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Intel Launches Cool NAS Server for the Home

SANTA CLARA, Calif - November 6, 2007 - Intel today announced a new NAS storage platform for the home.

The SS4200x supports upto 4x 3.5" hard disk drives in a "customizable and consumer-friendly shell design" and is available with or without software. For example the fully loaded Intel SS4200-E includes software from EMC to create a flexible NAS appliance.

Integrators can customize the storage system with various validated 3rd party software solutions to create easy-to-use and reliable data protection solutions for small business, home office and the home. It is also an ideal platform for Windows Home Server. The new products will be available in December, starting at $500. ..Intel profile

Editor's comments:- in the 1990s Sun Microsystems introduced the world to pizza box servers and storage. You'll recognise what inspired Intel's new box design next time you save left over chile in your freezer.

Seanodes Gets Funding for Shared Internal Storage

Boston, Mass - November 6, 2007 - Seanodes today announced the closure of a $6.5 million funding round that will propel the company's expansion of its Shared Internal Storage concept to customers worldwide.

Seanodes software allows customers to reclaim unused internal disk space within existing application servers and make that capacity available as a high performance virtualized storage pool, eliminating the need for costly and complex conventional SAN and NAS products. ...Seanodes profile

Former Sun Storage VP is New CEO at Mendocino

FREMONT, Calif - November 6, 2007 - Mendocino Software today announced that Kathleen Holmgren, a former top storage executive at Sun Microsystems, has been named the company's new President and CEO succeeding Steve Colman who now takes over as Chairman.

Holmgren joins Mendocino after more than 2 decades at Sun where she most recently was Senior VP of Sun's Disk Systems Business and played a key role in Sun's integration of StorageTek. Holmgren also formed the original Storage Product Group at Sun and grew it into a major strategic business for the company. She graduated with highest honors with a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Stanford University. ...Mendocino profile, ...Sun profile, ...Sun bio (2002) - Kathleen Holmgren, Storage People
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Intel Launches Cool NAS Server for the Home

Seanodes Gets Funding for Shared Internal Storage

Former Sun Storage VP is New CEO at Mendocino

Mimosa Offers Free Copy of Email Archiving For Dummies Reports Top Storage Searches

Dell Acquires Leading iSCSI Company

Samsung Aims to Cast Aside Reputation for Slow SSDs

Fujitsu's Enterprise Hard Drives Shipments Up 20% in 1 Quarter

Microsoft Windows Home Server Now Available

Hard Drive Revenue Up 37% for WD

GDDR5 Sampling

EMC Plans to Double R&D in China
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Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design
Editor:- November 2009 - recently published a new article called - Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design - written by Kent Smith Senior Director, Product Marketing, SandForce.

Since bursting onto the SSD scene in April 2009, SandForce has achieved remarkably high reader popularity. How did a company whose business is designing SSD controllers achieve this? - especially when the direct market for its products today numbers less than 1,000 oems.

The answer is - that if you want to know what the future of 2.5" enterprise SATA SSDs might look like -you have to look at the leading technology cores that will affect this market. Even if you're not planning to use SandForce based products yourself - you can't afford to ignore them - because they are setting the agenda.

Reliability is the next new thing for SSD designers and users to start worrying about.
read the article about SSD integrity A common theme you will hear from all fast SSD companies is that the faster you make an SSD go - the more effort you have to put into understanding and engineering data integrity to eliminate the risk of "silent errors." the article

Mimosa Offers Free Copy of Email Archiving For Dummies

SANTA CLARA , Calif. – November 6, 2007 – Mimosa Systems today announced it is sponsoring a new book called - Email Archiving For Dummies.

Co-authored by Mimosa employees Bob Spurzem and William Tolson it gives readers all the tools they need to augment the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange with powerful new email archiving technologies.

Written in the engaging style that has made the "For Dummies" series such a success, the book offers users an easy route to learn everything they want to know about building an email archiving system. Sign up for a free copy, ...Mimosa Systems profile, Backup Software
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Top Storage Searches

Editor:- November 6, 2007 - today updated its monthly list of the top subjects viewed by storage searchers in October.

The top 5 subjects were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup - no change
(2) - Hard drives - up 1 place
(3) - Solid state disks - down 1 place
(4) - 2.5 inch SSDs - no change
(5) - NAS - no change

Overall site readership grew 10% and pageviews grew 25% compared to September. For a complete listing of the top 20 storage searches and top 20 storage articles see market research.

Editor's comments:- in the first week in November "hard disks" has moved upto the #1 slot for the first time in over a year. In my article How Solid is Hard Disk's Future? I explained why the hard disk market would continue its fast revenue growth despite the loss of design slots due to SSDs. And we've seen that confirmed in recent reports from HDD oems. It would be wrong to say that the hard disk market is striking back. It's not a zero sum game.

Dell Acquires iSCSI Company

Round Rock, Texas - November 5, 2007 - Dell has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EqualLogic for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. E

qualLogic was the 2nd largest iSCSI company based on shipments according to a May 2006 report by IDC. iSCSI SAN technology represents (one of) the fastest growing parts of the storage business.

"Our customers will be dealing with the largest increase in data we have seen in our history over the next few years," said Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell. "Leading the iSCSI revolution will help Dell accelerate IT simplification and virtualization and will drive the Dell value proposition into more areas of the enterprise storage business." ...Dell profile, ...EqualLogic profile

Editor's comments:-
the price paid by Dell for EqualLogic is more than the whole iSCSI market's revenue in the past year. So the multiple paid for growth potential was staggeringly high.

Other comments:- Bill Chambers, president and CEO, LeftHand Networks commented "Today's Dell/EqualLogic announcement clearly validates the market for iSCSI SANs and sets a premium valuation for the market leaders. It also establishes LeftHand as the largest independent iSCSI SAN vendor."

Samsung Aims to Cast Aside Reputation for Slow SSDs

Seoul, Korea - November 5, 2007 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is sampling faster 1.8" and 2.5" 64G SATA SSDs.

With a sequential write speed of 100MBps and sequential read speed of 120MBps, the SATA II SSD is aimed at the corporate server market. Samsung's new SSD uses only 1/10th the power consumed by enterprise-class 15,000 RPM hard drives.

Web-Feet Research estimates that the flash-based SSD market is expected to show 74% compounded annual growth from 2007 through 2012 to reach $10 billion in 2012. ...Samsung profile, the Fastest SSDs, 1.8" SSDs, 2.5" SSDs.

Editor's comments:-
the new products will change the market perception of Samsung's SSDs which until this announcement were among the slowest in the industry.

Fujitsu's Enterprise Hard Drives Shipments Up 20% in 1 Quarter

SUNNYVALE, Calif - November 5, 2007 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. today announced its 3rd quarter hard disk drive shipment results.

During the 3rd quarter, Fujitsu shipments of mobile hard disk drives surpassed 8.32M units, an increase of nearly 45% from the 2nd quarter, 2007. Fujitsu's enterprise disk volume grew 20% from Q2 to Q3 with shipments totaling 1.81M units. SAS units represented over 60% of Fujitsu enterprise HDD shipments. ...Fujitsu profile

Microsoft Windows Home Server Now Available

REDMOND, Wash. - November 4, 2007 - Microsoft announced that Windows Home Server, a new solution to help families protect and share their digital media and documents, is generally available today.

Windows Home Server is a "stay-at-home" server that delivers the benefits of powerful server technology used by many people at work within a simple, easy-to-use solution for the home. It automatically backs up Windows XP-based and Windows Vista-based home computers each night, provides a central place to organize digital documents and media, and includes a free Windows Live Internet address to access the home server from virtually anywhere and share content with friends and family. It also monitors the health and security status of home computers and can stream media to other devices in the home, such as Xbox 360, allowing people to enjoy digital music, photos and videos on their television. ...Microsoft profile, Storage Software

Editor's comments:-
on the FAQs page for this Microsoft says that its new platform is "simpler / better" than other NAS and backup products. At launch time the new product is only available as an oem installed product - and not as a separate consumer purchasable product.

Microsoft's dismal record on software quality suggests that - unless you enjoy wasting your time with flaky software - or are developing add-ons - the safest thing to do with this new platform is wait about 3 years before letting it enter your own home.

Hard Drive Revenue Up 37% for WD

LAKE FOREST, Calif - November 1, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. today reported that hard drive revenue grew by 37% over the prior-year comparative period on shipments of 29.4 million units, an increase of 29% in unit volume.

The company's unit shipments for the first FY quarter included approximately 5.9 million 2.5" hard drives for mobile applications and approximately 3.7 million 3.5" hard drives for use in digital video recorders. ...Western Digital profile, the Fastest Growing Storage Companies , 2.5" SSD Guide

GDDR5 Sampling

Munich, Germany - November 1, 2007 - Qimonda AG today announcedit has shipped the industry's first 512Mb GDDR5 (Graphics Double Data Rate 5) samples to customers.

GDDR5 is anticipated to become the next graphics DRAM standard. It will be available with data rates up to 20GBytes / s per component - more than double the bandwidth of GDDR3 memories today and comes with many power saving features. ...Qimonda profile

Editor's comments:-
numbers related to chip generations don't always go the way you expect. I'm surprised to see that DDR has gone as far as the number "5".

I remember Intel's mainstream processor numbers which went from 8080 (first 8 bit), to 8085 (8 bit, single 5V supply) then 8086 (16 bit) then 186 and 286 (the prefix "80" was included but not voiced much). Then after the 386 and 486 they surprised us all with the Pentium - which was easier to trademark than a number. Maybe future generations of DDR will have add-on words - such as "Fast DDR / Ultra DDR" - or animals - like "DDR dragon" I haven't looked into it - but numbers start to lose their sex appeal in product names.

EMC Plans to Double R&D in China

Beijing, PRC - November 1, 2007 -EMC Corp today announced the 2nd phase of its significant investment in the Chinese market.

EMC officially opened its new R&D center in Beijing and committed to double its planned investments in China over the next 5 years. The investment of $500 million announced in June 2006 is now expected to double, reaching approximately $1 billion through 2012. ...EMC profile

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