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WD promises 40TB HDDs in the near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

Western Digital is planning a new range of HDDs based on MAMR technology, with 14TB, 16GB, 20TB and beyond HDDs to surely arrive between now and then. But, WD has promised 40TB by 2025 thanks to microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR).




The company explained the news with an announcement from President and COO of Western Digital, Mike Cordano, saying: "Our ground-breaking advancement in MAMR technology will enable Western Digital to address the future of high capacity storage by redefining the density potential of HDDs and introduce a new class of highly reliable, 'ultra-high capacity' drives".


What is MAMR? MAMR, or microwave-assisted magnetic recording is a new storage technology that WD has been working on for years now, with the other being HAMR, or heat-assisted magnetic recording. This new breakthrough in MAMR technology that WD has reached is the new "spin torque oscillator" that is used to generate a microwave field that increases the reliability to record data at ultra-high density. WD can use this new breakthrough in MAMR tech to record over 4 terabits-per-square-inch over time.


WD explained: "With sustained improvements in recording density, MAMR promises to enable hard drives with 40TB of capacity and beyond by 2025, and continued expansion beyond that time frame".

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Silicon Power to release their first portable SSD

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

Silicon Power have unleashed their first external SSD, the Bolt B80. Featuring an innovative and futuristic design, the B80 is not only stylish and compact, but also able to deliver impressive performance for an external hard drive.



Equipped with a Type-C port and USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, the B80 is able to provide read/write speeds of up to 500/450MB/s that allow for exceptional performance. Equally impressive is the B80's design, the UFO-shaped aluminum housing measures only 11.9mm thick and 75mm in diameter, while only weighing 53 grams. Silicon Power have included IP68 rating, meaning this portable SSD is not only waterproof, but also dustproof.

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SilverStone's SST-MS09C- M.2 SSD to USB 3.1 enclosure

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

SilverStone have released an innovating product, an external enclosure that coverts a M.2 SATA SSD into a USB 3.1 flash-drive, the SST-MS09C. The perfect solution for those spare M.2 SSD drives or for users wanting to more external storage options.




The SilverStone SST-MS09C features an all-aluminum external enclosure that houses a PCB with a M.2 B-key slot. The SST-MS09C allows you to install a M.2-2260 or 2280 SATA SSD that utilizes a VIA Labs VL715 controller to connect your SATA 6Gb/s drive to USB 3.1 10Gb/s. The SST-MS09C is designed to work without any additional driver installation, this means plug in and enjoy the instant access.

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Intel to launch second-gen Optane 900P SSDs very soon

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

Leaked slides and inside industry contacts have hinted that Intel's second generation of Optane drives, the Intel 900P series, will launch around the end of this month. The 900P series will replace the Intel 750 series of NVMe drives and will come in the U.2 and AIC (PCI-E card) form factors. While the first generation of consumer Optane drives used a PCI-E 2.0 interface, this new generation will use PCI-E 3.0. The 900P has roughly the same specifications as Intel's enterprise P4800X, which costs almost $2000 for 375GB. The new 900P series drives will come in 280GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1500GB variants, and will be aimed more at consumers rather than enterprise users, which hopefully means much more affordable prices (enterprise is typically overpriced by a large margin).




Optane offers random read speeds far greater than those of NAND flash, making it an excellent NAND replacement. The current Optane series provides 1.35 GB/s and 290 GB/s sequential (large files) read/write and 240,000 IOPS read/write for random performance (which matters more for OS). The new 900P should boast 2.5GB/s and 2GB/s sequential read/write speeds and up to 550,000 and 500,000 IOPS read/write for random performance, which is a huge increase over its predecessor.


The first generation of Optane came in 16GB and 32GB variants which could only be used with select chipsets and CPUs. There are unconfirmed rumors and clues all around us that Intel's 900P might not even be limited to Intel's platforms, and might be capable of working in an AMD X399 motherboard. Our first clue is that these units are designed in the U.2 and PCI-E (AIC) form factors, meaning they are built for HEDT systems with many PCI-E lanes. AMD's X399 platform would be a perfect home for a more affordable super-fast Optane AIC.

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Seagate's new 12TB HDD costs $530, aimed at 4K video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Seagate has just announced a massive new 12TB HDD, with the BarraCuda Pro family of drives joined by a new 12TB model. The 12TB model spins at 7200RPM, with 256MB of cache to improve load times.




The new Seagate BarraCuda Pro family of HDDs were designed for professionals who want massive storage, with the new 12TB model costing $530 and featuring a 5-year limited warranty. If you want something a little different, Seagate has also announced their new IronWolf 12TB HDD, which like their BarraCude range, are part of Seagate's larger Guardian Series of HDDs for high capacity storage.


IronWolf is a feature-laden drive, as it allows multiple users to access it, making it perfect for file sharing and remote access.

Silicon Power introduce the Armor A62 hard drive series

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Silicon Power has released the Armor A62, a rugged portable hard drive series that is available in two models (S and L) that features five capacities ranging from 1TB to 5TB. The Armor A62 can provide safe and efficient data storage, despite its fashionable appearance.




This shock-resistance portable hard drive also features IPX4 water-resistant rating and includes Micro-B to Type-A for the A62S (1TB, 2TB) and Type-A to Type-A for the A62L (2TB-5TB). Featuring USB 3.1/3.0 and 2.0, the A62 is also incredibly compact, only 131.7mm x 86.5mm in size with the S model featuring 14.9mm in thickness and the L model 22.8mm thick.



Western Digital announce HGST Ultrastar Hs14 - 14TB HDD

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Western Digital have announced the world's first 14TB harddrive, the HGST-branded Ultrastar Hs14. Perfect for cloud-storage and hyperscale data centers, the HGST Ultrastar Hs14 combines HelioSeal and host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology to offers 40 percent more capacity and more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor and features a 2.5million hours MTBF rating.




This 3.5-inch HDD helps address Big Data challenges and the emerging sequential write workload segment in data centers by focusing on total cost of ownership (TCO). Prioritizing key factors including capacity per rack, power consumption, cooling, maintenance, and acquisition cost, the combination of SMR and HelioSeal Technology is able to deliver impressive watt/TB power efficiency, resulting in a low TCO. These mature, field-proven technologies provide the foundation for delivering efficient, quality and reliable performance required by cloud-storage and hyperscale environments.

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Synology launches the DS418play 4-bay NAS

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 12:45 pm

Synology have released their latest 4-bay NAS that is perfect for serving as an ultra-high definition multimedia center, introducing the DiskStation DS418play. Powered by a new 2.0GHz (2.5Ghz boost) Intel Celeron dual-core processor, the DS418play supports real-time transcoding for up two channels of H.264/H.265 4K video simultaneously. This NAS also features 2GB DDR3L memory, which can be expanded up to 6GB and Dual 1GbE LAN ports.




"Mobile devices supporting 4K video recording are becoming increasingly popular. However, since 4K video clips are capacity-consuming and not all TVs at home support 4K video playback, users tend to record videos with lower resolution as an alternative," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. "With DS418play supporting up to 40TB of raw capacity, users can store their favorite videos in ultra-high definition, organize and share videos with families and friends effortlessly, and transcode videos on-the-fly to allow video playback on devices that do not support 4K."

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COLORFUL's new iGame SSDs: up to 3GB/sec read with RGB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 25, 2017 11:57 pm

COLORFUL is known for their crazy awesome GeForce GTX series graphics cards, but the company is pushing into PCIe-based SSDs with SMI controllers, with their new CN600 DRAM-less Series of SSDs.




The new COLORFUL CN600 and CP600 iGame SSDs will be available in 240GB right through to 2TB, with the CN600 DRAM-less rocking the SMI 2263XT controller. The CN600 is a M.2 2280 standard that provides up to 2GB/sec read speeds and 1.6GB/sec writes. We have the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface for those wicked-fast speeds, which will be available in 240GB up to 1TB.


COLORFUL's other CN600 DRAM Edition rocks the SMI2263 controller and DRAM that bumps the read/write speeds to 2.4GB/sec and 1.7GB/sec, respectively. The COLORFUL CN600 DRAM Edition has a unique cooling solution that keeps the drive as cool as possible, with capacities of 240GB up to 1TB.

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Toshiba to sell memory business for $18 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 1:33 pm

Toshiba will sell its lucrative storage chip memory business to a consortium of buyers led by Bain Capital for $18 billion, Reuters reports.




After long weeks of negotiations, Japanese chip-maker Toshiba has agreed to sell its Toshiba Memory Corporation storage company for 2 trillion yen, or about $18 billion, down from the original 2.4 trillion offer. Toshiba has agreed to sell the business to a group of buyers led by Bain Capital instead of the Western Digital helmed consortium. The Bain group includes other companies such as SK Hynix, Dell, and others. Tech titan Apple also contributed to the investment, likely in an effort to get as close as possible to the chip supply chain.


The chip business is responsible for Toshiba's wide array of memory solutions, which include its latest high-efficient 3D NAND technology which has high use cases in modern smartphones, servers, and other major devices. Toshiba is the world's number 2 supplier of flash memory and remains a significant force in today's electronics market.

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