Data Storage

Apple helps tap recently discovered ancient underground stream

Apple helps tap recently discovered ancient underground stream

This week the folks at Apple have revealed that they're bringing massive opportunity - and a renewed flow of clean water - to Crook County, Oregon. Apple has plans to move forward with a 510,000 square foot set of data centers in the area over an unspecified amount of time. This plan is part of an already under construction 10,000-square-foot data center whose construction began earlier this year, and today's announcement includes a bit of a bonus for engineers in the city who had recently been working to improve the city's water system.

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Seagate controlling interest buy in LaCie all but finalized

Seagate controlling interest buy in LaCie all but finalized

This week two giants in the digital data storage industry, Seagate and LaCie, have announced that the former has signed a purchase agreement which will give it controlling interest in the latter. This agreement was announced on the 23rd of May and today has been signed by both parties, it tying together a deal which has Seagate purchasing all of the shares controlled by LaCie’s chairman and CEO Philippe Spruch and his affiliate. This amount of stock represents 64.5% of the outstanding shares of LaCie and gives Seagate top seat at the company.

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Asustor AS 6 series NAS hands-on

Asustor AS 6 series NAS hands-on

Computex 2012 is being flooded with laptops, tablets, and hybrids by ASUS, but the company has one more thing up its sleeve: a new NAS product. This will mark the first time that ASUS has decided to enter the NAS market, an interesting move, and the range seems to have all the features one would expect. Military grade 256-bit encryption is on board, plus support for 2.5- and 3.5-inch HDDs, including SSDs.

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Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate has announced that it is buying a majority stake in rival hard drive maker LaCie for $186 million. The Paris-based LaCie is a long-time maker of premium consumer hard drives for Macs and the first ones to feature Apple's Thunderbolt technology. Seagate believes that the acquisition will complement its mainstream hard drive lines and help it expand into new consumer markets, particularly in Europe and Japan.

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Seagate repurchasing $2.5 billion in stock

Seagate repurchasing $2.5 billion in stock

When a company gets much too rich for it's own good, it's time to do as Seagate is doing today: repurchasing a whole lot of shares in their own company. Here Seagate has decided that because of their confidence in their own ability to generate cash at this time, they'll pick up $2.5 billion (of the $3.5 billion they're actually authorized) in outstanding ordinary shares. Seagate will be repurchasing this stock with a combination of cash on hand, future cash flow from operations, and "potential alternative sources" whatever that ends up being.

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Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

This week the folks responsible for Apple's building construction efforts have broken ground on a new location in Prineville, Oregon where they've promised a "100% Renewable Energy" data center. This data center would help contain such data as iCloud backups like its soon to be partner facility in Maiden, North Carolina. This center promises to be "even more" environmentally friendly than the center that already exists in Maiden, this new facility out-doing the Maiden's giant solar power array which accounts for 60 percent of the center's power requirements.

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HTCSense.com closes shop

HTCSense.com closes shop

This week the folks at HTC are letting their customers know that their own information retention service for mobile data, HTCSense.com, will be shutting down on the 30th of April. This service has been active with and for HTC customers for some time now and the actions which HTC customers must take to save their data are included below. HTC has given customers a bit over a month to download the data they've had on file with HTC at HTCSense.com, at which point the information will be deleted entirely.

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Seagate hits 1Tb per square inch milestone

Seagate hits 1Tb per square inch milestone

Seagate today announced that it has reached a new milestone in hard drive technology. The company claims to be the first hard drive manufacturer to achieve a storage density of 1Tb (1 terabit = 1 trillion bits) per square inch. This makes it possible for massive 60TB (terabyte) hard drives to arrive within the next decade.

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Researchers devise a way to store data on magnetic media using heat

Researchers devise a way to store data on magnetic media using heat

Much research has been performed working on ways to improve the speed and power efficiency of data storage devices such as hard drives. A group of researchers from York University are working as part of an international team and the team has found that they can store information using heat instead of a magnetic field on a magnetic medium. The results is much faster and more power efficient storage of data than any traditional hard drive offers today.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 Storage Spaces

Microsoft details Windows 8 Storage Spaces

Microsoft has posted to its Building Windows 8 blog details on the next-gen platform's new Storage Spaces feature. Storage Spaces continues the Drive Extender concept from Windows Home Server, allowing the system to pool physical hard drives of various sizes and interfaces to redundantly store data for scale, resiliency, and efficiency.

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