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Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 14, 2005 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced that its project with Arup, the world-renowned engineering company, won an award in the category of "Most Effective Use of IT in Construction" at the 2005 Information Age (UK) Effective IT Awards. Martin Cooper, Associate Director, Arup said, "We are proud that our work with NetApp has been recognized in this year's 'Most Effective Use of IT in Construction' category. With Arup being a time-critical worldwide company sharing information on projects in real time around the globe, one of the benefits the NetApp infrastructure has delivered is helping ensure that after we migrated 2,200+ Microsoft Exchange users to a NetApp storage platform, reliable e-mail infrastructure was put in place for the global project teams." ...Network Appliance profile


Austin, TX. - July 14, 2005 - Tabernus' Disk Purge Enterprise product now includes support for the Linux operating system. This latest addition enables Tabernus to provide users with an even wider degree of choice and flexibility in using the software on the operating system of their choice. ...Tabernus profile, Disk Sanitizers, Linux Portals


San Jose, Calif. - July 13, 2005 - Alacritech Inc., Microsoft Corp and Broadcom Corp today announced that they have entered into agreements that settle all outstanding disputes between Alacritech and Microsoft as well as provide Microsoft and Broadcom access to Alacritech's patent portfolio relating to scalable networking. Alacritech's patent cross-licenses with Microsoft and Broadcom provide Alacritech with access to certain Microsoft and Broadcom networking patents. Alacritech's agreements with Microsoft and Broadcom include fees in undisclosed amounts paid to Alacritech.

"Alacritech's SLIC Technology architecture is a key component of next-generation scalable networking, " said Larry Boucher, president and CEO, Alacritech Inc. "Alacritech is pleased to be working with industry leaders Microsoft and Broadcom in this important field. Today's agreement will help facilitate the widespread adoption of systems technology that is a key enabler of efficient data delivery." ...Alacritech profile, ...Broadcom profile, ...Microsoft profile, iSCSI


Nashua, N.H. - July 13, 2005 - EqualLogic today announced that its PS Series arrays have been deployed by more than 500 customers in multiple industries worldwide in just two years of shipping. The 500 customer milestone coincides with the publication of an IDC report, which ranks EqualLogic among the top 3 leaders of the rapidly growing iSCSI SAN market. Based on 2004 iSCSI systems revenue, the IDC report places EqualLogic 3rd after Network Appliance and EMC, crediting EqualLogic with an 11% share of the market and revealing a wide margin between the top three and the rest of the field. The other players in the market each accounted for 2 or less percent of total iSCSI SAN market revenue.

"There is a considerable amount of pent-up demand for IP-based storage. This is particularly true with midrange companies buying their first SAN," said Robert Gray, research vice president at IDC. "EqualLogic, with its innovative products and low costs, is well positioned to benefit as iSCSI storage takes off." ...EqualLogic profile, iSCSI

Editor's comments:- iSCSI has been one of the most overhyped markets since we started a dedicated directory page for it in early 2001. But iSCSI is still a very small market - $100 million in 2004 - with everything to play for in terms of market share. Many iSCSI startups have long ago gone bust or been acquired because there wasn't enough revenue to feed them. Eventually this technology may just creep quietly into other well established products like NAS and Ethernet NICs and we'll wonder what all the fuss about.



Minneapolis, July 13 - Constant Data is proud to announce that NASA has chosen its Constant Replicator product for real-time data distribution of mission-critical Space Shuttle data for its (now delayed - Ed) Return to Flight program. NASA uses Constant Replicator as part of its new Ground Camera Ascent Imagery Project for NASA's Return to Flight Program. NASA uses a myriad of cameras to capture critical data, images and all aspects of the Space Shuttle launch. Using Constant Replicator and SUN Solaris servers, all incoming GCAIP data is distributed in real-time from NASA's Mission control in Florida to NASA's Space centers in Texas and Alabama for immediate analysis.

"We had two choices to mirror data to remote sites: either implement an expensive hardware solution or a more cost-effective software solution," said NASA's David Campbell, System Design Engineer. "We chose Constant Data to provide replication of data across multiple operating systems and met our time requirements for replication of very large amounts of data."

Constant Replicator provides real-time replication of mission-critical data between Solaris, Linux and Windows servers, whether they are located in the same data center or thousands of miles away. ...Constant Data profile, SPARC Product Directory


MILPITAS, Calif. - July 13, 2005 - LSI Logic Corp announced today that the company has achieved McDATA OPENready partner status. LSI Logic's family of 2Gb/s Fibre Channel PCI-X host bus adapters have successfully completed testing and are now qualified for use with McDATA's Sphereon Fabric Switches.

"Both LSI Logic and McDATA are committed to delivering interoperable, high-performance SAN technologies with great value to customers, ranging from the SMB" said Lisa Kimball, LSI Logic product manager, Host Bus Adapters. "As OPENready partners, we can provide users with proven SAN solutions, and we look forward to continuing in this tradition as the market begins to adopt new technologies such as 4Gb/s Fibre Channel." ...LSI Logic profile, ...McDATA profile, Fibre channel SAN switches


Geneva - July 13, 2005 - STMicroelectronics has introduced a new family of high-speed low-voltage Serial Flash memories. These new memories for data and parameter storage are aimed at applications such as optical mice and PC motherboards, connectivity applications such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth; and in many others that require compatibility with the industry-standard SPI EEPROM pin-out. The M25PE family is specified for the -40 to +85 degrees C operating temperature range. Minimum data retention is 20 years. Samples in 1-, 2-, and 4-Mbit are available now and volume production is ramping up. An 8-Mbit device is planned for the end of 2005. ...STMicroelectronics profile, Storage ICs


CARLSBAD, Calif. - July 12, 2005 - Arkeia Corp today announced that its Network Backup solution now supports the recently released Mac OS X Tiger operating system. Arkeia also offers hot backup plug-ins to safeguard MySQL and LDAP data applications operating in Macintosh environments. The Arkeia Mac OS X client performs backup of all files, including documents and applications, as well as important system files such as the Netinfo database. In addition, users can preserve privilege information and special file system features like Mac OS resource forks and Finder attributes. The Arkeia backup solution is also compatible with previous Mac OS X versions and Mac OS X Server operating systems. The Mac OS X client and other hot backup plug-ins, are available for download as 30- day trial versions. ...Arkeia profile, ...Apple profile, Backup Software, Firewire Storage


Harrogate, UK - July 12, 2005 - InTechnology has experienced a 400% rise in the average amount of data storage space its customers are demanding in just two years. May 2005 saw the company store 117 Terabytes through its VBAK remote automated backup service on behalf of its customers, compared with a total of 28 Terabytes back in May 2003. Growth in data storage demands has been steady month-by-month and is on course to reach an average of 5 Terabytes per customer in 2007, with some customers already using over six times this amount of storage. Data currently stored across the whole of InTechnology reaches over 2.5 Petabytes. ...InTechnology profile, online backup, UK Storage VARs


San Jose, CA - July 12, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it has begun mass producing 667 Mbps DDR2 DRAM memory. Samsung's DDR2-667 is available now in 256Mb and 512Mb versions. A 1 Gb version is expected late this year. Designed for faster data transfer in desktop and notebook PCs, workstations and servers, DDR2-667 has 25% greater bandwidth than the fastest main memory available today. In addition to increased system performance, DDR2-667 also will provide additional benefit to the notebook market because it offers 30% less power consumption than DDR400. Late last year, iSuppli projected that the DDR2 market will grow from 35% of total DRAM production this year to 68% in 2006. ...Samsung profile, RAM


Lake Forest, California - July 12, 2005 - GST, Inc today announced the immediate availability of their System Restore Testing Service to ascertain whether a specific set of backup tapes can produce a successful restore. For subscribers to the service, GST's Global Service Group will test their backup tapes to ensure that a restore is successfully achieved. Backup tapes are returned to the subscriber along with the restore joblog.

GST provides this service to any user of IBM i5/iSeries and AS/400 tape backup systems. A wide variety of tape formats are supported. This service came about because many organizations expressed a need to GST and its authorized partners to be able to quickly determine if accurate restores can be achieved from their backup tapes. Where production time is limited, the extensive time required to test a restore function is not often available at the site.

Companies with large backup volumes often fall under the scope of storage security and accessibility regulations. For these organizations a failed restore is not an acceptable option.

"The time to find out if your i5/iSeries or AS/400 backup does not work should not be in the middle of a system restore or system upgrade," said David Breisacher, CEO and Chairman at GST, Inc. "We received so many requests for this service after compliance regulations arrived on the scene, that we decided to provide a service to validate restores on our equipment for clients that were having trouble testing out their restore process on their own equipment to ensure compliance."

GST's process involves the service subscriber preparing a system image using either OS/400 Save Menu Option 21 – Save Entire System, or using the OS/400 Backup Recovery and Media Services program. A single set of fully-labeled backup tapes are then sent to GST. There, the restore is executed and results examined. The backup tapes plus a tape with the restore joblog are then returned to the subscriber by GST's Global Service Group. Pricing for the service is based on the size of the backup files and is in the range $1,500 (for 250GB) upto $7,000 (for 5TB). ...GST profile, Storage Services, Tape backup


PALO ALTO, Calif. - July 11, 2005 - HP today introduced a high-end disk array at an entry-level price for environments that need 24 x 7 business continuity with zero downtime. The HP StorageWorks XP10000 Disk Array can scale from as few as 5 disks up to 240 disks with 48 host ports enabling 69TB of internal capacity. External storage device support enables tiered storage environments that support up to 16 petabytes. ...HP profile


SUNNYVALE, Calif.- July 11, 2005 - M-Systems today announced that DiskOnChip is being used as the embedded flash drive solution in three of Lenovo's latest feature phone models. Lenovo is the leading IT enterprise in China. By providing high capacity, high performance and low cost flash storage, M-Systems' DiskOnChip supports features such as MP3 music playback, photography up to two mega pixels and 3D gaming. ...M-Systems profile, Flash Memory


SAN FRANCISCO - July 11, 2005 - SANRAD Inc and emBoot Inc. announced today a cost-effective joint solution that allows storage administrators to use SANRAD's iSCSI V-Switch in conjunction with emBoot's netBoot/i software to enable servers to boot off the iSCSI IP-SAN using any standard Ethernet network interface, eliminating the need for internal server disk drives. SANRAD supports any type of storage or storage infrastructure. The SANRAD and emBoot solution extends Windows-based network booting using iSCSI into a wide range of storage, including Fibre Channel, FC-SAN and SCSI. By using the V-Switch and netBoot/i combination, businesses for the first time have a way to cost-effectively create Windows-based server farms, grid computing deployments and disaster recovery plans using standard IP networks and heterogeneous storage. ...emBoot profile, ...SANRAD profile, iSCSI, 19 iSCSI articles


SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - July 11, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the availability of the new Sun StorEdge 9985 system, a scaled-down version of the Sun StorEdge 9990 system. This announcement is being made concurrently with Hitachi Data Systems' announcement of the Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller model NSC55, which Sun offers as the Sun StorEdge 9985 system. ...Sun profile


Editor:- July 11, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Steve Tongish Director of Marketing Europe Middle-East and Africa Plasmon, it's called - "Bare Media Exposed - Looking at the Contenders for Optical Media Archiving."

Other news on this page

Network Appliance Wins Award

Disk Purge Comes to Linux

Alacritech & Microsoft do Cross-Licensing

IDC Says EqualLogic is an iSCSI Leader

Constant Replicator Protects Space Shuttle Data

LSI Logic is McDATA OPENready

ST Extends Serial Flash Line

Arkeia Supports Mac OS X Tiger

Average Online Backup Heading to 5TB

Samsung Ships DDR2-667 in Volume

GST Launches System Restore Testing Service

New HP StorageWorks Disk Array

DiskOnChip in Chinese Multimedia Handsets

iSCSI Diskless Boot Uses Standard NICs

Sun's New StorEdge

Plasmon Exposes Optical Archive Technologies

Sun OEMs Emulex Fibre Channel Adapters

SSDs Move Up to 4Gb/s Fibre Channel

Idealstor Seeks VAR and Distribution Channels

PMC-Sierra Webinar: DDR SDRAM Tutorial

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Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win? - article by Semico Research

There's a confusing picture in many consumer products like phones, cameras and music players in which one day it seems that the storage function is done by flash and next day another company announces they're doing the same thing with miniature hard disks.

Is there any sense to this seemingly random choice?

This article uses pricing trends, technology trends and unique market analysis insights to show that users and oems may be able to reliably predict which storage devices will be most cost effective depending where you are on the future history curve. ...read the article, ...Semico Research profile, Hard disk drives, Flash Memory, Market research, Solid state disks
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n June 2005 , Exabyte Corp marked its 20th anniversary in the tape storage industry, celebrating two decades of tape storage innovation, including a host of industry "firsts" and one of the industry's most significant portfolios of storage-related patents. Exabyte is the world's oldest independent manufacturer of tape storage products.

"This is a particularly exciting time for me, "said Juan Rodriguez, Chairman and Chief Technologist, Exabyte, who co-founded the company in 1985. "When I started my career in the storage industry 40 years ago at IBM, skeptics were telling me then that 'tape is dead,' and I've heard the same claim year after year. Now, here we are in 2005 celebrating Exabyte's 20th anniversary, demonstrating that tape continues to play an integral role in backing up, restoring, and archiving critical business data"

Rodriguez, who also co-founded StorageTek in 1969 commented - "Just ask any Fortune 500 data center manager - they all have tape as part of the mix. With its consistent track record of innovation, tape will remain a critical player far into the future." ...Exabyte profile, Tape backup, storage history

Editor's comment:- my prognosis for the tape backup market is similar to my concerns about that parrot in BBC's Monty Python series.

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Mr. Praline: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the cage! ...read text of the sketch

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Testing Storage Solutions - article by Extreme Protocol Solutions

In the data storage industry, testing is generally considered a neccessary evil in bringing a product to market and as a result often companies will do the bare minimum neccessary in order to cross the item off its checklist. This article by Roger Gagnon President / CEO Extreme Protocol Solutions attempts to explain why testing is so important to product validation and also to provide a concise methodology to testing. ...read the article, ...Extreme Protocol Solutions profile, Storage Testers

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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. ...read the article, ...SiliconSystems profile, Solid state disks

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No matter how much storage you've got - one thing you don't want on it is any program which has illegally installed itself and is not working in your best interests. Unlike a virus - whose presence is immediately obvious when it stops some part of your computer working - Spyware and Adware are stealthier and harder to notice. This article by Paul Myer, President of 8e6 Technologies, tells us about the level of threat, what these malware programs actually do, and describes what his company is doing to learn more about these parasites so they can be kept out of your storage systems ...read the article, ...8e6 Technologies profile, Storage Security, Hard Disk Sanitizers
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Optical archiving has become a legally mandated storage technology in many markets. There are a lot of new optical media technologies and packaging formats to choose from. But which ones will stand the test of time in terms of data reliability and cost of ownership? Plasmon, founded in 1987, has nearly 2 decades of experience as a systems and media supplier in the optical archiving industry. This article by Steve Tongish looks at the critical factors for the new products now available and those emerging so you can assess which will work best for you. ... read the article, ...Plasmon profile read the article by Steve Tongish - Plasmon


COSTA MESA, Calif. - July 11, 2005 - Emulex Corp today announced it has entered into an OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems. Under the terms of the agreement, Sun will brand, sell and support Fibre Channel host bus adapters from Emulex within the latest Solaris 10 Operating System as well as legacy Solaris environments.

"This is exactly what Sun/Emulex customers have been asking for - a completely supported solution." said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. ...Emulex profile, ...Sun profile, Fibre-channel adapters, SPARC Product Directory, article:- Fibre-Channel SAN History - the First Decade


Houston, TX - July 11, 2005 - Texas Memory Systems announced the availability of the RamSan-400 – the industry's first solid state disk with 4-gigabit Fibre Channel interfaces. The RamSan-400 is currently the only storage device that can sustain 3 gigabytes/second of random data transfers or 500,000 random I/Os per second. Its exceptional performance makes it ideal for accelerating I/O-intensive databases, online transaction processing, modeling, content streaming and high volume data acquisition environments. Capacities for the new 3U RamSan-400 currently range upto 128GB.

"In our experience with I/O-bound databases, RamSan technology has delivered amazing results with up to 300X performance improvements," said Donald Burleson, President of the Burleson Consulting Group and author of several books on database tuning. "Our experts thought it unlikely that this cutting-edge technology could be even faster, but the engineers at Texas Memory Systems have amazed us again. We expect this new solid state disk to be the fastest high-speed I/O device for Oracle databases, anywhere on the planet."

Burleson Consulting is conducting a TPC-C test benchmark with the RamSan-400 solid state disk and Oracle 10g, and preliminary results indicate that the latest RamSan is significantly faster than those tested in their previous works. The results of this testing will be included in their upcoming book called Oracle RAC and Grid Tuning with Solid State Disk.

"Frequently SQL Server, DB2, SAS and Oracle users find that the actual capacity required by the database is small compared with the RAID capacity that must be purchased to get decent I/O performance," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President at Texas Memory Systems. "As a result, these organizations are discovering that solid state disks are the least expensive solution for improving performance."

The RamSan-400 is covered under Texas Memory Systems' performance guarantee which encourages organizations with application performance issues to look beyond less effective solutions such as adding processors, RAM, hard drives, monolithic RAID or constantly re-coding databases and to test a solid state system in their own unique IT environment. Under the program, Texas Memory Systems guarantees that RamSan solid state disks will deliver faster performance than any competitive storage product and that software application performance will be accelerated to the satisfaction of customers.

The RamSan-400 is immediately available. Existing customers can upgrade their RamSan systems to include 4Gb/s Fibre Channel controllers. Texas Memory Systems' solid state disks are used worldwide alongside enterprise RAID systems from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Sun and others. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid State Disks, SAN, Storage Firsts


Gaithersburg, MD - July 11, 2005 - Idealstor LLC announced today that their new FrankeNAS all in one D2D backup and storage solution will be made available to the VAR and Distribution channels worldwide. The removable drive capacity of each FrankenNAS ranges from 200GB - 2.0TB native of removable storage. Unit list prices range from $9,995 to $24,995.

"Most VAR's today are familiar with the popularity of disk to disk storage and backup" said Ben Ginster, Channel Manager at Idealstor. "These products do a good job of addressing the end user requirement of quickly backing up data and eliminating tape when offloading data from production servers. However, where they miss the mark is that a majority of these solutions still require tape to physically remove the data for offsite storage and archival. Where we fit in is that our solution is both D2D storage and backup allowing administrators and VAR's to completely get rid of the tape problems that led them to disk. VAR's I've talked with have mentioned that one of biggest sources of service calls have to do with problems with the daily routine of backing up data and many of those problems can be attributed to tape. This ends up being a cost to the end user as well as the VAR." ...Idealstor profile, RAID systems, Disk to disk backup


SANTA CLARA, Calif - July 8, 2005 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. will present a live webinar tutorial on "Double Data Rate SDRAM" on Thursday, July 14th, 2005 at 11:00AM PT/2:00PM ET. Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory devices are volatile memories that are synchronized to the system clock. They offer low cost per bit solutions and are used often as Main Memory in a system. Double Data Rate SDRAM further increases system performance by doubling the data rate and has become a popular memory choice for PCs, servers and embedded processor systems. This webinar will review some DRAM basic concepts and the DRAM evolution, describe DDR benefits and implementation challenges and conclude with a live Q & A ...register for webinar, ...PMC-Sierra profile, Storage Events
Terrorist Attacks on London

Editor:- July 8, 2005 - after hearing news about the terrorist attacks which took place yesterday in London I didn't feel able to carry on work as normal and instead watched the news develop on tv.

Although we are a long way out from London - the locations of the bombings are familiar. One of the tube trains destroyed is one that my wife often takes when she works in the capital. The location of the bus bomb was just outside the flat where my sister used to live.

It was good to see that the UK has friends. The interview with former NY mayor Rudi Giuliani on Sky news was inspirational. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the relatives of the brutally slain, and to the injured. And our admiration and best wishes go to the millions of Londoners and visitors who slogged their way through a very difficult day.

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