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Iomega StorCenter px12-350r Released

Iomega took the wraps off its latest top-of-the-line rackmount Network Storage Array today. The px12-350r is a 2U unit running under the direction of an Intel Core2 Duo processor with 4GB of memory. It ships in either an 8 or 12TB capacity, but can be expanded to a maximum of 36TB using 3TB 7200 RPM drives in each of its 12 slots. The device will also accept 128GB SSDs.

LaCie Intros New OS for Network Storage Devices

LaCie has announced its NAS OS 2.0, an update to its existing operating system for its network-attached storage (NAS) devices. LaCie cites improved usability, performance, RAID management, and backup. It additionally offers remote file access.

Corsair Adds 60GB and 90GB SSDs to Force 3 and Force GT Lines

Corsair has added 60GB and 90GB capacities to their family of Force GT and Force 3 SSDs. The 90GB drives are the first SandForce SF-2200 SATA 6Gb/s SSDs to ship thus far. While they may be small in capacity, these SSDs still offer tremendous speeds, with the 60GB Force GT cranking out 555 MB/s reads.

Intel SSD 320 Firmware Update Published

In late July, we reported on an issue that affected all Intel SSD 320 models which under certain power conditions could render the drives inoperable. Called the "Bad Context 13x Error", this problem caused drives to show as 8MB in capacity and users would lose their ability to read or write from the SSD. Intel has now said that a firmware bug has been identified and updated software to fix this problem will be released in two weeks.

Study Shows Alarming Loss of Confidential Data on Flash Drives

A study conducted by Ponemon Institute has found that USB flash drives are an underestimated security risk in large organizations including government and enterprise. Over half the responding organizations reported losing flash drives containing sensitive information.

Synology DiskStation DS411 Released

Synology announced the new DiskStation DS411, a more cost-effective version of the DiskStation DS411+II and successor to the DS410, packing a 1.6Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM, and four 3.5-inch hard drive bays. Offering RAID5 transfer speeds up to 105MB/s read and 48MB/s write, the DS411 is designed to handle most duties in a small-business or workgroup environment.

Samsung SSD 830 Series Announced

Samsung has announced their new family of SSDs, the SSD 830 series. The new drives will offer a SATA 6Gb/s interface and will be the only current generation SATA 6Gb/s SSDs built entirely in-house; leveraging Samsung NAND, processor and firmware. 


LSI Releases MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0

LSI has released an update to its SSD-caching software package for their MegaRAID 6Gb/s SATA+SAS controller cards. The software allows a tier of SSDs to be added to a HDD-based array and serve as cache to increase transaction speeds. The company claims a 13X increase in transaction rates with a 82% cost savings.

iFixit Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit Released

Popular teardown site iFixit has released a kit that allows a second hard drive (or SSD) to be added to the current generation Mac Mini (mid 2011). Apple left the space available for the second drive largely for their Mac Mini Server model, which includes two 500GB drives but costs $400 more.

Intel and Micron Win Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology [FMS 2011]

Intel and Micron took home a little silverware from the Flash Memory Summit this year. The duo won the award for Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology for the companies' 20nm NAND flash memory process technology. The 20nm 8GB NAND chip from Intel and Micron delivers the highest capacity in the smallest form factor.