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SanDisk Acquires M-Systems

MILPITAS, Calif. & KFAR SABA, Israel - July 30, 2006 - SanDisk Corp and M-Systems today entered into definitive agreements for SanDisk to acquire M-Systems in an all stock transaction. This combination joins together two flash memory pioneers with complementary products, customers and channels. Together the combined company will have the people, technology, manufacturing and IP to play a leading role in creating new markets and accelerating the penetration of flash memory into existing storage applications. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006.

"SanDisk and M-Systems, over the past 18 years, have been leading innovators in the flash storage market. This strategic acquisition will give us the critical mass and complementary products, customers, channels, technology and manufacturing base to take our shared vision to the next level. The NAND flash data storage business is in its early stages and we believe the market opportunity is largely untapped," said Eli Harari, Chairman and CEO of SanDisk. ...M-Systems profile, ...SanDisk profile, Flash Storage, Acquired storage companies

Editor's comments:- M-Systems has been one of the fastest growing storage companies in recent years, with a growth rate many times faster than even the flash market. Flash manufacturers like SanDisk need access to the controller and interface technology developed by companies like M-Systems so they can tap the huge application opportunities created by the solid state disk market.

Samsung Prepares for SSD-Aware PC Market

San Jose, CA - July 25, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that a 4GB solid state disk, now being readied for production, will also serve as a high speed cache for notebooks and PCs in conjunction with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. The device - compatible with Windows ReadyBoost, a new Windows Vista feature that uses flash memory to improve system responsiveness - enables users to avoid the hundreds of annoying multi-second delays they experience every day when moving within and between frequently used applications.

"By caching Hard Drive data using Samsung's flash SSD and the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, a typical user will see performance gains that will make working with their PC lightning fast," said Don Barnetson, Director, Flash Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

The Windows ReadyBoost feature of the Windows Vista operating system will intelligently populate the SSD with the data a user needs before they ask for it. It readies a user's favorite applications and data in the background, accelerating everyday actions such as starting applications and switching users. When a user requests that data, rather than being limited to servicing 100-200 requests per second (as with a traditional HDD), Samsung's SSD can service up to 5,000 requests per second. The 4GB SSD can work in tandem with a hybrid hard drive, coming into play as a secondary source of cached data.

Samsung's new performance booster can be located virtually anywhere on the motherboard and is connected through the ATA port. The flash cache compliments DRAM and because Windows Vista automatically compresses all data stored in a ReadyBoost device, the 4 gigabyte drive would, in practice, act as up to 8 gigabytes of user data. ...Samsung profile, solid state disks, hard disk drives

Editor's comments:- If Microsoft leverages the experience it acquires in supporting SSDs in notebooks into the server market - then it will offer a compelling argument for Linux and Solaris users to switch to a Vistalike server OS. Microsoft's "SSD-aware" operating systems will potentially run applications twice as fast as others on the same processor - but without needing the labor intensive tweaking required by current solutions.

New 7 Way SAS HDD Duplicator from ICS

Editor:- July 25, 2006 - Chatsworth, Calif. based Intelligent Computer Solutions has launched the industry's first high performance Serial Attached SCSI hard disk duplicator. The ImageMASSter 6007SAS (price $8,050) supports all SAS hard drives and copies simultaneously at very high speed from any SATA/SAS/SCSI/IDE hard drive to any 7 SAS/SATA/IDE targets hard drives. It can copy all operating systems such as Windows, Macintosh and UNIX and is an ideal tool for server OEMs migrating from SCSI to SAS/SATA. ...Intelligent Computer Solutions profile, Serial Attached SCSI, Hard Disk Duplicators, Hard disk drives

Pillar Launches Storage Management Suite

San Jose, Calif. - July 24, 2006 - Pillar Data Systems today announced the Pillar AxiomONE software suite for its hardware platform. AxiomONE brings together both SAN and NAS management, multiple data services capabilities for data protection and archiving, guided maintenance and support, and a robust operating system under a simple management interface.

"We had looked at several storage platforms and for what we needed to do, it would have taken weeks and in some circumstances months whereas with the Pillar Axiom and Pillar AxiomONE, it took less than two days," said Nick DeMonner, founder and acting CTO at AthletiShare. "...They've eliminated much of the traditional but unnecessary cost and complexity of storage. The benefits we've realized are significant and have lowered risk and complexity within our data center." ...Pillar Data Systems profile, Storage Software

Overland Accelerates Disk to Disk Backup

SAN DIEGO - July 24, 2006 - Overland Storage, Inc. today announced version 3.0 of its REO Protection OS which is integrated with its REO disk-based backup and recovery appliance. The latest version accelerated backup speeds by up to 60% when compared to the previous version of the software. Additionally, the embedded software boasts performance gains for single- and multi-streaming with both iSCSI and Fibre Channel host connectivity. With over 4,000 units and 13 petabytes of storage shipped, the REO SERIES with Protection OS remains the best-selling, purpose-built backup and recovery appliances. This latest version also supports a new Linux 2.6 kernel and redesigned I/O subsystem. ...Overland Storage profile, Backup Software, Disk to disk backup
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