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Storage and Storage Software

Samsung Mass Produces Biggest SSDs

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Samsung Mass Produces Biggest SSDs

Samsung announces it has started mass producing its biggest Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD yet-- the PM1643, a 30.72TB drive featuring 64-layer 3-bit 512Gb V-NAND chips.

Aimed for enterprise systems, the PM1643 doubles the capacity of the previous 15.36TB Samsung SSD through the combination of 32 new 1TB NAND flash packages. Each package is comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips, and allows the storage of approximately 5700 5GB HD movie files in a 2.5-inch device.

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WD Intros G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle

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WD Intros G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle

Western Digital announces a G-Technology external storage addition- the G-Speed Shuttle, an ultraportable RAID storage solution available with Thunderbolt 3 or EV series bay adapters.

The 4-bay G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 supports transfer speeds of up to 1000MB/s, allowing users to transfer an hour of 30fps 4K footage in a few minutes. It offers up to 48TB of storage via removable Ultrastar 7200RPM enterprise-class drives with a choice of RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 configurations.

Meanwhile EV series adapter option also offers Thunderbolt 3 support, only with a pair of EV series bay adapters for cross-functionality with EV series drives and readers. It features up to 24TB storage and transfer rates reaching 500MB/s.

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Synology Storage Packages Pack Intelligence

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Synology Storage Packages Pack Intelligence

Synology releases 3 storage packages for its network-attached storage (NAS) products-- Drive, Office and Moments, enabling users to store, backup and synchronise files while ensuring privacy and security.

Moments allows users to backup photos from PCs and smartphones to a Synology NAS. It uses deep-learning analytics to automatically identify people, places and objects in photos, before sorting in appropriate albums. Meanwhile Drive is a revamp of the Cloud Station Suite file syncing software. It promises simplified data management on Synology NAS, allowing data syncing across multiple devices and easier office collaboration.

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IDC: "Solid Growth" For SSD Industry

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The outlook for the SSD industry remains "strong," IDC reports-- global SSD unit shipments are set to increase at a CAGR of 15.1% over the 2016-2021 forecast period, while revenues grow at a 14.8% CAGR to reach $33.6 billion by 2021.

The drivers behind such a forecast are the great product availability and improved pricing dynamics as the industry moves to 3D NAND flash. The analyst says current NAND supply constraints will diminish in 2018, bringing about further price erosion. In turn, lower SSD pricing drives greater SSD adoption in PCs and other client devices.

As a result, 2016-2021 SSD shipments in the PC and CE markets are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 15.8%. Enterprise SSD demand should also remain strong throughout the period, as customers turn to flash-optimised systems for both traditional storage and server-attached solutions.

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WD and Toshiba Settle Legal Disputes!

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WD and Toshiba Settle Legal Disputes!

Following months of dispute Western Digital and Toshiba finally kiss and make up through an agreement to "strengthen and extend their relationship"-- specifically through a joint investment in the Fab 6 facility in Yokkaichi, Japan.

The legal dispute came about a year ago, after Toshiba decided to put its prized memory business (the Toshiba Memory Corporation, aka TMC) on sale following massive losses suffered by its nuclear power subsidiary. WD objected to the sale, claiming its consent was required due to its May 2016 acquisition of SanDisk, which included half of the Toshiba-SanDisk partnerships in NAND flash memory manufacture.

May 2017 saw WD start legal arbitration proceedings against Toshiba. In turn Toshiba filed a lawsuit against WD in Japanese courts, claiming unfair competition and mishandling of trade secrets. The situation between the two companies only got more bitter from that point, making things worse for a Toshiba eager for the capital the sale of TMC would bring.

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