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It wasn't long ago when SanDisk unveiled the world's first SSD with 4TB capacity, but now we're hearing about 8TB and 16TB SSDs - things that should really begin to excite everyone.
The storage giant believes that flash-based storage devices will begin leaving mechanically driven HDDs for dust when it comes to both performance, and capacity - in at least one market segment. Mission-critical storage applications are very important, as is the entire enterprise storage market. SanDisk now plans 6TB and 8TB drives by next year.
SanDisk has confirmed 6TB and 8TB Optimus Max SSDs for next year, but even better, we have 16TB drives on the map for 2016. Right now, the price per GB is still higher than most would like it - sitting at around $2 per GB for consumer SSDs. But by 2017, this will drop to close to $0.50, which is when we should see some gigantic, and much cheaper SSDs.
The majority of us mostly know SanDisk for its consumer products. It makes all sorts of stuff like SSDs, flash drives, and storage cards for cameras and smartphones. SanDisk has announced the launch of a new product in its enterprise product series that it says is a first for the industry.
The product is the SanDisk Optimus Max SCSI SAS SSD in a 4TB capacity. SanDisk says that its new storage solution outpaces the highest capacity 2.5-inch 10k and 15k rpm SAS HDDs. The new product is aimed directly at the data center. Pricing on the drives is unannounced at this time.
Right now the biggest consumer HDD you can buy is 6TB, but what will 2015 bring? Well, Seagate is looking into the future, with its Chief Executive Officer, Steve Luczo, teasing a roadmap to 10TB... something that could happen next year.
During Seagate's most recent earnings call, the CEO promised to move from the current highest 3.5-inch mechanical drive capacity of 6TB, right up to 10TB very soon. Luczo said to analysts: "I just don't see those price erosions sustaining themselves, given the capacity points that we have to deliver over the next year. Going from 6 to 8 to 10 terabytes, that's a lot of technical investment as you know, it's also a lot of test investment".
Don't get too excited though, as the shift to these gigantic HDDs would be made available in limited quantities. Luczo continued: "As you get to the 6 and the 8 and the 10TB drives, the lead time on those drives is going to be pretty significant whether or not that's wafer-related or whether or not that's test related. So you are not going to kind of be able to call up and say "by the way I need an extra 500,000 8TBs I forgot to order," because they are just not going to be there and the industry can't respond that quickly".
Synology has announced that it has updated the j series of NAS solutions with some new features. Those features are landing first with the DS414j NAS device here. One of the new features that is a first for the j series is a dual-core processor. Along with that dual-core processor, the NAS has hardware acceleration for data encryption and an integrated FPU for faster photo previews.
The DS414j also gets a USB 3.0 port making it the first in the j series to go to USB 3.0 connectivity. Synology says that the four bay storage solution supports drives of up to 5TB capacity giving the DS414j capacity of up to 20TB total.
Thecus, a manufacturer of network attached storage devices, announced that its entire line of NAS solutions are now compatible with Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5" 5TB HDD. These drives now give Thecus the ability to have 80TB of raw capacity in just one of its N16000PRO high availability NAS appliances. Based on current street prices from a variety of online stores, this puts the total solution well below the $200 per terabyte threshold.
Thecus is better known in the prosumer market, but is clearly making an effort to gain the attention of smaller enterprise IT shops with these capacities. According to Florence Shih, Chairperson at Thecus Technology Corp, this is exactly why they have partnered with Seagate,"Seagate's reliability paired with Thecus's trusted technology is an undeniable edge for enterprises in need of large pools of data in energy-efficient, high-performance storage." The combination of high capacity and the ability to connect via 10GbE make the Thecus NAS appliances a viable candidate for outlying departmental needs at a minimum.
The complete list of compatibility for Thecus can be found at http://www.thecus.com/sp_comlist.php
Samsung has announced that it has begun to mass produce the industry's first 3-bit NAND based SSD for servers and data centers. The new and speedy SSD is aimed at improving workload management for social networking, web surfing, email and other operations. The SSD uses 3-bit MLC NAND.
Samsung's drives carry part number PM853T SSD and will be offered in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. All versions of the drive are designed for high levels of random IOPS performance and QoS that are essential in the data center.
ASUS has teamed up with Kingston to build its first SSD, the HyperXpress SSD. The ASUS HyperXpress SSD is built into a 9.5mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor drive, featuring the SATA Express interface - something that ASUS' upcoming motherboards will feature.
Inside of the HyperXpress is a host-agnostic RAID 0 array of two mSATA-based 6Gbps-capable SSDs, wired together on a host controller built by ASMedia. ASUS has shown this off to various media, stating that future versions of the drive could feature two M.2 SSDs versus using mSATA drives. The drive was tested with sequential rates as high as 778MB/sec. We should see and hear more about the ASUS HyperXpress SSD at Computex in June.
One of many storage and multimedia product manufacturer Transcend has launched JetDrive upgrade kits for MacBook systems. The upgrade kit is made specifically for professional photographers, videographers and graphic artists. Just like standard upgrade kits, these also come with an SSD/HDD to USB 3.0 enclosure, screw driver for T5 and P5 screws and even a travel pouch.
Transcend assures that its upgrade kits can provide up to 560 MB/s transfer speeds via SATA 6Gb/s, therefore promising to provide faster boot up and application load along with increased storage capacity. The drives also support TRIM.
OCZ Storage Solutions has just unveiled a super high-performance SSD, the new RevoDrive 350 Series. What makes OCZ's latest SSD so special is that it uses Toshiba's 19nm NAND flash, thanks to Toshiba acquiring OCZ a few months ago.
The OCZ RevoDrive 350 uses a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot, and thanks to its (up to) four LSI SF-2282 processors, it can offer up to 1.8GB/sec of sequential speeds and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS. These speeds make the RevoDrive 350 Series of products an easy-to-deploy solution, as you can just slot it directly into a spare PCIe slot, enjoying speeds you'd normally only see from multiple SSDs in RAID.
You can choose from multiple sizes as the OCZ RevoDrive 350 comes in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. It is backed up by a great three-year warranty, too.
Toshiba has pulled the wraps off a new wireless hard drive that allows you to back up all the data from your camera or smartphone while on the go. One of the cool things about this storage solution is that it is wireless and you can stream content to your smartphone or tablet a wireless network. The drive is called the Canvio Aeromobile Wireless SSD.
Inside the rugged aluminum enclosure hides a 128GB SSD optimized for performance. The portable drive weighs 4.2 ounces and has a battery inside large enough to power it for up to eight hours of use per charge. Toshiba also builds-in a SD card so you can transfer images from a camera to the drive without needing a PC.