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We’ve been critical of Apple recently for being frustratingly stagnant in terms of innovation (at least with handsets), and while it’s still debatable whether the iOS 7 and Mac OS X Maverick updates are worth getting excited about, Apple’s forthcoming Mac Pro certainly piques our collective interest; it portends some of that industrial design meets superb engineering, meets high-end features flair that we haven’t seen from Apple much lately. There’s of course the obvious fact that the Mac Pro is built as a cylinder with all the components facing inward as opposed to... Read more...
Intel is updating its line of enterprise-class solid state storage offerings today, with a new more cost-effective drive that targets datacenter and cloud-computing applications. The Intel SSD DC S3500 as it is known, is similar in a number of ways to the SSD DC S3700 we evaluated a few months back. The new drives, however, are built around more affordable NAND flash memory than the previously released DC S3700-series drives. Regardless, data integrity and consistent performance remain key differentiators for Intel’s datacenter-targeted “DC”-branded drives, but the SSD DC S3500... Read more...
Intel is updating its line of enterprise-class solid state storage offerings today, with a new more cost-effective drive that targets datacenter and cloud-computing applications. The Intel SSD DC S3500 as it is known, is similar in a number of ways to the SSD DC S3700 we evaluated a few months back. The new drives, however, are built around more affordable NAND flash memory than the previously released DC S3700-series drives. Regardless, data integrity and consistent performance remain key differentiators for Intel’s datacenter-targeted “DC”-branded drives, but the SSD DC S3500... Read more...
Computex is turning out to be quite the show. With Haswell helping OEMs to spruce up their laptop lines, SanDisk is showing up in order to boast of new innovations in the storage world. The company has released the SanDisk Extreme II SSD as well as the U110 SSD and iSSD i110 integrated storage device. All of the new SSDs introduced by SanDisk today are built with the company’s 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process technology and rely on SanDisk’s intelligent flash memory architecture. “Today, we again raised the bar by bringing our latest technology innovations to a new generation... Read more...
In Boston Bruins-like fashion, we have our third, yes third full performance review for the day. And that's what you call a "geek hat trick."  OCZ already offers a wide array of popular, high performance SSDs, but to the company’s credit, it’s not resting on its laurels. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives. Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much... Read more...
When it comes to raw horsepower within the devices that make our lives tick, it can get pretty nerdy... real fast. Take process technology, for example. Everyone loves speed, but it's companies like SanDisk who care about the nuts and bolts that make our gizmos tick. The company has just announced the commencement of customer sampling of flash memory products based on its industry-leading 1Ynm process technology, which represents its second generation 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology. SanDisk’s achievement of this takes its memory cell size from 19nm-by-26nm to 19nm-by-19.5nm, delivering... Read more...
Years ago, DRM was finally kicked out of the digital music scene. And consumers rejoiced heartily. But DRM is still a major, major factor across the entire spectrum of digital content -- be it UltraViolet for movies, or DRM filters embedded onto Blu-ray Discs, and most things in between. Now, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is responsible for coming together and putting forth Web standards, has published a draft for Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). What's that, you ask? It's a structure that'll allow DRM content to be displayed in the browser, without plug-ins like Flash or Silverlight... Read more...
Some pretty meaningful changes are afoot at one of the world's most innovative suppliers of flash storage, Fusion-io. Announced this week, the company's president and the co-founder both stepped aside, leaving big holes in a company that's struggling to get solid footing for growth. David Flynn is leaving his post at CES, as is CMO Rick White. Interestingly, both are parting ways to pursue entrepreneurial investing activities, presumably at the same firm. Flynn and White will both remain members of the Board and will serve in advisory roles to the company for the next 12 months. So, what's happening?... Read more...
When it comes to solid state storage, or just about any type of storage technology for that matter, there are two things you can never get enough of -- capacity and speed.  SATA-based Solid State Drives offer a good balance of both currently, as NAND Flash density continues to scale, but they can't compete with PCI Express-based SSDs, when it comes to raw bandwidth. PCI-Express SSD cards offer "direct attached" storage on a native PCIe system interface, without the need for translation to and from the SATA (Serial ATA) interface.  As a result, bandwidth bottlenecks are alleviated and... Read more...
ASUS developing an SSD? Surprising, isn't it? Well it shouldn't be. After all, the company makes everything from notebooks to smartphones to motherboards to graphics cards to monitors to optical drives to keyboards and mice to routers to audio cards to... alright, I need to stop myself. Given ASUS' huge enthusiast focus, moving into the SSD territory makes sense, but instead of going the "normal" route of starting off with 2.5" SATA models, ASUS has decided to reveal a PCIe product under its Republic of Gamers branding. Marco first introduced us to this upcoming SSD, dubbed RAIDR Express, at CES... Read more...
Desktops and data centers are two very different beasts, and what's true of one might not be true of the other. For example, even though solid state drive (SSD) pricing has fallen dramatically in past year, it's still cheaper to equip a desktop or laptop system with a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). The same isn't necessarily true when it comes to data centers, and if you ask IBM, the company will tell you that flash-based storage makes more economical sense at this point. How can that be? Part of the reason is because flash storage doesn't contain any moving parts, thereby making it a more reliable... Read more...
You've got to love hacker conferences. Software vulnerabilities are never going away, that much is obvious, but it's with competitions at hacker conferences where we can really see just how vulnerable the software we use every single day is. Putting this into perspective, prior to the Pwn2Own conference in Canada, Google patched-up ten bugs in Chrome - six of which were considered severe. Despite that, Chrome was hit with a zero-day during the conference that granted code execution in the browser's sandbox renderer process. Chrome is hardly the only guilty party, however. Equally-severe... Read more...
OCZ has released more details of the VXL 1.3 cache and virtualization software it teased before this week’s CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany, and the upgraded offering includes virtualized “SAN-less”, highly available, fault tolerant environments courtesy of the software’s new synchronous data mirroring capabilities. The idea is to prevent data loss and virtual machine downtime at all times. The software maintains two identical, live copies of virtual machine data by mirroring the information across OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe cards (have a peek at our review of the card for more... Read more...
We've long since wondered when SSDs would hit a price (and size) threshold that most mainstream consumers would opt for one over a conventional HDD. We're still a few years out from that, we imagine, but you can see the writing on the wall. Seagate, one of the world's largest storage companies, already has a mind to kill off the 2.5" (laptop-sized) 7200RPM hard drive from its portfolio. Why? Flash storage is taking off in a major way for portables, while desktops still seem to favor slow-but-huge in many cases. Moreover, the introduction of the hybrid HDD (part flash, part HDD) has made getting... Read more...
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