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Adtron Samples 2.5" 128GB SLC SSDs

FREMONT, CA - April 29, 2008 - SMART Modular Technologies today announced the release of "true" industrial-grade 2.5" SSDs by its subsidiary, Adtron.

Based on the latest 8Gb Flash technology, these new PATA / SATA drives feature densities up to 128GB, the highest density available in the industry for SLC SSDs in a 2.5-inch (9.5mm-high) form factor.

By leveraging the latest 50nm 8Gb flash technology, these new SSDs offer higher density, reduced height and lower price than before. Available in configurations of 32, 64, and 128GB, the new A25FB-3 and I25FB-3 drives offer sustained performance of up to 72MB/s read and 57MB/s write.

The new SSDs are tested to meet a "true" industrial-grade standard, which includes 8 hours of comprehensive test while temperature is cycled through its rated range. In addition, the drives are certified to meet a wide range of environmental requirements, including temperature, shock, vibration, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), altitude, and current defense industry standards, making them well suited for applications requiring industrial-grade storage solutions.

"Advances in Flash technology continue to drive new applications," explained Wade Campbell, Director, SSD Marketing and Product Management. "With their increased density and improved price/performance, these new drives enable us to deliver an even wider range of industrial-grade applications in the defense and industrial markets. They also provide a base platform for higher performance SSDs that we expect to release in the coming months."

Early access A25FB-3 SATA SSD units are available now, with general availability expected by mid-summer. The I25FB-3 PATA SSDs are scheduled for general availability in calendar Q3 2008.

New 1.0" SSD HDD Directory

Editor:- April 28, 2008 - published a new article and directory related to 1.0" (and smaller) Storage Drives.

Once the exclusive preserve of the military, spooks and space scientists this market is now dominated by the needs of shoppers for consumer lifestyle and entertainment gadgets - with market volume projections resembling international phone numbers. the article

WD Reports 43% HDD Revenue Growth

LAKE FOREST, Calif - April 24, 2008 - Western Digital. today reported that hard drive revenue grew by 43% for the quarter ending March 28 compared to the year ago period.

Overall revenue was $2.1 billion comprised of $2.022 billion of hard drive revenue and $89 million of revenue from media and substrate sales. Net income was $280 million.

"The hard drive market continued to demonstrate strong year-on-year unit growth of 16% in the March quarter, while exhibiting an expected seasonal decline of 8.6% from the exceptionally strong December quarter, as anticipated in our guidance issued in January" said John Coyne, WD president and CEO. "Our March quarter revenues demonstrate strong customer preference for the WD value proposition... We remain very enthusiastic about our opportunities in the fast-growing hard drive industry in the years ahead."

Editor's comments:-
these results confirm that Seagate, which announced lower revenue growth of 10% for the same quarter, is losing market share within the overall hard disk market. That's not a problem it can fix by hiring lawyers to sue SSD companies.

BakBone Certified with Data Domain

Reading, UK - April 23, 2008 - BakBone Software is now certified with Data Domain.

Working together they now offer the ability to use Data Domain systems as NAS or as a VTL within a NetVault environment, D2D2T (Disk to Disk to Tape backup) and reduced backup windows.

Nirvanix Rains on Amazon's S3

SAN DIEGO - April 22, 2008 - Nirvanix today announced a 30-day free trial promotion for users who want to test its online storage service.

Nirvanix also announced the availability of its 'Amazon S3 Migration Tool' which enables the easy migration of files from an Amazon Simple Storage Service account while preserving folder structures.

"For a company with just 50 terabytes of archived data, for instance, this fee holiday can mean a setup savings of well over $9,000 to move to the world's fastest, most reliable cloud storage platform in the world" said Jonathan Buckley, Chief Marketing Officer with Nirvanix. See also:- online backup and storage

Seagate First to Ship a Giga Hard Drives

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - April 22, 2008 - Seagate Technology announced it is the first hard drive manufacturer to have shipped 1 billion hard drives.

Seagate says that although it took 29 years to reach the 1 billion milestone, it will ship its next billion in less than 5 years. Also, by the time its nearest competitor reaches 1 billion drives shipped, Seagate will already be close to shipping its second billion. According to Gartner, in 2007 alone more than 500 million drives were shipped, compared to 1990, when slightly less than 30 million were shipped.

Editor's comments:-
I forgot to check if there's a footnote somewhere defining a "billion". You've got to be so careful nowadays to get the right meaning for once arcane big number adjectives (like Giga) when they seep into the public domain and get misunderstood.

Downtime for Upline?

Editor:- April 22, 2008 - an article on InformationWeek discusses problems which led to a shutdown of HP's new online storage service called Upline,

All Roads Lead to Rome for Memopal PC Online Backup

Rome, Italy - April 22, 2008 - today Memopal announced details of its online backup service for XP and Vista PCs.

Memopal offers 250GB of space for archiving your files and many other services for $99 per year. Memopal works in real time. Whenever you save a file it is backed up online making it available immediately. Memopal has geographic RAID 5 technology, which provides triple-copy storage in 3 different continents so that files are even protected against natural disasters.

Once the exclusive preserve of the military, spooks and space scientists this market is now dominated by the needs of shoppers for consumer lifestyle and entertainment gadgets - with market volume projections resembling international phone numbers.

re new directory of 1 inch SSDs (April 28, 2008)

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  1. the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
  2. Understanding Flash SSD Performance (pdf)
  3. the Fastest SSDs
  4. the Top 10 SSD OEMs
  5. War of the Disks: Hard Drives vs. Flash SSDs
  6. SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
  7. NAS, DAS or SAN? - Choosing the Technology
  8. Data Backup: Tape vs. Disk
  9. Flash Memory vs. Hard Disks - Which Will Win?
  10. the Benefits of SAS for External Subsystems
  11. RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?
  12. the 10 biggest storage companies in 2008
  13. LVD, SE, HVD, SCSI compatibility
  14. What's a Solid State Disk?
  15. Disk to Disk Backup vs Tape - War or Truce?
  16. Solid State Disks - Market Adoption Model
  17. How Solid is Hard Disk's Future?
  18. SSD Market History
  19. Increasing Flash Solid State Disk Reliability
  20. the Flash SSD Performance Roadmap
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