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article:-  Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win? - by Semico Research
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. ...read the article, Hard disk drives, Flash Memory, Market research, Solid state disks
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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
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Bare Media Exposed - Looking at the Contenders for Optical Media Archiving - article by Plasmon

Optical archiving has become a legally mandated storage technology in many markets. There are a lot of new optical media technologies and packaging formats to choose from. But which ones will stand the test of time in terms of data reliability and cost of ownership? Plasmon, founded in 1987, has nearly 2 decades of experience as a systems and media supplier in the optical archiving industry. This article looks at the critical factors for the new products now available and those emerging so you can assess which will work best for you. ... read the article, ...Plasmon profile, Optical Libraries
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Email Archiving and Information Lifecycle Management - article by StorageTek

Email archiving is becoming a major cost and management issue for many enterprises. This article describes the thinking behind StorageTek's Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) scheme. You might find this conceptual framework useful - even if you use backup hardware and software from other vendors.

"Each year, across the global community, between one and two exabytes of unique data is being created. As well dealing with email management, companies need to start taking a strategic, holistic view of data storage and look at the issue in terms of an Information Lifecycle Management process. At the heart of ILM is an understanding of the value information holds at each stage of its life and from that, the importance of a co-ordinated approach to managing the storage and archiving of all forms of digital data." ...read the article,...StorageTek profile, 40 more articles about Backup Software

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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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This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

This article will help you understand why some SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be negligible.
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Paralan's iSCSI Bridges Start Under $1k

last week's news (archive)San Diego, CA - October 21, 2005 - Paralan Corporation announced today the release of its iS500 Family of iSCSI to parallel SCSI Bridges.

Paralan's iS500 Family of iSCSI Bridges easily connect parallel SCSI devices to an IP SAN and merge "Direct Attached Storage" systems and devices into networked iSCSI storage environments. For organizations not using IP SANs internally, Paralan's iS500 Family of iSCSI Bridges can be used to simplifiy off-site data backup plans by iSCSI enabling legacy parallel SCSI devices. Bridges are available in enclosed box, rack mount and board versions. Pricing starts as low as $995. ...Paralan profile, iSCSI


LSI Logic Samples PCI Express SAS Controllers

MILPITAS, Calif. - October 21, 2005 - LSI Logic Corporation today announced that its next-generation PCI Express Serial Attached SCSI controllers are now sampling to key OEM customers.

The 4-port LSISAS1064E and 8-port LSISAS1068E are the industry's first PCI Express to 3Gb/s SAS controllers. Both chips support 8 PCI Express lanes at 2.5Gb/s, for an aggregate bandwidth of up to 2GB/s (4GB/s full duplex). ...LSI Logic profile, Serial Attached SCSI


Warner Bros. Joins Blu-ray Disc Association

BURBANK, Calif. - October 20, 2005 - Warner Bros today announced it has joined the board of directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association and will release its films on the Blu-ray format.

Warner Home Video will release titles on the Blu-ray format to support the launch of Blu-ray players in North America, Japan and Europe, giving consumers the ability to enjoy a wide range of new releases and selections from Warner Bros.' vast library and that of New Line and HBO on the Blu-ray format. Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical disc format developed for high-definition video and high capacity software applications. A single layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 25GB of data and a dual layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 50GB. This greater storage capacity enables the Blu-ray Disc to store up to five times the amount of content than is possible with current DVDs. Blu-ray Disc Association, Industry trade associations


McDATA Surpasses 20,000 Director Milestone

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - October 20, 2005 - McDATA Corporation today announced it has sold more than 20,000 Intrepid Directors worldwide, totaling more than 1.6 million ports since 1998.

McDATA holds 44% market share in the director level switch space. ...McDATA profile, SAN switches


FalconStor Launches PrimeVault Center

MELVILLE, N.Y. - October 19, 2005 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced the launch of PrimeVault, its state-of-the-art data protection facility.

FalconStor's PrimeVault center provides all businesses with the ability to easily replicate their data to its secure site. PrimeVault's pricing plans accommodate the varying needs of large, medium, and small businesses. In today's business climate, organizations need to have a remote set of data on standby for disaster protection and for long-term archiving to comply with data retention regulations. PrimeVault provides customers with instant contingency planning. As part of the low monthly fee, each customer is equipped with either FalconStor DiskSafe or FileSafe software for their local machines to drive fast backup to an appliance pre-loaded with FalconStor iSCSI storage software (also provided as part of the service) at their site. Data is then remotely replicated by the iSCSI appliance to the PrimeVault location, without any impact to the business' production environment. ...FalconStor profile, iSCSI, Data Recovery, online backup,


Pegasus Reveals a Winning Hand for ILM Encryption

San Ramon CA - October 19, 2005 - Pegasus Disk Technologies today announced that its Advanced Compliance Edition of InveStore - InveStoreACE is now being configured with many 3rd party data protection solutions applications used in Banking, Securities, Government.

Compatible applications include:- Symantec's VERITAS Enterprise Vault Email and File System Archiving and NetBackup products.

ACE delivers a complete and protected tiered storage solution, providing the user application with secure management of archive and compliance information on magnetic disk, optical and tape.

"Users that have an application or infrastructure to manage and save information have been offered many different solutions to deal with archive and compliance data." said Roy Slicker, Pegasus President. "Magnetic disk based systems are attractive for performance reasons and have big names (and price tags) behind them. On the other hand, removable archive media is attractive for cost and long-term reasons where data is not accessed often, if at all, but still needs to be stored. Until now, no one blended media types into a single secure system that can plug into existing applications and leverage the users investment and current infrastructure, and deliver encryption and other key capabilities in demand and not currently available as part of the application." ...Pegasus profile, Storage Security, Optical Libraries


QLogic Acquies Troika Networks

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - October 18, 2005 - QLogic Corp. today announced it is acquiring Troika Networks for $36.5 million in cash.

Troika acceleration technology will be integrated into entry-level and mid-range QLogic virtualization platforms that host leading OEM and ISV software solutions. ...Troika Networks profile, ...QLogic profile


Nexsan says - the AutoMAID is not for turning

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - October 18, 2005 - Nexsan Technologies today introduced the next evolution of its SATABeast enterprise-class storage array which houses 21TB of SATA disk storage in just 4U of rack space.

SATABeast employs Nexsan's AutoMAID energy saving technology that automatically and transparently places the array's disk drives in an idle, yet active, state to reduce power consumption and operational costs. AutoMAID delivers the cost-saving benefits of MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) without the limitation of slow access times and special host software. Nexsan's AutoMAID is granular to the individual drive level and enables users to determine access times and the level of energy savings desired. AutoMAID automatically monitors and performs regular integrity checks of all idle drives in the array. ...Nexsan profile, RAID systems

Editor's comments:- according to our news archive COPAN Systems was the first company to coin the phrase MAID, but there is no connection between them and Nexsan.

Re my headline - "Nexsan says - the AutoMAID is not for turning" (the disk spindle) is a reference back to a famous speech made by Margaret Thatcher in 1980. Confirming that she was not about to make a u-turn in policy - she said "You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning!"



NovaStor Makes Service Provider Weekly's List

SIMI VALLEY - October 18, 2005 - NovaStor Corp has been named to the "Top 50 Vendors List" by Service Provider Weekly.

The list was published in yesterday's issue recognizing outstanding software solutions that equip service providers to optimize operations and generate new revenues via differentiated services.

NovaStor's NovaNet-WEB platform provides the basis for offering online data backup services to SMBs and consumers linked to the Internet. Online data backup gives ISPs, systems integrators and other service providers a compelling value added service that generates recurring revenues and solidifies customer loyalty. Since NovaStor's debut in this space over 8 years ago, thousands of service providers have added NovaNet-WEB to their online service portfolios.

In developing the Top 50 lists, the editors of Service Provider Weekly evaluated submissions by vendors industry-wide. NovaStor CEO Peter Means says the publication's recognition of NovaStor and the uptake in NovaNet-WEB subscriptions attest to the growing importance of data backup.

"Recent events such as Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires and floods underscore the need of small and medium sized companies to store critical files offsite and be able to recover data instantly and securely," says Means. "To be included with industry leaders... confirms that online data backup as a data protection service has arrived and is now becoming a mainstream revenue generator among service providers." ...NovaStor profile, ...Service Provider Weekly, online backup, Data Recovery


QLogic Named in Forbes 200 Best Small Companies

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - October 18, 2005 - QLogic Corp. today announced that it has once again made Forbes' 200 Best Small Companies list.

QLogic ranked #3 in the Profits subcategory, #6 in Market Value and #120 overall. This is the 7th straight year that QLogic has appeared on the list Members of the list have revenue between $5 million and $750 million. Net profit margins must be greater than 5%, and share prices above $5.

"If you're looking for a list of the hottest sensations of the moment--you've come to the wrong place. Our list of the 200 Best Small Companies doesn't do flashes in the pan," says Forbes. "It does, however, feature solid and consistent hitters that have performed well when measured over the last 12 months and the past five years, and are poised for another growth spurt."

"It is extremely gratifying to be recognized as one of Forbes' Best Small Companies for the seventh consecutive year," said H.K. Desai, the chairman, CEO and president, QLogic Corp. ...read the article, ...QLogic profile, Fibre-channel adapters

Editor's comments:- I had a quick scan through the Forbes list and didn't spot any other storage companies. If I missed them, no doubt they'll let us all know soon.



Arkeia's new Smart Backup comes with Smart Pricing

CARLSBAD, Ca. - October 18, 2005 - Arkeia Corporation announced today the introduction of Arkeia Smart Backup.

Arkeia Smart Backup is based on Arkeia's award-winning network backup technology and replaces the company's free backup software, Arkeia Light. The new software covers a wide spectrum of data protection strategies, fully supporting disk-to-disk backup environments as well as traditional disk-to-tape, including autoloaders. Features include:-
  • Network backup capability with client support for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, NetWare and xBSD to protect heterogeneous environments
  • Easy-to-use Java-based graphical user interface that insures a short learning curve
  • Includes virtual tape library feature for backup to disk
  • Simultaneous (parallel) backup of several machines to leverage Arkeia's multi-flow technology for reduced backup windows
  • Automatic bare metal Disaster Recovery to ensure rapid recovery and business continuity
  • Support of hot database and application backup plug-ins to ensure that running application data is protected
For existing customers, moving from Arkeia Light to Arkeia Smart Backup is easy. Also upgrading from Arkeia Server Backup to Arkeia Smart Backup is seamless and free. For new customers - Arkeia Smart Backup is free up to 50GB data volume and $99 for 100GB. Each additional 100GB (up to 1TB) is priced at only $99.

Commenting on Arkeia's innovative pricing, Eric Kappes, Manager, Information Systems at Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati Ohio said - "Arkeia Smart Backup volume based pricing gets rid of headaches related to pricing based on the number or type of servers. There are no more hassles when I add new machines to the network, replace a server with an OS change, or consolidate and re-deploy servers. Best of all, I only pay for what I use. This pricing structure is a much more reasonable approach than that used by most software vendors." ...Arkeia profile, Storage Software


AGAMI Signs Up 2 US Distributors

Sunnyvale, Ca & Englewood, Co - October 18, 2005 - Agámi Systems Inc. and the MOCA Division of Arrow Electronics, Inc. announced today that they have signed a distribution agreement.

With this agreement, Arrow will be a premier distributor of Agámi Systems information servers to VARs and system integrators throughout the United States and Canada. Agámi also announced today a distribution agreement with Bell Microproducts. ...Agámi Systems profile

Editor's comments:- the most notable thing about Agámi Systems is not the speed of their storage (many others are faster), nor the price (many others are cheaper) but the company's pretensions to a lower case German style of naming with a not so cute affected acute accent over the second letter "a" - as in "agámi" - which is the style they say they would prefer editors like me to use. When marketers do that I'm tempted to just change it all to AGAMI . Give me a break - we're not in the cosmetics industry - or do they spray their NAS with perfume too? I know that many other oems do this tricky upper case/lower case stuff - but putting 2 eyeball strainers into one short 5 letter invented name aimed at the English speaking storage market is more like agony than agámi.



Virtual Tape Article by MaXXan Systems

Editor:- October 18, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by MaXXan Systems it's called - "Virtual Tape: Can You Afford to Ignore It?"

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) 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


Maxtor OneTouch Puts Terabyte on USB / FireWire

MILPITAS, CA - October 17, 2005 - Maxtor Corporation today announced its new Maxtor OneTouch III, Turbo Edition external storage solution that takes the complexities out of RAID and delivers a simple-to-use, easy-to-understand solution for the consumer mass market.

With capacities up to 1TB the new product integrates Maxtor's award-winning automated backup and restore capabilities for Mac and PC users, allows users to easily configure the solution for either RAID 0 or RAID 1 and includes new software tools to synchronize data between two or more computers and to help repair PC systems after a damaging spyware or virus attack. The Maxtor OneTouch III, Turbo Edition comes in a 600GB or 1TB capacity and features a triple USB 2.0/FireWire 400/FireWire 800 interface for easy connection to a Mac or PC. Availability begins in December at major U.S. retailers, distributors and online stores, as well as at www.maxstore.com. The MSRP for the 600GB is $549.95 and $899.95 for the 1TB. ...Maxtor profile, Backup software, Hard disk drives, USB storage, Firewire (IEEE 1394) Storage


TimeSpring Removes Bricks from the Backup Wall

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - October 17, 2005 - TimeSpring Software Corp. announced the immediate availability of TimeData for Microsoft Exchange Server.

Unlike other backup systems, TimeData continuously captures all Exchange data as it changes. There are no protection gaps, no scheduling requirements, no backup related system slowdowns and no backup windows for the administrator to manage. TimeData for Exchange's powerful search and recovery tools allow administrators to quickly find and restore a single email, email group or mailbox without resorting to time consuming and disruptive "brick-level" backup and restore procedures.

"Traditional tape-based approaches to email data protection are falling short. As a result, we've seen significant interest in CDP solutions like TimeData for Exchange" said Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst with Taneja Group. ...TimeSpring profile, Backup Software


Coraid Launches Open Source Low Cost NAS

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - October 17, 2005 - Coraid, Inc. today launched a low cost Linux-based network attached file server. A single Coraid CLN/20 Linux NAS server can literally have thousands of disks connected via Ethernet, and exported with NFS. The CLN/20 is a 1U rack mount server prepackaged with the Coraid Linux NAS distro and available now with prices starting at $2,495. Easy to configure, it includes many application-specific "how-to" tutorials all in one place and ready to go for NFS file sharing. Coraid also offers a discounted bundle price of $6,195 for the CLN/20 plus a 15 Disk SATA+RAID EtherDrive Storage appliance (users add their own SATA disks). With today's street price of $375 for a 500GB SATA disk, that works out to 7.5TB of file storage for less than $1.58/GB

"Coraid is an open source proponent and we developed this new Linux distro to take advantage of the storage scalability that can be achieved with ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) storage," stated Coraid CEO James Kemp, "We are offering the Coraid Linux NAS distro free for users to put on their own server platforms, or as a completely installed and integrated package in the CLN/20 Linux NAS Server appliance." ...Coraid profile, NAS


Spectra Logic Packs Encryption into Tape Libraries

Orlando, Fl. - October 17, 2005 - Spectra Logic today announced encryption-enabled libraries at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.

Existing Spectra T120 and T950 library customers can upgrade their libraries with an encryption-enabled module, or blade, in seconds. Without encryption, data backups are vulnerable to unintended or malicious actions that put at risk confidential information and thousands or millions of identities, exposing organizations to serious legal liability. Spectra BlueScale Encryption works with all major platforms and operating systems, backup and database applications, and tape and mobile disk media. Basic encryption functionality will be available in the Spectra T950 and T120 libraries beginning in Q1 2006. Other encryption-enabled Spectra libraries will follow, along with solutions that provide FIPS 140 compliance. Pricing for encryption starts below $5,000. ...Spectra Logic profile, Optical Libraries, Tape Libraries, Storage Security, Storage Events


ASI to Distribute Hitachi Disk Drives in US

SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 17, 2005 - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with ASI Corp.

The new agreement will enable Hitachi to further extend the distribution of its industry -leading hard disk drive product line to VARs and System Integrators in North America. ASI currently serves more than 18,000 US VARs. ...Hitachi profile, ...ASI profile, Hard disk drives,


Seagate's 1" Drive Used in HP Photosmart Printer

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - October 17, 2005 - Seagate announced today that its 1 inch ST1 Series hard drive has been integrated into the compact and portable HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer.

The HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer, which began shipping in August, has PC-like power with the ability to store more than 1,000 images. It's also the first compact photo printer capable of printing 5 x 7-inch photos, in addition to 4 x 6-inch and panorama prints. ...Seagate profile


SiliconStor Qualifies 3rd Generation SATA Mux

Fremont, Calif. - October 17, 2005 - SiliconStor, Inc. today announced availability of its third-generation active-active multiplexer device.

The SiliconStor AAMUX technology enables single-ported SATA drives to connect like active, dual-ported drives for use in enterprise storage systems using SAS expanders supporting the SATA tunneling protocol (SAS-STP). SS1300 has been delivered to major OEMs in pre-production volumes for final qualification of new storage systems.

"The escalating demand for enterprise-class SATA hard drives for a broad range of storage applications is evident in the enterprise as well as SMB markets. Industry analysts are forecasting that by 2008 over two-thirds of all enterprise hard drives will ship with either SATA or SAS interfaces," said Joel Warford, vice president of marketing and business development for SiliconStor. "Our new SS1300 device is specifically tailored for the new generation of SAS-based storage systems that are designed to accommodate both SATA and SAS drives." ...SiliconStor profile, Serial Attached SCSI, Storage chips


European Telco Chooses Cyber- Ark to Vault Passwords

London - October 17, 2005 - Cyber- Ark Software today announced that Belgacom NSI has selected Cyber-Ark's Network Vault to digitally secure and store all their critical passwords including administrative, root and application passwords.

Bernard Philippe - Belgacom Server Product Manager said "Since we manage servers for our customers, the security to access the information is crucial. Cyber-Ark's product was the only product on the market that met all our security requirements... Thanks to Cyber-Ark we are now able to guarantee secure access to administrative passwords for system administrators, service desk personnel (etc). The audit trails are giving us valuable traces of who accessed which server." ...Cyber-Ark Software profile, Storage Security

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