Seagate announced that not one but three new 8TB hard disk drives have been added to their portfolio. The three new drives are from the Seagate Enterprise Capacity, Seagate Enterprise NAS, and Seagate Kinetic HDD series and all got the 8TB upgrade. While these aren’t the first 8TB drives, they are worth a closer look as they’re a force in themselves.
The first new 8TB drive comes from the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD series and this is where reliability meets high-capacity. The drive is aimed at the cloud markets where I’m sure that it will be welcome with open arms. The drive performs with a 100 percent increase in random read and write performance compared to its previous generation. That is quite an accomplishment and impressive.
Moving on to the small and medium-sized business oriented drives and we find the new Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD. There isn’t the big performance improvement here like there was in the Capacity line, but the new 8TB drives do allow companies to reduce the amount of drives they need and thereby the server sizes as well power consumption. An overall saving on the running costs and less hardware to worry about, that sounds like a good deal.
The Seagate Kinetic HDD series is the most interesting of the new 8TB options, but it is also the one that isn’t for home users at all, at least not yet. The Seagate Kinetic HDDs take a new approach on storage infrastructure as it is based on the Kinetic Open Storage Platform. The open source object storage protocol combined with Ethernet connectivity allows the Kinetic HDD to eliminate multiple layers of legacy hardware and software infrastructure with a simple Key/Value interface. This in return dramatically reduces the need for traditional storage servers. The reduction in equipment, power consumption, and human expenses results in a total cost of ownership saving of up to 70 percent. The LHC in Cern is one of the places where the Kinetic HDDs are being used to store and analyze the many petabytes of data collected.
A Romanian software engineer by the name of Cosmin Mihaiu and his colleagues have demonstrated a new way patients can recover from injuries at TED Conference in Vancouver. He came up with the idea from an arm injury he suffered as a child and he believes that rehabilitation exercises can be performed with the help of Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox.
“We need to come up with solutions to get patients motivated to get better,” Mihaiu told AFP. “No one likes treatment, but if we can make it in a way where people don’t think it is cumbersome they will get better faster and save costs.”
He invented a system called MIRA (Medical Interactive Recovery Assistant), which physical therapists can use and customize motion-controlled games to reward patients for doing prescribed movements. The system is currently designed to be offline and available in clinics, but Mihaiu is said to be working on an online version as well, which patients can use at home and share performance data with therapists.
“We don’t want to replace the physical therapists,” Mihaiu said. “We want to develop a digital pill that can be prescribed to help the patient get better.”
MIRA is currently being trialled in clinics from Britain and Romania, with an annual subscription price of several thousand dollars. Mihaiu states that there is a large market in the rehabilitation industry for software such as MIRA and unlike fitness games, medical games come with endorsements and follow-ups from doctors, nurses and therapists.
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The European Organization for Nuclear Reasearch, CERN, produces a massive amount of data to be analyzed, but also stored, a thing that’s becoming an increasing problem with the 2-3 petabytes of information it produces on a monthly basis. The Large Hadron Collider has generated over 100 petabytes of data to date, and all of it has to be kept safe and secure.
Seagate and CERN Openlab have now entered a 3-year partnership on the development of Seagate’s Kinetic Open Storage platform. The new platform restructures the traditional storage server architectures from the bottom up by connecting object-oriented applications directly to the storage device. This cuts out the many layers of hardware and software traditionally used and is something that is said to not only improve performance but also cut costs by 15-40%. It’s kind of a System in a Disk, to say it in the simplest of words.
“This is a thrilling opportunity for Seagate to collaborate with CERN to more efficiently operate one of the most extreme and demanding storage environments in the world,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate. “We believe our partnership will not only deliver extensive benefits to CERN’s large-scale storage system, but also help us further enhance the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform by testing it in an unparalleled data creation environment.”
A second and future research project between Seagate and CERN is also planned where they will look at CERN’s EOS storage system to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance and improve the system.
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Seagate introduced us to the concept of Kinetic Open Storage Platform back in 2013 for the first time, and now they’re presenting the first HDD for this system. The Seagate Kinetic 4TB hard drive is designed for cloud storage applications and has built-in ethernet abilities.
The object-based storage drive has a built-in operating system and direct ethernet connectivity thereby eliminating bottlenecks in software applications by direct connection as well as reducing the total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for legacy software and hardware.
Besides the built-in operating system, the Seagate Kinetic hard drive has 512MB RAM and 64MB cache as well as dual SGMII Ethernet 1Gb/s ports and of course an application processor. Seagate says this system can bring down the overall running costs as much as 50% for data-centres by eliminating the need for extra hardware and the power consumption that comes with that.
The Kinetic Open Storage Platform is backed by a lot of large providers such as AOL, HP, Digital Sense and many more. A really interesting concept that Seagate cooked up and one that incredible useful for our ever-growing need for storage. Live demonstrations took place this week at the OpenStack Summit in Paris.
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A patent application was recently discovered which was filed by Apple, Inc. The patent application indicates that the company is working on a wearable “slap bracelet” type device, filed with the title “Bi-stable spring with flexible display” back in August 2011.
As mentioned in the patent application, the bi-stable spring would be made of thin steel with fabric being used to wrap it and then then-seal it. One side will have the logic board and the battery on the slap bracelet, whereas on the other side it will have a display stuck with an adhesive. It also showed that the display was mounted on the right side of the bracelet with a thicker fabric frame.
The circuit board would come with some on-board sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes and the bracelet would be for universal fit of any wrist size. The patent indicates that there are sensors which will turn off the unused portion of the bracelet in case of any overlaps.
The sensors can even be used curved when strapped around a wrist. It will detect that the device is being worn and provide an uninterrupted screen.
The battery may be powered by solar panels, kinetic energy or even a wireless charger.
The patent describes the following about the display:
“With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.”
It’s being said that the tech giant is in talks with Hon Hai Precision Industry who has been working on wearable device technology associated with displays and chips. It will be interesting to see how this device turns out if and when Apple showcase the product to the public.