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Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:34

Safer and more energy efficient SandForce


LSI has expanded features of SandForce SF-2200 controller line for SSD solutions. The company has also added support for hardware-based data encryption (SED) and reduced controllers power consumption in the standby mode.

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Storage is something that everyone needs. No matter if you are a single end user or a gigantic corporation you have to have a place to keep your data. This one little fact has never changed and probably never will. The difference is that home users are now higher on the scale when it comes to storage needs than many small and medium sized business. Home users are maintain more and more data in the form of movies, music pictures and even installation files while many small businesses are only storing simple documents and perhaps a few databases.  It has changed the dynamic in the way storage products are marketed in many ways and this is not truly a completely good thing. While a normal consumer might store more information than a small business they do not have the same need to never be offline or unavailable. The typical home user also does not have the same number of connections to their data as a medium or even small business. There needs to be a class of NAS that can handle these requirements without pushing the price tag over the top. Synology has a very solid answer for these questions and more all bundled up inside the new DS1513+; this is a five-bay NAS that includes four 1Gbps LAN and a ton of other features. Let’s dive in and take a look shall we?

Friday, 24 May 2013 13:21

Tiny Innodisk SSD


Innodisk nanoSSD introduced the first solid state device made according to JEDEC MO-276 SATA μSSD specification. It is a complete SSD packed into one BGA chip with a dimensions of 16x20x2 mm and weighing only 1.5 grams, available in capacities from 4 to 64 GB.

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Thursday, 09 May 2013 20:35

Samsung stops microSD cards production


Samsung might soon cease the production of microSD cards in their own facilities. According to Digitimes, the company gives up the manufacture of fabricated microSD card in order to improve focus on more profitable embedded solutions such as eMMC, EMCP and SSD.

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Storage is one of those things that you never seem to have enough of. Just when you think that 2Terabyte drive is going to last you it seems to get full like magic. I can vividly remember buying a 1.2GB drive and thinking that would last me for a very long time. As you might have guessed it did not and the progression only got faster. It was not long before file sizes were getting larger faster than storage makers could keep up, at least in the consumer world. In the professional world we still had large arrays of disks (RAID) to help maintain capacity and performance. Unfortunately, these arrays also had a limit due to the difficulty in expanding them once you reached their capacity. As storage systems evolved this was remedied by adding in more “trays” of disks. The down side here is that these types of systems are very expensive and out of the reach of many (if not most) small and medium sized businesses.  In this space the NAS (Network Attached Storage) and not the SAN (Storage Area Network) are the most common products and have the same limitations of direct attached storage. So, what do you do when your NAS runs out of space? Synology has an answer for you in the DX513. Follow along with us as we show you just how easy and even cost effective this handy add on to the DS1512+ is.

Monday, 25 February 2013 05:49

Bigger storage with ultrasonic waves


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.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:00

2TB SSD coming from Foremay


Just as we published an article about Micron releasing cheaper SSDs in 120, 240, 480 and 960GB versions, one company has decided to go even further. The company, Foremay, has announced SSDs with a capacity of 2 terabytes in a standard 2.5 inch format and only 9.5 millimeters thick. Foremay will offer these SSDs within their TC166 series for mass market and SC199 for industrial and commercial users.

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SilverStone launched two very interesting and practical additions for owners of portable computers. It is a reservoir for SSD disks named SilverStone Treasure TS08 and TS09, which are intended to be incorporated into the space reserved for the optical drive. The TS08 comes in white, with net weight of 27 grams, while the TS09 is for black notebooks, and since it supports a larger drive bay thickness it is a bit heavier, but still very light at only 40 grams.

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Irony is one of those things that you really have to savor. We are sure that both Intel and AMD are savoring the irony of AMD launching a new line of servers running Intel Xeon E3-1260L CPUs. The new server will be sold by AMD’s wholly owned subsidiary Seamicro, but we all know that AMD is the name behind it all. AMD bought Seamicro last year primarily for their interconnect technology, but we are also sure their rising server business was a bonus.

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As SSD drives are becoming a standard parts of every PC today, consumers are getting used to high performance and high quality storage devices. Therefore Kingmax is launching a SATA III Client Pro SSD – SMU32 and SMU 35 to please users’ desires. Helped by a SandForce controller and high-speed synchrounous Flash memory it has read/write speeds of up to 550MBs, 520MBs, and 4KB random write speed up to 85,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second). These high performance numbers will be enough for every user, whether it is used for gaming, multimedia or multitasking.

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