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Other World Computing Introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Dual External RAID Drive

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC upgrade and storage technology company, expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt interface will be featured at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas this week, at Other World Computing's booth #SL14016, in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

High-Performance Two-Bay Design
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual, available in capacities up to 8 TB of total storage, adds tremendous storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port. Applications such as A/V post-production, photography, music, graphics, data management, and even Time Machine backups are enhanced with access to data at sustained data rates of up to 389 MB/s read, 351 MB/s write.

PROMISE Technology Debuts New Storage Solutions at NAB 2014

PROMISE Technology today announced three new Thunderbolt 2 and shared storage devices engineered for creative professionals. These new solutions will be showcased at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) in booth SL#5329.

Pegasus2 M4 builds on the success of Pegasus2, the world's first Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID storage solution, by delivering performance and capacity in a new, portable form factor with 2.5" drives. Featuring an innovative and compact design, the 2.5" HDD/SSD Thunderbolt 2 Pegasus2 M4 external RAID solution works with the new Mac Pro and is an ideal solution for professionals working both offsite and in-studio. The Pegasus2 M4 will also be featured as part of a workflow process at the Intel Zone in the StudioXperience booth at NAB (SU#621D1). The Pegasus2 family supports OS X Mavericks and will add support for Windows-based Thunderbolt hosts in Q2.

G-Technology Also Launches New Evolution Series External Drive Modules

G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, today announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family - the G-DRIVE ev SSD and the 500 GB G-DRIVE ev external drive modules.

Inspired by creative pros, the Evolution Series is a flexible ecosystem of G-DOCK ev docking stations and interchangeable and expandable G-DRIVE ev external drive modules with USB 3.0 that makes transferring, editing and distributing content more efficient, scalable and reliable.

Seagate Ships World's Fastest 6 TB Hard Drive

Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it is now shipping the world's fastest 6 TB hard disk drive (HDD) - the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. Boasting industry-leading performance, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is an important step forward in scale-out data infrastructures delivering supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the explosive growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers.

"Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 Zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6 TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers."

Vantec Unveils a 2.5-Inch Portable WiFi Enclosure

Vantec Thermal Technologies- a worldwide leader specializing in computer accessories, storage and mobile solutions - announces one new addition to the WiFi Storage Family. The New 2.5" Portable Wireless Enclosure Allows Simultaneous WiFi Access to Data Stored in this Portable Enclosure Creating a Simple Network for File-Sharing everywhere you go.

The NexStar WiFi 2.5" Portable Wireless Enclosure allows users to connect wirelessly to the data stored in the user's hard drive using the Enclosure's Wi-Fi signal. This allows anyone with Wi-Fi capable devices like smartphones and tablets to connect to this Enclosure at home or on the go with the built-in 5000 mAh battery. In addition, the Vantec WiFi Apps are available now on Apple App Store and Google Play Store to work with the new NexStar WiFi 2.5" Portable Wireless Enclosure.

Connected Data Updates Its 4-Bay Drobo Storage System

Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announces the release of the latest 4-bay Drobo and the best-selling product in the company's history. This third generation Drobo is more affordable, three times faster than the previous release and includes new features such as USB 3.0, significantly faster rebuild times and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine. The company today is also introducing a customer loyalty discount program of $50 USD off for all first and second-generation Drobo customers.

The Most Advanced 4-Bay Drobo Ever: This third generation Drobo features a new low price of $349 and a completely new architecture, making it three times faster than the previous generation. In addition, four times faster rebuild times maximize data availability in the event of a disk drive failure, and the addition of battery back up provides even more protection in case of a power outage.

Toshiba Offers Adapter Turning External Drives Into Networked Storage Devices

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Canvio Wireless Adapter, a simple yet powerful innovation that adds wireless networking capabilities to any traditional external hard drive, allowing users to share, stream and access their content from any place, on any device.

"In today's increasingly wireless world, it's becoming more important that our storage solutions have networking capabilities," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development, Branded Storage Products, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "This device brings yesterday's external hard drives into the 21st century with features that consumers demand such as easy access to their content wherever they are."

OCZ and AMD to Showcase Solid-State Supercharged Gaming Systems at GDC

OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its partnership with AMD to showcase the power of high performance technology at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) March 17-21 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. AMD's demo systems will feature best-in-class Vector 150 Series solid state drives demonstrating how developers can enhance productivity and efficiency in their work.

"We are excited to partner with AMD for the upcoming Game Developers Conference to support the fast growing interactive game development industry," said Alex Mei, CMO for OCZ Storage Solutions. "OCZ is dedicated to delivering premium solid state storage solutions that are not only a useful tool for developers, but also meet the unique demands of enthusiasts and gamers on all levels."

LaCie Introduces the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2-Supporting External Drive

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced today the availability of the fastest portable storage solution ever - the new LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2. It delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s and fits in a laptop bag. With these advances, professionals finally have a truly portable solution for editing 4K video in the field.

Storage for the 4K Era
To achieve the full potential of Thunderbolt 2 speeds, LaCie engineered the Little Big Disk with some of the best - performing solid state drives on the market - a pair of 500 GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs. It's possible to push the boundaries of the technology even further by daisy chaining two LaCie Little Big Disks to achieve speeds faster than the maximum Thunderbolt 2 transfer rate. By connecting them in parallel to Apple's powerful new Mac Pro, they can deliver speeds up to 2,600 MB/s.

Sony and Panasonic Develop New Optical Storage Standard - Archival Disc

Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Panasonic Corporation ("Panasonic") today announced that they have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.

Western Digital Introduces 2-Bay Prosumer Personal Cloud Storage

WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products are designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.

"WD is committed to providing a comprehensive portfolio of personal cloud solutions as the need for digital data storage continues to dramatically increase," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Branded Products and worldwide sales. "With the My Cloud EX series of products, customers will be thrilled with the advanced features, high-performance and reliability that only WD can provide."

OWC Introduces the ThunderBay IV Four-Bay Drive

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company expanded its line of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC ThunderBay IV four-bay external high-performance drive.

High-Performance Four-Bay Design
The ThunderBay IV, available in capacities up to 16 TB of total storage, adds tremendous storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port. Applications such as A/V post-production, photography, music, graphics, data management, and even Time Machine backups are enhanced with access to data at sustained data rates of up to 887 MB/s read, 884 MB/s write.

Addonics Announces Sapphire SSD RAID Array Storage Line

Addonics Technologies today announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions, which are ideal for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance. The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives.

The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF. Both offer a flexible platform with USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available high-speed CFast cards.

Toshiba Debuts the Canvio Home Backup & Share NAS

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Canvio Home Backup & Share, a simple and powerful network attached storage hub for the connected home that brings together islands of content and allows easy access to digital assets. Available in capacities up to 3 TB, the Canvio Home enables the availability of content on a contextual basis, flowing from device to device, screen to screen and location to location.

"Imagine having access to all your important digital assets - around your home, around the world, or through your portable devices, and you'll know what it's like with the new Canvio Home, an easier, safer way to backup, share, stream, and store your files and multimedia," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development, Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. "It is so much more than just a box to drop your files in. This is safe, private storage that you can share."

SanDisk Announces Release of the ULLtraDIMM SSD

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that its ULLtraDIMM Solid State Drive (SSD), the industry's first enterprise-class, ultra-low latency, memory channel storage solution, is now shipping for qualification with select enterprise servers. The addition of flash technology on the DRAM memory channel expands the growing penetration of flash storage technology in enterprise data centers, and complements SanDisk's existing flash-based server hardware and software storage solutions.

The award-winning SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD can be integrated into an existing DIMM slot. This ensures ultra-low latency in business applications and results in improved application response times. Additional ULLtraDIMM SSDs can also be added to available DIMM slots, scaling performance and capacity without impacting latency. This creates new opportunities for server system designs to support use cases that require extremely fast storage, such as High-Frequency Trading (HFT), VDI, transaction processing, virtualization and cloud computing.

Buffalo Launches the LinkStation 200 Series NAS Devices

Buffalo Americas, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the launch of its LinkStation 200 Series of easy to use network storage devices.

Ideal for home users, the new LinkStation 200 Series provides simple network storage and backup and offers an assortment of features, allowing users to store, organize, access and stream media files from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Users can even set up a free personal cloud for access anytime, anywhere, at home or on the go.

PROMISE Announces Availability of Pegasus2 Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solution

PROMISE Technology, Inc. today announced the availability of Pegasus2, the first and only storage solution designed to work with Thunderbolt 2 enabled systems such as the all-new Mac Pro, which is built for the creative experience of photographers, video professionals, power users, and more.

Thunderbolt 2 delivers 20 Gbps of bandwidth, a game changer for content creators, allowing for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files. Pegasus2 maximizes the available line rate of Thunderbolt 2, providing ultra-fast throughput for remote site, on set, or remote office mobile storage in 4K rich media workflows, post-production or broadcasting.

OWC Adds USB 3.0 to Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Data Storage and Backup Solution

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) the world's leading destination for cutting-edge and easy-to-install Mac and PC upgrades and accessories, announced higher data throughput and USB 3.0 compatibility for its multi-interface, four-bay professional-grade Mercury Elite Qx2 RAID storage product for enterprise, professional and prosumer users.

The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is now compatible with native USB 3.0 'SuperSpeed' interface technology, in addition to offering FireWire 800 and eSATA connectivity. The improved Elite Pro Qx2 features four hot-swap bays, diverse multiple interface support, and up to 16 TB of available storage capacity. It is engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive applications. Massive data storage and backup capacity, inter-operable interface support, user-selectable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, span, and independent modes all provide the speed, capacity, and redundancy necessary to meet a wide array of application requirements.

HighPoint Unveils New SAS/SATA DAS RAID Storage Controller

HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for the past 18 years, launches a groundbreaking new breed of storage controller designed for high-speed applications: the RocketRAID 2720C2 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Cross-Sync RAID Solution.

HighPoint's 6Gb/s Cross-Sync RAID Solution aims to revolutionize DAS applications. Cross-Sync synchronizes up to two RocketRAID 2720C2 controller cards to work as a single RAID storage unit. The Cross-Sync RAID Solution provides 16 SAS/SATA6Gb/s Ports over a Dual PCIe x8 Host Interface, and is capable of delivering up to 4 GB/s of transfer performance!

NETGEAR Launches World's Fastest Desktop Network Attached Storage Device

NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced ReadyNAS 716 (RN716X). A 10GE-ready addition to the award-winning ReadyNAS product family, ReadyNAS 716 is the world's fastest desktop network attached storage (NAS) device. With a maximum capacity of 24 TB (up to 84 TB with expansion chassis), the six-bay ReadyNAS 716 enables easy storage and extreme throughput for businesses and campus environments supporting up to 500 concurrent users. Providing up to 10GE throughput, ReadyNAS 716 is also the only NAS on the market today capable of simultaneously streaming multiple large uncompressed Blu-ray files.

Earlier this spring, NETGEAR introduced a new portfolio of ReadyNAS devices, running on the revolutionary ReadyNAS operating system (OS), that delivers high value, high performance storage with enterprise-class features. The custom-built ReadyNAS OS not only protects stored data with X-RAID2 automatic expansion, but also features continuous data protection through unlimited snapshots, easy disaster recovery with cloud-managed replication, and native threat protection with real-time anti-virus. Each NAS device was created with ease-of-use in mind, so business users can confidently centralize, share, and back up all the data on their network.

Seagate Offers Windows Storage Server to Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

Seagate Technology plc today introduced the latest addition to the company's business storage product offerings, Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS. Designed for offices or workgroups with up to 50 employees, this new 4-bay NAS centralizes storage to allow access, collaboration and sharing of files securely from all computers within a business network, while simultaneously hosting PC backups in one central location.

"Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organizations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses," said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. "We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures."

Silicon Power Presents the White Christmas Series Storage Lineup

Here comes the jolly Christmas! While the whole world is overwhelmed in delightful spirit, are you ready to light up your holidays with more Christmas flavors? This year, SP/ Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, is glad to present you the "White Christmas Series", which features snow-white and extremely elegant designs to dress up your storage devices with splendid Christmas-fashion. Inspired by the pureness of white snow, SP "White Christmas Series" perfectly turns the devices into the most eye-catching and stylish fashion accessories.

SP "White Christmas Series" products are tastefully designed with modern and aesthetic elements which at the same time completely deliver the charming seasonal touch. These products embrace the holiday spirits and thoroughly express the sense of warmth and joy for Christmas. Not only showing various Christmasy gestures by exceptional designs, SP "White Christmas Series" also incorporates wide range of product lines including Diamond D20 portable hard drive, Stream S03 portable hard drive, Armor A30 portable hard drive and Ultima U03 flash drive. The diverse trendy designs can totally match your different style needs and help to perfectly convey your great taste. In addition, SP "White Christmas Series" stands out by the incredible performances which just make it as flawless as the pure snow.

Western Digital Demos Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording Hard Drive Technology

WD, a Western Digital company and storage industry leader, demonstrated its revolutionary heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology at the 2013 China (Ningbo) International Forum on Advanced Materials and Commercialization. WD's vice president of technology, Dr. William Cain, gave his presentation, 'Magnetic Hard Disk Media: Enabling High Density Data Storage,' on a PC powered by a fully enabled WD HAMR 2.5-inch hard drive.

"Analysts predict 25 trillion gigabytes of new data will be generated by 2020 and that average household storage needs in the U.S. will require as much as 3.3 TB by 2016," said Dr. Cain. "This tremendous growth in data requires continued increases in storage capacity and performance for the cloud, big data and consumer technologies. WD is focused on hard drive innovations that will enable future storage capabilities, and HAMR technology is a key step in the migration path."

QNAP Launches TS-x70 Pro Series Turbo NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the TS-x70 Pro series Turbo NAS, available in 4, 6 and 8-bay tower models, for home and small/home office use. Powered by a Dual-Core Intel Core i3 3.3 GHz Processor and 2 GB DDR3 RAM, the TS-x70 Pro series delivers real-time and smooth multimedia transcoding capabilities, and is ideal for connecting home digital assets as a multimedia hub.

The TS-x70 Pro series can deliver up to 447 MB/s Read and 446 MB/s Write speed with optional 4 Gigabit LAN port configuration. "Network-Attached Storage (NAS) has become an increasingly popular element in home applications, and high-quality multimedia experiences require a solution with well-integrated hardware and software features," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. "The TS-x70 Pro series boasts a powerful Dual-Core 3.3 GHz Processor to enable superior performance and allow users to benefit from a smoother and higher-quality multimedia transcoding," added Hsu.

Huawei to Utilize 6 TB HGST Helium-Filled Hard Disk Drives in Storage Systems

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the company has entered a partnership with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), a leading HDD provider, to deploy the new HGST Ultrastar He6 6 terabyte (TB) helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) into its storage systems. Being one of the first vendors across the world to employ HGST's helium-filled HDDs, which feature the largest capacity in the industry, Huawei is dedicated to providing storage products and solutions with high capacities and reduced power consumption.

"Huawei is very glad to collaborate with HGST in the helium-filled hard drive domain. With a high-density design, the integration of this technology into Huawei's storage systems, will enable us to provide customers with storage products and solutions that offer bigger capacity, higher efficiency and lower power-consumption," said Mr. Fan Ruiqi, President of Storage Product Line, Huawei Enterprise.
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