HDD and enclosures

Maxtor, as well as announcing 900 job losses at its Singapore facility has tested its SAS and SATA drives with LSI Logic MegaRAID adapters. Maxtor is being bought by Seagate and this compatibility testing assumes, we hope that after the acquisition the (then) Seagate SAS and ATA drives will work with the adapters from LSI Logic.

LSI Logic's Engenio has decided to use Emulex InSpeed switches in 4Gbit/s FC4600 SBOD - switched bunch of disks - enclosures. The 3U enclosure can hold up to 16 Fibre Channel or SATA drives. It seems that 4Gbit/s technology is becoming the default these days.

Emulex has updated its HBA (host bus adapter) management software, HBAnywhere, which is now at version 3.0. It has secure, out-of-band management, better diagnostics, and users can name HBAs (i.e. DBserver HBA) for more intuitive references to them.

Hitachi GST has announced a new product line that gives DVR and set-top box customers a dedicated high storage capacity solution that's optimized for consumer electronics: the 3.5-inch CinemaStar hard disk drive. The new CinemaStar 7K500 and CinemaStar 7K160 are based off Hitachi's 3.5-inch Deskstar platform and feature 'bedroom-quiet' operation and enhanced reliability features.

Secondly, Hitachi GST announced two new 3.5-inch hard drives. The Deskstar T7K500 and Deskstar 7K160 feature 7,200rpm spin speeds and 3Gbit/s SATA interfaces to deliver maximum performance in mainstream and high-performance PCs, gaming systems and low duty cycle servers. The new drives use 160GB+ per platter technology to deliver up to 500GB of storage capacity in a two- and three-disk design.

Thirdly, Hitachi GST said digital video will be the next killer application for consumer electronic (CE) hard disk drives. According to industry analyst firm TrendFOCUS, digital video will be the primary catalyst for the growth of hard-disk-based storage in consumer electronics, with the predominant shift occurring in 2006. TrendFOCUS projects that video-based CE devices requiring hard drives will grow 80 percent this year.

Video-specific features that Hitachi plans to incorporate in CE hard drives include advanced streaming technologies, security, improved acoustics, low-power modes and adaptive error recovery, among others.

Western Digital announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500GB SATA hard drives with a 3Gbit/s data transfer rate. WD RE2 drives are reliability-rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time between failure) in high duty cycle environments.

EMC and Intel announced a multi-year storage original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and expanded technology agreement focused on the growing storage requirements of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). As part of the agreement, Intel will offer a networked storage system based on the EMC CLARiiON AX150 to Intel resellers and distributors worldwide.

This is the latest in a recent series of collaborative activities between EMC and Intel. In March, Intel and VMware, an EMC subsidiary, announced a broad collaboration to bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprises and new market segments. Also, earlier in March, it was announced that EMC and Intel were two of several founding members of the Storage Bridge Bay Working Group. Storage Bridge Bay is a new open platform for storage innovations to benefit customers through standardization.

On the subject of strategic alliances EMC and NEC have agreed to collaborate on the development, manufacturing, distribution and support of certain future storage technologies and entry-level products. EMC and NEC have agreed to leverage their respective strengths and resources to bring the next generation of information management solutions and entry-level storage products to market.

EMC and NEC intend to license various technologies from their respective resource management products (EMC Smarts and NEC WebSAM) and will incorporate them into future releases from each company. The companies will further ensure tight integration of the WebSAM framework and the EMC Smarts model-based architecture.

Fibre Channel SAN

QLogic announced that its SANblade Pro 4Gb Fibre Channel HBAs are now available from Hitachi Data Systems. HDS will resell and support single and dual-port versions of PCI-X 2.0 and PCI Express SANblade Pro 4Gb HBAs.

LSI Logic has a SAN product, using IBM DS4100 or DS4300 disk systems and QLogic SANblade HBAs. The bundle is compliant with Microsoft's Simple SAN initiative.

Emulex said Hitachi Data Systems has qualified Emulex' 4Gbit/s PCI-X and PCI Express HBA products.

McData announced the introduction of the non-disruptive 4 Gbit/s QPM Blade for its Intrepid 6140 Directors.

Secondly, McData announced it has reached a milestone of more than 25,000 directors sold worldwide, holding a 65 percent lifetime product share in the fibre channel director space.

Sanbolic, a developer of software to simplify and share SAN storage, announced the release of Application Affinity for its clustered file system Melio FS. Sanbolic’s Melio FS and LaScala volume manager allow active-active access to shared files on SAN storage, enabling multiple user access to their critical data in high availability architectures. Application Affinity enables administrators to set priorities for each application server’s access to shared SAN storage in the event of server or network failure, and to detect the availability of the file system that contains critical data.

iSCSI

Network Appliance announced support for iSCSI software boot-from-SAN capabilities from Microsoft and qualified its iSCSI storage products with the new native iSCSI software stacks for Solaris 10 and Linux. These capabilities increase the iSCSI market opportunity by providing product for high-density server and departmental UNIX environments.

IP SAN

Wasabi supplies IP SAN software. It and Xyratex have validated a complete IP SAN product set using Wasabi software and Xyratex HS-1235 hardware.