Storage History - 2002, July week 2
Disks Get Faster?
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July 12, 2002 - K-PAR Archiving Software has appointed Cranel
Imaging as a new US distributor. The agreement will expand the potential
market for K-PAR's Archimedia data management software by enabling Cranel to
offer a complete archiving solution. Cranel Imaging offers a full range of
scanners, MO and CD / DVD from well-established manufacturers. The company's
primary customer base is comprised of VARs who develop and implement document
imaging solutions for their customer base.
Scott Slack, Vice President of Marketing at Cranel Imaging comments:"We see K-PAR as a leader in optical storage software, and as Cranel Imaging's policy is to work with best of breed ISVs, partnering with K-PAR seemed the obvious choice."
Neal Aronson, sales and marketing director for The Americas at K-PAR adds: "In North America, Cranel is considered to be a leading and well respected distributor of storage and imaging products/services and we are delighted to be working with the organisation. Cranel has a strong presence selling storage solutions in the high end UNIX market place, and this compliments K-PAR's product line which is available for Solaris as well as Windows NT/2000. The partnership between the two companies will help raise awareness of K-PAR and increase the market opportunities for Archimedia." ...Cranel Imaging profile, ...K-PAR Systems profile
NASHUA, New Hampshire - July 12, 2002 - Storage Computer Corporation (AMEX:SOS) announced today it has instituted an employee stock participation program. As additional financing for the Company, employees have opted to accept stock in lieu of cash income. Employees are taking up to 75% of their income in the form of Storage Computer stock. The Company estimates the value of this investment to be approximately $1.5 million for the balance of the year.
"We are extremely pleased with the participation within the program", said Peter Hood, Chief Financial Officer. "We have full participation in the program and it is being received with strong enthusiasm".
"During a period of growth and market adoption of our new products, this program allows our employees to participate in not only contributing to the core of the company, but personally benefiting from its success," stated Ted Goodlander, Chairman and CEO. "Our employee's investment shows confidence in our product market positioning, intellectual property value and the future of the organization." ...Storage Computer profile
Editor's comments:- that's one way to conserve company cash, and very brave in today's bear market. At STORAGEsearch.com we adopted a cheesy salary structure for the editor way back in 1998. But have you seen the price of Parmesan lately?
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, and NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - July 11, 2002 - The TOLIS Group, Inc and Blanchard Systems, Inc., today jointly announce the TOLIS Group's BRU data backup and recovery technology has been certified and chosen to supply critical data protection services within Blanchard's Vortex branded Storage Solutions used in the digital pre-press market.
"As digital advertising and computer-to-plate and direct-to-press workflows become increasingly prevalent, the ability to recover critical data quickly and easily is essential in pre-press environments," says Charles Blanchard, president and CEO of Blanchard Systems. "With fast deadlines and the amount of labor invested in graphics files, the last thing a prepress department wants to do is rebuild its work. That's why we chose the proven reliability and broad feature set of the BRU technology for our Vortex Storage Solution."
The unique format of the BRU technology audits every bit archived to deliver unsurpassed reliability by assuring that each backup is accurate, and the data can be successfully recovered whenever needed. In addition to the reliability requirement, the characteristics of the graphics-laden data in the prepress industry tax backup software's capabilities. The image files are exceptionally large in size, and are usually created in a format that is not software compressible.
BRU is ideally suited to Blanchard's needs because its architecture does not limit the size of files that can be backed-up - an imperative issue for exceptionally large graphics files. When backing up non-compressible files, BRU's exceptionally low overhead allows for faster backup times. ...Blanchard Systems profile, ...TOLIS profile
SOMERS, NY - Jul 10, 2002 - the new IBM TotalStorage NAS 100 announced today is a thin appliance often referred to as a "pizza box" because of its shape. It is designed and packaged for customers with little or no on-site IT support, such as medium-sized businesses or branch locations in large enterprises, for example banks or retail outlets. It allows customers to easily implement cost-saving solutions, such as email archiving or server consolidation.
Starting at just $4,420 and capable of being deployed in 30 minutes or less, the NAS 100 is priced for medium-sized customers and offers "enterprise-class" reliability and manageability that is the hallmark of IBM. For example, the NAS 100 is equipped with hot-swappable hard disk drives to support non-disruptive replacement of the drives, resulting in less down time for customers. Other self-healing, self-managing features include automatic temperature monitoring of processors and fans, as well as automatic fail over capabilities for the operating system and local area network connections. ...IBM profile
San Jose, Calif., July 10, 2002 - Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. today announced a 1-Gbit AND-type monolithic flash memory device that achieves a 10-MBytes/sec write speed, a new industry record for this cell type and five times faster than previous Hitachi products.
The new flash device, HN29V1G91, is the first product to be based on Hitachi's proprietary Assist-Gate AND-type (AG-AND), multi-level cell flash memory technology introduced at the 2001 International Electron Devices Meeting in Washington, DC last December. The memory chip is capable of recording 128 MBytes of data, equivalent to two hours worth of CD-quality MP3 music, in about 13 seconds. Samples of the 1-Gbit AND-type flash devices will be available in October 2002 at $65.00 ...Hitachi Semiconductor profile
BOULDER, CO - July 10, 2002 - Exabyte Corp. today announced ADTX, a Japan-based manufacturer of large-scale storage systems, will incorporate Exabyte's VXA-1 drive in its newest line of Fibre Channel RAID systems.
"Acceptance of VXA technology, which offers greater speed and capacity with a lower cost of ownership, continues to grow," said Tom Ward, President and CEO at Exabyte. "Use of our VXA-1 drive in ADTX's RAID package is a great combination for enterprise-wide, high-speed storage."
"We are very pleased to choose Exabyte tape backup systems for our RAID/SAN storage products", said Naresh Chadha, Senior Vice President of ADTX US/ Europe Operations.
Over the past eight years ADTX has installed over 50,000 RAID systems. ...ADTX profile, ...Exabyte profile
King of Prussia, PA - July 10, 2002 - InfiniCon Systems today announced the ISIS Starter Kit Program to provide its ISIS Shared I/O System packaged with a complete host environment to systems integrators, OEMs, and early adopters of InfiniBand-enabled networks. Scheduled for August 2002 shipment, InfiniCon's ISIS Starter Kit is expected to be the first commercially available shared I/O system based on InfiniBand architecture, a new high-speed I/O switching fabric. InfiniCon's ISIS architecture is a multi-protocol connectivity system that uses InfiniBand as an enabling technology. It provides an external pool of I/O resources that Infiniband-capable servers can share to gain improved levels of connectivity and throughput to/from storage and LAN/WAN networks, as well native InfiniBand fabrics.
InfiniCon's ISIS Starter Kit equips OEMS, software and hardware developers, and early adopters with a full function InfiniBand, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel I/O system that will make it simpler and more cost-effective to engineer and exercise InfiniBand-based offerings for the next generation of servers and peripherals. Each ISIS Starter Kit configuration provides access to a fully-integrated 4x InfiniBand switched fabric, multiple 1Gigabit Ethernet and 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel ports, and a suite of advanced software features that enable port sharing, diagnostics, and other capabilities to facilitate product development and testing. In addition, Host Channel Adapters (HCAs) and associated host environment support are being provided to ensure a complete end-to-end solution for rapid deployment....InfiniCon Systems profile
ELMSFORD, NY - July 10, 2002 - the Computer Products Division of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today expands its complete line of data storage products with the introduction of its new USB Drive, Fujifilm's new driverless, portable storage device. Operating without AC or battery power, the new Fujifilm USB Drive product is currently available in 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256 MB storage capacities. Fujifilm will ship the USB Drive in a 512 MB capacity in the fall. The USB Drive can store current Windows and Macintosh files together with ease, while allowing users the flexibility to move the product through different day-to-day situations and business applications.
The Fujifilm USB Drive contains no moving parts, enabling it to be lightweight and smaller than the size of your palm. It offers an onboard CPU for driverless operation via a computer's USB port. By incorporating a powerful 32-bit processor, the Fujifilm USB Drive is capable of running additional applications and includes Win logon as well as automatic boot functionality.
The Fujifilm USB Drive is shipping this month. The USB Drive, which weighs less than 1 ounce, will be available in different storage capacities, and priced based on capacity. The 128 MB USB Drive will list for $149.99. ...Fujifilm profile
POOLE, UK - July 10, 2002 - BakBone Software announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Dupaco Distribution BV who will distribute BakBone's award-winning backup and recovery software, NetVault, throughout the Netherlands/Benelux area.
"We felt that our NetVault product would make an admirable fit into Dupaco's storage product portfolio and we look forward to working closely with Dupaco and their resellers to continue to develop the NetVault brand in the Netherlands/Benelux area." commented Martin van Pijkeren, sales manager for Benelux at BakBone.
"One of Dupaco's greatest advantages is its thorough understanding of its vendors and their products." explains Laurens ten Hagen, sales manager at Dupaco. "We see BakBone as a great product to complement Dupaco's current offerings and are excited to be able to offer NetVault to our reseller base who will be able to generate new areas of business, as companies seek to grow their data storage capabilities."
NetVault is immediately available from newly BakBone-certified distributor, Dupaco, and their network of resellers in a variety of modular and packaged solutions with configurations to satisfy virtually every network storage requirement, from the workgroup to the enterprise. Pricing begins at begins at $395 for an NT or Linux server package and at $695 for a similar package running on UNIX. ...BakBone Software profile, ...Dupaco
See also:- Sun VARs in The Netherlands
Editor - July 10, 2002 - UK readers may be interested to know that the mouse site, STORAGEsearch.com, is once again a media sponsor for this year's main storage focused event in Europe - Storage Expo 2002, which be held at the NEC, Birmingham on October 16 - 17. This year's event is expected to be bigger and attract thousands of new visitors. You can register for free tickets and info here.
Last year, because many US storage shows got cancelled or rescheduled after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, many new products from the US got their debut at Storage Expo. So UK visitors to the NEC got a chance to see new storage products before buyers in the US. Makes a change dunnit. Anyway, let's hope we get a few more days of sunshine between now and then, or do you think we're going to skip the summer altogether this year? ...Storage Expo
SAN JOSE, CA - Jul 9, 2002 - IBM today delivers an industrial-strength server hard disk drive to take on the most intensive business environments. The Ultrastar 146Z10 is a rock-solid hard drive, backed by rigorous quality-assurance testing. It also debuts with new anti-vibration technology called Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) to improve performance in large disk arrays. Available today, the new Ultrastar 146Z10 is the first 10,000 RPM hard drive of its generation to ship in volume and has a top capacity of 146GB.
|RVS addresses a problem
inherent to multi-drive systems. As rotational speeds have increased and
multiple drives are housed in powerful disk arrays, vibration is exacerbated and
results in performance degradation. RVS represents advanced servo technology
that autonomically compensates for vibration caused by multiple disk drives
operating simultaneously. It intelligently identifies the direction and
intensity of the vibration and cancels out the deleterious effects of the
vibration. IBM is the first to implement the technology for mass production.
The Ultrastar 146Z10 shows more than a 15% increase in sustained data throughput and 10% improvement in WinBench metrics over previous generation drives. IBM's new server drive is available at the industry's broadest range of capacity points: 18, 36, 73 and 146 GB.
| The drive also
delivers low acoustics and continues IBM's focus on power efficiency. With
industry-leading glass media and load/unload technology, the 146Z10 also
provides outstanding shock tolerance. IBM's new server hard drive supports the
industry's leading interfaces, including Ultra 320 SCSI and 2 Gb Fibre Channel.
Editor's comments:- seriously folks, if your target environment is subject to a LOT of vibration, then you may have to look at solid state disks. See also:- article:- Rugged & Reliable Data Storage: Solid-State Flash Disks overview - by M-Systems
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - July 9, 2002 - Qualstar Corp. today announced that it has established an advanced development center in Boulder, Colo. The new facility, for which the company has obtained a long-term lease, is already operational.
"Boulder is the ideal location for setting up a storage engineering group," said Tim Studebaker, vice president of advanced development. "We are pleased by the number of really talented people in this area who want to become part of our team."
"We have launched our new Advanced Development Group to reduce the time-to-market on important new products," said William Gervais, Qualstar president and CEO. "Our success depends on attracting the best people we possibly can to continue to deliver the innovative storage products that we are known for." ...Qualstar profile
Redmond, Washington - July 9, 2002 - ADIC announced today the appointment of William Yaman as Vice President and Business Line Manager of ADIC's storage management software business unit. Most recently, Mr. Yaman held the position of President and CEO at Holistix, Inc., a provider of systems management solutions for business-critical Web applications.
"Bill Yaman brings an impressive combination of customer focus, technical expertise, and proven business management skills to our software business, and we are pleased to welcome him to the ADIC team," said ADIC President Chuck Stonecipher. "He will help ADIC expand our software business by rigorously focusing on how we solve fundamental productivity and management issues for customers grappling with data that doubles every year." ...ADIC profile
CARLSBAD, Calif. - July 9, 2002 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NYSE:HIL), today confirmed previous guidance that it expects sequential revenue growth for the second quarter 2002. It also estimates second quarter 2002 revenue to be between $11.0 and $11.2 million with a net loss per share between $0.32 and $0.38 inclusive of the following adjustments:
"We have never been more excited about the company's prospects for the future. During the second quarter, we signed major OEM deals and announced an agreement with Solectron, which will manufacture Dot Hill's new products developed under the OpenAxis Intelligence initiative," said Jim Lambert, Dot Hill's chief executive officer. "Our OEM revenues for the past year have accounted for almost half our revenue. We will continue to focus on the indirect sales channels that fit well with our product set and manufacturing strategy." ...Dot Hill profile
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 8, 2002 - 3ware®, Inc. today announced the latest entry in its popular series of ATA RAID controller cards-the Escalade 7500-12. With the ability to attach up to 12 inexpensive ATA drives on a single RAID controller, it is the only ATA RAID solution that can match the storage capacity and performance levels of a SCSI controller for applications that require terabytes of reliable storage. The Escalade 7500-12 card enables customers to deliver almost two terabytes of fault tolerant data storage at a quarter of the price of a comparable SCSI system.
3ware's StorSwitch architecture applies network packet switching principles to storage, giving each drive its own dedicated port and cable. This reduces the need for expensive on-board cache, eliminates shared-bus arbitration and dramatically decreases host CPU loading. The result is improved I/O throughput, complete fault isolation and an optimized hardware platform for 3ware's innovative firmware, which further enhances the system's RAID 5 features and performance.
The SCSI specification includes features that deliver higher performance and reliability levels than normally provided by standard ATA controller and drive. 3ware has closed the gap between SCSI and ATA RAID by incorporating these features into the RAID controller. The Escalade 7500-12 SCSI feature set includes tag command queuing, scatter/gather, command re-ordering, parallel seek, dynamic sector repair and more. Combined with 3ware's switched architecture, the result is a RAID controller that matches the reliability and performance of SCSI at a fraction of the cost. The 3ware 7500-12 ATA RAID controller card is available now through distribution at an MSRP of $699. ...3ware profile
San Jose, Calif. - July 09, 2002 - CENATEK, Inc. has been recognized by the US Department of Commerce for successful entry into foreign markets. Exports are big business for small and mid-sized Silicon Valley companies. That was the message from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who last week presented three local companies, including CENATEK, with the Commerce Department's Export Achievement Certificate.
"Silicon Valley knows the importance of exports," said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. "When small and mid-size companies export their products, jobs are created and companies expand. The United States government must continue to help companies gain access to foreign markets."
"Most jobs in America are created by small companies. Small and mid-size companies like these comprise almost 97% of U.S. exporters," said Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Bruce Blakeman, who was also present to honor the companies.
CENATEK, Inc, based in Morgan Hill, CA, is the designer and manufacturer of the new "Rocket Drive" solid-state disk (SSD). The Rocket Drive functions as a hard drive, storing data using memory chips rather than magnetic media and has no moving parts. Through advice provided by the Export Assistance Center, CENATEK was able to quickly respond to inquiries that came through their new e-commerce website. One of their initial sales was for several thousand dollars to a buyer in Korea; they also established two European distributors within five months of shipping product.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Achievement Certificate recognizes companies that are business clients of the Commerce Department's U.S. Commercial Service, and that have used their services to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets. The U.S. Commercial Service is a Commerce Department agency that helps small and midsized U.S. businesses sell their products and services globally. The Silicon Valley U.S. Export Assistance Center is part of the agency's worldwide network. Last year, the agency helped U.S. companies generate $34 billion in export sales. ...Cenatek profile
Burnaby, BC - July 8, 2002 - Merlin Technologies today announced that is has released Version 3.0 of its innovative EssentialServer - a fast and economical way to add NAS or integrated data backup, recovery and storage to a LAN. Through the addition of a number of important features and enhancements to make the product even more robust, functional and easy to use, Merlin's EssentialServer 3.0 has gained an important competitive edge in the dynamic network storage market. Version 3.0 includes a number of new features and enhancements including:
Campbell, Calif. - July 8, 2002 - Accelerating the design and adoption of IP based storage networks, Silverback Systems is now introducing its storage network access processor family, called iSNAP. The iSNAP family provides high performance IP network connectivity and storage network protocol processing. The first product in the family, the iSNAP 2100, is suited for a variety of applications in IP-based SANs including servers, storage arrays and fabric devices such as virtualization boxes and storage-aware routers, and specific implementations like HBAs.
"Leveraging the current TCP/IP and Ethernet infrastructure, a ubiquitous technology that systems and network administrators already understand, creates tremendous value as they don't have to undergo an extensive learning curve, like they do with FibreChannel," said Danny Biran, president and CEO of Silverback Systems.
"By leveraging current TCP/IP and Ethernet infrastructures, Silverback offers a simplified approach to IP network storage. Silverback's iSNAP is to IP storage what email was to the Internet - transparent application - as IT professionals don't require extensive learning curves found in other storage configurations," said Dianne McAdam, senior analyst with Illuminata, Inc.
iSNAP is a turnkey solution in hardware and software allowing customers to focus on applications and proprietary value added. The iSNAP family supports demanding storage traffic profiles such as those generated by online transaction processing applications. It processes packets, full TCP/IP connections as well as ULPs (upper layer protocols) such as iSCSI, providing protocol processing, bookkeeping and management for all layers of the OSI networking model. The iSNAP 2100 provides optimized implementation of TCP/IP and ULP through selectively mapping the protocol into hardware, programmable state machines and firmware. Data center robustness is provided by fail over support, data and storage network separation and patented memory protection algorithms.
The iSNAP 2100 will sample this quarter. Packaging is 927-pin BGA. Volume pricing is expected to be $150 in quantity. ...Silverback Systems profile
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 8, 2002 - Intel Corporation today announced that it has begun initial commercial shipment of Itanium® 2 processors and that systems and software based on the new processors are expected to be available beginning this quarter. Over the next year, a broad base of OEMs are expected to offer a range of server and workstation models with support from leading enterprise software and operating system vendors, the company said.
The Itanium processor family enables a broad choice of reliable platforms and software for high-end servers and workstations. Taking advantage of the Itanium 2 processor's outstanding scalability (the ability to link processors together to create multi-processor systems) and headroom for growth, several OEMs plan to deliver large-scale Itanium 2-based systems with eight to 64 or more processors over the next year. The Itanium 2 processor is socket-compatible with two future generations of Itanium family processors to allow them to be easily swapped into existing Itanium 2-based systems. This extends the value and longevity of OEM and customer investments in Itanium 2-based platforms. In addition, Intel has five future Itanium processor family products in development, with designs already underway that reach into the second half of the decade.
The Itanium processor family is supported by more operating systems than any other high-end enterprise platform. ...Intel profile
Editor's notes:- Like the Death Star in Star Wars, Itanium 2 based servers running Linux have the potential to be "Sun killers", potentially providing 50% higher performance than Sun's top of the range 1.05GHz SPARC processors. However, Sun's skills at OS tweaks could cut into that theoretical hardware advantage. Intel, meanwhile will have to rely on Red Hat and other 3rd party OS developers to extract the most performance from its 64 bit hardware.
See also my recent article - How Long Can Sun Stand the Heat in the Server Benchmark Wars?
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.- July 8, 2002 - QLogic Corp. today announced full support for the new Intel® Itanium® 2 processor and architecture in Windows and Linux environments. Drivers are available for QLogic Fibre Channel and SCSI controller chips and HBAs, including QLogic's new ISP2312 Fibre Channel chip. The ISP2312 is the processor platform that powers "Fibre Down" (Fibre Channel connectivity integrated into server system motherboards) applications and the new QLogic SANblade QLA2340 family of high-performance HBAs. QLogic has been involved since the early development of the Intel Itanium architecture, supplying hardware and software during design and testing. ...QLogic profile
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