Stories by Lucas Mearian

Samsung quietly testing mini SSD for laptops, netbooks

While not officially announced, Samsung Corp. said during an interview today that it is quietly testing a new consumer-class solid state drive (SSD) with computer makers that's about one-third the size of a business card and that would plug directly into an internal PCI Express (PCIe) slot in a desktop, laptop or netbook.

Vendor group forms cloud storage initiative

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today the formation of the Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) in order to establish a lexicon of cloud-computing terminology, publish use cases, white papers and technical specifications, and to create reference implementation models for grid-storage architectures.

Blu-ray tanks in PCs

Despite a rapid rise in the sale of consumer Blu-ray Disc players due to a drop in prices and an increase in high-definition movie content, Blu-ray players in PCs are not seeing any significant increase in sales, according to iSuppli Corp.

Toshiba's new Portege sports 500GB SSD

At only 0.77-in thick, Toshiba's new Portege R600-ST4203 business notebook is the thinnest and lightest PC laptop available today. Toshiba bills it as "the ultimate ultralight notebook." Measuring 11.1 inches by 8.5 inches, it bests Apple's MacBook Air in weight, doesn't skimp on ports, and has an internal optical drive. (If you get the Portege without the optical drive, it weighs just 1.72 pounds.)

NetApp goes native with Fibre Channel over Ethernet

NetApp Inc. today announced it will be using QLogic Corp.'s <a href="">converged network adapter</a> (CNA), in its storage arrays and virtualization appliances in order to offer customers a native Fibre Channel over Ethernet capability.

HP buys Ibrix for undisclosed sum

Hewlett-Packard Co. Friday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Ibrix Inc., a privately-held maker of clustered file system software used for creating large, highly available network attached storage architectures.

Intel's X25-E SSD runs circles around rivals

There's something special about installing what is arguably one of the fastest, most sophisticated solid-state disk (SSD) drives in your average Dell laptop. It's a little like stuffing a big-block V8 into a Chevy Chevette -- you get amazing performance, but no matter how hard you try, you can't justify the cash you just shelled out in order to go really fast.

Hard disk vs solid-state drive

Solid-state disk (SSD) drives are all the rage among techies. The drives use non-volatile NAND flash memory, meaning there are no moving parts. Because there is no actuator arm and read/write head that must seek out data on a platter like on a hard disk drive (HDD), they are faster in reading and, in most cases, writing data.

Western Digital launches line of embedded SSDs

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has begun shipping its first solid-state line of disk drives based on technology it acquired in March when it bought SiliconSystems Inc. The drives are targeted at embedded systems for business use, not the consumer market.