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Free Tool Unveils SSD Fast Lane for Oracle DBAs

Houston, Texas - February 27, 2008 - Texas Memory Systems today announced availability of version 2.0 of StatspackAnalyzer.com.

This is a freely available online tool that analyzes the data from a user's own Oracle reports and presents clear, customized recommendations for improving performance. In just 1 year, over 10,000 Oracle DBAs and consultants have become registered users and hundreds have offered to help improve the features. Version 2.0 has been updated to support Oracle from version 8 to 11.1

"StatspackAnalyzer.com is quickly emerging as the go-to resource for Oracle DBAs who are trying to improve their database performance," said Don Burleson, CEO of Burleson Consulting, author of numerous books on Oracle database performance tuning and a sponsor of the StatspackAnalyzer.com initiative. "DBAs email us regularly to say how it is helping them understand the issues that are affecting their database performance, and providing helpful recommendations. We are also getting great feedback that is helping us to keep evolving the tool, and improving its usefulness to the Oracle community." ...sign up for free copy, ...Texas Memory Systems profile

Editor's comments:-
tools which help users see clear opportunities for application speedup are a good thing. The sample report I saw only refers to the sponsor's own SSD material (and they do make the fastest storage in many form factors). But you can always come back here to compare other SSD price / performance options too.

...Later:- see the article - SSDs and Sun-Oracle - past failures / future challenges


Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?

Editor:- February 27, 2008 - STORAGEsearch.com published a new article today called - Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?

This is a follow up article to the popular SSD Myths and Legends which, in early 2007, demolished the myth that flash memory wear-out (a comfort blanket beloved by many RAM SSD makers) precluded the use of flash in heavy duty datacenters.

This new article looks at the risks posed by MLC Nand Flash SSDs which have recently hatched from their breeeding ground as chip modules in cellphones and morphed into hard disk form factors. It starts down a familiar lane but an unexpected technology twist (which arrived in my email this morning) takes you to a startling new world of possibilities. ...read the article


Intel Launches New Storage Processors

SANTA CLARA, Calif - February 27, 2008 - Intel Corp today announced expanded offerings for embedded market segments with new processors with extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server.

These new processors and support chips are the first 45nm platforms for thermally constrained bladed applications and are aimed at full-performance and memory-intensive applications such as storage appliances and routers.

"We're acutely aware of the performance demands and power consumption concerns of our customers and reached a remarkable 67% more compute performance-per-watt when we validated the Intel 5100 MCH chipset-based 45nm quad-core platform1," said Doug Davis, VP and GM of Intel's Embedded Group. "In addition, the 45nm quad-core processors also allow for a 22% performance gain over previous-generation platforms within the same thermal profile..." ...Intel profile, storage chips, Green Storage - Trends and Predictions

Editor's comments:-
the relatively modest performance gain over the previous generation CPUs shows why many storage appliance oems are starting to incorporate 3.5" SSDs in their products - as a way of offering faster overall performance without the need to redesign boards or rewrite code.


STEC Shows Fastest CompactFlash SSD

SANTA ANA, Calif - February 26, 2008 - STEC, Inc. today announced the industry's fastest CompactFlash SSD - the MACH4 CompactFlash.

Built with STEC's proprietary controller technology, the MACH4 implements multiple Flash channels to enable sustained throughput speeds of 90MB/s for read and 55MB/s for write. STEC is displaying the MACH4 this week at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany.

"With the MACH4, we expect to see an entirely new wave of adoption of flash-based storage in embedded applications," said Patrick Wilkison, VP of marketing at STEC. "As the preponderance of our customers strive to reduce the physical footprint of their applications, from blade servers in the data center to ultra portable computing devices, STEC optimizes around the key dimensions of capacity, form factor, performance and reliability."

STEC's MACH4 CompactFlash offers very low latency compared to traditional hard disk drives and consumes much less power (approximately 200 milliamps or 1 watt compared to 12 watts for a standard 7,200 RPM ATA disk drive. ...STEC profile, Storage Events, CompactFlash, Record Breaking Storage


PowerFile's Archive Facilitator Picks Jukebox Hits

SANTA CLARA, Calif - February 26, 2008 - PowerFile Inc. today introduced the Archive Facilitator which automatically discovers, classifies and moves fixed content to the company's (optical) Active Archive Appliance.

Typically unstructured data represents 70% of the information being stored on expensive primary storage and up to 80% of that data has not been accessed or modified in more than a year. As a result some organizations are turning to active archiving to better align data with storage based on business value. PowerFile's Archive Facilitator is scalable and and manages tens of terabytes per appliance and hundreds of terabytes per enterprise deployment. ...PowerFile profile, Optical Libraries


Expansion Modules Push Tape Library Past 2 Petabytes

SIMI VALLEY, Calif - February 20, 2008 - Qualstar Corp today announced that the MEM ll (Memory Expansion Module), is now available on its popular XLS-812300 tape library.

Each MEM ll delivers 535 tape storage slots in just 5.3 square feet of floor space. Using LTO 4 tape technology with typical compression, a single MEM ll holds 856 terabytes, one of the highest storage densities in the industry. One or two MEM ll's can be added to each XLS-812300 Library System, raising its total capacity to 1,365 slots, or 2.2 petabytes of data.

XLS-812300 libraries hold up to 12 LTO 4 tape drives, delivering data throughput rates of over 5 terabytes per hour to meet ever-narrowing backup windows. Adding capacity or drives is readily accomplished in the field with minimal interruption to on-going operations. The MEM ll can be intermixed with the XLS-812300 Expansion Pods to provide granular solutions to meet a broad range of data protection and archival storage growth requirements. ...Qualstar profile, Tape Libraries & Autoloaders

Later editor's comments:- 8 years later it was possible to buy a petabyte of SSD storage which occupied 10x less rack space than the above tape library.

For more about solid state utility storage take a look at the 2010 article - this way to the Petabyte SSD.

To make it clear what this meant - I decided to use the same icon for petabyte SSD articles as I had used in the 1990s for tape libraries.


Toshiba's New 1.8" Hard Drive

IRVINE - February 25, 2008 - Toshiba Storage Device Division today added a line of 5,400 RPM SATA 1.8" hard disk drives to its product offerings for mobile PCs.

Available in 120GB and 80GB capacities, these new HDDs integrate design elements from Toshiba's flagship 2.5" line to offer enhanced performance for ultra-thin and light PC applications. With over 60 million 1.8" HDDs shipped since 2000, Toshiba has consistently held the #1 position in the 1.8" HDD segment according to IDC. Toshiba is showing the new drives this week at the Intel Mobility Summit in Shanghai, China. Shipments will start in April 2008. ...Toshiba profile, 1.8" SSDs


Qimonda Announces Roadmap to 30nm DRAM

Munich, Germany - February 25, 2008 - Qimonda AG today announced its technology roadmap down to the 30nm generation.

"This new technology has the potential to deliver improvements in our productivity and cost per bit that are unprecedented in our company's history," said Kin Wah Loh, President and CEO of Qimonda AG. "We are the first in the industry to unveil a DRAM technology roadmap down to the 30nm generation." ...Qimonda profile


Hifn Unveils Roadmap for iSCSI VARs

LOS GATOS, Calif - February 25, 2008 – Hifn today unveiled its partner program aimed at resellers in the the rapidly growing iSCSI market.

The company has high confidence in the appeal of its iSCSI tape encryption appliances and says that 10% of VARs who saw a recent Hifn webinar applied to become channel partners immediately afterwards. ...Hifn profile

Editor's comments:
Hifn's VAR programs have road warrior themes with names like Fast Start, Freeway and Autobahn. Those words are loaded with meaning and could backfire. Around here you can get a sense of what driving used to be like as you drive to the airport at 3am on a Sunday morning. At many other times it's quicker to walk.


SMART Announces 8GB RDIMM

FREMONT, CA - February 25, 2008 - SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. today announced an 8GB dual-rank PC2-4200 registered DIMM featuring the MetaSDRAM chipset from MetaRAM, Inc.

Designed for use in high-end servers, SMART's new RDIMM doubles available storage capacity, while significantly lowering cost compared to traditional dual-rank modules, and improving system performance by lowering power consumption with use of a 4-rank module solution. ...SMART profile, RAM
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storage history Editor:- March 17, 2008 - Here are some examples of archived news stories from the month of March in years gone by.
1 year ago - March 2007 - Intel announced its entry in the SSD market.

I had been mocking Intel's lack of a credible storage strategy for many years. To be fair - Intel had been burned many times before in the memory market.

...Later:- in the past year Intel has thrown caution to the wind and its many initiatives in the flash SSD market resemble someone with a gambling addiction being given a happy hour and placing bets on everything they can reach before the 60 minutes are up.


6 years ago - March 2002 - SanDisk announced the availability of the world's highest capacity CompactFlash CF1 card.

It stored 1 gigabyte and cost just under $800.

...Later:- today an 8GB CF card costs under $120.


7 years ago - March 2001 - iSCSI became the #1 word searched by our readers.

...Later:- after many false starts and delays it would take another 7 years for iSCSI to become a billion dollar market. But it's now the fastest growing segment in the hard disk array market with 70% year on year revenue growth according to IDC.


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