StorageTek and German-based Siemens Nixdorf last month announced a worldwide OEM and reseller
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.
Maxell adds CD-RW discs
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.
Procom acquires ITC; ADIC buys EMASS
Looking to add technical expertise and size to its sales force, Procom Technology recently acquired Invincible Technologies Corp. (ITC) for an undisclosed sum.
Q&A with Dal Allan: Ultra3 SCSI and Fibre Channel
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.
Raidtec drops $/MB of Ultra SCSI RAID
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.
Stor debuts desktop Fibre Channel array
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
StorageTek doubles Timberline capacity
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
Last month Legato Systems began offering its new Managed Backup and Recovery Service (MBRS), using
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
TD Systems introduces OmniServe 4
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
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.
Ultra3 SCSI nears completion
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
Veritas "SANitizes" software
Taking aim at the emerging market for storage area networks (SANs), Mountain View, CA-based Veritas Software recently signed a number of strategic agreements.
Western Digital fields 10GB drives
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).
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
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Compaq releases optical drives
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.
Advansys ships Wide Ultra HBAs
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
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.
Ancor secures Fibre Channel switches
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
Andataco adds application-specific arrays
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
ATL Products and Artecon have extended their reseller relationship. Before being acquired by
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
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
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.
Dell enters enterprise storage market
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.
Explode the Enterprise Info Glut with TNT
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.
HP expands SureStore offerings
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.
ICP vortex intros Wide Ultra2 controllers
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
XIOtech intros clustering solution
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.