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Storage Clips: Brocade ships 10,000th director

Brocade said it expects the 4 Gbps FC market to grow more than $1B in 2006; Bocada claims 200 new accounts in 2005.

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Brocade ships 10,000th director
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced that it has shipped 10,000 director switches since 2002. Record shipments of directors, including its 4 Gbps FC switch, the SilkWorm 48000, contributed to substantial growth in the company's fiscal first quarter.

Brocade attributed adoption of its 4 Gbps SAN switches and directors to the availability of 4 Gbps host bus adapters and storage arrays ramping up in 2006. In a recently published report, Dell'Oro Group predicted that sales of 4 Gbps switches will grow five-fold to well over $1 billion in 2006.

Bocada claims 200 new users in '05
Bocada Inc. reported that it licensed its software to more than 200 accounts in 2005. Bocada now counts ExxonMobil, General Motors, Honeywell, JPMorganChase Bank One, Microsoft and Sprint among its customers for data protection management software. The startup launched its product last year.

"After a near break-even fourth quarter in 2005, we enter 2006 in a strong financial position with nearly 80% of our last round of financing still in the bank," said Scott Wolchko, Bocada chief financial officer.

Terrascale announces clustered storage
Terrascale Technologies announced the launch of Storage Blocks, configurations of three, five or nine data servers loaded with Terrascale's TerraGrid software and a data protection algorithm that provides for continuous data access in the event of system or component failure. Under such circumstances, a dedicated "hot standby" Storage Brick automatically reconstructs data.

Toshiba reports small form factor success
Toshiba Storage Device Division today announced that Toshiba has surpassed worldwide cumulative production of 25 million 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDD). In January 2006, the company shipped its second 1.8-inch HDD based on perpendicular magnetic recording, allowing 80 GB of capacity for digital music, notebook storage and Global Positioning System content.

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