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Burlington, MA - July 7, 2004 - Winchester Systems, Inc. today introduced new data storage arrays capable of scaling to 200 terabytes while accommodating both Fibre Channel primary data storage and SATA secondary storage within the same physical storage array. This new storage array is designed for midrange and enterprise data storage environments requiring high capacity, or the ability to seamlessly support both primary and secondary data storage simultaneously.

"AOpenSAN can be field upgraded and easily configured without downtime by simply adding a few key modular components. With the latest SATA enclosure chassis from Winchester Systems, customers can scale to 200 terabytes from a single unit. There is no need to purchase more data storage or host connectivity than is necessary to meet today's requirements. Users have the flexibility to start small and 'pay-as-you-grow'" said Jan Sutton, Product Marketing Manager.

The latest FlashDisk OpenSAN versions are available in two models: the FX-500, 8-port configuration and the FX-700, 12-port configuration. Both data storage arrays provide dual RAID controller configurations, and double the maximum data storage capacity of the existing FX-400 and FX-600 storage arrays. Designed for versatility, the FX-500 supports up to 480 disk drives providing up to 120 terabytes of secondary SATA storage, while the FX-700 scales to 200 terabytes with 800 disk drives. Both units can simultaneously support high capacity 250 GB SATA drives for secondary data storage applications such as disk-to-disk backup or near line storage, and high performance Fibre Channel drives for mission critical primary data storage needs. Both deliver performance well-suited to database, OLTP, manufacturing, multimedia, financial, imaging, prepress, e-mail, web server and other disk intensive tasks. Available now, the list price of the 8-port FlashDisk OpenSAN FX-500 is $20,747 and the 12-port FX-700 is priced at $26,706. ...Winchester Systems profile, SAN

Editor's comments:- in case, like me you get confused by Winchester Systems' use of the term "FlashDisk" they don't mean Flash Disks which use solid state flash technology, like those made by M-Systems. They use the name for their brand of high speed "winchester" hard disk based systems. It's confusing so I thought I should mention it.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 7, 2004 - Intransa, Inc. today announced that it has shipped its 125th IP SAN system to Sapiens International Corporation N.V. a leading global provider of insurance business solutions. Intransa's IP5000 IP SAN system was chosen by Sapiens to replace EMC's Symmetrix Fibre Channel systems hosting mission critical data housed in clustered and standalone Oracle databases as well as network user storage space.

The 125th customer shipment of an IP SAN system underscores the escalating adoption rate of IP SAN as an easy to use and cost effective data storage alternative to Fibre Channel. This win further validates Intransa's leadership position in delivering IP SAN solutions to market. EqualLogic, the company's closest rival, has recently announced its 100th customer shipment.

"In selecting the Intransa IP SAN solution we evaluated all the options available on the market and were beyond compare, " said Raanan Kadouri, IT Director at Sapiens. "When we tested the IP5000, the performance and user benefits immediately jumped out only price but total impact of functionality and TCO, and Intransa by far offered the best cost-performance ratio."

"As a certified partner and a member of our iForce family, Sun is excited to see Sapiens base their deployment on Intransa's leading IP SAN solution. The IP5000 is a solid match with stability and performance of Sun Solaris operating system and Sparc-based servers," said Jamshed Doctor, Senior Manager iForce Solutions Center, Sun Microsystems.

Intransa's solution for Sapiens is based on Solaris to meet the needs of the organization today and provide a simple expansion path as the organization's needs evolve. The IP5000 SAN system cost effectively increases capacity by simply adding additional disk enclosures without the burden of additional software licenses or adding expensive storage controllers. Furthermore, as a native IP system, management is simple and straightforward by leveraging the ubiquitous familiarity with IP networking and administration. No proprietary or specialized knowledge is required that is the case with competing technology, such as Fibre Channel. ...Intransa profile, iSCSI, NAS

Editor's comments:- that gives Intransa about 20% of iSCSI user sites worldwide.

Burlington, MA - July 7, 2004 - XOsoft today announced that it has completed a $9 million financing round with its investors. XOsoft will use this funding to bolster its sales and marketing initiatives, to expand its number of channel partnerships and to integrate its software more tightly with major server and database platforms. Today's round of funding is XOsoft's fourth since the company's inception in 1999, bringing the total amount raised to nearly $30 million. XOsoft now has over 250 customers including some of the largest financial and government organizations in the world.

"We have seen a surge in demand over the last year, particularly in products that help minimize downtime and allow uninterrupted access to enterprise applications," says Professor Leonid Shtilman, XOsoft's Founder and Chief Executive Office. "We are pleased that our investors have seen the strides made thus far, and we look forward to continued success as the company expands its sales, marketing and channel presence."

Companies are becoming increasingly concerned with their ability to ensure continuous availability of their critical applications. This concern relates directly to the growing shift of focus from underlying technologies towards customer-oriented business value that must be protected and enhanced. According to Gartner and other leading analyst firms, backup and replication will merge to form a single recovery market. It is XOsoft's belief that these changes, as well as economic recovery and falling prices of such infrastructure as servers, storage and network bandwidth will drive demand in replication-based solutions. ...XOsoft profile, Backup software, VC funds in storage

SAN DIEGO - July 7, 2004 - Overland Storage, Inc. today introduced the REO 1000 a disk-based alternative to entry-level (1U and 2U form-factor) tape autoloaders. The REO 1000 provides 1TB native (2TB compressed) data storage capacity with LTO-2 tape drive emulation. Its Gigabit Ethernet (iSCSI) connectivity provides low-cost networking. RAID data protection capabilities offer redundant data protection. Virtualized storage targets allow users to customize the backup structure to meet their needs. Widespread operating system and third-party software application support enables easy integration, including Windows, Solaris, BackupExec, ARCserve and more. MSRP starts around $4,949. According to Gartner Dataquest, the tape autoloader market is valued at over $1.4 billion in revenue for the 2003-2006 forecast period.

"The REO 1000 provides manageability, flexibility and reliability features not found in entry-level tape autoloaders, including virtualized storage elements, the ability to appear to backup servers and applications as either disk or tape, and RAID data protection" said Robert Scroop, vice president and general manager, Overland Storage. ...Overland profile, Disk to disk backup

Editor:- July 7, 2004 - sometimes the best laid plans for business continuity can still fail. This morning, high winds here at the STORAGEsearch office knocked out our electrical power lines. No problem - I went out to the barn to switch on the generator. That usually just takes a few minutes to get going. But in removing the cover from the generator I noticed and then felt, that I had just moved a large active wasps nest. About 5 stings and some fast running later I got back inside to notice that the power had come back on again. Luckily I'm not allergic, and later tonight I'll be back in there to deal with the nest wearing some protective clothing and not just the t-shirt I had on at the time. I have to adimt that having a nest of angry wasps between me and the generator (and one set of near-site backups) wasn't in my disaster recovery plan. But it is now. Data recovery services

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif .- July 6, 2004 - Topspin Communications, Inc. today announced its inclusion in the AlwaysOn Top 100 Private Companies list. The company was selected for its demonstrated leadership and innovation, market traction through continued revenue and customer growth, as well as for delivering technologies that are "likely to cause significant change to existing markets and well-established players."

As part of the selection process, AlwaysOn, an open source media company focused on technology and business innovation, and KPMG's emerging business practice, KPMG 1Start, compiled the second-annual AO100 list. The two groups surveyed more than 1,000 venture investors, investment bankers, top entrepreneurs and executives, who nominated more than 700 companies to determine the AO100 winners. AlwaysOn, ...Topspin profile, InfiniBand, Storage routers

Oslo, Norway - July 6, 2004 - Tandberg Data has entered into an agreement with IBM for the supply of new tape storage products. The volume delivery to IBM will start in early 2005 based on sucessful qualification by the end of 2004. The agreement is valid until December 31 2006 with yearly extensions thereafter, and has an estimated value of $30-35 million in revenue over the 24 month period. IBM is today one of Tandberg Data's largest OEM customers for SLR tape drive products. SLR products are integrated in IBM's eServer iSeries systems. ...Tandberg Data profile ...IBM profile, Tape drives

Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 6, 2004 - Network Appliance, Inc. was listed in the "visionary" quadrant for SAN integrated solutions and storage service in two recent Gartner reports.

"Providing unified storage solutions with SAN and/or NAS capabilities in a single system is a unique differentiator and advantage for us," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Marketing at Network Appliance. "Being listed in the visionary quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for SAN integrated solutions is a tremendous honor. It confirms our progress in establishing a solid FC SAN business, our innovation in IP SANs through iSCSI, and our ability to unify customers' storage networks with a simple, multi-protocol product line. Our enterprise customers expect a high degree of consulting and integration from us, and we have worked hard to deliver and exceed their expectations."

Network Appliance first debuted SAN solutions in October 2002 with the launch of the industry's first FAS (fabric-attached storage) systems capable of handling both SAN and/or NAS data traffic. The company has also been a pioneer and market leader in bringing iSCSI to enterprise customers and recently completed the transition of its entire primary storage line to FAS with the introduction of the midrange FAS920 and FAS920c, giving customers maximum flexibility to deploy their storage systems in whatever networked storage configuration is best for a particular application or set of applications and to change the data access method as storage needs change. ...Gartner profile, ...Network Appliance profile, SAN

Editor:- July 6, 2004 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch called - "The New RAIDn Algorithm - How Does it Compare?".

Written by Axel Boehme, Product Manager at Tandberg Data, the article compares data throughput, survivability and capacity of RAIDn with traditional RAID schemes. For users seeking to increase their usable capacity and protect against multiple drive failures, without buying more disks - RAIDn could be what the company doctor ordered. the article, ...Tandberg profile, RAID controllers, JBODs

FREMONT, Calif. - July 5, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced the qualification of its E-DiskSAN S2F-J with the QLA2340 and QLA2342 host bus adapters from QLogic Corp. Benchmark tests were conducted at BiTMICRO's state-of-the-art facilities in Fremont, California. Using a SuperMicro SuperServer with a dual Xeon 2.6 GHz CPU and 1 GB DDR-266 memory as host, lab engineers attached a QLogic dual-port QLA2342 to an E-DiskSAN S2F-J equipped with twelve 2 Gb E-Disk Fibre Channel SSDs. IOmeter test results show that both products were able to deliver an outstanding 112,000 IOPS (max), sequential read rates of up to 681 MB/sec and sequential write rates of up to 403 MB/sec. Sustained random rates peaked at 560 MB/sec for reads and 257 MB/sec for writes. ...BiTMICRO profile, ...QLogic profile, Fibre-channel adapters, Solid State Disks, SAN

Boise, ID - July 5, 2004 - Micron Technology, Inc., today announced plans to produce NAND Flash memory solutions targeting memory cards, USB devices and other mass storage applications. By the end of 2004, Micron anticipates bringing its first NAND Flash solution, a 2Gb component, to market. With the Flash card market starting to transition from 128MB to 256MB density NAND as the volume leader, the 2Gb density enables Micron to offer the right NAND Flash density at the right time to meet these core removable storage market requirements.

"By leveraging our manufacturing prowess, advanced process and product technology, and capital investment, Micron plans to break into the market as one of the top three suppliers," said Jan du Preez, Micron's Vice President of Networking and Communication. "Micron is entering the NAND market aggressively, starting with the introduction of our first device on 90nm followed by process migrations to 72nm and then 58nm. Our NAND roadmap reflects multiple configurations and density migrations up to 16Gb. We anticipate ramping production quickly to meet the forecasted market demand." ...Micron Technology profile, Flash

MILPITAS, Calif. - July 1, 2004 - Maxtor Corporation today provided an update on the outlook for its financial results for the second quarter ended June 26, 2004. Second quarter revenue is anticipated to be approximately $820 to $825 million. The Company expects to report a net loss on a GAAP basis of between $20 and $30 million.

The Company expects that shipments in the second quarter will total approximately 11.6 million units approximately 10% below expectations. This shortfall reflected the seasonally weak second quarter, coupled with softness in the distribution channel, as white box manufacturers and system integrators delayed purchases in anticipation of declining prices. During the quarter, the price gap between OEM and distribution customers narrowed more than expected, especially in the latter part of June..

In order to reduce costs further and lower its breakeven point, the Company will eliminate approximately 400 to 500 positions company-wide. ...Maxtor profile

Editor:- July 1, 2004 - the Top 10 Storage Companies in June is published today on our Market Research page. The biggest slide was LSI Logic which dropped out of this list for the first time in more than two years. But chip rival Silicon Image re-entered at #10. Fastest climber was VERITAS Software. The new #1 was NAS maker - Ingrasys Technology. STORAGEsearch tracks the top 1,000 storage companies, and the ranking is based on reader pageviews. It's a good way to track what's catching the eye of hundreds of thousands of storage readers. ...see research page

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New Article on the State of the iSCSI Market

editor:- June 30, 2004 - today STORAGEsearch publishes a new article on the state of the iSCSI market.based on an extensive interview with iSCSI company PyX Technologies

All is not well in the iSCSI market. But despite the problems there is still a lot of optimism.

How does a dedicated iSCSI startup company, without the benefit of venture capital, survive in the diificult early days when the total worldwide number of iSCSI user sites is still measured in the low hundreds?

We asked a lot of hard questions and got some interesting answers.

Here's a short extract from this "must-see" interview....

Q. What are the main risk factors you see for users who start implementing iSCSI today?

. The biggest risk we see is that buyers develop the wrong expectations for the technology and accept sub-standard products as being representative of the entire class of iSCSI enabled devices. There are also a lot of products that simply don't work well or as well as they should when they do work. The expectations being set are well below what is possible and it is slowing the acceptance of the technology.

Further, we really believe the technology is being mis-marketed. Almost all product available today is ERL 0 only and has extremely limited functionality. There is little awareness that iSCSI has different levels for fault tolerance within the protocol or that not all iSCSI-enabled products are fully compliant with the protocol as written. There is little to no mention of standards, it is being sold as technology with limited functionality and there are some performance claims being floated in the market that are mathematically impossible. This is not the way to develop market demand for serious products.

We are seeing some rather seedy marketing of the technology as being a "cheap" solution or "Poor Man's Fibre Channel". While the solution may be less expensive than Fibre, in our opinion the only things that should be referred to as cheap are thrills and liquor. Nonetheless, that has not prevented some vendors of low-end iSCSI enabled products from putting poor out quality product and selling it like they're at the Sunday flea market.

That being said, it sounds like we're the bitter curmudgeon of week. Actually, we're just concerned that the early adopters don't underestimate the technology based on what has been available to date or be deterred from adoption of iSCSI because they have a bad experience with an early implementation that was not correctly developed, engineered or deployed. the article, ...PyX Technologies profile, iSCSI

the Top 10 Company Profiles - June 2004

The top 10 most popular companies (out of more than 1,000 storage companies listed on STORAGEsearch) visited by our readers last month were as follows... Figures in brackets (n) indicate rank the month before.
  1. Ingrasys Technology (2)
  2. M-Systems (3)
  3. Texas Memory Systems (4)
  4. Dell Computer (1)
  5. Curtis (6)
  6. BakBone Software (7)
  7. VERITAS Software (12)
  8. Adaptec (8)
  9. Intelligent Computer Solutions (9)
  10. Silicon Image (11)
The new entries to the top 10 list this month were:- VERITAS and Silicon Image.

The companies which dropped out of the top 10 list this month were:- Rave Computer at #12, and LSI Logic at #13.
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