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Foothill Ranch, California - September 21, 2006 - Aristos Logic announced today that it has completed a $15 million Series F funding round. The Aristos Logic RAID Storage Processor is a purpose built device designed to accelerate the storage data path. The architecture's modularity and scalability enables a leveraged development path to cost effective Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI, Fibre Channel, and iSCSI based solutions. ...Aristos Logic profile, RAID controllers, VC Funds in Storage

HOUSTON - September 21, 2006 - BAE Systems has conducted and successfully completed a series of flight tests using VMETRO's SANbric rugged storage system. The SANbric provides storage for high speed data recording, archival, and playback analysis of flight test data acquired during deployment of an imaging system. During the tests, the SANbric storage module and shock isolation unit were mounted in an imaging system pod in the pallet bay of the aircraft.

The SANbric Fibre Channel Storage Area Network subsystem demonstrates VMETRO's innovative approach to deploying high-speed, streaming data recording applications in all environments. The SANbric removable storage module provides 1.8TB of storage capacity in no more than 4U of shelf space. Utilizing a shock isolation frame, the SANbric is designed to tolerate the shock, vibration, altitude and temperatures associated with flight test conditions. ...VMETRO profile, Storage Analyzers, Military Storage

San Diego - September 19, 2006 - StoneFly, Inc. today announced it has certified and will begin offering 10k and 15k RPM Serial Attached SCSI drives for use with select IP SAN configurations. Offering improved disk performance the new SAS drives are available in capacities ranging from 36 to 300GB and are designed to deliver enterprise-class performance. ...StoneFly Networks profile

SAN FRANCISCO - September 19, 2006 - the InfiniBand Trade Association today announced that the InfiniBand interconnect standard is seeing "significant momentum". The IBTA estimates that over 500 end-user sites have now deployed InfiniBand products in production applications, many with multiple InfiniBand clusters. InfiniBand has a strong presence in the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful computers and is the fastest growing cluster interconnect in high performance computing. In a recent report IDC predicted that the InfiniBand market will be worth $2.6 billion by 2010. ...IBTA profile, InfiniBand, Storage Industry Trade Associations

Editor's comments:- the dismally low user adoption of InfiniBand is no surprise, and I have commented on the reasons (both technical and market driven) for several years. I described InfiniBand as "a graveyard for many startups" in my 5 year state of the market review article earlier this summer.

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Sunnyvale, CA - September 19, 2006 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. announced that it will demonstrate the performance and scalability of its Serial hard disk drives during the Intel Developer Forum next week in San Francisco. To illustrate the outstanding performance of Serial Attached SCSI based storage solutions, Fujitsu will display both 1U and 2U SAS enclosures utilizing 3.5" and 2.5" hard disk drives, which will highlight the improved performance, scalability, capacity and power that is enabled through interchangeable storage systems. Fujitsu will also showcase an 8TB Serial ATA HDD-based system demonstrating the lower power and increased storage density available in today's market. Lastly, Fujitsu will exhibit a system featuring enclosures that will include small form factor SAS and SATA hard disk drives. ...Fujitsu profile, Storage Events

BOULDER, Colorado - September 19, 2006 - hyperI/O LLC announced today that its performance monitor now reveals the performance impact of fragmented files upon file I/O operation activity. "The performance impact of fragmented files has long been a concern amongst computer users," said Tom West, President of hyperI/O LLC. "With Version 3.5, hIOmon users can now for the first time efficiently collect an essential set of summarized "fragmented file I/O" metrics that reflect how their particular applications and associated files are actually being affected by file fragmentation. And unlike benchmarking programs, hIOmon users can moreover collect these new... metrics using their very own applications and files... within production environments".

The hIOmon File I/O Performance Monitor currently supports Microsoft Windows environments and pricing starts at $195. ...hyperI/O profile, Storage Analyzers

NEW YORK - September 18, 2006 - HP today launched a new family of storage systems for small businesses - called HP StorageWorks All-in-One Storage Systems. The underlying technologies in HP's AiO are the iSCSI interface and Windows Storage Server 2003 R2. Pricing starts from $5,000 for a terabyte box with 4 SATA drive bays. HP says AiO is "unbelievably simple" to set up. The new product is aimed at the 60% of SMBs who have not yet deployed networked storage. ...HP profile

Editor's comments:- SMBs avoid some technologies for the very good reason they can't afford the training time and support costs associated with enterprise style products. Arguments that such products cost less per seat to set up and run are false when the company headcount is just one or a handful of people and the SMB has the choice of attending a 3 day training course or making next month's sales target. My gut feel is that most SMBs would be well advised to wait for the 2nd or 3rd generation of these products unless the VAR is doing all the work for them. Because a simple problem which may take an expert just a few minutes to solve - could waste their time for days.

Holmdel, NJ - September 18, 2006 - Index Engines today announced a development partnership with COPAN Systems. The resultant offering will integrate Index Engines' inline indexing within COPAN's MAID storage systems. ...COPAN Systems profile, ...Index Engines profile

BOULDER, Colo. - September 18, 2006 - Spectra Logic is introducing the Spectra T24 LTO tape library for small to medium-sized businesses.

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Fujitsu will Show New SAS & SATA Products at IDF

hIOmon Collects Fragmented File I/O Metrics

HP Launches StorageWorks All-in-One

Massive Disk Arrays to Get Inline Indexing

Spectra Logic Packs 19T Tape Library into 2U

EMC Invents New Revenue Stream with EMC Infoscape

Getting the Measure of FRAM

Survey Shows that 14% of European VARs have Sold SAS

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It's now shipping. Pricing begins at $4,385 for a single-drive unit. ...Spectra Logic profile, Tape Libraries, Rackmount Storage

ANAHEIM, Calif. - September 18, 2006 - EMC Corp today launched its Infoscape software. EMC Infoscape (available next month) will enable customers to efficiently, accurately and easily search all corporate information in file systems, automatically classify information based on business value, manage the retention of unstructured information for compliance and facilitate policy-based and automated data migration across a tiered storage infrastructure. The base module is $125,000 and capacity licensing starts at $9,000 per Terabyte. ...EMC profile, Storage Software

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - September 18, 2006 - Ramtron International Corp announced today that its FRAM memory has been designed into Pay As You Go utility meters by Ampy Automation Ltd. for the Salt River Project based in Phoenix, Arizona. Ampy plans to deploy as many as 100,000 prepayment meters over the next 24 months for the SRP M-Power program. The meters incorporate a two-way communication capability that offers enhanced functionality, including automatic meter reading, on-line inquiries, remote connect/disconnect, and complex rate structures. The meters also enable customers to exercise more control over their energy consumption, leading to cost savings and more efficient energy distribution.

FRAM memory offers higher write speed and much higher write endurance than older nonvolatile memory technologies, such as flash and EEPROM. Due to its leading-edge features, Ramtron's FRAM memory is being used worldwide in a multitude of advanced utility meter products, including the world's largest advanced meter management project in Italy, with over 27 million connected electricity meters. ...Ramtron profile

Editor's comments:- about 26 years ago when my wife was a lowly inside sales engineer in Intel I remember her talking about customers working on such projects. It's taken decades for these types of meters to get to where they are today. Let's give credit to the engineers who solved the massive problems achieving this at a cost which utilities can actually afford.

Seeing Ramtron's range of 8051 microcontrollers was also nostalgic for me. They were an easy progression for me following a bunch of 8048 designs I did back in the 1970s. I guess if my career as a cut and paste engineer hits some hard bumps there may be an alternative path in ancient chip technology.

Bracknell, UK - September 18, 2006 - LSI Logic today disclosed results of a European survey to measure attitudes regarding Serial Attached SCSI. 144 VARs from across Europe were asked whether they believe SAS will become a more dominant technology. 91% answered 'yes'. But only 14% stated that their customers have already ordered SAS solutions from them. 35% said that customers are not yet well informed about the benefits of SAS. ...LSI Logic profile, Serial Attached SCSI

Editor's comments:- I'm not surprised by the low percentage of SAS sales by VARs. My article published last year Are SAS Drives SF for Most Users? - explained why this would be the case in the US as well as Europe
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