Storage News Digest: 27-Jan-03

Lustre Among the First Object-Based Storage Systems ... Verbatim Delivers Latest 52X CD-R Recordable Media ... Partners in High Tech ... Tape Market Bounces Back.

Enterprise Storage

Lustre Among the First Object-Based Storage Systems

One soon-to-be-released incarnation of object-based storage is Lustre, an open-source file system thats under development by Cluster File Systems. Lustre, which is short for Linux Cluster, is a file system that can serve storage systems with tens of thousands of nodes and move hundreds of gigabytes per second. The 1.0 release of Lustre is expected this quarter and will target clusters of up to 1,000 nodes with 100TB of storage.

Read the full story on: Computerworld

Personal Storage

Verbatim Delivers Latest 52X CD-R Recordable Media

Verbatim Corporation has announced DataLifePlus 52X-certified CD-R discs, the fastest recording speed for the CD-R format. In addition to supporting the 7.8 MB/sec write speeds of new 52X drives, Verbatim CD-R media can also be used with existing CD drives at speeds ranging from 1X to 48X. The discs can record 80 minutes of music or 700MB of data in two minutes or less on 52X-capable recorders. Verbatim says the 52X CD-R discs deliver an estimated archival life of more than 100 years.

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Storage Business

Partners in High Tech

If the alliance between Dell Computer and EMC is a marriage of convenience, the partners are nonetheless clinging to each other tighter than ever. The alliance is a window on the new Dell, which is transitioning from a desktop computer company to a multibrand technology company, competing in server, storage, networking, services and consumer electronics markets. Dell has already signed up 1,500 new customers for EMCs Clariion CX200 -- customers smaller than those traditionally targeted by EMC. And in a new extension of their partnership not yet announced, EMC will market Dell servers to storage customers intent on one-stop shopping, blunting an advantage of EMC rivals, like Hewlett-Packard and IBM that sell both servers and storage.

Read the full story on: Boston Globe Online

Tape Market Bounces Back

A report from Freeman Reports, an Ojai, Calif.-based analyst firm that focuses on the tape market, said shipments of "super tape" drives more than doubled in 2002. The super drive category includes Super DLT drives from Quantum and Tandberg Data, and LTO drives from Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Seagate Technology. According to Bob Abraham, president of Freeman Reports, all five drive vendors competing in the super drive segment showed gains throughout the year, with the largest gains occurring in the third and fourth quarters. "Our preliminary analysis shows that combined unit shipments of Super DLT and LTO tape drives increased to 282,500 units in 2002, up 106% versus 2001," he said.

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