storage history - August 22-31, 2006
|Debunking Tier 0 Storage
What's a Solid State Disk?
After SSDs... What Next?
flash SSD Jargon Explained
the Top 10 SSD Companies
Introducing the 1" SSD Market
3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market
History of Enterprise Disk to Disk Backup
How Bad is the Fallout from Choosing the Wrong SSD Supplier?
|Sun Shines on Blu-ray Disc Association||.........................................||
Calif. - August 31, 2006 - The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced
that Sun Microsystems has joined the consortium's Board of Directors.|
"Blu-ray Disc offers a compelling, interactive entertainment and gaming platform that leaps substantially past current DVD standards," said Alan Brenner, Vice President, Mobility Group of Sun Microsystems. "We look forward to playing a key role in supporting Blu-ray Disc's inclusion of the Java platform to provide a unique set of interactive capabilities that will create new opportunities for content vendors who use Blu-ray Disc for their movies, games or other content." ...Blu-ray Disc Association, ...Sun profile, Storage Trade Associations
STMicro Has Secure Flash for Automotive Market
Geneva - August 30,2006 - STMicroelectronics today announced a new and enhanced version of its 32-Mbit Flash memory chip that is intended specifically for the automotive market.
| The new device uses a
state-of-the-art architecture to reduce access times to as low as 45nsec over
the full automotive temperature range (-40 degrees C to +125 degrees C for the
packaged device, -40 degrees C to +150 degrees C in bare die form).
The M58BW32F features a wide 32-bit data bus and operates on a nominal 3.3V memory core supply.
For security, each die embeds a unique device ID to allow the use of cryptographic algorithms to protect against illegal software modifications.
| Pricing for the
M58BW32F is US$5.50 per device.
profile, Flash Storage,
Tandberg Acquires Exabyte
Oslo, Norway - August 30, 2006 - Tandberg Data today announced the acquisition of Exabyte Corp for $28 million.
The merged company will have an expected revenue of $215 million for 2006. ...Exabyte profile, ...Tandberg Data profile
Editor's comments:- Exabyte has been slowly sliding towards this for over 5 years, and since long before its November 2001 merger with Ecrix which was not the magic bullet it had hoped for. After the Ecrix merger (but as early as January 22, 2002) I described Exabyte as "a sinking ship". Although the company struggled on for many years - its problem was its exclusive focus on tape backup against a structural shift in the market to disk to disk backup.
See also:- Acquired, dead, renamed, merged & gone away storage companies
SimpleTech Plans Plant in Malaysia
SANTA ANA, Calif. - August 30, 2006 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced its plan to build a manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia.
The company expects that the facility, which will be approximately 200,000 square feet in size, will be operational in the first quarter of 2008. The company estimates that its investment in land, facilities and capital equipment will approximate $28 million during the next five years. ...SimpleTech profile, SSD Controllers / IP
Emulex Acquires Sierra Logic
COSTA MESA, Calif. and ROSEVILLE, Calif. - August 29, 2006 - Emulex Corp and Sierra Logic, Inc. announced today a definitive agreement whereby Emulex will acquire Sierra Logic, Inc. for approximately $180 million.
"This acquisition... extends Emulex's addressable market for embedded storage components to more than $800 million, and the Company's total available market to $2.7 billion by 2009," said Paul Folino, Chairman and CEO of Emulex. "Further, it builds upon our prior acquisition of embedded switch supplier, Vixel, as well as our joint development efforts with Intel. Together, Emulex and Sierra Logic will provide our OEM customers with embedded solutions for the full range of enterprise server and storage systems." Emulex, Sierra Logic
Former Electronic News Editor Peter Brown Joins iSuppli
El Segundo, Calif. - August 29, 2006 - iSuppli Corp. is pleased to announce that Peter Brown, an established journalist with more than a decade of experience, has joined the market research firm in the position of editorial manager.
Brown will be responsible for expanding and improving the exposure of iSuppli in the global media as well as migrating iSuppli content to RSS format to provide easier access to through the Internet. Furthermore, Brown will increase the coverage and frequency of iSuppli white papers as well as help beef up content for the iSuppli Market Watch newsletter. Brown was most recently a staff writer for the San Francisco Examiner.
Brown spent nearly seven years at the trade publication Electronic News where he began as an associate editor, worked his way up to senior editor and eventually held the title of managing editor. After performing contract work for the Semiconductor Reporter Web site and Semiconductor Magazine, Brown joined the San Francisco Examiner in August 2003 where he launched the daily newspaper's Business section and brought new content into the publication including health, technology, development, science, space and biotech coverage. ...iSuppli profile, storage market analysts, Storage People
Winbond and Qimonda Announce DRAM Agreement
Hsinchu, Taiwan - August 29, 2006 - Winbond Electronics Corp and Qimonda AG today announced a technology agreement.
Winbond will adopt Qimonda's 80nm DRAM process technology for its 12-fab at Central Taiwan Science Park and will provide DRAM production capacity to Qimonda in the future. Winbond currently provides part of the production capacity for Qimonda, and the two companies share the profits as well. The mutually beneficial relationships of technology and production capacity cooperation agreement are a win-win situation for both sides. ...Qimonda profile, ...Winbond Electronics profile, RAM, storage chips
Silverback Achieves iSCSI Designed for Windows Status
Campbell, Calif. - August 29, 2006 - Silverback Systems, Inc. today announced that its latest iSNAP2110 HBA drivers have been qualified to carry Microsoft's iSCSI Designed for Windows logo.
This is awarded to products that integrate seamlessly with Windows Server 2003 applications. Silverback's iSNAP2110 dual-port gigabit HBA is capable of delivering up to 440MB/s throughput and up to 60K iSCSI IOPS. The iSNAP2110 also includes initiator support for Red Hat Linux, and SUSE Linux. ...Silverback Systems profile, iSCSI
Hitachi Aims SATA HDD at Enterprise Market
SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 28, 2006 - Hitachi has repositioned its 3.5-inch Deskstar 7K500 SATA hard disk drive to an enterprise-class rating with 1 million hours MTBF.
"The Deskstar E7K500 delivers field-proven reliability and performance for a range of nearline enterprise applications that require the right mix of functionality at a low cost per gigabyte," said Jose Antelo, vice president and general manager, business management, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "We have implemented a five-year warranty with the enterprise customer in mind, providing them with the reliability safeguards they've come to expect with enterprise-class hard disk drives." ...Hitachi profile, SATA
Young Minds' Libraries Integrate BridgeHead Compliance
Woburn, MA - August 24, 2006 - Young Minds, Inc. today announced that BridgeHead Software's suite of compliance and data protection solutions has been integrated with YMi's DVD library products.
The 'removable' characteristic of DVD archive media and YMi's standards compliance also makes DVD particularly effective as part of a wider disaster recovery strategy. It is ideal in hostile environments such as heat, cold, sand or damp, where other media such as disk or tape are vulnerable to rapid physical degradation. ...BridgeHead Software profile, ...Young Minds profile
Double-Take Software Honored by Storage Products Guide
Southborough, MA - August 23, 2006 - Double-Take Software today announced that Storage Products Guide has named Double-Take for Virtual Systems the winner of the Global Product Excellence - Customer Trust 2006 Award in Data Protection.
Editor's comments:- I only mention this news item because I'd never heard of this publication before (Storage Products Guide) but then there are so many Storage publications that we have a directory of them too.
The press release goes on to say that "Storage Products Guide (is) the world's leading publication on storage-related products and technologies." That's impressive for a publication whose domain name (according to Network Solutions) is barely 10 months old - and for which Google has few listed links. You'd be surprised at some of the nonsense claims that many vendors make in their PR too. I mostly strip out these posturing positioning statements (world's leading company etc) unless they are an important part of the story.
AMCC Honored by Brocade
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 23, 2006 - AMCC today announced the company has recently received two awards from Brocade.
These were:- Outstanding Customer Support and Outstanding Engineering Support, for its close collaboration in supporting the integration of AMCC's PowerPC product line in Brocade's SilkWorm family of SAN connectivity platforms. The awards were presented to AMCC's President and CEO, Kambiz Hooshmand, by Brocade's Vice President of Operations, Luc Moyen, at Brocade's headquarters in San Jose, Calif. last month. ...AMCC profile, ...Brocade profile, storage chips
Editor's comments:- earlier this year Intel terminated its decades old Intel Inside branding campaign. I've seen reports that Intel is only #3 in high end 64 bit server processors (behind AMD and Sun so you can't reliably guess what's inside any box anymore.
IBM Updates its "Me Too" Storage Line
Editor:- August 22, 2006 - IBM today announced what it claims is "one of the single largest expansions of its storage portfolio".
But when you look at the detail it's more evolution than revolution (4Gbps support for FICON, and 15% faster DS8000 for example). The announcements read more like a catching up exercise from a me-too storage company rather than the head turning technologies we see from storage innovators. ...IBM profile
Fantom Drives Introduces 1.5T Firewire / USB MegaDisk
TORRANCE, CA - August 22, 2006 - Fantom Drives today introduced the MegaDisk Firewire800 & USB 2.0 combo disk drive with upto 1.5 terabytes storage capacity.
The MegaDisk combo is an affordable, high-performance external hard disk drive that combines the latest SATA drive technology and high-speed Firewire800 and USB 2.0 external interfaces. The MegaDisk has a rugged aluminum design and Firewire 800 bus speeds of 80MB/Sec. No software installation is required for Windows XP and Mac OS X users. ...Fantom Drives profile
InfoStore Article on Hard Disk Market in India
Editor:- August 22, 2006 - a recent article in InfoStore about the hard disk market in India contains a useful factoid about how SMBs and consumers are using removable hard drives.
According to Iomega's APAC business manager Dr Baskaran - who spoke about how his customers were using REV drives - about one third are using them as their first backup device, another third are replacing tape backup, and the rest are replacing other devices such as optical. ...read the article, Storage publications, Removable Disk Drives
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