|Compellent Revenue Up 124%
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.
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."
Editor's comments:- Adtron was one of the
Top 10 Solid State Disk
OEMs in Q407.
Drive Genius 2
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,
SSDs Go Retail
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
"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."
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
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
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
LSI and QLogic Cross Certify InfiniBand Products
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
collaborate to optimize the performance of multi-vendor solutions.
DataCore Adds Features to iSCSI SANs
LAUDERDALE, Florida - February 11, 2008 - DataCore Software today
brought to market Virtual Infrastructure Foundation PLUS.
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
- 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
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
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
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.
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.
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