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Last week our own Chris Ramseyer and Paul Alcorn, our storage editors, joined SanDisk to host a live SSD webinar to the advantages to running a solid state drive.
The webinar is embedded above. We hope you enjoyed the webinar, and if you're watching it for the first time, please enjoy it.
Today Miron Technology announced that it has secured a licensing deal with Avago Technologies to utilize its 28nm Low Power 30Gbps Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) IP for use in Micron's next generation Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) devices. Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube technology is recognized throughout the industry as a breakthrough technology that had changed the landscape for future memory solutions.
"Avago is an established leader in the development and delivery of high-speed SerDes cores with an offering that is very well suited for integration into our HMC product line," said Tom Eby, vice president of Micron's Compute and Networking Business Unit. "Based on its advanced performance and low power, we are confident that our customers will benefit from the presence of the Avago SerDes on both sides of the memory channel."
Greenliant unveiled its mSATA ArmourDrive SSDs last year. The company has announced an update to those drives is now shipping with a feature to help protect data. ArmourDrive SSDs with built-in power interrupt data protection are now shipping.
The small SSDs measure 29.85mm x 50.80mm x 4.85mm. These SSDs are offered with 2-bit-per-cell MLC NAND flash memory in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity. Operating temperature range for the drives is -40 to +85C making them appropriate for use in most industrial situations.
Greenliant also offers the drives in 8, 16, and 32GB with 1-bit-per-cell SLC NAND. All of the SSDs use the BGA form factor and an internal flash controller. Pricing is unannounced on the drives.
Micron Technology has teased that it would offer up triple-level cell NAND flash made using the 16nm process, which could see consumers enjoying cheaper flash-based goods, including cheaper SSDs going into 2015.
Mark Adams, President of Micron, said during a conference call with investors and financial analysts: "Our 16nm NAND yields have been very positive and position us well from a cost perspective. We are currently planning to ship 16nm TLC [NAND flash] in calendar Q4 in order to better position our portfolio from a cost perspective in the retail and consumer segments".
The reason why this is important, is that with current NAND flash storage devices, such as SSDs and more, is that they based on MLC (multi-level cell) tech. Where TLC NAND on the other hand, has been used for memory cards, audio players, USB drives and more. MLC is much more durable than TLC, with typical MLC NAND cells lasting for 3000-10,000 erase/write cycles, where TLC-based NAND usually lasts for under 1000 of those same erase/write cycles. In order for TLC NAND to take off, durability and reliability need to be much higher than what we have now - something Micron is working on, hard.
Today Thecus announced the expansion of its SMB and Enterprise NAS line with the unveiling of two new NAS solutions that feature 10Gb Ethernet. The new N7710 and N8810U are identical to Thecus' N7710-G and N8810U-G models except for the 10GbE support featured on the new devices. Both of the new NAS devices boast VMware ESXi V5.5 iSCSI certification, and come bundled with Acronis True Image and McAfee Antivirus.
The new N7710 and N880U are powered by an Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processor running at 2.9GHz, and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM that can be expanded up to 32GB. Both models offer RAID options up to RAID 50 while the N8810U features RAID 60 support as well. HDMI, VGA, Two USB 3.0, six USB 2.0 ports handle connectivity. Network connectivity is taken care of by two single gigabit Ethernet ports. The N7710 and N8810U will be available in May and will retail for $1,099 and $1,899 respectively.
Today, at the WORLD HOSTING DAYS in RUST, Germany, LSI Corporation launched the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i. The new card is double the flash capacity compared to previous shipping Nytro cards and has four times the number of ports. The new design is geared towards scale-out servers and high capacity storage environments.
The launch of this card coincides with the announcement from LSI that it has surpassed the 100,000 units of Nytro cards shipped worldwide. Demand for Nytro continues to be driven by the ever growing requirements for high-performing, massively scalable datacenters. According to Tom Swinford, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter Solutions Group, at LSI, "The Nytro MegaRAID 8140 card provides cloud and hosting companies with a single, integrated solution to simply and cost-effectively scale caching and connectivity to support their customers' growing performance and storage requirements."
The latest 8140-8e8i integrates an expander onto the card that enables scale-out server environments with connectivity for up to 236 SAS and SATA devices. In addition to this expandability, the card also contains 1.6TB of onboard flash for intelligent data caching to maximize application. Also included is the Nytro Flexible Flash feature which allows users to partition the flash as primary storage for data volumes or partition the onboard flash as a boot drive.
In Late January, we got our hands-on the new LaCie Fuel 1TB storage device for review. We liked the Fuel a lot and gave it a 90% rating when all the tests were done. One of the things that might have bothered some about the Fuel was that 1TB of storage isn't that much space.
LaCie has announced a new version of that drive that has the same feature, but has twice the capacity. The storage capacity is now up to 2TB. The 1TB version is still available. LaCie talks about the device as if it's for the iPad only. It should work with just about any mobile device that has a version of the Seagate media app available. Devices that support that app include iOS devices, Android, and the Amazon Kindle.
The 2TB Fuel is able to stream content to up to five devices without needing an internet connection. When a Wi-Fi connection is available, the Fuel can be used as a hotspot. AirPlay is supported making it easy to shoot content to the big screen in the living room. Battery life for the device is 10-hours. The 2TB Fuel can be pre-ordered now for $249.99 in the US with shipping globally happening this month.
Today SanDisk announced the addition of four new Enterprise-grade SATA SSDs to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA line of solid state drives. The CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco Solid State Drives have been designed to deliver the best business-critical performance possible in mixed-use enterprise applications often found in today's business world.
"Organizations in every industry are turning to SSDs to meet the challenges faced by growing volumes of data," said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "However, finding a solution that meets the performance and cost needs of your individual environment can be difficult. The CloudSpeed SATA SSD product family was designed to meet the needs of applications across the read-write spectrum, meaning organizations and server designers no longer need to make tradeoffs between system performance and cost."
Until now, backing up a disc that's purchased for personal use is considered illegal in the UK. However, the UK government recently revealed that the upcoming revision of the copyright law will address the issue.
The decision was made after making series of public consultations and inspection of the copyright legislation. For few years, the initial proposal were in its planning stages for few years. Now, the revised should be implemented by summer. By July, people can now make a backup of their disks for personal use.
The government did emphasize that giving access of those backups to others will remain illegal. You can store personal copies in any storage devices, or even use online storage. But its illegal to allow even your friends to access it.
When it comes to external storage, there are a number of interfaces that a drive can use. They range from USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports to eSATA and Thunderbolt among others. WD has been making external storage solutions for a long time.
WD has made drives in the past that use Thunderbolt for connectivity. The company has unveiled the new my Passport Pro that is the first drive to be bus powered and offer dual drives in one enclosure. On Mac computers, the drive has user selectable RAID functions.
The My Passport Pro is offered in 2TB and 4TB capacities. WD says that the new drive is the only bus powered dual drive offering on the market. It offers speeds of up to 233MB/s and can be set in RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations.