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Calif., and WALLINGFORD, Conn - February 6, 2003 - HP and InSiteOne,
Inc., have signed a five-year technology and services agreement to deliver a
medical imaging and archiving solution to the global healthcare industry.
The contract is valued at approximately $55 million. The solution is a
cost-effective, fee-for-usage service for short-term onsite and long-term
offsite archiving with real-time access to medical images, such as MRIs, CT
scans, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound. The solution comprises InSiteOne's
InDex application software on industry-standard HP ProLiant servers
running Red Hat Linux software, HP StorageWorks storage area networks and HP
CarePAQs, options to enhance the standard warranty. HP Services provides
installation and support services.
"The technologies of HP and InSiteOne that are brought together through this agreement provide healthcare organizations with improved access, portability and security for their medical images," said Ken Jarvis, director, healthcare solutions, HP Enterprise Systems Group. "Treatment advantages such as these enhance the healthcare environment for both the patient and the practitioner and, consequently, the chances for a positive outcome."
"In healthcare, the ability to review medical images on demand is a critical component of patient care," said David S. Cook, president and chief executive officer, InSiteOne. "As a result of our work with HP, our customers benefit from innovative technology and expert service and support. This results in significant savings of time and money while realizing exceptional performance and security by outsourcing image archiving and retrieval with online and near-line storage and viewing."
Two customers that have deployed InSiteOne's InDex application on HP technology and services platform are the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and the Yavapai Installation in Prescott, Ariz. Overall, there are more than 60 contracts and nearly 200 sites that are currently deploying an InSiteOne application on an HP technology and services platform. ...HP profile, ...InSiteOne profile
MILPITAS, Calif. - February 6, 2003 - LSI Logic announced today that Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, is a new customer for LSI Logic Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBA). The quad-channel ITI7004G2-LC HBA will enable operation of the NCR6840 Quad Modular Fibre Channel Disk Array, which is a key component in large parallel processing systems that have been designed by Teradata for active data warehousing. The design win for LSI Logic reinforces the company's leadership position in the highly price-competitive, 2Gbit PCI-to-Fibre Channel market segment.
The LSI Logic ITI7004G2-LC Fibre Channel HBA features four independent 2Gbit (400 MBps, full duplex) Fibre Channel ports for maximum connectivity. The 4-channel card saves valuable PCI slots and offers lower latency and system cost than alternatives that require switches.
"In clustered environments with intensive I/O demands, our 2 Gbit Fibre Channel boards provide excellent performance, proven reliability and industry-leading distance-to-interconnect technology," said Bob Anderson, director for the LSI Logic HBA Division. ...LSI Logic profile
SINGAPORE - February 6, 2003 - Organizations across Asia/Pacific are focusing more heavily on their storage resources, as was evident in the first half of 2002 when the Asia/Pacific external storage market totaled $549 million, according to Dataquest Inc.
"E-mail, video, digital imaging and audio information are contributing to a massive explosion in storage capacity," said Matthew Boon, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's Asia/Pacific Computing Platforms group. "The demand from emerging data-heavy content technologies is being felt not just in the mature markets of the region, but from emerging markets, such as China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia."
South Korea ranked No. 1 in external storage revenue in Asia/Pacific with $147 million. South Korea recorded higher external storage revenue than China, despite China being No. 1 in terms of server revenue.
"While China today has not attained the No. 1 status when it comes to external storage, compared to the server market, we do expect China to eventually account for a larger slice of the storage pie in Asia/Pacific than South Korea," said Boon.
Organizations in Australia have embraced storage networking (SAN and NAS) to a much greater degree than organizations in China, making Australia the third largest user of external storage in Asia/Pacific. ...GartnerGroup profile
Editor's notes:- while many US based manufacturers mistakenly cut back on advertising during 2002, we saw aggressive expansion moves from Asian based NAS manufacturers targeted at the European and US markets. Fueled by strong home markets in Asia, many of these "new" NAS players may knock out some familiar names in the market share rankings in coming years.
SAN JOSE, CA - February 5, 2003 - BlueArc Corporation announced today a record number of new customers in the most recent quarter, ending December 31, 2002. These customer wins represent the company's further penetration into the broadcasting, US federal government and higher education markets. The acquisition of several new strategic accounts, combined with substantial follow-on business from existing customers, led BlueArc to expand business by more than three times that in fourth quarter 2001.
Rapid adoption of our SiliconServers is additional proof that customers realize the benefits of BlueArc's accelerated network architecture over traditional software-based NAS providers," said Gianluca Rattazzi, BlueArc Chairman and CEO. "We've broadened our customer base in the broadcasting, education and federal sectors, launched key partner and service initiatives and expanded our product line to support the growing demand from our enterprise customers with solutions that provide a fast return on customers' investments." ...BlueArc profile
Editor:- February 5, 2003 - as part of the shakeout and maturing of the storage market, we're now seeing storage companies closing their doors at the rate of about one a day. That's faster than the rate of new companies entering the market, and is part of a long overdue shake up in the industry. Not all the companies which disappear generate (or rate) a news story, but they do all finally make it into our acquired and ceased companies directory. If you're looking for a company, because they were a supplier or partner, and now can't see their web site then clicking on their profile will tell you who acquired them and any other useful information which we have. There are hundreds of companies listed and we update all these pages daily.
While this kind of shake out can be distressing for individuals who are employees, creditors or shareholders in ceased companies, the companies which remain in business will benefit eventually from more realistic pricing, and users will benefit from a more stable market. But I think we've still got another 6 months when this is going to get worse, before it gets better. We remove companies from our active directories every day, and eventually get round them all, so you don't need to tell us about any particular company disappearing. On a more positive note, sometimes these companies reappear with new management and new financing. In that case see the Press Release FAQ's page and let everyone know about it.
Sunnyvale, California - February 5, 2003 - Marvell® today announced the world's first and only integrated IP Security (IPSec) gateway router solution. The Marvell Link Street 88E6318 device provides the highest level of security protection and complete office networking functionality in a single chip by combining high-speed routing engine, an advanced switch core and hardware acceleration for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). The Link Street solution runs on a variety of leading embedded operating systems including the powerful Windows CE .NET platform. Both the Link Street 88E6318 gateway router and evaluation boards will be sampling this quarter. Marvell provides a hardware and software development kit, which includes complete board support packages, APIs, device drivers, and software debug tools for the gateway router to run under a variety of leading embedded operating systems. ...Marvell profile
Austin, Texas - February 5, 2003 - Cicada Semiconductor Corporation announced today that Eric Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Smith has been charged with leading the company's expansion in all aspects of product and test engineering and quality, strengthening the company's world class order fulfillment capability, and directing strategic relationships with its key suppliers and subcontractors.
Mr. Smith has over 18 years of technical management experience in the areas of systems design, product/test engineering and operations. Most recently Mr. Smith was Founder and President of Scientific Operating Systems, a developer of wireless sensors and networks. Before founding SOS, Mr. Smith spent 10 years at Benchmarq Microelectronics where he held various leadership positions, including Director of Operations. His other prior experience includes various senior technical and management positions at Dallas Semiconductor and Mostek Corporation. ...Cicada Semiconductor profile
Mountain View, CA - February 4, 2003 - LEGATO Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGTO) today announced financial results for its 2002 fourth quarter and fiscal year end. For the year ended December 31, 2002, the Company reported revenue of $261.9 million as compared to revenue of $242.6 million in 2001. Net loss was $228.8 million, or $2.16 per share, in 2002 as compared to a net loss of $81.5 million, or $0.92 per share, in 2001.
"We exceeded our financial objectives during the fourth quarter," said David B. Wright, Chairman and CEO, LEGATO Systems. "During 2002 we expanded our solution set to address the growing need for scalable, cross platform solutions to enhance business continuity and operational efficiency. We also increased our focus on applications, such as email. The worldwide daily volume of over 20 billion person-to-person emails sent in 2002, combined with increased government and corporate scrutiny on the content of these messages has resulted in a major challenge for our customers. Today our email solutions are addressing these expanding compliance, archiving and protection requirements in a cost effective manner."
"Our current expectation is to deliver approximately 20% annual revenue growth during 2003, in spite of the ongoing IT budgetary constraints." said Andy Brown, LEGATO Systems CFO. ...Legato Systems profile
Editor's comments:- Legato did well to grow revenue at all, at a time when many new software companies are growing their business in the enterprise backup market at a much faster rate than this. I think what we're seeing now in the storage software market is a land-grab, reminiscent of the dotcom boom days, in which revenue growth is rated as a higher priority than profit.
Where does that leave users when half these companies go bust? - As they surely will if they continue these strategies. Holding a bunch of expensively acquired CDs with a pretty logo and no support prospects - is the answer. Users will need contingency plans to switch and convert legacy archives, because there are no safe bets in today's market. Remember that size is no longer a guarantee of survival. ENRON was big. So were the dinosaurs... It doesn't get any easier managing your critical data when you've got to factor in this type of risk management.
Tustin, Calif. - February 4, 2003 - MTI Technology Corp. and Quantum Corp. have teamed to offer an integrated backup/recovery solution incorporating the Quantum DX30, a new high-capacity disk-based enhanced backup system that emulates a tape library. For this latest collaboration with Quantum, MTI has packaged a value-added turnkey solution called DataSentry VTL (virtual tape library) that includes professional services, software integration, installation and maintenance.
MTI's DataSentry VTL protects investments in backup procedures and equipment, enabling an enterprise to continue traditional tape operations for off-site storage and long-term archiving using its existing tape libraries. Together, MTI's management processor and Quantum's DX30 provide the full-service backup platform that customers demand. The Quantum DX30 reduces the backup window dramatically when compared to tape technology, with up to 10 times the performance of automation products. The Quantum DX30's performance allows the unit to initiate file restores within seconds and recover a 280-gigabyte application server in less than an hour.
Through March 31, MTI is offering qualified customers three-year financing options including limited 0% programs for up to 12 months with low, fixed monthly payments covering all equipment, licensing, installation and maintenance costs. ...MTI Technology profile, ...Quantum profile
London, UK - February 4, 2003 - Snap Appliance, Inc. today announced it has increased the storage capacity of its enterprise-class Snap Server 14000 by 50%. The Snap Server 14000 now provides a whopping 2.16 terabytes of raw capacity at a new, aggressive price giving Snap Appliance a high-availability enterprise offering for less than a penny per megabyte.
"Businesses appreciate this kind of value and Snap's move should further strengthen the company's volume leadership position in the NAS marketplace," said Dan Tanner, Director of Storage Research at Boston-based Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and positioning services firm. "The Snap Server 14000 has always allowed you to boost network capacity without adding management complexity. Now it lets you do it much cheaper, at a time when storage needs are growing and budgets are tightening."
The Snap Server 14000 NAS appliance is easy to use, set up and administer. Configured in a 3U rack mount, it provides high data availability via RAID 5, hot-swappable disk drives, and a dual Gigabit Ethernet network interface with fail over capability. Key features include cross-platform file sharing, seamless integration with popular management tools, extensive backup software support, hardware redundancy, and advanced capabilities such as data replication and aggregation. ...Snap Appliance profile
SANTA ANA, Calif. - February 4, 2003 - SimpleTech, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2002. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2002 were $45.8 million, an increase of 25% from $36.5 million for the third quarter of 2002 and an increase of 29% from $35.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2001. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2002 was $153,000 including approximately $600,000 of tax credits. This is an improvement from a net loss for the third quarter of 2002 of $1.1 million.
The company attributed part of this revenue growth to a 58% increase in flash memory revenue, but Manouch Moshayedi, CEO of SimpleTech warned about price softening.
"Based on softening seasonal demand and the erosion of DRAM and Flash pricing during the latter part of fiscal year 2002 and the first part of Q1 2003 we expect our revenues to decline to a range of $38 million and $42 million for the first quarter of 2003." ...SimpleTech profile
Poole, UK - February 4, 2003 - BakBone Software announced today that it has entered into a business partner agreement with leading Linux solutions vendor,Trustix AS. Headquartered in Norway, Trustix AS has chosen to add BakBone's NetVault software to its product portfolio and offer it as a backup solution for the Linux platform as an option to the Trustix LAN and Mail servers, through a network of value added distributors and resellers in EMEA, Asia and the Americas.
"The BakBone NetVault product offering fits nicely with the Trustix LAN and Mail server products, and BakBones focus on ease of use and lower TCO is a very good fit with the Trustix value propositions", says Trustix Vice President Product Marketing, Jo Uthus.
"By partnering with Trustix, BakBone proves once again that its offering to the Linux community is as strong as ever. Trustix's knowledge of the Linux platform is second-to-none," said Andrew Unsworth, Managing Director EMEA, BakBone Software. "We are delighted that they have chosen to distribute our high-performance NetVault backup and restore software as part of their Linux-based solutions." ...BakBone Software profile, ...Trustix
See also:- Security
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - February 4, 2003 - XIOtech Corporation today announced the availability of its new SANbuilder for Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) Series of complete storage solutions. The SANbuilder for PACS Series helps healthcare organizations improve patient care with fast, uninterrupted, secure access to data inside of HIPAA requirements. XIOtech's network storage solutions improve patient care with fast access to patient information, regardless of modality, while protecting privacy. As a complete solution, the SANbuilder for PACS Series enables institutions to quickly comply with government regulations with reduced risk and liabilities. This solution also provides a lower total cost of ownership by helping organizations eliminate dependency on expensive vendor services, remove the need to add staff to manage storage, and decrease exposure to risk by consolidating information.
The SANbuilder for PACS Series includes five configurations, ranging from 2.5TB to 27.5TB. Each package includes XIOtech's MAGNITUDE storage platform plus a storage assessment and design review, an implementation guide, installation, and performance tuning. The SANbuilder for PACS Series is based on XIOtech's expertise in the healthcare industry including certification with A.L.I., Epic Systems, and Eclipsys PACS products. ...Xiotech profile
Sunnyvale, CA and Nagoya, Japan - February 3, 2003 - Network Appliance, Inc. and Fujitsu Prime Software Technologies Limited announced today that the companies have signed a wide-ranging technical collaboration agreement focused on Direct Access File System (DAFS) technology. DAFS is a high-performance file access technology designed for next-generation clustered server environments. As part of the agreement, NetApp will develop its user-space DAFS client implementation for Solaris and Linux® application server platforms, and license it to Fujitsu Prime Software Technologies. At the same time Fujitsu Prime Software Technologies will develop its kernel-resident DAFS file system implementation for Linux, and license it to NetApp. Together, these client solutions will bring the advantages of DAFS to a broad range of enterprise applications - making standard server clustering relevant to a wide variety of customer environments. In addition, the companies have agreed to collaborate on the proliferation of DAFS client software and interoperable DAFS storage solutions. ...Fujitsu Softek profile, ...Network Appliance profile
San Ramon, CA - February 3, 2003 - Pegasus announced today that it has appointed Vanguard Systems as a new reseller in the US. The agreement will expand the potential market for Pegasus' InveStore archive management software and will enhance the archiving solution Vanguard System currently provides.
Vanguard Systems offers a full range of storage management technologies and solutions from well-established manufacturers. The company's primary install base is comprised of customers who implement digital imaging and archiving solutions into vertical markets such as medial imaging, video archive and other content management markets. Vanguard Systems is constantly looking to provide more comprehensive solutions for its partners by embracing leading storage offerings. As the need to manage and archive large amounts of data continues to increase, Vanguard Systems made the decision to partner with Pegasus to further enhance its offerings in order to provide its customers with a complete archiving solutions encompassing hardware and software.
"We wanted to partner with a corporation that shares in our overall dedication to excellence in providing data storage solutions to our customers," said Bill Wilson, Vice President of marketing. "We were very impressed with the ease of the integration process over our previous solution, and I'm confident that Vanguard Systems will take our customers to the next level of storage expertise with the help if Pegasus Disk Technologies, Inc."
Roy Slicker, President and CEO of Pegasus states, "Vanguard Systems is considered to be a leading and well respected reseller of content management products and services and we are very pleased to be working with their organization. Vanguard Systems has strong presence selling storage solutions in the Windows market place, and this compliments Pegasus' product line, which is available for Windows NT, 2000, and XP. The partnership between the two companies will enhance the presents of Pegasus and increase the market opportunities for InveStore." ...Pegasus Disk Technologies profile, ...Vanguard Systems profile
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - February 3, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today announced that QLogic technology is being used in HP's highly integrated Fibre architecture, helping enable robust heterogeneous SAN support on HP ProLiant BL p-Class blade servers. The advanced architecture features "Fibre Down," the integration of single-chip Fibre Channel host bus adapters onto blade servers. Designed to enable the deployment of blade server farms in data centers, this innovative technology dramatically increases the storage expansion capabilities of blade servers by providing very reliable, high bandwidth, long distance connectivity to Fibre Channel SANs.
"Early blade servers supported edge-of-the-network applications such as Web serving, media streaming, load balancing, caching, and firewall protection," said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. "Now with powerful processors and connectivity to Fibre Channel SANs, new HP ProLiant BL p-Class blade servers are equipped to support core business applications in the data center."
"As the clear industry leader in the blade server market and SANs, HP is proud of this latest innovation with QLogic to bring SAN connectivity to our HP ProLiant blade server family," said James Mouton, vice president, Platforms, HP Industry Standard Servers. "HP's modular blade architecture offers customers the ability to integrate Fibre for an extremely cost-effective, elegant solution to the ongoing storage challenge they face. Now, HP ProLiant blade servers can easily access hundreds of terabytes of critical data on the SAN." ...QLogic profile
New York- February 3, 2003 - Delivering the most significant advancement for high-end storage customers in more than a decade, EMC Corporation today introduced the Symmetrix® DMX series of information storage systems.
The Symmetrix DMX series is based on the revolutionary new, patented Direct Matrix Architecture, setting a new trajectory for scalability, performance, availability, functionality and affordability, and serving as the foundation architecture for the future of high-end storage innovation. The new series builds on the unprecedented popularity of Symmetrix, the world's most widely installed high-end storage systems. The Symmetrix DMX Series is available in three models:
ARMONK, NY - February 3, 2003 - IBM today announced the delivery of the first industry standard interface for the IBM Enterprise Storage Server (codenamed "Shark") based on "Bluefin," a specification designed to help customers more easily manage storage systems in a multi-vendor storage network. IBM is also expanding storage support for mainframe customers running the open Linux platform, one of the fastest growing customer segments.
"Today we are demonstrating our ability to deliver truly open storage technologies," said Brian Truskowski, general manager of Storage Software for IBM's Systems Group. "This is only the beginning of a series of product announcements that re-affirm IBM's leadership in helping to solve one of our customers' leading problems - the issue of interoperating in today's increasingly heterogeneous environment." ...IBM profile
Editor's comments:- if you think this sounds a bit fishy - see Megabyte's storage Glossary
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