maximum data protection. We have peace of mind because we are ensured that our critical customer and inventory data is always secure. With a price of $895, this POPnetserver's price-to-performance ratio was better than any other NAS system we evaluated. In competing NAS products, RAID would have cost Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube upwards of $1,500.

A Smart Investment for the Road Ahead

The POPnetserver 2000 NAS system was an excellent investment for Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube. We no longer experience the downtime, frustration, and lost productivity and profitability that results from insufficient data storage. In addition, its high performance and reliability have truly contributed to increased data integrity for our company. NAS provides us with the file sharing capabilities we need to ensure that all our service centers have an open information pipeline to the corporate office, 24 hours, seven days a week. As our storage requirements continue to grow alongside our business, POPnetserver will be our first choice for future data storage needs.

About the Author

Sean Porcher is the Director of Operations for Pacific Coast Jiffy Lube, Inc.., (PCJL) based in Arroyo Grande, CA. He brings over six years of management experience to the company, where he is responsible for the operation and performance of PCJL and all its service centers. Mr. Porcher holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and International Management, and an MBA in General Management, both from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Mr. Porcher can be reached by phone at (805) 489-5779 or via e-mail at

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The NAS-4020 features 4 hot-swappable hard drives to avoid network downtime, to protect against possible data loss and to ensure critical data availability. The hot swappable feature provides data protection in the event of an individual drive failure, where the faulty drive can be removed and a new drive can be plugged in without shutting down the system. news image IEI NAS-4020 click for more info
Whilst functioning under RAID 5 or RAID 1, any faulty drive can be removed and replaced with a new drive as a hot-spare. The IEI proprietary Operation System will automatically configure the replacement drive and reconstruct the data from the lost drive to allow work to continue without interruption.

There is no need for additional configuration of other servers or clients on the network as the embedded OS supports automatic IP address assignment utilizing DHCP to help minimize setup time and management cost. The NAS-4020 delivers full multi-platform file sharing in Windows, Novell Netware, Unix/Linux, and Macintosh environments. Simply plug in the power and turn it on. With its highly competitive pricing, IEI's NAS-4020 writes a new chapter in cost-effective network security solutions ...IEI profile

LOWELL, Mass. - February 19, 2002 - Storage capacity demand, business continuity requirements and managed storage opportunities will drive the worldwide storage services market. The market struggled in 2001 with revenue of $25 billion, but worldwide storage services revenue is expected to start to recover this year and grow from $26 billion in 2002 to $41 billion in 2005, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc.

Hardware support accounted for the largest component of the storage services market in 2001, and will continue to be the largest component through 2005. Hardware support will continue to be the largest segment of storage services due in part to customers extending the life of their storage infrastructures as they try to hold off on new hardware purchases. Although software support revenue is only a small percentage of overall storage services external spending, Gartner Dataquest anticipates that it will grow as customers buy more storage management software. This will not only affect software support revenue, but hardware support as well, as storage management and virtualization software can help users increase their per-device utilization rates allowing them to hold onto storage hardware longer.

"Improving storage use rates has been the mantra of most storage managed service providers (MSPs)," said Adam Couture, senior analyst for Gartner Dataquest's IT Services program. "One of the primary MSP value statements is that they can help their customers save money by increasing storage device utilization rates thus temporarily avoiding new storage hardware purchases. MSPs also tout more traditional outsourcing benefits, such as freeing up IT staffs from the mundane storage tasks of daily backups or delivering critical skills that individual IT departments may have difficulty bringing aboard either because of a market shortage of skilled professionals or internal hiring restrictions."

Market forces will largely determine the growth of storage services opportunities. However, MSPs can have a considerable direct impact on shaping those forces and establishing themselves as market leaders. ...Gartner profile

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - February 19, 2002 - InfiniCon Systems, Inc. announced today that it has completed a $26M Series B round of funding. The company's second round of funding, led by Bay Partners, also included Wasserstein Ventures, Crosslink Capital, AG Edwards Capital and others. The round was also supported by initial Series A investors Arch Venture Partners and Tredegar Investments.

"We were very pleased with the market reception for this round, as well as with the rapid timeframe in which we completed the funding," stated Charles Foley, CEO and Chairman of Infinicon Systems. "Based upon the strength of the emerging market, the unique competitive advantages of our ISIS™ architecture, and our strong management team, this financing was completed from start to finish in 90 days."

The completion of the Series B funding brings the total investment in InfiniCon Systems to more than $33 million. InfiniCon will use the funds to bring the first generation of its ISIS™ Shared I/O System product family to market, and to further its research and development program. Additionally, InfiniCon will fund targeted market awareness and channel partner development programs, as it begins revenue shipments in the second half of the year.

According to industry analyst firm IDC, the industry will see shipments of more than 3.4 million InfiniBand™ -capable servers annually by 2005. ...InfiniCon Systems profile

CARLSBAD, Calif. - February 19, 2002 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. today announced that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a leading metropolitan newspaper, has deployed Dot Hill's SANnet® storage systems to store the newspaper's extensive databases. SANnet systems are also being used for web-related projects such as the paper's career and job listing site.

"Our journalists and 1.4 million readers require continuous access to the latest information stored in our growing databases. We selected Dot Hill's SANnet Fibre Channel storage systems for three key reasons-performance, price and reliability-and the NEBS Level 3 certification is a nice touch," said Frank Branham, network administrator for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Dot Hill's SANpath® storage networking software and SANnet Alert monitoring system help ensure maximum accessibility for our end users."

"This achievement demonstrates Dot Hill's value to the publishing industry by providing highly available storage solutions for its mission-critical applications," said Dana Kammersgard, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "The survivability provided by Dot Hill's NEBS Level 3 certified storage systems is very important to customers like The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who rely on their databases to publish time-sensitive material in print and online."

Dot Hill's industry leading, carrier-class SANnet storage systems ensure that information is protected and continuously available. Test results show that SANnet storage systems deliver 99.9998+ percent uptime, that's just 45 seconds unplanned downtime per year - leading the industry in reliability, availability and survivability. SANpath ensures constant availability of data across storage networks, enhances network-server bandwidth, enables modifications to storage networks without server restarts, and provides LUN Masking capabilities. SANpath optimizes storage networks so that enterprises can meet the demands of today's information-driven business environment. ...Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ...Dot Hill profile

San Jose, Calif. - Feb. 19, 2002 - the organisers of Storage World Conference 2002, which will run on August 20-21, have issued a call for papers. With the success of Storage World Conference on Dec 11, 2001, Storage World has cemented itself as the leading and fastest growing Conference and Trade Show in the Storage Industry. SWC had over 840 registered attendees and 102 registered press/media/analysts in only our first year. Our first year numbers have already eclipsed those Conferences that have been in business for 7-8 years with the traditional number of 400 attendees. With these numbers, we have set a new bar in the Conference business for the Storage Industry. Storage World Conference 2002 on August 20-21, 2002 in San Jose expects to be another massive hit with over 1,000 people anticipated to attend.

If you are interested in Speaking, Sponsoring, and/or Exhibiting at SWC 2002, please contact Daniel Delshad at 310-491-0822. ...Storage World Conference 2002, ...more about call for papers (.doc)

Editor's note:- the mouse site was a media sponsor for last year's event. Glad to see it was so successful.

Sunnyvale, Calif. - Feb. 19, 2002 - Fujitsu Software Technology Corporation (Fujitsu Softek) today announced a source and binary code license agreement with DataCore™ Software. Under terms of the agreement, Fujitsu Softek will build on the core technology of DataCore's virtualization engine for its platform- and hardware-independent storage management software products.

Fujitsu Softek was one of the early adopters of DataCore's technology under an OEM relationship signed in May 2001. Strengthened by today's licensing of DataCore's core virtualization engine, the Fujitsu Softek suite includes vendor-neutral, comprehensive solutions in three categories: Enterprise Storage Resource Management, Storage Infrastructure and Data Management. Virtualization has emerged as a key component of Fujitsu Softek's storage management solutions as it allows customers to effectively implement, manage and support high-performance, highly redundant SANs. ...DataCore Software profile, ...Fujitsu Softek profile

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Feb. 19, 2002 - Supporting its vision of a SAN in every business, QLogic Corp. today introduced the newest member of the award winning SANbox2 family of Fibre Channel switches. Targeted at small to medium sized enterprises, the SANbox2 8-port switch is designed from the ground up to deliver the price/performance of 1Gb Ethernet switches with an expected street price of $5,000. The 2Gb SANbox2 8-port switch incorporates the same architecture as the SANbox2 16-port switch for plug compatibility with servers, storage, switches and software that have already been certified with SANbox2 16-port switches. The ultra-compact SANbox2 8-port switch features a full suite of switch and HBA management software at no additional charge. The single field-replaceable-unit (FRU) is suitable for a rack or desktop and for easy service. The SANbox2 8-port switch will be available in quantity in April 2002.

"Until now Fibre Channel has delivered superior performance and reliability to large enterprises," said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. "Priced at parity with Ethernet switches, the SANbox2 will lead expansion of storage area networking into the small and medium business market." ...QLogic profile

Editor's comments:- SAN pricing will have to come down a lot more than that to meet NAS at the low end. Scroll down to see the case study by Jiffy Lube in the right hand column of this page.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Feb. 19 - Western Digital Corp. today announced availability of a 120 GB FireWire external hard drive - a high performance model that spins at 7,200 RPM. The new external hard drive provides a fast, easy way to add storage in a space-efficient, stackable enclosure. Compatible with Macintosh and PC computers, Western Digital's newest WD FireWire external drive is designed with Western Digital's 7,200 RPM WD Caviar hard drive and a second- generation 1394 to IDE bridge card utilizing the industry-leading Oxford 911 chipset. Widespread availability of WD's 120 GB FireWire external hard drives is expected this month through Western Digital's retail partners, Internet resellers including catalog partners, selected distributors, and the Company's online store. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $349. ...Western Digital profile

SANTA CLARA, CA - February 19 , 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that Alcatel has chosen the new Sun StorEdge 9960 system to consolidate operations and improve its storage infrastructure's performance. As a result, Alcatel has made the Sun StorEdge 9960 a preferred storage solution for its Raleigh, North Carolina operations.

With no additional IT training required, Alcatel will integrate and simultaneously manage its NT and UNIX client families on a single server. Performance characteristics on the StorEdge 9960, such as data access and write speed, and its ability to expand to over 30 terabytes will help eliminate bottlenecks and achieve more efficient scalability. Alcatel will deploy the seven-terabyte StorEdge 9960 system as part of its data center solution, which incorporates Sun hardware and software products including Sun's E3500 and E4500 servers and NFS client software. The system is optimized for the Solaris operating environment but will support other heterogeneous environments making it ideal for Alcatel's data center storage consolidation needs. ...Alcatel , ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- earlier this month Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. announced a four-year agreement with Alcatel to provide PDSi's TS1000 multi-processor SPARC telecommunications server as a strategic part of Alcatel's Intelligent Network product line.

BOULDER, CO - February 19, 2002 - Exabyte Corporation today announced that the company is completing a key reorganization of the engineering, sales, and quality and customer satisfaction departments.

"Our market strategy is focused on the fast-growing mid-range SAN and NAS segment for our MammothTape and LTO automation products, and on establishing VXA technology as the winner in the high-volume DDS replacement segment. We are already making great strides towards these goals," said Juan Rodriguez, president and CEO for Exabyte Corporation. "This reorganization will enhance our ability to perform even more effectively in developing and supporting our next-generation of products."

In the reorganization, Dr. K. John Stahl will transition from his role as Vice President of Quality and Customer Satisfaction to head the engineering department as Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Stahl joined Exabyte in July 2001 and previously served as vice president of quality for Maxtor and for Seagate's Recording Head Operations group. During his 30 years in the storage industry, he has held VP, director and management positions in advanced technology, advanced manufacturing, operations and development engineering at StorageTek, Iomega and IBM.

Denis Iler replaces Dr. Stahl as Vice President of Quality and Customer Satisfaction. He is charged with continuing to develop Exabyte's world-class technical support group. Mr. Iler was previously VP of Technical Support and Quality for Ecrix Corporation. Between 1988 and 1998, he held several positions at Exabyte including European technical support manager, and senior manager of the US Exabyte service group.

Additionally, the sales department has been reorganized to enhance the OEM sales group, which will report directly to John Gardner, VP of Worldwide Sales. This action will bring the executive management team closer to Exabyte's OEM accounts in order to grow existing business with IBM, Compaq Corporation, Fujitsu and Apple Computer, as well as drive new OEM business. ...Exabyte profile

NUREMBERG, Germany - Feb. 18, 2002 - BiTMICRO Networks, Inc., announced today at the Embedded Systems 2002 Conference being held in Nuremberg, Germany, that it has entered into a stronger strategic partnership alliance with Azzurri Technology to meet the growing demands for BiTMICRO's E-Disk® solid state disk storage solutions in Europe. The partnership truly represents and embodies the recognized core strengths and the added-value both companies can provide to European customers in industrial/embedded, medical, aerospace/avionics, military, DAS, NAS, SAN, RAID and portable computers.

Azzurri is one of Europe's fastest growing technical distribution groups, with growth from zero to $65 million sales in three years. Azzurri operates in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. ...Azzurri, ...BiTMICRO NETWORKS profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - Feb. 15 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today a full line of Fusion-MPT based Ultra320 SCSI HBAs that will provide twice the data throughput of today's Ultra160 SCSI products, the current industry SCSI standard, and also offer such feature-rich options as LSI Logic's Integrated Mirroring. These board products dramatically improve data reliability by bringing entry-level RAID technology down to the chip level. LSI Logic was first in the industry to deliver Ultra320 SCSI products using its Fusion-MPT architecture.

"With the reduced command overhead of QAS, packetized SCSI, and double the data rate of Ultra160, these next-generation boards enable existing server and workstation customers to confidently migrate to a robust, new performance standard with proven interoperability," said Bill Wuertz, vice president and general manager for LSI Logic's storage standard products division. "Unlike previous generations these HBAs will not only significantly improve system performance, but also deliver a high level of fault tolerance with our optional Integrated Mirroring feature."

The Ultra320 performance standard provides for a data transfer rate of 320MB/sec. using packetized protocol, SCSI domain validation, data streaming and QAS (Quick Arbitrate and Select) as called for under the SPI-4 SCSI Parallel Interface Specification. The new LSI Logic Ultra320 SCSI boards, the LSI22320, LSI22320C, LSI21320 and LSI20320, allow customers to continue to use legacy SCSI devices as well as easily migrating to high-performance Ultra320 products as they become available. Users benefit from improved signal integrity, reduced protocol overhead, an increase in data transmission rate.

The LSI Logic product family includes two standard dual-channel boards, the LSI22320 and the LSI21320. The LSI22320 is available with LSI Logic's fault tolerant Integrated Mirroring option that provides system protection by mirroring the boot volume of the operating system. The LSI231320 features separate internal and external channels to isolate high performance Ultra320 SCSI devices from slower legacy devices to provide maximum flexibility and performance. The single-channel LSI20320 HBA is a cost effective solution for entry level and space-constrained servers, ideal for rack-mounted applications. The LSI22320C, a dual-channel CompactPCI board, extends Ultra320 SCSI performance to carrier-grade servers, and also features hot swap capability for high availability applications such as blade servers and telecom applications ...LSI Logic profile

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