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Storage Clips: IDC -- disk storage future is bright

IDC predictions show a healthy increase in disk-based storage through 2009; SGI goes to the moon with NASA; QLogic incorporates a new chip.

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Future of disk storage bright, says IDC
Worldwide disk storage system revenue will reach $26.3 billion in 2009, up from $22.6 billion in 2004, according to a recent press release by analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Other trends foreseen by IDC for the storage industry: Over 50% of all storage terabytes (38% of the worldwide storage revenue) shipped in 2009 will be based on capacity-oriented disk drives; worldwide shipments of external disk system terabytes are expected to increase by nearly 60%, while shipments of internal terabytes will increase at a less aggressive 37% rate.

NASA uses SGI technology
NASA centers are using products from Silicon Graphics Inc. to prepare for the agency's first space shuttle mission in two years. The deployments of SGI's products include NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, which is using SGI virtualization and server systems in the design of a heating unit to be installed on the expansion joints of the shuttle's liquid oxygen line. The anticipated July launch of Space Shuttle Discovery will be the first since a mechanical failure caused Space Shuttle Columbia to disintegrate on re-entry in 2003.

QLogic incorporates Rambus chip
QLogic Corporation has incorporated Rambus Inc.'s PCI Express(1) digital controller core in their line of Fibre Channel (FC) storage processor ASICs, the companies announced today. These ASICs are used in the QLogic SANblade line of FC HBAs.

Constant Data supports Windows database servers
Constant Data, a Microsoft certified partner, has announced the general availability of its Constant Replicator software for Windows database servers, including Windows SQL server and Oracle on Windows servers. Constant Replicator allows users to replicate data between Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX and Mac OS X based servers.

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