Ask a Pack Rat: Reader Dave Emery asked a question that I'm sure many others have wondered: Are "enterprise" drives worth the extra cost in a RAID enclosure? The reason I ask is I've had 2 of 4 Seagate 'consumer' (7200.12) drives fail in my (Other World Qx2) enclosure. The two drives that failed were maybe a year old, well short of any 'MBTF' expectation. Enterprise drives … [Read more...] about Should Home Users Buy Enterprise Hard Disk Drives?
Iomega is well into its second coming as EMC's entry-level storage division. First, they applied EMC's compact and full-featured LifeLine home storage software to existing gear, giving birth to the Home Media Network Hard Drive, StorCenter ix2, and StorCenter Pro ix4-100. Then they wooed the small-business community with the rack-mount StorCenter ix4-200r, adding iSCSI target … [Read more...] about Iomega’s ix4-200d: A Killer Desktop Storage Array
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (hereafter referred to as HGST) just bought Fabrik, the company that produces and distributes consumer storage devices as SimpleTech and pro/AV storage using the G-Technology name. We in the enterprise storage sector are all too familiar with the epic battles between Hitachi Data Systems (let's call them HDS) and EMC, both providers of … [Read more...] about Does Hitachi+SimpleTech = EMC+Iomega?
Pity poor old Iomega. The company responsible for hot products like the Zip drive and coulda-beens like the Clik drive was stumbling in the early part of this decade, unable to distinguish itself from all of the other providers of commodity external storage devices for consumers. Although the company had built the Zip into a viable floppy drive successor, USB "thumb drives" … [Read more...] about EMC Makes Iomega Relevant Again
Reports are filtering in today that Western Digital has reached an agreement to purchase Fujitsu's hard disk drive development and manufacturing assets. Already the world's second-biggest drive manufacturer, Western Digital would edge closer to market-leader, Seagate, with the acquisition. The move would give WD even greater manufacturing capacity in Japan, the Philippines, and … [Read more...] about Western Digital + Fujitsu = More Competition for Seagate and Hitachi