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Storage news - September 1-6, 2007

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Can you trust market reports and the handed down wisdom from analysts, bloggers and so-called "industry experts" any more than you trust SSD benchmarks to tell you which product is best?
Can you trust SSD market data?

Here's the real problem for the big companies. They can lose tens of billions of dollars of revenue by not participating in the SSD market. This market is at the stage of "we can't afford not to participate" rather than "we see clearly how to make money".
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EMC Names Louise O'Brien Exec VP Corporate Strategy

Hopkinton, Mass - September 6, 2007 - EMC Corp today announced that Louise O'Brien has joined the company as Executive VP, Corporate Strategy and Development.
O'Brien will report to Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO, and be responsible for overseeing EMC's corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, Office of the CTO, and New Ventures Group.

O'Brien, 47, joins EMC from her own consulting practice, which she established after spending more than 7 years with Dell where she held several senior management positions including Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. She also served as Partner at Bain & Company, the global business consulting firm, and led the firm's Customer Loyalty Practice. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. ...EMC profile, PR Agencies
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Dell Outperforms Disk Array Market

STAMFORD, Conn - September 5, 2007 - Worldwide external controller-based disk storage revenue totaled $3.7 billion in the second quarter of 2007, a 3.3% increase over the same period in 2006, according to Gartner, Inc.

The North American region, comprised of the US and Canada, grew its revenue by 4.5% year over year. The top 7 vendors by revenue were:-

1 - EMC - up 8.6%
2 - IBM - up 4.4%
3 - HP - down 2.9%
4 - Dell - up 25.1%
5 - Hitachi - up 0.7%
6 - Network Appliance - up 7.2%
7 - Sun Microsystems - down 36.%

Other vendors overall increased revenue 8.2%. ...Gartner profile, Market research, RAID systems

Adaptec Announces eSATA Adapter for PCI Express

MILPITAS, CA - September 5, 2007 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced the availability of a new 2 port SATA controller for PCIe.

The Adaptec 1225SA RAID controller installs in any available PCIe slot, and offers two external SATA ports with speeds up to 3Gbps using 2 meters cable length. The card is equipped with Adaptec Storage Manager software for ease of use and improved management, and offers RAID levels 0, 1, JBOD and eSATA hot-swap compatibility, enabling users to easily move drives or volumes from one system to another. MSRP is $75. ...Adaptec profile

Seagate Accelerates Cheetah

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - September 5, 2007 - Seagate today announced its Cheetah 15K.6 - the highest-performance hard drive in a 3.5" form factor.

It delivers sustained data transfer rates upto 164MB/sec - 28%faster than previous generation drives. It will be available in capacities of 450GB, 300GB, and 147GB in Q1 2008 with a choice of SAS or Fibre Channel interfaces. ...Seagate profile

Nirvanix Aims at Amazon's S3 Market

SAN DIEGO, Calif – September 5, 2007 – Emerging from stealth mode today Nirvanix is unveiling its new business-to-business storage delivery service that offers on-demand Internet storage.

Built on the company's patent-pending Internet Media File System, the Nirvanix SDS enables rapid integration of online media storage and sharing into applications via web services.

Target applications include social networking sites, online video applications, photo sharing and widgets, progressive HTTP streaming, digital media locker, and backup and recovery applications.

Offered as storage-as-a-service (SaaS), the Nirvanix SDS enables any Internet-enabled application to scale instantly and meet the demands of delivering millions of media files such as video, audio, photographs and documents. It also eliminates the expense, headaches, and time-to-market issues associated with purchasing and maintaining expensive legacy storage hardware.

Nirvanix's SDS scales to one pentillion files (a pentillion is 1 followed by 18 zeros). A pentillion files would be equal to 150 million files for every man, woman and child on the planet.

The Nirvanix SDS is in public beta and will be generally available this month. The service is priced at $0.18 per gigabyte per month of storage and $.18 per gigabyte transferred. Pricing includes basic support and a guaranteed SLA of 99.9% uptime and availability. ...Nirvanix profile, online storage

New Release from Open-E Accelerates iSCSI

Redwood City, California - September 3, 2007 – Open-E today released version 1.30 of its storage operating system which speeds up iSCSI-connections by 30%.

But not only iSCSI users benefit from the new version, also high-end Fibre-Channel systems receive a performance-boost. The brand new DSS-version supports 4 GBit Initiators and Targets from QLogic. Another new feature is synchronous replication for NAS and Fibre-Channel-volumes, in predecessor-versions only iSCSI had this feature. ...Open-E profile Readership Grows 24%

Editor:- September 3, 2007 - today updated its monthly list of the top subjects viewed by storage searchers in August.

The top 5 subjects were:-

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

Overall site readership was 24% higher than the year ago period.

Storage Visions Conference 2008

Editor:- September 2, 2007 - announced today it is a media sponsor for the Storage Visions Conference.
Storage Visions is the premier conference focusing on digital storage and the entertainment content value chain. It will be held January 5 & 6, 2008 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, just before the 2008 CES.

The theme for the 2008 Storage Visions Conference is:- Your Digital Life-Preserving, Protecting and Sharing your Life using Digital Storage.
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According to Tom Coughlin, founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conferences - "By 2015 a typical tech savvy home may have over 100 terabytes of first-instance commercial and personal content (not counting any copies). There may be demand for a terabyte that people carry with them and a petabyte in many homes." ...Storage Visions, white papers from last year's conference, Storage Events
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