storage

  • Western Digital Fires Up First Flooded Factory In Thailand As Recovery Continues

    Western Digital Fires Up First Flooded Factory In Thailand As Recovery Continues

    The recent floods in Thailand have wreaked devastation on the factories in the area; some were under a dozen feet or more of water, and all manner of companies were affected by the damage. Nikon and Samsung delayed cameras and a shortage of hard drives has caused a spike in prices. The recovery effort is progressing apace, and the affected areas are being pumped or drained clear of water. Power… Read More

  • Pogoplug Cloud Launches With 5 GB Of Free Storage For Mobile Users

    Pogoplug Cloud Launches With 5 GB Of Free Storage For Mobile Users

    Cloud storage service and device maker Pogoplug is unveiling its latest offering today: a new service for mobile users that offers 5 GB of free online storage. To use "Pogoplug Cloud," you first sign up directly from your mobile phone or tablet (iOS or Android 2.2+), then download the app and begin the upload process. And that's where Pogoplug really begins to shine: it automatically uploads… Read More

  • Street Prices For Hard Drives Spike As Supply Contracts

    Street Prices For Hard Drives Spike As Supply Contracts

    By now you must have heard of the ongoing havoc being caused by flooding in Thailand. It's claimed a few product launches already; Nikon and Sony have both had to delay shipment of new cameras, among others. But the single tech industry that seems to be hit the hardest is hard drive manufacturers. Many factories have been flooded and the production of drives has been seriously impeded. Due to… Read More

  • How To Enable 18TB Hard Drives? Just Add Salt

    How To Enable 18TB Hard Drives? Just Add Salt

    The continually increasing size of hard drives means we can all store more pictures, music, games, and so on, but as with the transistor counts in Moore's Law, those increases don't come easy. Companies like Toshiba, TDK, and Seagate are forever looking into ways to increase the number of bits they can store inside a drive. It's already an astounding amount, but they always seem to find a way to… Read More

  • Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

    Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

    Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile. The device works like the company's current Pogoplug product - you attach your hard drive or drives, plug it into your router and instantly have your own personal cloud. In short, it's like a NAS (network-attached storage) box for your… Read More

  • IBM Assembles Record 120-Petabyte Storage Array

    IBM Assembles Record 120-Petabyte Storage Array

    IBM Research has just set a world record in data storage by building a drive array capable of holding 120 petabytes. It was done at the request of an unnamed research group that needs this unprecedented amount of space for running simulations of some sort. These simulations have been expanding in size as the datasets grow, but also as more backups, snapshots, and redundancies are added. How did… Read More

  • LaCie Adds Some Polish To Its NAS Units With “NAS OS”

    LaCie Adds Some Polish To Its NAS Units With “NAS OS”

    Backing up data is getting more and more important, since although much of our critical stuff is in the cloud, we're all generating so many pictures, videos, documents and so on that it's wise to keep a local copy. Many people use external drives to back up, which is fine, but if you want any automated stuff, or server capabilities, you have to update to a network-attached storage system, and they… Read More

  • 1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    Enterprise hardware company Smart Modular Technologies has announced a line of SSDs that appear to wipe the floor with pretty much everything out there. It comes in capacities from 200GB all the way to a current record capacity of 1.6TB. And not only is it the biggest single SSD available, it also is the fastest, using a Serial Attached SCSI interface to achieve (they claim) 1000MB/s read speeds… Read More

  • LaCie’s Rugged Mini External Hard Drive Is Not Large

    LaCie’s Rugged Mini External Hard Drive Is Not Large

    Let's say you're LaCie, manufacturer par excellence of mid-to-high-end external hard drives. Are you LaCie now? Good. And let's say you've put out a Rugged hard drive and a Rugged XL hard drive. Where do you go next? XXL? Extra-regular size? No, no, you put on your robe and marketing hat and, because you now know people like small things, you decide to make the Rugged Mini. Genius! Read More

  • The Latest Western Digital My Book Takes The Mac Look To The Max

    The Latest Western Digital My Book Takes The Mac Look To The Max

    Western Digital, like most storage companies, has long had a line of products designed for the Mac crowd. The latest incarnation of the My Book Studio takes up a notch with a brushed aluminum enclouser and perforated top grill — you know, just like the Mac Pro. Also like the Mac Pro, this Apple-ified Firewire/USB 2.0 drive carries a premium with the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB drives costing $150, $200… Read More