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There has been much debate lately as to the effectiveness and reliability of consumer-level storage technology in the enterprise space.  This article on Dell's future or storage website, details some of the specific considerations and decisions IT managers may have to make..."The fact of the matter is if you’re working with an enterprise application and cost isn’t the only driving factor but uptime and rebuild times are critical, there’s a really strong case for SAS technology, though SATA is a tempting low-cost alternative to be sure.  In practice though, SATA drives don’t have the same level of status handling and error reporting that SAS drives do.  SAS drives utilize SCSI commands,... Read more...
According to an April 2008 study by the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), "almost three-quarters of all enterprises are now using virtualization for production applications." But while virtualization has made significant inroads into enterprise infrastructure, the EMA reports that a variety of barriers are keeping the technology from being fully utilized up to its full potential. One of the major barriers is trying to manage virtualization in complex IT environments:  "Enterprises are grappling with an average of 11 different platforms (e.g. Windows, Linux, UNIX), technologies (e.g. server, application, desktop virtualization), and vendors (e.g. VMware, Microsoft, Citrix). Only 2%... Read more...
As digital media increases in popularity, so will the demand for larger storage options, whether in the form of increased hard drives capacities or through the use of expandable network storage devices.  The last time we broached the topic of NAS was with our article on two impressive SOHO units from QNAP.  While not industrial strength solutions, both QNAP models offered a balance of hardware and software features that made them excellent solutions for both home and small business users.  However, with the TS-101 being a single drive solution and the TS-201 being a two-drive option, they are limited when it comes to ease of expansion and growth in a user's storage needs. ... Read more...
The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. WD'S THIRD-GENERATION HIGH CAPACITY ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES OFFER NEW AND ENHANCED FEATURES AND NEW ELECTRONICS FOR RELIABILITY IN DEMANDING ENVIRONMENTS LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 19, 2008 - Addressing the growing enterprise market for highly reliable high-capacity storage, WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping the new WD RE3 SATA hard drives, the company's latest generation of "RE" family drives. As data centers become larger and more... Read more...
SEAGATE INTRODUCES SAVVIO 10K.3 SMALL FORM FACTOR ENTERPRISE DRIVE, DELIVERING RECORD-SETTING CAPACITY, RELIABILITY AND POWER SAVINGSIndustry’s only third-generation small form factor enterprise drive also first with self-encrypting option for enterprise servers and storage arrays SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — June 2, 2008 — To meet the growing demand for higher-capacity, more efficient enterprise storage systems, Seagate (NYSE:STX) today introduced the Savvio 10K.3 hard drive – the world’s highest-capacity, small form factor 2.5-inch enterprise hard drive built for the demands of enterprise servers and storage arrays. This latest generation of 2.5-inch drive offers 70% lower power and greater than... Read more...
The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. While other hard drive manufacturers have been busy churning out Solid State Drives (SSD), Seagate has been sitting on the SSD sidelines because it felt that the cost was still too high to produce and sell drives using this relatively new storage technology. The company has announced that it will finally be getting its SSD feet wet when it releases a its first SSD drive sometime in 2009.  Before consumers get too excited about the prospect of another... Read more...
When it comes to solid, reliable networking connections, nothing beats copper at the moment.  It's not the most convenient, as most people (particularly wives and girlfriends) don't want cables running across the floor, or even jacks in walls throughout the house.  That leaves wireless, and although most people have wireless-G at this time, 54 Mbps (when you consider actual throughput) pales in comparison to standard 100 Mbps wired Ethernet.  Even when you consider wireless-N, which still hasn't even been fully ratified, and its up to 300 Mbps speed, throughput isn't that fast by any means.  Let's not forget the issues with distance and signal drop that exist in both... Read more...
At this point in time, it's probably safe to assume that the majority wireless network users are outfitted with some type of 54Mbps solution.  First introduced in 2003, 802.11g has proven its worth as a solid wireless technology for both home and business users alike.  However, as technology advances and the demands for more bandwidth and improved range increase, a new solution is needed as 802.11g has essentially reached its peak in terms of features and capabilities. To help address the need for better security, longer range and more bandwidth, the powers that be have come up with 802.11n (draft) technology.  "Draft" indicates the technology is proven but has not completed the standardization... Read more...
WD ANNOUNCES 750 GB ENTERPRISE-CLASS SATA HARD DRIVES WD RE2 750 GB Hard Drives Deliver Cool, Fast, Reliable High-Capacity Performance LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 17, 2007 - Addressing the needs for the growing enterprise market for high-capacity, highly-reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it will be shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 750 GB hard drive this month. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for high system performance. "WD has continued to leverage its extensive experience from previous RAID Edition drives, to develop... Read more...
Seagate Technology today introduced the world's fastest hard drive -- the Savvio 15K drive, the new 15K-rpm addition to the Savvio family of 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise drive solutions. The Savvio 15K drive provides the highest hard drive performance density and reliability while ensuring ultra-low power consumption, reducing thermal loads in data centers. With its combination of benefits that were created for modern storage systems, the Savvio 15K drive is well-suited for a broad range of mainstream enterprise applications in both large enterprise data centers and small, medium businesses, that lowers overall system Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The Savvio 15K drive was... Read more...
Home users and Small Business owners can often benefit from technologies that are normally out of reach for some general consumers. Home users may benefit from having a file server for sharing media, transferring large files between PCs, or even remote access while away. Small Office users can utilize the same features as well, while also benefiting from automated backup capabilities, centralized printer management, or even hosting a domain. The problem is, many of these things often require a level of understanding or experience that many home or SOHO users may lack or simply may not have the time to learn.  For larger businesses, network administrators... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk within the industry of consolidation as of late. AMD's acquisition of ATI has been a hot topic ever since it was announced.  And that acquisition has spurred rumors of an unlikely merger between Intel and NVIDIA. Both AMD and Intel have talked about integrating a GPU on to the CPU in one form or another, Seagate bought Maxtor, Asus and Gigabyte entered into a strategic partnership, and the list goes on and on. Despite all the talk about consolidation, however, there are still quite a few companies that are pushing for more dedicated co-processing processing elements in the PC architecture. By now, we're all familiar with Creative Lab's Audigy and X-Fi audio... Read more...
Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel Next–Generation Enterprise Platforms Architectural Innovation through Powerful and Energy–Efficient Multi–core Platforms NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 – Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership. "2006 marks a year of transitions for Intel –– a transition to a new process technology and a powerful new microarchitecture, along with the delivery of new platforms solving tough problems for our customers," said... Read more...
More and more homes these days contain multiple PCs, and in this age of increasingly common broadband connections it's a no-brainer to want to connect these machines together over a WLAN, or Wireless LAN.  Doing so will allow you to share files and the broadband connection so that everyone can surf the web smoothly.  For sometime now, users have been trucking along at 11 Mbps and 54 Mbps using 802.11b and 802.11g components such as routers, PCI cards, etc. But, as with everything else built into, installed on, or just connected to a PC, there's always room for improvement, and this usually means doing something faster.  That's what X-Micro intends to do with today's showcase... Read more...
Actiontec's 54Mbps Wireless Access Point Easily Connect to Your Network or Share an Internet Connection By, Marco Chiappetta October 16, 2003 Over the past few years, two things have happened that have significantly increased the demand for products like the Actiontec 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Access Point and PC Card we'll be looking at today.  PC prices have fallen through the floor and broadband Internet connections have become somewhat commonplace.  With PC prices so low, it is now common for the typical household to have more than one computer.  Couple that with a fat pipe to the net that everyone wants to share, and users inevitably would desire to connect their systems together... Read more...
The Actiontec Wireless Ready Home Gateway SOHO Connectivity - Copper Need Not Apply By, Dave Altavilla November 5, 2001     SOHO (Small Office Home Office) products have certainly gotten sexier with the advent of Broadband ISP services brought to the home and small businesses.  No longer are we limited to the primitive functionality of a simple ethernet hub.  Now we have technologies like Routers, Gateways and Access Points, which were historically thought of as higher end "enterprise" solutions, making their way to suburbia and the average home user or small office.  This new area of opportunity for various OEMs, as we mentioned in our review of a similar... Read more...
The Compex DynaStack DSR2216 16-Port Switch It's Time for a "Switch" By Jeff Bouton 5/12/2002 In recent years, we've seen a major shift in the way companies are marketing their networking products.  With the increased popularity of DSL and Broadband, the demand for more bandwidth has made technologies that were originally designed for the commercial market, available to the average single end user or small office.  In years past, the only way the average user could network their computer was using a serial cable.  Today, the enthusiast can put together their own 100Mb high-speed network for under $150, giving them the ability to transfer hundred of megabytes of data in... Read more...
The Compex Parallel Broadband Internet Gateway Powerful, Flexible Connection Sharing Made Easy... By, Marco Chiappetta February 21, 2002 As Internet Service Providers (ISP) begin bringing broadband into the hands of more and more home and small business owners, the need to secure and share this bandwidth has become increasingly necessary.  Up until recently, if you were "talking tech" at home, rarely would the words "router", "gateway" or "firewall" get mentioned.  Times have changed though.  Now users are blessed with high speed internet connections and hardware prices have dropped so low that many homes are now equipped with multiple PCs. ... Read more...
The D-Link DFE-910 Network In A Box Award Winning Performance By Jeff Bouton 6/12/2001 In the past, networking home computers together required the installation of a few network cards and a simple hub.  Usually, installing the cheapest 10Mbps network cards would be more than sufficient for file transfers and possibly sharing a modem with Internet Connection Sharing software.  With the ever growing popularity of broadband internet services, multimedia demands, and online gaming, users required a more robust solution for their networking needs. First came the introduction of 100Mbps Ethernet to the commercial market.  Once reserved for high end networking environments, Companies... Read more...
D-Link DHN-920 - 10Mb Phone Line USB Network In A Box  A Home Network For Dummies By Dave Altavilla - September 11, 2000   The proverbial "free lunch", this is what Home Networking really delivers to most people and what draws consumers down the isles of the retail store peering at boxes.  Let think about this for a moment.  Most households these days are quickly justifying the expense (if it can be afforded) of adding a second computer for the kids or possibly the spouse instead (in many cases ladies, I realize there may be a fine line between the two anyway).  Now, each one of these machines needs access to the internet and printer service.  The rest... Read more...
The D-Link DWL-920 Wireless Network Nice and Easy... By, Jeff Bouton March 14,  2001     Tonight we?ll be taking a look at the latest home networking product from D-Link Systems, Inc.  D-Link is one of the world's leading manufacturers of Networking, Connectivity, and Data Communications products.  Although they are mainly known for their commercial products, D-Link has also made a name for themselves in the Digital Home Connectivity market.  With a wide array of products available from standard Network Interface Cards to Switches and Hubs, D-Link has secured a solid share of  the home networking market.  D-Link has been successful competing with such... Read more...
Home Grown Networking and Modems from ActionTec Electronics https://www.actiontec.com   Not long ago, "Home Networking" was a segment of the PC and Peripheral Market that did not even exist. However along with the huge success of the Personal Computer and the Internet within the mainstream and "Family/SOHO" (Small Office/Home Office) space, came the Multi-PC Household. Soon, for today's average family, one PC was not enough. It was as if the "Great Telephone Line Battle" was raged again but this time on a different precious commodity, "Computer Time". Now instead of hogging the phone lines for voice calls, Teens are sucking up MHz. and bandwidth in the Chat Rooms and Web Pages of the Internet.... Read more...
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