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Today Seagate announced that its Samsung HDD division has began shipping the all new Spinpoint M9T, a 2.5-inch HDD that measures in at just 9.5mm thick. This makes its the worlds thinnest 2TB HDD. The drive is targeted at OEMs of ultra-thin devices such as UltraBooks, Ultra-thin notebooks, and other portable devices needing large amounts of storage space.
"The M9T combines the highest areal density shipping in a single storage device with an innovative design that fits into mainstream notebook applications. While other 2TB are solutions on the market are 15 mm thick, the vast majority of mobile devices are designed to use a 9.5 mm drive; with the M9T, those devices can now have 2TB of storage, enabling a richer computing experience," said Dave Frankovich, senior product line manager, Samsung HDD.
The Samsung Spinpoint M9T features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and Microactuation that provides for fast, consistent performance. NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies have been utilized to ensure a quiet experience while maintaining ultra-fast performance. The Spinpoint M9T is available now, but no pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Storage Visions conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5th-6th, just two days before CES 2014. Storage Visions is the premier conference to meet and hear from the top innovators in the data storage industry, and allows attendees to network with the companies who will create the next generation of hardware and software storage solutions.
Storage Visions is a 2-day information packed experience including numerous keynotes, sessions, as well as exhibits showcasing the latest technology in the storage exosphere. Attendees who sign up early by using the source link below will receive $100 off of their registration for a limited time. TweakTown will be out in full force at Storage Visions recording interviews from all of the major players in the industry, and I will be personally covering all of the new and exciting products in the exhibit booths. Stay tuned for TweakTown for full coverage of the event and all things storage related!
This morning the SD Association announced the all new Ultra High Speed (UHS) Speed Class 3 (U3) alongside a new designation symbol to identify products capable of recording 4K2K videos. This new speed class and symbol will be featured exclusively on SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices and SDHC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices.
"The world's favorite SD memory card continues to evolve and meet shifting industry needs," said Brian Kumagai, president of the SD Association. "Our new UHS Speed Class 3 standard will give consumers and businesses more flexibility and capability as the market shifts to 4K2K video formats. Both SDXC and SDHC memory card standards already offer the massive storage needed to support 4K2k video with enough room to store photos, music, documents and other data on a single portable card."
The new UHS U3 compatible SD cards will feature a lightening fast 30Mb/second sustained minimum write speed which is critical when shooting ultra high resolution 4K2K video. This new speed standard will also facilitate faster write times in high-megapixel DSLR cameras as well as high-bitrate audio recording devices. New devices offering the UHS Speed Class 3 will be backwards compatible and will work with existing SD memory cards.
Astute delivers all-flash arrays focused on the mid-tier markets. While flashier companies look to supply the upper tier of the market, Astute supplies compelling solutions with a low TCO. Astute addresses education, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors in need of faster storage.
Astute provides a low cost of ownership with the best dollars to IOPS ratio and price per GB ratio attainable from an all-flash storage solution. They also boast the highest iSCSI IOPS per Dollar ratio in the industry from their ViSX appliances. For Astute, the importance of correctly calculating the TCO of the storage solution is paramount. In many cases, administrators do not consider other hidden expenses, such as administration and training costs. The result of poor management and training can be unnecessary downtime, which only creates a snowball effect the directly affects business productivity.
By delivering a non-disruptive solution that is complementary of the existing infrastructure, organizations can save incredible amounts of money and realize enhanced performance to boot. Astute has released a whitepaper, available here, that covers the hidden costs of deploying an all-flash solution.
Earlier today, I reported on OCZ's stock taking a nosedive earlier today which saw the stock dip by almost 40-percent. While company stocks rising and falling is the nature of the stock exchange, it is quite unusual for a company to not release a statement in times of extreme fluctuations such as what OCZ saw today, and we are left wondering what is going on.
"OCZ has been dogged by liquidity/solvency fears for some time. The company ended its August quarter with just $10.6m in cash, in spite of raising $13.1M during the quarter. It has also declined to provide November quarter guidance, citing "uncertainties in being able to procure forecasted flash amounts and credit constraints," read an email alert from investor advisement website, Seeking Alpha.
While it is still unclear what is going on, we do know that OCZ is in the midst of major financial troubles and todays dip represents a new 52 week low for the SSD manufacturer. The dip down to $0.65 per share equates to more than 6x OCZ's daily average and the only thing I see happening from this is the company filing bankruptcy within the next week or two. I have dispatched an email to OCZ requesting a comment on today's market decline and have yet to receive a reply, I will update this post if and when more information comes in.
Western Digital is warning owners of its hard drives that upgrading to Apple's OS X Mavericks might not be a good idea right now, warning of data loss when upgrading to Apple's freshly released operating system.
It affects WD's Drive Manager, Raid Manager or SmartWare applications are installed. The company e-mailed its customers after it had noticed its support forum go crazy with users reporting data loss after upgrading to Mavericks with the aforementioned applications installed. WD says if users uninstall the applications, then they are safe to upgrade to Mavericks, without losing their data.
If you've already made the jump and suited up for Mavericks, then you should remove those applications immediately to ensure your data is safe. There's a fix on the way, but it's not here yet.
This morning Transcend announced the release of two new high-capacity USB flash drives in 64GB capacities. The new JetFlash 770 is a USB 3.0 compatible flash drive that features a innovative capless design. With a capacity of 64GB, the JetFlash 770 is capable of housing 30,000 images 23 hours of DVD quality video or 16,000 MP3 audio files.
The JetFlash 770 features a USB 3.0 interface that provides transfer speeds up to 80MB/s which means that file transfers will be quick and painless. The new Jetflash 520 is also available in 64GB capacity and is the epitome of luxury USB flash drives. The drive is constructed out of a single solid piece of metal, and is fully water-resistant while maintaining an excellent shock and vibration resistance. The JetFlash 520 features a USB 2.0 interface, but does come in silver or gold plated versions. Both new drives are available now and retail at an MSRP of $69.
Earlier today, Toshiba announced a new SSD from its Storage Products Business. The new PX02SS is a new 2.5-inch enterprise-grade solid state drive that is available in capacities up to 800GB. Toshiba says that this new SSD is designed for various write-intensive enterprise applications and is an ideal solution for large workloads.
The new PX02SS is built around a 12Gb/second interface with select models utilizing self-encrypting technology. Toshiba says that the drive is capable of supporting up to 30 full drive writes per day, and that features a layered error code correction approach which improves reliability.
"Toshiba's unique integrated SSD design and manufacturing capability ensures that key components of the SSD, including NAND flash, are designed by Toshiba," said Don Jeanette, senior director of product marketing at Toshiba Storage Products Business Unit. "Component and design commonality reduces qualification time for our customers and reflects Toshiba's partner-driven approach to SSD design and manufacturing, helping our customers save time and money."
Today, HGST announced that it has managed to ship more than 100 million Travelstar Z-series 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives this year and expects demand to rise to more than 140 million units by 2017. Seeing the demand for large storage capacities in ultra-thin mobile devices, HGST has launched a new 7mm 2.5-inch HDD with a capacity of 1TB.
The new Travelstar Z5K1000 drive is said to be the industry's fastest 7mm 5400 RPM HDD and features best-in-class shock robustness. The Z5K1000 is designed for use in ultra-thin laptops, ultrabooks, external storage and ultra-compact CE devices. Featuring 2 platters, the Travelstar Z5K1000 family features 1.6 watts (W) read/write power and 0.5W low-power idle, and delivers a nearly silent operation at 2.1 idle/2.2 seek bels.
"The 7.0 mm 2.5-inch mobile market continues to be a strategic space for HGST as evidenced by our record 100M shipments," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "With the addition of our new 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, HGST continues to offer the market's broadest 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 7.0 mm 2.5-inch hard drive portfolio to meet the needs of a diverse mobile computing and storage segment."
"Hard drives will remain the mass storage vehicle of choice, having the best cost-per-GB ratio of any storage medium on the market," said Fang Zhang, analyst, storage systems, IHS. "Also, as consumers create and consume more and more digital content, the need for additional storage becomes essential. Because of this, 7 mm HDDs, especially HGST's 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, will continue to play a major role in the thin and light device segment moving forward."
Today ASUSTOR announced that its line of NAS storage devices are now fully compatible with over 100 different Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) devices in the PowerWalker line from BlueWalker. ASUSTOR says that the integration of PowerWalker UPS' with its NAS systems allows SOHO and small business users greater flexibility and a larger variety of solutions when searching for a UPS.
"In order to protect their critical electronic equipment against the damage that can potentially be caused by power outages and power surges, modern enterprises can choose to deploy uninterruptible power supply mechanisms," said Quote Lin, Director of Research and Development at ASUSTOR. "After passing our strict verification and testing process, we are happy to announce that PowerWalker UPS devices are now compatible with all ASUSTOR products. This provides our users with a wealth of options when choosing a UPS device to provide protection for their NAS."
The use of a UPS in a NAS deployment is critical to prevent data loss in the event of a power outage that might occur during a data transfer. This is especially important for NAS devices that implement solid state drives as their storage medium as data loss can occur not only during an outage, but can happen during brownouts and power fluctuations. A UPS will power the system long enough to complete transfers, and then allow the system to be safely shutdown to prevent data loss.