How Flash is Changing Data Storage

Post by Paul Rubens (thank you)

Moving storage services into storage devices may not be what storage software vendors want, but it will offer many benefits to enterprises.

Falling processor and memory prices mean it’s economically feasible to beef up the computing power on storage hardware devices. That’s opening up some exciting possibilities for smart flash drives.

To understand why, you need to consider what exactly goes on in solid state drives. Unlike the spinning hard drives, flash drives can’t overwrite any arbitrary area of the storage medium.  In particular, they can’t write new data to a partially used  block – they have to write to a previously erased (or never used) block.

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Future of Data Storage: 8 Technologies Changing Storage

Good post by Paul Rubens (thank you)

Data storage is undergoing dramatic evolution, in the near, medium and long term. The following new disk, solid state and tape storage technologies will offer enterprises cheaper, faster and more energy efficient storage.

Near term:

1) Ethernet hard drives
Seagate recently announced its Ethernet-connected Kinetic HDD, which the company claims will offer storage application performance that’s four times greater than now possible.

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Seagate’s Kinetic Drives reduce Object Storage costs – now GA

Post by Eric Slack (thank you)

After a one-year incubation, Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage Platform is now generally available. It features disk drives that communicate with applications over Ethernet, using a key-value architecture and RESTful APIs, instead of traditional protocols like SCSI or SATA. What’s different about this approach is it lets the disk drive ‘talk’ the same language that object storage systems do. This briefing note will explain the potential benefits of this technology and how it’s being adopted in the industry.

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Why ‘free’ storage isn’t free

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

Storage isn’t free – and neither is ‘free’ storage. The price: uncertainty. Wuala’s termination of ‘free’ storage is the tip of the iceberg coming your way.

Pioneering cloud storage company Wuala — now part of Seagate via LaCie — has announced the termination of all free storage. They won’t be the last.

Dropbox and Box were both expected to float initial public stock offerings this year. But their wretched financials spooked even loss-friendly tech investors.

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What Is Solid State Hybrid Technology

In this video, Seagate explains what a solid state hybrid drive with Seagate Adaptive Memory is, and how it enables the drive to deliver SSD-like performance along with higher capacity. Designed with high-performance core components on an innovative platform, the Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive consists of a 7200-RPM hard drive with 32MB of cache, 4GB of solid state SLC NAND flash storage and Adaptive Memory technology. Adaptive Memory technology intelligently monitors your frequently used applications and data files, then places them into the solid state portion of the drive so they can be quickly recalled.

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The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick ‘n’ dirty tasting menu

Good post from Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

Weren’t at VMworld? Here’s what you missed

The time around VMworld – which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them.

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“Storage is an Anachronism in the Modern Data Center” and Other Shrewd Observations

Good Post by Jon Toigo (thank you) – i like the bottom line here

Twitter is such a rich fount of provocation for opinion pieces and blogs.  Someone tweeted this AM the observation quoted in the headline for this post – that storage has become an anachronism in the modern data center.  Since reading it,  I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.

Truth is, I certainly find myself defending storage a lot these days — at conferences and trade shows and in the press.  Technically speaking, I find myself defending methods for improving storage rather than defending, say, a box of Seagate disk drives or SSDs.

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X-IO: Software-Defined what?

Good Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

X-IO, born in 2007 and based in Colorado Springs (CO), is the result of the fusion of XioTech and the Advanced Storage Architecture division of Seagate (yes, the Hard Disk vendor). It’s not a proper startup actually (XioTech was born in 1995) but it does have most of the characteristics, of which the most important seems to be innovation.

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Seagate Launches 6 TB HDD for Cloud Data Centers

Post by Pedro Hernandez (thank you)

Fast, flash-powered SSDs may be all the rage, but hard drive manufacturers keep upping the capacity ante.

Seagate today announced that the company had started shipping a 6 TB, 7,200 RPM hard disk drive (HDD) called Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. As its name suggests, what the 3.5-inch drive lacks in speed — typically enterprise-grade HDDs carry an 10K RPM rating — it makes up for in room for business files and data.

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Three-year, 27,000 drive study reveals the most reliable hard drive makers

Post by Ian Paul (thank you)

If you’re looking to upgrade your PC’s hard drive in the next few months, you might want to take a look at an interesting blog post from online backup provider Backblaze. After shining a general light on how long hard drives actually last late last year, the company took to its blog on Tuesday to provide a detailed look at how consumer-grade hard drives from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital performed in Backblaze’s storage pods.

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