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Storage and Storage Software

Up to 4TB in Latest Hitachi HDDs

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Up to 4TB in Latest Hitachi HDDs

Hitachi GST launches what it claims is the first 4TB enterprise-class HDD family-- the Ultrastar 7K4000, a transitional 3.5-inch series bridging between native 512 3TB and native 4TB products. 

Using 512 byte emulation (512e), it has sectors laid out in 4K chunks to boost efficiency and capacity while still appearing as 512 byte at system level.  

The company says the 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000 delivers 33% more capacity within a 3.5-inch footprint, with 24% lower watts/GB over the previous 3TB Ultrastar 7K3000 HDD. 

It carries a 6Gb/s SATA interface, together Read more...

IDC: HDDs Will Grow in 2012

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IDC: HDDs Will Grow in 2012

Following a difficult 2011 due to massive natural disasters, WW HDD shipments should see some growth in 2012-- according to IDC 2012 HDD shipments will grow by 7.7% Y-o-Y and show a CAGR of 9.6% for the 2011-2016 period.

In comparison, 2011 shipments were down by -4.5% Y-o-Y as floodings caused production to slow down to a crawl.

IDC also expects 2012 Y-o-Y HDD revenue growth to exceed shipment growth (a precedent for the industry) before revenues total $50bn in 2016, with a 2011-2016 CAGR of 8.6%-- at least if one assumes industry achieves success with hybrid SSDs.

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Q4 2011 is Largest Storage Software Quarter

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Q4 2011 is Largest Storage Software Quarter

The International Data Corporation (IDC) reports Q4 2011 WW storage revenue revenues show 10.5% Y-o-Y growth, reaching revenues of around $3.8 billion-- a record quarter, according to the analyst. 

Global storage software revenues for 2011 total $14.6BN (another record high) with 11.6% Y-o-Y growth. 

Pushing the market to "record territory" are the Storage & Device Management and Data Protection & Recovery segments, which grow by 17.3% and 13.8% Y-o-Y respectively during Q4 2011. 

"Despite being a mature market, Data Protection & Recovery sales benefited Read more...

WhipTail Gets New EMEA VP, GM

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WhipTail Gets New EMEA VP, GM

All-flash enterprise-class storage array maker WhipTail is pushing further towards our territories-- with co-founder Brian Feller relocating to London as EMEA VP and GM.

WhipTail EMEA clients include AMD, inVentiv Health, Weichert Realty and the UK Pensions Trust. 

The company sells what it says is the first all-flash storage array-- the XLR8r, which eliminates IO bottlenecks by allowing servers to process more data in less time. It delivers up to 25000 random wrote IOs, with response times reaching 0.1 milliseconds. 

The array uses multi-level cell Read more...

Bridging the Local-Cloud Backup Gap

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Bridging the Local-Cloud Backup Gap

Imation announces a backup solution for SMBs wanting to combine the benefits of both tape- and cloud-based storage-- the DataGuard purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) series. 

Currently available in two models (T5R and R4), DataGuard PBBAs are the first to handle storage over a single infrastructure using HDDs, removable RDX disk cartridges, replication and cloud storage.

The T5R includes five 3.5" SATA HDDs and one RDX dock, while the R4 carries four SATA HDDs and five USB ports (for optional external RDX docks). Storage on RDX media comes through Read more...

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