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Decru Ships Next-Generation DataFort

September 30, 2003 - Decru today announced that it has begun shipping its next generation Decru DataFort E510 storage security appliances for NAS environments.

The product incorporates significant new features to strengthen security for stored data, including secure access controls, tamper-proof auditing, and automated Lifetime Key Management

Decru DataFort E510 security appliances support wire-speed AES 256-bit encryption over gigabit Ethernet, and are targeted for NAS and file server environments. The Decru product line provides the same advanced security and management capabilities for SAN environments - the DataFort FC520 appliance is designed for 2-gigabit Fibre Channel networks, and also supports tape encryption. DataFort has been adopted by customers on three continents, in industries including financial services, semiconductors, telecommunications, manufacturing, aerospace, and government. Decru DataFort E510 storage security appliances are shipping now.

Providing security for data at rest in storage is a growing concern for IT organizations worldwide, due to increasing internal and external attacks. According to the FBI/Computer Security Institute, 50-80% of computer attacks originate behind the firewall, and 67% of companies reported internal breaches of their systems in the last 12 months.


Infineon Announces Availability of Environment-friendly DRAM

September 30, 2003 - Infineon Technologies today announced the availability of environment-friendly DRAM components and modules, underlining the company's commitment to nonpolluting technologies.

Infineon now offers lead- and halogen-free DRAM components, and is preparing to offer lead-free and halogen-free memory modules. In the electronics industry, the term "green" refers to a product that contains practically no materials defined by regulatory agencies as harmful to the human body, such as lead and halogen substances. Usually, lead is found in lead finish, solder balls and solder paste, while halogen substances are used for PCB assembly and component molding compounds. Based on industry standard specifications, lead-free means less then 0.1 percent lead content in DRAMs and modules and halogen-free is specified as less then 0.09 percent of chlorine and bromine content. Eliminating the lead in components represents the first step in environment friendliness. Halogen-free packaging constitutes another step towards "green" by eliminating several other potentially dangerous chemical components of chip-based devices. These include bromine, chlorine or antimony oxide. The European Union Directive Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, requires products sold within the EU countries to be recycled, beginning in January 2007.


McDATA Completes Acquisition of Sanera Systems

September 30, 2003 - McDATA today announced the completion of its acquisition of Sanera Systems.

Under the terms of the agreement, McDATA acquired Sanera Systems for approximately $102 million in cash, net of debt and cash on hand.


New Association aims to Educate and Empower Storage Users

September 30, 2003 - The Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP), the first worldwide organization dedicated to the needs of storage networking users, announced its official launch today in Los Angeles.

The ASNP has also named an Executive Advisory Board to provide insight on how to best address the needs of end-users in this industry. With its motto and rallying cry, "Leave No User Behind," the ASNP seeks to change the storage networking industry dramatically by empowering and educating users. Storage continues to be a challenge for IT departments, and it takes up an increasing portion of the IT budget.

"The ASNP will level the playing field between storage networking users and vendors," said Tom Giannetti, director of information services of operations at Home Depot. "There is so much hype in the storage networking market, which leads to a lot of confusion among users making decisions. The ASNP will provide a much-needed resource for the end-user of storage networks."

The ASNP is launching its member organization with 22 chapters, 14 in the U.S. and eight abroad. The ASNP Regional Directors' Council oversees the association's 20 founding chapters. The companies that these regional directors represent manage more than 1,500 terabytes of storage and have a combined annual storage budget of more than $200 million. The organization is kicking off an aggressive membership campaign to recruit members for the first chapter meetings, which will take place in January 2004. Membership is free for the first 1,000 members to join. The regular annual dues fee is $199. The organization is open to users who manage storage networks, educators, and students.

Editor's comments:-
to succeed in the long term, the ASNP will have to avoid getting into hoc with any major vendor who offers to sponsor them. In the Sun Microsystems market, the Sun User Groups worldwide collapsed when Sun pulled support in the 1990s. If user organizations stump up the steep joining fee that should ensure financial independence, and the ASNP could become a valuable resource for its members. See also:- storage industry trade associations


Deduping Multiple Sites

September 30, 2003 - Avail Solutions announced Availl 2.6 today - a breakthrough technology for ongoing real-time, multi-site storage mirroring and distribution.

With Availl's transparent technology the latest version of every file (such as CAD, legal, etc) is always up to date at any number of remote sites. The files are always fully useable at each site, and changes at any site mirror multi-directionally to all other sites. Because Availl only transfers byte level differences of changed files, 95% of bandwidth is eliminated. Furthermore, performance is not affected by high-latency situations.

Availl 2.6 began shipping in April. The company already has close to 50 customers in North America and internationally and is rapidly gaining new customers. "We did not want to jump the gun with this announcement", said Craig Randall VP of Marketing "we are careful in our product rollouts to establish a successful string of deployments before announcing".

Availl solves the problem of storage access by removing the need or users to "VPN" to one central site. As storage costs drop, Availl's distributed approach gives the full benefit of local access speeds, with full central control, and bandwidth elimination. Updates among and between locations happen instantly, in real time. Full coherency is maintained across sites; Availl eliminates the possibility of conflicts or using stale versions. Files of any type and size exist simultaneously on hundreds of systems: local access and use happens at hard drive speed. Data for disaster recovery, remote offices, or distributed applications across any distance is securely replicated.

Mike Mitchell IT Network Manager at Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott said, "We had a persistent problem of complex CAD designs being worked on across many office locations. Availl makes all necessary data exist in many locations at once, across long distances. All our users now have the latest AutoCAD and other design files 24x7 on their local file server; no more downloading or working on outdated versions. And the bandwidth has all but disappeared, too. It makes cross-site work possible, eliminated costs and errors, and it improved our responsiveness"


Arkeia Protects Online Exchange Servers

September 30, 2003 - Arkeia announced today the availability of a versatile new online backup plug-in for Microsoft Exchange servers.

Businesses that utilize Exchange servers to manage high volumes of mail can rely on Arkeia to secure archived data with minimal impact on users while simultaneously protecting against loss of valuable information. The Arkeia module for Exchange is designed to provide multiple levels of security for business-critical data, with fast online backup and restore that almost eliminates downtime. All aspects of mail server data -mail, notes, attachments, etc- are protected by Arkeia's award-winning technology. A user-friendly GUI offers flexible scheduling solutions for sys-admins and users to protect Exchange server databases.

Installed on a Linux or Unix backup server, Arkeia can protect Windows machines ranging from Windows NT4 to Windows 2003. Arkeia's Windows client also performs hot backup of Windows registries, active directories, certificates and event logs. A demo version of Arkeia plug-in for MS-Exchange, compatible with Exchange 2000 and 2003, will be available for download early October. The plug-in price is $990 per MS-Exchange server, with an unlimited number of users.


Network Appliance Achieves U.S. DoD 5015.2-STD Certification

September 30, 2003 - Network Appliance. today announced that its enterprise storage solutions have been integrated with MDY Advanced Technologies FileSurf records-management software and Decru DataFort storage security appliance to achieve U.S. Department of Defense 5015.2-STD certification for electronic records management applications.

The highly secure records-management solution enables government and business users to manage information storage more easily and cost-effectively while meeting stringent data protection and shredding regulations designed to increase national security and minimize legal and intelligence risks.


Troika Networks Selects McDATA Vet As New CEO and President

September 29, 2003 -Troika Networks today announced Doug Rainbolt as the company's new chief executive officer and president.

As CEO and President of Troika Networks, Rainbolt will concentrate on further defining the company's eco-system of partnerships, launching the company and promoting the benefits of the Network Storage Services Platform and its underlying technology. Rainbolt was formerly vice president of Switch Product Groups at McDATA, where he was responsible for developing, overseeing and executing strategies for McDATA's fabric switch products in the small to mid-size market. Prior to McDATA, Rainbolt spent 17 years with Tektronix Inc., and three years with Exabyte Corporation.

"Customers have been exposed to a number of approaches to intelligent storage networking", said Rainbolt. "While intrigued by the possibilities, many are ready to move beyond the appliance approach. However, due to the complexity and unproven nature of intelligent switch options, customers are looking for something better." Rainbolt continues, "I came to Troika Networks because I believe the company's NSS Platform is an excellent approach for customers looking to bring intelligence to the SAN, combining the best attributes of appliances and intelligent switches while eliminating the complexity, interoperability, and scalability issues."

To further enhance the executive team and drive the company's go-to-market strategies, Troika Networks appointed Steve Thesing and Dan DeIeso as vice presidents of business development. Thesing was formerly the director of sales at Candera Inc. and a manager of business development at VERITAS Software Corporation, with prior experience at Sun Microsystems Incorporated. DeIeso's industry experience includes positions of channel sales, alliances, and business development at Data General Clariion Division and EMC Corporation. Both Thesing and DeIeso will concentrate their efforts on maintaining relationships with Troika Networks' existing partners as well as uncovering new opportunities with independent software vendors and OEMs in the storage market.


Pegasus Announces Support for Plasmon's 30GB UDO

September 29, 2003 - Pegasus announced today that its InveStore SMS will be among the first software managers to support Plasmon 30 GB UDO drives and libraries.

Pegasus supplies InveStore to major OEMs, ISV developers and integrators; who incorporate it into information lifecycle management and back-up system solutions for users in the medical, financial, insurance, law enforcement, email storage and web-based mass storage markets.

"The new Plasmon 30GB UDO drives and libraries offer a 230% increased capacity and a 33% better transfer rate than previous generation optical products. This is the biggest capacity jump in 20 years of optical innovation. The archival market has been has been looking for this kind of capacity and performance jump since the release of 14x MO technology" said Roy Slicker, Pegasus President and CEO. "We have seen strong interest within our customer base to migrate to UDO... We are attracting new customers for other applications not previously addressed with optical technology, such as backup. This all bodes very well for the optical storage industry. UDO provides a better means of addressing existing and emerging requirements for securing long term data in a true non-alterable structure"

Using Pegasus InveStore, customers have the ability to support existing legacy hardware side by side with new UDO hardware and to provide a software bridge between the technologies. Paired with applications such as data lifecycle management, email archiving, medical imaging, and voice and video data recording, InveStore Storage Management Software gives users the power to share, organize and safeguard vital corporate knowledge while meeting the requirements set forth by the SEC, HIPPA, FDA and other regulating bodies.


New Quantum "MAKO" Redefines Enterprise Tape Automation

September 29, 2003 - Quantum . today announced the availability of the "MAKO" PX720, an enterprise tape library specifically designed to address backup and archive operations more reliably, while minimizing customer costs now and in years to come.

Built from five generations of Quantum enterprise experience in tape automation technology, MAKO provides management and redundancy features at no extra cost to increase reliability and shrink down-time. Additionally, MAKO affords customers the ability to pay only for the storage they need when they need it through Performance on Demand, thereby reducing upfront outlays and over-provisioning. Expanding Quantum's industry-leading family of PX-Series enterprise libraries, a single MAKO frame can scale up to 20 DLTtape or LTO Ultrium drives and up to 732 slots.

A typical enterprise configuration will include eight drives, 718 slots, native Fibre Channel connectivity, redundant power and cabling, library management and training for $223,050 MSRP. Base configurations will start below $93,000 MSRP. MAKO will be available through Quantum's channel network of VARs in the fourth calendar quarter of 2003 and include installation services and one full year of on-site service and support through Quantum's StorageCare services program.


SAMSUNG Announces Flash Memory Breakthrough

September 29, 2003 – SAMSUNG today announced the world's first 70nanometer 4Gb NAND Flash memory and an 80nm DRAM device.

In addition, the company announced a single chip memory solution, called fusion memory, which takes the multi-chip package and system-in-package concepts one step further to deliver a single design combining memory and logic.

SAMSUNG's world first 4Gb NAND flash is the fourth generation of NAND flash memory, following a growth curve that doubles its density every twelve months: 256Mb in 1999, 512Mb in 2000, 1Gb in 2001, 2Gb in 2002, and 4Gb in 2003.

Development of the 4Gb NAND flash design demonstrates NAND's high growth potential once again. At the new higher density levels, nonvolatile memory is now a viable choice for solid-state data storage, replacing magnetic tapes and low-density hard disk drives. A simple comparison of 70nm over the previous 90nm will instantly boost production by 50%. The global market for NAND flash memory is expected to jump from $3 billion in 2003 to $16 billion by 2007, showing a more than five-fold volume increase in just four years. SAMSUNG expects to maintain its lead in the NAND flash market with a 65% market share.

In DRAM technology, SAMSUNG announced an 80nm 512Mb monolithic device and a new concept in memory design called Fusion Memory. Fusion memory is an integrated, single-chip that combines high density memory and logic, together with software availability.


Spectra Logic to Implement IBM Tape Drive

September 29, 2003 - Spectra Logic today announced that it has chosen the IBM TotalStorage Ultrium Tape Drive T400F as a tape drive for the Spectra T950 tape library that was introduced earlier this month.

This OEM agreement is designed to enhance Spectra Logic's ability to bring high-performance tape storage solutions to customers worldwide.

"IBM's proven record of storage innovation combined with the reliability of the LTO complements Spectra Logic's strategy to provide customers with the best products," said Nick Harper, Spectra Logic's vice president of business development. "Customers can now enjoy the higher drive capacity and performance attributes associated with LTO technology combined with extreme scalability and simplified media handling available with the Spectra T050 enterprise tape library."

The IBM TotalStorage Ultrium Tape Drive T400F is based upon second-generation LTO tape technology and is designed to provide customers with increased performance and capacity attributes over comparative LTO-based products. The drive supports both Ultra-160 SCSI LVD attachment and a 2Gb Fibre Channel attachment to help provide greater SAN versatility flexibility, scalability, performance and overall reduced cost of ownership.

The Spectra T950 library, with the Python architecture, raises the bar in technology features and end-user value in the half-inch tape market. Spectra Logic's revolutionary TeraPack delivers time savings in media handling, the industry's highest storage density, reduced robotic wear, lowering labor costs and increased library uptime, thus lowering TCO.


Dell Offers the Highest Performance Serial ATA Hard Drive

September 29, 2003 - Western Digital. today announced that Dell . is offering to its customers Western Digital's enterprise-class WD Raptor hard drive.

The highest performance Serial ATA hard drive available today, and the only one that spins at 10,000 RPM, WD Raptor is a high-end option on Dell's Precision workstation and Dimension PC models, including the new Dimension XPS model built for power users and extreme gamers. Customers now can order Precision workstations or Dimension desktop PCs with one or two WD Raptor 36 GB drives.

"Workstations traditionally have utilized SCSI and Fibre Channel hard drives to run enterprise applications," said John Donovan, vice president for TrendFocus, an industry analyst firm. "But ATA drives, especially those with the enterprise-class advantages of the Serial ATA interface, now are meeting the needs of high-end workstations. And WD Raptor's reliability and performance characteristics put it at the top of the Serial ATA class."


Diligent Technologies Enhances Virtual Tape Storage

September 29, 2003 - Diligent Technologies today heralded their first anniversary with strong market momentum and growth to its channel base in response to the new capabilities introduced for its Virtual Tape Facility family of products.

Since the Company's inception with the acquisition of technologies and an Israeli R&D facility from EMC Corporation, Diligent has delivered on its promise of providing scalable, non-disruptive virtual tape products to 20+ new Fortune 500 customers.

VTF Open, Diligent's storage software that seamlessly allows existing open systems backup applications to use disk instead of tape as their backup medium, now provides 2:1 compression, allowing customers to make better utilization of their existing storage resources. Diligent will increase its support to 128 virtual tape drives in Q4 2003. This increase will help customers to further reduce their backup window, affording the ability to run more jobs in parallel, which provides real tangible savings on floor space within a data center.

Building on many years of vast proven experience in mainframe virtual tape, Diligent announces Parallel Access Tape, an industry-first enhancement for VTF Mainframe that enables concurrent, multiple, yet independent data access to a single tape volume on disk. In a traditional tape environment, shared tape access is literally impossible. However, because VTF Mainframe virtualizes tape data sets on disk, this revolutionary enhancement is now available with immediate benefits to customers including improved data availability and overall productivity.

Diligent is also introducing Virtual Tape Analyzer, a new capability for VTF Mainframe that automatically helps customers manage their information lifecycle. The product analyzes data usage levels over time during the backup process, and delineates information that can be moved offline according to lifespan and usage. This segmenting of data according to its usage and value will maximize the disk space used, improving the vital backup speeds and performance for customers.

Continuing its growth in the market through its indirect sales model, Diligent has added new systems integrators and VARs to its partner program over the last quarter. They include nationally and internationally recognized VARs such as: Cambridge Computers, Glacier Consulting, IPM and Structured Communication Systems.


Storage Expo (UK) is Coming Soon

September 29, 2003 - the main upcoming storage event for readers in the UK is Storage Expo 2003 which takes place at Olympia in London on October 15 - 16.

This is the 3rd year for Storage Expo which has now been taken over by Reed Exhibitions. In previous years, Storage Expo was at the NEC. So if you've been to this event before - make sure you go to the right place! If you've ever gone to an exhibition and found it's not there, you'll know exactly what I mean.

See also:- Events & trade shows


LSI Logic to sell semiconductor manufacturing facility

September 24, 2003 - LSI Logic and ROHM CO., LTD. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement calling for ROHM to purchase LSI Logic's semiconductor manufacturing facility here for approximately ¥2.65 billion or $23.5 million at the present rate of exchange.

ROHM is purchasing LSI Logic's Tsukuba semiconductor manufacturing and office complex, located approximately 60 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. In addition, ROHM and LSI Logic have agreed to enter into a wafer supply agreement covering a range of products that are currently being manufactured at the facility. The agreement is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The agreement is expected to close in the October-December quarter.


HP to resell Avamar's Axion Backup

September 24, 2003 - Avamar Technologies. today announced an agreement with HP, under which HP will resell and offer first level customer support for Avamar's Axion technology as part of HP's Business Continuity Services for data back-up, replication and recovery.

With Avamar's Axion software for disk-based backup and restore, HP's Business Continuity Services provides fully integrated continuity solutions to assist customers with protecting and recovering their mission-critical data.

"HP is pleased to include Avamar as part of our managed storage solution and backup and recovery services portfolio," said John Zannos, manager of business development for HP Business Continuity Services. "HP's Business Continuity Services and hardware combined with Avamar's Axion technology enhances the ability of businesses to maintain 100 percent of their backup data online, enabling quicker recovery and restore of customers' mission-critical data."


Spirent Introduces Storage Routing Tester

September 24, 2003 - Spirent Communications today introduced the industry's first storage routing tester for fiber channel networks.

Spirent's Storage Routing Tester (SRT) is a software module that runs on Spirent's SmartBits Test System. The solution can simulate an entire network of up to 239 switches with a single Spirent fiber channel module, enabling users to stress today's SAN equipment with more accurate and reliable test results. The simplified solution also eliminates the need for an elaborate network set-up, which can potentially save customers money by reducing the footprint space in the lab, the rack space, and power and AC requirements.

Prior to the introduction of Spirent's SRT, the only way to test this type of environment was to build a network with 50+ real switches and then combine simulated end-devices and real end-devices. This solution was cumbersome, expensive and unreliable. In the near future, large SANs could exceed 1,000 ports and have more than 50 switches in a network.

"Until now, our customers have been limited to testing with the number of switches they could afford, that they could easily fit in their lab, and that they could easily setup and maintain," said Mark Fishburn, vice president of technical strategy at Spirent Communications. "By giving users access to virtually a limitless amount of switches, Spirent's SRT application enables unparralled testing and scaling capability for next generation storage area networks."


Marvell Samples World's First Native Serial ATA II System on Chip

September 24, 2003 - Marvell today announced that it has sampled the world's first single chip system on chip device that supports the Serial ATA II feature set and both 3.0Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s operation to Fujitsu for use in its 2.5" hard disk drives.

The newly introduced 88i6535 Serial ATA SOC enables lower cost and higher performance storage for a variety of applications including blade servers, consumer and mobile applications such as laptop computers, portable music players, personal video recorders, set top boxes, car navigation systems and digital still/video cameras.

Serial ATA hard disk drives were first introduced in the second half of 2002, and have begun a significant volume ramp as end users and system OEMs alike become accustomed to the significant performance and cost advantages offered by this new storage interface. The majority of Serial ATA drives in production today use Marvell's 88i8030 Serial ATA bridge chip, a device that was the result of a joint collaboration between Fujitsu and Marvell. As Serial ATA gains in popularity, HDD suppliers and their OEM customers are under increased pressure to provide Serial ATA storage at price parity with traditional parallel ATA storage. Marvell's 88i6535 single-chip Serial ATA SOC will enable price parity by eliminating the need for bridge chips.


InfiniCon Secures $15M in Series C Funding

September 24, 2003 -InfiniCon Systems today announced that it has secured an additional $15M in Series C funding.

The company's third funding round was led by Bay Partners and included investors from prior rounds - ARCH Venture Partners, W Capital Partners, and A.G. Edwards Capital - as well as new investors, including Chevron Technology Ventures LLC. InfiniCon's Series C funding raises the total investment in the company to $48 million. The new funds will be used to bolster research and development for the award-winning InfinIO product family, expand sales channels, and accelerate marketing programs.

"With our recent round of funding, InfiniCon Systems is exceptionally positioned to provide the technology on which next-generation computing models will be built to extract new levels of performance, resource utilization, and cost reduction," stated Charles Foley, CEO and Chairman of InfiniCon Systems. "This financing is also a statement as to the traction that InfiniBand as a technology has seen in the market recently, as well as InfiniCon's market vision and execution in delivering the distinct advantages that only InfiniBand brings to enterprise data center networking."


Peer Software Releases PeerSync Pro 7.1

September 24, 2003 - Peer Software. today announces the release of PeerSync Pro v7.1, setting a new standard in enterprise-grade file synchronization, replication, and backup.

The new version combines increased power in the way of expanded and improved file management, with transparent, efficient, network-aware operations. PeerSync 7.1 requires minimal set up time and administration, and has little impact on an organization's existing environment. PeerSync 7.1 features Byte-Replicator, allowing for block/byte level synchronization; now, rather than sending an entire file, only byte level changes from the source machine to the target are transmitted, minimizing network traffic and freeing up valuable bandwidth. Other key enhancements include Real-time Event Detection (improved for better and faster management of file adds, updates and deletions), Failed Connection Retry (improved in Wi-Fi environments) and more detailed reporting.

"The newest version of PeerSync provides the three things customers want most: simplicity, transparency and persistent, reliable performance even in the face of unexpected network events and/or interruptions," said Paul Marsala, Peer President. "PeerSync 7.1 is easy to configure and requires little ongoing administration, providing an almost invisible layer of data protection across even the most complex environments, assuring seamless business continuity."

Just "set it and forget it," and PeerSync 7.1 unobtrusively manages data on a real-time or scheduled basis. PeerSync 7.1 transparently monitors connections between storage points (e.g., server to server, desktop to desktop); if a connection is down, the software has the "intelligence" to seek an alternative data path or wait until the connection is resumed to perform the backup/synchronization operation. PeerSync incorporates Embedded Open File Manager software developed by St. Bernard Software, providing organizations with a reliable and seamless means of protecting files even while they are locked or in use. In addition to using PeerSync to backup and synchronize standard business documents - spreadsheets, presentation files, Word documents, etc. - users can continue working without interruption as open files are unobtrusively synchronized, protected - and left "unharmed.

PeerSync 7.1, runs under MS Windows /ME/NT4/2000/XP, is available in three versions: Workstation, Server, and High Volume Server.


Quantum DLTSage Wins Best of Show Award

September 23, 2003 - Quantum. today announced that it had won a Best of Show Award from TECHXNY 2003 for DLTSage.

The award, which was presented by Network Magazine along with other industry-leading technology publications, distinguished DLTSage as the Best Storage Product.

Combining intelligent diagnostic capabilities with unprecedented management control, DLTSage helps IT managers identify drive or media failures before they occur or pinpoint root causes of errors to speed data recovery. Designed to assure IT managers that backups are completed successfully and data integrity is not compromised, DLTSage establishes a new threshold for tape reliability and helps IT managers to further extend their investment in DLTtape technology while providing better capabilities to manage, predict and prevent storage events or failures.

To select the winners, editors from CMP Media's CRN, Intelligent Enterprise, Network Computing, Network Magazine, TechWeb and VARBusiness reviewed new product submissions during the show, which was held Sept. 16-18, 2003, in New York.


Unitrends, LSI deliver Data Protection Vault

September 23, 2003 - UniTrends Software and LSI Logic Storage Systems today announced the availability of Unitrends' Data Protection Vault, an enterprise-class business continuity solution for global site protection.

Unitrends' Secure Data Sync software, coupled with LSI 's controller technology and SANtricity Storage Manager software, serve as the foundation of the DPV.

The DPV, which scales to protect up to 17 terabytes of data, is a disk-based data repository that enables businesses to safeguard an unlimited number of networked systems at multiple locations. The DPV serves as a centralized, highly available offsite storage center for Unitrends' Data Protection Units (DPUs), which provide fast disk-to-disk backup and bare metal recovery for systems at local sites. Onsite DPUs are linked to the DPV by Unitrends' Secure Data Sync software, which synchronizes data at a block level, funneling the changed data into a master backup. If a customer requires additional archival capacity, centralized tape storage can be attached.

"Events such as last month's massive power outage across the Northeast and the recent worm attacks are re-energizing enterprises that may have become complacent about disaster recovery after the events of 9/11 faded," said Jacques McCormack, president of Unitrends. "Today's business environment demands that businesses not only protect their data locally, but that they increase their disaster recovery geographic separation and be able to recover the data from an offsite location in less than 48 hours."

Unitrends' DPV is available in either an ATA or Fibre Channel configuration for budget-conscious customers seeking high availability and high-speed performance at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of under $25,000.


Avail Solutions and FASTORA Team Up

September 23, 2003 - Avail Solutions today announced an international partnership with FASTORA, the storage division of AXIOMTEK.

The result of this jointly developed product is a data protection solution that is easily customizable based on the customer's unique needs.

Avail's Integrity Data Protection software brings a new level of interoperability to backup and recovery. Its ability to choose storage dynamically and migrate and replicate protected data within a storage hierarchy based on the needs of the data set it apart from older, main-stream products in the market.

FASTORA NAS appliances offer highly reliable file sharing and data storage with features such as hot-swappable drives, redundant power supplies, hardware monitoring and dual Gigabit Ethernet with failover capability. FASTORA's line of NAS units are sold without disk drives, so resellers and customers can choose the disks that best suit their business goals or applications. Resellers and customers can also choose to incorporate their preferred brand of tape libraries.

"FASTORA recognizes that customers need flexibility," said Kit Chui, Director of Sales for FASTORA. "Integrity allows us to extend the level of flexibility that we are committed to providing the market." The companies will leverage FASTORA's international presence to offer the appliance through systems integrators and VAR channels in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific region.


Seagate Ships Lindows Linux Pre-Loaded on Popular Hard Drives

September 23, 2003 - Seagate and Lindows.com today jointly announced the availability of LindowsHD, a copy of LindowsOS pre-loaded on specific Seagate 40-Gbyte capacity Barracuda 7200.7 hard drives.

Computer manufacturers of all sizes can purchase the 40-Gbyte Barracuda hard drives pre-loaded with LindowsHD in the U.S. through well-known distributors Bell Microproducts Inc. or Synnex Information Technologies Inc. for no added premium over hard drives delivered with no operating system at all. "Whitebox" manufacturers, who supply 55% of computers built today, can save up to $100 per computer. The program is initially available through December 2003.

These pre-loaded Barracuda hard drives can help system builders to reduce production time and labor costs because they can be plugged into any Intel-compatible PC, auto-detecting the hardware and properly configuring themselves for optimum performance with no additional set-up required. The overall cost savings will empower manufacturers to offer affordable desktop computers to take advantage of the rapidly growing value segment of the PC business, as well as lay the groundwork for entering into emerging markets.

The English-language version of LindowsOS 4.0, pre-loaded on the Seagate Barracuda hard drives, is a complete and easy-to-use operating system tailored for desktop computers. It offers the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with the ease of a windows environment, delivering a full suite of Internet-ready programs, multimedia playback, peripheral support for printers, digital cameras, scanners and more, as well as Microsoft networking support. Instant access to more than 1,800 additional software programs is also available from LindowsOS' "Click-N-Run" Warehouse, including Microsoft office file-compatible software programs that read and write .doc, .xls, and .ppt documents.


NetCell Unveils New 64-bit RAID Storage Acceleration

September 23, 2003 - NetCell today announced single-chip 64-bit multi-disk storage acceleration technology for a new type of high-performance yet economical desktop RAID system that will enable direct striping of 64-bit-wide data directly onto the disk array.

NetCell's SyncRAID technology fully supports the AMD Athlon 64 processor, and will provide significantly improved storage performance for next-generation entertainment PCs and graphics workstations used in media-intensive applications with rigorous performance demands.

SyncRAID technology doubles the performance of traditional enterprise-class RAID systems by eliminating the read-modify-write bottleneck traditionally required in RAID high-reliability mode. It also enables plug-and-play installation simplicity so users can create very fast disk arrays using off-the-shelf drives that appear to the operating system as a single, large, high-performance drive.

Like traditional RAID5 products used in mission-critical enterprise applications, NetCell's SyncRAID technology uses a striped-parity approach that stores redundant backup information in case any individual drive fails and the data must be regenerated. However, instead of employing RAID5's read-modify-write process, which degrades write performance, SyncRAID implements an on-the-fly XOR approach so that parity calculations can occur at the maximum rate of the disk drive's I/O for both reads and writes, in parallel. As a result, the existence of the dedicated protection drive does not reduce the additive performance of the main drives, and users can achieve the fastest disk array possible using low-cost, off-the-shelf drives. This is extremely important as disk I/O speeds increase beyond those of current serial ATA products.

For the AMD Athlon 64 processing platform, using current 200-gigabyte drive technology, a five-port product based on NetCell's SyncRAID technology will enable up to 800 gigabytes of data to be stored on four striped drives that appear to the host as a single storage unit. Adding an additional 200-gigabyte drive for parity allows the entire 800 gigabytes to be protected against single-drive failure without negatively affecting performance. It will be possible to create this 800-gigabyte "super drive" at as little as one-seventh the cost of an equivalent enterprise-class SCSI-based RAID5 storage unit, while achieving up to twice the write performance for large streaming files.


Hitachi to Distribute Voltaire's InfiniBand

September 23, 2003 - Voltaire today announced that it has signed an agreement with two Hitachi group companies for the distribution of Voltaire's high performance InfiniBand switches, routers, and related products in Japan.

The demand for Voltaire's solutions in Japan is growing as InfiniBand interconnect technology continues to gain traction in market segments such as high performance computing and enterprise data centers. The two Hitachi distributors are Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (Hitachi-HT), and Hitachi Information Technology Co. Ltd.. Triangle Technologies, which is responsible for Voltaire's marketing activities in Japan, negotiated the agreement.

"Following our evaluation of the market, we selected Voltaire as the most reliable and innovative company producing InfiniBand solutions," explained Noriyuki Hioki, general manager of Hitachi-HT's IT Systems Department. "Voltaire's products represent the most cost-effective solutions for many applications in Japan, such as intra-cluster high speed networks, grid computing, HPC, database clusters, and networks."

Hitachi-HT intends to sell Voltaire's entire product family, including Voltaire's ISR 6000 and ISR 9600 switch routers, intelligent InfiniBand-to-IP and InfiniBand-to-Fibre Channel routers, HCAs, and related products through various marketing partners, such as leading system integrators, HPC vendors, storage vendors, and database systems vendors. "We expect to achieve annual sales of $14 million within two years," said Hioki.


BMC Delivers New Mainframe Storage Solutions

September 22, 2003 - BMC today announced three new MAINVIEW SRM solutions.

These solutions help customers ease the management challenges presented by today's complex storage environments. To help customers streamline their MAINVIEW SRM purchases, several MAINVIEW SRM technologies have been enhanced and are now offered as three integrated solutions. BMC Software is now shipping MAINVIEW SRM Allocation, MAINVIEW SRM Reporting, and MAINVIEW SRM Automation. These products help customers effectively and efficiently manage their mainframe storage environment by reducing storage costs and space shortages, providing powerful automation capabilities that maximize staff and CPU time, and minimize wasted space and schedule interruptions. With these new products, BMC Software has automated allocation features to reduce the incidence of space-related processing problems, and automated actions for the prevention and recovery from abends (failures), ensuring higher levels of availability.


Raidtec Launches SNAZ OS

September 22, 2003 - Raidtec today announced the release of SNAZ OS 3.0, Raidtec's NAS Operating System used to power the SNAZ product range of stand-alone NAS and SAN headend solutions.

SNAZ OS 3.0 delivers a comprehensive new release with many improved features to benefit both users and administrators. The release of SNAZ OS 3.0 will enable users of Raidtec's Intel-based NAS product range to gain immediate benefit from the main new features including: Logical Volume Manager, Snapshot, LAN Adapter Fault Tolerance, Tape Autoloader Support and WORM Functionality.

"Since the introduction of Raidtec's SNAZ E6 and E4 NAS solutions in October 2002, sales of Raidtec's NAS solutions have trebled over the same period the previous year. This is in part due to reduced prices for the solutions", stated Orla Donohoe, Sales Director - EMEA, " but may also be attributed to new features added to our SNAZ OS throughout the year. As owner of the operating system, Raidtec is well positioned to respond quickly to market demands and SNAZ OS version 3.0 represents a major release which we believe further enhances Raidtec's position as a market leading provider of NAS solutions."

Raidtec's midrange NAS File Servers are ideally suited for applications in Work Group, Small Business, Departmental, and Branch Office environments that can scale from 50 to 300 users in easy to manage increments. Capacity can now scale from 300GB to multiple Terabytes with faster set up and install. SNAZ OS 3.0 is now shipping with all Raidtec NAS products.


Digi-Data Takes Fibre-SATA Storage to New Heights

September 22, 2003 - Digi-Data Corporation today introduced a cost effective, highly scalable Fibre-to-Serial ATA RAID storage system for mid-sized businesses, enterprise workgroups, and applications with large on-line storage requirements.

STORM Xata combines the performance of Fibre Channel host connectivity with the affordability of IDE drive technology into a highly reliable, easy to manage and economical RAID storage system. STORM Xata includes Digi-Data's advanced Fibre Channel RAID controller, specially designed 16-drive SATA enclosures, and industry leading 250 GB (7,200 rpm) Serial ATA drives. STORM Xata can be directly attached to as many as 5 servers or SAN switches, or it scale up to 240 drives - 60 TB - without requiring any software or special drivers on the hosts or network.

According to Bill Tomeo, Digi-Data CEO, "Serial ATA technology brings a new dimension to storage environments. It enables storage managers to deploy storage solutions better matched to each application's performance, reliability and scalability requirements. With STORM Xata, we have integrated Serial ATA into our incomparable STORM RAID platform. The result is a system that is perfectly matched to SATA environments - it's affordable, fast to deploy and super easy to maintain."

STORM Xata was designed to be more versatile and easier to maintain than any other system in its class. STORM Xata can be deployed in more environments - such as DAS, SAN or NAS - without requiring additional software or networking hardware. STORM Xata also includes an integrated browser-based RAID manager and full hot-swap architecture and component redundancy for simplified configuration, management and maintenance. This reduces both deployment and ongoing management costs, making STORM Xata a great value from the first day it is purchased. A complete STORM Xata system with 4 TB of RAID protected, hot swappable storage carries a suggested list price of $48,000.


Vitesse in Production with Layer 2+ Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switches

September 22, 2003 - Vitesse Semiconductor. today announced two Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Elstree (8-port) and Stansted (12-port), which marks the completion of the Vitesse Layer 2+ Gigabit Switch Family.

Vitesse's entire Gigabit Ethernet Switch product line is in production and being used to convert existing 8-, 12-, 16- and 24-port, 10/100 LAN switch platforms to triple speed (10/100/1000) Gigabit capabilities for faster and more efficient delivery of information to SMB and enterprise desktops. Production quantities of Elstree and Stansted are available now. Volume pricing unit cost is $24 for Elstree and $36 for Stansted.

Vitesse supplies OEMs with Gigabit switches that expand their product portfolios and cost optimize their first generation switch designs with minimal design effort due to the software compatibility between all products within the Vitesse London Family of Gigabit Ethernet Switches. In turn, corporate network administrators can deploy cost effective Gigabit Ethernet devices and significantly increase productivity by providing their users with peak network performance as well as Gigabit burst capacity that is 10 times faster than current LAN installations.

Market research firm iSuppli forecasts that shipments of Gigabit Ethernet ports in switches and hubs will exceed those for Fast Ethernet ports in 2005, coming in at 70 million vs. nearly 62 million for Fast Ethernet. This implies that Gigabit Ethernet port shipments in switches and hubs will double in each of the next two years. The biggest driver for this rapid growth in Gigabit Ethernet in the network infrastructure is the rapid decline in prices for Gigabit Ethernet interfaces in the PC, which in turn is fueling a demand for higher bandwidth interconnectivity in the LAN and at the edge of the WAN.


ADIC Integrates D2d with Tape

September 22, 2003 - ADIC announced today the ADIC Pathlight VX integrated disk-to-tape backup solution, which combines the benefits of disk and tape in a single data protection solution.

The Pathlight VX works transparently with end users' existing backup and restore environments to provide disk performance and RAID reliability along with a fully automated path to tape for secure, long-term data retention.

"The Pathlight VX makes backup work better by providing the power of serial ATA disk as part of an integrated solution," said Scott Roza, ADIC Vice President of North American Storage Products. "Backup and restore performance is boosted, RAID reliability is built in, and ownership costs stay low because there's no need for IT departments to integrate more pieces or change their disaster recovery process. And with the Pathlight VX, users can have confidence in the safety of their data because the entire solution comes from ADIC, the leading supplier of backup systems for open system environments."

Designed for enterprise storage environments, the Pathlight VX offers up to 40 TB of disk-based storage capacity and a total throughput of up to 1 TB per hour. The Pathlight VX features RAID 5 redundancy and 2Gb Fibre Channel system connectivity. The system mounts in standard 19-inch rack cabinets, and provides scalability in both capacity and performance. The Pathlight VX will be available worldwide beginning in Q4 2003. MSRP begins at $190,000 for a 10 TB solution.


AmeriVault and Montague Provide Online Backup

September 22, 2003 - AmeriVault and Montague Technology Management announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership.

Through this collaboration, Montague will resell AmeriVault's online backup solution in conjunction with value-added technology services, allowing customers to use online backup more effectively within their organization. Although this solution will be offered to all types of companies within the United States, it particularly meets the needs of small to medium sized companies within the New York City area. Because of the recent blackout and previous disaster, many Mid-Atlantic companies have a large need for data protection, but often do not have the information technology personnel or solution necessary to adequately protect their mission-critical data.

Utilizing industry-leading software, AmeriVault's service recognizes and captures changes to files (at the block level), encrypts the data for enhanced security and compresses it to minimize transmission time. The encrypted data is then sent over the Internet or private telecommunication lines to highly secure off-site Mass Storage Vaults. Since only changed data segments are sent, even in the highly unlikely event someone is able to break into the code they would only find a few unintelligible bits of data, as opposed to an entire file. Company personnel can schedule automated, unattended backups according to their needs. Retrieval can be accomplished online, real-time from their place of business or remotely.

"We chose AmeriVault not only because of their understanding and commitment to the disaster recovery industry, but also because of the excellence of their technology. In one package their solution could meet all of our customers' backup requirements - recovery of individual files, nearly point-of-failure recovery of mission-critical data, and long-term data archive," said Kathleen Lucey, President of Montague. "Up until now, only the largest firms could pay the price to meet all three requirements. Montague partners with the only the best because it is our reputation on the line with each of our customers. In AmeriVault we have found the best data backup solution for our small and medium-sized customers."


Xiran Receives First Orders for New Web-Server Accelerator Card

September 22, 2003 - Xiran today announced that it has received its first purchase orders for its DPA-1200H streaming media accelerator card, earlier than anticipated.

The orders were received from four companies, including Korean Information Technology, Ltd and Reliable Digital Systems. Each customer purchased nominal quantities of the card. The manufacturer's suggested selling price for the DPA-1200H is $26,500.

Purchase orders were originally forecasted to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2003 and ship in the first quarter of 2004. The orders will ship in the fourth quarter of 2003.

"Although initial orders from our new customers are modest, we believe that order quantities will accelerate as additional customers become attracted to the up-to-10X performance improvement that our cards can provide," said Tom Beaver, senior vice president and general manager for Xiran. "We are proud to reach this milestone. In less than 21 months, we have taken Xiran from a development stage entity to a viable board-level solution provider serving customers, complementary to our core memory business customer base, in the emerging content delivery and networked storage markets."


Overland CTO Honored by CRN Magazine

September 22, 2003 - Overland Storage. today announced that John Matze, vice president and chief technology officer is featured as one of CRN Magazine's "Top 25 Innovators" in the publication's Sept. 15 issue for his contributions to the storage industry.

At Overland, Matze plays a pivotal role in the evolution of Overland's entire range of product offerings. He also participates in the development of the Company's overall strategy and future product roadmaps. He oversees the development of iSCSI and Serial ATA-based products, which are the foundation for affordable appliances that facilitate "Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape" or D2D2T backup. With more than 14 years in the storage industry, Matze is a co-architect of the now-ratified standard iSCSI protocol. He is the author and principal architect of the award-winning Stac Replica, a server disaster recovery system.
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As editor of a publication like STORAGEsearch I sometimes get a distorted rosy view of what's happening in the real market with new and emerging technologies.

When a new technology is announced, it first appears as an item in our news page. Then when it starts appearing in news stories by several companies, I create a special index page for it, and wait and see what happens. My wake up call is when the subject climbs in popularity of the pages visited by our readers from obscurity (visited by market researchers, product developers and early adopters) to high visibility as one of the top 10 subjects.

According to our web log files iSCSI got its own unique index page as long ago as March 2001. 12 months later, it had already become the 4th most popular subject on STORAGEsearch. But I was surprised that we weren't being inundated with advertisers for this type of product. Research by one of my colleagues - who contacted every iSCSI vendor in November 2002 - showed that most of the products that vendors were talking about in their press releases and articles, particularly iSCSI accelerators, weren't actually shipping in any quantity - or at all. And I concluded and wrote that iSCSI was the vaporware product of the year 2002.

The summer of 2003 has witnessed a couple of important milestones which have changed all that.

iSCSI is now supported by Microsoft's operating systems. So you don't need to install the drivers yourself for every box down the food chain in your network.

Also Network Appliance and EMC announced this summer that they are shipping iSCSI storage systems. Although they weren't the first manufacturers to do so, by a long way, this now means that iSCSI has left the world of the intrepid early adopters and entered the mainstream.

The wave of interest from readers we're now seeing on STORAGEsearch is no longer dominated by experimenters who will look at any new technology to see if it is relevant to their needs. It's the advance wave of the new multi gigabit IP networked storage market.
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