The future of storage at CES

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While consumer goods occupy most of the space at the Consumer Electronics Show, the keen eye can see some offers storage that could be attractive to many companies over the next year.
One trend observed is that the costs down and increasing capacity solid state drives (SSD) is making them more relevant as desktop machines and server when you need speed to keep storage day with the processor and memory, as well as on a laptop.
Auto-encrypted drives (SED) are also proving to be important. They can ensure that your data is protected, even when a unit moves from one machine to another, send a server to repair or remove a drive. The primary key is generated at the factory and encryption keys generated by the drive controller, so never leave the units.
Erasing replaces cryptographic key, so that all data on the disk inaccessible without making safe cleaning. Because this is done at a low level, just before the bits are written to flash, SED do not interfere with other processes running against storage as data loss prevention or management of rights (or reserve).
These two trends are coming together, and moving from mobile devices to servers. Toshiba SSDs already offered in the form factors of 3.5 inches and 2.5 inches to fit standard drive bays, and now is adding SSD for servers that are also self-encrypting drives. SEDS is now being offered for use with mid-range servers, up to 480 GB capacity and the number PX02SMQ / U includes units of 400 GB, 800 GB and 1.6 TB.

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For 1TB in a much smaller and more portable (but not encryption), Kingston uses CES exhibition last week to show prototypes of its 1TB USB memory. A slightly larger and thicker than the current USB sticks, remains extremely small for something with so much storage, thanks to a new method Kingston created for stacking layers of flash memory. In addition, despite the size of the unit is fast, with 240Mbps speed 160Mbps read and write.
A 512MB physically smaller version due out in mid-February and the 1TB model to send this spring (prices have not yet been established).
For the speed of an SSD without the cost, Buffalo is the addition of high-speed memory to a standard hard drive. The unit station DDR is a 1TB, 2TB or 3TB USB 3 external hard drive, but as usual the 32GB cache for Western Digital drive inside the enclosure features 1 GB of RAM DDR 3 that is used as a buffer.
There is a predictive cache or selective, but merely accelerates every write to do (and still writes the task slower hard drives). This means you do not need to load any software or drivers, so it works on any computer with a USB 3 port, regardless of the operating system.
Buffalo says the unit DDR station is 2.8 to 3.5 times faster than a single hard drive, priced at a modest premium on an external hard drive standard. Writing fast DDR then have the copy of the data to the controller of the hard drive means your PC comes in contact with the next step faster. You are also likely to lose data, even when disconnected the external drive, but it only takes five to seven seconds to finish writing 1GB of files on the hard disk drive and DDR station is located in a complex of desk with a power cable that would have to unplug – and an orange LED flashes to warn you that the script is not finished. (If you followed the DDR transmission stations with a USB powered mobile version, Buffalo is considering adding a capacitor to protect data even if the disconnect.)
All drives fail in the end, if they are flash, magnetic media or optical drive (organic ink onto a DVD degrades over time). We have seen promising life WORM takes very long before, but the new M-disk records data on a layer of silicate rock that is said to last for over 1,000 years (ancient rock carvings inspired the inventor when he saw the trails in Utah).

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DVDs look like discs and will be available in DVD and Blu-ray, but no ink layer is transparent and highly reflective. You can store 4.7 GB the same as a DVD or a disk of 25 GB Blu-ray (Blu-ray media will be available in June of this year), and 4x recording speed is similar to a normal DVD writer . The discs cost less than $ 3 – that’s less than gold more optical discs ‘long life’.
Most Blu-ray combo can be written in a M-disc because the laser power is high enough to burn in the silicate layer, and all of them can read.
It’s a bit more complex for the DVD. All current LG units can record albums My firmware updates for other DVD recorders that convert laser energy will cause many compatible. And once you have made ​​a record-M, can be read on any DVD drive.

(credit: TechRadar)

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