Into the blue: Dell’s affordable Blu-ray laptop

Less than a grand

Dell has introduced a Blu-ray notebook computer for under $1,000.

The Inspiron 1525, which has a customisable case colour, is fitted with a Blu-ray drive that can also play – and burn – CDs and DVDs. A Blu-ray burner is available. The 50GB Blu-ray capacity compares to a typical 8.5GB DVD and is thus a much better backup medium.

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Transitions: the fourth storage wave

Accelerated I/O for parallel access

There is a fourth wave of disk array-based storage products coming. They are aimed at applications needing massive amounts of simultaneous I/O from high-capacity arrays, and products are arriving from the video surveillance, video streamig, high-performance computing (HPC), web 2.0 and cloud (storage as a service, part of a service) areas.

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Sun fires third legal cannon at NetApp

Brings Onaro acquisition into play

Sun has filed a third patent infringement case against NetApp, claiming that its Onaro-sourced SANscreen and NAS Insight products use IP owned by Sun.

NetApp bought Onaro and its SAN management software in January. That software has now been rolled into the scope of Sun’s IP claims against NetApp. This third suit was filed on Wednesday, 26th March, at the north California district of the US Federal Court in San Francisco.

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Blu-ray to be eclipsed by flash

Memory drives, not optical disks, for movies

The chief scientist of LucasFilms THX unit thinks it’s too late for Blu-ray to become the default storage media for movies.

The THX chief scientist, Laurie Fincham, reckons that DVDs are good enough for now and higher capacity thumb drives or memory cards are coming. By the time Blu-ray drives become affordable by the mass market, larger capacities will be available in flash and customers could walk out of film shops with movies in their pockets rather than a bag full of Blu-ray disks.
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Hitachi reducing DRAM exposure

Thanks for the memory

Tech-on reports that Hitachi is selling some its shares in DRAM-maker Elpida. A Japanese media outlet says Hitachi wants to exit the DRAM business altogether.

Hitachi and NEC jointly formed Elpida in September, 2005, from their own DRAM operations. Mitsubishi placed its DRAM operation into Elpida subsequently. NEC sold some shares in September last year, leaving it with about 6 percent of the concern. Hitachi has just lowered its holding from around 11 percent to 10 percent, with a spokesperson saying: “It’s time to recover our investment.” It is still Elpida’s largest shareholder.

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Xyratex and solid state disks

In active development with customers

Disk drive array manufacturer Xyratex is already actively engaged with OEM customers in developing solid state drive (SSD) arrays with a Solar brand name likely to be involved.

In the earnings call transcript Paul Mansky of Citigroup asked: “… can you talk a little about your plans relative to support for solid state store technologies. Are you looking at it? Are you already in development or are you going to pass at this point?”

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De-dupe is his Data Domain

EMC and NetApp running scared

Frank Slootman is Data Domain’s fast-moving and fast-talking CEO. We had a chance to talk with him about whether de-duplication is a feature or a technology worthy enough to stand on its own, plus a couple of other topics.

The background to this is that suppliers such as EMC and others have indicated that data de-duplication is not a technology strong enough to justify storage products on its own. Instead it is a feature or attribute of particular types of storage such as disk-to-disk backup targets (D2D), virtual tape libraries (VTL) and disk-based archives.

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Atrato V1000 – first picture

Drive and some I/O details added

Atrato’s revolutionary Velocity1000 array does not use 1.8-inch drives and nor does it use InfiniBand.

On announcement day yesterday physical format disk drive information wasn’t available and nor was information about the I/O channels.

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Hitachi to go it alone in hard drives

Having posted its first quarterly profit in hard drives after seven consecutive quarters of losses, Hitachi has ended talks with private equity company Silver Lake about it taking a stake in the Hitachi HDD unit, according to Reuters.

The ending of the talks has exposed a faultline at the top of Hitachi. The hard disk drive (HDD) unit was bought from IBM in 2002 for $2 billion and has not made an annual profit since then. Hitachi Chairman Etsuhiko Shoyama (pictured) presided over the acquisition. It made Hitachi the number three HDD manufacturer globally.

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