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Storage news - 2002, January week 2
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Calif. - January 14, 2002 - Sanrise Group, Inc. announced today the
release of Storagetone Data Management Software [DMS] Version 4.1.
Storagetone DMS continues to set the industry standard for open storage resource
management software, outrivaling offerings present in the market today.
Storagetone DMS solves the lifecycle challenges associated with primary and
secondary storage management by providing simple, open, available and proven
tools to monitor and manage storage across the breadth of a given enterprise. In
addition, Sanrise has responded to customer demand by delivering Storagetone DMS
with two solutions: Storagetone DMS Backup Edition, specific to enterprise
backup and recovery environments, and Storagetone DMS (SRM) Edition, addressing
comprehensive management of both secondary and primary enterprise storage
"Storage managers today are under pressure to obtain the greatest possible utilization from their installed assets," said Doug Chandler, Director, IDC Storage Services research. "Sanrise's Data Management Software helps administrators gain greater efficiencies in heterogeneous storage environments and gain maximum return from their SAN investments." ...Sanrise profile
MINNEAPOLIS - January 14, 2002 - CNT® announced today that Compaq Computer Corporation has qualified for interoperability CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router for data replication in open systems environments. Testing proved that CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router successfully enables Compaq's SANworks Data Replication Manager (DRM) disk mirroring between Compaq StorageWorks RAID arrays in local-, metro-, and wide-area environments. The CNT-Compaq combination provides a complete storage networking solution for high-speed data migration, replication and business continuity applications, using the lower-cost bandwidth available in IP/Ethernet infrastructures.
"The UltraNet Edge Storage Router is today's solution for successful Fibre Channel-attached disk mirroring over IP," said Mark Sorenson, Compaq's vice president, Storage Software and Solutions Division. "When combining Compaq's DRM with the compressed 10/100 Ethernet speed of the UltraNet Edge Storage Router, we deliver a very high-speed solution that allows companies to safeguard data over any distance at near Gigabit Ethernet speeds, using low-cost and readily available 100 Mb Ethernet services."
"This storage networking affiliation between CNT and Compaq harnesses the strengths and core competencies of each company, providing our joint customers with an affordable, complete, best-of-class solution that includes integration and support services," said Mark Knittel, VP of Worldwide Product Operations at CNT. "With our DWDM technology, the UltraNet Edge Storage Router is part of our expanding focus on enhancing connectivity for metro area networks (MANs). Our two years of experience in IP storage makes us the strongest in the industry and a natural collaborator for data replication solutions for local, metro and wide area networks. Our customers will quickly recognize that Compaq and CNT's technologies combine to form groundbreaking data replication solutions."
The UltraNet Edge Storage Router The UltraNet Edge Storage Router is a compact, intelligent, user-friendly storage networking platform. It allows customers to leverage IP infrastructures and Fibre Channel investments to interconnect "SAN islands" for the creation of enterprise-wide storage networks. The UltraNet Edge Storage Router leverages CNT's unique IP Storage Architecture - core software technology embedded in the company's UltraNet hardware products that helps organizations take advantage of high-capacity data storage from within the open IP networking environments prevalent in today's enterprise-class businesses.
Compaq's SANworks DRM is a fibre channel storage-based disaster recovery solution that mirrors data either synchronously or asynchronously each time a transaction occurs. With seamless integration into the widest spectrum of remote mirroring-based solutions, SANworks systems can be deployed in solutions ranging from data migration to high availability server clustering - previously available over Fibre channel, ATM, and WDM, and now available over IP. ...CNT profile, ...Compaq profile
MELVILLE, N.Y. - January 14, 2002 - FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC) announced today that substantially all of the holders of shares of common stock issued to the former shareholders of FalconStor, Inc., in connection with its reverse merger with Network Peripherals, Inc. in August 2001 (a total of 31,316,599 shares of common stock were issued in the merger) have agreed to extend the lock-up period for their shares of FalconStor's common stock from August 22, 2002 until April 30, 2003. The shares subject to the lock-up include approximately 22,188,671 shares held by ReiJane Huai, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FalconStor, Irwin Lieber, Barry Rubenstein and certain investment partnerships affiliated with them and certain other large stockholders (the "Principal Stockholders").
The lock-up agreement continues to provide that the Board of Directors of the Company may, in its sole discretion, release any and all of the shares from the lock-up restrictions. The Principal Stockholders have further agreed, in the event that the Board releases shares of common stock from the lock-up prior to April 30, 2003, that none of their shares will be released from the lock-up until all other stockholders subject to the extended lock-up have been given the opportunity to have all their shares subject to the lock-up freed up for sale. ...FalconStor Software profile
January 14, 2002 - according to an advisory note issued by K-PAR Systems today many systems administrators wrongly believe that simply adding on more storage capacity is the way forward for their data requirements. However data management specialist, K-PAR Archiving Software warns that unless an effective archive and data management solution is in place to intelligently store the data, users are perpetuating the problem as they will also require more back-up storage and the time to recover should a disaster occur will also be greater.
Rachel Woods, European sales and marketing director at K-PAR Archiving Software says: "There is a danger that users are lulling themselves into a false sense of security, wrongly believing that the extra capacity is the solution to their storage needs. Jukebox manufacturers are responding to the need of greater storage capacity by introducing flipper technology that has doubled storage capacity and this combined with an archiving system is a better solution rather than just buying more hard disk space. Data which has not been intelligently stored in this way just creates more problem for the future and puts data integrity at risk. "
K-PAR's archive and data management software Archimedia simplifies the data storage process and provides users with greater control of their information. Running on Windows NT/2000 and Unix operating systems, Archimedia supports flipper jukeboxes from manufacturers such as JVC, Plasmon and Pioneer. ...K-PAR Systems profile
UK - January 11, 2002 - according to reports received today the fibre-channel switch maker Gadzoox Networks is closing their UK & German opperations. All European based employees are being terminated.
Peter Coleman who's headed up the UK office for the last 4 years confirmed to STORAGEsearch today that the reduction of direct reports in Europe was a restructuring designed to help the US parent company achieve profitability at a faster rate. The company's products will continue to be supplied and maintained by the well established distribution channels. ...Gadzoox Networks profile
Editor's comments:- due to labor regulation and language based market fragmentation, the cost of doing business in Europe is very much higher than in the US. That can be offset by higher average prices. But as users get increasingly familiar with network storage products the profit margins on these types of products will tend to erode to commodity levels. So a large market is required to sustain European operations for US OEMs. Distribution is often a good alternative, as are "virtual sales offices".
UK - January 11, 2002 - Zycko Ltd, Europe's largest high-end networking accessories vendor, started a campaign this week to recruit VARs for its range of GBICs. Zycko's marketing manager Nigel Lambert says that many networking OEMs have got used to charging very high prices for what, in essence, are commodity products. As the authorised European distributor for Agilent, the company claims to be able to offer the lowest prices for these kinds of products, with delivery often from stock. ...Agilent profile, ...Zycko profile
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. 10 January 2002 Seagate and its affiliated companies today reported record shipments of 14.6 million disc drives for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2002. The Company reported consolidated revenue of $1.741 billion and net income of $122 million for its quarter ended December 28, 2001. ...Seagate profile
PHOENIX, AZ. - January 10, 2002 - the latest Adtron storage system makes it easy to add a SCSI mass storage drive to a 3U CPCI system. This fully integrated SCSI storage subsystem includes a SCSI controller, SCSI BIOS, and up to 8 GBytes of flash memory or up to 40 GBytes of hard disk on a single slot 3U card. This integrated single board storage system provides cost effective and highly reliable storage by eliminating the need for a SCSI adapter, external disk drive bays, power supplies and cabling. This flexible product offers a wide range of operational features, including emulation of industry standard SCSI disk or DAT drives, selection of hard disk configurations for low cost, or solid-state flash for higher reliability and durability in demanding applications.
|The SC3 incorporates a SCSI controller and BIOS ROM directly onboard, thereby eliminating the expense of a system SCSI adapter (typically installed as a separate 3U card), or a PMC adapter. Simple installation and its small size eliminates drive mounting brackets and cabling. Use of the optional J2 connector allows the ultra wide SCSI bus to be distributed through rear I/O for easy connection to other SCSI devices.|
products provide numerous configuration options for system integration
flexibility. SC3 options include disk or DAT drive emulation, 256 byte or 512
byte sector sizes, and the abilities to set the logical capacity by "destroking,"
and to partition the storage into multiple logical units.
"The efficient design of the SC3 enables quick and simple installation of high capacity storage for both new designs and existing systems. With an entire subsystem integrated onto a 3U card, system designers can eliminate troublesome cabling and mounting of disk drives in external enclosures. Telecommunications designers find it easier to meet NEBS requirements by keeping all elements of their system inside the card slot area. Industrial and military COTS applications are able to take advantage of solid-state flash memory for harsh environments," says Alan Fitzgerald, President of Adtron.
OEM pricing for a 2 GByte flash version is $3,600; a 40 GByte hard disk version is $750. Lead time is stock to eight weeks ARO. ...Adtron profile
See also:- PCIe, PCI & cPCI SSDs
UK - January 10, 2002 - Overland Data will present their current Neo product range of fibre channel based tape libraries at CeBIT 2002. LXN2000 and LXN4000 provide High Availability and were the first solutions of their kind to be equipped with 1 or 2 gigabit fibre channel interfaces for primary or secondary SAN connections. They are thus ideal for all environments requiring maximum protection against downtime and non-stop system operation. Thanks to Overland's Distributed Robotic Architecture (DRA), a variety of different tape formats, such as DLT8000, SDLT and LTO, can be combined without any problem within one library. Overland's products for medium-sized and small environments will also be shown. These include the LoaderXpress, which is aimed at the cost-sensitive end of the market and is now available with LTO drives, as well as the AIT based LibraryPro with new AIT-3 drives from Sony.
Overland will share the booth in Hall 20 with their distribution partners Advanced Unibyte, eld datentechnik, Orchestra and Syscotec. ...Overland Data profile
See also:- Expos
SAN DIEGO - January 9, 2002 JNI® Corporation (Nasdaq:JNIC) today commented on preliminary unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2001. JNI expects to report net revenues of $13.0 million to $14.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2001, a decrease of approximately 55% to 57% from net revenues of $30.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2000. The quarterly decrease in revenues resulted primarily from the continued decline in purchases by the major server and storage OEMs that drive the market. For the fiscal year 2001, the Company expects net revenues of $75 million to $76 million, a decline of approximately 26% to 27% over net revenues of $103.2 million for fiscal year 2000.
"We are obviously disappointed with our expected fourth quarter revenue results, although we remain positive about relatively strong unit volume and increase in PCI demand," said President and Chief Executive Officer Neal Waddington. "The order rate for the first two months of the fourth quarter was soft, but December showed strong order and shipment rates, which we hope is indicative of increasing market demand going into first quarter of 2002. We've worked hard to maintain and improve on our operating expense structure and expect continued improvement this quarter." ...JNI profile
Hoboken, N.J. - January 9, 2002 NSI® Software, a leading provider of data replication technologies and services, today announced the expansion of its business development efforts with two key appointments. Jerry Gregory, co-founder of NSI Software, has been named Vice President of the Global Consulting Practice and Robert Davis, formerly head of Monster.com's telesales organization, has joined as Director of Telesales.
Gregory is charged with cultivating strategic partnerships with the industry's top System Integrators (SI) to extend NSI's reach into enterprise Fortune 500 accounts.
Davis will further build NSI Software's world-class telesales organization to support the company's sales strategy through lead generation, qualification and an expedited sales cycle.
NSI Software's CEO and President, Don Beeler said, "I've asked Jerry to take on the role of VP of the Global Consulting Practice, a major initiative for NSI Software in 2002, as we strive to expand our market presence and further diversify our revenue streams. The increasingly significant role System Integrators play in data protection deployments for Fortune 500 companies highlights the importance of developing a Global Consulting Practice to fortify partnerships with high-profile SI's. The technology endorsements by major IT suppliers like Compaq and IBM, combined with our focus on the Global Consulting Practice puts NSI in a position to capitalize on the growing demand for data protection products." ...NSI Software profile
LUMBERTON, NJ, - JANUARY 9, 2002 - INRANGE Technologies announced today it began a controlled introduction at the end of December 2001 for the industry's first256-port fibre channel director, the ultimate engine for managing large scale storage/server connectivity. With more capacity than any director or switch product currently shipping, the newest model of the IN-VSN FC/9000 family provides users with a fully redundant, non-blocked switching core on which to expand storage networks - comprised of a wide range of open systems and FICON devices - to the largest enterprise levels. As with previous generation director-class platforms from INRANGE, the FC/9000-256 scales without a reduction in switching performance or in the number of ports available to the user to create larger configurations.
"By providing a single platform with 100% of the ports local and available," we're eliminating management headaches like interswitch links, capacity planning, and load balancing - which helps to control costs," stated Sherrie Woodring, acting INRANGE President and CEO. "Our customers can deploy, manage, and expand storage networks easily on a stable, high-availability architecture designed from the ground up to support large numbers of heterogeneous devices. For high-growth enterprise networks, this translates to faster ROI on storage investments, and unmatched investment protection." ...INRANGE Technologies profile
Burnaby, British Columbia - January 9, 2001 - Merlin Software Technologies provided an update on business direction and outlook today. At the beginning of 2001 Merlin moved away from packaged software products and focused on building complete system solutions for high growth markets. In late November Merlin began shipments of our first two lead (NAS) products, EssentialServer and SecurDVR.
"We are extremely happy with the level of interest in our new products," said Robert Murray, Chief Marketing Officer. "Indications are strong that we will be able to meet our goals for the first quarter of 2002, as we expect to close a number of significant opportunities that were brought to us by our resellers late last year."
Because of revenue recognition requirements, we expect that many of our December sales will not be recognized until the first quarter ending March 31, 2002. With this in mind, and taking into account the level of interest from distributors and resellers, we anticipate our first quarter revenues to be between US$1.2 - US$1.5 million. ...Merlin Software Technologies profile
January 9, 2002 - Last year was the worst year in Sun Microsystems' 20 year history according to publisher ACSL, which has focused on the Sun market since 1991. The combination of the IT recession, 9/11, and Sun's shooting itself in the foot with technical problems in its cache memory (thereby blowing away its hard won reliability image advantage over Wintel) and the slowness of developing faster SPARC processors could leave you with the false impression that all was doom and gloom in the SPARC systems market. Not so according to a new article in the SPARC Product Directory which analyzes the emerging bright spots and high growth segments. ...ACSL profile
Bothell, WA, January 8, 2002 Vixel Corporation announced today an OEM agreement with Avid Technology, Inc., a leading provider of non-linear video and audio editing systems. With this new OEM agreement, Avid will integrate Vixel's 9000 Series 2 Gigabit per second (2 Gb/s) Fibre Channel Switches into its next generation of industry leading solutions. As a result, end users can recognize the increased speed and efficiency offered by 2 Gb/s SAN technology, which improves productivity and can help reduce costs in this labor-intensive application environment. Avid's products are used to make more television and news shows, commercials, music videos and CDs, corporate/industrial productions and major motion pictures combined than any other non-linear editing manufacturer in the world. Avid is one of Vixel's largest customers. ...Vixel profile
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- January 8, 2002 - VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq: VRTS) today announced it has completed the acquisition of The Kernel Group Incorporated (TKG), a privately held software company based in Austin, Texas, for an undisclosed amount. TKG is the developer of Bare Metal Restore, the industry's first solution to fully automate system recovery of Windows and all major UNIX platforms in the event of data corruption or hardware failure.
META Group estimates that just 36 hours of downtime could cost a typical financial services firm $567 million in direct revenue losses. Bare Metal Restore automates and accelerates the full system recovery capabilities of VERITAS NetBackup, the number-one enterprise backup software product, and delivers a common, enterprise-wide recovery solution to minimize downtime. This eliminates the need for personnel to reconfigure disk hardware and reinstall the operating systemtasks which lengthen outages and increase the possibility of user error.
"Bare Metal Restore is an important component of a total disaster recovery solution that includes backup and recovery, clustering and replication management," said Kris Hagerman, senior vice president, strategic operations, VERITAS Software. "Leveraging TKG's leading software products and proven engineering talent, VERITAS Software will further integrate this advanced technology with its storage management software to satisfy the rapidly maturing disaster recovery requirements of our enterprise customers." ...VERITAS Software profile
Glen Ellyn, IL January 8, 2002 TrelliSoft, Inc., an innovative provider of multi-platform SRM software, announced today as part of its aggressive global expansion the opening of TrelliSoft U.K. Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary. TrelliSoft U.K. Limited will headquarter TrelliSoft's operations for U.K. and Europe. Based in Manchester, TrelliSoft U.K. Limited will provide a local sales, support, and services presence for the US-based SRM solution provider. In addition to providing a control center for direct sales and support organizations, TrelliSoft U.K. Limited will spearhead TrelliSoft's Channels Sales operations for the UK and Europe.
"We are thrilled to have a direct presence in Europe with the opening of TrelliSoft U.K. Limited," stated Steve Donovan, president and CEO of TrelliSoft. "U.K. and the greater European community is a key focus for TrelliSoft in 2002. By opening TrelliSoft U.K. Limited, we will offer local sales and support to customers and channel partners. TrelliSoft U.K. will accelerate our efforts to gain customers in 2002."
Leading TrelliSoft U.K. Limited is David Nortier. As Vice President of European Sales, Nortier is responsible for the development of the European market, managing direct sales, channel sales, and customer support. Nortier brings over 12 years of storage software sales and management experience to the company. Prior to joining TrelliSoft, David Nortier served as European Sales Manager for Sun HighGround Systems.
"I am very excited about bringing TrelliSoft solutions to the European market," said Nortier. "StorageAlert is an innovative and effective SRM solution that is independent of any particular hardware vendor. StorageAlert's independent, universal view for managing enterprise storage will bring great value to storage customers in the U.K. and Europe."
To contact TrelliSoft U.K., contact David Nortier at +44 (0)161 2853 299 ...TrelliSoft profile
Editor's note:- as a result of the recession in the US, and the lack of a recession in the UK, many US companies have accelerated their internationalisation efforts during the last year. See also:- Channel Strategies: Recruiting VARs in Europe
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - January 8, 2001 - FIA Storage Systems today announced the addition of a data replication feature to its POPnetserver family of NAS systems. The POP DataReplicator software utility safeguards businesses from data loss by providing secure, automated backup and restoration of Windows® client data to any POPnetserver device within the network. The utility's synchronous replication, which requires that data be written to the client PC before the write operation completes on the NAS device, ensures the highest level of data currency at any given time.
Designed for workgroups, desktops and mobile users, POP DataReplicator complements the backup and restore server utility initially released with the POPnetserver products. POP DataReplicator resides on each client's PC and provides continuous backup of any combination of files and folders in real time. Each time a user saves a file, the software automatically duplicates that file onto the NAS system. This eliminates the traffic crunch normally associated with server data (DAS) backup of large files, resulting in better system performance. POP DataReplicator also allows users to recover lost files or entire folders from the POPnetserver device and restore the latest revisions to their original location.
POP DataReplicator's data compression feature maximizes the storage capacity of the POPnetserver NAS system. Users can record up to 20 file tags, and for working reference, record select versions of their files with special representative meaning. Security is addressed by the software's password protection and file encryption capabilities. POP DataReplicator will be included free of charge with the purchase of every POPnetserver product.
The POPnetserver 2000 and 4000 have starting prices of $795 and $1,495, respectively. Software upgrades for current POPnetserver clients are available for download. ...FIA Storage Systems Group profile
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