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There's no denying that SSDs increasing in size isn't a brilliant thing - have you seen the price of 240GB drives these days? In order to continue forward developments, Samsung has announced 2TB additions to its 850 EVO and 850 PRO product lines. Oh, what's that - we have reviews on those new SSDs right here.
Sitting pretty at a release price of $800, the 850 EVO is bested by the $1,000 850 PRO, with this alone explaining that the PC user isn't quite looking at SSD-only storage just yet. However, in a few years it may be the norm for workstations and general use home PCs to be running on flash-only memory due to performance, storage size and costing when compared to mechanical counterparts.
Samsung Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Un-Soo Kimm, said that this development was due to "demand for 500 gigabyte (GB) and higher capacity SSDs with the introduction of our V-NAND SSDs," so they went all out with the 2TB. Measuring in at the same dimensions of 7mm thick and 2.5 inches in size, these SSDs are aimed at consumers and are the first major brand to do so.
If you thought the 24TB+ NAS systems we're seeing these days were good, Synology has just announced two new business-focused NAS systems that will blow you away. The new RS18016xs+ and its expansion unit RX1216sas have some insane expansion capabilities, and more.
Synology's new RS18016xs+ is capable of 3.9GB/sec with 348,000 IOPS, which is just insane. On top of that, if you're using encrypted share folders, it's still capable of pumping out over 3GB/sec, meaning you can have super-secure data, with huge performance. The new Synology RS18016xs+ native supports SATA 6Gbps and SAS, and can be upgraded all the way up to 32GB of ECC RAM, and 10GbE, with the RX1216sas providing a next-gen scale-up system capable of stacking 14 of the RX1216sas expansion units together, delivering a 180-drive cluster.
The full run down on Synology RS18016xs+ systems:
- Extreme performance: providing over 3,900 MB/s and 348,000 IOPS throughput, the RS18016xs+ effortlessly provides storage and application serving to hundreds of users. With a dedicated encryption engine, the RS18016xs+ boasts over 3,000 MB/s reading on encrypted shared folders, ensuring data security without any major performance drop.
- Point-in-time data recovery: The RS18016xs+ brings snapshot technology which allows businesses to automatically capture point-in-time copies of data as frequently as every 5 minutes without occupying system resources. Customize the retention policy to save up to 256 recovery points on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis.
- High uptime: With support for Synology High Availability, as well as numerous redundant hardware components including: redundant data paths, power supplies, system fans, and four network ports with failover support; the RS18016xs+ maximizes service uptime.
- Future-ready: The RS18016xs+ natively supports 6Gb/s SAS/SATA III technologies and can be upgraded with up to 32GB ECC RAM and 10GbE capabilities to ensure maximum compatibility and return on investment.
- Seamless scalability: when storage capacity on the Synology RS18016xs+ reaches its limit, Synology RX1216sas provides an easy way to immediately scale up. Stacking up to 14 RX1216sas expansion units creates a 180-drive cluster managed from a single point of entry.
It seems miniscule flash drives are the 'in' thing right now, with PNY announcing it's 10(H)x 16(W) x 35(L)mm HP v160 flash drive to the market, weighing in at only 4.3 grams.
Unfortunately it's only USB 2.0 but the internal sizing does range massively from 8GB to 64GB depending on your needs. If you're worried about misplacing the product, PNY does offer a strap hole in order to connect a lanyard or secure it to your wallet, plus Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8 support.
For the Apple fans, Mac OS 10.3 and above is supported by this release and is further to a two year manufacturer warranty upon purchase.
Set out to support high speed 10 Gbps USB 3.1 applications, Addonics today announced its USB 3.1 PCIe controller. Installed into any PCIe 2x slot, this USB 3.1 controller boasts the full transfer speed possibilities of 10 Gbps, doubling normal USB 3.1 speeds.
Designed to be hot-swappable, this product contains two USB 3.1 ports installed onto the card itself, accessible through your PCIe bays on the rear of your chassis. If you're running low on PCIe port options, this device can work with PCIe 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 ports and can be used with Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and Windows servers.
Starting at $29.99, more information can be found here.
Looking for extreme storage capacity whilst on the move? Samsung has recently announced its new 4TB drive in a press release, boasting a tiny 0.78 inch thickness and weighing in at only 8.3 ounces whilst brandishing a 4TB drive located within.
Claimed as "only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive," this 4TB model has been exclaimed as the world's thinnest and lightest available on this planet by Samsung's Dave Klenske.
Set for release in June through "authorized distributors," expect to see this USB 3.0 product in M3 and P3 Portable editions.
Computex 2015 - Thecus had a strong Computex this year, showing off some nice Windows-powered NAS products, as well as higher-end 10GbE-capable products.
As you can see, we have models that go as low as 2-bay, right up to 10-bay devices. Suiting any and all NAS storage needs.
In the enterprise, Thecus displayed daisy-chaining NAS systems through SAS with 10GbE networking to provide transfer speeds of 1.1TB/sec.
And finally, some Windows-powered NAS devices from Thecus.
HGST has just unveiled the world's first 10TB HDD, with the Western Digital-owned company developing the HDD for active archive applications, so it's not the fastest HDD on the planet by any means.
The new HGST Ultrastar Archive Ha10 arrives in the 3.5-inch form factor, on the SATA 6Gbps or SAS 6Gbps standard. We have seven shingled magnetic recording (SMR) platters that are filled with helium. The company has said that the 10TB HDD has sustained read transfer speeds of around 157MB/sec, while sustained writes are much slower at 68MB/sec.
Brendan Collins, Vice President of Product Marketing of HGST said: "HGST's helium-filled drives boasts industry-leading storage density, low power consumption and proven reliability with 2.5M hours MTBF. By layering SMR on top of helium, we are enabling massively-scalable, TCO-driven storage solutions with the performance and durability necessary for the long term retention of archived data. Making SMR design investments today minimizes incremental efforts for future SMR solutions, and gives our customers a time-to-market advantage for all current and future high capacity HDDs in the market".
Computex 2015 - Buying an SSD isn't easy these days as there are countless options: 2.5-inch, SATA 6Gbps, SATA 10Gbps, NVMe, PCIe SSDs, different controllers and much more. But Seagate was demonstrating its reference SSDs powered by their SandForce SF3500 controller.
The company was demoing an SF3500-based M.2 2280 SATA reference SSD at Computex 2015 with 500MB/sec+ performance in 80/20 mixed read/write workloads. The drive is powered by the latest 15nm MLC NAND flash from Toshiba, where performance is maintained at a much higher level than competing drives.
The SSD was so good at multi-threaded performance that Seagate were demonstrating the SF3500 controller running 9 x 1080p videos at once, from the single SSD.
Computex 2015 - We stopped by the Crucial and Micron offices during Computex 2015 to check out their range of NAND flash, SSDs and RAM. Starting with their two SSDs for consumers, the BX100 and MX200 SSDs.
Crucial's BX100 SSDs come in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB with read speeds of up to 535MB/sec and varying write speeds depending on the size of the drive. The 120GB model has sequential write speeds of 185MB/sec, with the 250GB model capable of 370MB/sec and the 500GB and 1TB models pushing 450MB/sec.
The company was also showing off their Ballistix DDR4 range of RAM, offering up to 16GB in four different ranges.
Computex 2015 - OCZ was demoing their new Trion 100 and Vector 180 SSDs at Computex 2015, in a beautiful system powered by an Intel Core i7-4790K, ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac motherboard, and Avexir Core Original Series RAM.
As for the SSDs, they are powered by Toshiba's latest A19 TLC NAND flash, in the 2.5-inch form factor and SATA 6Gbps standard. They pack up to 550MB/sec reads, with 91,000 IOPS. They both come in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.