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Thecus announces ThecusOS 7.0 Beta, with a refreshed UI and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 30, 2015 3:49 am

After a while cooking in the oven, Thecus has announced the continued development of ThecusOS 7.0, with the release of the ThecusOS 7.0 Beta.




ThecusOS 7.0 was designed on a 64-bit architecture, works with HTML5, and offers countless improvements in not only the design but performance and the user experience. Thecus CEO Florence Shih explains: "Individuals and businesses alike demand storage solutions that provide productivity, efficiency, and agility. With the release of ThecusOS 7.0, we plan to transform user experience by providing an optimized, feature-rich platform for data management and application use". here are the main points on ThecusOS 7.0:


  • Redesigned User Interface: With a modernized, translucent design, ThecusOS 7.0 provides a smooth desktop experience with increased performance and easy navigation.
  • Optimized Storage Management: The integration of the File Center feature provides a centralized portal for users to manage their data. Users can create personal user profiles to manage their data and administrators can control access rights. Sharing is made easy through URL or QR code and can be password protected. The addition of SSD cache provides increased performance and efficiency to the system.
  • Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities: ThecusOS 7.0 allows users to centrally access and manage multimedia and offers media streaming via HDMI, VGA, Chromecast, Apple TV, and USB devices. With the new Photo Station, users are given a convenient, centralized hub to upload, store, browse and share images.
  • Streamlined Application Use: Incorporating the App Center in ThecusOS 7.0 allows users access to the over 700 official and 3rd party apps available on Thecus NAS directly from the user interface. The Thecus App Center offers a host of utilities for users for backup, security, file management, cloud services, and much more.


If you want to try ThecusOS 7.0 out, visit Thecus' live demo site, here.

Plextor's M8Pe M.2 SSD has the need for speed, looks to match

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 29, 2015 4:12 pm

Plextor is finally going to reveal the true successor to the highly successful M6e SSD, which also happened to be the very first PCIe based SSD as well. The new M8Pe will build upon that success with the addition of NVMe and a faster 4x PCIe 3.0 M.2 connection.




The new drive from Plextor will be their first foray into adding NVMe, and as a result, it'll have blistering fast read and write speeds. Plextor quotes it as being able to sustain 270,000 read IOPS at a 4KB transfer size and up to 150,000 write IOPS at the same transfer size. IOPS aren't exactly the metric of choice for gamers, but it does translate into smooth and fast performance. The new M8Pe will also make use of their PlexTurbo RAM caching and PlexCompressor, their software for compressing data to maximize space.


Aside from that spec, we don't know much more Hopefully we'll get much more information, such as read/write speeds, what kind of NAND it's using and what kind of controller they'll be putting to use here. This'll be a great addition to the very small stable of consumer NVMe enabled SSD's. Overall exciting news for those looking to upgrade their gaming rig.

Throw this SilverStone external drive around, it should be fine

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 18, 2015 4:33 pm

Complete with a drop-proof resistance rating of up to 1.2 meters or 3.8 ft, SilverStone's new MMS01 USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure can take all sorts of user abuse.




Carrying an IP65 standard rating, this 2.5-inch enclosure boasts to be dust proof and water resistant, further claiming to the subjected to rigorous US military standardizing tests, earning that badge of honor. As part of these tests, this device successfully endured rapid temperature changes, vibration, a 1.2 meter drop, salt spray, sand exposure and fungal growth, explained in a rent press release.


Supporting 7mm thick 2.5" SATA HDDs and SSDs, this product will be available from today and comes priced at $31 USD.

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Samsung's new 128GB PRO Plus microSD cards write at 95MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2015 11:32 am

If you're in the market for a super-fast, super-huge microSD card, Samsung has just announced its new 128GB PRO Plus microSD card - priced at $199.99. T




The price might seem high, but for $199.99 you're getting a 128GB microSD card that has huge read speeds of 95MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec. This is a huge increase over Samsung's existing 128GB EVO Plus microSD card offerings, which maxed out at read speeds of 80MB/sec and write speeds of only 20MB/sec. This means the new 128GB PRO Plus is 4x faster at writing, which makes a huge difference for fast-snapping cameras.


Samsung says that its new 128GB PRO Plus microSD cards are waterproof (IEC 60529, IPX7), temperature proof, X-ray proof, and magnetic proof.

Microsoft giving back 15GB free OneDrive storage

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2015 1:34 am

Microsoft changed its OneDrive plans recently, reducing its free 15GB cloud storage offer to 5GB, prompting more than 70,000 users to express their displeasure on the OneDrive feedback website.




Now, Microsoft is reverting its decision. Curiously, you'll have to opt-in here in order to get the extra space back. Note you still get the 15GB camera roll bonus for a total of 30GB.

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30% of all notebooks to contain SSDs in 2016, reports hint

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 8, 2015 7:33 pm

There's nothing worse than your small, light and portable laptop taking forever to boot up or complete simple tasks - I mean, that's why tablets were invented, or so some people say.




In comes the magical invention of the solid state drive, helping ancient PCs and blisteringly fast gaming machines boot up quickly much faster than a hard disk drive could ever manage. In a report seen on Storage Newsletter, some claim that 30% of all laptops in 2016 could come packed with an SSD within.


With the number being more exact at 25-28% overall, reports claim that this increase is partly due to the 10% price drop in SSDs, while common sense also says that it is partly to do with consumer demand. With this in mind, Storage Newsletter also said that "Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," which could signify a rise in SSDs during 2016 or not, depending on how you understand the wording.

Western Digital shipping world's first 10TB hard drive

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 8:28 pm

Renowned hard drive maker Western Digital is now shipping the world's first 10 terabyte (TB) hard drive in the HGST Ultrastar He10.




The He10 is a helium drive that features perpendicular magnetic recording and is said to provide the lowest power consumption per TB on the market (56% fewer watts/TB than competing helium HDDs). Additionally, it includes a five-year warranty and claims a 2.5 million mean-time-between-failures rating. I might be inclined to be skeptical of this figure, but WD's reputation precedes it, and my own WD drive has been going strong for more years than I can remember.

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Reports claim Samsung owned a third of all NAND flash revenue in Q3

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 9:34 am

There's no denying that Samsung isn't a big player in the NAND flash game, with a report now confirming exactly how much dominance that this company asserted over the market in recent times.




DRAMeXchange and Storage Newsletter reported that not only did NAND flash pricing decline in the third quarter of 2015, but the global flash revenue raised 2.4% as a result. This gain in revenue was seemingly soaked up mainly by Samsung, with this piece further confirming that the technology giant controlled 31.5% of all NAND revenue during this time period.


With second place going to Toshiba at 20.5% and SanDisk lagging behind at 15.4%, it becomes apparent that Samsung are well ahead of its competition. This percentage difference gap is smaller than quarter 2 though, with Samsung posting a 32.6% market share compared to 19.1% for Toshiba and 13.4% for SanDisk. It's also interesting to note that Micron has recently slipped out of third place from Q2 - Q3, dropping a 1.4% share.

Samsung announces new OEM 750 Series SSDs with corporate warranty

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 4:31 am

Designed to help your company office systems perform at full speed, Samsung has announced its new 750 Series of OEM SSDs, releasing them with special corporate warranty structures.




2.5-inch in size and offering a SATA 6Gb/s interface, these models have been released in only 120GB and 250GB sizing options. Offering speeds of up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write, these new products boast 97,000 IOPS 4K random access in the 250GB model and 95,000 IOPS random access in the 120GB.


As for the special corporate warranties, cover for five or six years is on offer for some partners.

Seagate boasts new storage archtecture capable of 1Tbps

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 3:29 am

Seagate Technology has teamed up with Newisys to create "the industry's fastest flash storage design," as published in a recent press release. This advancement in technology allows for a new Newisys NSS-2601 storage server to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s.




This number is achieved by pairing the NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules containing Seagate SAS 1200.2 SSDs within, ensuring these blisteringly fast speeds are achieved by a single 42U rack. In addition, the press release notes that Newisys 2U servers packed with 60 Seagate SSDs is able to post an impressive bandwith of 49GB/s.


Aimed at the industrial crowd, this advancement is a large "breakthrough in storage system performance," says Seagate VP Brett Pemble. Partnered with Newisys, this new technology is designed to assist metadata caches and prediction servers for industries such as finance, oil and gas, weather and more, due to needing this high bandwidth option in order to processes microsecond alterations.