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Today, Viking Technology announced that SolidFire has selected its SATADIMM SSD to be used as both the cache SSD and boot volume SSD in the company's storage nodes. SolidFire says that this offers enhanced products by increasing both the number and capacity of SSDs in their systems.
For those who might not know, SATADIMM is an enterprise-class SSD built on a Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) that fits in an empty DDR3 DIMM slot. These new drives enable both SSD caching as well as boot capabilities without having to utilize a hard drive. SolidFire says that the integration of Viking's SATADIMM SSDs will boost overall system performance and also allow the company to minimize potential human errors such as accidentally removing a boot or cache drive when replacing other failed drives.
"The Viking SATADIMM gives us an additional SSD within the chassis allowing us to dedicate more drives towards storage capacity, while storing boot and metadata information securely inside the system," says Adam Carter, Director of Product Management at SolidFire. "Viking's SATADIMM technology is unique in the market and an important part of our hardware design."
We are proud to announce that from today onwards, we are partnering up with SwiftTest Inc., who are the leaders in infrastructure performance validation for the networked storage industry.
Our collaboration with SwiftTest will see us working together on test suites and benchmarks that will help the consumer enjoy a real-world perspective on the performance of storage devices. SwiftTest offers its SwiftTest Enterprise platform, an easy-to-use GUI-based platform that speeds up test development and allows users to boost their testing and QA processes.
The SwiftTest Enterprise comes pre-configured with a test platform, protocol test suites, and test content that is based on industry standard workloads. But, if you like to tweak, like we do, it comes with fully customizable workloads that can be quickly adjusted to meet the needs of any storage industry organization, or professional storage users.
Today, Plextor announced that it will be giving a sneak preview of their upcoming M6 SSD at the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition that will be held next week on the days of August 13 through 15. Plextor says that the M6 will feature the next generation of the company\'s proprietary TrueSpeed technology that works alongside a Marvell 88SS9187 controller. This equates to enhanced performance and reliability.
The company says that the new drive also features the latest generation 19nm Toggle NAND flash manufactured by Toshiba. Topping things off, Plextor says that the M6 measures 5mm thick, making for an ultra-slim installation. Additionally, the company says it will display its complete lineup of storage solutions including the M5 Pro Extreme and M5S series alongside the M5M mSATA drives and the M.2 form-factor drive.
If you are attending the Flash Memory Summit and Expo, you will be able to find TweakTown at booth #900. We will be recording video interviews. E-mail Paul Acorn to schedule an interview. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!
California-based start-up, Crossbar Inc., have just dived onto the storage radar with a totally new way of storage technology which they're calling "Resistive RAM" or RRAM.
Resistive RAM is a huge leap for storage, capable of storing 1TB of data on a 200 sq. mm chip, something that is smaller than a postage stamp. RRAM technology uses a three-layer structure, is also stackable and scalable, which means multiple terabytes of storage can be crammed into one 3D chip package with chips stacked on top of each other.
The start-up claims that these chips will feature 20x faster write performance, 20x lower power consumption and 10x more endurance when compared to "today's best-in-class NAND flash memory." I'm sure that our in-house storage editors Chris and Paul are rubbing their hands with glee right now.
Today, Mach Xtreme announced the launch of its new LX series of USB 3.0 compatible flash drives. The MX-LX series is aimed at those who are looking for a fast USB 3.0 thumb drive but still want high-capacity and affordability. Mach Xtreme says that the new flash drives are based on a native USB 3.0 controller chip and implement advanced dual-channel technology.
There is a wide range of high-end USB 3.0 flash drives available on the market. These thumb drives typically carry a relatively high price tag compared to traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. MX-LX series utilizes the latest USB 3.0 specification and delivers blazing fast performance at an extremely competitive and affordable price. MX-LX USB 3.0 flash drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Its dual-chip design and compact size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The aluminum housing is also extremely durable, making it an ideal upgrade flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles.
Mach Xtreme says that the LX flash drives reach up to 190MB/s read and 85MB/s write performance and are available in capacities of 8GB all the way up to 64GB. No information on pricing or availability were given at the time of writing, but you can head over to the company's product page (Source #2) for more information on pricing as it becomes available.
Sony and Panasonic are finally coming to their senses, announcing a new basic agreement with the goal of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs.
Their objective? Expand their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Sony and Panasonic are hoping to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies that each company excels in, with their targets aimed on a 300GB optical disc by 2015. Both of the Japanese companies will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other details regarding this new standard.
It's not known if the new standard will continue with Blu-ray or not, but I think we're going to see a move from this standard after all of these years.
Today, Buffalo Technology unveiled the TeraStation 3000 Series of high performance NAS and iSCSI unified storage devices. Buffalo says that the TeraStation 3000 is a "feature-rich solution for small offices and professional users." The device consists of two different configurations including a stand alone unit as well as a 1U rack mount version. Both feature capacities from 4TB all the way to 16TB and are configured using high-performance RAID-based network storage. Processing is handled via a dual-core ARM processor and 1GB of RAM to keep transfers running smooth.
"The perpetual growth and evolution of storage and backup needs in the SMB market presents network administrators with the continual challenge of effective data management," said Matt Dargis, chief operating officer at Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc. "This challenge translates into a call on vendors to provide reliable, cost-effective solutions that address ever-changing file serving and capacity requirements. Buffalo is answering this need with our recently launched TeraStation 5000 Series, and now the TeraStation 3000 Series. We designed the TeraStation 3000 to deliver simplified management, optimized resource utilization and true disaster recovery protection at entry-level price points."
This morning, SanDisk has announced what they are billing as the "world's fastest" 64GB microSDXC card. Designed for the latest generation of smartphones and tablets, the 64GB microSDXC card boasts speeds of 80MB/s read and 50MB/s write.
The card features UHS-1 and is a Class 10 card, so video recording and playback even at the highest bit rates should perform exceptionally well. SanDisk says that the card is even fast enough to handle super high bitrate 4K Ultra HD video. The card is waterproof along with the usual compliments of being x-ray proof, shock proof, and can handle temperature extremes from -25 Celsius all the way to 85 Celsius.
Intel have provided some details on their new SSD 530 Series of drives, which include some M.2 form factor models. There will be four M.2 form factor models, coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and finally, 360GB. The 80GB drive will be capable of up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 480MB/sec writes. We'll have 24,000 IOPS for random 4K reads, and up to 80,000 IOPS for writes.
When it comes to the 120GB, 180GB, and 360GB drives, Intel kicks it up a notch by offering up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 490MB/sec writes. As for random 4KB read/writes, we can expect 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for the 120GB and 180GB drives, and we see a big drop to 37,000 IOPS for random 4KB writes on the 360GB model.
There will be plenty of other models, with four mSATA-based models coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and 360GB and six models in the usual 2.5-inch flavor. We should expect the 2.5-inch form factor to see 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and the biggie: 480GB. All six of these drives are capable of 540MB/sec and 490MB/sec for sequential read/writes and 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for random 4KB read/writes, respectively.
Today, SanDisk released a new storage device that is able to wirelessly connect to your mobile devices to share files. Dubbed the Connect, the device is able to connect with up to eight devices wirelessly, with up to 4 devices being able to add and remove files from the drive simultaneously. SanDisk says that one need not worry about security as users are able to add password protection to the files.
The connection is made through a new mobile app developed by SanDisk that is compatible with iOS, Android, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. SanDisk says that the device can stream video to up to three devices at the same time making this somewhat of a portable media server. The new device is able to stream up to four hours on a single charge and boasts a wireless range of 150 feet. A 16GB version will retail for $49.99 while a 32GB model will run you about $60.