Storage Web Digest: Synchronous SAN Sets Fibre Channel Distance Record and More
IBM Shows New SAN Controller ... Synchronous SAN Sets Fibre Channel Distance Record ... Sunplus-Oak Joint Venture for Optical Storage Chipset Gets Underway ... Network Appliance Executives Sell Stock
Enterprise StorageIBM Shows New SAN Controller IBM last week demonstrated its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) at its Hursley Park, UK laboratories. The SVC uses four 2Gbit-per-second FibreChannel interfaces, a 4GB cache and dual 2.4GHz Pentium 4 to manage heterogeneous hard disk storage independently of application serversstorage virtualization, in other words. Storage virtualization is disk management where the physical details of the hard disks are hidden by a controller from servers on a network. The controller can organize caching, reaction to faults, storage attachment and removal, as well as security, backup and other management issues, by bringing disparate devices together into components of one unit of storage, a single virtual disk drive which in the SVC can be up to 2 petabytes (roughly a million gigabytes) in size.
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Personal StorageSunplus-Oak Joint Venture for Optical Storage Chipset Gets Underway Sunplus Technology and US-based Oak Technology started a joint venture, Sunnext, in Taiwan that will launch CD-ROM and CD-R/RW drive chipsets at the beginning of the second quarter. Last month, the companies announced that Sunplus would acquire Oaks optical storage business and establish a spin-off to serve the PC sector exclusively while Sunplus concentrates on the consumer electronics sector. The president of the joint venture will come from Oaks original optical storage R&D team, Sunplus said. Read the full story on:DigiTimes
Storage BusinessNetwork Appliance Executives Sell Stock Three top executives from Network Appliance sold a combined $5.7 million in stock of the network storage company in the days after it announced quarterly increases in revenue and earnings. On Feb. 11, Network Appliance announced third-quarter earnings of $228.5 million, compared with $198.3 million a year earlier. Network Appliance spokesman Eric Brown said the company does not comment on individual executive stock transactions, but added that the trades represent a small portion of the executives total holdings. Read the full story on: Mercury News