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Fountain Valley, CA - February 14, 2006 - StorCase Technology today announced its new disk-to-disk backup solution. The Data Express DX115 removable drive enclosures support up to 3Gbps SATA host connections and feature Dantz Retrospect backup software. D2D backup solutions are rapidly becoming a preferred alternative to traditional tape backup.

Compared to tape, D2D backup technology offers higher transfer speeds, (performance improvements as high as 200%); lower costs (savings up to 50% over comparable tape solutions); greater ease of use and 100% accuracy for restored data. (Instead of the mere 25% data recovery success rate for tape reported in a survey last year by Asigra- Ed.). ...StorCase profile, article:- Disk to Disk Backup vs Tape - War or Truce?

Seoul, Korea - February 14, 2006 - Samsung announced today that it has developed the world's fastest graphics memory - a GDDR4 graphics DRAM. Designed with 80nm process technology, the device has a 12.8GB/sec processing speed which is 30% faster than the previous fastest prototype (announced by Samsung last October). The 512Mb GDDR4 graphics DRAM comes with 32 I/O pins, each of which transfers data at 3.2Gb/sec. Graphics memory, unlike main computer memory, is installed in desktop PCs and workstations to manage huge volumes of video images simultaneously. The graphics DRAM market is forecast to grow 27% year this year to US$1.9 billion. ...Samsung profile

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - February 13, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced the newest member of its diverse CE product portfolio, the Seagate ST1.3 Series 12GB 1-inch hard drive. With a footprint 23% smaller, 50% more storage capacity, and 30% less power consumption than Seagate's current 1-inch hard drive, the ST1.3 Series also offers a new optional drop sensor for increased robustness, delivering the features most requested by handheld device manufacturers.

When many hard drive-based devices face the trauma of everyday use, the read/write heads remain over the media and a hard drop could lead to a microscopic dent on the internal components and can suffer additional damage if it's still running when the device is dropped. Seagate understands that accidents can happen with handheld gadgets, and has built the ST1.3 Series hard drive with G-Force Protection, which protects the hard drive against shock by sensing when the system is in a free-fall situation, moving the heads off the platter, and turning the motor off - all within 3/10 of a second. Thus, during the day-to-day mishaps of using your favorite portable device, no parts make contact with each other inside the drive.

Seagate also includes an optional drop sensor. This increases operational shock resistance 33% up to 2,000Gs, enabling the drive to survive a 1.5-meter drop onto hard concrete or ceramic surfaces when properly mounted in a handheld device. ...Seagate profile

Editor's comments:- that kind of drop protection is just as important for disk to disk backups too. If you drop most external hard disks onto a hard surface they will either stop working immediately or become unreliable. The rare exceptions are USB/FireWire/SATA hard drives (upto 500GB) from Olixir Technologies which offers 10,000G of patented shock protection, and some military and solid state disks.

PALO ALTO, Calif. - February 13, 2006 - Atempo today announced a universal version of its Time Navigator enterprise data protection software to support both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. "We're delighted Atempo has joined the rapidly growing community of developers with Universal versions of their applications" said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vp of Worldwide Developer Relations. ...Atempo profile, Backup Software

SAN JOSE, Calif. - February 13, 2006 - Trusted Computing Group today announced a framework for trusted storage. TCG's planned specification, based on this initial framework, will help ensure that permanent storage devices such as hard disk drives, flash memory drives, optical drives and digital tape drives are trustworthy to prevent data misuse, theft or loss. ...Trusted Computing Group, Industry trade associations, Storage Security

Editor's comments:- most of the discussion in the preliminary TCG docs seems to be about media encryption - which is not in itself new. Some vendors already offer such products. The new parts relate to securing data at the server host interface level. However, the only interface standards mentioned in this context are SATA and SCSI. To me this seems to offer too little too late. What about Fibre-channel? or USB or FireWire to name a few other common storage interface types? You can see more about what TCG is proposing in their article:- TCG Storage Use Case Whitepaper (pdf)

Editor:- February 13, 2006 - today added a new vendor selection table and article to the popular - "Solid State Disks Buyers Guide." The new table lists vendors by memory type, and explains the main advantages and limitations of RAM versus flash for SSD buyers. This joins the already well established listings by form factor and interface type. the article

3GSM World Congress - February 13, 2006 - M-Systems today announced a mobile anti-virus solution for deployment on SIM cards powered by its MegaSIM platform. The combination of the MegaSIM platform and F-Secure's Mobile Anti-Virus aims to protect mobile handsets and from viruses, Trojan horses, and worms. F-Secure's software-based protection can now also be installed directly onto the high-density SIM rather than tied to the handset, so that mobile network operators can send updates directly over a wireless connection. In addition, the MegaSIM platform can store a personal subscription key, so that the subscriber can be protected against viruses both on their work and private handsets - simply by transferring the SIM card. ...M-Systems profile

SUNNYVALE , CA - February 10, 2006 - SanDisk Corp announced today that the US International Trade Commission has instituted an investigation in response to a complaint filed by SanDisk. The ITC will investigate: Whether specified flash memory chips manufactured by STMicroelectronics and sold in the US infringe SanDisk's US patents and whether such chips should therefore be barred from importation and sale in the United States.

"We are looking forward to a speedy decision by the ITC," said E. Earle Thompson, SanDisk's Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. "SanDisk has developed a fundamental patent portfolio in the flash memory industry. SanDisk possesses hundreds of patents covering all aspects of flash memory design. SanDisk will vigorously protect its intellectual property against companies who seek to use SanDisk technology without a license." ...SanDisk profile

BOISE, Idaho - February 9, 2005 - Micron Technology, Inc. today announced a company reorganization. Micron is merging its mobile and systems memory business units into one memory group poised to deliver a variety of NAND flash, DRAM and specialty memory solutions to its customers. Brian Shirley has been appointed vice president of memory responsible for the combined groups. Shirley, 36, previously held the role of DRAM design manager for the company. ...Micron profile

Seoul, Korea - February 9, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it has developed the fastest micro memory card with a gigabyte of density, for use in small cell phones, digital cameras and MP3 players. High demand for the high-speed 1GB MMCmicro card is expected from cell phone manufacturers because of its compelling combination of features: speed, capacity, size and reduced power consumption. The new 1 GB MMCmicro, at 7.12 MBs per second, writes 3.5 times as fast as other micro cards being sold today. It can store 20 five-megapixel pictures in 11 seconds, while other cards take up to 30 seconds, or even longer, to do the same. The card - the size of a fingernail - houses four NAND flash memories and a controller. It will be commercially available Q3.

"The card is large enough to store 15 hours of mobile video and fast enough to download 90 minutes of it in under two minutes," said Don Barnetson, Associate Director, Flash Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Dataquest says that the global MMCmicro market will expand from 4 million units last year to 77 million units in 2010. ...Samsung profile, Flash

Editor:- February 9, 2005 - a new article has been published recently in Computer Power User - called "3Gbps SATA Hard Drives - Why "SATA II" Doesn't Mean What You Think" It looks at some of the confusion which may arise from the marketing of so-called "SATA II" hard disk drives. Some of the confusion is due to terminology, but the article says user expectations about performance may not live up to fact because of implementation issues which limit throughput, and because not all vendors are adopting the same feature set. The article also includes a summary guide to currently available 3Gbps HDD products. the article, online storage magazines

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - February 8, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced it has named Jim Chirico and Bob Whitmore to the positions of executive vice president, Global Disc Storage Operations and executive vice president, Product and Process Development, respectively. Both Chirico and Whitmore will continue reporting to Dave Wickersham, chief operating officer. ...Seagate profile, Storage People

CARLSBAD, Calif. - February 8, 2006 - Arkeia Software today launched its JumpStart Partner Program. The new marketing program is the foundation for a new channel-centric corporate strategy, which, among other things, provides better margins to resellers.

"Our new strategy is to rely 100% on our committed Partners," said Pechon, Arkeia CEO. "The Arkeia Partner JumpStart Program is the first step in this new strategy, and we will continue to invest in the channel in 2006 and beyond."

"Arkeia's JumpStart is exactly what a Partner needs to be successful. The company has always had terrific products, and I believe that the new program will drive increased Partner revenue and profitability," said Cindra Stolk, president of storage solution provider, Federal Edge Inc. ...Arkeia profile, Backup Software

MINNEAPOLIS - February 8, 2006 - Datalink Corp reported that revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2005, rose 38% to $35.9 million from the prior-year period. For the year ended December 31, 2005, revenues were $117.1 million, an increase of 25% over 2004. Datalink's net loss for 2005 decreased to $2.9 million from a net loss of $3.1 million for 2004. ...Datalink profile

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StorCase Launches D2D Backup

Samsung Announces Fastest GDDR4

Seagate Announces 12GB 2,000G Force 1" HDDs

Intel Macs Get Fast Backup Support

Trusted Computing Group Eyes Storage

RAM Versus Flash? - SSD Buyers Guide

SIM Cards Get Malware Protection

Legal Action May Block US Sales of Flash Chips

Micron Merges Memory Business Units

Samsung Develops Fastest GB Micro Memory Card

CPU Article Reviews 3Gbps SATA Hard Drives

Seagate Names New Executive Vice Presidents

Arkeia Launches JumpStart Partner Program

Datalink Reports 25% Revenue Growth for 2005

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Sanitization Methods for Cleaning Up Hard Disk Drives - article by Intelligent Computer Solutions

Removing the data on old unwanted disk drives has become a concern for all users.

In 2005 Pointsec found that they were able to read 7 out of 10 hard-drives bought over the Internet at auctions such as eBay, for less than the cost of a McDonald's meal, all of which had "supposedly" been "wiped-clean" or "re-formatted".

This article reviews the various methods available to sanitize hard disks along with the advantages and disadvantages in each the article, ...Intelligent Computer Solutions profile, disk sanitizers

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