Looks like Western Digital’s acquisition of SanDisk is moving forward, as the hard drive maker’s shareholders have given a green light to offer common stock as part of the SanDisk deal. In turn, SanDisk’s shareholders have also approved of the Western Digital acquisition, making the transaction a done deal thus far. Western Digital’s shareholders held a special meeting on Tuesday. Around 90% of the shareholder group voted in favor of the stock issuance in the SanDisk deal. However, that number is merely a preliminary account, as the company will release the actual numbers in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the
Western Digital surprised Raspberry Pi owners on Monday with the launch of a hard drive developed specifically for the DIY board. Called the WD PiDrive 314GB, the drive is based on the company’s WD Blue slim drive model but features changes that were made specifically for Raspberry Pi. It’s priced at a mere $45.81 although the company is currently dishing out a discount for a limited time only, reducing the price to a cheaper $31.42. According to the company, the new WD PiDrive 314GB features changes to its magnetic recording and electrical system operating set-points so that it aligns with the Raspberry Pi’s USB data
Two great companies in the field, namely Qualcomm and Mellanox Technologies, announced a multi-phase technology collaboration that brings Qualcomm’s server technology ecosystem one step closer to commercialization. This corroboration will allow Mellanox and Qualcomm Technologies to offer the Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions that will work together with the ARM instruction set based server CPUs, to be fully optimized for scalable server and storage infrastructures. Mellanox’s product leadership with 10, 25, 40, 50, and 100 Gigabit per-second Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect technology provides solutions for the most efficient hyperscale deployments including Web 2.0, cloud, big data, database and storage applications. When paired with Qualcomm Technologies’
We have been lucky and were able to use solid state drives for a few years now. This ensured lightning fast performance even in daily usage circumstances. While the solid state drives are fast, they lacked in capacity. Many have argued that you would need an SSD with HDD combination, to fully utilize your computer speed. But with the advent of much faster, larger and better solid state drives, this is all turned in a completely new direction. A few years back, you had to bend over backwards to afford more than 1TB of Solid State Drive capacity in terms of finances. With the release
Samsung is mass producing NVMe PCIe solid state drives with a M.2 form factor.
The Corsair LS SSD line expands.
Kingston’s new SSD taps PCIe x4 connectivity for lightning-fast 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds.
Microsoft has announced that all Office 365 users will be upgraded to unlimited cloud storage from the free 1TB that they have now.
Bitcasa has decided to get rid of unlimited storage and raise prices on their customers without any warning and is giving them three weeks to get their data
Hitachi’s million year-lasting quartz glass data storage technology hits the 100-layer mark.
SD cards are getting more data jam packed every few months, and SanDisk is ready to extend the limits of SD cards yet again, as it launches the world’s very first 512GB SD card. The Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I is designated as a rugged, standard use SD card, but don’t let its appearance fool you. With a whopping 512GB storage space, it beats out most of the latest and recently released standard SD cards by at least twice or even four times as much. As SanDisk advertises it, the new SD card will be perfect for saving lots of high resolution media, the type data
SD cards are getting more data jam packed every few months, and SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) is ready to extend the limits of SD cards yet again, as it launches the world’s very first 512GB SD card. The Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I is designated as a rugged, standard use SD card, but don’t let its appearance fool you. With a whopping 512GB storage space, it beats out most of the latest and recently released standard SD cards by at least twice or even four times as much. As SanDisk advertises it, the new SD card will be perfect for saving lots of high resolution media, the type
AMD’s long rumored Radeon SSD line has finally launched thanks to a partnership with Toshiba’s OCZ storage division. The Radeon-branded drives will be available in three sizes, 120, 240, and 480 gigabytes, and will use the Barefoot 3 controller coupled with Toshiba’s A19 NAND flash. “The AMD Radeon brand is synonymous with performance and quality amongst PC gamers,” said Roman Kyrychynskyi, director of memory, at AMD, in a statement. “With the new AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs powered by outstanding OCZ Storage Solutions IP, we bring that reputation to the SSD market with a series of drives that offer an ideal combination of performance, reliability
Storage company HGST demonstrated this weekend at the Flash Memory Summit 2014 in San Jose, California what it calls the “world’s fastest” SSD. HGST’s new SSD uses a PCIe interface and delivers three million random read IOPS of 512 bytes and random read access times of 1.5ms. Latency was reportedly close to 1us. HGST says this performance is orders of magnitude faster than existing Flash based SSDs. “The PCM SSD demonstration is a great example for how HGST sets the pace of the rapidly evolving storage industry,” said Steve Campbell, HGST’s Chief Technology Officer, in a release. “This technology is the result of several years
Microsoft has announced that they will be expanding OneDrive capacities for free users as well as subscribers and extending 1TB of storage to Office 365 subscribers, adding even more value to their Office 365 product. In terms of OneDrive upgrades, the first upgrade comes by the way of free storage which was previously 7 GB (was originally 25 GB when it was first launched as SkyDrive) and is now 15 GB. So, Microsoft giveth, then Microsoft taketh, and then Microsoft giveth once again. I guess Microsoft just assumes that people have incredibly short memories or something, but this isn’t really much news other than the
Last week ARM invited a group of journalists and analysts to Austin Texas to hear about their server, mobile, and wearable developments. ARM and their partners presented in-depth explanations of their version of the ARM architecture. On the first day of the conference, HP’s Dwight Barron gave an overview of their Moonshot system. They have been refining the specifications since its late 2009 inauguration. Moonshot’s design differs from the traditional servers which have been the general-purpose workhorses of the data center. These boxes have proved to be jacks-of-all-trades, able to run operations for organizations of every shape and size. They started with proprietary operating systems and a
As netbooks or nettops are starting to conquer notebook sales charts, the add-on market is slowly, but certaintly – starting to pick up. As storage is one of biggest limitations, memory makers are starting to recognize that there is a large market happening right in front of them. PATRIOT is one of very first companies that is jumping on netbook market with the launch of 32GB and 64GB SSD for netbooks such as ASUS EEE PC. The “Lite Series” are compatible with EEE 900, 900 16G, 900A, 901 and 1000 series. Pricing was of course, unavailable at press time, but availability is as of today.
“There is no such thing as free lunch”, as the old saying goes. Thus, there should be no doubt that there is no way that you can achieve substantial performance boost for free. Or is there? One of my friends works in largest Croatian assembly of computers. In our conversation couple of days ago, he said that worst nag in assembly of computers is removing the jumpers from Seagate hard drives in order to enable SATA-II (aka SATA 3.0 Gbps) support. If you don’t remove the jumper, the drive will stay in SATA-I (1.5 Gbps) mode. Intrigued by this one, we’ve called our friends and