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SSD & storage news - 2008, August week 3

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VMware Backup Made Easy with Idealstor Removable Disk Backup

GAITHERSBURG, MD - August 21, 2008 - Idealstor today announced interoperability between its removable disk backup appliances and VMware Consolidated Backup.

VCB solves one of the biggest hurdles that backup administrators face when implementing a VMware virtual environment by providing a built in utility that quickly backs up virtual servers without using up valuable system resources or having to purchase expensive backup agents to backup each VM. Because the Idealstor Backup Appliance comes pre-configured with Windows 2003 Server it is an economical solution for running VCB. VCB can be installed directly on the Idealstor Backup Appliance and the backup jobs can be sent straight to the Idealstor removable SATA drives. The benefit to a backup administrator is that this one device takes the place of a dedicated 2003 VCB proxy server and tape library and drastically reduces the cost of implementing a VMware backup strategy. ...Idealstor profile


Fast Growth for Open-E's iSCSI Platform

Boston, MA - August 19, 2008 - Open-E announced today that the number of companies using its NAS/iSCSI software offering has grown by more the 30% since its entry into the U.S. market this year.

The company has established a worldwide presence with 220 OEMs, resellers and integrators located across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, and is positioned to outpace first-generation solution providers. With over 10,000 installations, in over 93 countries, Open-E data storage solutions are used by Fortune 500 customers worldwide.

IDC predicts a 76% increase in iSCSI market revenue between 2005 and 2010. The firm estimates that by 2010, iSCSI revenue will be around $5 billion or 20% of the external disk storage market, up from $305 million or 3% in 2005. ...Open-E profile


STMicroelectronics Demonstrates 6Gb/s SATA Interface at IDF

Geneva - August 19, 2008 - STMicroelectronics today demonstrated the world's first MIPHY (Multi Interface PHY) Physical Layer interface for the new 6Gb/s SATA Technology.

Physical Layer macro-cells perform the high-speed serialization and de-serialization of data to and from the disk and provide a 20-bit-wide parallel interface to the link layer. SATA is the most popular interface for hard disk drives and the ST demonstration coincided with the official announcement by the SATA International Org of the new specification, which doubles the maximum data transfer speed from 3Gb/s to 6Gb/s, during the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco.

ST's 6Gb/s SATA PHY is an IP (Intellectual Property) block designed to be integrated with other functions into low power System-on-Chip (SoC) devices supporting 1.5 and 3 Gb/s as well as 6 Gb/s SATA HDDs for mobile and desktop computing applications. The ST demonstration features the SATA Physical Layer Serial Interface, fabricated in 65nm CMOS technology, that will power new HDDs from a leading manufacturer later this year. ...STMicroelectronics profile, storage chips


SSDs in the Enterprise - New Market Report

Los Gatos, CA - August 18, 2008 - Objective Analysis has published a new report (price $5,000) called - "Solid State Drives in the Enterprise".

The 60-page report not only explains why and how flash SSDs are gaining traction in the enterprise server market, but is backed up with detailed unit shipment forecasts for SSDs into each of the major enterprise markets.

This study exhaustively examines several enterprise server applications and explains the appeal of SSDs in each. The report contains a compilation of opinions on enterprise SSDs that Objective Analysis has learned from interviews with numerous server manufacturers and users. Some findings from the report:-
  • The market for enterprise SSDs will grow by 2 orders of magnitude to over 1.7 million units in 2013.
  • Enterprise SSD revenues will grow at a 65% average annual rate to exceed $1 billion by 2013.
  • A significant portion of this growth will be driven by a steep price decline in the SSD market driven by NAND price declines. The enterprise HDD market will shrink faster than the enterprise SSD market will grow as SSDs replace HDDs at a 10:1 ratio.
Readers will gain a solid understanding of enterprise SSD technology and the existing alternatives, and will learn why many applications can benefit from a switch from hard disk drives to SSDs. 9 tables deliver key metrics and detailed forecasts through 2013; 18 figures help to explain how the technology works, and to outline the workings of the market. ...buy the report, ...Objective Analysis profile, market research


FalconStor Launches EZStart VTL Wizard

MELVILLE, N.Y. - August 18, 2008 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today launched its EZStart Program, allowing authorized solution provider partners to build its VTL and CDP products in under 10 minutes using a configuration wizard launched from a USB drive.

"This is another avenue to help our channel partners meet business objectives and their revenue goals. EZStart leverages each of our partner's existing expertise in the hardware and servers they're already selling and supporting," said Wendy Petty, FalconStor VP for North American Sales. "EZStart is designed as a channel enablement program and a delivery vehicle for partners to easily build, sell, grow and support FalconStor solutions for their customers." ...FalconStor profile


Seagate to buy SanDisk? - an Analyst's View

Editor:- August 18, 2008 - in his recent blog Gregory Wong, founder of Forward Insights, discusses the pros and cons of Seagate acquiring SanDisk or Intel's flash business.

My own views on this haven't changed since I published Seagate will Fail the SSD Challenge. Gregory Wong makes some interesting numerical comparisons in his analytical article. ...Forward Insights profile, ...SanDisk profile, Acquisitions in the SSD market - from 2000 to the present day

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