storage history - 2003, August week 4
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Introduces Industry's Fastest Professional Grade Flash Memory Cards
SUNNYVALE, CA - August 28, 2003 SanDisk Corporation today introduced the SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash and SD line of high performance, high durability digital film cards designed for professional photographers who demand the highest levels of reliability and performance under extreme conditions.
The SanDisk Extreme cards deliver a minimum write speed of 9MB/sec. and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec. throughout their extended operating temperature range, making these the fastest flash memory cards in the world.
These exceptionally fast write and read speeds are critical when shooting large numbers of high resolution images and transferring the images to a computer. SanDisk Extreme cards are exclusive to photo retailers in the North American market. SanDisk Extreme cards are ideally suited for high performance digital cameras when operating in regions of extreme hot or cold weather conditions. The fast read speeds also allow very fast downloading of images from card to PC when connected to a SanDisk high-speed USB 2.0 compliant reader. The SanDisk Extreme card features guaranteed operation from well below freezing (minus 13ºF/minus 25ºC) to near boiling (185ºF/85ºC). For further protection against accidental drops or rough handling, each SanDisk Extreme CF card is ruggedized with a layer of heavy duty RTV silicone to withstand 3000 G-forces.
The SanDisk Extreme CF cards are available at retailers now in capacities of 256 and 512MB and 1 gigabyte, with suggested retail prices of $109.99, $229.99 and $439.99 respectively. The 256MB SanDisk Extreme SD card is expected to ship in October with a suggested retail price of $134.99. The 512MB is expected to ship in November with a price of $299.99. ...SanDisk profile
Thomson and Panasonic sign accord on DVD-RAM content protection
Paris, Osaka - August 28, 2003 - Thomson and Panasonic today announced plans to strengthen their strategic relationship with the signing of an agreement about optical disc playback and content protection.
Beginning in 2004, Thomson will add DVD-RAM format playback capability to its future DVD players and Panasonic will work with Thomson on content protection systems, including the SmartRight content protection system for digital home networks. Thomson DVD-RAM compatible players will begin to reach European and North American markets early in 2004. Thomson and Panasonic have agreed to cooperate so that Thomson can further support the DVD-RAM format. Additionally, Thomson will work on developing optical components through its Storage and Digital Modules activity to be available onto the market as early as 2004. ...Panasonic profile, ...Thomson profile
QLogic Joins Executive Board of Blade Systems Alliance
IRVING, Tex. and ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - August 28, 2003 - The Blade Systems Alliance and QLogic Corp. today announced that Skip Jones, director of planning and technology for QLogic, has joined the executive board of the Blade Systems Alliance.
"The Blade Systems Alliance is coalescing the industry as blade systems become an increasingly important component of the information technology landscape," said Skip Jones, director of planning and technology for QLogic. "We are proud to assume a leading role in the Blade Systems Alliance at a time when blade systems are poised to become a multi-billion-dollar segment of the information technology industry by providing new economies of scale and improved levels of efficiency."
IDC forecasts the blade server market to reach two million units and be worth $2.1 billion in 2005. ...Blade Systems Alliance , ...QLogic profile
Storage Visions Announces CES Partnership
SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 27, 2003 - The Storage Visions Conference and Home Gateway Summit (SV/HG) announces that it has agreed to be a partner program to the 2004 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and to relocate the conference to the Las Vegas Convention Center January 6 & 7, 2004.
This move will greatly increase the exposure of the conference to CES attendees, provide new exhibiting opportunities for storage-oriented vendors, and bring broader attention to how storage technology impacts the overall consumer electronics industry. The 2004 SV/HG Conference addresses critical technology and market issues for the implementation of a completely digital entertainment industry. Issues for the 2004 conference include requirements for creating, storing, transmitting and distributing multimedia content.
According to Tom Coughlin, founder and organizer of the Storage Visions Conference, "We think moving the Storage Visions conference and exhibits to the CES provides compelling new opportunities and added synergy for participants."
Corporate Sponsors (to date) include Hitachi Global Storage Technology (Platinum) Maxtor (Platinum), Seagate (Platinum), and Cornice (Silver). Media/analyst and organization sponsors include: Coughlin Associates, Data Storage Review, Engage Capital, Entertainment Technology Alliance, eWeek, FCIA, Horison Information Strategies, jobstor.com, MPEG Industry Forum, MRG Inc., PBI Media, SCSI Trade Association, STORAGEsearch.com, West World Productions Inc., and 2nd Story Media.
The newly announced Storage Visions awards program is now open. Award categories will include Best Consumer Storage Device, Most Innovative Product, Hottest Start-up and other categories. This program is sponsored by Engage Capital.
The 2004 conference is now soliciting additional speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. Deadlines for speaker submissions is September 12, 2003. Companies interested in participating in the 2004 conference should check out the conference speaker, exhibitor and sponsor brochure and sign up forms that are available on the conference web site. ...Storage Visions 2004
InfiniCon Demonstrates 150,000 IOPS Performance
King of Prussia, PA - August 26, 2003 - InfiniCon Systems today announced that its InfinIO family of products - leveraging InfiniBand architecture - has attained unprecedented performance results in a series of key tests measuring application latency, bandwidth, scalability, and I/O throughput.
These test results provide the most comprehensive indicators yet of an InfiniBand-based system's value to enhance CPU clustering, accelerate application throughput, and drive server traffic to standard Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks.
In HPC applications using the industry-standard MPI API for system-to-system communications, end-to-end latencies of 5.5 microseconds were achieved using the solution provided by InfiniCon Systems; bandwidth was driven above 880 million bytes per second on a single network connection. When configured to support standard IP-based applications using the industry-standard IP-over-InfiniBand (IPoIB) protocol, applications drove data in excess of 350MB/second for a single link, compared to an average of 65MB/second for a Gigabit Ethernet link.
Most impressive were the I/O rates when driving traffic to standard Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks. Using standard Intel-based servers, InfiniCon's VFx Fibre Channel Gateway line card demonstrated performance in excess of 150,000 IOPS over two 2Gb/s Fibre Channel ports, providing enough I/O throughput on a single card to support over twenty average servers. InfiniCon's VEx Ethernet Gateway line card demonstrated similarly impressive results, delivering over 350MB/second throughput over 3 GbE ports - enough for dozens of commodity servers to share.
"InfiniBand was designed from the ground up for high performance, but there has been a looming question of how it would really perform when put to the test," stated Jamie Gruener, senior analyst for Yankee Group. "InfiniCon's results indicate that, when coupled with an intelligent design and robust software, both InfiniBand and the concept of shared I/O are primed for datacenter-type workloads." ...InfiniCon Systems profile
RR Donnelley Deploys NetApp Enterprise Content Delivery Network
Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 26, 2003 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced that RR Donnelley, a leading printer of graphic arts and provider of related services, has deployed a NetApp Enterprise Content Delivery Network solution to advance its company-wide e-learning initiatives.
RR Donnelley will use the NetApp ECDN solution to improve employee productivity and reduce IT management costs by providing data-intensive, rich-media capabilities that enhance and expand internal education and communications on a variety of training topics to its 15,000 users at the corporate headquarters and 26 remote sites. ...Network Appliance profile
Exabyte Announces Availability of LTO-2 Tape Automation Products
BOULDER, CO - August 26, 2003 - Exabyte Corporation today announced general availability of IBM LTO Ultrium 2 tape drives in its automation products.
Exabyte LTO libraries with IBM LTO-2 tape drives provide twice the capacity and more than double the performance of the previous generation Exabyte LTO libraries. For those users who have already invested in Exabyte LTO libraries, drives can easily be upgraded in the field to next-generation LTO technology without any additional investment in robotics systems. The LTO-2 tape drives are backward read and write compatible with LTO-1 tape media.
Native Fibre Channel, available in the 221L and the Magnum20 libraries, reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for costly Fibre Channel-to-SCSI routers, a critical point of failure, thus reducing maintenance and management costs. Exabyte's line of LTO automation solutions is designed to support the needs of a variety of environments, from departmental to enterprise applications. Ranging from 10-cartridge autoloaders to 150-cartridge library solutions, users are now offered automated data storage solutions providing up to 60TB of capacity and throughput of up to 2TB per hour.
The compact and affordable Exabyte 110L autoloader is an ideal first step into automated LTO storage. Now available with an LTO-2 tape drive, the 110L is ideally suited for budget-conscious midrange applications experiencing rapid data growth and decreased backup windows. With access to as many as 10 data cartridge slots and a capacity of 2/4TB, the 110L can automatically handle two weeks of daily backups at 126/252GB per hour. The 110L supports network backup and restore, remote storage, automated archiving and offers management capabilities typically found only in larger, more expensive SCSI-based libraries. Exabyte has reduced the price on the 110L with LTO-1 drives from an MSRP of $10,399 to $8,138. ...Exabyte profile
SANRAD Announces iSCSI Support for Microsoft Windows
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - August 26, 2003 SANRAD Inc. today announced that their iSCSI V Switch supports the entire Microsoft Windows operating environment including the recently released Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2000, Windows XP, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server.
As part of SANRAD's ongoing commitment to Microsoft and Windows enterprise customers, SANRAD is immediately shipping their iSCSI IETF RFC compliant iSCSI V Switch to companies installing IP based storage area networks for Windows.
"Windows Server 2003 embodies new and enhanced storage capabilities and features that promote improved data availability," said Zane Adam, Director of Product Management and Marketing of the Enterprise Storage Division at Microsoft Corp. "The Windows Server 2003 platform coupled with iSCSI IP-based SAN technology from storage partners like SANRAD will provide customers a robust, integrated solution for managing data and storage together." ...SANRAD profile
Tandberg Data tape automation product family now available with LTO2
Oslo, Norway - August 26, 2003 - Tandberg Data ASA doubles the capacity and performance and lowers the cost per Terabyte of its entire tape automation product line with the availablility of LTO2 configurations.
Available in desktop and rack mount autoloaders and scalable libraries, Tandberg Data provides the most complete range of tape based storage solutions from entry level tape drives and media to midrange automation solutions based on SDLT and LTO technologies supporting a broad range of interface and connectivity options.
Knut Aulund, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Tandberg Data said " With the availability of LTO 2 in addition to our SDLT offerings within our entire range of tape automation products, we continue to offer to our customers one of the broadest range of backup and storage solutions on the market."
Tandberg Data's complete range of LTO 2 based automation products will be available in September, together with optional, on-site service and support agreements for Tandberg Data resellers and distributors in Europe and Asia from September 2003. ...Tandberg Data profile
Infineon Samples the World`s Smallest 1-Gbit Double Data Rate SDRAMs
Munich, Germany - August 26, 2003 - Infineon Technologies AG today announced that it has shipped first samples of its 1-Gbit Double Data Rate Synchronous DRAM to selected key customers.
The devices are fabricated using the company's advanced 110nm CMOS process. At only 160mm² chip size they are the industry's smallest 1-Gbit DDR SDRAMs to date. The new 1-Gbit DRAM is packaged in a standard 400-mil, 66-pin TSOP or a 68-ball FBGA for space-constrained applications. Supported organizations are x4, x8 and x16. The 1-Gbit Double Data Rate SDRAM covers the whole range of popular DDR data rates from DDR266 through DDR400 operating at 133 MHz through 200 MHz clock speeds, respectively.
To achieve the highest memory density per module, Infineon will use a stacked version of the FBGA package to produce the 4-Gbyte registered modules. The technology, called "Dual Die Stack", provides a second silicon chip on top of the first, encapsulating the resulting die stack in a regular, albeit higher, fine-pitch ball grid array package. This innovative form of stacking allows Infineon to achieve unprecedented memory density per board area, but also offers superior electrical and thermal properties of the resulting memory component. Alternatively, the 4-Gbyte registered DIMM will also be available based on stacked TSOP packages.
The 1-Gbit DDR SDRAM will be used primarily to offer high-density registered and unbuffered modules for the high-end server and workstation market. Initially manufactured in Infineon's Dresden facility, the new 1-Gbit DDR SDRAM will generally become available in the 4th quarter of 2003. ...Infineon Technologies profile
Xiran Forms Alliance With Sun
IRVINE, Calif. - August 26, 2003 - Xiran today announced the highest performing streaming media server solution currently available for delivering rich media content.
Incorporating Xiran's DPA1200-H streaming media accelerator card and Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire V65x server improves Helix streaming media performance by up to 10X, offering a new level of cost efficiency, scalability and performance for Internet and content delivery service providers as well as corporate enterprises. The Helix platform combines extensive, proven digital software technology with a rich set of application interfaces. It empowers developers, information technology and consumer electronics companies to integrate digital media more easily and more extensively than has been previously possible.
"Xiran's patented DirectPath architecture accelerates the delivery of high quality live and on-demand streaming media broadcasts, while drastically reducing the cost-per-stream metric," said Tom Beaver, senior vice president and general manager for Xiran. "A single DPA-1200H accelerator card combined with our optimized version of Helix streaming media server software and integrated in the latest Sun server platform delivers in excess of 1,500 streams at wire speed. RealNetworks, Microsoft, QuickTime and MPEG-4 formats are all served from the same Sun platform, offering additional significant benefits to content delivery providers."
Once introduced into a server PCI slot, the DPA-1200H accelerator provides a highly integrated, fully self-contained bridge between a Gigabit Ethernet network and server storage. The DPA-1200H accelerator's efficiency is achieved through a dedicated ASIC that offloads all protocol processing activities from the server, including RTP, RDT and MMS under TCP/IP and UDP/IP. Xiran's Helix Streaming Media performance upgrade Kit including DPA-1200H card along with Helix Streaming Media Software, is currently being sampled, with volume production scheduled to begin in Q4 of 2003. MSRP is expected to begin at $19,995. ...Sun Microsystems profile, ...Xiran profile
Toshiba Unveils Next-Generation DVD Recordable Drives for Notebooks
IRVINE, Calif. - August 26, 2003 - Toshiba Storage Device Division today introduced two slim-line optical disk drives that provide higher media recording speeds for mobile computers, and allow PC manufacturers to deliver better functionality to professionals on the go.
The SD-R6112 slim DVD recordable drive enables mobile users to take advantage of 2x DVD recording, while the SD-R9012 super slim CD-RW/DVD-ROM combination drive delivers 16x CD recording speeds in a petite 128mm x 9.5mm x 126.1mm format.
"As more and more computer users transition to mobile PCs, they're demanding desktop performance in a mobile package," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba SDD. "Toshiba's new optical disk drives help OEMs continue to build lighter, thinner and more functional mobile computers even as some system components, like display screens, grow larger."
The Toshiba SD-R6112 drive supports 2x DVD-R, 1x DVD-RW, 1x DVD-RAM read, 16x CD-R and 10x CD-RW, allowing users to take advantage of multiple technologies in a single drive. The SD-R9012 supports 8x DVD-ROM, 16x CD-R and 10x CD-RW. Both drives include buffer underrun technology and a 2MB buffer. The tray loading drives are also shock resistant and feature low energy consumption, making them ideal for laptop design. Toshiba's SD-R6112 and SD-R9012 slim-line drives will begin shipping to mobile PC manufacturers in late August. ...Toshiba profile
LSI Logic Releases Latest Version of SANtricity
MILPITAS, Calif. - August 25, 2003 - LSI Logic Storage Systems today introduced SANtricity Storage Manager 8.40 software, with a new Volume Copy feature that gives end users better utilization of stored data and firmware enhancements that significantly improve performance.
The manipulation and analysis of information is often vital to a company's success. Volume Copy creates a complete duplicate, or clone, of a data volume within a storage system for backup, application testing or development, information analysis or data mining. It can also be used to redistribute data - moving volumes from older, slower disk drives to newer, faster or higher capacity drives - to optimize performance, storage density, capacity utilization and security.
Existing LSI Logic storage technology customers can realize performance boosts of up to 70% by simply upgrading to SANtricity 8.40. Its firmware enhancements deliver improved IOPS performance to transaction-based applications and more throughput to bandwidth-intensive applications. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile
Sun and HDS Extend Marketing Agreements on Storage
PALO ALTO, Calif., TOKYO and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - August 25, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, Ltd., and Hitachi Data Systems today announced that they have extended the terms of their global distributor agreements and related collaborative agreements for an additional two years.
The original agreement, signed in August 2001 and now extended through 2006, has enabled both companies to successfully deliver high-availability and high-performance end-to-end data center solutions. Since the original agreement, Sun has supplied more than five petabytes and 90,000 drives of Sun StorEdge 9900 series systems, based on the Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V Series platform. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will extend their collaboration for hardware, software and services to seamlessly provide improved integration and ease of management in complex environments. ...Hitachi Data Systems profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Procom Introduces New Midrange NAS Filer
IRVINE, Calif. - August 25, 2003 - Procom Technology today introduced the NetFORCE 1800, a compact, midrange NAS filer that is ideal for small and medium businesses, as well as specific applications such as Telco, financial and document imaging.
The new NAS filer provides modular scalability up to a full terabyte of storage in only 2U of rack space, and users can ultimately scale in multi-gigabyte to multi-terabyte increments to an aggregate 6 terabytes.
The NF1800 runs on Procom's highly optimized NetFORCE OS 4.2 operating system, which enables scalability, network file sharing and improved data delivery and is the same OS used across the entire NetFORCE family, providing a consistent management interface. The new filer generates more than 13,000 IOPS three times better than the earlier model NF1750 - utilizing industry-proven hardware RAID for optimum performance and reliability. For true 24/7 business continuance, Procom's ProMirror disaster recovery software option maintains a near real-time copy of mission-critical data at a geographically remote site, ensuring that data from the source filer is continuously reflected onto the target filer. The NetFORCE 1800 is expected to begin shipping in September, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $16,995. ...Procom Technology profile
Northern Introduces Professional Services Program
TAMPA, FL - August 25, 2003 - Northern today unveiled the Northern Professional Services program to simplify the implementation of the company's suite of storage resource management solutions to end user customers.
Northern Professional Services will provide customers with one or two-days of on-site consultation, training and support from a Northern Storage engineer who will guide system administrators through all phases of implementation - including the development and automation of storage policies, enterprise-wide software installation, configuration (e.g., setting quotas, chargeback rules, customized reports, etc.) and system maintenance. Northern Professional Services is available to customers opting to implement the entire Northern Storage Suite or any combination of the suite's five modules. ...Northern profile
Western Digital Settles Litigation with Cirrus Logic
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - August 25, 2003 - Western Digital Corp. today announced the settlement of its litigation with Cirrus Logic Inc.
Under the terms of the settlement, Western Digital will make a one-time payment to Cirrus Logic on or before October 17, 2003 of $45 million.
"We are pleased to resolve this long-standing dispute," said Matt Massengill, chairman and chief executive officer of Western Digital. "With this settlement, we avoid the continued expense and distraction of this litigation and potential trial, and remain focused on our business."
In July 2001, Western Digital stopped paying Cirrus Logic for read channel chips that had been delivered, cancelled all outstanding purchase orders and filed suit against Cirrus Logic for breach of contract and other claims resulting from Cirrus' role as a strategic supplier of read channel chips for the company's hard drives. In August 2001, Cirrus Logic filed a cross-complaint, seeking compensatory damages of approximately $53 million, including the disputed payable of $26.5 million mentioned above. The matter was scheduled to go to trial in December 2003. Western Digital has not purchased read channel devices from Cirrus Logic since July 2001 and all of its current and planned future products incorporate read channel chips from other suppliers. ...Cirrus Logic profile, ...Western Digital profile
McDATA Agrees to Acquire Nishan Systems and Sanera Systems
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - August 25, 2003 - McDATA Corporation today announced definitive agreements to acquire Nishan Systems and Sanera Systems.
"We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Nishan Systems and Sanera Systems. The powerful combination of Nishan and Sanera's advanced technologies with McDATA's strong leadership and expertise will allow us to provide customers with unprecedented value, choices and solutions delivered seamlessly from a trusted and reputable partner," said John Kelley, President and CEO, McDATA. "McDATA is changing the future of storage networking."
"In an era of storage and server consolidation, enterprises are rethinking their storage infrastructures. They want more robust storage capabilities that they can consistently leverage across their enterprise," said Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems, IDC. "Today's moves are a clear sign that McDATA intends to play an expanded role in helping enterprises reach this goal." ...McDATA profile, ...Nishan Systems profile, ...Sanera Systems profile
45th Space Wing Cuts 12 Hours Off SAN Backup Time
Round Rock, Texas - August 25, 2003 - The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing has reduced the time it takes to back up critical data by 86% by installing two Dell/EMC SANs.
Headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base near Cocoa Beach, Fla., "the Wing" is the Department of Defense's East Coast Spaceport. It supports and manages space launch programs for the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial entities. These programs generate significant amounts of data, including launch photos, videos, weather maps, launch schedules and space shuttle flight information, all of which must be backed up, or stored to protect against data loss.
"The threat of hurricanes and flooding on the Florida coast makes it absolutely critical that we backup our data," said Glenn Exline, manager of advanced technologies at the Wing. "With our previous storage system, backup took up to 14 hours every day. With our SANs, we've reduced that to only two hours a day. That's about an 86 percent reduction in time."
The SAN installations also helped the Wing consolidate its network from 52 servers to 35, simplifying server management. With fewer servers in its network, the Wing will spend less to refresh its servers as part of the replacement cycle. The Wing has installed two SANs, one located at Patrick Air Force Base and the other at Cape Canaveral. Each includes Dell/EMC storage arrays and PowerEdge 2650 servers. Together, the SANs manage 3.5 terabytes of data. This summer, the Wing plans to use fiber optics to connect the two SANs at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS, which are located about 25 miles apart. This will enable each site to back up the other's data. ...Dell Computer profile
Kashya Breaks Down Barriers to Long Distance Replication
SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 25, 2003 - Kashya today announced its entry into the enterprise data replication marketplace.
Responding to the widely discussed technical and commercial barriers to "out of region" replication, Kashya will soon be introducing its KBX4000, a breakthrough product for consistent system-wide disaster recovery across corporate data centers regardless of the geographical distances separating them.
Unlike conventional replication solutions that were originally designed to address replication needs within a local and homogeneous storage area network, Kashya's KBX4000 is uniquely designed to overcome the technical challenges and excessive cost burden enterprises face when seeking to replicate and recover data across remote locations and in multi-platform environments. Based on its innovative Kashya Data Protection Appliance architecture, Kashya's approach makes possible reliable and effective "out of region" data replication without the bandwidth costs, performance and management limitations inherent in mainstream solutions available today. ...Kashya profile
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