Data Storage

Synology DiskStation DS1515, RackStation RS815 now available

Synology DiskStation DS1515, RackStation RS815 now available

Even small business have data needs, and some quickly outgrow the capabilities and storage capacities of homegrown and assembled storage solutions. Plus, with the ubiquity and popularity of the cloud, some are opting to include remote access to their setup. These types of scenarios are what Synology is trying to address, especially with its two new NAS boxes now available from its retail partners. The new DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation815 were designed to deliver storage, speed, and protection without requiring SMBs to invest in more expensive server solutions.

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Google Drive now backs up photos, videos automatically

Google Drive now backs up photos, videos automatically

Many of us have photos and video spread all over the web and across devices. Depending on how you’ve got your cloud storage set up, it’s not likely you've got all your media in one centralized location. Today, Google is taking steps to solve that for us. In Drive, you’ll soon see a new “Google Photos” menu option, which brings all your photo and video storage to a more convenient location. This move was rumored earlier this month, though it’s not exactly what sources claimed Google may end up doing.

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Archos announces Fusion Storage tech, 256 GB tablet

Archos announces Fusion Storage tech, 256 GB tablet

When speaking of mobile devices, there are usually two kinds of storage. Internal memory which comes with all devices and, for those with microSD card slots, external or expansion storage. Android seems to have a love/hate relationship with the latter, with Google opting to scrap it altogether because of security and stability, while users want the freedom to expand their available storage. Archos seems to have a rather strange solution called "Fusion Storage" that attempts to virtually combine the two into one unified "internal" memory.

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Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

QHD/2K screen resolutions. 64-bit processors. LPDDR4 RAM. Our mobile devices have increasingly become much more powerful, so it only follows that our mobile storage solutions try to catch up. That will come with the new eMMC 5.1 standard that was just approved by the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards group, which offers, among other things, new features that make reading from and writing to storage more efficient. And Samsung is claiming to be at the forefront of this new wave by announcing the first memory chip to support the new standard.

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Apple to repurpose Arizona Sapphire plant as data center

Apple to repurpose Arizona Sapphire plant as data center

Remember that failed Sapphire plant in Arizona, where Apple was supposed to churn out tons of their favorite screen material for use on iPhones and every other gadget they could think up? When GT Advanced failed to make good on their deal with Apple for Sapphire glass, Apple promised to repurpose the building. Initially, it wasn’t as clear as Sapphire what they’d do with their owned warehouse space, but now we know. Apple is planning a $2 billion data center where Sapphire once was.

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LaCie outs contrasting hard drives: one glamorous, one rugged

LaCie outs contrasting hard drives: one glamorous, one rugged

LaCie is probably more known for its storage bays and racks, but this time it is going for a more portable storage solution, though one of these two you might not want to actually carry with you outside. These two new drives also seem to be opposed to each other in most cases. One looks like a very classy ornament but has a somewhat low storage capacity, while the other is rough and rugged but with features to make your data also resilient. Introducing the LaCie Mirror and the LaCie Rugged RAID.

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Resistive RAM ready to take on the big guys soon

Resistive RAM ready to take on the big guys soon

Despite what seems to be fast-paced progress from the outside, much of the tech world moves at a rather slow pace. Take for example data storage technologies. We are, to some extent, getting more storage, sometimes in smaller spaces, but we're basically just lumping more of the same thing. Eventually, the laws of physics will take over and we can no longer expand. Resistive RAM, or ReRAM or RRAM, wants to take take things to the next level by replacing the age-old NAND tech by something completely different.

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Seagate ships 8TB shingled magnetic recording HDD

Seagate ships 8TB shingled magnetic recording HDD

Hard drives are constantly increasing in performance and capacity. Seagate is one of the main producers of hard drives and the company is now set to ship its latest offering using a new recording technology that allows the company to cram more data onto the same number of physical platters inside the drive. The new tech is called shingled magnetic recording or SMR.

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Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

There's no shortage of options for toting around your data: flash drives, micro SD cards, portable hard drives, and variations of these. Sometimes these options aren't the most convenient, however, and so the folks behind Pinto have tossed another option into the mix. Pinto is a Bluetooth storage wearable that will be offered in two different capacities, allowing users to carry their files on their wrist and wirelessly access them whenever needed. The maker BeanBeam bids Pinto as "having your own personal cloud" on your wrist.

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ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

Today's data storage needs are getting bigger and bigger, but that doesn't mean that our hard drives, especially external ones, need to grow as big. The ThunderBay 4 Mini, the latest storage solution from Other World Computing, can cram as much as 8 TB in a single box, but at a size that snuggly fits 2.5-inch drives. But do not underestimate this little box, as the lethal combination of Thunderbolt 2's super fast data transfers plus RAID-ready capabilities makes this ThunderBay 4 Mini an enticing option for multimedia workers short on space and budget.

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Google Drive for iOS brings TouchID, file access in any app

Google Drive for iOS brings TouchID, file access in any app

There are plenty of cloud storage options out there, but none quite as good as Google Drive. Google's home-grown cloud storage option is cross platform, available to anyone for free, syncs seamlessly, and is easily accessible. A big part of Google’s cloud storage footprint is on iOS, where both iPad and iPhone owners use it in place of — or addition to — iCloud. Today, Google ash upgraded Drive to suit a growing number of iOS 8 users, as well as the ever-increasing iPhone 6 user-base.

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