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2004, December week 2, news archive
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|St. Paul, MN - December 14,
2004 - Intradyn announced today the launch of a network of service
partners offering a new online data backup service using its award-winning
RocketVault backup and archiving appliance. The appliance/service solution
offered through Intradyn's Certified Managed Service Provider Program enables
both secure onsite and secure off-site backup and removes the need for the
customer to staff and operate its own remote disaster-recovery site. Onsite
backup resides at the customer site on their own RocketVault disk-based
appliance. Offsite backup is achieved via the RocketVault sending the customer's
encrypted data to the service provider's remote site for disaster recovery
purposes - as protection against fire, flood, or other damage at the customer's
own site. The data can be stored both locally and remotely in AES 256-bit
encrypted form, the highest level of protection available. Pricing for the
appliance begins at $1,495 MSRP.
Christopher Furey, CEO of New York based Savvy Networks one of Intradyn's new partners said. "Over the years, we have tracked and tested most of the data protection solutions in the marketplace... RocketVault obsoletes tape in one neat little box." ...IntraDyn profile, Web backup
MELVILLE, N.Y. - December 14, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced a strategic OEM partnership with COPAN Systems. COPAN is integrating a version of FalconStor's VirtualTape Library software in its Revolution 200T disk to disk backup system. Revolution 200T is the first storage solution to be based on COPAN's whimsically named MAID architecture (Massive Array of Idle Disks). The Revolution 200T is purpose-built for write once, read occasionally applications, delivering 2-3 times the density of tape, and 10 times faster data access than tape. The Revolution 200T includes patent-pending innovations, such as Power-Managed RAID and Disk Aerobics, to provide enterprise-class performance and reliability, allowing customers to minimize, if not eliminate, the use of tape at an affordable cost. ...FalconStor Software profile, ...COPAN Systems profile
Munich, Germany - December 14, 2004 - this week at the 2004 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, Infineon Technologies AG presented a highly manufacturable 70nm process technology for future DRAM generations that is based on deep trench cells on 300mm wafers. Around 25% of worldwide DRAM production today is based on trench technology. Infineon expects to translate the technological breakthrough into an increase of the productivity of DRAM manufacturing and its DRAM output. Smaller process structures allow a reduction in the chip size by about 30% and thus increase chip output per wafer. ...Infineon Technologies profile, RAM, ICs
CHATSWORTH, CA - December 14, 2004 - Globalstor Data today introduced the new FibreStor-DI. Designed specifically for the high performance digital video storage and playback requirements of HD, Digital Intermediate, Color Correction, and other eCinema and video applications, this new Fibre to Fibre Channel RAID storage solution provides sustained raw performance levels well above 700MB/sec under RAID 5, making the FibreStor-DI perfectly suited for Spirit 2K, DaVinci 2K, and other applications requiring real time 2K Playback/Record.
FibreStor-DI includes a dual RAID controller on a separate 1U rack, two 16 bay chassis, 32 Fibre channel drives (73, 147 and 300GB) and supports RAID levels 0, 1, (0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, NRAID, and JBOD. To virtually insure zero downtime, FibreStor-DI consists of several hot-swapable components including dual power supplies, dual RAID controller canisters, dual cooling modules, IO node modules, battery units and management interface modules. Prices start at $40,000 for 2.1TB using (30) 73GB 15K hdd's or $44,000 for 4.41TB using (30) 146GB 10K hdd's or $62,000 for 9.0 TB using (30) 300GB 10 Hdd's. ...Globalstor Data profile, RAID systems
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. and Barrington, NJ - December 14, 2004 - TimeSpring Software Corp. and E. A. Pifer Financial Systems announced an agreement under which Pifer will offer TimeSpring's TimeData software to the banking, credit union and financial services community. TimeData automatically captures all changes to application data in real-time. With the TimeData software financial institutions can recover from data loss, corruption or security breaches within minutes. They can also analyze, report or test data anytime without impacting operations.
"Until now only the bigger financial institutions could afford real-time data protection so smaller organizations were vulnerable to data loss or corruption," said Jim Read, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Pifer Financial Systems. "Banks, thrifts and credit unions all need solid, reliable data protection solutions to keep their data safe and available in order to service their customers and maintain compliance. If there is a problem with an application or system, retrieving data is very fast and simple with the TimeData software. Transactions are protected and the integrity of the audit trail is maintained." ...TimeSpring profile, ...Pifer Financial Systems
SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 13, 2004 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its wildly popular one-inch hard drive by opening up the production spigot. With more experience in producing one-inch hard drives than any other company, Hitachi is now able to bring the Microdrive's unparalleled benefits of high-capacity, diminutive size, value and reliability to a greater number of customers. In this quarter, Hitachi will begin to produce several million units per quarter as projected earlier this year. On its fifth birthday, the Microdrive is finding strong acceptance among consumer devices where ultra-small designs and big storage capacity are highly desirable, such as in digital video cameras and portable music/video players. With this trend on the upswing, Hitachi expects demand for the Microdrive product line in 2005 to significantly surpass the 5,000,000 cumulative Microdrive units shipped since its 1999 inception.
"Widespread adoption of the Microdrive in digital music devices this year became the watershed moment for one-inch hard drives; since then, we've been working at a feverish pace to keep up with demand," said Bill Healy, senior vice president, marketing and strategy, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "We believe the additional supply will accelerate even more the use of the Microdrive in handheld consumer electronic devices across a variety of applications." ...Hitachi profile
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - December 13, 2004 - SANRAD Inc. announced today the immediate availability of LDR the first in a series of data replication and disaster recovery solutions for SANRAD-enabled IP SANs. SANRAD LDR enables campus-wide data replication and disaster recovery for multi-building/multi-site organizations such as military installations, universities, medical centers, local and state government and financial institutions, providing business continuity for any operation requiring uninterrupted access to data.
SANRAD's LDR combines both hardware and software and is easy to configure for continuous, real-time data mirroring as well as automatic failover in the event of site or system outage. For any IP SAN built around the SANRAD V-Switch, LDR continually mirrors critical data at 250MB/sec onto two to four separate storage systems physically located in separate buildings within a business complex or storage systems located in different areas in a large building. Moreover, a secondary active access point to the data can be provided by a V-Switch at the alternate site by attaching the V-Switch to the storage system and server network. SANRAD's solution scales license-free to support 256 servers, 64,000 volumes and up to 5.4 petabytes of capacity. ...SANRAD profile, Disk to disk backup, iSCSI
SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 13, 2004 MaXXan Systems, Inc. today announced that it has received an additional $29 million in venture funding led by BA Venture Partners, bringing the total secured financing in the company to $113 million since its incorporation in 2000. Other investors included US Venture Partners (USVP), Venrock Associates, China Development Industrial Bank, Inc. and Inventec Corporation. The capital raised will be used to ramp up the sales, marketing and support organizations, as well as to open an interoperability lab to meet the growing demand for the company¹s fabric-based intelligent storage switches and appliances. ...MaXXan Systems profile, iSCSI, Venture funds in STORAGE, NAS
Hoboken, N.J. - December 13, 2004 - NSI Software, Inc. today announced that it has joined the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 13,800 companies that deliver innovative enterprise software solutions based on Oracle software. NSI Software's Double-Take software provides data replication and failover capabilities to ensure high data and application availability for Oracle applications.
F.L. Smidth, the world's leading supplier of cement production technology is using Double-Take to ensure high availability of its global ERP system based on an Oracle 9i database. "With offices around the globe in Denmark, India and the United States, we have users accessing our Oracle ERP system constantly. 24x7 availability isn't just a goal, it's an absolute requirement for us to do business," said Richard A. Mannix, Manager, Information Services at F.L. Smidth. "Double-Take provides the essential failover and replications capabilities that we need to keep our production database in sync with our high availability server, which is ready to assume control of the ERP system at a moment's notice. Double-Take made high availability of our Oracle system simple and cost-effective." ...NSI profile, ...Oracle profile, Backup Software
DALLAS, Texas - December 13, 2004 - Tek-Tools, Inc. today announced the availability of the beta version of its Extensible Agent Architecture and built-in policy engine for its award-winning Profiler Rx suite. With the Extensible Agent, storage managers can use Profiler Rx's easy-to-manage and intuitive interface to write their own modules and launch them from the Profiler Rx console, providing a customized approach to active storage management for enhanced productivity and efficiency. For OEMs and solution providers, the Extensible Agent is a simple way to develop customer-specific, proprietary automation and management modules for a fast-track solution for ILM, provisioning, and backup/database/Exchange administration.
Solution providers building custom storage solutions and OEMs looking to add on management capabilities to existing products can use the Extensible Agent Architecture to satisfy user demand for high-performance, Web-based, real-time and historical data management tools that provide granular visibility for chargeback, resource allocation, SLA and compliance reporting. Existing Profiler Rx modules are currently available to monitor a broad range of popular DAS, NAS, and SAN hardware, as well as email, database and backup applications. ...Tek-Tools profile, SAN software, Test systems
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - December 13, 2004 - According to IDC the worldwide storage software market surpassed $1.9 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in the third quarter of 2004, growing at robust pace of 19.1% year over year. Continuing the momentum from last quarter, all of the major storage software functional markets posted double-digit revenue growth in the third quarter of 2004 when compared to the same quarter in 2003. The SRM market posted the largest gain at 27.3% year-over-year growth while the back-up and archive software market continued to represent the largest functional market, growing 17.4% year over year. The storage replication software and file system software markets also enjoyed strong results in the third quarter with 13.7% and 10.3% year-over-year growth, respectively.
"Spending for storage software reached a record high during the third quarter as the market continued its sustained double-digit growth pattern," said Bill North, director of Storage Software Research for IDC. "Storage capacity requirements and complexity continue to grow while system costs steadily decline. This quarter, customer investment in storage software grew to nearly $36 for every $100 spent on storage systems. This is indicative of the increasing value customers are placing on the software that allows them to effectively manage and protect business information assets."
According to IDC, the top 5 storage software vendors, EMC, VERITAS, Computer Associates, HP and IBM accounted for 77.1% of storage software revenue in Q304. ...IDC profile, Market research, Storage Software
San Jose, CA - December 13, 2004 - Flash memory, chip and hard disk drive manufacturers, as well as storage system, consumer device manufacturers, and software companies will gather to discuss how to integrate digital storage into consumer products such as cell phones, MP3 players, home networking, and set-top boxes at the Storage Visions Conference that is being held next month in Las Vegas. Speakers from M-Systems, Agere, SanDisk, Seagate, Microsoft, Hitachi GST, Fujitsu, and GS Magic will participate in a session focusing on bringing digital storage to mobile consumer devices. Discussing digital storage in the living room will be speakers from NetCell, Silicon Image, Maxtor, HP and the Blu Ray Disk Association, Scientific Atlanta, and The Diffusion Group. The conference will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center two days prior to CES.
According to Nelson Chan, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Consumer and Handset Business at SanDisk "The next generation of mobile phones present new storage challenges. These devices represent a significant market for storage devices and they are characterized by their small size and powerful features. Storage Visions exposes the key convergence factors that will drive the demand for significant amounts of storage for these new phones."
"Hard disk drives are proliferating into new applications, including mobile storage. Capacity alone is not enough of a differentiator for hard disk drives. Performance, reliability, and packaging options are pushing hard disk drives to everyday/everywhere environments. Storage Visions will help designers and manufacturers understand and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by storage devices in consumer environments," said Pat O'Malley, Seagate Senior Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business Development ..Storage Visions Conference, Storage Events
CHATSWORTH, Calif - December 13, 2004 - Alera Technologies proudly announces that its advanced new Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus that copies digital photos directly to CD from camera memory cards of any capacity, without a computer, has been selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors, and leading industry experts for PC Magazine's 4 Stars Rating.
"It is an honor for the Aleratec Digital Photo Copy Cruiser to be selected by PC Magazine's distinguished panel of experts for their 4 Stars Rating," stated Perry Solomon, President and CEO. "Our goal is continuing success in exceeding expectations of our customers. By designing the Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus to copy photo memory cards directly to CD and bring your video, photo and music creations directly to your home or mobile entertainment center, we are achieving that goal. We continue to be the Prosumers' Choice with professional level solutions at consumer prices. It is particularly gratifying to earn the recognition of the PC Magazine organization."
The new Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus not only backs up digital memory cards, it also records CDs (both Windows and Mac are supported), plays DVD videos, CDs, JPEG files, MP3 files from CDs, DVDs, and Memory Cards. You can connect it to your TV set, Home Theater, or Mobile Theater. A built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery is included making the Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus truly portable so you can use it anywhere. This is the next generation of the Award Winning Digital Photo Copy Cruiser that has become the standard for performance and reliability set under high stress field conditions including forensic photography for federal, state, and local law enforcement. ...Alera Technologies profile
December 9, 2004 - Toshiba Storage Device Division is shipping new CD-ROM and CD-RW desktop drives - the XM-6802B CD-ROM and SR-M8102 CD-RW drives. XM-6802B CD-ROM for desktop computer provides a read speed of up to 52X. The SR-M8102 CD-RW for desktop computers provides 52X CD-R and 32X CD-RW write speeds, and a CD-ROM read speed of up to 52X, with a typical seek time of 110mS. ...Toshiba profile, CD-RW & DVD-RW
REDMOND, WASHINGTON - December 9, 2004 - ADIC today announced net earnings of $4.9 million, or seven cents per share, and $7.2 million, or 11 cents per share, for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending October 31, 2004 on sales of $115 million and $455 million, respectively. Overall fourth quarter sales are down just over 2% from $118 million during the same period last year while annual sales are up over 7% versus fiscal 2003. ...ADIC profile
Cirencester, UK - December 9, 2004 - Zycko today announced it has become a key distributor for Spectra Logic throughout Europe. The partnership will allow Zycko to respond to the growing market for open system tape libraries, while extending the company's end-to-end, bespoke storage solution capabilities. Zycko will be working primarily to raise the profile of Spectra Logic's products in the mid enterprise market which has been traditionally overlooked in favour of enterprise-level companies. ...Spectra Logic profile, ...Zycko profile, Tape libraries
CARLSBAD, Calif. - December 9, 2004 - Arkeia Corporation announced today the release of a new plug-in for hot backup of PostgreSQL databases. Arkeia is the first provider to offer a fully integrated professional online backup and restore solution for the widely-used PostgreSQL open source database. Compatible with PostgreSQL 7.2 and above, this Arkeia plug-in will initially be available for Linux, with other operating systems to follow. A release candidate version can be downloaded now. In anticipation of the upcoming PostgreSQL v8 release, Arkeia also announced its planned support of Point-in-Time recovery features which will be introduced with the next PostgreSQL version. The Linux plug-in for PostgreSQL is priced at $490. A total data protection solution for PostgreSQL users, including Arkeia Server Backup, the automatic Disaster Recovery module and one year of technical support, is available for less than $1,500. ...Arkeia profile
Editor:- December 9, 2004 - a new article by Engenio is published today on STORAGEsearch called - Disk to Disk Backup versus Tape - War or Truce? Will disk to disk backup make tape backup obsolete? That's a question that's been debated hotly here on STORAGEsearch for many years.
At the extreme polarized ends of the argument are tape media makers like Sony, who in an article here made a case for the long term survival of tape, and at the other end of the argument are disk to disk supporters like STORAGEsearch whose editorial view has been that tape doesn't have a viable role the midsize market any more. In the middle of this argument are the moderates who say that maybe tape and D2d can co-exist. This article by Steve Gardner at Engenio takes the middle course line - and says why he thinks there's still a place for both. See if you agree. ...read the article, ...Engenio profile, Disk to disk backup, Tape backup
PALO ALTO, Calif - December 8, 2004 - HP today introduced new disk, tape and optical storage technologies and enhanced management software that expand the industry's broadest portfolio of tiered storage solutions. New and enhanced product offerings include:
AUSTIN, Texas - December 8, 2004 - Crossroads Systems, Inc. announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle to settle the consolidated securities class action litigation, In re Crossroads Systems, Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. A-00-CA-457-JN, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The shareholder class will receive a total payment of $4.35 million. Of that amount, the Company's directors-and-officers insurance carriers have agreed to pay $3.35 million and the Company will pay $1.0 million. In the agreement, Crossroads and the individual defendants named in the litigation continue to deny any and all allegations of wrongdoing, and they will receive a full release of all claims asserted in the litigation. ...Crossroads Systems profile
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