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Storage news - 2007, May week 1

SSD market history
the Top 10 SSD OEMs - 2007 Q2
Who's Eating Whom in the Storage Market?
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
How will the hard drive market fare... in a solid state storage world?
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The SAS market began in 2001.

In a 2005 survey - SSD buyers said that SAS SSDs were the 8th most desirable SSD interface to meet their future needs.

Although no SAS SSD drives were available in the market at that time.
SAS SSDs - news and market timeline
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top 5 storage searches (May 2007)

1 - Disk to disk backup
2 - Solid state disks
3 - SSD buyers guide
4 - Hard drives
5 - SSD Myths & Legends
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Squeak! - SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Does the fatal gene of "write endurance" built into flash solid state disks prevent their deployment in intensive server acceleration applications - such as RAID systems?
It was certainly true as little as a few years ago.

What's the risk with today's devices?

This article looks at the current generation of products and calculates how much (or how little) you should be worried.
SSD myths - write endurance
RAM based SSDs have been used alongside RAID for years - but flash SSDs are physically smaller and have bigger capacity (160G in 2.5") and are lower cost than RAM-SSDs and could actually be configured in standard RAID boxes. F-SSDs aren't as fast as RAM based products but a single flash SSD can deliver 20,000 IOPs - which when scaled up in an array - starts to look interesting. the article, storage reliability solid state disks

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MOSAID Promises 800M bytes/ sec Flash SSDs
OTTAWA, Ontario – May 7, 2007 - MOSAID Technologies Inc. today unveiled HyperLink NAND Flash, a breakthrough memory architecture and interface that will dramatically improve the performance of flash solid state drives.

HLNAND Flash delivers sustained read and write bandwidth up to 800MB/s (10x higher than conventional flash) using existing technology. HLNAND Flash offers a highly expandable memory subsystem, supporting up to 255 devices on a single interface. MOSAID will license HLNAND Flash to semiconductor manufacturers developing components for the NAND Flash market, which is expected to grow to $41 billion by 2011. ...MOSAID Technologies profile, storage chips, memory channel SSDs

Ciprico Ships New SAS RAID HBAs

RAID systems
Minneapolis, MN - May 7, 2007 - Ciprico Inc. announced today that it is starting volume production of its new RAIDCore RC5000 line of SAS and SATA II RAID controllers.

The company is demonstrating the new cards this week at Gartner's IT Visions conference. The new RC5000 series controllers provide support for the latest serial attached SCSI and SATA specifications, as well as supporting both the traditional PCI-X and newer PCI Express bus standards. US recommended retail pricing for the enterprise level RC5152-08 and RC5252-08 products are $299, with the entry level RAID 0, 1, 10 versions of the cards, the RC5110-08 and RC5210-08 priced at $219. Production is starting now, with the 12 and 16 port cards expected to start shipping in Q307. ...Ciprico profile, RAID systems, RAID controllers, SAS SSDs

TDK Launches New Tape Cartridge

GARDEN CITY, NY - May 7, 2007 - TDK Corp announced that it will launch sales of its DAT 160 Data Cartridge, in June.

The DC-DAT160 offers 160GB capacity (with data compression) and is the world's first DAT 160 media to pass compliance testing by the DAT Manufacturers Group. TDK will concurrently launch sales of its DAT Cleaning Cartridge II (DC-DAT8CC). DAT 160 is a 6th generation data cartridge which is backwards compatible with DDS-4 and DAT 72. ...TDK profile, Storage Media, Backup Software, Tape drives

New Flash SSD Directory

Editor:- May 7, 2007 - has today launched a new directory dedicated to Flash Solid State Disks.

"Although we have covered the SSD market with a dedicated SSD directory for over 8 years readers will benefit from having separate editorial streams which cover the emerging segments within the SSD market so they can find relevant information more quickly" said publisher Zsolt Kerekes. "Some individual segments within the SSD market may be worth more than $5 billion annually within a handful of years. The new F-SSD page is just one of many SSD directories we'll be publishing soon grouped by technology or applications."

...Later:- that was just the start of an SSD content segmentation plan which extended to something more like this - just a few years later. And it's not through yet. SSD specific SSDs will become the next step in helping users more easily choose the products which are important for their needs.
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SSDs all flash SSDs hybrid drives flash memory RAM SSDs SAS SSDs FC SSDs

Sophos Warns of USB Worm

Abingdon, UK - May 4, 2007 - Anti-virus company Sophos has warned of a family of worms that spreads by copying itself onto removable drives such as USB memory sticks, and then automatically runs when the device is next connected to a computer.

The W32/SillyFD-AA worm hunts for removable drives such as USB memory sticks, and then creates a hidden file called autorun.inf to ensure a copy of the worm is run the next time it is connected to a Windows PC. It also changes the title of Internet Explorer windows to append the phrase "Hacked by 1BYTE". Sophos experts advise that users disable the autorun facility of Windows so removable storage devices don't automatically launch when they are attached to a PC. ...Sophos, Storage Security

New Version of UltraBac

Bellevue, Wash. - May 3, 2007 - UltraBac Software today announced the release of UltraBac Version 8.2 with major enhancements, including file-by-file backup support for Volume Shadow Copy Service, Secure FTP, and a brand new SharePoint Server Agent.

The UltraBac SharePoint Server Agent enables organizations running SharePoint to incorporate seamless backup and recovery within multiple layers of collaborative data. Pricing starts from US$495 per server with the ability to back up an unlimited number of workstations....UltraBac Software profile, Storage Software

Qimonda Ships 1066MHz DIMMs

Munich, Germany - May 3, 2007 - Qimonda AG announced the availability of a new series of overclocking memory modules for users looking for the highest speed and reduced latency.

The 1066MHz DIMMs operate at the standard DDR2 voltage value of 1.8V. This results in higher reliability. The XTUNE memory modules support the Enhanced Performance Profile standard, simplifying the usage of the overclocking feature. It provides an easy to use solution as the overclocking settings are preconfigured on the modules and can be read out by all motherboards supporting EPP. ...Qimonda profile, RAM

WD Hard Drive Voted Best of RetailVision

LAKE FOREST, Calif - May 1, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. today announced that its My Book World Edition external hard drive was voted 'The Best of RetailVision' by top technology retailers in North America.

The RetailVision channel event was recently held in Nashville.

My Book World Edition storage appliances allow consumers to securely access their digital content, such as photos, home videos and documents, and share it with family and friends from anywhere in the world as if that content were stored local to the user. My Book World Edition storage appliances are available in 1 terabyte and 500 GB capacities. Best of RetailVision awards are selected by decision makers from top-100-level retailers who buy over $60 billion worth of products each year. ...Western Digital profile, Storage Events, Hard disk drives

EMC Slashes Time to Replicate DTCC Data

Hopkinton, Mass - May 1, 2007 - EMC Corp today announced that the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation has deployed EMC's SRDF/Star business continuance software to ensure a rapid business recovery for its global financial services business in the event of a disaster.

This new technology allows DTCC to reduce the lag time to replicate huge volumes of data over long distances from 30 minutes to less than 2 minutes. The technology further strengthens DTCC's already resilient infrastructure.

"While it may not seem like a lot of time, a half-hour's worth of lost data could potentially mean billions of dollars to our customers, so cutting the recovery gap to less than two minutes is an important breakthrough," said Vincent Hilly, DTCC Managing Director and CTO. "Last year, DTCC settled more than $1.5 quadrillion in securities transactions. It is essential that we have the highest level of information protection and the most accurate and up-to-date customer financial data at all times." ...EMC profile, ...DTCC, Backup Software
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