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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."
Today Sony unveiled a new 2-in-1 USB Flash Drive that features both micro and normal USB 2.0 connectors. The new flash drive is designed to help consumers easily backup, share, and store files between their computer and mobile devices such as Android tablets and smartphones.
The compact yet stylish flash drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and are compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0.3 up to 4.3 that offer USB OTG (On The Go) functionality. Sony has also released a free file manager to help users transfer files from their device to the flash drive. The devices will retail between $19.99 and $62.99.
"Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible," said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics. "These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking."
Today Promise Technology began shipping its Pegasus 2 Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions to the US market. Promise says that the Pegasus 2 is not only the first, but the only data storage system to utilize Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology for systems such as the all new Mac Pro.
"Pegasus2 is truly one-of-a-kind, as there has never before been a storage solution that offered such an incredible combination of performance, mobility, and simplicity," said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. "We are thrilled that Pegasus2 is the first storage solution available with Thunderbolt 2 -- this further illustrates PROMISE's position as a leader in Thunderbolt technology."
During this mornings 840 EVO mSATA announcement the company also mentioned that owners of existing 840 Pro SSD's are getting an exciting new feature that was previously only available on the 840 EVO line of SSDs. Samsung says that it has applied the Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up.
"RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) mode is a performance level of approximately twice that of a typical SATA SSD and ten times of an average HDD. Samsung also applied Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up," Samsung said in its official blog post about the new 840 EVO mSATA SSDs.
Today Samsung announced the launch of the worlds first mSATA SSD featuring a capacity of 1TB. The all new 840 EVO mSATA 1TB SSD boast a performance of 98,000 random reads and 90,000 random write IOPS with a sequential read speed of 540MB/S and write speeds of 520MB/s.
"With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs," said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business."
Samsung's new 840 EVO mSATA SSD line features the company's advanced 128Gb NAND flash memory that is based on 10nm fabrication processes. This extreme density allows Samsung to pack in 16 layers of 128Gb chips for a total capacity of 1TB. Samsung says that the new 1TB mSATA SSD is just 3.85mm thick and weighs only 8.5 grams.