Stories by Brian Fonseca

New Sun code transforms x86 servers into storage arrays

Sun Microsystems is set to unveil Friday open source software that can repurpose any OpenSolaris-based x86 server into a block-based storage device capable of emulating the physical characteristics of a storage array.

Toshiba unveils 160GB 1.8-in. hard drive

Toshiba plans to introduce two new 1.8-in. hard drives, which the company claims can reduce the storage footprint in ultra-portable and sub-notebook PCs by as much as 40% compared to traditional 2.5-in. drives.

Thieves steal tapes holding 2.2M billing records

University of Utah officials this week acknowledged that a metal box of backup tapes containing billing records of some 2.2 million patients was stolen early this month from the car of a courier who left it in a parked car overnight outside his home.

Western Digital unveils 1TB drive, repackages product lines

Western Digital Tuesday unveiled a new family of 3.5-in. hard drives offering capacities of 750GB and 1TB for desktop and multi-drive systems. Additionally, officials announced a repackaging of its hard drive product, which will now be offered in separate high-performance, energy efficient and so-called "best value" categories.

Lost backup tape prompts IT changes at NY bank

Officials at Bank of New York Mellon late last week said it has launched a new policy to encrypt data held on all storage devices and to limit the amount of confidential client data stored on tape drives. The policy was launched after unencrypted backup data tapes were twice lost by third party couriers this year.

Bank loses tapes with data on 4.5M clients

Bank of New York Mellon officials last week confirmed that a box of unencrypted data storage tapes holding personal information of more than 4.5 million individuals was lost more than three months ago by a third-party vendor during transport to an off-site facility.

Hitachi debuts hard drive for digital video apps

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies this week unveiled the 500GB 3.5-in. CinemaStar hard drive, which it said mutes noise and cuts power consumption in set-top boxes and digital video recorder (DRV) storage devices.

Researchers recover data on disk that survived Columbia crash

Researchers who extracted data from a hard drive onboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia mission say the device was so thoroughly damaged by its fiery crash to Earth that it resembled simply a cracked "hunk of metal" when it appeared at their door six months later.

Rackspace unveils cloud storage service

Rackspace this week unveiled a Web-services-based online storage service that will allow software developers to store, backup and access files and content for their applications. The new CloudFS service will be available later this year through the company's Mosso hosting division.

SaaS benefits starting to outweigh risks for some

Managers are looking more closely at hosted business applications as the number of unfinished IT projects grows, skilled workers become increasingly scarce, and upgrade and maintenance costs skyrocket.

Forrester: IT must prove need for disaster recovery tools

Even though more than a quarter of companies have faced a disaster over the past five years, according to Forrester Research, IT managers must still do a better job at convincing business leaders to invest in disaster recovery systems.

Stec unveils first 1-inch solid state drive

Stec this week unveiled its first 1-inch solid-state drive, which is designed to enhance the performance and add capacity to ultra-mobile PCs, blade servers and small portable devices. The 32GB Mach4 NAND memory drive costs US$45 and will be in production by the end of May.