Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Overland-Tandberg NEO Series Tape Automation and Drive With LTO-8

Overland-Tandberg, announced the availability of next-generation LTO-8 in its NEO Series product line of tape automation and standalone tape drive solutions designed to provide cost-effective backup and archive applications for enterprises of any size.

Support for LTO-8 allows existing customers to double their capacity when compared to LTO-7. In addition, the LTO-8 drives will be backward compatible with LTO-7 tape media, allowing LTO-8 drive users to R/W any LTO-7 media.

NEO Series LTO-8 product highlights:
  • LTO-8 offers a compressed storage capacity of 30TB (12TB native) using a 2.5:1 ratio, and a compressed transfer rate of 750MB/s (360MB/s native)
  • LTO-8 tape, like LTO-7, supports LTFS, WORM (Write Once Read Many) and AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • NEO-XL Series: With capacities ranging from 960TB to 16.8PB, the NEO-XL Series addresses the need for midrange and enterprise businesses to do more with less by combining automated backup, DR and archive with flexibility, density, performance and affordability to ensure that data is protected faster, smarter, easier and more cost effectively.
  • NEO-S Series: Designed for IT offices with limited space, resources and budgets, this family delivers the ultimate in simple, affordable, reliable backup, archive and DR and supports up to 360TB of data into a single unit of rack height.
  • NEO LTO Ultrium tape drives: With performance and capacity, and available in both internal and external configurations, these tape drives provide up to 30TB per cartridge and are for backing up and archiving data on single workstations or small networks.

IBM Storage Tape Support for LTO-8 Type M Media

Alongside the launch of LTO Ultrium Generation 8 tape drives, IBM plans to introduce multiple options for initializing M8 media to enable new LTO-7 cartridge capacity to be increased by up to 50% on LTO-8 drives. Customers who purchase new LTO-7 cartridges initialized as M8 media will be able to store up to 22.5TB of data, assuming a 2.5 to 1 compression achieved with larger compression history buffer available beginning with LTO-6 drives.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Meet the Next Generation of Tape Technology

The creation of data has seen exponential growth for the past decade forcing IT managers in a number of fields including, media and entertainment, healthcare, video surveillance, research and more to look for cost-effective short- and long-term data storage solutions. With these concerns in mind, this month the LTO Program announced the specifications of the latest LTO Ultrium format, generation 8, which is now available for licensing by media manufacturers.  With unprecedented storage capacity and an impressive feature set, the LTO generation 8 technology will provide customers with a cost-effective storage solution that is both easy-to-use and addresses numerous storage needs.

The new LTO generation 8 specifications will double the tape cartridge capacity from the previous LTO generation 7, with customers now being able to store up to 30TB* of compressed data per cartridge.
LTO generation 8 will continue to support multi-layer security capabilities, including hardware-based encryption and WORM (Write-Once, Read Many) functionality. The partitioning functionality that allows users to present an easy-to-use tape-based file system with LTFS which will be also included in this generation.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HDD Shipments at 103 to 105 Million in 3CQ17, Up 7% to 9% Q/Q

Seasonal Rise in CE and Client Demand Lift HDD Sales - Shipments Climb to 103-105 Million

  • 3.5" Desktop/CE HDDs: Total desktop/CE HDD shipments (including 3.5" external HDDs) sales rose slightly in CQ3 to approximately 34 million units.
  • 2.5" Mobile/CE HDDs: Healthier back to school PC sales and pre-production of game consoles boost 2.5" HDD volumes. 2.5" mobile and CE HDD volumes totaled approximately 55 million
  • 3.5"/2.5" Enterprise HDDs: Nominal decline in performance enterprise HDD sales were offset by slight increase in capacity enterprise volumes, and total enterprise HDD sales remained at around 15.5 million.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Western Digital: Fiscal 4Q17 Financial Results - Twice more revenue than Seagate

Western Digital Corp. reported revenue of $4.8 billion, operating income of $652 million and net income of $280 million, or $0.93 per share, for its fourth fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017.

The GAAP net income for the period includes charges associated with the company's recent acquisitions. Excluding these charges and after other non-GAAP adjustments, fourth quarter non-GAAP operating income was $1.2 billion and non-GAAP net income was $881 million, or $2.93 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.5 billion, operating loss of $195 million and net loss of $366 million, or $(1.40) per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was $451 million and non-GAAP net income was $269 million, or $1.02 per share.

The company generated approximately $1.0 billion in cash from operations during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017, ending with $6.5 billion of total cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities. On May 3, 2017, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on July 17, 2017.

For fiscal 2017, the company achieved revenue of $19.1 billion, operating income of $2.0 billion and net income of $397 million, or $1.34 per share, compared to fiscal 2016 revenue of $13.0 billion, operating income of $466 million and net income of $242 million, or $1.00 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, fiscal 2017 operating income was $3.9 billion and net income was $2.7 billion, or $9.19 per share, compared to fiscal 2016 operating income of $1.7 billion and net income of $1.4 billion, or $5.79 per share. The company generated $3.4 billion in cash from operations during the 2017 fiscal year and it returned to shareholders $574 million in dividends.

In a worldwide decreasing HDD market, the firm sold 39.3 million devices, up 1% Q/Q - but we are far from the record of 64.7 million units in 1Q15 -, for a total of 81.2EB shipped corresponding to an increase of 9% quarterly.

Revenue for next quarter is expected to be to be approximately $5.1 billion, which would represent 8% Y/Y or 5% Q/Q growth.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Consumer NAS Market Worth $8.20 Billion by 2025

Globally growing demand for efficient backup systems, speedy data transfer, and cost-effective storage systems are some of the key drivers for the consumer NAS market. Home segment is one of the largest segment in 2016 and is expected to maintain a high growth rate over the forecast period. The deployment of NAS in SMBs is expected to drive the consumer NAS market.

The growth of consumer NAS market is primarily driven due to the low cost of product and easy installation, along with network sharing of data, which enhances the user's accessibility of data among the in-house or office network. Innovative solution offerings such as cloud backup offerings which can be integrated with the consumer NAS system further drives the demand for consumer NAS market. The increase in purchasing power of individuals due to growth in disposable income is expected to fuel the growth of the consumer NAS market. The modern-age population is becoming more tech savvy and acceptable toward technologically advanced products that promote. 
Furthermore, increase in the data such as movies, photos among the individuals which need to be stored are some of the major factors driving the growth of the consumer NAS market.

2-bay design are expected to observe the fastest growth over the next nine years. The home segment of consumer NAS devices will increase in USA and Europe, which is expected to boost the market demand over the forecast period.

Further key findings from the report suggest:
  • The increasing need for storage, data management and data sharing is expected to drive the global market demand of consumer NAS market
  • Business segment emerged as the largest end user segment in 2016 and is estimated to grow by CAGR of 15.4% by 2025
  • Global consumer NAS demand of 4-bay design segment is expected to witness the largest growth over the years
  • The 2-bay in design segment is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 16.9% by 2025
  • The industry in AsiaPac is projected to witness substantial growth over the next decade owing to various developments across major economies. and the regional market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.8% from 2016 to 2025
Regional Insights
The presence of large technology companies and significant investments made in the R&D, are some of the major factors driving the growth of the market in the North American region. Currently, North America occupies a significant market share in the overall global market, which is followed by Europe due to the increasing awareness among individuals about the benefits offered by consumer NAS.
Increasing usage NAS by technology start-ups in USA would lead to a significant increase in the demand for the overall US market. Additionally, the region is one of the start-up hubs of the world and it is also expected to boost the market revenue significantly.
The AsiaPac regional market is anticipated to account for a comparatively higher CAGR, owing to the increasing awareness among users regarding the benefits offered by the technology. Growth in the standard of living and increasing disposable income are the driving factors for the growth of the market in this region.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Data Protection and Recovery Solution Market at $14.1 Billion by 2025

The global data protection and recovery solution market is expected to reach $14.1 billion by 2025. Market size was estimated at $4.70 billion in 2016 and is expected to gain momentum over the forecast period.

The growing adoption of cloud computing by organizations is leading to increased data management concerns. Data migration to the cloud is resulting in a rise in threats such as data loss, unauthorized data processing, and theft.

Increasing adoption of digital transformation is driving the demand for proficient information management, compliance, and governance. Data constitutes a critical part of digital transformation, therefore, making it even more important to ensure proper management and security.

The growing number of information-based organizations is leading to elevated utilization of business information to improve operational efficiency and innovate products and services, based on evolving customer demands and preferences. All the above mentioned factors are expected to propel the demand for data protection, backup, and recovery solutions.

The existing government regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Government Paper Elimination Act (GPEA), and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), are significantly encouraging organizations to implement policies related to data access and protection.

Various nations are planning to implement regulations and impose mandates to ensure data security across different industries. For instance, in 2016, the European Commission introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which would be effective from May 2018. This is anticipated to strengthen and standardized data protection as the rule will compel organizations across Europe to be fully complaint by 2018, thus, boosting sales of security and storage devices across the region.

Further key findings from the report suggest:
  • The email protection segment emerged as the dominant segment and was valued at $1,826.8 million in 2016, owing to the fact that a majority of critical data or information related to a business is stored in emails, which necessitates the use of backup and recovery solutions
  • The SMEs segment is anticipated to emerge as the fastest-growing segment, owing to the increased emphasis laid by SMEs on digitalizing data and the need to protect it
  • The healthcare end-use segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.4% over the next eight years, owing to increasing use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) for maintaining patient information
  • Cloud deployment is expected to foresee the highest growth with a CAGR of 15.1% from 2017 to 2025 as organizations are looking forward to improving the time to market, increasing efficiency of processes, and reducing overall costs
  • North America accounted for a significant market share and was valued at $1,840.8 million in 2016 and $4.64 billion by 2025. However, the AsiaPac region is predicted to grow at highest CAGR of 18.6% from 2017 to 2025, owing to the accelerated adoption of hosted and managed services.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Streaming video via Ethernet? ATTO gives you more with ThunderLink

ATTO’s ThunderLink devices provide more video streams than the competition

Whatever type or quality video stream you need to move, ATTO’s ThunderLink Thunderbolt 2 to 10GbE devices give you more power for streaming over Ethernet networks.

Compared to the competition, ThunderLink devices support an additional 18 NTSC DV25 streams, four additional DVC ProHD streams and one additional stream of uncompressed high-definition video. ThunderLink leaves all other Thunderbolt enabled devices in the dust.
Additionally, ATTO’s ThunderLink devices offer:

•    Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology for smoother data transfers
•    ConfigTool for easy management, configuration and monitoring
•    Ability to connect workbooks, mobile workstations and all-in-ones to high-performance storage and networks