Articles about Storage
Solid State Drives - SSDs - are a product of convenience, not good architecture. Storage systems need to be re-architected to achieve the highest performance of NAND flash and, soon, byte-addressable non-volatile memory. Here's an example.
Samsung has announced that it has begun production of its new Universal Flash Storage chips, which the company claims have a random reading speed up to 28 times faster than external memory cards.
"When you tear apart a company that's been built up over many years through acquisition, through different systems being merged together, it's remarkable what you find," says HP CEO Meg Whitman.
With USB 3.0 users can attach more storage, more cheaply, than ever before. For many that means a USB 3.0 hub. After using several for the last two years, here's one that works well on a Mac.
Microsoft is giving away 100GB of free storage to Dropbox users across the globe, although it's not being as generous with free storage as it has been for US Bing Rewards members.
With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 just five months away, what options should companies still using the 12-year-old operating system be considering?
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Wall Street was looking for earnings of at least 24 cents per share with $569.75 million in revenue.
EMC's latest array can scale to 50 petabytes. The system is designed to be part of the storage giant's data lake strategy.
Bringing enterprise technology to the SMB customer.
Processors and RAM are fixed entities in a PC, but right from day one data is incessantly eating away at your storage space. And it's not just your data (which you can manage) but endless gigabytes of temp files and cached junk.
If you're a Dropbox user who owns an iPhone or iPad, then your life is about to get a lot more productive.
Starting with Office for iOS, Microsoft is enabling its new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to access third-party cloud-storage services, including Apple's iCloud.
Big Blue plans to launch a series of applications designed to take advantage of the building software defined storage movement.
Lima's clever aggregated system allows you to bring together all your spare storage space in one place, regardless of whether it's on your Windows desktop or Android phone.
Apple has doubled the maximum allowable app size on iOS to 4GB, allowing developers to make bigger, richer apps.
Movies made on film may be down, but they're not out. Kodak has cut a deal with the 6 major Hollywood studios to continue to supply the venerable celluloid stock to film makers, such as the next James Bond movie. Analog forever!
While the cloud has appeared just in time to offer free (or at least cheap) and easy access to gigabytes of storage space, some people like to keep their data close to hand. Here are some of the best storage devices money can buy that will help you keep your data safe.
If you have serious storage requirements, and you make protecting your data a high priority, then here are six of the very best NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives for work and play.
As Windows devices have become smaller, lighter, and more mobile, the nature of storage has changed. These six expert-level utilities make it possible to manage and maintain data on any Windows device.
Hardware. Software. Services. We live in amazing times, and the technologies we use every day would have been considered magical just a few short years ago. Here are 10 small pieces of magic that made my life easier this year.
Buying tech on a budget? These 15 gadgets are the very best on the market for their price — from speakers to content streamers, coffee machines, and computer peripherals.
When it comes to portable systems, thin and light is the modern day mantra, and they don't come much thinner or lighter than the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. But being thin and light brings with it compromises, but by adding a few essential accessories into the mix, you can create a mobile working platform that is second to none.
Back due to popular demand – all the parts you need to build a sub-$300 PC. Want a good, solid PC but don't want to spend the earth or trust an OEM with the job? Read on.
While the cloud has appeared just in time to offer free and easy access to gigabytes of storage space, some people like to keep their data close to hand. Here are some of the best portable storage devices money can buy that will help you keep your data safe.
Even new handsets can break or go missing. Safeguard your precious photos with easy-to-use cloud services that deliver massive amounts of storage for low or no cost.
While the cloud has appeared just in time to offer free and easy access to gigabytes of storage space, some people like to keep their data close to hand. Here are some of the best storage devices money can buy that will help you keep your data safe.
SANs maxxed out? In the market for cheap enterprise cloud storage? Here's the skinny to help you make an informed decision.
Every Office 365 subscription includes 1 TB of storage in OneDrive or OneDrive for Business. With an Office 365 Home subscription, you can share your account with up to four other people, giving your household a total of up to 5 TB of cloud file storage. Here's how.
The Spanish telco's largest facility is based outside the Spanish capital. ZDNet was invited along to see inside.
USB sticks aren't all just about additional storage -- there are some strange novelty options out there.
SoSecurity faces a tough road to obtain funding for its top-notch SSD drive, but bigger companies may be drooling to take it over.
Asia-Pacific CIO explains how Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty remained in operation during last year's Japan earthquake.
The first interview in ZDNet Asia's Intelligent Singapore video series, CTO Wilfred Kwan defines "intelligence" needed in data centers today and discusses growth opportunities cloud computing has created for the telecommunication services provider.
At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison discusses the company's new cloud offering. Ellison says: “The key difference is that our cloud is based on industry standards and supports full operability with other clouds and data centers on-premise."
At the RSA 2011 conference here in San Francisco, technology futurist Paul Saffo talks to eBay's chief security information officer about how the company's intent on building an eBay version in the cloud to handle its growth. The private cloud will have the ability to run in its own data center or with a third-party data center.
At the RSA 2011 conference in San Francisco, RSA Chief Art Coviello talks about various cloud computing challenges businesses face today. He says companies need to start leveraging virtualization technologies to help establish control and visibility over clouds.
At the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, new company President Mark Hurd introduces Exadata X2-8, an upgrade to the current Exadata system. The new system offers better processor performance, more memory, and full database encryption.
Would you like to charge your mobile phone without ever having to plug into an electrical outlet? The University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University are both developing materials to enable the storage of energy inside clothing. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explores the schools' work on "smart" clothes.
At the Interop conference in Las Vegas, panelists discuss the issue of portability within the cloud. Simon Crosby of Citrix says nobody is served by proprietary stacks and touts the open virtualization format. Randy Rowland of Terremark adds that the biggest challenge in moving workloads between clouds is networking.
The latest version of Disk Director gives PC enthusiasts and IT departments the tools to handle the latest hardware and software platforms.
With two high-performance memory modules onboard, this implementation of LSI's popular MegaRAID HBA uses flash to cache frequently accessed data, boosting storage performance without the upheaval or cost of switching from magnetic disk to SSD.
This major update of Dell's Compellent storage technology adds an additional tier of low-cost MLC SSD drives. Also in the mix is a new high-density HDD enclosure, plus deduplication and compression for the Fluid File system clustering option.
With everything needed to take backups and recover data in one self-contained appliance, Barracuda Backup is an economic and easy-to-use solution. It also offers scalable replication both to other appliances and the cloud, with fast live booting of backup images locally or in the cloud another key benefit.
The ioSafe Solo is bulkier, heavier, slower and more expensive than less robust external drives. But it works well enough, and if you need your data to survive being burned and flooded, you can put your trust in this device.
The ioSafe Rugged Portable isn't the smallest, lightest, fastest or most affordable external hard drive, but it performs well enough and is extremely rugged. If you really need to protect your data on the road, look no further.
Network storage doesn't come much easier than this, with very little expertise needed to manage the 12-bay Drobo B1200i. It's also fast, with three iSCSI ports, lots of redundancy and data-aware tiering — just like enterprise products costing a great deal more.
A scalable network storage appliance best suited to datacentres in mid-sized companies, the RackStation RS3412xs lacks enterprise-class features — but that's reflected in the price.
D-Link's no-frills approach to NAS will be attractive to businesses who need the storage basics without unnecessary complications. But those looking for a 'do-anything' system should look elsewhere.
The ReadyNAS NV+ v2 is nicely designed and built, and Netgear's X-RAID2 technology does a good job of managing the 4-bay array discreetly. The web-based management tool's redesigned UI is an improvement, but we'd like to see more more add-ons for the new ARM-based platform.
The QNAP TS-419P II holds its own on features in the competitive NAS market, although it's let down in some of the smaller details such as locking drive bays.
The N4200PRO is a flexible four-bay NAS enclosure with some good extras. It's fairly easy to manage, has a wide range of modular applications and performs well. The integrated mini-UPS is a great idea, giving added peace of mind in critical environments.
A highly scalable and very flexible NAS/iSCSI appliance, Synology's DS3611xs has performance and capacity to spare. It will appeal to mid-sized companies requiring fast and reliable access to large amounts of data.
It's hard to fault the Drobo B800i, which combines good looks, performance and functionality with ease of use. It's not cheap, but for the money it's one of the best small-business iSCSI appliances you can buy.
A very scalable NAS appliance, the RS2211+ benefits from the add-on extras found on other Synology storage devices, which should appeal to small businesses. However, it lacks some storage-specific features that enterprise customers may be looking for.