Kingston's latest flash drive features USB-C connectivity and record-breaking speeds
"Kingston has announced that its new high performance USB-C flash drive the DataTraveler Max is now available," reports Anthony Spadafora in techradar.pro
"The DataTraveler Max (DT Max) is one of the fastest USB drives on the market with read speeds of up to 1000 Mbps and write speeds of up to 900 Mbps.
According to Kingston, the company designed the DT Max with portability and convenience in mind. However, the flash drive also features a unique ridged casing that protects its USB-C connector when its not in use and is easily moved in a single motion..."
Over the past 9 decades, the storage industry has brought to market numerous ground-breaking technologies and architectures, many of which are still in use today, years after they first appeared on the market
Every day, vendors announce new products that seemingly offer something different from the myriad of competing solutions already available; but are these simple updates to existing technologies, with a few tweaks and additions? Or are they truly original? At a time when so much has already been developed, can storage vendors still be innovative?
To find out, let's go back to the very start of the storage industry as we know it. It was nearly a century ago, in 1928, that Austrian scientist Fritz Pfleumer patented the first magnetic tape. Since then, tape has played a significant role in the storage of data. Veniamin Simonov, director of product management, Nakivo, Inc., agrees: 'There have been numerous breakthroughs in the storage industry since the times of magnetic tape which, over the years, has helped to revolutionise how data is stored. Since then, we've seen the move to disk storage, which has included floppy disks, HDD drives, optical disk drives, and so on.'
Five years ago, Western Digital, known for its hard disk drive (HDD) storage technologies, doled out $19 billion in cash and stock for SanDisk and its solid state drive (SDD) product portfolio, giving it deep expertise in the non-volatile flash memory space at a time when enterprises were looking for expanded storage options in the wake of the rise of the cloud and the edge
Jeffrey Burt writes in
The Next Platform
"At the time the deal was announced in 2015 - the acquisition closed a year later - then-CEO of Western Digital Steve Milligan boasted that the 'combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry.' The company also noted that with SanDisk in the fold, the combination of the two will enable Western Digital to 'vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.'
The deal gave Western Digital a much broader portfolio of technologies and expanded reach beyond HDDs. Earlier this month, the company announced that in the most recent quarter, revenue jumped 15 percent year-over-year, to $4.9 billion..."
An effective deployment and oversight strategy is essential to get the most out of your virtual storage. Find out what software, hardware and tools can ensure it all runs smoothly
"Despite the benefits of virtualized storage," writes Robert Sheldon in
"there's not a clear way to deploy or manage the technology; this is in part because organizations have different requirements, and offerings vary significantly in capabilities, technology requirements and use cases.
Storage virtualization can help simplify management and improve resource use. It also streamlines advanced feature application across the storage pool and extend the life of older storage systems.
When admins deploy and manage virtual storage, they must account for four main considerations..."
Digital transformation initiatives and new workloads are driving all-flash object storage adoption in business, according to a report from IT research firm ESG
Daniel Robinson writes in Blocks & File
"Key findings of the report - The Digital Era Is Fueling Adoption of All-flash Object Storage - are that all-flash object storage is still in its early adoption phase, but ESG expects it to become pervasive. While 95 per cent of organisations are using flash storage systems, only 23 per cent of those use all-flash object storage. At the same time, 87 per cent of those not currently using it intend to evaluate the technology over the next year..."
We look at important questions to ask providers of consumption-based storage procurement services, such as base costs and burst, usage measurement and upgrade paths
"Enterprises have long had to balance capital and operational expenditure (capex/opex) when it comes to their IT budgets. Storage is no exception," writes Stephen Pritchard
"Over the past decade, the volume of data being stored has risen sharply - and continues to do so. Researchers at Statista predict an average annual growth rate of 42% between 2020 and 2022.
But predicting exactly how much storage any one business needs remains difficult. Businesses risk over-provisioning, and so leaving valuable capital equipment underused, or investing too little in storage capacity, making it harder to roll out new applications. This has fuelled the rise of as-a-service and consumption models of storage procurement..."
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