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Wilmington, MA - January 31, 2002 - Kentron Technologies, a leader in advanced memory platforms today announces its latest addition to the FEMMA® product line of high-density memory modules. These high density modules are specifically designed for the blade and Hyperdense servers, as well as for laptop, Compact PCI systems and mobile Internet applications. The DDR SODIMM measures only 1.25" high and comes with or without support of ECC function. Module capacity ranges from 256MB through 1GB. The module measures 2.66" L. x 1.25" H. x 0.27" W., making it ideal for applications where space is constrained. This includes blade, 1U and hyper dense servers, telecommunication and network equipment, cPCI systems, X-scale systems, as well as any embedded design requiring compact packaging.

"Kentron's DDR SODIMM modules use standard non-stacked, TSOP DRAM devices. This allows us to produce a high-density, low-profile design with minimum impact to manufacturing cost. OEM designers and system manufacturers can realize a cost savings by integrating our FEMMA SODIMM memory in existing or new equipment designs," stated Joe Capaldo, Kentron's Product Marketing Manager. The 256MB, 512MB and 1GB Unbuffered DDR SDRAM SODIMM module is designed and tested for data transfer rates of PC1600/2100. The module is fully compliant with 200-pin JEDEC SODIMM specifications, and utilizes gold-plated connector tabs.

The 256MB, 512MB and 1GB Unbuffered DDR SDRAM SODIMM modules are available for sampling and will begin shipping in quantity later this quarter. ...Kentron Technologies profile


January 31, 2002 - SimpleTech, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced it has acquired the assets of Irvine Networks, a leading-edge technology company located in Irvine, California for $3M. New memory intensive products arising from the acquisition, due to be available around Q4 2002, will be aimed at the web server acceleration market. ...Simple Technology profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- January 30, 2002 - VERITAS Software Corporation today announced that VERITAS Foundation Suite™, the industry's leading storage virtualization platform, now supports Red Hat Linux. The VERITAS Software storage virtualization platform uses online storage management and file system technology to optimize storage hardware usage and to simplify administration of multi-platform environments. This enables companies to manage more storage with fewer resources, and to improve return on investment through increased application availability and productivity With this release, VERITAS Software brings the leading storage management solution for UNIX environments to the Linux platform, enabling Linux servers to better handle the most demanding, data-intensive applications.

VERITAS Foundation Suite combines file system and volume management technologies to create a powerful management platform for enterprise storage and storage area network environments. Well-established in UNIX environments, this hardware-independent solution offers performance-tuning capabilities and sophisticated management tools that are now available to ensure the continuous availability of databases, applications and other resources running on Linux servers. The VERITAS FlashSnap™ option, also available with this release, offers efficient, point-in-time copies of data that can support data analysis, reporting, backup and testing, without impacting production applications. ...Red Hat profile , ...VERITAS Software profile


Natick , Massachusetts – January 30, 2002 - A new study by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) entitled The U.S. Aftermarket for Computer Accessories, Fourth Edition finds that the USB standard now dominates the computer cable market, and USB cables made up more than 30% of total U.S. aftermarket cable shipments in 2001. VDC expects USB and non-USB cable shipments to be approximately even in 2002, and USB will increasingly overtake other cable shipments thereafter. VDC forecasts that the USB cable aftermarket to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 42% through 2006, while the aftermarket for other types of cables will decline at a CAGR of approximately 7.5% over the same period.
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Kentron Technologies® First to Market with Low-Profile, High-density DDR200/266, 256MB, 512MB & 1GB SODIMM supporting ECC Function

SimpleTech Acquires Irvine Networks

VERITAS Foundation Suite Now Available for Red Hat Linux

FibreBridge 2200R/D and 3200R compatible with Plasmon LTO series

VDC Report Analyzes USB Market and Predicts Strong Growth

Data Protection and Security-Enabling Features Now Available on the Industry's Thinnest 128MB Flash Disk

JNI Corp Announces Strategic Alliance, OEM Agreement with InfiniBand Switch Leader InfiniSwitch

OTG Reports Record Annual Revenue

IDC Reports Solid State Disks Are the Right Products for Boosting Performance in Tough Times

FalconStor Software Announces Q4 Quarterly Results and Names New Country Manager for Japan

ADIC Opens New, Expanded Denver Facility

2002 SAN/NAS Summit Announced

Spectra Logic Tape Libraries Qualified by Emc as E-Lab Tested

EMC Launches "Rapid Results" Business Continuity Offering

Princeton Softech Provides Real Time Data Access and Reduces Storage Requirements in Archive for Servers

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2001, A YEAR TO FORGET

from Jean-Jacques Maleval Editor of StorageNewsletter

The storage industry's report card for the year 2001 is nothing to brag about. There is some hope for recovery in 2002, at least. But when?

- The past year was not particularly glorious for the computer industry in general, and not much better for the storage sector. Storage capacity needs in large enterprises is growing, but IT budgets are tightly monitored, while storage subsystem prices have dropped considerably. The events of September 11 no doubt provoked an abrupt halt in economic activity, but the preceding nine months were far from stellar. Rare are the storage companies that will finish the year with sales greater than in 2000 - in fact, a large majority will likely close out in the red.

- For the very first time ever, fewer PCs and servers were sold in 2001 than the year before. Consequently, it became even tougher to sell hard disk drives. While analysts' figures are not yet known, it seems probable that 2001 was the first year, in the quarter-century history of the HDD industry, when fewer units were sold than in the preceding year, i.e. fewer than the 2000 record of over two hundred million shipped. Revenues for the last quarter of 2001 have yet to be published, but they shouldn't be too bad for desktop drive makers, due to

1) Fujitsu's retreat from the sector, to the benefit of some rivals, and

2) the arrival, at last, of new applications for disk drives outside the IT realm, and more specifically the launching of game consoles with HDDs, such as Microsoft's Xbox. -

At the end of 2000, manufacturers had hit 20GB per 3.5-inch platter - we're now at 40GB at the end of 2001, and as always, at a price that is nearly identical for a drive with the same number of platters. Consumers no longer know what to do with HDDs of such high capacity, but the areal density race rages ahead. The SAN and NAS market would not be what it is without the massive help of disk drive makers, but because of the competition that exists between the two sides, the latter are the last to profit from their efforts.

- No technology is yet in any position to challenge Winchester drives in the medium term, particularly since, as Fujitsu and Seagate have proven, the devices are capable of attaining areal density of 100GB per square inch, or 125GB per platter.

- The industry lost a veteran HDD maker, Calluna Technology, as well as a newcomer, Halo Data Devices. ExcelStor is the most recent arrival, built on the ashes of Conner Technology. - LTO seems to have made stronger inroads than SuperDLT, in a tape market that was nevertheless flat overall. For the first time, Imation dared to take on Quantum's monopoly in DLT. The story is still developing, in U.S. courtrooms, of course. Certain tape makers also caught on to the fact that they need to prompt their R&D services to greater intellectual heights, if they want to keep up with the steady growth in HDD capacities. OmaSS has promised us 600GB in 2003, while Sony has pledged a whopping 500GB for this year. It wouldn't hurt to get the ball rolling a little faster with current tape technologies.

- There are scattered reports that the floppy diskette still exists. We only ever see CD-R/RWs these days. As for writable DVDs that are slated to replace the latter media, the battle between DVD-R/RW/RAM from the DVD Forum against the DVD+RW from the DVD+RW Alliance as the privileged standard reached a fever pitch, although no clear winner is yet discernable. It is evident, however, that there's no room in this town for both of them. If you thought we'd know in 2001, guess again. DVD Forum will most likely triumph this year, if our hunches are right.

- It's clear to everyone that serial interfaces will gradually edge out their parallel counterparts. Unfortunately, there's likely to be little complementarity between all the new serial interfaces: serial ATA, FC and now serial SCSI. The arrival of USB 2.0 technology is certain to shake up proponents of 1394, more sophisticated, but also more expensive.

- RAIDs are relying more and more often on low-cost IDE drives, which are consequently eating into the SCSI unit market, and perhaps even that of tape technology, for back-up, if not for archiving.

- Market research companies were obliged to revise their 2001 forecasts downward in almost every segment of the storage industry. IDC thus foresees a drop of 18% in storage subsystems, due in particular to the poor economic environment and dot.com failures, but nonetheless is banking on 12% growth in open SANs.

- Even if some progress was made, interoperability, or the absence of it, remains an impediment on growth in the SAN market. As in all industries, it's the leaders (we're thinking of Brocade and EMC here) that are the last to move things forward.

- 2001 will also be remembered as the first difficult year in the history of SAN giant EMC, now under assault from both IBM and Compaq (despite the demise of the latter two firm's partnership), as well as Hitachi Data Systems, with allies Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. And the difficulties are not minor: losses for the first time in 12 years, and nothing to sneeze at, $1.2 billion with restructuring charges, not to mention sales down by 47% from one year to the next for 3Q01 alone. It remains to be seen whether the agreement signed with Dell to resell EMC Clariion will shuffle the deck.

- Since Joe Tucci succeeded Mike Ruettgers as CEO at the beginning of the year, EMC has not been the same. Its new strategy, like that of its rivals, is to seek the holy grail of storage software, with much more comfortable margins than with hardware. In other words, imitate Veritas. In consideration of this, we award Tucci with 2001's lemon of the year, while Veritas CEO Gary Bloom walks away with the title of Storage Industry Man of the Year, no contest.

- EMC's misfortunes will furthermore probably cause it to lose its number one slot among storage companies for revenues, a torch that will most likely be relayed by Seagate, rather than the new Maxtor, even with the latter's addition of Quantum HDD, proving once again that in the case of acquisitions and mergers, one plus one sometimes works out to quite a bit less than two.

- One effect of September 11 was to highlight vulnerabilities in the area of remote backup and disaster recovery, prompting a number of companies to scramble for new contingency solutions.

- Storage over IP sounds like a dream, but we're hearing significantly more about it than we're going to see, at least until total standardization has been achieved, expected some time this year. For Infiniband, this process will come even later. 2001 was also the year in which virtualization software made its big splash, even if sales remain sluggish.

- 2001 also gave witness to an even more disastrous Comdex than the previous year. CeBIT seems to have definitively won the war of giant international IT trade shows. The past year also saw a major blitz among expo organizers to specialize in storage events, an effort that more or less paid off.

- We end on a brighter note: despite the gloomy year the industry just suffered, despite the number of mergers and acquisitions, despite even the dramatic reversal of fortune for SSPs, we've never seen a year with so many start-ups, for the most part looking for an angle in storage networking. Do they all still dream of IPOs? Perhaps not, because the stock exchange is far from welcoming at the moment. Instead, they seem content just to stay the course, perhaps hoping one day to snag a particularly big fish?

Jean-Jacques Maleval is Editor of StorageNewsletter

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"2001 saw USB establish itself as the standard for computer connectivity as virtually all PCs shipped with ports supporting the standard," said Chris Lanfear, Project Manager for VDC's Consumer Electronics Group. "USB is popular with end users and corporate IT departments because of its plug and play capabilities, which require much less field and help desk support. Other factors driving growth include Windows XP support for USB 1.1 and eventually 2.0, and faster transmission speeds of USB 2.0 up to 480 Mbps, which even exceeds the current FireWire standard." news image, USB market from VDC
Most cable suppliers have at least started to transition to USB from their traditional cable lines. USB provides tremendous opportunity for suppliers of USB cables, hubs, and USB adaptors, even as sales of other cabling products deteriorate. However, the transition to a standard that requires just one type of cable is increasing competition among cable suppliers for retail and distribution space and exposure. This is likely to drive prices down further, and consequently increase strain on suppliers, particularly for the smaller companies.

This report, "The U.S. Aftermarket For Computer Accessories, Fourth Edition", price $5,250, is a multiclient study designed to provide subscribers with market intelligence to support strategic marketing and product planning decisions. ...VDC profile


KFAR SABA, Israel - Jan. 30, 2002 - M-Systems today announced the release of the DiskOnChip DIMM Plus Flash Disk, a new member of the modular DiskOnChip family. This new product provides up to 128 megabytes of storage capacity and advanced data protection and security-enabling features in a package less than 4mm thick - thinner than any 128 megabyte storage device in the industry.
Like the DiskOnChip DIMM2000 flash disk released by M-Systems in June of 2000, DiskOnChip DIMM Plus is contained within a 144-pin SODIMM package, which allows it to be placed inexpensively within applications that require local storage with a low profile. Unlike its modular predecessor, DiskOnChip DIMM Plus contains the data protection and security-enabling features found in the DiskOnChip Millennium Plus flash disk released by M-Systems in May of 2001. news image DiskOnChip
Compared to M-Systems' previously released flash disk products, DiskOnChip DIMM Plus offers increased performance. Thanks to a true, internal and external, 16-bit bus interface architecture and silicon based on the advanced 0.16 micron process, the DiskOnChip DIMM Plus is capable of sustained read rates of 3MB per second and sustained write rates of 1.5MB per second. A burst read/write rate of 20MB per second is also attainable. Boot capability is another new feature to the DiskOnChip DIMM Plus. Included within this new flash disk from M-Systems is a 1KB programmable boot block with execute in place (XIP) capability designed to efficiently replace boot ROM. With this feature, DiskOnChip DIMM Plus can perform platform initialization or operating system (OS) boot functions, negating the requirement for a separate device on the board dedicated to these functions.

The DiskOnChip DIMM Plus is available in capacities of 32, 64, 96 and 128MB. Engineering samples are available now and mass production is slated for mid-February. ...M-Systems profile


San Diego, Calif.- January 30, 2002 - JNI® Corporation today announced a strategic alliance with InfiniSwitch Corporation. The strategic alliance covers three general areas of business and cooperation:
  • An OEM agreement to integrate JNI's InfiniStar™ IBP 1x02 dual-port HCA Modules with the InfiniSwitch Leaf Switch, the company's first-generation 1U 32- port 1x InfiniBand switch. The intent is to develop a pre-tested solution to speed deployment of InfiniBand server clustering technology;
  • JNI will develop and provide InfiniSwitch with InfiniBand-based technology solutions for future products.
  • JNI and InfiniSwitch will work jointly on long-term InfiniBand related developments as the market progresses beyond 2.5 Gb connectivity and the overall InfiniBand market matures.
"InfiniSwitch and JNI can further spur the deployment of InfiniBand by providing complete solutions early in the technology's adoption cycle," said Don Zereski, CEO of InfiniSwitch Corporation. "By bringing together these two leading products, we will establish a larger market for our products and help set the course for the industry in promoting InfiniBand technology with pre-tested, integrated solutions."

"JNI and InfiniSwitch are taking a leadership position to help drive the deployment of InfiniBand into the open data center," said Neal Waddington, president and CEO of JNI Corporation. "We believe that early adopters and high-density server installations will garner tremendous TCO and reliability benefits by using low-cost servers with the JNI/InfiniSwitch package. In addition, the two companies working together will help advance the overall market development for InfiniBand, paving the way for widespread InfiniBand deployment." ...InfiniSwitch profile, ...JNI profile


ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND - January 30, 2002 - OTG Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:OTGS) today announced financial results, including record revenues for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2001. Financial highlights:-
  • Record yearly consolidated revenues of $64.9 million, a 24% increase over the prior year
  • Record consolidated fourth quarter revenues of $18.5 million; 12% sequential quarterly revenue growth
  • Strong performance in Unix, messaging and international markets · Positive operating cash flow in the fourth quarter
  • Continued financial strength with $89 million in cash and cash equivalents
  • On a consolidated pro forma basis, excluding certain merger related expenses and the amortization of certain acquired assets, the net loss for the 2001 calendar year was $1.4 million.
"2001 was an extraordinary year for OTG. Despite market and economic turmoil, we continued to grow our business posting record revenues for the fourth quarter and 2001. This is a significant accomplishment in today's market," stated Richard Kay, Chairman and CEO of OTG Software. "OTG had a number of major achievements in 2001, including making the successful leap into the Unix market, bringing our intelligent storage management approach to databases, and further developing our sales channels, both domestic and international, to fully capitalize on the many market opportunities ahead of us." ...OTG Software profile


Amherst, NY & Eden Prairie, MN - January 29, 2002 - ATTO Technology. and Plasmon announced today that the ATTO FibreBridge 2200R/D and FibreBridge 3200R have been certified by Plasmon for its LTO Ultrium tape automation product line. The FibreBridge 2200R/D and 3200R were put through rigorous compatibility and benchmarking tests. Both the FibreBridge 2200R/D and FibreBridge 3200R bridges performed exceedingly well with Plasmon's LTO series libraries, and serverless backup functionality was easily achieved by the FibreBridge 2200R/D when used in conjunction with Computer Associates' ARCserve software. This combination of storage automation products improves manageability as well as provides immediate access to mission critical data.

The 1-Gigabit FibreBridge 2200R/D is an ideal, cost-effective means for enabling current SCSI devices to take immediate advantage of SAN applications such as LAN-free and serverless backup. A unique combination of versatility, performance and affordability, this bridge is available in desktop or rack mount configurations - enabling direct incorporation into most SAN configurations, thus providing optimal integration flexibility. ATTO's 1-Gig FibreBridge 3200R offers dual-redundant and hot-swappable product modules to ensure sustained data accessibility for critical application environments. Full software support, including swappable LVD and HVD tape personality modules, serverless backup and intelligent Bridging Architecture make the 3200R ideal for Enterprise-level storage applications requiring 1-Gig throughput.

"In today's storage environment, connectivity is critical. The ATTO products work quite well with the Plasmon LTO libraries, allowing our libraries to attach to a SAN environment and provide a reliable means for storing data. We appreciate ATTO's cooperation throughout this qualification process, and we look forward to extending this connectivity to the rest of the Plasmon library family, including our 5.25 inch MO products," said William Betten, Vice-President of System Integration at Plasmon. ...ATTO Technology profile, ...Plasmon profile


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - January 29, 2002 - An IDC Bulletin released last month, and available from Imperial Technology, reports solid state disks (SSDs) are increasingly being accepted as a cost-effective solution for boosting application performance and removing I/O bottlenecks. The Bulletin positions SSDs as a "smart choice" in tough times, and projects end users' commitment to solid state disks to increase. IDC's Bulletin, "Solid State Disks: The Right Products for Boosting Performance in Tough Times-Product and Market Analysis, 2001" (IDC #26241E) provides a comprehensive analysis of the solid state disk market, and file cache devices. The report is available free of charge to readers who sign up on Imperial Technology's web site.

"Too often, end users faced with performance issues or poor I/O response take the unnecessarily expensive 'brute force' approach of simply adding more servers or more disk drives to spread the workload," asserts co-author Robert Gray. "While many users take one or both of these paths to scalability, IDC believes that many would be better served and benefit from a thorough performance analysis that includes a review of SSD capabilities." ...IDC profile, ...Imperial Technology profile


MELVILLE, N.Y. - January 29, 2001 - FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), a leading storage networking infrastructure software company, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2001. For the fourth quarter of 2001, net revenues were $3.0 million, an increase of 20% from the $2.5 million reported in the third quarter. This 20% increase in revenues occurred while operating expenses increased only 9% from the previous quarter. Net loss for the quarter was $1.25 million, down 13% from $1.44 million in the previous quarter. The Company closed the quarter financially strong with $56.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, after deducting accrued liabilities related to discontinued operations.

"We are very pleased with our revenue growth to date and we expect to be able to sustain an average sequential quarterly growth rate of twenty percent during the year of 2002, while only increasing our operating expenses in the range of five to nine percent," said FalconStor Chief Financial Officer, Jacob Ferng.

In another press release today, FalconStor announced the appointment of Mr. Akihiko Motai as country manager of FalconStor Japan. Mr. Motai was formerly sales director for Novell Japan, Ltd., and a director and head of partner operations at Nihon Storage Technology Co., Ltd.

"Japan is one of the most dynamic and potentially rewarding markets for high technology, and FalconStor has clearly done an excellent job of positioning itself to capitalize on the growth of the software industry," said Motai. "My mission will be to evangelize the Japanese market about software for organizing storage networking infrastructure, and encourage its use in response to the current tremendous upsurge in data volumes and challenges with networking the relevant storage..." ...FalconStor Software profile


Redmond WA - January 29, 2002 - ADIC announced today that the company has taken occupancy of a new 148,000 square-foot building that nearly doubles the size of its Denver, Colorado facilities. The new building provides added space for manufacturing, research and development, test and systems engineering labs, technical support, and training activities, enabling the company to respond to growing demand for its enterprise-class storage hardware and software products.

"ADIC has continued to see increased demand for our products despite the downturns in the general economy and in overall IT expenditures," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter van Oppen. "Our fiscal 2001 results show an overall revenue increase of 26% over 2000, and at year end we continued to show profitability on a pro forma basis and both sequential and year-over-year growth. The results illustrate the rapid, continued expansion of digital information, the critical importance of keeping that data protected, and the value placed on innovative, intelligent storage solutions. The Denver site is the center for our enterprise-class Scalar libraries, including our new Scalar 10K storage networking library, and it houses a major portion of our storage management software development." ...ADIC profile


January 29, 2002 - Toronto, Canada - In conjunction with the SNIA, MediumRare today announced the 2002 SAN/NAS Summit (April 9 - 24). This is a series of one-day conferences, delivering intensive, comprehensive and relevant information designed to give attendees the insight and expertise to design, build and implement SAN and NAS solutions - ensuring a maximum return on their companies' technology investments. With the emphasis on education, each of five Canadian cities will host timely and insightful keynote addresses from industry experts from within the SAN and NAS landscape. In addition, over 20 of the leading storage and networking vendors will present educational seminars. ...2002 SAN/NAS Summit


BOULDER, Colo. – January 29, 2002 – Spectra Logic today announced its Spectra 64000 and 12000 tape libraries have been tested and qualified by EMC as E-Lab Tested. EMC's E-Lab Tested qualification process is recognized for its thoroughness in interoperability, failure recovery and other testing. It assures customers that Spectra Logic high performance libraries are fully interoperable with EMC information storage systems. Spectra Logic's enterprise tape libraries offer scalable, flexible SAN-based backup configurations to work with EMC's CLARiiON®, Connectrix™ and EDM™ families of products.

"The EMC qualification assures Spectra Logic and EMC customers that they can confidently build complete storage infrastructures based on our respective technologies," said Bill Reed, Spectra Logic vice president of marketing and business development. "As the leading AIT library vendor, Spectra Logic is pleased to be working with EMC to bring industry leading SAN architectures to this rapidly expanding market." ...EMC profile, ...Spectra Logic profile


Hopkinton, Mass.- January 29, 2002 - EMC Corporation today announced Rapid Results, an important new business continuity offering. The Rapid Results offering combines the expertise and strength of the 6,000-person EMC Global Services organization and network of business continuity partners with EMC's industry-leading business continuity technologies to deliver a "productive protection" solution for companies within 30 business days. The EMC Rapid Results business continuity program is designed to minimize risk while providing the maximum business benefit. The steps involved include:
  • Strategy and Planning: Assess and evaluate critical business systems, associated information flows, and recovery requirements. Ensure that the appropriate telecommunications infrastructure and bandwidth is available.
  • Define and Design: Design a solution to meet each customer's specific business continuity needs.
  • Implementation: Physical implementation of hardware, software, and communications required for the solution.
An EMC Professional Services consultant works closely with the customer to complete the strategy and planning stage of deploying a productive protection solution. Once completed, and the scope of implementation is agreed upon, EMC will then design and implement a solution in 30 business days. ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- the recession has left EMC with some talented but underutilised human sales capacity and more than their fair share of shelfware, so this sales tactic looks like a good way to put all hands on deck. Now most of those pesky upstart dotcoms have disappeared, EMC thinks it's safe to define "30 business days" to quote and deliver a backup system as "Rapid"... If your company can do better, send me a press release with the details.



PRINCETON, NJ –January 29, 2002 – Princeton Softech today announced that Archive for Servers™ 4.2 provides automatic file compression and ODBC access to data. These advances deliver seamless, real-time data access using the industry-standard ODBC interface and compression of archived data for cost-effective storage. Real-time data access enables Archive for Servers' customers to integrate their business-critical applications with enterprise active archiving. Users can seamlessly browse data in selected Archive Files, which are compressed during the archive process and decompressed dynamically when the data is accessed. To further improve access and flexibility, Archive for Servers allows users to query Archive Files using industry-standard, SQL-like criteria.

Unlike traditional archiving capabilities, Princeton Softech's Active Archive Solutions are application data model independent, easy-to-manage, and support critical, customer-facing applications across the enterprise. Active Archive Solutions safely and precisely remove subsets of seldom-used data (active reference data) from complex relational databases with 100 percent accuracy. Archived data can be stored on the most cost-effective medium and be easily accessed from the enterprise application. Ongoing active archiving keeps databases streamlined and operating at peak performance, providing an effective long-term solution to the problem of explosive database growth.

"Today's companies need to engage in ongoing housecleaning to leverage their mission-critical enterprise systems," said Rich Evans, Vice President of Enterprise Data Center Strategies for Meta Group, a leading IT industry analysis firm. "Features like dynamic compression and ODBC access to data offer streamlined real-time access and storage benefits. Using these advanced features of active archiving, companies can gain a competitive advantage through complex enterprise systems such as CRM and ERP." ...Princeton Softech profile

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