Storage Web Digest: IBM Introduces Turbo-charged FAStT600 Storage

Forthcoming enhancements to company's FAStT600 storage server will improve performance and double the amount of data that the system can store. Iomega Targets SMB Backup, Archive Needs With New NAS Bundles Qualcomm Courts S

Enterprise Storage

IBM Introduces Turbo-charged FAStT600 Storage

IBM next month will offer some new enhancements to its FAStT600 storage server that it said will improve its performance and double the amount of data that the system can store. Called the "turbo" option, the enhancements will increase the FAStT600s memory cache from 256MB to 1GB and allow the system to host 112 Fibre Channel drives instead of the current total of 42. The turbo option will also include new Storage Manager 8.4 firmware. "If your needs change you can change it markedly in terms of performance, without having to swap out your controller or your drives, or change the Storage Manager," said Craig Butler, IBMs manager of midrange storage product marketing.

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Iomega Targets SMB Backup, Archive Needs With New NAS Bundles

Iomega Corp. this week announced three new NAS backup bundles for small and medium-sized businesses. Iomega NAS backup bundles include a Windows Powered Iomega NAS server with up to 1.28 TB of capacity, an Iomega Tape autoloader with up to 6.4 TB of backup capacity, the company said. The products are available now.

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Personal Storage

Qualcomm Courts SanDisk for Mobile Storage

Looking to add more capacity to next generation mobile devices, Qualcomm Inc. this week inked a deal with flash memory card maker SanDisk Corp. As part of the agreement, Qualcomm said it will support removable miniSD and SD cards in its Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipset family beginning with the MSM6100 and expanding to the MSM6250, MSM6275, MSM6300 and MSM6500 chipsets. SanDisks thumbnail-sized miniSD flash memory card is offered in capacities of 16MB, 32MB and 64MB. The card is electrically and software compatible with the existing SD standard.

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Storage Business

Venture Captial Firms Pump $1.1B into Storage Startups Storage networking startups raised about $1.12 billion in the 12-month period from July 2002 to June 2003, according to Byte and Switch Insider s August report. Thats a noticeable decline over the preceding one-year period. The report conservatively estimates that venture capital funding of storage networking companies has dropped at least 50 percent year over year. But the report also shows that storage networking continues to be a vibrant sector, especially compared with other tech market categories.

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NAS: The New Storage Market Contender

Network attached storage (NAS) accounted for just 11 percent of worldwide external storage array revenue last year, according to research group Gartner. But that may be about to change. Gartner predicts that between 2002 and 2007, NAS revenue will grow 10 times faster than the overall external storage market, showing a 17 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). According to research company the Enterprise Storage Group, slow-changing or reference data such as old e-mails messages, presentations, x-ray images or engineering drawings will show a 92 percent CAGR in volume between 2001 and 2006. Currently this data accounts for 37 percent of all information being stored, but by 2005 its share of the total will have risen to more than half, according to the firm.

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