Have you ever wondered if mounting a hard disk drive on its side or even upside-down affects its lifespan or reliability? According to every drive manufacturer, it's perfectly acceptable to mount a hard disk drive in any orientation as long as it's not tilted and has sufficient cooling. File this under "now you know"... My new server case, the NZXT H440, has five drive … [Read more...] about It’s Fine To Mount Hard Drives On Their Side Or Even Upside-Down
Every day, I'm briefed by another company with a range of products from entry-level to high-end. And every day I try to figure out their naming scheme: It seems most IT vendors follow the naming schemes of car companies, but few use the same naming system! As Micron explained the logic behind their three SSD lines (e, m, and h for entry-level, midrange, and … [Read more...] about What’s In A Name? And Which Product Is Better?
Tech Field Day, if you hadn't heard, is my signature event. I bring together a great group of independent "delegates" to meet with interesting IT product vendors. As you might expect, after three years and 34 events, many of our vendors have gone on to bigger and better things. After seeing today's acquisition of Xsigo by Oracle, I decided to go back and look at how many of our … [Read more...] about Where Are They Now? A Tech Field Day Presenter Retrospective
Boom! Seagate just responded to Western Digital's acquisitions of Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies subsidiary by acquiring LaCie. The â‚¬49 million transaction solidifies Seagate's presence in the retail space, especially on the Apple side of things. In this way, Seagate will use LaCie to offset Western Digital's G-Tech offerings. To me, this acquisition is all … [Read more...] about Personal Storage Just Got More Interesting: Seagate Acquires LaCie
As I mentioned earlier, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is one of my favorites, with the wonderful variety of companies and products in attendance. Everything from professional video and broadcast equipment to IT infrastructure gear to celebrities (including the cast of Arrested Development) are on display at NAB. But what were the highlights? Here are my … [Read more...] about NAB Show 2012: My Initial Thoughts