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LOUISVILLE, Colo. - September 30, 2004 - StorageTek announced today it has acquired Storability in an asset purchase transaction. This adds another component to StorageTek's information lifecycle management solutions offering. Storability's Global Storage Manager software enables customers to visualize and optimize their multi-vendor enterprise data storage environment while reducing total cost of ownership. Under terms of the transaction, StorageTek purchased all intellectual property, software license agreements, customer contracts and other assets of Storability. It is expected that approximately 70 Storability employees will join the StorageTek team. ...Storability profile, ...StorageTek profile, Acquired, dead & merged

POOLE, UK - September 30, 2004 - BakBone Software today announced that its leading Platinum reseller partner for Central Europe, Transtec AG, has selected BakBone's NetVault software to safeguard the company's internal systems against critical data loss. An active reseller of BakBone solutions since 2001, Transtec chose to deploy NetVault due to the software's inherent flexibility and simplicity of use and for its support for disk-to-disk-to-tape backup strategies in heterogeneous IT environments. Transtec is currently one of Europe's top 10 IT manufacturers and specialises in the production and promotion of server, storage and network solutions for the B2B market. ...BakBone profile, ...Transtec profile, Sun VARs in Germany

Houston, Texas - September 29, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced that Chatsworth Products Inc. (CPI), a leading manufacturer of racks for IT data centers, has successfully accelerated its SQL-based ERP database by reducing query times by 700% using a single RamSan solid state disk. The CPI ERP system uses SQL Server 7.0 on redundant Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell 51F Fibre Channel switches.

Like many other businesses, CPI depends on the quality of its business intelligence and ERP system. Highly concentrated access to the ERP system during short periods of time caused show queries, database deadlocks and SQL lockups. This situation frustrated the database users. CPI's IT experts tuned the database code and changed the infrastructure but they "hit a performance wall" when it came to their storage. To solve the problem, CPI evaluated products from several solid state disk vendors. CPI chose the Texas Memory Systems RamSan-320 solid state disk because of its exceptional reliability, compatibility and unique Active Backup feature which constantly copies data to auxiliary hard disks.

"The entire ERP system experienced great improvements in response times," said Jerry Guy, senior database administrator at CPI. "Reducing query time from half a minute to just seconds thrilled the database users. Database deadlock causes data integrity problems so the RamSan solution also resulted in a dramatic reduction in trouble calls to the IT department."

Texas Memory Systems' RamSan solid state storage products can speed enterprise applications like databases, ERP, OLTP, OLAP, modeling and video editing up to 2,500% without adding processors, RAM, hard drives and monolithic RAID. Solid state storage is similar to RAM cache. Unlike hard disk drives it does not use rotating media so data seeks are significantly faster. Because there are no drive heads to crash, solid state disks are also more reliable than typical hard drives. Typical RamSan users include corporations in the financial, telecom, broadcasting, and e-commerce sectors as well as government, military, and research organizations. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid state disks

Editor:- September 29, 2004 - Apple Computer today increased the size of online storage available in its .Mac internet suite to 250MB. Over half a million users currently use this web storage service. ...Apple profile, Web storage and backup

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - September 29, 2004 - Silicon Image, Inc. today announced the new SteelVine storage architecture that radically alters the landscape of storage solutions available to the consumer electronics and small to medium business markets. The SteelVine architecture delivers enterprise-class features, such as virtualization, RAID, hot-plug and hot spare, in an appliance-like solution that is simple, affordable, reliable and scalable.

The company also announced the new SV2000 storage appliance, providing the first implementation of the SteelVine architecture. Targeted at the SMB market, the SV2000 provides enhanced data protection, high-performance and a plug-and-play user experience providing faster time to storage. The SV2000 will be available to SMBs in December for an MSRP of $3,295 for one terabyte of storage capacity.

"The problem with today's storage is that it is too complicated, too expensive and too support-intensive," said Steve Tirado, president, Storage Division. "With the introduction of the new SteelVine architecture, we have dramatically simplified and reduced the cost of storage with a 'system-on-a-chip' solution that, over time, will provide truly scalable, reliable storage solutions, available to the masses, at price points ultimately approaching $1,000/TB.

Leveraging a standard SATA interface, Silicon Image's first system-on-a-chip implementation of the SteelVine architecture provides users with a sophisticated RAID solution that does not require special O/S drivers or RAID software to load or configure. The interface to a PC, PVR or SMB server looks like a SATA disk drive, even though the power and intelligence of a full RAID disk array sits behind this powerful chip. Toolkits will enable OEMs to offer a range of high-availability features that are pre-programmed in the factory, providing the user with a true plug-and-play appliance. The architecture is also designed to automatically handle disk failures and re-builds and allows the user to hot-plug new drives that configure themselves to the pre-configured policy running on the system, making the complexities and costs associated with traditional storage transparent to the user. ...Silicon Image profile, SATA, RAID systems

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 29, 2004 - Seagate Technology announced today the new Momentus 5400.2 notebook hard drive with capacities up to 100GB is shipping to customers. Leading notebook computer makers and specialty suppliers are choosing the new Seagate Momentus 5400.2 for its high capacity, high reliability, high performance, low battery consumption and quiet acoustics. Momentus 5400.2 rotates at 5,400 RPM and delivers almost 50% more performance than the 4,20 RPM drives used in most notebooks while offering superior battery consumption. ...Seagate profile

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - September 28, 2004 - SBS Technologies, Inc. today announced the first set of InfiniBand IRIX drivers with HIPPI-FP emulation for InfiniBand host channel adapters supporting SGI 3.3V platforms. - "With the IB4X-IRIX driver, our HIPPI customers can pull their HIPPI products, drop in InfiniBand hardware and get up to 10x better performance" said Bill Molyneux, General Manager of the SBS Technologies General Purpose I/O Group in Minnesota. ...SBS Technologies profile, InfiniBand

SAN DIEGO - September 28, 2004 ­ Iomega Corporation today announced the availability of two new Iomega Super DVD 16x recorders. Designed for the evolving needs of home and small business users and supporting the new 8.5 GB double-layer recording standard, the new drives give consumers an outstanding tool for managing videos, data, music and photos. The Iomega Super DVD 16x double-layer recorders will debut next week at the TechXNY tradeshow in New York.

For video enthusiasts, the Iomega Super DVD QuikTouch Video Burner 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive combines a DVD recorder with a video capture card. The result is a versatile desktop drive that can accept data from either a PC or a video source, burning single- or double-layer video DVDs, VCDs (Video CDs), and conventional data DVDs and CDs. To capture video, users plug a video source directly into the 16x QuikTouch Video Burner. Then they press the QuikTouch button on top of the drive and start their video. The QuikTouch Video Burner automatically recognizes the disc format and manages the recording process.

For users who already have a video capture card installed, and for general disc-burning activities, the new Iomega® Super DVD Writer 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive is a flexible, high-performance alternative. The 16x Super DVD Writer is a virtually effortless way to transfer home videos, photos, music, and other files from the computer to the living room DVD player.

The external Iomega Super DVD Writer 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive is shipping now and has a list price of $199.95. The Iomega Super DVD QuikTouch Video Burner 16x Dual-Format USB 2.0 Drive is also shipping now and has a list price of $299.95. ...Iomega profile, USB storage, CD-RW & DVD-RW

Louisville, Colorado - September 28, 2004 - Breece Hill today announced the acquisition of Avail Solutions. Avail's flagship product, INTEGRITY, has unique file level backup, migration, replication and archive capabilities until now found only in enterprise class environments and mainframe data centers. The INTEGRITY software operates on Windows, Macintosh, SUN and Linux servers.

"This acquisition is in line with our long-term business strategy and a direct result of Breece Hill listening to the needs of end users, VARs and OEMs," said Phil Pascarelli, President of Breece Hill. "While there were many choices, we selected Avail software as the foundation of our iStoRA solutions and are convinced it is the most powerful and innovative on the market today. With the integration of Avail, we can now deliver focused solutions that answer the demands for backup, recovery, data protection, disaster recovery and data management services from a single vendor. We are doing today what other industry leaders are only just talking about." ...Avail Solutions profile, ...Breece Hill profile, Acquired, dead & merged companies

PALO ALTO, CALIF. - September 28, 2004 - Data Domain today announced general availability of Data Domain Replicator. Replicator is an add-on software package to the DD200 Restorer recovery appliance and uses the company's industry-leading Global Compression technology - a benefit that makes remote replication both practical and cost-efficient by dramatically reducing bandwidth needs.

Replicator is a highly efficient network solution that helps consolidate or eliminate time-consuming and costly tape vaulting. It includes enhanced data protection features such as write-order integrity, network fault resilience and end-to-end recovery verification, key requirements for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuation planning.

Through the use of Global Compression, the Replicator saves as much as 99% of the network bandwidth required by other disk-based backup/recovery solutions. Rather than transporting tapes to remote storage facilities, Replicator provides network vaulting so that client data is protected at remote offices and sites. "Replicating over the network is a lot less hassle than tape vaulting, but WAN bandwidth is crazy expensive, so most folks don't replicate data remotely," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst of Enterprise Strategy Group.

Most disk-based backup storage systems do not replicate because backup data can be so large. As a result, they do not minimize or help consolidate real tape use. By deduplicating the data and compressing before storing it, the DD200 needs to send very few changes to keep a replica up to date and allow recovery from either side of a WAN. ...Data Domain profile

Editor:- September 28, 2004 - the Solid State Disk Buyer Market Survey is now open. One of the most exciting parts of the computer market in recent years has been the Solid State Disk sector. Many of the world's fastest growing storage companies sell SSD products and SSDs have the potential to become a multi-billion dollar market. Yet despite the promise of Solid State Disks to become a disruptive new technology - which could change server architecture as much as symmetric multiprocessing did in the mid 1990s - there has never been an industry wide market survey to ask users and potential users about their needs for this technology to succeed in their real-life applications. Until now...

During the summer communicated with all major SSD vendors worldwide to help design and shape an independent market research survey which will help to learn more about users needs for SSD technology. Our survey, launched today is also being promoted and supported by many vendors in this industry. We will publish the results in a series of future articles on STORAGEsearch which will also help reveal:- what users want, what vendors should do better, and it will also influence the specifications of future SSD products and services.

We need your help! If you are already a user of SSDs - or have just been thinking about using them - please spend a few minutes taking part in this survey. You will not be contacted by anyone as a result of taking part. Your voice will be heard, your vote counts, and you can help make sure that the next generation of Solid State Disks suit you and your organization's needs much better. to take part in the SSD survey, Solid state disks

PALO ALTO, Calif. - September 27, 2004 - Atempo, Inc. today announced Atempo Mailbox Manager for Microsoft Exchange. Mailbox Manager is an ILM solution that helps companies manage the rapidly-rising volume of e-mail, reduce storage costs and increase productivity, while helping them comply with growing regulatory demands to retain internal and external communications.

The typical corporate worker sends and receives 10 megabytes of email daily, which increases email storage needs in a 1000-person company by 10 gigabytes per day. email systems aren't designed for storing huge volumes of messages; retaining all email on a server degrades performance, increases the risk of data corruption, increases backup/recovery times and occupies the most expensive storage available. Atempo Mailbox Manager for Exchange automates the management, archiving and retrieval of email messages. The software is based on technology from iLumin Software Services, Inc. with whom Atempo today announced a technology agreement. ...Atempo profile

Milpitas, CA - September 27, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today the introduction of the LSIU320 entry-level Ultra320 SCSI PCI-X Host Bus Adapter. Featuring the LSI53C1020A SCSI processor, this single-channel half-size form factor HBA has a 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X host bus interface and is backward compatible to 32-bit/33MHz PCI expansion slots. With LSI Logic TolerANT technology, the LSIU320 improves data integrity in less than ideal cabling environments and its throughput can scale at nearly 100% as additional cards are added to a system, while enabling extremely high host processor efficiency. ...LSI Logic profile, SCSI adapters

Nashua, N.H. - September 27, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc. today announced it was selected for an Investor's Choice award at the Dow Jones' Datacenter Ventures Private Equity conference. EqualLogic was selected as a start-up technology company best positioned for long-term success in data, storage, security, and systems management. Datacenter Ventures' attendees included more than 350 venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and industry executives that also judged the competition. They selected the 10 award winners out of 68 closely held companies that were invited to present their business plans at the conference. The 10 awards were based on presentations given by vendors describing their companies' technology, market position and future plans for growth.

Richard A. Shaffer, editor-in-chief of VentureWire, said, "The Investor's Choice winners show strong potential to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the corporate datacenter market."

"This award has proven our dedication and success to be a long-term player in the iSCSI storage market," said Jack Boyle, president and CEO of EqualLogic. "Being one of 10 companies - and the only SAN vendor - provides our customers with the assurance of our commitment to the growth of our product, and stability as a well-funded company poised to generate a significant market share." ...EqualLogic profile, iSCSI, VCs in storage

Minneapolis, Minn. - September 27, 2004 - Constant Data has expanded their product offering by adding support for the Apple Mac OS X server platform. Constant Data offers an affordable network-based replication solution that provides automatic point-in-time disk-based backups for the Apple Mac OS X operating platform.

"The introduction of OnDemand ReplicatorTM for Apple Mac OS X offers customers in school districts, prepress printing, graphics, and rich media content environments guaranteed data replication of all changing files from Apple Mac servers to other local or remote servers allowing for greater levels of data protection and increased flexibility of how and where files are stored," said Brad Wenzel, CEO of Wenzel Data. "People in Mac environments will no longer need Zip drives or sneaker nets." ...Constant Data profile, Firewire Storage

Taipei, Taiwan - September 27, 2004 - Systex today announced the launch of its latest range of enterprise-level storage devices under the ExpreStor brand name: the ES 700 and ES 7700 iSCSI Storage Gateways. Powered by Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003, the ExpreStor series of storage gateways provides an exceptional way to pool all existing and future storage devices, to offer optimum data storage capacities.

"When designing the Storage Gateway series, we made sure that the units met the demands of today's user whilst at the same time ensuring upgrades for the future," said Robin Chiang, Assistant VP of Systex' Enterprise Storage Division. "Systex knows that technologies evolve so quickly, and it is vital to protect any hardware investment. This is one of our main priorities for the ExpreStor brand"

Available in two different models, the ExpreStor range of storage gateways is as flexible as they come. Optional iSCSI target functionality means that users can upgrade their system at any time to incorporate this innovative protocol, making the units ready for future technologies.

Available in either a 3U unit, with ten integrated IDE drive bays or as a 2U management module, the ES 700 and ES 7700 storage gateways offer a comprehensive storage solution to both entry-level and mid-range markets, with capacity ranges from 4TB on the ES 700 to up to 32TB (when integrated with ExpreStor's range of disk arrays) on the ES 7700 series. Additional optional upgrades include 32-generation Time Mark/Time View, snapshot agents for both Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL, Zero Impact Backup and Asynchronous Mirroring. ...Systex profile, iSCSI

Editor:- September 23, 2004 - Crossroads Systems, Inc. announced today that its ServerAttach appliances are listed in the new HP World Solutions Directory. I've never seen HP's directory before so I thought I'd take a look. Unfortunately many of the links in the online version are wrong - and are one line out of step with the text. Hopefully someone will bring this to their attention soon. Because as it stands - the directory is useless. ...Crossroads Systems profile, ...HP World Solutions Directory

Irvine, CA - September 23, 2004 - ADTX announces certification and availability of 400 GB SATA drives in the L Series RAID systems. The L Series RAID system - with capacities up to 6 TB in a single chassis - combines a 2 Gb Fibre Channel or Ultra SCSI interface with SATA and state-of-the-art ADTX-specific features, to create a platform independent solution for demanding storage needs. ADTX manufactures a Standard Performance and a High Performance model of the L Series RAID. The Standard Performance has typical throughput speeds that you would expect from a SATA based RAID, but at a price that makes the L Series very competitive.

The L Series RAID benefits from the advantages of SATA hard drives, plus some extra innovations usually reserved for more expensive enterprise-class arrays. Instant Copy (hardware based), Remote Mirroring (hardware based) and PathCruise Software (multiple path failover and load balancing) are inexpensive ADTX options that provide enhanced data redundancy and other capabilities for the L Series RAID family. ...ADTX profile, RAID systems

Paris, France – September 23, 2004 - An industrial consortium consisting of Bertin Technologies, Surlog, Jaluna, Mandrakesoft, and Oppida has been awarded a 7 million euro, 3 year contract by the French Ministry of Defense. Under the contract, the consortium will develop a Linux based multi-level security operating system solution meeting Evaluation Assurance Level 5 of the Common Criteria (CC-EAL5). The project will be released under an open-source license following completion. Mandrakesoft's share amounts to 1 million euros. ...Mandrakesoft, Storage Security, Linux Portals

SEATTLE - September 22, 2004 - Zetta Systems announces the release of Zetta Server 3.1 featuring an intuitive GUI that unifies SAN and NAS while providing rich functionality that includes thin provisioning, instantaneous snapshots of blocks and files, block and file replication, advanced SNMP notification and scheduling to the minute. Zetta Server based smart storage appliances can be deployed as either primary or secondary storage for powerful data protection and nearly instant recovery from Exchange, SQL Server and other data disasters. Zetta Administrators also recover from file disasters such as accidental file deletion and virus corruption within seconds or minutes instead of hours or days.

"Zetta Server supports nearly a terabyte of production data and is critical to our company's data storage requirements. This interface makes my already smart Zetta Server purchase an outstanding investment." Said Tad Helke, Director of Technology, Olympic Reprographics a division of ARC headquarted in Walnut Creek, CA.

"Zetta Server 3.1 is our direct response to requests from partners and customers for an enterprise class interface that provides superior navigation of the sophisticated features of Zetta Server 3.0," stated Dr. Ganapathy Krishnan, President/CEO of Zetta Systems. ...Zetta Systems profile

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the Top 10 Company Profiles - September 2004

The top 10 most popular companies (out of more than 1,000 storage companies listed on STORAGEsearch) visited by our readers last month were as follows... Figures in brackets (n) indicate rank the month before.
  1. Texas Memory Systems (5)
  2. M-Systems (2)
  3. Ingrasys Technology (1)
  4. Silicon Image (3)
  5. VERITAS Software (8)
  6. Dell Computer (7)
  7. SMART Modular Technologies (6)
  8. LSI Logic (9)
  9. Adaptec (12)
  10. Curtis (10)
A re-entry to the top 10 list this month was:- Adaptec.

The company which dropped out of the top 10 list was:- Promise Technology
Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems, founded in 1978, manufactures the RAM-SAN family of solid state disks for storage networks:- "the World's Fastest Storage".

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6 Years of - looking back, looking ahead celebrates its 6th anniversary this month.

In an age when most IT web sites are blurring into sameness, STORAGEsearch has maintained a unique brand identity with its cartoon characters Megabyte the Mouse and family. But reliable information and critical market analysis have also been important factors in growing the readership every year since 1998.

Commenting about this anniversary - Farid Neema, President of market analyst company Peripheral Concepts, Inc. - said " was one of the first online storage portals. I appreciate its breadth of scope and reliability. It has always been an authoritative source for anyone doing serious market research into this market."

What's been the most important trend in storage during the last 6 years?

Network storage which started with Fibre-channel based SANs in 1994, has changed from being a small part of the overall enterprise storage market to being the dominant part measured by revenue. In the late 1990s competing technologies like NAS based on Ethernet, and more recently, the emergence of iSCSI have simplified the management of storage area networks and extended their reach to nearly every size of organisation.

The technical and economic decoupling of storage from servers has created a major shift in the computer market in which data repositories have become operating system agnostic and the concept of corporate information life cycles have become more important than processor chip generations.

What are going to be the most important trends in storage during the next 6 years?

We're already seeing that processor chipmakers have been struggling to achieve the same rate of increase in 64 bit processors that they did with earlier 32 bit generations. Sun's SPARC, HP's Alpha, IBM's PowerPC, Intel's Itanium and even AMD's Opteron will hit performance ceilings which cannot be resolved by old tricks like increasing the Gigahertz clock rate or adding more processors.

Many users have already discovered that another way to speed up their applications is to use solid state disks (SSDs) to accelerate I/O bound critical data. Another benefit of SSDs is their potential to reduce software licensing costs and server management complexity by reducing the total amount of servers while maintaining or sometimes reducing response times. This important architectural change will, when more widely adopted, mean that the solid state disk market in 3 years time could grow to be bigger than the NAS market is today, because it has the potential to provide the same functionality as additional servers - but at lower cost and better reliability. Eventually solid state disks will be factory fitted as standard instead of being a user or systems integrator add-on as they are today.

We're also going to see the consumerization of network storage which will eventually result in the home entertainment and leisure market becoming a bigger user of disks and RAID systems than the IT market. In the next 10 years hard disk drives will have a capacity of 78 terabytes. You'll be able to fit a 500TB RAID system inside the same space as a little match box.

What's going to happen in the meantime?

Which old technologies will be discarded and which new ones will become the hot products of tomorrow? We have many articles which speculate on this - but the only sure way to find out is to keep visiting the news pages of to see how this exciting future unfolds. ...ACSL (publisher) profile,, Storage portals

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