Storage News Digest: 3-Feb-03

IBM Grafts Bluefin API to Storage Server ... Finding Files Without an IT Degree ... Tiny Whiskers Make Huge Memory Storage ... Hitachi Quits Low-Margin Areas.

Enterprise Storage

IBM Grafts Bluefin API to Storage Server

IBM isnt passing up a chance to try to steal rival EMCs thunder in the storage sector as it plans today to debut the Enterprise Storage Server Application Programming Interface (ESS API) for its latest high-end storage server. Big Blue has created the ESS API to work smoothly in the Enterprise Storage Server Model 800 member of its Shark family. It is compatible with "Bluefin," the API for finding, monitoring and managing devices on a storage area network. IBMs announcement falls on the same day EMC is widely expected to unveil its Symmetrix 6, the latest iteration of its high-end storage platform.

Read the full story on: InternetNews

Finding Files Without an IT Degree

Software maker NuView is preparing the first global naming directory for Network Appliance storage devices. The companys StorageX 3 management software presents a point-and-click directory of all stored files based on business terms. People dont have to know where a document is in order to find it. StorageX also is designed to help administrators manage devices from Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Network Appliance as one network and to replicate files between the different environments.

Read the full story on: CommWeb

Personal Storage

Tiny Whiskers Make Huge Memory Storage

Tiny magnetic sensors could help break a technical barrier to ushering in the next generation of disk storage capacity, researchers reported Friday. The problem with expanding storage disk capacity is that as data bits become exceedingly small, their magnetic fields become correspondingly weaker and harder to read, said researcher Harsh Chopra, a materials scientist at the State University of New York in Buffalo. The new magnetic sensors, filaments of nickel only a few atoms wide, are capable of detecting extremely weak magnetic fields. Each of the filaments can read infinitesimal magnetic fields and at room temperature can detect a 100,000 percent change in voltage.

Read the full story on: EETimes

Storage Business

Hitachi Quits Low-Margin Areas

Hitachi, Japans largest electronics maker, said it would quit businesses that account for one-fifth of sales in an effort to improve profitability and more than double its profit margin by March 2006. The company will invest Y60bn ($510m) annually to enhance its storage operations to achieve operating profits by fiscal 2004. The storage business includes the hard disk drive operations acquired from IBM last year. Hitachi is aiming for sales of Y780bn from hard disk drives in fiscal 2005, six times sales for the year ending in March.

Read the full story on: Reuters