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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.
The SF-2100 is capable of read/write speeds of up to 250MB/sec while it's beefier, bigger brother can offer read/write speeds of up to 500MB/sec. Both controllers use SandForce's "DuraClass" technology which features DuraWrite, Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements (RAISE) and AES encryption technologies.
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OCZ's Vertex Pro 3 is set to put the SSD market on fire by offering a blazing 550MB/sec maximum read and 500MB/sec maximum write speeds. This speed is attained by OCZ using the new SandForce SD-2500 controller which it sports.
The SSD has been tested by a bunch of sites today and it's mostly the same conclusion - this is the shiznit. Anandtech even says it's "the first drive that really needs a 6Gbps interface." The drive isn't available yet and the hardware included is not final, but once it hits retail it's sure to shake things up considerably!
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