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Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 21, 2004 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced the release of a new software product, LockVault. LockVault delivers powerful backup, disaster recovery, and data permanence capabilities for unstructured data, enabling customers to address both backup and compliance challenges with a single comprehensive solution. Unstructured data can account for over 50% of enterprise data. In most customer settings this type of data is in constant flux, because files are continually created, modified, and moved, making it difficult to manage within a typical enterprise. LockVault provides fast, efficient, and secure archived storage for this growing customer challenge and is designed to help enterprises meet stringent data storage regulations, including regulations mandated by U.S.-SEC Rule 17a-4.

LockVault eliminates the need to continuously identify data in spreadsheet, presentation, or homegrown file formats that might fall under regulatory jurisdiction. Instead, LockVault permits permanent, ongoing, unstructured data backup by copying and storing only the unique blocks of data that have been written since the most recent incremental backup. Every variation is protected, so no data falls through the cracks, and any backup image can be immediately verified, rapidly searched, indexed, or recovered and cannot be edited or deleted until its specified expiration date. The NetApp Compliance Journal provides an unalterable audit trail to guarantee the authenticity of all secure backups. ...Network Appliance profile, Backup Software

IRVINE, Calif. - September 21, 2004 - Toshiba Storage Device Division today introduced a new double-layer, dual-format DVD recordable drive that tops the market in DVD+R double-layer write speeds at 5X, giving consumers the right combination of speed and capacity for video creation and other data-intensive applications. The first DVD recordable drive from Toshiba Samsung Storage Technologies, the SD-R5372 also features a speedy 16X DVD+R specification that enables easy DVD creation. The double-layer media capability gives consumers twice the storage capacity of a current DVD and 12 times the capacity of a CD at 8.5GB for a wide range of video, music, image and data storage applications. The SD-R5372 will be available in October. ...Toshiba profile, DVD drives

Austin, TX - September 21, 2004 - Tabernus LLC today announced that a new version of their flagship product has been released. NorthstarADT version 4.0 adds full test functionality for SAS devices. Included is this release is support for all tests and commands as well as SAS Specific protocol functionality. ...Tabernus profile, test tools, SAS

SAN JOSE and PALO ALTO, Calif. - September 21, 2004 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced the results of a successful 4 Gb/s FCAL interoperability test. Demonstrating interoperability between critical system components and test tools keeps Hitachi on track to deliver 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel hard drives early in 2005. Advancing the 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel interface standard is expected to benefit enterprise server and storage customers who require the fastest, most reliable systems for storage area network, file sharing, workgroup and scientific/engineering environments.

Design engineers established a 4 Gb/s FCAL connection between Agilent's Tachyon 4 Gb/s DX4+ PCI-X and Tachyon QX4 PCI Express Fibre Channel controllers and a Hitachi 4Gb/s hard disk drive prototype. Commands and data were successfully transmitted between the devices through Agilent's 4 Gb/s SFP fiber optic transceivers and 22-port, 4 Gb/s FCAL switch. During the process, it was verified that Agilent's 4 Gb/s SAN tester successfully coexists with the Hitachi drive in the FC arbitrated loop. The companies will continue to exchange hardware and jointly test products to gain additional technology insights and set new performance benchmarks.

The 4 Gb/s FCAL specification is designed to allow for a data transfer of up to 400 MB/s half-duplex and up to 800 MB/s full-duplex per port. This performance has been validated on the Agilent FCAL switch with a multiport Agilent SAN Test platform simulating 126 4 Gb/s devices generating full-speed traffic. ...Hitachi profile, ...Agilent Technologies profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - September 21, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation today introduced version 2.0 of its MyStorage management software for use with its Fibre Channel host bus adapters. MyStorage 2.0 is now being phased into distributor kits and is available for immediate download. MyStorage 2.0 enables administrators to locally or remotely manage LSI FC HBAs and features 3 click installation. The software provides simple point and click interface for monitoring FC connections and devices, upgrading firmware, event logging and health and diagnostic summaries. Web update links are also provided for simplified access to LSI Logic software upgrades. The software supports Windows 2000 and 2003, Red Hat Linux 3.0 and SuSe 8.0 Linux. ...LSI Logic profile

CHICAGO - September 21, 2004 - EMC Corporation today announced a simple yet powerful solution to help midsized IT organizations drive down the cost and increase the productivity of their Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail environments. The new EMC Express Solution for E-Mail is the first in a series of EMC Express Solutions, which include packaged hardware, software and services that leverage EMC's expertise and target the business needs of small- to medium-sized companies. Using automated policy management software, the EMC Express Solution for E-Mail helps organizations with hundreds to several thousands of e-mail users to consolidate and manage years of e-mail messages on a single networked storage system. ...EMC profile

Editor:- September 21, 2004 - Sun Microsystems launched some new storage products today. As usual - with Sun's storage press releases - today's announcement contains little or no useful product data. I think their PR writers don't understand storage... But buried in the hype and waffle - was this interesting preview.

"Solaris 10 is one of the most SAN-ready operating systems available and will be delivered with Sun's integrated SAN software stack, featuring StorEdge Traffic Manager. This provides customers with automated load-balancing and fail-over for direct or SAN-attached. The Solaris 10 OS can automatically discover and configure thousands of storage elements in a SAN environment without requiring manual configuration or server reboots, saving customers time and money." ...Sun profile

SAN DIEGO - September 21, 2004 - Overland Storage, Inc. today announced that in order to enhance its strategic competitiveness and increase its flexibility it will outsource its manufacturing operations. Over the next 9 months, Overland will outsource all of its manufacturing and certain related activities to Sanmina-SCI Corporation. Approximately 140 Overland employees at its San Diego facility, representing about one-third of its total workforce, will be affected and will receive severance packages. Overland and Sanmina-SCI expect to finalize the definitive outsourcing agreement in the next 30 days.

"I want to thank our operations team for all their hard work, and sincerely regret their displacement," said Christopher Calisi, president and CEO. "As a result of their efforts, we have gained a reputation for quality products and our operations are certified by some of the best OEMs in the world. Over the past few years, this team has succeeded in significantly reducing the total cost of our NEO tape automation solutions. And, they have achieved these reductions in spite of the burden of the expensive economic environment in San Diego." ...Overland Storage profile

Editor's comments:- A lot has changed in the 3 years since Overland was listed in our 2001 List of the Fastest Growing Storage companies. At that time the company was reporting 59% increases in year on year revenue and tape libraries were like the battleships in World War I - you couldn't wage a serious war (on storage management) without them . In contrast, in the most recent quarter Overland reported a small revenue decline compared to the previous year's 4th quarter - and today's announcement is a step towards being a virtual storage manufacturer.

From the technical point of view Overland appears to have done everything in its power to make a success in the backup hardware business.

In March 2002 it announced an InfiniBand connection option. (But the InfiniBand market still hasn't taken off more than 2 years later.) In July 2002 the company changed its name to make its entry into the software business. (That's when the virtual company idea probably took root - because comparing the profit margins on software and hardware - hardware always loses.) In August 2003 it launched its first disk to disk backup. (By then - everyone in the market had a D2d offering.) In September 2003 it announced iSCSI connectivity. (But iSCSI has been slow to take off due to compatibility problems.)

But it seems you can't change the tide of history. The tape backup market will disappear except as a small niche market during the next 3 years. The disk to disk market - which already has hundreds of wannabe suppliers - will turn into a low margin commodity market next year when Microsoft's Data Protection Server starts shipping. Outsourcing library manufacturing saves cost in the short term and maybe leaves open a soft transition to another type of business.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - Maranti announced today that its CoreSTOR network storage controller has been certified as interoperable with the Texas Memory Systems' RamSan Solid-State Disk System. During the product testing, the Maranti CoreSTOR platform also achieved over 200,000 I/Os per second on a single 2Gbps Fibre Channel port, raising the bar for industry performance benchmarks.

"Through the testing that we performed to qualify the RamSan solid-state disk system, we were really able to fully exercise our intelligent storage processing data path," said Rick Walsworth, vice president of marketing, Maranti. " The ability to virtualize disk while exceeding 200,000 IOPS on every port, provides scalability to 1.6 million IOPS on the CoreSTOR 2000 and over 12.8 million IOPS on a fully loaded CoreSTOR 3000; results which clearly raise the bar, drawing a line in the sand in terms intelligence with raw storage processing power." ...Texas Memory Systems profile, ...Maranti profile, Solid state disks

CHICAGO - September 20, 2004 - Today at the Storage Decisions 2004 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced it is entering the disk-based backup and recovery industry with Microsoft Data Protection Server, a low-cost, continuous, disk-based backup and recovery solution. Designed to address the growing need for businesses of all sizes to easily recover data, Data Protection Server will simplify and reduce the backup and recovery process. DPS is designed to provide robust data protection for the Windows Server System family, reducing complexity and improving operational efficiency for Windows customers. More than 20 storage industry partners today announced their support for Data Protection Server and their intent to work with Microsoft to provide customers with a broad choice of Windows-based storage solutions.

"The use of disk as a data-protection medium delivers significant improvements in recovery time and recovery-point objectives, and makes possible a continuum of data recovery options spanning backup and replication," said Alex Gorbansky, senior analyst at the Taneja Group. "We view Microsoft as an important enabler for bringing the benefits of disk-based data-protection technologies to the masses."

Currently available in a private beta version, Microsoft Data Protection Server is scheduled to be generally available in the second half of 2005. ...Microsoft profile, Storage Decisions, Disk to disk backup, Backup Software

Editor's comments:- I see a hostage to fortune with this new product in its name - Data Protection Server. Based on the history of anti virus software - it could be argued that the best way to protect your data is to remove all Microsoft software from the servers and run something which the hackers find more difficult to get into like Linux or Solaris.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - September 20, 2004 - AMI announced today it has released for shipment to customers StorTrends iTX, IP Storage software, and ManageTrends, a Storage Management Suite. AMI's StorTrends iTX solution offers both block-based and file-based storage on the same Ethernet interface. StorTrends iTX implements an iSCSI based target solution for the block-based IP storage provider, as well as a NAS file server supporting heterogeneous protocols (CIFS, AFP, NFS and NCP.) AMI's technology allows customers to enjoy the advantages of both block-based IP-SAN and file-based NAS.

The storage centralization and scalability of IP-based SAN and the ease of use of NAS all on the same platform dramatically resolves IT complexities in Small Medium Business environments, while providing scalable storage.

"AMI's StorTrends iTX enables users to implement and retrieve block- and file-based data from the same logical volume" said Sanjoy Maity, AMI vice president of software engineering. "Along with the release of StorTrends iTX is the release of ManageTrends, a centralized storage management suite. IT administrators for SMBs can now manage all StorTrends iTX and StorTrends NAS servers from a single console; along with tracking and planning the growth of storage resources deployed across the enterprise." ...AMI profile, iSCSI

FAIR LAWN, NJ - September 20, 2004 - Top storage industry analysts are increasingly bullish on Information Lifecycle Management according to Maxell Corporation. The importance of magnetic tape technology in an overall corporate storage architecture is demonstrated by the top storage system vendors that have jumped on the ILM bandwagon as a key strategic movement within the data storage industry. HP, IBM and StorageTek have all announced major ILM initiatives, while EMC Corp. has created a separate ILM division and teamed with ADIC for ILM solutions. Each of these ILM initiatives is anchored by magnetic tape technology as the preferred storage medium for less-frequently accessed data, ranging from DAT 72 to LTO technologies that comprise part of HP's StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System, to large scale automated tape libraries such as STK's SDLT, LTO and 9940 products and IBM's LTO and 3590 tape formats.

ILM is not a single hardware or software technology. Rather, it is a collection of processes and technologies that enable IT administrators to effectively manage critical corporate data by recognizing that the value of information changes over time. When properly implemented, ILM allows IT managers to improve data utilization and reduce the total cost of managing corporate storage management. ILM is a multi-stage process by which an organization categorizes information based on its value, and then assigns the information to the most cost-effective storage platform. As the value of the information changes over its lifecycle, it is migrated to other storage platforms based on a set of pre-defined policies. ILM uses sophisticated analysis to categorize information and set migration policies, giving IT managers the ability to prioritize information based on business requirements such as the importance of the application, the sensitivity of the data and the impact of downtime on the business if the primary data copy is corrupted.

"ILM brings into focus the importance of cost-effective removable media and the critical role tape technologies play in an enterprise storage hierarchy," said Steven Pofcher, Senior Marketing Manager at Maxell. "An ILM-based hierarchy demonstrates the complementary roles that fixed disk and tape play in helping organizations to reduce the total cost of ownership of storage by effectively prioritizing and matching backup and recovery speeds to the proper class of storage." ...Maxell profile

Editor's comments:- none of the ILM models I've seen in vendor articles correctly takes into account the concept of transient data storage like solid state disks. A complete ILM model should migrate data to fast storage at busy times of the daily or weekly workload based on its business impact as well as archive older stuff to tape. Eventually ILM software will do that. In the meantime all today's ILM software packages should be regarded as incomplete prototypes.

FREMONT, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. announced today that Rick Sander has joined the company as VP of Worldwide Operations. Responsible for leading all global manufacturing, plant operations, logistics, materials, quality, supply chain management, and order fulfillment efforts, Sander reports directly to the Company President, Iain MacKenzie. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Sander most recently served as VP of Operations and General Manager of JNI. Previously, he held key positions in operations and management at Maxwell Technologies, Cymer, Bombardier, PACCAR, and Hewlett Packard. He is the second senior executive appointed to SMART's management team since its divestiture from Solectron Corporation earlier this year. ...SMART Modular Technologies profile

MILPITAS, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation announced today that its storage adapters will now be available at Fry's Electronics stores. Fry's Electronics operates 28 stores and Products covered by this agreement include MegaRAID SATA and SCSI adapter kits and SCSI Host Bus Adapter kits.

"LSI Logic is shaping the future of storage at every business level and is a brand that's well known at the OEM level. We're committed to providing retail customers with an opportunity to purchase the products that power enterprise systems worldwide" said Kerry Reid, LSI Logic senior director for worldwide channel sales. ...LSI Logic profile, Storage Resellers

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. today further solidified its position as the supplier of choice to the wireless industry by expanding its offering of 1.8-volt NOR flash memory devices. Addressing the need for high-performance, low-power and small-footprint memory devices, the new 8-Mbit SST39WF800A is offered in several package options, including SST's tiny Micro-Package, the industry's smallest standard flash memory package, and boasts sector- and chip-erase speeds that are hundreds of times faster than alternative solutions. The combination of high performance and small size makes the SST39WF800A ideal for power- and space-constrained applications such as MP3 players, Bluetooth modules and GPS devices. ...SST profile, ICs, Flash Memory

COSTA MESA, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - Emulex Corporation today announced that the Emulex Models 355 and 375 SAN Storage Switches are now qualified by Apple for use with Apple's Xserve RAID storage system. Emulex SAN Storage Switch technology coupled with Xserve RAID, delivers an easy to use, affordable storage solution that is ideal for smaller SAN environments – without the complexities of fabric services. ...Emulex profile, ...Apple profile, Fibre-channel adapters, RAID systems

SAN DIEGO - September 20, 2004 - Overland Storage, Inc. today announced the introduction of REO 9000, a high-capacity, high-performance disk-based backup and recovery appliance. The REO 9000 provides fast backups and near-instantaneous restores for up to 9.6 terabytes of data. The REO 9000 combines software intelligence, serial ATA disks, RAID 5 protection, and both iSCSI and Fibre Channel connectivity in a single, easy-to-install unit. Its ability to operate as both disk and virtual tape enables it to work with existing backup applications, providing users with a single backup catalog and a single media management system. This seamless compatibility allows easy deployment and integration into most backup environments. The MSRP for the REO 9000, starts at under $43,000. ...Overland Storage profile, Disk to disk backup

PARIS, France - September 20, 2004 - Arkeia Corporation announced today at Forum Stockage a major new upgrade to its flagship Arkeia Network Backup solution that reaffirms its leadership position in the Linux data protection marketplace. The new Arkeia v5.3 features support for NDMP NAS devices and Microsoft VSS technology embedded in MS-Windows 2003 servers, as well as incorporating enhancements to existing elements in the award-winning data protection solution.

Arkeia Network Backup v5.3 now supports NDMP (version 3 compliant) and is compatible with NDMP-based NAS such as Network Appliance, Snap Appliance and Network Storage devices. Arkeia can backup the NAS to a locally attached tape drive or library, and all backup and restore functions can be performed via the graphical user interface. With the implementation of the Microsoft VSS API, Arkeia Network Back up can back up snapshots of Windows 2003 Servers offering seamless data protection for servers with running services. ...Arkeia profile, Backup Software, Linux Portals

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - SANRAD announced today that its V-Switch 2000 has been verified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. as interoperable according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, an end-to-end interoperability initiative for SANs. The program is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster SAN interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based SAN environments. Testing was conducted at the Brocade interoperability labs. The Brocade Fabric Aware Program has added more than 50 members since its launch in 2000. ...Brocade profile, ...SANRAD profile

UK - September 20, 2004 - Fujitsu Europe today announces it has recruited Andrew Batty as director of Sales and Marketing -expanding its rapidly growing storage division. Responsible for sales and marketing activities for Fujitsu Europe's hard disc, magneto optical and KVM business Andrew brings with him over 20 years of experience of sales and marketing in the storage industry including Senior Director of Marketing for Seagate Technology EMEA and EMEA Sales for Xiotech. Andrew has also been a key figure in establishing the SNIA in Europe and served as the elected Chairman of the FCIA Europe. ...Fujitsu (Europe) profile

SIMI VALLEY - September 16, 2004 - With a barrage of hurricanes pounding the southeast, NovaStor Corporation and its service provider partners of online data backup services are offering to help systems integrators and resellers scrambling to protect their small business customers and home users safeguard their irreplaceable data offsite and out of harm's way. Several VARs and ISPs providing backup service based on the NovaNet-WEB online solution are reaching out to communities in the path of fury and donating a percentage of new subscriber proceeds to help hurricane victims.

"One of the reasons we have been so aggressively promoting online backup services is that having data stored offsite gives small businesses and consumers true disaster recovery protection from hurricanes, floods and power outages that might destroy local computers," says Peter Means, CEO at NovaStor. "We're very proud that our resellers are banding together to help potential victims take precautions that could save their business-critical data, personal records and other key data of daily life."

At least two NovaStor service provider partners have agreed to donate 10% of new account proceeds from Florida, Louisiana and other hurricane-stricken areas to local disaster relief agencies through the end of November. Both Midwest Tech Group, located in Michigan and Volstate, Inc., located in Tennessee are standing by to help businesses and households implement offsite storage with simple, Web-based account creation systems. ...NovaStor profile, Web backup, Data Recovery Services

Sunnyvale, CA - September 15, 2004 SanDisk Corporation has introduced new, lower prices for its Shoot & Store line of flash storage cards that are sold in supermarkets, drug stores and other mass-merchant outlets. The 50-photo (32-megabyte) card, priced previously at $14.99, now has a suggested retail price of $9.99. The price of a 100-photo (64MB) Shoot & Store card has been reduced from $24.99 to $14.99. These price changes are being applied throughout the Shoot & Store product lineup, which consists of CompactFlash, SD, Memory Stick PRO and, in the next 30 days, xD-Picture Card (in 32MB capacity). Shoot & Store, introduced in February, is aimed at consumers who want the convenience of leaving their flash cards with professional photo finishers or who don't want to download images to a computer or a disk. In the U.S. alone, this line of affordable cards is currently sold in more than 10,000 stores.

Kent Perry, SanDisk product marketing manager for the Shoot & Store line, said, "We believe that $9.99 will be the magical price point for consumers to start adopting flash cards in a 'consumable' usage pattern that is quite similar to the way people have used 35 millimeter film negatives before the advent of digital cameras or personal computers. The Shoot & Store card allows consumers to capture digital images in their digital cameras, erase unwanted pictures and permanently store the best images on the cards. Consumers can then drop their cards for regular prints at most one-hour print centers and keep the pictures stored permanently as 'negatives' on the cards." ...SanDisk profile, Flash Memory

Havant, UK - September 15, 2004 - Xyratex Ltd will debut its new high density 'single cell' technology for 2.5-inch drive testing at DISKCON USA, in booth 316. The conference and exhibition will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in San Jose, California, from September 21-22. A major Xyratex innovation, the single cell concept redefines existing approaches to drive testing by providing a separately configurable and controllable environment for each individual disk drive, removing the problems associated with inefficient and inflexible batch testing methods. Xyratex's new high density architecture which is specifically designed for testing 2.5-inch form factor drives, delivers a 25% increase in test capacity compared to earlier Xyratex solutions, making it the most efficient in its class. ...Xyratex profile, DISKCON USA 2004, test tools, Hard drives

Munich, Germany - September 15, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG announced today that it has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division to plead guilty to a single and limited charge related to the violation of US antitrust laws in connection with the pricing in its Dynamic Random Access Memory business between July 1, 1999 and June 15, 2002. Consequently, with regard to the DoJ's ongoing industry wide investigation the matter has been fully resolved between Infineon and the DoJ. Under the terms of the agreement, Infineon has agreed to pay a fine of $160 million, an amount fully covered by the company's recent third quarter accrual. The fine will be paid in equal installments through 2009. The wrongdoing charged by the DoJ was limited to certain OEM customers. Infineon is already been in contact with these customers and has achieved or is in the process of achieving settlements with all of these OEM customers. Infineon strongly condemns any attempt to fix or stabilize prices. Infineon is committed to vigorous and fair competition based solely on superior products and services. ...Infineon profile, RAM

MILPITAS, Calif. - September 15, 2004 - Promise Technology, Inc. today announced that Network Engines, Inc. has added Promise's VTrak 15100 RAID storage system to its portfolio of storage solutions. From off-the-shelf drive support to its controller and enclosure designs, the VTrak 15100 platform uses a standards-compliant architecture to provide maximum system flexibility. The system supports up to fifteen off-the-shelf Serial ATA drives for unparalleled cost/performance/storage capacity. The VTrak system also supports standard management interfaces including SNMP, CIM, and WBEM.

The VTrak 15100 series offers a dual host port interface architecture that enables the system to be connected to two separate servers via independent Ultra SCSI 160 ports for redundant access and small cluster applications. For system protection and high availability, the system features a host of hot-swap redundant systems including drives, power supplies, and cooling systems. For enhanced data protection, the VTrak system uses advanced data guarding technologies such as Predictive Data Migration, Media Patrol, PerfectRAID, and a battery-backed data cache.

The VTrak 15100 takes advantage of Promise's new, advanced performance controller that delivers up to 200MB per second and up to 20,000 I/Os per second, offering strong performance for both high throughput and transactional applications such as video and database applications. ...Network Engines profile, ...Promise Technology profile

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Apple Qualifies Emulex SAN Switches

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Sanrad Receives Brocade Fabric Aware Status

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NovaStor Partners Support Hurricane Victims

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Infineon Pays $160 million Fine to DoJ

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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 " 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?

Network storage which started with Fibre-channel based SANs in 1994, has changed from being a small part of the overall enterprise storage market to being the dominant part measured by revenue. In the late 1990s competing technologies like NAS based on Ethernet, and more recently, the emergence of iSCSI have simplified the management of storage area networks and extended their reach to nearly every size of organisation.

The technical and economic decoupling of storage from servers has created a major shift in the computer market in which data repositories have become operating system agnostic and the concept of corporate information life cycles have become more important than processor chip generations.

What are going to be the most important trends in storage during the next 6 years?

We're already seeing that processor chipmakers have been struggling to achieve the same rate of increase in 64 bit processors that they did with earlier 32 bit generations. Sun's SPARC, HP's Alpha, IBM's PowerPC, Intel's Itanium and even AMD's Opteron will hit performance ceilings which cannot be resolved by old tricks like increasing the Gigahertz clock rate or adding more processors.

Many users have already discovered that another way to speed up their applications is to use solid state disks (SSDs) to accelerate I/O bound critical data. Another benefit of SSDs is their potential to reduce software licensing costs and server management complexity by reducing the total amount of servers while maintaining or sometimes reducing response times. This important architectural change will, when more widely adopted, mean that the solid state disk market in 3 years time could grow to be bigger than the NAS market is today, because it has the potential to provide the same functionality as additional servers - but at lower cost and better reliability. Eventually solid state disks will be factory fitted as standard instead of being a user or systems integrator add-on as they are today.

We're also going to see the consumerization of network storage which will eventually result in the home entertainment and leisure market becoming a bigger user of disks and RAID systems than the IT market. In the next 10 years hard disk drives will have a capacity of 78 terabytes. You'll be able to fit a 500TB RAID system inside the same space as a little match box.

What's going to happen in the meantime?

Which old technologies will be discarded and which new ones will become the hot products of tomorrow? We have many articles which speculate on this - but the only sure way to find out is to keep visiting the news pages of to see how this exciting future unfolds. ...ACSL (publisher) profile,, Storage portals

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the Top 10 Company Profiles - August 2004

The top 10 most popular companies (out of more than 1,000 storage companies listed on STORAGEsearch) visited by our readers last month were as follows... Figures in brackets (n) indicate rank the month before.
  1. Ingrasys Technology (1)
  2. M-Systems (3)
  3. Silicon Image (2)
  4. Promise Technology (54)
  5. Texas Memory Systems (4)
  6. SMART Modular Technologies (9)
  7. Dell Computer (5)
  8. VERITAS Software (6)
  9. LSI Logic (10)
  10. Curtis (8)
The new entry to the top 10 list this month was:- Promise Technology which moved up 50 places.

The company which dropped out of the top 10 list this month was:- DataCore Software.
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