Stories by Chris Mellor

The Big Switch: Rewiring The World, From Edison To Google.

Nick Carr's The Big Switch suggests that every organisation concerned with computer storage will find that the everyday business market for storage will cease to exist. You who are reading this will no longer be involved with buying, operating, manag...

CentricStor combines disk and tape backup

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has overhauled its CentricStor virtual tape appliance and now offers backup to either disk or tape with the product. It is the only product to combine automated tape and disk backup in one offering.

Rackspace: a realistic green pioneer

Rackspace provides datacentre facilities under a managed hosting scheme. It is building a new UK datacentre and has had a green aspect to its business for about a year and a half. How is that affecting its operations?

Sun to set up data center in coal mine

Sun and a consortium of other businesses are going to lower Blackbox self-contained computing facilities into a Japanese coal mine to set up an underground data center, using up to 50 percent less power than a ground-level data center.

Carbon nanotube memory coming

Startup Nantero has built a carbon nanotube-based memory wafer using standard semiconductor fabrication processes. This removes a significant hurdle in commercializing the seemingly exotic NRAM (non-volatile RAM) that could replace DRAM, SRAM and fla...

SanDisk vaults over hard drive limitations

SanDisk has announced Vaulter, an 8GB to 6GB capacity flash memory solid state disk (SSD) from which to boot a PC's operating system. It is in PCI Express mini-card format and works in parallel with a PC's hard drive.

BitMicro unveils 1.6TB SSD

BitMicro has announced a flash memory-based solid state drive (SSD) with capacities ranging from 16GB to 1.6TB.

Honeycomb comes out of Sun's hive

Sun has announced its long-awaited StorageTek 5800, code-named Honeycomb as its fixed-content repository. Sun claimed the product would provide faster and better access to terabytes of unstructured information through metadata processing.

Fujitsu Siemens goes seriously green

Fujitsu Siemens Computers continues to bang the green IT drum after unveiling a number of green IT initiatives and predictions at its VisitIT forum in Berlin.

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