2006, April week 3, storage news archive
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April 20, 2006 - Data Protection Solutions brings its DD4 mirroring
technology to SATA drive users with the new EzRaid Dual Swap+ DD4. The
EzRaid Dual Swap+ is designed to hold two
hard drives and fits
easily into any 5.25 inch double
drive bay. Users need only
slip their SATA drives into the EzRaid Dual Swap+ and connect them to the
computer's motherboard with the provided
cables. Once connected,
the drives are automatically integrated with the EzRaid Dual Swap+ hardware and
data begins writing to both drives simultaneously, quickly building a mirror
system. A mirror system can be created by installing two new drives or by having
the EzRaid Dual Swap+ copy all data from an existing drive to a second drive. In
either event, the process will result in the data on both drives being identical
and remaining so as additional data is saved to the drives. Once the drives are
mirrored no further user intervention is required.
Each time the user saves data, the information is automatically sent to both drives. If one of the drives fails, the EzRaid Dual Swap+ will seamlessly switch all operations to the functioning drive. The EzRaid Dual Swap+ will alert the user that only one drive is operational but the computer system will remain up and running and all applications will continue to function. The user may bring down the system and replace the failed drive at a convenient or non-peak time or simply hot swap the drive while the system is running. Once the failed drive is replaced, the EzRaid Dual Swap+ will automatically copy the data from the existing drive to the new drive in background and a new mirror system will be established. No additional oversight or administration is required.
Because the DD4 technology used in the EzRaid Dual Swap+ operates independently of the hardware platform and operating system, the EzRaid Dual Swap+ is compatible with all brands of SATA drives, drive formats and partitioning schemes. Additionally, it will function under a wide variety of operating systems, including all versions of Windows, DOS, LINUX, OS/2, Unix, Solaris, NetWare and others. MSRP is $599. ...Data Protection Solutions profile, RAID controllers
Paris, France, and Erie, PA - April 20, 2006 - Privately-held Micro-Journal, the French publisher of StorageNewsletter, has definitively acquired Mass Storage News, published by RMG Enterprises in Erie, PA. Both publications are dedicated to reporting on the worldwide professional storage community. From now on, as a result of this acquisition, Mass Storage News will be merged into StorageNewsletter. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"The storage industry is in a period of heated consolidation and this is also the case for storage publications. By acquiring Mass Storage News and merging it into StorageNewsletter, we will increase our audience and will by far lead the market of newsletters targeting storage professionals.", said Jean-Jacques Maleval, Editor of StorageNewsletter.
"We are very happy to see Mass Storage News join a publication of the caliber of StorageNewsletter, from which our readers can now benefit," commented Larry Roberts, CEO of RMG Enterprises and publisher of Mass Storage News. ...StorageNewsletter profile, Mass Storage News
Editor's note:- Lat year (March 18, 2005) Mass Storage News announced it had completed the acquisition of Jobstor.com. I've said before that I think the market doesn't need so many online storage publications. A smaller number of better quality publications works better for readers.
Newburyport, MA - April 20, 2006 - Solid Access Technologies has decided, contrary to common practice, to publish end user pricing for its new generation of Universal Solid State Disk products on its web site. "When we wanted to get educated about pricing in all SSD categories, we had to invest an inordinate amount of time to research and compile the information - and I think that is ridiculous" said Solid Access managing partner Tomas Havrda. "We certainly do not want to put our potential customers through the same ordeal. You want to see pricing, you should be able to access it now. That's what "Solid Access" is all about. Naturally it is easier to publish prices that are half or less then that of competitors. For example, $18,000 is our published price for a 16GB USSD 200 with a standard Fibre Channel 2Gb/s dual port. This USSD 200 with 4 FC ports can deliver up to 160,000 IOPS." ...Solid Access profile
Editor's comments:- This is a milestone in the SSD Market. Previously the volatile nature of memory pricing and fear of price led competition had meant that most SSD oems declined to publish any pricing data. The SSD pricing exclusion zone included their own websites, press releases related to product launches, and even our own SSD Buyers Guide. Making it easier for users to research prices will speed up the growth of the SSD market, which is already the fastest growing segment in the storage industry.
Montreal, CANADA - April 19, 2006 - Maximum Throughput Inc. announced today that they will be demonstrating several industry first technologies at the imminent National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. In addition to demonstrating the Sledgehammer and Xstoner product lines as they are used in many facilities today, the company will be showing the following new technologies:
HSINCHU, Taiwan - April 19, 2006 - UMC today announced the delivery of a new SONOS memory to Solid State System Co. This new memory adopts advanced SONOS dielectric storage technology, effectively enhancing program speed compared to conventional SONOS cells and conventional NAND type flash. UMC's experience in SONOS Thin Film development allowed its R&D team to deliver the 0.18um memory cell during its first cut, followed by completion of the pilot run for the 256Mb OTP/MTP memory product. This memory offers cost-competitive manufacturing, lower power consumption, and equivalent Program/Erase performance and reliability. SONOS (Silicon-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon) technology has been gaining interest in recent years because of its aggressively small cell size, lower voltage operation, and simple manufacturability compared to conventional types of flash technology such as NAND. These important features allow SONOS to be used for many high-density applications for storage media. ...Solid State System profile, ...UMC profile
Alpharetta, Georgia - April 19, 2006 - Scentric today launched its corporate identity, and website following the recent expansion of its Series A funding round to $10.4 million from HIG Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Imlay Investments and ATDC. The company's product - Scentric Destiny (a data classification solution) has been in development for 18 months, including a 6 month beta cycle that will be completed this month. It will be commercially available starting April 24th. ...Scentric profile, Squeak! - Venture Capital Funds in Storage
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - April 18, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced its fastest hard drive. The Cheetah 15K.5 (which spins at 15,000 RPM) is available in a choice of 3 Gb/sec Serial Attached SCSI, Ultra320 SCSI, and 4 Gb/sec Fibre Channel interfaces with capacities of 73G, 147G, and 300G. It delivers an MTBF reliability rating of 1.4 million hours at full duty cycle. Seagate is now shipping the Cheetah 15K.5 to leading OEM Customers. The Cheetah 15K.5 will be launched to the distribution channel later this quarter. ...Seagate profile
Editor's comments:- Seagate also announced today 16% revenue growth for the quarter ending March 31, 2006. Revenue in the quarter was $2.3 billion.
BOULDER, CO - April 18, 2006 - ProStor Systems today announced that Bill Lewis has been named to the newly created position of vice president of channel sales. Lewis brings more than 20 years of sales and management experience working for leading high-technology firms. Before joining ProStor Systems, Lewis led the North American Sales team at Brocade as director of channel sales. Prior to Brocade, he ran the North American Distribution Sales division at SGI. He also has a successful sales track record at several early phase high-tech companies, where he was responsible for worldwide sales and distribution, including signing sales partners in Western Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific markets. Lewis began his sales career at IBM as team leader on the Rockwell International account. He earned a B.A. degree in Spanish and two graduate degrees, including an M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and an MBA, all from UCLA. ...ProStor Systems profile, Storage People
ELSTREE, UK - April 18, 2006 - ARC International today announced that BiTMICRO Networks, Inc. has taken a license for the ARC 700 family of configurable cores. BiTMICRO will use ARC's configurable processors to develop low cost, next-generation system-on-chip devices for their E-Disk solid state disk solutions. These new families of SoCs comprise the TALINO high-speed disk controllers with integrated common industry standard interface cores while the ISIP flash memory controllers will provide high-performance multi-vendor support for large arrays of flash devices.
"We chose ARC's configurable processors after evaluating a number of fixed architecture alternatives" said Rudy Bruce, executive vice president for marketing and sales at BiTMICRO Networks. "The configurable ARC 700 family prevailed because it gives additional product differentiation and a competitive market advantage through the creation of unique architectural features in the CPU. Furthermore, the processor modifications we make provide a level of protection against cloning by our competitors, which non-configurable cores cannot offer." ...ARC International , BiTMICRO Networks, storage chips
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 18, 2006 - On the 100 year anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake Asempra Technologies has published a "Top 10" list of recommendations to ensure IT business continuity in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. On the morning of April 18, 1906, the city of San Francisco and its residents were awaken by a massive earthquake; although the earth shook for only a minute, the city was destroyed. More than 250,000 of the city's 400,000 residents were left homeless, 700 were killed and damage estimates exceeded $350 million (in 1906 dollars).
The business landscape of the San Francisco area has changed considerably since then. Large, multinational businesses that supply the world with IT, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas; government research centers and major university research hubs are all based in Northern California. At the heart of each of these organizations are volumes of irreplaceable data that is updated each second of every day. This data must be secured, protected and brought back online instantaneously in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Here's Asempra's "Top 10" list to help data continuity.
Hopkinton, Mass - April 17, 2006 - EMC Corp today announced enhancements to its CLARiiON Disk Library family. The new CLARiiON DL210 system (priced from around $50,000) uses low-cost, high-performing 500GB SATA disk drives and scales from 4 to 24T. It's easy to implement into an existing environment, enabling disk-based backup and restore without requiring customers to change their current operations or backup infrastructures. It emulates leading open systems tape libraries, tape drives and tape media for simple deployment and implementation with minimal user intervention. ...EMC profile
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