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Maynard, Mass - July 14, 2004 - SANBlaze Technology, Inc. today introduced the VirtuaLUN, a Fibre Channel Target Emulation System. The SANBlaze VirtuaLUN system delivers an extremely cost effective approach to Fibre Channel device development and testing. The VirtuaLUN emulates Fibre Channel disk drives for read/write performance testing environments, with no initiator side software changes required. The VirtuaLUN system reduces the need to deploy large farms of physical "scratch" disks, providing high performance, non-volatile disk media at a fraction of the cost of physical disks.

The VirtuaLUN is the ideal tool for Fibre Channel HBA, switch and infrastructure development and testing in a real world, wire speed environment. It is a unique product for any environment that requires varying amounts of fibre channel drives for testing, QA or proof of concept, eliminating the cost and complexity of deploying disk systems. The ability to rapidly change disk counts and configurations as well as simulate a wide range of target conditions provides immediate ROI in the form of saved time and money.

The VirtuaLUN is available with two, four or six Fibre Channel Ports running at 1 or 2 Gbps. Each port can be configured to present up to 480 virtual "disks" or LUNs to devices under test, providing a huge cost savings over building the same capability using real disk drives. A fully configured VirtuaLUN can emulate in excess of 2800 LUNs. The system occupies a 1U rack space, providing test labs with a highly optimized test environment in a compact footprint. An integrated, easy to use web based interface allows configuration, re-configuration, error injection and monitoring from any remote system. The VirtuaLUN is available immediately. ...SANBlaze profile, Fibre-channel adapters, test tools


Berkeley, CA - July 14, 2004 - Freecom Technologies has begun marketing the newest member to its Classic line of Optical Drive Products and hard-drive storage devices, an external DVD+/-RW drive that supports DVD+R double-layer recording. The versatile unit is compatible with all disc types, allowing users to burn DVDs and CDs with complete confidence.

"Dual-layer recordable DVD technology is the latest rage in the optical disc storage industry," remarked Freecom Technology's US Sales Manager, Dave Glassman. "Our new Classic DVD+/-R RW drive allows users to take full advantage of it, as it supports DVD+R double-layer recording. This tremendous feature allows users to record up to 8.5GB of movies, music, data, and photos on a single side of a disc. Translated into more understandable terms, that is about four hours of high-quality MPEG-2 video, 2000 MP3-format songs, nearly 6000 floppy discs' worth of data, and 17,000 high-quality JPEG images."

Beside its DVD+R DL 2.4x capability, product specifications for the unit include: DVD+R 8x, DVD+RW 4x, DVD-R 8x, DVD-RW 4x, DVD-ROM 12x, CD-R 32x, CD-RW 16x, and CD-ROM 40x. It is compatible with Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP.

It can be installed in seconds without having to open the computer. Among the items included with the unit are a USB cable, DVD authoring software suite, 1x DVD+R disc, and an easy-to-follow seven-language owner's manual It comes with Freecom's famous free help-desk support and a two-year manufacturer's warranty. The Freecom Classic DVD+/-RW drive with DVD+R double-layer recording capability has a MSRP of $199.99. It is in stock and ready for delivery. ...Freecom profile, CD-RW & DVD-RW, DVD drives, USB storage


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - July 14, 2004 - NovaStor Corporation today announced the release of NovaNET 9 with support for Oracle Database servers. NovaNET 9 supports Oracle 8i and 9i Databases on Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 and SuSe Linux Enterprise Server 8. NovaNET 9 provides users of Oracle databases a cost effective, high performance solution for complete 24x7 data protection with both tape and disk-based backup.

According to a recent report by the Enterprise Strategy Group backup and restore performance are the top 2 data protection concerns of IT managers. In this report, customers surveyed by ESG say that over the next 24 months, 59% of these customers will use some form of disk-based backups, 54% say that data will be backed up to disk at some point and up to 24% of data will backed up to disk exclusively. The drivers of this disk based backup trend are increased performance requirements, ease of restore and government regulations.

NovaNET 9 users can leverage the latest in low cost, high performance disk-based backup solutions from leading server and RAID vendors such as DELL, IBM, HP, EMC and NetApp. The combination of NovaNET 9's Oracle Database support and our VirtualTape solution lets small businesses reduce backup time by over 50% and improve restore time by 90% over conventional tape only backup solutions. ...NovaStor profile, Backup Software, Disk to disk backup


MILPITAS, Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif.- July 13, 2004 - Adaptec, Inc. and Snap Appliance, Inc. announced today the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Snap Appliance. Adaptec's purchase price, including future cash and stock compensation, is expected to be approximately $100 million. This amount represents approximately $91 million of cash and $9 million of assumed stock options. Adaptec expects the transaction to generate more than $40 million in new revenue over the next four quarters and the acquisition is expected to be accretive to Adaptec by the end of this calendar year.

"Together, Adaptec and Snap Appliance have strong synergies that we plan to capitalize on to create a unique leader in the storage industry - one that can deliver solutions for businesses of almost any size and requirements, almost any existing infrastructure, anywhere in the network, all managed by a common software management platform and enhanced by value-added software applications for a variety of key business needs," said Robert N. Stephens, president and CEO of Adaptec.

This transaction further demonstrates Adaptec's aggressive expansion in the external storage market and its ongoing commitment to deliver cost-effective, scalable and easy-to-use direct-attached storage, NAS, Fibre Channel and IP-based SAN solutions from the workgroup to the data center. ...Adaptec profile, ...Snap Appliance profile, Acquired companies, NAS


BELLEVUE, WA - July 13, 2004 - TeraCloud Corporation today announced the availability of a free IO profiling utility (io_profile). io_profile measures and monitors the performance characteristics of a given IO stack. As the sponsor of this free open-source tool, TeraCloud continues its commitment to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of storage environments. Authored by Dr. Bill Pierce, Director of Software Architecture at TeraCloud and an expert in storage-area networks, the portable command-line utility actively measures the I/O stack in Windows and UNIX environments from an applications perspective.

io_profile measures the performance of a large number of open-seek-read/write-close cycles at random locations in a set of randomly selected files. io_profile enables IT professionals to conduct comparative analysis and tune IO channels for I/O size characteristics. By measuring and tuning performance differences, informed decisions guide the optimization of storage solutions.

In laboratory tests designed to characterize and tune I/O channels, TeraCloud achieved performance gains of 25% on Microsoft Windows XP and more than 15% on UNIX platforms. Just as important, time was saved identifying storage optimizations that had little effect on performance. Such results show the benefits of measuring and tuning I/O storage options and leveraging SRM solutions such as those developed by TeraCloud. ...TeraCloud profile, test tools


San Jose, CA - July 13, 2004 - The 2005 Network Storage Conference will be held March 7, 8 and 9, 2005 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Milpitas California. The tentative agenda for the event is given below:

MONDAY March 7, 2005 1:00PM to 8:00 PM A-1 New architectural concepts A-2 Provisioning and Managing Storage A-3 REception

TUESDAY March 8, 2005 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM B-1 Managing and Planning the IT operation--A User's View B-2 Securing, Protecting and Recovering Data

WEDNESDAY March 9, 2005- 8:00 am to 5:00 PM C-1 Intelligent Storage C-2 New applications for networked storage C-3 awards Presentation

The Network Storage Conference has established itself as a premier storage conference since its creation in 1994. NSC pioneered all conferences dedicated to storage networking, and was instrumental in pulling the industry into an unprecedented coalition that led to the creation of the SNIA. The 2005 Network Storage Conference is now soliciting corporate, media and organization sponsors as well as speakers. ...Network Storage Conference, ...Peripheral Concepts profile, Events


FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - July 13, 2004 - Nomura Research Institute, Ltd and DataCore Software today announced that the companies will jointly deliver comprehensive storage management solutions aimed at the finance and logistics industries. Utilizing DataCore SANsymphony hardware-independent storage virtualization technology, NRI plans to increase the efficiency and enhance the quality of service these customers obtain from their storage resources - while dramatically reducing their acquisition and operating costs.

Until now, firms with heterogeneous storage equipment have been required to employ multiple operating procedures specific to each vendor's system. The new solution from the NRI / DataCore partnership enables users to manage diverse equipment with a common, centralized approach. It also allows customers to defer major capacity purchases until they are ready to be used, rather than stockpiling excess disk space when they first install it. Some SANsymphony customers report that their acquisition and operating costs have been reduced by more than 50% through more efficient storage utilization and simpler storage management. ...DataCore Software profile


SOUTHBOROUGH, MA - July 12, 2004 - FilesX, Inc today announced the full release of its patented Information Recovery Platform. The FilesX recovery platform is the storage industry's first disk-based data recovery solution to offer comprehensive granular data recovery control from a single data backup. The Xpress Restore platform streamlines the data recovery process and provides customers with the ability to restore servers from bare-metal, volume, file, and application data. The Xchange Restore module enables fast recovery of individual emails, mailboxes, attachments, contacts, notes, and calendar data with "Point, Click and Recover" simplicity.

The FilesX recovery platform enables customers to tailor data backup to their specific business requirements and to respond quickly to data loss or corruption with minimal impact on the organization. The patented Unified Restore technology enables granular data recovery that is unique in the storage industry, combining the recovery strengths of mirroring, snapshot and file backup.

The technology enables recovery of all types of data through an intuitive Windows-based console, integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure, and requires no investment in proprietary hardware. The Xpress Restore platform achieves a storage industry first by enabling recovery of application content, files, volumes, and overall systems, including MS Exchange and SQL databases, from a single snapshot. The Xchange Restore module offers unique email protection and recovery for Exchange servers, including granular restoration of an individual email or an entire mailbox, including attachments, contacts, notes, calendar entries and tasks with advanced search functionality and a Windows-based interface. Email can be instantly restored without the restoration of an entire Exchange database, or performing brick-level backups. ...FilesX profile

Other news on this page

SANBlaze delivers Fibre Channel Target Emulation

Freecom Announces DVD+R Double Layer Drive

NovaNET 9 Supports Disk-Based Backup of Oracle

Adaptec to Acquire Snap Appliance

TeraCloud Announces Free I/O Performance Utility

Network Storage Conference Call for Sponsors

Nomura Research Partners with DataCore

FilesX Unveils Information Recovery Platform

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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?

A
. 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.

...read the article, ...PyX Technologies profile, iSCSI

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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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