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SAN JOSE, Calif. ­ June 21, 2004 ­ Kashya announced today the availability of its KBX4000 data replication appliance to replicate Oracle databases at a remote site, facilitating high-speed disaster recovery. The appliance, which optimizes bandwidth between heterogeneous storage environments, is the first solution to allow long-distance replication services (including point-in-time and multiple snapshot capabilities) for Oracle users. Implementing the KBX4000 allows Oracle administrators to eliminate the database shutdown required in cold backups, and eradicates the performance degradation that is present in hot backups, increasing overall database performance and efficiencies.

"For Oracle administrators needing to implement long distance disaster recovery and replication solutions to address hard and soft failure scenarios, the wait is over," said Mehran Hadipour, Vice President of Product Marketing, Kashya. "While other replication solutions provide on-site snapshot and point-in-time features, Kashya's KBX4000 is the first solution that provides efficient and effective long-distance data replication for Oracle databases, eliminating the need for hot and cold Oracle backups and maximizing performance and availability." ...Kashya profile, ...Oracle profile


DALLAS, TX - June 21, 2004 - Tek-Tools, Inc today announced the availability of Profiler for HP Tru64. Tek-Tools' Profiler Rx suite is a modular, web-based, real-time and historical resource reporting application targeting 'pain points' in network environments. Support for Tru64 includes file analysis, automated usage trend reporting, capacity planning and real-time monitoring. Profiler's grouping functions allow for the creation of groups at the server, volume or file system levels for the purposes of viewing what units are using the most storage and for chargebacks. These capabilities assist IT organizations in reducing operational expenses, maximizing storage investment and lowering TCO.

"HP's Tru64 is an important UNIX-based OS that delivers the availability, manageability, security and performance needed by today's IT departments," said Ken Barth, President and CEO of Tek-Tools, Inc. "Profiler's monitoring and reporting on Tru64 facilitates better management by providing administrators with a view into their storage in order to make informed decisions on what needs to be saved, archived, moved or deleted, and how to best and most cost effectively utilize their storage." ...Tek-Tools profile, Linux portals


Switzerland - June 21, 2004 - Swissbit today announced availability of a 128MB USB flash memory tool integrated in the original Swiss Army Knife made by Victrorinox.

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Kashya Delivers Remote Replication for Oracle Users

HP TRU64 gets better with new Tek-Tools Profiler Rx

Swiss Army Knife Includes USB Flash

Onaro Launches SANscreen Software

Intransa Appoints Zycko as IP SAN Disti for Europe

Adaptec Tops 10 Petabytes in Storage Shipments

$500 million Invested in New 3.5" HDD Fab in China

After Flash - What? Maybe Phase-Change Memory

iSCSI Company Xiran Closes Down

World's Fastest Storage Certified McDATA OPENready

StorageTek's T9940B Tape Drive Gets Native FICON

Emulex Has 49% of Fibre Channel Adapter Market

EMC and Connected Offer Backup for Resale by ISPS

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Nibble:- Fibre-channel and SAN History - the First Decade

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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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The original Swiss product integrates numerous useful tools and is available in two versions: one with a stainless steel knife, scissors, a file with a screw driver and the other one without these tools, to carry when travelling on planes. Both versions include a pressurized pen and a red LED laserpointer.

The SWISSMEMORY USB Victorinox is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and is recognised as an external memory medium. For use with Windows 98/SE and Mac OS 8.6 there are drivers.
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To prevent unauthorised data access, the memorised data or parts of it may be protected with the SecureLOCK Software. It is also possible to boot from the USB stick itself if the computer and BIOS allow it. The SWISSMEMORY Victorinox with 128MB is available from July. ...Swissbit profile, USB, Flash Memory


Boston, Mass. - June 21, 2004 - Onaro today introduced SANscreen predictive change management software that solves the complexity crisis once precluding organizations from changing and growing SANs quickly and accurately. With 80% of SAN availability problems and brownouts resulting from SAN changes, change management is by far the greatest challenge in building and maintaining increasingly complex SANs.

SANscreen provides companies with a higher level of SAN availability and takes the guesswork out of managing SAN changes through its unique simulation and root-cause analysis features that monitor millions of configuration states. SANscreen enables enterprises to change and grow complex SANs quickly to meet business needs and attain high availability, performance and security. The software provides unprecedented visibility into, and understanding of, the complex myriad of access paths, relationships and interdependencies within a SAN. SANscreen will help IT guard their essential SANs from crippling downtime and security breaches. SANscreen also records all change events, enabling full audit and regulatory compliance.

According to Storage Vice President Ray Paquet at Gartner, Inc., "Storage management technology that proactively provides impact analysis of SAN changes and advice on addressing these changes will help to eliminate unplanned storage downtime while improving staff productivity." In addition, Gartner maintains that root-cause analysis is the "IT Holy Grail" – the most important function needed for SAN change management. ...Onaro profile, SAN software


SAN JOSE, Calif. - June 21, 2004 - Intransa today announced that Zycko has agreed to distribute the company's IP SAN Storage System in Europe; the UK-based distributor will have exclusive distribution in Eastern Europe, Italy and France. In conjunction with the agreement, Zycko is taking 10 seed units to satisfy initial market demand.

"The agreement is a significant step forward in our global expansion strategy. Partnering with world class distributors such as Zycko, who have the reputation and personnel to reach into the major accounts across Europe shows that iSCSI has come of age," said Saura Naim, Director of Global Channel Alliances, Intransa. "This move compliments our ongoing EMEA activities-including a sales office in London who will work closely with Zycko-with a terrific go-to-market network." ...Intransa profile, ...Zycko profile, UK Storage VARs, SAN


MILPITAS, Calif. - June 21, 2004 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that it has topped 10 petabytes in shipments of storage - since entering the market for external storage products over a year ago. The shipment milestone comes as Adaptec prepares to expand its suite of cost-effective arrays for direct-attached and networked storage with the introduction next week of the Adaptec FS4500DR-AC, a highly scalable, high-availability RAID subsystem. The array combines Fibre Channel scalability with Serial ATA disk drives to give organizations a cost-effective way to expand Fibre Channel infrastructures for storage of reference information such as electronic documents, presentations, email, graphics, CAD/CAM designs and medical images. The FS4500DR-AC builds on a family of Adaptec external storage subsystems that includes an array for low-cost, easy-to-manage IP SANs and an award-winning application-specific backup appliance. ...Adaptec profile, Network Attached Storage

Editor's note:- A Petabyte is 1,024 Terabytes, or just over a million gigabytes. from Megabyte's Storage Dictionary



SHENZHEN, China - June 21, 2004 - Hitachi today announced its strategy to create a disk drive "mega manufacturing center" in Shenzhen, China. The new facility will represent an investment of up to $500 million when fully realized, and align disk drive final assembly with existing Shenzhen-based component manufacturing and an extensive supplier network. Hitachi expects the manufacturing center to employ nearly 7,000 people in its first phase to meet the growing demand for hard disk drives. The project, which initially includes construction of a 35,000-square-meter manufacturing facility, is expected to begin in Q4 2004. The new facility is expected to start production of 3.5" disk drives in Q4 2005 and, ultimately, will be capable of producing disk drives of varying form factors, giving Hitachi GST the flexibility required to meet future demand in the traditional IT and consumer segments. It will employ state-of-the-art manufacturing processes that support the highly technical disk drive industry.

Hitachi's strong growth prospects and widely forecasted double-digit industry growth are among the reasons that Hitachi is investing in additional disk drive and component-related manufacturing capacity. One of the industry's most significant market trends is the rapid adoption of disk drive technology in consumer electronics applications. According to TrendFocus consumer electronics applications could account for some 30% of hard disk drive unit shipments by 2006, up from 5% in 2002. Hitachi is the market leader in the shipment of 2.5-inch and 1-inch disk drives. ...Hitachi profile, Hard drives, VC funds in storage


Geneva - June 16, 2004 - STMicroelectronics has announced significant progress in the development of a new type of electronic memory that could eventually replace the Flash memory technology. Even though the market for Flash memories today is very large and is currently one of the fastest growing sectors of the semiconductor market, chip manufacturers have known for many years that it will become increasingly difficult to keep on reducing the size of the basic Flash memory cell. The continual reduction of cell size is essential to electronics equipment manufacturers because it makes the electronic memories and the equipment that relies on them cheaper, thereby stimulating market growth. In the ten years from 1990 to 2000, the size of an individual Flash cell was reduced by a factor of 30 and chip manufacturers are confident that they can continue developing innovative new Flash products for at least another ten years before they will face increasingly difficult challenges to overcome fundamental physical limits. For this reason, all Flash memory manufacturers have been investigating candidate technologies for the "post-Flash" era.

Three years ago, ST concluded that the Phase-Change Memory technology, developed by California-based Ovonyx, Inc and already used in re-writable CDs, could be adapted as a semiconductor memory technology. In 2001, ST licensed the technology, also known as Ovonic Unified Memory, from Ovonyx and the two companies set up a joint-development team, largely based in Agrate Brianza, near Milan, where ST's worldwide NVM development is centred. ST's progress towards developing a commercial PCM technology was described in two papers presented this week at one of the semiconductor industry's most important annual forums, the VLSI Technology and Circuits Symposia.

Based on the highly-promising results it has obtained to date, ST already envisages the new Phase-Change Memory technology being used in medium-density, stand-alone memories and embedded applications. Moreover, by demonstrating the feasibility of the key features that make the PCM cell most attractive, ST has increased its confidence in the long-term scalability of the technology, which will eventually allow PCM to become a mainstream Non-Volatile Memory technology. ...STMicroelectronics profile, Flash Memory, Solid state disks


SANTA ANA, Calif.- June 16, 2004 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced that it has closed its Xiran Division and has taken a one-time charge of approximately $3.5 million. As a result of this closure, SimpleTech expects to decrease operating expenses by approximately $2 million per quarter. While the Xiran Division had successfully productized its core technology and generated nominal revenues, the time table for significant revenue realization was uncertain. Management carefully evaluated multiple alternatives for the Xiran Division. In light of the slower-than-expected maturation of the iSCSI storage market, management believed it to be in the best interests of the company to close the Xiran Division. ...Xiran profile, iSCSI

Editor's comments:- the disappointingly small size of the iSCSI market is something which we will discuss in more detail in a future article. STORAGEsearch has had a dedicated iSCSI index since March 2001 and there has been a lot of interest in this by our readers in the last 18 months or so. But the market has been slow to take off. For example, in April 2004 Network Appliance (which claims to have nearly 50% of the iSCSI market) revealed that it had only sold iSCSI storage for use in 100 end user systems. And we know that some iSCSI companies have only sold a handful of products. That means most iSCSI companies are living off their investors and not from sales to customers.


HOUSTON, TEXAS - June 16, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, manufacturer of the World's Fastest Storage, announced that the RamSan-320 solid state disk has completed interoperability testing with McDATA's portfolio of storage networking products as part of the McDATA OPENready Tested program. This designation assures customers that McDATA and Texas Memory Systems products are interoperable and that they will not encounter some of the more frustrating and costly incompatibilities that are common in SAN infrastructures. Texas Memory Systems is currently the only solid state disk vendor qualified for McDATA's OPENready certification. Users with demanding SAN-based applications, such as databases, OLTP, and OLAP can increase their performance and scale effectively with RamSan-320 storage. RamSan solid state disk is interoperable in heterogeneous SAN environments and is widely deployed across all major platforms and operating systems.

"This certification continues our goal of making RamSan solid state disks the fastest and most interoperable in the industry," said Woody Hutsell, executive vice president at Texas Memory Systems. ...McDATA profile, ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Fibre channel switches


LOUISVILLE, Colo. - June 16, 2004 - StorageTek today announced its 'capacity centric' T9940B tape drive equipped with a native FICON interface for seamless connectivity and high-performance tape storage in zOS environments. The addition of the dual port FICON interface to the currently available ESCON and Fibre Channel interface extends connectivity options for enterprise users. StorageTek's T9940B delivers 30 MB/second native data transfer (up to 216 GB/Hour, compressed on FICON) and 200GB (native) cartridge capacity. ...StorageTek profile, Tape drives


COSTA MESA, Calif. - June 15, 2004 - Emulex Corporation today announced that leading independent market research firm Gartner Dataquest has ranked Emulex the #1 Fibre Channel host bus adapter supplier worldwide in 2003. In addition, Emulex maintained the number one position in Fibre Channel HBA port shipments with 48% market share, an increase of five percentage points from the previous year. In a new report entitled, Market Share: FC SAN Components, Worldwide, 2003, by Gartner Analyst James Opfer, the Company confirms that Emulex has once again emerged as the clear leader with 49% of the total HBA market in terms of revenue, surpassing its nearest competitor by more than 10 percentage points.

For calendar year 2003, Gartner Dataquest estimated that the worldwide revenue for the Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure market increased to $1.67 billion. Emulex's success during 2003 is attributed to a variety of factors, including OEM design wins and partner qualifications of its enterprise and midrange HBAs with the industry's leading server and storage suppliers, including EMC, HP, IBM, Quantum and StorageTek. ...Emulex profile, Fibre-channel HBAs


Hopkinton and Framingham, Mass. - June 15, 2004 - EMC Corporation and Connected Corporation today announced a joint solution for automated PC data protection intended for resale by ISPs. The new EMC Proven Solution for PC Backup will help telecommunications firms and cable companies create value-added services for small and medium enterprises and consumer Internet subscribers who can now backup laptop and desktop PCs over the Internet on an automated basis. These customers will be able to recover lost data by Internet downloads or custom CDs – no matter how the data was lost. By off-loading PC Backup to network service providers with this managed service, the IT departments of end user customers can lower support costs for desktop and mobile users by 30% and reduce end user downtime by 25%.

"Offering automated data backup services to our Business ISP customers gives us the opportunity to offer a more comprehensive security solution," said Justin Rivard, Product Manager for Bell Canada. "We custom brand the application as Bell Business Backup which is powered by Connected's DataProtector/PC technology and a secure, high capacity data center operation that utilizes EMC Centera and EMC CLARiiON storage systems. Our customers like the fact that they get this important data protection service through us as a trusted vendor. Simply, this allows us to play a more valuable role with our customers and build additional lines of recurring revenue."

The jointly developed solution consists of EMC CLARiiON CX networked storage and EMC CAS integrated with Connected's DataProtector/PC data capture and restoration software. Backed up files are transported using telecommunications carriers' network services and archived on EMC storage platforms at the carriers' hosting site. In the event of unpredictable events such as hard drive crashes and lost or damaged PCs, subscribers will be able to recover any archived files using the DataProtector/PC Restore and Heal process, which delivers recovered data on-line or via custom CDs. The solution is capable of scaling to serve hundreds of thousands of subscribers and is easily integrated into telecommunications firms' existing billing and provisioning environments. ...Connected profile, Web based backup

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