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Sequent Alumni Join Adtron's SSD Growth Team

PHOENIX, AZ - March 21, 2007 - Adtron announced today the addition of key executives - Al Dei Maggi, VP Sales and Marketing; Wade Campbell, VP Marketing and Business Development; and, Myril Shaw, Managing Director of International Sales.

The expansion is part of the company's strategic plan to capitalize on Adtron's leadership in flash solid state disks for traditional markets, such as defense, telecom and industrial; and, the expansion into non-traditional markets, such as networking and server acceleration, which are widely acknowledged as high growth markets.

Al Dei Maggi joins Adtron as the VP of Sales and Marketing and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the sales and marketing organizations, both domestically and internationally. Dei Maggi's background includes 30 years of extensive strategic management and business development experience with such companies as Sun Microsystems, Rackable Systems, RLX Technologies, and Sequent. Dei Maggi's experience ranges from sophisticated telecommunications and scalable server platforms to server blade hardware and management software.

Wade Campbell joins Adtron as the VP of Marketing and Business Development with direct responsibility for marketing, program management, product planning, and strategic alliances. Campbell brings 25 years of experience in the enterprise and embedded market space with such companies as Motorola, Intel, Dell, and Sequent.

Myril Shaw assumes the sales leadership position as Managing Director of International Sales, with direct responsibility for developing distribution channels in Europe, Asia and South America. Shaw has 25 years of international sales, marketing and business development experience with RLX Technologies, Marathon Technologies, Internet Dynamics and Sequent. Storage People


Gone in 60 Seconds - Another Data Disaster Story

Editor:- March 21, 2007 - the Washington Times has published an article about the costs of having an unreadable tape backup.

In a couple of keystrokes a technician wiped out tens of billions of dollars worth of disk based financial data - and the recovery process (which involved redigitizing the data from paper records) apparently cost nearly $250,000. This kind of story is becoming an urban legend. But the fact is that backups do fail. And we've published many similar stories over the years. ...read the article, ...read a similar article, Data Recovery


Spectra Logic Offers 16 Petabyte Tape Backup

Washington, D.C. - March 20, 2007 - at FOSE today Spectra Logic today announced the 8 frame Spectra T950 - an enterprise-class library that expands up to 16 petabytes.

"The T950 uses an average of 65% less energy than competing libraries," said Brian Grainger, VP of Spectra Logic Federal. The fully configured system will offer a native throughput of 14,400MB/second using LTO-4 drives, when released. Pricing starts at $240,250.


BiTMICRO Selects QualCore Logic to Develop New IP Cores

Washington, D.C. - March 20, 2007 - BiTMICRO. today announced at the FOSE show that it has partnered with QualCore Logic to develop a series of new intellectual property cores for its flash solid state disk drives.

Under terms of the agreement, QualCore Logic will develop USB physical and other analog IP cores that will enable BiTMICRO to achieve a higher level of integration and performance for its next-generation SSDs at a lower cost. As a result, many of the previous barriers to entry for solid-state storage applications will be eliminated.


Maxell Launches World's 1st iVDR Hard Drive

Tokyo - March 20, 2007 - Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. today announced the launch of the world's first iVDR compatible removable hard disk drive capable of recording copyright protected High Definition content without quality loss.

The new drive 5,400 RPM drive fits in the palm of the hand and provides 160G of data storage and a data transfer rate of 540Mbit/s. Employing SAFIA copyright protection technology the new disk is being launched for use with Hitachi's Wooo flat-panel TV, which is the world's first appliance employing iVDR slots.

The iVDR Consortium was established in March 2002 and now includes more than 50 companies. , Removable Disk Drives, Storage Industry Trade Associations, tv SSDs

Editor's comments:-
it will be interesting to see if the new shock-resistant iVDR cartrdges get designed into D2d products. The road map aims for a 500G 2.5" drive in 2010 and the interface is SATA.


New Software Monitors and Predicts SSD Life

Aliso Viejo, Calif - March 20, 2007 - SiliconSystems. , today announced the availability of a software development kit for its SiSMART technology.

"SiliconSystems created SiSMART to enhance the reliability of solid-state storage and provide users with the necessary, though previously impossible capability of accurately predicting usable life," said Gary Drossel, VP of product planning at SiliconSystems. The SDK is a plug-in module that easily integrates with Windows and Linux operating systems to provide real-time storage lifespan data in field applications eliminating the need to shutdown the host system to collect the data. , storage reliability, Can you believe the word "reliability" in a 2.5" SSD ad?


STEC Announces President

SANTA ANA, Calif - March 20, 2007 - STEC. announced today that the company's CTO and COO Mark Moshayedi has been promoted to President.

Mark Moshayedi will continue to hold all his previous offices and report to the company's CEO. This appointment fills the office left vacant following the company's divestiture of its Consumer Division in February. Mark Moshayedi joined STEC in 1992. He has been primarily responsible for leading the company's technology development initiative, which significantly contributed to the company's record operating performance in 2006. Storage People


Tandberg Data Announces New CEO

Oslo Norway - March 19, 2007 - Tandberg Data today announced the appointment of Per Kristian Jacobsen as new CEO.

Mr. Jacobsen replaces Gudmundur Einarsson, who has been leading Tandberg for the last 7 years. Per Kristian Jacobsen was until recently the CEO of IT Fornebu AS - a business he has been managing since it was established in 2000.


Who's Sold Most 4Gb and 2Gb FC HBA Ports?

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - March 19, 2007 - QLogic today announced that as a result of its 2006 shipments, it now has the largest installed base of 4Gb and 2Gb Fibre Channel HBA ports of any supplier.

Data from the Dell'Oro Group 4Q2006 SAN Report shows that the installed base of QLogic 4Gb and 2Gb Fibre-channel HBA ports is now 2.88 million, compared to 2.74 million for the nearest competitor, giving QLogic the largest installed base of 4Gb and 2Gb Fibre Channel HBA ports in the world.


SSDs "Better than Hard Drives" Says Notebook Maker

SUNNYVALE, CA - March 19, 2007 - Fujitsu today introduced pen-enabled notebooks with 16G or 32G solid state drives.

The LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 ultra-portables will offer an option for an SSD as a replacement for traditional hard disk drives. In addition to providing significantly more durability and data protection than traditional hard disk drives, there are no moving parts to fail or heads to crash. SSDs are noise free, generate virtually no heat and weigh half as much as traditional notebook hard drives.

SSDs also offer faster performance and quicker boot-up time because data access is virtually instantaneous. Unlike traditional hard disk drives there is no need to spin the platters up to speed, no seek time, and no rotational latency. SSDs also read twice as fast and write up to 60% faster than other hard drives. In addition to the added durability all of this translates to a much faster experience and longer battery life. Overview of the Notebook SSD Market


Overland Launches 1U iSCSI VTL

SAN DIEGO, CA - March 19, 2007 - Overland Storage today introduced a new version of its REO 1500.

The new disk-based backup, recovery and virtual tape library has a 1U base unit and offers upto 2T of RAID 5 protected storage with an iSCSI interface. Overland's REO Protection software emulates upto 6 VTLs, 32 virtual tape drives and 512 virtual cartridges. MSRP starts from $5,543.


STORAGEsearch.com Reports Top Storage Searches

Editor:- March 19, 2007 - STORAGEsearch.com reports that in February readership grew 13% compared to the year before period.

Pageviews in the top 10 subjects grew 50% compared to the year before period. The top 5 subjects viewed by storage searchers were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup,
(2) - Hard disk drives
(3) - Solid state disks
(4) - NAS, and
(5) - RAID systems

The fastest climber in the top 20 subjects was iSCSI. For more info on the top subjects, articles etc see Market research


Liverpool FC Televaults its Data

Toronto, Canada - March 19, 2007 - Asigra today announced that its backup and recovery software, Televaulting is being used by Liverpool Football Club.

The software, which provides an hourly backup, was installed by UK based Backup Technology and protects Liverpool FC's 3 main sites: the main stadium (Anfield), and the two training grounds (Melwood and the Academy), which are geographically dispersed.

"The Backup Technology online service has eliminated the ongoing hidden costs and wasted man hours we were experiencing with tape backup, such as buying new tapes, switching tapes, and transferring tapes to and from the storage depot. Our IT staff are now freed up to concentrate on developing new technologies to increase the productivity of the business," commented Ken Webster, IT Manager of Liverpool FC. "With the Asigra software we are now protecting all our emails as well as the data from our laptop users, when they are on the move. This provides peace of mind for both the commercial and corporate sides of our business." , online backup

Editor's comments:-
Liverpool FC is one of the world's top 2000 visited web sites. I don't often mention sport but cricket has been in the news over the weekend for unusual reasons.


HyperDrive4 SSD Offers 36,500 IOPS

Editor:- March 19, 2007 - Attorn today announced a new version of its HyperDrive4 a 5.25" PATA solid state disk.

The new model, which uses battery backed RAM, increases the capacity to 32G and the sustained data rate to 126 MB/s. Peak performance is 36,500 IOPS.


Infortrend Debuts EonStor 4G-FC Family

Hannover, Germany - March 15, 2007 - Infortrend today announced their new 4Gbps 12 port Fibre Channel RAID subsystem family.

The new EonStor units are 3U 16-bay rackmounts expandable up to 224 hard drives. Channels can be configured as either host or drive channels, giving high flexibility to create more host connections or additional drive connections as required. Rackmount Storage


LaCie Honored At Data Protection Summit

Irvine, Calif - March 15, 2007 - LaCie today announced that its d2 SAFE Hard Drive has received the Innovation Award for Technology last night at the 2007 Data Protection Summit.

The LaCie d2 SAFE ($319.99) provides ultra-secure and convenient data access control via fingerprint recognition. Up to 10 fingerprints (5 users with minimum two prints each) can be registered with personal and customized access privileges such as full access to the drive (read/write) or read-only. Once registered, a simple finger swipe locks and unlocks the drive if users need to step away from their desk for a meeting or to run an errand. It comes in a sturdy aluminum alloy case with FireWire and USB interfaces. Storage Security, Storage Events


AMCC Shows Serial SCSI RAID Controllers at CeBIT

Hannover, Germany - March 15, 2007 - AMCC is demonstrating its RAID technology this week at CeBIT.

For the first time AMCC will showcase its new PCI Express to SAS RAID controller working with SAS expanders and Seagate Technology's Cheetah 15K.5 drives.
Sequent Alumni Join Adtron's SSD Growth Team

Gone in 60 Seconds - Another Data Disaster Story

Spectra Logic Offers 16 Petabyte Tape Backup

BiTMICRO Selects QualCore Logic to Develop New IP Cores

Maxell Launches World's 1st iVDR Hard Drive

New Software Monitors and Predicts SSD Life

STEC Announces President

Tandberg Data Announces New CEO

Who's Sold Most 4Gb and 2Gb FC HBA Ports?

SSDs "Better than Hard Drives" Says Notebook Maker

Overland Launches 1U iSCSI VTL

STORAGEsearch.com Reports Top Storage Searches

Liverpool FC Televaults its Data

HyperDrive4 SSD Offers 36,500 IOPS

Infortrend Debuts EonStor 4G-FC Family

LaCie Honored At Data Protection Summit

AMCC Shows Serial SCSI RAID Controllers at CeBIT

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AMCC will also announce and demonstrate substantial enhancements to the 3ware Sidecar, a desktop RAID storage expansion solution formerly available only for Apple's Power Mac G5 and Mac Pro systems. The upgraded 9650SE-based 3ware Sidecar extends support to PC workstations with Windows and Linux operation systems. Battery backup support has also been added for additional data protection.

The new 24-port 3ware 9650SE-24M8 will also be showcased in a system that uses two of these controllers connected to 48 high capacity SATA drives.
news image AMCC's Sidecar RAID system
"We are pleased to use the largest technology event in Europe as the venue to announce new RAID products and to demonstrate how AMCC continues to drive storage technology with innovations that deliver the performance, value and density that customers demand," said Scott Cleland, director of marketing for AMCC Storage.. "By announcing new products for Windows, Linux and Mac platforms, and demonstrating AMCC products working in a SAS environment, we are expanding the reach of our technology into new and exciting storage environments."
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