Stories by Lucas Mearian

Mobile hardware outpaces software, user capabilities

Mobile hardware is outpacing software capabilities and the mobile user experience, according to a group of mobile phone technologists speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among those speaking was Rich Miner, group manager of mobile platforms at Google, who said open operating systems -- like the one launched on Google's the long-awaited G1 Android phone -- will drive future innovation, but much of it may be lost on the user in the short term.

First 6X Blu-ray blank media now available

Imation Wednesday announced the first 6x Blu-ray recordable (BD-R) and Blu-ray recordable double layer (BD-R DL) media for the US retail market.

Solid state disk lackluster for laptops, PCs

Most observers agree that solid-state disk (SSD) will eventually overtake magnetic disk drives as the storage medium of choice. SSD is lighter than traditional hard disk drives, is faster, is more durable and consumes less power. Still, SSD doesn't measure up to the hype, particularly when using it in a desktop or laptop PC.

EMC releases new multi-protocol NAS array aimed at SMBs

EMC Tuesday announced a further move down market with the latest iteration of its Celerra network-attacked storage (NAS) server. The Celerra NX4 Unified Storage System, which is based on EMC's entry-level Clariion AX4 storage array, is aimed at the small and midsize business market, EMC said.

Seagate unveils world's first 1.5TB desktop HDD

Seagate Technology Thursday announced the industry's first 1.5TB desktop hard drive, as well as half-terabyte notebook hard drives based on PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) technology.

Q&A: Fujitsu Exec says solid-state disk doesn't measure up

While most major disk-drive manufacturers have developed or are already selling solid-state disk drives or hybrid drives, which use a combination of flash memory and spinning disk, Fujitsu has chosen not to develop a product for market. Joel Hagberg, Fujitsu's vice president of business development, said his company does not plan to launch any solid-state disk-drive products over the next two years because the value proposition of the technology is not compelling enough and won't be until technology breakthroughs change solid-state disk's performance and reliability.

Symantec combines backup with open-source virtualization

Symantec's storage arm, Veritas, announced Tuesday that it has combined its online storage management software with Citrix Systems Xen Hypervisor to develop an x86 server virtualization platform. The product is expected to be available this fall, according to Aaron Aubrecht, senior director of product management and engineering for Veritas' Storage Foundation group.

EMC execs: We'll drive SSD cost down 'as fast as we can'

EMC plans to play a big role in forcing the price of solid state disk (SSD) drives down as it deploys the technology throughout its family of enterprise-class disk storage arrays.

Hitachi upgrades high-end array, streamlines software

Hitachi Data Systems Monday announced a number of upgrades to its enterprise-class Universal Storage Platform V (USP V) array and its Storage Command Suite management software.

Flash drive's quickness matches marketing hype

Corsair claims its new 16GB high-performance "GT" Flash Voyager is the fastest USB flash drive made. Although this is a bold claim, my tests showed it's not marketing hype. But there are caveats, so read on.

Kingston, IronKey announce new FIPS-certified USB drives

Both Kingston Technologies and IronKey this week announced new models of their USB flash drives, as well as a security certification that clears them for use by US and Canadian government agencies in accordance with the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 2.

Feds want you to buy IT like your refrigerator

The US federal government wants IT managers to buy data center equipment in the same way that a consumer might consider choosing a refrigerator or water heater for their home: based on the product's Energy Star efficiency rating.

SNIA moves proposed data archive standards ahead

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced that it has completed version 1.0 of the Extensible Access Method (XAM), a specification for the way organizations store metadata that describes fixed content, such as e-mails, medical records and financial data.

Emulex, QLogic, HP announce 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel hardware

QLogic last week announced the availability of its 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch and its companion 8Gbit/sec host bus adapter (HBA). QLogic's announcement followed one by Emulex last week, which released its LightPulse LPe12000 family of 8Gbit/sec HBAs.

Digital universe and its impact bigger than thought

A white paper released Tuesday from International Data (IDC) revised earlier estimates by the research firm to show that by 2011, the amount of electronic data created and stored will grow 10 times the 180 exabytes that existed in 2006, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of almost 60 per cent.