Storage news - 2007, March week 1,
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on Top Hard Disk Manufacturers
El Segundo, Calif - March 7, 2007 - Global shipments of Hard Disk Drives rose 15.5% in 2006 to 434 million units according to iSuppli.
Along with strong sales to established markets in computing and consumer-electronics products, the HDD industry benefited from the rise of a new application: external hard drives. In 2006, 2.6 million external HDDs were shipped, up 37% from 2005. Demand for external HDDs is being driven by the desire of consumers to store and backup large-sized video and audio files downloaded from Internet services.
The top 5 HDD makers (ranked by unit shipments) were:-
1 - Seagate Technology - 33% market share
2 - Western Digital - 20% market share
3 - Hitachi GST - 16% market share
4 - Samsung - 10% market share
5 - Toshiba - 9% market share
Demand slowed for tiny 1" HDDs because makers of MP3 players increasingly are turning away from rotating media and toward flash memory for music storage. As a result, small-sized HDD Cornice declared that it was changing its business strategy of serving the MP3/PMP/mobile phone market by switching from selling HDDs to offering flash based solutions. storage market analysts
Asempra Awarded Patent for Continuous Data Protection
Sunnyvale, Calif - March 6, 2007 - the US Patent Office has granted Asempra Technologies a new patent 7,096,392 for "a method and system for automated, no downtime, real-time, continuous data protection".
Asempra's file aware continuous data protection technology provides guaranteed application and data availability for Windows environments. Using Virtual On-Demand Recovery technology, an application's data is available for use within minutes, even seconds, of recovery. The data recovered is guaranteed to be completely usable on the first recovery, eliminating the need for multiple, costly manual recoveries that often result from other technologies and products. Backup Software
Fujitsu Launches New 2.5" SATA Drives
Sunnyvale, CA - March 6, 2007 - Fujitsu today announced the global launch of its MHW2160BJ series 2.5" mobile hard disk drives.
These feature SATA interface, capacities up to 160G and 7200 RPM speed. The MHW2160BJ series will begin shipping in second quarter 2007.
SiliconSystems Signs New European Distributor for SSDs
ALISO VIEJO, Calif - March 6, 2007 - SiliconSystems. today announced the signing of a distribution agreement with ACAL Semiconductors.
The agreement establishes ACAL as an authorized distributor in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and UK.
Steve Carr, managing director at ACAL explained, "The addition of SiliconSystems to our linecard... allows us to offer an alternative solution for embedded applications using SBCs and processor modules where the need for absolute robustness, and the ability to withstand vibration and shock, can rule out the use of conventional storage products."
Agere Samples Faster Hard Disk Preamps
ALLENTOWN, Pa - March 6, 2007 - Agere Systems - today announced that it is shipping samples to customers of its latest high-performance, low-power preamplifier IC specifically designed for use in enterprise hard disk drives.
Agere's new TrueStore PA7800 preamp offers exceptional performance, with the industry's fastest operating speeds topping 2.5Gbps while consuming nearly 30% less power in write mode than the previous-generation Agere chips. The worldwide market for preamps is estimated at $466 million in 2007. , storage chips
Editor's comments:- Agere has published a simple Disk Drive Basics page for those of you curious about the major subsystems within a hard drive.
IDC Reports on Data Recovery Market
FRAMINGHAM, Mass - March 5, 2007 - IDC today released its first market size and forecast for the data protection and recovery management market.
IDC believes the DPRM market reached $58 million in 2006 and will increase to $200 million by 2011. Traditional approaches to data protection are being augmented with disk-based data protection technologies fueling the need for tools that can monitor, report and manage heterogeneous data protection configurations.
Editor's comments:- is this really a new market segment? I doubt if it really qualifies - as it sounds like just a bit of what people have already been doing with backup and data recovery.
Storewiz Launches New Compression Appliances
SAN JOSE, Calif - March 5, 2007 - Storewiz. today introduced its STN-6000 3rd generation data compression appliances.
Designed for enterprise NAS implementations, the new appliances provide improved data compression approximately 10% greater than previously offered with the STN-5000. Storewiz's patent-pending engine results in wire speed compression and enables existing infrastructures to store on average 3 times more data on the same storage network with no performance degradation. The STN-6000 is a plug-and-play solution that is completely transparent to users, applications, databases, storage and network environments.
Editor's comments:- compressing your storage network using a hardware compression accelerator can help defer storage upgrades, improve performance or increase reliability. Storewiz has written some case studies which show how various customers have benefited from this approach.
NetApp Supports New Cisco Switch
Sunnyvale, Calif. March 5, 2007 - Network Appliance. today announced worldwide availability of Cisco's MDS 9124 switch for NetApp SAN solutions.
The Cisco MDS 9124 is a 24-port Fibre Channel SAN switch.
iStor Presents at Montgomery Technology Conference
Irvine, CA - March 5, 2007 - iStor Networks will be presenting this week at the 4th annual Montgomery Technology Conference.
This invitation-only conference will showcase the West Coast's finest growth technology companies before an audience of technology executives, venture and institutional investors from around the world.
"The presenting companies were carefully selected for their strong revenue performance, experienced management teams and growth potential." said James Montgomery, founder and CEO of Montgomery & Co.
Targa's SATA Storage Targets Military
Ottawa Canada - March 1, 2007 - Targa Systems today announced the availability of SATA Data Transfer Systems for the Military and Aerospace markets.
2 versions of the SATA DTU's are available:
Series 3 PC Card SATA DTU: Capacities to 16GB Transfer rates to 5MB/sec
Series 4 Removable Disk SATA DTU's Capacities to 96GB Transfer rates to 50MB/sec
The Targa Series 3 PC Card SATA Data Transfer System is the perfect device for your military & aerospace systems. Typical airborne platform application systems include flight management, cockpit instrument display, terrain awareness and warning, map systems, radar systems, cockpit/ground communications, navigation positioning, and satellite communications. With PC Card capacities now at 16GB, and soon to be 32GB, the removable PC Card feature of the Series 3 product line allows for easy updating of files.
In those applications requiring higher storage capacity and/or greater read/write speeds than PC Cards can offer, Targa offers its Series 4 Removable Disk SATA DTU's. The Series 4 SATA DTU offers capacities up to 96 GB in a compact, rugged and removable 2.5" flash disk. The removable disk feature of the Series 4 product line allows for easy updating of files. Data Transfer rates up to 50GB/sec are available.
Gateway Puts a New GLO into NAS
IRVINE, Calif - March 1, 2007 - Gateway today announced 5 new rackmount NAS devices.
The new storage servers include Gateway Lights Out system management. GLO brings a high-level of efficiency to professional customers, allowing a server to be remotely shut down, re-started and managed regardless of its power condition. The new storage servers are available now, with prices starting at $2,549.
Editor's comments:- the lights were out on March 1 - with this message "Gateway.com is currently undergoing a site update. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back later."
60nm DRAM Now in Production
Seoul, Korea - March 1, 2007 - Samsung announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 1Gb DDR2 DRAM using 60 nanometer class process technology.
Use of the new process technology is a significant milestone in that it increases production efficiency by 40% over the 80nm process technology deployed in DRAM fabrication since early 2006, and offers twice the productivity of 90nm general process technology. 60nm DRAM revenues are expected to reach $32 billion by 2009.
Editor's comments:- understanding Moore's Law helps explain how every couple of years for the past 4 decades silicon chips have gotten faster, more complex and cheaper. For those who are more used to capacity abbreviations (G, T and rarely P) a nanometer is a billionth of a meter - which is also a million times smaller than a millimeter. That was a great help wasn't it? If you used a tape measure marked in nm to measure your height than your average height would be about 2 billion nm .
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