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DVD Burner Eliminates Need for PC

Taipei, Taiwan - June 14, 2005 - Apacer Technology Inc. and JVC have joined forces to offer users a simple, convenient and practically limitless means of enjoying digital video.
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The portable DVD burner AD330 from Apacer is a standalone DVD burner and player designed to operate seamlessly with the new generation of Everio G Series Hard Disk Camcorders from JVC. The Everio G series camcorders from JVC are capable of storing up to 37 hours of digital video on their built-in hard disk drives. news image Apacer
DVDs can be burned directly from an Everio G camcorder quickly and easily and when connected to a TV the AD330 provides DVD playback, all without the need for a PC. ...Apacer profile, Optical Storage Libraries

Memorex is #1 for Double-Layer DVD Media

CERRITOS, Calif. - June 14, 2005 - Memorex once again maintained its position as the number one provider of digital media by capturing nearly three-quarters of all Double-Layer DVD media sales for April.

Memorex garnered a massive 73% of Double-Layer DVD media unit sales, a 40% increase in unit share from March. As a result, Memorex propels to the top of Double-Layer DVD media sales year-to-date, with more than 50% market share.

For 2004, Memorex retained its position as the number one provider of digital media, outperforming all other brands of CD and DVD media in the United States. For the fifth consecutive year in the CD category and third consecutive year in DVDs, Memorex led its competitors in all blank digital media, in both volume and sales, according to NPD data. Memorex secured a 27% share of the CD market based on dollar sales - about twice that of the number two brand; and a 30% share of the DVD market, based on dollar sales - nearly three times that of the number two brand. ...Memorex profile

BiTMICRO SSDs Speed Medical Databases

Singapore - June 14, 2005 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced at the CommunicAsia2005 show the successful utilization of its E-DiskSAN offering to meet the demanding IT requirements of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Located in Manhattan, NY, MSSM is one of the world's foremost centers for medical and scientific training. Aside from medical education, the institution also conducts basic science and clinical research. MSSM operates Sinai Central, an online portal that provides a variety of applications for the Mount Sinai community. Sinai Central is used for procurement, HR, financial reporting, clinical review, and a host of other services. It includes both transactional and reporting systems. This intranet is driven by an Oracle 9i database engine running on a IBM x445 enterprise server. The storage network features Apple XServe RAID systems and a middle tier composed of a cluster of 10 application servers and web servers.

Due to an increasing number of Sinai Central users, MSSM noticed a considerable decline in response time. Since I/O-intensive activities are common in Oracle database deployments, MSSM's IT administrators decided to reduce I/O wait time by transferring "hot files" to an SSD cache featuring two 2GB E-Disk 3F2 drives each capable of handling more than 9,000 I/Os per second. The new I/O subsystem significantly lessened wait times and improved overall user experience. ...BiTMICRO profile, Solid State Disks

SANRAD Says iSCSI Doesn't Equal IP SAN

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - June 14, 2005 - Some technology vendors are marketing their IP Storage Arrays as IP Storage Area Networks when these products do not qualify for the label, SANRAD warned today.

Architecturally, these products are not SANs but rather disk storage systems with iSCSI connectivity. Due to this limited architecture, they lack capabilities that are inherent to an intelligent IP SAN. Users are advised to look more closely at any product marketed as an iSCSI SAN or IP SAN to discover whether the product delivers the benefits of an intelligent IP SAN.

According to Zophar Santé, Vice President of Market Development at SANRAD, IP SANs have the following capabilities that are not available in IP Storage Arrays. IP SANs provide open storage support for any brand or type of storage system, and are in fact networks of multiple storage systems. For example, a single IP SAN may contain Fibre Channel arrays with FC drives for production databases, SCSI arrays with SATA drives for file servers, old legacy arrays for D2D backup and a tape library for archiving purposes. By adding more switches and attaching more FC, SCSI or iSCSI storage systems, a single IP SAN can expand from a handful of terabytes to thousands of terabytes, on the fly, without having to halt any production servers. ...SANRAD profile, software news

DISUK Launches SafeTape

Northampton, UK - June 14, 2005 - DISUK today announced SafeTape, a backup tape encryption 'solution-in-a-box'.

SafeTape combines DISUK's Paranoia2 encryption appliance with a backup tape reader/writer, rendering installation a plug-and-play matter - ideal for smaller companies with either limited in-house technical expertise or straightforward data protection requirements. Should any SafeTape-encrypted tape be lost, its contents would be unreadable without the encryption 'key' known only to authorised company personnel. ...DISUK profile, Tape Libraries on

WD Names VP of Worldwide Operations

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 13, 2005 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that John F. Coyne has been named executive vice president, worldwide operations.

Coyne has been with WD for more than 20 years in a variety of senior manufacturing and operations management positions, helping the company establish its leadership position in the hard drive industry for quality and reliability in high-volume markets. For the last several years, Coyne served as senior vice president, worldwide operations, with responsibility for hard drive manufacturing. Coyne now assumes additional responsibility for business operations, materials and magnetic head operations. He reports to Arif Shakeel, president and chief operating officer of WD. ...Western Digital profile, Hard disk drives, Storage People

Neterion Launches 10GbE VARs Program

Cupertino, CA - June 13, 2005 - Today Neterion Inc. announced that it is developing a channel program for marketing and support of its family of 10 GbE Xframe adapters.

The program targets resellers whose customers include senior IT management at major enterprise and government data centers.

Current industry research indicates that these are markets poised for considerable growth. According to analysts at IDC, 10 GbE LAN switch ports revenue grew at an 87% sequential rate between the third and the fourth quarter of 2004. Industry research firm Gartner is forecasting that sales of 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber adapters will dramatically increase in the last quarter of 2005 and actually surpass 1GbE fiber shipments by the first quarter of 2007. The 10 Gigabit Ethernet ecosystem is already in place with all the leading switch, server, storage and software vendors offering 10-GbE based products.

Channel partners will be able to leverage Neterion's leading intellectual property as well as its strong OEM relationships. Neterion customers include SGI, Cray, HP and Sun Microsystems. Later this year additional server and storage OEMs will be announced. Neterion's strategy is 100% channel-focused with no direct sales to end-user datacenter customers. Currently, the overwhelming majority of Neterion's revenue comes through its OEM relationships, but the company is projecting at least 50% of its sales will originate from the channel within 18 months. ...Neterion profile

Maxtor OneTouch Delivers Firewire 800

MILPITAS, CA - June 13, 2005 - Maxtor Corp today unveiled its new Maxtor OneTouch II drive with a FireWire 800 interface.

Consumers can connect the drive to their system using its FireWire 800, FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 interface. The new Maxtor OneTouch II drive features the highest performing FireWire external drive interface on the market today. FireWire 800 provides twice the bandwidth of FireWire 400 and is 66 times faster than USB 1.1. With every Maxtor OneTouch II drive, consumers receive Maxtor's award-winning backup package. This includes Maxtor DriveLock for added security and an exclusive version of EMC Dantz Retrospect Express HD software for simple backup and restores. The drive also features a simple user-friendly interface for easy set up and navigation. Using the FireWire interface, the Maxtor OneTouch II drive is fully bootable on a Mac computer running OS X system software. No additional software or hardware is required. MSRP is $259.95 for the 200GB and $329.95 for the 300GB. ...Maxtor profile, Firewire Storage , Hard disk drives

Survey Says Backup Reliability is Top Concern

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. - June 13, 2005 - ExaGrid Systems today announced that a survey of storage IT professionals attending recent storage conferences, showed that 50% of respondents are concerned that their data may not be reliably protected by current backup processes.

In addition, an even greater number do not have confidence that they could adequately restore backed up data in an appropriate time frame if needed. The informal poll of more than 100 professionals was conducted at two premier conferences for storage IT professionals - Storage Decisions and Storage World Conference 2005.

Additional data from the survey showed 40% of participants expressed concern about the effectiveness of their disaster recovery abilities, with 30% of total respondents not even having a disaster recovery solution in place for reasons that included lack of budget, organizational priorities and general confusion about the technology options available. ...ExaGrid Systems profile, Network Attached Storage, Backup Software

Encrypting USB As Important as anti-Virus

Newmarket, UK - June 13, 2005 - According to a survey of 300 UK IT professionals by Pointsec on "Removable Media in the Workplace" companies' security expenditure could all be for nothing as they turn a blind eye to the threat of removable media.

A staggering two-thirds of IT professionals who use USB flash drives themselves at work admitted that they did not protect them with encryption even though they are aware of the associated dangers. If lost or stolen, vast amounts of valuable company information could seriously expose a company to extortion, digital identity fraud, or damage to their reputation, integrity and brand. Other findings:-
  • Removable media devices are being used in 84% of companies.
  • On average 31% of employees within a company are utilising them in the office.
  • 41% of IT professionals are not aware how easy it is to protect the data on a removable media device.
"Organisations need to introduce strict guidelines on the use of removable media devices in the workplace, as well as investing in encryption software which will allow administrators to force the encryption of all data put onto a mobile device" said Martin Allen, Managing Director of Pointsec UK. "Using this type of software is just as vital and inexpensive as using anti-virus software, yet only a fraction of organisations have woken up to the problem." ...Pointsec profile, Storage Security, USB storage

MXI Achieves Entrust Ready Status

Santa Ana, CA - June 13, 2005 - Memory Experts International announced today that its ACCESS Management Suite for its secure multifunctional storage devices has achieved Entrust Ready. status. The Entrust Ready designation is awarded by Entrust, Inc., a world-leader in securing digital identities and information. ...Memory Experts International profile

ATTO and Avid Ccollaborate on 4Gbps FC

AMHERST, NY - June 10, 2005 - ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that its Celerity FC-41XS, a high-performance 4-Gigabit Fibre Channel storage adapter, will be incorporated into Avid Technology, Inc.'s new Avid Unity MediaNetwork 4.0 shared storage solution for post-production environments.

Providing speeds of up to 800 MB/sec., the single-channel Celerity FC-41XS storage adapter provides the highest available throughput for Fibre Channel applications while protecting technology investments via backward compatibility with existing 2-Gb infrastructure. ...ATTO Technology profile

Bus-Tech Speeds Up Mainframe Appliance

Burlington, MA - June 9, 2005 - Today, Bus-Tech, Inc. announced significant enhancements to its leading tape-on-disk controller with the release of Mainframe Appliance for Storage 2.0.

This release of the MAS offers a new up-to-date operating system and re-engineered tape-on-disk application software offering enhanced reliability and significantly increased performance. With sixteen active tape drives, the new, faster MAS-Fx was recently tested with EMC Centera. These MAS-Fx enhancements reported an increased performance of over 35% when compared with the previous generation MAS product. The MAS 2.0 provides enhanced mainframe connectivity by offering emulation of up to 256 tape drives and dynamic path recognition. The increased drive support allows for simplified scheduling of MAS resources used by large-scale mainframes as each controller is configured with more drives. The dynamic path recognition enhancements in MAS 2.0, enable the product to learn the FICON or ESCON channel paths to the mainframe(s) it is attached to which simplifies initial product configuration and reduces the total number of MAS controllers needed in complex environments. ...Bus-Tec profileh, Disk to disk backup

One for the Road and 0.5TB for the Home

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - June 8, 2005 - Seagate Technology today unveiled several new hard disk drives.

These include:- a hard drive designed specifically for use in cars; the first 8GB 1 inch hard drive for handheld applications; the first 2.5 inch hard drive designed specifically for consumer electronics devices; and the industry's highest capacity drive - a 500GB model - for DVRs.

Seagate's first drive designed specifically to meet the needs of the automotive industry, the EE25 Series offers 20GB and 40 GB capacity points and temperature operation from -30 to 85 degrees C.

Aiming at the pda market, Seagate's ST1 Series is the first to offer an 8GB, 1 inch hard drive.

Seagate's new 500GB drive will be able to store up to 85 hours of High-Definition TV recording, 500 hours of standard TV recording, and up to 10 simultaneous standard TV streams with Seagate's DynaPlay technology. It offers 1394, USB, or the new high-performance eSATA interface. ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives


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