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Sun Ships New Enterprise Tape Drive

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - March 14, 2006 - Sun Microsystems today announced the worldwide availability of its T10000 enterprise tape drive.

Delivering 120M / second and capacity of up to 500G on a single cartridge - the T10000 tape drive delivers a 250% increase in density and 400% increase in throughput speeds over the earlier StorageTek T9940B drive. The StorageTek T10000 tape drive also features Sun's new, proprietary SafeGuide media-to-drive guiding system, leveraging a longer tape path and a unique tape leader and take-up reel design to mitigate the risk of data loss and corruption and enhance overall reliability. The new T10000 tape drive with Fibre Channel interface is available to customers worldwide today with a list price of $37,000. A FICON model will be available in July. ...Sun profile

Storage Veteran Joins ProStor Systems

BOULDER, CO - March 14, 2006 - ProStor Systems today announced the appointment of storage industry veteran, Rick Luttrall, as vp of marketing.

Luttrall has played pivotal strategic marketing and technical roles for some of the most established names in the industry, including Compaq, Dell and HP.

"We are delighted that Rick, who spent the last 25 years defending the value of tape backup solutions, has joined ProStor Systems to help us launch our tape replacement products," said CEO Steve Georgis. "His depth of industry knowledge, coupled with his more than 20-year track record of successfully developing and introducing products into the highly competitive storage arena, will be a tremendous asset as we market and sell our new RDX removable disk cartridge technology."

Luttrall joins ProStor from HP where he was chief technical strategist of the data protection and recovery solutions group. Luttrall directed the teams that developed HP's first intelligent tape library controller; the one button backup recovery solution; and the industry's first SAN backup solution.

Prior to working for HP, Luttrall was director of product marketing and program management for Crossroads, where his team closed the very profitable Compaq, HP and STK OEM business. Before that, Luttrall defined and launched PowerVault tape solutions as senior product marketing manager at Dell Computer. He spent four years at Compaq, defining Compaq's enterprise storage strategy and launching Compaq's storage products. Preceding his years at Compaq, Luttrall held several marketing management positions at Conner Peripherals. He started his career as an engineer, and earned two patent awards on optical storage technology. ...ProStor profile, Storage People

NeoScale Opens Door to Heterogeneous Storage Security

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 14, 2006 - NeoScale Systems Inc. today announced CryptoStor KeyVault.

With it organizations can centrally manage and distribute encryption keys among multiple internal locations, to disaster recovery sites, and to business partners, to facilitate information recovery from any authorized location. Designed for heterogeneous storage security environments, CryptoStor KeyVault is open to third-party developers through published APIs and other documentation.

"Organizations are beginning to feel the pain of managing multiple encryption layers across multiple sites and among multiple vendors," said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst for Enterprise Storage Group. "With KeyVault's open API architecture, NeoScale has not only given customers a centralized, automated key management solution for CryptoStor security appliances, but also an open API to accommodate keys from other encryption-enabled storage devices such as tape drives and backup applications." ...NeoScale profile

Amazon Enters the Online Storage Services Market

SEATTLE- - March 14, 2006 - Amazon today entered the online storage services business with the announcement of Amazon S3.

Amazon S3 is a simple storage service that offers software developers a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs. Developers pay just $0.15 per gigabyte of storage per month and $0.20 per gigabyte of data transferred.

Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. Amazon S3 enables write, read, and delete objects containing from 1 byte to 5GB of data each. The number of objects that can be stored is unlimited. Objects can be made private or public, and rights can be assigned to specific users. S3 lets developers pay only for what they consume and there is no minimum fee. ...Amazon profile, online backup and storage, Storage Services

Editor's comments:-
Amazon is one of the best known internet brands and a price leader. Therefore its S3 tariff sets an atomic benchmark for online storage cost. This will help to simplify the value propositions available in the market. All end user online storage can now simply be regarded be a multiple of Amazon's S3 rate - regardless of what is the underlying technology. Storage service providers will therefore have to justify why their services cost more - and what users get for the money.

Maxtor "Best NAS" - Says Tom's Hardware

MILPITAS, Calif. - March 13, 2006 - Maxtor Corp announced today that its Maxtor Shared Storage network storage solution has been honored with Tom's Hardware Guide 2005 Readers' Choice Award for best NAS product.

Selected from hundreds of products, the 2005 award winners span ten categories. According to the publication, about 81% of its audience specify, recommend or approve purchases at some level within their organizations.

"Our readers know the ins and outs of technology, and they are some of the world's toughest critics when it comes to performance and ease of use," remarked Patrick Schmid, managing editor of Tom's Hardware Guide. "Their votes recognize trend-setting products that help define industry standards and push the envelope of innovation. Congratulations to Maxtor for its Shared Storage network solution!" ...Maxtor profile

IBM is Fastest Growing Storage Software Giant

ARMONK, NY - March 13, 2006 - IBM is the fastest growing storage software company (among the top vendors) according to data released by IDC.

Growing at 33% in Q405, IBM outperformed both EMC and Symantec and was the only one of the three top vendors to increase its revenue share. According to the IDC report, IBM showed the top growth rate in the Backup and Archive functional markets together with the largest share points increase for that segment among all the vendors measured by IDC. ...IBM profile, storage market analysts

Research on Experimental Nano Magnetic Storage

BALTIMORE, MD - March 13, 2006 - the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory today disclosed some details of its research related to nanoscale magnetic storage media.

A research group under the leadership of Yimei Zhu has fabricated patterned magnetic films with dots measuring about 100 nanometers which could serve as building blocks for new nanoscale magneto-electronic devices and data storage media.

Diary Date SNW Europe

London - March 10, 2006 - Storage Networking World Europe will take place between 4th and 6th September at the Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt, Germany.

It's organised by Angel Business Communications and co-owned by the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe. Since its inception 6 years ago SNW Europe has attracted an ever-increasing number of delegates and this year the organisers are looking to top the record 1,200 delegates mark achieved in 2005. ...SNIA profile, Storage Events

Editor's comments:-
the full text of the press release says "this is the largest vendor-independent conference dedicated to storage networking in Europe." I cut the assertion from this news page initially because I thought the claim might be misleading. That's because on October 26, 2005 we reported that Storage Expo 2005 (which ran in London - which is in Europe) had 3,834 visitors. Storage Expo included many conferences as part of their event - but we don't have the numbers on who went to the free conferences.

LSI Ships PCIe to SAS Chips

IDF, San Francisco, Calif. - March 9, 2006 - LSI Logic Corp today announced the industry's first production shipments of PCI Express-to-SAS controller ICs.

The new 4- and 8-port controller ICs support the scalability requirements of blade server environments and high-end server and storage subsystems. Both products support 8 PCI Express lanes at 2.5Gb/s, for an aggregate bandwidth of up to 2GB/s. The controller ICs can be configured as x8, x4, and x1 PCI Express devices, with the ability to auto-negotiate among those link widths. In addition, the family supports integrated RAID functionality. ...LSI Logic profile, storage chips, Serial Attached SCSI

Verbatim Improves DVD Archival Media

Washington - March 9, 2006 - Verbatim Corp announced today a breakthrough in DVD archival media technology.

The new technology, which has been submitted for patent protection, is based on the company's new Dual Reflective Layer technology and is 40x more resistant to damage from scratches and abrasion than other DVD-R disks. Verbatim will leverage this unique technology to deliver superior 8x speed DVD-R archival-grade media in Q2 2006.

Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim Optical Storage Manager, emphasized that when it comes to archiving valuable data, users need both longevity and broad playback compatibility. "Archival-grade DVD media that only uses gold for the reflective layer provides a longer disc life, but it also has lower reflectivity and different read/write characteristics than standard silver DVD-Rs. This can cause drive compatibility issues. By adding the Dual Reflective Layer, Verbatim archival-grade DVD-R media will look like the traditional discs to DVD drives and recorders and can attain the same drive read/write compatibility." ...Verbatim profile

Rorke Data Launches Low-Cost Desktop RAID

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - March 9, 2006 - Rorke Data is set to launch a revolutionary 'affordable' workstation RAID system aimed at the broadcast, video and digital imaging markets.

The Rorke Data Qubex series of high-speed desktop RAID for video features a compact 6-drive enclosure, high-performance 4GBit Fibre Channel or Ultra320 SCSI host connections; and delivers up to 3TB of SATA-II RAID storage at a list price under $2.50 per GB. The 300MB/s data transfer rate is more than sufficient to edit High Definition uncompressed video streams. The Qubex features hot swap hard disks and guarantees no loss of data in the event of a disk drive failure. ...Rorke Data profile Reports 52% Reader Growth

Editor: - March 9, 2006 - reports on readers' changing interests in February.

In February 2006, readership grew 52% compared to the year ago period. In the quarter ending February 28, 2006 - pageviews grew 46%, and readership grew 35% compared to the same period a year ago. The top 3 subjects viewed by readers (out of 70 storage categories on our home page) were once again:-
  1. Hard disk drives
  2. Solid state disks
  3. NAS
Commenting on the results:- Zsolt Kerekes, publisher, said " is on track to reach 1 million unique readers per year in 2006. As a publisher I've been tracking the storage market online for over a decade - but I've never seen a more interesting time than what I'm seeing now. New technologies are eating old ones. New ideas about storage architectures are obsoleting long held sacred tenets and myths about backup and archiving. And the storage market is growing so fast. It's a privilege to be doing such a fascinating job. I can't wait to see what happens next." For more information on the top subjects, most popular storage articles etc see Market research

SentryStor Appliance Launched at CeBIT

Hannover, Germany - March 8, 2006 - QStar Technologies, Inc. today announces the availability of its SentryStor Archive Appliance series which will be introduced at CeBIT-2006.

The SentryStor is for highly regulated data archive applications such as medical image archiving, email archiving and financial data management.

The solution is available in three basic configurations. The SentryStor 1000 client configuration is a desktop solution with 500G to 1T of mirrored data protection, The SentryStor 3000 server configuration is a 1U rackmount solution with 1 to 2 TB usable storage, and The SentryStor 5000 is a 3U rackmount solution with 3 TB to 38 TB of RAID-5 data protection.

All SentryStor devices come pre-configured with the QStar Master, HSM or Data Director storage management software to provide tiered based data management for maximum hardware utilization and data protection. The solution installs in less than 5 minutes. ...QStar profile

Micron Acquires Lexar Media

BOISE, Idaho, and FREMONT, Calif. - March 8, 2006 - Micron Technology, Inc. andLexar Media, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Micron to acquire Lexar in a stock-for-stock merger.

The acquisition will strengthen Micron's position in the NAND flash business and enable the company to deliver innovative NAND flash solutions from design, development and manufacturing to marketing and sales of products to worldwide consumers and device manufacturers. The merger is designed to combine Micron's technology and manufacturing leadership in NAND flash memory with Lexar's leadership in NAND controller and system design technology, brand recognition and retail channel strength to create a vertically integrated entity fully focused on the NAND business. ...Lexar Media profile, ...Micron profile, Acquired storage companies

Western Digital Launches My Book

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - March 8, 2006 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that it is shipping its newest line of external 7,200 RPM hard drive storage called My Book.

The first models of the My Book family are available now in capacities from 160 to 500GB. Two members of the My Book family initially are available with USB or USB plus FireWire connectivity. ...Western Digital profile

Editor's comments:-
you have to use your imagination to picture this product as an attractive book. It's a black box which, when standing upright on your desk resembles a hardback dictionary standing 6.7" high with a spine width 2.25" wide.
Other news on this page

Sun Ships New Enterprise Tape Drive

Storage Veteran Joins ProStor Systems

NeoScale Opens Door to Heterogeneous Storage Security

Amazon Enters the Online Storage Services Market

Maxtor "Best NAS" - Says Tom's Hardware

IBM is Fastest Growing Storage Software Giant

Research on Experimental Nano Magnetic Storage

Diary Date SNW Europe

LSI Logic Ships PCI Express to Serial SCSI Chips

Verbatim Improves DVD Archival Media

Rorke Data Launches Low-Cost Desktop RAID Reports 52% Reader Growth

SentryStor Appliance Launched at CeBIT

Micron Acquires Lexar Media

Western Digital Launches My Book
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