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Finisar's Test Tools Help NAS / SAN Developers

SUNNYVALE, CA - Jul. 21, 2004 - Finisar Corporation announced today that its Medusa Labs group has introduced a new Test Tools Suite for developers of SAN and NAS products and components.

The Test Tool Suite was specifically designed to find elusive data corruptions, I/O timeouts, I/O loss, and system lockup scenarios. The tools are very rich in debug and logging information to allow for rapid analysis of any found issues. They are designed to stress hardware and signal integrity and are also portable to all of the major operating systems so that familiarity on one platform leads to familiarity on all others.

"For the validation of our new Alacritech STA2000 multi-port Gigabit TOE ASIC, we searched for an outside test partner with the advanced I/O tools and technical expertise to assist us in ensuring we offered best-in-class technology to our customers," said Richard Blackborow, vice president, Engineering, Alacritech. "We found the ability of Medusa Labs' Test Tool Suite to conduct stringent, real-world stress-tests invaluable in enabling us to deliver a TOE ASIC with the quality required by today's mission-critical storage networks."

The Medusa Test Tools Suite consists of 3 components:- I/O Tools, Test Automation and Utilities that run on a host system. At the simplest level, the test tools operate in an initiator-target fashion. The host system acts as an initiator and the target can be any storage device internal or external to the host system. The host system becomes a precision traffic generator using real-world application data. The tools are command-line based, so they are ideal for setting up scripted test runs. ...Finisar profile, test, NAS


Fastora Introduces New RAID Storage

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - July 21, 2004 - Fastora today announced its newest direct attached storage servers, the DAS-208 and DAS 315.

The Fastora DAS Series feature a SCSI or Fibre Channel interface and can utilize SATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel hard drives, supporting RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 30, 50, 6, and JBOD. The DAS Series also offers hot swappable hard disks, power supply, fan and I/O modules to simplify maintenance and provide the security and reliability of an "always on" back up system.
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New Article on the State of the iSCSI Market
editor:- June 30, 2004 - today StorageSearch.com 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....read the article
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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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"Business data and multimedia content continues to expand at an incredible pace, which is dramatically increasing the need for greater capacity on daily basis," said Kit Chui, Fastora sales director. "While many storage appliances are aimed at network connectivity, DAS servers immediately expand the capacity of a primary server without adding the management and financial challenges associated with placing another server on the network." ...Fastora profile, RAID systems, Rackmount storage


Adtron Introduces First SATA Flash SSD

London, England - July 20, 2004 - Adtron Corporation announced today the first commercially available 2.5-inch Serial ATA flash drive for the defence, aerospace, commercial aviation and industrial markets.

"We have leveraged our expertise in solid state storage technology to capture market demand for SATA early adopters," stated Alan Fitzgerald, Chief Technology Officer. "The patented Adtron flash controller allows us to respond quickly to market needs and deliver a product with exceptional capacity points and performance without using volatile cache memory. Particularly in the flash market where reliability and data integrity are paramount, the use of cache memory is a point of data loss weakness."

SATA offers the advantage of faster bus architecture, longer cable lengths, and full compliance with the ATA/ATAPI-6 protocol, providing an easy migration path from PATA to SATA.

Model A25FB SATA Flashpak incorporates secure erase features designed to provide the fastest clear and sanitize times available on the market today. Designed and tested to MIL-STD-810F specifications, the A25FB possesses the same reliability and durability characteristics that Adtron customers have come to expect from our comprehensive line of flash drives.

First deliveries of the A25FB begin in July 2004. With this first release, 2.5-inch capacities extend up to 40GBytes with sustained read/write performance in the 40 MByte/sec range. Soon to follow is the 3.5-inch - the A35FB Flashpak - with capacities up to 64 GBytes. Both the A25FB and A35FB provide either commercial (0 to 70 degrees C) or indutsrial (-40 to 85 degrees C) temperature rated drives. Quantity pricing for a 16 GByte A25FB flash drive with a industrial temperature rating is $11,200. ...Adtron profile, Solid State Disks


Fujitsu Demonstrates SAS / SATA Interoperability

San Jose, CA, July 20, 2004 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. today announced successful interoperability testing of its small form factor Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives.

The interoperability testing was conducted during the SAS plugfest conducted the week of June 21, 2004 in the Interoperability Lab at the University of New Hampshire. Fujitsu was the only manufacturer able to demonstrate both SAS and SATA interoperability with its own SFF SAS and 2.5" SATA hard disk drives.

The SAS plugfest is designed to provide a vendor neutral location for cooperative testing to advance an open SAS standard. The second SAS plugfest included a special session to test the interoperability of SATA products interoperating within a SAS component infrastructure. Fujitsu is in the unique position of conducting these tests within its own product suite.

Fujitsu and LSI Logic developed collaboratively a disk controller ASIC with a flexible implementation of SAS technology early in the life of the SAS standard. Through this flexible implementation, Fujitsu was the first to deliver a small form factor SAS drive to OEM labs for testing with next-generation enterprise storage solutions in December 2003. Fujitsu followed this news by announcing the first 2.5" SATA drive in January 2004, positioning the 35-year hard disk drive veteran at the forefront of the industry. ...Fujitsu profile, SAS, SATA


BiTMICRO Receives Patent for Flash Storage Testing

Fremont, California - July 20, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks has been awarded a key patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the storage device testing technology found in its E-Disk Analyzer.

United States patent number 6,757,845, entitled "Method and Apparatus for Testing a Storage Device," pertains to a method of testing storage device I/O functionality during a storage operation. This technique is the core technology found in the E-Disk Analyzer, BiTMICRO's proprietary Flash Analysis Development System. The E-Disk Analyzer is a versatile tool that emulates and tests flash memory in a solid-state disk and is used by hardware, manufacturing, firmware application, and field engineers in all phases of the E-Disk flash drive's lifecycle. ...BiTMICRO profile, Flash Memory, test equipment


Seagate Announces 1 Inch HDD Audio Design Win

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - July 20, 2004 - Seagate Technology today announced that Creative Technology Ltd has chosen Seagate as the strategic supplier of disc drive storage technology for its new portable audio product lines, starting with Seagate's new ST1 Series 1-inch hard drive.

Over the years, Creative has built upon the popularity of its PC audio success to include other hand held consumer electronics application like Zen Jukebox portable media players. Creative and Seagate intend to work together on additional products with the goal of enhancing the storage capabilities for hand held consumer electronics products. The Seagate ST1 Series, the industry's first 1-inch hard drive to offer 2.5GB and 5GB capacities, lets consumers download larger libraries of higher-fidelity music to pocket players. Seagate's RunOn Technology helps the ST1 drive sense a high motion environment and compensate for it, enabling the drive to find the music it's looking for. The Seagate ST1 Series can hold up to 90 hours of high-quality music files (128 kbps), its typical time-to-ready is 2 seconds or less, and its unique rugged design helps music players withstand the abuse that hand-held devices take. ...Seagate profile

Editor's comments:-
also today, Seagate reported revenue of $6.22 billion for the financial year year ending July 2, 2004, a decline of 4% compared to last year despite shipping 17% more drives ( 79 million). Although Seagate dominates the enterprise disk market with nearly 50% market share, it has smaller presence in the desktop, mobile and consumer markets - where it has strong competition from multiple sources.

Historically as the disk market has moved to smaller form factors in successive generations (from 8" to 5.25", then 3.5" etc and now 1") the new products have opened up bigger new markets. The makers of the smallest drives have tended to oust their bigger form factor competitors. In the past Seagate has used acquisitions to make up for technology deficits in its home grown products - but the population of disk drive makers is now too small to make that a viable option. The first startup disk maker in a generation - Cornice - is facing patent lawsuits from Seagate and Western Digital. The problem facing all disk makers is that average prices are falling at a faster rate than the market size is growing. New applications may restore the balance - but that's not certain.


EMC's Recovery Continues

Hopkinton, Mass - July 20, 2004 - EMC Corporation today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2004.

Total consolidated revenue for EMC's second quarter was $1.97 billion, 33% higher than the $1.48 billion reported for the second quarter of 2003. Net income for the quarter was $193 million 136% higher than the $82 million reported for the second quarter of 2003.

EMC systems revenue grew 16% compared with the year-ago quarter as customers around the world aligned the value of their information to the appropriate platform within EMC's expanded family of tiered information storage. EMC's systems business in the quarter was led by EMC CLARiiON and EMC Celerra NAS platforms, which both had revenue growth of more than 40% compared with the year-ago quarter.

EMC software revenue increased 64% compared with the same period a year ago, buoyed by strong double-digit growth from sales of EMC's core storage software and the impact of the Documentum, LEGATO Software and VMware acquisitions. ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- EMC is well on the road to get back to the $9 billion peak revenue it had before the IT recession.



Matsushita selects Rambus' DDR2 and XDR Interfaces

LOS ALTOS, Calif. - July 19, 2004 - Rambus Inc. today announced that Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. commonly known by the brand name Panasonic, has selected its DDR2 and XDR memory interfaces.

Under the agreement, Matsushita Electric will integrate Rambus's drop-in DDR2 interface cell into its next-generation digital television chipsets. For higher performance and richer feature sets in a future product, Matsushita has also licensed Rambus's interface cell supporting XDR memory which provides increased memory bandwidth. Using both DDR2 and XDR interfaces enables Matsushita to deliver high-volume consumer products to the market that will span a wide range of price-performance points.

"The Rambus memory interface family provides us with flexible solutions for both high-volume applications with DDR2 DRAM and best-in-class products with XDR DRAM," said Hakuhei Kawakami, Director of System LSI Development Division at Matsushita's Semiconductor Company. "Integrating these new interface designs into our chips will further support more rapid development of leading-edge, innovative Panasonic digital products to please our customers worldwide."

Rambus is the only company to provide DDR memory controller interfaces with an optional performance mode supporting XDR DRAM, providing a two-to-eight times increase in system memory bandwidth. Using this capability, customers can develop a single chip that spans multiple price/performance points depending on which memory type is connected. ...Rambus profile, ICs, RAM


Virtual Tape Library Solutions from $4,000

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. - July 19, 2004 - Ultera Systems today announced MirageVL a "Value Line" of controllers for Small and Medium Businesses providing Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solutions that are easy to implement and affordable.

According to Mas Omae, Director of Sales at Ultera Systems, "the SMB customer has been unable to take advantage of VTL technology due to pricing and the complexities involved in adding and validating a separate server for the VTL into the backup process. The users just want reliability of backups/restores, simplicity, and to avoid tape problems."

The Value Line MirageVL VTC is available with two different interfaces. The MirageVL VTC, packaged in a turnkey 1U rackmount enclosure, has an MSRP of $4,095 for SCSI and $9,525 for Fibrechannel. This enables integrators to offer a 2TB SCSI based VTL for under $10,000 MSRP and a 4TB Fibrechannel based VTL for less than $20,000 MSRP.

The 2Gb Fibrechannel 4TB VTL backs up at over 500GB/hour and the 2GB SCSI VTL backs up around 400GB/hour. The MirageVL integrates seamlessly with major backup software running on different hardware/operating system platforms. MirageVL is available today. ...Ultera Systems profile, SAN, Tape Emulation, Tape drives


ADIC's CLARiiON Enhanced Backup Hits 2TB/hour

Redmond WA - July 19, 2004 - ADIC announced today an expansion of its Pathlight VX disk-to-tape backup solution that will bring the benefits of disk performance, RAID fault tolerance, and an integrated path to tape to a larger community of IT end users.

In this release, Pathlight VX increases its industry-leading performance to 2.0 TB/hour, adds features to increase flexibility in how data is stored on disk and written to tape, offers extended RAS capabilities, and integrates EMC CLARiiON storage into the product.

To give IT organizations with smaller storage needs a practical way to easily add disk to their existing backup system, Pathlight VX now offers a new 3.8 TB entry point and at the upper end of the capacity range, Pathlight VX increases the maximum disk-based storage capacity to 46.8 TB. Performance between host and disk and between disk and tape has also been increased in the new release to a full 2.0 TB/hour, an increase of 67%.

The new Pathlight VX has expanded its list of data management policies to include background writing of data from disk to tape transparent to backup applications ("Early Tape Creation"). With the new policies, customers can use Pathlight VX's internal data movers to automatically create redundant backup sets in the tape library for an additional level of data protection and faster media export. On the RAS front, the new Pathlight VX now includes full dual controller RAID options and enhanced system health checks. The new features mean improved protection, streamlined operation, and a more resilient architecture. ...ADIC profile, Backup software, Disk to disk backup

Editor's comments:- 2.0 TB/hour is very good. The industry's fastest backup and restore is 7.9TB/hour see Record breaking storage for more details.



NSI Announces Support for iSCSI

Hoboken, N.J.- July 19, 2004 - NSI Software, Inc. today announced that it has approved its flagship Double-Take data replication software product for use with any iSCSI storage device.

The testing process combined Double- Take with iSCSI host bus adapters and devices from leading iSCSI storage vendors such as Alacritech, Emulex, Intel, Intransa, Network Appliance, Overland, SANRAD, and Maxxan.

NSI and iSCSI device customers now have an added degree of assurance that they can combine the highly complementary data protection products from NSI and advanced IP-based storage devices from virtually any iSCSI vendor. iSCSI is a storage protocol from the Internet Engineering Task Force designed to transport SCSI commands and data blocks over IP networks. Its economical implementation and interoperability have rapidly contributed to the adoption of storage area networks (SANs) in corporate enterprises and the mid-market.

According to Gartner Dataquest, iSCSI will connect nearly 1.5 million servers to SANs by 2006. ...NSI Software profile, iSCSI


CNT's Storage Director has Upgrade Path to 10 Gbps

MINNEAPOLIS - July 19, 2004 - CNT today announced the UltraNet Multi-service Director, a new generation storage networking infrastructure platform built for the continuous change and growth that customers face today in their IT environments.

In addition to the high availability and RAS features of traditional directors, multi-service directors offer active-active load sharing and fail-over capabilities, completely hot swappable components, advanced diagnostics and proactive reporting capabilities. The UMD delivers a flexible upgrade path from 1 Gbps to 2 Gbps to 4 Gbps to 10 Gbps and the ability to seamlessly integrate a variety of services as needed by the enterprise, including protocols, security, CNT's unparalleled WAN and MAN extension, storage services like virtualization, and management services. UltraNet Multi-service Director will be available in Q3. ...CNT profile, Fibre channel switches, GBICs


NetEx Enables World's Fastest iSCSI WANs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - July 19, 2004 - NetEx today announced HyperIP R5, the next-generation software accelerator that enables unprecedented high-speed data movement over cost-effective IP networks.

HyperIP R5 eliminates distance and IP performance limitations for high-volume data on high-bandwidth IP networks. IETF standards-based HyperIP is the fastest industry-hardened high-volume data transfer over IP-based WANs. HyperIP R5 expands the performance envelope up to 480 Mbps. This is more than a 200% speed improvement over the previous release of HyperIP and far outpaces any other technology on the market today.

HyperIP R5 eliminates TCP/IP degradation issues associated with distances greater than 200 circuit miles or 320 kilometers and packet loss. This results in an application throughput boost ranging from 300 to 1,000 percent compared to standard IP networks. Turning on HyperIP compression increases that throughput an additional two to 15 times, depending on the data's compressibility.

In addition to its own increased performance, HyperIP R5 gives critical storage applications quantifiably better end-to-end performance. HyperIP R5 has added proxy server support and is now tested and NetEx qualified with EMC SRDF Adaptive Copy and SRDF/A on Gigabit Ethernet Directors, Network Appliance SnapMirror, Veritas Volume Replicator and NetBackup, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Microsoft Exchange NetBIOS, Oracle DB Rsync, NSI DoubleTake, McDATA iFCP, industry-standard iSCSI and industry-standard FTP.

Unlike existing techniques for high-speed data transport that increase complexity and cost with additional hardware requirements, HyperIP is a simple appliance that easily attaches to an existing network infrastructure and requires no changes to servers/storage controllers, applications and/or network devices. HyperIP brings the same benefits to extended iSCSI targets, providing better performance over distance, improved link utilizations and a shield against packet loss. HyperIP R5 is available immediately with MSRP starting at $19,750 U.S. list. ...NetEx profile, iSCSI


SSD Company M-Systems heads towards $0.3 billion

KFAR-SABA, Israel - July 19, 2004 - M-Systems today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004.

For the second quarter of 2004, revenues were $86.1 million, representing an increase of 237% compared to revenues of $25.6 million in the second quarter of 2003. The Company also reported a net profit for the second quarter of 2004 of $5.4 million.

Commenting on the results, Dov Moran, President and CEO of M-Systems, said, "We are extremely pleased with our results for the second quarter of 2004, which exceeded our expectations and represent the 12th consecutive quarter of sequential growth. Our revenues increased by 34% quarter over quarter, approximately twice the rate at which our operating expenses grew, enabling us to increase our operating income by 56% over the first quarter... As we look ahead to the second half of 2004 and beyond, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us. For the full year, we are increasing our guidance for revenues from $275 million to at least $325 million." ...M-Systems profile

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