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Carlsbad, Calif - April 21, 2004 - nStor Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Todd Gresham as its new CEO and president and that Steve Aleshire and Lisa Hart have joined its senior management team as CEO and VP for marketing and alliances respectively. Todd Gresham brings to nStor 23 years of data storage and senior management experience with particular emphasis on organizational leadership and development, global channel strategy, channels development, and marketing acumen. He will take over as president from the company's former acting president Tom Gruber, who is nStor's CFO. Gresham has also been elected to a newly created seat on the company's Board of Directors. Gresham comes to nStor from Meritage Associates of Hopkinton, MA, a consultancy firm he founded exclusively focused on the data storage, information management and network infrastructure markets. Over the past 3 years, Meritage has helped guide over 100 firms, including several Fortune 500 data storage companies.

Previous to Meritage, Gresham served as VP of Global OEM and Reseller Sales at EMC for 2 years, coming to EMC via the acquisition of CLARiiON. Before that, Gresham spent over 5 years at CLARiiON, then the storage division of Data General, and held several positions including General Manager of Asia/Pacific Operations, and VP of Worldwide Sales. Gresham is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Glasshouse Technologies. ...nStor profile

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - April 21, 2004 - Qualstar Corporation today announced the immediate availability of the RLS-8244, the newest member of its widely regarded RLS-Series Rack Mount Library family. The RLS-8244 delivers 8.8 terabytes of native capacity using only 5U of valuable rack space. Using built-in data compression, the RLS-8244 can easily store more than 17 terabytes, making it the highest density rack mount LTO library available. The library's native data transfer rate is 252 gigabytes per hour. Using compression, the data transfer rate can readily exceed 500 gigabytes per hour. The RLS-Series is the only tape library on the market supporting all of today's most popular tape formats for data storage: AIT, LTO, SuperAIT and SuperDLT, enabling resellers and integrators to select the right format to match their customers' requirements, without needing to constantly learn how to install, configure and conduct user training on a new library....Qualstar profile

Burlington, MA - April 21, 2004 - XOsoft today announced its WANSync 3.5 software platform has gained Microsoft Windows Server' 2003 Standard and Enterprise certifications through VeriTest. As the exclusive provider of third party independent testing for the Microsoft Certified for Windows program, VeriTest confirmed that XOsoft's WANSync 3.5 meets Microsoft's standards for availability and reliability for enterprises looking to protect their business-critical data and applications. ...XOsoft profile

Hopkinton, MA - April 21, 2004 - EMC Corporation today announced an expansion of its EMC Proven Professional training and certification program. The EMC Proven Professional certification and training program provides customers and partners with specialized skills, detailed knowledge and proven strategies to position, design, implement, manage and maintain an infrastructure for information lifecycle management. The course content, exam and certified status are identical to the training that EMC uses to train its own technical personnel. Certification helps customers enhance productivity and meet service levels, and it helps EMC partners differentiate their capabilities and address new opportunities.

"EMC has designed a program that participants can customize to match specific needs, stay current on the latest storage technologies and improve competitive advantage. To date, more than 3,000 people have achieved EMC Proven Professional status" said Tom Clancy, Vice President, EMC Global Education and Productivity. ...EMC profile

CAMPBELL, Calif. - April 20, 2004 - Silverback Systems, Inc. has received an investment from Intel's investment group - the Intel Communications Fund. The funding will be used for the continued development of next-generation versions of the company's iSNAP, storage network access processor product family, and for increased marketing and sales activities. Ongoing industry activity in the form of IETF ratification and stabilization of the iSCSI standard, vendor product announcements, software support for the iSCSI protocol by Microsoft, and increased adoption by small, mid- and large-sized enterprises, all serve to demonstrate the ubiquity and value of the Internet Protocol in storage networking.

"We are pleased to receive this investment from the Intel Communications Fund," said Danny Biran, President and CEO, Silverback Systems. "With this investment, we are getting additional capital that will be used to accelerate our progress and increase our leadership momentum in the growing IP-storage market segment." ...Silverback Systems profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 20, 2004 - The CellularRAM specification co-development team, including Cypress Semiconductor Corp., Infineon Technologies and Micron Technology, Inc., today announced the addition of Renesas Technology Corp. to its membership. Cypress, Infineon and Micron, as individual companies, are all extremely active in the Asia market with facilities in China, India, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines. Their focus and commitment to this market is solidified with the addition of Renesas to the specification co-development. Renesas is now the first Asia-headquartered manufacturer developing a family of CellularRAM devices for next-generation mobile handsets.

CellularRAM products are a high-performance, low-power memory solution designed to meet the growing memory density and bandwidth demands of future 2.5G and 3G handset designs. In addition to offering a lower cost/bit ratio than current solutions, this new multi-sourced, multi-generation family of pseudo-static RAM (PSRAM) products features SRAM-pin compatibility, external refresh-free operation and a low-power design. CellularRAM devices are a drop-in replacement, pin-and-function-compatible, for most asynchronous low-power SRAMs used currently in cellular phone designs.

The purpose of this specification co-development effort is to provide customers with pin- and function-compatible products from multiple sources, based on a jointly developed specification for the CellularRAM architecture. Each member company provides system expertise and product direction, and designs and manufactures their own products using their own design and process technology.

Based on a one-transistor (1T) DRAM cell, CellularRAM products provide significant advances over traditional SRAM and a six-transistor (6T) SRAM cell, leveraging the technology and reduced size of a DRAM cell. These products operate at up to 104 MHz clock rates; run at an initial latency of 39ns; and can achieve up to 208 MB/s of peak bandwidth. CellularRAM products also feature a burst read and write mode that emulates a popular Flash Burst compatible protocol with various I/O voltage options, making them ideal for multichip package products. ...Cypress Semiconductor profile, ...Infineon profile, ...Micron Technology profile, ...Renesas Technology profile

Munich, Germany - April 21, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG today announced results for its second quarter and first half of fiscal year 2004, ended March 31, 2004. In the second quarter, the company had revenues of Euro 1.671 billion, an increase of 3% sequentially and 13% year-on-year. The Memory Products group's second quarter revenues were Euro 665 million, up 3% sequentially, and up 9% compared to the second quarter of the last fiscal year. The sequential revenue increase was mainly driven by significantly higher sales volumes, which more than compensated for lower average chip prices compared to the previous quarter. ...Infineon profile

MILPITAS, Calif.- April 20, 2004 - LSI Logic Storage Systems today introduced a LogicStor email management solution for Microsoft Exchange. Key benefits of the LogicStor solution for Microsoft Exchange are: lower total cost of ownership through server/storage consolidation that can result in a 4:1 reduction in the number of servers needed when migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003; rapid upgrades at reduced cost; more efficient storage management; and centralized backup and archive. LogicStor program Solution Kits contain technical guides with step-by-step installation instructions and architectural specifications for applications. Partners who adopt the kits also receive sales and technical training to assure successful installation and support, along with sales and marketing materials.

"We're enthusiastic about the integrated email management solution from LSI Logic Storage Systems that can be quickly deployed for the benefit of Microsoft Exchange users," said Keith McCall, director of Exchange solutions at Microsoft. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile

Editor's comments:- as this company will be spun off later this year, I started speculating what the new name would be. LogicStor sounded good, and had a resonance with MetaStor which was the original systems company acquired by LSI Logic. Whoops - when I checked Network Solutions this morning - the domain was still available.

IRVINE, CA - April 20, 2004 - NewTech Infosystems, Inc. announced today that its new CD & DVD-Maker Ver. 6.7 Gold Suite supports the latest Panasonic DVD MULTI Drives, including the new burners that provide 3x DVD-RAM and 4x DVD-R write speeds. Offering read and write support for DVD-RAM/,-R/,-RW media with storage capacities ranging from 4.7GB to 9.4GB, and 650-700MB CD-R and CD-RW discs, Panasonic DVD MULTI Drives and NTI CD & DVD-Maker Ver. 6.7 Gold Suite give users the flexibility to choose the best disc format and the best capacity for each application.

DVD-RW, a rewritable DVD format with up to 1,000 write/rewrite cycles, is a cost-effective solution for testing DVD videos before recording to write-once DVD-R media. When using Panasonic drives that support DVD-RAM, write speeds of up to 3x are used allowing 500MB of data to be recorded and verified in about two minutes. Data, music, photos and video files that don't require a high-capacity DVD disc can be recorded to CD-R and CD-RW media.

"It's faster and more cost-effective for OEMs and resellers to be able to deliver all of these applications with just one burner and one easy-to-use software suite," David Yao, NTI Executive Vice President, added. "Consumers like it because it simplifies their digital life and makes it easier to enjoy the experience without having to worry about incompatible formats or wasting time learning confusing software applications."

NTI CD & DVD-Maker Ver. 6.7 Gold Suite not only detects the correct speed available from the media and the drive, it automatically selects the correct writing method. CD overburn support that allows users to burn to the edge of a CD for increased capacity, buffer underrun support and built-in caching are also included. ...NTI profile

Eden Prairie, MN - April 20, 2004 - I-TECH announced today the release of the 4010 SANmark Test Suite, the second and final test suite in the 4000 series. This test suite has been recognized under the FCIA SANmark Qualified Program as conforming to the SANmark Conformance Documents. The SCDs identify a set of criteria to which a Fibre Channel product must adhere when qualifying for the SANmark trademark. The SANmark Qualified Test Program provides an objective performance standard for the Fibre Channel industry. The 4010 Test Suite determines how well Fibre Channel host bus adaptors support the common application programming interface. The tests verify correct communication between the HBA and a directly attached Nx_port (an N_ or NL_port) or around the fabric through the common API. If the HBA is communicating correctly, it will set up the connection, retrieve information, set parameters, send frames, and control the operation in a consistent way if called through the common API functions. ...I-TECH profile

ARMONK, NY - April 20, 2004 - IBM today announced a breakthrough storage technology that is designed to help clients protect and recover critical data at global backup locations at some of the fastest speeds available. Called IBM Global Mirror for Enterprise Storage, the technology provides global backup and recovery protection at speeds approaching those achievable at local distances. Beginning in May, clients can employ the technology as part of disaster recovery solutions designed to help protect them from regional events such as hurricanes or earthquakes.

IDC anticipates that worldwide spending on information security and business continuity will grow twice as fast as general IT spending over the next several years, reaching more than $118 billion by 2007.

"In the context of outages - planned or unplanned - every second is of critical importance," said Tom Hawk, general manager of Enterprise Storage, IBM. "The value of lost - or saved - data is virtually incalculable. Global Mirror is designed to help customers maintain high availability among business processes and key business applications in a cost-conscious manner - across the globe and at some of the fastest speeds available today."

Global Mirror uses breakthrough innovations within asynchronous PPRC (peer-to-peer remote copy) technology to help speed disk mirroring at distances more than 300 kilometers with a delay that can be as low as three to five seconds - outpacing similar EMC offerings. The new solution is designed to move data great distances at high speeds while maintaining the integrity of the data in transit. The solution is also designed to allow massive data transfers while avoiding disruption to IT performance or availability. The exceptional performance of Global Mirror for ESS requires only two fibre channel links per storage system where a number of other comparable technologies may require four links. This performance can help reduce infrastructure costs and lower TCO. ...IBM profile

BURLINGTON, MA - April 20, 2004 - AppIQ, Inc. today announced that 30 new customers in 10 different countries selected AppIQ-branded and OEM versions of AppIQ StorageAuthority Suite in the company's most recent quarter, resulting in a 300% increase in sales over the previous quarter. Enterprises across a wide range of industry verticals, including aerospace, defense, entertainment, financial services, government, health care, insurance, media, on-line retail, telecommunications, technology, and transportation chose AppIQ's industry-leading SAN management and SRM software to reduce operational costs, improve business performance, increase productivity, and enhance SAN security....AppIQ profile

IDF, Barcelona, Spain - April 20, 2004 - The Serial ATA Working Group announced today two specification development milestones at the Intel Developer Forum here. One centers on doubling the signaling speed for Serial ATA, the other on new cable and connector solutions to support additional applications and usage models. The specification for the second generation Serial ATA signaling speed - 3Gbps - has been completed and the release candidate of that specification has started its ratification process. The second-generation speed of 3Gbps (300MB/s) is double that of the first-generation Serial ATA speed. A selection of Serial ATA products supporting 3Gbps signaling speeds have already been announced. Once the ratification process is complete in about 30 days, those products that comply with the spec can be marketed as 3Gbps Serial ATA products. No new cables and connectors are required to support the higher signaling speeds. ...Intel profile

Banbury, UK - April 20, 2004 - Transtec has launched the 6200 SCSI Premium RAID system, a high-availability storage solution aimed at medium-sized workgroup environments.

Other news on this page

nStor Appoints Todd Gresham CEO and President

Qualstar's New 5U 8TB Tape Library

XOsoft's WANSync 3.5 Gets Microsoft Certifications

EMC Expands Training and Certification Programs

Silverback Systems Receives Investment from Intel

Renesas Technology Joins CellularRAM Group

Infineon May Exceed $3 billion in Memory

LogicStor Email Management

NTI Supports Panasonic DVD MULTI Drives

I-TECH Releases 4010 SANmark Test Suite

IBM Announces World's Fastest Storage Mirroring

AppIQ Sales Increase 300%

Intel Cranks Up SATA Speed to 3Gbps

Transtec Launches New Workgroup RAID

Conduant's StreamStor Available Via GSA Schedule

STMicroelectronics Wins Mastercard CQM Approval

Dot Hill Introduces RIO Xtreme Storage Server

EqualLogic Adds Auto-Replication to Storage Array

StorageTek & Rorke Data Tune into Broadcasting

ATTO Storage Array Qualified with CinéWave

Exanet and Dalim Announce Compatibility

EuroNews Chooses SGI NAS

Deepfile Corp Signs Up New VAR SiliconIron

Sony Simplifies Digital Asset Management

IBM Reports Revenue Up 11%

Infineon Introduces Flatter 2 Gbyte DDR2 DIMMs

EMC Bounces Back

Sanbolic's File System Certified with SANtricity

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Nibble:- Serial Attached SCSI Getting Closer to Reality

First announced in November 2001, the first functioning silicon for SAS was demonstrated in January 2004 by LSI Logic.

Host Bus Adapters and chipsets supporting this new standard start shipping to storage system designers in April/May 2004 from various companies. But we're not expecting to see any real products which users can get their hands on until much later - towards the end of 2004.

Why is the new standard necessary?

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) provides a software compatible upgrade for directly attached SCSI storage which provides much higher performance than Ultra320 SCSI. So this is the least pain next step for SCSI users. Although, as with all new technology there is a learning curve.

The popularity of Internet SCSI (iSCSI) protocol products in the second half of 2003 proved that the base of server owners who are familiar with SCSI - will go a long way to adopt new connectivity options which leverage concepts they trust and are familiar with. Asimilar evolution took place with Ethernet, which started as a 3Mbps standard and still looks viable at 10Gbps. Computer users like stuff that is newer faster and cheaper, but we all know that "newer" also means "buggier" if we are the first users. Anything that reduces the amount of new code and risk along the way gets our vote.

SAS will meet the threat (albeit late in marketing terms) from Serial ATA (SATA), FireWire and USB 2. In fact SAS uses the same electrical interface and cables as SATA. That's good news if you're worried about stocking even more types of cables. It also simplifies the rollout of new test equipment - because products designed for SATA can be adapted to SAS more simply (in theory by firmware upgrades.)

20+ years ago, when SCSI started, it suited the clock speeds and cable transmission driving capabilities of the TTL compatible logic which was the standard at the time. SCSI was also easy to connect using standard low technology ribbon cable. Since then, most of the enhancements in the SCSI standard have focused on getting it to work faster, using higher clock speeds, a wider data bus, lower logic levels and differential signals.

Serial Attached SCSI is the first real attempt in SCSI history to lower cost and simplify the physical connection. The new high speed serial SCSI cables should be cheaper than the lower performance parallel SCSI ones which they replace. And you won't have to worry any more about those termination nightmares. It's simpler in a serial system to automatically monitor signal quality and dyamically adjust to the cable and connector transmission characteristics.
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Up to four Ultra 160 SCSI host channels allow the system to be configured for either multi-host or cluster operation. All critical system components have a redundant design and can be replaced while the system is in operation. Prices start at £6,390 (excluding VAT). ...Transtec profile
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LONGMONT, Colorado - April 20, 2004 - Conduant Corporation has been awarded a 5-year GSA Contract # GS-35F-0457P. The contract will allow the company to offer its family of StreamStor and Big River recorders directly to federal, civilian and defense agencies, as well as organizations authorized to purchase from the award. The addition of Conduant to the GSA schedule provides government agencies with access to ultra-fast recording and playback systems for scientific research, government, military, and high level instrumentation data acquisition projects. Key applications include: radio astronomy, radar/sonar gathering, sigint, surveillance, digital signal processing, GPS downloads and other instrumentation applications. ...Conduant profile

Geneva - April 20, 2004 - STMicroelectronics has been certified by MasterCard's Card Quality Management scheme as an approved supplier of secure microcontrollers for its chip-based debit and credit cards - the world's first silicon manufacturer to receive the approval. The certificate applies to specific members of ST's ST19 microcontroller family, which is dedicated to smart card applications, and to their production processes at the company's Rousset site in southern France. CQM is a quality program applied to all stages of MasterCard-branded card production, from chip manufacture to card personalization, and each of the suppliers in the manufacturing chain must be CQM Certified before a card issuer - typically a bank or other financial institution - can issue cards to its customers under MasterCard's M/Chip 4 program. Already ST is the #1 supplier of secure ICs to the financial sector for card applications. ...STMicroelectronics profile

CARLSBAD, Calif. - April 19, 2004 - Dot Hill is introducing the RIO Xtreme storage server at NAB 2004 this week. The new high-bandwidth RIO Xtreme is optimized for data-intensive, rich media environments including 2K, HD and SD video and film editing and effects, streaming technologies, data broadcasting, and delivery of digital and HDTV programming. RIO Xtreme will be running with four video editing workstations using a variety of applications showing different stages of editing in partner Bright Systems' booth C7822. RIO Xtreme will be delivering multiple stream capture and playback to demonstrate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of enabling multi-user shared access to data.

The RIO Xtreme storage server supports both high-bandwidth streaming storage and low-cost nearline storage. This compact 1U storage server offers mixed storage connectivity to Fibre Channel, SATA and SBOD disk subsystems. RIO Xtreme delivers multiple simultaneous HD and 2K streams and supports all levels of non-linear editing. RIO Xtreme was developed using Chaparral technology. Dot Hill acquired Chaparral Network Storage in February and is marketing this product line and all future products under the Dot Hill brand.

"We are pleased to announce the RIO Xtreme at NAB, which is well attended by customers in the rich media and entertainment space," said Omar Barraza, Dot Hill's director of marketing. "The RIO Xtreme is very well suited to video editing, post-production and delivery of streaming media and other high-bandwidth applications. We hope to quickly gain brand awareness for Dot Hill and build market share with RIO Xtreme in the entertainment industry." ...Dot Hill profile

Nashua, N.H. - April 19, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc., today today announced new data protection capabilities for its IP SAN solutions. The PeerStorage Array 100E has expanded its extensive standard set of features to include auto-replication capabilities, providing businesses with automatic back-up and disaster protection of critical information. The EqualLogic PeerStorage array is a modular, self-managing, IP-based storage array that is affordable and easy to use, regardless of scale. Industry analysts agree that providing replication as a standard feature within the SAN architecture will benefit a broad base of users.

"Disk-to-disk data replication is becoming the key storage technology for reducing the backup window and for enabling rapid restore of mission critical applications," said Robert Gray, research vice president at IDC. "Solutions like EqualLogic's are making this data protection technology more accessible by including and managing auto-replication within the basic storage configuration."

Data replication on the PeerStorage array requires no additional license, no server software, and leverages the existing network infrastructure to reduce the time to protect services and eliminate the costs associated with traditional high availability and disaster protection software and hardware. Up to 32 arrays can be combined to form a scalable enterprise storage grid of more than 100 terabytes. Pricing starts below one cent per megabyte. ...EqualLogic profile

LAS VEGAS, NAB 2004 - April 19, 2004 - StorageTek and Rorke Data have teamed up to provide the broadcast industry with a comprehensive digital media archive solution that enables broadcast and media production enterprises to increase revenue, while achieving affordable, high-performance digital media management. The new infrastructure will support a full spectrum of content use and re-use activities, including: media capture and creation, storage media management, streaming and viewing of rich media, and content distribution and delivery.

"Until recently, broadcasters used digital video primarily for editing and little more. But like everywhere else in the world, change is constant," said Bob Koecheler, StorageTek vice president, global partners and alliances. "Today, with the high demand for operational efficiency, the introduction of new technology, the push to diversify into new revenue-generating channels and government requirements for digital transmission, broadcasters have to think, act and manage content digitally." ...Rorke Data profile, ...StorageTek profile

Amherst, NY- April 19, 2004 - ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that the ATTO Diamond Storage Array S-Class for HD has been qualified by Pinnacle Systems with their CinéWave solution for uncompressed high-definition, standard-definition and real-time video editing. The Diamond Storage Array's ability to store more than 14 hours of uncompressed High-definition video in a small 3U enclosure gives production, editing, visual effects, and broadcast facilities the ability to store their high-definition media on one storage device rather than spreading the media across separate arrays.

As more and more video facilities move toward the burgeoning HD format, there is an increased demand for high-performance, high-capacity storage. According to the 2004-2005 Global Broadcast & Professional Video Marketplace Trends Report published by SCRI International, Inc., about one in four facilities is already dealing with 24p HD video. By the end of 2005, the number of facilities is expected to increase to almost seven out of ten. With 6TB in a 3U enclosure, the ATTO Diamond Storage Array S-Class for HD is one of the densest storage arrays on Pinnacle's qualification list. ...ATTO profile

NEW YORK - April 19, 2004 - Exanet, Inc. and Dalim Software, a provider of production workflow solutions for the pre-press/premedia and publishing industry, are pleased to announce that Exanet's storage access solutions integrate seamlessly with Dalim Software's full line of prepress solutions. ExaStore is specifically tuned for pre-media applications used by the graphic arts industry and digital media markets. It provides easy file sharing across a wide range of system platforms including Apple, Windows, Unix, and Linux. Installed on industry-standard, off-the-shelf hardware, ExaStore software enables printers and prepress shops to integrate disparate storage pools into a single, complete, high-performance, low-cost system that is highly reliable and highly automated with dynamic capacity and client load-balancing. ExaStore seamlessly scales to virtually any storage capacity or bandwidth level. ...Exanet profile

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 19, 2004 - SGI today announced that EuroNews has chosen SGI broadcast and SGI InfiniteStorage solutions for its new digital ingest and news production facilities. SGI was selected to integrate a complete solution based on the SGI Media Server for broadcast and the SGI InfiniteStorage NAS 2000 systems. The project, which will store more than 35TB of content, is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year. ...SGI profile

Austin, Texas - April 19, 2004 - Deepfile Corporation today announced that it has entered into a VAR agreement with SiliconIron. Under the agreement, SiliconIron has begun delivering file management services based on Deepfile Auditor and Deepfile Enforcer, powerful appliances that are specifically designed to help break the cycle of network storage growth. The SiliconIron services allow customers to begin the process of file classification, the critical first step in a comprehensive Information Lifecycle Management strategy. SiliconIron will then sell both Deepfile Auditor and Deepfile Enforcer as a platform for the implementation of file management solutions that support these ILM strategies. Furthermore, SiliconIron is recruiting, training and supporting other services-based resellers in selected vertical industries to sell solutions based on Deepfile products.

According to the Yankee Group, classification of all data within an enterprise is the first step in developing a comprehensive ILM strategy. "Deepfile's products are uniquely qualified to complete this step on the unstructured, file-based data that takes up the majority of space on typical enterprise storage networks" said Jamie Gruener, senior analyst at The Yankee Group. ...Deepfile profile, ...SiliconIron profile

NAB, LAS VEGAS - April 18, 2004 - Sony Electronics has certified its SAIT-based PetaSite tape storage systems with Front Porch Digital's Distributed Intelligent Versatile Archive software, fusing storage performance and manageability for broadcasters and media companies. When combined, the SAIT PetaSite system and DIVArchive software produce a digital archive solution that newsrooms, centralized broadcast operations, television stations, sports broadcasters and digital media companies can rely on for managing and backing up their volumes of video and other data.

"Broadcast companies are realizing the immense value of their vast archived media collections and are taking steps to safeguard the integrity of their vaulted data. Simply storing analog tapes in a glorified storage closet is no longer practical," said Steve Baker, vice president of storage solutions for Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Business Solutions Company. "The certification of our SAIT PetaSite systems with DIVArchive software from Front Porch Digital provides broadcasters with the tools to painlessly digitize and protect their livelihoods."

A basic SAIT PetaSite system contains two 500GB SAIT-1 drives, an Ethernet hub, a terminal server, and a PetaSite control unit encapsulated within a standard 19-inch rack console. Up to seven cartridge and/or drive consoles can be added to the basic system for maximum total capacity of up to 1.5 PB. Sustained transfer rates for the SAIT PetaSite systems reach up to 2.88 GB per second. Sony SAIT PetaSite systems are currently available starting for around $63,000 for an entry-level system with 30 TB of capacity. ...Front Porch Digital profile, ...Sony profile

ARMONK, N.Y. - April 15, 2004 - . IBM today announced first-quarter 2004 diluted earnings per common share of $.93 from continuing operations compared with diluted earnings of $.79 per share in the same period of 2003, an increase of 18%. First-quarter income from continuing operations was $1.6 billion compared with $1.4 billion a year ago, an increase of 16%. Revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter were $22.2 billion, up 11% compared with the first quarter of 2003 revenues of $20.1 billion. IBM's Storage Systems revenues increased due to strength in midrange disk and tape products. Revenues from Tivoli software increased 18%. ...IBM profile

Munich, Germany - April 15, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG today announced that it has shipped first samples of its 2 Gigabyte DDR2 Planar Registered Dual Inline Memory Modules. The modules use single-die 512Mbit DDR2 memory chips in very compact FBGA packages and are based on a planar design. System manufacturers will benefit from considerably flatter modules. Volume production is planned to start in the second half of calendar year 2004. The 2 GB DDR2 Planar Registered DIMM, targets high-performance data processing and storage applications in the server and storage infrastructure market. According to market research firm iSuppli the demand for mid-end and high-end servers units will increase from around 800,000 units in 2003 to approx. 1 million units in 2006 with an average growth rate of 9% per year. ...Infineon profile

Hopkinton, MA - April 15, 2004 - EMC Corporation today reported strong, double-digit revenue growth and triple-digit net income growth on a year-to-year basis for the first quarter of 2004. Total consolidated revenue for EMC's first quarter was $1.87 billion, 35% higher than the $1.38 billion reported for the first quarter of 2003. Net income for the first quarter of 2004 was $140 million. This compares with net income of $35 million for the first quarter of 2003.

Joe Tucci, EMC's President and CEO, said, "The first quarter marked EMC's highest revenue growth rate in nearly three years, measured with or without the inclusion of our recent acquisitions. This accelerating growth, which I believe is among the highest of any major IT supplier, is being fueled by customers around the world embracing EMC technology that saves them money, simplifies their operations and protects their information assets. We are delivering the world's broadest lineup of storage and information management products and services, all focused on empowering organizations to get the maximum value from their information at every point in the information lifecycle." ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- EMC's revenue peaked at $9 Billion in FY 2000 and it looks like it will pass that milestone in the coming year. To give the company credit, after being hit hard by the dotcom crash, EMC reengineered itself, took out costs and invested in major partnerships with Dell (in the US) and Fujitsu Siemens (in Europe) which means it now has a much stronger launching point to take advantage of the upturn in US IT spending. EMC's growth rate may actually accelerate - because during the recession many users switched to lesser known storage brands to save cost. If market optimism returns - then the strongest storage brands - EMC, HP and IBM could benefit the most.

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 15, 2004 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced that the Sanbolic Melio File System and LaScala Volume Manager software have achieved compatibility certification with the company's SANtricity Storage Manager software and storage controllers. Sanbolic's software solutions provide the capability to meet the requirements of high performance applications such as High Definition video and clustered file sharing environments requiring concurrent read and write access to files on a SAN. Melio and LaScala enable applications to utilize multiple storage subsystems to deliver data in a shared infrastr ucture at rates not previously available. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...Sanbolic profile

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