Following the 'better late than never' motto, Plextor today announced it will try its hand in the SSD market with a pair of high performance offerings, the PX-64M1S and PX-128M1S.
"We're excited to leverage Plextor's expertise in optical storage and enter the SSD market as it continues to grow," said Esteban Kim, Director of New Business Development at PLDS. "PCMark, SYSmark, and HD Benchmark industry utility tests scored Plextor SSDs high and we're proud to have the new lineup available to our customers."
With the recent spate of SSDs boasting read and write speeds well above 200MB/s, Plextor may be stretching things a bit in classifying these as "high performance." The 64GB PX-64M1S comes rated at up to 110MB/s sequential reads and 65MB/s in sequential writes, while the 128GB PX-128M1S sports 120MBs and 70MB/s read and write speeds, respectively.
Both drives are available now for $225 (64GB) and $400 (128GB).
You probably recognize Chaintech as a one-time big player in the graphics market before the company merged with Walton Advanced Engineering in 2005. Since then, the company's focus has shifted towards memory products, including the introduction of what Walton Chaintech claims is the world's smallest USB 3.0 drive.
"The Astro Drive Series A101 is miniature in comparison to the 2.5-inch products sold by other competitors. It is more mobile than an iPod, and is currently the smallest USB 3.0 device on the market. This makes this device extremely convenient for consumers on the go. In addition, the dual color exterior design in red and silver conveys high-tech qualities, while also adding a sense of trendiness with its flame-red contours. This makes the A101 more than just a cold, emotionless tech product. Instead, it is an exceptional product that encompasses both elements of fashion and quality," Walton Chaintech said.
The Astro Series A101 thumb drive boasts up to 186MB/s read and up to 130MB/s write speeds, or six times the performance of USB 2.0 drives chugging along at 30MB/s and 20MB/s reads and writes. Walton Chaintech said it will come in a variety of storage capacities, including 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
Western Digital is marketing this capacious WD ShareSpace to the home and small-office crowd. Both audiences will appreciate the low price tag, but this box’s several shortcomings and slow speed will leave both audiences wanting.
The ShareSpace is housed in a generic-looking gray steel cube. Loosening two captive screws in back and removing the three-sided housing exposes the motherboard and four of Western Digital’s environmentally conscious 2TB Caviar Green drives. The four platters on each drive spins somewhere between 5,400 and 7,200 RPM (Western Digital declines to state the actual speed), and each drive has 32MB of cache. The array comes from the factory in a RAID 5 configuration. Although the hardware also supports span (JBOD), RAID 0, and RAID 1 modes, RAID level migration is not supported. The more fault-tolerant RAID 5 + Spare and RAID 6 arrays are not supported, nor can you configure the drives in multiple volumes or limit the number of drives used in any given configuration.
SMBs take note - LaCie has introduced a line of three new data solutions designed to make data access a lot easier to manage.
The new solutions include the single-disk d2 Network 2, two-disk 2big Network 2, and the five-disk 5big Network 2. Each one serves up data access to the tune of 70MB/s and gives users the ability to share files or backup Windows- and Mac-based PCs.
LaCie's focus centers on ease-of-use, and towards that end, the company touts its Web-based administration tool, which it says is a cinch to use. With little fuss, SMBs can manage users, groups, and shares and put in place data use quotas, GearLog.com reports.
We probably have a ways to go before anyone releases a 2TB SDXC memory card, but in the meantime, SanDisk has brought to market its 64GB Ultra SDXC card, the company's highest capacity SD card ever.
"SDXC is the successor to the popular SDHC card format," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "The 64GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC card delivers the speed and capacity consumers need for extended HD video recording and improved rapid shooting of still images. The card is an ideal complement for recently-announced SDXC-compatible cameras and camcorders."
With a Class 4 speed rating, SanDisk's new 64GB boasts a read speed of up to 15MB/s. SanDisks says you'll be able to store more than eight hours of HD video with recording speed of 9Mbps (HD standard).
You have to pay to play, though, and this one will set you back $350.
What do you carry on your USB stick? Plans for world domination? Love letters from your mistress? Detroit Lions fan club information and links? Whether you're prone to any of these or simply aspiring to be a secret agent man, Corsair's Flash Padlock 2 USB flash drive might be just the tool you've been looking for.
This 8GB USB key sits in the sweet spot of 'put-it-in-your-pocket' storage, but unlike most other flash drives, this one comes "very cleverly and comprehensively designed to protect your critical business or personal data from unwanted exposure." This "clever" design entails a numeric PIN pad, which you can configure with anywhere from 4-10 digits. Adding a second layer of protection, the Padlock 2 boasts 256-bit AES encryption.
But what happens if you forget your PIN? Corsair says you can reset the drive to its factory default state, securely erasing all your data in the process.
Sans Digital this week unveiled a new set of flexible 4-bay storage solutions sporting Firewire interfaces in both portable tower and enterprise rackmount formats. These include the TowerSTOR TS4CT and EliteRAID ER104CT, both of which come with embedded hardware RAID, Firewire 400 and 800 ports, eSATA, and of course USB 2.0 interfaces.
In the company's press release, Sans Digital heavily touts the embedded RAID solution, which the company says "eliminates operating system compatibility issues, where no driver is needed." It also allows for up to 200MB/s performance, supports up to 8TB of storage space, and supports RAID modes 0, 1, 0+1, 3, and 5.
With all those hard drives, things can get pretty toasty. On that front, Sans Digital has equipped the 4-bay units with automatic cooling fans that turn on when a certain temperature is reached.
The TS4CT and ER104CT will sell for $400 and $500, respectively.
You can probably stop trying to cram that external hard drive into your pocket. Kingston may have just solved your portable storage woes with the DataTraveler 310. The 310 is a standard USB flash drive, except it has 256GB of storage. The DataTraveler 300 is a nearly identical unit sold only overseas. The 310 finally lets American buyers get in on the fun. It will be plug and play on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
This is the first flash drive of its size to ship in the US. As such, the DataTraveler 310 commands a premium. The MSRP is going to be $1,108 at launch, but you might be able to find a deal. Well, “deal” is relative here. You’re still looking at paying around a grand for portable storage; granted it is a lot of storage. The DataTraveler 310 could hold 54 uncompressed DVDs or more mp3s than you can shake a stick at.
Can you think of a reason you’d need this much storage on your keychain? Note, “because it’s cool,” is not an acceptable reason. Is there a price at which you’d run out and pick one of these up?
EMC earlier this week announced a few improvements to its Atmos cloud infrastructure solution, which is an on-premisies cloud storage platform aimed at helping customers automatically manage the distribution of rich, unstructured information across different geographic locations.
Included in the upgrades is the introduction of GeoProtect software, which EMC says offers better flexibiilty, resiliency, and content protection levels than previous versions.
EMC also beefed up the hardware side of things by upgrading to Intel's new Xeon 5500 processor series and adding higher density, 2GB disk drives. The end result, says EMC, is 50 percent better performance and a doubling of capacity.
Atmos version 1.3 and associated hardware updates sill start shipping this quarter, EMC added.
Toshiba on Wednesday announced a new high-performance, low-power hard drive series aimed at the enterprise crowd, the first of its kind for Toshiba, and a feat the company attributes to "the integration of Fujitsu Limit's enterprise-directed magnetic drive business into Toshiba's HDD business."
The new MBF2600RC enterprise HDD series comes in three different capacities: 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB. Each drive spins at over 10,000RPM, but that isn't the only performance-oriented feature. Improvements to the magnetic recording head and disk's magnetic layer gives the drives an area density of 595Mbit/mm2, the highest so far for 2.5-inch enterprise drives.
Other features include an internal transfer rate of 216MB/s, which is 13 percent faster than the previous generation MD2300RC; optional drive-based encryption; and power management schemes allowing for dynamic spin speeds.