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TORONTO, CANADA – November 26, 2003 - DataMirror today announced that it has entered into an agreement and plan of merger to acquire 100% control ofPointBase, Inc. The cash transaction (with a value of about $3.5 million) is conditional upon certain closing conditions, is expected to close in the next 30 days.

PointBase is a leading provider of nano footprint, java based relational database and synchronization solutions designed to lead the industry's move toward software that delivers on the promise of platform independence. PointBase's proven trio of offerings - PointBase Embedded, PointBase Micro and PointBase UniSync - provide effective Java-based data storage, enterprise mobility and data synchronization with corporate databases. PointBase technology is currently being used by leading software providers and companies including BEA, Checkmate International, Extensity, Leadscope, Macromedia, Raytheon and Sun Microsystems. With the implementation of PointBase technology, these companies have gained numerous business benefits including application mobility, reduced total cost of ownership, increased developer productivity, accelerated product release, increased customer satisfaction, and greater customer ROI. ...DataMirror profile


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - November 26, 2003 - The worldwide server systems market continues to gain ground, showing 2% revenue growth in the third quarter of 2003, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Worldwide server factory revenue topped out at $10.8 billion.

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Nibble: Storage Industry gets Back to Revenue Growth

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t looks like the 3rd quarter of 2003 was a turning point for the storage industry, with many companies reporting increased revenue compared to the same period in 2002.

There was a preview of this in my June article the Fastest Growing storage companies - in which the top 5 companies reported over 80% year on year revenue growth. But in recent years those were the exception rather than the rule.

In fact the high fallout of storage companies made our acquired, dead & merged companies page one of the top 5 pages visited by STORAGEsearch readers throughout 2003 - as customers tried to find out what happened to once-upon-a-time suppliers.

A number of companies in different product areas have recently announced revenue growth, and some even reported profits - which suggests that the blood bath and shakeout we've seen in recenbt years may be finally coming to an end.

Also the hardening of memory prices, and upbeat comments from semiconductor makers like Cypress Semiconductor's President and CEO T.J. Rodgers commenting on chip forcasts for 2004 - "...We shipped 160 million units in the quarter, a record, beating the 157 million units we shipped at the peak in Q3 2000. If these trends continue, we believe there is a strong possibility that the modest recovery of 2003 will turn into a boom in 2004-2005" - are good signs that the storage industry may be returning to a better state of health.

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It was the 2nd consecutive quarter of positive growth for server revenues worldwide, following 9 quarters of decline during the economic downturn.

The x86 server market dynamics drove much of the quarterly revenue growth year-over-year. In all, revenue derived from the sales of x86 servers (servers based on Intel and AMD microprocessors) expanded 8.3% and unit shipments grew 21.4%.

Linux server platforms posted a 49.8% growth in factory revenues, year-over-year (to reach $743 million), while unit shipments grew 51.4% year-over-year.
Worldwide Server Systems Factory Revenue Q3 2003
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Vendor Revenue (millions) Growth 2003/2002
IBM $3,368 6.6%
HP $2,997 3.5%
Sun $1,165 -9.3%
Dell $1,025 11.6%
Fujitsu $684 -2.5%
Unix server revenues were $4.1 billion in the quarter – a decline of just 3.8%, which is the lowest rate of decline in seven consecutive quarters. Driven by price competition as a sweetener, Unix server unit shipments showed an up-tick of 4.3% year-over-year. HP was the Unix server market leader in 3Q03, outpacing Sun, which had been the leader in 2Q03. Sun's Unix revenue declined by 10.1% year-over-year, but Sun's unit shipments grew by 17.4%, reflecting the company's focus on low-cost computing. ...IDC profile


Editor:- November 25, 2003 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Jamie Matlin, President of Jobstor.com - it's called Looking into the Revolving Door of Storage Marketing. If the high turnover rate in storage marketers quoted in this article is to be believed then most storage marketers will be looking for a new job not long after slicing the turkey on Thursday. ...read the article, ...Jobstor.com profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 25, 2003 - Quantum Corp. today announced that it is reorganizing to create a stronger operational platform for profit and growth and leverage synergies across the company. Quantum's two business groups, the DLTtape Group and the Storage Solutions Group are being integrated into one organization with a consolidated operations function and three business units – Storage Devices, Media, and Storage Systems. The company will also combine the DLTG and SSG sales organizations into one OEM sales force and one Quantum-branded sales force.

Rick Belluzzo will continue in his role as chairman and CEO, and John Gannon, who has been president of DLTG, will assume the position of president and COO for the company. By integrating the two separate business groups, Quantum will eliminate duplicative functions and make it easier for customers, suppliers and other partners to do business with the company. As a result of the organizational changes announced today, Quantum will reduce its workforce by approximately 110 employee and 20 contractor positions, through the elimination of duplicative jobs and other streamlining. In addition, Larry Orecklin – who has been president of the Storage Solutions Group – has chosen to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. ...Quantum profile

Editor's comments:- Quantum has been involved in 4 mergers and acquisitions since 2000, and from the outside the management of its brands and businesses has appeared like a temporary improvisation rather than a permanent consolidation. So this reorganisation should help reduce confusion in the marketplace.



November 25, 2003 - Infortrend Europe Ltd. today announced the EonStorT A16F-R SATA Redundant Controller subsystem. Infortrend's EonStor A16F-R is a 3U profile, 16-drive redundant controller subsystem and has made redundant controllers available on SATA RAID for the first time. This advancement in SATA RAID technology has been achieved through Infortrend's innovative firmware and hardware. The fully featured redundant architecture provides a true no-single-point-of-failure RAID configuration, with host-transparent active-active (or active-passive) redundant controller operations and host side IO loading balanced between the two controllers. The EonStor A16F-R product line is now shipping throughout Europe. ...Infortrend profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW and SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 24, 2003 - Atempo and Softek today announced the joint certification of their flagship software products, Time Navigator and Softek Storage Manager. Certification ensures seamless interoperability between the two products, making it possible for mid-tier and large enterprises to achieve a greater level of integration between storage management and backup administration. The combination of Time Navigator and Softek Storage Manager provides significant benefits across many of today's most popular business operating platforms, including Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, Windows 2000/XP and more. ...Atempo profile, ...Fujitsu Softek profile


ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - November 24, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today announced it has been chosen to be the supplier of Fibre Channel HBAs for a series of simplified and cost effective SAN solutions built upon the HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array 1000. The HP StorageWorks MSA1000 SAN Starter Kit offers everything needed for simple and rapid deployment of entry-level SANs targeted for the small and medium business. Customers can save substantially when they purchase the HP MSA1000 SAN Starter and High Availability Kits, as opposed to buying the same components separately. ...QLogic profile


WALTHAM, MA - November 24, 2003 - AmeriVault Corp. today announced that it has upgraded its storage infrastructure in its Waltham, Massachusetts, Mass Storage Vault with the deployment of EMC CLARiiON CX storage solutions. This upgrade has improved the speed of AmeriVault's online backup and recovery offering by more than 40%, providing customers with faster server backups and more efficient data restores. AmeriVault's new CLARiiON CX-based infrastructure replaces the company's previous storage solution provider. The Mass Storage Vault is now exclusively composed of EMC networked storage.

AmeriVault's storage deployment consists of over 32 terabytes of CLARiiON CX600 and CX400 networked storage systems and software. AmeriVault's CLARiiON systems utilize both Fibre Channel and ATA drive technology - providing flexibility for the company to match customer service level requirements with the storage environment. The company is also using EMC SnapView software in conjunction with AmeriVault's backup offering for non-disruptive recovery operations, and EMC MirrorView to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. ...AmeriVault profile


PALO ALTO, Calif - November 24, 2003 - HP today announced a new storage product family and packaged server-storage offerings designed to meet the needs of SMBs, as well as enterprise customers, at up to 50% below the prices of IBM and Dell/EMC. With estimated U.S. list prices starting at under $10,000 the HP StorageWorks MSA and HP ProLiant server packaged solutions tackle one of the biggest barriers preventing emerging businesses from adopting external shared storage - cost. ...HP profile


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - November 24, 2003 - NovaStor Corporation has appointed industry veteran David J. Katz II to the newly created position of vice president of customer relations. Katz brings 20 years of experience and a proven record of success in the areas of technical support, training and education, information services and professional services. As a Novell Certified NetWare Engineer, he has over 16 years of hands-on experience working with and providing technical support for Novell LAN. In addition, NovaStor customers will benefit from his comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the latest technology in a wide range of computer applications for business and industry.

"David will be the key liaison between NovaStor and our installed base of 5 million users," said Peter Means, company president, to whom he will report. "As we grow, it's imperative we stay close to our customers. David will be responsible for listening to them and making sure NovaStor develops products that meet their needs." ...NovaStor profile


Sunnyvale, California - November 24, 2003 - Marvell today announced the release of its Prestera-98EX135, 10 Gigabit Ethernet packet processor with advanced routing and security capabilities. The Prestera-98EX135 device offers the industry's best routing capacity, advanced link aggregation features, extensive traffic classification and Policy Control Lists for traffic filtering. The routing capabilities have been extended to 256,000 subnets for better scalability, allowing customers to deploy Prestera solutions across the network, from the wiring closet through the backbone. ...Marvell profile


LOUISVILLE, Colo. - November 24, 2003 - StorageTek today announced that Judy C. Odom and Mercedes Johnson have been elected to the StorageTek board of directors. Judy Odom's professional experience includes nearly 20 years at Software Spectrum Inc., a global provider of personal computer business software to large organizations. During her tenure at Software Spectrum, Judy Odom served as chairman and CEO. Before her term as CEO, she served as vice president and treasurer at Software Spectrum. Prior to co-founding Software Spectrum, Judy Odom was a partner with Grant Thornton. She joins the StorageTek board immediately. Judy Odom currently sits on the board of directors for Leggett & Platt Inc. and Harte-Hanks Inc. She hails from Dallas and has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas Tech University.

Mercedes Johnson is senior vice president and CFO of Lam Research Corp., a company that designs, manufactures, markets and services semiconductor-processing equipment. Prior to joining Lam, Mercedes Johnson spent 10 years at Applied Materials where she was vice president and worldwide operations controller. Mercedes Johnson has also held senior finance positions with NCR and Hewlett-Packard. She will join the StorageTek board in January. Mercedes Johnson resides in Fremont, Calif., and holds a master's degree in accounting from the University of Buenos Aires.

"We are delighted that Judy and Mercedes are joining the StorageTek board of directors," said Patrick J. Martin, StorageTek chairman, president and CEO. "A diverse board will bring valuable perspectives to our discussions. These new members offer us tremendous experience in finance and a keen sense for business that will prove a real asset to the future success of this company." ...StorageTek profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 24, 2003 - Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. today announced that it has appointed Jack K. Lai as chief financial officer, replacing Jeffrey L. Garon, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Garon will provide transitional support to the company for a period of three months. Before joining SST, Lai was vice president and chief financial officer of Aplus Flash Technology, a privately-held company. Lai holds MBAs from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA and Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan. He also holds a BA in business administration from Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan. ...Silicon Storage Technology profile

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