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SmartDisk Exits Hard Disk Market

TOKYO - July 5, 2007 - Verbatim Corp announced today the purchase of substantially all of the assets of SmartDisk Corp's external hard drive and digital imaging business.

NPD reported that SmartDisk had a 16% market share in the US retail portable drive market in 2006. IDC predicts more than 6 million external hard drives will be shipped in 2008, up 58% from 2006. By combining its worldwide brand strength and its new assets, Verbatim will offer an expanded line of optical, magnetic and flash products that meet the diverse storage needs of consumers and businesses around the globe. ...SmartDisk profile, ...Verbatim profile

Editor's comments:-
SmartDisk said it will be changing its name to SMDK as a result of this transaction.

Sometimes a change in business means you have to change from what seemed like a good name that's easy to remember to a new one that even your employees will quickly forget. There are many examples in our renamed storage companies directory.

See also:- article:- Marketing Nomenclature, and the Naming of Names

Crossroads Grows with Grau Acquisition

AUSTIN, Texas - July 3, 2007 - Crossroads Systems, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Grau Data Storage's well-known FileMigrator Agent.

FileMigrator Agent launched a year ago, has generated more than $750,000 in revenue and was acquired by Crossroads for less than $1 million in cash. Through the acquisition, Crossroads gains Grau's significant OEM agreement with HP along with a solid sales presence in Europe. ...Crossroads profile, ...GRAU Data Storage profile, Acquisitions

Fujitsu Launches Highest Capacity External 2.5" Hard Drive

Sunnyvale, CA - July 2, 2007 - Fujitsu today launched the world's highest capacity 2.5" external hard disk for the U.S. market.

Featuring up to 300GB of storage space it includes an integrated USB 2.0 cable and a distinctive 16-point omnidirectional shock mounting design, which helps to reduce the effect of impact.
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  • Second Copy 2000 synchronizing software which coordinates file sharing and backup between multiple computers
Fujitsu 2.5" external hard disk on
The Fujitsu External Hard Disk Drive 300GB/4,200 RPM is available. MRSP is $229. ...Fujitsu profile, Removable Storage, Record Breaking Storage

Extreme Protocol Solutions Enhances Development System

Uxbridge, MA - July 2, 2007 - Extreme Protocol Solutions is pleased to announce the imminent release of the Extreme Development System version 7.

"With new products added to the Development System and more functionality than ever before, this is easily the biggest release in our company's history." said Roger Gagnon, President and CEO of Extreme Protocol Solutions. "Our customers can now expect cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Solaris) support for all protocols (SAS, SATA, SCSI, iSCSI, ATA, and Fibre Channel) to be included in every Development System purchase without any price increase. With new levels of test and analysis automation our customers can improve their test processes, increase reliability, verify interoperability and decrease their time to market." ...EPS profile, Storage Testers & Analyzers

Fastest Storage Search Climbers are In Depth SSD Listings

Editor:- July 2, 2007 - has updated its monthly list of the top subjects viewed by storage searchers in June.

Overall site readership was 20% higher than the year ago period. The top 5 subjects were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup has been #1 for the past 10 months in a row.
(2) - Solid state disks (no change)
(3) - Hard drives (no change)
(4) - 2.5 inch SSDs - new to top 20 (fastest climber)
(5) - RAM based SSDs - new to top 20

NAS has dropped out of the top 5 subjects viewed by our readers for the first time in 6 years. It didn't drop far - it's still perched on a high shelf at #6 - but I believe the drop in 2 places is significant.

What does it signify?

Well I've been looking at this type of reader popularity data online for 11 years. When you see a seismic shift up or down in something which has stood rocklike in the same place for years - there's an eruption coming. And you have to look at the color of the steam coming up out of the ground rather than worry too much about what's being nudged aside.

Just as NAS itself displaced RAID and SAN (which were hot topics back in 2000) and SATA was the top subject in 2002 the bulging of SSD related subjects in the top 5 today is a clear signal to the early majority (that's the bulge which comes after the early adopters) that SSDs are going to be a big market in the years ahead. Somewhere in the region of $5-10 billion per annum depending which market model is more accurate.

The long term prospects for NAS remain good. But it has to make way for a new runaway steam engine that's going to grab more attention for a while.

Having 2 new directories shoot straight into the top 5 shows that readers appreciate having having finer tuning controls for the fast growing SSD market. We're going to satisfy that demand with more focused SSD listings and articles straight after the Holiday."

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