Storage News Digest: Thumbs Up For iSCSI Standard and More

IETF gives iSCSI the official nod ... Next-generation optical drives release licensing terms ... Faster Addonics Flash reader/writer drives ... BMC Takes Leave of distributed storage management market

Enterprise Storage

Ayes Take iSCSI Vote

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) this week approved the iSCSI standard. This forthcoming standard allows storage area networks (SAN) to be built using existing Ethernet networking. The technology holds the promise to let multiple computers tap into a pool of storage systems. The major competitor for iSCSI is the existing Fibre Channel protocol, which offers high performance and is well-established in the marketplace, but requires separate networks. While not widely used today, iSCSI holds the potential to be less expensive and less difficult to use than Fibre, according to industry watchers.

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Personal Storage

Blu-Ray Licensing Gets Green Light

The nine developers of Blu-ray, a rewritable optical disc system, will begin licensing the format Monday. Companies planning to develop, make or sell products using the format will need to sign a 10-year licensing agreement with the consortium as well as a separate license with Matsushita, Philips and Sony covering Blu-rays content protection system. Offering capacities up to 50GB on a single disc, Blu-Ray holds the promise of HD-quality movies in the familiar CD/DVD-sized format.

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Addonics Updates Interfaces On Flash Reader/Writer

Addonics Technologies recently announced new FireWire and USB 2.0 versions of its Mini DigiDrive multi-format Flash memory reader/writer. The drive supports seven formats: Compact Flash-I, CF-II, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, and Secure Digital Card media. The device can also simultaneously read and write to and exchange data among two different media types. The company also announced USB 2.0 compatibility for its Internal DigiDrive product.

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Storage Business

BMC Exits Distributed Storage Management Market

BMC Software this week decided to withdraw from the distributed storage management market and focus its efforts on network management. The company confirmed it will discontinue further development of its Patrol Storage Manager product. The latest version of Patrol Storage Manager was released last month. BMC judged that the distributed storage market is one that does not warrant further investment, said Dan Hoffmann, director of enterprise storage management for the company. "The distributed storage market is highly fragmented," he said. "Many players in this market are not making money."

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