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March 12-14, 2002

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Exabyte Certifies LSI Logic's 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 14, 2002 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today that Exabyte Corporation has tested and certified the LSI44929 host bus adapter (HBA) with Exabyte's Mammoth-2 (M2) tape drives.

The certification involved rigorous testing to ensure the highest levels of performance, scalability and reliability with the integrated backup solution.

"Our LSI44929 Fibre Channel HBA actively supports the delivery of the robust storage solutions for heterogeneous environments by achieving certifications with leading solutions such as the Exabyte M2," said Robert Anderson, director of the LSI Logic HBA group. "LSI Logic's commitment to interoperability has made our HBAs a core storage solution component, for today and for tomorrow."

Powered by LSI Logic's Fusion-MPT (Message Passing Technology) architecture, the LSI44929 offers increased performance with greater throughput and lower I/O latency to maximize performance in SANs. The LSI44929 is the industry's only dual channel HBA designed in the low profile PCI form factor for rack-mount applications and produces over 75,000 I/Os per second using both channels.

"Exabyte M2 tape drives present an ideal backup solution for SANs due to their native Fibre Channel connectivity, capacity of up to 150 gigabytes, and transfer rates of up to 30 megabytes per second," said Kelly Beavers, vice president of marketing of Exabyte Corporation. "LSI Logic's LSI44929 and the Fusion-MPT architecture complement the high speed, reliable and cost-effective backup our customers have come to expect with the Exabyte M2." ...Exabyte profile, ...LSI Logic profile

CNT's UltraNet Wave Multiplexer Qualified by EMC

MINNEAPOLIS - March 14, 2002 - CNT® announced today that its product, the UltraNet Wave Multiplexer, has been qualified by EMC Corporation as E-Lab-Tested™ for Fibre Channel storage.

CNT's Dense Wave Division Product (DWDM) is qualified to support EMC's Fibre Channel- and ESCON-based Symmetrix® and CLARiiON® enterprise information storage systems as well as EMC's data replication solutions, SRDF™ and MirrorView, expanding CNT's storage networking offerings available for optical metropolitan-area environments.

"By expanding our qualifications with EMC, we're offering our mutual customers more choices for the type of network architecture that best meets their business needs and investments in optical metropolitan-area network applications," said Mark Knittel, VP of Worldwide Product Operations at CNT. "The qualification of our UltraNet Wave products for Fibre Channel storage is an important step in the cooperative efforts between our two companies. Fibre Channel storage is a major growth area and this qualification means that we can provide the value of our optical networking products to both Fibre Channel and traditional ESCON environments."

CNT's UltraNet Wave optical networking products take advantage of unused fiber capacity by carrying multiple signals over a single fiber, increasing the bandwidth potential from existing fiber optic lines, in turn providing unmatched levels of information protection, availability and flexibility. The products enable point-to-point storage applications to operate over metropolitan distances and allow the applications to benefit from the increased capacity offered by optical networks. The optical networking market is a growing one; analyst firm Yankee Group forecast that optical networking service providers will grow over the next few years, reaching a high of nearly $8 billion by 2005. ...CNT profile

Calimetrics Announces ML™ Technology Roadmap To Take Optical Disc Capacity to 60 GB per Side

Alameda, California - March 13, 2002 - Calimetrics, Inc., the emerging leader in data storage semiconductor and high-density optical media technologies, today announced its MLTM (MultiLevel recording) technology roadmap for writable and rewritable optical disc drives and media, providing the market with a cost-effective and backward compatible path to extend capacities from 2 GB up to 60 GB per disc side.

Complementary to existing and future optical storage standards, ML technology improves capacity and performance up to three fold by encoding significantly more information in a mark or pit location. The ML technology roadmap includes the currently available 2 GB ML CD-R/RW, and four new products, ML DVD-7 "Super Combo", ML DVD-10, ML DVD Blue-25 and ML Blu-ray-60. Each technology can be implemented by adding a single ML chip (or ML "core" designed into a host controller/decoder IC) to the controller circuitry of an optical disc drive and using Calimetrics-developed ML-enhanced disc media.

The ML products are designed to be backward compatible, with future ML-enhanced drives supporting the read/write capabilities of legacy formats. Starting today, these high-performance products enable the optical disc industry to serve enterprise storage, high-quality video, portable applications and beyond.

"As more and more consumers use DVDs, the demand for more capacity only increases. ML technology offers a cost-effective means in the market today for manufacturers to extend the capabilities and life of their existing products lines and create interesting new consumer electronics devices," said John Freeman, President of Strategic Marketing Decisions. "SMD believes ML technology can boost increasing capacity requirements on DVDs while meeting the decreasing pricing pressures associated with consumer devices."

"The beauty of ML technology is that it truly is platform independent and complementary to other optical media storage products. By leveraging existing optics and infrastructure as well as ML-specific firmware, it provides a very cost effective means to attain extremely large data storage capacities and transfer rates in the CD and DVD markets and beyond," stated Ken Campbell, President and CEO of Calimetrics. "Our roadmap of proven ML technologies provides manufacturers with a compelling, backward compatible way to extend the longevity of existing CD products and to significantly increase the advantages of new technologies, like Blu-ray disc." ...Calimetrics profile

SanDisk Launches World's Largest Capacity CompactFlash Card

CEBIT - HANNOVER, GERMANY - March 13, 2002 - SanDisk Corporation today announced the availability in Europe of its one-gigabyte CompactFlash® memory card, the world's highest capacity card in the standard CF Type I format.

The new high-capacity card can store more than 1000 digital images, 20+ hours of digital music or several hours of video. CompactFlash cards, originally introduced by SanDisk in 1994, use solid-state flash memory chips to store data rather than mechanical, rotating disk drives that are subject to mechanical failure and high power consumption. Additionally, SanDisk CF cards are built in the Type I format, which fit into more than 400 different consumer electronics devices. The MicroDrive and high capacity CompactFlash cards from other manufacturers are built to the thicker Type II format and will only fit in a limited number of devices available today. The 1GB SanDisk CompactFlash card is available at many of the 17,000 retail stores in Europe where SanDisk products are sold. It is priced at under $800 ...SanDisk profile

Glasshouse Becomes Brocade Professional Services Provider

Framingham, MA - March 13, 2002 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. 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.

GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. is a vendor-independent storage strategy and services firm which focuses on Storage Strategy, Storage Systems, Backup and Recovery, High Availability, and Operational Capability. Each solution set is driven by the optimization of capital, people, and process assets, and incorporates proven process methodologies.

"Due to the nature of our business, it is essential that we partner only with those companies with proven and tested technologies," said Mark Shirman, CEO and co-Founder of GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. "We are often in the position to plan a data infrastructure from the ground up, and ready access to reliable technologies, like those from Brocade, allows us to shift our focus - and the enterprise's focus - from logistical issues to the strategic plan. The most successful storage initiatives are those held to this higher standard."

"We are pleased to welcome GlassHouse to the Brocade PSP Program," said Jay Kidd, Brocade Vice President of Product Marketing. "Brocade PSPs, in conjunction with our systems integrators and master resellers, provide consulting and management for large-scale SAN deployments and can leverage Brocade technical, sales, and marketing teams to deliver best-of-breed storage networking solutions to our mutual customers." ...Brocade profile, ...GlassHouse Technologies profile

Seagate Launches Design Service Centers Worldwide

HANOVER, Germany - March 13, 2002 - Seagate Technology today announced the opening of its Design Service Centers (DSC), a group of facilities created to offer a full range of research and development, design, and testing services to all Seagate customers.

With locations in Colorado, Minnesota, and Singapore, each center is equipped with the appropriate testing labs and technologies to assist Seagate customers through each step of the design and development process for their storage-based solutions.

DSC helps Seagate customers transform innovative product ideas into reliable storage-driven products. By working with DSC and solving problems early in the lab instead of later in development or out in the field, customers are assured that they will be able to bring products to market faster, with lower overall cost and greater reliability. Because of the expected continued growth rate in market segments that require storage, as well as the requests of Seagate customers, the facilities that were previously available only to Seagate's largest OEMs are now open and available to all Seagate customers worldwide. ...Seagate profile

Ciprico Teams With Mercury Computer Systems to Introduce 2Gb Fibre Channel Solutions for Military Applications

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - March 12, 2002 - Ciprico Inc. announced today they have teamed with Mercury Computer Systems to introduce 2Gb Fibre Channel technology into surveillance and reconnaissance applications.

Ciprico is the leading provider of military storage solutions for C4I surveillance and reconnaissance applications. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. is a principal force in high performance embedded, real-time computing for military signal and image processing applications. As sensors and real-time processing requirements become more sophisticated, it is essential the compute and storage systems scale to these new performance levels. Ciprico and Mercury architectures enable the highest level of performance and scalability. Throughput performance in Ciprico's FibreSTORE 2210 storage solution consistently reaches sustained data rates of 180 MB/s for a single 2Gbit channel, and frequently scale across multiple channels to hundreds of megabytes-per-second performance levels.

"Mercury has many leading edge surveillance and reconnaissance applications underway which will benefit from the increased I/O bandwidth and density that 2Gb Fibre Channel offers," stated Vince Mancuso, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury's Defense Electronics Group. "The defense market for signal and image processing demands constantly-increasing performance density. The combination of Mercury's RACE++ systems with Ciprico's highly dense storage solutions continues to set the standard for high-performance embedded defense applications." ...Ciprico profile, ...Mercury Computer Systems

Network Appliance and IBM Global Services Deploy World's Largest Content Delivery Network for Streaming Media

Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2002 - Network Appliance, Inc. and IBM Global Services today announced they will provide Deutsche Telekom AG with the infrastructure to deploy the world's largest content delivery network for streaming media.

Enabled by scalable NetApp® technology, Deutsche Telekom will provide its customers with high-quality streaming content and services. As a result, Deutsche Telekom will be able to create new service offerings through hosting and delivering audio and video streaming content and services and broaden its customer reach throughout the enterprise and entertainment markets.

IBM Global Services managed the integration of the Network Appliance™ streaming media delivery technology into Deutsche Telekom's network, one of the world's largest IP networks. The expanded infrastructure will enable Deutsche Telekom to store and deliver live and on-demand streaming content, such as training videos, corporate meetings, movies, music videos, and sporting events, for businesses and consumers.

Deutsche Telekom's new streaming network will be the most powerful of its kind. With its expanded network capabilities, Deutsche Telekom will add new revenue services on demand for hosting and delivering streaming content. Opportunities for enterprise customers will include internal and external corporate communications, e-learning, and Webcasts. Entertainment customers, for example, will be able to take advantage of subscription-based interactive entertainment. ...Network Appliance profile, SSDs in IPTV, movie creation and tv

Toshiba Introduces New Lightweight, Multi-Format Optical Storage Drives

IRVINE, Calif - March 12, 2002 - Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced two new slim-line optical disk drives, the SD-R2212 combination drive and the SD-C2612 DVD-ROM drive.

Advanced technology allows these slim drives to read multiple DVD formats, including DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM, and the combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive enables users to create CDs or watch DVD movies. Weighing in at 200 grams, these featherweight drives help PC manufacturers continue to build thinner, lighter products to meet their customers' needs.

With full read compatibility for all types of industry standard pre-recorded, recordable and rewritable media, Toshiba's latest-generation drives can share data of all types, including information recorded on legacy CDs and on standard rewritable/recordable DVD media. That functionality, combined with its light weight, provides PC OEMs with the full range of storage options that can help create differentiation in their products based on customer profiles and needs.

"Our customers have asked us to develop lighter products without compromising functionality, and we've done that with our latest slim optical products," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba SDD. "Toshiba now offers multi-read across our slim line. As storage needs evolve, Toshiba will continue to lead the way with technologies and products that solve real problems." ...Toshiba profile

Unique BRU-PRO 2.0 Backup & Recovery Solution Backs Itself Up to Deliver Highest Availability

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - March 12, 2002 - The TOLIS Group, Inc., a Talented Organization Leveraging Intelligent Solutions, today announces BRU-Pro 2.0 will begin shipping to customers on March 19, 2002.

The advanced features of BRU-Pro 2.0 running on a cost effective, reliable Linux box provides ultra-reliable backup and data recovery services on medium to large heterogeneous network systems. Introductory pricing will be in effect for the first 30 days of product availability.

"The market need for the functionality of BRU-Pro 2.0 is clear. The importance of data and its availability has never been greater, and the impact of interrupted access spans from disruptive to catastrophic. But what if the backup system fails? BRU-Pro 2.0 literally backs itself up," said Tim Jones, president of the TOLIS Group. "BRU-Pro 2.0 running under Linux provides a most compelling backup system argument."

In addition to storing archive catalogs on the server disk like other backup applications, BRU-Pro 2.0 also writes the catalogs and indexes to tape along with each archive. The redundant locations are critical since the server disk drive is the device with the highest failure rate within the backup management system. Should that hard disk fail, simply replace the drive, reload BRU-Pro, and the catalogs and indexes are automatically recreated on the drive. In contrast to alternative approaches, the renewed availability of archived data is not measured in terms of lengthy downtime and expensive, manual rebuilds of the catalogs and indexes.

Additional key features of BRU-Pro 2.0 include: encrypted data streams from the client to the server, client-side data compression to optimize use of available network bandwidth, NFS/SMB mounts to backup NAS boxes on the network, QFA (Quick File Access), native SCSI library support (no costly add-ins) and the ability to backup multiple clients to multiple tape destinations simultaneously for optimized throughput.

BRU-Pro 2.0 was carefully designed to assure the accuracy of archived data, and the ability to successfully recover it. The tape format of BRU-Pro 2.0, unlike tar-based products, allows verification that audits the first bit of data taken off a client system to the last bit written to tape. Since recovery can only be as accurate as the backup, this approach assures the accuracy of the backup and eliminates the 30% - 50% data recovery failure rates users typically experience. Should a tape be damaged following a backup, advanced BRU-Pro 2.0 error detection and recovery schemes assure the maximum amount of data will be recovered.

BRU-Pro 2.0 is priced at $999 and ships with 3 client licenses. Additional clients are priced on a cost-effective sliding volume scale. An annual, post-warranty Extended Support Plan that provides unlimited access to expert technical support for one year via phone, fax, and email is priced at $499. The coverage also includes free updates as they may become available. ...TOLIS profile
Why did the tape market fail?

It wasn't just that data access needs changed.

The unreliability of restoring data was a problem.
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ALL enterprise backup will be solid state by 2020 - although the concept of backup itself and the ratios of live data to archive data will change completely.
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Editor:- when I started in 1998 there was a lot of industry excitement about the promise of optical storage.

Marketers in optical storage companies set the hype volume at a high level - which was necessary in those days for anyone to be heard above the din of the dotcom boom.
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The information about what was different inside that so called "standard SSD" has been lost too - making replacement criteria an error-prone judgement.

Did anyone ever test how many milliseconds of holdup time there were in the original SSD design?

And even if someone did measure it - how does that behavior to sudden power loss - translate to a different controller design - with different firmware?
Are you searching for a nice simple source of reliable industrial USB / PCMCIA / CF flash SSDs?

View from the Hill:-

HP-Compaq Merger... Yea? Nay? or Yawn?

Editor - March 14 - 2002 - Remember the HP-Compaq proposed merger announced last September? Well the issue is going to be voted on next week. Personally, whenever I think about this issue (Yawn) I find it hard to suppress the urge to drink a strong cup of coffee to avoid the danger of falling off my chair. But the consequences will be serious for employees of the two companies, their suppliers, shareholders and customers (eventually.)

If you look at this dispassionately, here you have two of the world's top ten storage companies, who want to combine. For both companies the past looks a lot rosier than the immediate future, but an upturn in the IT market this quarter would be far more significant to both companies than the outcome of the vote. Both companies are scared of mice (neither company advertises on STORAGEsearch) and I don't own their shares, so I've got no strong view either way. Others have, and you may find what they say interesting. Here are the two main links.
On another topical note, the CeBiT expo in Germany started a few days ago. So a lot of people today will be wishing they took along more comfortable shoes. If you haven't come across the Shoe Event Horizon before, here's a link which will tell you more.

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What's the future of CDs and DVDs?

Should they be part of your long term media strategy? Or will they soon look as obsolete as papyrus scrolls would in your bookcase? CDs have already been around for 20 years - so that may seem like forever and you may think that DVDs too will still be around just as long. But my own view is that these are merely short term stepping stones to something else in the same way that scrolls and loose collections of paper were a transient phase which gave way to the bound book.
Do CDs and DVDs Have a Long Term Future as Digital Storage?

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