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Colo. September 30, 2002 - StorageTek today announced limited
availability of the T9940B tape drive which it claims is the fastest,
highest-capacity tape drive in the data storage industry. Delivering 30
MB/second native data transfer (up to 252 GB/Hour, compressed) and 200GB
(native) /cartridge capacity, the StorageTek T9940B is designed for 70% tape
motion duty cycles - as close to 7x24 operation as you can get. It also offers
the lowest cost per gigabyte stored at $0.47 per GB, list price. For archiving
business records the T9940B features StorageTek's proprietary VolSafe
advanced WORM technology supports today's stringent electronic data storage
regulatory mandates, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's "non-erasable
and non-rewritable" requirements.
"StorageTek's T9840/T9940 family of tape products has become a de facto industry standard and has propelled StorageTek into the market lead position in this sector. StorageTek continues to drive innovation with the new T9940B and extends its technology leadership and market position," said Bob Abraham, Freeman Reports president.
The T9940B tape drive will be generally available worldwide in November. The native 2Gb Fibre Channel interface drive has a U.S. list price of $39,500. ...StorageTek profile
Redmond, WA - September 30, 2002 - ADIC today announced new high-performance features in the latest version of its StorNext Management Suite (SNMS) data management software for SANs. The new features will give IT departments guaranteed service levels for selected applications, as well as expanding supported media environments to include additional high performance, enterprise-class tape technologies. The new SNMS 2.1 includes an expansion of its Quality-of-Service policies that allow end users to select specific applications for priority bandwidth allocation and to guarantee that they will always use the most direct route to data stored on Fibre Channel disk. These features ensure that critical applications are always provided the bandwidth they need for optimal performance no matter what other applications are contending for disk-based data.
"We believe that SNMS is the first data management software that provides simple policies to guarantee priority bandwidth for specific applications and their primary, disk-based data," said Paul Rutherford, ADIC Vice President of Software Technology. "It is another feature that makes SNMS a clearly differentiated choice for a broad range of systems that need to handle large data volumes in performance-sensitive, collaborative SAN environments."
The SNMS 2.1 release also increases its support for near-line storage to include 9840 and 9940 enterprise tape drives and tape libraries from StorageTek, as well the new high-capacity, high-performance Sony AIT-3 tape drives. Also included is support for Sony's AIT WORM technology, which enables high security storage of digital information on magnetic tape. ...ADIC profile
SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 30, 2002 - IBM today introduced the world's fastest desktop hard disk drive with IBM-exclusive technology called "tag 'n seek" for its childlike simplicity. Known technically as tagged command queuing, "tag 'n seek" technology enables the new IBM Deskstar 180GXP to perform nearly 25% faster than its predecessor and widen the Deskstar performance gap over competitors by up to 20%. IBM begins shipping the Deskstar 180GXP in volume today. The new 180GXP is a 7200 RPM drive and features a fourfold increase in cache size - up to 8 MB - for increased data throughput and user productivity. It has a maximum capacity of 180 GB and offers customers a broad range of options at 30, 40, 60, 80, 120 and 180 GB.
IBM's performance-enhancing technology - "tag 'n seek" - is a method of controlling commands sent from the host processor to the hard drive, enabling faster application activities for the end user. "Tag 'n seek" tags each command that arrives at the drive's buffer with an identifier, then reorders and processes the commands in the most efficient manner. This enables commands to be more quickly processed, minimizing seek time and freeing the host processor to handle other critical activities.
IBM's focus in advancing performance is based on the belief that speed is becoming the key metric for technology leadership in desktop hard drives. While areal density advancements have enabled hard drive capacities to increase 100% each year, performance improvements have lagged at just 10% a year. IBM's "tag 'n seek" technology is a key performance-enhancing technology that will help close the technology gap between capacity and performance. ...IBM profile
COSTA MESA, Calif. - September 30, 2002 - Emulex Corporation announced today the appointment of Marshall Lee to executive vice president of Engineering, reporting to the company's president and chief operating officer, Kirk Roller. In this position, Mr. Lee is responsible for all Fibre Channel and IP storage engineering operations, and will serve as the primary liaison between the engineering teams and senior-level executives at the company. Ron Quagliara, CTO of Emulex, will continue to focus on strategic technology initiatives and reports to Paul Folino, Emulex Chairman and CEO.
Prior to joining Emulex, Mr. Lee was vice president of Engineering at Quantum Corporation, a leading disk drive manufacturer. Mr. Lee held numerous senior management positions during his six years at Quantum, managing a wide range of ASIC, hardware and software development teams. Prior to joining Quantum, Mr. Lee held senior engineering management positions at IBM, Maxtor, and Western Digital. Mr. Lee has more than 25 years' experience in the technology industry and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. ...Emulex profile
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - September 30, 2002 - Nexsan Technologies today announced unprecedented performance benchmark results for the Nexsan ATAboy2 RAID storage system when using IBM's high-performance Deskstar hard drives. With the IBM Deskstar, Nexsan is able to deliver performance results approaching that of many SCSI and Fibre Channel RAID products, providing the speed and data availability required for storage-intensive applications such as graphic design, animation, special effects, video security, document imaging, database support and data backup.
Using the high-performance IBM Deskstar 120GXP, Nexsan's new ATAboy2 disk-based technology achieves more than twice the data storage density of traditional enterprise configurations at about one-third the price. Nexsan storage systems can reach 170 megabytes per second read throughput with the IBM Deskstar - a significant performance advantage for users working with data streaming applications such as audio/video recording and editing or accessing data from a remote server.
"A storage system's speed and fault tolerance are directly dependent on the quality of the hard disk drive," said Diamond Lauffin, Nexsan senior executive vice president. "Drawing upon the high performance and large capacity of IBM's Deskstar 120GXP hard drive to support our high-end RAID applications, Nexsan is able to consistently deliver record performance results to meet the needs of our clients. We expect our current volume shipment of Deskstar hard drives to more than double with the incorporation of IBM's newest 180GXP drives."
Announced separately today, IBM's new Deskstar 180GXP provides storage solutions companies like Nexsan 50% more capacity and up to a 20% improvement in hard drive performance from previous generations. Nexsan selected the IBM Deskstar over competing ATA hard disk drive suppliers for its high capacity and stable and efficient implementation of tagged command queuing - a technology that significantly enhances performance by abbreviating the amount of time queued data waits to be accessed. Nexsan found the Deskstar with tagged command queuing technology consistently performs 15% faster than competitive drives. ...Nexsan Technologies profile
Editor's comments:- this press release indicates a significant shift of emphasis by Nexsan in its positioning of the ATAboy2 RAID products, which are distributed in the US by Rave Computer. Previously Nexsan positioned the product as offering a low cost per megabyte system suitable for disk to disk backup in competition with tape libraries. For those applications the RAID performance while adequate, was not stellar compared to other RAID systems, and did not need to be. The company is now signalling that with the new generation of ATA drives it is a contender for traditional high performance RAID applications too.
IRVINE, Calif. - September 30, 2002 - Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced two new combination drives that deliver DVD/CD recordability to notebook and desktop computers. Based on the DVD-R/RW format, Toshiba's combination drives support the most widely compatible DVD standard, giving consumers the highest level of compatibility with legacy DVD devices. Toshiba's SD-R6012 slim combination drive - the industry's first DVD/CD recordable drive for mobile computers - allows PC manufacturers to deliver unprecedented functionality to mobile computer users, providing both DVD and CD read and write capabilities. Until now, only desktop computers have had the luxury of DVD recordability for applications such as audio/video editing and personal digital compilations. The SD-R6012 slim drive supports writing DVD-R/RW at 1X, writing CD-R/RW at 16x/10x, and reads 8X DVD and 24X CD.
"Consumers are looking to create, edit, and burn both work-related and personal digital productions - on the fly and on the go," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba SDD. "Our new lightweight combination drive brings DVD recording to the mobile world, providing users with a stepping stone to move from CD to DVD technology for creating and storing family photos, files, videos and other memories people don't want to lose." ...Toshiba profile
Hopkinton, Mass. and Redwood Shores, Calif. - September 30, 2002 - EMC Corporation and Oracle Corporation today announced the opening of the Oracle and EMC Joint Service Center (JSC), delivering both deeper service support and quicker problem resolution for their shared customers. Staffed by service engineers from both companies, the Oracle and EMC JSC, located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, simulates the many diverse networked storage environments customers are using today to support their Oracle-based applications. The Oracle and EMC JSC will provide proactive and reactive support and services including advanced collaborative analysis and issue resolution for the two companies' 20,000+ mutual installations throughout the world. The JSC will focus on helping customers simplify the complex operational issues surrounding management and maintenance of enterprise applications built on the Oracle database and EMC networked storage. ...EMC profile, ...Oracle profile
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 30, 2002 - Seagate's new class of consumer-friendly hard drives are now available at Best Buy, North America's number-one consumer-electronics retailer. Seagate's retail hard drives feature a new level of consumer-friendly capabilities - they are better protected, and easier to install and maintain than any other retail hard drive. With Seagate's fast 7,200-rpm performance and capacities of 40, 60 and 80 GB, consumers also get the best combination of innovation, performance, reliability and the quietest operation of any PC hard drive. Best Buy is the first national retailer to carry the new Seagate hard drives.
"We've made our disc drives easier to install and use," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "Seagate's hard drive kit is the only one that includes individually customized installation software and a video tutorial, comprehensive diagnostic software to find and correct PC errors, a protective package that resists 1,000 Gs of shock, and a PCB cover on the drive to prevent accidental damage to sensitive components." ...Seagate profile
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