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Plextor shows off how much quicker their SSDs are than a traditional HDD

E3 2013 - Plexstor's booth is featuring a pretty cool demo in which they show us how much faster their new SSD line is verses a traditional 1TB hard drive. The demo pits two systems against each other to see who can perform a set of task and then reboot the fastest. Of course the SSD wins the race, but by how much? You will have to watch the video to find out!

 

 

TweakTown is your leading coverage provider of the E3 Expo, and have already posted tons of content which you can find here. Additionally, we covered all of the major press conferences from Yesterday's "E3 Day 0" press event in live blog form. Stay tuned to TweakTown.com for the entire up to the minute coverage of the E3 expo.

 

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Intel announces cloud computing-focused SSD - DC S3500 series

This morning at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York, Intel announced the new Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series. The new drives are ideal for cloud computing and data center applications, especially read intensive applications like Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization.

 

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Intel says that "The DC S3500 Series will enable quicker Web page loads and improved response times as a result of dramatically improved data access times and reduced latency. IT managers and cloud developers will see lower total cost of ownership as a result of reduced power consumption, more consistent performance and smaller space requirements."

 

"Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment," said Kim Stevenson, chief information officer at Intel. "In fact, we are increasing our deployment of Intel SSDs in our data centers from 10,000 units to 40,000 by the end of this year to enable our global design team to help bring products to market faster."

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Seagate enters the NAS HDD ring, looks to knock WD out with a 4TB model

Western Digital's Red hard drives are finally getting a competitor in the form of Seagate's appropriately named NAS HDD lineup of hard drives. Just like the WD Red drives, Seagate's NAS lineup is geared toward 1 to 5 bay NAS units.

 

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Seagate NAS drives run what Seagate is calling NASWorks, which supports customizing error recovery controls, power management, and vibration tolerance otherwise known as TLER. TLER ensures that drives do not get dropped from the NAS which sends the array into a rebuilding phase. The company is also claiming that the drives are optimized for sequential and random performance.

 

Additionally Seagate has a lead over Western Digital in the capacity wars. While Western Digital's Red drives top out at 3TB, Seagate's NAS line is available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB models. Prices are set at $126, $168, and $229, for the 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB NAS hard drives.

Western Digital are the first with a 7mm-thick 1TB HDD

Computex Taipei 2013 - Western Digital had a lot of momentum going into Computex but at the show they went for the checked flag. First up in a few posts coming from the company is the new 7mm, dualplatter 1TB, 2.5" HDD.

 

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Getting to 7mm is a feat in itself but stuffing two platters in 7mm took some engineering talent. We sat down with Western Digital so they could explain some of the engineering that went into making the world's highest capacity 7mm HDD.

 

Western Digital explains their new 5mm SSHD

Computex Taipei 2013 - Once you go black....you never go back to blue? Western Digital's performance line for consumers is the Black Series. With flash increasing performance the company decided it was time to add a little flash magic to their proven mechanical products.

 

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The result is Western Digital's first SSHD. SSHD, the industry term for hybrid drive is part SSD and part spinner. In this case, the marriage of a special SanDisk iSSD that is between 8GB and 24GB depending on the OEM customer, and a 5mm slim Western Digital hard drive.

 

 

We finished testing Western Digital's 5mm Blue drive right before walking out of the door for Computex.

 

Look for a review of that product first and a follow up from Tyler on the UltraSlim Black SSHD.

Soon but not soon enough - OCZ Vector PCIe, it's coming

Computex Taipei 2013 - We know it's coming and coming sometime soon but that isn't good enough when OCZ Technology teases it at CES and Computex in 2013.

 

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With two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers and up to 1TB of NAND flash, we know you want it too. If the PCIe version of Vector includes SCSI unmap, a form of TRIM, then we'll do back flips followed by cartwheels. Wouldn't that be a sight to see?

 

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As far as I know, this is the first back side picture of the card. All together there are 32 NAND flash chips, four DRAM buffers and two Barefoot 3 controllers. Bridging the two controllers to the PCIe 4 lane is an OCZ VCA II. This is a full height card for desktop use. When they finally come out I want six for RAID 5 in a prosumer SAN.

MemoRight XT3 Series SSD joins the world's of Marvell and TLC together

Computex Taipei 2013 - MemoRight had a sizable booth this year at Computex and inside we found a product we're ready to try. To date, only Samsung has shipped consumer grade SSDs with triple-level cell (TLC) flash but that's about to change now that Toshiba has their 1Xnm TLC in production.

 

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The MemoRight XT3 Series will use a Marvell controller with MemoRight's own firmware and pair it with Toshiba's new TLC NAND.

 

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There aren't a lot of details yet but MemoRight expects performance in the 540 MB/s sequential read and 300 MB/s sequential write area. Wear-leveling will be very important with TLC NAND and MemoRight even mentions Global Wear-Leveling on the spec card. This will be an interesting one for sure.

KingFast runs RAID 0 inside a normal 2.5-inch drive with two SF-2281s at Computex 2013

Computex Taipei 2013 - It's been a few years now but we tested a product from a company called PhotoFast with two SF-1200 controllers. KingFast is using that idea to get to the magic 1TB mark but this time with SATA III and LSI SandForce's SF-2281 controller.

 

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The KF2510MCF03 packs two small 512GB SSDs inside standard 2.5" form factor, 9.5mm housing. A RAID controller couples the two internal drives together in RAID 0 and that's how KingFast managed to get past the SF-2281 density limitation.

 

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KingFast also had a few other products on display at the show including their SLC model that also uses a LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller.

QNAP demos scale up, scale out solutions

Computex Taipei 2013 - The storage market is growing rapidly and for good reason. Cloud storage is booming, but not just for consumers looking to keep family photos in two or more secure locations. QNAP had two demos and more than one product in the racks are unannounced as of this time.

 

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The first rack we looked at was titled Scale-up. In this picture we can see a 20-bay 2.5-inch form-factor model that has us quite excited. Several products in this rack connect to a central NAS via expanders. It's a good way to increase density while working with a smaller budget.

 

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With the Scale-out option, you're increasing density through full NAS products. This increases both drive count and increases compute power at the same time.

 

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We have a few QNAP rackmount systems in our lab and appreciate their versatility. A NAS is no longer a NAS when the feature set is stacked as deep as it is in these products.

QNAP brings 10GbE to the SMB market

Computex Taipei 2013 - We have a few stories from QNAP in the works, but this one will affect the largest number of new buyers. Until now, the 10GbE Ethernet option was available only on larger NAS systems, platforms with eight or more drives.

 

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In a bold and exciting move, QNAP has brought 10GbE to six-bay and four-bay models. The TS-670 Pro uses six drive bays and has the processing power to go with it.

 

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We're starting to see 10GbE ship on workstation and server boards, mainly from on-board Intel X540 parts. Intel X540 add-in cards are available for less than $300 if you look around for good deals. The add-in cards allow you to add 10GbE capability to any system, including desktop computers.

 

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We're using 10GbE in the office now and love the performance. Transferring files to and from the NAS with roughly a 10x increase over gigabit Ethernet not only reduces the wait time, but also increases the number of users who can comfortably connect to the NAS at the same time.

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