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Softek Expands Data Migration Relationship with Sun

Vienna, Virginia - January 31, 2006 - Softek today announced an expanded relationship with Sun Microsystems.

This will enable Sun and its reseller partners to more quickly and easily install and activate StorageTek mainframe- and open systems-attached storage arrays using Softek's data migration software, without disrupting customer applications during the process. The company also announced it has recently become a member of the Sun Partner Advantage Program for ISVs.

Softek Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) is extremely useful within highly available environments because there is no application outage required during the data migration process. In addition, it is faster and easier to use when compared to other solutions, such as data migration appliances, because no logistics are involved in shipping hardware or ensuring their availability. Softek has enjoyed a 6 year relationship with the professional service teams at Sun StorageTek for data migrations to mainframe-attached storage arrays. During that time, more than 700 data migrations were performed by Sun StorageTek using Softek data migration software. This service is now being extended to the open systems environment. ...Softek profile


Incipient Gets Another $24 million Funding

Waltham, MA - January 31, 2006 -Incipient, Inc announced today that it has raised $24 million in Series D financing bringing the total equity capital raised to $79 million.

Leading this round is new investor QuestMark Partners, along with participation from Wasatch Advisors. Incipient's major existing investors Globespan Capital Partners, GrandBanks Capital, Greylock, HLM Venture Partners, and Sigma Partners also participated in this round of financing. The Series D capital is earmarked for expansion of marketing and sales efforts in support of the Incipient Network Storage Platform (NSP) software suite.

Incipient NSP is embedded in intelligent Fibre Channel switches and serves as a common software platform that delivers Incipient-developed, network-based storage applications throughout a SAN environment. This set of highly scalable integrated storage applications provide storage services such as volume management, data protection, copy services, automated provisioning and data mobility. Incipient NSP inserts an abstraction layer between storage and hosts, creating a storage virtualization layer where Incipient NSP-based storage services are implemented. Incipient NSP currently supports or will support intelligent FC switches manufactured by industry leading companies such as Cisco, Brocade, McDATA, QLogic and others. ...Incipient profile, SAN software, Venture Capital Funds in Storage


Kozio Testers Support SATA Controllers

Longmont, Colo - January 30, 2006 - Kozio, Inc. today announced support for Promise Technology's SATA controllers.

Kozio delivers turnkey test software providing complete data path validation including chip initialization, driver code, automatic drive discovery, reads/writes and data validation. Kozio enhanced its I/O Engine to generate traffic that enables full data path validation and performance analysis for SATA configurations. This enables customers to quickly validate new storage products using SATA controllers, saving time and effort and improving reliability. Kozio's I/O Engine feature is available with its kDiagnostics product for interactive board testing.

"With Kozio's experience in the storage industry, it is natural for us to work with Promise Technology's SATA controllers" says Al Arendt, Kozio's director of sales. "Our I/O Engine is the first commercial product that gives engineers the ability to test Serial ATA performance from their custom board at true speeds." ...Kozio profile, ...Promise Technology profile


SiSMART Predicts Useable Flash Disk Life

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - January 30, 2006 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced a breakthrough storage system monitoring and usage technology called SiSMART.

This new, patent-pending technology accurately monitors storage system usage to predict useable life, and is incorporated into the company's entire SiliconDrive product line. By monitoring read/write activity, SiSMART technology provides users of solid-state storage systems a level of confidence and accuracy about the viability of their storage solutions previously unobtainable.

SiSMART technology constantly monitors and reports the exact amount of storage system useable life available allowing users to make any necessary adjustments or schedule preventative maintenance to ensure system availability and data integrity. SiSMART technology is ideal for enterprise system OEM applications in the netcom, military, industrial, interactive kiosk and medical markets.

"Solid-state storage technology offers major benefits over rotating disk drives, such as added security and unmatched ruggedness, but until now there were valid concerns about the inability to accurately predict storage system lifespan," said Michael Hajeck, CEO at SiliconSystems. "After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from some of our most demanding tier-one customers regarding the accuracy and dependability of our SiSMART technology, we decided to include this breakthrough technology in our complete line of SiliconDrive products."

Solid-state drive lifespan is becoming a topic of concern among analysts, according to Gartner Senior Analyst Joseph Unsworth. "There is a strong need in the market for a means to track drive usage and make more accurate predictions concerning lifespan. Technology that enables customers to have the ability to set their own parameters and anticipate when problems will arise with their drives will be attractive in order to manage risk." ...SiliconSystems profile, Flash, solid state disks, Increasing Flash Solid State Disk Reliability


Kazeon Partners with Google on Storage Search

Mountain View, Calif. - January 30, 2006 - Kazeon today announced it will integrate its category-defining storage indexing and classification product, the Information Server IS1200, with Google's enterprise search offerings.

To this effort, Kazeon has joined the Google Enterprise Professional program. As a result, Kazeon and Google customers will soon be able to deploy an integrated search solution that stretches from web-enabled knowledge repositories to the broad storage infrastructure, including file systems, archives and disk-to-disk backups.

"The Google Enterprise Professional program will help us deliver a unified search solution for our customers," said Alex Kushnir, vice president of business development and co-founder of Kazeon. "The combination of Google's quality search experience and Kazeon's scalable storage search and classification delivers the industry's most comprehensive solution for applications such as data classification and migration, data privacy and legal discovery." ...Kazeon profile, ...Google profile, Storage Software

Editor's comments:- in March 2005, when the first wave of startups put their heads over the storage search parapet - in my article - Will Storage Search Appliances Create a Real New Market? - I said "we can expect to see a lot more companies in this market space marry storage search technology to data archiving".

It's now clear that Google will dominate this market - because it has the best known search brand. Google offers hardware search appliances for all sizes of business. Earlier this month, EMC added Google Desktop to its Documentum Federated Search Environment.



Texas Memory Systems Announces FAST Program

Houston, Texas - January 30, 2006 - Texas Memory Systems today introduced its new Fast Access Storage Tested program.

The FAST program lists products which have been certified complimentary to TMS' RamSan line of storage products. Select 4-gigabit host bus adapter and switches by ATTO, Brocade, Emulex and QLogic were tested and certified "FAST" by Texas Memory Systems under the program. All FAST certified products passed Texas Memory Systems interoperability tests and demonstrated performance or features critical to RamSan customers.

The fastest systems available today are based on 4-gigabit solid state disks. Solid state disks running with 4-gigabit interfaces can deliver data up to 800M bytes per second per channel. The fastest Texas Memory Systems RamSan system can currently sustain close to 3G bytes per second across 8 ports. Texas Memory Systems' RamSan 4-gigabit solid state disks are used by stock exchanges, financial trading firms, e-commerce sites, telecommunications companies and other fast growing companies.

"Texas Memory Systems introduced the FAST program because IT managers and database administrators want a complete solution that allows them to boost the performance of their software," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President of Texas Memory Systems. "By pre-testing and certifying interrelated components for interoperability and performance, IT managers can configure complete solutions that are better, faster and more reliable without the risks and delays of a trial and error process." ...Texas Memory Systems profile


the Top 10 Fastest Growing Storage Companies

Editor:- January 30, 2006 - STORAGEsearch.com today published the 5th annual directory of - "the Top 10 Fastest Growing Storage Companies."

This very popular feature is compiled from analyzing the reported results from the top 1,000 storage companies in 2005. If you're looking to team with successful storage companies or want to emulate their success, this article will tell you who they are and the market segments they are in. ...read the article


SimpleTech Announces Industrial Grade DDR2

SANTA ANA, Calif. - January 30, 2006 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced the availability of Industrial temperature DDR2 memory modules able to operate at in conditions ranging from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius.

Available in capacities from 256MB to 2GB, SimpleTech's DDR2 I-Temp memory modules are electrically compatible with standard DDR modules.

"We are pleased to be one of the very first companies offering DDR2 modules that meet the industrial temperature range. We are seeing increasing design requests from customers in high reliability communications and other embedded computing segments that require DDR2 memory," said Doug Finke, director of DRAM product marketing at SimpleTech. "This new development allows engineers to accelerate their transition to DDR2 without sacrificing their ability to operate over a wider temperature range." ...SimpleTech profile


Open-E Supports iSCSI Software RAID

Puchheim, Germany - January 30, 2006 - Open-E GmbH today announced the release of Open-E iSCSI version 1.51.

This is Open-E´s block based storage software for building cost-effective iSCSI Target Modules as an alternative to fiber channel SAN storage systems. The new Open-E iSCSI v. 1.51 has an integrated software RAID 0, 1, 5, enabling system integrators more flexibility and cost savings in building network storage solutions. The software RAID can be adjusted relatively quickly to increased requirements, for example, through a processor upgrade at the host. On the other hand, it puts substantial load on the CPU, therefore the Open-E iSCSI SMB and Enterprise version also support the most used hardware RAID controllers.

"By including software RAID, system integrators can use the onboard RAID controller of the motherboard and are therefore no longer limited to hardware RAID controllers. This will reduce the implementation costs and we believe that this will make Open-E iSCSI more attractive to the SOHO and small business market." says Krzysztof Franek, Managing Director of Open-E.

The software RAID enables e.g. mirroring of two hardware RAID-5 arrays to reduce the probability of failure. This makes the new Open-E iSCSI software suitable for high-availability cluster environments. Support for Multi-pathing allows a server to access the same disk subsystem via several host bus adapters. This increases performance and resilience. ...Open-E profile


EMC Announces Petabyte Disk Storage Array

London - January 26, 2006 - EMC announced availability of the world's first storage disk array capable of scaling to more than one petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of capacity.

The record capacity is made possible through the qualification of Symmetrix DMX-3 system configurations supporting up to 2,400 disk drives and the availability of new 500GB low-cost Fibre Channel disk drives. EMC also introduced native Gigabit Ethernet support for host and remote replication on Symmetrix DMX-3 systems , which eliminates the added expense of external channel converters and gateways when replicating large amounts of data over less-expensive Ethernet networks. This support is fully backwards compatible with prior generation Symmetrix DMX and 8000 series. ...EMC profile, SAN

...Later:- see also:- SSDs - reaching for the Petabyte


Western Digital Ships Tasty 500GB SATA Drives

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - January, 26, 2006 - Western Digital Corp. today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity 500GB SATA WD Caviar SE16 desktop-class hard drives.
WD has reduced its Caviar drive noise levels to be virtually imperceptible to the human ear in home and business environments with its WhisperDrive technology, which features a highly efficient power driver design.

To reduce seek noise, SoftSeek technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, resulting in the drive operating more efficiently when accessing and writing data.
news image WD Caviar 0.5T hard disk drive
WD's new drives spin at 7,200 RPM and deliver 300 MB/s transfer rate and Native Command Queuing. The online price is $349.99 which includes free standard shipping. ...Western Digital profile, Hard disk drives


Adtron's SSD Passes Muster for US Navy LOCOPs

PHOENIX, AZ - January 25, 2006 - Adtron Corp announced today that its I25FB IDE flash disk passed standard military tests conducted by National Technical Systems in Tempe, AZ.

Beyond standard MIL-STD-810F testing, MIL-S-901D tests demonstrate that the I25FB Flashpak flash disk is capable of withstanding shock loadings which may be incurred during wartime service due to the effects of weapon attacks.

In separate MIL-STD-167-1 tests, the I25FB proved resilient to internally and externally imposed shipboard vibrations, subject to dry and damp heat conditions, necessary to operate in a shipboard environment. In this U. S. Navy application, the Adtron 16 GByte I25FB flash disk with commercial temperature media is being installed in the Local Control Panels by Woodward Governor Company. The LOCOPs are designed to monitor and control the parameters required to start and operate the generator sets used on the CG-47 Ticonderoga class cruisers and DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers.

"Compared to rotating mechanical hard drives, solid state flash disks deliver clear reliability and durability advantages for shipboard applications," stated Andy Cullis, Woodward's Military/Marine Account Manager. "Adtron's flash disks provide a very robust data storage solution, which is critical to meeting the Navy's shock, vibration, temperature and humidity requirements for the LOCOP."

"New economies and geometries are driving the selection of flash disks for a wide variety of defense and industrial applications, opening up opportunities for new flash disk applications" stated Wieslaw Wojtczak, Flashpak Product Line Manager. "The I25FB flash disk, coupled with Adtron ArrayPro technology, represents a new breed of flash disks that compete in capacity and performance with low-end rotating magnetic media while significantly improving field life of the host device."

With a capacity range from 1 to 56 GBytes, the I25FB flash disk supports standard IDE UDMA transfer modes. Solid state media options include either commercial (0 to 70 degrees C) or industrial (-40 to 85 degrees C) temperatures. Single unit pricing for a 24 GByte I25FB flash drive with a commercial temperature rating is $5,710. ...Adtron profile


M-Systems Annual Revenue Up 55%

KFAR-SABA, Israel - January 25, 2006 - M-Systems today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005.

For the 4th quarter of 2005, revenues were $205.7 million, representing an increase of 55% sequentially compared to revenues of $132.6 million for the third quarter of 2005, and an increase of 80% compared to revenues of $114.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2004. For the year ended December 31, 2005, revenues increased by 55% to $539.9 million, compared to revenues of $347.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2004. The Company also reported annual net income of $52.6 million.

Commenting on the results, Dov Moran, President and CEO of M-Systems said, "Our growth was driven by strong demand for our products, particularly in our primary end markets, mobile devices and USB flash drives. M-Systems' revenues have grown over 12 fold in the past four years, with net profits growing even faster. We expect 2006 will be yet another exciting and challenging year in which we continue to work hard to further grow M-Systems. We are confident that we are targeting the right markets and we have the right technologies, product offering, strategy and team to achieve our long-term objectives." ...M-Systems profile, Flash, Solid State Disks


Whitepaper Measures ROI of Disk Defragmentation

Burbank, CA - January 24, 2006 - Diskeeper recently sponsored IDC to write a whitepaper called - "Defragmentation's Hidden Value for the Enterprise."

This measured the ROI of defragmentation software in real customer sites. During the reliability test, the servers that were defragmenting files automatically had a higher uptime (5 to 10%) than the servers that didn't have defragmentation software automatically running. ...read the article (pdf), ...Diskeeper profile, Storage Software

Editor's comments:- ActionFront Data Recovery mentioned in one of their previously published articles that defragmentation seems to improve hard disk reliability - so the evidence seems to be stacking up that performance is not the only benefit you get. It's rare that you'll want to move in the other direction but Prickly Spine Software markets a refragmenter;-)



1st Removable Enclosures for SAS Drives

Fountain Valley, CA - January 24, 2006 - StorCase Technology today released its Data Express Profile DX115 removable drive enclosures for Serial Attached SCSI or SATA 3Gbps drives.

StorCase's enclosures are the first removable SAS drive products in the industry. The Profile enclosures are specially designed to accommodate the growing variety of sleek or custom-sized PC peripheral bays and the latest SAS models are downward-compatible with SATA drives to provide further flexibility. Each Profile DX115 is a compact drive carrier and receiving frame for internally mounting a low-profile, 3.5" drive into any half-height, 5.25" peripheral bay. Profile enclosures incorporate protective Soft Start circuitry to ensure data integrity during spin-up and insertion and include a mechanical key lock on the drive carrier for additional security. All Data Express models provide 50K frame-to-carrier mating connector rating and 12-year warranty. ...StorCase profile, Storage Boxes, Removable Storage, Record Breakers and Firsts in Storage


Dot Hill Awarded Patent for Data Recovery Tool

CARLSBAD, Calif. - January 24, 2006 - Dot Hill today announced it has been has granted US patent 6,990,611, entitled "Recovering Data from Arrays of Storage Devices after Certain Failures," also known as Trust Array.

Dot Hill designed Trust Array to allow customers to easily and affordably recover lost data in large storage systems when conventional drive array recovery methods fail. Trust Array allows system administrators to access data when a transient (or temporary) failure occurs, putting an array into an offline (or unusable) state. The feature empowers users to bring offline arrays to an online (or usable) state, without requiring costly reconfiguration or power cycles. Trust Array can be found in the Dot Hill RIO Xtreme and RIVA FC RAID products and in new products that Dot Hill will announce this year. ...Dot Hill profile, Data Recovery


Plasmon Appoints New VP Sales and Marketing

Denver, CO - January 24, 2006 - Plasmon today announced the appointment of Mike Koclanes as Senior VP Sales and Marketing for Plasmon Americas and Asia Pacific.

As the newest member of Plasmon's executive team, Mike will also hold the title of Chief Strategy Officer, reporting to Plasmon's CEO, Nigel Street.

Mike brings more than 20 years of storage and data management expertise to Plasmon. Previously, he was CEO and CTO of CreekPath Systems, an early innovator in storage management software. At CreekPath, Mike was recognized as a "Storage CTO of the Year" in 2003 by the Enterprise Strategy Group. He has also held titles of Vice President of Marketing, GM of Storage Automation, and Director of New Products, at Sun Microsystems and Exabyte. At Sun, Mike was part of the executive team that launched their operations in Europe and at Exabyte he led the introduction of the first fibre attached tape libraries. ...Plasmon profile, Storage People


NeoScale Quadruples Sales

Milpitas, CA - January 24, 2006 - NeoScale Systems Inc. today announced that the company quadrupled its sales in 2005, compared with 2004.

NeoScale claims it has the only FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified disk and tape appliances in the industry. Its storage security solutions help customers protect their reputation and brand as well as comply with regulations such as California's SB1386, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and Europe's Basel II regulation.

According to the Enterprise Storage Group, less than 20% of companies regularly encrypt their data when backing up to tape. That number is expected to increase dramatically, however, in response to the more than 134 documented data breaches last year that impacted 57 million people, tightening industry standards, and government regulations. Gartner forecasts that 85% of the Fortune 1,000 will adopt encryption security by the second quarter of 2006. As a result, the storage security industry is expected to undergo rapid growth as companies move to protect both their data and their corporate brand. ...NeoScale Systems profile


3PAR Proposes Alternative to ILM

Fremont, CA, US - January 24, 2006 - 3PAR announced today Utility Data Lifecycle Management (DLM), an alternative solution for cost optimizing the storage environment that eliminates the expense and complexity associated with Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) approaches.

3PAR also pre-announced 3PAR Adaptive Provisioning that will deliver policy-based data service level optimization without mass information classification.

3PAR's approach consolidates data control within a single, intelligent, massively-scalable tiered storage array. The 3PAR InServ creates dramatic management and capacity efficiencies by supporting multiple classes of service (wide variations of cost, performance, and availability) from a single system and a common pool of fine-grained capacity.

3PAR Templates allow users to pre-construct the data volume service level definitions they require (e.g. gold, silver, and bronze), simplifying and standardizing iDLM deployments. In addition, 3PAR System Tuner automates performance maintenance within a given tier by load balancing tier disk resources.

3PAR Adaptive Provisioning (not yet an available product) will allow intelligent data service level optimization without the onerous task of mass information classification. Users simply configure an automation policy for data volume(s). Once activated, Adaptive Provisioning gathers and analyzes data-usage characteristics detected by the storage array. Based on this information, portions of data volumes are moved automatically between Quality of Service storage tiers. Data movement occurs transparently and non-disruptively to application hosts. 3PAR Adaptive Provisioning will be available next year. ...3PAR profile

Editor's comments:-
ILM is a holy grail which is not adequately dealt with by any commercially available products - which is why users have been slow to rush out and buy solutions. Like the CRM market - it may turn out to be a concept which is implemented in different ways by different users - rather than a "product" which deals with the problem in all environments. My guess, is that if there is a silver bullet for ILM it will be software, and some part of a future network operating system - from Microsoft or Sun Microsystems - rather than something which happens in a single vendor's box. But 3PAR's announcement today shows that the industry is far from agreeing about the best way how to manage data lifecycles.

...Later:- see SSD ASAPs - Auto-tuning SSD Accelerated Pools of storage


McDATA Launches 10Gb/s Director Blade

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - January 24, 2006 - today McDATA announced immediate availaibity of its new 10Gb/s Intrepid 6000 XPM Blade.

The XPM blade allows storage administrators to use a single connection to move data up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) to a secondary location, and at speeds that are significantly greater than 2Gb/s solutions on the market.The XPM blade increases connectivity speeds, reducing the number of cables needed for inter-switch links and metro/campus connectivity, resulting in lowered management and leased fiber costs. Customers who want to take advantage of the new 10Gb/s speed and distance capabilities can either purchase a McDATA Intrepid director with XPM blades installed, or non-disruptively upgrade their 2Gb/s Intrepid 6064 and 6140 director platforms to 10Gb/s. By upgrading to 10Gb/s, customers can improve disaster recovery capabilities since applications will be able to retrieve and protect data faster, increasing link efficiency and lowering risk. ...McDATA profile, InfiniBand, storage network routers


Iron Mountain Launches DataDefense

BOSTON, MA - January 23, 2006 - Iron Mountain Inc today announced the availability of its DataDefense solution to deliver encryption and elimination of data on lost or stolen PCs. This new solution complements Iron Mountain's PC backup software and services. Today, more and more businesses' critical and sensitive information resides on employee laptops and PCs. With just a single event of PC loss or theft, there is significant risk of unauthorized access to sensitive information that could lead to negative publicity, regulatory non-compliance and legal liability.Information on PCs can and should be protected from this type of exposure.

"In a recent ESG Research Survey, 68% of users said that their confidential data is most vulnerable on a laptop PC," said Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst and the founder of the Enterprise Strategy Group's Information Security Practice. "This presents an ugly scenario where the most secure enterprises can be foiled by one unfortunate executive in the wrong place at the wrong time.Iron Mountain's DataDefense solution guards against this common 'low skill/high impact' type of crime and protects against data breaches, compliance violations, and litigation in the process."

Iron Mountain's DataDefense, a subscription-based service, is based on innovative technology developed by Beachhead Solutions. The solution intelligently encrypts and automatically eliminates data on a lost or stolen computer to prevent its compromise or misuse. A comprehensive and multi-layered approach to PC data security, DataDefense effectively secures data even when the PC is off-line.Most importantly, Iron Mountain's DataDefense solution ensures organizational control of that data even when the user has lost control of the device. ...Iron Mountain profile, Storage Security


AMCC Aims to Oust Intel from iSCSI Market

Sunnyvale and San Francisco, CA - January 23, 2006 - AMCC and Nimbus Data Systems, Inc. today announced the establishment of a strategic partnership to develop IP storage reference designs for leading server and storage OEMs.

These new products will enable AMCC's customers to accelerate their development of industry-leading iSCSI storage systems built around AMCC's embedded PowerPC processors and Nimbus storage software.

According to IDC the iSCSI storage systems market is experiencing exponential growth, from $216 million in 2003 to an expected $4.7 billion by 2007. Nearly 1 million terabytes of storage will be connected via iSCSI SANs by 2008. Gartner estimates that 1.5 million servers will be connected to storage systems using iSCSI by 2006.

Today's announcement signifies AMCC's commitment to establishing a leadership position with its PowerPC processors in this high-growth market. Under the terms of this strategic partnership, Nimbus will develop hardware/software reference designs for IP storage using AMCC processors. The combination of advanced AMCC PowerPC processors and comprehensive Nimbus storage software will yield robust storage platforms that deliver superior performance, power efficiency, and high-availability features when compared to off-the-shelf microprocessor alternatives. AMCC will provide these reference designs to customers worldwide as an open storage platform so they can quickly bring to market leading-edge IP storage products. AMCC and Nimbus expect to introduce the first reference design resulting from this partnership in mid-2006. ...AMCC profile, ...Nimbus profile, storage chips

Editor's comments:-
Tom Isakovich, founder of Nimbus, was previously President and CEO of TrueSAN Networks. Four years ago (Jan 21, 2002) - TrueSAN (which had been funded to the tune of over $30 million) launched its Cloudbreak Operating System for managing heterogeneous storage networks. The middle of the last recession was a bad time to launch startup technology companies and TrueSAN didn't make it. But I thought it's worth pointing out that AMCC is partnering with a company whose founder has a solid grounding in IP storage platforms.


Adaptec Claims Best SAS / SATA RAID Protection

MILPITAS, Calif. - January 23, 2006 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that all its SAS and SATA II IOP-based RAID products now come standard with four unique advanced data protection features including industry leading RAID 6 technology.
  • Dual Drive Failure Protection - provides extra fault tolerance against data loss with the ability to survive the simultaneous failure of two drives.
  • Hot Space (RAID 5EE) - allows users to distribute the hot spare disk space across the array in order to increase performance - unique to the industry.
  • Striped Mirror (RAID 1E) - delivers RAID 1 protection across more than two drives including an odd number of drives for enhanced performance.
  • Copyback Hot Spare - improves array tracking and manageability by allowing administrators to designate a physical drive location as a hot spare.
In addition to the included data protection features, customers can also choose to purchase the optional Snapshot Backup feature for their Adaptec SAS or SATA II IOP-based RAID controllers to enable the creation of point-in-time copies of an array for improved data backup, management and disaster recovery. This feature is also unique to the industry and will be available as a software license key upgrade for $199 MSRP in January 2006. ...Adaptec profile, RAID systems


Nexsan's Assureon Gets ILM Support from QStar

Mary Esther, FL. - January 23, 2006 - QStar Technologies, Inc today announces that Nexsan's Assureon appliance has been certified for use with QStar data protection and archive management software.

With the qualification of QStar software, users can now manage migration policies through the Assureon solution to all types of storage, including disk, tape and optical library solutions. In addition the combined solution provides a secure means to provide secure backup and data replication for disaster prevention by active data mirroring and data encryption of secondary storage between a combination of Assureon appliance and secondary storage technology such as tape and optical. ...QStar profile, ...Nexsan profile


Coraid Cut the Storage Costs for "Hoodwinked''

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.- January 23, 2006 - Coraid, Inc. today said that its EtherDrive was a contributing factor in helping Hoodwinked LLC, an independent film studio, produce its new animated film - "Hoodwinked" - at a fraction of the normal cost.

"Hoodwinked" debuted as the second-largest grossing movie during its opening box-office weekend. Production costs for a 3D animated film normally exceed a million dollars a minute. This is due, in part, to the computer systems and software required to make high-quality 3D animation. The "Hoodwinked" production team needed 28T of disk storage that could be shared by dozens of workstations. Using open source computer systems and EtherDrive Storage, Hoodwinked LLC was able to break away from expensive SAN technologies, create their own Ethernet storage pool and reduce their storage costs from $50/Gigabyte to less than $1.30/Gigabyte. ...Coraid profile

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