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Posted on February 01, 2003

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Broadcom enters storage market. As evidence of the market potential for the emerging Serial ATA (SATA) disk interface, Broadcom is making an initial foray into the storage market with a SATA controller line that comes from the company's ServerWorks unit. The controllers work with any PCI or PCI-X system and come in 4-port and 8-port versions. The line also includes a dual-channel multiplexor that links either a SATA or parallel ATA device to two host controllers for applications that require fail-over and load balancing. Volume shipments of SATA subsystems are expected in the second half of the year.

Tacit tests WAN caching appliances. Start-up Tacit Networks has begun OEM shipments of its Storage Caching Appliances, which the company claims can provide LAN speeds over WANs for applications such as storage consolidation, backup and disaster recovery, file sharing, and storage provisioning. The company says that it can significantly decrease the latency inherent in WAN transmissions via its proprietary Storage Caching/Internet Protocol (SC/IP). Tacit differentiates the product from traditional Web-caching devices and content delivery networks in that the cached data is "live," writable, and sharable with other caching devices. In December 2002, Tacit received $7.3 million in Series A funding. Product shipments from the company's OEMs are expected by mid-year.

Snap Appliance to offer SAN+NAS. Quantum spin-off Snap Appliance will offer integrated block- and file-level functionality in a new product due later this year. Meanwhile, Snap enhanced its network-attached storage (NAS) product line by delivering the Snap Server 4400 with 720GB capacity and a 50% faster response time. Look for Snap to continue developing its Free BSD and Linux operating systems while also renaming its Guardian NAS line to Snap Server to capitalize on the brand name awareness.

CA ships BrightStor SAN Manager. Computer Associates has begun volume shipments of its BrightStor SAN Manager. The software, which is designed to simplify the management of multi-vendor storage networks, discovers, visualizes, monitors, and administers all storage area network (SAN) components from a single point of control. SAN Manager integrates with BrightStor Storage Resource Manager and BrightStor Portal and supports a variety of storage devices from vendors such as ADIC, Brocade, EMC, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and XIOtech. Pricing starts at $1,095 per server.

Sony delivers S-AIT drives, media. Sony recently began shipping OEM evaluation units of Super Advanced Intelligent Tape (S-AIT) drives and media. The company is testing the product with various tape library manufacturers. The drives leverage Sony's core AIT technology, but have a 5.25-inch footprint. The S-AIT drives provide 500GB of uncompressed capacity and have a 30MBps native throughput rate. The S-AIT road map extends to four generations, for up to 4TB of uncompressed capacity per cartridge.


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