Storage UPDATE, December 23, 2002

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December 23, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Storage in a Flash: USB Devices

2. NEWS AND VIEWS

  • Sony Announces Super-AIT
  • VERITAS Software Expands Focus

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4. RESOURCES

  • The Benefits That SANs Offer

5. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Combine Disk and Tape Technologies to Back Up Data
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  • Submit Top Product Ideas

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1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Ed Roth, [email protected])

  • STORAGE IN A FLASH: USB DEVICES

  • The number of workers who share data between a computer in the office and one at home grows with the popularity of home computers. Vendors have introduced different types of storage to meet the challenge of transferring more than a couple of megabytes of data between non-networked machines.

    Most of these solutions have garnered lukewarm acceptance because of cost and performance problems and the necessity for special hardware to read and write to the chosen storage media. A much better solution exists in the form of flash memory devices that use the USB interface.

    In "Storage in a Flash," which appeared in the January issue of Windows & .NET Magazine, we gathered some of the most popular USB flash storage devices to test their usability, performance, and special features. Most USB flash storage vendors offer devices in a range of capacities. We asked vendors to submit devices with the largest capacity and the most features.

    All the devices I tested have a similar form factor—about 3.5" long and 1" wide—with the exception of SanDisk's Cruzer, which is wider to accommodate replaceable media. Most of the devices are available in various capacities, and each model sports a unique color scheme identifying its capacity. All the devices feature some type of USB connector protection in the form of a cap or retractable connector mechanism.

    Numerous operational abilities and requirements are common across the products. All require special drivers for Windows 98 and operate in Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS without requiring a vendor-supplied driver.

    All the devices I tested effectively move data between USB-equipped systems. Aside from selecting the capacity you need, deciding what type of security model fits your needs might determine the best product for you.

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    2. NEWS AND VIEWS
    (contributed by Keith Furman, [email protected])

  • SONY ANNOUNCES SUPER-AIT

  • Sony announced a significant update to its AIT backup technology. The new update, called Super-AIT (S-AIT), can hold more than 1TB on one cartridge, the first such achievement in the storage industry. Drives supporting the first generation of the new technology are shipping to the company's OEM partners this month. S-AIT drives are expected to ship to the public next year. S-AIT upgrades Sony's AIT technology, which is currently in its third generation. The new format offers 500GB native or 1.3TB compressed storage with transfer speeds as fast as 78Mbps. The company has already developed a road map for S-AIT that will include support for 4TB-per-cartridge drives.

    AIT technology currently competes with Digital Data Storage (DSSDDS) backup technology. S-AIT will help AIT technology compete with Linear Tape-Open (LTO) (400GB compressed), Super DLTtape (320GB compressed), and VXA-2 (160GB compressed) technologies. Companies supporting the current AIT format include ADIC, Cybernetics, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Matsushita Media Group, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Spectra Logic, VERITAS Software, and Sony Electronics.
    http://www.storagebysony.com/ http://www.aittape.com/sait_technology.html

  • VERITAS SOFTWARE EXPANDS FOCUS

  • VERITAS Software—a vendor that primarily focuses on data management, protection, and recovery—has announced plans to expand its product line by acquiring Precise Software Solutions and Jareva Technologies. The double acquisition is valued at $599 million.

    VERITAS will purchase Precise Software for $537 million in a cash and stock transaction. Precise develops and sells management, monitoring, and performance applications for Web, application, database, and storage servers. Its products compete with solutions from Quest Software and BMC Software. The purchase is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2003.

    The acquisition of privately owned Jareva Technologies will cost Veritas VERITAS $62 million in cash. Jareva makes software that provides server automation technology that lets companies pool server resources. The Jareva transaction will be complete in 30 days.

    The acquisitions are seen by analystsAnalysts see the acquisitions as a way for VERITAS to expand into markets outside the storage industry. The software storage industry has become increasingly competitive, with companies such as EMC devoting more resources to the profitable industry. The acquisition will help VERITAS provide applications management for myriad products.
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    4. RESOURCES

  • THE BENEFITS THAT SANS OFFER

  • Managing storage assets efficiently is extremely important as e-business initiatives and digital file management demands grow. Click the following URL to find out more about SAN technology and what you can do to with it to simplify storage management.
    http://www.storageadmin.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=24889&pg=1

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

  • COMBINE DISK AND TAPE TECHNOLOGIES TO BACK UP DATA

  • Promicro Systems announced the ProStore Backup Appliance, a backup appliance that combines a ProStore Network Attached Storage (NAS) server with Avail' Solutions' Integrity backup software and automated tape library. The ProStore Backup Appliance features 360GB of storage capacity, 10/100 Ethernet ports, three PCI slots, and as many as six IDE drive bays in a 2U (3.5") form factor. The ProStore Backup Appliance can transfer as much as 640GB of compressed data at 6Mbps. Pricing is $7999. Contact Promicro Systems at 858-391-1515 or 866-776-6427.
    http://www.promicro.com

  • PURCHASE ADIC PRODUCTS THROUGH SGI

  • ADIC and SGI signed a reseller alliance agreement that will make ADIC's line of automated tape libraries available through SGI's sales. SGI customers can purchase ADIC's tape automation products for workgroup, data center, and enterprisewide applications. For pricing, contact SGI at 650-960-1980.
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