Run for your lives, Mega-NAS is coming!!!

Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 05:45 PM |
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How much trouble could assembling two quad-core Xeon processors, sixteen gigabytes of RAM, a Velociraptor 300GB system drive, an Adaptec's SAS/SATA RAID controller and twenty 1.5TB Seagate hard drives be?  Join the trials and tribulations of setting up a 20TB NAS at Tweaknews.  By the end you should be able to set up a server with a huge amount of storage and that can transcode and stream content to your PS3.

Source: Tweaknews

Thecus NAS Server - Powerful Storage and Backup Device for Mac Users

Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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04/27/2009 - Great news for Mac users. Thecus proudly brings better and more powerful storage and backup solutions for Mac users. Instead of the usual and limited selection for Mac system, home users can enjoy much more network services from Thecus for much less cost.

Source: Thecus

OCZ Technology releases the Z-Drive

Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 10:41 PM |
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You might have seen glimpses of the OCZ Z-Drive around the internet.  As of today, it's official.  OCZ has taken 4 Vertex SSD's and ganged them up with a PCI-Express RAID controller to form a behemoth of an SSD.  We will be putting one of these beasts through its paces just as soon as it arrives.  Sequential speeds should reach 500 MB/sec, and available capacities will be 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB (!).  Some quick searching revealed pricing at ~$1200, ~$2000, and ~$3000, repsectively.

OCZ Technology announces Vertex EX series SLC-based SSD

Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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OCZ has recently announced a new SLC based Vertex series.  Dubbed 'EX', these new drives boast considerably faster write speeds, and should theoretically be on par with Intel's X25-E series of drives.  Read on for the goods.

Storage might not be free, but it's the next thing to it

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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The Western Digital Black 1TB HDD can be yours for a smidgen over
$100, or about 10 cents a gigabyte if you would prefer to think of it that way.  This is a Black drive, which puts performance above long lifetime or low power consumption and with an average transfer rate of 86MB/sec in OCIA's testing, it certainly seems to qualify as a high end platter based HDD.  Drop by to see the actual benchmark numbers.

Source: OCIA

Western Digital releases enterprise class 2TB RE4-GP series drive

Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM |
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Western Digital has released their new RE4 series of the Green Power line of hard drives.  The new release advances the RE series to include 2TB capacity, 64 MB cache, and dual processors, and also feature advanced RAID specific features such as TLER (Time Limited Error Recovery) and RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward). 

Stop me if you've heard this one

Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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Back in February, Allyn was writing his first review for PC Perspective, a review of the new Intel X-25 M SSDs.  As he tested their various speeds, he began noticing some odd behaviour from the shiny new SSDs.  At the start of the testing the drives were incredibly fast, but over time the performance degraded significantly.

It's a mixed platter of results

Subject: Storage | April 8, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12s have a few advantages over the previous generation.  There is no bad firmware to give this generation a bad name, as well they have made a move to 500GB platters for this generation.  Bjorn3D's testing showed that the move did not result in a clear improvement; speed for burst and read seems to have decreased, while the write speed has increased.  On the other hand, once in a RAID environment the drives showed improvements from the previous generation, in addition to needing

Source: Bjorn3D

HighPoint RocketRaid 4320 and 4310 hits the street

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 03:52 PM |
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Not too long ago, HighPoint released their RocketRaid 4320 card.  It employs a rather speedy Intel IOP348 XOR engine running at 1.2Ghz.  What really caught my eye was the insanely low cost of this board when purchased through Newegg.  A few days ago, HighPoint released a 4-port version, the RocketRaid 4310, which

A new method to their madness

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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Benchmark Reviews is changing the way that they test SSDs and the first one on the bench is OCZ with their OCZSSD2-1VTX 120G SSD.  They've snagged a pair of them and using the onboard RAID controller on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 they set up the drives in RAID 0 and fired up their new test suite.&nb

Super Talent Develops 2048 GB PCIe RAID SSD with 1.3 GB/sec Throughput

Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 05:02 PM |
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San Jose, California - April 1, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced its patented RAIDDrive, which dramatically increases the performance and slot capacity of PCI Express-based storage solution.

Corsair announces Voyager Port

Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Fremont, CA, March 31st, 2009 - Corsair a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the Voyager Port portable backup solution for USB flash drives.

The Voyager Port transforms any USB flash drive into a powerful data backup solution, complete with a simple, one-button file backup feature.

You used to have to pay someone to do this

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2009 - 06:01 PM |
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FTP hosting and basic secure file transfers used to be the domain of ISPs and hosting companies, but as the cost of storage and processing power has dropped remote hosting is becoming extinct.  Apart from near instant fail-over and distributed backups, any enthusiast could slap together a file server that can handle multiple users.  Now, with the advent of the Network Attached Storage device, setting up secure file transferring and sharing is almost plug and play.  Take a look at the

Source: Modders-Inc

Tough decision

Subject: Storage | March 26, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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For $140 you can pick up the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64GB USB flash drive or for $100 you can pick up a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive.  For the latter, you can't really expect it to hold up to being carried around in your bag or swapped around with friends.  For th

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Still the reigning champion

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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SSD drives are narrowing the field, and the evolution of onboard RAID controllers is bringing the performance and safety enhancements of RAID to the casual user, but that still can't beat the old record holder for fast storage, unless you have gobs of money.  There is nothing like hooking up eight or so 15,000 RPM SAS drives onto a solid hardware RAID.  For example, check out the results that Bjorn3D sees with the

Source: Bjorn3D

NVISION Conference likely not going to happen this year

Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM |
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Depending how you view the terms of "delay" and "soon", you can either take NVIDIA at their word that the NVISION show for 2009 is just going to be a bit behind schedule or you can take the logical step to think that with the economy (and NVIDIA's stock) in the position it is now, the event just won't happen.  Here's the quote from the above article:

Source: Ars Technica

Heavyweight roundup

Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM |
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Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive.  To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies.  Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew.  At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w

Source: X-Bit Labs

The sound of NAS thinking

Subject: Storage | March 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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VIA is not out of the business of providing computational power to shoebox sized tech, even with the competition from Intel and nVIDIA.  One of their newest products is a network attached storage device that includes a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D CPU to extend the functionality of the ARTiGO A2000 beyond what you might expect from an NAS.  Consider the audio ports on the back, something you wouldn't really expect to see in a NAS, but well within the power of the ARTiGO.  Drop by Think Computers to see how

When fast is just not fast enough...

Subject: Storage | March 14, 2009 - 07:46 AM |
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By splicing two ioDrives together on a single card, Fusion-io has shown the scaleability of their uber-fast flash technology by simultaneously doubling the throughput and capacity of their ioDrive line.  As if 3/4 GB/sec was not enough, the new boards (dubbed ioDrive Duo) promise to deliver upwards of 1.5GB/sec speeds.  Capacity is also increased from the prior 80/160/320GB to 160/320/640GB, with the possibi

Source: Fusion-io