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Today Toshiba announced the all new Q Series Pro line of internal solid state drives. The Q Series Pro is designed to be a high-end, high-performance replacement drive for consumer grade PCs. Toshiba says that the new Q Series Pro SSDs are ideal for consumers who need to boost their PC storage in a reliable and safe manner.
"Toshiba's comprehensive ecosystem of devices positions the company at an advantage when understanding consumer needs for storage," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development of branded storage products, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "The Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive offers industry-proven caliber and authenticity with leading performance, speeds and capabilities."
The new Q Series Pro SSDs measure in at just 7mm thin and are very lightweight. The company says that this slim profile lends itself well to Ultrabooks and other lightweight notebooks that are popular today. Toshiba's Q Series is backed by a 3-year warranty, and is available in capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB. MSRP is set at $159.99 and ranges up to $739.99 for the top end model.
This morning LSI announced that it has been awarded the prestigious Supplier of the Year award from IT giant Cisco. The Award recognizes LSI for its relentless and and consistent excellence in quality. The award was presented at Cisco's 22nd Annual Supplier Appreciation Event that was held on September 17th in Santa Clara, California.
"Our Supplier Appreciation Awards give us an opportunity to highlight excellent performances by the very best of our extended supply chain," said Gary Cooper, vice president, Global Supplier Management, Cisco. "Our strong relationships and close collaboration with our suppliers and partner ecosystem continue to drive excellence in innovation, productivity and efficiency."
The event is held by Cisco to thank its partners who helped contribute to its success during the fiscal year of 2013, and the company presented awards to several of its largest suppliers who continue to hold strong partnerships with the company. LSI designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in enterprise settings.
Today Mellanox announced that it would be hosting its Annual Analyst Day on Friday, October 25th, 2013 in New York City. The event will last from 8:30AM until 2:00PM with members of Mellanox's executive team providing pverviews of the company's vision, stragety, business initiatives and more.
For the public and those unable to attend, Mellanox will steam the event live at the source link below. Mellanox urges everyone who wishes to view the live stream to visit the link at least 15-minutes early so they can download the player and audio software. If you miss the live stream, a recording will be available to view within 24 hours of the event being finished.
ADATA has just released a new addition to its DashDrive line of external hard drives. The new Choice HC630 is a USB 3.0 compatible external storage device that is wrapped in a beautiful mystic blue metallic finish. ADATA has bundled its HDDtoGo encryption and synchronization software with the drive to help keep customer data safe and secure.
The new DashDrive Choice HC630 weighs in at just 5.6 ounces and has a footprint of barely 4.5x3x0.6-inches. A raised lip around the perimeter helps prevent surface scratches from occurring, and a LED indicator light is present to inform the user of the HDD status. The external HDD is available in capacities of 500GB, 750GB and 1TB with a three-year warranty backing things up.
QLogic announced today that its FlexSuite technology will be providing the converged interface for Dot Hill's ninth-generation storage architecture. QLogic says that this technology will provide Dot Hill's OEM customers and channel partners with the industry's first mid-range 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI converged networking storage solution.
"Customers want higher bandwidth and greater flexibility in their storage solutions, and we've responded with the launch of our
ninth-generation architecture," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "This platform takes advantage of the revolutionary QLogic(R)FlexSuite dual-personality adapter technology to provide our customers with the fastest Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity available today, all from the same hardware. Our converged interface architecture
delivers unparalleled flexibility, allowing organizations to instantly convert their storage from Gen 5 Fibre Channel to 10Gb iSCSI and vice versa."
QLogic designed their FlexSuite dual-port ASIC with the company's unique multi-port traffic isolation technology which lends greater reliability and security on implementations which feature dual-port solutions. This architecture features on-chip CPU and memory isolation, that ensures one port will continue to function securely should the other port experience issues. This technology is essential to enterprise level data centers, and assures the highest level of availability for mission-critical applications.
Today Super Talent announced the addition of a new SSD to its DuraDrive SSD line. The all new DuraDrive Zt3 offers enhanced quality, performance and reliability needed for today's enterprise storage environment. The ZT3 features a ZIF/IDE interface and conforms to the 1.8-inch form factor.
The new DuraDrive ZT3 is available in both MLC and SLC NAND configurations and features capacities from 16GB all the way up to 256GB. Super Talent says that the new drives are designed to withstand extreme environments that may involve socks, humidity, altitudes, and temperatures. This makes the DuraDrive ZT3 series ideal for the aerospace, medical, embedded, and industrial industries.
sTec announced this morning that it will be attending VMworld Europe 2013, and will be showcasing its PCI Express solid state drives by hosting a demo at their booth, #E406. The demonstration will be based around sTecs s1120 PCIe Accelerators that enable high-performance efficiency in a small footprint.
You might remember that Western Digital acquired sTec under its subsidiary HGST earlier this year for $340 million. The acquisition allowed Western Digital to quickly make its presence known in the solid state storage market, and bring forth an entirely new enterprise solid state storage division. During this years Flash Memory Summit, our own Paul Alcorn got a chance to sit down with sTec for an on-camera interview as well. You can find that interview here.
QNAP recently updated the QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS operating system for its business-class Turbo NAS products. QTS is the operating system that runs QNAP NAS devices. The software is Linux based, and has been designed to deliver high-performance applications and services that fulfill the clint's needs of file sharing, storage management, and backups. Solutions for virtual environments, multimedia, and surveillance are also built in.
"Our previous release of QTS 4.0 for home-class Turbo NAS models has been a great success with tremendous positive feedback from our users," said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP. "Now we are pleased to bring forth the QTS 4.0 for QNAP's business-class Turbo NAS models that we believe will greatly benefit business applications of the Turbo NAS,"
The update brings forth advanced functions for SMB users, including 400TB scale-up solution, intelligent Storage Manager, flexible volume management with thin-provisioned volume supported, SSD cache, SMART data migration, VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX support and more, and greatly enhancing the efficiency in storage management, expansion, data process, and management in virtualization environments.
QNAP recently launched five new business-class, SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models including three devices that support 2.5-inch high-density drives. The new TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP and TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP support SAS and SATA 6Gbps hard drives while the SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP and SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP feature support for 2.5-inch hard drives.
All five of the new models feature a quad-core Intel Xeon processor that is clocked in at 3.4GHz, and things are kept nice and smooth by 8GB of DDR3 ECC RAM. Each of the new Turbo NAS devices feature a 10GbE network connection, SSD caching, and enterprise level SAS hard drives.
"The new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models support enterprise-level SAS hard drives that will greatly satisfy performance-demanding businesses," said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. "The new models also support lower cost high-capacity SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations. With the new SAS-enabled Turbo NAS, businesses can enjoy great flexibility in hard drive selection."
Buffalo has just announced the launch of a new line of external hard drives featuring capacities up to 4TB. The new HD-LCU3 series of external hard drives are featured in white (up to 3TB) and black (up to 4TB) and weight about 2lbs each. Each HDD features an active cooling system, and anti-vibration technology, to help keep things cool and quiet.
The HD LCU3 series also features TurboPC EX2 software that can be enabled to automatically compress data to enable more data to be stored on the drive. The series will be offered in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities and will retail for $134, $169, $225, and $397 respectively.