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Samsung announces new OEM 750 Series SSDs with corporate warranty

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 4:31 am

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 boasts new storage archtecture capable of 1Tbps

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 3:29 am

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.

Aluminium MacBook USB Type-C dock smashes Kickstarter goals

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2015 6:31 pm

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.

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HyperX gets Savage with its flash drive, totes console compatibility

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 17, 2015 1:28 pm

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.

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Toshiba launches embedded NAND flash memory product line

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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.

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ZOTAC unveils its new Premium Edition SSDs in 240GB, 480GB capacities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 7:44 am

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 teases new OS for its NAS range, Apple Watch app for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 1:01 pm

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".

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Thecus adds 8TB Seagate HDD support to their NAS range

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 6, 2015 11:31 am

For those with a massive personal data stash or looking to satisfy their business needs will be intrigued by the latest Thecus advancement, adding 8TB Seagate Enterprise 3.5-inch hard drive support for all Thecus NAS users.




Quoted in a recent press release as offering "comprehensive advanced caching technology to reach unparalleled data transfer speeds," these massive 8TB drives by Seagate also offer PowerBalance, PowerChoice and Raid Rebuilt technologies.


If you're thinking of running any other large capacity drive and are wondering if support is available, head along to this website in order to check.

Light-based memory chip could mean 100 times faster storage

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 30, 2015 5:01 pm

Solid state drives represented a massive leap over hard disk drives, and now researchers are looking at the next step in storage technology. Turns out, it's light. As in, photons.




Photonic solutions are ideal because they bypass the hindrances intrinsic to electrical memory. Photonic memory chips used to power storage technology has been in development for decades, but the attempts at solutions have all been volatile and required constant power. A team led by Oxford's Harish Bhaskaran and Wolfram Pernice of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say they've made a breakthrough, however, and arrived at a stable solution that doesn't require constant power. Of all things, they use the same technology for rewriting CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.


Bhaskaran says the technology could result in storage up to 50 or 100 times as efficient as what we currently use, though it's not clear if this means SSDs or HDDs.

Samsung launches its 950 PRO SSD, with 2.5GB/sec read speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 6:42 am

Samsung has just announced the latest SSD in its range, the new 950 PRO SSD. What makes the Samsung 950 PRO special? It's the first NVMe M.2 form factor consumer SSD with V-NAND technology, with some insane performance to boot.




The new drive arrives on a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, in various sizes. The Samsung 950 PRO will come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with the 512GB version featuring insane sequential read speeds of 2.5GB/sec, while it can write at 1.5GB/sec. Random read performance is just as impressive, hovering at 300,000 IOPS while we have write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS.




Samsung is using its second generation MLV V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software to make the 950 PRO, while we also have AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption that will protect your data. Dynamic Thermal Guard will protect your drive and data in environments of between 0-70C, and it can take a physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations of up to 20G. So if you want to take it up in your fighter jet, you can.


The company is including a 5-year warranty with 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB model, while the 512GB model will have 400TBW. The new Samsung 950 PRO SSDs will be available starting next month, with the 256GB model costing $199.99, and the 512GB costing $349.99. Not too damn bad at all, considering the insane increase in read/write speeds.