Industry News and Analysis

Raidtec drops $/MB of Ultra SCSI RAID
September 1, 1998 -- With a suggested list price of less than $0.20 per MB, Raidtec`s FlexArray UltraRAID is a 40MBps Ultra SCSI-based subsystem with up to 252GB. A 126GB version is priced at $22,000.
Samsung Electronics? storage systems division has qualified HMT Technology?s magneto-resistive
September 1, 1998 -- Samsung Electronics? storage systems division has qualified HMT Technology?s magneto-resistive (MR), laser-textured media for Samsung?s recently announced SpinPoint SV series 3.2GB and 6.4GB disk drives.
Startup G2 Networks, a gigabit-speed networking company, last month announced it has secured $10
September 1, 1998 -- Startup G2 Networks, a gigabit-speed networking company, last month announced it has secured $10 million in third-round venture capital funding. Investors include Sun founders Andreas Bechtolsheim and Bill Joy, as well as Intel Corp.
Stor debuts desktop Fibre Channel array
September 1, 1998 -- Continuing to add to its CR8 line of RAID arrays, nStor has begun shipping the CR8DF, which incorporates Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) connectivity in a JBOD configuration. The company is targeting applications such as video, multimedia, publishing, imaging, and broadcasting. The subsystem supports up to eight 9GB or 18GB disk drives, for up to 144GB per enclosure, or as much as 2TB at 126 devices per Fibre Channel loop. Copper cable lengths are 30 meters; with fiber optics, 10 kilomete
Q&A with Dal Allan: Ultra3 SCSI and Fibre Channel
September 1, 1998 -- Dal Allan is president of ENDL Consulting, in Saratoga, CA. He has advocated storage interface standards for more than 20 years and has been involved with the development of SCSI and Fibre Channel since their inceptions.
Procom acquires ITC; ADIC buys EMASS
September 1, 1998 -- Looking to add technical expertise and size to its sales force, Procom Technology recently acquired Invincible Technologies Corp. (ITC) for an undisclosed sum.
M-Systems, Toshiba Corp. , and Toshiba America Electronic Components have entered into a
September 1, 1998 -- M-Systems, Toshiba Corp. , and Toshiba America Electronic Components have entered into a cooperative flash storage agreement. Toshiba will become a second source for M-Systems? DiskOnChip technology.
Maxell adds CD-RW discs
September 1, 1998 -- By introducing the CD-RW74, Maxell Corp. adds CD-rewritable (CD-RW) capabilities to its optical disc line, allowing users to write, erase, and rewrite data. Previous CD-R technology enabled only a write-once capability. The CD-RW74 holds 650MB and can record more than 1,000 times without failure, according to company officials. The CD-RW74 retails for $25 or less and is available from Maxell`s retailers and distributors.
Multi-Server Array Solves Video Storage Problems
September 1, 1998 -- Multiple server attachment and high-speed I/O resulted in a twofold productivity improvement in GPS video applications.
Overland Data?s enterprise-class Library Xpress DLT tape library and its entry-level LoaderXpress
September 1, 1998 -- Overland Data?s enterprise-class Library Xpress DLT tape library and its entry-level LoaderXpress have been certified on the latest release of OTG Software?s DISKXTENDER 4.0 storage management software for Windows NT.
StorageTek and German-based Siemens Nixdorf last month announced a worldwide OEM and reseller
September 1, 1998 -- StorageTek and German-based Siemens Nixdorf last month announced a worldwide OEM and reseller partnership. The pact calls for Siemens to resell StorageTek?s tape archiving products worldwide; Siemens will also bundle them with its own storage products. To facilitate the building of SAN fabrics, StorageTek and Brocade Communications have announced a reseller agreement. StorageTek will sell and support the 16-port SilkWorm Fibre Channel switch.
StorageTek doubles Timberline capacity
September 1, 1998 -- StorageTek recently announced EETape, a double-capacity tape cartridge designed specifically for the Timberline 9490. Developed in conjunction with Imation Corp., the new cartridge provides 1.6GB of native storage capacity on 2,200 feet of media. EETape is compatible with all StorageTek Nearline libraries and complements the company`s new ExHPDM software. A unique notch and distinctive coloring identify the media. A hardware upgrade kit is available for $4,000. The list price of a new Timberline
Western Digital fields 10GB drives
September 1, 1998 -- Adding to its Caviar series, Western Digital introduces 10.1GB drives with a Data Lifeguard feature that will eventually be included in all WD drives. The feature is designed to protect data by detecting, isolating, and repairing problem areas on the drive before data loss occurs. Data Lifeguard is an enhancement of self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART).
Whats ESRM?
September 1, 1998 -- One of the hottest categories of storage software is storage resource management (SRM). Carolyn DiCenzo, a principal analyst at Dataquest, a market research firm in San Jose, CA, defines SRM as tools that manage properties of physical and logical storage resources, such as media health, availability, space loading, performance, and utilization. DiCenzo estimates the market for SRM was only about $210 million last year, but she expects it to take off rapidly, reaching more than $1.2 billion by 20
www.infostor.com: Your Source for Storage Information
September 1, 1998 -- In addition to posting the cover stories and table of contents of current and back issues, our site now hot links you to the industry`s key associations (including the Fibre Channel Loop Community, Fibre Channel Association, SCSI Trade Association, Optical Storage Technology Association and Storage Networking Industry Association) and research and consulting firms. Also, our new Interactive Ad Index gives you a direct link to our advertisers` URLs.
XIOtech intros clustering solution
September 1, 1998 -- XIOtech has introduced MagniCluster, a software suite of management tools designed to implement eight-way server clusters. Used with XIOtech`s 1TB Fibre Channel Magnitude disk array, MagniCluster enables administrators to maintain centrally managed, highly-available data in a storage area network.
Veritas "SANitizes" software
September 1, 1998 -- Taking aim at the emerging market for storage area networks (SANs), Mountain View, CA-based Veritas Software recently signed a number of strategic agreements.
Ultra3 SCSI nears completion
September 1, 1998 -- Last month, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) finalized definitions for Ultra3 SCSI, the next generation of the venerable interface. The new interface will double data transfer rates from 80MBps to 160MBps using dual-edge clocking and will offer cyclical redundancy checking (CRC) for increased reliability and data packetization for lower overhead. Other features include low-voltage differential signaling, 12-meter cable lengths, domain validation to identify the configuration and specify the spee
Symbios and Veritas Software unveiled preliminary plans to work together in the emerging storage
September 1, 1998 -- Symbios and Veritas Software unveiled preliminary plans to work together in the emerging storage area network (SAN) market by combining Symbios? storage systems and Veritas? high-availability, on-line storage management technologies.
Tandberg Data and Sun Microsystems have expanded their OEM agreement to include Tandberg?s MLR3
September 1, 1998 -- Tandberg Data and Sun Microsystems have expanded their OEM agreement to include Tandberg?s MLR3 tape drives. Sun will now include the 25GB and 50GB drives in its UniPack and FlexiPack enclosures. The StorEdge external options are targeted at midrange server and workstation backup and restore applications.
TD Systems introduces OmniServe 4
September 1, 1998 -- Offering SCSI, SSA, and Fibre Channel connectivity, the OmniServe 4 SCSI multiplexer is an "all-in-one-box" storage solution for multi- protocol environments, shared storage subsystems, disaster recovery installations, on-site/off-site RAID and RAIT backup, and digital video networks. The multiplexer features SCSI rates from 10MBps to 80MBps, optional RAID/RAIT mirroring, device sharing, an i960 RISC processor, eight ports for host or device connection, interface conversion, fiber extensions to
The Role of SANs in Data Warehousing
September 1, 1998 -- Today`s competitive business world is changing rapidly. Acquisitions, geographically scattered offices, and efforts to integrate diverse networking infrastructures are all commonplace. And the data used to run these businesses is growing exponentially. Making data available quickly and cost-effectively to such diverse operations is critical to business success.
Last month Legato Systems began offering its new Managed Backup and Recovery Service (MBRS), using
September 1, 1998 -- Last month Legato Systems began offering its new Managed Backup and Recovery Service (MBRS), using StorageTek as its outsourcing service provider. MBRS is an enterprise-wide program designed to protect corporate data. August also marked the beginning of Legato?s new North American reseller agreement with Hewlett-Packard. Under the agreement, HP?s local product organization will resell all versions of Legato?s NetWorker as well as related product, maintenance, and support service options. The Ne
Last month EMC purchased Conley Corp. , a software firm specializing in high-availability storage
September 1, 1998 -- Last month EMC purchased Conley Corp. , a software firm specializing in high-availability storage management software. Conley?s technology has already been seen in EMC?s PowerPath software. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
ATL Products and Artecon have extended their reseller relationship. Before being acquired by
September 1, 1998 -- ATL Products and Artecon have extended their reseller relationship. Before being acquired by Artecon last March, Storage Dimensions resold ATL?s DLT libraries. The new agreement continues that relationship and includes ATL?s recently introduced P1000 Series DLT library. ATL also announced they will begin selling automated DLT tape libraries to federal agencies through the GSA schedule of partner DLT Solutions Inc. Also, Artecon?s SuperFlex 5500 RAID array was recently certified by Microsoft as
Clariion?s Series 3500 disk array has been certified by Microsoft as a "Cluster/RAID" device. The
September 1, 1998 -- Clariion?s Series 3500 disk array has been certified by Microsoft as a "Cluster/RAID" device. The Series 3500 can be combined with other similarly approved devices to create Windows NT 4.0 Enterprise Edition cluster configurations. Microsoft also awarded similar certification to Mylex for its DAC960SF, a Fibre Channel-to-UltraSCSI host-based RAID controller, and for its DAC960SX, an Ultra SCSI-to-Ultra SCSI host-based RAID controller.
CommVault ships database backup/recovery tool
September 1, 1998 -- CommVault Systems is now shipping its DBVault Magnum software suite. Designed for enterprise-level distributed database environments, the suite offers high-speed backup and recovery integrated with database protection utilities, such as EBU, RMAN, and ON-Bar. DBVault MAGNUM is designed for large and multiple databases in the 300GB to 1TB+ range.
CommVault Systems and Disc Inc. entered into a joint marketing agreement to provide optical
September 1, 1998 -- CommVault Systems and Disc Inc. entered into a joint marketing agreement to provide optical storage solutions for client/server environments. As part of the agreement, CommVault will include Disc?s Orion series of optical jukeboxes as an integrated OEM solution.
Andataco adds application-specific arrays
September 1, 1998 -- Part of the company`s Application-Specific Architecture (ASA), Andataco (San Diego) has added two members to its GigaRAID family of arrays. The GigaRAID/HA is designed for multiple RAID levels and includes embedded I/O database accelerator software that is designed to increase performance in RDBMS, OLTP, and messaging applications. Features include single- or dual-active Ultra SCSI controllers with 128MB of cache per controller, up to 1.5TB capacity, up to 18 host connections, and management so
Ancor secures Fibre Channel switches
September 1, 1998 -- Addressing security issues in storage area networks (SANs), Ancor Communications has added three-level zoning to its GigWorks MKII 16-port Fibre Channel switches. The zoning includes hard zoning, virtual zoning, and broadcast zoning, which allows SAN devices to be organized into subsets within the storage fabric. Ancor claims to be the only switch vendor to offer hard zoning, which allows IT managers to program zone assignments into the flash memory of Ancor`s custom ASICs, which control four po
Adaptec Inc. last month announced the layoffs of approximately 100 employees from its storage
September 1, 1998 -- Adaptec Inc. last month announced the layoffs of approximately 100 employees from its storage systems division. The company will focus on its core I/O businesses and will strengthen its SCSI and RAID hardware components and software products. The cutbacks represent about 4% of Adaptec?s worldwide workforce.
Adaptec?s Toast DVD software will be integrated into Sonic Solutions? DesktopDVD systems.
September 1, 1998 -- Adaptec?s Toast DVD software will be integrated into Sonic Solutions? DesktopDVD systems. DesktopDVD will now include integrated DVD-R support, cross-platform DVD-ROM publishing, and expanded DVD-Video/DVD-ROM hybrid support.
Advansys ships Wide Ultra HBAs
September 1, 1998 -- Aimed at the OEM, VAR, and retail channels, Advanced System Products` (AdvanSys) ABP-940UW-68 Wide Ultra SCSI host bus adapters provide 40MBps on PCI-based systems with up to 15 devices. Price: $189. Advansys` ABP-940UW-D is a double-ended differential version with the same features as the ABP-940UW-68. Price: $225. Both HBAs are bundled with AdvanSys SuperSCSI software, which analyzes installation problems. Advansys is in San Jose, CA.
AMI ships clustering kit
September 1, 1998 -- Targeted at VARs and systems integrators, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI)`s MegaRAID Clustering Kit includes two MegaRAID Ultra 428 controllers, four MegaRAID Cluster Enablers, cables, and an MSCS-certified subsystem. The SAF-TE-compliant subsystem includes three redundant power supplies, eight sets of drive rails, two fans, a backplane, and I/O interface. Cluster Enablers eliminate termination and bus problems and automatically isolate/terminate the SCSI channel in the event of a server failure.
Compaq releases optical drives
September 1, 1998 -- Compaq introduced several new optical drives for its DeskPro line last month, including a DVD-ROM drive, 6X CD-RW drive, 32X Max CD-ROM drive, the Slimline 24X Max CD-ROM drive, and an MPEG2 decoder.
Dell enters enterprise storage market
September 1, 1998 -- With its recent introduction of the PowerVault line of server-attached storage systems, Dell Computer has entered the enterprise storage market promising complete Fibre Channel connectivity and lower prices. The PowerVault 650F is the first product resulting from an OEM agreement with Data General`s Clariion division. Dell expects to begin volume shipments later this month.
HP expands SureStore offerings
September 1, 1998 -- Expanding its SureStore line of storage solutions, Hewlett-Packard earlier this month unveiled three new products: a DLT autoloader, a tape rack, and a Fibre Channel SCSI bridge.
Hyundai Electronics America last month announced the completion of LSI Logic?s $760 million
September 1, 1998 -- Hyundai Electronics America last month announced the completion of LSI Logic?s $760 million purchase of Symbios Inc. LSI will take an acquisition charge in the third quarter and will report results on October 22.
ICP vortex intros Wide Ultra2 controllers
September 1, 1998 -- ICP vortex`s (Phoenix) GDT-RD series of controllers now includes Wide Ultra2 SCSI devices for PCI systems, supporting RAID levels 0, 1, 4, 5, and 10. The controllers include one to five channels, 66MHz i960 processors and can be configured in either single-ended or low-voltage differential (LVD) mode for up to 80MBps at cable lengths of 12 meters. For connection of "legacy" SCSI devices, the controllers also include a 20MBps Narrow Ultra2 channel. Cache ranges from 4MB to 128MB. Drivers are avai
JMR Electronics and Creative Design Solutions have signed an OEM pact under which CDS? Plug & Stor
September 1, 1998 -- JMR Electronics and Creative Design Solutions have signed an OEM pact under which CDS? Plug & Stor network-attached thin servers will be included in JMR?s line of storage subsystems.
How to Manage Terabyte Data Warehouses
September 1, 1998 -- Managing large warehouses starts with RAID and disaster recovery decisions and may end with a SAN implementation.
Following its acquisition of Invincible Technologies, Procom Technology recently formed the Procom
September 1, 1998 -- Following its acquisition of Invincible Technologies, Procom Technology recently formed the Procom Enterprise Group, a 50-person sales and support staff focused on selling enterprise-level storage products to Fortune 1000 companies.
Enterprise Backup/Restore from A to Z
September 1, 1998 -- In the second of a two-part series, we examine performance, scalability, management, and disaster recovery.
Explode the Enterprise Info Glut with TNT
September 1, 1998 -- Today some cool stuff comes on either CD-ROM or on DVD, much of it essential tools for the enterprise. All manner of reference material is available, from the technical manuals for the biggest jumbo jets to databases of information for any specific industry. Since you can also burn your own CD-ROM discs rather inexpensively these days, your own company`s data can be in this format as well.
Fibre Channel Enters the Mainstream
September 1, 1998 -- Here`s how early adopters are taking advantage of the speed, capacity, and configuration flexibility of the emerging interface.
Fibre Channel SANs for Graphics Applications
September 1, 1998 -- Storage area networks can solve a lot of problems in graphics-intensive environments, but "server SANs" and "client SANs" have different requirements.
A recent OEM pact signed by Quantum and Compaq has resulted in the Quantum DLT4000 tape drive now
September 1, 1998 -- A recent OEM pact signed by Quantum and Compaq has resulted in the Quantum DLT4000 tape drive now being offered as the Compaq 20/40GB DLT tape drive.