Stories by Lucas Mearian

SMBs overwhelmed with data turn to cloud services

Millions of small- and medium-sized businesses are vastly underserved by suppliers of data protection hardware and services, even though the organizations have many of the same needs as large enterprises, a new research report revealed.

Old water tank houses hurricane-proof data center

After dismantling the city's data center and moving it three times to avoid hurricanes, the IT team for the city of Altamonte Springs, Fla., decided to try a different approach. Instead of spending millions of dollars to build a facility that would keep water out, they relocated the data center to an existing structure that was originally designed to keep water in -- a 770,000-gallon water tank.

IBM unveils virtualized, highly scalable mid-range storage array

Calling it a "game changer," IBM today announced a modular storage array that can scale from 12 to 240 drives and accept legacy storage from competitors through a virtualization engine, which allows the storage to be managed as a single pool.

New SandForce SSD controllers offer better security, speed

Solid-state processor maker SandForce today announced a new line of controllers for enterprise-class drives that promise to double I/Os per second (IOPS) for those products.

OCZ's hyperfast SSD with 3X SAS speed set to ship

OCZ is set to begin shipping later this month its first solid state drive (SSD) using a new proprietary interface that's said to be three times faster than serial-attached SCSI (SAS).

OCZ unveils next-gen SSD, promising lower price, higher performance

OCZ Technology today unveiled the next generation of its consumer-class solid state drive (SSD), the 2.5-in Onyx 2 series, which it said is faster, more durable and more affordable that its predecessor.

Wall Street not bullish on cloud

Wall street firms have been slow to take full advantage of the potential financial and resource savings available through cloud computing because they have security and regulatory concerns, say IT executives.

Hitachi launches refreshed flagship storage array

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today announced a new version of its enterprise-class storage controller, the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, which replaces the Universal Storage Platform V (USPV) as its flagship offering.

Coders must reprogram how they write for Wall Street

As high-performance computing (HPC) becomes more important in helping financial services companies deal with a rising tsunami of data, there's growing angst on Wall Street about a dearth of skilled programmers who can write for multicore chip architectures and parallel computing systems.

Industry standards arrive for testing SSD endurance, reliability

The leading developer of standards for the microelectronics industry today announced new metrics for determining the endurance and reliability of solid-state drives (SSD), allowing users to more easily select the best products for applications.

EMC to help digitize Baseball Hall of Fame collections

EMC today announced that it is sponsoring a project to digitize the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and make them globally accessible via the Internet.

Wall Street eyes cloud computing -- cautiously

While the potential benefits of cloud computing, such as resource flexibility, are appealing to many IT executives, security and regulatory concerns are either limiting or preventing its use by Wall Street financial firms.

Seagate launches 1.5TB portable hard drive

Seagate today unveiled what it calls the world's first 2.5-in, 1.5TB portable hard disk drive.

Data Robotics wants to be the Apple of the SOHO storage world

When Data Robotics launched its first Drobo storage device three years ago, the company made a splash in the normally staid and stodgy storage market.

Brocade to release unified IP, Fibre Channel network management software

Brocade today announced a new application aimed at managing storage-area networks (SAN) that use the Internet or Fibre Channel protocols through a single user interface.

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