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Butte, MT - March 12, 2004 - Portlock today announced a Supporting Member membership agreement with the USENIX Association headquartered in Berkley, California.

"This agreement with USENIX, along with our recent OSDL announcement, is a key part of Portlock's continuing strategy to be the industry leader in Storage Management on the Linux platform," said John J. Hanley, President and CEO of Portlock. ...Portlock Software profile, ...USENIX


Washington, DC - March 11, 2004 - Freecom Technologies today announced the upcoming launch of two external USB hard drives to the North and South American markets at FOSE 2004. The 2.5" FHD-2 PRO, is a fast, quiet, external hard disk with one button data synchronization. The new drive can be purchased in one of three memory capacities of 20, 40 or 80 gigabytes. The new hard disk, with its ultra compact dimensions connects to the PC, laptop or Mac via a USB 2.0 connection. The power supply for the hard disk comes over the USB 2.0 cable, eliminating the need for additional power. The FHD-2 PRO offers high-speed data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbit/s per second.

The new FHD-XS is one of the world's smallest external hard drives, redefining the meaning of portable storage. The pocket sized drive installs in seconds and is hot swappable for maximum flexibility and connects to any PC with a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port. The hard drive features fast installation without rebooting, just plug and go. These products also include Acronis True Image (for Windows only); this software can replicate an exact image or indeed separate partitions of the hard disk drive for complete backup, allowing users to restore all contents, including operating systems, programs, personal data and settings. Both feature an ultra compact, robust aluminum design for mobile computing applications through a hi-speed USB 2.0 interface. A two-year manufacturers warranty, unlimited helpdesk support are included. Both drives are well protected by robust, scratchproof aluminum housing. ...FOSE 2004, ...Freecom Technologies profile


MOSCOW and LAKE FOREST, Calif. - March 11, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today announced it has established a service center operation in Russia. According to Gartner the market in Russia for hard drives is anticipated to grow 28% annually between 2001 and 2006, on the basis of compound annual growth rate. Located in Moscow and operated by authorized service provider InterRadioPribor, the service center is performing return material authorization warranty services for all Western Digital products sold through its authorized distribution network in Russia. ...Western Digital profile


Munich, Germany - March 11, 2004 - EMC Corporation and Fujitsu Siemens Computers have extended their strategic alliance, enabling Fujitsu Siemens Computers to resell the full line of EMC networked storage systems and software in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The reseller relationship, which began in 1997, has been extended through 2008. EMC and Fujitsu Siemens Computers will showcase their joint solutions at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany from March 18 to 24. The two companies will demonstrate a wide range of jointly developed solutions. Fujitsu Siemens Computers offers EMC's CLARiiON networked storage systems under the FibreCAT brand name, and the company is the largest reseller of EMC Symmetrix systems. ...EMC profile, ...Fujitsu Siemens profile


Editor:- March 11, 2004 - I was interested to see that my Venture funds in STORAGE article now exceeds $4 billion. It includes a list of all companies, all the investors and you can find out what happened to them, such as - are they still in business? - if not - who bought them? - or what are they doing now? by following the links. ...read the article


SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 10, 2004 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced the world's highest capacity 3.5-inch ATA hard drive, the 400GB Deskstar 7K400. The new drive has been designed for audio video and ATA nearline environments, where large capacities and a lower per-gigabyte cost are key requirements. A new industry-standard AV feature set makes the drive well-suited for use in high-end digital video recorders that are designed to record substantial amounts of high-quality digital programming. The Deskstar 7K400 is ideally suited for nearline storage and other low I/O applications. The drives provide superior capacity, data access times and transfer rates at a comparable cost to that of tape or optical solutions. The new drives will ship with Parallel ATA and Serial ATA interfaces. ...Hitachi profile


BURLINGTON, MA – March 10, 2004 – AppIQ, Inc. today announced that its director of product marketing, John Kelly, will serve as a board member and Requirements Committee chairperson for the SNIA Storage Management Forum. The appointment demonstrates AppIQ's deep commitment to driving end user value from storage industry standards. In his capacity as chairperson, Mr. Kelly will lead the SMF Requirements Committee to gather, communicate, and promote end user requirements for maximizing the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) to benefit today's businesses. ...AppIQ profile, ...SNIA profile


FREMONT, Calif.. - March 10, 2004 - M-Systems released today a new solid-state flash disk with Ultra ATA interface in a 2.5" disk casing up to 90GBytes. The FFD 2.5" Ultra ATA is an ATA-6 flash disk with an interface speed of 100MB/s, supporting Ultra DMA 5 transfer mode. The Ultra ATA complies with the MIL-STD 810F and NEBS level-3 standards and is capable of operating at high altitudes, through extreme shocks and vibrations and at high temperatures common in industrial applications.

"The FFD 2.5" Ultra ATA provides five times the performance of the FFD IDE Plus and is designed for applications that need the fastest read write rates such as video recording," said Ofer Tsur, M-Systems' marketing manager for FFD products. "The ability to offer higher capacities in slimmer casing makes the FFD Ultra ATA an ideal solution for rugged laptops, tactical computers and other demanding applications." ...M-Systems profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 9, 2004 - Softek today announced that Ford Motor Company recently migrated more than 125 TB of data using Softek TDMF, the industry-leading data migration solution. Ford completed the massive migration within the data center at its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters as part of a storage refresh. Using the platform-independent solution from Softek, Ford migrated data to IBM Shark mainframe devices from storage produced by other vendors. ...Fujitsu Softek profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 9, 2004 - Kashya today announced its participation at FOSE 2004, the nation's largest technology trade show and conference for the government market, March 23 - 25. The company will showcase its innovative storage technologies in Booth No. SP108 in the SAN Pavilion featuring Network Storage and Security at the Washington DC Convention Center.

In addition to its exhibition, Kashya's vice president of product marketing, Mehran Hadipour, will be a featured speaker at three SAN Pavilion Theater Sessions on March 25 in Booth No. 3135. Hadipour will discuss "Reducing the Cost and Complexity of Heterogeneous, Long-Distance Replication" at 10:30 a.m., "New Technologies for Data Protection in Heterogeneous SANs" at 11:15 a.m., and "Kashya Intelligent Data Replication Technology for the Intelligent SAN" at noon.

"We believe that government entities can fully leverage the benefits of Kashya¹s Data Protection Appliance to provide superior data replication over long distances or within heterogeneous SANs at a greatly reduced cost and with a lot less complexity," said Hadipour. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak with FOSE attendees about these benefits and to showcase our KBX4000 solution." ...FOSE 2004, ...Kashya profile


Newbury Park, Calif. - March 9, 2004 - iQstor has released its new iQ1200 rackmount storage system. This combines enterprise-level features with cost-effective SATA drives to deliver efficient storage growth, scalability, data protection, storage automation and plug and play simplicity – at a price point that's less than comparable Fibre Channel solutions. The new iQ1200 Storage System features embedded data services and SATA storage in one 3U chassis with a 1TB storage solution for under $10,000.

Each iQ1200 supports up to 15 Serial ATA disk drives providing 3.75TB of storage capacity. A full-featured 2Gb storage system, the iQ1200 provides 4 front-end FC ports and up to 4GB of cache memory per storage system. All key internal components including the storage processors, disk drives, power supplies and cooling modules are hot-swappable and redundant. The iQ1200 features dual active SP120 storage processor modules with transparent fail-over support for increased availability. Integrated RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 1+0 provide data protection. ...iStor Networks profile


BOULDER, Colo. - March 9, 2004 - Spectra Logic Corporation's Spectra 2K iSCSI tape library receives "Excellent" award from InfoWorld Media Group. A rating of "Excellent" recognizes companies whose products are reviewed and receive a score of 8.6 or higher based on a list of criteria most relevant to enterprise buying decisions. Receiving an "Excellent" rating assures IT professionals of a product's quality and market readiness before they make a purchase.

"Our methodology for testing products is simple," says Chad Dickerson, InfoWorld Media Group's CTO and acting Test Center Director. "We utilize real, working technologists and analysts with years of 'in the trenches' IT experience to construct tests in an environment that mirrors the real enterprises of our readers. The new ratings' program gives IT buyers a quick sense of the top enterprise-ready products on the market today." ...InfoWorld, ...Spectra Logic profile


March 9, 2004 - PMC-Sierra will demonstrate its PM8380 QuadSMX 4 channel 1.5 and 3G Gigabit-serial interconnect supporting SATA and SAS at the Serial ATA / Serial ATA II Plugfest which takes place March 15-17 at the Raintree Hotel, Longmont, Colorado. The Plugfest is open to all companies working on Serial ATA and Serial ATA II compatible products - including system and motherboard vendors, host bus adapter vendors, hard drive vendors, optical drive vendors (ATAPI), cable vendors, silicon vendors, storage enclosure vendors, OS vendors, BIOS vendors, and test tool vendors. ...PMC-Sierra profile


Hopkinton, MA - March 9, 2004 - EMC Corporation today announced the completed integration of EMC Centera content-addressed storage system with BMC Software's CONTROL-D marking the 100th integrated Centera application. Since its introduction, over 300 partners and resellers have enrolled in the Centera partner program. In addition to the more than 100 applications that are fully integrated and generally available, 140 additional partners are currently engaged in the integration process, taking advantage of the free and open Centera application programming interface. ...BMC Software profile, ...EMC profile


BiTMICRO Announces 76GB 2.5" SSDs

Fremont, Calif. - March 8, 2004 - BiTMICRO introduces the new E-Disk 2A66 ATA solid-state drive with a maximum capacity of 75.7GB at a height under 35.9mm, making it the highest density 2.5" SSD available in the market today.

The new E-Disk ATA family of products will ship to its distribution channel in volume by the end of the first quarter of 2004. BiTMICRO has captured the aerospace, military and industrial markets worldwide by delivering durable and reliable storage solutions critical to information management requirements.

Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO, comments, "Our E-Disk ATA solid state drives are the most popular choice of our aerospace, military and industrial customer base because of their versatility, reliability and outstanding performance."

The E-Disk 2A66 ATA / IDE series' performance clocks in at 66 MB/s burst rate, up to 18,000 IOPS, less than 68 microseconds access time and sustained reads/writes of up to 28MB/s and 12MB/s, respectively. Airborne, avionics and all other rugged and demanding applications can take full advantage of the 2A66's ability to operate at up to an altitude of 120,000 feet while functioning dependably under harsh conditions of shock (Half Sine, 50G, 11 ms; Half Sine, 1,500G, 0.5 ms), vibration (16.4 G rms) and extreme temperature (-60 degrees to +95 degrees centigrade).


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - March 8, 2004 - The USB saw continued success in 2003, according to In-Stat/MDR. With continued adoption of USB in the consumer electronics and communications segments, and the rapid introduction of high-speed USB into PCs and PC peripherals, the total market for USB-enabled devices will experience 18.3% annual growth between 2003 and 2008.

"By all accounts the USB standard has been a huge success," says Brian O'Rourke, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "And USB will see continued success in a variety of applications." The transition from full-speed to high-speed USB is progressing rapidly. "The killer application for high-speed USB is the fact that it is backwards compatible with the hundreds of millions of low-speed and full-speed USB devices already on the market."

In-Stat/MDR has also found that: High speed USB was in about 4 out of 5 PCs shipped in 2003, and will be in nearly all PCs shipping in 2004.

In the PC peripheral market, high speed USB is in an increasing number of devices, particularly external drives, scanners and printers. The fastest growing market for USB in this segment is USB Flash Drives.

The report, USB 2004: The Bus Rolls On (price $3,495) contains five-year forecasts for Low/Full Speed USB, High Speed USB, and USB OTG. ...In-Stat profile


Waltham, MA - March 8, 2004 - AmeriVault is pleased to announce their new HOTBOX recovery service. Through this unique solution, users of AmeriVault's online backup service can have their data simultaneously replicated to a mobile disk vault. Should a larger data recovery be in order, the device can immediately be disconnected and promptly delivered to the client's desired site where a more reliable and fast, disk-to-disk restore can be performed. Designed for ease of use, the AmeriVault HOTBOX device plugs into the client's network making hundreds of gigabytes available for instant restoration. ...AmeriVault profile


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - March 8, 2004 - Topspin Communications today announced that it has augmented its server virtualization capabilities with the industry's first intelligent Boot over InfiniBand solution. This function paves the way for emerging blade server solutions, which offer customers a lower cost and higher density option than traditional server packages with reduced power consumption and improved reliability.

Topspin's Boot over InfiniBand solution set will consist of a new "remote-boot" version of its host channel adapter, a Topspin Server Switch, and one or more of Topspin's Ethernet or Fibre Channel gateways for connecting to the application images in NAS or SAN, respectively. Application and OS images are deposited in storage and tracked by the appropriate Topspin gateway. When a server needs to have an image provisioned to it, the remote-boot HCA points the server to the proper image in storage and boots the server over the network with that image. The Topspin Server Switch in turn provides the cross-connects and mappings to bring I/O and storage resources to the new server/application pair. ...Topspin Communications profile


Netherlands - March 8, 2004 - Royal Philips Electronics today introduced its Nexperia semiconductor reference design for the industry's fastest DVD+R/+RW recorders available for the PC market today. DVD recorders based on the new reference design will allow consumers to record a complete DVD+R disc in less than five minutes at speeds of up to 16x. The reference design, powered by Philips Nexperia chipsets and software, also features the recording of dual-layer DVD+R media, which virtually doubles the data storage capacity on a DVD disc from 4.7GB to 8.5 GB. As a result, consumers will be able to create DVD discs complete with hours of home videos, numerous photo albums and intensive PC data rapidly.

Philips is making available a fully functional 16x reference design based on a cost-effective two-chip solution, so manufacturers will benefit from an improved time-to-market. The reference design is fully programmable, making it easy for drive makers to seamlessly add new functions. Furthermore, the dual-layer DVD+R media supported by Philips reference design is compatible with existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives commercially available today. The reference design is scheduled to be in volume production during the first half of 2004.

"Consumers today are demanding high-speed recording capabilities and the utmost in storage capacity to preserve their volumes of digital content on an optical storage medium, such as DVDs," said Jeroen Keunen, general manager of consumer and multimedia, Philips Semiconductors. "Philips was first to market with a DVD+R/+RW reference design with speeds of 8x and now with the introduction of a 16x recording solution, we are helping our customers meet the stringent requirements of the consumer and also reinforcing our leadership in optical storage." ...Philips Semiconductors profile


AIIM, NEW YORK - March 8, 2004 - Sony Electronics today announced the addition of WORM recording support to its line of 500GB SAIT-1 drives, which will be demonstrated at the AIIM conference and exposition in New York this week. Beginning this month, all SAIT drives shipped to Sony's automation partners will incorporate WORM functionality as a standard feature. SAIT WORM drives, when used with specially marked corresponding SAIT WORM media, allow for non-rewritable, non-erasable electronic file storage. The drives are multifunctional, and can also perform traditional rewritable backup functions when used with standard SAIT media.

"Considering that the SEC requires broker dealers and other companies to maintain two copies of regulated data, the cost savings for a tape solution can really make a difference to the bottom line," said Hiroyuki Minamiya, senior marketing manager of OEM tape storage solutions at Sony Electronics. "By adding WORM support to our high-capacity SAIT drives, we're making it easier for our OEM partners to pass along a strong value proposition to their customers." ...Sony profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 8, 2004 - Intransa today announced the introduction of StorControl Version 1.2, the latest version. StorControl now supports up to 4 Storage Controllers and 6 Disk Enclosures in a single IP SAN. That is enough for 360 MB/sec in performance and 24TB in capacity. Additional levels of RAID support allow more types of protection to match with data type. iSNS support provides automated discovery, management, and configuration of iSCSI Intransa devices. Optional StorControl Snapshot allows the creation of 100's of point in time images of an application for backup or testing. New StorControl 1.2 began shipping in February 2004. The new Version 1.2 release is backward compatible with all Intransa IP SAN products. ...Intransa profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 8, 2004 - Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. today announced that it has participated in Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation Series B financing with an equity investment of $33 million. SST invested $50 million in GSMC's Series A financing in March of 2001. GSMC is the holding company of Shanghai Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, an advanced, state-of-the-art, deep sub-micron wafer foundry. Grace is a strategic manufacturing partner of SST. The foundry is currently mass-producing SST's self-aligned second-generation SuperFlash technology at 0.25 micron with 0.18 micron slated for mass production in the second half of 2004. Proceeds from the Series B financing are expected to be utilized for capacity expansion and investments in leading-edge technology. At this point, the factory is positioned to support the requirements of 0.13 micron technology. ...SST profile


DALLAS, TX - March 8, 2004 - Tek-Tools, Inc. today announced version 3.5 of its Profiler Rx solution suite (formerly Storage Profiler). In launching its new product, the company noted that it has changed the name of its software offerings to Profiler Rx to better reflect the full capabilities of its product line, storage being just one. Tek-Tools' Profiler Rx suite is a modular, web-based, real-time and historical resource reporting application targeting pain points in customer environments.

Profiler Rx offers a consolidated view of DAS, NAS, SAN, backup and server environments, identifying and helping to correct inefficiencies in the management and allocation of capacity. A valuable tool for organizations looking to reduce operational expenses by streamlining their storage and backup infrastructure, Profiler Rx provides granular visibility for chargeback, resource allocation, SLA reporting and business/application views of their storage environments. Profiler Rx 3.5 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $7,500 and increases based on the size and complexity of the storage network. ...Tek-Tools profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. ­ March 8, 2004 ­ Kashya announced today that it is now shipping its network-based KBX4000 data replication appliance in volume to its K-Partner channel. Kashya is also announcing today that new members have joined the K-Partner program: Source Enterprise Consulting, Cornerstone Systems, VeriStor Systems, Consilant, and Computer Resolutions.

"The KBX4000 is one of the most exciting storage technologies we have seen in some time," said Steve Bishop, VP of Technology at storage integrator VeriStor Systems. "There has clearly been a long-standing requirement for a replication solution that is platform independent, transparent to existing infrastructure, bandwidth efficient, AND cost-effective. This solution makes enterprise-class replication a reality for organizations that have found previously available offering too intrusive, complicated, or expensive. It fills a huge need and the response from our customers has been fantastic." ...Kashya profile


Boise, Idaho - March 8, 2004 - Micron Technology, Inc., today announced the Department of Defense awarded Micron custom microcircuit certification for wafer fabrication. Micron received this certification after demonstrating to the Defense Supply Center, Columbus, the company complies with the wafer fabrication requirements of the performance specification, MIL-PRF-38535, used by the DOD for monolithic integrated circuits. ...Micron Technology profile


BEDFORD, Mass. - March 8, 2004 - Voltaire today announced that it has secured $15 million in financing bringing the company's total funding to date to $50 million. Baker Capital, Pitango Venture Capital and new investor Vertex Venture Capital led the oversubscribed round. Existing investors Platinum Venture Capital, Tamir Fishman Ventures, and The Challenge Fund also participated.

"The InfiniBand market has advanced significantly over the past year with support from leading vendors such as IBM, Oracle, SUN, HP, SGI and Apple, and, more importantly, from customers in the high performance computing and enterprise data center markets," said Ashley Leeds, partner, Baker Capital. "The strong endorsements from Voltaire's prestigious customers and the quality of the company's management team were key factors in our decision to invest in this round." ...Voltaire profile
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Philips Announces 16x DVD+R Chipset

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SST Increases Investment in Grace Semiconductor

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Nibble - Winners and Losers from the IT Recession

A
t the end of a recession - the landscape of leading companies and technologies is never quite the same as it was at the start.

Contrary to what you might think recessions are periods in which innovation thrives. Because users don't have as much money to spend as they did in good times, they are more inclined to look at new technologies which offer cost savings or increase operational efficiency. Now that the recover is in full swing I thought it would be useful to take a look at some of the winners and losers of the 3 year US IT recession in the context of the storage market.

Winner:- disk to disk backup
Loser:- tape


The declining revenue in the tape library market in recent years wasn't just due to the recession. There's been a long term shift away from slow unreliable network tape backup to faster disk to disk backup which is perceived as being more reliable. Comparing the first few months of 2001 with 2003 - the tape libraries page on STORAGEsearch has dropped in popularity by 5 positions. And today disk to disk backup (which wasn't even a separate category in 2001) is now seen by 12% more readers than the tape library page.

Winners:- iSCSI, NAS and IPSAN
Loser:- FC SAN


Although SAN is still one of the top 10 subjects on STORAGEsearch (#9), it is less popular than NAS (#4) or iSCSI (#5). Back in Q1 2001, the positions were reversed with SAN being more popular than NAS. During the recession there was a lot of consolidation in the Fibre-channel adapter cards market with many companies exiting the market, and increased market share going to the top companies. As users expected their ethernet networks to get faster anyway, the idea of networking their storage via IP (instead of installing completely new Fibre channel networks) was an attractive proposition. And when some tape vendors started saying that backup times on iSCSI were nearly as fast as those on FC, the decision not to migrate to SANs became even more compelling. There was no point in doing this if it cost more, involved learning about a new set of technologies and didn't give any worthwhile speedup. Staying with IP also won the "do nothing now" vote. If users waited long enough they would get all the advantages of SAN soon enough on cheaper and more familiar IP networks.

Winners:- solid state disk accelerators
Losers:- server sales


The solid state disks market (#2 subject on STORAGEsearch throught 2003) is too small at the moment to show up as a blip in server sales, but during the recession many users found that they could halve the number of servers (and associated licenses and sys admin effort) by attaching solid state disk accelerators to their networks and effectively doubling the speed of their applications. In today's high end server systems - the main performance bottleneck is the speed of the storage system. Judicious tweaking in this area can save organisations huge sums of money. The only thing slowing down the wider penetration of this technology is that users and vendors have to have a deep technical knowledge of what the bottlenecks in their applications actually are. SSD acceleration is still some way off being a shrink wrapped plug and play solution, but its popularity (#2 subject with STORAGEsearch readers in 2003) indicates that a lot of people are looking at this technology. And when it gets simpler to use, it could have devastating affects on server CPU sales.

Winners:- Serial Attached Drives (SATA, USB, Firewire)
Losers:- Parallel Attached Drives (PATA, SCSI)


As manufacturers worked to increase the speed of hard disk interfaces, while reducing cost, serially attached storage became the dominant focus of their new product development efforts.

Throughout most of 2003 Serial ATA (SATA) was the #1 most popular page viewed on STORAGEsearch. During the recession, older serial disk connection technologies like USB and FireWire got mid life kickers in the shape of faster (but backwards compatible) respecifications. And the writing is on the wall for parallel SCSI, although the better late than never development of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) shows a migration path for that technology too.

Winners:- data recovery services?

One of the more obvious changes in user behavior during a recession is that systems are not replaced with the same frequency as they were in better times. So the average age of disk drives deployed in PCs and servers becomes a year or so older. Also users are less likely to invest in buying new backup systems. As systems get older and start to approach the wear out part of their bath tub curve users can expect to see a greater incidence of disk and tape system failures which require the special skills of data recovery services. That change hasn't shown up yet in our reader statistics, but I would expect to see it later this year.

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