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IDC Says 3.5" Form Factor will Dominate HDD Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - May 18, 2006 - IDC today published a report on the worldwide hard disk drive market.

IDC says global HDD unit shipments in 2005 increased to nearly 381 million drives (24% more than in 2004). HDD revenue in 2005 closed at $27.9 billion, breaking the 1997 record of $27.8 billion. Looking ahead - IDC predicts that the 3.5 inch form factor will continue to provide the highest unit shipment volume of any HDD form factor through 2010 and that desktop class drives will continue to generate significant shares of revenue (up to 80% for some HDD suppliers). IDC also predicts that worldwide HDD shipments will exceed 3 billion units from 2005-2010. ...IDC profile, Hard disk drives, 3.5" SSDs

Kano Launches High Speed iSCSI Storage

GARDEN GROVE, CA - May 17, 2006 - Kano Technologies Corp has introduced the X-SPAND IP, a 3U 12T iSCSI storage appliance with over 860 MB/sec bandwidth.

It has four or eight 1Gb Ethernet ports and an optional 10GbE connection. The RAID protected storage is expandable "on the fly," giving businesses the flexibility to add storage incrementally as their needs grow. X-SPAND IP is now available with prices starting at MSRP $5,999. ...Kano Technologies profile

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Samsung Unveils Hybrid Hard Drive

SAN JOSE, CA - May 17, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it will show the first commercial prototype of a Hybrid Hard Disk (aimed at the notebook market) that integrates flash memory with rotating magnetic storage next week at WinHEC.

The hybrid storage device leverages the benefits of both magnetic and solid state storage without compromising the cost of the computer housing it. With an HHD, consumers receive a system that boots or resumes up to twice as fast as conventional HDDs, lasts 20-30 minutes longer on battery and is up to five times more reliable.

The Hybrid Hard Disk eliminates the need for the hard disk to constantly spin whenever a computer is operating on battery power, and is less susceptible to damage from jarring or being dropped since it is idle most of the time. Every time the cache is filled, the rotating drive spins to "flush out" or transfer data from the cache, spinning only a few seconds every 10-20 minutes. The Samsung HHD architecture uses the fastest flash on the market as cache with 108MB/s read and 18 MB/s write data-rates. Samsung will sample its HHD next quarter and will ship in volume by January. ...Samsung profile, notebook SSDs, SSD videos

Vitesse Reports More Financial Woes

Editor:- May 17, 2006 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corp today provided an update on its uncertain financial situation.

Yesterday the company revealed that its securities may be subject to delisting from Nasdaq. Today Vitesse disclosed a worsening status with respect to its credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank. Vitesse has engaged an investment banking firm to assist in obtaining additional financing. In April Vitesse announced that its previously reported financial statements for the three months ended December 31, 2005 and the three years ended September 30, 2005 and possibly earlier periods should not be relied upon. ...Vitesse Semiconductor profile, storage chips

LSI Has Shipped Over 500,000 SAS Components

MILPITAS, Calif.- May 17, 2006 - LSI Logic Corp today announced that it has reached two industry milestones related to Serial Attached SCSI.

The company has now shipped more than 500,000 SAS storage components to the server OEM market and is showcasing a silicon-to-systems SAS demonstration that has produced in excess of 2 gigabytes per second throughput in a single server configuration - over twice as fast as a similar configuration using parallel Ultra320 SCSI technology. ...LSI Logic profile

QLogic Hosts 100% pure SAN Event

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - May 17, 2006 - QLogic Corp today announced it will host the industry's largest 100% pure SAN channel event - Fusion 2006: QLogic Worldwide Partner Conference.

Fusion is a channel-focused event that "fuses" industry peers and ecosystem partners in a relaxed resort environment, while providing valuable networking opportunities, smart strategies for next-generation solutions architecture, technical training and an exhibit hall packed with products, partners and business sessions. Executives from HP, IBM and Sun will deliver industry keynotes at the event, which runs May 22 - 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

"Fusion gives us the opportunity to huddle for three very productive days, exchanging information and ideas on architecting intelligent storage and networking solutions that meet the ever-changing demands of our customers" said QLogic's vice president of marketing Frank Berry. . ...QLogic profile, Fusion 2006, Storage Events

SiliconSystems Expands

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - May 17, 2006 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that it has expanded its headquarters by 50% and also opened an office in the UK.

The expanded headquarters facility will house the company's increased employee count in engineering, application engineering, marketing, operations and customer service.

The Orange County headquarters expansion coincides with the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary, SiliconSystems UK Limited, based in Oxford, England which will oversee SiliconSystems' activities in Europe. SiliconSystems UK will be headed by David Ryan, an industry veteran of more than 20 years.

"This is definitely an exciting time of explosive growth for SiliconSystems as we realize tremendous market acceptance of our advanced storage technology," said Michael Hajeck, CEO at SiliconSystems. "As top-tier companies around the globe continue to rapidly adopt our SiliconDrive technology, SiliconSystems is responding by hiring additional talented industry experts to advance our technology and service our ever-increasing customer base." ...SiliconSystems profile

Editor's comments:- Oxford, which is better known as the home of the fictional detective Inspector Morse (created by Colin Dexter) was also the first European location for Intel in the 1970s before they moved to Swindon. I remember they had offices in Between Towns Road.

Curtiss-Wright Launches PMC SSD

LEESBURG, VA - May 16, 2006 - Curtiss-Wright has announced the PBOD, a PMC or XMC form factor solid state disk that delivers up to 64GB of high-speed flash storage.

The PBOD is ideal for applications in harsh environments where extreme temperature, shock or vibration make the use of mechanical hard disk drives impractical. This new high density flash mezzanine card can function either as "just a bunch of disks" or as a RAID device via software support. The PBOD is supported natively in systems that support USB Flash drives and it appears to the host operating system as up to 8 x USB flash drives that can be operated independently at rates over 10 MB/s each.

Using RAID software, data rates exceeding 40MB/s can be sustained and the array of flash drives appears as a single logical drive. Advanced features of the PBOD include ECC NAND Flash correction to ensure 1 bit per 256 correction and 2 bit error detection. In addition, the life of the drive is significantly extended through use of wear leveling technology, which ensures that program/erase cycles are distributed across the media, eliminating premature device failure resulting from frequent erase cycles on the same flash memory block. The PBOD has optional hardware flash destruct for secure applications. Pricing for the PBOD, is expected to start at under $2,500 in volume for the 8 Gbyte version ...Curtiss-Wright profile, Military Storage, solid state disks

Spectra Logic Ships Hardware Encrypted Libraries

Storage Decisions, Chicago - May 16, 2006 - Spectra Logic is now shipping its Spectra T950 and T120 tape libraries with hardware-based, federally approved AES-256 encryption.

Spectra libraries write to both LTO and disk, combining backup and encryption transparently into a single step. Spectra libraries with BlueScale Encryption let users seamlessly add a security strategy without changing backup policies, or adding hardware or software. The Standard Edition BlueScale Encryption costs $2,500. The feature-rich Professional Edition with compression (which requires half the media and half the backup time) begins at $12,000. ...Spectra Logic profile, Storage Security

LeftHand Establishes Beachhead in Education Market

BOULDER, Colo. - May 16, 2006 - LeftHand Networks today announced it has supplied Campus SAN solutions to over 30 universities throughout the United States.

The company believes that campus data may account for as much as 25% of all stored data. LeftHand customer - Jim O'Leary, IT manager at the University of Illinois at Chicago said, "We evaluated different storage vendors and found that LeftHand Networks was the best choice for our Linux environment. The features that are inherent to the LeftHand solution would cost several times the amount with Fibre Channel solutions. With 20 terabytes of storage, the LeftHand Networks iSCSI SAN leverages our existing Ethernet infrastructure and allows the school to easily add storage as needed without compromising performance and at a price that we can afford." ...LeftHand Networks profile

Western Digital Names New Head

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - May 15, 2006 - Western Digital Corp. has appointedJohn Coyne president and chief operating officer.

Arif Shakeel, previously president and chief executive officer, remains CEO. Coyne first joined WD in 1983, when he established a controller board manufacturing facility in his native Ireland. Coyne holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland. ...Western Digital profile, Storage People

Fujifilm will Ship 25G Blu-ray Disks to US in June

Valhalla, NY - May 15, 2006 - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Fujifilm-branded Blu-ray media would be available in the U.S. marketplace this June.

The Fujifilm Blu-ray discs will be available with 25GB storage capacity, in both write-once (BD-R) and re-writable (BD-RE) formats, which can be used in Blu-ray drives with 1-2X writing speed. Fujifilm introduced cartridge-based rewritable Blu-ray discs (23.3GB) into the Japanese market in 2003. In June 2006, Fujifilm will introduce single-sided, non-cartridge type Blu-ray discs with larger capacity (25GB). ...Fujifilm profile, Storage Media, Blu-ray drives

Solid Data Launches 1U Fibre-channel SSD

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 15, 2006 - Solid Data Systems, Inc. today introduced the SD2000 - a 1U rackmount solid-state disk for fibre-channel SAN environments.

With 16G capacity and 2 ports, the SD2000 has an access time under 10 microseconds and delivers upto 66,000 IOPs per port. The SD2000 has an error corrected SDRAM array protected by automatic backup control logic. In the event of a power failure, internal batteries provide uninterrupted power to the SDRAM array. After a prescribed time period, the system moves all data onto the internal disk for indefinite retention. When power is restored, the data is automatically transferred back to the SDRAM array.

The SD2000 provides an alternative to spreading files over a large numbers of rotating disks to achieve acceptable application performance. While more expensive than rotating disks in cost per byte, in appropriate applications, the SD2000 lowers overall cost per transaction by lowering server, storage, licensing, and maintenance costs.

"With the same impressive performance as the successful model SD3000 at a considerably lower price and smaller 1U form factor, the new SD2000 can provide our customers with a total cost savings per transaction of greater than 50%," said Mark Hayashida, Director of Systems Architecture and Sales Engineering at Solid Data.

"Having already doubled Q1 revenues over Q1 2005, we look forward to continued rapid growth with the success of the SD2000" said Wade Tuma, Founder and CEO of Solid Data. ...Solid Data Systems profile

InMage and Xiotech Announce Push-Button Recovery

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 15, 2006 - InMage Systems and Xiotech Corp today announced an application-level push-button recovery technology for midsize enterprises.

Customers have the option of implementing local and remote replication of both file and block data, application-level recovery, and enterprise backup. This design provides data continuity for a wide variety of operating environments including Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP/UX, AIX, and Mac OS X. ...InMage profile, ...Xiotech profile
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