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Seoul, Korea - April 4, 2007 - Samsung today announced its new SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives. The 3.5" SpinPoint S166 hard drives are currently shipping in 80GB and 160GB capacities and will be available worldwide in April. The S166 Series has a spin speed of 7,200 RPM and features a SATA interface with Native Command Queuing. The drives are also available with a PATA interface. ...Samsung profile

Editor's comments:-
in the summer of 2005 Hitachi launched its Travelstar 4K120 (4,200 RPM) disks aimed at a new market segment which it called bedroom quiet hard drives. But long known to submariners (who presumably sleep in silent spring free hammocks) the quietest disk drives are those with no RPM at all.

If you're stuck with hard disks of the acoustically noisy kind, and you've got a lot of them in a RAID, then GizMac Accessories yesterday launched a noise dampened quieter 12U XRackPro2 rack in which you can put them.

Parsippany, NJ - April 3, 2007 - RELDATA and Nexsan Technologies today announced that they have joined forces to produce a more powerful unified IP SAN/NAS storage solution that includes SAN-level data replication over WANs. The new solution combines Nexsan's SATABeast with the RELDATA 9240 IP Storage Gateway, resulting in an enterprise-class solution that delivers high availability, full redundancy, wire-speed throughput and dramatic cost savings for enterprises.

The RELDATA IP Storage Gateway 9240 incorporates six 1GbE ports and 2 Ultra SCSI ports in addition to the dual 4Gbps FC ports providing flexible connectivity, preserving existing Fibre Channel, SCSI and iSCSI storage investments. ...Nexsan Technologies profile, ...RELDATA profile, storage routers

SAN JOSE, Calif - April 3, 2007 - STEC, Inc. is showing a new industrial grade 4G byte USB Flash Drive this week at at the Embedded Systems Conference. Features include:-
  • High Reliability: the built-in ECC engine can detect up to 5-byte errors and correct up to 4-byte errors. Wear leveling algorithms guarantee 2,000,000 write/erase cycles per flash block.
  • Secure Partitioning: the USB flash drive can be partitioned with up to two partitions, of which one can be secure, allowing confidential information to be stored on the device.
  • Traceability: manufacturing data is laser etched into the enclosure allowing for lot traceability.
  • Temperature operation: from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.
  • High ESD rating: the heavy-duty metal enclosure is NEBS Level 3 compliant for ESD ratings, tested and approved for 15KV air and 8KV contact.
  • Unique Serial Number: written to the device can be used by applications.
STEC ensures long-term product availability and non-obsolescence. All Industrial Grade USB Flash Drives carry a standard 5 year warranty. ...STEC profile, Storage Events, Flash storage, USB storage

SAN JOSE, Calif - April 2, 2007 - Quantum Corp today introduced StorNext 3.0 data management software. StorNext 3.0 extends high performance, resilient data sharing to servers on the LAN (already supports SAN) and integrates Quantum's patented data de-duplication technology to reduce data retention costs. In addition, it enables customers to expand storage capacity and replace storage devices while keeping the system online. ..Quantum profile

SUNNYVALE, CA - April 2, 2007 - Finisar Corp today announced the industry's first comprehensive 8Gb/s Fibre Channel test solution. The powerful Xgig storage test tool platform features full 8Gb/s line rate monitoring, yet is backward compatible with legacy 4, 2, and 1 Gb/s rates. Additionally, the Xgig platform is multi-function, supporting other important FC testing tools including BERT (Bit Error Rate Tester), jammer, and data generation in a single integrated solution. Finisar's multi-function architecture allows the identical hardware to be leveraged across all stages of development resulting in significant design time reductions and cost savings. ...Finisar profile, Storage Testers, SAN

Editor:- April 2, 2007 - STORAGEsearch.com reports the top 5 subjects viewed by storage searchers in March were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup,
(2) - Solid state disks
(3) - Hard drives
(4) - RAID systems, and
(5) - NAS

Tape backup related searches have dropped out of the top 20 subjects viewed.

Pageviews in the top 10 subjects grew 28% compared to the year before period. For more info on the top subjects, articles etc see Market research
Samsung Launches Silent Hard Disk

Nexsan and RELDATA Unite IP SAN/NAS

STEC Shows Industrial USB Flash

StorNext 3.0 Includes Data Deduplication

First 8Gb/s Fibre Channel Protocol Analyzer

Tape Backup Drops Out of Top Storage Searches

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Squeak! - SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Does the fatal gene of "write endurance" built into flash solid state disks prevent their deployment in intensive server acceleration applications - such as RAID systems?
It was certainly true as little as a few years ago.

What's the risk with today's devices?

This article looks at the current generation of products and calculates how much (or how little) you should be worried.
read the article - SSD Myths and Legends
RAM based SSDs have been used alongside RAID for years - but flash SSDs are physically smaller and have bigger capacity (160G in 2.5") and are lower cost than RAM-SSDs and could actually be configured in standard RAID boxes. F-SSDs aren't as fast as RAM based products but a single flash SSD can deliver 20,000 IOPs - which when scaled up in an array - starts to look interesting. ...read the article, storage reliability solid state disks
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