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Storage news - April 21-30, 2007

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New SAS RAID Arrays from Infortrend

SANTA CLARA, Calif - April 30, 2007 - Infortrend today unveiled the new 16-bay, 4Gigabit Fibre Channel to SAS RAID arrays: the EonStor S16F-R1430 redundant controller subsystems.

The ES S16F supports SAS or SATA disk drives and delivers sustained throughput greater than 800MBps (writes in RAID5). ...Infortrend profile, RAID systems

Sun Disrespects Copyright of's Publisher

Editor:- April 27, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. has infringed the copyright of the SPARC Product Directory.

"It's a real problem for independent publishers when a company with the reputation of Sun with its hand caught in the cookie jar - wriggles and does everything it can to avoid giving a satisfactory attribution" said Zsolt Kerekes author of the purloined text. "In this case - the botched PR handling of Sun's 25 year celebration web site - has become the story." the article

CebaTech Launches iSCSI Focused Chip Solutions

Eatontown, NJ - April 26, 2007 - CebaTech Inc. today announced the development of the CebaIP Platform for use in ASICs or FPGAs used in iSCSI related products.

The platform is a protocol-complete hardware and software framework for developing end-to-end data and storage networking solutions with supported data rates from 1 to 10 Gb/s.

Configurations initially supported include GZIP-based compression and decompression with optional AES support. A second configuration includes partial TCP/IP offload with optional link aggregation, VLAN, and large send offload support. Both configurations are available with the CebaIP Platform advanced descriptor-based DMA controller and OpenBSD reference software driver.

GZIP-based compression and decompression is available now for initial customer engagements, with general availability in late second quarter of 2007. The partial TCP/IP offload configuration will be available in the third quarter of 2007. Future configurations including full TCP/IP offload, IPSec, iSCSI initiator and target, RDMA, and advanced rule-based filtering will be released in late 2007 and early 2008.

"No other IP platform or subsystem offering dedicated to data and storage networking applications with this level of functional integration exists in the market," said Chad Spackman, president of CebaTech. "Customers can choose from available platform configurations now, and grow with the platform over time to greater levels of integration and function to meet the changing demands of their respective markets." ...CebaTech profile

Intel and Micron Sample 50nm Flash

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BOISE, Idaho - April 25, 2007 - Intel Corp and Micron Technology, Inc., today announced they are sampling industry-leading 50 nanometer multi-level cell NAND flash memory manufactured by their NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies.

The 50nm MLC technology, sampling at a 16 gigabit die density, complements the previously announced 50nm single-level cell products that the companies are shipping today at a 4Gb die density. The new MLC NAND product caps a year of productive activity in which Intel and Micron have aggressively ramped a state-of-the-art 300 millimeter flash manufacturing factory network and are in the midst of developing sub-40nm NAND flash memory products. ...Intel profile, ...Micron Technology profile, Flash Storage

see also:-
Squeak! - Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?

Dell Joins Growing Roster of Notebook Makers Offering SSDs

Round Rock, Texas - April 24, 2007 - Dell today announced that it is offering a 1.8-inch 32G solid state drive from SanDisk on some Latitude notebooks.

The SSD drives are available today at a list price of $549 in the Americas. ...Dell profile, ...SanDisk profile

Editor's comments:-
the full text of Dell's press release claims "The company is one the first to offer a flash-based drive as an alternative to hard disk drives on corporate notebooks."

Dell's marketers obviously haven't read our article on SSD History. HP beat them to it with a flash SSD option in 1993. - That's 14 years before Dell! - And in the current generation of SSD technology Dell is about 12 months behind the earliest notebook makers to offer this type of option.

Oxford Semi Launches NAS Chip for Consumer Apps

MILPITAS, Calif - April 24, 2007 - Oxford Semiconductor has announced the first devices in a new family of NAS controllers, designed specifically for consumer applications.

Highly integrated and supported by a complete Linux based software design suite, the OXE800 products provide OEMs with the right balance between performance and cost.

Integrating Gigabit Ethernet MAC and PCI ports, the controllers are accessible to client devices connected via Ethernet or 802.11 WiFi networks. The first two products available, the OXE800SE and OXE800DSE, provide a direct interface to respectively one or two SATA drives. Both controllers feature integrated AES-based hardware encryption facilities to ensure the security of sensitive personal data.

Providing seamless interface to two SATA drives, the OXE800DSE supports RAID 0 and 1 storage configurations in primary backup roles. Storage expansion is also simple to achieve using the OXE800's integrated USB host controllers to interface with mass storage devices.

Integrating an ARM926EJ-S processor, MMU and dual 32Kbyte caches, the NAS controllers run the Linux operating system (V2.6) with a full network stack, ensuring development of customer specific features and applications is both simple and rapid. A web-based configuration tool supplied with the controller enables system functionality to be set up via simple html web pages, which are easily customized to match OEM corporate identities. ...Oxford Semiconductor profile, storage chips

C2C Offers Email Archiving Plug-In

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - April 24, 2007 - C2C today announced 2 OEM versions of its Archive One solution that allows hardware and software vendors to incorporate email archiving capabilities into their current product offerings.

"Our vision has always been for an open architecture, by creating plug-in storage managers, and to allow the product to be driven by other applications. It is without question that email archiving is critical to storage and data repository as evidenced by the great deal of interest we've had from third parties," says Dave Hunt, CEO at C2C. "We are providing the next logical step to allow vendors to gain from Archive One by actually enabling them to shape their solution to match the requirements of their market and customers." ...C2C profile

Backup Encryption Gets Smarter Card Management

Infosecurity Europe, London - April 24, 2007 - DISUK today launches iSecure smart card management for its Paranoia2 and SafeTape in-line encryption devices. DISUK's in-line encryption (for tape or optical disk) uses a unique user encryption key and also a unique hardware encryption key on the processor, so that even if someone attempted to read a tape on another unit, it will be unreadable. However, for disaster recovery scenarios, where another unit is kept at your DR supplier's site or unmanned secondary data centre, a spare chip is provided and iSecure will allow managers to re-enter the keys over a secure link in order to read the data, negating the need to ship keys. ...DISUK profile, Tape drives, Backup Software, Storage Security

RIDATA Extends Temperature Range of its Flash SSDs

Diamond Bar, Calif - April 23, 2007 - Advanced Media, Inc. is launching extended temperature versions of its RIDATA brand SSD card product line aimed at the aerospace and aviation market.

Available with 16G or 32G capacity the flash SSD operates down to -40C and upto to +85C.

RIDATA offers 1.8" and 2.5" module-type Flash SSD for an ATA/IDE interface and 2.5" for a SATA interface. It meets bus interface industry standard ATA/IDE and SATA, it also supports up to PIO Mode-4 and up to Multiword DMA Mode-2. It has a flash media interface of 8- or 16-bit access and can support up to eight flash-media devices directly and 32 such devices through external decoding logic. A built-in ECC corrects up to three-random 12-bit symbols per 512-byte sector. RIDATA offers 1.8" and 2.5" module-type Flash SSD for an ATA/IDE interface and 2.5" for a SATA interface. ...Advanced Media profile, Flash Storage, Military Storage, SSD controllers

Hitachi Launches 3 New Hard Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 23, 2007 - Hitachi today announced 3 new hard disks.
  • Ultrastar 15K300:- 3.5-inch, 15,000 RPM, up to 300GB, Ultra320 SCSI, 3Gb/s SAS and 4Gb/s FCAL interfaces.
  • Ultrastar C10K147:- 2.5-inch 10,000 RPM, up to 147GB, 3Gb/s SAS interfaces.
  • Ultrastar A7K1000:- 3.5-inch, 7,200 RPM, up to 1TB, 3.0Gb/s SATA interface.
The Ultrastar 15K300 is available now with production quantities available in the first week of May 2007. The Ultrastar C10K147 and Ultrastar A7K1000 will be delivered in the second quarter of 2007. ...Hitachi profile, Hard disk drives
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flash wars in the enterprise - MLC brand X
First you learned about SLC (good flash).

Then you learned about MLC (naughty flash when it played in the enterprise - but good enough for the short attention span of consumers).

Then MLC SSDs learned how to be good.

Now some MLC is much nicer than others. - When it's preceded by an "e" (extra-good). But it costs more.

But other people say you don't need the expensive "e" - because their controllers empathize better with naughty flash. (They really care about naughty flash being sent to bad block jail too soon.)

Is your head ready to explode yet?

It's going to get even more complicated.

......from sugaring MLC for the enterprise
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