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Josh Zale

Technology Editor, covering SSDs and every other piece of interesting engineering you can think of. I've been intimately involved with computer hardware since 1998, and haven't looked back. There's always something new to learn about in this industry, and I wouldn't have it any other way.......

Western Digital Releases 5mm Hybrid HDD Targeting Ultrabook Placement

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Western Digital has announced the release of the world’s thinnest 2.5″ hybrid drive. Targeted at Ultrabooks, the drive will weigh in at a mere 5mm thick, undercutting even the thinnest 7mm drives currently on the market. The new products will deliver up to 500GB of storage space and will be conducive to systems with severely cramped quarters. The drives should be …

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QLogic Releases Mt. Rainier Server Side SSD Caching Achieving A New Summit For SAN Storage

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QLogic, known for their enterprise storage infrastructure solutions, has announced the release of their Mt. Rainier SSD caching technology. Mt. Rainier is a targeted solution meant to accelerate SAN performance while at the same time simplifying deployment of SSD caching in servers. Interestingly, the caching solution will not only be transparent to server side applications, but to the OS as …

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Sandisk Releases ReadyCache SSD Providing Storage Performance and Capacity

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SanDisk, well known throughout the industry for their wide variety of storage products, has announced the release of their ReadyCache SSD caching solution. ReadyCache will include a 32GB SSD as well as Condusive Technologies’ ExpressCache, which is comparable to software that is being offered by the likes of NVELO. Based on what we already know about SSD caching, SanDisk’s new …

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Kingston Focuses on New E100 SSD As Enterprise Embraces Cost Efficiency

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Kingston Technology has announced the release of their new enterprise focused E100 SSD at VMWorld 2012 this week. This is actually the second enterprise class SSD from Kingston, the first being their KC100. Nevertheless, it should be interesting to see how it fares against the competition. According to Kingston, the new products will provide up to 10x the endurance of …

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Kingston Releases LSI Sandforce Series 5 Firmware Fix As Speed Converges With Bug Smashing

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Kingston Technology, a major player in the consumer SSD segment, has recently released a new version of LSI/SandForce’s Series 5 firmware for their Hyper x/Hyper X 3K drives. The new 5.0.3 firmware apparently fixes the TRIM functionality, which was not working,in its entirety, in previous versions. Hopefully, Kingston will be only the first of many to adopt this crucial fix …

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Hitachi Data Systems Announces New SSD Controller As Enterprise Storage Leads The Industry – FMS 2012 Update

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Hitachi Data Systems, well known for their high performance storage solutions, has stated their intent to bring a new, high performance SSD controller to market. This appears to be a completely homegrown design, and not a result of its joint venture with Intel. Also announced was their new VSP (Virtual Storage Platform) solution, which will enable enterprise customers to achieve …

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