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I have multiple systems here in my home office, and every single one of them features an SSD or three. I can't stand to use mechanically-driven storage drives as my OS drives anymore, and with the price dropping almost on a weekly basis, most users are doing the same.
According to IHS analyst, Ryan Chien, the "fate of the SSD business is closely tied to the market for Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin PCs that use cache drives." The SSD market is set to really expand this year thanks to the push of Ultrabooks and other new form factors, such as SFF and Intel's NUC-type systems.
According to IHS' Storage Space Market Brief, worldwide shipments of SSDs will go from 39 million units in 2011 to 83 million units this year. By 2016, we should be in a world where 239 million SSDs are shipped, which will represent around 40% of the entire HDD market in that year. This is all thanks to the constantly declining price of SSDs, which is helping them get pushed into more and more systems and new form factors thanks to its low-power consumption, noise and heat.
Facebook's Jay Parikh, VP of infrastructure engineering, wants to move everyone's photos to flash memory for both quality and energy saving purposes. The only issue is that the proper kind of flash memory needed simply does not exist in commercial scale.
Our own Anthony Garreffa recently reported that Facebook users uploaded a massive 1.1 billion photo uploads on New Year's day alone, and it is metrics like that that is pushing Facebook into looking for better image storage methods than the old school mechanical hard drive method.
It's not that the hard drive storage method isn't working, but rather it is inefficient, slow, and consumes a ton of power when compared to solid state storage. That is why Parikh is calling upon the world to create a new kind of flash memory that is designed for occasional data retrievals, unlike current technology that is designed for persistently accessed files - that is, high performance NAND. This truly is one of those "If you build it, Facebook will come" scenarios.
Ever wonder how an SSD is made? No longer will this burning question keep you up at night as Crucial has just posted up to YouTube a behind-the-scenes video detailing the creation of a solid state drive, from inception to delivery.
In the video, they explain the process in a quick manner, so pay attention. They cover silicon design, wafer production, individual chip production, testing, assembly, more testing, packaging, and delivery. Watch the video and let us know something cool you learned from it that you didn't know before.
Foremay, an OEM SSD manufacturer, has released the world's first 2TB SSD drives with a standard 2.5" SATA interface. Both new models seem to only be available for OEM and industrial applications though at this stage.
Foremay is offering the SC199 (for mission-critical applications) and TC166 (for terminal computing) product families in either commercial or industrial grades to suit end-user's specific applications. Features include Advanced Power Management, Advanced Error Correction, Military Secure Erase, and hardware based encryption.
"By leveraging Foremay's patent pending technologies, we are proud to deliver the world's first 2 TB SSD in standard 2.5" SATA form factor," said Jack Winters , Foremay's CTO and co-founder. "We hope our high reliability 2 TB SSD drives can help create more design freedom and storage space for both mission-critical and enterprise applications."
CES 2013 - We're big fans of ioSafe around here. Anyone who has ever lost data before has to be a fan and everyone else will one day be a fan. ioSafe follows the KISS theory, Keep it Simple Stupid. Their products don't look flashy, aren't complicated but they do exactly what the company says they do.
It's difficult to even put ioSafe products in a single category. Are they external storage, data safes, or akin to S&M bondage machines for reviews like myself? They are a bit of all three but for you they are peace of mind when what seemingly would be the worst day of your life. Your data lost of still available after a flood or fire, your choice.
CES 2013 - We've still got CES 2013 products to show you, with today bringing us the video below on ADATA's DashDrive AE400. ADATA showed us how their AE400 worked, and it has quite a number of features included.
The AE400 is firstly, a power bank - capable of charging your smart devices through its included micro USB port or normal-sized USB port. The AE400 is also an Internet hot spot, which can give Internet access to up to 10 devices. The AE400 is also capable of wirelessly transferring files from the included SD card or USB ports to your tablet, or smartphone.
These features make ADATA's DashDrive AE400 an immensely powerful device, capable of transferring files to and from the AE400's SD card. Got pictures on your iPad and want to back them up? No problems - just wirelessly attach the device and transfer the files to your SD card. ADATA have done this quite easily, where they've provided an application to help you out.
CES 2013 - ADATA had one of the only working NGFF products on display at CES that we saw. NGFF stands for Next Generation Form Factor and it's the next evolution for SSDs. By moving the SSD away from the SATA bus and to PCI Express, current bandwidth limits are increased by nearly 4x. Before overhead, the PCIe bus will deliver nearly 2000MB/s for the boot SSD.
NGFF also goes under the more marketable name M.2. At this time there are several versions of NGFF, around 15 or so but we hope manufacturers can come together to standardize one or two. Once connector would be even better, this one looks like a winner to me.
To get NGFF up and running, ADATA teamed with LSI SandForce for the controller. A M.2 to SATA adapter was used, much like the mSATA to SATA adapter we use to test mSATA drives in a desktop. As we mentioned, ADATA was the one company with a unit working at we saw.
CES 2013 - Now that G-Technology, a division of HGST knows their fate after Western Digital picked up HGST, they can get to product innovation. At CES we sat down with G-Technology to discuss the needs of professional user's and how they use external storage in their professional lives.
Professional users of products like Photoshop, Premier and Vegas need high speed, sustained performance when creating their essential work videos and images. Not only does the storage component need to be fast but it also needs to be reliable. A hardware failure means Saturday Night Live becomes Tuesday Night Live. We bring SNL into this news post because post production runs on a G-Technology storage system.
2012 was an interesting year for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, but it looks like he's into the full swing of things this year. Dotcom has now shown off a new image of Mega in beta form, and boy does it look nice.
We don't see too much of it, with some menus up top in the form of File Manager, My account, Sign out, language selection and Menu. The image above shows off the My account section where we can see some options like Account details, Transfer settings and Session History. We can see Storage Space listed and gives 50GB, so this might be the default option.
You have a slider to control the number of parallel download and upload connections, as well as a fixed upload speed limit if you choose. There's two more options down the bottom for skipping identical files when uploading and finally, using SSL for file transfers.
CES 2013 - Asustor, a division of ASUS pieced together from former staff from QNAP and Synology, displayed their 2013 product lineup at CES. Within six months the team moved from their ideas to working products and a select few models are already listed at e-tail outlets.
The Asustor products look very good and have a lot of functionality. Initial products includes 8, 6, 4 and 2-bay models, all from the 6 Series. At CES we also saw the first rackmount products shipping later this year.
The units look very good and after a demonstration we're convinced that on consumer features, Asustor is ahead of the competition. The 6-Series gives users the ability to turn the lights off or even dim them on the NAS. With HDMI connectivity now a standard feature in NAS products, more of these units are headed to the living room and away from the network switch.