Storage Clips: McData stumbles in third quarter

McData blamed its third quarter shortfall on manufacturing inefficiencies, integration issues with CNT and EMC's resistance to announce availability of the i10K director.

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McData announces Q3 shortfall
McData Corp. expects to report net revenue for the third quarter of 2005 in a range of $164 million to $167 million, which is below previous guidance issued on Sept. 6, 2005, of revenue in the range of $174 million to $182 million.

Commenting on the preliminary third quarter fiscal year 2005 results, John Kelley, chairman, president and CEO, stated, "We experienced a shortfall related to products and services primarily in North America, and to a lesser extent in Europe, as we continue to integrate our operations and sales organizations following the recent acquisition of CNT. In addition, inefficiencies within our manufacturing process contributed to the lower than expected results. Also impacting revenue and earnings during the quarter was lower than expected sales of our Intrepid 10000 director product. We attribute the lower than expected sales to more pronounced seasonality at the high end of the market and to the competitive environment. In addition, while our largest storage OEM, EMC, continues to ship the Intrepid 10000 to customers, they have not yet announced general availability of the product."

TheInfoPro: Fortune 1000 struggles with tiered storage
Fortune 1000 storage professionals are grappling with challenges around tiering their storage environment, according to a recently completed study by TheInfoPro. While the survey found that 53% of storage professionals have already made the move to tiers, 25% are in the process and 11% have it in their plans the inability to move data between different tiers, performance issues and poor management tools were roadblocks to fully implementing the infrastructure, according to respondents.

The InfoPro survey also found that virtual tape libraries, followed by asynchronous remote data mirroring and 4 Gbps Fibre Channel were the hottest technologies among respondents.

The full report can be found here.

ProStor unveils RDX disk cartridge
Startup ProStor Systems has announced a 2.5-inch removable disk cartridge called RDX, which provides capacities of 60 GB to 400 GB and is aimed at replacing digital audio tape for server backup. The company's "disk-to-removable-disk" technology is robust enough to be archived for 20 years, the company claims. However it's still double the price of tape at $1 per gigabyte. Imation and Spectra Logic have announced similar products.

MTI, Index Engines partner
Index Engines launched a North American channel partner program for its search appliance. This program provides incentives and support for integrators and value-added resellers. Index Engines also announced that MTI Technology has signed on to sell and support the appliance.

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