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storage news - 2008, December week 2

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Brother Can You Spare $55? - Addonics Brings NASes to the Masses
San Jose, CA - December 11, 2008 - Addonics Technologies today launched a low-cost ($55 list) USB-NAS storage adapter.

Once on the network, USB storage can be shared by any network user just like any NAS device.

The NAS adapter supports both SMB (Server Message Block) and the open source Samba network protocols. This allows for cross-platform access of all shared data for most versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and various Linux distributions. The adapter comes with a USB 2.0/1.1 connection and a fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps connection.

For remote users who are not connected over the LAN, the NAS Adapter provides FTP access for up to 8 simultaneous users anywhere in the world with an internet connection. In addition, the NAS adapter can also be used as a print server or as a bit-torrent file downloading appliance. Other features include support for fast Ethernet 10/100 Mbps; the ability to power most 2.5" USB hard drives or any low powered USB storage device; simple installation; small and light weight (about the size of a C battery); support for Samba and FTP servers; and user management that allows read only or read/write access to folders. The Addonics NAS adapter is compatible with all Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux 2.6.x and above, Solaris 9 and above. ...Addonics Technologies profile

SanDisk's CEO Receives Global Semiconductor Alliance's Exemplary Leadership Award

Milpitas, CA - December 11, 2008 - SanDisk Corp announced that its founder and CEO - Dr. Eli Harari today received the Global Semiconductor Alliance's Exemplary Leadership Award.

The prestigious award recognizes individuals whose contributions to the semiconductor industry exemplify a transformative vision and global leadership. Dr. Harari, along with his colleagues Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan, founded SanDisk in 1988. Since then, SanDisk has grown into the world's largest supplier of flash memory cards, with revenues in excess of $3.89 billion in 2007.

Eli Harari holds a Ph.D. in solid state sciences from Princeton University, and received a B.S. in physics with honors from Manchester University. In addition to inventing EEPROM, the precursor to flash, Harari's technical resume includes more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents. ...SanDisk profile, Storage People

StoneFly Lowers Cost of SAS IP SANs

Hayward, Calif. - December 10, 2008 - StoneFly, Inc. is now offering high-capacity SAS expansion for its S-Class model IP SANs.

This lowers the cost of expansion significantly: from $1.00 per GB previously, to $.80 per GB currently. In addition, customers can now increase expansion to up to 72 additional disks on some S-Class models. Another change announced today for the ISC line is that it now comes standard with 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports, or can be upgraded to support dual 10GbE connections. ...StoneFly profile

Super Talent Joins the 2.5" 256GB Club

San Jose, California - December 9, 2008 - Super Talent Technology said it will sample a new range of 2.5" SATA flash SSDs in January 2009.

The SLC unit has 128GB capacity and R/W speeds upto 230/170 MB/sec. The MLC unit has 256GB capacity and R/W speeds upto 200/160 MB/sec.

"The UltraDrive LE represents a quantum leap forward in storage performance that is simply staggering" said Super Talent COO, Mr. C.H. Lee. "It excels in every metric that's relevant to data centers: sequential and random read and write speeds, transaction rates and access and seek times. It also has a considerable advantage over 10,000 RPM hard drives in power consumption and MTBF. This product sets a new standard in enterprise storage" ...Super Talent Technology profile, 2.5" SSDs

SAN Buzz Blog

Editor:- December 8, 2008 -SAN Buzz is a storage blog by Matt Werner, which made a nice comment about our storage history page today.

Tandberg Marks 100,000 Disk Backup Systems Milestone

Oslo Norway - December 8, 2008 - Tandberg Data has recently shipped its 100,000th RDX QuikStor (removable disk backup system) and more than 300 000 cartridges.

"Since its introduction (2 years ago) the RDX QuikStor has conquered the removable disk market," says McClain Buggle, product manager for disk and software at Tandberg Data. "With global OEM's and Tandberg Data's world-wide channel embracing the product, we have achieved strong quarter-on-quarter growth, and we are very proud to have reached this milestone. We expect this growth to continue in future."

"Removable hard disk drives (R-HDD) are a cost-effective and convenient backup solution for SMBs" said Robert Amatruda, research director at IDC "Tandberg Data's shipment of its 100,000th RDX QuikStor drive unit represents a significant milestone for the company, and illustrates the increasing adoption of its RDX technology in the marketplace." ...Tandberg profile , Tape drives, Disk to disk backup / virtual tape

IBRIX Announces New Patents for Massive Content Backup

Billerica, MA - December 8, 2008 - IBRIX Inc. today announced it has been granted 2 more US patents.

The first of the new patents, "Shadow Directory Structure in a Distributed Segmented File System" (No. 7,430,570), can be deployed in high performing computing environments to achieve parallel data consistency checking. The directory can also reconstruct lost data in the event of a system failure. If a system hardware component is not working properly or a service interruption occurs, the shadow directory ensures usability and continuity as the data remains in a consistent state and users maintain the ability to access files.

The second patent, "Storage Allocation in a Distributed Segmented File System" (No. 7,406,484), addresses how data is distributed across the file system and greatly improves scalability throughout clustered enterprise data storage environments.

Together the new patents improve the system administration capabilities of IBRIX Fusion, a software-only file system based on a segmented parallel structure. Backup Software

Users Reluctant to Cut Spending on Storage Hardware - says IDC

Editor:- December 8, 2008 - IDC has published 2 reports recently about the Storage Market in Q308.

According to IDC the worldwide storage software market grew 11.6% year-over-year with revenues of $3.1 billion. And IDC says the worldwide external disk storage systems market grew 8.8% year-over-year reaching $4.9 billion.

"Numerous IDC surveys of IT users suggest that storage is one of a few hardware categories where buyers are reluctant to cut spending independent of the economic situation" said Natalya Yezhkova, at IDC. "At the same time, current market conditions and tightening budgets are leading to longer purchasing cycles for storage systems and to the adoption of technologies designed to optimize storage utilization and/or reduce total cost of ownership." ...IDC profile, market research

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