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WD is shooting for 60TB HDDs with HAMR technology

I still remember the days of HDDs being in the megabytes category, but moving into GBs was a big thing... TBs now seem like nothing with cloud storage, and storage giant, Western Digital, is pushing the bar much, much higher.


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At a Chinese trade show, the storage company demonstrated its new heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, which should pave the way for some massive increases in HDD storage. HAMR was first developed by WD's rival, Seagate, but WD believes it can hit five times the areal density of current drives using its spin on the HAMR tech.


Right now, the highest density HDDs have an areal density of around 750 gigabits per inch, but HAMR could expand this out to a whopping 4 terabits per inch. To you and me, this means we could see 60TB drives within the next couple of years. The way that HAMR works is by heating the hard disk's surface with a laser while the magnetic head is recording data, which causes the data bits to shrink, thus, increasing areal density.


This, mixed with nanotube lubrication, allows the magnetic head to get much closer to the surface. This means that HAMR-based HDDs could be just as reliable as standard drives, but with much more data.

Team unveils the all new Dark L3 line of solid state drives

Today Team Group announced the launch of a new line of high-performance solid state drives. The all new Dark L3 SSDs are based on a 2.5-inch form factor and are designed to provide the extreme performance that today's PC enthusiast demands. The new Dark L3 drives are available in three capacities, including 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB.


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The new Dark L3 drives are said to feature read speeds of up to 550MB/s and 450MB/s write speeds based on the company's own testing using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Team says that the new Dark L3 SSDs measure in at 7mm thick, and can handle 35,000 random operations per second. Pricing for the drives starts at just $65 and increases to $200 for the 240GB drive.

Toshiba unveils the FlashAir II wireless SD card to North America

Today, Toshiba announced the launch of its next-generation wireless SD storage media. The new FlashAir II series of wireless SD cards are designed to allow users to share images, videos, files wireless. Available in capacities up to 32GB, the cards feature a class 10 rating to ensure that they are HD Video compatible.


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The cards feature a built-in Wi-Fi adapter that allows the card to function as its own access point which allows any Wi-Fi connected device to access the data stored on the SD card. Additionally, a built-in "Internet pass-through" feature allows the images to be uploaded to popular cloud and image sharing services in real-time as they are taken. The Card is also capable of being accessed by up to seven devices at once. The company's free FlashAir mobile app enables sharing with Android and iOS devices as well. MSRP is set to $79.99 for the 16GB model and $99.99 for the 32GB model.

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Western Digital expands its My Cloud Family with the all new EX4 NAS

Earlier this morning, Western Digital announced the expansion of its My Cloud line of personal storage solutions with the release of the all new My Cloud EX4 NAS. This new offering features a 4-bay design that can support up to four 4TB drives for a total storage capacity of 16TB.


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The new My Cloud EX4 NAS is available as an empty unit, or can be purchased with 8TB, 12TB and 16TB of Western Digital Red hard drives pre-installed. The device also features two USB 3.0 expansion ports that allow users to connect two additional external hard drives to expand their networked storage past 16TB. The unit is hot-swap ready and features Western Digital's Easy-Slide-Drive technology.


"The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customization capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for."


The EX4 provides users with RAID 0,1,5,10 and JBOD modes to ensure that customers needs and data redundancy are thoroughly covered. Windows customers can utilize the WD SmartWare Pro software to backup all of their PCs to the EX4, and Mac users are able to utilize all the features of Apple's Time Machine backup software with the My Cloud EX4. The device is available now and retails for $379.99 for a drive-less version, or $799.99, $949.99, and $1149.99 for the 8TB, 12TB, and 16TB models respectively.

Seagate begins shipping worlds thinnest Samsung 2TB hard drive

Today Seagate announced that its Samsung HDD division has began shipping the all new Spinpoint M9T, a 2.5-inch HDD that measures in at just 9.5mm thick. This makes its the worlds thinnest 2TB HDD. The drive is targeted at OEMs of ultra-thin devices such as UltraBooks, Ultra-thin notebooks, and other portable devices needing large amounts of storage space.


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"The M9T combines the highest areal density shipping in a single storage device with an innovative design that fits into mainstream notebook applications. While other 2TB are solutions on the market are 15 mm thick, the vast majority of mobile devices are designed to use a 9.5 mm drive; with the M9T, those devices can now have 2TB of storage, enabling a richer computing experience," said Dave Frankovich, senior product line manager, Samsung HDD.


The Samsung Spinpoint M9T features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and Microactuation that provides for fast, consistent performance. NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies have been utilized to ensure a quiet experience while maintaining ultra-fast performance. The Spinpoint M9T is available now, but no pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.

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Registration opens for Storage Visions 2014, $100 off for early birds

Registration is now open for the 2014 Storage Visions conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5th-6th, just two days before CES 2014. Storage Visions is the premier conference to meet and hear from the top innovators in the data storage industry, and allows attendees to network with the companies who will create the next generation of hardware and software storage solutions.


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Storage Visions is a 2-day information packed experience including numerous keynotes, sessions, as well as exhibits showcasing the latest technology in the storage exosphere. Attendees who sign up early by using the source link below will receive $100 off of their registration for a limited time. TweakTown will be out in full force at Storage Visions recording interviews from all of the major players in the industry, and I will be personally covering all of the new and exciting products in the exhibit booths. Stay tuned for TweakTown for full coverage of the event and all things storage related!

The SD Association announces new UHS Speed Class 3 for SD cards

This morning the SD Association announced the all new Ultra High Speed (UHS) Speed Class 3 (U3) alongside a new designation symbol to identify products capable of recording 4K2K videos. This new speed class and symbol will be featured exclusively on SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices and SDHC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices.


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"The world's favorite SD memory card continues to evolve and meet shifting industry needs," said Brian Kumagai, president of the SD Association. "Our new UHS Speed Class 3 standard will give consumers and businesses more flexibility and capability as the market shifts to 4K2K video formats. Both SDXC and SDHC memory card standards already offer the massive storage needed to support 4K2k video with enough room to store photos, music, documents and other data on a single portable card."


The new UHS U3 compatible SD cards will feature a lightening fast 30Mb/second sustained minimum write speed which is critical when shooting ultra high resolution 4K2K video. This new speed standard will also facilitate faster write times in high-megapixel DSLR cameras as well as high-bitrate audio recording devices. New devices offering the UHS Speed Class 3 will be backwards compatible and will work with existing SD memory cards.

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Astute Networks releases ROI calculator and whitepaper

Astute delivers all-flash arrays focused on the mid-tier markets. While flashier companies look to supply the upper tier of the market, Astute supplies compelling solutions with a low TCO. Astute addresses education, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors in need of faster storage.


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Astute provides a low cost of ownership with the best dollars to IOPS ratio and price per GB ratio attainable from an all-flash storage solution. They also boast the highest iSCSI IOPS per Dollar ratio in the industry from their ViSX appliances. For Astute, the importance of correctly calculating the TCO of the storage solution is paramount. In many cases, administrators do not consider other hidden expenses, such as administration and training costs. The result of poor management and training can be unnecessary downtime, which only creates a snowball effect the directly affects business productivity.


By delivering a non-disruptive solution that is complementary of the existing infrastructure, organizations can save incredible amounts of money and realize enhanced performance to boot. Astute has released a whitepaper, available here, that covers the hidden costs of deploying an all-flash solution.

OCZ stock rebounds slightly before falling again as markets close

Earlier today, I reported on OCZ's stock taking a nosedive earlier today which saw the stock dip by almost 40-percent. While company stocks rising and falling is the nature of the stock exchange, it is quite unusual for a company to not release a statement in times of extreme fluctuations such as what OCZ saw today, and we are left wondering what is going on.


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"OCZ has been dogged by liquidity/solvency fears for some time. The company ended its August quarter with just $10.6m in cash, in spite of raising $13.1M during the quarter. It has also declined to provide November quarter guidance, citing "uncertainties in being able to procure forecasted flash amounts and credit constraints," read an email alert from investor advisement website, Seeking Alpha.


While it is still unclear what is going on, we do know that OCZ is in the midst of major financial troubles and todays dip represents a new 52 week low for the SSD manufacturer. The dip down to $0.65 per share equates to more than 6x OCZ's daily average and the only thing I see happening from this is the company filing bankruptcy within the next week or two. I have dispatched an email to OCZ requesting a comment on today's market decline and have yet to receive a reply, I will update this post if and when more information comes in.

OS X Mavericks user? WD hard drive owner? Be careful

Western Digital is warning owners of its hard drives that upgrading to Apple's OS X Mavericks might not be a good idea right now, warning of data loss when upgrading to Apple's freshly released operating system.


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It affects WD's Drive Manager, Raid Manager or SmartWare applications are installed. The company e-mailed its customers after it had noticed its support forum go crazy with users reporting data loss after upgrading to Mavericks with the aforementioned applications installed. WD says if users uninstall the applications, then they are safe to upgrade to Mavericks, without losing their data.


If you've already made the jump and suited up for Mavericks, then you should remove those applications immediately to ensure your data is safe. There's a fix on the way, but it's not here yet.

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