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SiliconSystems Further Expands US Sales Channel

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.- September. 14, 2005 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced the signing of manufacturers representative agreements with five additional organizations.

The new representative companies include Delta Technical Sales, Elcom Sales, Inc., GMA, Lange Sales, Inc. and O'Donnell Associates Southwest. Under the terms of the agreements, each company will market and sell SiliconSystems' entire SiliconDrive product line in their respective regions in North America.

Delta Technical Sales will support the Mid-Atlantic states, Elcom Sales will cover Upstate New York, GMA will service Canada, Lange Sales will support the Rocky Mountain states, and O'Donnell Associates will cover Arizona and New Mexico. ...SiliconSystems profile

MCI Launches On-Demand Online Storage

ASHBURN, Va - September 14, 2005 - MCI, Inc. today introduced a new on-demand, pay-as-you-go enterprise storage service.

MCI Utility Storage Service makes managing storage easier through its secure, online Client Central portal where customers can view attached servers, track volumes, monitor utilization and add, move and delete storage capacity. Additionally, customers are immediately alerted when their capacity threshold is reached, allowing them to request additional storage space. With MCI's new storage option, companies can benefit from outsourcing the often complex and tedious task of managing their storage infrastructure around-the-clock. MCI provides and manages the fully redundant, shared infrastructure using proven, best-of-breed technology from 3PAR and AppIQ. ...MCI profile, Storage Services, online backup

Seagate Technology Acquires Mirra, Inc.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 14, 2005 - Seagate Technology today announced the acquisition of Mirra, Inc., a leading provider of networked digital content protection products for the home and small business markets.

Effective immediately, Mirra, Inc. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology. ...Seagate profile, Acquired storage companies

Apple Claims Lowest Price for Rackmount SAN

CUPERTINO, California - September 13, 2005 - Apple today updated its Xserve RAID storage system, a 3U high-availability, rack storage system to deliver 7TB of storage capacity at an aggressive price of just $1.86 per GB.

Xserve's dual independent RAID controllers offer sustained throughput of over 385MBps over dual 2GB Fibre Channel using protected RAID level 5. Xserve RAID is certified to run in Mac OS X, Windows, NetWare, SUSE and Red Hat Linux environments.

"Apple has shipped an impressive 76 petabytes of Xserve RAID storage in the last two years," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "We are now offering our users more capacity at an even lower price per gigabyte." ...Apple profile, RAID systems

Maxtor Surveys US Consumers on Backups

MILPITAS, CA - September 13, 2005 - A new U.S. consumer survey of computer users, sponsored by Maxtor Corp indicates that many Americans are flirting with digital disaster when it comes to a failure to back up their files.

The poll of 2,299 adults, conducted by Harris Interactive in late July, finds that more than a third (35%) of U.S. adults who have personal/professional data and digital information stored on a PC or a laptop never back up their files, and a vast majority (76%) of those who do back up their files don't do it often enough.

At the same time, 44% of U.S. adult computer users overall indicated that they have lost important data or digital files stored on their computer or laptop, as a result of a computer virus, a hardware or software malfunction, or for some other reason.

"Computer users who don't have a systematic backup process are, in essence, walking a digital tightrope without a net," said Stacey Lund, vice president of marketing, Maxtor Branded Products Group. "Regrettably many people come to us after they've already lost their data because of an unfortunate instance like theft, a fire, a system crash, virus or an aggressive case of spyware. While Maxtor can't alleviate the cost of recovering lost data, we can certainly help avoid the need for data recovery by offering products that facilitate digital backup."

Among those survey respondents who do back up their digital information, the vast majority (76%) do so only once a month or less. While most U.S. adults who have personal/professional data and digital information stored on a PC or laptop (89%) know they should back up their computer data, not many do it with any regularity. Of those who do backup, 22% back up files only once a year or less often, 9% back up files just once every 7-11 months, and 15% back up their digital files just once every 4-6 months.

Despite unaddressed fears of losing valuable information and digital memories, the most frequently-cited reason by those who said they never back up their data is that they are not sure how to do it or that backup is too technical (cited by 44%). Another 21% said they don't think it's important enough to worry about, 20% think it takes too much time, and 14% don't back up because they believe that backup devices and services are too costly. ...Maxtor profile, Backup Software, Market research

BiTMICRO Shows Military-Grade Ultra320 SSD

London, UK - September 13, 2005 - BiTMICRO Networks today announced at the Defence Systems & Equipment International 2005 show in London the availability of a military-grade version of its Ultra320 SCSI solid-state flash storage.

Designed for extreme environments, the E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI can operate from -60 degrees centigrade to +95 degrees centigrade and is designed to handle operating shock of up to 1,500 Gs, making it an ideal storage solution for scientific missions and reconnaissance flights where data recording opportunities are critical.

This solid state drive is OS independent and is targeted to provide up to 42 microsecond access time, upto 12,500 IOPS and 2 million hours MTBF. Sustained R/W rate is 44 MB/sec (max) and burst R/W rate is 320 MB/sec (max). Available in a 3.5-inch form factor, maximum capacity for the E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI is pegged at 155 GB. The completely bootable drive comes with either a half pitch DB68 or SCA-2 ANSI compliant connector and does not require any device driver for proper operation.

"Reconnaissance flights and commercial scientific expeditions, especially those performed in the polar regions, can cost thousands if not millions of dollars. By relying on BiTMICRO solutions, scientists can be assured that critical info will not go to waste as a result of a defective storage device," says Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO Networks. ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, mil SSDs

World's First Dual Interface Flash SSD

Editor:- September 13, 2005 - STEC today announced the industry's first solid state drive with SATA and USB interfaces on one drive.

The Zeus Dual Interface SSD is the only available Flash drive that allows users to easily remove a single SSD from one system and use it in a second system with different interface requirements. This makes it an optimal solution for applications that require that the SSD have a high-speed SATA interface for digital mission data storage in a combat system and an industry standard USB interface for direct connection to a debriefing station or other PC.

SimpleTech is demonstrating the new Zeus drive this week at the Defence Systems & Equipment International 2005 Exhibition and Conference in London.

Since Zeus Dual Interface SSDs offer both SATA and USB connectivity, customers can work with an SSD design that is extremely flexible and optimized for use as a removable mass memory storage device. The product removes complexity from the design of host applications by eliminating the need to design interface adapters for the SSD.

Zeus Dual Interface SSDs have a 3.5-inch footprint and a 9.5 mm case height.and are available with capacities from 12 to 192 GB with sustained read/write rates of 60 MBytes per second. Zeus SSDs are MIL-STD-810F compliant, and offer patented purge features. All Zeus products are made in the United States at SimpleTech's ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturing facility.

QNAP Launches 1U NAS-410MT

Taipei, Taiwan - September 13, 2005 - QNAP Systems, Inc. has recently introduced the enterprise-level storage server - NAS-410MT to the market.

The 1U rackmount NAS-410MT is equipped with an Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz CPU and 512MB memory and is the first released model in QNAP's NAS Windows Storage Server 2003 series. The server supports 4 hot swappable SATA disks, RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD disk configuration with maximum storage capacity up to 1.6TB. Two high-speed Gigabit network ports support network balance & failover functions. NAS-410MT also supports UPS, unlimited user authorization and CA anti-virus software-eTrust which is free for lifetime online update. NAS-410MT provides a highly reliable system backup and protection mechanism, including redundant OS protection to boost operation protection. The default RAID 5 disk configuration carries auto-rebuilding function to allow enterprise to enjoy advanced data protection with minimum cost. External disk backup can be connected to a high speed Ultra 320 SCSI interface. ...QNAP Systems profile

SiliconSystems Doubles Capacity of SiliconDrives

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - September 13, 2005 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that it will offer double the current capacity of all products in its SiliconDrive solid-state storage product line starting in the fourth quarter of 2005.

"Doubling the capacity of our SiliconDrive products in all form factors for improved performance and storage versatility is just one of many benefits our industry-leading solutions bring to enterprise system OEM applications. As a result of the company's exclusive focus and extensive solid-state storage expertise, SiliconDrives have been engineered to eliminate costly field failures from power disturbances, plus they provide unbeatable performance for both small and large file transfers," said Michael Hajeck, CEO at SiliconSystems. The new capacities are as follows:-
  • 2.5" Drive - upto 32GB
  • 40-pin Module - upto 4GB
  • PC Card (Type II) - upto 32GB
  • CF (Type I) - upto 8GB
SiliconDrives can be further enhanced by integrating SiliconSystems' application-specific technologies such as data sanitization and purge, secure write protection and faster transfer speeds for small data file transactions. ...SiliconSystems profile

IDC Reports on Storage Software Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - September 12, 2005 - IDC says the worldwide storage software market grew 11.8% year over year to $2.1 billion in the second quarter of 2005.

This is the 7th consecutive quarter the market has experienced double-digit year-over-year growth. The storage replication market posted the largest gain at 25.1% year-over-year growth in the second quarter, while the back-up and archive and storage resource management software markets continued to represent the largest storage software markets, with each representing one third of the market.

EMC led the overall market with 30.6% revenue share in the second quarter of 2005. VERITAS maintained its second position with 19.8% revenue share, while IBM finished in the third position with 9.7% revenue share, posting a strong result of 18.0% year-over-year growth. HP and Network Appliance rounded out the top 5 in a statistical tie with 6.7% and 6.6% revenue share, respectively. Network Appliance posted the strongest quarterly result among the top 5 vendors, with 49.4% year-over-year growth. ...IDC profile, Storage Software

Evertrust and Pegasus Partner on Archiving

San Ramon, CA and Montreal, Quebec - September 12, 2005 - Evertrust and Pegasus have announced a partnership to deliver a storage solution for long term retention, management, protection and disposition of fixed content/reference information.

The product, InveStoreACE, will be marketed through Pegasus channels and will address the requirements of major compliance regulations - in particular security and privacy laws (SEC 17a-4, HIPAA, Canadian and European data privacy regulations, California SB 1386, etc.).

Pegasus' storage management software, InveStore, has over 14,000 customers and is sold through major OEMs, ISV developers and integrators, who incorporate it into document imaging, information and lifecycle management solutions primarily in the financial and healthcare markets. Pegasus will now offer Evertrust's Assureon capabilities to its customers through a non-disruptive simple upgrade to InveStore. Evertrust's Assureon software is marketed through a series of OEM relationships in the storage industry.

"Optical has long been the media for compliance archiving. Products such as EMC Centera have raised the bar in the archiving market by offering more features on a diskbased platform, and now InveStoreACE will raise it even higher. ACE offers integration with disk either as an integrated online cache or with external storage arrays, encryption of data at rest for both online or offline media, disposition at the file level regardless of where the media is stored, along with internal auditing capabilities to meet multiple compliance regulations," according to Roy Slicker, CEO and President of Pegasus. ...Evertrust profile, ...Pegasus profile, article:- Archive Storage: Evolving into Mainstream Storage Solutions

World's Densest Flash Chip

Seoul, Korea - September 12, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed the world's highest density NAND flash.

The 16Gb device, which holds 16.4 billion functional transistors, was achieved with the industry's first production use of 50nm technology and by using Samsung's proprietary 3D-transistor architecture. The new 16Gb memory device should accelerate further expansion of the NAND flash market (expected to reach $10.1 billion this year) across portable digital applications as an alternative to mini- hard disk drives and even HDDs for laptops. Samsung's 16Gb flash chip will allow application designers to use memory cards with densities up to 32GBs by combining up to 16 such devices on a single card. Samsung plans to begin mass producing its 16Gb NAND flash in the second half of 2006.
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At a press conference today - Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor Business - compared the growing embrace of NAND technology for data storage applications to that of the Gold Rush of 1849, which permanently transformed the value and importance of gold around the word almost overnight.

"NAND flash will eventually replace other storage mediums, especially those used in mobile products, creating a "Flash Rush," as NAND continues to register an unprecedented surge in demand as the backbone of the mobile electronics era." ...Samsung profile, Flash Memory, Solid State Disks, article:- Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win?, Record Breaking Storage

NETGEAR's NAS Breaks $150 Barrier

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - September 12, 2005 - NETGEAR, Inc. today announced the worldwide availability of its Storage Central (SC101) networked data storage device, which provides home users with advanced data center storage technology from under $150.

Incorporating the Z-SAN IP storage technology from Zetera Corporation, NETGEAR's Storage Central is versatile enough to accommodate any home or small office user's storage needs. As the only multi-drive solution in its class offering spanning and mirroring capability, the Storage Central provides users with the peace of mind of knowing their data is protected from drive failure by mirroring the data on two different physical drives and that they can easily add more capacity when the need arises.

Consumers can choose two IDE disk drives of any size in their first Storage Central unit as well as link multiple Storage Central units together for creating a storage depot of virtually unlimited capacity. Users can then choose to designate individual drive volumes as private, hidden or shareable with others on the network. Z-SAN also enables file and volume sharing between multiple users on the network to be as seamless as accessing their local C:\ drive.

NETGEAR's Storage Central is compatible with Windows 2000 (SP4), XP Home or Pro (SP1 or SP2). Installing the device is effortless, requiring no assembly of parts or fumbling with screws. Users can choose any two commercially available 3.5" IDE (Parallel ATA) disks, regardless of vendor or capacity, and slide them into the device's vertical drive bays. Once plugged into a power outlet and connected to a wired or wireless router or switch via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface, Storage Central appears on the computer and behaves as a local disk drive, allowing users to organize and access files with the simplicity of a C: drive. And with the device's sleek integrated heatsink, users can enjoy the device in silence without the whirs of noisy fan blades. ...NETGEAR profile

Symantec and Overland Bundle Backup to Disk

Wokingham, UK - September 12, 2005 - Overland Storage, Inc. today announced a partnership with Symantec Corp to provide European customers with simple packaged solutions for their storage needs.

Together, Overland and Symantec will offer mid-sized companies high-speed data backup and a near instantaneous and more reliable restore. The product bundles, consisting of BackupExec10 from Symantec and REO appliances from Overland, can increase the speed of backup and recovery, enable instant restore, and reduce back-up failures. The campaign will run from September 2005 until the end of December in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Scandinavia. ...Overland profile, Disk to disk backup

Enlightening the New Serial SCSI Storage Racks

Editor:- September 12, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Sio Fu at Enlight Corp USA, it's called - "Serial Attached SCSI: New Interface, New Storage Rack?"

Users will need more than just host bus adapters and disk drives to deploy the new Serial Attached SCSI technology. But the traditional way of designing the backplanes in storage racks could lead to high cost and not use the expansion and high availability aspects of SAS to best advantage. In this article one of the world's leading suppliers of computer chassis describes their award winning new backplane concept which gets the best out of the new SAS technology while reducing costs. the article, ...Enlight profile, Storage Boxes, Rackmount Storage

CGNET Resells XOsoft Products to Nonprofit ORGs

Waltham, MA, and Menlo Park, CA - September 12, 2005 - XOsoft and CGNET Services International announced today that they have signed a strategic agreement whereby CGNET will sell services using XOsoft's WANSync and WANSyncHA software.

CGNET will bundle XOsoft products into CGNET Non-Stop Exchange and other services aimed at nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations and foundations.

CGNET NSX combines XOsoft's WANSyncHA Exchange with Assured Recovery with CGNET's reliable 24/7 remote server hosting, consulting and management. A customer's Microsoft Exchange server is continuously backed up across the Internet to a virtual Exchange replica server at CGNET's network operations center. The ability of the replica server to restore the email is tested constantly, to ensure application availability on the replica server in the event of a failure. CGNET also immediately begins operations to notify the customer and repair the master server.

Since its founding in 1983, CGNET has interconnected international organizations at more than 300 locations in over 100 different countries, including some of the most difficult-to-network locations on Earth. ...XOsoft profile, ...CGNET, internet based backup

Telecom Leaders Select NetEx

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - September 12, 2005 - NetEx announced today that its HyperIP DRO is being utilized by telecommunications companies to serve as the standardized platform for optimizing the delivery of IP-based data transfer services for their Global 2000 customers.

HyperIP DRO allows telcos to offer corporate clients a non-disruptive and highly optimized IP-based solution that provides superior performance and compression capabilities than FC over IP WAN solutions without the complexity, costs and management headaches associated with these installations. ...NetEx profile

Sun Announces New StorEdges

NEW YORK - September 12, 2005 - During its quarterly Network Computing '05 launch today, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced it is continuing to rapidly expand its family of storage solutions.

Sun announced today the availability of seven new storage solutions, including: the new Sun StorEdge 5310 NAS Appliance Gateway system, which helps customers better leverage existing resources by connecting SAN-based storage into NAS systems, the new Sun StorEdge 3320 SCSI Array, a workgroup storage array, two new Sun StorEdge Tape Libraries and three new or enhanced software tools. ...Sun profile, article:- Origins of the SunBlest Marketing Program (spoof)

Editor's comments:-
Sun's storage press releases tend to be the worst written, most long winded and least informative releases that I ever have the misfortune to read. I hope that as part of the StorageTek takeover Sun will get StorageTek's marketers to write them in future. Sun needs to learn how to communicate with a non-captive market for open storage products in which facts and figures count for more than sentences sprinkled with SunBlest flummery.

InPhase Shows Holographic Storage at IBC

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - September 9, 2005 - InPhase Technologies today announced that it will use a high-speed custom CMOS chip developed by Cypress Semiconductor Corp for the world's first holographic storage drive.

The InPhase Tapestry drive, has now reached prototype phase and is being demonstrated publicly in Europe for the first time at IBC in Amsterdam. The initial InPhase Tapestry product will hold 300GB of data with a transfer rate of 20MB per second. The InPhase Tapestry media and drive provide customers with access to huge amounts of data on a single disk. InPhase is targeting the archive market. ...Cypress Semiconductor profile, ...InPhase Technologies profile, article:- Do CDs and DVDs Have a Long Term Future as Digital Storage?

Vendor Advisory - Annual SSD Buyers Guide

Editor:- September 8, 2005 - STORAGEsearch will publish the 3rd Annual Solid State Disk Buyers Guide in November.

Vendors are requested to contact the publisher or reply to our email solicitations on this subject to make sure that we have accurate listings of their products.

The current SSD Buyers Guide - published in December 2004 - lists all SSD products from all manufacturers by form factor and interface type. It has been updated to include all new SSD products which have been announced in the STORAGEsearch news pages in the intervening period. But, as in previous years, we expect to hear from new vendors who have not yet made themselves known to the market, and also delete old products which have been end of lifed.

Many readers have commented that they found the pricing information in the 2003 SSD guide useful. We will therefore reintroduce pricing information. We will provide price guidelines for product configurations which are similar to those which have been mentioned in the many SSD case studies described on this and other sites. That will enable readers to get an idea of the total system impact and cost for real life applications. ...publisher profile, article:- Charting the Rise of the Solid State Disk Market

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