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Storage news - 2008, August week 2

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Time for a Data Recovery ORG?

Editor:- August 14, 2008 - there are plenty of Storage Industry Trade Associations - but one subject which has not been adequately covered is Data Recovery

The need for a data recovery trade association was first mentioned on these pages in 2004 when a white paper from ActionFront called for - "an independent data recovery trade association to be formed to certify data recovery companies and for companies to submit claims of recovery capabilities for independent review."

Nothing came of that idea - and the following year (2005) ActionFront was acquired by Seagate Recovery Services.

In 2007 Simon Steggles, Director of Disklabs contacted me to say he was thinking about setting up a data recovery ORG. It didn't make these news pages - because it wasn't much more than an idea at the time.

But a year later (August 2008) the International Professional Data Recovery Association is inviting companies in the industry to join together to "assist organisations and individuals that have lost data by pointing them towards qualified, experienced and certified Data Recovery companies."


SMART Launches New 1.8" and 2.5" SSDs

FREMONT, CA - August 11, 2008 - SMART Modular Technologies today announced 6 new SSDs in the Xceed family of industrial-grade storage solutions.

These include faster 2.5" and 1.8" models. The SMART 2.5" XceedUltra2 SATA SSD delivers sustained read/write performance of up to 135MB/s and 105MB/s, respectively, while requiring fewer than 2 watts in active mode. The SMART 1.8" XceedLite SATA SSD (with upto 64GB capacity) operates at 72MB/s read and 55MB/s sustained write speeds and uses under 1 watt of power in active mode.

"These six new SSD offerings will enable SMART to expand its already significant presence in the defense, aerospace, industrial, and embedded application areas and address new, more demanding storage markets," said Wade Campbell, SMART's Director of SSD Marketing and Product Management. "Advancements in NAND flash technology allowed us to make performance, capacity, and price improvements across the entire Xceed SSD family. In addition to these product enhancements, our focus on low power requirements and true industrial-grade solutions has allowed us to create an extensive portfolio of industry-leading SSDs for OEMs."

Samples of the new SSD drives will be available in the 3rd calendar quarter. SMART will showcase its SSDs this week at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. ...SMART profile


New VTL Emulates 256 Mainframe Tape Drives

Burlington, MA - August 11, 2008- Today, Bus-Tech, Inc. announced the introduction of the Mainframe Data Library model 6000.

The new model boasts of throughput in excess of 1 gigabyte per second, 4Gbps FICON support, 1,536 emulated tape transports and enhanced availability features. The MDL-6000 features from three to 6 independent emulation nodes; each of which support two FICON channel adapters and emulate up to 256 mainframe tape drives. In conjunction with the new model Bus-Tech also announced the release of version 6.0 of its Virtuent software; the powerful engine common to all MDL models. The MDL is a family of revolutionary virtual tape controllers for IBM and compatible mainframes.

Achieving a 30% improvement in overall throughput, these products provide enterprise data centers with lower tape processing costs, improved end-user service levels, innovative disaster recovery alternatives and the ability to include compliant storage in their mainframe environment. ...Bus-Tech profile, SSD enhanced backup, Tape Libraries, high availability enterprise SSDs

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Why should you care what happens in an SSD when the power goes down?

This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

This article will help you understand why some SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be negligible.
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