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Ready to Run D2d|
Rock, TX - October 7, 2008 - Dell announced it will ship a new
disk-to-disk based backup system this month.
offers up to 144TB of usable disk space in a 5U box with a choice of
pre-installed backup software packages and support for Windows, Linux, and
Unix environments. Speed of installation appears to be Dell's main selling
point for the new D2d. ...Dell
profile, History of
Enterprise Disk to Disk Backup ,
Disk to disk backup
Adaptec sharpens BladeCenter S RAID
Calif. - October 7, 2008 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that its
RAID Storage Processor technology has been integrated in IBM's
BladeCenter S, creating the industry's 1st redundant, shared blade storage
The RAID technology being deployed by IBM is part of
the technology portfolio that Adaptec acquired from
Aristos Logic earlier
"IBM has been a valued customer and Adaptec is extremely proud
to contribute to IBM's development of such a game-changing product," said
S. "Sundi" Sundaresh, Adaptec's president and CEO. "With the
deployment of Adaptec's RAID technology in IBM's BladeCenter family, we have
taken a significant step in strengthening our OEM business."
comments:- IBM has been using Adaptec controllers for over 8 years. The
earliest mention in our news archive is
October 23, 2000 .
The 2 companies formalized a
RAID adapter agreement
in 2002 and have
renewed this relationship every couple of years.
RoboRacer Flips a Disk
London, UK - October 7, 2008
- Aleratec Inc. announced today its 1st DVD/CD publisher that
automatically copies data, flips the disc over and LightScribe labels each disc.
The Aleratec DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex automatically records
data and LightScribe labels up to 100 discs completely unattended at a low ESP
"Since the introduction of LightScribe, publishing
complete discs meant that the discs had to be manually flipped over after
burning data or LightScribe labeling. Cost effectively making the disc flipping
process truly automatic was the technological challenge," stated Perry
Solomon, Aleratec President and CEO. "With the DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex,
Aleratec innovation completes the disc loading, unloading, and flipping process
automatically with only 6 moving parts completely enclosed in a low cost and
attractive desktop unit. Now true unattended LightScribe publishing is
optical disk duplicators
iStor Unlocks High Availability Features in Installed iSCSI ASICs
IRVINE, Calif. - October 7, 2008 -
iStor Networks, Inc. has begun shipping a new version of its
software, v2.5, as a no-cost upgrade for all its iSCSI storage solutions.
This software will provide dual-controller
iS512 systems with the
ability to automatically detect malfunctions in the operational controller and
to switch to the redundant controller without loss of data, function or
"This new software capitalized on the patented
capabilities of iStor's ASIC technology enabling HA capability with no
impact upon system performance before, during or after a controller failure."
said Jim Wayda, iStor's VP of Software Development. "iStor designed its
controllers from the very beginning to deliver advanced functionality such as HA
and we are very proud that we have been able to demonstrate the investment
protection inherent in iStor's approach of implementation..."
New Edition - the Top 10 SSD OEMs
Editor:- October 6, 2008 -
STORAGEsearch.com today published the 6th quarterly edition of - "the
Top 10 SSD OEMs."
It includes rankings for the quarter ended
September 30, 2008. If you're looking to partner with an SSD company - either
as a buyer - or as a vendor - this is the "must see" series of
articles based on the world's biggest and highest quality SSD focus group.
...read the article
Fusion-io Promises Consumers PCIe SSD Acceleration
Los Angeles, CA -
October 3, 2008 - Fusion-io unveiled the ioXtreme - an 80GB PCIe
flash SSD aimed at the PC market.
It will be priced at under
$1,000 and will be available in Q1, 2009.
"Imagine working on
complex 3-D graphics, unzipping and manipulating massive files even installing a
new applicationall at the same time," said David Flynn, CTO of
Fusion-io. "Suddenly, with the ioXtreme, tasks that would have brought your
system to its knees are no longer limited by the disks spinning loudly inside
your box." ...Fusion-io
PCIe flash SSDs can
offer read access times which are are only about 5x slower than
RAM SSDs costing 50x more. This type of product could enable a new class of
heavyweight desktop applications to come to market - which would have been too
slow using hard disks.
HP Acquires Sinister iSCSI Appendage
ALTO, Calif. - October 1, 2008 - HP today announced it has signed a
definitive agreement to acquire LeftHand Networks Inc. for $360 million
in cash, subject to certain purchase price adjustments.
in 1999, LeftHand Networks is privately held and headquartered in Boulder, Colo.
It has 215 employees and more than 500 resellers and distributors worldwide. The
company has more than 11,000 installations across 3,000 different customers.
HP says the acquisition will
strengthen its midrange iSCSI
Editor's comments:- LeftHand Networks
joins my list of 471 gone
away storage companies nestling alphabetically between LapiStor and Legato
Some of these have more interesting stories attached to them
than others. Sometimes it's the technology that goes wrong (or never gets
started). But usually acquisitions result from a weakness in marketing. My view
is that most VC funded
companies - never had a viable standalone business plan in the first place - and
getting acquired was always part of the thinking. I can only judge by what I've
A few weeks ago StorageMojo - Robin Harris - published
an informative blog about the
demise of YottaYotta.
It can be interesting to read about
storage people and be
inspired by their success or learn from their mistakes.
president and CEO of Compellent
came up with a sharp comment about HP acquiring LeftHand. "HP's intent to
acquire LeftHand Networks, similar to
Dell's purchase of
demonstrates legacy vendors' approach to meeting the needs of the mid-sized
enterprise market: buy someone else's technology and try to fit it into
an existing product portfolio, which leads customers to a rip-and-replace
strategy as they grow. While this may be easier for the vendors than developing
their own scalable infrastructure, it is certainly not better for customers."
- going back to my headline for this story... "sinister" is ye olde
English - meaning the left hand side of a knight's body armor.
STORAGEsearch.com Reports Top Searches
Editor:- October 1, 2008 -
STORAGEsearch.com today updated its monthly list of the top articles
and subjects viewed by storage searchers in September.
|The top 5
- Disk to disk backup
- Solid state disks
- 2.5 inch SSDs
- Hard drives
- RAM based SSDs
| The top 5
- the Solid
State Disks Buyers Guide
- War of the
Disks: Hard Disk Drives vs. Flash SSDs
- SSD Myths
and Legends - "write endurance"
- the Fastest SSDs
- the Top 10 SSD OEMs
22% higher than the year ago period. Pageviews for the top 5 most
popular articles grew 68%. |
|The SSD market during its
short history (spanning only 40 years) has managed to accrue an imaginative
body of literature which includes truths, half truths, mysticism,
misunderstandings. myths, legends - and in some cases - downright balderdash -
when it comes to the subject of SSD costs, pricing and justifications.
Astrological Age of Enterprise SSD Pricing|