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Singapore - September 28, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced a plan to expand its recording media manufacturing capabilities by setting up its 3rd media plant in Singapore. The new plant will be built close to the company's existing facilities at Woodlands, and the combined operations will supply about 80% of Seagate's total requirement of recording media.

: "In 2005, Singapore already accounted for 25% of the world market share for disc media. With Seagate's new investment... Singapore's lead as a key manufacturing location for hard disc media globally will widen and its ecosystem for hard disk drives strengthened considerably" said Mr Teo Ming Kian, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board. ...Seagate profile, Storage Media

San Antonio, Texas - September 27, 2006 - AT&T Inc. today announced the extension of its online PC, laptop and server backup solutions to consumers and small and medium-sized businesses. The AT&T Online Vault service is available for a standard monthly fee of $5.95 for the first 2GB of storage space. For each additional gigabyte used, the cost is an additional $2 a month, not to exceed $17.95 a month. online backup and storage, backup software

San Francisco, - September 27, 2006 - Intel Corp today introduced a family of storage processors made possible by a joint development effort with Emulex Corp. The Intel IOP34x Family integrates advanced data protection, hardware-based RAID 5/6, multiple high-performance processor cores and support for serial-attached SCSI and SATA interfaces in processors and controllers for server direct attached and external storage products. Developers designing these flexible, pin-compatible processors into their storage solutions benefit from reduced engineering investments, proven interoperability, lower system costs and a time-to-market advantage.

"This new family of processors provides the storage industry with unprecedented product and interface design flexibility," said Hans Geyer, vice president and general manager, Intel Storage Group. "By building their products on a common architecture, storage OEMs can more easily accommodate a variety of product solutions, increase manufacturing options, address multiple market price-points and simplify component management." ...Emulex profile, ...Intel profile, storage chips

Editor's comments:- I first wrote about Intel's entry into the storage processor market in April 2003 - under the heading 3 Rings for the Storage Kings under the Sky. This move makes more sense for Intel than some of its other recent activities for example storage box shifting. The next thing Intel should do to plant the seeds for its storage future is buy a solid state disk company. Otherwise it will be one of the few remaining flash makers which doesn't have the required controller technology.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 27, 2006 - Pillar Data Systems today announced that Ned Hayes has joined Pillar as Chief Financial Officer.

Other news on this page

Seagate Expands Production in Singapore

AT&T Offers Online Backup for SMBs

Intel Launches New Storage Processors

Pillar Data Systems Appoints CFO

Index Engines googles Tape

18 million terabytes in a Single SAN File System

QLogic Showcases Fastest Fibre Channel Adapters

SanDisk Launches 4GB Ultra II SDHC Card

NetApp Wins Another Nice Place to Work Award

Micron Samples World's First Gigabit DD3 RAM

I/OMagic's 120G GigaBank Costs Under $160

Apacer Bundles 5x Compression into Flash Drives

Seagate Shipping 750G HDDs to DVR Makers

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Squeak! - the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
This is the 4th annual edition of this very popular report (published September 2006).

The earlier edition of this article was the #1 most popular storage article viewed by's readers in the previous quarter.
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The SSD Buyers Guide lists all SSD products commercially available in the market by form factor, interface type and memory technology. It also includes a summary of key milestones in the SSD market in the past year. the article, solid state disks
Hayes will report directly to Mike Workman, chairman, president and CEO at Pillar. Hayes has more than 25 years experience in senior financial management positions, most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO at Quantum.

Before Quantum, he was President and CEO of DirecTV Broadband a nationwide ISP delivering residential broadband and value-added services over DSL. ...Pillar Data Systems profile, Storage People
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NY - September 27, 2006 - Index Engines today at Storage Decisions unveiled a solution which directly indexes the contents of offline tape media. The new offline eDiscovery Tape Engine turns offline backup tapes into a searchable repository without the need to restore the content, automating the previously time consuming legal discovery process. The eDiscovery Engine is suitable for indexing tape archives of all sizes regardless of tape drive or backup software format. It's currently available with prices starting at $29,500 for a package that scales to support a 4 million file network. ...Index Engines profile, Storage Events

Editor's comments:- tape is an unloved storage media at the moment. No one wants any more if they can possibly avoid it. Tape archives hang like millstones around the necks of most large organizations - preventing nimble responses to business challenges. If Index Engines can do for tape - what Google has done for the web - then many users may follow their lighted path out of this long dark tunnel.

WATERTOWN, Mass - September 26, 2006 - Sanbolic, Inc. today announced important new functionality for its clustered file system which is designed for large shared SAN storage environments. Sanbolic's Melio FS 2.2 and LaScala volume manager can support as much as 18 million terabytes in a single file system. Sanbolic has also added check disk functionality to its Melio FS 2.2, providing an efficient tool for maintaining file system integrity in very large storage environments. ...Sanbolic profile, Record Breaking Storage, SAN software, SAN

Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco - September 26, 2006 - QLogic Corp. today demonstrated its SANblade Fibre Channel HBAs which it says are the fastest for use with Intel's new Dual-Core Xeon Processor. In side-by-side testing QLogic's SANblade QLE2460 Series HBAs achieved a dramatic 155,000 IOPs per port, 76% more than the company's primary competitor. ...QLogic profile

Cologne, Germany - September 26, 2006 - SanDisk Corp today introduced a 4GB Ultra II SDHC card at the Photokina trade show.
The new flash cards have write speeds of 9MBps and read speeds of 10MBps.

They are targeted at digital photography enthusiasts with 5 mega-pixel or higher resolution digital cameras or videographers with camcorders that require significantly faster flash storage cards.
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The SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 reader, which normally retails for $19.99, will be bundled with the 4GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card at no extra charge. MSRP is $219.99. ...SanDisk profile, Flash Storage

Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 26, 2006 - for the 3rd year in a row Network Appliance, Inc. has been honored by North Carolina's Triangle Business Journal as a "Best Place to Work" in Research Triangle Park NetApp earned first place honors in the large company category, which included companies with 150 employees or more. Additionally, NetApp has made FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list every year since 2002, based on a variety of employee benefits and perks, and IDG's Computerworld listed NetApp as one of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" in 2003 and 2005. ...Network Appliance profile, ...Triangle Business Journal, NAS, Storage People

Boise, Idaho - September 25, 2006 - Micron Technology, Inc. today introduced the world's first gigabit capacity DDR3 RAM. Micron's DDR3 products will support data rates of 800 megatransfers per second to 1,600 MT/s with clock frequencies of 400MHz to 800MHz respectively, doubling the speed from DDR2. The DDR3 supply voltage has been reduced from 1.8V to 1.5V, reducing power consumption by up to 30%. The device is manufactured on Micron's 78nm process technology. Evaluation samples are available with production expected to begin early next year. ...Micron Technology profile. RAM, Record Breaking Storage

Irvine, CA - September 25, 2006 - I/OMagic Corp today announced the availability of a 120GB capacity version of its GigaBank USB portable hard disk drive. At the touch of a button users can copy files to the GigaBank Ultra 120 making backup quick and convenient. The GigaBank Ultra 120 is small enough to take anywhere (2" x 0.5 "x 2.5"). It comes with a simulated leather and chrome case, and supports Windows XP/2000/ME. MSRP is $159.99. ...I/OMagic profile

Taipei, Taiwan - September 25, 2006 - Apacer Technology Inc. recently unveiled the Apacer Compression Explorer software. The ACE utility provides up to 5x file compression, decompression and password protection in flash devices while occupying just over 1MB of flash drive space. The company says that performance beats all other current compression technologies. ACE supports Windows 2000/XP operating systems and will be initially bundled with the Apacer Handy Steno AH320 Compressor USB 2.0 flash drive to provide an excellent compression and storage solution from this month. ...Apacer profile, Flash Storage

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 25, 2006 - Seagate Technology today announced it is are shipping 750GB hard drives to manufacturers for the next generation of DVRs. Kagan Research reports that cable and satellite DVR penetration for US subscribers has already reached 26%. The market is also seeing new Internet based video delivery services coming on-line - which will surely result in the continuing demand for reliable and high capacity storage for digital entertainment content. ...Seagate profile
The Spectra T24 with 2 half-height LTO-3 drives transfers compressed data at 240MB/sec throughput and provides a capacity of up to 19T in a 2U rackmount. The T24 connects directly via an LVD-SCSI interface and is compatible with most leading OS's and backup software. STORAGEsearch. com news image -Spectra Logic T24
It's now shipping. Pricing begins at $4,385 for a single-drive unit. ...Spectra Logic profile, Tape Libraries, Rackmount Storage
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