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Storage news - October 2002, week 5

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30,000 WDM Channel Cards Deployed in ADVA Metro Networks

Mahwah/New Jersey - October 31, 2002 - ADVA Optical Networking today announced that it has deployed a total of more than 30,000 Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) channel cards in metro area networks.

This record milestone is unprecedented in the metro optical networking industry, and points to ADVA's increasing worldwide market traction, large installed customer base, and leadership position. ADVA's 30,000 WDM channel cards have been deployed into the networks of more than 60 carriers and 500 enterprises around the world, including such blue-chip names as BellSouth, BT, COLT Telecom, France Telecom, Telefonica, Telstra, and Verizon.

Carriers and service providers utilize ADVA's Coarse and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM, DWDM) solutions for such key services as storage networking, local area networking, traditional Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) transport, as well as transparent wavelength ervices. Enterprises primarily implement solutions like disaster recovery, metro-area high-speed LAN access and a converged networking infrasctructure. ADVA's FSP systems are deployed for application speeds ranging from 100Mbit/s to 10Gbit/s. ...ADVA Optical Networking profile


Big Iron gets an iSCSI Facelift from Bus-Tech

Burlington, Ma. - October 31, 2002 - Bus-Tech, Inc. announced today the iSCSI Storage Server and iSCSI protocol support on its Mainframe Appliance for Storage; expanding the tape-on-disk product family to include an IP-based Storage Controller.

Bus-Tech's Mainframe Appliance for Storage (MAS) is a System/390 Tape-on-Disk Controller providing ESCON connection to System/390 class mainframes. Open systems disk storage is attached to the MAS to house mainframe tape volumes. MAS supports storage connected via Ultra160 SCSI, Fibre Channel, or Gigabit Ethernet. The iSCSI Storage Server announced today is a standalone controller that connects Ultra160 SCSI or Fibre Channel storage to an IP network using iSCSI protocols. The iSCSI Storage Server is designed for use with MAS; extending the Ultra160 SCSI channel length or using a gigabit Ethernet backbone to bridge the MAS with corporate SAN resources.

The iSCSI Storage Server is a 1U rackmount server with two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, an external Ultra160 SCSI interface, and an optional fibre channel interface. External SCSI and/or Fibre Channel disk subsystems can be directly attached. One to eight SCSI logical units (LUNs) can be exported over the Gigabit Ethernet interface to be accessed by Bus-Tech MAS controllers.

MAS can use exported iSCSI Storage Server disks for primary data storage, backup storage, a local synchronous mirror of primary storage, or a remote asynchronous mirror. Customers using MAS and iSCSI Storage Server to implement backup/disaster recovery strategies can capture backups of mainframe data volumes on local SCSI or fibre channel disks using the MAS and then can mirror those backups anywhere in the world using high-speed Internet access and the iSCSI Storage Server. ...Bus-Tech profile

iSCSI SSDs, tape libraries, hybrid storage arrays


Promise Technology Selects SMARTEAM Solution from IBM and Dassault Systemes

Taipei, Taiwan, and Paris, France - October 30, 2002 - Promise Technology Inc., IBM, and Dassault Systemes today announced that Promise has selected SMARTEAM, an IBM Product Lifecycle Management solution developed by Dassault Systemes, to support its goal of harmonizing global product development.

Promise Technology Inc. holds 86% of the world market for IDE/ATA RAID controller technology, according to Dataquest. In an effort to secure that lead, Promise has launched a globalization project to integrate product development in Taiwan, China, and USA. The SMARTEAM solution for Promise includes a worldwide electronic document management center, workflow processes, project and version management.

"Creating an R&D technology database and a product lifecycle management operating system were key to our plans for globalization and to improve time to market" said James Lee, chairman and president, Promise Technology Inc. "SMARTEAM will enable our developers around the world to share error-free product information in real-time. In addition, as developers enter their product data into the system, project managers can monitor the advancement and status of the projects regardless of location." ...Promise Technology profile


Is it a maze? No. It's Seagate's a-maze-ing new logo.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - October 30, 2002 - Seagate Technology today unveiled a new visual identity for its corporate brand.
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Nibble:- The New Goldrush? - Network Accelerators

S
ince the summer dozens of companies have announced a wide range of network accelerators. These are particulary important to Sun users because Sun Microsystems has been parsimonious with its SPARC CPU clock speeds in the past few years, offering speedups of x 1.2, when really users would rather like x 2.0. So if you want things to go any faster, you'll have to look at accelerator coprocessors instead of accelerated native SPARC processors.

In the security part of the market, joining the long established PCI crypto accelerator card first announced two years ago by Compaq, then badged by Sun, then dropped by Sun and now supported by SUFFIX Informatik, we now have some network security boxes which protect storage networks at wireline speeds. New vendors in this market include Cylink and Decru.

NAS is now a $3 Billion market, and will double in size in the next 2 years according to the 2002 SAN and NAS Report by Peripheral Concepts, Inc. So dozens of companies have announced TCP/IP Offload accelerator products to things move along a little faster.

In addition to the pioneer company in this market, Alacritech, and chip companies Intel and LSI Logic, two long established SPARC OEMs Antares Microsystems and Tadpole have publicly announced they are working on products for the Sun market. And Aristos Logic was the first company to reveal details of its storage processor in October 2002. So it won't be long before its competitors, still in stealth mode will have to put up, or shut up.

A full list of iSCSI and FCIP companies and Storage interface ICs, processors & accelerator chips can be seen on the mouse site, STORAGEsearch.com. So, despite the recession, Sun users are going to see some innovative new 3rd party products soon which will help them speed up their servers without breaking the bank.

Why do you need all these accelerator products? Won't software do the job?

The killer application for network accelerators is the real-time response for data replication and onsite and offsite backup windows. Without hardware accelerators your internal networks are more vulnerable to data loss and longer restore cycles. Meanwhile your ISPs are looking for any reason to charge more money, and if you need to buy extra bandwidth for your VPNs then the hardware accelerators could end up being much cheaper.

And I haven't even mentioned Solid State Disks because I thought that everyone already knows that they can make your Sun server run 20 to 30 percent faster.

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Building on the traditional strengths of its brand, including the color green, the new identity includes a logo inspired by rotating storage media, and ideas and information in motion, as well as a new brandline, "We Turn On Ideas," reflecting the spirit of the Company and the meaning, relevance, and value that Seagate brings to its partnerships and its products. news image - Seagate's a maze-ing new logo
"Over the past few years, Seagate has undergone significant transformation to keep pace with changing market dynamics," said Steve Luczo, Seagate Chairman and CEO. "We've improved our manufacturing processes, streamlined our supply chain, built Six Sigma quality methodologies into our operations and business processes, strategically aligned engineering and design teams, and implemented new employee development and training/education programs around the world. Our decisions have been, and remain, informed by a set of values focused on our long-term goals for leadership, partnership and success. "This transformation has strengthened Seagate's brand," Luczo continued. "Just as our company has evolved, our brand has evolved. The new brand identity will act as a visual signal to all of our constituents that Seagate has changed." ...Seagate profile

Editor's comments:-
OK hands up all those of you who can remember what Seagate's old logo used to look like? Chances are it's very few of you because most users don't have to open their computer to change the disk drives unless there's something wrong with the old one. And that's a strong argument for having no logo printed on the old disk drive (particularly if it's just crashed). But there's a growing trend for consumers to have more intimate contact with disks as external back up devices, or attachments to their PDAs and digital cameras, and that's probably what has fueled the need to design a prettier new logo. The "Intel inside" branding program worked for Intel to isolate its competitors like AMD. Seagate will have to invest heavily in advertising to become a consumer identifiable brand. That will mean spending more on advertising than they do on R&D, something which always comes as a cultural shock to technically rooted companies.

Way ahead in this race for storage consumer mindshare are companies like Sony. Way behind are stealth marketers like Fujitsu. Will Seagate become the best known disk brand to consumers? or will Seagate still be running round in circles focusing on technology while their rivals clean up in the mall?

See also:- Branding Strategies in the SSD Market


Arkeia packaged with new Mandrake Linux 9.0

California - October 30, 2002 - Arkeia Corporation announced today that its widely used enterprise backup solution is now included with the new Mandrake Linux 9.0.

Affirming its leading position in the Linux desktop arena, Mandrake Linux 9.0 has introduced redesigned graphical desktops and configuration utilities.

"As part of our mission to develop high performance network backup solutions, Arkeia is very pleased to support and collaborate with MandrakeSoft," said Phil Roussel, Arkeia CEO. "Their reputation for quality Linux support products, combined with Arkeia's proven reliability, can provide a turnkey package for network administrators who need fast, dependable solutions."

"We are delighted to be partnering with Arkeia," said Yu Yu, Business Development Manager of MandrakeSoft. "Arkeia is the perfect network backup solution for Mandrake Linux users. By offering this reliable and easy-to-use application, MandrakeSoft and Arkeia will be able to further develop the user base and increase market share together."

Based on proven technology used worldwide, Arkeia v5, is an industry standard for heterogeneous enterprise network backup, with a distributed Client/Server architecture, administrative capabilities, and multiplexing technologies enabling Arkeia to provide enterprise-class technology at an affordable price. Arkeia Light, the free version of Arkeia based on the same engine as the commercial version, is included in each Mandrake Linux 9.0 distribution: it supports one Linux backup server with a single-tape drive and 2 backed up Linux, BSDs and/or desktop-class Windows computers. A fully operational professional version of Arkeia 5 (30-day trial with installation support) is also included in the Mandrake Linux 9.0 package. Mandrake Linux 9.0 PowerPack Edition is sold at $69; the ProSuite Edition costs $199 ...Arkeia profile


Gadzoox Networks Licenses Leading Fibre Channel Software Technology to Trebia Networks

San Jose, Calif. - October 29, 2002 - Gadzoox Networks Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Trebia Networks, Inc., a leader in system-on-silicon solutions for storage networking applications, for Gadzoox Networks' FabriCore Engines Open SAN OS.

"As the SAN market matures and new technologies take hold, both start-up and established industry players are realizing the need for Fibre Channel expertise," stated Steve Dalton, President and CEO for Gadzoox Networks. "Gadzoox Networks is using this opportunity to license its world-class Fibre Channel technology by partnering with companies, such as Trebia Networks, that can use the expertise and technology to innovate new products for the growing SAN market."

"As Trebia Networks delivers next generation SAN products that support both Fibre Channel and IP storage, we continue to explore opportunities to partner with leading technology companies to deliver a more complete solution to our customers," said Brendon Howe, vice president of marketing for Trebia Networks. "For Fibre Channel software, we chose Gadzoox Networks because of their leading technology, proven cross-vendor interoperability and their understanding of the SAN product landscape." ...Gadzoox Networks profile, ...Trebia Networks profile


Crucial Technology Introduces Specialty Products Web Site

Meridian, Idaho, October 29, 2002 - Crucial Technology announced today the launch of the Specialty Products Group (SPG) Web site, www.crucial.com/spg, making it easier for Crucial's customers to obtain custom, legacy SDRAM, double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAM (SDRAM), or other non-standard flash storage cards products.

The Crucial® Specialty Products Group works closely with system builders, networking companies, and manufacturers to develop the specialized custom memory solutions that meet their unique requirements. Crucial SPG designs and manufacturers custom, non-standard products and proprietary solutions as well as high-density modules used in storage and Netcom applications. Crucial SPG also supports hard-to-find legacy products such as Fast Page Mode (FPM) and Extended Data Out (EDO) DRAM modules and cutting edge high-density solutions such as 2GB modules. ...Crucial Technology profile

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Dataram Provides Authorized Memory Upgrades for SGI Servers & Workstations

Princeton, NJ - October 29, 2002 - Dataram Corporation today announced an agreement with Silicon Graphics, Inc.

The agreement authorizes Dataram to market memory upgrades SGI Origin 3000, SGI Onyx 3000, SGI Origin 300, SGI Onyx 300, and Silicon Graphics Fuel systems. Memory for these systems contains proprietary technology covered under U.S. patent numbers 6,115,278 and 6,215,686 previously granted to SGI. Under the new agreement, Dataram's memory offerings will be fully eligible for SGI service and support arrangements.

"Dataram now offers the first authorized memory upgrades for these powerful and scalable SGI servers and workstations. This agreement provides SGI customers, who desire an alternative source for memory, the associated cost savings and warranty support that comes with all Dataram memory products," stated Paul Henke, Director of Product Marketing at Dataram.

"SGI selected Dataram as a top-quality manufacturer and marketer of memory in the high-end workstation and server market," stated Jason Chang, Product Manager, Origin series, SGI. "Based on our experience with Dataram in the prior Origin series, they were a logical selection for this agreement." ...Dataram profile, ...SGI profile

See also:- SPARC workstations, Sun VARs in the USA



Storage Visions 2003 Conference Publishes Agenda

Calif. - October 29, 2002 - The Storage Visions 2003 Conference, to be held in Las Vegas January 7 -8, 2003, addresses critical technology and market issues for the design and implementation of HDTV, Home Entertainment, and Entertainment Industry products.

These include storage, transmission and delivery requirements for creating and distributing multimedia content. The conference contains 16 in-depth sessions, panels and keynote speakers focusing on media storage throughout the value chain. These include three sessions on Home Media Center technology organized by the Multimedia Research Group, Inc. To date, over 60 companies are involved in the sessions, exhibits and keynote addresses.

Storage Visions 2003 chairman, Tom Coughlin, stressed the technical focus of this year's conference, "Access to increased revenues are linked to the uninterrupted flow of huge digital media files. This is creating radical changes in the storage networking market supporting content creation and content distribution. This conference addresses the crucial storage issues through the entire multimedia value chain."

The conference is sponsored by 20 companies and organizations including Seagate Technology, Computer Technology Review, FCIA, MPEG-4 Forum, SMPTE, iVDR, 2nd Story Media, and STORAGEsearch.com with keynote speakers from IBM, Qualcomm, Seagate Technology, and Sony.

Peter Fasciano, Advanced Technology Fellow at Avid Technology said "The Storage Visions Conference was a pleasant surprise for me. I came away with solid information-lots of it. Good networking opportunities."

Rob Pait, Seagate Senior Manager of Consumer Electronics Marketing, remarked, "The Storage Visions conference helped us connect our data storage expertise and products with developing application opportunities in content creation, delivery and consumption. Storage Visions is a unique environment for networking with potential partners and customers as we look for ways to create great new products together. The event's discussions provide a valuable perspective on the development of the growing digital entertainment and consumer electronics markets."

To encourage early registration we are offering an early bird registration of $595, good until November 15, 2002 (this special registration fee cannot be combined with any other discounts). ...Coughlin Associates profile, ...Storage Visions 2003
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NTI Introduces NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum

IRVINE, CA - October 29, 2002 - NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI) announced today a brand new version: NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum.

This release adds a wide array of new features including support for DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW. In addition, NTI CD-Maker 6 now burns Data DVDs as well as copies of non-protected DVD discs. NTI CD-Maker 6 also adds many new Audio and Video features such as MP3 CD and WMA CD, on-the-fly multi-track volume balancing, improved MP3 encoder/decoder support, VCD/SVCD SlideShow with background audio, VCD/SVCD Menus, on-the-fly AVI to MPEG-1/2 conversion, an audio wave editor and an enhanced version of NTI's JewelCase Maker.

"NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum delivers all the powerful features demanded by power users with the ease-of-use required by novices," said Bill Yao, President and CEO of NTI. "We've worked hard to ensure that these exciting new features fit seamlessly into our trademarked EasySteps interface. Features by themselves are just not enough anymore. Users demand the perfect blend of power and simplicity. That is exactly what we have delivered with NTI CD-Maker 6."

Pricing and Availability NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum is scheduled to be available in early November for an estimated retail price of US$69.99....NewTech Infosystems profile


ADIC Unveils Libraries with Quantum SDLT 320 Drives

Redmond WA - October 29, 2002 - ADIC today announced the industry's broadest range of automated tape libraries using Quantum Super DLT 320 drives, and the first SDLT 320 libraries designed with integrated storage networking support to improve the performance and reliability of SAN backup.

ADIC's SDLT library systems will boost their capacity and throughput by 45% using the new high-capacity, high-performance SDLT 320 drive technology, providing enterprise IT managers the performance and density needed to handle their rapidly growing data. ADIC's SDLT 320 product line will include the industry's highest capacity automated storage libraries, with native capacities ranging from 2.4 terabytes up to 7.5 petabytes, and throughput of 32 MB/second per drive (at average 2:1 compression). The libraries also offer backward compatibility with existing DLT media. This allows users to integrate the new technology easily into their current data storage environments and to protect their existing investment in DLT tape technology. ...ADIC profile, ...Quantum profile

EMC, Microsoft Team on Groundbreaking SQL Server SANs

Orlando, Fla.- October 29, 2002 - EMC Corporation and Microsoft Corp. have teamed to develop the largest Microsoft SQL Server™ SAN ever built.

The joint engineering activity, conducted at Microsoft's SQL Server Labs in Redmond, Wash., resulted in a 45-terabyte configuration that included a simulated 10-terabyte human genomics database. The project highlights the scalability and flexibility of SQL Server 2000 and will be used to showcase total-cost-of-ownership, management and performance benefits of large-scale automated networked storage environments.

Microsoft's SQL Server Labs utilize more than 100 terabytes of EMC storage. The EMC Automated Networked Storage environment serves as the primary storage platform for all new SQL Server development and testing. EMC technology is used for performance and functionality testing, stress testing, customer load and playback testing as well as scalability, reliability and integration.

"Microsoft's SQL Server team has worked closely with EMC for more than five years to extend the value of our customer's database investment," said Gordon Mangione, vice president for SQL Server at Microsoft. "As customers' data storage requirements continue to grow exponentially, storage networking remains an important area of focus. The 45-terabyte configuration demonstrates that SQL Server is highly scalable and can meet performance, management and protection requirements. The end result is an integrated solution that allows customers to operate more efficiently and effectively." ...EMC profile, ...Microsoft profile


Computer Associates Selects Emulex HBAs for High Performance Connectivity to Enable New Benchmark Speeds

COSTA MESA, Calif - October 29, 2002 - Emulex Corporation announced today that Computer Associates (CA) has selected the Emulex LP9002L HBAs for integration into an industry-leading SAN configuration that has reached new benchmark speeds.

The record-setting speed, at 2.6 terabyte-per-hour (TB/hr) backup, is the fastest database backup performance ever recorded on any platform. As a result of the testing, CA's BrightStor Enterprise Backup's restore performance achieved a sustained rate of 2.2 TB/hr using 32 drives.

The benchmark test was performed at Microsoft Corp.'s Redmond campus using a 2.5TB Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition database running on a highly available Unisys ES7000 Orion 230 server, which utilized Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. A high-performance SAN was built utilizing Emulex's market-leading 2Gb/s LP9002L Fibre Channel HBAs for connectivity between the Unisys' ES7000 server, Quantum's P7000 tape libraries configured with a total of 32 LTO Ultrium tape drives, Brocade's Silkworm 3800 fabric switches and Hitachi Data Systems' Lightning 9980 storage featuring Hitachi Fibre Channel disk drives. CA's BrightStor Enterprise Backup SQL Server Agent software was used along with CA's core BrightStor Enterprise Backup technology to exploit the SQL Server 2000 native Virtual Data Interface to ensure consistent snapshot backup and restore of the database. ...Computer Associates profile, ...Emulex profile


Princeton Softech Appoints New Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales

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PRINCETON, NJ - October 29, 2002 - Princeton Softech today announced the appointment of David Sample as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations.

Sample will direct the strategic initiative to accelerate revenue growth in the expanding global market for Princeton Softech's enterprise Active Archive™ Solutions.

"David Sample brings 20 years of experience in marketing and selling enterprise software products with a proven ability to generate millions of dollars in revenue in new markets and build a world class sales organization," said Lisa Cash, CEO of Princeton Softech. "His experience and leadership will be a valuable asset to Princeton Softech as active archiving becomes a strategic element of every enterprise's storage infrastructure."

Sample comes to Princeton Softech from Davox Corporation (now Concerto Software, Inc.), where he served as CEO and President. A published author, Sample has written articles on sales education, motivation and compensation and has been a regular panelist at the Culpepper Executive Forum on topics such as sales compensation, contract negotiation and sales training. ...Princeton Softech profile



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