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BELLEVUE, WA - September 5, 2003 - The Customer Respect Group today released the results of its Summer 2003 Online Customer Respect Study of computer products and services firms that rank among the country's largest 1,000 companies. Overall, Hewlett-Packard scored highest in Customer Respect, while Cadence Design scored lowest. Hewlett-Packard also scored highest in the Winter 2003 Study. Ingram Micro, which scored lowest in the last report, garnered the sector's biggest gains because of its improved responsiveness. The study is the only to bring objective measure to the analysis of corporate performance from an online customer's perspective. It assigns a Customer Respect Index to each company. The Customer Respect Index is a qualitative and quantitative in-depth analysis and independent measure of a customer's online experience when interacting with companies via the Internet.

"Overall, the Computer Products and Services sector hasn't made the substantive changes necessary to improve online customer respect," said Terri McNulty, CEO of The Customer Respect Group. "Few of the poorer performing firms made significant gains since our last study. And despite small gains in overall responsiveness scores, one-third of firms still don't respond to inquiries and only 20% use autoresponder technology. Beyond this, surveyed firms should focus on key areas such as clarity of privacy principles and interaction with online customers if they wish to improve their CRI scores and better satisfy customers."

By looking at more than 1,000 Web sites across a spectrum of industries in detail, The Customer Respect Group has determined 25 different attributes that combine to create the entire online customer experience. Some 33% don't respond to online inquiries. Of those that do respond, 50% do so within 48 hours, 7% respond within 72 hours and 43% respond after 72 hours.

The Online Customer Respect Annual Subscription offers detailed analysis of a company's Web site, recommendations for improvements, comparative data from competitors' sites, best practices, and industry analysis. It includes twice-annual Industry Sector Reports for all companies in the sector, twice-annual company confidential reports, best practices updates, and the annual Online Customer Respect Study of the largest 100 U.S. companies. ...Customer Respect Group profile

Editor's comments:- many of the top 20 storage companies are ranked in the report (pdf), so if you're interested to see how your own company or supplier ranks take a look.



FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - September 5, 2003 - Worldwide disk storage systems factory revenues were $4.73 billion in the second quarter of 2003, down 3.9% compared with the second quarter of 2002, according to IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker. Overall storage capacity continues to outpace revenue, growing 36% year-over-year to 181.6 petabytes shipped during the second quarter.

"This is the second quarter of growth in North America, an indication of a turnaround in that region," said John McArthur, group vice president of Storage Research at IDC. "At the same time, we saw significant declines in Asia, particularly in Japan. The results are decidedly mixed, providing no indication of a near-term, global recovery in the disk storage systems market."

In the second quarter, HP led the total disk storage system market, with 26.7% revenue share, followed by IBM and EMC with 20.2% and 12.7% revenue share, respectively. IBM and Dell posted the strongest year-over-year market share gain during the second quarter among the top 5 vendors, with 2.5 and 1.5 point of share gain respectively.

In the total external disk storage system market, revenue decreased 5% year-over-year in the second quarter to $3.2 billion. HP maintained its number 1 position with 21.5% revenue share. EMC was number 2 with 18.8% revenue share. Meanwhile, the total external RAID market decline less than the overall external market with 1.4% year-over-year decline to $2.87 billion. EMC led the total external RAID market with 21% revenue share and HP followed closely with 20% revenue share.

EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market (NAS combined with Open SAN) with 27.5% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 24.5% and 11.4% revenue share, respectively. In the Open SAN market, which grew 12% compared to a year ago quarter, HP led with 29.7% revenue share followed by EMC with 25.0% share. In the NAS market, EMC and Network Appliance tied for the number 1 position each with 37% market share. ...IDC profile


ARMONK, NY - September 5, 2003 - IBM today announced the worldwide availability of two new IBM eServer business continuity offerings for mid-size customers seeking capacity backup and high-availability solutions to protect their most valuable business data. The new iSeries for Capacity Backup offering is designed to meet the needs of customers seeking an off-site, disaster recovery server at an affordable price. The iSeries for Capacity Backup offering features iSeries On/Off Capacity on Demand, which allows customers to better utilize their server resources by designating a minimum set of active processors, with a set of standby processors that can be activated at no additional charge in the event of a qualifying disaster.

The second offering, the new iSeries for High Availability server, is designed to meet the needs of customers seeking to minimize both planned and unplanned downtime events. The iSeries for High Availability server includes high-availability software packages from leading independent software vendors.

"Customers are telling us that their infrastructure must respond immediately to a server failure or unexpected spike in demand," said Cecelia Marrese, vice president of marketing, eServer iSeries. "Our new business continuity offerings provide customers with the peace of mind of knowing that they can turn on additional server capacity or move applications entirely to a standby server." ...IBM profile


Walnut Creek, Calif. – Sept. 4, 2003 – EVault, Inc. today announced the introduction of EVault SmallBusiness Edition. The EVault SBE service, designed specifically for small businesses with limited IT resources, uses existing Internet connections to automatically backup Microsoft Windows networks to offsite data vaults managed by EVault. The EVault SBE service is designed to make it extremely easy for small businesses with less than 15GB to manage both the backup and recovery of critical network data. The backups are scheduled to occur automatically each night and file recoveries are accomplished by a simple "point and click" of the mouse. Dedicated EVault SBE Customer Service engineers walk customers through a five-minute telephone installation process that gets them up and running. EVault SBE customers are accessed a flat monthly fee starting $85 per month, which can be charged to a credit card. ...EVault profile


CAMAS, Wash. - September 3, 2003 - Sharp Corporation's IC Group announced today that it has developed a high-speed 128Mbit NOR Flash memory that features the fastest access time available to date. The new Flash memory device offers a maximum access time of 60 ns, compared to conventional 85 ns. The high-speed devices are optimized for camera-enabled mobile phones, liquid crystal TVs and set-top boxes compatible with terrestrial digital broadcasting. Sharp began shipping samples in August, and will start quantity production this month.

"As a global leader in Flash memory technology, Sharp continues to look for ways to support next generation applications, including the popular camera phones and LCTVs," said Mark Hampson, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas. "These new high-speed memory devices mark a dramatic step toward satisfying these applications' requirements for larger capacity, high-speed access, increased functionality and versatility." ...Sharp Microelectronics profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - September 3, 2003 - Research sponsored by VERITAS Software Corporation reveals that lack of proper disaster recovery planning is threatening corporate technology infrastructures and the survival of the businesses that rely upon them. According to a survey of 877 IT managers conducted by Dynamic Markets Ltd., one-third of U.S. respondents say that terrorism first prompted them to create a disaster recovery plan, and one-fourth of global IT managers warn that the very survival of their company could be at risk if disaster were to strike and they did not have their current recovery plan in place.

Surprisingly the survey showed that for 76% of companies, the decision-making process for disaster recovery is limited to IT staff. Despite the potential impact to the entire business, in the United States, only 5% of CEOs and 4% of non-IT managers have decision-making responsibilities when it comes to defining disaster recovery strategy.

According to the research, man-made disasters such as 9/11 are a greater concern than natural disasters. While only six percent feel exposed to hurricanes and tornadoes, more than four times this amount worry about terrorism (25%). Technological failure ranks highest in the list of perceived threats, with the top five most common threats that large companies feel exposed to ranking as follows: hardware failure, software failure and viruses, fire, hackers and accidental employee error.

Of those surveyed, 47% say the main criterion they use to calculate the amount spent on disaster recovery is the financial risk associated with each potential disaster. The potential threat of terrorism is the most expensive threat that companies have calculated, at $115 million. Respondents believe the five most likely consequences of a disaster if no plan was in place would be: data loss, decreased employee productivity, damage to customer relationships, reduction in profits, and reduction in revenue.

"The recent blackout that struck the Eastern Seaboard cost New York City businesses more than $1 billion, or $36 million per hour. Disaster recovery planning is the best corporate defense against potentially dire consequences in the case of unforeseen circumstances. It can make the difference between corporate survival and irreparable damage," said Steve Kenniston, technology analyst of the Enterprise Storage Group. "U.S. businesses exhibit blatant weaknesses on the frontlines of their present defensive strategies. It is critical that corporations begin to examine, test and update their disaster recovery plans, ensuring that these plans offer comprehensive coverage of all system resources and can be quickly put into action." ...read the article, ...VERITAS Software profile


ARMONK, N.Y. - September 3, 2003 - IBM today announced that three major universities have selected Linux on IBM POWER technology to build the Library of Congress' first centralized online catalog of film, television and digital video images from libraries, national archives, museums and broadcasting companies. The centralized online catalog will ultimately be the largest repository in the world for digital moving images and will greatly expand the Library of Congress' ability to provide video images of the nation's most-treasured and important images - from archives in the national Smithsonian to video from the Hubble telescope - all as one resource accessible over the Internet. The new Moving Images Collection is expected to be a tremendous aid to scientists, researchers, authors, educators, students and the general public who will now have easy access to an exciting world of more than 80,000 moving image resources. ...IBM profile


Santa Clara, Calif. - September 3, 2003 - CATC today announced that the company will extend its hardware warranty from one to three years - significantly exceeding the industry standard one-year warranty period. The extended coverage will be included at no additional cost and will apply retroactively to all protocol analyzers or exercisers purchased from CATC on or after January 1, 2003. CATC sells protocol analyzers and exercisers for established and emerging digital communications standards including Bluetooth, Fibre Channel, IEEE 1394, InfiniBand, PCI Express, SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), Serial ATA and USB. CATC first began delivering expert protocol analysis solutions in 1996 and has thousands of products in the field. ...CATC profile


New York, NY - September 3, 2003 - XOsoft today announced that it has released a new beta version of WANSync for the Linux platform. WANSync, which until recently only supported Windows and Solaris, is a state-of-the-art WAN-based application integrity and availability solution. WANSync ensures seamless availability by synchronizing entire application and database servers to remote replicas, and keeping them fresh and available with continuous, real-time replication. With the new beta release, the same level of business continuity can now be attained in Linux-based environments.

"XOsoft has always made it its goal to lead the business continuity market," says Leonid Shtilman, Founder and CEO of XOsoft Inc. "In keeping with that tradition, I am proud to say that WANSync is the very first solution of its kind available for the Linux platform". ...XOsoft profile


LAKE FOREST, Calif. - September 3, 2003 -Western Digital Corp. is the perennial favorite desktop hard drive supplier to the distribution channel, according to 5,000 VAR customers surveyed for VARBusiness' Annual Report Card Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that Western Digital was selected by VARs as the No. 1 desktop hard drive supplier; and the second consecutive year that the company swept every subcategory in the survey. Executives and editors of VARBusiness, a biweekly magazine that provides strategic insight to technology integrators, presented the award to Western Digital on Aug. 26, at the XChange '03 Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital, said, "VARs' repeated selection of Western Digital as their most valued hard drive supplier underscores our philosophy of treating every customer - from the smallest VAR to the largest OEM - with equal care, allegiance and cooperation. We continually optimize our distribution-channel product mix and service-partner programs to benefit VAR customers and their changing needs." ...Western Digital profile


Amherst, NY- September 3, 2003 - ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that it has begun shipping its ATTO FibreBridge 2350C Fibre Channel-to-SCSI Bridge. The ATTO FibreBridge 2350C is the latest in ATTO's "anything-to-anything" line of bridging products. With one 2-Gigabait Fibre Channel host interface port, two independent Ultra3 SCSI drive-side busses and an embeddable 4U cPCI form factor, the ATTO FibreBridge 2350C is an ideal bridging component for mid-range native-SCSI storage devices. It offers a winning combination of performance, versatility and affordability for current and next-generation SCSI-based storage solutions.

The ATTO FibreBridge 2350C offers advanced diagnostics and management capabilities. ATTO's ExpressNAV, an integrated management console, provides an intuitive interface for component monitoring and management. The event logging functionality of the ATTO FibreBridge 2350C provides automatic real-time data/time stamping to aid in error diagnosis. Additionally, the event log of the ATTO FibreBridge 2350C is battery-backed and allows for information to be stored securely for up to 30 days in the event of a complete system power failure.

"ATTO's commitment to providing "anything-to-anything" connectivity continues with the shipment of the ATTO FibreBridge 2350C," states ATTO's Director of Product Management, Ed Tierney. "The 4U form factor of the 2350C enables OEMs the luxury of integrating it into a wide assortment of tape and disk-based storage devices." ...ATTO Technology profile


Seattle, WA - September 3, 2003 - Zetta Systems, Inc. announces the launch of Zetta Server 2.8. Zetta Server 2.8 creates custom storage appliances that support unlimited and instantaneous point-in-time copies of a company's data with negligible disk overhead. Zetta Server's unique, patent-pending, snapshot technology lets you take snapshots every minute for the most advanced data protection in the marketplace. Additional security in Zetta Server's architecture provides protection from Internet worms. Unlike general-purpose operating systems, Zetta Server's architecture prevents the execution of worms, thus providing secured storage and saving valuable restore time. Zetta Server can be downloaded from Zetta's web site and installed in less than 7 minutes on a wide range of hardware.

"We believe that customers should have the flexibility of choosing the hardware that best fits their needs instead of being locked into proprietary hardware solutions" said Ganapathy Krishnan, President and CEO of Zetta Systems.

"Zetta Server allows system integrators to create custom storage solutions for the department and the enterprise; and as the former CTO for MusicNet and several other large organizations with data storage challenges, Zetta Server was designed from a real-world users point of view. Our entry-level server for the SMB marketplace using Windows is configured with twice the number of snapshots supported by Windows-powered NAS appliances, and costs as little as $500 per server license. Our Enterprise-Level servers with support for UNIX and Windows start at $5,000 per server license, and in their base configuration have twice the number of snapshots supported by NetApp. Over 200 companies have downloaded Zetta Server in the last few months and many have become customers including Western Wats, University of Wisconsin and National Semiconductor. I am very pleased with the market adoption." ...Zetta Systems profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 3, 2003 - Snap Appliance today announced that its award winning Snap Server 14000 is now available with 3 terabytes of capacity and enhanced features for the entry-level enterprise market. The 14000 enables enterprise IT managers to lower storage acquisition and management costs by consolidating file servers into a centralized system for information sharing across heterogeneous networks including Windows, Unix, Linux, and Macintosh.

The 14000 utilizes the Linux-based GuardianOS, which offers Active Directory Service, Snapshot technology, network backup, and data replication with server-to-server synchronization software. The Snap Server 14000's high availability architecture includes RAID 5, hot swappable disk drives, redundant components, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. For enterprise security requirements, the Snap Server 14000 also offers integrated Computer Associates' eTrust Antivirus software, Kerberos authentication, Access Control Lists, Secure Sockets Layer and Secure Shell.

The new Snap Server 14000 3TB is priced at $20,995, while the blue ribbon winning 2.1TB and 1.4TB offerings will be priced at $16,995 and $12,995 respectively. ...Snap Appliance profile


UK - September 3, 2003 - Infortrend Europe Ltd has launched the EonStor product range designed to meet the extensive and diverse RAID storage requirements of customers across all market sectors, such as finance, media, telecoms, security and defence. The EonStor series offers a SATA line, a Fibre line and a SCSI line providing different levels of capacity, technology, pricing and performance, making it the most comprehensive range of RAID products on the market today. EonStor provides OEMs, distributors, systems integrators and VARs with a complete RAID solution, negating the need to multi-source different products from third parties.

As enterprise requirements continue to grow, the cost per Terabyte of storage is becoming increasingly important. The EonStor RAID subsystem is designed to optimise storage density while minimising the price/performance ratio for end-users without compromising the overall usability, reliability and accessibility of the subsystem. Whilst Infortrend has designed and manufactured Fibre and SCSI product lines for many years, the adoption of a SATA interface into its portfolio bridges the price/performance gap between IDE and the high-end Fibre and SCSI technologies.

The SATA line supports SCSI and Fibre connections to SATA storage, providing up to 4TB native capacity within a 3U, 16-bay unit. It is designed for highly price competitive configurations and entry-to-middle-end enterprises, or as a secondary storage unit within a high-end environment. The SATA line supports the use of SATA and Parallel ATA drives and utilises a sophisticated web-based GUI and central management system. The EonStor product line is now shipping throughout Europe. ...Infortrend profile


WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - September 2, 2003 - Nexsan Technologies today announced that its dual-controller version of the award-winning InfiniSAN ATAboy2 storage array, which delivers the robust performance demanded by for digital video, streaming media and other high-demand, throughput-intensive applications, is now shipping in volume to customers worldwide. Nexsan's ATAboy2 with dual 2 Gbit Fibre Channel controllers builds on the record-setting single controller performance of the company's architecture to deliver sustained throughput of over 340 MB/sec at a cost near half a cent per megabyte. The dual Ultra160 SCSI version is scheduled to ship within the month.

"The general availability of Nexsan's new ATAboy2 with dual controllers is a red-letter event for those who require improved throughput with enterprise-class reliability and manageability," said Diamond Lauffin, Nexsan's senior executive vice president. "This release will serve as a pressure valve for the pent up demand of users looking for innovative, world-class data storage solutions at a cost-correct price."

The ATAboy2 provides enterprise storage customers with an unmatched combination of cost, performance and high capacity. The additional performance embodied in the dual controller option delivers twice the performance within the same compact, affordable package that customers have come to expect from Nexsan. The compact design allows two 1.75 TB RAID sets to be mounted in just 3U of rack space, providing 3.5 TB of high-performance storage supporting up to 32 LUNS per controller. The dual-controller configuration not only delivers the highest performance in its class, but in addition to standard SCSI attachment, Nexsan also gives customers the choice to use 2 Gbit Fibre Channel. This enables easy connectivity to Storage Area Networks that are increasingly common in broadcast, pre-press and other graphic arts and digital content creation environments. When equipped with dual Fibre Channel controllers, the ATAboy2 is a SAN-ready solution with full support for fabric login and Arbitrated Loop, as well as compatibility with 1 Gbit FC environments. ...Nexsan Technologies profile


MILPITAS, Calif. - September 2, 2003 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that its iSCSI host bus adapters have been certified ca smart with Computer Associates International, Inc.'s BrightStor ARCserve Backup.

"iSCSI makes it easier and less expensive for organizations to deploy SANs for e-mail, database, consolidation and other storage applications," said Glenn Clowney, director of marketing for Adaptec. "iSCSI is also being deployed to enable easy, reliable backup and restore capabilities as companies face an ever-growing demand for safe, secure storage capacity. We're pleased to work with Computer Associates to combine Adaptec's enterprise-class storage area networking capabilities with BrightStor ARCserve Backup to provide customers with an integrated networked storage backup package that is simple and cost-effective for virtually any size organization." ...Adaptec profile, ...Computer Associates profile


TOKYO, JAPAN - September 2, 2003 - Elpida Memory, Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement with Intel Capital in which Intel Capital will invest 2.7 Billion Yen (approximately US$23 million) in Elpida in return for non-voting stock. Elpida plans to use the proceeds from this proposed investment to accelerate production of high-performance DRAMs, such as DDR2 SDRAM products. Additional details were not disclosed.

In June 2003, Elpida and Intel Capital announced they had signed an agreement for Intel Capital to invest approximately US$100 million (approximately 12 Billion Yen) in Elpida in return for non-voting stock. The total amount of possible investments from Intel Capital is approximately 14.7 Billion Yen (US$123 million). Assuming timely satisfaction of all closing conditions, including satisfactory completion of due diligence, receipt of necessary internal and regulatory approvals and achievement of a substantial additional funding amount from other investors, the parties anticipate closing the Intel Capital investments in coordination with the closing of the additional financing that Elpida intends to raise later this year.

"Elpida has been taking steps to improve its overall position to become a top-tier DRAM supplier and increase its market segment share," said Yukio Sakamoto, president of Elpida Memory, Inc. "This proposed investment will help Elpida ramp production of the next generation DDR2 SDRAM products that are starting to be used in computers and servers." ...Elpida Memory profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 2, 2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation today announced it has become the first silicon vendor to achieve USB On-The-Go (OTG) compliance certification from the USB Implementers' Forum for a microprocessor-based embedded USB OTG controller. Cypress's EZ-OTG controller allows portable electronic devices to communicate with one another without connecting to a PC. The EZ-Host device brings similar capabilities to multi-port devices like set top boxes, point-of-sale terminals and printer servers.

"We designed our OTG products with broad applications in mind," said Brian Booker, product manager for Cypress' USB host products. "We've architected a family of products that can play wherever USB plays in portable devices, leveraging a USB adoption rate among manufacturers that remains strong and continues to intensify. We believe interoperability will be critical to market acceptance in the OTG space, where many different devices can potentially communicate with one another as host or peripheral devices. This accomplishment speaks to our market leadership and the many hours of testing that we put into designing a world-class product." ...Cypress Semiconductor profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - September, 2, 2003 - Silicon Image, Inc. today announced that 20 of the top PC motherboard manufacturers have incorporated the new SATALink SiI 3114 PCI to four-port Serial ATA host controller into new designs aimed at the PC and server markets. The SiI 3114 is the next in the series of Serial ATA (SATA) host controllers building off the success of the SiI 3112 2-port SATA controller, of which more than 1.7 million units have been sold into the marketplace. Providing the best price/performance in a 4-port SATA host controller, the SiI 3114 offers additional connectivity at an affordable price.

Serial ATA offers a number of benefits over the existing Parallel ATA interface, including higher bandwidth, scalability, lower voltage, narrower cabling and hot-plugability. First-generation SATA solutions boast a bandwidth of 1.5 Gbps, with subsequent generations anticipated to have bandwidths of 3.0 Gbps and 6.0 Gbps. SATA's lower voltage requirement reduces power consumption for the overall system. In addition to reducing the required number of pins, the narrower SATA cable improves system cooling by increasing airflow inside the chassis and increases manufacturability by simplifying the connector.

According to John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner Dataquest, "As microprocessor performance and hard disk drive capacity continue to increase at astonishing rates, a new I/O interface that can keep pace and keep scaling will be a necessity. Many inherent features of the parallel ATA architecture make it difficult to scale and will soon render it obsolete. Desktop PC manufacturers should be prepared to make a 100-percent transition to SATA drives in mid 2004; notebook PC manufacturers should be prepared to make this transition in the first quarter of 2005. SATA will become the massive-volume standard drive interface for all desktop and notebook PCs in 2005. And high-performance, high-capacity SATA drives will make significant incursions in diverse multi-user applications." ...Silicon Image profile


Cambridge, Mass - September 2, 2003 - The end of physical media is nearing, says Forrester Research. In an effort to fight file-sharing piracy, music and movie companies will embrace legitimate downloading and streaming services, creating a new era of media distribution. According to "From Discs To Downloads," a new report from Forrester Research, Inc. 20% of Americans engage in music downloading; half of those admit to buying fewer CDs. In five years, 33% of music sales will come from downloads. By extension, video file sharing has become more prevalent. One in five young file sharers has downloaded a feature film. Cable video on-demand and other on-demand movie distribution channels will account for close to 15% of the movie rental business by 2005. The implications of the shift from hard media will mean change throughout the entertainment industry - the report defines clear winner and losers.

"The shift from physical media will halt the music industry's slide and create new revenues for movie companies, but it will wreak havoc with retailers like Tower Records and Blockbuster. As a result, we're about to see a massive power shift in the entertainment industry," said Josh Bernoff, principal analyst at Forrester. "Entertainment executives focused on the short term - fighting piracy - are losing track of the long-term consequences. On-demand services are the future of entertainment delivery. CDs, DVDs, and any other forms of physical media will become obsolete."

The music industry will rebound as the combination of lawsuits and legitimate on-demand music services reverses its losses. In the next nine months, at least 10 Windows-based music services, such as Apple iTunes Music Store and MusicMatch, will emerge, creating convenient alternatives to illegal file sharing. Music sales will increase by more than half a billion dollars in 2004 thanks to online revenues. As consumers become more comfortable with online alternatives, subscription services will take off. ...Forrester Research profile

Editor's comments:- this is good news for disk drive makers, and storage service companies. But it's not such good news if you thought that buying a DVD based archiving jukebox was the answer to being locked in to computer media standards.



Melbourn, Herts, UK - September 2, 2003 - Plasmon today announced plans to exhibit its much-anticipated UDO (Ultra Density Optical) technology for the first time in the UK at Storage Expo 2003 being held next month at Olympia. UDO has been specifically designed to meet the demands of professional long-term archival storage environments. 30GB UDO media provides a three-fold increase in capacity at a five-fold decrease in cost when compared to the previous generation 5.25 inch MO storage. Visitors to Plasmon's Stand at this year's exhibition will have the opportunity to see fully functional UDO drives reading and writing a range of different business records on both Rewritable and true Write Once media.

Steve Tongish, Marketing Director for EMEA at Plasmon, explains: "In addition to the compelling financial argument for UDO, its true Write Once properties meet or exceed government and corporate regulations for the archival storage of important records. The market response has been terrific. Government organisations and corporations clearly understand the critical role UDO technology plays in establishing a trustworthy archival storage strategy."

Alongside the demonstration of the capabilities of the UDO technology, Plasmon will also be launching its new range of entry-level 5.25 inch optical libraries to complement the highly successful Plasmon G-Series product family. These new libraries range in size from 24 to 80 slots that provide between 720GB to 2.4TB of storage capacity when configured with UDO. ...Plasmon profile, ...Storage Expo 2003

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HP Shows Highest Overall Customer Respect to Online Users says Research from Customer Respect Group

IDC Reports Worldwide Disk Storage Market Declines in Second Quarter

IBM Introduces New Capacity Backup and High Availability Server Offerings

EVault introduces backup service for the Small Business

Sharp's New High-Speed 128Mbit Flash Memory Features Fastest Access Time in Industry

Blackouts, Threat of Terrorism Spur Disaster Recovery Planning says VERITAS Survey

IBM to Help U.S. Government Create Moving Images Library

CATC Extends Warranty on All Analyzers to 3 Years

XOsoft releases beta version of WANSync for Linux

Western Digital Sweeps VARBusiness Awards

ATTO Now Shipping the 2-Gigabit ATTO FibreBridge 2350C

Zetta Systems Launches Zetta Server 2.8 for Instant Disaster Recovery

Snap Server 14000 Expanded to 3TB

Infortrend Launches EonStor SATA RAID

Nexsan Shipping Dual-Controller ATAboy2 in Volume

Adaptec iSCSI Adapters Now ca smart Certified

Elpida Memory to Receive Additional Intel Investment

Cypress Semiconductor is First to Earn Certification for a Fully Integrated USB OTG Controller

Silicon Image's SATALink SiI 3114 Selected by 20 Motherboard Manufacturers

CDs And DVDs to Go the Way of the LP, Says Forrester Research

Plasmon to showcase UDO drives at Storage Expo 2003

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he mouse site is 5 years old this month. Thanks to all our readers, advertisers and contributors who have made this possible.

The storage market has changed out all of recognition since 1998. In 1998 most enterprise storage was directly attached. In 2003 - most new enterprise storage is purchased as attached to a network.

In 1998 we launched STORAGEsearch.com with 4 main product categories:- RAID systems, RAM, SCSI adapter cards and hard drives. The plan was to roll out new categories every month, but make sure that each category was complete as it became visible. So, for example - the 1998 RAID page listed 51 manufacturers. I estimated in 1998 there were about 250 to 300 storage manufacturers. Today our home page lists over 60 storage focused categories, and the market has grown to over 600 storage manufacturers and over 140 storage ISVs, not to mention hundreds of storage service companies in other categories.

STORAGEsearch was my 3rd web publication, but it was the first one which had been designed from the ground up as a web site. The SPARC Product Directory published on the web in 1996, had started life 4 years earlier in print. Marketing Views had started out as an ezine, and its web site in the early days was little more than an archive of the email issues. STORAGEsearch opened up new possibilities, without the problems of backwards compatibility.

When I'm asked to summarise the changes in the last 5 years I can do so in this simple statement:- "Storage used to be boring. Now it's not."

What does the future hold for storage? That's discussed in many articles and in other content throughout this web site. Users have recognised that their biggest investment in enterprise computing is storage. And the most important part of their IT investment is data. We're going to see a new way of thinking in system design which puts data access and availability above considerations like processor type and the flavor of the operating system which characterised earlier IT generations.

And what about the mice here on STORAGEsearch? They're here to stay, and there are a lot more on the way. ...more about the mice, ...2 year retro, ...3 year retro, ...4 year retro, ...ACSL publisher profile
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