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SSD and Storage news - 2006, July week 3

HDD Shipments Rose 16.5% Says iSuppli

El Segundo, Calif.- July 19, 2006 - Seagate has bolstered its lead in the Hard Disk Drive market, amid stronger-than-expected demand throughout the industry, according to iSuppli Corp.

"Global HDD shipments amounted to 101.7 million units in the first quarter of 2006, up 16.5% from the same period in 2005" said Krishna Chander, senior storage analyst for iSuppli. Rankings for the HDD suppliers were unchanged between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2006, as presented in the table below (with market share).
  1. Seagate - 29.0%
  2. Western Digital - 18.5%
  3. Hitachi - 14.4%
  4. Maxtor - 11.9%
  5. Toshiba - 9.3%
  6. Samsung - 8.6%
  7. Fujitsu - 6.8%
  8. Excelstor - 1.2%
  9. Cornice - 0.4%
  10. GS Magic - 0%
Seagate shipped nearly 29.5 million drives in the first quarter. The company maintained its stronghold in the enterprise computing market with a greater than 50% market share. Seagate competes in nearly all HDD segments, except for the 1.8" market, an area it intends to enter by the end of the year. ...iSuppli profile, Hard disk drives, Market research

Attune Systems Offers Free Trial of NAS Virtualization

Santa Clara, Calif. - July 19, 2006 - Attune Systems, Inc today announced the availability of free Windows-based trial software for its NAS virtualization appliance.

Attune's Maestro File Manager leverages off-the-shelf hardware and provides native CIFS support of Windows servers and NAS devices. Maestro helps IT administrators discover, analyze, manage and optimize their existing storage resources by virtualizing shares/exports while minimizing the deployment risk. ...Attune Systems profile, Storage Software

Atempo Announces New CEO

PALO ALTO, Calif. - July 18, 2006 - Atempo, Inc. today announced the appointment of Neal Ater as CEO.

Ater, a 25-year veteran of the storage industry, was most recently CEO of software start-up Storactive, where his achievements included guiding Storactive to a leading position in the continuous data protection market and directing the company through a successful merger with Atempo.

Prior to Storactive, Ater held executive level positions at Veritas, where he was responsible for the engineering and product management of Veritas' data protection businesses, and Seagate Software, where he was responsible for all product development for the Network and Storage Management Group. In addition to Storactive, Ater's entrepreneurial expertise also includes two highly successful startup ventures, Goal Systems International, a leading mainframe systems management company and OnDemand Software, an industry-leading developer of software distribution products. ...Atempo profile, Backup Software

New SSD Systems Scale to Tens of Terabytes

WASHINGTON D.C. - July 18, 2006 - ViON has selected Texas Memory Systems to manufacture its new HyperStor line of very high performance data storage systems.

HyperStor systems will start at 256G and extend up to tens of terabytes of solid state storage. In benchmark testing for some of the largest users of Oracle in the federal government, ViON has repeatedly demonstrated that its HyperStor system and multi-processor open systems servers can improve Oracle database performance from 300% to 1,500%.

"Already, ViON has delivered three terabytes of HyperStor systems to our federal customer base," said Mike Jones Vice President of Business Development at ViON.

"HyperStor is making dramatic differences in our nation's defense," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President of Texas Memory Systems. "There is no single company in the federal marketplace with ViON's credibility and capability and I have learned first-hand of the incredible lengths to which they go in order to qualify and test a product before they will offer it to a customer. ViON's technical staff is fully trained to design, maintain and support the advanced Texas Memory Systems' technology used in its HyperStor systems. They have more Texas Memory Systems trained support engineers than any other OEM, integrator or reseller on the planet." ...Texas Memory Systems profile, ...ViON profile

In-Stat Says SSDs will be in 50% of Mobile PCs by 2013

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - July 17, 2006 - hard disk drives face competition in the mobile computer mass storage market as flash-based solid state drives stand ready in the wings according to a new report (price $2,995 ) published by In-Stat.

In fact, SSDs have the potential to dethrone HDD as the top laptop storage choice within 10 years, the high-tech market research firm says. The research leads In-Stat to believe that the SSD market share in mobile computers could reach 50% by 2013.

The research was driven by In-Stat's survey of 389 mobile computer users, which allowed primary insight into consumers' valuation of SSD in mobile computers. From this research, In-Stat weighed the perceived benefits of SSDs with the rapidly declining cost/gigabyte trends of Flash to develop a demand sensitive forecasting model. The market inflection point begins in 2010 for In-Stat's expected forecast, as SSDs start to become an economically viable alternative to a wider base of consumers. ...In-Stat profile, Market research

See also:-'s SSD Market Adoption Model - which explains all the market segments for SSDs in the next 5 years.

EMC May Soon Encrypt RAID Systems

Editor:- July 17, 2006 - an article published today in Computerworld speculates that EMC may soon introduce encryption tools for users of its disk arrays.

The story is triggered by EMC's recent acquisition of RSA Security Inc. the article, ...EMC profile, Storage Security, RAID systems

McDATA is Ranked Top 10 Storage Service Provider

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - July 17, 2006- McDATA Corp has been recognized among the top 10 storage services providers for 2005, according to a Gartner report published this month.

With more than a $24 billion market in 2005 and more than 1,000 storage services providers vying for storage services revenue worldwide, Gartner predicts the storage services market will surpass $30 billion by 2009. Vendors in this report were ranked based on Gartner estimates of 2005 revenue. ...McDATA profile, ...Gartner profile, SAN switches, Fibre-channel adapters, Storage Services

M-Systems Restates Financial Results

Editor:- July 17, 2006 - M-Systems has today restated its financial results for the period 1999 to 2005. The correction factors (which are small) appear to arise from employee stock options - and their valuations based on dates which didn't exactly match the accounting periods. ...M-Systems profile

BiTMICRO Steamlines SSD Manufacturing with XPM

Santa Clara, Calif. and Fremont, Calif. - July 17, 2006 - Kilopass Technology and BiTMICRO Networks announced that the companies have signed a corporate license agreement.

BiTMICRO is integrating Kilopass' XPM non-volatile memory technology in its next-generation system-on-chip devices and large capacity E-Disk flash solid state disks. XPM technology is being used to store E-Disk boot-up code securely, and to perform factory-floor programming to reduce the inventory management cost. ...BiTMICRO Networks profile, ...Kilopass Technology profile

Editor's comments:- solid state disks (although simple to use) are very complex modules which include many internal memory chips and controllers. Anything which streamlines the manufacturability (like the technology in this news story) will eventually translate to lower user cost.

Dot Hill Appoints Hanif Jamal as Chief Financial Officer

CARLSBAD, Calif. - July 17, 2006 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. today announced the appointment of Hanif I. Jamal as senior vice president, chief financial officer and corporate secretary.

Effective July 31 Jamal will oversee all finance, administrative, information technology, investor relations and legal aspects of Dot Hill.

Jamal, age 45, joins Dot Hill from Gateway where he was vice president and corporate treasurer. While at Gateway, among other things, he led a $300 million convertible debt issuance, and established a $200 million asset-backed working capital facility. Prior to joining Gateway in 2002, Jamal served in a number of leadership positions over 17 years within HP. ...Dot Hill profile, Storage People
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