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San Jose-based OCZ Technology Group has shipped its 1,000,000th Solid State Drive. This is exciting news for both OCZ and the general computing population, as SSD drives have the potential to run faster while being extensively more durable than our old-school spinning hard drives. SSD's have been used in the military for years now as a much more plausible alternative to something that would probably shake apart at Mach 1.
SSD drives still have a similar performance rate to Hard Disks, and are generally a lot more expensive. The 1,000,000 mark for OCZ signifies a greater interest and usage, meaning that the various hardware operating systems will begin to update more and more to accommodate SSD's.
SAN JOSE, CA - March 24, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that it has shipped its one millionth solid state drive.
"Solid state drives continue to represent a game-changing technology for both consumers and enterprise clients, and we are proud to achieve this milestone," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ. "But most of all, I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our loyal customers and partners, without whom this success would not be possible."
OCZ offers a broad array of interface options for solid state drives including
OCZ have just shaken the storage world by acquiring fabless SSD controller provider, Indilinx. The purchase is being financed with $32 million in OCZ common stock. OCZ gains substantial IP from Indilinx, including approximately 20 patents and patent applications related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction.
Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group has said:
Western Digital has said that it has entered into an agreement with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) to acquire them for approximately $4.3 billion in cash and stock. WD said on Monday that the acquisition will produce a customer-focused storage company with "significant operating scale, strong global talent and the industry's broadest product lineup backed by a rich technology portfolio".
The acquisition will also strengthen WD's position in the enterprise market, where businesses and consumers are moving their data to cloud-based solutions. Included in the agreement, WD will pay parent company Hitachi Ltd, $3.5 billion in cash and an additional 25 million WD common shares worth $750 million ($30.01 per share) as of March 4, 2011.
QNAP have been showing off their new firmware for the Turbo NAS range at CeBit. Version 3.4 introduces new features such as support for RAID 10 disk arrays, real-time remote replication of one NAS to another and MyCloudNAS Remote Access.
MyCloudNAS Remote Access allows a user to have a unique domain name for their NAS to gain easy access via the internet. Other features include improved folder permissions, cloud-based backup, support for a wider range of USB Wi-Fi adapters, a new print server with support for Mac, virtual LAN support and a new version of QNAP's BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP download manager, Download Station V2.
G.Skill has shown off their latest and greatest SSD at CeBit, the Phoenix II series. Phoenix II is based on the new SandForce SF-2000 series controller which pushes the Phoenix II to the wall and posts some of the highest transfer speeds for the chipset.
550MB/sec read, 500MB/sec write. G.Skill even went as far as validating these speeds using a session of ATTO disk benchmark to get their message across. Pictures above of the benchmark and a picture below of the actual SSD. Looks like it might be time for me to retire by G.Skill Falcon SSD...
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SandForce has laid another punch into the gut of the storage world by releasing their new controllers that double the performance of their previous releases. The new SF-2100 controller features a SATA 3Gb/s connector while the SF-2200 sports a SATA 6Gb/s.
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