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Seagate Ships LD25 Hard Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - November 14, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced that its 40GB, 60GB and 80GB LD25 Series Hard Drives have started to ship to a new generation of technology appliance manufacturers.

The LD25 Series drive has been optimised for game consoles, low-profile set-top boxes and other emerging fixed applications. According to In-Stat, worldwide console and handheld online gaming subscribers numbered 3.4 million in 2004, and could exceed 30 million by 2009. ...Seagate profile


Sony is #1 in HDD Camcorder Market

SAN DIEGO - November 14, 2006 - today Sony announced it has 60% market share (units sold) in the hard disk drive camcorder market.

More than 35% of US adult Internet users - approximately 48 million - have posted video online this year. ...Sony profile


Check Point Cites SSD Reliability as Reason for Switch

Electronica, Munich - November 14, 2006 - Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has selected Msystems' solid state drives to provide the rugged and reliable data storage in its continuous Virtual Private Network system integration projects.

Msystems SSD has been field-tested to achieve an MTBF of more than 2 million hours as compared with up to 600,000 hours delivered by hard disk drives. This high MTBF rate is set to reduce maintenance time and associated costs. ...M-Systems profile, ...Check Point Software, Solid state disks, storage reliability

Editor's comments:-
reliability is a type #4 SSD user proposition as described in STORAGEsearch.com's SSD Market Adoption model


Attune Systems Secures $14 Million Funding

Santa Clara, Calif. - November 14, 2006 - Attune Systems, Inc. today announced that it has received $14 million in a new venture funding round led by RWI Ventures.

Attune's R&D efforts have already resulted in 9 patents. The funds raised will be used to ramp up sales, marketing, as well as additional R&D and support efforts. ...Attune Systems profile, Storage Software, Venture Capital in Storage


Gartner Says 45% of Disks will be Serial Attached SCSI

San Francisco - November 13, 2006 - The SCSI Trade Association says member companies have introduced in excess of 75 SAS products to the market.

STA President Harry Masonsaid "Because of the power, size and functional demands placed on standard high-volume servers, SAS is leading the market transition to small form factor (2.5") enterprise-class drives."

Gartner's John Monroe, Research VP, Storage Markets optimistically predicted that "Despite incursions from SATA at the low end and Fibre Channel at the high end, SAS will become the dominant multi-user hard disc drive interface, with an approximate 45% share in 2009 and 2010." ...SCSI Trade Association profile, Serial Attached SCSI

Editor's comments:-
the main market for SAS will be in non-Intel Architecture servers, such as RISC servers from IBM and Sun. According to IDC's server market report this currently accounts for about 50% of servers by revenue - which is consistent with Gartner's SAS prediction.

... 3 years later:- - that's not quite what happened. Instead SATA SSDs started to nibble away at the SAS hard drive market in traditional 2.5" form factors and PCIe SSDs threatened to shorten the market life for overprovisioned SAS storage arrays.


Storage Elements Deploys 200T ExaStore

New York - November 13, 2006 - Exanet today announced that Storage Elements has adopted the company's ExaStore system for its offsite data storage and remote backup services.

Storage Elements evaluated solutions by Network Appliance and BlueArc before selecting Exanet's ExaStore clustered NAS system, to be combined with existing offsite backup software.

Storage Elements has deployed two ExaStore systems - a production system and a remote disaster recovery system, which are continuously synchronized. The complete solution eliminates the need for customers to have their own backup software agents, courier services, failover sites, remote backup administrators, DAS, tape hardware and tape software.

Following a steep growth in its business needs, Storage Elements is adding capacity to its existing ExaStore systems. Storage Elements' data capacity is rapidly approaching 200T. Over 600 million files are currently being managed in a single distributed file system in the Exanet production environment, an industry record. ...Exanet profile, ...Storage Elements, online backup and storage


Sony Invests in Maximum Throughput Inc

Montreal, CANADA - November 13, 2006 - Maximum Throughput Inc. announced today that Sony Electronics, Inc., has made a strategic investment in the company.

This investment has been accompanied by additional funding from the company's current investors.

"Maximum Throughput develops solutions that can be very complementary to our plans for developing a 4K digital workflow, from acquisition to display," said John Scarcella, president of Sony's Broadcast and Business Solutions Company. "We realized the potential of these technologies and decided the time was right to create a strategic relationship." ...Maximum Throughput profile, ...Sony profile


Online Backup Patents for Sale

Editor:- November 13, 2006 - it was announced today that some US Patents for online backup / data storage are being marketed by IPotential, a broker of intellectual property.

"These patents represent the work of a prolific innovator and visionary in the on-line industry," said Ron Epstein, CEO of IPotential. online backup


Intransa's IP SAN Leadership Attracts Investment

SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 13, 2006 - Intransa today announced a major new investment round led by Guggenheim Venture Partners.

Also participating are Menlo Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. Intransa claims to lead the shift in the storage industry towards IP. With more than 100% year-over-year sales growth, Intransa has shipped over 1.3 petabytes to customers worldwide. ...Intransa profile


Secrets of 1,001 Data Recoveries

Editor:- November 9, 2006 - STORAGEsearch.com published a new article today - written by Simon Steggles director of Disklabs - it's called - "Sex, Spies and Hard Drives."

When you leave your house - do you close and lock the front door? - or do you leave it ajar in the hope that a kind passing stranger might do it for you... Your discarded storage devices can reveal many secrets that you may not want anyone else to know. Simon's article reveals key findings from over 1,000 data recoveries. ...read the article, ...Disklabs profile, Data Recovery


SimpleTech Reports 38% Revenue Growth

SANTA ANA, Calif. - November 8, 2006 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30. Revenue for the third quarter of 2006 was $92.8 an increase of 38% from the third quarter of 2005. Revenue growth in the third quarter of 2006 resulted from stronger than expected demand in every major product category; in particular, sales of customized flash memory to OEMs, which grew to a quarterly record high. ...SimpleTech profile, Solid state disks


NetApp Acquires Migration Company

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 8, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Topio for approximately $160 million in an all-cash transaction.

The joint capabilities of Topio and NetApp deliver a broad range of solutions spanning data protection, data migration, and data cloning. ...NetApp profile, ...Topio profile, Solaris Migration


Dell Aims Removable Hard Drive at Backup

Round Rock, Texas - November 8, 2006 - Dell today introduced the PowerVault RD1000 removable disk for data backup.

The PowerVault RD1000 is available in both USB connected external and SATA attached internal configurations, and cartridges available in 40GB, 80GB and 120GB capacities.

Darren Thomas VP of Dell storage said "We see the PowerVault RD1000 as an alternative to the low-end tape industry because of its speed, capacity and lower cost." ...Dell profile, Hard disk drives, Disk to disk backup, Removable Storage


Msystems' Shareholders Vote Yes to SanDisk

KFAR SABA, Israel - November 8, 2006 - Msystems' shareholders today voted to approve the acquisition of the company by SanDisk.

More than 99% of the shares represented at the meeting voted in favor of the transaction. The proposed acquisition of msystems by SanDisk was announced on July 30, 2006 by the two companies and the closing of the transaction remains subject to conditions, including, among others, Israeli court approval as well as customary closing conditions. The transaction is most likely to close this month. ...M-Systems profile, ...SanDisk profile, Flash Storage


The New Yorker Hard Drive

SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 8, 2006 - Hitachi today announced that its Travelstar hard disk drive has been selected to deliver 81 years' worth of The New Yorker content.

One of the first digital publishing endeavors of its kind, "The Complete New Yorker" is a comprehensive archive that contains every page of every issue of The New Yorker from February 1925 to April 2006, representing more than 4,000 issues and close to 500,000 pages. The New Yorker has evolved the delivery of its archives from 8 DVD-ROMs to Pexagon's 80GB Store-it drive. The archives are portable and completely searchable so readers can have instant access to The New Yorker's unique articles, commentary and cartoons. The archives on hard drive are delivered to customers with 20GB of space leftover for downloads of future New Yorker issues. ...Hitachi profile, ...order the New Yorker archive, Marketing Views

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