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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD Review

Like the mSATA model, the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 is very similar to its impressive 2.5 inch brethren; however, it has the added benefit of not being limited by mSATA’s legacy architecture. Another advantage of the M.2 form factor is that it comprised of a much smaller footprint compared to traditional SSD sizes, all without having to sacrifice capacity. Its unique thin and light form factor also allows the tiny storage solution to be deployed in wide range of use cases, everything from the most recent Ultrabooks that require high performance, to the lastest tablets.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD Review

The Samsung 850 EVO mSATA is pretty much identical to the previously reviewed 2.5 inch 850 EVO, which proved to be an impressive SSD by offering bar-setting performance and fantastic endurance coupled with a competitive price point. As such, the mSATA version of Samsung’s newest SSD line features the same 3D V-NAND technology, enabling it to boast twice the endurance of a conventional 2D planar type NAND flash, and is designed to maximize everyday computing with an obvious focus on performance and reliability. The mSATA model is built for small form factor computing, embedded applications, and provides users with upgrading capability for ultra-thin PCs and desktops using an mSATA slot.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD With TurboBoost Review

The Seagate Enterprise Performance 15k HDD is the fifth generation of Seagate’s Enterprise Performance line. The drive is a 2.5” form factor, 15K SAS 12Gb/s HDD coupled with the “TurboBoost” of 32GB of eMLC flash for faster read and write performance as well as 128MB multisegmented cache. The drive comes with a maximum capacity of 600GB, twice the capacity of the previous generation. For buyers with data security in mind, there is also a secure model available with instant secure erase.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Updates FlashSoft And Introduces New Bundled Solutions

Today SanDisk Corporation announced that it has updated its server-side solid state caching software, FlashSoft version 3.7. The new software updates includes improvements in performance, usability, and compatibility for Windows, VMware, and Linux environments. SanDisk has also announced that it is bundling its FlashSoft software with its hardware, such as its Optimus Ascend SAS SSD and the CloudSpeed Ascend SATA SSD, as well as its Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators (like the SX300 or the PX600).

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by Lyle Smith

Google Cloud Console for Android Now Available

​Google has announced the beta launch of Cloud Console for Android, allowing users to manage the Google Cloud Platform from their phone or tablet. The new app allows users to be away from their workstations as they can now receive automatic alerts when an issue occurs in their Google App Engine. Users can quickly glance at the status of their solution, set up alerts, manage their Cloud Platform resources, and access Google Cloud Monitoring performance and health graphs.

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by Lyle Smith

Dot Hill Awarded Patent For Write-Cache Management

Dot Hill has been awarded a patent for a write-cache management feature that intelligently manages cache usage. As a result, Dot Hill indicates that this will allow their AssuredSAN storage solutions to improve write performance by up to 100 percent in demanding storage workloads with high stream counts.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron And Intel Unveil New 3D NAND technology

Micron Technology and Intel announced today the availability of their new 3D NAND technology. Jointly developed by both companies, this new flash memory technology is being billed as the world’s highest-density. The companies claim that they will be able to get three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Developing New 48-layer 3D NAND

Toshiba has announced the development of a 48-layer three dimensional stacked cell structure flash memory named BiCS, a 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) device. Primarily suited for solid state drives, the BiCS is based on a 48-layer stacking process, which enhances the reliability of write/erase endurance all the while boosting write speed. Sample shipments of products using the new process technology will start today.

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by Lyle Smith

Diablo Technologies Gains Ground Against Netlist in ULLtraDIMM Lawsuit

In an interesting turn of events, Diablo Technologies has announced what is described as a decisive victory in the lawsuit brought by Netlist concerning the ULLtraDIMM technology. Today, a federal jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of Diablo. A jury unanimously decided that there was no breach of contract and that there was no misuse of trade secrets. In addition, the jury also confirmed that Diablo is now the sole ownership and inventorship of the “917 patent.”

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Intrepid 3700 SSD Series Announced

OCZ Storage Solutions has announced the Intrepid 3700 Series, a new family of SATA III SSDs that adds to its Intrepid 3000 enterprise portfolio. The new Intrepid 3700 SSDs are designed to deliver top-class performance and I/O latency responses, which OCZ indicates will dramatically improve application performance and I/O efficiencies. The new line will also support higher storage densities up to 2TB, representing OCZ’s largest capacity of enterprise SATA SSDs to date.

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