|San Jose, Calif. - November
14, 2002 - Alacritech, Inc. today announced that IBM has
selected the Alacritech 1000x1 Gigabit Ethernet Server and Storage Accelerator
to provide IBM TotalStorage NAS customers with efficient TCP/IP offload. The
IBM TotalStorage NAS 200, 300 and 300G products running in conjunction with
Alacritech accelerators are designed to provide enterprises with a powerful
solution that supports rapid access to consolidated data. Alacritech's 1000x1
Gigabit Ethernet Accelerator is well known as providing industry-leading
performance in NAS systems. The accelerator is based on the company's patented
SLIC Technology® to offload network processing from host software to silicon
to achieve outstanding performance in servers, NAS and iSCSI storage devices.
"IBM's TotalStorage NAS servers were designed to provide
customers open storage designed for the rigors of e-business collaboration,"
said David Vaughn, product marketing manager, IBM Storage Systems Group. "We
selected Alacritech server accelerators based on the company's architecture for
offloading network processing to improve system efficiency. Our customers can
now purchase systems that support better performance and increased efficiency,
along with investment protection as they migrate to IP-based storage."
Rock, Texas - November 14, 2002 - Customers selected Dell's
standards-based computer products and services in increasing numbers in fiscal
third-quarter 2003, pushing the company to record shipments and revenue and a
higher rate of profitability. For the third quarter ended Nov. 1, total
revenue was $9.1 billion, up 22% from last year in an industry where sales have
otherwise been flat to down.
year-over-year rise in overall product shipments compared with a 2% increase
for the rest of the industry. Company server volumes were 24% higher, nearly
five times the rate for the rest of the industry. Revenue from Dell enterprise
products - servers, storage systems, network switches and workstations - was up
a combined 27%.|
Sales of external storage systems increased 73% and
continue on an annual run rate of more than $1 billion. Dell ranked second in a
recent industry-analyst survey that asked corporate customers which suppliers
they would consider for their storage-hardware purchases.
...Dell Computer profile
MA - November 14, 2002 - The QBM Alliance, an international alliance
founded by Kentron Technologies, aimed at positioning Quad Band Memory
(QBM) technology as an industry standard, welcomes ATP Electronics and
Tanisys Technology to the growing membership roster. |
QBM Alliance Program provides its members with sales and technical assistance as
well as broad marketing support. With VIA QBM enabled chipsets due to come out
in Q1-2003, QBM technology is being widely accepted as the next industry
standard solution to follow DDR I. With the delays and higher costs associated
with other memory solutions such as DDR II and Dual Channel DDR, QBM has proven
to be the most cost efficient and sensible solution in the market.
a premier supplier of top quality and reliable memory products, ATP will be
instrumental in the production and availability of QBM modules for the PC
marketplace," said Joe Capaldo, Kentron's Product Marketing Manager. "Equally
as important, as we near the actual introduction of QBM enabled chipsets,
companies such as Tanisys can provide high speed testing capabilities for the
QBM module solutions."
"As a premier supplier of top quality, high performance and
reliable memory products for servers, desktop, mobile computing and embedded
systems OEMs and channels since 1991, we are constantly looking for new
technology to provide total solutions to our customers" said Danny Lin,
Marketing Manager of ATP Electronics, Inc. "By joining the QBM Alliance, we
can provide our customers with yet another option for their high-performance
"As the leader in DRAM module test
solutions, it only makes sense that Tanisys would join the QBM Alliance",
said John Bennett, VP of Sales and Marketing, Tanisys Technology. "We are
excited about becoming a member and offering our customers support as the QBM
technology migrates into production."
Technologies profile, ...QBM
Calif. - November 14, 2002 - Emulex Corporation today announced that it
is showcasing the industry's first 10Gb/s Fibre Channel technology demonstration
during Fall Comdex 2002. The demonstration features the delivery of
10Gb/s protocol compliant data streams over optical cabling utilizing Emulex
ASIC, firmware, and driver technology. Emulex's demonstration was developed in
conjunction with member companies from a leading 10Gb/s industry consortium,
including Finisar Corporation, Marvell, Quake Technologies and Xilinx.
Ten Gb/s is the next generation technology for both Fibre Channel and
iSCSI SANs, providing five times the bandwidth of today's 2Gb/s Fibre Channel
SANs, and ten times the bandwidth of gigabit Ethernet-based iSCSI. The 10Gb/s
data rate is the only Fibre Channel speed beyond 2Gb/s that is specified to
support switched fabrics, which is a critical requirement for SAN deployment.
The deployment of 10Gb/s host bus adapters is expected to begin in 2004, and
will account for 20 percent of both iSCSI and Fibre Channel HBAs shipped in
2006, according to Gartner Dataquest. The demand for increased SAN connectivity
bandwidth is being driven by a number of factors, including the continued
increases in server CPU performance, the limited availability of server bus
slots, and increases in disk drive density and performance.
also:- Trade shows &
events, GBICs, SFPs and
November 14, 2002 - "Storage Area Networks and Return on Investment"
is a new 53 page white paper published today on STORAGEsearch by
information storage architect company Datalink Corporation.
white paper should be regarded as the SAN Bible for anyone who is looking at the
steps necessary to understand what a SAN is, how it works, how to choose a
supplier, and how to identify and estimate the cost benefits of making a major
SAN investment. As with previous articles we've published from Datalink, this
paper gets right down into the detail and provides insights based on theory and
practice on real enterprise systems.
The article begins with a general
review of the benefits of SANs, focusing on reliability, lower headcount for
administration and better storage utilization. Virtualization is also discussed,
and the article goes on to explain why the backup process works better in a SAN
than in a directly attached storage environment. Security and internet storage
technologies are also taken into consideration. Choosing a SAN vendor partner,
implementing a SAN and justifying a SAN take up about half the article. The
other half uses a real case study, which is analysed in detail. Even the cost
advantages of lower real life failure rates experienced in real systems are
enumerated. All the analysis is general in nature and can be applied to storage
systems supplied by any vendor.
Previous reference articles from
Datalink have been very popular on the mouse site, and this should be no
exception. It even includes a detailed index to help you find you way around
to read the 53 page white paper (pdf),
Calif. - November 13, 2002 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced it will
acquire the outstanding technology assets of Tricord Systems, Inc.
through bankruptcy proceedings.
Based in Plymouth, MN, Tricord developed unique, patented technology for
managing highly scalable, network attached storage systems. Adaptec plans to use
Tricord's technology as part of the company's efforts to extend its line of
external storage products to include file- and block-based storage systems.
"Adaptec's vision is to make highly scalable, highly reliable
networked storage easy to use and manage for mid-size companies," said
Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager for Adaptec's Storage Systems
Group. "Tricord's solution is a powerful extension of that vision, enabling
hands-off management, fail-over capabilities and seamless storage expansion -
key capabilities for network attached storage solutions."
Adaptec will pay $2 million in cash for the technology assets of
Tricord Systems. The purchase, which Adaptec expects to complete on November 15,
2002, does not include liabilities or customer obligations.
- November 13, 2002 Promicro Systems, in partnership with Avail
Solutions, today introduced a cost-effective backup appliance that provides
businesses with advanced data storage, backup and recovery capabilities.
Promicro has combined its ProStore NAS server with Avail's Integrity
backup software and automated tape library, providing the benefits of both disk-
and tape-based data protection in one seamless package. The ProStore Backup
Appliance offers an abundant 360GB of storage capacity, high-speed throughput
with Intel processors, 10/100 Ethernet ports, three PCI slots and up to six IDE
drive bays in a compact 2U form factor. The integrated 8-cartridge automated
tape library transfers up to 640GB of compressed data at 6MB/s, contributing to
fast backup and restore. A powerful backup and recovery feature set is provided
by Avail's Integrity data protection software, including dynamic resource
allocation, GUI-based monitoring, remote administration, and managed replication
and protected data migration. The ProStore Backup Appliance allows users to
achieve economical data storage and protection, especially for small companies
and departmental users.
Preconfigured to retain backed-up data for up to four days on the NAS
unit, the ProStore Backup Appliance can then migrate the data to the tape unit,
where it will be retained for up to two weeks. All parameters are user
programmable, providing a flexible solution for businesses' specific
requirements. In a restoration situation, data is always retrieved from its most
readily available location, whether on the NAS server or the tape unit, and sent
directly to the requesting client.
"When it comes to storage and backup, the combination of disk and
tape technologies provides businesses with the best of both worlds," said
Jeff Haynes, president, Promicro Systems. "We are very pleased to have
partnered with Avail Solutions, a proven innovator in the field of data
protection, to introduce a value-based backup appliance to the market."
"We are delighted to have Promicro Systems as a partner,"
said Mark Armstrong, president of Avail Solutions. "Their experience in the
server appliance market along with their reputation in servicing their customers
makes them an ideal source for this low-cost, high feature, backup appliance."
The backup appliance is available for immediate delivery. Starting
price is $7,999.
Calif. - November 13, 2002 LSI Logic Corporation is now shipping
its entire family of PCI-X to Fibre Channel storage controllers and HBA
solutions, extending to ten years the company's history of innovative product
development and technology leadership. The original 33MHz/32bit PCI
interface in 1992 had a bandwidth of 132 MB/s. PCI-X 1066 will increase that to
8.5 GB/s, a gain of 64X. The LSI Logic PCI-X to Fibre Channel family of
cost-effective, power-efficient controllers and HBAs includes:
- LSIFC929X, the dual-channel, 2 Gigabit per second PCI-X to
Fibre Channel controller that broke the 100,000 I/O per second performance
barrier in April of this year;
- LSIFC919X, the single-channel, 2 Gigabit per second PCI-X
to Fibre Channel controller allows system designers to double I/O performance
while enhancing host utilization and connectivity;
- LSI7402XP-LC, the quad-channel PCI-X to Fibre Channel HBA
provides maximum connectivity with 4 independent external connectors;
- LSI7202XP-LC, the dual-channel PCI-X Fibre Channel host
adapter provides industry leading 2 Gigabit performance for high bandwidth
applications and total bus throughput; a low cost Fibre Channel solution
designed, as well, in the low profile PCI form factor; and,
The LSI7202XP-LC HBA uses the single-chip LSIFC929X, a 2 Gigabit per second
PCI-X to Fibre Channel controller, to achieve up to 120,000 I/Os per second for
host connections and up to 85,000 I/Os per second for target connections. Both
the LSI7202XP-LC and the LSI7402XP-LC reach optimal speeds of up to 400
megabytes per second per channel in full duplex mode.
...LSI Logic profile
- LSI7102XP-LC, the single-channel PCI-X to Fibre Channel
HBA based upon the LSIFC919X offers a low cost Fibre Channel solution designed
in the low profile PCI form factor ideal for 1U and 2U servers.
WA - November 13, 2002 - ADIC announced today that the company's Scalar®
24 entry-level tape library was selected as the Product of the Year in the
backup hardware category at the sixth annual Forum Stockage 2002, held
last month in Paris. This international conference, which focuses on all
aspects of storage and data protection, is the largest European exhibition and
conference dedicated to storage and storage management topics. Introduced in
September 2002, the Scalar 24 offers the industry's best value for
enterprise-class performance and combines easy-to-use, scalable management, a
trouble-free upgrade path, the latest SDLT/LTO technology and a complete storage
networking architecture to deliver an ideal solution for any business that has
outgrown the capabilities of autoloaders or stand-alone drives. Suggested list
price starts at less than $12,500
and Taoyuen/Taiwan - November 13, 2002 Infineon Technologies
Nanya Technology Corporation (NTC) have signed final contracts
concerning strategic cooperation on standard memory chips (DRAMs). The
cooperation will help each partner expand its position in the DRAM market while
sharing development costs. The agreement provides for the joint development of
advanced 0.09-micron and 0.07-micron production technologies for 300mm wafers.
Under the terms of the agreement the companies have also set up a 50:50 joint
venture for the production of DRAM chips and will build a new joint 300mm
facility in Taiwan. This facility will employ the production technology
developed jointly by the companies.
The new 300mm semiconductor
facility will be constructed in two stages aligned with the growth and
development of the world semiconductor market. The first stage, which is
scheduled for completion in the second half of 2004, will give the facility an
initial monthly capacity of around 20,000 wafer starts. Completion of the second
stage, currently anticipated for mid-2006, will increase capacity to around
50,000 wafer starts a month, making the new semiconductor facility one of the
world's largest. The total investment planned in the next three years amounts to
around Euro 2.2 billion....Infineon
Technologies profile, ...Nanya
FOREST, Calif. - November 12, 2002 - Western Digital Corp. today
announced the largest and fastest external hard drive currently available in the
market, its new 200 GB FireWire® external hard drive. Combining
lightning fast 7,200 RPM spin speed and high performance FireWire interface with
massive storage capacity, WD's FireWire external hard drives outperform external
hard drives spinning only at 5,400 RPM.
Western Digital's FireWire
external hard drives provide additional hot-swap storage that can be easily
disconnected from the computer and locked up for security, or shared from
computer to computer. The hard drives are compatible with any Macintosh® or
PC computer with a FireWire-enabled OHCI compliant port, using either Windows®
98 SE/Me/2000/XP or Mac® OS 9.x or later operating systems. Widespread
availability of WD's 200 GB FireWire external hard drives is expected this
month. Estimated street retail price is $399.
Calif. - November 12, 2002 - Nexsan Technologies today rolled out its
next-generation disk-to-disk backup technology platform, creating new standards
for affordable, high-density enterprise storage with the release of the
InfiniSAN ATABeast, a compact multi-terabyte disk array that
delivers enterprise-class capabilities in a low-profile, cost-correct package.
Nexsan's new ATABeast combines capacity, availability and scalability at a cost
that makes it a viable replacement for enterprise-class tape libraries. The
ATABeast starts at around $40,000 for a 13.4 TB configuration. Utilizing
Nexsan's D2D backup software, ATABeast delivers access to data up to 100 times
faster than tape libraries. The compact ATABeast architecture leverages the
industry's highest storage density per square inch - 13.4 TB in just 4U of rack
space - and can pack up to 134 TB of capacity in a single data center rack.
- November 12, 2002 - Avail Solutions has completely reengineered the
process companies use to protect their data assets and today announces the
release of Integrity, its new data protection software product. As it
backs-up network clients, Integrity dynamically targets storage devices based on
performance, longevity, and other needs of the data. Upon completion of the
initial backup process, Integrity provides fully managed replication and managed
migration of the data to other storage devices. The additional devices can be
based on any technology and they may be located anywhere on- or off-site. Fully
managed replication and managed migration insures that data required for
restoration, down to the individual file level, is quickly located, retrieved,
and restored directly - regardless of its stored location.
Integrity addresses two major problems system administrators have
lived with for years. Most backup products support only one storage device,
which must be statically configured to the machines being backed up. Regardless
of the data being processed, backup is restricted to one storage target.
Integrity can support a number and a variety of storage devices concurrently.
It dynamically allocates an appropriate storage device for the machines it is
servicing based on the needs of the data as assigned by the administrator.
Also, system administrators have been required to make duplicate sets
of their backup media and send them away for long-term safekeeping. Integrity
accomplishes this task automatically through its hierarchical data-store
management design. Once data is initially backed-up it can be automatically
moved and/or copied to other storage devices. There is no limit to the levels
in the hierarchy or the types of media used. The system maintains full
management of the data regardless of whether it remains on-site or is sent
off-site electronically, or even if it is stored off-line. These capabilities
combined with Integrity's robust backup and recovery features provide
configuration flexibility never before possible.
"When we started
designing Integrity, we saw what was already on the market and were determined
to build a product that would solve common data protection problems by extending
capabilities beyond what is typical in the market," said Mark Armstrong,
President of Avail Solutions.
Integrity is currently available for Windows NT and 2000, Sun Solaris
7 and 8, and Linux Redhat 6.8 and higher operating systems. Additional ports
are underway and will follow shortly. Prices start at $295.00 for a single
server backing-up to an internal disk/tape combination. Pricing varies by
VALLEY, Calif. - November 12, 2002 - Seagate Technology today
announced that its scientists have broken new ground in the field of magnetic
data storage by demonstrating areal densities of over 100 gigabits per square
inch (Gb/in2) using perpendicular recording technology. This "vertical"
move has also enabled record performance data rates of up to 125 MB per second.
As the areal density growth rate of current longitudinal recording begins to
slow, perpendicular recording appears best-positioned to keep pace with the
world's growing data storage needs, with the potential for far higher density
levels over time than what could otherwise be achieved.
"Perpendicular recording is projected to achieve areal densities
as high as one terabit per square inch (Tb/in2), roughly 20 times the density of
today's state-of-the-art disc drive products," said Dr. Mark Kryder,
Seagate senior vice president of Research. "This is equivalent to storing
over one full terabyte (1000 gigabytes) of information or nearly 500 DVD movies
on a single 3-inch disc."
Perpendicular recording arranges the magnetic bits vertically on end
on the surface of the disc, enabling the head to record and read more
information per unit area. Perpendicular recording breaks new ground because
today's disc drives use traditional longitudinal recording that arranges the
bits horizontally on the disc and therefore also require more surface area to
store information. Seagate anticipates implementing perpendicular recording
within its products perhaps as early as calendar year 2004.
|Other news on this page|
Selects Alacritech's High-performance Server Accelerators
increases sales of external storage systems 73%
ATP Electronics and
Tanisys join The QBM Alliance
Emulex Demonstrates Industry's First 10
Gigabit/sec Fibre Channel Technology During Fall COMDEX 2002
"SANs and ROI" white paper by Datalink Corp
to Purchase Assets of Network Attached Storage Innovator Tricord Systems
Systems and Avail Solutions Partner to Offer an Integral Backup Appliance with
Disk- and Tape-Based Data Protection
LSI Logic now shipping full family of PCI-X storage solutions
Scalar 24 awarded Product of the Year at Stockage 2002
Nanya Seal DRAM Cooperation
Western Digital Introduces Fastest 200 GB
External Hard Drive
Nexsan Unleashes ATAbeast Storage Array
First Data Protection Software to Finish the Backup Paradigm, Avail Solutions
Seagate 'Gets Vertical' and Demonstrates Record Magnetic Storage
FalconStor's IPStor is the Right Storage Prescription for
EMC Showcases Automated Networked Storage at OracleWorld
Arkeia Debuts Automatic Disaster Recovery Module for Linux
Memory Systems Announces General Availability of the RamSan-220
Scientists Break CMOS Speed Record
CATC Announces USBMobile Portable
USB 2.0 Classic Protocol Analyzer
EVault Introduces InfoStage Software
DiskSites Delivers First File Storage Consolidation Solution for
Consolidating Branch Office File Storage Back to the Data Center
InfiniCon is First to Deliver End-to-End InfiniBand Solution
White Paper by NeoScale Systems
Imperial SANaccelerator Receives
Brocade Fabric Aware Status for Interoperability
Antares PCI-X SCSI
Ultra 320 Adapters Achieve Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems
Amacom Technologies Reduces Prices on Flip2disk Range
earlier news (archive)
afford to hire real programmers until his venture capital check came in. So he
was making do with retired hedgehogs.|
Faster, Smaller, Cheaper...|
but the best of these is Faster
the last decade the storage capacity of hard disk drives has increased by a
factor of x 1,000. If it wasn't for that then the storage in your average
desktop PC would take up the space of your entire desk using early 1990's
technology. So that's a great improvement. But disk access times in the same
period have typically only improved by a factor of x 5. Meanwhile our processor
clock speeds have risen by a factor of x 25. So what does all that mean?|
mass storage access times have been speeding up at a much slower rate than
processor speeds, at the same time that storage capacity has been increasing, it
means that corporate users are increasingly dependent on technologies like
parallel processing, encrpytion accelerators, caches and solid state disks just
to stop the average response time of business critical applications getting
slower than they were in the mid 1990's.
The real problem is that disk
drives are just too slow.
If you asked users what they would like to
see in the next generation of disk technology, I'm sure that "faster"
would get a lot of votes.
With a disk drive technology that's twice as
fast, you don't need so many processors, and the bottlenecks which occasionally
cause a network to get stuck in gridlock and reboot will also become more rare.
That would be nice.
Naturally a lot of companies are looking at this
On October 24, a new company called
Dataslide filed a
patent application for a computer hard-drive design aimed at sidestepping a
number of key technical barriers in existing hard drive performance development.
The company claims that the new technology could reduce access times by many
orders of magnitude. That holds out the promise of solid state disk speed, at
hard disk pricing.
We ran that news story, but you might have missed
it. So here's a
chance to see it again.
|BakBone is a global
company that develops high-performance storage software solutions including data
backup/restore to tape and disk as well as optical storage management|
|MELVILLE, N.Y. - November 12,
2002 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that WorldCare Inc., a
leading provider of global e-health services and solutions, has chosen
FalconStor's IPStor to ensure optimal performance, efficient capacity
utilization, and fast and secure access to critical information. WorldCare
provides international access to high quality U.S. healthcare through the
delivery of highly specialized and personalized second opinion e-consultation
for the treatment of serious illness. In partnership with premier medical
centers in North America, WorldCare utilizes Internet-empowered technologies and
FDA approved protocols to transmit medical records and provide referring
physicians and their patients with second opinions. With a growing amount of
data being handled, including data management and the expert reading and
analysis of medical imaging for pharmaceutical clinical trials managed by a
wholly owned subsidiary, WorldCare Clinical, WorldCare Inc., wanted to
consolidate its storage over a NAS environment. Security and auditing
capabilities were other considerations that had to be satisfied, and IPStor met
all their requirements.
"FalconStor's solution addressed critical areas for WorldCare,
including centrally managing all our resources with security, and generating
audit trails for all our documents to comply with HIPPA and FDA regulations,"
stated Joel Kahn, M.D., WorldCare's Chief Technology Officer. "IPStor
allows us to take a much more proactive role in the management of our network
and use WorldCare's company resources to our optimum advantage."
To meet WorldCare's requirement to have all its stored documents be
HIPPA and FDA compliant, FalconStor created a customized feature for IPStor on
NAS that changes the permissions of every file stored from READ/WRITE to READ
only. IPStor also journals the changes and produces an audit trail that can be
used in reporting to show compliance to Federal law. ...FalconStor Software
Francisco, CA - November 12, 2002 - In a keynote address at OracleWorld
EMC Executive Chairman Mike Ruettgers will discuss how leading
organizations are networking their information infrastructure to optimize the
management, movement, protection and sharing of their information and to prepare
for new applications that will trigger a new wave of demand for information.
EMC, the leading storage provider for Oracle environments, is showcasing its
Automated Networked Storage technology at this major industry event and is
highlighting ways customers can deploy EMC storage systems, software, networks
and services with increasing levels of automation for improved effectiveness,
efficiency and better management of their Oracle environments.
managers are faced with many challenges today, from intense budget pressures to
increasing complexity to managing multi-vendor environments," said
Ruettgers. "They have to move, manage and protect growing amounts of
information that people want to access from anywhere. Today's smart
organizations are meeting these challenges and preparing for new demand by
adopting an automated networked storage infrastructure that gives them the
flexibility, availability and performance to meet their business requirements."
- November 12, 2002 - Arkeia Corporation has released a state-of-the-art
disaster recovery module for automatic restoration of lost data.
Complementing Arkeia's new version 5, the module offers fast, reliable and easy
re-creation of Linux clients or backup servers. The Arkeia Disaster Recovery
add-on provides the ultimate safeguard for irreplaceable data, even if a machine
is stolen or destroyed. Working with version 5, the module rebuilds a backed up
client or the Arkeia backup server from scratch with a simple bootable CD
solution. It avoids long, tedious set-up that can take precious hours (or days)
of a system administrator's valuable time.
"The results of our research into real-world disaster recovery
situations were incorporated into this version 5 add-on," said Arkeia CEO
Phil Roussel. "Getting a server back up and running must be automatic, fast
and secure, and this is what Arkeia's Disaster Recovery option brings to its
The process of rebuilding a client machine is as simple as: Inserting
the Arkeia Disaster Recovery CD as a boot disk Entering the IP address of the
backup server, the name and the IP of the machine to rebuild (this information
can be saved on a floppy from the backup server and inserted into the machine
being rebuilt) Arkeia DR will first format the disk with the original
partitions and restore the system information, then restore the data included on
the hard drive. For disaster recovery of the Arkeia Backup Server, the process
is similar except that low-level information and the backup catalog will be
retrieved directly from a tape. System level backup, integrated into Arkeia v5,
combined with the extremely efficient bare metal disaster recovery, can totally
restore a client or backup server in a very short period of time from previous
Introductory price starts at $79 for protection of a Linux client
(includes price reduction for purchase in quantity) and $490 for the backup
server protection. ...Arkeia
November 12, 2002 - At only 26 years of age, Ph.D. student Daniel Kehrer has
established a new speed record in data transmission with an experimental CMOS
semiconductor circuit built at the corporate research facilities of Infineon
Technologies in Munich, Germany. At 40 Gbit/s (40 billion bits per
second), he nearly doubled the all-time high of 25 Gbit/s that had been achieved
in February, also at Infineon. The speed-optimized chip will soon enable the
production of even lower-cost, higher-performance devices for PC and mobile
communication networks as well as for automotive and industrial applications.
The research outcome was the result of Infineon's dedicated sponsoring programs
for young scientists, as well as the company's excellent microchip technology.
In addition to Daniel Kehrer, the High Frequency Research department currently
employs five other Ph.D. students.
Francisco, CA - November 11, 2002 - At the Oracle World Exhibition Hall
today, Texas Memory Systems (TMS) announced general availability for the
RamSan-220, a solid state disk leveraging 2Gbit Fibre Channel to accelerate disk
I/O performance for the most demanding applications. The RamSan-220 is
faster than any competing storage device - even other solid state disks. By
using SDRAM chips as the primary storage media and multiple 2Gbit Fibre Channel
controllers designed by TMS, the RamSan-220 achieves I/O speeds of 200,000
random I/Os per second. This means the RamSan-220 is at least three times
faster than the fastest competing solid state disk, and thirty times faster than
today's RAID Arrays. During the recent Interoperability and Solutions Demo at
Storage Networking World in Orlando, the RamSan-220 was simultaneously pushing
over 300MB/second of random data traffic through redundant Fibre Channel fabrics
from Brocade and McData.
Like conventional disks, the RamSan-220 is non-volatile. In the event
of external power loss, internal batteries keep the unit powered long enough to
completely transfer all data to two mirrored built-in SCSI disk drives that
store the data until power is restored.
Chris Johnson, Vice President of Storage Systems for Dynamic Solutions
International, a TMS channel partner, said "Texas Memory Systems RamSan
products have proven very popular with our customers who demand the fastest
possible disk I/O performance. The availability of the 2Gbit Fibre Channel
interface further solidifies the performance advantages of the RamSan."
Last week, Texas Memory Systems delivered the first RamSan 220 units
to commercial customers. Island Computer Products (ICP) purchased a RamSan-210
over a year ago, and is one of the first to receive a new RamSan-220. Paul
Fabozzi, Chief Technology Officer of ICP, said, "our RamSan-210 has
provided us with over a year of reliability and exceptional performance. We're
eager to install the RamSan-220 and take advantage of its 2Gbit Fibre Channel
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
November 11, 2002 - Computer Access Technology Corporation ("CATC")
today announced the introduction of the USBMobile Protocol Analyzer, the latest
member in its popular family of USB development and test tools. The
industry's first full-featured USB protocol analyzer in PC card format, the
USBMobile Protocol Analyzer offers engineers a portable, low-cost solution for
accurately and efficiently debugging, testing and verifying Full and Low
(Classic) speed USB semiconductors, devices, software and systems. Utilizing a
compact PC card format, the USBMobile Protocol Analyzer enables users to perform
analysis tasks virtually anywhere - extending beyond the lab environment to
The USBMobile Protocol Analyzer is a non-intrusive design verification
system that accurately and reliably captures, displays and analyzes USB protocol
traffic. It utilizes the proprietary, well-known, CATC Trace data display to
show protocol traffic in a color-coded, easy-to-understand fashion. Native
On-The-Go (OTG) support automatically detects, decodes, and displays the HNP and
SRP protocols, including VBus pulsing. The industry-standard PC card design
provides broad hardware compatibility and gives developers, technical support,
and sales personnel a powerful and highly portable test solution that can be
utilized virtually anywhere.
CATC is now accepting orders for the USBMobile 2.0 Classic Protocol
Analyzer, for shipments starting November 19, 2002. Volume and bundled pricing
options are available.
Creek, Calif. November 11, 2002 EVault Inc. today
introduced EVault InfoStage, its online backup and recovery software suite
designed to mitigate the management complexity and costs of traditional backup
systems by leveraging disk-based arrays with EVault's own patent-pending data
EVault InfoStage virtually eliminates
risks, such as media corruption and human error, by enabling mid-tier
organizations to automatically and instantly transmit periodic backups safely
offsite to disk storage. Compared with tape backup, EVault InfoStage minimizes
the time required to restore by providing instant online access to backed-up
data. In addition, EVault InfoStage reduces the cost of data backup by
leveraging existing data center resources at centralized locations rather than
requiring an investment in additional hardware. Now available in its product
form, EVault InfoStage software already powers business-critical data protection
and recovery for more than 800 businesses worldwide.
has been specifically designed to address the needs of mid-sized, distributed
environments such as regional banking, legal, healthcare and other organizations
that need to regularly and securely backup as much as a terabyte of data from
branch offices or remote locations but for whom the cost, risk and time
of tape based backup-and-ship tape-based solutions are prohibitive. EVault's
software recognizes new files and modified portions of existing files altered
since a previous scan. A change file is then instantly created and data is
compressed to as little as 2% of its original size thereby shortening the
EVault offers a broad choice of encryption algorithms including 56-bit
Blowfish, 56-bit DES, 112-bit triple DES, 128-bit Blowfish and 128-bit AES. All
transferred files are assembled in a System Independent Data Format (SIDF).
Accordingly, SIDF files backed up from a server running one supported OS can be
restored to a server or device running a second, supported OS. EVault solutions
presently support the following OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro, NT Server and
2000 Advanced Server, Novell Netware, Solaris, Red Hat Linux, IBM AIX,
Clara, Calif. November 11, 2002 DiskSites, Inc. today
announced availability of W-NAS, a groundbreaking solution for
consolidating branch office file storage. W-NAS was developed by DiskSites
to enable companies with file storage in multiple branch offices to simply
eliminate the need for such file storage, but letting branch office users work
directly with a central file server at the data center. This is done by
eliminating the performance problem usually associated with accessing storage
W-NAS allows organizations such as financial institutions and
government with multiple branch offices, and file storage at each, to
dramatically lower the overall cost of managing file storage. Using W-NAS
appliances to provide high performance read/write access to storage over the
WAN, organizations can now consolidate critical data from branch offices to the
data center where the data can be protected and managed from one location
to other distributed file storage solutions, W-NAS is the only product available
and shipping today that facilitates true file storage consolidation by enabling
high performance read/write access to storage over the WAN," said Divon
Lan, DiskSites' president and CEO. "This kind of product truly makes life
easier for IT managers in large organizations, who are responsible for managing
a large number of branch offices."
W-NAS appliances run W-NAS
software using commodity hardware available from vendors such as IBM and HP.
W-NAS includes a zero management, plug & play FileCache appliance that is
installed at each branch office and a FilePort appliance that is installed at
the data center. End users at the branch offices access files stored at the
data center by going through the locally installed FileCache. The result is LAN
performance over the WAN when reading or writing files.
Prussia, PA - November 11, 2002 - InfiniCon Systems today announced the
InfiniServ 7000 - a complete host environment that provides enterprise servers
with 10Gbps connectivity to InfiniBand switched fabrics, or existing Fibre
Channel and Ethernet networks through shared I/O systems. The InfiniServ
7000 offering includes a dual-ported 4x InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter (HCA)
that supports both PCI and PCI-X servers, and the complete software environment
- including the InfiniBand-compliant networking stack and a rich array of Upper
Level Protocols (ULPs) - to support key business applications such as Oracle9i
Real Application Clusters and High Performance Computing, as well as provide
seamless access to Fibre Channel and Ethernet resources. The InfiniServ solution
enables servers to leverage InfiniBand's benefits transparently, requiring no
changes to existing operating systems and applications. In tandem with
InfiniCon's recently launched InfinIO 7000 Shared I/O and Clustering System, the
InfiniServ 7000 HCA positions the company as the first in the industry to
deliver a fully developed, end-to-end InfiniBand solution, providing both
hardware and software at the host layer, fabric, and management layers.
work most effectively, emerging business applications like DBMS clustering
require high-speed interprocessor communications, with virtually no latency. For
clustering applications like Oracle9i Real Application Clusters, which absorbs
server capacity dynamically without recycling database caches, a 500% to 1000%
bandwidth boost and up to a 90% reduction in latency over current server
interfaces is now possible when implemented on a 4x InfiniBand fabric.
Beta versions of the module are available now, with general availability
expected in December. ...InfiniCon Systems
InfiniBand software &
November 11, 2002 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch by
NeoScale Systems called "Data Storage Protection Risks and Rewards".
The 17 page white paper is written by Scott Gordon, NeoScale's Vice President
Summary:- Enterprise storage used to exist in a
relatively fixed, centralized, controlled environment where physical security,
access controls and known administrative entities satisfied requirements for
management due diligence. In the wake of greater demand for storage capacity,
application availability and business continuity, most enterprises will migrate
to networked storage. Storage implementers must address known SAN security
challenges in order to realize the benefits of greater resource utilization and
data accessibility. The most costly information technology security losses occur
through theft of proprietary data, and backend storage resources represent prime
targets. In addition, regulations governing finance, commerce, healthcare and
government data use have created obligations to ensure data privacy at all
No security system is a "silver bullet." A tiered defense
strategy incorporates system and device configuration, testing, auditing and
monitoring, access authentication, LUN masking and port zoning, physical access
controls, and data storage protection during transport, on the storage subsystem
and on the media. To protect backend stored data, block-level data encryption
can be employed to eliminate the risk of unauthorized access stored data "in
flight" and "at rest." Storage security appliances can be a key
part of a storage protection strategy. ...click to read the 17
page article (pdf), ...NeoScale
Calif. - November 11, 2002 - Imperial Technology announced today that
its 2Gbps SANaccelerator has been verified by Brocade Communications
Systems, Inc. as interoperable with Brocade-based SAN infrastructure in
testing conducted through the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, a comprehensive
testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN
interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based SAN environments.
"The importance of interoperability within open SAN
environments cannot be underestimated and we are pleased the SANaccelerator
successfully completed interoperability testing with the Brocade family of
industry-leading fabric switches," said Robert David, CEO and president of
Imperial Technology. "As a member of the Fabric Aware program since 2001,
we are also happy to have completed interoperability testing of our 2Gbps
interface with the SilkWorm 12000 and SilkWorm 3800."
CALIFORNIA - November 8, 2002 -
Antares Microsystems, a leader in Enterprise quality I/O adapters, today
announced that its Dual SCSI 320 Host Bus Adapter, P-0078, has achieved Solaris
Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc.
the Sun Solaris direct attach storage SCSI environment, Antares Microsystems
continues to deliver the best price/performance. Our customers have recognized
our true 64-bit advantage," said Al Basseri, director of business
development & marketing for Antares Microsystems.
Ready program provides customers with a recognizable symbol for tested Solaris
solutions from third-party providers. To receive the Solaris Ready designation,
products must complete a rigorous testing process conducted by an independent
testing laboratory. Products are evaluated for interoperability, platform
support, Solaris platform compliance, ease-of-installation, driver compatibility
and product documentation.
The Antares PCI-X SCSI Ultra 320 two-channel, low
voltage-differential, wide SCSI host bus adapter allows you to connect up to 30
SCSI devices to your workstations or server at data transfer speeds up to 320
megabytes per second, per channel. The P0078 enterprise-quality HBA supports
64-bit/133MHz PCI-X, and the PCI 2.2 standard. Designed for optimal performance
on both Solaris and Linux servers and workstations, the P0078 supports
packetized SCSI transfers, grouped commands, messages and status bytes at full
data-transfer speeds, reducing the protocol overhead. ...Antares
Microsystems profile, ...Sun
Editor's comments:- no great surprise here.
Antares launched the industry's first 3rd party SBus card for Sun workstations
way back in 1989. The company was founded by one of the designers of the
SPARCstation 1. Nowadays they also sell a lot of cards into the Linux and Wintel
Sun VARS in the USA
UK - November 8,
2002 - Amacom Technologies has cut the cost of its highly successful
Flip2disk range. The price reductions which range from 10% upto over 40%
echo Amacom's pledge to offer the most cost effective, innovative back up and
disaster recovery solution on the market today. In addition to the substantial
price reductions being announced, all Flip2disks will now be supplied with a
USB2 cable and Amacom's back up and disaster recovery software - FlipBack -
completely free. The Flip2disk range, already offering superior performance,
capacity, flexibility and features than any other portable hard drive available,
is now the most cost effective solution for day-to-day use and disaster
John Michael, Managing Director of Amacom Technologies says, "Having
seen a large increase in demand for disaster recovery and backup devices since
the first Flip2disk was launched last year, we have been able to recover our
research and development costs sooner than anticipated. This now means that
Amacom Technologies is in a position to pass this onto our customers by creating
excellent products at the lowest possible prices."