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Corsair Announces XMS3700 DDR Modules

Fremont, CA - June 20, 2003 - Corsair Memory, Inc. has announced new XMS3700 additions to their popular XMS family of memory modules.

These ultra-fast new modules raise the bar for extreme performance, giving PC enthusiasts further headroom for overclocking their memory bus. Corsair's XMS3700 products are available immediately from resellers worldwide. Corsair's offering includes 256 MByte and 512 MByte modules available individually or as matched "TWINX" pairs. The new additions consist of eight products, with four clad in either black or silver (PT) heat spreaders:

Each module has been tested at 467 MHz on an Asus P4C800 dual channel DDR motherboard based on the Intel 875P "Canterwood" chipset. TWINX kits are tested as a matched pair and physically packaged together immediately after passing test, guaranteeing that the customer receives a product that has been verified in the dual channel environment. JEDEC standard latency settings of 3-4-4-8 allow these modules to achieve extraordinarily high clock speeds for optimum performance in many system configurations.

After extensive testing of a very broad selection of RAM chips, Corsair engineers designed the XMS3700 around the only RAMs that could pass their stringent qualifications. Corsair's benchmarking showed that faster clock speeds were more critical to improving performance than lower latencies. Therefore the XMS3700 delivers the highest attainable benchmarks with today's fastest available technology. ...Corsair Memory profile

DISC, Inc. Suspends U.S. Operations

MILPITAS, CA - June 20, 2003 - DISC Inc. announced today that due to the company's cash constraints and the uncertainty of its ability to secure additional required financing, it furloughed most of its U.S.-based employees.

The company does not intend to reemploy any of these persons unless and until it secures substantial new financing. While the company is actively exploring financing alternatives, it is highly uncertain that it will be successful in securing new funding. Accordingly, the company is evaluating its alternatives with respect to its ongoing operations. The company has not furloughed its approximately 45 employees located in Germany. The future employment of these persons may also be affected if the company does not secure additional new funding in the near future. ...DISC profile

Storage Computer Announces CyberNAS Version 2.2

NASHUA, N.H. - June 20, 2003 - Storage Computer Corporation has announced availability of CyberNAS Version 2.2 with advanced feature sets.

The next generation CyberNAS brings to the market advanced features associated with ease of deployment, integrated RAID management and high performance throughput as well as dynamic growth capability and wide area replication features.

The CyberNAS V2.2 will be available starting July 1st in a packaged software form. Targeted for aggressively approaching the VAR and Systems Integrator market the CyberNAS V2.2 software currently runs on Red Hat 7.3 operating system and its supported platforms. The software is tuned to accommodate commodity off-the-shelf Intel based servers available from most major brand hardware suppliers. Integrated systems using "best of breed" hardware components are sold through Storage Computer Channel Partners and VARs/Systems Integrators.

The CyberNAS V2.2 new advanced features include Local and Wide Area Replication, journaled and non-journaled capabilities, extensive snapshot features, dynamic partition expansion, WEB-DAV distributed authoring and versioning (for file access in lieu of share permissions), advanced quota support capabilities, anti virus and intrusion detection options and much more. The CyberNAS V2.2 will also be offered as a packaged solution whose configurations include 1U slim head units, 3U units with 16 integrated drives as well as SATA options for archiving and cost effective deployments. ...Storage Computer profile

H. A. Storage Systems teams with Constant Data

Hopkins, Minnesota - June 20, 2003 - Constant Data, Inc. today announced enterprise storage solution vendor H. A. Storage Systems has become an authorized reseller of Constant Data's enterprise data replication software solutions.

"We are finding more of our customers are becoming concerned about business continuance and disaster recovery needs and Constant Data's products fit those to a tee" said Greg Robertson, CEO of H. A. Storage Systems. "With this product we can offer off-site data replication for many of our existing customers that are concerned about keeping a hot spare copy of their critical data available 7x24. We believe this will be a great compliment to our other hardware storage products."

"We are very pleased to have H. A. Storage Systems realize the value of a real-time data replication solution for their customer base," said Paul Sustman, Founder & President of Constant Data. " H. A. Storage Systems offers their customers as well as their vendor partners a wealth of experience in hardware and software storage solutions." ...Constant Data profile

Rave and Ci Design Partner in Turnkey Appliances

Sterling Heights, MI - June 19, 2003 - Rave Computer Association, Inc. and Ci Design announce their alliance where Rave Computer provides integration services for Ci Design's product line.

"This alliance is a win for both companies," said Tony Scicluna, Rave Computer Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We provide consumers with products that require various degrees of integration and customization. Our ability to integrate COTS and custom solutions enables us to meet customers' unique requirements. This is one of our primary competencies, but integration is only as good as the chassis framework. Rave provides superior products that satisfy several vertical markets, including ISV, medical, OEM, and military. Leveraging both companies' experience and knowledge strengthens our ability to provide superior turnkey solutions."

"We've been doing business with Rave since 1995," said Jeff Wu, Ci Design's CEO. "Rave has a proven record of delivering superior customized integration services, especially to the military. Our alliance with Rave will significantly enhance our server and storage division and will be an important component to the continued success of our business." ...Ci Design profile, ...Rave Computer profile

Emulex Achieves ISO 9001:2000 Certification

COSTA MESA, Calif. - June 19, 2003 - Emulex Corporation announced today that it received ISO 9001:2000 certification, the newest ISO 9001 standard demanding measurable improvement in business management.

The certification process is an extensive two-year process including four semi-annual assessments by the British Standards Institution (BSI). The ISO 9001:2000 has replaced the ISO 9001:1994 standard, with an increased focus on process-based business management to drive improvement by meeting specific objectives. Currently, only 18% of U.S. companies holding ISO 9001 registrations, including Emulex, have met the new guidelines to become ISO 9001:2000 registered. ...Emulex profile

WD Raptor SATA Drive Verified With Promise Controller

LAKE FOREST and MILPITAS, Calif. - June 19, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. andPromise Technology today announced that Western Digital's enterprise-class SATA WD Raptor hard drive and Promise's families of SATA150 host bus adapters and FastTrak SATA RAID controllers have been verified compatible by both companies.

The products are key ingredients in Enterprise SATA RAID workstations, servers and storage systems running configurations such as RAID 0, 1 and 0+1, and are currently available for systems builders and storage providers. To simplify the integration of Serial ATA servers and storage systems, the two companies are teaming to offer systems builders bundled WD Raptor hard drives and selected FastTrak controller cards. The bundle is an example of the quickly growing component infrastructure available to systems builders for the development of cost-effective, enterprise-class SATA storage systems for their customers - many of which are increasingly watchful of IT costs.

Available now through the companies' combined distribution network, the bundle includes four of Western Digital's enterprise-class, 10,000-RPM, SATA WD Raptor hard drives and a Promise FastTrak S150 TX4 four-port controller card that supports RAID 0 for performance, RAID 1 for data protection and RAID 0+1 for performance and data protection.

"Many storage component manufacturers are aggressively developing and marketing ESATA products to satisfy pent up demand for a cost-effective alternative to SCSI," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital. "Promise introduced the world to ATA RAID, and has a long-standing reputation in the distribution channel for quality, performance and addressing cost versus performance issues with an extensive ATA-based product line. The company's participation in the ESATA market underscores the momentum SATA is developing in the enterprise and is a significant benefit to systems builders." ...Promise Technology profile, ...Western Digital profile

Network Appliance Acquires Auspex Patent Portfolio

Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 18, 2003 - Network Appliance, Inc. announced that it has acquired the patent portfolio of Auspex Systems Inc.

The patent portfolio covers many technologies central to NAS systems, and expands the number of issued U.S. patents owned by Network Appliance. Network Appliance entered the final bid of $8,975,000 on June 13 during a court auction as part of Auspex's bankruptcy proceedings. The final agreement transferring Auspex patents to Network Appliance is expected to close shortly as legal details and a contract are finalized.

"Increasing our patent portfolio gives us an even stronger technology base to build next-generation NAS, SAN, and FAS systems for the benefit of our enterprise customers," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance. ...Auspex Systems profile, ...Network Appliance profile

StorageTek and FalconStor Boost Strategic Relationship

CeBIT AMERICA, N.Y. and LOUISVILLE, Colo. - June 18, 2003 - StorageTek and FalconStor Software, Inc. have forged a strategic alliance covering product, reseller and service offerings for disk replication and mirroring.

The global alliance builds upon existing interoperability agreements and provides a SAN foundation for business continuity and disaster recovery.

The companies have agreed to jointly develop a StorageTek branded heterogeneous replication and mirroring appliance and they have agreed that StorageTek will be able to resell FalconStor's IPStor suite of products. Also a new professional services agreement enables the StorageTek Professional Services team to leverage IPStor software to undertake enterprise data migration projects.

"This series of agreements advances the relationship between StorageTek and FalconStor and opens the door for further product development," noted Pierre Cousin, StorageTek vice president and general manager, Online Solutions. "This alignment is consistent with our Information Lifecycle Management strategy, which enables enterprises to understand and quantify the value of information as it migrates along its lifecycle from creation to deletion in order to optimize the storage infrastructure. FalconStor products are emerging to play a key role in this strategy."

"The strategic partnership with StorageTek clearly demonstrates our mutual commitment to delivering superior business continuity solutions," said Bernie Wu, FalconStor vice president of Business Development. "The joint development arrangement will allow us to leverage each other's engineering talent to create innovative products with compelling TCO and ROI characteristics." ...FalconStor Software profile, ...StorageTek profile

BBC Worldwide Tunes into LSI and StorageTek Alliance

MILPITAS, Calif. - June 18, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems and StorageTek announced today that BBC Worldwide, the commercial consumer arm of the BBC, has selected their storage solution to enable a fully scalable and centralized storage environment using a SAN.

It is also using jointly marketed technology from the two suppliers to improve disaster recovery systems and resolve issues with its backup processes. With 4TB of data stored on the system, the company is benefiting from improved performance on the new SAN. At the same time, the IT department is using SANtricity Storage Manager's snapshot feature to reduce disaster recovery times and control backup processes, leading to time and cost savings.

"During one of our technology audits, I discovered how much we were already using LSI Logic Storage technology at BBC Worldwide. This solution enables us to leverage what we have in place already. LSI Logic's strategic alliance with StorageTek provided the solution that became our top choice," said Danny Cooper, IT manager at BBC Worldwide. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...StorageTek profile


Taipei, Taiwan - June 17, 2003 - AXIOMTEK releases the FASTORA NAS-T2 today, an ideal solution for SOHO, small business, and departmental-sized offices.

Small businesses are increasingly demanding functionality for data management. Simple file sharing feature can't satisfy them any more. Data protection, backup, and easy management have become an essential requirement of data management for small business.
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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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The FASTORA NAS-T2, a full featured NAS appliance, combines RAID, "Data Replicator" functionality, low cost, and simplicity into a compact size. It is specially designed for SOHO, small business, and departmental-sized offices to provide them great reliability, flexibility, convenience, high performance, and simplicity at a very affordable price. news image AXIOMTEK
The NAS-T2 can easily be installed in minutes, automatically recognizes and supports all major network clients and platforms - Windows, Mac, Unix, Novell, and Linux to name a few, and requires very little administration or support. The operating system is pre-installed in the compact flash. All you need for install is an IP address and a web browser.

The NAS-T2 provides a lower total TCO by eliminating the unnecessary hardware, operating system license and administrative costs that are common with general purpose servers. With ATA drives (typically costing one-third of the price of a SCSI drive), the NAS-T2 delivers savings during your initial system set-up, as you expand your capacity, and as you replace hard drives over time.

Justin Yang, Vice president of the Storage Division, said, " The beauty of the FASTORA NAS-T2 is that customers can run different operating systems in one environment and can also centralize their data storage, with little MIS effort. This is all accomplished through the NAS-T2, a very economical disk-based backup device." ...AXIOMTEK profile

LaCie Offers Pocket-sized DVD-Rewritable Drive for Mobile DVD Burning

PORTLAND, OR - June 17, 2003 - LaCie announced today it is shipping its new portable PocketDVD-RW Drive equipped with blazing FireWire interface.

Like its CD-rewritable counterpart, this compact DVD-rewritable drive features a rugged bumper guard for reliable protection and weighs only 1.4 pounds. An ideal companion for Apple® Power Mac® computers and PowerBook laptop computers, LaCie's PocketDVD-RW Drive delivers a complete, lightweight DVD recording and authoring solution.

Functioning as an all-in-one recorder, this drive also offers CD-RW capabilities, and will burn a full 700MB disc in just five minutes. The LaCie PocketDVD-RW Drive reads CDs at 24x speed, allowing for fast data access and file retrieval. Simple setup This versatile drive offers fast installation with immediate device recognition, as well as true plug and play convenience - no driver or software installation is required.

Using the power provided by the FireWire bus, the LaCie PocketDVD-RW Drive can operate without an AC adapter or an external power supply.

The LaCie PocketDVD-RW Drive will be available in July 2003 through LaCie's authorized resellers and mail order partners with prices beginning at $399. Drives ship with a FireWire cable, CaptyDVD authoring software, Toast Lite CD and DVD recording software, and one free piece of DVD-R media. ...LaCie profile

First SATA NAS with RAIDn Technology

POWAY, Calif. - June 17, 2003 - InoStor today announced ValuNAS.

This cost-conscious solution features RAIDn, a patented, high-availability RAID technology applied across SATA drives in a high density 2U form factor. ValueNAS is positioned to cost effectively meet the demanding, data-intensive environments of mid-size businesses. Designed to deliver the highest data availability in the market, ValueNAS, Secured by RAIDn, delivers capacity equal to a typical RAID 5 plus hot spare scheme, but with two drive protection. Critical data is absolutely protected against multiple, simultaneous disk failures.

"ValuNAS is the highest performing IDE solution in the market today. The added "Secured by RAIDn" benefit significantly increases the data availability and reliability of NAS," said company Vice President, Ken Cruden. "InoStor's ValuNAS addresses affordable storage requirements for enterprise data in small businesses and the performance, capacity and availability needs of large corporate workgroups and departments."

The ValuNAS appliances are backed by a full three-year advance replacement warranty. Optional on-site service plans are also available. ValuNAS, is shipping this month. Suggested retail prices start with the 720GB version at $5,999. ...InoStor profile

CFO Publishing Selects AmeriVault for Online Backup

Waltham, MA - June 17, 2003 - AmeriVault Corp. has been selected by Boston, Massachusetts based CFO Publishing, a division of the Economist Group and publisher of the well-known CFO Magazine, for backup and disaster recovery of their Windows and Novell Netware servers.

"Before AmeriVault we were doing tape backups and I physically took the tapes home and stored them in a safe in my house. I grew increasingly frustrated with this process because every time I had to do a recovery I had to drive all the way home which took several hours. Plus, when we had time off there was no one here to do the backups," said Ben Radlinski, Information Technology Manager for CFO Publishing.

Utilizing industry-leading software, AmeriVault's service recognizes and captures changes to files (at the block level), encrypts the data for enhanced security and compresses it to minimize transmission time. The encrypted data is then sent over the Internet or private telecommunication lines to highly secure offsite Mass Storage Vaults. Since only changed data segments are sent, even in the highly unlikely event someone is able to break into the code they would only find a few unintelligible bits of data, as opposed to an entire file. Customers schedule automated, unattended backups according to their needs. Retrieval can be accomplished online, real-time from their place of business or remotely.

"Ultimately we looked at several backup and recovery companies but none supported Novell and the price was not right. Backup and recovery is the second most important thing we do in the information technology department and AmeriVault will protect our mission-critical data and keep us up and running for years to come," said Radlinski. ...AmeriVault profile

First Storage System Compliant with U.S. DoD 5015.2 for Content Shredding

New York - June 17, 2003 - EMC Corporation today announced that Centera Compliance Edition content addressed storage (CAS) has achieved major compliance milestones in three of the most strictly regulated industries: financial services, federal government, and life sciences.

Centera CE has become the first-ever storage solution certified by the U.S. Department of Defense. CE's content shredding capability has proven to meet federal standards for the destruction of records. Content shredding ensures that records, once deleted, cannot be recovered. Although the DoD 5015.2 standard for shredding only governs Department of Defense components, it is a widely accepted benchmark outside of the federal space for organizations that need to minimize exposure to litigation by fully destroying expired records or meet privacy and security HIPAA regulations.

The world's first CAS solution, EMC Centera is EMC's fastest growing product line and the world's leading online archival storage medium. Resolving the challenges that had traditionally prevented institutions from bringing their fixed content online, Centera's revolutionary content addressing technology drastically reduces management overhead, enabling one full time employee to manage up to 350TB of fixed content. Centera's unique self-healing and authentication features have prompted its industry-wide recognition. ...EMC profile

SimpleTech Introduces New Embedded USB Flash Drive

SANTA ANA, Calif. - June 17, 2003 - SimpleTech, Inc. announces the immediate availability of its embedded USB Flash Drive, combining solid-state memory and a USB connection for fast and easy data storing and sharing from any computer with a USB port.

SimpleTech's USB Flash Drive plugs directly into the USB port on a PC or Macintosh. The Flash Drive is recognized as a removable storage device, allowing immediate access for storing and sharing data.

Measuring just 2.7" x 0.75" x 0.31", the Flash Drive's low-profile design does not block other USB ports when plugged in, and fits easily into a pocket, purse or briefcase for convenient travel. For added convenience, the Flash Drive is hot-swappable, and does not require an external power source. Available in capacities of 128MB, 256MB and 512MB, the USB Flash Drive offers fast file transfer rates of up to 1.5MB/sec. The USB Flash Drive's advanced features include a write-protect switch to prevent files from being accidentally deleted or modified. To ensure data safety and security, USB Flash Drive customers can also download SimpleTech's free StorageSync backup software. The SRP is $49.99 for the 128MB USB Flash Drive, $89.99 for the 256MB USB Flash Drive, and $179.00 For the 512MB Flash Drive. ...SimpleTech profile

Sunbelt Signs Excluse European Distribution Agreement with NSI

Worcester, UK - June 17, 2003 - Sunbelt System Software has announced an exclusive partnership with data replication software developer NSI Software.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sunbelt System Software has agreed to become NSI's exclusive partner for Europe, providing an initial commitment of $5 million to NSI. The agreement addresses market demand by European businesses for affordable data protection solutions based on data replication and failover software.

"European regulations, pointed at holding executives personally liable for lost revenue or value resulting from data loss, have translated into significant demand for disaster recovery and high-availability systems," said Ian Masters, UK and Ireland Country Manager at Sunbelt System Software. "This agreement positions both companies to capitalise on the market need for affordable, high-availability solutions."

As a result of the agreement, Sunbelt has become NSI's exclusive partner for Europe, enabling it to aggressively market NSI products to its large channel of VARs throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. NSI Software's Double-Take was Sunbelt's best selling product in 2002. ...NSI Software profile, ...Sunbelt profile

TeraCloud Harnesses the Power of ONTAP

Bellevue, Wash. and Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 17, 2003 - TeraCloud Corporation and Network Appliance, Inc. today announced that TeraCloud's SpaceNet SRM solution will utilize the NetApp Manage ONTAP SDK to help customize and enhance storage solutions for enterprise customers.

The Manage ONTAP SDK allows TeraCloud to leverage the newly available collection of APIs to create a robust and flexible storage application for NetApp storage products, offering an integrated solution for customers.

"Network Appliance is working closely with TeraCloud to deliver joint solutions for robust data management in a truly open environment," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of marketing at Network Appliance. "The Network Appliance Advantage Developer program extends the functionality of NetApp storage solutions and ensures seamless technology interoperability with TeraCloud, enabling enhanced storage management solutions for maximized customer benefit regardless of a NAS, SAN, or FAS topology." ...Network Appliance profile, ...TeraCloud profile

Imperial Technology Achieves McDATA OPENready Status

El Segundo, Calif. - June 16, 2003 - Imperial Technology announced today that both its 2Gbps and 1Gbps MegaRam and SANaccelerator systems have achieved OPENready Tested Partner status with McDATA Corporation.

"We are pleased that Imperial has successfully completed OPENready testing with McDATA Sphereon Fabric Switches in heterogeneous SAN environments," said Mark Stratton, director of solutions and alliances, McDATA. "SANs are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as scalable, high performance networking foundations for storage environments. McDATA's OPENready Testing program is an example of our continued investment in delivering end-to-end SAN interoperability to our partners and their customers."

"Imperial is the first and only Solid State Disk (SSD) provider to successfully complete McDATA's OPENready testing," said Robert David, CEO and President of Imperial Technology. "More and more we find high transaction rate users moving to SANs and deploying solid state disk as a high-speed shared cache for homogeneous or heterogeneous application servers. It's increasingly common for users of this class to depend upon a network of switches for the successful operation of their enterprise applications. Logitech, one of our larger customers has deployed several hundred Gigabytes of SSD in a McDATA switched fabric network." ...Imperial Technology profile, ...McDATA profile

Sun StorEdge 6320 Delivers Near-Linear Scalability in SPC Benchmarks

Santa Clara, California - June 16, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that the SPC vendor-independent audited and certified results demonstrated that the Sun StorEdge 6320 system delivered 46% more performance than any competing mid-range storage system.

The measurement was run on a Sun StorEdge 6320 system, in conjunction with a Sun Fire 4800 server and delivered 44,805.74 SPC-1 IOPS. Scaling from 500 GB to 45 TB, the system also demonstrated near-linear scalability, which is crucial for customers looking for a flexible, cost-effective and scalable solutions that will grow with their needs. The SPC tested the 12-controller and 22-controller systems, which illustrated that Sun has achieved linear scaling for this system in both price and performance. The 12-controller system delivered price per IOPS of $15.40 while the 22-controller system delivered $15.56 - an increase of only 1%. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Seagate Enters Notebook Hard Drive Market

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - June 16, 2003 - Seagate has entered the notebook hard drive market with volume shipments of its new Momentus product.

As the only independent maker of notebook hard drives, leading notebook computer makers have welcomed Seagate's entry into the fastest growing segment of the computer market. Momentus is the industry's first notebook hard drive to combine a high-performance 5,400-rpm spindle speed with the low battery-consumption of a traditional 4200-rpm notebook hard drive, so customers no longer have to choose between performance and mobility. Tests show that Momentus is 47% faster at opening a 12-Mbyte Excel file, 30% faster at copying a 170-Mbyte folder, and 47% faster at shutting down Windows XP than today's standard 4200-rpm notebook drives. With the 8-Mbyte cache option, the drive performs up to an additional 15% faster. ...Seagate Technology profile

AmeriVault Receives $1 Million Additional Equity Financing

Waltham, MA - June 16, 2003 - AmeriVault Corp. announced today that they have secured an additional $1 million in equity financing from Alta Communications, a Boston based investment firm specializing in the communications industries, who has invested more than $1 billion in over 100 companies.

AmeriVault will use the additional funding to introduce new products and services, invest in sales and marketing within their existing markets and continue to expand their growing reseller network.

"We are extremely pleased that Alta has continued to partner with us to support our growth. Despite the challenging economy, we continue to add customers at a rapid pace, as customers increasingly recognize that online backup and disaster recovery are 'must haves' for every company with mission-critical data. We look forward to using this additional funding to further expand our market and enhance our service offerings," said Bud Stoddard, President & CEO, AmeriVault Corp.

"AmeriVault and their innovative backup and recovery solutions have consistently surpassed our expectations since the formation of our partnership with them in 2000. We look forward to partnering with them in their future growth," said Lane MacDonald, General Partner, Alta Communications. ...AmeriVault profile

GlassHouse Technologies Acquires Auspex's Support Business

Framingham, MA - June 16, 2003 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been successful in its bid to acquire the worldwide services and support business of NAS storage pioneer Auspex in bankruptcy court proceedings Friday.

The acquisition includes Auspex's services business employees, spare parts and fixed assets related to the services business, and other assets necessary to maintain all services. Upon completion of the acquisition, subject to court approval, GlassHouse will provide maintenance and support services to existing Auspex customers. GlassHouse did not bid on Auspex's intellectual property or research and development.

"This acquisition gives GlassHouse a strong global services business," said Mark Shirman, GlassHouse President and CEO. "Providing services critical to the operations of Auspex customers is a strategic opportunity for GlassHouse. The acquisition expands the scope of consulting services we provide to clients. GlassHouse will be able to move quickly to take advantage of new regional and global business."

Tom Ludden, formerly Vice President of Auspex Customer Services, will lead the new business unit. Ludden will report to Michael Tobin, GlassHouse Senior Vice President of Operations. "The GlassHouse acquisition ensures the quality and continuity of support to the Auspex installed base customers and provides an exciting technical career path for the Auspex service team," said Ludden. ...GlassHouse Technologies profile

QLogic Introduces Non-Disruptive Code Load for SANbox2

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - June 16, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today announced its entire line of SANbox2 2Gb switches now feature Non-Disruptive Code Load and Activation (NDCLA), a director-class feature that provides SAN administrators with a non disruptive way of performing the frequent switch code loads required to maintain interoperability when new equipment is added to a SAN.

Included with each SANbox2 switch at no-charge, NDCLA reduces scheduled hardware outages for firmware upgrades, resulting in improved ROI and better use of IT resources. Unlike competitive NDCLA offerings, the SANbox2 switch family activates new code versions without causing any fabric disruptions. ...QLogic profile

Plasmon Announces New Tape Autoloader Warranty

Melbourn, UK - June 16, 2003 - Plasmon today announced a dramatic improvement in its European warranty service beginning 1st July, 2003.

The warranty for Plasmon¹s AIT and LTO tape autoloaders is being upgraded from Express Exchange to an Express OnSite model. Following on from Plasmon¹s successful three-year Express Exchange warranty program, they have now announced a new three-year Express OnSite warranty throughout Europe. Previously if an autoloader was found to be defective, the end user was sent a replacement unit and returned the defective unit back to Plasmon. With Express OnSite, an engineer is dispatched directly to the customer site to perform any necessary repairs.

"The introduction of the Express OnSite warranty offering further endorses Plasmon's ongoing policy of passing on savings from improved product reliability directly back to the customer," said Ian Apps, Tape Product Manager (EMEA) at Plasmon. ...Plasmon profile

Fujitsu Siemens Selects Emulex PCI-X HBA

COSTA MESA, Calif. - June 16, 2003 - Emulex Corporation announced today that its LightPulse LP9402DC HBA has been selected for use in Fujitsu Siemens Computers' Virtual Tape Appliances CentricStor 100 and CentricStor 400.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers developed CentricStor as an intelligent, open tape platform to deliver storage management across all system platforms. Customers are in the process of consolidating IT environments to reduce costs and need to have a solution available today that can equally consolidate tape storage for UNIX, Windows NT/2000 or mainframe systems in a common corporate storage area network. The Virtual Tape Appliance CentricStor from Fujitsu Siemens Computers is a unique storage solution for future-proof data backup and archiving. The open architecture is independent of host and archive system, offers a large number of virtual tape drives, uniform interfaces and the greatest degree of protection against failure, along with top scalability and flexibility. ...Emulex profile, ...Fujitsu Siemens Computers profile

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