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Intel Launches Entry Storage System for the Home

San Francisco - March 7, 2006 - Intel Corp today launched a NAS product for small businesses and consumers.

The Intel Entry Storage System SS4000–E fits on a bookshelf and connects through a Gigabit Ethernet network and supports up to 4 SATA hard disks. The platform provides security tools to limit access to shared folders and advanced data protection through support for RAID Levels 0, 1, 5 and 10. The client backup and recovery application is a powerful, centralized function providing entire system backup and recovery. Available now the suggested price range is $700 to $2000 each. ...Intel profile

288 Port Physical Switch Simplifies Military Networks

LEESBURG, VA - March 7, 2006 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing have introduced the 288-port GLX4000 series physical layer switch.

The "4th Generation" switch is housed in a compact 8U chassis and offers flexible, expandable crossbar switch performance for defense and aerospace applications. It's an ideal solution for high-speed interconnection of rapidly growing military network resources.

The GLX4000 288 is a non-blocking, crossbar switch that enables any of a wide variety of input signals to be connected to any of its 288 output ports. Protocols supported include: 1/2/4/10G Fibre Channel, 10/100/1000/10G Ethernet, iSCSI, InfiniBand, Firewire … as well as many other serial protocols.

The switch also supports legacy copper-based network resources through media conversion. It enables a signal to be input via copper and then output on optical media. It also supports changing 850nm optical to 1550nm optical for DWDM applications.

"The unique design of our multi-protocol, multi-rate GLX4000 port cards give customers unmatched flexibility," added Mr. Chin. "Our existing port cards work seamlessly with the new GLX4000 288 design without requiring any changes. In many cases a single port card will satisfy a customer's needs from Ethernet to Fibre Channel." ...Curtiss-Wright Controls profile, Storage Testers & Analyzers

Maxtor SAS HDDs Qualified in New JBODs

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 7, 2006 - Maxtor Corp and Promise Technology announced today that Maxtor's Atlas SAS and MaXLine SATA hard drives are qualified with the Promise VTrak J300s JBOD system.

The companies have also completed compatibility testing of the Promise SuperTrak EX8300 and EX8350 SATA RAID 6 controllers with the Maxtor MaXLine family of enterprise SATA hard drives, enabling system integrators and resellers to develop SATA-based storage systems for high-capacity, cost-effective storage for data protection and reference data applications.

The Promise VTrak J300s is a 2U-high JBOD storage system, supporting up to 12 x 3.5-inch form factor high-performance Maxtor Atlas SAS drives, high-capacity MaXLine SATA drives or a combination of both. ...Maxtor profile, ...Promise Technology profile

Samsung Shows World's First Hard Disk Phone

Seoul, Korea - March 6, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today unveiled the world's first 8GB Hard Disk embedded smartphone.

The i310 combines a phone, a 2 megapixel digital camera, and an MP3 player. It also includes a USB interface which allows the phone to be utilized as a removable hard disk. The i310 will be shown to public at CeBIT from March 9 - 16. It will be introduced in the European market during the second half of this year. ...Samsung profile, 1 inch SSDs

Asigra Extends Control to the Backup

TORONTO - March 6, 2006 - Asigra today announced Backup Lifecycle Management which integrates full data lifecycle management functionality into Asigra's Televaulting backup platform to control storage costs by moving backup and archival data to the most cost-effective storage medium.

Asigra BLM comprehensively manages the backup period of the data lifecycle, governing the rules for when data is archived and how the data is indexed for long-term archiving and automated searching and restoration while ensuring compliant data destruction. Unlike many existing HSM tools that destroy only the primary realm and not backup copies that are stored on tape or disk, Asigra BLM produces a "destruction certificate" confirming that data on the BLM Archive disk was destroyed.

"Backup data has its own unique lifecycle and it needs to be managed effectively to maximize IT resources," said John Webster, senior analyst and partner with Data Mobility Group. "Backup lifecycle management is a critical part of the overall management of enterprise data. The cost advantages of tiered storage are well understood outside the backup arena. Similarly, not all backup data is equal and needs to be placed on the appropriate device at specific points in its lifecycle. Treating all backup data the same is a simple solution, but it can be a very costly mistake." ...Asigra profile, Disk Sanitizers

Atempo Acquires Storactive

Palo Alto, Calif. - March 6, 2006 - Atempo Inc. today announced that it has acquired privately-held Storactive Inc.

This acquisition accelerates Atempo's strategic growth into Trusted ILM by adding real-time data capture capabilities to its Time Navigator data protection suite. Atempo's customers can now capture data as it is created and/or modified and perform fine-grain recovery management of critical corporate workstations and Microsoft Exchange data to any point in time. CDP adds an important element to Atempo's Trusted ILM solution to accurately classify, protect and manage their critical information over its lifecycle. ...Atempo profile, ...Storactive profile

See also:- Storactive article:- Protecting Enterprise Data in Real Time

LSI Logic Cancels Plans for Engenio IPO

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 6, 2006 - LSI Logic Corp today announced plans to focus its business on growth opportunities in the storage and consumer markets.

Consistent with its increased focus on storage, the company has canceled its previously postponed plan for an IPO of its wholly-owned storage systems subsidiary Engenio and will sell its ZSP DSP unit. ...LSI Logic profile

Plasmon Launches RAID Cached Optical Archive

Cambridge, UK - March 6, 2006 - Plasmon will launch its new UDO Archive Appliance at CeBIT 2006 in Germany later this week.

The tiered architecture of the UDO Archive Appliance is based on a network attached interface that is simple to install and configure. Data is cached on RAID for quick access, immediately committed to UDO for long-term retention, and can also be taken off-line for archive expansion and low-cost disaster recovery. As a non-volatile optical technology with an extremely long life, UDO requires no proactive media maintenance and the Write Once format ensures record authenticity that is far superior to magnetic disk and tape technology.

"We looked at (EMC's) Centera but the reliability was in question - you're not getting that copy to take off-site to store in a vault at Iron Mountain. It's volatile and regardless of how much redundancy or how many copies it makes,if something's corrupt then it's corrupted multiple times. One of our main concerns was making sure we had a disaster recovery strategy. This is why we are migrating our historical archive over to the Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance, so we can have copies of our old images as well" said Scot La Clair, systems manager Newport Imaging Centers. ...Plasmon profile, Optical Libraries

New ORG Aims to Speed Up iSCSI & SAS Markets

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - March 6, 2006 - Dell, EMC, Intel and LSI Logic today announced the Storage Bridge Bay Working Group, a cooperative, non-profit effort created to drive standardization in entry-level external storage.

The SBB expects to speed the delivery of emerging storage technologies, such as iSCSI, SAS, archiving and virtual tape libraries. Several other key storage industry players have joined the founding members including Adaptec, AMCC, Aristos Logic, Astute Networks, Dot Hill Systems Corp., Neterion, RASILIENT Systems, Seagate and Xyratex. Initially, the SBB will focus on developing and distributing specifications for standardizing external disk subsystem technologies. Industry trade associations

Chelsio and Open-E Qualify Joint 10GbE iSCSI

Sunnyvale, CA and Munich, Germany - March 3, 2006 - Chelsio Communications Inc. and Open-E GmbH today announced an optimized combination of their NAS solutions.

Customers leveraging Open-E Enterprise Edition NAS and iSCSI software with Chelsio's 10GbE adapters can implement the highest performance NAS operating at speeds that are twice as fast as Fibre Channel.

"This combination provides a lower total cost of ownership relative to InfiniBand and Fibre Channel fabrics while delivering a full feature set. The high transaction rate made possible by TOE technology will be attractive to customers seeking to bring exceptional performance to their storage environments and is poised to accelerate iSCSI and TOE adoption in the enterprise data center" said Kianoosh Naghshineh, president and CEO of Chelsio. ...Chelsio profile, ...Open-E profile

Sun's Open Letter to HP

Editor:- March 3, 2006 - in the SPARC Product Directory today - I commented on Sun's new anti-HP marketing program.

Elements of Sun's open letter to HP's CEO read like a joke. But apparently it's meant to be serious.

Another interesting thing I noticed today was a questionable positioning statement from Emulex - which says "Emulex is the most trusted name in storage networking connectivity."

It's the first time I noticed it - though they may have been saying this for some time. I do wonder - how they justify that statement?

I expect there may be 50 to 100 other companies listed on which could argue with that proposition and claim something similar for themselves. When companies make positioning statements which are questionable or raise doubts - it casts a shadow on everything else they say too.

Before QLogic grabbed the #1 slot in market share for Fibre Channel adapters from Emulex - I wonder if Emulex might have been saying something else?

Yes! - I checked my email archive. Back in 2003 Emulex was calling itself - "the world's leading supplier of storage networking host bus adapters." - So it looks like someone in marketing at Emulex did a temporary tweak of their old "good sounding" #1 positioning statement - but along the way got left with one which is rather weaker.

In my role as editor of various publications - I usually delete the posturing statement that comes in the first line of most press releases - unless it's centrally related to the story.

Emulex Joins VMware Community

COSTA MESA, Calif. - March 2, 2006 - Emulex Corp today announced its participation in the VMware Community Source program.

The program combines the best elements of open source and enterprise development allowing partners to boost the level of functionality and slash the time to market of virtualization solutions for their customers. Emulex will help drive standardization of SAN connectivity solutions for server virtualization environments. ...Emulex profile, Fibre-channel adapters

iSCSI Market was $94 million in Q405

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - March 2, 2006 - Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew nearly 18% to $4.7 billion in Q405, according to IDC.

For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to $6.8 billion up 13% from the prior year's fourth quarter.

"The external disk storage systems market growth continued to accelerate through the year," said Brad Nisbet, program manager, IDC Storage Systems. "Data growth was one driver, but the availability of affordable systems that support multiple tiers of storage to address data protection, business continuity requirements, and online, active archives also contributed."

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 21% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 18% and 16% revenue share, respectively.

The NAS market grew 23% year over year. The iSCSI posting 130% revenue growth reached $94 million in the quarter. ...IDC profile, Market research

PMC-Sierra Buys Fibre Channel Chip Business

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - March 1, 2006 - PMC-Sierra, Inc. today announced the completion of the acquisition of the storage semiconductor business from Avago Technologies for $425 million in cash.

This acquisition strengthens PMC-Sierra's position in the storage market and allows the company to provide more complete end-to-end enterprise storage silicon solutions. The acquired business is a technology leader in Fibre Channel protocol controllers with its Tachyon product line and is developing next-generation controllers supporting Fibre Channel and SAS/SATA/iSCSI storage systems as well as other storage-related products. ...PMC-Sierra profile, storage chips, Acquired storage companies

New Sales Director for AMCC Storage in Europe

Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 1, 2006 - AMCC today announced it is expanding its global efforts through the hire of Ron MacLeod as sales director, AMCC Storage, for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

MacLeod brings over 30 years of storage experience, and will be responsible for growing the European team and developing markets for AMCC's complete family of 3ware SATA II RAID solutions. MacLeod was most recently regional manager for Northern Europe and Africa at Dot Hill where he redefined a new route to market for the company, separating OEM and channel sales, and growing sales by over 200%. Before Dot Hill, he ran his own consultancy, advising US companies on conducting sales operations in Europe. MacLeod has also held executive sales and operations positions at Vixel, Mylex, Ultrastor and Data Technology Corp.

"Ron has a long history of representing US-based companies in Europe," said Barbara Murphy, VP and general manager of AMCC's Storage business unit. "From Mylex to Vixel, Ron has been very successful in introducing new storage technologies to European markets, and we look forward to him continuing this success with our innovative SATA technologies." ...AMCC profile, UK Storage VARs, Storage People

Corsair and Infineon Game on RAM

Fremont, CA - March 1, 2006 - Corsair Memory, Inc. today announced broad availability of Infineon's Rev. C DDR SDRAM-based XMS-3500LL PRO 2GB kits.

Corsair says this module is the industry's first high density memory guaranteed to deliver DDR437 (218MHz) at low latencies.

"Corsair is the de facto leader in the enthusiast memory space. We are very happy that our RAM is being used exclusively in Corsair's XMS-3500LL PRO" said Ulrich Englert, Director of Product Marketing at Infineon Technologies North America. ...Corsair profile, ...Infineon profile

Seagate Disks Honored in CRN Survey

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - March 1, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced it has won the prestigious 2006 CRN Channel Champion award for server-class disk drives.

The CRN award, based on a survey of more than 1,200 North American resellers and system integrators, measured their overall perceptions of 115 technology vendors in 26 key product and service categories. ...Seagate profile, ...CRN, Storage publications
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Intel Launches Entry Storage System for the Home

288 Port Physical Switch Simplifies Military Networks

Maxtor SAS HDDs Qualified in New JBODs

Samsung Shows World's First Hard Disk Phone

Asigra Extends Control to the Backup

Atempo Acquires Storactive

LSI Logic Cancels Plans for Engenio IPO

Plasmon Launches RAID Cached Optical Archive

New ORG Aims to Speed Up iSCSI & SAS Markets

Chelsio and Open-E Qualify Joint 10GbE iSCSI

Sun's Open Letter to HP

Emulex Joins VMware Community

iSCSI Market was $94 million in Q405

PMC-Sierra Buys Fibre Channel Chip Business

New Sales Director for AMCC Storage in Europe

Corsair and Infineon Game on RAM

Seagate Disks Honored in CRN Survey
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Most analysts and editors of other computer publications don't really understand the solid state disk market. They show their ignorance and naivete by prefacing every discussion of SSDs with a superficial analysis which compares the cost per byte of storage between flash and hard disk drives. That's the wrong answer to the wrong question. And it's far removed from why the SSD market is racing to become a multi billion dollar market seemingly in blithe ignorance of the cost per byte proposition.

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There's a confusing picture in many consumer products like phones, cameras and music players in which one day it seems that the storage function is done by flash and next day another company announces they're doing the same thing with miniature hard disks.

Is there any sense to this seemingly random choice?

This article uses pricing trends, technology trends and unique market analysis insights to show that users and oems may be able to reliably predict which storage devices will be most cost effective depending where you are on the future history curve. the article, Hard disk drives, Flash Memory, Market research, Solid state disks
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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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Serial Attached SCSI - is it worth the wait? - article republished from InfoStore magazine

Here at we've had a magazine page dedicated to SAS since 2001. SAS products have been shipping to users since 2005 - but the market has been stuck in a prolonged "innovator" phase. As the SAS market is poised to advance to the "early adopter" phase - I thought it would be good to have an article (which is less technical than those we've previously published) to introduce the benefits of this technology to more readers. This article is republished here with the kind permission of InfoStore - Asia's leading storage magazine. the article

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