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HSICHIH, TAIWAN - March 12, 2002 - AnexTEK today launched a high performance Fibre Channel storage product called the AccuSTOR F3000. The new Fibre-to-Fibre storage unit offers up to 1 terabyte (TB) of storage in a rack-mountable system, advanced management features, hot-swappable functionality, built-in redundant architecture and shock-resistant hard disk drives. The AccuSTOR F3000 is engineered to excel in Fibre-Channel SANs; independent systems; clustered high availability systems; or advanced virtualized, software driven storage pools.
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View from the Hill:- It's M & A Time Again

Mergers and acquisitions activities in the storage market seem to have picked up pace again recently. Just in the last couple of weeks we've had announcements about tape backup companies LAND-5 merging with Tandberg Data, and in the web storage market Xdrive acquired Freedrive. Meanwhile in the storage software market Legato Systems said it wanted to acquire OTG Software. Later this month we have shareholders voting on one of the biggest of all, the proposed HP-Compaq merger... If such things interest you can see our very long list of who's been acquiring storage companies.

When you see more of these announcements it's a sign that somebody (in the acquiring company) is optimistic about future market prospects, which you may read as a plus vote for the market picking up. But most mergers aren't successful, and the storage market is no exception. If we look back at some of the more than 100 storage company acquisitions in the last year or so, we can see that the management running very large corporations are often no better at seeing a vision of the future and executing than you or I.

Here are just a few examples:-

  • Quantum's HDD Unit merged with Maxtor. But in the 12 months ending December 29, 2001, the new "enlarged" company reported revenues more than $2 billion lower than the two companies achieved separately the year before. In addition to losing market share in 2001, the new company racked up losses of over $646 million.
  • Sun Microsystems bought a bunch of companies including Cobalt Networks, HighGround Systems and LSC. But that didn't stop Sun losing storage market share probably just as fast as it would have done without these acquisitions, just as we predicted before all this buying started. No one believed Sun was a serious storage company then, and they don't now.

    But Sun has recently tried to leverage the HighGround business as a credible launching pad for Sun's new Linux business. If you haven't heard of it, don't worry. I don't think many people believe that Sun is a credible Linux/Pentium server company either, no more than you would believe Microsoft if it launched into the Linux /SPARC business. But Sun's in a bit of a mess at the moment, so it's got to try some new tricks, which don't cost too much.
  • Exabyte is in the "still to be decided category". Exabyte thought it was a good idea to acquire Ecrix, when Compaq decided last year to drop Exabyte's tape drives and replace them with Ecrix's VXA. Similarly the Ecrix managers were looking at the prospect of running a bigger publicly owned company with a bigger VAR channel. But if the HP-Compaq merger does go ahead this month, then it's most likely that HP will drop Exabyte tape drives ASAP and the new Exabyte will most likely speed into bankruptcy by the summer.

I hope you'll stay tuned to this news page to see what happens next.

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Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
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 $150 billion in 2005, 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. the article, Mice in storage
  • Modular 3U10-bay rack-mountable unit (1" or 1.6" drives, 10K RPM)
  • Shock-resistant, hot-swappable hard disk drives with hot-spare support
  • Cable-free hard disk drives reduce signal length, improving data throughput
  • Scalable up to 730GB per enclosure, up to 5.8 terabytes (TB) of storage per system, and up to 10.2 terabytes (TB) of storage in a high-density, space-efficient 42U rack configuration
  • Dual loop, single backplane design provides advanced fault tolerance and improved performance
  • Dual, fully redundant, active-active, Fibre Channel controllers with intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) and easy to use management features
  • Two Fibre Channel ports per redundant controller pair with up to 100 MB/s bandwidth for each path
  • RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) 0, 0+1,3, 5, and JBOD Support
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Alex Kuo, AnexTEK's President commented, "We are committed to providing solutions that meet the growing storage needs of today's businesses. With the introduction of the AccuSTOR F3000 we now have a full range of hardware storage products. The AccuSTOR F3000 brings together a comprehensive array of features that makes it ideal for high speed, mission critical environments."
The Fibre-to-Fibre AccuSTOR F3000 offers dual Intel StrongArm RISC processors for ultra fast transfer rates, and fibre technology for ultra fast access to stored data without compromising data integrity. The AccuSTOR F3000 is bundled with SANmapping software which allows administrators to consolidate single drives into groups of virtual drives for efficient storage allocation.

The AccuSTOR F3000 also offers advanced anti-vibration drive technology. This feature reduces the drive movement caused by higher disk rotational speeds which can inhibit performance and significantly degrade read/write speeds. The AccuSTOR F3000's anti-vibration technology cushions the drives resulting in faster, more reliable disk read/write operations and an increased ability to avoid disk damage. ...AnexTEK profile

BOSTON, MA - March 11, 2002 - Today Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and positioning services firm, announces storage management software spending will reach $21. 2 billion by 2005. "Worldwide Storage Management: Forecast and Analysis 2002 - 2005", an Aberdeen research report, examines storage management spending by geographic regions and storage management sub-segments, including data placement, data protection, storage resource management, and storage administration. Also incorporated in this report is an overview of storage management technology and functionality, as well as market dynamics and the latest trends in the storage management industry.

"Sparked by three IS imperatives - reining in the costs of managing storage, fulfilling IS' fiduciary responsibility for protecting the information assets of the enterprise, and squeezing out more productivity with fewer budget dollars - the storage management software market will experience more rapid growth over the next several years than might have been anticipated even six months ago," says David Hill, Aberdeen Research Director, Storage and Storage Management. "When the going gets rough, IS turns to administrative software to provide the intelligence that helps it manage data more efficiently and effectively - and nowhere is that more true than in the storage management software market."

Aberdeen research shows that all four categories of storage management software - data protection (such as backup and restore software), data placement (such as virtualization software), storage resource management (such as quota and asset management), and storage administration (such as storage network management) -will grow rapidly to support the new IS requirements; however, growth rates will not be uniform. ...Aberdeen Group profile

Houston, Texas - March 11, 2002 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced that it has developed and successfully implemented a new process to help energy companies find oil and gas reserves from under the seabed more quickly and effectively. By eliminating weeks normally spent copying huge data sets from disk to tape and back, LSI Logic Storage Systems' new solution reduces energy companies' cycle time for making critical, fully informed drilling and production decisions. Instead of using 10 gigabyte tapes to transfer large marine seismic survey data sets between energy companies and their contractors, the new solution uses 180 gigabyte capacity disk cartridges.

"I anticipate that LSI Logic Storage Systems' disk cartridge technology will soon become the industry standard for transporting terabyte-scale data sets," said John Pohlman, president of Pohlman International, Inc., and publisher of highly respected energy industry research reports. "One major oil company that has already realized time and cost savings from this process has begun specifying its use as a condition of some large seismic processing contracts."

Pohlman also predicted that energy companies will become more effective in locating oil and gas reserves beneath the seabed through the use of LSI Logic Storage Systems' new solution because it will be quicker and more cost-effective to repeatedly exchange data sets with their seismic processing contractors. According to Pohlman, more back-and-forth iterations commonly result in more accurate, higher quality images for finding oil and gas.

"Our disk cartridge solution heralds a paradigm shift for the upstream oil and gas industry," said Brad Elliott, business development manager, global oil and gas, LSI Logic Storage Systems. "No one will tolerate long waits to study large data sets anymore. Energy exploration and production companies will see their time-to-revenue decline significantly with lower risk. And without tape copying for transport, data will be more error-free, eliminating costly and time-consuming rework." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

BOULDER, CO - March 11, 2002 - Exabyte Corporation today announced an action that will further accelerate VXA® technology acceptance in the DDS replacement market by enhancing VXA-1's total cost of ownership benefits. Exabyte has implemented a price reduction of more than 20% on all VXA-1 tape drives and VXAtape® cartridges.

The DDS replacement market was created when DDS (DAT) technology manufactures Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Seagate announced they would not develop the next-generation DDS product, the DDS-5. This left millions of cost-conscious DDS users in need of a new tape storage product alternative. According to analyst firm Gartner Dataquest, the current installed base of DDS tape drives at the end of 2000 was 6.2 million. DDS shipments totaled more than 1.5 million units in 2000. (Gartner Dataquest 2001 Industry Storage Report, Fara Yale.)

The DDS replacement market requires a tape technology that offers high reliability at similar or greater DDS capacities and at affordable DDS pricing levels. A replacement technology must also offer a multi-generation product roadmap that meets storage growth needs while maintaining consistent DDS price points. VXA products have been recognized for their high reliability by more than 60 independent product reviews worldwide. Exabyte VXA-1 is the only DDS replacement product to offers multiple tape cartridges that provide capacities ranging from 12 GB to 66 GB, meeting all DDS capacity requirements. Additionally, Exabyte will offer a second-generation VXA product, the VXA-2, in the second quarter of this year. The VXA-2 tape drive will stay within DDS pricing parameters and offer users a viable upgrade path from the VXA-1.

"With this new pricing, VXA now offers the ideal combination of capacity, performance, reliability and cost to the DDS replacement market," said Kelly Beavers, vice president of marketing for Exabyte Corporation. "This is one of several strategies Exabyte will announce on how it plans to increase its leadership and market share in three primary markets: LTO automation, high-density 8mm automation and DDS replacement." ...Exabyte profile

Amherst, NY and San Jose, CA - March 11, 2002 - ATTO Technology, Inc. and Gadzoox® Networks announced today that the ATTO Diamond Storage Array has been certified interoperable with the Gadzoox Networks' Slingshot™ family of 2Gb Open Fabric switches. The Enterprise - class Diamond Storage array sets new standards in performance and price by providing OEMs up to 4.0 TB of SAN storage for under $50,000. This breakthrough technology is built on ATTO's proven core competencies in the SCSI and Fibre Channel storage industries. At the center of ATTO's Diamond Storage Array is its intelligent midplane containing a combination of custom ASICs, microprocessors, and proprietary software. Developed by ATTO, this technology comprises patent-pending elements that work together to minimize system overhead and maximize data throughput. ATTO's exclusive Advanced Data Transfer Technology (ADXT™) aggregates the performance of individual ATA drives to achieve high data-transfer rates needed for today's Enterprise-level applications.

"Our Diamond Storage Array coupled with the Gadzoox Networks' Slingshot switches give Enterprise-level SAN users a viable 2Gb solution at an attractive price point," states ATTO President and CEO Tim Klein. "With interoperability often a key factor in the deployment of a SAN, the proven compatibility between ATTO's Diamond Array and the Gadzoox Networks' Slingshot assures users a ready-to-use solution." ...ATTO Technology profile, ...Gadzoox Networks profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 11, 2002 - Quantum Corp. reached a milestone in tape automation today with the announcement of the ATL M2500 automated tape library, which provides the highest density, scalability and flexibility in its class. Offering enterprise-class features with pricing for the mid-range market, the ATL M2500 is stack compatible with the existing ATL M1500, allowing businesses to scale their tape backup solution as their backup needs increase while optimizing their total backup investment.

The ATL M2500 scales up to 18 tape drives providing up to 1.94 TB/hour performance. The system can be expanded up to 300 cartridges and provides capacity up to 60 TB. Each ATL M2500 module includes eight removable magazines (each with 10 Super DLTtape or 12 LTO Ultrium cartridges) that allow for easy bulk loading and unloading. Up to three ATL M2500 modules can be configured in a standard rack to function as an integrated single library by utilizing the StackLink pass-through mechanism.

With the highest density in its class, the ATL M2500 makes the best use of valuable data center rack space. The ATL M2500 can be combined and shared with ATL M1500 modules in the same rack, scaling across the entire product line for a lower total cost of ownership. Individual modules can be added or removed while other modules remain online and operational. If a single module fails, other libraries in the stack continue to operate without intervention. Hot-swappable and hot-pluggable components, including tape drives and power supplies with integral fans, provide fast and easy, non-disruptive repairs and upgrades. The ATL M2500 will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2002, with manufacturer's suggested list price starting at $21,995 for a base library. ...Quantum profile

San Ramon, CA - March 11th 2002 - Pegasus Disk Technologies today announced today the release of InveStore 4.0 Enterprise Storage Management Software as the first in a series of major new releases providing storage management, SAN, and NAS support for archive and back-up applications. InveStore 4.0 is an easy to implement software solution for managing storage devices under Windows NT and 2000. It provides Explorer like functionality, while maintaining compatibility and support for the historical media and devices that are used for storage management. It also provides for the ability to expand single-volume limitations, spanning multiple volumes for increased data archival capability. InveStore 4.0 goes beyond the current model, providing greater functionality and enterprise level control of the data storage system and its individual components. InveStore 4.0 will begin shipping the end of March.

"By plugging directly into the Microsoft Management Console module, InveStore 4.0 eliminates the need for a proprietary GUI. This presents users with a standard look and feel for system management." says Roy Slicker President and CEO of Pegasus Disk Technologies. "By utilizing the MMC, the user is operating within a standard framework, eliminating the need for extensive training for storage server and network applications management. Additionally, ISV's and OEM's with their own MMC snap-ins reside in the same framework as the Pegasus management console, providing a unified look and feel and single point of access to all application and management tools" ...Pegasus Disk Technologies profile, ...more info re this release (Word)

ACTON, Mass. - March 11, 2002 - Pirus Networks today announced major milestones for the company's industry-first Storage Utility Switch, the PSX-1000. This announcement reaffirms Pirus' commitment to deliver storage solutions that enable customers to significantly reduce the complexity of deploying networked storage and lower the total cost of storage ownership.
  • Product Availability - The PSX-1000 is now available and shipping.
  • Product Capability - 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.
  • Cost Savings - Customers can save as much as 53 percent of typical acquisition costs with the PSX-1000 through the consolidation of functionality into a single, centrally-managed platform.
  • Revenue and Customers - Pirus trial and initial customers include Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), an international food conglomerate, an electronics manufacturer and a global biotechnology firm. Each of these organizations plan to deploy the PSX-1000. To date, Pirus has generated early product revenue of more than $500,000.
Current storage solutions require disparate infrastructures for the deployment of block and file (SAN and/or NAS) services. In contrast, the Pirus PSX-1000 allows the creation of an intelligent storage network by converging multiple storage services, disparate storage devices, networks and protocols in a single platform. The PSX-1000 is designed for future migration to a unified storage network that extends over the MAN and WAN. ...Pirus Networks profile

Editor's comments:- Pirus has received over $55 million in venture capital, and some of the anachronistic phrasing in today's release, viz "milestones", is no doubt due to the company's newness in communicating with the outside world, instead of internally with its investors. I guess the style will change, as with all startups, as the company gets more confident with looking outside itself.

Hopkinton, Mass.- March 11, 2002 - EMC today announced the EMC Authorized Services Network, delivering customers a unified network of the deepest technical service talent. The new program builds on EMC's Global Services offerings and represents a community of partners that EMC has trained and determined capable of delivering customers the highest levels of service. The EMC Authorized Services Network establishes a seamless and indistinguishable extension of EMC's service delivery infrastructure. The charter members of the EMC Authorized Service Network have undergone extensive training, and have entered into an EMC technical mentoring program. The members are also subject to ongoing customer satisfaction and performance monitoring by EMC. In turn, members are able to expand and strengthen their marketable service offerings, while customers enjoy enhanced storage networking service levels. ...EMC profile

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San Jose, CA - March 11, 2002 - TrueSAN Networks, Inc. today announced that the company has partnered with QLogic to bring the advanced SAN management capabilities of its Cloudbreak Storage Operating System to storage network infrastructures based on QLogic Fibre-Channel Switches and HBAs. Through the alliance, TrueSAN gains access to QLogic APIs (application programming interfaces), development support, and interoperability testing.

"This alliance signifies TrueSAN's commitment to delivering the next generation of SAN management technology to open-system storage networks," stated Tom Isakovich, President and CEO of TrueSAN. "Partnering with QLogic allows our mutual customers to further extend the functionality and maximize the value of their QLogic-based storage network infrastructure. TrueSAN is pleased to add QLogic to a growing list of industry-leading storage vendor partnerships and is fully committed to the ongoing support of QLogic SANbox™ and SANblade™ products within the Cloudbreak environment." ...QLogic profile, ...TrueSAN Networks profile

Munich, Germany – March 11, 2002 – Infineon Technologies AG today announced that it has successfully concluded its talks with the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturers Winbond Electronics Corp. and Mosel Vitelic Inc. Further strengthening its position in the memory market, Infineon has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Winbond and agreements with Mosel Vitelic. With these steps Infineon will increase its total production capacity for DRAM chips by more than 20,000 wafer starts per month.

Under the terms of the MoU with Winbond, Infineon will license its advanced DRAM trench technology to Winbond and, beginning in 2003, gain exclusive access to standard DRAM chips manufactured using this technology. Under the terms of the agreement with Mosel Vitelic, Infineon is increasing its share in the output of their joint venture ProMOS Technologies Inc. from 38 to 48 percent, effective as of March 1, 2002.

"Executing on our strategy to further strengthen our ties with Taiwanese partners, Infineon considers these cooperations as a major step to prepare for the upcoming market recovery", commented Dr. Ulrich Schumacher, President and CEO of Infineon Technologies. "Shifting production capacity to Infineon along with building on our leading technology and cost position will pave the way for further augmenting our worldwide market position in the consolidating DRAM industry."

The technology transfer from Infineon will enable Winbond to manufacture standard DRAM products exclusively for sale to Infineon and to develop and sell proprietary products using Infineon's DRAM technology. Furthermore, Infineon will receive license fees and royalties for any proprietary products designed and sold by Winbond using the relevant DRAM technology. Winbond will upgrade its DRAM facilities in Hsinchu to Infineon's 0.11-micron technology which will lead to a cost advantage per chip. Subject to market conditions, Infineon expects that production at Winbond will begin with 256-Mbit DDR memory chips, with a potential future migration to 512-Mbit components. ...Infineon Technologies profile, ...Mosel Vitelic profile, ...Winbond Electronics profile

Editor's comments:- this is the clearest indication that people in the industry believe that the US IT recovery is coming. Even, if like me, you never studied economics at school, you may have heard of the theory called the "Hog Cycle". If that theory had been espoused in the late 20th century, instead of the 19th, then it would almost certainly have been called the "DRAM Cycle". Those memory companies still in business spend lots on market research and are much more sensitive to indicators of upswings and downswings than your or I, because they suffer more when they get it wrong. So get yourself a cup of coffee and celebrate. The good times are coming again.

GENEVA - March 11, 2002 - Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. announced today that ACAL Fibre Channel Solutions (ACAL FCS) has become a Brocade Master Reseller in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region to serve the growing demand for SANs in the region. As a Brocade Master Reseller, ACAL FCS will provide Brocade Fabric Partners, which include systems integrators and VARs, with the complete SilkWorm family of fabric switches and a comprehensive range of supplemental services, from SAN implementation and ongoing support to training and instructional programs. ...Acal profile, ...Brocade profile

Irvine, Calif. and Milpitas, Calif., - March 10, 2002 – Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL) and Elantec Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNT) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Intersil to acquire Elantec. Intersil, a global leader in wireless networking and high performance analog, expands into additional high growth analog markets with this acquisition. Under the terms of the agreement, Elantec shareholders will receive 1.24 shares of Intersil stock and $8.00 in cash for each Elantec share. Based on Intersil's closing price of $36.65 per share on March 8, 2002, the implied transaction exchange ratio is 1.458 shares of Intersil stock for each Elantec share. This implies a transaction equity value of approximately $1.4 billion and a 15% premium to the 30-day average exchange ratio of Elantec and Intersil stocks.

The transaction combines two leaders in some of the fastest growing markets in the semiconductor industry. Elantec, a provider of high performance analog ICs, is the leader in the high growth optical storage (CD read/write & DVD recordable) and flat panel display markets. Intersil and Elantec share a significant number of customers and have complementary product portfolios. In addition, both companies share a fundamental vision of providing system level value for their target markets. Elantec will be the third acquisition for Intersil, having previously acquired two wireless companies.

Both companies operated profitably during the 2001 downturn, and exited the year with gross margins in excess of 50 percent and significant cash balances. Intersil and Elantec outperformed the overall semiconductor industry in 2001 while investing a combined 22% of sales in new product development for some of the fastest growing markets. The combined company is well positioned to again outperform the market as the industry continues to recover. ...Elantec Semiconductor profile, ...Intersil profile

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - March 8, 2002 - nStor Technologies, Inc. today raised the standards for storage systems by demonstrating sustained Ultra320 SCSI performance in a 2U enclosure, making it the highest density enclosure on the market utilizing this new technology. Previewed at COMDEX 2001, the NexStor 4000S Ultra320 SCSI product series has been delivered to key customers and selected Ultra320 developers. The 4000S is available in limited quantities, with volume production slated for early second quarter of 2002.

"With the introduction of the NexStor 4000S series, businesses can now integrate a storage system into space restrained environments without sacrificing Ultra320 SCSI performance," said Tom Piacentini, vice president of marketing, nStor Technologies. "It is the first system of its kind to demonstrate sustained Ultra320 data transfer rates – not just signal bursts or performance measurement for a split second."

The NexStor 4000S combines performance with high density, accommodating 12 low-profile 73GB drives, active/active RAID controllers, and Ultra320 performance all within the same 3.5" form factor. Maximum capacity is 876GB, scalable to 1.7TB with the next generation of disk drives. The innovative 4000S design is also the first to integrate active/active Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers within the same 3.5" form factor - no additional separate controller module unit is required. All 4000S systems employ a modular design, making them excellent building blocks for expanding, direct-connect storage environments. In addition, the 4000S offers flexible, customizable configurations to meet the needs of OEMs, resellers and end users.

Available as a rackmount storage system or a deskside tower model, the systems employ common, interchangeable components to provide a secure foundation for entry-level to mid-range storage requirements. ...nStor profile

BROOMFIELD, Colo. and ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - March 8, 2002 - McDATA® Corp. and QLogic Corp. today announced a joint program for interoperability between the companies' switch products. This program builds on the successful FC-SW-2 switch compatibility already achieved by the two companies. The program sets a baseline for further enhanced interoperability features such as mixed fabric security functions and zoning through management applications such as McDATA's SANavigatorTM software platform. Customers benefit from switch interoperability with improved investment protection and the flexibility to customize their SAN performance and functionality on an ongoing basis. ...McDATA profile, ...QLogic profile

Burnaby, BC - March 8, 2002 - Merlin Software Technologies International, Inc. today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with EMJ Data Systems. EMJ will distribute Merlin's EssentialServer and SecurDVR product lines to their extensive list of resellers across Canada.

"EMJ has an excellent reputation and strong representation right across Canada," says Robert Heller, Merlin's president and CEO. "Combined with their extensive technical expertise, commitment to service and after sales support, EMJ will be an excellent distributor for our products and we are very pleased to have them as a partner."

"Merlin's product lines target two of the fastest growing segments of the technology market: network storage and security products," says Jim Estill, President of EMJ Data Systems. "They offer innovative solutions with competitive pricing and will provide a great addition to our product line." ...EMJ Data Systems, ...Merlin Software Technologies profile

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