Quick Takes: Software, tape, and discs

Visualize your SAN

Prisa Networks, Inc., has released its latest offering to the world of network management software for storage area networks (SANs) in the form of the VisualSAN Network Management Suite. The first two applications in the software suite, VisualSAN Network Manager (NM) and VisualSAN Performance Manager (PM), will be available to OEMs and Storage Service Providers (SSPs) in December, 2000 and early 2001, respectively. VisualSAN Network Manager provides service level management of SANs through graphical visualization, event correlation, and alert generation. The software automatically discovers, manages, and monitors multi-vendor SAN devices, including switches, hubs, routers, host bus adapters, and storage systems and automatically generates a graphical topology map depicting the SAN network elements, servers, storage systems, SCSI logical units, and their interconnects. Prisa is headquartered in San Diego, Calif.

Prisa Networks, Inc.

HP adds to tape lineup

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., has made some additions to its line of networked storage products. The latest offerings include a complete family of HP Surestore Ultrium products, the HP Surestore DLT1 tape drive and autoloader, the HP Surestore Disk Array XP48 and a number of XP solutions. HP plans to offer Ultrium technology with its industry-leading HP Surestore tape library product family that ranges from entry-level tape drives to high-end libraries. A suite of software enhancements complements the XP48 and XP512 for complete open storage solutions.

Hewlett-Packard Co.

Eurologic builds SANblocs

Boxborough, Mass.-based Eurologic Systems Corp. announced its SANbloc network storage system, a 2G-Bit/sec Fibre Channel-ready network storage system designed for rapidly evolving storage area networking (SAN) environments. SANbloc is the first product line in Eurologic's new FLEXIbloc family of network storage solutions and is built on Eurologic's Flexible Storage Architecture (FSA). FSA enables users to quickly and cost-effectively optimize their storage solutions to their changing storage needs, applications and network environments, simply by adding component "building blocks." For example, SANbloc can go from JBOD to RAID within the same subsystem with the simple swap of a module. Eurologic is accepting orders for SANbloc now. The system is available in rack-mount and desk-side configurations. Entry-level RAID pricing, without disk drives, starts at $10,100, or less than 5 cents per megabyte with 14 36GB disk drives. Entry-level JBOD pricing, without disk drives, starts at $3,300 with 14 36G Byte disk drives.

Eurologic Systems Corp.

Solid Fibre Flash

BiTMicro Networks, Inc., introduced a new Fibre Channel component, E-Disk FC3000, and a Fibre Channel E-Disk RAID System this week. E-Disk FC3000 is designed to offer value for a fast, scalable and high availability storage solution in Storage Area Networks (SANs). It provides I/O rates of up to 30,000 I/O per second and data transfer rates of up to 100M Bytes/sec in a 3.5" form factor with capacities ranging from 1 to 36G Bytes. The E-Disk FC3000 series is a new class of all-electronic Fibre Channel storage solutions with no moving parts and is built on the patented FlashBus technology and is fully compatible with Linux, Solaris, Windows, MacOS, and LynxOS. Other operating systems to be supported include AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, NetBSD, OS/2, QNX, VxWorks, SCO Unixware and OpenServer, Solaris X86 and Tru64. Production quantities of the initial product release will be available Q1 2001.

BiTMicro Networks, Inc.

IBM aims at OEMs

IBM announced the ProSCSI JBOD DL2000J storage subsystem, the first in a new generation of storage solutions aimed at Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and resellers who integrate and sell external storage. The operating system-independent, high density Ultra 160 SCSI JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) enclosure increases storage subsystem capacity by 40% over the previous offering. IBM plans to offer several additional members to the OEM subsystem family, including both Fibre Channel and SCSI JBOD and RAID subsystem solutions that support the next generation of connectivity and storage technologies. The ProSCSI JBOD DL2000J is shipping now to OEMs and by Q1 2001 to the IBM Technology Group (TG) worldwide sales and channel network. Pricing starts at $2,999.

IBM Storage

It's in the cards

This week, SmartDisk Corp., a developer of consumer electronics products, unveiled its new Vector Flash Memory Readers for downloading digital content from SmartMedia and CompactFlash memory cards. With SmartDisk's USB-powered Vector Flash Memory Readers for the Windows and Mac operating systems, consumers can transfer digital images, music and data from digital cameras, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and the Internet. The readers enable users to copy or move digital files stored on SmartMedia or CompactFlash memory cards from one digital appliance to another, or to and from computers, external storage drives or the Internet up to 33 times faster than with traditional serial-port connections. SmartDisk's Dual Media Reader, which reads both CompactFlash and SmartMedia, is priced at $69.95 and is currently available through the SmartDisk Web sites as well as through retailers and e-tailers.

SmartDisk Corp.

Fujitsu debuts mobile platters

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), has introduced a new line of 2.5-inch mobile hard drives at 10G Bytes per platter. The new mobile series includes capacities of 10, 15, 20, and 30G Bytes for notebook PCs and emerging market applications. The drives have a 28.7M-Bit/sec transfer rate and an average seek time of 12ms. The new mobile drives from Fujitsu are available in 9.5mm and 12.5mm z-heights depending on the capacity point with an Ultra ATA/66 interface, 4200RPM spindle speed, and an increased buffer of 2M Bytes.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Rutilus Software tackles storage over the Internet

Rutilus Software, Inc., a developer of data protection and online data storage solutions, has new Internet data storage software for businesses called eBack DataCenter. A configuration of software modules, eBack DataCenter offers data storage capabilities over the Internet for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Application Service Providers (ASPs). The new software enables corporate IT managers to implement and administer the system on their own corporate server, and allows company personnel to have direct access to data files anytime and from any Internet access location. EBack DataCenter software will be available to corporate customers, ISPs and ASPs in late Q4 2000.

Rutilus Software, Inc.

Crank up that jukebox

Working closely with engineers from Hitachi Ltd., JVC America's Corp.'s (JVC) Digital Storage Systems Division is cranking up the capacity of its disc-based "jukebox" data storage systems with the introduction of a new disc capable of 9.4G Bytes of storage (dual-sided). These new Write Once Read Many (WORM) Discs and Drives are based on the latest and most widely accepted DVD-RAM specifications and are read compatible with all existing DVD and CD discs and are capable of writing and erasing DVD-RAM discs. Developed in partnership with Hitachi, the world's largest DVD-RAM drive manufacturer, this new Write Once Disc is also being developed for use with other major jukebox systems manufactured by NSM and Plasmon.

JVC America's Corp.

Hitachi, Ltd.

NSM Storage, Inc.

Plasmon, Inc.

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