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SSD & Storage news - 2008, March week 1

Editor's comments:- this week of archived news from March 2008 included - among other things - news from the following contemporary SSD companies:- Adtron , Memoright, SeaChange, and SMART.
Memoright Announces Faster 2.5" SSD

Editor:- March 7, 2008 - Memoright reconfirmed its lead in the high performance 2.5" SATA flash SSD market today.

Memoright says its new GT Series can sustain 120MB/s read / write and is available with capacity upto 64GB. Its standard product has higher capacity (128GB) but lower speed (100MB/s).

iSCSI Grew 4x Faster than NAS Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass - March 6, 2008 - Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew 9.8% year-over-year in Q407 totaling $5.3 billion, according to IDC.

Capacity shipped grew 56.3%. Network disk storage grew 16% but the hot spot was iSCSI with 70% revenue growth.

For the full year, EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 22% revenue share, followed by IBM and HP. Dell, Hitachi, and Network Appliance ended the year in a statistical tie to round out the top 5. In this group Network Appliance and Dell posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth during 2007, with 19% and 17% growth, respectively. Market research

Editor's comments:-
for most of us (whose bonuses aren't linked to these numbers) there's been no significant change in overall revenue growth in this part of the storage market for many quarters. So you might say - what's new?

One thing I'd say - is note the growing gap between the hard disk market which is growing nearly twice as fast as the "external disk systems market". That's due to a black hole in consumer products which is sucking in disks as fast as anyone can make them. And maybe due to lower margins in the enterprise storage market due to competition from what IDC lumps together as "others" - who have been trimming some of the fat off the top 5's oligopoly.

Another thing, which IDC comments on is that the doom and gloom from the worldwide financial markets doesn't seem to have slowed down this market.

Study Enumerates Key Factors in Disk Array Failures

Editor:- March 6, 2008 - a recently published paper called - Are Disks the Dominant Contributor for Storage Failures? - reports on a 3 year study of nearly 2 million operating disks.

Among the many findings:- the annualized failure rate in near-line systems which mostly use SATA disks is approximately twice as high as in systems which mostly use fibre-channel disks. But other factors such as datapath resilience, presence or absence of RAID and reliability of the rack system components are just as significant contributors to storage reliability as the hard disks themselves. the article

ExaGrid Publishes Disk Backup Report

Westborough, Mass. - March 5, 2008 - ExaGrid Systems, Inc. today published the results of a lab review of its products by Enterprise Strategy Group.

Using real-world data and a real-world backup application, ESG Lab has confirmed that ExaGrid can backup data at a rate of 4TB/hr for a fully configured grid. ESG Lab testing and feedback from ExaGrid customers indicates that de-duplication can be used to reduce disk capacity by a factor of 20 to 1. the report (pdf), ...ExaGrid profile, ...Enterprise Strategy Group profile

SMART Completes Acquisition of Adtron

FREMONT, CA - March 4, 2008 - SMART Modular Technologies. announced that it has closed its acquisition of privately-held Adtron.

"Combining our strengths with Adtron, with its technical expertise, product portfolio, and customer base, immediately expands our non-DRAM business and complements our existing SSD business. Together, we offer the SSD market, especially the Enterprise Storage SSD market, a broader range of high performing, rugged, and reliable storage solutions," said Iain MacKenzie, President and CEO of SMART.

In connection with the acquisition, Alan Fitzgerald, founder of Adtron, joins SMART as VP and CTO, Flash Products, and Robert Benkendorf joins SMART as VP and GM, SSD Products. The acquisition was an all-cash transaction of approximately $20 million with up to an additional $15 million should certain calendar year 2008 financial and operational performance goals be achieved.

Seagate Ships New 15K RPM Hard Drives

CeBit, Hanover, Germany - March 4, 2008 - Seagate Technology announced it will begin shipping its new Cheetah 15K.6 hard drive this month.

The 3.5" hard drives spin at 15,000 RPM and are available in capacities upto 450GB and with fibre-channel or SAS interfaces. Seagate says the new generation reduces power consumption by as much as 61% while increasing overall sustained data transfer rates by 28% to 164MB/sec. ...Seagate profile

Brocade Acquires Storage Services Company

BrocadeSAN JOSE, Calif - March 4, 2008 today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Strategic Business Systems.

Founded in 2000, and headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, SBS provides data center-focused professional services.

"The data center is evolving at unprecedented rates and customers are asking us to provide more services that solve real-world business challenges. SBS's team of skilled professionals and comprehensive portfolio of service methodologies will enable us to offer an expanded line of services that address the challenges of our customers..." said Michael Klayko, Brocade CEO. , Storage Services, storage acquisitions

Aleratec's Disk Sanitizer gets Military Citation

Chatsworth, CA - March 3, 2008 - Military Embedded Systems magazine has commended Aleratec Inc. for its new stand alone HDD Cruiser - a hard disk drive sanitizer and duplicator all in one unit.

The HDD Cruiser will simultaneously sanitize up to 4 hard drives to assure that all confidential data is unreadable. It can also duplicate up to 3 HDDs simultaneously.

"We are very proud to be recognized for our developments by Military Embedded Systems Magazine" said Perry Solomon, President and CEO of Aleratec. "...We made the HDD Cruiser the complete tool, it can also make exact duplicate copies of hard drives to expedite setting up new PCs or recycling old drives with new site licensed operating systems and standard applications which is particularly useful when drives have already been used and need to be set up for a new project." ...Aleratec profile

SeaChange Eliminates Spinning Disks in the On-air Chain

March 3, 2008 – SeaChange International today introduced its Broadcast Flash Memory Library FML200, a flash memory-based ingest and play-to-air solution that sets a new benchmark in reliability and economy.

With no moving parts, the breakthrough server is 100x more reliable and consumes 10x less power than spinning disk-based counterparts, greatly mitigating failures, rebuilds, replacements and other disk-related threats. The system can eliminate spinning disks in the on-air chain and is immediately available for television operators worldwide. SeaChange will demonstrate the FML200 at NAB2008 in April. SSDs in IPTV

New AMCC Firmware Upgrades SAS RAID Performance

SUNNYVALE, Calif - March 3, 2008 - AMCC today announced a major firmware upgrade for its 3ware 9690SA SAS RAID controller line.

The new code gives up to a 40% performance increase and broadens 3rd party SAS expander compatibility.

Adaptec Launches 28 Port RAID Adapters

HANOVER, Germany - March 3, 2008 - Adaptec. today unveiled the first RAID adapter family offering up to 28-ports.

With 24 internal and 4 externalports Adaptec's 52445 PCIe RAID controllers ($1,595 MSRP) enable up to 256 SATA or SAS drives to be seamlessly connected to a single system.
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Top 10 Storage Searches in March 2008
(n) indicates rank the month before.
  1. Disk to disk backup (1)
  2. Solid state disks (3)
  3. NAS (7)
  4. Hard drives (2)
  5. 2.5 inch SSDs (4)
  6. Flash - based SSDs (6)
  7. RAM based SSDs (8)
  8. iSCSI (9)
  9. RAID systems (5)
  10. Market research (13)
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