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Rack-Scale Flash: Maximizing Flash Performance

SSDs in traditional storage systems, either as hybrid arrays or all flash arrays (AFAs) have been in the news for a number of years now, becoming mainstream solutions options to improve storage performance and total cost of ownership (TCO) for many IT datacenter workloads. However, the network latency for servers to access this data, combined […]

SMR HDDs are Coming to a Notebook PC Near You

While Seagate has been shipping HDDs with shingle magnetic recording (SMR) for a number of years in its external HDD products, 2016 is shaping up to be the year when the industry as a whole announces and ships mainstream OEM HDDs using the capacity boosting technology. Using a combination of slightly larger disk diameters, higher […]

Can a Tablet Replace a Notebook?

The short answer right now is, “not yet”. However before you conclude that this is an obvious statement, it is a conclusion that is loaded with contextual circumstances. To expect a tablet, which is based on a touch-based interface, to easily replace a mouse and a keyboard device directly, is to assume that tablet applications […]

WDCs Big Week

Tsinghua Holdings, parent company of Unisplendour and Tsinghua Unigroup is also the business affiliate of one of China’s top universities and is state owned. The WDC investment follows Unisplendour’s $2.3 billion, 51% controlling stake of HP’s Chinese server division, H3C Technologies. Tsinghua Unigroup, according to sources and as reported by the New York Times on […]

How Do You Spell “Lumpy”? H-Y-P-E-R-S-C-A-L-E

A widely accepted position in the HDD industry is that demand for capacity enterprise (nearline) HDDs is driven by large hyperscale companies, typified by cloud service providers (CSPs) and “as-a-service”, or XaaS datacenter companies. What is difficult to read is the exact buying cycle that these companies follow, so demand spikes are typically followed by […]

The Next Step in Tablet Functionality May Be Emerging

In the five years since Apple’s original iPad was released, the tablet market has posted remarkable growth, followed by a subsequent split between high-end tablets typified by Apple’s offering and masses of low cost models from nearly every OEM and white box PC manufacturer. Over those same five years, tablet shipments have essentially leveled off […]

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