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SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 18, 2002 - Worldwide storage software revenue reached $4.9 billion in 2001, a 3 percent increase over 2000, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc.. EMC continued its market leadership in 2001, as its worldwide market share grew to 30.4%, while its nearest rival, Veritas Software, totaled 19.8% (see Table 1). If the $1.6 billion in array-based software were excluded from the analysis, Veritas would be in the lead, and EMC would move to the No. 3 slot behind IBM.

"Six of the top 10 vendors were able to grow software revenue in a very challenging year," said Carolyn DiCenzo, chief analyst for Gartner Dataquest's storage group. "Hitachi Data Systems, which sells its storage array software directly and through Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, saw 59.4% growth and made the top 10 chart for the first time."
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What If?... Speculation About Mergers Which Might Have Been

Although the official count for the HP-Compaq merger could take weeks, it's likely that both companies will do better this year, regardless of the outcome, because of the IT recovery that's already started. Maybe it's the Spring weather, or maybe when a market has already been in recession for a year, the quarterly comparisons with the year before don't look so bad any more. And even PCs do start to look a bit tired and need replacing if you hang onto them for a third or fourth year. If the options are to replace old systems or decomputerise, then eventually companies will have to buy some new stuff.

There have been over 100 mergers and acquisitions in the storage market since January 2000, and this got me speculating about matches which, unlike the HP-Compaq merger, wouldn't be so synergistic.

In the mid 1990's there was strong speculation that Sun Microsystems was planning to buy Apple Computer. Imagine what the results would be now, if that had gone ahead. When a customer buys a iMac they have to go on a two week systems administration course on the SunMacOS operating system before they're allowed to turn it on. Or when you order your next SPARC mainframe for the datacenter there's a four week delay before delivery, because the color you wanted (to match your carpet) is not in stock, and you don't want to risk the faster delivery but tatty appearance offered by a gray Sun VAR of an ex-stock model with a garage respray.

Then there are those other possible mergers, which even their managements haven't considered yet, and I want a percentage of the proceeds if this article gives them ideas.

Suppose EMC were to merge with Palm? You'd get the amazing PalmBack, a PDA with 10 Terabytes of data including all your favorite DVDs, CDs and business reports etc (much more than 4 hours of music!) connected to your neat little hand sized device connected via a BlueTooth wireless interface to a backpack weighing 60 pounds which straps to your shoulders. The PalmBack standard model would run for 30 minutes with its built in power source, but you could get an optional UPS based on ten car batteries strapped together which you pull along on a little trolley behind you.

Then there's the merger between Microsoft and the entertainment industry which we've been waiting to really happen for the last ten years or so. Only let's give it the proper name, the Content Delivery Industry. If Microsoft merged with Lucas Films, you'd be half way through watching the next episode of Star Wars, delivered down your broadband pipe, when, fifteen minutes from the end, the screen would go blue with a message saying "There is a fault with this system, please press control-alt-delete to restart, and contact your software vendor." You reset the system, but like Groundhog Day, it doesn't resume from where it crashed, instead you have to start watching the movie all over again from the beginning... That's what you get for being a beta site, and buying the new content delivery system in the first year after it came out. You should have known better. Version 4.3 will fix that problem.

OK maybe those later mergers might never happen, so I won't get any credit for proposing them. But you never know, if the Nasdaq heats up again we're going to see some crazy things again. (I'm going to watch CNBC tonight to see if my suggestions get a mention, just in case.) And maybe the HP-Compaq merger doesn't look so strange now that we've had enough time to get used to it.

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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
Table 1
Top 10 Storage Management Software Vendors for 2001 Based on New License Sales (Millions of Dollars)
Company 2001
Market Share (%)
Market Share (%)
Growth (%)
EMC 1,496.1 30.4 1,352.7 28.3 10.6
VERITAS Software 977.3 19.8 859.4 18.0 13.7
IBM 701.2 14.2 529.8 11.1 32.4
Computer Associates 202.9 4.1 616.0 12.9 -67.1
Compaq 198.3 4.0 142.9 3.0 38.8
Legato Systems 142.5 2.9 139.1 2.9 2.4
BMC Software 136.0 2.8 163.1 3.4 -16.6
StorageTek 119.9 2.4 143.5 3.0 -16.4
Network Appliance 108.6 2.2 112.5 2.4 -3.5
Hitachi Data Systems 91.5 1.9 57.4 1.2 59.4
Others 753.9 15.3 669.2 14.1 12.7
Total 4,928.2 100.0 4,785.6 100.0 3.0
Source: Gartner Dataquest (March 2002)
Computer Associates' new revenue reporting model makes its numbers difficult to interpret without a careful reading of their filings. CA now ratably recognizes license revenue over an extended period, which has resulted in substantially lower revenue recognized up front.

"The change in the world economic environment has put more pressure on vendors to provide a clear and compelling market vision that effectively positions the solution against competitive offerings and provides customer references confirming the advantage," DiCenzo said. "The opportunity for software vendors remains strong, but customers will be more careful with expenditures and vendors must bring more value to the table."

Additional information on the storage management software market is available in the Gartner Dataquest Research Brief "Storage Management Software Market Manages Growth."...Gartner profile

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - March 18, 2002 - Imperial Technology today announced it has secured additional investment through a second round of capital financing. This brings the total funding received in the last 18 months to over $11M. The capital injection was led by Celerity Partners and included GMG Capital Partners.

"In today's market conditions, only companies with proven performance and proven results get new funding, and we are one of those companies,'' said Robert David, President and CEO of Imperial. "This latest investment is clearly an endorsement for both our strategy and the tremendous market potential for our solutions."

The funding will be used to invest in strategic partnership ventures, develop next-generation File Cache and SSD accelerators, bring on strategic personnel, and continue diversification of the company's solution portfolio. The most immediate use will be to facilitate general availability of a new SAN solution due out in the next 60 days.

"We believe Imperial is ideally positioned to take advantage of a growing demand for SAN performance tuning and acceleration products," said Steve Adamson, Managing Partner at Celerity. "Without a doubt, there is a growing need for Imperial's business-enhancing products today, and the continued acceptance of SAN and Virtualization technology will continue to fuel that growth in the coming years. We are delighted to include them in our investment portfolio of high technology companies." ...Imperial Technology profile

Editor's comments:- the solid state disk segment is the fastest growing part of the storage market measured by revenue.

ROCKVILLE, MD - March 18, 2002 - OTG Software and TrueArc today announced their partnership providing new, comprehensive solutions for Electronic Records Management (ERM). TrueArc will offer OTG's industry-leading storage software, DiskXtender®, as the data management back-end for its ForeMost® Enterprise software line. OTG will offer TrueArc's ForeMost Enterprise in conjunction with its solutions for both government and commercial markets.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with OTG," stated Russell Stalters, President of TrueArc. "Our implementations are always measured in terms of hundreds of gigabytes to many terabytes, so delivering a robust data management solution integrated with our software solution means a radically lower total cost of ownership, in terms of storage, for our customers."

OTG's DiskXtender joins the TrueArc product lineup - which includes TrueArc's latest release, ForeMost® Enterprise SharePoint RecordsActivator™ - to offer customers leading electronic records management technology integrated with a wide range of world-class information management solutions. ForeMost Enterprise is the first product on the market to extend records management capabilities to SharePoint Portal Server, addressing the critical information regulatory requirements of government and industry alike by providing compliance with the U.S. DoD 5015.2 standard for electronic recordkeeping.

Additionally, OTG will offer ForeMost Enterprise as an overarching records management application for its XtenderSolutions® for Content suite, providing compliance with the DoD 5015.2 standard. XtenderSolutions for Content facilitates collaboration across the enterprise while providing a universal interface to all electronic content. Information remains safe and accessible through seamless integration with DiskXtender. Finally, the partnership will enable OTG to provide a DoD compliant e-mail management solution.

''We are very excited about working with TrueArc,'' said William Caple, executive vice president at OTG. "We feel that adding record management capabilities to our content solution will open new markets for us, as well as help us further penetrate existing verticals, such as the Federal government." ...OTG Software profile, ...TrueArc profile

Hopkinton, Mass.- March 18, 2002 - EMC Corporation today announced a wide range of major new enhancements to EMC ControlCenter™ Navisphere®, EMC MirrorView™ and EMC SnapView™ software platforms. The technology advances are targeted directly at two of the most pressing issues facing customers today—information consolidation and information protection.
  • EMC ControlCenter Navisphere software - a new Navisphere v.6.0 Web-enabled interface helps customers drive down management costs through the secure and remote management of CLARiiON systems from a standard Internet connection -anywhere in the world.
  • EMC MirrorView software - MirrorView provides synchronous data mirroring between geographically separated CLARiiON FC4700 systems for disaster recovery and business continuance. New enhancements now enable CLARiiON to use the same port for host application traffic and MirrorView remote mirroring traffic. This feature increases port utilization efficiency and doubles the number of high-availability host attachments per CLARiiON system to 64.
  • EMC SnapView software - SnapView enables production applications to remain online while logical point-in-time SnapView "snapshots" are created non-disruptively for backups and parallel processing activities. The new SnapView v.1.3 now supports creation of up to eight active snapshots per CLARiiON FC4700 logical unit. This advancement enables customers to perform multiple simultaneous processes - such as backups, decision support queries, and data warehouse refreshes—against the same data, at the same time, resulting in greatly improved operational efficiencies.
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MELVILLE, N.Y. - March 18, 2002 -FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership with Novell, Inc. to deliver advanced network storage infrastructure to Novell NetWare platforms over IP/iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANs. FalconStor and Novell have teamed up to jointly develop a storage vendor and interface agnostic SAN solution for NetWare platforms, enabling the provisioning of secure, highly-available network storage to NetWare over IP, iSCSI or Fibre Channel-based storage networks. IPStor's suite of SAN-based storage management services, including mirroring, snapshot, TimeMark and replication services, are being fully leveraged to ensure optimal data availability and rapid disaster recovery.

"IPStor technology reduces Total Cost of Ownership through the aggregating and provisioning of the storage hardware in place, maximizing a company's investment in existing technologies through storage consolidation -even allowing NetWare users in a direct attached storage model to painlessly migrate into a SAN environment," said Bernie Wu, FalconStor vice president of business development. "Our mutual clients require complete data protection and this alliance with Novell delivers an industry-leading storage solution for NetWare customers."

"Cross-platform security, reliability, centralized administration and rapid recovery tools make FalconStor's IPStor and NetWare a powerful combined solution for the demanding data storage requirements of today's Net-centric enterprises," said Jeff Hawkins, Novell vice president, Storage Services. "FalconStor's IPStor SAN software and architecture highly complement our Novell Cluster Services, Novell Storage Services and Novell NetDevice products, and will also help existing NetWare customers consolidate their storage and provide business continuity." ...FalconStor Software profile, ...Novell profile

COSTA MESA, Calif. - March 18, 2002 - Emulex Corporation today announced it has completed interoperability testing with Tivoli Software, IBM Software Group, to ensure compatibility between Emulex's LP9002L Fibre Channel host bus adapters and Tivoli Storage Network Manager software in Windows 2000/NT operating environments.

"Tivoli Storage Network Manager helps IT professionals meet the challenge of managing tremendous data growth," said Jose Iglesias, director, Tivoli Storage, IBM Software Group. "Emulex's unique HBA architecture provides a complementary solution that reduces storage management complexity, and provides the high-speed performance required for enterprise data centers."

The Emulex LightPulse family of Fibre Channel HBAs offers full fabric support, high data integrity, full-duplex operation, data buffering for up to 100km of cabling and support for all Fibre Channel topologies. ...Emulex profile, ...Tivoli profile

Aarhus, Denmark - 18 March 2002 - Dataram has now released a complete product portfolio of Intel qualified modules, tested to the highest standards in the industry. CMTL (Computer Memory Test Labs) provides the industry's most stringent testing for modules for desktops and servers, and this highest industry standard is especially relevant for high-end servers and workstations and mission-critical applications. Dataram's Intel-qualified memory products will be presented at CeBIT 2002, Hannover, from 13 to 20 March. Dataram's CMTL qualified Intel memory products utilize both DDR and PC133 memory technology, and cover the full range of capacities from 128MB to 1GB. ...Dataram profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 18, 2002 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation - today announced the shipment of its two millionth hi-speed USB 2.0 peripheral controller. With the demonstrated success of its ISD-300A1 and EZ-USB FX2™ devices, Cypress® anticipates capturing a significant share of the hi-speed USB market.

"Determined to make USB an ubiquitous interface for all computing platforms, Cypress will continue to grow its portfolio of hi-speed USB devices," said Jeff Chang, product marketing manager for Cypress's Personal Communications Division. "By addressing our customers' changing needs, Cypress continues to be a key driver and early adopter in the USB market."

The ISD-300A1 is a USB 2.0-to-ATA/ATAPI bridge device that enables PCs and other information appliances to connect to external mass storage devices—including hard disk, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROMs, and ZIP drives—via a 480 Mbit/second USB 2.0 link. The EZ-USB FX2 is a fully-integrated hi-speed USB 2.0 microcontroller, with the flexibility to address a range of peripheral applications. ...Cypress Semiconductor profile

March 18, 2002 - The most popular aticle ever published on STORAGEsearch, has been updated 14 months after it was originally published. Our long range forecast for the top 10 biggest storage companies at the end of 2004 has been updated and published today. Although most of the companies are the same as in last year's version of this article, the fortunes and prospects of many have changed significantly as a result of market conditions, and the article includes analysis of which companies did well and which fared badly during the last year. Some companies have dropped out of last year's top 10 list, others are in danger of dropping out of next year's list, and we discuss who is most likely to replace them.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., and ANAHEIM, Calif. - March 15, 2002 - DataCore Software today announced MTI Technology Corp. will resell DataCore's SANsymphony™ storage networking platform on a worldwide basis. MTI, a premier provider of enterprise storage solutions for more than 20 years, joins the list of prestigious storage suppliers that have chosen to build value upon the DataCore platform. MTI will deliver SANsymphony software through its direct sales and reseller network as a complement to its Vivant™ systems and network storage offerings.

"We're expanding our relationship with DataCore because of our customers' increasing demand for storage management solutions that provide bulletproof business continuity and cost-reducing automated management capabilities across IP and Fibre Channel storage networks," said MTI COO, Paul Emery. "What really aided our decision were the advanced features DataCore rolled out in January with their 5.0 release of SANsymphony. DataCore adds an important value proposition that, in combination with MTI's storage solutions, provides significant savings and productivity to our global customer base."

SANsymphony 5.0 features breakthroughs in storage network manageability through automation, robust business recovery options, performance acceleration, easy-to-use administrative interfaces and the industry's broadest range of wire-agnostic connectivity. Enterprise-wide and remote IP-connected storage users and existing SANs can be fully integrated utilizing SANsymphony's automated centralized services and discovery capabilities. SANsymphony's advanced network volume management capabilities replace much of the manual intervention and disruption that cripples business operations and overwhelms administrative personnel today. Such built-in intelligence and automation ensures that servers, storage and employees are fully utilized, where previously there was a significant waste of time, money and effort. ...DataCore Softwareprofile, ...MTI Technology profile

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