Huawei plans 20TB SMR drive for OceanStor Pacific storage array

Huawei is planning to use 20TB SMR drives in its OceanStor Pacific, a mass data storage "array for the 5G era". Launched last month,...

Will NVMe become the universal block storage access protocol?

Facebook’s virtual OCP summit earlier this month hosted two provocative presentations that suggested NVMe could become a universal block access protocol. How realistic is this prospect?

Enterprise SSDs are ten times the price of nearline disk drives

Enterprise SSD sales are rising sharply but so too are nearline disk drive sales, according to a TrendFocus SSD industry review of the first 2020 quarter. Nearline...

StorONE challenges storage array makers to stop hiding prices

StorONE CEO Gal Naor today challenged storage array vendors to reveal their prices in public. "Buying an enterprise storage system shouldn’t be as hard as buying a...

Disk drives will still store more than half of the world’s data in 2024

Update: Media share information added and StorageSphere difference from DataSphere added. Disk drives will store 54 per cent of the world’s data in 2024,...

StorageOS reinvents VSAN for containers

StorageOS, a UK startup, has released version 2 of its eponymous software, which effectively reinvents virtual SANs for containers. Alex Chircop, CEO, said StorageOS...

Strong flash performance underpins Western Digital Q3

Western Digital revenues climbed 14 per cent on the back of record flash memory performance to $4.18bn in the third fiscal 2020 ended April 3. The company...

Toshiba publishes list of consumer HDDs that use shingled magnetic recording

Toshiba has revealed which of its desktop-type drives use SMR (shingled magnetic recording) technology, with its potential for slower performance due to continuous random writes.

Your occasional storage round-up featuring Kioxia, Samsung, Veritas and more

Kioxia America Kioxia America has added snapshots and clones to its KumoScale all-flash storage system. It...

Western Digital begins mending fences in WD Red NAS drive SMR spat

Western Digital has heralded a positive shift in its approach to users of shingled WD Red NAS drives, via a short statement on the company blog.

WFH economy fuelled ‘strong, accelerated’ demand from cloud, hyperscale, says Seagate as nearline disk...

Seemingly driven by the remote work trend of the past few months , Seagate revenues rose strongly in its latest quarter, fuelled by demand for high-capacity drives...

Western Digital implies WD Red NAS SMR drive users are responsible for overuse problems

Western Digital published a blog earlier this week that suggests users who are experiencing problems with their WD Red NAS SMR drives may be over-using the devices....

SMR in disk drives: PC vendors also need to be transparent

Western Digital late last week issued a statement in response to the revelation of the company's undocumented use of SMR (Shingled Magnetic Media recording) in 2TB...

Toshiba desktop disk drives have shingles too

Toshiba told Blocks & Files yesterday that its P300 desktop disk drives use shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), which can exhibit slow data write speeds. However, the...

Seagate ‘submarines’ SMR into 3 Barracuda drives and a Desktop HDD

Some Seagate Barracuda Compute and Desktop disk drives use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology which can exhibit slow data write speeds. But Seagate documentation does not spell...

Shingled hard drives have non-shingled zones for caching writes

The revelation that some WD Red NAS drives are shipped with DM-SMR (Drive-Managed Shingled Magnetic Recording) prompted us to ask more detailed questions to the Blocks &...

Western Digital admits 2TB-6TB WD Red NAS drives use shingled magnetic recording

Some users are experiencing problems adding the latest WD Red NAS drives to RAID arrays and suspect it is because they are actually shingled magnetic recording drives...

Nearline hard drive shipments carry on growing

Disk shipments in 2020’s first quarter show nearline drives taking up almost half of all HDD units and the majority of capacity and revenue. Shipments for all...