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Can big data companies really budget for an all-flash memory storage scheme? SanDisk is hoping to make it possible with its new InfiniFlash storage system that delivers massive capacity, extreme performance, and rock solid reliability to big data and hyperscale workloads while reducing data center complexity and costs. InfiniFlash is a next-generation storage solution comprised entirely of Flash memory. It's available in three configurations -- IF100, IF500, and IF700 -- and offers five times the density, 50 times the performance, and four times the reliability compared to traditional hard disk... Read more...
Conventional wisdom in years past was that hackers didn’t bother to exploit Apple’s OS X operating system because its relatively insignificant market share didn’t warrant wasting resources to exploit it. The reasoning was, why bother with OS X when Windows was pushing over 90 percent of the worldwide OS market? However, in recent years, Apple has seen an uptick in Mac sales and pretty much dominates the field when it comes to notebooks priced over $1,000. The higher sales profile for Macs running OS X also means more attention from nefarious parties that are ready to strike. The latest report from... Read more...
Intel promises a lot with its just-announced fifth-gen Core vPro processors, but if there's one overarching theme, it's that the company wants you to be wireless -- even if you need to take advantage of a big screen. Three major focuses for Intel with this launch include general PC design, wireless displays, and wireless docking. On the design front, Intel says that with these new vPro processors, vendors will be able to create products that are up to three times thinner and 50% lighter over previous generations. That's a bold claim, and an exciting one for mobile warriors. Intel's Fifth-gen... Read more...
Last January, some six or so months after Edward Snowden exposed much of the NSA's shady behavior to the world, a smartphone was announced that promised unparalleled levels of security. Called BlackPhone, we followed-up a month later to provide a price, $629, and some specs. Quad-core, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage... all standard fare for a good phone. Given the promises of BlackPhone, it goes without saying that most of its owners would feel truly secure while using their device - and yes, I'd say that they would have definitely had an advantage security-wise versus using a regular phone. But, what... Read more...
Cloud storage companies don't just manage an obscene number of hard drives, they also deal with a huge number of failures. While most companies keep mum on things like failure rates, BackBlaze prefers to let the rest of us know who we should trust. You might recall that we reported on its first batch of findings one year ago. The results indicated that WD and HGST proved to be the most durable, while Seagate fell quite a bit behind. Well, as a brand-new report highlights, that situation hasn't changed much at all. In fact, Seagate's 3 terabyte failure rates are downright abysmal. The following... Read more...
When Microsoft said on Wednesday that the next Windows 10 preview build would be available "within the week", I'm not sure anyone actually expected it to land before the weekend. But, it has, and I'd have to say that it's worth getting excited for. Why? Because it includes not only the feature-rich Cortana AI assistant, it also includes Continuum, the technology that will allow you to switch between tablet and laptop mode seamlessly. Notably, and unfortunately, this current build, which is numbered 9926, doesn't include Microsoft's much-anticipated Spartan Web browser. It's expected that a new... Read more...
Well... this is a little disappointing. Despite the fact that the importance of our security is at an all time high, and it's a subject battled every single day, it seems most people have fallen into a funk of not caring that much about it. That's if the most popular passwords leaked over the course of 2014 are any indication. You see, for the fourth time in a row since SplashData began tracking the most-used weak passwords, "123456" remains the most popular weak password. In second place is "password", while third place goes to “12345.” It doesn't get much better from there,... Read more...
It's as if Google is looking to start a digital war -- or at least get back at Microsoft for using its minor patents to battle Android. Earlier this month, we reported on a significant Windows bug that Google, through its Project Zero site, exposed to the world after Microsoft failed to patch it up within Google's strict 90-day window. That led to some cheers for Google from some, and sympathy for Microsoft from others. Well, Google balks at that sympathy. This week, it released two more Windows bugs through Project Zero, as they also exceeded their 90-day windows.... Read more...
Dell's SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) has just discovered a new piece of malware that it dubs "Skeleton Key". Besides being one of the coolest-named pieces of malware ever, Skeleton Key provides access to any user account on an Active Directory controller without regard to supplying the correct password. As in-memory malware, Skeleton Key is extremely difficult to detect, and it'd be totally invisible to the affected users. And while it requires admin access to the AD controller to deploy, once it is, the exploiter could wreak whatever havoc they like while disguised as an innocent user.... Read more...
As we’ve stated on numerous occasions, SSDs were big at this year’s CES, and OCZ was on hand to deliver its own brand of solid-state delight. The company took the opportunity to shows us its brand new JetExpress SSD Controller, the Vector 180 SSD, and the enterprise-level Z-Drive 6000. For starters, let’s talk about the JetExpress SSD Controller, which has been designed for use in both consumer- and enterprise-grade products. The controller natively supports SATA and PCIe/NVMe and will work with M.2, 2.5” SATA, and SFF-8639 form-factors. The 10-channel JetExpress controller also supports both LDPC... Read more...
HP announced two new updates to its ZBook Mobile Workstation line at CES today. The PC maker’s new ZBook 14 G2 and ZBook 15u G2 are both workstation ultrabooks that support 3D graphics and undergo HP’s heavy testing process for enterprise devices. The HP ZBook 14 G2 runs on Core i5 or i7 processors with 16GB of memory, as well as AMD FirePro 3D graphics. Storage space is even more important for workstations than consumer systems, so the ZBook includes 1.25TB, through a combination of hard drives and SSDs. Business laptops have been getting classier in recent years, and the ZBook 14 G2 sticks to... Read more...
Earlier today, Barron's published an article speculating that GlobalFoundries would delay its 14nm product ramp by several quarters as it struggled with unspecified production problems. GlobalFoundries has denied any such issues in a statement to Hot Hardware, and has specifically told us that its 14nm ramp plans remain on-track. The state of GlobalFoundries 14nm ramp is important for multiple reasons. Earlier this year, the company announced that it would drop its own plans for a hybrid 14nm/20nm hybrid node (14nm XM) and would instead adopt Samsung's 14nm process technology. At least some of... Read more...
One of the more interesting stops on our recent trip to Amsterdam was at The Hague Security Delta. For those of you who might not be aware, The Hague is the name of the government seat of the Netherlands (and yes, the article is capitalized). The Hague Security Delta (HSD) is the official title of a collaborative effort between Netherlands businesses, the government, and multiple research institutions to identify emerging security threats, share best practices, and foster collaboration between industry, governments, and universities. One of the most interesting topics that came up during our visit... Read more...
The hard drive market has become a lot less sexy in the past few years thanks to SSDs. What we used to consider "fast" for a hard drive is relatively slow compared to even the cheapest of today's solid state drives. But there are two areas where hard drives still rule the roost, and that's in terms of overall capacity and cost per gigabyte. Right now you can buy a 4TB hard drive for the same cost as a 256GB SSD, so the two are in separate universes in that regard. We love SSDs and think just about everyone should run their OS on one, but most aren't large enough to hold all user data over a long... Read more...
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