Recent announcements from:

Posted on January 21, 2009


-- Toshiba is reportedly in final negotiations to acquire most of the hard disk drive (HDD) operations of Fujitsu. Official announcement may come before the end of January, and various reports suggest a transaction price of 30 billion to 40 billion yen (roughly $334 million to $435 million). If the deal goes through, it would give the combined company a 31% share of the 2.5-inch notebook HDD market, 19% of the enterprise drive market, and 67% of the 1.8-inch HDD market, for a 17% overall share (behind Seagate and Western Digital), according to Needham & Company.

-- Adva Optical Networking and COLT -- a provider of data, voice and managed services -- have announced a long distance 8Gbps Fibre Channel service based on Adva's FSP 3000 card. The service provides a point-to-point link beyond 135 kilometers to connect two data centers over 8Gbps Fibre Channel.

-- DNF Security, a Dynamic Network Factory (DNF) business unit, announced a partnership with On-Net Surveillance Systems (OnSSI). DNF Security recently completed certification of its Seahawk IP storage platform with OnSSI's NetDVMS Network Video Recorder (NVR).

-- QLogic has formed the SignatureHPC channel program targeting resellers focused on high performance computing (HPC) clusters based on InfiniBand networks. The new program is an extension of the company's Signature Partner channel program for storage networking.
-- Overland Storage has signed up the Nordic division of international distributor Zycko. The reseller deal encompasses Overland's Snap Server NAS devices, NEO tape libraries, REO disk-based backup appliances, and Ultamus RAID arrays.

-- Super Micro Computer has chosen LSI's 6Gbps SAS RAID-On-Chip (ROC) and MegaRAID products for its next generation servers. LSI previously announced 6Gbps SAS design wins with Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, IBM, Intel, NEC and Sun.
-- Sunbelt Software has unveiled the Sunbelt File Archiver (SFA), a new enterprise-grade file archiving product. The SFA software blends electronic document management and file archiving and uses customer-defined rules to determine how files should be archived. Sunbelt File Archiver is available now and starts at a price of $695 for 25 employees with a sliding scale discount based on number of employees. A 30-day trial version of SFA is also available.

-- SiliconSystems has introduced tools that allow OEMs to measure how long solid-state disk (SSD) drives will last. The LifeEST tool is an endurance calculation methodology that is independent of how an SSD is actually used, and SiSMART is a technology that actively monitors SSD performance and measures usage in real time. The company has also published a white paper on the topic.

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