Storage

Seagate was the first hard drive vendor to launch a cost-effective 8TB hard drive. The Archive HDD v2 (ST8000AS0002) uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) to drive up the areal density of the platters and the 8TB version used six 1.33TB platters. The only other 8TB drive currently in the market is the HGST Ultrastar He8, which uses helium filled sealed drives with seven platters. Seagate is announcing their plans for three new 8TB drives today, mainly targeting enterprise usage. The three 8TB models that join the already existing Archive HDD are: Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v5 Enterprise NAS HDD Kinetic HDD The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v5 uses traditional PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) and targets applications such as web, e-mail and SMB servers as well as areas requiring bulk...

AMD Enters NAS Market with QNAP's 10G-Ready TVS-x63

QNAP's CES suite was quite busy when we visited them last week. Considering the number of product and feature announcements that were made, it wasn't a surprise at all...

20 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

OCZ Suite Tour: Vector 180, JetExpress PCIe NVMe Controller & Z-Drive 6000

While the Barefoot 3 platform is already a couple of years old, it is still going strong. OCZ has been in the process of adopting Toshiba's latest A19nm to...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2015

Crucial Announces MX200, BX100 SSDs & SSD Toolbox

Crucial's MX100 has been one the most successful SSDs on the market. Its very aggressive pricing along with decent performance and great feature set has made it an excellent...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/8/2015

Seagate and LaCie at CES 2015

Seagate acquired LaCie a couple of years back. We saw some complementary product lineups last year, but this time around, the integration seems to be well and truly complete...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2015

Corsair Unveils New Flash Storage Solutions

In their long list of new product announcements today, Corsair is also upgrading their top performance SSD drives lineup with the release of the Neutron XT SSDs. We already...

0 by E. Fylladitakis on 1/6/2015

Synology's BeyondCloud Series - NAS Units made User-Friendly

Synology has put out some interesting updates (both expected as well as unexpected) in the lead up to the new year. At CES 2015, the focus is on a...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/6/2015

Samsung Releases External T1 SSD

Traditionally the external flash storage space has been run by so called second tier OEMs that basically just buy the controller and NAND from third parties and then do...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

SanDisk Announces Entry-Level SSD Plus & Ultra II mSATA

Back in September SanDisk launched the Ultra II for the mainstream market and it's been doing pretty well in the market so far. Today here at CES SanDisk is...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

QNAP TS-853 Pro 8-bay Intel Bay Trail SMB NAS Review

QNAP has focused on Intel's Bay Trail platform for this generation of NAS units (compared to Synology's efforts with Intel Rangeley). While the choice made sense for the prosumer-targeted...

57 by Ganesh T S on 12/29/2014

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for...

36 by Ganesh T S on 12/23/2014

Crossbar's Resistive RAM Technology Reaching Commercialisation Stage

While the first 3D NAND chips have just found their way to the market and most NAND manufacturers are still developing their designs, there are already a handful of...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 12/21/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: COTS NAS Units

We have already published holiday guides for mobile devices, motherboards, GPUs and SSDs. Today, we will take a look at the various options available in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS...

26 by Ganesh T S on 12/17/2014

Best SSDs: Holiday 2014

We published our last 'Best SSDs' article in July and to be completely honest the core of my recommendations has remained unchanged, but there are a couple of new...

38 by Kristian Vättö on 12/15/2014

Western Digital to Acquire Skyera

Western Digital, or its enterprise arm HGST to be exact, has today announced that it will be acquiring all-flash array provider Skyera. The terms of the transaction have not...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 12/15/2014

G.Skill Phoenix Blade (480GB) PCIe SSD Review

G.Skill hasn't been a very visible SSD OEM lately. Like many DRAM module companies, G.Skill entered the market early around 2009 when the market was very immature and profits...

62 by Kristian Vättö on 12/12/2014

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 6 TB Review

Hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Vendors have also realized that enterprise hard drives are...

52 by Ganesh T S on 12/10/2014

Synology's DS2015xs brings ARM to High-Performance NAS Units

In the current NAS market, it is downright impossible to talk of ARM and high performance together. The most powerful ARM-based NAS units have been based on Marvell's ARMADA...

26 by Ganesh T S on 12/9/2014

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung hasn't stopped impressing me in the SSD space. The early Samsung SSDs weren't very good, but ever since the introduction of the SSD 830 Samsung has been doing...

92 by Kristian Vättö on 12/8/2014

The State of SanDisk

Back at Flash Memory Summit I had the opportunity to meet with all the key people at SanDisk. There is a lot going on at SanDisk at the moment...

132 by Kristian Vättö on 12/5/2014

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Review

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have taken off in a big way. However, internal storage has remained at a premium. Over the last few years, many companies...

23 by Ganesh T S on 12/3/2014

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