2006, April week 4, storage news archive
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April 27, 2006 - in Q106 German chipmaker Infineon capitalized on weak
performances by its rivals to take the #2 position in global DRAM sales for the
first time, according to a preliminary estimate fromiSuppli Corp.
Infineon achieved DRAM sales of $1.16 billion in Q106, up a blistering 49%
from $778 million in Q405. Infineon's ranking rose to #2, up two places higher
than the previous quarter, surpassing Micron Technology Inc. of the United
States and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. of South Korea. This marks the first time
that Infineon has taken second place in the market, according to iSuppli data.
The table below presents iSuppli's preliminary first-quarter DRAM ranking.
(1) - Samsung - $1,762 million
(2) - Infineon - $1,160 million
(3) - Hynix - $953 million
(4) - Micron - $886 million
(5) - Elpida - $640 million
"Hynix and Samsung in the first quarter reduced their rate of DRAM production increases, resulting in disappointing results for the companies," said Nam Hyung Kim, director and principal analyst, memory ICs/storage, for iSuppli. "These companies have been engaging in diversification efforts, shifting production from DRAM to more lucrative NAND flash parts." Market research, storage chips
Editor:- April 27, 2006 - buried in the detail of Hitachi, Ltd's financial results (published today) was the nugget that its hard disk subsidiary Hitachi GST increased its revenue in calendar 2005 by 9% to $10.3 billion. Hitachi's overall revenue was approximately $81 billion using the same conversion rate. ...Hitachi profile
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - April 26, 2006 - Seagate Technology has started shipping the world's first 750GB desktop hard drive to the worldwide distribution channel. The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda 7200.10 family built on perpendicular recording technology. the new drive maximizes the consistency of read/write performance by adjusting the head fly height according to changes in environmental operating conditions. Seagate's clean sweep technology, used in the new drive, helps maintain media integrity and drive reliability by passing the drive head over the entire platter during power-on to smooth out any irregularities in the disc surface. ...Seagate profile
MILPITAS, Calif. - April 25, 2006 - Maxtor Corp and AMCC today announced they have joined forces to promote the use of SATA storage in enterprise applications. The two companies have collaborated on testing and product validation on the Maxtor MaXLine enterprise SATA drive and AMCC's 3ware 9550SX PCI-X to SATA II RAID controller, thereby offering design simplicity and ease of integration with these products. The 3ware RAID controller delivers over 800MB/sec RAID 5 reads and exceeds 380MB/sec RAID 5 writes. Featuring up to 16-ports, the controller cards can support up to 16 MaXLine Pro 500 drives for a combined capacity of 8TB. ...AMCC profile, ...Maxtor profile, RAID controllers, article:- SATA Raids the Datacenter
NASHVILLE, TN - April 25, 2006 - today Texas Memory Systems, Inc. and Confio Software announced a partnership designed to help Oracle customers improve application performance. Under the agreement, announced at COLLABORATE 06, Confio Ignite software is now available for a free 14 day trial through the TMS web site. Confio Ignite for Oracle is used by DBAs to conclusively identify the root causes of Oracle database performance problems and identify the specific application code, database configuration or file location creating the problem. By identifying the detailed cause of performance issues and suggesting steps for resolution, users can better determine whether faster storage is the appropriate solution.
"DBAs often turn to Texas Memory Systems' solid state disks to improve performance when software tuning is not possible, is too time consuming or is resulting in diminishing returns." said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President at Texas Memory Systems. "We believe the Ignite software will help DBAs make informed decisions about when to integrate our solid state disks." ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Storage Events
London, UK - April 25, 2006 - DISUK today launched a new data encryption appliance, which has been certified by Plasmon for use with its UDO media libraries. DISUK's Paranoia2 data encryption appliance sits between the archive server and the optical media library itself, and encrypts data as it is transferred. There is no impact in the overall write speed from encrypting the data. Customers with existing Plasmon UDO libraries can deploy DISUK's new Paranoia2 appliance without modifications to their library or to their archive software or processes. ...DISUK profile, ...Plasmon profile, Storage Security, Optical Libraries
Editor:- April 25, 2006 - an article in the SPARC Product Directory comments on Scott McNealy's long overdue departure from the CEO slot at Sun Microsystems. Here's an extract... "...unlike Ken Olsen (DEC's founder) who stayed at the wheel far too long, steering his company on the wrong course - there are still realistic prospects that McNealy's departure, while overdue, is not terminally late for Sun." ...read the article
NAB2006, Las Vegas - April 24, 2006 - Vicom Systems today announced Vmirror, a new family of high-availability and data protection appliances for Apple Computer's Xserve RAID storage systems. Vmirror is a solid state 1U rackmount Fibre Channel appliance that routes and transparently mirrors data from any number of Apple hosts to Xserve RAID storage systems at Fibre Channel line speed.
For continuous access and data protection, the Vmirror appliance mirrors one or two pairs of Xserve RAID arrays and presents these to connected host systems as a single, "unbreakable" storage unit. In the event of an array outage, data is made instantly available from its mirrored counterpart through hardware-based mirroring. Recovery from an outage is also instantaneous and invisible to the Apple host systems. There is no software to install, and adding the appliance to an Xserve configuration requires only a few mouse clicks, without need for proprietary device drivers or software agents on each host. The Vmirror appliance includes mirroring software and hardware, and supports up to four Xserve RAID systems. Pricing starts at $8,950. ...Vicom Systems profile, ...Apple profile, Rackmount Storage
CHICAGO - April 24, 2006 - ActionFront Data Recovery Labs has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology. Following a world-wide search for a partner with which to provide data recovery services, Seagate selected ActionFront to provide Seagate's own branded Data Recovery Services in April 2005, under contract. This was followed by ActionFront's acquisition in late 2005.
"ActionFront Data Recovery stood well ahead of its competitors in the areas of recovery success rates, server recovery expertise, R&D commitment and customer service excellence," stated Mark Grace, Senior Vice President, Seagate Sales Operations and Services. "In addition, ActionFront was the only data recovery organization that had implemented a structured quality management system with ISO 9001:2000 certification."
"ActionFront will truly benefit from Seagate's technical and logistic leadership while continuing to remain hardware agnostic," says Ron Austin, President of ActionFront. "Rest assured, the vast majority of data recovery cases we handle involve non-Seagate products." ...ActionFront profile, ...Seagate profile, Data Recovery
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 24, 2006 - AMCC today announced its next generation of SATA RAID controllers designed for high-performance PCI-Express platforms. The 3ware 9590SE family is available in 8-, 12- and 16-port versions, allowing a single controller to manage up to 8TB of raw storage with 500GB drives. The feature-rich controllers offer support for SATA II, including native command queuing. All members of the family are also available with AMCC's Multi-lane connector system that combines 4 SATA ports into a single locked connection on the controller. The 3ware 9590SE family has an optional battery backup unit for protecting controller cache and disk cache. The 9590SE family also offers AMCC's StreamFusion technology, an intelligent cache algorithm that maximizes application performance under heavy loads by dynamically detecting the presence of multiple simultaneous write data streams and efficiently allocating controller cache for maximum bandwidth. ...AMCC profile, RAID controllers
Minneapolis, MN - April 24 2006 - Network Instruments announced today integrated support for Fibre Channel analysis with a new line of hardware monitoring appliances. With Network Instruments' new systems, network administrators can easily watch for session delays, view Fibre Channel specific statistics and errors, set alarms to proactively notify on potential problems, and obtain expert help on link issues. For guaranteed capture performance, Network Instruments has engineered a specific Fibre Channel capture card utilising the company's own Gen2T technology.
"The Gen2 platform enables the fastest real-time expert processing and the largest capture buffer available in the industry," said Roman Oliynyk, CEO and co-founder of Network Instruments.. "Now we've expanded our Gen2 card to support Fibre Channel. We've also added Fibre Channel support to our GigaStor appliance. The same GigaStor advantages-historical data analysis, up to 8T of storage, real-time Expert processing at the probe are now applicable for Fibre Channel."
The new GigaStor-FC is ideal for enterprise administrators that require historical Fibre Channel analysis and massive data collection. Finally, a new Fibre Channel field service solution operates as a combined console and probe for analysis portability. Every system reports back to Expert Observer or Observer Suite consoles located anywhere on the network for distributed visibility and real-time analysis. The new line of Fibre Channel analysis systems is available immediately. Pricing for the rack mountable hardware probe appliance begins at $11,995. The high-capacity GigaStor-FC begins at $19,995. ...Network Instruments profile, Storage Testers & Analyzers
Las Vegas, Nevada - April 24, 2006 - FirmTek, LLC unveiled their new SeriTek/2SE2-E today upon the opening of NAB 2006 (Booth SL 1238). The SeriTek/2SE2-E is a Serial ATA host adapter fully compatible with the new PCI Express bus architecture found in Apple's latest Dual-Core G5 Macintosh. Offering two external SATA II ports at up to 3 gigabits per second, the card enables individual drives or RAID arrays to be fully utilized as high-performance storage on Dual-Core systems. FirmTek's SeriTek/2SE2-E will be available in Q3 with estimated retail pricing of $99.95 ...FirmTek profile, Firewire Storage
Las Vegas, NV - April 23, 2006 - Sanbolic, Inc. today announced the release of the Quality of Service component in Melio FS shared file system. QoS allow the users to allocate bandwidth dynamically to specific workstations in a workgroup environment. Melio FS enables shared access to content files on SANs built using industry standard hardware in post production facilities. Shared access to content files on the SAN improves the work flow process by allowing content to be digitized centrally and eliminating the need to move very large video files among workstations. It also reduces the time to get programming on the air by allowing multiple editors to access content files for a project simultaneously, and simplifies versioning control. Sanbolic software currently supports Microsoft environemnts. ...Sanbolic profile, SAN software
Hollywood, FL - 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 SATA 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:
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