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San Jose, Calif. — Netgear today introduced two new network-attached storage (NAS) devices, the ReadyNAS 100 and 300.
With these releases Netgear is taking its next step in simplifying its design and branding, said Matt Pahnke, the company’s senior marketing manager for storage. The company is giving a common name to its consumer and small-business NAS models along with using a single new operating system across the line.
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New York — The laptop and desktop PC are not the only products being knocked down by the tablet.
According to IHS iSuppli, hard-disk drive revenue is expected to decline 11.8 percent in 2013 to $32.7 billion. The research firm directly blamed tablet, smartphone and the growing popularity of solid-state drives for the HDD drop-off.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Intel today unveiled a small-form-factor solid-state drive.
The Intel SSD 525 series is intended for OEMs building Ultrabooks, all-in-one PCs and ultra-thin notebooks.
The drive is 3.7mm by 50.8mm by 29.85mm and weighs 0.35 ounces, or about one-eighth the size of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive. Data-transfer rates are in the 6GBps performance.
The 525 will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities. The 120GB and 180GB variants are already shipping, with the rest expected to follow this quarter.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba added two SKUs to its Canvio portable storage line today.
The newcomers are the 2TB Canvio Basics 3.0 and the 2TB Canvio Special Edition. These models join the 1.5TB Canvio Basic 3.0 model that was introduced last year.
The 2TB Basics supports USB 3.0 and has an internal shock sensor to keep files safe in case the device is dropped. The unit is now shipping with a $189 suggested street price.
El Segundo, Calif. — Worldwide shipments and the adoption of solid-state drives (SSD) is expected to more than double this year, according to IHS.
The research firm reported SSD shipments will likely rise to 83 million units in 2013, up from 39 million last year. This trend will continue, with 239 million SSDs shipping by 2016, at which point this storage technology will comprise about 40 percent of the hard-drive market. The report includes both stand-alone SSD hard drives and SSD used as a cache mechanism in conjunction with a disk-based hard drive.
Las Vegas – Seagate will introduce a new portable wireless storage device and a next generation network attached storage unit.
The Seagate Wireless Plus is a 1TB portable storage drive that connects to other mobile devices via Wi-Fi and USB cable enabling them to stream stored video and music. The Wireless Plus, now shipping with a $199 price tag, replaces the company’s Go Flex Satellite wireless drive, which will sell through and then be discontinued.
LAS VEGAS – LaCie will introduce three new storage devices this week, including a limited edition Blade Runner hard drive.
The Blade Runner was created in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck and the company plans to have a production run of just 9,999 custom-built models. The 4TB unit marks the 20th anniversary of the LaCie-Starck partnership.
The Blade Runner is now available at the LaCie online store and specialty retailers with a $319 street price.
New York — Western Digital has increased the capacity of its My Book Live Duo to 8TB.
The previous top capacity available was 6TB. The new version is available today with a $389 suggested retail.
The My Book Live Duo is a network-attached storage device capable of creating a “personal Cloud” storage system. The system backs up all the computers on a home network and allows the data to be accessed from anywhere via the web.
Seattle – Amazon unveiled this week its Cloud Drive Photos app for devices based on the Android operating system, such as its Kindle tablets.
The app and service allows Android devices to automatically and safely store images in the cloud.
The Cloud Drive Photos app service provides users with 5GB of free storage, enough to hold thousands of digital photo files within fingertip reach.
San Diego – Iomega has added two new members to its StorCenter network-attached storage (NAS) drive line aimed at advanced users and small- to medium-sized businesses.
The Iomega StorCenter px2-300d is an Intel Atom-powered double-bay desktop network storage device with up to 6TB of storage; and the new StorCenter ix4-300d Network Storage is a four-drive device with up to 12TB of storage.