LONGMONT, Colo., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- OnStream, Inc., developer of
affordable, high-capacity, removable storage for the server and desktop
markets, today announced it will unveil four new products at COMDEX Fall '98
(Booth #L6070) in Las Vegas, Nev. on November 16. OnStream's patented
Advanced Digital Recording(TM) (ADR) technology is the foundation for its
innovative storage solutions. With their unique blend of high capacity, high
performance, excellent reliability, convenience and affordability, OnStream
solutions fill rapidly growing voids in the market. Backed by Philips
Electronics, GE Capital, Charterhouse International and William B.
Beierwaltes, OnStream's chairman and CEO, OnStream has partnered with leading
technology companies including Verbatim(R) Corporation for cartridge
manufacturing and development support, and Computer Associates for server
"The PC server market is seeing strong unit growth with rapidly declining
prices. Server backup solutions must be able to keep pace with these cost
declines. There is a significant opportunity for products that can address
any cost of ownership disconnect while still providing the right capacity,
performance and reliability," said Fara Yale, director and principal analyst,
Dataquest's Computer Storage Group.
"Server customers face an increasing need for reliable backup solutions
that can keep up with growing hard drive capacities while simultaneously
staying in sync with falling server costs. OnStream's new digital tape drives
fill that void. And, with multimedia and faster Internet access driving
exponential increases in content, power desktop customers have a growing need
for a single removable solution that can provide high volumes of easy access
storage, as well as effortless, completely automatic backup and organization
of all their files," said Beierwaltes. "These new products deliver an
unprecedented blend of capacity and convenience to fulfill these unmet needs
in today's booming removable storage market. And, ADR technology provides a
potent growth path into the future."
Products and Technology
OnStream's SC30 and SC50 digital tape drives for PC servers and mission
critical workstations are internal SCSI solutions that provide 30 gigabytes*
and 50 gigabytes* respectively, and a native transfer rate of up to 2MB/sec.
Minimum advertised pricing is US $499 for the SC30 and US $699 for the SC50.
With an ability to back up the hard disks of most PC servers on a single
cartridge, OnStream's solutions are more than half the cost of competing
products with similar capacities. With a breakthrough eight-channel array
head, a sophisticated embedded servo system, spatially distributed ECC, and a
bit error rate of only 1 in 10(19), OnStream's digital tape drives deliver a
unique level of reliability for mission-critical installations.
The SC30 and SC50 will be compatible with leading network backup software,
including Computer Associates' ARCserve(R)IT(TM) storage management solution.
ARCserve(R)IT(TM), which delivers backup/restore for homogeneous Windows NT
environments, will be bundled with selected OnStream SKUs. Both the SC30 and
SC50 include OnStream Echo(TM) software for workstations.
OnStream's DI30 (Internal IDE) and DP30 (External Parallel Port) digital
drives for power desktop PC customers offer up to 30 gigabytes of storage and
a native transfer rate of up to 1 MB/sec. The first "set-it-and-forget-it"
removable storage solutions for the desktop, these unique products combine the
capacity and low cost per gigabyte of a high-performance tape drive with the
familiar usability model of a disk drive. Enabled by the innovative OnStream
Echo software, these solutions provide customers gigabytes of extra "drag and
drop" storage, completely automatic daily backup, and effortless organization
of and access to all files on their removable media.
OnStream's Digital Drives are compatible with Microsoft(R) Windows 95(TM),
98(TM) and NT(TM) and can back up today's large hard drives on only one
cartridge. Minimum advertised pricing is US $299 for the DI30 and US $399 for
Additional Storage as Low as $1 per Gigabyte
Removable 30GB and 50GB ADR cartridges complete OnStream's innovative
product offering. The 30GB cartridges, priced as low as $33** per cartridge,
work in both the 30GB and 50GB drives. The 50GB cartridges, priced as low as
$43** per cartridge, work in the 50GB drive. Both types of cartridges will be
available in single and three packs.
Availability of OnStream's new products is planned for the first quarter
"As a major supporter of OnStream and its ADR technology, we have great
confidence in its ability to become a leader in the removable storage market,"
said Chris Stuve, Managing Director, Philips Components. "OnStream's new
products offer outstanding new alternatives for today's computer users who
demand low-cost, high-capacity storage."
"In developing the media technology for OnStream's new digital tape
drives, our objective was to complement the capacity and performance of ADR
technology with the highest levels of reliability while keeping storage costs
low," said Randy Queen, Verbatim's Vice President of Technology and Business
Development. "Based on early reactions from our customers, we see huge
opportunities for ADR-based solutions in today's storage hungry marketplace."
"By combining Computer Associates' ARCserve(R)IT(TM) storage management
solutions with OnStream's digital tape drives, OnStream will provide server
users with virtually effortless management and protection of their critical
information at a price that makes sense," said Ken Farber, Vice President of
Strategic Business Alliances of Computer Associates.
OnStream is led by Beierwaltes, who brings extensive entrepreneurial and
management experience to the company. Beierwaltes previously served as CEO
and chairman of Colorado Memory Systems, a company he founded to design and
manufacture tape backup systems for PCs. The company achieved approximately
65 percent market share before being sold to Hewlett-Packard in 1992.
OnStream, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 to deliver affordable high-
capacity removable storage solutions for PC servers, workstations, and power
desktops. The privately held, Colorado-based company is a spin-off from
Philips Electronics of The Netherlands. Philips holds significant equity in
the new company. Powered by its patented ADR technology, OnStream's initial
products offer up to 50 gigabytes of capacity and target the growing need for
solutions that can deliver the right blend of capacity, performance,
reliability and convenience -- all at prices that make sense for today's power
desktop and PC server computer users.
For more information about OnStream's partners, see
http://www.philips.com, http://www.verbatimcorp.com, http://www.cai.com.
*Capacities assume 2:1 compression using backup software. Capacity and
performance will vary with file types and system configuration.
**Based on minimum advertised pricing of 3-pack SKU.
OnStream, ADR, OnStream Echo, the OnStream logo and ADR logo are
trademarks of OnStream, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their
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