Items tagged with Storage

Nifty, nifty, nifty. SanDisk, the inventor of flash storage cards, is out with a PCI Express compatible module for both laptops and desktops, that supplies from 8 to 16 gigabytes of sweet, sweet flash, to serve up frequently used files almost instantly. It lets you basically turn your whirling hard drive into nothing more than dedicated bulk storage for your prOn... um, files. I meant files. They call it the Vaulter Disk.SanDisk Vaulter Disk accelerates performance by pre-controlling the distribution of storage data between itself and a high-capacity hard drive. This parallel activity increases overall user responsiveness over a hard drive-only configuration.“SanDisk Vaulter Disk consistently... Read more...
Today Sandisk filed a lawsuit against 25 other flash memory vendors, aiming to erase some of their profits.The roll call of the companies is a long one, but here goes: ACP-EP Memory, A-Data, Apacer, Behavior Computer, Buffalo, Chipsbank, Corsair Memory, Dane-Elec, Edge, Imation/Memorex, Interactive Media, Kaser, Kingston, LG Electronics, Phison Electronics, PNY, PQI, Silicon Motion, Skymedi, Transcend, TSR, USBest, Verbatim, Welldone Company and Zotek/Zodata. SanDisk says it's just enforcing its patents to be "fair" to the companies that already license its technology for flash storage devices.Quite a few of those names are well-known, such as Apacer, Buffalo, PNY, PQI and Corsair.  SanDisk... Read more...
Recent IDF attendees might have overlooked such acronyms as ONFI and NVMHCI, but these two acronyms could very well be the future of flash based storage and possibly even a look at the future of Intel Robson-like technologies.So what exactly are these acronyms, and how are they planning on changing the PC landscape?“It [NONFI] is a part of an initiative to optimise the flash memory integration and performance in the PCs, starting with NVMHCI "Non Volatile Mem Host Controller Interface" akin to SATA AHCI.NVMHCI is a standard programming interface for multiplatform OS support for flash as native storage at low level, enabling a single driver for both hard disks and flask memory. It can be used... Read more...
The bright engineers over at Fujitsu have are developing a new technology that could literally triple hard drive capacity in the near future.  What’s truly amazing is how the idea came about.Holograms.  Yeah, those things that used to come on special edition baseball cards back in the early 1980's.  True story: “Fujitsu's next big idea literally came from those aluminum "hologram" stickers you frequently see on the front of cereal boxes, and the certification tape of sealed software cases. Making those pretty colors onto aluminum uses a process called anodization, which is a kind of electrolytic "washing" that leaves pits beneath its surface. The non-pitted regions become oxidized to form what's... Read more...
And we thought Google promised we would never have to delete email again.  After all, every time you look at the Gmail Login screen storage is creeping up, right?  However, Google has decided to add paid storage upgrades for Picasa and Gmail users. For $20 per year, customers can use up to 6GB of storage, $75 for 25GB, $250 for 100GB and $500 for 250GB. At the moment, the new storage applies only to Gmail and Picasa, but Google says the capacity will soon be expanded to cover Docs & Spreadsheets and other Google Apps. $500 for 250GB of storage?  If I needed that much, I think I would do it offline, since I can get a 500GB external drive for $120 without even looking hard.... Read more...
What's the slowest component in your PC today?  Think about - your hard drive.  You can spin them at 15K RPM and still they're the slowest device, with access times measured in milliseconds, versus nanoseconds for virtually everthing else in your machine.  Also, what's the most unreliable component in your machine?  You guessed it... But Germany might have an answer. "It involves a relatively long nanowire that has three sections: a stored magnetic zones and domain walls area; a read area with a read/write sensor to read/write magnetised areas; and a termination area where the magnetic zones and walls are stored after reading or writing. A memory chip using this technology... Read more...
This little device could be easily dismissed, at first glance, as simple external USB hard drive.  Though it's nothing more than a multi-drive external storage device that runs a multi-drive RAID array (RAID level not indicated in the spec), its auto-formatting, auto-repair, auto-expansion and capacity sensing capabilities are pretty impressive. Drobo The Storage Robot Robotic Operations Drobo is programmed to take actions on your behalf; always ensuring it's keeping your data safe and optimized: Auto-formatting of added drives Auto-repair of data after drive failure Auto-repair... Read more...
Intel Unveils Quad-Core Storage Server STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, San Diego, April 16, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced the industry's first 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server: the Intel Storage Server SSR212MC2. This hardware platform enables a new price/performance class for the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) market. Powered by the quad-core Intel Xeon processor 5300 series, this new rack mount server can be configured as a broad range of enterprise and small business storage solutions, including Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN) and application servers. Since introducing the first-ever quad core processors... Read more...
How do you know that eBay is important? It's getting to be a verb. The only way to become a verb is to not only become big, but always be prepared to become bigger. Where does eBay put all their ones and zeroes? eWeek has an interesting look at how eBay solves their data storage problems: Not many Web-based businesses have run into the kind of traffic and server-availability issues that eBay has experienced. "Our growth has just been exponential for 11 years," eBay Research Labs Distinguished Engineer and Storage Supervisor Paul Strong told eWEEK. "And since our job is to provide available, efficient, low-latency, 24/7 performance, we know... Read more...
Ever really wonder just how far storage has come?  Think about this the next time you strap on your 8GB iPod Nano.  IBM's RAMAC or "Random Access Method of Accounting and Control" had a whole 5MB of disk space on it's 24" platters and hey, it only weighed a little over a ton... "IBM introduced the 305 RAMAC computer on September 13th, 1956, which was the first computer to include a disk drive named the IBM 350 Disk File. Prior to this magnetic computer storage had consisted of core memory, tape, and drums. The magnetic disk was seen as a replacement for the magnetic drum for the same reason 78 RPM Records eventually replaced Edison cylinders- more storage... Read more...
Just when you thought they couldn't get any bigger, cheaper or faster, Seagate steps out and says, think again...  Imagine a RAID 0 array with a pair of 2.5TB drives. That ought to be enough room for your 80s-Music-Flock-of-Seagulls collection... "Seagate Technology, citing major research and development strides in improving areal density of hard drive disks, claimed on Sept. 15 that it has set a data storage world record of 421G bits per square inch in revealing the results of a magnetic recording demonstration. A hard drive with that kind of areal capacity could carry as much as a 2.5TB of data - enough to store 41,650 hours (1,735 days, or 4.75 years) of music, 800,000 digital... Read more...
Addonics Announces CardBus eSATA RAID5/JBOD Controller Terabyte Storage Capability, High-Speed Transfers, and TiVO compatibility for Notebook PCs SAN JOSE, CA (April 27, 2006) - Notebook PC users can now have high performance SATA technology, RAID 5 and a TeraByte of external storage capability via one CardBus slot with Addonics Technologies new CardBus eSATA RAID5/JBOD Adapter. The Addonics CardBus adapter comes built-in with 2 eSATA ports and RAID5/JBOD firmware. Users can attach two external SATA hard drives and configure them as RAID 0, RAID 1 or as one large hard drive. By stripping multiple hard drives, users can achieve data transfer performance that far exceeds any notebook hard drive... Read more...
PC Perspective has just posted their review of the Gigabyte iRAM storage device. Essentially a PCI card full of DIMM slots, the card uses memory modules to act as an incredibly fast hard drive. Should you like the idea of blistering fast load times and increased performance, you should certainly take a look at this ingenious new product. You can see how this product faired on the Hot Hardware workbench by reading our review here. The Gigabyte iRAM is a truly innovative device that opens up all kind of possibilities with its incredible, untouched storage performance. It brings the idea of solid state storage the consumer for a very low cost and... Read more...
Fujitsu to Showcase Industry Leading Hard Disk Drive Technology at Storage Networking World Spring 2006 SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced that it will showcase its leading 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) and small form factor (SFF) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives inside market-ready storage systems at Storage Networking World, April 3-6, 2006, in San Diego, Calif. Given the constant change in system requirements, the need for flexibility and scalability is essential. At the event, Fujitsu will display... Read more...
Although performance has been greatly enhanced over the last few years through the use of faster spindle speeds, larger caches, and newer interfaces, hard drives still tend to be a bottleneck in a typical PC. Mechanical devices, by their very nature, require time to seek the data requested, read it, and then transfer that information back to system memory. Also, while SATA technology has increased transfer rates from the paltry 33MB/s of the original ATA spec to a healthy 300MB/s on the latest SATA-II controllers, there's still room for improvement, although the drives themselves will still struggle to saturate the bandwidth on this interface. One idea, although hardly new, is to create a solid-state... Read more...
Good Morning! We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com where we evaluate the various features and performance of Plextor's new PX-EH25L-NA NAS Storage device.  If you're looking for a quick way to add a couple of hundred gigabytes of storage to your network, you may want to check this one out...... Read more...
Datafuse.net is reporting another blip on the radar for troubled XBox 360.  This time around it appears Microsoft is advertising 20GB of storage for saved games, but in reality, it adds up to 13GB.  In actuallity, this isn't a bad thing as the drive reserves the remaining space for backward support of older gaming titles.   "So where did the other 6-7GB go to? Is Bill storing his secrets on your Xbox 360? I certainly hope so, but that's not quite what's filling it. The lost diskspace is used for backwards compatibility with the older Xbox 1 games. The reason why they are doing this is because they need to emulate the Nvidia GPU... Read more...
Hurricane Katrina, the biggest of the storms to hit the U.S. this year, has arrived at New Orleans as of this morning. Most have left the city, but thousands remain, many of them piled into the Superdome which has already suffered damage. Before we bring you the news, we'd like to wish the best of luck to all of those in the city of New Orleans, and everyone who is in the path of the storm. Be safe folks! Maxtor ULTRA 16 - 300GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Review @ Madshrimps "In the Server and Business markets redundancy is at the heart of storage matters. Most of us, however; rely on a single device for all our needs, placing all our proverbial eggs in one basket. Today we will entrust our... Read more...
Intel's Dual-Core CPUs Examined on OCAU: "Smithfield (current stepping A0) is based on the Prescott 1M core with E0 stepping. This core is known for high overclocking potential. On the other hand, knowing that Smithfield consumes at least 15% more power and runs hotter than the already hot Prescott, we did not expect much when we started overclocking. The reality was a pleasant surprise." ASUS N6800Ultra PCI-e SLI @ Hardwareavenue.com: "Although the Geforce 7800GTX from Nvidia saw its official release mere days ago, it doesn't spell the end of the former generation, in fact it is arguably at this time that the former generation sees increased attention due to (usual) appropriate pricing... Read more...
Good morning all.  I may be a little behind in delivering the news this morning, but it turned out for the better.  We just found out some major news from Intel and NVIDIA that is about as big as it gets.  Check the PR below for a taste and then head over to Intel.com or NVIDIA.com for more details.  Then be sure to come back and check out the other bit of treats we've lined up for you this morning! NVIDIA And Intel Sign Broad Cross-License, Chipsets License Agreements SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 19, 2004 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Intel Corporation today announced the companies have signed a broad, multi-year patent cross-license agreement spanning multiple product... Read more...
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