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storage news - 2003, November week 2

I/OMagic Launches its Mediastation 4x Dual Drive with 7-N-1 Media Reader

IRVINE, CA - November 13, 2003 - I/OMagic Corporation announced today the release of its MediaStation Dual 4X DVD+/-RW External USB 2.0 drive with 7-n-1 Media Reader.

This multi-function DVD burner includes Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD 8 SE software which allows users to easily produce DVD home movies, create digital photo albums and back-up files to free up hard disc space.

"The MediaStation 4X Dual is a must for consumers that live the digital lifestyle," said Tony Andrews, vice president of Engineering and Product Development for I/OMagic Corporation. "It's sleek and convenient, and it combines the best DVD burning technology with top of the line software and a media card reader into one desktop solution."

The MediaStation Dual 4X DVD+/-RW External USB 2.0 drive with 7-n-1 Media Reader writes DVD+R and DVD-R at 4X, DVD+RW at 2.4X, DVD-RW at 2X, CD-R at 24X, CD-RW at 10X and reads CD-ROMs at 40X. It also includes the award-winning Pinnacle Studio 8 SE video editing software, Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD SE disc burning suite and Pinnacle Expression software. These Pinnacle products empower users to create and edit home movies, burn DVDs and CDs in all popular formats, as well as watch and store home movies, photos and MP3s on either DVD or CD discs.

The MediaStation Dual 4X DVD+/-RW External USB 2.0 drive is Windows XP, 2000, Me and 98SE compatible. The drive has an introductory price of $299.99. ...I/OMagic profile

LSI Logic Storage Systems may do IPO

MILPITAS, CALIF. - November 13, 2003 - LSI Logic Corporation today announced its intention to separate its storage systems operations from its mainstream semiconductor business and create an independent storage systems company.

The independent company will be based upon LSI Logic's wholly owned subsidiary, LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc., which is currently reported as a separate segment in LSI Logic's financial statements.

"Our plan is to create an independent storage systems company that unlocks the value and potential of our storage systems business," said Wilfred Corrigan, LSI Logic chairman and chief executive officer. "We anticipate that a separation will intensify the market focus and strategic direction of the two companies, benefiting customers, investors and employees. The net result will be two companies, one focused on semiconductors and the other on storage systems. Both companies will be financially sound, independently managed and targeted on the growth of their respective markets. Each company will be well positioned to build value for shareholders, customers and employees."

As reported in LSI Logic's Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2003, LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc.'s revenues were $104 million, or 23% of the $450 million reported by LSI Logic. This result represented the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth for LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. Depending on market conditions, LSI Logic is considering an IPO for the storage systems company in the first half of 2004. At a later date following the IPO, LSI Logic may distribute to its stockholders the remaining shares of the storage systems business in a tax-free transaction or sell or hold any portion of the shares. ...LSI Logic profile, ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Editor's comments:-
LSI Logic has previously disclosed that over $1 billion of their revenue came from storage related products, so even after a spin off, the the company would still be generating over $600 million a year from storage related HBAs and ASICs. This move would facilitate growth in both new companies, because it would remove the perception that there is a conflict of interest between the chip side of the company and customers who are competitors of the RAID systems. That's one of the reasons that in the mid 1990s Intel Corp dismantled its own white box PC systems business.

Dell Reports Strong Growth in Storage

Round Rock, Texas - November 13, 2003 - For the three months ended Oct. 31, Dell's net revenue was $10.6 billion, 16% higher than in the year-ago quarter.

Company revenue was more than 40% higher than two years ago; sales by the rest of the industry are essentially flat over the same period. Third-quarter net income was $677 million. Dell's increasing leadership in servers (the company ranks #1 in shipments of such products in the U.S., #2 worldwide) is driving growth in storage systems. Through the first two years of Dell's partnership with EMC Corp., more than 7,000 customers have purchased Dell | EMC storage systems. ...Dell Computer profile

Copper-based Gigabit Ethernet Surged in 3Q03

Redwood City, California - November 13, 2003 - According to Dell'Oro Group, Gigabit Ethernet port shipments grew almost 40% during 3Q03 (to 3.6 million ports) with Gigabit-Ethernet-over-Copper accounting for all of this increase.

The top 3 vendors were Cisco, 3Com and HP. ...Dell'Oro Group profile

NovaNet-WEB v5 Online Backup Software

Simi Valley, Ca. - November 13, 2003 - NovaStor Corporation today unveiled version 5 of its NovaNet-WEB online backup software.

Version 5 works over any TCP/IP connection and turns an ordinary server into a powerful, fully automated network backup system, providing a single, low-cost backup solution for corporate end users, VARs, ASPs, and ISPs.

NovaNet-WEB 5 provides midrange and large enterprise environments with a reliable, automatic and totally secure solution for backing up business-critical data and confidential information to a network server on a regular basis. It allows remote offices to use FastBIT technology to securely back up data to the central data center every night. It permits mobile users to easily backup data in minutes using encrypted transmissions. And, it enables VARs, ASPs and ISPs to offer customers an automated, secure, off-site backup service.

"When we launched our Backup Service, we knew that secure, reliable data backup was essential for our success," said James Schaffer, CEO of Global DataVault. "NovaNet-WEB 5 gave us the tools and the expertise to successfully run our Web-based backup business."

With a NovaNet-WEB 5 client/server software package, IT professionals can more easily implement and manage backup requirements of different users and departments. It is also a welcomed solution for companies looking to reduce IT costs without endangering data protection and for start-up ASPS and ISPs who require a reliable, low-cost solution. NovaNet-WEB 5 packages include 5-, 10-, 25-, 50- and 100-User Versions with prices ranging from $550 to $8,716. ...NovaStor profile

StorageTek Partners with Industry Fujifilm and Imation

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - November 13, 2003 - StorageTek today announced joint development agreements with Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and Imation to develop next-generation tape media for StorageTek manufactured tape drives.

Under these agreements, Fujifilm and Imation will work independently to develop media to support StorageTek's premier, enterprise-class tape drive offerings.

"Our ability to provide our customers with a wide breadth of advanced tape automation solutions is one of the key components of our Information Lifecycle Management strategy," said Gary Francis, corporate vice president and general manager, Automated Tape Solutions, StorageTek. "Our alliances with Imation and Fujifilm will provide us with two innovative tape suppliers. The combination of best-in-class tape drives and media will allow StorageTek to extend its industry-leading position." ...Fujifilm profile, ...Imation profile, ...StorageTek profile

Editor's comments:- in the last year or so tape systems manufacturers have realised that the market for tape backup products will decline in revenue as users migrate to disk to disk storage. This doesn't mean that tape is obsolete, but its long term role is as a niche technology in high end and entry level systems. The mid range tape backup market may disappear entirely as a product category. Consequently the tape media market will consolidate into a smaller number of companies. Earlier this week, as part of this trend, Imation secured the worldwide distribution rights to Exabyte's VXA media.

CPM Magazine Recognizes EMC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 13, 2003 - Contingency Planning & Management Magazine today announced EMC's induction into the CPM Hall of Fame for EMC's significant contribution to the business continuity industry.

EMC is the first storage company to receive this honor. The CPM Hall of Fame was instituted in 1998 to recognize and acknowledge the essential contributions of select individuals and businesses dedicated to the pursuit of business continuity. The Hall of Fame honors companies and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the business continuity field, and it is highly regarded by the global contingency planning community. ...EMC profile

CyberGuard Acquires SnapGear for $16 Million

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - November 13, 2003 - CyberGuard Corporation today announced that the company has signed an agreement to acquire SnapGear for approximately $16 million.

SnapGear, a privately held company founded in Australia, is a leading developer of embedded Linux security and offers a popular line of edge firewall/VPN security appliances for the small to medium enterprise markets. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the current quarter.

According to market projections by In-Stat in April 2003, the overall firewall/VPN market is projected to exceed $4.0 billion by 2007 with total forecasted market growth representing 20% compound annual growth rate from 2001. However, the small to medium enterprise market segment is projected to grow much faster, with an estimated CAGR of greater than 30% percent, $1.9 billion in size by 2007. ...CyberGuard, ...Snap Gear

VERITAS i3 Gets PeopleSoft Certification

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - November 12, 2003 - VERITAS Software today announced that PeopleSoft, Inc. has certified VERITAS i3.

VERITAS i3 for PeopleSoft monitors performance across all components of the PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture, including web servers, Java, application servers, database and storage. It is designed to correlate these performance metrics to user response time so administrators can identify and correct potential problems. With this capability, administrators of PeopleSoft solutions can optimize application performance for site-specific usage and customizations while meeting stringent service level agreements. ...VERITAS Software profile

NORTHERN Defrags the Enterprise

TAMPA, FL - November 12, 2003 - NORTHERN Parklife, Inc. today announces the release of O&O Defrag V6, the latest version of their network disk defragmentation tool.

O&O Defrag V6 provides a range of new features that further simplifies enterprise-wide hard disk optimization - across disks of all types (IDE, SCSI) and in all arrangements (RAID, etc.). With just one mouse click, O&O Defrag V6 detects all disk systems; from there, defrag and optimization jobs are easily configured and scheduled. When used in conjunction with Northern Storage Suite, customers have a complete, fully automated storage resource management solution - in addition to automating the policing of data, IT organizations can now automate the ongoing maintenance of the disks which house this data. O&O Defrag V6 runs on all versions of Windows XP/2003/2000/NT.

"An enterprise-grade defrag and system optimization tool is as critical to the functioning of a network and its storage systems as a tune-up is to a high-performance sports car. The new version of O&O Defrag improves an organization's ability to keep network storage systems running at peak performance, requiring minimal IT intervention," said Anders Paulsson, VP of US Operations for NORTHERN. "This is an important complement to any organization's arsenal of storage-related products, significantly increasing across-the-board productivity." ...Northern profile

SimpleTech Announces Nitro Memory

SANTA ANA, Calif. - November 12, 2003 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced its new line of advanced, premium desktop memory products, Nitro High Speed Memory.

Nitro will be demonstrated for the first time at Comdex, November 17-20, 2003, in Las Vegas by Giga-Byte Technology at The Venetian Hotel and Resort, Venetian Ballroom-J, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Nitro modules are micro-engineered and extensively tested to provide increased CPU speed and performance for demanding applications such as computer gaming and other computer-enthusiast applications. Nitro PC3500 modules are rated to operate at DDR433, Nitro PC3700 modules are rated to operate DDR466, and Nitro PC4000 modules are rated to operate at DDR500. Aluminum heat spreader for thermal diffusion keeps memory cool to aid in achieving superior performance, as well as prolonging the life of the product. Nitro modules are currently shipping in single 256MB and 512MB capacities, as well as dual channel, matched module pair kits in 512MB (2 x 256MB) and 1GB (2 x 512MB). Manufacturers suggested retail price will range from $119 to $399 for different capacity and speed grades. ...SimpleTech profile

Sun Microsystems Becomes Distributor for McDATA's Sphereon 4300 Switch

BROOMFIELD, Colo - November 11, 2003 - McDATA Corporation announced today that Sun Microsystems has begun selling and supporting McDATA's recently released Sphereon 4300 Fabric Switch to customers worldwide.

"McDATA's Sphereon 4300 better enables Sun to address the needs of small and mid-size companies as they make the transition from direct-attached to networked storage," said Kathleen Holmgren, vice president of marketing, Sun Microsystems. "McDATA has brought some key functionality of high-end, director-class products to the entry level market with its Sphereon 4300. It's a compelling solution for Sun customers looking to enjoy the many benefits of a networked storage infrastructure for the first time." ...McDATA profile

Nexsan RAID Fits 3TB into 1U

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - November 11, 2003 - Nexsan Technologies today announced that its groundbreaking ATABeast is now shipping in volume and available worldwide.

The ATABeast disk vault sets the bar in high-end, high capacity storage, delivering industry-leading features with unparalleled density and security. ATABeast offers a TCO that also establishes new standards of affordability.

ATABeast is an enterprise class RAID array built around the latest award-winning ATA solutions from Nexsan and high-speed ATA disk drives. It is OS independent, needing no special software drivers or server-based management applications. Every component is redundant with individual components online hot swappable. ATABeast provides the highest density per square inch - 10.5 drives per U, 3.15TB per U (using 300GB drives).

ATABeast enables large file repositories for thousands of users to be stored on a single system and is ideal for all high capacity applications - on-line storage, D2D, Digital Video, CCTV, online archives, among others. The high IOPS rating of the ATABeast makes it perfect in any data center, with LUN masking and high IOPS performance - all 42 drives can be active simultaneously. The ATABeast is now available for less than $4 per gigabyte, which equates to a starting price of around $47,000 for a 12.6TB configuration. ...Nexsan Technologies profile

Synopsys Gets Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Certification

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - November 11, 2003 - Synopsys, Inc. today announced that its DesignWare USB 2.0 Multiport Host and Physical Layer are the first host Intellectual Property Building Blocks to achieve Hi-Speed certification from the USB Implementers Forum.

The USB IP has also passed the Microsoft Windows Hardware Qualification Lab Hardware Compatibility Tests (WHQL HCT) on Windows XP and 2000 for compatibility with standard drivers. The certified combination of PHY and digital IP from Synopsys can help designers eliminate integration problems while reducing risk and increasing design productivity. The Hi-Speed logo tells designers that the IP they are deploying is interoperable and compliant to the specification, which enables throughput of up to 480 Mbps, 40 times faster than the original USB specification (12 Mbps). Certification is critical if USB products are to successfully interoperate with other USB devices. ...Synopsys profile

HP to Acquire Persist Technologies

PALO ALTO, Calif - November 11, 2003 - HP today signed a definitive agreement to acquire Persist Technologies, Inc.

The acquisition is expected to improve HP's ability to deliver complete information lifecycle management (ILM) solutions. ILM is HP's strategy to actively manage information from its creation through deletion and according to its changing business relevance over time. With Persist's active archiving software, HP expects to deliver enhanced archiving solutions to assist customers in complying with emerging and stringent data retention regulations and extract business value from large amounts of reference information. When integrated with HP ProLiant servers and ProCurve switches, the Persist software creates an active archive system that can scale to handle exploding content storage demands. ...HP profile

LSI Logic Storage Systems does SMI-S

MILPITAS, Calif. - November 11, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems today announced general availability of an SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Standard) Provider software and support package via its Developer Partners Program.

The Developer Partners Program provides access to tools and resources to interface with LSI Logic's storage technology platforms so partners can effectively implement storage solutions that work together seamlessly by design. With this addition of the SMI-S Provider, a standard interface is now available for applications to integrate key features and support of the LSI Logic storage arrays. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Adaptec First with 3Gbps SAS Silicon

MILPITAS, Calif. - November 10, 2003 - Adaptec, Inc. today became the first company to achieve full first-generation Serial Attached SCSI speeds of 3Gbps in tests of an ASIC that reached peak throughput of 5Gbps.

The signal transmission keeps Adaptec on track to deliver first-to-market 3-gigabit-second Serial Attached SCSI solutions that provide new levels of workstation and server performance for database, streaming video and audio, mainline storage, video editing and other bandwidth-intensive enterprise applications.

The Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI ASIC also is architected to run at second-generation Serial Attached SCSI speeds of 6 gigabits/second. Early delivery of the dual-architecture ASIC will enable system builders to speed time-to-market of first-generation Serial Attached SCSI solutions and reduce costs of second-generation solutions. The ASIC will incorporate Adaptec's HostRAID data protection technology and is part of Adaptec's suite of interoperable end-to-end solutions that allows businesses to seamlessly scale data protection, performance and capacity to their growing storage needs. Businesses deploying systems powered by Adaptec's Serial Attached SCSI ASICs will be able to easily migrate to Adaptec's add-in cards and direct- and network-attached external storage solutions. Serial Attached SCSI controllers and disk drives will deliver first-generation data transfer rates of 3Gbps with a roadmap to 12Gbps. ...Adaptec profile

Connected Corp Acquires Archive-it

Framingham, Mass. - November 10, 2003 - Connected Corporation today announced that it has acquired Archive-it ( Limited), a UK-based provider of tamper-proof email archiving solutions built on open standards.

The email archiving market, which according to industry analysts has a projected addressable market size of $1.5 billion by 2007, has emerged recently due to the rapid proliferation of email as one of the primary forms of communication among employees, customers and partners. Since corporate email servers can't handle such vast amounts of data over long periods, companies not only face storage issues but also compliance issues as regulatory agencies are placing higher scrutiny on email messages. Many companies are required to retain messages in their original form and make them available on-demand either internally, or by the courts. However, companies are struggling with how to meet these legal requirements, without placing greater strain on storage budgets.

"We see many corporations simply ignoring vast amounts of their information because they think it's too difficult or costly to protect and store highly distributed data," said Bob Brennan, chairman and CEO of Connected Corporation. "Connected is the natural choice to solve this problem, since we've been 100% focused on distributed data since day one." ...Connected profile

Imation Distributes Exabyte Media

Oakdale MN and Boulder CO - November 10, 2003 - Imation Corp. and Exabyte Corp. today announced an agreement that establishes Imation as the exclusive worldwide distributor of Exabyte brand media products.

As part of the agreement, Imation will also make an equity investment in Exabyte, representing less than 5% of total equity. The total dollar value of the transaction, when fully completed, is $20 million, the majority of which is for distribution rights.

Under the agreement, Exabyte will sell all of its media products exclusively to Imation. Imation will manage the Exabyte media brand and provide sales, marketing and distribution services for Exabyte media products worldwide - including VXA and Mammoth technologies.

The growing acceptance of Exabyte's VXA Packet Technology by VARs and major OEMs, such as IBM's selection of VXA-2 Packet Drives for its popular business class eServer lines - pSeries, iSeries and xSeries - was a key motivator that brought the companies together. During the last 14 months, Exabyte has signed 9 new OEM agreements and enrolled more than 700 new resellers for its VXA products. In the nine months ended September 27, 2003, Exabyte reported $32 million in storage media revenues. Imation will be equipped to take orders from a select number of U.S. distributors for Exabyte media beginning November 17, 2003, with full transition expected to be complete by end of the year. ...Exabyte profile, ...Imation profile

SimpleTech Announces ProX Flash Cards

SANTA ANA, Calif. - November 10, 2003 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced that its ProX 256MB and 512MB SD (Secure Digital) flash memory cards are available for immediate delivery.

SimpleTech's ProX SD cards are the next-generation of removable flash storage, reducing the time it takes to read and write data to memory with high-speed data transfer rates up to 10MB/sec. When used with a digital camera, the ProX Series SD cards reduce wait time between shots. SimpleTech's ProX SD cards also feature a write protect switch on the side of the card to prevent accidental overwriting of data and images, as well as increased efficiency that aids in maximizing the battery life of devices while using the card.

About the size of a postage stamp, the SD memory cards measure 24mm x 32mm by 2.1mm and weigh only 3 grams. As with all SimpleTech products, ProX SD flash memory cards come with a lifetime warranty backed by SimpleTech's reputation for quality and support. Manufacturer's suggested retail prices are $159 for 256MB and $299 for 512MB. ...SimpleTech profile

XOsoft Partner Wins Award

New York, NY - November 10, 2003 - XOsoft today announced its partner Richard Fleischman & Associates (RFA) has been recognized by IDG's Computerworld, in partnership with the SNIA, as a winner of the "Best Practices in Storage" Award Program.

RFA, a provider of network solutions that support New York-area portfolio managers and promote successful hedge fund management, won the "Storage Reliability and Data Recovery" category for managing its customers' technology needs with XOsoft's WANSync global business continuity platform.

"We had been using competing products to protect our clients' information," says Michael Curry, RFA's Chief Technology Officer. "These worked well at data replication, but took longer to bring servers back up. XOsoft's WANSync cut that time in half, and that is a large advantage for us."

The August blackout proved the reliability of RFA's business continuity infrastructure, and specifically XOsoft's solutions, which demonstrated a significant contribution to the availability of RFA's customer data. When the lights went out, RFA's Business Continuity Center located in Purchase, NY, operated flawlessly. Using its advanced array of battery and generator-backed electrical and communications redundancies, as well as XOsoft's WANSync, the RFA site did not lose a moment of availability at any point during its first full-scale, "real world" disaster. ...XOsoft profile

Seagate Provides Online Configuration

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - November 10, 2003 - Seagate Technology along with Avnet Applied Computing Solutions today launched the Avnet FastBuild Storage online configurator, a new way for VARs, solution builders, and OEMs to quickly create customized storage subsystems online.

A self-guided demonstration of the tool is located at: Using the Avnet FastBuild Storage online configurator, solution providers can create the exact solution to meet their customers' storage needs in minutes.

"The Avnet FastBuild Storage configurator is a tremendous opportunity for solution providers to create additional value and sales opportunities with no overhead or technical expertise required," said Mike Gaeta, vice president of storage and displays at Avnet Applied Computing Solutions. "All that a solution provider needs is a login and password, and then the provider can put the logistics and technical capabilities of Avnet and Seagate to work, invisibly. By using Seagate hard drives available in a range of capacities and interfaces as the heart of the storage subsystem, solution providers know they are receiving cutting edge technology, engineering, and value from one of the most enduring brands in technology." ...Seagate profile

Infineon Reports Revenue up 26%

Munich, Germany – November 10, 2003 – Infineon Technologies AG today announced results for its fiscal year 2003, ended September 30, with revenues of Euro 6.15 billion.

The revenues were equivalent to an increase of 26% compared to the previous fiscal year. Fiscal year 2003 net loss was Euro 435 million, reduced from a Euro 1.02 billion loss in the prior year. The company noted stronger demand as well as manufacturing cost reductions in its Memory Products business group and, since the second half of calendar year 2003, rising chip prices for its memory products, which generated a 34% sales growth year-on-year. As in 2002, iSuppli ranked Infineon as the world's 3rd largest DRAM supplier in the first half of 2003. ...Infineon Technologies profile

ATAbaby Twins - the Tape Terminaters

London - November 10, 2003 - Nexsan Technologies today announced a new dual-chassis configuration of its ATAbaby storage array for small and medium sized businesses.

The new dual-chassis ATAbaby Twins configuration provides up to 2.4TB in a compact 2U configuration. The ATAbaby bundle is an ideal tape autoloader replacement for SMB customers who require a faster, more reliable backup solution than tape.

"The new ATAbaby Twins is another nail in the coffin of tape-based backup," said Diamond Lauffin, Nexsan's Senior Executive Vice President. "No tape loader or library can deliver the same level of data protection and availability at anywhere close to this price." ...Nexsan Technologies profile

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