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High-performance 1U Rackmount NAS Solution from IEI

Village Brings Strategic Partners Together at SAN Conference

Acirro Inks Deal With Industry-Leading Reseller Rorke Data

LSI claims top spot in independent storage benchmark

Breaking the 2 Terabyte Per Hour Backup Barrier

Overland is Fastest Growing Supplier Mid-Range Tape Automation

Bus-Tech Announces Mainframe Appliance for Storage

ADIC® Captures Number One Market Share Position

Sony Shatters Areal Density Record for Tape Storage

IBM Posts Largest Share Gains in Storage Software Market

QLogic Introduces Best-In-Class FICON for IBM Market

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A Changing of the Guard in Storage
Storage Administrators: A Changing of the Guard in IT - new article by MTI Technology
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Nibble: Remember Compaq?

The April 30 legal ruling in the Hewlett family versus HP-Compaq merger case, removed the last formal barrier to the new enlarged company. In fact merger teams have been working on this, the largest ever integration of two computer companies, non stop anyway. And Carly Fiorina has been reported by CNBC as saying that she would like to see the new company ready to roll by May 7th. So "Compaq" is another word you'll be using a bit less often in the future, and can soon safely forget.

Try... It's actually quite hard to deliberately forget something. Compaq... Compaq... Compaq...

Does it keep coming back? Well whatever, Compaq may have meant to you in the past, your memory will eventually make space for some new ideas to fit into that old Compaq space.

Compaq... Compaq... Compaq... It keeps coming back, but it won't last all day. Trust me.

I'm not going to dwell in this article on what Compaq achieved, or what the merger will do for the storage market. That's all been analysed before, and much of the speculation is going to be wrong anyway. Instead I'm going to reflect on just how easy it is for the name of a significant computer company to disappear without trace. That'll help you get "Compaq" out of your system, and if you're an older reader (like me) you may actually have come across some of these names below in real life, and not just in a text book or marketing case study. This is meant to be fun and not really serious. But do these names mean anything to you?

Burroughs? Osborne? Data General? Imprimis? Apollo? Digital Equipment?

Well let me remind you, from my own memory, which may be faulty, just who they were.

Burroughs used to be the world's #2 maker of mainframes back in the 1970's. There used to be an acronym to help you remember IBM's mainframe rivals. It was the "BUNCH" for Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC and Honeywell. Burroughs and Univac merged into Unisys, and then kept very quiet, hoping that no one would cause them any trouble. (That's a different idea of stealth marketing to that which we see nowadays in many new VC funded startups. It's kind of a post marketing peak stealth mode. Find a few vertical markets where you are well known, then dig in and hope no one else comes round to take them away.)

Osborne was a publishing company in the mid to late 1970's which did reference books on newly emerging microprocessors. The same Osborne then launched the world's first Intel based portable PC. That was before Compaq, and before Microsoft became an operating systems company. The Osborne PC used the #1 Intel operating system of its day:- called CP/M. I don't think Osborne survived much longer than CP/M.

Data General was a minicomputer manufacturer in the 1970's which was #2 to Digital Equipment. Their design of the Eclipse range using AMD's bit-slice (4 bit) microprocessor technology was immortalised in the book "Soul of a New Machine." In those days, bit-slice gave you a slight performance edge over ready made chips from Intel, Motorola etc, but the lego like building blocks hit a technical and architectural dead-end when companies like LSI Logic made it easy and cheap for anyone (like Sun) to design their own completely customised single chip RISC processor in low to medium volumes. One of Data General's brands still lives on in the Clariion, which was acquired by EMC.

Imprimis. I put Imprimis in this list, because I thought we should actually have a storage company. Imprimis ws the short lived name given to the disk drive operation at CDC. It was spun off as a separate company sometime in the late 1980's and made the fastest 8" and 5.25" drives. It was then acquired by Seagate, who carried on the tradition of making the fastest drives in popular form factors.

Apollo was the #1 workstation company in the mid 1980's. But it used its own proprietary operating system instead of Unix. The company was acquired by HP, which also had a sizable workstation business. In the busy period which followed the Apollo acquisition by HP, and while people were still doing the new organisation charts and rearranging the deck chairs, little old Sun Microsustems came along and blew them all away. By the time HP recovered in the workstation market, a decade later, there wasn't really a workstation business any more, and Sun had transformed into something more difficult to ignore.

Digital Equipment (which everyone called "DEC", but which liked to call itself "Digital") was the #1 minicomputer maker in the 1980's. In fact the first edition of Unix and the C programming language were developed on DEC hardware. DEC had an idea that it could ignore the IBM PC when that came along, and that it could ignore Unix too. Unfortunately, for DEC, both were cheaper than its own offerings, and both were eventually faster too. DEC confused and alienated its server customers by lots of bad decisions, false starts and dead ends. But meanwhile another part of the company had developed a well respected and fast multi-platform storage family called StorageWorks. DEC was acquired by Compaq in the mid 1990's, and gave the company a very bad case of indigestion. The StorageWorks brand is still, at the time of writing, probably the best legacy still surviving from the older company.

And now after our trip down memory lane, we return to the subject of Compaq itself, which if you remember, we are trying hard to forget...

How will we remember Compaq in 10 years or so, using the brutally short style I've used for these other companies?

Well, here's a possible summary, circa 2010.

Compaq designed the first IBM compatible portable in the early 1980's and showed that Wintel compatibility was the important factor for success on the desktop. You didn't have to buy an overpriced PC from IBM after all. But then Dell came along and showed that you didn't have to buy an overpriced Wintel PC or server from Compaq either. Then Compaq was acquired by another company which made storage and printers. I think that company was called HP. HP later split into two parts which are now known as...

You see. It's easier than you thought.

LSI Logic Storage Systems
LSI Logic Storage Systems, one of the largest and fastest growing storage companies in the world, builds and markets the fastest storage systems and most sophisticated storage applications for today's data-intensive, multi-vendor computing environment.
High-performance 1U Rackmount NAS Solution from IEI
Taipei, Taiwan - 3rd May 2002 - IEI today announced the launch of its high performance NAS Server, the NAS-4100, which will be premiered at the forthcoming Networld Interop exhibition in Las Vegas between 7th and 9th May.

Powered by an 850MHz Intel Celeron processor and equipped with up to 640GB of hard drive space, the latest edition to IEI's NAS family of products is ideal for data storage and backup aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises looking for a compact 1U, 19" rackmount RAID storage solution.

The four hot-swappable hard drives combine with a Gigabit Ethernet port to offer instant access to all network users who require data and applications at their fingertips. RAID levels 0, 1 and 5, offering secure data back up are all available through simple configuration via a web browser, and the additional SCSI port on the rear of the unit allows direct tape back-up for additional security. Hot-swappable redundant power supplies and lockable hard-drives add to the wide array of features that focus upon security.

As with all of IEI's NAS products, the NAS-4100 is incredibly simple to install and configure. All the user needs to do is connect it up to a switch or router with CAT5 or CAT5E cable and turn on the power. After having completed just ten steps of simple configuration on the web browser, the NAS-4100 can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Users and user groups can be allocated higher amounts of capacity according to individual needs to ensure that network users have optimal access, no matter what the requirements may be. The NAS-4100 is fully compatible with all major Operating Systems - all network users can access and store data and applications whether running under Windows, Linux, Novell, Macintosh or Unix. ...IEI profile


Village Brings Strategic Partners Together at SAN Conference

Irving, Texas – May 2, 2002 - Brian Callahan at Markwood Capital says it's time for companies to take a new look at strategic partnering, and SAN Conference is ready to help them do so May 14-15 at the Strategic Partnering Village, presented in the exhibit hall at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

"In today's world, companies have to view strategic partnering as a way to replace equity funding, which has become problematic. It's very timely for companies to take a new look at strategic partnering as a way to build credibility and financial leverage, Mr. Callahan says. "A conference is the perfect spot to get combination of large and emerging companies together at one time. It's the logical place to get together. This Strategic Partnering Village adds a whole new focus to the conference – a new dimension."

The Village received rave reviews at its debut last month in Santa Clara, Calif., at Gigabit Ethernet Conference (GEC). Executives were able to meet face-to-face with other decision-makers capable of moving business forward to the benefit of everyone. SAN Conference will be conducted as part of Networking the Enterprise, a collection of four focused conferences with a dynamic exhibition designed to be a one-stop shop for network professionals. DSLcon, VPNcon and Server Blade Summit will take place at the same time in the same place, creating a four-for-one opportunity. The Strategic Partnering Village in particular will carry extra punch because of the wide variety of companies involved. ...SAN West 2002

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Acirro Inks Deal With Industry-Leading Reseller Rorke Data

San Jose, Calif. - May 2, 2002 - Acirro Inc., a storage management software supplier, has signed Rorke Data Inc. as its first reseller. Rorke Data Inc., a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microelectronics Inc., is an industry-leading reseller specializing in storage software solutions and will sell Acumula™, the first in a family of storage network management software products from Acirro.

Acumula is a unique software solution for managing complex storage networks. Using Acumula, companies can reduce the management costs of their NAS infrastructure by more than 50%. Using Acumula, organizations can manage storage networks from one location and give end users access at anytime, from anywhere, to mission-critical information. Acumula allows companies to aggregate diverse NAS and SAN devices regardless of where they are physically located and provides a single view of the files to administrators, users and applications. Additionally, the technology enables one-time desktop configuration and worldwide management of complex storage networks from a single location. Acumula also enables storage management beyond the LAN, seamless integration into existing storage infrastructures and support for heterogeneous storage environments.

"Managing complex storage networks efficiently is a huge challenge within IT organizations," said Joe Rorke, vice president of marketing and founder of Rorke Data. "The manpower and costs associated with effectively managing terabytes of data can be as much as 30% of the overall IT budget. Rorke Data looks forward to bringing the power of Acumula to our customers to maximize their storage network budgets." ...Acirro profile, ...Rorke Data profile


LSI claims top spot in independent storage benchmark

MILPITAS, Calif. - May 1, 2002 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. stood out as the leader today when the Storage Performance Council (SPC) announced the results of its first SPC Benchmark-1™ (SPC-1) tests. LSI Logic's SPC-1 IOPS™ performance results were more than 86% faster than others reported, and at $16.07/IOPS demonstrated clear leadership in price/performance. The SPC is a standards body that has the goal of defining and promoting vendor neutral benchmarks of storage subsystems. LSI Logic Storage Systems is among an elite group of major storage vendors who founded the SPC and participated in the first round of benchmark testing.

"We are very excited to have vendor neutral proof of what we have been saying for years," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing, LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. "LSI Logic Storage Systems has always had a reputation for delivering high quality and high performance at competitive prices, which makes it possible for customers to realize faster return on storage investments through increased productivity and consolidation of storage into fewer storage systems."

The SPC-1 testing simulated real world performance and tied the results to price, which will help customers make informed product purchasing decisions. In the past, prospective purchasers of storage systems have had few, if any, real world comparisons and have been forced to rely on vendors to provide pre-sales information. To assure fairness, SPC-1 tests were run by vendors and are audited by an independent agency. The tests required full disclosure of all storage- related costs. These measures assure honest results with no hidden surprises.

For the initial audited benchmark test, LSI Logic Storage Systems utilized its flagship E4600 storage system. The results were an SPC-1 IOPS rate of 15,708.85 and an SPC-1 LRT of 1.64 at a capacity of 400 GB, obtained with a data protection level of RAID 1. SPC's Full Disclosure Report with all benchmark testing results, including price, will be available at the SPC website on Monday 6th. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...Storage Performance Council


Breaking the 2 Terabyte Per Hour Backup Barrier

DALLAS - VERITAS VISION™ - May 1, 2002 - A team of leaders in the storage networking industry has broken the two-terabyte per hour backup barrier by successfully backing up a real world two-terabyte database in under one hour.

The benchmark demonstrates that the data performance and protection required in large enterprise data centers to support mission-critical business continuance applications is available today. Shortened backup windows allow companies to more effectively safeguard their critical data and achieve increased utilization of IT assets. The performance test was conducted in a SAN environment featuring equipment from Brocade, Emulex, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and VERITAS Software backing up an Oracle9i Database.

Performed at the VERITAS iLab in Mountain View, Calif., the tests used a two-terabyte Oracle9i Database running on a highly available Sun Fire™ 6800 server, configured to simulate a 6-terabyte enterprise environment. The high performance storage area network, which was built on a highly available foundation of 2 Gigabit per second (Gbit/sec) Brocade SilkWorm® 3200 and 3800 fabric switches, included six terabytes of StorageTek D-Series disk and two StorageTek L700E libraries with twenty-four 9840B tape drives, connected to the Sun server via Emulex 2 Gbit/sec LP9002L Fibre Channel host bus adapters. Engineers employed VERITAS NetBackup DataCenter™ 4.5 software to perform the benchmark. In addition to the core VERITAS NetBackup product, the VERITAS NetBackup for Oracle Agent was used along with Oracle's Recovery Manager (RMAN) technology to facilitate backup of the Oracle9i Database. VERITAS Database Edition for Oracle provided enhanced system manageability and performance. ...Brocade profile, ...Emulex profile, ...StorageTek profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile, ...VERITAS Software profile


Overland is Fastest Growing Supplier Mid-Range Tape Automation

SAN DIEGO - May 1, 2002 – Overland Data, Inc. today announced it has outperformed all other tape automation companies in terms of percent unit growth in the mid-range automation market during calendar year 2001.

Overland grew its unit shipments from 17% in 2000 to 23% in 2001, representing more than a 30% increase in unit share. This represents the fastest unit growth for any company in the mid-range tape automation market. These statistics are confirmed by IDC, a Boston-based research firm, which released its 2001 figures for the mid-range automation market (which includes SDLT, DLT, LTO and 8mm tape drives). IDC reports that the more than 24,000 tape automation units shipped by Overland Data represents 23% of the mid-range tape automation market. In so doing, Overland also increased its share of the total unit market for tape automation of all sizes (from 4 to over 1,000 cartridges) based upon mid-range tape drives reaching 17% share of IDC's Worldwide Total Automation Unit Share report.

"At a time when other companies have been experiencing flat or declining market share, Overland increased its unit shipments by more than 30% from a 17% market share in 2000 to 23% in 2001," said Christopher Calisi, president and CEO of Overland Data. "We attribute our continued growth to our modular product design which is perfectly suited for this economy, superior product features used to assure 24/7/365 operation and business continuity, and our expanded and focused sales strategy designed to capitalize on our loyal reseller channels." ...Overland Data profile


Bus-Tech Announces Mainframe Appliance for Storage

Burlington, MA - May 1, 2002 - Bus-Tech™, Inc. announced today the Mainframe Appliance for Storage, a virtual tape controller for System/390 mainframes.

The Mainframe Appliance for Storage provides ESCON channel connectivity to the mainframe and SCSI or Fibre Channel connectivity to low-cost, open-system disk storage. The Mainframe Appliance for Storage (MAS) is a flexible, low cost solution for customers considering mainframe virtual tape solutions. With corporations that have or are considering SANs, Bus-Tech's Mainframe Appliance for Storage allows consolidation of mainframe tape data into their overall SAN strategy.

"With the Mainframe Appliance for Storage we are realizing a 35% to 60% reduction in our batch processing windows." Stated Kevin Sweeney, Vice President of Operations for Data Distributors, Inc., a mainframe outsourcing company based in Methuen, MA. "This allows our operators to devote more time and effort toward customer service initiatives, and as a result, improved customer satisfaction and support."

The MAS operates as a virtual tape sub-system for use with IBM System/390 or zSeries mainframes. The MAS connects directly to System/390 through an ESCON attachment and emulates multiple (up to 16) IBM 3480 tape drives. Applications running under z/OS, OS/390 or VSE can attach to one of these emulated drives and use it as they would a real tape drive. But instead of creating or reading real tape volumes the MAS stores these virtual tape files on SCSI or Fibre Channel attach standard disk. As an enterprise storage offering, the MAS platform consists of dual hot-swappable power supplies and fans in addition to extensive platform management capabilities.

Future releases of the product will include support for: Network Attached Storage (NAS), IBM's new FiCON channel technology, iSCSI for real-time remote data vaulting and SCSI DLT/LTO removable media. The product is available from Bus-Tech and its authorized resellers in May 2002. Prices range from $27,500 to $45,000. ...Bus-Tech profile


ADIC® Captures Number One Market Share Position

Redmond, WA. - May 1, 2002 - ADIC announced today that the Company has captured the number one market share position for the largest segment of the worldwide tape automation market-the $1.4 billion market for all library systems that use LTO, DLT, or AIT technology-according to IDC.

The IDC report on the 2001 tape library market shows that between 2000 and 2001, ADIC increased its revenue in this segment by 20% to $311 million and moved into the number one position with a 23% share of revenues. This market segment, which IDC designates the "mid-range tape automation market," includes all tape automation products-from desktop autoloaders to enterprise libraries-that use LTO Ultrium, DLT, SuperDLT, Mammoth, 8mm, or AIT drives from any manufacturer. Automation products using these technologies, which are most often used for backing up open system, client-server installations, accounted for the majority of tape automation revenues in 2001.

"At the close of 2001, ADIC held the number one market share position both in terms of units and revenues in the worldwide midrange tape automation market" said Robert Amatruda, Research Manager at IDC. "ADIC continues to deliver new products and win new OEM customers." ...ADIC profile, ...IDC profile


Sony Shatters Areal Density Record for Tape Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 1, 2002 - Sony has achieved the world's highest tape storage density for next-generation, high-capacity recording by demonstrating the storage of more than 11 billion bits of data on one square inch (11.5 Gb/inch2) on magnetic tape. This breakthrough, made possible through advancements in read/write heads, encoding techniques and metal evaporated media technology, nearly doubles the previous tape storage areal density record of 6.5 Gb/inch2, set by Sony in early 2000. Based on these achievements, Sony is actively developing its next-generation AIT drive, and with its strong R&D foundation, the company still expects to extend the AIT format to at least a sixth generation member. Sony's AIT family and its new S-AIT platform leverage extensive R&D investments in high areal density recording, validating the roadmap to double capacity and performance about every two years.

"The future AIT and S-AIT family members resulting from Sony's impressive areal density achievement will continue to offer a compelling combination of capacity and performance and enable Qualstar to deliver enterprise-class automation solutions," said Bob Covey, vice president of marketing for Qualstar Corporation in Simi Valley, Calif.

The AIT-1 format has been continuously enhanced since its introduction in 1996. It is now offered at 35GB native capacity and positioned as an entry-level product. Third-generation AIT drives and media, targeted to the midrange tape storage market, are currently shipping and offering a native capacity of up to 100GB (260GB compressed) and a native transfer rate of 12MB/sec (31MB/sec compressed).

The S-AIT platform leverages Sony's scalable AIT architecture in a half-inch, single reel cartridge and a 5.25-inch extended drive form-factor. The SAIT-1 drives, targeted for the enterprise-level storage market, are scheduled to begin shipping this fall and will feature a native capacity of up to 500GB (1.3TB compressed), with a sustained native transfer rate of up to 30MB/sec (78MB/sec compressed). The S-AIT platform has the potential to scale to beyond four TBs of native capacity in a single cartridge and is being launched to complement mid-range AIT products. ...Sony profile


IBM Posts Largest Share Gains in Storage Software Market

Armonk, N.Y. - May 1, 2002 - IBM today announced it gained 3.2 market share points, more than any vendor in storage management software in 2001, according to a recently released report from Gartner Dataquest. Of the top three leaders in the storage software market, IBM had the largest sales growth of 32% YTY in 2001. The other two vendors had 13.7% growth and 10.6% growth respectively. According to the Gartner Dataquest report, "2001 Storage Management Software Market Share," IBM grew market share in every major category, while its main competitor lost market share in most categories. Report highlights of IBM's growth in storage management software include:
  • IBM grew in sales and share under Core Storage Management Technology, which includes IBM's Parallel Access Volumes and Tivoli SANergy. In Data Replication, which includes IBM's FlashCopy, XRC and PPRC technology, IBM gained more than 9 points of share and moved to the #2 spot.
  • In Data Management, IBM grew to a commanding share of 60.6% in the HSM and Archive subcategory, which includes IBM's DFSMShsm and Tivoli Space Manager.
  • In Backup and Recovery, IBM grew sales 10% moving up to the # 2 position in market share. IBM Backup and Recovery offerings include IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Disaster Recovery Manager, DFSMSdss, and CICS/VR.
  • IBM grew sales 30% and 7% in the Device Resource and Media and Library subcategories respectively, which includes IBM StorWatch, while Media and Library is DFSMSrmm.
...Gartner profile, ...Tivoli profile


QLogic Introduces Best-In-Class FICON for IBM Market

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - May 1, 2002 - QLogic Corp. today introduced best-in-class Fibre Channel support for the IBM Fiber Optic Connection (FICON) protocol.

Support for the FICON protocol has been integrated into the ISP2300 Series of single-chip Fibre Channel controllers for higher performance and reliability. With support for 255 buffer credits, the SANblade QLA2300 Series HBAs can connect FICON at distances of up to 500 kilometers, more than four times farther than competitive HBAs with 64 buffer credits.

"Superior efficiency and connectivity will make FICON become the channel of choice for next-generation MVS storage offerings and StorageTek is properly adjusting its portfolio to support that development," said Jill Kenney, StorageTek corporate vice president, Worldwide Marketing and Corporate Strategy. "We are developing a native FICON Interface for the highly regarded StorageTek T9840B tape drive as announced on February 25. Utilizing QLogic's 2Gb fabric-aware silicon with FICON protocol support fully exploits the latest SAN infrastructures and most popular Fibre hardware components."

FICON maps ESCON over Fibre Channel for links much longer than standard Fibre Channel, creating a special requirement for extended credit buffers. According to IDC, about 25% of the worldwide storage area network (SAN) market was FICON/ESCON based in 2001 and the storage market for FICON/ESCON connected SANs will exceed $1.5 billion in 2004. ...QLogic profile

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