Storage News Digest: 16-Dec-02

HP warms up to iSCSI ... Quantum goes to the tape with DLT roadmap ... Washington Post eyes new drives ... New Sony Memory Stick won't support some older devices ... IBM's storage GM speaks ... Xdrive forges ahead on storage as service.

Enterprise Storage

HP to Launch iSCSI Hardware in Q1

Hewlett-Packard will enter the iSCSI market early next year when it launches a low-end storage array that combines combined NAS and iSCSI as well as a high-end iSCSI switch that will likely be OEMed from Cisco Systems. As the largest single supplier of disk storage, HPs support will considerably boost the credibility of iSCSI, which so far has failed to generate enthusiasm from OEMs. HPs launch is expected to take place within the first couple of months of next year.

Read the full story on: The Register

Quantum Leaps Ahead of LTO

Data protection specialist Quantum Corporation has revealed a roadmap for digital linear tape (DLT) over the next four years, promising to leave the linear tape open (LTO) format far behind in capacity. George Kreigler, Quantum DLT Group senior vice president and general manager of drives, told "There will be no more leapfrog [between DLT and LTO capacities]. SuperDLT is at 320GB today. Next summer, this will rise to 600GB, with 1,200 by end of 2004." With the higher data density, data transfer rates are also expected rise, from the current maximum of 32Mbps—similar to LTO—to 200Mbps by 2006.

Read the full story on: , and check out Ziffs coverage of Quantums roadmap

Personal Storage

Little Big Hard Drives

Hard drives have bulked up, slimmed down, sped up and dropped in price—and they no longer require cracking open a PCs case and fussing with strange wires and jumpers. Which is good, because our data are expanding faster than waistlines at a holiday dinner. Whats made the difference is the superfast connections on new computers—FireWire, also sold as "1394" or "i.Link," and USB 2.0—which transfer half a gigabyte of data in about a minute or less. USB 2.0 drives also plug into older PCs USB 1.1 ports, although the slower link will brake your data transfers to horse-cart speeds.

Read the full story on: Washington Posts

New Memory Stick to Forget Older Devices

Sony will soon unveil a higher-capacity version of its popular Memory Stick removable flash memory card, but sources say it wont be compatible with some older devices. While current Memory Stick cards top out at 128MB, the new cards will come in 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities, and they are designed for higher performance than the previous card format. Sony representatives said that the official announcement is still weeks away and cautioned that details of the new format could change. The company declined to comment further.

Read the full story on: CNET

Storage Business

IBM Looks for Growth in Storage

As General Manager of the Storage Software Division in the Storage Systems Group, Michael Zisman is responsible for steering IBMs storage software growth and implementing the companys vision for autonomic computing and data visualization. He met with InfoWorld to discuss how IBMs initiatives for self-managing software, grid computing, and Linux relate to its storage software products.

Read the full story on: InfoWorld

Xdrive Readies Next Phase of Storage-As-Service Plan

Xdrive Inc. apparently didnt get the message that storage as a service cant work. Even though market leader StorageNetworks Inc. blew through almost $500 million buying all the hardware necessary for its customers to receive storage as a service and is trying to become a storage-management software vendor, Xdrive is preparing to go into Phase Two of its Web-based storage and document-management service, including timed backup and recovery at the touch of a screen.

Read the full story on: InformationWeek