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Toshiba has just released a new external hard drive with 500GB capacity, with the main highlight being its size due to the use of a 2.5-inch hard disk.
Imation have been busy with their product lineup in recent times. They've just released a couple new external hard drives under their Apollo family and also a new series of SSDs.
First looking at the two new Apollo offerings, there's the Apollo Pro UX model which supports up to 1.5TB drive capacities from its 3.5" bay. Some of its features include low capacity/data activity indicator lights for easy identification of data processes; built-in sleep mode for energy conservation; and one-touch, backup sync buttons with backup software for simple, automatic backup of data, photos, music and videos.
Also released is the Apollo Expert UX which sports an identical feature-set to the Pro UX, only this is a 2.5" pocket sized external drive sheathed in a protective skin to prevent scratches and abrasions and supports up to 500GB capacities.
For further details including pricing and availability, check out the full PR here.
Now moving to Imation's new family of SSDs, They've introduced both the M-Class and S-Class series which are available in both 2.5" and 3.5" form factors.
The M-Class SSDs use the SATA-150 interface, whilst the S-Class use SATA-300. Both series come in capacities of 32, 64 and 128GB.
Imation rates the M-Class drives with read and write speeds of around 150MB/sec and 90MB/sec, whilsts the S-class drives are said to reach read/write rates of 130MB/sec and 120MB/sec respectively.
"We designed this new class of SSD products to deliver high-performance, rugged and stylish design, and easy installation. While SSD enthusiasts expect increased speed, they also want a product that enhances how they work and use their computer," said Subodh Kulkarni, vice president, Global Commercial Business, Imation. "With the M-Class and S-Class Solid State Drives, the computer finally works as fast its user - starting up, opening applications and finding files all happens in a fraction of the time."
Additionally, Imation also provides upgrade kits to make it easier when migrating your operating system and other data across to one of these new SSDs from your original hard disk. The full kit comprises an M or S-class SSD along with a USB-to-SATA or standard SATA connector cable, a power cable and Acronis' True Image HD imaging software.
Tech Connect learns that the M-Class SSD will hit stores first, due for sometime in February at a cost heading north of $179, whilst the S-Class drives and upgrade kits will become available around a month later.
As promised Storage Visions was pretty exciting. The show is much smaller than I expected though but well worth the cost of admission. Fusion-io is here showing their massive video demo that has every episode of Stargate showing at the same time in full DVD quality. A new company has caught my eye but I don't think their system will be available for review since it currently starts out at 70,000 USD, that doesn't mean I will not try though!
Atrato has a handy little device on display at Storage Visions. Handy if you need to play and record a massive amount of video and little as in 80 2.5" hard drives in a 3U package.
The fun doesn't stop there, this isn't your mommas NAS server, the system is enclosed and is not meant to be a hot swappable. Instead Atrato calls their box a self-maintaining solution, we will have to follow up with the company after the shows to get deeper insight into what that means exactly.
Here we see the Atrato system with 160, 500GB hard drives, 80TB of storage space and I thought the Thecus N7700 that just hit my doorstep held a lot drives. Clearly this isn't anything in the realm of what many of us could fill up in a typical year but this year the AVN show is going on at the same time CES is. Hey, we all have to set our goals somewhere.
Imation has a small booth at Storage Visions and have several new products on display. These two are the most interesting, their new 2.5" and 3.5" SSDs. We are looking forward to testing these two out in our lab in the next few weeks.
I must admit I didn't expect to find a system builder at a storage geek event but Hardcore Computer was on site showing their Reactor system. The system on display used a Samsung 256GB SLC SSD as well as a Samsung Spinpoint F1 platter drive.
Hardware has been getting a lot of press after they released their totally submerged PC just a few short months ago. We can't wait to see how their system performs in the test lab, I can tell you that everything appears to be of the highest quality and is nearly silent.
Storage Visions isn't just about what is happening now but as the name implies, looks to predict future market trends. In the open discussion with some of the top minds in storage, future products were being thought up right in front of the audience.
Tomorrow we will cover more from Storage Visions and have a sit down interview with Fusion-io. Our ultimate goal is to extract more information about the ioXtreme, the rumored consumer version of the ioDrive. Stay Tuned!
G.skill has hit up the vastly growing SSD market with its new TITAN series of 2.5-inch solid state drives today. Available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, these drives are MLC (multi-level cell) based, use the SATA-II interface and include built-in EDC/ECC data protection algorithms.
G.skill claims sequential read and write speeds of up to 218MB/sec and 162MB/sec respectively. The drives have an MTBF (mean time between failure) of 1.5 million hours and ship with a 2 year warranty. Pricing is yet to be disclosed.
The official announcement on the new TITAN series can be read here. And G.Skill has also supplied us some test results using CrystalDiskMark and ATTO for each of the two drives, as below :-
Every year just after everyone recovers from their New Years hangovers comes the world's largest consumer electronics show. CES is held in Las Vegas each year and is a gathering of many industries. Unlike Computex, CES is open to the public and hundreds of thousands of industry insiders meet with members of the media, analysts and the general public. It is a great time for these companies to introduce product lines and concepts to the world, usually months and sometimes years before their official launch.
This year I will be making my first appearance at Storage Visions, an industry only conference that discusses current and future market trends. I hope to use my time at Storage Vision to gain a better understanding of SSD controller technology and meet up with Fusion-IO to learn more about their new ioXtreme consumer level SSD.
Flight 5197 out of Indianapolis is now boarding and I am less than 9 hours away from my first meeting at Storage Visions. It is time to take a nice seven hour nap.
Stay tuned to TweakTown over the next week as we will be bringing you full video coverage of all the happenings at CES and Storage Visions!
A-DATA has just kicked a monster of a device out the door, the XPG Dual 3.5" SSD RAID box.
The XPG will fit into a standard 3.5" drive bay and will house 2 2.5" SATA SSDs or HDDs. RIAD functions will be controlled by a simple dip switch on the back. The XPG will support a full 7 types of RAID including:
RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, Span, SAFE33, SAFE50 and GUI.
A-DATA has tested the XPG using simple USB power but do not guarantee this type of connection will work with all systems and drives.
Read the full PR here.
Hey guys, thought I'd jump on and freshen up the news flow a little during this quietest time of year. I hope you all had a great xssy and received some kickass presents. Now we can all look forward to 2009!
NAS storage specialist QNAP issued out an announcement over the xmas break which lets us know their full line-up of TS-109/209/409/509 Turbo NAS series units support Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard disk.
As an example, this now allows the five-bay TS-509 to have up to a whopping 7.5TB storage capacity. The PR also makes mention of the TS-409 and 509's Online RAID Capacity Expansion feature which makes it possible to replace hard disks for larger ones without losing existing data or turning the server off. More information on that can be found here.
The press release can be found here.
Taipei, Taiwan, December 2008 - QNAP Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB (ST31500341AS) hard drive is supported by the entire TS-109/ 209/ 409/ 509 Turbo NAS series.
'The good news is, our Turbo NAS users now have more choices when selecting the hard drive models and more storage space. For example, the TS-509 Pro supports up to 7.5TB storage capacity,' said Laurent Cheng, Product Manager from QNAP. The HDD compatibility list is available on http://www.qnap.com/pro_compatibility.asp.
Intel has just announced that it has expended its award-winning X25-M and X18-M SSD family with two higher capacity models, both being 160GB. The 2.5-inch model is now shipping and the 1.8-inch drive will begin shipping sometime next month.
One of the major highlights of these Intel branded MLC based drives is their incredible read and write speeds, sustained at 250MB/sec and 80MB/sec respectively.
For further information about the Intel series of SSDs, head over to this page.
Patriot Memory is currently in the final process of putting the finishing touches on its forthcoming Warp v3 solid state drive.
It only comes one size, 256GB and it claims read and write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s, respectively. We were not given details on pricing, but we know the first media review sample will be coming to us in early January, which means it will go on sale sometime in the middle of January.
We were provided with an exclusive look at a working sample from the Patriot testing labs.
Check back for our review early in the New Year!
With the SSD market continuing to heat up at rapid pace, OCZ has expended its lineup once again with the addition of the Vertex series of solid state disks today.
These 2.5" SATA-II drives are MLC (multi-level cell) based offerings to keep costs at bay whilst giving blazing performance of 200MB/sec reads and 160MB/sec writes. The series comprises storage capacities of 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB with pricing currently set at $129, $249, $469, and $869USD respectively.
Sunnyvale, CA-December 9, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vertex SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, a premium offering for enthusiasts demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. The latest high-performance and cost-efficient SSD, OCZ has gained momentum in pioneering flash storage technology while maintaining a price point that is truly within the reach of a wide range of consumers.
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