Storage News Digest: 02-Jan-03

Indian market moves toward network storage ... Barracuda ATA V with Serial ATA reviewed ... WiebeTech ships fan-free desktop drive ... Hitachi completes takeover of IBM's drive business.

Enterprise Storage

Network Storage Design Catches Fancy of Indian Companies

NEW DELHI: The Indian market is moving towards network storage architectures such as SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network Attached Storage) from DAS (Direct Attached Storage), IDC said Monday. Exponential data growth is fuelling the storage market, while declining costs of storage per gigabyte is giving an impetus to the market. Verticals such as banking and finance, IT, ITeS, telecom, government, PSUs and manufacturing are early to adopt storage systems in India. Revenues for disk storage systems revenue in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) has shown a sequential growth rate of 6 percent in the third quarter at $585.5 million, the IDC quarterly review said.

Read the full story on: The Economic Times, India

Personal Storage

Review: Seagate ST380023AS Hard Drive

Seagates Barracuda ATA V with Serial ATA Interface leverages the mechanics of the industrys quietest 7200-rpm desktop drive, according to this review. "The read performance of the Seagate ST380023AS was not as good as we had hoped for," said. "On the other hand, write performance was better than we hoped for." The Barracuda ATA V offers 80GB and 120GB capacities with an 8MB cache.

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WiebeTech Ships Fan-Free Hard Drive

Storage peripheral maker WiebeTech is now shipping its new fan-less DesktopGB+, a desktop FireWire hard disk drive. WiebeTech sells the DesktopGB+ in configurations ranging from a 0GB empty drive bay (install your own drive mechanism) up to a 200GB model. Prices range from $139.95 to $479.95, depending on capacity. The DesktopGB+s freedom from fans means the new enclosure is quieter than past offerings from WiebeTech.

Read the full story on: DataStoreX

Storage Business

Hitachi Completes Purchase of IBM Drive Business

Hitachi completed its purchase of the majority of IBMs hard disk drive manufacturing business for $2.05 billion, IBM said in a statement. Hitachi paid 70 percent of the purchase price Tuesday, with the remaining 30 percent to be paid to IBM over a three-year period, IBM said. Under the agreement, Hitachi will form a new company called Hitachi Global Storage Technologies based in San Jose, Calif. IBM and Hitachi announced in April their intention to create the new company from the two companies hard disk drive divisions.

Read the full story on: InfoWorld, and check out the new column on the topic from Storage Supersites David Morgenstern