Storage Digest: Overland Aims Up-market with 500-Cartridge Tape Library, and More
Enterprise StorageOverland Aims Up-market with 500-Cartridge Tape Library Overland Storage Inc. last week announced its biggest tape library yet with the 500-cartridge NEO 8000. The library, which uses the same robotic arm design as the previous-generation systems, now lets Overland cover the entire midrange tape spectrum, said Christopher Calisi, Overland president and CEO. The company expects to start shipping the 8000 by the end of 2003. Fara Yale, research analyst at Gartner Inc., said Overland will have a challenge in trying to prove itself to higher-end enterprise customers. "For Overland, its moving into new territory," she said. "Traditionally in the tape automation market, theyve been midrange to low-end player with smaller libraries. This will put them into competition with companies like StorageTek, which is very strong in high-end markets like that."
Personal StorageSony DVR Packs Plenty of Storage A new Sony hard-drive based digital video recorder will go on sale in November, capable of recording for two weeks nonstop, the company said this week. The Cocoon CSV-EX11 uses a pair of 250GB hard drives to record up to 342 hours of video in the lowest of three quality modes. Standard mode cuts this to 171 hours, while high quality mode reduces this further to a still-respectable 114 hoursor just under five days. There is no DVD drive built into the recorder but it is possible to link the machine via Ethernet to a Sony Vaio computer running the companys "Click to DVD" software. The CSV-EX11 will go on sale on November 1 in Japan at $,1380. Read the full story on: PCWorld.com LaCie Announces DVD±RW Drive with Porsche Design Skin LaCie this month will ship a new line of DVD drives designed by Porsche Design GmbH. The drives will be available with high-speed FireWire or USB 2.0 connection. Prices will start at $249, the company said. Read the full press release here
Storage BusinessApplied Micro Scoops Up JNI, Moves into Storage Applied Micro Circuits Corp. moved into the storage networking space recently with the acquisition of host bus adapter firm JNI Corp. "This acquisition significantly extends AMCCs networking silicon technology expertise beyond the Wide Area Network into the high-growth SAN market," AMCC CEO Dave Rickey said in a statement. Under the terms of the agreement, AMCC will pay $7 per share in cash for each outstanding share of JNIC common stock, or about $190 million, and will assume all outstanding JNI employee stock options. Read the full story on:InternetNews.com