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Simi Valley, Ca. - June 10, 2002 - NovaStor Corporation announces the release of NovaNet-WEB version 4.0. This new release of NovaNet-WEB adds support for Windows XP along with several new features to enhance the ease of managing an online backup service with the software. Thousands of service providers world-wide have already licensed NovaNet-WEB to offer a money-making service that protects the critical information of small businesses everywhere.

As the demand for convenient off-site storage grows in businesses around the world, NovaStor improves their software solution that empowers companies and entrepreneurs to capitalize on this demand with their own online backup service. The core of a successful online backup service offering is the NovaNet-WEB software, which includes the back-end server component for the service provider and a fully customizable client component for the end-users. In addition to the NovaNet-WEB client and server software, NovaStor offers additional products and services to help service providers quickly build a customized and automated online backup service.

NovaNet-WEB 4.0 can be purchased directly from NovaStor starting at $695 for a 5-User license including the Client and Server software and documentation. ...NovaStor profile

Burnaby, BC - June 10, 2002 - Merlin Technologies today announced the appointment of William "BJ" Johnson as president and CEO and John Hectus as chairman of the board. The company also plans to relocate its headquarters to the greater Boston/New York City region by the end of September this year. The move reflects the company's commitment to the U.S. market.

Johnson brings more than 30 years in management, marketing and engineering experience with Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Company, and IBM. Most recently he was president of Cabletron's Global Network Technology Services responsible for the restructuring and sale of the professional services division. Hectus has over 31 years of technology experience, most recently as president of AT&T Canada Enterprises.

The company also announced plans to engage a U.S. subcontractor to manufacture its industry-leading storage and security and loss prevention products by the end of June. Merlin has already entered into a memorandum of understanding with ICICI Infotech relating to the distribution of Merlin's products in the United States and around the world. ...Merlin Software Technologies profile

Palo Alto and Santa Clara, Calif. - June 10, 2002 - Dell, HP and Intel are working together to define complementary and compatible Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA storage standard specifications that would offer users more choices in cost and features. Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA are storage interface technologies that enable data to move between PCs or servers and peripherals, such as hard disk drives. The two technologies are intended to replace current parallel versions of SCSI and ATA. Serial technology overcomes the performance barriers forecast for current parallel technologies. The serial technologies will meet the need for faster data throughput in servers and storage devices over the next decade as new Internet-based applications demand greater bandwidth and performance.

The companies will work with the Serial ATA II Working Group and the SCSI Trade Association, the industry associations responsible for developing and promoting the two interface technology specifications, to create open standard interfaces that give rise to next-generation server storage systems that utilize the benefits these two technologies deliver.

"Serialization is the future for storage interface technologies both inside and outside of the server," said Bruce Bell, vice president of Dell PowerEdge server development. "With parallel SCSI and ATA becoming increasingly complex, a serial architecture provides customers better performance, with greater signal integrity for better reliability, based on industry standard technology."

The companies expect that SATA technology will evolve as a price-performance choice in market segments where cost is a key selection criterion in desktops, servers and storage solutions. Serial Attached SCSI will become a complementary alternative with a robust feature-set for mainstream server storage solutions. ...Dell Computer profile, ...HP profile, ...Intel profile

See also:- Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI

Las Vegas, NV - June 10, 2002 - NSI® Software today announced the availability of expanded OEM integration capabilities that allow Double-Take®'s data replication engine to be optimized for NAS appliances built on the Microsoft Windows Server Appliance Kit (SAK). Double-Take® can now appear as a tab in the Microsoft SAK Web UI Framework, giving users the ability to control data replication and failover tasks remotely using a Web browser along with other NAS configuration options. This enhancement allows NSI's NAS platform partners to quickly and easily integrate Double-Take's replication capabilities into their NAS products, further increasing the adoption of Double-Take as the replication engine of choice for protecting data on NAS devices.

"Enterprise adoption of Windows Powered NAS continues to accelerate, driving a demand for Windows-based data replication that is both highly reliable and cost-effective," said Zane Adam, group product manager, Enterprise Storage Division, Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased by NSI's commitment to delivering Windows-certified replication technology to our mutual customers." NSI Software will demonstrate the superior replication and failover capabilities of Double-Take in Microsoft's booth at the June 10 - 13, 2002 Gartner StoragePlanet 2002 event, Las Vegas, NV, booth number 17.

Emerging as the de-facto replication engine for NAS, Double-Take is the only replication product to achieve Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter certifications, and protects everything from servers to NAS environments. Double-Take utilizes asynchronous replication technology to facilitate continuous data protection, reduce or eliminate downtime and data loss with automatic failover, and enhance the capabilities and performance of existing backup systems. ...NSI Software profile

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.- June 10, 2002 ­ Nexsan Technologies today announced an enhanced version of its InfiniSAN D2D storage solution that combines the multi-terabyte capacity of the ATAboy2 hardware platform with an upgrade of the company's award winning disk-to-disk (D2D) backup software to deliver faster-than-tape backup solutions at a better-than-tape price. The new ATAboy2 is an affordable ­ less than 1 cent per megabyte - high-density storage solution, providing more than 1.6 Terabytes of D2D backup capacity to host Nexsan¹s latest breakthrough in D2D software. Nexsan's first major D2D software upgrade includes a broad range of enhancements that make disk-based backup operations 30% faster and easier, while providing administrators with a rich management tool set to improve backup operations.

"As the market leader in D2D backup solutions, we have surpassed the recent entries into the market and produced yet another technology breakthrough," said Diamond Lauffin, Nexsan's Senior Executive Vice President. "While these newcomers are just learning what this market is all about and what customers need, Nexsan is delivering a second-generation D2D architecture that keeps us out in front in D2D technology."

Data is protected through event-based, real time backup to either a local on-site, on-line primary and/or an off-site, on-line secondary disaster recovery system. This event-based model eliminates backup window problems and the exposure to loss of up to several business days¹ data associated with traditional backup applications. InfiniSAN D2D also eliminates the down time associated with the traditional process of restoring a file or rebuilding a server from a tape based system by providing an on-line replication of a file system on a disk based, RAID implemented, random access solution. ...Nexsan Technologies profile

Eden Prairie, Minn. - June 10, 2002 - XIOtech Corporation today unveiled its SANbuilder line of application-driven storage solutions for healthcare. XIOtech's SANbuilder for Healthcare Applications has been certified for use as storage with A.L.I. Technologies, Epic Systems, and Eclipsys. The SANbuilder for Healthcare Applications includes best-in-class professional services, storage hardware and software, training, support, and implementation guides to help ensure a successful SAN installation in a healthcare environment.

XIOtech's SANbuilder for Healthcare Applications was developed in response to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which was created by the federal government to mandate regulations and standards for the healthcare industry. XIOtech is committed to providing solutions that help healthcare customers keep up with ever-changing government guidelines.

"Compatibility between the MAGNITUDE and ALI, Epic Systems, and Eclipsys' products means that hospitals and medical facilities know they have an affordable, easy-to-manage, reliable solution for their imaging and data storage needs," said Dan McCormick, vice president of marketing for XIOtech. "By increasing the speed and accuracy of medical information to physicians, patient quality care increases and costs are reduced." ...Xiotech profile

BELLEVUE - June 10, 2002 - TeraCloud Corporation announced today the addition of Thomas Phillips as vice president of sales. This addition to the executive team demonstrates TeraCloud's commitment to extending its business and growing its sales channels. Phillips' appointment comes on the heels of TeraCloud's recently announced $5.5 million first round of funding.

Bringing more than 20 years of industry experience and 10 years of building revenue in enterprise storage companies, Phillips will be responsible for overseeing local, regional and international sales development for TeraCloud, ensuring continued success in attracting and retaining Fortune 1000 customers. During his tenure at Linuxcare Inc., Philips grew revenue from $700,000 to $12 million in one year. As vice president of North American sales at Sterling Software (an SRM company that was acquired by Computer Associates) he quadrupled revenue in five years from $10 million to $48 million. Most recently, Phillips was vice president of sales for InterSAN.

"Phillips' history in storage software sales with companies like InterSAN and Sterling Software makes him a great fit at TeraCloud," says Douglass Ebstyne, CEO of TeraCloud. "We are emerging as a leader in this space as SpaceNet, our enterprise-wide solution, is getting excellent market reception. Now, with Tom's expertise and solid industry relationships, TeraCloud is in an even stronger position to deeply penetrate the market and increase market share." ...TeraCloud profile

Glen Ellyn, IL – June 10, 2002 – TrelliSoft, Inc today announced that two new products, StorageAlert/Apps for Microsoft SQL Server and StorageAlert/Apps for Sybase, are available for customers in its Early Adopter program. StorageAlert/Apps is designed for storage professionals who need to manage the storage that is allocated to mission critical applications. By monitoring and managing the storage associated with an application and its underlying databases, StorageAlert/Apps can help reduce storage costs and eliminate storage-related application problems such as downtime or over-allocated, unused space.

"From the beginning our vision has been to give storage professionals the ability to understand the storage environment as a whole and be able to drill into details from a single GUI," said Steve Donovan, TrelliSoft president and CEO. "With the additional support for Sybase and SQL Server, StorageAlert is now able to provide enterprise-wide analysis from the operating system or application perspective for even more organizations. Sybase is a particularly important application area for TrelliSoft as we focus on the financial services industry: 70 of the top 100 banks worldwide and 75 of the top U.S. banks use Sybase."

The StorageAlert suite provides a true consolidated view of storage, combining filesystem utilization with application utilization, across operating systems and storage devices. StorageAlert allows administrators to drill down from a single large file allocated to an application to the storage details associated with the underlying data structures. By providing this link from operating system to applications through a single web-based interface, StorageAlert enables IT to pinpoint problems that would otherwise go undetected, providing insight beyond traditional SRM tools. ...TrelliSoft profile

MILPITAS, Calif.- June 10, 2002 - Focusing on the demand for reliable, high-bandwidth connections for networked peripherals, LSI Logic Corporation today introduced its ComCentrix L1501 standard product. The L1501 peripheral I/O solution integrates USB 2.0 functionality and the USB 2.0 Transceiver Macrocell Interface (UTMI) with a comprehensive set of standard I/Os. The implementation of the USB 2.0 allows the L1501 to process data at rates of up to 480 Mb/s. This single-chip solution replaces four separate devices thereby lowering component cost by 30% and significantly reducing system development time.

In addition to USB 2.0, the L1501 provides a comprehensive set of I/O standards in a single chip such as an Ethernet 10/100, IEEE 1284 parallel port and IRDA port for evolving wireless handheld Internet appliances. For added flexibility, the ComCentrix device uses the industry standard 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI bus to interface with the embedded system controller. The L1501 is housed in a 208-pin plastic quad flat pack (PQFP) package and is priced at $13.00 each in 10K piece quantities. Samples will be available in July with volume production quantities in Q4, 2002. ...LSI Logic profile

Munich, Germany – June 10, 2002 – Infineon Technologies today announced that it will supply secure microcontroller chips for use in smart identification (ID) cards being issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The new Smart Identity Card System (SMARTICS) which will be implemented by the Hong Kong SAR starting in July 2003, will ultimately replace laminated plastic photo ID cards now carried by all citizens 11 years of age or older. The system uses a multi-application smart card that incorporates the MULTOS operating system of Australian Keycorp Limited and secure microcontrollers manufactured by Infineon.

The SMARTICS card will be used for personal identification and authentication, as a drivers license, and as a library card. Printed information and a photo will be visible on the card surface. The microcontroller chip incorporated into the card securely stores an individual name, date of birth, and ID number. Additionally, it will store data on the digital characteristics of the card holder's thumbprint. This will allow officials to verify identity using biometric data. This data only includes the relative position of the fingerprint characteristics and not the fingerprint as a whole. This technique eliminates the possibility of reconstructing the original fingerprint from this data.

Under the first phase of this project, the Government of Hong Kong SAR has ordered 1.2 million SMARTICS cards. The estimated total number of cards to meet this requirement is about 6.8 million. ...Infineon Technologies profile
Other news on this page

NovaStor Empowers Internet Services with New NovaNet-WEB 4.0 Online Backup Solution

Merlin Technologies Will Relocate HQ to US

Industry Leaders Collaborate on New Choices for Next-Generation Serial Architectures for Server Storage

NSI Software Expands Integration of Double-Take Data Replication for Windows Powered NAS

Nexsan Releases Next-Generation Multi-Terabyte D2d Backup

XIOtech Corporation Announces SANbuilder for Healthcare Applications

TeraCloud Adds Storage Veteran to Executive Team as Vice President of Sales

TrelliSoft StorageAlert/Apps Expands to Monitor, Manage SQL Server, Sybase, Applications

LSI Logic announces USB 2.0 enabled single-chip communication I/O solution for advanced peripherals

Hong Kong Government to Use Infineon's Chip Card Technology in Smart Identification Card Project

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