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archived storage news - 2005, May week 1

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Dot Hill Joins Intel Enterprise Alliance

CARLSBAD, Calif - May 5, 2005 - Dot Hill today announced that it has qualified its SANnet II storage systems and SANscape storage management software on Intel Corporation's carrier-grade server products to provide telecommunications customers with combined NEBS level 3 certified solutions.

The operating systems tested include Red Hat Linux, Novell SUSE Linux, Microsoft Windows and MontaVista Linux. This enables OEM customers and channel partners to bring pre-qualified solutions to market in less time and with more efficiency. Dot Hill also announced today that it has joined the Intel Enterprise Server Acceleration Alliance program providing Intel-based server OEMs who belong to the alliance a conduit for offering qualified Telco storage solutions. ...Dot Hill profile , RAID systems, SAN


Qualstar Reports 31% Revenue Decline

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - May 5, 2005 - Qualstar Corp today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 ended March 31, 2005.

Fiscal 2005 Third Quarter Financial Results Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 were $5.7 million, a 31% decline compared to the same quarter of the prior year. The decrease in revenues was due primarily to lower sales of tape libraries and drives incorporating AIT and SAIT tape technology. The Company reported a net loss of $635,000 for the third quarter. For the first 9 months of fiscal 2005 Qualstar reported revenues of $18.4 million, down 23% compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2004. ...Qualstar profile, Tape Libraries & Autoloaders

Editor's comments:- the tape backup market has been on a long term decline for the last few years, and will eventually become extinct when the disk to disk backup market becomes more mature and deals more effectively with user concerns about its vulnerability to administrator error which can all too easily zap backed data and lead to business disaster. Most tape backup companies have reported declining revenues for the most recent quarter. The only reason that Qualstar's results are worse than some others, is that the company has not diversified out of tape. Earlier this week Qualstar announced the departure of its VP of sales.



CNT Introduces Fastest Switch

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. - May 5, 2005 - CNT today announced the next generation of intelligent, non-blocking physical layer switches, the UCS 2900.

The UCS 2900 supports a variety of network topologies and facilitates improved network availability and reduced operational costs for customers. The UCS 2900's management and control system allows customers to remotely monitor, test and instantly reconfigure their physical infrastructure. Its automated "electronic patching" capabilities mean that once equipment is connected, the cables will never need to be manually relocated again.

The UCS 2900's any-to-any, highly available architecture supports the broadest range of copper and fiber optic interface available today. This includes Gigabit Ethernet, FICON, Fibre Channel, ESCON, ATM, SONET as well as legacy networks across LANs, SANs, MANs and WANs. The UCS 2900 can also scale from 32 ports to over 4,096 ports, supporting speeds up to 2.6 Gbps on every port today, and up to 10 Gbps in the future, making it a flexible platform to meet changing business needs. ...CNT profile, SAN, SAN switches


Brocade Acquires Therion Software

SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 4, 2005 - Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Therion Software Corp.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Brocade has acquired all of the remaining outstanding shares of Therion for approximately $9.3 million in cash and assumed all of Therion's outstanding stock options. Brocade plans to unveil new technologies developed as a result of the acquisition at the Brocade Conference 2005 on June 1 in Santa Clara.

"We have been working with Therion for more than a year on technologies that will leverage SAN infrastructure to address challenges in the enterprise data center," said Michael Klayko, Brocade CEO. "This acquisition allows us to integrate a skilled team with expertise in shared storage and dynamic system management into Brocade's engineering group, and accelerate several new product development programs." ...Brocade profile, Acquired, dead & merged companies


IBM Slashes 10,000 Jobs in Europe

ARMONK, N.Y. - May 4, 2005 - IBM today announced it plans to implement a series of restructuring actions designed to improve the company's efficiencies, strengthen its client-facing operations and capture opportunities in high-growth markets.

IBM's restructuring actions include workforce reductions of between 10,000 and 13,000 employees, mostly in Europe. ...IBM profile

Editor's comments:- a month ago IBM announced it was switching to a reseller model for NAS and would resell products from Network Appliance



Maxtor Reports 5% Growth

MILPITAS, Calif. - May 4, 2005 - Maxtor Corp today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2005.

Revenue for the quarter was $1.070 billion, 5% up on the year ago quarter. The Company reported a net loss in the first quarter of 2005 of $24.2 million which included a $4.9 million charge related to the termination of the Company's 2.5-inch drive program and $13.9 million in severance-related charges associated with the reduction in force in the U.S. and in Singapore. Drive shipments in the first quarter totaled 14.2 million. Desktop drives represented 13.4 million of the total, including 1,029,000 shipped to consumer electronics OEMs. SCSI drive shipments totaled 772,000. The average selling price increased $5 to $75 in the first quarter compared with $70 in the fourth quarter. ...Maxtor profile, Hard disk drives


Nimbus Unveils 2nd Generation iSCSI

San Francisco, CA - May 4, 2005 - Nimbus Data Systems, Inc. today announced the general availability of its second generation of iSCSI storage appliances.

The Nimbus IPS-1200 and IPS-1600 are based on a new hardware platform that includes Serial ATA technology, expandability to 8 TB, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. The dual ports support automatic failover and load-balancing through link aggregation, delivering exceptional performance for Windows and Linux server applications and clusters. Each system is fault-tolerant and secure, featuring redundant hot-swappable power supplies, multiple fans, RAID, hot-swappable hard drives, CHAP authentication, and IPSec encryption.

Using Nimbus SAN Manager, administrators can configure and provision the IP SAN in minutes through one intuitive Web interface. With a few simple mouse clicks, administrators can dynamically resize volumes, monitor performance, setup email and SNMP alerts, and assign access privileges. In the coming weeks, Nimbus will announce new software options for high-availability, disaster recovery and data protection. With these new features, customers can build fully-customized IP SANs or choose from several turn-key IP SAN bundles that meet specific business continuance objectives.

The Nimbus IPS-1200/1600 and SAN Manager are now available. Complete solutions start under $8,000, including three years of comprehensive support. ...Nimbus profile, iSCSI, NAS


Tugboat Launches Lifeboat Recovery

Powell River, Canada - May 4, 2005 - Tugboat Enterprises Ltd has launched a disaster recovery program for PCs called Lifeboat.

Sooner or later every computer system fails. Often it's when you are working on deadline and you've put hours into your project AFTER the last hard drive back up. Lifeboat will save your project by retrieving your data in minutes. Lifeboat quickly and safely rescues critical data from a computer which has a broken operating system without having to remove the hard drive. While Lifeboat is setting up data rescue, it also identifies existing devices to speed repair of the operating system. Lifeboat is a bootable CD to save the millions of people who have operating systems that crash while they're working on an important project. It requires an ethernet port and a connection to a working PC onto which the data will be extracted. ...Tugboat Enterprises, Data Recovery


New Article on Testing Storage Solutions

Editor:- May 4, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Roger Gagnon President / CEO Extreme Protocol Solutions, it's called - Testing Storage Solutions.

In the data storage industry, testing is generally considered a neccessary evil in bringing a product to market and as a result often companies will do the bare minimum neccessary in order to cross the item off its checklist. This article attempts to explain why testing is so important to product validation and also to provide a concise methodology to testing. ...read the article, ...Extreme Protocol Solutions profile, Storage Testers


VERITAS Reports 15% Growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 3, 2005 - VERITAS Software Corp today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2005.

Revenue was $559 million representing 15% growth year over year. GAAP net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2005 was $105 million "For calendar year 2005 we continue to expect an annual revenue growth rate of approximately 11% to 12%." said Gary Bloom, chairman, president and CEO, VERITAS Software ...VERITAS profile, Backup Software


CaminoSoft's HSM Recognizes Solid State Disks

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - May 3, 2005 - CaminoSoft Corp. announced today that its ILM suite has been certified for use with BiTMICRO Networks' E-Disk Solid State Disk Storage Subsystems.

CaminoSoft's Managed Server HSM Software optimizes storage resource utilization by relocating seldom-accessed files from SAN subsystems to a lower-cost storage pool, including ATA/RAID disk arrays, tape or optical libraries, and EMC Centera. It gives system administrators a powerful tool for automatically migrating data at desired operational timeframes while dramatically reducing the amount of time needed for backup and recovery. From a user's perspective, files retain all of their attributes and appear in their original directories, regardless of the storage tier in which they are located.

According to Richard Krueger, VP of Marketing & Alliances at CaminoSoft, "By combining Managed Server HSM with E-Disk, administrators are able to readily create policies that differentiate seldom-accessed 'reference' files from frequently-accessed 'production' files, controlling where these files ultimately reside over their lifetime. As a result, reference files can be automatically migrated to a central storage pool for a policy-based period of time, while production files remain resident on E-Disk SSD subsystem. Compared to traditional disk drives, E-Disk's substantially lower latency and faster data transfer rate ensure that in-demand files can be accessed quickly." ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, ...CaminoSoft profile, Solid State Disks


BakBone and Exabyte think Apples are Sweet

SAN DIEGO - May 3, 2005 - BakBone Software and Exabyte Corp. today announced a partnership to cooperatively develop and deliver integrated data protection to Apple's Mac OS X customers.

Tailored for highly data intensive applications, the NetVault data protection solution suite is fully certified across all Exabyte tape libraries and optimized to run on the Mac OS X platform. The strategic collaboration also extends to joint go-to-market activities, combining worldwide field sales and engineer training with sales and marketing support programs. ...BakBone profile, ...Exabyte profile, Backup Software, Tape backup


STORAGEsearch Reveals Movers and Shakers

Editor:- May 3, 2005 - STORAGEsearch's monthly ranking of most popular subjects, most popular company profiles and most popular articles viewed by readers in April has been updated today on the market research page.

Solid state disks was the #1 subject. Military Storage entered the top 20 for the first time. SiliconSystems was the fastest climber into the top 10 companies list. 7 out of the top 10 companies (out of more than 1,000 listed storage companies) are manufacturers of Solid State Disks. Pageviews grew 57% compared to the year ago period, and readers grew by 16%. Market research, STORAGEsearch.com


Sun Moves into the Online Storage Market

Editor:- May 3, 2005 - Sun Microsystems today announced new storage services as part of a roll-out of IT services which have been imaginatively named "Sun Connection".

The Sun Java StorEdge Software program is a unique way for customers to acquire and deploy Sun's comprehensive suite of storage and data management software and services in-house. Through its simple, affordable and predictable licensing model, customers are able to purchase the right bundle of Sun storage software to manage their heterogeneous environments. For the complete Java StorEdge Software package, customers can pay either $350 per employee per year, or purchase storage capacity, starting at $400,000 for five terabytes per year. Sun claims this licensing model offers customers a potential cost savings of at least 30% in comparison to typical, point-product offerings. ...Sun profile, Storage Services, online backup and storage

Editor's comments:- a recent article in the SPARC Product Directory reveals that storage is now pivotal to Sun's business, and that Sun has reversed its earlier storage strategies which I correctly predicted would fail in an article in 2000. Sun's new strategy is to become one of the world's largest resellers of storage systems, and to leverage its position as a credible reseller of storage to the Linux market. Whether today's announced entry into the storage services market will succeed remains to be seen. But my guess is it's too closely tied to Sun's proprietary server business to be of any relevance to most users.



Qualstar Announces VP of Sales Resignation

BUSINESS WIRE, SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - May 3, 2005 - Qualstar Corp announced today that Mark Gilmore, VP of sales, will be leaving the company.

"We wish to thank Mark for his three years of service, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," said William Gervais, president and CEO of Qualstar. The Company intends to fill Mr. Gilmore's position as soon as possible. In the interim, his duties will be shared by the senior officers of the Company. ...Qualstar profile, Storage People, Tape Libraries & Autoloaders


Seagate and Cornice Reach Partial Settlement

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - May 2, 2005 - Seagate Technology and Cornice today announced that they had reached a partial settlement of their pending patent lawsuits.

Under the terms of the settlement, for the sake of judicial economy and pending a resolution of the dispute in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, Cornice has agreed that it would cease manufacture by May 31st of the products that were the subject of a Complaint filed by Seagate before the US International Trade Commission on June 22, 2004, which include the Cornice 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 GB products. A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at the ITC had been scheduled to begin on May 2, 2005. The partial settlement does not affect either Seagate's pending complaint for patent infringement in the US District Court or Cornice's cross-complaint. A trial in the Delaware lawsuit remains scheduled for June, 2006. ...Cornice profile, ...Seagate profile, tiny drives - 1", BGA etc, Hard disk drives


SanDisk Promotes Stolero to VP of Israel Ops

Sunnyvale, CA - May 2, 2005 - SanDisk today announced the promotion of Simon Stolero to VP of Israel operations.

Stolero, whose appointment is effective immediately, will oversee a staff of 55 system architects and ASIC, firmware, software, hardware, characterization and compatibility engineers in Israel and the United States, and will also manage activities in SanDisk's new Indian Design Center in Bangalore. The SanDisk facility is located in western Galilee in the northern tip of Israel, and is part of a technology zone that is sometimes compared to California's Silicon Valley. During his tenure with SanDisk, Stolero's team helped launch the MultiMediaCard, which was co-invented with Siemens and Nokia for the mobile phone market. He also spearheaded the SD card, which is currently the most popular flash memory card in the world, with co-development partners Toshiba and Panasonic. ...SanDisk profile, Flash Memory, Storage People

Editor's comments:- for the most recent quarter SanDisk revenues grew 17% on a year-over-year basis to $451 million.



Dallas/Fort-Worth Airport Uses SANsymphony

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - May 2, 2005 - DataCore Software today announced that in partnership with Qnet Information Services it has supplied SANsymphony to Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport.

According to Larry Hall, CEO, Qnet, the large data storage vendors were not an appropriate fit for this customer. "None of them had the exact solution we were looking for and prices were too high to meet the level of uptime and redundancy required. Over the course of our evaluation we learned a lot more about DataCore's SANsymphony product. We then determined that DataCore was the right fit for what is now our mutual customer, DFW International Airport." ...DataCore Software profile, ...Qnet
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Predicting the Growing and Declining Storage Segments in 2005
It'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.

storage
segments
example
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 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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