Samsung announces new PCIe 3.0 SSD, breaking 2GBps performance barrier

Samsung announces new PCIe 3.0 SSD, breaking 2GBps performance barrier

Samsung launched its new SM951 today, the first M.2 SSD with full support for both PCI-Express 3.0 and the M.2 standard. We’ve discussed M.2 previously — it’s the newest SSD interconnect and it ties storage directly to the PCI-Express bus via the NVMe standard rather than running the communication through the much slower SATA interface. […]

Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon

Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon

Seagate, after hinting in May that it would release 8TB and 10TB hard drives in the next 12 months, has started delivering early samples of its 8TB hard drive to “major customers”. Curiously, while Western Digital hit 6TB last year by filling its drives with helium, Seagate appears to be pushing the 3.5-inch spinning disk […]

Hard drive failure rates point to clear winners and losers in 2014

Hard drive failure rates point to clear winners and losers in 2014

One of the most common questions we’re asked about hardware reliability is whether there’s a real difference between the various storage manufacturers. This information is typically locked up like Fort Knox, which is one reason why Backblaze’s ongoing storage reports have garnered widespread attention. Most drive reliability studies are either small scale, take place over […]

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