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OCZ PCIe-Based Z-Drive SSD Series Certified As DataCore Ready

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OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that its entire PCIe-based enterprise-class Z-Drive SSD Series are now certified as DataCore Ready. Through this certification program, OCZ's Z-Drive SSD Series has demonstrated product compatibility with DataCore's SANsymphony-V software platform by meeting the verification criteria set by DataCore through the successful execution of planned functional tests.

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SANsymphony-V is DataCore's ninth-generation storage virtualization solution and is currently being used in more than 10,000 customer sites worldwide. The software is designed to maximize IT infrastructure performance, availability and utilization by virtualizing storage assets. Once deployed, it seamlessly manages and scales data storage architectures, combines all available storage into a single storage pool and virtualizes it delivering large performance gains through a hardware-agnostic model.

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Kanguru Announces FlashBlu30 USB 3.0 With Physical Write Protect Switch

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kanguru_flashblu30.pngThe Kanguru FlashBlu series, a popular flash drive line sold by Kanguru with a physical write protect switch, has recently been upgraded with new USB 3.0 technology, putting the “flash” in “flash drive” and making it one of the most cost-effective flash drives on the market. The new Kanguru FlashBlu30 USB 3.0 Flash Drive is first rate when it comes to low cost and convenience. Well-recognized for its durability, physical write protect switch, great price and high storage capacities, the new USB 3.0 interface provides high-speed data transfers.

“People love the physical write protect switch,” says Don Brown, President and CEO of Kanguru. “It’s a convenient and easy way to protect files from being accidentally overwritten, and now with the USB 3.0 FlashBlu30 model, users can transfer their files back and forth faster than ever.”

The USB 3.0 technology provides superior performance over USB 2.0 flash drives. With read speeds of up to 145 MB per second and write speeds of up to 45 MB per second, the Kanguru FlashBlu30 is an impressive USB 3.0 device, along with other key features that make it stand out from other brands.

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OCZ Storage Solutions Announces Beta Program For Next ZD-XL SQL Accelerator Release

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OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that it has initiated a beta test program for the next release of ZD-XL SQL Accelerator and invites enterprise SSD customers and SQL Server database administrators (DBAs) to participate. DBAs looking to accelerate SQL Server workloads via SSD flash or flash caching, and have production SQL Server data to run on the new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator platform are especially sought for this beta testing program.

Those interested in becoming a ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 beta tester are invited to complete the online application form located at http://ocz.com/enterprise/microsoft-sql-server-2014-accelerator.

The next generation ZD-XL continues to provide optimized and efficient flash acceleration for SQL Server environments through its tight integration of innovative hardware and software elements. It supports SQL Server 2008 R2 and 2012 versions, as well as the new 2014 version released April 1st by Microsoft that builds on the key features delivered in previous SQL Server versions, improving storage performance, availability and manageability. ZD-XL 1.5 enables DBAs to unleash the full power of SQL Server 2014 features, such as flash Buffer Pool Extension (BPE) support, that enables database pages to be accessed faster by loading them directly from flash.

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Greenliant Now Shipping mSATA ArmourDrive SSDs With Built-In Power Interrupt Data Protection

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greenliant_msata_armourdrive.pngGreenliant Systems, a leader in energy-efficient, highly secure and reliable solid state storage products, has begun volume production of its mSATA ArmourDrive solid state drives (SSDs). Measuring 29.85mm x 50.80mm x 4.85mm (JEDEC MO-300), all GLS86 series products operate between -40 to +85 degrees Celsius, making them ideal for various industrial, networking and computing systems that require robust data storage able to withstand extreme temperatures.

mSATA ArmourDrive is available with 2-bits-per-cell (MLC) NAND flash memory in 8, 16, 32 and 64 GByte for applications that require dependable, industrial temperature SSDs. For applications that require high-endurance, long-life SSDs, mSATA ArmourDrive is also offered with 1-bit-per-cell (SLC) NAND in 8, 16 and 32 GByte capacities.

GLS86 products are based on ball grid array (BGA) form factor SATA NANDrive™, (GLS85LS series) SSDs, using Greenliant’s internally developed NAND flash memory controller. Dedicated power failure detection and backup power circuitry are built-in to prevent data integrity issues due to sudden power interruptions.

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Memoright Launches XT3 Series TLC SSD

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memoright_xt3_tlc_ssd.pngWith Memoright's proprietary Advanced Endurance Write features and Super Cache firmware architecture, Memoright XT3 SSD (SATA 6Gbps) currently supports TLC NAND with latest 19nm process technology.

XT3 series SSD offers the best combination of reliability and performance, ideal for applications in personal computing, while driving the cost down with advanced TLC.

XT3 Series SSD is currently sampled in 2.5"/1.8” 7mm ultra-thin designs and mSATA form factor with options of 128, 256, and 512GB in capacity. The sequential read/write performance with incompressible data exceeds 500/450 MB/s. Advanced Trim command handling restores the performance of the SSD thus avoids the write performance cliff, which is commonly experienced after a SSD is used for a long period of time.

TLC flash memory has been widely used mostly in consumer applications such as digital audio players and USB drive, which do not require high performance and reliability. Though TLC will help driving the cost of SSD down, a firmware design that balances performance and product life while assures reliability is important to the market of client computing. This is where Super Cache, Advanced Trim and Advanced Endurance Write come to play.

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Apacer Launches Large Capacity SFD 25H-M SSD

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apacer_sfd_25h-m_ssd.pngAccording to IDC, a market research institution, Taiwan’s Cloud computing and Big Data have entered into implementation phase this year. For example, telecommunication companies monitor the online transaction behaviors by means of Cloud technology. Dealers of chain channels trace production records via Big Data analysis to ensure food safety. Finance companies analyze extensive consumer behaviors to make marketing plans. Big Data storage has become the basis of all these Cloud applications.

In order to respond to the worldwide rapid growth of Cloud and Big Data, Apacer launched SATA 3 large capacity SFD 25H-M SSD. It possesses an ultra-large storage capacity of 1TB, with sequential read/write speed of 510/420 MB/sec, marking a significant specification enhancement and an advance to virtualization technology of Big Data storage. Enterprises’ overall data processing performance will be strengthened.

Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Business Unit Director of Apacer, remarks, “Most Cloud servers require frequent access to hard disks. So it is a very good choice for Big Data storage devices to take SSD as its Cache and to boost the overall efficiency.” SFD 25H-M adopts SATA 3.0 high-speed transmission interface, as well as 1x nm Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash chip, endowing it with perfect performance. On the other hand, the advantage of its large capacity up to 1TB not only saves the storage space inside servers and reduces server heat output, but also economizes enterprises’ TCO and avoids depleting enterprise resources. Moreover, enterprises will be able to safeguard the storage and backup of their big data generated every day, enhancing their enterprise competitiveness.

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Samsung Introduces PRO, EVO And Standard SD And microSD Cards

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Samsung Electronics, a market leader in advanced memory technology and an innovator in consumer electronics, announced today that it is now shipping a new line of advanced SD and microSD cards that are ideal for digital imaging and mobile devices. The products will be available in PRO, EVO and Standard categories, suited for various use cases and performance levels for consumers and professionals.

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Samsung’s extensive memory card lineup offers SD cards and microSD cards for use in many different consumer electronic devices. The PRO, EVO and Standard lineups are available in a wide range of capacities from 4 gigabyte (GB) to 64GB. While SD cards are most often used in digital cameras, DSLR cameras and camcorders, microSD cards are mainly used in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as certain cameras and camcorders with microSD card slots.

The new lineup of Samsung memory cards have newly designed exteriors and branding, with refreshing color choices for each category—professional silver for PRO, romantic orange for EVO and emerald blue for Standard. Each of the new memory cards also have distinctly printed white numbers that indicate the capacity of each card.

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Plextor Announces Worldwide Release Of M6e PCI Express SSD

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Plextor, a leading developer of high-performance digital storage technology, announces the worldwide availability of the M6e PCIe SSD, the first SSD specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of the gaming community. The M6e will be available exclusively at NewEgg from April 7 through April 13.  

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The ultimate PC upgrade, the M6e delivers faster boot up speeds, shorter application load times, and improved system responsiveness for the ultimate performance. Power users can experience speeds up to 50% faster compared to regular SATA-based SSDs.

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ADATA Launches Premier Pro SP920 Series SSD

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adata_premier_pro_sp920_ssd.pngADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of the Premier Pro series SP920 solid state drive (SSD). Designed to meet the high-performance requirements of multimedia file transfers, the SP920 comes in a 2.5” form factor, and is equipped with the latest generation Marvell controller implementing the SATA III 6Gb/sec specification.

SSDs continue to become mainstream storage selections for a cross-section of user types, largely due to the higher demands placed on primary system disks by operating systems, games, and high definition media. The SP920 is designed for high performance across a wide range of demanding applications, but it is especially fast in the transmission of multimedia files (uncompressed data). 4KB random read / write speeds are as high as 98,000/88,000 IOPS, with sequential read and write speeds of up to 560/500 MB/sec. In addition to these impressive numbers, the SP920 maintains consistently high read and write speeds even when the disk is 90% full. This is in contrast to some solid state drives that suffer performance degradation as the drive nears capacity.

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Silicon Motion Expands Ferri Single-Package SSD Portfolio With eMMC 4.5 and SATA 6Gb/s Solutions

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silicon_motion_ferri-emmc.pngSilicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today introduces new additions to its Ferri portfolio with single-package Ferri-eMMC and ultra-high performance SATA 6Gb/s FerriSSD embedded memory solutions supporting industrial and commercial grade temperatures. Silicon Motion will be showcasing and demonstrating these new products at the upcoming EE Live! Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA from April 1 to 3.

Ferri-eMMC is designed for a wide range of embedded applications and is fully compliant with JEDEC-standard eMMC 4.5 protocol. With a 100-ball 1.0mm pitch BGA package, Ferri-eMMC provides for more flexible PCB design and low-cost manufacturing. Ferri-eMMC delivers market leading data integrity and protection capabilities featuring Silicon Motion's advanced NAND management technologies including error correction, bad block management and NAND health monitoring. New Ferri-eMMC parts:

  • SM667 for high reliability applications that require up to 30K Program/Erase (P/E) cycles
  • SM661 for cost effective systems with less stringent endurance requirements

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