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Sunnyvale, CA - October 7, 2004 - AMD today reported sales of $1.239 billion and net income of $44 million for the quarter ended September 26, 2004 an increase of 30% compared to the same period in 2003 but decreased by 2% from the second quarter of 2004. Memory Group sales were $538 million in the third quarter, an increase of 27% from $424 million in the third quarter of 2003 and a decline of 20% from $673 million in the second quarter of 2004. The Memory Group generated operating income of $15 million, down from $45 million in the prior quarter. Third quarter profitability was largely driven by the successful transition to 110nm technology, the smallest node in production by any NOR Flash memory company, as well as increased shipments of Flash memory products based on MirrorBit technology. Flash memory sales into the embedded market remained solid. Flash memory sales into the wireless handset market declined significantly, resulting in a lower Flash memory ASP. ...AMD profile


Editor:- October 7, 2004 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch called - "Is the Storage Market Getting Too Complicated?" It sure seems that way. Market size is not the reason. For example the PC market is three times bigger - yet everyone understands PCs. On the other hand the storage market is already 55% larger than the server market - measured in revenue and the gap is widening. What do you think? Email me your thoughts and I'll add some of them to the article. ...read the article


SAN DIEGO - October 7, 2004 - Overland Storage, Inc. and its extensive network of channel partners, report increased adoption of disk-based backup and recovery appliances. According to a recent report by Meta Group, at least 60% of IT storage management time is spent on backup and recovery tasks. Users are fast realizing the benefits of disk for shrinking backup windows and delivering near instantaneous restores of data. A disk-based appliance can be used as a stand-alone unit or deployed in conjunction with tape, where it becomes the cornerstone for a disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) archival strategy.

"More than 50% of our customers are considering disk-based solutions today, as compared to about 10% a year ago. These customers are interested in disk-based solutions for two key reasons - to reap the benefits of near-instantaneous data recovery, and to improve the overall reliability of their backup process," said Dave Holloway, CEO, West Coast Technology, an Overland VAR. "Overland's REO family gives us a range of affordable, easy-to-use and highly intelligent appliances that enable us to scale solutions from small and medium businesses all the way to the enterprise."

According to a recent Taneja Group survey, 76% of storage managers indicated that they will utilize both tape and disk in the next year. ...Overland Storage profile


BOULDER, Colo. - October 6, 2004 - CentricStor Version 3.0, a powerful, heterogeneous virtual tape system that supports the predominant operating systems and backup applications, was launched today with doubled throughput, new management functions, expanded support options and support for high capacity, low-cost Serial ATA disk. Developed in Europe by Fujitsu Siemens Computers - CentricStor is available in the U.S. from masterdistributor PeakData Inc. Processor improvements incorporated into CentricStor have resulted in performance that scales to 8.6 terabytes per hour of data throughput (from server to disk cache in the CentricStor system) from the previous 4.3 terabytes per hour. A minimum configuration now can run at two terabytes perhour vs. the previous one terabyte per hour. ...PeakData profile


POWAY, Calif. - October 6, 2004 - InoStor Corporation today outlined how its revolutionary RAIDn data protection technology will deliver the same high levels of data availability, reliability and capacity as the most costly RAID schemes - but at an affordable price. RAIDn is a software library with a set of patented algorithms that implement a parity scheme across an array of disk drives to provide data protection against random, multiple drive failures. InoStor has embedded RAIDn technology in the company's own Linux-based NAS appliances and the technology is also available for licensing.

Currently, enterprise-level end users are forced to accept so-called compound RAID solutions (such as mirrored RAID 1+0 and RAID 5+1) to achieve higher levels of drive protection. At minimum, these approaches double the drive cost for net storage capacity while offering limited data protection. A typical RAID 5+1 configuration requires 10 drives to protect data stored on just four drives - a 40% utilization rate. RAIDn delivers the same level of protection and data capacity with just seven drives. This increases the utilization rate over 57% while saving 30% in space. If all 10 drives are retained, RAIDn increases capacity to seven drives, a 70% utilization rate for the same drive price. Many administrators are under the illusion that adding a hot spare will protect their data if a hard disk fails. What manufacturers don't tell them is if another disk drive fails while the hot spare is rebuilding, the data will be lost."

As drive capacities grow, so does the time required to rebuild the data and restore data protection. This expands the window of vulnerability where critical data is at risk during the rebuild process. RAIDn significantly reduces this vulnerability by maintaining data integrity even in the event of multiple drive failures. ...InoStor profile

Editor's comments:- it takes a long time to get word out on new technologies, especially if they are a subtle variation of something which everyone thinks they already know about like RAID. We ran an article on RAIDn earlier.



Santa Fe Springs, California - October 5, 2004 - Aberdeen LLC announces the epochal launch of the AberSAN iSCSI storage solution. The AberSAN i300 is currently shipping configured as a 3U iSCSI SAN solution providing 2TB of storage for under $10,000. The i300 can be used as a stand alone SAN solution, or as with every AberSAN solution, it can support additional XDAS RAID boxes via an external SCSI port for greater scalability. Also available, the AberSAN i100 solution is designed using a 1U gateway head-unit and either a 2TB, 3TB or 4TB XDAS storage box. An impressive characteristic of the XDAS is it takes advantage of disk-to-disk SATA storage and via either SCSI cabling or fibre channel cabling can be daisy-chained to provide larger storage capacities. Available options for each AberSAN model include; upgrading to dual processing power, an iSCSI accelerator card, various XDAS capacities and services such as clustering, backup enabler, mirroring and snapshot agents. ...Aberdeen profile, iSCSI


Lawrence, Mass. - October 5, 2004 - RAID Inc. announced the release of the Phoenix line of Enterprise Storage Systems. The Phoenix delivers a highly available, high performance storage solution with embedded Enterprise level management features such as remote replication, snapshot, storage virtualization, mirroring, and storage provisioning. The Phoenix systems also offer flexibility and cost-effectiveness by supporting both Fibre Channel and Serial ATA disk drives, as well as combinations of both technologies within the same storage solution.

Each storage module accommodates up to fifteen hot swap disk drives in a compact 3U form factor, offering storage capacities of 4.5TB with Fibre Channel disk drives and 6TB with Serial ATA disk drives. The Phoenix also comes standard with hot-swappable controller(s), drive carriers, power supplies, and cooling modules.

The Phoenix GUI Management Software allows monitoring and management of all functions, status and alerts through one interface. The Phoenix is also available with RAID Inc's StorageWatch 24x7 real-time remote monitoring and administration services. The Phoenix storage systems are ideal for business critical applications that require continuous availability and disaster recovery. The Phoenix is perfect for environments such as high performance computing, digital video, financial services, healthcare, education, and manufacturing. It is also well suited for high transactional database applications, grid storage, and disk to disk backup requirements. ...RAID profile, RAID systems


CUPERTINO, Calif - October 5, 2004 - Symantec Corp. today announced the availability of the Symantec LiveState Recovery family of products, its disk-based system and data recovery solutions. The products deliver rapid and reliable recovery of critical information and complete systems in the event of a system failure or data loss.

The Symantec LiveState Recovery products simply capture a point-in-time operating state, or LiveState, of an entire server or desktop, which includes the operating system, applications, data, and settings into one easy-to-manage file. These point-in-time snapshots are created hot without interrupting user productivity or application usage. Users can perform a full system restoration, a complete bare metal recovery or retrieve individual files or folders in minutes avoiding the hours it usually takes to manually rebuild servers and workstations and restore data from conventional tape backup.

"Recovery is the first mission-critical aspect of storage management," said Carolyn DiCenzo, Research Vice-President, Storage and Enterprise Management Group, Gartner Inc. "The future of recovery is not in backup. In many cases, newer technologies such as bare metal restoration, 'hot' snapshots and point-in-time disk-to-disk copies can be used to significantly reduce recovery times and reduce or remove data loss - while minimizing downtime and increasing service levels. Enterprises must evaluate each expected recovery activity and deploy the appropriate technology to meet defined recovery time objectives." ...Symantec profile


PALO ALTO, CALIF. - October 5, 2004 - Data Domain today announced the appointment of Geoff Barrall to its board of advisers. Most recently, Barrall was a founder of BlueArc and chief technology officer. As a storage industry authority, Barrall speaks at numerous events annually and is a frequent contributor to both regional and national publications. He is known by many in the storage community for his column, "From the Desk of Geoff Barrall."

Barrall was the principal architect of BlueArc's core technology, the SiliconServer Architecture. Prior to BlueArc, Barrall founded four other ventures, including one of the first Fast Ethernet companies and a successful IT consulting business. In this role he was involved in the introduction of innovative networking products into UK markets, including the Packeteer and NetScout. Barrall has worked as a consultant and project manager for Fortune 100 companies across many industries. He holds a doctoral degree in Cybernetics from the University of Reading. ...Data Domain profile


SAN DIEGO - October 5, 2004 - BakBone Software today announced that its NetVault's high performance NDMP data protection software is certified to support the Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS device. BakBone also announced today that NetVault has successfully completed testing as part of the Sun iForce Partner Program, which delivers proven solutions that provide enhanced data availability while reducing cost and time to market for Sun customers and partners. This announcement marks the first phase in an ongoing collaboration between the two companies. With technological cooperation ranging from storage solutions for Sun's Opteron-based server line with support for Solaris X86 and application level support for Oracle 10g, SAP R3, DB2 and MySQL, BakBone provides seamless and heterogeneous data protection for networks deploying Sun architecture. ...BakBone Software profile


Plankinton, South Dakota. - October 4, 2004 - Storm Share today announced the release of the Freedom Drive. The Freedom Drive provides portability and powerful security for travelers, home networks and small businesses. As users move from location to location, their data is protected with 128 bit encryption and security features including Data Shredder technology that protect against unauthorized access to their data. The Freedom Drive can be connected to your ethernet network or directly to your computer without a hub or router with the Direct Connect Cable provided with the drive. The Freedom Drive was designed with 5 Layers of security features to protect your data even if your drive is stolen.

One of the many other advantages of the Freedom Drive is that it can be used as a stand alone secure file server or NAS. The 40 GB Freedom Drive carries a US suggested list price of $249.89 and the 120 GB Freedom Drive carries a US suggested list price of $299.89. ...Storm Share profile


COSTA MESA, Calif. - October 4, 2004 - Emulex Corporation announced today that its market-leading HBAs have been selected for use in Microsoft Technology Centers throughout the U.S. The Emulex LightPulse LP10000 and LP10000DC HBAs were selected by Microsoft for high performance connectivity and are now fully integrated into SAN solutions at Microsoft Technology Centers in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Redmond and Silicon Valley. ...Emulex profile, Fibre-channel adapters


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - October 4, 2004 - Diligent Technologies announced the completion of a $22 million follow-on round of venture financing. The oversubscribed investment is co-led by top venture firms Accel Partners of Palo Alto, California and London, England and Matrix Partners of Waltham, Massachusetts and Menlo Park, California. Gemini Israel Funds also participated in this round bringing Diligent's total funding to $37 million. With this announcement, Fearghal O'Riordain, Principal at Accel, David Skok, General Partner at Matrix, Adi Pundak Mintz, General Partner at Gemini and Moshe Yanai, one of Diligent's original investors have been appointed board members to broaden the depth and experience of Diligent's Board of Directors.

Diligent Technologies was founded in June 2002 and began operations as an instantly established player having acquired proven solutions from EMC Corporation. Today, Diligent's enterprise virtual tape technology is implemented in some of the largest and most progressive companies in the world including over 20% of the Fortune 500 financial services firms.

According to recent surveys conducted by ESG, data protection is evolving from a less-frequent, tape-based process to a more-frequent, disk-based process. Over the next two years, storage professionals will back up more data to disk, more frequently, and do so using more next-generation disk-based data protection technologies. 83% of enterprise users and 59% of mid-tier users surveyed have either already deployed or state that they will purchase some form of disk-based data protection technology within the next 24 months.

"The broad acceptance of our virtual tape technology will be a significant foundation for the unparalleled capabilities under development that have attracted these fine companies to Diligent," said Doron Kempel, CEO of Diligent Technologies. "As early investors in leaders like Veritas and Tivoli, these highly experienced partners are an exceptional addition to our board and team." ...Diligent Technologies profile


Framingham, Mass. - October 4, 2004 - Connected Corporation today announced that the company has been honored by Deloitte & Touche's prestigious "Technology Fast 50" program for New England. This marks the 3rd consecutive year that Connected has received this award, recognizing the company's significant revenue growth (300%) over the past five years. Connected was also included in Software Magazine's "Software 500" annual ranking of leading companies in the software and services industry. In addition, Connected's email archiving solution, ArchiveStore/EM, was named "Storage Product of the Year" by CNET Network's 2004 UK Technology Awards. These awards demonstrate Connected's strong national and international presence, as the company now serves more than 650 of the world's largest corporations. ...Connected profile


SANTA CLARA and DUBLIN, Calif. - October 4, 2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Sybase, Inc. today announced that they have created the largest, verified data warehouse in the world, according to an independent audit conducted by InfoSizing, Inc. Using its patented data compression, Sybase IQ needed less than 55 terabytes on the Sun StorEdge storage sub-systems to store the 155 terabytes of input data, providing proof that Sybase IQ can dramatically reduce storage costs by up to 90% over competitors. Additionally, support costs and data center footprint were lower when compared to conventional databases, which would require up to one petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of storage for this example.

With one trillion rows of data, the Sun and Sybase data warehouse can hold enough data to track the history of all world financial trades on all stock exchanges or hold enough data to track all credit (and debit) card transactions in the entire world over the last seven years. ...Sun profile


Santa Clara, California - October 4, 2004 - Kilopass Technology, Inc. announced today that Bernie Aronson, former CEO of Synplicity Inc. has joined Kilopass as President and Chief Operation Officer.

"Mr. Aronson is a proven business leader and a successful serial entrepreneur who has grown great companies from start-up to IPO" said Dr. Jack Peng, founder and CEO of Kilopass Technology. "We are delighted to add such leadership and experience to our team. Bernie will help us grow our business and accelerate the adoption of our XPM memory technology into designs created for high volume products." ...Kilopass profile


Burlington, MA - October 4, 2004 - XOsoft today announced that it has signed a new reseller partnership with AmeriVault. AmeriVault will immediately incorporate XOsoft's WANSync and WANSyncHA solutions into its mobile HotBox recovery solution and will begin hosting an online high availability solution by the end of the year.

Kevin Harris, Vice President and CTO at AmeriVault aid "We spent a couple of months in the labs evaluating a number of major file and application high-availability products. During this evaluation, we realized that XOsoft's WANSync application availability platform simply performed better than others. Aside from high performance, we were impressed with WANSync's intuitive user interface, versatile reporting capabilities and sophisticated application awareness."

WANSync maintains fully functional backups of entire database and application servers through synchronization and continuous, real-time replication. Should a server fall prey to unexpected failure or be brought down for maintenance, a synchronized fully functional replica, which may be located anywhere in the world, can be brought online to maintain seamless application availability. ...AmeriVault profile, ...XOsoft profile


WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - October 4, 2004 - Troika Networks, Inc. announced today it has joined the VMware Software Alliance Partner Program. Troika will work with the VMware Virtual Infrastructure Software Developer Kit to better integrate Troika's storage virtualization software with VMware virtual infrastructure software products. ...Troika profile


SANTA ANA, Calif. - October 4, 2004 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced updated revenue and earnings guidance for its third quarter of 2004. During its August 5, 2004 conference call announcing second quarter results, SimpleTech provided guidance that third quarter 2004 revenues would range from $60 million to $62 million. SimpleTech now expects revenues to grow sequentially by 31% to 33% from $56.5 million for the second quarter of 2004 to between $74 million and $75 million for the third quarter of 2004.

The increased revenue and earnings guidance resulted primarily from growth in SimpleTech's stacking memory business. The company's stacking memory business increased approximately 97% from $17.2 million in the second quarter of 2004 to approximately $34 million in the third quarter of 2004. This increase was attributable to greater demand and increased market share in the server and telecom sectors. ...SimpleTech profile


LAKE FOREST, Calif. - October 4, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today introduced its WD Scorpio high-performance, low-power 2.5 inch hard drive for notebooks and other portable digital devices. Currently shipping in volume, WD Scorpio delivers fast 5,400 RPM spin speed and 12 ms seek time, yet operates with power requirements comparable to 4,200 RPM drives yielding lower power consumption for longer battery life and increased long-term reliability.

Applying its proven high quality manufacturing and superior service to new market sectors, WD's entry into the 2.5-inch segment significantly expands its addressable markets by an estimated $4.6 billion a year. According to research firm TrendFOCUS, 2.5-inch hard drives represent a fast-growing segment of the hard drive market with unit shipments forecasted to grow from 47 million units in 2003 to 60 million units in 2004, and the compound annual growth rate of 2.5-inch hard drives is estimated to be 22.2% from 2003 through 2007. ...Western Digital profile


Editor:- October 4, 2004 - the monthly statistics of STORAGEsearch often reveal trends which I find useful, and that's why some of them are also published on our market research page. STORAGEsearch readership in September 2004 increased 10.3% compared to a year ago, and 2.1% sequentially (compared to August 2004).

The #1 subject in September 2004 was once again the Solid state disks directory - which got 42% more pageviews than the year ago period. This growing interest in SSDs is one of the reasons we launched our SSD survey - which is open for reader inputs during the 4th quarter - and which we will report on in a series of articles in the new year.

If one subject goes up then another has to go down. SATA - which was the #1 most popular subject with readers in 09/03 dropped to #9 in 09/04 as familiarity with this interface has now become more widespread and there is less reason for readers to find out about it in a specialist storage publication. ...Market research


NEW YORK - October 3, 2004 - Since Exanet's launch of ExaStore at Graph Expo '03, the company has achieved success in the premedia/publishing industry. The ExaStore data storage solution has been installed at major premedia companies and printers around the world including: Burda Druck (Germany), Stark (Germany), AGT (Manhattan, NY), Mercury Print Productions (Rochester, NY), Wild Apple Graphics (Woodstock, VT), c3 PreMedia Solutions (Dallas) and (Minneapolis), Motheral Printing (Fort Worth), Graphics Press (Los Angeles) and Image Options (Foothill Ranch, CA), among other diversified customers.

Installed on industry-standard, commodity off-the-shelf hardware, ExaStore software enables printers and prepress shops to integrate disparate storage pools into a single, complete system that is highly reliable and highly automated with dynamic capacity and client load-balancing. ExaStore provides easy file sharing across a wide range of system platforms including Apple, Windows, Unix, and Linux and provides the standard file system APIs - NFS, CIFS and AFP - to applications. ...Exanet profile


BOULDER, Colo. - October 1, 2004 - Exabyte Corporation today announced that revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2004 is expected to be in the range of $23.2 million to $23.7 million, compared with $26.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2004 and $23.0 million for the third quarter of 2003. While the number of VXA drives shipped to OEM customers increased during the quarter, revenue from channel distribution customers decreased for most hardware products.

"We are disappointed with the decrease in revenue for the third quarter, in particular the decrease in sales to our channel distribution customers," noted Tom Ward, CEO, Exabyte Corporation. "Domestic distribution revenue decreased for all product lines, including VXA and LTO products, and appears to have been impacted by lower government activity as well as a continuing decrease in Legacy media sales during the quarter. In addition, distribution revenue in both the Europe and Asia Pacific regions did not meet our expectations. We are pleased with the 52% increase in VXA drives shipped to our OEM customers during the third quarter, and we believe this increase continues to validate the acceptance of the VXA technology by these key industry leaders. This third quarter setback does not affect our confidence in the ultimate opportunity for our products."

The Company expects to report a net loss of $3.2 million to $3.8 million for the third quarter, versus net losses of $456,000 in the second quarter of 2004 and $12.6 million for the third quarter of 2003. ...Exabyte profile

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AMD's Memory Revenue up 27% in Q3

Is Storage Getting Too Complicated?

Overland Says Disk Backup is the Future

CentricStor Backs Up 8.6TB / Hour to SATA

Awareness is Low of RAIDn Benefits

Aberdeen Ships 2TB iSCSI SAN Under $10K

RAID Inc. Releases Phoenix Storage System

Symantec Announces LiveState Recovery

Storage Luminary Joins Data Domain

BakBone Warms to Sun

Freedom Hard Drive Includes Encryption

Microsoft Uses Emulex Fibre Channel HBAs

Diligent Announces $22 million Funding

Connected Gets Lots of Awards

Honey I Shrank the Data Warehouse!

Kilopass Recruits President & COO

XOsoft Signs Up AmeriVault

Troika Joins VMware Software Alliance

SimpleTech's Memory Business Soars

Scorpio - New 2.5" Fast Notebook Drive

Solid State Disks Pageviews Grow 42%

Exanet's NAS is Successful in Prepress

Exabyte's Q3 Revenue Disappointing

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The Shift to NAS Gateways

by Tom Joyce, Senior director of Network Attached Storage Marketing at EMC

As companies are faced with increasing financial pressures, flat budgets and no additional personnel to address an ever-increasing list of company-critical initiatives, demand is growing for storage options that are lower cost, easier to implement and simpler to manage. As a result, when companies are looking for ways to better leverage existing storage investments, more and more are turning to network attached storage (NAS) gateways rather than to traditional NAS appliances to achieve their goals.

A Market Shift

Historically, companies used NAS to quickly and easily deploy economical, file-based storage in distributed environments. NAS appliances were a perfect fit in those environments because they come preconfigured with the NAS head (or file server) and storage for easy integration and management within any existing IP network infrastructure.
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Today, NAS appliances continue to be an excellent solution for companies that need fully integrated file storage packaged for specific applications, departments or locations. Although features vary by vendor, integrated NAS devices are much more robust than their counterparts of just a few years ago. They offer high-end features such as built-in availability, support for multiple file servers in a single unit, and the ability to upgrade online and nondisruptively for higher performance or availability.

What has changed is that now, NAS is not only a critical requirement in distributed environments, it is also a critical requirement in larger enterprise data centers where managers are looking to consolidate file-based storage for their users. That said, NAS requirements are different in these enterprise data centers. Data centers have already made significant investments in storage area network (SAN) storage and infrastructure management tools. In these environments, NAS appliances are not as cost effective when compared to NAS gateways because NAS gateways are highly optimized file servers that connect to a SAN to access storage. By leveraging existing toolsets to allocate and manage storage, gateways maintain the advantages of today's appliances - integrated high availability, support for multiple file servers in one unit and online nondisruptive upgrades - while utilising the common storage pool for data.

In addition, NAS gateways offer increased flexibility by delivering greater performance, increased scalability and the ability to mix and match multiple tiers of storage (Fibre Channel and ATA) as well as different classes of storage arrays. Additionally, because NAS gateways separate the NAS head from the storage, they help lower administrative costs, avoid unnecessary hardware purchases and offer high-end NAS services at the price of most midtier appliances.

NAS gateways are fast becoming the de facto standard deployment model for the data center.
  • NAS gateways connect to the existing SAN and provide multiprotocol file services to clients connected to the IP network.
  • NAS gateways leverage SAN storage arrays for their capacity.
  • SAN management tools are used to provision and manage storage resources.
  • NAS gateways can leverage multiple storage arrays for increased performance.
Because storage requirements can evolve dramatically over time, it is critical that NAS systems offer the greatest possible flexibility and leverage the other elements of the storage infrastructure. Integrated NAS devices should enable companies to flexibly mix and match different types of storage and nondisruptively add file servers for higher performance and availability, as well as be upgraded to a gateway. NAS gateways can support a wide variety of SAN connectivity devices, as well as mix and match multiple tiers and classes of storage, and leverage existing management toolsets for SAN data. By optimizing storage assets, companies can achieve tremendous cost savings and drive the maximum value from information.

EMC are exhibiting next week at Storage Expo 2004 the UK's largest and most important event dedicated to data storage, now in its 4th year, the show features a comprehensive FREE education programme, and over 90 exhibitors at the National Hall, Olympia, London October 13 - 14.

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