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storage news - April 1-14, 2008

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Shining Technology's Firewire SSD aims at Camera Market

NAB, LAS VEGAS- April 14, 2008 - Shining Technology, Inc. launched the CitiDISK SSD aimed at the digital video camera market.

The 32GB unit (140 minutes recording time) has a FireWire interface, weighs 6 ounces and can run for 3 hours using its internal battery. MSRP is $1,800. ...Shining Technology profile


SeriTek/SpyderHUB Brings eSATA Disks to MacBook Air

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - April 14, 2008 - FirmTek, LLC today nnounced the SeriTek/SpyderHUB at NAB 2008.

This ultra small, 4 ounce USB / Firewire hub enables MacBook Air and other notebooks to connect to and boot from external eSATA hard disks.

The SeriTek/SpyderHUB supports JBOD, RAID 0 and SPAN (concatenate) formats. The RAID 0 setting includes the capability to create a striped RAID set while SPAN allows 2 SATA hard drives to be combined into one large volume. Users can create a hardware RAID and partition it with the "Master Boot Record" format to provide compatibility with both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. ...FirmTek profile


Panasonic Previews 64GB Camcorder SSD

NAB, LAS VEGAS, NV - April 13, 2008 - Panasonic introduced a 64GB P2 solid-state memory card, model AJ-P2C064, for its line of P2 HD/P2 solid-state camcorders.

The 64GB P2 card (available fall 2008) can hold more than 4 hours of DVCPRO footage. Packaged in a rugged, die-cast frame, the P2 card is resistant to impact, vibration, shock, dust and environmental extremes including temperature changes. Panasonic has delivered more than 80,000 P2 HD/P2 units worldwide with over 840 television networks and stations having adopted the solid-state recording format. ...Panasonic profile


Multiple Vendors Announce Support for FCoE

Editor:- April 11, 2008 - this week Emulex and Intel launched 10Gb/s Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters.

Emulex says that with FCoE, customers may now leverage the ubiquity of Ethernet to converge both storage and networking traffic, improve overall efficiency and simplify the infrastructure.

Intel's PCIe dual port FCoE adapter will be in volume production in May and will be priced at $799. The entire Intel 10GbE family will have FCoE support on Red Hat Enterprise Linux by July and on Windows later this year.

FCoE is a new standard with support from leading storage and switch oems. The first mention on these news pages was in October 2007 - when QLogic unveiled its products.

In theory FCoE may help customers with an installed base of legacy FC applications reduce costs by moving them onto Ethernet environments. In practise, as we saw with the long drawn out birth pangs of the iSCSI market - tidying up all the loose ends could take many years.


IBM Previews Racetrack Solid State Storage

San Jose, California - April 10, 2008 - IBM researchers have published details about a new type of high density non volatile memory.

"Racetrack" memory is so named because the data "races" around the wire "tracks". IBM suggests that in the next 10 years - the new memory could compete with flash at a much lower price per gigabyte. The new technology uses magnetic domain storage but without the high current needed by earlier solid state magnetic devices.


LaCie Disks and NAS Win design Awards

Hillsboro, OR - April 10, 2008 - LaCie announced today that it has been awarded 4 Red Dot Awards for superior design across multiple product families.

Winning products include the Neil Poulton designed 2big family of SMB NAS, the Sam Hecht designed Little Disk family and the Ora-Ïto designed Golden Disk. These LaCie products were selected by an international jury of design experts from among more than 7,000 entrants from 60 countries. The Red Dot Award, organized by Essen's Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen since 1955, has ranked amongst the largest and most renowned design competitions in the world. ...LaCie profile

Editor's comments:-
in 2007 the Red Dot awards for storage went to Freecom.


EMCORE Acquires Intel's GBICs & Cables

SANTA CLARA, Calif - April 10, 2008 - EMCORE Corp announced a definitive agreement to acquire the enterprise and storage assets of Intel's optical and cables business units.

The acquisition enhances EMCORE's presence in the 10GbE and SAN transceiver markets. ...EMCORE profile


Book Digitization Project Selects Isilon Storage

SEATTLE, WA - April 8, 2008 - the University of Michigan has selected Isilon Systems' IQ clustered storage system as the primary repository for its Michigan Digitization Project.

In partnership with Google, the University is digitizing more than 7.5 million books. Each digitized book is approximately 55MB in size, downloading at a rate of 3MB/second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the entire 6 year duration of the project. ...Isilon Systems profile


Spectra Libraries will Log Tape Health Metrics

SNW, ORLANDO, FL - April 8, 2008 - Spectra Logic announced details of its soon to be released new Media Lifecycle Management software for its tape library customers.

MLM will reduce backup failures by tracking more than 30 pieces of information about individual LTO tapes and logging this on on the tape's built in flash chip. Information such as: born-on date, number of reads and writes, error rate, media quality, date of last access, application usage, encryption information, cleaning log and remaining capacity are tracked. MLM and BlueScale are compatible with all major backup applications. ...Spectra Logic profile

Editor's comments:-
already past the decline and now in the fall years of the tape library market it looks like customers will get all kinds of useful information and services which they probably would have liked to have before. This sounds similar in concept to the SMART logs in hard disks and SiSMART in SiliconSystems' flash SSDs.


Former Intel Storage Executive Joins Atempo Board

Palo Alto, Calif - April 8, 2008 - Atempo, Inc. today announced that storage industry veteran Michael V. Wall has joined its board of directors.

Mr. Wall was a founding member of the management team that developed Intel's storage business where he worked closely with many of the multi-national OEMs that manufacture and distribute servers, workstations, and storage solutions. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Wall served as a GM responsible for North American Operations at Cray Research. ...Atempo profile, Backup Software, Storage People


Ultra Small Form Factor SSD Gets Socket

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - April 8, 2008 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that a robust locking socket for its ultra-small form factor USB SiliconDrive SSD has been designed by Samtec, Inc.

That provides OEM designers more flexibility when using these postage stamp size SSDs in new products. ...SiliconSystems profile


Buffalo Compresses Size of NAS Boxes

AUSTIN, Texas - April 8, 2008 - Buffalo Technology today launched the dual drive LinkStation Mini - a consumer NAS product with 2 integral 2.5" hard drives.

The product measures only 1.57 x 3.22 x 5.31 inches and weighs 1.1 pounds. ESP for a 1TB units is $699. ...Buffalo Technology profile
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