Today Thecus announced the launch of its latest entry-level home and small office NAS. The all new N2310 is a 2-bay Network Attached Storage device that is packed with features you would expect from Thecus. The new N3210 features support for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD and packs in hardware that will ensure speed and reliability.
The N2310 also features a built-in FTP server, BitTorrent Client, and even Plex Media Server support that allows users to stream content to TVs, Xbox 360, and any other device running Plex's streaming client. The device also features two USB ports that enable users to easily copy over photos and files from external drives, as well as a printer, turning the NAS into a central print server. The Thecus N2310 is available now and retails at an MSRP of $169.99.
Today Synology announced the launch of its latest high-performance rack mounted NAS, the all new RackStation RS814 NAS. The system is designed around a 4-bay 1U server design and can scale up to eight total drives with the inclusion of the RX410 expansion module.
Synology says that the new RackStation RS814 NAS is optimized for small to medium business environments and features passive cooling of the CPU which greatly limits ambient noise generated by the device. The RS814 comes equipped with thw award-winning DiskStation Manager OS that allows for easy and efficient management of your storage media. With performance exceeding read speeds of 200MB/s and write speeds of 130MB/s the RackStation RS814 is the ideal solution for SMB and SOHO deployments. The RS814 retails for $599 while the 4-drive expansion RX410 cost an additional $599.
There is one word that you will find in just about every piece of marketing material related to both data storage and networking, and that word is "speed." Today Netgear unveiled a new network attached storage device that just might be worthy of excessive use of the word "speed"
The all new Netegear ReadyNAS 716 is designed to be nothing but a pure speed demon and is based off of a 10-Gigabit Ethernet controller that delivered blazing transfer speeds. The device features two 10GBASE-T ports on its rear and is packed with 16GB of error-correcting code memory. The new ReadyNAS 716 is available in a 24TB capacity configuration and is expandable to 84TB via an eSATA expansion chassis. The new ReadyNAS 716 from Netgear is available now and retails at an MSRP of $4500.
Today Western Digital announced the launch of its all new WD Black2 Dual Drive, a unique smashup of a SSD and HDD combo. The new Black2 Dual Drive is the first of its kind and manages to pack in a 1TB HHD and 120GB SSD into a single 2.5-inch form factor case. This allows for easy integration into notebooks, small form factor PCs, and much more where the speed of an SSD is desired, but massive storage is needed.
"Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's Storage Technology business unit. "The WD Black2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package. The WD Black2 dual drive is a direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised its beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products."
Western Digital says that the Black2 is free of caching algorithms and greatly benefits from the SATA 6GB/s interfaces speed. The new Western Digital WD Black2 Dual Drive is covered by a five-year warranty, and retails now for $299. Our own Tyler Bernath has just finished up his review of the drive and you can find out how it performs by heading over to the review right here at TweakTown.
And you thought we left the show without getting some testing in on the SF3700. LSI SandForce had a public display at AIS 2013 with IOMeter running. We weren't allow to run other tests but we were allowed to dig through the results screen the existing test running on the demo.
Obviously SF3700 is in the early stages but seeing live demo's from more than one manufacture is a good thing.
When running in PCIe mode the SF3700 drives we saw at the show achieved nearly 150K IOPS. Here we see in our early look at SATA III SF3700 breaking the 91K red IOPS mark.
The average latency for all managers was just .3489ms.
Click the link for the full test with Iometer.
Today Team Group launches a new member of its Mobile Storage Series dubbed the M131 UFD. The new USB drive features dual interfaces that allow it to be used with existing USB ports on PCs as well as microUSB ports on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The M131 UFD features a USB 2.0 interface and is designed to work with mobile devices as well a laptops and notebooks on the go. The drive comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, and is no larger than a normal USB stick drive. Team Group says that it is covered in an "anti-fingerprint" coating and weighs just 6.6-grams, which makes it perfect for storage in a pocket, purse, or on a key ring.
Kingston took the time to demonstrate their latest LSI SandForce SF37000 Griffin SSDs at LSI's AIS 2013.
Kingston will continue to offer SSDs in the traditional SATA 2.5" form factor, and with the Griffin controller we can expect to see capacities up to 1TB in the market.
Kingston will also provide a PCIe SSD with the SF3700 delivering blistering speeds up to 1,800 MB/s.
At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) 2013 Paul Goodwin, the CTO of Avant, walks us through their line of products of existing and soon to be products.
The big news is obviously SF3700 products but Avant manufactures several other products like the fastest USB 3.0 thumb drive on the market today.
Here we see the world's fastest USB 3.0 drive.
Kent Smith, the Senior Director of LSI SandForce Product Marketing, took a few moments to personally demonstrate the new SF3700 Griffen controller at the LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) 2013. The original SandForce controllers helped define, and refine, the consumer SSD market.
The SF3700 controller generates up to 1,800 MB/s in sequential throughput and up to 150,000 IOPS in random read performance.
The SF3700 is unique because it offers a unique architecture that supports both SATA and PCIe interfaces.
At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit(AIS)2013 Michael from ADATA Technology walks us though their latest M.2 SSD. This SSD utilizes the oven SF-2281 in tandem with L85A NAND.
Micron L85A NAND is making quite the entrance into the consumer SSD market, with many o the manufacturers at AIS 2013 indicating they intend to begin using this new lower-cost flash at the beggining of the year.
Kent Smith from LSI fame walked us through a new complex feature that may tip up in future LSI SandForce products at the retail level. The feature is actually implemented now, but only by companies we the resources to build it own operating systems.
At the time of writing, DVC is not supported by Windows but with enough prodding by manufactures of storage products, the feature may see future implementation. This is where we need Intel to bang the drum and push for dynamic volumes in real-time.
ADATA Technology, at LSI's AIS 2013 event was the first to show working M.2 and SATA III versions of the new SF3700 controller.
We already know that existing SATA III LSI SandForce drives can maximum the SATA bus with compressible data. The new SF3700 should be able to perform better with incompressible data on SATA so we're excited about the SATA products just as much as we are the PCIe versions.
With everyone from out employers to the government spying on every aspect of our daily lives, data encryption has become more important than ever before. Kingston Technology knows this and has released an all new USB 3.0 thumb drive that automatically encrypts your data as it is being loaded.
The new DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 from Kingston offers hardware encryption as well as a built-in anti-virus engine for added security. The drive also has features that allows administrators to set security policies that lock the drive into read-only mode which prevents any malware, spyware, or other nefarious data from being loaded onto the drive. Kingston is offering the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 in capacities ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB with pricing starting at $40 for the 4GB stick, and hitting the $355 mark for the 64GB model.
This week SK Hynix announced that it has began full-scale production of its new 16nm scale 64Gb MLC NAND Flash Modules. This is the company's second version of 16nm NAND Flash with the first version going into fabrication earlier this year in June. SK Hynix says that this revision is more cost competitive due to its smaller chip size.
This is very good news as well as this means that SK Hynix has recovered from a nearly industry devastating fire at one of its fabrication facilities located in China earlier this year. While it is still unclear exactly how much fabrication equipment was damaged in the fire, the ramp up to full-scale production of these new chips should help lower the NAND Flash price per GB some.
SK Hynix says that it has also developed a new 128Gb MLC Chip that is based on the 16nm specification and endurance design of its 64Gb MLC. The new 128Gb chips will go into full production in the first half of 2014 which should further lower the price per GB of NAND Flash. This will equate to lower SSD pricing, which is a winning scenario for consumers.
It's turning into a good night in the Secret Bunker away from the Secret Bunker. After some surprisingly early pics and even a few benchmarks, we now have the first picture of a SF3700 in M.2 form factor.
M.2 is the official name for this form factor and 2280 can run both SATA and PCIe specs depending how the host interface is configured. LSI tells us SF3700 is optimized for low power consumption, up to 1800 MB/s and 150K IOPS performance. Officially the time frame is broad, 2014 but will these exciting new models come in the first or second half is what we want to know for sure.
LSI Analyst Day is wrapping up but media is barred from attending since we have all of the secrets. While the regular cast and crew are entertaining the Wall Street crowd we made a line straight to the goodies room in our plain cloths.
Security thought we were with the display setup crews...cameras and all.
With our belly's full and our cameras twitching for some action we got to work, albeit twelve hours ahead of the predefined schedule.
This is just an early taste of what we'll officially show tomorrow at the 2013 AIS conference hosted by LSI.
It was one thing to hear LSI tell us over the phone that SF3700 is capable of delivering 1800 MB/s sequential performance but seeing it in person is totally different. This result was from a PCIe 2.0 4 lane product that we'll first see on enterprise products but consumer models will follow soon. LSI has a winner on its hands and we're glad to see the shift to PCIe based storage with a native controller.
The fun starts at LSI's annual AIS event in less than 24 hours but TweakTown spied and captured the first image of a SF3700 reference design at SC13 today. SF3700, as shown here in it's PCIe form, can achieve 1800 MB/s sequential read and is guaranteed to bring a smile.
The SF3700, designed in the Bay Area, is the first bi-protocol SSD controller. SF3700 is SATA III and PCIe in the same controller, just a few manufacturing changes away at the end component level.
Silicon Power announced today the launch of its latest external storage device. The all new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive utilizes Intel's Thunderbolt technology to alongside an internal SSD to achieve unprecedented speeds in an external storage device. Silicon Power says that the new Thunder T11 is certified by both Apple and Intel, and symbolizes a new era in external storage solutions.
"Thunderbolt technology can come in small palm size packages for true mobility," said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "We are pleased with Silicon Power's support for Thunderbolt technology and bringing Thunderbolt mobile storage to the next level for professional consumers."
The new new Thunder T11 is capable of read speeds in the range of 380Mb/s and write speeds top 340Mb/s which more than doubles the speed of USB 3.0. Silicon power chose to power the new Thunder T11 through the Thunderbolt port as well making this external storage device as compact and portable as possible. The entire devices measures in at just 74x62x15mm and weighs in at a mere 65-grams with a capacity of 120Gb. Pricing information was not provided at the time of this writing.
This morning, Segate Technology announced the launch of the companies latest storage product for business. The new Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS is designed for offices, workgroups, and other entities up to 50 employees. This new NAS will allow employees a centralized location to store files as well as offering a secure storage medium for PC backups.
The new Windows Server 4-bay NAS from Seagate allows businesses with existing Microsoft Windows IT infrastructure to seamlessly upgrade office storage capacity while easily integrating users from an existing directory. The device is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor that is clocked in at 2.13GHz. The device utilizes Seagate's NAS HDD drives to ensure a reliable and high-performance experience.
"Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organizations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses," said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. "We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures."
Paul and I are packing and in two days we'll show more than just pictures of the new LSI SandForce SF3700. The new controller series is nine channels and supports both SATA III and PCI Express. On the latter, the SF3700 can read up to 1800 MB/s if your PCIe 2.0 bus is up to the task. Using four lanes, 1800 is a good starting point but we're more interested in overclocking our enthusiast motherboards to get more and we hear the new controller can handle a bit of a bump to get past the 1800 MB/s hump. Who's ready for SSD overclocking? Can I get a NGFF water block with my order?
The new SF3700 controller's design is for both consumer and enterprise products much like SF-1000 and SF-2000. Early on, we expect to see enterprise products demoed first but in the end, consumer drives may hit the market first due to the long validation period for enterprise products.