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Storage news - November 2004

the New Solid State Disks Buyers Guide

Editor:- November 12, 2004 - the new edition of the - Solid State Disks Buyers Guide is published today.

It includes every SSD product family from every manufacturer in tables organised by form factor and interface. Researched during October and early November the guide summarizes the major changes in the market in the past year and says which companies have exited the market and which new ones have come in. It also includes useful discussions about the pros and cons of the two main SSD technologies and looks ahead at emerging technologies which will impact this market in the next 5 years.

Last year's guide was seen by over 50,000 readers. This year's guide will be regarded as the SSD buyers bible for the next 12 months and includes some preliminary market statistics from the STORAGEsearch SSD Buyers Survey. the article, see also:- the current edition of the SSD buyersg guide

Qualstar Ships SDLT 600 Tape Drives

SIMI VALLEY, California, - November 11, 2004 - Qualstar Corporation today announced that its TLS and RLS-Series tape libraries are now available with Quantum Corporation's new SDLT 600 tape drive.

Additionally, the SDLT 600 is available to upgrade existing TLS and RLS-Series libraries currently equipped with DLT or the earlier SDLT drives. Shipments have begun. Qualstar's TLS-6000 Series automated tape libraries offer superior performance and value for SuperDLT tape users in desktop and enterprise configurations with capacities ranging from 1.6 terabytes to more than 144 terabytes. ...Qualstar profile, ...Quantum profile, Tape Libraries

SiliconDrives Get 5 Year Warranty

Aliso Viejo, Calif. - November 10, 2004 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that it will offer a 5 year warranty on its entire family of standard SiliconDrive 2.5", Module, CF and PC Card products.

Customers deploying SiliconDrives have the option for an extended warranty based on the application requirement.

"Our customers design their equipment for a 3-5 year product lifecycle," said Gary Drossel, director of product marketing for SiliconSystems. "Some, especially in the military and medical markets, can be deployed for 10 years or more. SiliconDrives meet the performance, reliability and longevity requirements for these types of applications, enabling them to compete favorably with products originally designed for the consumer electronic and personal computer markets." ...SiliconSystems profile

HP Notches 100,000 Disk Arrays into SANs

PALO ALTO, Calif - November 10, 2004 - HP today announced that it is the first vendor to ship more than 100,000 disk arrays into storage area network environments.

HP helped pioneer the concept of open SANs in 1997 and this milestone highlights the company's continued success in driving broad industry adoption of SANs with both enterprise-class and small and mid-size business customers. ...HP profile, SAN, Record Breaking Storage

See also:- article:- Fibre-Channel SAN History - the First Decade

Atempo's New GM for US and APAC

PALO ALTO, Calif. - November 10, 2004 - Atempo Inc. today announced the appointment of John Meaney as general manager of Atempo's US and Asia Pacific operations.

In his capacity as general manager, Meaney will manage and drive all facets of Atempo's US and Asia Pacific sales, marketing, and OEM operations. Meaney will report directly to Rick Wojcik, Atempo's president and chief executive officer. Meaney brings a proven track record of sales, marketing and business development successes in the storage industry to Atempo. Most recently Meaney was senior director strategic alliances and business development at Veritas. At Veritas he led the company's OEM strategy with server partners, negotiating and closing deals with major partners including Microsoft, Dell, Intel, Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Siemens. Meaney was also responsible for driving Veritas' expansion in Asia and Japan through OEMs. ...Atempo profile

Seagate Samples Serial SCSI Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - November 10, 2004 - Seagate Technology today announced its Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives are being sampled by OEMs for qualification.

The Cheetah 15K.4 is a 3.5-inch drive for rock-solid enterprise storage. Seagate Savvio 10K.1 is the industry's first 2.5-inch enterprise drive, making a variety of new high-IO, high-density storage solutions possible. General availability will be in approximately Q1 2005. ...Seagate profile, SAS SSDs

InoStor Ships 1U Autoloader

POWAY, Calif. - November 10, 2004 - InoStor Corporation today announced general availability of its 1U rackmount-configured DLT VS160 autoloader which provides up to 1.28TB of storage with 16MB per second data transfer rates using 2:1 hardware data compression.

MSRP is $4,420. This includes InoStor's technical support along with a free-of-charge hotline, 48-hour Advanced Replacement Service, a turnkey solution including rackmount kit, SCSI cable, terminator and Ethernet cable, plus a full three-year warranty. ...InoStor profile, Tape Libraries & Autoloaders

Breece Hill Appoints US Distributor

Louisville, Colorado - November 10, 2004 - Breece Hill LLC today announced that Access Distribution will begin distributing the company's full line of tape automation and integrated information storage appliances.

Access Distribution will also actively participate in recruitment and development of new partners. Access Distribution will offer Breece Hill's comprehensive line of information storage and retrieval solutions to resellers based in the U.S. and Canada. This includes: Breece Hill's award-winning iStoRA 4000 Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) solution, INTEGRITY data protection software, its tape autoloaders and libraries that support AIT, DLT/SDLT and LTO tape formats, as well as the MaxOptix magneto optical drives and libraries. ...Breece Hill profile

EVault Relocates HQ to Emeryville, Calif.

Emeryville, Calif. - November 10, 2004 - EVault, Inc. today announced it has completed the relocation of its worldwide headquarters to Emeryville, Calif.

The need for additional space is being fueled by consistent financial and employee growth due to increased market adoption of EVault's portfolio of data backup and recovery solutions. ...EVault profile

Editor's comments:- in July the East Bay Business Times honored EVault by ranking it #6 in its annual ranking of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the East Bay region. EVault achieved its accolade based on its two-year percentage revenue growth rate of more than 357%. The company provides secure and reliable online data backup and recovery software.

ProMOS Pays $156 million to Infineon

Munich/Germany - November 10, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG and ProMOS Technologies Inc. have reached an agreement regarding ProMOS' license of Infineon's DRAM technologies transferred to ProMOS.

The S17 to S12 License Agreement of 2000, as now amended, remains in effect. ProMOS has been, and continues in the future to be, licensed to produce and sell products using the technologies transferred from Infineon, and to develop its own processes and products. As full consideration for the ongoing license for use of Infineon's technologies, ProMOS will pay Infineon $156 million in four instalments over a period through April 30, 2006, of which Infineon's accrued payable for DRAM products purchased from ProMOS of US$36 million will be offset. Disagreements which previously arose as to the license granted to ProMOS are now no longer relevant. All claims (including litigations, arbitration or other complaints) raised by both sides are being withdrawn. Infineon will recognize the relevant license income in the three months ending December 31, 2004. ...Infineon profile

Editor's comments:- This settlement looks like a nice windfall but recall that in September Infineon agreed to pay US DOJ Antitrust Division a fine of $160 million.'s Solid State Disk Survey

Editor:- November 10, 2004 - there are still 6 weeks left for readers to take part in our worldwide Solid State Disk Survey.

This market research program is open to users, or prospective users and vendors of SSDs. We're trying to learn how you rate features and how manufacturers can improve their communications about this important technology. What we learn will be published as a series of articles on this site. Preliminary data from the survey has already influenced the format of our 2004 SSD Buyers Guide which will be published later this week.

If you know anyone who you think should take part in the survey email them the url for the SSD page. There are 10 questions which take in total just a few minutes to answer. As the leading publisher of Solid State Disk content we're running the 3 month survey as a service to users and vendors to help identify roadblocks which have been slowing down the widespread take-up of this disruptive server technology. here to take part (please click "Done" at the end), Solid state disks

WANSyncHA Meets Legal Challenge

Burlington, MA - November 10, 2004 - XOsoft today announced that Texas based law firm Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, has successfully employed XOsoft's WANSyncHA solutions to protect their IT infrastructure with uninterrupted application availability, even in cases of complete site failures.

Locke Liddell's IT professionals were charged with the challenging task of implementing a disaster recovery plan that would cover the firm's Exchange 2003 and SQL 2000 system which power the firm's email, accounting, and documentation management systems in its Dallas and Houston offices in the event of a total site failure.

According to Jeremy Newhouse, Manager of IT Projects at Locke Liddell & Sapp LLC, "We spent a significant amount of time evaluating many remote replication products on the market including both host based and SAN based. The SAN based products could not deliver the near real time replication requirements within our current infrastructure and would require significant capital expenditures for upgrades to implement. We then extended our search to host based replication products; products that were evaluated included: NSI's Doubletake, Legato's Replistor, and XOsoft's WANSyncHA. Our evaluation included a complete parallel test environment of all the systems and servers that we wanted to replicate so that we could fully test and understand how the products work. All of the vendors advertised that their product could meet our design requirements involving the Microsoft Clustered servers in the source site and replicating to a standalone node in a remote site. After extensive testing, XOsoft's product delivered and met our objectives. Some of the vendors spent as much as 40+ hours on-site assisting with the configuration of the product trying to meet our objectives. XOsoft's product worked with limited modifications out of the box, delivered what was promised. In addition, we were able to set it up with minimal assistance from XOsoft primarily over the phone."

"...I would say that the single greatest reason we selected WANSyncHA was that it fully supported replication from a cluster to a standalone system, saving us a significant amount of capital on hardware and software - the other products required an identical cluster in the remote location." ...XOsoft profile

Finisar Previews NetWisdom 2.0

SUNNYVALE, CA - November 9, 2004 - Finisar Corporation today introduced NetWisdom 2.0, the company's next generation monitoring solution for Enterprise SANs.

NetWisdom is a dashboard-based, real-time performance monitoring and analysis solution that allows enterprises to quickly view the performance of their entire SAN fabric. Badly performing SANs slow down operations and undercut the ROI of the entire IT infrastructure. Finisar's NetWisdom monitors all vital functions and reports on the health and performance of your entire SAN fabric, proactively alerting you to issues before they impact application availability. Policy-based alerts and notifications can be defined to best support network management and availability. Finisar solutions are totally vendor agnostic and monitor all the components in the entire fabric regardless of manufacturer. Finisar's NetWisdom 2.0 will be available in January. ...Finisar profile, Test systems

Buy a USB Hard Drive for Christmas?

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - November 9, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today unveiled its new WD Passport Portable USB Hard Drives.

With no need for a separate power supply (for most systems), the new drives are available in capacities of 40 or 80 GB and are outfitted with high-performance, low-power, cool and quiet-running WD Scorpio 2.5 inch EIDE hard drives, a rugged, protective case and protection to provide maximum safeguard from data loss. WD Passport Portable Drives will be available at retail stores next month. For customers who prefer the ease of online shopping, WD's new Portable USB drives may be pre-ordered via the company's online store. Customers who pre-order a WD Passport Portable Drive by Nov. 30, 2004, are eligible to receive free shipping with delivery scheduled on or before Dec. 24, 2004, making WD Passport Portable Drives available as a holiday gift for travelers. ...Western Digital profile, USB storage

World's Fastest Storage Doubles in Capacity

HOUSTON, TEXAS - November 9, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced today availability of a new solid state disk model, the RamSan-325.

The 250,000 I/Os per second RamSan-325 is available in capacities upto 128 gigabytes. The RamSan-325 can accelerate I/O intensive applications such as databases up to 25x by delivering random data at sustained rates exceeding 1.5 gigabytes per second. Applications that benefit include OLTP, OLAP, 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 such as Japan's highly respected Nara Institute of Technology.

"The RamSan-325 meets the immediate needs of Nara Institute of Technology whose application requires 128 gigabytes to support a single file," said Teruo Yamada, CEO of System Create, Texas Memory Systems' resale partner in Japan, "The customer was willing to wait for the higher density system to be available before buying."

The higher capacity RamSan-325 solid state systems allow organizations with large database files to store the entire file on a single LUN, rather than splitting the data across several systems. The higher storage density of the RamSan-325 also allows a terabyte system to be built with only 8 units, rather than 16 units.

"We've already sold a number of terabyte and half-terabyte solid state systems this year," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President of Texas Memory Systems. "Demand for these higher capacity units has gone up considerably as the user community has applied solid state storage to a broader range of applications." ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid state disks

Storage Visions Conference - New Sponsors

San Jose, CA - November 9, 2004 - Storage Visions 2005 conference, the only event focusing on digital storage and the entertainment content value chain, welcomes five new corporate sponsors.

Storage Visions will be held January 4 & 5, 2005 in Las Vegas. Maxell and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies join as Gold corporate sponsors while Silicon Image, Toshiba and Fujitsu join as Silver corporate sponsors.

"As a worldwide leader in small-form-factor disk drives that are enabling the exploding growth of consumer electronics devices, we are pleased to join Storage Visions in celebrating the shipment of the two billionth HDD. This milestone is especially significant to us as our rich heritage came from a legacy company that invented the first disk drive," said HGST CEO Jun Naruse. ...Storage Visions Conference, Storage Events

Editor's comments:- is a media sponsor of this event.

Engenio Demos 4Gbps Storage at SC2004

SC2004, Pittsburgh, Pa. - November 8, 2004 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. announced that the company's 4Gbps Fibre Channel Storage Area Network technology is being demonstrated this week at SuperComputing 2004.

The demonstration features Silicon Graphics servers, LSI Logic host bus adapters and Brocade switches that show 4Gbps Fibre Channel technology is ready to move from test labs to the data center.

"Fibre Channel technology at 4Gbps is very important to high-performance computing users and Engenio will be an early provider," said Steve Gardner, Engenio Director of Product Marketing. "High-performance computing users have an insatiable demand for speed, and Engenio and Silicon Graphics have been long-time suppliers to this industry segment. With 4 Gbps Fibre Channel, we are taking the lead to provide this new technology to the marketplace."

Leading industry researchers expect 4 Gbps Fibre Channel technology to emerge as the leading SAN technology for data storage systems within the next two years and high-performance computing customers are expected to be early adopters of the technology. The new technology is cost effective and provides for backward compatibility to 2-Gigabit and 1-Gigabit Fibre Channel investments. With 4 Gbps technology, users can reduce the time to load a single threaded 4.5 TB data set by almost 40% compared with today's speeds. ...Engenio profile

Dataslide Demos LCD Based Disk Drive

Editor:- November 8, 2004 - UK based storage technology pioneer Dataslide Ltd has emerged from stealth mode, having secured international patents, and has been disclosing some details of its disruptive new storage technology.

STORAGEsearch first mentioned Dataslide's research in 2002. Since then the company has proceeded past basic the basic R&D phase and has been demonstrating a proof of concept working drive to strategic partners and collaborators under non disclosure agreements.

Although Dataslide's original public documents talked mostly about the high storage capacity and low cost of the new technology, what struck me most was the speed.

The current prototype has the mechanical equivalent of 72,000 RPM, (more than 5 times faster than current 15,000 RPM server drives) with the potential using currently available materials and technologies, to reach the mechanical equivalent of 12 million RPM.

It seems to me that if commercial products from this development achieve the promised potential we could be looking at mass storage which has similar costs and capacity to current hard drives, while delivering the performance speedup of solid state disks. It could be years before products using this technology hit the streets, but developers and OEMs who are interested in evaluating this can find out more today. ...more info (.doc), ...Dataslide profile

Unisys on "Real-Time Petabyte Challenge"

SC2004, Pittsburgh, Pa. - November 8, 2004 - Today, at the Super Computing show - Unisys Corporation announced the "Real-Time Petabyte Challenge" - a research initiative aimed at developing petabyte-sized storage that will allow researchers, and businesses to have instant, real-time access to vast amounts of data at a more affordable price.

Working with partners Microsoft and Cornell University, Unisys engineers aim to decrease data retrieval time by four orders of magnitude (1/10,000) over existing petabyte storage systems.

"Petabyte storage is not a new phenomenon," said Peter Karnazes, director of High Performance Computing at Unisys. "However, what is revolutionary is the requirement to immediately access large amounts of this data. Within the next five years, as businesses strive to comply with information security legislation, online petabyte storage will become a necessity. To realize this vision, significant advancement in storage and storage management must be achieved to dramatically reduce the cost of these storage systems, which would otherwise fall in the range of $50 to $100 million using today's enterprise-class storage devices. Unisys goal in this challenge is to develop a highly manageable system of reliable commodity storage disks at one-tenth the price."

The Real-Time Petabyte Challenge is currently using data from three separate Cornell projects. ...Unisys profile, petabyte SSDs

Kashya's WAN Replicator is Solaris Ready

SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 8, 2004 – Kashya today announced that its KBX5000 has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The KBX5000 is an advanced enterprise-class disaster recovery solution that delivers data protection over long distances. The intelligent Kashya appliance connects to the SAN and IP infrastructure and provides bi-directional replication across any distance for heterogeneous storage and server environments. ...Kashya profile, SAN routers

EqualLogic Expands iSCSI Storage Line

Nashua, N.H. - November 8, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc today announced the expansion of its award-winning IP / SAN product line.

The new EqualLogic PS Series includes 6 different models ranging from 1.75TB to 44.8TB.
"While iSCSI-based SANs have made the biggest inroads into small-to-medium businesses, large enterprises are now incorporating iSCSI technology into their data centers, and EqualLogic is following this adoption curve," said William Terrill, senior analyst with industry analyst firm Burton Group. "Expanding its product line and targeting larger installations where the market is taking iSCSI positions EqualLogic for broader adoption of its pioneering storage solution." storage news image - EqualLogic iSCSI arrays
Each EqualLogic PS storage array comes with fully redundant fault-tolerant hardware, automatic storage-management software and a host of intelligent enterprise features, including: automatic load balancing, automatic snapshot management, automatic replication, volume cloning, volume management, storage virtualization, and multi-path input/output. Each PS array delivers enterprise reliability and performance with 99.999% uptime and 60,000 IOPS.

Customers need only purchase the storage they actually need today because they can scale easily, cost-effectively and without disruption at any time. Multiple PS Series arrays can be combined to form a scalable enterprise storage grid of over 100 terabytes. Laboratory tests have proven that EqualLogic's patented peer storage architecture allows each PS Series group to scale linearly in performance as arrays are added to achieve over 1 million IOPS. The PS Series works seamlessly in mixed OS environments that include Windows, Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, NetWare, and Mac OS. EqualLogic arrays are a proven, enterprise-class primary storage solution for a broad range of business-critical applications, including CRM, ERP, database, e-mail, file-and-print, Web services, data warehousing, streaming media, geophysical analysis, and online transaction processing. ...EqualLogic profile, SAN
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