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OCZ Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs Released

While the talk of breakneck SSD speeds often dominates the headlines, there's still a robust market of buyers looking for SSDs that perform well but are a little more gentle on the budget. The OCZ Agility 3 and Solid 3 are two options designed for this market. While less expensive, OCZ didn't skimp, both use a SATA 6Gb/s interface and leverage the new SandForce SF-2200 family of processors.

Icy Dock Releases New Multi-Interface HDD/SSD Dock

Icy Dock recently announced the new all-in-one MB881U3 docking station featuring connectors for IDE and SATA drives connected through a fast USB 3.0 interface. The SATA and IDE hard drive adapter supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch IDE hard drives, as well as 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and SSDs. The transforming dock can be reconfigured in multiple shapes to handle pretty much any drive currently being sold on the market. The big update for this model though is the addition of USB 3.0, which offers much greater speeds than USB 2.0, but still retains backwards compatibility.

Iomega Releases New StorCenter PX NAS Series with up to 18TB of Storage

Today Iomega announced their new StorCenter PX series of network storage products, including high-performance desktop and rackmount NAS units. Aimed at the small to medium sized business and enterprise markets, the models offer up to 18TB of storage at the high-end. These new servers include Iomega Personal Cloud technology as well, allowing users to share and backup data from anywhere.

Seagate First to Announce 1TB Hard Drive Platters

Seagate has announced plans to update their Barracuda XT 3TB line of hard drives with three 1TB platters (625 Gigabits per square inch), replacing the current build of five 600GB platters. Seagate’s line of GoFlex Desktop external hard drives will be the first to feature the new platter configuration. GoFlex products are being refreshed soon to feature the new three-platter Barracuda XT. Bare drives are expected to be available in the middle of this year. 

Patriot Announces Torqx 2 SSD

Patriot has announced the new Torqx 2 series of SSDs, with capacities ranging from 32GB up to 256GB. With most SSDs currently on the market using JMicron, SandForce or other controllers, Patriot has opted for a model from Phison, which hasn't seen much consumer SSD activity in the past year. With retail prices being listed as $229 for the 128GB version, these SATA 3Gb/s SSDs are competing with many of the upcoming performance models.

OCZ Introduces Enterprise-Class VeloDrive PCIe SSD

Today OCZ announced the new VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD, powered by four SandForce SF-1565 processors. The VeloDrive is aimed at enterprise users who demand very fast speeds and scalability, which this product delivers on in all counts. The VeloDrive supports both hardware and software RAID modes and can be deployed in most servers with its low-profile design. It also has minimal system resource hit and a very small DRAM footprint.

Tiering in RAID Storage Environments

With the advent of solid-state-disk technology, shrinking costs of high speed volatile memory, the low cost of SATA, and the reliability of SAS, optimal organization and integration of new storage technologies has become more difficult. Opportunities exist to place frequently accessed “hot” data on lower latency, faster media, while leaving rarely accessed data on higher latency, lower cost media. 

 

Plextor Announces New External 12X Blu-ray Writer

Plextor has announced a new Blu-ray burner with write speeds up to 12X, the highest speed available today. The PX-LB950UE has USB 3.0 and eSATA connections and includes Blu-ray playback software, including support for 3D.

Paragon Announces Hard Disk Manager 11 Software

Paragon Software Group has announced its new Hard Disk Manager 11 Professional software. The software provides users with tools for data safety and recovery, data migration for physical and virtual environments, partition alignment and management, wiping technologies, and partition conversion.

Crucial m4 SSD Now Shipping

Crucial's m4 SSD is now shipping, complete with SATA 6Gb/s interface, Marvell 9174-BLD2 processor and homegrown Micron 25nm NAND. While the top speeds are posted at 415MB/s reads and 260MB/s writes, the most interesting factor may be price. The m4 comes into a crowded market with the most aggressive SATA 6Gb/s pricing yet, starting at $129.99.