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NetApp SnapManager for Exchange Server 2007

Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 30, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced general availability of two software products in support of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007..

NetApp SnapManager 4.0 for Exchange Server and NetApp Single Mailbox Recovery 4.2, a near-instantaneous backup and recovery software solution for Exchange Server 2007, provides customers with enterprise-class backup, recovery, and restoration solutions. NetApp SnapManager 4.0 for Exchange supports both NetApp Fibre Channel and iSCSI based solutions. ...NetApp profile, Disk to disk backup

Survey Reports User and VAR Views about Archiving

Santa Clara, California, - November 28, 2006 - The top 3 storage issues facing end users are:- running out of primary storage, long backup windows and retrieval time of archived data, according to results of surveys released today by PowerFile Inc.

Two third-party archival data surveys - one designed for VARs and the other for end users - queried more than 350 resellers from across industries and storage environments and more than 450 IT staff and storage administrators from a cross section of functions and titles to discover the level of awareness of archival storage problems faced by IT staffs and to find out what current approaches they are using to meet long-term archiving requirements.

91% of VARs and 85% of end users said they were open to a solution that includes optical components in satisfying long-term archiving requirements. VARs reported that 72% of their customers have had problems with hardware, software or media failure in attempting to recover data, while 55% of end users indicated suffering similar failures. ...PowerFile profile, Tape drives, Optical Libraries

Abcron Introduces PlayO 16X DVD+/-R

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - November 28, 2006 - Abcron Corp today announced the addition of PlayO brand 16X DVD+/-R discs to its line of optical media products.

The new discs have a storage capacity of 4.7GB (enough for 2 hours of DVD quality home movies). The time it takes to write a DVD varies with the writing speed of the burner, the amount and type of information being written and the writing mode of the burner. On average, the transfer rate for 16X DVD is 21.13MB/sec. and it takes about 5 minutes to write 4.7GB of content to a PlayO 16X DVD. A 60 pack cakebox (50 discs plus 10 bonus discs) retails for $27.99. ...Abcron profile

Olixir Ships 750GB Ruggedized Removable Hard Drive

MILPITAS, Calif. - November 28, 2006 - Olixir Technologies today announced the launch of the industry's highest capacity ruggedized removable/external hard drive - the 750GB, 7,200 RPM, Mobile DataVault 3DX.

It incorporates Olixir's patented shock protection technology which provides up to 1,200 Gs of non-operational shock protection making it an ideal storage solution for applications which require the frequent handling and physical transportation of large amounts of data.

The Mobile DataVault 3DX Transportable External Hard Drive can be used as a standalone storage device with a Centronics interface that supports USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, and PCMCIA cables. For bigger storage requirements, the Mobile DataVault 3DX can be used as a removable data cartridge with Olixir's 5.25" docking bay, desktop chassis, or rackmount RAID 5 FastRestore system Available now the 750GB unit costs $819 with USB 2.0 cable. ...Olixir Technologies profile

Atempo Reduces Recovery from 8 Hours to 10 Minutes

PALO ALTO, Calif. - November 28, 2006 - Atempo, Inc. today announced that Marketel has centralized their company-wide data protection with Atempo Time Navigator for Mac OS X and Atempo LiveServ for Exchange.

Marketel, an award-winning international ad agency and one of Montreal's leading firms, develops creative campaigns for clients including Air Canada, L'Oréal, MasterCard, Maybeline and Nestle.

Marketel's datacenter, largely dominated by Mac OS, includes Mac desktops and laptops for the creative teams and Mac OS X Servers, Xserve and Xserve RAID technology in the back office.

"Atempo met the challenge of being an extremely scalable Mac OS data protection solution while at the same time being able to protect our Windows, SQL servers and web servers, too, all from one console," said Simon Gauvin, director of IT at Marketel.

Marketel's creative teams work with real-time video files, Word documents up to 2GB in size, full-color print catalogs and high-resolution graphics, and Time Navigator helps keep this data available and the company's projects on deadline.

"We work with massive files. One time we lost a 64-page catalog going to print in two hours," Gauvin recalled. "With Time Navigator we got the 10GB catalog back in under 10 minutes and made our print deadline."

At Marketel, email data is as equally important as multimedia data when it comes to meeting deadlines and generating new and ongoing business. Prior to deploying Atempo LiveServ for Exchange, message-level recoveries could take up to 8 hours. Two days after installing LiveServ, Marketel recovered an employee's entire mailbox containing years worth of data in under 10 minutes. ...Atempo profile, ...Marketel, Backup Software, Disk to disk backup

Editor's comments:-
like many ad agencies Marketel has a rubbish home page which in this case uses pop ups. Ad agencies mostly use schmooze rather than the web to attract new customers. See also:- Marketing Views, PR Agencies which are "Editor Proven" to be Effective

30 Days Free Trial on Raidtec NAS and FC Storage

Cambridge, UK - November 28, 2006 - Plasmon has announced a new "Try it! Buy it!" programme for its Raidtec Solutions RAID storage products.

The programme makes the Raidtec products available to end users in Europe on a free 30-day trial. If customers are not 100% satisfied with a product's performance in their environment, the product can simply be returned to Plasmon at no cost. The Raidtec Solutions family delivers high performance, high availability storage solutions using NAS, SCSI and 4Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces. ...Plasmon profile, RAID systems

2Degrees Frost Launches NAS for Mac OS X

BELLINGHAM, Washington - November 21, 2006 - Extending the storage options for Mac OS X environments, 2Degrees Frost Data Solutions today announced the introduction of network storage built on Coraid, Inc. ATA-over-Ethernet technology. With the arrival of Mac EtherDrive Storage Bundles, Apple networks can now scale from a Terabyte to multiple Petabytes of shared data storage at a cost of $1.24/GB with support for internal RAID (0, 1, 5, 10) and hot swappable SATA disk modules. This price is significantly lower than iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage systems. ...2Degrees Frost profile, ...Coraid profile

ILM? - What ILM? - Say Thousands of IT Managers

Santa Barbara, California - November 20, 2006 - A survey conducted by Peripheral Concepts, Inc. reveals that SMBs are dedicating specific budgets to deploy or improve an ILM solution, viewing it as a solution to major deficiencies in their IT operation.

Out of more than 4,000 IT managers surveyed this month, one half were either not familiar with the concept or had no opinion. Of the remaining 2,000, 45% have implemented some level of ILM, 13% will implement it for the first time in the next 12 months. That leaves 42% with no implementation plans. In addition, one third of the operations that have implemented it will extend its utilization or upgrade their system next year.

This ILM and Data Classification survey addressed a random population of 35,000 sites. Over 4,000 reliable responses form the basis of preliminary findings covering storage configurations and implementation plans. For a selected population of over 100 IT professionals, mostly in SMBs, this report (price $4,950) provides statistics on practices, ranks issues and needs, and analyzes trends and plans. ...Peripheral Concepts profile

Yosemite's Backup Bundled with Dell RD1000

San Jose, CA - November 20, 2006 - Yosemite Technologies today announced that its software has been selected by Dell as the default backup and restore software for its new removable disk device, the RD1000.

The RD1000 was announced on November 8, and begins shipping today. "This is a significant win for Yosemite," said George Symons, Yosemite's CEO. ...Yosemite Technologies profile, Backup Software

YES Box Aims at Home Media Server Market

Editor:- November 20, 2006 - Thecus Technology today launched a dual SATA disk bay consumer NAS called the YES Box.
Other news on this page

NetApp SnapManager for Exchange Server 2007

Survey Reports User and VAR Views about Archiving

Abcron Introduces PlayO 16X DVD+/-R

Olixir Ships 750GB Ruggedized Removable Hard Drive

Atempo Reduces Recovery from 8 Hours to 10 Minutes

30 Days Free Trial on Raidtec NAS and FC Storage

2Degrees Frost Launches NAS for Mac OS X

ILM? - What ILM? - Say Thousands of IT Managers

Yosemite's Backup Bundled with Dell RD1000

YES Box Aims at Home Media Server Market

CryptoStick Could Have Mitigated Los Alamos Incident

Fade to Black - GizMac's Low Noise Cabinets

Seagate's CEO Quizzed on Google's HDD Needs

SimpleTech Showcases Single Chip SSD

Rapid Recovery of Microsoft Exchange

First InfiniBand SSDs Now Available

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Aimed at the home media server market it is preloaded with Mediabolic's Media Server software - which has been proven on over 1 million units. This software makes music, photo, and video files available over a network for streamed playback on connected entertainment products. The software aggregates personal media so that it was can be accessed by a variety of players, such as network TVs, IP set-top boxes, and digital media adapters. storage news from Thecus
The YES Box N2100BM also offers users several disk storage options, including RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD. With advanced power saving management, the YES Box N2100BM consumes 30% less power compared to a similarly configured PC, but comes fully equipped with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and 3 USB 2.0 ports. ...Thecus profile

CryptoStick Could Have Mitigated Los Alamos Incident

CARY, N.C. - November 17, 2006 - Research Triangle Software says that incidents, like the recent breach of security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are fully preventable by using products like its CryptoStick and CryptoLock encryption software.

In the Los Alamos incident, a USB flash memory stick containing highly classified nuclear secrets was discovered in a mobile home near the laboratory. It was found to contain a number of personal files, but also 22 pages of classified information taken from the facility by a worker doing extra work at home. While the act of removing the material from the site at all should not have occurred, the circumstances could have been mitigated had the documents been encrypted instead of being fully readable.

The response from Los Alamos, announced this week, has been to ban such devices from the facility, and disable the ports where they can be attached to the computers there. This is cold comfort when noting it does not close off such data losses through CDs or floppy disks, and blocks the possibility of using a secure method of data transport when this is necessary.

Other incidents of this type could have been avoided as well. Not long ago merchants in bazaars and markets in Iraq and Afghanistan were found to be selling these portable devices stolen from various US military facilities. Many contained classified military data on troop strengths and movements. Had this data been encrypted, the problem would not have been as serious. Along with this, the US Veterans Administration had personnel files compromised when they were removed, unencrypted, on a laptop from a facility, and the laptop subsequently lost.

The corporate world is not immune either. At least 3 incidents in the last year have involved sensitive personnel records being lost on laptops and other storage devices. ...And this weekend UK mortgage bank Nationwide hit the BBC news after admitting that a company notebook had been stolen in a burglary (ed).

"This has become an all too common occurrence," said Jeffrey W. LeRose, President and CEO of Research Triangle Software. "Governments and corporations need a safe means for data to be transported, but few have stepped up to the problem directly. The use of a secure system, allowing the data to be safely encrypted for transport could eliminate many, if not all, such problems." ...Research Triangle Software profile, Storage Security, article:- the Dangers of Removable Storage Media

Fade to Black - GizMac's Low Noise Cabinets

Torrance, CA - November 16, 2006 - GizMac Accessories is now shipping their XRackPro2 server rack mount cabinets in black.

The XRackPro2 allows computer, audio / video and other equipment to be placed in areas that require low noise. Until now, platinum has been the only color available.

"We surveyed our customers and found that many XRackPro owners have black furniture or black equipment," says Tim Cave, LOAHS for GizMac Accessories, "GizMac realized a need to make a black version of our XRackPro noise reducing server rack line and we are introducing it today" ...GizMac profile, Rackmount Storage, Storage Boxes

Seagate's CEO Quizzed on Google's HDD Needs

Editor:- November 16, 2006 - the way that Google views hard disk drives is discussed in an interview of Seagate's CEO in an article written by John Fort editor at Business 2.0.

Google stores an image of the whole web - and a lot more. That gives it a unique perspective. ...Google profile, ...Seagate profile

SimpleTech Showcases Single Chip SSD

MUNICH, Germany - November 15, 2006 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced the Single Chip Drive, a true plug-and-play, solid-state flash drive in a small form factor.

The Single Chip Drive (with upto capacity 4GB) combines a standard IDE or USB interface with the latest Single Level Cell NAND Flash technology in a 50-ball BGA package. SimpleTech is showcasing the new Single Chip Drive this week at the Electronica 2006 conference in Munich. ...SimpleTech profile, storage chips, 1" SSDs

Rapid Recovery of Microsoft Exchange

FREMONT, Calif. - November 15, 2006 - Mendocino Software today announced the availability of an enterprise recovery solution for Microsoft Exchange Server.

Mendocino's new InfiniView module offers rapid recovery or roll back to any previous point in time (up to the present) of either an entire Exchange Server environment or specific Exchange objects, such as messages, mailboxes or calendars. There is no downtime or performance impact on the Exchange environment in production during either data capture or view creation and usage. Entry-level pricing starts at $20,000.

"Unlike conventional snapshot or point-in-time technologies, InfiniView's virtual views do not require additional storage space; are not tied to particular file systems, volume managers, operating systems, storage arrays, or applications; and can be instantly and simultaneously created and accessed by multiple servers or applications" said Heidi Biggar, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. ...Mendocino Software profile

First InfiniBand SSDs Now Available

Houston, TX - November 15, 2006 - Texas Memory Systems today announced the availability of the first solid state disks with InfiniBand connectivity.

RamSan solid state disks can operate in pure InfiniBand and in mixed-InfiniBand and Fibre Channel interconnect environments. Texas Memory Systems' InfiniBand-based RamSan solid state disks offer up to 800MB/second of bandwidth and 50,000 random IOPS per single-ported controller and over 3GBytes/second of bandwidth or 200,000 random IOPS with four controllers. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, solid state disks

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