Christopher Ryan

OCZ Releases Arowana SSD Firmware – Tests Show Big Upgrade For 34nm Indilinx Barefoot Drives

In May of 2011, OCZ announced a new type of firmware for Indilinx-controlled drives. That firmware, named for a type of carnivorous fish, carried the name Arowana Flash Translation Layer. The Arowana FTL eventually made its way into the Vertex Plus family, however, enthusiasts with the original Barefoot-controlled drives would have to wait until now, ten months later, to get a chance to …

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Marvell Releases SATA 3 88SS9187 SSD Controller – Promises Low Power and 500MB/s Speeds For Ultras

Marvell was the first to enter the SATA 3 SSD market by several months.  The Crucial C300 used the first SATA III Marvell processor as early as mid-2010. Since that time, there several manufacturers have used the Marvell controller, and with great success. No stranger to enterprise needs, Marvell controllers have also been used to equal success in enterprise flash …

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OCZ’s Talos 2 SAS SSD Gets New Gig In Drobo SANs

OCZ’s Talos 2 SAS SSDs are getting a new gig courtesy of Drobo. Drobo, manufacturer of professional and business oriented storage solutions is making use of OCZ’s Talos 2 enterprise SAS SSDs in their B1200i SAN offering. Drobo currently offers products with HDDs, but this will mark the first use of SSDs in a tiered solution by the company. The …

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ADATA First To Release New Higher Capacity ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD Line

ADATA, Taiwanese purveyor of SSDs and memory products, today announced a new range of SandForce powered offerings. Consisting of three new lines, the XPG SX900, the Premier Pro SP900, and the Premier SP800, each is powered by the SandForce-2281 controller. The XPG SX900 is designed for higher performance, boasting typical SF-2281 speeds of 550MB/s reads and 530MB/s writes. The XPG moniker refers to …

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Rosewill Ranger-M MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case Review

Rosewill has had a renaissance of sorts in the case market.  Trying to provide the right mix of features at the right price is always going to be a challenge “ its a moving target. Lately though, Rosewill has been getting it right and some of their recent offerings have been very well received by enthusiasts. The Ranger-M Chassis seeks …

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Sandisk Purchases Caching Software Specialist FlashSoft

It’s no surprise that SSD- based caching solutions are popular. Both for consumers and enterprise customers, flash based caching offers the ability to accelerate storage performance at lower price points. Needless to say, companies specializing in caching are hot commodities in the storage world. Today, SanDisk announced the purchase of FlashSoft, a provider of flash caching software for Windows, Linux, and VMWare. …

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