2005, December week 2, news archive
- Venture funds in storage
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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
...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 Bilderservice.de 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 case....read 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
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