LaCie has updated its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt drive, boosting speed by up to a third over the already-whippet-like first-gen model. Now including a pair of SATA III SSDs, with read speeds up to 635MB/s, the new Little Big Disk is still clad in a distinctive aluminum chassis but delivers, LaCie claims, the fastest Thunderbolt rates around.
Toshiba is one of the biggest names in storage products, and it offers a wide range of internal storage devices and external storage devices. Toshiba has announced that it has started shipping its first Hybrid Drive MQ01ABDH series (PDF) storage devices. These new Hybrid Drives combine the performance of a SSD with the capacity and pricing of a traditional HDD.
Monster is a company that is probably best known for very expensive cables for home theater and car audio systems. That's not all Monster has in its repertoire though. The company also has a line of audio product such as headphones that have proven to be very popular. You may or may not have heard of Monster Digital, which is the storage and memory card arm of Monster.
Kingston is a technology company that offers all sorts of computer hardware from power supplies and computer RAM to storage devices. Kingston's line of SSD storage devices runs the gamut from consumer devices to enterprise storage aimed at corporate use. Kingston has announced a new SSD specifically aimed at enterprise customers called the E100 Enterprise SSD.
It's time to get serious about a solid state drive upgrade with Drobo's brand new B1200i SSD, complete with what the manufacturer says will be a performance boost of up to 300 percent over previous product iterations. This hardware will bring on a hybrid of solid state technology and traditional hard disk drives like SAS or SATA. And what's fabulous for current owners of the B1200i is this: a software update is all you'll need to gain new performance and functionality from Drobo, and it's free!
Apple has increased the customization options for its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, now allowing the entry-level model to be tweaked with difference processors and storage. Originally, the $2,199 "base-spec" Retina MacBook Pro was fixed to a specific chip - the 2.3GHz quadcore Core i7 - and 256GB of SSD storage, with only flexibility in how much RAM was included. Now, though, Apple has opened things up for more options.
Traditionally, the SSD is much more expensive than a comparably sized hard drive. The benefits of an SSD are clear with faster booting and quicker application loading among other things with the big downside being that the SSD typically costs much more per gigabyte than other storage options. Crucial has unveiled a new line of SSDs called the Crucial v4 SSD that is available in multiple storage capacities at surprisingly affordable prices.
Plextor has announced a new line of SSDs, the M5S Series. The drives are based on a Marvell 88SS9174 controller and use 25nm-based NAND flash, which helps read and write speeds hit 520MB/s and 390MB/s respectively. Random read and write speeds are rated at 73,000 and 70,000 IOPS. Plextor is aiming the drives at those looking to make the jump from traditional hard drives to solid state drives for the first time.
SSD prices continue to fall, and while large capacity drives are still out of reach, more modest offerings have reached the point of being suitable for small servers. SuperTalent is hoping administrators will look towards its wares, announcing the new SATA3 SuperNova SSD series. SuperTalent is pitching the SSDs as being super reliable while featuring a silicone padding that makes the drives run cooler than other solutions.