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Advanced Media Services recently unveiled the DakotaROM-SP, a network-attached CD/DVD-ROM caching server. Based on Axis Communications` Storpoint CD E100 thin server engine, the DakotaROM-SP connects directly to the network, offering simultaneous client access to CD/DVD-ROM libraries at disk drive speeds.
Ancot`s Ultra2160 SCSI Analyzer supports all of the Ultra3 SCSI specifications, including the subset commonly referred to as Ultra160/m. Analyzer features include a large trace memory (up to 16 million events); WarpSearch hardware search engine; control and operation over Ethernet and the Internet via a browser interface; and double-clocked timing resolution of four nanoseconds. Prices start at $6,995.
Last month, Auspex Systems started shipping NeTservices 2.0, its Unix/NT data sharing suite for the company`s 4Front NS2000 Enterprise array. By using NeTservices 2.0, administrators only need to manage one physical copy of the data, even with Unix and Windows NT clients concurrently sharing files.
On the heels of its OEM agreement with IBM, Brocade Communications announced the SilkWorm 2000 family of Fibre Channel switches, including models 2100, 2400 and 2800. The eight-port SilkWorm 2100 is an entry-level "loop switch" that combines characteristics of hubs and switches, providing a potential replacement for standard hubs in loop-to-fabric migration scenarios. The switch is software-upgradable from a FC-AL configuration to a fabric-based storage area network (SAN).
Imation`s CD-RW Super Recorder 8x2x20 is designed for environments such as graphic design, audio and multimedia. The drive uses an Adaptec AHA-2930C SCSI card and has a 4MB cache buffer. With 8X record speed, users can burn a disc within nine minutes.
Imation last month announced the commercial availability of its Black Watch half-inch tape cartridge for Storage Technology`s 9840 drive. Year-to-date, Imation says it has shipped some 600,000 9840 cartridges.
LAND-5 Corp.`s ICEbox disk array enclosures include an Ultra2 SCSI backplane and support for SCS-2 disk drives, JBOD or RAID configurations, and up to 18 drives (327GB total capacity) in a 6U package. As many as six arrays can be configured in a RETMA rack, for almost 2TB of storage.
Maxoptix last month introduced the Star series of 5.25-inch magneto-optical (MO) drives. The drives are available in two models, the 5.2GB T6-5200 and the 2.6GB T5-2600. Equipped with an Ultra-SCSI interface, the drives offer data transfer rates of up to 20MBps synchronous and 6.8MBps asynchronous. The Star series drives rotate at up to 3,868rpm using 2.6GB media, have a maximum 20MBps data transfer rate, and a 25ms average seek time.
Pioneer New Media Technologies has partnered with Axis Communications to produce the DRM-6NX, a network-attached storage (NAS) CD-ROM cache changer. The DRM-6NX combines a network interface, six-disc CD-ROM changer and hard drive caching. The changer incorporates Axis` StorPoint CD E100 thin server and customized operating system, which eliminates the need for a standard file server.
Procom Technology`s CD-R800 CD-R Pro tower includes eight CD-R drives, an internal hard disk drive and onboard controller. By using the internal disk drive, the CD-R800 Pro can produce eight CDs simultaneously. The tower supports several formats, including Single Session, Closed and Open Multi-Session CD, CD-ROM, Mixed Mode, Photo CD, and Audio CD.
This quarter, Qualstar will begin offering Ecrix`s VXA-1 drives with its TLS-4000 family of tape libraries. Qualstar is the first library manufacturer to partner with the start-up drive manufacturer.
Peripheral Technology Group`s Raidion Systems Division recently began shipments of the Raidion.fc series of Fibre Channel disk arrays, which scale from 3 drives to 90 drives. Fault-tolerant components include dual-active storage processors, support for dual loops, and mirrored write-cache. Software support includes Raidion`s Lookout storage management suite, which allows remote monitoring and control. Pricing starts at $12,000.
Ringdale Inc., the distribution arm of U.K.-based Network Technology PLC, last month introduced the network-attached Data Storage Server, a CD-based jukebox that scales from 130 to more than 100,000 CDs by linking rackmount units. It includes a built-in NT file server with 36GB of disk cache. Software support includes Ringdale`s Apollo suite of backup and hierarchical storage management (HSM) packages. Unix interoperability is provided via Hummingbird Communications` NFS Maestro. Pricing starts
With its announcement of SmartStor Archive 3.0, Smart Storage added support for DVD-RAM and MO storage devices in its network storage software for Windows NT environments. Version 3.0 offers media-independent, near-line storage while managing several types of optical drives and jukeboxes. These optical storage devices support read-only, write-once and re-writable media, including CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, WORM and MO.
St. Bernard Software has added a number of enhancements to its Open File Manager (OFM) software, a utility that enables any backup program or operating system copy function to capture open files--even if the files are changing--ensuring accurate capture and restore of all "open" and "in use" files during backup. OFM Version 5.3 provides automatic server synchronization; verification with existing backup software programs; installation and management from a central location; support for Microsoft
Last month, Tivoli Systems started shipping Tivoli Data Protection for Workgroups, a data protection and recovery software suite for Windows NT environments. The software is a stand-alone application that can integrate with Tivoli Storage Management to consolidate and track events and statistics from multiple workgroups. For centralized monitoring and management of locally stored data, the software also integrates with Tivoli Enterprise. The software is priced at $720 per server.
Announced last month, Ultera Systems` Imager series of plug-and-play mirroring controllers enable users to make multiple backup tapes simultaneously--with no sacrifice in speed. With one controller, users can mirror data to two drives or autoloaders, running at maximum recording speed. For four or more copies, the devices can be cascaded.
Priced at less than $30,000, Xyratex`s Fibre Channel Investigator analyzer includes full-speed capture of up to 288MB of onboard RAM, a protocol editor, a "C" API for postcapture analysis, and remote access via the Internet, LAN, parallel, or serial port. Using a proprietary lossless data compression algorithm effectively doubles RAM capacity to 576MB. Real-time statistics provide a graphical display of link activity such as traffic history, frames, and bytes per second, and link utilization.
Computer Associates introduced a SAN management initiative and demonstrated some of the technology at its CA-World user conference last month in New Orleans. As part of its Storage Area Network Integrated Technology Initiative (SANITI), CA added SAN-enabling software to its Unicenter TNG network management suite and ARCServeIT backup products.
With CD-R and CD-RW popularity continuing to pick up steam, Iomega and Eastman Kodak capitalized this summer with related drive and media introductions.
Compaq continued to fine-tune its Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA) last month by adding performance and availability features geared for high-availability environments.
Recent announcements from the DVD Forum and a collection of DVD+RW vendors indicate that compatibility between the two leading rewritable DVD formats is as divergent as ever.
Drawing from the re-sources of its disparate business units, IBM this summer began the arduous task of assembling the pieces of its SAN archi-tecture. Of note were announcements from its Tivoli, Netfinity and Global Services (IGS) divisions, outlining key software, network, and service-related plans.
This summer, LSI Logic continued a broad expansion across several product lines, ranging from a new PCI-to-Fibre Channel controller to security and administrative additions to its MetaStor network-attached storage (NAS) arrays.
Sun Microsystems` initiative for a Java/Jini-based storage management initiative, formerly code-named Project StoreX, has been formally named Jiro (pronounced "gyro," as in "gyroscope"). The formal naming reflects increased interest in the standard among the vendor community.
Thanks in large part to the surging market for small servers, analysts expect unit shipments of minicartridge tape drives to decline less precipitously this year. After posting an 18% drop last year, Freeman Associates, an industry research firm in Santa Barbara, CA, projects a 14% decline this year.
Iomega has emerged as the leading supplier of removable storage solutions. Furthermore, Iomega continues to improve its existing product offerings with the introduction of a 2GB Jaz drive and more recently a 250MB version of the venerable Zip drive. In addition, Iomega is in the midst of launching new products, including the Clik! mobile drive for digital cameras, PDAs, and laptops and a CD-RW drive later this year (see News).
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As storage capacity demands besiege IT managers in applications ranging from enterprise resource planning to multimedia text and image files, removable storage in its variety of options comes into focus. Shipments of all types of removable disk drives will exceed 140 million units this year, representing about $2.75 billion in factory revenues. This includes low-capacity and high-capacity flexible drives as well as rigid disk cartridge drives (although cartridge drives account for only about 1%
To many people, storage area network (SAN) technology is just another networking technology with the same features and data protection capabilities as traditional LANs. This is not true.
The approaches vary, but the goal`s the same: to provide heterogeneous sharing across storage area networks.
As Fibre Channel technology evolves, its benefits are becoming more numerous. Today, Fibre Channel allows for better data storage techniques and faster transfer rates. Future advancements will improve storage area networks (SANs)--and associated software management capabilities--as well as enable organizations to more efficiently manage data repositories and application sharing, while lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of storage assets and related processes.
CommVault also announced a Partnership Program, a distribution program focusing on expanding the delivery of its integrated software to organizations requiring enterprise data protection and recovery capabilities for vital Windows NT data.
CommVault Systems and High-Ground Systems have entered into an OEM agreement to provide a bundled storage management suite for Microsoft Exchange users. CommVault will tie its application agent for Microsoft Exchange Server to HighGround`s Storage Resource Manager for Microsoft Exchange. This partnership gives administrators the ability to efficiently monitor, manage, and protect Exchange`s "Information Stores."
Compaq selected Adaptec`s AHA-3960D Ultra 160/m SCSI host adapter as an option for some upcoming workstation and commercial desktop PCs releases. Ultra160/m SCSI doubles the data transfer speeds of Ultra2 SCSI and contains three core features defined in the Ultra3 SCSI specification: double-edge clocking, cyclical redundancy checking, and domain validation.
Computer Network Technology expanded its OEM relationship with IBM by enhancing IBM`s InfoSpeed solution with integrated support for Tivoli`s ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager.
Disk array vendor Cambex Corp. announced that IBM Global Services will provide Cambex Centurion disk array and FibreQuik adapter customers with on-site, 24x7 installation and hardware support services.
Ecrix expanded the distribution channels for its VXA tape drives and media throughout Europe, Israel, South Africa, and India by signing distribution agreements with Active Solution, Alstor, S.C. , AmiStore AB, Oy Amitel Ltd. , MBI Computers Peripheral Equipment L.T.D. , Silicon Electronics, and Systems Integration.
EMC has qualified Emulex`s LightPulse LP7000E PCI Fibre Channel host adapter for use with its Symmetrix storage systems in AIX server environments. EMC will OEM the LP7000E from Emulex and provide it to customers as part of its Fibre Channel Interface for AIX kit.
Exabyte said it plans to integrate Quantum`s DLT 8000 tape drive into all Exabyte DLTtape libraries. Customer shipments will begin when Quantum begins shipping the DLT8000. Automation-ready drives will also be available for current Exabyte DLT library customers who want to upgrade to the DLT 8000 drive.
Fujitsu Computer Products of America said its 640MB 4,300rpm ATAPI internal magneto-optical (MO) drive is now an option with SGI 320 and SGI 540 workstations. Fujitsu`s 640MB MO drive is already sold by SGI as the MO640AP.
Hewlett-Packard re-numbered its HP SureStore E MC256 high-end disk array announced in May to the HP SureStore E Disk Array XP256. This and other related HP enterprise storage products containing the "MC" numbering formula are being changed in relation to a trademark dispute with EMC. HP`s high-speed I/O business unit introduced a program last month to assist system OEMs and integrators create interoperable solutions for the SAN market. The Tachyon Tested SAN solutions program will test Tachyon P
In a separate development, Adaptec acquired CeQuadrat, a German CD-R software vendor for $25 million.
In late June, the Fibre Channel Group opened its West Coast training facility in Half Moon Bay, CA. Equipped with a testing lab, the facility will be used to offer Fibre Channel and SAN training. For more information, contact the Fibre Channel Group at www.fcgroup.com or 650-712-8975.
Last month, Maxell and Quantum extended their joint development partnership to include Super DLTtape products. Maxell will develop and supply data backup media for Quantum`s next-generation DLTtape drive. Maxell is reportedly in the production investment phase of product development. Separately, Fuji Photo Film in Japan also agreed to supply Super DLTtape media.
Last month, Unisys and Data General announced they have entered into a RAID technology agreement. Under the terms, Unisys will sell the complete Fibre Channel RAID product line of Data General`s Clariion storage division initially with Uni-sys` Aquanta Windows NT servers. Additional releases of Clariion Fibre Channel RAID devices will be resold with other Unisys platforms.
Last month, Vixel Corp. designated Polaris Service as a "Premier VAR" of its Vixel`s Fibre Channel solutions. Polaris Storage Network Services, a division of Polaris Service, has also been named a "preferred provider" of storage network professional services. They will offer education and technical support for Vixel SAN products.
OTG Software`s DiskXtender storage management software now fully supports Advanced Digital Information Corp.`s Scalar 1000 automated tape libraries, providing generalized near-line storage with automated HSM capability. DiskXtender was also recently certified and qualified to run on ATL Products` P3000 series automated DLTtape library.
Separately, ADIC said it will offer LiveVault real-time data protection software from Network Integrity through its worldwide reseller channel.
SGI announced it will begin marketing and selling Prisa NetFX Fibre Channel networking products worldwide. The Prisa deal marks the first reseller partnership resulting from its Bandwidth Solutions program announced last December.
Sony Electronics have reached agreements with three leading storage distributors for government markets. Ingram Micro, Merisel, and Tech Data will offer Sony-branded storage products for federal (including the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule), state, and local government agencies.
Storage outsourcer Storage Networks, Inc. recently secured more than $50 million in a second round financing. This financing round was led by Goldman Sachs, with Pilot House Investments, Van Waggoner, Greylock, and Sigma Partners also participating. StorageNetworks expects to use the capital to continue the nationwide development of its Storage Points-of-Presence and Fibre Channel network infrastructure expansion.
Tandberg Data and Optical Laser Inc. announced a reseller agreement last month. The deal calls for Optical Laser to distribute Tandberg`s SLR and DLT autoloaders and SLR automated libraries. Tandberg also signed a reseller deal with SED International. SED International will distribute Tandberg`s Travan NS and SLR devices to its network of small and midsize VARs throughout the US and Latin America.
Tecmar Technolgies expanded its distribution channels in July by recently inking an agreement with D&H Distributing. D&H will carry Tecmar`s Ditto Max Professional line, Travan NS8, and NS20, and WangDAT tape backup drives. Separately, Tecmar inked an OEM agreement with Veritas Software whereby Tecmar will bundle Veritas BackupExec software with its OfficeBackup Travan Network Series tape solutions and the Ditto Max Professional 10GB tape drive.
Under a new OEM agreement, UniTree Software will incorporate CrosStor Software`s DMAPI Module to deliver its own HSM product across multiple platforms.
XIOtech announced its Magnitude enterprise storage system now supports Linux. In doing so, the product will now able to take advantage of the operating system`s features that include multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, and TCP/IP networking.
Organizations want to believe they are operating in a fully open storage environment, where mixing and matching storage components--without regard to vendor or device specifics--is possible. But when organizations actually try to combine components from multiple vendors in a storage area network (SAN), they quickly discover that the concept of open storage is still a myth.
It may be surprising, but small and midsize businesses still run network servers and workstations primarily on IDE storage technology. With the proliferation of NT client systems and larger and faster IDE drives, users and IS professionals depend increasingly on IDE drives to store critical project data. This trend will probably continue with the introduction of the DMA 66 standard.
Banta Digital Group, a division of Banta Corp., specializes in content management and digital imaging services. The company provides customers with a range of customized services to manage all aspects of digital workflow, from content management through creative design services, prepress, and printing.
In the SAN vendor community, there`s a lot of hard work and hair pulling going on over the issue of interoperability. Vendors are aware that IT managers and storage integrators realize that, despite a solid Fibre Channel standard, it`s less than certain that one vendor`s Fibre Channel product will work seamlessly with another vendor`s. Hence the multi-million dollar interoperability labs from vendors such as EMC and StorageTek, and the expensive and contentious "Plug Fests" that are designed to