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Summation's CD and DVD Value Tower Duplicator

Colorado Springs, Colorado - May 20, 2004 - Summation Technology has launched its new CD and DVD Value Tower Duplicator Series.

The Value Tower is a series of standalone CD and DVD duplicators designed for ease-of-use and low cost. Very little or no training is required for operation. Duplication is performed with the simple press of a button on the multi-function LCD panel. It is designed for the user who is looking for a way of making instant copies of original CDs and DVDs without any fuss. It provides excellent duplication accuracy in a convenient desktop design and comes with a 1 year warranty. It is a perfect low-cost, no-frills duplication of audio, data, and video CD duplication applications. Available in 2 to 9 drive configurations.

According to James Krainock, Director of Sales and Marketing "We are meeting a demand in the duplicator marketplace for a low cost, reliable manual tower. We want to please the customers who are looking for bargain basement prices but still want a quality, fully warrantied and supported product." ...Summation profile

BakBone Reports Annual Revenue Increased 50%

SAN DIEGO - May 20, 2004 - BakBone Software today reported operating results for its fourth fiscal quarter and the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.

The Company also announced that it intends to restate its financial statements for fiscal years 2002 and 2003, as well as prior quarters for fiscal 2004. Total revenues for fiscal 2004 were $27.0 million, 50% higher than the $18.0 million in fiscal 2003. Deferred revenue as of March 31, 2004 grew to $9.8 million, a 90% increase over the $5.2 million as of March 31, 2003. Net loss attributable to common shareholders for fiscal 2004 was $10.3 million, or $0.17 per basic and diluted common share. This compares with a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $20.2 million, or $0.36 per basic and diluted common share for fiscal 2003. ...BakBone profile

McDATA Reports Revenue Decline Nearly 6%

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – May 20, 2004 – McDATA Corporation today reported results for the first quarter that ended April 30, 2004.

Revenue totaled $97.2 million, a decline of 5.8% compared to 2003 first quarter revenue of $103.2 million. The GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2004 was $(9.8) million compared to first-quarter 2003 net income of $5.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. In addition, the company recorded a restructuring charge related to a facility closure, and its share of the operating loss associated with McDATA's investment in Aarohi, both of which were excluded for the purposes of the non-GAAP results. ...McDATA profile

EMC Introduces Simple, Low-Cost NAS

Hopkinton, MA - May 20, 2004 - EMC Corporation today extended its NetWin" family of NAS products with a low-cost entry-level model. The Microsoft Windows-based NetWin 110 has a starting list price of $6,100. It will be sold exclusively through authorized EMC distributors. The new EMC NetWin 110 NAS Gateway, based on the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 platform, is a cost-effective solution for customers looking to implement NAS for the first time or expand the capabilities of a SAN by enabling it to perform NAS functions as well. The EMC NetWin 110 with CLARiiON storage delivers scalable performance and increased data availability versus similar competitive offerings. Featuring simple installation and manageability, it will be made available in both direct-attached and gateway configurations. Trial copies of LEGATO data protection software are also included. ...EMC profile

CA Certifies Emulex LP10000 Fibre Channel HBAs

COSTA MESA, Calif. - May 20, 2004 - Emulex Corporation today announced that Computer Associates International, Inc. has certified the Emulex LightPulse LP10000 and dual channel LP10000DC Fibre Channel HBAs as interoperable with the serverless backup and SAN options of BrightStor ARCserve Backup and BrightStor Enterprise Backup.

The Emulex LightPulse LP10000 family of PCI-X HBAs are fully software compatible with previous generations of Emulex's market leading HBAs, enabling customers to effortlessly migrate to Emulex's new HBAs, while also allowing for simplified integration into existing SANs. The LightPulse LP10000 family of HBAs has received the ca smart seal of excellence, which is awarded to solutions that integrate seamlessly with CA products, enabling customers to take advantage of best-in-class enterprise technologies while minimizing cost, time-to-benefit and risk. ...Computer Associates profile, ...Emulex profile

Sun Invites Storage OEMs to Self Certify Compatibility

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 19, 2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the launch of the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program, offering customers an expanded choice of third-party storage devices.

Sun is working closely with storage vendors, including EMC, IBM and Network Appliance, to enable the self certification of their respective storage arrays. The Program ensures the same qualification rigor that Sun uses to validate Sun Cluster 3 with Sun StorEdge. This enables greater customer storage choice while ensuring the same high-quality, cluster configurations that have been the trademark of the Sun qualification process. Jointly supported by Sun and third-party storage vendors through TSANet, these Sun Cluster configurations offer seamless support, ensuring the highest levels of availability for mission-critical applications.

"The high availability characteristics of a clustered environment make it a key component of a customers' information lifecycle management strategy," said Don Swatik, vice president of global solutions, EMC. "EMC's participation in the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program further provides our mutual customers with assurances of greater interoperability and joint support."

"Network Appliance is a natural fit for the Sun Cluster Open Storage Program," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of marketing, Network Appliance, Inc. "Through the program, NetApp unified storage systems provide enterprise customers with increased choice and investment protection for their Sun Cluster environments. This unique combination delivers both the high availability expected from Sun Cluster and the added flexibility and simplicity that NetApp unified storage solutions deliver."

Interested third-party storage vendors should click here to learn how to certify their storage arrays for Sun Cluster. ...Sun profile

GlassHouse Acquires CycleBridge Technologies

Framingham, MA - May 19, 2004 - GlassHouse Technologies, Inc today the acquisition of CycleBridge Technologies, a Framingham-based consultancy providing data management and integration expertise to technology and healthcare organizations.

As part of the acquisition Janie Tremlett, a principal partner in CycleBridge, will join GlassHouse as VP of Corporate Development. Tremlett has extensive experience helping healthcare and biotechnology companies solve complex data management challenges, inclusive of compliance and regulatory issues. She will be responsible for expanding GlassHouse offerings, productizing the company's services, and further developing company strategy. GlassHouse clients will benefit from Tremlett's focus on the development of mature, best practices-based services that take into account organizational business drivers. She succeeds Richard Scannell, who has been promoted to the post of Senior VP - North American Consulting. CycleBridge's business, which counts clients such as IBM, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and Phase Forward, will be integrated into GlassHouse's operations. ...GlassHouse profile

Infineon Gets New Memory Chief
Munich, Germany - May 19, 2004 -With effect from June 1st Thomas Seifert will assume global responsibility for the Memory Products Business Group at Infineon Technologies AG. Seifert succeeds the previous Group CEO, Dr. Harald Eggers, who is leaving the company at his own request after more than 25 years' of service to devote more time to his private life. Seifert launched his career in 1990 in the former Siemens' Semiconductor Group. From 1996 to 2000, Seifert went on to lead the White Oak Semiconductor plant, Infineon's joint venture with Motorola in Richmond VA, gaining wide-ranging expertise in the memory products area in the process. Seifert moved over to Infineon's Wireline Communications Business Group in 2000, where he applied his international business experience firstly as COO, then as CEO. ...Infineon profile

NovaStor Expands Management Team

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - May 19, 2004 - NovaStor Corp. today announced appointments of two industry veterans that will enhance the company's management and marketing operations.

Shaun Walsh has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer. He will oversee the company's sales, marketing, engineering and support operations. Marketing executive Kelly Williams has been chosen for the new post of director of corporate communications, reporting to Walsh.

Walsh brings more than 20 years of storage industry experience in sales, marketing and operations to his new role at NovaStor. Previously, Walsh was the vice president and general manager of the I/O Systems division of JNI Corp. where he was responsible for JNI's Infiniband, iSCSI and emerging technology business. Prior to that, he held various marketing management and strategic development positions with Quantum Corp. and Overland Storage.

Williams will be responsible for the company's overall strategic and tactical marketing and public relations efforts. A technology industry veteran, Williams has an extensive background in developing and managing corporate and marketing communications programs. Before joining NovaStor, she was the principal of RedAhead Communications, a marketing communications consultancy. Prior to that, she was the director of marketing communications at Lynx Photonic Networks, where she helped launch the company in the field of optical communications. ...NovaStor profile

BiTMICRO Introduces PMC Flash Disk

Baltimore, Maryland - May 18, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today introduced the E-Disk PMC solid state storage plug-in module at Military & Aerospace Electronics East 2004.
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The E-Disk PMC is intended for use as a boot and/or storage device for carrier boards such as CompactPCI, VME and MultiBus, and almost any other type of SBC and blade with a PMC slot.

The solid-state storage mezzanine card delivers cost effective mass storage, eliminates cables and the need to use SCSI-based storage solutions for applications requiring moderate storage capacities.
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The E-Disk PMC flash-based solid state solution comes with device driver support for Linux and VxWorks. It does not need hard disk drive battery back up or UPS for non-volatile data storage.

E-Disk PMC also comes in rugged industrial temperature, conformally coated and soon to be available conduction cooled versions. They boast I/O rates of up to 18,000 IOPS, burst read/write rates of up to 66 MB/sec, sustained random read/write rates of up to 28 MB/sec, and capacities of up to 10 GB. ...BiTMICRO Networks profile

NSI Expands Data Protection Training and Certification

Hoboken, N.J. - May 18, 2004 - NSI Software, Inc. today announced the expansion of its training and certification programs to further help customers and partners in implementing and managing NSI-powered data protection systems.

The company has added an eLearning course on NSI Double-Take replication software and a GeoCluster course on mastering clustering. NSI Software also now offers a free Self-study Guide which is combined with certification classification, Certified Double-Take Associate for beginners.

NSI added the Web-based Double-Take course to simplify and reduce training costs for its customers and partners located worldwide. With the eLearning course, IT professionals from around the world can participate based on their schedule, while incurring no travel expenses. NSI added the new GeoCluster software course to keep pace with the growing demand for clustered high availability solutions on Windows Server 2003.

The company is also introducing a free, flexible Self-study Guide that was created for IT professionals who would like to get an overview of Double-Take but don't have the time for instructor-led training. ...NSI Software profile, ...NSI training info

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Free Installation for StorStation Laptop Data Protection

SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 18, 2004 - Sony Electronics is simplifying data backup and disaster recovery for mobile professionals and laptop users through an enhanced reseller program for its StorStation Laptop Data Protection system.

To help businesses rapidly and cost-effectively enhance data protection for mobile professionals, laptop users and remote offices, Sony is providing free installation of the LDP solution thru the enhanced reseller program by qualified field technicians.
The StorStation LDP combines a Sony 1TB StorStation FSV-M5 specialty server with BrightStor ARCserve Backup for Laptops and Desktops from Computer Associates. news image - StorStation Laptop Data Protection system
The solution simplifies data protection tasks by automatically detecting Microsoft Windows systems and performing backup applications based on user-defined parameters, such as specific time schedules and data folders. StorStation LDP systems come with a variety of pre-defined backup templates that enable customers to immediately begin backing up critical data right out of the box. StorStation LDP can be scaled with additional Sony specialty servers and CA software licenses to support mobile workforces of virtually any size. Sony will be displaying the StorStation Laptop Data Protection system next week at CA World.

The StorStation LDP system is currently available through Sony authorized distributors, VARs and storage system integrators at an estimated price of around $8,600. For a limited time, Sony is also offering free installation (value of $500) for the system, as well as a three-year warranty and optional service and support enhancement programs. ...Sony profile

EqualLogic and SANZ Install 28TB iSCSI SAN for DoD

Nashua, N.H. - May 18, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc. announces the implementation of SANs for the Department of Defense.

The DoD intelligence organizations, which cannot be named for security reasons, are using EqualLogic's PeerStorage array solutions to create IP-based SANs in heterogeneous environments requiring enterprise-class reliability and full-featured management capabilities.

Current DoD SAN deployments are limited by the complexity and cost of Fibre Channel, and SANZ was asked to implement a new, cost-effective and highly available IP SAN solution for a host of Sun Solaris-based and Microsoft Windows-based servers. EqualLogic's Peer Storage Array 100E was selected over the EMC CLARiiON system as the core building block of the SAN, because it is the only IP SAN solution to meet the DoD's requirement for high redundancy, automatic management, data protection, and support for a wide range of operating systems.

"The DoD implementation was an excellent opportunity to align ourselves with the innovative SAN technology from EqualLogic," said Michael Phelan, president of SANZ. "EqualLogic's approach complements our focus on delivering flexible, cost-effective storage solutions that feature high performance, intelligence and reliability. Together we are filling a large need in the government market for a fresh approach to flexible, scalable and manageable SANs." ...EqualLogic profile, ...SANZ profile

See also:- military storage news

XOsoft Extends Reach with New SSP Partner Program

Burlington, MA - May 18, 2004 - XOsoft today announced a new partner program aimed at storage service providers.

XOsoft also announced that Inflow has signed onto the program. As part of the program, Inflow will use XOsoft's WANSync solutions as an integral platform for its business continuity suite.

"Storage Service Providers provide offsite storage and data backup services to customers that do not maintain in-house IT infrastructure and resources," says Tom O'Connell, XOsoft's VP of Sales & Alliances. "XOsoft is expanding its partnerships with a program designed specifically for these SSPs. This will enable us to work with SSPs and allow them to offer their customers a truly comprehensive business continuity solution based on XOsoft's technology. Partnering with XOsoft will allow Inflow to focus on its core service and infrastructure competencies without having to worry about the software required for data replication and synchronization." ...Inflow profile, ...XOsoft profile

iVivity Closes $26 Million Series C Financing

ATLANTA, GA - May 18, 2004 - iVivity today announced that it has closed a $26 million Series C preferred stock financing led by new investors Grotech Capital Group and JK&B Capital.

Mellon Ventures was also a new investor to the round which included investors from previous financing rounds: H.I.G. Ventures, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Kinetic Ventures, Cordova Ventures, Yamacraw and Bergman & Associates. The round brings iVivity's total funding to date to over $50 million.

"This financing marks a major milestone for iVivity as we transition our focus from research and development to delivering the products and services to our customers that will permit them to take full advantage of our revolutionary iDiSX technology," said David Coombs, president and CEO of iVivity. "This additional funding will enable us to build upon our leadership position in the intelligent storage processor arena through continued expansion of our sales, marketing, product development and customer service."

The iDiSX intelligent "storage server on chip" processor is geared to cost-effective solutions development and allows network-storage vendors to maximize highest-end storage functionality features while substantially reducing overall costs in their solutions portfolio. iDiSX enables OEMs to achieve highest-end design goals such as consolidating multiple applications onto a single platform, massive scalability, complete system redundancy, and advanced software for point-in-time copying and replication services.

iDiSX technology will eliminate the need for system OEMs to undertake costly new ASIC developments and complex infrastructure software developments and allow them to focus on developing new applications and functionality that directly benefit the IT end-user. iDiSX allows storage applications to reside on the silicon. It can terminate and initiate all SCSI based protocols (including iSCSI and FC) at up to 10Gbps line rate and can directly control IO across disk interconnects like FC, SATA and SAS. ...iVivity profile

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FalconStor Awarded Patent for FC Fail-Over Technology

MELVILLE, N.Y. - May 18, 2004 -FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company patent 6,715,098 B2, entitled "System and Method for Fibre Channel Fail-Over Through Port Spoofing."

FalconStor developed this technology to deliver high availability, no single point of failure and support for end-to-end redundancy in storage network architectures, and it is a key component of the company's flagship product, IPStor Enterprise Edition.

The patent covers technology designed by FalconStor to facilitate the automatic fail-over clustering of two storage appliances in the event that a storage appliance becomes unavailable (e.g. maintenance, upgrades, etc.). The healthy storage appliance in a fail-over cluster transparently takes over all the processing tasks of the unavailable storage appliance in the event of a system failure. From the perspective of the application server(s), company data and applications remain highly available to sustain business operations and ensure business continuity. This distinctive technology is currently available only to FalconStor IPStor customers.

In addition, FalconStor has a number of patents pending for software solutions that provide advanced storage services in critical areas including synchronous mirroring, real time data migration, backup acceleration, rapid recovery and replication. ...FalconStor profile

I-TECH Announces 4Gbps Fibre Channel Analysis

Eden Prairie, MN - May 18, 2004 - I-TECH announced today the introduction of 4-Gbps Fibre Channel analysis support for the I-TECH PowerFrame Storage Test System.

The 4-Gbps Fibre Channel PowerPak is a high-value solution for monitoring and testing storage devices and SAN components at this advanced speed.

The 4-Gbps Fibre Channel PowerPak features Satellite software with powerful filtering, triggering, and searching capabilities. Prefiltering extends trace memory depth to gigabytes, which allows users to capture only the data of interest to them, decreasing troubleshooting time. The Capture Strategy Builder is an easy-to-use tool providing uncompromised capability. Strategies can be configured to simply trigger on a specific event, such as a frame or a primitive, or as complex Boolean structures and message and counter sequences. Satellite software provides searches on frames, primitives, and errors in a matter of seconds, regardless of the length of the trace or the number of channels capturing data.

"In the race to get 4-Gbps Fibre Channel storage devices to market, product developers require a comprehensive set of test features and a reliable test solution. The 4-Gbps Fibre Channel PowerPak is the ideal tool for SAN component and storage device developers. The PowerPak's innovative hardware as well as extensive software features for design and development verification decrease time to market and ensure product reliability," said I-TECH CEO Steve Bucher. ...I-TECH profile

Cybernetics Introduces iSAN Vault iSCSI Disk Storage

Yorktown, Virginia - May 18, 2004 - With the recent release of iSAN Vault, Cybernetics has added iSCSI disk storage to its popular iSCSI backup products.

The iSAN Vault is a complete storage solution including a range of RAID capacity options and a simple, intuitive management suite supporting storage allocation with dynamic volume spanning, active-active failover, snapshots, and RAID 0, 1, 5 and 5+Hot Spare.

Historically, there have been two paths to storage networking. NAS is low in cost, uses ubiquitous Ethernet, and is easy to implement, but the file system overhead deals quite a blow to performance, and incurs compatibility limitations. Fibre Channel SAN implements a block-level protocol to deliver exceptional performance, but has been plagued with interoperability and complexity issues, and a price point that is a significant obstacle for most small and medium sized business organizations. Cybernetics' iSAN is based on the iSCSI block level protocol to deliver the benefits of SAN without the cost and complexity of Fibre Channel.

According to a Storage Analyst with Cybernetics, "iSCSI is all about value. If you have an Ethernet network, you already have the infrastructure and expertise to implement an IP SAN. iSAN Vault delivers Fibre Channel SAN performance for about 20% of the cost." ...Cybernetics profile

NAS, DAS or SAN? - New Article by Xtore

Editor:- May 18, 2004 - a new article is published on STORAGEsearch today called "NAS, DAS or SAN? - Choosing the Right Storage Technology for Your Organization" written by Duran Alabi, VP of Sales and Marketing at Xtore.

It's exactly 4 years since we published the Storage Architecture Guide a classic reference written by the world's first network storage company Auspex. The new overview article from Xtore places the main storage connection strategies in a current context.

Duran Alabi, who wrote the new article, is is a member of the SNIA, FCIA, RAID Advisory Board and Fibre Industry Advisory Board. He is the author of two previously published articles on the storage networking industry, "Deploying the Right Multi-Vendor SAN Solution" and "SANs: Not Just for the Big Boys." the article, ...Xtore profile

ATTO's iSCSI-to-SCSI Bridge is IBM TotalStorage Proven

Amherst, NY - May 18, 2004 - ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that its iPBridge 2500C/R/D iSCSI-to-SCSI bridge product has successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM's TotalStorage Ultrium Tape Library products and has been confirmed as IBM TotalStorage Proven.

The ATTO iPBridge 2500C/R/D allows users to attach existing SCSI storage devices to IP networks. Users can route a SCSI tape library or other SCSI storage across an Ethernet IP-based network to provide more access to existing storage devices. The iPBridge 2500C/R/D is available in two form factors: board-level, for embedding into OEM storage devices or in a rack mount/desktop enclosure for use with legacy devices. The ATTO iPBridge 2500C/R/D supports both iSCSI and NDMP requirements for NAS and SANs in a single hardware solution. ...ATTO Technology profile

Tek-Tools Ships Profiler for MS Exchange Server

Dallas, Texas - May 17, 2004 - Tek-Tools, Inc today began shipments of the latest module of its Profiler Rx network resource management suite.

Profiler for MS Exchange Server is a powerful analysis tool that enables the intelligent management of applications and hardware throughout a department or enterprise to identify potential pain points and possible data loss and to avoid them.

By implementing Profiler for Exchange, system administrators are now empowered with the ability to better identify and avoid potential problems that could lead to data loss and unnecessary hardware acquisition. Profiler Rx eases the pain of managing Exchange servers by allowing IT managers to look at current size, historical trending and user file analysis at the server and mailbox level. Managers can examine the total size of mailboxes on the server, the size and owner of each mailbox and information about sent and received messages and attachments. Mailboxes can then be groomed for duplicate files and old messages that can be shifted to secondary storage, thus reducing the chance of costly problems and inefficiency.

"With the difficulty of managing network resources, such as Microsoft Exchange, we wanted to provide system managers with a consolidated, centralized view of servers in relation to the entire storage network," said Ken Barth, President and CEO of Tek-Tools. "Through the use of our powerful, modular software that monitors and reports on the pulse of corporate applications and hardware, IT personnel can better avoid potential failures in data flow and help improve the overall health of their network."

The Profiler Rx Suite is high-performance, modular, Web-based, real-time and historical resource reporting application targeting DAS, NAS, SAN, database and backup pain in customer environments. With the Profiler Rx suite, you choose solution modules that allow your organization to monitor the entire storage enterprise. The Profiler suite installs quickly with only one download and easily integrates with existing storage systems and applications offering immediate payback. Profiler for MS Exchange Server is now available; prices start at $3000. ...Tek-Tools profile

Jury Says HP Infringed EMC Mirroring Patents

Hopkinton, MA - May 17, 2004 - A U.S. District Court jury today found that HP is infringing three EMC Corporation patents.

After a two-week trial here, the jury found that HP's OpenView Continuous Access Storage Appliance (CASA) product infringes EMC's core patents related to the company's SRDF and TimeFinder software products, which perform remote mirroring and local mirroring functions. In addition, the jurors also found the three EMC patents in this suit to be valid over prior art cited by HP. EMC intends to seek an injunction based on the verdicts. EMC filed the original complaint against StorageApps in October 2000, claiming that StorageApps' SANLink appliance (now referred to by HP as CASA) infringed on EMC core patents related to remote and local mirroring. HP acquired StorageApps in July 2001. This case is separate from other pending patent litigation between the companies in San Jose, Calif. ...EMC profile, ...HP profile

Pegasus Joins HP's ILM Partner Program

San Ramon CA - May 17, 2004 - Pegasus Disk Technologies announces participation in the HP ILM partner program.

Pegasus InveStore software offers archive storage management and archive media support for companies who manage their data and backup data protection with HP StorageWorks optical drives and libraries. ...Pegasus Disk Technologies profile

Sony Unleashes Blue Laser Storage Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 17, 2004 - Sony Electronics is equipping businesses for a new era of data storage and backup with the introduction of its branded blue laser-based Professional Disc for DATA solution kits.

Sony's ProDATA drives pack up to 23GB of storage capacity onto a single-sided optical disc by harnessing the benefits of blue laser technology and advanced optics. The high capacity and high performance ProDATA drives are designed specifically for professional storage applications, such as document and medical imaging, e-mail archival, enterprise content management, multimedia projects, graphic design and audio/video editing/authoring.

The line-up includes three models for simple integration into nearly any environment - an internal SCSI, an external SCSI and an external USB 2.0 version. In addition to the 23GB per disc optical storage capacity, they feature sustained 11/MB second read and 9MB/second write transfer speeds, offering a quantum leap in performance over existing optical storage formats. Sony and other media makers offer both write-once and rewritable ProDATA media, with an archival life of up to 50 years.

Scheduled to ship in June, Sony ProDATA drives will have a suggested retail selling price of $2,995 for the internal SCSI model (BW-F101/A), and $3,299 for the external SCSI model (BW-RS101) or the external USB 2.0 model (BW-RU101). ...Sony profile

String Bean Software Announces iSCSI WinTarget

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. - May 17, 2004 - String Bean Software, Inc. today announced the availability of WinTarget, a software solution that extends the iSCSI target capability of the Microsoft Windows platform.

WinTarget provides organizations with the ability to share any direct attached disks over existing networks, while fully leveraging Windows Disk Management tools.

"The benefits of storage networking are being proven at the enterprise data center, but still a large segment of the external storage market remains direct attached," said Thieu Le, President, String Bean Software. "We saw the requirement for low cost software that would enable standard platforms to deliver network storage over standard network infrastructure. As such, we took the initiative to develop WinTarget to provide end-to-end network control on the Windows platform. We are excited with the feedback we have received from our over 250 beta customers, including major OEMs, system integrators, and blue chip organizations."

WinTarget software has completed the requirements under the Designed for Windows XP Software Logo Program and has also passed Microsoft's iSCSI Hardware Compatibility Test which qualifies WinTarget Server for use with Windows 2000, Server 2003, and XP under the Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo Program for hardware.

WinTarget is now generally available. Free evaluation software can be accessed online. WinTarget is licensed at $250 per server client and is capped at $2,500 for unlimited clients. ...String Bean Software profile

Condre Storage Signs US Distribution Deal with Xtore

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - May 17, 2004 - Xtore today announced a national distribution agreement withCondre Storage.

Condre Storage will offer the entire line of Xtore DAS and NAS products through its reseller and VAR channels in the United States. After an extensive evaluation process, Condre Storage selected the XN NAS and XD DAS product families based on their innovative technology, unique chassis design and high reliability, combined with Xtore's excellent support programs and dedicated channel focus.

"Xtore's storage solutions are very complementary to our current family of data storage products," says Dave Logelin, vice president and founder of Condre Storage. "We pride ourselves on working with the industry's most knowledgeable storage professionals and offering best of breed products. Xtore's flexible pricing structure and channel programs also enable us to achieve better margins while providing more value to our customers. Going forward, Xtore will play an integral role in our overall storage strategy."

"This partnership with Condre Storage will open up significant new business opportunities for Xtore," said Duran Alabi, vice president of sales and marketing for Xtore. "Our NAS and DAS solutions integrate very well into the Condre solution set, providing the technology, quality and cost competitiveness they require to address vertically-oriented VARs and gain a competitive market advantage." ...Condre Storage profile, ...Xtore profile

Marvell - World's Lowest Power Gigabit Transceiver

Sunnyvale, California - May 17, 2004 - Marvell today announced that it has achieved an industry milestone with the introduction of the world's lowest power and most advanced Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) copper PHY technology.

The new AlaskaTM GbE PHY family is also further enhanced with advanced proprietary Mixed-Signal, DSP and power management techniques, which enables the highest density and most compact form-factor Gigabit switches on the market today. The new family includes single, quad and octal port products, which are optimized for next-generation infrastructure and client applications.

The Alaska family has broken through a significant technology barrier by achieving under 0.5 watt per port power dissipation in actual, real world, full-duplex Gigabit operating conditions. This new level of ultra-low power consumption provides substantial system benefits by eliminating the need for fans and other cooling mechanisms such as heat sinks. ...Marvell profile

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