|the New Solid
State Disks Buyers Guide|
November 12, 2004 - the new edition of the StorageSearch.com - 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
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
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Qualstar Ships SDLT 600 Tape Drives
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
SiliconDrives Get 5 Year Warranty
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.
SiliconDrives have the option for an extended warranty based on the application
"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."
HP Notches 100,000 Disk Arrays into SANs
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
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
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.
Seagate Samples Serial SCSI Drives
VALLEY, Calif. - November 10, 2004 - Seagate Technology today
announced its Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives are being sampled by OEMs for
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.
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
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.
Tape Libraries &
Breece Hill Appoints US Distributor
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
StorageSearch.com's Solid State Disk Survey
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. ...click here to take
part (please click "Done" at the end),
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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.
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
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."
Finisar Previews NetWisdom 2.0
CA - November 9, 2004 - Finisar Corporation today introduced
NetWisdom 2.0, the company's next generation monitoring solution for Enterprise
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
Buy a USB Hard Drive for Christmas?
FOREST, Calif. - November 9, 2004 - Western Digital Corp. today
unveiled its new WD Passport Portable USB Hard Drives.
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,
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.
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."
Systems profile, Solid
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.
Hitachi Global Storage
Technologies join as Gold corporate sponsors while
Fujitsu join as Silver
"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,
comments:- StorageSearch.com is a
media sponsor of this event.
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.
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
"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
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.
original public documents talked mostly about the high storage capacity and low
cost of the new technology, what struck me most was the speed.
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),
Unisys on "Real-Time Petabyte Challenge"
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
"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.
Kashya's WAN Replicator is Solaris Ready
JOSE, Calif. November 8, 2004 Kashya today announced that
its KBX5000 has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems,
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.
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."
| 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.
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