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Storage news - 2002, January week 3b

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AMSTERDAM - January 21, 2002 – According to IDC, the European Storage Services market is set to reach $10.05 billion by the end of 2005, which represents a compound annual growth rate of just over 8%. Overall market growth may seem slow but takes into account the worldwide economic situation as well as the impact of recent events on IT spending. Higher-value services such as consulting and outsourcing are forecast to grow over 10% a year. Over the past two years, storage has established itself as one of the most talked about segments of the infrastructure services arena — alongside security services.

"Storage has now become strategic," said Lionel Lamy, Research Manager for IDC's European Infrastructure Management Services. "Companies increasingly rely on access to information to conduct everyday operations, and storing information in the most reliable, secure and easily accessible way is becoming crucial. Value for money or cost effectiveness is only adding to the complexity of the equation."

IDC predicts the storage utility market will consolidate in the next five years and will be dominated by larger companies. The main element today is support, but by 2005 storage management and outsourcing will be more prevalent.

"Beyond simple cost control, IT managers are required to maximize the return on investment of previous storage hardware purchases," continued Lamy. "Many companies made the mistake of throwing money at their storage problem — for example, buying more storage hardware. Now that economic conditions are more trying, companies need to maximize the use and effectiveness of previous storage investment. This is pushing the development of storage software as well as services forward."

In its study, "European Storage Services Market Forecast and Analysis, 2000–2005" (IDC #RI05H), IDC provides an overview of the current storage services market in Europe. The study introduces and defines the area of storage services, provides a European sizing for the market as well as a country and industry breakdown, and identifies the key drivers and inhibitors that are affecting the development of the storage services market. The study also ranks and profiles the top storage services vendors and provides a short update of the storage service provider phenomenon. Finally, the future of the storage services market is discussed by way of a conclusion: who will be the winners and losers in this emerging market? ...IDC profile

January 21, 2002 - Philips Semiconductors today announced that its USB On-The-Go (OTG) chip is available to allow flexible and cost effective point-to-point communications between devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital audio players, printers and PDAs. This single-chip product, the ISP1362, is fully compliant with the USB Implementers Forum's (IF) OTG Supplement to the USB 2.0 Specification. This new USB OTG chip permits mobile devices to communicate at times when there is no personal computer available to act as a go-between for data exchange.

"As a core team member of the USB-IF and OTG working groups, Philips Semiconductors is committed to providing complete USB and OTG products," said Rajeev Mehtani, product line manager, Wired Connectivity, Philips Semiconductors. "By leveraging our collaboration with leading platform makers and embedded OS vendors, Philips is able to deliver innovative OTG compliant system solutions."

As the first in a series of Philips Semiconductors' USB OTG products, the ISP1362 offers a powerful USB architecture, based on years of USB experience. The ISP1362 is an OTG compliant USB 2.0 host and peripheral controller. These capabilities allow the chip to act as USB host, USB peripheral, or both functions simultaneously. The host and peripheral roles can be interchanged through the Host Negotiation Protocol (HNP). The HNP feature, which allows the host function to be transferred between two devices, eliminates the need to switch cables. Using this feature, manufacturers of dual-role devices can determine which peripherals its device will support. The ISP1362 single-chip IC will sample in February 2002 with volume production scheduled for the second quarter of 2002 ...Philips Semiconductors profile

LONGMONT, Colo. - Jan. 21, 2002 - CreekPath™ Systems today unveiled its new software suite. The CreekPath AIM™ (Automated Intelligent Management) Suite is the industry's first SAM solution that defines storage management processes, enforces policies, and automates provisioning in SANs.

"With the AIM Suite, CreekPath gives our customers an entirely new way to manage information – one that reduces administrative time, increases personnel efficiency, lowers capital costs, and reduces downtime," said Mike Koclanes, president, CEO, and co-founder of CreekPath Systems. "Storage requirements are growing at 50% per year, and application storage requirements are increasingly diverse. At the same time, storage needs and management costs are increasing. CreekPath is changing that paradigm by creating unique management solutions."

The CreekPath AIM™ Suite provides storage administrators with an application-centric view of their SAN resources, which makes the management of complex SANs efficient and effective. Specifically, it enables them to create policies, utilize best practices and automate workflows that cost effectively manage and control their storage environment, so complex, multi-step tasks are performed quickly and consistently. The AIM Suite ensures higher availability of the application while applying end-user service level requirements to all storage decisions. AIM Suite, available in early 2002, is the industry's first SAM solution that defines and enforces storage management processes and automates provisioning of shared storage resources. The AIM Suite is unique in four key ways: policy-based storage management, robust rules-based workflows, resource optimization, and closed-loop control. ...CreekPath Systems profile

San Jose, Calif. — January 21, 2002— Alacritech®, Inc. today announced the completion of its Series C financing. Led by returning venture capital investor Berkeley International Capital Corporation, the $13 million round also includes Munder Capital Management, Needham Capital Partners and Quantum Technology Ventures. This round brings the total investment in Alacritech to more than $35 million, demonstrating the confidence investors have in Alacritech's continued leadership position with innovative TCP acceleration solutions for networked storage.

Alacritech is headed by storage pioneer Larry Boucher, who also founded and brought public leading storage companies Adaptec, Inc. and Auspex Systems, Inc. Alacritech is known for delivering breakthrough technology. With this round of funding, the company plans to expand sales efforts surrounding its new line of Gigabit Ethernet server and storage accelerators for NAS, iSCSI storage devices and servers. The company has completed designs for its upcoming 10 Gigabit Ethernet accelerator, the fourth generation of its patented TCP/IP offload solution, and will use the funding for further product development.

"The converging storage and networking market is predicted to grow to $35 billion by 2004, making it one of the fastest growing segments in the computer industry," said Steve Schlossareck, vice president and managing director, Quantum Technology Ventures. "Alacritech, with its winning management team, leading-edge technology and designs for its future 10 Gigabit solution completed, is well positioned to seize this enormous market opportunity."

"We are pleased to complete this round of financing with this caliber of investors," said Larry Boucher, founder, chairman and CEO, Alacritech, Inc. "Alacritech's TCP/IP offload and acceleration capability is not only faster and more efficient than traditional network interface cards and iSCSI host bus adapters, but our adapters are the first and only to simultaneously accelerate both IP storage and standard Ethernet traffic. These funds will further ramp our product development in effort to be first-to-market with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet accelerator for servers and storage." ...Alacritech profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - January 21, 2002 - TrueSAN Networks, Inc. today unveiled Cloudbreak, the industry's first Storage Operating System for managing heterogeneous storage networks. The culmination of nearly two years of extensive research and development and customer outreach, Cloudbreak enables enterprises to realize the promise of SANs and maximize the ROI benefits of SAN technology. Cloudbreak addresses four important trends in the storage market today:

(1) the convergence of storage management intelligence into the network,

(2) customer demand for open storage infrastructures incorporating multiple vendors,

(3) the need for a comprehensive platform for storage management, not a multitude of point utilities, and

(4) the emergence of automated, policy-based storage administration.

Gartner, Inc. estimates that the cost of managing storage infrastructure has grown to 4-7 times the cost of hardware. "Today's SANs leave several opportunities to further improve costs," said Gartner, Inc.'s Research Director Robert Passmore. "These opportunities include better support for heterogeneous hardware, tighter integration for centralized management and universal policy management."

TrueSAN's Cloudbreak Storage Operating System is the first software solution to combine Storage Virtualization, Storage Network and Device Management, Storage Resource Management, and Business Continuance technology in a single, tightly integrated platform. As IT managers must now piece together single-purpose utilities from a variety of vendors, deployment challenges, interoperability issues, and complexity are not conducive to maximizing ROI. With Cloudbreak, enterprises can select a single solution for comprehensively addressing all of the factors behind excessive storage management cost: inefficient storage utilization, lack of compatibility across vendors, multiple points of management, inadequate data availability, and reactive storage administration.

TrueSAN has attracted world-class companies, channel partners, and OEMs as beta sites for its Cloudbreak Storage Operating System. TrueSAN's beta sites include four Fortune 500 companies across a variety of vertical markets, including financial services, transportation, oil/gas, digital media, and the Internet. TrueSAN intends to begin its beta program in Q1 2002 with general availability due in mid-2002. TrueSAN will also be announcing alliances with industry-leading storage hardware vendors that further endorse the TrueSAN solution as an open platform for storage management and help maximize interoperability.

"With today's announcement of Cloudbreak, TrueSAN has delivered a solution that solves the most significant problem in IT today: unrelenting storage management cost and complexity," stated Tom Isakovich, President and CEO of TrueSAN. "We look forward to working with our customers, partners, and the storage industry to help make the promise of open storage management a reality." ...TrueSAN Networks profile

Tel Aviv, Israel - January 21, 2002 - Emblaze Systems, a developer of carrier-class, scalable solutions that facilitate the deployment of complete commercial multimedia services over any wireless network, today announced the successful conclusion of an MPEG4 compliance interoperability trial with Samsung Networks, a leading company developing networks and terminals. The Emblaze technology is standard-based and, as such, interoperable with any 3GPP compliant device or infrastructure.

According to Eli Reifman, CEO Emblaze Systems "Wireless multimedia services are just around the corner. The key carriers and handset manufacturers have already decided to launch MMS services and color handsets during 2002 and 2003. All this enormous investment in global infrastructure deployment will be useless if all servers and platforms are unique and proprietary. Each company has its own interpretation to MPEG4 and Emblaze is part of the multi-national force driving standards and interoperability so the entire globe will be ubiquitous in formats and service. Samsung, of course, is one of the leaders in the cellular market both on the handset as well as the infrastructure side. We are happy to enhance our already fruitful relationship with them to the carrier class equipment side." ...EMBLAZE Systems profile

Sunnyvale, CA - January 18, 2002 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced a 13-city disaster recovery seminar tour sponsored by Network Storage University (NSU) featuring Jon William Toigo as the keynote speaker. Toigo has published more than 1000 articles in computer and technology-related publications as well as eleven books including "Disaster Recovery" (Prentice 1999) and "The Holy Grail of Data Storage Management" (Prentice 1999), and is widely regarded as an expert in the field of data storage and disaster recovery.

In his keynote presentation, Toigo will focus on the importance of disaster recovery and what steps should be taken to ensure business continuance in the event of a disaster. Toigo will also host a one-hour workshop giving participants a hands-on lesson using the planning tools provided at the seminar to outline a mock disaster recovery plan for a generated problem set. Additionally, sponsors of the seminar series will deliver presentations on products and solutions designed to minimize disruption in the event of a man made or natural disaster. ...Network Appliance profile, ...Network Storage University

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IDC Preditcs $10 Billion Storage Services Market in Europe by 2005

Philips Semiconductors delivers USB On-The-Go chip for direct connectivity

CreekPath Systems Unveils Industry-First Automated Intelligent Management Software Suite

TrueSAN Networks Unveils Storage Operating System

Emblaze Systems and Samsung Networks complete successful MPEG4 compliance interoperability tests

Network Appliance Co-Develops Seminar Series on "Disaster Recovery Planning for Mission-Critical Data"

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The Next Decade in Storage

ACSL, publisher of STORAGEsearch celebrates its first 10 years of computer directory publishing in December. As editor, I thought it would be interesting to speculate about what major changes the next 5 to 10 years might bring. We'll be returning to these and other subjects in much more detail in future articles.

Who will dominate the storage market?

Is the storage market going to be dominated by a single supplier? in the same way that the IP switch market is dominated by Cisco, and the Unix market is dominated by Sun?

If you'd asked that question at the beginning of 2000 the bets could have gone either way, and the answer might have been EMC. But in 2001 we've seen the start of some irreversible trends which will shape the market of the future. EMC lost 9 points of market share in the external RAID market this year, and the biggest gainer was that category (which includes hundreds of RAID companies) and which market researchers lump together as "others".

It's clear that even at this early stage of the new storage market that users regard network storage as a commodity, and don't see why they should pay a premium price to anyone for a box of disks with some network ports. Storage will end up looking much more like the PC market, in which there are thousands of manufacturers. It will be difficult for a single storage company to capture even as much as 10% of a market which will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. No single company will dominate the market.

The end of operating systems?

The increasing use of data network technologies like XML and storage virtualization software in new business applications software will reduce the role of the operating system in the computer market from the primary buying criterion, which it is today, down to a secondary minor role. When you can do pretty much the same things with your data whether your OS was written in Seattle or California, or as an Open Source project, the OS is going to become as irrelevant to most users as the source of their gas or electricity is today. It's only the computer appliance manufacturers who will interface at this level.

Of course, the desktop appliance, which we nowadays call the PC, and the notebooks etc will continue to be mostly Microsoft Windows based products, but as long as they get shipped with all the connectivity they need, users won't really care what the differences are in the internal versions, because, as now, they'll be driving these things from a browser front end. In the long term, we may even see the disappearance of the reset button, but remember I'm talking about a 5 year timeframe here, so the mechanical switch manufacturers don't have to start panicking just yet.

The end of tape backup?

The tape library occupies the same slot in the IT datacenter arsenal today that the ironclad Dreadnoughts did in the Europe of the early 1900's. They're expensive to buy, include a lot of metal, and are seemingly invincible.

Owning more Dreadnoughts became an obsession to navy planners in the UK and Germany in the years leading up to World War I, because they demonstrated superpower status. In a similar way, owning a fleet of tape libraries indicates to the outside world that your company is a massive data owner, such as a media company, a bank, a telco or other corporation which is on the same scale datacenterwise as a government department. So you may get a bit twitchy when someone predicts that you're going to pull the plug on all that investment, especially when most of it hasn't even been installed yet, and is waiting for the next budget period to kick in. Well, remember, I'm not talking short term here, but here are my reasons.

Tape was a good idea as a backup and recovery technology in a disconnected world, when disk drives were expensive, and data security depended on being able to carry your data into a car for off-site backup via sneakernet. Although the density of tape backup has increased, so too has the volume of data which people want to store.

Data weighs a lot, and the average person would not feel comfortable carrying a terabyte of storage for very long. Unfortunately the terabytes are are growing like Topsey. Tape libraries solve today's problem of backing up data networks, but no-one suggests that you're going to unplug your tape library, lift it up using a fork lift and drive it to an off-site location as your secure backup. Get real. The way that tape libraries manage the off-site backup problem nowadays, is they use IP based data replication software to back themselves up onto other tape llibraries somewhere else...

...And that is exactly my point. If you aren't going to pick up the whole damn thing and move it, then there is no particular advantage in using a tape cartridge as the medium for the data replication. It could be any convenient, reliable technology which stores data, such as a RAID system using hard drives or an optical based juke box. So one of the historic arguments for using tape media has already been junked. The internet doesn't care what shape or size the media is at the other end.

I think tape will put up a fierce rear guard action, and remain a factor in the data recovery market for many years, but its days are numbered. From now it will only lose market share, maybe just a few points each year, but the writing is on the wall.

...I look forward to reporting on all these changes and more, in our 2nd decade as a computer directory publisher .

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