- Global drive unit shipments increased to nearly 381 million drives, a 24.4% increase over 2004
- Revenue closed at $27.9 billion, breaking the 1997 record of $27.8 billion
- The world's smallest (0.85 inch) and largest (500 GB) drives began to ship in 2005
- The world's first perpendicular recording drive shipped in 2005
- Cumulative worldwide drive shipments will exceed 3 billion units from 2005-2010
- The 3.5-inch form factor will continue to provide the highest unit shipment volume of any form factor through 2010
LSI, Seagate form SAS initiative LSI Logic Corp. and Seagate Technology announced the SAS Leadership Initiative, aimed at "driving rapid end-user migration to SAS technology." As the first step under the new initiative, the two companies are bundling LSI SAS adapters with Seagate SAS hard drives for the channel market, making it possible for users to convert from SCSI to SAS or upgrade SATA-only configurations to SAS/SATA combinations.
CentrePath folds in replication monitoring CentrePath Inc. has integrated its Magellan replication monitoring tool into ComBrio's Network Control Center network monitoring product. With the addition of this tool, customers will be able to perform fault tolerance tests, root cause analyses and be alerted to bad configurations when performing data replication.
Kano markets iSCSI for SMBs Kano Technologies Corp. introduced the X-Spand IP, an iSCSI storage appliance for the small and midsized business (SMB) market. The X-Spand IP SAN is deployable within a single rackmount space, offers 860 MBps bandwidth and up to 12 terabytes of protected RAID storage capacity. The product is available now through Kano's reseller partners, with prices starting at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $5,999.