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.
We've covered Asus' Eee PC T101MT a couple of times already, but we may have underestimated the the SDXC slot. Most reports (including ours) had the slot topping out at 32GB, but according to the latest tech chatter, the T101MT will come capable of reading 2TB SDXC cards.
So what exactly is SDXC? Short for Secure Digital eXtended Capacity, this new format was announced during CES one year ago. SDXC uses Microsoft's exFAT file system and boasts read/write speeds of 104MB/s with a roadmap to 300MB/s. According to the SD Association, a 2TB SDXC memory card (which is so far non-existent) can store 100 HD movies, 480 hours of HD recording, or 136,000 fine-grade photos.
Who knows how much a 2TB SDXC card would cost (a lot), but every indication is that the T101MT will be ready.
Thecus this week celebrated the 2-year anniversayr of its "groundbreaking" SATA-based 1U4500 rackmount storage server by introducing the 1U4600 rackmount NAS.
The company claims this follow-up Act is built for speed, and towards that end it comes equipped with an Intel Celeron processor and 1GB of DDR memory. Multiple 1U4600 units can be accessed by a master system, and it comes with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD.
"Enterprises need superior storage at a price that fits within budget, and the newly updated 1U4600 meets these requirements," said Florence Shih, Thecus General Manager. "With multiple redundancies and superior performance built-in, the 1U4600 sets the new standard in powerful yet versatile enterprise storage."
Other features include a dual DOM design, 250W redundant power supply, and the ability to use the 1U4600 in NAS, DAS, or iSCSI mode.
Kingston this week introduced its second generation SSDNow V Series the company says is targeted towards mainstream users. Kingston also claims these second-gen drives offer higher performance than their predecessors, while also boasting TRIM support.
"Kingston has really increased the performance on the new second generation SSDNow V Series drive without raising the price. A first-generation SSDNow V Series 64GB bundle upgrade kit can be found for about $150 (U.S.) at retailers and e-tailers so maintaining pricing will be huge for our customers," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. "By bundling together all of the software, hardware and step-by-step instructions with the drive, we make it easy for everyday users to upgrade with an SSD. The addition of TRIM support is a key benefit because it enables the SSD to maintain optimal performance throughout its lifespan."
The new drives will ship in 30GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities with varying degrees of performance. On the lower end, the 30GB model read speeds up to 180MB/s and writes up to 50MB/s. Both the 64GB and 128GB more than double the write speeds at 110MB/s and 160MB/s respectively, while upping the read speed to 200MB/s.
All drives come with Acronis True Image, while those in the desktop bundle also include a 3.5-inch mounting bracket and SATA data and power cable extenders. The netbook bundle tosses in a 2.5-inch USB SATA external enclosure.
Most of these drives and bundles will start shipping next week with pricing ranging from $110 to $377.