Storage

Synology DiskStation DS418j has home uses in mind

Synology DiskStation DS418j has home uses in mind

Most of the time, when you hear about new Network-Attached Storage (NAS) products, they’re geared towards professionals or, at the very least, small to medium businesses (SMB) or home offices. But with the mass of data we produce and the growing number of computers and devices in our homes, the benefits of reliable data storage as well as access from multiple devices will soon also be critical for home owners as well. Ready to meet that demand, Synology has announced the new DiskStation DS418j for home use and with a home-friendly price to boot.

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Samsung V-NAND flash memory to address growing data storage needs

Samsung V-NAND flash memory to address growing data storage needs

Although our devices are getting smaller and our appliances getting smarter, the amount of data we produce have grown immensely. As such, it is even more critical to find ways to store all that data without having to expand the amount of physical space that servers and racks already occupy. Samsung, best known for smartphones and consumer electronics, might just have the data storage solution for those as well. It has just revealed a series of data storage solutions whose high capacities are all thanks to Samsung’s new V-NAND tech.

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Intel Ruler SSD squeezes 300,000 movies into a single rack

Intel Ruler SSD squeezes 300,000 movies into a single rack

Intel has revealed its latest SSDs, and while there have been advances internally, it's the design of its new "Ruler" SSD form-factor that's probably most striking. Named, unsurprisingly, after its long and skinny shape, the new drive may look unwieldy but it has been designed with a very specific purpose in mind. Namely, maximizing how much storage you can fit into a single rack.

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Sony, IBM develop a 330 TB magnetic tape storage

Sony, IBM develop a 330 TB magnetic tape storage

The 50s called and they want their tapes back. Forget crystals, holograms, or even DNA. The storage solution of the future might come from the pass. And that’s not an exaggeration either. Sony and IBM have joined several of their technologies and innovations together in order to make a palm-sized magnetic tape cartridge capable of holding as much as 330 TB of data. An achievement considering that a comparable cartridge only holds 15 TB at most.

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Mobile C50 flash drive offers USB-A, USB-C, and micro USB connectors

Mobile C50 flash drive offers USB-A, USB-C, and micro USB connectors

Gadgets with USB-C are on the rise, adding yet another plug type into the mix for consumers to be mindful of. This makes flash drives particularly tricky, as you likely need an adapter or two to use the drive with all of your gadgets. Silicon Power wants to change that with its new Mobile C50 'triple-interface' flash drive, one that sports all three major USB connectors on a single device.

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Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Adobe is dropping the axe on Flash, announcing that the little-loved - and in many cases, like that of Apple's Steve Jobs, actively loathed - plugin is on its last legs. Flash will officially be put out of its misery in 2020, Adobe confirmed today, having already been forced out of contention from mobile. However, the company is also calling on support from some of the big names in internet browsing and technology to see Flash out smoothly.

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Drobo 5D3 storage touts Thunderbolt 3 for performance boost

Drobo 5D3 storage touts Thunderbolt 3 for performance boost

Aside from the flexibility to plug almost any type of peripheral, one of the promises of the Thunderbolt 3 connector that Intel and Apple are pushing is speed. Taking advantage of the increase in data transfer bandwidth, Drobo is launching its new 5D3 RAID storage solution that not only keeps your data safe and intact, it can also charge your laptop or even be your computer's connection to a 4K or 5K monitor.

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Super Smash Flash 2 has everyone, should have kitchen sink

Super Smash Flash 2 has everyone, should have kitchen sink

It may not be a household name like Street Fighter, but Nintendo's Super Smash Bros is also one of the best loved fighting game franchises, because of its ironically (for a fighting game) lighthearted nature and the assortment of characters pulled from various Nintendo properties. But what if you take those elements even further, almost to their most illogical conclusion. Then you et McLeod Gaming's Super Smash Flash 2, a 2D "retro" rendition of the Smash Bros concept that includes almost every gaming or geek culture icon you can think of and then some.

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Google Drive will soon make it easy to Backup and Sync PCs, Macs

Google Drive will soon make it easy to Backup and Sync PCs, Macs

The cloud storage wars just got a bit more interesting. Box just recently announced its Box Drive offering to practically replace shared network folders at work. Now Google is also expanding the scope of its own Google Drive cloud solution but with a nod towards regular consumers instead of the enterprise. With the upcoming Backup and Sync tool, users on Windows and macOS will be able to select whole folders to sync with Google Drive, making it easy as pie to store all your data on the mothership.

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The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

Computing devices are getting more powerful, more varied, and more ubiquitous, but the data storage in these devices hasn't changed that much. We are still beholden to the HDDs, SSDs, and eMMCs or UFS of yesteryears. In fact, the storage story has become even more complicated because each device has its own storage that you have to manage or keep in sync with other devices.

Enter cloud computing and cloud storage, with its promise of being able to access your data anytime, anywhere. Well, as long as you have an Internet connection, that is. It is an inescapable fact of modern day computing life and it pays to know the choices you have. Here are ten of the top cloud storage options this half of the year.

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Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox expands storage and ports

Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox expands storage and ports

The Xbox faithful are most likely having a great time at E3 this week. In addition to the long-awaited announcement of the Xbox One X, which previously went by "Project Scorpio", announcements like the expanded backwards compatibility library and new games seem to show that there is no better time to be an Xbox gamer than now. Or at least in the next few months. Jumping on that train of thought, Seagate is announcing its new Game Drive Hub for the gaming console, which gives owners not only more room for their games but also more ports for their peripherals.

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Western Digital WD Red brings 10TB helium drives to NAS

Western Digital WD Red brings 10TB helium drives to NAS

SSDs may have the advantage of reliability, but the costs of production keep them from becoming the go to solution for large scale storage, like NAS drives. Hard drives, on the other hand, can reach oodles of terabytes but have relatively shorter lifespans. That's why hard drive makers have turned to helium-based designs to bridge the gap. Like the new WD Read and WD Red Pro drives that offer reliable 10 TB of storage perfect for NAS systems.

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