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Supports Isilon Systems' Clustered Storage
SEATTLE, WA - November 14, 2005 - Isilon Systems today at Supercomputing 2005, announced that more than 20 companies are supporting Isilon as it continues to bring clustered storage to enterprises across a broad range of industries.
Isilon recently announced the next generation of its award-winning Isilon IQ family of clustered storage systems - which are powered by the latest version of Isilon's award-winning OneFS distributed file system software and use high-speed, low-latency InfiniBand for intracluster communication. ...Isilon Systems profile, InfiniBand
InfiniBand delivers 15 GB/s to Sandia National Lab
Los Angeles, CA - November 14, 2005 - Sandia National Laboratories, DataDirect Networks, Cluster File Systems, Inc. and Voltaire combined solutions to deliver 15 GB / second to Sandia's high performance RoSE Visualization Cluster.
The RoSE clusters are designed to visualize, analyze and manage output from two of the world's most powerful supercomputers, Red Storm and Thunderbird. These supercomputers enable simulations with extraordinary precision and fidelity, and the size of the output is enormous. Each output can be tens of terabytes in size. The tests used 12 Silicon Storage Appliances (S2A 8500) from DataDirect Networks to provide high performance parallel access to 360 terabytes of SATA storage. The Lustre file system, developed by Cluster File Systems, integrated with the S2A's high speed capabilities delivered the performance record to the RoSE cluster. An InfiniBand network from Voltaire interconnected the nodes of the RoSE cluster achieving high performance by providing high bandwidth and low latency with little load on the cluster CPUs. ...Data Direct Networks profile, Record Breaking Storage
Sony Gives Away Free DVD Burners
Editor:- November 14, 2005 - Sony Electronics is giving away free 16x DVD burners, PCs and displays as part of a marketing promotion to sell more of its AIT backup tapes (200GB), drives and libraries.
The rewards program is active through December 31. The tape backup market has been an uncharacteristically slow growth / no growth sector in the fast growing storage market, and tape backup may eventually go the same way as the floppy disk. In the meantime tape manufacturers will do all they can to convince users that disk to disk backup and virtual tape are not going to kill their market. ...Sony profile, Tape drives, DVD drives
Dot Hill Supports U320 SCSI
CARLSBAD. Calif.- November14, 2005 - Dot Hill today announced the new SANnet II U320. The SANnet II U320 supports data rates up to 320MB per second and incorporates a number of new technologies including packetization maximisation and quick arbitration select, which significantly reduce overhead and CPU requirements of existing applications. ...Dot Hill profile, article:- What is SCSI?
New Case Study Shows SSD SAN Benefits
Editor:- November 14, 2005 - a new server acceleration case study, showing the customer value of solid state disk storage, is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Texas Memory System.
The new article, about the online games publisher CCP Games, provides much more technical information than the previously published news story - and is one of a series of new priced application examples which will be featured in our annual Solid State Disks Buyers Guide when it is updated next week. Here are some of the salient points about the application:-
Launches Native InfiniBand Storage |
Seattle, Wash. - November 14, 2005 - LSI Logic Corp today introduced the Engenio 6498 controller and Engenio 6498 storage system at SuperComputing 2005.
These solutions integrate native InfiniBand connectivity with sixth-generation Engenio XBB architecture, high-performance Fibre Channel or high-capacity SATA disk drives and powerful storage management software solutions. ...LSI Logic profile, InfiniBand
HDTV Post Production Gets 3x Speedup from Exanet
Minatoku, Tokyo - November 14, 2005 - Q-tec, Inc., one of Japan's leading video post production service providers, has chosen Exanet's award-winning software-based ExaStore 2.2 storage solution for its bandwidth-intensive HDTV video data.
Installation of ExaStore 2.2 has already increased Q-tec's HDTV workflow efficiency more than 280%.
"We selected Exanet because its ExaStore storage solution had the highest performance of all NAS systems," said Mr. Aonuki, the General Manager of Engineering Division of Q-tec. "The quick integration process and the compatibility with our existing hardware makes the solution ideal for the video post production market. Selecting ExaStore is a strategic decision that will significantly enhance our bottom line." ...Exanet profile
NovaStor Advances Small Business Backup
Simi Valley, Ca. - November 14, 2005 - NovaStor Corp has released Version 7.3 of NovaBACKUP, its award winning small business data backup and recovery solution.
The new version expands upon its existing capabilities to include support for Open File Backup (Windows XP and 2003) and has decreased file recovery times by up to 80%. Open File Backup is included free of charge in all NovaBACKUP products and permits consistent backup of open files without the need for 3rd party applications or additional plug-ins.
"Open files such as email, customer databases and accounting applications represent the majority of a small business' critical data. Not having a proper backup of this information could prove absolutely devastating for any company," says Peter Means, CEO at NovaStor.
NovaBACKUP has been installed globally on millions of PCs and servers. The Professional Edition ($69.95 list) runs on Windows 98, ME, NT Workstation, 2000 Professional and XP. The Server Edition costs $149.95 and runs on Windows NT, 2000 and 2003 server platforms. ...NovaStor profile, Backup Software
Protecting the Enterprise Against Removable Storage
Washington, D.C. - November 13, 2005 - at the 32nd Annual Computer Security Conference today M-Systems introduced Xkey Shield, new enterprise software that enables corporations to control the usage of removable devices and media in the corporate network.
Xkey Shield controls the widest range of devices and ports including USB Flash drives, MP3 players, Digital Cameras, CD/DVD burners and printers, as well control over Bluetooth, Infra-red and firewire ports. Xkey Shield allows for flexible directory based policies. These policies may range from a complete block of disallowed devices, forcing a read-only mode, to the selective approval of specific devices.
"As a leader and innovator in the USB flash drive market, we have closely studied the security challenges our corporate customers have encountered when deploying such devices at an enterprise level," said Nimrod Reichenberg, M-Systems' director of marketing for corporate solutions. "Xkey Shield, along with the Xkey Drive, finally allows corporations to embrace personal storage by adopting company approved storage devices and controlling all other removable devices." ...M-Systems profile, Storage Security, Flash, Storage Events
Dell's Storage Revenue Grew 35%
Round Rock, Texas - November 10, 2005 - Dell reported revenue of $13.9 billion for the quarter ended ended Oct. 28, an increase of 11% compared to a year ago.
Revenue for storage products, up 35% year-over-year, grew at a rate of more than three times that of the disk storage systems market as recently reported by IDC. ...Dell Computer profile
Plasmon Illuminates Compliance & Archiving Strategies
Editor:- November 10, 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 - " the Impact of Compliance and Risk Management on Archival Storage Strategies."
It's difficult enough protecting and archiving your data so that it's available to the right people at the right time (and cost). But now that's only part of the problem. With so many new rules and regulations which prescribe how you should destroy data records at the appropriate time - how do you guarantee that they stay deleted? Archiving data on the wrong kind of media could mean you run the risk of breaking the law.
Advances in the data recovery industry, and the future cohabitation of storage search-engines both mean that Compliance Officers have to pay much more attention to the ways in which data is dispersed and disposed of in different types of media. This article summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of currently available market technologies. ... read the article, ...Plasmon profile
Network Appliance Unveils Security Initiative
Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 9, 2005 - Network Appliance, Inc. today unveiled its Uncompromised Security Initiative, a program that promises to deliver industry-best solutions to the enterprise.
In addition to building security into all areas of its product portfolio, NetApp is rolling out a variety of educational tools to help customers better understand their data security risks and the ways they can tune their IT infrastructure to mitigate those risks without having to "rip and replace" or make unrealistic investments. NetApp is also hosting a variety of seminars, tutorials, and other forums on the topic of security. ...Network Appliance profile, Storage Security, NAS
Sony's Hard Disk Focuses on Camera Flash Slots
PARK RIDGE, NJ - November 8, 2005 - Sony Electronics today announced the debut of the Compactvault removable hard disk drive that uses Compact Flash type II slots, such as those found in digital still cameras.
The new drive is designed for photo enthusiasts and so-called "prosumers". The Compactvault drive has a capacity of 5GB and measures just over 1½ inches wide and less than 1½ inches hig The new drive features high transfer speeds of up to 12MB/sec. Shipping will begin later this month MSRP is $199.99. ...Sony profile, Hard disk drives
LiteSpeed 4.5 Speeds Up SQL Server 2005 Backups
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - November 8, 2005 - Quest Software, Inc. today announced the availability of version 4.5 of LiteSpeed for SQL Server 2005.
This new version delivers dramatic backup performance improvements and speeds SQL Server restores with object-level recovery, allowing DBAs to restore individual tables instead of the entire database, reducing restoration time from hours to minutes and greatly decreasing both storage costs and downtime. Previous versions of LiteSpeed backed up 2.1TB of data in 60 minutes. Now, based on recent lab tests, version 4.5 of LiteSpeed will back up 3.75TB of data in less than 60 minutes. Version 4.5 of LiteSpeed for SQL Server is available now with pricing starting at $1,245 for a standard license. ...Quest Software profile, Backup Software
SANRAD's iSCSI Switch Supports 3rd Party Systems
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - November 8, 2005 - SANRAD Inc unveiled its new Total iSCSI SANV-Switch.
The new product enables users to easily add their iSCSI storage arrays to a pool of SAN storage and then manage that global storage pool with a full spectrum of services, including virtualization, remote replication, data mirroring and snapshots. The Total iSCSI SAN-V-Switch supports any IETF-compliant iSCSI storage devices so customers can maximize their existing investment in storage hardware.
"While we've always been able to pool and virtualize FC, SCSI or FC-SAN storage resources into our iSCSI SAN, we decided to take this one step further and add support for third-party iSCSI arrays and iSCSI systems," said Zophar Santé, Vice President of Market Development for SANRAD. "There are quite a few simple iSCSI arrays on the market and we can now pool, virtualize and manage those systems along with FC and SCSI systems. Total open storage pooling provides storage tiering, economical capacity scaling and adjustable performance. The return on investment and freedom to use what you want is critical to delivering on the SAN promise." ...SANRAD profile, iSCSI, SAN switches
Coughlin Reports on the Future of Mobile Storage
San Jose, CA - November 8, 2005 - Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates has published a free 20 page report called "Putting Portable Storage in Perspective" which describes the future roles of various portable consumer electronics storage devices.
There has been much speculation that hard disk are being replaced by flash memory in portable electronics. In reality hard disk drive technology has many years of growth and will enable lower cost high performance storage for portable devices while coexisting with other portable digital choices.
By 2010 1-inch hard disk drives will offer over 100GB for the same price as a 30GB flash memory. The price cross over point for flash memory and hard disks drives will be under 10GB by 2010. Small form factor hard disk drive storage capacities will continue to offer much greater storage capacity for a considerably lower price than comparable flash memory offers. Compressed formats such as MP3 songs were developed for fast downloads over slow internet connections and into small digital mass storage. Low cost high capacity digital storage small hard disk drives will enable future higher resolution loss-less format portable entertainment.
For example, a 100GB 1-inch hard disk drive storage capacity provides a real personal content and entertainment center with 20,000 4-Megapixel photos, 10,000 MP3 songs as well as over 80 VGA-quality movies selling for less than $400 in 2010. Small form factor hard disk drives enable intelligent personal devices that we can scarcely dream of today. ...read the article (pdf), ...Coughlin Associates profile, Market research, Hard disk drives, Removable Storage
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