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SSD & storage news - 2007, September week 4

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Dataram Names New UK Country Manager

Editor:- September 28, 2007 - Dataram Corp announced its new UK Country Manager, Mark Scarlett.

Mark will be based in Dataram's new Harrow (UK) offices and can be contacted by phone on +44 (0)20 8861 8336. Some of his past roles have included:- 5 years as New Business Account Manager at Just Rams plc, and before that Mark worked for UK VAR Summit Technologies selling servers and workstations to the financial district in the City of London. ...Dataram profile, RAM

SanDisk Names SSD Channels

Milpitas, California - September 27, 2007 - SanDisk today announced that it will offer its line of solid-state drives for resale to the system integrator community through select US distribution partners - initially Ingram Micro, D&H Distributing and Bell Microproducts.

SanDisk plans to broaden distribution in the U.S. and into Europe during the first quarter of 2008 to accommodate expected increases in demand for SSDs as hard drive replacements. ...SanDisk profile

Coraid's AoE Wins InfoWorld Award

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF - September 27, 2007 - InfoWorld has named Coraid's AoE Tools as a winner in its 2007 BOSSIE Award for Best of Open Source in Storage.

"Open Source Software has moved into the mainstream," said Steve Fox, Editor in Chief at InfoWorld. "InfoWorld's inaugural Bossie Award winners represent mature, flexible, and reliable solutions that increasingly define the segment."

AoE has become a de facto standard in Ethernet storage area networking, offering a simple alternative to iSCSI or Fibre Channel SAN. AoE has over 1,000 active users with very large storage systems ...Coraid profile

Fusion-io Launches PCIe flash SSD

SALT LAKE CITY - September 25, 2007 - Fusion-io emerged from stealth mode today and launched the ioDrive at DEMOFall '07.
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The ioDrive is a PCIe form factor flash SSD with upto 640GB capacity and 100K IOPS performance. Fusion-io founders Rick White, CEO, and David Flynn, CTO, demonstrated the ioDrive installed in an HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure and functioning as a local storage device. The ioDrive can achieve sustained data rates of 800MB/sec (Read) and 600MB/sec (Write).

Fusion-io's ioDrive will begin shipping in Q4'07 in 40GB, 80GB, 160GB or 320GB configurations. ...Fusion-io profile, PCIe SSDs
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ExaGrid Doubles D2d Backup & Restore Speed

Westborough, MA - September 25, 2007 - ExaGrid Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of ExaGrid 3.0.

This provides up to 2x the backup and restore performance of previous versions, and scalability for a 20TB full backup, plus retention, in a single GRID system. ExaGrid has also shrunk its system footprint compared to previous versions.

ExaGrid's disk-based backup system builds on patented technology and delivers fast backup performance due to post-process de-duplication. ExaGrid writes directly to disk without any processing on the fly to slow down backups. This results in backup throughput up to 2 terabytes / hour, (583MB/sec).

Backup is only half the story. ExaGrid delivers fast restore and tape copy performance with byte-level data de-duplication which keeps the most recent backup in its whole form (unlike other solutions, which require re-assembly from small blocks and large hash tables). The result is restore throughput up to 1.5 terabytes / hour (417 MB/sec). ...ExaGrid profile

WD Shows New External Hard Drives for Macs

LAKE FOREST, Calif - September 25, 2007 - today at the Apple Expo in Paris, France - Western Digital introduced its My Book Studio Edition external hard drives designed for Mac computers.

Equipped with multiple interfaces (USB , FireWire and eSATA) and offered in capacities from 320GB to 1TB the new drives operate without a fan to run quietly and have an elegant silver metallic finish that perfectly complements other Mac products. ESP ranges from $199.99 to $399.99 depending upon capacity. ...WD profile

Bridgeworks Spans SAS to SAN

Christchurch, UK - September 25, 2007 - Bridgeworks launched the Tamar FSAS4400 Fibre Channel to SAS Bridge.

The Tamar FSAS4400 enables users to connect SAS enabled devices such as Disk Arrays, Tape Drives and Tape Libraries to FC SANs using the fibre channel protocol.
  • 2 x 4Gb Fibre Channel Ports
  • Ethernet Management Port
  • GUI + Command Line
  • 4 SAS ports (3Gb) Mini SAS
  • Supports all SAS devices
  • 16,000 LUNs
  • 19" rackmount form factor (cPCI and other formats available)
Bridgeworks' CEO David Trossell said - "(Our) approach to connectivity allows vendors to use one core tape or optical technology but easily provide different SAN interfaces within the same internal interconnect structure." ...Bridgeworks profile, SCSI converters

Editor's comments:-
Bridgeworks product naming convention refers to rivers. For example they've got Potomac and Tamar. Fortunately there aren't too many commercially viable storage interface choices for a SAS bridge. So there's not much risk of using up all the good names - and having to use those with negative connotations - such as Bridge on the River Kwai, Tay Bridge (Disaster) or Bear River (Massacre). That could be a Bridge too Far.

StorMagic Waves Wand for iSCSI

Bristol, UK - September 25, 2007 - recently founded StorMagic today announced its first product and a major customer - at Oxford University.

The StorMagic SM Series is an iSCSI based software solution for SMBs which allows organisations with limited IT resources and growing data storage demands to store, share, manage and protect data through a single, easy-to-use interface. StorMagic supports Windows, Novell NetWare, Linux (RedHat, SuSE), and Mac OS X. It's available now with MSRP starting at approx $8,000.

'Finding an affordable and reliable storage software solution that would work seamlessly with our current Novell servers was challenging,' said Jon Edwards, an IT officer in the Faculty of Mediaeval and Modern Languages and the Linguistics faculty at Oxford University. 'Although pricing and ease-of-use are 2 vital requirements for most educational institutions today, we knew that we couldn't compromise on reliability either; as we look after 2 faculties at this University we need to make sure their data are always protected. StorMagic's software offered us a network-based data protection solution at the right price.' ...StorMagic profile

Editor's comments:-
as the wizard Spellerbyte knows there's a kind of magic in having the word "magic" in your company name. Other magical storage companies include - GS Magic and I/OMagic.

Asigra Affirms that Data De-dupe is Green

TORONTO, Canada - September 24, 2007 – Asigra Inc. today announced additional benefits of data de-duplication technologies for large distributed enterprises.

In the de-duplication process, duplicate data is deleted, leaving only one copy of the data to be stored regardless of how many or where the multiple copies reside. Data de-duplication technology rapidly decreases both data storage costs and energy usage. When applied to remote site backup, it also increases network and backup performance. Eliminating the transfer of duplicate information can reduce traffic over the WAN and on local and remote backup servers by as much as 4x. The result is faster and more reliable data recovery, with reduced energy usage that is likely to make environmentalists proud. ...Asigra profile

Editor's comments:-
I already said dedupe was green and increased reliability many moons ago. It never hurts when vendors say the same thing.

New Head for SteelEye

Palo Alto, California - September 24, 2007 - SteelEye Technology today named Garrett V. Gafke as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Gafke joins SteelEye from RFID technology company SeeControl where, as President and CEO he expanded the customer base to 22 countries following a management buyout from Cardinal Health Company. Prior to Cardinal, Gafke held VP and senior executive roles with HP, VeriFone, CyberSource, Xuma, and Trintech where he has been responsible for 2 IPOs and 3 acquisitions. ...SteelEye profile, Backup Software, Storage People

Seagate Aims to Expand Partner Vistas

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - September 24, 2007 - Seagate today unveiled a comprehensive toolkit designed to help system builders with the market transition to Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.

The toolkit is offered exclusively through the Seagate Partner Program. ...Seagate profile

AMCC #1 for SATA Hardware RAID Controllers

SUNNYVALE, Calif - September 24, 2007 - AMCC announced today that Gartner Inc. named AMCC's 3ware Storage Business Unit the channel unit market share leader in SATA hardware RAID controllers for the 2nd consecutive year in 2006.

Gartner Dataquest's recently published study - "Market Share: Host Bus RAID Controllers, Worldwide, 2006" reports that since 2004, 3ware has grown its host bus SATA RAID controller unit market share almost twofold. In 2006, 3ware outpaced its nearest competitor by over 45,000 units in the distribution sales channel. ...AMCC profile, ...Gartner profile, storage market analysts, RAID controllers

3 Strikes Led to Tape Library Out

GAITHERSBURG, Md - September 24, 2007 - Idealstor announced today that CONNECT Computer has replaced 3 DLT tape libraries with an Idealstor 4 Bay Backup Appliance.

The Idealstor system is being used to streamline backup and restore for CONNECT Computer's ASP and MSP divisions that offer hosting for client applications and servers in their Connecticut data center.

"We recently had one of our DLT tape libraries fail for the 3rd time", said Alan Wittstein, President of Connect Computer. "We had been in discussions with Idealstor as they were looking to partner with us to help them deliver their ejectable disk products here in Connecticut and New York. Rather than seeing our tape failure as a disaster, I viewed it as an opportunity. Idealstor was willing to ship us one of their 4 Bay backup systems to prove how the solution could help us in our data center.

"Their product is a Windows 2003 Server and offered us the ability to backup to 4 removable drive bays using any capacity SATA disk available. We bought a few of the new terabyte Hitachi disks to use with their removable drive caddies. We were able to quickly hook the 4 Bay up to the network via our GB backbone and even install our existing Backup Exec software on the 4 Bay and configure it as our backup server.

"We had the system set up quickly and easily configured our software to backup to the 4 Bay drives. Our backup times were cut in half and the removable disk media seemed to be a reliable alternative to sending tapes offsite. What really sold us though was the first time we had a client call to ask us to do a restore. Reducing the total time spent recovering data from 2 hours (with tape) to 5 minutes immediately showed me the ROI that this device provided. The Idealstor is also now the center of our managed off-site backup solution as ejectable disk has proven to be an easy to use and affordable offsite storage solution for our clients. We don't plan on pushing tape out to clients anytime soon." ...Idealstor profile, ...CONNECT Computer, Disk to disk backup

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