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Storage news - 2006, May week 4

Megabyte's selection of storage news
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Double-Take Acquires Sunbelt System Software

Southborough, MA - May 31, 2006 - Double-Take Software today announced the acquisition of their strategic partner, Sunbelt System Software headquartered in Paris, France, with offices in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

The acquisition will extend the customer base of Double-Take Software by leveraging Sunbelt's footprint across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The two companies started their partnership in July, 1998. ...Sunbelt profile, ...Double-Take profile, UK storage VARs

Editor's comments:- this is the second such merger (of a software principal with its international distributor) announced today, see SteelEye news below.

Adaptec Announces Entry Level SAS RAID Controllers

MILPITAS, CA - May 31, 2006 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced two additions to its HostRAID SAS controller family.

With integrated software-based data protection, mini SAS connectors, and a low-profile form factor, the Adaptec SAS 44300 (4 serial ports, $250 MSRP) and 58300 (8 serial ports, $360MSRP) are entry-level solutions. Adaptec's HostRAID provides RAID data protection through software which is more cost-effective for entry-level server and workstation environments. Adaptec HostRAID includes RAID levels 1, 0, and 10 that leverage data mirroring and striping to achieve a variety of performance and fault tolerant data protection options. ...Adaptec profile, RAID controllers, article by Adaptec:- the Benefits of Serial Attached SCSI for External Subsystems

SteelEye Completes Merger with Ten Art-ni Corp

Tokyo, Japan - May 31, 2006 - SteelEye Technology, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement to merge with and become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ten Art-ni.

Ten Art-ni is a five year business partner of SteelEye. To be known as SteelEye in Europe and the Americas and as Ten Art-ni throughout Asia, the company has 220 employees and locations in Palo Alto CA (North American headquarters), Columbia SC (R&D), Raleigh NC (R&D), Cambridge UK (European headquarters) and Tokyo Japan (Asia and World headquarters). SteelEye's flagship product, LifeKeeper, provides LAN and WAN-based, end-to-end data and application protection and enables companies of all sizes to ensure continuous availability of business-critical applications, servers and data. ...SteelEye profile, Storage Software, Acquired companies, Storage VARs in Japan

Fujitsu Launches Tape / Disk Degausser

Sunnyvale, CA - May 30, 2006 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. today announced the Mag EraSURE Professional Value desktop degausser.

The product is an effective, economical solution for industries that require fast and secure removal of magnetically recorded data from hard disk drives, removable disks and backup tapes. The Fujitsu Mag EraSURE family of products utilizes a rare earth permanent magnet to degauss magnetically recorded information. Data becomes permanently unrecoverable by commercial means once exposed to the powerful magnet in the device. In addition to purging recorded information on the storage device, including servo and calibration data, the degausser also destroys most read/write heads.

A key feature of the Fujitsu Mag EraSURE is its user friendly operation. Users simply insert the drive into the degausser and push the button; the device handles the rest. It can operate 24x7 with no-wait duty cycle and accepts a wide variety of media:- hard disk drives - up to 3.5" and 1.6" height and floppy, Zip, Rev and Jazz media. Also backup tapes:- SDLT, DLT, LTO/LTO2, DAT, TRAVAN, AIT, QIC, 8mm. The Mag EraSURE P2V is priced at $13,500. ...Fujitsu profile, Disk Sanitizers

Texas Memory Systems Certified Microsoft Partner

Houston, TX - May 30, 2006 -Texas Memory Systems today announced it has earned certified status in Microsoft's Partner Program.

"Only companies that have demonstrated high levels of customer service, proved their experience and attained advanced certification receive the designation of Microsoft Certified Partner," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "Today, Microsoft recognizes Texas Memory Systems for its skills and expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology." ...Texas Memory Systems profile

IBM Announces System Storage SAN Volume Controller 4.1

ARMONK, NY - May 25, 2006 - IBM announced System Storage SAN Volume Controller 4.1

Enhancements to IBM's storage virtualization software (used by over 2,000 customers) include:-
  • improved long-distance asynchronous remote replication at nearly unlimited distances.
  • support for additional systems - including Hitachi TagmaStore and OpenVMS. Also supported are new disk systems from IBM, HP, and Network Appliance, bringing the total number of environments supported to nearly 80.
IBM SVC 4.1 will be available on June 23, 2006 with combined hardware and software list pricing starting at $42,500. ...IBM profile, Storage Software

Network Appliance Reports 29% Revenue Growth

Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 24, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2006.

Revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter were $598 million, an increase of 32% compared to the same period a year ago and an increase of 11% compared to $ 537.0 million in the prior quarter. For the fourth fiscal quarter, GAAP net income was $59.2 million. Revenues for fiscal year 2006 totaled $2.07 billion, an increase of 29% compared to revenues of $1.6 billion for fiscal year 2005. For fiscal year 2006, GAAP net income increased 18% to $266.5 million. ...Network Appliance profile, Squeak! - the Fastest Growing Storage Companies

Alacritech Accelerates Scalable Networking Pack

Seattle, Wash. - May 23, 2006 - Alacritech Inc today announced its single- and multi-port Alacritech Accelerators are now available with support for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Scalable Networking Pack.

Alacritech's SEN2000 line of TCP/IP Offload Engine Network Interface Cards (TNICs) and SES2000 line of iSCSI controllers provide the industry's highest port density for the TCP Chimney Offload architecture introduced in the Scalable Networking Pack. Installed on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Alacritech Accelerators work with the Scalable Networking Pack to reduce CPU overhead and memory bandwidth utilization associated with networking by offloading TCP/IP processing and data delivery to specialized hardware on the Accelerator. ...Alacritech profile, NAS

Samsung Ships Revolutionary SSD Based Notebooks

SEOUL, Korea - May 23, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. launched the world's first high volume consumer PCs embedded with a 32GB flash-based solid state disk.

The Samsung Q1 (900MHz processor, 7" screen) and the Q30 (1.2GHz processor, 12" screen) will be available in the Korean market in a few weeks. The retail price for the Q1-SSD will be KRW2.3 million (US$2,430), while the Q30-SSD will sell for KRW3.5 million (US$3,700).

These mobile computing devices are the ideal solution for professionals and executives who are constantly on the move. The SSD reads 300% faster (53MB/s) and writes 150% quicker (28MB/s) than normal hard drives. As a result, multiple application programs can operate simultaneously and large volumes of data can be edited and reproduced more efficiently. The Microsoft Windows XP operating system will boot up 25-50% faster on the SSD than on other drives.

The Q1-SSD will show video or still photos as well as play audio without having to be booted up first. DMB TV receivers are embedded in both PCs, which will bring extra enjoyment to users during this summer's World Cup competition.

"PC models based on solid state disks have numerous advantages over traditional hard disk-based models. These include faster booting, greater durability, quieter operation, and increased battery life. These new models are only the beginning. Samsung will continue to lead the market, introducing new portable PC models that bring these benefits to both consumers and enterprise users." said Kim Hounsoo, Executive Vice President of the Computing Division of Samsung Electronics. ...Samsung profile, notebook SSD market, Charting the Rise of the Solid State Disk Market

Editor's comments:-
this market changing use for SSDs was described in our SSD market penetration model published last year - which described all the main applications and trigger points for the SSD market along with their user value propositions.

Adaptec RAID Supports New Xeon Processors

MILPITAS, CA - May 23, 2006 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that its RAID technology has been optimized and tested for compatibility with the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors.

In extensive testing, Adaptec SCSI, SATA II and Serial Attached SCSI controller technology has been proven to increase I/O subsystem performance on systems built with the new Intel processor. ...Adaptec profile

QLogic Unveils Fastest Cluster Interconnect

Dallas - May 23, 2006 - QLogic Corp. today announced a new portfolio of products at Fusion 2006.

These include:- the SANbox 5000 96-Port Stackable Switch, SANbox 6000 Intelligent Storage Router, SANbox 8000 Storage Services Platform, SANbox 9000 Multi-Layer, Multi-Protocol Switch and InfiniPath InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter. InfiniPath supports more than 10 million messages per second, which is 6 times faster than any other cluster interconnect. ...QLogic profile, Fusion 2006, SAN

Qimonda Aims to Get Half of New Server RAM Market

Munich, Germany - May 23, 2006 - Qimonda AG today announced that it is manufacturing its DDR2 FB-DIMMs in high volume.

The new memories will be provided for Intel's Bensley server platforms in 533MHz and 667 MHz for densities ranging from 512MB to 4GB. Qimonda is also a key partner for major server OEMs such as Dell, HP, FSC and IBM. Qimonda aims to get around 50% market share in this server module segment at launch. According to iSuppli the share of FB-DIMMs for the OEM server market is expected to grow from 10% (in 2006) up to 68% (by 2008). ...Qimonda profile

Maxtor's Headcount Slashed by 50% in the New Seagate

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.- May 22, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Maxtor Corporation.

The combined company retains the Seagate name. The integration of former Maxtor operations into Seagate is expected to be substantially completed by early calendar 2007. Seagate estimates that approximately 50% of Maxtor's worldwide employees will be offered positions with the combined company. Adding to Seagate's own line of branded products, Seagate will retain a full range of Maxtor branded retail solutions. Maxtor is the leading brand name in the retail space and it will significantly strengthen Seagate's overall position in this burgeoning market. ...Maxtor profile, ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives, Acquired storage companies

Tandberg will Use ProStor's Removable Disk Technology

Oslo, Norway - May 22, 2006 - Tandberg Data ASA today announced a worldwide agreement with ProStor Systems to leverage ProStor's RDX system.

RDX is a removable disk-based cartridge technology that combines the portability and long term archivability of tape with the high reliability, superior performance and instant access of hard disks at a price lower than competing tape solutions. ...ProStor Systems profile, ...Tandberg Data profile, Disk to disk backup

First 90nm System-on-Chip for Hard Disk Drives

Geneva - May 22, 2006 - STMicroelectronics today revealed its design and manufacturing capability for hard disk drive system on a chip devices in 90nm technology.

A new device - integrating the read channel, SATA interface and memory - is the first such product in the market to be manufactured in a 90nm process. Functional silicon is now being evaluated and tested. ...STMicroelectronics profile, storage chips

Abcron Launches Photo Quality Printable DVDs

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - May 22, 2006 - Abcron Corp announced today the addition of the PlayO Printable Double Layer DVD +R product to its series of optical media products.

The PlayO Printable Double Layer DVD +R discs enable data to be recorded or read on one layer without affecting the other layer in order to enable long-time music streaming potential and up to four hours of DVD quality video or 16 hours of VHS quality video. The printable feature enables users to print vibrant, full color images directly onto the full surface of the discs and are compatible with a wide range of leading inkjet printers. ...Abcron profile

Western Digital's Home NAS Offers 0.5T Backup

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - May 22, 2006 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that its WD NetCenter network storage system, aimed at the home market, is now available in a half-terabyte capacity.

WD streamlined the steps required to install WD NetCenter on either a PC or Mac. The WD setup wizard cuts installation time to less than five minutes. EasyLink establishes the WD NetCenter as if it were a local drive on any computer connected to the network. Individuals with network access then can store, share and back up their digital content. ...Western Digital profile, NAS

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