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Conduant Sustains 480MB/sec Writes to 1U Data Recorder

LONGMONT, Colorado - July 10, 2007 - Conduant Corp announced today the Big River LTX2 data recorder.

The new recorder provides over 480Mbytes/second recording and playback performance in a 1U (12 volts DC powered) package. It can operate as a standalone system with network control or can be directly connected to a host computer via its Star Fabric PCI bridge interface. It accepts 16x 2-1/2" disk drives for up to 3.2 Terabytes of storage capacity. ...Conduant profile, Military Storage, Storage Test, Rackmount Storage

ATTO Claims Fastest SAS RAID Controller

Amherst, NY - July 10, 2007 - ATTO Technology, Inc. today announced that internal benchmark testing has demonstrated its ExpressSAS RAID controllers to be the industry's highest performance overall Serial Attached SCSI products.

ATTO's ExpressSAS controllers demonstrated more than 10x faster performance than competitive products in a series of bandwidth-stressing benchmark tests, such as running multiple backup streams, enterprise databases and document management applications. The ExpressSAS products are built around Intel's new IOP348 with a dual core storage processor that allows individual processor cores to be dedicated and optimized for SAS protocol processing and RAID algorithms. ...ATTO profile, RAID controllers

SiliconSystems Launches High Reliability USB SSD

Aliso Viejo, Calif - July 10, 2007 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced the availability of its new patent-pending SiliconDrive USB CF product family.

Available in capacities ranging from 1 to 8GB it combines the performance and compatibility of the USB interface with the proven, rugged and industry-standard CF form factor. The SiliconDrive USB CF offers enhanced protection from power anomalies to prevent data and drive corruption and a robust storage management architecture to ensure long product life. It's aimed at space-constrained embedded applications, such as SBCs, edge routers, wearable computers and medical devices which demand high reliability storage.

"Embedded designers are often forced to come up with their own custom designs to meet their space, reliability and connector requirements" said Jeff Janukowicz, research manager at IDC. "With this new product, SiliconSystems is now providing OEMs with freedom from form factor limitations to allow for a much more rugged and reliable solution." ...SiliconSystems profile, Flash based Solid State Disks

Secure Information Sharing Architecture for .GOVs

Washington - July 10, 2007 - Cisco, EMC and Microsoft today announced a new technology alliance targeting government users based around Secure Information Sharing Architecture.

Historically, information protection technologies have been enforced system-by-system, creating islands of protected data. Some government agencies are having trouble providing role-based access to sensitive content within their own organizations, and the problems become much more difficult when sharing sensitive content across different agencies. By utilizing SISA, government agencies can more easily set up security-enhanced, virtual networks for different authorized users and communities to access sensitive files stored in different information protection systems. SISA will enable new scenarios for cross-government information sharing. ...Cisco profile, ...EMC profile, ...Microsoft profile, SAN, Storage Security, SAN switches

Sanbolic Accelerates Clustered NAS Writes

Watertown, Mass - July 9, 2007 - Sanbolic, Inc. today announced a new component of Melio cluster file system which delivers faster performance in clustered NAS systems for write intensive applications.

Using Melio FS, multiple Windows Storage Server file serving appliances can be clustered into a common file system on external SAN storage. All Storage Servers have concurrent read and write access to the shared storage using Sanbolic's clustered file system, so a file call can be processed by any of the Storage Servers.

Melio FS now fully implements the network redirector oplock protocol which defines the interaction between the file system and the network sharing service. This architecture yields enormous increase in performance as network communication is no longer required for each operation. For example, an application writing 200 bytes blocks would not wait for a network round-trip time for each write, but the data would be grouped and sent asynchronously to the Storage Server running Melio FS, without blocking the application.

"Sanbolic has worked with Microsoft to integrate new network oplock technology into clustered file serving systems utilizing the Microsoft Windows Storage Server platform and Melio cluster file system" said Bala Kasiviswanathan, director of storage solutions marketing at Microsoft. "This enhancement provides greater scalability of the performance of Windows Storage Server based file serving solutions for demanding write-intensive applications." ...Sanbolic profile

CommVault Adds Enterprise Search in Simpana 7.0

Oceanport, N.J. - July 9, 2007 - CommVault today announced the largest software release in its history - CommVault Simpana 7.0.

The Simpana 7.0 suite provides major enhancements to data protection, archiving and replication solutions, additional platform coverage, and also delivers a rich set of new product features, including: Enterprise-wide Search and Discovery, Single Instance Store, High Performance Content Indexing, Data Classification, Expanded Security and Encryption Capabilities, and Post-processing. Pricing starts at approximately $12,000 for an entry level single server configuration.

Dave West, VP, Marketing at CommVault said "The real story (about pricing) is not how much it costs you to acquire the software, but rather how much you can save by not needing to deploy multiple point level products requiring separate hardware infrastructures to support them. Add on top of that the administrative costs associated with multiple products and consumables associated with those multiple products." ...CommVault profile

Editor's comments:-
I asked for more info about the enterprise search.

Dave West said "The CommVault content indexing engine, which allows for full text search, now uses an embedded OEM version of the FAST inStream indexing engine. It's worth noting that this is an extension to CommVault's existing distributed indexing system which maintains a logical catalog of all the objects under management. The web search application for end-users and discovery users is based on our own code. This provides the web interface, security model, user result sets / export capabilities."

Spansion Aims at Emerging Phone Markets

SUNNYVALE, Calif - July 9, 2007 - Spansion Inc. today announced the availability of its NOR VS family for entry-level phones in fast growing markets such as China, India and Russia.

The Spansion NOR VS family, with densities ranging from 16Mb to 64Mb and with up to 30% savings on die size, enables handset OEM customers to develop more cost-efficient and higher performance solutions compared to earlier generation products.

With 1.8-volt and burst mode supports of up to 104MHz, the NOR VS family is compatible with existing interfaces, chipsets, packages and commands. Additionally, the new Spansion product family enables a seamless pinout migration and simple software migration for handset designers to the MirrorBit technology family, empowering phone manufacturers to quickly bring to market new handsets that attract new users and grow market share. ...Spansion profile, Flash memory, storage chips

Quantum's Removable D2d for SMBs Includes Dedupe

SAN JOSE, Calif - July 9, 2007 - Quantum Corp today announced GoVault a removable disk-based storage and backup solution for small businesses.

It includes a tabletop or server-embedded intelligent dock and 2 rugged, removable cartridges for on-site and off-site data protection. In addition, GoVault includes backup software for Windows featuring unique data deduplication technology that reduces the number of cartridges required for backups by as much as 20:1.

GoVault has password protection and encryption to secure cartridges while they are transported off-site for disaster recovery or in the event they are stolen or misplaced. MSRP starts at $400 for an internal server dock, 2 40GB cartridges, SATA cabling, and the GoVault Data Protection de-duplication technology. Cartridges begin at $100 and are available in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities. ...Quantum profile, Disk to disk backup, article:- a Short History of Disk to Disk Backup

Digistore Passes 100,000 CD Libraries Milestone

Wilmington, Del - July 9, 2007 -Digistore Solutions today announced that it has reached a major milestone with the shipment of its 100,000th unit in its Centurion line of CD storage devices since the company's launch at the end of 2003.

The company's Centurion CD provides users with a 100-disc capacity per unit. By stacking multiple CCD units, companies can manage as many as 127,000 discs from a single-user interface, enabling a safe and convenient method of data storage and retrieval. ...Digistore profile, optical libraries
Conduant Sustains 480MB/sec Writes to 1U Data Recorder

ATTO Claims Fastest SAS RAID Controller

SiliconSystems Launches High Reliability USB SSD

Secure Information Sharing Architecture for .GOVs

Sanbolic Accelerates Clustered NAS Writes

CommVault Adds Enterprise Search in Simpana 7.0

Spansion Aims at Emerging Phone Markets

Quantum's Removable D2d for SMBs Includes Dedupe

Digistore Passes 100,000 CD Libraries Milestone

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Editor:- October 16, 2009 - has published an article called - Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design - written by Kent Smith Senior Director, Product Marketing, SandForce.

Since bursting onto the SSD scene in April 2009, SandForce has achieved remarkably high reader popularity. How did a company whose business is designing SSD controllers achieve this? - especially when the direct market for its products today numbers less than 1,000 oems.

The answer is - that if you want to know what the future of 2.5" enterprise SATA SSDs might look like -you have to look at the leading technology cores that will affect this market. Even if you're not planning to use SandForce based products yourself - you can't afford to ignore them - because they are setting the agenda.

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