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Double-Take Acquires TimeSpring

WEDC Targets Medical Market

Hybrid Hard Drives Market Report

Intel Samples Low Power Mobile SSD

FreeDrive Goes to 100,000 Users Using Nirvanix

Iomega Buys $700 million Hard Disk Maker

Intel Expands Use of LSI's RAID Chips

QLogic Supports Solaris SAN Targets

Asigra Announces Milestone - 50,000 Remote Sites Protected

RELDATA Aims Trade-in Program at SANRAD Customers

Double-Take Predicts Another Great Year for Disk Backup

Toshiba Enters the SSD Market

STEC Ships 10:1 Read/Write IOPs Flash SSDs

Samsung Defragments its SSD Web Marketing

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The top 20 most popular storage categories on in December 2007 were as follows... Figures in brackets (n) indicate rank the month before.
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Southborough, Mass - December 26, 2007 - Double-Take Software today announced the acquisition of TimeSpring. The transaction was structured as a purchase of 100% of the outstanding shares of TimeSpring, for a total cash purchase price of approximately $8.3M plus transaction costs.

The combination of Double-Take continuous replication with TimeSpring's Any-Point-In-Time capabilities allows IT administrators the ability to "rewind" and "fast-forward" the data on the server and recover to the moment before an unwanted change. The granularity of operational recovery extends to the application-level, which allows users to see application data in native format so they can easily recover from any point in time. ...Double-Take profile, ...TimeSpring profile

Phoenix, AZ - December 19, 2007 - White Electronic Designs Corp is leveraging its defense industry experience and expertise to develop high-reliability modules for the growing portable medical device market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there will be an expected 40 million persons in the U.S. over the age of 65 by 2010, driving the need for portable medical devices, especially for home use. The portable medical device market is driven by the same requirements and expectations as the defense segment; such as high quality and reliability, shorter development cycles, a well-defined and documented supply chain and extended product lifecycles. Among other products WEDC designs and manufactures one of the industry's first medical series CompactFlash cards. ...White Electronic Designs profile

Editor's comments:- WEDC has also recently published a paper Is All CompactFlash Really Created Equal? (pdf) which uses the medical instrumentation market as the backdrop for a discussion about flash SSDs similar to those concerns analyzed in SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance" - which looked at the enterprise server market.

Los Gatos, CA - December 19, 2007 - The Hybrid Hard Drive will not make a big splash in 2008, according to a new 36-page report by Objective Analysis. PC users who are waiting for this technology to speed their boot times are going to have to wait a little longer.

"Once all the kinks are ironed out, hybrid drives and their counterparts should sweep the market," said Jim Handy, the report's author. "Unfortunately, the hardware is ready but the software support is weak. Hybrid drives will have to wait for better support to justify their small additional cost."

Hybrid Hard Drives: How, Why, And When? - is an in-depth review of the hybrid hard drive market, exploring the technology, implementation costs, and expected benefits, as it explains why those benefits are not within reach today. The report takes a special look at alternative technologies like SSDs, Intel's Turbo Memory, the SanDisk Vaulter Disk, larger DRAM main memories and DRAM HDD caches, and even small SSDs from Samsung. The report reviews members of the Hybrid Storage Alliance members and details their product offerings.

Readers will learn how hybrid drives work and why they are receiving so much attention today. They will also understand why hybrid drives will threaten the SSD market, and why neither technology is likely to see much acceptance until the second half of 2008 or later. ...Objective Analysis profile

SANTA CLARA, Calif - December 17, 2007 - Intel Corp announced it is sampling the Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD aimed at handheld mobile devices. Smaller than a penny and weighing less than a drop of water the Z-P140 with 2GB or 4GB capacity offers read speeds of 40MB/s and write speeds of 30MB/s. Its active power usage is 300mW and only 1.1mW in sleep mode. ...Intel profile

SAN DIEGO - December 13, 2007 - Nirvanix today announced that FreeDrive has selected, implemented and now officially launched its service using Nirvanix's Storage Delivery Network.

FreeDrive is a free 1GB personal online storage and file sharing application that works across social networks. With today's announcement, FreeDrive is now available first as a Facebook application enabling its registered users to host and share photos, videos, music and documents among their existing Facebook friends and groups. FreeDrive has exited its beta period with over 100,000 users and is expected to register another million users conservatively over the next 6 months.

Prior to partnering with Nirvanix, FreeDrive hosted, stored and delivered these files in a Tier-1 co-location site on hardware they had to purchase, maintain and service. The costs associated with purchasing storage commensurate to their growth forecasts and managing the storage became prohibitive and stifled the company's aggressive expansion plans so FreeDrive looked into other options.

FreeDrive's Founder Michael Witz explains "Going with an outside provider was more economical and saves us time and energy. We heard about Nirvanix and Amazon S3. Going with Nirvanix was a real easy choice. Nirvanix provided a high level of customer service while Amazon was more of a 'do-it-yourself' proposition. Nirvanix's technology is further along than Amazon's with value-added media management tools already built in and an API that worked with our backend. And, providing online storage to outside companies isn't exactly Amazon's core business focus. We didn't want to risk our business on them."

Another factor that led FreeDrive to choose Nirvanix was its ability to allow a direct connection to user files from the application. Amazon S3 holds data but transfers that information to the company, which then has to serve it to the application, Witz said, amounting to being charged for bandwidth twice. ...Nirvanix profile

SAN DIEGO, CA - December 12, 2007 - Iomega Corp today announced that it has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire ExcelStor Technology. ExcelStor produces more than 20 million hard disk based devices per year and in the first half of 2007 ExcelStor had revenue of $371 million. ...Excelstor profile, ...Iomega profile

SANTA CLARA - December 12, 2007 - Intel Corp and LSI Corp today announced an agreement to broaden the availability of LSI SAS/SATA RAID chip solutions for Intel's worldwide channel network. The two companies have collaborated since 2003. ...Intel profile, ...LSI profile, storage chips

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - December 12, 2007 - QLogic Corp. today announced the availability of its first Fibre Channel host bus adapters with target mode capabilities for OpenSolaris. This makes it possible for developers to build SAN-based storage systems based on Solaris. ...QLogic profile

Editor's comments:-
in the late 1990s many Sun compatible oems got burned by getting too close to Sun. But nowadays the "OpenSolaris" initiative provides an insulating layer for most vendors.

Toronto, Canada - December 11, 2007 - Asigra Inc. today announced it has exceeded 50,000 sites being protected by the company's remote and branch office optimized backup and recovery software. This equates to hundreds of thousands of laptops, desktops, workstations, servers and virtual servers.

"Asigra has been solving this problem successfully for more than 20 years" said Asigra's CEO David Farajun. "...With unprecedented levels of protection provided without the need to install performance draining agents, a growing roster of active managed service providers, integrators and VARs are helping deliver our technology to market. Our long-time experience in this area is allowing us to revolutionize the way remote sites are efficiently and securely protected." ...Asigra profile, online backup

Editor:- December 11, 2007 - competition in the fast growing iSCSI market heated up today as RELDATA announced it is targeting SANRAD users with a "trade-in/trade-up program". The limited-time offer provides up to a 27% savings off the list price of a new RELDATA 9240 Unified Storage Gateway with RELvos 2.1, licensed for iSCSI and WAN replication. Products available for trade-in include the SANRAD 3000/3800 and the SANRAD 2000 SCSI and FC.

"This is an exciting offer that many of our customers will want to take advantage of," said J.D. Wilson, CEO of reseller Selenetix Corp. "Many of these customers had invested in SANRAD systems years ago. This offer will allow them to re-capture some of their original investment while upgrading to a more feature rich and robust solution." ...RELDATA profile, ...SANRAD profile

Worcester, UK - December 11, 2007 ­ Double-Take Software today announced its predictions for the business continuity market during 2008. Double-Take¹s key prediction is that developing end-user requirements, including growing regulatory compliance pressures and enhanced risk management practices, will combine with advances in available technologies to make disk-based backup a clear winner of the 2008 business continuity IT market. A key advance in disk based recovery technology during 2007 has been the ability to recover full systems, not just stored data. It is now possible to protect an entire server in real-time, making recovery of systems much faster and simpler. ...Double-Take Software profile

TOKYO - December 10, 2007 - Toshiba Corp today announced its entry into the MLC flash SSD market with a series of 1.8" and 2.5" SATA products. Toshiba's solid state drives are designed primarily for notebook PCs and will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Toshiba's first SSDs offer 3 densities:- 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The maximum read speed is 100Mbytes/sec, and the maximum write speed is 40Mbytes/sec. ...Toshiba profile

Editor's comments:-
that brings the number of 2.5" SSD oems to 30, and the total market active SSD oems to 62.

SANTA ANA, Calif - December 10, 2007 - STEC, Inc. has commenced shipments of its MACH8-IOPS (1.8", 2.5", 3.5" PATA/SATA) flash SSDs to OEM customers. Optimized to accelerate server performance, a single MACH8-IOPS drive delivers over 10,000 random read IOPS and over 1,000 random write IOPS. STEC incorporates full datapath protection on all SSDs to ensure the highest level of data integrity. ...STEC profile

Editor's notes:-
All flash SSDs have asymmetric read / write performance with much higher read IOPs than write IOPS compared to RAM SSDs where read / write IOPs are virtually identical.

Compared to a single high speed hard disk in database style applications the new MACH8-IOPS SSDs appear to offer upto 50x the write IOPs and 3x the write IOPs. Overall STEC says that by using the MACH8-IOPS, enterprise server OEMs can more than double system-level performance.

The 10 to 1 ratio of read to write IOPS achieved by STEC in this new family seems to be the current state of the art in high speed flash SSDs. It's also achieved in Texas Memory Systems' confusingly named flash based rackmount RamSan-500 which is rated at 100,000 random read IOPS and 10,000 random write IOPS.

There's a lot of useful raw performance data comparing various types of storage drives (and their limitations) in the article RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?

SEOUL, South Korea - December 10, 2007 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of its SSD microsite. This contains datasheets, articles and news about Samsung's SSDs in one portal. ...Samsung profile, Marketing Views

Editor's comments:-
solid state disks are a strategic market for Samsung who wants to become the biggest supplier in the market. In the past Samsung's web presence has been a disaster area making it difficult or impossible to follow storage related themes using the fragmented content which Samsung threw at the web. The new microsite is an improvement - but still below average compared to most storage vendor websites. For example the only crossover between the SSD site and Samsung's other storage products is a small link to its home page.
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