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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.
Earlier this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, Plextor showed off its new M6 SSD prototype alongside its new M.2 form-factor SSDs. The M6 is the highly anticipated successor to Plextor's M5 series and is said to be aimed at the consumer market with several versions aimed at different portions of the market.
Plextor says that the new drive will feature the latest generation A19 Toggle NAND Flash from Toshiba, which the company says is the smallest and fastest performing MLC on the market today. Additionally, the M6 is just 5mm thick, making it one of the thinnest SSDs available in the consumer market.
Plextor says that its new M.2 line of SSDs follow the latest specifications set by Intel for its Ultrabook standard. "Using a PCIe interface, the Plextor M.2 will overcome the performance bottlenecks of SATA. The new M.2 series has not got a finalized name yet, but the samples shown had lengths of 60 mm and 80 mm. The M.2 series, like all other SSD solutions by Plextor, shall be paired to a controller from Marvell and NAND flash from Toshiba," the company said in a release.
Super Talent Technology has just unveiled a new line of NGFF SSDs based on the M.2 form-factor. Super Talent says that the new NGFF SSDs are the perfect solution for high-speed non-volatile storage for the next generation of high-performance laptops. VP of Engineering, Shimon, said, "Our NGFF SSDs are sure to keep mobile device applications running at peak performance."
The NGFF DX1 is a SATA III-based M.2 SSD that supports speeds up to 480MB/s read and 400MB/s write speeds and is available in capacities from 32GB up to 256GB. The NGFF ST1 series is also an M.2 form-factor SSD and is capable of read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively. Unfortunately, no pricing or availability information was giving at the time of this publication.
Today, Corsair announced the launch of ten new USB 3.0 flash drives over the range of three different product lines. All of the new flash drives are USB 3.0 compatible and are capable of reaching speeds up to 285 MB/s during read cycles and up to 180MB/s during write cycles. Additionally, all of the drives are fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and are compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux with no driver installation necessary.
Up first is the new Flash Voyager GS series, which is intended to brand the company's flagship USB 3.0 flash drives. Each Voyager GS is housed in a scratch-resistant brushed metal enclosure and can be attached to a key ring. The Voyager GS Series is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.
Up next is the all new Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 series, which is designed to have a minimal size of just 1.25 inches long in an effort to help reduce the space they occupy in your pocket. Each Voyager Mini USB 3.0 comes equipped with a detachable key ring loop and features a brushed metal housing that is designed to resist wear and tear while protecting your data. The Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.
Finally, Corsair announced the all new Flash Voyager LS series, which features a premium retracting design that is said to protect the USB connectors while eliminating the need for a protective cover. Corsair says that the new Voyager LS Flash Drives are small enough to attach to a keyring and feature an attractive brushed metal design that resists scratching and fingerprints while keeping your data safe. The Flash Voyager LS is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. All 10 of the drives listed feature Corsair's unmatched five-year warranty and can be found at major electronics retailers everywhere.
We heard about Intel allowing 'overclocking' on its SSDs, but now we have a little more proof. The chipmaker was showing off some SSD overclocking to PAX attendees, but Legit Reviews thinks that Intel will release a 'K' series SKU of SSDs that would be overclockable.
This would fall in line with Intel's current K series of processors, such as the Core i7-4770K, which can be overclocked. If Intel do indeed unleash a K series of SSDs, the chipmaker would unlock the 'dials' on the SSD which would give users the ability to increase clock speeds on the controller frequency as well as the NAND flash memory bus frequency.
Intel has already added overclocking features to their Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, or XTU. The drive Intel were using at PAX was a prototype SSD made for overclocking, so we're not talking about anything official right now. So, let's get into what it can do, at the moment, and what people saw at PAX.
Today, Thecus announced that it has updated its popular mobile NAS utility app T-OnTheGo for both iOS and Android platforms. Version 3.0 of the T-OnTheGo app features a completely redesigned interface and now supports iOS6 and Android 4.2. Mobile users can now manage files, upload photos and videos, view images in thumbnail format, stream videos, and add existing WebDAV servers directly to their Thecus NAS.
"Users want their data to go wherever they do, and they want to remain in control of it no matter how far away they actually are. That's where T-OnTheGo comes in. We wanted to help make users' data and remote management of their NAS systems completely mobile. It's like having the NAS in your pocket, except without the awkward staring," said Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus.
The mobile app also allows users to manage their Thecus NAS from anywhere in the world as long as there is an Internet connection available to their mobile phone and to their NAS. T-OnTheGo also allows users to connect local disks, WebDAV servers, and several cloud-based storage services directly to their Thecus system. The new updated T-OnTheGo app is available for Android and iOS at the sources listed below.