Seagate has started talking up their next generation of perpendicular magnetic recording technology. In a recent analyst briefing they announced their sixth generation of this technology, which promises the next round of storage density increases. The Register has done the math, and reckons we should be seeing 4TB drives this year.
Continue reading 2011: the year of the 4TB drives?
NetApp has asked one of their competitors, Coraid, to halt the sales of their EtherDrive Z-Series NAS appliances. The reason? Coraid is using the ZFS file system. Coraid has sent a letter to their customers announcing a temporary sales stop. The Z-Series NAS was announced in May, so NetApp didn’t waste any time in sending their legal threats. Continue reading Battle over ZFS heats up
Cloud storage might be a good idea for some use cases, but that doesn’t mean any service provider is a good choice. EMC announced last week that its Atmos Online service was no longer offering any SLA’s and is no longer supported for production usage:
We will no longer be offering paid subscription or support for Atmos Online services. Any existing production accounts will not be billed either for past or future usage. We will also no longer provide any SLA or other availability commitment. As a result, we strongly encourage that you migrate any critical data or production workloads currently served via Atmos Online to one of our partners offering Atmos based services.
Continue reading EMC reminds us not to rely too much on cloud services yet
Toshiba and the University of Tokio have presented an interesting technique for improving the write speed of Solid State Drives at last weeks VLSI symposium. The technique is targeted at three-dimensional NAND flash stacks; a method of stacking more NAND flash chips on top of each other to improve storage density and bring down costs.
Continue reading Toshiba and University of Tokio improve SSD write speeds
Nasuni, the company offering a cloud storage gateway that I wrote about earlier this year, has announced a challenge: if you can reveal the contents of a file stored via a Nasuni Filer, you can win $5,000. The contest runs for 30 days, so if you’d like to take part you better hurry. Continue reading Nasuni announces $5000 cloud security challenge
Less than a year after announcing their 64GB NAND flash modules, Toshiba has already provided a shipping date for even bigger 128GB chips. They have done so by switching from 32 to 64 Gbit NAND chips, built on their 32nm process. Continue reading Toshiba doubles NAND flash module size to 128GB
Macronix International has been doing research on new ways of stacking NAND flach memory in more efficient manners than currently possible, by using a 3D structure instead of the current practice of just stacking flash chips on top of each other (2D stacking). Continue reading Macronix presents new 3D NAND Flash developments
Alcatel-Lucent and T-Systems, the corporate customer arm of Deutsche Telecom, have succesfully connected two university networks using a 100 Gbps link, running over a distance of 60 km. Continue reading 100 Gbps networks getting closer
IDC’s Worldwide Storage Software Tracker report for the previous quarter was just released, and it shows some mixed data. Year-on-year growth in revenue for storage software was 7.2%, but when compared to last quarter revenue decreased by 1.6%.
Continue reading IDC report shows storage software growth
Gartner just released their quarterly report on the storage market, and the figures look good. Year-on-year growth for external storage was 18.3 percent, more than making up for last year’s decline. When compared to Q1 2008, growth is 5.2 percent. Continue reading Gartner reports double-digit growth for storage market