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Carlsbad, Calif.- April 30, 2003 - Dot Hill announced today that it is partnering with Qualitec, a value-added distributor for the Nordic region of Europe including Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Qualitec, based in Sweden, will distribute Dot Hill's SANnet® II storage solutions to value added resellers and system integrators. Qualitec's product mix includes storage solutions along with computer components and peripherals. Over the years Qualitec has built a strong network of resellers for the finance, military and telecommunications industry in the Nordic countries.

"We selected Dot Hill as our storage partner because we believe it offers the best value for the money," said Patrik Bjorklund, managing director for Qualitec Distribution. "Dot Hill's storage solutions are extremely reliable, scalable and dense. All this is backed by NEBS Level 3 and MIL-STD-810F certification for the telecommunications industry and the military." ...Dot Hill profile

GARDEN CITY, NY - April 30, 2003- TDK is now shipping its DA-9000 CDRW JUKEBOX, a breakthrough component that gives customers new and exciting ways to record, organize and enjoy their favorite music. Beneath the DA-9000's sleek exterior resides a 20GB internal hard drive that can store over 4,000 MP3 tracks (or nearly 300 audio CD), providing ready access to a vast music library. Using its USB connection, music can be transferred into the DA-9000 from any PC. Tracks can be ripped directly from CD to the DA-9000's hard drive, and music can be recorded on the fly through the DA-9000's audio inputs. Additionally, the unit can play and record audio CD, MP3, CD-R and CD-RW discs.

Noted Jared Vishney, TDK Director, Hardware Product Marketing: "The introduction of the DA-9000 signals TDK's intention to lead the industry as a total solutions provider by utilizing advanced digital technologies in innovative, lifestyle-oriented products. By combining a 20GB hard drive with advanced CD and MP3 recording capabilities, we're opening new entertainment possibilities for our music-passionate customers. The DA-9000 is a "virtual library" for an entire music collection – letting users instantly locate specific tracks, create customized playlists, burn mix CDs, and more." ...TDK profile

FREMONT, Calif. - April 30, 2003 - Lexar Media, Inc. today announces the shipment of 2GB 40X-speed Professional Series CompactFlash cards. The superior 40X-speed cards are guaranteed to be capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 6MB/s, and may operate up to a maximum write speed of 7MB/s or more. The 2GB Type I cards are expected to have a retail price of $699.99.

The large capacity cards were developed primarily for professional photographers who often prefer to shoot large image files, such as TIFF and RAW, and have a need for high-speed, high capacity memory cards. In addition to carrying a 40X speed rating, the Professional Series cards include Write Acceleration (WA) technology for additional speed performance in certain cameras. Working in conjunction with WA enabled cameras, Write Acceleration increases throughput to take better advantage of the true speed capability of the card. Image write speed is important to photographers because if the camera is busy writing to the card, shots can be missed. To date, Kodak, Nikon and Sanyo support the Write Acceleration standard.

Lexar Media Professional Series cards also include Image Rescue software and a Jumpshot USB cable to recover deleted or seemingly lost images from Lexar Media CompactFlash cards. "

Image Rescue software is an insurance policy for digital photographers. It's something you hope you'll never have to use, but if you do, you're grateful it's there," said John Omvik, director of product marketing. "It's just one of the many reasons professionals turn to Lexar Media for fast reliable digital media." ...Lexar Media profile

BEDFORD, MA and LAS VEGAS - April 29, 2003 - Voltaire today announced that it has named Peter Waxman vice president of sales. Waxman was previously vice president of business development and sales at an InfiniBand start-up, Paceline Systems. As vice president of sales for Voltaire, Waxman will be chartered with selling Voltaire's solutions into the market and devising and executing a channel strategy, a role he also played at Paceline. While at Paceline he was responsible for securing beta tests at several large customer sites. Prior to joining Paceline, Peter was vice president of sales at Epicon, a supplier of Internet software to service providers that was acquired by Nortel in 2000. Waxman also spent 11 years in a variety of management positions at Wang Laboratories.

Voltaire also announced the availability of an HPC starter kit for customers and resellers to rapidly and easily deploy InfiniBand clusters in High Performance Computing environments. The 12 port non-blocking solution comes with all necessary components including a non-blocking switch, software and host channel adapters. Voltaire is exhibiting its products in Booth # 6345 at the Networld + Interop 2003 show held this week in Las Vegas. ...Voltaire profile

Hoboken, NJ - April 29, 2003 - NSI Software today announced that it has established a customer advisory board (CAB). The CAB was started to expand NSI's understanding of the business requirements of its more than 5,000 customers by exploring the insight and experiences of a representative group of executives from a range of large organizations in industries including financial services, healthcare and energy. An inaugural meeting of the CAB will take place May 5 - 7, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To help attendees uncover new, innovative data protection strategies, the CAB will focus on strategies for enabling centralized back up, education on low-cost alternatives for data protection and implementing data protection for applications including Microsoft Exchange and SQL, which have recently joined the ranks of mission critical. In addition to annual meetings, NSI Software will host Web and audio conferences for its CAB members to create a virtual forum that will facilitate ongoing discussion and feedback. ...NSI Software profile

DENVER, CO - April 29, 2003 - Tabernus, LLC announced today it is working with Seagate Technology and LSI Logic to ensure interoperability and compatibility between its peripheral testing software and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) mass storage devices. Tabernus expects to be the first in the peripheral testing software industry to provide testing tools for SAS, the next evolution of SCSI. Tabernus estimates that their software products will be delivered in Q4 of 2003. The collaborative effort will help the companies provide the highest quality SAS products to the market. Tabernus will leverage the LSI Logic Fusion-MPT™ architecture to simplify and speed their development upon industry standard HBAs. Seagate Technology, one of the first manufacturers to create Serial Attached SCSI disc drives, will provide Tabernus with early releases of their storage devices to use as targets for developing and qualifying their software.

"Tabernus is aggressively working with strategic partners like Seagate Technology and LSI Logic to be the first to offer Serial Attached SCSI peripheral testing software solutions for our customers. The decreasing costs of storing data, and the increasing storage capacities of the same small device footprint, have been key enablers of the technology SAS revolution," said Marissa Ponikvar, Tabernus CEO and President. "New technologies, such as SAS, require robust software testing tools. By partnering with Seagate Technology and LSI Logic, we will have the first and most comprehensive tool for SAS technology and it will meet our customers' requirements." ...LSI Logic profile, ...Seagate profile, ...Tabernus profile

Aldershot, UK - April 29, 2003 - Verity Systems' flagship duplicator, the CopyDisc 16, is now available with its full capacity 16 DVD-R drives, making it the world's ultimate, automated DVD duplicator. Fitted with 16 Pioneer A05 DVD-R drives, the CopyDisc 16 enables users to duplicate an incredible 64 full 4.7Gb DVDs an hour (at 4x speed). With DVD's becoming the next standard for media transfer and storage, the CopyDisc 16 is the "must have" system for professional duplicators & replicators whose customers demand immediate fulfillment of their DVD orders.

Featuring 5 x 220 capacity input & output spindles, which sit on rotating carousels, up to 1,100 DVDs can be duplicated unattended. The CopyDisc 16 utilises the proven integrity and reliability of the Verity Systems firmware for automatic format recognition, failsafe operation and consistent high quality DVD duplicates, together with the high-speed precision of the robotic pick and place mechanism.

The CopyDisc 16 is available as either a standalone unit for office environments, or as a fully enclosed, dust free, floor-mounted unit for more industrial applications. Operation of the CopyDisc 16 is simple and can be controlled through the easy to use panel located at the front of the machine, or directly from your PC via network connectivity. For maximum versatility, the CopyDisc 16 can be fitted with a combination of CD and DVD drives and includes a 20Gb internal hard drive for image storage. ...Verity Systems profile

Las Vegas, Nevada - April 29, 2003 - EMC Corporation and Cisco Systems Inc. today announced that the two companies have signed a letter of intent to expand their existing relationship. Under the terms, EMC plans to resell and support the Cisco MDS 9000 family of Multilayer directors and fabric switches as part of its comprehensive set of Connectrix SAN infrastructure products. EMC also intends to develop software applications hosted on the MDS 9000 platform. The Cisco MDS 9000 family will be generally available from EMC this quarter. ...Cisco Systems profile, ...EMC profile

CHARLOTTE, NC - April 29, 2003 - Verbatim Corporation, manufacturer of the Digital Vinyl CD-Rs, announced today a new inkjet-printable version in convenient, 50-disc spindles. Like the original discs, these 80min/700MB CDs combine reliability and high performance with the look and feel of a 45-rpm record-complete with vinyl-like grooves. In addition, the Inkjet Printable Digital Vinyl CD-Rs have a coated label area compatible for printing using Inkjet CD printers.

Verbatim Printable Digital Vinyl CD-Rs provide professionals and businesses with a high-quality solution for personalizing and distributing music, video or marketing CDs that are unique and memorable. Musicians and recording studios can create their own CDs for demo recordings, concert sales and promotions. Replication houses, filmmakers and photographers can use them to create distinctive-looking discs for distribution. Businesses can use them to make product demonstrations and catalogs that are noticeably different. Verbatim's Printable Digital Vinyl CD-R media is available now. Street price for the 50-pack spindles is $49.99. ...Verbatim profile

Framingham, Mass. - April 29, 2003 - Diligent Technologies today debuts VTF™ Open (Virtual Tape Facility Open Systems) - storage software that allows existing open systems backup applications to use disk instead of tape as their backup medium. Requiring no changes to existing backup applications and processes, VTF Open has been qualified and tested with the industry's leading backup application solutions including: Atempo's Time Navigator™, CommVault's® Galaxy™, EMC's EDM and LEGATO's Networker®. VTF integrates seamlessly within these backup environments, lowering administrative costs and shortening the backup and recovery window.

"Diligent has strong and proven storage software expertise in offering virtual tape solutions to large Mainframe environments," said Doron Kempel, Chairman and CEO of Diligent Technologies Corporation. "Diligent's VTF Mainframe product is already installed in some of the most demanding Fortune 100 data center sites around the world. Diligent has leveraged that expertise in creating the new addition to our VTF family of products, VTF Open, providing open systems customers a higher level of reliability, performance and scalability in their enterprise-class environments.""

VTF Open runs on a dedicated, standard Linux or Solaris server and emulates traditional tape drives and tape library units onto any Fibre Channel attached disk array. This emulation to disk eliminates mechanical errors inherent to tape libraries and simplifies management through automation of tasks, thus improving the reliability, availability and recoverability of data.

With the capability of supporting up to 16 virtual tape libraries per server and up to 64 virtual tape drives, VTF Open offers incremental scalability at any point in an organization's backup environment. Customers can add multiple hosts, servers and disk arrays for added throughput and redundancy. This level of flexibility enables customers to scale as needed and keep up with the exponential growth of data. VTF Open is available now with pricing ranging from $35,000 to $160,000 depending on number of ports utilized and license options. ...Diligent Technologies profile

Editor's comments:- this looks like another nail in the coffin of the tape drive. Later this week we'll be publishing an article from Sony which looks at the role for coexistence of tape and disk backup.

Munich/Germany – April 29, 2003 – Infineon Technologies AG today announced that it is using its advanced 0.11-micron process technology for volume manufacturing for DRAMs. Samples of high-density 256Mbit DRAMs manufactured in the new 0.11-micron process have already been successfully validated at Intel and also delivered to strategic partners. The new process results in significantly smaller structures, thus allowing a reduction in the chip size and a production cost advantage per chip of around 30% compared to the current volume process technology used by Infineon. The smaller structures compared to the company's previous 0.14-micron DRAM process, allow Infineon to manufacture greater than 50% more chips per wafer.

Combined with Infineon's recent announcement that its production of DRAM chips on 300mm wafers had reached "cost crossover" compared to 200mm wafers, the company continues to reinforce its position as a productivity and cost leader in DRAM manufacturing.

In another announcement today Infineon announced a number of corporate restructuring moves. Up to 900 jobs will be reduced including 500 in various corporate functions, plus another 150 in the Secure Mobile Solutions Group, mostly in Sweden. Infineon is also examining the financial benefits of relocating its corporate headquarters outside Germany. ...Infineon Technologies profile

Las Vegas, Nevada - April 28, 2003 - EMC and Microsoft today announced that they have extended their strategic business and technology relationship for storage. The significantly broader and deeper agreement - unveiled today by Joe Tucci, EMC's President and CEO, and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp's CEO, at the annual EMC Technology Summit - involves tighter collaboration and integration of networked storage technologies and offerings. Included in the expanded licensing and technology agreement are: integration of Windows storage technologies, new marketing and sales initiatives, and new service and support agreements. The results of these efforts will be improved manageability and seamless integration of Windows® technology in automated networked storage environments. As part of this, EMC will license Microsoft's Windows Powered NAS software as the basis for a new family of EMC NAS products.

The NetWin 200 system is the new entry point into EMC's NAS product family, coupling the power of Windows Powered NAS with EMC's proven CLARiiON CX networked storage platforms. Ideal for Windows Powered NAS customers looking for high availability, larger storage capacities, and advanced storage-based functionality, the NetWin 200 systems will elevate the reach of Windows Powered NAS beyond offerings currently in the marketplace. The EMC NetWin 200 will be available in the third quarter with list prices starting at $50,000. ...EMC profile, ...Microsoft profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 28, 2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) today announced its fourth quarter and fiscal 2003 year-end financial results. Fiscal 2003 net revenues were $408.1 million, compared to $418.7 million in fiscal 2002. Adaptec reported a fiscal 2003 net loss of $14.8 million, compared to a net loss of $196.2 million in fiscal 2002.

"During the quarter, we expanded our customer base, deepened our OEM and channel relationships and opened a broad range of opportunities in new markets through the Eurologic acquisition," said Robert N. Stephens, Adaptec chief executive officer. "We have expanded our ability to serve customers with complete, end-to-end storage infrastructure solutions, including storage components and software, storage networking products and networked storage subsystems. Based upon these initiatives, we strongly believe that Adaptec is well positioned for growth in fiscal 2004." ...Adaptec profile

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 28, 2003 - VERITAS Software Corporation today announced that VERITAS Volume Manager™ software mirrors data to a secondary location as much as 72% faster than SRDF replication software from EMC Corp., according to independent benchmark test results issued today by the GiantLoop Testing and Certification (GTAC) Lab, based in Waltham, Mass.

The benchmark, performed using test environments that emulate typical enterprise-class data center networking configurations, also revealed that VERITAS replication software mirrors data more reliably than EMC software. In tests, VERITAS replication software prevented data corruption and loss through a logging mechanism that ensures data is written to a secondary disaster recovery site in the exact order it is recorded at the primary site, even in asynchronous mode. This logging feature, which EMC does not offer, makes certain that data at the secondary site is recoverable, and that organizations can replicate over any distance without risking the integrity of their data.

"VERITAS software can replicate data faster and more reliably than EMC software, and unlike EMC software, it works with all of the leading storage array brands, helping to control the cost of establishing a disaster recovery infrastructure and providing assurance that critical data is available when it's needed most," said Bob Maness, senior director of product marketing, VERITAS Software. ...EMC profile, ...GiantLoop Network profile, ...VERITAS Software profile

Redmond Washington - April 28, 2003 - ADIC announced today that its StorNext Management Suite has been selected to provide SAN file system technology for a key DOD and intelligence agency information retrieval system, the Information Dissemination Services-Direct Delivery (IDS-D) program of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). The contract award was placed by the IDS-D prime contractor through sub-contractor, Lynx Storage Systems.

"The ADIC StorNext SAN file system was chosen for this contract after extensive testing that compared a range of the latest file-system products," commented Bill Coleman, Director of Business Development, Lynx Storage Services. "StorNext File System demonstrated that it could provide performance and reliability leadership, as well as deliver extremely high value, all key elements in the selection process." ...ADIC profile

Morgan Hill, Calif. - April 28, 2003 - CENATEK, Inc. announced today the release of RAMDisk XP software which utilizes system memory and emulates the functionality of a hard disk, producing a very fast, entry-level storage solution ideal for speeding up disk-intensive applications. Among the new features of RAMDisk XP is a completely rebuilt driver using WDM for compatibility with all versions of Windows XP.

"Another enhancement to the software is its hardware layer visibility, which allows Windows to manage RAMDisk XP like any other drive in your system," states Jason Caulkins, CTO and Acting CEO for CENATEK. "Windows now recognizes the RAM disk as a hardware level storage device and, as a result, the user can format and partition the RAM disk into multiple drive letters, set it to Basic or Dynamic disk type, and mount a volume to it."

RAMDisk XP is now available for purchase at $69 from the company web site. ...Cenatek profile

San Jose, Calif. - April 25, 2003 - Alacritech®, Inc. today announced that Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 demonstrates record-level file serving performance when combined with Alacritech's Gigabit Ethernet Server and Storage Accelerators. Results published in a Microsoft-commissioned test report from VeriTest, a division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., shows that servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and utilizing Alacritech TCP/IP accelerators achieved over three times the file server performance and throughput of Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition using conventional network adapters.

"Microsoft's latest server platform helps businesses achieve greater continuity and consolidation without sacrificing performance," said Larry Boucher, president and CEO, Alacritech, Inc. "Combining our TCP/IP accelerators with Windows Server 2003 gives customers a solution that offers unmatched efficiency, value and flexibility for their applications and file server environments."

Windows Server 2003 performance results with Alacritech's TOE reached 1,370 Mbps compared with 439 Mbps for Windows NT 4.0 using Intel NICs. Windows Server 2003 combined with Alacritech's TOE achieved 132% greater throughput than Windows 2000 Advanced Server using Intel NICs which reached 591 Mbps. ...Alacritech profile

Issaquah, WA - April 25, 2003 - Argentum announces the release of MyFiles 2.3, a multi-featured disk cataloging program that helps keep computer files organized. MyFiles can be used as a file organizer, a disk cataloguer, a music organizer, a digital audio MP3 and WMA collection, a family photo album, a picture catalog, a software library and more. It keeps track of what you have on each CD, DVD, floppy, local or network volume. The information is organized in a portable, tree outline form, where you can keep detailed descriptions with any file or folder you may have in your collection. After building catalogs, you can use a powerful search to locate items, create HTML, XML and CSV reports, browse and access your files directly from within MyFiles. You can download and evaluate MyFiles free for upto 25 days. It costs $ 35. ...Argentum profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 24, 2003 - Audavi Corporation today announced the addition of a 80GB product to its HardTape family of portable rugged storage devices. HardTape is a high performance, portable and rugged storage solution for consumers and professionals based on state-of-theart 2.5-inch hard drive technology. The HardTape product line, including the new 80 GB version, is being showcased at Computer Expo 2003, in Lausanne, Switzerland, April 29-May 2.

"Our new 80 GB HardTape cartridge offers portability and a rugged design to consumers and professionals who continue to demand increased storage capacity for digital imaging, video and music. HardTape provides a flexible platform that will set a new standard for removable storage," according to Steven L. Kaczeus, President and CTO of Audavi.

HardTape cartridges are designed for users who require convenient portable storage of large audio, video, and data files. Rugged enough to survive a 2-foot drop onto concrete, the HardTape cartridge is an excellent alternative to tape and is significantly faster than "burning" CD/DVD disks. HardTape cartridges can move easily from system to system using the HardTape Bay or a cable connection through standard interfaces (USB, FireWire, or PCMCIA). Featuring an aluminum case for additional durability, HardTape cartridges are pocket-sized and weigh about 8 ounces. Capacities range from 20GB upto 80GB. Retail price for the HardTape 80GB cartridge is $399, with immediate availability ...Audavi profile

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - April 24, 2003 - BakBone Software preliminary revenue results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. Final reported results for the fiscal year are expected to show revenue in line with management's previous guidance of US$18.0 million to US$18.5 million, which represents growth in excess of 82% over revenues for the previous fiscal year.

"I am pleased to say that we closed another year of strong results in an economic environment proving challenging for many companies." said Keith Rickard, BakBone's President and CEO. "We grew revenues to a level consistent with our guidance, we continued to control our operating expenses, we added industry leading OEM partners, we closed deals with some of the world's leading companies and now we are preceding into a new fiscal year that will bring profitability to our company."

"The fourth quarter of fiscal year 2003 produced another key milestone." said John Fitzgerald, BakBone's Chief Financial Officer. "For the first time in our history, we were cash flow positive from our operations. In fact, we closed fiscal year 2003 with a cash balance of approximately US$5.0 million." ...BakBone Software profile

Editor's comments:- small and emerging new storage software companies seem to be thriving in the 3rd year of the IT recession. Gartner recently reported this segment had experienced average revenue growth of 15% in 2002. Earlier this week NSI Software announced its Q1 2003 revenue was up 57% when compared with Q1 2002. Also FalconStor Software yesterday announced Q1 2003 revenues increased 86% to $3.7 million, compared with $2.0 million for the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, some storage hardware companies are also doing well, see below...

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - April 24, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today reported revenue of $706 million on unit shipments of approximately 10.3 million, and net income of $54.5 million, or $.26 per share for its third fiscal quarter ending March 28, 2003. These results represent year-over-year revenue growth of 19% and net income growth of 184% on a 27% increase in unit shipments.

"These results demonstrate healthy industry demand for hard drives and continued strong execution by the Western Digital team in achieving customer satisfaction and maximizing profitability through excellent quality, predictable supply, and operational excellence," said Matt Massengill, chairman and chief executive officer of Western Digital. "With this focus, we were able to significantly improve our position with leading PC OEM customers in the March quarter." ...Western Digital profile

Hopkinton, Mass.- April 24, 2003 - EMC Corporation today announced its support for Microsoft Windows® Server 2003 across EMC's product lines, including its open software. New Windows features announced today enable EMC to offer customers Automated Networked Storage™ solutions that are more seamlessly integrated with Windows applications. EMC is taking part in the global launch of Windows Server 2003 with several launch partners including Dell and Unisys.

"EMC's support of the innovative storage features in Windows Server 2003, like Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), Virtual Disk Service and Multipath IO, illustrates its commitment to delivering cost-efficient, reliable and scalable storage solutions to its customers," said Charles Stevens, Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased to be working with EMC to deliver these storage solutions today that address customer needs in a Windows environment." ...EMC profile, ...Microsoft profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 24, 2003 - IDC named LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. a leading storage player in a recently published report that examines the reasons for the company's success at a time when many other storage vendors are experiencing losses. IDC's report attributed LSI Logic Storage Systems' emergence as an industry leader to several key factors: positive sequential quarterly growth since Q42001, culminating in sales of $105.9 million in Q42002, an increase of more than 100% compared with the fourth quarter of the previous year; a strategic alliance with StorageTek that provides the company with both server-captive and independent storage channels; and, a strategy that positions the company for future growth both organically and through key acquisitions, such as the Mylex business unit of IBM.

"The strategy behind LSI Logic Storage Systems' current success will serve the company well in the coming years," said John McArthur, group vice president, worldwide storage research, IDC. "In fact, LSI Logic Storage Systems is on its way to creating the storage version of what Intel accomplished in the PC and server market."

"It's very gratifying to have a prominent research firm such as IDC affirm LSI Logic Storage Systems' established leadership role in the storage industry," said Tom Georgens, president, LSI Logic Storage Systems. "IDC has recognized LSI Logic Storage Systems as the second largest supplier in the OEM market, with market share in excess of 20%. In addition, our outstanding revenue growth of 59% year over year, against the backdrop of a significant market decline, reinforces that we continue to make sound business and technology decisions." ...IDC profile, ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Editor's comment:- this wasn't mentioned in the IDC report, but LSI Logic Storage Systems isn't scared of mice. Maybe that's another factor;-)

Geneva - April 24, 2003 - STMicroelectronics has announced that it is entering the fast-growing market for NAND Flash memories. ST, the world's fourth largest supplier of NOR Flash memories, has teamed up with Hynix Semiconductor, Seoul, Korea, in an agreement to jointly develop NAND Flash products that will be marketed by both companies. ST and Hynix will introduce a full NAND product portfolio, beginning with a 512Mbit device to be introduced in the second half of 2003.

NOR and NAND devices employ different memory-array architectures, resulting in very different application benefits. The NAND memory cell is about 40% smaller than a NOR cell, which translates into a lower cost/bit, and NAND devices are specifically optimized for sequential access, i.e. where large amounts of data are normally read out from sequential addresses, similar to playing back a VCR tape. On the other hand, thanks to its much faster Random access time the NOR architecture is ideal for direct execution of program code. Historically, NOR devices have dominated the Flash market and currently account for about three-quarters of the $8 Billion 2002 world market. However, the NAND market today is growing at a faster rate, fuelled particularly by the increasing demand for mobile multimedia features such as streaming video clips - the kind of data for which NAND memories are better suited.

"So far, ST has focused on NOR Flash, the largest segment of the market, where we have become one the world leaders both in technology and market share. It is now the right time for us to expand our Flash portfolio with NAND devices to address the fast growing demand for low-cost, high-density data storage," said Mario Licciardello, STMicroelectronics Flash Memories Division General Manager. ...STMicroelectronics profile

Carlsbad, Calif. - April 24, 2003 ­ Arkeia announced today that it has signed a Technology Partnership Agreement with SuSE. The agreement further underlines Arkeia's objective of offering fully certified network backup solutions that take advantage of SuSE enterprise servers. As one of the first results of the agreement, Arkeia has certified the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IT infrastructures operating 32-bit or 64-bit x86 systems, as well as Power PC-based environments. Arkeia's new version 5.1 offers administrators an enhanced option for moving to the latest SuSE operating systems for complex networks. Arkeia will also soon include certification with the Linux server operating system for the AMD Opteron processor released earlier this week. ...Arkeia profile

TOKYO - April 24, 2003 - Internet Initiative Japan Inc. today announced that it will launch "IIJ Web Gateway Service," a new security service that will be provided in cooperation with IIJ Technology Inc. (IIJ-Tech), its 64.1% owned subsidiary. The new service will launch on May 1, 2003 and will meet a variety of enterprise needs by providing proxy-caching server operation and management functions that boost Web access efficiency; online detection and elimination of viruses; and URL filtering that blocks access to inappropriate Web sites from a company's internal network.

"Web access security only follows email as being the second largest source of virus infections and information leaks," said Koichi Suzuki, President and CEO of IIJ. "This makes it a growing concern for enterprises of all sizes. Outsourcing these responsibilities to the IIJ Group enables efficient Web access security administration without building a costly network and without much of the cost and work that is involved in administering and operating such a network."

The security management outsourcing service aspect of IIJ Web Gateway Service bars external viruses, blocks the leakage of internal viruses and prevents access to critical information on the gateway to internet. The gateway system is operated and monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is housed in a world class data center facility. This service is primarily suitable for enterprises with several hundred to tens of thousands of employee Web accounts. ...IIJ profile

FREMONT, Calif. - April 23, 2003 - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. has expanded its DDR product line-up to include Intel®-validated PC3200 unbuffered DIMMs. The objective of Intel's validation program is to verify compliance to its specifications and verify compatibility in Intel reference systems with Intel chipsets. SMART's line-up of PC3200 modules includes unbuffered DIMMs and SO-DIMMs up to 1GB supporting both ECC and non-ECC configurations. With a peak module data transfer rate of 3.2GB/sec and a 200MHz clock speed, these modules are ideal for high-performance desktops, entry workstations, and networking applications.

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Diligent Announces Virtual Tape Facility Open Systems Software

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Adaptec Reports Annual Revenue Dipped 3%

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CENATEK Announces Availability of RAMDisk XP

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ADIC's SNMS Tapped for Key Role in Intelligence Information Program

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Nibble:- Coming of Age for Solid State Disks

Although 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.

Next month, 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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Designing and qualifying high-speed memory modules has become a significant challenge for many engineers. With memory technologies and I/O speeds running at data rates over 400MHz, electrical specification tolerances have become much tighter. SMART's PC3200 DDR DIMMs are compliant on Intel platforms for support of 865/875 chipsets that include meeting the Intel Specification Addendum items such as 2.6V +/- 0.10V input voltage, 1.25V to 1.35V reference voltage, and CAS Latency 2.5. SMART's PC3200 modules are 100% factory ATE-tested to these addendum specifications. ...SMART Modular Technologies profile news image SMART Modular Tech

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – April 23, 2003 – The TOLIS Group, Inc. today announces the availability of BRU CLI (Command Line Interface) data protection software for Mac OS X systems. BRU CLI fulfills the need for easy-to-administer, reliable headless backup on Apple's Xserve platform. BRU CLI includes TOLIS' tapectl™ and libctl™ tools that provide control support for tape drives and libraries under Mac OS X.

"Apple's Xserve platform supports corporate computing, and BRU solutions combined with Exabyte's automation and tape technology provide the perfect tool to protect critical data in the corporate environment," said Tim Jones, president of TOLIS Group. "We're particularly excited because we're seeing sustainable BRU CLI throughput performance in excess of 66.5 MBPS coming off Apple's Xserve RAID storage platforms with combined dual-drive throughput to the Exabyte 221L native Fibre Channel library of over 40 MBPS. In this configuration, the solution will back up 108 GB/hr."

BRU CLI provides headless Xserve backup and restore processes remotely via ssh or telnet access and through scheduled scripted operation for fully automated lights-out backup. Users of Apple systems with available monitors and keyboards running on Mac OS X 10.2 and newer can administer BRU CLI locally. All BRU CLI users will benefit from the unsurpassed reliability and data recoverability that BRU technology delivers.

BRU CLI protects the data on the Xserve internal ATA hard drives, externally attached SCSI drives and arrays, and the Fibre-Channel connected Xserve RAID storage subsystem. Implemented on Xserve, BRU CLI supports SCSI, Fibre- Channel, Firewire and USB tape drives. SCSI and Fibre-Channel libraries are supported as well. Additionally, BRU CLI will also write to removable media, disk farms, and even devices like the USB ThumbDrive/PenDrive.

BRU CLI's small footprint allows multiple processes to easily drive multiple tape drives simultaneously with a minimal increase in system load. BRU CLI properly backs-up and restores all file elements including data fork, resource fork, finder info, and UNIX permission attributes. Remote filesystems can be easily mounted and backed-up. BRU CLI is priced at $329 and is available immediately. ...TOLIS profile

Redmond, Washington- April 22, 2003 - ADIC announced today a new model in its FastStor® line of affordable backup systems designed to give small business, workgroup, and remote office locations a week or more of unattended high-performance data protection. The new FastStor 2, with SDLT drive technology, combines high performance and capacity, and it features backward compatibility with the large installed base of existing DLT backup systems. FastStor 2 supplies Super-drive performance and capacity in a compact form factor that mounts in 2U of standard 19-inch rack systems. Its SDLT drive delivers write performance of 32 MB/second (115 GB/hour) to ensure backups are completed during available backup windows. Its 8 SDLT cartridges each store a native 160 GB of data. FastStor 2 autoloaders feature a user-friendly operator interface for easy setup, and they are backed by a three-year FastExchange™ warranty. FastStor 2 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $7774 and is available immediately . ...ADIC profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 22, 2003 - Promise Technology, Inc. today introduced the UltraTrak RM15000 ATA RAID storage subsystem, a new high-capacity addition to the UltraTrak family of server-class storage solutions. With support for up to fifteen off-the-shelf Ultra ATA drives, the UltraTrak RM15000 packs massive capacity of over 3TB for server-class RAID or JBOD storage, offering business professionals, MIS administrators, and corporate IT users the highest drive density 3U rackmount solution available.

"With widespread market acceptance of ATA drives in the server-class storage environment, ATA-based solutions like the UltraTrak RM15000 are gaining popularity as a cost-effective solution to the demand for capacity," said Sam Sirisena, vice president of sales and marketing worldwide, Promise Technology, Inc. "By extending the ATA RAID concept through solutions like the RM15000, Promise Technology demonstrates leadership and its ongoing commitment to the transformation of storage technology."

The system's 15 independent Ultra ATA channels provide as much as 3.75TB of storage with currently available 250GB ATA drives. The industry-standard Ultra160 LVD host interface offers convenient subsystem connectivity. Multiple UltraTrak systems can also be daisy chained for even greater capacity. UltraTrak subsystems support server-class RAID features such as hot-swap and hot-spare features, online capacity expansion, redundant key components, and support for RAID levels up to RAID 50. UltraTrak RM15000 lists for $4999 (MSRP) will is available now. ...Promise Technology profile

San Diego, CA - April 22, 2003 - Okapi Software, Inc. has announced that Synegi will distribute its recently introduced direct D2D2T ipXcelerator. Okapi's ipXcelerator provides 1.6TB of storage using eight 200GB SATA drives. Achieving sustained data transfer rates of 300GB/hour, or 90-100MB/second, while performing simultaneous, multi-server backup over a single GbE connection, the ipXcelerator reduces backup times from 50-95%, provides near-instantaneous restores, and uses patent-pending technology for "secondary backup" to tape. The 90-100MB/sec speed can be balanced between the appliance's two GbE ports.

Synegi, along with Okapi, Overland Storage, NSI Software and CommVault, is also sponsoring a one-day iSCSI-ipSeminar at its Irvine headquarters on May 22. Keying off the recent approval of the iSCSI standard, the event is titled iSCSI IN THE BIG ORANGE and has already booked more than a dozen Orange County IT managers and CIOs. Synegi expects to attract more than 50 storage-savvy executives to the one-day event.

Billed as "the debut of iSCSI in Orange County," the ipSeminar will feature a live demonstration of the ipXcelerator direct D2D2T backup system, including Overland's NEO Series® tape library, CommVault's Galaxy™ backup and recovery software, and NSI DoubleTake replication software. All companies will have technical representatives onsite to present their role in the backup process. Among the speakers will be Okapi's founder and CEO, John Matze, co-author of the now-approved iSCSI standard. ...Okapi Software profile, ...Synegi profile

TAIPEI, Taiwan - April 22, 2003 - Seagate Technology today announced that leading PC manufacturer Acer has selected Seagate's Barracuda 5400.1 disc drives for its office computers and entry-level PCs. Barracuda 5400.1 disc drives are designed for applications that require low cost, low acoustics and the highest reliability. The drive utilizes Seagate's industry-leading data density technology to provide the popular 40-Gbyte capacity using a cost-effective one-head design. ...Seagate Technology profile

Santa Barbara, California - April 22, 2003 - next month Peripheral Concepts will publish a market report titled "Backup and Archiving - A User's Perspective". A population of over 1,000 IT sites totaling 320 petabytes of disk storage and 1,050 petabytes of nearline tape storage, was surveyed and questioned on their backup and archiving practices and plans and the resulting report provides statistics on practices, ranks issues and needs, indicates satisfaction ratings, and analyzes trends and plans.

The survey reveals that secondary disk is playing an increasingly important role in backing up corporate data. 60% of the population is using disk backup, typically for less than 20% of their data. But, tape remains by far the most popular medium. Snapshot and Virtual Tape, mostly used today in large sites, are poised for a very important growth in mid-size IT operations.

Reliability and performance are cited at the top of the backup product selection criteria, followed by cost, scalability and ease-of-use. When it comes to problems they encounter in backup, reliability and data integrity are again very high, followed by impact of the backup operation on the application and network performance. Archiving is treated as a separate application from backup by half of the population, with another 21% planning to set it up as a separate application within the next two years. Recent regulations are putting pressure on the need to store historical information. One third of the population claims over 50% of their archived data as "reference data".

HSM has only penetrated 13% of the population today, but its utilization will double within the next two years. Content-addressed storage is deemed very important by 40% of the population Nine industries were primarily targeted: Finance/banking, health, manufacturing, retail distribution, government, education, consulting, transportation and telecommunications. The survey reveals interesting peculiarities in each industry practices and requirements. The analysis of this extensive survey which covers over 100 questions. The report costs $4,950. summary & order form, ...Peripheral Concepts profile

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