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2005, October 1-7

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Samsung Launches iSCSI Storage Servers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - October 7, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and DataCore Software Corporation announced today that they have entered into a strategic business partnership agreement.

Samsung will create a new line of Samsung iSCSI Storage Servers focused on the Korean marketplace. The product is equipped with an Intel Pentium 4 processor of 3.6GHz, 1TB of SATA disk storage. DataCore's pre-installed SANmelody software enables the Samsung Storage Servers to provide a range of networking storage services that allow disk capacity to be easily served non-disruptively to application servers over standard Ethernet iSCSI infrastructures.

Samsung has developed a sales and technical education program for their internal resources and business partners to help launch the product line. Beginning this month, Samsung has already selected over 30,000 users as targets. Samsung is also evaluating new business models and services to foster Disaster Recovery solutions and upgrade paths for those SMB customers with limited budgets who need to scale and better protect their data. ...Samsung Electronics profile, ...DataCore Software profile, iSCSI

Editor's comments:-
in an earlier article I predicted that Samsung, the world's leading semiconductor storage company, would be one of the top 10 storage companies within the next 3 years, with a storage revenue similar or larger than that of HP. When you're big you have to get involved in small but fast growing niches like iSCSI. My guess is that if the new product features and bugs get ironed out in Korea it won't be long before we see them everywhere else too.

World's Smallest Removable Storage Card

Diamond Bar, CA - October 6, 2005 - Advanced Media, Inc. has introduced a Micro SD card to its popular RIDATA brand of flash memory products.

Approximately one quarter of the size of conventional memory cards, it is the smallest removable storage card available. The RIDATA Micro SD card provides full compatibility and interoperability with current Secure Digital devices, when used with an adapter. The new cards will be on display at Mobile Business Expo Booth# 617 in Chicago October 9-12.

Industry sources predict demand for the new card to grow by over 200% over the next three years. The RIDATA Micro SD" card supports mobile devices currently sold by I-mate, Motorola, O2, Orange, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, T-mobile, Kyocera, LG, Amor, Segam, and other leading marketers found around the world.

The new Advanced Media memory card is compatible with any full-size SD device through the use of an adapter. It also provides support for mobile devices featuring a TransFlash slot. CPRM encryption is in affect when it is used with an adapter. It is available in 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB capacity sizes. The RIDATA Micro SD" card is available now. ...Advanced Media profile, Flash, Removable Storage, Storage Events, Record Breaking Storage

M-Systems and Digi-Key Sign Distribution Agreement

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - October 6, 2005 - M-Systems and Digi-Key Corporation, a US-based electronic component distributor, today announced that the companies have signed a worldwide distribution agreement.

M-Systems' embedded flash disk products will be featured in Digi-Key's printed and online catalog and will be available for purchase directly from Digi-Key.

"Many design engineers have a Digi-Key catalog and, with M-Systems inside, it will be a great outlet for us into new designs," said Scott Deutsch, M-Systems' vice president of sales for the Americas. "Digi-Key has a huge catalog and online customer base that will now have access to our products for all of their product development needs." ...M-Systems profile, ...Digi-Key, Storage chips, Flash

GizMac Rolls Noise Reduction Enclosures into Europe

Torrance, CA - October 6, 2005 - GizMac Accessories LLC builds on their success in the United States and starts a major expansion into Europe with their XRackPro2 product.

XRackPro2 is a rack mount enclosure cabinet designed to reduce noise and add mobility to Apple's Xserve line of servers and RAID systems. Noise from rack mount equipment located inside the XRackPro2 will be reduced up to 75% while the heavy duty caster wheels provide a method for easily moving the rolling rack enclosure cabinet when needed.

"Europe is a growing market for the XRackPro2 noise reduction rack mount enclosure cabinet," says Tim Cave, founder of GizMac, "We are setting up a channel of distribution that will increase availability for European resellers and their customers."

XRackPro2 rackmount enclosures are used in video and audio post production, film and broadcast applications, graphics and pre-press, medical, scientific and any other environment that needs noise reduction and/or flexibility of equipment location. ...GizMac Accessories profile, Rackmount Storage
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Evesham Launches SilverSTOR NAS for UK Market

Evesham, UK - October 5, 2005 - Evesham Technology announced the launch of SilverSTOR XS - which will be shown for the first time next week at Storage Expo.
Based on Intel's XScale processor architecture with SATA technology and RAID Level support it delivers up to 1.6 Terabytes of NAS and includes Gigabit Ethernet and wireless connectivity. The price of a typical configuration with 4 x 250Gb SATA disks is GB£849 + VAT (approx $1,500). SilverSTOR XS is architected to act as a central data server. This means users with different operating systems such as UNIX, Linux, Apple OSX and Windows can read, write and execute the files saved on the SilverSTOR XS via their network. ...Evesham Technology profile news image Evesham's SilverSTOR XS

Oxford Semi acquires Transdimension

IRVINE, Calif. - October 5, 2005 - Oxford Semiconductor, Inc. today announced its acquisition of TransDimension, Inc. a leading provider of USB connectivity solutions for embedded applications.

The move strengthens Oxford's connectivity product portfolio and expands its global presence through the creation of a new, US-based parent company. Oxford Semiconductor's acquisition of TransDimension places the company in a position of technology leadership as the preeminent supplier of complete FireWire and USB-based connectivity solutions for the rapidly growing consumer electronics, storage, audio and add-on card markets. The acquisition also enhances the new company's prospects for the successful participation in wireless USB, projected to be widely utilized in many future consumer, storage and PC peripheral applications. ...Oxford Semiconductor profile, USB storage

FirmTek Ships Hot-Swap External eSATA Enclosure

UNION CITY, California - October 5, 2005 - FirmTek, LLC today launched their new external SeriTek/2eEN4 Serial ATA 4-bay enclosure.

The SeriTek/2eEn4 features the latest eSATA technology and delivers four state-of-the-art hot swappable hard drive bays to support today's demanding media-rich applications. The SeriTek/2eEN4 (estimated retail price $499.95) is compatible with virtually every external Serial ATA host adapter on the market and supports data transfer rates of up to 300MBytes/sec or 3.0Gbits/sec per drive. ...FirmTek profile, SATA, Storage Boxes

Seagate Disks Used in New 60 inch TV

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - October 5, 2005 - Seagate Technology announced today that LG Electronics has integrated Seagate hard drives into the world's first plasma integrated High-Definition televisions with a built-in high-definition digital video recorder.
Available in 50- and 60-inch models, LG's PY2DR can store up to 14 hours of digital high-definition programming or 62 hours of digital standard-definition programming. The new widescreen plasma-DVRs incorporate an automatic time-shift feature, which continuously records in one-hour intervals. Other features include slow motion rewind and forward capabilities and instant replay. ...Seagate profile dvds

New Disklabs Article Demystifies Data Recovery

Editor:- October 5, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Simon Steggles at Disklabs, it's called - "What is Data Recovery?"

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. the article, ...Disklabs profile, Data Recovery, backup software, Hard disk drives

Tugboat Enterprises Shows DR Benefits with Cartoon

Editor:- October 5, 2005 - Tugboat Enterprises Ltd is running an animated cartoon on their home page to explain to readers how their data recovery product works and the benefits it offers.
The example used is a sales/marketing person doing a presentation on their notebook at a customer site. The notebook's OS crashes - but Tugboat's Lifeboat product comes to the rescue.

I'm not a fan of viral marketing and think ads should be more direct. But the cartoon is well designed.
news image - Lifeboat cartoon
"It is our firm belief that most people who are looking for the software tools we are producing, such as Lifeboat, want a simple explanation of what the product does. They don't need or want to know the mechanics of the product," said Tugboat's President Gordon Wilson. "We also believe that marketing is made easier when treated with a little humor and (who designed the animations) is excellent at what they do."

If you're interested in such things you can see for yourself how well the Macromedia demo works. ...Tugboat Enterprises profile, Data Recovery

PS - in real-life when your notebook crashes and won't restart then the cure is often to remove the batteries and then restart. This is something you have to do since notebooks no longer have hard reset switches. When notebook makers start to seal the batteries in place - then users will have to wait hours for the batteries to discharge to reset the OS - or switch away from Windows

Triple Stor to distribute Edge-Core in Germany

Tübingen, Germany - October 5, 2005 - Triple Stor announced it will distribute Edge-Core switches in Germany.

Triple Stor is reacting to ever increasing convergence of networking and storage products. ...Triple Stor profile

Fujitsu will OEM Engenio SAN Controller

Milpitas, Calif. - October 4, 2005 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. today announced that the company has entered into an OEM agreement with Fujitsu Ltd. of Japan.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fujitsu will sell storage systems based on the Engenio 2882 SAN controller technology which includes a 2GB battery backed cache and delivers sustained I/O performance from media of 25,000 IOPS. ...Engenio profile, ...Fujitsu profile, SAN

Adaptec to Divest Systems Business

MILPITAS, Calif.- October 4, 2005 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced it intends to divest its systems business.

This is an $80 million annual run rate business that includes assets gained through several acquisitions including the Snap Server NAS and Eurologic block systems hardware and software assets. The company has retained Credit Suisse First Boston as its financial advisors. Adaptec's systems business has won numerous industry awards over the last year. The award-winning Linux-based GuardianOS software and other NAS software capabilities are included as assets in Adaptec's systems business. Intellectual property and capabilities gained from the Eurologic acquisition are also included.

"As mentioned in our last earnings call, our management team has been conducting a very thorough analysis of all of Adaptec's businesses and operations," said Scott Mercer, interim CEO of Adaptec. "While we have successfully built a solid suite of storage systems products and gained a volume leadership position in NAS, it became clear that we needed to simplify our business model."

Adaptec President, S. "Sundi" Sundaresh added, "It was a hard decision for us, but we feel that selling our systems business is the best move for the company and its shareholders as we take the necessary steps in Adaptec's recovery. This will allow us to focus our internal resources on capturing a leadership position in the emerging Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI markets." ...Adaptec profile, RAID systems

Editor's comments:- the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. In the early 1990s Intel flirted with becoming a PC maker. If you ever used one - those were some of the most expensive and clunky PCs at that time. Chipmakers face three main problems when they try their hands at complete systems marketing.

(1) - they lose customers - because their biggest chip customers now regard them as competitors.

(2) - their marketing organizations, cultivated to support a small elite group of product designers, don't have the resources, culture or experience to deal with promoting their products to a much bigger market of systems integrators, distis, VARs and end users.

(3) - the products aren't usually very good. Partly because chipmakers are not in the loop of evaluating important complementary products from other chip and peripheral suppliers. Another factor is that the "make or buy" decision for ancillary parts and peripherals - often lands on the side of the argument which "feeds the wafer fab" - but is the wrong technical/marketing choice for the end-user.

In-Stat Reports on Home Network Storage

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - October 4, 2005 - In-Stat predicts that unit sales of consumer network storage will grow by more than 50% over the next several years.

Although the market is relatively small, storage vendors have recognized this growth opportunity. Challenges for vendors include providing the right combination of features and price points and consumer education about the difference between external PC hard drives and storage attached to a home network. In-Stat's new report, Consumer Network Storage: Many Vendors Enter Market, costs $2,995. It discusses market trends, suppliers, consumer survey results, worldwide vendor market shares, and provides five-year forecasts for consumer network storage. ...In-Stat profile, Market research

Does SRM Provide Free Storage?

Ashtead, UK - October 4, 2005 - Research conducted for BridgeHead Software reveals 60% of IT directors estimate they could remove 30% or more of the data they retain on primary storage - if they only knew what they wouldn't need again.

Almost half of all respondents agree that more than 30% of their primary data store is taken up with unstructured data such as spreadsheets, documents and presentations.

40% of the 300+ survey respondents report responsibility for more that 1TB of data on primary storage and a further 10% report more than 10TB of data on primary storage.

Tony Cotterill, CEO of BridgeHead Software, said: "The prevailing 'keep everything' attitude is most likely the result of straightforward data overload combined with a perceived lack of effective tools for archiving files. That may once have been the case, but ... there are plenty of tools to do something about it. ...Imagine not having to purchase 30% more primary disk capacity in your own organisation and buying the right archiving tools instead. It ought to be an easy decision, with the added benefit that primary storage purchases will be down 30% year on year thereafter." ...BridgeHead Software profile

Editor's comments:- In 1995 Philip B. Crosby published his seminal book "Quality is Free". That concept was applied in a lot of industries including manufacturing and software development. The basic idea is that if you get things right the first time, or as early as possible then you don't waste the much bigger costs associated with fixing problems later on. In this context - SRM company BridgeHead Software seems to suggest that SRM software can pay for itself because it reduces your need to buy additional primary disk storage capacity. Is that really true?

Countervailing this trend is the market move towards more disk to disk backup - because of speed and a desire to do more complete data recovery. "Last night's data is not good enough" said Dean Goodermote, CEO of NSI Software - commenting on Microsoft's recent DPM announcement. These factors suggest that demand for more disk storage could grow at many times the rate that any SRM product can save. Doesn't mean to say that users don't need SRM - just that better arguments need to be deployed to sell to the 86% (source BridgeHead survey) who don't yet have one .

BakBone Enhances US Channel Program

SAN DIEGO - October 4, 2005 - BakBone Software today announced significant enhancements to its North American channel partner program.

While the various partner levels, including Distributor, Platinum Reseller, Silver Reseller and Authorized Reseller, remain unchanged, the new structure of BakBone's Channel Advantage program now adds more benefits to each level of accreditation, such as web-based sales certification training courses and pre-qualified end user leads, and is designed to help partners receive competitive discounts more quickly.

"With 100% of BakBone's business coming through its VAR and OEM channel, our partners play a pivotal role in helping us break away from the competition, and we view the Channel Advantage program as critical to driving our mutual growth and success" said Scott Petersen, vice president of North American sales for BakBone. ...BakBone Software profile

Imation Packs hard Drive into LTO

OAKDALE, Minn. - October 3, 2005 - Imation Corp today announced its new Ulysses technology - a disk-enhanced removable media cartridge.

The Ulysses solution was developed to radically accelerate tape automation by integrating a hard disk drive into a standard tape cartridge form factor for deployment in any tape library environment. The new technology addresses the needs of tape users looking for a disk- to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) solution to improve restore time without having to adopt a complex new system or invest in hardware or software modifications. And a Ulysses-equipped library can restore files up to 10 times faster than a tape-only library.

Ulysses is a SATA 2.5-inch disk drive in an LTO Ultrium cartridge form factor. Used with the Ulysses tape drive emulator, this disk- enhanced removable media accelerates backup and restore performance and resides within an existing tape library. The emulator fits in any standard tape drive bay and is recognized by the host, backup software and storage management software as a standard tape drive. The Ulysses technology can be simply integrated into a legacy tape environment - delivering the performance of disk at almost the same cost as tape. ...Imation profile, Tape drives, Storage Media

Editor's comments:- although tape library manufacturers - such as Spectra Logic - long ago started to incorporate hard disks as alternative options into their libraries - those products were based on proprietary form factors. The new option from Imation will help to migrate the market and kill tape backup stone dead in the same way that vacuum tubes replaced electromechanical relays in computers in the 1950s.

Coraid Slashes Cost of Network Storage

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - October 3, 2005 - Coraid, Inc. today announced that their EtherDrive Storage Appliances are driving total system costs for storage networks to their lowest point ever.

When combined with large capacity SATA disks, standard Ethernet switches and the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol, EtherDrive Storage eliminates the need for expensive Fibre Channel technology, host bus adapters or iSCSI TOE cards. The result is a dramatic reduction of total system cost to less than $1.35 per gigabyte.

"Adding an Ethernet network connection to a SATA disk used to cost between $2.00 and $6.00 per gigabyte," explained Coraid CEO Jim Kemp, "and Fibre Channel SANs cost a lot more than that. Our 15-disk EtherDrive Storage Appliance holds up to 7,500 gigabytes of disk storage and sells for $3,995 - or just $0.53/GB. Large capacity SATA disks prices range between $0.43 and $0.74/GB. Standard Ethernet switches are inexpensive, and the AoE protocol is free. Add it all up and the total system cost is less than $1.35 per gigabyte. That's what we call true value innovation."

"EtherDrive Storage seems to have a natural home in disk-to-disk back up applications, and appears to be an ideal fit to work with Virtual Tape Library systems," said W. Curtis Preston, vice president of GlassHouse Technologies. "A value comparison makes it clear that disk backup is now less expensive than tape systems and the scalability offered by a network storage product like EtherDrive Storage looks like a good fit for this market." ...Coraid profile, NAS

STORAGEsearch Reports Reader Interests

Editor:- October 3, 2005 - STORAGEsearch reports on readers' changing interests in September.

The #1 subject viewed by readers (out of 70 storage categories on our home page) was hard disk drives. The #1 article viewed by readers (out of more than 100 articles) was "The 10 biggest storage companies in 2008?" The #1 company profile out of more than 1,000 storage companies listed on STORAGEsearch was M-Systems. Pageviews grew 71% compared to the year ago period. Readership grew by 36% compared to the year ago period. For more information and full rankings see Market research

Overland Scales D2d upto 38 Terabytes

SAN DIEGO - October 3, 2005 - Overland Storage, Inc. today announced the Overland REO 9000 Expansion Array.

This array enables customers to add RAID 5 capacity to the REO 9000 disk-based backup and recovery appliance in increments of four or eight terabytes upto a total of 38 terabytes of protected storage at an industry-leading price point. ...Overland profile, Disk to disk backup

iLumin Tames Unruly Wrinkly Unstructured Data

Reston, VA - October 3, 2005 - iLumin Software Services, Inc. today announced the latest addition to the Assentor suite - Assentor File System Manager.

AFSM extends iLumin's ILM functionality to provide management of unstructured data stored on all major file systems including Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX and Netware among others.

AFSM delivers file classification, storage resource management and data migration tools that work seamlessly with the customer's infrastructure - all without deploying server agents. AFSM classifies files based on frequency of access, the file types, location and other criteria. Also included are comprehensive reporting tools that analyze and report on storage utilization. Based on the administrator's classification criteria (age, type, owner, path, size, etc.), AFSM automatically stores or copies files to the appropriate storage media.

As the value of corporate file system data changes throughout its lifecycle, the cost and complexity of managing that data can become overwhelming. Electronic data must be kept for longer periods of time, with new and expanding standards for accessibility and management, Assentor customers' benefit from the solution's interoperability with a wide variety of storage and software vendors. For example, companies deploying information lifecycle solutions can integrate Assentor with storage products from EMC, IBM, NetApp, and Sun among others. ...iLumin profile, Backup Software

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