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Apple has been at this for a while but things are finally starting to materialize for their cloud-based solutions for iOS and Mac users. Included in these plans are a revamped MobileMe and an iTunes-based "digital locker", sans the naked, old men and filled with more digital-ness. The new rumor is that it will be powered by a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina and dubbed "iCloud".
According to GigaOm, a Swedish-based company called Xcerion had until just recently been using the domain iCloud.com to run a cloud-based storage service of the same name. Xcerion has just rebranded the service "CloudMe, and a source for GigaOm claimed that the domain name for iCloud.com has been sold to Apple for a tidy sum of $4.5 million
OCZ unveils VeloDrive PCI-Express-based SSD drives for SMB's, Enterprise Clients and System Integrators
OCZ have today unveiled the VeloDrive PCI-Express SSDs which are designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise clients and system integrators. The OCZ VeloDrive optimizes high-performance computing and storage applications, which provides "unparalleled versatility and simplified integration".
Daryl Lang, VIP of Product Management of OCZ Technology Group says:
The VeloDrive is the latest addition to our comprehensive lineup of PCIe SSDs. A truly configurable solution, it helps a range of customers accelerate their application performance. he ability to run the VeloDrive in multiple modes provides clients with the freedom to use the raid stack of their choice. This maximizes performance and creates faster, more seamless deployments with RAID stacks that may already have been qualified for their unique usage model.
Some juicy information has just landed in the laps of the sexy boys and girls of TweakTown, the information is in the form of Intel's upcoming Z68 Express motherboards. ASRock have an upcoming Z68 Extreme 4 motherboard out and someone has found a nice little PDF file with info, check out the pic below:
The picture shows what a system is capable of if using one of these Z68-based boards with an Intel 20GB Larsen Creek solid state drive with the additional herbs that Intel sprinkle on in the form of Intel's SSD caching technology which (as the picture above shows) provides a huge performance increase for a much lower price than a standalone SSD drive. More details should be provided soon, but as this is only a leak, details are scarce.
We all love the idea of using an SSD to replace our hard drives but there are just situations where it's just too expensive, like say in a server. Let's imagine that we can speed up our servers and make our hard drives seem as fast as if we'd replace them all with SSDs. Let's take a look at a hybrid array of HDDs and SSDs specifically the demo we saw put on by Adaptec MaxIQ at IDF Beijing 2011.
The increased speed and performance are achieved by automatic storage acceleration, which is facilitated using MaxIQ SSD Caching. The storage controller is in a unique position to monitor storage traffic and make decisions regarding "hot" data areas that can be copied to SSDs, automatically and dramatically increasing the speed of any system. Analysis of traffic patterns is made and copies frequently-read "hot" data are made to the SSD cache pool. This automatically increases performance without adding any management issues. The data in the SSD cache pool is simply a copy of the hot data residing on the HDD, eliminating many of the data migration concerns that get involved in placement algorithms.
This is the basic overview of what is explained in depth by Neil Cameron field engineer at Adaptec PMC, it's a very interesting interview in which I felt I learned a lot... and trust me when I say that SSD caching isn't usually something that I would cover, unless it was REALLY interesting!!
It has been confirmed - Samsung are set to combine their Hard Disk Drive Operations with Seagate. Samsung set to receive significant equity ownership in Seagate while extending and enhancing the existing cross-license agreement between both companies. Included is a NAND flash memory supply agreement in which Samsung will provide Seagate with market-leading semiconductor products for use in Seagate's enterprise solid state drives, solid state hybrid drives and other products.
A disk drive supply agreement under which Seagate will supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks and consumer electronics. Expanded cooperation between both companies to co-develop enterprise storage solutions. Finally, a shareholder agreement in which an executive from Samsung will be nominated to join Seagate's Board of Directors.
The combined value of the above transactions, agreements and love is worth approximately $1.375 billion USD which will be paid by Seagate to Samsung in teh form of 50-percent stock and 50-percent cash.
Samsung is looking to sell its money-losing hard disk drive business to raise cash to invest in new growth areas - yes, Samsung are looking to close up their HDD business and sell up shop. Samsung is looking to sell the unit for $1.5 billion and may consider deals under $1 billion.
A potential buyer of the business? Seagate. There's not much else known about this yet - but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
After spending the last week on the out of stock list the OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB has once again popped back up on Newegg. Newegg is listing the 120GB model at 299.99, a 50 Dollar price premium over the MSRP but that's just the way it goes when looking for the fastest SSD currently available on the market.
Hit the Source Link at the bottom to go directly to Newegg and be sure to read our Vertex 3 240GB Preview.
Deal of the Day: Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive for $89.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping
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Deal of the Day: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - $17.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
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Thecus today have announced a new NAS with a twist, it centers around the idea of your IT engineer falling asleep, well, keeping him or her from falling asleep. The new AFD42000 Deluxe Coffee Edition NAS feature a 12 core CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and the new signature Thecus feature: the Thecus Turbo Coffee Deluxe Edution.
Thanks to the new smart coffee device, the TTCDE is capable of delivering 3 cups per minute. RAID functions are also available allowing the coffee to be fresher or faster depending on your needs.