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Shipping to OEMs this month, Adaptec`s AAC-364 is a 64-bit PCI-to-Ultra2 LVD SCSI controller that`s based on a 233MHz Intel StrongARM processor, internal 64-bit data path, and four 64-bit Ultra2 SCSI channels. The controller can support up to 60 disk drives (15 per channel) at sustained rates of 200MBps, or 28,000 I/Os per second.
American International, the largest third-party supplier of tape storage products to the IBM AS/400 market, last month unveiled Magstar Lite Solution Pak 3570. The unit features two Exabyte Mammoth drives (for up to 80GB of capacity), a dual-port design, and Ai?s AutoBahn/400 concurrent backup software (for backup rates up to 30GB per hour). The controller OtricksO AS/400 servers into thinking that IBM devices have been attached. The result, claims Ai, is Magstar-like performance at half the pr
Apcon Inc.?s Lazer Link IV is a fiber-optic SCSI bus extender that increases the bus length up to 500 meters while supporting a 40MBps data rate. The extender is available in single-ended, differential or low voltage differential models. Price: $1,995. Apcon is located in Portland, OR.
Apcon last month began shipments of its 6 x 4 SCSI switch, which supports the low-voltage differential (LVD) feature of the 80MBps Ultra2 SCSI interface. Designed to connect multiple external SCSI devices to servers and workstations, the switch enables four independent SCSI host ports to be connected in any combination to six peripheral ports, allowing 42 SCSI peripherals to be shared. Available with AC or DC redundant power supplies, the switch is priced at $3,995. Apcon is in Portland, OR.
Artecon`s LynxArray 500 Fibre Channel disk array is now available with 36GB 7,200rpm drives from IBM. The high-capacity drives provide up to 3TB in a single 72-inch rack, a density of 100GB per cubic foot. Artecon (San Diego, CA) isexpected to incorporate the drives in its LynxNSS network-attached storage systems and LynxArray server-attached subsystems within the next month.
Startup Astrum Software (Boston) recently entered the Windows management market with the StorCast storage asset management tool, which works with Windows NT, 98, and 95. The software allows administrators to monitor and control storage consumption and to manage performance and asset trend information. StorCast captures and reports on more than 50 system data points for asset trend data, including processor, memory, and file-system utilization data that can be used for resource and capacity plann
Last month, Astrum Software announced the immediate availability of StorCast, a storage asset management tool for Windows NT, 98, and 95 environments. StorCast is designed to manage storage requirements by automatically monitoring and controlling storage consumption while providing system performance management and asset trend information.
Last month, Axis Communications introduced its AXIS StorPoint CD E100, a network- attached thin server designed to provide networked CD and DVD access without the need for a file server or PC.
B&L Associates? Vertices is enterprise-wide media management software that manages removable media regardless of platform or source of data origin. The software works with open-systems environments such as Windows NT and UNIX, as well as mainframe platforms.
The 50/50 reflecting/transmitting beamsplitter from Optometrics USA Inc. (Ayer, MA) offers a constant reflection-to-transmission ratio over the entire ultraviolet to infrared wavelength band. Equipment includes a UV-grade fused silica substrate with a vacuum-deposited aluminum coating. The feature size permits beams as small as 2 mm without introducing significant divergence from diffraction.
AutoCAD and SolidWorks files can now be read by Esprit 98 software from DP Technology (Camarillo, CA). Linking the imported part geometry to the machine process also
Data General?s Clariion division last month introduced the FC5700 disk array, which packs as many as 120 (9GB or 18GB) Fibre Channel disk drives and includes redundant components, such as power supplies, link control cards, fans, and storage processors. Clariion rates the processors at up to 30,000 I/Os per second. Pricing starts at $50,000. Clariion recently claimed to have shipped more than one petabyte of OfullO (e.g., including Fibre Channel disk drives) Fibre Channel array capacity.
This month, CMD Technology added support for low-voltage differential (LVD) to its CRD-5640 line of Ultra SCSI RAID controllers. CMD (Irvine, CA) already sells high-voltage differential and single-ended implementations of the 5640, which is a hot-pluggable device with active-active, dual-redundant controllers. In the event of a failure, the redundant controller assumes the workload for uninterrupted operation. The failover is handled by CMD`s AutoRebind technology. Other features include mirrore
At the CeBIT show this month, CMD Technology announced its next-generation Titan RAID controller architecture, the successor to the company`s Viper architecture. Titan-based products are expected near the end of this summer.
Based on Microsoft?s OLE technology, Smart Manager V. 6.2 enterprise resource planning software from Smart Shop Software (Post Falls, ID) allows associating virtually any type of data file with the production process. An integrated image viewer allows shop personnel to view on demand any data stored in the software?s Object Manager, including production documents, SPC data, CAD drawings, spreadsheets, and multimedia files.
The LaserGuide self-contained alignment laser from Melles Griot (Irvine, CA) provides intense red spots or lines visible even in direct sunlight. Output power remains constant for ambient temperature changes up to 40!C, and modular line projector optics are housed in a sealed cell for protection against contaminants and moisture. Applications include saw-mill equipment, furniture and woodworking equipment, textile processing, and sheetmetal fabrication.
Smart Storage recently announced its SmartDVD-Maker for Windows NT, a CD/DVD storage and duplication package that enables users to create standard DVD images for mastering and archiving data and applications on DVD media. When used with the company`s SmartCD+DVD 2.6 software, the package allows users to manage CD and DVD media within jukeboxes.
Earlier this month, start-up tape drive manufacturer Ecrix Corp. began shipping its VXA-1 drive. The drives, which are based on a new tape format, are available in internal and external configurations at 33GB and 12GB capacity points (uncompressed). Sustained transfer rates of up to 3MBps are possible without compression. First-generation products support SCSI-2 and have a 4Mbit data buffer.
Emulex?s LP850 is the latest addition to the company?s LightPulse line of PCI Fibre Channel host bus adapters. Designed for Windows NT servers, the LP850 supports 64-bit PCI, full fabrics with F_Port and FL_Port connections, and service classes 2 and 3. The host adapter is based on Emulex?s 266-MIPS Dragonfly ASIC processor, and supports SCSI, IP, and multi-protocol (SCSI and IP) environments. OEM pricing starts at $595.
In an effort to provide users with higher-performance connectivity solutions for storage area networks (SANs), Exabyte recently began shipping the FC12, a Fibre Channel-to-SCSI router. The router, which complements Exabyte?s FC11 line, features one multi-node Fibre Channel port and two SCSI ports for bi-directional connectivity between a single 100MBps FC port and two
Fujifilm has announced a 250MB Zip 250 disk for Iomega`s Zip 250 drive. In addition to increasing capacity from 100MB, the new disk retains Fujifilm`s advanced super thin-layer and high output metal media (ATOMM) technology. The ATOMM coating provides high-density recording and increased durability. Shipments are expected later this quarter.
Gadzoox Networks has extended the capabilities of its Ventana SAN management software with version 2.0, which proactively manages storage area networks (SANs) and provides increased availability, performance, and policy-based management. The software is compatible with the standard SNMP management protocol.
Hitachi America?s 2.5-inch notebook disk drives pack as much as 6.29Gb per square inch in the 10GB model DK229A-10. A
At 14GB (native capacity), Hewlett-Packard?s new Colorado tape drive targets the capacity requirements of small-business and mobile computing users, in many cases providing 1:1 back up (hard drive to tape cartridge). Based on Travan technology, the drive is reportedly 40% faster than previous Colorado products. The drive also features HP Media Monitor software, which warns users of media-related problems, and HP Colorado Backup II software, which facilitates installation and configuration and pr
Model 5200 from Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (Portland, OR) laser-drills blind and through micro holes or vias in all materials currently used in electronics production. Reliability is better than lamp-based systems because diodes need replacement only once a year. The diode-pumped unit also provides greater power at the work surface.
Inrange Technologies (Mount Laurel, NJ) recently introduced the Fibre Channel/9000 (FC/9000) switch, which is available in 8- or 16-port versions. Company officials claim a latency of only 600 nanoseconds on the FC/9000. The FC/9000 joins Inrange?s existing Fibre Channel products, including the CD/9000 Channel Director, OM/9000 Wavelength Division Multiplexer, and the FMS/Fibre Channel Management software. All of the products are designed for storage area networks.
JVC`s Professional Computer Products division and Smart Storage have launched the DVD Authoring System, which combines hardware and software to help premaster audio, video, data, and applications onto DVD-ROM. The DVD Authoring System supports UDF formatting, testing, and emulation for developing DVD-ROM discs that can be accessed through DVD-ROM drives and jukeboxes. The system enables multiple users to create content from desktops, and then test the DVD-ROM image over a network using a high-sp
The MCV-500 system from Optodyne Inc. (Compton, CA) provides linear calibration for CNC machine tools, coordinate measuring machines, lead screws and digital readouts, and other precision positioning applications. Setup is fast because only the laser head assembly and the retroreflector must be aligned. Both can mount on the machine tool, so it may not be necessary to remove fixtures and tooling during calibration.
Using triangulation to determine distance to objects, the BOD-26 laser distance sensor from Balluff Inc. (Florence, KY) indicates position to 80-?m resolution. Its operational sensing range is 45 - 85 mm, with target distance corresponding to the sensor?s analog output of 0 - 10 V DC. LEDs indicate stability, out-of-range and contamination conditions for quick setup, and a Class II rating means no additional safety measures are required. Noncontact dimensional measurement applications also inclu
Equipment from Control Micro Systems (Winter Park, FL) applies machine-readable ID matrix codes to epoxy laminate PC boards. Originally designed for an application at Simplex Corp. (Gardner, MA), the laser marker creates a 16 16 block, 17-character matrix of ECC 200 correction code. Marking time is less than 2 seconds per code with positional accuracy of 0.001 in.
FieldMaster GS handheld portable digital/analog meter from Coherent Auburn (Auburn, CA) features a 240 x 200-pixel LCD graphics screen and built-in analog needle movement. A touch-panel control keypad with hot-key menu functions provides easy access to tuning, trend, and statistics display and analysis screens. The system provides an analog output and RS-232 interface for remote control and data transfer and is compatible with Coherent SmartSensor power and energy detectors.
Small-footprint loader from Mitsubishi Laser Division of MC Machinery Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) retrofits to all Mitsubishi LXP laser machines. All operations are performed from one side, and the material storage tower can be used for raw sheets, as well as finished product.
Last month, Luminex launched its DVD-Powered series of DVD-RAM libraries. The DVD-Power-100 library holds up to 260GB, 100 DVD-RAM discs, and four DVD-RAM drives. The libraries include Fire Series library management software and HOTfolders archiving software. The Fire Series is a UNIX-based CD and DVD library management suite. HOTfolders archiving software automates the archiving process for creating, networking, duplicating and distributing data on CD and DVD media. Network clients simply copy
The API 6D laser measurement system from Automated Precision Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD) simultaneously measures six possible positioning errors of a machine axis or similar horizontal slide motion, including the angular roll around the direction of travel. The option is available on the firm?s new systems or as a retrofit to 5D systems that measure linear displacement in the direction of motion, straightness of travel in the two axes perpendicular to motion, and angular pitch and yaw motion.
Microboards Technology announced that its Cedar Technologies CD-R publisher is now shipping at 8X speeds. The package includes two 8X recorders, a Cedar autoloader, Cedar CD face label editing software, a Fargo Signature CD color printer, printer alignment posters, power cable, and printer control cable. The multi-format pre-mastering and duplication software contains advanced copying and audio features, fast HFS formatting, and simultaneous recording capabilities. MSRP pricing is $7,995.
MicroNet Technology (Irvine, CA) recently began shipping a "Fibre-Channel-ready" RAID array that can be configured with Atto Technology`s FibreBridge. Factory-configured to user specifications, the Genesis array can be set up in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 0+1 configurations, and capacities up to one terabyte with as many as 28 disk drives. Based on MicroNet`s DataDock technology, the array supports 9GB to 36GB drives and dual controllers in active-active or active-passive implementations. Prices range fr
Model 99 subminiature positioner line from Del-Tron Precision Inc. (Bethel, CT) now includes crossed roller bearing technology that increases the load capacity to 40 lb. Units come in one-, two-, or three-axis models and are spring-loaded against either an inch or metric micrometer head with resolution of 0.001 in. or 0.01 mm graduations, respectively. The stages have a work surface of only 3/4 in. and an overall length of 2.28 in. including the micrometer head. They are designed for intermitte
MTI Technology has made available Volume Mapping software for its Gladiator line of enterprise storage arrays. The Volume Mapping feature is designed to provide additional storage management capability in a Fibre Channel SAN. Volume Mapping provides the ability to partition a storage pool and present it to a variety of host servers. Volume Mapping software is free with the purchase of a Gladiator array.
Trying to capitalize on the trend toward storage area networks (SANs), MTI Technology recently introduced the Gladiator 6700 disk array. For heterogeneous SANs with Unix and Windows NT servers, the array includes a Volume Mapping feature that allows administrators to partition array volumes and assign them to specific hosts. (For more information on Volume Mapping, see the Special Report in this issue.) The end-user benefit is protection against unauthorized data access and data corruption.
The 3-in-1 filter from AirMaze Corp. (Stow, OH) provides near-HEAP filtration, as well as odor and fume absorption. It is available in 99%, 95%, and 60% efficiencies in aluminum frames from 0.25 to 1.00-in. thick.
Network Integrity (Marlborough, MA) earlier this month unveiled LiveVault, an integrated continuous backup and storage system for Windows NT that leverages its Real-Time Replicator software, which was released in its current version last summer. "For the first time," says John Butler, president and CEO of Network Integrity, "a single software product delivers multiple solutions for the Windows NT enterprise, including continuous on-line backup, remote office backup, and WAN-based disaster protec
Nitech (Irvine, CA) recently joined the growing ranks of network-attached storage (NAS) vendors with a RAID array that attaches directly to a LAN via 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections. The XRP 1000 supports NFS and CIFS, and comes with a three-channel RAID controller that supports nine disk drives (9GB, 18GB or 36GB) per enclosure. Add-on arrays in 70GB, 140GB, and 288GB capacities are also available. Pricing starts at $39,000.
Packing as many as 18 disk drives (up to 324GB) in a single 19-inch 4U enclosure, nStor`s NexStor 18F Fibre Channel array
For CD production and duplication, OTG Software recently introduced the CDXTENDER software suite, which enables network read access with CD recording, duplicating, autoloading, and label printing capabilities. The software allows users to conduct parallel recording on up to eight simultaneous 4X CD recorders from the desktop. CDXTENDER adheres to Red Book, Yellow Book and Orange Book recording standards, and supports CD recording devices and CD-R libraries, including systems from NSM Jukebox, Ko
Plugging the gap between its single- drive and higher-end LibraryXpress, Overland Data`s MiniLibraryXpress DLT library can be upgraded from one to two DLT4000 or DLT7000 drives. With two drives, the library has a throughput rate of 36GB per hour. The MiniLibraryXpress supports a 15-cartridge media magazine, for a native capacity of up to 525GB. Prices range from $10,495 to $26,495. Under its Guaranteed Up Time Service (GUTS) program, Overland guarantees 99% uptime with 100% restore functionali
Model 100 9-lb articulating-arm portable inspection system from Romer Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) offers full six-axis articulation. The unit sets up quickly in any orientation with no special mounting required and can measure throughout a 9-ft-diameter envelope with length accuracy of ?0.0027 in. at one sigma.
Procom Technology extended its NetFORCE network-attached storage (NAS) server line with the addition of the 2000 and 2200 series. The midrange 2000 and the enterprise-level 2200 provide multi-protocol file access by offering centralized storage directly attached to a network.
up to 46TB of data in less than 23 cubic feet (4-ft high by 2-ft wide). The library, which supports AIT-1 and AIT-2 drives and media, has a throughput of up to 670GB per hour when its 12 drive bays are in use. It also houses up to 360 AIT-1 (91GB compressed) or AIT-2 (130GB compressed) cartridges. A SCSI-2 interface provides connectivity to servers and workstations.
Rancho Technology`s (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) RTLVD-HVD is an Ultra2 SCSI expander that converts from low voltage differential (LVD) to high voltage differential (HVD) SCSI. The expander incorporates a multimode feature that enables the LVD side of the interface to operate in either LVD or single-ended mode, automatically sensing which interface is connected. It can be used to extend the HVD SCSI bus or to convert from LVD single-ended to HVD. Benefit: Users can operate both HVD and LVD devices on
The Wall system from Tamer Industries (Somerset, MA) provides an alternative for controlling noise, smoke, mist, dust, and fume applications for manufacturing equipment and workstations. Panels can be assembled without bending, welding, grinding, or painting.
Bolle laser protective glasses from Elvex Corp. (Bethel, CT) come in four spectacle frame selections and two goggle designs, as well as twenty different filter lens options.
SCH Technologies introduced dbBRZ/ Exchange, a suite for providing online backup and recovery of Microsoft Exchange databases. The software is designed to reduce downtime. As the database backup component of StorageTek`s REEL storage management software, deBRZ/Exchange can be used by database administrators as a central point of administration for all of their media, including data from other database environments such as Oracle, Informix, Sybase, SAP R/3, and standard UNIX and NT systems, as we
Storage Technology recently began shipping its TimberWolf Tape Library Monitor software, which allows administrators to monitor STK libraries in a network/systems management framework. The company also announced that its 7430 and 97XX libraries have been certified with Hewlett-Packard`s OpenView and Computer Associates` Unicenter TNG for centralized library management.
Designed for device/file sharing and RAID mirroring, TD Systems` (Northborough, MA) OmniServe 3 SCSI servers have been extended for connection distances of up to 2,600 feet (about a half mile) via a fiber-optic SCSI extender developed by Paralan Corp. (San Diego). TD Systems also added support for dual and triple busses, each of which can be differential, single-ended, or fiber optic. Up to six SCSI initiators can share a bus. Prices for the OmniServe 3 range from $3,560 to $4,500, with no extra
Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has introduced three 2.5-inch disk drives for the mobile market: the MK3212MAT (3.2GB, one platter), MK6411MAT (6.4GB, two platters), and MK1011GAV (10GB, three platters, or 3.3GB per disk). Areal density ranges up to 6.1Gb per square inch. The low-end drive uses dual-stripe magneto-resistive (DSMR) head technology, while the other two drives are based on giant magneto-resistive (GMR) head technology. Common features of the three drives include an ave
Unison Information Systems? (Framingham, MA) Raid I/O Flyer is based on Ultra2 LVD SCSI interfaces, and supports up to 12 drives (six drives per bus). Data reliability features include hot-pluggable power supplies, fans, and drives. Drive capacities range from 4.5GB to 36.4GB. RAID levels include 0, 1, 0+1, 3, or 5. Prices range from $13,221 for a 54.66GB version to $38,718 for a 436.8GB configuration.
Veritas Software recently announced its Global Data Manager for NetBackup suite, designed to offer centralized, enterprise-wide management of all backup and recovery. Global Data Manager provides administration of backup policies, configuration of tape devices and libraries, device management, scheduling information and monitoring, reporting and analyzing of backup and recovery operations.
Available next month through Vixel?s OEMs and distributors, the 8100 Fibre Channel switch ships with SAN InSite management software that can be used to manage hubs and switches in both arbitrated loops and switch fabrics. The hub is based on a non-blocking architecture and buffering for up to 32 maximum size frames per port. The 8100 also supports zoning, which allows disparate operating systems, resources, or departments to attach to a single switch with communications restricted to assigned zo
The MAS-300 compact X-Y stage from New England Affiliated Technologies (Lawrence, MA) is designed for 300-mm wafer positioning, as well as other applications requiring scanning and inspection. The system reaches velocities up to 500 mm/s at submicron resolution. Total work envelope is less than 28 x 24-in., and all moving cables are completely enclosed.
Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) says it will support Legato Systems? Information Utility vision for storage area networks (SANs). Interoperability between ADIC SAN-ready tape libraries and Legato SAN software was demonstrated last month at a Legato SAN press conference in San Jose. Separately, ADIC announced support for the ProveIT disaster recovery readiness initiative spearheaded by Quantum.
Ancor Communications signed an OEM agreement with Inrange Technologies, whereby Inrange will integrate Ancor GigWorks MKII switches (8- and 16-port configurations) into its Fibre Channel/9000 SAN switches. Ancor also signed an OEM agreement with Jaycor Networks to test, integrate, and sell the GigWorks MKII family as part of its SAN solution for the high-end enterprise market.
Box Hill Systems, Legato Systems, and StorageTek formed an alliance last month in an effort to provide turn-key storage area network (SAN) solutions to its customers. Box Hill will integrate its Fibre Channel RAID system with Legato NetWorker and Legato SmartMedia backup software and StorageTek?s selection of tape libraries, Fibre Channel disk, and networking components.
Brocade Communications Systems and Network Appliance formed a technology partnership to develop a high-performance storage solution for managing and sharing data over an integrated SAN/NAS architecture. As part of the agreement, NetApp will OEM Brocade?s SilkWorm Fibre Channel switches and software. In a separate release, NetApp also signed a strategic partnership agreement with WebSpective Software, a provider of Web resource management solutions, to develop replication and mirroring solutions
Computer Network Technology (CNT) and Brocade Communications Systems are planning on partnering to eventually provide disaster-tolerant SAN solutions for distributed environments. Under a multi-year OEM agreement, CNT will offer the Brocade?s Silkworm Fibre Channel fabric switches as part of its UltraNet family of SAN solutions. In addition, both companies will undertake joint marketing and product development activities to drive the adoption of disaster-tolerant SANs over wide area networks.
DellWare, a division of Dell Computer, is planning to resell several product lines from Procom Technology. Plans call for reselling Procom?s network-attached products lines, including DataFORCE, CD FORCE, and its ATOM series of hard drive upgrades for notebook computers.
EMC and Hewlett-Packard announced a three-year extension of its strategic reseller partnership. HP will continue to resell EMC?s Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems and software with its own HP 9000 Enterprise Servers, HP 3000 servers, and HP NetServer systems. EMC officials estimate its partnership with HP has generated more than $1.3 billion in revenue for EMC.
Expanding its relationship with Sequent Computer Systems, Legato Systems joined Sequent?s Partner Links Plus program. The two will team up to deliver best-in-class storage management solutions using Legato NetWorker on NUMA-Q systems running Sequent DYNIX/ptx. Legato also announced its intention
In its latest round of financing, TeraStor, the developer of near-field recording (NFR) technology, raised $20 million. The company will use the funding to bring NFR products to market later this year.
Iomega is expected to complete within the next month its acquisition of the assets of bankrupt rival SyQuest for approximately $9.5 million. The move would encompass SyQuest?s intellectual property, inventory and fixed assets, but Iomega is not expected to assume SyQuest?s material obligations or liabilities. The two companies announced they will drop their patent infringement lawsuit, which would have gone to trial in April.
JNI (formerly Jaycor Networks Inc.) last month completed its acquisition of Adaptec?s Fibre Channel assets. The deal encompassed intellectual property, patents, and product lines, as well as staff in San Jose and Irvine, CA. As part of the deal, Adaptec and JNI entered into a joint manufacturing and sales agreement to support current customers.
Last month, Nortel Networks announced plans to incorporate Tandberg Data?s 8GB SLR5 tape drive into its CallPilot unified messaging system. Nortel?s CallPilot system will enable users to access and manage voice, FAX, and e-mail messages throughout an enterprise.
Last month, Western Digital (WD) purchased San Jose, CA-based startup Crag Technologies for approximately $12 million in stock. Operating as a wholly owned subsidiary, Crag will continue to develop Windows NT system software and hardware solutions. WD officials expect the new unit to deliver product late this year.
Legato Systems expanded its OEM agreement with Germany-based Siemens AG to include its Legato SmartMedia software. Siemens licensed SmartMedia source code for both Windows NT and UNIX platforms in hopes of helping customers with broader requirements with media and device management, especially in the SAN environments. Legato also recently announced plans to OEM SmartMedia to CommVault Systems. CommVault plans to integrate the suite into its line of storage management and SAN software.
MTI Technology inked its first Japanese distribution agreement, signing with Tokyo-based Soliton Systems in January. Soliton will distribute MTI?s enterprise storage products. The two companies also formed a technology alliance to implement SAN solutions for Soliton customers in Japan.
Plasmon Plc., the British parent of Minneapolis-based Plasmon IDE, has purchased Philips LMS, a maker of tape and optical drives and optical media, for an undisclosed sum. The new division, to be known as Plasmon LMS, is expected to help the combined companies generate more than $100 million in 1999 revenues.
Relative startup Ecrix earlier this month announced that Aiwa will manufacture its VXA-1 tape drives. First shipments are expected this month. Ecrix has teamed up with Bell Microproducts, m+s Elektronik, and CMS Peripherals Limited to distribute the drives and media throughout North America and Europe.
Separately, StorageTek has signed an OEM agreement with UniTree Software. The terms call for StorageTek?s Central Archive Manager software to be bundled and integrated with UniTree?s Central File Manager, a hierarchical storage management tool. The bundled suite is designed to provide enhanced flexibility, space, and speed for backup/restore and storage management requirements.
Tech Data and Computer Associates announced a domestic software distribution agreement that enables Tech Data to offer CA?s Enterprise Edition products to resellers in strategic vertical markets. Newly available Enterprise Edition products through Tech Data include AimIT (asset and inventory management), DirectIT (directory management), ShipIT (automated software distribution), ControlIT (remote control), ARCserveIT (storage management), GuardIT (network security), InoculateIT (antivirus), Prote
The Travan NS20 tape storage drive from Tecmar Technologies has been selected by Silicon Graphics (SGI) as a factory option for the SGI 320 and 540 visual workstations introduced last month.
To facilitate the growth of its FabricPaks, McData Corp. has partnered with Emulex Corp., Jaycor Networks, and Crossroads Systems. The terms of the agreement call for the three vendors to supply customized host-bus adapters and Fibre-Channel-to-SCSI bridges for FabricPaks, a Fibre Channel switched fabric solution.
Under a strategic OEM licensing and sales agreement between Procom Technology and Veritas Software, Procom will offer Foundation Suite for Solaris, FirstWatch for Solaris and NT, and NetBackupfor Solaris and NT with its high-performance RAID enterprise systems and tape backup libraries for mission-critical storage applications.
Because of complexity and interoperability issues, systems integrators are expected to play a key role in fueling end-user acceptance and deployment of storage area networks (SANs). Although large vendors can potentially provide one-stop shopping for SAN equipment and services, most implementations will require the assistance of third-party integrators.
ATL Products? P3000 Series Automated DLTtape Library has been qualified to operate with Legato Systems NetWorker 5.5 software in Windows NT and Sun Solaris environments. ATL?s PowerStor L200, PowerStor L500, P1000 Series, 520, 7100, and 2640 series have already been qualified. Separately, ATL also announced that Globelle Corp.?s Xalyx division will join SKYDATA as Canadian distributors of PowerStor tape libraries. Also, Legato Systems announced a technology development partnership with Computer
With the backing of 21 hardware, software, and services providers, Quantum last month launched a disaster recovery initiative aimed at North America`s 17,000 medium-size businesses (those with revenues of $50 million to $500 million).
Despite a strong fourth quarter performance, the hard disk drive (HDD) industry in 1998 experienced its slowest growth in more than a decade, according to a recent report from TrendFOCUS, a Palo Alto, CA-based research firm.
With an impressive list of charter members, EMC last month officially launched the FibreAlliance initiative. The goal of the group is to provide a specification for managing devices in storage area networks (SANs) and to fuel adoption of Fibre Channel SANs. The spec will define an SNMP-based MIB (management information base) that will enable users to manage storage network devices in much the same way they manage devices on standard networks.
Continuing the run of one-two punches being thrown by industry heavyweights, IBM last month announced its storage area network (SAN) framework and the first of a series of SAN-related products, including a switch, hub, Fibre Channel RAID storage server, and storage management software.
Last month, Legato Systems launched a three-stage storage area network (SAN) road map backed by an impressive list of partners and buoyed by its January acquisition of Intelliguard Software.
While disk drive capacities keep doubling and CPUs continue to churn out more and more MHz, server bus I/O has not kept pace. As a result, much of the discussion at last month`s Server I/O `99 conference in Monterey, CA, centered on the successor to the PCI bus standard.
Late last month, Imation announced that it will integrate Overland Data?s VR2 (Variable Rate Randomizer) chips into next-generation Travan NS tape drives. At least two Travan licensees?Aiwa and Tecmar?also plan to use VR2 in tape drives that succeed Travan NS20. At the time of the announcement, Seagate had not yet announced plans to support the chip.
Solid state disks are slowly making their way from specialized niche environments to more mainstream applications. This is in part being driven by new applications, such as video, Web servers, and RAID environments, where SSDs are used as pseudo caching devices.
Despite a flurry of midrange tape announcements and the entrance of a handful of new players in the emerging PC server arena, the worldwide tape market recorded an estimated 5% decline in total unit shipments and only a 6% gain in revenue in 1998, according to recent estimates from International Data Corp, a research firm in Framingham, MA.
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Getting a grip on data sharing requires understanding shared storage, shared data, data access, and data movement techniques.
The Motley Fool and Compaq performed apples-to-apples tests of 10,000rpm and 7,200rpm disk drives.
To keep pace with rapid technological advancements in network storage, manufacturers of tape drives and libraries are turning to Fibre Channel for answers.
If 1998 was the Year of Fibre Channel, December was the Month of SAN Strategy Announcements. One by one, major storage vendors announced SAN plans that were, with some exceptions, long on vision and short on execution. And the rapid succession of announcements continued into this year, with Legato earlier this month becoming the latest vendor to roll out a SAN strategy.
Over the last few months, there`s been a lot of talk about management standards for storage area networks. Two of the most intriguing initiatives came from Sun (InfoStor, Feb., p. 1) and EMC (see page 1 of this issue). Sun`s StoreX, although not SAN-specific, and EMC`s FibreAlliance spec promise to ease the burden of managing storage networks, a crucial requirement if SAN adoption is to pick up steam this year.
Quick access and high-speed digital video streams provide a powerful learning tool for coaches and players.
Enterprise storage is virtually synonymous with database storage. This makes database I/O requirements the defining elements of a corporation`s storage requirements. In this light, the changes in the architecture of SQL Server 7.0 to simplify the lives of end users and database administrators are destined to have a significant impact at many sites.
Techniques such as volume management can be particularly advantageous in heterogeneous storage area neworks.
If the past few months are any indication of the level of storage area network (SAN) activity we can expect--and analysts say it is--1999 may very well turn out to be the year of the SAN. Industry players across the board have the fever, including tape library manufacturers.