Storage news - June 17 - 21, 2002
Demonstrates New Backup Solutions at (UK) Networks 2002
Arkeia 5 features smooth network integration, including automatic hardware detection as well as a new user-friendly interface. Arkeia 5 is now scalable for SME businesses through to large enterprises. Its new modular plugin structure can simplify specialised tasks, such as backup for open file databases and online servers. To simplify data security and reduce costs, Arkeia 5 can channel multiple servers to a single tape library.
Solair RAID systems, now up to 12 disks in only 2U
The RAID system complements the company's Solair brand of SPARC servers. This 2U system can handle a maximum of 12 x 1" high SCSI drives with a Single RAID controller or a redundant RAID controller. This unit works with hot swappable power supply units (320W each) which are Dual redundant(N+1). ...Dataman Benelux profile
Brocade and Legend Group of China Launch OEM Relationship
HONG KONG - June 20 - Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. announced today that Legend Group Limited, the leading information technology company in China, will become the first China-based Brocade OEM partner.
Legend and Brocade have agreed to enter a strategic relationship in which Legend will sell and support the SilkWorm 3200 8-port Entry Fabric Switch. The two companies will also work together on marketing and interoperability initiatives to further expand the deployment of networked storage, based on Brocade SAN infrastructure, in the China market. Over the coming calendar quarter, Brocade and Legend will work together to build "Legend University" in seven major Chinese cities with the goal of training over 800 Legend end-users and channel partners and expanding the knowledge base of SAN expertise in the region. ...Brocade profile
people3 and Mercer Say Use of IT Contractors Expected to Rebound With the Economy
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - June 20, 2002 - While the use of IT contractors dipped in 2001 as a result of tighter budgets and deferred or discontinued IT projects, the trend is expected to reverse with the rebounding economy, according to the 2001 IT Contractor Compensation Survey, a new survey by people3, Inc., a Gartner Inc. company, and Mercer Human Resource Consulting.
In November 2001, people3 and Mercer Human Resource Consulting surveyed 36 organizations using a comprehensive questionnaire to find out how companies use IT contractors. The surveyed organizations collectively employ more than 6,200 IT contractors.
According to the survey, 47 percent of companies reduced their use of IT contractors between November 2000 and October 2001. During the same time period, 31 percent increased their reliance on contractors and 22 percent made no changes. However, for the 12 months following November 2001, 36 percent of the companies expected to increase their use of IT contractors, 33 percent anticipated a decrease, and 31 percent projected no change.
Skill proficiency level is the single, biggest influence on contractor rates. Companies pay significantly higher rates for contractors with advanced levels of proficiency. Individual skills (e.g., Java) do not have a significant influence on contractor rates. Instead, generic skill categories (e.g., programming languages) tend to impact the actual rates paid. Contractors with networking and ERP skills are, on average, paid higher rates.
The survey also examined compensation levels for 31 jobs grouped into six IT functional areas. The actual hourly rates for contractors were compared with annual base salary and annual total cash compensation for permanent, full-time employees. According to the survey, an outside contractor typically is paid two to three times more than a full-time IT employee in the same position. ...GartnerGroup profile
See also:- Storage Winners and Losers from the 2000-2003 IT Recession
Pirus Networks Awarded Product of the Year at Network Storage 2002
ACTON, Mass. - June 20, 2002 - Pirus Networks today announced that the Pirus PSX-1000 Storage Utility Switch has won a Product of the Year award at the Network Storage 2002 conference, being held this week in Santa Clara, Calif.
Within the Interconnect Product category, finalists included Pirus, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. and Vixel Corporation. The Network Storage conference delivers valuable content on storage and storage networking to industry experts, IT professionals and vendors.
"We are honored to be recognized for pioneering an 'intelligent' approach to storage networking," said Rich Napolitano, CEO and president of Pirus Networks. "It has never been more critical for IT organizations to maximize their investments. Products like the Pirus Storage Utility Switch are indicative of a new breed of storage technologies that benefit an organization's capital expenditures by optimizing their existing investments, and at the same time significantly reducing their overall cost of ownership."
"When we founded the Network Storage conference in 1994, our vision was to provide the premier forum for showcasing the most innovative new concepts in storage networking," said Farid Neema, president of Peripheral Concepts, Inc. "Pirus Networks is certainly an innovator, and we are pleased to award Pirus for their efforts in pioneering a new category of 'intelligent storage switches,' which can enable greater efficiency, performance and ROI of storage and network resources."
The Network Storage Award winners were selected by a team of independent vendors, storage industry publication editors and market researchers. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in storage networking in four categories: Complete Storage System, Management Software, Interconnect Product - switches, hubs, adapters, routers - and Innovative Product.
The PSX-1000 offers a highly reliable and scalable platform that enables enterprises to centralize multiple storage services and consolidate multi-vendor storage assets under a single, easy-to-manage storage network. ...Pirus Networks profile
Oak Technology Announces Preliminary Fourth-Quarter Financial Results
SUNNYVALE, CA - June 19, 2002 - Oak Technology, Inc., a leading provider of embedded software and semiconductor solutions for the optical storage and digital imaging markets, today announced that due to a slower-than-anticipated global PC environment, particularly in Europe, the Company expects revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2002 to decline sequentially.
Rather than the Company's previous business outlook of revenues up slightly from last quarter's $42 million, Oak now anticipates reporting revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2002 in a range of $34 to $36 million, and a fourth fiscal quarter pro forma net loss in the range of ($0.05) to ($0.09) per share.
Global market conditions are resulting in deferrals of certain customer orders and lower than normal turns in the Company's business. In addition, the Company believes uncertainty in the distribution channel caused by PC-OEM manufacturers has contributed to the industry-wide softness and short-term inventory build up. In response to these market forces, Oak is further tightening cost controls, deferring normal annual salary increases for six months and providing for certain restructuring activities. ...Oak Technology profile
Micron Technology, Inc., Confirms Industry-Wide Investigation
Boise, Idaho - June 18, 2002 - Micron Technology, Inc. today confirmed that the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice has undertaken an industry-wide investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices among DRAM manufacturers.
Micron confirmed that it received a grand jury subpoena yesterday from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California seeking information relating to the investigation.
The Company informed the Antitrust Division that it will cooperate fully with the Division's investigation. "Micron does not believe it has violated U.S. antitrust laws," said Micron VP of Corporate Affairs, Kipp Bedard. "The DRAM business is highly competitive and subject to extreme volatility. Competitive forces in today's market have led to DRAM prices reaching unprecedented lows." ...Micron Technology profile
Drive Support is Now Available on Red Hat Linux
Morgan Hill, Calif. - June 18 , 2002 - CENATEK, Inc. announced today that its flagship product, the Rocket Drive, is now supported by Red Hat Linux.
Rocket Drive functions as a hard drive, storing data on SDRAM rather than magnetic media, and is the fastest, most reliable solid state solution for accelerating I/O-bound applications.
"Customers require a flexible, reliable and versatile operating system," said Bill Mason, Director of Product Management at Red Hat. "By creating the driver for Rocket Drive to run on Red Hat Linux, Red Hat and CENATEK have been able to meet these demands, thereby increasing the optimization of applications such as web caching (particularly open-source Apache Web servers), e-mail and databases."
"The Linux-based market is growing rapidly, as is the number of applications that run on it," states Sherri Chien-Niclas, CENATEK's vice president of sales and marketing. "With market share of Linux growing at a compounded annual rate of nearly 30%, we have seen strong customer demand for a Rocket Drive solution on Red Hat Linux. As the ideal, highly reliable and cost-effective operating system for data-intensive computing environments, Linux shares similar traits with Rocket Drive." ...Cenatek profile, ...Red Hat profile
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M-Systems Raises Top Capacity of DiskOnChip® to 1 Gigabyte
FREMONT, Calif. - June 18, 2002 - M-Systems today announced the expansion of its 32-pin DIP DiskOnChip 2000 flash disk product line with new capacities up to 1GB.
|"Many users of
flash mass-storage devices are in a hurry to cut their time to market. This
conflicts with the amount of time it takes for programmers to compress code,"
said Jim Handy, director of non-volatile memories at
Semico Research. "With a large
available code and data space, programmers can meet or beat their deadlines
without running into space constraint problems."
When compared to other 1GB disk solutions, the new 1GB DiskOnChip 2000 flash disk product resides on a remarkably small 32-pin DIP socket, occupying a much smaller space. In addition, the wide operating system support and pin-out compatibility with previous DiskOnChip 2000 products makes it easy to upgrade. Samples of the 1GB DiskOnChip flash disk are available now for evaluation purposes ...M-Systems profile
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Exabyte® Announces Second Generation 160 GB VXA® Tape Drive
BOULDER, CO - June 18, 2002 - Exabyte Corporation today announced the introduction of its second- generation VXA tape drive. T
he VXA-2 dramatically increases the capacity and performance available to tape users who seek an alternative to DDS technology at similar pricing for drives and media. In addition, VXA-2 delivers full read and write compatibility with VXA-1, protecting the investment of users who have already chosen VXA technology. Shipments to select channel and OEM customers began this month, and general availability to all customers is expected by September this year.
The VXA-2 drive can record 160 GB to a single cartridge at a data transfer rate of 12 MB/sec (at an average 2:1 data compression ratio). VXA-2 delivers at least twice the data rate and four times the storage capacity of DDS-4, and is competitively priced at $999 (MSRP) for an internal unit. Three interface options will be available including Ultra2 Wide SCSI, IDE/ATAPI, and FireWire, providing support for a wide range of computing platforms and operating systems. VXAtape media pricing for all cartridge capacities maintains a price per gigabyte very close to $0.50. ...Exabyte profile
New QLogic HBAs Offer High Performance and Native Support for All Major Operating Systems
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - June 18, 2002 - QLogic Corp. today established a new standard for competitive Fibre Channel HBAs with the launch of the QLogic SANblade 2340 Series, a family of 133MHz PCI-X products that double storage throughput over standard PCI products.
The SANblade QLA2340 Series is the company's flagship line with an extensive checklist of features:
Broadband Storage Establishes New Class of Storage Technology
IRVINE, Calif.- June 18, 2002 - Jack Staub, president and CEO of Broadband Storage Inc. will discuss a new class of storage - Scalable Unified Storage - at the Network Storage Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. this week.
He will be a member of Panel 6B1: "Storage Virtualization and Aggregation," scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2002.
"Scalable Unified Storage is a new concept in the storage industry," Staub explained. "It delivers universal client and host access for both block and file. It offers non-disruptive scalability of capacity and performance. And it provides a simple, single point of management - something IT administrators have been clamoring for to ease the management burden and excessive costs associated with today's complicated storage systems. ...With Scalable Unified Storage, there are no wrong decisions."
Universal access allows companies to build a single storage infrastructure to service all applications. This includes block services for applications that need direct SCSI input/output as well as file services for applications that require file sharing. Scalable Unified Storage offers substantial benefits. It enables companies to start small and grow as large as they need, providing an easy migration path from DAS to a SAN. ...Broadband Storage profile, cloud storage
InfiniCon Systems to Present on TCO Benefits of InfiniBand Architecture At Inaugural InfiniBand Trade Association Roadshow
King of Prussia, PA - June 17, 2002 - InfiniCon Systems will disclose to IT executives its vision for leveraging InfiniBand architecture to improve business competitiveness during the inaugural InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) Roadshow, held June 17 in Washington DC, June 19 in Boston, and June 21 in New York.
Each InfiniBand Roadshow is a full-day event.
A sponsoring member of the IBTA roadshow, InfiniCon Systems will give a presentation entitled 'Realizing the Full TCO Benefits of InfiniBand Architecture'. Delivered by InfiniCon's vice president of sales and marketing Bill King, the presentation will outline how InfiniCon's Shared I/O System (ISISä), currently in alpha shipments, can be used as a central point of connectivity to cost-effectively integrate InfiniBand-capable servers into today's Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks, without disrupting business applications or operating systems. Attendees will learn how InfiniCon's shared I/O approach can help accelerate server deployment and slash complexity and capital costs from network infrastructures by as much as 50 percent. ...InfiniBand Trade Association profile, ...InfiniCon Systems profile, InfiniBand SSDs and storage
Nexsan Extends InfiniSAN ATAboy2 into SAN Arena With New Fibre Channel Connectivity Option
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - June 17, 2002 - Nexsan Technologies today unleashed an enhanced version of its InfiniSAN ATAboy2 that dramatically boosts throughput, includes 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel connectivity and opens up the unmatched value of the company's latest storage solution to the full range of SAN applications.
The ATAboy2F, Nexsan's newest addition to its award-winning product line, couples the industry-leading affordability (less than 1 cent per megabyte) and performance of the InfiniSAN ATAboy2 platform with the speed and flexibility of 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel connectivity to deliver a multi-Terabyte SAN-ready storage solution designed to meet the demands of high-bandwidth, data-intensive applications such as broadcast, pre-press and other graphic arts and digital content creation environments.
ATAboy2F is designed to handle the full range of Fibre Channel configurations, including support for fabric login as well as Arbitrated Loop. Incorporating dual Small form-factor pluggable (SFP) 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel ports with backward compatibility for 1-Gigabit Fibre Channel hardware, the ATAboy2F delivers data throughput of 400 MB/s peak and 170 MB/s sustained RAID 5 reads with 25,000 IOPS performance. Nexsan delivers this enterprise-level performance in a compact 3U rack mount unit with up to 1.68 Terabytes of SAN-ready capacity, enough for more than 100 hours of digital video. ...Nexsan Technologies profile
Dell Software & Peripherals Adds FalconStor's IPStor To Its "A To Z" Software Solutions Portfolio
MELVILLE, N.Y.- June 17, 2002 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that the Software & Peripherals unit of Dell Computer Corp. has expanded its "A to Z" software solutions portfolio to include the availability of FalconStor's IPStor.
Dell is now authorized in the U.S. to offer the IPStor software suite through its sales force and highly successful e-commerce site.
Enterprise customers can benefit from FalconStor's award-winning IPStor-based solutions, which optimize enterprise application environments through a centralized and simplified storage management model featuring consolidation of heterogeneous storage, high availability of data, high-speed consolidation of tape backup and near-line disk-based backup, and policy-based disaster recovery functionality, all under one management interface. Dell Software & Peripherals can now resell IPStor to its targeted audience in small, medium and large businesses, and to those in the healthcare and education markets, as well as to federal, state and local government agencies. ...Dell Computer profile, ...FalconStor Software
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