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flash SSD Jargon Explained
the Top 10 SSD Companies
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New Report Confirms EMC as World's #1 Again

BakBone expands UK Sales Operation

Avail's Integrity Certified by Overland

INNOVENTIONS New 200-pin DDR SO-DIMM Tester

Robust Digital Reduces Pricing on Rackmount RAID

MaXXan Signs UK VAR Computacenter

Intel Resells ICP Vortex Computersysteme to Adaptec

BakBone Releases PostgreSQL Database Backup

JNI Uses 8 Xtensa Processors in New Fibre Channel

Tabernus, Adaptec, and Maxtor Get SASy

WD Ships 250GB SATA Hard Drive With SecureConnect

Softek Announces 2nd Generation SRM

1TB NAS a Snip at $6,495 from Snap Appliance

4GB Memory Upgrade for Sun Fires from Dataram

Storability Supports for IBM's Enterprise Storage

LSI and Intel extend MegaRAID to PCI Express

LEGATO Enhances Replication for Windows 2003

Dell and EMC Extend Storage Alliance

MRAM - the new Core Store?

Hitachi ULSI Selects 3PAR Utility Storage

Wenzel Data teams with Constant Data

StorageTek Expands Tape Drive Connectivity

Nexsan and Arkivio Do Storage Bundle

Joanna Shields Joins Decru as VP of Europe

CNT Announces WAN Capable FC Director

Rorke Data Selects Procom's NetFORCE for Hospitals

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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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Surviving SSD sudden power loss
Why should you care what happens in an SSD when the power goes down?

This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

This article will help you understand why some SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be negligible.
image shows Megabyte's hot air balloon - click to read the article SSD power down architectures and acharacteristics If you thought endurance was the end of the SSD reliability story - think again. ...read the article
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Hopkinton, Mass - June 13, 2003 - EMC was once again the world's #1 provider of external controller-based disk storage and networked information storage in 2002, according to new findings released by Gartner Dataquest this week at Gartner's Planet Storage Conference in Las Vegas

According to Gartner Dataquest, EMC led the external controller-based disk storage market in 2002 for the 6th straight year with 21.6% revenue share. EMC was also #1 in the Fabric Attached Storage (FAS), Gartner Dataquest's term for networked storage, market in 2002 with 29.6% revenue share. Gartner Dataquest includes both SAN and NAS implementations as part of FAS. FAS, which was only 35.4% of the storage market two years ago, represented 60.8% in 2002, according to Gartner Dataquest. Gartner Dataquest's findings for EMC do not include revenue from EMC OEM partners, such as Dell.


BakBone expands UK Sales Operation

Poole, UK - June 13, 2003 - Whilst many other companies in the storage industry are shedding staff, BakBone Software is pleased to announce an expansion in its UK sales and technical team.

In line with the recent news that BakBone experienced 110% revenue growth in its EMEA operations, BakBone has now grown its UK sales operation by 200%.

Ian Hunt has joined the UK and Ireland sales team, headed up by Tony Clay, who has been with the company since May 2001. Ian came to BakBone from alliance partner Network Appliance where he was the manager of their system engineers. Previous to that, Ian worked in various pre-sales positions, including on a European level, at VERITAS Software. Given that BakBone is a 100% channel-centric organisation, Ian will be responsible for generating sales through channel account management. This includes giving ongoing sales training to BakBone's UK reseller base as well as visiting customer sites together with reseller partners.

Graham Woods has also joined the UK team as the newly-appointed technical account manager for UK and Ireland. Graham joins BakBone from Auspex Systems where he was lead systems engineer for nearly three years. Graham's reponsibilities at BakBone include educating end-users and resellers on the NetVault product, implementing and managing product evaluations, performing analysis of customers' environments and giving recommendations to customers and resellers. Graham will also conduct the monthly "BakBone Certified Engineer" course on NetVault 7 in the UK headquarters based in Poole. This training forms part of BakBone's channel program and is open to both end-users and resellers.

EMEA Managing Director Andrew Unsworth, has commented on the spate of recent additions by saying: "I am delighted that we have attracted key figures of such high calibre from the storage industry to join us at BakBone. We have been experiencing a period of rapid growth and no doubt this has been recognised by those who have chosen to join us. With these recent new additions to our sales force and technical teams, BakBone is ready to face the challenges in the next stage of our company growth. If we can expand during this sort of market, I am confident we will be stronger during a more buoyant market than many of our competitors." ...BakBone Software profile


Avail's Integrity Certified by Overland

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – June 12, 2003 – Avail Solutions announced that its flagship Integrity product has successfully been certified for compatibility with the Neo Series tape libraries from Overland Storage.

By ensuring Integrity's compatibility and full support of the Neo Series, customers are provided with enterprise-class data protection, seamless operation, and investment protection.

During the certification process, Integrity backup and recovery software was extensively lab-tested with the full line of Overland libraries. The libraries were tested in two configurations: as standalone libraries attached directly to an Integrity-controlled server; and as part of a multi-tiered storage configuration with hard disk storage vaults front-ending the tape libraries, a feature unique to Integrity. Overland Storage customers can now confidently use Integrity to quickly backup their data, automatically move and/or copy it to other locations, and restore the data regardless of the number and variety of storage devices in their environment. This simplifies the backup process, conserves IT resources, and ensures maximum data protection.

"We are pleased to announce that Integrity data protection software operates seamlessly and reliably with our award-winning Neo Series of tape libraries," said Robert Scroop, vice president and general manager of Overland's storage resource business unit. "Integrity's enterprise-class capabilities, such as managed replication and protected data migration, are an ideal complement to our products." ...Avail Solutions profile, ...Overland Storage profile


INNOVENTIONS New 200-pin DDR SO-DIMM Tester

Houston, Texas ­ June 12, 2003 ­ INNOVENTIONS, Inc. is now shipping a low-price converter that allows for affordable testing of new 200-pin DDR SO-DIMM memory modules.

The converter works with the company's RAMCHECK Plus and RAMCHECK DDR Only memory testers.

"The switch from older 144-pin SO-DIMM memory technology to the new 200-pin DDR format is occurring faster than expected," said David Y. Feinstein, President of INNOVENTIONS. "Prices for DDR laptop memory have dropped dramatically over the past year, causing a surge in demand for the newer technology. Companies and organizations that deal with laptop computers need an affordable way to test computer memory. With the new 200-pin DDR Converter, our RAMCHECK Plus tester makes memory testing affordable for even small organizations."

The 200-pin DDR Converter tests PC333, PC266, and PC200 DDR modules. It works only with INNOVENTIONS' RAMCHECK Plus and RAMCHECK DDR Only memory testers. The converter requires no special setup and is simple to operate. During each test, the memory module's size, structure and type are automatically detected. The tester quickly spots bad memory chips and alerts the user with a warning tone and visual signal. ...INNOVENTIONS profile, Storage Testers & Analyzers


Robust Digital Reduces Pricing on Rackmount RAID

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - June 12, 2003 - Robust Digital Solutions announces deeply discounted pricing on all rack mount models.

The G-Series rack mount model is now one of the industry's lowest priced hardware based RAID 5 solutions available for purchase.

"At $3,999, the G-Series 720 GB rack mount is a great value", says Diane Christ, Marketing Director of Robust Digital Solutions, "capacities of 480 GB and 360 GB are available at even lower prices."

Even though the G-Series rack mount RAID systems have a low price, these inexpensive arrays provide features found in higher priced models on the market. Hot swap hard drives are standard, but dual, hot swap power supply and fan units are also a standard feature. Using the Hot Spare feature on the G-Series rack mount RAID allows for an automated recovery process in the case of a hard drive failure. If a hard drive were to fail with the Hot Spare option enabled, the G-Series RAID will automatically start reconstructing the failed drive's data onto the spare drive without human intervention.

Another rack mount RAID system, the 2U high K6 model, received a price reduction as well. The K6 RAID is available in 360 GB, 480 GB, 720 GB and 1,080 GB (1 TB) capacities with list prices starting at $4,419. While the K6 is ideally suited for server applications, it is also a low cost solution for high performance non-linear editing environments. This multi-purpose RAID is certified for several popular high-end video capture cards that require increased throughput.

Like the rest of the K-Series RAID solutions from Robust Digital Solutions, the K6 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3 and 5 while providing hot swappable hard drives and dual, hot swappable power supply / fan units as well as a Hot Spare feature. All RAID systems are available now. ...Robust Digital Solutions profile


MaXXan Signs UK VAR Computacenter

SAN JOSE, Calif., - June 11, 2003 - MaXXan Systems, Inc. today announced a new European reseller agreement with Computacenter.

Under this agreement, Computacenter will distribute MaXXan's Intelligent Application Switch, the MXV320, as well as the SG100 NAS Gateway powered by VERITAS software, and the SA100f disaster recovery and storage consolidation system powered by IPStor software from FalconStor. MaXXan displayed these solutions at last weeks' Storage Network World Eurostorage conference and is currently showcasing them at the VERITAS Vision shows in the UK, France, Germany, and Netherlands.

"We are excited to sign up Computacenter as our first European reseller," said Gerry Burr, MaXXan's European sales director. "Computacenter is the United Kingdom's largest provider of IT solutions and has a significant Fortune 1000 customer base across Europe. We see a tremendous potential for MaXXan's storage networking solutions, and Computacenter has the contacts to reach the European customers and continue our expansion. This relationship with Computacenter proves once again our commitment to the European market and strengthens our position in this market."

"As one of Europe's leading providers of IT infrastructure services, we know what our customers' needs are and we are always looking for companies whose products could revolutionize the market while satisfying the end-users' increasing storage requirements," said Simon Gay, storage practice leader, Computacenter. "MaXXan's storage networking products coupled with our IT expertise help customers optimize their existing environments in a simple and cost-effective way." ...Computacenter profile, ...MaXXan Systems profile


Intel Resells ICP Vortex Computersysteme to Adaptec

MILPITAS, Calif. - June 11, 2003 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced it has acquired ICP vortex Computersysteme GmbH.

ICP vortex (a RAID systems company) was acquired by Intel in March 2001. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Based in Germany, ICP vortex provides a broad range of hardware and software RAID including SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel products. The company's products are sold to major OEMs and through VARs. Adaptec plans to continue the ICP vortex operation in Europe, complementing Adaptec's other offerings for storage connectivity, data protection, storage networking and external storage.

"The ICP vortex brand is among the most recognized and trusted brands for data protection in Germany and across Europe, and we're pleased to add the ICP vortex team to our global operation," said Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "ICP vortex's capabilities further extend Adaptec's strength in delivering end-to-end storage infrastructure - from core data protection technology to turnkey networked storage solutions - to our customers worldwide." ...Adaptec profile, ...Intel profile


BakBone Releases PostgreSQL Database Backup

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - June 11, 2003 - BakBone Software announced today the release of a new NetVault Application Plugin Module (APM) for PostgreSQL databases.

The new PostgreSQL APM allows IT Administrators to schedule backups of either the entire database or individual tables within the database while the database is online and active.

"The new PostgreSQL APM is a full-featured solution that provides customers complete live data protection, securing their most important asset," said Kerri Taylor, APM Product Manager at BakBone. "The release of the PostgreSQL APM represents BakBone's ongoing commitment to provide application specific support to the Linux community. NetVault offers hot application backup for more applications running on Linux than any other storage management software manufacturer."

The PostgreSQL APM is available now on Linux platforms starting at $1075. A free 45-day fully featured demo is available on BakBone's web site. ...BakBone Software profile


JNI Uses 8 Xtensa Processors in New Fibre Channel

Santa Clara, Calif. – June 11, 2003 – Tensilica, Inc. today announced that the new JNI X8 architecture from JNI Corp employs 8 Tensilica Xtensa processors.

The Xtensa processors help JNI's X8-based Fibre Channel controllers to achieve a host transfer rate of up to 4 gigabytes per second and up to 300,000 IOPS, a five times speed enhancement and a four times peak I/O performance improvement over their previous generation product.

"We carefully studied different embedded 32-bit processors and picked Xtensa because we could configure it for maximum performance," said Sassan Teymouri, vice president of ASICs at JNI. "We believe the Xtensa processors give us a competitive advantage. Xtensa executes certain instructions most frequently used in the I/O stack faster than other processors."

The JNI X8 architecture achieves high performance and low cost in server and embedded applications by integrating two fully independent Fibre Channel protocol engines, four embedded 200+MHz Tensilica Xtensa processors per channel, 1-2-4 Gb SERDES, a 10Gb XAUI, internal and external memory controllers. This highly parallel architecture provides independent control of each Fibre Channel port with four CPUs/port operating in concert to maximize data throughput at 1-2-4Gb and 10Gb speeds while minimizing host CPU workload.

"JNI's X8 architecture is an excellent example of the performance that can be achieved with multi-processor designs," stated Bernie Rosenthal, Tensilica's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "By integrating eight Xtensa microprocessor cores, JNI's X8 architecture can meet the formidable demands of 10 Gb wire speeds." ...JNI profile, ...Tensilica


Tabernus, Adaptec, and Maxtor Get SASy

DENVER, CO – June 11, 2003 - Tabernus announced today it is collaborating with Adaptec and Maxtor for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) development planning.

The collaborative product planning will help Tabernus design prototype SAS software that will enable hardware vendors to test products under development. Using the Tabernus' disk drive testing solution, OEMs, resellers, and IT organizations will be able to ensure compatibility of the SAS interface with both SAS and SATA disk drives in a common enclosure. Tabernus' peripheral testing software will help companies deliver robust SAS products and speed time to market. With an anticipated launch in Q4 2003, Tabernus expects to deliver the first peripheral testing tools for SAS.

"Tabernus plans to leverage the strength of both these manufacturers to help them deliver the first SAS solutions, allowing OEMs and system integrators to begin early SAS design and prototype-development work," says Marissa Ponikvar, Tabernus CEO and President. "Adaptec's SAS controller and Maxtor's disk drives will allow customers to plug either high-performance, dual-port SAS drives or high-capacity, cost-effective Serial ATA drives into the same backplane, optimizing their storage configuration to meet their application's requirements for performance, availability, capacity and cost."

"Robust diagnostics and testing tools are a key requirement for host bus adapter and disk drive makers in speeding the introduction of new technologies," said Linus Wong, director of strategic marketing for Adaptec's Storage Solutions Group. "Tabernus' leading-edge test tools will help accelerate the development of Serial Attached SCSI solutions as Adaptec works to deliver SAS's new levels of performance, scalability and disk-drive choice for next-generation enterprise computing." ...Adaptec profile, ...Maxtor profile, ...Tabernus profile

See also:- Serial Attached SCSI, Test equipment



WD Ships 250GB SATA Hard Drive With SecureConnect

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 11, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. today introduced its WD Caviar Special Edition SATA)hard drive, the world's largest 7,200 RPM SATA hard drive.

Carrying on the heritage of WD Caviar SE hard drives as industry-leading performers, these new SATA-equipped hard drives feature capacities as large as 250 GB, an 8 MB buffer and three-year warranty, to fill acute demand in market segments such as high-end PC, workstation and entry-level servers.
The Company also introduced its robust SecureConnect SATA cable technology (shown right) which is designed to solve a weakness of first-generation SATA hard drives and cables by strengthening the drive-cable connection by more than 500%, while ensuring the hard drive maintains backward compatibility with legacy SATA cables and backplanes. This strengthening of the drive-cable connection is intended to eliminate SATA connector breakage as well as reduce the number of related product returns to hard drive makers and systems manufacturers. click to see larger  Western Digital SecureConnect SATA cable
Also featured on the new WD Caviar SE SATA hard drives is Western Digital's FlexPower technology that accepts a power connection from either the traditional EIDE power connectors-found in virtually all of today's desktop systems-or other currently shipping SATA power supplies. ...Western Digital profile


Softek Announces 2nd Generation SRM

London, UK - June 11, 2003 - Softek today announced general availability of Softek Storage Manager, its award-winning multi-vendor SRM solution.

General availability status for Softek Storage Manager 2.1 was achieved following successful completion of a 10-week early support programme that involved 13 companies in Europe and North America. Current Softek Storage Manager 2.1 customers include AdvanceMed, CN, Harte-Hanks, Media News Group and MapInfo. The Softek early support programme incorporates final version software and is designed to test the company's internal processes. Softek policy mandates at least five enterprise installations to achieve general availability status.

"Results from our early support programme proved that our SRM solution further delivers on the Softek promise to simplify and optimise the management of complex, multi-vendor storage infrastructures from a common management platform – in order to achieve better-utilisation, more productive staffs, and greater application availability," said Steven Murphy, president and CEO at Softek. "We are pleased that Softek Storage Manager is showing excellent performance within the data centres of these early support programme customers and that we are continuing to see strong market acceptance for our open-systems storage management solutions. The early support programme for our automated storage provisioning solution, Softek Storage Provisioner, is also progressing according to plan and we expect to announce general availability status for this product in coming weeks." ...Softek profile


1TB NAS a Snip at $6,495 from Snap Appliance

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 10, 2003 – Snap Appliance today announced that the Snap Server 4500 is now available with one terabyte of capacity, making it one of the highest value offerings in the midrange NAS market.

The 4500 installs in minutes and can be managed remotely, making it an ideal storage solution for enterprise departments, workgroups and remote offices. The Intel® Pentium® 4, coupled with the GuardianOS, provides industry leading performance for cross-platform file sharing. The Linux-based GuardianOS also offers seamless integration into Active Directory environments along with advanced data protection options including Snapshot technology, server-to-server (S2S) synchronization software, and eTrust Antivirus software from Computer Associates. The 1TB 4500 is priced at $6,495 and available immediately....Snap Appliance profile


4GB Memory Upgrade for Sun Fires from Dataram

Princeton, NJ - June 10, 2003 - Dataram Corporation today announced the immediate availability of the industry's first 4 gigabyte memory upgrade for the Sun Fire™ V240, powering the system to a full 16GB of memory capacity.

This innovative 4GB upgrade is not yet available from Sun Microsystems and is Dataram's "third" first-to-market memory upgrade for Sun in seven weeks. Also released today were 1GB and 2GB memory upgrades for Sun's entry-level Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers. Each DRS240 memory upgrade consists of two ECC DDR DIMMs and were fully qualified for use in the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers. ...Dataram profile


Storability Supports for IBM's Enterprise Storage

Southborough, Massachusetts - June 10, 2003 - Storability Software today announced that its Global Storage Manager software now fully supports IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) systems, Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) backup systems, and has achieved IBM TotalStorage Proven certification.

The announcement illustrates Storability's continued commitment to deliver the broadest device and platform support possible, and meet the highest standards available, in its efforts to help customers simplify enterprise-wide storage management.

Global Storage Manager is an innovative open-standards based software solution that enables companies to efficiently manage all components within multi-vendor, multi-site storage environment, including SAN, NAS, and direct-attached primary storage, secondary and archive backup systems, and applications, including databases.

With today's announcement, Storability has expanded the range of Global Storage Manager even further. ESS joins a long list of platforms already supported, including storage from EMC, HP, Compaq, Sun, Hitachi, StorageTek, LSI Logic, and Network Appliance. With TSM support, Storability has expanded Global Storage Manager's enterprise backup application coverage. TSM joins Veritas Netbackup and Legato Networker as supported backup platforms.

"Global Storage Manager continues to extend its lead by offering comprehensive support for a wide range of storage components," said Tim Leisman, Storability Software CEO. "Achieving IBM TotalStorage Proven Certification and enhancing our capabilities with these new features allows our customers to further leverage GSM to improve storage operations and reduce costs." ...Storability Software profile, ...Tivoli profile


LSI and Intel extend MegaRAID to PCI Express

LAS VEGAS, NV - June 10, 2003 - LSI Logic Corporation today announced joint validation and development efforts to deliver MegaRAID solutions using Intel's forthcoming high-performance I/O processor for PCI Express™, code named Dobson.

Initial solutions will utilize LSI Logic MegaRAID RAID software; LSI Logic Ultra320 SCSI controllers; and Intel's I/O processors with Intel® XScale™ technology. Future product solutions will incorporate serial attached SCSI storage interfaces.

"Direct-attach ROMB solutions are rapidly-growing elements of the server storage market, delivering excellent data availability and I/O performance into highly-integrated server form factors. We are seeing strong demand for more efficient and cost-effective solutions that scale to higher storage bandwidths, reduce I/O overhead and latencies, and offer architectural flexibility to support future storage interfaces," said Phil Bullinger, vice president and general manager of LSI Logic's RAID storage adapters division. "As users look to implement PCI Express solutions, they can be assured that LSI Logic's MegaRAID software and storage controllers, combined with the performance of Intel's PCI Express I/O processor, will deliver industry-leading solutions that meet our customers' performance expectations and aggressive time-to-market requirements."

"Our close work with LSI Logic in their development of RAID and ROMB solutions is a key element in the delivery of fully integrated PCI Express server platforms in 2004," said Mike Wall, general manager of Intel's Storage Components Division. "LSI Logic's commitment to deliver ROMB for PCI Express will enable server OEMs to integrate RAID directly onto server platforms while taking full advantage of the high bandwidth and modularity of PCI Express." ...Intel profile, ...LSI Logic profile


LEGATO Enhances Replication for Windows 2003

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LAS VEGAS - June 10, 2003 - LEGATO Systems, Inc. announces the immediate availability of LEGATO RepliStor 5.2 and RepliStor for XtenderSolutions (RSX).

LEGATO also announces Windows 2003 certification for RepliStor 5.1, which is the basis for the RSX solution.

RepliStor 5.2 introduces new performance features. These new features include enhancements that take advantage of new capabilities in Windows 2003 Server to further reduce RepliStor's CPU utilization and increase network efficiency, while speeding replication performance. RepliStor efficiencies offer cost savings advantages, enabling many RepliStor customers to use existing T1 connections with other business traffic and still obtain disaster recovery.

LEGATO RSX, also announced today, enables customers to replicate documents managed by ApplicationXtender to one or more secondary systems and locations. RSX provides rapid recovery of AX documents in the event that the primary disk fails, and without requiring documents to be recovered from tape or rescanned. RSX also provides easy, rapid disaster recovery for AX over unlimited wide-area distances. ...Legato Systems profile


Dell and EMC Extend Storage Alliance

Round Rock, Texas and Hopkinton, Mass.- June 10, 2003 - Dell and EMC today extended their five-year, multi-billion dollar strategic alliance by two years, reinforcing both companies' commitment to deliver the best networked storage solutions for organizations of all sizes.

The original agreement was signed in October 2001 and will now extend through December 2008. Since forming the alliance, more than 4,100 customers worldwide have chosen Dell/EMC storage systems. ...Dell Computer profile, ...EMC profile


MRAM - the new Core Store?

.Kyoto, Japan (VLSI Symposia) - June 10, 2003 - IBM and Infineon Technologies AG today announced they have developed the most advanced Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM) technology to date by integrating magnetic memory components into a high-performance logic base.

Today's announcement could accelerate the commercialization of MRAM, a breakthrough memory technology with the potential to begin replacing some of today's memory technologies as early as 2005. MRAM could lead to 'instant on' computers, allowing users to turn computers on and off as quickly as a light switch.
At the VLSI Symposia taking place here this week, IBM and Infineon are presenting their high-speed 128Kbit MRAM core. It is fabricated with a 0.18 micron logic-based process technology, the smallest size reported to date for MRAM technology. A memory technology that uses magnetic, rather than electronic, charges to store bits of data. MRAM combines the best features of today's common memory technologies: the storage capacity and low-cost of DRAM, the high speed of SRAM, and the non-volatility of flash memory. click for larger MRAM image
"MRAM has the potential to become the universal memory technology of the future," said Dr T. C. Chen, VP Science and Technology, IBM Research. "This breakthrough demonstrates that MRAM technology is rapidly maturing and could fundamentally alter the entire memory marketplace within the next few years."

By combining IBM technology with Infineon's expertise in creating very high-density semiconductor memory, the companies believe MRAM products could be commercially available as early as 2005. ...IBM Microelectronics profile, ...Infineon Technologies profile

Editor's comments:-
in the 1960s computer memory also known as "core store", used magnetic storage. It had low density and was expensive, because each bit of wire was wound around a ferrite core by hand. MRAM will have to compete with Flash in non volatile applications, but unlike flash, there is no wear-out, so there may be some algorithmic intensive applications such as security and embedded DSP in which MRAM would be a safer choice.


Hitachi ULSI Selects 3PAR Utility Storage

Fremont, CA - June 10, 2003 - 3PAR announced today that Hitachi ULSI Systems, a leading supplier of system design solutions, has purchased and installed the 3PAR InServ Storage Server.

Hitachi ULSI chose 3PAR because it best aligned with its business need for a simple, powerful data management system within its chip development line of business. 3PAR's distinctive ease-of-use, application adaptability, and unique multi-tenant performance characteristics were deciding factors in Hitachi ULSI's selection process. The system was purchased through 3PAR's solution delivery partner, Nissho Electronics Corporation.

The 3PAR InServ Storage Server was chosen for its simple reconfiguration capabilities, ease of use, and distinct ability to run multiple projects simultaneously while delivering assured levels of service. Additionally, Hitachi ULSI sought to consolidate their storage pool behind a NAS gateway solution, which was critical to closing the transition window between each phase of development, effectively shrinking time-to-revenue. 3PAR's open NAS approach and ability to partner with leading IT providers gave Hitachi ULSI the confidence to proceed with 3PAR.

"The 3PAR Utility Storage array offers manageability and functionality simply not available from other storage array vendors," said Hiroyuki Suzuki, managing director of Hitachi ULSI. "3PAR is now the basis for a consolidated, open NAS architecture that enables us to accelerate our projects and positively impact business results." ...3PARdata


Wenzel Data teams with Constant Data

Hopkins, Minnesota - June 9, 2003 - Constant Data, Inc. today announced Wenzel Data has become an authorized reseller of Constant Data's enterprise data replication software solutions.

"Just about every company that is concerned about business continuance and disaster recovery has a need for Constant Data's products," said Brad Wenzel, CEO of Wenzel Data. "With this product we can offer true cross platform off-site data replication for many of our existing customers that are concerned about keeping a hot-standby copy of their critical data online and available. We believe this will be a great compliment to our other hardware storage products."

"We are very pleased to have Wenzel Data recognize the value of a real-time data replication solution for their customer base," said Paul Sustman, Founder & President of Constant Data. "Wenzel Data offers their customers a wealth of experience in hardware and software storage solutions."

The company's Constant Replicator software solution, a comprehensive IBM TotalStorage Proven product, increases the availability of an organization's data on a global basis, allowing business continuance and enabling continuous operations. Constant Replicator is a real-time filesystem replication technology that allows businesses that operate in Linux, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX environments to keep usable up-to-date mirror copies of critical data online and offsite over their existing networks. ...Constant Data profile, ...Wenzel Data


StorageTek Expands Tape Drive Connectivity

LOUISVILLE, Colo. and GARTNER PLANET STORAGE - June 9, 2003 - StorageTek today announced availability of the 'fast access' T9840B tape drive featuring the industry's first native FICON interface for the latest high-throughput IBM zSeries server channels.

With the new native FICON interface, StorageTek's T9840B tape drives can be seamlessly integrated within enterprise customers' MVS environments and StorageTek's leading automated tape library systems. This combination delivers more than double the throughput of ESCON drives, offering the industry's fastest data access with twelve seconds average load and search, and more than 100 kilometers of long-distance connectivity.

"Achieving significantly accelerated data throughput rates and access speeds, long distance connectivity and higher levels of reliability are becoming essential focal points for enterprise MVS customers," said Fara Yale, Research vice president, Gartner. "MVS customers that are transitioning from ESCON to FICON connectivity stand to double their throughput and gain 10 times more cabling distances for data transmission to offsite data centers and disaster recovery/business continuity applications, making upgrading to this connectivity a win-win on many levels."

StorageTek's T9840 "access-centric" tape drives feature superior speed and unmatched access capabilities, making them the ideal tape drive solutions for transaction-intensive, time critical applications and HSM. The T9840B features a dual port option to enable two active paths to each drive for higher availability and performance, and can be directly attached to Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) equipment for better throughput and cost-effective transmission to remote locations over fiber optic networks. StorageTek's T9840B tape drive with native FICON interface is planned for worldwide availability this month. The U.S. list price is $38,000 for a new tape drive and $15,000 for conversions to installed T9840B ESCON drives. ...StorageTek profile


Nexsan and Arkivio Do Storage Bundle

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - June 9, 2003 - Nexsan Technologies and Arkivio, Inc. today announced they will jointly develop and market a complete automated storage management solution incorporating Nexsan's advanced disk-based storage systems and the ARKIVIO auto-stor storage management software.

Arkivio is the first company to qualify and become a Nexsan Strategic Solutions (S2) Program Partner. The Arkivio-Nexsan partnership will result in an ideal product for resellers that deliver complete data management solutions incorporating data resource management and policy-based automation. Advanced disk-based storage is rapidly becoming the top choice for a variety of industries and applications, including digital film/video/audio, imaging and analytics, and transaction-intensive financial environments.

The Arkivio-Nexsan solution evaluates and classifies data over its lifecycle and automatically and seamlessly migrates files from heterogeneous SAN/NAS/DAS environments to the Nexsan systems according to pre-defined policies. Customers benefit from reduced cost per managed terabyte of storage as they increase utilization of the Nexsan cost-correct storage systems, as well as improved productivity levels by automating storage management tasks such as data storage discovery, analysis, and migration. The joint solution will carry a "Nexsan certified" designation and be included in the company's award-winning family of products. ...Arkivio profile, ...Nexsan Technologies profile


Joanna Shields Joins Decru as VP of Europe

London, UK - June 9, 2003 - Decru, Inc. today announced that Joanna Shields has been appointed vice president, Europe.

Ms. Shields' responsibilities include establishing Decru's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as developing both direct and indirect sales channels. Prior to joining Decru, Shields was vice president, International for RealNetworks, where she was responsible for all sales and marketing activities outside the United States. During her tenure with RealNetworks, Shields was named a Euro Top 50 Executive by European Cable & Satellite Magazine and UK Top 50 Executive by Internet Magazine.

"Joanna brings an unbeatable combination of skills to her new position," said Dan Avida, president and CEO. "Her expertise in sales and channel development and entrepreneurship is already bringing Decru results in Europe."

"Security is a global concern for both enterprises and government organizations," said Joanna Shields. "There is an immediate and significant need for the storage security technology Decru provides, and I am thrilled to carry this momentum to EMEA markets." ...Decru profile, Storage People


CNT Announces WAN Capable FC Director

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - June 9, 2003 - CNT announced today its FC/9000 Fibre Channel/FICON Director product now includes integrated MAN and WAN capabilities.

This is another industry first for the FC/9000 and builds on CNT's commitment to providing customers with business continuity and storage networking solutions for their SAN, MAN, and WAN environments. With the addition of support for metropolitan and wide area environments, the FC/9000 is now uniquely positioned to support long distance applications, using high-speed interfaces at virtually unlimited distances. Typical customer applications include business continuity, data center migration and consolidation, remote disk mirroring, remote tape backup/recovery, data archiving and consolidation of storage and servers.

The FC/9000 is the first Fibre Channel / FICON switching director to include integrated coarse wave division multiplexing (WDM) capabilities and to support Fibre Channel distances from hundreds to thousands of kilometers for regional and global storage networking. The WAN capability leverages CNT's world class technology that has been deployed at thousands of customer sites, over an IP, ATM, SONET or dedicated telecommunications infrastructure, giving customers the flexibility to implement storage networks to meet their specific needs. The FC/9000 with MAN and WAN capabilities is available now for shipments this quarter. ...CNT profile


Rorke Data Selects Procom's NetFORCE for Hospitals

BOSTON - June 9, 2003 - With the growing demand for Internet access to graphics-intensive medical images, Rorke Data will distribute Procom Technology's complete line of NetFORCE storage solutions to resellers and OEMs in the medical industry, the two companies announced today at the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology exposition (SCAR 2003) in Boston.

The partnership will provide hospitals, medical laboratories and research facilities with the most secure, scalable and fault-tolerant data storage solutions available.

"Rorke Data has been working successfully with medical imaging companies for more than 15 years and knows how to serve their specific needs," said Reza Sadri, Ph.D., Procom's chief technologist. "Partnering with Rorke Data will significantly strengthen our reach to IT managers in the medical community."

Rorke Data will install, integrate and support Procom's NetFORCE solutions for the high-bandwidth network environments of digital archiving providers in the medical imaging industry.

"Accessing high-quality medical images over the Internet is a challenge for our customers," said Joe Rorke, vice president of marketing at Rorke Data. "A CAT scan series can consist of 800 digitally sliced images, with each slice requiring a megabyte of space. We were eager to offer Procom's NetFORCE storage solutions because they provide the quick, reliable access to secure medical data our customers need, and at an affordable cost." ...Procom Technology profile, ...Rorke Data profile

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