SAN Around the World
According to Cisco System execs, Storage intelligence is moving from the host and array toward the SAN fabric, resulting in improved storage networking and the availability of improved storage services. During a keynote presentation at this weeks Storage World Conference, Luca Cafiero and Soni Jiandani of Ciscos Storage Technology Group, and Soni Jiandani said SANs today still have a long way to evolve from the current state, described as local SANs, to a true global SAN. But the evolution is progressing in much the same way as LAN and WAN evolution did in the past.
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Make Way for Serial ATA
Serial ATA, planned as a replacement for Parallel ATA, is picking up steam and is expected to be the dominant physical storage interface within a few years according to reports. Research firm iSuppli forecasts that worldwide shipments of Serial ATA drives will amount to 1.1 million units this year and to 3.6 million by 2004, when the serial interface will exceed parallel ATA shipments. John Monroe, an analyst with Gartner Dataquest, estimates that Serial ATA drives are now priced from $4.50 to $7 higher than Parallel ATA drives, and he anticipates price parity in 18 months, if not earlier. "When theyre in massive volume, cost will come down," Monroe said. "Well see real volume as Intel makes its chipset changes."
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Emulex Settles Class Action Lawsuits
Emulex last week put a number of lawsuits to rest with the announcement that it reached "tentative" settlements to conclude securities class action and derivative lawsuits brought against the company and certain directors and officers in 2001. Under the settlements, all claims will be dismissed and the litigation will be terminated in exchange for a payment of $39.5 million, according to the company.
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First-Tier Optical Disc Manufacturers Release 1Q Financial Results
Despite poor financial results for the first quarter of this year, all three first-tier optical disc makers in Taiwan project a bright future, and said they expect to see continuous revenue increase for the rest of the year. Citing surging prices for CD-R discs, CMC Magnetics, Ritek and Prodisc Technology all expected growth in their April revenues. CD-R prices, once as low as around $0.15 per disc last year, are currently at $0.18 to $0.19. The prices are expected to grow to $0.20 to $0.21 in the second half of this year, the companies said.
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