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SanDisk Introduces Affordable Z410 SSD For Everday Computing

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sandisk z410 ssdSanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Z410 SSD, a cost-competitive, half-terabyte solid state drive (SSD) that enables manufacturers to design for a broad range of desktop PCs and laptops. The 15-nanometer, three-bits-per-cell based Z410 SSD delivers the performance, capacities and form factor ideal for mainstream computing platforms.

“SSDs are being rapidly adopted as the preferred storage option across the entire spectrum of the PC marketplace,” said Tarun Loomba, vice president and general manager of Client Platform Solutions, SanDisk. “In addition to the performance and durability benefits that SSDs provide, the SanDisk Z410 SSD delivers storage that is ample for most consumers and the right-size for typical corporate users. The Z410 is an important addition to our overall SSD portfolio, as our customers require a complete range of storage options, from home/office PCs to the latest high-performance, ultra-thin laptops.”

SLC Cache Means a Better Computing Experience

Built on the successful SanDisk Z400s SSD platform, the Z410 SSD features an SLC cache--a combination of SLC and TLC blocks to maximize read and write speeds. This means PC users can expect very short start-up and application loading, making the Z410 ideal for multi-tasking and typical PC workloads such as home/office productivity, web browsing, email, casual gaming and audio/video entertainment.

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Seagate Now Shipping 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive In Volume

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seagate 10tb helium enterprise hddSeagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it is now shipping in volume its 10TB helium enterprise drives— the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD. Engineered to meet the storage needs of top cloud service providers, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD features the industry’s lowest power and weight for maximum space efficiency at the lowest energy usage— lowering the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) of today’s large scale data centers. Currently the highest capacity drives available worldwide, these innovative new products are now available to purchase direct from global distributors.

“Seagate has the most comprehensive Nearline portfolio in the industry. Each of our Nearline products – including our new flagship 10TB helium enterprise drive shipping today – is designed to help customers take maximum advantage of top technology trends that have the highest impact on their business,” said Mark Re, CTO at Seagate. “While we offer a number of impressive technology advantages, at the end of the day customers really want solutions and insights that help them better leverage the value of their data so they can offer services and capabilities unmatched by their competitors. Seagate’s 10TB helium drive is designed with these market mandates front of mind.”

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SanDisk Launches Next-Generation iXpand Flash Drive For iPhone And iPad

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched the next-generation iXpand Flash Drive, a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad with up to 128GB of additional capacity.  The iXpand Flash Drive features a new, modern design that fits with most iPhone and iPad cases, a USB 3.0 connector for faster transfer speeds to Mac or PCs, and a completely redesigned app to easily manage photos, videos and music.

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According to a recent consumer survey conducted by SanDisk in the U.S., many iPhone users are looking to free up more space on their phones. “People are using their mobile phones to capture tons of photos and videos, and more than 70 percent of users transfer files off of their iPhones to another storage location,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “Our line of mobile storage offerings can immediately help them free up space. With the new iXpand Flash Drive, people can spend more time using their iPhone to capture what they love, and less time worrying about how and where to transfer these photos and videos.”

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QNAP Releases QTS 4.2.1

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of QTS 4.2.1 – the smart NAS operating system – with more new features and improved apps that empower users to achieve more with both data management and office applications. With powerful new features and upgraded applications, QTS 4.2.1 makes for smarter and smoother data management experiences with stronger cloud service security.

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“We are pleased to release QTS 4.2.1 and believe that it will allow our users to achieve more in their business and home life. We received significant feedback from QTS 4.2.1 Beta reviewers, and this provided constant encouragement for our development team to provide better QTS functionality for users,” said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP, adding “designed with a smarter and smoother user interface, QTS 4.2.1 is a reinvented NAS operating system for more immersive experiences and stronger security.”

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LaCie Announces 12big Thunderbolt 3 Desktop RAID Storage Unit

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lacie 12big thunderbolt3Today at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit. With up to 96TB of capacity, the breakthrough performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6, the LaCie 12big helps video professionals meet the data demands of 4/5/6K cameras. At up to 96TB, the LaCie 12big boasts a 50 percent higher capacity than any other desktop direct attached storage solution on the market—with a footprint smaller than a tablet. It features Seagate’s enterprise-class drives with a five-year limited warranty for extraordinary reliability and data availability to safely store and edit massive amounts of ultra hi-res footage

THUNDERBOLT 3 PERFORMANCE
For the 12big, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of Thunderbolt 3 technology and squeezed the absolute best speeds out of the hard drives. LaCie added a hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM drives, and the result is record-breaking speeds of up to 2600MB/s—and 2400MB/s in RAID 5.

“We are thrilled to see LaCie push the boundaries of speed, video bandwidth and compatibility with its latest Thunderbolt storage solution,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like the LaCie 12big help highlight what Thunderbolt 3 makes possible.”

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Western Digital Announces WD Gold Datacenter Hard Drives

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wd gold hddWestern Digital Corporation, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning color portfolio with a new line; WD Gold datacenter hard drives. WD Gold datacenter hard drives are designed for a broad range of applications – including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers and storage, and rack-mount datacenter servers and storage enclosures. WD Gold drives are currently available at select U.S. distributors, resellers and through the WD Store.

With purpose-driven designs for the datacenter, WD Gold datacenter hard drives are launching with a new, high-capacity configuration of up to 8TB that offers HelioSeal® helium-technology for performance, ideal capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption for datacenter environments. WD Gold datacenter hard drives feature an optimized design with an 8TB option that helps reduce the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of servers and storage systems, benefiting IT administrators challenged with growing storage capacity needs on limited budgets. WD Gold hard drives will also include a premium dedicated support line for customers worldwide.

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Akitio Unveils Thunder3 PCIe SSD

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AKITIO today unveiled the Thunder3 PCIe SSD, the industry's fastest external storage solution designed to unleash the groundbreaking speed and simplicity of Thunderbolt 3.  Developed for high-speed transfer of large files, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD is the only product on the market today that combines the full PCIe Gen3 x4 bandwidth of Intel's 750 NVMe SSD with Thunderbolt 3's 40Gbps port, giving an unprecedented performance of 2500MB/s (2.5 Gigabytes per second) with a storage capacity of 1.2TB, the highest capacity PCIe SSD drive available today.

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"The Thunder3 PCIe SSD is designed for creative professionals that truly value their time and need to transfer files as quickly as possible," said Richard Wright, VP of Sales & Marketing for Akitio.  "The revolutionary 40Gb/s bandwidth is essential for anyone looking to increase workflow productivity by significantly reducing the time it takes to transfer media content, whether it is for audio, photography, video or large data files."

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G-Technology Announces G-RACK 12 NAS Solution For Content Creators

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G-Technology, a trusted premium storage solutions provider, today announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its award-winning product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide. This along with a sneak peek of new technology demonstrations and the latest G-Technology products will be on display at NAB, April 18-21, in Las Vegas, Booth SL6005.

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"From our flexible Evolution Series™ and high-capacity, high-performance portable G-SPEED® Shuttle XL to our new 12-bay G-RACK 12 NAS solution, G-Technology offers one of the broadest storage portfolios for virtually any audio, video or content creation workflow," said Mike Williams, vice president of marketing, G-Technology. "Our goal is to continue to optimize efficiencies in pre- and post- production workflows, so whether you're working on a TV commercial, a corporate video, or major motion picture, we can help you through the most demanding production environments, while delivering capacity, reliability, performance and style."

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Sony Unveils Second Generation Optical Disc Archive System

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Sony is unveiling the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive System, which adopts a new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic.  This newest media, rated with a 100-year shelf life, doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB. Generation 2 of Optical Disc Archive System also introduces an 8-channel optical drive unit, doubling read/write speeds over the previous generation, accommodating 4K video in real time and meeting the users’ increasing data storage needs.

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Optical Disc Archive, launched in 2013, is widely used by broadcasters, sports organizations, corporations, schools and production companies. It delivers reliable long-term storage and provides stable operations with efficient power consumption.   Continuing its open platform approach for wider compatibility, Sony is providing technologies and support to encourage other manufacturers to develop supporting products for Optical Disc Archive.  Currently, 42 companies have announced their support and have created interfaces for Optical Disc Archive.

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SanDisk Unveils First microSD Card Verified In "Works with GoPro" Program

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sandisk extreme plus microsdxc 128gbSanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the 128GB SanDisk Extreme PLUS microSDXC card, one of the first microSD cards to carry the Works with GoPro verification. The new, higher capacity SanDisk Extreme PLUS microSDXC card is verified to deliver optimal performance and reliability when used with GoPro® cameras, even under extreme conditions.

“We are proud to be one of the first companies to unveil a new offering that carries the Works with GoPro logo, as well as one of the first to have access to Works with GoPro verification tools,” said Brian Pridgeon, director of retail product marketing, SanDisk. “We strive to deliver a great user experience that includes performance, reliability and the peace of mind that data is safely stored. The early testing and verification through this program further confirms our customers get the best possible user experience with their SanDisk® cards and GoPro cameras.”

Works with GoPro is a verification program for products that work with GoPro cameras. Once verified, products have the option to feature a Works with GoPro logo so consumers can easily identify compatible products for their GoPro. Additionally, SanDisk is working with GoPro to ensure their products work optimally with GoPro’s lineup. The SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme PLUS microSD cards in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities have been verified as Works with GoPro cards, and are recommended for the latest Hero GoPro cameras, the Hero®4 Silver, the Hero®4 Black, and the Hero Session.

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