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Are you getting enough Fibre?

Next month, San Jose, Calif. will play host to the Fibre Channel Technology Conference (FCTC). An event designed to cover all things storage-related, the tutorials and presentations will encompass a wide range of storage networking issues. Although the conference series is named the "Fibre Channel" technology conference, presentations also cover other technologies including NAS (network attached storage), Infiniband and SCSI/IP. The conference also includes a vendor expo.

Dr. Lance Leventhal, conference chairman, said FCTC 2000 will also have an extensive free program, including an issues roundtable on "What Is the Key to Making SANs Commonplace?", the keynote Robin Purohit of Veritas on "How to Extend the Capabilities of First Generation SANs", and open tutorials on SAN, Fibre Channel management MIB, long-distance SANs, clustering, file sharing, market analysis, SAN management tools and techniques, file caching, Fibre Channel vs. Gigabit Ethernet, heterogeneous SAN deployment, and testing. These are open to everyone at no charge.

The FCTC2000 will be held October 10 - 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel/Parkside Hall, San Jose, Calif.

More information can be found at the FCTC Web site,

Over sea, over air, Overland AIT LibraryPro connects remote users

Overland Data Inc., San Diego, Calif., a maker of tape backup products, said its AIT LibraryPro automated tape library has been certified for use with Connected's TLM new Internet-based eSupport services and software, which delivers PC application and system self-healing, PC migration, asset discovery, disaster recovery and backup for enterprises of all sizes.

Available as an Internet service, or deployed in a company's data center, TLM utilizes Overland's AIT LibraryPro to efficiently store this data. Connected TLM enables IT departments and help desks to manage onsite or remotely located PCs by silently and securely capturing all PC information on a regular basis and sending it to a central server, enabling any file, application or system to be automatically retrieved or repaired.

The AIT LibraryPro, can be scaled from one to nine modules for a maximum configuration of 8.55T Bytes of native capacity and a throughput of 388G Bytes/hour using Sony's AIT-2 drives.

Shall we Dantz?

Dantz Development Corp., has joined the ranks of those who support IBM's LTO tape drives. The Orinda, Calif.-backup software developer is offering a free upgrade to its Retrospect Backup software to accommodate the LTO Ultrium tape drives. The free upgrades to the Windows and Mac OS versions of Retrospect add LTO drivers to the backup software's built-in device driver database, allowing Retrospect to automatically recognize and support the high-performance drives.

The upgrades will be available mid-September. Retrospect for Windows users may download a free update, to Retrospect 5.15, from . Mac users with the Retrospect Advanced Driver Kit (required for high-end tape drives) should email for a free driver update that includes Ultrium support.

Interphase receives Windows 2000 certification for new Fibre Channel suite

Dallas, Texas-based networking technologies supplier, Interphase Corp., has been given Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT certification for its new Fibre Channel device drivers. The certification was received after the company's PowerSAN Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and newly developed device drivers passed testing at Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL).

With WHQL certification, the new Interphase drivers will be included on future Windows 2000/NT distribution CDs from Microsoft.

The new Interphase device drivers are based on the company's new SND software architecture that provides a common driver suite across all PowerSAN 2000 Fibre Channel adapters and supported operating systems.

The Microsoft certified SND driver suite is available on the Interphase Web site, allowing customers to download the driver that contains the Microsoft digital signature.

Dataram scores qualification for new Intel platform

Independent memory manufacturer, Dataram Corp. Princeton, N.J., was first to achieve CMTL(Computer Memory Test Labs) Gold certification status for it's 128M Byte, 256M Byte and 512M Byte memory modules for Intel's new SKA4 server. Gold certification requires that the PCBs be tested and pass the stringent IPC class 2 specifications which includes cross sections, material thickness verifications and electrical characteristics. Dataram is offering 3 capacities, all Registered, ECC, 100MHz SDRAM DIMM modules. DTM60089 (128MB), DTM60287 (256MB), and DTM60091 (512MB) are available now.

Legato targets service provider market with new program

From its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Legato Systems, Inc., is taking its enterprise storage management tools and taking aim on the blossoming service provider (SP) market. Legato announced a new program, called Legato SP Advantage, that offers data protection and availability solutions to help SPs deliver service-level agreements to end-users with a 'pay as you grow' approach.

Legato SP Advantage delivers product solutions, support and revenue/risk-sharing options, along with co-marketing and co-branding initiatives


Legato recently created the Service Provider Advisory Board, a collaboration of Service Providers to identify and meet the special requirements of SP customers. The first meeting was held August 24th-26th, 2000 in Palo Alto, where SPs ranging from general infrastructure to storage-specific SPs met and discussed business and technology issues facing the market. The SP Advisory Board will hold regular, semiannual meetings.

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