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EVault's SmallBusiness web backup serves 100+

Walnut Creek, Calif. - January 7, 2004 - EVault, Inc. today announced it signed up more than 100 customers for its EVault SmallBusiness Edition disk-to-disk data backup and recovery service since its introduction in July.

The rapid growth in EVault SBE customers reflects the responsiveness of small businesses to a low-cost, secure, easy-to-use backup and recovery service designed to also help meet applicable regulatory requirements governing data protection.

"Because of our organization's size and limited resources, we don't have a dedicated and trained IT executive responsible for backing up our network," said Ronald J. Bateman, president of Ronald J. Bateman Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based insurance consultancy. "EVault understands our needs for a reliable, secure and easy-to-use solution and has designed this service to mask the complexity and make data backup and recovery simple and accessible to anyone."

The EVault SBE service is specifically designed to enable small businesses with limited IT resources to automatically backup data securely to an offsite location using its existing Internet connections. With a 20-minute installation and no additional equipment to buy, the EVault SBE service makes it extremely easy for small businesses with less than 15GB to automate and then manage their own backup and recovery processes. ...EVault profile

Toshiba Introduces World's Smallest Hard Drive

IRVINE, Calif. - January 7, 2004 - Toshiba Storage Device Division today announced the development of a 0.85-inch hard disk drive, the first drive to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a sub-one-inch form factor.

Expected to be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, Toshiba will start sampling the new drive in summer 2004, with mass production to begin in late 2004 Measuring only a quarter of the size of Toshiba's 1.8-inch drive, the 0.85-inch HDD is expected to boost the functionality of a new generation of products, including mobile phones, digital audio players, PDAs, digital still cameras, camcorders and external storage devices. Toshiba initially plans to introduce capacities of 2GB and 4GB, and anticipates achievement of even higher densities in the 0.85-inch form factor. A prototype of the 0.85-inch HDD will be shown at Toshiba's booth (#12214) on the CES show floor January 8-11. ...Toshiba profile

...Later:- in January 2010 - over 30 manufacturers now market drives in 1" and smaller form factors - although for economic reasons these are mostly SSDs. The history of this market is described in Introducing the Miniature Storage Drive Market for 1" and smaller SSDs

M-Systems and Samsung Sign Flash Agreement

KFAR SABA, Israel and SEOUL, Korea - January 7, 2004 - M-Systems and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a cooperation agreement.

Under the agreement, M-Systems has granted a license to its patents to Samsung for licensing fees and a certain allocation of NAND flash memory at favorable terms.

"In order to satisfy the growing demand for our products, we needed a stable supply of NAND flash memory. We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Samsung, which secures for M-Systems a NAND supply at favorable terms, even at a time of industry shortage. This will allow us to be more competitive and support the increasing needs of our customers," said Dov Moran, president and CEO of M-Systems. "With our advanced technology and unique innovations, we expect to continue the rapid growth of the company along with the fast growing markets that we helped to create."

"We are pleased to enter into this agreement with M-Systems which deepens our alliance with key innovators of flash technology. In particular, the agreement allows Samsung to continue to develop device-level solutions that will help drive the growth of the flash market in the coming years," said Jon Kang, Senior Vice President of Product Planning of Samsung Electronics. "We look forward to realizing the benefits that this agreement will bring to both of our companies." ...M-Systems profile, ...Samsung Electronics profile

Seagate Appoints New Distributor in Americas

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - January 6, 2004 - Seagate Technology today announced it has appointed ASI as an authorized distributor for its disc drive products in the Americas.

ASI offers a complete product line that primarily focuses on solutions for small-and-medium-size business VARs and systems integrators. ASI serves over 10,000 value-added resellers throughout North America, who in turn sell to end-users. ASI operates within fourteen major metropolitan locations offering service, technical support, system production, and product warehousing: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fremont, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, Portland, San Diego, Tampa, Montreal, and Toronto. ...Seagate profile

ATTO Offers Strong Support for Apple

MACWORLD EXPO, San Francisco, CA - January 6, 2004 - ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that ATTO Host Bus Adapters fully support the Apple Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X version 10.3 Panther.

ATTO's complete line of SCSI HBAs as well as Fibre Channel HBAs, ExpressStripe software and the ATTO Diamond Storage Array are fully compatible. The combination of the Power Mac G5 and Panther provide creative professionals unprecedented power. Mac OS X applications run faster on the new Power Mac, with no optimization or upgrades required. By unleashing the power of the Mac G5, ATTO takes data-intensive applications to new heights of performance. G5-compatible ATTO host adapters allow digital video users to edit more in real-time and edit more layers of special effects without dropping a frame. ATTO Diamond Storage Array allows for faster backups and restores of data giving users more time to create and less time waiting.

"We have tested performance with the ATTO UL4D with DeckLink HD and are completely blown away with the speed of this card," Says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. ...ATTO Technology profile

PeerStorage Array Earns Novell Certification

Nashua, N.H. - January 6, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc. announced today that its iSCSI-based, self-managing PeerStorage array achieved Novell's "YES, Tested and Approved" logo certification.

The PeerStorage array combined with Novell's iSCSI initiator delivers a high-quality, easy-to-manage SAN to cost-effectively simplify the management and consolidation of data storage in the enterprise and small and mid-sized businesses. Each self-managing storage array is fully-redundant with hot-swappable hardware, and includes intelligent management and performance features such as snapshot creation and management, automatic RAID configuration, and automatic array and network load balancing. The array's compact, modular design provides linear, "add-as you-grow" scalability to offer an economical, enterprise-class iSCSI SAN for consolidating e-mail, database and back-up environments.

"Businesses are attracted to iSCSI based on the economics it brings to SANs, but it is the intelligence and superior management capabilities of our PeerStorage array that makes iSCSI a safe and wise investment today," said John Joseph, vice president of marketing for EqualLogic. "Novell users now have an affordable option for adding enterprise storage to their NetWare filer, app-server and clustering solutions." ...EqualLogic profile, ...Novell profile

Kubota Selects FalconStor Replication

TOKYO - January 6, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that Kubota System Inc. has implemented FalconStor's IPStor software to provide advanced replication, high availability, and business continuity at Kubota Corp's machine foreign division.

Kubota Corporation was searching for a storage solution and gave Kubota System Inc. specific requirements for the new storage system to meet. These included rapid recovery from a disk crash or systems failure to avoid any business stoppage, 24 x 7 availability of data for business continuity, easily scalable storage to accommodate future data growth, and a solid disaster recovery plan to counter against unexpected downtime. IPStor was the chosen solution by Kubota System Inc. since it met and exceeded the stringent requirements put forth.

"IPStor is the right solution addressing our concerns. We can build a SAN on an Ethernet environment with NetWare servers, and have IPStor replicate the disk image with integrity on the remote site," said Mr. Masayuki Okada, manager of Kubota System Inc. "The results with IPStor have been immediate and very satisfying - its TimeMark, aggregation and provisioning functions are applicable in our current environment and for future platforms, such as Windows and Linux."

The storage devices of the machine foreign division are connected to IPStor via a 2Gbps Fibre Channel adapter, and IPStor aggregates and provisions storage to four NetWare servers over Gigabit Ethernet. The IPStor server also replicates data to a remote IPStor server over a local area network, with this data backed up to tapes. The IPStor servers are clustered in a failover mode, so that if one server stops, the other IPStor server picks up the workload so that business can be continued without interruption. ...FalconStor Software profile

Arkeia and RAID Inc. Partner

CARLSBAD, Calif. - January 6, 2004 - Arkeia Corp. and RAID Inc. have announced a strategic partnership under which RAID will integrate Arkeia's high-performance data protection solution designed to protect and manage data in heterogeneous environments.

The agreement reaffirms Arkeia's commitment to offering enterprise network backup solutions that take advantage of high-performance SAN and RAID installations.

"RAID looks forward to a partnership with Arkeia. We believe our customers will be completely satisfied with the quality and affordability of Arkeia's network backup solutions," said Ed Zraket, general manager of RAID Inc. "Arkeia's heterogeneous, enterprise-class solutions will be a perfect complement to RAID's product set and customer base."

"Our partnership with RAID validates our technology leadership and ability to provide an effective sales channel," said Charles Coble, Arkeia's North America channel manager. "The combination of RAID's integrated solutions and support, combined with the Arkeia backup and recovery solutions for heterogeneous networks, will raise the performance bar for the next generation of enterprise networks." ...Arkeia profile, ...RAID profile

Western Digital's New Consumer Products

LAS VEGAS and LAKE FOREST, Calif. - January 6, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today introduced its Media Center storage peripheral.

The Media Center combines a 250 GB WD Caviar SE hard drive, an 8-in-1 memory card reader, USB 2.0 hub and the company's exclusive Dual-option Backup feature in one convenient external storage device. Western Digital's Media Center provides consumers with all-in-one functionality and an easier way to download and store files from a variety of digital accessories.

Western Digital also introduced its new external USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives with Dual-option Backup. The external USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives with Dual-option Backup are offered in storage capacities of 120, 160, 200 and 250 GB. Western Digital's exclusive Dual-option Backup system gives consumers the option to back up data either automatically or on-demand with the simple touch of a button. Using an easy set-up wizard, users can schedule a recurring backup; a button glows blue to confirm that files will be backed up automatically. The Media Center and new external drives with Dual-option Backup are also capable of backing up data from multiple sources for consumers who have a number of drives and/or PCs and notebooks.

These new products will be demonstrated during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8 - 11. Suggested retail price for Western Digital's Media Center 250 GB is $399 USD; suggested retail price for external USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives with Dual-option Backup 250 GB is $349 USD. ...Western Digital profile

CMS External SATA Backup Now Shipping

COSTA MESA, Calif. - January 5, 2004 - CMS Products Inc. today shipped the Velocity Series backup system for desktop computers.

With capacities ranging between 80GB and 200GB and a starting price of $299 MSRP, the Velocity Series is now available through major distributors, corporate resellers, mail order and direct from the company's Web site. Named "Best of COMDEX/Las Vegas 2003" in the Peripherals Category, the Velocity Series is the industry's first comprehensive, all-in-one backup solution to incorporate a Serial ATA interface, providing users with complete backup, restore, disaster recovery capabilities and an externally bootable backup system. With the implementation of Serial ATA technology, the Velocity Series is capable of clocking transfer rates of up to 1.5Gb per second meaning users can backup 20GB of data in less than 20 minutes compared to more than 60 minutes with USB 2.0 or FireWire interfaces.

"The combination of Serial ATA technology and CMS' comprehensive BounceBack software makes the Velocity Series the industry's first externally bootable, high speed and economical backup solution," said Eric Robinson, vice president of engineering, CMS Products. "The Velocity Series promises to revolutionize the backup world by delivering innovation and unsurpassed levels of performance."

BounceBack offers users ease of use, automatic backup and disaster recovery. All backed up data stored on the Velocity Series is saved in native file format to provide fast, easy data recovery and access. Other new features of the BounceBack Professional software include versioning, synchronization and easy restore. The Velocity Series' versioning capabilities allow individual users to go back in time and access older versions of folders and files from any point in time that a backup was performed. The ability to access older versions of files is valuable in maintaining an accurate history of documents. By utilizing the synchronization component, users are able to move between multiple computers while maintaining up-to-date files regardless of the computer on which they were generated. The software automatically scans both the source hard drive and the Velocity Series for new or changed files and synchronizes the two systems with the most recent version. ...CMS Products profile

Spectra Logic Increases Government Focus

BOULDER, Colo. - January 5, 2004 - Spectra Logic today announced it has signed a VAR agreement with Federal Edge to address growth and increase its already solid government focus for the West Coast.

Spectra Logic has seen a significant increase in government revenue through VARs since the formulation of a dedicated government staff in 2002, when it established an aggressive government sales and marketing program. Spectra Logic holds GSA Contract number GS-35F-0563K.

"Federal Edge and Spectra Logic selected each other as partners shortly after the company announced its latest half-inch mixed media tape library, the Spectra T950," said Steven Lockmiller, director of federal sales for Federal Edge. "Federal Edge can now offer Spectra Logic's versatile array of tape libraries to agencies that demand specific technologies."

Federal Edge works with a variety of agencies including Air National Guard, the Pentagon, the U. S. Air Force and the U. S. Navy. Federal Edge will resell Spectra Logic's full line of tape libraries to these and other government agencies.

"With the explosion of business on the West Coast, Spectra Logic is expanding on its strong government program to address growth in that area," said Brian Grainger, Spectra Logic's director of federal and southeastern United States sales. "Partnering with companies like Federal Edge is an easy way to make our products available to more localized federal institutions." ...Federal Edge, ...Spectra Logic profile

StorageTek Announces Key Executive Changes

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - January 5, 2004 - StorageTek today announced two key additions to its executive management team and unveiled a new organization to enhance the current success of its ILM strategy and accelerate the pace of technology innovation for new products and solutions.

As part of delivering on its ILM strategy for customers, StorageTek named Mark Ward vice president and general manager of the newly formed Information Lifecycle Management Solutions business unit and promoted Jon Benson to vice president and general manager of its market-leading Automated Tape Solutions business unit.

Prior to joining StorageTek, Ward spent the majority of his career with EMC Corporation, including several key leadership roles, such as vice president of global marketing, vice president of software and professional services, and director of international sales. Immediately prior to joining StorageTek, Ward was a managing partner at Enterprise Ventures, a successful storage-focused venture group.

StorageTek's new ILM business unit follows the recent, successful market introductions of ILM offerings and incorporates the company's original Online Solutions Group. Ward will apply his entrepreneurial style and expertise in the storage industry to identify technology investment opportunities, forge close customer partnerships, expand into new storage markets and continue to grow the company. Ward will report directly to Pat Martin, StorageTek chairman, president and CEO.

Pierre Cousin, who previously was vice president and general manager of Online Solutions, has been promoted to corporate vice president and will lead a consolidated hardware and software engineering and quality organization. ...StorageTek profile


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - January 5, 2004 - CNT today announced its first FICON extension offering with IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Extended Remote Copy support. The new extension solution uses CNT's UltraNet Storage Director. FICON extends disk mirroring distances and allows customers to safely and quickly move data thousands of miles, bolstering their business continuity capabilities. The combination of CNT's FC/9000 FC/FICON Director and its professional services expertise allows the company to provide customers with complete solutions to migrate from ESCON to FICON, including remote applications.

"CNT has more than 60 IBM XRC (ESCON) installations at some of the largest data centers in the world. We've also been supporting FICON for several years," said Mark Knittel, group vice president of worldwide product operations at CNT. "We have a great deal of experience with both the sophisticated capabilities of XRC as well as the FICON protocol, and it's only natural that we'd extend that expertise to support IBM's latest XRC-based solutions."

"IBM views its support of FICON connections as an opportunity for customers to improve upon the already impressive speed and scalability of IBM TotalStorage solutions, particularly as it applies to extended remote copy functionality," said Roland Hagan, vice president of storage systems marketing at IBM. "CNT's offering provides customers with additional choice for their storage systems." ...CNT profile

Emulex HBAs Achieve Red Hat Certification

COSTA MESA, Calif. - January 5, 2004 - Emulex Corporation announced today that its award-winning LightPulse family of HBAs has been certified for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Additionally, the Linux Open Source driver for the LightPulse family of HBAs is now supported by Red Hat for its Enterprise Linux AS and ES distributions. Under the agreement, Red Hat will provide seamless support to its customers when using the qualified Emulex Open Source drivers through a joint process with Emulex. Red Hat has also certified and listed multiple Emulex HBA generations on its Hardware Compatibility List for use with both 32-bit and 64-bit Intel Architecture platforms in single system and cluster environments.

"Red Hat and Emulex will continue to work closely together with the goal of integrating future Emulex drivers into the Red Hat Enterprise Linux product line, via up-stream acceptance of the open-source Emulex drivers into the Linux kernel," said Brian Stevens, vice president of Operating System Development for Red Hat.

"Four generations of Emulex HBAs, both enterprise and mid-range class, are now Red Hat certified and supported, which is a testament to the company's ongoing commitment to providing leading solutions that can be deployed across the broadest range of IT infrastructures," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing of Emulex. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux support of Emulex HBAs allows for simplified integration with enterprise class systems and provides end users with more flexibility while implementing heterogeneous SANs." ...Emulex profile, ...Red Hat profile

Ingrian Raises $14 Million in 3rd Round Funding

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - January 5, 2004 - Ingrian Networks, Inc. today announced the completion of a $14 million third round of funding.

Investors participating in this round include Prism Venture Partners, Globespan Capital Partners (formerly JAFCO Ventures), HighBAR Ventures, and Partech International. Ingrian will leverage this funding to enhance its pioneering solutions and further expand its leadership in the emerging data privacy segment.

Jon Callaghan, Managing Director of Globespan Capital Partners, stated, "We're very excited about Ingrian's opportunity in the growing data privacy market. Ingrian has the technology leadership and experienced management team to deliver solutions that help organizations across the Fortune 1000 secure all types of sensitive corporate data. Ingrian's global customer base provides substantial market validation of the increasingly urgent need for data privacy solutions." ...Ingrian Networks profile
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EVault's SmallBusiness web backup serves 100+

Toshiba Introduces World's Smallest Hard Drive

M-Systems and Samsung Sign Flash Agreement

Seagate Appoints New Distributor in Americas

ATTO Offers Strong Support for Apple

PeerStorage Array Earns Novell Certification

Kubota Selects FalconStor Replication

Arkeia and RAID Inc. Partner

Western Digital's New Consumer Products

CMS External SATA Backup Now Shipping

Spectra Logic Increases Government Focus

StorageTek Announces Key Executive Changes


Emulex HBAs Achieve Red Hat Certification

Ingrian Raises $14 Million in 3rd Round Funding

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5 Easy Tips to Properly Store Tape Media Cartridges by Sony

The portability of tape data storage media has made tape-based storage systems a perennial favorite for disaster recovery applications. Tapes can easily and, more importantly, inexpensively be duplicated and stored offsite in case a disaster causes data outages on the primary storage system. Improper storage of the offsite tape cartridges, however, often furthers the disaster by corrupting the stored data or causing the backup tapes to fail altogether. Here are five easy, but often overlooked, tips to ensure that your backup tapes are stored properly and are fully functional when you truly need them.

  1. Stay away from all stray magnetic fields

    Tape storage has a tempestuous love/hate relationship with magnetic fields. The recording process for tape storage media is dependent on the active magnetic material. Unfortunately, magnetic materials are also used to erase and write over previously recorded information. As a precaution, always keep tape cartridges away from stray magnetic fields because even small magnetic sources can compromise the data stored on tape. If you're storing backup tapes offsite for disaster recovery purposes, make sure you thoroughly test your tape storage locations for magnetic fields. A tape's magnetic fields, and thus its content, can be corrupted by something as innocent as an industrial floor cleaner. When in doubt, test first.
  2. Store tapes at recommended temperatures and humidity

    Most manufacturers recommend storing tape cartridges at a temperature between 59°F and 77°F, and between 40% and 60% humidity. A good rule of thumb is to check your own comfort level. If you're comfortable, chances are your tapes are comfortable too. Also make sure to avoid sudden temperature changes, even within the recommended range, because tape can expand or contract. If a sudden temperature change is expected, try to give the tape 24 hours to adjust to the new climate before use. If condensation occurs, wipe off any dew from the shell or reel and allow the tape to dry naturally. Make a working copy when the tape is dry.
  3. Rewind or forward tape every three years

    Over time, long periods of inactivity can cause the tape layers within stored cartridges to stick together. To prevent this from happening, "exercise" tapes every three years by fully rewinding or forwarding the tape. Rewind or forward the tapes at slower speeds whenever possible to maintain high performance.
  4. Store tapes upright and in the case

    Stacking tape cartridges on top of each other can warp their shells, so always store tapes upright on either their sides or ends. Whenever possible, make sure to keep the cartridges in their original cases.
  5. Put the labels on correctly

    Only apply labels where they belong on the tape. This may seem obvious, but it often causes unnecessary tape failures. Improperly placed labels can interfere with cassette loading, degrade the tape alignment or even peel off inside the recording mechanism.

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