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Missed Storage Visions 2003 Conference? Buy the Book

SAN JOSE, Calif - January 28, 2003 - If you weren't able to attend the Storage Visions 2003 conference earlier this month, a bound book of the conference presentations is now available.

The book has 300+ double-sided pages and costs $195 plus shipping ($10 domestic and $40 international) and can be ordered online.

The Storage Visions 2003 Conference addressed data storage requirements for companies involved in creating multimedia content and distributing it to consumers through high speed data transfer systems. The conference contained 16 in-depth sessions, panels and keynote talks. These sessions were organized by Visions Conferences and the Multimedia Research Group, Inc.

Over 70 companies were involved in the sessions, exhibits and keynote addresses. The conference was sponsored by 24 companies and organizations including Seagate Technology, NDS, Computer Technology Review, United Entertainment Media, FCIA, MPEG-4 Forum, SMPTE, iVDR Consortium, Jobstor.com, and STORAGEsearch.com. Keynote speakers included Michael Maas of the IBM Digital Media Group; George Wiley of Qualcomm, Ken Morse of PowerPC, Rob Pait of Seagate, and Lowell Moulton of Sony.

...Looking ahead. The conference organizers are now soliciting conference sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers for the 2004 event. ...Storage Visions


Topio closes $10M 2nd round VC funding

SANTA CLARA, CALIF - January 28, 2003 - Topio today announced the completion of a $10 million second round of venture financing from Sigma Partners and Sequoia Capital.

This most recent round raises Topio's total funding to date to $13 million. Topio will utilize the funds to expand sales, marketing, and product development activities. Sigma Partners, based in Menlo Park, California, led the round as a new investor and was joined by Sequoia Capital, Topio's original venture partner. Concurrent with Sigma Partners' investment, Pete Solvik, managing director of Sigma Partners and the former CIO of Cisco Systems has joined Topio's board of directors.

"Topio enables our enterprise customers to implement system-wide consistent disaster recovery for multi-vendor heterogeneous environments," said Yoram Novick, founder and CEO of Topio. "Topio's novel approach for data replication maintains the highest level of data integrity while exploiting standard IP networking to deliver long distance capability. Most importantly, Topio enables a dramatic reduction in disaster recovery TCO. This investment by Sigma Partners and Sequoia Capital is a strong vote of confidence in Topio and our ability to provide a robust, solid disaster recovery solution."

Topio's SANSafe enables system-wide consistent disaster recovery for heterogeneous SAN environments, storage subsystems, DAS, and storage virtualization schemes exploiting all networking environments, especially IP. Topio significantly reduces TCO by utilizing the customer's existing network, hardware, and software, thereby reducing the time, capital, and management associated with deploying a disaster recovery solution. Topio's patent pending solution is the first business continuity solution that enables system-wide consistent disaster recovery over long distances with minimal performance degradation. SANSafe protected data may be accessed concurrently by multiple servers running multiple operating systems and applications, while allowing IT professionals to dramatically simplify the configuration and management of their disaster recovery solution.

SANSafe is generally available for Windows 2000 and Solaris environments. Support for AIX, HP-UX, and Linux will be available during 2003. ...Topio profile


Decru Joins TSANet Multivendor Support Alliance

REDWOOD CITY, CA - January 28, 2003 - Decru, Inc. today announced it has joined TSANet (Technical Support Alliance Network), the industry's largest vendor-neutral support alliance.

As a member of TSANet, Decru will work with other alliance members to ensure interoperability, efficiently resolve servicing issues and provide enhanced levels of customer service.

Dennis Smeltzer, executive director of TSANet, said, "We're very pleased to welcome Decru to TSANet. Their active participation in TSANet's Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) community is indicative of their commitment to cooperation and collaboration with other storage vendors in isolating and resolving customer problems in multi-vendor environments. " ...Decru profile, ...TSANet


SAN vs NAS? US Army (Personnel Records) Case Study

Editor:- January 28, 2003 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch - "SAN vs NAS? US Army (Personnel Records) a Case Study" - by the SNIA.

Testing network storage systems is the only reliable way to cut through the "fantasy of sales". But such facilities are expensive to set up and resource. This article shows how one integrator, SAIC, and one customer, the US Army, used a commercially off the shelf available facility provided by the SNIA. ...read the article, ...SAIC profile, ...SNIA profile,


Network Appliance Joins Microsoft® Settlement Program

Sunnyvale, CA - January 27, 2003 - Network Appliance, Inc. announced today that it has signed a communication protocol license agreement with Microsoft under the Microsoft Settlement Program.

The license agreement grants Network Appliance access to a broad set of Windows communication protocols. Additionally, NetApp is licensing the set of Windows Media protocols through the Settlement Program. As a result of its participation, Network Appliance advances its ability to deliver leading-edge network storage and data management solutions to its customers for their Windows data storage and information access needs. ...Network Appliance profile


M-Systems Doubles Capacity of its Fastest Solid-State Flash Disk

FREMONT, Calif - January 27, 2003 - M-Systems today announced the availability of its Fast Flash Disk (FFD) 3.5" Ultra Wide SCSI product in capacities up to 35 GB.

The FFD 3.5" Ultra Wide SCSI is M-Systems' fastest flash disk with a sustained read rate of 30 MB/s, a sustained write rate of 20 MB/s and a burst read/write rate of 40 MB/s. Complying with MIL-STD 810F for shocks and vibrations, it is the ideal storage solution for military and aerospace systems that require enhanced reliability and endurance while operating within harsh environmental conditions, high altitude and extreme temperatures.

"Doubling the capacity of the FFD 3.5" Ultra Wide SCSI enables us to satisfy the needs of more customers," said Ofer Tsur, M-Systems' marketing manager for FFD products. "Data recorders, reconnaissance systems and video servers require the highest disk capacities to support longer recording time with higher video and audio resolution and data streaming."

M-Systems' Ultra Wide SCSI FFD is a state-of-the-art solid-state flash disk that is fully compatible with SCSI-2 and SCSI-3 interfaces and 68-pin and 80-pin connectors. It is designed as a drop-in replacement for 3.5" SCSI mechanical hard disks and supports hot swapping. ...M-Systems profile


JNI Investigates Strategic Options for its ASIC Business Unit

SAN DIEGO - January 27, 2003 - JNI Corporation today announced that it is investigating strategic options to optimize the value and market responsiveness of its ASIC assets.


This will allow the Company to better leverage those ASIC products that are not part of its fibre channel or IB products roadmap, but are in great demand in other segments. JNI will continue to focus development resources on custom ASICs for its core business. ...JNI profile

Editor's comments:- my wife used to work as a marketer in a bunch of semiconductor companies, and this is exactly the sort of press release which would trigger off the "Are we being sold off?" etc questions from employees. I expect we'll hear more about this later.



Procom Introduces ProMobile Portable Backup

IRVINE, Calif. - January 27, 2003 - Procom Technology today introduced ProMobile, a versatile backup system for notebook and desktop computers compatible with USB 2.0 that can also be used for external storage.

The portable, pocket-sized system is available with capacities of 20, 30, 40 and 60 gigabytes. Designed for ease of use, ProMobile is a complete software and hardware solution that simply plugs into the computer's USB interface. It automatically scans the source drive, copying only those files that have been changed or newly created since the last backup was performed. ProMobile enables users to easily access lost data files - in native format - and to keep working even if the computer fails. With a compression option, drive space can be further optimized.

"ProMobile solves the data protection issue for mobile users," said John Hamrick, Procom's director of marketing. "Nearly 25% of organizations don't have a backup strategy for their mobile devices, according to IDC."

ProMobile is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP operating systems. It measures only about 3x5 inches by half an inch thick and weighs a mere 6.25 ounces. Its sleek, yet rugged aluminum body provides excellent protection and greater heat dissipation for longer hard drive life. Price and Availability The Procom ProMobile 20-, 30-, 40- and 60-gigabyte models start at a suggested retail price of $249 and come with a 3-year warranty. ...Procom Technology profile


McDATA's New SANavigator 3.5 Delivers Enhanced Security

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – January 27, 2003 – McDATA Corporation today announced the worldwide availability of SANavigator 3.5, the latest version of its award-winning storage network management software.

The added functionality of SANavigator 3.5 enables the following capabilities:
  • Enhanced security to minimize risk to data through multi-vendor LUN management and role-based access control;
  • Extended asset management for emerging technologies with support for FC-IP and iSCSI routers used in conjunction with fibre channel SANs;
  • Improved awareness for faster user response times due to expanded network management framework interoperability; Greater control with a highly customizable user interface;
  • More intelligent decision-making with advanced diagnostics. McDATA's Patented Template Registers allow Quality of Service issues to be resolved through detailed examination of network traffic.
"Companies that have deployed SANavigator 3.5 are better managing the complexity and increasing control of their storage networks. This directly translates to lowered IT costs, optimized storage resources, simplified management and minimized business risk," said Gary Gysin, McDATA's vice president and general manager of software. "This release brings our customers significantly closer to the storage networking ideal - an automated, policy-based infrastructure that shifts the IT organization from a cost center to a profit center. McDATA again demonstrates that it is well on its way to delivering on this industry vision." ...McDATA profile


Overland Storage Introduces New Version of Storage Resource Manager with Active SRM Capabilities

SAN DIEGO - January 27, 2003 – Overland Storage, Inc. today announced that Overland's Storage Resource Manager (SRM) 3 is now available, featuring new capabilities to quickly assess and manage existing data storage, eliminate unnecessary storage and increase IT efficiency.

With Overland SRM 3, IT professionals can complete IT projects such as SAN/NAS planning, disaster recovery implementations, server consolidations, and shortening backup windows on time and under budget. Overland SRM 3, a fully open storage resource management solution, is an IT professional's first step to making decisions and setting policies about what data to keep, what to archive, what to move and what to prevent from putting on the system in the first place. Overland's product provides intelligent actions for all major operating systems while allowing for database and mailbox scans and detailed reports.

"We believe that Overland SRM 3 provides all the features and functionality that the SRM market has been promising for the last year," said John Cloyd, vice president and general manager of Overland's storage management business unit. "With Overland SRM 3, our customers can easily get in front of and be proactive about controlling their storage assets. By providing an accurate picture of exactly what resides where, we're helping our customers be more effective throughout the IT organization, making ROI quickly attainable."

Overland SRM 3 is available now through Overland's extensive network of resellers. It costs $22,000 per terabyte and can be purchased in increments of 100 gigabytes. Overland Application Agents for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange are sold separately for $10,000. ...Overland Storage profile


Seagate Ships 30 Million Cheetahs

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - January 27, 2003 – Seagate Technology today announced the milestone shipment of its 30 millionth Cheetah disc drive, confirming its position as the most popular and widely-adopted Enterprise disc drive in the world.

With the highest levels of reliability, the widest range of capacities, and the fastest I/O performance options, Seagate Cheetah disc drives are the de facto industry-standard for Enterprise applications, as well as the choice for IT managers focused on lowering the TCO of their storage systems. Seagate Cheetah disc drives can be found in a variety of network storage, server storage and high-density storage markets. Available in 10K and 15K rpm speeds, with capacities ranging from 18 to 147 gigabytes, Cheetahs are ideal for applications ranging from data warehousing, high performance computing, OLTP, data streaming, database and decision support. ...Seagate profile


Hsinchu District Court approves Infineon's Injunction Applications against ProMOS

Munich - January 27, 2003 – The Hsinchu District Court in Taiwan has approved both of Infineon's injunction applications involving ProMOS.

Following this ruling two Infineon employees will immediately resume office, which were illegally removed at the Extraordinary Shareholder Meeting of ProMOS on January 10. Infineon appreciates the prompt decision by the Hsinchu District Court in this matter and is prepared to take other appropriate actions to defend its rights as a shareholder of ProMOS. Effective immediately, Infineon has terminated the technology license agreement with ProMOS due to a serious breach of contract. As a result of this termination, ProMOS from now on will not be allowed to manufacture products based on Infineon technology

ProMOS was supplying products manufactured with Infineon technology directly to Mosel Vitelic. This breached a 1996 agreement between Infineon and Mosel Vitelic, whereby all DRAM products manufactured by ProMOS based on licensed Infineon technology was supplied to Infineon. Infineon then, in turn, supplied Mosel Vitelic with DRAM products. ...Infineon Technologies profile


Fibrenetix Announces SATA based RAID

Crawley, UK - January 27, 2003 - Fibrenetix has announced the launch of a series of solutions based on the powerful new Serial ATA interface.

Based around a new design 3U-high, quality enclosure, the AT-6000 provides a storage capacity of 5TB per enclosure (using 320GB drives). The AT-6000 supports 16x hot-swap drives via an intelligent backplane and has been designed to work with the new high-performance Serial ATA drives being introduced by IBM and Seagate. The RAID controller features Ultra SCSI 320 or 2Gbit Fibre Channel to the Host. The standard AT-6000 features a 'warm-plug' RAID controller and Fibrenetix will announce Dual Active/Active RAID Controller support in early 2003.

Jes Nagel, Managing Director of Fibrenetix, said "The adoption of the new Serial ATA interface will obliterate the traditional price gap between IDE on one side and SCSI /Fibre Channel on the other. In fact, it will completely change the role of SCSI – with important consequences for the enterprise market – and, as prices fall, Cost per Terabyte will move to centre-stage position." ...Fibrenetix profile


Its lack of visible symptoms increases the danger of the SQLSlammer Virus

MADRID - January 27, 2003 - Panda Software's International Tech Support Service is receiving a large number of inquiries about SQLSlammer from across the globe.

As this worm does not have any visible symptoms (files, e-mail messages, etc.), it is difficult for users to identify its presence on their systems. The multinational antivirus developer also highlights that a large number of systems could be exposed to SQLSlammer without network administrators realizing. The reason for this is that many applications use a Microsoft SQL Server component as an add-in. As this malicious code exploits a vulnerability in servers running the Microsoft SQL applications, systems that do not have Service Pack 3 installed can easily fall prey to this virus.

The main applications that use Microsoft SQL Server include: Compaq Insight Manager; Crystal Reports Enterprise; Dell OpenManage; HP Openview Internet Services Monitor; Microsoft .NET Framework SDK; Microsoft Office XP Developer Edition; Microsoft Project; Microsoft Visio 2000; Microsoft Visual FoxPro; Microsoft Visual Studio.NET and Veritas Backup Exec.

The main aim of SQLSlammer is to launch denial of service attacks (DoS) against corporate network servers by sending multiple packets containing the worm's code to port 1434. Its functioning and characteristics are similar to Code Red, which exploited a vulnerability in IIS and could spread very rapidly without leaving any trace in traditional storage devices. According to Computer Economics, in 2001 the impact of Code Red reached 2,970 million euros. ...Panda Software

See also:- Microsoft's statement about how to fix this SQL Server 2000 vulnerability



Western Digital Reports Sequential Growth of 29% in Revenues

LAKE FOREST, Calif - January 23, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today reported revenues of $749.5 million on shipments of approximately 10.3 million units, and net income of $74.4 million, or $.36 per share, for its second fiscal quarter ended December 27, 2002.

For the year-ago quarter the Company reported revenue of $574.7 million on shipments of approximately 7.7 million units. On a sequential basis, the second quarter results represented 20% growth in units, 29% growth in revenues and a 200% increase in operating income.

"The hard drive industry faced very favorable conditions in the second quarter and Western Digital executed extremely well in addressing customer needs in this context," said Matt Massengill, chairman and chief executive officer. "These results demonstrate the significant earnings leverage and financial efficiency of our business and operating model." Massengill noted that the Company's average selling price rose to $73, from $68 in the September quarter, reflecting favorable industry supply/demand conditions, especially in the distribution channel, and a richer mix of multi-platter hard drives for Western Digital. "Business with the major PC OEM customers was strong, our distribution sales were on track, and our retail business was very healthy," said Massengill. "We saw strength across all geographies, with the sharpest sequential gains coming in North America and in Asia-Pacific, where we have increased our focus and made inroads with OEMs." ...Western Digital profile


BakBone Software Enters Into OEM Agreement With Sony Electronics Inc.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - January 23, 2003 - BakBone Software, today announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement with Sony Electronics Inc. to provide customers with turnkey storage solutions designed for faster and more reliable network file sharing and backup and recovery services.

Recently, orders valued at approximately US$3.5 million have been received from Sony Electronics and the majority of this amount is expected to be recognized as revenue over the next three quarters. BakBone will provide NetVault management software for Sony's StorStation bundled storage solution to enable customers to share and retrieve files on the network, automatically archive files from disk to tape, backup and restore networked files, and centrally manage all functions.

"By configuring a complete network and backup storage system for customers, we're equipping them with a one-stop means to achieve their online and backup storage goals with little hands-on management," said Steve Baker, vice president of Tape Storage Solutions for Sony Electronics' Business Systems and Solutions Company.

"Our combined solution had to deliver compelling ease of use, deployment, and scalability -- just some of the features associated with our NetVault product. In addition, our architecture enables us to support more infrastructure permutations than any other vendor today. The speed with which we can add new adaptations protects Sony customer investments as their business requirements evolve. We're delighted with our Sony relationship and its common values," said Keith Rickard, president and CEO for BakBone Software. ...BakBone Software profile, ...Sony profile


Thor Controller from Emulex Hammers Down Bulging Fibre-Channel Profiles

COSTA MESA, Calif. - January 23, 2003 - Emulex Corporation announced today a new dual channel 2Gb/s Fibre Channel controller that dramatically improves solution integration and footprint, while delivering substantial improvements in I/O performance.

This new controller, code named Thor, embeds a standard microprocessor core and supports consolidated, single-chip external memory, which together drive down solution footprint to deliver unsurpassed integration. Thor reduces controller solution footprint by 35 percent over previous generation single channel solutions, and by nearly 75 percent over prior generation dual channel solutions. At the same time, Thor's ability to sustain dual channel performance of more than 100,000 I/Os per second delivers a 20 percent improvement in processing power compared to prior generation solutions. As the core of Emulex's new LP10000 family of single channel and dual channel PCI-X host bus adapters, Thor enables bridge-less dual channel solutions capable of serving both high performance and mid-range market requirements. In addition, Thor provides an ideal solution for the emerging server blade market and embedded designs such as target arrays and appliance servers. ...Emulex profile


SNIA Europe Expands into Benelux

London / Paris - January 23, 2003 - The Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E), dedicated to delivering storage networking architectures, education, and solutions for the IT community, has become more accessible across Europe.

The SNIA-E has created two new committees, one for The Netherlands lead by Erwin Versleijen and one for Belgium & Luxembourg lead by Frank Ternest.

Daniel Sazbon, SNIA Europe Vice Chairman, says "SNIA Europe is expanding its geographical presence in Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, representing both vendors and end-users and showing the growing importance of storage networks across Europe".

The first SNIA-E Netherlands meeting is planned for early March 2003 and the committee will also be attending Storage Networking World Cannes 2003 with members of the Dutch storage community. For more information, email netherlandschair@snia.org.

The SNIA-E Belgium and Luxembourg Committee meeting will be held in February, email belgiumchair@snia.org. Frank Ternest will also be speaking at the Storage Conference in Belgium on 26th February 2003. ...SNIA profile


VIEO Selected to Demonstrate at DEMO 2003

AUSTIN, Texas - January 22, 2003 - VIEO, Inc. today announced that Chris Shipley, executive producer of the IDG Executive Forums' DEMO 2003 conference, has selected the company to participate in her influential industry show.

The invitation-only conference, to be held February 16 - 18, 2003, will showcase the products most likely to have a significant impact on the marketplace and market trends in the coming year.

VIEO has been developing its next generation Adaptive Application Infrastructure Management AAIM product to ensure end-to-end business critical application certainty by intelligently measuring, analyzing, and affecting application resources. It is being touted as the leader among a new generation of infrastructure management products that enables the intelligent management of on-demand computing because of its innovative design and powerful Application Quality of Service (AQoS) management capabilities. Because the product is delivered via a secure appliance, it provides unprecedented visibility into application environments without overhead, priority access to and control over resources, insulation from configuration changes and failures, and maximum ease of deployment and use for significantly lower total cost of ownership.

"There has been a startling lack of innovation in the systems management space for almost a decade," said Bob Fabbio, president and chief executive officer of VIEO. "Today, industry IT professionals and industry thought leaders alike are calling for a new way of managing business critical applications and VIEO has answered that call with the VIEO AAIM product. We are pleased to be recognized by the organizers of Demo 2003 for delivering a truly innovative solution that will help IT ensure application certainty at last while reducing costs." ...DEMO 2003, ...VIEO profile


QLogic Fibre Channel SAN Products Certified With New VERITAS Backup Exec™ 9.0 for Windows Servers

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - January 22, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today announced support for VERITAS Software Corporation's newest version of VERITAS Backup Exec™ backup and recovery software designed to address the data protection challenges of today's small-to-medium sized enterprises.

The company's family of Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure products has been certified with VERITAS Backup Exec™ 9.0 for Windows Servers backup and recovery software. ...QLogic profile, ...VERITAS Software profile


Storagetek and Emulex Jointly Announce Qualification of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters for use with Disk Storage Systems

COSTA MESA, Calif. and LOUISVILLE, Colo. - January 22, 2003 - Emulex Corporation and StorageTek today jointly announced qualification of the Emulex LightPulse 2Gb/s LP9802 and dual channel LP9802DC PCI-X Fibre Channel HBAs for use with StorageTek's V-Series family of Virtual Disk storage subsystems for Solaris and Windows operating environments.

The products were certified according to jointly accepted test protocols. This reinforces the two companies' commitment to providing the highest levels of SAN interoperability and performance as enterprise-class customers migrate to next generation PCI-X-based systems. The LP9802 can sustain more than 390MBytes/s, while the LP9802DC delivers 780MBytes/s. That's about 30% more I/O processing power than previous generations.

"StorageTek's V-Series allows for efficient use of the entire disk capacity, and when combined with Emulex's unique HBA architecture, the V2X and V960 offer a more simplified storage management approach for our mainframe and open systems customers," said Tim Steadman, StorageTek director, Corporate Alliances. "It's in the best interest of our customers to utilize the industry's leading connectivity solutions when deploying our storage solutions." ...Emulex profile, ...StorageTek profile
Nibble: How Much Should You Pay for a NAS System?
The complicated (and correct) way to figure this out, is to generate a systems spec, write an RFQ etc, send it out to a load of suppliers and wait weeks to see what they all have to say.

But getting detailed answers sometime in the future is not why you use the web for researching stuff is it?

What you really need is a ballpark figure in one click which you can work into your budget, which you meant to research ages ago. And your boss wants it - this afternoon!

Fortunately there is a quick and dirty estimate. And by the time you actually get approval to spend the money, technological advances will have greatly increased the margin of safety in your original cost estimate. Because storage is always getting cheaper.

The answer comes from a press release issued by Spinnaker Networks in January 2003, in which they said they had beaten the 2¢ / Megabyte cost barrier for enterprise class NAS.

So that solves your problem. But this raised the question in my mind. Is this really the best way to quote storage price metrics anymore?

You may be surprised we're sensitive about this cents per megabyte idea at all. But on reflection, you'll see why. After all how would you like it if a word which sounded phonetically like your name was bandied about in this way? Forseeing that the cost per megabyte would one day drop so low, our own intrepid editor, Megabyte, moved into the publishing business a long time ago where he's now highly valued and commands respect as a big cheese around the STORAGEsearch.com 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.

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