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Since when is an external hard drive solution a decorative desk piece? Since now, apparently -- Seagate's premium owned LaCie division today unveiled the LaCie Mirror portable hard drive that comes completely encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It also comes with an ebony wooden base, which might seem odd for an external drive, though this is one of those cases where it would be a shame to keep it out of sight. The LaCie Mirror is a signature piece designed in collaboration with French designer Pauline Deltour. It's also functional -- inside the Mirror sits a 1TB hard drive for backup chores. Data transfers take place over USB 3.0, provided you have a USB 3.0 port on your PC.... Read more...
The flurry of product announcement for CES 2015 have just kicked off and Seagate is looking to turn more than a few heads with its new 'Seven' external USB 3.0 hard drive. The Seven name is significant, as the drive measures just 7mm thick, making is thinner than most of today’s flagship smartphones on the market.  But why would Seagate throw so much engineering effort behind a device that many people simply toss in their laptop bag as they jet off for their next business trip? The Seven is more of a celebration of Seagate’s storied 35-year history of producing hard drives.  “Seagate Seven is designed to speak to this history, while looking forward to the future of where storage technology... Read more...
Have huge storage needs and don't mind making some sacrifices to score suitable drives at a great price? If so, you'll want to turn your attention to Seagate's just-announced 'Archive HDD' series, one that offers densities of 5TB, 6TB, and 8TB. That's right - 8TB. And a $260 8TB at that. Back in 2007, Seagate was one of the first to release a hard drive based on perpendicular magnetic recording, a technology that was required to help us break past the roadblock of achieving more than 250GB per platter. Since then, PMR has evolved to allow the release of drives as large as 8TB, but to go beyond that, something new was needed. That "something new" is shingled magnetic recording. Seagate Archive... Read more...
Despite the many doom and gloom predictions in the PC market, worldwide system shipments during the third quarter didn't fall as much as expected (only minus 1.7 percent, according to IDC). Partially as a result, hard drive maker Seagate Technology performed better than expected during the company's first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 ended October 3, 2014. How well? Seagate reported a profit of $381 million, or $1.13 per share, on revenue of $3.8 billion for the quarter. On average, analysts weren't expecting Seagate's profit to be quite as high, though they probably didn't take into account that the PC market is doing better than expected, along with continued upgrades since Microsoft yanked... Read more...
With cloud solutions in one hand and localized storage solutions in the other, Seagate is bolstering its lineup of Networked Attached Storage products today with an array of new boxes. Aiming squarely for at-home and small businesses who need to keep a respectable, but not outrageous, amount of data available via the Web, the new Seagate NAS and NAS Pro ranges are sleek, expandable, and relatively affordable compared to others in the industry. The portfolio contains five NAS units ranging from disc-free to 30TB in size, with 2/4/6-bay options available. On top of the new hardware is its NAS OS 4, a new software package that includes App Manager and Seagate Sdrive (a private cloud) for remote... Read more...
You won't hear us complain about the term "open source," particularly when it's used to further storage innovation. This week, Seagate has announced the expansion of the open source program associated with its Seagate Kinectic Open Storage platform to include API and libraries. It's an enterprise announcement, enabling those firms to leverage a new programming interface and integrate it into cloud software stacks, additional devices, and new systems. Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer, had this to say about the reveal: "Seagate is committed to the Kinetic platform and we see enormous potential in opening it up to developers around the world to provide them with the ability to deliver... Read more...
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