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Storage Clips: HP reports flat earnings

HP reports flat quarterly income; IBM boosts disk, tape performance; Fujitsu to resell Brocade router in Japan.

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HP reports flat earnings
A week after CEO Carly Fiorina stepped down, Hewlett-Packard Co. reported quarterly earnings that were essentially flat. For the three months ending Jan. 31, HP reported a profit of $943 million, or 32 cents per share, only 0.7% higher than the $936 million, or 30 cents per share, it earned in the first fiscal quarter of 2004. Quarterly revenue was a record $21.5 billion, up 10% from $19.5 billion in the same quarter a year ago. But when adjusted for currency fluctuations around the world, revenue increased only 5% from a year ago, according to interim CEO Robert Wayman.

IBM boosts disk and tape performance
IBM has reportedly improved the performance and capacity of its DS4000 array by replacing the 10K rpm Fibre Channel drives with 146 GB 15K rpm drives. IBM also claims it has improved totals cost of ownership of the product by offering higher disk capacity, which drives the per gigabyte costs down. The DS4000 now utilizes 300 GB drives. On the tape side, the company announced that its Linear Tape-Open (LTO)-based automated tape storage systems now support the third-generation LTO format. LTO 3 reportedly offers performance gains over the previous generations of LTO as well as up to double the capacity. Additionally, the company announced the option of a dual robotics feature for the 3584 tape library that they claim doubles the tape-mount performance rate of the system.

Fujitsu to resell Brocade router in Japan
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced that Fujitsu Limited will offer the Brocade SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router as part of its Eternus Storage product family at the end of February. Shipping in Japan as the Fujitsu "SN200 Model 250M," the SAN Router reportedly enables resource sharing across SAN islands, and supports streamlined data migration, backup and recovery applications.

Xerox unveils new UDO drives
Xerox Corp. has launched four new Ultra Density Optical (UDO) storage products: The Xerox UDO 100 single drive, a blue-laser optical disk drive for long-term archival storage; the Xerox UDO 224 storage library, which houses two UDO drives and 24 media slots; Xerox Rewritable media, which can be used to erase and rewrite data; and Xerox Write Once media, which uses an irreversible recording technique making it chemically impossible for the data to be altered. Xerox said the products will allow office workers to archive and access three times more data than they can on standard Magneto-Optical drives, at a fraction of the cost. The entire product line will be shipping in early Q2 2005.

Infortrend qualifies Western Digital SATA drives
RAID storage company Infortrend announced that Western Digital's WD Caviar RE serial ATA (SATA) disk drives have completed qualification testing for compatibility with Infortrend's line of EonStor SATA RAID subsystems. WD Caviar RE drives are reportedly designed for extreme environments in always-on, high-duty cycle RAID systems. Systems integrators and storage providers can reportedly use these products to develop SATA RAID servers and storage systems running RAID-0, -1, -0+1, -5, -10 and -50.

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