Tech It Out! We Helped Open a Tech Lab for Bay Area Youth

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For kids growing up in East Palo Alto, a historically underserved community in the affluent Bay Area, having access to safe and enriching after-school programs has been a hurdle for many years. The city has long had to deal with … Read More

Get RAIDed! SkyHawk Health Management Includes SkyHawk RAID RapidRebuild for Video Security Systems

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As you know, the benefits of purpose-built surveillance hard drives are compelling. Compared to standard 3.5-inch hard drives for desktop PCs, SkyHawk surveillance-optimized hard drives deliver superior performance and reliability — with 3 times the workload rating. Ideal for rigorous surveillance … Read More

3 Things We Learned (the Hard Way) About Data Quality

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The definition of data quality is not straightforward. It is rather a qualitative assessment of how well data can serve its purpose in a specific context. There are many definitions of what data quality is, or can be, and it … Read More

Help Rebuild the Jedi Order With Seagate’s New Star Wars Jedi: Fallen™ Order-Themed Special Edition Game Drive for Xbox

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Upgrade your Xbox One storage capacity with the official add-on storage for “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”  In collaboration with Lucasfilm and Microsoft, Seagate has launched the galaxy’s only external drive made for a Jedi — the latest addition to … Read More

Attack the Climate Crisis with Exascale Supercomputing

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported climate change and its effects are advancing even more quickly and with far greater impacts than models predicted only a few years ago. As public awareness grows and many millions … Read More

End-to-End NVMe™ is Your Future, the Only Question is When

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Guest blog by Tony Lock, Director of Engagement & Distinguished Analyst, and Bryan Betts, Principal Analyst, of Freeform Dynamics Ltd IT has always been hit by marketing waves that speak of new systems that will revolutionize the way everything works. … Read More

Overcoming Storage Performance and Capacity Challenges in Video Production and Surveillance

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It is impossible to ignore the storage trajectory for the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry, as well as Surveillance industries, with new use cases emerging more frequently than ever before. Applications, such as virtual reality, 4K video (going to 8K … Read More

4 Reasons You Should Be Excited at OCP Amsterdam

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The open-source community is pushing forward new technology to make hardware more flexible, scalable, and efficient. As a leader in energy-conscious hardware design, we’re excited to participate in the Open Compute Project (OCP) Regional Summit, taking place in Amsterdam. This … Read More

NVMe™ Queues Explained

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NVM Express (NVMe) is the first storage protocol designed to take advantage of modern high-performance storage media. The protocol offers a parallel and scalable interface designed to reduce latencies and increase IOPS and bandwidth thanks to its ability to support … Read More

WD Gold is Back and Better than Ever!

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As data continues to grow, it adds complexities to the storage architecture of our customers. Whether data is generated from healthcare records, consumer habits, or financial transactions, reliable storage and quick access to the data in order to extract valuable … Read More

Scaling Storage for Databases — How Did We Get Here?

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We’ve seen the impact of digitization and the proliferation of data change just about everything in our world. And, as digitization grew, so did the demands on our infrastructure. What once were ‘simple’ computing devices have now become complex networks … Read More

The Demise of the Centralized Data Center

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In traditional thinking, the data center is a site where the collection of servers, storage, networking, and applications reside to provide IT services to the entire enterprise. Yet, today, a more independent infrastructure has emerged to protect system availability, including … Read More

The Industry 4.0 Transition – Architecting for AI, ML and IoT

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As we are in the midst of the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, also known as the Industry 4.0 transition, there is an upward trend where companies are putting more investment and resources into collecting and generating data from the … Read More

Deepfakes: Can We Stop the Next Generation of AI-Empowered Fraud?

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Deepfakes — the manipulation of digital data to create convincing phony images and video — have emerged as a significant threat to national security. That’s the view of program managers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the blue-sky … Read More

Only Data at the Edge Will Make Driverless Cars Safe

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The race is on to bring driverless cars into commercial use by 2022, and data at the edge will play a major part in ensuring not only that they hit this target, but also that the vehicles that make the … Read More

Virtualization and Your Data Strategy – Top Resources

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Virtualization – How to Bring Data @ the Center It’s hard to believe it’s already been a few weeks since VMworld where we (if you were lucky enough to get to attend this year’s show) talked with attendees about virtualization … Read More

Examples of Unstructured Data ⁠— 4 Enterprise Use Cases

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What is unstructured data and what are examples of unstructured data? Unstructured data is data that doesn’t fit in a spreadsheet with rows and columns. It isn’t in a database. It’s not in an ERP or CRM type data where … Read More

How to Maximize Storage Efficiency? Say Goodbye to Human Intervention

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Traditional high touch monitoring tools cannot adapt to the dynamic environments of today nor scale with growing applications, data diversity and changing business needs. Autonomous and proactive storage management is key to keeping businesses productive. Here’s how we’ve leveraged AI … Read More

The Latest from WD_BLACK: Performance Drives, Purpose-Built for Gaming

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By Oscar Contreras, Sr. Brand Manager – Global Markets, and Mars Sartori, Content Solutions Marketing The technical sophistication of gaming is expanding faster than ever before. Gaming in 4K and 8K, HDR, augmented and virtual reality, or playing on secondary … Read More

How to Shift to a Modern Data Protection Architecture

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Data protection in the modern enterprise is seeing fast-paced changes often requiring a new approach and strategy. For one thing data availability is vital. It is fundamental to enabling the business analytics that are fueling more efficient and competitive modern … Read More

Why NTB-Based NVDIMM Mirroring is a Better Choice

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By Shailendra Tripathi, Fellow, Filesystem Development Engineering, and Ganesh Balabharathi, Sr. Technologist, Performance Engineering Our IntelliFlash N-Series NVMe storage array leverages NVDIMM NTB-based mirroring for high availability (HA). This is an important distinction from some of the other solutions currently … Read More

The Newest External SSDs: Speed, Style and Space

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Seagate today announced a new lineup of hip and portable solid-state drives that are super compact. The Seagate One Touch SSD, One Touch SSD Special Edition and Expansion SSD were unveiled at the IFA consumer-technology show in Berlin. Here’s what’s new. One Touch … Read More

JBOD vs. RAID vs. Erasure Coding

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JBOD vs. RAID vs. Erasure Coding: Which is Best for the Data Center? Storage professionals face tough decisions when it comes to optimizing the storage architecture to meet fault tolerance, performance and scalability requirements as cost effectively as possible. At … Read More

6 Ways to Optimize the Cost of Your Big Data Platform

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Western Digital has been on its Big Data Platform journey for six years. We have learned a tremendous amount, particularly about the investments we need to make in technologies and tools and capabilities, and their cost. Here are a few … Read More

5 Ways to Use Smart Data Insights to Improve Customer Experience

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A strong customer experience (CX) strategy is fundamental to any business’s ongoing success. And to ensure strong CX today, smart data insights — and the data analytics and IT infrastructure necessary to support them — are prerequisites. More than 80 percent … Read More

The Edge: A Valuation

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A new report puts a dollar value on the business opportunity that edge computing opens up. $4.1 trillion. That’s how much money will be made in the edge internet market by 2030, according to a new report titled Edge Internet … Read More

Building a Data Strategy: Conversations with Mark Peters, Principal Analyst, ESG Global

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Businesses are shifting their approach to data and how they are building a data strategy. As Clay Ryder wrote in an earlier blog, “A business’ data is one of its most unique, differentiated, and competitive resources. But to fully unleash … Read More

Seagate and UC Researchers Collaborate to Accelerate Genomics Data Analysis

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Seagate has entered a multi-year joint research and development agreement with the Genomics Institute and Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz to accelerate genomics data analysis using computational storage technology. The project’s initial focus is to accelerate the … Read More

Seagate and UC Researchers Collaborate to Accelerate Genomics Data Analysis

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Seagate has entered a multi-year joint research and development agreement with the Genomics Institute and Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz to accelerate genomics data analysis using computational storage technology. The project’s initial focus is to accelerate the … Read More

Get to Know Our VMware vCenter® Client Plugin

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Our IntelliFlash arrays provide seamless vCenter integration and a modular design to give you the flexibility to adapt to current project needs, and the ability to efficiently scale performance and capacity as you take on demanding projects. In the following … Read More

The Next Gaming Evolution? Virtual Reality On-the-Go

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In 2013 I was lucky enough to get a leading Virtual Reality Development Kit for the sole purpose of showing the possibility of VR.  I loaded a roller coaster application and a head-pong game (yes, you can play pong with … Read More

Entering the Zettabyte Age the “Write” Way

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How Zoned Storage Intelligently Manages Data Our world is awash with data. An estimated 32 zettabytes were created last year and we’re expecting over 100 zettabytes to be created in 2023.[1] This pace won’t slow down. On the contrary. The … Read More

Data @ the Center of VMworld – What You Should See

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What should you be on the lookout for at VMworld 2019? Complete solutions for clouds and modern data centers. Here’s what you need to know. VMworld 2019 is just around the corner, and like every year it’s a great place … Read More

Oracle® Analytical Processing on NVMe™ – Test Results and Guide

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By Shailendra Tripathi, Fellow, Filesystem Development Engineering, and Ganesh Balabharathi, Sr. Technologist, Performance Engineering As I shared in my previous blog, NVMe protocol, devices and arrays are bringing very low latency and extreme performance to the data center. We wanted … Read More

Modernize Data Protection with Flash and Cloud

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Are people really using flash for backup? You may think that sounds crazy, but we have a lot of customers who are using it, and loving it! With the growing challenges, and opportunities, of data, here’s how you can modernize … Read More

Science-Based Targets and Sustainability Results

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Our focus at Seagate on global citizenship and sustainability is one that we are constantly measuring and improving upon. From the people involved in and affected by our operations to the resources we use, we strive to be transparent in … Read More

Science-Based Targets and Sustainability Results

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Our focus at Seagate on global citizenship and sustainability is one that we are constantly measuring and improving upon. From the people involved in and affected by our operations to the resources we use, we strive to be transparent in … Read More

16TB SkyHawk AI Hard Drives offer Highest Capacity, Unmatched Features for Edge Applications

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Life is moving closer to the edge. Seagate has launched its new 16TB-capacity SkyHawk AI surveillance hard drive, the highest-capacity in its class, to meet the growing storage demands of the edge. The edge is where cameras and sensors today … Read More

16TB SkyHawk AI Hard Drives offer Highest Capacity, Unmatched Features for Edge Applications

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Life is moving closer to the edge. Seagate has launched its new 16TB-capacity SkyHawk AI surveillance hard drive, the highest-capacity in its class, to meet the growing storage demands of the edge. The edge is where cameras and sensors today … Read More

Need Your Data Mobile? A Better Approach to LUN Migration

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If LUN migration and data migration were easy, it could be an essential enabler in making data mobile and fluid. Here’s a tutorial on how we’ve made LUN migration better. Let’s face it, most data today is siloed, difficult to … Read More

What’s the Fastest SSD for Gaming? FireCuda Wins PC Mag Editors’ Choice Award

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PC Magazine has crowned a “New King of the Castle” in SSD drives for gamers, handing the Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD its Editor’s Choice Award and a 4.5-star “Excellent” rating, and hailing the drive for “lightning-fast performance and strong durability, … Read More

What’s the Fastest SSD for Gaming? FireCuda Wins PC Mag Editors’ Choice Award

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PC Magazine has crowned a “New King of the Castle” in SSD drives for gamers, handing the Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD its Editor’s Choice Award and a 4.5-star “Excellent” rating, and hailing the drive for “lightning-fast performance and strong durability, … Read More

NVMe™ and Virtualization? 4 Advantages of the IntelliFlash™ Array

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NVMe SSDs, storage servers, All Flash Arrays (AFA), and NVMe Over Fabrics are being increasingly talked about as the next best thing for storage. But what does that mean for your virtualized workloads? In this blog I want to focus … Read More

Feeding the GPU Beast – How to Leverage NVMe™ for AI & ML Workloads

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Following the launch of the new Ultrastar Serv24-4N, our four-node storage server that delivers extremely fast, dense and efficient NVMe storage, we asked our partners at Excelero to share their insights into how to best leverage NVMe for AI & … Read More

Microsoft Unveils Gears-Themed Xbox One X and Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Special Edition

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Microsoft is celebrating its Gears 5 launch by announcing a suite of custom Gears 5 hardware — starting with a stunning Limited Edition Xbox One X console and the new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition. Both … Read More

Microsoft Unveils Gears-Themed Xbox One X and Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Special Edition

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Microsoft is celebrating its Gears 5 launch by announcing a suite of custom Gears 5 hardware — starting with a stunning Limited Edition Xbox One X console and the new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition. Both … Read More

NVMe™ Guide to Virtualization

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As we mentioned in an earlier blog, “A business’ data is one of its most unique, differentiated, and competitive resources. But to fully unleash this treasure trove of advantage, IT needs to move beyond supporting data centers to instead realizing … Read More

The Next Step in the Evolution of Composability

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Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure may still be a concept that’s a few years away, but it’s gaining fast traction as what the future of IT will look like. There are already customers deploying it today for real-world applications, and IDC estimates … Read More

5 Data Center Trends Driving the Next Generation of NVMe™ SSDs

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Emerging technologies are dependent on massive data streams. With the announcement of two new families of NVMe SSDs, we take a look at the five key trends driving the next generation of solutions for the data centers and cloud.  As … Read More

Data Pipeline Service — Microservices Tutorial

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We recently announced several exciting new features in the ActiveScale 5.5 OS, including our Data Pipeline Service. The Data Pipeline Service monitors the ActiveScale object storage system for changes (such as upload, download, copy or deletion) and sends out a … Read More

The Future is Composable – A Conversation with DriveScale

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We’ve been talking a lot about “Data @ the Center” and how organizations need to shift their mindset from strictly building a data center, but rather designing their infrastructure to always put data first. At Flash Memory Summit 2019, our … Read More

One Year Later… Dropbox Continues to Innovate with Western Digital

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It’s truly an exciting time as software developers continue to create innovative cloud applications and, in the process, more and more data must be stored in the cloud. As new large-scale applications are developed, Western Digital has been working closely … Read More

The Key to Your Data’s Golden Copy – Hello ActiveScale™ 5.5

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Today, we announced the new ActiveScale 5.5 OS. Packed with more capacity, new features, and better performance, here’s why ActiveScale is key to the Golden Copy of your data strategy. Object storage has come a long way since its introduction … Read More

New Seagate Secure Certified Erase Helps Drive Circular Economy

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Seagate sold a whopping 367 exabytes of data in calendar year 2018. This is more than an exabyte per day! And according to Seagate-sponsored research by IDC, the global datasphere is only going to continue to grow — from 33 … Read More

New Seagate Secure Certified Erase Helps Drive Circular Economy

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Seagate sold a whopping 367 exabytes of data in calendar year 2018. This is more than an exabyte per day! And according to Seagate-sponsored research by IDC, the global datasphere is only going to continue to grow — from 33 … Read More

The Next-Gen Data Center is Data @ the Center

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A Vast Universe of Data Silos Mention the data center and, to most, images of machine rooms filled to the brim with equipment and the sounds of IT whirring away are what come to mind. For decades, businesses have equipped … Read More

Building a Data Analytics Platform? Start by Futureproofing

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More organizations are prioritizing big data analytics initiatives and transforming their operations. Yet building a modern data analytics platform is not a straightforward task. Many organizations struggle to extract insights, or evolving analytics to become a business discipline.[1] A data … Read More

Oracle® Performance on NVMe™ – Test Results and Guide

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By Shailendra Tripathi, Fellow, Filesystem Development Engineering, and Ganesh Balabharathi, Sr. Technologist, Performance Engineering NVMe protocol, devices and arrays are bringing very low latency and extreme performance to the data center. We wanted to test our IntelliFlash NVMe array to … Read More

Master Photographer Nick Rains Talks Through His NAS Upgrade

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Nick Rains is a professional photographer, the Leica Akademie Principal Instructor and a Master Photographer of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Nick is renowned for his travel and documentary photography capturing subjects such as sports, news, celebrities, industry, travel, … Read More

Master Photographer Nick Rains Talks Through His NAS Upgrade

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Nick Rains is a professional photographer, the Leica Akademie Principal Instructor and a Master Photographer of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Nick is renowned for his travel and documentary photography capturing subjects such as sports, news, celebrities, industry, travel, … Read More

The Ultrastar DC HC300 Family Just Got a 10TB HDD Boost

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While Helium-filled HDDs continue to push the capacity envelope, air-based solutions, too, are seeing great advancements to help fulfill the world’s hunger for data and growing performance demands. Our R&D teams are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for HDDs … Read More

From Flash to Fabric – Where the Data Center is Headed

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By 2025, most data centers will likely have adopted NVMe-based fabric (NVMe-oF) for some parts of their architecture and accessing data from a shared storage system will be essentially as fast and as latency free as accessing data from direct attached storage (DAS). 2025 seems like … Read More

Let’s Talk About Why AI Isn’t Taking Over Humanity’s Jobs

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Artificial intelligence will have a growing impact on businesses in the future, and organizations must adopt AI to stay relevant. That’s the consensus from a recent survey of IT professionals, Data Pulse: Maximizing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence, conducted by Seagate … Read More

Smart Factories Welcome the Wave of Industry 4.0

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Machine learning (ML) might be a buzzword for some people – an overused term for teaching machines to make decisions using human-like reasoning. Sure, ML might have three main data challenges. For enterprises, though, machine learning at scale helps unlock … Read More

Fast Data Just Got Faster with IntelliFlash 3.10

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This morning we announced our fastest, densest and most flexible lineup of IntelliFlash all-flash arrays, the new OS 3.10, and some powerful features to make scaling and data protection easy. Here’s everything you need to know.   “Best in Class” Performance – Get … Read More

Why Should You Choose NAS Hard Drives, Not PC Drives, for Your NAS?

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Is a NAS drive worth it, or is it just another gimmick? Let’s find out. When it comes to choosing hard drives for a NAS device, many users may pinch pennies and make do with lower-cost desktop drives. Some are … Read More

Why Should You Choose NAS Hard Drives, Not PC Drives, for Your NAS?

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Is a NAS drive worth it, or is it just another gimmick? Let’s find out. When it comes to choosing hard drives for a NAS device, many users may pinch pennies and make do with lower-cost desktop drives. Some are … Read More

Solving Big (Fast Data) Problems: A Conversation with WekaIO

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I recently sat down with David Hiatt, Global Director, Business Development and Strategic Alliances at WekaIO to talk about data storage challenges and how new applications are impacting storage architectures, following a recent webinar on “Fuel Innovation and Discovery with … Read More

How Data Will Enable Artificial Intelligence to Aid in Diagnostics

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With technological and edge-to-cloud infrastructure improvements being made at a breakneck speed, and the global datasphere growing at a more dizzying rate every year, companies specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) are seeking to harness this plethora of data for good. … Read More

Seagate’s FireCuda 510 Powers 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors to Create the Next-Generation Gaming Experience

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The future is bright for PC gamers with the industry expected to reach $33.6 billion by 2020 (stat). With this rapid evolution and growth, comes also the rise of new technologies purpose-built for fast speeds, sustained use, and superior gaming … Read More

Seagate’s FireCuda 510 Powers 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors to Create the Next-Generation Gaming Experience

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The future is bright for PC gamers with the industry expected to reach $33.6 billion by 2020 (stat). With this rapid evolution and growth, comes also the rise of new technologies purpose-built for fast speeds, sustained use, and superior gaming … Read More

Cloud Repatriation – to Migrate Back or Not?

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Cloud repatriation is the process of bringing back certain workloads and applications from the public cloud back to on-premises data centers. It is a growing trend and according to IDC, 80% of customers report cloud repatriation activities.[1]  But what does … Read More

Fnatic Pro Gaming Team Says “A Lot of Time Saved” With FireCuda

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FireCuda flexes its pro gaming muscles in the world of pro gaming. The world of pro gaming may not be all fun and games, but it sure is fun to put to use FireCuda’s ridiculous speeds. A Conversation with Eric … Read More

This Hand-Lettering Artist Uses Varied Media to Bring Brands to Life

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EJ Tee is a hand-lettering artist based in Singapore. After graduating in Graphics Design, he worked as a product designer for agencies and tech companies before quitting his full-time job to pursue his passion for hand lettering. Now, he creates … Read More

This Hand-Lettering Artist Uses Varied Media to Bring Brands to Life

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EJ Tee is a hand-lettering artist based in Singapore. After graduating in Graphics Design, he worked as a product designer for agencies and tech companies before quitting his full-time job to pursue his passion for hand lettering. Now, he creates … Read More

Top 3 Reasons to Pay Closer Attention to Storage Enclosures

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When it comes to the human body, your internal organs keep you alive; however, without the skin, the internal organs would face numerous external risks.  The same is true for your data center. Sure, the ‘organs’ – from hard drive … Read More

Pushing HPC Boundaries to Design Future Hard Drives

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Embracing New Physics: How One R&D Team Pushed the Boundaries of Large Scale Computing to Design Future Hard Drives For those of you following High Performance Computing (HPC) in the cloud, you likely heard about our record-breaking collaboration with AWS … Read More

Star Wars Meets Formula 1: The Drone Racing League

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Mix some Star Wars-style swooping and soaring with the real-world rush of Formula 1 and you’ve got a new sport that’s quickly catching on with TV viewers around the world—drone racing. The 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season is coming … Read More

NVMe-oF™: Answers to Your Most Asked Questions

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If you follow our blog, you know that we’ve been talking a lot about NVMe and NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) – after all, some say 2019 is the year of NVMe! As you continue to think about what NVMe means for your … Read More

Raising the Tide – First Demo of microSD™ Express

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“A rising tide lifts all boats” succinctly describes the latest innovative standard for microSD cards released by the SD Association (SDA), namely, microSD Express. MicroSD Express will propel the future of our data-hungry world to a new high that has … Read More

How Backblaze’s Fireball B2 Moves Big Datasets to the Cloud Easily, Safely and Swiftly

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The increasing volume of data generated by today’s information-driven organizations represents the billions of frames of video shot by video production companies, billions of financial transactions each day, scans of important historical documents, medical data for billions of humans, decades … Read More