Industry News and Analysis

RAID for non-linear editing
May 1, 1999 -- At the NAB show last month, Medea Corp. introduced a 100GB RAID array for Macintosh, SGI, and Windows-based non-linear editing systems. Shipments of the four-drive VideoRaid 4/100 begin this month. Price: $4,500. The array is compatible with editing systems from vendors such as Avid, Canopus, DPS, FAST, Media 100, NewTek, Pinnacle Systems, and Radius. www.medeacorp.com.
Procom augments NAS servers
May 1, 1999 -- Procom Technology recently began shipments of the NetFORCE 2500 and 2600 Symmetric Fault Tolerant (SFT) network-attached storage (NAS) servers. Starting at prices as low as $0.20 per MB, the servers-- or "filers"--feature redundant hardware components and a software architecture that supports transparent hot failover for both the RAID and server parts of the subsystem.
Rebirth or last dance for MO?
May 1, 1999 -- After 18 months of development, magneto-optical (MO) drive vendor Maxoptix last month demonstrated an MO drive incorporating its new Optical Super Density (OSD) technology. Officials anticipate overcoming capacity and price point barriers that have led to declining shipments of MO in recent years.
Remote RAID admin from MicroNet
May 1, 1999 -- MicroNet Technology introduced Genesis RAID Manager, a suite for remotely administering RAID configurations. Via the Internet or locally through Ethernet, users can access a Genesis RAID system to set up unit monitoring, failure notification, and troubleshooting. Genesis RAID Manager allows users to investigate details about the company?s RAID systems, such as temperature, drive status, power supplies and fans. The software is free with the purchase of a Genesis RAID array, which ranges from $15
Seagate debuts Scorpion 40
May 1, 1999 -- With the Scorpion 40 DAT drive, Seagate extends its line of digital data storage (DDS) products. The fourth-generation DDS drive boosts transfer rates to 2.75MBps native--twice the speed of current models--and capacity to 20GB native. The drive features Ultra2 Wide SCSI LVD connectivity. A "look-aside" technique isolates the SCSI interface from the data compression engine by means of an SDRAM buffer. This design enables the SCSI bus to operate at bursts of up to 80MBps and maximizes the drive`s
Plasmon launches hybrid AutoTower
May 1, 1999 -- At last month`s AIIM show in Atlanta, Plasmon IDE demonstrated its new AutoTower, a network-attached storage (NAS) device that includes DVD-RAM and is designed to leverage the benefits of hard disk drives, automated libraries, and storage management software.
Pioneer announces FlexLibrary
May 1, 1999 -- With volume shipments expected in August, Pioneer New Media Technologies announced the DRM-7000 FlexLibrary last month. The optical storage device is designed modularly to facilitate a mix-and-match approach of DVD-R, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, or CD-R drives and media based on user requirements.
MicroNet adds Fibre Channel
May 1, 1999 -- At the NAB show last month, MicroNet Technology (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ampex Data Systems Corp.) introduced the GenesisONE Fibre Channel disk array, which supports striping and mirroring (RAID 0/1) and can be configured with seven 9/18/36GB drives for a total capacity of up to 250GB. The array is based on MicroNet`s DataDock family. Shipments to resellers and VARs begin next month.
Mercury Computer Systems and Andataco announced a reseller agreement whereby Andataco will market
May 1, 1999 -- Mercury Computer Systems and Andataco announced a reseller agreement whereby Andataco will market SANergy, Mercury`s SAN software, to its customers and partners.
Network Appliance filed for a proposed public offering of 2.5 million shares of common stock, all
May 1, 1999 -- Network Appliance filed for a proposed public offering of 2.5 million shares of common stock, all of which is being offered by the company. Proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes.
Pegasus Disk Technologies last month announced plans to develop Linux-based storage management
May 1, 1999 -- Pegasus Disk Technologies last month announced plans to develop Linux-based storage management software.
Performance characterization of large FC-AL loops, part 1
May 1, 1999 -- This is the first of a two-part study, and focuses on large FC-AL loops. Part 2 will run in the June issue, and will focus on long FC-AL loops.
SMS enters enterprise RAID market
May 1, 1999 -- SMS` SRS (Stack `Em, Rack `Em, Store `Em) Series RAID subsystems are based on redundant Ultra2 LVD SCSI and Fibre Channel I/O paths. Other features include hot-swappable power supplies, cooling modules, and controllers. The subsystems support RAID levels 0, 10, 0/1, 3, 4, and 5, as well as JBOD configurations. www.sms.com.
SNIA circles wagons, targets SAN standards
May 1, 1999 -- Leading members of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) last month announced plans to intensify efforts and provide a framework for tackling technological barriers that prevent interoperability between heterogeneous storage area network (SAN) devices.
Toshiba ships 6X DVD-ROM drives
May 1, 1999 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) is shipping the SD-M1212, a 6X-max DVD-ROM drive. By developing an improved pickup head and a new digital signal processor, TAEC decreased access times to less than 110ms and average seek times to less than 80ms.
The Future of SCSI
May 1, 1999 -- SCSI is keeping pace with workstation/server performance demands, with 160MBps versions due later this year.
Ultra160/m SCSI gains momentum
May 1, 1999 -- Earlier this month, Quan-tum Corp. announced the availability of its 10,000rpm Atlas 10K and 7,200rpm Atlas IV drives, the first disk drives to ship with Ultra160/m SCSI connectivity.
Verbatim unveils CD-RW drives, DVD media
May 1, 1999 -- Verbatim is currently shipping a SCSI-2 version of its Mitsubishi CDRW4420 drive. Both this version and its EIDE drives are bundled with CeQuadrant`s just!burn software, which provides mastering and packet-writing capabilities. The SCSI-2 version of CDRW4420 writes to CD-R and CD-RW media at 4X speeds, offers 4X CD-RW overwrite capabilities, and up to 20X read performance for CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW media. The CDRW4420 includes a 2MB buffer and an average access time of 120ms.
XIOtech ups speed, lowers prices
May 1, 1999 -- Billed as a "SAN in a box," XIOtech`s Magnitude XL-2800 is 15% faster than previous versions (delivering more than 100,000 I/Os per second, according to the company) yet weighs in at prices ranging from $0.09 per MB to $0.29 per MB. Implementing the company`s Real-Time Data Intelligence (REDI) architecture, the 2800 includes a 4/8-port Fibre Channel switch and can be scaled from 288GB to more than 1.6TB. xxx.xiotech.com.
Tandberg Data and IBM agreed to expand their existing OEM contract as IBM plans to include the
May 1, 1999 -- Tandberg Data and IBM agreed to expand their existing OEM contract as IBM plans to include the Tandberg SLR50 tape drive in its new series of AS/400e servers. The drive will be offered with the new version of the AS/400e Server 170 in addition to the new 720, 730, and 740 models.
StorageTek and Amdahl Global Solutions inked a strategic distribution and marketing agreement.
May 1, 1999 -- StorageTek and Amdahl Global Solutions inked a strategic distribution and marketing agreement. StorageTek will offer Amdahl`s Trasparent Data Migration Facility software for enterprise customers running System/390 who need high availability and total data integrity. StorageTek also said Computer Associates (CA), Tivoli Systems, and Seagate Software are the first independent software vendors to certify its 9840 tape drive on Windows NT. CA`s ArcServe 6.6, Tivoli ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager
Startup enters FC switch market
May 1, 1999 -- At this month`s Networld+ Interop show, startup SanCastle Technologies Inc. jumped into the nascent--and crowded--market for Fibre Channel switches. The company plans to go toe-to-toe with established switch vendors such as Ancor Communica-tions, Brocade Communi- cations, Gadzoox Networks, McData, StorageTek, and Vixel. And the market is expected to eventually include network giants such as Cisco, Lucent, Nortel, and 3Com (which recently entered, and then withdrew, from the market).
Storage Computer received NT4.0 logo certification and its OmniRAID system configurations are now
May 1, 1999 -- Storage Computer received NT4.0 logo certification and its OmniRAID system configurations are now included on Microsoft`s Hardware Compatibility List for RAID systems.
Storage outsourcing provider opens shop
May 1, 1999 -- With its eyes on a large, untapped market and aspirations of being the world`s largest storage purchaser, Waltham, MA-based Storage Networks Inc. (SNI) last month introduced a series of storage outsourcing management services. Targeting Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller data-intensive sites, SNI officials say the startup is the first services firm to provide pure storage outsourcing.
Storagenow.com, a web site where customers can visit to have its enterprise storage products and
May 1, 1999 -- Storagenow.com, a web site where customers can visit to have its enterprise storage products and services customized for their own applications, has launched a storage e-commerce web site for IT administrators. At the web site, IT professionals and network managers can plan the building of storage infrastructure including RAID systems, automated tape libraries, single tape drives, and disk drives.
Maximize resources through tape sharing
May 1, 1999 -- Following in the footsteps of their mainframe predecessors, open systems vendors are embracing the concept of shared storage. In the mainframe world, library partitioning provided emerging Unix applications access to large tape silos. Along the same lines, tape sharing at its most basic level (i.e., library partitioning) in the open-systems arena enables multiple distributed backup servers to tap common tape resources to lower total storage costs. At the drive level, tape sharing can translate i
Lucent + Siros = 200Gb/in2
May 1, 1999 -- Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ) and Siros Technologies (San Jose, CA) last month entered into a deal to develop optical storage technology based on Lucent`s very-small-aperture laser (VSAL) technology. Coupled with Siros` 3D recording (3DR) technology, the companies hope to produce optical drives with areal densities of 200Gbits per square inch. 3DR uses a third dimension--depth --to store data in "virtual" layers on a recording medium.
Crossroads Systems selected Hewlett-Packards HP TACHYON TL Fibre Channel controller for its
May 1, 1999 -- Crossroads Systems selected Hewlett-Packard`s HP TACHYON TL Fibre Channel controller for its upcoming Fibre Channel-to-SCSI routers for SAN environments. As part of IBM`s recently announced SAN initiative, Crossroads will provide its 4200 bi-directional Fibre Channel-to-SCSI storage router for legacy migration for Magstar MP 3570 and MP 3575 libraries. Crossroads also signed its first distribution deal with Pinacor, who will distribute Crossroads` 4100 and 4200 routers.
Compaq continues SAN rollout
May 1, 1999 -- Compaq Computer last month introduced its second round of storage area network (SAN) products and upgrades under the Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA) umbrella announced earlier this year (InfoStor, January, p. 1, and February, p. 1). The wide-ranging announcements included a data replication suite, the addition of a Fibre Channel switch, and backup software improvements.
Cybernetics offers three-in-one storage solution
May 1, 1999 -- Cybernetics last month announced the immediate availability of its Cybrid series, a storage solution that integrates Exabyte 8mm, DLTtape, and/or Jaz drives in a single enclosure. In doing so, Cybrid allows users to switch back and forth among technologies for trouble-free data exchange. The product is designed for digital video and multimedia applications, which require a variety of tape formats. Capacity and speed depend on the drives used. Cybrid works off-line, which means tape conversions d
EMC and Groupe Bull in France last month announced they will together offer Fibre Channel
May 1, 1999 -- EMC and Groupe Bull in France last month announced they will together offer Fibre Channel connectivity solutions between servers running the AIX operating system and EMC`s Symmetrix systems.
Emulex Corp. announced the LightPulse LP7000E Host Bus Adapter has been qualified by EMC for use in
May 1, 1999 -- Emulex Corp. announced the LightPulse LP7000E Host Bus Adapter has been qualified by EMC for use in enterprise storage networks based on EMC`s Connectrix systems. Emulex also said that MTI Technology will offer the LightPulse7000E as an accessory to their Gladiator line of Fibre Channel RAID arrays and StorageWare family of Fibre Channel JBOD disk storage solutions for Sun Solaris environments. In Germany, Comparex Information Systems selected the LP7000E as well as Emulex`s LH5000 Digital Hub t
Compaq Computer and Legato Systems inked an agreement last month calling for Compaqs Operations
May 1, 1999 -- Compaq Computer and Legato Systems inked an agreement last month calling for Compaq`s Operations Management Services area to purchase and resell the Legato software suite as needed by customers. Legato also entered into a strategic OEM relationship with Toshiba under which Toshiba will sell Legato`s enterprise-class storage management software for both the Windows NT and UNIX markets. Toshiba will sell Legato NetWorker with its MAGNIA series Global Network servers and AS/UX series compatible sto
Chaparral ships FC-SCSI router Demonstrated at this months Networld+
May 1, 1999 -- Interop show, Chaparral Technologies` FS1310 is a Fibre Channel to Ultra2 SCSI router for applications such as server clustering, remote vaulting, and backup/restore. Designed for disk, tape, or optical subsystems, the FS1310 delivers more than 90MBps and 8,000 I/Os per second, according to company officials. The routers come with one Fibre Channel port and three Ultra2 SCSI (LVD) channels. Ultra2 LVD SCSI provides cable lengths of up to 12 meters and support for 15 devices per bus. The FS1310D
Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) says its AMASS storage management software now provides
May 1, 1999 -- Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) says its AMASS storage management software now provides full support for AIX 4.3.2, IBM`s latest UNIX flavor. ADIC`s Scalar 1000 tape library is now certified to work with Seagate Software`s Backup Exec software.
ATL Products and Bell Micro-products announced a distribution pact under which Bell will
May 1, 1999 -- ATL Products and Bell Micro-products announced a distribution pact under which Bell will dis-tribute ATL PowerStor Series DLTtape libraries nationwide through industrial and commercial OEMs, VARs, systems integrators and resellers. Bell will also incorporate the PowerStor libraries into its line of storage devices. Bell also signed a deal with Chaparral Technologies to distribute their external RAID controller line across North America.
Atto demos serverless backup
May 1, 1999 -- Also at this month`s Networld+Interop show, Atto Technology demonstrated serverless backup technology on its just-introduced FibreBridge Enterprise, a Fibre Channel to SCSI bridge. Atto has implemented the Intelliguard Celestra block copy interface, and will implement Celestra agent technology later this year. A full serverless backup solution is expected in the fall.
CD dupe software supports DVD-RAM, MO
May 1, 1999 -- Last month, Smart Storage added support for DVD-RAM and magneto-optical (MO) storage devices with its SmartStor Archive software. Formerly part of the SmartCD family, SmartStor Archive is a read/write suite that enables an optical device or devices to be viewed as a single drive letter or mount point. This enables Windows, NT, Unix, and Macintosh users to archive and retrieve data from the same network location. Pricing is device dependent and starts at $1,640 for a 100-slot CD jukebox. www.smar
Eurologic uses universal backplane
May 1, 1999 -- Making it easier for users to upgrade from JBOD to SCSI or Fibre Channel RAID subsystems, Eurologic Systems` Voyager 3100 takes advantage of universal backplane technology implemented in an Ultra2 passive backplane design. Introduced at last month`s NAB show, the enclosure is NEBS-compliant for telecommunications environments.
Fibre Channel
May 1, 1999 -- An in-depth look at how hubs and fabric switches work, and how to determine which provides the best solution.
JMR adds to Fortra line of enclosures
May 1, 1999 -- JMR Electronics began shipments of a Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop version of its 10-bay, 3U rackmount Fortra enclosures. Features include dual-loop expansion ports, media interface adapters (MIA), ID address selection, and support for the SAF-TE and SES monitoring standards. Within the next month, JMR is expected to start shipping RAID versions of the Fortra rackmount enclosure. www.jmr.com.
Interphase intros hot-swap FC adapter
May 1, 1999 -- Interphase recently began shipping the 6546 CompactPCI Fibre Channel adapter, a 6U form factor board with two Fibre Channel ports and two PMC sites. The PMC sites can be used for specialized I/O interfaces such as ATM or T1/E1 in telecommunications applications, Gigabit Ethernet or FDDI in LAN environments, or two additional Fibre Channel interfaces in storage area network (SAN) configurations. The board supports hot swapping, or Olive insertion.O
Last month at NAB, Transoft Networks officials announced a partnership to facilitate the delivery
May 1, 1999 -- Last month at NAB, Transoft Networks officials announced a partnership to facilitate the delivery of the storage industry`s first hardware-independent, open SAN management software. Host bus adapter vendors QLogic and Emulex and switch manufacturer Brocade Communications Systems are working with Transoft to create a SAN solution that can be transparently integrated into facilities equipped with enterprise storage management software.
Last month, Breece Hill Tech- nologies shareholders approved to be acquired by Global Maintech
May 1, 1999 -- Last month, Breece Hill Tech- nologies shareholders approved to be acquired by Global Maintech Corp. in exchange for equity. The combined companies claim to have more than 500 of the world`s leading Fortune 1000 companies as customers.
Last month, NSM Jukebox announced a series of distribution agreements. NSM first announced plans to
May 1, 1999 -- Last month, NSM Jukebox announced a series of distribution agreements. NSM first announced plans to incorporate Toshiba America Electronic Components` SD-W1101 DVD-RAM drives into its line of DVD-RAM library systems. NSM officials maintain the SD-W1101 inside an NSM library system records data onto DVD-RAM media at 1.35MBps. NSM has partnered with Hyland Software and will utilize their OnBase 3.5 suite in its CD and DVD-RAM library systems. OnBase will help users to facilitate the entire documen
In this issue...
May 1, 1999 -- I`ve been covering the storage industry for more than 16 years, but I have to admit that this switch and hub business throws me for a loop. Aren`t these the things the network nerds handle, not the storage savants? Not so anymore, as networking and storage disciplines converge around storage area networks.
Imation intros CD-R, CD-RW drives
May 1, 1999 -- Available through resellers and distributors, Imation last month introduced the CD-R Super Recorder and CD-RW Super Recorder, with accompanying media. The CD-R Super Recorder offers 8X write and 20X read speeds and is shipped with software so that users can quickly record CDs and back up and archive data, such as multimedia presentations, custom video tracks, or photo image libraries. The CD-R Super Recorder is available for PC and Macintosh systems. MSRP is $699 for the internal drive, $799 for
Gadzoox to ship chassis-based FC switch
May 1, 1999 -- This month, Gadzoox Networks announced a Fibre Channel switch that comes in a chassis enclosure, a format that is common in the general networking market but unique in Fibre Channel storage switches. This design is in contrast to "fixed-configuration" switches that have a set number of ports. Gadzoox is shipping the Capellix switch to OEMs and partners, but general availability is not expected until this fall.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Freedom 7700 and 5800 storage subsystems are certified for use with
May 1, 1999 -- Hitachi Data Systems` (HDS) Freedom 7700 and 5800 storage subsystems are certified for use with Sutmyn Storage`s Scimitar Virtual Tape Server (VTS). Last month, Ancor Communications announced plans to OEM its GigWorks MKII Fibre Channel switches to HDS. Ancor also made its first SAN distribution disclosure when it announced that Consan will integrate and distribute its GigWorks.
I-TECH ships 16-channel FC analyzer
May 1, 1999 -- Upgradable from four channels to as many as 16 channels, I-TECH`s IFC-3016 Fibre Channel analyzer allows simultaneous monitoring of multiple test points. Most Fibre Channel analyzers are limited to two channels. The system can record up to 2.56GB of data, and includes 32 processors.
IBM doubles Magstar?s capacity
May 1, 1999 -- To meet the evolving needs of enterprise users, IBM last month announced that its next-generation Magstar 3590-E tape drive will provide twice the capacity of current models, and will be 50% faster. The drive began shipping this month.
ADIC introduces 22-cartridge autoloader
May 1, 1999 -- ADIC`s FastStor 22 supports up to 22 DLTtape cartridges, and lists for $7,995 to $11,150, depending on the number of tapes and drive type (DLT4000, 7000, and later SuperDLT). A fully configured 1x22 DLT7000 model provides up to 1.5TB of compressed capacity, at 0.7 cents per MB.