Stories by Lucas Mearian

Toshiba 500GB USB external hard drive

Toshiba Corp. recently sent in its new 500GB USB external disk drive for review. While the 2.5-inch device is a slick-looking drive with its diminutive size and shiny-black plastic case, I took issue with a couple of things after using it.

DOJ: EMC paid kickbacks, overcharged US agencies

The US Department of Justice last week disclosed that it has intervened in a 2006 lawsuit charging that EMC gave kickbacks to federal IT consultants and overcharged government agencies for hardware, software and services.

IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows

IDC's quarterly data storage sales report shows that quarterly revenue for worldwide storage systems was down 5.9% in the last quarter of 2008 compared to a year earlier. But the capacity shipped increased by 27.3% year-over-year to a total of 2.46 petabytes.

Complaints flood Seagate over hard drive problems

Seagate's <a href=";;view=by_date_ascending&amp;page=1"> online support forum </a> has been riddled this week with complaints from owners of the 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive, which in recent months has already drawn complaints that the drive has been freezing up during data transfers.

EMC's new multi-protocol NAS array aimed at SMEs

EMC has announced that it is again moving down market with the latest iteration of its Celerra network attacked-storage (NAS) server, aiming it at the SMB space by basing its back-end storage on the entry-level Clariion AX4 storage array. The Celerra NX4 Unified Storage System, like > its predecessor the Celerra NS20 NAS array

IBM pumps $300M into business continuity centers

IBM Wednesday announced it is spending US$300 million to expand its business continuity and disaster recovery business, adding 13 facilities around the world to address what it says is a surge in demand from businesses and governments.

Symantec mixes backup with open-source virtualisation

Symantec's storage arm, Veritas, announced Tuesday that it has combined its online storage management software with Citrix Systems Xen Hypervisor to develop an x86 server virtualisation platform. The product is expected to be available this fall, according to Aaron Aubrecht, senior director of product management and engineering for Veritas' Storage Foundation group.

EMC unveils two disk libraries, deduplication capabilities

<a href="">EMC</a> Monday announced two new disk arrays for the SMB space as well as upgrades to its existing enterprise-class virtual tape library (VTL) that includes policy-based data deduplication and disk power-down capability.