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Storage Clips: E-mail archiving sales soar

Businesses spend $180 million on e-mail archiving; Google launches search appliance for small businesses; Intel offers RAID-6 processor.

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Businesses spend $180M on e-mail archiving
A new report from analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that worldwide revenues for e-mail archiving software have increased six-fold from $33 million in 2002 to reach $180 million in 2004. The firm says that compliance fears have spurred the growth as companies spend more on archiving their e-mail to keep the regulators at bay. IDC is predicting that the compound annual growth rate will be around 50% for the market for the next three years. Growth in the sheer volume of e-mail being created also contributed to the increased software spend.

Google unveils search appliance for SMBs
Google Inc. has unveiled a search appliance for small businesses that indexes all content within a company's intranet or public Web site so that users can search that content in the same way that they conduct searches on The integrated hardware/software appliance is aimed at consulting firms, educational institutions, state and local governments and non-profits. Dubbed the Google Mini, the appliance can search across more than 220 file types and up to 50,000 documents, and comes with one year of support, software updates and hardware replacement coverage. It can be purchased online, directly from the Google Store, for $4,995 with a credit card or purchase order.

Intel releases RAID-6 processor
A new version of Intel's IOP331 I/O processor is now available to its customers -- companies such as LSI, Adaptec and Promise Technology. The new version provides hardware acceleration for RAID-6, a data protection scheme that enables a RAID array to withstand multiple disk drive failures or read errors, thanks to an extra parity bit. The IOP331 calculates the extra bit using the 'P Plus Q' methodology, which according to the company, provides better performance than the more traditional approach of calculating the parity by running it through the XOR engine a second time.

IBM reports 2004 storage patent numbers
IBM reported that it had more than 317 storage-related patents in 2004, compared to EMC's 129 patents, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. IBM's storage patents range from "Method to partition a data storage and retrieval system into one or more logical libraries" to "Peer-to-peer backup system with failure-triggered device switching honoring reservation of primary device." One patent, "Method and system for dynamically assigning addresses to an input/output device," describes the invention of parallel access volumes, a storage subsystem technology featured in the IBM Enterprise Storage Server. The patent describes a method and storage controller for providing multiple host processors simultaneous access to the same storage.

Storactive to host continuous data protection seminars
Storactive Inc., a provider of continuous data protection (CDP) technology, announced a seminar series on CDP. The kickoff seminar will be at the Microsoft office in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 27, with similar events being held in Newport Beach, Calif., and San Diego. Attendees will learn from industry experts how recent advances in CDP technology can reduce the time and effort traditionally required to backup, recover and manage data. In addition to Storactive, experts from Microsoft, HP and the California State University Computer Science Business and Technology Partnership will be available to answer questions and offer advice on information lifecycle management, configuration and implementation of CDP technology.

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