Feeds

1.5TB 2.5-inch drives

By the end of the year

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

You can't rely on disk drive manufactures to tell you much at all about new higher-capacity drives coming our way, but you can get hints from their OEMs. ProStor CEO Frank Herbist recently gave out a loud one.

ProStor makes removable RDX disk drives, 2.5-inch drives inside a rugged case, and the InfiniVault RDX autoloader and library appliance with up to 100 slots. The company's products are a substitute for tape and it offers a 750GB RDX currently with a 1TB one coming by the end of September.

Herbist told SearchStorage that he'd have a 1.5TB RDX by the end of the year. No hard disk drive vendor has a 1.5TB 2.5-inch product publicly-announced. With stories of 3TB 3.5-inch drives being evaluated by OEMs, and 3.5-inch drives having twice the capacity of 2.5-inch ones, then a 1.5TB 2.5-inch drive in this timescale makes sense.

A 1.5T RDX would equal the capacity of an LTO-5 tape and RDX products would be a viable replacement in capacity terms for all DAT and LTO installations that use single drives, autoloaders and smaller libraries.

It wouldn't be viable for 100 slot-plus tape library installations unless much bigger InfiniVaults are planned. They probably are.

A 1.5TB 2.5-inch drive would be good news for notebook users and external storage products. It would also surely find a role in enterprise storage arrays as well. At this stage all we know is that one hard disk drive OEM customer has said it's coming. It's hearsay. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.