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  • Supercomputer to connect to 400PB of storage via Ethernet

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications in the US is rolling out a storage infrastructure that will include 380 petabytes of magnetic tape capacity and 25 petabytes of online disk storage made up by 17,000 SATA drives.

  • The tyranny of terrible tech support

    I stumbled across this nonsense while setting up a new toy, er, product here in the Gibbs Universal Industries Secret Underground Bunker.

  • Top 12 most popular green IT products

    IT managers are thinking green from the desktop monitor to the recycling bin to the copy machine. Here are the dozen most popular tools and technologies that cut energy costs, boost data centre efficiency and promote green IT practices.

  • Macbook Air could foretell death of hard drives

    Apple's decision to use SSD technology rather than a hard drive in the new Macbook Air - and Steve Jobs' pronouncement that it represents the future of notebooks - could hasten the replacement of traditional drives with NAND flash technology.

  • A simple guide to RAID

    What is RAID, why do you need it, and what are all those mode numbers that are constantly bandied about? RAID stands for "redundant array of independent disks," and you may or may not need it depending on your data-storage requirements.

  • In Depth: SATA 6 Gbits/sec

    Those of us in the business of keeping an eye on new technologies wonder why the buzz about SATA 6Gbit/sec. (a.k.a. Serial ATA Revision 3) hasn't been louder than it is.

  • Best and worst of Microsoft Exchange 2010

    Microsoft Exchange 2010 officially ships today, offering enterprises a bigger, better, faster messaging platform. Here are the most interesting features in the upgrade.

  • Four tips for deploying SSDs

    While solid state drives offer increased performance, the key to figuring out the role they can play in the data centre is balancing that performance against cost.

  • Smart array may signal storage shift

    The storage industry is fast turning evolution into revolution in rethinking its approach to disk drives.

  • Why disk statistics can fail to satisfy

    Vendor hard drive failure rates: Myth or metric?

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