Storage news - 2004, September 1 - 7the SSD Buyers Guide
the Top 20 SSD Companies
the 3 fastest PCIe SSDs list(s)
SSDs - reaching for the Petabyte
SSD sudden power loss vulnerability guide
Availability Ported to Linux
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - Continuous Computing today announced that its popular upSuite High Availability middleware program has been successfully ported to Linux.
upSuite HA is an award-winning middleware product that provides application-transparent high availability for essential telecom central office functions such as billing, operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning, call processing, and network element management. Employing a simple active/standby architecture, upSuite HA for Linux offers the following three primary capabilities:
Sun Introduces StorEdge 9990
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - Sun Microsystems. today introduced the Sun StorEdge 9990 system.
Leveraging technology from Sun's long-standing partnership with Hitachi Data Systems, the Sun StorEdge 9990 system's 3rd generation crossbar switch architecture delivers up to two million IOPs, which Sun claims is 5x greater than the nearest competing platform. StorEdge 9990 provides a single point of control for as much as 332TB of consolidated internal storage and up to 32 petabytes of externally attached storage. It offers as many as 192 physical host interfaces and over 24,000 virtual ports which provide customers with flexibility and system expansion options.
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - XOsoft today announced the release of Enterprise Rewinder, a data center-class version of its successful Data Rewinder suite of continuous data protection solutions.
Enterprise Rewinder provides enterprises with the highest application availability, while minimizing data loss and time to recovery. In case of corruption, it enables administrators to instantaneously rewind affected application servers to the most recent consistent state. XOsoft also announced details of its strategy to integrate Enterprise Rewinder with major industry standard backup and snapshot-based solutions, which will allow its customers to protect and leverage their existing IT investments.
Application-aware Data Rewinder 2.0 clients for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Oracle Database and any other type application servers continuously monitor data center application status and notify administrators once a problem is detected. The centralized Enterprise Rewinder Management GUI then allows networks administrators to instantaneously rewind corrupted application servers to the most recent consistent state. Application server rewind may even be configured to occur automatically, once a fault is detected.
XOsoft's strategy is to complement, rather than replace existing backup solutions. The company plans to integrate Enterprise Rewinder with a number of leading industry standard backup and snapshot-based solutions over the coming months. The first step has been taken, and complete integration with Veritas Backup Exec is available today. Enterprise Rewinder users may monitor Veritas backup processes, cover gaps between periodic backups and achieve seamless protection against data center application corruption. An entry-level package comprised of the Enterprise Rewinder Management GUI and 10 Data Rewinder 2.0 clients is priced at $25,000 and is available immediately. ...XOsoft profile
iSCSI Gets Solid State Disk Targets
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced that they will be introducing solid state disk-based iSCSI target appliances.
BiTMICRO is responding to the growing market demand for a consolidated, interoperable and manageable flash-based network storage solution that is scalable over long distances, provides easy connectivity to SANs, allows shared access for multiple users and handles existing user applications with ease. Under this initiative, BiTMICRO will introduce a family of iSCSI target appliances that fuses several dominant standards, IP and Ethernet for networking and SCSI for data storage. Integrating this solution into existing storage networks allows business enterprises to reap the benefits of SAN without getting bogged down by distance and cost limitations associated with Fibre Channel solutions.
Editor's comments:- later (2007) we now know that the iSCSI market crawled along for another 3 years before reaching the magic billion size expected in 2004. So the above product didn't see the light of day.
Spectra Logic Promotes Library Benefits
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - Spectra Logic starts a campaign this week promoting their Spectra T950 library which offers disk to disk backup and tape.
Readers who sign up to get a white paper - "The Future of Enterprise Storage" - written by the Data Mobility Group - are automatically entered in a draw to win a free 4GB Apple iPod mini. The draw takes place at the end of October. Usually I'm skeptical about promotions like this because if you need to know about enterprise storage products you're going to follow up the information you need anyway. But the banner ad (which is also being used in this promotion) makes a clever and valid pitch about why you might need this type of product, and the prize is quite a desirable item too.
Tabernus Launches SAS Development Tools
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - Tabernus today announces the release of NorthstarADT with SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) protocol functionality.
NorthstarADT is the ultimate user interface based software tool for high-end SCSI and Fibre Channel peripheral engineering and field applications.
"Tabernus has been working with storage industry leaders such as LSI Logic, Seagate Technology, and Maxtor to ensure interoperability and compatibility between our peripheral testing software and SAS mass storage devices", said Michael Miller, Tabernus' Chief Technical officer.
In addition to its robust existing functionality, NorthstarADT now enables SAS hardware testing at the Serial SCSI Protocol in addition to displaying physical topology, issuing bus resets and monitoring link information such as rate and error counts. This enables engineers to quickly perform design validation and interoperability testing for SAS products. Tabernus' SAS products will support testing of expander and end devices and SMP (Serial Management Protocol) transport layer. Support is also planned for STP (Serial ATA Tunneled Protocol) layer functions. By leveraging relationships with host bus adapter vendors, Tabernus is able to provide customers with protocol control down to the HBA miniport driver level. This provides a level of testing functionality to Tabernus' customers that no competitor can match.
"Our goal is to build upon our already strong suite of SCSI and FC products to further saturate the mass storage testing industry, specifically those companies with SAS and SATA needs," said Joe Mount, Director of Business Development. Tabernus' products are used by their customers to reach optimization in all areas of their testing efforts: flexibility and responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, and overall performance.
Emulex's Entry Level SAN Storage Switch
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - Emulex today announced a new line of SAN Storage Switch products targeted specifically at small and medium businesses and small departmental SAN applications in enterprise environments.
Based on the company's award winning and field-proven InSpeed technology, Emulex SAN Storage Switches are designed to deliver a simple and affordable storage solution for companies that want the advantages SANs provide over direct attached storage, but wish to avoid the complexities that come with enterprise fabric-based services. The Emulex SAN Storage Switch Model 355 is a 1U, half-rack form factor 12-port non-blocking 2 Gb/s Fibre Channel switch. The Emulex SAN Storage Switch Model 375 is a 1U, full-rack form factor 20-port non-blocking switch that, in addition to more ports, adds redundant fans and two hot-swappable, universal power supplies for high availability.
6 Years of STORAGEsearch
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - STORAGEsearch.com celebrates its 6th anniversary this month.
In an age when most IT web sites are blurring into sameness, STORAGEsearch has maintained a unique brand identity with its cartoon characters Megabyte the Mouse and family. But reliable information and critical market analysis have also been important factors in growing the readership every year since 1998.
Commenting about this anniversary - Farid Neema, President of market analyst company Peripheral Concepts, Inc. - said "STORAGEsearch.com was one of the first online storage portals. I appreciate its breadth of scope and reliability. It has always been an authoritative source for anyone doing serious market research into this market."
What's been the most important trend in storage during the last 6 years? Or what will be the most important changes in the storage market during the next 6 years? ...read the full story
Overland's New Chief Strategy Officer
Editor:- September 7, 2004 - Overland Storage. today announced the appointment of Michael Kerman to its executive team as vice president and chief strategy officer.
Kerman will oversee corporate marketing, product marketing and product management, as well as lead efforts around corporate strategy, new business opportunities and business intelligence. He brings more than 18 years of experience in leading technology organizations and developing customer and market-focused strategies resulting in award-winning solutions for the consumer, mid-market and enterprise markets. Kerman, 40, joins Overland from Computer Associates where he most recently served as vice president of marketing responsible for field marketing, sales enablement and lead generation for North America.
IBM's $3,000 3U iSCSI Storage
Editor:- September 3, 2004 - IBM today unveiled an entry-level disk server with advanced features to help support business continuity, priced under $3,000 for mid-sized businesses.
The new IBM TotalStorage DS300 is designed to give mid-size clients a simple, reliable and affordable option to transport data through standard Internet protocols. Using iSCSI, clients can create a storage area network with existing Gigabit Ethernet networks. iSCSI can help rewrite the economics of storage servers by providing mid-sized businesses a simple, low cost way to use advanced storage management techniques currently used by most large organizations. iSCSI technology can help improve the management of a SAN by allowing IT administrators to leverage existing skills and networks that clients use on the server side. The cost-effective DS300 storage server comes with reliability and performance features that include Ultra320 SCSI drives, battery backup cache, and redundant hot-swappable power supplies in a 3U form factor.
External Disk market Grew 8% Says IDC
Editor:- September 3, 2004 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew 8.0% year over year to $3.5 billion in the second quarter of 2004.
The total disk storage systems market also posted positive results, growing at 5.0% and marking the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth. Storage capacity continued to accelerate, growing 41.2% year over year to 275 petabytes shipped during the quarter.
"Worldwide spending this quarter reflects broadened investment in disk storage systems outside of the U.S., as both the Asia/Pacific region and Japan experienced the first signs of real growth since the market downturn began," said John McArthur, group vice president and general manager of Information Infrastructure Research at IDC. "Even though the U.S. still represents more than 35% of the market, regional spending for disk storage systems is clearly on the rise and this bodes well for future quarters."
The networked disk storage systems market (NAS combined with Open SAN) grew 17.9% year over year and surpassed the $2 billion mark for only the second time ever. Although representing less than 1% of the networked disk storage systems market, the iSCSI SAN market posted more than 30% quarter-over-quarter revenue growth. The top 5 External Disk Storage Systems vendors in Q204 were:-
Ideas International Extends Storage Price Data
Editor:- September 1, 2004 - Ideas International announces the immediate availability of street pricing intelligence in the major German and UK markets for server and storage products within its industry leading Competitive Profiles suite of tactical IT research services.
This extended value-add research complements street price tracking already available for the USA in Competitive Profiles CPSystems and CPStorage modules as well as its SAN and PC research modules and allows IDEAS research customers to not only compare the current list prices of workstations, industry standard servers and storage offerings from major industry suppliers, but also to analyze discount practice information and resultant street pricing as researched by IDEAS analysts.
IDEAS EMEA General Manager and EVP, Stephen Williams, said "Ideas International continues to add value to its flagship Competitive Profiles tactical application suite. The extension of street price research to include EMEA research delivers on a promise made earlier this year when we introduced street price research for the USA market. As part of a rolling program our plan is to continue to extend the vendor and product coverage and to additionally introduce street price research for France and Italy during the remainder of calendar 2004."
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