Sony and Panasonic have announced that they have teamed up to create a new archival optical disc standard called Archival Disc. The new format is aimed at professional usage with next generation optical discs. The goal of the new format is to expand the market for long-term data storage using optical disc formats.
Intel has announced the pending arrival of its upcoming performance SSD, the Intel SSD 730 Series. With this solid-state drive comes the promise of "powerful performance" that the maker aims at those using workstations and gamers who are particular about their hardware specs. The drive doesn't arrive until next month, but is available for pre-order now.
Lacie has begun shipping the industry's first external hard drive with a 5TB capacity, providing ample storage for one's media center, project station, or other data-heavy setups. The drive is available with the maker's 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series, and d2 Thunderbolt Series.
SanDisk has announced a new USB flash drive this morning. This one is called the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive and offers up to 64GB of storage along with a full-sized and micro-sized USB connection. This drive is intended for Android users, and works with both Mac and Windows on the desktop side.
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.
Today here at CES, LaCie has taken the wraps off a globular, elongated USB key called the Culbuto. Designed by French designer Constance Guisset, this storage drive bobs about when poked or otherwise disturbed, hence the maker describing it as akin to a roly-poly toy. The name Culbuto itself hints at the drive's nature, being the French word for a weighted-base toy that rolls upright when it's knocked to the side.
SanDisk has announced a new 64GB model of its Connect Wireless Flash Drive, a storage option for those who prefer wireless data storage and access. Beyond the new product launch, the company has also announced a newly-released software update for its Wireless Media Drive and Connect Wireless Flash Drive, enhancing the lineups' functionality and performance.
LaCie has introduced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 here at CES 2014, something the company is hailing as the faster portable storage option presently available. As you may have guessed from the name, the LBD model uses Thunderbolt 2, which allows it to transfer speeds of up to 1375MB/s, outpacing USB 3.0 by quite a bit. As with some of the other design-centric products LaCie introduced today, the Little Big Disk also has a carefully-chosen design.
As entertainment and such becomes increasingly digital and cloud access an arguable necessity, the use of personal cloud services that expand beyond mere external hard drives is increasing. NAS units are only popular way to fulfill this need, but they units are often expensive and, depsite efforts to the contrary, complicated. To meet consumer needs for home-based storage without making things too hard to figure out, Lenovo has introduced its Beacon personal cloud storage device.
Among its other offerings revealed today at CES, LaCie has introduced the hand-crafted Sphere external hard drive, a shiny ball that is at both times retro and modern. The enclosure is circular with a flat base, and there's a stamped logo on the side, the only disruption in the otherwise smooth and polished surface.
LaCie has rolled out the red carpet for the Fuel, a sporty external hard drive designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. In addition to being wireless, the Fuel HDD also features AirPlay, hence the Apple-centric customer base. The drive will be available "soon", though the company hasn't specified a hard date. Priced at $199 USD with 1TB capacity.