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Editor:- September 20, 2002 - STORAGEsearch.com announced today that it will be a media sponsor for the Server I/O 2003 conference & tradeshow organised by Strategic Research Corporation. Server I/O, now in its 8th year, will be held January 20-22, 2003 at the Monterey Conference Center and Marriott Hotel in Monterey, California and is the only forum focused on the emergence of I/O networking as the foundation for the creation of Unitone, the Information Utility Network datacenter.

It's an important date in the storage calendar. Speaking about the role of the Server I/O conferences in the storage industry, Michael Ruettgers Executive Chairman EMC Corporation has previously said "As the storage industry is finally being recognized as one distinct from servers, you should take pride in the impact you personally have had on the industry as one of the pioneers."

About 600 visitors are expected at this event. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities please phone Dave Laxamana on 805-569-5610. ...Server I/O 2003, ...Strategic Research profile


Compton, CA - September 19, 2002 - Belkin today introduced its new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Drive Enclosure Kit (F5U209 - ESP $99.95). Perfect for consumers wishing to share large documents, MP3 audio files, and digital photos, archive files, or copy CD/DVDs with connected computers, the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Drive Enclosure Kit is set to start shipping in North America on September 27, 2002. The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Drive Enclosure Kit offers Plug-and-Play connectivity and allows users to easily convert an ATAPI CD/DVD-RW drive or IDE hard drive into a USB 2.0 portable drive.

The External Drive Enclosure plugs into any computer's available USB 2.0 port to give the user a convenient portable data storage device compliant with the new USB specification. Easily portable, this stackable storage Drive Enclosure Kit includes a top-grade Universal Switching Power Supply, a large-size fan to cool the drive and keep it operating smoothly at safe temperature levels, and is compatible with a wide variety of drives, including: an internal 3.5- or 5.25-inch half-height IDE hard drive or an ATAPI CD/DVD-RW drive. ...Belkin profile


PALO ALTO, Calif. - September 18, 2002 - Leading analyst firm IDC today issued second quarter results on the worldwide disk storage market which showed that HP is not only the market leader in total disk storage systems revenue, but also garnered the top position in the important external disk storage systems market.

"We said during the merger that the new HP would stay focused on our customers and execute an integrated product roadmap offering the industry's most complete portfolio of enterprise networked storage solutions -- and these numbers prove that customers see HP delivering on that promise," said Howard Elias, senior vice president and general manager, HP Network Storage Solutions.

When comparing the top five storage vendors in worldwide disk storage systems revenue alone, HP held a commanding lead during the second quarter, bringing in 35% more revenue than the No. 2 vendor and a staggering 45% more than the No. 3 vendor. The report also stated that HP holds a "strong lead" in total terabytes shipped for the second quarter with 30% market share. Globally, HP took the No. 1 position in external RAID storage systems factory revenue in western Europe and Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, according to IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker.

"While some predicted our business would go into steep decline, we have in fact continued to deliver on our commitments and we're not slowing down," said Elias. ...HP profile, ...IDC profile

Editor's comments:- before you rush out and start buying HP's shares (NYSE:HPQ) again let me remind you that only a few weeks ago the printer company's financial report said that its storage revenue was down 15% year over year, and down 10% sequentially compared to the results of the separate HP and Compaq. The hoopla is mostly about market share. We shouldn't be surprised that combining two of the world's top 10 storage companies together has increased the gap in market share between it and its rivals. The question of whether HP can truly leverage that position effectively to gain competitive advantage is too soon to judge either way.



SAN FRANCISCO - SunNetwork 2002 Conference and Pavilion - September 18, 2002 -Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that it is the fastest growing company in the storage industry in the second quarter 2002 according to IDC. Sun claims to be the only company to experience double-digit growth in significant revenue, capacity and systems shipped categories including all operating systems as well as UNIX, open systems and SAN revenue. The report also indicates that Sun was number one in worldwide UNIX revenue and that Sun's storage revenue grew 30 times faster than the overall storage market in Q2 2002.

"IDC's recent report is a validation that Sun StorEdge Complete Storage Solutions are gaining marketshare faster than any other company as customers move to Sun for an end-to-end solution," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president for Sun Storage. "Sun Storage is growing at the expense of competitors due to our ability to offer a complete end-to-end IT infrastructure for the entire enterprise. I'm proud of the outstanding execution from the team."

Sun is the only vendor to gain or maintain its ranking in major revenue, capacity and systems shipped IDC categories. In many instances Sun maintained its ranking and gained marketshare, while all key competitors lost share in at least one category. IDC also indicated strong improvement for Sun in the worldwide open systems category for both disk storage systems revenue and terabytes shipped. This category includes storage that is attached to servers running UNIX, Linux, Windows 2000 or other network operating systems, such as Novell. ...IDC profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- Sun often puts a very shiny gloss on market research data. So if any other storage vendor thinks they did better than Sun, just email with the facts asap.



Chicago, IL.- September 18, 2002 - EMC Corporation today unveiled the newest generation of its ControlCenter™ family of intelligent supervision software. ControlCenter comprises integrated applications that leverage a shared infrastructure to easily manage multi-vendor storage environments including storage devices, storage networks, and server-based storage resources. With a single point-of-control across applications, ControlCenter provides a common view to administrators, thereby reducing the number of steps needed to complete tasks, lowering the risk of human error, and shortening training times.

EMC's storage software centers around AutoIS, EMC's strategy for making networked storage environments simple, automated and open. Auto IS enables customers to overcome the complexity of multi-vendor storage systems through three initiatives: Intelligent Supervision to monitor, report, and control networked storage infrastructures and higher-level storage services; Infrastructure Services for the abstraction, presentation, and mobility of networked data; and Information Safety for data protection and recovery, ensuring the operational integrity of the business.

Major new EMC ControlCenter applications including Automated Resource Manager and SAN Manager, and enhancements to StorageScope and Common Array Manager will be available within 60 days. Replication Manager enhancements will be available in December. EMCLink and EDM enhancements are available immediately. ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- there are screenfuls of stuff in this EMC release which mainly dwell on how wonderful EMC's SAN software is, because it has improved support for managing hardware products from rivals like HP, Sun etc. Here's a reality check, below, from an independent storage software company.


Robert Bingham, Chief Marketing Officer, TeraCloud Corporation comments:- "With EMC's recent AUTOIS announcement and the pending acquisition of Precise Software Solutions, EMC obviously recognizes the value of SRM and is looking to enhance their existing solution with capabilities of other SRM solutions that are less EMC centric in approach. Hardware players like EMC continue to struggle at becoming successful software solution providers, especially if they are trying to implement cross-platform solutions that interface with a sea of hardware competitors. Companies like TeraCloud that have been focused on cross-platform functionality from the beginning continue to have a head-start on what EMC is trying to accomplish in rethinking their business focus."


Cupertino, CA – September 18, 2002 - Trend Micro, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a five-year, $4.6 million contract to provide server-based antivirus solutions for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which includes the Department of Defense (DOD) and the US Coast Guard. Trend Micro will be working with Government Technology Solutions (gTech), a specialized systems integrator that provides integrated security solutions to the government, to deliver market-leading server-based antivirus solutions to agencies responsible for the nation's defense. Under the terms of the five-year contract, Trend Micro will provide server-based antivirus software including InterScan VirusWall™ for NT/2000, Solaris and Linux platforms; ScanMail™ for Microsoft® Exchange for NT/2000; Trend Micro Control Manager™; Premium Support Program, and customer training. In addition, PC-cillin™ for Wireless was selected to protect PDAs. ...Trend Micro profile


Moscone Center, San Francisco - September 18, 2002 - Here at the SunNetwork Conference, an array of new, business-critical enterprise network solutions are being unveiled by leading vendors, prominent being Tadpole, named recently by the SPARC Product Directory as the #1 SPARC innovator and developer. One of the themes of Tadpole's booth #P12 is "Plug-In Appliances," and the Tadpole Appliance Program which brings together best-of-breed software vendors with Tadpole's specialized SPARC servers to create plug-in appliances. The Beacen appliance is an out of the box solution which provides network storage virtualization using software from San Diego based Beatty and Company Computing, Inc. (BCCI).

The Beacen Software Suite, provides scalable and robust storage consolidation solutions. It enables administrators to efficiently share any data from any storage device with any user on any operating platform in a safe, seamless manner. The appliance manages file and server consolidation, security, data integrity, resource allocation, data access and remote administration transparently at the client or application level. Using BCCI products, network administrators in data intensive environments can simply focus on what counts- delivering content on demand to the edge of the enterprise.

The Beacen enabled appliance is capable of supporting thousands of simultaneous user sessions and is the first truly open system based NAS filer eliminating the need to deploy highly specialized, budget-breaking hardware. Client systems on the network, PCs as well as UNIX® workstations and laptops, are able to communicate with the Beacen appliance like any other native CIFS or NFS device.

"Tapping into Tadpole's plug-in enterprise appliance program was a no-brainer, and our joint solution now offers network administrators the fast track to reduced operational costs and maximum network performance," says Tim Beatty, president and CEO of Beatty. "Just plug it in and enjoy the benefits."

Graham Brown, president of Tadpole's hardware businesses, adds: "Tadpole's mission is to deploy best-of-breed appliances. The Beacen appliance sets new standards for storage consolidation and management of multi-platform storage across the enterprise, and we won't stop there! NAS has grown 85 percent since last year and the Beacen software is the best we've seen." ...Beatty and Company Computing profile, ...SPARC Product Directory, ...SunNetwork Conference , ...Tadpole profile


SANTA CLARA, Calif. & LUMBERTON, N.J. - September 17, 2002 - Hitachi Data Systems and Inrange Technologies today jointly announced the successful completion of qualification testing between the INRANGE® IN-VSN 9801 Channel Extender and Hitachi's TrueCopy software for remote replication. In combination with Hitachi TrueCopy and Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V series systems, the INRANGE 9801, which supports disk mirroring, allows the secure transmission of data to remote locations at distances of thousands of miles using Fibre Channel over IP. This fully qualified solution enables IT administrators to manage rapidly growing storage resources while offering seamless data replication for business continuity applications. The 9801 can support TrueCopy in both synchronous and asynchronous modes with T3, OC-3 and 10/100 IP network connectivity interfaces. ...Hitachi Data Systems profile, ...INRANGE Technologies profile


CUPERTINO, California - September 17, 2002 - Apple today announced that more than 100,000 Mac users have subscribed to the company's .Mac (dot Mac) suite of Internet services and software since it was launched in July. .Mac includes 100MB of Internet storage, seamlessly integrated into the Mac® OS X Finder™; Internet hosting for personalized homepages; iPhoto™ digital photo albums and iCal calendars; email service with IMAP, POP and web-based access; and antivirus and backup software.

"We're thrilled to have more than 100,000 .Mac subscribers so quickly," said Sina Tamaddon, Apple's senior vice president of Applications. "We're getting over 1,000 new .Mac subscribers every day, which is proof that many of our users want to seamlessly extend their digital lives onto the Internet."

.Mac is available as a subscription-based service for $99.95 per year. New Macintosh® customers can sign up for a free, 60-day .Mac trial on Apple's web site. ...Apple profile


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - September 17, 2002 - Imperial Technology announced today a strategic partnership expanding on the existing reseller agreement with FalconStor Software, Inc. Imperial's SSD's can be included in FalconStor's IPStor network storage infrastructure to deliver IO performance in transaction-oriented SANs. "Very impressive," said Dave Fisk, Chief Scientist at Imperial Technology.

"We've been conducting extensive testing in our Interoperability lab and we've been able to demonstrate up to a 750% performance improvement in random write environments simulating a typical relational database application. Response times decreased from 13 milliseconds average to a consistent 2 milliseconds by using IPStor and our MegaRam SSD."

The inherent flexibility of IPStor allows the MegaRam SSD to be used as a Network Persistent Cache and deliver significant advantage in two ways – first, IPStor can use the SAN-based SSD to cache Write commands significantly faster than traditional disk storage subsystems. Second, IPStor policies are established wherein IPStor relocates "Hot" disk segments to the SSD based on access patterns while less accessed disk segments remain in traditional Disk Storage. This "Hot Zone" capability will be of particular interest to many enterprises as it is self-tuning based on Policy and can be deployed within a SAN to cache high transaction data in both homogeneous and heterogeneous environments.

"SSDs are an ideal persistent cache to maximize storage speed, and to store the most frequently accessed blocks in a mixed RAID and JBOD storage environment," said Wayne Lam, FalconStor vice president. "IPStor intelligently and automatically makes use of higher-tier storage to maximize their utilization. FalconStor is happy to be working with Imperial to maximize SSD usage within customer storage infrastructures." ...Imperial Technology profile, ...FalconStor Software profile


Wilmington, MA – September 17, 2002 – Kentron Technologies, Inc. announced that VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and S3 Graphics, Inc. have licensed the QBM technology. The QBM controller interface license provides VIA and S3 Graphics with the necessary IP coverage to incorporate QBM into their line of PC, Workstation and Server core logic chipset solutions.

The QBM technology doubles the speed of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory devices, maintains the existing 64-bit bus structure common in today's general purpose computing systems and meets the marketplace's requirement for low cost memory modules. Using existing DDRI devices, the technology provides DDRII speeds, cost savings and a dramatic performance improvement over DDR333, DDR 400, future DDRII modules, and other more expensive, non-DDR compatible memory technologies. This license marks the first time that PC based systems will be able to interface to the high speed DDR533 and DDR667 modules featuring QBM technology. New systems using QBM enabled chipsets from VIA and S3 Graphics will combine the fastest speed memory in the industry with the fastest processor front side bus speeds and maintain backward compatibility with today's DDR infrastructure.

"VIA is committed to delivering higher performance chipset solutions to the marketplace while minimizing cost impact on our customers," said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Kentron's leading edge QBM memory technology will enable us to strengthen our position as the market leader in providing high-performance chipsets and, at the same time, exploit all the potential of the existing DDR SDRAM infrastructure."

"We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with VIA and S3 Graphics," said Bob Goodman, Kentron Technologies' Chief Executive Officer. "As a developer of high speed and high density memory solutions, Kentron's objective is to produce innovations that will benefit the semiconductor and system industries."

"Kentron's QBM technology implemented with VIA and S3 chipsets will raise the performance bar and deliver the highest bandwidth achievable in a low cost 64-bit DDR configuration," said Bert McComas, founder and principle analyst at InQuest Market Research. "Compared to the other high performance alternatives, this architecture could produce the best price/performance for several years to come."

In order to ensure a worldwide low cost supply of DDR based QBM modules in support of VIA's chipsets, Kentron is providing the major DRAM and memory module manufacturers with the necessary tools (modules, gerbers, design guides, etc.) under a royalty-free license. ...Kentron Technologies profile, ...S3 Graphics, ...VIA Technologies profile


NEW DELHI, India - September 17, 2002 - Seagate Technology today announced the Seagate Rewards Program for its Import Partners and Storage Partners in India. Exclusively designed for Seagate Import Partners and Seagate Storage Partners, this Rewards Program enables Seagate to recognize and reward the support and business relationships of its channel customers and their contribution in strengthening Seagate's leadership position in India. SurfGold.com, Asia's largest online loyalty rewards Program network has been engaged by Seagate for the Rewards Program in India. Seagate currently has 15 Import Partners and over 350 Seagate Storage Partners across 36 cities in India and any who buy Seagate disc drives from authorized dealers are eligible for the Rewards Program. ...Seagate profile


BOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS AND SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - September 17, 2002 - Eurologic Systems has signed a national distribution agreement for Brazil with RED Network, a leading Brazilian distributor of IT and networking technology. This follows the recent announcement of increased activity by Eurologic in the Latin American marketplace and the appointment of Marcos Goncalves as Regional Manager for the region. RED Network will offer Eurologic's network storage solutions as part of their range of offerings through its network of authorized resellers. ...Eurologic Systems profile, ...RED Network


SANTA CLARA, CA - September 17, 2002 - Auspex Systems, Inc. announced today that its NSc3000 Network Storage Controller, a high performance file serving platform for SANs, has successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM's TotalStorage FAStT and Shark storage servers and has earned IBM TotalStorage™ Proven. The IBM TotalStorage™ Proven program builds on IBM's already extensive interoperability efforts to develop and deliver products and solutions that work together with third party products.

"With the successful completion of this interoperability testing, IBM resellers and customers have a new enterprise-level file serving option suited for enterprise UNIX environments and mixed UNIX/Windows shops. This provides a solution for large enterprise deployments that has not previously been available in IBM's product line," said Michael Carrigan, Vice President of Sales of Auspex Systems. "Our participation in the IBM TotalStorage Proven program demonstrates that Auspex and IBM are working together to increase customer satisfaction by promoting greater interoperability." ...Auspex Systems profile, ...IBM profile
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Nibble Re: Storage Service Companies

T
he myth of a commodity storage services market, which appeared in many dotcom venture capital business plans in the late 1990s never materialised into reality.

Most of the companies which sprang up offering vanilla web storage to consumers and business with the dream of being funded by advertising went bust at the start of the dotcom meltdown. Users were confused by the first generation of storage service providers which seemed to offer little more than they could obtain from their web hosting ISP.

It's not that companies don't want that kind of technology, but instead their needs are a lot more complicated. The range of user needs for storage connected via the internet covers the whole spectrum of business needs from simple incremental data protection using IP based offsite backup to complex delivery of services such as webcasts for publishers. And what about the data bloat which is being generated every day from automatic processes such as CRM analystics? It would be nice to have some of that capacity purchased on demand as needed over the web?

Recent market reports suggest that the "service" which users want from their "storage services" goes far beyond the simple ideas marketed by the SSP pioneers.

Today storage and data management, protection and leverage is a complicated business. Users want what they have always wanted whenever they have been faced with technical complexity. They want help in integrating different old and new technologies in the various locations in which they run their business operations. They want the service to make these disparate parts look and interoperate like a simple interconnected whole. That's not much to ask, but takes a lot of know how and investment to deliver.

Eventually, as with all computer architecture innovations in the past, it will get easier for service companies to provide these services. And the vanilla products will taste quite nice. But the number of companies which can truly deliver the promise of that technology today is severely limited.

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