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IDC: Personal, Entry-Level Storage Shrink in Q3

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IDC: Personal, Entry-Level Storage Shrink in Q3

According to IDC global personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments total 16.7 million in Q3 2015-- a -13.4% Y-o-Y decline, if also a 10.3% Q-o-Q increase.

Revenues are down by -19.8% Y-o-Y to $1.3 billion.

"The personal and entry-level storage market was stagnant in 2014 and started to show signs of decline in 2015," the analyst says. "The adoption of cloud storage has been gaining traction in the consumer space with its easy data access and mobile device integration. One of the negative impacts of cloud storage deployment leads to shrinking demand within the PELS market."

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A Pear to Double MacBook Storage

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A Pear to Double MacBook Storage

TarDisk presents an SD card-based solution for customers wanting to double MacBook storage-- the Pear, a product the company says creates a hybrid drive working hand in hand with the built-in drive.

What makes the Pear different from other SD card products is software "merging" the SD card with the MacBook SSD, creating unified storage volume users can tap into like a regular built-in drive.

As TarDisk puts it, "unlike most external hard drives, where manual file allocation is necessary, this SD card creates a hybrid drive, combining the card and the internal hard drive into one. When installed, the hard drive is increased by up to 256GB and the product lies flush with the side wall of the laptop.”

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QNAP Intros Thunderbolt 2 NAS

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QNAP Intros Thunderbolt 2 NAS

QNAP Systems launches what it claims is the first NAS featuring Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS connectivity-- the TVS-871T, a device combining the high transfer speeds of DAS with the NAS form factor.

According to QNAP connectivity speeds reach up to 20Gbps, and when combined with Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures (such as the TX-500P or TX-800P) the TVS-871T makes an ideal storage solution for prosumers and creative media professionals looking to streamline 4K video and design workflows.

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Western Digital Buys SanDisk

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Western Digital Buys SanDisk

It seems Western Digital (WD) is already spending its Unisplendour investment: WD will buy SanDisk for approximately $19 billion, creating an enterprise and consumer HDD and Flash giant.

"This transformational acquisition aligns with our long-term strategy to be an innovative leader in the storage industry by providing compelling, high-quality products with leading technology," WD says. "The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry."

SanDisk is the 3rd biggest maker of flash memory in the world, and is both known for both consumer (namely memory cards and USB drives) and enterprise (SSDs, PCIe flash, 3D chip development, systems components) storage, with expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM), solutions and manufacturing.

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HP, SanDisk Team Up in Storage Class Memory

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HP, SanDisk Team Up in Storage Class Memory

HP and SanDisk announce a collaboration in Storage Class Memory (SCM), one involving the combination of HP Memristor technology and SanDisk non-volatile ReRAM in the creation of new Memory-driven Computing solutions.

The partnership also covers the enhancement of solid state storage solutions.

According to the two companies, the resultant SCM technology will be 1000 faster and offer up to 1000 times more endurance than flash storage, as well as offer "significant" cost, power, density and persistent improvements over DRAM. Thus it will allow for systems employing "tens of terabytes (TB) of SCM per server node for applications such as in-memory databases, real-time data analytics, transactional and high-performance computing."

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China Group Buys Into Western Digital

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China Group Buys Into Western Digital

Western Digital Corporation, America's industry-leading maker of storage solutions (the HGST, WD and G-Technology brands) enters into an agreement to sell about 15% to Unisplendour Corporation Limited (Unis), a leading information technology company in China (selling PCs, servers, storage, networking equipment-- and is expanding to cloud computing, mobile internet and big data processing.)

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The Next Storage Technology: Light-Based Memory?

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The Next Storage Technology: Light-Based Memory?

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the universities of Münster, Oxford, and Exeter develop the the first all-optical permanent on-chip memory-- a light-based storage technology and an "important step" in the creation of photon-based computers.

According to the researchers electronic data exchange between processors and memory limits the speed of modern computers. This is due to the electrons running through the metal wires making the logic circuits inside computer chips bumping into each other, slowing down and generating heat. Optical technology does not have such problems, as photons (the particle making light) travel well together at, well, light speed.

However such technology has serious drawbacks. Photon-based memory circuits need a steady supply of power in order to store data, and all data is lost if the power is switched off.

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Samsung Claims Fastest SSD Yet

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Samsung Claims Fastest SSD Yet

Samsung announces the first consumer SSD to feature vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology in an M.2 "gumstick" package-- the 950 Pro, a storage device claiming read and write speeds of up to 2.5GB/s and 1.5GB/s.

Available in 256 and 512GB sizes, the 950 Pro features 2nd generation 32-layer V-NAND and Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe), a protocol designed to further improve SSD performance through reduced power consumption and longer-lasting use. As such, Samsung warranties the 512GB model to write up to 400TB of data.

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Storage Challenge: The Degree of Content Value

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Storage Challenge: The Degree of Content Value

by Andy Marken

“Not everything ends the way you think it should. Besides, audiences love happy endings,”
says John Travolta as Gabriel Shear in Swordfish (an American crime film about a computer hacker).

Living in Silicon Valley it is very hard to remind myself that everyone doesn’t live on three – five devices constantly…24x7, 365 days of the year. It’s so cool!  It’s such a great distortion field I feel sorry for those who don’t eat, sleep, live it.

But it’s possible everyone is getting with it:

  • Pew Research reported that 84% of the adults in the U.S. are on the Internet and what the other 16% does, I have no idea.
  • Statista reports there are nearly 5B mobile phones in use globally (some have 2+) so they can text and occasionally even talk to each other.
  • We’re inching closer to having  everything/anything connected, which is why we ran out of IP(Internet Protocol) Version 4 addresses and moved up to IPv6  so the 50B things can chat.

No wonder attendees at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2015 were positively giddy.

Microprocessor speeds double every two years and device prices get lower, so we can create more things, stuff faster/better to be stored.

This year, we’ll pack away more than 3.5ZB (Zetabytes) of data. By 2020, they’ll be hunting for places to put 44ZB.

Yes, 44 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 bytes!


More than Ever –
We’ve created more content in the past two years than in the previous 5000 and the volume of data, pictures, movies and things continues to grow at an accelerated rate.  No wonder you’re constantly buying storage devices.

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