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London, UK - March 21, 2002 - Macrovision UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Macrovision Corporation (NASDAQ: MVSN) and the leading developer and supplier of copy protection and digital rights management technologies, today announced that Fishtank Interactive have chosen Macrovision's SafeDisc® CD-ROM copy protection to secure their extensive line of PC game software titles. SafeDisc guards CD-ROMs and their contents against unauthorised duplication, requiring users to purchase legitimate copies. Fishtank Interactive will apply SafeDisc to their forthcoming products, and have already issued several protected titles including the hit 3-D action game AquaNox. With SafeDisc protection in place, Fishtank's assets are safeguarded by a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art security and anti-hacking technologies, ensuring that their revenue stream is effectively preserved.

"We are producing more and more AAA game titles and are becoming increasingly exposed to piracy, so we needed a copy protection system that would provide us superior security," commented Frank Heukemes, Director of Games at Fishtank Interactive. "We were impressed by SafeDisc's disc burning protection. It was an obvious selection."

"Macrovision is delighted that Ravensburger have chosen SafeDisc to protect their titles," added David Simmons, Managing Director of Macrovision Europe, Middle East and Africa. "They greatly appreciated the fact that SafeDisc fits seamlessly into their existing CD-ROM mastering and manufacturing process, so Fishtank Interactive were able to implement the desired security solution quickly and efficiently." ...Fishtank Interactive, ...Macrovision profile

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - March 20, 2002 - InfiniCon Systems announced today it has selected Agilent Technologies' 2 Gb/s Tachyon DX2 Fibre Channel controller to integrate into its InfiniCon Shared I/O System (ISIS™). InfiniCon's ISIS architecture provides a common pool of shared I/O resources that allows InfiniBand-enabled servers to connect seamlessly to Fibre Channel, Ethernet and/or native InfiniBand networks. Through this shared approach to I/O, ISIS makes data center infrastructures less costly and complex to manage than traditional server deployment methods, and permits businesses to add processing resources faster to enhance their competitiveness. Agilent's HPFC-5400A Tachyon DX2 controller chip provides 2 Gb/s dual channel operation and is a key component within the ISIS architecture, helping to create a high-throughput, high-availability interface to Fibre Channel storage area networks.

"Incorporating industry-leading Fibre Channel chip technology from Agilent speeds our time to market," stated InfiniCon CTO and co-founder Todd Matters. "It allows us to focus on our software and hardware intellectual property to develop a robust I/O solution that lets users obtain the benefits of the InfiniBand architecture without disrupting the management frameworks, applications, and infrastructures in their existing networks."

InfiniBand-enabled servers are expected to enter the marketplace in 2002, with shipments forecasted to climb to 3.4 million units annually by 2005, according to research firm International Data Corporation. InfiniCon Systems is the only company developing a shared I/O architecture that can off-load I/O functions from these new servers, allowing server processing power to be directed to application throughput while providing greater amounts of connectivity to/from storage and LAN/WAN networks. The company estimates that its ISIS architecture, which eliminates the need for dedicated Host Bus Adapters, Network Interface Cards, and other components required when servers are deployed using traditional methods, can save end-users as much as 70% of the networking and administration costs related to I/O functions. ...Agilent Technologies profile, ...InfiniCon Systems profile

POOLE, UK - March 20, 2002 - BakBone Software™ was given the royal seal of approval yesterday at CeBIT. HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York spent almost half an hour on the BakBone stand chatting to representatives and seemed fairly knowledgeable about the technology industry.

Sean Jackson, EMEA Marketing Manager for BakBone who spent some time with the Duke said: "We were delighted to receive such a high profile visitor and one who is keen to expand his technical knowledge. By the end of the visit he understood the need for storage, particularly in relation to the monarchy's website!" ...BakBone Software profile

BOULDER, CO - March 20, 2002 - Exabyte Corporation announced today that the award wining soundtrack to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's motion picture Moulin Rouge was backed up and archived on Exabyte's VXA™-1 tape drives and VXAtape™ cartridges. Simon Leadley of Trackdown Music Services at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney was the supervising music editor for Moulin Rouge. He was directly responsible for editing and mixing the soundtrack for Moulin Rouge, and used VXA-1 tape drives to store more than two years worth of data from the blockbuster film's musical soundtrack.

Trackdown Music Services previously used DDS-2 and DDS-4 tape drives and then switched to VXA technology after certain DDS (DAT) drive issues.

"The VXA-1 tape drive backs-up speedily and reliably and I have not had one instance of a failure to restore in the year or so that I have been hammering it on a daily basis," Stated Simon Leadley, supervising music editor for Moulin Rouge. "Compare this to the DDS-2 and DDS-4 tapes that I have been using which have let me down continually both from a hardware and a software perspective, and you will see why I am so enthusiastic about the VXA tape drive."

After the initial release of the soundtrack, the producers of Moulin Rouge reenlisted the services of Trackdown Music to develop the soundtrack for the DVD version of the movie. As standard practice, Trackdown had recorded other projects over the working copies of the Moulin Rouge files on their disk drives to conserve space. Out of more than one terabyte of audio and video files for the soundtrack, 200 gigabytes of audio tracks were restored from VXAtape archives to re-edit the soundtrack for the DVD version. ...Exabyte profile

See also:- Jukeboxes, Audio cards for Sun

REDMOND, WA and SUNNYVALE, CA - March 20, 2002. - ADIC and Network Appliance today announced comprehensive mutual support for multi-tiered data protection applications using ADIC's scalable line of automated tape storage systems and the new Network Appliance NearStore R100 storage platform. The NearStore R100 provides very large-scale network storage capacities using inexpensive disk technology. ADIC's tape libraries provide a full range of intelligent automated systems for backing up and restoring data to tape in a broad range of SCSI, SAN, and NAS environments. Together, the Network Appliance NearStore R100 and ADIC tape libraries will allow end users to cost-effectively consolidate backup of multiple NetApp® filers and other storage devices into a unified system that combines proven long-term data protection with rapid data recovery and ease of deployment.

The new, multi-tiered data protection system allows users to consolidate backups from multiple NetApp filers to a NearStore R100, using Network Appliance SnapVault™ software, then back it up to an ADIC tape library in background mode using industry-standard data protection software. The data is protected in a centralized ADIC library with full media management, off-site vaulting, and media rotation control, while duplicate copies of recent data are kept on NearStore R100 to provide rapid recovery. The system gives end users a centralized backup system with a single management interface, and it provides faster access to the most recent backup data.

"The NearStore R100 is an innovative tool for IT departments struggling to protect their data in the most cost-effective way," commented Bill Britts, ADIC executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Our ongoing development and support work with Network Appliance has proven that using large, inexpensive disks as active cache and a medium-term storage location can play a key role in many users' backup plans, saving them time and money while increasing their overall data security." ...ADIC profile, ...Network Appliance profile

Los Gatos, CA - March 19, 2002. - Agile Storage, Inc., a pioneer of file services solutions for networked storage, announced today that it has attracted $26 million in Series B funding, bringing its total equity investment to $40 million. This investment was finalized in under 90 days and is led by Worldview Technology Partners. Current investors Foundation Capital and Mayfield also participated in this round. With this funding, Agile Storage is poised to deliver a new class of networked storage solutions that combine file-level services with a unique high performance architecture.

Agile Storage is led by an experienced management team that has delivered hundreds of networking and storage products commercially worth billions of dollars - bringing expertise from leading companies such as 3Com, Assured Access, Alteon, Auspex, Bay Networks, Brocade Communications, Silicon Graphics and SynOptics. With this announcement, James Wei, general partner and co-founder, Worldview Technology Partners joins the Agile Storage board of directors. Wei co-founded Worldview Technology Partners in 1996 and has specialized in investing in telecommunications, enterprise infrastructure, and semiconductor startups. Wei joins current Agile Storage board members Mark Saul, general partner, Foundation Capital along with Kevin Fong, managing partner, Mayfield and James Patterson, strategic management consultant and former Quantum CEO. ...Agile Storage profile

WASHINGTON - March 19, 2002 - CMS Peripherals today announced the addition of complete system bootability for their entire line of USB 2.0 and FireWire Notebook and Desktop Automatic Backup System Plus (ABSplus) for Windows users. Like CMS' PCMCIA notebook version, the hard drives within the USB 2.0 and FireWire family are now fully bootable and removable. With the additional disaster recovery capability, ABSplus users have unmatched data security for their computers enabling failed hard drives to be quickly and easily replaced with the ABSplus hard drive.

In minutes, users can re-boot their system to find all of the applications, configurations and data intact as stored to the ABSplus during the last backup. Providing hands-free, automatic backup and external storage in capacities ranging from 10GB to 120GB, CMS offers the new bootable feature in a choice of USB 2.0 connectivity for up to 480 Mb/s data transfer or FireWire for up to 408 Mb/s. Both interfaces offer users hot-swap capability and fast, easy data sharing between multiple USB 2.0 or FireWire enabled notebook and desktop systems.

"The ABSplus was already the mobile user's most valuable piece of insurance against data loss," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals. "The addition of complete system bootability further enhances the ABSplus' disaster recovery capability, making the user's data available even during a total hard drive failure. Also, users don't have additional software, base stations, batteries or media to purchase," continued Burke. "The ABSplus is a complete and easily portable solution." ...CMS Peripherals profile

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - March 19, 2002 - FIA Storage Systems today introduced the POPnetserver 4500, a midrange NAS appliance for growing companies, including small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise departments and workgroups. With a capacity of 640GB and a sub-$5,000 price point, the POPnetserver 4500 becomes the lowest-priced, highest capacity NAS system in its class, costing only $7 per gigabyte. The system's value proposition also includes high-end features such as Gigabit LAN, load balancing, dual LAN failover, and multiple RAID volume support.

"As companies continue to experience rapid data growth, IT managers are looking for cost-effective solutions for storing their data," said Genny Ortegon, director of marketing, FIA Storage Systems. "The POPnetserver 4500 is the lowest priced, most feature-rich NAS system in its class."

For a fraction of the cost, the POPnetserver 4500 offers data protection and reliability features traditionally found in high end, high priced NAS appliances. An integrated disaster recovery software utility, POPassist Client backup/restore, provides file protection for the client and server, while dual LAN fail-over protects online connections. The POPnetserver 4500 can be pre-configured for RAID 5 (disk striping with parity) plus hot sparing to provide automatic fail-over protection. Multiple RAID volume support with an integrated cache subsystem is also offered.

"One of the product's most significant new features is multiple volume RAID support," said Vic Sangveraphunsiri, vice president of engineering, FIA Storage Systems. "The POPnetserver 4500 supports four variable volume types, giving IT staff the flexibility to configure the system as necessary for more efficient application usage." ...FIA Storage Systems profile

CARLSBAD, Calif. - March 19, 2002 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. today announced the addition of Axis Advanced to its Axis family of multi-function storage managers. The Axis Advanced model features dual Fibre Channel (FC) SAN ports, a Gigabit Ethernet NAS port and an Ultra 160 SCSI DAS port, resulting in any-to-any connectivity between storage and networks. The Axis Storage Manager™ family provides storage routing, extensive virtualization, flexible networking, and centralized management as standard features and advanced options including disaster recovery and remote replication.

"The Axis Advanced extends the capabilities offered by the Axis Basic model to Fibre Channel and makes the convergence of SAN and NAS a reality. This new storage manager consolidates Fibre Channel and SCSI direct attached storage and SANs and allows them to appear as NAS volumes," said Dana Kammersgard, Dot Hill's chief technology officer. "The Axis Advanced offers a cost-effective solution to businesses that want to add the file-sharing capabilities of NAS to their existing SAN."

Implementing Axis Advanced results in any-to-any connectivity between storage and networks. Administrators choose how to present the storage to servers - as SAN volumes, NAS volumes, or a combination of both. Axis Advanced makes an ideal platform for introducing point-in-time copy, serverless backup and NAS volumes to FC environments. The list price of the standard Axis Advanced model is $24,995. ...Dot Hill profile

PALO ALTO, Calif. - March 19, 2002 - The board of directors of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced that based on a preliminary estimate of shareowner proxies by its proxy solicitor, it believes it has received sufficient votes to approve HP's merger with Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ). The company acknowledged, however, that this is not an official vote.

Official certification of the voting results by the independent inspectors of election, IVS Associates, is expected in the next few weeks, at which time the certified results will be announced promptly.

"We are gratified that HP shareowners recognize the compelling strategic and economic benefits of the merger and that a decisive majority of shares not affiliated with the Hewlett and Packard families and foundations appear to have been voted in favor of this transaction," said Carly Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "This board remains committed to building sustainable shareowner value. We believe that with this endorsement from our shareowners, HP has an historic opportunity to lead in a rapidly evolving industry and build upon our proud history of innovation and invention." ...Compaq profile, ...HP profile

Editor's comments:- the reason that counting the vote will take so long is that shareholders had many opportunities to vote, and many have done so more than once. The counting process will take into account the last dated vote and ignore those which happened before.

See also:- Analysis of the implications by Gartner Group

Storage Management Conference, Chicago, IL - March 19, 2002 - Precise Software Solutions today announced the release of Precise/SiteStor™ SRM, a comprehensive multi-platform storage performance management solution, dramatically expanding Precise's offering in storage performance management solutions. Precise/SiteStor SRM provides consolidated reporting for the analysis of storage usage patterns enterprise-wide, enabling companies to optimize the performance of storage devices running their mission-critical databases, applications, and websites, and storing business documents.

Precise/SiteStor SRM complements Precise's comprehensive offering of storage and performance management solutions, fulfilling a key component of optimizing the performance of enterprise IT resources. While Precise/StorageCentral SRM is the industry's leading solution for policy-based storage usage control for Microsoft Windows 2000 servers and workstations, Precise/SiteStor SRM reports on storage usage patterns on a consolidated basis across multi-platform storage devices, including Unix, Linux, Windows 2000, and Network Appliance storage devices. Combined with Precise i3, companies gain total control over their entire enterprise resource performance - from URL to SQL and beyond, to the underlying storage devices themselves.

"Companies will spend twenty-five cents out of every IT dollar on storage this year, according to a recent IDC study," said Andrew Bird, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Precise Software Solutions. With storage commanding such a large portion of the IT investment, optimizing that investment for maximum performance and efficiency must be a top priority. While Precise certainly leads the market in optimizing database and application performance with Precise i3, Precise/SiteStor SRM and Precise/StorageCentral SRM create a competitive advantage that leaves us unmatched as the provider of the complete performance solution - all the way down to the storage devices at the foundational level." ...Precise Software Solutions profile

Hoboken, N.J. - March 19, 2002 - NSI Software today announced it has expanded its Xcelerate Partner Program and signed 10 new U.S. partners, including Nth Generation, and two new international partners, Software Vision Company Ltd. and CTCSP, a division of Itochu Corporation. Also, due to increased global demand for data protection products NSI has extended its Partner program to include a two-tier, Platinum and Gold, membership framework. The new structure will allow NSI Software to cultivate regional, national and international relationships and enable the company to support a growing number of Xcelerate partners with robust tools and resources.

Leveraging the Xcelerate Partner Program, the alliances enable NSI Software and its partners to tap new revenue streams and meet market demand for cost-effective data protection and high-availability products. The newest Platinum Partner, Nth Generation, is utilizing NSI's products to up-sell existing accounts and provide new customers with a complete solution by coupling Double-Take" and/or GeoCluster' with Compaq hardware. Dataline Inc., DTM Systems Corporation, Entium Corporation, Lantech of America, Mathe Inc., Peterbuilt Technology, Synegi Inc. and Vector Technologies have also joined the Xcelerate Partner Program to expand their product portfolios and retain and attract customers. NSI Software's agreement with Software Vision Company and CTCSP, a division of Itochu Corporation, significantly expands its global reach, bringing Double-Take and GeoCluster into a key market segment, facilitating rapid market infiltration in the Pac Rim.

"NSI Software is an acknowledged leader in providing data protection software. In fact, Compaq Computer Corporation referred us to NSI Software. Partnering with established, forward-thinking companies with proven products ensures we can provide our clients peace of mind that their data is secure, accessible and highly available," said Rich Baldwin, president and CEO of Nth Generation. "NSI Software's products are widely-recognized for their high-quality, cost-effectiveness and reliability, making them a logical addition to our product portfolio." ...NSI Software profile, ...Nth Generation

PALO ALTO, Calif. - March 19, 2002 - Invio Software, Inc. today announced its new product line: the Invio Storage Practice Manager™, Invio Active Practices™ and the Invio Storage Practice Foundry™. Invio will make its company debut and unveil its products at the Storage Management 2002 Conference in Chicago, tomorrow.

Invio Software is led by President and CEO Ranga Rangachari, who most recently was a General Manager and Vice President for Legato Systems. In addition to Rangachari, each member of Invio's executive team brings more than 15 years of experience in the enterprise software market.

Rangachari founded Invio to drive down the high cost of managing networked storage, which can reach as much as seven to ten times the amount spent on storage hardware. His envisioned solution: software to automate these mission critical processes. Invio will unveil three new software products for storage practice automation. The offerings have been in development since 2000, and are currently in beta deployment within several major enterprises in North America. General availability is scheduled for Q2 this year.
  • Invio Storage Practice Manager: Integrates and transforms networked storage management practices into an automated process. Storage management practices encompass the policies, user activities, system processes and workflow by which you deliver information management services across your storage network. Through automation, Practice Manager increases the quality, consistency and responsiveness of practice execution.
  • Invio Active Practices: Pre-built modules that encapsulate industry best practices for storage management as reusable software. When configured to your specific environment, Active Practices enable Practice Manager to execute processes in a consistent, repeatable fashion—leveraging your unique infrastructure and conforming to your specific management policies.
  • Invio Storage Practice Foundry: Provides a complete development environment to create new Active Practices and extend Practice integration to unique software and hardware components of your storage infrastructure. The Practice Foundry enables you to leverage investment in existing infrastructure and rapidly capitalize on technology and practice innovation.
...Invio Software profile

Mountain View, CA - March 18, 2002 - Arkivio, an innovator of storage management technology, announced the closing of its Series B equity round, during which the company received $9.5 million in financing from a group of leading venture capital firms. This latest show of confidence from the investment community brings the total amount of equity financing to $12.5 million since the company was formed in December 2000 to solve the challenges in the enterprise storage resource and data management market. The additional capital will enable Arkivio to bring the first release of its groundbreaking storage management technology to the market this year, as well as develop sales and marketing channels and establish customer service operations.

"Arkivio's storage management solution will change the face of the current enterprise storage resource management market," said Giovanni Paliska, Arkivio CEO. "Arkivio enables IT managers to gain control of their storage resources and minimize maintenance while reducing storage infrastructure costs. No other storage solution on the market today can realistically meet all these objectives." ...Arkivio profile

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Fishtank Interactive Protects CD-ROM Titles with Macrovision's SafeDisc

Infinicon Systems Selects Agilent's Fibre Channel Technology for Isis™ Shared I/O System

BakBone Software Gets Royal Visitor at Cebit

Moulin Rouge Soundtrack Backed Up On VXA-1 Drives

ADIC and Network Appliance Team to Deliver Proven Data Protection Solutions

Agile Storage Attracts $26 Million Series B Investment

CMS Adds Bootability to USB 2.0 and FireWire Automatic Backup Systems for Notebooks and Desktops

FIA Storage Systems' New Midrange NAS Appliance Offers Highest Capacity and Strongest Feature Set in its Class

Dot Hill Unveils SAN-to-NAS Solution

HP Believes Shareowners Have Approved Merger with Compaq

Precise Broadens Stronghold in Storage Performance Management with the Release of Precise/SiteStor SRM

NSI Software Signs Up 10 New U.S. Partners

Invio Software Unveils Storage Practice Manager

Arkivio Closes Series B Equity Round with $9.5 Million in Funds

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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
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

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