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|Dow Corning Acquires Aprilis..................................................................................|
Mich. and Maynard, Mass. - August 14, 2006 - Dow Corning Corp acquired
the assets from the holographic data storage business of Aprilis, Inc.
Dow Corning, which previously owned shares in Aprilis, will continue the development and commercialization of holographic technology in a newly formed subsidiary, DCE Aprilis Inc., based in Maynard. DCE Aprilis will become part of Dow Corning's Business and Technology Incubator.
"Aprilis' holographic technology and media products have exciting potential in data storage and other optical component markets," said David Cornelius, executive director of Dow Corning's Business and Technology Incubator. ...Aprilis profile, ...Dow Corning, DVD, Blu-ray and Holographic drives
Editor's note:- Aprilis, Inc. commenced operations in 1999 to commercialize proprietary holographic data storage technology. The fact that after 7 years they've merely advanced to "business incubator" status shows how risky some of the new storage technologies can be.
Solid Data Doubles Capacity of Rackmount SSDs
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - August 14, 2006 - Solid Data Systems, Inc. announced today that it has doubled the capacity of its family of solid-state disk systems.
Storage capacities for the current SD3000 now range from 4 to 48GB, while the SD3000X2 (SD3000 upgrade) carries 16 GB to 100GB in a 3U rack-mount enclosure. The SD2000 now offers data storage capacities of 2, 4, 8 and 16GB in a 1U.
"Based on customer demand for higher capacity within a chassis, we developed a technology that doubles the density of memory arrays," said Wade Tuma, CEO of Solid Data Systems, Inc. "We are pleased to be able to offer 100GB in a 3U appliance and to continue to enhance all our SSD product lines for our customers." ...Solid Data Systems profile
Editor's comments:- Solid Data's new product provides the highest density of RAM based solid state disk storage currently available in a 1U rackmount form factor. But Texas Memory Systems' 3U RamSan-400 (which has been shipping for over 18 months) provides more storage 128G versus 100GB compared to Solid Data's 3U SD3000X2.
Also flash based SSDs offer much higher density than RAM systems because they don't need internal battery backup or hard disk backup. For example BiTMICRO offers upto 2T SSD capacity in its 2U rackmount E-Disk®SAN. To get a complete picture - you also have to check performance and price. See also:- RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?
Nimbus Unveils Free iSCSI Target Software for Windows
San Francisco, CA - August 14, 2006 - Nimbus Data Systems today announced MySAN a free iSCSI target software driver for Microsoft Windows.
With MySAN, anyone can create an IP SAN in seconds using their existing server and storage hardware. MySAN works by turning any Windows partition (such as a hard drive, internal RAID array, external storage system, or even Fibre Channel storage) into an iSCSI target. This storage can then be assigned to any computer on an Ethernet network using iSCSI, giving users a vendor-neutral IP SAN instantly.
"MySAN is ground-breaking software that will shake up the storage industry," stated Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst with the Taneja Group. "Much like the release of Microsoft's free iSCSI initiator catapulted iSCSI into the limelight, MySAN completes the picture with a free iSCSI target. Now anyone can deploy an end-to-end IP SAN using Windows in seconds and at no cost."
MySAN is free software without usage limitations of any kind. No CPU limits. No storage limits. No license expiration dates. Furthermore, all registered MySAN users receive 60 days of complementary Bronze technical support and access to the Nimbus Skyline support portal. ...Nimbus Data Systems profile
PQI Launches 2.5" SATA Flash SSD
Taipei, Taiwan - August 10, 2006 - PQI launched a range of 2.5" and 1.8" solid state disks.
The 2.5" Disk On Module is available with a SATA / IDE interface and has upto 64GB storage ...PQI profile, solid state disks
IBM Acquires FileNet
ARMONK, NY - August 10, 2006 - IBM today announced it has agreed acquire FileNet Corp in an all-cash transaction at a price of approximately $1.6 billion, or $35 per share.
The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006. FileNet is a leading provider of business process and content management solutions. ...IBM profile, Acquired storage companies, Storage Software
Mainframe Library Emulates 1,024 Tape Drives
Burlington, MA - August 10, 2006 - Today, Bus-Tech, Inc. announced the availability of the Mainframe Data Library for IBM compatible mainframes.
MDL offers IBM customers lower tape processing costs by emulating legacy tape systems on higher performance, lower cost disk arrays. Mainframe Data Library provides multiple independently operating Connect Nodes to insure high-availability. Each Connect Node provides a minimum of 2 FICON or ESCON channel interfaces and emulates up to 256 mainframe tape drives. Attached to NFS-based NAS or compliant storage offerings, including EMC's Centera, the MDL stores mainframe tape volumes directly on disk. A minimum MDL configuration provides 4 FICON or ESCON channels and replaces 512 tape drives. A full MDL configuration offers up to 1,024 tape drives. ...Bus-Tech profile, Disk to disk backup
SAS Breaks into Top 10 Storage Searches
Editor:- August 10, 2006 - STORAGEsearch reports that readership in July grew by 10% and pageviews by 21% compared to the year ago period.
For the first time since adding a dedicated SAS page in 2001 - Serial Attached SCSI made it into the top 10 subjects viewed by readers. For more information and full rankings see Market research
Sun Launches New Disk Arrays
SANTA CLARA, CALIF - August 10, 2006 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today introduced two new disk arrays. These are the first new products to be released under the combined Sun StorageTek roadmap following Sun's acquisition of StorageTek 12 months ago.
The StorageTek 6140 houses upto 112 hard disk drives and pricing starts at $25,000. It's designed for both direct attached and SAN storage. The system features a fully redundant architecture with drive intermixing (FC or SATA-2 disk drives), 8x 4Gbps FC ports, 4GB cache, application-oriented management and switched drive connectivity.
The StorageTek 6540 array (from $85,000) has a maximum capacity of 224 disk drives. ...Sun profile, article:- Sun SPARC history, article:- SAN History - the First Decade
M-Systems x4 Technology Wins Award
Flash Memory Summit, San Jose, Calif. - August 10, 2006 - M-Systems today announced that its x4 NAND flash technology was recognized as the "Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology" of 2006 by a panel of industry experts at the Flash Memory Summit.
"The x4 NAND flash technology from M-Systems is truly a groundbreaking flash memory solution that exemplifies the most innovative technology at this inaugural Flash Memory Summit ." explained Jay Kramer head of the judging panel.
M-Systems x4 technology was developed in collaboration with Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering and exclusively licensed to M-Systems, for use in flash memory products, by Ramot, the university's technology transfer company. ...M-Systems profile, Record Breaking Storage
Editor's note:- earlier this week M-Systems reported 72% increase in revenue compared to the year ago quarter.
Overland Reports 11% Decline in Revenue
SAN DIEGO - August 10, 2006 - Overland Storage, Inc. today reported fourth quarter and full-year results.
For the 12 months ended June 30, 2006, the company reported net revenue declined 11% to $209.0 million compared with the prior fiscal year. The net loss for the year was $18.3 million. ...Overland profile, Tape Libraries
Editor's comments:- the only reason I mentioned Overland's results here is because a casual reader of these pages might get the misleading impression that every storage company is growing at a double digit rate - because we do more reporting on fast growing companies and segments than on declining ones.
Later this month I'll publish an article about who's eating whom in the storage market. It will contain more animal references (dog eat dog etc) - and show which storage technologies are nibbling at application roosts previously ruled by others.
LeCroy Extends USB Protocols
Chestnut Ridge, NY .- August 9, 2006 - LeCroy Corp introduces USB 2.3 Software that improves support for the Picture Transfer Protocol and now supports PictBridge and Media Transfer Protocol technologies.
The software is designed for use with LeCroy's entire line of USB protocol analyzers, and is available to existing customers as a software update.
PictBridge is a technology that allows images stored on a memory card in a digital camera to be printed from any printer without the need for a computer. PTP was developed to enable the transfer of digital images from cameras to other digital media devices. MTP is an extension to PTP, which was developed by Microsoft to allow digital media content to be shared between different media devices. ...LeCroy profile, USB storage, Storage Testers & Analyzers
WEDC Offers 2GB DDR2 DIMM for Low-Height Apps
Phoenix, AZ - August 9, 2006 - White Electronic Designs Corp announces the release of its 2GB DDR2 SDRAM Registered, with PLL, VLP providing a board height of .72 inches.
The new JEDEC-standard DIMM is for low-height blade servers and features data transfer rates of PC2-4300 and PC2-3200, utilizing 533 and 400 Mb/s DDR2 SDRAM components, offers multiple internal device banks for concurrent operation and supports duplicate output strobe. It's priced at $445 in volumes of 1,000 pieces. ...White Electronic Designs profile, RAM
ATA over Ethernet Driver for Mac OS X
SAN CLEMENTE, CA.- August 9, 2006 - Coraid, Inc. today announced that 2ºFrost Software has released an ATA over Ethernet driver for Mac OS X.
The 2ºFrost AoE Driver for Mac OS X is available for both Intel and PowerPC systems as a Universal Binary priced at $159 for the Client edition and $319 for the Server edition.
"Mac users now have a new option for networked storage that allows them to scale their storage for well below $1 per Gigabyte," said Jim Kemp, CEO of Coraid.
EtherDrive Storage products use the AoE storage protocol, a simple alternative to iSCSI or Fibre Channel. AoE enables disks to be shared on the network. EtherDrive Storage can scale one disk at a time to multi-PetaBytes. ...Coraid profile, ...2ºFrost Software
Infineon Demos 6Gbps Capable SATA Disk Chip
San Jose, Calif. - August 9, 2006 - Infineon Technologies AG today announced it has demonstrated data rates exceeding 2.6Gbs for a hard disk drive read channel IC core, which is almost 30% faster than the previous-generation 90nm devices.
The core is the 3rd generation of read channels developed in cooperation with Hitachi. It is being integrated into a system-on-chip device that will be the first to support both the 4.25 Gbs Fibre Channel and the upcoming 6Gbs SAS and SATA standards. The SoC is expected to be in full production by early 2007. ...Infineon profile, storage chips
Apple Chooses GizMac's 25U Racking
San Francisco, CA - August 9, 2006 - GizMac Accessories LLC is previewing their 25U XRackPro2 server rack with Apple's new Xserve line this week at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
GizMac's 25U noise reduction server rack was chosen by Apple to house, display and silence the new Xserve product line that is being shown at WWDC. Several clusters of the newest Apple Xserve servers were unveiled to the developer community through the use of the XRackPro 25U server rack from GizMac. By reducing audio noise levels the 25U XRackPro2 rackmount enclosure allows Xserve servers and RAID systems to be placed in areas such as audio editing; television, cable and radio broadcasting. Pricing for the 25U server rack mount cabinet is $2,199 US retail. ...GizMac profile, Storage Events, Storage Boxes, Rackmount Storage
Analysts Confirm 25x Storage Reduction
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - August 8, 2006 - Diligent Technologies Corp today announced the results of recent lab evaluations on its ProtecTIER de-duplication product.
The test reports say that ProtecTIER is the only enterprise scale de-duplication solution on the market today, concurrently offering 25:1 data de-duplication, over 220MB/S per second throughput and up to 1 Petabyte capacity. They were conducted by two leading storage industry experts Curtis Preston of GlassHouse Technologies and Brian Garrett of Enterprise Strategy Group.
"These reports echo the results that ProtecTIER customers are currently achieving in their data centers" said Doron Kempel, Chairman and CEO of Diligent Technologies. "ProtecTIER is now deployed in dozens of the world's largest data centers, enabling customers to store hundreds of terabytes of information on a few terabytes of disk: electronically vaulting such information to remote DR sites while benefiting from reduced bandwidth requirements - and all along introducing no disruption to such customers' processes and practices." ...Diligent Technologies profile
Editor's comments:- data redundancy (in different sites) is a necessary part of any long term data survivability strategy. But unplanned duplication in the same site just wastes resources. In the long term data compression technology will become recognized as an important factor in increasing enterprise storage reliability.
Seagate Reports 18% Revenue Growth
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - August 8, 2006 - Seagate Technology today reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2006, which includes contributions related to the acquisition of Maxtor from May 19 through June 30.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, Seagate reported revenue of $9.2 billion - of which $279 million was from Maxtor based products and GAAP net income of $840 million. ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives
Editor's comments:- excluding the Maxtor numbers, Seagate has reported 18% revenue growth for the whole year. If we include the Maxtor contribution then growth is 22%.
Attune Quantifies Benefits of Virtualization Test Drives
Santa Clara, Calif. - August 8, 2006 - Attune Systems, Inc. today announced details of a new professional service offering designed specifically for Attune's channel partners.
The program allows resellers to provide customers a discovery, analysis, management and optimization service for their existing, heterogeneous storage resources. The service implementation is non-disruptive and does not require agents or any software to be installed on clients or servers. The reseller simply connects the appliance to the client's network for the duration of the project.
Typical results from IMT partners' previous engagements across different industries (financial, high technology, healthcare and utility/energy) include:-
Brocade will acquire McDATA
Editor:- August 8, 2006 - Brocade announced it will acquire McDATA in an all stock transaction worth approximately $713 million.
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