Cloud computing and IoT are pushing demand for more storage
Don't feel too bad for storage players as the prices of hard drives and solid state drives continue to come down -- there's still money to be made. Lots of it. By Western Digital's estimation, the global storage market will reach $38 billion by the end of this year, up from $36 billion a year ago. And that's not all -- WD sees the growth continuing into next year and beyond, with 2015 seeing $42 billion in storage sales.
Western Digital this week announced the expansion of its WD Purple line of 3.5-inch hard drives to include a 6TB capacity model. The Purple family of HDDs are intended for video surveillance chores and include some exclusive technologies that make them better suited than competing drives, including AllFrame (reduces video frame loss, improves playback, and increases the number of drive bays supported) and IntelliSeek (calculates the optimum seek speeds for system workloads to lower power consumption and reduce noise and vibration).
After coming out victorious in an appeals court last year, Seagate again has reason to celebrate a legal victory as the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the previous $630.4 million arbitration award levied against rival Western Digital. The initial award was issued on January 23, 2012, and continues to accrue interest at 10 percent -- as of October 8, 2014, the total award with interest is worth about $800 million.
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Friends don't let friends drive a system using a hard drive. Friends also don't let friends overpay for storage. So, what's the solution? Step one is to wait it out until NAND flash memory pricing comes down to Earth -- mission accomplished. Step two is to find a swank deal on a solid state drive. We can help you accomplish that mission, too -- just check out today's top deal or a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 480GB SSD for $180 with free shipping. Remember when you thought paying 50 cents per gigabyte was a major accomplishment for SSDs? Today's top deal breaks down to just 37.5 cents per gigabyte, and you get solid performance to boot! Not record breaking, mind you, but up to 540MB/s read and 460MB/s write speeds are nothing to be ashamed of.
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Your friend's birthday is coming up and you're stumped on a gift idea. What you know is that he owns every Incredible Hulk comic ever made, he's a Boston Celtics fan, and he loves spinach. Apparently the dude is really into green things, so he's a natural fit for today's top deal (and so are folks who simply need more storage) -- a Western Digital Green 4TB IntelliPower Internal Hard Drive for $140 with free shipping (normally $155 - use coupon code: [EMCPBHB32]). It's not actually green in color, but it is in power management, plus it runs cool and quiet. The drive also boasts 64MB of cache and a SATA 6Gbps interface.
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The whispers you've heard are true, Haswell-E looms around the bend, and with it, a rash of new supplementary parts. It's a no-brainer to wait and build around the new platform, right? In some cases, yes. However, early indications point to Haswell-E carrying some premium price tags at launch. There's no shame in building a bang-for-buck rig around regular ol' Haswell, and if that's your intent, we can help you get started. Check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4690 Haswell Quad-Core Processor for $210 with free shipping (normally $225 - use coupon code: [EMCPBHD24]). It's clocked at 3.5GHz (3.9GHz via Turbo) and has 6MB of L3 cache.
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Go back in time a little bit and a slapping 1TB worth of solid state drive (SSD) storage in your PC might run you a bazillion dollars, or more. And these days? Not only can you get 1TB of space in a single SSD, but you won't have to trade your first born for it. To wit, check out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD for $390 with free shipping (normally $460 - use coupon code: [EMCPBHD22]). Not only is it capacious, but it's also fast with sustained sequential read and write times of up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.
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One of the worst sounds in the world is that of a grinding hard drive. Once you hear that noise, failure is imminent, it's just a matter of time. Of course, you can turn lemons into lemonade by using a dying hard drive as a valid excuse to upgrade to a speedy solid state drive. If that's your plan, check out today's top deal for a Crucial M550 2.5-inch 512GB SSD for $240 with free shipping.
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