Feeds

Vendors partner to promote Flash-fitted hard drives

Calling Vista-running Centrino laptop makers...

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Toshiba have come together to promote hard drives with integrated Flash caches, the better to persuade notebook manufacturers in particular to choose their offerings rather than rival technology from Intel.

Windows Vista incorporates drive management code, dubbed ReadyDrive, that can take advantage of a hybrid, Flash-fitted hard drive to cache frequently accessed data. A similar system, ReadyBoost, can use Flash cards and USB keys for the same purpose. ReadyDrive's more laptop-centric, and Intel plans to offer 'Robson', a standalone Flash cache for regular HDDs, as part of the next major incarnation of Centrino, 'Santa Rosa'.

intel's robson nand flash cache card

Fortunately, for Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Toshiba, Robson is an optional Centrino component, not a mandated one, so they can pitch against it, offering hard drives with integrated Flash caches as a cheaper alternative to standalone cache and hard drive.

Either way, the benefit is faster start-up and application-launch times, and quicker recovery from sleep. There could be a power saving too, boosting battery life, and the four hybrid-HDD partners - collectively the Hybrid Storage Alliance (HSA) - also stressed the reliability advantage: since the hard drive is used less frequently, even if it's only by a small amount, it will have a long lifespan. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.