Storage News Digest: 09-Dec-02

EMC eyes SPC-1 benchmark ... Strong prospects for SANs ... CD-R Disc sales rose in November ... Disk storage sales drop.

Enterprise Storage

EMC Just Looking at Benchmark Test

Within two hours of the Storage Performance Council releasing its test specification for scrutiny by non-members such as EMC last week, engineers involved with the companys CLARiiON storage array placed an order for a copy. However, EMC maintained its previous distance from the SPC-1 benchmark, which measures IOPS and throughput performance of disk arrays and was launched this year. It said its $2,500 order was simply part of a watching brief, and that it is still doubtful that the test represents real-world performance.

Read the full story on: The Register

The Big Business of Storing Big Data

Since IT budgets have been slashed in the economic downturn, many businesses are seeking ways to reduce the burden on overworked staff. One way to do this is to use a SAN, or storage area network, which reduces data management costs, increases hardware efficiency and improves data recovery capabilities. The SAN market was worth $6 billion in 2001, and networked storage represented an estimated 55 percent of all external storage, according to Gartner research director Bob Passmore. By 2006, he said, networked storage likely will represent at least 80 percent of all storage sold. Growth is soaring because capacity keeps increasing as the price of disks falls, enabling production of cheaper, more powerful storage systems.

Read the full story on: E-Commerce News

Personal Storage

CD-R Disc Sales Rise—Along with Prices

The peak-season effect and rise of $0.01 in CD-R disc prices helped boost November sales revenues for the leading Taiwan based storage disc makers Ritek and CMC Magnetics. Ritek experienced a rebound in CD-R disc sales this month, citing the price rise starting in October. The manufacturing price for CD-R discs is around $0.17 to $0.18 per unit. CMC Magnetics, which draws 80 percent of its revenues from CD-R discs, posted sales of NT $150 million in November, up 2.2 percent from October. The companys manufacturing price for CD-R discs is $0.19 to $0.20 in Europe and U.S.

Read the full story on: DigiTimes

Storage Business

IDC: Disk Storage Systems Sales Dip 3%

Market research firm IDC said it doesnt expect an "imminent" recovery for the disk storage companies, whose sales were down this past quarter. Disk storage posted sales of $4.7 billion in the third quarter of 2002, down 3 percent from the second quarter of 2002, to IDC. The research firm said HP continued to lead storage revenue, with a 27 percent share. IBM is at No. 2 with 20 percent. With a 28 percent revenue share, EMC held its lead in the total network storage market (NAS combined with Open SAN).

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