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IDC Reports on External Disk Storage Systems Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass - March 5, 2004 -Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew 8.4% year-over-year to $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2003 according to IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker.

For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew at a slightly slower rate of 6.1% year-over-year, as external storage grew faster than internal storage. Although favorable exchange rates were a leading factor in the strong result, demand for disk storage systems picked up in the fourth quarter, resulting in 52.0% year-over-year growth in external disk storage systems petabytes.

"The U.S. was the first to feel the downturn and is now leading in the recovery with a healthy 7% growth rate," said John McArthur, group vice president of Storage research at IDC. "Outside the U.S., much of the perceived growth is the result of a weakened dollar. However, we are at least seeing signs of stabilization, which is an improvement over past quarters."

HP maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 21.7% revenue share, followed by EMC and IBM with 20.0% and 16.8% revenue share, respectively. Hitachi and Dell rounded out the top 5 with 7.4% and 6.4%, respectively. Among the top 5 suppliers, Dell and EMC posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth during 4Q03, with 50.0% and 20.5% growth respectively. The external disk storage systems market continues to consolidate as the top vendors now represent 82.4% of the market. External RAID accounted for more than 91% of the external market, growing 11.4% year-over-year. EMC led the external RAID market with 21.9% revenue share, followed closely by HP with 20.8% share.

The total network storage market (NAS Combined with Open and iSCSI SAN) posted 23.5% year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter to more than $2.1 billion, largely due to growth in the Open SAN market. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 28.1% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 26.0% and 14.4% revenue share, respectively. IBM and HP each gained more than 2 points of revenue share from the previous year's quarter, the largest gains among the top vendors.

In the Open SAN market, which grew 26.4% compared to the same quarter a year ago, HP led with 30.9% revenue share followed by EMC with 25.8% share. In the NAS market, EMC retook the lead with 37.8% revenue share, followed by Network Appliance with 33.3% share. Still in the early market stage, the iSCSI SAN market posted 74% sequential revenue growth with Network Appliance leading the market with 49.0% share, followed by EMC with 33.2% share.

In the total disk storage systems market, IBM moved into a virtual tie with HP for the number 1 position, aided by its traditionally strong fourth quarter sales. HP and IBM had 25.6% and 25.4% share, respectively. EMC maintained the third position with 13.3% revenue share, followed by Dell with 6.5% share. Rounding out the top 5, Hitachi and Sun Microsystems again tied for fifth position. For the full year, the total disk storage systems market posted 1% growth to $19.8 billion. HP maintained its leadership with 26.3% revenue share, followed by IBM and EMC with 21.6% and 12.7% revenue share, respectively. IBM and Dell were the only two vendors among the top 5 that posted double digit annual revenue growth.


Branch Office Data Consolidation Seminars

Hopkinton, MA - March 4, 2004 - EMC, its LEGATO Software division and Microsoft today launched a series of seminars designed to educate customers on how to better consolidate and protect information stored at their branch offices and other remote sites.

They are showcasing a branch office data consolidation and business continuity solution to cost-effectively address the challenge of protecting rapidly proliferating data dispersed across multiple remote locations.

Up to 60% of a large organization's information may be located away from the main data center, either at branch offices or other remote facilities, often on disparate storage systems and operating environments. Effectively managing and protecting that information and recovering it in the event of an outage is a significant challenge for IT managers. The 10-city seminar series will highlight ways customers can reduce cost and complexity by consolidating their disparate systems to EMC's NetWin 200, built on the Windows Storage Server 2003 platform.

The seminar series began today in Boston with additional presentations scheduled for Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Calif., Irving, Texas, Mountain View, Calif., New York City, Redmond, Wash. and Washington, D.C. Additional information is available at www.protectandconsolidate.com.


LSI Logic's FC Controller Ensures Data Protection

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 4, 2004 - LSI Logic today expanded its family of Fibre Channel controllers with the introduction of its dual-channel LSIFC929XL controller enabled with Fusion-MPT architecture.

The 2Gb/s LSIFC929XL incorporates Data Integrity Field functionality for additional end-to-end data protection. There is a full line of 929XL HBAs available based on this controller. Featuring a host PCI-X interface, and supporting Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000, Linux, Solaris 7 and higher and Novel Netware, the controller delivers industry-leading performance in both initiator and target mode.

"The industry is continuing its move towards more complex and highly integrated heterogeneous SAN solutions. As SAN solutions proliferate the market, end users need to be assured that data integrity will not be jeopardized," said Charlie Kraus, director of the LSI Logic Host Bus Adapter group. "With our new LSIFC929XL controller, users know that their data is protected."


RAID Controller Companies Decline

Editor:- March 4, 2004 - Independent RAID controller companies may soon become a rare species. In the last 5 weeks we've seen news that 3 of them have been acquired:- Chaparral Network Storage, RAIDCore and 3ware.

But this is good news for the remaining 18 or so companies who may now be able to lock-in their OEM customers into longer term supply agreements, which protect their source of technology.


ATTO's iSCSI Bridge Certified with BrightStor

Amherst, NY - March 3, 2004 - ATTO Technology. announced today that the ATTO iPBridge 2500C/R/D has been certified interoperable with CA's BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11 for Windows.

With the ATTO iPBridge 2500C/R/D Gigabit Ethernet-to-SCSI Bridge, users can attach existing SCSI storage devices to IP networks. This affords them the ability to deploy cost-effective iSCSI storage networks. With the iPBridge 2500, IT managers can attach or connect a SCSI tape library or other SCSI storage, such as disk or Magneto-Optical storage systems, and network them across an Ethernet IP-based network, enabling them to leverage their current Ethernet network. This allows more users access to existing storage devices.


M-Systems Storage Powers Multimedia Smartphone

Santa Clara, Calif. and Fremont, Calif. - March 3, 2004 - NeoMagic and M-Systems today announced that TCL Corp is using NeoMagic's MiMagic Applications Processors with M-Systems' Mobile DiskOnChip to power its Windows Mobile-based Smartphones.

TCL will begin shipping its first Smartphone, called the OC01, in the early summer. The MiMagic 5 enables the OC01 to provide sophisticated multimedia functionality, such as video, still pictures and games, at low power. As the world's smallest high-capacity on-board memory, Mobile DiskOnChip provides the OC01 with high performance NAND flash storage capacity for multimedia content. TCL's OCO1 provides a rich user experience with multimedia features including a camera, video record and playback capability, an MP3 player, and a 3D gaming platform.


hIOmon v 3.2 Identifies Hot Files for SSDs

BOULDER, Colorado - March 3, 2004 - hyperI/O announced today that its hIOmon File I/O Performance Monitor now supports real-time summarized file I/O operation performance metrics that can be both collected and displayed on an individual, specific process basis.

hIOmon is a software package that provides a variety of important benefits, including the ability to better diagnose and understand storage access performance problems, to verify and ensure that required levels of performance are being met at the specific file/process level, to evaluate emerging storage technologies (e.g., iSCSI, SATA, etc.) and proposed improvements to the performance of computer systems, and to help reduce storage management costs.

Users/applications armed with the extensive set of file I/O performance metrics that only hIOmon provides can validate and continually verify that those steps taken to maximize disk storage utilization are indeed of benefit. Such steps include identifying 'hot files' and moving files around the storage hierarchy, SAN, NAS, etc. to improve performance by making the best use of newly purchased hardware or without spending IT dollars on new hardware. Use hIOmon to help identify those files best suited for SSD, RAM disk and other higher performance disk solutions.

The hIOmon File I/O Performance Monitor currently supports Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, and Windows Server 2003. Introductory pricing starts at $140. see also:- SSD ASAPs


Emulex HBAs Qualified by LSI Logic Storage

COSTA MESA, Calif. - March 3, 2003 - Emulex today announced that its LightPulse LP10000 and LP10000DC HBAs have successfully completed extensive testing in the LSI Logic Storage Systems Certified Compatible Program.

This certification of Emulex HBAs assures customers of the products' complete interoperability with LSI Logic Storage Systems' 5884, 4884, and 2882 storage controllers running the SANtricity 8.40/5.40 Storage Management Software in Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Solaris environments. Certification of the new Emulex midrange LP1050 and dual channel LP1050DC HBAs in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 is expected to be complete by the end of March.


Network Storage Conference Award Finalists

San Jose, CA - March 3, 2004 - The Network Storage Conference announces the finalists for its 2004 annual awards.

The finalists have been chosen after extensive deliberation from 54 deserving award nominations. This Award program is sponsored by Computer Technology Review and Peripheral Concepts. Inc. The Jury is formed from members from the Aberdeen Group, Computer Technology Review, IBM, Peripheral Concepts Inc., and Sun Microsystems. Awards will be presented to the winners at the conference during the lunch reception on Tuesday March 9. An Award will be attributed in each of four categories (finalists listed below).

Complete Systems:- Exanet Exastor, HDS Thunder 9580V, and Isilon IQ.

Management Software:- ADIC StorNext, Creekpath Suite 3, EMC Visual SRM, and Tivoli Storage Management Software.

Interconnects:- Adaptec iSCSI Adapter 7211, CNT UltraNet Edge Storage Router, and StoneFly Storage Concentrator 13000.

Storage Innovation:- IBM SAN Volume Controller Version 1.1.1, Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster, StorageTek VSM4, and Tacit Ishare server/appliance.

The conference, which takes place next week, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.


Dell'Oro Reports on SAN Switches and HBA Market

Redwood City, CA - March 3, 2004 - According to a recently published report by Dell'Oro Group, sales of SAN FC Switches and HBAs grew 11% Q/Q in 4Q03 to $496M, for the full-year 2003 sales were $1.8 billion.

Seasonal strength combined with additional product functionality produced an even greater growth rate of 15% Q/Q for Modular Switches (also commonly referred to as Director-class switches). McDATA, the dominant manufacturer in this segment, grew with higher sales through their IBM partnership, and Cisco gained traction with their tiered storage positioning.

Dell'Oro Group's SAN Report provides in-depth information on market shares, manufacturer revenues, units and or ports shipped, and ASPs by technology segment: SAN Switches and HBAs.


AMCC Acquires 3ware

SAN DIEGO - March 2, 2004 - AMCC today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 3ware .

Under the terms of the agreement, AMCC will acquire all outstanding shares of 3ware for approximately $150 million in cash and will assume stock options based on an exchange ratio to be determined at closing. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and is expected to close at or around April 1, 2004, and is therefore not expected to affect AMCC's March quarter results. The boards of directors of both AMCC and 3ware have approved the acquisition agreement.

"One of the fastest growth segments in storage today is SATA RAID and 3ware has achieved significant market penetration with a switched architecture that delivers performance, scalability and the economy of SATA," said Dave Rickey, chairman, president and CEO of AMCC. "3ware's customers and channel relationships complement our existing small and medium business Fibre Channel HBA strategy, while extending our reach into the DAS and NAS segments of the industry."

"AMCC's semiconductor leadership and its Fibre Channel SAN expertise from the recent acquisition of JNI allow us to broaden our market opportunity by leveraging valuable intellectual property and infrastructure," said Faye Pairman, president and CEO of 3ware. "Combining with AMCC will enable us to accelerate our complementary product roadmaps and penetration into higher-end storage applications." ,


BiTMICRO Announces 155GB 3.5" SSDs

REMONT, Calif. - March 2, 2004 - BiTMICRO today introduced the high capacity E-Disk Fibre Channel SSD at 155GB in a 3.5" form factor.

With this pronouncement, it becomes the 3.5" solid-state Fibre Channel flash drive with the highest capacity available in the market today. This high end SSD supports duplex burst rates of up to 400 MB/s, boasting of sustained read rates of up to 70 MB/s, sustained write rates of up to 48MB/s and 9,800 IOPS. The E-Disk Fibre Channel dual ported storage device comes with 40-pin SCA 2 connectors and an MTBF of 2 million hours that make it ideal for "hot swap" applications.

"Our solid state flash drives are often deployed by enterprise applications as a performance booster by having them host frequently accessed or hot files," comments Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO Networks. "This new breed of higher density 3.5-inch SSDs opens up a lot more opportunities for data streaming applications such as high-definition video editing & rendering that simply have to locate larger amounts of data onto flash memory for improved performance. We are now able to deliver the benefits of enhanced speed, reliability and low power consumption for these demanding applications with double the storage capacity, on the same footprint."


Super DLTtape Drive Shipments Grew 36%

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 2, 2004 - Quantum. announced today that according to Freeman Reports unit shipments of Quantum's SDLT tape drives in automation grew by 36% year-over-year from Calendar Year 2002 to 2003.

The SDLT tape automation shipment growth acknowledged in an upcoming series of reports to be published by Freeman Reports demonstrates continued strong customer demand for compatibility, reliability and performance of SDLT tape drives. This also reflects that Quantum remains the leading supplier of super drives.

"Quantum's growth in SDLT tape drive unit shipments represents significant gains that defy a challenging economic year as experienced by the data storage industry as a whole," said Bob Abraham, president of Freeman Reports. "The demand for SDLT tape drives demonstrates broad customer support for the technology and can be attributed to reliability and backward-read compatibility."


Quota Server Used by European Parliament

TAMPA, FL - March 2, 2004 - Northern today announced that the European Parliament (representing 15 countries) has selected Quota Server to manage the storage resources of some 2,500 users.

Quota Server was selected to provide a global approach to storage management – a stiff challenge given the organization's diverse user population.

Thomas Vernersson, Northern President, said, "Large, complex institutions such as the European Parliament are often resistant to single solutions given the varying agendas and demands of their multiple constituencies. Our ability to provide a flexible, policy-based approach to quota management answered the diverse needs of this segment of the EP's user population while providing the IT organization with an efficient, virtually transparent means of managing their storage infrastructure."

Quota Server allows system administrators to set storage quotas on disk objects such as directories, file, and individual user and/or group accounts. In addition, administrators can apply file-blocking quotas to remove entire file types from their systems. Quota Server supports Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange Quotas, and includes a wizard-based means of developing and implementing storage policies, a new central database for more flexibility and control over resources, and more.


IPR International Backs Up Tax Data

Conshohocken, PA - March 2, 2004 - IPR International today announced a deal to provide backup and recovery services to Philadelphia-based Mantas, Ohliger, McGary & Quinn, certified public accountants.

The agreement delivers backup and recovery services to MOMQ in time for the busy tax season and includes IPR's DATAGUARDIAN On Demand and DATAGUARDIAN LT solutions.

MOMQ initially began looking for new backup and recovery options in response to the inherent difficulties of recovering data from tape storage. With a growing number of staff on the road and at client offices, MOMQ also saw a need to back up business-critical information on employee laptops. The deal with IPR provides seamless backup and recovery, and covers data stored on both MOMQ's servers and on laptops throughout the firm.

"Accounting firms have enough stress to handle around tax time," said Mike Emmi, CEO of IPR. "Our goal was to provide MOMQ with a simple and secure system for data backup and recovery that would make their information instantly available at all times. Employees can work from home or the road and not worry that their data is unprotected."


KeyBank is First Bank to Offer Server Backup

Cleveland, OH and Waltham, MA - March 1, 2004 - 93% of companies that experience a significant data loss are out of business within five years, according to the US Bureau of Labor, and Cleveland-based KeyBank has decided to do something about it.

Calling sufficient server backup and disaster recovery practices, "critical to the health and wellness of a business," Key is now offering AmeriVault online backup and disaster recovery solution to its business banking and middle market clients. This service enhancement is a significant step in the industry, in which a bank provides expanded business-critical services - beyond the typical financial services - to its customers. Through this alliance, AmeriVault joins KeyGuide's comprehensive suite of business services.

"As Key's clients increasingly use technology to improve productivity, lower costs and grow revenue, the value of their data increases dramatically, said Rob Martens, vice president, strategic alliance development. "This alliance serves to protect our clients' assets, just as banks have done for centuries." ,


Intransa Continues Global Expansion

San Jose, California - March 1, 2004 - Intransa today announced the establishment of major regional headquarters for Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia/Pacific.

With the appointment of Bjarne Poulsen as General Manager, EMEA, and Tau Tung Wu, Country Manager, China, Intransa will aggressively debut Intransa's IP SAN solution in two key international markets. Mr. Poulsen and Mr. Wu will be responsible for opening new offices in their respective regions, aimed at strengthening Intransa's overseas growth and partner relationships.


Sunbelt Inks $7.5 Million Deal with NSI Software

Hoboken, N.J. - March 1, 2004 - NSI Software today announced a renewed commitment from Sunbelt as the exclusive distributor of NSI's Double-Take data replication software in Europe.

The deal is valued at $7.5 million and includes Sunbelt's continued distribution of NSI products in the Middle East, South Africa and Korea, as well as expansion into Australia and New Zealand.

"NSI Software's Double-Take software continues to be a best-selling product for Sunbelt because of its unmatched quality and usability for ensuring the availability of critical business data – a very real executive concern for companies establishing top-quality business continuity practices," said Jo Murciano, CEO at Sunbelt System Software. "The European marketplace continues to see phenomenal growth for data replication within the overall market for Windows-based storage solutions. Sales of Double-Take software contribute to a significant portion of our business."


Alacritech Ships Fastest iSCSI HBAs

San Jose, Calif. - March 1, 2004 - Alacritech . today announced the availability of the Alacritech SES1001 iSCSI Accelerator.

Alacritech claims that the new HBAs are the fastest iSCSI interfaces for Windows-based servers available today offering average 512 Byte bi-directional rate of 47,690 operations per second with 10% better efficiency. The Alacritech SES1001 family of iSCSI HBAs support Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 and is immediately available in both copper and fiber versions. The SES1001T with a 10/100/1000 twisted pair interface has a suggested list price of $599 and the SES1001F with a 1000BASE-SX fiber interface has a suggested list price of $799.


Broadcom Does NAS on a Chip

IRVINE, Calif. - March 1, 2004 - Broadcom today announced the availability of a new network storage processor chip enabling a new class of low-cost and easy to use NAS devices for the home and small- to medium sized business markets.

An advanced software suite and very high levels of component integration mean that storage products based on the Broadcom BCM4780 NASoC controller can achieve new levels of cost and ease of use. Entry-level products based on the BCM4780 can retail for $99 (without drives), and require no CD installation process.

The proliferation of residential broadband connections and increasing popularity of digital multimedia such as music, video and still images have contributed to the growing need for high-capacity storage systems that can be easily installed, configured and operated by home users. Small business users, such as dentists, lawyers, and real-estate brokers often store years of valuable client information on their PC hard drives, without any backup or redundancy. Today's direct attached external hard disk drives have limited or no sharing and networking capabilities, while stand-alone network storage devices have typically been fixtures of enterprise environments where large budgets and extensive IT support have defined the category. Products based on the BCM4780 will enable hundreds of Gigabytes of NAS functionality at price points and levels of usability designed for mainstream adoption within the home and small business.

BCM4780-based NAS systems will offer a very simple installation and setup procedure that requires no need for user configuration or knowledge of IP addresses. An auto-discovery feature automatically adds the NAS device to all attached clients upon connection to the network. For more advanced users, BCM4780-based storage products will offer a full range of powerful security and configuration modes, including enterprise-level features, such as RAID 0, 1 and 10 functionality with support for up to four hard disk drives in a single system. The RAID software engine is extremely flexible and can create multiple RAID partitions across any two disk drives of any size and speed, including drives that are attached to the built-in USB ports of the BCM4780. Each disk drive can be made "hot-swappable," allowing the user to easily replace or upgrade drives, with built-in features for online repair.


InPhase Technologies gets $8.7 million funding

LONGMONT, CO - March 1, 2004 - InPhase Technologies today announced that it has closed on the final $8.7 million to complete its second round funding of $15 million.

New Venture Partners LLC led the round with additional investments from existing investors Hitachi Maxell Ltd. and Signal Lake, who led Round A. New investors include ALPS Information Technology Fund LP, a core member of the Alps Electric North America, Inc. affiliated group and indirectly owned by ALPS Electric Co. Ltd., a leading Japanese electronic components developer. Additional investors are Yasuda Enterprise Development Co., one of Japan's leading technology venture capital firms, Japan Asia Investment Co., Japan's largest independent venture capital firm, and Mr. B.J. Cassin, a founding investor of numerous technology startups.

The new funds will be used to further the commercialization of the world's first holographic data storage system, Tapestry HDS-200R. The initial drive will hold 200GB of data (40 times more than a current DVD) with a transfer rate of 20 megabytes per second.

"With the completion of our second round of funding, the stage is now set for InPhase to deliver the first holographic data storage media and drives to the market," said Nelson Diaz, president and CEO of InPhase Technologies. "We believe we have the right combination of strategic and financial partners to execute the plan that brings this revolutionary data storage technology to market."


MaXXan Announces Virtual Tape Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., - March 1, 2004 - MaXXan Systems . today announced new virtual tape systems that increase the speed and reliability of existing third-party backup applications by using disks to emulate industry-standard tape libraries.

MaXXan's new SVT100 and SVT200 virtual tape systems leverage the company's innovative intelligent fabric architecture to deploy a disk-to-disk-to-tape solution that minimizes the cost of enterprise storage by utilizing existing backup servers and software. The virtual tape appliances support leading backup software applications including CA Brightstor, Legato Networker, HP Data Protector, Veritas BackupExec and NetBackup, Syncsort Backup Express and Tivoli Storage Manager, and can be configured to emulate LTO, SDLT and StorageTek 9840 tape drives, as well as libraries from ADIC, HP, IBM and StorageTek.

"MaXXan is offering a solution that is squarely at the intersection of two trends: movement of intelligence to the fabric and disk-to-disk backup and restore," said Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of the Taneja Group. "There is no question in my mind that these trends are not passing fantasies or fads, but represent true value for the customer."


QLogic Affirms Commitment to Solaris

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - March 1, 2004 - QLogic today announced that its SANblade 2340 Series will support the Solaris 9 OS, SPARC and x86 Platform Editions.

Additionally, its SANblade 2340 family of single and dual port Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc. The QLogic SANblade 2340 Series is a family of 133MHz PCI-X products that double storage throughput over standard PCI products and offers performance up to 80,000 IOPs and more than 800 Mb of throughput.


Storability Software Awarded Patent

Southborough, Mass. - March 1, 2004 - Storability Software has been awarded a patent for Global Storage Manager's unique architecture and data collection and aggregation methodology.

Global Storage Manager patented technology enables large enterprises to efficiently visualize and centrally manage multi-vendor, multi-site storage infrastructures. US Patent No. 6,691,116 B1 entitled "Method and System for Data Collection from Remote Sources" extends Storability's intellectual property to include the process that controls GSM's scheduled data collections from multiple remote sites, conversion of the data into a common format, transportation of the data to a central repository, and insertion of the data into a data store. This proprietary technology allows GSM to scale quickly across a global, geographically dispersed enterprise much more effectively than client/server solutions, which are typical of other software products. Storability's engineering team leader, Eric Bart, vice president, engineering, is listed as the inventor of the methodology.

"Large Global 500 companies require technology that is highly scalable and can meet the needs of their growing technology infrastructures. The client/server model is no longer adequate - it is inherently not scalable," said Bart. "With Storability's patented technology, we can deliver a storage management solution with the scalability that large organizations require, and we can support all of the devices in a heterogeneous environment. We also help companies reduce on going maintenance costs because new devices can be easily plugged into the architecture non-disruptively at run-time."


Plasmon's UDO Partners at CeBIT

Melbourn, Herts, UK - March 1, 2004 - Plasmon today announces the application and hardware technology partners that will be participating in the UDO Partner Pavilion at this year's CeBIT.

Partners joining Plasmon in the Pavilion include: Hewlett Packard, Verbatim, QStar, Pegasus, K-PAR, Lorenz, Tropper, Kodak, and ATTO.

"The Partner Pavilion will feature key software and technology partners that support UDO within their product strategy. Since we will have so many partners in one location, the Pavilion will be an ideal opportunity for visitors to research and discuss archival storage strategies," commented Steve Tongish, Marketing Director for EMEA at Plasmon.


Storage Engine Files for Voluntary Chapter 11

TINTON FALLS, N.J. - March 1, 2004 - Storage Engine announced today that the Company, along with all of its subsidiaries, has voluntarily filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code with the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

The Company intends to utilize the Chapter 11 process to reorganize its business and re-emerge shortly from this process, while continuing to provide service to its business customers and potential customers.
Other news on this page

IDC Reports on External Disk Storage Systems Market

Branch Office Data Consolidation Seminars

LSI Logic's FC Controller Ensures Data Protection

RAID Controller Companies Become Rare Breed

ATTO's iSCSI Bridge Certified with BrightStor

M-Systems Storage Powers Multimedia Smartphone

hIOmon v 3.2 Identifies Hot Files for SSDs

Emulex HBAs Qualified by LSI Logic Storage

Network Storage Conference Award Finalists

Dell'Oro Reports on SAN Switches and HBA Market

AMCC Acquires 3ware

BiTMICRO Announces 155GB 3.5" SSDs

Super DLTtape Drive Shipments Grew 36%

Quota Server Used by European Parliament

IPR International Backs Up Tax Data

KeyBank is First Bank to Offer Server Backup

Intransa Continues Global Expansion

Sunbelt Inks $7.5 Million Deal with NSI Software

Alacritech Ships Fastest iSCSI HBAs

Broadcom Does NAS on a Chip

InPhase Technologies gets $8.7 million funding

MaXXan Announces Virtual Tape Systems

QLogic Affirms Commitment to Solaris

Storability Software Awarded Patent

Plasmon's UDO Partners at CeBIT

Storage Engine Files for Voluntary Chapter 11
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the Problem with Write IOPS

the "play it again Sam" syndrome
Editor:- Flash SSD "random write IOPS" are now similar to "read IOPS" in many of the fastest SSDs.

So why are they such a poor predictor of application performance?

And why are users still buying RAM SSDs which cost 9x more than SLC? - even when the IOPS specs look similar.
the problem with flash SSD  write IOPS This article tells you why the specs got faster - but the applications didn't. And why competing SSDs with apparently identical benchmark results can perform completely differently. ...read the article
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Who makes the fastest SSDs?

Speed isn't everything. It comes at a price.
But if you do need the speediest SSD (chip, card, module or rackmount) then wading through the web sites of hundreds of SSD oems to shortlist products slows you down.

And the SSD search problem will get even worse as we head towards a market with over 1,000 SSD oems.
the fastest SSDs  sorted by interface and form factor - click to read article ... Relax - I've done the research. And this whizzy wish list is updated daily from storage news and direct contacts from oems. ...read the article,
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What's the best / cheapest - PC SSD?
Editor:- I often get emails from readers which ask the above question.

An article on StorageSearch.com - called What's the best / cheapest PC SSD? - is my attempt to create a simple FAQs page - which answers the question...
click to read this article ...of why I can't answer your question - and follows on to pose some probing questions which you can ask yourself. ...read the article
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Bad block management in flash SSDs
This is an introduction to the thinking behind one of the many vital functions inside a flash SSD controller.

Native media defect quality in new flash memory chips has grown steadily worse in the past 10 years as geometries have shrunk.
click image to read the article - principles of bad block management in flash SSDs This article enumerates the scale of the problem and explains how intrinsically dodgy flash memory is transformed into dependable flash SSDs which you can entrust with your data. ...read the article
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Imprinting the brain of the SSD
Editor:- How did the SSD market change from:- Who cares? to You care! about the identity of SSD controllers.
click to read the case study - about the SandForce Driven program My article - Imprinting the brain of the SSD - compares SandForce's SSD processor branding program with previous examples in chip history and analyzes key business success factors.
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