If you happen to read the (interesting and entertaining) blog posts both NetApp and EMC produce, or follow @chuckhollis and @Vaughn_Stewart, you might already have noticed their discussion about data deduplication and the merits of each others storage arrays. If not, keep reading! Continue reading EMC vs NetApp
Buffalo technology is just days behind Freecom in announcing its first USB 3.0 external hard drive. Their first entry in this new market is the DriveStation HD-HXU3; a 3.5 inch drive available in 1, 1.5 and 2TB models.
Buffalo DriveStation HD-HXU3
Continue reading Buffalo also jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon
Do you every worry that data you just saved to disk might be corrupt? No? You’re not alone. Still, this is a risk that is always there, even in the most advanced storage system. Your hard drive won’t always tell you if it’s unable to write data, and by the time you’re reading it back you’re too late. And what about the cache memory in your operating system, and possibly your RAID controller(s)? Ever thought about what happens to that if you have a power failure, or some of the memory fails? Continue reading Have you ever worried about Silent Errors?
LSI is adding some exciting new options to their Engenio 7900 storage system. The main new feature is support for STEC ZeusIOPS SSDs when using the FC4600 drive enclosure; according to the LSI these can provide 80 times the IOPS performance of traditional drives.
Another spectacular addition is the DE6900 SATA drive enclosure; it can hold a staggering 60 3.5 inch drives in a 4U enclosure. The current state-of-the art in disk arrays is 48 drives per 4U machine; the new density was achieved using front-loading drive drawers that remain functional while the drawers are open. Continue reading LSI adds new options for Engenio 7900
Dataram finally launched their “mystery product”; it turns out I was on the right track with my predictions about this last month:
My best guess at this moment is that their new product will be a caching appliance that can be inserted transparently between a storage system and the clients; probably only for NAS devices at first, since I think that will be easier to implement. I’d also guess that the appliance and the included software will automatically detect data hotspots and cache only data that is accessed frequently.
The only bit I got wrong was the NAS part; instead, the product is meant for SANs. It’s called the XcelaSAN; the short summary is that it’s a 2U rack mount unit housing dual power supplies, a small UPS, SSDs for “durable” storage, and 128GB of RAM. Continue reading Dataram launches SAN caching appliance
During the Intel Developer Forum, Intel hasn’t limited itself to showing off their latest chipsets and CPU’s; PCWorld France reports about a demo from Intel that was running seven PCI-Express Solid State Drives, reaching (as far as I can decipher the French) a million I/O’s per second.
Intel PCI Express flash drive prototype
Continue reading IDF: Intel shows PCI-Express SSD solution reaching 1 million IOPS
Marvell has been showing several upcoming products at the Intel Developer Forum, and one of them is the latest revision of their 6 Gbps SATA controller. The original version of this chip was already supposed to be in use by motherboard manufacturers, but a bug in their PATA controller caused some delays. The new revision of the 88SE9123 controller should be making its way to motherboard makers soon. Continue reading IDF: Marvell shows 6 Gbps SATA controller
It looks like I’m not alone in wondering whether or not cloud storage offers any financial advantages over storing your files in your own systems. Martin Glassborow has links to two people that are trying to build a TCO model for storage that can be used to compare local to “cloud-sourced” storage.
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Freecom is the first company to announce a USB 3.0 external hard disk. The Hard Drive XS 3.0 uses the new, speedier interface to enable transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s. The drive will be available in November in capacities of 1, 1.5 and 2TB. Continue reading Freecom first to launch a USB 3.0 hard drive
Pliant Technology is announcing a new partner for distribution of their just-announced Enterprise Flash Drives today; Bell Micro has agreed to distribute them throughout North America. Bell sees SSDs as an important market segment: Continue reading Pliant announces new distribution partner