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It seems our friends over at Other World Computing (OWC) are pushing out the new Mercury Accelsior E2 and want current Gen 1 Accelsior users to upgrade to the latest and greatest. If you purchased your original Accelsior before 12/31/2012 OWC is offering a 100$ rebate if you upgrade to the latest E2. For those of you that purchased the Gen 1 Accelsior on or after 1/1/2013 you will receive $150 in rebate.
- Purchase the 0GB Accelsior_E2 Card
- Transfer the original Accelsior's SSD blades to the new E2 card (The original Accelsior SSD blades are 100% compatible with the Accelsior_E2)
- Send in the original card to receive rebate check.
The new Accelsior E2 offers all the great performance benefits you've enjoyed with the original Accelsior with the addition of two 6Gb/s eSATA expansion ports for transferring data for backup or archival purposes.
With Intel increasing the speed of its Thunderbolt interconnect to 20Gbps, and unveiling the new Falcon Ridge controller that will hit production by the end of the year, it didn't take long for the USB-IF to respond.
At the latest Intel Developers Forum that took place in Beijing recently, the USB-IF announced that development is underway to double the throughput of SuperSpeed USB from 5Gbps to 10Gbps. The speed enhancement will come with new cables, but retain backwards compatibility with existing connectors.
The USB-IF also unveiled the latest power delivery specification, providing a single cable for data and power delivery for devices up to 100 watts.
"The USB-IF recognizes consumer demand for a simplified single-cable solution to power and simultaneously transfer data to their laptops, tablets and smartphones," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and COO. "With the new SuperSpeed USB enhancement to increase performance up to 10 Gbps data rate, coupled with the USB Power Delivery specification capable of delivering up to 100 watts of power to USB-enabled devices, consumers will soon be able to have one USB cable to support all their needs."
It's no secret that we love to back-up our important data. We make copies of our data at home and at work and even have systems that automate the back-up process for us through devices such as NAS' and such. So many copies that we really don't get the full scope of it until a report like the one published today by IDC comes out.
Laura DuBois, Natalya Yezhkova and Ashish Nadkarni all analysts at IDC corp, published a report today called The Copy Data Problem, which cites that for every 10TB of storage, 6TB is used for backups.
Based on the approach presented in this document, IDC estimates that in 2012, more than 60% of enterprise disk storage systems capacity may have been made of copy data. Similarly, in 2012, copy data made up nearly 85% of hardware purchases and 65% of storage infrastructure software revenue. In other words, 6TB out of every 10TB of disk storage systems capacity procured and deployed is allocated to copies of primary data.
This morning NAND flash memory manufacturer BIWIN has announced that it will begin selling commercial and industrial grade solid state drives in the US, Russia and Japan.
BIWIN produces such devices as 1.8" and 2.5" SSD with SATA interface, as well as lineups of mSATA SSD, mSATA Mini SSD, Half Slim SSD, and a variety of dedicated flash memory solutions made to order.
"In the highly competitive world of flash memory production, quality and flexibility are two areas that BIWIN has shown a compelling track record within the industrial and commercial flash market. But the key feature of their product is not just the great specs on offer but the wide variety of customization that customers can take advantage of. This is something that traditional manufacturers are reluctant to offer.
By providing a wide range of choices of commercial and industrial grade SSDs or by designing the kind the customers need, BIWIN is not only providing products and services, but they are also offering greater possibilities."
Western Digital have just announced they are now shipping the world's first ultra-slim 2.5-inch hard drives. The new ultra-slim drives suck it all in, measuring just 5mm, making them the world's first 5mm 2.5-inch hard drive.
The new drives come in up to 500GB, and have been dubbed the WD Blue 5mm ultra slim hard drives, that also come as the WD Black SSHD products. The WD Black drives are high-performance solid-state hybrid drives. The new drives reduce weight by up to 36% when compared to a standard 9.5mm HDD.
Not only that, but they make use of WD's best-in-class acoustics, reducing noise when the drive is either idle or active. The new drives come in up to 500GB, with an MSRP of $89 and are backed by WD's two-year limited warranty.
Western Digital have just unveiled their latest storage device, a new 3.5-inch SAS-based solution for legacy data center storage systems. The release of their WD Xe, a 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, SAS-based HDD, is now available in a 3.5-inch WD performance adapter.
The new drive is shipping immediately, offering best-in-class performance, low power consumption, and a simple upgrade path for existing 3.5-inch storage systems. WD have cited the slowing demand for 3.5-inch, high-performance enterprise-class drives, but there is still a need for an alternate high-performance device as a transitional solution for legacy systems.
WD's 3.5-inch SAS WD Xe drive arrives with a SATA 6Gbps standard, and a sequential data rate of 204MB/sec. The 3.5-inch SAS drive can deliver up to 67% lower power versus 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM drives, which dramatically reduces cost and heat output. The new WD Xe SAS drives will arrive in 300GB, 600GB and 900GB and are priced from $229.99 to $599.99.
ASUS are ready to launch their first storage product in the form of the Asus Raidr storage card under their Republic of Gamer brand of products. What makes the ASUS Raidr device stand out from the crowd is its reliance on the PCIe 2.0 x2 port it'll use in your system, oh and those blistering read/write speeds.
We're looking at dual LSI SandForce SD-2281 controllers using Toshiba's 19nm 16k page size MLC sync-NAND flash. Sequential read and writes are impressive, with the 240GB drive capable of 830MB/sec read, and 810MB/sec write. The 120GB is slightly slower, with 765MB/sec and 775MB/sec for read and write, respectively. ASUS' Raidr PCIe card is capable of 100,000 IOPS, it of course supports TRIM and has a total power consumption of around 16W.
The drive runs a kind of internal RAID0, and the circuit board is covered by a protective metal shell with the usual red and black ROG theme. We should hear more about the ASUS Raidr the closer we get to Computex, which is only a little over six weeks away.
Western Digital has today made backups of your precious data even easier by unveiling their WD SmartWare Pro app. The backup app automatically backs up file changes to a local drive when it happens, and it can schedule backups to the drive and a Dropbox account.
You can be even more cautious, and backup the Dropbox account to the external HDD. The nifty backup app isn't limited to WD-branded drives, so any external storage will do. You'll spend $30 on a three-computer SmartWare Pro license, which isn't too bad for your data backup needs.
Samsung are looking to take a few steps outside of the current ring of competitors, and quickly speed ahead of their competitors with the announcement of mass-production of 128GB NAND flash on their 10nm process. Samsung have said:
We will continue to release next-generation chips at the right moments to actively react to consumer demands.
More consumers are moving to SSDs, using them as their primary drives, which will obviously lift demand for NAND flash. iSuppli reports that the 128GB chips will account for 30% of the 40.5 billion NAND flash shipped this year alone. Samsung are also going for more SSDs over 500GB to help the adoption rate of SSDs as primary drives.
OCZ has confirmed the existence of a new solid state drive, believed to be the Vertex 5. Current estimates place the launch as occurring sometime next month, though OCZ would not confirm naming or launch window. They did say that it features an updated Barefoot 3 controller and 20-nanometer NAND flash.
The Vector SSD is currently OCZ's fastest SSD and is based off of the Barefoot 3 platform. It's possible that the next solid state drive could be called something like Vector 2, but Vertex 5 makes more sense. Earlier this year, OCZ updated the Vertex 3 to use 20nm NAND flash and called it the Vertex 3.2. All other features remained the same.
Last year, OCZ had some financial troubles that resulted in mass layoffs and discontinuation of numerous product lines.