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PALO ALTO, Calif. - October 31, 2003 - HP solidified its position as the leading global server vendor with 29.7% of total unit shipments worldwide, according to preliminary results for the third calendar quarter of 2003 released today by analyst research firm Gartner Dataquest. HP re-gained the top U.S. position with 26.6% of total U.S. server shipments. HP grew U.S. shipments faster than the market, with 9.9% sequential growth and 28.3% growth year-over-year. ...Gartner profile, ...HP profile


PORTLAND, OR - October 30, 2003 -With the retail release of Mac OS X Version 10.3 Panther, LaCie has learned that a compatibility issue exists with FireWire 800 drives and Apple's new operating system release. We believe this problem affects all manufacturers of FireWire 800 drives. LaCie has been actively investigating these reports to identify the cause of the problems, and to provide our customers with a solution. ...LaCie profile


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - October 30, 2003 - Qualstar Corporation today reported financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2003. Revenues for the quarter were $6.0 million, compared with $8.8 million for the same quarter of the prior year. For the first quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $576,000 compared with a net income of $502,000 for last year's first quarter.

Commenting on the first quarter results, Bill Gervais, president and CEO of Qualstar Corporation, said, "Revenues were lower than expected as a result of softness in our line of library products using AIT technology. Although our sales of libraries incorporating ½ inch tape technology - LTO, SDLT and SAIT - have been increasing, these increases have not been sufficient to offset the decline in sales of libraries with AIT tape technology. AIT technology was surpassed earlier this year when the LTO format was extended from 100 to 200 gigabytes per tape." ...Qualstar profile


SUNNYVALE, CA - October 30, 2003 - SanDisk Corporation today announced it signed an agreement with Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., that covers the xD-Picture Card format. SanDisk will manufacture Fujifilm-branded xD-Picture Cards for Fujifilm and supply these xD-Picture Cards to Fujifilm for distribution through Fujifilm's global retail distribution channels. SanDisk will also sell xD-Picture Cards under the Fujifilm brand through SanDisk's global retail distribution channels. SanDisk will begin shipments in the current quarter.

"The worldwide digital camera market is growing at a tremendous rate of 55% for 2003 and a cumulative average growth rate of 23.6% through 2007," said Ron Glaz, director of digital imaging at International Data Corporation. "The xD-Picture Card is a flash memory card format jointly developed and owned by Fujifilm, Olympus and Toshiba, and was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2002. The xD format continues to gain acceptance for use in many of the new digital camera models sold by Fujifilm and Olympus."

The xD-Picture Card was developed specifically for digital camera applications. The cards offer large capacities for high mega-pixel photos as well as high performance needed to store the video clips that are becoming increasingly more popular in digital cameras. The xD-Picture Card can support up to a maximum future capacity of 8 gigabytes. ...Fujifilm profile, ...SanDisk profile


Coronado, Ca, - October 29, 2003 - Technology Pathways, LLC announced today the introduction of ProDiscover Investigator. ProDiscover Investigator will help human resource managers and corporate security personnel conduct confidential internal investigations to uncover illegal activities, violations of corporate policy, or to follow up after an employee complaint. Based on ProDiscover Forensic, one of the leading forensic tools utilized by law enforcement, the new ProDiscover Investigator provides the ability to forensically examine remote systems throughout an enterprise network confidentially and with minimal risk of detection.

ProDiscover Investigator is a complete forensic tool which allows corporate security personnel to examine local or remote disks in a least intrusive way, without altering any data or meta-data on the disk. It allows the examiner to recover deleted files, search for keywords or illegal files, and can create hash signatures for any files which are of interest to the examiner. This preserves valuable evidence which can hold up in court if needed. The examiner may also capture an image of the entire disk contents for further analysis or to save as evidence.

"Evidence gathered by ProDiscover has been accepted in both civil and criminal court cases," said Christopher L. T. Brown, CISSP, and CTO of Technology Pathways.

The remote capability of ProDiscover Investigator sets it apart from most other forensic tools. It employs a binary remote agent which may be loaded and run from memory using the suspect system CD, or may be pushed out, installed and run in Stealth mode through the network if the examiner has the appropriate System Administrator privileges on the suspect system. The remote agent employs a secure communication protocol, and may be password protected to prevent unauthorized access. All data transmitted between the suspect system and ProDiscover Investigator may be encrypted using 256 bit Twofish encryption to protect data confidentiality. ...Technology Pathways profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 29, 2003 – MaXXan Systems, Inc today announced the worldwide availability of its SANCruiser storage network management system for the management of the company's MXV320 intelligent application switch. SANCruiser provides users control of SAN assets, ability to plan for growth and central management of mission-critical storage networks.

SANCruiser simplifies the centralized control of a company's storage infrastructure through global views, fabric zoning, inventory management, live upgrades and fault detection. The software provides real-time displays for port configuration, network discovery, SAN topology maps, port configuration, alert notification, performance management, license management, environmental monitors and much more. IT managers control everything from monitoring the temperature of a chassis in a remote location or upgrading firmware on all of systems with SANCruiser. Preventing bottlenecks and quickly resolving emergencies are realistic tasks with SANCruiser. SANCruiser is based on standards, which allows it to act as middleware, connecting third-party management applications such as HP OpenView to storage networks.

MaXXan's SANCruiser SAN management system is now available for shipment with the Intelligent Application Switch. The list price of the system with the pre-installed software is US$14,900. ...MaXXan Systems profile


MELVILLE, N.Y. - October 28, 2003 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP has implemented FalconStor's IPStor software to provide centralized storage management and scalability, backup consolidation and acceleration, and high availability of critical business data. McGuireWoods is a full-service law firm with approximately 725 lawyers in 15 offices in the US, Europe and Central Asia, providing legal counsel to clients around the world.

FalconStor and StorageTek teamed to provide a highly available and scalable Fibre Channel SAN for storage consolidation and aggregation. IPStor features the law firm is utilizing include: TimeMark, for snapshots of their Exchange and SQL databases with both point-in-time consistency and transactional integrity; Synchronous mirroring, for high availability and business continuity; DynaPath/FC, to optimize the bandwidth and multiple-server connectivity of Fibre Channel for high data availability; and Active-Active Failover, where two IPStor appliances are configured as a pair - should one IPStor appliance or path fail, the other instantly and seamlessly takes over the failed partner's workload. The IPStor features and enterprise class storage services employed in McGuireWoods' infrastructure will help the firm easily scale and seamlessly support its future data growth.

"FalconStor's IPStor software solution met our specific storage requirements, and is an amazing product, which has already paid for itself" said Jim Dobrzeniecki, CIO, McGuireWoods. ...FalconStor Software profile


ESCONDIDO, Calif. - October 28, 2003 - Avail Solutions today announced that it has been certified for interoperability with the full line of tape storage products from Exabyte Corporation. Avail's flagship Integrity software works seamlessly with Exabyte's tape drives and automation products, including VXA, LTO (Ultrium) and Mammoth, to provide customers with cost-effective data protection and management. Scaling from entry-level to enterprise-class requirements, the combined solution delivers flexible and non-disruptive backup, retrieval and archiving.

"Integrity¹s protected data movement capability coupled with Exabyte¹s wide scope of hardware solutions offers customers a wide range of flexibility in creating data protection schemes," said Robert Abraham, president of Freeman Reports, a California-based analyst firm specializing in data storage. "Local backup needs can be met with low cost VXA-based solutions front-ended with hard disk. The data can then be replicated to higher performance and capacity Mammoth or LTO tape to be managed centrally by the IT organization for long term storage." ...Avail Solutions profile, ...Exabyte profile


MILPITAS, Calif. - October 28, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems. today introduced its first enterprise class storage systems incorporating Serial ATA technology. Using the Maxtor MaXLine Serial ATA hard drives, the new systems are designed for midrange and enterprise application environments needing lower cost storage without sacrificing the availability, manageability, data integrity and software/hardware features currently achieved with Fibre Channel based storage systems.

"Tremendous progress has been made in the advancement of Serial ATA solutions in the enterprise. Serial ATA provides a long-term solution for high capacity fixed content and near-line storage as it offers best cost-per-GB," said Mike Williams, vice president of marketing at Maxtor. "With this new system from LSI Logic Storage Systems, customers now have an affordable way to add terabytes of storage to a Fibre Channel network." ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...Maxtor profile


ORLANDO, Fla.- October 28, 2003 - EMC and Nortel Networks announced today at Storage Networking World new joint services offering to help enterprises easily and more cost-effectively utilize optical MANs and WANs for remote mirroring of their data. The new offering, Business Continuity over Optical Networks, is an EMC Proven Solution and is available worldwide today. It includes a sophisticated, integrated business continuity assessment from EMC and Nortel Networks that can help customers determine the optimal storage and connectivity requirements to meet their recovery objectives. This offering combines EMC's networked storage systems and remote replication software with Nortel Networks dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide a flexible, scalable, geographically dispersed business continuity infrastructure.

"With more than 200 joint Nortel Networks and EMC customers, we're leveraging our cumulative experience to bring enterprises unprecedented joint assessment capabilities" said Marco Pagani, president, Optical Ethernet and Storage Solutions, Nortel Networks.

Nortel Networks is an industry leader in the transport of SAN traffic across the metro, carrying more than 200 petabytes of mission-critical traffic per day. A recent report from IDC estimated that Nortel Networks had approximately 40% of the metro DWDM optical storage connectivity market for 2002. ...EMC profile, ...Nortel Networks profile


Editor:- October 28, 2003 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch - from KVS it's called called - "Email Recovery? - Don't rely on your backup!" Like everything which you use every day, access to your email is something which you take for granted. But it's when you need to find a critical email document from about 6 months ago that you may realise, too late, that backups and archives are not the same thing. That daily backup is often no help at all in critical business situations.

The author- Andrew Barnes, Global Marketing Director, KVS - put's it more strongly - "You may be in for a shock!" Find out why - before it's too late... ...read the article, ...KVS profile


PITTSBURGH, PA - October 28, 2003 - Spinnaker Networks today announced that Infortrend's IFT-6330 ATA RAID array has been added to its growing list of devices supported by the SpinServer NAS gateway. This certification opens the door for Infortrend customers looking to utilize Spinnaker's leading architecture while leveraging their current investment in Infortrend's leading-edge storage solutions.

By supporting ATA RAID arrays, such as the Infortrend IFT-6330, Spinnaker customers can deploy cost-correct storage for applications such as on-line backup and recovery, data archival, and storage of fixed content and reference data. Adding IFT-6330 ATA RAID arrays to a SpinServer cluster adds cost effective ATA storage to the existing FC or SAN storage - all of which can be managed in the same file system namespace and as a single pool of storage. SpinFS allows for dynamic allocation through non-disruptive data movement of files between FC to ATA storage to eliminate "NAS islands." Infortrend's IFT-6330 supports dual Fibre Channel interfaces and 12 hot-swappable ATA drives in a standard 19-inch RAID enclosure and provides an ideal complement to FC-disk based RAID subsystems, offering data protection and performance at a lower cost. ...Infortrend profile, ...Spinnaker Networks profile


SNW, ORLANDO, FLA - October 27, 2003 - Hitachi Data Systems and AppIQ, Inc. today announced a global partnership that supports Hitachi's storage area management software strategy. The first result of this partnership is Hitachi Data Systems' delivery of new, co-branded storage management software applications based on the AppIQ StorageAuthority Suite. These new products add comprehensive, standards-based SAN management, storage resource management, and heterogeneous provisioning solutions to Hitachi Data Systems' software portfolio, and dramatically expand AppIQ's worldwide sales and support network. Also, as part of the agreement, Hitachi Data Systems has licensed AppIQ's CIMIQ-X management platform to develop new software modules, and has the option to take an equity stake in AppIQ.

"Hitachi has always recognized that no single company can meet all customer requirements, and has always promoted an ecosystem of strong storage partners," said Scott Genereux, Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Development, Hitachi Data Systems. "This new, open platform based on AppIQ's technology already supports products from Hitachi partners HP, McDATA, Sun Microsystems, NetApp, Brocade - as well as EMC - and provides a foundation that supports the continued evolution of the Hitachi storage ecosystem." ...AppIQ profile, ...Hitachi Data Systems profile


Amherst, NY-, October 27, 2003 - ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that the ATTO Diamond Storage Array is available with virtual-tape features that offer users increased backup and restore performance, improved data reliability, availability and integrity while maintaining existing backup processes and procedures. The Diamond Virtual Tape has been designed without the extra costs of servers or additional software making it a complete 'in a box' solution. These new features further solidify the ATTO Diamond Storage Array as 'best in class' for secure storage consolidation and business continuity applications as well as the leading choice for use in the fast growing disk-to-disk backup markets. IT departments will benefit from the performance inherit in the Diamond VT disk-based storage system that results in significant time reductions for both backup and restore operations without changing current software applications or backup procedures. Features include:-
  • Lightning-fast backup and restores - more than 260 GB/hour
  • Improved utilization of existing tape drives and libraries
  • Easy integration into current Infrastructure supporting all major backup and data- management software
  • Expandable storage capacity - up to 7.2 TB in a compact 3U enclosure
  • Additional protection by using RAID levels for disk
  • 100% Tape Emulation with all required tape commands supported
"The Diamond Virtual Tape doesn't replace existing tape backup, it augments it," states Sherri Robinson, director of Markets for ATTO Technology. "The Diamond VT seamlessly integrates into a hierarchal storage environment for quick short-term backup thus freeing up tape resources for longer term archival. Diamond VT helps IT departments eliminate the problem of expanding data and shrinking backup windows by allowing them to shift the time that they write their data sets to physical tape." ...ATTO Technology profile


MINNEAPOLIS - October 27, 2003 - CNT today announced the availability of its UltraNet Edge Storage Router 3000. The "Edge 3000" builds on CNT's technology leadership and allows businesses to move information anywhere, anytime, with the highest performance available and at dramatically reduced costs. For the first time, customers can define on a port-by-port basis the storage configurations that perfectly match their storage networking requirements. Whether they need connectivity to 1 Gbps or 2 Gbps, FICON or Fibre Channel, IP or SONET; point-to-point or multi-destination routing; connection to a SAN fabric; or direct connect to storage, the UltraNet Edge 3000 can be personalized and changed using a simple GUI tool. This tool allows customers to easily adapt their storage networking infrastructure to changing connectivity requirements.

When NTT Communications, the largest long distance and international telecommunications provider in Japan, decided to offer their managed service "WIDE SAN" for their end users, they tested various storage extension devices and chose the CNT Edge 3000 as the extension product for that service.

"A crucial part of our managed service offering was the ability to move our customer's data quickly and reliably. We verified CNT's UltraNet Edge Storage Router 3000 and were very impressed with the results over the other products," said Mr. Yozawa, VP of IT Management Services Business Division at NTT Com. ...CNT profile


SNW, ORLANDO, Fla - October 27, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today achieved two industry firsts with the introduction of the SANbox 5200 stackable switch, the company is first to market with stackable Fibre Channel switches and 10 gigabit Fibre Channel technology. Capitalizing on features that made stackable IP switches the best selling type of IP switch, the SANbox 5200 offers a low cost of entry with an 8-port configuration, breakthrough ease-of-use with wizard-based installation, the ability to scale to 64 ports without losing a single port to inter-switch links, blazing 10Gb performance, and complete stack management from a single application. The SANbox 5200 is now sampling to OEMs. The product will be available from commercial distributors in Q1 2004. ...QLogic profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and OAKLAND, CA - October 27, 2003 - VERITAS Software and SUSE LINUX today announced an engineering and marketing partnership for the development, certification, support and sale of VERITAS storage management and high availability software on the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server platform. VERITAS is currently conducting a beta program for its SUSE LINUX products with customers in finance, banking, healthcare, government and technical computing, and is planning to offer its core VERITAS File System, VERITAS Volume Manager and VERITAS Cluster Server software products on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server in Q1 of 2004.

"IDC is seeing a transition in the Linux market where customers are increasingly looking to Linux as a solution for database and application deployment. The introduction of enterprise-oriented Linux distributions supports this shift," said Al Gillen, research director, system software at IDC. "With Linux as one of two operating systems expected to grow in new license shipments and installed base through 2007, VERITAS' support for SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server will enable SUSE LINUX customers to create software configurations that increasingly approach Unix functionality." ...SuSE Linux profile, ...VERITAS Software profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 27, 2003 - Kashya announced today it will demonstrate an enhanced, more flexible data protection platform for replication and recovery across remote locations in heterogeneous environments. By combining Kashya's intelligent data protection solution with the Brocade SilkWorm Fabric AP7420, Kashya has created a universal solution for end-to-end data replication. Customers no longer have to worry about array incompatibility and cost of array based replication or host agents in traditional replication systems. The Kashya code running on the SilkWorm Fabric AP7420, together with the Kashya Data Protection appliance deliver flexible, heterogeneous and reliable business continuity to any distance for all mission-critical information, independent of storage and server platforms. Kaysha is demonstrating this solution for the first time at Storage Networking World. ...Brocade profile, ...Kashya profile


New York, N.Y. - October 27, 2003 - Jobstor.com today announced that the site is now expanding to include job listings for, and resumes by, data security professionals. Launched in May 2002, jobstor.com has witnessed widespread acceptance from the data storage marketplace to become the leading data storage niche job board. The company is now leveraging the momentum gained from this success to establish itself as the leading career portal serving the data security market.

"With so much convergence between storage and security, expanding the focus of the site to include data security opportunities was a natural development", said Jamie Matlin, President of Jobstor. ...Jobstor.com profile


ORLANDO, FL - October 27, 2003 - LSI Logic today announced that five Fibre Channel HBAs have achieved Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems. The Solaris Ready logo identifies technologies that have passed Sun's standards for reliability, integration and ease-of-installation into Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Operating Systems. ...LSI Logic profile


Editor:- October 27, 2003 - a new article and resource page is published today in the SPARC Product Directory - "the New Solaris Migration - migrating away from Sun's OS". For most of the 1990s - the term "Solaris Migration" meant "migrating to Solaris" from another operating system. Nowadays, with the end of Sun Microsystems a significant probability, the new use of the term is for migration from Solaris to something else. ...read the article, ...SPARC Product Directory


WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - October 27, 2003 ­ this week Nexsan Technologies will display a new and highly scalable IP SAN in SANRAD's booth at Storage Networking World. The IP SAN solution incorporates Nexsan's advanced disk-based storage systems and SANRAD's iSCSI V-Switch 3000, which combines the functionality of a multi-protocol switch, storage virtualization engine, storage router and Fibre Channel gateway. The joint solution will be on display in Booth No. 20. The companies' IP SAN is ideal for resellers that deliver complete iSCSI data management solutions. iSCSI advanced disk-based storage is rapidly becoming the top choice for a variety of industries and applications, such as universities and local government, as well as corporate customers looking to quickly, easily and affordably deploy IP SANs. ...Nexsan Technologies profile, ...SANRAD profile


BOULDER, Colo. - October 27, 2003 - Spectra Logic is now shipping Sony SAIT-1 half-inch drives in its Spectra T950 tape library. SAIT-1 media delivers 500 gigabytes of native capacity per tape cartridge, which tracks disk capacity growth while remaining cost-effective for consumers. Spectra Logic customers and VARs can now choose Sony SAIT and other half-inch media in the same tape library. Spectra Logic's Shared Library Services partioning feature enables customers to mix several native interface connections or half-inch media formats within the same library. Through SLS, the Spectra T950 supports LTO-2, SAIT-1 and SDLT drives.

"With an industry-leading 500 gigabytes of native capacity per tape cartridge, SAIT delivers enormous density advantages when integrated into an automated library," said John Woelbern, director of OEM tape storage solutions marketing for Sony Electronics' Components Solutions Business Division. "SAIT is ideal for customers who need high-capacity storage in a space-saving configuration, such as the Spectra Logic T950."

The SAIT-1 drives in the Spectra T950 leverage Sony's reliable AIT architecture in a 5.25-inch extended size. Sony SAIT-1 drives are supported by most major operating systems, as well as backup and management software applications. ...Spectra Logic profile


editor:- October 24, 2003 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch - from StorageTek - it's called called "Email Archiving and Information Lifecycle Management." Email archiving is becoming a major cost and management issue for many enterprises. This article, written by Gary Rider, General Manager (UK), describes the thinking behind StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) scheme. You might find this conceptual framework useful - even if you use backup hardware and software from other vendors. ...read the article, ...StorageTek profile


PALO ALTO, Calif . - October 23, 2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. today introduced the industry's first 2 Gb/s dual-channel Fibre Channel controller to include error detection code for early detection of data corruption in storage subsystems. EDC ensures end-to-end data integrity from the host server to the target storage devices, providing companies with increased reliability and safeguarding of valuable corporate data.

"The ever-increasing speeds in storage require more rigorous measures to preserve data integrity," said Erik Ottem, marketing director of Agilent's Storage Networking Division. "Being first to market with EDC in silicon is another significant milestone for Agilent, and well positions the new Agilent Tachyon DX2+ chip with storage OEMs."

As data rates continue to evolve from 2 Gb/s to 4 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s, the need to detect and correct corrupted data becomes increasingly vital. Current techniques are based on proprietary schemes and lack the system-level interoperability necessary to provide universal SCSI error detection and correction. The Agilent HPFC-5600 Tachyon DX2+ Fibre Channel controller IC uses EDC to flag the data error and inform the memory subsystem's software driver. The driver can then take corrective measures to recover the I/O.

This fifth-generation Agilent Tachyon controller offers industry-leading performance for storage subsystems, SCSI to Fibre Channel bridges, host bus adapters, and mid-to-high-end storage applications that use multi-processor systems. The dual-channel 2 Gb/s single-chip HPFC-5600 advances the existing Tachyon DX2 dual-channel architecture by combining a complete hardware-based solution that uses an EDC protection algorithm for interfacing between Fibre Channel mass storage devices and the main memory of the subsystem. The Agilent HPFC-5600's EDC algorithm maintains the SCSI command structure and architecture model, and enables EDC to stay with the data for its entire life within the storage array.

The Agilent HPFC-5600 supports dual-channel, full duplex Fibre Channel port operation, which saves valuable board space for system manufacturers. It features 1 Gb/s and 2 Gb/s operation, and provides backward compatibility to previous-generation Tachyon controllers. It's available in samples and volume production is expected in the first quarter of 2004 ...Agilent Technologies profile


COSTA MESA, Calif. - October 23, 2003 - Emulex Corporation today announced results for its first fiscal quarter ended September 28, 2003. First quarter revenues grew to a record $84.6 million, up 3% sequentially and up 20% year over year. GAAP net income amounted to $22.6 million compared to $32.0 million for the comparable period last year. Fibre Channel revenues expanded 22% year over year and grew 3% sequentially from the fourth fiscal quarter to a record $84.1 million, amounting to over 99% of net revenues. Dual-channel HBAs were a source of strength during the first quarter of fiscal 2004, delivering sequential revenue growth of 24% and year-over-year growth of 95%. ...Emulex profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 23, 2003 - Snap Appliance has introduced higher capacity workgroup NAS systems. The Snap Server 1100, the most widely used NAS device on the market with over 50,000 units in the field, is now available with 160 gigabytes of capacity. The Snap Server 2200, which offers additional reliability and availability features, is now offered with 320 gigabytes of capacity. Information technology buyers can now cost-effectively add storage to smaller networks for under $5 per gigabyte.

These workgroup NAS systems require minimal administration or support, freeing up IT staff to work on business-critical tasks. The Snap Server 1100 and 2200 install generally in five minutes with no network downtime and automatically recognize and support all major network clients and platforms, including Linux, Windows, NetWare, Macintosh, and UNIX. Both the 1100 and 2200 include SMART disk predictive failure analysis, automatic e-mail notifications in the event of a problem and additional SNMP alerts.

For remote offices, the 1100 and 2200 offer remote management and configuration via a web browser. Both systems also include an unlimited user license copy of PowerQuest DataKeeper software for constant backup of Windows desktop and laptop files. These workgroup systems also support Snap Appliance's Server-to-Server Synchronization software for automated data replication between Snap Servers. The Snap Server 2200 offers multiple disk redundancy (RAID) levels, customizable for performance or data protection for customers requiring higher reliability and availability.

The 160GB Snap Server 1100 and 320GB Snap Server 2200 will be offered immediately through Snap Appliance's channel partners at the MSRP of $899 and $1,599, respectively. ...Snap Appliance profile


LAKE FOREST, Calif. - October 23, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. today reported revenues of $714 million on shipments of 11.3 million units, and net income of $5 million, or $.02 per share, for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 26, 2003, including the impact of the Read-Rite asset acquisition. Excluding this impact, net income would have been $53 million, or $.25 per share. Revenues grew 23% and unit volume 31% from the year-earlier amounts, fueled by the company's leadership position in the desktop PC hard drive market and its participation in new markets for hard drive technology. Unit shipments into the personal entertainment markets for game consoles and digital video recorders totaled approximately 1.1 million. ...Western Digital profile


Hopkinton, MA - October 23, 2003 - EMC Corporation today announced the election of David Strohm to its board of directors. Mr. Strohm has been prominent in the venture capital field for more than two decades as a general partner with Greylock Partners, one of the largest early-stage U.S. venture capital firms with more than $1 billion in assets under management. At Greylock, Mr. Strohm has led the firm's involvement with companies such as Mentor Graphics, ccMail and Forte Software. He has been a founding investor and board member of more than 20 software companies, of which nine have gone on to be publicly-traded. Mr. Strohm was a director of LEGATO Systems from its founding in 1988 until its recent acquisition by EMC. Mr. Strohm is a director of three other public companies including Doubleclick, Internet Security Systems and Switchboard. He is also currently a board member of several private companies. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. ...EMC profile


Bristol, UK - October 23 2003 - Elipsan announced today it is releasing a new version of the Elipsan Shared Storage Manager on Windows Server 2003. This latest version integrates seamlessly with Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service (VDS) to provide users with faster disk provisioning and management of the IP SAN. Elipsan's Shared Storage Manager Software integrates with Storage Appliance Software to provide sophisticated iSCSI storage controllers offering storage consolidation, virtualization and RAID functionality, together with high value features such as remote mirroring and snapshot.

"Microsoft Server 2003 brings tangible benefits to the end user such as security, reliability, availability and scalability. Elipsan complements these benefits by offering a server-centric IP SAN control interface that provides systems administrators with a simple way of automating the management of storage" said Chris Farey, CTO of Elipsan UK Ltd. ...Elipsan profile


SANTA CLARA and COSTA MESA, Calif. - October 22, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Emulex Corporation today announced an expansion of its long-term alliance that will include support for the Solaris 9 Operating System, SPARC and x86 Platform Editions. The expanded support enables customers to improve productivity by reducing time spent on set up, installation, management and availability within enterprise and mid-range SAN. The companies have a shared commitment to open, standards-based computing to provide high performance, flexible, and scalable HBA and driver technology for SPARC and now x86 environments. ...Emulex profile

Editor's comments:- there are approximately 900,000 systems running Solaris on servers which are less than 2 years old. Two thirds of these are SPARC.



SAN DIEGO, CA - October 22, 2003 - BakBone Software today announced the availability of NetVault 7.1, the latest version of the Company's enterprise-class data protection software. In support of BakBone's growth and customer acceptance in international markets, NetVault offers improved support for international character sets. NetVault 7.1 also includes enhanced platform support for the latest releases of vendors' operating platforms including AIX, FreeBSD, Linux, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, TRU 64, Solaris (SPARC and Intel), Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and SCO Openserver and Unixware. Version 7.1 builds upon and expands NetVault's data protection solution for emerging Microsoft technologies through the integration with VSS introduced in Windows Server 2003. NetVault 7.1 workgroup package begins at $1,195 for Intel based systems (Windows and Linux) and $2,995 for UNIX. ...BakBone Software profile

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Problems with FireWire 800 drives

Qualstar Reports Revenue Declined 31%

SanDisk and Fujifilm Sign xD-Picture Cards Agreement

Technology Pathways Launches ProDiscover Investigator

MaXXan Systems Ships SANCruiser

Law Firm McGuireWoods LLP Retains FalconStor Software for Storage Defense

Avail Solutions Certified with Exabyte Tape

LSI Logic Storage Systems Announces Serial ATA storage for the enterprise

EMC and Nortel Networks Unveil New Joint WAN/MAN Mirroring Services

Email Recovery? - Don't rely on your backup! - article by KVS

Spinnaker Networks Certifies Infortrend IFT-6330 ATA RAID Array

HDS and AppIQ Enter Global Storage Management Software Partnership

ATTO Does Complete 'in a box' Virtual Tape

CNT Introduces New Storage Router

QLogic Introduces 10Gb Fibre Channel

VERITAS and SUSE LINUX Team

Kashya, Brocade Unveil New Data Replication Application

Jobstor.com Adds Data Security Jobs

LSI Logic Fibre Channel Adapters achieve solaris ready certification

the New Solaris Migration - away from Sun

Nexsan and SANRAD show IP SAN

Spectra Logic Shipping Sony SAIT-1 Drives

StorageTek article - Email Archiving

Agilent Technologies Introduces First Fibre Channel Controller IC with Error Detection

Emulex Reports Revenue Grew 20%

Snap Appliance Expands Capacity

Western Digital Reports Revenue Grew 23%

EMC Announces Election of David Strohm to Board of Directors

Elipsan launches IP SAN management software on Windows Server 2003

Sun and Emulex Team to Deliver Supported and Certified HBAs for Solaris

BakBone Software Announces Availability of NetVault Version 7.1

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Nibble: Storage Industry gets Back to Revenue Growth

I
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.

In October 2003 - a number of companies in different product areas 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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Ingrasys Technology is a leading network storage developer delivering high performance terabyte-class NAS.
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