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Sunnyvale, CA - June 13, 2007 - Fujitsu today announced a distribution relationship with SYNNEX Corp to begin shipping Fujitsu enterprise and mobile hard disk drives to resellers in the United States.

In addition to HDDs Synnex will also offer other leading edge products including XG Series 10Gb Ethernet switches to its customers. As the first to bring small form factor Serial Attached SCSI HDDs to the enterprise market, Fujitsu's comprehensive enterprise product line features a breadth of both 3.5" and 2.5" form factors, and continues to be a strong advocate of key interfaces such as SAS and Fibre Channel. ...Fujitsu profile, ...SYNNEX profile, Selected Storage Resellers in the USA Publishes 2.5" SSD Directory

Editor:- June 13, 2007 - today published a new directory of 2.5" solid state disks.

It provides a summary and quick links to nearly 100 SSD models from 23 oems actively marketing SSDs in the 2.5 inch form factor, including new products launched today. The 2.5 inch form factor is the hottest part of the solid state disk market - with new oems entering the market every couple of weeks in the first half of 2007. At stake are multibillion dollar market segments for 3 of the 4 primary applications described in detail in our SSD Market Adoption Model. These will add up to a $10 billion / year SSD market within a few years. The 2.5" form factor is the only size which straddles the wide range of SSD application slots. the article

Myung Unveils MyStor SSD Product Family

Editor:- June 13, 2007 - today Korean based Myung Information Technologies unveiled its MyStor range of flash SSDs.

Aimed at high reliability, low power hard disk replacement slots (type 4 application in our SSD Market Adoption Model) the SSDs are available in 2.5" IDE (64M to 8G), 3.5" IDE (64M to 32G) and 3.5" SCSI (64M to 8G) capacities in commercial or industrial temperature ranges. Sustained read speed is 10MBytes/sec, sustained write speed is 8MBytes/sec. ...Myung profile, Flash based Solid State Disks

1U Tape Library Certified for MAC Platform

Oslo Norway - June 13, 2007 - Tandberg Data today announced the availability of the StorageLoader LTO-3 for the Mac OS X platform.

With its LTO-3 half-height drive the 1U high tape autoloader is Apple certified with the Mac OS X platform. It offers 6.4T of data storage and (compressed) transfer rates up to 432G/hour. ESP of the 8 slot unit with 2 removable magazines is $4,790. ...Tandberg Data profile, Tape drives, Tape Libraries

Plasmon Aims UDO Appliance at Medical SMBs

Cambridge, UK - June 12, 2007 ­ Plasmon today launched the Archive Appliance Express.

It is shipped pre-configured for PACS software so it is simple to install and maintain for medical SMBs with little or no IT resources. Similar to the Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance, the Archive Express is a tiered storage solution that allows data to be cached on RAID for quick access while being immediately committed to UDO for long-term retention. The integrated Archive Appliance Express ships with new 60GB UDO2 technology and SATA RAID protection providing 170GB of usable cache. ...Plasmon profile, Optical Libraries

Remote Backup Systems Enhances 1.5 million Daily Backups

Memphis, TN – June 12, 2007 – Remote Backup Systems, Inc. today announced that it has released RBackup 2007, with new features that raise the bar in online backup software.

Among the new features are:-

1 - Native support for open files, mirroring capabilities which can automatically back up RBS Server data to a secondary location

2 - Message-level support for live Microsoft Exchange databases

3 - Multiple-instance support for live SQL databases

4 - Automatic remote updates to the RBackup client software.

"RBackup... has become the de-facto industry standard in commercial grade remote backup software," said Brenna Potter, RBS CIO. "RBS has led the online backup software market for over 20 years, and RBackup 2007's advanced features once again raise the bar for the entire industry." ...RBS profile, Data Recovery, online backup

Editor's comments:-
RBS says its product supports over 1.5 million daily computer backups around the world. When was the last time you did a backup?

Pivot3 Launches RAIGE

Spring, Texas – June 12, 2007 – Pivot3 Inc today announced an IP-based storage cluster that it claims delivers up to 5 times the performance at ½ the cost of competitive solutions.

The Pivot3 RAIGE (RAID Across Independent Gigabit Ethernet) Storage Cluster is the first system based on Pivot3's block-level virtualization architecture. Pivot3 RAIGE is available now starting at an MSRP of $17,499.

"By leveraging off-the-shelf components and utilizing a highly parallelized I/O architecture, Pivot3 RAIGE Storage Cluster delivers a much better cost-per-capacity and price/performance ratio than competitive products," said Arun Taneja, founder and analyst of Taneja Group. "Unlike other block-based clustered storage products, Pivot3 is a 'truly' distributed RAID architecture. We see this technology as shaking up the category and raising the bar for what constitutes a high-performance, easy-to-use, fault-tolerant IP-based storage system." ...Pivot3 profile, RAID controllers, RAID Jargon

Adaptec and Intel Extend RAID Collaboration

MILPITAS, CA - June 11, 2007 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that they have extended their existing relationship with Intel Corp to deliver advanced hardware and software RAID products.

As part of the new collaboration, which includes a licensing agreement, the two companies will join forces in delivering RAID products to major OEM customers and intend to work together on the development, marketing, support, and innovation of other new RAID solutions. ...Adaptec profile, ...Intel profile, storage chips, RAID systems

Editor's comments:-
in June 2003 - Intel sold ICP vortex Computersysteme (a RAID systems company) to Adaptec. Intel originally acquired ICP vortex in March 2001, but decided to refocus on the chip side of the storage business instead of boxes.

My Book External Hard Drives Available in 1.5TB

LAKE FOREST, Calif - June 11, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. today announced that its My Book family of storage appliances is now available with capacities of 1.5TB and 750GB.

"Consumers are inundated with a plethora of devices that create rich multimedia content - from digital cameras to music players to video camcorders. The My Book family of external drives delivers peace of mind in a simple solution to remotely access, share, protect and store precious files," said Jim Welsh, VP and general manager of WD's Branded Products Group. ...Western Digital profile, online backup and storage

Mimosa "Visionary" - Says Gartner Email Archiving Report

Santa Clara, Calif - June 11, 2007 - Mimosa Systems today announced that Gartner's 'Magic Quadrant for E-Mail Active Archiving, 2007' report is available for free download.

The report is focused on enterprise-class products that met specific criteria and were able to prove, through strong references, their ability to address the need of a market looking to support hundreds and thousands of users. With its in-depth guidance and independent 3rd party vendor evaluations, the Magic Quadrant report can assist organizations of all sizes in implementing an effective email archiving solution. Mimosa was analyzed and placed in the Visionaries Quadrant. the article (registration required), ...Mimosa Systems profile, ...Gartner profile

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