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St. Paul, MN - December 14, 2004 - Intradyn announced today the launch of a network of service partners offering a new online data backup service using its award-winning RocketVault backup and archiving appliance. The appliance/service solution offered through Intradyn's Certified Managed Service Provider Program enables both secure onsite and secure off-site backup and removes the need for the customer to staff and operate its own remote disaster-recovery site. Onsite backup resides at the customer site on their own RocketVault disk-based appliance. Offsite backup is achieved via the RocketVault sending the customer's encrypted data to the service provider's remote site for disaster recovery purposes - as protection against fire, flood, or other damage at the customer's own site. The data can be stored both locally and remotely in AES 256-bit encrypted form, the highest level of protection available. Pricing for the appliance begins at $1,495 MSRP.

Christopher Furey, CEO of New York based Savvy Networks one of Intradyn's new partners said. "Over the years, we have tracked and tested most of the data protection solutions in the marketplace... RocketVault obsoletes tape in one neat little box." ...IntraDyn profile, Web backup


MELVILLE, N.Y. - December 14, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced a strategic OEM partnership with COPAN Systems. COPAN is integrating a version of FalconStor's VirtualTape Library software in its Revolution 200T disk to disk backup system. Revolution 200T is the first storage solution to be based on COPAN's whimsically named MAID architecture (Massive Array of Idle Disks). The Revolution 200T is purpose-built for write once, read occasionally applications, delivering 2-3 times the density of tape, and 10 times faster data access than tape. The Revolution 200T includes patent-pending innovations, such as Power-Managed RAID and Disk Aerobics, to provide enterprise-class performance and reliability, allowing customers to minimize, if not eliminate, the use of tape at an affordable cost. ...FalconStor Software profile, ...COPAN Systems profile


Munich, Germany - December 14, 2004 - this week at the 2004 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, Infineon Technologies AG presented a highly manufacturable 70nm process technology for future DRAM generations that is based on deep trench cells on 300mm wafers. Around 25% of worldwide DRAM production today is based on trench technology. Infineon expects to translate the technological breakthrough into an increase of the productivity of DRAM manufacturing and its DRAM output. Smaller process structures allow a reduction in the chip size by about 30% and thus increase chip output per wafer. ...Infineon Technologies profile, RAM, ICs


CHATSWORTH, CA - December 14, 2004 - Globalstor Data today introduced the new FibreStor-DI. Designed specifically for the high performance digital video storage and playback requirements of HD, Digital Intermediate, Color Correction, and other eCinema and video applications, this new Fibre to Fibre Channel RAID storage solution provides sustained raw performance levels well above 700MB/sec under RAID 5, making the FibreStor-DI perfectly suited for Spirit 2K, DaVinci 2K, and other applications requiring real time 2K Playback/Record.

FibreStor-DI includes a dual RAID controller on a separate 1U rack, two 16 bay chassis, 32 Fibre channel drives (73, 147 and 300GB) and supports RAID levels 0, 1, (0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, NRAID, and JBOD. To virtually insure zero downtime, FibreStor-DI consists of several hot-swapable components including dual power supplies, dual RAID controller canisters, dual cooling modules, IO node modules, battery units and management interface modules. Prices start at $40,000 for 2.1TB using (30) 73GB 15K hdd's or $44,000 for 4.41TB using (30) 146GB 10K hdd's or $62,000 for 9.0 TB using (30) 300GB 10 Hdd's. ...Globalstor Data profile, RAID systems


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. and Barrington, NJ - December 14, 2004 - TimeSpring Software Corp. and E. A. Pifer Financial Systems announced an agreement under which Pifer will offer TimeSpring's TimeData software to the banking, credit union and financial services community. TimeData automatically captures all changes to application data in real-time. With the TimeData software financial institutions can recover from data loss, corruption or security breaches within minutes. They can also analyze, report or test data anytime without impacting operations.

"Until now only the bigger financial institutions could afford real-time data protection so smaller organizations were vulnerable to data loss or corruption," said Jim Read, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Pifer Financial Systems. "Banks, thrifts and credit unions all need solid, reliable data protection solutions to keep their data safe and available in order to service their customers and maintain compliance. If there is a problem with an application or system, retrieving data is very fast and simple with the TimeData software. Transactions are protected and the integrity of the audit trail is maintained." ...TimeSpring profile, ...Pifer Financial Systems


SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 13, 2004 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its wildly popular one-inch hard drive by opening up the production spigot. With more experience in producing one-inch hard drives than any other company, Hitachi is now able to bring the Microdrive's unparalleled benefits of high-capacity, diminutive size, value and reliability to a greater number of customers. In this quarter, Hitachi will begin to produce several million units per quarter as projected earlier this year. On its fifth birthday, the Microdrive is finding strong acceptance among consumer devices where ultra-small designs and big storage capacity are highly desirable, such as in digital video cameras and portable music/video players. With this trend on the upswing, Hitachi expects demand for the Microdrive product line in 2005 to significantly surpass the 5,000,000 cumulative Microdrive units shipped since its 1999 inception.

"Widespread adoption of the Microdrive in digital music devices this year became the watershed moment for one-inch hard drives; since then, we've been working at a feverish pace to keep up with demand," said Bill Healy, senior vice president, marketing and strategy, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "We believe the additional supply will accelerate even more the use of the Microdrive in handheld consumer electronic devices across a variety of applications." ...Hitachi profile


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - December 13, 2004 - SANRAD Inc. announced today the immediate availability of LDR – the first in a series of data replication and disaster recovery solutions for SANRAD-enabled IP SANs. SANRAD LDR enables campus-wide data replication and disaster recovery for multi-building/multi-site organizations such as military installations, universities, medical centers, local and state government and financial institutions, providing business continuity for any operation requiring uninterrupted access to data.

SANRAD's LDR combines both hardware and software and is easy to configure for continuous, real-time data mirroring as well as automatic failover in the event of site or system outage. For any IP SAN built around the SANRAD V-Switch, LDR continually mirrors critical data at 250MB/sec onto two to four separate storage systems physically located in separate buildings within a business complex or storage systems located in different areas in a large building. Moreover, a secondary active access point to the data can be provided by a V-Switch at the alternate site by attaching the V-Switch to the storage system and server network. SANRAD's solution scales license-free to support 256 servers, 64,000 volumes and up to 5.4 petabytes of capacity. ...SANRAD profile, Disk to disk backup, iSCSI


SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 13, 2004 ­ MaXXan Systems, Inc. today announced that it has received an additional $29 million in venture funding led by BA Venture Partners, bringing the total secured financing in the company to $113 million since its incorporation in 2000. Other investors included US Venture Partners (USVP), Venrock Associates, China Development Industrial Bank, Inc. and Inventec Corporation. The capital raised will be used to ramp up the sales, marketing and support organizations, as well as to open an interoperability lab to meet the growing demand for the company¹s fabric-based intelligent storage switches and appliances. ...MaXXan Systems profile, iSCSI, Venture funds in STORAGE, NAS


Hoboken, N.J. - December 13, 2004 - NSI Software, Inc. today announced that it has joined the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 13,800 companies that deliver innovative enterprise software solutions based on Oracle software. NSI Software's Double-Take software provides data replication and failover capabilities to ensure high data and application availability for Oracle applications.

F.L. Smidth, the world's leading supplier of cement production technology is using Double-Take to ensure high availability of its global ERP system based on an Oracle 9i database. "With offices around the globe in Denmark, India and the United States, we have users accessing our Oracle ERP system constantly. 24x7 availability isn't just a goal, it's an absolute requirement for us to do business," said Richard A. Mannix, Manager, Information Services at F.L. Smidth. "Double-Take provides the essential failover and replications capabilities that we need to keep our production database in sync with our high availability server, which is ready to assume control of the ERP system at a moment's notice. Double-Take made high availability of our Oracle system simple and cost-effective." ...NSI profile, ...Oracle profile, Backup Software


DALLAS, Texas - December 13, 2004 - Tek-Tools, Inc. today announced the availability of the beta version of its Extensible Agent Architecture and built-in policy engine for its award-winning Profiler Rx suite. With the Extensible Agent, storage managers can use Profiler Rx's easy-to-manage and intuitive interface to write their own modules and launch them from the Profiler Rx console, providing a customized approach to active storage management for enhanced productivity and efficiency. For OEMs and solution providers, the Extensible Agent is a simple way to develop customer-specific, proprietary automation and management modules for a fast-track solution for ILM, provisioning, and backup/database/Exchange administration.

Solution providers building custom storage solutions and OEMs looking to add on management capabilities to existing products can use the Extensible Agent Architecture to satisfy user demand for high-performance, Web-based, real-time and historical data management tools that provide granular visibility for chargeback, resource allocation, SLA and compliance reporting. Existing Profiler Rx modules are currently available to monitor a broad range of popular DAS, NAS, and SAN hardware, as well as email, database and backup applications. ...Tek-Tools profile, SAN software, Test systems


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - December 13, 2004 - According to IDC the worldwide storage software market surpassed $1.9 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in the third quarter of 2004, growing at robust pace of 19.1% year over year. Continuing the momentum from last quarter, all of the major storage software functional markets posted double-digit revenue growth in the third quarter of 2004 when compared to the same quarter in 2003. The SRM market posted the largest gain at 27.3% year-over-year growth while the back-up and archive software market continued to represent the largest functional market, growing 17.4% year over year. The storage replication software and file system software markets also enjoyed strong results in the third quarter with 13.7% and 10.3% year-over-year growth, respectively.

"Spending for storage software reached a record high during the third quarter as the market continued its sustained double-digit growth pattern," said Bill North, director of Storage Software Research for IDC. "Storage capacity requirements and complexity continue to grow while system costs steadily decline. This quarter, customer investment in storage software grew to nearly $36 for every $100 spent on storage systems. This is indicative of the increasing value customers are placing on the software that allows them to effectively manage and protect business information assets."

According to IDC, the top 5 storage software vendors, EMC, VERITAS, Computer Associates, HP and IBM accounted for 77.1% of storage software revenue in Q304. ...IDC profile, Market research, Storage Software


San Jose, CA - December 13, 2004 - Flash memory, chip and hard disk drive manufacturers, as well as storage system, consumer device manufacturers, and software companies will gather to discuss how to integrate digital storage into consumer products such as cell phones, MP3 players, home networking, and set-top boxes at the Storage Visions Conference that is being held next month in Las Vegas. Speakers from M-Systems, Agere, SanDisk, Seagate, Microsoft, Hitachi GST, Fujitsu, and GS Magic will participate in a session focusing on bringing digital storage to mobile consumer devices. Discussing digital storage in the living room will be speakers from NetCell, Silicon Image, Maxtor, HP and the Blu Ray Disk Association, Scientific Atlanta, and The Diffusion Group. The conference will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center two days prior to CES.

According to Nelson Chan, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Consumer and Handset Business at SanDisk "The next generation of mobile phones present new storage challenges. These devices represent a significant market for storage devices and they are characterized by their small size and powerful features. Storage Visions exposes the key convergence factors that will drive the demand for significant amounts of storage for these new phones."

"Hard disk drives are proliferating into new applications, including mobile storage. Capacity alone is not enough of a differentiator for hard disk drives. Performance, reliability, and packaging options are pushing hard disk drives to everyday/everywhere environments. Storage Visions will help designers and manufacturers understand and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by storage devices in consumer environments," said Pat O'Malley, Seagate Senior Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business Development ..Storage Visions Conference, Storage Events


CHATSWORTH, Calif - December 13, 2004 - Alera Technologies proudly announces that its advanced new Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus that copies digital photos directly to CD from camera memory cards of any capacity, without a computer, has been selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors, and leading industry experts for PC Magazine's 4 Stars Rating.

"It is an honor for the Aleratec Digital Photo Copy Cruiser to be selected by PC Magazine's distinguished panel of experts for their 4 Stars Rating," stated Perry Solomon, President and CEO. "Our goal is continuing success in exceeding expectations of our customers. By designing the Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus to copy photo memory cards directly to CD and bring your video, photo and music creations directly to your home or mobile entertainment center, we are achieving that goal. We continue to be the Prosumers' Choice with professional level solutions at consumer prices. It is particularly gratifying to earn the recognition of the PC Magazine organization."

The new Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus not only backs up digital memory cards, it also records CDs (both Windows and Mac are supported), plays DVD videos, CDs, JPEG files, MP3 files from CDs, DVDs, and Memory Cards. You can connect it to your TV set, Home Theater, or Mobile Theater. A built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery is included making the Digital Photo Copy Cruiser Plus truly portable so you can use it anywhere. This is the next generation of the Award Winning Digital Photo Copy Cruiser that has become the standard for performance and reliability set under high stress field conditions including forensic photography for federal, state, and local law enforcement. ...Alera Technologies profile


December 9, 2004 - Toshiba Storage Device Division is shipping new CD-ROM and CD-RW desktop drives - the XM-6802B CD-ROM and SR-M8102 CD-RW drives. XM-6802B CD-ROM for desktop computer provides a read speed of up to 52X. The SR-M8102 CD-RW for desktop computers provides 52X CD-R and 32X CD-RW write speeds, and a CD-ROM read speed of up to 52X, with a typical seek time of 110mS. ...Toshiba profile, CD-RW & DVD-RW


REDMOND, WASHINGTON - December 9, 2004 - ADIC today announced net earnings of $4.9 million, or seven cents per share, and $7.2 million, or 11 cents per share, for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending October 31, 2004 on sales of $115 million and $455 million, respectively. Overall fourth quarter sales are down just over 2% from $118 million during the same period last year while annual sales are up over 7% versus fiscal 2003. ...ADIC profile


Cirencester, UK - December 9, 2004 - Zycko today announced it has become a key distributor for Spectra Logic throughout Europe. The partnership will allow Zycko to respond to the growing market for open system tape libraries, while extending the company's end-to-end, bespoke storage solution capabilities. Zycko will be working primarily to raise the profile of Spectra Logic's products in the mid enterprise market which has been traditionally overlooked in favour of enterprise-level companies. ...Spectra Logic profile, ...Zycko profile, Tape libraries


CARLSBAD, Calif. - December 9, 2004 - Arkeia Corporation announced today the release of a new plug-in for hot backup of PostgreSQL databases. Arkeia is the first provider to offer a fully integrated professional online backup and restore solution for the widely-used PostgreSQL open source database. Compatible with PostgreSQL 7.2 and above, this Arkeia plug-in will initially be available for Linux, with other operating systems to follow. A release candidate version can be downloaded now. In anticipation of the upcoming PostgreSQL v8 release, Arkeia also announced its planned support of Point-in-Time recovery features which will be introduced with the next PostgreSQL version. The Linux plug-in for PostgreSQL is priced at $490. A total data protection solution for PostgreSQL users, including Arkeia Server Backup, the automatic Disaster Recovery module and one year of technical support, is available for less than $1,500. ...Arkeia profile


Editor:- December 9, 2004 - a new article by Engenio is published today on STORAGEsearch called - Disk to Disk Backup versus Tape - War or Truce? Will disk to disk backup make tape backup obsolete? That's a question that's been debated hotly here on STORAGEsearch for many years.

At the extreme polarized ends of the argument are tape media makers like Sony, who in an article here made a case for the long term survival of tape, and at the other end of the argument are disk to disk supporters like STORAGEsearch whose editorial view has been that tape doesn't have a viable role the midsize market any more. In the middle of this argument are the moderates who say that maybe tape and D2d can co-exist. This article by Steve Gardner at Engenio takes the middle course line - and says why he thinks there's still a place for both. See if you agree. ...read the article, ...Engenio profile, Disk to disk backup, Tape backup


PALO ALTO, Calif - December 8, 2004 - HP today introduced new disk, tape and optical storage technologies and enhanced management software that expand the industry's broadest portfolio of tiered storage solutions. New and enhanced product offerings include:
  • HP OpenView Data Protector version 5.5 - delivering more than 200 new features.
  • HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array 1500 cs - providing tiered storage within a single system by offering industry-first support for concurrent attachment of both SCSI and Serial ATA (SATA) disk enclosures behind a single controller shelf. The MSA1500 can support up to 8 attached SATA enclosures delivering up to 24 terabytes (using 96- to 250-gigabyte SATA disk drives) of raw capacity. If the business requires SCSI drive performance and reliability, up to four SCSI enclosures can be attached for a raw capacity of up to 16 TB (using 56- to 300-GB SCSI disks). The HP StorageWorks MSA 1500 cs is available today with an estimated U.S. starting price of $8,995.
  • HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive - based on third-generation Linear Tape-Open tape drive technology and providing Ultrium-based WORM capability. Expected availability for HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 tape drives and HP StorageWorks Ultrium 800 GB data cartridges, in both rewritable and WORM formats, is Dec. 13. The estimated U.S. starting price for the Ultrium 960 tape drive is $5,549.
  • HP StorageWorks Optical Jukeboxes - providing long-term, archival storage of electronic records and data for cost-effective regulatory compliance. The HP StorageWorks Optical 700ux and 1100ux Jukeboxes are available today with an estimated U.S. starting price of $7,975.
...HP profile, Jukeboxes, Tape drives, Disk to disk backup, Backup Software


AUSTIN, Texas - December 8, 2004 - Crossroads Systems, Inc. announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle to settle the consolidated securities class action litigation, In re Crossroads Systems, Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. A-00-CA-457-JN, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The shareholder class will receive a total payment of $4.35 million. Of that amount, the Company's directors-and-officers insurance carriers have agreed to pay $3.35 million and the Company will pay $1.0 million. In the agreement, Crossroads and the individual defendants named in the litigation continue to deny any and all allegations of wrongdoing, and they will receive a full release of all claims asserted in the litigation. ...Crossroads Systems profile

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RocketVault Online Backup Service Gets New Partners

COPAN OEMs FalconStor's VirtualTape Library

Infineon Reports Advances in the DRAM Trenches

Globalstor Delivers Affordable Stored Video at 700MB/S

TimeData's New Channel in Financial Services Market

Hitachi One-Inch Hard Drive Turns Five

SANRAD Simplifies Campus IP/SAN Replication

Maxxan Secures $29 Million in Latest Funding

NSI Joins Oracle PartnerNetwork

Tek-Tools Offers Extensible Agents to OEMs

IDC Says Storage Software Market Grew 19%

Storage Visions will Discuss Consumer Futures

Alera Tech Receives PC Magazine Distinction

Toshiba's New CD-ROM and CD-RW Drives

ADIC Reports Annual Sales Grew by 7%

Zycko to Distribute Spectra Logic in Europe

Arkeia Announces First PostgreSQL Hot Backup

New Article on Disk to Disk Backup by Engenio

HP Launches New Storage Solutions

Crossroads Agrees to Settle Class Action Suit

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Solid State Disks
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Michelangelo found David inside a rock. Megabyte was looking for a solid state disk.

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Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center - article by LSI Logic and Maxtor

If you think you already know SAS because you know SATA and traditional SCSI then think again. Sometimes disruptive technologies wear an unassuming disguise. In fiction, Clark Kent, Frodo Baggins and Buffy Summers at first seem harmless, but we see them change into Superman, the Ring Bearer and the Slayer.

SAS too comes cloaked in plain garb - with a physical layer which looks a lot like SATA. But like the Incredible Hulk there are muscles rippling under that shirt - and you would be wrong to dismiss SAS so lightly. There's a lot more inside this interface than it says on the box as this informative article reveals.

...read the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI


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the Top 10 Company Profiles - November 2004

The top 10 most popular companies (top 1% out of more than 1,000 storage companies listed on STORAGEsearch) visited by our readers last month were as follows... Figures in brackets (n) indicate rank the month before.
  1. Ingrasys Technology (1)
  2. M-Systems (2)
  3. Silicon Image (4)
  4. Texas Memory Systems (3)
  5. LSI Logic (5)
  6. SMART Modular Technologies (8)
  7. Dell Computer (6)
  8. Curtis (9)
  9. Intelligent Computer Solutions (11)
  10. Xdrive (12)
Two new entries to the top 10 this month were Intelligent Computer Solutions and Xdrive replacing Adaptec and VERITAS which dropped out.
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Nibble:- How Big is the Storage Market?

In 2004 STORAGEsearch estimates worldwide storage market revenue to be over $70 billion. That's bigger than the worldwide server market - which is about $45 billion but smaller than the PC market which is $250 billion.

... from the article:- Is the Storage Market Getting Too Complicated?

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SATA Raids the Datacenter - article by Engenio

"The debate on duty cycles and MTBF does not mean that SATA hard drives are more prone to crash than other technologies. Engenio's experience appears to suggest that SATA media must first endure an intensive burn-in process. Once accomplished, failure rates are equivalent to those of Fibre Channel and SCSI. This makes it the duty of the storage system manufacturer to ensure a long life for the medium by way of intensive tests and certification." ...read the article, ...Engenio profile, RAID systems, SATA
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How Do Solid State Disks Make Economic Sense?
When Some 3.5" Drives Cost $20,000 or More?
If your application is speeding up an enterprise server with thousands or tens of thousands of networked users then it's a mistake to think of the SSD as replacing storage. In fact the SSD is replacing servers and software licenses. SSDs can be used either to speed up the response time of existing applications as an alternative to buying more servers, or to reduce the number of servers and software licenses deployed. The economics can be compellingly in favor of an SSD deployment and are discussed in our case study articles.

Another server use for SSDs is to prolong the life of server architectures which have been end-of-lifed such as HP's Alpha. The SSD can work like a processor speedup and buy the owners more years of useful life while they evaluate viable alternatives. See the article:- Out of the Alpha Frying Pan into the Sun Fire?

...from - the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
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Nibble: the Number of Storage Publications and Storage dot-ORGs is Shrinking as the Shake Up Begins in the Online Storage Info Market

During the difficult time in the IT market (2001 to 2003) it seemed that every IT publisher spawned new "Storage Portals" and related online publications. New ones were being announced weekly, then daily.

I stopped counting them when I realised that the likely number was heading into 3 digits. In most cases these shallow titles were little more than a single homepage with the word "Storage" on it, a few news headlines and a back end which was the same old PC publication, Business Wire newsfeed, or in some cases, nothing behind at all.

This caused tremendous confusion to marketers in vendor companies, who with the business recovery in the storage market have experimented with many of these new sites and been disappointed with the results - because most of them didn't have many readers. New storage dot-ORGs sprang up too - to standardise differences in technology which were too small for most oems and users to care about.

Readers experimented with the new portals, but finding little depth didn't stay long. Our own readership continued growing year on year although stickiness dropped about 30% as readers were now hopping back and forth between multiple sites.

I'm pleased to say we're now seeing some consolidation in the number of storage publications and storage dot-ORGs. Six of them, which we previously listed have disappeared in the last month or so. Their websites have been acquired by vendors or their domains are up for sale.

Although the storage market is now a $70 billion / year market - my belief is that the contraction in the number of storage portals will continue and, as a publisher we look forward to it dropping back down to maybe 3 or 4 high quality titles - each with their unique flavor and special intellectual property, insights and interests.

If Google, Yahoo and MSN can navigate users through billions of general web pages than you don't need more than a handful of focused portals to provide content within the storage space.

STORAGEsearch was the first online storage portal, launched back in 1998. Looking ahead as technologies change - we'll continue our long term mission of "remapping the storage frontier".

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Solid State Disks:- Pushing the Envelope in Blade Server Design - article by BiTMICRO

"In terms of power consumption, mechanical hard disks typically devour around 500mA while flash SSDs consume a mere 50mA. The difference may seem insignificant in small enterprise apps, but for huge data farms, the cost savings become apparent. This further enhances the blade server's advantage over proprietary systems with regard to operational costs. The reliable performance of mechanical disk drives can only be ensured if these drives operate within specified temperature ranges. As drive manufacturers introduce newer models featuring spindle speeds as high as 15,000 RPM, cooling has emerged as a major issue." ... read the article, ...BiTMICRO profile

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