Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

June 24, 2014, Creative Storage Conference, Culver City, CA—Tom Coughlin from Coughlin Associates opened the conference with some observations and general trends in content storage. From CES, some hot topics included: object-based workflows, digital storage needs for cameras, active archives and archive technology (Tape, HDDs, Optical Storage), flash memory in M&E, fast direct storage connections—Thunderbolt [...]

September 17, 2013, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Ken Wood from Hitachi Data Systems presented background information on optical storage. Although most storage is rotating media and magnetic, there are alternatives, especially for long term data retention. Optical recording has been around since the dawn of man, and bits on nonmagnetic media have retained data [...]

January 6, 2012 – The constantly evolving world of storage that is discussed at the annual Storage Visions event held adjacent to CES in Las Vegas, has completed its transition from being a hardware centric conference to focusing on applicability of the storage solutions. Historically, the challenges in storage have been capacity and reliability. It [...]

 November 29, 2011 – Scptts Valley, CA – Seagate has just introduced their third generation hybrid drive. The 2.5″ 750GB drive features 8GB of SLC NAND Flash, a 6Gbps SATA interface and a new system called FAST. Flash Assisted Storage Technology (FAST) is a new bios and control system to allow for maximum beneficial use [...]

Nov 1, 2011 – Scotts Valley, CA – Seagate today announced their product integration into the new Barracuda drive family that is tagged “the power of one”. The “One” refers to a single drive technology that incorporates all of the recent industry programs and changes into a 1TB per single platter 3.5″ HDD. Seagate – [...]

 Oct 20, 2011 – Santa Clara, CA – At the IDEMA’s Diskcon event, there were two main topic for the presentation – the technology behind increasing areal density for rotating media (HDDs) and the consumption appetite of the cloud and media content as the new the driver of the marketplace. With storage and compute in [...]

 Seagate and Samsung announced a broad agreement this morning (April 19, 2011) that the two companies will “combine” their HDD businesses. Seagate will pay Samsung $1.38 billion, half cash and half newly-issued shares of Seagate stock, which will result in Samsung owning 9.6% of Seagate, earning Samsung a nomination for a position on Seagate’s board. [...]

 March 1, 2011 – Scotts Valley, CA – Seagate introduced their new 3TB, 3.5″, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200-RPM hard disk. The drive currently uses 512b sectors, and the family will transition to AF in the future. The Barracuda family is the highest end of their drive lines and is targeted to video editing, high performance gaming [...]

 Combined Company Revenues to Exceed Seagate’s Summary On Monday March 7 Western Digital (WD) announced that the company had reached an agreement to purchase Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) for $4.3 billion in cash and common stock. The deal has already been approved by both companies’ boards and is expected to close in the third [...]

 January 4, 2010, Storage Visions Las Vegas-a panel of analysts look at trends in storage for media. Dennis Wade from Peripheral Research moderated the panel, comprised of Matt Bryson of Avian Securities, John Rydning and Jeff Janukowicz of IDC, Jim Handy of Objective Analysis and Surgis Mushell from Gartner. Bryson suggested that hard disk drives [...]