Feeds

Seven... SSD sizzlers

Speed-boost upgrades for your laptop

Application security programs and practises

Crucial M4 256GB

RH Numbers
RH Recommended Medal

This Crucial drive uses Marvell’s new 88SS9174-BKK2 controller, and should hopefully fill the empty gaps experienced with its predecessor, the C300. Although this is a Sata 3 drive, the prices are very close to its Sata 2 brethren, making this potentially a good buy if the numbers add up. Indeed, Crucial and Marvell have done themselves proud on this one, all the right boxes are ticked with the major I/O all happening above 200MB/s and excellent random read/write performance at the low end. While the peak performance still might not be able to beat Samsung’s 470 drives, I could see many opting for this drive for the Sata 3 interface if they’re looking ahead to reuse this on future devices supporting this bus.

Crucial M4

Reg Rating 90%
Price £187 (128GB), £375 (256GB), £748 (512GB)
More Info Crucial

Intel 320 300GB

RH Numbers

The new 320 series packs a proprietary controller and a Sata 2 interface along with a competitive price. Intel also claims 270MB/s reads and 220MB/s writes, which sounds quite plausible. A lower capacity drive wasn’t available so a 300GB model was used for testing. It notched up 255MB/s which isn’t quite 270MB/s, but it’s pretty damn close – so sequential reads are good, and there’s that promised 220MB/s sequential write too, right where it should be. Random performance suffers somewhat, but if these numbers can also be seen by the 128GB version I’d say it’s worth a punt, considering it’s the cheapest here at £130. If it’s capacity you’re after, then when it comes to value for money this one’s an easy choice – you can have the 600GB 320 Series for £665 or Kingston’s 512GB V+ 100 for £1000.

Intel SSD320

Reg Rating 80%
Price £70 (40GB), £140 (80GB), £180 (120GB), £250 (160GB), £450 (300GB), £850 (600GB).
More Info Intel

The Power of One Infographic

Whitepapers

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.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.