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Storage news - 2008, March week 4

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Fusion-io Gets $19 million Funding for PCIe SSDs

SALT LAKE CIT - March 31, 2008 - Fusion-io today announced that it has closed $19 million in Series A funding from a group of investors led by New Enterprise Associates.

The funds from this round will be used to manufacture the company's first product, the ioDrive - a PCIe compatible flash SSD.

Data Domain Ships OST Compatible WAN Vaulting

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - March 31, 2008 - Data Domain today announced it is shipping its first product in support of Symantec's Veritas NetBackup OpenStorage API.

The new software, which eliminates VTL management complexities and overheads, enables users to vault data using WAN replication as simply as vaulting a copy to tape. Data Domain's OST software option is available immediately for Solaris and Linux based media servers. US list pricing starts at $350 for an entry-level Data Domain system.

Unveiling XLC Flash SSD Technology

Editor:- March 31, 2008 - today published an article about stealth mode fabless semiconductor company XLC Disk, Inc called - Unveiling XLC Flash SSD Technology.

It describes their revolutionary multi-level cell nand flash technology which may appear in a new range of high density flash SSDs in Q1 2009.

Overcoming the intrinsic technology problems which have limited previous MLC devices to 2 bits in a single flash memory cell - the new XLC technology uses a patent pending calibration / discriminator architecture which enables reliable operation with 4 bits (with today's process technology) and may be scalable to more bits in the future.

If successful - this type of technology could deliver 16x the storage density currently available from SLC SSDs using the same area of silicon - thereby closing the gap in cost per gigabyte between SSDs and HDDs. As with any new storage technology reliability is an unknown factor - but XLC Disk claim that intrinsic data repeatability (before on chip error correction) is at least as good as current MLC devices.

This article was initially planned for publication tomorrow on April 1st - but when I contacted Jim Handy at Objective Analysis for a comment on this spoof concept - he surprised me by saying that he knows of at least one of the top 10 SSD companies which is working on exactly this type of technology. It shows that fact can be stranger than fiction - and we can expect to see SSDs starting to put price pressue on the hard drive market years earlier than predicted by Moore's Law type density improvements. the article

...3 years later:- Anobit was shipping SSD controllers using DSP technology to solve these technical problesm.

Fujifilm Launches Wireless Backup Tape Tracker

VALHALLA, N.Y. - March 26, 2008 - Fujifilm today announced the immediate availability of the Fujifilm Tape Tracker, a wireless tool to help data managers increase security of data by tracking in real-time the location and status of sensitive removable media cartridges for tape libraries while in transit.

The Fujifilm Tape Tracker (patents pending) is designed within a 0.5" tape cartridge format, enabling it to fit snugly and discreetly inside nearly any tape media case. The Fujifind application uses the information, tracking, geo-fencing and notification capability of SC-Integrity's LoJack InTransit monitoring solution.

"The tremendous feedback we received from customers when we introduced this concept last year made clear – there is a significant desire to maintain visibility and control over removable media during shipment from one location to another," said Daniel Greenberg at Fujifilm Recording Media. "The ability of tape to store large quantities of data in a cost effective, energy efficient, removable format make it a preferred medium to backup and archive critical business data. The Tape Tracker gives power back to the data managers to maintain a chain of custody for these assets as they move between data center backup, vault or disaster recovery destinations."

Atrato SAID "50TB can fit in a 3U RAID"

Denver, Colo. - March 25, 2008 - Atrato. today announced the company's first product, the Velocity1000, a 3U RAID storage system with upto 50TB capacity.

Central to the system is its SAID Self-maintaining Array of Identical Disks which provides a hardened and secure form factor.

Fujitsu Targets Fast Growing 2.5" HDD Segment

Sunnyvale, CA - March 24, 2008 - Fujitsu today announced its 2nd generation 7,200 RPM SATA hard disk drive - the MHZ2 BJ with upto 320GB in a 2.5" form factor will start shipping in Q2 08.

R/W power consumption is typically 2.3W and in standby mode power drops to 0.13W.

"Worldwide shipments of 2.5" 7,200R PM SATA HDDs increased more than 90% in 2007 while average overall 2.5-inch HDD capacities grew more than 60%," said John Monroe, a research VP at Gartner. "As average HDD capacities continue to increase, the need for greater performance to take full advantage of rich media applications in mobile computing environments will create new dimensions of demand and new opportunities for drive makers and PC OEMs. We anticipate a combined annual growth rate for 2.5" 7,200 RPM SATA HDDs in excess of 60% during the next 5 years."

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