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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - December 14, 2005 - Seagate Technology today announced that its Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA hard drive has won the "Best Design of the Year" award from Electronic Design Magazine. The magazine praised the Barracuda 7200.9 family - for pushing the limits of longitudinal magnetic recording to 160GB per platter and the half-terabyte drive in particular for a 16MB cache, fast 3Gbit/second SATA throughput and other performance-enhancing capabilities that make it perfect for gamers and power users. Electronic Design also applauded Barracuda 7200.9 for "an ultra-quiet 7200-rpm motor and a rugged g-force shock-protection system to keep data safe." ...Seagate profile, ...Electronic Design Magazine

STAMFORD, Conn. - December 14, 2005 - Increased corporate spending for compliance and corporate governance is having a significant impact on IT budgets, according to Gartner, Inc. According to preliminary results from Gartner's 2005 Financial Compliance Management Survey, IT financial compliance management spending will increase to between 10% and 15% of IT budgets in 2006, up from less than 5% in 2004. Gartner said through 2007, companies that choose one-off solutions for each regulatory challenge they face will spend 10 times more on IT solutions for compliance than their counterparts that take a sustainable programmatic approach. ...Gartner profile, article:- Privacy and Security Regulations, and How they Impact Storage Systems, article:- the Impact of Compliance and Risk Management on Archival Storage Strategies

LONGMONT, Colo. - December 14, 2005 - Cornice Inc. today announced it has secured $97 million in venture debt and equity financing. The equity round includes the Company's major previous investors - VantagePoint Venture Partners, BlueRun Ventures and BA Venture Partners - and brings on a new lead investor, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Simultaneously with the close of the equity financing, the Company entered into a new lending relationship with Hercules Technology Growth Capital; the firm supplemented Cornice with structured mezzanine debt capital.

The new financing will be used to support the development and manufacturing initiatives related to the Company's micro hard drive technology, as well as expand the marketing and corporate sales groups. Cornice offers embedded 1 inch storage devices for pocket-able consumer electronic products such as mobile phones, digital music players, and personal storage devices. Cornice's storage products have been enabling small, ultra-thin, high capacity, rugged consumer electronics products for more than two years for the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers. ...Cornice profile, Venture funds in Storage

Round Rock, Texas - December 13, 2005 - Dell announced today it is reselling Symantec's backup protection software. The new Symantec Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server Suite with Symantec Backup Exec 10d and Storage Exec is available today from Dell for $699. These storage software products provide quick, reliable disk-based backup and enable self-service user data recovery. For additional reliability, customers can create a tiered storage architecture using this software with Dell PowerVault tape libraries behind the disk backup. ...Dell Computer profile, Backup Software, Disk to disk backup

PALO ALTO, Calif.- December 13, 2005 - HP today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire GmbH, which operates PIXACO - a leading online photo services and products site in Europe. The acquisition of the privately-held company will enable HP to rapidly extend the reach of its online photo services throughout Europe, building on the purchase of Snapfish in March. HP plans to extend many of its Snapfish capabilities to the PIXACO service - bringing European customers greater choices for printing, sharing and storing their photos.

"This acquisition gives HP the ability to quickly become Europe's largest online photo service, just as it is in the U.S. today," said Ben Nelson, vp and general manager, Snapfish, Digital Photography and Entertainment, HP. "Together, Snapfish and PIXACO have the experience and scope to provide a world-class online photo experience that will uniquely meet the needs of consumers in Europe."

Today, Snapfish has 20 million registered users in the US and UK and is adding up to 1 million new users every month. The acquisition also is expected to foster the growth of Internet-to-retail digital photography services in Europe. ...HP profile, acquired storage companies, online storage

Editor's comments:- The printer market and digital photo processing business are core to HP's business. Earlier this year, in July, HP tied up another strand of its online storage business when it announced plans to resell Spare Backup's online backup service. Here's a list of the storage companies which HP has acquired in the last 5 years:- AppIQ, Compaq, Persist Technologies, Snapfish and StorageApps.

El Segundo, Calif. - December 13, 2005 - Following plunging prices and mounting losses among suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2005, conditions in the DRAM market are likely to take a slight turn for the better in the first quarter of 2006, iSuppli Corp. predicts. During the fourth quarter, prices for 256Mbit and 512Mbit DDR SDRAM have decreased by about 20%. iSuppli is cautiously predicting that prices will remain on the decline through the end of 2005, before a slight rebound occurs in the first quarter of 2006. Prices will strengthen due to slowing bit production growth among DRAM suppliers. DRAM bit production is expected to grow by only about 52% in 2006, compared to 62% in 2005, iSuppli predicts.

Many DRAM suppliers already are selling parts at prices below their manufacturing costs, and thus are holding the line on further production hikes and price cuts. Furthermore, leading DRAM suppliers Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor have become more aggressive in their efforts to convert their fabs from making DRAM to producing a more lucrative product: NAND-type flash memory.

While prices are expected to strengthen in the first quarter, the overall outlook for 2006 appears less positive. iSuppli now predicts the DRAM market will suffer a slight downturn compared to 2005. Global DRAM sales are expected to decline to $23.97 billion in 2006, down 5.1% from $25.25 billion in 2005. However, DRAM market revenue is expected to rebound in 2007, rising 12% to reach $26.8 billion. ...iSuppli profile, RAM, Market research

TOKYO - December 13, 2005 - Hitachi, Ltd. and Renesas Technology Corp. today announced the successful prototyping of low-power phase-change memory cells. The nonvolatile semiconductor storage elements can be programmed at a power supply voltage of 1.5V and a low current of 100µA - about 50% less power consumption per cell than previous technology reported by Hitachi and Renesas. Moreover, the new phase-change cells compare favorably with existing nonvolatile memory in terms of high-speed writing and reading capabilities, high programming endurance, small size, and high-level integration. Thus, they provide a promising solution for on-chip program and data storage in next-generation microcontrollers for embedded applications such as information devices, home electric appliances, and in-vehicle equipment and control systems. ...Renesas profile, Flash, storage chips

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - December 13, 2005 - Seagate Technology today announced its support of the Storage Performance Council's new SPC-2 benchmark specification, designed to measure and report sequential I/O (bandwidth) performance. In addition, each SPC-2 benchmark result will disclose the total storage capacity configured as well as the total three-year cost of ownership including 24-hour/7 day, 4-hour response support. The results will help IT managers and integrators estimate a system's Total Cost of Ownership, including the "performance" cost per megabyte, over time in real-world applications.

The SPC-1 benchmark is the current industry-standard for measuring storage products in predominately random I/O environments. It is anticipated that SPC-2 will become the industry-standard for measuring storage products in sequential I/O environments that encompass three distinct types of applications: Large File Processing (CAD/CAM, scientific/seismic applications, etc.), Large Database Query (data warehousing, data mining, etc.), and Video on Demand. In summary, the SPC-audited results are intended to demonstrate and validate storage products' inband performance, as well as TCO over a three-year period. ...Seagate profile, Industry trade associations

Editor's comments:- throughout computer history users have sought for a single figure of "goodness" to help them compare the performance between different vendors' products. About 10 years ago the decades old computer MIPS and MFLOPs got replaced by SPECint and SPECfp. Marketers always agitate to establish new benchmarks which will show their products in a better light. All hard disk based storage systems have pathetic benchmarks on random I/O when compared with solid state disks. So it looks like the SPC-1 is on its way out. The SPC-1 benchmark made its first appearance on these news pages in December 2001

Stockholm, Sweden - December 12, 2005 - Pointsec Mobile Technologies today announced the newest release of its flagship product, Pointsec for PC version 6.0. Pointsec's encryption software ensures that the entire disk of a notebook or desktop PC is encrypted in real time and can only be accessed by an authenticated user. Full disk encryption protects the operating system and sensitive system files, ensuring that all security vulnerabilities are closed. Its exclusive "on-the-fly" encryption method ensures that encryption is performed according to an organization's security policies without requiring action on the part of end users and results in virtually no performance difference for the device.

"We are seeing an increased global demand for a combination of strong authentication and full disk encryption, as many organizations are quickly realizing the threat to their confidential information posed by lost, stolen or discarded PCs and laptops," said Peter Larsson, CEO of Pointsec. "The innovation of our Pointsec for PC offering to standardize support for two-factor authentication in an easy-to-manage and flexible solution helps our customers around the world protect themselves against data leakage through endpoint equipment loss, and meet the growing regulatory demands surrounding the protection of confidential information." ...Pointsec profile, Security, Removable Storage

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - December 12, 2005 - According to IDC the worldwide storage software market grew 10.0% year over year to $2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2005, marking 8 consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year growth. In the third quarter of 2005, the storage replication market posted the largest gain at 16.8% year-over-year growth, while the back-up and archive market enjoyed a 12.7% growth rate. The storage resource management and the back-up and archive markets continued to represent the largest storage software markets, each representing a third of the market. The file systems software market once again enjoyed strong results with 15.6% year-over-year growth in the third quarter.

"We see strong demand in the backup and archive and replication segments driven by fundamental user requirements to protect, recover, and retrieve information, not only in the data center but also in remote and branch office locations," said Laura DuBois, research director for Storage Software at IDC. "This demand is in response to drivers such as application availability and business continuance, disaster recovery, and regulatory compliance."

EMC led the overall market this quarter with 29.1% revenue share in the third quarter of 2005. Symantec, with its recent of acquisition of VERITAS, took the second position with 20.0% revenue share, while IBM finished in the third position with 9.4% revenue share, posting a strong result of 12.5% year-over-year growth. Network Appliance and HP once again rounded out the top 5 in a statistical tie with 6.9% and 6.7% revenue share, respectively. Among the top 5 vendors, Network Appliance posted the strongest year-over-year growth in the third quarter at 42.5%. ...IDC profile, Backup Software, Market research, Data recovery

Editor:- December 12, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Jayson Oertel Marketing Director Intelligent Computer Solutions, it's called - "Sanitization Methods for Cleaning Up Hard Disk Drives" Removing the data on old unwanted disk drives has become a concern for all users. Earlier this year Pointsec found that they were able to read 7 out of 10 hard-drives bought over the Internet at auctions such as eBay, for less than the cost of a McDonald's meal, all of which had "supposedly" been "wiped-clean" or "re-formatted". This article reviews the various methods availa ble to sanitize hard disks along with the advantages and disadvantages in each the article, ...Intelligent Computer Solutions profile, disk sanitizers

Seoul, Korea, - December 8, 2005 - Samsung has increased the density of its Fully Buffered Dual In-line Memory Module product line-up to include 8GBs by adopting 80 nanometer 2Gb DDR for high-speed servers. The FB-DIMM architecture overcomes the previous limitation of two-to-four module capacity per channel. A FB-DIMM system's DRAM module content can be increased to as many as 8 modules without reducing the speed. As a result, the server market demand for high density DRAMs is expected to increase significantly. Samsung's new 8GB FB-DIMM is ideal for space-constrained applications in blade and 1U servers.

The FB-DIMM standard has been adopted by JEDEC, providing designers a choice between R-DIMM and FB-DIMM for next generation DRAM and system design. According to Gartner Dataquest the DRAM market could be worth $26.4 billion in 2006. ...Samsung profile, RAM

Other news on this page

Seagate Disk Wins Award from Electronic Design

Spending on Compliance May Double - says Gartner

Cornice Secures $97 million for Micro Hard Drives

Dell Sells Symantec's Disk Backup

HP Acquires European Online Photo Service

DRAM Market Decline Fuels Switch to Flash

New Nonvolatile Memory for Microcontrollers

Seagate Supports New Storage Benchmark Standard

Pointsec Improves Disk Data Security

Storage Software Market Grew 10% - says IDC

Cleaning Up Hard Disk Drives - New Article

Samsung's New 8G Buffered DRAM Aims at Blades

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This article looks at the state of the Infiniband market at the end of 2005.

After 5 years stirring in the emerging market cauldron the Infiniband market hasn't turned out to be the popular flavor which was originally anticipated. But it's finally starting to get served up in some important markets.

An Infiniband port now costs half as much as a fibre-channel port and delivers many times the performance rate. According to the author, Infiniband is now ready to take its place on the mainstream technology menu. the article , ...Engenio profile, InfiniBand
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Most analysts and editors of other computer publications don't really understand the solid state disk market. They show their ignorance and naivete by prefacing every discussion of SSDs with a superficial analysis which compares the cost per byte of storage between flash and hard disk drives. That's the wrong answer to the wrong question. And it's far removed from why the SSD market is racing to become a multi billion dollar market seemingly in blithe ignorance of the cost per byte proposition.

This article tells you what's important to users and the main applications in which SSDs are already being used and new applications where they will be used in the next 3 years. the article, Solid State Disks
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Virtual Tape: Can You Afford to Ignore It? - article by MaXXan Systems

Network connected disk to disk backup systems for the enterprise have come a long way since the first pioneering products started to appear in the pages of in the late 1990s.

Some of the growing sophistication in the market can be seen by the way that the marketing terminology has morphed from the early D2d (let's kill tape backup), via D2D2T (let's be friends with tape / peaceful coexistence) to the current VTL (Virtual Tape Library - let's just see if they notice that it's more reliable and works faster - and don't tell them that there isn't a tape in the box) type of approaches.

But if you think that speed, reliability and cost are the only things you need to know about the "virtual" versus "real" tape library argument - take a look at this comprehensive article from MaXXan Systems which shows there are a lot more benefits than that. the article, ...MaXXan profile, Disk to disk backup
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Increasing Flash Solid State Disk Reliability - article by SiliconSystems

Solid state disks, based on flash technology, have greatly improved in performance in recent years and now compete head to head with RAM based accelerator systems. Flash also has significant advatanges in servers compared to RAM SSDs due to low power consumption.

But if you think that all solid state disks which use flash are equally reliable and enduring then think again.

That's a bit like saying that a Mercedes 300SL sports coupe is as tough as a Tiger tank because both were made in Germany and both are built out of metal. But as Oddball (Donald Sutherland) says in the movie Kelly's Heroes "I ain't messing with no Tigers."

This article by SiliconSystems, shows how their patented architecture cleverly manages the wear out mechanisms inherent in all flash media to deliver a disk lifetime that is about 4 times greater than of other enterprise flash products and upto 100 times greater than intrinsic flash memory. the article, ...SiliconSystems profile, Solid state disks
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