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[May 28, 2013] Western Digital Announces WD Se Line of Hard Drives
[May 06, 2013] Corsair Releases Drive Cloning Kit and SSD Software
[Apr 30, 2013] Toshiba Launches Canvio Connect Portable Hard Drive
[Apr 29, 2013] Toshiba Starts Sales of CompactFlash Memory Card for DSLRs
[Apr 25, 2013] QNAP Releases Turbo NAS TS-x21 and TS-x20 Series for Home Users
[Apr 23, 2013] WD Shipping World’s First 5 mm 2.5“ Hard Drive
[Apr 22, 2013] Western Digital Announces the WD XE 3.5“ SAS Hard Drives
[Apr 16, 2013] Silicon Power Intros Diamond D20 Portable Hard Drive
[Apr 11, 2013] Silicon Power Presents Velox V50 SSD
[Apr 10, 2013] Crucial M500 SSD Now Available

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Western Digital Announces WD Se Line of Hard Drives
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 28, 2013 - 7:36 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050
Storage

Today, Western Digital announced availability of its WD Se line of hard drives, the first designed for scale-out datacenter deployments. Built on an enterprise-grade platform for reliable 24x7x365 datacenter operation, WD Se is tailored to deliver the right combination of performance, reliability and robustness for large-scale replicated environments, mid-sized network attached storage (NAS) deployment, and backup/archiving applications.

WD Se is a true enterprise-class drive with the right blend of affordability and capabilities to address the massive growth of semi-structured data, which is accelerating the scale-out of datacenters of all sizes. Now shipping in capacities up to 4 TB, the new WD Se hard drives enable customers to balance their data growth challenges in multi-drive enclosures without compromising enterprise-class features.

WD Se drives also address the fast-growing SMB to mid-range network-attached storage (NAS) market. The robust enterprise-class design and higher workload capabilities for SMB-focused 6-bay-plus table-top NAS units and rack-mount multi-tenant NAS solutions with up to 24 bays, provide NAS integrators a complement to WD Red hard drives, which are for small NAS systems. WD's other datacenter hard drives – WD Xe and WD Re - round out the high-end of the NAS market, offering higher durability and performance for large-scale rack-based NAS systems. Together, WD Se, WD Xe, WD Re, and WD Red provide a total portfolio of robust storage devices to match every size and scale of NAS deployment.

In addition to undergoing at least 5,000,000 hours of functional and thermal testing and over 20,000,000 hours of additional testing under actual workloads in server and storage systems, WD’s Se hard drives feature:

  • A dual processor for twice the processing power to maximize performance;
  • Enhanced Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that includes sophisticated electronics to monitor the drive and correct both linear and rotational vibration in real time;
  • Dual actuator technology improves head positional accuracy over the data track(s);
  • StableTrac whereby the motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations delivering a consistent level of performance for applications;
  • Multi-axis shock sensor automatically detects the subtlest shock events and compensates to protect the data;
  • RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER) prevents drive fallout caused by the extended hard drive error-recovery processes common to desktop drives, and;
  • Dynamic fly height technology where each read-write head's fly height is adjusted in real time for optimum reliability.

WD’s Se hard drives, shipping in capacities from 2 TB to 4 TB, (models: WD2000F9YZ, WD3000F9YZ, and WD4000F9YZ) are available through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD Se hard drives range from USD 159.99 to USD 309.99.

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Corsair Releases Drive Cloning Kit and SSD Software
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 6, 2013 - 6:28 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.corsair.com/ssd
Storage

Corsair has announced two new solid-state drive (SSD) related products. The first, the SSD & Hard Disk Drive Cloning Kit, enables users to easily duplicate and transfer data between drives. The kit, which includes a cable and software, is ideal for users upgrading from traditional hard disk drives (HDD) to faster, more rugged Corsair SSDs. In addition, the company announced the Corsair SSD Toolbox, a free software utility which enables users to configure, optimize and monitor their Corsair SSDs.

The SSD & Hard Disk Drive Cloning Kit enables users to move data between a hard drive and SSD by simply selecting the source drive and destination drives and then clicking a button. Designed for users migrating their data to newly installed SSDs, the kit includes data migration software, a USB-to-SATA cable, and Quick Start Guide. The cable supports USB 3.0 and 2.0 delivering transfer rates up to 180 MB/s with USB 3.0 ports, four times faster than USB 2.0.

The Corsair SSD Toolbox software helps Corsair SSD owners to install, configure, optimize, and monitor the health of their drives. The Windows compatible software is available as a free download from the Downloads tab of SSD product pages.


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Toshiba Launches Canvio Connect Portable Hard Drive
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 30, 2013 - 7:40 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://us.toshiba.com/computers/storage/portable/canvio-connect?cm_mmc...
Storage

Today, Toshiba launched the Canvio Connect, a portable external hard drive that offers up to 2 TB of storage in a new slim and compact form factor and is available in several different colors, including black, silver, blue, red, and white. What sets the Canvio Connect apart from competitive storage offerings currently on the market is its ability to access and share files anytime, anywhere. For the first time ever, a product within Toshiba’s portable hard drive lineup will allow users to back up videos and photos directly from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that are equipped with Toshiba Storage’s iOS or Android app to the external hard drive.

As long as Toshiba’s Canvio Connect is connected to an Internet-enabled PC that is powered on, users will have complete access to their files, photos, music, and movies from any device –no matter where they are. The Canvio Connect also allows users to share large files and folders instantly. As an additional bonus, the Canvio Connect includes 10 GB of free cloud storage for storing “always available” copies of important files.

Toshiba’s Canvio Connect is pre-formatted NTFS for Windows PC and comes with a NTFS driver for Mac, allowing users to store and access files from their PC and Mac without reformatting. The device also includes a two year limited warranty.

The Canvio Connect will be available for purchase on ToshibaDirect.com and select retailers in mid-May. Pricing for the external hard drive will be USD 99 for 500 GB, USD 109.99 for 750 GB, USD 129.99 for 1 TB, USD 169.99 for 1.5 TB, and USD 189.99 for 2 TB.


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Toshiba Starts Sales of CompactFlash Memory Card for DSLRs
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 29, 2013 - 7:48 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/profile/news/newsrelease/memory/t...
Storage

Toshiba has announced that its new line of high performance CompactFlash (CF) memory cards, the EXCERIA PRO series, is already on sale in the Japanese market. Sales will also follow in Asia, Europe and North America. The initial line-up of 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB cards complies with the new Video Performance Guarantee Profile 2 (VPG-65) standard.

The EXCERIA PRO CF cards integrate Toshiba’s NAND flash memory and specially developed dedicated firmware. They achieve a read speed of 160 MB/s and write speed of 150 MB/s, the highest level yet reported, according to the company.

The new cards are compliant with the CompactFlash Association (CFA) standard CompactFlash Specification Revision 6.1 and compatible with the UDMA7 high speed interface, ensuring they can support high performance DSLRs to the fullest. The cards are also compatible with the latest “Video Performance Guarantee Profile 2” standard, VPG-65. VPG-65 secures Full HD video capture streams at a minimum write speed of 65 MB/s for compatible host devices and recording media. VPG-65 enables 4K resolution (a digital movie file format with horizontal resolution of approx. 4,000 pixels and vertical resolution of approx. 2,000 pixels) movie shooting and high quality Full HD video capture at high frame rates with no dropped frames.

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QNAP Releases Turbo NAS TS-x21 and TS-x20 Series for Home Users
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 25, 2013 - 7:24 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.qnap.com/en/index.php?lang=en&sn=845&c=2699&sc=...
Storage

QNAP has just announced the release of the Turbo NAS TS-x21 and TS-x20 series for home users and home offices. The new models in the TS-x21 series are equipped with 2.0 GHz CPU, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, and the TS-x20 series with 1.6 GHz CPU, 512 MB DDR3 RAM. Both series deliver superior performance for daily routines in file storage, sharing, and data backup, and serve as ideal media centers for storing and sharing huge multimedia files.

The TS-x21 and TS-x20 series feature the brand-new Turbo NAS operating system, QTS 4.0. The new QTS 4.0 integrates multi-window operations into the web-based user interface, adds cross-device file synchronization, several smart mobile apps, and more. In an era where almost everyone has at lease one mobile phone or tablet device, the QTS 4.0 fulfills people’s needs of mobile data access and synchronization, and storage for huge quantities of data. What’s more, the QTS 4.0’s multi-window user interface introduces users to an unprecedented NAS management experience. In addition, the multimedia applications and multi-tasking designs not only increase management efficiency but also transform home entertainment.

Key Specs of New Models

  • TS-x21 series – tower unit, available in 4, 2, 1-bay, 2.0 GHz CPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, SATA HDD/ SSD, hard drives hot-swappable (TS-421, TS-221), 2X USB 3.0, 2X Gigabit LAN ports (TS-421), 1X Gigabit LAN port (TS-221, TS-121), LCM panel (TS-421);
  • TS-x20 series – tower unit, available in 4, 2, 1-bay, 1.6 GHz CPU, 512 MB DDR3 RAM, SATA HDD/ SSD, hard drives hot-swappable (TS-420, TS-220), 2X USB 3.0, 2X Gigabit LAN ports (TS-420), 1X Gigabit LAN port (TS-220, TS-120).
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WD Shipping World’s First 5 mm 2.5“ Hard Drive
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 23, 2013 - 7:32 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=800#tab11
Storage

Today, Western Digital announced it is shipping the world’s first ultra-slim 2.5”, 5 mm hard drives (this ultra-slim form factor reduces weight by up to 36 percent compared with a standard 9.5 mm drive) and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD), which are designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments. With 500 GB of storage capacity and models with high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology, this slim product line helps to address the tradeoff system designers often make between capacity, physical size, and performance.

Shipping today to select industrial distributors and OEM customers in 500 GB capacities, WD Blue 2.5” 5 mm hard drives, (model: WD5000MPCK) has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of USD 89.00. WD Blue 2.5”, 5 mm hard drives are covered by a two-year limited warranty. WD Black SSHD versions are currently shipping to OEM’s and integrators with both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA technology.


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Western Digital Announces the WD XE 3.5“ SAS Hard Drives
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 22, 2013 - 7:35 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=10
Storage

Western Digital has just announced a new 3.5” SAS hard drive solution for legacy datacenter storage systems with the release of the WD XE, 2.5”, 10,000 rpm SAS hard drive, now available mounted in a 3.5” adapter. Shipping immediately, the WD XE hard drives provide best-in-class performance, low power consumption, and an easier upgrade path for existing 3.5” storage systems.

While demand for 3.5”, high-performance enterprise-class hard drives slows, a need remains for an alternate high-performance storage device as a transitional solution for legacy systems. WD XE hard drives offer best-in-class sequential performance and provide a compelling upgrade for datacenters migrating away from legacy drives nearing end-of-life.

“Delivering up to 50 percent higher capacity, similar or better maximum sequential performance, higher reliability and up to 67 percent lower power consumption versus 3.5”, 15,000 RPM drives, the new WD XE drives are the answer for data center server and storage solutions needing a transition strategy,” said Rich Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s datacenters business unit. “IT managers now have a worry-free migration path to the latest enterprise performance drives from WD, while preserving their chassis and solution investments.”

The WD XE SAS enterprise hard drives in 3.5” adapters, shipping in capacities ranging from 300 GB to 900 GB, (models: WD3001HKHG, WD6001HKHG, and WD9001HKHG); are available through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD XE hard drives in performance adapters range from USD 229.99 to USD 599.99. WD XE drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty.

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Silicon Power Intros Diamond D20 Portable Hard Drive
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 16, 2013 - 8:54 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.silicon-power.com/news/news_detail.php?css_1=1&no=20130...
Storage

Silicon Power has unveiled the Diamond D20, an ultra slim portable hard drive featuring a solid aluminum metal structure with unique carbon-like texture, ideal for those who are looking for storage on the go.

Unlike a traditional hard drive with rigid angles, the SP Diamond D20 is surrounded with curved edges for easy storage. With the solid aluminum metal structure and the anti-scratch surface, Silicon Power D20 can make you free from worrying about fingerprints, scratches, or dents when carrying it around. Coated in contrasting colors of black and white, the D20 is elegantly simple and exquisite.

Silicon Power Diamond D20 offers a large 500 GB capacity with the USB 3.0 interface to satisfy users requiring excellent performance for multiple data transfers. The built-in LED status indicator allows users to instantly identify power supply and activity status. It is also a green product as it is equipped with a hibernation mode to save power.

Information on pricing was not disclosed.


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Silicon Power Presents Velox V50 SSD
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 11, 2013 - 8:34 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.silicon-power.com/news/news_detail.php?css_1=1&no=20130...
Storage

Silicon Power has introduced a new addition of its Velox series of 2.5” SATA-600 SSD drives, the Velox V50. The Velox V50 features the latest controller technology to provide a brand new computer experience in excellent performance and cost effectiveness for those who are about to retire their traditional hard drives.

The SP Velox V50 is equipped with a brand new controller, delivering a more stable and more powerful user experience. Combining with the latest firmware and advanced controller circuit design, Velox V50 is able to maintain a long-standing IOPS performance while in use for extended periods.

The new Velox V50 features the SATA-600 interface, delivers four times faster performance than the traditional hard drives in computer’s boot time as well as in operating multiple programs. Built up with the advanced high speed NAND flash, V50 performs a high data transfer rate up to 530 MB/s in read speed and 200 MB/s in write speed.

The V50 SSD is available in 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB, and is backed by a three year warranty.


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Crucial M500 SSD Now Available
Author: Cássio Lima Date: April 10, 2013 - 4:29 AM PST
Category: Storage
More Info: http://www.crucial.com/company/media/releases/pressrelease.aspx?id=E7A...
Storage

Crucial has announced the immediate availability of the Crucial M500 solid state drive (SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 SSD is available now through select global channel partners and at Crucial’s website.

The 2.5-inch drives are available in 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB capacities with suggested retail prices of USD 129.99, USD 219.99, USD 399.99, and USD 599.99, respectively.

Using Micron’s 20nm MLC NAND flash, a SATA-600 controller combined with Micron’s custom firmware to deliver up to 80,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS), the drive’s sequential read and write speeds reach up to 500 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively.

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