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Quick takes: Blade Runner

Kevin Komiega

DVD-RAM versus midrange tape

MaxOptix Corp., Fremont, Calif., has hit the streets with a new DVD-RAM library, a scalable multi-terabyte library that delivers the random accessibility, high-reliability and durability of optical disk technology at a price-per-megabyte that the company says is comparable with tape libraries. The new MaxOptix MXDVD-Enterprise Library base model features 436 media slots and a minimum of two 9.4G Byte DVD-RAM drives. It can be scaled to a maximum of 1,840 media slots and up to 64 DVD-RAM drives, for a total capacity of more than 17T Bytes. The company said that for most near-line applications, its DVD-RAM library is a better choice than tape.

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MaxOptix Corp.

A galaxy is in the works

Oceanport, N.J.-headquartered CommVault Systems Inc., has been chosen as a member of the Compaq Computer Corp. StorageWorks Value Partner Program. The Compaq program enables qualifying vendor partners to self-certify backup software for direct, networked and advanced storage area network (SAN) environments. According to the company, CommVault's Galaxy software and Compaq's Enterprise Backup Solution together provide pre-tested data management and protection solutions that enable enterprise and business class customers to manage and protect business-critical data in Windows and UNIX environments. CommVault Galaxy software is a global data protection solution that scales to handle multiple terabytes of capacity.

CommVault Systems Inc.

Compaq Computer Corp.

Dot Hill debuts RAID Blade storage system

Dot Hill Systems Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., unveiled its new ultra thin, rack-mountable storage system, dubbed the SANnet RAID Blade, designed for a tight fit in places where space is sparse. The RAID Blade boasts up to 292G Bytes of storage in a 1U (1.75 inches high) system, which Dot Hill says makes the storage system ideal for web hosting, email server, and co-location applications. The RAID Blade transfers data at rates up to 160M Bytes/sec, comes with a RAID controller and four hot-swappable SCSI disks drives of 18G Bytes, 36G Bytes or 73G Bytes., and can be managed using the company's SANscape software.

Dot Hill Systems Corp.

Putting storage in sync

ECCS Inc., Tinton Falls, N.J., has introduced a new storage management solution called the Synchronism Storage Management System. ECCS said Synchronism aggregates, virtualizes and manages diverse storage resources and provisions those resources over Internet Protocol (IP). Synchronism provides full redundancy and unifies storage area networks (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) to provide the SAN-type storage management, while integrating NAS applications in a more extensive and accessible storage network, according to the company.

ECCS Inc.

Solid state gets a new player

Winchester Systems Inc., Burlington, Mass., has rolled out a new solid-state disk (SSD) product, the FlashSSD. Winchester Systems said the new FlashSSD complements its family of high performance FlashDisk OpenRAID enterprise storage products, giving the company a variety of SAN-capable, high performance enterprise storage products that can be "mixed-and-matched" to different applications. FlashSSD is a non-volatile solid-state disk product that delivers a sustained and constant 12,000 I/O operations per second and 40M Bytes/sec data throughput. A typical FlashSSD model with 500M Bytes of storage and SCSI interconnect is priced at $20,200.

Winchester Systems Inc.

Managing storage across the pond

K-Par Archiving Software Ltd., a optical storage archive and data management specialist, has partnered with German jukebox manufacturer, ASM GmbH & Co. KG in a move that the company says will strengthen position in Europe as a major archive management software vendor. The partnership widens the potential marketplace for both organizations. For K-Par, the collaboration helps make its automated library management and archiving solution, Archimedia more accessible to large organizations as well as strengthen its offering across Europe. It will also help expand sales within the UK, mainland Europe and the US for ASM by making its jukeboxes available on a number of different platforms including Solaris and Windows NT/2000. ASM's jukebox systems have capacities between 20 and 1700 slots per jukebox and up to 48 drives, while K-Par's Archimedia data management software features file-based caching.

Advanced Digital Information Corp.

ASM GmbH & Co.

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