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Derivatives a Solid State Disk Case Study - from DSI
Editor:- May 7, 2004 - A new case study published today on STORAGEsearch written by Dynamic Solutions International shows how Deutsche Börse Systems turned to DSI for assistance when they opened Eurex US, a major derivatives market based in Chicago.
Deutsche Börse Systems operates 11 exchanges worldwide, including the Eurex trading systems at DBS headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany which processes millions of transactions each day for thousands of customers. To keep the important transaction volume high and the customers happy, Deutsche Börse Systems partnered with DSI which integrated Solid State Disk systems into their SAN and WAN systems. ...read the article (pdf), ...DSI profile
LSI Logic Shipping Ultra320 SCSI Target Mode Controller
Milpitas, CA - May 6, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today that it is now shipping full production volumes of its LSI53C1030T Ultra320 SCSI controller.
The new product is configured as a high-performance, target mode PCI-X to dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI solution using the Fusion-MPT architecture. Astek Corporation, a Colorado Springs independent engineering and design center that supported the product release, has assisted LSI Logic in early prototyping and logic design. The LSI53C1030T is designed for high performance target mode applications such as cache coherency clusters, bridge controllers and the front-end of RAID subsystems, and is optimized to ensure high-speed target mode performance. ...LSI Logic profile
Verbatim Double-Layer DVD+R gets Philips Certification
CHARLOTTE, NC - May 6, 2004 - Verbatim Corporation announced today that Philips Format Verification Laboratory has certified its new 8.5GB Double-Layer DVD+R media as fully compliant with the DVD+R DL standard.
Certification provides drive manufacturers and end users with the assurance that Verbatim's new DVD+R DL media delivers broad compatibility with new DVD+R DL drives and existing DVD playback devices. Limited quantities of Verbatim DVD+R DL-certified discs will ship later this month. Philips, Sony, Dell, HP and other DVD+RW Alliance members have announced drives that support the DL format.
With Verbatim DVD+R DL media, content developers and consumers will be able to store up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video, 16 hours of VHS-quality video or over 120 hours of MP3 audio on a single-sided disc. PC users will be able to archive nearly 8.5GB of data on a single disc without having to stop and flip the disc or replace it with a new disc. Verbatim 8.5GB Double-Layer DVD+R media will begin shipping by the end of May. ...Verbatim profile
New Name for LSI Storage - Engenio Information Technologies
MILPITAS, CA - May 6, 2004 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced the new name under which it intends to operate - Engenio Information Technologies.
Additionally, the company announced that it has filed an application for listing with the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. to trade under the ticker symbol NGE. These steps were taken in preparation for the previously announced initial public offering and separation from its parent company, LSI Logic Corporation. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile
Spectra Logic Libraries Qualified by Veritas
BOULDER, Colo. - May 5, 2004 - Spectra Logic announced today that VERITAS Software has qualified two Spectra Logic tape libraries through the VERITAS Enabled Program: the iSCSI Spectra 2K with VERITAS Backup Exec 9.1 for Windows Servers software, and the Spectra T950 for VERITAS NetBackup Enterprise Server software.
The iSCSI Spectra 2K tape library was released in April 2003 and the Spectra T950 tape library was released in September 2003.
"By qualifying both Spectra Logic's 8mm iSCSI tape library and a data-center class half-inch mixed media library under the VERITAS Enabled program, customers are afforded expanded back-up and recovery options and can rest assured that these products have passed a series of stringent integration tests," said Glenn Groshans, director, product marketing, VERITAS Software. ...Spectra Logic profile, ...VERITAS profile
Dynamic Network Factory's New Enterprise RAID
Hayward, CA - May 5, 2004 - Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. recently announced the release of its Enterprise 16320 Serial ATA RAID system.
This intelligent and innovative storage subsystem is one of the first non-PCI based RAIDs with high-speed Ultra320 SCSI connectivity. It thereby avoids PCI performance limitations, and combines the efficiency of SCSI with the cost advantages of 1.5Gb/s Serial ATA. Housing 16 SATA drive bays in a 3U footprint, it has a storage capacity that starts at 576GB and scales to 4TB. For easy integration, the 16320 features a fast 320MB/s dual port SCSI interface, and maximizes performance with up to 1GB of cache memory.
|The product has dual-host capability and optional dynamic volume sharing. Dynamic Network Factory's Dynamic Share software allows multiple users to work simultaneously on a single NTFS volume, thus increasing productivity and avoiding the downtime associated with leaving a single computer in control.||
is ensured by triple load-sharing power supplies, hot-swappable drives, and
highly sensitive environment monitoring. In case of any anomalies, this unit can
send alerts via fax or email. The data protection subsystem offers a wide range
of RAID levels, including 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 30, 50 and JBOD, allowing
administrators to choose a suitable level of performance and safety. All RAID
functionality is transparent and independent of operating systems. The
Enterprise 16320 is designed for applications requiring high data throughput,
large capacity, superior availability, and flexibility of configuration.
...Dynamic Network Factory
VERITAS Expands Commitment to Solaris OS
MOUNTAIN VIEW and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 5, 2004 - VERITAS Software Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced an agreement to expand their decade-long, global alliance.
As a result, VERITAS will broaden its support for the Solaris platform to include Sun's Solaris OS for x86 systems, for both AMD Opteron- and Intel-based platforms. The agreement also includes an expanded reseller relationship, where customers can acquire VERITAS Storage Foundation 4.0 software - VERITAS' next-generation storage management solution - through their Sun representative. Sun is scheduled to begin selling VERITAS File System, VERITAS Volume Manager and VERITAS NetBackup 5.0 (client) for the Solaris platform on Intel in Q304. Sun is scheduled to begin selling the same products for the Solaris OS on AMD Opteron-based systems in Q404. ...Sun profile, ...VERITAS profile
Solid State Disks Market Forecast Article Updated
Editor:- May 5, 2004 - I've updated the article - Solid State Disks - a $10 Billion Market in 2007?
This is the article on STORAGEsearch I get most questions about. I've added a column to describe how I think the transition phase to a disruptive market in Solid State Disks will occur. There are other possibilities - but the route I've suggested is the most likely. I've also dealt with some of the user objections in the early phase of this market, and shown why these are marketing problems, and not related to technology. ...read the article, SSD market research
Western Digital Announces Stock Repurchase
LAKE FOREST, Calif.- May 5, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that its board of directors has authorized a stock repurchase program for up to $100 million.
The program is effective immediately and the amount of purchases will depend on market conditions and corporate considerations. Share repurchases will be made on the open market.
"Western Digital is looking to enhance shareholder value on an ongoing basis," said Matt Massengill, WD's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our strong financial performance has allowed us to generate substantial amounts of free cash flow over the last several years. We have made investments to enhance our operations and to grow the business in multiple new markets, and we will continue to consider similar strategic opportunities. At the same time, we are using our strong cash position to repurchase our stock because we believe it represents a compelling investment." ...Western Digital profile
Cray Selects Emulex HBAs for Super Computers
COSTA MESA, Calif. - May 4, 2004 - Emulex Corporation today announced that Cray, Inc. has selected the Emulex 2Gb/s LP9802DC Fibre Channel PCI-X HBA for use as part of the Cray X1 System.
As a result, Cray customers can now benefit from the reliability and serviceability provided by Emulex's storage connectivity solutions while using Cray systems for some of the most demanding computing applications ever performed. Emulex LP9802DC Fibre Channel HBAs are immediately available for use with Cray X1 high performance computing systems.
"Cray customers use our supercomputers for some of the world's most intensive applications," said Ly Pham, vice president of software development at Cray. "Emulex's offerings match the extreme reliability and flexibility requirements that we demand and that our customers require. Emulex's uniquely flexible firmware-based architecture allows both us and our customers to easily service, manage, scale and upgrade the connectivity within their supercomputer systems." ...Emulex profile
ADIC Named Market Share Leader in Tape Automation
Redmond, Washington - May 4, 2004 - ADIC announced today that Gartner Dataquest has named the company as market share leader in the largest tape automation segment for the third consecutive year in a newly-released study of market trends.
This segment now accounts for $1.2 billion in revenue worldwide, up by approximately 2% over the 2002 total. ADIC increased its own market-leading share to 30.4% of the worldwide revenues for the small-form-factor half-inch drive automation segment, according to Gartner Dataquest's Market Shares: Tape Automation Systems Worldwide, 2003. According to the report, ADIC also leads the market in unit volumes with a 31.4% share in the small-form-factor segment and a 22.9% share in the overall tape library market.
"There are two key stories in this report," said Peter van Oppen, ADIC Chairman and CEO. "The first is that the drives used primarily for backing up open systems networks - including LTO and SDLT - have truly become the dominant force in the overall tape automation market, increasing their share from around 54% in 2001 to more than 66% last year. The second is that ADIC not only has continued its market-leading position, but that we increased our share by nearly six percentage points in a single year from an already high base. ...ADIC profile
Imation Launches Terabyte-Class Magnetic Tape Fab
WEATHERFORD, Okla. -May 4, 2004 - Imation Corp. today unveiled a new $50 million state-of-the-art advanced tape manufacturing facility at its Weatherford, Okla., plant delivering the world's first terabyte-class tape facility built specifically for the development of next-generation tape products.
The new 40,000 square-foot facility will incorporate Imation's new Tera Ångstrom technology, a proprietary metal particulate advanced formulation and process, that will allow Imation to achieve the smoothness and uniformity required to develop future tape technologies with terabyte capacities.
"This is an important milestone for Imation, as we continue to expand our investment in manufacturing capabilities here in the United States with this world-class facility," said Frank Russomanno, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Imation Corp. "Imation invested more than $100 million in research and development and capital expenditures in our data storage removable media business in 2003 alone, half of which was invested in this state-of-the-art advanced tape manufacturing facility, representing the single largest capital investment to date in Imation's history."
Imation's new Weatherford facility will begin commercial production in Q2 2004. Initial products will be in capacities upwards of 200GB; Imation expects the new coating facility to deliver multi-terabyte cartridges within the decade. ...Imation profile
Seagate Says its SATA Drives are Faster
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - May 4, 2004 - Seagate today at WinHEC demonstrated in head-to-head tests using Intel's IOMeter benchmark that its Barracuda 7,200-rpm SATA hard drive with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) technology equals or exceeds the performance of the latest 10,000-rpm SATA hard drives on the market.
Seagate also announced it is shipping its Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drives with NCQ technology to direct OEM customers next month. The demonstration can be seen this week at Booth 411 at WinHEC in Seattle.
Today's demonstration shows the power of NCQ by comparing a Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drive with NCQ to a current-generation 74-Gbyte 10,000-rpm SATA drive. Using Intel's IOMeter benchmark, the test transfers a four gigabyte random read/write file to both drives at the same time to exercise the full 32 queue depth capability of NCQ. The Barracuda 7200.7 with NCQ shows equivalent or higher I/Os per second compared to the 10,000-rpm drive. Customers no longer need to sacrifice capacity for performance with Serial ATA and NCQ. NCQ technology will provide a new advantage in today's systems with Hyper-Threading Technology, which allows multiple applications to send I/O requests at the same time. ...Seagate profile
Sage Research Reports on Storage Spending Plans
NATICK, Mass. - May 4, 2004 - Sage Research, Inc. has launched its latest technology research service, the Sage Market Pulse.
The Sage Market Pulse is a free weekly e-mail alert that delivers timely data directly to subscribers on a variety of current technology topics. Each week, Sage Research asks a question of the Sage Panel, Sage's proprietary group of nearly 13,000 qualified technology decision makers, and delivers the answer to subscribers with an illustrative chart.
The first issue of the Sage Market Pulse, reports results for the question, "What are Your Organization's Spending Plans for 2004?" 10% plan to increase storage spending by 10% or greater, 30% plan to increase storage spending by less than 10%, 19% plan no change in storage spending, 2% plan to decrease storage spending by less than 10%, 4% plan to decrease storage spending by 10% or greater. ...see the results graphically, ...Sage Research profile
Top 10 Storage Companies in April
Editor: - May 4, 2004 - the Top 10 Storage Companies in April is published today on our Market Research page. The fastest climber, and a new entrant to the top 10 is Silicon Image.
STORAGEsearch tracks the top 1,000 storage companies, and the ranking is based on reader pageviews. It's a good way to track what's catching the eye of hundreds of thousands of storage readers. ...see research page
World's Fastest Storage is IBM TotalStorage Proven
HOUSTON, TEXAS - May 4, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced that the RamSan-320 solid state disk has been designated IBM TotalStorage Proven, making it the fastest storage available for IBM users and the only solid state disk that has received this designation.
IBM and Texas Memory Systems performed comprehensive testing in a mixed SAN environment to ensure that the RamSan-320 met stringent testing requirements for system compatibility, interoperability, functionality, fault tolerance, and high availability.
"Texas Memory Systems is committed to increasing performance and integrating into mixed server and storage environments," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President at Texas Memory Systems. "The RamSan is already Sun Solaris and Windows certified and we are pleased to add the IBM TotalStorage Proven emblem to this list"
The test environment for TotalStorage Proven consisted of a RamSan-320, IBM FAStT600 and IBM ESS, all connected in a SAN configuration to servers running mixed operating systems: Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Linux, and an IBM pSeries 610 server running AIX 5.2. ...Texas Memory Systems profile
Intransa Adds Former Sun Marketer to its Executive Ranks
SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 4, 2004 - Intransa Inc. today announced the appointment of Ravi Pendekanti as vice president of marketing.
The position reports directly to president and CEO, Dr. Avi Katz, and will be responsible for managing Intransa's global marketing efforts.
"Ravi represents another stellar milestone in Intransa's corporate development. He has been a standout leader for Sun Microsystems and has consistently demonstrated an ability to profitably open markets to new products, services and corporate partnerships," said Dr. Avi Katz, president and CEO of Intransa. "Ravi's experience with open systems and market category creation will be instrumental in helping Intransa expedite its market opportunity, and delivering native IP SAN solutions to customers worldwide, today."
For the past seven years, Pendekanti served as a senior director of marketing at Sun Microsystems, leading the team responsible for Reference Architectures and Customer Ready Systems which form the core of its solutions offering. At Sun Microsystems, Pendekanti was also recognized with the "Chairman's Innovation Award" for his contributions leading to success in market positioning, strategy development, and for timely execution.
"I am excited at joining Intransa, a true leader in the IP SAN space that is clearly growing by leaps and bounds," said Pendekanti. "It is also really nice to see the kind of exceptional talent and energy here at Intransa. This will be one awesome ride." ...Intransa profile
XOsoft Replicates Insurance Data from Bermuda to Ireland
Burlington, MA - May 3, 2004 - XOsoft today announced that Max Re Ltd., a provider of risk-controlled products for the global property and casualty, and life and annuity reinsurance and insurance markets, has successfully implemented XOsoft's state-of-the-art WANSync solutions.
WANSync has been deployed to securely replicate file, insurance database and e-mail servers at Max Re's Bermuda headquarters to high availability replicas in Dublin, Ireland. With its main offices situated in Bermuda, a home to frequent hurricanes, Max Re is well aware of the risks natural disasters pose to its information and communications infrastructure and, consequently, to the company's own viability. It has therefore made it a priority to secure its file, database and e-mail servers against unexpected disasters.
Max Re installed WANSync on its master file, database and e-mail servers at its Bermuda headquarters. WANSync now continuously replicates multi-gigabyte spool files between the company's main offices and high availability WANSync replicas located at its secure hosting center in Dublin, in real time. WANSync may also be used to allocate bandwidth according to specific scenarios assigned to Max Re's file access, database and e-mail applications. Different bandwidth may also be assigned during business hours, evenings and nights. ...XOsoft profile
LSI Logic Storage Systems & StorageTek Extend Alliance
MILPITAS, CA - May 3, 2004 - LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc. today announced the company has entered into a new multi-year agreement to provide products to StorageTek.
This alliance is an extension of a relationship the companies first entered into in January 2002. Under the new agreement, LSI Logic Storage Systems will continue to provide advanced fibre channel and SATA storage technologies that enhance several StorageTek product lines designed for open systems workgroup, enterprise and secondary storage environments. ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile, ...StorageTek profile
Certance Licenses Next Generation of DDS/DAT
COSTA MESA, CA May 3, 2004 - Certance today announced a licensing agreement for DAT 160 technology, the 6th Generation DDS tape solution.
In cooperation with HP, DAT technology developer and manufacturer, Certance will market and distribute the next generation of DDS (digital data storage) technology with DAT 160. Features will include backwards read-and-write capability; higher capacity; improved transfer rate and unique solutions with multiple configurations. This commitment protects DDS/DAT media investments and meets the backup and restore requirements of SMB users. In 2002, there were more than 2.3 million tape drives shipped worldwide according to the Gartner Dataquest 2003 Tape Drives Market Report published in March 2003. Of that amount, DDS represented more than 1 million units, approximately 50% of the total tape units shipped and the largest unit volume among all tape formats for that year. ...Certance profile
Seagate Aims At In-Home DVR Storage
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - May 3, 2004 - Seagate today launched a unique program to help cable TV and satellite service providers design, sell and support in-home media center storage expansion devices.
Today, at The National Show (booth 1123) in New Orleans, Seagate is demonstrating the new class of add-on storage devices a cable or satellite operator can offer its customers. Seagate is also offering details on a comprehensive business model that enables service operators to launch this new service to subscribers with minimized startup time, investment, and inventory commitment.
Manufacturers of set-top boxes, digital video recorders and home media centers are looking for an efficient way to upgrade and expand the capabilities of their products. As subscribers become more comfortable with their DVRs and home media centers, more content will fill up these devices' internal drives. The continued growth of high definition services will further increase the need for storage capacity by an estimated factor of 9x. Using Seagate external storage units, subscribers will be able to easily expand the storage capacity of their compatible DVRs, adding years of life to the popular devices. ...Seagate profile
Breece Hill Combines Disk and Tape Data Protection
LOUISVILLE, Colo.- May 3, 2004 - Breece Hill LLC announces the general availability of the iStoRA 4000, a combined-media data protection appliance.
The iStoRA 4000 is the first in a family of data protection products that delivers seamless Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) functionality to meet the needs of SMBs and departments within enterprise organizations. By allowing staged backup, rapid restore and regulatory-compliant technology in a well-priced, plug-and-play package, the iStoRA offering brings high-end features and benefits to smaller businesses.
Single-box system delivers up to 13 TBs of data The iStoRA 4000, based on Breece Hill's Information Storage and Retrieval Architecture, is a 4U rackmountable, combined-media data protection appliance for backup, recovery and archival. It features a 1.5 TB Serial-ATA disk array and a tape autoloader with a choice of tape formats and capacities up to 13 TB. The iStoRA 4000 also integrates an Intel-based server and data protection software that performs policy- (or rules-) based data traffic and storage management. The iStoRA 4000 combines the best features that disk and removable storage can deliver
"At Breece Hill we recognize that every organization can benefit from the sophisticated data protection and storage management capabilities found in high-end products that utilize disk and tape, which in the past, only the largest companies could afford," said Breece Hill President Phil Pascarelli. "The iStoRA 4000 is our first offering to deliver these high-level features with disk-to-disk-to-tape storage capabilities in an integrated, easy to manage, turn-key appliance that is affordable to small and medium sized organizations as well as departments and remote offices of enterprise companies."
Breece Hill is marketing the iStoRA product line through its reseller channel. List price for the iStoRA 4000 ranges from $19,400 to $35,000, based on configuration choices. ...Breece Hill profile