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Early Tuesday morning Western Digital announced a new line of hard drives that is specifically designed for scale-out datacenter deployments. Western Digital says that the WD Se line is the first hard drives to be specifically designed for this specific market.
The new drives are built on an enterprise-grade platform designed for reliable 24x7x365 datacenter operation. The drives were tested to five million hours of functional and thermal testing and over 20 million hours of additional testing while being under an actual workload in server and storage systems environments.
Western Digital had the following to say about the new WD Se line:
"Today's cloud datacenter installations require a cost-effective way to build large-scale storage systems, while maintaining the 24x7 reliability necessary to minimize total cost of ownership. "WD's utilization of vast amounts of manufacturing and engineering data has forced us like many other companies to use mapreduce methodologies to effectively analyze our data. The WD Se hard drives are used in our own big datacenter, where we have gained real-world experience with Apache Hadoop."
The new drives have begun shipping in three models (WD2000F9YZ, WD3000F9YZ and WD4000F9YZ) that range from 2TB to 4TB capacities, MSRP for the new WD Se drives range from $159.99 to $309.99 for the 4TB model. Western Digital says the drives are available now through select distributors and resellers.
SanDisk have announced today that they have begun customer sampling of flash memory products based on their 1Ynm process technology, which is the company's second-generation 19nm manufacturing technology.
This achievement is quite incredible, as it takes their memory cell size from 19nm by 26nm to just 19nm by 19.5nm. Even though we're talking uber small here, it is a 25% reduction of the memory cell area, allowing SanDisk to continue "leading the industry in building smaller, more powerful flash memory products".
The benefits of SanDisk's advancements in their manufacturing technology will pave the way for higher capacity SSD's, with lower manufacturing costs. Consumers and businesses will all benefit from this, which we should begin to see the benefits of going into the future. You can read more about SanDisk's industry-leading technology here.
Seagate unveils world's first purpose built 4TB video hard drive aimed at the DVR, STB and surveillance markets
This morning Seagate unveiled the industry's first 3.5-inch 4TB hard disk drive that was specifically engineered for use in video applications such as digital video recorders, set top boxes, and the recording of video surveillance. The new drive can store up to 480 hours of high-definition content, making it ideal for video storage.
The Video 3.5 HDD is ideal for satellite and cable providers as it features capacities up to 4TB with the drive being able to support up to 16 simultaneous HD streams or 20 standard-definition streams as well as 24x7 operational uptime. This would also make an excellent HDD for those looking to record feeds from several security cameras at once.
"Leveraging Seagate's 10 years of experience understanding the requirements of the video market, we've combined our knowledge on heat, acoustics and power to deliver what we believe to be the most reliable DVR drive in the world," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Our commitment to deliver a drive with unrivaled reliability ensures the safekeeping of consumers' content as well as keeping DVRs, STBs, and surveillance systems in the field longer."
The day is finally here, when Seagate enter the solid state drive arena, in a big way. Seagate have just announced their first client SSD and their next-generation enterprise SSD's.
The first SSD is the Seagate 600 SSD, which includes the usual SATA 6Gbps standard. The Seagate 600 SSD is available in multiple z-heights which includes an industry-first, diminutive 5mm-high drive which makes it perfect for ultra-slim devices. The Seagate 600 SSD is available at up to 480GB.
The second SSD in Seagate's announcement is the Seagate 600 Pro SSD is a low-power server and storage solution, perfect for cloud system builders, hyperscale datacenters, cloud service providers, content delivery networks, and virtualized environments. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD features the industry's highest IOPS/watt to improve system performance, as well as reduce power consumption.
The Seagate 600 Pro SSD uses 2.8w of power in typical use, and can reduce energy consumption by automatically adjusting the power consumption to workload I/O levels, using less power for lighter workloads. The Seagate 600 Pro SSD is available at up to 480GB, on the SATA 6Gbps standard.
Earlier this morning Buffalo announced the release of its DriveStation DDR, a new step forward in the external USB hard drive market. The DriveStation DDR is a USB 3.0 external drive that features a massive 1GB of DDR3 RAM cache for faster transfer speeds.
Buffalo says that the DriveStation DDR is capable of transfer speeds up to 408MB/s, which is 2.3x faster than the average USB 3.0 transfer speed. The DriveStation was first unveiled at CES 2013 and was shown off in a sleek black finish. The drive includes Buffalo's Backup Utility, EcoManager, SecureLock for drive encryption, and RAMDISK which creates a RAM disk on Windows based PC's.
Hajime Nakai, chief executive officer at Buffalo Technology, said:
"Buffalo has developed the perfect solution for consumers that demand fast storage performance, but don't want to sacrifice drive capacity. We designed and built the DriveStation DDR to deliver the performance of an SSD coupled with up to three terabytes of storage, giving consumers the best of both technologies at an affordable price."
The DriveStation DDR comes with a limited three year warranty and is available now at select retail partners, for an estimated street price of $139.99 for the 2TB version and $179.99 for the 3TB version.
It seems our friends over at Other World Computing (OWC) are pushing out the new Mercury Accelsior E2 and want current Gen 1 Accelsior users to upgrade to the latest and greatest. If you purchased your original Accelsior before 12/31/2012 OWC is offering a 100$ 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.