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In-Stat Reports on DVD Sales in Europe

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - March 7, 2005 - A new report from In-Stat says sales and rentals of DVD "packaged goods" will be the key growth driver for electronic entertainment in the five largest European countries, with locally-produced content representing the fastest growing DVD segment.

Hollywood studios are also reporting strong growth for sales of movie DVDs in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Consumers in these five major European markets are migrating away from traditional analog broadcasting to digital pay-TV services, but free-to-air digital terrestrial services will show the strongest growth rates, according to In-Stat. The number of households receiving digital terrestrial services in these markets will jump from 4.9 million in 2004 to 23.7 million in 2009, the high-tech market research firm says.

"New digital delivery services such as digital terrestrial and IP-TV are not likely to supplant the DVD business, but rather bring digital entertainment to people by adding either convenience, mobility, or improved accessibility," says Gerry Kaufhold, In-Stat analyst.

The value of DVD sales and rental markets in the five major European markets was about $9.3 Billion during 2004, and will grow to nearly $17 Billion in 2009. Market research

FalconStor's Mead Named SNIA Marketing Chair

MELVILLE, N.Y. - March 7, 2005 - FalconStor Software today announced that Donald Mead, FalconStor VP of Network Storage Solutions, has been appointed as chair of SNIA's Marketing Committee.

In addition, Mead has been elected to the IP Storage Forum board as membership and business development officer. FalconStor has been working with many leading companies of today's iSCSI Initiator products (i.e. HBA's) and iSCSI Target Store Devices to test compatibility and to ensure interoperability between solutions.

Storage Events this week - NSC and CeBIT

Editor:- March 7, 2005 - this week is expected to be the busiest week in the month for new storage product and technology announcements as storage leaders will unveil details in the US at Network Storage Conference, and in Europe at CeBIT.

We'll bring you all the interesting details as soon as the news embargoes are lifted.

iSCSI Market Broke $100 million Barrier Says IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - March 4, 2005 - Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew slightly in the fourth quarter of 2004, posting just 1% growth over the same quarter one year ago to $3.8 billion, according to IDC .

For the full year 2004, the external disk storage systems market posted 4.7% revenue growth over 2003 to $14.2 billion. For the full year 2004, EMC took the number 1 position, previously held by HP, with 21.1% revenue share. HP and IBM followed with 18.7% and 12.6% share, respectively.

"The fourth quarter was the only quarter showing positive growth for internal disk storage systems during the year, largely due to strong server sales at the end of the year," said Brad Nisbet, program manager in IDC's Storage Systems Program. "However, it is encouraging to see continued acceleration in the annual growth rate for external disk storage systems petabytes, which grew 63% in 2004. With revenue accelerating, but at a slower pace, average pricing remains competitive during the ongoing influx of higher-capacity drives and applications."

The total network storage market (NAS combined with Open and iSCSI SAN) posted 11.6% year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter to more than $2.4 billion, the highest quarterly revenue recorded. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 29.0% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 23.7% and 11.2% revenue share, respectively.

"In 2004, the market for iSCSI SAN grew beyond the $100 million barrier, led mostly by the adoption of midrange systems priced between $15,000 and $149,999," said Natalya Yezhkova, senior research analyst, IDC Storage Systems.

Editor's comments:-
these new figures explain the deep disappointment which has been reported privately to me by many iSCSI vendors. A few years ago most leading storage analysts had predicted that the iSCSI market in 2004 would be worth over $1 billion. Instead - the market barely reach a tenth of that size. It shows that you can get burned if you base your business plans on analyst projections. This has also affected several specialist publishers who were hoping to make a killing in this market - and have instead resorted to running low cost google ads.

Open-E announces iSCSI Target Software

Germany - March 3, 2005 - Open-E GmbH today announced that the company is introducing an iSCSI software product for building cost-effective, high performance iSCSI Target systems.

The Open-E iSCSI Target software enables you to transform a system within 15 minutes into an efficient, IP-Based, Cross-Platform Storage device. It is a solution for multi-workstation facilities that need significantly more I/O throughput, but do not have the resources for a Fibre Channel SAN.

"By introducing our first iSCSI solution, Open-E is again the technology provider reducing complexity, risk, and TCO for customers as they extend their existing storage capacity," said Kristof Franek, managing director of Open-E. "Open-E wants to addresses customer needs in the low to high end of the server, storage and networking markets with pre-installed storage software solutions."

The key benefit of Open-E iSCSI Target is that it enables multiple OS X, Linux, Unix and Windows workstations to store the data on an iSCSI network without the overhead of protocols like SMB, FTP or AppleTalk. This enables clients to use the native filesystem of their operating system instead. Open-E iSCSI makes it easy for administrators to control and manage storage resources and clients' volume mounts. Available in April, Open-E iSCSI Target includes a complete operating system and iSCSI management software pre-installed on an IDE Flash. The Open-E iSCSI Target software will be presented at CeBIT.

Intel etc Announce Final Ce-ATA 1.0 Spec

IDF, San Francisco - March 3, 2005 - Intel said today that just six months after CE-ATA was launched, a final 1.0 specification has been published for the storage interface for next-generation handhelds and portable consumer electronics devices.

CE-ATA fills the void in an industry that had been lacking a disk drive interface tailored to the needs of the handheld and consumer electronics market segments. The new CE-ATA interface standard for small form factor disk drives addresses requirements inherent to such small devices, including low pin count, low voltage, power efficiency, cost effectiveness and integration efficiency.

"CE-ATA development is at a feverish pace. The first end products supporting the new technology could be available by the end of this year" said Knut Grimsrud, chairman of the CE-ATA working group and Intel Corporation senior principal engineer. See also:- PATA SSDs

Curtis SSD Speeds Up 30 million User Database

Editor:- March 3, 2005 - today published a case study by Curtis which describes how its Nitro SSDs (3.5" FC RAM SSDs) accelerated the network infrastucture in a major phone provider in China.

The customer, the GuangDong Branch of China Mobile is the biggest provincial branch in the Chinese Telecom industry, with over 30 million users. Their MIS system relies on real-time, accurate data for efficient employee, finance and material resource management. Increased demands meant that the performance needed to be accelerated. They made their selection after testing and turning down fast RAID devices.

"They were simply not fast enough. The Nitro SSD was chosen because it was the fastest storage we could find," said Mr. Yong Zhang Project Manager at GuangDong Branch of China Mobile.

The Nitro SSD seamlessly installed into GuangDong Branch of China Mobile's SUN server environment, including SUN Fire6800 Servers, SUN StorEdge6120 RAID storage, and Oracle RDBMS application. It connected to Servers via two SUN Fibre Channel Switches. The solid state disk from Curtis halved the time to run reports. the article (Word)

- March 2011 - Curtis renamed the Nitro SSD family to the HyperXCLR. See Inanimate Power, Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands for more examples. The 3.5" SSD market was eventually dominated by flash products. The high end RAM SSD market continues to thrive.

Seagate Unveils SAS System Launch Program

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - March 2, 2005 - Seagate today announced its new Serial Attached SCSI System Launch Program.

Adaptec, nStor, and Xyratex are the first companies to join. Medusa Labs Group will collaborate with Seagate with its pre-qualification testing program to support multi-vendor SAS solutions. Participating SSLP companies will begin shipping SAS storage solutions as early as April. Seagate began shipping qualification SAS drives to OEMs in November 2004.

"We are pleased to be working with Seagate in this important industry transition from Ultra 320 to Serial Attached SCSI," said Linus Wong, director of Strategic Marketing at Adaptec. "SSLP is an excellent vehicle to help drive the adoption of SAS by ensuring customer confidence through tested storage solutions."

Kashya and Xiotech Team on Remote Replication

SAN JOSE, Calif.- March 2, 2005 - Kashya today announced a partnership with Xiotech in which Xiotech will incorporate Kashya's data replication technology into its own product family offerings.

The partnership will enable Xiotech to deliver a simple, cost effective disaster recovery solution that eliminates the traditional limitations of distance, performance and management of current data replication products. This solution is available with Xiotech's Magnitude 3D storage array.

DataCore will Invest $100,000 in Each New VAR

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - March 2, 2005 - DataCore Software introduced today the SANvantage "$100,000 Program" to empower its network of authorized storage networking, virtualization, and system builder partnerships.

This program is designed to grow new business and foster value-add partner solutions by providing a pool of resources, software, training and services valued at over $100,000. The objective is simple: DataCore will work directly with the partner to tailor and develop a "win-win" plan to increase SANmelody software sales and grow the partner's business; and DataCore will supply resources valued at $100,000 to make it happen.

DataCore recognizes that each partner is different and has its own approach, and needs, in marketing and delivering its solutions. Instead of a "one size fits all" program, DataCore will work with each partner to customize a program suited to the needs and style of that partner. To learn more about how to get the "100,000 Program" benefits, contact the DataCore Partner Marketing Manager at +1 954-377-6021.

McDATA Reports on End User Survey

BROOMFIELD, Colo - March 2, 2005 - Findings from an end-user survey conducted by McDATA show that despite concern for spiraling storage costs and new technology "readiness," enterprise storage managers are not freezing storage spend.

McDATA's end-user survey shows that centralized management and control of information is one of the highest priorities today, with 94% of respondents rating this as a critical concern. Meeting compliance regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Basel II Accord was very high on McDATA users' agendas, with 82% of respondents rating this as a high priority. 76% of the users surveyed intend to implement virtualization in the next five years, with 71% interested in the benefits 10Gb/s Fibre Channel offers. Another key factor that affects end-user buying decisions is a marked unwillingness to rip and replace existing infrastructures, with 88% of respondents against this approach. SAN switches

NAS Tops Reader Interests in February

Editor:- March 2, 2005 - our report on the Solid State Disk Buyer Survey - entered the top 10 most popular articles read on STORAGEsearch in February.

The #1 subject viewed by readers was once again NAS.

The fastest climber was Disk to disk backup. Average daily pageviews on STORAGEsearch in February 2005 were 7% higher than a year ago, and 318% higher than February 2000. The lists of popular articles, top company profiles and most popular subjects can be see on our Market research page

SimpleTech Expands Memory Product Line

IDF, San Francisco - March 1, 2005 - SimpleTech. today announced additions to its memory module product offerings.

The company announced new DDR1 and DDR2 ultra low profile RAM modules designed for use in servers and blade servers, as well as the highest capacity upgrade for DDR1 and DDR2 with a 4GB module. The ultra low profile (0.72" high) registered DDR1/DDR2 DIMMs have data transfer rates of up to 4.2 GB/sec, are available in capacities of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB, and are suitable for sub-1U systems and blade servers. DDR1 and DDR2 regular profile memory modules are now available in capacities up to 4GB.

Silicon Image's PCI-Express - SATA II Design Wins

IDF, San Francisco - March 1, 2005 - Silicon Image. today announced that leading PC motherboard manufacturers AOpen, ASUS, ECS, EpoX, Gigabyte and MSI have incorporated its new SATALink PCI-Express to SATA II host controller into more than 15 new motherboard designs.

The industry's first 3Gb/s SATA host controller supporting PCI-Express, the SiI 3132 offers full advanced SATA functionality normally limited to server-class systems, including 3 Gb/s SATA data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing, support for port multipliers with Frame Information Structure based switching and support for ATAPI commands, making it compatible with optical drives such as CD-ROMs and DVD+/-RWs. In addition, the ability to drive two-meter cables for external SATA drives enables a new class of high-speed storage for the PC market.

John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner Dataquest, noted, "SATA shipments increased dramatically during the fourth quarter of 2004. As we forecast, SATA should become the dominant standard HDD interface during the second half of 2005. By the end of 2007, SATA should achieve 100% penetration in all desktop and notebook hard disk drive markets. The transition from 1.5 Gb/s SATA to 3 Gb/s SATA should be relatively quick and seamless, with 3 Gb/s SATA accounting for more than 70% of all SATA hard disk drive shipments during 2007."

Diffusion Group Reports on Storage in the Home

Plano, TX - March 1, 2005 - According to new market research from The Diffusion Group evidence is beginning to amass that two of the most hyped products in the early digital home market will be fortunate to attain niche market status in the next few years.

Despite the fact that media servers and digital media adapters were well-hyped and got rosy forecasts from a number of research firms, the devices have suffered from extremely limited demand. The Diffusion Group believes that demand will remain limited and that what unique functionality these solutions do offer will be quickly integrated into other platforms.

"It is not that this type of functionality is undesirable," said Michael Greeson, President of The Diffusion Group. "The premise of networking stored digital media content to multiple devices in the home is valid, but consumers aren't looking for separate devices to enable this experience. Instead, the applications and benefits enabled by these two platforms will be increasingly integrated into devices with which consumers are more familiar - such as DVD players that will are now evolving into DVD-recorders or set-top boxes with built-in hard-drives and integrated networking."

HGST Plans to Double Consumer Disk Sales in 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 1, 2005 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies plans to more than double its total shipment of CE hard drives in 2005.

According to IDC, Hitachi was in first place in total hard drives shipped for CE devices in fourth quarter 2004 and in second place for the full year. To achieve this the company will focus its marketing efforts on 3 key consumer segments - MP3 personal media players, digital video recorders and mobile phones. As part of this strategy Hitachi will open 5 worldwide Hitachi Design Studios that will specialize in helping customers integrate hard drives into consumer electronic devices.

First RapidIO Reference Book Released

SAN DIEGO - March 1, 2005 - AMCC today announced that Sam Fuller, VP of marketing for AMCC's Embedded Products Group and former president of the RapidIO Trade Association, has written an essential guide for RapidIO interconnect technology.

"RapidIO-The Embedded System Interconnect" is just the tool for those looking to grasp a deeper understanding of RapidIO technology, and how it compares to other interconnect technologies. The book also covers how RapidIO can help achieve high-performance, reliability, and low cost in a variety of embedded and networking devices.

The book's in-depth case studies on RapidIO applications in a myriad of systems will be of interest to system designers of all levels. The book also serves as a complete reference guide for RapidIO's protocol layers: logical, transport and physical. Beginning with a historical look at RapidIO, Fuller outlines important specifications pertaining to RapidIO technology, mechanical standards such as the VME Switched Serial Extensions and the PICMG ATCA standards and an analysis of programming models related to RapidIO, and covers recently defined technologies, such as RapidFabric. the book

Emulex Introduces 4Gb/s PCI Express FC Adapters

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif. - March 1, 2005 - Emulex today announced its new family of 4Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapters and I/O Controllers with a native PCI Express interface.

This new family of HBAs offers both single and dual channel connectivity. Emulex will begin sampling to OEMs next quarter.

ExaGrid Systems Expands Sales Channels

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. - March 1, 2005 - ExaGrid Systems today announced the expansion of the company's direct and indirect sales channels.

Resellers Bishop Technologies, Inc. and Tri-Delta Resources have been signed and ColoSpace - a managed service provider - is already leveraging ExaGrid's Advanstor solution to store the data of its customers. ExaGrid additionally announced expansion of its direct sales force into the Midwest, New York, Texas and California regions.

ADTX and FalconStor Team on Virtual Tape Library

TOKYO - March 1, 2005 - FalconStor Software today announced that ADTX is introducing its new VT-AN400 Series, powered by FalconStor's VirtualTape Library solution.

The VTL Appliance from ADTX enhances the speed and reliability of existing third party backup applications by using disks to emulate industry standard tape libraries, and by transferring data to, and restoring it from, disk-based virtual tape at ultra high speeds. The appliance also maximizes reliability by removing robotic mechanical failures and physical tape media errors.
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AMD Reports on Illegal Business Processor Practices by Intel in Japan

Intel Replies to the Japanese Anti-trust Commission - "Talk to the Hand"

In these pages your editor rarely talks about matters outside the storage market, but it can be important sometimes. Here's a peek into a story which has given Microsoft brief relief as Intel steps up boldly to claim custody of the IT monopoly hot seat. Here goes...

SUNNYVALE, CA - March 8, 2005 - AMD released a report today on the Fair Trade Commission of Japan's findings of monopolistic practices by Intel in the microprocessor market.

The JFTC has found that Intel has abused its monopoly power to exclude fair and open competition, thereby violating Section 3 of Japan's Antimonopoly Act. These findings reveal that Intel used illegal tactics to stop AMD's growing success and increasing market share by imposing limitations on Japanese PC manufacturers (which sell notebook and desktop computers to customers around the world).

The JFTC Recommendation is the culmination of an 11-month investigation that has established patterns of anti-consumer and anti-competitive behavior. The Commission found that, because of AMD's inroads into Intel's market share, Intel deliberately set out to artificially limit AMD by imposing conditions on five Japanese manufacturers that together represented 77% of all CPUs sold in Japan.

One manufacturer was forced to agree to buy 100% of its CPUs from Intel; another manufacturer was forced to curtail its non-Intel purchases to 10% or less. Intel separately conditioned rebates on the exclusive use of Intel CPUs throughout an entire series of computers sold under a single brand name in order to exclude AMD CPUs from distribution. ...AMD profile, ...Intel profile

...Editor's comments:-
Later that day:- Intel's reply to the Japanese Commission ruling can best be paraphrased as:- "talk to the hand."... Intel has done no wrong... the Japanese government doesn't understand how US business works etc etc.

To understand Intel's complete lack of apology and aggressive stance you have to know Intel corporate culture and history and it helps to be an Intel Insider - to use a tasteless pun - because it's the details of how the Intel Inside scheme has been managed which seems to lie at the root of the anti-trust findings.

In the early 1980s - Japanese semiconductor companies ripped off Intel processor designs and got government subsidies which helped them dump low cost memory chips into the US and European markets - nearly destroying Intel's business. By the time that legal protection had come to the aid of US memory makers - Intel had already decided to exit the DRAM business.

So effectively Intel is saying today to the Japanese regulators - you screwed us big time before - so what right do you have to preach and moralise about us doing a little bit of harmless screwing with another US company now?

...Later:- more coverage of this story:- The Mercury News , The Financial Times

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