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  • Storage software sales hit all-time record highs

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    The sales of storage software in 2011 produced record revenues of more than $14 billion, IDC said.
  • 5 ways to prepare for big data with scale-out NAS

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    As enterprises seek to move into the big data world -- digitizing paper documents and saving email communications, Word docs, Excel files and all sorts of other unstructured data with the hopes of mining them for actionable business intelligence -- they need to address a big problem up front: storage.
  • 'Big data' skills in short supply

    Posted March 11, 2012 - 8:45 am

    The Ultra Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative schemes could allow New Zealand companies to move, aggregate and analyse relatively large amounts of data and hence improve business efficiency and effectiveness through predictive modelling. But a shortage of analysis skills - and slowness in change of attitude - may limit the take-up of such technology.
  • Micron releases first 2.5-in PCIe SSD

    Posted March 11, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Micron this week announced the first PCIe SSD in a 2.5-in hard drive form factor.
  • OCZ talks up 2TB, 4TB SSDs, previews Thunderbolt-enabled drive

    Posted March 11, 2012 - 8:36 am

    OCZ announced new PCIe-based flash cards this week, while at the same time it showed off a new Thunderbolt-enabled SSD at CeBIT. It also talked up two upcoming SSDs with 2TB and 4TB capacity, respectively.
  • Western Digital closes Hitachi GST acquisition, to operate separate subsidiaries

    Posted March 9, 2012 - 2:13 am

    Western Digital completed Thursday the acquisition of the hard drive business of Hitachi, and set up two subsidiaries with separate brands and products, apparently to meet the conditions of antitrust regulators.
  • Google Cloud Storage cuts prices, integrates with tech providers

    Posted March 8, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Google yesterday cut the cost of Google Cloud Storage--a service geared to enabling developers to store and access massive amounts of data on Google's infrastructure--between 8 percent and 15 percent depending on the service tier. Google also noted that third-party technology providers have begun integrating Google Cloud Storage directly into their offerings.
  • How to choose the right NAS system for your business

    Posted March 7, 2012 - 10:36 am

    As prices fall and capacities soar, network attached storage systems are becoming an increasingly appealing option for small and mid-sized businesses. What factors should you consider when you begin to evaluate NAS systems for your own firm?
  • Elgato offers Thunderbolt SSD

    Posted March 7, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Elgato on Tuesday announced its entry into the storage market with its new Thunderbolt SSD, a solid-state drive designed for use with Macs equipped with a high-speed Thunderbolt connector.
  • Google drops the price of Cloud Storage service

    Posted March 6, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Google has cut the price of its Cloud Storage, a hosted service designed for enterprise developers who want to store their applications' data in the cloud, as opposed to in their own servers.
  • U.K. public sector urged to make better use of Big Data

    Posted March 6, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Public sector workers need to start making better use of Big Data to keep track of customers and their specific needs, according to a new report by the think tank Demos and business analytics firm SAS.
  • China approves conditionally Western Digital's acquisition of Hitachi

    Posted March 6, 2012 - 5:16 am

    China has approved with conditions Western Digital's planned acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST), requiring that the Hitachi entity operate independently for at least two years after the acquisition.
  • FTC to require Western Digital to sell off assets in acquisition

    Posted March 5, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will require Western Digital to sell off assets used to manufacture desktop hard drives to a competitor as a condition of its US$4.5 billion acquisition of rival Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the agency announced.
  • Informatica, MapR team for Hadoop streaming

    Posted March 5, 2012 - 5:00 am

    Apache Hadoop users will soon be able to analyze data as it is streamed from its source, thanks to a partnership between data-warehouse software provider Informatica and Hadoop distributor MapR.
  • Select the right storage for your custom-made PC

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Your data and programs need a home, and 1TB hard drives are now commonplace. But bigger isn’t necessarily better: Solid-state drives have decidedly smaller capacities, yet offer a noticeable bump in performance. As for other storage media, if you want to install disc-based programs or watch Blu-rays and DVDs on your PC, grab an optical drive. They’re inexpensive, and prices for blank discs have dropped too.
  • Disk storage system sales in Q4 top $8.5B, 6.2 petabytes

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:26 am

    The fourth quarter of 2011 saw healthy external disk storage system growth, as did the year as a whole, with revenues growing by 10.6% to 23.5 billion.
  • Thai floods catapult Seagate into hard drive market lead

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Seagate technology for the first time in two years reclaimed the throne as the leading hard disk drive suppler, usurping Western Digital's lead after the company suffered production shutdowns in the wake of Thailand floods last year.
  • Movie studios team with storage vendors on DRM

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    The companies today agreed to collaborate on a new content protection technology for flash memory cards such as SD Cards and various other storage devices.
  • Khan Academy offers JavaScript as their first computer language

    Posted February 29, 2012 - 11:29 am

    John Resig of jQuery fame outlines why Khan Academy decided to offer JavaScript as their first computer language. With video, of course.
  • Microsoft, Hortonworks to link Excel and Hadoop

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    Microsoft is developing a connector that will allow Excel users to download and analyze output from Hadoop, potentially opening the open-source data processing platform to a much wider audience.
  • Intel sells flash factories to Micron for $600M

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    Intel is selling its two NAND flash manufacturing facilities to Micron as part of an expansion to an already existing partnership between the two firms.
  • Intel hopes for SSD boost in memory asset sale to Micron

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Micron Technology has bought out Intel's stake in two wafer factories that are part of a NAND joint venture between the two companies in a move they said will expand the supply of flash memory.
  • Dell releases next-gen 10GbE storage arrays

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Dell EqualLogic today unveiled the next generation of its mid-range storage arrays, which use 10GbE ports to create iSCSI storage networks using existing copper or fiber infrastructures.
  • Oracle's Exalytics now available, set for showdown with SAP's HANA

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Oracle on Monday announced the general availability of Exalytics, the latest in its family of specialized appliances and a direct competitor to SAP's HANA product.
  • Elpida, world's third-largest DRAM maker, files for bankruptcy

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 6:48 am

    Elpida Memory, the world's third-largest DRAM maker, filed for bankruptcy Monday in a Tokyo court, saying it had accumulated debts of 448 billion yen (US$5.5 billion) through March of last year.
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