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Storage news - 2006, May week 2

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QNAP Launches 4 Disk SATA NAS

Taipei, Taiwan - May 12, 2006 - QNAP Systems, Inc. has unveiled the latest model in its Turbo Server Series.

The QNAP TS-411U is a 19" 1U rackmount NAS which includes Intel's Pentium M 1.6 GHz processor (whose performance is comparable to a 2.4 GHz. Pentium 4). TS-411U supports 4 hot-swappable SATA drives and provides RAID 0, 1, and 5 disk volume configurations to make data access and protection more efficient. The dual Gigabit network ports support load balance, fail over and standalone configuration. TS-411U is equipped with hot-swappable redundant power supplies and supports the following 4 backup mechanisms:- NetBak Replicator for automatic data backup from PC to TS-411U, scheduled remote replication to remote NAS, USB disc burning backup, and SCSI tape backup. ...QNAP Systems profile

Wasabi Announces iSCSI Initiator

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - May 11, 2006 - Wasabi Systems today announced availability of a new iSCSI initiator integrated within Wasabi Storage Builder.

Wasabi Storage Builder for NAS delivers a robust file-based network storage capability that transforms commodity PC server components into cost-effective NAS appliances and NAS heads that scale from small applications up to enterprise environments. It supports client workstations running all mainstream desktop and server operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Wasabi Certified BSD. Full protocol support for CIFS and NFS are standard.

"We're very excited about this new release because for the first time Wasabi Storage Builder for NAS can leverage our iSCSI technology," said Jim Schrand, Wasabi's vice president of marketing. ...Wasabi Systems profile

SiliconSystems is Finalist for 2 AeA Awards

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - May 10, 2006 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that it has been named a finalist for two 2006 AeA High Tech Innovation Awards.

The AeA is the largest technology trade association in the United States, and the awards given by the Orange County council of AeA recognize key contributors to the local technology sector.

From a record number of nominees that AeA has seen in the 13-year history of the awards, SiliconSystems was selected as a finalist in two categories - one honoring the company's leadership and the other its technology.

Michael Hajeck, who has been the company's CEO since he co-founded SiliconSystems in 2002, is among five finalists in the category of "Outstanding Private Company CEO."

SiliconSystems' SiSMART, the first technology in the industry to self-monitor solid-state storage system usage and accurately forecast useable life, is among a select group of finalists in the highly competitive "Innovative Product or Technology" category. ...SiliconSystems profile

IBM Launches 4Gbps End to End SAN Storage

ARMONK, NY- May 9, 2006 - IBM today announced its first front to back-end 4Gbps SAN storage system.

The IBM System Storage DS4700 Express series includes 16 disk drive bays inside the controller and up to 8 host ports, reducing the need for a switch to be incorporated into the network. It can be expanded upto 112 disk drives (which can include recently available 15,000 RPM 4Gbps units. The Fibre Channel interfaces are designed to auto negotiate down to 1 Gbps and 2 Gbps for backward compatibility. The products announced today will be available starting June 9, 2006 with a starting list price of $19,449 ...IBM profile, SAN

New ORG Aims to Standardize Flash Interfaces

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 9, 2006 - Hynix, Intel, Micron and Sony are among the founding companies that today announced the formation of the Open NAND Flash Interface working group.

ONFI aims to simplify integration of NAND flash memory into consumer electronics devices and computing platforms. The new interface will enable NAND devices to self-describe their capabilities to the host, including memory layout, timing support and enhanced features. The specification will also standardize the command set for NAND, put infrastructure in place for future evolution of NAND capabilities, and provide flexibility for supplier-specific optimizations. Additionally, the specification will define common pin-outs in order to avoid board layout changes when using a new NAND device. The specification is scheduled to be completed by the ONFI Working Group in the second half of 2006. storage chips, Industry trade associations

Cornice Aims to be #1 HDD Supplier in Phone Market

LONGMONT, CO - May 9, 2006 -Cornice Inc. today announced the appointment of Tomas Isaksson to its board of directors.

Isaksson is the former CEO and chairman of the management board of Vodafone Netherlands, a subsidiary of the Vodafone Group. During his 11 years at Vodafone, Isaksson was also CEO of Vodafone Americas, and president of Vodafone Global Platform and Internet Services.

"Most analysts agree that in the coming years hard drives will penetrate a significant portion of the smart phone market. Cornice, to date, is the only hard disk drive company to successfully complete three mobile phone programs, with several others in the works," said Camillo Martino, Cornice's president and CEO. "Tomas' expertise will enable Cornice to achieve our objective of becoming the world's leading HDD supplier for mobile phone companies." ...Cornice profile, Storage People

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