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Toshiba Announces AL13SX Series 15,000 RPM Enterprise Hard Drives

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The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives (HDD) – the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. With a 2.5-inch form factor, the AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds up to 15,000 rotations per minute (RPM), making the AL13SX series suitable for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

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The AL13SX series comes in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities, and delivers high performance in 600GB capacity while supporting industry standard 512n sector lengths in a space efficient 2.5-inch form factor. The 4K native sector and 512e emulation models of the drives include Toshiba’s persistent write cache technology for improved data integrity and performance. Overall, the AL13SX series supports high storage density, saving rack space and reducing mission critical storage footprint and operational burden for enterprise customers.

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HGST Ships Ultrastar C15K600 Family Of Enterprise-Class Hard Drives

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HGST, a Western Digital company, today announced that it is shipping a new family of high-performance, high-capacity, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), 15K RPM enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDD) - the Ultrastar C15K600 family. Delivering best-in-class performance and capacity in one streamlined solution, the new Ultrastar C15K600 family enables higher density and higher performing servers, blades and network storage arrays all while reducing space requirements, lowering cooling costs and improving total cost of ownership (TCO).

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The demand for more efficient storage continues to grow as IT and facilities collide, creating the need for a better balance between capacity, performance, physical space and energy usage. To bridge this gap, customizing and tiering infrastructure workloads and tuning HDDs and SSDs by application and function will help data center managers more efficiently handle ever-increasing amounts of data.

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HGST Debuts New Stylish, Colorful Touro S Mobile External Hard Drives

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Delivering solutions designed for an increasingly mobile and connected lifestyle, HGST, a Western Digital company, today announced that it is expanding its family of external storage and backup solutions with its new line of Touro S mobile external hard drives. Available in colorful metallic finishes such as gold, silver, ruby and platinum, the Touro S drive family delivers two levels of data protection – local backup and cloud storage – to help protect, transport, store and access photos, music, videos and documents from anywhere. With its thin, stylish design and an aluminum enclosure, the 7,200 RPM hard drive-based external drives moves files up to 23 percent faster than standard 5,400 RPM-based drives.

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In addition to receiving up to 1TB of local storage, every Touro S customer also receives 3GB of Touro Cloud Backup for free. This online storage option ensures that data is always protected and accessible in the cloud. With Touro Cloud Backup, users can access and share files from any web browser, tablet or smartphone. When using the cloud service, all content is stored in its natural format, so files are easy to view, download and share from any web browser, anywhere.  Users can even share online content with others by sending a web link. For more cloud storage, users can upgrade to 250GB for only $59 per year, which includes multiple computer protection. Those who upgrade receive Apple® iPhone® and iPad® apps for free.

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Seagate Unveils Seventh-Generation Surveillance Hard Disk Drive

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Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today took the wraps off its seventh-generation hard drive disk (HDD) engineered specifically for surveillance and video analytics applications— the Seagate Surveillance HDD. The Surveillance HDD is a world-class HDD purpose-built for storing and accessing video analytics, improving data integrity and keeping systems in the field longer.

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“There is a growing need to analyze and make use of large amounts of video data, including applications where cities can predict and improve traffic flows, airports can reduce wait times, and emergency responders can react faster— the possibilities are endless,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “We pioneered this market more than a decade ago, delivering the world’s first surveillance HDD, and can leverage our vast knowledge of this technology and market to provide our customers with the optimal solution for recording and accessing surveillance data.”

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LaCie Ships Industry's First 5TB External Hard Drive

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Today, LaCie announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard–drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series. Delivering external storage products that range from 5TB single drive systems to 25TB RAID solutions boosts storage capacity by 20 percent. This increase showcases the company's commitment to provide the fastest, highest capacity storage solutions on the market.

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Increasingly larger file formats for film and photography have driven the demand for more storage capacity. The availability of 5TB hard drives enables LaCie to deliver significantly more storage capacity in its same compact desktop designs. This saves professionals valuable desktop space.

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OWC Expands Thunderbolt Storage Line With ThunderBay IV 4-Bay High-Performance Solution

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Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company expanded its line of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC ThunderBay IV four-bay external high-performance drive.

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High-Performance Four-Bay Design
The ThunderBay IV, available in capacities up to 16TB of total storage, adds tremendous storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port. Applications such as A/V post-production, photography, music, graphics, data management, and even Time Machine backups are enhanced with access to data at sustained data rates of up to 887MB/s read, 884MB/s write.

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Toshiba Launches MG04 Series 5TB Enterprise Hard Drives

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toshiba_mg04_hdd.pngThe Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the next generation of high-capacity 3.5-inch form factor enterprise hard disk drive (HDD) – the MG04 series. Engineered for midline and nearline business critical workloads, the MG04 series is the industry’s first enterprise capacity category models supporting industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies as well as persistent write cache technology, which improves both performance and reliability. The series is engineered for the high-capacity demands of mid-tier servers and cloud application workloads and for capacity-optimized data center storage systems that benefit from high capacity per spindle.

With a 6Gb/s interface model, the SAS MG04SCA and SATA MG04ACA series are available in the industry standard 3.5-inch form factor and are available in capacities of up to 5TB. Spinning at 7,200 rotations per minute (RPM), the MG04 series delivers high application performance, while the high capacity per spindle saves rack space and reduces the footprint and operational burden of business critical servers and storage systems. The series also provides, as an option, persistent write cache technologies that help protect against data-loss in the event of sudden power loss, while also helping to improve performance and data reliability. Models supporting sanitize instant erase (SIE) option are available.

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G-Technology Expands Its Thunderbolt External Hard Drive Family

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G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, today announced that it is shipping its new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt and G-DRIVE mobile with Thunderbolt external storage solutions. Supporting the growing base of Thunderbolt-enabled Mac® and PC computers, the two new drives set the standard for consumers and professionals looking for one of the fastest desktop or mobile Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 storage solutions on the market. Both drives incorporate a high-performance 7,200 RPM hard drive, come with a sleek, durable aluminum enclosure, and are plug-and-play on Mac but can be easily reformatted for Windows.

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"G-Technology is dedicated to giving today's consumers and creative professionals storage solutions that can keep up with their demanding workflows and fast-paced lives," said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology. "Complementing our current G-DOCK ev™, G-DRIVE PRO and G-RAID™ with Thunderbolt solutions, G-Technology now offers a family of solutions – from RAID solutions to single-drive desktop and mobile solutions – that fit virtually any storage or creative workflow need."

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StarTech.com Announces 2-Bay Thunderbolt Hard Drive Enclosure

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StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the availability of their new 2-Bay Thunderbolt Hard Drive Enclosure (SKU: S252SMTB3), which lets users add reliable, high-speed external storage to a Mac or PC computer through a Thunderbolt port. The Thunderbolt enclosure is the first external drive enclosure from StarTech.com to feature a Thunderbolt host connection, and features two drive bays which allows users to maximize external storage capacity while ensuring the best possible data transfer rates with the host system.

 

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The Thunderbolt enclosure offers features to help prevent heat build-up within the case, for a cooler operating environment, including a built-in fan and a solid aluminum chassis for maximum airflow and heat dissipation. The enclosure also includes a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable that provides an out-of-the-box storage solution and saves users the added expense of a cable to connect their external drives to the host computer.

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OWC Announces Hard Drive Upgrade Kit For PlayStation 4

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Other World Computing announced an upgrade kit for PlayStation 4 at CES 2014 that will allow users to add capacity and boost performance up to 40% faster vs. stock drive for reduced system load time.

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The OWC DIY Upgrade Kit for PS4 allows PS4 owners to double storage and boost the performance with an OWC drive. DIY bundles include everything needed to upgrade/replace the existing 2.5” drive and transfer gaming data to new drive. For added value, the original drive can be converted to an external drive, using the included enclosure, for new use for data transfer, back up or portable storage for your computer.

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