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storage news - 2007, February week 2

CompTIA Reports on Managed IT Survey...................................
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The top 20 most popular storage categories on in January 2007 were as follows... Figures in brackets (n) indicate rank the month before.
  1. Disk to disk backup (1)
  2. Hard drives (2)
  3. Solid state disks (3)
  4. NAS (4)
  5. RAID systems (5)
  6. Removable Storage (8)
  7. Flash memory (7)
  8. Serial ATA (SATA) (9)
  9. Boxes & enclosures (14)
  10. Serial Attached SCSI (11)
  11. Backup software (10)
  12. Data Recovery - new entry to top 20
  13. iSCSI (15)
  14. Optical Libraries (16)
  15. Market research & analysts (6)
  16. SAN (13)
  17. USB storage (12)
  18. RAM - new entry to top 20
  19. Acquired, dead, renamed etc (19)
  20. RAID controllers - new entry to top 20
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Oakbrook Terrace, Ill - February 14, 2007 - the Computing Technology Industry Association today disclosed results from its survey of buyers of managed IT services.

CompTIA says that in 2007 buyers will focus on:- security, storage and disaster recovery services. When asked why they're choosing to invest in managed IT services, 40% of the organizations said it is because they do not have the in-house skills to manage certain IT services. Another 30% said it is less expensive for them to have an outside party manage certain IT services than if the work was done in-house; while 21% said they chose the managed services model because it allows them to focus on their core competency. ...CompTIA, Market research, Storage Services, Storage Industry ORGs

Attune Systems Appoints New VP Engineering

Santa Clara, Calif. – February 14, 2007 – Attune Systems, Inc. today announced that it has appointed Thomas Wong as VP of engineering.

Wong joins Attune Systems with more 25 years of industry experience in both early-stage and established technology companies. Wong will play a key role in setting the strategic technology directions for the company. He will report directly to Attune's CEO, Alan Kessler.

Wong's recent endeavors included NeoPath Networks, which he co-founded, although left 14 months ago. At NeoPath, he was VP of engineering from concept through on-time market delivery of the first two general-availability product launches. Wong has an impressive high-tech track record with companies such as Ingrian Systems, Healtheon/WebMD, Sun Microsystems and Wang Laboratories.

He has 19 issued patents along with 10 published pending patents and is also the author of the European and International Standards on recordable compact disc file systems format (ECMA 168 and ISO 13490). ...Attune Systems profile, Storage People

ExaGrid Cuts 30 Hours Off Taco's Weekly Backup

Westborough, Mass - February 13, 2007 - Taco, Inc., a leader in the heating and cooling industry, has selected ExaGrid's disk-based backup system to protect its vital corporate data.

Taco was looking for a disk-based backup solution to reduce its weekly backup window despite rapidly growing primary data. The company was performing full backups from its main SAN each weekend over a period of 46 hours. With the ExaGrid system in place the company's backup window was reduced by 30 hours down to 16 hours.

Taco is also enjoying faster and more convenient restores. "In the past, if we had something we needed to restore that was more than 15 days old, it had to be restored from tape and it was an absolute nightmare" said Dennis Rachiele, Taco's senior network administrator. Because ExaGrid works with popular backup applications, Taco has preserved its investment in its existing Symantec Backup Exec application. "ExaGrid really is plug-and-play," Rachiele said. ...ExaGrid profile, Disk to disk backup

DATAllegro Supplies 120T Data Warehouse

Fairfax, VA - February 12, 2007 – TEOCO today announced that it has acquired a data warehouse appliance from DATAllegro.

The new appliance will be housed in TEOCO's data center in Sterling, Virginia and will provide 120T of storage space, expandable to 200T, making it one of the largest capacity data warehouse appliances ever sold. The new appliance will provide the cornerstone for growth of TEOCO's analytics and business intelligence activities. ...DATAllegro profile, Record Breaking Storage

Editor's comments:-
DATAllegro has an interesting overview which summarises the gap between processor and disk performance. Although we've discussed how to solve this gap many times before in the context of SSDs - DATAllegro says their architecture delivers fast performance without using tuning.

Seagate Ships Mysteriously Priced SAS Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - February 12, 2007 - Seagate Technology today announced it has begun shipping its Savvio 10K.2 hard drives in volume to the distribution channel worldwide.

The 2.5-inch drive has a Serial Attached SCSI interface, 10K RPM spin speed and up to 146GB capacity. ...Seagate profile, SAS SSDs

Editor's comments:-
Some of the text in thie press release is so badly written it deserves more scrutiny. "...Savvio 10K.2 pricing is 150% less than the first generation Savvio when it was originally introduced." Let's examine that in more detail shall we? If the price was 100% less than the original price - that would mean a price of zero. So if the price is 150% less does that mean Seagate pays you to take the disk off their hands?

SiliconSystems Delivers the Future of Storage Today

Editor:- February 12, 2007 - SiliconSystems changed the tagline on its logo today.

The old message was "the Power of Design". The new one is "the Future of Storage... Today" ...SiliconSystems profile

STEC Divests RAM Business to Focus on SSDs

SANTA ANA, Calif - February 11, 2007 - SimpleTech, Inc. said that it will hold an open conference call to discuss the sale of its Consumer Division to Fabrik, Inc.

The call will take place on Monday, February 12, 2007, at 5:30 a.m., Pacific/8:30 a.m., Eastern. The call-in numbers for the conference are 1-800-781-3662 (United States and Canada) and 1-706-643-7710 (International). The conference ID No. is 8838312. The webcast will be archived and a replay available approximately two hours after the live call concludes. The replay can be accessed for at least the next twelve months. ...SimpleTech profile, renamed storage companies

Editor's comments:-
last Friday the company announced it had sold off its consumer division and the SimpleTech brand name. The remaining company (previously called its oem division) will be called STEC - and will focus on the highly profitable flash SSD market. It's been obvious to me for the last few years that SimpleTech's two main businesses - which at one time had some commonality in technology - had very little in common in terms of prospects, customers and markets. STEC will be much better positioned to grasp the huge opportunities in the SSD market. Reports Top Storage Searches

Editor:- February 9, 2007 - reports that in January readership grew 31% compared to the year before period.

Pageviews in the top 10 subjects grew 73% compared to the year before period. The top 3 subjects viewed by storage searchers were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup,
(2) - Hard disk drives, and
(3) - Solid state disks.

Advanced Media entered the top 10 company profiles viewed by readers propelled by news in December it was entering the SSD market. For more information on the top subjects, articles etc see Market research

Business Continuity Training Article

Editor:- February 8, 2007 - Ear Productions has recently published an article called - "The Importance of Being Interesting - New Approaches to BC training."

Here's an extract:- "There is no fundamental reason for BC training, education and awareness to be any different from any other form of communication. If we want our people to be on top form then we should embrace fresh ideas." the article, Backup Software, Storage Training

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