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Naples, Fla. - June 6, 2002 - SmartDisk Corporation today announced the availability of USB 2.0 versions of its FireLite™ portable hard drives for consumers and professionals. Available in capacities of 20 Gigabytes (GB), 30 GB and 40 GB, FireLite drives feature outstanding performance and a unique, high tech design with a strong, shock-resistant, lightweight casing. FireLite drives are designed for professionals and consumers who require convenient, portable storage of vast amounts of data.

Featuring a sleek, silver-colored magnesium casing for outstanding durability, FireLite drives are pocket-sized, measuring just 3.25" (W) x 5.0" (D) x 0.75" (H) and weighing just over 6 ounces. They are "Mass Storage Class" peripherals: they require no driver installation when used with operating systems like Windows XP and Windows Me, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS-X.

Each FireLite drive ships with Retrospect Express Backup™ personal backup software for Windows users and Connectix CopyAgent™ data backup, recovery and synchronization software for Macintosh users. The package also contains an AC adapter, a stacking clip and a protective carrying case. Suggested retail prices for the FireLite USB 2.0 drives are $199.95 for the 20 GB model, $259.95 for the 30 GB model and $309.95 for the 40 GB model. All models will be available in mid-June. ...SmartDisk profile

IRVINE, CA - June 6, 2002 - Intersil Corporation today announced that its Elantec Product Group had reached a major milestone with the shipment of over 100 million laser drivers. Intersil continues its leadership position in innovation and distribution to the world's optical storage original equipment manufacturers.

"Our optical storage products have set the worldwide industry standard for laser driver IC's in the optical disc drive market," said Mohan Maheswaran, vice president and general manager of Intersil's Elantec Product Group. "We developed the world's first integrated laser driver IC in 1997, a technology that dramatically influenced the rapid growth of the CD recorder drive industry and enabled faster recording CD-R and CD-RW 'X' speeds and smaller form factor disc drives."

Being first with an innovative solution, Intersil established the industry standard interface for all Optical Pickup Unit electronics used in CD-R/RW disc drives. Through continued innovation, five generations of laser driver IC families have been developed that enabled ever-increasing Write performance for CD-R/RW and DVD dual-Write drives. In 1999, Elantec introduced the world's first Write Strategy Laser Driver for the emerging DVD/CD dual-Write disc drive market. To date, over 100 million laser drivers have been shipped to every major optical storage original equipment manufacture in the world. ...Intersil profile

June 6, 2002 - Arkeia Corporation has completed compatibility tests with Plasmon automated data storage libraries. Arkeia 4.2 tested compatible with Plasmon V-Series devices, as did the Beta version of the soon-to-be-released Arkeia 5. Arkeia's shared library capabilities make it especially efficient with hardware such as Plasmon.

"Library sharing is an integral part of the new Arkeia 5 that allows users to consolidate backup devices," stated Philippe Roussel, CEO of Arkeia Corp. "We're very pleased that users will find Plasmon's terrabyte tape robotics and Arkeia 5 to be a good match."

"This certification confirms the perfect match of our V-Series high-end backup libraries with Arkeia software solution, stated Jean-Claude Beckmann, director of Plasmon Data, France. "Moreover, it brings to Plasmon libraries new perspectives in the Linux and Unix environments."

Arkeia's enterprise network backup solution features one of the most complete compatibility lists on the market, including more than 300 backup robotics covering all tape technologies. ...Arkeia profile, ...Plasmon profile

OCEANPORT, NJ - June 5, 2002 - CommVault® Systems Inc today announced that a Department of the Canadian Federal Government, Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), has selected CommVault® Galaxy™ software for data protection and business continuance on HRDC's Enterprise Network Service Renewal Project (ENSR). Galaxy software reduces the need for human mediation in the data backup and restoration processes and allows administrators to recover lost or corrupted data quickly and with minimal operational downtime.

HRDC's search for a data protection solution was spurred by its planned upgrade of 30,000 employees to a new email and networking system. The upgrade required the consolidation of hundreds of local networks onto 13 SAN-attached "Solution Centers." Primary HRDC selection criteria included: full support for both UNIX and Microsoft® environments; tight integration for applications such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory, and, most importantly, the flexibility to provide both centralized data management and the option to let users manage data at regional and local levels.

"Galaxy's policy-based management will allow us to standardize our entire data protection process," commented Jim Kelly, ENSR Project Manager. "We expect to have every region execute the same policy with the same life cycle data management. We can now standardize on a single disaster recovery process that specifies exactly when, where and how long service levels are affected by an outage. We will be able to practice and continually improve upon the process because it's now consistent across all geographies. This will eliminate surprises in the recovery procedure and greatly reduces stress levels associated with such events." ...CommVaultSystems profile

MELVILLE, N.Y. - June 5, 2002 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced it has successfully completed interoperability testing of IPStor and Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters to help better manage the performance and reliability of critical applications running across database clustering technology. Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters supports all types of applications and enables them to run unchanged when exploiting a clustered environment. IPStor seamlessly supports Real Application Clusters, and provides Oracle9i Database with online configuration of storage, file system manageability and the aggregating and provisioning of storage resources. Validation of interoperability testing occurred at Oracle's headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA.

"FalconStor continually demonstrates a commitment to delivering innovative solutions and services to our customers using Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters," said Wayne Lam, FalconStor vice president of marketing. "The combination of IPStor and Oracle9i Database technology provides corporations with an unprecedented level of data availability and recovery." ...FalconStor Software profile, ...Oracle profile

WESTBOROUGH, MA – June 4, 2002 - Antares Microsystems and TidalWire Inc. today announced details of a distribution partnership between the two companies. Under the terms of the agreement, TidalWire becomes the master distributor and technical support provider to over 200 Antares reseller partners. The distribution agreement is the first for Antares who has until now managed product distribution internally. Antares chose TidalWire for the distribution partnership based on the storage networking specialist's five-plus year background in the distribution and technical support requirements of HBAs and other storage interconnect components.

"As our customer base grows and enterprise adoption of storage area networks widens, Antares faces an increasing demand for a distribution partner to reliably support our network of resellers," said George Berry, Antares President. "TidalWire has a reputation in the industry for SAN product expertise, excellent sales and support resources, as well as a worldwide distribution infrastructure. Partnering with TidalWire ensures Antares customers the highest level of service available and allows us the ability to focus on our core competency, which is to be the leading Enterprise quality I/O adapter provider." ...Antares Microsystems profile, ...TidalWire profile

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - June 4, 2002 – Ciprico Inc. today announced the availability of its new TALON storage solution. Ciprico's TALON is the first storage solution to provide industry leading data transfer performance with the convenience and efficiency of removable media, at near terabyte capacities. TALON has been specifically built for the demanding requirements of military ground-based, shipboard and airborne environments. Answering the growing need for more secure data transfer methods, Ciprico's new TALON provides users a quick way of moving large amounts of data in an efficient and protected process. A number of military programs are designing the new TALON into their reconnaissance or surveillance systems because they can easily store nearly a terabyte of data in a single drive pack, quickly remove the entire pack for processing in labs or control rooms, install another drive pack, and immediately return to normal operation. In addition, the self-contained drive pack enables those in defense operations to dispose of data quickly in an emergency situation. No other storage system on the market today allows the users to do what the TALON delivers.

TALON's rugged design, along with high speed, fault-protected data capturing capability make it especially suited for mission planning, intelligence gathering and targeting applications. Through independent laboratory testing, TALON has achieved certification on a number of U.S. Department of Defense military ruggedization standards known as MIL-STD-901D, MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-167 and MIL-STD-704E, ensuring TALON meets stringent military standards for shock, vibration, and warm, cold or humid environments.

"TALON was developed from listening to our many established military customers," stated Robert Kill, Ciprico President and CEO. "Many airborne, shipboard, and ground-based applications require a ruggedized system. Add the convenience of TALON's removable drive pack, great performance and high data capacity, and the resulting package is an outstanding solution for any organization that has complex applications operating in a demanding environment."

The TALON is a complete, end-to-end Fibre Channel digital storage solution, supporting RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3 and 5 and offering a sustained data transfer rate of up to 190 MB/sec. The removable drive pack is designed for flexible drive configurations from as few as three, up to a maximum of 11 hot swappable drives, with maximum array capacities reaching over 0.8 terabytes. ...Ciprico profile

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - June 4, 2002 - CaminoSoft Corp. announced today that Jean Kinney has joined the Company as Midwest Regional Manager of Sales and Service. Most recently, Ms. Kinney was Technical Specialist - Storage Research and Development for Computer Associates. Ms. Kinney brings over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry working as an information systems specialist. Ms. Kinney acquired a strong background in HSM (hierarchical storage management) technology as a specialist with Cheyenne, which was acquired by Computer Associates, and in her role as liaison with CaminoSoft's business partner Novell, promoting Computer Associates' storage technology. Her background adds tremendous market-specific knowledge and experience for the Company in the Midwest Region. Ms. Kinney will be based in Minneapolis. ...CaminoSoft profile

Santa Clara, CA - June 4, 2002 - Auspex Systems, announced the Auspex NSc3000V, the high availability version of its NSc3000 Network Storage Controller for supplying file services to SANs. The new HA platform leverages the Auspex controller's unique ability to lower storage costs in any SAN environment while simultaneously ensuring a continuous data path from the SAN to the end user, thus extending the HA features of the SAN to ensure uninterrupted file delivery. The system will ship later this month.

The NSc3000V platform consists of two Auspex NSc3000 controllers linked by the company's ServerGuardV software. The controllers serve files directly from the SAN via NAS protocols, eliminating the expense of purchasing and managing a conventional NAS appliance with attached disk subsystems. ServerGuardV supplies a "heartbeat" between controllers as well as the industry's first storage-agnostic failover, allowing redundant components or the entire controller to fail over regardless of the SAN subsystem's proprietary failover implementation.

Like the base NSc3000 controller, the NSc3000V platform operates with equipment from any SAN vendor, including Hitachi Data Systems, LSI Logic, EMC and Compaq. It also works with disparate SAN storage subsystems simultaneously. These industry-exclusive capabilities free system administrators from proprietary solutions and simplify file services for enterprises with heterogeneous SANs.

"High availability SANs ensure continuous access to the application server, but enterprises that elect to file-share off the SAN from a NAS gateway need to extend redundancy and automatic failover to the gateway if they want to guarantee non-stop performance to their end users," said Robert Passmore, a research director at Gartner Group in Stamford, CT. "Given the cost of downtime in lost productivity and potentially lost business, this can be a crucial step in keeping enterprise networks running smoothly." ...Auspex Systems profile

Wilmington, MA - June 4, 2002 - Kentron Technologies announced today that it is implementing a royalty free strategy towards the licensing of two of its patented technologies, Quad Band Memory (QBM) and Foldable Electronic Memory Module Assembly (FEMMA). Kentron's goal is to work closely with the semiconductor industry and its standardization body, JEDEC, in the adoption of these patented technologies. These technologies offer a solution to companies in the industry looking to implement high speed, high density memory solutions. Interested companies will have access to gerbers, design guides and assembly tools for product development. Kentron is offering these patented technologies on a 'royalty free' license basis; this is a departure from the approach taken by other companies in the industry that have charged royalties for their non-DDR compatible, higher cost memory technologies.

"Kentron's strategy of providing the QBM and FEMMA technologies to the industry under a royalty free license will accelerate industry adoption," said Bob Goodman, CEO of Kentron Technologies. "This simpler path to adoption will allow the system product OEMs to benefit much sooner from the bandwidth and density improvements of Kentron's technologies".

Kentron Technologies will provide companies, interested in the royalty free licensing of QBM and/or FEMMA technologies, with the necessary documentation needed to manufacture the product. Interested parties should contact Joe Capaldo ( ) Ph. (978) 988-9100, ext. 2136. ...Kentron Technologies profile

Editor's comments:- history has shown that computer standards released under a royalty free license have been much more successful in the marketplace than those which are paid on a per use basis. The total available market becomes bigger because customers have more confidence in commiting to new technology which is multi-sourced.

NEW YORK, New York - June 4, 2002 - iSCSI is the subject of a new report by Bear Stearns technology analyst Andrew J. Neff who gained acclaim for his prediction of the HP/Compaq merger. While Neff does not see iSCSI as a replacement for Fibre Channel technology in the near term, there may be immediate opportunities for iSCSI in certain markets, which are currently not target areas for Fibre Channel. Nonetheless, according to Neff, iSCSI could gain momentum as advancements over the next three to five years dramatically improve its performance and pricing.

"However, it's still too early to call a winner between the two technologies," said Neff. "The larger question is: will iSCSI take hold and when and what are the opportunities for investors?"

In his report entitled "Store/Forward: iSCSI – Compelling Technology, Race to 10 Gigabit", co-authored by associate analysts Naveen Bobba and William Hand, Neff examines the broad implications of the iSCSI technology on companies in storage, enterprise computing and data networking. He concludes that investors should not view the debate between Fibre Channel and iSCSI as an "either/or" situation, since Fibre Channel should continue to be the dominant storage networking technology in data centers for at least two to three years, while iSCSI can provide incremental market opportunities for networked storage by offering an easier and more affordable infrastructure for storage connectivity. His report includes an explanation of the technology, a look at the potential of iSCSI, a survey of nearly two dozen leading storage-related companies, as well as profiles of the major public and private players.

According to the study, networked storage is projected to grow from $8.5 billion in 2001 to $20 billion in 2005, or a compound annual growth rate of 24%. "In the near term, iSCSI can potentially accelerate the growth trajectory of the networked storage market," said the Bear Stearns analyst. Neff believes that the main areas of growth for iSCSI will be in the departmental level, where networking is generally not viable today owing to cost and complexity issues, and in metro and wide area networks. ...Bear Stearns

BROCADE CONFERENCE 2002, LAS VEGAS - June 4, 2002 - Sony Electronics today introduced the PetaApp™ system for data backup, a pre-configured and pre-tested solution that provides the fastest backup speeds on the market by integrating Sony hardware and software into a total packaged solution. Based on Sony's PetaBack™ software and DTF-2® tape drives, which have the market's fastest data transfer rate of 24 MB/s, the PetaApp system provides a near-custom designed solution to centrally back up data in NAS, SAN and heterogeneous storage environments. This packaged solution can eliminate downtime and freezes normally associated with data backup windows in networked environments by enabling serverless backup, and delivers improved cost performance, customized backup size and quick delivery to customers.

Customized to meet the capacity requirements of virtually any size enterprise, the PetaApp system comes pre-assembled with the Sony PetaSite® Tape Library, DTF-2 tape drives, a Brocade SilkWorm® Fibre Channel fabric switch and PetaBack software. The complete system readily attaches to an enterprise network via a SCSI or Fibre Channel connection.

"The Sony PetaApp system is particularly designed to optimize the time it takes to read data from disk and copy it to tape and vice versa," said Tom Yuhas, director of data systems solutions for Sony Electronics' Business Solutions & Systems Company. "It provides enterprises and rich media businesses with a one-stop solution that delivers some of the most powerful data back-up capabilities on the market."

The PetaApp system is a scalable system that can meet customers' varying data backup needs. For example, a system configured with three DTF-2 tape drives in the PetaSite library can back up 2 TBs of data in eight hours. A larger configuration, with six DTF-2 drives, can back up 6 TBs in 12 hours. ...Sony profile

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JUNE 3, 2002 - LSI Logic Corporation today announced it has begun shipping production samples of the market's first PCI SCSI RAID storage adapters with Ultra320 support. LSI Logic is the leading supplier of host-based RAID to the global PC and server markets with nearly two million RAID solutions shipped to OEMs, ODMs, system integrators and resellers worldwide. Powered by a proven firmware engine and common interface across its product lines, LSI Logic services customers with a complete spectrum of PCI-RAID solutions ranging from: highly integrated RAID on motherboard (ROMB) and RAID on Chip (ROC) technologies to high-performance host-based SCSI, Serial ATA and ATA RAID adapters.

This first-to-market family of Ultra320 RAID solutions will include the zero-channel MegaRAID SCSI 320-0, the single-channel MegaRAID SCSI 320-1 and the dual-channel MegaRAID SCSI 320-2. Designed with a low-profile (MD2) form factor for tight enclosure environments, the MegaRAID SCSI 320-0 and MegaRAID SCSI 320-1 incorporate high-performance I/O processor-based technology, and are ideal for demanding, yet cost sensitive server I/O environments. The half-size, dual channel MegaRAID SCSI 320-2, featuring the LSI Logic LSI53C1030 dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI controller, targets high-performance mid-range servers and I/O intensive workstation environments.

LSI Logic Corporation will showcase its Ultra320 MegaRAID technology - featuring a live demonstration of the MegaRAID SCSI 320-0 - along with Ultra320 SCSI, Fibre Channel, and networking solutions in a series of customer and media demonstrations and senior executive presentations at Computex Taipei, Asia's largest IT event of the year. ...LSI Logic profile

Brocade Conference 2002, Las Vegas, NV - June 3, 2002 - Storage products from LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. have been verified by Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. as interoperable with the new SilkWorm® 12000 Core Fabric Switch and Brocade-based SAN infrastructure in testing conducted through the Brocade Fabric Aware Program. The Brocade Fabric Aware Program is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based SAN environments. LSI Logic's complete line of storage products has Fabric Aware certification with multiple generations of Brocade products, including this most recent SilkWorm 12000 test initiative.

"Since the inception of Fibre Channel technology, Brocade and LSI Logic Storage Systems have worked together to ensure complete product integration and high performance of our combined storage area network products," said Joel McGill, manager of alliances, LSI Logic Storage Systems." The verified interoperability of LSI Logic storage and the Brocade SilkWorm 12000 assures a high availability infrastructure to accommodate even the most demanding centralized storage environment." ...Brocade profile, ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - June 3, 2002 - Seagate Technology today unveiled U Series X, the first hard drive designed specifically for the needs of non-traditional markets. U Series X addresses very cost-sensitive applications that require the best reliability, virtually silent operation, and sufficient capacity — applications like the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft, audio jukeboxes, copiers, retail POS systems and low-cost PCs. With just one read/write head and a 25% thinner profile to improve system airflow, it combines low cost, fast performance, and rugged durability for alternative applications. U Series X adds to the broad set of Seagate products available to PC makers and to Consumer Electronics and other non-traditional markets.

"Customers asked us for a drive that would help low-cost and emerging markets to profitably leverage the benefits of disc-drive storage," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president, Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "These markets have new requirements for a drive — ample performance with excellent acoustics and reliability, and a cost structure that fits these applications. U Series X is the quietest drive in its class, so it fits comfortably in applications close to the ear. Its thin design makes it easier to cool a system and opens up new possibilities for smaller devices. And its efficient design will help our customers develop new devices in a more cost-effective way. U Series X can power music devices and game consoles, digital printers, networked copiers, service-center terminals, communications routers and even security cameras and police radar guns." ...Seagate profile

MINNEAPOLIS - June 3, 2002 - CNT announced today that it has joined the Brocade Professional Services Provider (PSP) Program. The program is designed for qualified consulting firms and systems integrators that are committed to delivering professional services in the area of SAN solutions. ...Brocade profile, ...CNT profile

COSTA MESA, Calif. - June 3, 2002 - Emulex Corporation announced today that its LightPulse 2Gb/s LP9002L Fibre Channel HBA has been selected by Fujitsu Siemens Computers for integration into its PRIMERGY and PRIMEPOWER server series. Fujitsu's decision to utilize Emulex HBAs was based on the LP9002L's unique feature set, including driver compatibility across its entire product line and a firmware-based architecture, which help to lower the customer's total cost of ownership and reduce management complexity.

"Emulex consistently provides reliable and scalable connectivity solutions that we require to deliver best-in-class server and storage solutions to our customers," said Dieter Herzog, Vice President of PRIMERGY Servers Product Division for Fujitsu Siemens. "Utilizing Emulex HBAs also ensures that the PRIMERGY and PRIMEPOWER server product lines deliver the speed and performance that is critical to our customers." ...Emulex profile, ...Fujitsu Siemens Computers profile
Other news on this page

SmartDisk Introduces USB 2.0 Versions of Its FireLite 20 GB, 30 GB and 40 GB Portable Hard Drives

Intersil's Elantec Product Group Ships Over 100 Million Laser Drivers

Arkeia Announces Plasmon Tape Library Certification

CommVault Chosen for Canadian Government HR Backup

FalconStor Collaborates With Oracle For Seamless Interoperability Between IPStor and Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters

Antares Microsystems Appoints TidalWire as Master Distributor

Ciprico Introduces Industry's First Near Terabyte Removable Media Storage Solution

CaminoSoft Corp. Announces Addition of Jean Kinney as Midwest Regional Manager of Sales and Service

Auspex Announces HA Platform for NSc3000 Network Storage Controller

Kentron Technologies® announces royalty free license strategy for both QBM™ and FEMMA™ technologies

Bear Stearns Releases A New Report On Emerging Storage Networking Technology

New Sony PetaApp System Enables Serverless Backup

LSI Logic first-to-market with Ultra320 PCI SCSI RAID Solutions

LSI Logic Storage Systems Achieves Brocade Fabric Aware Status For Interoperability With New SilkWorm 12000 Switch

Seagate Designs New Type of Hard Drive

CNT becomes Brocade Professional Services Provider

Fujitsu Siemens Selects Emulex 2Gb/s Host Bus Adapter

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Nibble Re: RAID Jargon

By the process of marketing magic the humble RAID has been turned into other more advanced and desirable sounding products, which you will want to rush out and buy immediately.

The RAID system concept itself is simple enough, being a box of disk drives with self healing properties which can be run in parallel for faster data throughput. But that's not sexy enough for most storage product marketers. So we now have the following refinements.
  • RAID connected by SCSI , Firewire or IDE can be called a DAS (Directly Attached Storage). The RAID has to be connected by something, but "DAS" sounds more modern, and indicates that you chose this method of connection in preference to all the others.
  • RAID connected by Fibre-channel can be called a SAN (Storage Area Network). That sounds better already.
  • RAID connected by Ethernet can be called a NAS (Network Attached Storage).
  • RAID connected by both Fibre-channel and Ethernet can be called a NUS (Network Unified Storage).
  • A RAID not connected to anything at all can be called a LUS (Lonely Unloved Storage)...

    No, I just made this one up. But you can see the basic principle at work here. And no doubt there will be other terms later for RAID connected by the Internet or Infiniband.
See also:- Megabyte's Storage Glossary which includes definitions of the many other strange terms which appear from time to time in these pages.

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