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MILPITAS, Calif. - March 31, 2004 - Adaptec, Inc. today introduced an application-specific storage array that automatically backs up corporate PC and laptop information unprotected by standard server backups and gives users an easy way to restore lost files. Backing up data stored on business servers is common practice but leaves information saved locally on desktop PC and laptop hard drives exposed to loss when systems or drives fail, files are inadvertently deleted or notebook computers are dropped and damaged. Losing this unprotected data can reduce worker productivity, cause costly interruptions in business activity and put companies at risk of violating Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulations mandating long-term records retention.

The Adaptec File Saver ESA1500 is a high-availability, highly fault tolerant network-attached storage RAID appliance that provides realtime backup of PC and laptop data and allows users to restore lost files themselves. The 1 terabyte storage array is as easy to install as a printer and can be easily scaled to 4 terabytes of storage capacity by adding appliances. Adaptec File Saver delivers advanced RAID 5 data protection, and optional Adaptec RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent Nodes) technology provides appliance-level redundancy for best-in-class fault tolerance. MSRP for the Adaptec File Saver ESA1500 is $6,299. ...Adaptec profile

SAN FRANCISCO, California - March 31, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks announced new high capacity solid-state disks on the VMEbus form factor this week at the Electronica USA Embedded Systems Conference. BiTMICRO's flash drive solutions require no device drivers for installation and operation. The convection or conduction cooled VME cards are available in 6U (single slot 40GB or double slot 73GB) form factors. Performance is 5,000 IOPS I/O and sustained random read/write rate of up to 18 MB/sec. ...BiTMICRO profile

MUMBAI, India, and LAKE FOREST, Calif. - March 31, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that it is establishing a network of service centers in India to expedite service to customers. As part of a worldwide strategic initiative to grow business by providing the highest levels of customer support, Western Digital will now provide its product replacement service locally through authorized service centers in Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.

According to the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology, PC sales in India are expected to reach 3 million units in 2003-04, representing an annual growth rate of 30%. With this expected high growth, the Indian PC market is a strategic focus for Western Digital. Operated by Teleplan Asia Pacific in partnership with RT Outsourcing Services Ltd Western Digital's India service center network is spread geographically across the country. ...Western Digital profile

Gaithersburg, MD - March 31, 2004 - Idealstor LLC recently launched the European release of the Idealstor Removable Disk Backup Appliance at eSU 2004. This event was hosted by Idealstor's UK Distributor Global Secure Systems and their storage division G-Stor.

According to Mr. deLannoy, "The response (from end users) was much better than we had anticipated. Most clients were stunned by the simplicity and the efficient/cost effective manner that the Idealstor Backup Appliance approaches the daily task of backups. It appears that the UK IT market is just as ready as the US market to accept our unique method of data backup and restore." ...G-Stor profile, ...Idealstor profile

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - March 30, 2004 - Fastora today announced the availability of its new family of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet NAS servers powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2003. The servers are available through distribution, catalog, online and VARs. Fastora's portfolio of NAS servers include the PowerStor and LiteStor families and are aimed at providing cost-effective, easy-to-manage storage solutions for Enterprise-class, mid-range and SOHO applications. The servers offer up to 8 IDE, hot swappable drive bays delivering over two terabytes of data file protection in RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD. PowerStor is the only solution at its price point to offer redundant power supplies and fans, ensuring superior performance and non-interrupted backup.

"Fastora's PowerStor and LiteStor products are reliable, affordable, scalable and simple to manage," said Kit Chui, Fastora sales director. "Now powered by Windows Server 2003, users can leverage the compatibility and reliability of operating an optimized Windows interface for seamless integration, easy deployment, complete onsite and remote management and an overall lower total cost of ownership."

Sample pricing as follows:- LiteStor NAS-T4-IW, MSRP, $1595, Capacity 1TB Max , PowerStor NAS-T8-IW, MSRP, $3,795, Capacity 2.4 TB Max. ...Fastora profile

Torrance, CA and Milpitas, CA - March 30, 2004 - Computer Expertise Group, Inc. and NeoScale Systems, Inc. today announced the execution of a VAR agreement which gives CEG the ability to sell and deploy the NeoScale CryptoStor family of storage security appliances to enterprise customers. NeoScale CryptoStor FC is an enterprise-class storage security appliance providing wire-speed performance, strong encryption, and storage firewall access control in a centrally managed platform. The solution provides fabric transparent operation for complete storage transport and media privacy within Fibre Channel SANs.

"CEG has a proven track record in providing storage solutions and in-depth expertise to the financial services, telecommunications and eBusiness sectors; three markets that are seeking the means to secure against unauthorized access to stored data. We are pleased to have such a competent channel partner introduce our solution to address consolidation, disaster recovery and compliance privacy requirements," said Bill Lozoff, Sr. Director of Business Development for NeoScale. ...CEG profile, ...NeoScale profile

FREMONT, Calif. - March 30, 2004 - Mendocino Software today announced it has secured and completed $15 million in its Series A funding round. Mayfield and Accel Partners co-led the round, with additional participation from Advent International and Foundation Capital. The funds will be used for growing the engineering/product organization and for rapidly deploying the necessary support for end-user customers, OEM and strategic partners.

"This is a deal that makes sense from every angle," said Peter Levine, CEO of Mendocino Software and Managing Director at Mayfield. "When Mayfield incubated this company, the idea was to pull together an executive team of storage industry leaders, find the right assets to get to market as quickly as possible, then evolve the product by getting immediate feedback from realworld customers. Our team of storage industry veterans is in place and operational, and we are shipping a proven time-tested product. Mendocino is going be the market leader in the application recovery space." ...Mendocino Software profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. ­ March 30, 2004 ­ Kashya today announced it is one of three vendors to participate in a technology demonstration of a new software feature being developed for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family. The feature, called the Cisco MDS 9000 Data Tap Service, essentially provides a protocol-based interface between the Cisco MDS 9000 SAN switches and third-party storage appliances, allowing them to access servers and storage devices on a SAN without having to be directly in the path of the data. The high-performance benefits of deploying the Cisco MDS 9000 in combination with these storage appliances will be particularly useful in high-traffic SANs with high levels of I/O transactions between servers and their storage targets. The demonstration is set to take place at Storage Networking World in Phoenix. Other vendors participating in next week's demonstration include Alacritus and Topio. ...Cisco profile, ...Kashya profile

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - March 30 - Troika Networks Inc. along with StoreAge Networking Technologies today announced StoreAge SVM for Troika Network's Accelera Network Storage Services Platform. The combined solution provides the power of StoreAge's storage management software with Troika's high-performance, fabric-agnostic, open platform for hosting network-based storage services software. This new integrated solution is currently deployed at multiple sites with volume shipments beginning in Q2 of this year.

"We are pleased with the positive initial customer feedback on the combined solution and the proven ease and flexibility of porting advanced data management and protection applications to our Accelera Network Storage Services Platform," said Bill Terrell, CEO of Troika Networks. "The result is a highly integrated solution that fills the market's need for an efficient way to manage storage capacity and advanced storage services, in the network, across heterogeneous servers and storage services."

The new solution supports highly available configurations for fault-tolerant networks and static load balancing for distributing loads across the SAN. The solution also offers performance pooling across the entire SAN network. The joint solution has been fully-tested by Troika and StoreAge, and supports Solaris 8 and 9, Windows 2000, Linux RedHat 9 and RedHat ES, and VMware ESX Service 2.0.1 hosts. Currently, the combined solution is undergoing testing with Microsoft Cluster Server, Veritas Dynamic MultiPathing and other high availability software solutions. ...StoreAge profile, ...Troika Networks profile

Geneva - March 30, 2004 - STMicroelectronics today announced the volume production of its 1-Gbit and 512-Mbit NAND Flash memory products, which are the first available devices in the company's portfolio of NAND products. The NAND1G and NAND512 are available in both 1.8V and 3V versions. Demand for NAND Flash memory is driven by emerging Multimedia Systems products, and the major application areas are expected to grow significantly in 2004. NAND Flash memories meet the needs of high volume, physically small products requiring large amounts of data-storage memory, such as removable mass-storage devices for digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs and 3G cell phones. ST's NAND1G and NAND512 provide very high data throughput - the key feature for mass-storage applications - coupled with the high density, fast write time and low power consumption demanded by portable equipment. ...STMicroelectronics profile

MELVILLE, N.Y. - March 30, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has implemented FalconStor's IPSto software for high availability, and to replicate critical business data from its European and Asia-Pacific regional data centers to its secondary data center in New York state. Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps is one of the largest law firms in the world, with 22 offices and approximately 1,750 attorneys.

"We are making a strategic commitment to ensure that Skadden leverages technology to help us better serve our clients and achieve a better return on our IT investments," said Philip Talamas, manager of technical operations at Skadden. "Consistency is simplicity, and the chosen storage solution had to meet our IT requirements, including concerns about distance, security, and reliability for replicating data from our international data centers. FalconStor's IPStor more than meets our criteria, and makes certain that our data is exceptionally defended against unexpected outages to ensure continuous operations."

With a new SAN infrastructure in place, Skadden was looking for an efficient setup for its international data centers to replicate approximately 1.5 terabytes of data from the firm's document management and messaging applications to its U.S.-based disaster recovery site. High availability, disaster recovery, and operational efficiency in a heterogeneous environment were among the critical IT requirements established by the firm for the chosen storage solution. ...FalconStor Software profile

King of Prussia, PA - March 30, 2004 - InfiniCon Systems announced today that it has expanded its Authorized Solutions Alliance Providers Program, signing partnership agreements with four international companies to market and sell its InfinIO family of InfiniBand-based networking solutions. The four additions to InfiniCon's ASAP channel partner program are Dalco (Switzerland), Melrow Technology (Netherlands), T-Platforms (Russia) and UNIWIDE Technologies (Korea). All of the companies provide clustered server solutions as part of their offerings, targeting a mix of computational and commercial high performance computing markets such as aerospace, oil and gas, education, finance, and government. ...InfiniCon profile

Munich, Germany - March 30, 2004 - Following the resignation of President and CEO Dr. Ulrich Schumacher there will be a change of direction in the Corporate Center and its Communications Department at Infineon Technologies. In this connection the company announced today that, with their mutual consent and immediate effect, the Head of the Corporate Center, Matthias Poth, and the Head of Communications, Christoph Sieder, have resigned their positions at the company. ...Infineon profile

Albuquerque, NM - March 29, 2004 - Today SBS Technologies introduced its new PMC-ISCSI-ST, a singlewide 32/64 bit, PMC for enterprise level storage and networking systems. The module QLogic ISP4010 iSCSi controller includes both the PCI/PCI-X host bus and the 1000BaseT Ethernet interface. This mezzanine card features two embedded 32-bit RISC processors for protocol stack processing support while TCP/IP and iSCSI offload capability is fully implemented in hardware. This card can function as both an iSCSI and an Ethernet controller at the same time. For Ethernet connectivity either the TCP/IP offload interface, requiring custom API available from SBS, or standard Ethernet interface can be used. Use of the TCP/IP offload engine dramatically reduces CPU utilization. This dual-function versatility is aided by a front panel RJ45 connector and two front panel LED indicators for link and transmit activity. The PMC-ISCSI-ST can be purchased for $1,295 and is available now. ...SBS Technologies profile

BOULDER, Colo. - March 29, 2004 - Spectra Logic Corporation achieved a milestone mark today as the company has sold its 10,000th Spectra 2K tape library. Originally introduced in October 1997, the Spectra 2K tape library is known for its cost effectiveness, ease of use and reliability. The library takes four toggle switches to configure and is field proven with five million hour mean time between robotics failures. Now 10,000 customers are using the tape library worldwide.

"The Spectra 2K is one of our three Spectra Logic tape libraries in production," said Lynae Bruening, network administrator of Farm Credit Services of America. "The system is used for all of our daily production system backups as well as for backing up our development and test environments. The product worked reliably under various test conditions."

With AIT-3, the Spectra 2K library backs up to 225 GB in an hour and stores up to 7.8 TB in 5U of rack space. Spectra Logic offers the user options to add drives and slots, move to a faster drive or upgrade to a SAN interface. Each generation of AIT is backward compatible with and double the capacity and performance of the previous generation. The entire installed base of Spectra 2K libraries will be eligible for upgrade to AIT-4 in Q3, 2004 increasing maximum throughput to 450GB/hour and capacity to 15.6TB.

Spectra 2K tape libraries are available in SCSI-2, Fibre Channel, and 1000Base-T models. Features include electronic barcode scanning, removable cartridge packs and drive modules. Spectra 2K is compatible with all major backup and archive applications, including packages offered by Veritas, Computer Associates, Legato, Syncsort, Commvault, HP, Bakbone, Novastor, Dantz, and Microsoft. ...Spectra Logic profile

PALO ALTO, Calif. - March 29, 2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. today introduced a highly integrated 4 Gb/s loop switch IC that will replace older port bypass circuits and use intelligent port management features to reduce system costs and downtime. Implementing Agilent's Fibre Channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL) switch helps storage array manufacturers meet today's most critical SAN requirements: performance, reliability, availability and serviceability. These requirements are necessary to keep up with today's update-intensive online transaction database applications used in the airline, insurance and financial industries.

The Agilent HDMP-0540 loop switch is designed to connect disk drives in a JBOD (just a bunch of disks) configuration using FC-AL topology. It is part of the industry's broadest solution set for 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel, including fiber-optic transceivers, physical layer ICs, board-level solutions and test equipment. Agilent is also making a 2 Gb/s loop switch available with similar features. These loop switch ICs provide 22 ports of connectivity and can be cascaded to control the FC-AL maximum of 126 disk drives per loop. Samples of the 4 Gb/s HDMP-0540 loop switch are planned to be available for selected customers in June 2004. ...Agilent profile

Diamond Bar, CA - March 29, 2004 - Advanced Media, Inc., the American subsidiary of Taiwanese RITEK Corporation, the world's largest optical media manufacturer, will unveil the company's RIDATA branded line of optical products at the upcoming RetailVision Spring 2004 show. The initial product line will include CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM and flash cards. RetailVision will be held at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, California, April 26-29. The company will also display its RIDATA line of flash memory cards at the show.

"RITEK is the leading OEM for many storage media and optical disc marketers around the world," commented Frank Yeh, VP of Sales and Marketing for Advanced Media (RITEK USA). "Now, with the introduction of our RIDATA brand line of products in the states, we will be able to more fully capitalize on our products' acceptance, while presenting us with the opportunity to better serve the U.S. market. We look forward to establishing beneficial relationships with America's many retailers and other direct marketers." ...Advanced Media profile, ...RetailVision

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - March 29, 2004 - VERITAS Software Corp. announced today the general availability of VERITAS Data Lifecycle Manager 5.0 software, designed to help organizations meet global regulatory requirements for data management – from creation to deletion – across all storage media. In addition, VERITAS announced new partnerships aimed at offering integrated solutions to simplify and standardize management and archiving of structured and unstructured data – from e-mail to digital files to text – using the common Data Lifecycle Manager API. The company also announced the opening of its new VERITAS Solutions Center in New York City to provide customers joint solution overviews, leveraging VERITAS and expanded partnership technologies. The initial focus is aimed at solutions, which manage data and business processes to address regulatory requirements. ...VERITAS profile

SAN FRANCISCO - March 29, 2004 - Astute Networks today announced general availability of its SuperHBA family of protocol accelerators. Astute Networks also announced today the release of additional RapidStax software modules for the SuperHBA protocol accelerators. The new release includes four-port TCP termination software, as well as iSCSI target and initiator capabilities. The RapidStax software framework from Astute Networks is a fast protocol software development environment that allows for new protocols, features and products to be quickly implemented and easily maintained.

SuperHBA protocol accelerators from Astute Networks deliver unprecedented levels of on-board processing for security and protocol tasks, as well as a degree of programmability that enables OEMs to develop end-user solutions that meet specific application and performance needs. The family of SuperHBA protocol accelerators is based on Astute Networks' Intelligent Protocol Processing (IPP) technology. IPP-based offerings represent the industry's first product category to address the need for 'smarter' protocol processing. SuperHBA protocol accelerators are being integrated by OEM customers serving the mid and high-end server and Storage Array Front End (SAFE) markets. These new products from Astute Networks will be demonstrated this week at the electronicaUSA/Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco. ...Astute Networks profile profile

POOLE, UK - March 29, 2004 - BakBone Software today announced a reseller agreement with Kingswell. Kingswell will distribute the NetVault line of data backup and disaster recovery software to its customers throughout the U.K. region. ...BakBone profile, ...Kingswell profile

NEW YORK - March 29, 2004 - J. J. Michael, Inc., a leading pre-media company, has installed an Exanet ExaStore storage cluster system. Installed at J. J. Michael's production facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey, which serves leading clients such as Procter and Gamble, Clairol, Playtex, and Christian Dior. ExaStore provides easy file access for digital media applications across all of the company's storage at the site. J. J. Michael's ExaStore system is supporting current production work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Installed on industry-standard, off-the-shelf servers and RAIDs, ExaStore software integrates the disparate storage pools into a single, complete, low-cost system that provides reliable, high-performance access to all media files in an heterogeneous Unix, Linux, Windows and Mac OS environment.

Jim Schlesinger, J. J. Michael's President and CEO, noted, "We replaced our existing storage system with ExaStore because we had outgrown our amount of storage and could not expanded it. This is very typical in our industry, where the digital storage needs are growing at a very high rate. With ExaNet's unique scalability feature, we will be able to add additional storage as our storage needs continues to expand. It provides us with a storage solution for not only today's needs, but for the future as well. Exanet creates a unified storage system, not individual islands of storage that must be managed. ...Exanet profile

Reading, UK - March 26, 2004 - KVS today announced that global customer demand for unstructured content management, namely email, regulatory compliance and corporate governance of corporate email systems is continuing to fuel the company's record growth. KVS has sold in excess of 4.5 million user licences of its flagship Enterprise Vault email management solution, equating to more than 1.3 million mailboxes under archive control and has seen its user base double in the last 10 months, to more than 700 customers worldwide. ...KVS profile

Hopkinton, MA - March 26, 2004 - EMC Corporation today announced the donation of its CLARiiON networked storage systems and software to 6 Massachusetts schools. The storage solutions will provide Commonwealth math and science students with an opportunity to work with advanced technology used by many of the world's largest companies and government agencies. Schools in Franklin, Hopkinton, Milford, Upton, Westborough and Worcester will deploy more than five terabytes of EMC CLARiiON information storage systems. Additionally, EMC is donating more than 200 laptop and desktop systems to schools in Hopkinton, Franklin, Milford, Northborough/Southborough, Westborough and Worcester. Students will use these laptops and desktops in the classroom. ...EMC profile

Editor:- March 26, 2004 - Colossal Storage Corporation has published an update on the company's technology on PRWEB. Talking about the potential benefits of Rewritable Atomic Holographic Storage technology developed by Michael E. Thomas, it is claimed that it will enable 10 Terabytes of data to be stored on a single 3.5 inch removable disk. ...Colossal Storage profile

SAN JOSE, CA - March 25, 2004 - Addonics Technologies today announced the first hard drive solution that enables any standard 2.5-inch IDE hard drive to be used like a hot-swap data cartridge. The Combo Hard Drive USIB25 is based on Addonics' patent pending USIB drive cradle, which allows users to easily install a hot swap drive bay into a standard 3.5" drive bay in any desktop, server, or computing enclosure via the USB, Firewire or SATA interface without any expensive or complicated hardware or software. Maximum data transfer rates vary by the interface used and range from 1.5 Mbytes/sec for USB 1.1 to 150 Mbytes/sec for Serial ATA. Hot swap is certified with USB, Firewire under Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP, and Serial ATA under Windows 2000 and XP.

The Addonics Combo Hard Drive USIB25 includes one Drive Enclosure, and one USIB25 Drive Cradle in a choice of ivory or dark brown. The package also includes a 110/220 AC/DC 5V power adapter; driver CD for Windows 98SE; and one USB 2.0, PCMCIA, Firewire or external SATA interface cable depending on the model. The MSRP for the Combo Hard Drive USIB25 with USB 2.0 is $79; $99 with Firewire; $89 with CardBus/PCMCIA, and $89 with SATA. ...Addonics profile

CUPERTINO, California - March 25, 2004 - Apple today announced that it is moving the worldwide availability of iPod mini to July due to the much stronger than expected demand in the U.S. far exceeding the total planned supply through the end of June. Apple expects to ramp up its manufacturing of the iPod mini to meet worldwide demand in the July quarter.

"The iPod mini is a huge hit with customers in the U.S. and we're sure it will be the same worldwide once we can ramp up our supply in the July quarter," said Tim Cook, Apple's executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. "The iPod mini adds further momentum to the iPod, which is already the leading digital music player in the world." ...Apple profile

Editor:- March 25, 2004 - a new article is published on STORAGEsearch today written by Gary Schwartz from Data Storage Depot - Facilitating New Workstation Deployment with a Disk-to-Disk Backup System. Most people think about D2d products in the context of backup and data protection, but they can also be used to clone new desktops. the article, ...Data Storage Depot profile

London, UK - March 25, 2004 - Environmental organisation Greenpeace UK has chosen to work with Ardenta to replace its ageing servers by implementing a SAN to support its 100-strong workforce in the UK. Ardenta recommended a 2 Terabyte SAN based on the IBM FAStT600 storage array. Greenpeace wanted to simplify the management of its data for its IT support team, increase production time by reducing the back-up window, and to provide a highly reliable, scalable and secure storage environment at a reasonable price. Ardenta won the contract after a comprehensive bidding process against 11 other IT suppliers, following a meeting with Greenpeace at last year's Linux Expo in London. ...Ardenta profile, ...Greenpeace UK

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 24, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today that the company will deliver a 4Gb/s Fibre Channel HBA product family supporting the FCIA's vote to extend 4Gb/s Fibre Channel from a drive interconnect to HBAs and switched SAN fabrics. LSI Logic's 4Gb/s HBAs are anticipated to be available in mid 2004, and will be bundled with MyStorage management software which will enable IT managers to control and configure any LSI Logic HBA in their SAN network in just a few mouse clicks. LSI Logic's new 4Gb/s HBAs will be available in single and dual port versions with a PCI-X bus interface. The HBAs will be completely compatible with all the existing operating system drivers for Windows, Linux, Solaris, Netware, and Apple OS 10.

"With businesses increasingly using Fibre Channel storage area networks and looking ahead to the performance and cost benefits of 4Gb/s technology, LSI Logic is taking all the necessary steps to meet the demands of today's storage managers," said Charlie Kraus, director of product management and marketing for the LSI Logic Storage Standard Products HBA Division. "With twice the speed of previous Fibre Channel generations and at nearly the same cost, our new 4Gb/s HBAs will deliver tremendous price/performance value." ...LSI Logic profile

BEDFORD, Mass. and IRVINE, Calif. - March 24, 2004 - Voltaire and StoreAge Networking Technologies today announced a combined solution that leverages the high performance capabilities of InfiniBand. The joint solution integrates StoreAge Virtualization Manager software with Voltaire's InfiniBand-based switching solutions that use the iSCSI RDMA protocol to connect InfiniBand clusters to Fibre Channel storage and IP SANs. By leveraging iSCSI RDMA over 10 Gbps InfiniBand, Voltaire's solution offers unmatched performance for storage and enables customers to connect hundreds of nodes with access to multiple FC storage devices and remote iSCSI storage. With the added benefit of StoreAge provisioning and data protection applications hosted on InfiniBand switching solutions, customers now can centrally manage heterogeneous storage subsystems with a common software suite that includes SAN-based volume management, snapshot, replication and mirroring.

A key benefit this integration offers is the transparent storage provisioning and protection for servers at the InfiniBand switch router level, thereby eliminating the need to install any special software or agents on any servers in the cluster. This is critical for customers who are integrating storage into grid or on demand computing environments. ...StoreAge profile, ...Voltaire profile

CAMPBELL and CAMARILLO, Calif. - March 24, 2004 - Silverback Systems and Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation announced the availability of the industry's smallest PCI-X form factor development platform with supporting iSCSI software, measuring only three inches high by six inches wide. This product will accelerate design cycles and minimize footprints in space sensitive applications, such as high-density blade servers and storage subsystems. Silverback's new iSNAP2110 development platform and dual Vitesse SimpliPHY Gigabit Ethernet copper transceivers power this design tool that is half the width of a typical board. The new reference board is equivalent to a fully-featured, high performance, production-ready HBA, providing system designers, software developers and OEMs/ODMs a stable, flexible and proven framework for developing and testing their IP-based storage networking systems. The board utilizes each company's unprecedented advantages in low power, performance, footprint and reduced cost.

"By not having to re-engineer a complete, high-performance iSCSI platform themselves, our customers can save months of product development time without incurring any development risks. By providing from five to ten times better noise tolerance than the competition, Vitesse's VSC8201 copper transceivers, coupled with Silverback's iSNAP2110 processor, offer our customers a robust solution that's ready for volume production today," said Phil Callahan, director of SimpliPHY product marketing at Vitesse. ...Silverback Systems profile, ...Vitesse Semiconductor profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 23, 2004 - Quantum Corp. today announced it will demonstrate best practices for backup, archive and recovery, including the first public showing of the company's latest enterprise disk-based backup, tape automation and DLTtape technology products to federal government IT professionals at the FOSE 2004 exposition beginning today in Washington, D.C. Attendees will be able to see the tools needed to help effectively address the exponential data growth created by the automation of government processes and conform to a growing list of federal regulations and pending compliance deadlines. Government IT leaders face the challenges of aligning their data protection strategies with information management and business continuance processes. Additionally, the need to retain electronic documents, communication records and other important transaction records for long periods of time to meet government records-retention regulations is causing government agencies to reassess the way they manage information across their organizations. ...Quantum profile

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 23, 2004 - BlueArc Corporation will highlight storage solutions designed to help life sciences customers increase ROI from their research projects, at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo in Boston March 30 - April 1. Located at booth 414, BlueArc will showcase its new Titan SiliconServer, a storage solution that consolidates and manages up to 256 terabytes of data in a single storage pool, and provides accelerated productivity, investment protection in a modular server design for maximum scalability, performance and return on investment. ...Bio-IT World Expo, ...BlueArc profile

DENVER, CO - March 23, 2004 - Tabernus LLC announced today that it will expand operations into Austin, Texas. According to Marissa Ponikvar, President and CEO of Tabernus, " The Austin facility will allow us to stay close to our customers and expand our presence in the mass storage industry, where we have been very successful in the past."

It is expected that the Austin operations will be running on May 1, 2004. Further details will be announced at that time. The Colorado office will continue to serve as the sales and engineering divisions' primary location.

"We are very enthusiastic about expanding our presence at the hub of Texas' technology center," said Mike Miller, Chief Technology Officer. Among some of Tabernus' Texas clients are Dell, Crossroad Systems, Intel, Alcatel, Banta, Hewlett Packard/Compaq and IBM. The new office will also be the springboard for the future growth of Tabernus' business development and consulting services business. ...Tabernus profile

Hoboken, N.J. - March 23, 2004 - NSI Software, Inc. today announced that ABM Data Systems has joined the NSI Xcelerate Partner Program as the program's first security-solutions-focused reseller. ABM will offer NSI Double-Take software as part of a bundled solution, which includes ABM Phoenix central station automation software and accounting solutions, to the commercial and the proprietary central station alarm monitoring markets. Double-Take data replication and failover software supports tasks including disaster recovery and centralized data backup to safeguard security and life-safety data.

The Police Department of University Park, Texas is using the ABM Phoenix with Double-Take bundle to provide a fault-tolerant environment. The police department is constantly monitoring the local network of security alarm systems and capturing the system's data within the Phoenix product. Double-Take software allows the department to make a real-time copy of the critical information so it is always available in a second computing environment. By adding Double-Take software, all of their security information is protected and available for use 24x7, which is vital during emergency situations.

"Our customers are required to receive and process vast amounts of critical data effectively and efficiently. Their actions frequently involve life-safety and protection of property, which leaves no room for error, or loss of data. The Double-Take solution provides data protection through real-time replication, which is required for these types of secure operations. Additionally, Double-Take software is the backbone of our UL approved solution for contract central stations," said Jim Burkey, general manager at ABM Data Systems. ...NSI Software profile

Framingham, MA - March 23, 2004 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the "Cool Vendors in IT Management, Sourcing and IT Services" report by Gartner, Inc. GlassHouse was one of four companies listed in the Gartner Report, which covered IT management vendors whose innovation provided competitive advantage. Vendors highlighted in the report were cited for their ability to thrive in tough times by employing strategies that reflect industry themes such as cost reduction, optimization and interoperability. ...GlassHouse profile

BOULDER, CO - March 23, 2004 - Exabyte Corporation announced today that its VXA-2 PacketLoader 1x10 1U tape autoloader has won the prestigious Best New Technology Award for storage products at FOSE 2004. FOSE is the largest IT exposition for U.S. government agencies, and the awards recognize vendors and products that demonstrate outstanding innovation in meeting the specific IT needs of government agencies. The FOSE Best New Technology Awards are sponsored by Government Computer News, whose editorial staff evaluated hundreds of products and services and named the VXA-2 PacketLoader the best storage product being exhibited at the FOSE 2004 show.

"This is the second consecutive FOSE storage product of the year award that Exabyte has won, and that is a tremendous honor for us because we have been committed to the government market for our entire 18-year history," said Tom Ward, president and CEO of Exabyte. "In 2003, our Magnum20 LTO tape library won the storage award for setting a new standard for density and value in enterprise-class LTO tape libraries. Now our VXA-2 PacketLoader has been recognized for setting a new standard in value and performance in entry-level tape automation - allowing a large segment of government, SMB departmental offices and regional agencies to afford automation for the very first time." ...Exabyte profile

Mountain View, Calif. and LONDON, UK - March 22, 2004 - SGI announced today that BBC Broadcast will use SGI InfiniteStorage NAS 3000 and Shared Filesystem CXFS as the foundation of a tapeless environment for virtually all its processes. The system is expected to be in use within the next two months and includes 50 terabytes of storage with high-bandwidth capacity from SGI. The system will enable assets to be available for a large number of requirements - ingest, archive and playout. Every piece of content that touches BBC Broadcast will ultimately go through this system. ...SGI profile

KFAR SABA, Israel - March 22, 2004 - M-Systems today announced that Motorola is utilizing the Mobile DiskOnChip G3 flash disk as the on-board multimedia memory solution within the A768 mobile handset. M-Systems' Mobile DiskOnChip G3 is providing 64 megabytes of data storage within Motorola's latest dual mode, mobile smartphone, which was introduced into the China market before Spring Festival and is being snapped up as fast as it appears in stores around the country. It is also being introduced in the weeks to come in other Asian markets. The Java technology Linux-based A768 handset can store and playback a variety of multimedia content including MP3s, digital still photos and up to one hour of accumulated video. The A768 also has a built-in Chinese and English dictionary, handwriting and speech recognition capability and can create, store and be used to display presentation, spreadsheet and word processing files. ...M-Systems profile

Round Rock, Texas - March 22, 2004 - Dell today announced the PowerVault 745N, a 1U rack-optimized NAS server designed to help small businesses, corporate workgroups and branch offices address increasing data storage needs. The PowerVault 745N provides storage capacity ranging from 160GB to 4TB external SCSI-attached storage along with Dell trademark value and ease-of-use features that are critical to the entry-level market. It's available worldwide immediately for prices starting at $1799, supports Windows, Linux, NetWare, UNIX and Macintosh environments.

"Our customers continue to ask for flexible, affordable storage servers that offer enterprise capabilities," said Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell Storage. "The Dell PowerVault 745N delivers on all of this and more - for example deployment has been simplified to take as little as 15 minutes." ...Dell Computer profile

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - March 22, 2004 - Seagate Technology will present research findings pointing toward data storage densities of 50 terabits per square inch or more at the American Physical Society conference on March 25. At 50 terabits per square inch densities, over 3.5 million high-resolution photos, 2,800 audio CDs, 1,600 hours of television, or the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress could be stored onto recording media about the size of a single coin, such as a half dollar. Seagate's research team is currently developing the technology, called Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR), which is expected to enable these ultra-high storage densities. Dr. Terry McDaniel, Seagate recording physicist and APS member, will give the presentation entitled, "Ultimate Limits to Thermally Assisted Magnetic Recording." ...Seagate profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 22, 2004 - Adaptec, Inc. today delivered to major server and workstation original equipment manufacturers a Serial Attached SCSI controller ASIC that powers unprecedented 4.8 gigabyte/second performance, 7x that of Ultra320 SCSI, for large database, video, OLTP and other data-intensive applications. The Adaptec Serial Attached SCSI chip enables the new data speeds on the strength of eight ports - the highest port count in the industry - that also deliver industry-leading storage configuration flexibility, allowing organizations to easily and cost-effectively configure both internal and external storage. The chip's eight ports also will give organizations an easy way to scale to 100-disk drive configurations to meet their expanding storage needs. In addition, the Adaptec ASIC's power-thrifty design will enable small, cool-running systems to help drive the industry's transition to denser, higher-capacity servers. The chip will feature Adaptec's integrated HostRAID technology to protect customer data, deliver industry-leading price-performance and provide a smooth migration path to Adaptec's direct-attached and networked storage arrays. The ASIC also will be the core of a family of microprocessor-based RAID controllers that deliver advanced data protection. ...Adaptec profile

MINNEAPOLIS - March 22, 2004 - Ciprico Inc. announced today that Robert H. Kill, the Company's president and CEO, has announced his intention to retire within the next year. The board appointed its chairman, James W. Hansen, as interim CEO, with the intention of conducting a strategic review and search for permanent leadership. The board elected Mr. Kill as Chairman of the Board.

"After 16 years as CEO of Ciprico, I concluded that it was time for a change," Kill said. "With the successful launch of our new DiMeda. 1700 and 3600 NAS products, and the pending launch of our new serial ATA products, I believe that the Company is well- positioned to compete at the highest levels of our current niche markets and to bring resilient, high performance SATA storage to the enterprise and near line storage markets. This new effort will require a significant commitment and thus I feel that it is also time for new leadership that has that experience. I intend to stay engaged in the business to ensure a smooth transition, and in particular the new opportunities for our exciting SATA products." ...Ciprico profile

IRVINE, Calif. - March 22, 2004 - Toshiba Storage Device Division today announced two new dual format DVD recordable drives. Available in a slim drive for notebook computers and a half-height model for desktop systems, Toshiba's drives enable users to read, record and re-write content to DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW and CDs. Weighing only 0.2 kg, Toshiba's slim DVD recordable drive supports 4x DVD burning speeds for both recording formats. Designed to help OEMs build lighter and more functional notebook computers, the SD-R6372 delivers increased performance in a mobile package - allowing users to watch DVD movies, listen to or access CD content, and burn music/video/data to a disc while on the go.

Offering outstanding performance in a desktop drive, Toshiba's SD-R5272 supports 8x DVD recording and 4x re-write speeds for both formats, in addition to 32x CD recording. Available as an upgrade kit, Toshiba's SD-R5272 offers a convenient and affordable way to enhance current desktop systems with DVD/CD recording and playback functionality. The kit includes the award-winning Nero DVD/CD burning software suite and all of the tools needed for easy and quick installation. Toshiba's SD-R5272 desktop drive is available now for $149....Toshiba profile

Louisville, CO.- March 22, 2004 - Breece Hill LLC today announced that it has launched a SAIT Compliance Autoloader. Integrating XenData's Archive Series Software and Sony's SAIT standard and WORM tape media with its own innovative 10- and 16-pak tape libraries. Breece Hill¹s SAIT Autoloader delivers a true compliance solution in a compact 4U footprint that stores up to 13 TB of non-rewriteable data for the small and medium business market.

"The SAIT Autoloader is ideal for companies required to meet the data authenticity compliance requirements for the SEC¹s Rule 17a-4, the HIPAA and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," said Breece Hill President Phil Pascarelli. ...Breece Hill profile

Duesseldorf, Germany - March 22, 2004 - ALPS Electric Europa GmbH has announced the development of its HRGHL Series of 120Gb/inch2 giant magneto resistive thin-film hard disk drive heads. Samples will be shipped at the end of the year, and mass-production will begin early in 2005. This series will be on display for three days beginning May 26 at the ALPS SHOW 2004, at the New Takanawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo's Minato-ku.

The trend toward increasing HDD capacity continues. Although the rate of a 100% annual capacity increase seen over the past few years has abated somewhat, it continues at the rate of 60% per year. At the same time, drives are becoming smaller. Drives for PCs are shifting from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch media, and drives for notebook PCs are dropping from 2.5-inch to 1.8-inch media. In recent years, the use of HDDs in home electronics and appliances has begun, and 1.0-inch drives are being used in mobile devices. As HDDs become smaller, the recording medium itself becomes smaller. This means that the physical area available for storage declines. Therefore, the development of higher recording density heads that can pack more data into a smaller area is a vital issue. ...ALPS profile

March 22, 2004 - XIOtech Corporation today announced support for Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 on Magnitude 3D. Magnitude 3D is an optimum solution for Novell Linux-based environments that require enterprise-class SANs that are affordable and easy to manage, delivering the storage industry's lowest TCO. XIOtech will be demonstrating Magnitude 3D at Novell BrainShare, from March 22-24 in booth P100, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, UT.

"Running Novell Linux servers on Magnitude 3D creates a clustered computing infrastructure that is simple to manage, highly resilient, and cost effective," said Alain Andreoli, CEO of XIOtech. "Our support of SUSE LINUX is an example of our commitment to develop innovative storage solutions for Novell environments." ...Xiotech profile

March 22, 2004 - After an interval of 3 years - Zsolt Kerekes - editor of - has published a new children's story - called Princess Laura and the Unsuitable Dragon Suitors. The complete text of the story (12,000 words) is now available online. The story is suitable for adults and children and includes a dragon. For anyone who enjoyed the earlier goblin stories from the same author - this is his best work to date. This fairy tale was written to provide light relief at a very sad and difficult time for his family. the story

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Nibble:- Guessing the Future of Hard Disks, Tape and Optical Storage

ack in the days when I worked in R&D I used to joke that if my crystal ball was better I could see which technologies and vendors would actually be most successful in the future and invest more time in the winners and less in the losers. I was a good guesser and often chose the right technologies, even if it was sometimes for the wrong reasons. That didn't harm my career either and helped me advance up the technical management tree in a bunch of companies.

Being a good guesser is important for you too, whether you're a buyer, vendor or developer of storage systems and products. Investing time and effort into dead end technologies is wasteful of your time and money because if you choose a loser you may have to scrap your current strategy and start all over again instead of reaping the rewards of incremental improvements which you get by backing the winners.

Nowhere is the range of solutions more confusing than deciding how you're going to manage your data storage strategy.

A short article like this is not going to give you all the answers, but let me share my 5 to 10 year vision of some critical storage trends which may affect the shape of things to come.

  • hard disk drives will replace tape in all but the largest systems.

    Disk and tape drives already offer similar cost and storage density. The argument for tape used to be that it was cheaper, but as tape drives become more complex (with inbuilt flash to help them remember when they are supposed to be in WORM mode for example) those differences are eroding. In big disk archive libraries - the disks are being used in powered down mode to save on electrical power and increase MTBF - so the much touted difference in access time for archived date between disk and tape is also mythical. They're both going to offer the same functions at the same price. But disks also have a wider market in consumer products -which means they will win.
  • solid state disk drives will replace magnetic hard drives as the default factory shipped drives for the operating systems etc in high performance servers.

    SSDs will overtake hard drives in capacity sometime in the next 5 years, and as semiconductor devices are on a steeper declining cost curve than magnetic storage, once they get close - the market - at the high performance end will switch fast. This competitive situation is made more difficult for hard disk OEMs because the main way they can reduce access time and increase IOPs is by making their disks smaller. But that also reduces the total amount of storage. Whether SSDs win at the 2.5" level or 1" level is hard to say. However hard disk makers won't suddenly go out of business, because in the same time frame that they get designed out of high end servers, the consumer market (which doesn't need the same level of performance) will already have replaced the IT market as the biggest home for disk drives.
  • removable optical storage - the descendants of today's DVD drives - may become obsolete.

    The main advantage that optical has to offer over other forms of mass storage - is that it will preserve data intact for a long period - and doesn't need to be powered to do so. Optical media makers might argue that if your disk drive gets immersed under two feet of water - then you have a problem - whereas their optical media would preserve your data with a simple cleanup and could last 100 years. However - in a totally networked world - your data should be replicated in more than one location anyway - so the survivability of optical compared to magnetic drives - is irrelevant.

    Although today CDs and DVDs are widely used to distribute entertainment content and personal data today - in the future the content distribution will mostly be by internet download - while the physical media exchange will be by flash memory devices which are small enough to be compatible with both pocket and desktop systems.

You'll see what actually happens by coming back to the STORAGEsearch news pages from time to time. See also what others have to say on these subjects by visiting the market research pages etc.

LSI Logic
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