Just weeks ago, Sony announced a lab demo of a 185TB tape. This demo uses technology similar to today's tape, but is more refined. Will tape win back some ground lost to disks?
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, 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.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
Perhaps you thought that since music CDs are mechanically stamped and sealed in tough plastic, they'd last forever. Wrong! Some may already be dead. Here's why.
If there's one thing I hate, it's unsettled science. For instance: the effect of temperature on disk drives. Shorten their life or not? Most studies say no - including a new one - but Microsoft researchers disagree. Can’t we all just get along?
The rumor that Apple may buy Beats, the fast growing audio accessories firm, has excited a lot of negative comment, based partly on race. But it makes good sense from multiple Apple exec perspectives. Here's why.
Google cut cloud prices. Amazon follows suit. Skirmish over, but war continues. Who will win?
I review two $200 Thunderbolt docks. One from my Akitio and the other from CalDigit. Akitio is a company new to me, while CalDigit is a respected long-time vendor. And the docks are very different.
The R&D guys at Sony announced a real breakthrough: Nanotech that enables uniform crystalline orientation on tape - and ultra-high density. Will it save tape?
Years ago I wrote a post "Why RAID 5 stops working in 2009". Five years later you can still buy many RAID5 arrays. Was I wrong?
The flamewar after 2008's "Blu-ray is dead" post re-ignited a couple of months ago. So, what DID happen to Blu-ray? The news is not all bad - and far from all good.
3-bit MLC flash has a life of ≈1,000 writes. How can Samsung get away with calling it a "data center" product? There are ways. . . .
Flash chips should get slower as feature sizes shrink. But Toshiba seems to have broken the code with a new smaller feature size that is faster than the 19nm process they use now.
High-end enterprise data storage is in crunch mode thanks to the cloud on one side and innovative flash-enabled architectures on the other. Hitachi Data Systems thinks it has the answer.
Need screaming-fast Windows server performance? A new, integrated all-flash array with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 integrated on board promises just that. Here's what you need to know.
Now that Facebook and - I believe - Amazon's Glacier are using Blu-ray for long-term archival storage, perhaps your company should too. Here's some options
Have you bought a $40 BDXL Blu-ray disc? Me neither. But someone must be - the same people who are driving research into even higher density optical drives and media. Who is it?