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Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit has just announced its next-generation of 3.5-inch enterprise HDDs, the MG04 series. The MG04 series is the industry's first enterprise capacity category models that support industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies, as well as persistent write cache technology.
The new drives arrive with SATA 6Gbps connectivity, with the SAS MG04SCA and SATA MG04ACA available at up to an astounding 5TB. These 5TB HDDs still spin at 7,200RPM, which will give enterprise users plenty to smile about. The new Toshiba MG04 enterprise class HDDs will come in either a SAS or SATA interface - depending on what is required. Samples will begin shipping this month.
SanDisk has just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive, which comes in just one size: 128GB. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive is capable of delivering write speeds of up to 240MB/sec, while reading at an impressive 260MB/sec.
"The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance for technology aficionados who demand high-speed, durability and peace of mind that their files will be safe" explains Philippe Willams, Director of Product Marketing of SanDisk. He continues: "We are excited to be expanding our USB 3.0 solutions, and this is another example of our efforts to enable consumers with fast access to content and data".
SanDisk's ultra-fast Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive features a sophisticated design, made with a durable aluminum metal casing which protects the flash drive from wear and tear. It also comes with SanDisk's SecureAccess software, which provides 128-bit AES encryption and password protection. The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive has
USB flash drives designed for use with mobile devices are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing segments in personal storage, and today SanDisk has unveiled its first entry into the USB flash drive for mobile arena. Today the company announced the launch of its first Dual USB drive that is designed to work with both laptops and desktops as well a mobile devices running Android.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive has been designed for Android-based smartphone and tablet users who have been looking for a reliable and fast method of transferring data from their mobile device to their PC. The new Ultra Dual USB Drive allows users to do this by featuring a micro-USB connector as well as a full-sized USB B connector for quick and easy file transfers. This frees up much needed space on the mobile device, and also serves as a way for users to carry additional data that can be easily accessed by an Android tablet or smartphone at moments notice.
Embedded World 2014 - Apacer announced today that it will be unveiling as many as six new industrial SSD products at this years Embedded World 2014 conference held in Nuremberg, Germany. The company will be unveiling a new real-time SSD monitoring app for mobile devices dubbed the SSDWidget, as well as a new ultra-high speed dual disk CSD (Combo SATA Drive) that exceeds 1,000MB/s.
Apacer will also be showing off a new 5-thick industrial-grade 2.5-inch SSD that is SATA 3 equipped for ultra-fast transfer speeds. Additionally a new seamless, waterproof SSD will be on display that is said to function normally even when submerged under water. The company's booth will be located in Hall 1-103 and will feature many demos of new products as well as existing lines showcasing Apacer's strength in the Solid State marketplace for more than 10 years now.
Addonics is back with yet another portable SSD product launch. Today the company announced the all new Sapphire SSD RAID Storage line including the Sapphire 5-slot CFast and the Sapphire CF drives. These devices are designed to utilize ultra-fast Compact Flash drives to create an SSD RAID array for extreme performance on the go.
Both models feature USB 3.0 and eSATA connectivity to ensure the fastest performance possible, and allows you to configure five CFast or CF cards to appear as separate, independent drives. Alternatively users can use the device to set up a high-performance, fault tolerant RAID array in RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD Modes. Internal hardware connects up to five CF cards to a single high-speed 6G eSATA port for unmatched performance. Addonics says that the Sapphire 5-slot CFast and the Sapphire CF drives are available now at major electronics retailers.
External hard drives are one of the most convenient devices a person on the go can have, but they are quite fragile when it comes to falls from desk, rough handling, and frequent trips to and from inside a full backpack. With the recent drop in SSD prices, more companies are forgoing the external spinner and opting for something more solid.
Today Apacer launched its new AS710, a portable SSD that is designed to be carried with you where ever you may go. The company said that the AS710 is the first external SSD that is equipped with both a SATA III interface as well as USB 3.0 connectivity, which provides unparalleled speeds. Real-world testing shows that the SATA III interface is capable of sequential read speeds up to 550MB/s and sequential write speeds of 530MB/s. The external drive itself can reach speeds of 380MB/s and 420MB/sec through a USB 3.0 connection. This means that it takes less than 15 seconds to copy a 5GB video file over to the drive when using USB 3.0.
The Apacer AS710 is available at a capacity of 128GB and measures in at just 7mm thick. Its stylish exterior housing is comprised of aluminum with a black finish and machined edges for a very sleek look. The device features 30G anti-vibration protection as well as 3000G anti-shock protection. The SSD itself supports Microsoft Windows-To-Go,which allows one to store the start-up system from his/her Windows 8 Enterprise install directly onto the SSD. Additionally the drive boasts built-in advanced wear leveling and Error Correction Code (ECC) functions and supports Win7 Trim command, ensuring enhanced reliability of data transmission and longer service life for higher stability of data storage.
Today, ATP announced the release of the all new Velocity SI-LITE, an industrial-grade SATA II SLC SSD that is designed for use in rugged environments where flash storage is needed. The SI-LITE SSD utilizes the latest generation SLC Flash with industrial grade performance, endurance and wide temperature ranges to meet the unique requirements of the industrial market space.
ATP says that the Velocity SI-LITE features data-integrity-calibrated firmware technologies that protect the data storage device against various power-down and intensive read/write scenarios, which would damage lower-grade solid state storage. The drive offers sequential read speed of up to 181 MB/s and sequential write of up to 133 MB/s, and features up to 2,700 4KB Random Read IOPS.
Today, Linksys announced a new network attached storage system that is aimed at small to medium businesses that have a need for network video recording. The new LNR0208C is a standalone NVR system and is based on a Marvell 2GHz processor and a custom OS based on Linux. The device supports Linksys' full line of IP cameras as well as third-party cameras that utilize the ONVIF profile S standard.
The LNR0208C is capable of recording up to eight video streams at once and features remote live-view and playback capabilities. Additionally the device is capable of being linked up with any other NVR on the network to provide additional storage capacity. The LNR0208C features two hot-swappable bays for up to 8TB of storage capacity, with additional connectivity via dual eSATA ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. The device also features four digital in and two digital out ports for connecting sensors and alarms that would trigger video recording.
Hot off of its acquisition of OCZ, Toshiba has unveiled a new home cloud storage product line named Canvio Home. The new home NAS series is designed to compete directly with Western Digital's My Cloud series of devices, and to provide a quick and easy solution to those users who need home network storage, but do not want to go the DIY Route.
Toshiba says that the Canvio Home series works with Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well. Toshiba has built dedicated apps for the Canvio line which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play to allow remote access to your device when not at home. Additionally, Toshiba says that the Canvio Home series is DLNA certified, and is capable of streaming media to any TV or other device that supports DLNA streaming.
The Canvio Home series of NAS devices come in 2TB and 3TB flavors an are available now for under $300 for the top model. With more personal cloud storage devices coming out every month, I am betting that these prices will drop over the next year to something close to external HDD pricing, if previous storage trends are any indication.
Just one day operating under its new name, OCZ Storage Solutions has released its first new SSD of 2014. The Vertex 460 SATA III series of SSDs is a client level SSD designed to meet the needs of consumers looking for solid state storage. The Vertex 460 is an evolved designed based off the Vertex 450, but features new Toshiba-based 19nm MLC NAND Flash as well as OCZ's in-house Barefoot 3 M10 controller.
OCZ says that the Vertex 460 will be fast out of the gate and remain so throughout its life without the use of "synthetic software-based optimization." The new SSD series offers up sequential read speeds of up to 545MB/s with sequential writes hitting 525MB/s. 95,000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS are achieved, while featuring sustained 4K random write performance up to 23,000 IOPS.
The real gem here is the use of OCZ's Barefoot 3 M10 controller which now features AES-256-bit encryption, and a power-optimized clock that is designed for the consumer market and does not compromise performance for efficiency. The Vertex 460 line is rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day and includes a three-year warranty. Available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB, each Vertex 460 SSD includes a 3.5-inch desktop adapter, as well as a copy of Acronis True Image software to make cloning your data over quite easy.