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Samsung planning 100 GB SSD, storage news from Macworld Expo

Samsung planning 100 GB SSD, storage news from Macworld Expo

Storage channel news roundup for Jan. 7-13, 2009

Samsung launches bigger SSDs to challenge Intel

Samsung Electronics is taking on Intel Inc. in the enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) market with a 100 GB drive scheduled to ship by April.

Samsung's 100 GB Enterprise SSD is a higher capacity drive than the Intel X-25 E drives that began shipping late last year in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities.

Samsung's specs on the drive differ from the X-25 E drives in several ways, indicating faster write speeds for Samsung while Intel has the advantage in read speeds.

Because the products are so new, it remains unclear what kind of performance users will actually see from each of the drives in the field.

Get advice for when to recommend solid-state disk to your customers in this resource.

Specialized storage gets nod at Macworld Expo

While various news outlets branded this year's edition of Macworld Conference & Expo 2009 a ho-hum affair, channel business continued behind the scenes -- much of it in storage.

Active Storage Inc., a Torrance, Calif., company that makes RAID storage systems for Apple users, announced at Macworld the first group of companies to join its partner solutions program. The integrated partner solutions will provide Active Storage resellers with sales tools -- solutions briefs and deployment diagrams, among others. Active Storage, which targets such market segments as video post-production, broadcast and education, works with several dozen resellers.

JMR Electronics Inc., a Chatsworth, Calif., storage vendor, showed Mac-compatible systems for what the company describes as "video and data intensive applications." The company sells through OEMs, resellers and government contractors. The company's Macworld line up included its 16-bay BlueStor PeSAN RAID and 8-bay BlueStor 888 desktop storage solution.

Also exhibiting at Macworld was Sonnet Technologies Inc., an Irvine, Calif., vendor of local storage systems for the film, video and broadcast industries. Sonnet Technologies has an OEM arrangement with JMR, using BlueStor 888 in its Sonnet DX800RAID solution.

Fujitsu gives Eternus 8 Gbps FC support, performance bump

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. is upgrading its enterprise and midrange Eternus SAN systems, adding 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) support, as well as speeds and feeds upgrades.

The enterprise Eternus8000 series has two new models, replacing earlier systems. The 1200 model supports up to four controllers and 1,020 drives for 783 TB of usable capacity. The 2200 model uses up to 8 controllers, and supports up to 2.1 petabytes (PB). Fujitsu also increased the 2200's cache from 256 GB to 512 GB. The 1200 has up to 256 GB of cache capacity.

The midrange Eternus4000 also has two models: the 400 and 600. Both are two-controller systems, with the 400 scaling to 210 drives or 147 TB of usable capacity, and the 600 scaling to 240 drives or 298 TB.

For more information on SANs and SAN services, check out this topics page.

Seagate ships 15K drives

Seagate Technology LLC unveiled new 3.5-inch 15,000 rpm SAS disk drives this week. The 3.5-inch 15K rpm Cheetah 15K.7 will be available in 300 GB, 450 GB and new 600 GB capacities later this quarter. The 10K rpm 3.5-inch Cheetah NS.2 will be available starting this week. The drives support either a 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) or 6 Gbps SAS 2.0 interface.

If you're guiding customers in a decision between SAS and SATA drives, find out how to choose the right drive, in this FAQ.

EMC overhauls Retrospect backup software for Mac

EMC Corp. showed a renewed commitment to Apple Macintosh users this week with its release of Retrospect 8, adding features to the SMB backup application that had only been available on the Windows version.

The Mac version of the application that EMC bought with Dantz in 2004 has been more than a full version behind the Windows edition, and the product's development resources within EMC have been in flux. That led to questions about the future of Retrospect that were answered with this latest upgrade.

At Macworld Expo last week, EMC opened public beta tests on Retrospect 8, which will be released for the Mac first. Retrospect 8 integrates the Mac and Windows editions onto a single platform and adds long-awaited features on the Mac side, including multi-threading and disk-based backup.

If you're interested in providing additional services around the Macintosh, read this story on the opportunity in managed services for Macs.

EMC acquires open-source assets from SourceLabs

EMC Corp. confirmed last week that it has acquired assets from SourceLabs Inc., an open-source software management and support vendor, for an undisclosed amount.

EMC officials say the assets, which include "a number of the company's employees," will become part of EMC's cloud infrastructure group, but offered no further comment on how the IP and people will fit into its broader portfolio. Because the acquisition price is not material to EMC's financials, it didn't disclose how much it paid for SourceLabs' assets.

For EMC partner news, read about how EMC partners have prepared for the IT storage spending slowdown.

3PAR designates partner of the year

For the second year in a row, 3PAR has named VeriStor Systems Inc., a regional storage solution provider based in Duluth, Ga., its 2008 North American Channel Partner of the Year. VeriStor, a 3PAR partner since 2005, specializes in architecting virtualized storage environments for mid-market and enterprise customers.

Find info on the 3PAR channel partner program here.

Nimbus signs Info X as distributor

Nimbus Data Systems, a San Francisco developer of IP storage systems and software, recently announced that Info X, a storage networking distributor based in Randolph, N.J., will offer Nimbus' 10 Gigabit Ethernet H-class unified storage systems. Info X provides distribution services to about 2,000 VARs.

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