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Sick of your current multi-HDD, RAID, NAS or other storage method you're using? Well, according to the latest IHS iSuppli storage space market report, we could be looking at maximum areal densities of hard disk drives to double by 2016.
Seagate has also predicted a doubling in drive density, which can only lead to great things for the storage industry. What technology would be required to head toward 60TB 3.5-inch drives? Well, we're looking at heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), which Seagate patented back in 2006. Seagate have previously stated they could produce a 60TB 3.5-inch HDD by 2016.
What of laptop drives? Well, we could be looking at 10-20TB by 2016, according to IHS iSuppli. According to IHS iSuppli, areal densities are looking to climb up to a maximum of 1,800 Gbits per square inch per platter by 2016, up from 744 Gbits per square inch from 2011. This year, hard drive areal densities are looking to hit 780 Gbits per square inch per platter, with next year reaching 900 Gbits.
But, could it all be wasted? We're seeing more and more of a push toward the cloud... could internal HDDs not be so important in the coming years, I would be inclined to say yes.
Apparently a self-destructing SSD wasn't enough protection for RunCore as they have just announced the global availability of their new Xapear solid state drive. The new Xapear features some even more innovative features to protect a user's data than just self-destructing. It provides both remote data deletion and RFID protection.
The SSD uses a USB 2.0 interface for data transfer. The drive features two partitions: one freely accessible and one that is only accessible after applying a special RFID key. Xapear comes with two RFID keys that are initialized by the user. After initialization, users have two partitions which can be resized to user preference. One swipe of the RFID key and the hidden partition becomes visible and usable. Another swipe and it is gone.
The drive also features a GSM connection:
GSM communication is provided for by an integrated SIM card. User then can link this SIM card one specified and self-defined mobile phone. Only this pre-defined mobile phone will be able to detect drive access. Furthermore, the mobile phone can remotely send a data deletion command to the drive, telling it to overwrite all data, rendering it impossible to recover previous data.
These new data protection features come at a time when more and more sensitive data is being carried with a user. The number one cause of data compromise is physical loss of a device through theft or carelessness.
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NVELO has gained several design wins in 2012 with their Dataplex SSD Caching software. So far Corsair, Crucial and OCZ have paired Dataplex with all of their SSD products used to cache Hot Data on mechanical HDDs.
The software works as advertised, but all is not perfect in SSD Caching Land. Dataplex has a nasty DRM feature that will shut the software down if you change two components in your system. Many of us had to go through these hassles years ago with some video games. It was annoying then and it is just as annoying now.
Over the last month reviewers started to receive their OCZ Synapse Cache, Corsair Accelerator and Crucial Adrenaline products. Easily the number one complaint in many of these reviews had to do with the limits placed on the user by NVELO's Dataplex software.
We've already touched on the two hardware ID change limit before shutdown but if you want to remove your Dataplex software and install it and the caching drive in another system, well good luck with that. You will need to contact support for a new key or remember to jump through the Dataplex hoops of uninstalling the software after disabling the software.
Let's just be honest about it, when you think of high performance solid state drive controllers the Phison name doesn't exactly jump to the top of the list. That isn't going to change anytime soon but Phison isn't looking to take on the SandForce or Marvell's of the world.
Let's break it down like this, 512GB capacity for less than 500 Dollars with 460MB/s read and 315MB/s write speed. Given that most other 512/480GB solutions are currently hovering around the 700 Dollar mark this is something to get excited about.
Then there's the performance. We didn't get a quote from the company or a specifications list but the 460MB/s read and 315MB/s write speeds were from our tests in ATTO with the very first firmware build for the new controller (S8FM0001). A performance firmware is expected to hit our lab in early June, just in time for Computex or at the latest July, just in time for retail.
Have you ever had sensitive data that you didn't want to get into the wrong hands? Always marveled over those evil villain's bases which self-destruct? Well, RunCore has brought to market an SSD that self-destructs on command to permanently erase your data. You get the speed of an SSD with the cool features of an evil villain's lair.
In the video above, you can see an explanation of how the self-destruct function works along with the actual self-destruction happening. After the button is pressed, a puff of smoke comes out of the SSD due to how the self-destruction works. The NAND chips are over-volted so that they are physically destroyed.
A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory and thereby physically destroying these. The RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such aerospace, defense and general industrial applications.
So next time the FBI comes knocking on your door, wouldn't you like to have one of these running in your PC? Well, actually, I have nothing to hide, but it sure is a cool gimmick. Unfortunately, you can only use it once.
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