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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - April 7, 2004 - Ramtron International Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement with National Semiconductor Corporation to settle their long standing patent interference dispute. As consideration for the assigned patent applications and cross license provisions, Ramtron will pay National ten annual payments of $250,000. In addition, Ramtron and National have agreed to cross license any and all future patents that may mature from the four applications at no additional cost to either company. The dispute and settlement pertain only to certain of Ramtron's patent coverage in the United States. Ramtron already owns undisputed intellectual property rights covering the same invention in other major markets around the world including Europe and Japan.

"We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement regarding this long standing patent dispute," said Ramtron CEO Bill Staunton. "The net result of this settlement is that Ramtron will be able continue to develop its US FRAM business and avoid potentially costly near-term litigation costs. In addition, the settlement does not affect our FRAM product sales or the status of our key foundry supplier." ...Ramtron profile


PHOENIX, AZ., SNW - April 7, 2004 - Seagate Technology today revealed its latest industry-first demonstration showing interoperability between multiple Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disc drives all running within the same storage array. With the ability to freely mix SAS and SATA drives in a shared SAS- based system, IT Managers will be able to use high-performance SAS drives for high-transaction and mission-critical data environments while simultaneously taking advantage of lower-cost-per-gigabyte SATA drives for the storage of non mission-critical reference data. This demonstration underpins Seagate's leadership in serial I/O development and is a milestone for the industry.

"By showing full interoperability between Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA drives in a single enclosure, Seagate is demonstrating the unprecedented flexibility IT managers will enjoy with deploying SAS in the enterprise," said Jeff Loebbaka, Seagate vice president, global marketing. "Never before could IT managers run more efficient, manageable, streamlined storage systems similar to what Seagate is showing today. Consolidating drives using fewer, subsystems can save a substantial amount of both money and space, as well as reducing IT storage maintenance costs." ...Seagate profile


BROOMFIELD, Colo. - April 7, 2004 - McDATA Corporation announced that its FICON Fabric Switch with in-band FICON management, otherwise known as Control Unit Port, has successfully completed interoperability testing at IBM's Poughkeepsie Lab for operation within S/390 and zSeries environments. With FICON CUP, users gain access to enhanced fabric reporting as well as the ability to manage the fabric from a single console. For the first time, an edge fabric switch is now available for mainframe environments.

"The introduction of FICON at the edge helps address the most pressing customer requirements while offering significantly lower cost barriers when customers migrate from ESCON to FICON," said Cindy Grossman, IBM's Director of Disk Marketing, Storage Systems. ...McDATA profile


PHOENIX, AZ., SNW - April 6, 2004 - Atempo Inc. today announced Atempo Storage Assessor, a new addition to its expanding professional services portfolio. Storage Assessor provides IT managers with a non-intrusive way to rapidly gain insight into the performance, status and utilization of network hardware, software and connectivity.

As networks grow, enterprises face the constant challenge of controlling costs while maintaining maximum storage network efficiency. Atempo's Storage Assessor service catalogs data-storage assets and reviews capacity utilization, letting IT managers understand storage usage by server, database, application, location and user. This enables managers to preempt potential storage problems while providing the insightful analysis needed for long-term system planning. The assessment also delivers a unique ability to surgically gather information on complex storage objects and evaluate potential supporting strategies such as backup to disk, archiving policies, and disk-to-disk-to-tape migration.

"Storage Assessor gives customers a quick and clear window into their IT environments that allows them to make better, ROI-based decisions, as well as quickly and accurately accomplish what too often has been a manual, cumbersome and error-prone process," said Atempo President and CEO Thierry Flajoliet. ...Atempo profile


Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 6, 2004 - Softek today announced a management-led buyout of Softek from Fujitsu, making Softek one of the largest independent storage management software companies. Fujitsu continues to be a strategic partner to Softek through multi-year OEM agreements for distribution of award-winning Softek data availability and enterprise storage resource management (ESRM) solutions throughout countries in Asia Pacific and Central Europe.

The evolution of Softek to an independent storage management software company was completed following a management-led buyout backed by a financial syndicate comprised of Investcorp, Columbia Capital and Needham Capital Partners. The new company has been incorporated in Delaware as Softek Storage Solutions, Inc.

"Softek is one of the largest independent companies in the storage management software industry and is poised for significant growth," said Alex Guira, partner at Investcorp. "We were attracted by Softek's broad product portfolio of award-winning data availability and ESRM solutions, the quality of its 700-plus enterprise customer bases, its strong balance sheet and its accomplished management team. These assets, along with a compelling value proposition and Softek's proven ability to execute over the past three years, distinguish Softek from its competitors." ... Softek profile


IRVINE, Calif. - April 6, 2004 - Procom Technology, Inc. today announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with Sun Microsystems, Inc. under which Sun may license certain Procom technologies. Additionally, Procom will also provide engineering and support services to Sun.

"Sun Microsystems is one of the true innovators in the IT industry, and their licensing decision validates the strength of our technology and our engineering team," said Alex Razmjoo, Procom's CEO. ...Procom Technology profile, ...Sun profile


PHOENIX - April 6, 2004 - Finisar Corporation today announced a series of new Xgig analysis solutions to advance Fibre Channel and SAN development. Finisar's Xgig Analyzer platform is comprised of software, blades and a hardware chassis (rackmount, table top or laptop field service) unit. The latest enhancements to this platform provide SAN architects, Field Service Engineers and Test engineers with the ability to support the latest Fibre Channel speeds: 1, 2, 4 & 10 Gb Fibre Channel, as well as provide high channel count support of up to 64 ports. Both these items are firsts in the industry, providing end users with the ability to develop and create leading-edge Storage Area Networking products. In addition, Finisar's Xgig Analyzer blades now provide enhanced "multi-functionality" allowing users to gain more value from their existing Finisar Xgig products and analyzer blades while reducing the need for physical hardware. ...Finisar profile


PHOENIX, AZ - April 6, 2004 - The SNIA announced today that the first Storage Management Initiative Specification conformant products have passed the stringent SNIA Conformance Testing Program for the specification. 14 companies have more than 100 products that have passed the SNIA-CTP. These companies include Brocade, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, LSI Logic Storage Systems, McDATA, Network Appliance, QLogic, SGI, StorageTek and Sun Microsystems. The management of conformant storage products by management applications will alleviate some of the pain points associated with IT storage operations. For example, SMI-S will ease the complexity of activities such as discovery and provisioning. ...SNIA profile


Boulder, Colo - April 6, 2004 - CreekPath Systems today announced an alliance with Computer Sciences Corporation that will help global enterprises optimise their storage infrastructure. After a year of extensively evaluating all of the major storage management software solutions, CSC has chosen the CreekPath Suite for storage operations management, making it an integral part of the CSC technology stack. CSC is leveraging the CreekPath Suite to assist in new client transitions, manage the day-to-day operations of client storage environments and be part of its next-generation storage utility offerings. The unique features of the CreekPath Suite help CSC maintain a secure, centralised framework that manages its global storage assets and reduces the time it takes to deliver services. ...CreekPath profile


HOUSTON, TEXAS - April 5, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced today that its RamSan-320 solid state disk achieved new records for performance and price-performance during independent testing by the Storage Performance Council . The RamSan-320 achieved an SPC-1 I/O per second rate of 112,491.34 and Price-Performance value of $1.50 at a capacity of 68.719 GB.

The SPC is a vendor-neutral standards body founded to define, standardize, and promote storage subsystem benchmarks as well as to disseminate objective, verifiable performance data to the computer industry and its customers. SPC benchmarks are designed to provide a rigorous, audited and reliable measure of performance. SPC-1 tests emulate typical OLTP environments, such as those found in eCommerce and Financial sectors. These results are significant for IT users with performance-intensive applications.

Because of its speed, networkability and low cost per IOPS, solid state storage is emerging as the storage of choice for demanding application environments, such as OLTP, Online Analytical Processing, databases, modeling and high definition non-linear video editing. Typical users include corporations in the financial, telecom and e-commerce sectors as well as government, research and military organizations.

"With these SPC-1 performance and price-performance records coming from Texas Memory Systems, it's easy to understand why Solid State Disk is gaining traction in data centers," said Chuck Standerfer, Senior Partner with storage industry analyst firm, Evaluator Group. ...Texas Memory Systems profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 5, 2004 - EM Microelectronic, a company of the Swatch Group, and Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. today announced the companies have signed an agreement to license SST's SuperFlash technology to EM Microelectronic. Under terms of the agreement, EM Microelectronic will license SST's 0.25-micron SuperFlash technology for use in its smart card IC products in exchange for licensing fees and royalties. The agreement underscores the success of SST's high-reliability, high-performance SuperFlash technology as the technology-of-choice for embedded applications and demonstrates SST's success in penetrating the smart card market. This new agreement extends the companies' existing licensing relationship whereby EM Microelectronic has been using SST's 0.5-micron SuperFlash technology since October 2001. ...SST profile


PHOENIX, SNW - April 5, 2004 ­ Arkeia Corporation today announced that Quantum Corporation's SDLT 600 tape drive has been certified fully compatible with Arkeia's latest v5.2 Network Backup and Server Backup solutions. The recently-introduced SDLT 600 offers unprecedented manageability through DLTSage, its suite of interactive diagnostic tools that allows IT managers to better predict and prevent backup failures. In addition to outperforming all tape drives in its class, the SDLT 600 offers a 2 GB optical Fibre Channel interface that makes it ideal for SANs. They can now be seamlessly operated with Arkeia enterprise backup solutions. ...Arkeia profile, ...Quantum profile


Phoenix, AZ - April 5, 2004 - LSI Logic announced an expanded Serial Attached SCSI product sampling program. The HBA SAS sampling extends the opportunity for system, server and workstation equipment manufacturers to test with the first fully functional SAS host bus adapter available in the market today. SAS technology extends SCSI interface solutions beyond Ultra320 allowing data-intensive applications and the DAS markets to gain enhanced performance and scalability. Because the SAS physical layer is compatible with SATA, users will have the choice of populating systems with SAS or SATA hard disk drives, or a combination of both.

LSI Logic was first to market with functional SAS silicon on January 19. LSI Logic and Seagate Technology are jointly demonstrating a SAS system at Storage Networking World.

"Providing the industry's first true implementation of Serial Attached SCSI is a significant milestone that keeps us on schedule to deliver silicon in high production volumes later this year," said Bill Wuertz, vice president and general manager for the LSI Logic Storage Standard Products division. ...LSI Logic profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 5, 2004 - Addressing the intensifying challenges of managing increasing amounts of data over time, SGI today announced the SGI InfiniteStorage Data Lifecycle Management Server. The DLM Server automatically implements users' DLM policies and ensures data is cost-appropriately stored based on its changing value over time. Virtualizing multiple storage assets with different price and performance capabilities, the DLM Server ensures data is always available to users, applications and administrators without the complexity and delay of traditional archiving approaches, and at a much lower cost than high-performance storage alone.

"As an established vendor in the HPC market, supplying both server and storage technologies, SGI is uniquely positioned to offer customers tailored data lifecycle management solutions for data intensive environments," explained Joseph Zhou, senior analyst, D.H. Brown. "In addition, SGI DLM Server is optimized for specific application environments rather than operating systems, which differentiates it from proprietary solutions from other vendors."

The underlying capabilities of the SGI InfiniteStorage Filesystem XFS and SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS ensure the utmost in high I/O bandwidth and data availability among IRIX, Solaris, Windows, AIX, Linux and Mac OS X systems making it a true heterogeneous offering. DLM Server allows for a blend of Serial ATA, Fibre Channel disk storage, tape and other storage media to create cost-optimized environments. DLM Server is also compatible with additional InfiniteStorage backup capabilities including Serial ATA, Fibre Channel disk storage and tape library products.

Available today, SGI DLM Server configurations start as low as 1TB and expand to multiple petabytes to near infinite growth and investment protection. The DLM Server starts at $89,140. ...SGI profile


PHOENIX - April 5, 2004 - Today, at Storage Networking World, Microsoft Corp. announced a new feature pack for Windows Storage Server 2003. The solution allows customers to consolidate Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 data on Windows Storage Server 2003-based NAS devices, allowing improved manageability, data protection and cost savings. Microsoft today also announced new storage innovations to provide simpler and more economical management of Fibre Channel and Microsoft iSCSI SANs in Windows.

"Customers tell us they are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their IT infrastructure through networked storage on the Windows platform," said Zane Adam, director of product management and marketing for storage at Microsoft. "These announcements reflect how we are meeting customers' need to reduce storage costs with consolidated, simplified management of Exchange Server data on Windows Storage Server and how we are helping make SANs more manageable and cost-effective for organizations of all sizes." ...Microsoft profile


CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - April 5, 2004 - Xtore today announced that industry veteran Duran Alabi has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Mr. Alabi will spearhead strategic sales and marketing initiatives, with a focus on defining new markets and entry strategies while expanding opportunities within the existing customer base. With over 17 years of leadership experience, he is ideally positioned to grow the Xtore brand and identify emerging opportunities for Xtore's wide range of storage solutions.

Mr. Alabi previously served as the vice president of international sales and marketing for JMR Electronics where he was responsible for all aspects of international marketing, business development and product positioning. During his tenure, he enhanced global distribution in eleven countries and spearheaded strategic alliances with major technology companies.

"Duran has a long track record of contributing to the growth and success of high technology companies," said Michael Liang, president and CEO of Xtore. "His proven background in business development and marketing, combined with a thorough knowledge of the storage industry, are tremendous assets to Xtore and will help us solidify our position as the leading manufacturer of white box and custom storage systems for worldwide OEMs and solutions providers."

Mr. Alabi's prior experience includes executive sales and marketing positions with Micropal Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He is an active member of the SNIA, FCIA, RAID Advisory Board and Fibre Industry Advisory Board. ...Xtore profile


PHOENIX, AZ - April 5, 2004 - Today at Storage Networking World, Solid Data Systems announced the release of R2 Revolutionary Recovery 2.0. R2 works with Microsoft Exchange to rapidly and fully restore the database in the event of corruption or system failure, ensuring against lost revenue and productivity, improving archive management and reducing total system cost. It is the first system to leverage the speed and persistence of Solid-State Disk storage to enable the rapid, full backup and recovery of business-critical Microsoft Exchange environments.

R2 has the ability to fully restore Exchange databases in just minutes, for even the largest of organizations. R2 fully recovers email data for 5,000 users and over a million messages, including the replaying of transaction logs, in under 10 minutes. In contrast, research shows Exchange recoveries of companies using competitive products taking an average of 2 to 21 hours.

According to Colleen Gray, President and CEO of Solid Data Systems, "Large organizations finally have an alternative to snapshot products which either risk data loss or provide incomplete recovery solutions. R2 has received validation from storage and messaging resellers because of support from Microsoft, as well as improved price/value versus proprietary SAN-based products."

R2 is available. Pricing begins at $49,000. ...Solid Data Systems profile


REDWOOD CITY, CA - April 5, 2004 - Decru, Inc. today unveiled its next-generation Decru DataFort storage security platform, expanding ease-of-use and security features. Significant new features in the DataFort 2.0 platform include Storage VPN features for secure Web-based file access, Transparent Rekeying for NAS, hardware-accelerated compression for tape encryption, and CryptoShred secure deletion.

"Many corporate security officers are focused on protecting the megabytes in flight, when they should really be worrying about the terabytes at rest," said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst with Enterprise Storage Group. "Any company that deals with credit cards, social security numbers, healthcare data, or client data needs to address storage security this year - it's a matter of best practices and compliance. Customers need a platform like Decru DataFort 2.0 that combines high security with simplicity." ...Decru profile


King of Prussia, PA - April 5, 2004 - InfiniCon Systems announced today that Penguin Computing has joined InfiniCon's Authorized Solutions Alliance Partner program. The agreement enables Penguin Computing to immediately market and resell InfiniCon's complete InfinIO family of 10- to 30-Gbps InfiniBand-based solutions as the networking infrastructure for a wide range of computational and commercial HPC and database clustering applications. Bolstered by advances in commodity processor technology and bandwidth-rich interconnects like InfiniBand, Linux-based clustering has established impressive traction recently within the high-performance computing segment - transitioning from niche deployments in vertical markets to the core of the corporate data center. Industry research firm IDC estimates that the market for Linux clusters will grow to over $1.4 billion by 2005. ...InfiniCon profile


MELVILLE, N.Y. - April 5, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that EMC Corporation has licensed tape emulation components of FalconStor's IPStor software to utilize in the new EMC CLARiiON Disk Library. Details of the agreement were not disclosed. ...FalconStor profile


PHOENIX, AZ - April 5, 2004 - EMC Corporation today announced the EMC CLARiiON Disk Library - that offers the immediate benefits of backup-to-disk and a new alternative to traditional tape-based solutions. The CLARiiON Disk Library is available with either 174TB or 37.5TB (compressed) capacity and emulates a wide range of open systems tape libraries, drives and cartridges - eliminating the need for changes to the existing backup process and infrastructure.The CLARiiON Disk Library emulates ADIC Scaler series, ATL P-series, STK L-series and STK 97xx series tape libraries and has been tested and is qualified with: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, LEGATO NetWorker, VERITAS NetBackup & VERITAS Backup Exec backup applications. Qualifications for CommVault Galaxy, Computer Associates (CA) BrightStor ARCserve Backup & BrightStor Enterprise Backup are in progress.

Unlike other disk-based backup solutions, the power and capacity of the CLARiiON Disk Library allows customers to cost-effectively consolidate multiple tape libraries into a single footprint, providing additional cost savings in large, enterprise environments. Up to 32 tape libraries and up to 256 tape drives can be emulated concurrently with a single CLARiiON Disk Library. ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- with this kind of tape library emulation capability, and inherently faster backup speed (around 425MB/sec) it's simpler to think of this product as the Tape Library Terminator.



BOULDER, Colo. - April 5, 2004 - Today Spectra Logic announced a new tape library which provides enterprise features at a mid range price. Until now, high-end features were reserved for refrigerator-sized libraries that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not anymore. The new Spectra T120 automated tape library provides up to 48 TB compressed with LTO-2 or 156 TB compressed with SAIT in 14U and the same rich features found in the Spectra T950 tape library, where a single frame holds almost 1,000 tapes. The T120 also offers TCP/IP Offload Engine technology which permits Ethernet protocols, like iSCSI and NDMP, to run at full line transfer rates, affordably rivaling Fibre Channel's speed.

Jon Toigo, storage technology consumer advocate and CEO of Toigo Partners International LLC, says, "The T120 is the perfect complement to Spectra Logic's growing line of smart, well-engineered tape automation solutions, and a solid entry in the intelligent storage solutions space. The engineering is top-notch and proves that you can deliver affordable storage without compromising performance or business value."

The T120 supplies the widest range of features of any competitive library, so that users can customize it to precisely meet current needs, and continue to adapt over the life of the investment. The features include remote management, library partitioning, mixed media, Capacity on Demand, hot swap drives and controllers, and much more.

Nathan Thompson, CEO and founder of Spectra Logic, adds, "We saw that our customers had older libraries with aging technology. Often, they wanted a single up-to-date, densely packed rack-mount library to replace an aging, oversized half-inch library wasting data center space. So Spectra Logic designed and built the T120, which supports both SAIT and LTO-2,."

The Spectra T120 tape library holds 30 to 120 tapes, scales to six full-height drives or ten half-height drives and begins at $16,600. It supports Gigabit Ethernet with TOE, 2 Gb Fibre Channel and direct-attach SCSI. ...Spectra Logic profile


PHOENIX, SNW - April 5, 2004 - HP today announced innovative storage solutions designed to help customers drive down SAN cost and simplify SAN integration and management based on industry standards. Among the new offerings are lower-cost-per-gigabyte, high-capacity Fibre Channel disk drives for the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array family designed to reduce SAN cost while increasing flexibility and investment protection. By combining higher capacity, lower cost disk drive mechanisms with a Fibre Channel interface, the industry-first drives address the growing need for businesses to cost-effectively store less critical or infrequently accessed information in a more economical fashion.

"HP is broadening the appeal of storage area networks by eliminating some of the barriers to entry," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, Network Storage Solutions, HP. "For instance, the ability to offer tiered storage within a single storage system and enable simplified integration through support of industry standards lowers the price for SAN implementations - making them more attractive to a broader range of customers." ...HP profile


BROOMFIELD - April 5, 2004, McDATA Corporation today announced its next generation switch-on-a-chip, a result of the ongoing relationship between McDATA and IBM. The new evolution in silicon will significantly lower the total cost of ownership. The advanced switch-on-a-chip technology will be integrated into McDATA's current line of four to 24-port Sphereon 4000-series switches in the second fiscal quarter, 2004, and will be backwards compatible. ...McDATA profile


Phoenix, AZ, SNW - April 5, 2004 - Incipient, Inc. announced that it will demonstrate a business application using fabric-based virtual volumes running on a high availability clustered configuration of Brocade SilkWorm Fabric Application Platforms this week at Storage Networking World. Incipient will showcase a business application that uses Microsoft Windows 2000 with Internet Information Server and a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database running on logical volumes provided by the Incipient Distributed Virtualization Engine. The demonstration illustrates how the Incipient DVE performs fabric-based volume management and services using the Brocade intelligent application platform. ...Incipient profile


SAN JOSE, Calif - April 5, 2004 - Intransa Inc. today announced it has entered a partnership with Cisilion Ltd. to deliver IP SAN solutions in the UK. Earlier this month, Intransa established major regional headquarters for EMEA and Asia/Pacific, headed by two senior storage industry executives. The EMEA office arranged the Cisilion partnership.

"We are rapidly establishing an international footprint," said Dr. Avi Katz, President & CEO of Intransa. "Finding good channel partners is the key to helping us build our European presence. As a top-tier Cisco Reseller and one of the UK's Leading Security companies, Cisilion is ideally placed to bring our advanced technology to European customers." ...Cisilion, ...Intransa profile


Editor:- April 2, 2004 - the Top 10 Storage Companies in March is published today on our Market Research page. STORAGEsearch tracks the top 1,000 storage companies, and the ranking is based on reader pagviews on this site. In the past we've published this data in our annual roundup. In future these rankings will be updated monthly. It's a good way to track what's catching the eye of hundreds of thousands of storage readers. ...see research page


NEW YORK - April 1, 2004 - the Top 10 IT trends for the SMB markets were released today by Access Markets International Partners, Inc. Among their findings....

Availability of scaled-down storage solutions will prompt investments among SMBs - Interestingly, SMBs account for only 20% of all storage spending while representing 40% of all IT spending. The slower adoption and lower spending is primarily due to the high costs and complexity involved with implementing storage solutions. However, with increased security needs, compliance regulations and archiving needs, this is poised to change in 2004. There has always been a need for storage in the SMB space, but the availability of cost-effective solutions has been fairly scarce. With the emergence of iSCSI or IP SAN protocols, SBs have been taking advantage of storage solutions, thanks to lower costs and fewer internal resources required for these technologies. AMI expects storage spending to increase approximately 18-20% in the SMB space over the next few years.

VARs losing channel market shares as U.S. SMBs opt to buy directly from manufacturers - As SMBs mature and their IT awareness increases with respect to their IT adoption, the hardware necessary to build the basic infrastructure becomes "repeated purchase items." Since these repeat purchases do not require much expert advice, SMBs are becoming increasingly self-reliant for such acquisitions and favor buying directly from the manufacturer, or from direct marketers. This growing preference to buy directly puts pressure on smaller VARs as they lose market share. To make up for the profit loss from standard purchases, VARs need to broaden their portfolios and offer extended services catering to SMBs in more complex technology areas. ...AMI-Partners profile


Riverside, CA - April 1, 2004 - Luminex Software, Inc. announced today that it will be the first company to bring a mainframe computer into the Interoperability and Solutions Demo at Storage Networking World next week in Phoenix, AZ.

Luminex will demonstrate an IBM Mainframe configured to access all of its disk (DASD) and tape storage from the SAN fabric using Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 DASD control unit and Virtual|BLUE VTS 3490 tape control unit. The Interoperability and Solutions Demo, an alliance between the SNIA and Computerworld, promotes access to the latest information on storage solutions for users, implementers and vendors.

Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 is a mainframe-attached DASD control unit that enables open systems disk storage solutions to operate as mainframe DASD. Virtual|BLUE VTS is a mainframe-attached 3490 tape control unit that enables open systems disk storage solutions to operate as mainframe 3490 tape libraries and drives. Together, the products eliminate the proprietary boundaries and vendor lock-in that separate the mainframe from the open systems storage world. ...Luminex profile, ...SNW


BROOMFIELD, Colo.- April 1, 2004 - McDATA Corporation today announced the appointment of Jacky Chen as country manager of China. Chen's main focus will be increasing revenue opportunities, leading the growing Asia Pacific sales team and expanding McDATA's business operations.

"China is the fastest-growing market for McDATA in Asia Pacific. The market has a strong demand for McDATA's end-to-end, multi-capable storage networking solutions and we are committed to investing more resources to expand our business there," said Paul Rath, vice president and general manager of McDATA- Asia Pacific. "With Chen's exceptional track record of sales achievement, I am confident that he can help propel our business in China to new heights." ...McDATA profile


Editor:- April 1, 2004 - published today - the Alternative Adventures of Megabyte the Mouse - is a cartoon strip for young children which features characters from STORAGEsearch.com. If your children ever ask you about what you do at work - then pondering lookalike storage portals may not be a satisfactory answer. But this cartoon strip may help them understand why you spend so much time coming to this one. The cartoon can be viewed online or printed in landscape mode. For readers who aren't scared of mice. Enjoy. ...read the cartoon

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Seagate Shows SAS and SATA Interoperability

McDATA FICON Fabric Switch Tested by IBM

Atempo Introduces Storage Assessment Service

Softek Does Management Buyout From Fujitsu

Sun Licenses NAS Technology from Procom

Finisar's SAN Analyzers Support 10Gbps Migration

SNIA Announce First SMI-S Conformant Products

CSC Adopts CreekPath Suite

SPC Results Rank Texas Memory Systems #1

SST Licenses SuperFlash to Smart Card OEM

Quantum's SDLT 600 tape compatible with Arkeia

LSI Logic Samples Fully Functional SAS HBAs

InfiniteStorage Data Lifecycle Management Server

Microsoft Enhances Storage Server 2003

Duran Alabi Joins Xtore as VP of Sales and Marketing

Solid Data Enhances R2 Revolutionary Recovery

Decru Unveils DataFort 2.0

Penguin Joins InfiniCon's Solutions Alliance

FalconStor Announces OEM Agreement with EMC

EMC's New Tape Library Terminator

Spectra Logic's Library Packs 156 TB in 14U

HP Drives Down Cost of SANs

McDATA's Next Generation SOC Technology

Incipient Showcases Distributed Virtualization Engine

Top 10 Storage Companies in March

AMI-Partners Says SMBs will Adopt iSCSI

Luminex Participates in SNW's Interoperability Demo

McDATA Appoints Country Manager for China

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Nibble:- Guessing the Future of Hard Disks, Tape and Optical Storage

B
ack in the days when I worked in R&D I used to joke that if my crystal ball was better I could see which technologies and vendors would actually be most successful in the future and invest more time in the winners and less in the losers. I was a good guesser and often chose the right technologies, even if it was sometimes for the wrong reasons. That didn't harm my career either and helped me advance up the technical management tree in a bunch of companies.

Being a good guesser is important for you too, whether you're a buyer, vendor or developer of storage systems and products. Investing time and effort into dead end technologies is wasteful of your time and money because if you choose a loser you may have to scrap your current strategy and start all over again instead of reaping the rewards of incremental improvements which you get by backing the winners.

Nowhere is the range of solutions more confusing than deciding how you're going to manage your data storage strategy.

A short article like this is not going to give you all the answers, but let me share my 5 to 10 year vision of some critical storage trends which may affect the shape of things to come.

  • hard disk drives will replace tape in all but the largest systems.

    Disk and tape drives already offer similar cost and storage density. The argument for tape used to be that it was cheaper, but as tape drives become more complex (with inbuilt flash to help them remember when they are supposed to be in WORM mode for example) those differences are eroding. In big disk archive libraries - the disks are being used in powered down mode to save on electrical power and increase MTBF - so the much touted difference in access time for archived date between disk and tape is also mythical. They're both going to offer the same functions at the same price. But disks also have a wider market in consumer products -which means they will win.
  • solid state disk drives will replace magnetic hard drives as the default factory shipped drives for the operating systems etc in high performance servers.

    SSDs will overtake hard drives in capacity sometime in the next 5 years, and as semiconductor devices are on a steeper declining cost curve than magnetic storage, once they get close - the market - at the high performance end will switch fast. This competitive situation is made more difficult for hard disk OEMs because the main way they can reduce access time and increase IOPs is by making their disks smaller. But that also reduces the total amount of storage. Whether SSDs win at the 2.5" level or 1" level is hard to say. However hard disk makers won't suddenly go out of business, because in the same time frame that they get designed out of high end servers, the consumer market (which doesn't need the same level of performance) will already have replaced the IT market as the biggest home for disk drives.
  • removable optical storage - the descendants of today's DVD drives - may become obsolete.

    The main advantage that optical has to offer over other forms of mass storage - is that it will preserve data intact for a long period - and doesn't need to be powered to do so. Optical media makers might argue that if your disk drive gets immersed under two feet of water - then you have a problem - whereas their optical media would preserve your data with a simple cleanup and could last 100 years. However - in a totally networked world - your data should be replicated in more than one location anyway - so the survivability of optical compared to magnetic drives - is irrelevant.

    Although today CDs and DVDs are widely used to distribute entertainment content and personal data today - in the future the content distribution will mostly be by internet download - while the physical media exchange will be by flash memory devices which are small enough to be compatible with both pocket and desktop systems.

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