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E. Farmingdale, NY - June 7, 2005 - MF Digital today introduced Baxter a small desktop CD/DVD duplication appliance which incorporates software normally found in MF Digital's industrial grade systems.

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MF Digital's Desktop CD/DVD Dupe Appliance

LeWiz Announces Linux and iSCSI Support

16X DVD-R from Advanced Media

Njini Aims to Clear Up Unstructured Data Chaos

Samsung Producing Ultra-Fast MultiMediaCards

D-Link Enters High Performance iSCSI Market

EMC to Support Microsoft Simple SAN

Voltaire's Investors Now Upto $65 million

Apple Chooses Intel Inside for New Macs

TMS Adds Chipkill Protection to Fastest Storage

Spectra Logic Halves Tape Library Price

Semico Clarifies Hard Disk vs Flash Wars

HP Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Idealstor Blends RAID with Removable D2d

NTI Shadow Backs Up PCs and Macs

External Disk Storage Systems Market Grew 6.7%

Mu-Card Alliance joins MMCA

Sun Acquires StorageTek

LifeKeeper for Exchange - New Recovery Modes

ONStor Receives $24 Million in Latest Funding

Infineon and Nanya Production Ready for 90nm

Toshiba Ramps Up HDD Production Capacity

Illuminata Adds Mark Ferelli to Analyst Team

Brits Aim to Beef Up Tape Security in Germany

SCSI Toolbox Offers Free Online Training Videos

STORAGEsearch Reports on Reader Trends

hIOmon Supports 'System File Cache' Metrics

Arkeia Certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

AppIQ Shortlisted for SRM Award

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Nibble:- Sometimes it's the Backup Media which Fails

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f you haven't encountered an unrecoverable error in your backup system then you probably aren't doing enough backups.

I've lost count of the number of times this had happened to me over the last 30 years with media as diverse as hard disk, tape, optical, floppy, EPROM, punched cards and paper tape. Yes I did say 30 years - and in the early days of the microprocessor when the 8080 was still a hot product - then many of us used paper tape.

But it doesn't matter how long you've been doing backups it still comes as a surprise when it's the backup system itself which develops a fault. I was reminded of this last week when it happened to me. The strange thing is it took me hours and several iterations to figure out what was going on, even though I had had an almost identical problem about 3 years before.

It was late - so when I set off a new complete system backup on a rotated hard drive I didn't bother to hang around to see how it would end. (That's unusual. Mostly I never leave the office without a backup.)

Next morning it looked like it had completed - but the report message was different. Looking at the directory on the backup drive - there certainly was a new file there and it was pretty big - although maybe smaller than I had expected. I concluded that when I set off the backup the previous night - I had been tired and might have accidentally set up a parameter differently. So I set it off again and got back to work.

This time the report was the same, but when I looked at the backup drive directly the backup size was zero bytes. Had I accidentally set up an incremental backup? It looked weird - but still like an operator error (mea culpa). So I decided to just back up a small subdirectory which would only take a few minutes and this time watch the screen to see what was going on.

That was worth it - because I got a transient message saying "disk full" - even though this wasn't mentioned in the saved report.

That explains it - I thought. So I went to have a closer look. Maybe the backup disk was full - and that was the original problem. So I deleted a couple of older backup rotations from the disk from about 13 months ago and restarted yet another backup - this time smaller.

But that failed too.

It took me a few more minutes to realize that whereas I could read quite clearly from the backup disk - I got problems whenever I tried to write to it. Swapping out for another drive isolated the fault. It wasn't in my PC - but in the media. Then I remembered about the flaky disk, one of a batch of 4 which had caused me so many problems about 3 years before. It was definitely a media error. Why hadn't I spotted it quicker? This was just the same thing at the other end of the bathtub curve. Silly me!

Anyway - I stuck a label on the offending drive and put it in a cupboard for future destruction (with a sledgehammer or log splitter in case you're interested in the messy details) and went back to doing another complete (this time successful) backup on another disk.

Which brings me to another point. You actually need at least 3 sets of easily retrievable media which you rotate between for your backups. That's in addition to anything you have as your off site backup. Most people think you just need 2 - but that's a recipe for disaster.

I was lucky this time because I already had a good backup on another disk from the day before, and a backup on the web. But what if the fault had been in my PC and not in the backup drive? You can easily trash one set of media (be it tape or disk) by an electrical or other system fault. Then when you try to isolate the problem by switching to another set of media you will trash a second set - before you realize that the common element is the base system. If you've only got 2 sets of backup media which are conveniently locatable (but not in the same building) then you're going to have a nervous phase you go through before you get back into a safe situation again.

Oh yes and make sure that in your spare sets of backups you've also got all the cables you need, and the installation disks for the media and the software just in case the backup software goes bust just when you need to do a restore. And if you use hardware encryption make sure you've got spares of those systems too.

My own backup strategy has two parts:- the convenient and the disaster recovery.

In convenient mode - if the worst happens I can just get a new working notebook which has already been set up with all my applications from a fireproof safe in a different building and then restore from whichever backup is most easily accessible. The convenient strategy hit a snag last summer due to wasps nests appearing right on top of one of the backups. But this year I've been wacking the new nests while they're still small enough not to retaliate in force.

In disaster mode - I have what I call my credit card recovery situation. In which I use my credit card to buy a new system from the nearest store - and have to be sure that my stash of backups can reinstall critical applications and data in less than 8 hours. It's good to test your own backup regime from time to time - but real life is always more perplexing and takes you longer to deal with than the planned tests.


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the Benefits of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) for External Subsystems - article by Adaptec

This introduction to Serial Attached SCSI gives you an idea of the performance, compatibilities, applications and roadmap for this new directly attached disk connection standard. With throughput capability faster than 2Gbps Fibre-channel systems and faster than ultra320 SCSI - the new SAS products not only provide an upward migration path for parallel SCSI applications but also open the door to a new class of high performance high reliability enterprise systems. ...read the article, ...Adaptec profile, Serial Attached SCSI
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Nibble:- Predicting the Growing and Declining Storage Segments in 2005

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t's too early in the year to be absolutely sure, but it looks like 2005 will most likely be another year of strong double digit revenue growth for many segments in the storage market. However, the overall growth rate will be lower than in 2004.

Some segments are expected to change direction in 2005.

For example the hard disk drive market is now growing. But the RAM market is expected to decline.

The table below, gives a brief summary of some key segments based on recent quarterly results and analyst reports.

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company
revenue
growth

Solid State Disks M-Systems 51%
SSD manufacturers were strongly represented in the fastest growing storage companies in 2004. It is likely to remain the fastest growing storage segment again in 2005.

Flash Memory Swissbit 70%
SanDisk 17%
2005 looks like it will be another year of double digit growth for the flash market. This technology is appearing in every type of consumer gadget.

Hard disk drives Seagate 42%
Western Digital 22%
Maxtor 5%
2005 looks like it could be a turnaround year for the HDD market. New markets in comsumer products have helped to balance out the historic tendency of the hard disk drive market to supply the increased capacity demands of the IT market at an ever decreasing overall price.

RAID systems Dell 49%
Dot Hill 21%
EMC 20%
Market research on both sides of the Atlantic indicates that nearly 80% of user organizations plan to adopt disk to disk backup. When that factor is added to high growth rates in capacity demand, 2005 should be another double digit revenue growth year for the RAID market

Storage Software FalconStor 60%
IBM / Tivoli 15%
VERITAS 15%
Gartner predicts the storage management software market will grow 12% in 2005.

Fibre-channel adapters & switches QLogic 23%
Emulex 4%
This market declined in 2004. But the anticipated threat from lower cost hotly hyped iSCSI turned out to be a damp squib. The industry switch to 4Gps later this year will create a new wave of infrastructure investment by users seeking higher performance.

RAM Micron 32%
Semico Research predicts that the RAM market will decline by 3% in 2005. The RAM market has always fluctuated wildly from boom to bust. 2004 was a boom year. The RAM market is expected to grow again during 2006-2008.

Tape backup Qualstar (-31%)
Exabyte (-6%)
The tape market has been declining for years as it has been overtaken in terms of cost, ease of use and speed of backup by Disk to disk backup. Tape backup has no realistic prospects of future revenue growth.

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Increasing Flash Solid State Disk Reliability - article by SiliconSystems

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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Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center - article by LSI Logic and Maxtor

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.

...read the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI


article by Engenio
Disk to Disk Backup versus Tape - War or Truce? - article by Engenio

Will disk to disk backup make tape backup obsolete? That's a question that's been debated hotly here on STORAGEsearch for many years.

At the extreme polarized ends of the argument are tape media makers like Sony, who in an article here made a case for the long term survival of tape, and at the other end of the argument are disk to disk supporters like STORAGEsearch whose editorial view has been that tape doesn't have a viable role the midsize market any more. In the middle of this argument are the moderates who say that maybe tape and D2d can co-exist. This article by Steve Gardner at Engenio takes the middle course line - and says why he thinks there's still a place for both. See if you agree. ...read the article, ...Engenio profile, RAID systems, Disk to disk backup
With a CD and DVD combination drive, Baxter provides automatic, hands-free duplication with a 25 disc capacity, and write speeds for CD at 40X, and for DVD at 16X. With Baxter's SDK, a user can write their own applications.

Weighing only 7 pounds, and measuring only 15.25" deep, 9" wide and 7.25" high, Baxter puts multi-function duplication and storage right on a user's desktop, bringing formally only large system capabilities to a wider market.
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The compact device simply connects to a PC through a USB port and its own power cable. Baxter carries an initial manufacturer's suggested price of US $1,095.

"Baxter now extends the value of disc duplication for small businesses, independents, prosumers and even consumers, at a reasonable price point," according to John McGrath, Eastern Sales Manager of MF Digital. "The whole notion of incorporating all these applications into one desktop duplicating system really revolutionizes the product category." ...MF Digital profile, CD & DVD duplicators


San Jose, CA - June 7, 2005 - LeWiz Communications announces immediate availability of a full range of enterprise class Linux OS and iSCSI storage stack support for its TCP/IP Offload Engine HBA. A range of 32 and 64 bit Linux OS from Redhat 9 to Redhat Enterprise AS 4.0, to SUSE Linux Enterprise 9.0 is now available for the Magic2020 HBA. In addition, Linux's iSCSI Enterprise Target and Initiator software stack have also been tested and available with LeWiz's Magic2020. These software also work with the Magic2020 HBA on both AMD Opteron and Intel processor based systems. ...LeWiz profile, iSCSI


Diamond Bar, CA - June 7, 2005 - Advanced Media, Inc., announced today the general availaibility of 16X DVD-R discs in its popular RIDATA brand. The Advanced Media RIDATA 16X DVD-R can accurately record a 4.7GB disc in approximately five minutes. The new write-once media features high compatibility with all popular DVD-R recording hardware. The disc is also backward compatible with DVD-R recorders that have proper firmware upgrades and can be used at all recording speeds from 1X through 16X. It has long-term data archiving and 30 years safe storage life functionality through its excellent UV and heat resistance. ...Advanced Media profile, Storage Media, DVD drives


Long Beach, California - June 7, 2005 - today at the Storage World Conference, Phil Tee, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Njini, Inc, launches the company globally. Njini, Inc has created software to provide data identity management by tagging data intelligently at the point of origin. It works automatically, in real time and is the only software utility that is capable of performing this operation for in-bound data. It is more than just data storage or data management. It is an entirely new layer of business infrastructure. ...Njini profile


SEOUL, Korea - June 6, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd has announced a major new commitment to the MultiMediaCard market by initiating mass production of two new ultra-high-speed MultiMediaCards. The new, ultra-fast MMCs are capable of transmitting data at 52MBytes per second, up to 20 times faster than existing MMCs, by supporting wider (x4 and x8) bus widths. According to Gartner, the global MMC market is expected to grow from a $796 million this year to $1,592 million by 2008, at 26% compounded annual growth rate. ...Samsung profile, ...MMCA profile, Flash


Fountain Valley, CA - June 6, 2005 - D-Link today announced that it has entered the iSCSI market segment with its extremely high-performance and aggressively priced D-Link xStack Storage line. The xStack Storage family of high performance storage products are built on a next generation system-on-a-chip architecture which provides 10 Gbps iSCSI, TCP and IP offload, and embedded processors running a fully featured, integrated storage-virtualization firmware stack on a single ASIC.

With the tightly integrated network and storage system approach, the xStack Storage architecture is capable of delivering up to an estimated 860 megabytes per second with operational performance of over 65,000 cached I/O operations per second.

The xStack Storage platforms will support removable SATA disk drives arranged in RAID level 0, 1, 5 and 10 configurations and will be initially packaged in either a compact 1.6 terabyte capacity 1U chassis with battery protected cache memory or a 6.4 terabyte capacity 3U chassis with redundant power supplies. Both configurations are equipped with a 10Gbps Ethernet interface. ...D-Link profile, Rackmount Storage, iSCSI


ORLANDO, Fla. - June 6, 2005 - EMC Corp today announced several initiatives that will help customers more effectively manage their Microsoft Windows-based information throughout its lifecycle.

EMC's plan to support the Microsoft Simple SAN for Windows Server initiative..

Microsoft's qualification of the newest members of the leading EMC CLARiiON family of networked storage systems - the CLARiiON AX100i, CX300i and CX500i storage arrays - as iSCSI "targets." The EMC CLARiiON systems join previously qualified EMC Symmetrix DMX and Celerra products.

The release of a new Microsoft Multipath I/O version of EMC PowerPath software for iSCSI. This Windows logoed software provides multiple path I/O capabilities and path failover functions.

The completion and release of a suite of replication products that adhere to Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service framework. ...EMC profile


BILLERICA, Mass. - June 6, 2005 - Voltaire today announced that it has closed $15 million in financing. Baker Capital, Pitango Venture Capital and Vertex Venture Capital led the oversubscribed round. Existing investors Platinum Venture Capital, Tamir Fishman Ventures, and The Challenge Fund also participated. Among the new investors is Paul Bonderson, co-founder and former Vice President, Engineering of Brocade, who also contributed to the round.

"The market opportunity for InfiniBand-based solutions is growing rapidly, driven by the shift to grid computing in the enterprise and the high performance computing markets," said Ashley Leeds, partner, Baker Capital. "Voltaire is a leader in this market, having established successful partnerships with critical vendors such as HP, IBM, SGI, Sun, Apple, NEC, and Hitachi, and achieved solid customer successes. These were the important considerations underlying our continued support for the company." ...Voltaire profile, InfiniBand, Venture funds in Storage

Editor's comments:- Voltaire has received $65 million investment. I get the impression that since 2001 InfiniBand is a market which has received more VC funds as input than it has generated as output sales. The original benefit of a faster storage connection has got more fuzzy as other technologies have also speeded up. It's also possible that new technologies like multi-core processors in which CPUs share access to the same memory bus inside the same chip have eroded some of the multiprocessing benefits which InfiniBand's proponents originally had in mind.



SAN FRANCISCO - June 6, 2005 - At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007. Apple previewed a version of its Mac OS X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address. Apple also announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple's software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "It's been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel's technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years."

"We plan to create future versions of Microsoft Office for the Mac that support both PowerPC and Intel processors," said Roz Ho, general manager of Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit. ...Apple profile, ...Intel profile

Editor's comments:-
In the past Apple has often made ill judged decisions about its processors which have held it back from its potential. Apple's first high volume desktop in 1976 - the Apple II used an 8 bit micro from Rockwell called the 6502. That was a dead end. Apple's second choice of micro family - the 68000 series from Motorola ran out of steam when Motorola failed to react to the opportunities created by the new RISC processors like SPARC and MIPS in the late 1980s. Although the 680X0 family struggled on till the early 1990s - it was already a product without a future roadmap. Apple dumped Motorola and tied up with IBM to use IBM's late to market PowerPC RISC chip - and this has been the chip family inside the Mac for the past decade. But recent server benchmarks show that SPARC outruns PowerPC, and Intel Architecture processors from AMD outrun SPARC.

Apple's switch to Intel Architecture will help the company open up new competitive markets, and by the way marks the death knell for IBM's PowerPC. Without the high volume uptake from Apple, the economics of new PowerPC design iterations will get more expensive and stretch out over longer market cycles - eventually making the family completely unattractive.


Houston, TX - June 6, 2005 - Texas Memory Systems announced the availability of redundant RAM ("RAID-ed" memory) technology for its RamSan-325 solid state disk systems. The IBM Chipkill-based technology, helps Texas Memory Systems protect database and other business critical applications from serious multi-bit errors that can cause data corruption and unscheduled system downtime.

Standard error correcting code implementations correct single-bit errors but cannot correct the multi-bit errors that can result in data integrity issues. Chipkill technology is an order of magnitude more reliable than ECC because it allows a memory system to correct a multi-bit failure up to and including a total chip failure. As implemented on the RamSan-325 solid state disk, Chipkill works hand-in-hand with the existing ECC to provide this data protection. Chipkill technology is shipping on all new RamSan-325 and RamSan-325c orders and upgrade options are available for current RamSan-325 customers.

"Although multi-bit data errors are extremely rare, an organizations most critical data is often stored on a solid state disk, said Woody Hutsell, Executive VP at Texas Memory Systems. "Because a solid state disk facilitates more concurrent database users and greatly accelerated transaction processing, the impact of a multi-bit error could be significant. That's why Texas Memory Systems goes the extra mile to build the most reliable solid state systems available on the market."

In addition to Chipkill, the RamSan-325 high-availability architecture includes redundant and hot swappable power supplies, redundant batteries to provide power in the event external power is lost, and a four disk RAID with hot swappable backup hard disk drives that stores data that is flushed from memory. Texas Memory Systems' unique Active Backup feature allows users to simultaneously benefit from the solid state drive's superior performance and the hard disk drives' persistence by constantly backing up memory to the internal RAID without affecting application performance. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid State Disks


BOULDER, Colo. - June 6, 2005 - Spectra Logic has created a cost-minimized version of the proven Spectra 2K, offering customers the first true automated library with 3.9 TB of compressed capacity, for less than $3,500. The Spectra 2K is one of Spectra Logic's most trusted tape libraries, with more than 11,000 installed worldwide. Customers can take advantage of this proven library combined with Sony's reliable AIT-3 drive technology at about half the previously listed price for this family.

With the Spectra 2K, customers can use any backup software, including Microsoft NT Backup utility that is included with Microsoft servers. This software runs backups automatically, and the library robotics move tapes to make sure the backups complete. Customers don't need to be present for backups to insert and move tapes, because the 2K takes care of it. This time-savings used to be reserved for high-dollar customers, but with the 2K, that's simply no longer true. The library is certified with major ISVs including Arkeia, Atempo, BakBone, CommVault, Computer Associates, Dantz, IBM, Legato, NovaStor, SGL, SyncSort, VERITAS and XenData. It works on all standard operating system platforms, and is provided with a 3-year warranty.

"Spectra Logic evaluates customer feedback as we design and improve our products," said Nathan Thompson, CEO of Spectra Logic. "Our team saw the need for a solid, SME library at the price point of a standalone drive. To address this, Spectra Logic decided to reduce the price of earlier AIT technology in one of our most established tape libraries." ...Spectra Logic profile, Tape Libraries


Editor:- June 6, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Jim Handy Director of Nonvolatile Memory Services Semico Research, it's called - "Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win?" 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


PALO ALTO, Calif. - June 6, 2005 - HP today announced that it has appointed Cathy Lyons, a 26-year company veteran, to serve as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, with immediate effect. Lyons assumes CMO responsibilities from Mike Winkler, who will focus solely on his other role as executive vice president of HP's Customer Solutions Group, in which he leads the company's sales and marketing efforts for enterprise, public sector and small and medium business customers.

Lyons, 48, will report to HP CEO and President Mark Hurd and join the company's Executive Council. She most recently served as senior vice president of Business Imaging and Printing within the Imaging and Personal Systems Group. Previously, she was vice president and general manager of the Supplies business, running worldwide operations for ink and LaserJet printing supplies. ...HP profile, Storage People


Gaithersburg, MD - June 3, 2005 - Idealstor LLC announced today the release of a new backup appliance for the SMB and Enterprise markets. The FrankeNAS takes the features of a fully redundant RAID 5 Array and combines it with the removable drive functionality of the Idealstor Backup Appliance to create an all in one backup and storage solution. The FrankeNAS is a multi-functional appliance that uses half of its 4U capacity as a RAID 5 Array of SATA drives with capacities up to 1.8TB of native storage. The other half of the unit is configured with up to 4 removable Idealstor drive bays allowing for any capacity ATA drive providing up to 1.6TB of removable storage. This device allows backup administrators an all in one appliance where they schedule their backup jobs to run to the RAID 5 array for nearline storage and then offload that data to the Idealstor removable drives to physically take that data offsite for storage and compliance. Unit prices range from $,5995 to $19,995. ...Idealstor profile, Disk to disk backup


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - June 3, 2005 - According to IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide external disk storage systems market grew 6.7% year over year to $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2005, marking the 8th consecutive quarter of positive overall growth. Capacity continues to outpace overall revenue growth with external disk storage systems petabytes growing 58.6% year over year to 409 petabytes for the first quarter.

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 21.4% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 17.7% and 11.5% revenue share, respectively. Hitachi edged out Dell for the fourth position with 9.1% revenue share while Dell ended the quarter with 7.7%.

The total network storage market (NAS combined with Open and iSCSI SAN) posted 16.7% year-over-year growth in the first quarter to more than $2.3 billion. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 29.0% revenue share, followed by HP with 20.4%. Dell and Network Appliance posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter among the top 5 vendors, with 47.1% and 29.7% growth, respectively. ...IDC profile


IRVINE, CA - June 2, 2005 - NTI announced today NTI Shadow, a convenient, always-on, data backup solution for PC and Mac users . With NTI Shadow, users can set the program to automatically back up their important files in native format every time a change occurs. The backup data is always in sync with the original. The step-by-step wizard included with NTI Shadow simplifies setup and scheduling, making it easy to maintain real-time, continuous backup of all changed files or just specific file types. You can even archive multiple revisions of important files.

Working transparently in the background, NTI Shadow helps users move one giant step closer to prevent data loss. NTI Shadow's real-time, and continuous backup scheme puts an end to losing data that was added or modified in between scheduled backups without having to stop virus or spyware scanning programs. NTI Shadow can also be used to synchronize digital content stored on USB pen drives or USB MP3 players.

NTI Shadow is compatible with all internal and external, local and/or network drives, including external USB/Firewire devices and NAS. It is a perfect addition to NTI's full line of backup/recovery solutions such as the award-winning Backup NOW! 4 Deluxe Suite with full image backup and individual file/folder backup.

With support of both Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X users, NTI Shadow will soon be available for OEM licensing for software bundling with PC systems, USB/Firewire drives, external hard disks, and NAS devices. Retail customers will soon be able to purchase the software from leading retail stores and NTI's online store as well as other online retailers. ...NTI profile


Sunol, CA - June 2, 2005 - The MultiMediaCard Association today announced that the Mu-Card Alliance has agreed to join the MMCA. The Mu-Card Alliance was formed in October 2004 with the goal of establishing a small form factor card standard that addresses the emerging market need for high-performance memory card and peripheral I/O device functions for small consumer electronics and telecommunication devices. The intention was to leverage and build upon existing memory card and I/O device standards such as MultiMediaCard and USB 2.0, as the basis for Mu-Card. The boards of directors in both organizations agree that there are synergies and mutual benefits for the Mu-Card Alliance joining the MMCA to continue this work as part of the MMCA. ...MMCA profile, Flash, Industry trade ORGs


SANTA CLARA, CALIF. and LOUISVILLE, COLO. - June 2, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and StorageTek today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sun will acquire StorageTek. The combination will create a new global leader in comprehensive network computing and data management which collectively had total annual revenues of more than $13 billion in the past four quarters. Following completion of the proposed transaction, which is expected to occur in late Summer/early Fall 2005, StorageTek will become fully integrated within Sun's organization. In the interim, a joint team with representatives of both companies will develop integration plans that build upon the technological, product and cultural synergies and the best business and product development practices of both companies. ...Sun profile, ...StorageTek profile

Editor's comments:- in recent articles I have shown how Sun's storage strategy has changed and I predicted that storage and related services could replace SPARC servers to become the biggest and fastest growing part of its overall revenue. Over half StorageTek's revenue comes from services and this acquisition fills a big gap in Sun's storage resources and credibility.

See also:- article:- the 2005 Market Report on Sun Compatible OEMs, article:- Sun, SPARC and Solaris Highlights and Lowlights in 2004.



Palo Alto, CA - June 2, 2005 - SteelEye Technology Inc. today announced a new release of LifeKeeper for Exchange. This provides a new layer of protection with support for the building of multi-node Exchange clusters across either a LAN or WAN in "Many-to-One" or "Cascading Failover" configurations.

In Many-to-One, a single server acts as the backup for several active Exchange servers. Should any of the active Exchange systems experience a problem, LifeKeeper will automatically redirect the client connections to Exchange running on the backup server. This eliminates the need to dedicate a backup server for every active Exchange system and greatly reduces the cost of deployment.

In Cascading Failover, LifeKeeper provides Exchange protection across a number of systems in a variety of configurations. Using recovery policies defined during installation, LifeKeeper will cascade through a set of backup servers until it can bring Exchange into operation. This allows the building of mixed LAN/WAN clusters with backup systems on a LAN having the highest priority and systems across a WAN link having lower priority. If some event renders all systems within the LAN unable to bring Exchange into service, LifeKeeper will then recover onto systems across the WAN link, thereby providing the ultimate protection by combining local High Availability clustering with Wide-Area Disaster Recovery.

Also announced today - LifeKeeper Extender delivers the tools and info to quickly place any application under LifeKeeper protection using Perl or Visual Basic scripts. ...SteelEye profile, Data Recovery


LOS GATOS, CA - June 2, 2005 - ONStor Inc. today announced that it has secured $24 million in additional venture funding, bringing the total equity investment in the company to $79 million. The investment was led by ComVentures, with the participation of existing investors Mayfield, Foundation Capital, and Worldview Technology Partners. The capital raised will be used to ramp up global sales, marketing, R&D, and support functions to meet growing demand for the company's NAS Gateway solutions. ONStor NAS Gateways enable IT managers to consolidate storage from multiple Windows, Linux, and UNIX servers into a single, highly scalable environment. Rated "Excellent" by InfoWorld magazine, ONStor NAS Gateways feature the first enterprise-class NAS architecture to seamlessly scale from 1 terabyte to 40,000 terabytes of capacity with no user disruption and no data migration. ...ONStor profile, Venture funds in Storage


Munich/Germany and Taoyuan/Taiwan - June 2, 2005 - Infineon Technologies AG and Nanya Technology Corporation today announced the successful qualification of 90nm DRAM technology which was jointly developed at Infineon's Research Center in Dresden. Both companies have already qualified the 90nm memory products at major customers and achieved validation of Intel (for use with its processors). In addition to its cost advantage, transition to smaller process geometries is crucial for high-speed and low-power DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM in an increasingly mobile world. ...Infineon Technologies profile, ...Nanya Technology profile, RAM


Editor:- June 2, 2005 - a report today in the Manila Bulletin says that Toshiba plans to double its production capacity for hard disk drives at its Philippines factory. The report says production volume will increase to 2 million units a month to respond to an improving exports demand. ..read the article, ...Toshiba profile, Hard disk drives


NASHUA, NH - June 2, 2005 - Illuminata Inc. today announced the hiring of storage industry expert and commentator Mark Ferelli as the newest member of its analyst team. Ferelli will be responsible for on-going storage research, analysis of topics pertaining to enterprise-scale computing and will provide advisory services to IT developers and decision makers. Prior to joining Illuminata, Ferelli served as vice president of West World Productions Inc. and editor in chief of their respected magazine group. In this position, he oversaw the publication of Computer Technology Review, Storage Inc., Storage Management Solutions, Storage and Government, and Storage and Entertainment.

Over the past 17 years, Ferelli has authored hundreds of articles on the subjects of storage and storage management. "Mark is a respected authority in data storage, an influential author on the subject, and a sought-after speaker at industry events," said Judi Bezler, vice president and chief operating officer of Illuminata. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Mark as part of the Illuminata team. We look forward to his contributions and leadership. His deep knowledge of storage technology and the storage industry will further enhance our Information Architectures practice."

"I am happy to transition my experience in mass storage, culled over nearly two decades as a journalist and commentator," said Ferelli. "I'll help Illuminata's IT clients make informed decisions as to the best solutions and strategies, and provide the latest analysis on market issues, trends, and technologies to storage vendors."

Ferelli has contributed to storage topics for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Datapro Research. He served on the board of directors of the Tape/Head Industry Consortium. In 2000, Ferelli was awarded the Press Access PRESStige award for journalistic influence in the computer industry, the only technology journalist so honored that year.

Ferelli is a nationally recognized speaker and moderator at industry events, including Dataquest's Invitational Computer conferences, the RAID Advisory Board, Networld+Interop, regional and national COMDEX shows, Strategic Research Corp., Peripheral Strategies, the NASA/IEEE Mass Storage Symposium, the Tape Technology Council and major firms within the computer storage field. ...Illuminata profile, Storage People, Market research


Northampton, UK - June 2, 2005 - DISUK today announces the opening of its central European offices in Munich, Germany. Marcus Schmitt will lead DISUK Deutschland operations covering Germany and Austria Schmitt joins DISUK from business development and general management roles with various start-ups entering the German market.

Prior to this, Schmitt was with Computer Associates and OCÉ Printing Systems. He will be responsible for educating and working with end users on DISUK's product, Paranoia2:- a fast, robust, 'on the fly' encryption technology that sits between the data path and the tape storage device. By using the strong encryption protocol 3DES2, it is a primary security tool for safeguarding backup tapes. Paranoia2 meets an emerging business security need to protect data held on backup tapes. It can be sold as an infrastructure or a standalone solution, perfect for mid-market, departmental and SME sales.

Marcus Schmitt, managing director of DISUK Deutschland said on this new opportunity: "Germany has some of the most comprehensive legislation to protect individual's personal information, whether they are an employee or customer. Everyone in Germany will have personal data held on a backup tape somewhere. Once a copy exists, that data is vulnerable, unless it's encrypted. This presents an excellent opportunity for resellers to help businesses to eliminate a weak spot in their security arrangements before someone successfully takes advantage." ...DISUK profile, Storage Security, Storage People, Sun SPARC Resellers in Germany


LITTLETON, COLORADO - June 1, 2005 - SCSI Toolbox, LLC now offers free online video training and education on its web site to educate the industry on the "how to's" of storage device testing and diagnosis, troubleshooting etc.

Visitors can see demonstrations and screen shots with instructive scripts in the areas of:

How do I perform a Quick QC test on my drive?
How do I test SCSI, FC tape drives?
How do I get disk drive statistics off of my HDD?
How do I get the Log Data off my drive? And, how do I interpret log data?
How do I change the block size on my hard drives?
How do I measure SCSI, Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI, SATA hard drive performance?
How do I measure SCSI, Fibre Channel, SAS, SATA Hard Disk Drive errors?
How do I write a custom test using Visual Basic?
How do I write a custom test using the Linux Shared library?

In use worldwide since 1992, SCSItoolbox is the industry's most advanced and widely used testing and diagnostic tool in storage design engineering, development, manufacturing, and quality assurance test environments. All storage device protocols are supported, including: SCSI, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, SAS, SATA, and ATAPI. ...SCSI Toolbox profile, Storage Testers & Analyzers, Storage Training, SCSI cards


Editor:- June 1, 2005 - STORAGEsearch's monthly ranking of most popular subjects, most popular company profiles and most popular articles viewed by readers in May has been updated today on the market research page.

Articles:- for the first time there were two concurrent articles about Serial Attached SCSI in the top 10 articles, reflecting growing interest in this new subject. A new to the top 10 list SAS article by Adaptec joined the earlier popular SAS article cowritten by LSI Logic and Maxtor.

Subjects:- jockeying for leadership in the top 2 slots for the last few quarters NAS moved into the #1 slot, nudging Solid state disks down into 2nd place. The fastest climber, and a new entry into the top 20 subjects was Storage Testers & Analyzers.

Companies:- There were 2 new entries in the top 10 companies. IBM (the fastest climber) and Kingston Technology. Overall STORAGEsearch readership grew 23%, and pageviews grew 76% compared to the year ago period. Market research, STORAGEsearch.com


BOULDER, Colorado - June 1, 2005 - hyperI/O LLC announced today that its hIOmon File I/O Performance Monitor now enables users to collect, display, and export a variety of enhanced metrics associated with the use of the system file cache. These metrics include both 'hit' and 'miss' counts and percentages along with the respective amount of data transferred. In addition, hIOmon can provide these summarized system cache metrics upon a specific file, device or even process/application basis.

"Use of the system file cache can greatly enhance file I/O operation performance," said Tom West, President of hyperI/O LLC. "With Version 3.4, hIOmon users can now for the first time efficiently collect an essential set of summarized file I/O performance metrics that reflect how their particular applications and associated files are actually making use of the system file cache. And unlike benchmarking programs, hIOmon users can moreover collect these key file system cache metrics using their very own applications as they normally do within production environments."

The hIOmon Version 3.4 also includes support for new metrics that reflect the amount of data transferred by random and sequential file accesses. In addition to random and sequential access file I/O operation counts and percentages, hIOmon users can now obtain the associated overall amounts of data transferred by random and sequential access file I/O operations respectively.

Users/applications armed with the extensive set of file I/O performance metrics that only hIOmon provides can validate and continually verify that those steps taken to maximize disk storage utilization and performance are indeed of benefit. Such steps include identifying 'hot files' and moving files around the storage hierarchy, SAN, NAS, etc. to improve performance by making the best use of newly purchased hardware or without spending IT dollars on new hardware. Use hIOmon to help identify those files best suited for SSD, RAM disk and other higher performance disk solutions. ...hyperI/O profile, Storage Testers & Analyzers


CARLSBAD, Calif. - June 1, 2005 ­ Arkeia Corporation today announced Red Hat Ready certification of its flagship enterprise network backup software which now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 environments for x86 platforms. As a member of the Red Hat Ready Partner program, Arkeia has added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to its existing product line, which already includes support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 and 3. Arkeia continues to maintain its position as the first professional network backup solution fully capable of protecting Linux environments of virtually all configurations. It offers the widest coverage in terms of architecture, including x86, Itanium-2, AMD Opteron, PowerPC, SPARC, Alpha, and appliances such as Sun Cobalt and SGI Altix servers. Arkeia supports a broad range of other operating systems, including Windows, Unix, Mac OS X, NetWare and xBSD.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become a standard enterprise computing platform for Arkeia's customers," said Frederic Renard, director of marketing and alliances for Arkeia. "Our alignment with Red Hat through the Red Hat Ready program has been a collaborative, cost-effective method for getting our Linux applications to market as rapidly as possible." ...Arkeia profile


Burlington, Mass. - June 1, 2005 - AppIQ, Inc. announced today that AppIQ StorageAuthority Suite has been selected as a Finalist for the Most Valuable Product Awards in the category of Storage Management Software. This MVP Awards program is co-sponsored by InfoStor and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals. Winners will be announced next week at the Storage World Conference.

Also at the conference, AppIQ will participate in the "How to Use SRM to Get a Grip on Storage Management" panel, moderated by Senior Analyst Alex Gorbansky of Taneja Group. The panel will explore best practices using current SRM tools and the anticipated benefits from the coming wave of proactive, policy-based SRM solutions. The discussion will be shaped by the premise that SRM tools provide valuable insight and have proven to be helpful in managing storage networks, and that the requirement to move SRM tools from a reactive, monitoring role to a proactive management role has never been greater.

"We're honored that AppIQ's integrated SAN management and SRM software continues to be recognized among 'the best of the best,'" said Dave Lemont, CEO, AppIQ. ...AppIQ profile

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