Data Storage

Facebook to build innovative Data Center Concept in Lulea, Sweden

Facebook to build innovative Data Center Concept in Lulea, Sweden

Borrowing bits and pieces of technology from the automobile industry, Facebook hopes to construct a radical new second building in the city of Luleå, Sweden. This new structure proposes to be the hallmark of new-age production, using modular and lean construction principles. Facebook calls it Rapid Deployment Data Center Concept (RDDC).

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Facebook cold storage efforts lead to petabyte Blu-ray system

Facebook cold storage efforts lead to petabyte Blu-ray system

In a world filled with storage options, there's still no perfect solution to long-term cold storage for corporations and those who need to archive data for the long haul. Facebook has been making strides in this area, and revealed in 2013 that Blu-ray discs were one area of focus. Fast-forward to this year's Open Compute Summit, where the social network has detailed the fruits of its efforts.

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Microsoft grabs 200 acres for a new data center in Washington

Microsoft grabs 200 acres for a new data center in Washington

Microsoft has made a deal to buy a huge chunk of land in Quincy, Washington. The plot is 200 acres of land and word is that Microsoft plans to use the swath of land to build a new data center. Microsoft already owns 75 acres of land in the same city.

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Transporter Sync makes a personal cloud out of your external hard drive

Transporter Sync makes a personal cloud out of your external hard drive

If you've ever had the need to store terabytes of data and have those accessible to any and all of your devices, then you had probably taken a look at some services like Dropbox and its kin. However, if you are on a tight budget or are quite conscientious about privacy issues, then the Transporter Sync might offer a better choice.

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Facebook’s Altoona, Iowa data center to be completely wind-powered

Facebook’s Altoona, Iowa data center to be completely wind-powered

Facebook's soon-to-be-opened data center in Altoona, Iowa will be 100% wind-powered, the company has announced. Electricity will be supplied by MidAmerican Energy in nearby Wellsburg, IA. It will be Facebook's fourth proprietary data center.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay personal cloud storage system holds up to 16 TB of data

WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay personal cloud storage system holds up to 16 TB of data

Western Digital has announced a new personal storage appliance called the WD My Cloud EX4. The cloud storage solution is a high-performance four-bay network attached storage device aimed at creative pros and workgroup users. It's also appropriate for any home or office user looking for a way to back up and manage large amounts of data.

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Google is building a floating data center, suggests a long trail of circumstantial evidence

Google is building a floating data center, suggests a long trail of circumstantial evidence

A CNET reporter recently tracked down the meaning and nature of a barge moored to Treasure Island, a former Navy base in San Francisco Bay. The barge, which has been built up with shipping containers to resemble a floating, mostly windowless, four-story building, largely matches a Google patent for a floating data center filed in 2009. The investigative report corroborates widespread suspicions the secretive project realizes that patent.

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LenovoEMC Acronis team-up promises complete data backup protection for Severs, NAS, and PCs

LenovoEMC Acronis team-up promises complete data backup protection for Severs, NAS, and PCs

In the world of network storage, there are some interesting things brewing on the data protection side of things: LenovoEMC has announced a collaborative effort with the team at Acronis. This partnership will be bringing the likes of Acronis Backup & Recovery for NAS to LenovoEMC px series devices - and to those devices only. This is a solution from a market leader in data protection and is a development made by that company, Acronis, specifically for these LenovoEMC devices.

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Reseachers develop disc with 360TB capacity, 1 million year storage life

Reseachers develop disc with 360TB capacity, 1 million year storage life

A lot of digital archival is done on DVDs manufactured specifically for archival purposes, something that could be changing in the near future. Researchers at the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Center, as well as the Eindhoven's University of Technology, joined forces to create a glass disc that can hold 360TB of data for over 1 million years.

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Google Buzz’s last gasp: Drive swallows final bits of lost social network

Google Buzz’s last gasp: Drive swallows final bits of lost social network

Google Buzz was shut down back in 2011, but Google seems to still be dealing with the service like an annoying dog that won't go away. Google has notified its users via email that all your Buzz data will be moved to a folder in your Google Drive account. The migration will begin starting July 17, where users will begin seeing their Buzz data appear in Google Drive.

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Samsung defends limited available storage on GALAXY S 4

Samsung defends limited available storage on GALAXY S 4

Samsung has received a lot of complaints recently over the limited available storage on its Samsung GALAXY S 4 device. While consumers purchased the 16GB version of the Samsung GALAXY S 4, they were unpleasantly surprised when they discovered that only 8.49GB of space was available for them to use. Consumers feel like its the same type of trickery that Microsoft displayed when its 32GB Surface RT tablet was discovered to only allow consumers 16GB of available storage.

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HP launches Moonshot cloud server system

HP launches Moonshot cloud server system

HP is looking to make a splash in the enterprise industry again with the announcement of the company's new line of Moonshot servers running Intel Atom chips. These new servers are a part of a multi-year plan by HP to cut down on space and power needs when it comes to big data storage. The company says that these new Moonshot servers will help with that initiative.

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