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JAPAN - October 14, 2002 - MoSys, Inc. and NEC Corporation
today announced that NEC has shipped more than 25 million units of the 96-Mbit
high-density 1T-SRAM memory chips in one year after the launch of the Nintendo
GameCube which uses these very high-performance custom chips as its main
system memory. The companies announced that they have extended NEC's license
agreement for MoSys 1T-SRAM memory technologies for additional projects in
embedded DRAM and logic processes with geometries down to 90 nanometers. The
Nintendo GameCube includes 192 Mbits of very high performance, low-latency
1T-SRAM memory as its main system memory to help achieve consistent graphics
performance that provides customers with a unique gaming experience and
simplifies the implementation of the latest video games by their creators.
Irvine, CA and Ottawa, Ontario - October 14, 2002 - StoreAge Networking Technologies and KOM NETWORKS today announced a partnership agreement to deliver policy-based storage management solutions that operate across virtually all storage platforms. Combined, the two companies will enable customers to strategically and automatically manage the cradle-to-grave lifecycle of their critical information while optimizing the performance and utilization of their storage resources.
StoreAge and KOM NETWORKS have integrated the volume management and storage management capabilities of StoreAge's SVM with the data lifecycle management technology of KOM NETWORKS KOMWORX. The combined solution allows SAN-wide storage provisioning, network-wide load balancing, seamless data migration between heterogeneous storage devices, data replication for business continuance, and centralized management of all SAN storage resources.
"As organizations struggle to cope with growing volumes of data, they must develop strategies to effectively manage their storage while maximizing the utilization of these expensive assets," said Dr. Taher Shaath, CEO of KOM NETWORKS. "Together, KOMWORX and SVM will provide our customers with a solid, cost-effective storage solution for today and for the future." ...KOM Networks profile, ...StoreAge Networking Technologies profile
PRINCETON, NJ - October 14, 2002 - Princeton Softech and Brooks-PRI Automation, Inc., which delivers total automation for semiconductor manufacturing, today announced a partnership to enhance application performance and availability for companies deploying Brooks-PRI software systems. The partnership will provide a comprehensive, long-term solution for managing the challenges of exponential data growth associated with automated semiconductor and electronics manufacturing systems.
Michael Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Manufacturing Execution Systems unit at Brooks-PRI Automation comments, "Though Brooks-PRI's software does include basic archiving capabilities, our customers with very large databases can benefit from the advanced features of Princeton Softech's active archiving technology. As the market leader, Princeton Softech offers Brooks-PRI customers a proven solution that can optimize application performance and help increase return on investment in their Brooks-PRI software infrastructure. We're excited about making this technology available to our customers."
The first of Brooks-PRI's applications to be enhanced with Princeton Softech's technology is FACTORYworks, a leading Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for semiconductor and electronics manufacturers. FACTORYworks customers generate massive amounts of data to support real-time manufacturing and reporting requirements, particularly in areas such as work-in-process (WIP) traceability, equipment management, and process data collection. By removing older data from the production environment, active archiving can reduce the size of the application's database by up to 50% or more during the initial archive. Because there is much less data to process, application performance and availability are enhanced immediately. Ongoing active archiving helps manage data growth and can keep FACTORYworks and other Brooks-PRI applications operating at peak performance. ...Brooks-PRI Automation, ...Princeton Softech profile
See also:- Backup software, Interface IC's, SPARC workstations
SEOUL, KOREA - October, 14, 2002 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance with Hyosung lnformation Systems Co., Ltd. to bring highly available network storage solutions to the Korean marketplace. With today's agreement, Hyosung lnformation Systems becomes an authorized distributor of FalconStor solutions. One of Korea's leading systems integration service provider, Hyosung Information Systems markets and supports the complete line of Hitachi Freedom Storage systems. FalconStor's IPStor complements offerings from Hyosung lnformation Systems by providing SAN-based services over Fibre Channel, IP/iSCSI, and NAS-based service over NFS and CIFS protocols. In addition to SAN/NAS connectivity, IPStor also provides storage services such as snapshot, time-mark, zero-impact backup and replication with minimal operating cost, and the highest level of reliability and availability. ...FalconStor Software profile, ...Hyosung Information Systems
Editor:- October 14, 2002 - a new white paper called "Securing IP Storage Networks" from Cylink Corp. is published today on STORAGEsearch.com. The article looks in detail at SAN network architectures which include iSCSI, FCIP and iFCP, and describes how security can be achieved in various types of network topology.
Cylink manufactures a stand-alone encryptor box designed to secure IP SAN environments at wire line speeds.The company's NetHawk VPN appliance currently has a bandwidth capacity of 200 Mbps full duplex, and can support 20,000 simultaneous connections. Multiple NetHawks can be stacked in a load-balanced configuration to handle higher bandwidth requirements. Cylink is also developing a higher speed interface that will support a full Gigabit. ...Cylink profile
New York, NY. - October 11, 2002 -Information Management Network today announced the Cyber Security in the Financial Services Sector Summit, to be held on November 20-22 in NYC, will bring together over 30 cutting edge security vendors and over 400 end users from the government and financial sector. In association with the Internet Security Alliance, the Internet Systems Security Association, the Financial Services ISAC and the New York Software Association, the Cyber Security Summit will have keynotes from leading public and private sector Cyber Security gurus such as:
MILPITAS, Calif. - October 10, 2002 - LSI Logic Corporation and ServerWorks Corporation announced a partnership to deliver MegaRAID® IDEal RAID on motherboard (ROMB) solutions with the next generation of ServerWorks SystemI/O solutions. The MegaRAID IDEal solution will be available for licensing with the Champion South Bridge 6 (CSB6), which is now available in volume quantities. It is compatible with the ServerWorks' Grand Champion family of SystemI/O solutions. Perfect for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers, the MegaRAID IDEal solution addresses the high demand from small businesses, home business owners and other end-users requiring an affordable and easy-to-use ATA RAID solution. With this partnership, ServerWorks and LSI Logic will offer a completely integrated ATA/100 RAID solution to OEMs.
"LSI Logic's IDEal RAID solution offers extensive fault tolerance and data recovery capabilities along with advanced monitoring and alert notification features demanded by the industry's leading server OEMs," said Siamak Iranpour, LSI Logic director of marketing for RAID storage adapters. "With MegaRAID IDEal technology, server administrators can also leverage powerful and easy-to-use array configuration and management utilities that have made MegaRAID the choice of OEMs worldwide. And with nearly two million MegaRAID solutions shipped globally, LSI Logic customers enjoy unmatched performance reliability and customer support." ...LSI Logic profile, ...ServerWorks profile
DENVER, CO - October 10, 2002 - Tabernus has been named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious Technology Fast 50 program for Colorado, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the state. Rankings are based on the percentage of growth in fiscal year revenues from 1997-2001 (five-year period).
Marissa Ponikvar, President and CEO of Tabernus, credits strategic alliances and exceeding customer expectations in the peripheral test tools market to the company's 62% percent revenue growth from 1997-2001. She said, "We are extremely pleased with our execution and are firing on all cylinders. Our high growth rate is a direct result of our commitment and ability to successfully deliver comprehensive manufacturing and mass storage testing solutions to the world's leading technology customers. As we look forward, we see unprecedented and sustainable growth opportunities for Tabernus based on strong industry fundamentals and our continued successful execution for our customers."
"To attain a listing on the Technology Fast 50 is no easy feat, and we at Deloitte & Touche congratulate Tabernus for attaining this honor," said Gary McIver, partner-in-charge of the Colorado Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group.
Tabernus works closely with such industry leaders as LSI Logic to rapidly develop software solutions, allowing them to stay ahead of the market curve and fully capitalize on the latest trends. One such example is Tabernus' latest product released this month, the Orion Ultra 320 Software Developer's Kit. By building upon the LSI Logic Fusion-MPT (Message Passing Technology) architecture, Tabernus has been able to deliver innovative solutions for the U320 hard disk drive market ahead of their competition.
"Tabernus is a clear leader in developing testing solutions for the mass storage industry. Use of our Ultra320 SCSI product as a benchmark for the Orion SDK validates our position as the industry leader in this next generation SCSI technology. We've pleased to be able to contribute to their' success and look forward to a productive and continuing relationship with Tabernus and with Seagate," said David Steele, director of product planning and management for the LSI Logic storage standard products division. ...Tabernus profile
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - October 10, 2002 - Cylink Corporation today announced its membership in the SNIA's Storage Security Industry Forum (SSIF). The SSIF is a cooperative effort among SNIA member companies to address storage security, identify best practices and promote standards-based solutions.
"Cylink has a long, distinguished history in the network security industry and seeds to leverage its network and encryption expertise in the rapidly growing storage security market. We are well positioned to make significant contributions to storage network security by applying our many years of experience providing robust, high speed network security solutions to blue-chip companies and government agencies where confidentiality and data integrity are paramount," said Bill Crowell, Cylink President and CEO. "Our current products are used in many different environments and can be easily applied in a network storage deployment, including business continuity and disaster recovery applications. Cylink's research and development efforts are focused on incorporating additional network storage-oriented functionality and features into upcoming product releases." ...Cylink profile, ...SNIA profile
FREMONT, California - October 10, 2002 - Themis Computer has announced two new Intel® Xeon dual-processor servers for use in demanding military and aerospace environments. Themis' RES-22XE and RES-32XE servers are based on the Intel Xeon processor and NetBurst microarchitecture technologies. The RES-22XE is Themis' most compact dual Xeon system in a 2U, 17" deep chassis, and the RES-32XE is offered in a 3U configuration that provides users maximum I/O flexibility and high performance. Themis' new servers support a broad range of proven solutions on a variety of operating systems, including Windows®, Linux®, and NetWare®, to provide users with the flexibility that their computing environments and applications demand. To ensure reliable operation in harsh environments, Themis designed the new systems to withstand shock loads of 25 G @ 12-40 ms (MIL-901D). ...Themis Computer profile
See also:- Military storage, Military SPARC servers
COSTA MESA, Calif. - October 10, 2002 - Emulex Corporation announced today that it has signed an OEM partnership agreement with Network Appliance. Under this agreement, Network Appliance will offer the Emulex LightPulse 2Gb/s LP9002L as the host bus adapter solution for the NetApp FAS900 series, Network Appliance's new flagship enterprise storage platform, providing customers optimal performance for data-intensive SAN applications. ...Emulex profile, ...Network Appliance profile
MILPITAS, Calif., - October 9, 2002 - Broadening its support of ASIC design for double data rate (DDR) SDRAM applications, LSI Logic Corporation today announced the availability of a multi-ported DDR memory controller. When coupled with the LSI Logic DDR PHY core, announced yesterday, this new offering provides LSI Logic customers a complete DDR memory system interface solution for system-on-a-chip (SoC) ASIC and RapidChip designs. The LSI Logic DDR controller supports up to eight 32/64-bit configurable ports based on a flexible architecture which enables easy support for new line-buffers to address a range of bus configurations, arbitration schemes and 128/256/512 megabit DDR memory devices. ...LSI Logic profile
London/Paris - October 9, 2002 - SNIA Europe today announced its activities at Storage Expo which takes place next week at the NEC in Birmingham, England. The SNIA will be launching one of the most comprehensive marketing research program ever conducted in Europe. Storage professionals will be invited to have their say. This will be done in concert with SNIA Europe activities at Stockage in Paris and the Storage Networking. Storage professionals unable to attend the event are also able to make their opinions know via the SNIA Europe website.
Gill Borniche, Marketing Chair for the SNIA in Europe comments: "The SNIA is focused on providing the support and leadership to the storage community and this is an opportunity to find out exactly what are the burning issues for end users and resellers." ...SNIA profile
UK - October 9, 2002 - BakBone Software today announced that it has certified its optical storage software MagnaVault for the new Plasmon D-Series Enterprise DVD libraries, among the largest capacity DVD libraries in the world. MagnaVault will be demonstrated at BakBone's stand at Storage Expo next week at the UK NEC, in Hall 8, Stand 230. The BakBone stand backs onto Plasmon's stand, so interested visitors will be able to view both products consecutively.
MagnaVault 2.3.0, the latest version of the industry-leading software for UNIX/Linux-based optical storage which supports Linux 2.4, improves an enterprise's ability to rapidly store and retrieve documents and images to and from optical media, including CDs, DVDs and magneto-optical (MO) disks. Installed on a server, MagnaVault provides seamless data access to all existing application software and utilities. One feature of the recently released 2.3.0 version of MagnaVault is enhanced device support for newer DVD and MO libraries, making it a perfect fit for Plasmon's Enterprise DVD libraries.
Stewart Vane-Tempest, CD/DVD Product Director for Plasmon EMEA, commented on MagnaVault. He said: "BakBone's MagnaVault solution allows simple and transparent integration for infrequently used data to be migrated from expensive RAID to economical DVD storage, with automatic retrieval when access is required. Plasmon's new Enterprise DVD libraries scale from eight to twenty terabytes, and as the library capacity is scaled up, MagnaVault can also scale to manage these increased capacities easily." ...BakBone Software profile, ...Plasmon profile
Walnut Creek, Calif - October 8, 2002 - EVault, Inc., a leading provider of online data protection and recovery solutions, today announced that it has acquired Huntsville, Ala.-based Arceo. Arceo is a services company specializing in data backup, storage and recovery. As a result of the acquisition, Arceo customers will begin enjoying the rapid recovery and easy data access that EVault affords.
With a significant sales and operational presence already in Atlanta, this acquisition continues EVault's expansion throughout the Southeast and North America, providing businesses with a broader set of services that enable them to quickly, securely and reliably protect and recover data online. As a result of the deal, EVault will house an electronic vault in Birmingham, Ala., allowing Southeast customers the security of being able to retrieve data from the vault in an extremely short period of time should a disaster arise. All Arceo assets, including sales and technical support teams, are included in the acquisition, thereby expanding EVault's operations within the Southeast. The acquisition is effective immediately; financial terms were not disclosed.
"Arceo has a long history of providing business continuity services to the Southeast," said Alston Noah, CEO, EVault. "EVault can leverage Arceo's expertise providing Southeast businesses with the best possible data protection and recovery services and the acquisition solidifies our commitment to being the premier provider of such services throughout North America." eVault profile
MILPITAS, CA - October 8, 2002 - Maxtor Corporation today announced the availability of its new Personal Storage 5000 family which introduces a unique feature named Maxtor OneTouch. With this feature, Maxtor's 5000XT, 5000DV and 5000LE offerings allow users to copy files and applications on their desktop or laptop computer with the push of its OneTouch button. Maxtor OneTouch delivers an easy way to duplicate personal, business and family files, pictures, music, and digital video clips, with the maximum storage capacity and expansion capabilities available today. The Personal Storage 5000XT features:
Editor's comments:- manufacturers of low cost switches, worrying that the increased reliability of Microsoft's XP might signal the end of the 21 year old PC reset button market can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. And virus developers will be busy at work to ensure that you can soon erase the entire contents of your hard drive in one simple operation:-)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN and SANTA CLARA, CA - October 8, 2002 - CNT and Hitachi Data Systems today announced that CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router and UltraNet Storage Director will now be available worldwide through Hitachi Data Systems. In addition, CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router has successfully completed qualification with Hitachi TrueCopy software. This reseller agreement and product certification offers customers cost-effective business continuity and disaster recovery solutions that leverage the expertise of Hitachi Data Systems and CNT. ...CNT profile, ...HDS profile
IRVINE, Calif. - October 08, 2002 NewTech Infosystems, Inc. announced today the compatibility of NTI Backup NOW!® 3.0 Deluxe software, and Panasonic's LF-D311SC, a combination 4.7GB DVD-RAM/R drive. With support for the dual-technology drive, Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP users have a single storage solution for appending or overwriting backups on rewritable DVD discs and secure archiving on write-once DVD-R General Use media. The random access capabilities of DVD-RAM/R technology and NTI Backup NOW!'s powerful recovery software also combine for fast, easy restoration of lost or corrupted files.
"The DVD-RAM/R drive can be used with NTI Backup NOW!'s automatic scheduling feature and compression options to enable unattended backup of an entire 9 or 10GB hard drive to a single side of a 4.7GB DVD disc," noted Dana Berzin, DVD product manger for Panasonic Industrial Company's Global Computer Group. "And when NTI Backup NOW!'s powerful recovery features are used with the random-access capabilities of DVD, restoring a lost or accidentally deleted file begins in seconds because unlike tape, there's no waiting for rewinds."
The versatile DVD-RAM/R drives can be used to write to both rewritable DVD and write-once DVD discs. With built-in error correction, random access, more than 100,000 overwrites and a 30-year data life, the life cycle cost of 4.7GB DVD-RAM media is substantially lower than tape. The DVD-R General media's write-once format, 100-year data life and low cost make it an excellent solution for archiving. In addition, because DVD-R General discs can be played back by most of the DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives in use throughout the world today, archives can be shared with friends, remote offices and business partners.
Pricing, Availability NTI Backup NOW! 3.0 Deluxe is compatible with all Windows operating systems, and has an estimated retail price of US$79.99. ...NewTech Infosystems profile, ...Panasonic profile
Foothill Ranch, California - October 8, 2002 - Aristos Logic unveiled today its Intelligent Storage Processor technology. Developed specifically to address storage processing bottlenecks, the Intelligent Storage Processor technology is implemented using proprietary hardware engines that automate and accelerate time critical storage commands, thereby providing unprecedented levels of performance. Extensive real time statistics and data collection capabilities of the Intelligent Storage Processor enable OEM customers to implement advanced storage management capabilities including Quality of Service.
"Given our strong storage heritage, we realized the need for a powerful engine optimized for today's enterprise storage applications. We also foresaw additional demands on storage fueled by the advent of networked storage. Our Intelligent Storage Processor technology is designed to provide a powerful building block to meet the demands of this SAN/NAS connected networked storage as well as for virtualization applications." said Anil Gupta, President & CEO of Aristos Logic. "While providing a high level of hardware automation, our Intelligent Storage Processor technology retains the flexibility our customers need in order to offer differentiating product solutions," added Gupta.
Aristos Logic's Intelligent Storage Processor technology delivers three key values - the industry's highest performance enabled by a scalable fabric of programmable processing elements and memory data structure controllers, real time data collection capabilities that result in true closed loop policy execution, and industry leading integration that further enhances system reliability. The Intelligent Storage Processor technology is designed to be agnostic to I/O interfaces and can thus be readily adapted to a variety of host, disk and back-plane interfaces.
Aristos Logic expects to announce FibreSlice, the company's first product incorporating the Intelligent Storage Processor technology later this year. Several OEM customers have already embraced FibreSlice, the industry's most powerful storage controller device for the enterprise RAID and virtualization applications. ...Aristos Logic profile
Editor's comments:- although many of the companies working on storage processors and accelerators for network storage protocols are still in stealth mode, this announcement by Aristos Logic will open the floodgates to similar announcements from companies who have to convince their venture capitalists that they're close to marketable products. The IT recession has slowed down the rate of investment in this area, and many companies we have spoken to have products but don't actually have the funds to market them properly.
The group owning Sun compatible notebook manufacturer Tadpole announced yesterday that their hardware business unit is being sold off because they don't have enough funds to properly develop and market emerging products like the TCP/IP offload accelerator which is an important add-on to their Solaris appliance business. The new managers, with more than a decade of manufacturing in the Unix market will hit the ground running, so watch this space for more announcements, but many other companies in start up mode won't be so lucky.
BOULDER, CO - October 8, 2002 - Exabyte Corporation announced today that IBM has agreed to purchase Exabyte's VXA-2 tape drive for its IBM eServer pSeries family of servers and workstations. The VXA-2 drive, designed for increased performance and capacity, will be offered with IBM eServer pSeries. The VXA-2 tape drive is designed to deliver a native capacity of up to 80 GB and a compressed capacity of up to 160 GB at a sustained transfer rate of up to12 MB/sec, while maintaining full read and write compatibility with the first generation VXA-1 tape drive.
Commenting on the announcement, Bob Abraham, President of Freeman Reports, stated "The end of the DDS roadmap means that major shifts will occur between technologies in the value line category of tape drives. IBM's agreement to offer VXA is a significant endorsement of VXA technology, and positions Exabyte for further success in the dynamic and lucrative server market." ...Exabyte profile
MILPITAS, Calif. - October 8, 2002 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced the general availability of its new E5600 and E5600HPCx storage systems, which will help customers with high performance computing applications achieve results faster by delivering bandwidth performance that is twice as fast as current E-Series storage systems. The E5600 and E5600HPCx modular enterprise storage systems deliver sustained data transfer rates of up to 3,088 megabytes per second to customers with high volume throughput demands, such as: seismic processing, streaming media, bioscience, supercomputing, and scientific research and development. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile
Anaheim, Calif., October 8, 2002 -MTI Technology Corp. announced it has been tasked by France Telecom to consolidate storage from its 1,400 servers into a SAN. The servers utilize 225 terabytes of open systems storage and up to 60 terabytes of mainframe storage. One of the world's largest telecommunications companies, France Telecom employs more than 200,000 people, including some 4,000 in its IT division, which has worked with MTI previously. The new project is part of an overall consolidation of France Telecom's sprawling IT environment, which includes multiple operating systems and platforms. When completed, about 100 UNIX and NT servers will handle the more than 400 simultaneous applications that are modified daily for such purposes as billing, human resources, and customer relationship management.
According to Paul-Henri Oltra, director of engineering for France Telecom's IT organization, the objective for consolidation was to simplify overhead and substantially cut costs by reducing the number of small servers and direct-attached storage. "The situation was that our nationwide services all managed their own servers," said Oltra. "Little by little, we were asked to manage these environments, and we recognized the need to consolidate servers and build a workable storage architecture. We knew that this is not achieved by attaching disks one by one... ...MTI was the only company that guaranteed to fulfill our formidable storage needs and to meet the challenges of so many servers supporting varying platforms and operating systems."
The Vivant SAN solutions will provide France Telecom with non-stop access to data and the ability to respond quickly to changing business requirements by non-disruptively adding new applications, new servers, more capacity and more storage processing power when needed. ...MTI Technology profile
See also:- Sun VARs in France
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