Seagate and AMD show off 6-gig SATA drives

Seagate and AMD demonstrate 6-gig SATA, which could make it into storage arrays in late 2009; Spectra Logic unveils 1.5 PB tape library; Winchester ships rugged storage enclosure.

This week's storage news:

Drive maker Seagate Technology LLC and chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc. demonstrated 6 Gbps SATA this week at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference in New Orleans. That's double the current bandwidth SATA currently supports.

Seagate expects 6-gig SATA drives to show up in PCs and low-end servers first, with support in enterprise storage arrays to follow late this year or in 2010. The 6-gig SATA drives will be backward-compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps SATA, and use the same cables and connectors.

IDC: Storage software growth slows

IDC's "Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker" found that the worldwide storage software market grew year over year for the 21st straight quarter, but slowed to a 3.6% increase over the fourth quarter of 2007. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $3.03 billion, and EMC Corp. led with a 26% market share. Symantec Corp. was second with 18.3%, followed by IBM Corp. (13.2%), NetApp, Hewlett-Packard Co. and CA.

Spectra Logic tape library breaks 1 PB mark

Spectra Logic Corp. announced the availability of the Spectra T680 for large midrange and small enterprise customers. The Spectra T680 scales to 1.5 PB in a single rack.

Winchester Systems ships rugged storage and servers

Winchester Systems Inc. introduced a new generation of rugged data storage systems at the FOSE 2009 show this week in Washington, D.C. The new line includes three rugged FlashDisk expandable (RX) RAID data storage systems with up to 16 drives and 80 TB. The systems support RAID 6 dual parity. Winchester also launched a dual-Intel Xeon processor rugged server with eight cores.

Samsung launches 1.5 TB green drive

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. rolled out the EcoGreen F2EG hard disk with 500 GB per disk and 1.5 TB of total capacity. The disk has increased recording density and uses a low-power, low-heat, low-noise operation technology called EcoTriangle.

Seanodes opens Windows Server 2008 beta program

Seanodes Inc. began beta testing its Exanodes software for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, enabling customers to repurpose commoditized or existing hardware as an iSCSI SAN. Exanodes can aggregate different types of servers and disks -- including SATA and SAS disks, and solid-state disks -- in one storage pool.

CRU-DataPort releases portable RAID storage enclosure

CRU-DataPort rolled out a portable DataRAID PDR610 iSCSI enclosure at FOSE 2009. The enclosure transports up to 9 TB with a built-in RAID controller. It has a dual-Gigabit Ethernet interface and six drive bays with vibration-resistant removable drive carriers.

Chelsio, IBM to develop 10 Gigabit Ethernet chips

Chelsio Communications Inc. is working with IBM Corp. to develop and market 10 Gig Ethernet adapters and ASICs. IBM will integrate Chelsio's technology in IBM Power Systems platforms, and the two vendors say they will explore other joint development opportunities.

Arkeia begins subscription licensing

Arkeia Software Inc. introduced a subscription licensing program to minimize up-front investments. Arkeia's subscription licensing includes enterprise backup capabilities with disk and tape support, backup replication, and database backup and support for virtualized environments.

Copan Systems teams with Promark Technology for GSA contract

Copan Systems Inc. is making available a new General Services Administration (GSA) contract schedule for government agencies and Copan VARs through Copan's agreement with Promark Technology.

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