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RAID Inc acquires certain assets of JEMS Data Unlimited

Lawrence, Mass. - November 21, 2002 - RAID Inc. announced that it has acquired certain of the assets of JEMS Data Unlimited Inc., a leading supplier of Audio and Video application specific storage solutions.

The acquisition provides RAID with an opportunity to expand its digital video, audio, and broadcast markets, and to provide application specific solutions that complement RAID's existing storage infrastructure products in Information Technology and Datacenter environments. Under terms of the agreement, RAID has the ability to service existing JEMS Data customers, which include The Home Depot, Nickelodeon, MTV, St Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Astros, and Foxwoods Resort & Casino.

"This transaction gives RAID an immediate presence in the Audio/Video storage market," stated Ed Zraket, General Manager of RAID. "JEMS has spent the last ten years building positive customer relationships and we are excited to continue and expand on those partnerships."

"We are very pleased to consummate this transaction with RAID," said Dave Aucoin, President of JEMS Data Unlimited, Inc. "Given RAID's reputation for product reliability and the industry-leading services they offer, I cannot think of a better team to transition JEMS' customers." ...RAID profile


Western Digital Drives Get "Gear of the Year" Award

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - November 21, 2002 - WD Caviar® Special Edition hard drives by Western Digital Corp. are the best desktop performers on the market, according to Maximum PC magazine, an authority on high-performance PC products.

The 120 GB model from the popular line of high-end EIDE 7,200 RPM hard drives received the "Gear of the Year" Award from the magazine, which published the news in its December 2002 issue. Maximum PC also awarded Western Digital's 80 GB WD Caviar SE model top performance honors against competitors in a roundup comparison test. The Gear of the Year award is given by Maximum PC's editorial board for products that have been tested and verified by the magazine as the best of breed for the year. Only one product from each category is chosen. Western Digital's 120 GB WD Caviar SE was selected the 2002 winner for the Internal Hard Drive category.

"Sporting massive 8 MB data buffers and incredible areal density, Western Digital's WD Caviar Special Edition drives prove that consumers don't need SCSI for killer, no-excuses desktop performance," said Jon Phillips, editor-in-chief for Maximum PC magazine. "Western Digital's successful formula has made it the leader in high-performance desktop drives." ...Maximum PC, ...Western Digital profile


Websense Combats Spyware

SAN DIEGO - November 21, 2002 - Websense Inc. today announced the launch of a new database category that blocks spyware programs from sending potentially sensitive data back to marketer servers.

The category, which is included in the Websense Premium Group III database, helps IT managers prevent spyware from compromising corporate data security and draining valuable corporate bandwidth. Spyware - such as Gator, BonziBUDDY and others - works by collecting Web surfing patterns, keystrokes and other information from employee computers, usually for advertising purposes. This information, once gathered, is sent via back-channel Internet connections to Web servers, where it can be used for market research or worse. In some cases, spyware secretly installs itself onto desktops without permission and performs other activities hidden to the user.

Spyware applications are often bundled as hidden components in freeware and shareware downloaded from the Internet. In addition, popular peer-to-peer programs are frequent carriers of spyware. Unfortunately, many employees are unaware spyware is included in these programs, often automatically downloading it onto their computers or agreeing to install it without reading lengthy legal agreements. Once installed on corporate desktops, spyware applications not only compromise security by sending potentially confidential or damaging data back to unknown sources, but they also create serious bandwidth drains that can cripple overall network speeds. In severe cases, spyware has been known to cause system slowdowns, illegal operation errors, browser crashes and even system failures. ...Websense


MTI Packs 2TB of 10K RPM Drives into 3U

ANAHEIM, Calif. - November 20, 2002 - MTI Technology Corp. announced today that its successful Vivant™ 400 Series enterprise storage solution is now available with 146.8-gigabyte disk drives, doubling its storage capacity and density.

Together with the Vivant 400's fault-tolerant, scalable technology, the new drives will allow users to expand storage to 25.8 terabytes of data. The Vivant 400 can accommodate 16 disk drives per 3U enclosure and 11 enclosures per cabinet or rack for a total of 176 drives.

The latest in Seagate Technology's Cheetah 10K.6 family, the 146.8-gigabyte drives have a rotational speed of 10,000 revolutions per minute and yield an average seek time of only 4.7 milliseconds.

"Our Vivant 400 already had the industry's highest density packaging, providing more storage per square foot of data center space than any other storage solution on the market," said Phil Ruff, MTI's vice president, engineering. "With 146.8-gigabyte drives, customers can deploy fewer systems to further lower their cost of ownership, without sacrificing fast rotation speed, data transfer rate and seek time."

Available in both SAN and direct-attached models, MTI's Vivant 400 Series was the first storage solution to provide end-to-end 2-gigabit Fibre Channel technology. It supports multiple heterogeneous open systems host servers running on operating systems that include Sun Solaris, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Microsoft Windows NT and 2000, Novell NetWare, Linux, and IBM AIX. Reliable, affordable and easy to operate, the Vivant 400 offers one of the best combinations of scalability, performance, capacity, service and support on the market today. ...MTI Technology profile


AccessFIX 3.0 by Cimaware Software

MADRID, Spain - November 20, 2002 - Cimaware Software has released the third generation of its Microsoft Access database recovery Software.

AccessFIX 3.0 recovers damaged databases, creating new ones that are trouble free. AccessFIX 3.0 recovers Ms Access 95, 97, and 2000. While it keeps the original damaged file, it creates a copy that has been restored to good health. In order to increase the types of corruption that can be recovered Cimaware Software has gone through intensive testing that has included the analysis of hundreds of files that were no longer functional due to a corruption. The changes implemented have resulted in an improved recovery engine that restores an extremely large amount of corruption types.

AccessFIX is presented in three download versions, a free demo download to evaluate its recovery capabilities, a PRO version, and an Enterprise version, that adds a batch recovery feature. Installation and usability are simple. The entire recovery process takes only a few minutes. Cimaware Software offers free technical support to all registered users, as well as free product updates for one year.

Also by Cimaware Software: ExcelFIX, designed to restore damaged Ms Excel files in all its versions, and WordFIX, to restore documents from any version of Ms Word. Cimaware Software's AccessFIX, ExcelFIX, and WordFIX are being used today in over 80 countries and in many of the largest businesses in the world, including Microsoft Corp., Intel Corporation, BT and many more. ...Cimaware Software


I-TECH and Tabernus Partner on Development Tools

Eden Prairie, MN - November 20, 2002 - I-TECH, a technology leader in high-speed data storage testing solutions and Tabernus, an international software development company specializing in SCSI and Fibre Channel related diagnostics, announced today a partnership to provide a comprehensive testing, verification, and development family of products for storage device manufacturers.

Testing and verifying storage product functionality is a complex, multi-step process involving hardware testing and verification, fault diagnosis, and low-level programming that exercises the protocol and debugs the device interface. I-TECH and Tabernus provide complementary tools that simplify and streamline this complex and sometimes tedious process. By combining these strengths into a family of products, I-TECH and Tabernus will provide data storage companies with a comprehensive line of testing products ranging from low-level protocol testers to high-speed production testing tools, all controlled by the same user interface.

"The real story behind this partnership is the 'value add' it brings directly to the end user. By providing better testing measures in house, the quality of product delivered to end users increases," said Steve Kenniston, analyst with Enterprise Storage Group. "To end users, the I-TECH and Tabernus partnership leads to better quality products at lower prices because fewer returns, fewer FRUs, and less management of the overall subsystems mean a greater TCO for all."

"By combining Tabernus' broad suite of engineering, qualification, compliance, and manufacturing software test tools with I-TECH's industry-leading hardware and software, together we will provide unparalleled capabilities to the storage industry," said I-TECH President and COO Tom Brown. Going forward, customers can anticipate jointly developed products, providing greater flexibility and a higher degree of automation than has been previously available, all of which will simplify the data storage product development cycle, resulting in a faster time to market." ...I-TECH profile, ...Tabernus profile


NeoScale Announces Webinar

MILPITAS, CALIF/BROOMFIELD, Colo. - November 20, 2002 – Aberdeen Group, McDATA Corporation, NeoScale Systems and QLogic Corporation today announced a free "Intelligent Secure Storage Networks" webinar to be held December 4.

The online seminar offers IT, security and storage professionals the opportunity to understand the latest storage security trends, issues, standards and available solutions. The webinar will be presented by the sponsoring companies above, as well as a question and answer roundtable lead by Christine Chudnow, senior online editor of Computer Technology Review and John Tullett, senior editor of SECURE Computing Magazine. All attendees will receive a complimentary Aberdeen "Storage Security Perspective".

"As enterprises augment storage consolidation, accessibility and recovery strategies, so too must policies and technologies be adopted to protect corporate storage resources and information. Forums like this help facilitate knowledge and planning for security aware enterprises," said Aberdeen's David Hill, vice president of Storage Research, Storage and Storage Management. ...sign up for the webinar, ...Aberdeen Group profile, ...McDATA profile, ...NeoScale Systems profile, ...QLogic profile


BMC Software and INRANGE Strengthen Storage Alliance

SAN DIEGO - November 20, 2002 – Overland Storage, Inc. announced today its support for Hewlett-Packard's LTO Generation 2 tape drive, the largest capacity and fastest performance tape drive currently available.

HP and Overland have collaborated to integrate LTO Generation 2 in Overland's Neo SeriesT tape libraries. With 400 GB compressed capacity and speeds of up to 60 MB/sec compressed, LTO Generation 2 doubles the capacity and performance of the first generation tape products. The Neo Series with LTO Generation 2 is compatible with leading software on Windows, HP-UX, Solaris, NetWare and Linux operating systems.

"Offering the Neo Series with the latest technology demonstrates Overland's ongoing commitment to optimise tape automation throughout IT data centers to best meet our customers needs," said Robert Scroop, vice president and general manager of Overland's storage resource business unit. "Our LTO partnership with HP enables us to deliver unmatched performance and capacity with a time to market advantage." ...Overland Storage profile


HP Announces New Products

HOUSTON - November 19, 2002 - BMC Software, Inc. and Inrange Technologies Corporation today announced a reseller agreement that will offer all of BMC Software's storage Knowledge Modules® (KMs) through INRANGE's worldwide sales force.

The agreement creates a simplified purchasing process for mutual customers who are looking to further reduce costs by more effectively managing their storage environments with BMC Software solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, INRANGE's direct sales organization will sell BMC Software's PATROL® for Storage Arrays and PATROL® for Storage Networking KMs through its worldwide sales and professional services organizations. BMC Software's KMs offer added intelligence about the storage device being managed, which delivers a greater return on a customer's storage investment. The KMs optimize these devices through improved operational efficiencies and accelerated problem resolution. ...BMC Software profile, ...INRANGE Technologies profile


Overland first to support HP LTO Generation 2 tape drive

PHOENIX - November 19, 2002 - HP today introduced new products and announced upgrades that simplify management of multi-vendor storage and reduce costs associated with today's heterogeneous environments.

The introductions and enhancements include numerous products across HP's comprehensive portfolio of tape, network storage, disk arrays and software. Each product is a part of ENSAextended, HP's strategy to enable customers to anticipate and rapidly respond to changing business needs through an adaptive storage infrastructure.

In the "superdrive" tape market, HP unveiled the HP StorageWorks Ultrium 460 tape drive - the industry's first commercially available Generation 2 Ultrium tape drive and an ideal choice for enterprise-class data protection needs, particularly where the backup window is shrinking. The Ultrium 460 delivers a compressed capacity of 400 GB on a single cartridge and a transfer rate of 60 MB/sec. HP also announced the HP Ultrium 400 GB data cartridge. The new tape drive and media minimize network interruption by protecting nearly 216 GB per hour of data and storing up to 400 GB on one piece of media, or double the capacity of Ultrium 1 tapes.

HP StorageWorks NAS 8000 solutions provide easily managed NAS solutions in dedicated storage and SAN configurations for customers who require file-sharing flexibility. With an operating system optimized for file serving, the high-performance NAS 8000 solutions attach directly to Ethernet networks, providing easy installation, low maintenance, and high uptime. HP StorageWorks NAS 8000 now supports HP StorageWorks Enterprise Modular Arrays (EMA) in a SAN configuration. In addition, HP has added NDMP for interoperability with major backup software, improved management with new lights-out functionality and enhanced performance. ...HP profile


Flash Memory Market to Slightly Rebound in 2002

MONTEREY, Calif - November 19, 2002 - Web-Feet Research has released the 2002 version of the "Flash Cards and Removable Storage Forecast: 2002-2007."

The report finds the Flash card market will rebound to $2.1 billion this year, recovering from the steepest drop in Flash card revenues of $1.3 billion in 2001. Although the picture for 2002 looks shaky in terms of the economy, Web-Feet Research still sees increasing demand rejuvenating the Flash card market. Flash card revenue is projected to grow from $1.31 billion in 2001 to $2.049 billion in 2002, which represents a 56.5% growth rate. In 2007, the market revenue will be around $13.5 billion, which produces a CAGR of 60.1% over the forecast period (2002-2007). Non-Flash removable storage represents a smaller portion of the removable storage market segment. Total revenue for all removable storage markets will grow from $1.6 billion in 2001 to $2.5 billion in 2002, and to $14.5 billion by 2007, which generates a CAGR of 54.6%.

In 2002, the Flash card market has seen a halting recovery, but the impact of the financial markets and political instability on consumer spending has dampened this recovery. Nevertheless, Flash cards have become widely accepted by the digital imaging and music public.

The Flash card and non-Flash card markets are analyzed from two perspectives: the "tops-down" macro-perspective and the "bottoms-up" application-perspective. Both Flash and non-Flash cards have been forecast by form factor and density from 2000-2007 in 21 major applications. The net forecast presents the consolidated results of these individual markets for revenue, units, Average Selling Prices (ASPs), and Price per MegaByte for the overall Flash card and non-Flash card market, by Flash card densities and by Flash card types or form factor. ...Web-Feet Research profile


Raytheon and EMC Join Forces to Supply Federal Customers

Baltimore (SC2002) - November 19, 2002 - Raytheon Information Solutions and EMC Corporation today announced they will jointly develop and offer unique information technology solutions tailored to the requirements of the federal government.

The companies are demonstrating one of these solutions - a business continuity infrastructure - here at SC2002, the annual high performance networking and computing conference.

Raytheon Information Solutions and EMC's Federal Systems Division are developing joint solutions in the areas of storage and server consolidation, operational continuity, information assurance, and high performance computing. With the increased importance of information management, Raytheon will leverage EMC Automated Networked Storage including the storage leader's suite of open storage management software and networked storage systems.

Tom Anderson, Vice President, Raytheon Information Solutions, said, "Raytheon's customers are seeking high performance, integrated storage systems for next generation computing. EMC's emphasis on manageability and operational continuity fit the needs and meet our desire to provide open enterprise solutions throughout the system life-cycle." ...EMC profile, ...Raytheon profile


Silicon Image's SATA Host Controller Selected by Adaptec

LAS VEGAS - November 19, 2002 - Silicon Image, Inc. today announced that Adaptec has selected its Serial ATA host controller for the company's first production Serial ATA add-in-card.

The Adaptec Serial ATA RAID card, scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2003, will provide cost-effective, high-performance storage connectivity for desktop PCs, sub-entry servers and network storage. Gartner Dataquest projects that Serial ATA hard disk drives will grow from a market of less than 1 million units in 2002 to nearly 350 million units in 2006. Further, more than 94% of the nearly 301 million mobile and desktop drives expected to be shipped in 2005 will incorporate a Serial ATA interface, with that percentage increasing to more than 98% in 2006. ...Adaptec profile, ...Silicon Image profile


Arkeia Supports UnitedLinux

Carlsbad, Calif. - November 19, 2002 - Arkeia Corporation, an international supplier of heterogeneous network backup solutions, has reaffirmed its support of open source business solutions by offering compatibility with the new UnitedLinux based distributions from SCO, SuSE, TurboLinux and Connectiva.

Arkeia's recently released enterprise backup software Version 5 is compatible with UnitedLinux, including solutions for backup servers and clients, as well as the Disaster Recovery module. Linux distributions powered by UnitedLinux are high-quality operating systems designed for mission-critical business applications, with guaranteed stability, security and international support from the different partners of the UnitedLinux consortium.

"Our support of UnitedLinux concepts is based on this group's reliable international Linux distribution which is supported by the main players in open source environments," said Phil Roussel, Arkeia CEO. "SCO Linux 4.0 is the perfect solution for thousands of small businesses and multi-site corporations similar to Arkeia users around the globe." ...Arkeia profile, ...UnitedLinux


Eurologic Gathers Industry Experts on the Future of IP-SAN

Las Vegas, NV - November 19, 2002 – at COMDEX today Eurologic Systems participated in the Annual Breakfast Panel Discussion which has in previous years brought together the leading figures in the industry to discuss the issue of the day.

This year's discussion focused on the emergence of IP-SAN, with the title of the discussion being "IP-SAN: The Technology You Can't Refuse" moderated by Dave Simpson, Editor-in-Chief of InfoStor. For years, analysts, commentators, and vendors have predicted the strong growth of iSCSI markets without products to back these predictions…until now. With the RFC standard on IP storage due at the end of 2002, and industry trendsetters working to release compliant products, IP-SAN is close to becoming a viable solution for entry level SANs. ...Eurologic Systems profile
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"We're essentially taking the twinkle out of stars, using adaptive optical technology that may be the most important advance in astronomy since the invention of the telescope," explains Terry Duncan, Engineering Director of the Starfire Optical Range (SOR), the world's preeminent adaptive optics research facility.

At the Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate's Starfire Optical Range, where researchers are working on the world's fastest and most accurate adaptive optics, the team had to solve the problem of storing, protecting, and accessing their research data. Due to recent advances in sensors and processing hardware, the scale of the task grew significantly. The SOR system samples data from more than 20 different sensors at more than a gigabyte per second, and makes adjustments to a 577-actuator mirror 8,000 times per second. The team collects up to 500 gigabytes per day and expects to collect between 200 and 250 terabytes of data during 2001 and 2002. Data analysis is expected to continue for several more years.

Demanding Data Management Challenges

"We had to solve two major problems simultaneously," Mr. Duncan explains. "First, up to 50 workstations needed to have shared access to analytical data mounted on our primary, 40 terabytes disk array—with multiple users having access to the same files at the same time. And then, we had to have a way of moving data between the disk and a high capacity tape storage system to give us dynamic access to the entire 250 terabytes data set. On top of these demands, we needed to have ironclad data protection. We solved the problem using ADIC's StorNext® Management Suite software and Scalar® 10K tape library, both designed for handling data in a Fibre Channel SAN."

Shared Data Access and Automated Data Placement

For data sharing, the StorNext File System allows many users to simultaneously access the same data down to the block level at Fibre Channel speeds. To effectively manage hundreds of terabytes of data, the policy-based StorNext Storage Manager transparently and automatically moves and replicates data between the different available storage systems.

"StorNext Management Suite gives us fast shared access for highly parallel processing, and its integrated data management software automatically moves data between our Scalar 10K library and our disk. Any time researchers need data to analyze, the system writes it from the library to the disk, and it's available almost immediately." "StorNext Management Suite also provides data protection," said Mr. Duncan. "We set the system to replicate data as soon as it is written to tape—for us that happens as soon as data is initially staged, so we never have more than an hour of single data set exposure. We then move the replicated data to a vault for offsite protection, while the primary data remains available in the library."

End-to-End Data Management and Storage Solution

The Starfire Optical Range's ADIC Scalar 10K library provides the highly scalable resource for high capacity storage, mixing AIT and LTO tape technology in the same chassis, holding 16 drives and 2,100 pieces of media in one, high-performance library. The library's storage networking technology provides direct FC connections, redundant path capability, and integrated management utilities, for high availability operation.

"The value of our StorNext Management Suite/Scalar 10K system is not just in the parts, as strong as they are. It was the only system we found that integrated the hardware and software elements of our storage task - file sharing, FC data access speeds, data migration, data backup and archival, and end-to-end data management - into a single unified solution. And it works beautifully."

About AFRL Starfire Optical Range

The Starfire Optical Range (SOR) develops and demonstrates optical wavefront control technologies, and is one the world's leading adaptive optics research centers. The Starfire Optical Range houses a 3.5 meter telescope, a 1.5 meter telescope, and a 1.5 meter celeostat. In addition to its primary USAF research charter, the SOR also supports field experiments by others within the astronomical and scientific research community. In adaptive optics, the blurring created when light passes through Earth's atmosphere is corrected by changing the shape of a telescope's mirror. Getting accurate results is extremely complex, requiring a system that can make corrections thousands of times a second for hundreds of actuators. ...ADIC profile

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