Toshiba this week announced that it's upping the storage ante for business customers by fleshing out its enterprise hard drive line with four new 4TB HDDs. The large capacity drives are part of Toshiba's MG Series and includes both SATA flavors -- MG03ACA400, MG03ACA400Y -- and SAS models -- MG03SCA400, MG03SCP400 -- all of which offer 4TB of capacity with varying feature-sets.
Saying that Windows 8 is a major shift in strategy for Microsoft is pretty obvious at this point. Between the Metro interface, complete dismissal of the start menu, focus on touch screen devices, and myriad other changes; this is not the Windows of the Bill Gates era. One change which hasn’t received much discussion is the idea of Windows 8 being Microsoft’s next iteration for not only Windows 7, but for Windows Home Server.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, today started shipping its Solid State Drive (SSD) 335 Series using the smallest, most efficient multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash on the market. According to Intel the 335 Series is the first to employ a 20-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory process, which were produced by IM Flast Technologies (IMFT), a joint venture of Micron and Intel.
While the future of Ultrabooks might be in question, there's no doubt that manufacturers are trending towards thinner, lighter, and more powerful machines, and that has peripheral and component makers all vying a piece of the pie. Enter Mushkin, which just announced a line of slim 7mm solid state drives intended for Ultrabooks. In addition to their slim profile, Mushkin's new Chronos Deluxe SSDs sport performance-oriented SandForce controllers and SATA 6Gbps interfaces.
Storage stalwart Western Digital announced that it's expanding its enterprise-class storage line with the release of new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives in capacities up to 4TB, matching the largest capacity current available in the market. If that's too much storage, the new SAS drives will also ship in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, and the same with the SATA drives, minus the 1TB model.
Technology has a tendency to move fast, and as a result, your reign on top might only last a few days. Just ask Toshiba, which at the beginning of the week unveiled its 500GB Canvio Slim, a portable drive it proudly billed as the world's thinnest at 9mm thick. By the end of the week, it became the second thinnest, as Adata just introduced its DashDrive Elite HE720 external hard drive, which is 8.9mm thick.
OCZ has typically reserved its Vertex label for the highest-performing SSDs in a given generation—using synchronous NAND, for example, rather than the asynchronous NAND found in its less expensive Agility series. The 256GB Vertex 4 carries on that tradition, with 16 128Gb IMFT 25nm synchronous NAND packages on a board with 512MB of DDR3 DRAM cache and OCZ’s new Indilinx Everest 2 controller.
The Everest 2 controller in the Vertex 4 is a modified Marvell controller with custom Indilinx firmware.
It's not really fair to pit an enterprise grade PCIe solid state drive (SSD) against a typical consumer grade model sporting a SATA interface, like Samsung's 840 Series announced earlier today, but that doesn't mean we're any less impressed with the fact that RunCore's new Kylin III SSD manages 3 million random read IOPS and 1.4 million random write IOPS. It's safe to say it can run Crysis, and anything else you throw at it, though it's really meant to tackle workstation tasks that include database chores, web servers, analytic engines, and anything involved with high performance computing servers in general.
Toshiba's new (and somewhat redundantly named) 'Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive' makes it easier than ever to cram 500GB of data into your pants or shirt pocket. That's because the new Canvio drive is supposedly the world's thinnest portable model. It's just 9 mm thick, which is ever-so-slightly chunkier than a Samsung Galaxy S III (8.6 mm), to give you a point of reference. The drive is also 107 mm long and 75 mm wide, which coverts to 0.35 inches by 4.21 inches by 2.95 inches, if you have an aversion to the metric system.
Starting off the week in style, Samsung today announced its fastest solid state drives (SSDs) yet, the 840 and 840 Pro Series. These new drives feature an updated MDX controller comprised of three ARM Cortex-R4 cores running at 300MHz. The beefier controller allows the new drives to run faster and handle new features, like full-drive AES-256 encryption, and paves the way for blistering fast IOPS rated at up to 100,000 (random reads) on the Pro models.