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PITTSBURGH, PA - January 21, 2003 - Spinnaker Networks today announced the immediate availability of SpinStor™ storage arrays based on 146 gigabyte disk drive technology. With this new drive technology the SpinServer™ 3300 breaks the 2 cents/megabyte barrier. The SpinStor RAID and SpinStor JBOD storage arrays now provide more than 2 terabytes of storage capacity in only 3U of rack space to meet the demand for ultra-dense storage systems.

"Spinnaker is the only supplier able to offer enterprise class NAS for under two cents per megabyte," said Jeff Hornung, Spinnaker Networks' Vice President of Marketing. "SpinStor delivers true enterprise class features such as NFS and CIFS, Scalable Clustering, Non-disruptive File and File System Movement, Snapshots, High Availability Failover and Mirroring, along with the ability to scale single file system sizes to hundreds of terabytes and single file sizes to 22 terabytes." ...Spinnaker Networks profile

Editor's comment:- Forseeing that the cost per megabyte would one day drop so low, our own intrepid Megabyte moved into the publishing business where he's more highly valued. He's a big cheese around the web site.

Seriously though - here's a request for all you marketers out there. How about quoting a "cost per gigabyte" in future? This is a much more useful unit of storage... and money. Instead of saying "2¢ / megabyte" - we'd say "$20 / gigabyte." Anyway that's my two bits worth.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - January 21, 2003 - Western Digital announced that it is shipping its next-generation 80 GB-per-platter technology, which yields PC hard drives that can store up to 250 GB. This new hard drive technology adds 25% capacity to Western Digital's popular WD Caviar 200 GB hard drive, which was based on 67 GB-per-platter technology. By leveraging its 80 GB-per-platter technology to 83 GB-per-platter and using three platters, Western Digital is able to achieve 250 GB capacity. Shipment of the multi-platter hard drives, including the flagship WD Caviar 250 GB, is anticipated next month. ...Western Digital profile

BOULDER, Colo -January 21, 2003 – Spectra Logic Corporation today announced a reseller agreement with Solarcom, a $350 million technology solutions provider. Solarcom's extensive professional services expertise will enable customers to maximize ROI by fully exploiting the flexible storage networking capabilities of Spectra Logic libraries. Solarcom was particularly impressed with SLS (Shared Library Services™), Spectra Logic's library partitioning feature for backup consolidation. SLS allows customers to deploy a single library's resources across a diverse, changing enterprise. By creating up to 16 virtual libraries, storage administrators supply backup offerings for heterogeneous platforms, software applications, tape drives, media and interface technologies, all in the same physical library.

"The decision to resell Spectra Logic libraries was an easy one because Spectra Logic fits our business model," said Ferrol Macon, storage director for Solarcom. "Like Solarcom, Spectra Logic focuses on simplifying and improving storage management for users. We are planning to resell Spectra Logic's entire line of tape libraries to round out and complete our current storage offerings." ...Solarcom profile, ...Spectra Logic profile

PRINCETON, NJ - January 21, 2003 - Princeton Softech today announced the general availability of Archive for Servers PeopleSoft Edition, the first in a series of fully-integrated, out-of-the-box Active Archive Solutions for PeopleSoft applications. Archive for Servers PeopleSoft Edition delivers a fully integrated solution for distributed operating systems and the leading relational database management systems (Oracle, DB2, DB2 UDB, SQL Server, Sybase, and Informix). It also allows companies to manage archive processes through familiar PeopleSoft panels/pages and enables access to archived data within the PeopleSoft environment. Companies can remove rarely-accessed data from production databases, and provide easy access to archived data, while maintaining the data's referential integrity with 100% accuracy. This release provides out-of-the-box archive "templates" for PeopleSoft Financial Management Solutions, including Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, General Ledger and Billing modules. The pre-defined archive business object "templates" enable a company to begin active archiving data quickly.

Supermarket retailer Giant Eagle quickly recognized the benefits of active archiving and purchased Archive for Servers PeopleSoft Edition. PeopleSoft Financials has been a vital part in company operations since 1999. Giant Eagle is ranked 22nd on Forbes magazine's largest private corporations list with $4.4 billion in annual sales; 32,000 employees; and 213 stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

"Giant Eagle has grown tremendously via acquisitions and construction of new stores, resulting in a rapid increase in data volume in our PeopleSoft Financials databases," said Giant Eagle's Senior Vice President of Information Services, Bob Garrity. "We archive to reduce data volume, improve performance and reduce the costs associated with acquiring more disk capacity. Princeton Softech provided the most cost-effective way to ensure that we meet service levels for our mission-critical financial applications and preserve fast and easy access to important historical financial data."

"With the size of database stores growing into the terabyte range, and with petabyte-size stores not all that far away," said Carolyn DiCenzo, chief analyst, Gartner, Inc., "companies will look to active archiving to better manage the cost and performance of mission-critical applications, such as ERP, that depend on databases."

Beacon Application Services, a Princeton Softech Active Alliance Partner and a leading PeopleSoft Certified Consulting Partner, provided their PeopleSoft implementation and upgrade experience enabling Princeton Softech to fully integrate its industry-leading Active Archive Solutions with PeopleSoft applications. Pricing for Archive for Servers PeopleSoft Edition begins at $50,000 for the Windows/NT, Windows 2000 versions and $100,000 for the Unix version. ...Beacon Application Services, ...Princeton Softech profile

San Diego, Calif. - January 21, 2003 - EMC Corporation and Oracle Corporation today unveiled the first certified joint best practice for quickly creating non-disruptive copies of Oracle 11i Application environments. Through a combination of EMC software and new Oracle utilities, customers can create a "clone" of their application for testing, upgrades, business continuity planning, backup and recovery, data warehouse loading, or hardware migrations.

As companies increasingly use a single, integrated enterprise application to run their entire business, the ability to create an exact duplicate of their business information, while the original remains online, becomes a key requirement. Through collaborative engineering and testing within Oracle's development labs, EMC and Oracle have overcome many of the labor and business disruption challenges of creating clones by using EMC TimeFinder software and the Oracle Automatic System Configuration utility, AutoConfig, which simplifies configuring the application environment.

"We've successfully automated a tedious, error-prone process for customers," said Don Swatik, EMC's vice president, Global Solutions Group. "As customers look to leverage a single view of all of their information and reduce costs, automation is key. This is the foundation for our AutoIS strategy. By working closely with Oracle, we're combining their utilities with unique EMC software capabilities to automate the application cloning process, which allows a customer's application to do more for its business." ...EMC profile, ...Oracle profile

Banbury, UK - January 21, 2003 - Transtec will be presenting the UK leg of its Technology Talk 2003 roadshow with a panel of industry experts on Tuesday 25th February at London Heathrow. During the event IT specialists from various industry leaders such as Microsoft, Intel, Seagate, MGE and Cisco will discuss current trends, analyses, strategies and solutions in the IT industry. Solutions in the fields of storage, IT security and supercomputing will also be explored as part of the programme. The technology forum will run in conjunction with an exhibition of products from manufacturers such as Overland Storage, Dakota Computer, Sony, Gadzoox Networks, Adaptec and of course Transtec itself. Other locations in this roadshow series include:- Paris, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, Vienna, Stuttgart and Zurich . ...Technology Talk 2003, ...Transtec profile

Server I/O Conference, Monterey, Calif. - January 20, 2003 - Computer Access Technology Corporation ("CATC") today announced the CATC FCTracer, delivering sophisticated triggering, high-level decoding and expert analysis for Fibre Channel networks and devices. FCTracer is CATC's newest addition to its portfolio of test and measurement tools for today's storage area protocols. FCTracer will enable storage equipment developers and engineers to quickly and independently monitor and analyze multiple channels of traffic resulting in faster verification and problem resolution.

With FCTracer, the user can independently trigger and record up to 8, 1 or 2 Mbps FC ports, each at a different transfer rate. Developers are able to quickly locate and identify intermittent problems, specific errors and data patterns with up to 2 parallel event sequencers containing 256 states; each with an independent trigger and filter criteria. FCTracer simplifies the interpretation and debug of the Fibre Channel protocol by providing extensive upper-level protocol decoding and easy access to packet level detail. Throughput problems and anomalies can be easily identified with detailed real-time performance monitoring and statistics. ...CATC profile

Irvine, CA - January 20, 2003 - StoreAge Networking Technologies today announced that it has been awarded Certified Partner status by Microsoft Corporation. By participating in the Microsoft Certified Partner Program, StoreAge will be provided enhanced resources in developing and deploying SAN storage management solutions that centralize and simplify the provisioning, performance optimization and protection of storage in Windows-based environments. Membership in the Microsoft Certified Partner Program provides StoreAge with early access to the latest Microsoft technologies, helping ensure the seamless integration of StoreAge solutions with Windows systems in SAN environments. In conjunction with the Certified Partner designation, StoreAge 's SVM™ (Storage Virtualization Manager) has also been verified compatible with Windows 2000 environments by an independent testing organization. ...StoreAge Networking Technologies profile

San Jose, Calif. - January 20, 2003 - Alacritech, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship with FalconStor Software, Inc. FalconStor has certified Alacritech's new TCP/IP accelerated drivers for Linux as fully interoperable with its leading IPStor® software, and together, the companies will provide NAS customers with Alacritech's 1000x1 Gigabit Ethernet Accelerator and IPStor for a high-performance storage management architecture with high availability and reliability in business-critical environments.

"FalconStor and Alacritech share the vision of providing continuous uptime and reliability for customer networks," said ReiJane Huai, CEO, FalconStor, Inc. "The Alacritech accelerator provides an ideal, single, universal interface for customers deploying IPStor for NAS or a storage area network. The combined solution provides our mutual customers with considerably greater performance and value in both NAS and SAN environments."

Alacritech TCP/IP accelerators are well known as the highest-performing TCP offload and acceleration technology in the industry and are the only cards capable of moving both file- and block-level traffic. The company's new Release 3 Linux drivers provide acceleration, link aggregation and failover for leading throughput and scalability in NAS and IP storage environments. ...Alacritech profile, ...FalconStor Software profile

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 20, 2003 - Oak Technology, Inc. today announced that its OTI-4110 system-on-a-chip solution has earned USB Implementers Forum certification, thus positioning Oak to pursue a market lead in USB 2.0 deployment. The OTI-4110 is a programmable system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution based on Oak's Quatro architecture for imaging and printing appliances including, multi-function peripherals (MFPs), direct-connect photo printers and Internet appliance printers. The OTI-4110 is one of the industry's first SOCs to incorporate a complete USB 2.0 device interface to provide both high-speed (480 Mbps) and full-speed (12 Mbps) transfer rates. ...Oak Technology profile

Munich, Germany – January 20, 2003 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced results for its first quarter in fiscal year 2003, ended December 31, 2002. The company had revenues of Euro 1.52 billion, an increase of 10% sequentially and 47% year-on-year. The revenue increase was mainly driven by higher demand for memory products and semiconductors used in mobile phones and the continued strong performance of the automotive & industrial segment. The revenue increase also reflects the first time consolidation of a full quarter of revenues of Ericsson Microelectronics, which Infineon acquired in September 2002. Net loss amounted to Euro 40 million compared to a net loss of Euro 506 million in the previous quarter, which included a non-cash charge of Euro 275 million to establish a deferred tax valuation allowance.

The Memory Products group's first quarter revenues were Euro 542 million, a strong increase of 24% sequentially and of 89% over revenues for the first quarter of the last fiscal year, mainly driven by improved demand. Sales also benefited from the access to recently established capacity co-operations, such as Winbond. ...Infineon Technologies profile

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - January 20, 2003 - CNT will begin delivering Tivoli Storage education courses in their office in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. These courses, drawing on CNT's experience with hundreds of TSM implementations, will arm IT professionals with the latest information on data protection and storage management and provide comprehensive instruction and hands-on experience with the installation, configuration, and use of one of the most popular solutions utilized by many of today's top corporations.

These courses will start in February 2003 and will cover implementation of IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Disaster Recovery Manager, and Tivoli Storage Resource Manager. These comprehensive courses are designed for system administrators or programmers, storage administrators, consultants, or members of a disaster recovery team who perform hands-on implementation or administration of the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Disaster Recovery Manager and Storage Resource Manager products. ...CNT profile, ...Tivoli profile

NORCROSS, GA. & MARLBOROUGH, MASS. - January 20, 2003 - LiveVault Corporation and IBIS, Inc. today announced that I.B.I.S., Inc. is the newest member of the LiveVault Partner Program. Through this partnership, IBIS, Inc.'s Microsoft Business Solutions enterprise resource management (ERM) and CRM customers will be able to enjoy automatic server backup and data protection through the LiveVault Online Backup and Recovery Service™. LiveVault provides a fully managed, continuous and reliable service that lets customers automatically back up their server data to an off-site Iron Mountain vault. The data can then be quickly and easily restored in the event of human error, system failure, virus attack or disaster.

"We offer our customers complete Microsoft business solutions. Working with LiveVault adds customer value by ensuring data protection," said Andy Vabulas, president and founder of IBIS, Inc. "The service is automatic˜it's always on˜and is affordable to our customers. Best of all, our customers don't need to worry about all the risks typically associated with tape-based backup. LiveVault eliminates that exposure." ...IBIS, ...LiveVault profile

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA - January 17, 2003 - Datasafe Information Security today unveiled a new service that addresses the growing issue of "what happens to the information on PC hard drives." Datasafe's proprietary "Electronic Extinction" program will securely destroy all information contained on both computers' hard drives as well as on medical instruments.

Both computer hard drives and medical instrument memory programs can be treated through a specialized type of shredding service that has been perfected by Datasafe and which shreds the metal of a hard drive into small aluminum particles that are less than 1" square. This technique is also applicable for cellular phones and is recommended when one phone is "retired" for one with a better calling plan. In the past, upgrading equipment presented the major security problem of what to do with the old hard drives and instruments to prevent "prying eyes" from gaining the information stored there. In particular, the medical community and the high-tech firms have long wrestled with how to securely destroy information on a hard drive.

A popular misconception is that "overwriting" on the program eliminates the original information. However, says Datasafe Information Security CEO Rick Carey, that is simply not true. How can data be totally erased from a system? Although there are software programs designed to erase data, the technological advances also help those who are looking to illegally remove the information. Like locking up the doors and file cabinets in a business or shredding old documents, electronic information must be kept and disposed of securely. A company would never think of leaving boxes of outdated confidential files on the curb for the trash collector to pick up, and this drove the need for them to find a way to purge electronic files from out-of-date hard drives.

Carey explained that his company's proprietary shredding method reduces the metal in a computer's hard drive to the size of a "chicklet" piece of gum. "No one has found a way to get data out of this sized metal," said Carey, adding that it is the only secure method of hard drive destruction available. Datasafe Information Security has also implemented a program that allows for pickup and disposal of computer monitors and boxes, in accordance with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations. ...Datasafe Information Security

Camarillo, CA - January 20, 2003 - To address the demand for high-availability, high-performance, network-accessible, online storage, Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. today announced its family of Serial ATA products and delivered its first three devices to the market.

Vitesse's Serial ATA products offer storage OEMs the cost-saving advantages that have been enjoyed by their counterparts in desktop storage systems without sacrificing functionality, performance or reliability. Users of Vitesse's Serial ATA products will benefit from a host of features such as transparency with legacy Parallel ATA, high-performance data transfer capability (150 MB/s per channel sustained, 1064 MB/s per channel burst), reduced gate count, lower power consumption and smaller board real estate requirements.

Vitesse's Serial ATA family includes: host bus controllers for use in applications ranging from PCs to Servers to Network Attached Storage systems; Serial ATA "Tailgate" devices that provide multiple levels of redundancy in the drive channel that achieve reliability metrics of traditional enterprise class storage; Serial ATA Enclosure Management Controllers for delivery of robust OA&M functions; and Serial ATA Fabric Switches for building very high-density, small-footprint storage facilities. A host bus controller (VSC7174) and two enclosure management controllers (VSC420 and VSC425) are available today. All devices conform to both the Serial ATA 1.0 and Serial ATA II, Phase I (current extensions) specifications with plans to adopt future extensions as they are ratified by the standards committee.

"Serial ATA technology is poised to become a dominant storage technology in systems ranging from the desktop to the enterprise," said Jeremey Donovan, chief analyst with Gartner. "Vendors that provide complete 'server to disk array' solutions will be well positioned for the Serial ATA market." ...Vitesse profile

Boise, Idaho - January 16, 2003 - Micron Technology, Inc. today announced it achieved a ranking of third in the world among companies receiving patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2002.

Micron, a world leader in the manufacture of advanced semiconductor devices, is the only non-consumer electronics company in the top ten. The company moved up a notch from its 2001 ranking of fourth by earning 1,833 patents in 2002, an increase of more than 11.5%. Micron trailed only IBM and Canon Corporation who received 3,288 and 1,893 patents, respectively. Following Micron (in order) were: NEC Corporation, Hitachi, Matsushita, Sony, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Mitsubishi. Micron, IBM, General Electric and Hewlett-Packard are the only US companies in the top ten. This is the third consecutive year Micron has ranked in the top ten.

In a statement, Micron President, CEO and Chairman, Steve Appleton, said, "The semiconductor industry is highly competitive, requiring constant innovation. Micron's 2002 patent achievement is reflective of our technology leadership in the semiconductor industry. We believe developing and capturing new ideas is a direct investment in Micron's future." ...Micron Technology profile

Editor's comments:- most people think of memory as a "commodity" or "me-too" product. When a technology is mature, that's what users want to get the best pricing. Pain free upgrades. This news story, from Micron, looks like it's meant to show that far from just copying stuff done by other companies, Micron is an innovator in the markets it serves. It's therefore worth looking at their memory products etc at the start of new technology cycles.

Nashua, NH - January 16, 2003 - NextCom LLC announces today the availability of a pen size Sun flash drive peripheral which also has an integrated MP3 player. For the first time, Unix professionals with Sun Microsystems™ SunBlade workstations have a pen size peripheral that is hot pluggable with these workstations for removable and portable storage. They can also now plug and play exchange data files with other platforms including Win 2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.x/10.1.2 or above, and any Linux distribution based on the 2.4 kernel. Storage capacities are available in 128MB, 256MB, and 512MB capacities. ...NextCom profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - January 16, 2003 - LSI Logic announced today that the company will use its Fusion-MPT™ (Message Passing Technology) architecture as an integral part of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) product development, assuring customers ease of migration to SAS technology. The proven Fusion-MPT architecture offers a simple upgrade path and a single OS device driver that will now support SAS, Serial ATA, Fibre Channel, and Ultra320 SCSI products. The architecture, using industry-standard ARM® processors, is considered by many to be the fastest, most efficient and versatile architecture implemented in high performance I/O controllers today.

"The Fusion-MPT architecture enables OEMs to invest in a single I/O architecture regardless of physical interface. This saves time and money as customers migrate to new technologies like Serial Attached SCSI," said David Steele, director of product planning and management for the LSI Logic Storage Standard Products division. "SAS is the next step in SCSI interface evolution and can satisfy the enterprise data center requirement of scalability, performance and reliability."

Serial Attached SCSI is being developed to address anticipated I/O and direct attach storage requirements in the future. The interface will provide universal interconnect with Serial ATA, while offering logical SCSI compatibility along with the reliability, performance and manageability of parallel SCSI. This provides users with unprecedented choices for server and storage subsystem deployment. ...LSI Logic profile

See also:- Serial Attached SCSI

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - January 16, 2003 - IDC says the worldwide PC market continued its recovery from 2001 with a surprise fourth-quarter showing from U.S. consumers. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, total worldwide shipments grew by 4.0% to 38.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2002, just less than forecasts of 4.4% growth. In the United States, consumer demand boosted growth to 6.6% despite a challenging year-on-year comparison. U.S. sequential growth of 5.7% was low compared to the historical average of 6.7%, but still beat forecasts of 3.5%. The strength of U.S. consumer demand helped propel Hewlett-Packard back to number 1 in worldwide shipments after trading places with Dell over the previous three quarters. ...IDC profile

San Jose, CA - January 16, 2003 - Accellion, Inc. announced today the availability of ADAMS - the Accellion Distributed Attachment Management System for Notes/Domino based messaging infrastructures. ADAMS is an application that enables a seamless, enterprise-wide solution for transferring, distributing and managing large files via Lotus Notes-email. The new software also delivers powerful utilities for securely managing email attachment lifecycles including; automation, access, transfer, distribution and storage.

As the size of digital media assets and files continue to increase, problems are emerging as global enterprises are trying to maintain their competitive advantage. The need for accelerated collaboration between distributed groups is being hampered by severely taxed messaging infrastructures that are not designed to handle the multitude of information that traverses fixed-bandwidth networks in the form of email attachments.

ADAMS is the first application that effectively solves for these problems. It is integrated into the existing email application environment, but it removes attachments from the constricted flow of fixed-bandwidth networks and intelligently manages the rules by which they are distributed, transferred, replicated and stored. ...Accellion profile

Aliso Viejo, Calif. - January 15, 2003 - QLogic Corporation (Nasdaq:QLGC) announced today its financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2002. Revenues for the third quarter were a record $114.2 million, up 5% sequentially from $108.5 million in the September 2002 quarter on a pro forma basis.

Fibre Channel revenues were up 7% sequentially to a record $80.6 million representing 71% of the Company's total revenue. Fibre Channel revenues grew 44% from the $56.1 million recorded in the December 2001 quarter. In addition, Fibre Channel revenues increased as a percentage of the Company's total revenue to 71% from 67% in the year ago comparable quarter.

"We have continued to experience solid growth in our Fibre Channel business and continued moderate growth in our SCSI business," said H.K. Desai, the Company's chairman, CEO and president. "Fibre Channel revenues increased 7% sequentially, while SCSI revenues grew 2% driven by demand from a diverse range of customers. We are very pleased with our overall performance during the current quarter and throughout fiscal year 2003 in a difficult market." ...QLogic profile

PALO ALTO, Calif - January 15, 2003 - HP today unveiled major enhancements to the HP StorageWorks Modular SAN Array 1000 that drive down the cost of entry-level SAN solutions and broaden support for customers with heterogeneous server environments. The MSA1000 is a modular, entry-level Fibre Channel storage array that enables companies to easily move from DAS to SANs as the foundation of a company's adaptive infrastructure, increasing a business' ability to quickly and efficiently respond to change. HP has doubled the maximum capacity (implemented by 42 hot-pluggable, 146-GB disk drives) to 6TB and improved performance by up to 80% over the previous version. HP claims that the MSA1000 now has the lowest price of an entry-level SAN array from any major vendor. Additionally, a three-port embedded hub option delivers significant cost and space savings, easing entry into SAN and clustered environments. ...HP profile

King of Prussia, PA - January 15, 2003 - InfiniCon Systems announced today that its InfinIO 7000 Shared I/O and Clustering System has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious 2002 Product of the Year Award at the Server I/O Conference, held January 20-22 in Monterey, California.

The Server I/O Conference Product of the Year Award is voted to the best new product that entered general availability during the previous year, and does not include upgrades to previous products. Criteria for evaluation include the scope of the product's impact or contribution, its revenue generation, or its role in starting an important new trend. Launched in September 2002, the InfinIO 7000 is the industry's first external I/O system that leverages the InfiniBand architecture to deliver standards-based, low-latency, 10Gb networking for the commodity server and storage arena. Its combination of high-speed switching and shared I/O capabilities are key enablers for building an infrastructure capable of supporting the scalability and management requirements of grid, fabric, and cluster-based computing.

Founded in 1998, the Server I/O Conference & Tradeshow delivers timely and targeted content to a highly focused audience responsible for identifying, evaluating, selecting and purchasing I/O technologies. Conference attendees - which include key industry executives, vendors, financial institutions, analysts, experts and end users - will conduct final voting for the Server I/O Awards program, with winners announced January 22. InfiniCon Systems was voted Emerging Company of the Year in I/O Technology at the 2002 Server I/O Conference. ...InfiniCon Systems profile, ...Server I/O 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 15, 2003 - Silicon Image, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIMG) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2002. Record revenue of $23.8 million was achieved for the fourth quarter. This is an 11.3% increase over the $21.4 million achieved in the third quarter of 2002 and is a 53.9% increase over the $15.5 million recorded for the fourth quarter of 2001. Revenue for the year 2002 totaled $81.5 million, a 56.9% increase over the $52.0 million for the year 2001.

Our net loss calculated under GAAP, which includes amortization and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, in process research and development, stock compensation and warrant expense, patent litigation costs, restructuring costs and acquisition integration costs, for the quarter ended December 31, 2002 was $8.1 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share.

Steve Tirado, president, added, "The fourth quarter was another quarter of solid growth fueled by strong growth in our Storage IC and Licensing revenues. The quarter was the seventh straight quarter that we have delivered double-digit sequential revenue growth and our fifth straight quarter of record revenues." ...Silicon Image profile

Hauppauge, NY - January 15, 2003 - Peer Software, Inc. today announces the release of PeerSync Pro v7.0, providing organizations with "failsafe," enterprise-wide data backup and synchronization. With PeerSync 7.0, data remains secure, in sync and available - continuously, without interruption. The software's innovative intelligent data routing technology can be programmed to automatically adapt to circumstances that can compromise data availability and consistency; these include system failure, the inability to access locked or open files, and the out-of-sync data of an organization's mobile workforce.

PeerSync 7.0 unobtrusively monitors connections between storage points (e.g., server to server, desktop to desktop); if a connection is down, the software has the "intelligence" to seek an alternative data path or wait until the connection is resumed to perform the backup/synchronization operation. The new version also incorporates Embedded Open File Manager software developed by St. Bernard Software, providing organizations with a reliable and seamless means of protecting files even while they are locked or in use. In addition to using PeerSync to backup and synchronize standard business documents - spreadsheets, presentation files, Word documents, etc. - users can continue working without interruption as open files are unobtrusively synchronized, protected – and left "unharmed. ...Peer Software profile

Mountain View, Calif. - January 15, 2003 - Atempo today announced that Atempo's Time Navigator is certified with the NetApp® NearStore product line. Together the products provide enterprise customers with a cost-effective, easy to manage, and reliable backup and recovery nearline storage solution that significantly improves backup and restore performance while lowering the total cost of ownership.

Time Navigator's advanced rapid restore features, and NearStore's simplified data backup process provide storage administrators with a high-performance backup target for any storage architecture: direct attached, NAS, or SAN-based. By having the data residing on NearStore disk-to-disk solutions, backup administrators can leverage Atempo's time navigation feature to navigate through time and restore data literally in a matter of seconds.

"Disk-to-disk backup has emerged as an important and cost-effective option for the rapid recovery of critical data, and has become an efficient, affordable complement to backing up to tape," said Philippe Boyon, vice president, marketing for Atempo. "Combining Time Navigator with NetApp NearStore provides our customers with a data protection solution that takes full advantage of the disk-based approach, dramatically accelerating time to restore and simplifying their ability to meet ever-shrinking backup windows."

"Network Appliance and Atempo deliver breakthrough disk-based solutions for protecting vast, amounts of data across heterogeneous environments by leveraging the high-capacity, cost effective performance of NetApp NearStore and the advanced backup and recovery capabilities of Time Navigator," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. ...Atempo profile, ...Network Appliance profile

SAN DIEGO - January 15, 2003 - BakBone Software (OTCBB:BKBOF)(TSX:BKB) announced today preliminary results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2002. Final reported results for the quarter are expected to show revenues in excess of US$4.8M or approximately 70% growth over the corresponding quarter of last fiscal year.

"Our third quarter results show the continued traction and sustainable revenue growth that we had expected," said Keith Rickard, BakBone's President and CEO.

"Our pipelines remain strong and we are on track to achieve our guided revenues for this fiscal year. In fact, our revenue growth and expense control shows a clear path to our guidance of breakeven EBITDA for our current fiscal quarter." "Equally as important as the milestones cited by Keith is our success in the area of cash management," said John Fitzgerald, BakBone's Chief Financial Officer. "The third fiscal quarter saw continued improvement in operating cash flow as well as success in negotiating the early release of our restricted cash balance. These successes have been further supplemented by the proceeds received from the private placement that closed this month." ...BakBone Software profile

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Disk-to-Disk Makes Backup Affordable

by Rave Computer

January 16, 2003 - Rave Computer recently sold the state of Ohio a backup solution by using a disk-to-disk product instead of more expensive tape libraries.

Selling a customer a $100,000 tape backup solution can be a tough task, especially when funds are not available to pay for it. The Department of Youth Services for the state of Ohio was one of those customers. From its central location in Columbus, an IT administrator was trying to manage the computer systems of six different youth facilities and make sure a proper backup was being performed. "When you have remote sites to manage, the problem is you are not sure personnel at those sites are doing the backups correctly, provided they are doing them at all," says Tony Scicluna, director of sales for integrator Rave Computer Association, Inc. "That creates a problem since there is no way of knowing if all of the data at those sites is getting backed up and is protected."

The head of youth services wanted to be able to manage all of the backups from his location in Columbus and have all of the data backed up to his location as well. There was also no disaster recovery plan in place. If something happened to any of those six locations, a backup copy of the data did not exist off-site. Unfortunately, money was also a concern.

Tape Libraries Are Too Expensive

Each site was doing its own backup with a tape drive connected to a server. At first it seemed that acquiring backup software and a tape library with the capacity to hold all of the data (approximately 1 TB) would be the best solution. The cost of such a system quickly put that idea to rest.

"The customer had been in discussions with other companies for over a year, but those solutions were too costly," says Scicluna. "Most of the solutions he looked at were more than $100,000."

Then the administrator became aware of disk-to-disk (D2D) backup and called Nexsan Technologies. Nexsan passed the lead on to Scicluna, who immediately went to work selling the D2D technology.

"I went to the customer and did a presentation on D2D backup, how it works, how the software functions, and the overall benefits," he says. "They had a lot of questions about the technology. D2D is not new, but many end users are not very familiar with the whole concept of backing up to disk as opposed to tape. They wanted to know how the technology works, whether we had any references, what kind of return policy we had, and what kind of after-sale support we offered."

D2D Saves Time, Money, Bandwidth

Scicluna was able to close the sale by offering a D2D solution for under $40,000. The solution incorporated ATAboy disk arrays from Nexsan, along with Nexsan's D2D software. "ATAboy is an ATA RAID 5 storage array that is very cost-effective," he says. "ATAboy provides disk storage at less than a penny per megabyte. Tape usually runs around 2 to 3 cents per megabyte, so it was more cost-effective to go with a disk solution than a tape library. Customers also do not have the cost of media associated with tape libraries or the man-hours to swap the tapes in and out."

Unlike tape backup, D2D software requires the customer to perform only one full backup of the data. After the initial backup is performed, only file changes are required to be backed up.

"The state of Ohio had a WAN infrastructure in place, but bandwidth usage was still important to them," says Scicluna. "This solution also uses less bandwidth since the customer is not performing a full backup every time. A software agent residing on a server at the remote sites will scan the disks for file changes and then send only those changes to the host site to be backed up."

Add Disaster Recovery to the Solution

Although Scicluna's solution was less than half the price of tape solutions, he was still able to provide the customer with one additional benefit: disaster recovery. "This is something the customer was not even considering at first," he says. "The main concern was consolidation and being able to back up data to a central site. But our solution also included another ATAboy array at a different site that replicated all of the data in Columbus. If the Columbus facility was destroyed, all the data would be safe at a different location. With a tape library, a duplicate set of tapes would have to be made and then manually moved off-site."

The biggest challenge to VARs selling a D2D solution is customer education.

"People are just used to backing up to tape because for many years that was really the only available means of cost-effective backup," says Scicluna. "For many years disk was just too expensive." Scicluna explains to customers how the cost of disk solutions has come down so far that it is actually less expensive than using tape. Customers are already storing their data on disk, and this solution allows them to copy their data from one disk to another. Once Scicluna gets past explaining why he can offer D2D for such a low price, disk storage begins to make sense to the customer. He notes that speed is also a huge selling point. D2D solutions move data at disk speed. The only bottleneck users will encounter is in the network. Scicluna estimates transfer rates for D2D solutions are about four times faster than for tape.

D2D has storage uses other than just backup. Scicluna believes it is a good fit for customers needing to store large amounts of data. "Geoscience companies, like those involved in oil exploration, are the perfect customers," he adds. "They have a lot of data they need to store, but they do not need a lot of speed." Scicluna states a D2D solution is not as fast as an enterprise disk array using Fibre Channel drives, but will meet the needs of customers needing additional storage capacity. He also believes D2D is a good solution for improving data protection plans. But the biggest play will be in small- to medium-sized businesses that have not been able to afford enterprise-class data protection. ...Nexsan Technologies profile , ...Rave Computer profile

See also:- Disk to disk backup, Tape libraries

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Aldermaston, UK - January 15, 2003 - Selectronix this week launched a new range of Serial ATA compatible cables aimed at European systems builders and OEMs.

Commenting about the need for these new products, Technical Director Richard Redding said "Naturally Serial ATA will be faster than Ultra/ATA, but the majority of advancements at first will be most useful from a practical standpoint. Finally we are in a position to remove those bulky ribbon cables from our PCs, previously they caused hard disks and optical drives to be placed in strange positions and resulted in many frustrated system builders. The width of those cables also blocked airflow and generally created a much more clumsy setup than necessary. With today's CPUs and GPUs pumping out so much heat; good airflow is essential to a stable system."
Soon those hated IDE cables will be banished forever. Hard to believe, but it is finally becoming a reality. A reality made possible through Serial ATA. Since Serial ATA only requires seven wires per device, the new cables will only be 8mm wide. Another dimensional advantage is that while IDE cables could only be up to 40cm long, Serial ATA cables will be plenty long at 1m. ... sata
Of course since the cables are smaller and contain only seven wires, the connectors will be more compact as well. This will save space on motherboards and the hard drives themselves. The latest trend in the computer industry seems to be small form factor PCs, or SFF PCs. Serial ATA will help make PCs even smaller and more efficient. ...Selectronix profile

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