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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS Review

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Storage / Hard Drives News (497)

Kingston Announces Industrial Temperature microSD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: April 20, 2016 03:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced a new microSD card, the Industrial Temperature, which as the name suggests was designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. The card is rated for operation and storage from -40°C to 85°C and is also waterproof, shock/vibration proof, and X-ray proof, certified by IEC, MIL-STD, and ISO standards. The cards are UHS-I Class 10 with read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively. The Industrial Temperature cards will be available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Two Encrypted Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: April 12, 2016 04:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has added a pair of hardware encrypted USB flash drives to its lineup with the DataTraveler 4000G2 with Management (DT4000G2DM) and DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 with Management (DTVP30DM). The drives can be managed with SafeConsole or DataLocker and meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) guidelines, allowing them to "ensure maximum corporate and personal data security." The drives are protected by 256-bit AES encryption and the DT4000G2DM is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated while the DTVP30DM is FIPS 197 certified. Through the use of SafeConsole, users will have access to "secure resetting of forgotten passwords, activation of full audit trails, geolocation and geofencing to ensure cross-border compliance, automatic inventory, and a “remote kill” feature in the event of device loss." Flash business manager Ken Campbell described the continued focus on security for business and personal customers, stating "Our latest encrypted managed USB drives, the recent IronKey acquisition and growing DataLocker partnership all demonstrates Kingston’s commitment to providing the most secure and largest family of encrypted USB solutions on the market." The drives will be available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Announces 200GB microSDXC Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 15, 2016 04:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced a pair of 200GB flash memory cards in the microSDXC form factor, the LX Series and Instamobile. Described as a "natural evolution fueled by the ever growing and dynamic storage needs of today’s mobile device users," the cards can store up to 18 hours of 1080p HD video or 36,000 3MB photos. Following the Class 10 UHS-1 standard, the new cards can achieve read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 40MB/s, respectively. The cards are compatible with several types of mobile devices including Android phones and tablets and GoPro cameras. Flash Memory Product Manager Meng J. Choo described the new cards, stating "With the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S®7 and the continued development of more sophisticated mobile devices, the demand for large amounts of storage has never been greater. With the addition of the 200GB LX Series and Instamobile microSDXC cards, Patriot is fulfilling that demand with the best value for performance in the market."

Source: Press Release



Seagate Unveils Fastest Ever SSD at 10GB/s

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 8, 2016 10:18AM
Author: bp9801

Solid state drives keep trying to reach new speeds, but right now, Seagate has taken the cake in that regard. The storage giant has showcased a production-ready model of its fastest-ever SSD, which features a throughput of 10GB/s. It also meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specfiications, which is perfect for hyperscale data centers requiring the fastest SSDs and sustainable standards. The 10GB/s speed of the new SSD is more than 4GB/s faster than other models, and it works with any system that supports Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe). NVMe was developed in part by Seagate to replace SATA and eliminate bottlenecks, so it's no surprise that Seagate has acheived these speeds. The 10GB/s SSD accomodates 16-lane PCIe slots, which helps give it that fast throughput. Seagate is also working on an eight-lane PCIe SSD, which only tops out at 6.7GB/s, but still puts it as the fastest eight-lane PCIe SSD around. The 10GB/s SSD is perfect for companies where speed and/or processing data for object storage are the most important factors, while the 6.7GB/s model is great for those that need speed yet are constrained by cost or power requirements.

Seagate plans to show off the 10GB/s and 6.7GB/s SSDs later this week during the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California. A launch date for these SSDs is expected later this summer.

Source: Press Release



1TB M.2 SSD Released by Transcend

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 28, 2016 04:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Transcend, a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, has officially announced availability of a 1TB M.2 SSD that falls within the company's MTS800 product lineup. The MTS800 SSD from Transcend, which comes in a 2280 form factor and is available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 1TB, allows manufacturers to provide consumers with ultra-thin devices that feature high-quality MLC NAND flash that provides excellent stability and speed. The MTS800 M.2 SSD successfully delivers read and write speeds of up to 560MB per second and 460MB per second, respectively. All of the capacities of the MTS800 SSD offer excellent features, such as Error Correction Code, Global Wear-leveling, Advanced Garbage Collection, and Device Sleep mode. The MTS series from Transcend also features support for Intel Smart Response Technology, which allows the SSD to be used as a cache between a HDD and the computer system, thereby improving overall efficiency.

All of the MTS series storage drives from Transcend, to include the 1TB version of the MTS800, are backed with a three-year limited warranty.

Source: TechPowerUp



Sony Announces SLW-M Series SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 9, 2016 09:19AM
Author: Leo Ohayon

Sony-Asia has announced its first solid state drives that will sell in retail. The Asia-based company is being careful and testing its regional market with only two models of its SSD, a 240 GB and a 480 GB version. Sony’s SLW-M SSDs come in the standard 2.5 inch form factor and use a SATA-6 Gbps interface. The drives are said to be capable of up to 560 MB/s sequential read speed and up to 530 MB/s sequential write speed. As a bonus for the customer, the drives come with Acronis True Image 2015 and Sony SSD ToolBox pre-loaded to help users manage and back up their data. The SLW-M SSDs feature a Phison PS3110-S10 controller and a buffer of 128 MB DDR3 made by Nanya. These specifications are very promising for Sony, and its choice of hardware indicates it is trying to compete with the more affordable SSDs on the market, like the OCZ Trion 100 series and the Kingston HyperX Savage.

Source: Anandtech



OCZ Announces Trion 150 Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 3, 2016 05:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Toshiba has added the Trion 150 series of SSDs to the OCZ brand, described as "an affordable performance upgrade for mainstream notebooks and desktops." The drives have read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and 91,000 Input/Output Operations per Second. Storage capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB will be available with the drives rated for drive endurance of 240TB total bytes written. Vice President and GM of SSD BU at Toshiba America Steve Fingerhut, Sr. described the drives stating, "We are continually looking for ways to improve both SSD real world performance and value to end users and are pleased to introduce the new Trion 150 series which leverages the latest Toshiba 15nm Triple-Level Cell NAND flash to deliver an even better storage solution for value oriented mobile and desktop users."

Source: Press Release



Synology Announces DiskStation DS416j

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2016 05:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Synology has announced the DiskStation DS416j, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) server "designed for home and personal use to manage data and enjoy multimedia." The budget friendly NAS allows users to stream and view content on a variety of platforms including computers, tablets, projectors, and smartphones. The DS416j runs the DiskStation Manager OS and is powered by a dual-core CPU, providing read and write speeds up to 112MB/s and 101MB/s, respectively. An included floating-point unit boosts the systems computational power and allows for a 37% increase over the previous model. A USB 3.0 port is included for high speed transfers to or from external hard drives. Synology product manager Jason Fan described the NAS stating, "The 4-bay DS416j comes with rich applications and large storage capacity, letting users enjoy cloud synchronization and multimedia streaming at a competitive price."

Source: Press Release




Kingston Announces KC400 SSD for Enterprise Environments

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2016 08:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has officially announced the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the KC400 SSD. The latest product from Kingston offers consistent performance for a wealth of enterprise applications, allowing customers to experience the true value that the drive provides. The KC400 from Kingston makes use of an advanced Phison PS3110-S10 eight-channel controller and quad-core processor, and also includes technologies such as SmartECC and SmartRefresh, which assist in guarding data and protecting again read errors., respectively.

The Kingston KC400, which comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, features a 2.5-inch form factor, an average power consumption of just 0.335 watts, and a MTBF of 1 million hours. The KC400 includes a limited five-year warranty and free technology support from Kingston.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Encrypted USB Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2016 04:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The latest addition to the Kingston DataTraveler series is the DataTraveler 2000, a USB drive built with high security in mind. The drive uses hardware based encryption through the AES 256-bit algorithm with an alphanumeric keypad built-in to provide access to the drive. It is "designed for global security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection." All encryption is done on the drive, removing the need for any special drivers and making it Operating System agnostic. The drive is automatically locked when removed from your system and the encryption key and password are deleted upon 10 unsuccessful login attempts. Flash business manager Ken Campbell described it as the "perfect option to deploy in the workforce where a uniform encrypted data storage solution that works on many different OS’ are in use." The DataTraveler 2000 will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Announces New Viper and Mega USB Drives and SSD Enclosure

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2016 10:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Patriot has announced two new USB drives, the Viper USB and Mega USB. Both are USB 3.1 Gen 1 compliant, with backwards compatibility for USB 2.0. The Viper features a red and black aesthetic with a swinging protector for the connector, so you do not have to worry about losing a cap. It will come in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacities for $34.99, $54.99, and $94.99 respectively, when it launches later this quarter.

The Supersonic Mega USB has been designed to offer the performance of the high end Magnum drives, but at a more affordable price. These drives will be able to reach 380 MB/s read and 70 MB/s write speeds, so you can access the 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of storage very quickly. It will be available on January 18 for $49.99, $89.99, and $229.99, depending on the storage capacity. The Supersonic Magnum 2 drive has also been announced, and it will feature speeds of up to 400 MB/s read and 300 MB/s write, making it among the fastest high capacity USB flash drives available.

For those looking for something a little different, Patriot is also releasing the Gauntlet 4 SSD enclosure. It is able to accept any standard 2.5 in SATA drive, both SSD and HDD, and uses the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard for to provide high speeds and does not require any additional power. It will ship with two connectors so you can connect its microB port to a computer via a Type-A or Type-C port. The Gauntlet 4 launches at the end of Q1 with an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: Patriot and Press Release




Seagate Launches the Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Mobile Hard Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 5, 2016 11:36AM
Author: bp9801


Seagate has long been known for its hard drives, and with CES this week, it has a new model to introduce. The new hard drive is the Backup Plus Ultra Slim, the world's thinnest 2TB mobile hard drive. It builds on the success of Seagate's Backup Plus Slim line, but drops the height to 9.6mm, making it 50% thinner than other 2TB drives on the market. This means the Backup Plus Ultra Slim can hold over 500,000 songs, 320,000 photos, or 240 hours of HD video, or any combination of those and more, giving you access to a ton of content on the road. It also features 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage (for two years) and Lyve software compatibility, letting you backup and share data from any device or location. The exterior of this portable hard drive comes in either a gold or platinum finish, helping it match your phone, tablet, or laptop.

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB mobile hard drive will be available soon, although no exact release date or price was given at this time. The Backup Plus Slim 2TB drive is priced around $130, so expect something similar for the Backup Plus Ultra Slim.

Source: Press Release



Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and Hellfire PCIe AIC Released by Patriot

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 5, 2016 07:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC are the latest solid-state drive offerings from Patriot, which happens to be a leading manufacturer of various products such as SSDs, computer memory, flash storage solutions, mobile accessories, and gaming peripherals. The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is an excellent storage solution for content creators, gamers, and PC enthusiasts, as it features a Gen 3 x 4 interface, NVMe 1.2 compliance, MLC NAND, and read and write speeds of 2,500MB per second and 600MB per second, respectively. The Hellfire PCIe AIC is Patriot's premium performance drive, and while it also features a Gen 3 x 4 interface and MLC NAND, it differs in offering insane read and write speeds of up to 3,000MB per second and up to 2,200MB per second, respectively. Both the Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC utilize a Phison 5007 controller.

The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC will come in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB variants, with the former shipping in a M.2 2280 form factor. The Hellfire drives from Patriot are expected to be available for purchase during the first quarter of this year.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Adds Multiple 128GB Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: December 1, 2015 04:30PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced the addition of 128GB flash drives to multiple lines of its lifestyle USB flash drives. Flash Product Manager Meng J. Choo described the move stating, "With the growing need for more storage, Patriot is excited to expand the storage capacities of our most popular lifestyle lines. These new capacities make it possible to carry even the largest HD videos in your pocket, or easily expand the storage on your current device or platform." The new drives will be coming to the Tab, Vex, Spark, and Supersonic mini lines with USB 3.1 Gen 1, 3.0, and 2.0 compatibility, reaching speeds up to 110MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The drives will be available starting December 14 at an MSRP starting at $49.99.

Source: Press Release




OCZ Releases Upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday Deals

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 23, 2015 07:04AM
Author: Brentt Moore

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company that provides consumer and enterprise markets with high performance and reliable flash-based hardware and software storage solutions, has revealed some upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals. The pricing of components by OCZ is definitely meant to spur consumer spending, with the company utilizing Amazon and Newegg for its promotions. At Amazon, the Vector 180 240GB SSD will be $69.99 from November 23 through December 1, while the 960GB version will be priced at just $259.99 during the same time frame. Amazon will also feature the Trion 120GB and 240GB SSDs priced at $34.99 and $54.99, respectively, from November 23 through December 1. Newegg deals feature a more limited window of purchasing opportunity, with the ARC 100 120GB SSD available during November 27 through November 30 at a price point of $39.99, and the Trion 100 480GB SSD available for $119.99 from November 25 to November 29. The ARC 100 480GB SSD will also be on sale at Newegg for a 24 hour period beginning on November 26, with the storage product costing $129.99.

Source: Press Release



BX200 SSD Released by Crucial

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 3, 2015 06:47PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, has officially released the BX200 SSD, which is the company’s latest entry into the crowded SSD market. The BX200 features a Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller that is coupled with Micron verified firmware, which ensures ultimate reliability and affordability. The drive offers read speeds of up to 540MB per second as well as write speeds of up to 490MB per second, which taken as a whole is roughly 13 times faster than a traditional hard drive. Energy efficiency is also impressive when compared to a traditional hard drive, as the BX200 SSD is approximately 40 times more efficient, allowing for a cooler and quitter system. Jonathan Weech, the Senior Worldwide Product Manager at Crucial, noted that "The new Crucial BX200 SSD is an ideal solution for consumers whose computers are slowed down by an old or inadequate hard drive."

The BX200 only comes in a 2.5-inch form factor but features capacities that include 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. The drive comes with Acronis True Image HD data migration software, a limited three-year warranty, and support for the Crucial Storage Executive tool.

Source: TechPowerUp



SSDNow UV300 Line of SSDs Unveiled by Kingston

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 29, 2015 04:00PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Kingston, which offers consumers, businesses, enterprises, and system builders with reliable SD cards, SSDs, memory modules, and USB flash drives, has unveiled its SSDNow UV300 line of mainstream SSDs. The SSDNow UV300 series by Kingston boasts TLC NAND flash memory, a Phison S10 class processor, and sequential read speeds of up to 550MB per second along with sequential write speeds of up to 510MB per second. The latest product lineup from Kingston, which utilizes the 5mm thick, 2.5-inch form-factor, is offered in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities with endurance of TBW rated at 64TB, 128TB, and 256TB, respectively. The 120GB and 240GB variants of the SSDNow UV300 line boasts 4K random access speeds of 85,000 IOPS, while the 480GB variant offers 75,000 IOPS.

Pricing of the SSDNow UV300 line of mainstream SSDs was not immediately revealed by Kingston.

Source: TechPowerUp



Western Digital Agrees to Purchase SanDisk

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 21, 2015 03:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Earlier this week rumors began to circulate that Western Digital was in talks to buy flash storage maker SanDisk. Today the company announced that it has agreed to a $19 billion valuation, placing a value of $86.50 in cash and stock per share within the estimated range of $80 to $90 per share. The deal is contingent upon regulatory approval of a $3.78 billion deal to purchase 15% of Western Digital by Chinese company Unisplendour Corp Ltd. That deal is "likely to face regulatory scrutiny amid national security concerns," but Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan believes the deal will go through as the "Sandisk acquisition will ultimately dilute Unisplendor's stake." He added that "There's always a risk and you're not done until you're done, but we were careful and consulted with U.S. government experts."

Source: Reuters



Western Digital Considering Purchase of SanDisk

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 20, 2015 03:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to sources familiar with the matter, SanDisk "is in advanced talks to sell itself to Western Digital Corp., and the two storage makers could reach a deal as soon as this week." Western Digital values SanDisk in the range of $80 to $90 per share, with the company preferring an all-cash offer. The purchase would pair one of the largest makers of flash based storage with one of the biggest players in mechanical hard drives. SanDisk rose 4.4% to a market cap of $15.4 billion while Western Digital fell 7% for a market cap of $17.2 billion on the news.

Source: Bloomberg



ZOTAC Unveils Speedy Premium Edition SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 15, 2015 05:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

ZOTAC, a global innovator and leading manufacturer of graphics cards, ZBOX Mini PCs, and SSDs, has officially unveiled a new line of SSDs that are geared towards speed. The Premium Edition SSDs by ZOTAC, which come in 240GB and 480GB capacities, are aimed at desktop, notebook, and external storage solutions. A quad-core Phison SSD controller and MLC NAND provide up to 480 TBW and up to 3,000 PE cycles, and the Premium Edition SSDs are capable of read speeds of up to 520MB per second as well as write speeds of up to 500MB per second. Although speed is the focal point of the new SSDs offered by ZOTAC, the company has incorporated a variety of data protection technologies with the drives, such as End to End Data Path Protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, Power Failure Protection, and Dynamic Wear Leveling.

The ZOTAC Premium Edition SSDs are back by a limited three year warranty, offering peace of mind for interested shoppers.

Source: Press Release



Seagate Patches Multiple Wireless NAS Vulnerabilities

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 8, 2015 03:30PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Seagate has issued a patch for several models of wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to address multiple vulnerabilities that granted undesired access to the drives. The exploits were "confirmed to exist with firmware versions 2.2.0.005 to 2.3.0.014," and impacted drives from the Seagate and LaCie product lines. The vulnerabilities were reported by Tangible Security in March and Seagate has recommended users to upgrade to patch 3.4.1.105 to address the issues. A total of three exploits were discovered that gave unauthorized access to download files from the device, upload malicious files to the device, or gain root access using a default user name and hard coded password.

Source: Beta News



Seagate Unveils New Portfolio of 8TB Hard Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 2, 2015 08:17PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Seagate, a world leader in storage solutions, has been offering 8TB hard drives for just over a year now, the company has decided to make a new announcement concerning its storage solution offerings. Seagate has officially announced the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD, and Seagate Kinetic HDD, all of which make up the company’s new portfolio of 8TB high capacity drives. The 8TB version of the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD is tailored towards large enterprise environments that demand excellent performance, capacity, and reliability. Seagate claims that this hard drive features a 100 percent improvement in random read/write performance when compared with previous generations. The 8TB version of the Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD is being marketed to small and medium sized businesses, which require value and scalability in their products. Lastly, the 8TB version of the Seagate Kinetic HDD focuses on reducing the total cost of ownership for various entities by "redefining and greatly simplifying storage architectures for today’s use-case scenarios."

Select customers have been provided with samples of Seagate’s new portfolio of 8TB hard drives, and the company expects wide scale availability of the drives sometime later this year.

Source: Press Release



ASUSTOR Launches ADM 2.5 Beta

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 26, 2015 07:59AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In February of this year, ASUSTOR successfully brought the beta version of ASUSTOR Data Master 2.4 to its NAS device owners. Now, the leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions has launched ADM 2.5 beta, and with it comes a variety of improvements and features. The latest version of ADM includes three important core features that include iSCSI LUN snapshots and a snapshot manager, internal backup capability through the use of the SATA 6Gbps interface, as well as shared folder based network recycle bins. Alongside the launch of ADM 2.5 beta comes the newly added Syslog Server App, which enables enhanced network maintenance productivity, as well as the DataSync for Microsoft OneDrive App, which provides the ability for an ASUSTOR NAS to sync with a OneDrive account. Vincent Tseng, the Product Manager at ASUSTOR, shared that "We are very excited to provide ASUSTOR NAS users with a more complete set of backup solutions and practical management tools in ADM 2.5, helping to keep their data more secure than ever before."

Source: Press Release



Lightning Strikes Cause Permanent Data Loss for Google

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 20, 2015 03:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has recently announced that its Saint-Ghislain data center located in Belgium was directly hit by four successive lightning strikes, causing power loss and damage to some of its disk storage. The damage that occurred to Google Compute Engine’s primary storage persistent disks that are located within the aforementioned data center caused some European customers to be without their files for four days. While Google noted that its systems are designed with battery backup, and that automatic auxiliary systems restored power quickly, the company did note that in a few cases permanent data loss to the Persistent Disk occurred. Google noted to its customers that "GCE instances and Persistent Disks within a zone exist in a single Google data center and are therefore unavoidably vulnerable to data center-scale disasters." Despite the unavoidable vulnerabilities, Google is taking full responsibility for the loss of data that did occur and is increasing its resiliency against power outages, with researchers already at work to improve cache data retention and response procedures for system engineers.

Source: The Stack



Three High-Performance Enterprise V-NAND SSDs Unveiled by Samsung

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 13, 2015 04:57AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Samsung has officially unveiled three new high-performance SSDs for enterprise users, all of which boast three-dimensional Vertical NAND flash memory technology and are TCO-optimized. The fastest drive of the three is the PM1725, which comes in storage capacities of 3.2TB and 6.4TB, and offers random read speeds of up to 1,000,000 IOPS, random write speeds of up to 120,000 IOPS, and sequential writes of up to 1,800MB per second. The 6.4TB version of the PM1725 is also rated to handle 32TB of writes per day for a total of five years, making it incredibly reliable. The other two drives released alongside the beastly PM1725 are the PM1633 and PM953. The PM1633 happens to be a 2.5-inch 12Gb per second SAS SSD that is available in capacities that include 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, and 3.84TB, while the PM953 comes in 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors and is available in capacities up to 1.92TB.

Source: Slashdot



Mushkin Unleashes ATLAS VITAL M.2 2280 Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: July 30, 2015 05:22AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Mushkin Enhanced MFG, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, has released the ATLAS VITAL M.2 2280 series for Ultrabooks, notebooks, and small form-factor PCs. The M.2 SSDs are the latest addition to the ATLAS family of products, and they utilize the SandForce SF-2000 series SSD processor by Seagate to deliver stellar performance. ATLAS VITAL M.2 2280 series offers users with 4KB random transactional performance of up to 86,000 IOPS, sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 535MB/s, all of which help to deliver low-latency computing. Brian Flood, the Director of Product Development at Mushkin, noted that “With our latest ATLAS VITAL M.2 series, budget-conscious users can now experience Mushkin-enhanced SSDs in their Ultrabooks, notebooks, and small form-factor PCs such as the recently-released M.2-compatible Intel NUC.”

The ATLAS VITAL M.2 2280 series is available for immediate purchase from all Mushkin authorized retailers and is being offered in 120GB, 240GB, 250GB, 480GB, and 500GB capacities.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Adds High Capacity Flash Memory Cards

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 22, 2015 03:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced the addition of 128GB and 256GB flash memory to its SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 lineup. The Speed Class 3 specification has a minimum of 30MB/s read and write speeds with the Kingston offerings granting speeds up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write. The cards are ideal for applications where high bandwidth is necessary, such as 4K video recording and high-density photography.

Source: Press Release



ADATA Works With Partners to Advance SSD Technology

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 6, 2015 03:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ADATA brought its latest product to Computex, a new solid state drive that is the only one to use the Eldora solution from Marvell. The PCIe Gen3 SSD is capable of reaching speeds greater than 3GB/s, "approximately six times faster than conventional SATA SSDs." The card is built on 16nm MLC NAND using the NVMe protocol, with capacities up to 2TB. ADATA is also the first to feature the Artemis2 solution, also from Marvell, on PCIe Gen3 x1 cards with speeds up to 1GB/s. Also on display were a pair of SSDs, the SP550 and SP560, using 16nm TLC NAND flash with SLC cache.

Source: Press Release



Performance for the Seagate SandForce SF3500 Controllers Leak Out of Computex

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 4, 2015 09:25PM
Author: bp9801

Some new information concerning Seagate's SandForce SF3000 series of controllers for solid state drives. Seagate is showing off the controller during Computex, but won't reveal full details on its performance until later in August. However, this leak provides us the nitty gritty, and boy does it look good. The SF3700 parts will be used in enterprise SSDs and pack in some enterprise-level features, but the four-channel SF3500 parts are for consumers. The SF3514 is the mainstream SATA part, the SF3504 the entry-level PCIe, and the SF3524 the enthusiast level for boh SATA and PCIe. The SF3514 can hit read speeds up to 550MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s, but both the SF3504 and SF3524 can hit read speeds up 900MB/s and write speeds of 525MB/s. Random read on the SF3514 is 100,000 IOPS, with random write at 80,000 IOPS. The SF3504 and SF3524 both have a random read of 130,000 IOPS and a random write of 90,000 IOPS.

All three controllers support a maximum capacity of 1TB; support MLC, TLC, and 3D flash; and support dual AES-256 encryption. The two PCIe models are on the PCIe 2.0 x2 slot and not the x4 slot like some other recent controllers, but that usually doesn't hinder a SandForce controller much. Still, real world tests will show all of that and more, just we won't get to know for sure until later this year.

Source: Tom's Hardware



ASUSTOR Shows Off Brand New NAS Products at COMPUTEX

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 4, 2015 06:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Last weekend, it was revealed that ASUSTOR had plans to show off some innovative products at this year’s COMPUTEX. Some of the products from the leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions included its 2, 3, 5, and 7 series rackmount and tower model devices, its 61 series and 10 series NAS devices, and an improved version of ASUSTOR Data Manager. With COMPUTEX currently underway, the company has revealed that its innovative products, especially the new 61 series and 10 series NAS devices, have made quite the debut to consumers and technology enthusiasts from all over the world. 

Attendees of COMPUTEX 2015 are invited to the ASUSTOR booth to experience what the company truly has to offer. For those that cannot attend the ASUSTOR showcase in person, pictures from the booth are available for viewing.

Source: Press Release




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