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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - April 21, 2003 - AllianceSoft, Inc., a Detroit-based provider of software solutions and BakBone Software jointly announced today that they have been selected by the Chrysler Group to deliver a data protection solution for its Mopar parts and accessories division. BakBone's NetVault solution will be deployed across Mopar's North American operations as a backup and recovery tool. NetVault's scalability and ease of deployment will provide Mopar with the ability to launch quickly and administer and troubleshoot from one central location. The same scalability and ease of deployment will provide the tools necessary to manage three data centers comprised of several SANs for Chrysler Group's ITM organization, which can also be administered from one central location.

"This win reinforces the momentum BakBone is seeing in the marketplace," said Keith Rickard, President and CEO of BakBone Software. "The selection of NetVault demonstrates that we have a robust and scalable solution to meet the demands of leading global customers." ...BakBone Software profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 21, 2003 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today that its Ultra320 SCSI Integrated Striping hardware RAID solution is now available and shipping worldwide. Dell Precision™ workstations are first to offer the LSI Logic Integrated Striping product and are now shipping worldwide.

Integrated Striping, also known as "RAID 0", is an advanced scheme for data storage that stripes information over multiple drives to deliver the highest level of performance. The LSI Logic Fusion-MPT architecture enables the intelligent, hardware RAID Integrated Striping solution. Fusion-MPT delivers extremely high levels of I/O performance using industry standard ARM® processor technology. LSI Logic was first-to-market with Ultra320 SCSI technology and commands more than 65% Ultra320 market share. ...LSI Logic profile

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & HAVANT, UK - April 21, 2003 - MoSys, Inc. and Xyratex Technology Limited today announced that MoSys will license its 1T-SRAM embedded memory technology to Xyratex. Increased speed, reliability and high performance are crucial to the storage and networking industry and 1T-SRAM memory offers these benefits unmatched by other memory technologies. In addition to these advantages, Xyratex needed a solution that would allow large amounts of memory to be embedded into SoC designs using a standard logic process.

"MoSys' 1T-SRAM technology enables Xyratex to reduce the component chip count and minimize the silicon area, therefore lowering the product cost," said Tony Palmer, Xyratex's vice president of development for Integrated Systems. "Our customers expect product innovation. Xyratex's commitment to staying ahead of the technology race in high-speed integrated systems coupled with our MoSys partnership, will help to ensure our customers benefit from the latest technologies." ...MoSys profile, ...Xyratex profile

Santa Fe Springs, California - April 21, 2003 - Aberdeen LLC is proud to unveil the revolutionary all-inclusive BlackWatch storage and backup hybrid server solution. This "Backup Monster" can support 2TB of IDE hot-swap disk storage in a 3U rackmount NAS. The primary benefit of the "Backup Monster" server is it provides a hard disk backup solution, which is exponentially faster and more accurate than the traditional tape backup. By utilizing the disk backup feature, routine progressive or full backups can easily be scheduled. BlackWatch servers are compatible with multiple OS platforms for full interoperability in heterogeneous environments.

"Small businesses and mid-level organizations are notoriously vulnerable to the loss of data and have traditionally considered backups as cumbersome inconveniences that are frequently postponed or ignored altogether," says Aberdeen President, Moshe Ovadya. "We have created a virtual backup monster by integrating our BlackWatch server with Dantz Development's Retrospect™ backup software. Businesses can now safely guard against downtime and the loss of critical data with the BlackWatch."

Aberdeen has designed every 3U rackmount BlackWatch model to provide; 8 hot-swap IDE hard disk drive bays, dual Gigabit LAN connections, support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 configurations and easy installation and management with minimal impact on network availability. For added security and redundant data backup, the BlackWatch can provide both an optional CD-RW and an optional internal tape drive. The cost-efficient BlackWatch S38i entry-level backup storage server is equipped with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor and can handle data security, disaster recovery and file storage sharing needs by running Retrospect™ software. Every configuration includes a storage capacity of up to 2TB and utilizes the Retrospect™ software for secure data backup at a cost claimed to be less than any other SCSI or NAS applications. ...Aberdeen profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 16, 2003 - DISC Inc. announced today their plans to integrate Ultra Density Optical (UDO), the next generation 5.25" professional optical storage technology, into their existing Orion series storage libraries. In addition, DISC plans to provide their current magneto-optical (MO) library customers with an upgrade path that allows a mixed MO and UDO operating environment.

The blue laser technology used in the UDO drives enables substantially greater data densities, resulting in dramatically higher media capacity. With 3X increase (30GB versus 9.1GB per media cartridge), customers will be able to purchase a highly cost-effective storage medium that is used for storing vast amounts of information, such as static content and reference data, or archival and permanent records which require adherence to legal retention requirements. The Orion series storage libraries with UDO technology that range in capacities from 4.2 TB to 31.5 TB are scheduled to be available in late fourth quarter of 2003. Upgrades to existing Orion systems will begin in Q1 2004.

"I'm very excited to see a new generation of technology becoming available in the optical storage marketplace," said Bob Riland, President and CEO of DISC. "With the availability of the UDO technology, DISC customers will have a viable roadmap beyond the current MO technology." ...DISC profile

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2003 - Silicon Image, Inc. today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2003. Record revenue of $24.7 million was achieved for the first quarter. This is a 3.7% increase over the $23.8 million achieved in the fourth quarter of 2002 and is a 44.4% increase over the $17.1 million recorded for the first quarter of 2002.

Net income calculated under GAAP, which includes amortization of goodwill and intangible assets, stock compensation expense, restructuring costs, patent defense costs, acquisition integration costs and a gain on escrow settlement, for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 was $3.2 million. This compares to a GAAP net loss of $8.1 million for the previous quarter, and a GAAP net loss of $17.7 million for the first quarter of 2002.

Commenting on the results, David Lee, Silicon Image's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We continue to execute well on our business and product strategies. Our Consumer Electronics and Storage businesses are now growing significantly from quarter-to-quarter. During the quarter, we achieved record licensing revenue largely on the strength of licenses for our storage-related intellectual property. We expect IP licensing to contribute 10-15% of our ongoing revenue for the year 2003, and will continue to use it as a means of complementing our product revenue. In addition, our (recent) acquisition of TransWarp brings valuable processor, switching and memory expertise and adds greatly to our innovation and integration plans. Bookings were strong, and as a result, visibility entering the second quarter has improved to 50%." ...Silicon Image profile

Europe:- April 16, 2003 - the new edition of StorageNewsletter includes a special show report on last month's CeBIT from editor Jean-Jacques Maleval from which this is extracted. ...This year's show, with numbers way down, was the calmest we'd seen since 1989. Not for storage, though, which marked a record number of displays, with the emphasis on the boom in new interfaces, S-ATA and USB 2.0.

We used to gripe that CeBIT had become so inhuman, in light of its enormous scale, that it was no longer tolerable. Therefore, we can't complain now that it has declined significantly with this year's edition, held from March 12-19, even if it still easily retains its title as the world's largest IT convention. The number of sponsored booths fell by either 10 or 18%, depending on which figures you believe: 6,523 displays, the lowest number since 1995, miles below the record 8,093 set in 2001, the year of the bubble. The number of visitors fell annually from 17%, to roughly 560,000. That's the lowest attendance figure since 1989!

CeBIT 2003 resonated with the difficulties and current uncertainties of the Western world, as well as the resurgence of Asia's influence. After Germany, with the home field advantage (and whose figures include displays reserved by German subsidiaries of major companies), Taiwan led the pack with 655 booths (+11% over 2002), ahead of the U.S. (247 stands, -23%). Representatives from China were nearly double this year, with 114 displays. Germany, suffering particularly from an economic crisis, fell 15% to 3,702 booths. The IT crisis still affects trade shows more heavily than other budget items, to the extent that the first expenditures slashed by hurting companies are promotion and exhibitions. The company that organizes Comdex, until now the only serious competitor to CeBIT, has filed for Chapter XI proceedings.

Beneath this gloomy horizon, our readers may be pleased to learn, however, that the number of storage industry displays increased, according to our calculations, from 186 in 2002 to 206 this year (+11%). It is therefore tempting to conclude that within the IT industry, storage seems less affected than other sectors. Among the major players, a few firms were present this year were not present in 2002: 3Ware, Exabyte, FalconStor, Fujitsu Softek, Overland and Quantum. Conversely, some present last year skipped this year's event: Castlewood, Emtec, Eurologic, M-Systems, Maxtor, Memorex, O'Dixion, Pioneer, Qualstar, Seagate and TDK.

Other surprising absences: Atempo, Iomega, Lexar Media, Peak Storage Solutions (ex-Maxoptix) and Vixel. Overall, however, the storage community was a forceful presence in Hanover.

Those who don't make it are generally experiencing financial problems, or if not, claim that they believe the considerable investment required for a CeBIT display is not worth the limited returns, although this doesn't prevent them from showing up a year later claiming the opposite. It all depends on your definition of worthwhile returns. How much will it cost a company to send a sales rep to visit all the international contacts available at this huge convention? It costs Euros 180 per square meter to exhibit at CeBIT, but then you must add on display construction, salaries for the people working them over an 8 day period, plus incidental expenses (brochures, travel, hotel, food, etc). Seagate stayed away in '94 and '95, then returned every year until now.

Before this year, Maxtor had only missed the 1997 edition. Last year, these two HDD rivals, along with WD, were all clustered together next to each other. Uncharitable rumors attribute the first two's absence this year to their desire to avoid a barrage of questions about when they would be releasing their first S-ATA units at 10,000rpm, while WD's display this year focused almost exclusively on this appealing product. ...StorageNewsletter profile

BURLINGTON, Mass. - April 16, 2003 - Winchester Systems Inc. has introduced a new high performance 2 Gb Fibre Channel RAID disk array called the FC-8000 Performer Series. The FlashDisk Performer Series meets multiple application requirements from high-speed, low cost direct attached storage to multi-server NAS or SAN configurations. FlashDisk Performer holds up to 16 low profile disk drives of up to 146 GB each for a total of over 2 TB in just 3U of rack space. A fully expanded system provides over 16 terabytes of data storage with the addition of six expansion shelves.

Configured with dual controllers, the Performer Series delivers an impressive 84,000 sustained IOPS and 350 MB/second sustained thruput, making it ideal for database, OLTP, manufacturing, multimedia, financial, imaging, prepress, and other disk intensive tasks. The FC-8000 Performer Series fully configured with a 2.3 TB capacity is priced at $73,890. Delivery is 2-3 weeks. ...Winchester Systems profile

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - April 15, 2003 - StorageTek today commenced a patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court in Denver against Quantum Corp. According to the complaint, Quantum has engaged in the unlawful manufacture and sale within the United States of tape and tape drive products that infringe on StorageTek patents. The complaint seeks an injunction against the future sale of Quantum Super DLT products based on these patents. StorageTek also seeks damages in royalty payments from Quantum against prior sales of its Super DLT product, including treble damages for willful violations of its patents. The StorageTek patents infringed by Quantum are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,236,529 and 6,549,363. ...Quantum profile, ...StorageTek profile

SNW, PHOENIX, Ariz. - April 15, 2003 - LSI Logic announced today that it has demonstrated the first intelligent, fully-integrated iSCSI storage controller solution using MegaRAID® technology connecting to an IP SAN. The iMegaRAID™ single- and dual-channel iSCSI RAID products will enable storage system manufacturers to deploy target subsystems with proven, intelligent functionality, storage flexibility and scalability. The LSI Logic iSCSI solutions use an Intel® IOP321 I/O processor based on Intel XScale™, and products are expected to begin shipping later this year. ...LSI Logic profile

Hopkinton, Mass. - April 15, 2003 - EMC Corporation today announced the acquisition of Astrum Software Corporation. The acquisition includes approximately 30 employees and Astrum Software's portfolio of storage management software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Boston-based Astrum Software is the ninth software acquisition completed by EMC since the beginning of 2000 and expands on the company's portfolio of industry-leading SRM software, which is the fastest-growing segment of the overall storage management software market. Astrum Software, whose products are optimized for automated file management, file-level reporting and capacity utilization in small and medium networked storage environments, will strengthen EMC's ability to address a full range of automated networked storage requirements. ...Astrum Software profile, ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- Astrum was ranked one of the Top 10 Storage Software Companies by reader pageviews.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - April 15, 2003 - Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) today reported revenue of $1.62 billion, net income of $174 million, and diluted earnings per share of $0.37 for the quarter ended March 28, 2003, compared to $1.69 billion, $193 million, and $0.45, respectively, in the year-ago quarter. For the nine-month period ended March 28, 2003, Seagate reported revenue of $4.93 billion, net income of $481 million, and diluted earnings per share of $1.04, compared to $4.61 billion, $351 million and $0.85, respectively, for the nine months ended March 29, 2002.

The company shipped 16.6 million disc drives in the third fiscal quarter, reflecting an increase of 1.6 million units over the year-ago quarter. This includes approximately 4.6 million disc drives shipped on the 80GB/disc platform. The company expects OEMs still qualifying the 80GB/disc platform will complete qualification during the June quarter, and by the end of the June quarter substantially all of the company's personal storage shipments will be on this platform. ...Seagate Technology profile

Editor's comments:- Seagate has now overtaken EMC in annualized storage revenue.

SNW, Scottsdale, Ariz. - April 15, 2003 - Emulex Corporation and Intel Corporation plan to develop next-generation storage processors that for the first time integrate Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Fibre Channel interfaces within a single architecture. The result of the joint development, announced today at Storage Networking World, will be a broad line of storage processors that is expected to deliver unprecedented performance and integration across what are projected to be the three most widely used storage-system interfaces.

These new storage building blocks will enable equipment makers to utilize common hardware and software components across entire families of Serial ATA, SAS and Fibre Channel products for high-performance DAS and SAN solutions. This building block approach enables equipment makers to extend the value of their hardware and software investments over multiple generations of products. As serial disk drives are projected to capture 81% of the enterprise market by 2006, end users will benefit from scalable, complementary serial storage solutions.

Under the agreement, Emulex will develop the protocol controller hardware, firmware and drivers. Intel will contribute its expertise in storage processor technology development and integrate its high-performance, low-power Intel® XScale microarchitecture as the core technology for the new processors. Intel also will manufacture the processors. Emulex will market the resulting Fibre Channel products, and Intel will market the Serial ATA and SAS products.

The jointly developed controllers will utilize Emulex's Service Level Interface (SLI) technology. Emulex's SLI enables driver compatibility across an entire product line, and enables firmware to be upgraded independently of drivers, providing increased return on investment and investment protection. Emulex's driver-based management technologies, including HBAnyware, can be utilized by OEMs and end users to simplify management, configuration and maintenance of both SAN and DAS environments. The companies expect to deliver the first processors in 2004. Specific details will not be disclosed until the products launch. No material licensing revenue is expected from this agreement. ...Emulex profile, ...Intel profile

Phoenix, AZ - April 15, 2003 - SNIA has joined forces with HCL Technologies to further advance the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). The SNIA awarded the contract to HCL Tech to develop the initial phase of an SMI-S test suite, showcasing at Storage Networking World this week. The development of the SMI-S test suite is a definitive step towards verifying the conformance of any storage solution with SMI specifications.

"The joint efforts between HCL Tech and SNIA to promote storage networking standards will ensure that the investments made by end users in storage solutions will be protected over time," said S. Raman, COO & President-Core Technologies, HCL Tech. "Starting with moderate investments that address their current requirements, users will be able to scale up their storage network capacity as and when the need arises without being dependent on one vendor." ...HCL Technologies profile, ...SNIA profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 15, 2003 - Gartner, Inc. says that the worldwide storage management software market reported its first year-over-year decline in 2002. The market reported license revenue of $4.7 billion in 2002, a 6% decline over 2001. EMC remained the No. 1 storage management software vendor in 2002, with market share of 25.6%, while its nearest rival, Veritas Software, garnered 18.6%. Gartner analysts said if the $1.5 billion in array- and switch-based software were excluded from the analysis, Veritas would be in the lead, and EMC would move to the No. 3 slot behind IBM.

"Only three of the top 10 vendors were able to grow software revenue in a very challenging year," said Carolyn DiCenzo, vice president for Gartner's storage group. "Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems, which sells its storage array software directly, and through Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, saw 77% growth in 2002."

HP acquired Compaq Computer in 2001, and even though revenue declined 2% in 2002, the combined company moved into the No. 4 slot, up from the No. 5 position earned by Compaq in 2001.

"The depressed economy, resulting in tight spending and pressure on product pricing, has finally taken its toll on the storage software market," DiCenzo said. "Infrastructure and data management software will remain under pressure as long as server and array sales are depressed. Device and storage resource management tools continue to report growth."

Additional information on the storage management software market is available in the Gartner Dataquest Research report "2002 Storage Management Software Market Share." ...Gartner profile

Editor's comments:- we're seeing the same trend in the storage software market, as in the hardware market - a move away from bigger encumbants towards smaller, newer vendors - usually referred to by market research companies as "others".

Gartner reported that storage software revenue in the "others" category increased by 15% to $847 million. My own view is that depending on how many of the 129 STORAGE Software Companies were excluded in this analysis, it's quite possible that this market actually grew slightly or remained the same size.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. and SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 15, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. announced today that its enterprise-class Serial ATA (SATA) WD Raptor 10,000 RPM hard drives have been certified compatible with 3ware Escalade 8500 Series RAID controller cards by both companies' test labs. The two products are the primary building blocks in an enterprise Serial ATA (ESATA) RAID storage system and are currently available for systems builders and storage providers. Western Digital's FIT lab tested and certified the compatibility of WD Raptor hard drives and Escalade 8500 Series RAID controller cards. 3ware Inc. also tested and validated compatibility of the two products.

The WD Raptor hard drive is the first SATA product available that is designed for the 24x7, high performance demands of enterprise applications, having specifications such as 1.2 million hours MTBF, 10,000 RPM, 5.2 mS average seek time and a five-year warranty. It provides systems builders and storage providers a primary storage hard drive at approximately 30% less the cost of comparable Parallel SCSI products. Together with RAID controller cards such as 3ware's Escalade 8500 Series, WD Raptor hard drives offer a cost-effective enterprise-class system solution.

"3ware created a hard drive Serial ATA certification process to provide VARs and system integrators with proven network storage solutions that are tested and ready to be configured for any given application," said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing at 3ware. "WD Raptor ESATA hard drives when combined with 3ware's line of SATA controllers, breaks performance barriers while maintaining significant cost savings. It offers users the most cost effective enterprise-class solution without compromising performance or reliability." ...3ware profile, ...Western Digital profile

PHOENIX, Ariz. - April 15, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. announced today that the AppIQ Solution Suite is the first SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative) management tool to meet the extensive testing required to be certified compatible. The AppIQ Solution Suite from AppIQ, a leader in SMI-S-based solutions that simplify the management of complex storage environments, has been named a Certified Compatible Partner as a result.

"Without an integrated, standards-based approach, managing multi-vendor storage environments is expensive and inefficient," said Doug Cahill, vice president of business development and strategy, AppIQ. "As leaders in the support and development of the SMI-S and technology that incorporates CIM and WBEM, LSI Logic Storage Systems and AppIQ are at the forefront in providing solutions that will lower storage management costs by reducing the number of tools required to manage today's complex environments." ...AppIQ profile, ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Other news on this page

AllianceSoft and BakBone Announce Installation at Chrysler Group

LSI Logic Integrated Striping Ultra320 SCSI RAID shipping

Xyratex Licenses MoSys' 1T-SRAM Embedded Memory

Aberdeen Unleashes "Backup Monster"

DISC, Inc. announces new Blue Laser-based, UDO Storage

Silicon Image Reports 44% Revenue Growth

CeBIT Report from Jean-Jacques Maleval, editor of StorageNewsletter

New FlashDisk FC RAID Array from Winchester Systems; Scales to Over 16 Terabytes

StorageTek Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Quantum

LSI Logic demonstrates first intelligent, fully-integrated iSCSI MegaRAID solution

EMC Acquires Astrum Software

Seagate Overtakes EMC in Annual Storage Revenue

3 Rings for the Storage Kings under the Sky; Emulex & Intel Aim for Firmware Domination of Network Storage HBAs

SNIA Teams up with HCL Technologies to create SMI-S Test Suite

Gartner's Research Shows that Storage Software Buyers Favored Smaller Vendors in 2002

Western Digital Enterprise Serial ATA Hard Drives and 3ware Raid Controller Cards Certified Compatible

LSI Logic Storage Systems Certifies AppIQ Solution Suite

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Megabyte went through his Michelangelo phase. "Somewhere in that lump of rock is a solid state disk..."

Nibble:- Coming of Age for Solid State Disks

lthough manufacturers in the industrial controls market, like Square D and AB were using rewritable non volatile solid state storage as early as the 1970s, it wasn't till 1985 when Curtis introduced their ROMDISK for the original IBM PC, that the solid state disk market started in a form which we would recognise today. For most of its early life, this technology remained an open secret - mainly used in embedded systems in military applications, or in high performance computer research labs.

Now at 18 years old, the SSD market is ready to come out as a fully mature easy to use technology which will change the way in which all computer systems, from the desktop to the mainframe, are architected.

Here are some trends which track the interest of STORAGEsearch readers in the subject of SSDs over the past few years.

In Q1 2001 - SSDs were the 18th most popular subject.

In Q1 2002 - SSDs were #4.

In Q1 2003 - SSDs were #2.

That means there's more interest in SSDs in our readership than in NAS, or backup software, both subjects which attract hundreds of thousands of readers.

The reason is simple. The SSD market has the potential to become a bigger market than NAS and storage software are right now. In 2008 the SSD market will be worth more than $10 billion a year.

You, our readers, like to have a foretaste of emerging storage technologies. That's why many of the subjects on this website like iSCSI and Serial ATA shot into our top 5 most popular subjects more than a year before a single one of these products had ever been shipped.

SSD systems, if properly engineered, have the potential to replace dozens of processors in your most expensive mainframe, at a small fraction of the cost. At the low end, SSD software running on a desktop PC with a few hundred bucks of add in memory can outperform a $20K workstation in some critical business analysis applications.

After the holiday, we're going to publish the definitive buyers guide to SSD products and suppliers, collecting together information from all the vendors in the industry.

In the meantime you can do your own research in the many articles, products and companies listed on our Solid State Disk page. Products already shipping in this market segment span the range of budgets from under $50 up to $2 million and everything in between.

During this recession. many of the companies in the SSD market have been achieving double digit and triple digit revenue growth rates. But you'd be surprised how many of the leading companies in this market have been around for ten years or more, working quietly away at this technology. All that is going to change soon, and I have a feeling that some of them will become as well known in the general IT market place as VERITAS and Network Appliance are today.

And my ScryWare crystal ball to market report generator is seldom wrong...

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