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Storage news - 2006, October - week 2

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Dell Says No - to More Tape Libraries

SAN DIEGO - October 12, 2006 - Overland Storage, Inc. today reported that it had been notified by Dell of its intent to terminate the supply agreement originally announced last November.

Under the agreement, Overland expected to supply Dell with two different automated tape libraries recently developed by Overland. Shipments had yet to commence, but were expected to begin in the near future. Overland noted that the expense to date related to preparation for the Dell business had been significant, and that it would immediately cease spending on the program.

""Although the Dell business represented an important revenue opportunity, the margins were low relative to our branded business, and the resource commitment was high" said Christopher Calisi, president and CEO of Overland. We will now concentrate on improving our product quality and customer service levels and on launching a complete new line of ULTAMUS and REO disk-based appliances." ...Overland profile, ...Dell profile, disk to disk backup, Tape Libraries

Editor's comments:- the tape market has been suffering from a spate of bad news and fractures this month. The market is saying "no more tape!" It would be an uphill battle for Dell to attempt shifting these products.

Kondar Shrinks Incremental Online Backup for DataSafe

Bilbao, Spain - October 12, 2006 - Lortu Software S.L. announced today an agreement with UK based DataSafe Services Ltd.

Under the terms of this agreement a customized version of Lortu's Kondar Byte-level Delta Patching software has been included as a component in DataSafe's iBUS software. Standard backup applications use an incremental or differential backup procedure that stores the entire file that has changed since the last backup, even if only a single byte of data has changed in that file's structure, regardless of how large the file is. Kondar on the other hand, analyzes the content of files and saves only the modified data, which means the backup file could be 10 to 100 times smaller than a standard backup file. Kondar is also very fast. It creates these incremental backups at a throughput of around 100Mbps. ...Lortu Software profile, ...DataSafe Services profile, Backup Software, online backup

New Article - a Short History of Disk to Disk Backup

Editor:- October 12, 2006 - a new article was published today on called - "a Short History of Disk to Disk Backup."

We've been reporting on the enterprise D2d market since the concept first began. This article plots the main events in the market transition from the heady days when tape backup was at its height - through to the situation now where most corporate data is backed on using disk to disk backup. And D2d, this month (October) is the #1 most popular subject that our readers are searching for. the article, Hard disk drives, Backup Software

See also:- book:- A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Removable Hard Disks Get Inbuilt Fingerprint Protection

SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 11, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and UPEK, Inc. today introduced a reference design to protect data on external hard disk drives by adding biometric security via fingerprint recognition technology.

The reference design delivers the industry's strongest security by authenticating fingerprint matches on-board the external hard disk systeminstead of on the PC, ensuring no data is passed between the HDD and PC until a match has occurred. The new CY4661 reference design uses UPEK's TouchStrip fingerprint authentication solution along with Cypress's USB controller to address the growing need for secure personal information and enterprise data on portable drives.

The reference design enables manufacturers of HDDs to add biometric security that only allows those with a registered fingerprint to access data on the drives. It features match-on-chip, hardware-based authentication for the strongest data and privacy protection available. ...Cypress profile, ...UPEK storage chips, Storage Security

FalconStor will Energise Sun's VTLs

Las Vegas, Sun Forum - October 11, 2006 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a joint development agreement with FalconStor Software which will provide Sun with exclusive features for its enterprise virtual tape library.

The new products will be compatible with Sun's Solaris OS. ...FalconStor profile, ...Sun profile, SPARC Product Directory

WEDC Pursues Class K, Space Level Certification

Phoenix, AZ - October 11, 2006 - White Electronic Designs Corp today announced its intent to pursue MIL-PRF-38534 Class K certification in Q107.

Class K is the highest reliability level provided for in MIL-PRF-38534 and intended for space applications. ...White Electronic Designs profile, RAM, Military Storage

The Perils of Tape Backup

Editor:- October 11, 2006 - nice evocative article about the perils of traditional tape backup today in the SharkTank column of Computerworld.

That article talks about the 1980s - which reminded me about my own scary tape backup experience at the beginning of the same decade with a faulty tape drive in an HP 64000 microprocessor development system. My backup tape broke. So I put in the previous day's backup tape - which broke too. Luckily I had the sense not to insert my 3rd backup (or kick the floor standing system box) before calling a service engineer. The fault was an LED sensor which was supposed to stop the tape at the end of the rewind. The whole multi user computer system only had a hard disk capacity of 5M - which is smaller than some web ads today.

See also:- Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market

Streamload Passes 750K Customer Uploads / Day

SAN DIEGO - October 10, 2006 - Streamload, Inc. announced today it currently manages more than 750,000 customer uploads per day.

The company claims it has far surpassed the 65,000 daily video uploads estimated for YouTube (which Google recently announced it was acquiring). "Online storage is becoming a key component to many widely varied applications" said Steve Iverson, Streamload's president and CEO. ...Streamload profile, online backup and storage

Seagate Eyes Digital Video Surveillance Market

MUNICH, Germany - October 9, 2006 - Seagate is showing how its hard drives meet the needs of the digital video surveillance market at a security expo this week in Germany.

Seagate says its new 750G SV35 Series hard drives can store 24 days of continuous video recording (at 720 x 480 frames resolution and 30 frames/second). Seagate says it is the only hard drive manufacturer dedicated to the security and surveillance market. ...Seagate profile

See also:- BBC article:- "in London, you could be caught on camera up to 300 times a day"

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