Seagate Back Up Plus

Agam Shah, wrote an article for PC World talking about Seagate’s newest 8TB external drive. Seagate’s 8TB storage will have capabilities to work with Raspberry Pi and Chromebooks. The name of Seagate’s product is called the Backup Plus Hub. The article was posted on June 22th 2016.


There will be multiple versions of the Seagate’s Backup Plus Hub which include versions that start from 4GB up to 8GB. As mentioned before, these will work with Raspberry Pi 3 and Chromebooks as well as operating systems such as Windows PC and Macs. Although Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi 3 does work with this, the chromebooks will have limited internal storage and the Raspberry Pi 3 will need an SD to operate and store files.


Since Raspberry Pi 3 is commonly used for media servers, Seagate’s Backup Plus Hub is optimal. The Raspberry Pi 3 can also be used as a TV.


Western Digital has their own back up external drive called the PiDrive, however the Seagate Backup Plus Hub completely dominates the PiDrive in terms of storage. Western Digital’s storage capacity tops out at 1 GB.


As to no surprise, the Backup Plus Hub can also acts as a hub. By using the USB 3.0 ports, the Backup Plus Hub can charge devices. These devices include iOS and Andriod mobile devices. In terms of pricing, the Backup Hub Plus 4TB will be sold in the US at $139.99, the 6GB at $199.99, and 8GB at $249.99.


The Seagate’s Backup Plus Hub is expected to hit the US markets in July of 2016.


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For the first time flash memory's areal density surpasses hard drive’s

It was revealed recently during the 2016 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, that Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory has surpassed Hard Disk Drive technology in areal density for the first time.


According to Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates, Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory was able to achieve an areal density of 2,77Tbpsi.


This is more than double the 1.19Tbpsi achieved by Samsung’s flash memory in 2015. Coughlin when on to say that “HDDs have not stopped evolving…On the other hand, flash memory is getting denser with technology announcements of 2.77Tbspi, higher than any announced HDD areal density.


This is a new development. So flash is developing and certainly getting competitive in terms of areal storage density, but the chips are still more expensive to make than disks and the raw costs of storage will likely remain less for HDDs for some time to come announcements “


According to Coughlin the highest areal density for current HDD products is about 1.3Tbpsi, however most commercial HDD products are well below that. For example, Seagate desktop hard drives have a max areal density of 850Gbpsi.


This means that while still a best case scenario based on laboratory figures, the results from Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory are a very great technological improvement. On the same note Samsung have made it known that they will be releasing 15TB 2.5inch SSD soon and Tokyo-based Fixtstars already has a 13TB 2.5inch SSD on the market selling at a price of $13,000.


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Solid-state drive

The prices of mainstream consumer SSDs have fallen dramatically every year over the past three years. By 2017, they are expected to be within 11 cents of the per-gigabyte price of hard disk drives (HDDs). Solid-state drives are superior to hard drives in every way but one: they’re faster, lighter, and less fragile, but they’re also more expensive. The last one has been the only thing keeping HDDs alive, and that thread appears to be getting thinner by the day.


Researchers at DRAMeXchange understand that the price per gigabyte of an SSD has fallen off a cliff in the past three years, and the trend is only accelerating. If the company's estimates are on the mark, these drives could cost just 11 cents more per gig than conventional hard drives by 2017. At that rate, you might not have to choose between high capacity and breakneck speed when you're on a budget -- you could easily afford both. Next year, SSDs are expected to be in 31% of new consumer laptops, and by 2017 they'll be in 41% of them, according to DRAMeXchange senior manager Alan Chen.


"Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," Chen said. "However, 256GB SSDs will be moving close to price parity with mainstream HDDs in 2016, so the adoption of SSDs in the business notebook segment will rise."


While SSD pricing has dropped dramatically over the past three years, HDD pricing hasn't. From 2012 to 2015, per gigabyte pricing for HDDs dropped one cent per year from 9 cents in 2012 to 6 cents this year. However, through 2017, the per-gigabyte price of HDDs is expected to remain flat: 6 cents per gigabyte. That means a 1TB hard drive will continue to retail for an average of about $60, though they can be found for under $45 on many online retail sites.


The drastic drops in SSD pricing are likely due to increased competition from storage makers, who’ve made some significant technological advances in the last year. In August, Samsung introduced the first 16TB solid state drive, and while it’s solely aimed at servers for now, the underlying 3D NAND technology also appears in much cheaper consumer drives. SanDisk and Toshiba have also been working on 3D NAND flash chips, and Intel has been collaborating with Micron on 3D NAND as well.


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WD

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital announced this past week that they have reached an agreement to buy SanDisk for around $19 billion.


The value of SanDisk’s stock was closed at $76.78 per share, about five dollars more than Western Digital. The deal does not come as a complete shock - It has been speculated for about a week that this was bound to happen. This marks the next step for WD into providing storage solutions on a global scale, using both their products and those of SanDisk.


SanDisk specializes in flash memory storage devices such as USB flash drives and memory cards. SanDisk found themselves on hard times trying to survive on selling mostly flash drives and memory cards. With all the new ways to store data, people simply are not buying as many flash drives as they did five or ten years ago. With their powers combined, officials at Western Digital hope they will be able to respond to these constant changes in an effective way.

"The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry,"

said Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan in a statement.


Some terms of the deal include a clause in which if SanDisk’s cash balance falls below certain thresholds at the time of transaction close, the merger agreement provides for an adjustment to the mix of cash and stock consideration.


The state of the current data storage market has led to numerous mergers and acquisitions recently, as the IT industry continues to look for ways to adapt to new trends. Just one week before, Dell completed the biggest storage market acquisition ever when they purchased EMC for $67 billion.


The deal is expected to be closed by the third quarter of next year.


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