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Subject: Storage | May 1, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are really starting to catch on in a big way. As the name implies they offer storage that is easily communicated with over a network, much like Storage Attached Networks (SAN) that are common in enterprise level networks. A NAS is much easier to use and set up, being a stand alone box with wizard driven menus for setup. The Synology DS109j is a single bay, making it smaller and more economical co
Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 10:41 PM | Allyn Malventano
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.
Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
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).
Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | April 8, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 03:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
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
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | March 31, 2009 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 30, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Storage | March 26, 2009 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 24, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
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