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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. . ­ June 14, 2004 ­ Seagate Technology has expanded its line of consumer electronics hard disc drives, unveiling the world's first 5GB 1-inch hard drive for hand-held applications, a new 400GB hard drive for DVR (digital video recorders) and the world's first 5GB 1-inch Compact Flash external hard drive to give consumers up to 5,000 Mbytes of storage for digital cameras.

The new 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 new and unique RunOn Technology eliminates music skipping caused by interference from jogging or walking motions. RunOn Technology senses a high motion environment and compensates for it, enabling the drive to find the music it's looking for.

The new Seagate Compact Flash Photo Hard Drive offers 2,500 Mbytes and 5,000 Mbytes of capacity for digital cameras in a tiny 1-inch size. Finally, consumers and professional photographers alike can choose massive capacities at a price far below solid state flash media, enabling them to complete a vacation or a full-scale professional photo shoot without carrying extra flash media. The Seagate Compact Flash Photo Hard Drive plugs into standard Compact Flash slots on many of today's digital video and still cameras. ...Seagate profile, Hard drives, Flash Memory


Raanana, Israel - June 14, 2004 - Relative Rev Backup from DataMills lets SMBs add a new dimension to their business continuity by instantly regaining lost data from a number of backup generations. With minimal investment, Relative Rev Backup lets SMB owners to have an online storage of multiple backup generations from which they can instantly recover lost/corrupted/infected files - saving the time and the money associated with an expert trying to do the same task form tapes. The multiple backup generations can be saved on a single random access media (backup to disk), and are managed according to the well-known and trusted Grandfather Father Son rotation scheme. Any outdated backup generation is discarded and its consumed space is seamlessly released from the storage. This special feature makes Relative Rev Backup a true zero maintenance product suitable for SMBs that have limited access to well trained IT resources.

Relative Rev Backup should be used to complement traditional backup solutions such as backup to tape. Relative Rev Backup supported backup media include most of the available random access media. This includes NAS, RAIDs, USB and IEEE1394 externally attached hard disks, internal hard disks, Zip disks, memory stick and others. Support for DVD +/- RW is also available.

To minimize the space consumed by the backup generations, Relative Rev Backup supports scheduling Eternal Incremental backups, and at the same time it scans the backed up computer to filter out duplicate files. In addition, Relative Rev Backup has a built-in backup generation manager that seamlessly discards of older incremental backup generations in several configurable retention strategies. Another important feature is the ability to recover data from any incremental backup generation in a single session; no matter how may generations have passed from the last full backup session.

Relative Rev Backup 3.0 runs on most Windows operating systems. A license starts at $69 for a workstation, and at $345 for any Windows server edition. ...DataMills profile


QUEBEC CITY, CANADA - June 14, 2004 - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced today the launch of the Packet Blazer FTB-8520 Fibre Channel test module for the installation, commissioning and maintenance of storage area networks (SANs). The Packet Blazer SAN module, which is contained inside EXFO's best-of-class and widely deployed FTB-400 Universal Test System, sets a new standard for Fibre Channel field-testing solutions. It provides technicians with FC-0, FC-1 and FC-2 level testing capabilities, while supporting full-line rate traffic generation at 1 Gb/s and 2 Gb/s. Key features like buffer-to-buffer credit estimation and round-trip latency qualification enable both configuration and performance management, thus rendering the FTB-8520 an essential test module for deploying and optimizing SAN-based services. The FTB-8520 also measures highly accurate bit-error rate values that reflect the quality of SAN transmission systems. The Packet Blazer SAN FTB-8520 shares the same intuitive smart user interface as its predecessor, the FTB-8515, which allows for simple configuration and customization of test routines as well as real-time and historical performance reporting. ...EXFO profile, Test equipment, Fibre-channel adapters


Munich, Germany - June 14, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG today announced new memory products for mobile applications such as notebooks, and for handheld products like cellular phones and PDAs. These are:- 1GB SO-DIMM DDR2-400 and DDR2-533 modules, and a new generation of Mobile-RAM with 1.8 Volt power supply to reduce power consumption for handheld devices up to 80% and 16Mbit and 32Mbit CellularRAM targeting the wireless handset market.

Infineon's new 1GBDDR2 Planar SO-DIMM is aimed at for next generation high-end notebooks and laptop PCs, which require a reduced module thickness due to their smaller dimensions. This innovative so-called "planar" design allows placement of 16 x 512Mbit DDR2 single-die components on both sides of the module to reach a total density of 1GB. Until now 1 GB DDR2 SO-DIMMS were only feasible with stacked dual-die components which exceeded the thickness restrictions of JEDEC. The new 1GB DDR2 Planar SO-DIMM manufactured by Infineon is 3.8 mm thick, organized in 2 ranks and operates at 1,8 Volt. According to iSuppli the demand for notebook units will increase from around 36.1 million units in 2003 to approx 52.2 units in 2006 with an average growth rate of 13% per year. Samples are available at $300 for the 1GB SO-DIMM DDR2-400 and at $400 for the 1GB SO-DIMM DDR2-533. ...Infineon profile, RAM


SAN JOSE, Calif. ­ June 14, 2004 ­ Kashya today announced that its KBX4000 has earned the designation of IBM TotalStorage Proven. This significant milestone makes the KBX4000 the only out-of-band data replication solution to achieve this certification from IBM. ...Kashya profile


Paris, France - June 14, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today unveiled the E-Disk VME SCSI Wide solid state storage plug-in module at the Eurosatory-International Exhibition for Land and Land-Air Defence held in Paris, France. The E-Disk VME is a convection-cooled plug-in module available in 6U double slot form factor. With capacities of up to 36.9 GB, this completely bootable module does not require any device driver and complies with the remanence security requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense, Navy, Army and Air Force. The module can withstand 20 Gs of operating shock and -40 to 85°C of operating temperature. It performs well from -1,200 to 120,000 feet of altitude and has an I/O rate of up to 9,500 per sec.

"Defense contractors worldwide have relied on BiTMICRO for the uncompromising stability, speed and security offered by the E-Disk solid-state flash drive," states Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO Networks. "With almost a decade of experience in mission-critical applications for the military industry, E-Disk offers the most inherently secure and reliable SSD design." ...BiTMICRO Networks profile


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - June 14, 2004 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market grew 23.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2004, reaching $1.85 billion in total revenue and representing two quarters of consecutive year-over-year growth. Sequential growth over the fourth quarter of 2003 was flat. Continuing the momentum from 2003, all of the major storage software segments posted double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter of 2004 when compared to the same quarter in 2003. The storage resource management market posted the largest gain at 32.3% year-over-year growth while the back-up and archive software market continued to represent the biggest market segment, growing 22.0% year-over-year. The storage replication software and file system software markets also enjoyed strong results in the first quarter with 18.1% and 12.4% year-over-year growth, respectively. The top 5 vendors ranked by worldwide storage software revenue in Q104 were:- "Storage software overcame seasonal spending patterns during the first quarter, strengthening our expectation of continued growth during the remainder of 2004," said Bill North, research director for Storage Software. "Year-over-year growth was particularly strong in storage resource management, driven by the adoption of software that helps increase operational efficiency and improve storage asset utilization. The data protection markets showed continued strength as well, supporting the increasing requirements for disaster recovery and regulatory compliance capabilities." ...IDC profile


PALO ALTO, Calif. - June 14, 2004 - Atempo, Inc. today announced the appointment of Bas Broekarts as Vice President, Global Sales. As a 10-year EMC sales veteran and former head of EMC's Europe, Middle East and Africa software sales, Broekarts adds deep storage software sales experience to Atempo's leadership team. In the two years he led EMC software sales in EMEA, sales grew from $72 million to well over $200 million, with the majority sales coming from the Top 500 European companies. More recently, Broekarts managed and advised several VC-funded technology startups and was president and co-owner of BMC Group, a services and solutions company based in The Netherlands. During two years of managing the company, Broekarts successfully tripled its revenues from blue chip technology companies including Cisco, Oracle and Microsoft. ...Atempo profile, Backup software


Hiroshima - June 10, 2004 - Elpida Memory, Inc and Hiroshima Elpida Memory, Inc today announced that they have started construction on a second 300 mm wafer fabrication facility. Hiroshima Elpida's first 300 mm facility will also expand its production capacity. Both activities are part Elpida's strategy to expand its semiconductor mass production to meet growing customer demand for leading-edge, high-performance DRAM products.

The new 300 mm plant will be constructed directly adjacent to the first 300 mm facility and is slated to begin mass production during the second half of 2005. Elpida will introduce 85 nanometer processing at the new facility later that year. The construction area is approximately 23,000 square meters with a gross floor space of approximately 91,000 square meters-almost double the size of the existing facility. Elpida plans to expand the production capacity of the new facility in several stages leading up to a maximum capacity of 60,000 wafers per month. The total construction cost is estimated at 450 billion Yen to 500 billion Yen (approximately US$4.1 billion to 4.5 billion). ...Elpida Memory profile, RAM manufacturers


REDMOND, Wash. - June 10, 2004 - EMC Corporation and ADIC today announced that EMC will resell ADIC Scalar tape libraries to expand its industry-leading information lifecycle management portfolio, and ADIC will resell EMC CLARiiON CX networked storage as part of its Pathlight VX virtual tape solution. EMC will offer ADIC's industry-leading automated tape libraries, including the ADIC Scalar 24, Scalar 100, Scalar i2000 and Scalar 10K models with LTO tape drive technology expanding EMC's market opportunity and providing customers with a complete, end-to-end tiered storage offering that now includes a tape solution for nearline storage and offsite vaulting. ADIC will offer customers enhanced backup performance and reliability by reselling EMC's industry-leading CLARiiON CX networked storage systems as part of its Pathlight VX virtual tape solution. ...ADIC profile, Disk to disk backup, tape libraries

Editor's comments:- tape systems manufacturers have not usually done a good job of reacting to the swing towards disk to disk backup. When they have designed their own D2d products they have cost too much. At the same time the tape library market, while small in projected revenue (around $2 billion in 2004 according to Freeman Reports) is strategic because of the huge installed base (over $5 billion) which is not going to abandon backwards compatibility with procedures and backup software. We're going to see more "sleeping with the enemy" type deals because of these realities.



New York, NY - June 10, 2004 - EMC Corporation today presented its annual strategy update to investors, securities analysts and members of the news media. Joe Tucci, EMC President and CEO, said he expects 2004 revenues of approximately $8.1 billion. This would represent year-to-year revenue growth of approximately 30%. Members of EMC's executive management team outlined the company's plans to accelerate deployment of ILM and enable customers to optimize and align IT resources to the business based upon the changing value of information. EMC said it is targeting a market opportunity estimated to be more than $46 billion in 2004, through the delivery of ILM and the technology solutions that underpin it to large, medium and small organizations around the world. ...EMC profile


SAN DIEGO - June 9, 2004 - Overland Storage, Inc. today introduced the availability of an iSCSI connectivity option for its NEO Series tape libraries. Overland's iSCSI connectivity option uses standard Ethernet technology to back up multiple servers using a single NEO library attached directly to the network. It supports an aggregate bandwidth of more than 130MB per second, effectively eliminating the backup server bottleneck.

"Overland was one of the first companies to embrace the benefits of iSCSI with its REO family of disk-based backup and recovery appliances launched last year," said John Matze, Overland vice president and CTO, and co-architect of the iSCSI specification. "Today, we are pleased to extend iSCSI capabilities to our NEO tape libraries, enabling IT managers to reap the benefits associated with this flexible, high-speed and cost-effective technology." ...Overland profile, iSCSI, Tape libraries


WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - June 9, 2004 - Troika Networks Inc. today announced the launch of its new Achieve Channel Partner Program. Through Troika's network of distributors, hundreds of VARs across the globe will have access to Troika's Accelera Network Storage Services Platform. To date, six companies have joined Troika's Achieve Channel Partner Program, including US and international-based value added resellers and distributors Future2000, Infocube, Proven Technologies, Seven Group, Technology Integration Group and Zycko.

"We are delighted to be working with Troika and taking part in the company's new channel program," said Nigel Lambert, Channel Manager at UK Storage Distributor Zycko. "Troika's Accelera NSS Platform is one of the most intelligent and powerful pieces of storage technology available today, enabling advanced data management and protection applications within heterogeneous SAN environments." ...Troika profile, Fibre-channel adapters


MINNEAPOLIS - June 9, 2004 - CNT today announced that they are expanding their collaboration with Brocade to offer customers the new Brocade SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router. Brocade's Multiprotocol Router, together with CNT's UltraNet products and implementation and support services, help customers extend the value of their current local and remote storage networks. This is accomplished by providing multi-protocol SAN routing services to improve resource utilization, reduce capital and operational costs and improve overall manageability of the enterprise storage network.

The Brocade SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router can connect devices between SAN fabrics without merging those fabrics, enabling secure, selective resource sharing among multiple SANs, while simplifying troubleshooting and fault isolation. When combined with UltraNet solutions, the Multiprotocol Router allows logically separated SANs to communicate with each other over any distance at very high performance levels. ...Brocade profile, ...CNT profile, Fibre channel routers


Hayward, CA - June 9, 2004 - Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. today announced immediate availability of the Linux-based StorBank family of Network-Attached Storage systems with configurations starting under $1,200. RAID storage is supplied by affordable Serial ATA, Parallel ATA, and high-performance Ultra320 SCSI or Fibre Channel drives. The M1 is an entry-level 1U unit, while the M4 makes room for 6 bays of additional storage, (SCSI or additional SATA). Each module is matched with RAID subsystems that can meet a variety of storage needs, and the operating system is always offloaded onto a separate two-drive mirror for maximum performance and uptime. The product line offers affordable slim 1U to 3U integrated solutions in capacities up to 4TB.

The powerful, customized StorBank Linux kernel ensures superior NFS performance and integration, but also allows users to make data available to Microsoft and Apple Macintosh client machines. Most importantly, the open nature of Linux ensures a high level of user control where others mask their product in obscurity.

StorBank products support a variety of RAID levels, including 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 30, 50 and JBOD. Redundancy and hot-swap capabilities are also widely integrated in the product family. Drives are always removable, and many modular NAS engine systems contain at least two hot-swappable power supplies, hot-swappable cooling fans, and sophisticated environmental controllers.

"Whether the goal is maximum performance, maximum storage capacity, or even some of both, the StorBank family is sure to contain a suitable product that cuts no corners with reliability," said Mo Tahmasebi, president and CEO of Dynamic Network Factory. ...Dynamic Network Factory profile, NAS, RAID systems


WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - June 9, 2004 ­ Nexsan Technologies today announced the hiring of industry veterans Frank Patterson as Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Steve Freeman as Director of Engineering, both newly created positions at Nexsan.

Patterson comes to Nexsan after four years at Cisco Systems where he served as the company's Senior Director of Global Semiconductor Commodity Management. In this position, Patterson was responsible for optimizing the supply chain, developing strategies for component acquisitions and forging relationships with suppliers. He previously held similar positions at Nortel Networks, Johnson and Johnson and Eli Lilly and Company. Patterson earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Concordia University.

Freeman has experience in managing engineering teams after beginning his career as a software engineer. He has run development engineers, test groups, documentation groups and support groups for a variety of high-tech companies in the U.K. and the U.S., including stints at Madge Networks, Ahead Communications, General DataComm, Crosfield Electronics and others. Freeman received a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Leeds University. He is also a holder of eight patents in both Europe and the U.S. in image processing software techniques. ...Nexsan profile


GAITHERSBURG, MD - June 8, 2004 - Raxco Software today announced the selection of its PerfectDisk v6.0 by Gibson Guitar Corp. The musical instrument manufacturing giant selected PerfectDisk after researching numerous defragmentation products, determining that the software offered the most effective option for optimizing system performance and increasing disk space.

John Kindt of Gibson's IT department cited the software's free space consolidation as a major distinguishing feature. "Gibson requires the ability to reduce future fragmentation by condensing free disk space during the defragging process," said Kindt. "No other defragmentation software seemed to understand that today's free space fragmentation is tomorrow's file fragmentation. Just focusing on the files in use is like a musician playing all of the notes in a piece and ignoring the rests."

PerfectDisk proactively prevents workstation and server problems associated with the fragmentation of files across the system disk by defragmenting both the files and the free space. The software is also the only defragmentation utility certified by Microsoft for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, and the only one fully-integrated with Microsoft's Active Directory. ...Raxco Software profile

Editor's comments:- about 3 years ago I ran a spoof ad on a NAS Refragmenter which is the opposite type of product. Actually I do have a Gibson SG which not only sounds good whatever you play, but stays in tune during the long intervals between coming out of the case. That's important if you don't have much time.



Framingham, MA, and London, UK - June 8, 2004 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire two UK based storage companies, Source Consulting and Sagitta Performance Systems, two of the largest storage services organizations in Europe. This acquisition, expected to close within several weeks, adds 300 clients to the GlassHouse roster and increases the company's storage services and consulting resources for U.S. and European customers. Source Consulting and Sagitta Performance Systems will be merged and operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary called GlassHouse Technologies U.K. Ltd. The acquisition brings GlassHouse's total number of storage specialists and consultants to 220, making it the largest independent storage consulting firm in the world. ...GlassHouse Technologies profile, ...Sagitta Performance Systems profile, ...Source Consulting profile


BOCA RATON, FLORIDA - June 8, 2004 - BluePoint Data Storage, Inc. announced today that revenue for the period ending March 31, 2004 was up 102% over the same period in 2003. Increased revenues combined with lower expenses, has resulted in dramatic reductions in loss per share for the quarter. The company reports revenue of $200,212 for the quarter ending March 31, 2004, an increase of 102% over the $98,939 reported in the first quarter of 2003. The loss for the quarter ending March 31, 2004 was $343,085, or $0.03 per share, compared to the loss of $844,496, or $0.10 per share for the same period in 2003. The loss before depreciation and interest was $39,025 compared to $519,160 in the same period in 2003. These results are subject to the Company's 2004 annual audit. ...BluePoint Data Storage profile, Storage Services

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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. Dell Computer (1)
  2. Ingrasys Technology (3)
  3. M-Systems (5)
  4. Texas Memory Systems (2)
  5. LSI Logic (4)
  6. Curtis (6)
  7. BakBone Software (8)
  8. Adaptec (7)
  9. Intelligent Computer Solutions (9)
  10. Rave Computer (11)
The new entry to the top 10 list this month was Rave Computer at #10.

Silicon Image dropped one place to #11.
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Nibble:- Fibre-channel and SAN History - the First Decade

W
e first published a directory of Fibre-channel adapters way back in 1994, when these products first appeared in the Sun market. They were listed in our SPARC Product Directory. The first Fibre-channel connected storage product we listed was the SPARCstorageArray from Sun Microsystems.

Although proprietary fiber cable extension products had been available for SCSI before that time from companies like Apcon, the new Fibre-channel provided an industry standard, and faster throughput. Due to the laws of physics, fiber optic technology enabled higher signalling rates over longer distances than copper cables and electrical signals.

Fibre-channel also provided greater reliability, because of the reduced amount of internal cabling within the servers and storage systems, because Fibre-channel was a serial interface, compared to SCSI which was a parallel interface and which had a very high cable core and connector count. Also Fibre-channel included fault tolerant mechanisms for rerouting around failed cable loops - although it was many years before these were properly supported by transparent failover software.

When it was first introduced, Fibre-channel enabled the campus wide consolidation of high throughput storage. In fact network attached storage using ethernet had existed for many years before the introduction of Fibre-channel, but its low throughput (based on the 10Mbps rates at the time) made it unsuitable for many applications compared to directly attached storage which was about twenty times faster.

In the mid 1990s Fibre-channel initially gained popularity in the pre-press industry in which large image files were moved around from workstations to other types of specialized printing equipment.

The Fibre-channel directory moved over from our Sun directory, over to STORAGEsearch in 1998, and at one time we had five concurrent advertisers promoting FC adapters until the market consolidated.

The term Storage Area Network didn't start to come into popular vogue till 1999, when we added a special SAN page to STORAGEsearch.

Nowadays, the original advantages of Fibre-channel have been blurred as other technologies have adopted similar attributes.

We are used to the concept of networking data at high speed over large distances using many different types of technologies. At the building or campus network level, IP technology in the form of iSCSI offers identical performance for most common tasks like backup. Also the term SAN, which originally referred just to a Fibre-channel connected network has become defocused by common usage. So we get IP-SAN which usually refers to iSCSI, and which uses Ethernet (not Fibre-channel) as the underlying transport in a local area network.

In Q2 2004, the main installed base for Fibre-channel runs at 2Gbps. But already several manufacturers have started to demonstrate host bus adapters, disks and switches which operate at 4Gbps. Some start up companies are also planning to interoperate with the standard when it reaches 10Gbps. After the first decade of commercial use Fibre-channel and SAN storage have become one of the central foundations of storage infrastructure and are here to stay.

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