Battle of Mid-Range Enterprise Market: EMC, HP and IBM
A week after Dell began worldwide manufacturing of its Dell/EMC CX200 storage systems, IBM rolled out a competing model that Big Blue claims is cheaper and offers 40 percent better performance. At the same time, HP announced plans to unveil a competitor to EMCs CLARiiON CX400 at the Storage Networking World conference next week. Mike Karp, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, believes the IBM and HP offerings are “excellent competitors to CLARiiON — IBM at a somewhat lower range and HP at the higher. Price-performance is the key in the mid-range, however, so that is going to be the calculation that counts.”
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PDC Ramps Up 512MB SD Card Production
Power Data Communications said it will start volume production of its 512MB Secure Digital cards in April, with a monthly output of one million to five million units. The company also said it expects to launch 1GB SD cards in the second or third quarter of this year. PDC currently offers SD products with regular specifications ranging from 8MB to 512MB, and MultiMedia Card products with specifications from 8MB to 256MB.
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Spending Slip Due for SAN?
Spending on storage area networks will be lower this year than last, according to a survey and report by research firm TheInfoPro. Compared with last year, 40 percent of some 200 Global 2000 storage decision makers said they will spend less on SAN technology in 2003. Thirty percent expected they will spend about the same as in 2002. Also, almost a third of the companies surveyed said they planned to move dollars from SAN hardware to software during 2003, according to report. Among their most common complaint was for better storage management software, which garnered the largest number of votes on a wish list.
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CeBIT America Creates Programs for Storage and Security
As part of its inaugural information and communications technology trade show, CeBIT America, the first international CeBIT trade show to convene in the United States (June 18-20, 2003; Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City), will produce special exhibit and conference programs for the storage and security industries — two technology sectors expected to gain ground in 2003.
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