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Western Digital's Ultrastar Transporter is a suitcase with 368TB of storage

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 15, 2024 2:02 AM CDT

Western Digital is known for creating various storage solutions, especially hard drives and SSDs. The new 'Ultrastar Transporter, Edge Storage' device falls into this category (kind of), thanks to its massive 368TB of NVMe flash storage capacity. In reality, it's something of a data center on the go, a briefcase or suitcase with dual-port 200GbE ethernet ports that is TAA compliant for government and remote use.

Western Digital's Ultrastar Transporter is a suitcase with 368TB of storage

Western Digital is positioning it as a high-performance server that businesses and organizations can set up in edge and data center locations. Weighing in at 30 pounds, it's definitely portable for something that can store hundreds of terabytes of data.

"The ability to have high-performance, large-capacity storage where you need it is critical in current times of edge use cases and the proliferation of multi-cloud, multi-datacenter infrastructures," the product description reads. "Organizations that can leverage data center or cloud-like storage services even when a network connection may not be feasible due to cost or poor connectivity have a real advantage in getting the job done."

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SanDisk reveals world's first 4TB SD card that should take 8K video recording in its stride

Darren Allan | Apr 12, 2024 6:36 AM CDT

SanDisk has revealed the world's first 4TB SD card, offering a ton of space crammed into a sliver of a storage device.

SanDisk reveals world's first 4TB SD card that should take 8K video recording in its stride

The manufacturer is set to show off this new 4TB SD card, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDUC, at the NAB 2024 event (National Association of Broadcasters) which is about to kick off at the weekend in Las Vegas.

SanDisk notes that the SDUC standard (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) allows for capacities of up to 128TB, and using the UHS-I interface, it's seriously speedy, and ideal for heavyweight work like 4K - or indeed 8K - video recording.

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Samsung's EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards get a speed boost for handheld gaming

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 10, 2024 3:31 AM CDT

microSD cards are still one of the easiest and most convenient ways to expand the storage of portable devices, from tablets to handheld gaming consoles and PCs like the Steam Deck, ROG Ally, and Nintendo Switch. This week, Samsung has announced its latest iteration of EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards, which it states have been designed specifically for handheld gaming consoles.

Samsung's EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards get a speed boost for handheld gaming

This means the latest generation of Samsung EVO Select and EVO Plus microSD cards has seen their transfer speeds increase by 23% to 160 MB/s - making them great for storing games, large files, and media like photos and videos.

To double down on the gaming side of these new microSD cards, Samsung adds that it's planning to release 1TB EVO Select microSD cards later this year - perfect for the age of PC games requiring tens of gigabytes of storage to install.

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With Seagate's magnetic HAMR recording technology breakthrough, we could see a single 120TB HDD

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 7, 2024 11:02 PM CDT

We've covered Seagate's HAMR, or Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording, tech for HDDs, which is set to breathe new life into traditional platter-based storage by dramatically increasing the potential capacities. Last year, the company began shipping its first 32TB HAMR-based Corvault systems to customers, and with HAMR HDDs featuring more than 3TB per platter, that TB number will only increase. Dramatically.

With Seagate's magnetic HAMR recording technology breakthrough, we could see a single 120TB HDD

New research from NIMS, Seagate Technology, and Tohoku University shows that multi-level dual-layer HAMR storage is possible, unlocking even more data density. Per the headline, 120TB of storage on a single drive is on track to become a reality - the only catch is that, based on Seagate's HAMR roadmap, it might take a decade to get there.

However, if this new 'multi-level' tech becomes a reality, current HAMR storage capacities will dramatically increase to 60+ TB. Let's examine how it works.

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Maxio's new PCIe 5.0 SSD controller: up to 14.8GB/sec reads, up to 16TB capacities

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 4, 2024 8:01 PM CDT

Maxio Technology has just unveiled not one but three new PCIe Gen5 SSD controllers, with speeds hitting up to 14.8GB/sec (14,800MB/sec) reads and capacities of up to 8TB. Chcek them out:

Maxio's new PCIe 5.0 SSD controller: up to 14.8GB/sec reads, up to 16TB capacities

The Chinese firm unveiled its new MAP1802 and MAP1806 consumer-grade Gen5 SSD controllers, as well as the new MAP1803 enterprise-class Gen5 SSD controller, all of which offer over 14GB/sec sequential reads. The new flagship Maxio MAP1802 features the standard NVMe 2.0 specs, with a 4-channel controller and 8 CEs that support up to 4800MT/s NAND flash.

This is damn fast, as the fastest Gen5 SSD controller is the new Phison E26 SSD controller, which features around 3000MT/s (compared to the 4800MT/s on Maxio's new MAP1802 Gen5 SSD controller). This new Gen5 SSD controller supports up to 14.8GB/sec (14,800MB/sec) reads, up to 14.4GB/sec (14,400MB/sec) writes, 3400K IOPS read, and 3500 IOPS write, while capacities will reach up to 8TB.

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Sabrent's new Rocket 4 Gen4 SSDs refreshed: now DRAM-less, single-sided 7GB/sec+ beasts

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 1, 2024 5:03 PM CDT

Sabrent has just refreshed its Rocket 4 Gen4 SSD family with new DRAM-less, single-sided SSDs in both 1TB and 2TB capacities, with the 4TB model coming soon.

Sabrent's new Rocket 4 Gen4 SSDs refreshed: now DRAM-less, single-sided 7GB/sec+ beasts

The new Sabrent Rocket 4 Gen4 SSDs have some new toys to play with inside: Phison's new PS5027-E27T DRAMless 4-channel SSD controller and Kioxia's BiCS6 2400MT flash array. This means that Sabrent ships its new Rocket 4 SSD with no on-board DRAM, half the channels of its PCIe Gen4 flagship predecessors, and in the words of our Storage God Jon Coulter, this "power-sipping single-sided masterpiece is overall the best performing PCIe Gen4 SSD Sabrent has ever delivered. Impressive".

The full potential of PCIe 4.0 technology can be realized with a single-sided SSD that doesn't put out much heat, making it the perfect super-fast Gen4 SSD for your PC, laptop, or PlayStation 5 console. We're looking at up to 7.4GB/sec (7400MB/sec) reads and up to 6.4GB/sec (6400MB/sec) writes, while up to 1000K/950K random IOPs. As Sabrent says, why compromise when you can have it all?

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TEAMGROUP's new CinemaPr P31 Portable External SSD is designed for recording high-res video

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 31, 2024 11:34 PM CDT

With a maximum transfer speed of 2,000 MB/s, TEAMGROUP's new CinemaPr P31 Portable External SSD is designed for professional photographers and videographers - with the ability to record directly to the drive when connected to a compatible DSLR camera or smartphone. It's the first product in TEAMGROUP's T-CREATE CinemaPr series of products for creators.

TEAMGROUP's new CinemaPr P31 Portable External SSD is designed for recording high-res video

According to the announcement, the CinemaPr P31 Portable External SSD was "designed specifically for filming," with 4TB capacity models able to store roughly 400 minutes (under 7 hours) of raw 8K video files. Of course, you can store Full HD, 4K, and even 6K on the CinemaPr P31 Portable External SSD - which is also compatible with iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max for recording.

Naturally, this means the new SSD is designed for portability and durability, with a lightweight 97-gram aluminum alloy build that is IP67 waterproof and dustproof certified. TEAMGROUP's patented graphene cooling handles cooling.

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Sabrent celebrates World Backup Day with up to 33% of all storage products

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 29, 2024 6:21 PM CDT

Sabrent is the hero of storage on World Backup Day, offering everyone up to 33% off its storage-related products. Grab your World Backup Day bargains from Sabrent here.

Sabrent celebrates World Backup Day with up to 33% of all storage products

The storage leader explains on its website that in honor of World Backup Day, Sabrent is here to "ensure your digital life is not only secure but thriving. As our way of celebrating, we're offering exclusive discounts on our top-tier storage solutions, designed to keep your data safe".

We've got products like the Sabrent Rocket nano XTRM Thunderbolt 3 external SSD for $130, down from $170, while the 5-Bay USB-C Docking Station for 2.5-inch SATA HDDs and SSDs drops from $150 to just $99. If you're after a USB Type-C to Dual 3.5-inch SATA and RAID Docking Station, that's dropped by $30 to $120, down from $150.

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MSI's M580 FROZR SSD: 14.6GB/s reads, 12.7GB/s writes, and a cooler your CPU may be jealous of

Darren Allan | Mar 28, 2024 11:53 AM CDT

MSI has released a new blazing-fast SSD which benefits from a seriously beefy cooling solution to allow it to reach extremely speedy read and write speeds.

MSI's M580 FROZR SSD: 14.6GB/s reads, 12.7GB/s writes, and a cooler your CPU may be jealous of

How fast? The Spatium M580 FROZR is a PCIe 5.0 SSD which hits read speeds of up to 14.6GB/s and write speeds of up to 12.7GB/s, so yes, this is very, very quick.

The cooler is a passive tower heatsink sporting three heat pipes, with MSI noting that it reduces temps by up to 20 degrees Celsius, allowing for sustained throughput at the high-performing levels which the drive is capable of.

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MAINGEAR PRO AI workstation PC with Phison aiDaptiv+ platform: uses SSDs, DRAM to boost AI perf

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 27, 2024 10:28 PM CDT

Phison had something very cool to show off at NVIDIA GTC 2024 last week, with a single MAINGEAR PRO AI workstation PC packing 4 x NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada workstation GPUs using its in-house aiDaptiv+ software to use SSDs and DRAM to make up for the lack of VRAM, using it to super-speed AI workloads on the cheap.

MAINGEAR PRO AI workstation PC with Phison aiDaptiv+ platform: uses SSDs, DRAM to boost AI perf

By cheap, we mean cheaper than using full-fledged NVIDIA Hopper H100 or new H200 AI GPUs, let alone the next-gen Blackwell B100 and B200 AI GPUs that will be very hard to come by this year, and a huge chunk into 2025. Phison's aim with its aiDaptiv+ platform is to lower the (cost) barrier of AI LLM training by using systems' already-there DRAM and SSDs to augment the amount of GPU VRAM available for AI training.

Phison says that achieving intense generative AI training workloads at a far lower cost than using standard GPUs will come at a cost: reduced AI training performance and longer training times. If you want the best, you'll spend magnitudes more money on it, but more off-the-shelf AI systems from the likes of MAINGEAR and its PRO AI system, putting Phison's new aiDaptiv+ platform in between is a big win.

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