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WD Simplifes TV Recording And Playback With My Passport AV-TV Hard Drives

WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Passport AV-TV, a high-performance, compact media drive designed to simplify storage and playback of hundreds of hours of TV entertainment by connecting the My Passport AV-TV to TV’s with a USB recording feature.

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The My Passport AV-TV offers plug-and-play simplicity for easy integration and is available in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities. My Passport AV-TV is engineered for AV applications with high-speed error recovery and continuous streaming command support, providing accurate recording and smooth video playback of recorded content. Additionally, My Passport AV-TV uses less power and stays cool - even in a hot entertainment center full of electronic devices.

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LaCie Ships World’s Fastest Portable External Storage Solution

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced today the availability of the fastest portable storage solution ever — the new LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2. It delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s and fits in a laptop bag. With these advances, professionals finally have a truly portable solution for editing 4K video in the field.

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To achieve the full potential of Thunderbolt 2 speeds, LaCie engineered the Little Big Disk with some of the best–performing solid state drives on the market — a pair of 500 GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs. It's possible to push the boundaries of the technology even further by daisy chaining two LaCie Little Big Disks to achieve speeds faster than the maximum Thunderbolt 2 transfer rate. By connecting them in parallel to Apple®'s powerful new Mac Pro®, they can deliver speeds up to 2,600 MB/s.

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Western Digital My Cloud EX2 4TB Personal Cloud Storage

wd_ex2_nas.pngCDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of WD's new personal cloud solution, the My Cloud EX2. Designed for the home or small office, this high-performance, two-bay NAS is available as a diskless enclosure or a populated system that is ready to go out of the box. The EX2 is equipped with a 1.2 GHZ ARM processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, a gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 expansion ports. Like the My Cloud EX4, it provides integrated file, FTP and backup servers as well as multiple data protection options including RAID, USB, cloud and LAN/WAN backup. The EX2 also offers a full suite of advanced features to power your home or office and can be further customized using third party apps like Joomla, WordPress, IceCast and more.

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Sony And Panasonic Announce "Archival Disc" Standard For Professional-Use, Next-Generation Optical Discs

archival_disc_logo.pngSony Corporation ("Sony") and Panasonic Corporation ("Panasonic") today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.

These efforts resulted in the formulation of "Archival Disc", a new professional-use next-generation optical disc standard, for which the technology roadmap, logo, and specifications are outlined below.

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Plextor To Demonstrate M6 Series SSDs At CeBIT 2014

Plextor, leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media and storage equipment, will reveal its new M6 Solid State Drive Solution at the upcoming 2014 edition of CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. The M6 multi-form factor lineup features Plextor's next-generation and new 2.5" M6S, the new M6M mSATA SSD and the new ultra-fast M6e M.2 PCIe SSD.

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Building up to the official introduction of the highly anticipated M6 series Plextor will be continuously demonstrating the full lineup from March 10 - 14 in its showcases in the Business Center (Hall 15, Stand A18, Room 18) and at Planet Reseller (Hall 15, Stand D21, Number 66).

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Toshiba Announces AL13SX Series 15,000 RPM Enterprise Hard Drives

The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives (HDD) – the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. With a 2.5-inch form factor, the AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds up to 15,000 rotations per minute (RPM), making the AL13SX series suitable for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

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The AL13SX series comes in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities, and delivers high performance in 600GB capacity while supporting industry standard 512n sector lengths in a space efficient 2.5-inch form factor. The 4K native sector and 512e emulation models of the drives include Toshiba’s persistent write cache technology for improved data integrity and performance. Overall, the AL13SX series supports high storage density, saving rack space and reducing mission critical storage footprint and operational burden for enterprise customers.

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OCZ Storage Solutions Launches New Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSD Series

OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the introduction of the enterprise-class Z-Drive 4500 PCI Express (PCIe) SSD Series.  The new Z-Drive 4500 Series delivers even higher performance in comparison to OCZ’s Z-Drive R4 Series, leverages 19 nanometer (nm) MLC NAND flash, and features a more robust architectural design covering 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB usable capacities.

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Each model within the Z-Drive 4500 Series is integrated with OCZ’s new Windows Accelerator (WXL) Software -- a flash management and caching solution for Microsoft Windows Server applications also announced by the Company today.  WXL Software enables IT managers to deliver low-latency flash deployable as a local flash volume, a flash cache for HDD volumes or as a combination of both.

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