Storage Clips: IDC says primary storage still growing

Storage growth continues, according to a new report -- and it's being led by the most expensive systems.

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IDC says primary storage still growing
IDC's report on disk storage for the first quarter of 2006 shows continued growth, led by high-end, primary storage -- the high-end segment (defined by IDC as systems priced at $500,000 and over) showed year-over-year growth of nearly 40%. "Although data protection, digital content and other emerging data-intensive applications are driving market growth mainly for midrange systems, demand for highly scalable primary storage also remains strong indicating the ongoing consolidation within corporate data centers," said Natalya Yezhkova, senior research analyst, IDC storage systems.

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues in the first quarter of 2006 grew 10.3% from one year ago to $4.2 billion, according to the report. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to $5.8 billion, up 6.7% from the prior year's first quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 627 petabytes, growing 51.5%.

Kasten Chase goes out of business
Mainframe tape encryption and key management developer Kasten Chase Applied Research Ltd. announced that it is ceasing operations. The company said in a press release that it was seeking either an expression of interest in acquisition or a reseller arrangement with an established storage vendor but none were forthcoming, and the board of directors has discontinued operations. The assets of the company will be assigned to a trustee in bankruptcy to pay off creditors.

IBM NetApp OEM targeted at SMBs
IBM announced its latest rebranding of Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp), the IBM System Storage N5000, which offers IP attachment to Fibre Channel-based storage subsystems. The N series gateway, priced at $34,650, which includes a three-year warranty on hardware and software, is a bid for small and midsized businesses (SMB), IBM said. It is also touting the NAS gateway as a lower cost alternative to purchasing Fibre Channel host bus adapters.

The gateway is available in two models: the N5200 and N5500, both with hot swappable components, 8 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports. The models are scalable from 50 terabytes (TB) up to 84 TB of physical capacity.

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