Storage

Solid-state drives will get a whole lot cheaper in the second half of this year. That's according to CK Chang, General Manager at Taiwanese digital storage firm Apacer. Speaking to DigiTimes this week, Chang said he expects 256GB SSDs to fall below $70 in that time frame, with 128GB...
Online backup provider Backblaze made headlines last year with a reliability study based on over 25,000 mechanical drives. Unlike previous publications in this vein, the report listed failure rates for specific makes and models. The data confirmed a lot of the anecdotal evidence that suggested...
IDC says space will still grow, thanks to mega centres.
True cost of cloud can be "underestimated and miscalculated".
This week's deals post is brought to you by the letter A, because it fits with our first item—and because I've run out of other clever ways to introduce our weekly run-down of discounted PC hardware. TigerDirect is selling AMD's FX-8310 processor for only $89.99 after a $25 mail-in rebate....
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We interrupt this week's deluge of CES stories for a look at some of the best PC hardware deals available right now. IPS monitors typically carry a premium, but not this one. Acer's 21.5" G7 Series G227HQLbi is on sale for only $99.99 at Newegg. The display has a 1080p...
Add another SSD—and a new controller—to the growing list of PCIe units with support for the NVMe protocol. OCZ's CES showcase includes a prototype drive based on an all-new JetExpress chip of the company's own design. Although the JetExpress controller can be used...
PCI Express SSDs may be grabbing most of the headlines, but there are still plenty of new SATA drives at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. One of them is Mushkin's Striker, which combines MLC NAND with the same Phison PS3110-S10 controller as Corsair's Neutron Series XT. The controller...
Plextor was one of the first SSD makers to offer a consumer-grade PCIe drive with an M.2 interface, so it's no surprise that the company has more in store. Scott checked out two new models at Plextor's CES showcase: the M7e and the M6e Black Edition.
The USB 3.1 specification includes not only a reversible Type-C connector, but also support for faster transfer rates up to 10Gbps. At CES this week, Adata is showing a couple of storage devices that take advantage of both attributes. The SE700 external drive pictured above...
Several PCI Express SSDs are on display at CES this week, including an Adata drive powered by the SandForce "Griffin" controller, otherwise known as the SF3700. The controller has a four-lane PCIe 2.0 interface and supports the NVM Express protocol. Adata's server-oriented SR1020NP SSD puts the...
Remember the Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD we tested in November? The 2.5" SATA drive pairs an eight-channel Phison controller with Toshiba A19 MLC NAND, and it's a decent all-around performer. The XT was formally introduced at CES this week, and it finally has an official price tag....
Remember the mini NVM Express drive Samsung teased during its SSD Global Summit last summer? Well, the SM951 is now in mass production—and it's very fast indeed. The four-lane PCIe 3.0 drive is rated to hit sequential speeds of 2150MB/s with reads and 1550MB/s with writes. When the drive...
Enthusiasts shopping for PCIe SSDs will soon have another option. Kingston has announced the HyperX Predator, an M.2 drive capable of hitting sequential speeds up to 1400MB/s with reads and 1000MB/s with writes. Source: Kingston The press release doesn't include any random I/O specifications,...
Although CES-related news has been piling up since last week, the show doesn't officially begin until today. Right on cue, Crucial has announced a couple of new SSDs. Source: Crucial The first of the two is closely related to the M600 SSD introduced by Micron,...
The 850 EVO is one of the smallest SSDs we've encountered, so it's only fitting that Samsung has squeezed the drive into an external enclosure with a USB 3.0 interface. The Portable SSD T1, as it's called, weighs less than an ounce and is just 0.36" thick. Its 2.8"...
SATA Express ports have been available on select 9-series motherboards since last spring. Drives designed for the new standard have been scarce, but WD is demoing a prototype at the Storage Visions conference occuring during the CES festivities in Las Vegas. The SATAe hybrid combines a 4TB...
Finalized last August, the USB 3.1 Type-C connector has a reversible design that promises to eliminate the infamous USB quantum superposition problem. MSI has now announced a Z97 motherboard that features a Type-C connector in its rear I/O cluster—the first to do so, according to the company...
2014 was a great year for discounted PC hardware, and 2015 is off to a good start. Here are the deals that caught my eye this morning. Newegg is selling Dell's 21.5" S2240M for only $109.99 after promo code EMCPWPH32. This 1080p display is fairly basic, and the specs aren't...
Gift-wrapping season may be over, but consumerism knows no respite—and there are plenty of ways to indulge in that today. Let's start with the non-storage deals: Asus' VS247H-P monitor is down from the usual $159.99 to just $124.99 after a $15-off promo code (EMCWHHD46) and a $20 mail-in rebate...
In 2014, the semiconductor market enjoyed its "best industry performance since 2010," according to the latest report from market research firm IHS. IHS projects that semiconductor revenue will total $353.2 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.4% from last year's $322.8 billion. Dale Ford, the research...
Remember Crossbar, the firm developing resistive random access memory (RRAM) with higher performance and endurance than NAND? The company announced a breakthrough at the International Electron Devices Meeting earlier this week. We caught up with VP of marketing and business development Sylvain...
We ask Kilkon, Interakt IT and BlueCentral.
Guess what he's wearing for the final one tomorrow.
CRN hosted IBM partners, ISVs and special guest Jim Wasko at Vue De Monde in Melbourne.
Avnet also gets behind Power platform.
Plans enterprise flash solutions.
Pair of private equity firms step up.
Another firm specializing in enterprise solid-state storage has been acquired by Western Digital. This time, it's Skyera, which Western Digital describes as a "developer of solid-state storage systems for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers." The specifics of the deal are being kept under...

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