The world of storage can be confusing, with obscure terms hiding massive differences in technology and performance. Such is the case for the latest PCI express SSDs: They are much faster than traditional SAS or SATA SSDs, but many aren't sure exactly why. In this article, I will try to explain the real difference. Let's get it out of the way from the start: All SSDs are fast … [Read more...] about Why Are PCIe SSDs So Fast?
No small storage company has had more press coverage and "buzz" than "ioMemory" maker, Fusion-io. I have long marveled at the company's ability to attract attention, but this has rubbed some analysts wrong. As component vendors enter their space, how can a premium company with proprietary products compete over the long term? The Facts of the Flash Market Fusion-io sells … [Read more...] about Can Fusion-io Survive Commoditization?
Apple's MacBook laptops have become increasingly desirable and successful, making them a prime target for thieves. Now that Mac OS X includes integrated and efficient full disk encryption, I recommend that everyone with a MacBook enable it. It's easy, nonintrusive, and a potential lifesaver if your machine is stolen! Why Encrypt Your MacBook? Like so many features in Mac OS … [Read more...] about MacBook Users: Encrypt Your Drive with OS X FileVault! It’s Easy and Free!
It's not always easy to tell if your system needs more memory, or if it's just slow. In this article, I will present an easy method for even a computer novice to know whether he has enough memory on his Mac! Virtual Memory and Page Outs Most people are aware that computers contain at least two different kinds of memory: Main system RAM is used by running programs Disks … [Read more...] about How To Tell If Your Mac Needs More Memory
This morning, Apple introduced the new iMac, with a build-to-order storage configuration called "Fusion Drive". But what is Fusion Drive? Although it could be an off-the-shelf hybrid drive, I believe it is a software driver in Mac OS X. Update: Apple's Knowledge Base article on Fusion Drive for Mac Mini and iMac essentially confirms my conclusion: Fusion Drive is a function of … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s Fusion Drive a Hybrid HDD or Tiering Software?