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Skyera says 1 petabyte SSD will go into 2U

Editor:- August 13, 2013 - Skyera today announced that. among other things, it will introduce PCIe connectivity (to the existing FC and iSCSI) as well as replication in the next version of its rackmount SSDs - the skyEagle - which will ship in the first half of 2014 - offering 500TB uncompressed (2.5TB deduped and compressed) in a 1U form factor at a record breaking list price expected to be under $2,000 per uncompressed terabyte.


SSD beats HDD (price / capacity) in SPC

Editor:- May 10, 2011 - Texas Memory Systems today announced record-setting audited SPC-1 and SPC-2 performance results produced by its flagship rackmount flash SSD - the RamSan-630.

One of the new results includes a first appearance of an InfiniBand product in SPC-2 category. Whereas the other is for a fibre-channel system.

Editor's comments:- as I said in an article 3 years ago - results which simply show that an SSD is faster than a traditional over provisioned hard disk system rarely deserve news mention status - no matter how high the ratio.

What TMS says is different about these results - is that its SLC flash SSD system also cost less per gigabyte than the previous record holder's HDD based system.


FalconStor Claims Fastest Deduped Disk Backup

Editor:- June 1, 2009 - FalconStor Software today claimed that it now delivers the fastest backup and deduplication time in the industry.

Using a 100TB test bed connected to a single cluster of 2 FalconStor VTL nodes the total time to backup and deduplicate data was under 14 hours, yielding an average of 2GB/s per second.

Physical tape production can be achieved directly through 4Gbps Fibre Channel links by exporting tapes from FalconStor VTL to the physical tape library without using a separate media server. All hardware components used for the performance test are commonly available standard parts, including standard Linux-based servers and low-cost SATA-based storage subsystems.

Editor's comments:- Record Breaking claims are often hostage to editor research. We've certainly run stories about faster backup and restores before - but they didn't include dedupe. Let's see if this one passes the test of reader scrutiny.


Seagate to Ship 1.5TB HDDs

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - July 10, 2008 - Seagate says it plans to ship 1.5TB 3.5" SATA hard drives in August.
Seagate's  first  1.5TB hard drive
The world's highest capacity disk drive - the Barracuda 7200.11 - spins at 7,200 RPM and has 4 platters. It has a sustained data rate of up to 120MB/S. ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives

Editor's comments:-
with 4 platters - there's a lot more mechanical stuff to go wrong than with single platter drives.

But this is aimed at the desktop PC market where low cost is more important than reliability.

QLogic Samples 8Gbs Fibre Channel

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - July 8, 2007 - QLogic Corp. today revealed that it has begun testing its complete portfolio of 8Gbs Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters and is readying samples for major OEMs to qualify.

8Gb Fibre Channel doubles the performance of today's 4Gb Fibre Channel products while maintaining full backward compatibility with the large installed base of 4Gb and 2Gb solutions. ...QLogic profile, SAN, Fibre-channel adapters


Freecom Wins Design Awards

Berlin - May 8, 2007 - Freecom announced today it has received the red dot award for product design for its USBCard and ToughDrive Pro.

The USBCard is a credit card format USB storage card with integral cable. The ToughDrive Pro is an impact-resistant mobile 2.5" hard disk. Axel Lucassen, VP Marketing & Sales at Freecom Technologies, was overjoyed. "To be awarded two major international design prizes within only a few months has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations, and represents something completely new for a storage manufacturer."...Freecom profile, ...red dot award, Record Breaking Storage


Seagate Ships Record Breaking 2.5" SAS HDDs

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif - January 16, 2007 - Seagate Technology today introduced the world's fastest hard drive - the Savvio 15K - a 15K RPM 2.5" SAS drive.

The new SAS drives are currently shipping in 36GB and 73GB capacities ...Seagate profile


Micron Samples World's First Gigabit DD3 RAM

Boise, Idaho - September 25, 2006 - Micron Technology, Inc. today introduced the world's first gigabit capacity DDR3 RAM.

Micron's DDR3 products will support data rates of 800 megatransfers per second to 1,600 MT/s with clock frequencies of 400MHz to 800MHz respectively, doubling the speed from DDR2. The DDR3 supply voltage has been reduced from 1.8V to 1.5V, reducing power consumption by up to 30%. The device is manufactured on Micron's 78nm process technology. Evaluation samples are available with production expected to begin early next year. ...Micron Technology profile. RAM, Record Breaking Storage


QLogic Claims Fastest Fibre-channel Adapters

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - January 17, 2006 - QLogic Corp. today announced the industry's highest Fibre-channel performance with its new SANblade Pro 2440 and 2460 families of enterprise 4Gb HBAs.

Based on independent side-by-side testing, the SANblade Pro 2440 Series HBA achieved 202,000 I/Os per second read performance and 150% faster write performance than the enterprise-class HBA tested from the primary competitor. The high-end SANblade Pro 2460 Series HBA achieved even higher performance with a dramatic 304,000 I/Os per second. ...QLogic profile, Fibre-channel adapters, Record Breaking Storage


World's Densest Flash Chip will Kill Low End HDDs

Seoul, Korea - September 12, 2005 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed the world's highest density NAND flash.

The 16Gb device, which holds 16.4 billion functional transistors, was achieved with the industry's first production use of 50nm technology and by using Samsung's proprietary 3D-transistor architecture. The new 16Gb memory device should accelerate further expansion of the NAND flash market (expected to reach $9.4billion this year) across portable digital applications as an alternative to mini- hard disk drives and even HDDs for laptops. Samsung's 16Gb flash chip will allow application designers to use memory cards with densities up to 32GBs by combining up to 16 such devices on a single card. Samsung plans to begin mass producing its 16Gb NAND flash in the second half of 2006.

At a press conference today - Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor Business - compared the growing embrace of NAND technology for data storage applications to that of the Gold Rush of 1849, which permanently transformed the value and importance of gold around the word almost overnight.

"NAND flash will eventually replace other storage mediums, especially those used in mobile products, creating a "Flash Rush," as NAND continues to register an unprecedented surge in demand as the backbone of the mobile electronics era." ...Samsung profile, Flash Memory, Solid State Disks, article:- Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win?, Record Breaking Storage


SimpleTech Releases Thinnest and Fastest SATA Solid State Drive

Sea-Air-Space Expo, Washington - March 21, 2005 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced an extension to its Zeus Solid State Drive product line with the introduction of a Serial ATA version.

Zeus SSDs, available in capacities up to 128 GBs, have sustained read/write rates of 20, 30, 40 or 60 MBytes/sec and utilize the company's patented stacking technology to measure just 9.5 mm in height - making Zeus SSDs the world's thinnest, fastest SATA solid state drives.

Zeus SSDs are fully ATA-compliant and conform to the same mounting requirements as traditional hard disk drives, making Zeus SSDs drop-in replacements for any standard IDE/ATA-compliant hard disk drive. The product's patent-pending design combines low power consumption with the highest storage density (GB per cubic centimeter) available in a SSD solution.

SimpleTech Zeus SATA SSDs incorporate cutting-edge security features that comply with the most rigorous security standards issued by the Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M), National Security Agency (NSA 130-2), Air Force (AFSSI 5020), Army (AR 380-19), and Navy (Navso 5239). Zeus SSDs offer advanced security features, including secure erase and Intelligent Destructive Purge. The security erase has two options to sanitize the media. The first minimizes the time required to complete the operation, and the second minimizes the power consumed during the operation.

SimpleTech's Zeus SATA SSDs are currently shipping. Both SATA and Ultra DMA SSDs are available in standard 2.5- and 3.5-inch form factors, as well as custom form factors, and ranging in capacity from 2 to 128 gigabytes. ...SimpleTech profile, Military Storage, Solid state disks, SATA

Editor's comments:- SATA was named the most suitable interface for current/future SSD applications (53% of respondants) - source - the Solid State Disk Survey



1st Microsoft Qualified Serial Attached SCSI Adapter

MILPITAS, Calif. - February 16, 2005 - LSI Logic is the first to qualify a Serial Attached SCSI component for Microsoft's "Designed for Windows Server 2003" logo.

With this certification, LSI Logic's 4-port SAS host bus adapter will also be listed in the Windows Server Catalog, designed to help customers easily identify products that are built for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family. ...LSI Logic profile, Serial Attached SCSI


HP Notches Up 100,000 Disk Arrays Sold into SANs

PALO ALTO, Calif - November 10, 2004 - HP today announced that it is the first vendor to ship more than 100,000 disk arrays into storage area network environments.

HP helped pioneer the concept of open SANs in 1997 and this milestone highlights the company's continued success in driving broad industry adoption of SANs with both enterprise-class and small and mid-size business customers. ...HP profile, SAN

See also:- article:- Fibre-Channel SAN History - the First Decade



Worlds' First 4Gb/s SAN Compatible Solid State Disks

Houston, TX - July 11, 2005 - Texas Memory Systems announced the availability of the RamSan-400 – the industry's first solid state disk with 4-gigabit Fibre Channel interfaces.

The RamSan-400 is currently the only storage device that can sustain 3 gigabytes/second of random data transfers or 500,000 random I/Os per second. Its exceptional performance makes it ideal for accelerating I/O-intensive databases, online transaction processing, modeling, content streaming and high volume data acquisition environments. Capacities for the new 3U RamSan-400 currently range upto 128GB of RAM.

"In our experience with I/O-bound databases, RamSan technology has delivered amazing results with up to 300X performance improvements," said Donald Burleson, President of the Burleson Consulting Group and author of several books on database tuning. "Our experts thought it unlikely that this cutting-edge technology could be even faster, but the engineers at Texas Memory Systems have amazed us again. We expect this new solid state disk to be the fastest high-speed I/O device for Oracle databases, anywhere on the planet."

The RamSan-400 is immediately available. Existing customers can upgrade their RamSan systems to include 4Gb/s Fibre Channel controllers. Texas Memory Systems' solid state disks are used worldwide alongside enterprise RAID systems from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Sun and others. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid State Disks, SAN, Storage Firsts


Nexsan Claims World's Fastest SATA Storage

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - October 12, 2004 - Nexsan Technologies announced the release of its SATAblade storage system based on 10,000 RPM SATA drives in 1U modules.

Nexsan is offering a bundled SATAblade solution consisting of three SATAblades with 24 high-capacity drives to deliver 9.6 terabytes in a 3U footprint. This SATAblade configuration delivers sustained throughput speeds of 1,048 MB/sec and 125,000 IOPS, making the Nexsan product the world's fastest Serial ATA solution. ...Nexsan profile, Disk to disk backup, Serial ATA (SATA), Record Breaking Storage


The World's Largest DRAM Production Facility

Taoyuan/Taiwan - June 30, 2004 - Inotera Memories, Inc. announces the inauguration of its 300mm semiconductor production facility today.

The first DRAM chips using 110nm trench technology are already rolling off the new production site located at HwaYa Technology Park, Taiwan. Inotera's major production volume of memory products will contribute to Infineon Technologies and Nanya Technology and help each partner to expand its position in the DRAM market.

The 300mm semiconductor facility will be equipped in two stages aligned with the growth and development of the world semiconductor market. The first stage has been completed according to schedule and the ramp up of DRAM products has already started in April 2004. By the end of calendar year 2004, more than 20,000 wafer starts per month are planned. The initial production of memory products at Inotera is based on the 110nm process technology; the transition to 90nm is expected to start in 2005. Completion of the second stage is currently anticipated by the end of 2005. The total capacity will then be increased to more than 50,000 wafer starts per month, making Inotera the world's largest DRAM production facility. ...Inotera profile, RAM


EZQuest Launches World's Smallest USB Flash Drive

YORBA LINDA, CA - May 10, 2004 - EZQuest now offers the world's smallest USB flash drive for Macs and PCs.
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The EZ-Disk USB 2.0 drive is the length and thickness of two quarters. It measures 1.88-inches by .75-inch by .13-inch, and weighs just four grams. Designed for people who want a fast way to copy, transport and transfer small files, it is very easy to use. You plug it in, an icon pops up on your computer screen, and you drag-and-drop the files you need at speeds up to 950KB/sec. Then, you slip EZ-Disk into your pocket or wallet.

The drive is completely bus-powered, is backward compatible with USB 1.1, and is compatible with both Macs and PCs. It comes in three models/capacities: 128MB, 256MB and 512MB.

"This rugged little drive is ideal for people on the go," said Ebrahim Zmehrir, EZQuest president. "When you want to take a few files with you, you just plug EZ-Disk in and get them. It's faster than burning a CD, it's inexpensive and it fits just about anywhere. I carry mine on my keychain."

EZ-Disk flash drives are compatible with Mac OS 9.0 and Mac OS 10.1 or later, and Win 98SE, Win 2000, Win ME and Win XP. (A driver is needed only for Win 98SE and is included.) EZ-Disk flash drives are available now and MSRPs are: $49 for 128MB; $79 for 256MB capacity; and $149 for 512MB capacity. ...EZQuest profile


The Largest Capacity Backup Appliance

Colorado Springs, CO - March 9, 2004 - STORServer, Inc. announced today that it is shipping its latest line of backup recovery solutions.

The new K-Series models utilize the latest in tape technology from Qualstar to provide the largest capacity backup appliances in the world.

The SAIT K5000, at 132 to 262 slots of 500 Gbytes of data per slot, translates to a 131 Tbyte library at uncompressed capacity in the STORServer's on-line storage pool. With compression, the pool can reach 343 Tbytes of storage space in one 3-foot by 5-foot cabinet. Based on retention options, this large appliance can handle from 10-62 terabytes of live customer data.

STORServer also provides disaster recovery copies of both backups and archives in remote vault locations. ...STORServer profile


The Most Reliable Tape Autoloader

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 17, 2004 - Quantum Corp. today announced the achievement of a new standard of reliability for single tape drive autoloader products.

The Quantum SuperLoader autoloader is the first to reach the impressive milestone of more than two million mean swaps between failure (MSBF) – a standard measurement of reliability among tape automation products. The SuperLoader is the only autoloader available today which can offer SMB customers this level of reliability. In fact, this Quantum benchmark is more than 500,000 MSBF better than the nearest comparable autoloader offering. Quantum's SuperLoader packs more than 6TB (compressed) in a 2U form factor. ...Quantum profile


Optware Demos Movies on Terabyte Class Holographic Disks

YOKOHAMA, Japan - August 23, 2004 - Optware Corp announced today that it had achieved successfully world's first recording and play back of digital movies on a holographic recording disc with a reflective layer using Optware's revolutionary Collinear Holography.

This is a major milestone for commercializing holographic data storage system. The recorded movies were played back in a series of meetings in July with Optware's six existing investors as well as eight enterprises both domestic and overseas including leading manufacturers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. Company names are not disclosed.

Optware's demonstration is an epoch-making event in a sense that it proved the successful integration of optical disc technology and holographic recording technology.

Holographic recording technology records data on discs in the form of laser interference fringes, enabling existing discs the same size as today's DVDs to store as much as one terabyte of data (200 times the capacity of a single layer DVD), with a transfer speed of one gigabyte per second (40 times the speed of DVD). This approach is rapidly gaining attention as a high-capacity, high-speed data storage technology for the age of broadband. ...Optware profile, Storage Media


The Highest Capacity 3.5" FC Solid State Disk

FREMONT, Calif. - March 2, 2004 - BiTMICRO Networks today introduced the high capacity E-Disk Fibre Channel SSD at 155GB in a 3.5" form factor.

With this pronouncement, it becomes the 3.5" solid-state Fibre Channel flash drive with the highest capacity available in the market today. This high end SSD supports duplex burst rates of up to 400 MB/s, boasting of sustained read rates of up to 70 MB/s, sustained write rates of up to 48MB/s and 9,800 IOPS. The E-Disk Fibre Channel dual ported storage device comes with 40-pin SCA 2 connectors and an MTBF of 2 million hours that make it ideal for "hot swap" applications.

"Our solid state flash drives are often deployed by enterprise applications as a performance booster by having them host frequently accessed or hot files," comments Rudy Bruce, President of BiTMICRO Networks. "This new breed of higher density 3.5-inch SSDs opens up a lot more opportunities for data streaming applications such as high-definition video editing & rendering that simply have to locate larger amounts of data onto flash memory for improved performance. We are now able to deliver the benefits of enhanced speed, reliability and low power consumption for these demanding applications with double the storage capacity, on the same footprint." ...BiTMICRO Networks profile
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the 1st SSD company to do 1 billion IOPS

Editor:- January 6, 2012 - in a historic demo yesterday showing the capabilities of its latency reducing Auto Commit Memory (ACM) extension Fusion-io announced it had exceeded 1 billion IOPS (64 byte data packets) in a configuration which used 8 HP servers each configured with 8x ioDrive2 Duo PCIe SSDs.


Fusion-io demos 1 million IOPS SSD card

Editor:- November 18, 2010 - Fusion-io (a PCIe SSD company) this week set new speed records with its double-wide slot ioDrive Octal SSD - achieving 1 million IOPS 6.2 GB/s of bandwidth while offering capacity up to 5.7TB.


ATTO Demos 6,400MB/s HBA at IBC

Editor:- September 10, 2009 - ATTO Technology is demonstrating its 6Gb/s SAS HBAs and 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs this week at IBC in Amsterdam .

Demos include a quad-channel card that delivers the fastest available Fibre Channel data transfer rate of 6,400MB/s. Storage Events, Record Breaking Storage

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2 Terabyte Hard Drive Breaks Links with the Old RPM Groove

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - January 27, 2009 - WD today announced availability of the world's first 2TB hard drive - a 3.5" SATA model (MSRP $299).

Something else that's new in an HDD launch - WD doesn't state an RPM rotation speed or access times in its datasheet.

That's the first clue that the random IOPS performance of this hard disk could be very slow - making it unsuitable for some types of server applications. Instead the company refers to IntelliSeek - "which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration" (see WD's graphical demo to get an intuitive feel of how this works). As all diskmakers know - if you push one parameter hard - something else has to give. That's why many hard disks for rugged mobile applications like cars still only spin at 4,200 RPM (not much faster than disks 20 years ago).

The clever thing about this new drive - the WD Caviar Green - is not the technical tweakeries discussed in the press release (about reducing spindle wobble, and head wear blah, blah). In my view the clever thing is the marketing thinking behind it.

WD knows that HDDs can never compete with SSDs when it comes to performance. But, as predicted in my 2007 article How Solid is Hard Disk's Future? - there are applications where HDDs will remain competitive. That includes bulk storage low IOPS applications like disk backup, video archiving etc - and in that article I said - "HDDs will only survive in applications where the average size of disk installed is an order of magnitude above the most commonly available shipped SSD."

As the top end capacity of high volume consumer flash SSDs today is 128GB to 256GB - a 2 TB hard drive is about right. As long as the cost per terabyte of the hard drive is low enough, and as long as the random seek performance beats tape and optical storage - it doesn't really matter how slow the rotation speed is in WD's new 2TB drive. Anything that requires faster random seeks will be offloaded to another worker in the storage hive. ...Western Digital profile



Corsair Sets Cool Record for DDR3

Fremont, CA - July 31, 2008 - Corsair announced today that its Dominator DDR3 memory modules have again shattered the world record for frequency.

The record was set using the Asus ROG Rampage Extreme motherboard (Intel X48 chipset) and Corsair Dominator memory, utilizing Corsair's award-winning DHX technology. The world record of 2,580MHz was reached at latency settings of 9-9-9-24 using a Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory module.

Corsair achieved these results as part of ongoing lab experiments on the effect of temperature on memory performance. The memory speed was achieved with the entire test platform - including motherboard, CPU, chip set, and memory - chilled to -20 degrees Celsius. ...Corsair Memory profile, Record Breaking Storage

Editor's comments:- the IBM research article High-end Server Low Temperature Cooling (pdf) provides a concise historic overview and practical introduction to the state of the art in accelerating CPU performance using refrigeration.


Texas Memory Systems Launches Fastest RAM SSD

Houston, Texas - July 22, 2008 - Texas Memory Systems today launched the world's fastest SSD - the RamSan-440,

The RamSan-440 is a 4U rackmount fibre-channel connected RAM SSD with upto 512GB of storage capacity. It can sustain up to 600,000 random IOPS and over 4GB/second of random read or write bandwidth, with latency of less than 15 microseconds.

It's the first RAM SSD to use RAIDed flash memory modules for data backup (instead of hard disk) and the first system to incorporate Texas Memory Systems' patented IO2 (Instant-On Input-Output) technology.

In Active Backup mode, the RamSan-440 continuously backs up data to the internal flash array without impacting system performance. The RamSan-440 can back up or restore the entire 512GB of data in just 6 minutes. (That's a process which could take over an hour with HDD backed SSDs of this capacity.) TMS's patented IO2 technology further improves system availability by making user or application-requested data instantly accessible after the system is powered on. ...Texas Memory Systems profile


InnoDisk Announces Smallest SATA SSD

Taiwan - June 2, 2008 - InnoDisk announced the world's physically smallest SATA SSD - the SATADOM - measuring 39mm by 20.5mm by 8mm.

Capacity ranges from 128MB to 8GB. The SLC flash SSD has a sustainable read speed of 24MB/sec and write speed of 14MB/sec. ...InnoDisk profile, Record Breaking Storage, Miniaiture SSDs


DataDirect Scales to X00 Gigabytes/ Second

Chatsworth, Calif - November 14, 2007 - DataDirect Networks Inc. today announced that the company's 8th generation S2A appliance will enable CFS/SUN's Lustre I/O to reach several hundred gigabytes / second.

DataDirect Networks manufactures the fastest, highest capacity, most scalable Lustre-based storage systems on the planet. Lustre, taken from the words "Linux" and "cluster," is a distributed file system used for large scale cluster computing. The file system, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in October, was designed to scale to tens of thousands of nodes that are attached to petabytes of storage. The main advantage of the file system is that it does not compromise a storage system's speed or security.

New features built into the latest S2A appliance include support for 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 20Gbps Infiniband DDR host connections. The system leverages the serial attached SCSI protocol to communicate to the drives it manages, providing a future-proof roadmap to the latest disk drive technologies, speeds and capacities. ...Data Direct Networks profile



Toshiba Announces 320G 2.5" SATA Drives

IRVINE, Calif - August 20, 2007 - Toshiba today announced the world's first 320G 2.5-inch hard disk drive.

The new drives spin at 5,400 RPM and feature capacity points from 80G to 320G. The company also announced a 7,200 RPM family of 2.5" products offering up to 200GB capacity. All support the SATA interface at a 3.0 Gbps data transfer rate, and free-fall sensor options are available on select models. ...Toshiba profile, hard disks. 2.5" solid state disks

Maxell Launches World's 1st iVDR Hard Drive

Tokyo - March 20, 2007 - Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. today announced the launch of the world's first iVDR compatible removable hard disk drive capable of recording copyright protected High Definition content without quality loss.

The new drive 5,400 RPM drive fits in the palm of the hand and provides 160G of data storage and a data transfer rate of 540Mbit/s. Employing SAFIA copyright protection technology the new is being launched for use with Hitachi's Wooo flat-panel TV, which is the world's first appliance employing iVDR slots. ...Maxell profile, Removable Disk Drives, Storage Industry Trade Associations


First Terabyte Hard Drive

CES, LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2007 – Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced the industry's first terabyte hard drive.

Delivering superior performance and reliability, as well as capacity, Hitachi's 1TB hard drive will begin shipping to retail customers in the first quarter of 2007 at a suggested retail price of $399, or 40 cents per gigabyte. ...Hitachi profile , Hard disk drives


Olixir Ships 750GB Ruggedized Removable Hard Drive

MILPITAS, Calif. - November 28, 2006 - Olixir Technologies today announced the launch of the industry's highest capacity ruggedized removable/external hard drive - the 750GB, 7,200 RPM, Mobile DataVault 3DX.

It incorporates Olixir's patented shock protection technology which provides up to 1,200 Gs of non-operational shock protection making it an ideal storage solution for applications which require the frequent handling and physical transportation of large amounts of data.

The Mobile DataVault 3DX Transportable External Hard Drive can be used as a standalone storage device with a Centronics interface that supports USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, and PCMCIA cables. For bigger storage requirements, the Mobile DataVault 3DX can be used as a removable data cartridge with Olixir's 5.25" docking bay, desktop chassis, or rackmount RAID 5 FastRestore system Available now the 750GB unit costs $819 with USB 2.0 cable. ...Olixir Technologies profile


NetApp Shatters NFS Performance Record

Sunnyvale, CA. - June 12, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. is now shipping its powerful new Data ONTAP GX operating system for high-performance computing applications.

Data ONTAP GX, coupled with the new FAS6070, scales in capacity up to 6PB and achieves more than 1 million operations per second, based on the SPEC SFS benchmark (3 times faster than the previous performance record for this NFS benchmark). Data ONTAP GX is the result of over 2 years of strategic engineering work, combining the global namespace functionality of SpinOS (which NetApp acquired when it bought Spinnaker Networks) with the data management, performance, and high-availability features of Data ONTAP 7G. ...Network Appliance profile, Record Breaking Storage


Samsung Shows World's First Hard Disk Phone

Seoul, Korea - March 6, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today unveiled the world's first 8GB Hard Disk embedded smartphone.

The i310 combines a phone, a 2 megapixel digital camera, and an MP3 player. It also includes a USB interface which allows the phone to be utilized as a removable hard disk. The i310 will be shown to public at CeBIT from March 9 - 16. It will be introduced in the European market during the second half of this year. ...Samsung profile


DataDirect in Record Breaking Storage System

Los Angeles, CA - November 14, 2005 - Sandia National Laboratories, DataDirect Networks, Cluster File Systems, Inc. and Voltaire combined solutions to deliver 15 GB / second to Sandia's high performance RoSE Visualization Cluster.

The RoSE clusters are designed to visualize, analyze and manage output from two of the world's most powerful supercomputers, Red Storm and Thunderbird. These supercomputers enable simulations with extraordinary precision and fidelity, and the size of the output is enormous. Each output can be tens of terabytes in size.

The tests used 12 Silicon Storage Appliances (S2A 8500) from DataDirect Networks to provide high performance parallel access to 360 terabytes of SATA storage. The Lustre file system, developed by Cluster File Systems, integrated with the S2A's high speed capabilities delivered the performance record to the RoSE cluster. An InfiniBand network from Voltaire interconnected the nodes of the RoSE cluster achieving high performance by providing high bandwidth and low latency with little load on the cluster CPUs. ...Data Direct Networks profile, Record Breaking Storage


iVivity Does 400,000 IOPS on iSCSI

Atlanta -September 1, 2005 - iVivity today announced a new high water benchmark for IP Storage Area Networking.

iVivity used a standard 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric to demonstrate an unprecedented combination of IOPS and throughput. Approximately 400,000 IOPS and 20Gbps (19.926Gbps) of iSCSI traffic throughput was continuously and directly terminated on a single iDiSX-2000-10 storage network processor ASIC with dual 10Gbps iSCSI ports. All iSCSI traffic was terminated by the iVivity iDiSX-2000-10 ASIC without any external processors.

"These impressive results demonstrate the very real viability of 10Gb iSCSI for storage targets," said Marc Staimer, President and CDS of Dragon Slayer Consulting. "iVivity has proved that iDiSX technology goes beyond slideware and is a desirable choice for storage system designs today."

"This powerful display reinforces our commitment to helping drive forward the storage industry's adoption of iSCSI technology," said Ashu Joshi, VP Technology.

The setup utilized the Force10 E300 Switch Router, 19 Intel Xeon based servers, 1 AMD Opteron server (each with 1Gbps iSCSI), and 64K to 256K packets from Iometer. The 20 iSCSI Gb Initiators generating the traffic load to the iVivity iSCSI target ran at the maximum possible output. ...iVivity profile, iSCSI


Adaptec's RAID Empowers Industry's First Serial Attached SCSI Servers

MILPITAS, Calif. - February 23, 2005 - Adaptec, Inc. today announced that IBM's recently launched X3 architecture and eServer xSeries 366 solution incorporates Adaptec's Zero Channel Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) RAID controller.

IBM, with its new x366 announced yesterday, will be the first major vendor to ship a high-performance server built on SAS technology and RAID 6 data protection from Adaptec. IBM's new server, the x366, has set a performance record for 4-way Intel Xeon processor-based servers using the TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark and offers RAID 6 for maximum fault tolerance against drive failures.

"We have worked closely with IBM in their transition from Ultra320 SCSI to faster, more cost-effective SAS technologies, helping them to achieve the critical time-to-market and feature advantages with the new x366 that the industry has come to expect from IBM," said Ahmet Houssein, VP and general manager of Adaptec. ...Adaptec profile, Serial Attached SCSI

See also:- Adaptec's article:- the Benefits of SAS for External Subsystems

Editor's comments:-
we're going to see a lot of new servers this year which leverage faster storage interfaces like SAS and 4Gbps Fibre-channel to crank up their application performance. Without faster storage - typically upto 50% of the potential performance in modern server processors is wasted.


Pretec Launches World's Highest Capacity USB Flash Drive

FREMONT, Calif - December 7, 2004 - Pretec Electronics Corp. announced the world's highest capacity and high speed USB flash drive supporting dual channel data transmission, which can reach the highest average transfer rate of up to 120X.

Equipped with dual channel technology, PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB can process files transfers concurrently delivers read & write speeds up to 16MB/sec and 12MB/sec respectively. With its designed-in functions of data encryption, compression and write protection, users can full leverage the largest memory space of PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB under a data secured environment. Light weight, compact, and bundled with the FlashMail, MobileLock, SecretZip software, PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB is a perfect storage solution for active mobile users traveling around the world. The new drive is sampling now, with mass production scheduled by next month. ...Pretec Electronics profile, Flash Memory, Solid state disks, Record Breaking Storage


New IOPS Record for 2Gb/s Fibre Channel

MILPITAS, Calif. - October 20, 2004 - LSI Logic announced today that the company's LSI7402XP quad port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter performance surpassed 250,000 IOPs (I/Os per second).

On tests conducted on an AMD 4P platform using AMD Opteron processors Model 850, LSI Logic's 7402XP HBA has delivered performance benchmarks that are more than 40% faster than any other Fibre Channel HBA product available in the industry today. LSI Logic's Fusion-MPT architecture has integrated internal processors that offload the server CPU for automatic linear scalability, providing overall system performance and more reliable data transfers at a faster rate. ...LSI Logic profile, Fibre-channel adapters, Record Breaking Storage


SimpleTech Announces World's Thinnest Solid State Drives

SANTA ANA, Calif. - August 23, 2004 - SimpleTech, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Zeus Ultra DMA Solid State Drives, the world's thinnest, fastest solid state drive.

Ideal for applications requiring high reliability and high tolerance to shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and temperature, the drives utilize SimpleTech's patented stacking technology to measure just 9.5 mm thick and have sustained read/write rates of up to 60 MB/sec. Zeus SSDs are available in standard 2.5- and 3.5-inch form factors, as well as custom form factors, and have capacities ranging from 2 to 128 gigabytes.

Zeus SSDs are fully ATA-5 compliant and conform to the same mounting requirements as traditional hard disk drives, making Zeus SSDs drop-in replacements for any standard IDE/ATA-compliant hard disk drive. SimpleTech's Zeus product line is capable of sustained operation in extreme environmental conditions and complies with military standards, such as MIL-STD-810F. The product's patent-pending design combines low power consumption with the highest storage density (GB per cubic centimeter) available in a SSD solution.

Zeus SSDs offer advanced security features, including secure erase and destructive purge. The security erase has two options to sanitize the media. The first minimizes the time taken to complete the operation, and the second minimizes the power consumed during the operation. SimpleTech's patent-pending destructive purge option removes the drive's data and then destroys the media, making the SSD unusable and data retrieval impossible. Additionally, the destruction is monitored and confirmed. These security features comply with military standards, including AFSSI 5020, AR 380-19, NAVSO P-5239-26, NISPOM DoD 5220.22-M, and NSA 130-2.

Zeus SSDs are ideal for a variety of applications. Military applications include mission data recorders, black boxes, navigation systems and field computers. Telecommunications applications include switches, routers and gateways. Industrial computing applications include control systems, embedded systems, test equipment, point-of-sale systems, transaction servers, and factory automation. ...SimpleTech profile, ...Solid state disks, Military Storage


LSI Logic Unveils Industry's Highest Speed DDR-2 SDRAM Physical Layer Memory Interface

MILPITAS, Calif. - June 1, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation today introduced a physical layer memory interface that can save customers months of development time while improving product performance with the industrys highest speed DDR-2 SDRAM technology.

LSI Logics new DDR-2 ASIC core is the first physical layer interface and I/O buffer to support 333MHz/667Mbps data speeds, enabling manufacturers of data storage, communications, multi-function printers, industrial and medical equipment to take advantage of the memory technologys superior density, bandwidth and lower cost.

"LSI Logic has been highly successful with two generations of memory interface cores" said Jean Bou-Farhat, vice president, CoreWare Division, LSI Logic Corporation. "The DDR-2 cores allow our customers to take advantage of the performance and cost benefits offered by DDR-2 SDRAM memory products. This new addition to the CoreWare library, combined with existing connectivity solutions, helps our customers design systems efficiently and quickly while also reducing risk." ...LSI Logic profile, RAM, Record Breaking Storage, Storage ICs


IBM Announces World's Fastest Storage Mirroring Technology

ARMONK, NY - April 20, 2004 - IBM today announced a breakthrough storage technology that is designed to help clients protect and recover critical data at global backup locations at some of the fastest speeds available.

Called IBM Global Mirror for Enterprise Storage, the technology provides global backup and recovery protection at speeds approaching those achievable at local distances. Beginning in May, clients can employ the technology as part of disaster recovery solutions designed to help protect them from regional events such as hurricanes or earthquakes.

IDC anticipates that worldwide spending on information security and business continuity will grow twice as fast as general IT spending over the next several years, reaching more than $118 billion by 2007.

"In the context of outages - planned or unplanned - every second is of critical importance," said Tom Hawk, general manager of Enterprise Storage, IBM. "The value of lost - or saved - data is virtually incalculable. Global Mirror is designed to help customers maintain high availability among business processes and key business applications in a cost-conscious manner - across the globe and at some of the fastest speeds available today."

Global Mirror uses breakthrough innovations within asynchronous PPRC (peer-to-peer remote copy) technology to help speed disk mirroring at distances more than 300 kilometers with a delay that can be as low as three to five seconds - outpacing similar EMC offerings. The new solution is designed to move data great distances at high speeds while maintaining the integrity of the data in transit. The solution is also designed to allow massive data transfers while avoiding disruption to IT performance or availability. The exceptional performance of Global Mirror for ESS requires only two fibre channel links per storage system where a number of other comparable technologies may require four links. This performance can help reduce infrastructure costs and lower TCO. ...IBM profile


The Smallest Hard Disk Drive

IRVINE, Calif. - January 7, 2004 - Toshiba Storage Device Division today announced the development of a 0.85-inch hard disk drive, the first drive to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a sub-one-inch form factor.

Expected to be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, Toshiba will start sampling the new drive in summer 2004, with mass production to begin in late 2004 Measuring only a quarter of the size of Toshiba's 1.8-inch drive, the 0.85-inch HDD is expected to boost the functionality of a new generation of products, including mobile phones, digital audio players, PDAs, digital still cameras, camcorders and external storage devices. Toshiba initially plans to introduce capacities of 2GB and 4GB, and anticipates achievement of even higher densities in the 0.85-inch form factor. A prototype of the 0.85-inch HDD will be shown at Toshiba's booth (#12214) on the CES show floor January 8-11. ...Toshiba profile
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Kove snapshots financial markets 12x faster

Editor:- October 14, 2011 - STAC (a specialist in testing low latency platforms used in financial markets) has released audited benchmarks for Kove's XPD2 - a RAM SSD - in a setup configured with InfiniBand adapters.

This solution stack set several new official records. For example, the Market Snapshot benchmark was over 12x the previous best published speed. See also:- the fastest SSDs, record breaking storage


QLogic reports new InfiniBand switch record

Editor:- November 9, 2010 - QLogic announced that its InfiniBand adapters and switches have achieved cluster message rate performance of over 86 million messages per second - a new record.

The system configuration was a 14 node cluster with 2 switches.


Spectra Launches Highest Density Tape Library

FOSE 2009, Washington D.C. - March 10, 2009 - Spectra Logic today announced the T680 - the first tape library which stores a full petabyte of data in a single rack .

It supports 12 full-height tape drives and 680 tape cartridges. Interface connections include - FC, SCSI or iSCSI. Throughput is 10.4TB/Hour (compressed ) with LTO-4 drives and media. Pricing for a 50-slot T680 with 4x LTO-4 drives, BlueScale Encryption with key management and a 1 year standard warranty begins at $67,780.

"The T680 offers the highest density and most energy efficiency in a single rack" said Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic's CEO. "...It promises total media security and complete library reliability, with features that eliminate backup failures caused by dirty or overused tape media. Spectra Logic is confident that the T680 will obsolete thousands of storage systems installed in data centers today." ...Spectra Logic profile, Tape Libraries, Record Breaking Storage


Violin Memory Delivers 1 Million IOPS on a Single Interface Port

San Francisco - August 4, 2008 - Violin Memory, Inc. today announced the company has successfully tested its Violin 1010 memory appliance delivering 1 Million IOPS to a server over a single interface, an industry first.

"To put this in perspective, 1 Million IOPS with RAID would take approximately 10,000 HDDs or 500 Enterprise-grade Flash SSDs," said Donpaul Stephens, Founder & President of Violin Memory. "The use of Violin memory appliances can completely remove the I/O bottlenecks of data centric applications and significantly improve CPU and power efficiency."

The Violin 1010 Memory Appliance platform supports 3 Million IOPS. Release 1.3 of the Violin 1010, supported 500K IOPS via PCIex8 to a server with the operating system and driver being the major limit. This release has been successfully trialed with: Major Linux releases and distributions, Windows and OpenSolaris

Release 2.0 of the Violin 1010 improves the I/O efficiency of the OS and allows hundreds of outstanding requests to the memory appliance. This technology enables 1 Million IOPS with DRAM and will also enable over 100K sustained random write IOPS with flash memory. All performance numbers include Violin's RAID capabilities for maximum reliability. Violin Memory will be accepting orders for Release 2.0 in September. ...Violin Memory profile, PCIe SSDs, RAM based SSDs

Editor's comments:- Violin promised a flash SSD based version of its memory appliance - when it came out of stealth mode last year. Reading between the lines of the text above - suggests that a launch of such a product may not be too far off.


Memoright Launches Fastest 2.5" Drive

Shenzhen, China - October 18, 2007 - Memoright today launched its 2.5" 64GB PATA / SATA flash SSDs on the international market.

The new products were demonstrated recently to enterprise partners at the company's headquaters in China.

Memoright's patented technology enables their SSD to deliver 100M Bytes/sec sustained read and write transfer rates - which is the fastest throughput in a currently available 2.5" flash SSD. Memoright says its random access performance is typically 5x faster than a hard disk.

The company is looking for sales agents worldwide and says it will launch 1.8" and 3.5" models soon. ...Memoright profile


0.5 Terabyte 3.5" SSD Aims at Video on Demand

SANTA ANA, Calif - April 18, 2007 - STEC, Inc. today announced an extension to its Zeus-IOPS Solid State Drive family with the addition of 512GB and 256GB versions offering enterprise systems the performance equivalent of up to 200 hard drives in just one drive.

The company also announced that an agreement has been put in place with a worldwide leader of on-demand and real-time media delivery technology systems, wherein the Zeus-IOPS SSD was thoroughly analyzed and successfully deployed. This customer views STEC's SSD technology as a vital means to enabling video-on-demand services at speeds that were unattainable using traditional rotating hard drive solutions.

STEC believes that solid-state Flash drives with high-IOPS performance will address the growing needs of the enterprise-class drive market. With NAND Flash prices declining on a continued rapid pace, prices for FC, SAS and SATAII-based SSDs are expected to drop below $2 per GB by 2012 which implies 512GB of high-performance storage for less than $1,000. Based upon these capacity and pricing dynamics, STEC expects that the high-IOPS SSD will make up a significant percentage of the $5 billion high-performance hard-drive market. This will make the comparative performance gains of SSD over HDD even more compelling. ...STEC profile

See also:- Squeak! - SSD Market Adoption Model
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DATAllegro Supplies 120T Data Warehouse

Fairfax, VA - February 12, 2007 – TEOCO today announced that it has acquired a data warehouse appliance from DATAllegro.

The new appliance will be housed in TEOCO's data center in Sterling, Virginia and will provide 120T of storage space, expandable to 200T, making it one of the largest capacity data warehouse appliances ever sold. The new appliance will provide the cornerstone for growth of TEOCO's analytics and business intelligence activities. ...DATAllegro profile, Record Breaking Storage

Editor's comments:- DATAllegro has an interesting overview which summarises the gap between processor and disk performance. Although we've discussed how to solve this gap many times before in the context of SSDs - DATAllegro says their architecture delivers fast performance without using tuning.



Toshiba Launches 100G 1.8" HDD

IRVINE, Calif. - December 5, 2006 - Toshiba today launched the world's highest-capacity 1.8-inch hard disk drive.

Toshiba's MK1011GAH 1.8-inch HDD is ATA-7 compatible, spins at 4,200 RPM, has 4 heads, 2 platters and transfers data upto 100MB/s. It will ship to OEMs for integration into mobile PCs next month. ...Toshiba profile, Hard disk drives


M-Systems Wins Award at Flash Summit

Flash Memory Summit, San Jose, Calif. - August 10, 2006 - M-Systems today announced that its x4 NAND flash technology was recognized as the "Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology" of 2006 by a panel of industry experts at the Flash Memory Summit.

M-Systems x4 technology was developed in collaboration with Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering and exclusively licensed to M-Systems, for use in flash memory products, by Ramot, the university's technology transfer company. ...M-Systems profile, Record Breaking Storage


StorCase Introduces First Removable Enclosures for Serial Attached SCSI Drives

Fountain Valley, CA - January 24, 2006 - StorCase Technology today released its Data Express Profile DX115 removable drive enclosures for Serial Attached SCSI or SATA 3Gbps drives.

StorCase's enclosures are the first removable SAS drive products in the industry. ...StorCase profile, Storage Boxes, Removable Storage


World's Smallest Removable Storage Card

Diamond Bar, CA - October 6, 2005 - Advanced Media, Inc. has introduced a Micro SD card to its popular RIDATA brand of flash memory products.

Approximately one quarter of the size of conventional memory cards, it is the smallest removable storage card available. The RIDATA Micro SD" card provides full compatibility and interoperability with current Secure Digital devices, when used with an adapter. The new cards will be on display at Mobile Business Expo Booth# 617 in Chicago October 9-12.

Industry sources predict demand for the new card to grow by over 200% over the next three years. The RIDATA Micro SD" card supports mobile devices currently sold by I-mate, Motorola, O2, Orange, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, T-mobile, Kyocera, LG, Amor, Segam, and other leading marketers found around the world.

The new Advanced Media memory card is compatible with any full-size SD device through the use of an adapter. It also provides support for mobile devices featuring a TransFlash slot. CPRM encryption is in affect when it is used with an adapter. It is available in 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB capacity sizes. The RIDATA Micro SD" card is available now. ...Advanced Media profile, Flash, Removable Storage, Storage Events, Record Breaking Storage


EMC Announces World's Largest Storage Array

Hopkinton, Mass. - July 25, 2005 - EMC Corp today announced the largest, fastest and most scalable high-end storage array in the world, capable of providing leading functionality while scaling to one petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of capacity.

The new storage array supports up to 960 disk drives today, and will be qualified to support up to 1,920 disk drives in the first half of 2006 and more than 2,000 by the end of next year. ...EMC profile, Record Breaking Storage


New World Record Set for iSCSI Throughput

MILPITAS and CUPERTINO, CA. - March 29, 2005 - Neterion Inc. and PyX Technologies Inc. have announced a new benchmark for IP Storage Area Networking.

Working together, the companies used a standard 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric to demonstrate the scalability and interoperability of their technologies. They accomplished a world-record peak throughput of 7.5 Gb/s (937.5 MBytes/s) that included network headers and full featured iSCSI with Error Recovery Level Two using three iSCSI initiators and one iSCSI target. The record-breaking performance transported the data over a heterogeneous 10 Gigabit Ethernet network infrastructure. The results were achieved using a TeraScale E-Series Terabit switch/router from Force10 Networks interoperating with Neterion's Xframe 10 GbE network adapters and running Full Error Recovery iSCSI software from PyX Technologies.

Featuring the same quality of service and system robustness at a fraction of the total cost of ownership and maintenance of Fibre Channel architectures, iSCSI with Full Error Recovery is also free of the distance limitations of Fibre Channel, enabling a truly global SAN.

"From a software perspective, the throughput we observed is only possible because our iSCSI implementation supports multiple connections per session," said Nicholas Bellinger, Chief Software Architect for PyX Technologies, "and this is unique within the storage industry." ...Neterion profile, ...PyX Technologies profile, Record Breaking Storage


InPhase Demos Prototype Holographic Storage Drive

LONGMONT, CO - January 4, 2005 - InPhase Technologies today announced a breakthrough in data storage with the world's first prototype of a holographic storage drive.

The prototype is the foundation for InPhase's family of Tapestry holographic drives, with data capacities that range from 200 GB to 1.6 TB on a single disk. The completion of the prototype was enabled by InPhase's development of key recording techniques and holographic media, the commercial availability of critical components, strong partnerships with leading storage innovators, and government funding. ...InPhase Technologies profile


DataDirect's Storage Technology Powers the World's Fastest Computer

Los Angeles, CA - October 14, 2004 - DataDirect Networks has delivered a storage networking system to the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, enabling the U.S. national lab to build the next-generation scientific simulation environment for its BlueGene/L massively-parallel computer.

The BlueGene/L massively-parallel computer has already supplanted Japan's Earth Simulator machine, the world's former fastest computer, and has brought the lead in world class computing back to the United States. BlueGene/L, when fully assembled at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will scale to 360 teraFLOP/s peak: nine times larger than the Earth Simulator. More importantly, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories will use BlueGene/L for solving a wide range of scientific problems of interest to the Stockpile Stewardship Program, including: molecular modeling; quantum molecular dynamics; the dynamics of turbulent fluid flow and material modeling.

Once BlueGene/L is fully assembled, DataDirect will be delivering a sustained parallel I/O aggregate Write bandwidth of 112.5 GigaBytes/s to Livermore's scientific applications! ...DataDirect Networks profile


Infineon Samples World´s First DDR-Micro-DIMM

Munich, Germany - July 27, 2004 - Infineon Technologies AG today announced the world's first DDR-Micro-DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Module) Module for Sub-Notebooks.

Infineon's Jedec compliant Micro-DIMMs, which are only 65% of the size of equal capacity SO-DIMMs (Small Outline DIMMs) used for notebooks, will further accelerate the manufacturing of lighter and smaller sub-notebooks with enhanced functionalities and battery lifetime. Micro-DIMMs have the smallest area footprint of all memory modules at the same densities, and are an ideal solution for sub-notebooks.

Infineon has already secured its first design wins for the Micro-DIMM products, and was chosen as a preferred supplier by Asus, the world's largest manufacturer of computer motherboards. ...Infineon profile, RAM, SPARC Notebooks


Maxell Launches World's First 5X DVD-RAM Media

FAIR LAWN, NJ - May 25, 2004 - Maxell Corporation of America today introduced the world's first 5X DVD-RAM disc - the fastest rewritable, high-capacity DVD media currently available.

Maxell's latest DVD-RAM media is based on its newly developed Bismuth Coupling Material recording layer, which improves signal to noise ratio for higher reliability during high-speed recording. The new media has a capacity of 4.7GB, which equates to up to six hours of video in extended play mode. It is also backward compatible, supporting recording at 2X and 3X in addition to its 5X speed. The single-sided disc is compatible with all DVD-RAM drives and recorders and RAM readable DVD-ROM devices and DVD players. The 5X DVD RAM media will be available in June. ...Maxell profile


World's Highest Capacity 2.5" Hard Drive

IRVINE, Calif. - April 22, 2004 - Toshiba Corporation today confirmed its leadership in the fast growing market for 2.5-inch hard disk drives with the announcement of the MK1031GAS, the highest capacity drive yet achieved in this increasingly important form factor.

The new HDD delivers 100GB of storage capacity and does so in a drive only 9.5mm high. The MK1031GAS is ideally suited for integration into portable PCs, especially those with advanced audio-visual capabilities that need the capacity to handle large video sources.

"We are delighted to announce the world's highest capacity 2.5-inch HDD," said Amy Dalphy, manager, HDD business unit, Toshiba SDD. "We made improvements to push the capacity, increase shock resistance and lower power consumption and noise. The resulting drive is perfect for integration in high spec portable PCs and other portable devices. Our strategy is to create the technologies and products that make a reality of ubiquitous computing and we are sure the MK1031GAS makes a valuable contribution to that." ...Toshiba profile


The Highest Capacity Tape Drive

SAN FRANCISCO - February 20, 2003 - Sony Electronics is now shipping production units of its first-generation SAIT drives and media to tape library automation OEMs.
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With the ability to store up to 1.3TB of compressed data (500 gigabytes native) on a half-inch tape cartridge, SAIT-1 is staking its claim as the industry's highest capacity tape drive and the first available product to break the 1TB capacity barrier. The enterprise-class drive also features a sustained transfer rate of up to 78MB per second (30 MB/sec native) for efficient data recording and fast data recovery. ...Sony profile


The Most Rackmount Network Storage for $10K

Santa Fe Springs, California - February 10, 2004 - Aberdeen LLC today unveiled the AberNAS NAS solution which packs 3 terabytes in a standard 2U format at an amazing price under $10,000.

Packed with feature-rich server management, security and mission-critical features, the AberNAS by Aberdeen offers high-performance network attached storage without the high cost of ownership.

"As the old adage goes, everyone wants more for less and I managers are no different." states Aberdeen President, Moshe Ovadya. "This was the impetus behind the creation of the AberNAS by Aberdeen. Our NAS device not only provides the highest storage capacity density of up to 3.0TB per 2U chassis, but it also provides enterprise-class performance at the most competitive value in the marketplace. It is not only is backed by the reliability of the Aberdeen 5-Year Warranty, but with our CARES program it can be evaluated for free for 30 days." ...Aberdeen profile


Mellanox Scores World's First 10Gb/s Landed on Motherboard Design Win

SANTA CLARA, CA and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL - June 28, 2004 - Mellanox Technologies Ltd. today announced that IWILL has selected Mellanox's InfiniHost host channel adapter to provide 10Gb/s Landed on Motherboard connections for the DK8S2-IB server platform.

This platform represents the world's first server that provides 10Gb/s network connectivity as a feature that ships standard with every system. IWILL selected Mellanox's solution based on the rapid adoption rate of InfiniBand in clustered server applications as well as price/performance advantages over all other 10Gb/s technologies. InfiniBand, the only industry standard I/O technology that natively supports 10Gb/s performance to each node with remote direct memory access and hardware transport offload capabilities, offers a single converged network for communications, clustering and storage. ...Mellanox profile, Record Breaking Storage


The Most Scalable Network Storage System

SAN JOSE, Calif. - January 26, 2004 - BlueArc Corporation today announced the new Titan SiliconServer.

Titan allows a single file system to grow up to 256 terabytes and delivers throughput up to 20 Gigabits per second - providing the best performance and return on investment in the storage industry. BlueArc's unique SiliconServer Architecture a llows customers to scale a single Titan far beyond any other product available today, adapting to changing application or capacity needs, simplifying management, accelerating productivity and protecting long-term investment. ...BlueArc profile


Marvell Announces World's Lowest Power Gigabit Transceiver

Sunnyvale, California - May 17, 2004 - Marvell today announced that it has achieved an industry milestone with the introduction of the world's lowest power and most advanced Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) copper PHY technology.

The new Alaska GbE PHY family is also further enhanced with advanced proprietary Mixed-Signal, DSP and power management techniques, which enables the highest density and most compact form-factor Gigabit switches on the market today. The new family includes single, quad and octal port products, which are optimized for next-generation infrastructure and client applications.

The Alaska family has broken through a significant technology barrier by achieving under 0.5 watt per port power dissipation in actual, real world, full-duplex Gigabit operating conditions. This new level of ultra-low power consumption provides substantial system benefits by eliminating the need for fans and other cooling mechanisms such as heat sinks. ...Marvell profile


the Fastest Backup and Restore

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 21, 2003 - SGI announced today that it has achieved an unprecedented benchmark, sustaining a rate of 10.1TB per hour for a disk-to-tape file backup.

SGI has also established an image restore record of 7.9TB/hour. The benchmark nearly triples the previous record of 3.6TB per hour for backup and is more than three times faster than the previous restore record of 2.2TB per hour. ...SGI profile

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