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Munich, Germany - September 19, 2003 - Infineon Technologies today announced a new 4 Gigabit Fibre Channel (4GFC) transceiver in a small form factor pluggable (SFP) module with digital diagnostics. These intelligent SFP modules offer multi-rate capability to allow for use in both Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications. Infineon's 4GFC modules offer rate-select auto-negotiation capability from 1x to 2x and 4x FC to ensure backward compatibility with existing Fibre-Channel-based equipment, providing system designers with an easy migration path to next generation standards for SAN applications.

The new high-speed modules provide multi-rate compliance and high EMI and jitter margins for applications like Fibre Channel Fabric and Director Switches, HBA and RAID systems. Fully compliant with the SFP multi-source agreement, the 4GFC iSFP modules provide an enhanced digital diagnostics monitoring interface. The iSFP modules also feature an advanced release mechanism for ease of pluggability. Infineon is currently shipping sample quantities with mass production expected by mid-year 2004. The 4GFC modules are competitively priced and will soon be in the same range of today's 2GFC modules. ...Infineon Technologies profile

SAN JOSE, CA - September 19, 2003 - Sunland International (SLI) announced today that it has signed a software licensing agreement for the Americas with Ulead Systems, Inc. Under the agreement, SLI will include Ulead software with its Digistor internal and external multi and super-multi DVD burners. Combined, the half-height and ultra-slim burners will provide consumers with a fully-integrated, multi-format DVD/CD solution for creating professional-quality videos and slideshows that can be written to any CD or DVD format. Aggressively priced (all Digistor DVD burners are all priced under $400 MSRP) the Digistor product line includes a complete family of internal 4x multi (DVD-R/RW/RAM), 4x dual (DVD+/-R/RW) drives as well as external DVD burners with combination USB 2.0/FireWire connectivity.

With Ulead's digital media software and the Digistor drives, consumers have everything they need for editing video content, transforming video into professional-looking DVDs, and creating entertaining digital image slideshows. The application suite also includes burning and playback software. A Digistor DVD burner bundled with Ulead software also provides an excellent business solution because it enables them to produce timely sales/demonstration videos and slide presentations. Salesmen and other mobile users who don't want to take their computer with them can connect a Digistor UltraSlim burner to any PC FireWire or USB port.

"We selected Ulead software after evaluating several digital media software products," said Don Friss, SLI president. "Our goal was to eliminate customer confusion by delivering the best multi-format DVD burners with high-quality software that is fast, reliable and easy to use. With our DVD burners and Ulead software, they can use a digital camera, camcorder or a DVD set-top recorder to quickly and easily capture, edit, burn and share their digital memories with friends and family." ...Sunland International profile

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Infineon Unveils 4 Gigabit Fibre Channel Transceivers

Sunland Bundles Digistor DVD Burners with Ulead Suite of Video Software

Affected by Hurricane Isabel? Don't Panic! And hang onto your towel.

iQstor Signs Support Agreement with Anacomp to Provide On-Site Service and Warranty Support

Kingston Technology Expands Memory Facility in China

DataCore Opens New Sales Office in Taiwan

Seagate Drives Industry's First DVD Multi-Drive Video Recorder From Toshiba

Cypress Announces Open Source Development Kit for USB Chips

VERITAS and Intel Speed the Deployment of New Blades

Data Storage Institute Report Confirms Exabyte's VXA-2 Packet Drive Poised to Replace DDS

DataMirror Announces Renewal of Stock Buyback

AppIQ Acquires XStormTech

Infineon expands China operations

SBE demonstrates TCP/IP Offload Engine technologies at SunNetwork Conference

Network Appliance Announces Next-Generation Virtualization Capabilities Within VFM Software

Peak 10 Declares Itself Hurricane Ready

FalconStor Ships IPStor Version 4.0

Silicon Image and Maxtor Demonstrate New Serial ATA Port Multiplier.

Emulex Debuts Industry's First PCI Express Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter

Sunbelt becomes a Gold Member of the Business Continuity Institute

Seagate Announces World's Highest Areal Density Hard Drive

JNI Lowers HBA Cost & Complexity

Worldwide Storage Software Market Shows Buoyancy in 2Q03 Says IDC

Sony bundles StorStation with BakBone Software's NetVault

DataCore Announces Native iSCSI Support

Western Digital Doubles SATA Disk Capacity

Kashya Unveils KBX4000 Data Replication Appliance

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Newbury Park, CA - September 19, 2003 - iQstor Networks, Inc. announced that it has signed a support and service agreement with Anacomp, Inc. which extends iQstor's support and service coverage for its full line of enterprise level integrated SAN solutions. iQstor's end-user and channel partners will receive advanced parts replacement, remote system monitoring and notification as well as 24x7 immediate response and support from expert technical support engineers. On-site fault diagnosis, repair and test are also available from experienced field engineers who will be dispatched to end-user sites on short notice.

"Anacomp's world class support capabilities will offer our customers 24x7 on-site hardware warranty maintenance and repair service," said Jason Lo, president and CEO of iQstor Networks. "We are committed to providing our customers who are deploying SAN solutions based on our iQ1000 intelligent storage system with the best service and support possible, and are confident that Anacomp's extensive expertise in the storage arena will compliment our commitment to customer service."

"We are pleased that iQstor has chosen Anacomp to provide worldwide service in support of its industry leading SAN solutions," said Hans Hedfeld, senior vice president of multi-vendor services for Anacomp. "iQstor's cutting edge technology combined with Anacomp's expertise in maintaining SAN devices will create a winning combination in today's competitive SAN marketplace." ...Anacomp profile, ...iQstor Networks profile

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - September 18, 2003 - Kingston Technology Corporation today announced that it is expanding its manufacturing capacity at its subsidiary in China. The expansion will increase Kingston's China operations from 1.5 million modules to five million modules per month. Construction of the new plant is scheduled to begin in January 2004 and be operational by January 2005. Kingston continues to maintain manufacturing facilities in the United States, Taiwan and Malaysia. Kingston's significant growth rate over the past several years has precipitated the need for additional capacity. The surge in the ValueRAM product line, which is targeted towards the white-box market, has been the driving force behind Kingston's increase in module demand. ...Kingston Technology profile

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - September 18, 2003 - DataCore Software today announced the formal opening of a new office in Taiwan. Increased business opportunities for the company's SANsymphony software in Taiwan and neighboring countries prompted the expansion. Jesse Liu has been appointed to run DataCore's operations as business manager for the greater China region. DataCore's recent world record in storage price/performance and the growing user interest in breakthrough capabilities, such as auto-provisioning and iSCSI, have well positioned DataCore for expansion. DataCore has set up the Taiwan office to provide technical support, sales, marketing, training and education for the greater China region. To assist with the business opportunities, Stark and Kinmax, two IT distributors in Taiwan, have joined DataCore's SANvantage Partner Program.

"Chinese businesses are taking advantage of DataCore's storage networking technologies to improve the return on investment and productivity of storage assets," said Jesse Liu, DataCore's business manager. "The storage market has hit a peak in its lifecycle, and at this point, we are looking at a new paradigm for storage. Customers are no longer locked into proprietary solutions. DataCore provides a total and heterogeneous storage solution to our customers." ...DataCore Software profile

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.- September 18, 2003 - Seagate Technology announced today that consumer electronics giant Toshiba has selected Seagate consumer electronics hard drives for Toshiba's HDD & DVD recorder, RD-XS31 - the industry's first DVD multi-drive video recorder. Seagate's hard drive provides the RD-XS31 with up to 104 hours of recording time for TV shows. It also provides the cache storage that allows programs to be archived to DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R formats.

"Leveraging Seagate's proven storage technology, the innovative RD-XS31 from Toshiba continues to redefine the world of home entertainment," said Hiroyuki Tokoro, Technology Executive, Digital Media Network of Toshiba. "Seagate has worked closely with Toshiba's product design team to deliver top dubbing performance for the highest quality recording - and meeting Toshiba's requirements of high throughput for maximum-speed HDD-to-DVD dubbing. We continue to look to Seagate disc drive technology leadership in consumer electronics to help bring our storage-driven products to a new level." ...Seagate profile, ...Toshiba profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 17, 2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation today announced that it has begun shipping a new development kit for its EZ-Host and EZ-OTG embedded host controllers, including Red Hat GNUPro open-source development tools. Red Hat is the world's leading open source and Linux provider.

"Red Hat took an open source development environment and modified it to work with our flagship USB embedded host and OTG devices," said Brian Booker, product manager of Cypress Semiconductor's USB host and OTG products. "These industry-standard tools enable developers to create a wide array of unique applications that will allow consumer electronic and other USB devices to communicate directly with one another." ...Cypress Semiconductor profile, ...Red Hat profile

IDF, SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 17, 2003 - VERITAS Software Corporation today announced that VERITAS provisioning software will ship with the new Intel Enterprise Blade Server Family and Itanium processor-based server hardware building blocks announced by Intel today. VERITAS OpForce software provides efficient management, automatic policy-driven provisioning, and dynamic scaling of IT resources to meet rapidly changing business needs. VERITAS provisioning software helps simplify the management of data centers by providing building blocks for utility computing in an Intel-based Windows or Linux environment. By automating the provisioning of server resources when and where they're needed, VERITAS OpForce helps organizations move to a utility computing model, in which IT services are delivered in a measurable, flexible manner that align to the changing needs of the business. ...VERITAS Software profile

BOULDER, CO - September 17, 2003 - Exabyte Corporation today announced the findings of the report by Data Storage Institute. The findings reveal that the Exabyte VXA-2 Packet Tape Drive outperforms a DDS-4 tape drive in terms of data transfer rate and capacity across the board in all testing conditions. The report validates that the VXA-2 Packet Drive delivers at least twice the data rate and four times the storage capacity of DDS-4. To compare the two technologies, the MCSA Group, the Network Storage Technology Division of the A*Star Data Storage Institute of Singapore, conducted back up testing in a variety of environments, using different software, platforms, block sizes and utilities. To simulate a real-world situation, a mix of document files ranging from text files, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, images, portable document formats, and web pages totaling more than 10GB of data was used for backup. The report found that the VXA-2 Packet Tape Drive provides twice the data transfer rate and four times the capacity of DDS-4 at a lower price, based on prices published on the Internet. These results hold true on all tested platforms and operating systems. ...Exabyte profile

MARKHAM, CANADA - September 17, 2003 - DataMirror today announced acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange of Notice of its Normal Course Issuer Bid, allowing the purchase from time to time, if it is considered advisable, of up to 565,623 of its common shares, which represents 5% of its 11,312,471 outstanding common shares over the next 12 months. The Board of Directors of DataMirror believes that such purchases are in the best interests of the Company and a desirable use of corporate funds. Over the period from September 21, 2002 to September 15, 2003, the Company has purchased and cancelled 261,400 of its common shares at an average price of $11.22 per share under a previous Normal Course Issuer Bid. All common shares purchased by DataMirror pursuant to this Notice will be cancelled. ...DataMirror profile

BURLINGTON, Mass. - September 17, 2003 - AppIQ today announced the acquisition of XStormTech, a developer of advanced SRM solutions. As a result of the transaction, which has now been completed, AppIQ owns all of the New Jersey-based company's intellectual property and software development operations. XStormTech's technology overcomes the scalability issues inherent in first generation file-level SRM solutions by dramatically improving the speed by which file systems with millions of files can be discovered, scanned, and reported on. Once file-level demographics are collected, user consumption, file aging, file type, and file size alerts and reports are automatically generated, enabling administrators to quickly take action when users exceed disk space quotas, or when logical volumes run out of capacity. By combining these capabilities with AppIQ's SAN management and storage operations management suite, customers will benefit from the first truly integrated solution that manages all of the logical and physical elements in an enterprise storage infrastructure.

"First-generation SRM solutions simply do not scale to meet the needs of large enterprises, and are not well-integrated with SAN management solutions," said Ash Ashutosh, CTO, AppIQ. "By integrating XStormTech's highly scalable SRM technology into our standards-based software platform, AppIQ will be first to market with a file server capacity and availability management solution that actually works in large storage infrastructures, and provides seamlessly integrated logical and physical storage resource management."

As a result of the acquisition, XStormTech founder Vijay Sarashetti has joined AppIQ to lead the project that is integrating XStormTech's SRM technology into the AppIQ management suite. Sarashetti is also serving as project manager and liaison between AppIQ's Massachusetts-based software development team and its off-shore development and support center located in Hyderabad, India. The integrated solution will be available later this year. ...AppIQ profile

Shanghai - September 17, 2003 - Dr. Ulrich Schumacher, CEO of the world's 6th largest semiconductor company, opened Infineon's new Chinese headquarters in Shanghai. This move marked a further milestone in the expansion of Infineon's business operations in China. The Infineon China headquarters is situated in Shanghai's booming business district Pudong. It will house central administration, as well as a large software center. Today, the Infineon China headquarters has already more than 100 employees and it will become one of the biggest software centers of Infineon. According to forecasts by iSuppli, the Chinese semiconductor market will triple in size over the next four years and be worth more than US $80 billion by 2007.

"We have set ourselves ambitious goals in China and are confident that we can achieve them," declared Dr. Schumacher, President and CEO of Infineon Technologies, at a press conference in the burgeoning Chinese metropolis. "In the next five years we aim to double our market share in China, from its current five percent to ten percent." ...Infineon Technologies profile

San Ramon, CA - September 16, 2003 - SBE Inc. today announced that it will be showcasing its Gigabit Ethernet and TCP/IP Offload Engine technologies, acquired from Antares Microsystems, at this week's SunNetwork Conference. In addition to having its own booth (#IP-170) at the event, SBE will also feature its dual port Gigabit Ethernet NIC with failover in the Solaris Ready booth. SBE will be highlighting at its booth its Solaris and Linux-based WAN, LAN and Storage I/O boards, including Gigabit Ethernet, SCSI, and Fibre Channel, as well as its initial roll-out of TCP/IP Offload Engine products.

"SBE recognizes that with Ethernet speeds increasing beyond 100 Mbit/s as end-user performance expectations grow, the need for significant offloading of protocol processing is becoming an unavoidable requirement, hence our investment in acquiring TOE technologies from Antares," commented Daniel Grey, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SBE. "We plan to display the first phase of our TOE products at the SunNetwork Conference to demonstrate how deploying TCP/IP offload in conjunction with SBE's high-speed Ethernet technologies allows applications to maximize networking capabilities." ...SBE profile

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 16, 2003 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced the availability of its latest version Virtual File Manager software, VFM 4.0. Key innovations in VFM 4.0 are the ability to create a tiered NetApp storage architecture for Information Lifecycle Management, as well as byte-level differential replication, allowing for dramatic reduction in data backup times over WANs and enabling aggregation and centralized management of network storage environment. All this makes NetApp storage infrastructures more robust and flexible for the high demands placed on enterprise data systems.

"VFM is a tremendous asset to NetApp customers, particularly in Windows environments," said Mark Santora, senior vice president of Marketing at Network Appliance. "It enables aggregation and centralized management of networked file storage, making it possible for administrators to add, consolidate, migrate, and failover storage systems and Windows servers. More importantly, it provides administrators with powerful policies that enable them to perform tasks without causing downtime to users. Users also benefit from simplified access to their data because VFM creates a unified view of data distributed across heterogeneous file servers. The net effect is a more powerful and nimble storage architecture that reduces complexity and the total cost of ownership." ...Network Appliance profile

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - September 16, 2003 - Peak 10, Inc., the Southeast's leading data center solutions provider, today announced it has successfully implemented a full-scale emergency management plan for hurricane Isabel. The company is working with its customers to ensure their business recovery plans are in place and has taken the necessary steps to make sure that the private network that links Peak 10's enterprise class data centers in Florida and North Carolina is fully operational. Peak 10 is currently monitoring immediate weather threats from its emergency management command center in Charlotte, N.C. Peak 10 owns and operates state-of-the-art data centers in Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla. and Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. that are all interconnected by Peak 10's private network. This geographic diversity and redundancy enables Peak 10 to meet its high availability objective and ensure business continuity for its customers' business critical applications. ...Peak 10 profile

MELVILLE, N.Y. - September 16, 2003 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced it has begun shipping IPStor software version 4.0. The latest evolution of IPStor incorporates new storage services for storage consolidation, performance optimization, business continuity, backup consolidation and acceleration, and open SAN connectivity that enable IT management and supporting personnel to focus their efforts and time on mission-critical operations.

"The advanced functionality that FalconStor has incorporated into IPStor has enabled us to improve overall management and procedures by offloading backup processes from production servers and preventing the occurrence of storage issues potentially detrimental to our business," said Ron Cruz, FVP Manager of Engineering at Independence Community Bank. "And IPStor has already demonstrated a significant return on our investment by accelerating the backup speed of mission critical data over our SAN storage using our existing backup software and dedicated backup servers." ...FalconStor Software profile

IDF, SAN JOSE, Calif.- September 16, 2003 - Demonstrating the next level of computing power, Silicon Image, Inc. and Maxtor Corporation are showcasing the new Serial ATA (SATA) Port Multiplier technology, which is part of the latest enhancement to the Serial ATA II specification that allows the connection of multiple SATA drives to a single SATA port for networked storage and desktop applications. The demonstration in Silicon Image's booth 436 shows the performance advantages that a single SATA port can realize over two parallel ATA (PATA) channels through the use of a SATA Port Multiplier with a multi-tasking Port Multiplier-enabled host controller. Using a Port Multiplier through a single cable expands the connectivity of a SATA host controller while still enabling high performance - exceeding that of two PATA interfaces for some workloads. ...Maxtor profile, ...Silicon Image profile

COSTA MESA, Calif. - September 16, 2003 - Emulex Corporation announced today the latest addition to its LightPulse 2Gb/s LP10000 family of Fibre Channel host bus adapters for the emerging PCI Express I/O interface. The Emulex LP10000Ex is designed for use with servers based on the PCI Express architecture, and is software compatible with existing PCI and PCI-X systems, enabling OEMs and end users to migrate seamlessly to this new scalable, high performance system architecture. The new Emulex LP10000Ex is being demonstrated this week at the Intel Developer Forum. Emulex's product release will coincide with general availability of PCI Express-enabled servers in early 2004.

The PCI Express architecture is an open specification designed to address the wide range of current and future system interconnect requirements of multiple market segments in the computing and communications industries. It also defines a flexible, scalable, high-speed, serial, point-to-point, hot pluggable/hot swappable interconnect that is software-compatible with PCI. ...Emulex profile

Worcester, UK - September 16, 2003 - Sunbelt System Software today announced that it has become a Gold Member of the Business Continuity Institute. The BCI provides an internationally recognised status and its wider role is to promote the highest standards of professional competence and commercial ethics in the provision and maintenance of business continuity management services.

"At Sunbelt, we are committed to all business continuity and disaster recovery issues and value gold membership of the BCI very highly. It is a clear signal to our partners and customers alike that we are committed to providing the highest levels of service and expertise in this area," commented Ian Masters, UK and Ireland Country Manager at Sunbelt System Software. ...BCI, ...Sunbelt System Software profile

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 16, 2003 - Leapfrogging the hard drive industry in storage density, Seagate today introduced the world's first hard drive to store 100G bytes of data on a single 3.5" platter. With the industry's most advanced head and media technology, the new addition to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 family achieves a 200G byte capacity using only two platters, and offers the choice of a Parallel ATA or native Serial ATA interface. The Barracuda 7200.7 is the industry's first hard drive family capable of supporting SATA Native Command Queuing. NCQ will be implemented on production Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drives when system architectures that support NCQ become more broadly available. ...Seagate profile

SAN DIEGO - September 16, 2003 - JNI Corporation today announced a new 2Gb HBA line that combines simple installation with attractive pricing, bringing the benefits of Fibre Channel SANs to Small and Medium Businesses. JNI's new "ZStar" series of HBAs feature broad interoperability with Windows servers and storage devices, with unmatched affordability and ease of use. A clear alternative to more expensive and difficult to use products from Emulex and QLogic, the ZStar series extends the storage consolidation and centralized management benefits of SAN technology to environments that have previously been priced out of the Fibre Channel SAN market.

"JNI is the first to deliver a line of 2Gb Fibre Channel HBA products that is tailored to address the unique challenges faced by SMB customers," said Phil Brotherton, vice president of marketing at JNI. "JNI's ZStar series offers tremendous value to the market by delivering enterprise-class quality and reliability at a midrange price, instead of the competition's 'one size fits all' strategy which forces enterprise pricing and complexity on SMB SAN customers."

JNI ZStar HBAs offer the industry's simplest installation process of any Fibre Channel HBA, assisted by a new version of JNI's award-winning EZ Fibre software. Once installed, ZStar HBAs offer complete auto-configuration of SAN topology, link speed, and LUN discovery and mapping. The new EZ Fibre utility for Windows makes it a snap for a SAN administrator to quickly and easily change any configuration parameters, all with a familiar, Windows look and feel and no server reboot required. The JNI ZStar Fibre Channel HBAs, powered by JNI's 4th generation Integrated RISC Fibre Channel Controllers, will be available through JNI's network of resellers and distributors starting in September with expected end user pricing of under $800 per port. JNI plans to launch a Linux driver to work with the affordable ZStar HBAs later. ...JNI profile

FRAMINGHAM, Mass - September 16, 2003 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market grew 7.3% sequentially, reaching $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2003, compared to 1Q03. The storage replication software market had the largest sequential gain, growing 8.5% in 2Q03. Growth in the back-up and archive software market, which is the largest segment in the storage software market, was consistent with the overall market at 7.3% sequential growth. The storage resource management market grew less than the overall market with 6.1% sequential growth.

"Each segment of the storage software market grew over the first quarter results", said Bill North, research director for Storage Software. "The markets for both storage replication software and backup and archive software are being accelerated by renewed customer emphasis on data protection and disaster recovery, as well as recent record retention and retrieval regulations. Meanwhile, the storage resource management market faces continued budget priority pressures, which accounts for its more modest gains."

Since the fourth quarter of 2002, the rank order among the top 5 storage software vendors has remained unchanged. EMC maintains its lead in the second quarter of 2003 with a 26% revenue share, gaining nearly 1.5 percentage point since the first quarter of 2003. Veritas maintained the second position, slightly outpacing the overall market. Computer Associates and IBM tied for the fourth position, while HP followed in the fifth position. EMC and HP were the only two vendors among the top 5 to post double-digit sequential revenue growth, 13.6% and 10.0% respectively. ...IDC profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 15, 2003 - Heterogeneous backup is becoming a reality with Sony's new Corporate Data Protection bundle, which couples the company's new StorStation server with NetVault 7.0 backup from BakBone Software and Sony's 2U AIT library. Sony's new StorStation Data Backup and Recovery system can virtualize diverse data storage configurations into pools - tape, optical and SAN included - to simplify management and make the most of available storage space. By sharing tape drives and other hardware resources, users can increase availability and protect their data through failover of backup files from the preliminary drive to a standby drive. The new bundle also shines in data recovery for entry to distributed and enterprise-level storage environments. Users can create block-by-block disaster recovery images of clients without re-installing their operating systems. The StorStation DBR system even lets users perform file system replication to tape at a local or remote site.

"Our new StorStation DBR system tackles data protection from every angle, from monitoring backup jobs and media use, to load balancing across a network," said Steve Baker, vice president of storage solutions for Sony Electronics' Business Solutions Division. "Users can simply install the StorStation DBR system, set the backup policies, and feel confident that their digital knowledge is secure."

At the core of the StorStation DBR solution is Sony's new specialized server, the FSV-M5, with 720 GB capacity, gigabit Ethernet connectivity and hot swap HDD RAID protection, and the Sony 2U AIT library that brings up to 4.1 TB of native storage capacity to a tiered solution that migrates data based on pre-set policies. The system works with most popular operating systems, including Linux, and Microsoft Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003. BakBone's NetVault 7.0 software supports all NDMP functions, allowing shared drives, LAN-free backup and more. The Sony Corporate Data Protection bundles are expected to become available in October for an estimated starting price of about $20,000. ...BakBone profile, ...Sony profile

IDF - SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 15, 2003 - DataCore Software today announced that it will release native iSCSI support for its SANsymphony software in Q4 2003. The new capabilities allow any iSCSI-compliant host to access a broad range of centrally managed storage resources as if they were local disks over the Ethernet LAN connection. The storage devices need not be iSCSI-equipped, since SANsymphony handles the protocol translation from iSCSI Ethernet connections to the particular disk drive interface (parallel SCSI, Fibre Channel, EIDE, SATA, etc.). DataCore employs Intel architecture-based Storage Domain Servers to consolidate and automate the management of these heterogeneous storage devices, at the same time enhancing the functionality and performance of those subsystems. SANsymphony, as well as other DataCore storage networking technologies, are on display at the Intel Developers Forum this week in Booth #433.

"Our customers have a simple objective in mind: Round up all available storage into a pool and present it to applications over their conveniently built-in LAN connections. That's a pretty cost-effective way of putting to use what otherwise would be a mixed bag of equipment that was inaccessible by most of the organization," said DataCore's vice president of marketing, Ken Horner. "SANsymphony's iSCSI offering extends many of the benefits that Fibre-Channel connected hosts enjoy in the data center to LAN-connected servers outside the glass house, dramatically improving the return on investment from companies' storage infrastructure and making administrative centralization a reality."

With any new storage technology, there are two factors that impact customer deployments most: First, how quickly can the new technology be implemented on existing equipment, and second, how well has the new product been tested. DataCore's native iSCSI support addresses both of these points as only an independent software developer can. iSCSI connection access is available regardless of who supplies the underlying storage or the disk drive interface. Customers can take advantage of inexpensive iSCSI links without having to buy costly new arrays or retrofitting existing ones. With SANsymphony, the iSCSI-equipped hosts have access to all storage assets on-hand and benefit from a full range of SANsymphony-automated storage resource management options, including just-in-time provisioning, SAN-wide snapshots, remote replication and network caching. ...DataCore Software profile

LAKE FOREST, Calif ­ September 15, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that it is enhancing the throughput, performance and capacity of its popular enterprise-class Serial ATA 10,000 RPM WD Raptor hard drives, offering enterprise customers an increasingly compelling reason to reduce the cost of their storage. The next-generation WD Raptor drives offer 74 GB and performance-boosting Ultra/150 Command Queuing technology, as well as Rotary Accelerometer Feed Forward technology - all at significantly less cost than comparable SCSI drives -and establish Western Digital with the broadest SATA lineup for enterprise applications. The company expects to begin shipment of the new WD Raptor drives with Ultra/150 CQ in November.

"Serial ATA will not only become the massive-volume standard drive interface for all desktop and notebook PCs but will also enable high-performance, high-capacity SATA-interface drives to make greater incursions in multi-user applications," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner Dataquest. "We believe that multi-user configurations of ATA-based disk drives will grow from 3.3 million units in 2003 to 11.1 million units in 2007." ...Western Digital profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. ­ September 15, 2003 ­ Kashya today unveiled the KBX4000, a breakthrough data protection appliance that dramatically lowers the TCO of enterprise storage replication. The Kashya KBX4000 is an end-to-end solution for enterprise data replication that leverages advanced algorithms to intelligently manage data and bandwidth to deliver guaranteed consistent replicas of business-critical data in the event of any possible failure or disaster, even when that data spans multiple heterogeneous storage and servers. The guaranteed replication functionality is complemented by a snapshot history that allows convenient rollback to any point in time, enabling quick recovery of critical data. The KBX4000 supports multiple transactional-consistent snapshots at the remote site, allowing reliable recovery in database environments. Frequent, small-aperture snapshots (seconds apart) are utilized to minimize the risk of data loss due to data corruption.

The Kashya appliance monitors SAN and WAN activity continuously, using real-time information to enable the system to dynamically adapt its replication mode based on SAN and WAN conditions and the application workload to achieve the stated business objectives for each application. This greatly simplifies data and disaster recovery management for complex and heterogeneous environments. The unique Kashya replication architecture shatters today's distance/latency limitations, and enables completely up-to-date protection from regional disasters with no impact on application performance. In addition to dramatically lowering bandwidth costs for out-of-region replication, Kashya delivers a broad range of other cost reductions. The KBX4000 is available in October, with software prices starting at $10,000 per site.

According to Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of the Taneja Group, "We are entering a new era in data protection over long distances. For years the customer has been looking for a way to non-disruptively transfer data over long distances without impacting application performance and without being concerned with data consistency. Kashya is not only delivering on this promise but has added additional features such as multiple replication policies and the ability to assign value to data via simple policy statements. This is very impressive indeed." ...Kashya profile

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