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Storage news - February 8-13, 2008

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Compellent Revenue Up 124%

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn - February 13, 2008 - Compellent Technologies, Inc. announced today its financial results for the 4th quarter and full year ended December 31, 2007.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $16.9 million, an increase of 124% from $7.5 million a year ago, and up 26% from the 3rd quarter. ...Compellent profile

SMART acquires Adtron

FREMONT, CA - February 13, 2008 - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Adtron Corp.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, this all cash transaction is valued at approximately $20 million with up to an additional $15 million should certain calendar year 2008 financial and operational performance goals be achieved. The acquisition is expected to close on or about February 15, 2008.

"SMART has long discussed our goal to expand our non-DRAM business, and this transaction is a next logical step in building for future growth," said Iain MacKenzie, President and CEO of SMART. "The addition of Adtron's technical expertise, product family, and customer base to SMART will complement SMART's existing SSD business and provide a path to a more robust set of solutions to address the fast-growing SSD market. Taking into account Adtron's products and technologies, our aggregate SSD TAM expands to $3 billion. Adtron will now have the ability to leverage SMART's size, scale and customer base to grow more aggressively. Together, we will meet a wider set of customer needs and have a significantly greater opportunity to grow into new markets such as the Enterprise Storage SSD market." ...Adtron profile, ...SMART Modular Technologies profile

Editor's comments:-
Adtron was one of the Top 10 Solid State Disk OEMs in Q407.

Drive Genius 2

Pleasanton, CA – February 12, 2008 – Prosoft Engineering, Inc. announces the availability of Drive Genius 2, the award-winning $99 hard drive maintenance utility for the Mac.

Drive Genius 2 is a disk utility with a wide array of features that allow you to maintain your hard drives such as:- disk defrag, directory repair and repartition on-the-fly. ...Prosoft Engineering, Storage Software

SSDs Go Retail

Diamond Bar, Calif - February 12, 2008 - Advanced Media, Inc. announced that its 32GB Ridata Solid State Turbo Drives will be available for purchase at all 34 Fry's Electronics stores this month.

"We are pleased to be the first to partner with the popular Fry's Electronics to provide early adopters, gamers and savvy consumers a solid state drive alternative to hard disk drives" said Advanced Media's President - Harvey Liu. "SSD drives offer a host of benefits over traditional hard disk drives especially for notebooks. Cool and silent running; fast data access times; dependability and resistance to harsh environments make SSD drives a serious contender for eventually replacing hard disk drives." ...Advanced Media profile

Editor's comments:-
while I agree that SSDs going retail is an important milestone for the storage industry (and I am a notorious evangelist for SSDs) in my view the timescale for SSDs "eventually replacing hard disks" is still a long way off.

Yes they are replacing hard disks in some applications - but the hard disk market will continue growing. Trying to predict the exact timescale for hard disk extinction is like trying to predict who will be the next President of the United States after the next guy (or girl).

BTW I'm still puzzled that notebook SSD makers haven't yet promoted the absence of disk fragmentation lethargy for their products. Most notebook customers already own a notebook which was a lot faster when they bought it. They might be more interested in a new product which doesn't slow down 6 months after buying it - than in the transient shopaholic thrill of a new notebook which is fleetingly faster or greener.

LSI and QLogic Cross Certify InfiniBand Products

MILPITAS, Calif - February 12, 2008 - QLogic Corp. and LSI Corp today announced that the 2 companies will be working together to cross-certify their InfiniBand based products.

LSI is actively involved in the QLogic HPCtrack Program in which InfiniBand companies collaborate to optimize the performance of multi-vendor solutions. ...LSI profile, ...QLogic profile

DataCore Adds Features to iSCSI SANs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - February 11, 2008 - DataCore Software today brought to market Virtual Infrastructure Foundation PLUS.

Like the original VTF it includes thin provisioning, iSCSI support, SANmotion data migration technology and performance caching. However, VIF+ adds support for thin provisioning storage pools up to 4TBs, includes snapshot technology for high-speed disk-to-disk backups and supports high-speed Fibre Channel networks. VIF+ is portable software that can run on standard Intel/AMD hardware servers, blades or on Virtual Machines (VMware, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM, Sun VM, Virtual Iron, and Microsoft Virtual Servers). Pricing starts at under $2,750. ...DataCore Software profile

SanDisk Shows 16GB Flash Drive for Mobile Handsets

Spain - February 11, 2008 - SanDisk Corp today announced a 16GB iNAND embedded flash drive which is being showcased this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

iNAND 16GB is expected to be available for sampling to mobile handset vendors in Q2 2008, with iNAND 32GB slated for introduction in H2 2008.

"As more and more applications and multimedia capabilities converge within sleeker mobile handsets, the need for high-capacity mobile storage increases substantially from year to year" said Dan Inbar GM of the Mobile Handset division at SanDisk. "The new 16GB iNAND is the ideal solution for accommodating mobile applications, operating system programs and premium content such as large quantities of music, photos and video." ...SanDisk profile, Flash Memory

Aleratec Launches 3 Way Blu-ray Duplicator

CHATSWORTH, Calif - February 11, 2008 - Aleratec Inc. today announced its new 1:3 Copy Cruiser Blu LS, a LightScribe-enabled disc publisher supporting Blu-ray recording.

The Aleratec Blu-ray system supports 6x BD recording speeds and has an eSATA host interface. LightScribe also creates professional-looking labels right in the drive - with no messy markers or additional printing supplies required. Estimated retail price is $3,199. ...Aleratec profile, Blu-ray / CD / DVD duplicators

MCP Flash Report - to be or NOR to be?

Los Gatos, CA - February 8, 2008 - Objective Analysis has completed a new study entitled - Flash Packaging: What Phone Makers Want & Why.

This 32-page report is an in-depth review of the flash MCP market for cell phone handsets and looks into the reasons that OEMs choose the chip configurations they do. One finding - flash multichip packages are predominantly NOR/RAM configurations today and are likely to remain that way for the next few years.

"NAND is making great headway in cell phone handsets through both cards and embedded NAND stacks, but the multichip package is still largely a NOR/RAM product," said Jim Handy, the report's author. "Although NAND flash is finding some acceptance in handset MCPs, cell phone manufacturers find that they have more flexibility by leaving the NAND out of this type of package." ...Objective Analysis profile, Market research

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