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Atempo Secures Backup

Exabyte Reports Mixed Revenue Signals

Mobile Military Storage Keeps Data Secure

NeoScale Ships Storage VPN Appliance

The 1st Ultra320 SCSI Flash Solid State Disk

Hitachi Ships 15,000 RPM 2.5" HDD

Overland Reports 5% Revenue Growth

Sun Extends OEM Agreement with Engenio

Dell's Data Recovery Demo Bridges Atlantic

Northern Enhances US Channel Program

Western Digital Gains Market Share

SanDisk's Flash Targets Cellphone Video

InfiniBand Slashes Backup Time and Cost

Seagate Launches Pocket Hard Drive

Spectra Logic Accelerates iSCSI Backup

CNT's New Replication Appliance

LSI Logic Samples 4Gbps Fibre Channel

First Compliant LTO Ultrium 3 Tapes

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What Can We Learn from Storage Leaders
Whose Revenues are Declining?
STORAGEsearch 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.

... from the article:- Is the Storage Market Getting Too Complicated?
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FalconStor Article - iSCSI take-up in Europe

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. ...read the article, iSCSI, ...FalconStor profile
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Atempo Secures Backup

PALO ALTO and SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 28, 2004 – Atempo Inc. and Secure Science Corporation today announced a strategic alliance whereby the companies will collaborate on ways to enhance the security features of Atempo's data lifecycle management suite of products.

"Security of captured data at all levels is essential for any cradle-to-grave ILM strategy and implementation," said Michael Johnson, Business Development Manager at Secure Science Corporation. "We welcome the opportunity to work with Atempo to provide leading edge security capabilities." ...Atempo profile, Backup software


Exabyte Reports Mixed Revenue Signals

BOULDER, CO - October 28, 2004 - Exabyte Corporation today announced revenue of $23.6 million and a net loss of $3.9 million for the third quarter ended September 30.

Revenue increased 2.6% compared to the year ago quarter but decreased 11.2% sequentially.

"Despite the decrease in revenue for the third quarter, our confidence in the ultimate market opportunity for our VXA and LTO products continues to grow," noted Tom Ward, President and CEO of Exabyte. "Collaboration with our OEM customers continues to generate very strong growth in VXA-2 drive sales, which we believe is a significant indicator of market acceptance and future growth." ...Exabyte profile, Tape drives


Mobile Military Storage Keeps Data Secure

SNW, Orlando, FL - October 26, 2004 - Smartronix, Decru, Inc., and Network Appliance, Inc. today announced a secure storage solution designed for forward-deployed military environments.

The Expeditionary Encrypted Data Store combines NetApp storage systems with Decru DataFort storage security appliances in a ruggedized, portable case. EEDS delivers reliable, intuitive storage functionality paired with powerful security features to support a broad range of missions.

Increasingly, modern military operations require forward deployment of computing systems, in environments ranging from aircraft and armored vehicles to embassies and mountaintops. These "net-centric" systems provide tremendous strategic advantages, but also expose an increasing amount of sensitive or classified data to new security threats. Forward-deployed computer systems present a particularly difficult challenge, because physical capture of mission data and software could expose vast amounts of actionable intelligence to adversaries. Due to the power of modern forensic tools, data stored on disk drives is essentially indelible, further complicating the task of sanitizing data on short notice.

The Expeditionary Encrypted Data Store solution takes a simple approach: never store mission data in cleartext format. All data and applications are secured with strong encryption, and in the event of imminent capture, warfighters can use Decru CryptoShred features to instantly delete local encryption keys by pushing a button or turning a key. Because encryption keys are stored in secure hardware, and data is never written to disk in cleartext format, deleting the keys provides instant sanitization of the entire system. Backup encryption keys are securely stored at headquarters, and can be securely injected into DataFort over the Global Information Grid, enabling rapid operational recovery from false alarms. EEDS also enables operators to temporarily lock down systems by removing a cryptographic "ignition key" stored on a smart card. The solution is available immediately from Smartronix, with turnkey solutions starting at under $100,000 ...NetApp profile, Military Storage


NeoScale Ships Storage VPN Appliance

MILPITAS, Calif. - October 26, 2004 - NeoScale Systems today announced the availability of its new CryptoStor SAN VPN appliance.

CryptoStor SAN VPN is the industry's first security appliance that is designed to support the demanding latency and performance requirements of real time storage applications across a Metropolitan Area Network. SAN VPN utilizes AES-256 to encrypt Fibre Channel links that traverse public fiber networks for high performance, low latency SAN extension. It secures SAN traffic in a manner which is invisible to the storage applications and the network. It delivers native Fibre Channel performance with minimal latency overhead and optionally compresses traffic to maximize the utilization of lower speed fiber MAN connections. SAN VPN is compatible with optical MAN technologies, such as DWDM or SONET edge devices. NeoScale's CryptoStor SAN VPN will ship in November with prices starting at $40,000. ...NeoScale Systems profile, Storage Security

The 1st Ultra320 SCSI Flash Solid State Disk

Washington, DC - October 26, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced at Association of the United State Army Annual Meeting in Washington, DC its recent shipment of the E-Disk 3S320D - the world's first Ultra320 SCSI flash solid state disk.

The E-Disk 3S320D conforms to the ANSI SCSI-3 SPI-4 standards and is ideal for embedded and applied computing applications that require high reliability, performance, data security, and ruggedness, such as telecom infrastructure network elements, pipeline monitoring, digital mapping, financial on-line transactions, and homeland defense security.

The E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI is OS independent and features up to 42 µsec access time and a maximum IOPS of 12,500. Sustained R/W rate is 68MB/sec (max) and burst R/W rate is 320MB/sec (max). This pure solid state/non-volatile drive can handle operating shock of up to 1500 Gs and extreme temperatures from -40 to +85°C. MTBF is 2 million hours. Available in a 3.5-inch form factor, maximum capacity for the E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI is 155GB. The drive has a half pitch DB68 connector compliant with SCSI ANSI standards, does not require any device driver, and is completely bootable. The E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI product line is fully compatible with major platforms such as Linux, Solaris, Windows, MacOS and LynxOS, AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, NetBSD, OS/2, QNX, VxWorks, SCO Unixware and Open Server, Solaris x86, and Tru64. ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, Solid state disks, Military Storage, SCSI cards


Hitachi Ships 15,000 RPM 2.5" HDD

SAN JOSE, CA - October 26, 2004 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today introduced the Ultrastar 15K147, a high-performance, highly reliable enterprise disk drive, designed to excel in mission-critical computing environments.

The 15,000 RPM drive is Hitachi's highest-performer, delivering as much as 33% more IOPS than current-generation 10,000 RPM products. This performance breakthrough enables customers to address their throughput requirements using fewer drives, reducing total cost of ownership. The price performance characteristics of the new Ultrastar drive make it an ideal solution for online transaction processing, intensive database queries and other multi-user applications. The Ultrastar 15K147 delivers average seek times as low as 3.3 ms and the 15,000 RPM rotation speed reduces average latency time to 2 ms, enabling customers to access data more quickly and efficiently. The drives feature a large, 16 MB cache that minimizes command overhead and improves average read/write response time. The Ultrastar 15K147 is available in 36, 73 and 147 GB capacities and in Ultra 320 SCSI and 2 Gb/s FCAL interfaces. The Ultrastar 15K147 is currently shipping to customers worldwide ...Hitachi profile, hard disk drives


Overland Reports 5% Revenue Growth

SAN DIEGO - October 26, 2004 - Overland Storage, Inc. today announced results for its fiscal 2005 first quarter ended Sept. 30.

Revenue for the fiscal 2005 first quarter increased 5% to $59.5 million compared with the same period last year. Net income for the first quarter was $1.9 million.

"I am especially pleased with the steep ramp of REO, with unit sales growing 78% sequentially over the fourth quarter of 2004," said Christopher Calisi, president and CEO. For fiscal 2005 the company confirmed its earlier guidance of revenue growth of 10%. ...Overland Storage profile, History of Enterprise Disk to Disk Backup


Sun Extends OEM Agreement with Engenio

Milpitas, CA - October 26, 2004 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has broadened its OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Engenio will provide Sun with new modular storage technology and will co-develop future Sun storage products. The first Sun product to emerge through the new arrangement was announced today at Storage Networking World. ...Engenio profile, ...Sun profile, SAN, Sun VARs


Dell's Data Recovery Demo Bridges Atlantic

Orlando, FL - October 25, 2004 - Customers visiting Dell's booth here at Storage Networking World this week can observe a demonstration of data failover and recovery from a site in Limerick, Ireland to a site near Austin, Texas.

Using an Exchange 2003 messaging solution, the Dell Business Continuity demonstration shows data being replicated in real time between two Dell/EMC mid-range storage systems separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Within minutes of an application failure in Limerick, asynchronous mirroring enables the recovery location in Central Texas to be running and fully processing transactions for a total solution cost of less than $300,000. Asynchronous Data Replication enables customers to mirror their data from site- to-site using IP instead of costly Fibre Channel networks. Customers can choose disaster recovery sites that are farther away from the primary storage location, are less costly and provide greater security. ...Dell profile, Data recovery, SAN Routers, iSCSI


Northern Enhances US Channel Program

TAMPA, FL - October 26, 2004 - NORTHERN today announces an Enhanced Channel Partners program for resellers across North America.

The centerpiece of the program is Northern Storage Suite, a flexible and affordable approach to storage resource management - clear differentiators in a highly competitive market. 61% of the Fortune Global 100 use Northern software which provides an excellent base of reference customers. ...Northern profile


Western Digital Gains Market Share

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - October 25, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today reported revenues of $824 million on shipments of approximately 14.2 million units, and net income of $30.4 million for its first fiscal quarter ended Oct. 1, 2004.

On a year-over-year basis, revenue grew 15% and units increased 26%. In the first quarter, OEM customers accounted for approximately 59% of revenue, versus 53% of revenue in both the preceding and year ago periods.

Matt Massengill, chairman and CEO, stated: "In the first quarter, we met seasonally stronger demand from our customers in the desktop PC and personal entertainment markets. We shipped approximately 1.8 million hard drives into 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." ...Western Digital profile, Hard disk drives

Editor's comments:-
in contrast, the other 2 big disk makers Seagate and Maxtor reported revenue declines for the same quarter. See sidebar article.


SanDisk's Flash Targets Cellphone Video

San Francisco, CA - October 25, 2004 - SanDisk Corporation today introduced the highest capacity yet for its small TransFlash memory module, a 256MB unit that will help meet the demands of new feature phones for greater storage of digital music, video, digital photos and GPS navigation software.

The announcement was made at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2004 where SanDisk is exhibiting. The TransFlash module is about one quarter of the size of a standard SD card but can be inserted into an adapter and used in SD-enabled devices. It is the world's smallest removable flash memory module, measuring 15 x 11 x 1 millimeters or roughly the size of a fingernail. SanDisk expects to supply worldwide OEM and retail customers with the 256MB model starting in December.

Alan Niebel, primary analyst for Web-Feet Research said that one of the new functions demanding more memory is video. "With TransFlash reaching 256MB capacity and beyond, the video market on cell phones opens up for storing large amounts of data on the smallest form factor available. Phones that are capable of putting video on TransFlash modules will be able to capture and play back television broadcasts, sports and news clips, movie and music video trailers, and some advertisements." Niebel forecasts that video stored in mobile phones could become one of the largest consumers of flash memory, reaching over $3.6 billion by 2009. ...SanDisk profile, Flash Memory


InfiniBand Slashes Backup Time and Cost

SNW, ORLANDO, FLORIDA - October 25, 2004 - Mellanox Technologies Ltd today announced a native InfiniBand storage platform that can significantly cut Oracle Database 10g backup and restore costs and gain in operational time when compared to mid-range Fibre Channel storage solutions.

Mellanox tested Oracle Database 10g backup and restore operations on the MTD1000 - a low cost native InfiniBand storage development platform that is based on commodity server components and SATA disk drives. This storage platform is designed to speed time to market for storage OEM and integrators.

In low level tests using the IOMETER benchmark, the native InfiniBand storage solution delivers over 800MB/s throughput to the disks - more than 4 times the measured performance of 2Gb/s Fibre Channel platforms costing considerably more.

"Record backup and recovery benchmarks utilizing native InfiniBand storage solutions extends the value proposition for using InfiniBand to interconnect server clusters simply and efficiently to large volumes of storage in the data center," stated Eyal Waldman, CEO, Mellanox Technologies. "With broad industry support and a well defined roadmap to 120Gb/s, Mellanox's InfiniBand solutions will continue to lead the price/performance curve for both, clustered server and storage interconnect solutions."

Mellanox's MTD1000 InfiniBand storage development platform offers redundant power supplies and fans, integrated dual port InfiniBand PCI Express Host Channel Adapter, and up to 3.75TBs of storage. The storage platform delivers over 800MB/s of throughput to the drives through a single InfiniBand 10Gb/s link. It costs $11,999 and comes standard with 1.1TB of storage and InfiniBand target driver software. ...Mellanox Technologies profile, InfiniBand


Seagate Launches Pocket Hard Drive

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - October 25, 2004 - Seagate Technology announced today its innovative new 5GB Pocket Hard Drive and 100GB Portable External Hard Drive are now available in major retail stores.

The new Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive is the biggest small hard drive on the planet.
Safely encased in its sleek palm-sized shell, it's as convenient as a USB thumb drive yet offers 5GB of storage for transporting or quickly backing up a huge amount of data, pictures, audio or video files.

The Seagate Pocket Hard Drive has a stylish, round design less than 3 inches in diameter. Its round shape with retractable USB cable is designed to move in and out of a pocket easily, and its rubberized feet keep it still on the desktop when it's not in transit.
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With its robust design and high shock tolerance it enables mobility and delivers high performance, low power consumption and reliability. The Seagate Pocket Hard Drive also includes toolkit software for data security and easy content management, letting users password protect their hard drive. ...Seagate profile, USB storage, 1 inch drives


Spectra Logic Accelerates iSCSI Backup

BOULDER, Colo. - October 25, 2004 - Today, Spectra Logic introduced the first storage automation product line with performance-boosting TCP/IP off-load engine technology.

TOE is tightly integrated with the libraries' Gigabit Ethernet controllers, which enable iSCSI. Libraries, with TOE, process TCP/IP packets, removing that burden from the network, so that data transfer can take advantage of greater network bandwidth.

"The T-series product line, T120 and T950, is the storage industry's first libraries that natively incorporate this exciting technology" said Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic's senior vice president of strategic marketing and business development. ...Spectra Logic profile, iSCSI


CNT's New Replication Appliance

SNW, ORLANDO, FL - October 25, 2004 - CNT today announced the availability of the UltraNet Replication Appliance.

Enabling new levels of data protection for customers, the URA provides a complete suite of SAN-based local and remote heterogeneous data replication services over unlimited distances. In addition, CNT announced that the CNT URA has completed interoperability testing under the IBM TotalStorage Proven Program.

Longtime CNT customer Lockheed Martin chose the URA because it provided a cost-effective way to reduce backup times. They can use their existing enterprise disk for their production databases and use the URA's snapshot replication capabilities to back up data changes on a nightly basis to lower cost disk. The URA also simplifies management of their backup process, saving valuable administrator time. Its ability to support data replication among heterogeneous storage environments provides Lockheed Martin a great deal of flexibility in building their infrastructure, and as their needs evolve, the URA will support new applications such as remote disk mirroring and data migrations.

The URA's full replication portfolio includes local and remote mirroring, snapshot replication with delta and the ability to roll-back to previous snapshots to recover from logical errors. By leveraging CNT's award-winning and patented extension technology, end users can maximize the utilization of their network bandwidth and be assured of the highest performance over any distance. ...CNT profile, SAN routers


LSI Logic Samples 4Gbps Fibre Channel

MILPITAS, Calif. - October 22, 2004 - LSI Logic today announced OEM sample availability of 4Gbps Fibre Channel controller ICs and HBAs.

Delivering twice the performance of 2Gb/s technology, while maintaining backward compatibility, the LSIFC949X provides end-to-end data protection and is ideal for embedded applications such as RAID storage systems. In addition, the LSIFC949X integrates context memory, which is ideal for cost effective small to medium sized businesses and Blade server applications.

"With storage area networks continuing to penetrate the market and the SMB/SME space, it is essential that users have access to cost-effective solutions that ease the migration from 2Gb applications to 4Gb," said Charlie Kraus, director of HBA marketing for the LSI Logic Storage Standard Products division. "As we begin sampling our 4Gb technology, customers can be assured that we are delivering a solution that not only doubles the performance of the current Fibre Channel generation, but also reduces costs and protects previous Fibre Channel investments." ...LSI Logic profile, Fibre-channel adapters


First Compliant LTO Ultrium 3 Tapes

FAIR LAWN, NJ - October 22, 2004 - Maxell Corporation of America today announced it has successfully completed the world's first LTO3 compliance verification tests.

The compliance verification process involves an exhaustive series of tests for proving compatibility with other drives and media. Maxell Ultrium media users can be 100% confident of interchange compatibility with all brands of Ultrium drives and media. Maxell's new LTO Ultrium 3 media offers capacities of 800GB compressed (400GB native) and supports speeds of up to 160 GB per hour delivered by LTO3 tape drives. LTO Ultrium technology is backward-compatible with earlier generations, allowing LTO3 users continued access to Ultrium 1 and 2 tape archives and providing investment security for years to come. ...Maxell profile

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