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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

Facebook engineers and Carnegie Mellon researchers have looked into SSD failure patterns and found surprising temperature and data contiguity results in the first large-scale SSD failure study. In a paper (PDF) entitled A Large-Scale Study of Flash Memory Failures in the Field they looked at SSDs used by Facebook over a four …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

Seagate sub LaCie has pre-announced a 6TB near line disk drive from its parent and it doesn't appear to use the slow write shingled magnetic recording technology. LaCie's news came out with the NAB event in Las Vegas, which opened on Friday. There are details of the drive on Seagate's website, although the drive has not been …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

The folks at backup-as-a-service outfit Backblaze have again done something astounding: they've not only looked at log files but analysed them, this time to figure out which vendor's disk drives offer the longest working life. There's a scary-looking histogram in BackBlaze's post detailing the results that shows Seagate drives …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
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Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

Blocks and Files Ryan Petersen made OCZ a high-flyer: and then nearly piloted it into the ground. Replacement CEO Ralph Schmitt did crash-land the damaged business, but was unable to repair it and get it flying again. Bankruptcy beckons. OCZ shot itself in the foot (causing its feet to slip from the rudder pedals leading to a crash -Ed) with …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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Behold: Ten storage chieftains whose products hold humanity's data

Who are the ten most influential storage bosses? It should be an easy list to make but what do we mean by influential and should they be currently in post? "Influential" means more than that just "our customers have bought boatloads of our kit!" An influential company's competitors have had to react to its products and strategy …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

Seagate seems set to replace its desktop Barracuda brand with the Desktop HDD brand and introduce a 4TB desktop drive with it. The Desktop HDD 15 line runs up from 250GB through 320GB and 500GB all the way to 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. It uses 1TB/platter technology, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache, transfers data at up to 160MB …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2013

Hard Glass Spinner Technology: HGST's new 2.5-incher

Hitachi GST has announced the Charles Atlas of small format disk drives, a 1.2TB drive spinning at 10,000rpm. Aren't such drives supposed to be getting driven off the beach by SSD bullies? Charles Atlas No they are not. It's the 15,000rpm drives that are suffering from the flash raiders, up in 3.5-inch format land. Down here …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2013
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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

Blocks and Files Filling disk drives with helium gas delays the time when shingled magnetic recording has to be adopted. That's because helium gas-filled drives can cram more platters into a disk drive enclosure, thus increasing capacity without having to alter the data recording method. The current PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
Galaxy

SGI slips on Scality's RING, awaits flood of Big Data

Scality's object storage software is being OEMed by SGI so that it can gulp down galactic amounts of unstructured data into its storage arrays. SGI has a Modular InfiniteStorage (MIS) array that was kicked into life a year ago and offered as a JBON or a NAS server supporting NFS and CIFS. Back then we wrote: "An SGI D-Rack can …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013

Western Digital leaps out of a plane, forgets to pull the 'chute

Western Digital's latest quarterly financial results signal a retreat in revenue and profits. Recession helped reduce both figures and the floor is not yet in sight. For its second quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended 28 December 2012, revenues were $3.8bn, an impressive 89 per cent increase on the year-ago quarter. Net income …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2013
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WD wolfs down Arkeia, gets bellyful of SMB storage

Disk drive manufacturer Western Digital, which has angling for a while to muscle into the SMB market, is buying privately owned backup software company Arkeia Software for its backup software and appliances. The myriad other suppliers in the fractured SMB data protection market now face having to compete with a giant. The …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2013
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Facebook's sexy pick 'n' mix OCP model is great... for Facebook

Blocks and Files Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP) could potentially destroy the business models of the mainstream server, storage and networking vendors. It is an attempt to turn back time and return to a pick-'n'-mix server, storage and networking world where suppliers happily build to common interfaces, and component sets aren't …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2013
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STEC's flash daddy on SSD rivals, NAND and having your OWN controller tech

Mark Moshayedi, CEO of flash pioneer STEC, doesn't think "flash is forever". While his firm is now battling it out in the enterprise solid state drive space, he has a different vision for the future. El Reg storage desk recently met with Moshayedi, where he expanded on the firm's current strategies and explained how it had saved …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013

You know flash is king when disk giant Seagate grows its SSD line

Seagate is going to expand its solid state drive (SSD) line this year using co-developed Samsung controller technology and introducing its first multi-level cell drive. Seagate and Samsung have a flash chip supply and controller partnership. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers has talked to Seagate execs and gleaned that: …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013
DataTraveler

Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

CES 2013 CES is the time to introduce new gadget gizmos and Kingston, SanDisk and Toshiba have stepped up to the flash front to parade their latest gear. SanDisk has updated two of its SSDs with Toshiba 19nm NAND and increased performance. Kingston has introduced a terabyte USB memory stick - damned expensive if you lose it - and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2013
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5.6TB helium disks could balloon, lift WD onto enterprise throne

Western Digital could topple Seagate as the king of enterprise disk shipments thanks to its helium drives, according to analysts IHS. The technology is being developed by WD's subsidiary Hitachi GST. Read-write heads and spinning magnetic platters in hard drives filled with helium experience less drag rather those in devices …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
Hitachi GST 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000 drive

Hitachi GST rummages in pocket, pulls out lint-covered storage Tardis

CES 2013 WD sub Hitachi GST is showing a fast, high capacity pocket disk drive at CES that sets a new product benchmark: a G-DRIVE with a 7,200rpm, 1TB Travelstar drive inside it. This a brand new Travelstar drive. Mike Williams, the VP and general manager for G-Technology in the HGST Branded Business, said: "The new Travelstar drive is …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013
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'NAND flash killer now up to 10,000 times MORE efficient'

MeRAM has the potential to succeed NAND flash as the best non-volatile sold state memory with DRAM-like speed, better-than-NAND endurance and density, and now it has taken a step forward, with UCLA research making the stuff 10 to 10,000 times more energy-efficient. UCLA boffins - led by Raytheon professor of electrical …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2012
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Seagate slips out super-silent 2.5in video hard drive

Seagate has decided the set-top box and digital video recorder market is now big enough to warrant having its own special drive - and the Video 2.5 HDD is it. It's chosen a 2.5-inch format because it holds enough video - 250, 320 or 500GB of the stuff - is barely audible at 22dB, and draws niggardly amounts of power. The new …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012

Big Data storage of the future: Fat spinning tubs smothered in NVRAM gravy

Jean-Luc Chatelain, EVP of one of the major high capacity storage firms, says he sees storage tiers collapsing, leaving only server non volatile memory (NVRAM) and massively fat spinning data tubs of up to 64TB and rendering tape irrelevant. But how do we get to this point? Chatelain - aka JLC - is the exec who heads up strategy …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2012
Toshiba 4TB MG Series

New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

Toshiba has whipped out its own enterprise-class 4TB hard drive just days after Western Digital revealed a 4TB disk. Toshiba 4TB MG Series Toshiba's 4TB MG series Tosh will build the rival drive at the 3.5-inch disk factory it bought from WD. Western Digital had to sell the plant in order to placate China's MOFCOM …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012
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Seagate private equity whispers begin... AGAIN

Seagate is reported to be talking to private equity firms about shifting off the stock market and back into private ownership. This would be the second time it has held such talks, so it's anybody's guess if anything will come of it. We heard about it from Aaron Rakers, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst of good repute, and he heard …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012
WD 4TB Black

Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

WD has released a 4TB desktop drive, an extension of its Caviar desktop range, now branded the WD Black. As with previous versions, it comes in a 3.5-inch form factor, rotates five platters at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache and a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. It carries over technologies like the dual-stage actuator head from the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Intel in Flash flush, offers 'smoother' fresh jobbie to data centre bods

Intel has replaced its data centre-class 710 SSD - and its poor write performance - with a DC S3700 that reads twice as fast and writes 15 times faster. The DC, standing for Data Centre, S3700 uses the same 25nm High-Endurance Technology (HET) multi-level cell NAND as the 710 - it was announced roughly only a year ago after …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2012
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WD blames hard drive woes on dominant mobile gear, feeble PCs

Western Digital's disk sales slumped in its last quarter, leading to lower revenue and profit than in the previous three months. Its next quarter is going to be even worse. Revenues in WD's Q1 of fiscal 2013, ended 28 September, amounted to $4bn, 17 per cent less than the $4.8bn a quarter before. And Q1 was the first quarter …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2012
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Look behind you, WD: Seagate's turned up, and it has 3 biz drives

Seagate is playing catch-up in the enterprise space with its announcement of two new 3.5-inch drives for 24x7 operations and a new 2.5-inch Savvio drive optimised for performance and power-efficiency. The 3.5-inchers are Constellation drives, positioned as an enterprise value drive, the Constellation CS, and an enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2012
Toshiba external drives

Tosh grabs 2.5-incher, heads for single platter party

Toshiba has joined Seagate and WD with a single platter 500GB drive for thin notebooks, DVRs and the like. The MQ01ABF is essentially half an MQ01ABD, a 2-platter 2.5-inch drive storing up to 1TB. Like that drive it spins at 5,400rpm, has an 8MB cache and a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. Unlike that 9.5mm thin drive it is 7mm thin, the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2012
Memristor

Flashboys: HEELLLP, we're trapped in a process size shrink crunch

The NAND flash industry is facing a process size shrink crunch and no replacement technology is ready. Unless 3D die stacking works, we are facing a solid state storage capacity shortage. The NAND flash foundries are pumping out more and more sub-20nm NAND. Previously they'd mostly produced 2Xnm dies – that is NAND dies with a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2012
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

WD hopes biz barons will grab its new 4TB data tubs

WD has added two mainstream 4TB enterprise disk drives to its range, with Xyratex and Dell using them straight away. Basically it looks like the same 3.5-inch format drive mechanics with either a 6Gbit/s SAS or SATA interface. The RE SAS is available in 1TB, 4TB, 3TB and 4TB capacity points, with the RE SAS coming in 2GB, 3TB …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2012
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'Seagate's OCZ gobble was real, but went sour in CEO row'

Juicy scuttlebutt from storage insiders suggests the Seagate acquisition of OCZ fell through because the larger firm refused to give OCZ's CEO Ryan Petersen a seat on its board. According to our sources, this, in combination with flash NAND shortages at OCZ, led to Petersen's eventual resignation. Petersen founded and ran OCZ …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2012
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Seagate: Our tech will be BETTER than WD's helium-filled hardness

We've had WD showing off the flash-disk mutants on its road map to the investment analysts, boasting of its upcoming helium-filled drives - where did they come from? - and 5mm ultra-thin drives. Now Seagate has followed suit and said it will get there first, wherever it is. Seagate and WD are the squabbling sisters of the hard …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2012

Western Digital cuts revenue forecast, cites 'muted demand'

Storage megacorp Western Digital dropped a bomb on its investors – and the entire computer industry – by announcing that it was lowering its revenue projections for its first fiscal quarter, which will end on September 28. That quarter, the company said in a press release on Thursday, will now see revenues of between $3.9 …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Sep 2012
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

WD to parade flash-disk mutant for Wall St moneybags this week

Western Digital will face investors on Thursday and tell them what the world's new number-one disk drive supplier is going to do to stay at the top. That means products, products and more products. Having acquired Hitachi GST and its enterprise drives, WD can't wait to put competitive pressure on Seagate and dive deeper into the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

King Coyne snaps chains, escapes Western Digital

Under CEO John Coyne, Western Digital bought Hitachi GST and has become the world's number-one disk drive manufacturer. Now, leaving on a high note, Coyne is going to transfer the reins to HGST's ex-boss man Steve Milligan. The transfer of power will take place on 2 January, 2013. Milligan is now president of WD and will keep …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2012

Tegile adds dash of disk to flash, hopes to taste cash

Tegile has tossed out two more flash-boosted storage arrays into the market, chasing the hybrid dream that flash and disk is better than flash alone because you get cheap capacity and solid state speed. Its first hybrid array product, the Zebi HA2100 was announced in June, with DRAM and flash used as a 2-tier cache atop a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2012

Tosh unzips 3.5incher for video, cloud, anyone with a wallet

Toshiba is rolling a line of 1TB-per-platter drives off the 3.5-inch assembly line Western Digital had to offload to get approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition. Tosh has now joined Seagate and Western Digital in the 3.5-inch disk drive market. It has three products. The DT01ACA desktop range comes with 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2012
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Gobble gabblers: 'Seagate will put up $1 BEEELION for OCZ'

Reports that HHD Seagate is going to buy OCZ have been around for weeks, but now there's a price tag of a billion bucks being floated around. This comes after last week's rumours sent OCZ stock into overdrive, adding about $68m to the company's share value, according to Reuters. Seagate itself is worth $11bn. Seagate is one of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012
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Top disk drive dog WD shakes off flood water, doubles its earnings

WD produced record results for its 2012 fiscal year despite two natural disasters and buying Hitachi GST for $4.8bn, the largest-ever acquisition in the disk drive industry. It is overtaking Seagate in revenue and disk drive unit production terms and is the undisputed top disk drive industry dog. Where next? WD beat the …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2012

Will the titans of storage decide to flash their bits?

The fundamental decision facing most of the online storage industry is whether to use spinning or flashing bits or both. Flashing bit growth, solid state NAND storage, is booming and set to grow strongly. Why aren't Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital, the spinning disk-supplying tri-opoly, as successful with flash drives as …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2012
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HDD oligopoly to keep post-flood prices high till 2014

Hard disk drive prices are unlikely to return to pre-flood levels until 2014 despite rising production levels, thanks to surging demand, vendor lock-in and a market dominated by just two suppliers, according to analysts. IHS iSuppli’s latest Memory & Storage Market Brief report revealed that the average selling price (ASP) for …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Seagate poised to swallow LaCie, haul fattened bod into channel

Spinning disk supremo Seagate has nailed down an agreement from Paris-based external drive products manufacturer LaCie to snap it up, and LaCie is up for it – though the trade union and regulatory stuff is still being worked out. If the transaction completes, Seagate will be able to round out its mainstream consumer storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2012

Seagate, WD need to get a firm grip on solid disks

Blocks and Files STEC is touting its great CellCare flash endurance, and it is great, reinforcing a view that it and OCZ make natural flash market buy-in points for Seagate and Western Digital. Whoa, hang on a minute, where did that idea come from? Let's start from the point that the key future flash technology is the ability to lengthen the …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012
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Hitachi GST releases skinny spinner

Western Digital's latest acquisition, Hitachi GST, has released a skinny single platter drive for consumer electronics devices. The CinemaStar Z5K500 is a 7mm thick disk drive featuring 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacities, with a maximum areal density of 630Gbit/in2, a 32MB cache, a 6Gbit/s SATA interface and a 7,200rpm spin …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2012

Flashy mutant Ultrabooks to shove pure SSD chaps off cliff

Storage industry research firm TrendFocus says Ultrabooks will increasingly use hybrid disk drives for their near-SSD speed, HDD capacity and ability to undercut pure SSD Ultrabook prices. Seagate thinks hybrid drives will eventually enter every part of its product portfolio. According to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2012
DVD it in many colours

Hitachi GST to demo first 12Gbit/s SAS SSD

Hitachi GST has announced that it will soon demonstrate the industry's first 12Gbit/s SAS interface solid state drive. The latest addition to Western Digital said it would demo the fastest SAS interface yet at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase, Santa Clara, on 9 May, 2012. SAS 12Gbit/s runs twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
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WD soaked in sales cash bonanza after Thai flood hell

Western Digital, the world's number two hard drive vendor, is bouncing back after Thai floods wiped out disk assembly lines - but not quite enough to grab Seagate's crown. WD has included just three weeks of acquired Hitachi GST's earnings, $614m, in its third quarter fiscal 2012 results, but even so has seen a pronounced …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2012

WD pushes out super-slim shock-resistant Ultrabook drive

Western Digital has crafted up a slim half-terabyte single platter drive that uses the least power of all Ultrabook disk drive on the market. WD says it is also the most shock-resistant Ultrabook drive yet. The 6.8mm thin Scorpio Blue comes in 320GB and 500GB capacities, spins at 5,400rpm and has a 4000Gs operating shock …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2012
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Hitachi GST lays 4TB Easter egg

Hitachi GST has laid a nice Easter egg: a 4TB enterprise disk drive and a first at this capacity level. It's HGST's second 4TB product. This 3.5-inch drive technology first surfaced in September when Hitachi GST launched its 4TB G-Drive external Thunderbolt product. Now it has updated its Ultrastar line, jumping from the 3TB …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2012
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WD acquires Hitachi GST for $4.8bn

One year after Western Digital announced it was going to acquire Hitachi GST the deal is done, but only after conditions imposed by three different regulatory agencies have been met. Western Digital (WD) has bought Viviti Technologies, formerly Hitachi GST, for $3.9bn in cash and 25 million WD shares worth $0.9 billion; a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2012
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WD fattens up S25 with third juicy platter

The third generation S25 drive from Western Digital has had a third platter added to reach the 900GB capacity point. WD's S25 is a 2.5-inch enterprise disk drive spinning at 10,000rpm with a 6Gbit/s SAS interface. It comes in 150, 300 and 600GB capacity points and competes with Seagate's Savvio 10K – the 10K.4 600GB version of …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012