by Adam Armstrong

WD Unveils Its Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording Technology

Today at its “Innovating to Fuel the Next Decade of Big Data” event in San Jose, California, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) unveiled a new innovation for ultra-high capacity hard disk drives (HDDs), microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology. The company demonstrated MAMR technology at its headquarters in Silicon Valley with the inventor of MAMR technology, Professor Jimmy Zhu from Carnegie Mellon University. The MAMR drives are designed to expand HDD capacity meeting the demands of Big Data. WD also showcased advancements in micro actuation and Damascene recording head technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Releases 30TB LTO-8 Tape Drive

Today IBM announced the release of the Linear Tape Open Ultrium 8 Tape (LTO-8) drive. The LTO-8 doubles the capacity from the LTO-7 to 30TB (with compression) and IBM states that the new tape drive accelerate data access times while driving the price below half a cent per GB. Spectra Logic is also announcing a pre-purchase program for the LTO-8.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TR200 SSD Review

The Toshiba TR200 is a budget-friendly drive that features both low power consumption during operation and cost savings. The TR200 Series is the company’s first consumer SSD equipped with 64-Layer 3-bit-per-cell TLC BiCS FLASH, technology that previously only shipped with OEM products. Though Toshiba has indicated that their retail SSDs will now be branded under their name (while OCZ will act as a sub-series), they will have the same performance of OCZ drives and will still target the same markets.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies Unveils IoT Strategy, Division, & Solutions

Today at Dell Technologies' IQT Day in New York City, the company announced that it was tackling the Internet of Things (IoT) market by unveiling its vision and strategy that includes a new IoT division as well as new IoT specific products, labs, partner program and consumption models. Part of this strategy and vision includes a new “Distributed Core” computing model as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology working with existing IoT infrastructure. Dell Technologies is also announcing a billion dollar investment in IoT research and development over next three years.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Cameras Now Available

Netgear has announced the availability of the new Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Camera, the next generation of their Arlo Pro camera line. The Arlo Pro 2 features higher-quality 1080p HD video, a sleek compact design for discreet placement, and support for Amazon Alexa for live monitoring of your cameras from the Echo Show and TVs connected with FireTV. Moreover, with its weather-resistant build, Netgear indicates that the Arlo Pro 2 cameras can be placed virtually anywhere, while the Arlo Solar Panel (sold separately) will keep the rechargeable batteries at full charge with only a few days of full sunlight.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 6.2 Beta

Synology Inc. announced the beta of a major update to its operating system, DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.2 Beta. Synology is also releasing several packages along with the new OS. The company is inviting its users to get actively involved in the Synology community to help in the development process.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Duo 20TB Review

WD is a household name when in the external storage market largely due to the highly reliable and successful My Book line, which the company continues to expand and update. To this end, WD has added a new massive capacity model to their veteran My Book Duo line with a 20TB model. Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0 (including two USB 3.0 Type-A hub ports), this massive dual-drive storage solution is meant for consumers and professionals who store a ton of media or those looking for a proven and easy-to-use backup solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: INFINIDAT, RAIDIX, Data Dynamics, Continuum, Nutanix, Nexsan, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. INFINIDAT raises additional $95 million in funding. RAIDIX releases version 4.5. Data Dynamics unveils StorageX 8.0. Continuum unveils new security solutions. Nutanix updates Acropolis. Nexsan introduces new E-Series systems. SoftNAS unveils Cloud Data Platform. QNAP introduces more Thunderbolt3 NAS devices. Aruba announces self-sustaining data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Orbi Pro WiFi System Review

In recent months NETGEAR has released two new WiFi systems: the award winning Orbi for home use and more recently the Orbi Pro aimed at small to medium businesses (SMB). The Orbi Pro WiFi System is quoted to deliver secure, reliable, and blazing fast WiFi doing so without the need to run Ethernet cords to access points throughout the office. The Orbi Pro is a tri-band WiFi system that uses patented Fastlane3 technology.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Review

Seagate has launched the latest update to their high-performance desktop 3.5" HDD line in the BarraCuda Pro family. Now available in capacities up to 12TB, the BarraCuda Pro is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want the high capacity that 3.5" hard drives offer, with as much performance as possible. To that end, the BarraCuda Pro features a 7,200 RPM spindle speed with 256MB cache, offering up to 250MB/s in sustained sequential transfer rates. Incidentally, 250MB/s is 30MB/s faster than the prior top capacity 10TB Pro drive. Seagate is also making sure they take care of their BarraCuda Pro owners with a five-year warranty and two years of Seagate Rescue data recovery included. 

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