A two-and-a-half year study of DRAM on 10s of thousands Google servers found DIMM error rates are hundreds to thousands of times higher than thought -- a mean of 3,751 correctable errors per DIMM per year.This is the world's first large-scale study of RAM errors in the field.
Storage is what makes a computer your computer. Robin Harris writes about storage and other tech with a focus on the SOHO/SMB market. And fun stuff, too, like PS3 supercomputers and Google's technology.
Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, based in Sedona, Arizona. He has over 30 years in the IT industry, including DEC and Sun, and degrees from Yale and the Wharton School.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
Seagate announced a new disk with a 6 Gbit/s SATA interface, a 64 MB cache and 2 TB of capacity. What do the faster interface and higher cache mean to you?
Industry seers have been predicting the end of NAND flash's rapid price declines and density increases due to physical limits. But if you can't get smaller, get higher. Here's how Samsung plans to mass produce 1 Tbit chips in 2013.
Upgrading to a new dot release of Mac OS X is almost a no-brainer. They typically offer better security, more stability and - maybe - new features. But Snow Leopard is a very different beast than Leopard. If you make money with your Mac, make haste slowly.
Flash-based DIMMs open another front in the flash war on older storage technologies - this time against DRAM. When they hit the market, will it be DRAM or disks that take the hit?
Build your own cloud-style storage for $100/TB that makes Amazon's S3 look pricey. Perfect for ripping 10,000 DVDs to disk!
You bought a 1 TB disk, so why does the computer say the capacity is 932 GB? For a simple - and dumb - reason that Apple has now fixed in Mac OS 10.6. Can Microsoft be far behind?
Apple promised ZFS on Snow Leopard - and didn't deliver. A Mac's data integrity is now no better than Windows. And that's not good enough.
The folks over at Apricorn - a 26 year old company in SoCal - sent me their new PCIe Drive Array to review. A new video capture card requires higher bandwidth storage - over 100 MB/s sustained - so the timing was good.
Quick, if your life depended on it, which health care information system would you rather your hospital used:A proprietary system developed by software engineers based on marketing input, bug reports and customer requests?An open source system developed by thousands of health care practitioners including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, techs and developers, tested and refined in hundred of hospitals?