Storage news - 2002, September week 4
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JOSE, California - September 26, 2002 - Worldwide revenue for 2G FibreChannel
SAN interconnection hardware grew 317% between the second half of 2001 and the
first half of 2002, according to Infonetics Research's worldwide market
share and forecast service, SAN Interconnection Hardware. Total FibreChannel
SAN interconnection hardware revenue hit $420 million in 1H02.
"The adoption of 2G FibreChannel in 1H02 was faster than we expected, indicating pent-up demand for these products," said Neil Osipuk, lead analyst of the report. "FibreChannel continues to be the dominant technology used for SAN interconnection among end-users and hosting service providers. The storage industry will eventually move toward IP, but the transition from FibreChannel will be gradual and lengthy, with a hybrid environment existing for many years."
Redmond, WA. - September 26, 2002 - ADIC and SGI today announced the signing of a reseller alliance that will make ADIC's entire line of automated tape libraries available through SGI's worldwide sales force.
"It makes sense for ADIC and SGI to work together to solve the most complex data storage problems, and we are pleased to be expanding our reseller alliance channel by adding SGI as a global partner," said Bill Britts, ADIC executive vice president of sales and marketing. "SGI and IRIX provide supercomputing-class performance to open systems compute applications, and the company has been one of the pioneers in expanding digital technology to new industries and applications." ...ADIC profile, ...SGI profile
Paris, France - September 26, 2002 - In a recent market report, StorageNewsletter counted 199 start-up companies around the world involved in storage.
"It's interesting to note that, given a fairly gloomy computer industry, as well as a storage sector also in the doldrums, there should be so many young saplings in which so much money has been invested," observed Jean-Jacques Maleval, who directed the report. "It's the success in recent years of companies like EMC, Network Appliance and Veritas that prompted this infatuation, but there have already been some failures."
Statistical data shows that the typical start-up was founded in 2000 in San Jose, CA; its activities tend to be focused on storage software, and it has raised an average $37.5 million in investment funding. This trend has been slowing down: 67 start-ups were founded in 2000, a record year; only 18 in 2001, and just one in 2002.
The total investment in all of the companies combined is greater than $6 billion (in several financial rounds, up to as many as 9!), or roughly 10% of the annual worldwide revenues generated by the global computer storage industry, with record amounts for StorageNetworks ($205 million) and Sanrise ($203 million).
Geographically, 87% of these companies were founded in the U.S., 53% in the State of California alone. Just behind the U.S. are Israel, Canada and the UK.
"Given the current state of the stock market, these young upstarts have practically no chance of attaining an entry on the stock exchange for an IPO," commented Maleval. "The only way for founders and investors is to find a buyer, generally speaking a computer heavyweight."
The most successful examples are NuSpeed, acquired by Cisco for $450 million, Highground, acquired by Sun Microsystems for $400 million, or StorageApps, acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $350 million. The favorite business activity of these start-ups is without a doubt software, as the following table shows, followed by connectivity components and storage subsystems:
(1) Providers of managed storage-on-demand capacity, usually off-campus.
(2) Several start-ups are in "stealth" mode and prefer not to reveal what business activity they are planning.
The study undertaken by StorageNewsletter, "Computer Storage Start-ups", offers a highly detailed index of the 199 companies, with the creation date, management team data, specific activity sectors, amount of capital raised and names of investors. ...StorageNewsletter profile
See also:- Acquired companies, Market research, Venture funds in storage
COLOGNE, GERMANY - September 25, 2002 - SanDisk Corporation today introduced the ImageMate 6-in-1 memory card reader, the world's first hi-speed, USB 2.0, multi-card reader. The reader has slots for CompactFlash® Type I and II cards, SmartMedia, SD, Memory Stick® and the MultiMediaCard. It is also backward compatible and can be used with computers based on USB 1.1. The announcement was made at the Photokina trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Hall 5.1, A-11.
Most card readers in use today employ USB 1.1 technology that has a data transfer rate of 12 megabits a second (Mbps). With hi-speed USB 2.0, SanDisk's new ImageMate 6-in-1 card reader is capable of data transfer rates of up to 480Mbps.
Eric Bone, a SanDisk product marketing manager, said, "With the capacity of memory cards increasing all the time, and the desire of users to transfer more and more data, audio and video, consumers will see a genuine benefit in the new ImageMate 6-in-1 reader. With the major industry shift to USB 2.0, SanDisk wanted to incorporate the most advanced technology into the ImageMate 6-in-1 reader. With so many new systems and devices starting to move to USB 2.0 now, consumers should be buying USB 2.0 products, such as our new reader, for their future needs." ...SanDisk profile
Carlsbad, CA - September 25, 2002 - Arkeia Corporation announced this week that the recently released Arkeia Version 5 includes support of the new SCO UnixWare 7.1.3 platform. Arkeia 5 is a high performance, multiple-platform backup solution for users who need to protect their data. V5 is the successor to Arkeia 4.2 which is utilized at more than 90,000 network sites worldwide. Already compatible with such SCO platforms as OpenLinux, OpenServer, and previous versions of UnixWare, the introduction of Arkeia 5 offers support for the latest version of UnixWare not only as a backed up client but also as a backup server. SCO offers a comprehensive family of pre-configured Editions and optional products to build and deploy Unix applications and Linux solutions that comply with the forthcoming Linux Standard Base (LSB) specification of the UnitedLinux consortium.
"Arkeia continues to maintain its strong position in the network backup market in tandem with the widely used Linux and UNIX environments," said Phil Roussel, Arkeia CEO. "The popular SCO OpenLinux and UnixWare product ranges have evolved into a de facto partnership with Arkeia." ...Arkeia profile
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - September 25, 2002 - Tricord Systems, Inc today announced it has received formal notification from the U.S. Patent Office that an additional patent has been allowed on Tricord's unique clustering technology. The patent, entitled "Self-Healing Computer System Storage " concerns Tricord's proprietary technique for dynamically rerouting data access requests from a failed memory controller to a backup memory controller.
"We're pleased to add this to the growing number of patents for our unique Illumina software," said Keith Thorndyke, president and CEO of Tricord. "This patented technology allows us to deliver the availability and ease-of-use of a SAN with a much lower price point." ...Tricord Systems profile
Editor's comments:- Tricord had an unsustainably high ratio of costs to revenues which I commented on long before the company went into Chapter 11. But if it acquires enough patents then it may make more money from licenses than it ever did from selling its ungainly NAS systems.
MILPITAS, Calif. - September 25, 2002 Responding to VAR and system integrator need for value-priced SCSI HBAs, LSI Logic today announced its HBA Ultra ValueLine a special offering of quality, value-priced Ultra160 and earlier technology SCSI boards. The HBAs are fully supported with drivers and deliver the performance and proven reliability synonymous with LSI Logic. Discounts of up to 50% are being made available through October 31, 2002. The LSI Logic HBA Ultra ValueLine is an unmatched offering for the estimated 80% of today's VARs and system integrators focused on cost-sensitive, small to mid-sized high-performance systems.
"VARs and system integrators require innovative and reliable technology that allows them to meet the full spectrum of customers' needs. In addition to giving VARs, system integrators and customers the adapters they need at an incredible price per performance, the LSI Logic ValueLine is ideal for customers not ready for Ultra320," said Bob Anderson, director for the LSI Logic HBA Group. "While our competitors are quick to sunset products, LSI Logic continues to fully support high-performance, reliable and value-priced SCSI HBAs for the market." ...LSI Logic profile
Hopkinton, Mass.- September 25, 2002 - EMC Corporation today announced the acquisition of Prisa Networks, a privately held supplier of SAN management software. Prisa's software, which is optimized for managing small to medium SAN environments, further augments EMC's ability to deliver automated networked storage capabilities. The San Diego-based company, EMC's eighth software acquisition in three years, was acquired in a cash transaction, valued at approximately $20 million. Prisa brings to EMC revenue-generating products and an established OEM distribution agreement with Dell that addresses an expanding market segment.
"Prisa's unique suite of software fits in perfectly with EMC's AutoIS strategy and will allow EMC to expand its leading multi-vendor management solutions for the entry-level SAN management market," said Erez Ofer, EMC's Executive Vice President, Open Software Operations. "Prisa's software provides customers in this segment with advanced Windows-based multi-vendor SAN management capabilities. This acquisition is an important addition to EMC's family of Intelligent Supervision products and gives us a significant time-to-market advantage, as well as the ongoing efforts of Prisa's very talented engineering team."
Prisa software will initially be sold through existing OEM agreements with future plans for the open software to be offered through additional EMC channel partners and EMC's sales organization. Dell's established relationship with Prisa will help ensure a faster deployment of the technology for customers using DellEMC systems. Prisa's management team and more than 60 employees will continue to operate in San Diego as part of EMC's Open Software organization, with plans to expand staff as needed. ...EMC profile, ...Prisa Networks profile
Santa Ana, California . - September 25, 2002 - SimpleTech, Inc. announce the immediate availability of two new products:- the FlashLink All-in-One USB Reader and the FlashLink 4-in-One PC Card Adapter.
The FlashLink All-in-One USB Reader provides a file sharing solution for multiple flash media cards. Simply insert a SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Type I/Type II CompactFlash or an IBM MicroDrive card into the appropriate slot in the All-in-One. Click on the applicable media format icon displayed on your "My Computer" screen to share or download data to and from the PC or Macintosh hard drive, or to share data between flash cards. SimpleTech's All-in-One is cross-platform compatible with PC and Macintosh computers, and offers fast file transfer at 1.2MB/sec. The All-in-One is hot swappable, and does not require an external power source. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $39.95, and includes the card reader, the installation CD and a USB cable.
|The FlashLink 4-in-One PC Card Adapter supports SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick flash formats via a single card slot.The 4-in-One incorporates commands and controllers for the four different types of flash media into a single compact PCMCIA Type II card format. No drivers are necessary. The 4-in-One adapter fits into the PCMCIA slot on a Notebook PC or Macintosh PowerBook, and is recognized as a removable drive when the flash media is inserted. The 4-in-One offers read/write transfer rate of 1MB/sec and the suggested retail price is $39.95....SimpleTech profile|
Calif. - September 25, 2002 - Fujitsu Softek today announced Erna
Arnesen has been named to the newly created position of vice president,
worldwide channels. She is responsible for defining channel strategy,
building programs and increasing revenue for the company's industry-leading,
end-to-end suite of storage management solutions that are sold through a
worldwide network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. Arnesen
brings to Softek more than 20 years of experience in channel and alliance
management at several prominent technology companies. Her appointment, coupled
with today's announcement of the company's new Softek Synergy Partner
channel program, reflects a strong commitment by Softek to increase market share
through alternate channels.|
Arnesen joins Softek from Saba Software, where she served as vice president of global alliances and business development, responsible for managing sales relationships with the top three global consulting companies. Prior to Saba Software, Arnesen was vice president of North American field operations at Cybersource Corporation, where she grew corporate revenue 300 percent and expanded the company's customer base tenfold. As vice president, global channels at SGI, Arnesen managed a global network of channel partners, which grew to represent the majority of the company's revenue. Arnesen also held channel sales and executive marketing positions at Next and Apple Computer. Arnesen earned a bachelor's degree at Wellesley College and an MBA at Harvard Business School. ...Fujitsu Software Technology profile
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September 24, 2002 - I-TECH announced today the release of the 3010 and
3020 SANmark Test Suites which have been qualified under the FCIA's
SANmark Qualification Program. These new test suites relate specifically to
switch developers. The 3010 Test Suite tests the operation of the fabric with
respect to registered state change notifications (RSCNs). The 3020 Test Suite
tests zoning to verify that a device will be visible and able to locate other
devices on the name server when the devices are in the same zone and that they
will not be visible if they are not in the same zone. It also verifies that the
correct frames are exchanged on interswitch links (ISLs) when zones are
configured, changed, or deleted.
SUNNYVALE, CA - September 24, 2002 - Finisar Corporation today announced the availability of GTX-SANMetrics Version 4.1. Finisar's GTX-SANMetrics 4.1 is the first ever intelligent analyzer for both 1 & 2Gbps Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN protocols, allowing engineers and designers to quickly get to the root of SAN performance issues. GTX-SANMetrics can be used by a wide range of staff, including engineering, technical, F.A.E., IS. and Field Support professionals involved with SAN/NAS design, implementation, testing and evaluation.
GTX-SANMetrics 4.1 puts the "expert" in the software, giving visual topology (SAN Layout) views for network visualization while providing in-depth debug and analysis capabilities. As a result, GTX-SANMetrics allows less-technical staff to effectively analyze both Fibre Channel and iSCSI network traces. Not only will more users be able to find errors and trouble spots in captured trace data, they will save a tremendous amount of time and effort. Instead of spending hours sorting through bit- and byte-level data, engineers and designers can use GTX-SANMetrics' to find and fix problems. GTX-SANMetrics provides performance measurements for every aspect and behavior of Fibre Channel and iSCSI traces. Its expert-level analysis and debugging facilities quickly find protocol and performance anomalies.
"GTX-SANMetrics is a breakthrough product for Finisar and our customers because of its ability to save valuable time, money and effort" said Bill Shaw General Manager, Finisar. "Tasks that would take days when analyzing with standard trace viewing software, now take just minutes with our new GTX-SANMetrics 4.1," added Shaw. ...Finisar profile
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - September 24, 2002 - Imperial Technology announced today a partnership agreement with Tek-Tools, Inc. under which Imperial will be providing Tek-Tools' Storage Profiler for use with its MegaRam and SANaccelerator solid state accelerators. Tek-Tools' Storage Profiler suite is a high performance SRM solution using a centralized Web-based console to offer asset management, notification and alert, performance management, capacity planning, forecasting and trending, backup reporting, policy management and more for operating systems, NAS, SAN, and backup resources. The Storage Profiler suite easily integrates with existing storage systems and applications and supports a variety of environments including Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows NT, Linux and Windows 2000, Novell NetWare, HP-UX, and AIX.
Available immediately, initial shipments will focus on proactive SNMP monitoring, notification, and event management functionality coupled with a "suggested corrective actions" module to assist administrators with problem resolution. ...Imperial Technology profile, ...Tek-Tools profile
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - September 24, 2002 - Today, Qualstar Corporation announced it will end production of its nine-track tape drives at the end of this year.
For years, it was Hollywood's de facto standard for computing: when movies showed computers, they invariably portrayed huge nine-track tape drives, with reels shuttling back and forth, while flashing lights blinked on and off. In the real world, the technology eventually evolved beyond that, with fewer and fewer companies needing or requiring nine-track technology. And ultimately, only one storage vendor, Qualstar, continued producing products for the nine-track market. Until now.
The nine-track format remains the only officially recognized medium for data interchange between disparate systems. Hundreds of millions of reels were recorded over the half-century since the drives were first introduced by IBM, but the emergence of networks gave companies more effective ways to transfer data, accelerating the decline in demand for nine-track tape drives.
"There are still a few companies who utilize nine-track technology in limited roles, primarily outside of the United States," said Bob Covey, Qualstar's vice president of marketing. "What nine-track does, it does very well. But that client base has been shrinking for years, and we could no longer justify our continued support for the format."
Qualstar Corporation played a major role in the development of the nine-track market for PCs over the years, shipping tens of thousands of drives worldwide, and holding several patents for its work in the technology. Like the storage market, the Company has evolved to meet customer demands for more capacity and corporate-critical data protection as their needs grew from megabytes to terabytes. ...Qualstar profile
Editor's comments:- the current generation of high tech tv dramas like 24 seem to focus more on cell phones, PDAs and bleepy portable gadgets for the car. Let's hope that film producers get the message that reel to reel tapes are no longer cool to show in the background except for vintage cold war spy stories.
Amherst, NY - September 24, 2002 - ATTO Technology, Inc. today announced it is a new member in the Microsoft® Certified Partner Program. ATTO, which provides a full line of storage-infrastructure products including host adapters, bridges, hubs, storage arrays and SAN software, has been named as a Microsoft Certified Partner due to its proven competence on the latest Microsoft technologies. Membership in the Microsoft Certified Partner Program will provide ATTO with resources to help it develop and deploy robust solutions that enhance the performance and reliability of Windows®-based systems. The program will also enable ATTO to help speed its OEM customers' time to market. ...ATTO Technology profile
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - September 23, 2002 - BakBone Software today announced seamless disk-to-disk backup integration with traditional tape hardware solutions to meet the new demands of enterprise environments. As part of its Lifecycle Data Management Solution, BakBone customers can now use disk-based backup targets as reliable and scalable backup alternatives that are tightly integrated with existing tape technology.
Virtual Tape Libraries allocated on today's low cost, high performance disk storage sub-systems provide an attractive alternative to directing backup data straight to tape. Using NetVault's Virtual Disk Library (VDL) support, customers can create pseudo tape libraries on disk storage devices to provide high performance backup targets that reduce backup window requirements. Virtual libraries can be easily scaled by simply adding more disk capacity, and tuned for available network bandwidth by managing the number of virtual drives in a library. Optionally, after backups complete, data can be migrated to real tape for long-term retention or copied leaving one backup set on disk for faster restores. With NetVault's VDL Support, data that has been migrated can be restored directly from tape media without requiring a re-staging to disk. ...BakBone Software profile
See also:- Disk to disk backup, Tape libraries
SAN JOSE, CA - September 23, 2002 - MaXXan Systems, Inc. today announced that it has closed on $25 million in additional equity financing. The new funding brings the total equity raised to date to more than $63 million. Including the previously announced $10 million equipment financing credit line the total amount of financing secured to date exceeds $73 million.
MaXXan's current investors, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock Associates, Lucent Venture Partners, Ironweed Capital, Trellis Partners, UMC, United Investment, The China Development Industrial Bank, and Premier Capital Management all participated in this round. New investors include Askew International Corp., Global Strategic Investment Fund, Chiao Tung Bank, Prudence Capital, Infinity Global Investment, Ltd., and WQ Investments. The new funding was handled as an extension to MaXXan's previous funding round announced in 2001.
"We are very pleased that MaXXan continues to attract the kind of investment that will allow us to deliver on our vision," said MaXXan CEO Vic Mahadevan in announcing this additional funding. "This funding will allow us to complete development and bring to market our flagship enterprise storage network switching solution. It also gives us the ability to leverage portions of that development to take advantage of some immediate opportunities in the SAN / NAS convergence space with our software partners." ...MaXXan Systems profile
MELVILLE, N.Y. - September 23, 2002 - FalconStor Software, Inc.'s IP Metrics Division, a leading provider of high availability software and services for mission-critical networks, today announced the shipping of NIC Express Enterprise Edition, an end-to-end network availability solution for the enterprise. New features include highly customizable stateful fault tolerance, enterprise roll-out tools, expanded support for industry-standard load balancing schemes, and a centralized enterprise management console.
NIC Express Enterprise Edition allows network architects to build high availability networks. The software works by placing NIC Express agents at the server and workstation to team redundant network connections. The agents monitor network traffic as data passes between servers and workstations. Using advanced triangulation and scanning technology, NIC Express Enterprise Edition agents accurately pinpoint the nature and location of network faults. The software's stateful failover technology instantly reroutes traffic around the faults, automatically and with near-zero packet loss, according to rules set by the network architect. This level of customization is important because each network environment has its own failover requirements a weapons control environment could be different from a publishing or financial services environment.
"NIC Express Enterprise Edition has enabled the creation of some of the world's most fault-tolerant networks, for applications such as weapons control systems, 911 emergency dispatch, and large Wall Street trading operations," said David Wilbanks vice president of business development and general manager of FalconStor's IP Metrics Division. "NIC Express Enterprise Edition incorporates feedback from these customers by adding new tools that allow network architects to further customize the software to meet their unique high-availability challenges." ...FalconStor Software profile
See also:- High Availability SPARC systems
Redmond, WA. - September 23, 2002 - ADIC - today unveiled a new compact tape library, the Scalar 24, that offers enterprise-class performance and features at an entry-level price. The Scalar 24 supports one or two LTO 1 or SDLT320 drives and up to 24 tape cartridges, for up to 64 MB/sec throughput (native) and 6.7 TB of capacity. Designed for maximum use of space, the Scalar 24's compact chassis fits in only 4U of rack space or sits easily on a desk top. Manufacturer's suggested list pricing for the Scalar 24 starts at $12,076 for a unit with a single LTO drive.
The Scalar 24's easy to use, scalable management features include a user-friendly "no-manual" interface and error-proof media handling makes it ideal for small offices or inexperienced users. For larger installations, its remote operation capability makes it easy for IT staff to manage distributed backup from a central location. The Scalar 24's advanced management features include built-in partitioning that allows a single library to operate as two independent autoloaders, and integrated 2-Gbs support that improves the performance and reliability of SAN backup. A barcode reader and import/export mailbox are standard. ...ADIC profile
Milwaukee, Wis., Hopkinton, Mass. and Wayne, Penn. - September 23, 2002 - MGIC Investment Corporation announced today that it has chosen EMC Corporation and SunGard Availability Services to design, implement and manage a business continuity solution capable of ensuring near-instant information availability in the event of a disaster.
"MGIC has made business continuity a top priority," said Mike Meade, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MGIC. "We have taken a proactive approach to protecting our data and if something unexpected happens, we will be up and running quickly with minimal impact to our customers. SunGard and EMC are leaders in business continuity and we are confident in our choice." ...EMC profile, ...SunGard profile
Editor:- September 23, 2002 - STORAGEsearch.com reveals the top 10 products and services that readers were looking for in August. Serial ATA is the #1.
Serial ATA didn't exist as a separate subject index a year ago. We first started running news stories about Serial ATA in February 2001, and created a special directory page for it in November 2001. In June this year as previously reported, it hit the #3 spot in our top 10 ranking.
When interpreting this ranking it's important to understand that this is not a zero sum game. Pageviews for the #2 subject Backup software are 78% higher than they were a year ago. And pageviews for Solid state disks are 140% higher than in 2001. But our readership has more than doubled during the past year, partly fueled by our coverage of new and emerging subject areas.
A big surprise is that SAN has dropped down from the #3 spot a year ago, to #11 today. Again, the SAN pageviews have increased year on year, it's just that other subjects have become more popular. One factor in SAN's slide in reader popularity may be the increased capabilities of NAS systems which now provide much of SAN's functionality at lower pricing. This relative ranking doesn't necessarily follow the storage market as a whole. Market research company Peripheral Concepts in a recent market report predicted that SAN spending would run at about twice the level of NAS spending in 2002 and 2003.
See also:- Market research and storage analysts
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