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Adding to its existing AHA-2940U2W line of host bus adapters, Adaptec last month announced four new Ultra2 LVD SCSI HBAs, some with features such as a 64-bit PCI bus and dual channels. Ultra2 LVD (low voltage differential) SCSI provides an 80MBps transfer rate and 12-meter cable lengths. All of the controllers are based on Adaptec`s SpeedFlex technology.
Aiwa RAID Technology Inc. this month began shipping versions of its RAIDstack arrays with 18GB drives, increasing subsystem capacity to 128GB. RAID Migration software is bundled with all of Aiwa`s RAID units.
With a transfer rate of 20MBps, Ampex`s latest line of double-density DST tape systems are 33% faster than previous DST models. These Ultra-SCSI systems have a 20MBps transfer rate and can store up to 330GB of data on a single cartridge. Like previous DST products, the new system accommodates multiple independent tape partitions on a single cartridge, allowing users to insert updated files within a tape without corrupting previously recorded data. And "system zones" allow for multiple mount/dism
Apcon Inc.`s PowerLink Ultra Wide SCSI bus extender can boost SCSI cable distances up to 10 kilometers. The extender is also available in 500m and 2km versions, and includes a Fibre Channel-compatible coax cable interface for extensions up to 200 meters. The single-ended version costs $3,995; the differential version is priced at $4,495.
Artecon, which acquired Storage Dimensions earlier this year, recently enhanced its flagship SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra RAID arrays with a number of new features, including:
In late May, ATL Products announced the availability of the PL50 library hub. The new hub uses library partitioning technology to reduce storage automation costs. Up to three UNIX or NT backup servers running any data management software can be connected to a single ATL library.
Claiming sustained throughput rates in excess of 55MBps, Digi-Data`s Z-9502 RAID 3 Fibre Channel controller includes two host connections. The Z-9552 version includes support for RAID-5.
Distributed Processing Technology has begun distributor shipments of the RAIDstation7 Fibre Channel disk subsystem. Available with DPT`s SmartRAID V Century Fibre Channel controller, the subsystem comes in rackmount or tower configurations.
Last month, EMC announced the immediate availability of two enhanced product suites that address enterprise-level Windows NT backup and restore functions, as well as data sharing. Though the suites are used in divergent computing environments, both products add several features that address customer concerns of 24x7 availability, scalability, and simplified management.
ICP vortex recently introduced PCI-Fibre Channel controllers that support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and, unlike most other controllers, RAID 4. The one-channel GDT6519D and two-port GDT6529RD are based on Intel`s i960 RISC processor and ICP`s RAIDYNE real-time operating system. The Fibre Channel ports are implemented in a Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) topology. The controllers also include a Wide/Ultra SCSI channel. The one-channel implementations is priced at $3,200; the two-channel version at $
Maxoptix has announced the MAXDAT3, a 12/24GB DAT drive based on the DDS-3 (digital data storage) recording format. The new drive can store 12GB of uncompressed data (24GB compressed) on a single cartridge and has a transfer rate of 1.2Mbps (2.4Mbps compressed). Other features include an access time of less than 45 seconds, an unrecoverable error rate of less than 10-15, and a SCSI-2 Fast/Narrow interface. MAXDAT3 media is backward read/write compatible with four generations of media: 125m DDS-3
Maxoptix made its first foray into the DVD market recently when the company unveiled the DVD-Max, a 5.2GB DVD-RAM drive. DVD-Max offers a data transfer rate of up to 2.76MBps and is compatible with DVD-RAM/ROM/R, CD-ROM (Mode 1 and 2), CD-ROM XA, CD-I/R/RW, and CD-DA.
Micro Design International (MDI) has introduced DVD-ROM-based storage products for server-based and network-attached configurations. Tower and cabinet models are available and include second-generation DVD technology and MultiRead compliance for easier access to media types, which include DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-DA discs.
Targeting OLTP and enterprise-level database environments, MTI Technology`s Gladiator 6300 supports the Fibre Channel interface for theoretical transfer rates of up to 100MBps. The array can be integrated with MTI`s Business Critical Remote Mirroring (BCRM) technology, which competes with similar technology from EMC Corp. BCRM allows a host to write data to a local primary array as well as to a remote secondary storage system.
Hoping to add to its record-setting benchmarks, Mylex is expected to introduce next month a souped-up RAID controller that significantly boosts the performance of its existing DAC960PJ. Compared to the DAC960, the new eXtremeRAID 1100 controller uses a 233MHz StrongARM processor (vs. a 66MHz i960), sports an 80MBps Ultra 2 LVD SCSI interface (vs. 40MBps Ultra SCSI), and supports a 64-bit PCI bus (vs. a 32-bit PCI bus). Mylex claims 6,000 I/Os per second, compared to 2,500 I/Os per second for the
The new Panasonic LF-D101 DVD-RAM drive is now shipping from Matushita Electric. Compliant with the DVD Forum`s DVD-RAM standard, the LF-D101 writes to DVD-RAM and PD discs and can read from discs currently accepted by DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD Video, DVD-R, and PD. The unit can also read from discs accepted by MultiRead CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, and video CD drives.
Pegasus Disk Technologies is shipping InveStore storage management software for Windows NT. To facilitate better data retrieval speeds, the software uses high-performance RAM caching. High-speed directory caching enables file searches to be conducted at magnetic disk speeds.
Philips Laser Magnetic Storage (LMS) has introduced the Infinity 50 and Infinity 123 12-inch optical disk library systems. The Infinity 50 and Infinity 123 store 600GB and 1.476TB, respectively. The jukeboxes are configured with dual-head drives, which company officials maintain are designed for applications that require rapid data retrieval for on-line information.
Plasmon is now shipping NetReady, an alternative to maintaining jukebox storage on a network. According to Plasmon, the network-attached storage device is designed for plug-and-play ease of use by combining it with platform-independent storage management software and Plasmon`s D-Series CD library. NetReady can be plugged into Ethernet or Fast Ethernet via a standard RJ45 network jack with Plasmon claiming that the product can be assembled by an administrator in minutes. The device includes a 9G
Polaris Communications` Nexus Data Sharing Controller (DSCO) allows bi-directional sharing of files between mainframe DASD and Windows NT-based Fibre Channel disk subsystems. Avoiding LAN/WAN routing, the controller supports ESCON, Bus & Tag, Fibre Channel, and SCSI interconnects in storage area network configurations.
An early entry in the growing market for storage devices that attach directly to networks, Procom recently added the NetFORCE 1000 disk array to its line of network-attached storage (NAS) optical subsystems. Capacities range from 90GB to 900GB in a configuration with five 10-drive modules.
Procom Technology recently announced the CD-R/5D, a platform-independent five-drive CD-R duplicator tower. The unit can record up to 20 CDs per hour with five 4X CD recorders, which in turn allow the recording of five CDs simultaneously. The CD-R tower contains both Windows NT and Windows 95 duplicating software. On the interface side, the host SCSI connection runs burst operating rates between 10MBps and 20MBps using an 8-bit or 16-bit Fast SCSI connection. The MSRP for the CD-R/5D begins at $1
Promise Technology is shipping through distributors its FastTrak IDE controller card that supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 0+1. The controller can link up to four Ultra ATA or EIDE drives as a single partition on a PCI system and uses two IDE ports to simultaneously access multiple drives in parallel. Promise claims a sustained data transfer rate of 33MBps. Suggested retail price is $149. www.promise.com
Extending its Fireball line of disk drives, Quantum has added the Fireball EX, which includes the company`s Shock Protection System (SPS) technology. The 3.5-inch drives are available in a range of capacities: 3.2GB, 5.1GB, 6.4GB, 10.2GB, and 12.7GB. The 12.7GB drive is priced at $359. All of the drives have a 512KB buffer, a 5,400rpm rotational speed, a 9.5- millisecond average seek time, and an Ultra ATA interface. www.quantum.com.
Raidtec recently released the FibreArray and FibreRAID PCI Controller. The array provides more than 2TB of capacity at less than 25 cents per MB. The single-channel subsystem can pack 110 18GB Fibre Channel disk drives.
Samsung Electronics America`s Storage Systems Division`s SpinPoint SV series disk drives pack 3.2GB per platter. The line includes the 3.2GB single-platter SV0322A and the 6.4GB dual-platter SV0644A. Features include an UltraDMA/33 interface (33.3MBps), a rotational speed of 5,400rpm, and a maximum data rate of 173Mbps. For pricing information, visit www.sosimple.com.
Storage Technology`s 9140 disk array and 9145 RAID array, which the company OEMs from Data General`s Clariion unit, provide full Fibre Channel connectivity. The 9140 is a JBOD configuration that can be upgraded to the 9145 array, which is a RAID configuration with dual active Fibre Channel loops to the disk drives. Dual loops enable a theoretical throughput rate of 200MBps. The 9140 starts at $18,000. The 9145, which began shipping last month, starts at $92,000. www.storagetek.com.
Joining the growing ranks of RAID vendors upgrading to 18GB disk drives, Storage Computer has announced that the 7,200rpm drives are available across its StorageSuite line of subsystems, boosting high-end capacity to more than 870GB. StorageSuite includes the Series 70 Desktop Storage Server, Series 71 Storage Server, and all OmniRAID storage servers. Pricing ranges from $60,000 to $650,000, or approximately $0.67 per MB, compare to $1.20 per MB with 9GB drives. www.storage.com
Last quarter, StorageTek extended its reach into high-end NT and UNIX markets with the announcement of the 9740 scalable DLT library. Part of the company`s OPENstorage product line, the 9740 supports up to six DLT cartridges--a new standard for the number of cartridges that can be linked to a DLT library. By linking the drives together, job requests can be spread among connected libraries, allowing for faster data access rates.
Last month, Verbatim Corporation introduced a new line of Digital Linear Tape (DLT) cartridge products, including three tape cartridges and a cleaning cartridge. The DLTtape III provides 10GB of storage capacity; the DLTtape III XT, 15GB; and the DLTtape IV, 35GB.
Verbatim is shipping model 5200 5.2GB MO drive and media. Designed for high-quality audio and video, post-production and multimedia production applications, the 5200 achieves data transfer rates of up to 10MBps and burst transfer rates of 20MBps at 2,942rpm.
As they look to compete in the midrange, network-attached storage market, Network Storage Solutions (NSS) and Storage Computer announced a strategic relationship co-market NSS` SPANStor network-attached data server and Storage Computer`s StorageSuite software.
CD companies APS Entertainment and Video Audio Technology 3000 have signed agreements worth $45 million with Netherlands-based Toolex International for them to be provided with turnkey DVD manufacturing facilities.
CMD Technology recently announced that its CRD-5440 and CRD-5640 Viper II UltraSCSI RAID controllers were awarded Microsoft Cluster/RAID certification for Windows NT 4.0. The certification means that the controllers are compatible with Windows NT and can operate in a Microsoft Cluster Server environment.
Flytech Group International announced it has chosen the DiskOnChip2000 from M-Systems for its NC3 Series A68 Net PC.
Interface Solutions Group announced it plans to assist Iomega in developing SCSI Disk Target firmware for its rigid removable storage devices. The agreement is designed to facilitate Iomega`s development and implementation of SCSI hardware interface controls as well as SCSI low- and high-level transport protocols.
Last month, IBM announced Netfinity Direct, an enterprise-level service program and option whereby customers may receive direct fulfillment from IBM. The company also announced an expansion of its Advanced Fulfillment Initiative in an effort to further reduce reseller channel inventories, deliver more aggressive pricing, and improve product delivery speed for all Personal Systems products.
Last month, Veritas Software completed its acquisition of Windward Technologies Inc. Windward will provide Veritas with the industry`s first enterprise-level, failure prediction software. The new technology will be included in the parent company`s Storage Resource Management product line.
Maxtor has filed with the SEC for an IPO of $500 million of common stock, $100 million of which will be sold by the selling stockholder, Hyundai Electronics America (HEA). The spin-off is in line with other divestiture moves by HEA.
Mitsubishi Electronics America recently announced that its parent, Mitsubishi Electric, has achieved PC 97 certification from Microsoft for its slimline 12.7mm (half-inch) SuperDisk120MB floppy disk drive. This means Mitsubishi`s drives have been optimized for running on Windows 95 and NT 4.0.
Overland Data and Groupe Bull of France have signed an international OEM agreement for Overland`s DLT LoaderXpress 405 and 410. This agreement also calls for the inclusion of Overland`s DLT LibraryXpress, Global Control Module and Capacity Module within Bull`s product and service offerings for enterprise-wide backup.
Rounding out its storage agreements, Storage Computer also signed an OEM deal with ATL Products. The company will offer ATL`s P1000, 520, 7100, 2640 and P3000 tape library series ranging from 320GB to more than 11TB.
Seagate Software and Vinca have signed a technology pact with the intention of producing an integrated, high data availability software offering. Vinca`s storage technologies for Windows NT and Netware will be used in the Seagate Backup Exec data protection line.
StorageTek and Vixel have announced an OEM agreement whereby StorageTek will resell and support Vixel`s Rapport 1000 seven-port Fibre Channel hub as the StorageNet Fibre Channel Hub 1000. At the recent Networld + Interop show. StorageTek announced they will OEM Fibre Channel/SCSI bridges from Crossroads Systems. The bridges will also be marketed under its StorageNet product line name.
The Industry and Front Office Applications Division (IFAD) of Oracle has selected the Symmetrix enterprise-level storage system from EMC as a base development platform. The Symmetrix systems will assist Oracle in several projects, including sales force automation and other business and record-keeping processes.
The MetaStor Fibre Channel storage system from Symbios has successfully completed IBM`s ServerProven program and will be included as a high-speed connectivity option for Big Blue`s Netfinity server line.
Thin-server vendor Mer-idian Data recently an-nounced it has signed a reseller agreement with MicroWarehouse, a leading catalog reseller of PCs and related products. Meridian Data will target its network-attached storage products toward small and medium-sized businesses, corporate workgroups, government agencies, and educational institutions.
A number of vendors with considerable expertise in the mainframe arena have set their sights on the emerging, and potentially lucrative, market for storage area networks (SANs). In addition to the obvious--EMC and IBM--examples include Computer Network Technology (CNT), General Signal Networks, McData, and Storage Technology.
Last month, IBM announced several new hardware and software storage products, all of which fall under the Seascape architecture: the StorWatch family of enterprise storage management tools, the Versatile Storage Server (VSS), and enhancements to its Virtual Tape Server (VTS).
Looking to set a framework for adoption of the 1394 interface, Symbios recently announced that select OEMs will begin using its new development kit to produce CD-ROM drives that incorporate the high-speed bus interface.
TeraStor last month announced plans to ship 10GB drives in the fourth quarter; the drives are based on the company`s near-field recording (NFR) technology. The drives were originally scheduled for shipment this spring. According to company officials, 20GB versions are due in the second quarter of next year.
Imation: The agreement includes media co-development, with Imation licensed as a cartridge supplier to manufacture and sell Imation-branded NFR cartridges.
With thin servers boasting low cost and ease-of-installation benefits, this relatively new technology is now bringing network-attached capability and flexibility to established direct-attached storage devices. For example, thin-server vendor Creative Design Solutions (CDS) recently signed an OEM agreement with ATL Products, marking the first time that thin-server technology will be embedded into tape libraries.
IBM and Western Digital recently inked a supply and technology licensing agreement under which IBM will facilitate Western Digital`s manufacturing of desktop hard drives by supplying them with giant magneto-resistive (GMR) heads, as well as other components.
News Analysis Trends
Most professionals in the recording industry will agree: When you`re streaming production data, time is money, and although optical disk drives are reliable and comparatively inexpensive, standard magneto-optical (MO) technology is inherently slow--even when file sizes are reduced by compression.
A solid strategy for administering Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop environments ranges from low-level device management to yet-to-come predictive management.
Adoption of DVD-ROM is proceeding apace, but analysts are scaling back expectations for rewritable DVD.
RAID-based video storage and delivery requires compression and in some cases a Fibre Channel network.
With the unveiling of each new storage technology, industry "prophets" predict the early demise of current technologies. While everyone agrees that rewritable DVD drives will eventually have a tremendous impact on the storage market, many feel that because the standards were established before rewritable DVD products became available, sales of CD-RW drives will be enhanced, rather than flattened.
Every year, companies around the globe spend billions of dollars to find out what customers want and need. Often, if the answers don`t fit management`s pre-established concepts of the "right" answers, the research is discarded as meaningless and worthless. They follow their own path, certain that the multitudes are mistaken.
Many system and network configurations fail because the people who integrate them do not have regular access to sophisticated storage technology.
MO jukebox puts 80GB of data in the space of a small RAID array, but automation software gives IT/IS Labs a bit of the blues.