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Storage news - 2005, December weeks 3 - 4

solid state disks
Solid State Disks
Product Category of the Year 2005
Michelangelo found David inside a rock.
Megabyte was looking for a solid state disk.
many years ago - in SSD market history
In December 2005 - Fusion-io was founded.

This fact wasn't featured on this news page at the time. This note was added later.

FIO changed the way that computers were sold.

Within 5 years of the company's founding every leading maker of rackmount servers in the merchant computer market offered a server resident SSD acceleration option - for the first time in SSD market history.

The first wave of these PCIe SSD enhanced server products either used Fusion-io's own SSDs or used competing products which had been chosen specifically to react to the competitive threat of factory fitted SSD acceleration from Fusion-io's original set of leading oem server partners.

The rapid market transformation from "none" to "all" leading sever oems offering SSD acceleration as standard options had been predicted in a 2003 article on on the subject of SSD-CPU equivalence. (Although the identity of the future company which would lead this disruptive change wasn't known at that time - for obvious reasons.)

Looking ahead (from the perspective of 2012) the revolution in how people think about computer architecture isn't done yet .

In 2015 - believes that most enterprise apps servers will be selected by customers primarily based on the intended SSD type and related SSD software platform rather than on the processor type (CPU architecture, clock speed and core count).

That's because - for users seeking to optimize performance and budget spend - the biggest investment in the server (and number of servers) will be determined by the nature of the solid state storage and how well that works in their business with their mix of apps.
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Squeak! - Why are Most Analysts Wrong About Solid State Disks?
read the article - Why are Most Analysts  Wrong About Solid State Disks?
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
Guest Nibble:- Storage Devices Keep Santa Claus' Reindeer, Elves and Toy Records Safe
Keeping track of 6 billion plus people, using 60 million petabytes could melt more of the North Pole than global warming

NORTH POLE - December 15, 2005 - Storage devices have become an integral part of Santa Claus' arsenal of resources for Christmas this year, it was announced by IT Elf Alabaster Snowball, who is also one of the few Elves to have won a spot in the Elf Hall of Fame.

According to Snowball, the storage equipment was donated by leading storage vendors to not only ensure that all the critical data was safe, but to ensure themselves a position on Santa's coveted 'nice' list. According to one sizable storage vendor who has acquired more storage startup companies than Santa has acquired iPODs this year, "We just wanted to make sure that all the nice boys, girls and adults received what they deserve this Christmas."

The storage vendor executive said that the systems supplied were highly scalable, which allowed Santa to significantly add to the nice list from the naughty one, "Not that we expect Santa to move us over."

According to email Elf Pepper Minstix, "I am aware of the benefits that the Internet has brought, but with children starting to use computers for email in the womb, our email server maxed out last February. And, the spammers that offer to write letters to Santa hasn't helped one bit!"

And, while some cynical types think the majority of new technologies is over-hyped, Santa's Workshop is a perfect example of: "state of the art," "best of breed," "next-generation," "leading edge," etc. equipment. With all systems in place, network performance monitoring software will measure the distance and track the speed of the reindeers, while WAN optimizing software ensures there are no bandwidth issues for the week preceding Christmas.

Toys will be inventoried and delivery information stored on an iSCSI SAN, with backup to disk. NAS devices are being employed with virtualization and all information is being replicated from Santa's Village at the North Pole, to Elf regional offices throughout the world. Because of the global nature of Santa's operations, distributed backup will be an integral part of the total storage equation, with North Pole activities being automatically backed up to tape and disk.

And, just in case a hacker wants to check out any of the stored information, data encryption will also be employed. According to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, "It's hard enough to be flying all over the world, listening to the Elves moan and groan about how tired they are, and battling the weather, all we'd need is to have our data lost. All of us here who work for nothing and do nothing all year except right before Christmas are grateful for the foresight and forethought of Alabaster Snowball, an IT manager who is worth his weight in snowflakes."

For further information, contact Alabaster Snowball at Santa's Workshop, the North Pole, any time following Christmas and NOT before. Storage People

Editor's comments:- thanks to Santa's PR agency - JPR Communications for bringing this to my attention.

If I had the gift of a Storage PR Agency of the Year award in my remit, (and I guess I do), it would, without doubt, go this year to JPR who send me more news about more companies than any other single source, and reply swiftly to all my awkward questions.

Thanks too, to the thousands of other contributors who keep me up to date with what's going on.

See also:- PR Agencies which are Proven to be Effective at High Tech
JPR is the Storage PR Agency of the Year 2005
Pioneer Launches Blu-ray Disc Drives

LONG BEACH, Calif - December 27, 2005 - Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced one of the industry's first Blu-ray Disc computer drives.

The new Pioneer BDR-101A will utilize shorter wavelength blue lasers in order to store up to 25GB of information on a single layer Blu-ray Disc. It is expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2006. The half height BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc/DVD writer will read BD-ROM/R/RE, DVD-ROM/DVD-R/DVD-RW and +R/+RW discs. It offers the following write speeds: BD-R/RE (2X) DVD-R/+R (8X), DVD-RW/+RW (4X)

Pioneer has been an innovator of optical disc technology since it brought LaserDisc, the precursor to DVD, to market in 1980. Pioneer went on to introduce the first DVD writer for computer use in 1997, the first DVD recorder as a VCR replacement in 1999, the first DVD/CD writer for home computer users in 2001 and surpassed 5 million sales of DVD writers in 2003. ...Pioneer profile, DVD, Blu-ray and Holographic drives

New Article - Animals in Storage

Editor - December 23, 2005 - STORAGEsearch today published a new article called:- "Animals in Storage"

You know about the mice. But you may be surprised to see how popular the concept of using animal metaphors in the naming of storage products, brands and companies - has been. the article

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year and look forward to joining you again after the holidays.

Ridata Launches "Unbalanced" SD Memory Card

Editor - December 22, 2005 - Advanced Media, Inc is adding an "unbalanced" Secure Digital memory card to its RIDATA line.

That's an unflattering and peculiar way to name a new product, and it takes a few readings of the press release to understand what it means.

The point of this "unbalanced" flash product is that the memory capacity is split into two parts which have different access rights. The secure area cannot be accidentally overwritten, and holds value added data in encrypted form. The other part of the card operates like a conventional high speed flash device.

Advanced Media says that proposed markets and applications include:- GPS makers and publishing companies that sell e-books with encrypted chapters. The product will protect competitors or software pirates from stealing proprietary data, while still making it accessible in a low cost convenient format in consumer devices. The RIDATA Unbalanced SD memory card is available in capacities of 384MB (256MB free space and 128M secure storage), 768MB (512M free space and 128MB secure space), and 1.5GB (1,024M free space with a 512M encrypted area). ...Advanced Media profile, Flash, Storage Security, SSD symmetries

Seagate acquires Maxtor

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - December 21, 2005 - Seagate and Maxtor today jointly announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Seagate will acquire Maxtor in an all stock transaction.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Maxtor shareholders will receive .37 shares of Seagate common stock for each Maxtor share they own. When the transaction is completed Seagate shareholders will own approximately 84% and Maxtor shareholders will own approximately 16% of the combined company. The value of the transaction is approximately $1.9 billion. ...Maxtor profile, ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives, Acquired storage companies

Editor's comments:-
I'm not surprised. In my article published in May looking at the next 1,000 days in storage, I gave the reasons why I dropped Maxtor from my top storage companies of the future list. And from my own limited communication with them I just got the impression that they were clueless about the important things happening which would affect their market.

Google's Mouse Unrelated to Byte Clan

Editor:- December 21, 2005 - I was intrigued to see what looked like a mouse appearing on Google's home page today.

So I'll just take this opportunity to allay any rumors that has acquired Google (or the other way round).
Google changes their home page from time to time and they use IP tracking to present different content to different readers based on where they think they are. So just in case it's not visible when you look - here's a little sample of what it looked like. news image mouse on Google
You can see clearly from the shape of the ears, that Google's mouse is not a member of the Byte clan.

That reminds me, I will try and publish our long researched article on animal metaphors in the storage market before Christmas. You'd be surprised just how many there have been.

the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide

Editor:- December 20, 2005 - STORAGEsearch today published the 3rd annual edition of - "the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide".

The guide lists SSD products by interface and form factor and summarizes developments in the market in the past year. This is typically one of the top 3 articles read by's readers in the whole year. Even the old editions are quite popular. the article, Solid state disks

Primera Releases SDK for DVD Burning & Printing

Plymouth, MN - December 19, 2005 - Primera Technology, Inc. today announced its PTDevSuite Software Developers Kit.

PTDevSuite provides a comprehensive API for Windows XP/2000. It allows software developers to quickly and easily integrate automated CD-R and DVD R burning and printing (using Primera's Disc Publishers) into their own software programs. PTBurn runs on Windows 2000/XP but the client can be from any Windows, Mac or Linux computer that can access the Windows shared folder over the network. PTDevSuite SDK is available at no charge to software developers and integrators. ...Primera profile, CD & DVD duplicators, Storage Testers

Exanet Granted Storage Software Patents

NEW YORK, NY - December 19, 2005 - Exanet announced today it has been granted two new patents for its award winning, standards based storage technology by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Exanet has been granted U.S. patent numbers 6,934,880 and 6,922,757. Patent number 6,934,880 refers to a distinctive failover system and method, while patent number 6,922,757 is granted for an innovative distributed shared file system. These technologies are employed in all of Exanet's storage software solutions, and result in the reliability and high data availability for which the ExaStore product is known. ...Exanet profile, Storage Software

EVault Announces 'Data Turkey' Award Winners

Emeryville, Calif. - December 16, 2005 - EVault, Inc. today announced winners of its first annual Data Turkey Awards to honor business professionals who have lived through a data loss, or whose actions and quick thinking have helped to avert a data disaster.

The awards were open to any small business owner, IT or business professional.

The winner in the Most Disastrous Data Loss category was Brian Scott, president of Landmark Commercial – a commercial real estate firm based in Arlington, Texas. Scott's entry proves how the path to data disaster is often paved with the best of intentions. When his server at work melted down, Scott went back to his apartment to retrieve a backup copy of critical business data he had stored on a portable hard drive.

"As I was leaving my apartment, the hard drive slipped out of my hand and tumbled down a flight of concrete stairs! I ran down the stairs, but after one look at the case, I knew that years of data and lots of valuable work were lost," said Scott. "From that point on, every day I worry about backing up business data."

The winner in the Most Spectacular Data Recovery category was Dunbar St. Paul, a 20-year veteran computer consultant and president of New Orleans, La.-based Computer Solutions. St. Paul's entry detailed his travails during Hurricane Katrina, when his entire client base (30 companies in all) temporarily lost access to their data. St. Paul says recovery efforts for one client consisted of driving across the shoulder of the road, jumping over a fence and trudging through mud to reach the building – and then donning boots to wade through 18 inches of muddy, toxic water to retrieve his client's servers. St. Paul worked to get businesses back up and running in hot sites from Memphis, Tenn. to Houston, Texas.

"All-in-all it has made everyone here aware of the need for secure, off-site, reliable and efficient data backup and storage," said St. Paul. "We had a backup to tape - but here's the kicker - the tapes were inaccessible. Nobody expects there to be a disaster, but the threat is fairly real - even though we hadn't had a hurricane in 40 years."

Winners each received a $500 gift check and a free one-year subscription to EVault's Protect online data protection solution for up to 10GB of data. EVault also will make a $500 contribution on behalf of each winner to a local charity or food bank of their choice. ...EVault profile, Data Recovery, Backup Software, article:- Surviving Non-traditional Data Disasters - by Sunbelt System Software

Silicon Image Appoints William J. Raduchel to Board

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - December 16, 2005 - Silicon Image, Inc. today announced the appointment of William J. Raduchel, 59, to the company's board of directors.

With more than 30 years experience in the information technology and consumer industries, Raduchel has held various senior executive positions at AOL Time Warner, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., Xerox Corporation, and McGraw-Hill, Inc. Raduchel will serve as a key strategic advisor to Silicon Image based on his vast business, financial, commercial, consumer, media and technical experience. He is currently the chairman, CEO and a director of Ruckus Network, a digital entertainment network for students at colleges and universities featuring national, local and campus-based programming over the university networks. ...Silicon Image profile, Serial ATA (SATA), Storage People

2005 Storage Market Exceeds $150 billion

Editor:- December 16, 2005 - this is the time of year when I add up all the numbers, from reports published on this page, throughout the year to estimate the size of the storage market in 2005. I haven't completed extracting all the data yet. I'm collecting the numbers and trends together temporarily here.

My commentary on the "big thing" in 2005 is already on the storage history page. I'll collect up all the various strands into a 2005 review - just in the nick of time as usual - before the end of the year.

One thing's for sure. The storage market in 2005 is much bigger than last year. Here are just some of the numbers:- It looks like the storage market in 2005 will easily be north of $150 billion by the time I've added the others in. Stay tuned to this page.

ComplianceVault Archives Email for SMBs

OAKDALE, MN - December 15, 2005 - Imation Corp today announced it will launch with its partners, Intradyn and Exabyte, the industry's first VXA and LTO-enabled ComplianceVault email archiving appliance.

This is a completely integrated hardware and software solution that archives businesses' email messages on a continuous basis, from a virtually unlimited number of mailboxes. When the Imation ComplianceVault solution is connected to an organization's network, all email messages are immediately and continuously saved and indexed to disk, in addition to being archived and indexed to tape at intervals specific to the needs of the company. The appliance is a complete, all-in-one, bundled solution with a single upfront cost, unlike competitive offerings that require customers to pay ongoing per-user license fees and software maintenance costs. The Imation ComplianceVault archiving appliance is available immediately at prices starting at under $10,000. ...Exabyte profile, ...Imation profile

Swissbit Launches DDR2

Editor:- December 15, 2005 - Swissbit today announced immediate availability of its DDR2R memory modules.

This is aimed at users who like to have different colored components inside their systems.
Instead of the usual green PCB they now come in bright red. So I added the extra "R" suffix because I think that DDR2R (DDR2 "Red") is easier to read than with the prefix - RDDR2 ("Red" DDR2). news image Swissbit DDR2R
That brings to mind prequels and sequels, and if we're not careful we're going to end up getting confused with that charming little robot in Star Wars.

The new color applies to all Swissbit's DDR2 modules with capacities ranging from 256MB to 2GB and speeds ranging from 400MHz to 667MHz. Actually I'm red/green color blind - so I just have to take it on trust that I used the right picture. ...Swissbit profile, Storage News in Pictures

Sun Veteran Named Arkeia's New CEO

CARLSBAD, Calif. - December 15, 2005 - Arkeia Corporation has announced the appointment of storage industry veteran Alain Péchon as its new CEO.

Péchon brings more than 20 years of leadership in IT companies to Arkeia, including previous management positions with Sun Microsystems, Amdahl and EMC.

During his 15 years at Sun Microsystems, Péchon established and grew sales organisations to more than 800 people and $500M in revenue. Most recently, Péchon was CEO of Calendra Software and directed its merger with BMC in 2005. He replaces former Arkeia CEO Phil Roussel.
news image Arkeia's new CEO
"Arkeia has a proven product that has been in the market for more than seven years, a large and dedicated base of customers, and participates in a fast growing market segment: data protection," said Péchon. "Customers such as Porsche, Disney and NASA already rely on Arkeia products and I am thrilled to lead Arkeia through its next phase of growth."

"Alain has an outstanding track record of building world-class organisations," said Arnaud Filhol, general partner at SPEF Ventures. "As Arkeia matures into a leader in the data protection software market, Alain is the ideal person to direct and lead the company." ...Arkeia profile, Backup Software, Storage People

Avamar Names VERITAS Veteran to Board

Irvine, California - December 15, 2005 - Avamar Technologies, Inc. today announced that Joe Julian has been appointed to its board of directors.

Mr. Julian most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Americas Sales and Global Accounts for VERITAS Software which was was acquired by Symantec in July of 2005. As Senior Vice President of Americas Sales and Global Accounts for VERITAS, Mr. Julian's organization managed the sales and support renewal operations for all products in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Mr. Julian joined VERITAS Software in 1997 through the merger with OpenVision Technologies.

"Joe Julian is a great addition to the Avamar team. I believe his experience and background will help him make an immediate impact," said Ed Walsh, CEO of Avamar. "We are confident he will be a valued contributor to our Board of Directors and a steadfast steward of our shareholders' interests." ...Avamar Technologies profile

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