Storage Web Digest: Sun, NetApp to Boost File-Sharing Speed
Companies to offer Network File System, supports 10-Gbps throughput with RDMA capabilities.
Enterprise StorageSun, NetApp to Boost File-Sharing Speed In a quest to update outdated standards in data exchange, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Network Appliance Inc. announced this week a plan to offer Network File System (NFS), a distributed file system created by Sun that allows users to access files and directories located on remote computers, and treat those files and directories as if they were local. The plan will support data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbits per second with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capabilities. "NFS technology was developed and introduced by Sun almost two decades ago. It has since then become an industry standard for network file sharing. RDMA file access is fundamentally important for mission-critical data center environments," said Glenn Weinberg, Director of Software Engineering at Sun Microsystems. RDMA is a network interface card (NIC) feature that lets one computer directly place information into the memory of another.
Personal StorageToshiba Ships New 2.5-Inch Hard Disk Drive Toshiba this week announced new 80-Gbyte and 40-Gbyte 2.5-inch hard disk drives. The two-platter 80-Gbyte hard disk drive weighs 98 grams, supports the ATA-6 interface, has a rotational speed of 4,200 RPM. The drives are available now. Read the full press release on:DataStoreX.Com
Storage BusinessIDC Reports Storage Connectivity Chip Sales Grow with SAN Adoption The storage connect semiconductor market is expected to grow 9 percent year-over-year in 2003 to reach $490 million, and will post a 15 percent compound annual growth rate to reach $906 million by 2007, according to a new report by IDC. Growth expectations throughout the forecast will be driven by increased demand for 1-, 2-, 4- and 10-Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters and SAN-switching infrastructure systems along with continued deployment of RAID storage to support increased capacity and higher availability demands, IDC said. Meanwhile, within the RAID controller storage connect segment, the study finds that Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) will steadily displace parallel SCSI as the primary hard disk drive interface technology used within enterprise servers and disk array systems. Read the full press release on:IDC