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IDF 2013 - Our own Trace Hagan had the opportunity to stop by the Adaptec booth today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco California. While at the booth, a company representative walked us through their Series 8 of RAID adapters.
Adaptec said that the Series 8 RAID cards features five different models that all feature high-port connectivity and that the 7 Series is the only cards in the industry to feature up to 16 ports on a low profile form factor card. Series 8 also features MaxCaching Plus technology.
Today Addonics Technology unveiled its new Sapphire Snap-In Disk , an external storage device that is aimed at the high-performance segment and features easy expandability and RAID capabilities. Addonics says that the new Sapphire is a great portable solution for applications that demand high-performance and large storage quantities.
The new Sapphire Snap-In Disk comes equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance including an eSATA port, USB 3.0 and even a mini SAS connection. The allows users to hot-swap up to four 2.5-inch storage drives for quick and easy changes. Before drives can be configured as for individual drives, a single large volume or high-performance RAID grouping with redundancy for reliability.
Users are able to configure the RAID settings by using the bundled RAID utility software or by flipping DIP switches on the back of the device. Software for monitoring the device on Windows, Mac and Linux is also available. Addonics says the new Sapphire Snap-In Disk will retail at an MSRP of $245.
Today ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new live demo site that will allow its customers to test its newest version of the ASUSTOR Data Master, ADM 2.0. ASUSTOR says that the new demo will allow users to experience the company's specialized software firsthand without the need to make a purchase first.
ADM 2.0 is the next-generation of the company's proprietary NAS operating system, and features a heavily optimized user interface that is both powerful and easy to use. The company says that newly added features will now allow users to upload their own desktop wallpaper, choose between 16 different languages, and even pin frequently used applications to the ADM menu bar. ADM 2.0 also features a new APP Central store where users download over 100 apps that can be ran on their NAS running ADM 2.0.
Today micron unveiled its new Serial NOR Flash Interface with Replay-Protected Monotonic Counter designed for use in Ultrathin Devices. This new NOR Flash Interface has already been validated for use in future Intel Ultrabook platforms. Micron says that with this announcement, it is well-positioned to support the growth of Ultrathin applications with its large portfolio of DRAM, NAND, NOR and SSD solutions.
"This first-to-market RPMC feature, developed by Micron for our SPI NOR device, is an additional demonstration of our commitment to continuously meet application requirements and customer needs," said Jeff Bader, vice president of Micron's Embedded Solutions Marketing. "Our NOR Flash excellence, coupled with the leadership and expertise of Intel, make this device the best-in-class solution for the Intel Ultrabook and other future Intel-based platforms."
Micron says that it's 64Mb density is the sweet spot solution currently available for immediate platform-enablement activities, and that its 64Mb RPMC-enabled SPI NOR device supports nonvolatile storage and authentication needs that are critical to the chipset security implementation for future Intel Ultrabook platforms and is compliant with Intel's Serial Flash Hardening Product External Architecture Specification.
Just when you thought the storage world was going a little quiet, Intel has come to the table and thrown everything on the ground to announce its new Intel Solid-State Drive Professional Family, which includes the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series.
The new drives are geared toward business-class clients, and are engineered specifically for "easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced performance." The Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series has some nifty features, where it can protect your data from unauthorized access with its enterprise-grade security features.
These security features include hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and industry-standard Opal key management protocols. Intel has designed the new Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series SSDs to work with its Haswell-based fourth-generation Core processors with Intel vPro technology.
Today, Western Digital announced that it has acquired Virident Systems, a key player in the enterprise flash storage industry. The announcement says that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement where Virident will be acquired by HSGT, a subsidiary owned by Western Digital.
"We have established a competitive position in the enterprise SSD space and with our recently announced acquisitions we are increasing our commitment to become an even more significant player in this high growth segment," said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer, Western Digital. "Virident has a proven leadership team and a culture of innovation. Its combination of great people, leading products and advanced technology will enhance our increasingly strategic position in enterprise storage."
Western Digital has reportedly paid approximately $685 million in cash for Virident, of which $645 million represents the enterprise value of Virident. Western Digital says that Virident CEO Mike Gustafson will join HGST as a senior vice president and will head up the Virident team under HSGT President Mike Cordano.
Today at the world's largest High Performance Computing (HPC) event located at the world renowned Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, OCZ will unveil the Aeon Series 3.5-inch SSD. The Aeon series SSD is based on the Non-Volatile Memory (NVMe) specification and is targeted to meet stringent requirements of latency sensitive applications currently hindered by legacy HDD infrastructure. OCZ, with the Aeon Series, puts an emphasis on superior Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increasing performance for financial industry datacenters.
Unveiling the latest Aeon Series at the HPC for Wall Street show provides IT professional's valuable insight into leveraging new technologies to maximize their company's productivity and streamline their storage footprint.
Designed for demanding transactional environments such as high-frequency trading, Aeon delivers the speed and low latency read and writes of DRAM with the persistence and scalability of storage. It reduces file system overhead in enterprise appliances while accelerating applications and improving overall I/O efficiency, along with providing unlimited endurance supporting an infinite number of drive writes per day without wearing out or slowing down.
On the heels of the latest successful public beta, Synology has launched DiskStation Manager 4.3 to an official release. Many new features come with this latest release along with a few upgrades. Some of these include Cloud Station, which is 30 percent faster with Synology adding in delta-updates, and improved mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Another feature that caught our attention was the addition of TRIM support for modern Synology DiskStation and RackStation x10 series. Select models also gain the ability to use an SSD as a cache drive for higher read performance. For those of you that want the option to use the latest from Synology, a live demo is made available to the public (see first source below).
Today, Western Digital has announced the latest in its My Passport line of external storage solutions. The My Passport Slim features 2TB of capacity in a slim 18mm all-metal casing for added durability.
Included with the Slim is WD Smartware Pro data protection software, which we have had the chance to look at on a number of occasions. This software is one of the more full featured applications available in that it allows users to back-up their data straight to the My Passport while maintaining an additional copy on their Dropbox account.
The My Passport Slim will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, with the 1TB model measuring just 4.3"x3.1"x0.48" and 2TB coming in at 4.3"x3.1"x0.7". Each of these external storage solutions come with a very nice three year warranty from WD. The 1TB model will be immediately available from the WD Store and online retailers. The 2TB will follow in the next quarter.
Thought the 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage was never enough? Well, Seagate might have just announced something that will surprise you - the Seagate Ultra Mobile. This is the industry's first purpose-built 500GB storage solution for Android-based devices.
This means that consumers can take around countless hours of music or video, or tens of thousands of images everywhere they go. Seagate has used a Dynamic Data Driver that "intelligently manages the data between the devices' on-board flash and the HDD to provide comparable power and performance of flash-only solutions."
Seagate has also used zero-gravity sensors (ZGS) that will protect the device if it's dropped, as well as improved shock and tolerance for gyroscopic motion supports even when the device is being moved around quickly when you're playing games. This all comes in at just 3.3 oz, which is about the weight of a light bulb. It's built on the 2.5-inch standard, and is just 5mm thick. Power consumption is ultra-low at just 0.14W in standby or idle.