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Certance Introduces LTO Ultrium 1 Autoloader ...................................................
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Certance Introduces LTO Ultrium 1 Autoloader

WD Raptor Hard Drives Certified with MegaRAID Controllers

Fujitsu's Softek Names New VP of Product Management

Cypress Samples Industry's Highest-Density Sync SRAMs

Syncsort's Backup Express Certified for Microsoft Windows 2000

Dot Hill and Uniadex Sign Service Agreement for Japan

Pacific Digital's new internal dual-format 4x DVD Burner for PCs

ATTO and NCE Partner to Provide Expanded Services Worldwide

Alacritech Marks New Patent Milestone

HP's New Developers Program

Toshiba Launches Next Generation DVD/CD Recordable Drive

ADIC Ships Next-Generation Scalar i2000 Data Center Library

Verbatim Delivers Industry's First 4x-speed DVD+RW Media

Business Continuance Report - Over 1,000 IT Sites Surveyed

Promise Selects Ramtron's FRAM Memory for RAID Systems

LSI drives industry's first Serial Attached SCSI public demonstration

Decru's DataFort on show this week at Data Storage Expo Japan

NSI Software Strengthens Management Team

SimpleTech Enters the External Desktop Storage Market

EMC Announces Plan to Acquire LEGATO

Sprint, Cisco, HDS Team to Achieve FCIP Over 3,600 Miles

National Society for Professional Engineers Honors LSI Storage Announces Storage Compliance Solution

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Nibble:- Why you need a Panic! button to stop the next scheduled backup

Most of the propaganda you'll read on this and other storage publications, extolls the virtues of doing backups. But there are times when starting a backup can make things worse for data stewards.

If your backup processes are automated, then now might be a good time for you to think about installing a panic button which will prevent all future backup processes from starting until the panic is over and you can reset it. The panic button doesn't have to be a switch. It can be an icon that you click on your screen. But make sure it's password protected. If you do decide to use a real physical switch, then think about a keyswitch. If you want to feel important you can wear the key around your neck like they do in those films about nuclear submarines. Managing your organization's backups is important. Maybe the company should buy you a silver chain to go with it.

If your backup is initiated manually, then think of the panic button as a mental decision to put off doing the backup until later.

If you are one of those people who never do a backup, then you can congratulate yourself that on some of those occasions when you didn't do a backup, then it was absolutely the right thing to do.

I started thinking about this article a few days ago when we had thunderstorms. Although our web servers are located in datacenters in the US, all the original data for our websites comes into this office which is located in an old farm in Hampshire in the UK. Our telecoms lins and power come in via overhead lines which pass through hundreds of trees along the route. Postponing the backup, shutting things down and unplugging our phone lines was an automatic process for me.

At worst a lightning bolt in the wrong place can zip right through your phone lines into your computers and wreck an ongoing backup, and the backup drive itself. At the very least glitches from lightning bolts can bypass your UPS through other connected equipment and potentially crash your computers, resulting in an incomplete backup which you may have to start again. It's not worth taking the risk. At the farm here, I have a generator in the barn, so once the storm is over, I can restart a backup safely from a reliable supply, even if the incoming power lines are down.

But there are other times too you may want to hit the panic button.

Bomb scares and fire alarms are a good time to hit Panic!. When you evacuate the building you don't know how long it will be before you get an "all clear" and can return to normal. If the alarm is due to a genuine incident then you may need to use a data recovery service. But data recovery on the clean complete backup which you did yesterday, will generally be more successful than on the incomplete backup which starts while you are waiting outside the building in the car park. One exception to this was neatly illustrated in the second TV series of 24. When CTU got the delayed message that they were the target of a terrorist bomb, they started an off site backup. If you use web based backup or iSCSI then the rules base for your panic procedure will be different compared to locally stored backup media.

Another time to hit the panice button is when you discover a computer virus in your network. If you don't stop backup processes as soon as possible you may end up having to detect and disinfect files twice. Once in your live system, then again in your backed up media. Sometimes the virus will already be in your backup, and when you restore data you'll start a new infection. But the panic button is the best you can do to dampen down the spread.

Another time you may want to think about hitting the panic button is when your server starts behaving unreliably, and you've just put in a call to a service engineer. A flaky server could result in a flaky backup. Don't take the risk of overwriting and trashing good data.

And when you've done all that... make sure that a process is set in motion to remind you that backups have been suspended. Otherwise when the panic's over you could be in the same situation as the people who don't do backups at all.

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Tomas Havrda says he chose this article because readers can see on one page how powerful, straightforward and economical a DRAM SSD solution is.

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Tomas Havrda says - "Recently a blogger who experienced a USSD live benchmark presentation at the recent FOSE 2009 Conference seized on the proper way to evaluate DRAM SSD as follows..." - Best of FOSE 2009 - My picks

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Tier Matching - by George Crump on InformationWeek

Tomas Havrda says "I enjoy pragmatic SSD voices, as well as storage tiering articles and blogs by George Crump (founder of Storage Switzerland), like the one above. At Solid Access we are not yet convinced of the viability of Flash SSDs and believe that pairing ultra fast DRAM SSDs with traditional Tier 1 or Tier 2 storage systems is the most economical way to achieve definitive and predictable performance as well as the highest degree of reliability."

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COSTA MESA, Calif. - July 14, 2003 - Certance today announced availability of LTO Ultrium 1 based AL810 autoloader, designed to provide powerful, yet easily operated data protection for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs).

Capable of storing as much as 1.6 TBs of business-critical information, the AL810 autoloader from Certance leverages the proven reliability of the LTO technology, and makes it available at a price point that enables SMBs to quickly realize a tangible return on investment.

The AL810 autoloader from Certance solves the challenges of companies requiring centralized high-capacity and high-performance automated data protection, without paying the price premium often mandated by high-end products. Built around the industry's fastest LTO Ultrium 1 tape drive, the AL810 autoloader is designed to hold up to 8 x LTO-1 cartridges in a 2U form-factor. The AL810 autoloader offers an affordable, automated, effortless backup solution and installs within minutes in either a desktop or an easily installed rack mount configuration. It incorporates the high performance that thousands of companies globally have come to expect from the LTO format, giving businesses the ability to backup data at speeds of 115 GB per hour. The AL810 autoloader is available at a starting price of less than $6,000. ...Certance profile

WD Raptor Hard Drives Certified with MegaRAID Controllers

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 14, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that its enterprise-class, 10,000-RPM, Serial ATA (SATA) WD Raptor hard drives are compatible with LSI Logic's line of MegaRAID SATA controllers.

The collaboration between the two companies is an example of the rapid development of infrastructure for SATA-based servers, storage systems and workstations, and the momentum building for SATA as a preferred hard drive interface in the enterprise computing environment.

WD Raptor hard drives offer systems builders broad compatibility with SATA controllers on the market today. Western Digital and LSI Logic each have tested and verified compatible WD Raptor hard drives and the MegaRAID line of SATA controllers. The products are used by systems builders and storage providers to develop Enterprise SATA (ESATA) RAID workstations, servers and storage systems running configurations such as RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50. According to market research firm TrendFocus, ATA-based storage systems in enterprise applications currently represent approximately 10% of that market, and that portion is anticipated to rise dramatically - to more than 40% - over the next few years.

Compatible with virtually all SATA controllers on the market today, the WD Raptor hard drive is the first SATA product available that is designed for the 24x7, high-performance demands of enterprise applications, having specifications such as 1.2 million hours MTBF, 10,000 RPM, 5.2 ms average seek time and a five-year warranty. It offers systems builders and storage providers a primary storage hard drive at substantially less cost than comparable SCSI products. ...LSI Logic profile, ...Western Digital profile

Softek Names New VP of Product Management

London, UK - July 14, 2003 - Softek today announced that Karen Dutch has been named to the newly created position of vice president, product management.

Dutch will be responsible for defining and overseeing product management strategy and technical marketing activities for the company's next generation of Softek Automated Storage solutions. At Softek, Dutch will lead efforts to define, create, and bring to market future Softek Automated Storage solutions that simplify and optimise the management of complex, multi-vendor storage infrastructures.

"Karen is among the most accomplished executives in the storage industry," said Steven Murphy, president and CEO at Softek. "She has established a stellar track record over her two decades in the industry, she has established a visioning and strategic approach to developing advanced storage management software solutions for both open systems and mainframe platforms. We are excited to welcome Karen to the Softek executive management team and believe our current and future customers will significantly benefit from her experience, communication and management skills."

Dutch joins Softek from InterSAN, where she was vice president of marketing and was responsible for the company's product strategy, product marketing, and external communications. Before joining InterSAN, Dutch was director of solutions marketing for Brocade, where she was responsible for developing business-relevant SAN solutions and managing the company's End-User Customer Council. ...Fujitsu Softek profile

Cypress Samples Industry's Highest-Density Sync SRAMs

SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 11, 2003 - Cypress Semiconductor has begun shipping samples of the world's highest-density synchronous SRAMs.

The 72-Mbit, six-transistor (6T) devices, supporting standard synchronous and NoBL™ (No Bus Latency) architectures, are designed for high-data-throughput, low-latency applications, including switching, routing, basestations and data storage.

"Cypress has leapfrogged the competition at 72 Mbit, giving our customers the ability to dramatically improve the performance of their networks," said Antonio Alvarez, senior vice president for Cypress's Memory Products Division. "Cypress's new high-density SRAMs are designed into switches and routers, enabling networks, like the Internet, to run more efficiently and with greater capacity."

Available in 42 different configurations, Cypress's CY7C147X- and CY7C148X-series SRAMs deliver data five to seven times faster than competing high-speed DRAMs. Innovative design techniques significantly improve power consumption, speed and manufacturing flexibility. The devices are pin compatible with lower-density SRAMs, enabling easy migration to higher densities by simplifying designs and saving board space. Cypress's new 72-Mbit products can be purchased with either pipelined or flowthrough architectures. Cypress's CY7C147X- and CY7C148X-series SRAMs are priced at $95 in 5,000-unit quantities. Full production will commence in Q4. ...Cypress Semiconductor profile

Syncsort's Backup Express Certified for Microsoft Windows 2000

Woodcliff Lake - New Jersey, July 10, 2003 - Backup Express, the enterprise backup and restore product from Syncsort Inco., has recently earned the Certified for Microsoft Windows certification through VeriTest.

As the exclusive provider of independent testing for the Certified for Microsoft Windows program, VeriTest tested Backup Express to confirm that it meets or exceeds Microsoft's strict criteria for installation, performance, functionality, reliability and availability.

The extensive and rigorous evaluation includes stress testing the software on a Unisys ES7000 32-way server in combination with 4 8-way IBM eServer xSeries 370 servers in a cluster. The tests included multi-node high availability scale-out scenarios demonstrating cluster failover without causing system instability, correct use of high memory, proper use of Active Directory, and validation of 24x7 Datacenter-level support . ...Syncsort profile

Dot Hill and Uniadex Sign Service Agreement for Japan

Carlsbad, Calif. - July 10, 2003 - Dot Hill announced today that its subsidiary in Japan has entered into an agreement with Uniadex to provide maintenance service for Dot Hill's SANnet II family of storage networking solutions. Uniadex will offer 24-hour, 365-day comprehensive support including installation, preventive maintenance, and spare parts management for SANnet II products for Dot Hill customers in Japan.

Uniadex has a field service force of 1200 trained technicians with more than half holding vendor certifications such as Microsoft Certified Professional or Cisco Career Certification. In addition, Uniadex achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2000 for its over 200 facilities in Japan with the ability to deliver professional services around the clock. Based on this agreement with Dot Hill, Uniadex technicians have completed technical training on SANnet II systems. ...Dot Hill profile, Storage Resellers in Japan

Pacific Digital's new internal dual-format 4x DVD Burner for PCs

IRVINE, CA - July 10, 2003 - Pacific Digital Corporation has introduced an internal dual-format 4x DVD burner for PCs.

The new drive supports DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD-R formats – and enables PC users to create DVD discs that can be played on virtually any DVD video player or drive.

The dual-format DVD burner can record an hour of video onto a DVD-R or DVD+R disc in just 15 minutes. It writes to DVD+R and DVD-R discs at 4x; to DVD+RW at 2.4x; to DVD-R at 2x; to CD-R at 16x; and to CD-RW at 10x speeds. It reads DVD-ROM at 12x and CD-ROM at 40x speeds.

"Our new dual-format drive is a complete solution that lets users watch DVD movies, make video CDs, create music CDs and store data in all current formats," said Tony Tate, vice president of sales and marketing. "It gives them the flexibility to record on, or read, any DVD or CD media they choose."

The Pacific Digital dual-format drive comes with Roxio EZ CD and DVD Creator Basic 6.1 and Intervideo WinDVD 4.0 playback software. The internal drive (U-30182) is available now at an MSRP of $219. An external model (U-30183) will be available at the end of July. ...Pacific Digital profile

ATTO and NCE Partner to Provide Expanded Services Worldwide

Amherst, NY & San Diego, CA - July 10, 2003 - ATTO Technology, Inc. and NCE Computer Group announced today an agreement that will expand technical support worldwide for both System Integrators and end users of ATTO storage products.

The partnership provides access to 24x7 technical support, on-site service and specifies minimum response times for ATTO's storage products. This ensures high-quality service and around-the-clock availability for ATTO's customers.

NCE is a leading provider of technical support and maintenance service on data-storage hardware and software. With 21 years in the service and support industry, NCE is highly qualified and technically capable of designing, supporting, and repairing data-storage solutions that ensure data are secure, protected, and available when needed.

"ATTO chose NCE to complement our technical service and support offerings because it was the next step in providing our customers with a total solution," states ATTO President and CEO Tim Klein. "NCE has earned an excellent reputation in technical support and responsiveness in the Storage Area Networking environment."

"NCE is committed to providing ATTO's customer base with the highest level of expertise in a professional manner. We tailor our services to fit the working structure of every customer with a total support package including help desk support, warranty handling and a choice of field maintenance options including 24x7 support," states Steven Bucher, General Manager and COO, NCE Computer Group. ...ATTO profile, ...NCE profile, Storage Services

Alacritech Marks New Patent Milestone

San Jose, Calif. - July 9, 2003 - Alacritech, Inc. today announced that it has secured a total of ten U.S. patents in the areas of network data placement, protocol offload and protocol acceleration.

Alacritech develops products based on SLIC (Session Layer Interface Control) Technology, an architecture proven to significantly increase operational efficiency and application performance of networked systems. Alacritech's strong patent portfolio surrounding SLIC Technology further secures the company's leadership position.

"Today we mark yet another patent milestone in accelerating data delivery in networked systems," said Larry Boucher, president and CEO, Alacritech, Inc. "With the continued growth of data, IT managers and OEMs are demanding solutions to move data faster and more efficiently. We are pleased with the market momentum for SLIC Technology-based solutions as we continue to deliver such unique and critical technology." ...Alacritech profile, iSCSI

HP's New Developers Program

Palo Alto, Calif - July 9, 2003 - HP has introduced the first developers program completely based on an open, industry-standard interface across storage hardware and software.

The HP SMI-S Developers Program facilitates partner development of technologies based on the Storage Management Interface Specification (SMI-S), a secure and reliable interface that allows storage management systems to identify, classify, monitor and control physical and logical resources in a network storage environment.

SMI-S is expected to be ratified by the SNIA this summer. The goal of the HP SMI-S Developers Program is to accelerate the adoption of SMI-S-based solutions that simplify the interoperability challenges developers face in building storage solutions, thus streamlining management of multivendor network storage. Open to qualified HP partners, program membership today includes AppIQ, BMC Software, CreekPath Systems, Storability Software and VERITAS Software. ...HP profile

Toshiba Launches Next Generation DVD/CD Recordable Drive

IRVINE, Calif. - July 9, 2003 - Toshiba launches their next generation DVD/CD recordable drive for desktop computers with a new upgrade kit that offers 4x recording speeds.
The SD-R5112 supports write speeds of 4x for DVD-R, 2x for DVD-RW, 16x for CD-R and 10x for CD-RW. In addition to the drive itself, the upgrade kit also includes Cyberlink PowerDVD, Cyberlink PowerDirector Pro and Pinnacle (VOB) instant CD/DVD software, along with DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW blank media.

The Toshiba DVD recordable kit enables users to upgrade their current computers with DVD/CD playback and recording capabilities to store and share home movies, music and photos with greater efficiency and performance.
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All of the tools needed for the "do-it-yourself" installation - including the drive, the software, cables and the media - are in one convenient, low-priced - $249 - package. ...Toshiba profile

ADIC Ships Next-Generation Scalar i2000 Data Center Library

Redmond, Washington - July 9, 2003 - ADIC announced today that it has begun shipping production units of its next-generation data center tape library, the Scalar i2000, through ADIC channel partners worldwide.

Supported operating environments include both SCSI installations and Fibre Channel SANs.

"We are pleased to be able to formally announce the general availability of the most advanced automated storage library on the market today," commented Scott Roza, ADIC Vice President of North American Storage Products. "The Scalar i2000 makes enterprise data protection more effective, more powerful, and more flexible, while reducing management overhead and providing better long term user value."

The Scalar i2000 offers from 1 to 48 drives and up to 1395 (SDLT), 1674 (LTO), or 2232 (AIT) tape cartridges, depending on the drive technology selected, for a total capacity of up to 670 TB. Starting library packages, which include drives, activated cartridge slots and installation, are available in 100, 200, 400, and 700-slot configurations. The physical design of the Scalar i2000 combines from one to four 19-inch rack-compatible modules which share a single, barrier-free robotics mechanism. MSRP for Scalar i2000 libraries begins at $83,000, which includes installation services and a full year of on-site service. ...ADIC profile

Verbatim Delivers Industry's First 4x-speed DVD+RW Media

DV Expo East, NEW YORK CITY - July 9, 2003 - Verbatim Corporation announced today that it will begin shipping its new DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media in August.

Certified to write and rewrite at 1x to 4x speeds, the 4.7GB media incorporates a new proprietary recording layer technology that provides accurate recording at high speeds and noise-free playback. At 4X speed, the fastest recording speed of any current ReWriteable DVD format, users can record 120 minutes of video or 4.7GB of data in approximately 15 minutes.

Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is compatible with the Sony DRU-510A 4X DVD+RW drive as well as announced drives from BenQ, Philips, Ricoh and others that support 4x +RW write/rewrite speeds. Verbatim will showcase its new 4x DVD+RW media at DV Expo East, Booth #544, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City this week.

Since DVD+RW media can be recorded both sequentially and randomly, it can be used for video and audio recording, multimedia development, digital photo albums and data storage. In addition, support for multi-session writing technology and lossless linking technology gives users the freedom to quickly add documents, data and video segments without having to open and close write sessions.

With a capacity of 4.7GB, 1,000 rewrites, a write speed of 4x and the ability to easily append data, Verbatim 4x DVD+RW media is also ideal for PC backups in home and business environments. Like earlier Verbatim DVD+RW media, the new 4x media provides users with the convenience of being able to play back their recorded discs with most of the DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives in use today. Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is expected to have a street price of $5.99. ...Verbatim profile

Business Continuance Report - Over 1,000 IT Sites Surveyed

Santa Barbara, California - July 9, 2003 - Peripheral Concepts, Inc. today announced the availability of a market analysis based on a survey of over 1,000 IT managers with sites totaling 320 petabytes of disk storage and 1,050 petabytes of nearline tape storage.

The study analyzes business continuance and disaster protection practices and plans. The survey targeted nine industries. In response to the recovery deficiencies exposed in the aftermath of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, the Finance, Telecommunication and Transportation industries have led the way in implementing reliable business continuance systems. Education, Health, and Retail Distribution are poised for major changes in the next two years.

While it is possible to build a new location from scratch, and restore data from backup tape when disaster strikes, it is inconceivable today to most of the surveyed population, at least for the critical part of their data. The survey reveals that 80% of the enterprises have a disaster recovery process in place. Remote hot sites are poised for significant growth. The share of company-owned disaster recovery sites will decrease in favor of recovery facilities located at a co-locator and operated by the enterprise. Two metrics characterize disaster recovery plans: recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO). Most surveyed sites measure them in hours, some in minutes. Those use mirroring and a protection solution that works in real time.

Among the major breakthroughs revolutionizing data protection implementations and plans are the extended use of remote replication, the widespread deployment of SAN's, and the increased utilization of Disk-to-Disk. Sites using remote replication will more than double in the next two years.

Slow recovery from system failure stands out as the most critical problem plaguing business continuity. Cost shows as a major concern to smaller organizations, and the cost of bandwidth remains the major impediment to implementing an optimal Data protection solution The report entitled "Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery A User's Perspective" concludes a two-part survey on data protection. A separate report published in May 2003, covers Backup and Archive. The cost of the report is $4,950. ...more info, ...Peripheral Concepts profile, storage market research & analysts

Promise Selects Ramtron's FRAM Memory for RAID Controllers

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – July 08, 2003 - Ramtron International Corporation announced today that Promise Technology Inc. has selected the company's ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) for use in its stand-alone RAID controllers.

Promise Technology has chosen Ramtron's 3-volt, 256-kilobit, FM18L08 for its fast write capability, small footprint and cost effectiveness. In the application, FRAM stores RAID transaction logs and other non-volatile data, writing virtually non-stop and preserving its data state even if the power goes out – a feature inherent to all FRAM products. Promise Technology holds 87% of the world market for IDE/ATA and RAID controller solutions according to Dataquest.

"Ramtron's FM18L08 addresses our need for rapid re-writes and iron clad nonvolatility in the event of power loss, which ultimately enhances data protection in our RAID solutions," said Chi-Chen Wu, vice president of engineering for Promise Technology, Inc. "FRAM provides us with a unique combination of high-performance features while reducing our system cost and lowering our component count."

"Promise Technology's use of the FM18L08 is a testimony to FRAM's highly reliable operation," said Mike Alwais, Ramtron vice president of FRAM products. "The 18L08's feature set is ideal for demanding RAID applications, and FRAM's adoption by a leader like Promise Technology underscores FRAM's continued acceptance by top RAID system manufacturers."

The FM18L08 is the world's first commercial nonvolatile memory to feature virtually unlimited endurance, eliminating the reliability concerns, functional disadvantages and system design complexities of battery-backed SRAM. With its unlimited access cycles, FRAM provides any combination of volatile and nonvolatile storage, replacing both SRAM and EEPROM in the end system without the typical disadvantages. ...Promise Technology profile, ...Ramtron profile

LSI drives industry's first Serial Attached SCSI public demonstration

Colorado Springs, Col. - July 8, 2003 - LSI Logic announced today that it will participate in the industry's first public demonstration of the exchange of data between Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) prototype devices at a Colorado Springs, CO reception of the ANSI T10 committee.

At the reception, LSI Logic SAS controllers based on Fusion-MPT (Message Passing Technology) architecture will be featured in SAS interoperability demonstrations with hard disk drive leaders, Maxtor Corporation and Seagate Technology.

The demonstrations will connect an LSI Logic SAS controller prototype to an LSI Logic SAS expander prototype. SAS prototype drives from Maxtor and Seagate are in turn connected to the SAS expander prototype. Using full Serial Attached SCSI Protocol (SSP), the SAS controller prototype executes SCSI write and SCSI read commands, with data comparison, across the interface. A SAS analyzer is connected in line to show the traffic being generated at 1.5Gbit/s. The demonstrations also validate out of band and speed negotiation sequences.

"As serial attached SCSI continues to evolve and we move closer to SAS becoming an ANSI standard, the T10 Committee is very excited to see industry leaders such as LSI Logic, Maxtor and Seagate collaborate in the early validation of SAS interoperability," said John Lohmeyer, chair of the T10 Technical Committee and principle engineer at LSI Logic. "These three companies are working very hard to ease the migration to the SAS interface and deliver solutions that meet market demand." ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, ...Seagate profile

Decru's DataFort on show this week at Data Storage Expo Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN - July 8, 2003 - Decru, Inc. today announced that key systems integrators will demonstrate Decru DataFort storage security appliances at Data Storage Expo Japan, July 9-11 in Tokyo.

Through coordination with Sumitomo Corporation, a key distribution partner for Decru, Netmarks Inc. and Flight System Consulting Inc. will demonstrate Decru products at Japan's largest storage conference and expo, expected to attract over 50,000 attendees. Netmarks, a systems integrator specializing in storage, security and networks, has recently become a sub-distributor under Sumisho Electronics, an IT subsidiary of Sumitomo, and will demonstrate Decru DataFort at the event.

"With the advanced functionality and reliability of Decru DataFort storage security appliances, we can fill the missing link between security and storage," said Yuichi Arai, Executive Officer and Vice President of the Storage Networking Division of Netmarks. "Furthermore, as we grow in the storage service provider space, DataFort adds significantly to our ability to ensure our customers that their data is fully secure." In addition to his work at Netmarks, Mr. Arai also serves on the Board of Directors of the FCIA. Netmarks' solutions can be seen at DS Expo, East Hall 3, Booth 5-001. ... Data Storage Expo Japan, ...Decru profile, Storage Events

NSI Software Strengthens Management Team

Hoboken, N.J. - July 8, 2003 - NSI Software today announced the appointment of Craig Huke as chief financial officer.

A 20-year financial management veteran, Huke is responsible for managing and strengthening NSI Software's financial processes and identifying strategic financial opportunities to support the company's growth initiatives. Huke reports directly to Don Beeler, president and CEO of NSI Software.

"Craig's expertise in directing strategic operational and financial programs for technology companies adds a new level of depth to our management team and supports our focus on delivering value to customers, partners and investors," said Beeler. "His experience in fundraising activities, mergers and acquisitions and cost management is a significant asset for NSI Software as we prepare for continued growth."

Huke joins NSI Software from Apogee Networks, a private networking software company, where he was CFO. Previously, he was CFO at Bluestone Software, a public Internet infrastructure software company, where he led a $25 million private financing round, a $55 million IPO, a $308 million follow-on round and supported the $475 million sale of Bluestone to Hewlett Packard. Prior to Bluestone, Huke was vice president of finance at Metronet Communications Corp., a Canadian telecommunications provider that was acquired by AT&T Canada during his tenure. ...NSI Software profile, Storage People

SimpleTech Enters the External Desktop Storage Market

SANTA ANA, Calif. - July 8, 2003 - SimpleTech, Inc. enters the external desktop storage market with the introduction of the 120GB SimpleDrive high-speed USB 2.0/FireWire hard drive, for fast and easy storage expansion, system backup or file update.

For added data safety and security, SimpleTech's StorageSync backup software for Windows is included with the new desktop hard drive. StorageSync provides quick and easy backup, restore and synchronization for an entire PC, or selected files and folders.

The SimpleDrive external desktop solution delivers ultra-fast transfer speeds of 480Mb/sec. for USB 2.0, and 400Mb/sec. for FireWire, and the SimpleTech hard drive operates at 7,200RPM for fast throughput. Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems, the SimpleDrive desktop hard drive offers convenient plug-and-play installation, is hot- swappable, and the compact design stand can vertically or horizontally on the desktop. Available immediately, SRP is $199.99. ...SimpleTech profile


Hopkinton, Mass. and Mountain View, Calif.- July 8, 2003 - EMC Corporation and LEGATO Systems, Inc., today announced a definitive agreement for EMC to acquire LEGATO, in a stock transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion.

The addition of LEGATO's strengths in heterogeneous information protection and recovery, HSM, automated availability, and email and content management will expand EMC's market-leading portfolio of open storage software, making it easier for customers to access, manage and protect all of their information. ...EMC profile, ...Legato Systems profile

Editor's comments:-
Legato was the biggest loser in market share in 2002 out of the top 10 storage companies according to Gartner Dataquest, with 25% year on year revenue decline.

EMC's preliminary results announced today for Q2, (with revenue expected to be around $1.425 billion to $1.475 billion) show that EMC is unable to grow organically back to the peak the $9 Billion peak it achieved in FY 2000. Without a lot more significant acquisitions like this one today EMC would continue dropping down the bottom half of's predicted list of the top 10 biggest storage companies in 2005, and would lose critical market mass. EMC's plan to acquire Legato is a sound strategic move for both companies.

Sprint, Cisco, HDS Team to Achieve FCIP Over 3,600 Miles

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - July 8, 2003 - Sprint, along with Hitachi Data Systems and strategic alliance partner Cisco, has achieved a technical breakthrough that could have major implications on how customers deploy effective business continuity strategies.

The telecommunications giant, along with its partners, has successfully tested asynchronous data replication over an IP network, using Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) technology at a distance of more than 3,600 miles. For customers, this proof-of-concept demonstration serves as a meaningful example of business continuity solutions they can deploy using technologies available today.

"This could enable customers to replicate their mission-critical data at extremely remote locations while using their existing cost-effective IP connections, further protecting them from potential disasters that could occur at a company's headquarters," said Oliver Valente, vice president of Technology Development at Sprint. "Government regulations, for example, may soon require some companies, especially in the financial and healthcare markets, to be able to replicate their data at out-of-region locations. Until now, feasible distances for remote replication using this technology were typically in the 37- to 45-mile range, more of a metro-area scenario."

The demonstration was conducted using an FCIP connection originating from a Sprint lab located in Overland Park, Kan. Optical cross-connect devices at Sprint's Burlingame, Calif., lab created a continuous loop back to the Overland Park lab, simulating a point-to-point FCIP connection spanning 3,600 miles. The equipment used to create the link included private Sprint circuits, the Cisco MDS 9000 SAN switches with the Cisco MDS 9000 IP Storage Services modules and Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V Series systems, running Hitachi TrueCopy data replication software.

"All this equipment is readily available," Valente added. "What made this unique was the configuration that engineers at Sprint, Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems teamed to develop. It's the type of testing and teaming we are committed to doing. It's why Sprint, Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems are leaders in their respective industries at developing and putting into production applications and services that are designed to meet and surpass our customers' needs."

"Cisco has always viewed FCIP as an enabling technology for cost-effective business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, especially over extended, wide-area distances," said Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing for the Storage Technology Group at Cisco. "This demo is real-world proof of the value that network transport technologies such as FCIP can deliver in extending SAN traffic well beyond the data center environment." ...Cisco profile, ...HDS profile, ...Sprint profile

National Society for Professional Engineers Honors LSI Storage

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - July 8, 2003 - At a ceremony next week (on July 13) at the National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Convention and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, LSI Logic Storage Systems will be presented with the NSPE's 2003 New Product Award in the large company (200 to 9,999 employees) category.

LSI Logic Storage Systems is being honored for its 4th generation E4600 enterprise data storage system, which was designed and manufactured in the company's Wichita, Kansas facility. The Kansas Society of Professional Engineers nominated LSI Logic Storage Systems for the national award, which is judged on three criteria: sales and economic impact; innovative use of engineering principles; and improved function.

"New and improved products stimulate the life and growth of our country," said Richard Buchanan, chairman, NSPE-PEI New Products Award Committee. "LSI Logic Storage Systems' entry embodied all the qualities the NSPE values when evaluating nominees for the New Products Award, including exceptional engineering research, design and overall impact on the national economy."

"It is extremely gratifying to receive this national award, which acknowledges the company's engineering expertise and economic influence," said Ron Engelbrecht, LSI Logic Storage Systems' vice president and general manager of Wichita operations. Engelbrecht will be in San Antonio to accept the award with Bret Weber, director of architecture, who has been the recipient of LSI Logic Storage Systems' Inventor of the Year Award for the past two years. Systems....LSI Logic Storage Systems profile Announces Storage Compliance Solution

Lafayette, CA - July 8, 2003 - It was certainly simpler when all you had to do was keep a piece of paper for a certain length of time to meet record retention regulations says

Electronic documents, MRI scans, digital images, emails, Web sites, etc. changed that simple requirement into a sophisticated process for most corporate and government entities. Moreover, the recent increase in regulatory legislation both in North America and Europe has created an urgency to meet these requirements.'s AEStore is the first solution that addresses the retention requirements, management and deletion of electronic records regardless of storage hardware or media.

According to Thomas Gosnell, CEO of, "It's absurd to think that an organization will throw out their existing storage servers in order to replace them with ones that address regulatory issues. A compliance solution needs to work with a mix of disk, tape and optical storage media. We see the AEStore solution as one that an organization can adopt into their current environment and provide the freedom to choose the best storage hardware for their needs knowing that they meet their record retention objectives and compliance regulations."

With the recent enactment of the HIPPA and the Sarbanes-Oxley Acts, the integrity of electronic records and retention requirements are impacting more than just traditional regulated industries. Executives in every public company need to be confident that internal controls produce trustworthy electronic records. Some of the key components in record retention compliance are:
  1. integrity - proving that an electronic record has not been altered;
  2. retention period- applying the appropriate retention period to the individual record;
  3. audit trail-providing a history of access to the record;
  4. encrypting the record for privacy regulations; and
  5. disposing of records at the end of the retention period.
"It's interesting that in the UK it's a legal requirement to destroy a record at the end of its retention period if it contains any personal information, while in North America most companies desire to destroy their records as soon as possible. Finding all copies of the records stored has been a problem, but deleting individual records from magnetic tape or optical media has been impossible. AEStore's patent pending technology allows the removal of all information at the end of the retention period whether the record is on tape, disc, or optical media," according to Mr. Gosnell.'s AEStore is available through resellers and the company is investigating numerous OEM options. AEStore has two pricing models; a consumption model based upon usage which is ideal for the mid-sized market or as a method of evaluation; and also a licensing based upon terabytes of storage. profile

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