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Storage and Storage Software

QNAP Updates NAS Sofware

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QNAP Updates NAS Sofware

QNAP Systems launches version 3.6 of Turbo NAS Management firmware, with updates including enterprise features such as VPN, LDAP and proxy servers. 

The version 3.6 software also adds support for cloud photo and music sharing, MyCloudNAS 1.2, QPKG centre and a number of enchanced backup featuers. 

The company says the VPN server provides an economical means for customers to create a secure private network with up to 256-bit encryption, while LDAP server makes mass account management easier. 

The proxy server comes with "Squid" QPKG, which QNAP says Read more...

Seagate: HDD Shortages to Continue

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Seagate: HDD Shortages to Continue

According to the Seagate Q2 2012 (fiscal) report, the HDD industry still has to recover from the October Thailand floodings-- the company estimates the industry shipped 119M units, while demand for the period totals 175M units.

HDD shipments from Seagate total 47M (including 700000 Samsung drives), a 4% Y-o-Y decline the company blames on component supply constraints related to the floodings. As a result Seagate predicts flooding-related issues will continue affecting the HDD industry throughout 2012, with overall supply failing to satisfy demand Read more...

Micron Acquires Virtensys

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Micron Acquires Virtensys

Micron Technologies announces the purchase of Virtensys, a Manchester-based PCIe-sharing virtualisation solutions provider. 

The 2 companies do not provide additional details of the agreement. 

The purchase will result in the folding of Virtensys virtualisation software with Micron storage, resulting in the more efficient virtualisation of NAND flash storage in enterprise systems. 

PCIe card units contain large amounts of NAND flash and replace spinning disk drives in systems demanding a high number of transactions per minute (or second), such as Read more...

The Smallest Magnetic Storage is Atoms-Long

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The Smallest Magnetic Storage is Atoms-Long

Researchers at IBM manage to store one bit of data using just 12 atoms-- creating the smallest magnetic storage device in the world while determining the atomic limits of magnetic storage. 

In comparison, today's HDDs use around 1 million atoms to store 1 bit of data. 

The atom-scale breakthrough seen at IBM could result in magnetic storage devices with data densities at least 100 times more than current HDDs and solid state memory. IBM says "as components continue to shrink, the march continues to the inevitable end point: the atom. We’re taking th Read more...

Fish Sperm: The Storage Device of the Future?

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Fish Sperm: The Storage Device of the Future?

Will the future of Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) storage be... fish based? Researchers at National Tsing Hua Universtity in Taiwan and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany believe so, revealing how to use salmon DNA to build a WORM data storage device. 

Where did the DNA come from? The testes (sperm) of Oncerynchus keta, better known as chum or keta salmon. 

DNA is already pretty amazing-- after all, it is the "blueprint of life" and contains the proteins shaping an creature's processes and characteristics. But it can be even more than Read more...

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