Tape tracking ain’t easy

Track a load ? Yes. A cartridge? No

Fujifilm USA has introduced Tape Tracker which it says is a tape tracking service. That’s a bit optimistic. What it actually is is a pretend tape cartridge that is actually a wireless transmitter. This sends out a signal to an SC-Integrity load tracking network command centre which plots its location.

The idea is to protect lorry loads or containers against hijacking and the service is branded LoJack. If an individual tape or group of tapes is taken off the lorry then the system is near useless. It can probably tell you where the lorry was if you know when the tapes were taken but not otherwise.

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Seagate’s areal density roadmap

Lots and lots of capacity headroom

Seagate is currently in its second generation of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. This technology has a way to go and will be followed, Seagate believes, by two other technologies leading to more than 10 terabits of information per square inch of disk drive recording media.

The 3-step area density improvement road map comes from a Seagate presentation to analysts in September last year by Dave Wickersham, the company’s President and COO, and looks like this:-

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Seagate’s flash SSD intentions

If the customer wants flash, we’ll have it

This is the Seagate position concerning flash solid state drives: “(It) is not if, there is no if, we are in it.” And that comes from the man who should know; Seagate CEO BIll Watkins.

Here is Watkins and his team talking at a 2007 Seagate analysts’ meeting:

“– I think one of the misconceptions people have is that we don’t believe in solid-state storage. I made an announcement a couple of weeks ago that we’re going to do flash drives. Flash drives won’t happen in the near-term. Hybrids will be a little nearer, but they’re still far out there. But, that’s not our value proposition.

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EMC’s Outsourced Managed Storage Service

We’ll manage it for you
According to a recruitment ad, EMC is looking to set up an Outsourced Managed Storage Services business to look after the management of an enterprise customer’s entire storage infrastructure.

EMC’s professional services organisation would provide the management resource from a Storage Managed Services Practice. The company is looking for business development managers to be responsible for the sales and marketing of the service.

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Data moving and de-duplication

Overland Storage’s roadmap

Vern Loforti is the CEO of Overland Storage, the tape automation and disk-based data protection company. He has to lead the company back to health and earnings prosperity after the upset caused by Chris Calisi’s mis-steps, Calisi being the former CEO who was separated from the company last year.

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K-micro SAS IP core powers new generation of Tandberg Data tape drives

Flexible IP enables migration of tape drives to SAS from SCSI

SAN JOSE, CALIF. and OSLO, NORWAY — March 19, 2008 — K-micro, a leader in advanced ASICs, and Tandberg Data, the global supplier of backup and archiving solutions, today announced that Tandberg Data’s new generation of tape drives use K-micro’s SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) IP core, which enabled the new drives to migrate to SAS from SCSI.

“Our tape drive customers want to be able to move from SCSI and other interfaces to SAS in their tape drives,” said, James Jackson, Product Manager at Tandberg Data. “It was the flexibility to have a specialized core that was the deciding factor in choosing K-micro as our ASIC supplier for our new generation of tape drives. This project had a very tight schedule, and we were able to meet our schedule requirements working with the K-micro team.”

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Maestro File Manager 2.6 Available for Flexible, Cost-Effective Tiered Storage Management

Santa Clara, Calif. – March 24, 2008 – Attune Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class file virtualization solutions, today announced the availability of Maestro File Manager™ 2.6.

The new product release allows customers to leverage the integration of Attune’s Maestro File Manager and Data Domain’s line of deduplication storage systems for a comprehensive tiered storage solution that significantly decreases storage costs.

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GlassHouse Technologies Enters into Strategic Partnership with Dell

Dell investment in GlassHouse

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 18, 2008–GlassHouse Technologies, a leading independent IT infrastructure consulting and services firm, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Dell Inc.

The partnership includes an investment by Dell and provides Dell with access to GlassHouse’s intellectual property (IP), sales and marketing resources over a three year period. The partnership will not affect GlassHouse’s business model, with GlassHouse remaining a vendor-independent consulting firm.

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Packeteer Advises Stockholders to Take No Action in Response to Elliott Associates Offer

Response in 10 days

CUPERTINO, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Packeteer(R), Inc. , the global leader in WAN application performance solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors recommended that Packeteer stockholders take no action at this time in response to the announcement by Elliott Associates, L.P. that it has made an unsolicited conditional tender offer to acquire all of Packeteer’s outstanding shares of common stock for $5.50 per share in cash.

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MessageSolution™ Launches Enterprise Email Archive™ for Novell GroupWise Server at BrainShare 2008

First to Support Top Three Email Servers in Market

Salt Lake City, UT (Novell BrainShare), March 18, 2008 — MessageSolution, Inc., the leading innovator in email and file archiving, electronic discovery, information retention, storage management, email compliance and litigation support, launched MessageSolution Enterprise Email Archive™ for GroupWise Server at Novell BrainShare 2008, making Enterprise Email Archive™ the first and only archiving solution to support all three best-selling enterprise email servers.

“Since the release of Enterprise Email Archive™ for GroupWise was announced in February, the product’s demonstrations have received extremely positive responses from prospective GroupWise edition customers,” said MessageSolution’s CTO and product architect, Jeff Liang. “This proves that an archiving solution with universal multi-server compatibility is in high demand.”

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