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SanDisk recently purchased SMART Storage Systems. With a busy year of acquisitions in the flash market, this certainly ranked among the best. The acquisition caught many by surprise, but in retrospect, we should have seen it coming. The core competencies of both companies mesh nicely. Both companies bring an ingredient for success to the table that the other was missing.
SanDisk brings the fab and a long, illustrious 25-year history in the NAND market, while SMART brings the award-winning Guardian Technology and the forthcoming UltraDIMM technology.
Guardian Technology brings endurance-enhancing technology to SanDisk, but SanDisk already holds 4,900 NAND patents in their coffers. The acquisition of SMART surely had to bring more than just endurance-enhancing technology to make them a suitable acquisition target for the industry heavyweight.
The Optimus is an existing line of SAS SSD's brought over from SMART that is the very epitome of high performance. We have a lot of experience with the Optimus in our labs, with an in-depth product evaluation in our IT/Datacenter library.
Today PROMISE Technology announced the launch of the Pegasus2 and SANLink2, the world's first storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2 technology from Intel. PROMISE says that the Pegasus2 line of hardware RAID solutions provides stunningly fast transfer speeds which dramatically accelerate the workflow in 4K environments by utilizing Thunderbolt 2 technology.
The all new SANLink2 is a Thunderbolt2 to 8GB Fiber Channel Bridge that is designed to remove storage bottlenecks for desktop and mobile computing systems by providing direct connectivity to an external Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) such as a VTrak x30 RAID storage system or a VTrak A-Class shared SAN filesystem for rich media video ingest and editing.
"SANLink2 and Pegasus2 have set new standards for performance and flexibility, creating a whole new realm of possibilities for multimedia pros and power users," said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. "Being the first company to bring to market storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2 technology further validates PROMISE's position as the leader in designing high-performance devices for the media and entertainment market -- which revolutionizes the creative workflows of our customers so they can be ready for creating, editing, and delivering HD and 4K and beyond content."
Today, Xilence announced the return of their prized SSD/HHD docking chassis for 5.25-inch drive bays. The docks have been designed to fit two 2.5-inch SSDs into a single 5.25-inch drive bay and provide hot swap connectivity. Additionally, the SSD Dock provides an additional two USB 3.0 front ports when the 19-pin plug is connected to a motherboard-based USB 3.0 headers.
"We had a very good feedback in the past regarding the internal removable storage media device and decided to sale it also in new portfolio because of the customer feedback," said Michael Albes, chairman of Xilence. The SSD docks are ideal for those who are running older systems that lack 2.5-inch drive housing, or for those who might need extra storage space.
ADATA has just unveiled a new external SSD drive that is as fast as it looks. The all new DashDrive HE720 is a stainless steel wrapped external storage device that features the one of the company's ultra-fast SSDs that has been paired up with a super-speed USB 3.0 interface.
ADATA says that the new DashDrive HE720 is capable of read speeds up to 400MB/sec and write speeds in the 300MB/sec range. Measuring in at only 8.9mm thick, the HE720 is considered to be ultra-portable. The external drive supports ADATA's One Touch Backup software and allows for quick and portable backup and synchronization of the data that is most important to the customer. The DashDrive HE720 is available in capacities of 128GB and 256GB but pricing was not given at the time of this writing.
Many of you will remember when Samsung launched its V-NAND 3D NAND product back in August. Samsung has said that 3D NAND is the future of storage and it fundamentally changes the way NAND flash is manufactured. As with any cutting edge technology, wrapping our head around how this new NAND flash works is a little tough.
Fortunately, our friend Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has taken it upon himself to educate the world on what 3D NAND is, why it is needed, and how it is made. Handy has started a new series on his personal blog, The Memory Guy, that will span over 9 weeks and will educate us on everything 3D NAND. Handy has posted an overview of the series and we highly encourage you to head over to his blog and check it out!
Early this morning, Samsung announced its fifth generation of green memory solutions that greatly reduce energy consumption and save customers money. The unveiling came at the company's Memory Solutions Forum that is being held today in Seoul Korea and were presented under the theme of a "New Memory Paradigm."
"With the introduction of these innovative memory solutions that maximize IT investment efficiency, we have set the stage for sharply strengthening the value of advanced memory," Executive VP of Sales, Young-Hyun Jun, said in his keynote. "We will continue to benefit society with the introduction of green IT technology in cooperation with our global partners to lead the global IT industry in creating greater shared value for customers."
Samsung says that the new memory solutions are optimized for the next-generation of data centers which feature cloud computing that is based around big data. Samsung offered three new green solutions to the market including DDR4, PCIe SSDs and a combo of the two technologies. These solutions have been designed to achieve dramatic improvements in performance and energy savings over existing IT technology.
This morning ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new online accessory store for its products. The new store was implemented after ASUSTOR realized that many of its customers had little to no local access to its products and accessories. Going the extra mile, the company has decided to offer free shipping on all orders, something it feels will make its customers very happy.
The store also allows customers to compare products via a new comparison table function, and users can also quickly find accessories by searching using keywords. I navigated the website for a few minutes this morning and am quite impressed to be honest. As a former web developer, the site seems very responsive, snappy, and well laid out.
VMworlds 2013 - LSI announced today that its Nytro XD Application Acceleration Solution now features integrated support for VMware Software. The combined solution utilizes a PCIe flash card with intelligent, host-based caching software that has been designed specifically for virtualized environments.
"With a relatively small investment in PCIe flash storage, the Nytro XD solution delivers an incredibly cost-effective method for improving application performance and VM density for existing storage infrastructures," said Robin Wagner, senior director of marketing, Datacenter Solutions Group, LSI. "For key applications such as databases and virtual desktops, the ability to intelligently cache hot data in low-latency PCIe flash storage accelerates access to data and helps enable faster boot times and greater business productivity."
2013 has not been kind to the SSD manufacturer OCZ, and it appears that is just what some companies were holding out for. Sources have told TweakTown that electronics giant Toshiba is taking a serious look at buying the floundering companies consumer storage division.
This could land Toshiba some very valuable technology that it would not have to license which could be very lucrative for the company. As for OCZ, this could be its saving grace, as the company continue to spiral downward towards a hard rock bottom. As soon as I saw this rumor come in, I messaged our Senior Storage Editor, Chris Ramseyer for his thoughts. "If the report is accurate this is a win-win for everybody. Toshiba will gain a controller to go with its flash and OCZ will escape from the low margin consumer market it created," Ramseyer Said. "OCZ CEO Ralph Schmitt recently stated that OCZ had issues in 2013 securing flash in large volumes. Toshiba 19nm NAND flash has been proven superior to IMFT 20nm flash yet most of OCZ's recent products shipped with IMFT 20nm flash due to Toshiba 19nm shortages."
Honestly, I have to agree with him, and I have not seen anything exciting come out of OCZ on the consumer side of things in many months now, and I feel that Toshiba could take the IP from OCZ and create a new product that would greatly improve its Laptop, Tablet, and PC business. If the deal also comes with a NAND flash deal for OCZ it would work out well for the company.
QNAP has just unveiled its new 10GbE line of NAS models, with the new TS-x70 series of NAS. The new TS-x70 series comes in the usual 4, 6 and 8-bay varieties, with all three models being powered by Intel's dual-core Celeron CPUs at 2.6GHz.
The three models in question are the TS-470, TS-670 and TS-870, with the aforementioned Celeron CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and of course, the 10GbE connectivity. The super-fast network connectivity comes in the form of four GbE ports with an optional 10GbE expansion slot being available. All three models feature USB 3.0 and HDMI.
QNAP says that read speeds should hit at around 450MBps, with write speeds slightly behind at 423MBps with all four GbE links link-aggregated. The pricing on the new units isn't too bad, with the TS-470, TS-670 and TS-870 priced at $1000, $1200 and $1400, respectively.