Here's your weekly storage round-up:

CNT revealed that IBM is to resell its new UMD multi-service director. Read about this director in our feature.

DRAM - news.xinhuanet.com, reports that worldwide dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) revenues reached 6.7 billion US dollars in the second quarter of 2004, a 19.8 percent increase from the first quarter of this year, according to Gartner.

Emulex has announced that NEC has added its InSpeed embedded storage switching technology into the new NEC iStorage S2400, S1400 and S400 Series of midrange and entry-level drive arrays, making them SBODs or switched bunch of disks. First shipments are taking place in Japan from 5 August onwards, with the rest of the world following later. Switched arrays are said to offer better and more scalable I/O than bus-based arrays.

Engenio said it has certified Kashya’s Data Protection Appliance, the KBX4000, which offers bi-directional data replication over IP. It has also postponed its IPO due to uncertain economic conditions.

Exabyte reports that customers are buying more and more of its VXA drives, and its VXA PacketLoader. Customers appear to be buying less and less of its older Mammoth tape drive line. Like its historic tusked counterpart, Mammoth appears to be heading for extinction.

Exanet says its ExaStor now supports SATA RAID arrays. ExaStor is a clustered NAS storage system.

HP has announced its HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1500, which it says is the first storage array to support either SCSI or Serial ATA (SATA) disk enclosures behind a single controller shelf, and the MSA20, a low-cost, high-capacity SATA disk drive storage enclosure. HP is keen on drive interconnect mix-and-match - witness the FATA announcement last week enabling both FC and SATA drives to be used in one enclosure.

IBM is adding iSCSI support to its SAN Volume Controller (SVC) for Cisco's MDS9000 switch. It is also reportedly going to announce a DS300 iSCSI storage array, a follow-on to the earlier but cancelled DS200i iSCSI array of 2003.

IBM is also going to introduce later this year new entry-level, low cost disk storage products for the xSeries rack-mounted servers, including the new eServer x336, eServer x346 and BladeCenter systems. The new storage is planned with choices of iSCSI or Fibre Channel interfaces, and single or dual controller models.

Princeton Softech stated it had a sales and marketing technology alliance with BMC Software. The alliance adds database archiving to BMC Software’s SmartDBA Performance Management portfolio.

RAID Inc, a Massachusetts-based storage systems manufacturer, announced the release of its Raven iSCSI RAID subsystem.

SGI announced an agreement that will enable SGI Professional Services to resell and support the YottaYotta NetStorager System. The companies will offer a single shared file system that allows multiple users, worldwide, to have transparent access to shared data. (See our Wide Area File System - WAFS - feature discussing this concept.)

SANRAD told us its V-Switch products have successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM’s TotalStorage FAStT, IBM 2104 Ultra 320 SCSI and Enterprise Storage Server products and has been confirmed as IBM TotalStorage Proven.

Under the light relief heading we note that Seagate is supplying its new 5GB one-inch drive to Rio for use in its Carbon MP3 player. The player appears positioned against Apple's mega-popular iPod and holds more songs, plays them at better quality and has a longer battery life. The iPod uses a Toshiba microdrive. iPod production is limited by manufacturing delays. Perhaps Seagate will make music with its new drive?

StorageTek is to resell Gresham's Enterprise DistribuTape (EDT) software to customers who manage libraries with StorageTek's ACSLS Manager software and/or LibraryStation software in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) environments.

StorageTek has also told us it will launch a 1TB capacity tape. A T9940C (we think it's a C) will deliver 500TB + native around 2005/6 with I/O of around 60Mbit/s. Then a T9940D (we think) will deliver the magic terabyte in 2007 or so with a possible 120Mbit/s I/O.

Veritas revealed 4.0 versions of Veritas Storage Foundation certified for Red Hat Linux: Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC; Storage Foundation Cluster File System; Cluster Server with Global Cluster Option; and Volume Replicator software. Veritas' Storage Foundation software incorporates a 'Portable Data Container' enabling data to be moved to Linux and back again in minutes. These Veritas offerings will help customers migrate applications and systems to Red Hat Linux

Veritas may also announce later this week updated Storage Replicator for backing up remote sites and NAS units to a central server.