Ships Faster XMC / PMC SSDs|
Leesburg, VA -
November 5, 2008 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has
announced 2 new rugged flash SSDs in XMC and PMC form factors with upto 32GB
Each card contains 2 independent SATA SSDs with upto 30MB/s
throughput. For maximum throughput (50MB/s) the 2 drives can be run in RAID 0
mode. Pricing starts at $2,495, and it's available in various air /
conduction cooled variants and consumes between less than 6W.
Military & Rugged
Condre Markets APPLE Video Optimized RAID
Minneapolis, MN -
November 5 , 2008 - Condre Storage, Inc. is selling a new APPLE
optimized AV RAID - the Bullet.
Built on proven technology with a
4Gb Fibre Channel front
end and SAS/SATA drives. The Bullet AV RAID scales up to 64TB capacity and is
capable of up to 3 streams of (10 bit), 1080, Uncompressed HD video. MSRP is
$11,999 for 12TB of Fibre Channel to SATA storage which includes 1 year next
business day on site support.
"Condre Storage is excited by this unique offering for the
APPLE video market. The
Bullet is an incredibly fast RAID,
and with 2 boxes striped together we've done over 8 streams of 10 bit, 1080/HD
video", according to Condre Storage President Denny Maetzold. "Condre
is proud to have a new and outstanding RAID product to complement our existing
RAID product offerings. It allows our customers to offer their end users a
complete video storage solution."
profile, Storage VARs,
- editor mentions on StorageSearch.com
Petite SSD Chip Seeks Reliable Rugged Assignments
Texas - November 5 , 2008 - Austin Semiconductor, Inc. announces a
smaller, more compact 7.5 cm3 (31mm sq x 7.8mm max height) ruggedized SSD.
The SLC flash SSD offers upto 16GB capacity, has an IDE, PIO/4
interface, and MTBF of more than 2 million hours. and is designed for harsh
"Our unique SSD is designed for use in low power, ruggedized
environments. The device is intended for direct board mounting and has
redundant board interconnects to increase the overall product reliability, which
makes it ideal for handheld applications," says Frank Muscolino, President
of Austin Semiconductor.
Just Another Online Backup Service
Montreal, Canada -
November 5 , 2008 - Copernic Inc. today announced the availability of
its new online backup service for individual PC users.
announcement is the result of a partnership with
SOS Online Backup.
Pricing starts at $29.95 / year for 5GB backup size and ranges upto $149.95.
comments:- an article by Atempo
Building an Online
Backup Business: A Service Provider's Survival Guide pdf) says there are now
about 1,400 online backup service companies now in the market.
see my own editor's pick here.
We've published a directory of these companies since 2000 and it's
increasingly difficult finding something new or interesting to say about this
A problem for online backup companies targeting SMBs and
consumers is that most people in those segments don't do regular backups - even
though they are most vulnerable. (In corporates - there is usually someone else
worrying about the backup problem - which provides a safety net.)
problem is that SMB online backup isn't an attractive market from the business
point of view - because the marketing costs of acquiring new customers are very
similar to the annual revenue from a customer. So vendors don't make money
unless the customer uses the service for years - or unless there is some other
cross selling opportunity available. That's why some vendors offer their vanilla
backup services free - as a honeytrap - but charge for the chocolate strawberry
flavored serious editions. Analyzing that last sentence probably means I need to
break for a little snack.
SanDisk Publishes Whitepaper on SSD Virtual RPM
November 5 , 2008 - SanDisk has published a new white paper on the
subject of Virtual RPM for flash SSDs.
This is apparently aimed at
people who have been trapped in a stasis field for the past several years and
who are still making
vs HDD IOPS comparisons.
I guess the target audience for this
article must include the SSD product marketers at SanDisk - because if you
look at the table which lists where flash SSD IOPS are today - and where they
are heading in the future - you'll see some dismally small figures which bear no
relationship to best of breed products.
So you can probably safely
release issued by the company today which promises faster devices next year.
In many ways SanDisk would have made an ideal acquisition for
Samsung - because
that's another consumer SSD company who talks a lot about "enterprise"
products - but appears to be in the slow lane when it comes to delivering hard
performance metrics for fast
the article, ...SanDisk
profile, Z's Laws -
Predicting Future Flash SSD Performance
Oxford Semi Dangles DAS Dongles
November 4 , 2008 - Oxford Semiconductor today unveiled 2 new DAS
security encryption chips.
storage oems - the
OXUS931SE and OXUFS936DSE feature an embedded hardware encryption engine
enabling real time encryption with no loading on the host PC.
eSATA interfaces and
2 directly connected SATA disks. In addition, the device offers a range of LCD
and LED user interfaces that are supported by the flexible software framework,
greatly enhancing its capacity for product differentiation.
is aimed at the consumer who needs low cost, single-drive secure storage. In a
traditional implementation, the OXUS931SE acts as a high performance bridge from
USB2.0 or eSATA ports to a SATA
hard disk drive in an
external storage box
supporting all current PC and Mac platforms. And, because of the OXUS931SE's
high performance, it can also be implemented as a internal security dongle
between a SATA port on the system motherboard and any internal SATA disk drive
without any loss of throughput, for a fast and easy upgrade to a secure
Sonnet Storage Starred in All-Starr Summer Tour
Calif. - November 4 , 2008 - Sonnet Technologies today announced that
Ringo Starr and his 10th All-Starr band used two Fusion R400Q rackmount
storage systems to capture concert audio for their 31-date summer tour, which
concluded Aug. 2 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
systems provided 2TB of mirrored storage for the 64 tracks of audio recorded to
a Pro Tools|HD 2 Accel during each All-Starr concert and enabled sound engineers
to use Digidesign Virtual Soundcheck workflow to refine live performance console
settings by using a multitrack Pro Tools session rather than actual band
members. Audio recorded to the Fusion R400Qs will be preserved for archival
purposes and also serve as a resource for CDs, DVDs, and Web releases.
"The R400Q lived up to its reputation as a solid storage solution
well-suited to the rigors of tour recording and travel," said Brian Bavido,
Front of House engineer for the All-Starr
| "We covered a
lot of ground in the United States and Canada and made our way over many bad
roads, and not once did I need to reseat a drive or cable. The system was very
transparent on tour, performing without a hitch throughout each show, and its 1U
design proved convenient in use while occupying very little rack and
- editor mentions on StorageSearch.com|
STORAGEsearch.com Reports Top Searches
Editor:- November 4 , 2008 -
STORAGEsearch.com today updated its monthly list of the top articles
and subjects viewed by storage searchers in October.
site site pageviews were
23% higher than the year ago period. Pageviews for the top 5 most
popular articles grew 56%. ...see market research page
New Service Takes Pain Out of Archiving Camcorder Hard Drives
GA - November 3, 2008 - The Photo Archival Company has launched a new
service to help users archive video trapped inside today's generation of no-tape
camcorders that record to internal hard drive or flash memory.
The Photo Archival Company is able to preserve video footage
directly from the customer's tapeless camcorder,
external USB hard drive or
flash memory to produce long-lasting
DVDs or Blu-ray Discs.
This solves the practical problem faced by users of high capacity camcorders
that when the disk is full - they may be facing 40 to 120 hours of elapsed time
to get the data off the camera and archived onto optical media.
recurring theme from a typical customer is that it is impractical for them to
archive their digital footage first hand," said Charles Laughlin, President
and founder of The Photo Archival Company. "For the average household, it
can be a daunting task to spend the necessary time to tend to the successful
creation of several DVDs or Blu-ray Discs just to continue filming."
Archival Company, Storage
Editor's comments:- an alternative solution - if you don't want
to waste days uploading data and burning DVDs yourself - is to train the
starlets of your home movies to do this for you. Of course it works better if
they are children - rather than dogs. (Unless
has already done this in an episode I missed.)
WD Launches HD TV Router
FOREST, Calif. - November 3, 2008 - WD today introduced its TV Media
The WD TV HD Media Player (MSRP $129.99 ) enables
consumers to easily access content on up to 2
USB drives on their HDTV .
Survey Reveals Low Impact of the Term - "Unified Storage"
CAMPBELL, Calif. - November 3,
2008 - "Unified Storage" has yet to make an impact on IT decision
makers, with few even able to define what it stands for and even less aware of
the business benefits of implementation, according to a survey conducted at
recent storage events by ONStor.
The survey was conducted among the 1,600 IT and business
decision makers representing four continents and over 37 countries who attended
the Shows, at which only 58% of those questioned were familiar with the term
Unified storage has been defined as a single
integrated storage infrastructure that functions as a unification engine to
simultaneously support Fibre Channel, IP SAN and NAS data formats.
Despite this, of the 50% who said they could define it, 43% thought it
referred to virtualised storage and 56% believed it was a combination of back up
Narayan Venkat, VP, Corporate Marketing at ONStor,
stated: "What is absolutely clear from these top line survey findings is
that the market needs more education on the benefits of unified storage, and
that is where the vendor community needs to join forces with
analysts to drive this
message home. For our part we are ensuring we are including this subject each
and every time we meet the analyst community as well as the critical end user
market. When we meet with customers and prospects we take the time to educate
them on the benefits of a unified storage solution, and this goes from initial
meetings with prospects to our existing client training programmes."
Editor's comments:- I can confirm that "unified
storage" (which is cited on 23 pages here on the mouse site) is not a
hot term with storage searchers - accounting for zero searches in
If you Google "Unified Storage" you'll discover
that it occurs 45x less frequently than
a term -(which has made so little impact in the 7 years since it was
on these news pages by LeftHand
Networks) worth the precious bytes it occupies in your brain?
Seagate Launches Greener 15K RPM HDDs
Calif. - November 3, 2008 - Seagate today introduced the Savvio
15K.2 - a new 15K RPM 2.5" 6Gb/s SAS hard drive.
next month, capacity options include 146GB and 73GB. Seagate claims up to
70% electrical power reduction compared with 3.5" hard drives. ...Seagate profile,
New White Paper on Managing Flash SSD Operating Life
November 3, 2008 - SiliconSystems has published a new white paper -
Eliminating Unscheduled Downtime by Forecasting Useable Flash SSD Life.
This describes its SISMART technology. Although many headlines about
SSDs are concerned with
capacity, price or speed
- articles related to
are often among the top 5 subjects viewed by readers - and also account for a
high proportion of reader questions. ...read
the article, ...SiliconSystems