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Durham, New Hampshire - January 14, 2005 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. joined more than 30 vendors at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory 4 Gbps Fibre Channel "plugfest." Engenio's native 4 Gbps disk array technology was the industry's first to be tested for compliance with the latest FCIA 4 Gbps protocol. Other plugfest participants included manufacturers of host adapters, switches, loop switches, Fibre Channel components, routers/bridges, drive decoders, disk drives, disk array controllers and routers. The plugfest was organized to ensure that 4 Gbps technology from different manufacturers interoperates and complies with the industry-standard 4 Gbps protocol. Special considerations were given to compatibility testing with current 2Gbps and legacy 1Gbps devices to ensure full and continuous backward compatibility.

High performance computing customers including those in the oil and gas exploration, entertainment and government research industries are expected to be early adopters of 4 Gbps technology. Analysts predict that the new technology will be priced competitively when compared with today's existing 2 Gbps technology. With 4 Gbps technology, users can reduce the time to load a single threaded 4.5 TB data set by almost 40% compared with today's 2 Gbps speeds. ...Engenio profile, RAID systems

Bellevue, WA - January 13, 2005 - Bocada, Inc. today announced record results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2004. In addition to tripling revenue and exceeding customer satisfaction objectives, Bocada closed $9.5 million in its third round of funding led by Partech International.

"While I am thrilled with our revenue growth in 2004 and our increased market lead," said Mark Silverman, CEO of Bocada, "it is the Bocada team's ability to continually exceed customer expectations that drove our results in 2004 and will do so again in 2005." ...Bocada profile

Princeton, NJ - January 13, 2005 - Dataram Corporation today announced that it has successfully completed validation of a 4GB upgrade for Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire V210 server. The upgrade, DRS240/4096, doubles the current maximum memory capacity from 8GB to 16GB and is not currently offered from Sun. Dataram also offers 1GB and 2GB memory upgrades for the V210 and provides customers with substantial savings of up to 50% when compared to the cost of Sun branded memory. Dataram is licensed by Sun Microsystems to incorporate Sun's patented technology. All Dataram memory products for Sun systems are guaranteed to be 100% compatible and are backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support. The Sun Fire V210 is a 1U rack-optimized entry-level server powered by up to two 1GHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors. ...Dataram profile, Sun Compatible Memory

KFAR SABA, Israel - January 13, 2005 - M-Systems announced today that following a strong holiday season it expects to exceed its previous guidance for the fourth quarter, with revenues to exceed $110 million and earnings per share to exceed $0.20. The company will release its 2004 fourth quarter financial results on Monday, January 31, 2005, during pre-market hours. ...M-Systems profile, Flash Memory, Solid state disks

Editor's comments:- in 2004 M-Systems was the world's fastest growing storage company.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - January 13, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results today for its fiscal second quarter, which ended December 26, 2004. Revenues for the second quarter were $2.843 billion, a decrease of 1.6% as compared with $2.888 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2004. Net profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 was $19 million as compared with a net loss of $125 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2004.

"The second quarter delivered many positives, including x64 and x86 server unit volume growth, positive cash flow from operations, and stunning market reviews of Solaris 10 OS. It feels good to ring up a modest GAAP profit," said Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. ...Sun profile

Editor's comments:- I expected that Sun would report a 3rd consecutive quarter of year on year revenue growth, so the drop of 1.6% is a little disappointing. Offset against this however Sun has stemmed its losses. That means its pricing and business model are back in balance and sustainable for the first time in 4 years. I still expect to see revenue growth in the next quarter - partly fueled by server sales and partly due to better storage sales - because Sun has signed oem agreements with a record number of storage companies in the last year to resell their products. And while Sun's Linux server business is still small in absolute revenue terms, Sun is a credible reseller of storage to users of other Linux platforms.

See also:- article:- Sun, SPARC and Solaris Highlights and Lowlights in 2004

REDMOND, Wash. - January 12, 2005 - ADIC today announced the general availability of its Pathlight VX disk backup which the company claims is half the cost of competitive products. Pathlight VX 2.0 combines the capacity and characteristics of disk and tape in a single, unified system, using advanced policy-based data management technology to provide total system capacities up to 3,000 terabytes. The combined system fits into existing backup environments, presenting itself to applications as a virtual tape library that transparently includes disk elements for high performance and RAID fault tolerance and tape elements for capacity, economy, and disaster recovery.

With Pathlight VX 2.0, IT managers can back up and restore critical data twice as fast as with conventional backup systems, support thousands of terabytes of data with a single system, and balance their data recovery service-level objectives against overall system costs. The policy-based management in Pathlight VX 2.0 offers the industry's first automated life cycle management for backup data, including the ability to create multiple copies on different media types to provide enhanced long-term data protection.

Pathlight VX 2.0 provides throughput up to 2 TB/hour and a combined native capacity of nearly 3 petabytes. Disk storage elements range from 3.8 to 46.8 TB capacity; tape storage is provided by integrating ADIC Scalar(R) and StorageTek L-Series libraries. Single-library configurations can reach 2,823 TB native capacity to 5,599 TB with normal compression. For compliance with long-term data retention and disaster recovery requirements, Pathlight VX 2.0 responds to backup software commands by exporting application-readable media that can be restored in any standard tape drive or library. ADIC, ...Engenio profile, Disk to disk backup, Tape backup

Munich, Germany - January 12, 2005 - Infineon Technologies AG announced, based on preliminary figures available today, that it expects revenues and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2005 to be below market expectations. The company expects revenues of approximately Euro 1.82 billion and EBIT of approximately Euro 211 million which is below market expectations. Revenues of the Memory Products segment are expected to be approximately Euro 766 million (approx $1 billion) EBIT is likely to be approximately Euro 196 million, including the non-recurring license income of approximately Euro 118 million in connection with the settlement with ProMOS. While bit production has slightly increased, shipments have declined due to an anticipated increase in inventory levels. Revenues and EBIT were negatively affected by the sharp decline of the US dollar. ...Infineon profile, RAM

CUPERTINO, California - January 12, 2005 - Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2005 first quarter ended December 25, 2004. Revenue for the quarter was $3.49 billion, up 74% from the year-ago quarter. For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $295 million, or $.70 per diluted share.

Apple shipped 1,046,000 Macintosh units and 4,580,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 26% increase in CPU units and a 525% increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

"We are thrilled to report the highest quarterly revenue and net income in Apple's history," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We've sold over 10 million iPods to date and are kicking off the new year with a slate of innovative new products including iPod shuffle, Mac mini and iLife '05." ...Apple profile, USB storage, Firewire (IEEE 1394) Storage

MILPITAS, CALIF - January 12, 2005 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. today announced that AppIQ and QLogic have been selected as Engenio's 2004 Most Valuable Alliance Partners. Flavio Santoni, Engenio Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Support presented representatives of AppIQ and QLogic with an award in recognition of their on-going alliance partnership. The companies were chosen as Engenio's Most Valuable Alliance Partners based on their product synergy, collaborative strategic initiatives, and industry leading technology that enables Engenio to develop and sell innovative storage systems through its worldwide OEM partners. ...AppIQ profile, ...Engenio profile, ...QLogic profile

Christchurch, UK - January 12 2005 - Bridgeworks announced today that its products will be sold and distributed throughout Europe Middle East and Africa, via ACAL's network of more than 400 integrators and resellers. The agreement is a cornerstone of Bridgeworks' European growth plan. Products covered by the agreement include Bridgeworks' Potomac iSCSI Bridges, Tamar Fibre Channel Bridge, and SCSI Converters. Bridgeworks is Europe's only manufacturer of iSCSI and Fibre Channel bridges, and the Potomac iSCSI bridge is the first iSCSI bridge in ACAL's product portfolio. ...ACAL profile, ...Bridgeworks profile

IRVINE, Calif. - January 11, 2005 - Procom Technology, Inc. announced that TES Corp, a leading Korean Internet service provider, has installed 10 of its high-end NetFORCE 4000 series NAS filers as the storage component of its new Web-disk service Hot Disk. Hot Disk provides each customer with a basic 100GB of on-line virtual disk space, allowing users to securely store and quickly access their computer files, movies and music from any Internet-connected computer.

"Web-disk is a fast-growing market for storage, and NAS is a perfect fit in this environment, where storage appliances connect with many servers running the same program," said Michael Hyun, president of Seoul-based Bitek Technology Inc., a Procom distributor since 1999, which facilitated the TES sales and installation and will provide ongoing service. "TES considered several other storage systems and chose NetFORCE because it is the most cost effective and gives them the high availability and fast performance they need."

The 10 Procom NF4000s provide TES with a combined raw storage capacity of 46TB. Each NAS filer is connected to 10 or more Linux Red Hat 8.x and 9.x servers. ...Procom Technology profile, Web based backup and storage

San Francisco, California - January 11, 2004 - FirmTek, LLC announced today at Macworld Expo their latest Serial ATA host adapters. The SeriTek/1V4 and SeriTek/1VE4 adapters utilize PCI-X interface technology which offer superior performance in Power Mac G5 computers while retaining compatibility in standard PCI slots. Each delivers Serial ATA's 1.5Gbits/sec performance to as many as four drives simultaneously, allowing for storage speeds among the fastest in desktop computing. When today's fastest Serial ATA drives are connected to these high-performance cards, and then striped with OS X's disk utility software, the resulting array can handle live, uncompressed HD video. FirmTek's SeriTek/1V4 Serial ATA host adapter for the Macintosh will ship in late January 2005 for the estimated retail price of $119.95. ...FirmTek profile

Switzerland - January 11, 2004 - Swissbit announces the availability of DDR2 technology for SO-DIMMs to be used for notebook applications. The new high-capacity 200-pin PC2 4300 DDR - SDRAM module is available with a capacity of 256MB and 512MB and provides for a fast and efficient use of Notebooks - even with high data processing needs. From the end of Q1 2005 the new module will also be offered with a capacity of 1GB. The advantages of the DDR2 technology are numerous compared to the conventional DDR1 modules. To name only a few; the voltage of the modules is only 1.8Volts compared to the normal 2.5Volts, which means reduced power consumption for a significantly prolonged battery life. Furthermore the performance is more efficient, due to the higher data throughputs. Frequencies from 533 MHz to 800 MHz increase the speed of the in- and outputs. Also the use of "Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array" instead of "TSOP" in the chip package makes a positive impact on the speed and electrical performance because it shortens the electrical connection between DIE and PCB. Signal quality is improved because of the new ODT technology (On Die Termination). All Swissbit DDR2 modules are developed and built to the JEDEC DDR2 Specifications.. ...Swissbit profile

Munich, Germany - January 11, 2005 - The Infineon Management Board today decided to terminate the Amended and Restated Master Sale and Purchase Agreement with Finisar Corporation dated October 11, 2004. Due to circumstances beyond Infineon's control, specifically delays related to the filing of the Proxy Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, closing could be expected no earlier than end of March 2005. The signing of the first agreement related to the transaction took place on April 29, 2004. In addition, Finisar has informed Infineon, that its Board is likely to withdraw its recommendation to Finisar's shareholders in favor of the transaction.

The significant delay and high uncertainty of closing are expected to result in deterioration of our Fiber Optics business and in potential harm to our customers. Infineon's Management Board has therefore decided today to terminate the agreement with Finisar and will assess its legal options to recover the damages incurred by way of an arbitration proceeding in Germany. In parallel Infineon will begin the necessary restructuring of its Fiber Optics business, while continuing to provide full support to its customers and the Infineon Fiber Optics business. ...Finisar profile, ...Infineon profile

Hoboken, NJ - January 10, 2005 - NSI Software, Inc. today released the latest version of GeoCluster, its software that provides increased data and application protection and availability for Microsoft Cluster Service. GeoCluster 4.4 features major functional enhancements, such as an improved interface and increased scalability, and the product is now Microsoft-certified for reliable performance within the Windows environment. While MSCS provides a high level of application availability, MSCS clusters maintain only a single copy of the data and allow failover only within limited distances. Built on top of MSCS, GeoCluster 4.4 offers added data protection to businesses of any size by allowing MSCS cluster members to have their own independent copy of the data, removing that single-point-of-failure, and also allows cluster members to be separated over much greater distances, providing geographically dispersed clusters. Having cluster members separated by long distances helps to protect the cluster from site and regional failures, ensuring continual access to data and applications even under the most adverse conditions.

"Just like any business, we have a lot of systems that need to be available 24/7/364. Prior to GeoCluster, we had an email failure that cost our office staff significant time and money in lost contacts, appointment information, and email files. We needed to find a solution that could protect and seamlessly recover our critical Exchange environment," said Mark Squire, Systems Administrator at LAgraphico. "We looked at other hardware, SAN-based clustering solutions, however, GeoCluster stole our heart. The installation was simple - once it was running, it worked smoothly, and we didn't need to tinker, tweak or adjust. Most importantly, since implementation, we haven't had any kind of email outage, planned or otherwise. One feature NSI Software should list for GeoCluster is peace of mind." ...NSI profile, Backup Software

Burlington, MA - January 10, 2005 - XOsoft today announced that it has released an enhanced version of its WANSync Server application availability software platform optimized specifically for IBM AIX-based systems. WANSync Server for AIX can easily be implemented in a matter of minutes and is the only real-time data synchronization and replication software solution that enables system administrators to protect the integrity and availability of entire AIX-based corporate information repositories across multiple servers around the world, without interrupting their organizations' operations. WANSync Server ensures seamless availability by synchronizing entire servers and constantly replicating them to either local or remote replicas in real time. Should an AIX server fail for any reason, a WANSync Server replica will take its place to provide the fastest path to recovery. ...XOsoft profile

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - January 10, 2005 - SGI announced today that the Alabama Supercomputer Center (ASC) has acquired five SGI Altix 350 systems totaling 56 processors and 106GB of memory. Installed in September at the ASC in Huntsville, the combined cluster of Altix 350 systems encompasses the power to generate 280 billion calculations per second. With the new SGI technology, the ASA provides more than 100 times the computational capacity of its previous supercomputer for a broad range of demanding scientific applications.

The center also turned to SGI for solutions to manage its dynamic and rapidly growing inventory of scientific data. SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS gives the Altix 350 systems instant and shared access to all data without the overhead of traditional network data access protocols. Using CXFS to share a 4 Terabyte SGI InfiniteStorage TP9300 SAN means ASA researchers never have to wait for data, and administrators have only one data copy to store, manage, back up and restore.

"For our environment, a shared filesystem is a must," said Wayne Whitmore, chief operating officer, ASA. "SGI's storage solutions offered the expandability and speed we required. For instance, we recently had a 1.2 terabyte section of CXFS serving as a scratch disk to throw out temp files as the system was running. That's the kind of I/O we're generating on a daily basis, which makes CXFS and InfiniteStorage such an ideal solution." ...SGI profile

Emeryville, Calif. - January 10, 2005 - EVault, Inc. today announced the appointment of Tony Barbagallo as senior vice president of marketing. In this role, Barbagallo will oversee EVault's strategic marketing and product management in support of the company's global, multi-channel sales teams.

Barbagallo joins EVault with more than 20 years of strategic marketing and selling experience. He most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for Dantz Development where he oversaw the return of the company to profitability and subsequent acquisition by EMC. Prior to that, Barbagallo was group marketing and business development manager at Microsoft, where he led the product marketing and partner alliance programs for the Windows CE operating system and tools. Prior to Microsoft, he served as vice president of marketing at VXtreme, a developer of Internet streaming media technology. Barbagallo has also held a variety of marketing and technical positions with Mentor Graphics, Wind River, Sun Microsystems and General Electric. ...EVault profile

Editor:- January 10, 2005 - a new article, written by Michael McNamara at Adaptec is published today on STORAGEsearch which explains - the Benefits of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) for External Subsystems. This introduction to Serial Attached SCSI gives you an idea of the performance, compatibilities, applications and roadmap for this new directly attached disk connection standard. With throughput capability faster than ultra320 SCSI and also faster than 2Gbps Fibre-channel systems - the new SAS products not only provide an upward migration path for parallel SCSI applications but also open the door to a new class of high performance high reliability enterprise systems. the article, ...Adaptec profile, Serial Attached SCSI

January 10, 2005 - LaCie today announces a boost in capacity of its Ethernet Disk to 1TB. . The unit can be rackmounted or, when used on a desktop can support monitors weighing upto 40 pounds. As storage needs grow, additional space can be Ethernet Disk by daisy-chaining LaCie hard drives via the USB or FireWire port. MSRP for the 1TB LaCie Ethernet Disk 10/100 is $1,599

"Because the need for storage is always increasing, LaCie now offers the new 1 terabyte capacity Ethernet Disk for small to medium sized businesses," says Marie Renouard, LaCie Product Manager. "Without any technical expertise, you can instantly share up to 1TB of storage space with people on your network by plugging the device directly into any Ethernet port on the network-there's no need for an additional computer. Powered by Windows XP Embedded, the LaCie Ethernet Disk is affordable, secure, and compatible with Windows, Mac, Unix and Linux clients to fit the various storage and networking needs of SMBs." ...LaCie profile

SAN FRANCISCO - January 10, 2005 - BakBone Software announced today at MacWorld new storage backup solutions to help users meet the challenges of data protection in Mac OS X environments. Building on BakBone's commitment to support Apple's move into the enterprise, NetVault provides both server and client support for Mac, as well as Application Plugin Modules including Oracle 10g and MySQL. BakBone and Apple engineers have jointly tested and cross-certified Apple's full range of networked storage solutions including Xserve, Xserve RAID and Xsan to provide seamless interoperability and performance for Apple customers. ...BakBone Software profile

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Solid State Disks
Product Category of the Year 2004
Michelangelo found David inside a rock. Megabyte was looking for a solid state disk.

Chewing over 2004 - the Rising Stars of Storage and the Dogs which Failed to Bark

In 2004 - STORAGEsearch estimates worldwide storage market revenue exceeded $70 billion. That's bigger than the worldwide server market - which was about $45 billion but smaller than the PC market which was $250 billion.

If anyone was skeptical about the recovery in the IT market which started in the 3rd quarter of 2003 - the results were clear for everyone to see by the phenomenal growth in the storage market in 2004.

17 of the world's top 1,000 storage companies achieved annual revenue growth rates above 30%. While 3 exceeded 100%.

The fastest growing major segments within the storage market were:-

The Storage Dogs Which Didn't Bark

Some new storage interconnect technologies like iSCSI and Infiniband failed to achieve the market traction which had been optimistically predicted by the venture capitalists which funded their original development. Although growth rates for both these markets were in double digits - the number of user sites remained disappointingly small. Technical compatibility problems were cited as the cause for low iSCSI take up, and STORAGEsearch will be returning to this issue with a market survey in Q1 2005.

The InfiniBand market suffered user neglect for two main reasons. The biggest server companies were hanging on as long as possible to their more profitable proprietary interconnects, and the recession had stymied the threat from potential startup server makers. Another reason was that conventional technologies such as Ethernet and Fibre-channel were getting faster - and in the minds of many users - might make the need for InfiniBand irrelevant.

Compared to the double digit growth in the star segments above, markets which merely achieved single digit revenue growth such as hard disk drives, fibre-channel HBAs and switches and tape backup systems looked like they were flatlining.

In 2004 there was a 75% reduction in the rate of storage companies being acquired, merged or going bust. Only 21 of the top 1,000 storage companies met this fate compared to an average annual 86 companies in the period 2000 to 2003.

Looking ahead to 2005 STORAGEsearch predicts that the solid state disk market will maintain its momentum and grow past $2 billion annual market revenue. Serial Attached SCSI will become the hottest DAS connection technology and will quickly replace parallel SCSI in new high performance systems by the 2nd half of the year. In the storage networking market - 4Gbps Fibre-channel will become the new standard at the high end, while the debate in the Ethernet attached NAS market over the merits of TCP/IP hardware accelerators will be ended by the market accepting that it's a must-have and not just a nice-to-have option.

Stay tuned to our news page to see how this continuing saga unfolds. Or take a look at our storage history pages to see how 2004 compares to the past.

A Happy New Year to You All!

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SATA Raids the Datacenter - article by Engenio

"The debate on duty cycles and MTBF does not mean that SATA hard drives are more prone to crash than other technologies. Engenio's experience appears to suggest that SATA media must first endure an intensive burn-in process. Once accomplished, failure rates are equivalent to those of Fibre Channel and SCSI. This makes it the duty of the storage system manufacturer to ensure a long life for the medium by way of intensive tests and certification." the article, ...Engenio profile, RAID systems, SATA

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Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center - article by LSI Logic and Maxtor

If you think you already know SAS because you know SATA and traditional SCSI then think again. Sometimes disruptive technologies wear an unassuming disguise. In fiction, Clark Kent, Frodo Baggins and Buffy Summers at first seem harmless, but we see them change into Superman, the Ring Bearer and the Slayer.

SAS too comes cloaked in plain garb - with a physical layer which looks a lot like SATA. But like the Incredible Hulk there are muscles rippling under that shirt - and you would be wrong to dismiss SAS so lightly. There's a lot more inside this interface than it says on the box as this informative article reveals. the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI

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the Benefits of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) for External Subsystems - article by Adaptec

This introduction to Serial Attached SCSI gives you an idea of the performance, compatibilities, applications and roadmap for this new directly attached disk connection standard. With throughput capability faster than 2Gbps Fibre-channel systems and faster than ultra320 SCSI - the new SAS products not only provide an upward migration path for parallel SCSI applications but also open the door to a new class of high performance high reliability enterprise systems. the article, ...Adaptec profile, Serial Attached SCSI
How Do Solid State Disks Make Economic Sense?
When Some 3.5" Drives Cost $20,000 or More?
If your application is speeding up an enterprise server with thousands or tens of thousands of networked users then it's a mistake to think of the SSD as replacing storage. In fact the SSD is replacing servers and software licenses. SSDs can be used either to speed up the response time of existing applications as an alternative to buying more servers, or to reduce the number of servers and software licenses deployed. The economics can be compellingly in favor of an SSD deployment and are discussed in our case study articles.

Another server use for SSDs is to prolong the life of server architectures which have been end-of-lifed such as HP's Alpha. The SSD can work like a processor speedup and buy the owners more years of useful life while they evaluate viable alternatives. See the article:- Out of the Alpha Frying Pan into the Sun Fire?

...from - the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
Solid State Disks are Product Category of the Year 2004

Editor:- December 20, 2004 - It was revealed today that Solid State Disks are the Product Category of the Year 2004 on based on reader pageviews.

The Solid State Disk page was the #1 category (out of more than 70 vertical storage subjects) viewed by readers for 44 of the first 50 weeks in 2004. In previous years - the product category of the year in 2002 and 2003 (2 years running) was SATA.

SSDs which have been around for over 20 years - have the potential to become a disruptive technology in the server market as they can replace faster processors and even whole servers by providing application speedups of x2 to x3 for many common business and scientific applications. The high entry level price of SSDs means that this has mainly been happening at the enterprise server level - but as the technology becomes more familiar outsideof its government market roots this will turn into a $10 Billion Market by 2007.

SSDs are a fast growing market segment. In fact 3 of the world's fastest growing storage companies in 2004:- (M-Systems, SimpleTech and Texas Memory Systems) make solid state disks.

STORAGEsearch has been analysing the factors which will help to disinhibit growth in the SSD market by surveying SSD users during the 4th quarter of 2004 and we'll be revealing important primary data about buyer needs and experiences in a new article in January. One preview from our survey results? Users like the technology. When asked the question:- "If you already use SSDs - how do you rate your experience of the benefits delivered compared to expectations?" - 65% said it greatly exceeded expectations (and they would advocate others to try). Solid State Disks

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