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MELVILLE, N.Y. - October 21, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2004. Revenues for the third quarter of 2004 increased 83% to $7.5 million, compared with $4.1 million for the same period a year ago. GAAP net loss for the third quarter was $2.3 million. For the first nine months of 2004, revenues increased 62% to $19.2 million, compared with $11.9 million for the same period a year earlier. The Company is expecting to be profitable for the fourth quarter of 2004 but not on a full-year basis. The Company expects revenue for the full year of 2004 will be in excess of $28 million. During the third quarter, a major US-based high tech company with worldwide distribution and service capabilities began offering a private labeled version of FalconStor's iSCSI Server for Windows Storage Server. ...FalconStor profile, iSCSI

MILPITAS, Calif. - October 20, 2004 - LSI Logic announced today that the company's LSI7402XP quad port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter performance surpassed 250,000 IOPs (I/Os per second). On tests conducted on an AMD 4P platform using AMD Opteron processors Model 850, LSI Logic's 7402XP HBA has delivered performance benchmarks that are more than 40% faster than any other Fibre Channel HBA product available in the industry today. LSI Logic's Fusion-MPT architecture has integrated internal processors that offload the server CPU for automatic linear scalability, providing overall system performance and more reliable data transfers at a faster rate. ...LSI Logic profile, Fibre-channel adapters, Record Breaking Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif - October 20, 2004 - Quantum Corp. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Certance. The acquisition will also enhance Quantum's tape drive and media business by expanding its product and intellectual property portfolio, broadening its end-user customer base and further strengthening its revenue- and cash-generating foundation. The acquisition of Certance, which has been profitable for three consecutive years, is expected to be accretive in the combined company's first year. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Quantum will acquire all of Certance for $60 million in an all-cash transaction, and integrate it into Quantum.

"Today's announcement reinforces Quantum's commitment to providing customers with tape technologies best suited for current and future environments," said Rick Belluzzo, chairman and CEO of Quantum. "As a newly combined $1 billion company building on Quantum's and Certance's complementary strengths, we will offer the industry's broadest portfolio of tape and disk systems for backup, recovery and archive." ...Certance profile, ...Quantum profile, Acquired, dead & merged companies

SAN JOSE, Calif. ­ October 20, 2004 ­ Kashya, today announced the release of KBX5000 its second-generation wide area SAN router and replication appliance. Providing bi-directional replication across any distance for heterogeneous storage and server environments, KBX5000 delivers powerful new functionality to address the changing data protection needs of corporations.

Bringing a major new capability to Windows-based environments, KBX5000 allows active-active clustering between two sites with distances that can exceed 2,000 miles. Certified by Microsoft and supporting all Windows applications including SQL and Exchange, KBX5000 protects companies in the case of data center or server failure, allowing the transfer of live systems over great distances with no impact on user applications.

Due to customer demand, KBX5000 now supports non-SAN attached storage as well. Customers with direct-attached Fibre Channel arrays can now replicate them directly or through a hub.

As an intelligent SAN-attached appliance, KBX5000 delivers substantial savings over proprietary disaster recovery approaches that require adding a secondary network, buying a complete suite of one vendor¹s products, installing expensive edge-connect devices and protocol converters, or master a new set of management challenges. Users will find that bandwidth savings alone may pay for KBX5000 in just a few months of use. ...Kashya profile, SAN routers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - October 20, 2004 - NetEx will unveil a new architecture for IP storage applications next week at Storage Networking World. NetEx will also be promoting its line of data transport solutions which deliver unmatched performance, application support and data integrity for WAN-based IP data transfers. No other IP solution offers comparable application acceleration and bandwidth conservation with the highest end-to-end throughput. With NetEx, challenging data transfers are consistently completed on time between distributed servers for data warehousing and data mining, financial, medical, and digital video images and high-performance technical computing. NetEx brings the same benefits to extended iSCSI targets, providing better performance over distance, improved link utilizations and a shield against packet loss. ...NetEx profile, storage events, iSCSI

Editor:- October 20, 2004 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, jointly written byLSI Logic and Maxtor, it's called - Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center. We've been tracking the progress of SAS to market over the past several years since the interface was first proposed, and LSI Logic and Maxtor have been at the forefront of bringing that technology to reality with demonstrations at events throughout this year. Written by Kevin Gray, business development manager, Server Products Group at Maxtor and David So, product marketing manager, Storage Standard Products Division at LSI Logic this article gives our readers a unique definitive insight into what SAS will mean for server users.

If you think you already know SAS because you know SATA and traditional SCSI then think again. Sometimes disruptive technologies wear an unassuming disguise. In fiction, Clark Kent, Frodo Baggins and Buffy Summers at first seem harmless, but we see them change into Superman, the Ring Bearer and the Slayer. SAS too comes cloaked in plain garb - with a physical layer which looks a lot like SATA. But like the Incredible Hulk there are muscles rippling under that shirt - and you would be wrong to dismiss SAS so lightly. There's a lot more inside this interface than it says on the box as this informative article reveals. the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - October 19, 2004 - Seagate Technology today reported revenue of $1.56 billion and net income of $54 million for the quarter ended October 1, 2004. Revenue declined 10% compared to the year-ago quarter. The average selling price (ASP) during the September quarter on a blended basis for all Seagate products declined by 1.3% to approximately $72. The ASP for desktop products was flat from the prior quarter, reflecting a better than expected pricing environment for most of the quarter and an improving mix of products shipped. Mobile computing products experienced a 10% decline in ASP from the prior quarter. The ASP for enterprise products experienced a decline of only 2% as compared to the prior quarter, significantly less than any of the last four fiscal quarters. ...Seagate profile

ARM Developers' Conference, Santa Clara, California - October 19, 2004 - Kilopass Technology, Inc. today announced that its XPM technology is now available for use in ASICs and SoCs using standard logic CMOS 90 nanometer silicon processes as well as 0.18, 0.15, and 0.13 micron processes. As a replacement for external memory chips XPM technology can be used in high density embedded memory applications for publishing games, movies and other multimedia content, as well as for secure firmware storage in embedded MCU and DSP-based systems. XPM's patented fuse-programmable technology uses only 1.5 transistors per memory cell and is programmable with a low program current by either an external or internal voltage source, and offers a fast read access time. XPM technology is highly secure. Data is permanently retained for the life of most systems (over 20 years), and is protected from reverse engineering, since it is not possible to detect the stored data with a microscope or by voltage contrast testing. ...Kilopass profile, ICs

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD. - October 19, 2004 - String Bean Software, Inc. today announced the availability of powerful new WinTarget features that extend iSCSI storage consolidation with integrated data protection. WinTarget v1.2 allows Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to share its disk resources with other Windows computers - efficiently using the iSCSI protocol standard while the data is protected at source. Incorporating two new features - Snapshot and Data View - WinTarget v1.2 provides increased protection and ultimately reduces network traffic. These two new features allow backups to proceed at maximum speed and efficiency as data is copied from disk to tape (or disk to disk), eliminating restore delays, as well as reducing LAN bandwidth constraints. WinTarget v1.2 licenses start at $300 per server client with an unlimited license, including Snapshot and Data View, at $3,000.

In a subsequent announcement, String Bean Software has partnered with Fujitsu Siemens Computers to develop the iSCSI protocol for the new FibreCAT N20i and FibreCAT N40i entry-level NAS systems. WinTarget technology was selected to integrate the NAS system with iSCSI SAN and bring these FibreCAT systems into the Ethernet space. ...String Bean Software profile, ...iSCSI

Englewood, Colo. - October 19, 2004 - Verio today announced availability of its Remote Backup managed storage solution. The solution creates a backup of a company's critical data by automatically storing it in a Verio Premier Data Center, thus improving data availability. The fully-automated service is initiated with a fast and easy client/agent setup, and includes all additional required hardware and software, as well as 24x7 management and staffing. In the event of a network failure due to natural disasters, or other events, such as simple hard disk drive failure, data corruption, virus infections or accidental deletion, the solution provides an efficient information recovery process, reducing the time and expense required to backup servers, and freeing valuable IT resources for businesses. Pricing starts at $100 per month for 10GB of storage space and may scale upward to multiple terabytes of storage space. ...Verio profile, Web backup

Editor's comments:- the internet backup business acquired a flaky image in 2001 when over half the companies engaged in this market evaporated due to optimistic dotboom driven business plans. The hurricane season this year has shown that internet backup can provide a degree of data survivability which is otherwise unavailable to small and medium sized business. Verio is a reliable internet company owned by the world's largest telco, so its entry to this market may lead many users to re-evaluate this option.

Hopkinton, Mass. - October 19, 2004 - EMC Corporation today reported financial results for the 3rd quarter of 2004, achieving its 5th consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year revenue growth. Total consolidated revenue for EMC's third quarter was $2.03 billion, 34% higher than the $1.51 billion reported for the third quarter of 2003. Net income for the quarter was $218 million or $.09 per diluted share. Core EMC revenue, which excludes revenue related to EMC's Documentum, Legato and VMware acquisitions, grew 19% compared with the third quarter of 2003. All of EMC's major geographies recorded double-digit core revenue growth, with each of EMC's international regions gaining more than 20%. ...EMC profile

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - October 19, 2004 - TimeSpring Software Corp. announced the immediate availability TimeData - the first file-based continuous data protection software for Windows. TimeData software automatically captures all changes to application data in real-time so transaction-dependent organizations can recover from data loss, corruption or security breaches within minutes. TimeSpring's TimeData software represents a major improvement over traditional backup, replication, and snapshot systems. TimeData supports faster, better application data retrieval and makes it possible to perform offline processing, such as reporting, analysis or application testing by capturing all application and file metadata changes as they occur, automatically and in real time. Consistent, application-usable data from any moment can be quickly viewed or retrieved at any desired level of granularity, whether it's an entire database, an individual record, a version of a Word document, or an Excel spreadsheet. The product is designed to be robust; it operates continuously, without operator intervention or scheduling. Pricing starts at $1,295 per file server. ...TimeSpring profile, Backup software

Editor's comments:- this kind of middleware has been available for years on Solaris and more recently, Linux. See for example upSuite HA from Continuous Computing.

Diamond Bar, CA - October 18, 2004 - Advanced Media, Inc. has added a new smaller portable, thumb-sized storage device to its RIDATA brand of products. Named Mini EZ Drive, the unit is USB 2.0 compliant, providing true plug-and-play capability and a super fast transfer rate of 480 Mbps.

Other news on this page

FalconStor Reports Revenues Up 83%

New IOPS Record for 2Gb/s Fibre Channel

Quantum Acquires Certance

Kashya Clusters Windows Over 2,000 miles

NetEx Shows IP WAN Acceleration at SNW

SAS Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center

Seagate Reports 10% Revenue Decline

CMOS Memories Don't Have to Forget

String Bean Soft Improves iSCSI Protection

Verio Launches Remote Backup

EMC Reports 34% Revenue Growth

TimeSpring Protects Windows

Thumb-Sized USB 2.0 Flash Stores 1GB

IPR's Revenue Grows 300%

Sun Resells iSCSI Storage from EqualLogic

4Gb FC Compatibility Demo at SNW

FalconStor Article - iSCSI take-up

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Nibble: What Can We Learn from Storage Leaders Whose Revenues are Declining?

TORAGEsearch is upbeat about the storage market, and there have been so many companies reporting revenue growth this year that I set the entry point to our Fastest Growing List at 31% to keep the list manageable.

But can we also learn something, or try to deduce what's happening, from companies, which in a growing storage market, report declining revenue?

Declining storage revenue can sometimes signal a changing pattern of technology or usage which it may be important for you to know about. Or it can be just a blip - nothing to worry about. So, I picked out some examples of companies, which are leaders in their own field, but which have reported declining revenues during the most recent quarter.

Seagate - the world's leading maker of hard disk drives - reported revenue down 10%.

That's similar to the 9% revenue decline reported by Maxtor. Meanwhile Western Digital reported revenue up 15%.

So what's happening? It's a mixed picture and several factors are at work here. First - disk manufacturers have historically been lowering prices at a faster pace than they have been increasing capacity. That means even if the volume of drives in the PC and server markets increases - the disk revenues from the IT market as a whole may still decline or stay flat. The other problem is that new markets for disk drives - like digital cameras, and digital music players have mainly been using Flash Memory instead of the small form factor (1 inch and under) hard drives which manufacturers hoped they would. For some disk manufacturers, the use of hard drives in tvs, games and other consumer products accounts for about 10% of their revenue - but that has slowed the downward revenue trend rather than turned it around.

Western Digital has been more successful in getting its drives used in these new consumer markets. WD's chairman and CEO, Matt Massengill, said "Personal entertainment applications such as game consoles and digital video recorders, as we continued to expand our presence in markets outside our traditional stronghold of desktop PCs." But their figures show that Western Digital has also been winning market share in the PC market.

Emulex - the world's leading maker of Fibre-channel adapter cards - reported revenue down 13%.

This doesn't signify decreasing popularity of Fibre-channel technology, because Emulex's main rival QLogic reported revenue 2% up. Also the iSCSI market has been too small to make any dent in the Fibre-channel SAN market in 2004. And market research company Dell'Oro Group has predicted 11% annual growth for the FC host bus adapter market for the next several years. We may see a short term blip in the market as users wait to see what happens with 4Gbps products, like those sampling this month from LSI Logic.

I've been saying for years that the writing is on the wall for tape backup as nearly everyone will transition to disk to disk backup in the next several years due to its faster speed, lower cost and greater storage density.

As part of this change, most tape library manufacturers have long ago introduced D2d options within their product lines, although it is doubtful that many of these will stand the price competition from pure RAID systems makers.

However, bucking this trend is tape library maker Overland Storage which cited fast growth in its D2d products contributing to its 5% revenue growth in the recent quarter.

Quantum's recent acquisition of Certance is part of a consolidation we're going to see more of as the tape market shrinks down to about 5 companies in 2007.
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Nibble:- How Big is the Storage Market?

In 2004 STORAGEsearch estimates worldwide storage market revenue to be over $70 billion. That's bigger than the worldwide server market - which is about $45 billion but smaller than the PC market which is $250 billion.

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The new storage device is available in the following capacities: 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB. The unit offers a read rate of up to 8MB per second, and writes up to 6MB per second. It has an up to 100,000 memory chip write cycle. The company says the device will keep data secure for up to 10 years.

It supports PC Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP, as well as Mac OS 8.6 and above. Suggested MSRP for a 128MB drive is $29.99. ...Advanced Media profile, Flash, USB storage
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Conshohocken, PA - October 18, 2004 – IPR International today announced that, as the company reaches its second anniversary, monthly recurring revenue has grown 300%. The company also announced that Klett Rooney, a major Mid-Atlantic region law firm with a national client base, has selected IPR International's DATAGUARDIAN Rapid Recovery to back up the law firm's data.

Under the agreement, IPR will provide Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling with data backup and off-site storage services for all of the law firm's offices including the headquarters in Pittsburgh as well locations in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; Newark and Princeton, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C. The firm turned to IPR International to protect increasing amounts of data resulting from the firm doubling in size over the past several years. Protecting data is a priority for the law firm's interdisciplinary practice groups.

"IPR enables us to back up data for all of our offices quickly and easily," said Daniel F. Duffy, Jr., Director of Information Systems for Klett Rooney. "We wanted to be able to back up our data overnight onto a medium that we trust - optical disk - so that our client data is protected and secure. DATAGUARDIAN Rapid Recovery also allows us to manage the backups for all locations from Pittsburgh and retrieve data through a simple point and click interface." ...IPR profile, Optical Libraries

Nashua, N.H. - October 18, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc. today announced an agreement with Sun Microsystems to resell the PeerStorage Array 100E which successfully completed Sun Blade Server Verification and achieved Solaris Ready Certification last year. Each PeerStorage Array 100E supports up to 3.5TB of storage capacity, comes with fully redundant fault-tolerant hardware and includes full-featured automatic storage-management software. Up to 32 arrays can be combined to form a scalable enterprise storage grid of more than 100TB. ...EqualLogic profile, ...Sun profile, iSCSI

Orlando, Fla. - October 18, 2004 - Emulex is one of several leading storage industry technology providers which announced today they will jointly present the industry's first fully interoperable multi-vendor 4 Gb SAN in a live demonstration at next week's Storage Networking World. In addition to demonstrating interoperable 4Gb products and capabilities, the demonstration will also integrate 2Gb components to underscore seamless backward compatibility with existing SAN infrastructure.

"With the impending transition to 4 Gb Fibre Channel in switches, HBAs and storage devices, IT managers need assurance that new products from different suppliers will interoperate. They also need to know that products will be backward-compatible with installed products," said Richard Villars, Vice President of Storage Systems research at IDC. "Technology demonstrations like this will help companies effectively plan for this transition so that they can take advantage of the performance and price benefits of 4 Gb Fibre Channel technology."

The demonstration of SAN performance and functionality uses multiple vendor equipment at 2 Gb and the new double data rate, 4 Gb. It includes 3 servers feeding data to the SAN through 4 Gb HBAs provided by Emulex and QLogic and a 4 Gb Fibre Channel adapter from Agilent Technologies. Fabric switches provided by QLogic concurrently run both speed links to the storage targets. Multiple Xyratex storage enclosures are equipped with Seagate drives and feature a switched back-end architecture created with Emulex embedded storage switches. Additional technologies for the demonstration were supplied by Finisar, Intel and JDS Uniphase. ...Emulex profile, Events

Editor:- October 18, 2004 - a new article by FalconStor Software is published today on STORAGEsearch called - iSCSI take-up in Europe 2004-2005. The author, Alexandre Delcayre who is Technical Director, Europe Middle East & Africa for FalconStor, admits that he, like many others, was too optimistic about the speed of market adoption of iSCSI. But he's more confident now that this technology will fly. He gives his reasons in the article, along with common questions asked by customers. the article, iSCSI, ...FalconStor profile

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