Teaming up with AMD, Seagate demonstrated 6Gbps SATA disk drives at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference in New Orleans. Official introduction of the 6Gbps SATA drives is expected late this year.

Fusion-io has entered into an OEM agreement with HP for the StorageWorks IO Accelerator, a NAND flash-based storage adapter based on Fusion ioMemory technology. Fusion-io claims that the accelerator card provides more than 100,000 IOPS, 800MBps read and 600MBps write throughput, with access latencies of less than 50µs.

Isilon Systems and Ocarina Networks, which provide content-aware compression and de-duplication for primary storage, have announced a near-line archiving system combining Isilon's 36NL and Ocarina's ECOsystem storage optimization software. The companies claim up to 10:1 data reduction and utilization rates up to 90%.

FalconStor Software is now offering a backup enhancement option for VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) that optimizes backup processes by separating them from the production environment. The FalconStor HyperTrac Backup Accelerator for VCB integrates with FalconStor's Network Storage Server (NSS) to facilitate no-impact backups for virtual machines.

Seanodes has released a beta version of its Exanodes Shared Internal Storage software for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, which lets users repurpose commoditized or existing hardware as an iSCSI SAN.

Windows data migration software vendor AutoVirt is offering a free tool to help users discover underutilized Windows file server and NAS resources in physical, virtualized, and mixed environments. The new AutoMap site survey tool, which is available from the company's Web site, identifies utilization issues, and can be used to fine-tune storage assets and defer additional server and NAS purchases, according to the company.

This article was originally published on April 01, 2009