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
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."
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.
LSI Logic Storage Systems may do IPO
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
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
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
Dell Reports Strong Growth in Storage
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
Copper-based Gigabit Ethernet Surged in 3Q03
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.
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
"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.
StorageTek Partners with Industry Fujifilm and Imation
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."
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
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.
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.
CyberGuard Acquires SnapGear for $16 Million
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.
VERITAS i3 Gets PeopleSoft Certification
VIEW, Calif. - November 12, 2003 - VERITAS Software today announced
that PeopleSoft, Inc. has certified VERITAS i3.
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.
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
SimpleTech Announces Nitro Memory
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.
Sun Microsystems Becomes Distributor for McDATA's Sphereon 4300
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.
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."
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.
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.
Synopsys Gets Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Certification
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.
HP to Acquire Persist Technologies
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.
LSI Logic Storage Systems does SMI-S
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
...LSI Logic Storage
Adaptec First with 3Gbps SAS Silicon
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.
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
Connected Corp Acquires Archive-it
Mass. - November 10, 2003 - Connected Corporation today announced that
it has acquired Archive-it (Rchive-it.com Limited), a UK-based provider
of tamper-proof email archiving solutions built on open standards.
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."
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
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.
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.
SimpleTech Announces ProX Flash Cards
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.
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
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
"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.
Seagate Provides Online Configuration
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.
demonstration of the tool is located at:
the Avnet FastBuild Storage online configurator, solution providers can create
the exact solution to meet their customers' storage needs in minutes.
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."
Infineon Reports Revenue up 26%
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.
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."
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