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Adaptec Names Sundaresh Executive VP

Milpitas, Calif. - May 20, 2005 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that it has appointed S. 'Sundi' Sundaresh executive vice president of product development and worldwide marketing.

Most recently, Sundaresh was the president and CEO of Candera Inc., where he launched the industry's first network storage controller. As president and CEO of Jetstream Communications, he pioneered voice over broadband and achieved the leading market share.

This appointment marks Sundaresh's return to Adaptec. He previously served the company for five years as the GM for the Personal I/O business and corporate vice president of marketing where he was responsible for many market-first technology introductions as well as significant revenue growth for the company around key product offerings. ...Adaptec profile, Storage People

Inside palmOne's LifeDrive - 4GB Storage

SAN JOSE , Calif. - May 18, 2005 - palmOne, Inc. has chosen the industry's most popular one-inch hard drive from Hitachi for its new LifeDrive mobile manager product.

The Hitachi 4 GB Microdrive digital media is at the heart of palmOne's new LifeDrive mobile manager, a business productivity, mobile computing and entertainment device that's designed to propel the mobile digital lifestyle. In its 4th product generation, the Hitachi Microdrive is available in 4 and 6-GB capacities. The one-inch hard drive weighs less than a double A battery and is smaller than a match book. ...Hitachi profile, Hard disk drives, 1 inch SSDs

EVault Adds zSnap Protection

Seattle, Wash. - May 18, 2005 - Zetta Systems announced today EVault, Inc. has implemented the ZettaServer IR storage appliance to provide an additional layer of data availability for EVault customers.

By incorporating ZettaServer's patent-pending writable point-in-time copy technology in EVault's secure data centers, users of the EVault Protect online backup service achieve increased data and application availability through near-continuous zSnaps. If an outage or data corruption occurs, administrators can roll back to the most recent zSnap prior to the problem, and then restore data from the Zetta Server appliance without having to engage the array. ...EVault profile, ...Zetta Systems profile, online backup

Nimbus Delivers Offsite iSCSI Replicator

San Francisco, CA - May 18, 2005 - Nimbus Data Systems, Inc. today announced the release of Offsite Replicator, an optional software feature for its iSCSI storage systems.

Nimbus Offsite Replicator runs on the iSCSI storage array, completely transparent to applications and requiring no ongoing maintenance. Using asynchronous replication, data is continually copied to a secondary system up to 200 km away using inexpensive WAN connections. Since only block-level changes are replicated, bandwidth costs are minimized. If a network outage occurs, a built-in logging feature allows for immediate resumption of replication once the connection is restored. IPSec and standard firewalls ensure the security of the replication without requiring costly dedicated lines. ...Nimbus profile, iSCSI, NAS

DISUK Chooses UK Distributor for Paranoia2

Northampton, UK - May 17, 2005 - DISUK Limited and Zycko have signed an exclusive agreement for the distribution of DISUK's range of data encryption technology in the UK, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

DISUK's product, Paranoia2, will be resold through Zycko's established sales network of integrators and resellers who specialise in data networking, electronic data storage and security. DISUK's Paranoia2 is 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. ...DISUK profile, ...Zycko profile, UK Storage VARs, Storage Security

Record Breaking NASA Flight Used BiTMICRO

Washington D.C. - May 17, 2005 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced at the AFCEA TechNet International show that Pennsylvania State University has relied on BiTMICRO's solid state E-Disk flash drive to provide a dependable data storage device for the Cosmic Rays Energetics And Mass project.

The CREAM project is a NASA-sponsored high-altitude balloon experiment led by the University of Maryland in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Chicago, and other universities and organizations in Italy, Korea, France and Mexico. The objective of this latest CREAM project was to investigate the composition of ultra high-energy cosmic rays utilizing the Long Duration Balloon vehicle technology developed by NASA.

The pilot-less, helium-filled scientific balloon and its CREAM payload was launched from the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station, Antarctica on December 16, 2004. It traveled 41 days and 22 hours, breaking the previous unmanned balloon flight record of 31 days and 20 hours. All throughout the flight, CREAM instruments recorded about 36GB of heavy nuclei data onto a 43GB E-Disk flash disk drive.

"The E-Disk solid state flash disk behaved flawlessly in this record-breaking endeavor. Although we initially thought of purchasing a 30GB model, we decided to acquire a higher capacity SSD," says Stéphane Coutu, Associate Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University. "We are really happy about this decision since we ended up with a longer flight than we ever dared hope," Coutu added.

Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO Networks said "Reliable devices are critical in scientific experiments such as the CREAM project. By integrating E-Disk flash solid state disk storage into the project, engineers were able to maximize data gathering opportunities and push CREAM to the limit." ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, ...AFCEA TechNet, Storage Events, Record Breaking Storage, Solid State Disks

BakBone and Sun Deliver WORMy NAS Archive

SAN DIEGO - May 17, 2005 - BakBone Software today announced an initiative with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to deliver a complete compliance archiving solution.

Designed to scale to meet the demands of customers affected by Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and in heavily regulated industries such as life sciences, insurance and financial services, the combined offering is comprised of BakBone's NetVault data protection software and the Sun StorEdge 5310 Compliance Archiving System. BakBone has added integrated WORM protected tape backup support for NAS environments to Sun's advanced compliance NAS solution to provide customers unprecedented compliance flexibility.

Available now in North America, the Sun StorEdge 5310 Compliance Archiving System will be delivered by participating Sun Storage Elite iForce Partners including Sysix Technologies, Helio Solutions, Dewpoint, and General Microsystems. End users willing to 'test drive' the solution will receive a complementary initial compliance assessment valued at $2,500 conducted by a participating Sun Storage Elite iForce Partner. ...BakBone profile, ...Sun profile, Backup Software, Sun SPARC Solaris news

IDC Reports on Tape Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - May 16, 2005 - HP and IBM continue to dominate the worldwide branded tape market for the 2004 calendar year, a new IDC study reveals.

In the branded tape drive marketplace, HP holds 29% of all tape drive volume shipped worldwide and 29% of revenue for 2004. IBM holds 17% of the worldwide volume, but actually leads HP in revenue with a 33% share. Other key suppliers include Dell and Certance.

In the branded tape automation marketplace, HP shipped the most midrange libraries worldwide, with 26% of the volume. IBM and HP were statistically tied for 1st place with respect to revenue, each at 23% of total revenue for 2004. However, IBM only shipped 22% of the volume in this category. Other key suppliers in the midrange category include StorageTek and ADIC.

"Suppliers in the worldwide tape market have become increasingly reliant on top-tier server and system customers as a route to market," said Robert Amatruda, research manager, Tape and Removable Storage at IDC. "Tape storage products will continue to be an important component of the overall server and storage infrastructure." ...IDC profile, Tape backup

Kingston Launches New Line of SD Cards

Fountain Valley, CA - May 16, 2005 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced the release of new ultra-performing 'Ultimate' SD cards, initially shipping in 512-MB and 1-GB capacities.

The new SD Ultimate cards offer significant performance benefits over the current Standard and Elite Pro lines of SD cards, including 133X super-fast transfer rates of larger size files-ideal for the shooting demands of professional digital photographers. ...Kingston Technology profile, Flash Memory

M-Systems Has Biggest Fastest Flash Drive

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 16, 2005 - Military and Aerospace integrators can now fulfill their higher capacity requirements by using the new FFD Ultra320 SCSI flash disk from M-Systems.

The new product released today is now in mass production with capacities ranging from 1 to 176 gigabytes and SCSI interface speeds of 320 megabytes per second, all within in a standard 3.5" case. The new FFD Ultra320 SCSI is specifically designed for mission critical systems required by the military, aerospace, telecommunication, video server, broadcasting and factory automation industries.

"We have seen a tremendous demand for a rugged high capacity flash disk at an attractive price," said Ofer Tsur, vice president of sales and marketing for M-Systems' embedded division. "For the first time, the highest flash disk capacity in standard disk casing combined with a 320 megabyte per second SCSI bus interface is available on the market. With the price of flash-based products now even more attractive, a broader range of applications will enjoy the top data reliability and endurance of the FFD Ultra320 SCSI."

The FFD Ultra320 SCSI meets the MIL-STD-810F standards for shocks, vibrations and altitude. Its high level of endurance is enabled by its embedded TrueFFS flash management software, which provides more than five million write/erase cycles. The FFD Ultra320 SCSI operates at -40°c to +85°c and complies with the NSA, DoD, IRIG 106, US Air Force, Navy and Army procedures for data sanitization (purge). The FFD Ultra320 SCSI is available in capacities up to 64 gigabytes in a 3.5" case measuring half an inch thick and up to 176 gigabytes in a case of one inch thickness. ...M-Systems profile, Solid State Disks

XOsoft Publishes eBook For Exchange Users

Waltham, MA - May 16, 2005 - XOsoft announced an eBook that addresses the basics of disaster recovery and protection for Exchange environments.

The Definitive Guide to Exchange Disaster Recovery and Availability, authored by industry expert Paul Robichaux, offers the most current instruction on avoiding unplanned downtime, increasing application availability, and recovering from disaster in the Exchange environment.

Pre-registration for the new eBook is available on XOsoft's website - Chapter 1 will be published on May 23. It will appear in a seven chapter series beginning with the basics of Exchange protection and moving on to discussion of existing technologies and best practices disaster recovery and high-availability. ...sign up for the ebook, ...XOsoft profile, Data Recovery, Storage Software, Backup Software

Editor's comments:- About 6 years ago when I put my first novel as a work in progress on the web there was a lot of speculation that ebooks would replace print. That didn't happen of course, because it's still hard reading a notebook screen when you're by the pool in bright sunlight. When they get that problem fixed it will sure make the vacation packing a lot lighter.

But "low interest", is not "no interest". Around 30,000 readers a year read my short stories on - so when that collection eventually gets big enough - who knows? - it might see print and have a waiting readership. I might have to change my initials to J. R. to boost sales? - Dream on scribbler! The good thing about the millions of readers who've seen is that no trees were harmed in the making of this production.

HP Announces TeraGlobs of New Storage

LAS VEGAS - May 16, 2005 - In the most significant expansion of its storage portfolio in company history, HP today unveiled numerous new products and services.

Announced at the HP Americas StorageWorks Conference, the new and enhanced offerings are the result of investments, innovations and alliances across an HP StorageWorks portfolio designed to help customers put their information to work. The deep integration across HP's entire storage portfolio results in streamlined customer IT environments by leveraging HP's leadership in servers, management software and services - bringing businesses one step closer to becoming Adaptive Enterprises able to synchronize business and IT to capitalize on change. ...HP profile

Editor's comments:- It's a shame but, as is often the case with HP's storage news releases, the sheer quantity of new products announced in one day buries anything good under a pile of mediocrity. As users know "quantity" is not the same as "quality" and maybe that's one reason why HP's storage business has been failing to make the benchmark business growth set by its peers and rivals. HP marketers would probably do better to let their storage product managers do individual launches instead of these big corporate TeraGlobs.

Onaro Appoints VP of Channel Sales

BOSTON, Mass. - May 16, 2005 - Onaro, Inc. today announced the appointment of Christopher Sauer as vice president of Channel Sales.

Sauer will be responsible for expanding Onaro's channel business through key resellers, OEM partnerships and alliances. Sauer noted that existing and potential channel partners "already recognize that SANscreen solves the most difficult challenge in SANs - effectively managing the change process to minimize risks and assure availability. This helps organizations move from reactive cost-based management of storage to proactive, service-oriented management which enables storage Service Level Agreements."

Sauer was previously vice president of Worldwide Sales at Cyanea, a leader in the application management space, acquired by IBM. Prior to his role at Cyanea, Sauer spent eight years at Precise Software Solutions as vice president of Global Alliances. At Precise, Sauer initiated and managed the company's partnership with VERITAS. He was also responsible for the OEM partnership with EMC, a major revenue driver for Precise, as well as a worldwide reseller agreement with HP. Prior to Precise, Sauer managed regional sales for Applix Inc. in the New York region. ...Onaro profile, Storage Software, Backup Software, Storage People

Emulex's Manufacturing Partner in Singapore

COSTA MESA, Calif. - May 16, 2005 - Emulex Corporation announced today it has added Singapore-based Venture Corporation Limited to its roster of electronics engineering and manufacturing service partners.

Venture, a multi-billion dollar global electronics services provider, will manufacture and supply the Emulex Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters. Venture has built its reputation on delivering innovative design expertise, manufacturing technology and world-class testing capabilities which leading Fortune 500 companies, including HP, IBM and Motorola, depend on for their long-term product development needs. The strategic relationship with Venture enables Emulex to meet increased demand for its storage networking products in the Asia Pacific region, while also augmenting its worldwide manufacturing efforts. ...Emulex profile, Fibre-channel adapter cards

Remember Your Rights to Memory Upgrades

Editor:- May 16, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Sherri Sheerr President of Keystone Memory, it's called - 3rd Party RAM, Your Rights on Server Warranties.

Users know that memory and hard disk drives aren't made by most of the companies from whom they buy their servers, notebooks and desktops. But they are often intimidated from competitively buying 3rd party upgrades by sales tactics aimed at locking them in to a single source. Such tactics often hint that maintenance contracts and warranties will be void or negatively impacted by the presence of 3rd party upgrade products. That kind of anti competitive pressure is illegal in many countries. This article provides an overview of the legal protection that users may have under a US law called Magnuson and Moss. the article, ...Keystone Memory profile
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