Stories by Lucas Mearian

Sun unveils entry-level SSD-hybrid storage array

Sun Microsystems Inc. today unveiled a new low-end to its Sun Storage 7000 series of Unified Storage arrays. The new Sun Storage 7310 array allows solid state disk (SSD) drives and hard disk drives to be used in the same chassis and under the same management interface.

OWC unveils its fastest, highest-capacity mobile drive

Other World Computing (OWC) today released its highest capacity, fastest, bus-powered portable external drive, the Mercury On-The-Go Pro, which offers up to 500GB capacity and up to 100MB/sec data transfer speeds.

Hitachi unveils clustering software for high-end storage virtualization controller

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Inc. today announced new clustering software for its high-end Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V (USP V) controller, a virtualization engine that enables storage from multiple vendors' arrays to be pooled behind a single management interface.

Top EMC exec can work at HP, but must steer clear of storage

Former EMC executive David Donatelli has been cleared by a US court to work for Hewlett-Packard, but must keep away from storage technology development because a noncompete clause requires him to steer clear of that area for a year.

Researchers use nanotech to create 'fifth dimension' data storage

A team of researchers from an Australian university has developed a new DVD technology that could someday boost disc capacity by 10,000 times beyond today's standard 4.7GB DVDs, according to a study published in the journal Nature.

IBM touts SSD data management software for its servers, arrays

IBM is now providing management software across all of its servers and storage arrays that identifies the most highly accessed data applications and migrates them to solid-state disk (SSD) drives to improve application performance.

NetApp agrees to pay $1.5B for Data Domain

NetApp Inc. today said it has agreed to acquire top data de-duplication vendor Data Domain Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at $1.5 billion.

SanDisk Ultra Backup USB drive (32GB)

While many external drives now come with a physical push-button backup option, a new genre of backup devices is emerging: one-touch USB flash drives that combine the convenience of small size with relatively sophisticated backup applications for data protection.

Analysis: Can Sam's Club bring health care tech to the local doctor?

In two years, the federal government will begin divvying up $19 billion in reimbursement money to help health care organizations and doctors cover roll out electronic medical records (EMR) technology. In the meantime, the cost for the technology, which can run tens of millions of dollars for large facilities and tens of thousands of dollars for private physician practices, rests squarely on the private sector.

Review: SanDisk one-touch backup drive offers simplicity, sophistication

While many external drives now come with a physical push-button backup option, a new genre of backup devices is emerging: one-touch USB flash drives that combine the convenience of small size with relatively sophisticated backup applications for data protection.

Seagate to lay off 1,100 workers

As part of ongoing efforts to save money that include staff and operating cost reductions, Seagate Technology today announced a restructuring plan that will mean cutting an additional 1,100 workers. That amounts to about 2.5% of the company's global workforce.

Samsung ships first 32GB memory card

Samsung Electronics Co. announced today that it is shipping a 32GB NAND memory card, the highest-density embedded memory card to date and one that offers twice the capacity of previous cards.

OCZ Apex SATA II SSD

In my quest to test all of the latest high-capacity consumer solid-state disk (SSD) drives, I came upon OCZ Technology's Apex SATA II SSD and was impressed not so much with its performance -- though you will see a boost when using it -- as with its price.

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SSD performance -- is a slowdown inevitable?

The recent revelation that Intel Corp.'s consumer-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives suffer from fragmentation that can cause a significant performance degradation raises the question: Do all SSDs slow down with use over time?

Court bars EMC top exec from working for HP

A state court in Massachusetts Monday issued a temporary order barring a former EMC top storage executive from joining Hewlett-Packard as its executive vice president for enterprise servers, storage and networking citing a noncompetitive agreement.