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ADIC to Supply Tape Libraries to Sun

REDMOND, Wash - December 6, 2002 - ADIC today announced that the company will supply tape libraries to Sun Microsystems through a new OEM agreement. The agreement covers both DLT and LTO drive technologies, and it includes products based on one existing ADIC library and one new platform. Shipments of initial library units are scheduled to begin during December 2002 and January 2003. ...ADIC profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile

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Dy 4 Systems Announces Rugged Digital/Analog Frame Grabber PMC

Adax announces ATMII-PMC protocol controller with support for AAL2 and AAL5

VideoPropulsion Introduces New Video on Demand Servers

Red Hat to Launch Workstation Client

Peritek Partners with Silicon Motion to Bring Advanced Graphics to the Embedded Market

Ed Zander Named to Seagate Technology Board of Directors

ACSL Commemorates 11 Years of SPARC Publishing

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STORAGEsearch looks back on 2002

D
uring the worst days of the US IT recession in 2001, most optimistists were looking forward to a recovery in 2002 which would solve all their business problems...

Well, the recovery came, if you believe the economic data, but this didn't mark the end of storage company woes. When I looked at the financial results of the top 1,000 storage companies for my May article the fastest growing profitable STORAGE companies in the US - I found it difficult to find many companies which were actually making money, so the choice was limited. And I concluded that because of competitive pressure, storage prices in most cases were reflecting the aspirations of companies to grow market share rather than achieve profitability. I commented that for many vendors in the storage industry the recovery could be as bad as the recession.

If we needed any clearer confirmation of this, it came loud and clear from a series of financial results from EMC, the darling of the dotcom boom era, which showed that the company was reporting quarterly revenues at a run rate less than half its $9 Billion FY 2000 peak. So in 2002, EMC lost its leadership role as the model of a successful storage company. But was the recession the sole cause? Or were there underlying changes in the way that buyers were viewing storage vendors? My interpretation was that many of EMC's problems could be traced to the hundreds of other storage companies which were nibbling away at its target markets, and that it would never recover its once pre-eminent market share unless it could become the lowest cost supplier.

Still in the land of the giants, the month of May saw the merging of HP and Compaq into the world's largest storage company. By year end the only positives which had come out of the merger were the optimistic sounding aspirational pronouncements in HP press releases. But these sentiments belied the economic data coming out of the company and its partners. If shareholders and users were going to see benefits arising from the merger, they would have to wait another year to find out.

2002 was also the year in which we discovered that the number one emerging technology of 2001, iSCSI, was still mostly vaporware. Although dozens of companies announced their plans for TCP/IP Offload Accelerators, FCIP and iSCSI accelerators during the course of 2002, there was very little shipment of real tangible hardware products to users, something which we discovered when our advertising sales person knocked on the doors of the companies in the industry in the summer. As several distributors neatly summarised:- "If we can't ship it, because the manufacturer hasn't made it, then there's no point in us advertising these products." Manufacturers who were shipping products were shipping so few that they mostly reported they had little or no marketing funds to do any advertising at this stage in the market cycle.

However, the software side of the internet storage market continued growing apace. iSCSI and related software became the fuel for the holy grail of real-time offsite backup and data replication. RAID manufacturers found that by partnering with the right software company, they could find a new theoretical need for their boxes as disk to disk backup systems. The D2d niche originally pioneered by Nexsan Technologies was joined by a growing pack of other companies including Globalstor Data and ASACA. I wasn't sure whether users really would adopt the D2d network backup paradigm in large numbers until StorageTek announced its BladeStore disk subsystem in October. StorageTek, founded in 1969, has been around long enough to see many passing fads and in recent years the company has not the fastest off the starting block. So I reckon that their market research must have confirmed that disk to disk backup really is something that big storage users want to do.

There are no doubts about the #1 emerging storage technology in 2002. It was Serial ATA. We first started running news stories about Serial ATA in February 2001, and created a special directory page, featuring Megabyte's Auntie Wanda in November that year. But interest in Serial ATA remained low. As with most new emerging technologies, it's mainly marketers and systems developers who are interested until there's an imminent prospect of real products appearing. In July, it entered the top 10 directory subjects on STORAGEsearch, and in August hit #1, where it has been parked ever since.

The companies of the year in 2002, measured by STORAGEsearch reader pageviews on their company profile pages, were LSI Logic in the #1 slot, followed closely by Maxtor, IBM, Adaptec and Sony respectively.

That was the upside. On the downside the number of top 1,000 storage companies which had been acquired or gone bust since the millenium passed the 130 mark. Despite that venture capitalists continued to pour funds into even more storage start ups.

Surprisingly this year the number of storage related events didn't seem to drop off. Our events archive for 2002 looks just as packed as it did the year before. I can only assume that in a market where everything seems to be changing so fast, a lot of people value the insights they get from talking to other people in the same predicament and being able to touch and feel products to get an idea how real they are. As a leading publication in the industry this year we were proud to have sponsored the following storage expos and conferences:- IDC Storage Forum , Network Storage 2002, Storage World Conference 2002, Storage Expo 2002, Storage Visions 2003 and Server I/O 2003 (the latter two events take place next month in January 2003).

2002 was also the year when the rest of the IT publishing market finally caught onto the importance of the storage paradigm, and you could say it was the year of the storage portal bubble. The number of significant web based storage publications carrying advertising grew from a few dozen in 2001, to more than a hundred in 2002. It's hard to believe that there will be enough advertising dollars to sustain all this frantic activity, but it's going to be a big market, so there are many hopefuls out there.

And how did this affect the mouse site? It was hard to notice any significant change as our readership patterns as our readership once again doubled compared to the year before. And as we ended our 11th year as an IT directory publisher and 7th year as a dotcom, we were pleasantly surprised to see that once again we had achieved double digit revenue growth and were still profitable. Of course, we couldn't do this without the help of the thousands of you readers who contribute articles, ideas and raw content to the site, and without the help of our loyal and growing base of advertisers who have stuck with us in good times and in bad.

To all of you, thanks for taking the time to read STORAGEsearch. We hope you find it useful and will bookmark this web site so you can rejoin us after the holiday in the new year ahead. When, who know? The recovery might be for real.

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. "Complementary to the range of products in Dy 4's portfolio, the PMC-724 offers one of the most flexible video-capture solutions available," said Grant Courville, Dy 4 Systems graphics products marketing manager. "Configurable for analog or digital video formats, no other frame grabber product provides this level of functionality in a ruggedized PMC."
Dy 4 Systems Announces Rugged Digital/Analog Frame Grabber PMC

Kanata, Ontario, Canada - December 3, 2002 - Dy 4 Systems announced the introduction of the PMC-724, the first frame grabber module that supports both digital and analog video capture in a ruggedized PMC form-factor. Designed for the environmental extremes of defense and aerospace applications, the PMC-724 leverages existing Dy 4 hardware and software products enabling integration with the company's extensive line of SBCs, PMCs and graphics/imaging platforms.

The PMC-724 captures digital video formats such as OpenLDI and FlatLink as well as NTSC, PAL, RS-170 and S-Video analog formats. Custom digital video formats are also supported through the use of the onboard FPGA. Support of these video modes makes the PMC-724 an ideal technology insertion solution for retrofit and new applications. The integrated software support for the PMC-724 enables developers to quickly make use of the frame grabber module under the VxWorks/Tornado development environment to suit their application and configuration requirements.

Both an X11/OpenGL and Graphical User Interface (GUI) independent software Application Programming Interface (API) is supported. Focusing on real-time image capture, this frame grabber module provides for multiple frame buffer management and high-speed image transfer to PCI-mapped memory. The high-speed image transfer is supported through the 66MHz-capable PCI bus interface on the PMC-724. This, along with the many other capabilities found on the PMC-724 frame grabber, makes it ideal for use in applications such as target tracking or unmanned air vehicle (UAV) surveillance.

The PMC-724 frame grabber module is available now. Pricing starts at $3,360. ...Dy 4 Systems profile
ADAX Adax announces ATMII-PMC protocol controller with support for AAL2 and AAL5

London, England - December 3, 2002 - Adax today announced the release of its ATMII-PMC protocol controller. This new version of the controller enables both signaling information and content (voice, data and video) to be transported throughout 3G networks. The new AAL2 (ATM Adaption Layer type 2) capability allows full deployment right through to the network edge. The main benefit to customers is that the same board will meet all their signaling requirements throughout the 3G network. This will help speed development time, increasing customers' ability to integrate solutions ahead of the competition.

The ATMII-PMC also supports Inverse Multiplexing for ATM (IMA), enabling the ATM cells to be split and sent over T1/E1 lines between the RNC and Node B where they are reassembled. This allows existing T1/E1 lines to be utilised, avoiding the expense of laying new fibre cables to the Node B's, but at the same time enjoying the benefit of the higher bandwidth of broadband signaling.

The OC3-155.52 Mbps bandwidth can be fully utilised for AAL5 and the board supports up to 45Mbps of AAL2, which is 672 AAL2 voice channels. The PMC form factor allows easy integration to CompactPCI carrier boards and SBCs to ensure full utilisation of slot space, providing maximum configuration options. Using an SBC with Ethernet ports, the ATMII-PMC can be configured as a broadband signaling gateway between IP networks and broadband 3G nodes. Multiple ATM cards can also be installed together to provide a totally scalable, flexible and cost effective 3G solution. ...ADAX profile

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VideoPropulsion
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. "Maelstrom was designed to be a complete "head-end in a box", declares Carl Pick, VPI Chairman and Chief Scientist. The MaelstromJr will allow hotels, schools, and other enterprises to provide low cost, large content, high-level VoD. Our larger version will afford small MSOs the ability to scale from hundreds to thousands of streams. A cluster of one hundred Maelstroms offers the largest VoD service companies over 100,000 hours of total content deliverable to 60,000 simultaneous users at a fraction of today's VoD costs."
VideoPropulsion Introduces New Video on Demand Servers

Anaheim, California - December 3, 2002 - VideoPropulsion, Inc. is introducing a revolutionary line of Video on Demand (VoD) servers in conjunction with the Broadband Plus Show this week in Anaheim, CA. VPI is offering video servers with hefty content, sophisticated stream processing, and modulated playout at prices of under $150 per stream in OEM quantities.

VPI's new MaelstromTM VoD Server can store more than 1,250 hours of RAID-1 protected content and deliver up to 600 3.75 megabit per second MPEG-2 output streams via IF QAM. The Maelstrom, which is packaged in a 4U rackmount chassis, includes a Sun UltraSPARC II CPU with Solaris operating system, sixteen high capacity hard drives, redundant hot-swap power supplies, VPiTVTM VoD Stream Managaement Software, and up to ten VPI Torrent™ PCI HexQAM HBAs. Two of the hard drives are available to provide a shadowed system image as well as hot-standby rebuild for maximum uptime.

VPI is also introducing the MaelstromJr , a 2U entry level VoD system, with up to 700 hours of content and ability to deliver up to 180 x 3.75 megabit per second MPEG-2 output streams via IF QAM. ...VideoPropulsion profile
Red Hat
. "IDC research found a surge of interest in Linux client operating environments in 2001, with an increase of 49.7% in paid shipments compared to 2000," said Al Gillen, Research Director of Systems Software at IDC. "With the introduction of Red Hat's workstation offering to complement Red Hat's Linux server operating environment products, the company now offers a range of solutions that also addresses the growing demand for a Linux client operating environment."
Just Another Nail in Sun's Workstation Coffin? Red Hat to Launch Workstation Client

Enterprise Linux Forum Conference & Expo, Boston - December 3, 2002 - Today, Red Hat, Inc. announced a new enterprise workstation offering. The new workstation release will be 100% compatible with Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, allowing customers to deploy complete, enterprise-strength, client-server solutions that are built on the same underlying technology. These homogeneous environments result in reduced costs through faster deployments, common application support, and easier system administration.

Additionally, Red Hat's workstation release will deliver the enterprise-class environment for development of applications for deployment on Advanced Server as well as design workstation use in the EDA and DCC (Digital Content Creation) markets. Red Hat's workstation release will be available from Red Hat Q1,2003. ...Red Hat profile

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Peritek
. "Silicon Motion and Peritek have raised the standard on entry-level embedded graphics for VME and CompactPCI systems," said Victor Gold, president of Peritek. "Now there's no reason for system designers to settle for last generation 64-bit graphics; Silicon Motion's SM731 technology affordably delivers state-of-the-art 128-bit 3D performance."

"Silicon Motion continues to deliver display products that combines low-power consumption with balanced performance," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion, "This announcement is a significant step in Silicon Motion's commitment to support the embedded market."
Peritek Partners with Silicon Motion to Bring Advanced Graphics to the Embedded Market

OAKLAND, Calif. - December 3, 2002 - Peritek Corporation and Silicon Motion, Inc., a leading manufacturer of low-power mobile solution chips announced today that the two companies will work in partnership to bring advanced and affordable 128-bit 2D/3D graphics technology to the embedded board market.

Peritek plans to use Silicon Motion's high performance, low power display controller chips on PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) graphics board designs. The first of these new designs, the Tropos/PMC, based on Silicon Motion's SM731 graphics engine, was announced today.

The SM731 is a 128-bit 2D/3D mobile display controller with integrated LVDS transmitters, dual-digital panel interface, and designed for systems requiring low-power such as Tablet PCs, Car Information Systems, Point-of-Sale terminals, Kiosks, and various embedded applications. The SM731 also offers DualMon technology, which allows several applications to operate simultaneously across two independent display devices - all from a single chip. ...Peritek profile
Seagate Ed Zander Named to Seagate Technology Board of Directors

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - December 3, 2002 - Seagate Technology today announced it has named Ed Zander, former president and chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc., to its Board of Directors.

At Sun, Zander was responsible for overseeing the company's day-to-day business operations, including hardware and software design and development; global sales, service and customer advocacy; worldwide manufacturing and purchasing; research and development, including the Office of the CTO; and worldwide marketing.

Prior to his role as president and chief operating officer of Sun, Zander served as president of Sun Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC), running the multi-billion dollar network computing systems organization and managing all aspects of development, manufacturing sales and marketing. He came to Sun in 1987 from Apollo Computer, where he was vice president of marketing. Before joining Apollo in 1982, Zander spent nine years at Data General in several senior marketing management positions. ...Seagate profile
ACSL
. "There will always be a need for an independent guide to 3rd party SPARC compatible hardware and suppliers" comments publisher Zsolt Kerekes. "The SPARC Directory is the showcase where manufacturers of all sizes have been able to get an airing for their products, even if they only made a single add-in card for SPARC systems."

"We were very lucky in our timing for the mouse site (STORAGEsearch.com)" says Kerekes. "The importance of enterprise storage as a independent theme within the computer marker was just starting to emerge when we launched it. I knew that there would soon be dozens of other publishers getting into the storage portal market, but we had the advantage of being one of the first, and also our experience from our Sun portal helped prioritise what was important to readers. Our Byte family mouse characters also helped to provide a unique visual identity for the site which is important now that there are literally hundreds of me-too storage publications."
ACSL Commemorates 11 Years of SPARC Publishing

December 2, 2002 - this month ACSL commemorates 11 years of IT directory publishing. ACSL's first publication was called the "SBus Product Directory" and was aimed at buyers in the Sun Microsystems market. By the time it switched to the web in 1996, the paper edition weighed several pounds and ACSL changed its name to the "SPARC Product Directory" to reflect the fact that other busses, including PCI were also being used in SPARC systems.

Although the Sun market has shrunk from its revenue peak at the height of the dotcom boom, the installed base has continued to grow and the readership of the SPARC Product Directory has also grown as other publishers have dropped out of the market. It's now the longest surviving Sun focused publication.

ACSL's flagship publication today, is STORAGEsearch.com, the mouse site, which was first launched in the summer of 1998. Within two years it had overtaken the SPARC Directory readership, and today has a readership which is more than twice as large.

Something which makes ACSL's publications different from many later web arrivals is that the company adheres to the original principles of web publishing. Viewing is free. There are no log-in's required to read articles. And ACSL does not compile or supply email lists for so called "opt-in" SPAM.

Kerekes concludes "Our readers, which include many of the key players and buyers in the storage and Sun markets can surf safely in the knowledge that we won't be cluttering up their intrays. We've proven that a company which is 100% web based can be profitable and survive even in the toughest market conditions." ...ACSL profile, ...SPARC Product Directory, ...STORAGEsearch

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