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Posted on July 22, 2009


-- Intel announced it is moving to a more advanced, 34-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its NAND flash-based solid-state disk (SSD) drives. Compared to its previous 50nm version, the new Intel X25-M is faster with a 25% reduction in latency for quicker access to data. Intel claims the move will lower prices by as much as 60% for PC and laptop makers. New channel prices for the X25-M 80GB are $225 for quantities up to 1,000 units and the 160GB version is $440. The X25-M comes in a standard 2.5-inch form factor and is drop-in compatible with SATA-based HDDs and all operating systems. The X18-M, in a 1.8-inch form factor, will begin shipping on 34nm later in the quarter.

-- STEC has signed an agreement with one of its largest enterprise storage customers for sales of $120 million of ZeusIOPS SSDs in the second half of this year. STEC now forecasts revenue from the sale of its ZeusIOPS drives will exceed $220 million in 2009. STEC did not name the customer.

-- LSI announced that several storage vendors have selected LSI 6Gbps SAS products for use in their next wave of on external storage platforms. Dot Hill, Infortrend, NEC and Xyratex are using LSI's 6Gbps SAS storage controllers, expander ICs and SAS-to-SATA bridge cards.

-- 3PAR has launched a new partnership initiative to promote its 3PAR Utility Storage systems as the storage platform of choice for cloud computing providers. The 3PAR Cloud-Agile program provides participants with lead sharing, joint marketing and sales and technical training to enhance the quality of the cloud-based services, according to 3PAR. Participants currently include Attenda, DataPipe, Terremark, and Verizon Business.

-- Brocade has a new partner in the UK. IP networking solution provider 8el has joined Brocade's Alliance Partner Network Program as a channel reseller.

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