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Forget ATA, "SATA" (Serial ATA) is the technology du jour in the storage world, it seems. IBM has its TotalStorage FAStT100 Storage Server, an entry-level array based on SATA drives; Sun has the StorEdge 3511, a modular storage array that allows the use of either Fibre Channel or SATA arrays; HP has its MSA1500 array, which can use either SCSI or SATA drives; and EMC has the Clariion AX100, with up to 12 SATA hard drives and a capacity of up to 12 Tbytes. SATA storage systems are ideal for environments that need an economical storage alternative, without giving up the availability, manageability, data integrity, and functionality achieved with Fibre Channel (FC) based storage systems. Serial ATA is the latest evolutionary step forward from the current ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment)/IDE standard found in every desktop as well as many low-end servers. The new in... (more)

Toshiba And SanDisk Ahead Of Samsung, Creating First 8 Gb Flash Memory Chip

Toshiba and SanDisk are answering the demand for flash memory chips capable of supporting large media files, with a new flash memory chip that accommodates 8-gigabits (Gb) of storage. The announcement was made at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2005 in San Francisco this week. The NAND-based chip, made using 70-nanometer process technology, has a density of 6 billion bits. The chip occupies a mere 146-millimeters, with every square centimeter of silicon holding about 3 billion transistors. Using a combination of burst mode techniques and high read bandwi... (more)

"Jacko Attempts Suicide" Spam Scam

Sophos' global network of virus and spam analysis centers have warned of a spam campaign that claims that Michael Jackson has attempted suicide in an attempt to lure innocent computer users into being infected by a Trojan horse. The email claims that Michael Jackson has attempted to commit suicide. But clicking on the link will cause infection. Sophos has identified hundreds of the spam messages being sent, preying on intense media interest in the trial of the controversial popstar. The spam emails have the following characteristics: Subject: Re: Suicidal aattempt Message text:... (more)

Big Blue's Big New Iron: The IBM z9-109

IBM’s new mainframe, the z9-109, provides “the foundation for helping to integrate and manage your mixed IT environment with a simplified, holistic approach,” according to the company. Rather than focusing explicitly on the typical core values of RAS—reliability, security, availability—IBM’s marketing of this new system addresses “core competencies like virtualization, business continuity, intelligent workload management, autonomic functionality and the ability to process secure transactions-while capable of running at up to 100 percent ... (more)

Young Man Pleads Guilty to eBay Worm Attack

Anthony Scott Clark, 21, of Beaverton, OR faces as many as 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine relating to his guilty plea in U.S. District Court in San Jose. Clark admitted to writing a worm and using it to launch DoS attacks against eBay and other companies in 2003. He worked with unidentified accomplices in doing so, exploiting a Windows vulnerability, which directed bots to an Internet Relay Chat server, from where they awaited and received additional instructions. Microsoft patched this particular vulnerability in July 2003. The actual damage his attacks caused has not been... (more)