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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - November 30, 2005 - The storage debate between NAND flash memory and hard disk drives for the portable consumer electronics market will continue and likely increase with price disparity decreasing over the next four years, IDC believes. NAND memory average selling price is expected to decrease at a 43% compound annual growth rate from 2004 to 2009. However, price per GB is not the sole decision criteria. Factors such as total capacity requirements, form-factor, power consumption, weight, durability, data rates, as well as strategic OEM and storage supplier alliances, weigh heavily into storage technology criterion.

"We do not expect a "winner takes all" outcome by 2008 as both storage technologies will advance through technology transitions to provide higher capacity products and focus on their respective strengths," said John Rydning, research manager with IDC's Storage Mechanisms: Disk Program. "Instead of viewing each storage technology as a threat, flash and HDD vendors should approach this development as an opportunity to form alliances to broaden and extend their portfolio," added Celeste Crystal, senior analyst, Semiconductors research at IDC. ...IDC profile

See also:- article:- Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win?



Nashua, N.H. - November 30, 2005 - EqualLogic, Inc. announced today that former Microsoft executive Bob Skelley has joined the company as vice president of channel development. In this position, Skelley will manage the company's channel development programs to enhance the business opportunity of the company's network of channel partners. Skelley also will be responsible for selectively recruiting new partners worldwide.

Skelley has 20 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing. During his career at Microsoft he managed OEM, system builder, VAR and distribution businesses. Most recently, as Microsoft's director of U.S. distribution and VAR channels, Skelley led the turnaround and reinvigoration of Microsoft's VAR channel, boosting satisfaction ratings among top resellers and increasing Microsoft's channel-driven sales revenue by expanding product adoption and market opportunities. ...EqualLogic profile, iSCSI, Storage People


Geneva - November 29, 2005 - STMicroelectronics today announced NOR Flash-based memory subsystems intended for the latest generation of mobile phones. The multi-chip subsystems combine ST's new monolithic 256- and 512-Mbit NOR Flash devices with Pseudo-Static Random Access Memory (PSRAM) or Low-Power Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (LPSDRAM) in a single package. Developed and manufactured in ST's state-of-the-art 90nm process, the new NOR Flash memory subsystems offer faster code execution and more cost-effective pricing for 3G handheld applications. ST's new NOR Flash memories support read speeds of up to 133-MHz, 2X faster than currently available devices in the market. Additionally, the program throughput of up to 0.5MByte/s outperforms existing NOR Flash solutions by a factor of three. ...STMicroelectronics profile, Flash


IRVINE, Calif. - November 29, 2005 - Toshiba Storage Device Division topped all hard disk drive manufacturers in consumer electronics shipments for the 3rd quarter of 2005, according to IDC. This world-leading position in CE HDD shipments is Toshiba's first, marking the company's growth and innovation with its 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch and 0.85-inch HDDs for consumer electronics and automotive applications.

According to IDC, in Q3, Toshiba had a global market share of 27.5% for all HDDs shipped into CE, and an impressive 43.9% share when excluding the 3.5-inch drive category. This leadership position underscores Toshiba's commitment to providing robust storage technology and solid execution to meet demand for key applications such as mobile PCs, GPS systems, MP3 players and automobile entertainment systems.

"This has been a landmark year for Toshiba with milestone achievements in new technologies like perpendicular magnetic recording, automotive HDDs and shipment of our 100 millionth mobile HDD," said Scott Maccabe, vp and general manager, Toshiba Storage Device Division. "We continue to see tremendous demand for small form factor HDDs in traditional markets like mobile computing, as well as new consumer devices." ...Toshiba profile, ...IDC profile, Market research, Hard disk drives

Editor's comments:- it's interesting to see evidence that's consistent with our previously published long range prediction that Toshiba will be one of the top 10 storage companies by revenue in the $100 billion, 2008 storage market.



LOS GATOS, Calif. - November 29, 2005 - ONStor Inc. today announced its Bobcat NAS Gateway has been chosen by MyPhotoAlbum. MyPhotoAlbum currently hosts 13 million online photos on 28TB of Nexsan RAID storage accessed via the ONStor Bobcat 2260 NAS gateway. With its storage requirements doubling every 120 days, MyPhotoAlbum needed a solution that was highly scalable and vendor-neutral so that NAS server performance and storage capacity could be scaled independently to keep pace with its rapidly changing storage demands. The MyPhotoAlbum deployment supports 1 million page views per day.

According to Chris Ferry, director of operations and systems administration at MyPhotoAlbum, the decision to purchase ONStor was an easy one, based on the freedom to select vendor-independent storage and simplicity of storage administration. "The majority of the storage vendors tied me down with their disk solutions which were severely overpriced. With ONStor's virtualization capabilities I'm free to switch disk vendors without having to migrate the data. We also enjoy the easy administration ONStor provides. We had the unit installed, configured and deployed in less than two weeks." ...MyPhotoAlbum profile, ...ONStor profile, online backup and storage


San Jose, CA - November 29, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today said it is providing the majority of graphics memory for the launch phase of Microsoft's Xbox 360 multimedia console. Running at 700 MHz, the Samsung 512megabit (16Mbx32) GDDR3 will transmit data at 5.6GBps - 3.5 times faster than the memory used in the first Xbox - enabling real-time generation of near-cinematic animation in games. At a system level, the 512Mb density allows the Xbox 360 to provide 8 times the capacity of the first Xbox to store highly detailed textures that depict more life-like images. ...Xbox 360, ...Samsung profile, RAM

Editor's comments:- picking a number for the naming of a new product is a difficult task. All the best ones have already been used. "360" is a good number - which has some positive connotations. IBM's System/360 mainframe (1964) is a number which lives on in computer history textbooks. Also 360 degrees make a circle. In some situations - like film sequels - the number to use becomes obvious. Naming the mice on STORAGEsearch.com started easy - but got harder. See also:- article:- Marketing Nomenclature, and the Naming of Names



Westborough, MA - November 29, 2005 - Neartek, Inc. today announced Virtual Storage Engine version 3.0. The new, highly anticipated, next-generation virtual tape library and data management software solution has been designed specifically for open systems IT environments (Windows, Linux, UNIX), and offers unbounded bandwidth and capacity scalability coupled with seamless integration and ease of use. Virtual Storage Engine version 3 is a software only solution that is compatible with most popular third-party disk arrays. Neartek works with channel partners to deliver a turnkey solution to customers, which includes the VSE software license on a Linux-based appliance, and customer-specified disk array. MSRP for this turnkey solution begins at approximately US $25,000 for a 2TB solution (4TB if compression is enabled) and scales upward based on the customer's specific performance and capacity requirements. ...Neartek profile, Storage Software, Disk to disk backup


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - November 29, 2005 - NetEx launched a rental program aimed at storage resellers, consultants and system integrators who need to accelerate their clients' data migrations. Qualified NetEx HyperChannel partners can receive substantial discounts to include HyperIP as part of their complete data migration project offering. Customers have seen a 3x to 7x increase in effective data throughput when deploying HyperIP. Monthly rental fees start at $2,043 per system.

"Many organizations today are unable to address their migration requirements when multiple terabytes of data need to be moved within restricted timeframes" said Robert MacIntyre, VP of Business Development and Marketing at NetEx. "HyperIP DMO overcomes these transport limitations and... operates over standards-based IP networking infrastructures. The same technology helped EarthLink move over 60 TB of data at more than 1 TB per hour between their Pasadena and Atlanta data centers during a recent mail migration and consolidation effort." ...NetEx profile, Storage Services, iSCSI


Aliso Viejo, Calif. - November 29, 2005 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced two key appointments.

Sherman Lee has joined the company as vp of engineering. Lee brings to his position a wealth of technical, patent and business experience that comes from many years in the high-technology computer and communications industry. He has held top management and technical positions with industry leaders including Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, AMD and Xerox Corporation. Most recently he co-founded Amalfi Semiconductor where he served as vp of engineering and development.

Roy Stephens has been appointed as director of quality assurance. Stephens brings to his new position a wealth of experience in the electronics manufacturing industry, complimented by a proven track record of improving products and services, as well as minimizing costs for companies and their customers. Over the past three decades, he has managed quality assurance at leading companies such as SMT Dynamics, ADC Telecommunications and Fujitsu Business Communications. ...SiliconSystems profile, Storage People


SUNNYVALE, Calif. and TOKYO - November 29, 2005 - M-Systems and Renesas Technology today announced new supply and strategic collaboration agreements. Renesas Technology will supply advanced multi-level cell, high-performance AG-AND flash memory, while M-Systems will contribute its leading flash controllers and TrueFFS flash management technology. ...M-Systems profile, ...Renesas profile, Flash, storage chips, Storage VARs - in Japan


SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - November 29, 2005 - Seagate Technology today announced the first practical implementation of Cybercapture technology. Sony Corporation has employed this technology in its new Compactvault removable hard disc media drive that uses Seagate's 1" CompactFlash Photo Hard Drive, following a joint implementation effort between the two companies. Hard disc drives with Cybercapture technology maximize hard disc performance, enabling faster shooting and high definition video capture. By moving control of the file system from the consumer electronics device onto the hard disc drive itself, Cybercapture technology will allow an even higher recording rate of still pictures in multi-shot mode as well as higher quality recording of moving pictures, on a drive running in AV mode. ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives


Taipei, Taiwan - November 29, 2005 - QNAP Systems, Inc. has launched the TS-401T - a 4 disk, hot swappable, desktop NAS aimed at SMBs.

Other news on this page

IDC Comments on Debate Between Flash and Hard Disks

STMicroelectronics Ships Flash in 90nm Technology

IDC Says - Toshiba is #1 in CE HDDs

EqualLogic Appoints New VP of Channel Development

MyPhotoAlbum.com Selects ONStor NAS Gateway

Samsung's Graphics Memory Powers Xbox 360

Neartek Delivers Virtual Storage Engine 3.0

NetEx Rental Speeds Up Large Scale Data Migrations

SiliconSystems Expands SiliconDrive Team

M-Systems and Renesas Announce Flash Agreement

Seagate's 1inch Hard Disk Drives Shoot Faster

QNAP Launches Desktop NAS for SMBs

Asigra Says "No" to Outmoded Veritas Costs

Agere VP will Drive Growth in Storage Division

Gilding the USB Flash Stick

Adaptec Launches GuardianOS v4.0

the State of Infiniband?

Fibrenetix Launches Less Irritating RAID

Why are Most Analysts Wrong About SSDs?

STORAGEsearch Reveals the Pivotal Shift in 2005

Library Resource Management for Sun Tape Libraries

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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, Hard disk drives, Flash Memory, Market research, Solid state disks
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Virtual Tape: Can You Afford to Ignore It? - article by MaXXan Systems

Network connected disk to disk backup systems for the enterprise have come a long way since the first pioneering products started to appear in the pages of STORAGEsearch.com in the late 1990s.

Some of the growing sophistication in the market can be seen by the way that the marketing terminology has morphed from the early D2d (let's kill tape backup), via D2D2T (let's be friends with tape / peaceful coexistence) to the current VTL (Virtual Tape Library - let's just see if they notice that it's more reliable and works faster - and don't tell them that there isn't a tape in the box) type of approaches.

But if you think that speed, reliability and cost are the only things you need to know about the "virtual" versus "real" tape library argument - take a look at this comprehensive article from MaXXan Systems which shows there are a lot more benefits than that. ...read the article, ...MaXXan profile, Disk to disk backup
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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, Optical Libraries
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Predicting the Next 7 Years in Storage?
Commemorating the 7th anniversary of STORAGEsearch.com in 2005, this article recaps the 3 most significant changes which have taken place in the storage market in the past 7 years. Megabyte writes about the future of storage
We've reported on every widget and fidget in storage technology and every nibble and wriggle in the storage market from every company. But 3 trends stand out clearly.

That was the easy part.

As you know STORAGEsearch regularly predicts storage market winners and losers in specific segments varying from 3 to 10 years in advance. The success of those past predictions and their popularity gave us the confidence to predict the 3 biggest changes in the next 7 years. This should help you make your strategic plans and avoid future shock. ...read the article
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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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BiTMICRO is the #1 best recognised brand of SSDs (source STORAGEsearch.com SSD Survey) and they have published a lot of articles to help customers understand the benefits of their products. When I first saw the submission for this article I was pleased to see that it quoted extracts from and linked to several other articles that I myself had written or edited - so that gave me a warm glow.

After years of analyzing this market SSD vendors and analysts are starting to see some clear patterns emerging. Although opinions still differ on some subjects, and vendors are prone to pitch their own solutions as best, this article is a useful synthesis of current industry thinking by one of the leading flash SSD module manufacturers. ...read the article, ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, Solid State Disks, Hard disk drives
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What is Data Recovery? - article by Disklabs

The first time you try any new technology service it can be a bit daunting. Who do you choose? What if it goes wrong? The pressure really turns up when you are in the situation of having lost your data due to a backup failure, hardware fault, operator error or physical disaster. That's usually the first time you look at the data recovery market. and it's when you're in a high state of anxiety and can't take the risk of anything else going wrong. This article is a simple guide to how the data recovery industry works and how it can help you in this frightening situation. ...read the article,...Disklabs profile, Data Recovery, backup software, Hard disk drives
Most small businesses may not have their own MIS professionals. QNAP's TS-401T can be configured in 5 minutes with 7 simple installation steps. Disk configurations include:- RAID 0, 1, 5 & JBOD. The TS-401T includes built in software for remote replication and optional anti-virus protection.

It also includes USB ports for directly attached data backup. ...QNAP Systems profile, NAS
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Toronto, Canada - November 29, 2005 - Asigra today announced that Veritas NetBackup users can escape new higher licensing fees by adopting Asigra Televaulting software, eliminating per-server agent licenses. According to recent press reports, Veritas customers are struggling to cope with new budget–busting fees imposed by Veritas as the company is abandoning its existing discount policies when software licenses come up for renewal following its acquisition by Symantec. The higher license fees are in addition to the complexity and management overhead that enterprise customers incur while managing hundreds or thousands of Veritas licenses. The license-based pricing model is also used by CA, Legato, CommVault, Tivoli and others, making backup and recovery for distributed enterprises expensive and difficult to manage.

Asigra Televaulting software eliminates licensing costs and administrative complexity altogether with innovative capacity-based pricing, allowing users to license Asigra like buying disk, by the terabyte. Asigra's "pay-as-you-grow" compressed-capacity-based licensing model allows users only to pay for storage under management. The initial implementation capacity is based on the amount of compressed data to protect. After that, customers are charged per compressed terabyte of additional storage.

"The simple truth about Veritas-type software licensing is that it's an outdated, costly model for distributed enterprises," said Eran Farajun, executive vice president of Asigra. "As more companies move toward utility computing and delivering storage as a utility, Asigra is leading the way with a utility-type pricing model where customers only pay for the compressed backup capacity they actually consume, making distributed backup simpler to deploy, easier to manage and more cost effective." ...Asigra profile

Editor's comments:- Asigra's new pricing model is not all that new. Arkeia was the the first backup software company to launch a pricing model based on the quantity of data backed up. STORAGEsearch.com ran an ad on this pricing scheme back in April.



ALLENTOWN, Pa. - November 28, 2005 - Agere Systems today announced that Ruediger Stroh has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Agere's Storage division, effective immediately. Agere's Storage business provides integrated silicon platforms for hard disk drives that address enterprise SANs, servers, desktop PCs, laptops, and consumer electronics markets. As leader of the Storage division, Stroh will be responsible for driving growth in Agere's largest business segment, and will report directly to Richard Clemmer, Agere President and CEO.

"We are focused on expanding our breadth of storage products and building on our market positions across all hard disk drive segments," said Clemmer. "A veteran of both large and small companies in the electronics industry, Ruediger brings to Agere an exceptional balance of experience, having successfully led key storage businesses at companies like Infineon as well as at many startups. I am confident that his leadership will drive higher levels of agility, execution and innovation in our Storage division."

Stroh previously served as CEO for a number of start-up companies focused on nano-materials, SAN and wireless connectivity ICs. He also held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager for Infineon Technologies, where he was responsible for managing the Network and Computer Storage, Data Communications, and Consumer divisions. Before moving to Infineon, Stroh spent several years at Siemens AG focused on improving productivity and key business processes across multiple divisions. ...Agere Systems profile, Storage People


Editor:- November 28, 2005 - for those who have more money than they know what to do with - Swissbit have launched a 1GB USB flash module with a body which includes 925-sterling silver or 18 karat white/yellow gold. They even have some models which are hand-adorned with diamonds. Thanks to a patented technology, the tiny USB memory can actually be removed from the housing if at any time in the future you want to replace it for a device with even greater storage capacity. ...Swissbit profile, USB storage, Flash


MILPITAS, Calif. - November 28, 2005 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced version 4.0 of its Linux-based GuardianOS operating system that comes with its Snap Server NAS. GuardianOS is a unified software platform that combines cross-platform file sharing with block-level data access on a single network storage device to provide a simple and flexible data storage solution ideal for departments, remote offices, and small/medium distributed enterprises worldwide. Notable new features include an easier-to-use graphical user interface and Unicode support. Unicode delivers a universal architecture for multiple languages, ensuring that stored corporate data from Europe and Asia-Pacific countries is easily accessible and protected worldwide. ...Adaptec profile, SAN software


Editor:- November 28, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Steve Gardner Director, Product Marketing Engenio, it's called - "Has Infiniband Established Itself in the Market? This article looks at the state of the Infiniband market at the end of 2005. After 5 years stirring in the emerging market cauldron the Infiniband market hasn't turned out to be the popular flavor which was originally anticipated. But it's finally starting to get served up in some important markets. An Infiniband port now costs half as much as a fibre-channel port and delivers many times the performance rate. According to the author, Infiniband is now ready to take its place on the mainstream technology menu. ...read the article , ...Engenio profile, InfiniBand


West Sussex, UK - November 28, 2005 - Fibrenetix has launched a quiet running 6 bay RAID system aimed at the broadcast, video and digital imaging markets. The dual 4GBit Fibre channel host connection and SATA-II drives deliver over 300MB/s - more than sufficient to edit High Definition uncompressed video streams. Cost is under $2 per gigabyte. According to Jes Nagel, Fibrenetix's CEO the new system virtually eliminates acoustic noise irritation.

"We have all suffered from noisy PCs and RAID systems in the past. To solve this problem, we developed the Qubex with an external power supply, so there is no longer an internal power source generating heat and causing noise. We also incorporated a slow moving, whisper-quiet fan, making Qubex the perfect solution for any desktop."...Fibrenetix profile, RAID systems


Editor:- November 24, 2005 - STORAGEsearch.com today published a new article about the SSD market called- "Why are Most Analysts Wrong About Solid State Disks?" Most analysts and editors of other computer publications don't really understand the solid state disk market. They show their ignorance and naivete by prefacing every discussion of SSDs with a superficial analysis which compares the cost per byte of storage between flash and hard disk drives.

That's the wrong answer to the wrong question. And it's far removed from why the SSD market is racing to become a multi billion dollar market seemingly in blithe ignorance of the cost per byte proposition.

This new article tells you what's important to users and the main applications in which SSDs are already being used and new applications where they will be used in the next 3 years. In 2003 I predicted that "the SSD market is going to be a much bigger market than the NAS market is today." I realize now that was an understatement. So why are most of the analysts wrong? There's a simple explanation. ...read the article, Solid State Disks

...and now it's done I can go and eat some turkey. Happy Holiday to all our readers!



Editor:- November 22, 2005 - at this time of year analysts, editors, manufacturers and ISVs are busy digesting what's happened in the storage market and what will come. Here, at STORAGEsearch, we do this kind of analysis throughout the whole year and there are rarely any surprises by the time we hit the holiday season. It's still too early to do my end of year review - but here's one question, which I think, it's safe to answer.

In the context of the storage market - what do you think is the single most important thing that happened in 2005? What's the single biggest change that analysts will track back to 2005 in future years and say "this was the pivotal moment?"

Well it's not the Sun / StorageTek merger.

Yes, it was the single most popular news headline when it was announced back in June 2005. But if we look back at the equally gargantuan and much noisier merger of HP and Compaq (completed in May 2002) we can see from this perspective that it didn't change the storage market one jot. Yes, some vice presidents lost their jobs, and a lot of employees too. Some VARs got shuffled and some products got renamed, and some suppliers lost out in the new deal. But nothing of any significance changed. No new technologies got developed any faster than they would have done without the merger. And the same will be true of the Sun / StorageTek merger too. It will shift some points in market share and extend the shelf life of Sun - which may affect a few points of market share in the server market. But the overall impact on storage will be minimal compared to the 300+ other storage mergers we have noted before.

Looking again at the burning question of "what was the most important BIG thing in 2005". Am I saying it was technology then?

We're getting warmer there, but the long anticipated gestation (4 years) of Serial Attached SCSI into a technology that users could actually buy isn't the event either. Nor was the fact that InfiniBand (which had many near death experiences along the way) finally emerged looking as though it had found a healthy niche. As for iSCSI... (lagging years behind where IDC originally said it would be) ...that other graveyard for aspiring venture capital backed technology startups was finally nudging towards a billion dollar market.

What about the many demonstrations of holographic and other prototype technologies - which in the words of their developers would "wipe out" and replace hard disks, DVDs or tape?

2005 was an interesting year for long promised technologies to take up a bit more space in catalogs and newer technologies to be seen at events - but none of these new technologies was the big thing either. I'd better tell you, because we're running out of space here, and the list of things which weren't the pivotal changes in the storage market in 2005 is very long.

The answer is... that 2005 was the year that semiconductor storage overtook all other technologies (including disk) to become the biggest segment (more than 50%) of the storage market.

In 2005 solid state storage accounted for $45 billion of revenue. That was made up of RAM ($25 billion) and flash ($20 billion). It's the first time in the history of the computer market that solid state storage (with no moving parts) was worth about the same (or more) than all the other types of storage media added together (hard disk drives, tape and optical storage media).

That's a fundamental shift in the landscape which is not going to change. And as the solid state storage market grows and becomes more sophisticated - it will make big changes to the way that computers are designed and maintained.

Why is the change so important? We now have a storage usage landscape which has all the new interconnection technologies in place to sustain entirely new species of storage products. We're going to see Darwinian changes take place at catalyst speeds. I'll be talking more about that, as usual, in these pages later.


AUSTIN, Texas - November 22, 2005 - Crossroads Systems Inc. today announced the immediate availability of a library resource management solution with Sun Microsystems, Inc. Available as the Interface Control Module for the Sun StorageTek L1400M tape libraries, the intelligent platform extends the functionality of the L1400M library architecture with improved flexibility, utilization, and security for library resources. ...Crossroads profile, Tape Libraries, Worldwide Sun VARS

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