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Aarohi Introduces FabricStream

Adaptec and Network Appliance Target SMEs with IP SAN

StorageTek Reports 33% Revenue Growth in Disk Storage

CNT Extends Data Mirroring Over 1,200 Miles

EMC Completes Acquisition of LEGATO Systems

LSI Storage helps Oracle with automatic storage management

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AMD's Flash Revenue Doubled

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FalconStor Software
Running with iSCSI

by Alexandre Delcayre, Technical Director EMEA FalconStor
iSCSI is one of the most eagerly awaited storage technologies in awhile, promising to bring SANs to the mainstream IT marketplace. Analysts and columnists enthusiastically espouse its benefits, while vendors outline impressive product roadmaps. Now that iSCSI has transitioned from concept to reality, will ordinary users immediately embrace this technology?

The iSCSI protocol provides block-based data access - essentially providing the same function as Fibre Channel-based SANs - but doing so over IP networks. This has generated great interest with the promise of creating flexible shared storage architectures while leveraging existing networking infrastructure and expertise. Large organisations see iSCSI deployment as an opportunity to extend the benefits of their datacentre FC SANs to distributed application servers, while mid-sized organisations, often regarding FC as a substantial investment, see an opportunity to get on the SAN bandwagon with a smaller investment.

Both the recent ratification of the iSCSI standard by the IEEE and Microsoft's release of an iSCSI initiator for the Windows 2003 operating system promise to kick-start iSCSI trials. Major OS, networking and storage vendors have either released first generation iSCSI solutions or will do so soon.

Availability of compatible hardware and software is not the only obstacle to iSCSI's widespread adoption. IT shops are looking for complete solutions, including the skills and tools necessary to design, deploy and manage the entire SAN lifecycle. While iSCSI's IP-based heritage will accelerate the availability of such offerings, it's important to realise the fundamental differences between designing, deploying and managing storage networks versus data communications networks.

Questions administrators need to ask and answer for themselves:
  • When do I use the existing network versus developing a separate IP SAN?
  • Standard NICs or should iSCSI HBAs be used?
  • Should I use GbE for the backbone and can I get by with 100Mbit for distributed servers?
  • What are critical tuning parameters (GbE jumbo frames are just the beginning)?
  • What's the impact of network performance on application performance?
  • What provisioning, monitoring and management tools are needed for the network? For virtualising and managing storage capacity?
  • What other storage services are needed (snapshot, mirroring, replication, backup, etc.)?
  • What are the security requirements?
IT shops should look to work with vendors and channel partners with established expertise in SANs, including IP-based SANs. Contrary to some perceptions, IP-based SANs are not a new idea, and there have been offerings in the market for several years. iSCSI combines the benefits of those offerings with the benefits of an accepted industry standard. Partners with FC and IP SAN experience are best equipped to select and deliver the right mix of technologies to meet a client's business objectives.

Much as iSCSI had to go through normal evolution cycles to become a formal standard, it is going through normal evolution to become mainstream in IT architecture. Before the specification was ratified, iSCSI was a concept for forward-thinkers to evaluate and incorporate into their medium range plans. Many of these early adopters are moving forward aggressively while the next round of technologists have begun to design iSCSI into their future architecture. Based on end-user and channel feedback, there will be an extremely rapid rate of growth.

In short, while 2003 is the year of iSCSI standardisation and early adoption, the sky is the limit for 2004 and beyond. ...FalconStor Software profile
SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 21, 2003 - Aarohi Communications today announced support from the storage networking industry for its FabricStream technology. Aarohi also launched the FabricStream Alliance Partner Program with support from key storage application partners. Partner companies that have already endorsed Aarohi FabricStream include: Alacritus Software, FalconStor Software, Incipient Inc., Kashya Inc., and StoreAge Networking Technologies.

"From its inception, Aarohi recognized the need for a merchant supplier of enabling technologies for the storage industry," said Ameesh Divatia, CEO of Aarohi Communications. "With next generation requirements in mind, Aarohi FabricStream was designed from the ground-up to enable best-of-class performance and highly cost-effective implementation of a new class of intelligent storage networking platforms."

At the heart of the FabricStream architecture is a 20Gbps application processing engine, performance-optimized for offloading and accelerating data-intensive volume and data management applications. FabricStream employs a unique data streaming architecture that delivers sustained wire-speed packet-based processing performance and very low IO latency in comparison to application platforms built with general-purpose CPUs, network processors and/or host bus adapters. ...Aarohi Communications profile

MILPITAS AND SUNNYVALE, Calif. - October 21, 2003 - Adaptec, Inc. and Network Appliance, Inc. today announced the availability of an IP SAN solution for small and midsize businesses . The Adaptec-NetApp solution (which is available to VARs via distributor Arrow Electronics) consists of two Adaptec 7211 iSCSI adapters and a NetApp FAS250 system with 250 gigabytes of storage capacity. The Adaptec 7211 completely offloads TCP/IP processing to reduce CPU utilization and increase the performance of network storage applications. The NetApp FAS250 is an entry-level storage system that provides high levels of reliability, availability and performance and scales up to 1 terabyte to meet the growing capacity needs of small and midsize businesses.

"Arrow Electronics has deep relationships with enterprise resellers and integrators who focus on delivering SAN solutions to small and midsize businesses and will give Network Appliance and Adaptec a direct channel to this market," said Mike Arends, vice president of sales, Arrow Enterprise Storage Solutions. "The Adaptec-Network Appliance IP SAN solution has passed extensive hardware testing and qualification, allowing resellers to offer an interoperable solution that simplifies deployment for end users." ...Adaptec profile, ...Network Appliance profile

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - October 21, 2003 - StorageTek today announced third quarter 2003 revenue was $520.3 million with a net income of $31.0 million - both up on the year ago period. Revenue from disk solutions grew 33% year over year.

"StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management strategy is resonating well with customers," said Patrick J. Martin, StorageTek chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our success this quarter was in disk solutions, storage services and especially in open-system automated tape solutions. StorageTek is a total solutions provider and our customers look to us as a key player for help in successfully managing their data in the most efficient and effective manner. "This continues to show that customers are looking to StorageTek for full storage solutions." ...StorageTek profile

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and LUMBERTON, NJ - October 21, 2003 - CNT today announced that they are the first provider to remotely extend a new IBM enterprise disk mirroring solution for storage networks. Today's event demonstrated the benefits of long distance capabilities for disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, as data was copied over a distance of 1,200 miles between sites in Minnesota and New Jersey.

The solution uses CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router, which reliably extends IBM's Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC), for Fibre Channel, a controller-based disk mirroring application for IBM TotalStorage ESS Model 800. The event will demonstrate PPRC mirroring between CNT's new IBM TotalStorage Solution Center in southern New Jersey and their remote demonstration site in Minnesota over an IP Network. Each location of the demo includes an IBM ESS Model 800 and a CNT FC/9000 Fibre Channel Director with an integrated UltraNet Edge Storage Router WAN module, which is currently included with every new FC/9000 purchase.

"We're proud of our long history of delivering IBM storage solutions to our customers, especially when we are providing unique value through our UltraNet technology for remote storage," said Ed Walsh, vice president of alliances, marketing, and strategy at CNT. "Our unmatched expertise in IBM disk mirroring solutions allows us to be first to market for extending PPRC-FC over longer distances, thus giving customers key remote storage options."

In addition to PPRC for Fibre Channel, CNT's UltraNet products provide remote capabilities for all IBM's enterprise and midrange disk and tape solutions. ...CNT profile

Hopkinton, Mass.- October 21, 2003 - EMC Corporation, Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of LEGATO Systems, Inc. Under the terms of the definitive agreement announced on July 8th, EMC issued approximately 106 million shares of EMC common stock for all outstanding shares of LEGATO Systems, Inc., subject to final tabulation with EMC's exchange agent. EMC will operate LEGATO Software as a division of EMC with headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. ...EMC profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - October 21, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems today announced that the company's storage systems with SANtricity Storage Manager software supports the automatic storage management capability of the new Oracle Database 10g. LSI Logic Storage Systems first worked with Oracle Database 10g in demonstrations at Oracle World San Francisco in September. The full line of LSI Logic Storage Systems controllers, with modular architecture that gives customers the flexibility to respond quickly, easily and dynamically to changing capacity and performance requirements, leverage the efficiencies in Oracle's lastest product release. The Oracle Database 10g gives administrators the ability to proactively monitor the database and quickly receive alerts and advice to ensure optimal performance and reliability of their database environment. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...Oracle profile

October 20, 2003 - StoneFly Networks Inc. and CommVault Systems, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to provide cost-effective, disk-based backup solutions. Under the terms of the partnership, StoneFly will resell Galaxy Backup and Recovery software as part of a complete D2D backup IP SAN system available in bundled configurations that start at $33,995 for a 1TB solution.

StoneFly D2D backup IP SANs include a StoneFly Storage Concentrator i3000 with storage provisioning and mirroring software; an iSCSI initiator; ATA storage; and CommVault Galaxy. When combined with the CommVault Galaxy software, StoneFly's IP SAN configurations offer a cost-effective way to offload backup and restore operations from a company's LAN onto a dedicated Ethernet IP SAN. Backup time is dramatically reduced because data is backed up from multiple servers simultaneously onto a central IP SAN, as opposed to one server at a time. The StoneFly Storage concentrator then sends the data to tape as a background activity with no concern for the backup window or degradation of LAN performance. ...CommVaultSystems profile, ...StoneFly Networks profile

Hopkinton, MA - October 20, 2003 - EMC Corporation today announced a series of packages and marketing programs aimed at simplifying the acquisition of storage platform and software technology for customers who have small-to-medium-size storage environments. Among the bundles on offer - a DAS High-Availability Package for $17,000 and some SAN packages starting at $23,000. EMC's new Try and Buy software evaluation program offers customers and partners the ability to install and utilize VisualSAN and VisualSRM software applications free of charge for 30 days. Customers who purchase the storage software can activate modules and functionality via EMC's new web-based electronic license key fulfillment system. ...EMC profile

Boulder, Colorado - October 20, 2003 - LeftHand Networks today announced a definitive agreement with Microsoft Corporation to license Windows Storage Server 2003. LeftHand will develop a NAS head based on Windows Storage Server 2003 to seamlessly integrate file services into its LeftHand SAN solution. Many current LeftHand Networks customers are using their IP SAN to support file sharing by using a file server as a front-end to the SAN. The Windows Storage Server-based product will allow customers to use a product sourced and supported by LeftHand to enable file sharing. Pricing and availability of the file sharing product based on Windows Storage Server 2003 will be announced in early 2004.

"We are pleased that LeftHand Networks has licensed Windows Storage Server 2003 from Microsoft," said Phillip Swan, vice president of DSS OEM sales at Microsoft Corp. "Windows Storage Server capabilities will complement their robust IP SAN offering, providing customers with a reliable, cost-effective file server that is easy to deploy and manage." ...LeftHand Networks profile

Milpitas, Calif. - October 20, 2003 - Maxtor Corporation and LSI Logic announced today that they participated in the industry's first public demonstration of data exchange between Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives via SAS controllers and expanders. The interoperability demonstration included Maxtor MaXLine SATA drives and Maxtor's prototype SAS hard drives in conjunction with LSI Logic SAS controller and SAS expander prototypes. Key customers viewed the milestone demonstration during last week's Maxtor Serial Storage in a Box Technology Symposium in Scottsdale, Ariz. The demonstration showed SCSI write/read command pairs being executed using full Serial Attached SCSI Protocol to the prototype SAS drive, and full Serial ATA Tunneling Protocol and SATA protocol to the SATA drive. ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile

POOLE, UK - October 20, 2003 - BakBone Software today announced that it has successfully qualified NetVault 7.0 with EMC Corporation's Celerra NAS product line, and joined the EMC NAS Partner Program. The strengthened alliance will enable customers to implement NAS-based backup and restore applications more effectively with NetVault's award-winning software combining the highest levels of customer support and application availability. ...BakBone Software profile, ...EMC profile

Princeton, NJ - October 16, 2003 - Dataram Corporation today announced the industry's first 4GB memory upgrade for Sun Microsystems' new Sun Blade 1500 workstation, as well as cost effective 1GB & 2GB upgrades. Customers can save up to 50% when compared to the cost of buying directly from Sun.

Dataram's memory offering for these systems, the DRS240 series, is available in 4, 2 and 1GB capacities. The upgrades consist of a two dual in-line memory modules of half the total capacity. The DRS240 memory series was designed specifically for the high performance double data rate (DDR) memory interface of the UltraSPARC IIIi processor used in the new Sun workstations and servers.

Dataram is licensed by Sun Microsystems to incorporate Sun's patented technology into these memories. All Dataram memory products for Sun systems are guaranteed to be 100% compatible with Sun's hardware and software and are backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support. ...Dataram profile

SAN JOSE, California - October 16, 2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation today announced that revenue for the 2003 third quarter was $216.6 million, up 7% from prior quarter revenue of $203.1 million and 6% from year-ago third quarter revenue of $205.0 million. Including amortization of intangibles and other acquisition-related, restructuring and special charges and credits, Cypress posted a GAAP net income of $17.3 million for the 2003 third quarter.

Cypress President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said, "We are pleased to announce the third sequential, quarterly improvement in revenue and pro forma profit since the bottom of the 2001–2002 semiconductor recession in Q4 2002. Booking activity picked up during the quarter, allowing us to exceed our guidance and expectations twice. The book-to-bill ratio was 1.06, with all divisions posting a book-to-bill of greater than unity... 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." ...Cypress Semiconductor profile

SUNNYVALE, CA - October 16, 2003 - AMD today reported sales of $954 million and a net loss of $31 million for the quarter ended September 28, 2003. AMD's flash memory sales of $424 million for the third quarter more than doubled from the second quarter of 2003 and the third quarter of 2002. The growth in the third quarter of 2003 was attributable to the effect of the June 30, 2003 consolidation of FASL LLC results of operations as well as strong organic growth of AMD Flash sales. The memory group operated at a loss in the third quarter. Demand for Spansion Flash memory continued to be strong, increasing our market share gains and reflecting our leadership in the wireless segment. Sales of Spansion products featuring MirrorBit technology achieved record growth in the third quarter, expanding beyond wireless and into other market segments.

"With the successful launch of the Spansion Flash memory brand, we believe we are now the #1 provider of NOR Flash memory solutions and are well positioned to achieve our strategic goal of being the #1 provider of Flash memory solutions worldwide." ...AMD profile

Editor's comments:- for over 20 years AMD has been the main alternative source of Intel architecture x86 compatible microprocessors. But with flash memory now accounting for nearly half AMD's revenue and strong growth momentum, maybe it's time to view AMD as a storage company instead.

CHARLOTTE, NC - October 16, 2003 - Verbatim Corporation announced today a new family of DigitalMovie 1x-4x speed DVD Recordable media with the unique look of a movie reel. Like Verbatim's popular Digital Vinyl CD-R discs that look like 45-rpm records, the new movie reel DVD discs bring smiles to the faces of everyone who sees them. Verbatim DigitalMovie discs are available in 3-packs with a choice of 4.7GB DVD-R or DVD+R media packaged in clear DVD Super Jewel Box cases.

"These discs offer all of the nostalgia and charm of the movie reels that symbolize movie theater cinemas today," said Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim Director of Optical Storage Marketing. "People are going to have fun with the reaction they get when friends, family members or business associates see their videos because they look just like the reels of celluloid film movie houses use."

Ideal for businesses that want their marketing videos to stand out, the premium-quality discs can be used to distribute DVDs that are unique and memorable. DigitalMovie discs will also appeal to replication houses and videographers who want to create distinctive-looking discs for distribution. Verbatim DigitalMovie DVD-R and DVD+R media are expected to have a street price of about $11.99 per 3-pack and will be available through leading retailers, Internet resellers and distributors across the country in November. ...Verbatim profile

SAN DIEGO - October 16, 2003 – JNI Corporation today announced that the Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its proposed merger with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. This transaction remains subject to various conditions and approval by the stockholders of JNI. JNI has scheduled a special stockholder meeting on October 28, 2003 to obtain stockholder approval of the merger. ...JNI profile

LINCOLN, CA - October 15, 2003 - Diskology released the Disk Jockey today. The Disk Jockey is an inexpensive, revolutionary new hard disk copy and diagnostic tool that allows users to copy data between IDE hard disk drives at lightening fast speeds while maintaining all of the attributes of the original hard disk, including hidden folders, multiple partitions and operating system files.

The Disk Jockey is a veritable Swiss army knife of disk diagnostic tools as it includes 7 functions in one hardware product. In addition to the high-speed data copies, the Disk Jockey also mirrors data between two hard disk drives, spans two hard disks to look like one logical volume to the computer, tests hard disk drives at the block level and verifies data that has been copied between drives is intact. The Disk Jockey can also mount hard disk drives to the desktop of your Windows or Macintosh computer to be used as standard desktop storage. The Disk Jockey can also erase hard disk drives quickly and securely using either a one-pass or three-pass erase per the NSA guidelines.

"The Disk Jockey is an amazing hard disk copy and diagnostic tool," said Tony Overbay, CEO of Diskology. "We tried to include all of the features necessary for this product to become a mainstay on a technicians bench, an integrators lab or on the desktop of a high-end computer user."

The Disk Jockey works either as a stand alone duplicator and diagnostic product or attached to a Windows or Macintosh computer connected via either firewire (IEEE 1394) or USB 2. The product is also backward compatible with USB 1.1. The Disk Jockey works with any size drive that supports Ultra DMA and requires no additional hardware drivers when used with Windows or Macintosh operating systems that include native USB or firewire support. The Disk Jockey carries a suggested retail price of $299. ...Diskology profile

PALO ALTO, Calif - October 15, 2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced three breakthrough enhancements to its SAN tester that increase its test capacity 100 times, extend test coverage and reduce cost of test. The new features added to the Agilent 1730B SAN tester are device virtualization, HBA behavior emulation, and a capture buffer for failure analysis.

As SAN fabrics double in size each year, testing them with actual servers and storage devices becomes increasingly challenging and expensive, reaching the scalability limits of traditional test methodologies. Device virtualization consists of emulating multiple devices behind each physical test port, thereby reducing the cost of test. The Agilent SAN tester's support of arbitrated loop technology allows emulation of up to 126 virtual devices behind each physical test port. Test engineers can use the Agilent SAN tester to emulate 2,000 devices in a 2U chassis, compared to fewer than 10 real devices using the same space.

The Agilent 1730B analyzer differs from traditional protocol analyzers in that it supports triggering on fabric-performance events such as latency, misdirected or lost frames, and sequence errors. The analyzer's trigger also includes eight pattern recognizers that can be defined in a trigger event. Combining analyzer capabilities with fabric-performance measurements into one tool lowers overall cost of test. The Agilent 1730B SAN tester is available for order at a list price of $32,836. ...Agilent Technologies profile

FREMONT, Calif. - October 15, 2003 - BiTMICRO Networks has been awarded a Navy contract to provide the Naval Undersea Warfare Center with rugged storage solutions to support various Navy programs such as situational awareness, command and control, fire-control and surveillance. Through the integration of BiTMICRO's ruggedized E-Disk flash based solid state drives with Compact PCI System, the Navy is able to record important events and details required to analyze tests and use this information to support various torpedo programs. E-Disk devices are designed to withstand the demands of an environment where temperature fluctuations, shock, vibration, dust, moisture, or magnetic fields are present.

"This contract win further acknowledges our leadership in the solid state storage market," commented Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO. ...BiTMICRO NETWORKS profile

Aliso Viejo, Calif. - October 15, 2003 - QLogic Corporation today announced its second quarter financial results for the period ended September 28, 2003. Net revenues on a GAAP basis for the second quarter of fiscal 2004 were a record $132.3 million, up 5% sequentially from the $126.2 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Fibre Channel revenues for the second quarter were up 8% sequentially to a record $101.0 million and represented 76% of the Company's total revenue. Net income on a GAAP basis for the second quarter of fiscal 2004 was a record $34.2 million.

"We are very pleased with the company's performance during the second quarter and the achievement of record revenues and net income. The continued growth in our pro forma revenues during the second quarter was the result of a significant increase in sales of our Fibre Channel products, which increased 8% sequentially and 34% over the comparable quarter last year," said H.K. Desai, the Company's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We continue to improve our share in the Fibre Channel market driven by broad-based increases in demand from major original equipment manufacturers and channel partners." ...QLogic profile

FAIR LAWN, NJ - October 15, 2003 ­ Maxell Corporation of America today announced the completion of qualification of Super DLTtape II media by Quantum Corporatio, thus recognizing Maxell as the world's first qualified manufacturer and supplier of Super DLTtape II media. Maxell completed a joint development program with Quantum Corp. to co-develop Super DLTtape II media to support the data recording requirements of the newly introduced Quantum SDLT 600 tape drive. The Super DLTtape II media optimizes the performance of the SDLT 600 tape drive, delivering a native capacity of 300GB and a native transfer rate of 36MB/s to meet the rapidly growing data storage requirements of today's automation and enterprise customers. ...Maxell profile

BOULDER, CO - October 15, 2003 - Exabyte Corporation announced today the release of the VXA-2 PacketLoader 1x10 1U, a rack-mountable, automated backup and restore product built with VXA Packet Technology and Exabyte's world-renowned robotics. The arrival of Exabyte's newest autoloader heralds a breakthrough in price, performance and capacity in this class of automation products, as it provides up to1.6TB of capacity (10 x 160 GB cartridges) in a 1U form factor at a price of less than $2,500 (MSRP).

"This new VXA-2 PacketLoader 1U will open the door to unattended backup for thousands of businesses who can now afford robust automation" said Tom Ward, president and CEO of Exabyte. ...Exabyte profile

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