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Tandberg Merges with Land-5

Oslo - 28th February 2002 - Tandberg Data ASA entered into an agreement to merge its wholly owned subsidiary Tandberg Data Inc, Simi Valley, CA, with Land-5 Corporation, San Diego, CA.

The merger is part of the strategy to position the company within the network storage market. As a result of the merger, Land-5 Corporation will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Tandberg Data Inc., and Tandberg Data ASA's holding in Tandberg Data Inc. will be reduced to 55%.

Tandberg Data Inc. will continue to sell, market and support current and future Tandberg Data ASA products in the USA through its existing channel. This includes, but not limited to SLR based technology Tape Drives, Autoloaders and Data Storage Media. Tandberg Data ASA will sell the products outside the USA through its subsidiaries in Europe and Asia.

With the merger with Land-5 Corporation, Tandberg Data Inc. will attain technology in the field of NAS. In particular it includes a family of NAS appliance products to be launched in Q2 2002 - offering entry-level to enterprise-level solutions with the versatility of both disk and tape. ...LAND-5 profile, ...Tandberg Data profile

QLogic and Overland Introduce Affordable SAN

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2002- Supporting its vision of a SAN in every business, QLogic Corp. today announced that it has partnered with Overland Data, Inc. to make SANs more affordable.

Small and medium businesses can set up an entry-level SAN data protection configuration with 2.8 TB of native capacity for applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL, using the QLogic SAN Connectivity Kit 1000 and the Overland Neo seriesTM tape library for less than $37,000.

"Neo is a scalable, Fibre channel SAN tape library solution that brings disaster recovery and enterprise performance to companies of any size," said Lee Payne, senior systems technology strategist for Overland. "Combined with the QLogic SAN Connectivity Kit, it provides everything a business needs to begin reaping the benefits of storage networking. Customers can take comfort in the lifespan of this scaleable investment. Neo is designed to grow with their backup requirements as they need to move to higher bandwidth, higher availability and higher capacity up to 48 TB compressed."

The QLogic SAN Connectivity Kit is fully certified for interoperability with Overland Neo tape libraries, which lead the mid-range segment in performance, management and features with the first 1-2 Gb Fibre Channel SAN direct-connect option in the tape library industry. Neo has the industry's only true mail slot, which can be loaded and unloaded without re-inventorying the entire system, and its LiveSwap feature allows drives to be removed and added on the fly. Neo's advanced system architecture eliminates many single points of failure, for widespread fault tolerance and non-stop operation in a scaled environment.

The QLogic SAN Connectivity Kit 1000, a turn-key SAN infrastructure, is comprised of everything a small- to medium-sized business needs to get started in connecting their first storage network, including QLogic SANbox 8 port switch, four SANblade 2200 Series HBAs, fiber optic cables and GBIC connectors, device driver software, documentation and computer based training CD.

"This is a perfect example of a SAN backup solution that a small or medium business can use to increase up time and protect their data by keeping their network up with LAN-free backup," said Frank Berry, vice president of corporate marketing for QLogic. "Enterprises can also use a configuration to get their feet wet in Fibre Channel storage networking and scale up to larger more sophisticated configurations as their needs grow." ...Overland Data profile, ...QLogic profile

Merlin Signs Marketing Deal with ICICI Infotech

Burnaby, BC - February 27, 2002 - Merlin Software Technologies International, Inc. today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ICICI Infotech Inc.

(ICICI Infotech Services Limited is a part of the ICICI Group, headquartered in India's financial capital Mumbai, and powered by a multicultural team of more than 1,400 technical and function specialists located across the globe.) Under the terms of the MOU, Merlin and ICICI have formed a strategic alliance pursuant to which ICICI's software engineering group will develop specific functional enhancements for Merlin's EssentialServer and SecureDVR. Further to this engineering component, the MOU also confirms ICICI's intention to market and distribute co-branded EssentialServer and SecurDVR products in the US, the Middle East and India. ICICI will also assist Merlin in identifying and developing local market-based manufacturing and assembly resources in the Far East.

"We are very excited to be involved in a strategic alliance with such a respected and globally-oriented company," says Robert Heller, Merlin's president and CEO. "It is critical for Merlin to continually look for new market opportunities a nd ways to reduce costs. ICICI gives us a real advantage in tapping the high quality technical resources in India, the Middle East and Asia. ICICI brings to the table a huge global reach and we look forward to leveraging their experience and relationships all over the world. Raahim Don will be supporting Robert Murray, our Chief Marketing Officer, in managing the relationship with ICICI."

"Merlin's products offer excellent technology and are very well engineered," says Manmohan Singh, Executive Vice President of ICICI Infotech. "The EssentialServer fits nicely into our existing suite of products and we are particularly impressed with the SecurDVR as this is a technology that has yet to be fully addressed in our marketplace. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Merlin to bring these important products to market." ...ICICI Infotech Services ...Merlin Software Technologies profile

Astrum Software Adds to SRM Platforms

Boston, Mass. - February 27, 2002 - Astrum Software, a leading provider of SRM software, today announced new enhancements to its StorCast® software product that enables clients to manage distributed storage resources across their heterogeneous enterprises.

This release provides comprehensive support for IBM® Tivoli®, Veritas®, Sun Solaris® and Citrix® - in addition, it provides enhanced reporting and storage scanning capabilities. StorCast reduces the cost of managing storage and is essential to driving storage efficiency with its storage policy management, storage infrastructure monitoring and storage reporting capability.

"Astrum Software continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation and leadership by helping clients solve real storage-related problems in distributed storage enterprise environments", explained Robert Infantino, President and CEO, Astrum Software. "Clients that use our technology realize a significant return on their information management investment almost immediately."

The new release of StorCast extends its comprehensive file and operating system offerings with added support and increased functionality for the Veritas File System, Citrix Metaframe and Sun Solaris platforms.

Included in today's announcement is the enhancement of StorCast's reporting capabilities supporting Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). StorCast provides unified reporting on data life cycles and information on disk objects that were either part of the backup or not recently backed up, error log information, off-site media tracking and TSM configuration data. StorCast provides several distinct storage reporting capabilities and includes over 70 reports. The reports graphically depict trends and top-down views of storage utilization across the enterprise.

In addition to TSM support, Astrum has significantly improved StorCast's proprietary FAS™ scanning technology-providing clients with real time storage analysis, enabling immediate corrective action without the overhead of disk I/O interception. ...Astrum Software profile

Seagate Enhaces Seatools and Discwizard Software

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - February 26, 2002 - Seagate Technology today announced enhanced versions of its acclaimed SeaTools comprehensive diagnostic software and award-winning DiscWizard installation software.

SeaTools Online is the industry's first browser-based troubleshooting software that allows easy system diagnostics and repair guidance. DiscWizard Starter Edition now makes hard disc drive installations even easier for customers via a bootable CD-ROM or floppy and new user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI). Both SeaTools Online and DiscWizard Starter Edition were developed with the Intel Ease-of-Use initiative in mind and serve to continue as best-in-class applications designed to make all aspects of disc drive troubleshooting and installation as easy as possible.

Seagate's SeaTools Suite 2002 is a comprehensive package of easy-to-use hard disc drive diagnostic tools that help find system errors as well as help prevent "no problem found" drive returns that are costly in time and money. SeaTools Suite 2002 consists of SeaTools Online and SeaTools Desktop Edition that offer support for ATA and SCSI products, as well as SeaTools Enterprise Edition that adds further enhancements suited for enterprise-class environments including support for Linux environments. With technological enhancements that include S.M.A.R.T. Drive Self Test, Serial ATA and Parallel ATA support along with SCSI and Fibre Channel support, and with the ability to test in Windows FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file system structures and in Linux, SeaTools Suite 2002 works in virtually all environments. ...Seagate profile

Dantz Retrospect Chosen for Yamaha CD-RW Drives

ORINDA, Calif. - February 26, 2002 - Dantz Development Corporation announced today that the fully licensed version of Dantz Retrospect® Express Backup for Microsoft Windows is now bundled for free with every Yamaha-branded CD-RW drive sold in the United States.

Dantz Retrospect Express normally carries a suggested retail price of $79, making this bundle an excellent value for buyers by providing them with a comprehensive, out-of-the-box backup system, including disaster recovery.

"Dantz Retrospect software is renowned for its restore reliability, making it a perfect match for our CD-RW drives," said Mark Becknauld, multimedia product manager for Yamaha. "Including Dantz's backup software fills a real need for our customers, helping them successfully manage their storage and backup needs. This is definitely a pairing of first-rate products."

Intelligent Backup Technology Dantz Retrospect Express Backup makes it easy for anyone to automate their backups and keep multiple, independent copies for added safety ­ the best methods to reduce exposure to data loss. Automation ensures that data is backed up frequently, and keeping a backup copy offsite is the only protection against fire, theft and disaster. Retrospect's EasyScript wizard creates a complete backup strategy based on the answers to a few simple questions. After the first backup, subsequent backups are small and fast, thanks to Dantz's IncrementalPLUS progressive backup technology, which adds only one copy of each new or changed file to each backup set. Restores are efficient and precise, even after multiple progressive backups, and they require only a single read pass over the backup media, allowing any file, folder or entire disk to be restored exactly as it was, with minimal effort. ...Dantz Development profile, ...Yamaha profile

XIOtech Announces New President and CEO

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - February 26, 2002 - XIOtech Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate today announced the appointment of Kathy Snouffer to president and CEO, effective immediately.

As CEO, Snouffer will oversee the continued strategic development and direction of XIOtech's network storage products to deliver enterprise-class storage solutions to customers now and into the future. Perlman, who has been chairman and acting CEO, will continue as chairman.

Prior to being named president and CEO, Snouffer joined XIOtech from Seagate as XIOtech CFO. Late last year, Perlman added Operations responsibilities to her role. Over the past decade at Seagate, Snouffer has had a series of increasing management responsibilities in the finance and operations areas, most recently as Vice President of Strategic Platforms. She brings more than 24 years of experience in the disc drive industry to her new position. Snouffer, who earned a bachelor degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota, began working with Control Data Corporation in 1978 and joined Seagate through the Imprimis acquisition in 1989.

Snouffer will report to Steve Luczo, Seagate CEO. She joins Perlman and Don Waite, Seagate's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, to form XIOtech's Board of Directors.

"XIOtech's product and technology portfolio is stronger than ever, and now the company's positioned to reach its growth potential," said Luczo. "I'm confident that under Kathy's direction XIOtech can reach its goals and emerge as a leader in storage virtualization. I look forward to working with her and Larry as they move the company forward." ...Xiotech profile

EVault Expands North American Presence

Walnut Creek, Calif. - February 26, 2002 - EVault has strengthened its fast-growing reseller channel through the signing of five new partnerships.

Allegra Systems, Cerdant, Data2Vault Solutions, Infinity Heritage Technologies, and PC On Call, have all agreed to become official resellers for EVault's electronic vaulting solutions. Under the terms of each agreement, the companies will integrate EVault directly into their suites of product offerings and resell the package directly to existing and future clients, offering a complete set of software solutions for all of their data backup and recovery needs. The result will be new revenue streams for the resellers and the opportunity for EVault to extend its client base throughout North America. ...EVault profile

Oracle Assures Interoperability With LSI Logic Storage

Milpitas, Calif. - February 25, 2001 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. announced today that the company's MetaStor® E-Series storage systems have been approved by Oracle® as a part of the Oracle Storage Compatibility Program (OSCP) in the area of snapshot technology.

"Through the Oracle Storage Compatibility Program, LSI Logic Storage Systems is building on a long history of providing high performance storage solution for Oracle database users," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing, LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. "The OSCP testing assures that LSI Logic and Oracle customers can have complete confidence in the compatibility of MetaStor storage systems using the SANtricity™ Storage Manager snapshot feature in their Oracle database environments."

LSI Logic's snapshot feature delivers virtually non-disruptive backup and recovery to accommodate 24x7 operations. To accomplish this, SANtricity snapshot creates an instantaneous point in time image of a volume, while requiring only a small fraction of the original disk space for the copy. Snapshot facilitates data protection by providing a nearline copy to reduce the recovery window and a source copy for non-disruptive backup. Additionally, a snapshot image can be updated to give Oracle administrators an immediate copy for testing, training, data mining and other purposes.

"In today's business environment, IT staff must deliver continuous availability to their users," said Arun Taneja, senior analyst, Enterprise Storage Group. "LSI Logic's snapshot feature, validated by the Oracle Storage Compatibility Program, ensures this need is met with an integrated solution that customers can rely on." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Quantum Announces High Performance, Portable NAS

MILPITAS, Calif., - Feb. 25, 2002 - Quantum Corp. today introduced the Snap Server® 1100, a NAS appliance that provides up to 80GB of reliable storage in a portable, desktop configuration.

The Snap Server 1100 is optimized for fast file serving performance, quick throughput, and increased functionality and manageability through Java™ technology. The Snap Server 1100 may be the smallest customizable application-specific appliance on the market. The new Snap Server 1100 boasts nearly 70 percent faster throughput and 50 percent faster response time than its predecessor, the Snap Server 1000. Like all Snap Server products, the Snap Server 1100 delivers full, multi-platform file sharing in mixed Windows, NetWare, UNIX, Linux and Macintosh environments.

"The Snap Server 1100 offers top-notch performance and reliability for small businesses and workgroups, creative professionals, students and customers in need of a portable storage solution," said Vicki Vollmar, director of product marketing for Quantum's Network Attached Storage Division. "Added functionality with the new Snap OS v3.4 and a low cost per gigabyte make the Snap Server 1100 the least expensive high-performance NAS device on the market."

The Snap Server 1100 is currently available through Snap Server resellers or via the online Quantum Store at at an MSRP of $549 for 40GB and $849 for 80GB, including a standard two-year warranty. A third-year extension to the standard warranty is available. ...Quantum profile

Voltaire Unveils its TCP Termination Architecture

INTEL DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO - February 25, 2002 - Voltaire, Inc today revealed its TCP Termination product architecture.

The TCP Termination Architecture powers Voltaire's product line of IP to InfiniBand Routing solutions, enabling corporate data centers to maximize the benefits of InfiniBand when connecting to IP networks. The architecture is outlined in a white paper available today. Voltaire is demonstrating its architecture with Intel today at the Intel Developer's Forum.

"Connecting InfiniBand architecture and existing IP networks is a pressing concern for data center managers as they begin piloting and deploying InfiniBand solutions," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "Voltaire's Technology Demonstration highlights the performance advantages of InfiniBand fabric connectivity when terminating TCP/IP at the edge of the fabric. Voltaire's use of the Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP), a critical element in InfiniBand Architecture, provides an efficient mechanism to significantly reduce overhead on servers." ...Voltaire profile

Xdrive Technologies Acquires Businesses of Freedrive

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. - February 25, 2002 - Xdrive Technologies, Inc. announced today the acquisition of the businesses of FreeDrive, Inc..

The acquisition brings together FreeDrive's consumer and commercial web-based storage applications with Xdrive's software and services that provide secure access, storage, backup, sharing, synchronization and transactional management of information distributed via the Internet.

"This acquisition establishes Xdrive as the clear market leader in a solid growth market with strong demand from large enterprises, carriers, small and medium businesses and consumers," said Karl Klessig, president and CEO, Xdrive Technologies. "Combining our businesses promises increased benefits for all of our customers, partners and investors." Among the benefits he mentioned were enhanced technical expertise, combined leadership and an expanded range of services.

These expanded resources will help Xdrive to meet the growing demand for online storage and the technology that eases sharing of information from different devices and locations. Already, Xdrive's convenient offering allows users to leverage the Internet as an environment for storing and sharing information, which is becoming increasingly rich with text, images, music and video. Since last fall, Xdrive's services have been bundled with Microsoft's Windows XP, offering online storage as a Web service accessed via the Web Publishing Wizard. Currently, users in 30 countries are using Xdrive's services to upload, download and share their files from anywhere, at any time, using any wireline or wireless Internet-ready device, including personal computers, PDAs, WAP phones and public Internet terminals. ...X:drive profile

Serial ATA II Next-Generation Storage Connection

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO - Feb. 25, 2002 – Server and networked storage features along with next generation signaling speed are being added to a specification that enhances Serial ATA 1.0 technology, which was released in August 2001 amid broad industry support.

At Intel Developer Forum, Spring 2002, which opens today in San Francisco, the formation of the Serial ATA II Working Group was announced. The group's charge is to develop a Serial ATA II specification that will enhance the existing Serial ATA spec for the server and networked storage market segments, as well as deliver second-generation signaling speed. These features are expected to build on the momentum of Serial ATA in those segments. Serial ATA will be used to connect such internal storage devices as hard disks, DVDs and CD-R/Ws to the motherboard in desktop and mobile PCs, cost-sensitive servers and networked storage.

The Serial ATA II spec will be completed in two phases: Server and networked storage features are expected to be defined in the second half of this year, with product deployment slated for 2003; the faster signaling rate is expected to be defined by the second half of 2003 for product deployment in the second half of 2004. Serial ATA II products will be fully compatible with Serial ATA 1.0 products in addition to maintaining software compatibility with today's operating systems.

"The Serial ATA II spec builds on the momentum of Serial ATA 1.0, which is expected to have first products in the marketplace by the second quarter of this year," said Jason Ziller, chairman of the Serial ATA Working Group and Intel technology initiatives manager. ...Serial ATA Working Group

Silicon Image Ensures Serial ATA Interoperability

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif. - February 25, 2002 - Silicon Image, Inc. today announced that it is working closely with the world's leading hard disk drive manufacturers to promote Serial ATA interoperability.

Desktop and enterprise hard disk drive vendors Fujitsu, Maxtor, Samsung, Seagate and Western Digital are all working with Silicon Image to ensure interoperability between their hard drives and Silicon Image's new SATALink™ Serial ATA host controller and bridge chips introduced today.

Silicon Image Vice President of Marketing Parviz Khodi noted, "We intend to be a major player in the Serial ATA market, and interoperability is a key issue underlying the success of any emerging standard. We are in a strong position to drive the market with Serial ATA host and device bridges and the industry's only single-chip host controller. Collaborating with leading drive manufacturers at this early stage allows us to minimize the risks associated with integrating Serial ATA technology and thereby speed time-to-market of Serial ATA-enabled products for the benefit of the industry. In addition, it gives our customers the confidence that they are receiving the high-quality, performance-proven chips they've come to expect from Silicon Image." ...Silicon Image profile

FalconStor and Solution-Soft Technology Alliance

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and MELVILLE, N.Y. - February 25, 2002 - Solution-Soft Systems Inc and FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced the licensing and integration of Solution-Soft's SafeCapacity technology with FalconStor's IPStor™.

The technology licensing agreement will enable FalconStor customers to take advantage of Solution-Soft's leading storage availability, reliability and capacity protection functionality. IPStor's network storage infrastructure aggregates and provisions storage resources over Fibre Channel, IP/iSCSI, NFS or CIFS protocols with end-to-end manageability. This technology alliance will enable IPStor to offer policy-based storage resource optimization and capacity downtime protection to mainstream Operating Systems.

"The advanced capacity optimization technology from Solution-Soft makes it a perfect fit with IPStor,'' said ReiJane Huai, FalconStor chairman and CEO. "This provides customers with automated storage expansion, continuous data availability and business continuity without any storage downtime -a critical factor for IT enterprises.''

"The licensing of SafeCapacity technology to FalconStor re-affirms the value proposition of our software, which is greater availability and efficiencies in storage network environments,'' said Paul Wang, CEO of Solution-Soft. "The technological combination significantly improves user's abilities to manage their current storage resources and simplifies future expansion.''

SafeCapacity uses a policy-based configuration to continuously monitor an application server's file systems, seamlessly allocating more storage space whenever needed. Additionally, SafeCapacity decreases the need to over-provision storage resources on individual systems, thus reducing storage related costs. As opposed to management by crisis, SafeCapacity automatically notifies system administrators when problems occur, and, based on pre-set rules, takes corrective action immediately. By automating capacity management, enterprises can greatly reduce total storage system ownership costs, thereby maximizing the return on investment. ...FalconStor Software profile, ...Solution-Soft profile

HDS to use TrueSAN's Cloudbreak Storage OS

San Jose, CA - February 25, 2002 - TrueSAN Networks, Inc. today announced that it is working with Hitachi Data Systems to integrate its Cloudbreak Storage Operating System with Hitachi Freedom Storage™ systems.

By leveraging Hitachi Data Systems' HiCommand™ APIs, TrueSAN will extend the advanced management capabilities of its Cloudbreak software to the Freedom Storage™ Lightning 9900™ series and Thunder 9200™, as well as additional third-party storage systems supported by the HiCommand™ software.

"This alliance enables customers with storage infrastructures from Hitachi Data Systems to leverage the end-to-end storage management capabilities of our Cloudbreak Storage Operating System," stated Tom Isakovich, President and CEO of TrueSAN. "This relationship is evidence of both parties' commitment to providing customers with open software solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of storage management."

"TrueSAN's support for Hitachi Freedom Storage gives our customers even greater power and flexibility to manage their storage infrastructure on their own terms, fulfilling application, server and storage requirements with ease," said Steve East, vice president, Storage Integration, Hitachi Data Systems. "Development efforts with TrueSAN further enhance the benefits of the HiCommand Framework and Hitachi Data System's support of open, third-party interoperability." ...Hitachi Data Systems profile, ...TrueSAN Networks profile

LSI Logic and Seagate team on Serial ATA

MILPITAS and SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Feb. 25, 2002 - LSI Logic Corporation and Seagate Technology today announced that they will introduce the breakthrough Serial ATA interface in Seagate's next-generation desktop PC hard disc drives.

LSI Logic's proven interconnect chip technology joins Seagate's drive-level Serial ATA developments to enable the first full-speed native Serial ATA hard drive solution, ready to integrate into products this year. The evolutionary Serial ATA interface is expected to be fully adopted throughout the rest of the hard drive industry by the end of 2003. Seagate's Serial ATA hard drive technology was unveiled today in a demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco.

"Today's mass storage customers face more pressure than ever to rapidly develop products in the face of the churn in interface solutions," said David Jones, vice president and general manager of the Storage and Computing ASICs division at LSI Logic. "LSI Logic and Seagate worked closely to develop this leading-edge Serial ATA interface chip. By quickly adapting our proven 0.18-micron GigaBlaze technology and available Serial ATA LLC, we were able to provide a new interface solution that helped Seagate achieve a robust solution with their existing technology." ...LSI Logic profile, ...Seagate Technology profile

Ideas International Lifts Revenues in December Half

SYDNEY, 25th, February, 2002 – Leading Australian IT research firm, Ideas International Limited, today announced an 18 per cent increase in its primary business of subscription revenues to $2.27 million for the half-year to 31 December 2001 - up from $1.92 million for the previous corresponding period.

Looking forward, Managing Director of IDEAS, Mr Ian Birks, said that IDEAS is scheduled to release a major new research product shortly called CPSAN, which focuses on SAN products and related services.

"This is a hot-topic IT market segment that represents one of the few hardware and software areas expected to significantly grow in 2002," Mr Birks said. "Companies operating in this marketplace have already shown a high level of interest in our CPSAN offering." ...Ideas International profile
Other news on this page

Tandberg Merges with Land-5

QLogic and Overland Introduce Affordable SAN

Merlin Signs Marketing Deal with ICICI Infotech

Astrum Software Adds to SRM Platforms

Seagate Enhaces Seatools and Discwizard Software

Dantz Retrospect Chosen for Yamaha CD-RW Drives

XIOtech Announces New President and CEO

EVault Expands North American Presence

Oracle Assures Interoperability With LSI Logic Storage

Quantum Announces High Performance, Portable NAS

Voltaire Unveils its TCP Termination Architecture

Xdrive Technologies Acquires Businesses of Freedrive

Serial ATA II Next-Generation Storage Connection

Silicon Image Ensures Serial ATA Interoperability

FalconStor and Solution-Soft Technology Alliance

HDS to use TrueSAN's Cloudbreak Storage OS

LSI Logic and Seagate team on Serial ATA

Ideas International Lifts Revenues in December Half
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The big news buzz last week came from the Spring version of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Serial ATA, which promises to be the lowest cost way to connect to disk drives and other mass storage, in the next generation of PCs and digital entertainment devices, has notched up another round of industry support.

Serial ATA version 1.0 was first announced as a standard last August. The formation of the Serial ATA II Working Group was announced at the IDF this week. As real product gets closer the number of companies publicly associating themselves with this new standard passed the 20 stage. That's about twice as many as Serial Attached SCSI. So why does the world need another serial connection standard for storage?

That's a good question.

Serial ATA promises to be faster than USB, which has now been relegated to slow speed devices like keyboards, MP3 players and still digital cameras (whoops, did someone really say that this USB would be fast?). Serial ATA will run at about the same speed as (the later announced) Serial Attached SCSI, but probably slower than the venerable but already fast FireWire. Nevertheless Serial ATA will replace FireWire in market terms, because most of the computer industry doesn't like working with Apple Computer, which originated FireWire. Instead of being an interface in a bunch of Macs, and some exotic portables like Sony's Vaio, the new Serial ATA, sponsored by Intel, will soon be available in every PC. That's a big market. And so creates a big opportunity.

Although this week's announcement promises a faster, server compatible, networked version of Serial ATA in 2004, it will probably not impact high performance storage connections like the venerable Fibre-channel, or the emerging InfiniBand which are much further down the learning curve.

Unless the standards group decides to announce an Internet version of Serial ATA this week, maybe called "iATA", it will have already missed the boat for the enterprise network storage market.

Instead, I envisage that Serial ATA will fill the market slot, which I'll call "cheap and cheerful." It'll provide adequate speed in a small space at a much lower price point than current mass storage connection technologies, and will replace USB in devices like MP3 players, PDAs and digital cameras. It will probably be the technology used for RAID systems in the home in digital video systems and satellite desktop boxes and in the office in disk to disk backup and entry level NAS.

And very soon, you're all going to be very familiar with it, and won't give it any more thought than you currently give to the (parallel) ATA connection that's driving the disks in most of your PCs today.

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