...using 4 x 365 and 1 x 366 days/year...
So what planet does your journo live on I wonder?
Seagate has fired a new Barracuda SSD at the home server, PC and notebook disk replacement markets. It's a 6Gbit/s SATA SSD in a 2.5-inch form factor, with capacities ranging from 250GB, through 500GB and 1TB, up to 2TB. The performance claims up to 90,000 random read IOPS, 540MB/sec sequential read and 520MB/sec sequential …
5 year warranty = 4 regular years + 1 leap year, much more often than not.
If you really want to be picky (an ElReg commentard? surely not!!), the calculation should be based on:
0.75 x ( (4 x 365) + (1 x 366) ) + 0.25 x ( (3 x 365) + (2 x 366) )
(no doubt someone will chime in about leap seconds next... :) )
Agreed. Whilst I like the idea of SSD, the fact that you can get a decent hard drive of the same capacity for around £60 makes it REALLY hard to justify... I mean..even double the price would be worth pause for thought, but this is more than 7x the price.
"get back when they come close to the price of spinning rust."
They don't need to be close. Even double would result in a stampede of uptake.
On the other hand, like "Vauxhall" or "Leyland", this is a brand which would probably have to sell its SSDs for less than the spinning version before people would think about buying them.
Very few people can tell a real world difference between a SATA SSD and NVMe, this is especially true in a single user (Not server or shared storage) workload.
Unless you are editing 4K video in real time or similar then a 6Gbps SATA SSD is more than fast enough 99% of the time.
Surely the UK pricing is way out.
'SATA flash drives to put low-cap disk on endangered list'
At 80 quid for 250GB SSD, vs 35 quid for 1TB spinning rust, this is hardly competitive.
A quick look shows that 250GB SSD can be bought for approaching 50 quid, with 120GB at around the thirty quid mark.
If you're looking for a single drive of moderate capacity it's now economic to buy an SSD. For multiple large storage devices, spinning rust is still much, much cheaper.
Depends on your take on low capacity...
For many corporates, 80GB is plenty big enough for a local disk, and 250GB is a waste - real storage occurs in the enterprise apps or "Cloud" in some form or another.
As such, the availability of low(er) cost SSD enables a truely useful and noticeable performance boost without excessive cost.
A fair enough take I felt...
After quoting total write life and warranty, is the actually any reason for a human to bother with MTBF "having a useful increase" up to 205years ...? If it was ten or even fifteen years I'd think about it as I'd possibly get a fail in five but this is more or less stating that it won't fail in the life of this tech ... or the next one!
Western Digital has confirmed the board is considering "strategic alternatives" for the storage supplier, including spinning out its flash and hard disk businesses.
This follows calls last month by activist investor Elliott Management, which has amassed a $1 billion investment in WD equating to a six percent share stake, for a "full separation" based on those product lines.
In a statement, CEO David Goeckeler said: "The board is aligned in the belief that maximizing value creation warrants a comprehensive assessment of strategic alternatives focused on structural options for the company's Flash and HDD businesses.
Samsung has dished up a new variety of SD card that can, it claims, sustain 16 years of continual writes.
The Korean giant's calculations for the longevity of the PRO Endurance Memory Card – for that is the new tech's name – assume their use to record 1920×1080 video content at 26Mbit/sec (3.25MB/sec).
At that rate, the 256GB model is rated to endure 140,160 hours of use. Smaller capacity models won't last as long because they'll be overwritten more often, so the 128GB, 64GB and 32GB each halve their larger sibling's lifetime.
Backblaze has published the first SSD edition of its regular drive statistics report, which appears to show that flash drives are as reliable as spinning disks, although with surprising failure rates for some models.
The cloud storage and backup provider publishes quarterly and annual Drive Stat reports, which focused exclusively on rotating hard drives until last year. Backblaze said it will initially publish the SSD edition twice a year, but that this may change depending on how valuable readers find it. The 2021 Drive Stats report was published in February.
In a blog post detailing the latest probing, Backblaze cloud storage evangelist Andy Klein said the SSDs are all used as boot drives in the firm's storage servers, and that Backblaze only began using SSDs this way from Q4 of 2018. He pointed out the drives do more than just boot the servers, they also store log files and temporary files produced by the servers, and so each SSD will read, write, and delete files depending on the activity of the server during the day.
A new Linux kernel patch from a Google engineer resolves a problem caused by a condition that many of us might quite like to experience – having too many NVMe drives.
The problem is caused by the relatively long time it takes to properly shut down a drive: apparently, as much as four-and-a-half seconds.
Remember Sun's X4500 storage server, originally codenamed Thumper? It was truly radical when it appeared: a 3U dual-processor server, but with a stonking 48 drive bays. These days Google has a bunch of boxes with a still-fairly-impressive 16 NVMe drives attached to each one. And when they have to reboot, they take a long time.
Updated Users of Windows 11 are complaining about slow write speeds on NVMe SSD drives, a problem which persists even though it was acknowledged by a Microsoft engineer three months ago.
A team of researchers claim they can make SSDs impervious to ransomware attacks by detecting infections and reverting unexpected encryption within a matter of seconds, at the cost of a small increase in latency.
The group includes engineers from South Korea’s Inha University, Daegu Institute of Science and Technology, and the Cyber Security Department at Ewha Womans University (EWU) as well as a researcher from the University of Central Florida in the US.
"I came up with the idea of firmware level detection because I know that many [users] don't install anti-ransomware software," DaeHun Nyang, PhD, at EWU told The Register of the origin of the team's research project. "So I thought that it would be good if we can protect people not having anti-ransomware installed on their computers by providing them with an anti-ransomware-intrinsic SSD.
At last week's Open Compute Project global summit, Seagate demonstrated a mechanical hard disk drive with an NVMe interface – an interface normally reserved for SSDs. The clue is right there in the name: NVM, Non-Volatile Memory. So the first question is... why?
The idea is that by having two (or more) separate arms scuttling independently to and fro across the media, hard disks can run fast enough that current SATA interfaces will prove to be a bottleneck. That's 6Gb/s for SATA revision 3, or 600MB/s in reality, while NVMe maxes out at 20Gb/s.
YouTuber tech whizz Jeff Geerling has found it is possible to spend $5,000 on a Raspberry Pi build.
He did this silliness because he's a self-described "creative person who builds great software" with a sponsorship from Lambda that keeps him from redirecting his own paycheck to quirky projects.
He's also undoubtedly generating some income from Amazon referral links throughout his post and hawking wares from his merch store, but you know, capitalism. Can't blame the guy for seizing an opportunity.
Samsung has altered the parts used to make its 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD card, leading a version manufactured in June 2021 to perform differently than an older formulation from April 2021.
In a video posted to the channel YouTube channel 潮 玩 客 ("Trendy Player"), Chinese video blogger Jian Ge recently compared two versions of the product – one from April labelled with part number MZVLB1T0HBLR and another from June labelled MZVL21T0HBLU – and found the performance characteristics have changed, some for the better and some for the worse.
To judge by the performance figures Samsung cites in its spec sheets, nothing has changed. But that's not necessarily the case for specific operations.
It sounds like a "dog ate my homework" excuse for the cloud age, but Euro-cloud Scaleway says one of its solid-state disks was stolen from a truck, turned up in the hands of a YouTuber, and has now made its way back home.
A Saturday post by CEO Yann Lechelle revealed that over a year ago, a disk was stolen while in transit between two Scaleway data centres.
Fast forward to 2021 and a YouTuber bought the disk on a classified ads site called Leboncoin. Specifically, a YouTuber called Micode who creates content about the persistence of data even after disks are formatted.
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