There's nothing worse than your small, light and portable laptop taking forever to boot up or complete simple tasks - I mean, that's why tablets were invented, or so some people say.
In comes the magical invention of the solid state drive, helping ancient PCs and blisteringly fast gaming machines boot up quickly much faster than a hard disk drive could ever manage. In a report seen on Storage Newsletter, some claim that 30% of all laptops in 2016 could come packed with an SSD within.
With the number being more exact at 25-28% overall, reports claim that this increase is partly due to the 10% price drop in SSDs, while common sense also says that it is partly to do with consumer demand. With this in mind, Storage Newsletter also said that "Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," which could signify a rise in SSDs during 2016 or not, depending on how you understand the wording.
Renowned hard drive maker Western Digital is now shipping the world's first 10 terabyte (TB) hard drive in the HGST Ultrastar He10.
The He10 is a helium drive that features perpendicular magnetic recording and is said to provide the lowest power consumption per TB on the market (56% fewer watts/TB than competing helium HDDs). Additionally, it includes a five-year warranty and claims a 2.5 million mean-time-between-failures rating. I might be inclined to be skeptical of this figure, but WD's reputation precedes it, and my own WD drive has been going strong for more years than I can remember.
There's no denying that Samsung isn't a big player in the NAND flash game, with a report now confirming exactly how much dominance that this company asserted over the market in recent times.
DRAMeXchange and Storage Newsletter reported that not only did NAND flash pricing decline in the third quarter of 2015, but the global flash revenue raised 2.4% as a result. This gain in revenue was seemingly soaked up mainly by Samsung, with this piece further confirming that the technology giant controlled 31.5% of all NAND revenue during this time period.
With second place going to Toshiba at 20.5% and SanDisk lagging behind at 15.4%, it becomes apparent that Samsung are well ahead of its competition. This percentage difference gap is smaller than quarter 2 though, with Samsung posting a 32.6% market share compared to 19.1% for Toshiba and 13.4% for SanDisk. It's also interesting to note that Micron has recently slipped out of third place from Q2 - Q3, dropping a 1.4% share.
Designed to help your company office systems perform at full speed, Samsung has announced its new 750 Series of OEM SSDs, releasing them with special corporate warranty structures.
2.5-inch in size and offering a SATA 6Gb/s interface, these models have been released in only 120GB and 250GB sizing options. Offering speeds of up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write, these new products boast 97,000 IOPS 4K random access in the 250GB model and 95,000 IOPS random access in the 120GB.
As for the special corporate warranties, cover for five or six years is on offer for some partners.
Seagate Technology has teamed up with Newisys to create "the industry's fastest flash storage design," as published in a recent press release. This advancement in technology allows for a new Newisys NSS-2601 storage server to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s.
This number is achieved by pairing the NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules containing Seagate SAS 1200.2 SSDs within, ensuring these blisteringly fast speeds are achieved by a single 42U rack. In addition, the press release notes that Newisys 2U servers packed with 60 Seagate SSDs is able to post an impressive bandwith of 49GB/s.
Aimed at the industrial crowd, this advancement is a large "breakthrough in storage system performance," says Seagate VP Brett Pemble. Partnered with Newisys, this new technology is designed to assist metadata caches and prediction servers for industries such as finance, oil and gas, weather and more, due to needing this high bandwidth option in order to processes microsecond alterations.
If you're looking for some USB Type-C charging, extra USB ports or even a MiniDisplay option, it seems that the BranchBox might be just for you. Connecting you the MacBook through its sole port, this Kickstarter campaign is already sitting at $35,500 pledged with 29 days to go.
Asking originally $25,000 in total, the BranchBox will set users back $119 at a normal retail price point, aiming to help Apple fans make full use of their portable device. While the cheapest options are gone, you may still be able to pledge support at $99 or $109 before allocation runs out.
With early special units set to ship on January 22nd 2016, you can expect to see the full product released in early February. There's no saying when Apple will release its own similar OEM product to match this design, I would daresay it's not too far off.
Backing up it's recently announced 128GB HyperX Savage DDR4 kit comes a slightly tamer addition to the crew, 64GB - 256GB flash drives.
Complete with "USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Standard," also known as USB 3.0, HyperX's EMEA Flash Business Manager, Valentina Vitolo, pointed out in a press release that this model will be more than suitable for consoles, utilizing the large storage options to install games that often fill up internal hard drives.
Complete with a five-year warranty, these new drives offer a 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write speed on all models bar the slower 64GB edition which sits at a write speed capacity of 180MB/s.
Toshiba has today soft launched its SLC NAND flash memory line for embedded applications (including flat screen TVs, printers, wearable devices, and robots).
The company says the new family is intended to satiate the more demanding features that have been introduced to embedded devices in recent times, and it will do so thanks to "high density, high reliability and low bit cost when compared to NOR flash memory."
Key features include 24nm process technology, SPI compatibility, and 6-pin control, among others. Specs can be found below.
There are plenty of players in the storage game, with ZOTAC throwing its hat into the ring announcing two new SSDs with its Premium Edition SSDs. ZOTAC is offering their new Premium Edition SSDs in both 240GB and 480GB capacities.
ZOTAC says that it's using a Phison quad-core controller on the new drives, with up to 512MB of DDR3 cache and sequential read speeds of up to 520MB/sec and writes of up to 500MB/sec. The new ZOTAC Premium Edition SSDs arrive on the SATA 6Gbps standard, with 3000 PE Cycle and up to 480 TBW.
As for pricing and availability, we should expect more news on that very soon.
Synology has teased that it is making some very large changes in 2016, where the NAS maker will be unveiling its new DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 operating system, apps for wearables like the Apple Watch, advanced network attached storage (NAS) products, and its first ever router - the Synology RT1900ac.
The company will launch the DSM 6.0 beta today, with the full release scheduled for sometime in 2016. Synology Marketing Manager Jason Bonoan said: "Synology is more than NAS devices. Many of our business customers use our DiskStations and RackStations as replacement servers. So, it makes sense that SMEs and SMBs asked for more features for virtualization, data protection, disaster recovery, and productivity apps. We've listened and redesigned our OS and hardware to meet their demands".
On the consumer side of things, Synology is working on being the first to support Apple Watch with DSM 6.0. Synology's updated OS will be the first to support Apple Watch, where users can "use simple gestures or voice control to quickly check or create notes, or enjoy their favorite music - whenever and wherever they want". Inside of DSM 6.0 will be a new Video Station which is "refreshingly new, strikingly intuitive" according to the company. Synology added: "the completely redesigned Video Station will use a popular on-screen button layout, making navigation smoother and more intuitive than ever. New support for offline transcoding and Windows 10 enables users to switch between different devices and platforms - so they can enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience".