Stories by Lucas Mearian

Western Digital pays US$65M for solid state drive maker

Western Digital Corp. Monday announced that it has completed a $65 million cash acquisition of SiliconSystems, Inc., a small, Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based maker of solid-state drives.

Parascale launches cloud storage software

Grid storage computing startup Parascale Inc. Monday announced the availability of its new ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software, which it said can be used to cobble together hundreds of commodity servers to act as a massively scalable, high-availability, file repository.

Start-up unveils hybrid cloud/on-site backup service

Axcient Inc. Tuesday announced the availability of a hybrid hosted/on-site data protection and business continuity service, which offers a pay-as-you-grow approach to data backup and replication.

Flash memory vendors slashing production, raising prices

NAND flash memory vendors responded to the slowing economy and weak consumer confidence by phasing out production of 200mm wafer manufacturing and cutting overall flash memory production to an industry-wide average of 70% in the first quarter of this year, according to analysts.

Bad times force IT to deal with orphaned hardware, software

Pat Beemer, the IT director at Seattle Lighting Fixture Co., has a lot of orphaned computer hardware and unused software licenses on his hands -- the result of what he called "serious" layoffs at the company in recent months.

Symantec launches cloud-based storage service for the masses

Symantec Corp. Thursday formally unveiled its cloud-based storage service, Norton Online Backup, marketing it as a consumer product for managing up to five PCs on a home network through a single dashboard. Norton Online Backup also offers the protection of Norton 360 antivirus software.

Review: Toshiba 500GB USB external hard drive

Toshiba Corp. recently sent in its new 500GB USB external disk drive for review. While the 2.5-inch device is a slick-looking drive with its diminutive size and shiny-black plastic case, I took issue with a couple of things after using it.

EMC unveils new features for home, small-business NAS drive

EMC Corp.'s Iomega Corp. division Tuesday unveiled new features for the Iomega StorCenter ix2 network-attached storage (NAS) drive, including Web access and peer-to-peer file sharing.

Fusion-io unveils SSD drives with 1.5GB throughput

Fusion-io Friday announced what it is calling the fastest server-based solid state drive on the market today, with double the slot capacity if its older PCI Express-based ioDrive.

Micron flash chip offloads memory management for portables

Flash memory maker Micron Technology said that it will ship a new high-density flash memory chip for portable media players that relieves mobile processors of NAND management functions.

Layoffs leave orphaned hardware, unused software licenses

Pat Beemer, IT director for Seattle Lighting, has a lot of orphaned computer hardware and unused software licenses on his hands -- the result of what he calls "serious" layoffs at the company.

Sun adds SSD to its x64 servers, blade systems

Sun's systems design approach to SSD integration across software, systems and storage will give users up to 70 percent faster response times and up to 98 percent less power consumption than traditional spinning hard disk drives, the company said.

Facebook temporarily loses more than 10 percent of users' photos

Popular social networking site Facebook.com admitted on a blog post Monday that over the weekend a hard drive failure led to the temporary loss of 10 to 15 percent of its users stored photographs.

IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows

IDC's quarterly data storage sales report shows that quarterly revenue for worldwide storage systems was down 5.9% in the last quarter of 2008 compared to a year earlier. But the capacity shipped increased by 27.3% year-over-year to a total of 2.46 petabytes.

DOJ allegations against EMC focus on kickbacks, overcharges

The US Justice Department (DOJ) believes that EMC gave kickbacks to federal IT consultants and overpriced its hardware, software and technology services to the government beginning in the late 1990s.