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SSD & storage news - September 2008, week 1

Acronis to Add Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

London, UK - September 5, 2008 - Acronis Inc. today announced that its Acronis True Image disk imaging and backup software for businesses will add support for Microsoft Hyper-V technology to provide those users with full disaster recovery for both physical and virtual servers.

With Acronis True Image, an entire server can be recovered within minutes to either an existing system, a new system with different hardware, or to a virtual server. Acronis True Image also helps increase hardware utilization for better datacenter return on investment by backing up both physical and virtual computers. ...Acronis profile, Backup Software, SSD enhanced Cloud


External Disk Market Grew 17% - says IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - September 5, 2008 - Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted 17% year-over-year growth totaling $5 billion in the second quarter of 2008 according to IDC.

For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to $6.9 billion in revenues, up 10.9% from the prior year's 2nd quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 1,777 petabytes, growing 44% year over year.

"Despite concerns about a 2008 slowdown in IT spending, external disk storage systems spending experienced strong growth in the first half of 2008," said Natalya Yezhkova, research manager, Storage Systems at IDC. "The 2nd quarter of the year was remarkable, not only because it is the highest growth in 2 years, but also because of the distribution of this growth across different market segments. The ability of vendors to meet a variety of needs among customers with a diversity of storage products and initiatives led to solid growth across all installation environments, even in those that declined over the past several quarters."

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 21.7% revenue share in the second quarter, followed by IBM and HP in a statistical tie with 13.1% and 12.9% revenue share, respectively. Dell ended the quarter in the 4th position with 9.2% share. NetApp and Hitachi finished the quarter in a statistical tie for 5th with 8.0% and 7.6% revenue share respectively. Among the top 5 suppliers, EMC and NetApp posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth during 2Q08, with 19.7% and 17.2% growth, respectively.

The total network disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open SAN) posted 22.0% year-over-year growth in the second quarter to more than $3.8 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 26.4% revenue share, followed by HP with 12.9% revenue share. In the Open SAN market, which grew 15.5% year over year, EMC lead with 23.9% revenue share, followed by HP with 16.7%. The NAS market grew 23.5% year over year, led by EMC with 39.8% revenue share and followed by NetApp with 28.5% share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show strong momentum, posting 93.9% revenue growth compared to the prior year's quarter. Dell, through its acquisition of EqualLogic, led the market with 32.8% revenue share, followed by NetApp and EMC in a statistical tie, with 14.6% and 14.1% share, respectively. ...IDC profile, market research


STEC will Show Highest Capacity Flash SSDs at DISKCON

Editor:- September 5, 2008 - STEC says it has been sampling a 512GB version of its MACH8 flash SSD product family and will demo it at DISKCON later this month.

STEC will create a real-time storage technology competition to determine whether HDDs or SSDs are better suited for running SQL databases.

Also Patrick Wilkison, VP of marketing and business development for STEC, will present an SSD Product and Technology Roadmap in the architecture session of the conference which will demonstrate how major technological breakthroughs will enable new applications.. ...STEC profile

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Box.net Powers Online Storage for Dell Inspiron Mini

PALO ALTO, Calif. - September 4, 2008 - Box.net today announced it has teamed with Dell to offer remote storage on the highly anticipated Inspiron Mini 9.

A purpose-built device designed for ultimate on-the-go-mobility, Dell's Inspiron Mini features a direct link to Box.net, providing users with an easy way to add incremental storage and access to Box.net's suite of sharing and collaboration tools. Box.net offers 3 custom plans for Inspiron Mini users to choose from to meet their storage and collaboration needs. They are: Basic 2GB (free), Dell Plus 10GB for $59.99/year and Dell Pro 25GB for $99.99/year. ...Box.net profile, online backup and storage


Adaptec's New Spin on Idle Wastrel RAID Power

MILPITAS, Calif. - September 3, 2008 - to significantly increase the energy efficiency of disk-based storage, Adaptec Inc. today kicked off its green power initiative.

Adaptec Intelligent Power Management is a new capability that allows users to easily custom-configure storage systems to reduce power consumption by up to 70% without sacrificing performance. It's integrated into all of Adaptec's Series 2 and 5 RAID controllers and is compatible with 122 disk drives across 5 leading vendors. It's ideal for applications with large blocks of idle time, such as disk-to-disk backup, e-mail archiving and file and print servers. It allows drives to be operated in 3 power states:

1) - Normal operation - full power, full RPM

2) - Standby - low-power mode that spins disks at lower RPM during idle periods; and

3) - Power-off - disks not spinning.

In addition, blackout periods can be set in which power management features are disabled, such as during peak IT activity periods.

IT managers can configure banks of disk drives to operate in different power states at varying times, and automate the drives to spin up and down according to drive usage patterns. When drives are accessed during pre-configured spin-down to Standby or Power-off modes, Intelligent Power Management quickly and automatically powers these drives back up, as needed, so performance is not impacted. Also, the Adaptec RAID controller automatically monitors drives that have been powered down for an extended period of time to ensure systems are still fully operational, allowing Intelligent Power Management to help reduce drive failures and increase drive life expectancy. ...Adaptec profile, Green Storage

Editor's comments:-
it sounds remarkably like Nexsan's AutoMAID pioneered in 2001. But Adaptec's RAID controllers have a much broader market reach - so will save more energy.


New CompactFlash Standard Now Available

PALO ALTO, Calif. - September 3, 2008 - the CompactFlash Association announces that the new CFast specification revision 1.0 is now available for download.

The first CFast cards (CompactFlash form factor card with a SATA interface) were demonstrated at the Flash Memory Summit in August.

The current CompactFlash PATA (parallel ATA) interface provides up to a 133MB/second interface data rate. The SATA interface will provide interface data rates up to 3Gb/sec as well as compatibility with the SATA disk drive interfaces that are increasingly being used. ...CompactFlash Association profile, Flash Memory Chips & Cards, Storage ORGs

editor's comments:-
the draft spec costs $100 for non CFA members .


BBC Deploys ExaStore

London, UK - September 3, 2008 - BBC World Service has installed Exanet's ExaStore clustered NAS system to support news production and archiving for the production platform and play-out platform-multimedia workflow.

"ExaStore's infrastructure supports collaboration, which is critical, as more than 125 people can potentially be accessing the system simultaneously," says Elsa Shweid, Exanet's Sales Director.

BBC will store more than 6,500 hours of real-time high resolution video and low-resolution proxy media on its ExaStore storage system. At the same time, ExaStore is providing a bandwidth of more than 600Mbytes/second, with the speed supporting individual access as well as rendering and media conversions running in the background. ...Exanet profile

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SSD Market Analysts Directory

Editor:- September 3, 2008 - storagesearch.com today published a new directory - "SSD market analysts and SSD market research".

It lists analysts and market research companies which sell high quality reports or marketing services related to the SSD market.

"As the number of SSD focused analyst companies starts moving into double digits - defragmenting these strategic data resources and more clearly signposting what they have to offer, will become a necessary part of the information services that we deliver to our readers" - said editor, Zsolt Kerekes.

"Many analysts I talk to have insights which could help vendors design better products or get them to market more effectively, but they have difficulty getting the visibility they need when competing for attention in the storage news reader space. Storagesearch.com is the right platform - because it's also read by most SSD vendors themselves. By moving this specialized content off the main SSD news pages - we'll be able to give it more depth." ...read the article


InServ Selects Emulex Embedded FC-to-SATA Bridge

COSTA MESA, Calif. - September 2, 2008 - Emulex Corp today announced that its BR-2401 embedded storage bridge has been selected for use within 3PAR's InServ storage servers.

Emulex's FC-to-SATA bridge solution enables high-capacity SATA hard disk drives to be integrated into the back-end of 3PAR's InServ arrays. With this integration, 3PAR customers can take advantage of both low-cost, high-capacity SATA along with Fibre Channel disk capacity within the same drive chassis. ...3PAR profile, ...Emulex profile, storage routers


Front Porch Digital Gains GSA Listing

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - September 2, 2008 - Front Porch Digital today announced that it has established a listing on the GSA contracting schedule through its collaboration with government contracting consultant FedResults of Herndon, Va.

The step affords government agencies easy access to Front Porch Digital's DIVArchive line of Content Storage Management products. Government agencies, including the defense and intelligence communities, are accumulating ever increasing amounts of video content, and there is an ongoing need for them to preserve and manage this content indefinitely while having immediate access to it. Government agencies will have access to Front Porch Digital technologies through the auspices of FedResults' GSA contract.

"The GSA schedule was designed to bring together government purchasing and commercial products and services," said John McNicholas, FedResults VP, contract services. "Front Porch Digital has a line of products that will prove uniquely helpful to many government entities. We are pleased to be able to promote a mutually beneficial partnership that will also serve the public good." ...Front Porch Digital profile, online storage


Fujitsu and Nanya Technology Settle Patent Dispute

Tokyo & Taipei - September 2, 2008 - Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd and Nanya Technology Corp today announced that they have signed a patent license agreement containing licensing terms with financial arrangements to resolve patent disputes between the companies.

Under the agreement signed on September 2, 2008, Fujitsu Microelectronics parent company Fujitsu Ltd will withdraw its request to have an injunction enforced against the import of Nanya Technology's DRAM products into Japan and will terminate its legal proceeding against Nanya Technology in the United States. Nanya Technology will also terminate its legal proceedings in Japan and the United States. Other terms of the agreement are not disclosed. ...Fujitsu profile, ...Nanya profile


2 of Samsung's New SSDs Fit into Single 1.8"

Editor:- September 1, 2008 - Samsung revealed details of the new form factor for flash SSDs which it started sampling a few weeks ago.

The dimensions are:- 39mm (L) x 54mm (W) x 4mm (H).

It's worth comparing these to a classic 1.8" form factor dimensions - which are 54 mm (W) x 78 mm (L) x 8 mm (H).

You'll notice that you can pack 2 of the new Samsung SSDs into the same pcb space as a 1.8" drive, and also in half the height.

Available in densities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, the new MLC SSDs will be mass produced beginning this month. The 32GB device will read data (sequentially) at 90MB/s and write (sequentially) at 70MB/s. ...Samsung profile, 1.8" SSDs


STORAGEsearch.com Reports Top Searches

Editor:- September 1, 2008 - STORAGEsearch.com today updated its monthly list of the top articles and subjects viewed by storage searchers in August.

The top 5 subjects were:-
  1. Disk to disk backup
  2. Solid state disks
  3. Hard drives
  4. 2.5 inch SSDs
  5. Flash - based SSDs
Overall site readership was 28% higher than the year ago period. Pageviews of the most popular article - the SSD Buyers Guide increased 52%. More info about the top 20 subjects and articles can be viewed on the market research page
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