Backblaze company, specialized in storage solutions on the Internet , has conducted a study which concluded that hard disk drives designed for professional use are not more reliable than equivalent models designed for home users. Backblaze measured the reliability according to the number of failures per drive per year, which a disc-year represents, for example, the work of one disk for a period of one year or four disks working four years.
The company Western Digital demonstrated the operation of a hard disk based on HARM (heat -assisted magnetic recording) technology at the China International Forum held in Shanghai.
Toshiba have announced mass production of thin 2.5 inch drives with rotating plates. The housing of drive is only seven millimeters thin.
The trend of manufacturing thinner disks with larger capacity is continued by Western Digital with their launch of WD10SPCX. Disk enters the company's Blue product line and comes in 2.5-inch format suitable for notebooks.
Western Digital's company Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) presented the currently biggest hard drive for notebooks. Model Travelstar 5K1500 comes in a 2.5 inch format and a thickness of 9.5 mm, it delivers 1.5 TB capacity and size is suitable for installation in most notebooks with "normal" thickness.
Scientists at the University of Oregon State University have found a way to use high-frequency sound to increase the density of magnetic storage. The technology, called Acoustic Assisted Magnetic Recording (AAMR), allows stretching of magnetic media, to allow storage of large amounts of data.
The Cloud is something that we have not been supportive of for a long time and for many reasons. You see the same companies that warn us, on almost a daily basis, how dangerous the internet is are now asking us to trust them with our data and personal information. At the same time the number of breaches happing to internet based companies is skyrocketing. It simply does not seem to make sense to put trust in these cloud services for them money they want when they (almost all of them) cannot keep them safe or secure from malicious individuals. However there is a growing “need” to stay connected and access our own data from anywhere, well there is a solution and it is one that lets you keep your data; The Private Cloud.
Solyindra a cylindrical solar panel factory, known because of a visit by President Barack Obama in 2010 promoting renewable energy businesses, has been taken over by Seagate. Even though the factory was not operating after an accident where one of the solar-panel makers imploded last year, Seagate is willing to make a deal for it. After Obama's visit they received a $535 million loan for construction of a new compound in Fremont, but that was not enough to avoid bankruptcy due to drastic solar panel price decrease worldwide.
In the world of computer enclosures things can get boring pretty fast; after all how much can you do with a box? For too many companies the way to differentiate their products is to put in a window and extra LEDs and call it a day. There is little that is new to be perfectly honest with you. However, every now and then something comes out that does stand out from the crowd. We have seen it before with some very unique designs and concepts. One company that has done a fairly good job at keeping things interesting is Cooler Master and in particular their CMStorm line. While at CES this year (2012) we were shown a case that caught our eye and imagination. It was the CMStorm Stryker. We called it the Storm Trooper, not only for its connections to the CMStorm Trooper, but also because it reminded me of the Strom Troopers from Star Wars. We have one of these in our lab now and well… let’s dive in to see what you get and how well it performs.
Over the years the need for more storage has exploded. I have seen systems with 750GB drive packed with pictures, MP3s and movies not to mention actual work files. It has become borderline ridiculous. Still we need to have better access to more space to store our stuff. To help with this many companies have begun manufacturing network attached storage devices. These are multi-drive products that can be connected to a home or small business network and used as a central spot for file storage. We have covered a couple of them and have a few more to show you in the future. The problem with many of these is that to keep costs down they are often shipped without drives. Many think that they can just buy a bunch of drives of the same size and throw them in. That does not always work though; we have run into a few cases where the NAS device did not work with a single range of drives or need a certain firmware revision to work with the drives. It becomes a frustrating game of finding the right drives to work with your NAS and also to get the best performance out of it. To help with this Western Digital have come up with a line of disk drives that are designed specifically to work with NAS devices. These are their new WD Red Drives. The WD Red Drives will come in 1-3TB sizes and should fall into line between the WD Green and Black Drives in terms of performance and price. Western Digital has sent us three of their WD Red 2TB drives for us to try out in two of the NAS devices we have here, so let’s see how they do.