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2004, December week 1, news archive
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- December 7, 2004 - Pretec Electronics Corp. announced the world's
highest capacity and high speed USB flash drive supporting dual channel data
transmission, which can reach the highest average transfer rate of up to 120X.
Equipped with dual channel technology, PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB can process
files transfers concurrently delivers read & write speeds up to 16MB/sec
and 12MB/sec respectively. With its designed-in functions of data encryption,
compression and write protection, users can full leverage the largest memory
space of PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB under a data secured environment. Light weight,
compact, and bundled with the FlashMail, MobileLock, SecretZip software, PRETEC
i-Disk II 8GB is a perfect storage solution for active mobile users traveling
around the world. The new drive is sampling now, with mass production scheduled
by next month.
profile, Flash Memory,
Solid state disks,
Colorado Springs, CO - December 7, 2004 - Ramtron International Corporation today introduced the availability of select FRAM (ferroelectric random access memory) products in DFN (dual flat no-lead) plastic packaging. DFN advanced packaging enables designers to use fast-write, high-endurance FRAM in low-headroom applications, while reducing cost and increasing available board space for other functions. These tiny memories are targeted for consumer video games, disposable medical tags and HDTV sets. ...Ramtron profile, FRAM Technology Backgrounder (pdf)
SUNNYVALE, Calif., and CERRITOS, Calif - December 7, 2004 - M-Systems and Memorex Products, Inc. have joined forces to provide consumers with the latest USB flash drive storage solutions. The relationship brings together M-Systems' flash innovation and intellectual property with Memorex's legendary brand name and sales and marketing expertise, allowing Memorex to offer unique USB flash-based portable storage solutions to the market.
"The USB flash drive market has grown in leaps and bounds in the past 12 months and it is expected to double in size next year," said Allen H. Gharapetian, vice president of marketing and product development at Memorex. "We are determined to reinforce our existing USB flash drive line-up with new and innovative products that are designed and developed jointly with M-Systems, to assume a leadership role in the market, and to offer our consumers highly reliable, powerful, and affordable solutions." ...M-Systems profile, ...Memorex profile, Flash Memory, USB storage
HOUSTON, TEXAS - December 7, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced today availability of a new entry level solid state disk, the RamSan-120 - the fastest 1U solid state disk on the market and the first solid state disk ever to implement RAID (Redundant Array of Independent DIMMs) - protected dual inline memory modules for the highest levels of reliability.
|The RamSan-120 delivers over 70,000 random I/Os per second and up to 400 megabytes per second of bandwidth. Its 8-gigabyte capacity is housed in a slim 1U chassis and is ideal for accelerating smaller databases, database logs and email queues.||
| For Texas Memory
Systems, known for its high-end systems, the RamSan-120 establishes a new entry
level offering for customers of all sizes and budgets.
"Our own tests have shown that a solid state disk like the RamSan-120 can be used to remove I/O bottlenecks that persist even after significant SQL tuning and adding memory to a server," said Donald Burleson, one of the world's top Oracle database experts and co-author of Oracle Solid State Disk Tuning, a new book on high performance Oracle database tuning. "In some cases, moving to SSD resulted in an amazing 200x performance improvement. Best of all, it's an inexpensive and fast solution to a difficult tuning problem."
Applications that benefit from high performance solid-state disks include OLTP (online transaction processing), OLAP (online analytical processing), modeling, and data acquisition. Typical RamSan users include corporations in the financial, telecom, broadcasting, and e-commerce sectors as well as government, military, and research organizations.
The RamSan-120 sets a new standard for non-volatile solid-state disk reliability by introducing the first redundant array of ECC-protected DIMMs. The system works like a hard disk-based RAID. Data is protected and the system continues operating even if an entire DIMM fails. The RamSan-120's high availability architecture also includes a hot swappable power supply, dual batteries to provide power in the event external power is lost, and a backup hard disk drive.
The RamSan-120 is as easy to install as an ordinary disk drive system. A single computer can use it with a host bus adapter, or multiple computers can access it on a Fibre Channel storage area network. Texas Memory Systems are showing the RamSan-120 this week at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid state disks, Rackmount Storage
San Jose, CA - December 7, 2004 - The first details of the new CE-ATA Initiative which will integrate miniature disk storage into low cost consumer electronics products will emerge at the Storage Visions Conference next month in Las Vegas. The CE-ATA (consumer electronics AT-attachment) specification will address the interface requirements of small form-factor drives. The CE-ATA standard will consider important issues for mobile and handheld devices such as low pin count, small size, low voltage, power efficiency, and cost effectiveness. At the conference CE-ATA members will outline the essence of the new technology and some of its fundamentals.
"Hard disk storage is enabling new consumer electronic features and applications at an astounding rate," said Gerry Connolly, director of consumer marketing for Marvell's Storage Division. "This rapid progression has occurred most notably in handheld applications, where technologies such as CE-ATA will serve to further accelerate this remarkable trend."
"Disk drive applications in handheld consumer electronics equipment is seeing explosive growth, yet the disk interface used for that application today is poorly suited for that purpose," said Knut Grimsrud, Intel senior principal engineer. "CE-ATA promises to deliver a storage interface tailored to the needs of small form factor disk drives in handheld applications used in fast growing consumer devices such as audio/video players and mobile phones." ...2005 Storage Visions Conference, Storage Events
San Jose, CA - December 6, 2004 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. today announced its next generation MHV2100AH mobile hard disk drive. The new Fujitsu drive offers 100GB capacity with 5,400 RPM functionality giving users more performance (typical seek times of 1.5 mS) compared to 4,200 RPM hard disk drives, but with low power consumption increasing the time that users can spend away from an outlet. The MHV2100AH is Fujitsu's first hard disk drive that is RoHS compliant/lead free. RoHS refers to the European Commission's RoHS directive for eliminating certain hazardous materials in the manufacturing of electronic equipment. ...Fujitsu profile
SAN FRANCISCO December 6, 2004 SANRAD Incorporated announced the availability of a new family of intelligent iSCSI-based storage solutions designed to serve an extremely wide range of business needs and applications. Targeted to deliver a total solution for companies seeking to implement cost-efficient, easy-to-manage and flexible storage networks, with configurations serving entry level through enterprise applications, the storage solutions feature SANRAD¹s proven V-Switch in conjunction with next-generation performance, high availability storage ranging from 500GB to 5.4 petabytes. Pricing for the family of total storage solutions starts at $15,000. ...SANRAD profile, iSCSI
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - December 6, 2004 - NeoPath Networks, Inc. announced the release of the NeoPath File Director, an intelligent appliance that seamlessly integrates with existing servers and storage to efficiently manage unstructured data and allow the creation of highly scalable, simple-to-manage, heterogeneous NAS and file server infrastructures. This brings a powerful new tool for NAS storage consolidation, maximizing resources by creating virtual servers with virtual directories out of existing storage. With the File Director, administrators can take existing shares and exports and create directory tree structures using a highly customizable unified namespace for NFS and CIFS files.
Going far beyond basic file virtualization, the File Director can create flexible hierarchies that are organized to best meet the needs of different departments within an organization. Instead of unused or underutilized storage trapped in isolated NAS or file server "silos," all file storage capacity can be used efficiently to meet cost and performance requirements.
"NeoPath is offering a solution that is targeted at the intersection of two important trends: networked storage consolidation and tiered storage access," said Greg Schulz, Senior Analyst for Evaluator Group. "These trends represent value for the customer, by reducing both operating and capital expenses while addressing some of the headache associated with managing networked storage."
By utilizing NeoPath's File Director, administrators can transparently move data and physically attach, remove or upgrade servers and storage at any time without impacting users. With a NeoPath-enabled solution, administrators can easily scale performance and capacity on demand, and easily migrate data during normal working hours, reducing overtime costs, wear and tear on administrators and fatigue-induced errors. Policy-driven migration can be used to gather recently created and modified files to optimize backup windows, and policy-driven placement of files can ensure even distribution of capacity consumption and of workload, maximizing performance for the entire file server network.
NeoPath's File Director is priced starting at $29,995 for a single unit and $49,995 for a two-system, highly available cluster. The product is available now. ...NeoPath Networks profile, NAS
SEATTLE - December 6, 2004 - Zetta Systems announces its revolutionary SnapWrite technology for Zetta Server. Zetta Server is a cost-effective OS that creates powerful SAN solutions with features such as Thin Provisioning, unlimited instantaneous snapshots and remote replication all using non-proprietary Intel hardware. SnapWrite solves the difficult customer problem of restoring large terabyte databases instantly, as well as non-disruptive write access to any snapshot.
Multiple SnapWrite copies can be created transparently with zero downtime. SnapWrite is suitable for production environments such as Exchange, SQL Server, Oracle and data warehouses in which substantive changes must be made with no down time. Before SnapWrite, the state of the art required significant downtime even with snapshot technology. Zetta Server with SnapWrite adds the dimension of time to storage instantly. If the newly created SnapWrite copy contains the wrong data the administrator can simply and instantly restore to another point in time.
Bill Allen, President of ESS-Direct says, "Our customers will experience an exponential growth in data retained and managed over the next five years. They have demanded the flexibility of open systems hardware, they need to consolidate storage and they must decrease data restore windows. My customers require improved storage utilization, the freedom to re-assign storage personnel for other projects and to save their departments money. Zetta Server 3.2 allows us to snapshot Read/Write, do instantaneous rollbacks of any size data and do partial data restores like single mailbox restore. The solution is blazingly fast, simple to implement and frees up staff for other tasks." ...Zetta Systems profile
SAN FRANCISCO - December 6, 2004 - Arkeia Corp. is showcasing its flagship Linux-based data protection solution for the SGI Altix family of servers in the SGI exhibit at Oracle OpenWorld, Booth #414 this week.
"The combination of Arkeia on the 64-bit Itanium 2 processor-based SGI Altix platform can be an effective solution for supercomputer-class applications with massive amounts of data, and we are looking forward to extending this success by working more closely with SGI," said Frederic Renard, Arkeia's director of marketing. ...Arkeia profile, OracleWorld, Storage Events
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - December 6, 2004 - IBM today announced it has built an SRAM cell that is about 10 times smaller than those currently available, potentially enabling a major system performance boost for critical business applications. The new IBM SRAM cell is less than half the size of the smallest experimental cell reported to date. The technology is being unveiled in December at the 2004 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco. SRAM is a type of fast, on-chip memory that holds its data without external refresh for as long as power is supplied to the circuit. Each memory is an array of many cells. A typical SRAM cell contains six transistors and acts as a single-bit storage element. Although not as dense, SRAM is many times faster than dynamic random access memory (DRAM). ...IBM profile, RAM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - December 6, 2004 - Agere Systems today announced a new semiconductor platform for high-speed serial interfaces in storage products. Agere's new serializer-deserializer (SerDes) platform, which offers data throughput up to 6.25Gbits/sec between devices, addresses the proliferation of serial interface technology across multiple applications, from emerging Serial ATA to Serial-Attached SCSI, Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet solutions in enterprise backplane and storage area networks. All of these market segments require the use of SerDes technology to drive serial connectivity.
With power consumption and core size half that of previous Agere serial interface offerings, this SerDes solution delivers a tested and validated platform for single-chip serial integration. Along with exceptional performance, Agere's SerDes architecture offers unprecedented design flexibility.
IDC expects that nearly 50% of all enterprise disk drives shipped in 2005 will incorporate serial interfaces, with that number growing to more than 90% by 2008. ...Agere System profiles, Storage interface ICs
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - December 3, 2004 - DataCore Software announces an increase in Disaster Recovery Solutions sales in Japan. This year Mother Nature took its toll and severely interrupted companies throughout the country. With multiple typhoons and earthquakes, the dangers of disruptions of services and data loss were at an all time high. The destructive earthquake that rocked Niigata prefecture and a wide area of Japan including Tokyo had a magnitude of over 6.0 and shut down many business and factories for weeks. Disaster Recovery solutions are extremely expensive and difficult to set up Japanese companies can no longer afford to delay implementations, therefore demand for low-cost simple solutions has soared. DataCore users and case studies prove that cost-effective disaster recovery is now a reality. More importantly, DataCore customers deploying SANsymphony remote site AIM Mirroring were comfortable in their knowledge that their data was protected.
Current high profile customers include Japan's largest Internet service provider IIJ, Sony Computer Entertainment, NEC Soft, and many others. Semiconductor maker Toyo Dempa exemplifies a company enjoying the benefits of DataCore's technology across multiple sites. According to a recent jointly published case study, Toyo Dempa chose to protect their state-of-the-art factory data by replicating it between Niigata and Kyoto, Japan.
The Earthquake that struck Niigata brought home the importance of deploying remote site data storage protection. Toyo Dempa protected its critical data by using SANsymphony AIM to affordably replicate data storage in Netware and Windows environments between its secure remote sites. The software provided additional savings by enabling mirroring over the existing IP infrastructure without the need for costly data conversion hardware or special leased lines.
"Recent natural disasters have stressed the need to safeguard data. Plus more and more Japanese corporations are implementing large-scale storage area networks to protect information across remote sites," said Peter Thompson, managing director, Asia Pacific for DataCore. "DataCore's SANsymphony is a proven disaster recovery solution in Japan - it protects critical customer data and won't break their budgets." ...DataCore Software profile, SAN software
IRVINE, Calif. - December 3, 2004 - Quest Software Inc. today announced general availability of Quest Archive Manager for Exchange 1.0. Archive Manager leverages Quest's award-winning migration technology to consolidate personal folder (PST) files and online messaging data to a central archive server for improved security.
Archive Manager for Exchange provides a cost-effective, consolidated archive of historical Exchange data while improving security, discovery and management. It provides: ZeroIMPACT archiving to make archived data transparent to end users and centralized, managed data for optimal storage usage. Pricing starts at $15 U.S. per mailbox.
"We are building upon the strength of our award-winning Exchange migration technology to consolidate Exchange data," said Dave Champine, director, Exchange Solutions, Quest Software. "We've helped manage and migrate millions of mailboxes worldwide, and our customers have asked us to help them solve their growing storage management challenges. E-mail archiving is an important part of storage management, and this new product improves operational efficiency and reduces cost." ...Quest Software profile
BUTTE, MONTANA December 3, 2004 Portlock today announced the latest release of its Portlock Storage Manager 3.30, enterprise software for performing rapid and reliable bare-metal restores, server migration, and ensuring quick system recoverability prior to installing software and service packs, patches and upgrades. Now featuring support for IDE or SATA disk drives larger than 128GB running Novell NetWare operating systems, Portlock Storage Manager 3.30 also delivers complete service-pack support for NetWare 5.1 SP7, NetWare 6.0 SP5, and NetWare 6.5 SP2. This release adds a new command line option which enables the Image command to purge NetWare Traditional volumes (mounted or unmounted) and to purge NSS volumes if they are mounted before imaging a volume. In addition, another command line option will enable the Image command to not purge a volume before imaging a volume.
"Along with its unparalleled support for NetWare, Portlock Storage Manager now also supports image and restore and disaster recovery operations on Linux, Windows, and Apple Mac OS X platforms" said John Hanley, President and CEO of Portlock. ...Portlock Software profile
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - December 2, 2004 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew 3.5% year over year to $3.4 billion in the third quarter of 2004 (3Q04), marking the 6th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth. Similarly, the total disk storage systems market continued to see positive overall trends, growing at 2.1% year over year, while storage capacity grew 50.5% year over year to 310 petabytes, achieving the largest growth rate posted over the last seven quarters.
EMC led the external disk storage systems market with 21.2% revenue share, driven by 17.4% year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter. HP, with a revenue decline of 7.5% year over year, came in second with 19.0% revenue share followed by IBM with 13.1% share. Network Appliance posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth among the top vendors during the third quarter of 2004 with 24.6% growth, while EMC had the largest share point gains from the previous year, gaining 2.5 point of revenue share.
The networked disk storage systems market (NAS combined with Open/iSCSI SAN) grew 17.1% year over year and surpassed the $2 billion mark for the second consecutive quarter. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total networked storage market with 28.9% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 23.3% and 11.5% revenue share respectively.
In the NAS market, which grew 14.3% year over year, Network Appliance led with 36.3% revenue share, followed by EMC with 34.8% share. Once again, HP posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth among the vendors tracked by IDC, with 55.9% growth during third quarter of 2004.
The iSCSI SAN market again experienced sequential growth acceleration, posting nearly 44% revenue growth compared to the previous quarter. Network Appliance continues to lead the market with 43.1% share, followed by EMC with 22.1% share.
"Increased adoption of entry- and midrange networked storage (priced below $150,000 per system) drove the market for external disk storage systems up on an annual basis, compensating for a decline in high-end systems sales," says Natalya Yezhkova, senior research analyst, Storage Systems at IDC. ...IDC profile
Editor:- December 2, 2004 - Looking at the changing interests of STORAGEsearch readers has historically been a reliable way to predict which new storage technologies are on their way up or down. In November - Serial Attached SCSI moved into the top 20 most popular subjects for the first time. Meanwhile optimistic noises from fibre-channel analysts vendors ring hollow as for the first time in more than 8 years online Fibre-channel adapter cards dropped out of our top 20.
Two re-entries to the top 10 companies list which represents the top 1% of company profiles viewed by our readers were Intelligent Computer Solutions and Xdrive replacing Adaptec and VERITAS which dropped out. See the top articles subjects and vendors on our ...Market research page
Fremont, CA - December 1, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced a new line of Ultra320 SCSI compatible flash solid state disks in a VME form factor in both conduction- and convection-cooled versions.
Designed as a 6U double slot plug-in module, the convection-cooled E-Disk VME module can hold storage capacities upto 53GB. The conduction-cooled E-Disk VME U320 SCSI plug-in flash disk module comes in a single disk configuration that occupies upto 3 slots for a maximum capacity of 155GB. The heart and soul of the new VME modules is the 3S320 flash disk. This OS-independent, pure solid state/non-volatile SSD features up to 42 µsec access time and a maximum I/O of 12,500 IOPS. Sustained R/W rate is 68 MB/sec (max) and burst R/W rate is 320 MB/sec (max). It can handle operating shock of up to 1,500 Gs and extreme temperatures from -40 to +85°C. Product design targets an MTBF of 1 million hours.
"Through the years, the VME bus has maintained its stature as the embedded computing architecture of choice for defense, aerospace and industrial automation applications," says Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO Networks. "Our E-Disk VME SCSI solution ramps up VME technology to the next level by delivering ultra-fast, enterprise-level storage transfer speeds in a ruggedized form factor." ...BiTMICRO profile, Solid state disks, Military Storage
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - December 1, 2004 - Dell'Oro Group announced today that its new report reveals sales in the modular storage area network switch segment (also known as directors) grew sequentially by 8% during the quarter. This increase offset declines in the fixed switch and host bus adapter segments, producing a flat result for the overall SAN market in the third quarter as anticipated. ...Dell'Oro Group profile, SAN switches
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