Stories by Lucas Mearian

Hitachi touts hard drive for ultra-light PCs that's 26% thinner

At the behest of equipment manufacturers looking to build a new class of ultra-thin notebooks, Hitachi GST announced today it will begin shipping quarter-inch thick hard drives -- 26-percent slimmer than the current drives in most laptops and netbooks today.

Researchers develop nanotech for 50TB tape cartridge

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. and Tokyo Institute of Technology jointly announced this month that they have developed an ultra high capacity tape media that will eventually lead to magnetic tape cartridges with more than 50TB capacity, or 33 times more than today's LTO Ultrium 5 tape cartridge.

EMC pays $87.5M fine to settle kickback charges

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that EMC Corp. has paid $87.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal Anti-kickback Act by giving kickbacks to consultants and overcharging for hardware and software.

Seagate hybrid drive delivers SSD performance at HDD price

After failing to gain market traction with its first iteration of hybrid drives three years ago, Seagate today announced a new hard-disk and solid-state combination drive with as much as 500GB of capacity, but with a 250GB model starting at $113.

E-health and Web 2.0: The doctor will tweet you now

When Janel Wood's 9-year-old son recently began experiencing migraines, the working mother decided to try a new company health care program that allowed her to communicate with a doctor through videoconferencing, voice over IP, and instant messaging.

Q&A: EMC's Brian Gallagher touts the new VPLEX appliance

Brian Gallagher , president of EMC 's Symmetrix & Virtualization Product Group, sat down with Computerworld at EMC's annual user conference, EMC World, to talk about the company's new VPLEX synchronous data replication product . Gallagher explained what differentiates it from rival products and EMC's existing offerings, such as Symmetric Remote Data Facility [SRDF] replication technology and Invista storage virtualization software.

QLogic rolls out InfiniBand network optimization software

QLogic has unveiled InfiniBand Fabric Suite (IFS) 6.0, a new version of its management software that automates network provisioning for high performance computing (HPC) clusters.

Wall Street to install 'circuit breaker' to head off market gyrations

Regulators plan to enact new rules to curb the type of market volatility behind the May 6 "flash crash" that caused the Dow to plunge almost 1,000 points in a half hour. The goal is to head off market gyrations that can be exacerbated by automated high-speed trading.

Intel ships world's densest NAND flash chip

Intel has announced it is shipping to equipment manufacturers its 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory chip, which doubles the capacity of its previous 34nm chip.

Seagate confirms 3TB drive, this year

Seagate confirmed on Monday that it does plan to ship a 3TB, 3.5-in Constellation ES hard disk drive this year, but cautioned that it will only be useable with PC and server makers who have upgraded their products to handle drives with capacities of more than 2.1TB.

US House Committee fails to find smoking gun on market plunge

The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets failed to pinpoint any single cause for last week's stock market plummet that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Index plunging almost 1,000 points in a half hour.

Iomega releases lower-cost storage array for SMBs

Iomega Corp. today announced a new rack-mountable storage array aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise workgroups that offers up to 24TB of capacity, but has a starting price of $US5,000 with lower capacities.

EMC 'Boosts' Data Domain de-duplication speed by 50%

BOSTON -- EMCannounced at its annual user conference here on Tuesday a new software add-on that increases the performance of its Data Domain appliance by an average of 50%.

EMC announces VPLEX private-cloud appliance

EMC today announced at its annual user conference here a private-cloud appliance that allows synchronous replication between storage arrays up to 100km apart, including the applications and virtual machines associated with them.

Sharp stock market drop likely human, computer error

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted almost 1,000 points in a half-hour today, the cause of which appears to be human error exacerbated by a market made more volatile by high-speed trades and automatic sale orders that are measured in milliseconds.