Storage news - May 2007, week 2
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Launches Data Warehouse
TDWI Conference, Boston, MA May 14, 2007 Dataupia Corp today announced the general availability of its data management system, the Dataupia Satori Server 12000.
The Dataupia Satori Server integrates server, storage, and optimization software to deliver a scalable, affordable appliance. ...Dataupia profile
USB Flash Storage Meter Avoids Running on Empty
Fremont, CA - May 14, 2007 - Lexar today announced the introduction of JumpDrive Secure II Plus, a USB flash drive with upto 4GB capacity.
The onboard capacity meter of JumpDrive Secure II Plus solves a common problem faced by many USB flash drive users, namely, how to gauge the available storage space on their drive. The ultra-thin, shatter-proof display accurately shows available storage space at a glance, without even plugging it into a computer. What makes this solution unique is that it requires no software drivers, no administrative privileges, and works across platforms. ...Lexar Media profile
STEC has $100 million Pot of Cash for SSD Market Plans
SANTA ANA, Calif - May 14, 2007 - STEC, Inc. reported $47 million revenue for the quarter ended March 31 - an increase of 17% compared to the year ago quarter but a decrease of 37% compared to the prior quarter.
The company said it now has more than $100 million in cash to invest in its future following the recent shedding of its consumer business. It reaffirmed that success in the solid state disk market is a strategic goal.
STEC's chairman and CEO, Manouch Moshayedi expanded on this. "We continue to invest heavily in R&D for SSD controllers where we believe we have a significant head start in technology and IP over our closest competitors. Even at this early stage of the SSD market, the advantages of this technology are being clearly defined in at least three distinct market segments.
"First, where ultra-high throughput solutions are sought, our SSDs provide enormous and measurable performance advantages and cost savings over alternative hard-drive products, such as enterprise-server and storage applications. Second, where 'ruggedized' drive solutions are critical for data retention, SSDs provide unparalleled durability in military and industrial applications. And finally in the early adoption PC, mobile computing and consumer-related markets that require low-costs and small-form factors, the cost-benefit comparison to traditional HDD solutions is becoming increasingly compelling... We see opportunities to leverage our SSD expertise across each of these three markets where we believe our technology can outperform existing solutions. ...STEC profile, Flash SSDs, SSDs Market Adoption Model
Debunking Misconceptions in SSD Longevity
Editor:- May 11, 2007 - BiTMICRO Networks today published a new article called - "Debunking Misconceptions in SSD Longevity."
It cites lifetime predictions from my own popular article - SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance" and fires a warning shot aimed at some competitors by saying "some flash SSD makers have even quoted higher write endurance ratings than those provided by manufacturers of their flash memory components."
That's certainly true - but I knew when writing my article that endurance varies from batch to batch of flash chips within the same semiconductor fab process. Some SSD oems sample test and reject chips which are at the lower end of the distribution curve. That means their worst case numbers are better than would be the case by simply accepting merchant quality flash chips. Although starting from a different base of assumptions - BiTMICRO's article "conclude(s) that fears about the endurance limitations of SSDs are rightfully fading away." See also:- storage reliability
Aleratec Announces DVD Duplicator Promotion
CHATSWORTH, Calif - May 9, 2007 - Aleratec is running a promotional offer for users of DVD duplicators.
The purchaser of the Aleratec 1:3 DVD/CD Auto Publisher that buys before May 31 will receive 600 LightScribe CD discs, free with their purchase (a $450 value). Terms and conditions apply (pdf). ...Aleratec profile, DVD duplicators
Intergraph Puts SSDs into Aerial Mapping Cameras
HUNTSVILLE, Ala - May 9, 2007 - Intergraph Corp. introduced today the first airborne Solid State Disc cartridge (based on flash memory) that will enable aerial mapping operators to increase image storage flexibility and flight duration, and to use smaller, single-engine aircraft.
Each SSD cartridge plugs directly into the DMC camera head and may be exchanged during flight, providing virtually unlimited storage. By reducing weight, footprint, and power requirements, Intergraph's new SSD compact storage device opens up new project and aircraft options for aerial mapping operators. ...Intergraph, SSDs (all), flash SSDs
Freecom Wins Design Awards
Berlin - May 8, 2007 - Freecom announced today it has received the red dot award for product design for its USBCard and ToughDrive Pro.
The USBCard is a credit card format USB storage card with integral cable. The ToughDrive Pro is an impact-resistant mobile 2.5" hard disk. Axel Lucassen, VP Marketing & Sales at Freecom Technologies, was overjoyed. "To be awarded two major international design prizes within only a few months has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations, and represents something completely new for a storage manufacturer."...Freecom profile, ...red dot award, Record Breaking Storage
LTO-4 Drives Come to Market
Oslo Norway - May 8, 2007 - Tandberg Data today announced a new tape drive based on 4th generation Linear Tape Open technology.
With 800GB native capacity, 120MB/s native transfer rate, data encryption, ADI automation interface and SCSI, SAS or FC host interface, the Tandberg LTO-4 FH is targeted at high end servers. The Tandberg 1640LTO will ship with a cabling, a data cartridge and a cleaning cartridge and Symantec Backup Exec QuickStart Edition. Warranty is 3 years return to factory. The estimated street prices start at $4,499. ...Tandberg Data profile, Tape Libraries
New Version of Archive One
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. May 8, 2007 C2C today announced its Archive One solution now fully supports Exchange 2007 and Windows Vista.
A major feature of this new release is the total Personal Storage files management now offered by C2C, empowering administrators to control and contain existing PSTs, and to plan and schedule their removal. ...C2C Systems profile, Archive One
SANbox 9000 Switches Qualified FAST
Houston, Texas - May 8, 2007 - Texas Memory Systems today announced that it has awarded its FAST (Fast Access Storage Tested) certification to QLogic's SANbox 9000 Series Fibre Channel Director switches.
The SANbox 9000 Series can be deployed alongside Texas Memory Systems' RamSan solid state disks to significantly accelerate enterprise applications and critical databases. ...QLogic profile, ...Texas Memory Systems profile, SAN
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