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MILPITAS, Calif. - May 29, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced that its storage platforms using SANtricity Storage Manager software now support the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family. LSI Logic Storage Systems' SANtricity Storage Manager software assures complete control over rapidly growing storage environments with a powerful, yet simple to use, management interface. Featuring centralized storage management, anytime administration, configuration flexibility, SANtricity enables implementation of enterprise-wide storage strategies.With its SANshare storage partitioning feature, SANtricity makes it possible to support multiple heterogeneous hosts, while two additional features, snapshot and remote volume mirror, deliver replication solutions.

"LSI Logic Storage Systems' support for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Family enhances our position at the heart of information in IT installations around the world," said Steve Gardner, director of product marketing, LSI Logic Storage Systems. "We're pleased to be able to deliver industry-leading storage technology to Windows Server 2003 customers, enabling them to build highly productive infrastructures that incorporate their SANs as a strategic asset." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - May 29, 2003 - McDATA Corporation (Nasdaq: MCDTA/MCDT) today reported revenue results of $103.2 million for its first quarter ended April 30, 2003, reflecting a 60% year-over-year increase. The Company reported GAAP net income of $5.3 million compared to a loss of $17.1 million for the first quarter of 2002.

"Our results this quarter clearly demonstrate that we continue to capitalize on the growing market opportunities in this sector and that end-user customers rely on us as the storage networking specialist," said John Kelley, McDATA's CEO and president. "Our switch revenue reached a record high this quarter, driven by strong demand for both our new Sphereon 4500 24-port fabric switch, and our Sphereon 3232 32-port fabric switch. I am extremely pleased with the performance of these products, which highlight our ability to gain market share and successfully serve a market in which we have not traditionally had a strong presence." ...McDATA profile

BOSTON, Mass. - May 29, 2003 - CNT and Hibernia Atlantic have announced a new international partnership that dramatically lowers the cost of deploying trans-Atlantic data replication solutions, linking Ireland and England with Boston and New York, and beyond. The need to guarantee continuity of operations on a global basis in the face of new and potentially large-scale threats is of highest concern to board members and shareholders of major corporations worldwide as well as to government regulators.

"CNT now makes it possible for companies with data centers on both sides of the Atlantic to manage all of their data replication as if they are in the same building," said Mark Vargo, CNT's Senior Vice President, Northern Europe. "Integrating the Hibernia Atlantic service into our information movement solutions means that CNT is able to reduce circuit costs by up to 80%, making trans-Atlantic replication of mainframe and open systems environments a viable way to meet the business continuity and recovery objectives of international companies with data centers in both the US and UK."

By making the same data available to UK and US staffs, many companies will benefit from collaborative 'follow-the-sun' trading to drive business efficiencies and reduce development times. Having a cost-effective way of making project data available on both sides of the Atlantic means that US-based development staff can continue to work on a project after those working in the UK have gone home, extending the business day up to 18 hours. ...CNT profile

Geneva - May 28, 2003 - STMicroelectronics has launched the first in a family of high-speed low-voltage serial Flash memories for use in applications that involve a large amount of rapidly changing data and parameter information. The M45PE80 is an 8Mbit serial Flash memory designed for use in applications such as digital answering machines, pagers, digital cameras, home video game systems and toys. The device will also find uses in portable scanners, fax machines, cellular phones, voice memo recorders, printers, PDA, MP3 players/recorders, GPS and measurement systems.

The M45PExx is a high-capacity non-volatile memory offering fine granularity. Each page of 256 bytes can be individually erased and programmed. Furthermore a Write instruction offers the possibility to update data at the byte level. A page of 256 bytes can be written in 12ms, programmed in 2ms and erased in 10ms. In addition, the M45PExx architecture is optimized so that the application software is reduced to the minimum.

The M45PExx is accessed through a standard SPI bus with an enhanced clock rate of 25MHz, for fast data transfer. It runs from a 2.7V to 3.6V supply and, to reduce power consumption, it features a deep power-down mode that draws just 1µA. By using a serial bus, the application's master bus can control the memory bus, drastically lowering pin count and thus lowering overall system costs.

The M45PE80 fits in the very small 8-pin MLP (Micro Leadframe Package), achieving an SO8 (150mils) footprint. Minimum data retention is 20 years and write endurance is 100,000 cycles. Samples are available now and volume production is ramping-up. ...STMicroelectronics profile

STAMFORD, CONN - May 28, 2003 - The worldwide storage management software market is forecast to grow only 2.9% in 2003, to $4.8 billion, up from $4.7 billion in 2002, according to Gartner Inc.

"The storage management software market will continue to struggle following a year where revenue was lower than forecast. Political uncertainties continue as the war in Iraq winds down, and travel is further restricted by the SARS disease in Asia," said Carolyn DiCenzo, vice president for Gartner's storage group. "Growth is returning to this market, but much more slowly than anticipated."

The enterprise SRM segment will be the main driver of growth in the worldwide storage management market in 2003, as the segment is expected to grow 11.3% in 2003. The move from direct-attached to fabric-attached storage is adding to the complexity of storage management and is driving a need for new SRM tools.

"SAN management tools will see high growth this year, but tools to manage all storage resources in a more visual and automated way will be well-received when they become more robust," said DiCenzo. "The growing use of rich media and resulting storage management implications will open a market for new file systems and replication technologies that provide new ways to manage large files." ...Gartner profile

FREMONT, CA - May 28, 2003 - Lexar Media today announced that the Sigma SD9 digital SLR camera, will support Lexar Media's Write Acceleration standard with a recently released firmware upgrade available on Sigma's Website. Write Acceleration technology is enabled by firmware residing in both the camera and CompactFlash card. When a WA enabled camera detects a WA enabled card, the two are able to transfer data with less overhead, thereby increasing write speed.

Lexar Media's 40X-speed Professional Series CompactFlash cards with Write Acceleration technology offer the fastest guaranteed sustained write speed of any CompactFlash card on the market, and achieve even faster performance in WA enabled digital cameras. By eliminating several hundred redundant overhead steps, WA can significantly improve the time it takes for a professional digital still camera to save images to flash memory. Lexar Media is currently shipping WA enabled Professional Series CompactFlash cards in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB capacities at photo specialty stores. ...Lexar Media profile

Santa Clara, CA and Acton, MA - May 28, 2003 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. and Trebia Networks today announced a complete Gigabit Ethernet to Fibre Channel reference system to accelerate the development of IP storage equipment. The reference system integrates Trebia Networks' SNP-1000® and newly announced SNP-1000L storage network processors with PMC-Sierra's PM8356 QuadPHY® FC and PM8354 QuadPHY® 1G SERDES and RM5200 MIPS-based processors. The new reference system is a complete sub-system solution that includes reference design, board schematics and layout as well as storage management software to facilitate the rapid deployment of IP storage gateways, fabric and director switches and iSCSI-based storage systems.

"The combination of our advanced Storage Network Processor which features industry leading IOPS processing, and PMC-Sierra's leading edge SERDES, provides an optimal solution for emerging iSCSI and FCIP designs," said Ruediger Stroh, chief executive officer, Trebia Networks. "This alliance clearly demonstrates our combined effort to deliver a complete, standards-based IP Storage Gateway solution with the flexibility customers need to deliver differentiated storage solutions."

The reference system is now available. A comprehensive support package including schematics, datasheets, software drivers, user manuals, hardware reference designs and device models is also available. ...Trebia Networks profile

OCEANPORT, N.J. - May 27, 2003 - CommVault® Systems, Inc. announced today expanded support for Windows-centric enterprises with its new "Shadow Explorer" software. The powerful new utility is the industry's first software product that fully leverages the capabilities of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) and Virtual Disk Service (VDS) capabilities. CommVault's Shadow Explorer software is hardware agnostic, application aware, and provides the ability to easily manage hardware and software shadow copies created by Microsoft's VSS. The software shadow copies can also be moved to other Windows Server 2003 hosts through VDS.

CommVault's Shadow Explorer software has a wide range of uses for customers deploying or migrating to Windows Server 2003. Customers using Shadow Explorer can easily create transportable shadow copies that can be moved between any SAN aware Windows Server within the enterprise or to a specific drive or array of drives within a server. In addition to the Windows File System, CommVault Shadow Explorer software can assist in managing Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. The utility makes shadow copying Exchange Server and SQL Server 2000 data on Windows Server 2003 as easy as moving a file from one machine to another.

"CommVault's Shadow Explorer software fully leverages Windows Server 2003 storage capabilities to help customers protect and move their data with minimal impact on 24x7 applications," says Zane Adam, Director of Product Management and Marketing for the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft. "This is an innovative solution that manages shadow copies of mission critical data. It helps track and transports shadow copies to other hosts using VDS, thereby facilitating data mining, testing & upgrade operations by enterprise customers." ...CommVaultSystems profile

Hopkinton, MA - May 27, 2003 - Arun Taneja is pleased to announce the formation of the Taneja Group - a Technology Analyst/Consultancy group focused on storage and storage-centric server technologies. The group is formed to provide analyst and consulting services to IT shops in mid-size and large enterprises, technology vendors and VCs targeting storage and server technology areas.

The group is founded by Arun Taneja, a seasoned marketing and technology veteran with 25 years of experience in developing and marketing computer technologies. He was most recently a Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Storage Group where he specialized in many of the technologies mentioned above. He has held a variety of executive management positions in marketing and engineering with companies such as IBM, Sun Microsystems, Data General, Vixel and Andataco. He writes extensively about the storage industry and speaks frequently at the industry tradeshows.

The Taneja Group is founded on the basis that there is a need in the industry for an analyst firm that conducts an in-depth analysis of companies, technologies and the market invests resources and time in understanding the real needs of end users delivers the information in a responsible fashion, without exaggeration and hype so that its clients can make intelligent decisions, grounded in reality uses experienced industry professionals that have "been there, done that" rather than theoretical analysts, and has demonstrated integrity in dealings over the years, understands the needs of the vendors, VCs, end users and institutional investors alike is willing to bet its reputation on the work it performs ...Taneja Group profile

Editor's comments:- over 20,000 readers / year visit our storage market research & analyst directory page, so there's a clear need for analysts who can cut through the fog surrounding new technologies and where they fit in, or don't.

MELVILLE, N.Y. - May 27, 2003 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced the integration of antivirus scanning functionality from Trend Micro into the company's IPStor software. This integration enables IPStor to protect against malicious virus code by scanning files on-access, as well as during the download process. In addition to the new integrated antivirus functionality in IPStor, FalconStor customers have always been able to quickly recover from virus incidents via optional IPStor delta-based snapshot technology, which can be initiated at any time with 100% transaction integrity and without end-user intervention. The automation, guaranteed data integrity and rapid fail-over/fail-back (no need to perform lengthy database recovery or integrity check) provided by IPStor snapshot technology translates into significant administrative savings and minimization of downtime. ...FalconStor Software profile, ...Trend Micro profile

Carlsbad, Calif. - May 27, 2003 - Arkeia announced today the availability of a hot backup plug-in for the current version of Lotus 6 messaging and collaboration platform. Businesses that rely on Lotus-Notes / Domino servers to manage high volumes of data can utilise Arkeia to provide the perfect backup solution while limiting expensive downtime and protecting against loss of valuable information. The Arkeia plug-in for Lotus 6 provides peace of mind regarding the security of vital data. The Arkeia Lotus 5 and 6 plug-ins are available for download. Prices start at $990 for Linux and Windows systems and $1,990 for Unix. ...Arkeia profile

Oslo - May 26, 2003 - The Board of Tandberg Data ASA has today recommended separating parts of its business through a demerger. The demerger will result in two separate companies; Tandberg Data and Tandberg Technology. Tandberg Data's board is of the opinion that a spin-off of Tandberg Technology from Tandberg Data will make it easier to achieve increased focus on the different activities of both organizations. Tandberg Data has, over a period of time, been evaluating various strategic alternatives. The background for separating parts of the R&D activity in Tandberg Data to form a new public listed company is the different needs of the company's business areas. For the demerged Tandberg Technology company, such a demerger will create opportunities for a stronger focus on the core area of research and development, with a view to bringing forward new tape drive products for data storage.

Tandberg Data will continue its development of automation products, NAS and software solutions for data storage, and be a significant supplier of both tape drives, automation products, NAS and software solutions through the company's world-wide sales organization and OEM sales. Tandberg Data is for the most part a mature company with a strong need to focus on supply chain management, product qualification, customer serviceand sales and marketing.

Tandberg Technology's main focus will be on technology and product development as well as OEM sales. The spin-off of Tandberg Technology and the subsequent public listing of the company provides a number of advantages compared with the present structure. ...Tandberg Data profile

TOKYO - May 26, 2003 - Elpida Memory, Inc. today announced the availability of the industry's first 256 Megabit DDR Mobile RAM components, along with a 256 Megabit SDR Mobile RAM version, both developed for digital consumer products such as mobile phones, PDAs, handheld PCs, and digital cameras. The high-density 256 Megabit DDR Mobile RAM devices offer a bandwidth of 400 Megabytes per second. Utilizing Elpida's advanced-technology 0.11 micron process technology, the new DDR Mobile RAM devices deliver a 90% power reduction compared to a standard 256 Megabit DDR SDRAM, and a 10% space reduction compared to design implementations that utilize two 128 Megabit Mobile RAM devices, thus saving significant resources and cost for mobile applications.

"Mobile applications require a unique low-power, high-speed environment to achieve maximum performance," said Jun Kitano, director of Technical Marketing for Elpida Memory (USA). "Elpida continually strives to develop and offer advanced memory technology to customers who require high-density products that take up minimal space."

Elpida's new Mobile RAM devices (Part numbers: EDK2516CBBH (DDR), EDL2516CBBH (SDR) are organized as 4M words x 16 bits x 4 banks, and have a programmable burst length of 2, 4, 8. The devices achieve both high-speed data transfer and low-power consumption, they operate on a low-voltage power supply of VDD/VDDQ: 1.8V +/- 0.15V and are packaged in a 9 mm x 13 mm, small FBGA package. An Auto Temperature-Compensated Self Refresh (ATCSR) function allows the devices' internal self refresh timer to be set automatically, further decreasing power consumption. Additional features of the Mobile RAM devices include a Deep Power Down mode, Programmable Driver Strength and Partial Array Self Refresh (PASR). The products are also available as a "bare die" suitable for implementation in SiP or MCP designs. ...Elpida Memory profile

Editor:- May 23, 2003 -a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, called - "Dispelling the Myths of Online Server Backup & Recovery" - written by Bud Stoddard, President & CEO of AmeriVault Corp. AmeriVault recently celebrated 5 years of business in the online backup market. That's a remarkable achievement in an industry where most companies have gone bust.

Today's internet backup companies survive and thrive because they offer sound services to real customers. This type of service is now an established part of the storage landscape and is not going to go away. So I think it's time to take a fresh look at this subject from the viewpoint of experience, instead of the hype which was a large constituent of early articles about this subject. ...read the article, ...AmeriVault profile

Reston, VA - May 22, 2003 - Federal government spending on information technology security products and services will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 7% from $4.2 billion in fiscal year 2003 to nearly $6 billion in fiscal year 2008 according to a report released by INPUT.

"In the two years following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the federal IT security market experienced spending increases of over 200%. After this explosive growth, we are now seeing budget increases return to more normal levels," says Payton Smith, Manager of Federal Market Analysis at INPUT. Smith adds, "However, federal agencies still face substantial challenges implementing infrastructure protection and security plans, so reliance on the vendor community for support in this area will remain high."

According to the report, strong oversight from Congress and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are the primary drivers of agency investments in IT security products and services.

"Annual security reviews by OMB and Congress are showing some progress among federal agencies, but they still reveal significant short-comings in terms of risk assessment, security planning and certification," says Smith. The report also states that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is serving as a coordination point for government-wide security initiatives. The DHS Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection is the new home for several of the most important security organizations in government. Smith adds, "Despite the Department of Homeland Security's new leadership position in government-wide information security activities, responsibility for securing specific agency systems will still reside squarely on the agencies themselves." ...INPUT profile

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LSI Logic Storage Systems opens up to Microsoft Windows Server 2003

McDATA Reports 60% Year on Year Revenue Growth in First Quarter

CNT Slashes Costs of Transatlantic Data Replication

STMicroelectronics Introduces Serial Flash Family For Data and Parameter Storage

Gartner Says Worldwide Storage Management Software Market to Return to Positive Growth in 2003

Lexar Media Write Acceleration Standard Now Supported by Sigma SD9 Digital SLR Camera

PMC-Sierra and Trebia Networks Announce Complete Reference System for IP-Based SAN and Storage

CommVault introduces Shadow Explorer

Arun Taneja forms Analyst/Consultancy Group

FalconStor Enhances IPStor with Integrated Real-Time Antivirus Functionality

Arkeia Releases Hot backup Plug-In For Lotus 6 Databases

Tandberg Data ASA demerges and establishes a new company: Tandberg Technology ASA

Elpida Memory Develops Industry's First 256 Megabit DDR Mobile RAM for High-Speed, High-Density Mobile Applications

Dispelling the Myths of Online Server Backup & Recovery - new article by AmeriVault

Federal IT Security Spending to Reach $6 Billion

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

ost 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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