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Study: Tech workers aren't as lonely and anti-social as thought

Remember the stereotype that computer geeks tend to be lonely, socially awkward folks that need to get outside more? Well, a recent study shows that 62 percent of tech workers are married, the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) indicates - about the same rate as medicine, education, law and finance industries, which are in the 61-62 percent range as well.


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However, trailing only scientists at 32 percent, 27 percent of IT workers haven't been married, which is slightly higher than other professions. Jobs that require less social interaction can make it more difficult to expand their social networks, according to researchers. Also, women tend to avoid the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, so that also makes it more difficult to find like-minded potential dates.


Workers in tech and science positions also have a slightly more difficult time emotionally connecting with others, said Tina Tessina, a successful psychotherapist and author.

Facebook and others unveil new designs at Open Compute Summit

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is an initiative started by Facebook to build the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost. OCP focuses on total control of the architecture, from custom-designed server components to software and operating systems. This has led to massive disruption in the enterprise space and the upending of the old model, which relied upon massive systems provided by a group of OEMs that were prohibitively expensive. The Open Compute Project relies heavily upon the open source model of information sharing and has drawn in the other titans of the computing world. Apple, Google, and Microsoft are among the 150 members, along with a bevy of hardware suppliers, that contribute to the OCP and their ideals.


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The Open Compute Summit is the yearly meeting of the leaders of the movement, and a great forum to showcase the ideas and resulting hardware driving the movement forward.


This radical new way of thinking has saved tremendous amounts of both energy and money, with Facebook disclosing that they saved 1.2 billion dollars over the last three years, and also saved the equivalent of enough energy to power 40,000 homes and the emissions equivalent of 50,000 cars.

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HGST Ultrastar He6, 6TB Helium Filled Hard Drive Available Now

We finally got our first look at what HGST's 6TB, helium filled HDD will cost on the open market. If you want one, a seller on Amazon has nine listed but the price is a bit inflated from a consumer perspective, $798. The He6 model has a handful of unique features. It's filled with helium and has 6TB of capacity. Paul wrote an editorial about the drive and went over all of the details last November.


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What's enterprise today will be consumer tomorrow...or maybe a year from now. It's nice to see HGST moving forward with this technology.

Nimbus Data has banner year, doubling sales and expanding net income

Nimbus Data, a leading provider of unified all-flash storage systems for enterprise and cloud infrastructure, has announced record-setting financial results for 2013. Nimbus Data specializes in unified all-flash array technology, and their Sustainable Storage systems have surpassed 500 deployments. Their products bring together low-latency flash, data management and protection, and highly-scalable multiprotocol storage features to create a fault-tolerant solid state solution designed for server and desktop virtualization, databases, HPC, and next generation cloud infrastructure.


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Nimbus all-flash arrays are available for a acquisition cost that is comparable to disk-based storage arrays with tremendously lower operating costs and total TCO.


Things are moving along quickly for Nimbus Data, with net income growth 4x that of 2012 and doubled revenue as well. They have also expanded their facilities and staff with a new sales and engineering office in Austin, TX, and headcount growth of 125%. These solid financials and continued controlled growth may foretell a possible IPO in 12-18 months.

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Diablo and SanDisk receive award for ULLtraDIMM and MCS Technology

Diablo and SanDisk received Storage Visions 2014 Visionary Product Award, in the Enabling Professional Storage Technology category, for the ULLtraDIMM. The ULLtraDIMM adds NAND onto a DIMM-type module, leveraging Diablo IP for translation and SanDisk's Guardian Technology for NAND management.


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The Diablo MCS (Memory Channel System) technology creates the pathway that allows NAND to be used as either in-memory compute space or block-level storage. This allows for two different usage models that present unprecedented speed and density from flash storage. We were lucky enough to speak with the CEO and co-founder of Diablo, Riccardo Badalone, at this year's Storage Visions conference.

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LSI Nytro PCIe SSDs win Oracle contract with new DLC functionality

LSI and Oracle announced today the inclusion of LSI Nytro flash acceleration cards into the next-generation Database Machine, the Oracle Exadata X4. The new DLC feature (Dynamic Logical Capacity) leverages the inherent caching abilities of the underlying LSI SandForce processors utilized on the Nytro PCIe SSDs.


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SandForce controllers compress data, and DLC allows the drive to allocate the unused capacity back to the user. This means the drive can essentially store more data than it's physically available capacity.



We were lucky enough to catch Kent Smith of LSI SandForce giving a speech on just how this technology works during the LSI AIS 2013 event. For typical 2.5" SSDs it is referred to as DuraWrite Virtual Capacity, or DVC. We have confirmed with LSI that this is the same technology at use in the Nytro series of application accelerators.

QNAP TS-EC2480U-RP pictured, mSATA SSD cache and 24 bays

CES 2014 - QNAP had a special treat in its suite this year for CES, a new large, unannounced SMB model. The new QNAP TS-EC2480U-RP is a 4u rackmount solution with a very powerful feature list.


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Starting off, this is QNAP's largest NAS to date with twenty-four 3.5" HDD trays. The system is arranged in four rows of six drive bays. The fun doesn't stop there though.


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The NAS uses an Intel Xeon E3-1345 v4 processor running at 3.4GHz and 8GB of DDR3 ECC DRAM that's expandable to 32 GB. Four gigabit ports come standard from the factory but dual PCIe slots bring 10GbE into the picture.


We already mentioned the 24 HDD bays but inside, the system has two mSATA slots for mSATA SSD cache. The stated performance is 4000MB/s throughput with over 500K IOPS. The system currently runs QNAP's SMB 4.1 software.

Samsung's Michael Abary discusses the future of SSD technology

Storage Visions 2014 - Samsung's Michael Abary, the Senior Vice President of IT Product Marketing, stopped by the booth at Storage Visions to discuss the future of SSDs and Samsung's contributions to the market.



Michael gives us a great high-level explanation of the future of NAND and the evolving ecosystem, including Samsung's deployment of TLC and 3D V-NAND.

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Riccardo Badalone from Diablo explains Memory Channel Storage

Storage Visions 2014 - Riccardo Badalone, the CEO and Co-founder of Diablo, explains their Memory Channel Storage product. The Memory Channel Storage architecture, along with the collaboration with SanDisk, is creating one of the most exciting and disruptive storage technologies to come along since SSD's. The breakout SanDisk UltraDIMM will lead the wave of these new devices with NAND placed directly on the memory bus.



This radical departure from the typical memory architecture will enable a whole new breed of datacenter servers, and with widespread industry support can help to maximize performance and density.

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