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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. the article, ...Semico Research profile, Hard disk drives, Flash Memory, Market research, Solid state disks

Tape Not Dead Yet! - Says Cofounder of 20 Year Old Exabyte
In 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.

...Owner: There, he moved!

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

article:- Does Tape Backup Have a Future? - by Sony

article:- Disk to Disk Backup versus Tape - War or Truce? - by Engenio
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Spyware, Adware & Unaware - article by 8e6 Technologies
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 the article, ...8e6 Technologies profile, Storage Security, Hard Disk Sanitizers
Increasing Flash Solid State Disk Reliability - article by SiliconSystems
Solid state disks, based on flash technology, have greatly improved in performance in recent years and now compete head to head with RAM based accelerator systems. Flash also has significant advatanges in servers compared to RAM SSDs due to low power consumption.

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

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

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

SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 29, 2005 - AMCC was awarded the Connectivity Product of the Year award for its innovative Multilane SATA RAID connection system at the 2005 Storage Awards ("The Storries") gala dinner in London, England.

The awards are organized by UK based Storage Magazine - with the winners determined by votes from the readership of the magazine.

"Storage continues to be a huge challenge in today's business climate," said Stuart Leigh, editor of Storage Magazine. "The Multilane connection system has made high-capacity SATA RAID storage devices more reliable and easier to manufacture."

The Multilane connection system is designed for high capacity industrial environments, where space and airflow are at a premium. This groundbreaking design increases reliability and simplifies installation and routing via an innovative cabling solution for large-scale configurations. Available on 8- and 12-port 3ware 9000 series SATA RAID controllers, Multilane provides a highly reliable, locking cable/connector system that combines 4 SATA ports into one on the controller side. Multilane is widely supported with compatible backplanes offered by several chassis vendors.

"The Storries are particularly important awards as the winners are determined by votes from people actually working in the industry," said Michael Joyce, director of marketing for AMCC Storage. "We are proud that the benefits of the Multilane connection system have been so widely recognized and implemented by VARs and integrators. Multilane is truly an enabling technology that is expanding SATA RAID installations into high capacity, high performance, cost sensitive storage environments at the enterprise level." ...AMCC profile, RAID controllers

CreekPath Names Mark Davis President & CEO

Boulder, CO - June 29, 2005 - CreekPath today announced that Mark Davis, a seasoned software executive with over 15 years of senior management experience in the storage industry, has been named president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Davis brings to CreekPath a wealth of executive experience from multiple successful startup companies, as well as Sun Microsystems and StorageTek, where he led high-performing teams spanning product management, product and corporate marketing, investor relations, sales and business development, quality assurance and customer service operations. A theme of Mr. Davis' career has been successfully repositioning companies to seize unrealized opportunities. ...CreekPath Systems profile, Storage People, Storage Software Companies

Gartner Reports on External Disk Storage Market

STAMFORD, Conn. - June 29, 2005 - Worldwide external controller-based disk storage revenue totaled $3.54 billion in first quarter 2005, an 11% increase over the same period of 2004, according to Gartner, Inc.

The healthy rebound follows a lackluster performance in the ECB disk storage market in the second half of 2004. Growth was mainly driven by Dell and Network Appliance, although EMC and IBM also posted double-digit revenue increase year over year. Dell produced the largest growth rate in first quarter 2005 among the top-tier vendors, with a revenue increase of 36%. ...Gartner profile, Market research, RAID systems

Editor's comments:- these results look superficially similar to those reported by IDC earlier this month. One factor which has always been a problem with these market reports (from both companies) is I suspect that most smaller storage manufacturers don't get included or sampled in the data. For example there's a $260 million difference (7%) between their estimates of the market revenue and 4.3% difference (39%) between the market growth rate. If you take into account the revenue from hundreds of smaller storage oems which don't get sampled - the results could be quite different.

If you look at the forcasting abilities of market research companies like IDC for example (iSCSI projections) - they can be off by as much as an order of magnitude. The way the research market seems to work is that the biggest manufacturers pay for market research and the market research companies feed back data which is convenient to collect or which says what the customers of the research want to hear. If you're not part of this exclusive club then your vote doesn't count for much.

M-Systems Has Highest Capacity SATA SSD

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 29, 2005 - M-Systems today announced the availability of a SATA solid-state flash drive.

Offering up to 128GB of storage, its FFD 2.5-inch SATA flash drive is the highest capacity solid-state SATA offering available on the market.
Running M-Systems' patented TrueFFS flash management software to ensure the highest levels of endurance, the FFD 2.5" SATA offers reliable operation through more than 5 million write/erase cycles.

In terms of performance, it provides an interface speed of 1.5 gigabits per second and a sustained read/write performance rate of 44MB/sec.
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M-Systems' FFD SATA product complies with the stringent reliability requirements offset for mission critical applications such as NEBS level 3 for the telecommunication industry and the MIL-STD 810F standard for military and aerospace. With no moving parts, flash-based storage devices like M-Systems' FFD SATA are able to operate under the harshest conditions, unlike magnetic hard disk drives.

Supporting stringent security standards required by military and other mission-critical applications, M-Systems' FFD 2.5" SATA is equipped with a fast security erase feature and complies with the sanitizing standards of the USA DoD, NSA, Navy, Air Force (FSSI), and IREC (IRIG). ...M-Systems profile, Solid State Disks, SATA

Editor's comments:- SATA is the #1 most popular interface for future SSD applications (source the Solid State Disk Buyer Preferences Market Report).

IDC Says Hard Disk Industry will Grow for 5 Years

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - June 29, 2005 - The worldwide hard disk drive (HDD) industry will experience sustained unit and revenue growth through 2009, with particularly strong expansion of the consumer electronics and external drive/home storage segments, IDC reveals.

Worldwide HDD unit shipments and revenue will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 15.5% and 10.1% respectively from 2004 to 2009. Worldwide CE HDD unit shipments will experience the fastest growth rate with a 37.4% CAGR over the same period. ...IDC profile, Hard disk drives

SanDisk Aims at the Education Market

Philadelphia, Penn.- June 28, 2005 - SanDisk Corp today introduced FlashCP, a unique proprietary content processing technology designed to let students easily and safely download and store their textbooks, novels, learning tools and more on a USB flash drive.

While protecting the copyrighted content of publishers, FlashCP aims to create a "digital backpack" that weighs ounces instead of pounds. The announcement was made at the National Educational Computing Conference, Philadelphia where SanDisk is exhibiting. Originally developed under the name of BookLocker, FlashCP was created by MDRM, a privately held Israeli company that SanDisk acquired last December.

SanDisk's latest innovation approaches flash cards as part of a content delivery ecosystem, and encourages usage of high capacity flash cards and USB drives. FlashCP Cruzer USB drives will be launching at selected U.S. retailers for the coming school year.

"With FlashCP, we expect that students will be able to store a year's worth of textbooks and learning materials on a small, pocket-sized flash drive that can be taken home or carried between classes," said Dan Harkabi, SanDisk's vice president of secure content solutions. "At the same time we believe that FlashCP provides textbook publishers and other content providers with a safe way to electronically distribute copyrighted works directly to consumers. It is also designed to offer secure, web-based updates as frequently as required. This gives publishers new and incremental revenue streams for selling content." ...SanDisk profile, Storage Security, USB storage, Flash Memory

StorageTek Sells 1,000th SL500 Tape Library

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - June 28, 2005 - StorageTek today announced that it has shipped its 1,000th StreamLine SL500 modular tape library to The University of Notre Dame Australia.

The company reached this milestone in just 9 months, surpassing internal projections. The 1,000th SL500 has been shipped through OEM partner Sun Microsystems (which OEMs the SL500 as the StorEdge L500) to Australia's University of Notre Dame, which will use it to help manage student information. The SL500 has received numerous industry awards over the past nine months for its reliability, performance and scalability. ...StorageTek profile, Tape Libraries

Editor's comments:- Sun liked the product so much they bought the company! Well - other factors may have been involved too. See also:- Remington History (1979).

Nexsan Launches SATABoy

Woodland Hills, Calif. - June 27, 2005 - Nexsan Technologies today announced the SATABoy which the company claims is the world's fastest SATA storage solution.

SATABoy incorporates SATA II technology along with advanced features such as dual RAID engines, a high-performance cache mirroring ASIC, and 4-port active/active failover to deliver uncompromising availability and reliability, feature-rich functionality and high-speed performance that exceeds the most demanding requirements for throughput and transaction-processing applications. Each controller has dual 2GB Fibre ports and dual Gig E ports.

"No other company has effected greater change in the storage business, and the launch of SATABoy is yet another example of Nexsan setting the bar in next-generation, cost-correct storage solutions," said Diamond Lauffin, Executive Vice President at Nexsan. "The SATABoy takes our innovative technology to a higher level by offering enhanced speeds and feeds with the utmost in performance – all at a price that cannot be matched by other storage vendors." ...Nexsan Technologies profile, Disk to disk backup, SATA

Editor's comments:-
Nexsan is #95 in our list of the top 1,000 storage companies (ranked by reader pageviews) so being in the top 10%, and a pioneer in the disk to disk backup market, they ARE influential. But do you agree with the statement "No other company has effected greater change in the storage business"? - I don't think so. Sometimes people get carried away by enthusiasm when they're writing a press release for a new product.

HP Aims USB Tape Backup At SMBs

PALO ALTO, Calif. - June 27, 2005 - HP today announced several new tape backup offerings aimed at small and mid-size businesses.

Chief among these are the industry's first DAT USB tape drives, which combine the reliability and cost-effectiveness of digital audio tape with the plug-and-play capabilities of the USB 2.0 interface. The HP StorageWorks DAT 72 USB delivers a capacity of 72GB on a single data cartridge and a transfer rate of 23 GB/hour (assuming a 2:1 compression ratio). The DAT 72 USB is expected to be available July 4 starting at $749. The HP StorageWorks DAT 40 USB is a DDS-4 tape drive that stores 40GB of compressed data on a single cartridge at a rate of 23 GB/hour (assuming 2:1 data compression). The DAT 40 USB is expected to be available July 4 starting at $599. ...HP profile, Tape backup, USB storage

Editor's comments:-
it's hard to imagine who is going to want to buy HP's USB tape drives - which cost more than disk to disk backup, are much slower and more inconvenient - needing 5 to 10 times as many media changes as an external disk backup system. This is a product which should never have seen the light of day and shows how out of touch HP is with the needs of the SMB market.

BakBone Launches Federal Channel Program

SAN DIEGO - June 27, 2005 - BakBone Software today announced the launch of its Federal Channel Advantage program to increase federal sales of its NetVault backup and recovery software.

The new initiative builds upon the Company's continuing traction with local and state government entities while supporting the unique data protection, compliance and business continuity demands of federal government agencies, including the State Department, FBI and the United States Congress. The Federal Channel Advantage program is also expected to help BakBone expand relationships with existing civilian and DoD agencies. ...BakBone Software profile

Editor's notes:- in its long running accounting problems saga... BakBone last week announced another delay to getting its accounts approved.

FCIA Supports SATA Tunneling

SAN FRANCISCO - June 27, 2005 - The Fibre Channel Industry Association today announced its support to develop a standard method for connecting Serial ATA disk drives in storage systems using embedded Fibre Channel technology.

The ANSI T11 Technical Committee has initiated work to develop a standard called FC-SATA. FC-SATA will leverage existing field-proven Fibre Channel infrastructures to enable cost-effective connections to low-cost SATA drives to both enterprise and smaller business computing systems. FC-SATA is designed to complement the low-cost native Fibre Channel initiative endorsed last year by the FCIA. By offering the FC-SATA option, IT professionals can now choose between low-cost native Fibre Channel or FC-SATA in their tiered storage infrastructure depending on their application needs. ...FCIA profile, Fibre-channel adapters, SATA

Kano ships SATA Storage

Garden Grove, CA - June 27, 2005 - Kano Technologies Corp broadens its X-SPAND PRO line of serial ATA storage arrays with the addition of its ground-breaking single cable (multilane), 4-channel external SATA solution.

The multilane connected X-SPAND Pro is offered in two and four drive hot-swappable desktop tower configurations as well as a low-profile 1U rack mount storage array.

The X-SPAND PRO uses one of the industry's first 4-channel multilane connector and shielded cable to deliver up to 3.0Gb/sec to each SATA drive channel without performance loss. The cable features a sturdy steel connector with thumb screws which significantly improves connection reliability over existing external SATA products while simplifying cable management. With the proven high performance throughput and hot-swap capability, the X-SPAND PRO serial ATA solution is ideal for DV/DVCAM/SD video storage as well as fast disk based backup storage for small businesses.

Kano Technologies is also shipping their newly developed S-LINK multilane PCI-X serial ATA host adapter for use with the X-SPAND PRO and future multilane storage devices. The S-LINK PCI-X host adapter is one of the first of its kind to ship with a single serial ATA multilane connection with RAID 0/1/10 capability for Windows systems. Support for Macintosh OS will follow in mid-July. ...Kano Technologies profile

Neterion Launches 10GbE Evaluation Program

Cupertino, CA - June 27, 2005 - TodayNeterion Inc. announced that it is launching an evaluation program to allow IT managers to "test drive" its 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology at their own locations.

For less than 50% of Xframe's list price, Neterion offers a special evaluation kit that includes two adapters with the appropriate fiber cables and documentation, and comes with dedicated telephone, email and web support. Neterion's Xframe is designed to provide ease of installation for new 10 GbE users. With support built in all major operating systems - MS Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM's AIX, SGI's Irix, etc. - Xframe is "plug-and-play", and allows users to take advantage of new levels of performance within minutes. Real-life applications expected to be deployed in the evaluation program include upgrading from multiple "trunked" 1 GbE connections, consolidating servers, delivering HDTV-quality streaming video-on-demand and running iSCSI SANs on Linux and Windows. ...Neterion profile

Xyratex Revenue Grew 57%

Havant, UK - June 23, 2005 - Xyratex Ltd today announced results for the second fiscal quarter, ended May 31, 2005.

Revenues for the quarter were $169.6 million, an increase of 56.9% compared to revenues of $108.1 million for the same period last year and an increase of 19% compared to $142.5 million in the prior quarter. For the second fiscal quarter, GAAP net income was $11.0 million.

"We continue to see strong demand for our products and technologies within both businesses. The company is in an excellent position to benefit from the strong industry dynamics driving growth" said Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex. ...Xyratex profile

Micron's Revenue Down 5%

Boise, Idaho - June 23, 2005 - Micron Technology, Inc. today announced results of operations for its third quarter of fiscal 2005, ending June 2, 2005.

The Company had a net loss of $128 million, on net sales of $1,054 million. Revenue for the quarter declined 5% compared the year ago period. Despite cost reductions resulting from the growth in production and manufacturing efficiencies and continuing strength in demand for the Company's products, the Company's results were adversely affected by severe declines in average selling prices for commodity DRAM products during the quarter. Average selling prices for memory products decreased approximately 30% comparing the third quarter of fiscal 2005 to the immediately preceding quarter as excess supply depressed pricing particularly for mainstream PC memory. DDR and DDR2 DRAM continue to be the Company's primary products constituting approximately 60% of net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2005. ...Micron Technology profile

EMC Increases Support for Solaris 10

HOPKINTON, Mass. - June 23, 2005 - EMC Corp and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced they've reached an agreement on a number of hardware, software and support initiatives designed to help customers more easily deploy their technologies together.

The companies will work to ensure compatibility between the EMC family of networked storage platforms and the Solaris 10 Operating System. EMC also intends to port key storage management software to Solaris 10 including EMC PowerPath and EMC Legato NetWorker, as well as software from its EMC Documentum, EMC Legato and EMC Smarts product families. Once these efforts are complete, EMC and Sun customers will be able to cost-effectively manage, protect and share information, using EMC storage systems and software with Solaris 10 OS on both SPARC and AMD Opteron x64 processor-based systems. ...EMC profile, ...Sun profile

Spyware / Adware Article by 8e6 Technologies

Editor:- June 22, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Paul Myer President, 8e6 Technologies, it's called - "Spyware, Adware & Unaware".

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 tells us about the level of threat, what these malware programs actually do, and describes what his company 8e6 Technologies is doing to learn more about these parasites so they can be kept out of your storage systems. the article, ...8e6 Technologies profile, Storage Security

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