Robin Harris

Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, a storage research and consulting firm he founded in 2005. Based in Sedona, Arizona, TechnoQWAN focuses on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets. Robin has over 35 years experience in the IT industry and earned degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

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Are Chinese disk drives flaky?

Are Chinese disk drives flaky?

What is Cantonese for "sucks"?A piece in the UK web site The Register, says of some recent Mac drives:According to Retrodata, its customers have sent in a much higher number of failed Seagate 2.

October 31, 2007 by in Hardware

Build an 8 PS3 supercomputer

Build an 8 PS3 supercomputer

Less than a 10th the cost per GFlop of the $2500 supercomputerTake 8 PS 3 consoles, Yellow Dog Linux, a Gigabit Ethernet switch and your favorite protein folding or gravitational wave modeling codes and you're doing real science. On a Playstation!

October 29, 2007 by in Processors

Disks that look like tape

Disks that look like tape

I'm at Storage Networking World in Dallas this morning so I'll make it quick. This one is more active than some so maybe the storage market is on the upswing.

October 17, 2007 by in Storage

Disk drives win Nobel Prize in physics

Disk drives win Nobel Prize in physics

OK, two physicists who discovered Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) didI went on a bit of a rant recently about how cool disk technology. Seems the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the organization that awards Nobel Prizes, agrees.

October 10, 2007 by in Hardware

Home data compression you can see

Home data compression you can see

iTunes has rendered my CD cases obsoleteA few weeks ago I realized that I had enough disk space - 1 TB - on my desktop to rip all my CDs as 320 Kb/s MP3s. I had also built a $50 DVD burner so I re-ripped most of my lower fidelity CDs and ripped the 60% I'd never ripped before.

October 9, 2007 by in Apple

Apple's new kick-butt file system pushes on

Apple's new kick-butt file system pushes on

Fixing data corruption before it startsApple is moving quickly ahead with their plan to give Mac users the most reliable data storage on any desktop with the new file system ZFS. According to MacRumors the latest developers build of OS X Leopard includes V1.

October 5, 2007 by in Apple

Inside Amazon

Inside Amazon

You're running one of the world's busiest e-commerce sites, handling up to 4 million checkouts per day. Response time is critical.

October 3, 2007 by in Storage

100,000 year nanowire storage

100,000 year nanowire storage

For all the technology we use to store data, there is one problem that has no good solution: longevity. Some scientists at the University of Pennsylvania - home of some of the first computers - have developed a new kind of memory that is 1,000x faster than flash and should hold its contents for 100,000 years.

October 2, 2007 by in Hardware

Engineering the 10 TB notebook drive

Engineering the 10 TB notebook drive

We all take it for granted that disk capacities keep rising, but did you ever wonder why?Disks are way more complex than you knowChips have a lot of brilliant technology, but disk drives are just as complex.

September 27, 2007 by in Hardware

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