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SiliconSystems Named Fast 50 Rising Star

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - October 5, 2006 - SiliconSystems, Inc. has been named the Rising Star in Deloitte & Touche USA LLP's Technology Fast 50 program for Orange County.

The Rising Star Award is a special designation, within Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 program, which ranks the 50 fastest growing technology companies headquartered in Orange County, California and surrounding communities. ...SiliconSystems profile, solid state disks

The Top 3 Subjects Viewed by Storage Searchers

Editor:- October 4, 2006 - reports that in September readership grew 10% compared to the year before period.

The top 3 subjects viewed by storage searchers were:-
  1. - Hard disk drives - which has held the #1 slot throughout most of 2006
  2. - Disk to disk backup - up from #4 in August (and #15 in July).
  3. - Solid state disks - down from #2 throughout most of 2006
Repeating what I said last month about the rapid growth of interest in D2D - "Recent months have seen a spate of mergers and revenue attrition in the tape backup market - and the sharp increase in D2d content may signal that users no longer give credence to all the brave bullish talk they've been hearing from tape backup companies."

And it's good news for SSD vendors! Despite dropping down one place pageviews on the main SSD page increased by 50% in September compared to the year before period.

The hard disk market has been a boom market in the past two years with double digit revenue growth. That shows no signs of slowing down as HDD makers find that fresh new consumer products offer much greater growth prospects than the tired old PC and server markets. Hard disks are already well on the way to being named's hot product category of the year. (In previous years SSDs and SATA were so named - based on reader pageviews.) For more information on the top subjects, articles etc see Market research

Arkeia Network Backup 6.0 Includes Free VTL

CARLSBAD, Calif. - October 4, 2006 - Arkeia Software announced today Arkeia Network Backup Version 6.0.

The new version includes an integrated Virtual Tape Library with support for 1 TB included free. ...Arkeia profile, Backup Software

BlueArc Shines in Middle Earth's Rendering Farm

SAN JOSE, CA - October 3, 2006 - BlueArc Corp today announced that its Titan 2000 storage system has been used by visual effects studio Weta Digital.

Weta tested Titan with hundreds of thousands of requests and found that the system was able to consistently sustain over 230,000 NFS requests per second. The ability to sustain this level of throughput even as more render nodes were added was an important part of Weta's buying decision.

"Titan is able to process and store the visual effects data from our more than 4,000 processors allowing for an accelerated workflow for our artists, removal of major bottlenecks, simplified management and reduced complexity and cost" said Weta's CTO, Milton Ngan.

Weta Digital has won 4 of the last 5 Academy Awards for visual effects, including ground-breaking work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Owning one of the world's top supercomputers, Weta required storage that could keep up with the information generated by its massive server and render farm. ...BlueArc profile

QLogic Acquires SilverStorm Technologies

Aliso Viejo, Calif. - October 3, 2006 - QLogic Corp today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SilverStorm Technologies, Inc for approximately $60 million in cash.

SilverStorm provides end-to-end, high performance interconnect fabric solutions for cluster and grid computing networks. ...QLogic profile, InfiniBand

Editor's comments:- past acquisitions by QLogic include - Little Mountain Group, PathScale and Troika Networks .

ST Offers Full Menu of Chips for Mobile Diskmakers

Geneva - October 3, 2006 - STMicroelectronics today announced completion of its portfolio of intellectual property required to design, manufacture, and supply hard disk drive manufacturers with all the ICs needed for the small form-factor drives market.

ST's latest IP is the T90LP (Low Power) Read-Channel macro, which enables production of System-on-Chip ICs using ST's 90nm process technology, optimized for notebook and consumer HDD applications that demand very low power consumption. The new T90LP read-channel is designed to operate at data rates between 80 and 550MHz and its power is optimized for use in 0.85- to 1.8-inch form-factor drives.

"ST's low power disk drive IP and product portfolio allows manufacturers to pick and choose exactly the right products to meet their requirements across different target applications, from 2.5-inch drives down to 1 inch and below," said Roberto Fantechi, General Manager of ST's Data Storage Division. "Manufacturers also have the cost savings and convenience of using a single vendor for all of their silicon, from the standard devices to the ASICs and high-performance products." ...STMicroelectronics profile, storage chips

Infortrend Ships 3U iSCSI RAID

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - October 3, 2006 - Infortrend today unveiled a new 3U rackmount 16-bay iSCSI-to-SATA external RAID subsystem.
Power and speed stem from Infortrend's ASIC400, a 933MHz PowerPC GL CPU, and 4 x GbE ports, while built-in RAID6 and EonPath multi-pathing software protect the data stored on the EonStor A16E. First customer shipments have begun. ...Infortrend profile, Rackmount Storage, RAID systems, iSCSI news image EonStor iSCSI

Ulysses Meets Seismic Challenges

New Orleans - October 2, 2006 - Imation Corp today announced that its new Ulysses technology has passed stringent environmental tests by Sercel, a major seismic acquisition company. The Ulysses system is being demonstrated at the 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Conference this week in New Orleans by MP Tapes, Inc.

The new technology addresses the needs of tape users looking for a disk- to-disk-to-tape solution to improve restore time without having to adopt a complex new system or invest in hardware or software modifications. A Ulysses-equipped library can restore files up to 10 times faster than a tape library. Because the Ulysses tape drive emulator emulates an LTO drive and the Ulysses media has the same form factor as LTO Ultrium cartridges, users can simply "drop in" the Ulysses cartridge into the existing automated tape environment with no changes to floor space, wiring, cooling or other infrastructure challenges. ...Imation profile, rugged / military storage

Toshiba Reveals Trinity of Hard Disk Market Milestones

Irvine, Calif. - October 2, 2006 - Toshiba today announced it has made over one million hard disks based on perpendicular magnetic recording.

The company also announced today it has shipped 40 million hard disks in the 1.8" form factor (which it launched in 2000.) Rounding out the trinity of milestone announcements today - Toshiba said it has now shipped more than 4 million 2.5" automotive-class HDDs, far out-pacing other industry players in this emerging market. ...Toshiba profile Publisher is 15

Editor:- October 2, 2006 - this month is the 15th anniversary of founding ACSL - publisher of

The storage market, which will generate over $160 billion revenue in 2006, is the most important segment in the computer industry and this is an exciting time to be covering storage as fundamental changes are taking place in the way that enterprises architect their IT infrastructure.

Gone are the days when the processor or the operating system were the primary factors which dictated how everything fitted together. In the future - the levers and gateposts which enable or inhibit fast corporate change will be dictated by how well the storage systems support the data needs of the enterprise.

Just as the internet gave rise to new types of companies which didn't exist before, the new age of content will generate huge markets where the success or failure of the enterprise will be determined by the strength or weakness of its underlying storage systems.

Looking back at the start of my publishing career:- one of the frustrations of publishing a computer market directory in the early 1990s was the fact that new editions were obsolete on the day they were printed. My data collection methodology was to research and update data every day. Soon after it became acceptable to make money on the web - we made plans to switch to a web format - which we did in 1996. Although much has changed on the web in the past decade - one factor has remained unchanged:- people migrate quickly to the sources which give them the best information. Content providers (like us) and content finders (like Google) need each other (even though we compete in the same advertising market) and although search algorithms have improved, I think human editors can still do a better job of collecting together lists of all the important companies in a vertical market. has been leading the way to the new storage frontier for 8 years, and before that our SPARC Product Directory helped to shape and inform the needs of the people building the dotcom market. It's been great fun working on these in the past 15 years - and I look forward to reporting on the exciting developments still to come. ...ACSL profile

Tandberg Launches RDX QuikStor Disk Backup

Oslo Norway - October 2, 2006 - Tandberg Data today announced the general availability of the RDX QuikStor, a new disk-based storage device with removable cartridges for data backup and archival.

Unlike other low-end tape media that may need to be replaced after 50-100 uses, RDX QuikStor media has been built to endure over 10 years of average use. The SATA / USB connected cartridge houses a mobile 2.5" hard disk drive in a reinforced, shock-proof design to protect the hard disk drive even when it is outside the drive case. RDX QuikStor cartridges are available in 40GB, 80GB and 120GB capacities. The estimated street price of the RDX Quikstor will start at $299 for a drive with a 40GB cartridge including all necessary accessories and backup software. The estimated street price of the cartridges will start at approximately $120. ...Tandberg Data profile, Disk to disk backup

Editor's comments:- I first wrote about ProStor's RDX removable cartridge (which is the underlying technology in the Tandberg branded QuikStor) here on November 2, 2005 . Although other companies such as Olixir and Ciprico have offered almost military standard rugged removable disks and removable RAID systems for many years - the established products effectively use standard disks repackaged in patented rugged modules. But the RDX system takes the reliability measures one step further by going inside the design of the disk cartridge. The result is a more reliable disk - but unfortunately also one which has much less capacity.

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