Ever since we took a look at the Black Armor External Hard Drive last year, we've been anxious to see what else Seagate has in store for the line. Today, they announced three new additions to the BlackArmor line of externals: a NAS server, an external desktop drive, and a new portable HDD.The BlackArmor NAS 220 Storage Server is designed for small businesses and home networks that need one place to park their data. The package includes licenses for up to five different computers to protect up to 20 systems, and you can purchase more on Seagate's … Read more
As yet, Twitter is likely not on anyone's list of the top 10 most-critical applications. But has the U.S. government given Twitter a big push toward critical application status? This week the U.S. Department of State told Twitter it could not shut down for system maintenance because it had become a lifeline for thousands of protesters in Iran.
That should change the way IT vendors (particularly infrastructure vendors) view social-networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
Generally speaking, social-networking sites offer no guarantees to users. You post your content, you take your chances. And, while there … Read more
I really dig Eye-Fi memory cards, which wirelessly beam photos from your digital camera to your PC (and/or an online sharing service). But I always thought they were overpriced.
They still are, but at least you can score a deal on one: Costco has the Eye-Fi 4GB Anniversary Edition for $59.99 shipped. Nonmembers pay an extra $3, and nearly everyone pays sales tax.
In case you're not familiar with it, the Eye-Fi is a standard-size SDHC memory card (meaning it's compatible with most cameras) that happens to have built-in Wi-Fi.
When it's in range of … Read more
USB flash drives are getting so commonplace we might as well start using them as currency. I'm noticing more and more public relations companies handing out USB drives loaded with press releases and relevant product data sheets as opposed to the stack of paper it would've taken to print. I'm also impressed by how much prices for these little guys have come down in the past four years. Case in point: In 2005, the price for this 4GB SanDisk Cruzer Mini was a whopping $380. Meanwhile, Kingston has set out to prove just how much you'll … Read more
Much drama has ensued since NetApp announced the intended acquisition of Data Domain on May 20 for the whopping sum of $1.5 billion.
EMC countered with a $30-per-share offer valued at $1.8 billion. NetApp then raised its offer to $30 a share, valued at $1.9 billion. Data Domain essentially said, "Thank you, EMC, but we like the new NetApp offer more than yours." EMC then claimed that it had been unfairly shut out of the bidding process and appealed directly to Data Domain employees.
NetApp countered with a claim that EMC's potential acquisition of … Read more
Got storage? Got lots of storage? Newegg has a Hitachi 1TB USB external hard drive for $74.99 shipped. That's one terabyte for those not up on their techno-breviations.
Two caveats. First, there's a rebate involved (PDF). You'll have to pay $99.99 up front, then wait the prerequisite 8-10 weeks for a $25 bailout--er, rebate--check.
Second, the drive is formatted for Macs. That's obviously not a caveat for Mac users, but the Windows crowd will need to reformat the drive. It's an easy process (scan the user reviews for instructions), but it might take … Read more
Coming from a technical background, when I hear the word "standards," I tend to think of things that usually go by strings of numbers (802.11), inscrutable abbreviations (USB), or at best a slightly more melodious moniker dreamed up by a marketing department (WiMAX).
They may be codified by a standards body as part of a formal de jure process. They may evolve through the efforts of one or several companies and gain wide enough usage to be considered a de facto standard. Or, as with PDF, they may start life as a de facto standard that is … Read more
The storage software industry has seen its first quarterly sales decline after more than five years of solid growth, according to a report from market researcher IDC.
First-quarter 2009 revenue for the industry sank 5.2 percent to $2.8 billion from the previous year. The slump has impacted several key vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, EMC, and IBM, all of which sell storage software to enterprise clients.
"The combination of the normally slow first quarter for most companies with the continued economic climate was displayed in this quarter's results," Michael Margossian, research analyst for storage software at IDC, … Read more
Flash-memory manufacturer SanDisk announced Tuesday an SDHC card aimed at new Netbook owners disappointed with the skimpy internal storage the micro laptops may come with. On the surface--in the middle and on the bottom, too--it seems SanDisk took a bunch of old, slow Class 2 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards, rebranded them as Netbook SDHC Cards, and doubled the price of the cards to $44.99 and $88.99, respectively; the street prices are a little lower.
On the product page, SanDisk points out that this is a fast way to add more lightweight storage for videos, music, and photos … Read more
Last month we reported on Iomega's new line of eGo external hard drives. Today, the company sweetens the deal with an even more versatile device: a portable hard drive with FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and USB 2.0 ports for the ultimate in cross-compatibility.
Iomega dropped by CNET's offices last week to hand over a test drive, and although we haven't put it through our labs benchmark tests yet, the eGo track record is good enough to assume that this device will earn good marks. The drives are delivered in HFS+ for out-of-the-box Mac compatibility, but you … Read more