storage en Western Digital Expects Storage Market to Grow by Billions of Dollars <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hdd_5.jpg" alt="HDD" title="HDD" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Cloud computing and IoT are pushing demand for more storage</h3> <p>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 <strong>Western Digital's estimation, the global storage market will reach $38 billion by the end of this year</strong>, 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.</p> <p>Home computers and PC storage applications account for nearly half of all storage sales, though WD sees enterprise customers becoming bigger buyers in the not-too-distant future, <a href=""><em>Digitimes</em> reports</a>. This is due to a rise in popularity among cloud-based services and the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend.</p> <p>As it stands, the overall demand for storage reached 4.4 zettabytes in 2013, or 4.4 billion terabytes. A drop in the bucket compared to where things are headed over the next several years -- by 2020, that figure is expected to balloon to 44 zettabytes.</p> <p>WD expects enterprise demand to outpace that of PCs next by either next year or 2016. To ensure it capitalizes on however the market shakes out, WD is planning a series of product lines in varying categories, including new opportunities in cloud compouting, IoT, NAS, and personal cloud applications.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Dominik Bartsch)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hard Drive Hardware HDD solid state drive ssd storage wd Western Digital News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 29123 at Look for More Business-Class Laptops Pairing SSDs with HDDs in 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hdd_ssd.jpg" alt="SSD and HDD" title="SSD and HDD" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Falling prices have vendors more willing to adopt low capacity SSDs</h3> <p>Solid state drive pricing has fallen off a cliff in recent years, which is largely the result of lower cost NAND flash memory chips. Since then, SSDs have continued to trickle downwards in price, though at a much slower pace. Nevertheless, with costs still trending downward, <strong>laptop vendors are expected to offer more business-class laptops with both SSD and HDD storage options inside</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, the proportion of hybrid business-use notebooks -- laptops equipped with an SSD for the OS and HDD for storage -- currently sits at around 10 percent, though looking ahead to next year, those in the notebook supply chain say they expect that number to double to 20 percent.</p> <p>This is based on the expectation that the price for a 128GB SSD will drop to $60 in the first quarter of 2015, which would be equal to the cost of a 1TB HDD, <em>Digitimes</em> says. So what's likely to happen is there will be a bunch of business notebooks that pair a 128GB SDD with a 500GB HDD.</p> <p>Why the prominence in business-class laptops? These tend to be more expensive than consumer notebooks, which makes it easier to squeeze in upgrades like this. And with cloud-based storage taking off the way it has, vendors don't need to worry so much about equipping laptops with increasingly capacious HDDs, or so the theory goes.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hard Drive Hardware HDD laptop notebook solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29107 at Lite-On to Unveil Zeta Solid State Drive for Consumers at CES <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lite-on_zeta.jpg" alt="Lite-On Zeta" title="Lite-On Zeta" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />Look for Lite-On to light up the SSD scene</h3> <p>Tired of seeing the same old players participate in the solid state drive wars? If so, you'll be glad to know another warrior is entering the battlefield. That warrior is <strong>Lite-On</strong>, and come CES, the company that's perhaps best known for manufacturing affordable optical drives (dating back to when optical drives weren't necessarily affordable) <strong>will try its hand at making consumer grade SSDs</strong>.</p> <p>The company partially spilled the beans in a <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a> on its website, saying it will unveil "ultra high-speed" SSDs featuring True Speed Technology.</p> <p>"TrueSpeed is a technology that works to prevent the drastic write speed degradation that can occur with SSDs and delivers highly stabilized long-term performance, which provides enterprise, corporate, and OEM customers with a real-world performance advantage," Lite-On explained.</p> <p>Chinese-language website <a href=";tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;;edit-text=&amp;act=url" target="_blank"><em></em></a> tipped the can all the way over and spilled the rest of the beans. If the site's information proves accurate, Lite-On's first consumer SSD will be called Zeta. It will use Hynix 16nm MLC flash memory and come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. All three will offer up to 520MB/s read transfers, while write speeds will be rated at up to 150MB/s for the 128GB model, 290MB/s for the 256GB model, and 430MB/s for the 512MB model.</p> <p>Lite-On isn't going after the speed crown obviously, and instead is focusing on price. While it's early, pricing at the moment looks to convert to around $71 (128GB), $129 (256GB) and $258 (512GB) -- respectable, though not spectacular by any means. Here's crossing our fingers that domestic and street pricing end up a bit lower.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC CES consumer electronics show Hardware Lite-on solid state drive ssd storage zeta News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:11:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29100 at Corsair Coughs Up Pricing Details for Neutron XT SSD Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_building_0.jpg" alt="Corsair Building" title="Corsair Building" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />High performance drives at mid-range price points</h3> <p>It's been about a month since Corsair first began showing off its Neutron XT solid state drive family, and at the time, the company wasn't ready to talk about pricing details. That's a secret Corsair can't keep forever -- the drives are reportedly supposed to launch to public in the coming weeks -- so last night, <strong>Corsair spilled the beans on how much its Neutron XT SSD line will street for</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Legit Reviews</em></a>, Corsair let it be known that the Neutron XT 240GB will go for $150, which breaks down to about $0.62 percent gigabyte. The 480GB and 960GB capacities will go for $270 and $540, respectively, both of which check in at around $0.56 per gigabyte.</p> <p>The prices compare favorably to Samsung's new 850 Pro SSD line available in 1TB ($.60 per gigabyte), 512GB ($0.66 per gigabyte), and 256GB ($0.68 per gigabyte) capacities, and offer similar performance metrics.</p> <p>Corsair's Neutron XT line uses a new Phison PS-3110-S10 controller paired with Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND flash memory. The combination results in up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write performance, along with 100,000 IOPS read an 90,000 IOPs write.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC corsair Hardware neutron xt solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:53:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 29082 at Seagate Preps 8TB Hard Drive for Shipment, Bargain Priced at $260 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_8tb_archive_hdd.jpg" alt="Seagate 8TB Archive HDD" title="Seagate 8TB Archive HDD" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Mass storage at just 3 cents per gigabyte</h3> <p>Solid state drives (SSD) are where it's at in terms of performance, but the reason they can't shove mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) out of the market is because of price. Even after NAND flash memory took a nose dive, the price-per-gigabyte of an HDD is far superior to that of an SDD, and when <strong>Seagate's 8TB ships</strong>, that fact will be will be underscored, highlighted, bolded, and everything else.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>ExtremeTech</em></a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">8TB drive</a> will launch with a price of $260, presumably MSRP. Folks, that breaks down to mere pennies per gigabyte -- just over 3 cents to be exact. On top of that, you get a three-year warranty, low power consumption, NCQ support, self-encryption, and other goodies.</p> <p>The drive is really intended for cloud storage chores. It uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, has a SATA 6Gbps interface, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, 128MB of cache, and a 5,900 RPM spindle speed. It's being billed as an "Archive Hard Drive," which essentially trades performance for reliable and cheap storage.</p> <p>Though they're intended for cloud chores, retailers will soon offer them to home consumers. As it stands, it looks like they'll be available to purchase next month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 8tb Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate storage News Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:12:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 29077 at Samsung Brings 3D NAND to Mainstream with 850 Evo SSD Line <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_850_evo.jpg" alt="Samsung 850 Evo" title="Samsung 850 Evo" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />New SSD line starts at $100</h3> <p><strong>Samsung's 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology</strong> is no longer reserved for just its premium solid state drives (SSDs). With the introduction of its <strong>affordable 850 Evo SSD family</strong>, mainstream customers now have access to the same technology that was previously only found in Samsung's 850 Pro line released earlier this year. What that ultimately means for consumers is access to SSDs that are presumably more reliable and less expensive.</p> <p>As opposed to the 2D planar NAND found in the 840 Evo, Samsung's new 850 Pro utilizes NAND flash memory stacked vertically 32 layers high. This allows for higher density in the same or smaller packages, and also improved reliability since the NAND cells that store bits aren't packed so tightly together. According to Samsung, drive endurance in the 850 Evo line is twice that of its predecessor, along with a 25 percent improvement in power efficiency.</p> <p>The Samsung 850 Evo series comes in 1TB, 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB capacities. All four capacities sport the following performance ratings:</p> <ul> <li>Sequential Read: Up to 540MB/s</li> <li>Sequential Write: Up to 520MB/s</li> <li>4KB Random Read (QD1): Up to 10,000 IOPS</li> <li>4K Random Write (QD!): Up to 40,000 IOPS</li> </ul> <p>The 1TB and 500GB capacities also offer 4KB random read (QD32) performance of up to 98,000 IOPS, while the 250GB and 120GB boast up to 97,000 IOPs and up to 94,000 IOPs, respectively. For 4KB random write (QD32) performance, the 1TB and 500GB are rated for up to 90,000 IOPS, while the 250GB and 120GB are both rated for up to 88,000 IOPS.</p> <p>Pricing for the <a href="" target="_blank">850 Evo</a> has been set at $100 (120GB), $150 (250GB), $270 (500GB), and $500 (1TB).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 3d nand 850 evo Build a PC flash memory Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:10:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29050 at Endurance Test Shows Your SSD Might Have Legs to Last 1,000 Years <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_hyperx_3k_ssd.jpg" alt="Kingston HyperX 3K SSD" title="Kingston HyperX 3K SSD" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Examining the lifespan of SSDs</h3> <p>Solid state storage (SSD) drives are relative newcomers to the storage scene compared to media like mechanical hard disk drives. So the question remains, are SSDs reliable? Barring a time machine and enough plutonium to keep it running, it's a tough question to answer. In the absence of a DoLorean equipped to race back and forth in time, the next best way to test SSDs for endurance is to bombard them with writes. Turns out such a test is taking place with <strong>two SSDs having survived 2 petabytes of write tests</strong> so far.</p> <p>The curious folk at <em>TechReport</em> started <a href="" target="_blank">endurance testing</a> a batch of SSDs a year ago. They started off with SSDs from the Corsair Neutron Series GTX, Intel 335 Series, Kingston HyperX 3K, and Samsung 840 Series. The two that are left standing are the Kingston and Samsung drives, both of which have surpassed 2 petabytes of writes and are still going strong.</p> <p>To give you an idea of longevity, most consumer SSDs will process up to a couple of terabytes every few years. To write 2 petabytes of data under normal use scenarios, you'd be looking at about 1,000 years.</p> <p>Luck of the draw plays a factor, as <em>TechReport</em>'s first HyperX 3K SSD died after reaching 728TB. Nevertheless, that's a lot of data, and like the other four drives that died during the endurance test, it "vastly" exceeded its official endurance specifications.</p> <p>"More importantly, the drives all survived far more writes than most users are likely to generate. Typical consumers shouldn't worry about exceeding the endurance of modern SSDs," <em>TechReport</em> writes.</p> <p>Granted, this is just one test and the sample size is pretty small to draw definitive conclusions from, but the results are certainly promising.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hardware reliablity solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:30:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 29043 at Patriot Memory Expands Capacity Ceiling of LX Series SDXC and microSDXC Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/patriot_lx_series.jpg" alt="Patriot LX Series" title="Patriot LX Series" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />More capacity? Yes, please!</h3> <p>Not only are we taking more photos and videos than ever before with our plethora of digital devices, but thanks to increases in resolution and quality, we're also consuming more space on our media. To keep pace with these growing needs, <strong>Patriot today upgraded its LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC cards to new capacities</strong> -- 256GB for the former and 128GB for the latter, the company announced.</p> <p>Patriot's LX Series 256GB UHS-I Class 10 SDXC flash card joins existing 128GB and 64GB models. It's fast enough to record Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) video with read and write speeds of up to 80MB/s and 20MB/s, respectively. There's also a write protection switch to prevent users from accidentally deleting videos or images.</p> <p>The 128GB microSDXC variant doubles the storage of Patriot's existing 64GB model, and like the SDXC card, it's compliant with the latest SD Association 3.0 specification. It's read time is a little slower at 70MB/s, while writes are the same at up to 20MB/s.</p> <p>Both cards retail for $130 MSRP and are available now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> lx series microsdxc mobile Patriot SDXC storage News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:16:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28981 at Google's Serving 1TB of Drive Storage for New Chromebook Buyers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_5.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook" title="Samsung Chromebook" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for two years</h3> <p>It's getting to be all-out warfare in the low-cost computing market. In response to the growing interest in cheap Chromebooks, Intel and Microsoft have been working together to push sub-$200 Windows laptops into the market place through its hardware partners. That's caused Chromebooks to come down in price as well, but it isn't stopping there. <strong>Google today announced that new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years</strong> at no additional cost.</p> <p>"That’s enough space to keep more than 100,000 <a href="" target="_blank">awkward holiday sweater pics</a> safe and shareable in Drive. With that much free storage, you can use your Chromebook for work, play and pretty much everything else you’ll do this holiday season," Google stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Google's free offering works out to a $240 value over the course of two years. To get the 1TB Drive storage, you have to purchase an eligible Chromebook and redeem the offer before January 1, 2015. You'll find eligible models at <a href="" target="_blank">retail stores, online outlets</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Google Play</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 1tb chromebook cloud drive Google Hardware laptop notebook storage News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:36:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28972 at OCZ Trots Out Vertex 460A SSD Series Using Toshiba A19 NAND Flash <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ocz_vertex_460a_ssd.jpg" alt="OCZ Vertex 460A SSD" title="OCZ Vertex 460A SSD" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />New NAND chips means a new SSD line</h3> <p>OCZ may have learned a lesson from its competitors that swapping NAND flash memory in an existing solid state drive line tends to irritate customers. Rather than go that route with its Vertex 460 line and risk a public outcry, <strong>OCZ this week announced its new Vertex 460A SSD family</strong> using newer A19 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips provided by its parent company, Toshiba.</p> <p>Though no MSRPs were mentioned in the press release, OCZ's intention is to provide a high performance product at a competitive price point. Indeed, the Vertex 460A line sports speed ratings on the upper end of the spectrum for SATA 6Gbps-based drives. Here's a look:</p> <ul> <li>120GB: 530MB/s read; 420MB/s write; 80,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> <li>240GB: 540MB/s read; 525MB/s write; 85,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> <li>480GB: 545MB/s read; 525MB/s write; 95,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> </ul> <p>The drives feature OCZ's Barefoot 3 controller. <a href="" target="_blank">According to OCZ</a>, the controller and NAND flash memory combination help the Vertex 460A SSD line stand out from the competition by focusing on real world metrics like sustained performance and mixed workloads</p> <p>OCZ rates the drives as being able to handle 20GB of host writes per day, which it backs with a 3-year ShieldPlus warranty -- if a drive goes bad, OCZ will send an advance replacement with a paid return shipping label.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> a19 nand buld a pc flash memory Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd storage toshiba verte 460a News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28951 at Patriot's Supersonic Bolt XT Flash Drive Line is Super Secure <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/patriot_supersonic_bolt_xt_connector.jpg" alt="Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT" title="Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Rugged and secure storage</h3> <p>Security's become a sensitive subject ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the U.S. government's spying shenanigans, and if you don't fancy wearing a tinfoil hat, you might be interested in Patriot Memory's latest storage device. To begin with, <strong>Patriot's new Supersonic Bolt XT flash drive family boasts built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES data encryption</strong>.</p> <p>Should the drive fall into the wrong hands, it's been trained to swallow a virtual poison pill after multiple failed attempts to guess the password -- 10 consecutive failed attempts, to be exact, after which point it locks down and reformats itself. Of course, that can work against you if you have trouble remembering passwords, but hey, we suppose that's price of privacy these days.</p> <p>The Supersonic Bolt XT also offers a bit of physical protection for your data by way of a ruggedized, rubber housing. We doubt you could run one of these over with a tank and expect it to work, but for "common day drops and bumps," it should be just fine, Patriot says. It's also water resistant.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/patriot_supersonic_bolt_xt.jpg" alt="Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT" title="Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT" width="620" height="290" /></p> <p>In terms of performance, these are USB 3.0 drives, though not the fastest around. Patriot rates the drives at up to 150MB/s read and up to 30MB/s write performance.</p> <p>The Supersonic Bolt XT is available now in <a href=";catid=92&amp;prodgroupid=298&amp;id=8308&amp;type=23" target="_blank">16GB</a> ($50), <a href=";catid=92&amp;prodgroupid=298&amp;id=8309&amp;type=23" target="_blank">32GB</a> ($70), and <a href=";catid=92&amp;prodgroupid=298&amp;id=8310&amp;type=23" target="_blank">64GB</a> ($130) capacities.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> bolt encryption Flash Drive Hardware mobile Patriot Security storage USB 3.0 News Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:18:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28829 at Samsung Partners with Ubisoft to Bundle Assassin's Creed Unity with Select Hardware <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/assassinscreedunity.jpg" alt="Assassin's Creed Unity" title="Assassin's Creed Unity" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Celebrate your upgrade with a free game</h3> <p>Hey, if Ubisoft and Samsung want to start handing out free games, we'll all for it. In this case, the <strong>free title is Assassin's Creed Unity, which you're eligible to receive if you purchase a Samsung U28D590D (UD590) 4K Ultra HD monitor or a Samsung 850 Pro solid state drive </strong>(256GB, 512GB, or 1TB) from a participating retailer -- don't worry, there are several to choose from.</p> <p>The list of participating retailers include Best Buy,,, Microcenter, Sam's Club (monitor only), ABT (monitor only), Fry's, Tiger Direct, and Electronics Express (monitor only). Should you purchase one or the other from any of those retailers, you'll receive a download code for Assassin's Creed Unity.</p> <p>"Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay," <a href="" target="_blank">said Ron Gazzola</a>, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We’re happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers."</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">UD590</a> is a 28-inch monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution. It's a TN panel with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time (GTG), 370 cd/m2 brightness, two HDMI ports, and a DisplayPort.</p> <p>As for the <a href="" target="_blank">850 Pro Series</a>, they're the first SSDs to use 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which stacks 32 cell layers on top of one another rather than trying to decrease the cells' length and width to fit smaller form factors. The drives are rated to deliver read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 850 pro assassin's creed unity Build a PC games Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage ud590 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:22:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28814 at Western Digital Pushes Capacity of Purple Hard Drive Line to 6TB <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wd_6tb_purple.jpg" alt="Western Digital 6TB Purple" title="Western Digital 6TB Purple" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />More storage for video surveillance</h3> <p><strong>Western Digital this week announced the expansion of its WD Purple line of 3.5-inch hard drives to include a 6TB capacity model</strong>. 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).</p> <p>"Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet-of-Things application. Driven by machine-to-machine interaction between high-resolution, high-bit-rate video cameras and high-capacity surveillance video recorders, IoT applications bring access and big data analytics to improve user’s security," <a href="" target="_blank">said Matt Rutledge</a>, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. "WD Purple 6 TB drives enable innovation in this fast growing market."</p> <p>Western Digital claims its WD Purple line perform better under surveillance situations than competing HDDs, which the company says is proven by a set of proprietary benchmarks it developed in close cooperation with surveillance partners.</p> <p>The new 6TB model features a SATA 6Gbps interface, has 64MB of cache, and is rated for up to 175MB/s of sustained file transfers, which is the fastest of any WD Purple drive.</p> <p>WD says the 6TB model is available now for $330 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hard Drive HDD purple storage surveillance wd Western Digital News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:12:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28800 at Microsoft Tells Office 365 Subscribers to Go Crazy with Unlimited OneDrive Storage <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_2.jpg" alt="OneDrive" title="OneDrive" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Say goodbye to that 1TB data cap</h3> <p>Your Office 365 subscription just became a better deal than it was yesterday. That's because <strong>Microsoft just announced that all Office 365 subscribers are being upgraded from 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage to unlimited space</strong>. The unlimited upgrade started rolling out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers, and will continue over the coming months and into 2015 to include Business customers as well.</p> <p>For those of you who already subscribe to Office 365, you can jump towards the front of the line by <a href="" target="_blank">going here</a> and jotting your account down on the list. You'll then be added to the waitlist, presumably so that you can be one of the first to start enjoying the upgrade.</p> <p>"While unlimited storage is another important milestone for OneDrive we believe the true value of cloud storage is only realized when it is tightly integrated with the tools people use to communicate, create, and collaborate, both personally and professionally," Microsoft stated in a <a href="">blog post</a>. "That is why unlimited storage is just one small part of our broader promise to deliver a single experience across work and life that helps people store, sync, share, and collaborate on all the files that are important to them, all while meeting the security and compliance needs of even the most stringent organizations."</p> <p>Not a bad deal considering that Office 365 subscriptions start at $6.99 per month for installation on a single PC or Mac plus one tablet. For $9.99 per month, the allotted installations jumps to five PCs or Macs plus five tablets. Those prices will still stay the same with the unlimited OneDrive upgrade.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cloud microsoft office 365 onedrive Software storage subscription News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:54:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28791 at G.Skill's Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Sports Quad Controllers in RAID 0 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_phoenix_blade.jpg" alt="G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD" title="G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />This SSD can give your data whiplash</h3> <p>Today's high performance SATA 6Gbps solid state drives top out at around 590MB/s for read and write transfers. If you need something faster, you can slap a pair in a RAID 0 configuration, or switch over to PCI-Express. G.Skill chose both with its new Phoenix Blaze Series. Kicking off <strong>G.Skill's Phoenix Blade line is a 480GB PCIe SSD</strong> equipped with four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID 0 setup.</p> <p>It's designed with a PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 interface and is capable of up to 2,000MB/s maximum read and write speeds. Sustained read and write transfers are rated at 1,900MB/s and 1,050MB/s, respectively, along with up to 90,000 4KB random read and up to 245,000 4K random write IOPS.</p> <p>"By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today’s multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design," G.Skill says.</p> <p>Unfortunately G.Skill didn't announce a price for its latest SSD, though we spotted a <a href=";vpn=FM-PCx8G2R4-480G&amp;manufacture=G.Skill" target="_blank">product page</a> on NCIXUS that's asking $800 for it. PCIe SSDs typically cost more than SATA-based drives, the latter of which have fallen below $0.50 per gigabyte, though we'll wait until the <a href="" target="_blank">Phoenix Blade</a> stabs through to more vendors before commenting on price.</p> <p><strong>EDIT:</strong></p> <p>G.Skill tells <em>Maximum PC</em> that the Phoenix Blade will be available on Newegg next week for $699.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> g.skill Hardware Phoenix Blade solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:23:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28764 at