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Networking Storage

Storage Network & Vicom Partnership

StorageNetworks Inc, of Waltham, Mass., and Vicom Systems Inc., of Fremont, Calif., have entered into a partnership. StorageNetworks will standardize on Vicom's storage virtualization routers and software to provide its computer storage infrastructure. StorageNetworks will make an equity investment in Vicom, as well as enter into a joint technology development program with the company.

Information: Reader Response no. 311.


Optical Image Technology Inc., of State College, Pa., has updated its IntraVIEWER product, incorporating Allaire's ColdFusion server to allow for load-balancing and fault tolerance in both single and multiple server environments. IntraVIEWER offers Internet access to files archived in the Optical Image Technology repository in a single server set up; while IntraVIEWER Enhanced handles multiple-server environments.

Information: Reader Response no. 312.

External Backpack

Micro Solutions Inc. has released a multi-purpose, portable 20 GB External Hard Drive designed for users who need to transport files to and from the office and home. The backpack hard drives can store sensitive documents off the computer and outside the firewall, protecting the data from unwanted online intrusion. They also can be used to load software applications on multiple PCs. Model number 154015 includes parallel and USB port interfaces, while model number 153015 includes a PC Card and parallel port interfaces.

Information: Reader Response no. 313.

Firmware 2.0

Advanced Media Services Inc. has released firmware 2.0 for its Dakota RAID network attached storage appliance. New features include support for Macintosh clients, global hot spares, Gigabit Ethernet, file level security for NFS environments, VERITAS Backup Exec agent and support for basic tape drive autoloaders. Macintosh clients can now access DakotaRAID over TCP/IP or AppleTalk.

Information: Reader Response no. 314.


MediaFORM has released REFLECTION, a one-to-one CD-R duplicating system. Features include Audio Track Extraction, to create personalized compilations; and "Burn-Proof" technology, which allows the recorder to resume the writing process in the event of a buffer under-run (salvaging the CD-R and completing the writing process from where the error occurred). The device is housed in a self-contained desktop chasis and weighs under 15 pounds. It has 12X speed and the one-drive unit burns from eight to 70 CDs per hour, depending on file size.

Information: Reader Response no. 315.

NetFORCE 3000 Series

Procom Technology Inc. has released the NetFORCE 3000 Series of Network Attached System appliances, in two models:

* The NetFORCE 3100HA is an entry-level unit that features fault-tolerant architecture that includes dual-active Fibre RAID controllers and redundant cooling fans and power supplies as well as the NetFORCE 3200 Symmetric Fault Tolerant appliance.

* The NetFORCE 3200SFT builds on the 3100HA design by adding ultra high availability, clustered dual-active server modules that ensure no single point of failure for virtual zero downtime.

NetFORCE's failover architecture provides transparent recovery in less than five seconds -- even in the event of catastrophic server failure, so applications and users remain unaffected, the company says.

Information: Reader Response no. 316.

SlimLine Series Inc. announced the release of the SlimLine DX HDD Hard Drive Series.

The device is hot-swappable, externally powered, and a two ports for chaining additional devices on the same bus. The FireWire ready hard drive offers users configurations of 20/30/60/80 GB for all 1394 enabled computers.

Information: Reader Response no. 317.


CaminoSoft Corp. has to released the T-Rex data management appliance . It offers transparent virtual storage that is unlimited and stores files in a high-speed, high capacity RAID-5 fast cache array that is scalable to 12TB.

When combined with its various platform-specific server migration agents such a Novell Netware and Microsoft NT/Windows 2000, T-Rex provides an infinite repository for seldom-used data files, the company say.

It supports Windows NT/2000, Novell NetWare 4/5 Server Migration Agents and/or direct-attach clients for Win 9x, Macintosh, DOS and UNIX platforms.

Information: Reader Response no. 318.


Mobility Electronics Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Az., has released the EasiDock USB 300F and 300FE docking stations. Both units includes a universal USB interface with four ports, flash memory reader/writer, legacy ports, hot-docking and undocking, and capability for adding up to 1 GB of removable storage with IBM Micro Drive. Both are compatible with Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME. The 300FE model also comes with a built in 10 Base-T Ethernet.

Information: Reader Response no. 319.


TriFlash, from SanDisk Corp, is a high capacity, small-sized embedded flash memory device, scheduled for release in early 2001.

It includes: a high performance serial interface with three input/output pins; architecture that allows the seamless integration of embedded flash with removable MultiMediaCards or Secure Digital Cards for incremental storage; scalability that allows all storage capacities.

TriFlash is available in 128/256/512 MB capacities which translate into 16/32/64 MB of storage.

Information: Reader Response no. 320.

Panasonic Drive

Panasonic Industrial Co. reports that Compaq Computer Corp. will offer Panasonic's 4.7 GB DVD-RAM drive as an option with the Presario 7000 series desktop PCs, Compaq Deskpro Workstations, and Compaq Professional Workstations. The drive can also function as a 24x CD reader as well as playback for DVD video, DVD ROM and DVD-R discs. Offering seven times the capacity of a CD and 100 times the write/rewrite cycles. The 4.7 GB drive single-sided media can store up to two hours of theatre quality video. It offers rewritability, as well as random-read and random-write capabilities, in turn allowing it to function like a hard drive but with a much lower storage cost for users.

Information: Reader Response no. 321.


Fiery X4 Color Server

Kyocera Mita America Inc. has introduced the Fiery X4 Color Server. It offers the Kyocera Mita Ci7600 color copier/printer network, as well as increased printing capabilities, the company says. The new unit helps users preview, edit and merge multi-page publications for true document set printing. The Fiery X4 enables the Ci 7600 to produce six pages-per-minute for full-color and 23 p-p-m for black and white. It includes 128 MB of memory.

Information: Reader Response no. 322.

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