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For those interested in the making of solid state drives, you will be happy to know Science Channels long running "How It's Made" series is airing episode 285. Episode 285 features a peek inside the factories of Micron and the making of the M500 SSD among others.
For those of you in the eastern time zone, the episode will be airing at Midnight tonight, along with an additional time slot at 4am tomorrow morning January 3rd. Being that the time slots are rather late it may be one of those times your DVR comes in handy.
Mach Xtreme Technology has just unveiled what is arguably the smallest SATA-interface SSD on the consumer market today. The new DIY SATA 2 Series SSDs are barely larger than a postage stamp, and is designed to serve as a boot drive for your operating system of choice.
Mach Extreme says that the new DIY series uses the latest storage technology for extreme performance while offering hardware-modding enthusiast a fast, yet flexible storage solution that is 10 times smaller and lighter than a standard 2.5-inch SSD. Read speeds are said to be in the 220MB/s range while writes are performed at 80MB/s. Mach Xtreme manufacturers the DIY Series in both vertical and horizontal configurations, and packs them with storage capacities of 8GB up to 64GB.
Today Super Talent unveiled a new USB 3.0 on-the-go drive designed for Android users who frequently need to transfer files between their mobile devices and PCs. The new USB 3.0 Express Motile features a USB B connector as well as a micro-USB connector and fits in any Android device that utilizes the micro-USB connector.
The new USB 3.0 Express Motile is available in capacities from 8GB up to 64GB, and can reach read speeds up to 67MB/s and write speeds up to 24MB/s. Super Talent says the drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 No information on pricing or availability was giving at the time of this writing.
Today Seagate Technology announced that it has agreed to buy Xyratex, a HDD testing equipment manufacturer. The deal will see Seagate acquiring all outstanding shares of Xyratex in an all-cash transaction that is valued at $13.25 per share, for a total of about $347 million.
Xyratex is one of the leading manufacturers of hard disk drive testing equipment, and this acquisition strengthens Seagate's vertically integrated supply and manufacturing chain. The buyout also strengthens Seagate's portfolio by adding Xyratex's enterprise storage systems and high-performance computing business to Seagate's already impressive holdings.
Microsoft gave Windows Phone 8 phone owners an early Christmas gift, announcing they will have 20GB of free cloud-based storage with Microsoft's SkyDrive service.
The promotion is only available to Windows Phone 8 owners only, with interested parties having until January 31, 2014 to accept the deal, with e-mails being sent out to owners. Microsoft currently offers new users 7GB of free storage - early SkyDrive users have 25GB of storage space - and Microsoft Office 365 users now have access to over 50GB of cloud-based storage space.
This is a good effort by Microsoft, as the company's Windows Phone OS is clawing its way up the smartphone market - the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms still garner most of the attention - but Microsoft continues to grind away. Providing 20GB of free SkyDrive storage is a good tactic, especially with more users wanting to store content in the cloud.
Thecus has unveiled new NAS devices that are the industries first to support the new RAID 50 and RAD 60 storage formats. Thecus says that the new devices offer significant advances in performance and fault tolerance for small and medium businesses and enterprise customers.
RAID 50 support has been built into the following Thecus NAS devices: N6850, N7510, N8850, N8900, N10850, N12000 N12000PRO, N16000, and N16000PRO. In addition, all devices with 8 bays or more, also support RAID 60. Each device also features optional 10GB Ethernet cards, and with a maximum capacity of 24TB in the largest device, there is more than enough room for your business to expand.
"SMB and Enterprise firms have long been looking for a NAS solution that leverages the latest innovations to combine reliability, performance and cost effectiveness in a single device. By being the first to bring RAID 50 and RAID 60 to the NAS device market, we believe we have finally met this growing demand," said Florence Shih, General Manager at Thecus. "We're already seeing great interest from our SMB and Enterprise partners."
Today Mushkin unveiled its smallest USB 3.0 flash drive ever. The all new Atom USB 3.0 Flash Drive is extremely small for the amount of performance and storage capacity it packs under the hood. Mushkin says that the Atom USB 3.0 enables users to leave the drive in their USB ports while working on-the-go and not worry about damaging it thanks to its small size.
Available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, the Atom USB 3.0 is capable of read speeds of 155MB/s and write speeds up to 21.5MB/s, all while pulling less than 1W of power consumption under load. "The Atom USB flash drive is designed with ultimate portability and convenience in mind. Having such a small and accommodating size eliminates the need to eject the flash drive and risk losing it when mobile," said Brian Flood, the Director of Product Management at Mushkin, Inc. "For our users who regularly use slimmer, portable devices such as tablets, the Atom is a definite solution when you need extra storage on a daily basis."
Drobo has just launched the all new DroboApp platform that delivers new functionality to the Drobo 5N network storage array and provides an easy method for third-party app integration. The platform includes 15 initial apps that offer up a wide range of functionality including media servers, remote file access, cloud backup, and even BitTorrent clients.
"The Drobo 5N was designed to deliver the best file sharing experience available," said Jim Sherhart, Vice President of Product Marketing, Drobo. "Extending the functionality with fully supported applications including Plex, Barracuda Copy and ElephantDrive demonstrates our commitment to enhancing value for our existing customers."
"Plex is excited about a fully integrated NAS plus Media Server solution for users to easily store, organize and stream their media," said Shawn Eldridge, Vice President of Strategic Alliances. "Given the exponential growth in personal media being generated today, the combination of Drobo and Plex is the perfect way for users to easily organize and play their media on any screen."
Today Thecus announced the launch of two new NAS devices designed for small business and enterprise networks. The all new N7710 and N8810U will officially make their debut next month at CES 2014. Thecus says that the two new NAS units feature new hardware and software that make them powerful for both SMB and enterprise environments.
Both NAS units are powered by Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processors that are clocked in at 2.9GHz, and feature 4GB of DDR ECC RAM. Additionally, both devices can be equipped with 10Gb Ethernet, and can utilize RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50 (N7710) and 60 (N8810U). JBOD is also available.
Today OCZ announced the launch of its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series Enterprise Class Solid State Drives. OCZ says that the new line of SSD's provide the industry's best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses available. Supporting storage capacities up to 800GB, Intrepid 3 represents OCZ's highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date.
The new line of SSD's feature the Everest 2 Platform, a mash-up of Marvell's 88SS9187 controller, and OCZ's proprietary firmware, the Intrepid 3000 series is capable of sequential read speeds of 520MB/s and sequential write speeds of 470MB/s. Input/Output operations per second equate to 91,000 for random reads of 4K blocks, and 40,000 IOPS for random writes of 4K blocks.
"Our new Intrepid 3000 Series leverages in-house firmware with an impressive enterprise feature-set to enable customers with unprecedented performance, data management, endurance and reliability, and cost flexibility resulting in an optimal storage environment," said Daryl Lang, SVP of Product Management for OCZ Technology. "Delivering exceptional SSD responsiveness in even the most demanding and compute-intensive applications, the Intrepid 3000 Series achieves unsurpassed performance under any workload, regardless of data type and I/O pattern for the complete spectrum of applications including online archiving, media streaming and web browsing OLTP, VDI, email and analytics."