Micropolis introduced enhanced IDE and Ultra SCSI hard drives last week, but the offerings may be just too late for the market as it moves to the emerging Fibre Channel standard.
The storage company, rescued by state-funded Singapore Technologies this time last year, is sampling a 9Gbytes hard drive, but formally announced its Mustang EIDE and Stinger Ultra SCSI drives last Friday.
It claimed its move into this hard drive arena was set to change its position as a "high end niche player" into a full line drive supplier. But it faces tough competition not only from new technologies like Fibre Channel, which is challenging SCSI as a standard storage interconnect, but from outfits like Seagate and Western Digital.
Largely aimed at the corporate market, the units have fast access times and speeds, achieved by incorporating software in one sector of the units and large cacheing facilities.
The Micropolis Mustang is available this month while the Stinger will come in May. The units sell through distribution but no prices were available at press time. Nor was anyone from Micropolis available to comment on the threat from Fibre Channel.
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