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2007, February week 1, Storage news

Mellanox Announces IPO Details

SANTA CLARA, CA - February 7, 2007 - Mellanox Technologies Ltd. today announced the pricing of its IPO of 6,000,000 of its ordinary shares at a price to the public of $17 per share.

All of the ordinary shares are being offered by the Company. Mellanox's common stock will be listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "MLNX". ...Mellanox Technologies profile, InfiniBand, storage chips

IDC Report on 2007 Storage Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass - February 7, 2007 - IDC has published a new report - "Worldwide Storage 2007 Top 10 Predictions".

"This year, both the storage and server industries will take steps to bridge the gap between their virtualization solutions," said Richard Villars, vice president of Storage Systems research at IDC. "We expect to see enhancements at multiple levels including SAN drivers, data replication, and integration between server and storage virtualization management platforms." The report (14 pages) costs $3,500. ...IDC profile

Editor's comments:-
storage is an exciting market. But the full text of IDC's press release makes dull reading. I suppose the dilemma with a press release like this is not to give too many of the juicy bits away. And it's not supposed to be a novel.

Personally I don't think that IDC's past track record at storage market predictions would make me rush to get my credit card - even if the price was 10x lower. But some big companies have to waste their money on stuff like this - so that they can tell their bosses they reviewed all the critical information. It's called CYA and a whole industry of marketing soothsayers delivers many standard shapes and sizes with optional customized padding.

I don't think Bill Gates paid for any analysts to tell him about the opportunities in the PC software market when he founded Microsoft and neither did Federico Faggin codeveloper of the first 8 bit microprocessor.

ProStor Appoints New VP Marketing

BOULDER, Colo - February 7, 2007 - ProStor Systems today announced the appointment of storage industry veteran Robert Williamsen as its VP of marketing.

Williamsen will direct all product marketing and management worldwide for ProStor's removable disk backup and archive technology RDX. He will also lead all marketing initiatives with the company's strategic partners and licensees, including Tandberg Data and Imation.

Williamsen joins ProStor Systems from Dot Hill where he headed up marketing for the company's high-performance, modular enterprise storage platforms. Before that, he served as the senior director of strategic marketing and director of product marketing at McDATA, responsible for new technology and business initiatives and all aspects of product management and product marketing. Williamsen has also served in executive and managerial positions at Sun Microsystems, Connex, Ridge Technologies, Adaptec and Dysan/Xidex. ...ProStor Systems profile, storage reliability, Storage People

Acronis Announces Vista Support

Burlington, MA - February 7, 2007 - Acronis, Inc. announced that it will fully support Microsoft's Vista, with its flagship Acronis True Image and other products.

"Acronis has a long history of supporting all Microsoft operating systems and fully intends to continue that tradition," said CEO - Walter Scott. "Acronis was part of Microsoft's launch of Virtual Server R2 in 2005. We fully intend to continue our support of all future desktop and server operating system releases."

Acronis also announced today the appointment of Irfan Mirza as senior technical support manager for the UK. This new appointment reflects the company's rapid expansion in the UK and follows the recent opening of its UK headquarters in London. ...Acronis profile, Storage People, Backup Software

Kingston Lukewarm about SSD Market

Editor:- February 6, 2007 - an article published in the Inquirer says that Kingston has no plans to enter the SSD market in 2007.

The article quotes a spokesperson from Kingston saying - "This is not a place where Kingston wants to be right now."

It also speculates about some other memory companies entering the SSD market. ...Kingston Technology profile, article:- Charting the Rise of the Solid State Disk Market

...Au contraire I'm talking to a whole bunch of companies who may be enthusiastically entering the market real soon.

Emulex Offers FC Adapters for Sun Blade 8000

COSTA MESA, Calif - February 6, 2007 - Emulex Corp today announced the new 4Gb/s Fibre Channel 20-port Network Express Module and 2-port ExpressModule host bus adapter for Sun's Sun Blade 8000.

The Emulex modules are external to each blade server and new Fibre Channel ports can be installed, reconfigured and removed with zero downtime. ...Emulex profile, SPARC Product Directory

DataCore Launches SANsymphony 6.0

FORT LAUDERDALE - February 6, 2007 - DataCore Software this week launches its next generation storage virtualization solution - SANsymphony Enterprise Edition 6.0.

The new version builds on the many lessons learned from DataCore Software's thousands of deployments and users. Prices start at $25,000 (MSRP) and fully configured systems are priced in the $50,000 to $80,000 range, depending on options and scale. ...DataCore Software profile, Storage Software

Agere Halves Power Consumption for Mobile HDD Interface

ALLENTOWN, Pa - February 6, 2007 - Agere Systems has begun shipping a new fully functional 90-nanometer TrueStore read channel.

The TrueStore RC1300 uses half the current required by the previous generation of read channel chip technology in this market segment and is 25% faster. It targets the 1.8-inch and smaller HDD form factor that provides critical data storage of 20 to 160 gigabytes in a wide variety of consumer devices, including MP3 players, portable media players and digital camcorders. First samples are achieving design targets and Agere expects the TrueStore RC1300 to be in production in 2008. ...Agere Systems profile, storage chips

Nexsan Beefs Up iSCSI SATABeast

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - February 5, 2007 - Nexsan Technologies today announced upgrades to its SATABeast and SATABoy storage products.

This firmware upgrade boosts performance to 100MB per second for Nexsan RAID storage using a single iSCSI port, and 180MBps using dual ports. Dual controller performance doubles these numbers. The upgrade will be standard for all SATABeast and SATABoy systems shipped as of today, and is available as a free firmware update for existing customers.

SATABoy and SATABeast offer dual Fibre Channel as well as dual iSCSI ports on each controller. This multi-protocol approach allows the massive storage capacity of these products to be allocated to either Fibre Channel or iSCSI initiators, or operate both protocols simultaneously, as needed.

Nexsan's AutoMAID technology (Autonomic Massive Array of Idle Disks) allows customers to place their disk drives into an idle state to conserve energy, yet provide near-instantaneous access to data. AutoMAID is granular to an individual drive or RAID set and offers multiple levels of energy savings enabling users to determine the right level of access speed and energy savings for their environment. ...Nexsan Technologies profile

First iSCSI HBAs for VMware Infrastructure 3

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - February 5, 2007 - QLogic Corp today announced that its SANblade 4050 Series iSCSI HBAs are the first in the industry to support VMware Infrastructure 3.

Optimized for virtualized environments, QLogic SANblade 4050 Series iSCSI HBAs complement VMware Infrastructure 3 by enabling high performance IP SANs and simplifying SAN management with boot-from-SAN capabilities. ...QLogic profile

Frying Tonight - Instore Quotes for Data Recovery

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - February 5, 2007 - it was announced today that Fry's Electronics will provide Seagate's data recovery services through 33 of its retail locations.

Fry's stores are now equipped with a software solution allowing in-store service technicians to conduct on-site data recovery service assessments and present service price quotations on all brands of hard disc drives. Should customers proceed with an in-lab recovery, their storage media will be shipped, free of charge, to one of Seagate's lab facilities and returned to the store location upon completion of the recovery. Seagate Recovery Services' standard "your data back or no recovery fee" policy and money-back data quality commitment on all recovered data apply to all recovery cases. ...Seagate profile, Data Recovery

Olixir Offers Compression / Encryption Card for D2d

MILPITAS, Calif. - February 1, 2007- – Olixir Technologies today launch a hardware accelerated compression and encryption PCI-X card for use with its disk to disk backup systems.

Two models are being offered, one optimized for use with Symantec (formerly: Veritas) Backup Exec, and the other for use with EMC-Insignia (Formerly: Dantz) Retrospect. The SC-1000 provides a compression ratio typically from 2:1 to 4:1 with the majority of databases and email files and delivers compression throughput speeds upto 75MB/s and decompression speeds of upto 90MB/s. Throughput speeds reach 85MB/s in 128-bit and 65MB/s in 256-bit when encrypting and decrypting stored data. The list price is $995. ...Olixir profile, Disk to disk backup, Storage Security
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