Storage news - 2005, August 15 - 18
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|SAN RAMON, Calif. - August 18,
2005 - SBE, Inc. today announced that its recently acquired PyX iSCSI
software is gaining acceptance in the storage community with recent design-ins
by leading storage networking OEMs. Specifically, announcements from the
past month disclosed that
LSI Logic selected the
PyX iSCSI software for integration into its newly-released intelligent iMegaRAID
family of iSCSI RAID solutions, and
ONStor, licensed the
PyX iSCSI product for use with its enterprise-level Bobcat Series of NAS
Gateways. And most recently, SBE signed an agreement with a recognized provider
of storage virtualization and management products to bundle SBE's TCP/IP Offload
Engine boards and PyX iSCSI software in their next generation storage
solutions. PyX iSCSI is continuing to gain strong traction in the storage
"Our recent iSCSI and TOE wins further support our belief that innovations in iSCSI data transport reliability will ultimately drive the adoption of iSCSI as the platform of choice for building stable, affordable, and truly enterprise-class IP SANs," commented Greg Yamamoto, Vice President and General Manager of the Storage Business Unit at SBE.
PyX Technologies' iSCSI software ensures seamless data migration by employing a unique uniform, multi-channel data transmission approach. The iSCSI technology, fully compliant with the IETF RFC 3270 standard, enables an enterprise-level IP storage platform that transports data to and from networked storage with full error recovery, load balancing, and multi-path capabilities previously available only in costly Fibre Channel architectures. PyX's iSCSI products offer no distance limitations and are capable of interfacing with SATA, SCSI, Fibre Channel, PATA and other storage devices. The storage-independent architecture of the PyX iSCSI software allows customers to conveniently and cost-effectively integrate the benefits of SANs using their existing networking investments. SBE's newly-formed Storage Business Unit is proactively engaging in strategic initiatives to bring a broader spectrum of feature-rich IP storage solutions to market to satisfy the growing and evolving requirements of the storage networking industry. ...SBE profile, iSCSI, InfiniBand, article:- the State of iSCSI? - PyX interview
Hopkinton, Mass. - August 17, 2005 - EMC Corp today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rainfinity. Based in San Jose, California, privately held Rainfinity is a leading provider of virtualization solutions for heterogeneous NAS and file system environments. The acquisition, valued at less than $100 million, is expected to be completed by the end of August. ...EMC profile, acquired storage companies (311), storage software companies (166)
Editor's comments:- It's not really "news" when EMC acquires another storage business. They do it all the time. Earlier this week EMC acquired the assets of Maranti Networks. That's another $57 million of venture funds in storage gone.
Powell River, Canada - August 17, 2005 - TugboatEnterprises.com asks - were you hit by the worm that struck CNN, ABC and the New York Times? They offer their product Lifeboat to the rescue! They suggest you buy a copy to immediately retrieve your files. Using a networked computer with up-to-date anti-virus software, boot the infected computer with Lifeboat and VOILA the worm is defeated, and all your files are immediately available on the working computer. Lifeboat, the new recovery program from Tugboat Enterprises, can save you in time for your deadline - your contacts list from Outlook, your documents, emails, photos and graphic files all at your fingertips in less than five minutes. Lifeboat cannot be infected by the worm. It works quickly on the defunct computer. Having Lifeboat is like having a spare tire for your car: don't boot without it. ...Tugboat Enterprises profile, Data Recovery, Storage Security
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - August 17, 2005 - QLogic Corp. today announced the company shipped its 20,000th switch into the fast growing blade server market. According to IDC blade server embedded switches will be the largest Fibre Channel switch market in terms of ports shipped by 2009, and QLogic was #1 in market share for blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches in both ports shipped and revenue in calendar year 2004.
"Infrastructure consolidation delivers huge returns on investment," said Jesse Parker, vice president of marketing for QLogic Switch Products Group. "Customers are telling us that server blades with embedded SANs make it easy to consolidate servers and storage." ...QLogic profile, Fibre channel SAN switches, SPARC Blades
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - August 17, 2005 CaminoSoft Corp. reported its third fiscal quarter results today. During the quarter ended June 30, 2005, the Company had revenues of approximately $852,000, an increase of 162%, over the three-month period ended June 30, 2004. Revenues for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2005, of approximately $2,052,000 showed an increase of approximately 124%, as compared to the nine-month period ended June 30, 2004.
Steve Crosson, CFO of CaminoSoft said, "CaminoSoft's storage management solutions add proven, significant value to Microsoft and Novell operating systems. Our strategy has been to continually enhance our feature set and maintain strict operating system partner certification on these platforms. This, in turn, has enabled CaminoSoft to successfully structure key OEM licensing relationships with industry leaders such as Computer Associates and integrate and certify our solutions with those of EMC, IBM, HP, and Hitachi Data Systems. As a result of establishing these key alliances and marketing our solutions through an expanding worldwide base of premier channel partners, CaminoSoft is experiencing solid revenue growth and demand for its software products." ...CaminoSoft profile, Backup Software
Cambridge, UK - August 17, 2005 Plasmon today announced the launch of the new Raidtec FS3102 RAID subsystem, designed for mid-sized and departmental business applications requiring a low cost Fibre Channel SAN solution. The new Raidtec FS3102 uses Plasmon's own FS RAID controller technology to combine the performance of a 2Gbit Fibre Channel host interface with professional quality SATA disk drives. This robust configuration delivers 370MB/sec maximum data transfer rate in a compact 2U, 12 bay enclosure with up to 4.8TB of total storage capacity. The FS3102 offers an excellent price / performance ratio and the flexibility of a Fibre Channel interface makes it ideal for storage consolidation and expansion in a SAN infrastructure.
The FS3102 is a fully configured, out-of-the-box RAID solution that comes with the powerful Raidtec Manager interface, for remote configuration, management and monitoring of one or more subsystems, as standard. The FS3102 is the second major addition to the Raidtec Solution product family since Plasmon's acquisition of Raidtec in April 2004.
"Fibre Channel RAID systems are not new, but to date their cost and complexity has meant that some organisations have not been able to benefit from the adaptability and performance of a SAN architecture," explains Paul Devine, director of sales EMEA, Raidtec Solutions. "The FS3102 dramatically changes the economic equation. By using our own Fibre Channel controller technology with cost effective SATA disk drives, Plasmon has put SAN technology well within the reach of departmental applications and smaller organisations." ...Plasmon profile, RAID systems
Editor:- August 17, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Wilson WeiSheng Wang and Joanne De Peralta at BiTMICRO Networks, it's called - "War of the Disks: Hard Disk Drives vs. Flash Solid State Disks."
BiTMICRO is the #1 best recognised brand of SSDs (source STORAGEsearch.com SSD Survey) and they have published a lot of articles to help customers understand the benefits of their products. When I first saw the submission for this article I was pleased to see that it quoted extracts from and linked to several other articles that I myself had written or edited - so that gave me a warm glow.
After years of analyzing this market SSD vendors and analysts are starting to see some clear patterns emerging. Although opinions still differ on some subjects, and vendors are prone to pitch their own solutions as best, this article is a useful synthesis of current industry thinking by one of the leading flash SSD module manufacturers. ...read the article, ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, Solid State Disks, Hard disk drives
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. - August 16, 2005 - Coraid was honored at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo last week as the winner of the Product Excellence Award for Best Data Backup or Storage Solution. Coraid's SATA+RAID EtherDrive Storage Appliance was selected as an innovative SAN technology that offers unique value for the open source community. EtherDrive Storage uses the open AoE (ATA over Ethernet) protocol which is now included in the Linux 2.6 kernel. It provides Linux with the simplest, most efficient and lowest cost means to access networked storage.
"Coraid is very proud to receive this award in the highly competitive field of storage appliances," said Jim Kemp CEO of Coraid, Inc. "EtherDrive storage has been validated and deployed by businesses, universities and government agencies throughout the world where massively scaleable and affordable storage is required." ...Coraid profile, NAS
Foothill Ranch, California - August 16, 2005 - Aristos Logic announced today that it has commenced volume shipments of its AL3300 FibreSlice and Aristos Storage Kernel software, to StorageTek. The AL3300 FibreSlice device integrates Fibre Channel host and disk interfaces along with the RAID Storage Processor, a fabric of custom processing elements designed to accelerate the storage data path. The Aristos Storage Kernel offers advanced RAID functionality while providing OEM customers with a platform for developing differentiating storage management features. The modularity and scalability of the RAID Storage Processor architecture enables a leveraged development path to cost effective 2G/4G/8G Fibre Channel, Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI and iSCSI based solutions. ...Aristos Logic profile, ...StorageTek profile
Chatsworth, CA - August 15, 2005 - JMR Electronics today announced the Z-IPSAN storage product based on IP SAN technology. IP SANs utilize iSCSI that allows SANs to be implemented on common inexpensive Gigabit Ethernet instead of expensive Fibre Channel networks. The Z-IPSAN features 16 hot swap SATA drives and 8TB of storage per 3U enclosure, with the ability to add additional capacity through multiple units. The flexibility to add additional enclosures adds value by enabling organizations to "pay as they grow." This storage product also features support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50 for optimized performance and fault tolerance, as well as the choice between dual Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI and optional Fibre Channel connectivity for greater networking flexibility. The Z-IPSAN includes hot swappable, redundant power supplies and fans, ensuring a high degree of reliability. ...JMR Electronics profile
Boise, Idaho - August 15, 2005 - Micron Technology, Inc. today announced it is the first supplier to provide PC2-5300 and PC2-6400 DDR2 very low profile (VLP) registered and unbuffered mini dual-inline memory modules (MiniDIMMs) for the growing networking and communications equipment markets. Available in densities of 256MB, 512MB, and 1 GB, the reduced height form factor (0.72in (18.29mm)) of Micron's VLP MiniDIMMs enables designers to integrate more modules in the same or less board space, thereby improving performance in networking servers, routers, switches, gateways, hubs and bridges.
The low profile of Micron's VLP DDR2 MiniDIMMs enables vertical socketing on the board, in contrast to traditional angled memory sockets, and effectively reduces the total memory space footprint. This form factor can improve air flow, which decreases device operating temperatures improving system reliability. VLP MiniDIMMs are backward compatible with existing MiniDIMM sockets, enabling engineers to receive immediate benefits without any product redesign. The PC2-5300 and PC2-6400 DDR2 VLP registered and unbuffered MiniDIMM production samples are currently available, and volume production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2005. ...Micron profile
Phoenix, AZ - August 15, 2005 - According to a recent study by Semico Research Corp., Pseudo SRAM is gaining ground. PSRAM has a one-transistor DRAM cell, as opposed to the typical six-transistor SRAM cell. The DRAM architecture gives PSRAM some strong advantages over low-power 6T SRAM, namely smaller size and competitive pricing. Manufacturers that account for 90% of the total SRAM market now make PSRAM.
"The remaining half of the year is expected to be relatively flat, so our forecast is still on target for 1.2 billion unit shipments for the year, $2.7 billion in revenues, and an aggregate ASP down $.21 from last year," remarked Adrienne Downey, Sr. Analyst at Semico. "Mobile devices require more memory density due to the increasing usage of color screens, cameras, and other features. With densities up to 128Mbit, PSRAM is replacing low-power 6T asynchronous SRAM, which only goes up to 16Mbit at this time."
The leading SRAM/PSRAM vendors are Samsung, Cypress, Renesas, Micron, and Toshiba.
What does the future hold in store for the SRAM market as a whole? - There is already some memory technology competition in the cell phone industry as DRAM manufacturers continue to bring low-power SDRAM designs to the market as well. This report (price $3,500) includes a full forecast of SRAM and PSRAM by density through 2009, as well as quarterly SRAM and PSRAM pricing through 2Q07. ...Semico Research profile, Storage chips, Market research
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- August 15, 2005 - NetEx today announced that EMC Corp will resell its HyperIP DRO (Data Replication Optimizer) appliance through the EMC Select Program. Unlike existing techniques for high-speed data transport that increase complexity and cost with additional hardware requirements, HyperIP DRO is a simple appliance that easily attaches to an existing network infrastructure and requires no changes to servers/storage controllers, applications and/or network devices. Customers can immediately realize the data protection and efficiency of accelerating their remote data replication applications using their current IP networks. HyperIP DRO delivers unmatched performance, storage application support and data integrity for WAN-based IP data replication. No other IP solution offers comparable replication application acceleration and bandwidth conservation with the highest end-to-end throughput. ...EMC profile, ...NetEx profile, iSCSI
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - August 15, 2005 - Seagate Technology today announced the availability of its nearline NL35 Series SATA disc drives to the worldwide distribution channel. The NL35 Series SATA disc drives are the first in the industry to include a comprehensive set of management and integration features designed specifically for nearline applications and workloads. The NL35 Series of Nearline Ready drives was created in response to the growing need for cost-effective high-capacity nearline storage in the enterprise to effectively fill the price/performance gap between online and offline storage.
The NL35 Series SATA disc drives surpass ordinary desktop-class SATA drives that claim nearline readiness by actually providing the reliability and integration benefits needed for nearline applications like disc-to-disc backup, archive, and tiered storage. These features include: Workload Management, Error Recovery Control, One-Step Microcode Download, and Write-Same technology. These features work together to perform a range of tasks from monitoring and managing each drive for reliability optimization, to streamlining error recovery, to simplifying multi-drive field upgrades, and more. ...Seagate profile, Disk to disk backup
SAN JOSE, CA - August 15, 2005 - ONStor Inc. and LogLogic today announced a partnership delivering IT departments a powerful and cost-effective way to monitor, retain, and quickly access storage and systems log data in efforts to achieve regulatory compliance. Together the companies will deliver storage compliance solutions comprised of ONStor's enterprise-class NAS Gateway and LogLogic's award-winning log management appliances.
"The LogLogic ST Appliance is the first and only log management solution built specifically to collect 100% of all log data from storage and network appliances, delivering a complete compliance audit trail," said Dominique Levin, vice president of product management and business development at LogLogic. "With as many as 10,000 log data messages generated per second and upwards of 25 terabytes of storage each year needed to house all of the log data required for regulatory compliance, ONStor and LogLogic are able to offer a reliable and secure means of safeguarding this log data while providing the flexibility of utilizing current storage investments or adding options from storage vendors of their choice."
The companies' solution ensures that log data is immediately assessable when needed for audit purposes without the time required to access records on removable tape or optical media. ONStor's NAS Gateway connects LogLogic's log management appliances to multi-vendor storage for long-term archival of log data.
LogLogic and ONStor will host a live webcast entitled "Delivering Compliance through Log Data Management and Data Archives," August 17, 2005 at 11:00 am PDT. The one-hour webcast will feature topics on compliance and privacy issues, compliance statutes specifically referencing log data, storage and security breaches, data integrity and more. ...ONStor profile
Milpitas, Calif. - August 15, 2005 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., today announced the availability of a new e-Learning course, Engenio 2882 with SANtricity 9: Installation & Configuration, which was designed by the company for the benefit of its worldwide partners. Sun Microsystems, an Engenio partner, is making a customised version of the e-Learning class available to its employees and customers. The course is designed to teach partners and end-user customers the proper procedures and techniques for installing, configuring and maintaining an Engenio 2882 array, which Sun resells as the Sun StorEdge 6130 system. Students who take the course will learn through interactive simulations and are taught how to set up a new storage array, starting with the pre-planning process and concluding with suggestions for post-installation maintenance. Course topics include: an overview of storage terminology, installing the hardware and configuring the system software. ...Engenio profile, Storage Training
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