storage history - 2008, January week 2SSD news, SSD market history, SSD articles
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SUNNYVALE, Calif - January 14, 2008 - AMCC is showcasing support for Mac OS X Leopard at this week's Macworld.
An in-booth product demo will feature Apple's Time Machine automatically backing up data to a 3ware Sidecar desktop RAID. ...AMCC profile
EMC Re-enters the SSD Market
SANTA ANA, Calif - January 14, 2008 - STEC, Inc. today announced that EMC Corp has selected STEC's Zeus-IOPS line of SSDs for deployment in its Symmetrix DMX-4 high-end networked storage systems.
"We believe that flash-based solid state storage is a game changing technology and that STEC is at the forefront of the SSD market," said Brian Gallagher, senior VP and general manager, EMC Storage Division. "Over the past year, EMC and STEC have collaborated to ensure that the Zeus-IOPS Fibre Channel drive meets the stringent quality, availability and reliability requirements of the enterprise storage market. The resulting integration of enterprise-class SSDs with the full breadth of Symmetrix DMX-4 features, capabilities and traditional disk drives will provide our customers with unprecedented levels of performance and energy efficiency for their most demanding applications."
"This is strong validation of our leadership position in providing SSDs to the Enterprise storage market, and we are delighted to partner with EMC in delivering the highest performance enterprise storage solutions," said STEC's CEO Manouch Moshayedi. ...EMC profile, ...STEC profile
Editor's comments:- You may not realise that EMC was an SSD pioneer 20 years ago (in 1987) but got burned at that time. In today's market EMC's introduction of an SSD option in its product line fills an important gap. Without this step - I doubt if the company could maintain its market position - as solid state storage will become a bigger part of server spending in the next 5 years.
In a separate communication about this today EMC said that flash SSDs use 38% less energy than traditional mechanical disk drives and that a single (high speed) F-SSD could replace 30x 15,000 RPM Fibre Channel hard disks in transaction intensive applications. None of this is news for STORAGEsearch.com readers who have been following the SSD market's progress in recent years. But what is news is that it's EMC saying it.
Goodbye to the Power Cable for eSATA
BEAVERTON, Ore - January 14, 2008 - SATA-IO today announced its Power Over eSATA initiative.
The new specification will provide power to external SATA (eSATA) devices without the need for a separate power connection. Led by the organization's Cable and Connector group, the specification is targeted for completion in the second half of 2008. ...SATA-IO
ATTO Ships New FastStream RAID
Macworld Expo, San Francisco, CA - January 14, 2008 - ATTO Technology, Inc. today announced the general availability of its new line of FastStream storage controller appliances.
These deliver up to 1,200 Megabytes per second access to data with parity RAID protection and are suited for applications in DVA and IT infrastructures including 4K and 2K digital film production, high-definition video post-production, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio production and transaction-based environments. The FastStream SC 7500 uses a 4Gbps Fibre Channel interface for the host connection and a SAS interface for drive connectivity. The FastStream SC 7700 uses Fibre Channel for both the host and drive connections. ...ATTO Technology profile
CRU-DataPort Acquires WiebeTech
Vancouver, WA - January 14, 2008 - CRU-DataPort has purchased WiebeTech.
James Wiebe, CEO of WiebeTech has joined CRU-DataPort as VP of product development. Operations for the WiebeTech brand of products will remain in Wichita , Kansas.
"We are pleased to add WiebeTech employees and their highly respected product line to our organization. WiebeTech will become a fully supported brand of CRU-DataPort," said CRU-DataPort's president & CEO Randal Barber. ...CRU-DataPort profile, ...WiebeTech profile
Tandberg Data Launches 100 Slot Tape Library
Oslo Norway - January 14, 2008 - Tandberg Data today introduced the StorageLibrary T40+ 4U rackmount tape library
The StorageLibrary T40+ allows users to stack up to 5x T40+ libraries together, offering from 24 to 188 slots, with capacities ranging from 9.6TB to 150TB (native). Avaialble interfaces include LVD SCSI, Fibre Channel and SAS. MSRP starts at $10,495.
"The 20 to 100 slot LTO tape library segment is the growing segment in the tape automation market," says Hamish Macarthur from Macarthur Stroud International. ...Tandberg Data profile
Mad Media Replaces Sneakernet with Sonnet RAID
IRVINE, Calif - January 10, 2008 - Sonnet Technologies' desktop Fusion D800RAID has been adopted by design and post-production house Mad Media.
It provides Mad Media with reliable storage of its unique high definition video not only for use in Web content, but also for national television ad campaigns, feature-length film projects, and new mobile technology platforms like the iPhone. The dual GbE Fusion D800RAID system replaced the company's "sneakernet" storage scheme that was comprised of a series of 1TB external drives from various manufacturers.
"I have very closely monitored the progression of 'low-cost' data solutions for professional video applications for the past few years, and Sonnet's Fusion D800RAID product was the first to offer RAID 5 redundancy with a storage capacity of more than 6TB and throughput exceeding 500 MB/sec," said Joshua Martelli, director of TV/film at Mad Media. "...We've been thrilled with the result. The Fusion system gives us a central repository from which our editors can access the same data simultaneously, and it's allowed us to organize footage more effectively, safeguarding content from future loss while increasing our productivity." ...Sonnet Technologies profile
P.A. Semi's Processor will be Inside NEC Storage Arrays
SANTA CLARA, CA - January 10, 2008 - P.A. Semi, Inc. today announced that the System Storage Products Division of NEC has selected P.A. Semi's processor for use in its storage-array products.
"We are very pleased with the results of our evaluation of the P.A. Semi 1682M processor," said Mr. Tsuyoshi Kishino, First Engineering Dept, System Storage Products Division, NEC. "In our application, we found that the 1682M delivers the highest application performance at very low power dissipation." ...NEC profile, ...P.A. Semi, storage chips
New CLARiiON Aims at VMware SMBs
HOPKINTON, Mass - January 8, 2008 - EMC Corp today introduced the new CLARiiON AX4 networked storage system for SMBs.
It scales to 60TB and supports either iSCSI or Fibre Channel SAN connectivity. With built-in advanced information management and protection features, it can store, manage and protect data from up to 64 Windows, Linux, Unix, NetWare and VMware Infrastructure hosts simultaneously. Starting price is $8,599. ...EMC profile
Microsoft Buys Storage Search Company
REDMOND, Wash - January 8, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will make an offer to acquire Fast Search & Transfer ASA, a leading provider of enterprise search solutions based in Norway.
The offer values the fully diluted equity of FAST at approximately $1.2 billion. FAST's board of directors has unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept the offer which is expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2008.
"Enterprise search is becoming an indispensable tool to businesses of all sizes, helping people find, use and share critical business information quickly," said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division. "Until now organizations have been forced to choose between powerful, high-end search technologies or more mainstream, infrastructure solutions. The combination of Microsoft and FAST gives customers a new choice: a single vendor with solutions that span the full range of customer needs." ...Microsoft profile, Storage Software, 453 Acquired, renamed etc storage companies
Editor's comments:- when you think of searching the web - the #1 brand which comes to mind is Google. But even though Google has been marketing storage search appliances for over 5 years only 10,000 or so companies were actually using them as recently as last October. Microsoft's acquisition in this market at 42% above the closing price of the shares last Friday - signals that Microsoft regards this as a much bigger potential market than it has been until now.
Or - if you are feeling cynical - maybe it's just a move that will slow down and kill off the whole segment for a couple of years. Especially if Microsoft embeds free search into its OS.