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August - Portlock Software
Volume 1
Issue 1
Augus
ugustt 2002
PORTLOCK SOFTWARE RELEASES STORAGE MANAGER 3.0...
news flash
Butte, Montana – June, 2002 – Portlock Software announced
the highly anticipated pre-release of Storage Manager 3.0,
offering full support of NetWare 6. Storage
Manager now operates on NetWare 3, 4, 5, &
6 servers. A tenative release date for the
production version is scheduled for midAugust.
This release is the latest in a tight
relationship between Portlock and Novell,
Inc.
Portlock was founded in January of
2000, and has quickly become the storage
management solution of choice among NetWare
users.
Adding to its rise in popularity
was Portlock’s ability to offer both traditional and NSS
support in NetWare 5 & 6.
Storage Manager is one of a very small number of products on
the market that can completely backup or image a NetWare
server including DOS partitions, traditional NetWare volumes
and NSS volumes. Storage Manager’s complete support for
NetWare allows for very fast server migration, system recovery
and server duplication.
“The release of Storage Manager 3.0 is significant to our
company and the industry. We are the only company that can
offer traditional and NSS support,” said John J. Hanley,
President/CEO of Portlock Software. “Our development team
is identifying opportunities for increased competitiveness,
and we are moving quickly on those opportunities.”
Portlock also released Disk Test, a feature of Storage
Manager, with NetWare 6 support. Disk Test is a powerful,
comprehensive tool for testing disk drives and NetWare
partitions on Novell NetWare.
in this issue...
THE MISSION of Portlock Software
is to respond to all support requests promptly and professionally. By providing outstanding
customer support, and promoting
a dynamic, innovative company that
thrives on competition, Portlock
Software is developing powerful,
comprehensive solutions for storage management. We are creating
tomorrow’s storage management
software today!
♦New Releases
♦What’s Happening at
Portlock
♦Changes
♦Community Involvement
♦Future Plans
♦Tricks of the Trade
-Tips and Techniques
from the experts at Portlock
♦Department Spotlight
Page 2
August 2002
PORTLOCK IS CHANGING FACES...
Perhaps you have noticed that Portlock is sporting a new look. Along
with a new motto and a new logo, plans are in the making to re-design
the company’s web-site.
With Portlock’s rapid expansion, we felt we needed to improve our
look with something that showed that we aim to be a leader in the
global industry - both in image and productivity.
OUT WITH THE OLD...
IN WITH THE NEW
FOUR MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF
PORTLOCK SOFTWARE IN
BUTTE...
Portlock celebrated our fourmonth
anniversary of being in
Butte Montana on June 19th at
the Acoma in Butte. An informative presentation was given by
Jeff Hartwick and Jammie Walker
of the Portlock team. They discussed the history of Portlock
and where the company is venturing in the future.
Key people from the area that attended the event were: Judy Jacobson,
Cheif Executive of Butte Silver Bow; Dr. Frank Gilmore, Chancellor of
Montana Tech; Steve Gallus and Dan Harrington, both Represenatives of
Butte Silver Bow; Michael Mulcahy, Mike Kerns, Ristine Hall and Paul
Baab - all Commissioners of the County; and Kathy Chebul and Jack
Hanley, from the local press.
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Interested in becoming a Reseller for Portlock Software? Mention this
newsletter and recieve an additional 10% discount! Contact our Sales
Department for more information at (406) 723-5200.
Page 3
August 2002
DID YOU KNOW?
√
Portlock presently has 16
resellers worldwide!
√
Storage Manager can write
a 4.5 GB image to DVD in just
30 minutes!
PORTLOCK HELPS
BUTTE
SAVE THE FIREWORKS
A 4th of July tradition in Butte was
in jeopardy this year, when news broke
out that the organization responsible
for the fireworks show was in debt.
Unless $31,290 was paid to a Bozeman
fireworks firm, there would be no fireworks this year in Butte.
When word of the trouble got out, Chris
Ackerman, station manager for KAAR,
KMBR and KXTL and his staff, launched
a fund-raiser and with community support, including many large-dollar donations, they raised more than double
the
amount
needed.
John Hanley, President/CEO of Portlock
Software, heard about the trouble the
community was in. He immediatley
stepped up and began the CEO Challenge. He donated $600 and challenged
any other CEO in the community to match
his donation.
Through the combined community efforts,
a total of $71,000 was raised - ensuring a fireworks show for not only this
year - but many years to come!
√
Novell NetWare can move a
block of data at a rate of 30 120 blocks per second!
√
Storage Manager currently
supports CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVDRW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM
in DVD writers.
√
Portlock is in the process
of opening an office in Perth,
Australia. This will further
extend our global reach!
September 2-6, 2002
Portlock President/CEO John J.
anced
Hanley will present Adv
Advanced
Intr
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age on
Introduction
orage
NetW
are 6 at BrainShare UK. This
NetWare
presentation will discuss the features
and benefits of NSS Storage on
NetWare 6 servers. Join us for what
will prove to be an informative and
effective presentation.
For more information on BrainShare
UK, please go to http://
www.salfordcomputing.com/
brainshare/index.html
Page 4
August 2002
Perhaps some of you have briefly heard the word Scorpion
mentioned in connection with Portlock Software - and
your ears perked as you awaited the news? Not much
information has been released, but what is known is that
Scorpion is a code name for a new product that Portlock
has been working on relentlessly. It is tenativley scheduled to be
released in September 2002.
Scorpion will convert Novell Traditional Volumes into NSS Volumes
“in-place.” Therefore, it will create the data in the same location
on the disk drive, rather than making you duplicate the data making it much faster to copy files and more user friendly.
Watch for upcoming details...
PORTLOCK’S STORAGE MANAGER NOW SUPPORTS THE PANASONIC
LF-D311SC (DVD-RAM)
NEW AT PORTLOCK
PORTLOCK’S NEWEST CREATION...
Portlock Software announces that Storage Manager now supports the Panasonic
LF-D311SC (DVD-RAM). Portlock Software and Panasonic have been working together
to add support for the Panasonic LF-D311SC. Storage Manager now supports CDR, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM.
Now, IT administrators can safely save their data with the confidence that it
can’t be erased or copied over. This new protection is made possible by the
drives’ support for the new DVD-RAM format. Additionally, DVD-RAM discs offer
increased compatibility with most existing and future DVD-ROM drives.
DVDs have been identified as an effective storage medium for backups and
disaster recovery. With Storage Manager, an IT administrator can write a 4.5
GB image in just 22 minutes.
“The advantages of this storage solution are truly exciting. The Panasonic LFD311SC (DVD-RAM) is inexpensive, offers boot-ability, a very easy to understand
interface, and media that lasts 30-100 years. This method of storage is
practical, convenient and affordable,” said John Hanley, President of Portlock
Software. “Combining Storage Manager’s features with Panasonic’s DVD technology
will change the way IT administrators think about backups and disaster recovery.
Adopting this new way of storage management will save their companies time and
money.”
For More Information Contact: Jeff Hartwick, Marketing Manager, Portlock Software,
(406) 723-5200.
Page5
August 2002
TRICKS OF THE TRADE...
Tips and Techniques from the experts of Portlock
Q:
Will Storage Manager support compression during
Image/Restore?
A:
Yes, Storage Manager can compress the image as
it is being written.
When writing images to IDE or SCSI tape drives
that provide hardware compression, do not en
able software compression.
For example,
When the image will be going to a workstation, select Software
Write Compression.
Q:
How fast are the image and
restore features of Storage
Manager?
A:
Very fast. The image and
restore features of Storage
Manager are a third generation
design. Storage Manager can
image at 26 MB / sec (1560
MegaBytes per minute) and
restore at 7 MB / sec (420
MegaBytes per minute) if the
disk drives and tape drives support
these speeds. Using 100
Mb Ethernet, we routinely
see speeds of 7 MB /sec.
This means that a NetWare
server with 10 GB of data
can be restored in under
an hour.
The compression level
screen contains options
to select the
compression level of
the image.
The levels range from
1 - 10.
1 being the lowest
compression ratio and
10 being the highest
compression ratio.
Portlock Software is very
interested in any comments
regarding Storage Manager. Many
features in the current product
are the result of customers letting us know what they need.
Please send email to
[email protected]
Please visit our web-site to obtain addition information on
technical support:
www.portlocksoftware.com
This Department Spotlight was
written by Amanda Evans.
Amanda is the Corporate
Communications Manager at
Portlock. If you would like more
information about this department, contact Amanda at
[email protected]
Since
relocating
our
headquarters to Butte,
Montana, Portlock Software has
been experiencing rapid change
in all of its departments.
The Corporate Communications Department has
expanded its workforce with enthusiastic,
talented and creative individuals. Our team
strives to effectively communicate the company’s
goals and objectives, strengthen the company
image, and develop new and innovative ideas.
Over the past few months, our team has been
busy working on various projects for the company.
We have created user guides for our Storage
Manager and Disk Test products, designed new
data sheets, reconstructed the company’s
website, and developed a reseller and company
newsletter. Our creative team is also in the
process of producing
training
videos
and
Coming up in the
developing retail boxes for
next issue:
shipment of our products.
We have very talented
individuals working in the
Corporate Communications
Department. Scott Holbrook
is our Multimedia/Web
Developer and Brandy Sholey
is
our
Technical
Writer.Please feel free to
contact us. We are open to
any
suggestions
or
recommendations you may
have.
♦News on Scorpion
- a project Portlock
is working on
with Novell
♦Portlock is a Corporate
Sponsor of Evel Knievel
Week
- we will show you
all the highlights
♦Details of BrainShare
UK
♦What’s Happening at
Portlock UK
Vision
DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT...
Corporate Communications
P
ORTLOCK’S
VISION...
is to develop powerful
and comprehensive
solutions for storage
management. By
providing
outstanding customer
support, we plan to
maintain a dynamic,
forward-looking company
that thrives on
competition.
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Phone: 406-723-5200
406-723-5205
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