Ever wished that all the important events in the storage market that week were neatly, simply and concisely gathered in one place? It's your lucky day.

ADIC released new software for the iPlatform, the architecture behind the company’s Scalar i2000 tape library. It significantly enhances the library’s ability to self-diagnose and resolve fault conditions to increase overall backup system availability.

CNT announced enhancements to its FC/9000 Fibre Channel/FICON Director. It now comes with additional Fibre Channel/FICON security, an improved interface, and enhancements to storage area network (SAN) performance. These new capabilities give customers a seamless migration path through interoperability with CNT's UltraNet Multi-service Director (UMD), the company said.

FalconStor announced that both the company's flagship product, IPStor Enterprise Edition, and its latest product, iSCSI Storage Server, have been certified compatible with Novell's NetWare version 6.5. Novell is moving full steam into Linux by the way, if you hadn't already noticed.

HP will reportedly offer QLogic switches as well as Brocade ones in its low-end Modular Smart Array 20 (MSA 20) systems later this year.

Storage brain drain at HP? Reports of executive departures at HP have led to a view that there might be a lack of capable senior management in HP's storage area - e.g. "Such departures have spurred some questions about a possible brain drain at HP. 'In storage in particular, so many executives have left that it is a bit hollow in that area,' said Shebly Serayfi of Merrill Lynch."

Hitachi GST tells us that it has a new, redesigned 1.8inch hard disk drive that is tailored to manufacturers' needs - easy to add in and smaller. It has replaced the standard notebook-based connector on its new Travelstar C4K60 series with a ZIF connector, widely implemented in CE (consumer electronics) devices today. With the ZIF connector, the new drive footprint is reduced by 10 percent and enables easier integration through a common connector, which the CE industry has been using successfully for many years.

LSI Logic - at this week's IDF Conference, LSI Logic will demonstrate the industry's first IOP-based SATA II RAID storage adapter, the MegaRAID SATA 300-8X, inside two 3U, 16-bay Advanced Industrial Computer (AIC) storage server plus expansion chassis.

MaXXan announced its MXVT intelligent switch, SG110T NAS gateway and SA100T disaster recovery and virtualisation storage systems were successfully tested under the IBM TotalStorage Proven program.

MaXXan has been doing its own certifying - it told us that it has certified Emulex's entire LightPulse family of Fibre Channel PCI and PCI-X host bus adapters (HBAs) for use with MaXXan's MXV family of intelligent SAN switches including the recently released enterprise-class LP10000, midrange LP1050 and dual-channel LP10000DC in Red Hat Linux and Windows 2000 operating environments.

MetaPass, a Silicon Valley start-up, announced availability of its MetaPass M500 Digital Key. It allows automatic login to any website (with any browser), application, and even terminal, without the need to type passwords. The digital key protects and stores passwords, and types them automatically. The user simply plugs it into the USB port, enters a PIN, and can access any of their accounts with a single click. There is no need to install any software and it can be used at work, at home, and on the road on any available PC.

Microsoft, according to Reuters, has won the Blu-ray DVD technology group's backing of a video compression standard for new high-definition discs, marking an advance for the software maker in an emerging consumer electronics arena. Two consortia, Blu-ray and HD DVD, are competing to become the technology for the next generation of DVDs which can store high-definition movies and many times the data of today's discs. Both groups, Blu-ray and HD DVD, have now backed three video compression standards, including VC-1, led by Microsoft, and the MPEG-4 AVS and MPEG-2 standards.

Promise Technology, a supplier of ATA RAID solutions, announced the availability of a line of Enhanced Serial ATA (SATA) host-bus adapters (HBAs) for SATA 1.5G drives. These new SATA controllers incorporate some new features and add support for the latest drive improvements like command queuing for increased I/O performance.

Verbatim is flashing its stuff and announcing a Store ‘n’ Go Pro line of USB flash drives Offering security features. The small and sleek devices support up to 23Mbit/s read and 14Mbit/s write speeds and are available in capacities ranging from 256MB to 2GB.

Events
Sanbolic will, at the forthcoming IBC conference and exhibition (Amsterdam RAI, 10th-14th September 2004), be showcasing the latest versions of its Melio FS Clustered File System and LaScala Clustered Volume Manager. Sanbolic and i3 Solutions will also unveil a new, highly affordable HD SAN product targeted at broadcasters and post-production facilities of all sizes.

Storage Expo runs from October 13th to the 14th at Olympia in London. Click here for the exhibitor list and more information about the event.