While Cyber Monday may be a cynically contrived marketing gimmick, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t good deals out there today. Our crack staff at Gestalt IT has put together a list of some of our favorite. Be sure to also check out our Gift Guide for even more fun holiday ideas!
Western Digital is enabling the network attached hoarder in your life. They’ve beefed up their WD Red and Red Pro lines with up to 10TB per helium-filled drive. To hit this capacity, WD is using seven 1.42 TB platters per drive, up from six on last year’s capacity topping 8TB models.
Amazon Lightsail lets you run a virtual private server for $5 a month. A Raspberry Pi 3 and a Western Digital Pi Drive runs a total of $72. Can the humble Pi provide a better experience than Amazon?
Backblaze published their drive reliability figures. They’ve got a few drives to derive data from, having 300PB of data kind of requires it. The company recently upgraded from 2TB drives from HGST and Western Digital to new Seagate 8TB drives. There was some concern that if these had significantly higher failure rates than the 2TB drive they would prove less cost effective. Afterall, the the HGST drives had a failure rate of just 1.6%.
Howard Marks writing for Network Computing comments: HGST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital, acquired PCIe flash specialist Virident yesterday in a cash deal for $685 million. The move equips Western Digital/HGST to go head-to-head with major flash foundries such as Intel/Micron, Samsung and Toshiba. Western Digital’s $685 million acquisition of PCIe flash specialist […]
Howard Marks at Network Computing writes: Western Digital announced that its HGST subsidiary will acquire solid state disk manufacturer sTec for $340 million. It’s a clear signal the SSD market is ready to consolidate. Read more at: Western Digital Acquires sTec; SSD Shakeout Begins
Western Digital announced this morning the world’s first “1 TB mobile hard drive!” But although the news is great for storage-hungry folks looking for a portable external drive, it doesn’t quite mark a sea change in the storage industry since this drive cannot be used in (most) laptops.
Not For Laptops
As we’ve discussed before, modern laptops […]
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) just bought Fabrik (SimpleTech and G-Technology). So is Hitachi’s combination with SimpleTech a response or challenge to EMC’s acquisition of Iomega? In a word, no.