storage history - 2003, October week 1
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|NTI Announces New DriveBackup! 3||
|IRVINE, CA -
October 7, 2003 - NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI) announced today that
it is shipping the new version of its image-level backup and recovery solution
In addition to providing a fast, easy means of protecting the operating systems, applications and files on stand-alone and mobile computers, the software can also be used as a cloning utility. New to this version is the ability to restore selected files from a disk image using NTI's all new Image Explorer. NTI DriveBackup!'s advanced, step-by-step wizard takes a complete snapshot of designated partitions of the hard drive and backs the information up to a write-once or rewritable CD, DVD or other storage media. By creating a complete image of the data stored on the hard drive, partial or complete recovery is a simple process. For complete volume recovery, the bootable emergency recovery disc automatically restores the system. Available for immediate delivery, NTI DriveBackup! has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. DriveBackup! provides complete support for Windows 98, ME, 2000, NT and XP.
"IT specialists understand how important it is to protect mission-critical data and how difficult it is to rebuild the operating system, applications, settings and work-in-progress," said Bill Yao, President and CEO of NewTech Infosystems. "Whether the cause is virus corruption, a hard drive crash or because the computer was stolen, it can take hours or even days to recover all of the data ... and sometimes it can never be recovered. DriveBackup! was designed to make it fast, easy and economical for even novice users to protect their system from loss or corruption. When disaster does strike, users have fast, bare metal restore capabilities, which means you can automatically restore your entire system simply by loading the bootable recovery disc." ...NTI profile
FRAMINGHAM, MA - October 7, 2003 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. today announced it has received $7.1 million in a Series C round of funding led by Kodiak Venture Partners. This most recent round of funding brings venture investment in the company to $15 million since its founding in August 2001. The investment will be used to fund the company's continued worldwide growth as it develops service methodologies, tools, IP, and outsourced service offerings to complement its existing services and consulting business. The company also plans to acquire services and consulting companies in developing markets and geographies as it broadens its ability to serve clients worldwide. ...GlassHouse Technologies profile
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - October 7, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today announced its Fibre Down technology is now shipping as an option to the RLX ServerBlade 2800i and ServerBlade 3000i, from RLX Technologies. RLX ServerBlades are complete modular computing platforms that include processor, memory, storage, network functionality, operating system, and management, all within a single blade. Starting October 15, RLX will feature QLogic Fibre Down, the integration of single-chip Fibre Channel host adapters, and management controllers, as an option for all its high-performance ServerBlades. ...QLogic profile
CARLSBAD, Calif. - October 7, 2003 - Arkeia Corp. today announced that Arkeia v5.2 will support and ship with DLTSage, Quantum's predictive and preventive diagnostic management tools. Designed to further assure IT managers that backups are completed successfully and data integrity is uncompromised, DLTSage establishes a new threshold for tape reliability and ease of management. DLTSage is a new architecture-based suite of intelligent, predictive and preventive diagnostic offerings that will enable Arkeia's customers to more simply and proactively monitor and manage their tape storage environments. When failures occur, DLTSage's advanced diagnostics quickly identify the problem and speed system recovery processes, helping IT administrators more rapidly analyze tape and drive issues and improve system uptime. ...Arkeia profile, ...Quantum profile
ROSEVILLE, CA - October 7, 2003 - U.S. Data Trust Corporation today announced expanded protection for Microsoft SQL Servers. Companies using the popular Microsoft SQL database application can now have up-to-the-minute protection of their data 24 hours a day. The DataTrust Protect Online Backup and Recovery Service continuously backs up SQL databases using a secure Internet connection, ensuring a company's most recent data is always protected and available. In the event a live database is damaged or a system failure brings down the SQL server, DataTrust Protect can restore the most current data or a historical copy from the online archive, resulting in virtually no data loss from the incident.
"Small to mid-sized businesses have come to rely on their SQL database applications to drive critical company operations. Yet, like most of their critical business information, SQL databases are not being adequately protected by existing backup and recovery practices." said Paul Hrabal, President of U.S. Data Trust. "With DataTrust Protect's expanded protection for SQL servers, companies can now ensure that their databases can be recovered up to the point of failure instead of having to revert to a backup from last night, or worse, from several days ago."
Keith Carlson, systems administrator for KnowledgeDNA of Santa Barbara, CA, saw the value of DataTrust Protect when he had to restore his SQL database. "My SQL database was corrupted during an upgrade. We restored the database with DataTrust Protect Online Backup Service and it worked like a champ. I picked a date and time [to restore from the archive], and bingo, everything was back."
DataTrust Protect Online Backup Service is sold as a managed service with plans starting as low as $199 per month. Installation is usually completed in less than 20 minutes using a simply "point and click" web interface. Once configured, DataTrust Protect runs automatically in the background with the U.S. Data Trust Service Operations Center monitoring backup and restore operation 24 hours a day. A 30-Day Risk-Free Trial is available on the U.S. Data Trust web site. ...U.S. Data Trust profile
MILPITAS, Calif. - October 6, 2003 - Olixir Technologies today introduced the Mobile DataVault 3DX a slim, rugged, high-capacity 3.5-inch portable hard disk drive targeted at solving the data backup and recovery needs of the SMB sector. Proven to withstand shocks of up to 1,200 G's without damage to stored data, the high-capacity Mobile DataVault 3DX is available in 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, and 250GB capacities. While other external 3.5 inch disk-based data storage solutions cannot typically withstand a drop of more than two inches, the patented shock absorbent technology incorporated into the Mobile DataVault 3DX provides the durability required to make it usable for offsite data archiving and media rotation.
"Handling is the number one cause of data loss today," said Randy Dugger, CEO of Dugger & Associates. "With any data storage system, shock damage from dropped or mishandled storage devices can permanently delete business critical data. Olixir's portable Mobile DataVault 3DX protects a high capacity of data like no other device on the market today. It's the simplest and easiest system to use to protect, secure, capture, and archive data every day."
The 7,200 RPM Mobile DataVault 3DX transfers a GB of data in less than 50 seconds. An easy-to-install data storage solution for any computing platform, the Mobile DataVault 3DX utilizes an innovative, versatile interface that can be used interchangeably with Olixir's USB 2.0, Firewire, and PCMCIA cables interfaces. In addition, the hot-swappable Mobile DataVault 3DX has the ability to use Olixir's 5.25-inch DataBay for desktop PC's or other chassis making it an ideal tape-replacement solution for media rotation and data security. The Mobile DataVault 3DX supports plug-and-play operation with Macintosh OS 8.6 and higher, Windows 2000/ME/XP and Linux operating systems. ...Olixir Technologies profile
October 6, 2003 - Rambus Inc. today announced that the United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling denying Infineon Technologies' petition for a writ of certiorari in the litigation between Infineon and Rambus. This ruling, announced by the Supreme Court today, means that Infineon has exhausted all possible avenues of appeal from the January 29, 2003 ruling of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. That Federal Circuit ruling favored Rambus. It confirmed the breadth of Rambus's patent claims as asserted against Infineon. It also rejected Infineon's fraud counterclaims, concluding that Rambus had not been shown to have violated the rules of an industry standard setting organization called JEDEC and that those rules showed a "staggering lack of defining details." The Federal Circuit also concluded that Rambus did not have applications or patents that read on any JEDEC standard during the relevant time. ...Infineon Technologies profile, ...Rambus profile
New York, NY - October 6, 2003 - XOsoft today announced it has achieved Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced Server certifications for its WANSync 3.5 and Data Rewinder 1.5 solutions through VeriTest. The full certification reports are available on the VeriTest Web site at www.veritest.com/go.asp?xosoft1. As the exclusive provider of third party independent testing for the Microsoft Certified for Windows program, VeriTest confirmed that XOsoft's WANSync 3.5 and Data Rewinder 1.5 meet Microsoft's standards for availability and reliability for enterprises looking to protect their business-critical data and applications. Identifying applications that adhere to these industry-recognized levels of reliability and availability, Microsoft Windows certification helps customers rapidly deploy new applications and eliminate many interoperability concerns.
Data Rewinder comprises a comprehensive suite of data recovery solutions, tailored to industry standard application and database servers, including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL and Oracle. Data Rewinder's rapid recovery enables corrupted servers of any size to be "rewound" to a fully consistent state, with negligible or no loss of data, in a matter of seconds. XOsoft's WANSync combines continuous real-time data replication and immediate recovery capabilities to provide high availability, enhanced backup and seamless disaster recovery. Featuring unmatched remote replication capabilities, WANSync can cost-effectively secure applications and data at an off-site location, anywhere in the world, without impacting network or system performance, so businesses can go about their work uninterrupted. ...XOsoft profile
SAN DIEGO, CA. - October 6, 2003 - Bell Microproducts, Inc. and BakBone Software jointly announced today an agreement to distribute BakBone's NetVault 7.0 line of data backup and disaster recovery software. Under this new agreement, Bell Microproducts will distribute BakBone's data recovery software to its storage resellers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Bell Microproducts will support BakBone's NetVault through its Premier Storage Solution VAR and other programs. ...BakBone Software profile, ...Bell Microproducts profile
Campbell, Calif. - October 6, 2003 - Silverback Systems is now shipping OEM quantities of the iSNAP 2100, storage network access processor, the highest performing and only such storage networking processor available. iSNAP is a hardware and software turnkey solution that enables combinations of TOE, iSCSI initiator and target functionality, allowing customers to focus on applications and proprietary value add. The company is also reporting TCP and iSCSI performance benchmarks, based on industry-standard measurement and analysis tools, that exceed previously announced performance metrics.
Silverback is now reporting 220,000 IOPS for the dual-channel, gigabit Ethernet iSNAP2100, demonstrating iSCSI performance for both database and OLTP traffic. Silverback is the only vendor to publicly announce and demonstrate pure iSCSI performance metrics. This verifiable number exceeds the 92,000 IOPS per port announced last March. The benchmark was derived using Iometer, an analysis tool developed by Intel Corp., for servers that measures I/O performance while stressing the system with a controlled workload.
The company is also announcing a sustained, full-duplex, dual-port throughput of 440MB/s for the iSNAP2100. This performance metric was verified by the industry-standard TTCP (Test TCP) benchmarking tool, which measures TCP send and receive bandwidth. TTCP was developed by the U.S. Army Ballistics Research Lab. ...Silverback Systems profile
Hopkinton, MA and Armonk, NY - October 6, 2003 - EMC and IBM today announced an agreement that will extend interoperability and compatibility for their respective storage systems, servers and software. Both companies believe that this effort will help customers to more easily install both EMC and IBM products in heterogeneous storage environments. The agreement spans a spectrum of offerings from both companies.
EMC and IBM have agreed on a framework for the exchange of programming interfaces for their disk storage products, including interfaces that are conformant with SMI-S. The intent of this effort is to improve interoperability between the companies' products.
The two companies have also agreed upon a framework to extend their existing cooperative support agreement to include a wider range of servers, storage and software products, to support more rapid escalation and resolution processes for issues arising in joint installations.
To support EMC's ability to implement compatibility on its Symmetrix DMX storage systems with Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy and Extended Remote Copy (XRC) functions, IBM has licensed interfaces for its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server to EMC. Additional IBM functionality including FlashCopy , Multiple Allegiance, and Parallel Access Volumes (PAV) are also included in the licensing agreement and will be supported on EMC Symmetrix systems. ...EMC profile, ...IBM profile
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - October 6, 2003 - Adding personality to personal storage products, today Western Digital Corp. began offering consumers the ability to customize its USB 2.0 external hard drive product line with the introduction of changeable metallic-colored faceplates. Compatible with Western Digital's USB 2.0 external hard drives, these add-on faceplates are available through the company's online store in an assortment of bright, metallic colors including green, indigo (blue), red and black. ...Western Digital profile
CHATSWORTH, Calif - October 6, 2003 - Alera Technologies unveils its new 1:1 CD Copy Cruiser with an advanced new duplicator controller, Cruiser Control 100, which provides you with the choice of quick, easy, one touch copies or comprehensive professional control features at your finger tips when needed. CD Copy Cruiser is a 52x stand alone, desktop, one to one CD duplicator with a CD-ROM, a 52x CD-Recorder and our Cruiser Control 100 duplicator controller all in one unit. It can duplicate a typical 650MB data CD in as few as 2 minutes, or it can copy individual tracks from your music CDs creating "Favorite Hits" discs for your uncluttered listening pleasure and it is the only 1:1 stand alone duplicator equipped with a menu of controls and diagnostics for more advanced work. The new CD Copy Cruiser has a low Estimated Street Price of only $299. ...Alera Technologies profile
Waltham, MA - October 6, 2003 - AmeriVault Corp today announced a new form of support for their large network of channel partners. The recent addition of online seminars specifically for channel partners has enabled new and current AmeriVault resellers to quickly and more effectively resell AmeriVault's online backup and recovery solution. Genesys Conferencing, AmeriVault's online conferencing partner and the world's leading conferencing specialist, provides a comprehensive portfolio of virtual communication and collaboration services. Through the Genesys Meeting Center product, AmeriVault schedules and conducts online seminars with channel partners all over the United States, enabling the partner to quickly and cost-effectively get the critical information they need to resell AmeriVault's online backup and recovery solution.
"Sales and marketing support is key to fostering our channel relationships. Therefore, we spent a lot of time and energy providing what our partners need to be successful," said Bob Wojnowski, Vice President of Alliances at AmeriVault Corp. "Our online seminar offering powered by Genesys is an extension to this support." ...AmeriVault profile
SAN FRANCISCO , Calif. - October 5, 2003 - ATP Electronics Inc today announced its first to market 1GB MultiMediaCard. The new 1GB card was first introduced at a press conference at the 2003 Computex Taipei in September. ATP MultiMediaCards are targeted mainly at the fast growing demand for memory in digital cameras, digital video camcorders, audio players, new multi-function 2.5G/3G cell phones and other portable devices.
Kent Eisenberg, ATP Product Marketing Manager, said, "We are proud to announce the first available 1GB MultiMediaCard. We believe this high capacity card will provide open system application makers the ability to develop an increasingly exciting multimedia experience. The new markets demand high capacity storage in ever-shrinking portable digital devices. ATP's 1GB MultiMediaCards have been designed to meet these demands." ...ATP Electronics profile
FREMONT, CA - October 3, 2003 - Lexar Media, Inc. announced today that it settled its patent dispute with Ritek Corporation. Ritek supplied CompactFlash cards to Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. between 2001 and 2002. Lexar sued Fuji in July 2002 alleging that Fuji's sales of flash based memory products infringe Lexar's patents. Fuji asserted a third party complaint against Ritek, bringing Ritek into the action. Under the terms of the settlement, Ritek will make a one-time payment to Lexar Media for past damages for its sales of CompactFlash cards to Fuji. All other terms of the settlement are confidential. The settlement is limited to CompactFlash cards purchased from Ritek by Fuji and does not include any other products. Except for these specific products, all of Lexar's claims against Fuji remain pending. Litigation with respect to the other patents at issue will be stayed until after Lexar's claim construction against Toshiba is concluded. ...Lexar Media profile
FREMONT, Calif.- October 2, 2003 - M-Systems reaches an agreement with JMTek LLC regarding the patent infringement lawsuit initiated against JMTek on October 1, 2002. Terms of the agreement include JMTek recognizing M-Systems' patents for the architecture for its USB flash drive (U.S. Pat. #6,148,354, April 5, 1999) and its TrueFFS technology (U.S. Pat. #5,404,485, March 5, 1993) and their worldwide counterparts. JMTek enters into a licensing agreement with M-Systems and will make running royalty payments of its USB flash drive products.
"This out of court settlement with JMTek is a direct result of our commitment to protect our intellectual property," said Dovi Farkash, director of IP affairs for M-Systems. "We hope that licensing will be viewed as an alternative to costly litigation that only hinders technological advancement. However, we are determined and resolved to enforce our IP rights should a manufacturer that is infringing on our IP choose not to enter into a licensing agreement."
"JMTek has been evaluating M-Systems' licensing model and found it to be a good fit to increase our ability to offer licensed product lines to our customers," said Kyu Lee, CEO and president of JMTek. "JMTek values intellectual property rights and will continue to offer revolutionary products to our customers." ...JMTek profile, ...M-Systems profile
Seoul, Korea - October 2, 2003 - SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd. today received Sun Microsystems, Inc's prestigious Supplier of the Year Award. The award recognizes companies that have made an outstanding contribution to Sun's ability to deliver superior quality and service to customers. SAMSUNG, which received the global award based on its "second to none" supply efforts, was measured on a combination of its technology, quality, cost and supply. SAMSUNG was selected from Sun's entire vendor base, which is indicative of the value placed on this award.
Since Sun initiated its awards program over a decade ago, Samsung's semiconductor division is the only company to have been named Supplier of the Year twice. In total, SAMSUNG has been named among the winners in the awards program seven times. SAMSUNG supplies Sun with memory products including advanced DRAM and SRAM devices as well as state-of-the-art custom memory solutions for Sun's high-performance servers, workstations and storage systems. ...Samsung Electronics profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - October 1, 2003 - Peak 10, Inc. today announced that Big Rock Sports, the industry's leading fishing tackle supply company, has moved its data center from the North Carolina coast to Peak 10's state-of-the-art facility in Raleigh, N.C. Peak 10 will host, manage and monitor all of Big Rock's distributor and e-commerce sites. Big Rock made the decision to move its data center from Newport, N.C. to Peak 10 as it became apparent that Hurricane Isabel would hit the Carolina coastline and threaten their business. With the help of Peak 10 engineers, the company moved quickly to ensure its business applications and online presence and wholesale operation would not be affected. Big Rock was up and running at Peak 10 before the hurricane made landfall.
| "We viewed Hurricane
Isabel as a severe threat because even a few hours of down time or loss of data
would be devastating to our customers and potentially disastrous for our
business," said Norm Pollock, vice president of information technology for
Big Rock Sports. "Peak 10 not only provided a first class facility and
business continuity methodology but also the technical expertise and manpower
necessary to move our data center quickly."
Big Rock Sports is comprised of five companies that together make-up one of the sporting goods industry's largest full service distributors of fishing tackle, camping, and hunting and shooting sports equipment. The company inventories more than 148,000 products and has been serving independent fishing, hunting and shooting sports retailers in North America for more than 25 years. ...Peak 10 profile
DIEGO, CA. - October 1, 2003 - BakBone Software today announced a
global alliance with Red Flag Software Co., Ltd, China's leading Linux
operating system developer, to deliver NetVault 7.0 backup and restore
capabilities for Linux-based applications to the People's Republic of China.
The alliance represents the first tier-one data protection provider to support
Red Flag Linux distribution and builds on BakBone's worldwide growth in the
Linux space. The agreement will also expand BakBone's footprint in the Pacific
Rim region. Enterprise customers in China, for the first time, will receive
full data recovery and backup support on the Red Flag Linux platform. Fully
certified to run on Red Flag's Server 4 series, NetVault 7.0 delivers an
easy-to-deploy, affordable solution that can increase ROI by reducing complex
configuration and operational requirements. As an early adopter of the Linux
development platform, BakBone's NetVault enables customers to use Linux with
confidence, while equally supporting both UNIX and Windows platforms.
"In partnering with Red Flag, we offer customers throughout China a completely scaleable data protection solution that delivers unrivaled lowest total cost of ownership and superior performance benefits," said Keith Rickard, president and CEO of BakBone Software. "The strategic relationship between Red Flag Software and BakBone further proves our commitment to providing best of breed solutions for the Pacific Rim marketplace. In addition to extending BakBone's reach into the Pacific Rim, this alliance will be key to gaining access to customers in government, banking, retail, manufacturing, utility and energy sectors in the Chinese market." ...BakBone Software profile
San Jose, Calif. - October 1, 2003 - Alacritech, Inc. today announced its Alacritech Accelerators, running in conjunction with the Microsoft iSCSI initiator, have met Cisco's testing criteria for interoperability with the Cisco MDS 9000 Family of Multilayer SAN switches. The solutions are designed to enable efficient data management and high reliability with a low overall cost of ownership in IP storage environments. ...Alacritech profile, ...Cisco Systems profile
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - October 1, 2003 - McDATA Corporation announced today that it is the only major SAN switch vendor to have increased market share in both the high-end and mid-range of the storage switch market during the second quarter of 2003, according to a report by the Dell'Oro Group. The Dell'Oro Group findings show that McDATA increased its overall SAN switch revenue market share to 33 percent while its three closest competitors all lost share during that time. Also shown in the report, McDATA more than doubled its share of fabric (fixed) SAN switch revenue from a year ago, and increased its market share between the first and second quarters of 2003 from 16.3 percent to 20.7 percent.
"We are very pleased with the results of the Dell'Oro study as they validate the great momentum McDATA has gained in the mid-range of the SAN switch market over the last several quarters," said Mike Gustafson, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, McDATA. "Since the first quarter of last year, McDATA has more than quadrupled its market share in the fixed SAN switch segment. We've received a tremendous response to the introduction of our Sphereon 4500 Fabric Switch and expect to penetrate further into that market with the recent launch of the Sphereon 4300." ...Dell'Oro Group profile, ...McDATA profile
Hoboken, N.J. - October 1, 2003 - NSI Software today extended its OEM agreement with HP to provide customers a proven, host-based data replication software product to protect their Microsoft applications. Under the agreement, NSI's Double-Take replication software is being branded as HP OpenView Storage Mirroring. HP began shipping and supporting the product on September 30. The agreement helps HP meet the growing demand for a host-based, high-quality data replication product, and supports NSI Software's continued revenue growth by extending the company's sales channel. Targeted at Microsoft environments, HP OpenView Storage Mirroring seamlessly integrates with HP and third-party storage products to provide businesses a tested data protection system that complements standard tape backup processes and enables offsite disaster recovery or centralized backup.
Storage Mirroring enables customers to protect production data on HP ProLiant servers and HP StorageWorks attached storage products through asynchronous replication across LANs. This includes but is not limited to: HP StorageWorks NAS, MSA1000, smart array cluster storage and the HP StorageWorks Virtual Array family. Host-based replication opens up new design considerations for disaster recovery inside local server closets and between small offices and branch offices back to the corporate data centers. ...NSI Software profile
Bristol, UK - October 1, 2003 - Elipsan announce the release of Storage Appliance and Shared Storage Manager. The two products are designed to work together to simplify the management of storage.
Elipsan's IP-SAN solution is designed for the OEM and Systems Integrator channels that want to add value to Intel Architecture platforms, standard RAID controllers, Ethernet and TCP/IP networks. Elipsan have developed a solution, which brings the benefits of IP-SAN technology to the mid-market sector in a cost effective, easy to use package.
The Storage Appliance offers sophisticated iSCSI storage controllers providing storage consolidation, virtualization and RAID functionality, along with higher value features such as remote mirroring and snapshot. Coupled with this the Shared Storage Manager simplifies and automates the management of storage by integrating storage controller management with management of the storage sub-systems of file and application servers. This enables Administrator's to focus on providing their servers with the storage they need. ...Elipsan profile
Hopkinton, Mass.- October 1, 2003 - EMC Corporation oday announced a series of new mid-tier NAS products and enhancements. With today's announcement, EMC is further expanding the world's broadest NAS product family and extending its lead by offering the most choice and flexibility for customers' mid-tier networked storage needs. All products announced today are generally available. U.S. list prices are $97,000 for the NS600G, $63,000 for the NS600GS and $114,000 for the NS600S (1TB configuration). The estimated-end-user price for the NetWin 200 is $32,000 (500GB configuration).
David Donatelli, EMC's Executive Vice President of Storage Platforms Operations, said, "The NAS market has undergone significant change and is now demanding high-end NAS capabilities in the mid-tier. With today's announcement, EMC is answering the call." ...EMC profile
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