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Connected Data, the manufacturer of the Drobo line of external data storage solutions, announced today the release of the latest 4-bay Drobo system. This is the third generation version of Drobo with a lower price tag and three times the performance of the previous version. New features include USB 3.0, faster rebuild times, enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine, and the addition of battery back up. Pricing for this new Drobo starts at $349 with general availability starting late April, 2014.
Like all Drobo products, the newest Drobo is built upon the BeyondRAID technology. BeyondRAID allows existing owners of Drobo appliances to seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one. After upgrading, customers will see an instant performance boost and benefit from all the new Drobo features.
Toshiba has announced that it has a new hard drive to add to its line of internal storage products. The new hard drive is a self-encrypting unit that is validated to US Federal Information Processing Standards. That means that the drive is secure enough to use with sensitive government documents.
The new drive is a thin-type HDD in the MQ01ABUxxxBW series. The drives are 7mm thick making the appropriate for use in mobile devices. They can be had with up to 500GB of storage capacity. The drive is also available in a 320GB version as well.
Both versions of the HDD use a NIST certified cryptographic module allowing them to meet federal standards. Toshiba also includes an Enhanced Secure Cryptographic Erase function. The FIPS certified cryptographic module of the drive also has tamper-evident labeling for more security.
Toshiba has announced an interesting new adapter that can be used to turn external hard drives into network attached storage. The new product is called the Canvio Wireless Adapter. The adapter will work with any brand of traditional external hard drive, not Toshiba brands alone.
Once connected the adapter lets the user connect to the hard drive using a tablet or smartphone and upload images, video, and documents to the drive. The adapter supports up to eight deices at one time. Using the app, the data stored on the drive can also be accessed remotely from outside the home or office.
The wireless Adapter is easy to install and set up. It connects to the external hard drive and a USB power source. Apps for saving and accessing data are available for Android and iOS. The wireless adapter is available now for $79.99.
Today OCZ Storage Solutions announced that it has partnered with AMD to showcase the benefits of using high-performance solid state drives in gaming systems. The team is showing off several professional-class gaming systems built around OCZ's line of high-performance SSD's and AMD's high-end gaming hardware at the 2014 Game Developers Conference being held this week in San Francisco, California.
OCZ's premium Vector 150 Series solid state drives will be featuredin AMD systems that promote improved CPU and GPU performance at the event, and will showcase enhanced rendering, speed, and overall system performance. OCZ says that "professional developer applications demand peak transfer speeds and ultra-high performance; OCZ SSDs offer 100 times faster access to data, quicker boot ups, faster file transfers, and a more responsive computing experience than hard drives."
As we become more mobile with our computing lives, the need for a more robust and rugged portable storage device has arisen and Silicon Power has a solution to fulfill that need. The new Armor A30 from Silicon Power is built using a shock-resistant silica gel that helps cushion falls and impacts while providing a sleek and stylish exterior.
"Instead of building with rigid and rectangular edges, A30 incorporates an ergonomically streamline design, allowing users to hold and operate at ease," the company said in a release. "Topping up with its refreshing colors and ultra-speed transfer rate, the military-grade shockproof A30 suited perfectly for travelers, sport enthusiasts, and businessperson on the go."
The Armor A30 features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and is available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB. The drive also feature a free copy of the SP Widget, a software suite that includes 7 leading backup and security tools, and to ensure your confidence, the Armor A30 features a 3-year warranty. Head over to the source link below to find out more about this rugged external hard drive.
Today, Western Digital announced the launch of its latest edition to the company's long-standing My Passport line of external storage devices. The all new My Passport AV-TV is a high-performance compact media drive that is designed to store and playback hundreds of hours of TV entertainment. What makes the drive most unique though is its ability to record from your TV via USB.
Available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB, the new My Passport AV-TV is capable of recording up to two channels at once on TVs that are "Dual-Tuner" equipped with the recordings being saved in full HD format. Western Digital says that the My Passport AV-TV is engineers for high-speed AV applications and features error recovery and continuous streaming command support for accurate recording and playback of video content.
"TV lovers want to enjoy their shows at a time convenient to them," said Jim Welsh, WD executive vice president, Branded Products and Worldwide Sales. "Timeshifting, plus the popularity of global events and international sporting events, is increasing consumer demand for recordable TVs and optimized drives. Our customers want a fast and reliable solution. The high-performance My Passport AV-TV - specifically-designed for this application - is the result of their requests."
During CES 2014 back in January LaCie showed off a number of new storage products. Among the new products was the impressively fast Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive. During the show, most of the specifications for the drive were announced.
What wasn't announced at the show was when people could buy the drive and how much it would cost. LaCie has announced today that the LBD Thunderbolt 2 is now available to purchase. As you might expect for any drive promising performance in the area of 1375 MB/s, the LaCie drive is not cheap.
The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive with 1TB of storage inside sells for $1299.99. Inside the single enclosure are a pair of 500GB SSD drives. If the performance offered by a single LBD isn't enough, you can daisy chain two of them for even more performance
Sony and Panasonic have made a joint announcement about its new optical disc standard made specifically for long term storage, called as 'Archival Disc'. One of the features of this drive is that has the ability to storage large amount of data per disc.
A single archival disc can store up to 300GB of sata, but also mentioned that its future implementations should allow 500GB to up to 1TB storage per disc. These drives will also be dust and water resistant with durability that can withstand changes in heat and humidity.
This disc standard is made for professional use who need larger storage solutions than the currently available discs.
Today KINGMAX, a manufacturer of flash-based storage, announced that it has released a new PRO Extreme line of SDXC / SDHC SD memory cards. The new Pro Extreme line adheres to UHS-I Speed Class 3 specifications ensuring that users get the fastest experience possible when used in compatible devices. KINGMAX says that the UHS-I rating allows the card to transfer images from the users camera's image buffer to the SD card much faster than non UHS cards.
"In order to record with high quality at any time and during important moments, a good memory card has become an important accessory for photographers! Everyone now can use the PRO Extreme SDXC/SDHC to access ultra-high quality Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 3D or 4K2K videos on D-SLR, D-SLM, digital camcorders and other high performance models. The PRO Extreme SDXC/SDHC memory card is compatible with SDHC and SDXC devices, and currently comes in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities for consumers to choose from. More excitingly, the 128 GB and 256 GB are also about to be released, so to use one memory card to record all scenarios of a micro-film is no longer a dream," the company said in a release.
Plextor is gearing up to unveil its new high-performance M6 series of SSDs at the upcoming CEBIT 2014 conference being held next week in Hannover, Germany. Plextor's M6 line-up consist of several form factors of solid state drives including mSATA, M.2, PCIe, and 2.5-inch SATA drives, and the company says that attendees can check out the full lineup on March 10 - 14 in its showcases in the Business Center (Hall 15, Stand A18, Room 18) and at Planet Re-seller (Hall 15, Stand D21, Number 66).
Plextor will show off the new M6S 2.5-inch SSD which features new sustained sequential read / write speeds up to 520 MB/s and 440MB/s and random read / write speeds up to 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS. The M6S will also feature the latest generation of advanced 19nm Toggle NAND flash from Toshiba. The new M6M mSATA SSD will also be on display and features read/write speeds of 520 MB/s and 440MB/s, and random read/write speeds of 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS.