Kingston is jumping into the SSD market now with a new product line aimed at the enterprise.
Dubbed SSDNow Kingston will launch two versions to start the SSDNow E and SSDNow M. The E will be for Enterprise class servers while the M is aimed at corporate laptops.
The SSDNow is based on the Intel X25 SSD and should offer some serious performance.
Read more here.
Kingston is targeting its SSDs to Fortune 1000 companies and select vertical markets. The SSDNow E Series is specifically designed for the enterprise server environment while the SSDNow M Series is built for the road warrior who demands ultimate performance from a notebook PC. The Kingston SSDNow E and M Series use Intel's solid-state drives, which are the best-performing drives on the market.
"We are thrilled to enter the solid-state drive market with our SSDNow E and M Series SSDs. The combination of the fastest SSDs in the world along with Kingston's tremendous distribution capabilities and legendary customer service will position us to succeed in this arena," said Mark Leathem, director of Flash business development, Kingston Digital. "The performance capabilities of these first two offerings are off the charts and our enterprise customers will be very pleased to use them in servers and corporate laptop computers."
After having acknowledged there's recently been a massive surge in the number of hard disk failures across its desktop Barracuda 7200.11, DiamondMax 22 and Barracuda ES.2 SATA drive families (with the 1TB 7200.11 drives fairing worst), Seagate has found that the fault was caused by a bug in the firmware shipped with these drives, making the disks inaccessible when the host system is powered on.
However, a statement from the mass HDD manufacturer suggests it's highly unlikely this particular issue will cause data loss, but should that have been the case, Seagate says it will provide a free data recovery service to get the data back and will do everything in their power to minimize any disruption to you or your business.
If you're concerned one or more of your Seagate drives might kick the bucket on you without any warning, you can view a list of which models are affected by the firmware bug at this page.
Support for people with affected drives is available through Seagate's call center: 1-800-SEAGATE (1-800-732-4283).
Buffalo is set to release a new family of USB flash drives which when connected to a port will only protrude some 5mm; easy to lose if you've a habit of forgetting where you put things.
These mega tiny flash drives come in sizes of 2, 4 and even 8GB (how do they fit all that space in there?!) along with color choices of white, black and pink.
The new RUF2-P series from Buffalo are said to be coming out around the end of the month, but pricing hasn't yet been mentioned.
OCZ has pushed its Core series aside today to make way for the new Apex series of 2.5-inch solid state drives which carry several advancements, including the use of their new internal RAID 0 architecture. This makes for read and write speeds of around 230MB/sec and 160MB/sec respectively.
Capacities come in at 60, 120 and 250GB and all Apex drives have a 1.5 MTBF, further backed by a two year warranty.
Sunnyvale, CA-January 13, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Apex SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the affordable midrange offering for enthusiasts, system builders, and mainstream computer users demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. This cost-efficient SSD offers a reliable upgrade from traditional hard disc storage while maintaining a price point that is truly within the reach of a wide range of consumers.
OCZ have recently been tinkering with the idea of using internal RAID 0 in some of their upcoming SSDs. This would allow for significantly faster transfer rates whilst not really costing much more to manufacture. OCZ hope to implement this RAID concept in superseeding lineups that replace the existing Core series of drives.
The folks at Nordic Hardware have obtained some early test results of the technology being used in their higher end Vertex SSDs, which OCZ is currently calling the Vertex 2. These results are just mind blowing with read and write speeds of up to 480MB/sec and 550MB/sec respectively; accomplished by using a quad-RAID config.
That is substantially higher than the maximum capabilities of SATA-II (around 250MB/sec actual) and even if you get hold of a SATA-III (6Gbps) setup you'll still be pushing its boundaries with those amazing write speeds.
Nonetheless, OCZ is pushing to get these into a full production run by the end of Q1. We have no idea on capacities or pricing, but it's a safe bet kidneys, arms and legs will be the most common method of exchange.
Whilst in attendance at CES, a storage mob by the name of pureSilicon made it big by introducing the world's largest capacity solid state drive released to date; a whopping 1TB model dubbed part of the new Nitro series.
The 1TB Nitro SSD is the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor -- at least three times greater than any other SSD on the market. This high density in a small form factor has been achieved through innovative engineering techniques coupled with advanced industrial design that yields an exceptionally thin enclosure.
pureSilicon claims the sustained read and write speeds to be around 240MB/sec and 215MB/sec respectively. But while it may bring the best of both worlds in terms of speed and capacity, I'm sure the majority of you have already ruled out pricing being on your side, making this more of a teaser than anything else.
The company is yet to disclose their selling figure for this beast but it's not expected to be anywhere near within reach for most of us. We're still waiting for the cost of standard low capacity MLC based SSDs to drop down to earth some more yet.
Further details can be had within the official PR here folks.
When you are going to do something, you might as well go and do it right. That tends to be the idea around here anyway.
So, our lovely friends over at Patriot Memory sent over four of their fast 128GB Warp II SSD drives and our equally cool friends at Areca also sent over one of their impressive ARC-1231ML RAID controller cards. That's a recipe for tremendous speed. Just how fast? Check out this screenshot from HD Tune Pro - it is with the four drives in RAID 0.
The second shot below is off the SSD RAID array sending data across to another RAID 0 hard disk array on another controller. Speeeeed!
Stay tuned for our RAID SSD article, covering not only RAID 0, but others too. We are also going to see what happens when we add the Windows 7 beta into the mix, too!
During their travels at CES, Dailytech has learned that OCZ will soon be replacing its Core series of solid state drives with a new lineup, dubbed the "Apex" series.
These drives should take care of the known stutter bug many users have been finding with the Core series by means of a much larger cache (64MB) and improved firmware alongside other minor refinements. This family of SSDs will come in capacities of 30, 60, 120 and 250GB and offer read and write rates of up to 230MB/sec and 160MB/sec respectively.
The Apex series hasn't been officially unveiled yet, but we should see OCZ announce them within the next few weeks and it's been said they'll shift at similar price points to the existing Core series.
For further details, head over to the Dailytech.
Storage specialist LaCie has unveiled a couple new products this week; the 2big Quadra and Hard Disk MAX.
Briefing you on the 2big Quadra, this is an external two-bay RAID solution offering up to 3TB capacity and four RAID modes (including RAID 0 and 1). It features hot-swapping capabilities and data transfer rates of up to 165MB/sec using eSATA 3Gbps in RAID 0. It can also be connected via FireWire 800 and 400 as well as USB 2.0.
In addition to offering protection through a full RAID 1 mode with hot-swappable disks for non-stop data access, the 2big Quadra also features a convenient Mixed mode. This mode provides both a RAID 0 partition for daily working data and a RAID 1 partition to archive important files.
The 2big Quadra is housed in a sturdy aluminum body with excellent heat dissipation and quiet operation. It comes shipped with Genie Backup Manager Pro and Intego Backup Manager Pro for customizable backups and computer recovery tasks.
You will be able to purchase one with capacities of 1, 2 or 3TB a little later this month with the LaCie online store or at select resellers, starting at an RRP of $299.99. For further details you can read the full press release
Now turning our attention to the LaCie Hard Disk MAX, this unit is another high capacity storage system with advanced RAID features whilst sticking to the consumer level of ease and style. RAID 0 or 1 modes can simply be set via a switch on the back panel.
The enclosure has a classy all-black polished/mirror finish to it and the multi-purposed blue LED in the picture above will change to red to alert the user of any potential problems. There is also a USB 2.0 expansion port on the front to allow other external drives to be connected for data backups etc.
The unit comes with a one year unlimited online backup service from the point setup has been made along with copies of Genie Backup Assistant for PCs and Intego Backup Assistant for Macs. The Hard Disk MAX is becoming available this month, beginning at a suggested RRP of $269.99. Further information about it can be read within the official PR here.
Toshiba has just released a new external hard drive with 500GB capacity, with the main highlight being its size due to the use of a 2.5-inch hard disk.
Imation have been busy with their product lineup in recent times. They've just released a couple new external hard drives under their Apollo family and also a new series of SSDs.
First looking at the two new Apollo offerings, there's the Apollo Pro UX model which supports up to 1.5TB drive capacities from its 3.5" bay. Some of its features include low capacity/data activity indicator lights for easy identification of data processes; built-in sleep mode for energy conservation; and one-touch, backup sync buttons with backup software for simple, automatic backup of data, photos, music and videos.
Also released is the Apollo Expert UX which sports an identical feature-set to the Pro UX, only this is a 2.5" pocket sized external drive sheathed in a protective skin to prevent scratches and abrasions and supports up to 500GB capacities.
For further details including pricing and availability, check out the full PR here.
Now moving to Imation's new family of SSDs, They've introduced both the M-Class and S-Class series which are available in both 2.5" and 3.5" form factors.
The M-Class SSDs use the SATA-150 interface, whilst the S-Class use SATA-300. Both series come in capacities of 32, 64 and 128GB.
Imation rates the M-Class drives with read and write speeds of around 150MB/sec and 90MB/sec, whilsts the S-class drives are said to reach read/write rates of 130MB/sec and 120MB/sec respectively.
"We designed this new class of SSD products to deliver high-performance, rugged and stylish design, and easy installation. While SSD enthusiasts expect increased speed, they also want a product that enhances how they work and use their computer," said Subodh Kulkarni, vice president, Global Commercial Business, Imation. "With the M-Class and S-Class Solid State Drives, the computer finally works as fast its user - starting up, opening applications and finding files all happens in a fraction of the time."
Additionally, Imation also provides upgrade kits to make it easier when migrating your operating system and other data across to one of these new SSDs from your original hard disk. The full kit comprises an M or S-class SSD along with a USB-to-SATA or standard SATA connector cable, a power cable and Acronis' True Image HD imaging software.
Tech Connect learns that the M-Class SSD will hit stores first, due for sometime in February at a cost heading north of $179, whilst the S-Class drives and upgrade kits will become available around a month later.
As promised Storage Visions was pretty exciting. The show is much smaller than I expected though but well worth the cost of admission. Fusion-io is here showing their massive video demo that has every episode of Stargate showing at the same time in full DVD quality. A new company has caught my eye but I don't think their system will be available for review since it currently starts out at 70,000 USD, that doesn't mean I will not try though!
Atrato has a handy little device on display at Storage Visions. Handy if you need to play and record a massive amount of video and little as in 80 2.5" hard drives in a 3U package.
The fun doesn't stop there, this isn't your mommas NAS server, the system is enclosed and is not meant to be a hot swappable. Instead Atrato calls their box a self-maintaining solution, we will have to follow up with the company after the shows to get deeper insight into what that means exactly.
Here we see the Atrato system with 160, 500GB hard drives, 80TB of storage space…and I thought the Thecus N7700 that just hit my doorstep held a lot drives. Clearly this isn't anything in the realm of what many of us could fill up in a typical year but this year the AVN show is going on at the same time CES is. Hey, we all have to set our goals somewhere.
Imation has a small booth at Storage Visions and have several new products on display. These two are the most interesting, their new 2.5" and 3.5" SSDs. We are looking forward to testing these two out in our lab in the next few weeks.
I must admit I didn't expect to find a system builder at a storage geek event but Hardcore Computer was on site showing their Reactor system. The system on display used a Samsung 256GB SLC SSD as well as a Samsung Spinpoint F1 platter drive.
Hardware has been getting a lot of press after they released their totally submerged PC just a few short months ago. We can't wait to see how their system performs in the test lab, I can tell you that everything appears to be of the highest quality and is nearly silent.
Storage Visions isn't just about what is happening now but as the name implies, looks to predict future market trends. In the open discussion with some of the top minds in storage, future products were being thought up right in front of the audience.
Tomorrow we will cover more from Storage Visions and have a sit down interview with Fusion-io. Our ultimate goal is to extract more information about the ioXtreme, the rumored consumer version of the ioDrive. Stay Tuned!
G.skill has hit up the vastly growing SSD market with its new TITAN series of 2.5-inch solid state drives today. Available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, these drives are MLC (multi-level cell) based, use the SATA-II interface and include built-in EDC/ECC data protection algorithms.
G.skill claims sequential read and write speeds of up to 218MB/sec and 162MB/sec respectively. The drives have an MTBF (mean time between failure) of 1.5 million hours and ship with a 2 year warranty. Pricing is yet to be disclosed.
The official announcement on the new TITAN series can be read here. And G.Skill has also supplied us some test results using CrystalDiskMark and ATTO for each of the two drives, as below :-
Every year just after everyone recovers from their New Years hangovers comes the world's largest consumer electronics show. CES is held in Las Vegas each year and is a gathering of many industries. Unlike Computex, CES is open to the public and hundreds of thousands of industry insiders meet with members of the media, analysts and the general public. It is a great time for these companies to introduce product lines and concepts to the world, usually months and sometimes years before their official launch.
This year I will be making my first appearance at Storage Visions, an industry only conference that discusses current and future market trends. I hope to use my time at Storage Vision to gain a better understanding of SSD controller technology and meet up with Fusion-IO to learn more about their new ioXtreme consumer level SSD.
Flight 5197 out of Indianapolis is now boarding and I am less than 9 hours away from my first meeting at Storage Visions. It is time to take a nice seven hour nap.
Stay tuned to TweakTown over the next week as we will be bringing you full video coverage of all the happenings at CES and Storage Visions!
A-DATA has just kicked a monster of a device out the door, the XPG Dual 3.5" SSD RAID box.
The XPG will fit into a standard 3.5" drive bay and will house 2 2.5" SATA SSDs or HDDs. RIAD functions will be controlled by a simple dip switch on the back. The XPG will support a full 7 types of RAID including:
RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, Span, SAFE33, SAFE50 and GUI.
A-DATA has tested the XPG using simple USB power but do not guarantee this type of connection will work with all systems and drives.
Read the full PR here.
Hey guys, thought I'd jump on and freshen up the news flow a little during this quietest time of year. I hope you all had a great xssy and received some kickass presents. Now we can all look forward to 2009!
NAS storage specialist QNAP issued out an announcement over the xmas break which lets us know their full line-up of TS-109/209/409/509 Turbo NAS series units support Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard disk.
As an example, this now allows the five-bay TS-509 to have up to a whopping 7.5TB storage capacity. The PR also makes mention of the TS-409 and 509's Online RAID Capacity Expansion feature which makes it possible to replace hard disks for larger ones without losing existing data or turning the server off. More information on that can be found here.
The press release can be found here.
Taipei, Taiwan, December 2008 - QNAP Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB (ST31500341AS) hard drive is supported by the entire TS-109/ 209/ 409/ 509 Turbo NAS series.
'The good news is, our Turbo NAS users now have more choices when selecting the hard drive models and more storage space. For example, the TS-509 Pro supports up to 7.5TB storage capacity,' said Laurent Cheng, Product Manager from QNAP. The HDD compatibility list is available on http://www.qnap.com/pro_compatibility.asp.
Intel has just announced that it has expended its award-winning X25-M and X18-M SSD family with two higher capacity models, both being 160GB. The 2.5-inch model is now shipping and the 1.8-inch drive will begin shipping sometime next month.
One of the major highlights of these Intel branded MLC based drives is their incredible read and write speeds, sustained at 250MB/sec and 80MB/sec respectively.
For further information about the Intel series of SSDs, head over to this page.
Patriot Memory is currently in the final process of putting the finishing touches on its forthcoming Warp v3 solid state drive.
It only comes one size, 256GB and it claims read and write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s, respectively. We were not given details on pricing, but we know the first media review sample will be coming to us in early January, which means it will go on sale sometime in the middle of January.
We were provided with an exclusive look at a working sample from the Patriot testing labs.
Check back for our review early in the New Year!
With the SSD market continuing to heat up at rapid pace, OCZ has expended its lineup once again with the addition of the Vertex series of solid state disks today.
These 2.5" SATA-II drives are MLC (multi-level cell) based offerings to keep costs at bay whilst giving blazing performance of 200MB/sec reads and 160MB/sec writes. The series comprises storage capacities of 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB with pricing currently set at $129, $249, $469, and $869USD respectively.
Sunnyvale, CA-December 9, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vertex SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, a premium offering for enthusiasts demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. The latest high-performance and cost-efficient SSD, OCZ has gained momentum in pioneering flash storage technology while maintaining a price point that is truly within the reach of a wide range of consumers.
The Solid State drive market is booming. It seems that just about everyone has one, including all of the memory manufacturers.
Super Talent is known for its good memory products and iPod competitors.
But now they have launched a series of high end UltraDrive SSDs for the enterprise user.
Read the Press Release here.
UltraDrive LE SSDs are designed expressly for enterprise servers and data centers where exceptional performance, reliability and endurance are paramount. The UltraDrive LE supports very high transaction speeds (IOPS), and supports sequential read/write speeds of 230/170 MB per second. While outperforming 10,000 RPM hard drives, the UltraDrive LE uses substantially less power and generates less heat. Based on SLC NAND Flash, the UltraDrive LE is offered in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.
"The UltraDrive LE represents a quantum leap forward in storage performance that is simply staggering. It excels in every metric that's relevant to data centers: sequential and random read and write speeds, transaction rates and access and seek times. It also has a considerable advantage over 10,000 RPM hard drives in power consumption and MTBF. This product sets a new standard in enterprise storage" said Super Talent Chief Operating Officer, Mr. C.H. Lee.
UltraDrive ME SSDs now represent the fastest available 2.5-inch internal storage solution for SATA-II notebooks. With sequential read/write speeds up to 200/160 MB per second, the UltraDrive ME outperforms the fastest desktop hard drives available, making it an outstanding upgrade for mobile professionals and gamers alike. As the company's third generation MLC NAND based SSD, the UltraDrive ME offers reliability not found in competing SSDs.
OCZ along with many other storage makers are holding tight onto a piece of the solid state storage market, knowing full well it is the way of the future. We've even started to see flash drives with eSATA connectivity of late which boost transfer speeds far beyond the aging USB 2.0 standard.
Now OCZ turns its attention to notebooks with a new family of ExpressCards called the Slate series.
These NAND flash-based storage cards are the perfect partner for notebooks featuring an ExpressCard slot. They come in capacities of 8, 16 and 32GB and also feature a mini-USB port for added flexibility.
OCZ claim read and write speeds of 18MB/sec and 12.5MB/sec, certainly nothing special there. However, they would serve as a convenient backup solution and the internal design may be more appealing than an external flash drive of sorts as well.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-December 8, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Slate Series ExpressCard™, a storage expansion drive for the latest generation of performance notebooks. The integration of express card storage is ideal for mobile users who want the peace of mind knowing they will always have a backup option and experience the convenience of an internal solution that eliminates peripheral devices.