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We thought these 8TB HDDs would be coming next year, but Seagate has started shipping out the first samples of its 8TB HDDs to its customers. The company hasn't provided any details on the innards of these new gigantic storage devices to its customers just yet.
Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate has said: "We have also delivered 8TB customer development units to major customers and cloud service providers and the initial customer feedback has been very positive". We don't know which method Seagate has used to construct the 8TB HDD, but we should see these hit the retail market sometime before the end of the year, or the beginning of 2015.
It looks like Panasonic is now a player in the SSD market, without much fanfare to be honest. The company looks to be re-branding OCZ drives, using OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot M10 controller.
The Panasonic-branded, OCZ-made drives were spotted in the famous Akihabara shopping district, with the new Panasonic Premium range of SSDs. These new SSDs come in retail packaging, including software and adapters to get them installed into desktop PCs. Panasonic is making its Premium SSDs available in three sizes: 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.
The new drives are based on OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot M10 controller, and should be using Toshiba's second-generation 19nm MLC NAND flash. These new drives are based on the SATA 6Gbps interface, with the performance side of things looking to match what OCZ has with its Vertex 460 SSDs.
HGST has just unveiled its latest Ultrastar C10K1800, something the company is pegging as the world's highest capacity, highest performing 10K RPM HDD. The new drive is a 2.5-inch 1.8TB drive, that cranks along at 10,000 RPM.
The drive uses HGST's media cache architecture, which uses a portion of the platter as drive cache. This allows a massive 2.5X increase in random write performance, and a 23% improvement in sequential performance over previous generations of 2.5-inch 10K RPM HDDs. According to the company, this new Ultrastar C10K1800 is also more power efficient, with up to a 7% improvement in active and idle power savings.
HGST's new Ultrastar C10K1800 ships with the fast 12Gbps SAS interface, but even with 10K RPM under its belt, it won't make great use of that like an SSD or four will. It has a maximum sustained transfer rate of 247MB/sec on its 12Gbps bus.
2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung is moments away from opening the doors to the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit conference. Paul and I just snapped some photos. We don't have a lot of time to go into the full details now, look for more detailed coverage later this evening. For now, let's run some photos!
Google has rolled out a new cloud storage service that is designed specifically to cater to the business users out there called Drive for Work. This subscription service costs $10 per month per user. The big feature of the Drive for Work service is that for the $10 per month you get unlimited storage.
Individual files can be stored under this plan up to 5TB in size each. Drive for Work comes on the heels of the announcement that Google Drive has 190 million active users on the personal and work plans combined.
Google also notes that files uploaded to drive are encrypted in transit between devices and Google data centers. Google has also refreshed the Drive apps for iOS and Android devices to improve performance and clean up the interface.
If you are a user of Microsoft's cloud storage service called OneDrive, Microsoft has some good news for you. That good news is more storage at no cost, and lots more storage for Office 365 users. Those who are signed up for a OneDrive account, and those who register for a new OneDrive account with their Microsoft account will now get 15GB of free storage.
Microsoft previously offered 7GB of storage at no cost. If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can get 1TB of free cloud storage at no additional cost. That Office 365 subscription costs $99 per year and gives you access to Office productivity software like Word and others.
Computex 2014 - Just when we thought the 1.8GB/sec transfer speeds with a PCIe-based G.Skill SSD was fast, OCZ has to e-mail me notifying me of its RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 at Computex 2014 - pushing an incredible, bandwidth-crushing 3.8GB/sec!
Yes, 3800MB/sec. It's an insane number, something that had OCZ use "specialized cooling fans to keep the SSDs humming along smoothly, the demo system was able to reach staggering speeds of nearly 4,000 MB/second!". The OCZ RevoDrive 350 SSDs are available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB with up to 1.8GB/sec sequential read speeds and up to 1.7GB/sec on writes - so a single drive kicks some ass, but in RAID 0? Wowzers.
Computex 2014 - QNAP went on a new product spree at Computex 2014 showing the new TS-x51 product series comprised of four new products at launch.
QNAP wanted to the new models in the spotlight and placed a few throughout the booth. Here we see all four lined together.
The new models should ship with QNAP's new QTS 4.1 software. We're currently testing 4.1 on a few QNAP products in the lab to get a feel for both the consumer and enterprise side.
Computex 2014 - Marvell displayed their SATA Express solutions at Computex 2014, including a SATA Express to M.2 enclosure. This allows the use of M.2 SSDs with SATA Express cabling and utilizing a 2.5" enclosure.
The emergence of SATA Express as an interconnect will create an entire ecosystem of products built to take advantage of the increased throughput of the PCIe bus.
Marvell also had their 88SS9293 PCIe 2.0 X4 controller on display with 512GB integrated into the small form factor.
The 5th generation Marvell 88SS1074 is a SATA SSD controller compatible with 15nm TLC NAND. This controller is using the SSD controller industries' smallest process at 28nm CMOS. This controller is optimized for the M.2 form factor. Marvell's 3rd gen LDPC technology is a big reason the controller can deal with the higher error rates of TLC NAND, which we covered more in-depth here.
Computex 2014 - OCZ Storage Solutions was showing its latest entrant to the SSD market, the Vector 180, at Computex 2014. The Vector 180 straddles the blurry line between client enthusiast-class and the light-enterprise markets. This is a growing segment that has seen a flurry of recent releases from all major SSD manufacturers, including OCZ Storage Solutions parent company Toshiba. The merging of development roadmaps and segmentation between the two product lines offered by Toshiba and OCZ Storage Solutions will become clearer as the merger progresses.
OCZ continues to develop their proprietary Barefoot 3 M00 controller and enhance functionality to bring it to different market segments.
The Barefoot is paired with Toshiba A19nm flash and also has Micron NAND packages for caching purposes.
The rear of the drive reveals the capacitors that provide power hold up in the event of power loss. This is a critical requirement for enterprise applications. There is also a third DRAM package on the rear of the PCB, which indicates a possible ECC implementation to protect cached data. Other data path protection features will also be implemented to satiate the needs of enterprise customers.