Addonics Announced Sapphire Combo Storage Drives

Addonics Technologies announced their new Sapphire Combo Blu-ray/HDD and Sapphire Combo DVD-RW/HDD external enclosures that combine optical and hard drive storage into one small package with one connection.

The new enclosures are perfect for use where only a single eSATA or USB 3.0 connection is available, and it would be equally great during reinitialization of systems.

The Blu-ray model is equipped with a Blu-ray player/DVD burner while the DVD model is equipped with a DVD burner. Both models will allow you to play movies or access data stored on all popular optical media and allow you to burn video or data onto optical discs. The integrated Snap-In Mobile Rack that allows any 3.5-inch SATA hard drive to be conveniently added or removed.

An added bonus is the AES 256-bit encryption trough the optional Addonics CipherUSB where no extra configuration of software is needed. Once encrypted, the information on the disc will be invisible in any ordinary Blu-ray or DVD/CD player.

The MSRP for the Blu-ray model is $269.00 while the DVD model is fairly cheaper at just $189.00.

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QNAP Announces New Energy-Efficient TS-x31+ Turbo NAS Series

QNAP announced their newest line of NAS servers, this time in the energy-efficient end of the scale. The new TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS is designed for small and home offices and packs a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 CPU with VFPv4 floating point unit and hardware accelerated encryption,

“For home & small businesses, a powerful, secure yet affordable cloud storage solution is becoming a key investment for improving everyday business workflow,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “With the TS-x31+ series, users can build a cost-efficient private cloud with ensured security and comprehensive business applications.”

The new series has two models, a two and a four-bay unit. Both have the same features besides the difference in the amount of bays. Under the hood, you’ll find 1GB DDR3 RAM, SATA 6Gb/s ports, dual Gigabit LAN, and three USB 3.0 ports (1 front, 2 rear).

The devices have an outstanding transfer and multitasking performance of up to 200MB/s throughput and the enhanced hardware encryption engine provides transfer speeds of over 150 MB/s with AES-256 bit Full NAS Volume Encryption enabled.

The new TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS is scheduled to be available from February 2015 and has DLNA, AirPlay & Chromecast support just as well as all the other features your used to from QNAP systems.

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Mushkin Announced the STRIKER Line SSDs

Mushkin launched a new line of SSDs during CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the new STRIKER series. The new line of drives boast top-tier performance specifications and are considered an important step forward for Mushkin to offer the most well-rounded SSD lineup – producing solutions for high value, performance, and capacity.

“Mushkin is committed to giving our customers the best performing and most reliable SSDs and our new STRIKER family of drives delivers,” said Brian Flood, Director of Product Management at Mushkin. “With an ever-increasing demand for greater performance, the new STRIKER drives provides the ultimate combination of speed and reliability for today’s demanding applications.”

The STRIKER SSD offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 565MB/s and 550MB/s respectively and has a random performance of up to 90K IOPS. The new drive comes in a variety of capacities ranging from 240GB to 960GB capacities.

Availability for the new STRIKER SSD series is set for Q1 2015, but no word on pricing for these made in USA drives yet.

Features of the STRIKER line of SSDs include:

  • Phison PS3110-S10 controller
  • Quad core, 8-channel
  • 256-bit AES encryption support, Opal 2.0
  • End-to-End data path protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, SmartFlush, GuaranteedFlush
  • SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
  • Top-tier performance specifications
  • TRIM/SMART support (OS/driver support required)
  • DEVSLP support for ultra-low power consumption
  • 120 bit per 2KB ECC strength
  • High-speed MLC NAND
  • 2.5” 7mm form factor
  • User-upgradeable firmware

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QNAP Partners with AMD for TVS-x63 Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS Series

This one almost slipped through my net with all the news going around after CES in Vegas, but it is a big one. QNAP has partnered with AMD to create the TVS-x63 Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS series, including the TVS-863+ with built-in 10Gb Ethernet. The rest of the series is ready for 10Gb Ethernet, but come born without.

Using a 64-bit AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4GHz processor with support for up to 16GB RAM, these NAS devices promise great performance. Speed isn’t everything, and the TVS-x63 also come with a highly efficient hardware encryption, SSD cache acceleration, and advanced AMD Radeon graphics for the ‘other side of these NAS devices’.

“QNAP is renowned for providing comprehensive cutting-edge NAS solutions with high-quality features for users, and we feel very honored to cooperate with QNAP to release the new TVS-x63+ series NAS, powered by AMD embedded solutions,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC provides high performance while being energy efficient and meets the requirements of a NAS designed to deliver 24/7 continuous and reliable services.”

The new series comes as 4, 6 and 8 bay solutions with varying amount of memory between 4GB and 8GB, but all support up to 16GB total RAM. The drives connect through SATA 3 ports and network is covered by dual Gigabit ports. As previously mentioned they are all 10GbE capable, but only the TVS-863+ has it built in.

“The TVS-x63+ series is solidly built with a state-of-the-art design and topped off with a stylish gold finish for added distinction. The Turbo vNAS with AMD quad-core processor performs outstandingly in file transfer efficiency, business and multimedia applications, and more, while brining 10GbE capabilities for budget-conscious organizations and professionals,” said Y.T. Lee, vice president of QNAP.

The other side of these NAS devices is the QvPC Technology. Users can use the TVS-x63+ series as a PC by plugging in a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI monitor to directly access data stored on the NAS, run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Android-based VMs, surf the web with multilingual keyboard input, watch 1080p videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, and much more.

The previous paragraph contained a lie, well at least not the full truth. The TVS-x63+ series also supports 4K Ultra HD output for use with the QvPC Technology, thanks to the AMD Radeon Graphics. You can connect the NAS to a 4K UHD monitor too and enjoy those extra pixels.

The TVS-x63+ series includes more anticipated features for a better audio-visual experience, including hardware-accelerated transcoding, offline transcoding and dual HDMI outputs that allows users to connect to two monitors or TVs for simultaneous playback.

Key specifications

  • TVS-863+: 8-bay tower model, 8GB RAM, one pre-installed 1-port 10GbE PCI-E NIC
  • TVS-863: 8-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • TVS-663: 6-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • TVS-463: 4-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4 GHz processor, DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM RAM (expandable to 16GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 5 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports; 2 x HDMI (mirrored display); LCD panel.

The best of all is, the new QNAP TVS-x63+ series Golden Turbo vNAS will be available later this month at most retailers. If all this shouldn’t be enough, you can expand with the two QNAP expansion enclosures UX-800P and UX-500P to increase the total storage capacity to 192TB.

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Patriot Launches Supersonic Bolt XT Hardware Encrypted Flash Drive

Patriot has presented their newest thumb-drive; the Supersonic Bolt XT USB3. This isn’t an everyday thumb-drive as the housing might give away. The rugged housing made from rubber protects the drive from day-to-day drops and bumps while the built-in FIPS 197 compliant 256-bit AES hardware encryption keeps a keen eye on the safety of your files. On top of the encryption, the drive has a bruteforce protection and will reformat itself if the password should be entered falsely ten times in a row.

Connecting via the USB 3.0 interface, the new Supersonic Bolt XT can read data with 150MB/s and write them with 30MB/s. While it may not sound like an all too fast drive, one has to take the encryption into consideration. That is a tasking job for many processors alone, and the drive has it built-in.

The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT USB3 Flash Drive is available now and the pricing starts at $49.99 for the 16GB model and 32Gb and 64GB will be available as well.

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