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Enterprise Storage Snapshots - 2/27/04

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Enterprise Storage Snapshots offers a weekly wrap-up of what's going on in the storage industry.Here are our storage news highlights for the last week of February: Snap Appliance's Snap Servers receive capacity boosts, Tumbleweed and iLumin partner on email management and compliance, Addonics adds a SATA disk array and disk controller to its product portfolio, FivePoints debuts a compliance on demand solution for email and IM communications, and Storactive launches a webcast series on continuous data protection for Exchange Servers.


Snap Appliance Boosts Capacities of Snap Servers

Snap Appliance this week announced upgraded capacity configurations for three of its Snap Server network-attached storage (NAS) products, with two of the new configurations available for less than $4/GB.

Snap Server 1100 and 2200

Snap Server 1100 and 2200

The San Jose, Calif.-based company's Snap Server 1100 adds a new 250GB configuration to the existing 80GB and 160GB capacity offerings, while the Snap Server 2200 is now offered in a 500GB configuration to go along with the current 320GB model. The Snap Server 1100 is designed to serve as an ideal standalone file server for workgroup customers with portable storage needs, while the Snap Server 2200 is targeted at small workgroups and remote offices, and includes RAID 1 disk mirroring for increased data protection.

Snap Server 4200

Snap Server 4200

The Snap Server 4200 departmental NAS solution is now available with 640GB of storage capacity to complement the existing 320GB model, and includes hot-swappable drives, integrated anti-virus, local backup software, Microsoft Active Directory support, snapshot technology, and dual Gigabit Ethernet networking support.

"Snap Appliance is committed to providing innovative and scalable storage solutions combined with enterprise-class features to meet the needs of workgroup, departmental, and remote office users," says Mark Pollard, vice president of marketing for Snap Appliance. "Snap Appliance continues to provide the broadest product line in the industry, and strives to maintain the value and simplicity our customers have come to expect."

The 250GB Snap Server 1100, 500GB Snap Server 2200, and 640GB Snap Server 4200 are currently available through Snap Appliance's channel partners at MSRPs of $999.00, $1,999.00, and $3,495.00, respectively. Additional information is available from the Snap Appliance website.

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Tumbleweed and iLumin Partner on Email Management and Compliance

iLumin Software Services and Tumbleweed Communications have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to jointly offer integrated email protection and enterprise archiving and compliance solutions to customers in the financial services and other industries. Under terms of the agreement, Tumbleweed and iLumin will jointly sell their integrated email firewall, email archival, and regulatory compliance solutions to new prospects.

Reston, Va.-based iLumin also announced that it has acquired Tumbleweed's Message Monitor email archiving product. Message Monitor will join iLumin's flagship enterprise message management and archiving suite, Assentor Enterprise, in delivering complete archiving, regulatory compliance, corporate supervision, mailbox management, discovery, and litigation support services.

Tumbleweed's Email Firewall

Tumbleweed's Email Firewall

Under the new partnership, iLumin's products will be offered with Redwood City, Calif.-based Tumbleweed's Email Firewall, an appliance designed to protect, filter, and secure inbound and outbound corporate email traffic at the Internet gateway. The Email Firewall also includes an integrated set of anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-hacker, content filtering, and secure messaging capabilities.

"Our customers and prospects want a best-of-breed compliance solution that integrates with our email firewall," states Jeffrey C. Smith, CEO and Chairman, Tumbleweed Communications. "That's why we are so excited about partnering with a market leader focused on email surveillance and archival. Together we can offer the broadest array of solutions to help organizations secure and manage their email communication stream."

"The combination of Tumbleweed and iLumin's email capabilities provides customers with a solution that encompasses the entire lifecycle of an email message," says Steve Schneider, CEO, iLumin.

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Additional Briefs for 2/27/04 on Page 2:
Addonics Adds Serial ATA Disk Array and Controller
Compliance on Demand Solution Debuts from FivePoints
Storactive Webcasts Continuous Data Protection for Exchange Series

Additional Briefs for 2/27/04 on Page 1:
Tumbleweed and iLumin Partner on Email Management and Compliance
Snap Appliance Boosts Capacities of Snap Servers


Addonics Adds Serial ATA Disk Array and Controller

A recently released 4-drive Serial ATA (SATA) disk array and a companion 4-Port RAID controller from Addonics Technologies are designed to make integrating high-speed SATA RAID technology "a simple and cost-effective option for any PC-compatible system," according to the company.

Addonics Disk Array 4SA

Addonics Disk Array 4SA

The Addonics Disk Array 4SA system accommodates up to four 3.5" SATA hard drives and utilizes SATA 1.0-compliant technology to deliver 150 MB/sec throughput. The disk array's hard drives can be set up in different configurations, including RAID 0 (Disk Stripping for high performance), RAID 1 (disk mirroring and duplexing for fault tolerance), or RAID 0+1 using four hard drives.

The Disk Array 4SA can be purchased separately or bundled with the SATA 4-Port RAID controller, which adds four internal SATA ports to a PC-compatible system and supports SATA drives of any capacity.

The Addonics Disk Array 4SA has a list price of $149, while the Disk Array with the 4-port RAID controller lists for $199.

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Compliance on Demand Solution Debuts from FivePoints

FivePoints (formerly Opus-i) this week announced the debut of its SEC-compliant messaging solution designed to help financial services firms rapidly comply with SEC, NYSE, NASD, and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations for email and instant messaging electronic communications.

FivePoints has integrated world-class technologies from Microsoft, KVS, EMC, IMlogic, and Omniva to offer customers an outsourced, rapidly deployable compliant messaging solution that requires no capital investment in hardware and software. By integrating the most advanced technology solutions in email, instant message archiving, hosting, storage and security, FivePoints instantly satisfies the five key areas of compliant messaging, according to the New York, N.Y.-based company.

"We recognize that small and mid-sized financial firms need a close partner with an in-depth understanding of how they work," says Heather Davisson, FivePoints' co-founder and SVP Business Development. "Our primary goal with FivePoints is to alleviate the compliance burden with no hidden costs and predictable monthly service fees. Our solution allows businesses to focus on what's most import to them — their customers — rather than messaging compliance."

Tools included in the solution include KVS' Compliance Accelerator and IMlogic's IM Manager for surveillance rules and processes, EMC Centera and Sony AIT WORM tapes for data archival, KVS' K-Vault and EMC Centera online storage for message discovery and retrieval, and Omniva Policy Manager and Microsoft RM Server for data protection. FivePoints fully manages the hardware, software, and network environment for its hosted solution.

Additional information is available from the Five Points web site.

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Storactive Webcasts Continuous Data Protection for Exchange Series

Storactive this week hosted a live webcast entitled Eliminating the Exchange Backup and Recovery Window that "details how recent technological advances can dramatically reduce the time and effort traditionally required to back up, recover messages, and manage data on Microsoft Exchange Server."

The webcast will be available the entire month of March every Wednesday at 11AM PST. Led by Jake McGill, executive director of sales with Storactive, the presentation and demonstration offers information and instruction on the benefits, development history, capabilities, and technology of Storactive's LiveServ.

The LiveServ disk-based software is designed to continuously back up Exchange Servers and achieve rapid, zero-loss recovery of individual messages, mailboxes, and entire data stores. The data protection solution restores downed servers to any point in time up to the point of failure, even if log files are destroyed, according to the company.

Those interested in signing up for one of the March webcast sessions should visit http://www.storactive.com/solutions/liveServ/webCast.asp or e-mail sales@storactive.com.

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