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Havant, UK and Carlsbad, Ca - July 28, 2005 - Xyratex Ltd and nStor Technologies, Inc today announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement providing for Xyratex to acquire all of the outstanding shares of nStor in a transaction valued at approximately $21.2 million. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the merger agreement. For Xyratex, the acquisition of nStor augments the company’s already strong lineup of storage technology and platform solutions. The acquisition of nStor will combine Xyratex’s industry-leading expertise in high volume, high availability storage system enclosure design with nStor’s extensive experience and value-added RAID Controller and Storage Solution software providing a highly scalable set of offerings to meet customer requirements.

“This proposed acquisition will strengthen Xyratex’s proven technology in the critical area of Entry Level RAID controller technology,” said Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex. “This emerging high growth segment presents an exciting new opportunity for Xyratex. We believe that the combination of Xyratex’s existing intellectual property base with nStor’s Raid and software technology enables us to extend our leadership position and acquire new customers and positions us well for future growth.”

Xyratex defines the Entry Level RAID Storage Systems market segment to cover all External Storage Systems which have an end user price band up to $15,000. Using data provided by IDC, Xyratex estimates that the market opportunity for this segment is approximately $1.9 billion in 2005 growing to over $6.3 billion in 2008. ...nStor profile, ...Xyratex profile


LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 28, 2005 - Western Digital Corp. today reported revenue of $940 million on shipments of approximately 15.8 million units, and net income of $41.2 million for its fourth fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2005. These results represented strong year-over-year performance, including 26% unit growth, 26% growth in revenue versus the year ago period.

For the year ended July 1, 2005, WD reported revenue grew 20% to $3.6 billion, and net income grew 31% to $198.4 million. The fiscal 2005 results included the $19 million charge for a lawsuit settlement.

WD indicated that 23% of its Q4 revenue was derived from sources including consumer electronics, enterprise applications, notebook PCs and retail sales. 77% of the company's fourth quarter revenue came from hard drives configured into desktop PCs. This compares with a mix in the year-ago quarter of 15% non-desktop PC revenue, 85% desktop PC revenue. In fiscal 2005, WD funded, developed or launched several new products aimed at the consumer electronics segments for personal and digital video recorders and handheld devices and at the markets for notebook PCs, enterprise and retail consumer storage. ...Western Digital profile, Hard disk drives


Tokyo, Japan - July 28, 2005 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., today announced the opening of its new office in Tokyo, Japan, which will serve as Engenio's Asia Pacific headquarters. The new office is located in the heart of Tokyos business district at West Hill Building, 7F 2-24-4 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031, Japan. The new office features an Engenio Experience Center, an interactive learning and customer briefing center that offers a complete suite of storage hardware and software - from entry to enterprise level - allowing Engenio partners and their customers to learn about the features and benefits of Engenio technology combined with partner solutions. A recent report by Gartner Group found that spending on IT in Asia/Pacific is expected to increase at a rate of 7.1%, reaching an annual expenditure of $284 billion by 2008. ...Engenio profile, Storage Resellers in Japan


MELVILLE, N.Y. - July 28, 2005 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced a Secure Tape Transport Service for its VirtualTape Library solution. This allows FalconStor VTL customers to encrypt virtual tapes and export them to physical tapes to guard data against unauthorized access and information theft in case of misplacement or in the event of loss by shipping companies. FalconStor VTL's encryption and decryption mechanism is fully integrated with the solution's tape export/import subsystem and is 100% transparent to third party backup software applications. ...FalconStor profile, Disk to disk backup, Tape Libraries


Diamond Bar, CA - July 27, 2005 - Advanced Media, Inc has added a fast 150x Secure Digital card to its RIDATA brand of flash-memory products. It is the one of the fastest SD cards available anywhere. It is specifically engineered to meet the high-security capacity, performance, and environmental requirements inherent in emerging image, video, and audio consumer electronics devices. The new Advanced Media card features cryptographic security for protecting copyrighted data; user-selectable write-protect switch on the card casing; zero-power data retention; and automatic power-saving technology. It has tested for 100,000 minimum erase cycles and 10,000 minimum insertions. It is available in the following capacities: 256MB, 512MB, 1G, and 2G. ...Advanced Media profile, Flash Memory


San Jose, Calif. - July 27, 2005 - Alacritech Inc. today announced the appointment of Barry X Lynn to its Board of Directors. Lynn is a director at Shoreline Venture Management, serves as the president and CEO of Be eXceL management, Inc. and is also chairman and director of other emerging companies. Lynn brings over 33 years of experience in the information technology, financial services and securities industries, and will lend strategic business, customer and partner insight to Alacritech as it continues to expand its Accelerator product lines and secure additional licensing business. ...Alacritech profile, Storage People


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 27, 2005 - Commtouch announced today the availability of a survey that evaluates corporate exposure to viruses in the first hours after their release. The survey was conducted by Osterman Research. which surveyed 115 respondents, including IT and security managers from 12 vertical segments. The average organization surveyed has 21,000 employees, and 74 have over 2,500 employees.

The survey shows that even though every enterprise has some form of anti-virus protection in place, 93% of companies have been infiltrated by at least one type of Malware. Since signatures are fully effective once they are released, this level of vulnerability is primarily due to exposure before new signatures are released (zero-hour exposure).

"There is a clear discrepancy between signatures' near-perfect detection rates, and the imperfect AV protection experience of enterprises. The discrepancy is largely due to new types of Malware, which are designed to proliferate rapidly, infecting millions of users within hours or even minutes. Much damage can be done in the first few hours of a new outbreak, before new signatures are released," said Oren Drori, director of product marketing at Commtouch. ...Commtouch, Storage Security


BURLINGTON, MA - July 26, 2005 - AppIQ, Inc. today announced that it posted its sixth consecutive quarter of revenue growth in its second fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2005. Revenue increased 85% over Q2 2004 as more than 70 new customers acquired AppIQ's open SAN management and SRM solutions, bringing the company's worldwide customer base to 250. Eighteen existing customers also made repeat purchases during the quarter to bring more of their heterogeneous storage infrastructures under the command and control of AppIQ's integrated solution family. Hewlett-Packard, which began offering its OEM version of AppIQ StorageAuthority Suite in Q2, joined other AppIQ strategic OEM partners Hitachi Data Systems, Engenio, SGI, and Sun Microsystems and AppIQ value-added resellers in making strong sales contributions. ...AppIQ profile


SAN RAMON, CA - July 26, 2005 - SBE, Inc. today announced it has completed its acquisition of privately-held PyX Technologies, a pioneering supplier of iSCSI software products. Concurrent with the acquisition, the Company completed a private financing raising gross proceeds totaling $5,150,000.

Specializing in advanced IP storage solutions, PyX Technologies' flagship iSCSI Target and Initiator software represent a standards-based, fault-tolerant and cost-efficient method for transporting data to and from networked storage. The PyX iSCSI products enable location-independent data storage and retrieval, featuring full error recovery, load balancing, and multi-path capabilities previously available only in costly Fibre Channel architectures.

IDC forecasts IP SAN revenues will reach $296 million in 2005, and explode to $2.7 billion by 2008. ...PyX Technologies profile, ...SBE profile, Acquired storage companies, iSCSI


LOUISVILLE, Colo. – July 26, 2005 – StorageTek today announced second quarter revenue was $549.3 million, up 6.3% compared to the year ago period. Net income was $31.2 million. "We are very pleased with the revenue improvement on a year over year and sequential basis, as well as the continued strength in our product and service margins," said Patrick J. Martin, StorageTek chairman, president and CEO. Total tape revenue was up 13% compared to the same period last year, and up 14% from the first quarter. ...StorageTek profile


SAN JOSE, CA - July 26, 2005 - Intransa has been issued a U.S. Patent for Distributed iSCSI and SCSI targets. The patent includes 35 claims covering among other things: the initiator's role in the distribution and order of the SCSI commands, target storage processors as proxies and the role of target storage processors to arrange themselves into layers to divide the SCSI and iSCSI protocol work. ...Intransa profile


Hopkinton, Mass. - July 25, 2005 - EMC Corp today announced the largest, fastest and most scalable high-end storage array in the world, capable of providing leading functionality while scaling to one petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of capacity. The new storage array supports up to 960 disk drives today, and will be qualified to support up to 1,920 disk drives in the first half of 2006 and more than 2,000 by the end of next year. Customers can order the Symmetrix DMX-3 system starting immediately with shipments beginning in September. The initial release of the Symmetrix DMX-3 will support FICON-attached IBM mainframes (zOS) and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-based open systems hosts running AIX, HP/UX, Linux, Solaris and Windows. ...EMC profile, Record Breaking Storage


CHATSWORTH, Calif. - July 25, 2005 - Alera Technologies introduces the new USB Copy Cruiser Plus that provides a direct USB to USB connection eliminating the need to connect USB devices to a computer to share information between them. The USB Copy Cruiser Plus uses PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) to allow the transfer of images from digital cameras to computers and other peripheral devices without needing additional device drivers. With the USB Copy Cruiser Plus you can copy photos directly from your digital camera to your USB flash drive without removing the photo memory card. Your camera's photo memory card can be erased and made ready for more pictures anywhere, anytime since the USB Copy Cruiser Plus is battery powered and shirt pocket portable. It only weighs 4.3 ounces with the batteries. PTP is supported by most popular digital cameras. The USB Copy Cruiser Plus (Aleratec Part No. 330100) has an ESP of $79.99. ...Alera Technologies profile


Melbourn, UK - July 25, 2005 ­ Plasmon today announced that MCE Group has been appointed as an Authorised Distributor for the Plasmon Raidtec Solutions product line. MCE Group will distribute Plasmon's Raidtec Solutions across the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France. ...Plasmon profile


PALM DESERT, Calif. - July 25, 2005 - HP announced today that it intends to resell Spare Backup Inc.'s fully automated online backup service directly through its Web site as early as next month. Two months of free service will also be provided as a special promotion to customers who purchase selected hardware and peripherals through the HP site. The Spare Backup service backs up individual desktop and notebook computers and normally costs $15.99 a month. HP will offer discounted plans of six-months, one-year and two-years pre-paid service. All of the Spare Backup service plans include up to 5 gigabytes of secure, remote storage. ...Spare Backup profile, ...HP profile, online backup

Editor's comments:- HP's entry into the online backup market could radically transform the entire sector. It will remove the biggest doubt which serious small business users have had about this type of service - what happens if my online backup supplier fails? By using a proven product instead of a home brew solution HP is removing any technical risks which could undermine this venture. If successful - HP's new move could beneficially change the way that entry level storage users view HP as a potential supplier for other backup products.



MILPITAS, Calif. - July 22, 2005 - LSI Logic Corp today announced a licensing agreement with PyX Technologies which will allow LSI Logic to bring a cost-effective, intelligent iSCSI MegaRAID solution to entry-level and mid-range servers and external IP SAN environments. LSI Logic will use PyX's iSCSI target software, fully compliant with the IETF RFC 3270 standard. The software delivers enterprise-level SAN performance by load balancing across multiple network interface ports, and employing uniform, multi-path technology to ensure seamless data transmission. The storage-independent architecture of the PyX iSCSI software allows customers to conveniently and cost-effectively integrate the benefits of SANs using their existing networking investments.

"By collaborating with PyX Technologies, we discovered opportunities to leverage our industry-leading storage adapter family, and provide users with an affordable IP SAN solution offering superior data protection," said Ken Zarrabi, senior strategic marketing manager for the LSI Logic RAID Storage Adapter division. "We are excited to team with PyX as they have accelerated our effort to bring iSCSI products to market." ...LSI Logic profile, ...PyX Technologies profile, iSCSI


San Jose, CA - July 21, 2005 - OffMyServer, Inc. recently designed and implemented a new SAN database solution based on the FreeBSD platform. This was deployed by anti-spam technologies firm, Kelkea, Inc., (now Trend Micro) to maintain databases for the MAPS real-time blacklists. The FreeBSD servers can remotely boot from an image on a FreeBSD-based SAN device via a 1Gb fibre channel, said Matt Olander, OffMyServer.com engineer. ...OffMyServer


ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - July 20, 2005 - QLogic Corp today introduced SAN Express, a portfolio of products built from the ground up for first time SAN users. The SAN Express line is designed for QLogic channel partners around the world to easily migrate small and medium businesses from direct attached storage to SANs. The low cost SAN Express line is designed to accelerate SAN penetration of global markets, including the fast growing Asia-Pacific and Eastern European markets. The SAN Express product line features SANbox Express 1400 switches, SANblade Express 200 host bus adapters, SANsurfer Express software, and SAN Express Starter Kits. A turn-key SAN Express Starter Kit with one switch, two HBAs, software and accessories has an MSRP of only $3,295 and can be installed by a technical generalist in minutes....QLogic profile

Editor's comments:- QLogic ranked #1 in market share for both Fibre Channel HBA ports shipped and Fibre Channel HBA revenue in calendar year 2004, according to a new report from Gartner Dataquest.



DV Expo, NEW YORK CITY - July 20, 2005 - LaCie and Hitachi today announced a collaboration to deliver three external hard drives with record capacities for both consumer and enterprise users. The following LaCie solutions include 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 internal hard drives:

LaCie Biggest F800 is a RAID subsystem offering a higher level of data protection for professionals with secure storage for 2TB data. The 4-bay array supports RAID levels 0, 0+1, 5 and RAID 5+hot spare in a sturdy aluminum enclosure with FireWire 800 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for use on PCs or Macs. Biggest F800 allows for easy installation of four arrayed disks with no driver required. Should the system overheat or a drive fail, the Biggest F800's smart alarm will notify the administrator via an audible sound and automatically begin rebuilding a faulty drive for those using RAID 5.

LaCie Ethernet Disk mini is an affordable network hard drive for use in homes or small offices with 500GB shared storage space. Anyone plugged into the dual-purpose Ethernet Disk mini can instantly share files via the fast Ethernet connection without having to install drivers, or the drive can be attached via USB 2.0 to any individual computer for faster throughput and a private connection. Designed for small office and home environments, the user-friendly LaCie Ethernet Disk mini is plug and play - no prior networking experience is required.

LaCie Bigger Disk Extreme is a compact and sturdy drive designed to support multi-stream audio/video editing in a variety of formats with burst transfer rates reaching up to 85MB/s and unrivaled 2TB capacity. A true plug-and-play device, the LaCie Bigger Disk Extreme has a built-in RAID 0 configuration that allows for instant high-speed data transfers of up to 85MB/s and immediate large-scale backup without the need for complicated setup. LaCie Bigger Disk Extremes are hot-pluggable for file sharing among FireWire 800/400 and iLink/DV workstations. No drivers or software installation is required for those using Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Mac OS X operating systems. ...Hitachi profile, ...LaCie profile


MILPITAS, Calif. - July 20, 2005 - LSI Logic Corp announced that the company's Serial Attached SCSI storage standard products will be integrated into 8 HP ProLiant enterprise server platforms. HP is the No. 1 server manufacturer in the world, as ranked by market analyst firm IDC. Over the next 12 months, these new technologies will be made available in HP BladeSystem, HP Integrity, HP ProLiant and HP StorageWorks products. ...LSI Logic profile, Serial Attached SCSI


HOBOKEN, NJ - July 19, 2005 - NSI Software, Inc. today introduced the latest edition of the Double-Take Exchange Failover Toolkit, including the Exchange Protection Wizard (XPW). The XPW tool provides a simple four-click setup for protecting Exchange servers, taking advantage of nearly 10 years of NSI experience in protecting Exchange. In addition to the XPW, the standard Double-Take management console looks and feels like the familiar Windows Explorer interface, including the industry's most robust interface by offering enterprise and hierarchical views of their environment. A new "pre-flight check" tests and validates the configuration to eliminate any implementation conflicts before they occur. With the new Double-Take setup, administrators complete an accurate, comprehensive implementation in minutes and with assurance in the configuration.

"Double-Take is the most widely adopted continuous data protection solution in Windows environments. Worldwide, there are currently more than 14,000 licenses of Double-Take protecting just Exchange," said Jason Buffington, director of business continuity at NSI Software." ...NSI Software profile


SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 19, 2005 - Kashya today unveiled its KBX5000 CDP an end-to-end solution that provides Continuous Data Protection and Disaster Recovery for the enterprise. Kashya claims the KBX5000 CDP displaces 10+ traditional solutions. For example, users with EMC DMX and CX storage can easily use the KBX5000 to replace a number of software, hardware and infrastructure components including SRDF, SRDF/A, FullTime AutoStart, TimeFinder, GeoSpan, MirrorView, MirrorView/A, SnapView, multiple CNT edge connect devices, TCP bandwidth link compressors, Legato RepliStor and more. ...Kashya profile


Fountain Valley, CA - July 18, 2005 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced the addition of PowerHouse Technology's Migo software to Kingston's DataTraveler II Plus USB flash drive.

"The DataTraveler II Plus -Migo Edition gives you the freedom and security to work just about anywhere and when you return to your PC, it automatically synchronizes your work, keeps versions current and leaves no trace of your personal data behind," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston. With the award-winning Migo software on board, DataTraveler II Plus is the solution for seamlessly turning any Windows-based PC into a personalized workspace, complete with all or part of the following: Microsoft Outlook email contents, Microsoft Internet Explorer settings, favorites, cookies and history; plus one's files, folders, applications, icons, and more.

The DataTraveler II Plus - Migo Edition is a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Flash drive designed for both advanced consumers and small to midsize business professionals. Power-users who demand greater capacity plus speed will find DataTraveler II Plus Migo Edition the fastest in its class with data transfer rates of up to 19 MB/sec. read; 13 MB/sec. write. The 2GB model has an MSRP of $168. ...Kingston Technology profile, Flash


TORONTO – July 18, 2005 - Asigra today announced it has reached the 3 Petabyte milestone of data managed by its award-winning Televaulting multi-site backup and recovery software for enterprises and service providers. This total advances Asigra's position in the marketplace, and means Asigra is protecting more information than the next 4 remote backup vendors combined. Asigra's surge is attributed to strength in the storage software industry, especially the distributed backup and recovery space, which has resulted in a 200% increase in company revenue over the past year. ...Asigra profile


BOULDER, Colo. and EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - July 18, 2005 - Xiotech and Spectra Logic have collaborated to create a complete tiered storage solution integrating Xiotech primary disk and Spectra Logic's T-series libraries. Starting in August, customers can purchase the bundled end-to-end, tested tape and disk array solution based on innovative technology that eases use, configuration and management, and lowers short- and long-term storage costs.With the partnership contract completed, Xiotech will begin reselling Spectra Logic T-series libraries in the third quarter of this year. In addition to the reseller agreement, the companies are launching a co-marketing program to expand relationship development, increase lead generation efforts and offer a single support contact for joint customers. ...Xiotech, ...StorageTek profile


LONDON, UK - July 15, 2005 - Dot Hill today announced it has selected Agile Software's solutions, to help meet compliance with the EU's restrictions on hazardous substances in electrical equipment directive. The RoHS directive requires all vendors to protect human health and the environment by restricting the use of hazardous substances, such as lead and cadmium, in new products sold in the EU.

"The EU is enforcing all electrical products sold after 1 July 2006, to be compliant and acceptable,'' said Ken Strasser, director of operations at Dot Hill. "However, if for some reason, they question part of your system, a company has to show that it has done its due diligence by having documentation in place that supports compliance.'' ...Dot Hill profile

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AppIQ Reports 85% Revenue Growth

SBE Completes Acquisition of PyX Technologies

StorageTek Revenue Up 6.3%

Intransa Awarded iSCSI Related Patent

EMC Announces World's Largest Storage Array

Aleratec Launches USB Copy Cruiser Plus

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HP Moves into Online Backup Market

LSI Logic and PyX Technologies Ink iSCSI Deal

OffMyServer designs FreeBSD-based SAN

QLogic Unveils SAN Express for SMBs

LaCie Uses Hitachi's 500GB Drives

HP Integrates LSI Logic SAS into Servers

Double-Take Exchange Failover Toolkit

Asigra Claims Leadership in Remote Backup

Kashya Can Displace Multiple DR Solutions

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Xiotech to Resell Spectra Libraries

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Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win? - article by Semico Research

There's a confusing picture in many consumer products like phones, cameras and music players in which one day it seems that the storage function is done by flash and next day another company announces they're doing the same thing with miniature hard disks.

Is there any sense to this seemingly random choice?

This article uses pricing trends, technology trends and unique market analysis insights to show that users and oems may be able to reliably predict which storage devices will be most cost effective depending where you are on the future history curve. ...read the article, ...Semico Research profile, Hard disk drives, Flash Memory, Market research, Solid state disks
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Solid state disks, based on flash technology, have greatly improved in performance in recent years and now compete head to head with RAM based accelerator systems. Flash also has significant advatanges in servers compared to RAM SSDs due to low power consumption.

But if you think that all solid state disks which use flash are equally reliable and enduring then think again.

That's a bit like saying that a Mercedes 300SL sports coupe is as tough as a Tiger tank because both were made in Germany and both are built out of metal. But as Oddball (Donald Sutherland) says in the movie Kelly's Heroes "I ain't messing with no Tigers."

This article by SiliconSystems, shows how their patented architecture cleverly manages the wear out mechanisms inherent in all flash media to deliver a disk lifetime that is about 4 times greater than of other enterprise flash products and upto 100 times greater than intrinsic flash memory. ...read the article, ...SiliconSystems profile, Solid state disks

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No matter how much storage you've got - one thing you don't want on it is any program which has illegally installed itself and is not working in your best interests. Unlike a virus - whose presence is immediately obvious when it stops some part of your computer working - Spyware and Adware are stealthier and harder to notice. This article by Paul Myer, President of 8e6 Technologies, tells us about the level of threat, what these malware programs actually do, and describes what his company is doing to learn more about these parasites so they can be kept out of your storage systems ...read the article, ...8e6 Technologies profile, Storage Security, Hard Disk Sanitizers
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