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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - June 14, 2002 - BakBone Software (TSE: BKB) announced today financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. BakBone reported consolidated revenues of US$3.1 million for the fourth quarter, an increase of 84% over the same period in the previous fiscal year. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter were US$5.4 million, a decrease of 23% from the same period last year. Net loss for the fourth quarter was US$6.5 million. Excluding a US$2.5 million one-time charge in the fourth quarter related to the impairment of intangibles, net loss for the quarter was US$4.0 million. For the year ended March 31, 2002, consolidated revenues were US$9.9 million with a net loss of US$18.8 million.

"I am pleased by the strong results we achieved during our fourth quarter and for the fiscal year," said Keith Rickard, BakBone's President and CEO. "Not only did we post revenue growth of 98% over our previous fiscal year, but we did it while decreasing overall operating expenses by 10% and improving gross margin on revenues to 87%. These results were planned for and achieved during a year that saw economic slowdown throughout the world. I feel that the strength of our product offerings and increasing market demand for storage solutions will continue to provide revenue growth and increased market share for BakBone throughout fiscal year 2003." ...BakBone Software profile

Editor's comments:- these kind of results remind me of those we had from dotcoms a few years ago. You know, more revenue equals more losses. But then we remember that BakBone (founded in 2000) has developed a real product, and that maybe this is just the early part of their hockey stick growth curve. They are one of the top 10 most popular software companies in this web site, so there's a lot of interest in what they're doing. My gut feel is that the company needs on the order of 500% revenue growth next year to get into profit. That's asking a lot, but not impossible. Unfortunately a detailed financial report for this quarter was not available as we went to press on this.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. - June 13, 2002 - Cylink Corporation today announced that it has been certified to work in HP's SANworks Data Replication Manager Fibre Channel and Internet Protocol (FC-IP) solution for more flexible management of customers' business continuity systems. SANworks is a SAN solution based on HP's StorageWorks Fibre Channel controllers that allows remote replication of data in real time. Certified FC-IP gateway equipment from CNT, SANcastle Technologies and SAN Valley Systems, together with Cylink's NetHawk VPN, enables SANworks to use existing IT networks securely. With IPSec, networking customers can leverage regional SANs as secure recovery sites within the broader national or global infrastructure.

"As storage area networks continue to grow, organizations are extending data transfers over increasingly wider distances. This requirement is being driven by applications such as disaster recovery and business continuity," said Patrick Reilly, Cylink Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "Cylink has identified business continuity as a key strategic focus. With our range of encryption devices, combined with our powerful certificate-based management tool, Cylink is in an excellent position to play a key role in enabling secure SAN solutions."

NetHawk is a high-performance VPN solution built to meet the scalability demands of today's organizations, supporting up to 20,000 simultaneous secure connections and operating at 200 Mbps full duplex with strong Triple-DES encryption. NetHawk also features PrivaCy Manager, an easy-to-use, point-and-click management platform offering flexible, secure and transparent monitoring and control capabilities. PrivaCy Manager enables network security managers to define integrated security policies that can be distributed across multiple NetHawk VPNs. ...Cylink profile


Wilmington, MA – June 13, 2002 - The QBM Alliance, an international alliance founded by Kentron Technologies, welcomes Acuid Corporation to the Alliance. The QBM Alliance is aimed at positioning Quad Band Memory (QBM) technology as an industry standard. QBM is a Double Data Rate (DDR) based technology that utilizes existing DDR I SDRAM memory devices to produce the expected bandwidth of DDR II devices and beyond, today. Acuid Corporation provides test equipment to the semiconductor and memory module industry and will be instrumental in the testing of the QBM modules that will be introduced to the industry later this year.

"As we near the actual introduction of memory controllers that have been 'QBM enabled', the industry will rely on companies such as Acuid Corporation to provide the high speed testing capabilities for the QBM module solutions", said Bob Goodman, CEO of Kentron Technologies.

"Acuid is well positioned to address the test challenges of QBM technology, and look forward to working closely with all members of the Alliance to provide cost effective test solutions", said Kevin McLaren, VP WW Marketing & Sales, Acuid Corporation. ...Acuid profile, ...Kentron Technologies profile, ...QBM Alliance


HSICHIH, TAIWAN, - June 13, 2002 - AnexTEK today launched two compact 8-bay, RAID storage systems, the AccuRAID S-Line, which offer reliable SCSI-to-IDE or SCSI-to-SCSI RAID data protection at a low total cost of ownership. The AccuRAID S-Line is composed of two storage systems: the S890 and S900.
BakBone Announces 84% Revenue Growth
Cylink NetHawk Certified to Provide Security for HP's SANworks Solution

The QBM Alliance welcomes Acuid Corporation as a new member

AnexTEK Global Inc. Announces the AccuRAID S-Line Direct Attached Storage System

Finalists Announced for 2002 Network Storage Conference

DiscT@2 Technology Allows Users to Burn Graphics and Text Directly onto CDs

Security Enhancements Included in Redesigned USB Flash Drive from Transcend - JetFlash

Dot Hill's SANnet Keeps Ad Agency Creative, Productive

EMC Enhances CLARiiON Interoperability with Compaq Tru64 Support

Arkeia Announces Virtual Backup Server Solution

Overland Announces Next-Generation Super DLTtape Technology Now Available in Neo Series Libraries

Gartner Dataquest Says Worldwide Fiber Channel SAN Market Grew 13% in 2001

Launch of Chipsets with Integrated USB 2.0 Opens Flood Gates in 'Year of USB 2.0'

Overland Data Sets its Sights on the Storage Software Market

McDATA Elects John Kelley Chief Executive Officer

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Animal marketing metaphors are popular in service industries, but you'd be surprised how many companies have used animals in their marketing of data storage products and services.

The storage market was worth over $160 billion in 2006, and as it gets bigger - more companies will turn to animal brands to help differentiate their otherwise bland products and lend them artificial (or deserving) characters and virtues.

The idea behind this type of marketing is to suggest positive connotations so it's unlikely that anyone will choose to associate their products with gremlins. But you may be surprised by the population of the storage ark.

This reference articles lists all known companies who have furry marketing brands, and also includes some which are slimy, scaly and scary too. ...read the article, Mice in storage
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"As an emerging player in the storage industry," commented Alex Kuo, AnexTEK's President, "we are dedicated to providing affordable and reliable storage networking products and solutions. That commitment is evident with our new AccuRAID S-Line of DAS products which offer dependable data storage protection at a low total cost of ownership." ...AnexTEK profile


Santa Clara, Calif. - June 13, 2002 - Only a few days remain before the commencement of the 9th annual Network Storage Conference, scheduled for June 17-20, 2002. A multitude of leading storage manufacturers, executives, integrators, channels and users will gather to take advantage of array of important topics to be discussed and debated at the event. In the latest development, finalists have been announced for the first annual Network Storage Conference Awards, which is co-sponsored by InfoStor and Computer Technology Review magazines. The recently inaugurated awards program is designed to lend recognition to manufacturers for innovative storage devices in a variety of categories. The finalists are as follows.
In the category of best complete storage system, finalists include:
Management software finalists include:-
In the category of interconnect product, finalists are comprised of:- ...
For most innovative storage product, contenders include:
The winner in each category will be announced during lunch on Wednesday, June 19.

Conference Chairman and Peripheral Concepts President, Farid Neema, says of the awards finalists, "These finalists represent some of the most innovative storage companies for year 2002 and the Network Storage Conference Awards is our way of recognizing these manufacturers for their achievements. We are pleased to also team with two of the storage industry's cornerstone publications, InfoStor and CTR, to help lend some notoriety to each of these vendors' hard work and forward thinking. I look forward to being on hand to personally congratulate each of the winners."

Neema goes on to emphasize a sense of urgency for those who have yet to sign up for the event. "If you are connected to storage technology in any way, then you owe it to yourself to attend this conference. The variety of panel discussions will address the hard questions and issues that we all face as this technology continues to evolve. The Network Storage Conference remains one of the industry's oldest and most respected events devoted solely to the topic of storage networking and I urge anyone who manufactures, sells or uses this technology to not be left out." ...Peripheral Concepts profile


BUENA PARK, CA - June 12, 2002 - Yamaha Electronics Corporation ushers CD recording into a new era with the announcement of its CRW-F1. The newest addition to Yamaha's growing award-winning family of top-of-the-line optical recorders is the first CD recorder to offer the revolutionary DiscT@2™ Laser Labeling System, which allows graphics and text to be burnt onto any CD-R disc, eliminating the need for labels.

The CRW-F1 is also the first CD recorder ever to offer 24X CD-RW ReWriting. With full Mt. Rainer support, the CRW-F1 burns CD-RW discs at up to 24X thus reducing the time for your overall rewriting experience by 50% compared to the fastest CD-RW record speeds available in the market today. In addition, with Yamaha's CD-RW Audio Track Edit system, there is no longer a need to erase an entire CD-RW disc to add a track or file to the disc, further facilitating and expanding the uses of CD-RW discs. ...Yamaha profile


Taipei, Taiwan - June 12, 2002 - Worries about the security of sensitive data during travel between computers are over thanks to the security enhancements included with the redesigned series of USB JetFlash drives from Transcend Information, Inc. With a high-capacity Transcend JetFlash, mobility of data between computers has never been so convenient and secure. While numerous technologies are available and being developed for data sharing among computers, complications often result from incompatible software, input/output methods, the need for special drivers, or inadequate capacity. Enter the JetFlash from Transcend. Almost immediately after plugging JetFlash into a USB port, it is ready to read or write. Most operating systems already include the files needed by this USB mass storage device, and the USB port provides the small amount of power it needs. Available in capacities from 16MB to 1GB, it easily replaces floppy disks, ZIP cartridges, or even hard drives.

The redesigned JetFlash from Transcend also includes password protection and a write protect switch to ensure the privacy and retention of sensitive information. JetFlash can be easily configured with the provided software to prevent unauthorized personnel from either accidentally or maliciously tampering with its contents. A high capacity controller allows a maximum data transfer speed of 1.5 MB (12M bit) per second, and its top quality NAND type Flash memory provides dependability for years of use. Transcend is so confident of its reliability, that a two-year warranty is offered with every JetFlash. JetFlash can also be setup to be used as MS-DOS Boot Disk with the software included in the package. ...Transcend Information profile


CARLSBAD, Calif. - June 12, 2002- In a partnership with Dutch reseller PDF, Dot Hill Europe B.V. implemented a SAN for advertising agency and J. Walter Thompson affiliate, PPGH. The installation was made in the Apple Macintosh environment, which is widely used by creative entities, such as advertising agencies, worldwide.

"Deadlines can make or break you in the advertising business, so we can't afford any downtime due to IT issues," said Joep Steenman, IT manager for PPGH/JWT. "Dot Hill and PDF extensively tested our SAN solution in the lab and then in our offices before taking it into production. We've had optimum productivity and full availability to our data since the SAN was installed."

PPGH/JWT is using its SAN with Appleshare IP, software that provides a powerful yet simple way to communicate and exchange information using file, print, mail and web services, along with Canto Cumulus software that organizes and publishes any digital file such as images, layouts, presentations, video, audio or text. The agency's creative staff continually accesses the image database while developing advertising campaigns for its clients.

"Due to Dot Hill's open systems approach to storage, we have extensive experience implementing SANs in a variety of operating environments, including the Macintosh graphics' platform which is used globally in the advertising industry," said Bert van der Woning, managing director of Dot Hill EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia). "With the help of our long-time partner PDF, we plan to place more emphasis on this sector." ...Dot Hill profile


Hopkinton, Mass.- June 12, 2002 - EMC Corporation today announced CLARiiON support for Compaq Tru64 UNIX operating environments. Building upon the customer trend of separating storage acquisitions from servers, customers are now able to combine the power of networked EMC CLARiiON enterprise storage systems and software with their Compaq AlphaServers running the Tru64 UNIX operating system and Compaq TruCluster high-availability clustering software. ...EMC profile


California -June 12, 2002 - Arkeia Corp. announced today the launch of Arkeia Virtual Server, a new product in its range of backup solutions. This Virtual Backup Server provides a new array of local and remote data protection services especially adapted to ISPs, telecom specialists and cable operators. By using Arkeia's Virtual Server capacity, ISPs can offer complementary services to current clients, plus attract new business from growing companies that want to avoid expensive hardware purchases.

"The exclusive award-winning technology that has made Arkeia the favoured solution for 90,000 users worldwide is ideal for local or remote network backup," stated Arkeia CEO Phil Roussel. "Multiplexing of client machines, multiple streams of data and simultaneous multiple site hosting can facilitate an astonishingly rapid, secure transfer of huge amounts of information."

Arkeia, a long-time standard in heterogeneous network backup and restore, is perfectly designed to expand the services offered by ISPs. Literally hundreds of machines can be backed up simultaneously. ...Arkeia profile


SAN DIEGO - June 11, 2002 – Overland Data announced that the industry's highest-performing, highest-capacity tape drive, the Quantum SDLT 320, is available to the mid-range storage automation market through Overland Data's NEO™ Series library line of products. Based on Super DLTtape technology, the SDLT 320 drive holds 320 GB of compressed data, a 60 percent greater capacity than any mid-range tape technology. When coupled with NEO Series library solutions from Overland Data, the SDLT 320 drive provides tape automation customers the highest storage density, the lowest cost per gigabyte and the fastest backups available.

"Our customers are looking forward to the availability of the NEO series enhanced with SDLT 320 as it offers increased capacity, performance and a cost savings of up to 33% in media," said Bob Scroop, vice president and general manager, Storage Resource Business Unit, Overland Data. "These are all very important factors for our customers who rely on Overland Data to provide the highest capacity, best overall automated solutions to meet their growing needs."

Overland Data will offer the SDLT 320 drive in its NEO Series 2000, 4100, 4200, 4300 and 4400 for both enterprise and workgroup solutions. NEO Series libraries can support up to 16 SDLT 320 drives and 208 cartridges, with a storage capacity of more than 33 terabytes and full scalability to meet expanding storage needs. ...Overland Data profile, ...Quantum profile

Las Vegas, Nevada - June 11, 2002 - Worldwide Fibre Channel SAN components revenue totaled $1.46 billion in 2001, a 13% increase from 2000 revenue of $1.3 billion, according to Dataquest Inc. Gartner Dataquest analysts presented the findings today during this week's Gartner PlanetStorage 2002 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"While the Fibre Channel industry experienced slower growth than in previous years, this increase is considered a strong performance in a difficult year for storage products and companies," said James Opfer, chief analyst for Gartner Dataquest's Storage Worldwide research group, focusing on server storage and RAID worldwide.

"In addition to extraneous factors related to economic conditions that slowed growth in 2001, Fibre Channel products were undergoing a transition from 1-Gbps to 2-Gbps products that was not completed in 2001, particularly in the area of directors and other core products."
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Worldwide Fibre Channel Component Revenue Based on Revenue for 2001
Company 2001 Market
Share (%)
2000 Market
Share (%)
Growth
(%)
Brocade 34 32 18
McDATA 16 13 41
Emulex 15 15 20
QLogic 12 10 42
JNI 5 8 -29
Others 18 22 -14
Total Market 100 100 13
The worldwide Fibre Channel switching products market had revenue reach $829 million in 2001, up 26% from 2000. Brocade remained the dominant supplier, accounting for 58% of revenue. McDATA represented 29% of revenue. McDATA's success was attributed to its edge-switch products that complemented its core director products. QLogic remained the No. 3 vendor with 7% of the market, as it completed the transition associated with its acquisition of Ancor the previous year.

Worldwide Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) totaled $562 million in 2001, an increase of 3% from 2000. Emulex was the clear leader with 40% of the market, followed by QLogic with 22% market share. JNI was the No. 3 vendor with 13% of the market's revenue.

The worldwide Fibre Channel market will continue to experience double-digit growth through 2006, when the market will total $6.7 billion. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for Fibre Channel revenue is projected to be 36% from 2001-2006. HBAs and switching products will exhibit CAGRs differing by only a few percentage points from the composite value. ...GartnerGroup profile

USB 2.0 DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, SAN JOSE, Calif. - June 11, 2002 - Milestones were achieved today at the USB 2.0 Developers Conference with first public demonstrations of video capture product and the highest performance ever seen with the latest hardware and software based on the leading personal computer peripheral interconnect. The biggest showcase for one of the hottest computer technologies is focused on Universal Serial Bus 2.0, known in the marketplace as "Hi-Speed USB 2.0."

USB 2.0 increases the speed of the peripheral to PC connection from 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on USB 1.1 to up to 480 Mbps on USB 2.0, or 40 times faster than with the older technology. The higher bandwidth is a major boost for such external peripherals as CD/DVD burners, scanners, hard drives and digital cameras, and opens the market for peripherals that require higher throughput. It also supports demanding PC user applications where multiple high-speed devices run simultaneously, including digital image creation and Web publishing. Another benefit is USB 2.0 is forward and backward compatible with USB 1.1. ...Intel profile, ...USB storage


June 11, 2002 - in three related press releases today, the fastest growing tape library manufacturer, Overland Data, working in partnership with Astrum Software, signalled they intend to make serious inroads into the lucrative storage software management market. The companies announced they are working together to bring a new family of Overland-branded storage management software solutions to market. Overland will sell these products worldwide exclusively through its extensive network of resellers.
  • Overland SRM provides users with open and intelligent tools to easily detect problems, take corrective action and adjust storage resources in a matter of minutes in any heterogeneous NAS or DAS environment. The product also lowers costs by increasing storage utilisation rates by up to 50% from present storage devices.

    "We developed Overland SRM knowing that IT managers want to realise ROI immediately - not in a month or two - and that one tool should not disrupt the network already in place," said John Cloyd, vice president and general manager of Overland's new software management business unit. "Overland SRM can be deployed in about three hours and be used with any number of storage products, making it the only SRM tool on the market that provides these benefits."
  • Overland Storage Planner helps organisations analyse existing storage equipment and infrastructure to rationalise, re-deploy, upgrade or design a SAN to meet performance and equipment requirements.
  • Overland SAN Manager provides for improved service level management of SANs through graphical virtualisation, event correlation and alert generation. It also discovers, manages and monitors multi-vendor SAN devices.
Commenting on the partnership with Overland, F. Daniel Haley, president and CEO of Astrum Software said "Astrum Software is pleased to announce its partnership with an industry leader like Overland. With Overland, we will now be able to deliver the industry's best SRM solution to the largest possible customer channel."

Overland SRM is available now through Overland's extensive network of resellers, and is priced by the terabyte. Users activate Overland SRM via an electronic license key that allows them to regularly expand the product's capabilities to keep pace with growth. ...Astrum Software profile, ...Overland Data profile


BROOMFIELD, Colo. - June 11, 2002 - McDATA Corporation today elected John Kelley as president and CEO, effective August 1, 2002. Kelley joined McDATA in August of 2001 as its president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining McDATA, Kelley was executive vice president for Qwest Communications International, responsible for local network operations overseeing 27,500 employees and for improving service for 25 million customers. Prior to that, Kelley was president of Qwest Wholesale Markets, with full P&L responsibility for $2.8 billion in revenue. Kelley has served on McDATA's board of directors since August 2001. Kelley will succeed Jack McDonnell as McDATA's chief executive officer. McDonnell, a McDATA co-founder, will continue as chairman of the board and, in addition, will remain actively focused on the company's long-term strategy and business development activities, as well as continuing to support its customer relationships. ...McDATA profile

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