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Users want more disk backup -- right now

Fed up with slow tape backup systems and under pressure by regulators and auditors to keep data online and readily available, large and midsize businesses are making disk-to-disk backup technology a top priority in their data centers this year.

Technology uses bacteria for data storing

A Japanese university announced scientists there have developed a new technology that uses bacteria DNA as a medium for storing data long-term, even for thousands of years.

64 DVDs on a disc: holographic storage to ship

InPhase Technologies announced Monday it will start bulk shipments of the industry's first holographic disc drive this July in a format able to store 300GB of uncompressed data on a single platter. That capacity will expand to 1.6TB per disc within t...

The 300GB DVD debuts

Hitachi Maxell this week plans to demonstrate a 300GB version of a holographic optical disc that will be available to select customers in the entertainment industry beginning next month.

Porn industry may be decider in Blu-ray, HD-DVD battle

Just as in the 1980s, when the Betamax and VHS video formats were battling it out for supremacy, the pornography industry will likely play a big role in determining which of the two blue-laser DVD formats -- Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD -- will be the win...

Google Earth's photographer builds out infrastructure

The company responsible for those cool satellite images accessed by millions of Google Earth users said this week that it has almost completed an enormous upgrade to its internal IT infrastructure to increase production and support the launch of two ...

Maxtor to ship 500GB backup hardware for Macs

Maxtor announced Wednesday that it will be shipping a backup device for Apple Computer hardware that can store up to 500GB of data and offers management features that emulate enterprise-class device functions such as shared network connections, autom...

Missing backup tapes spur encryption at Time Warner

Time Warner this week said it will "quickly" begin encrypting all data saved to backup tapes after 40 tapes with personal information on about 600,000 current and former employees were lost in transit to a storage facility.

Symantec CEO outlines plan for Veritas

Symantec CEO John Thompson said this week that soon after his company merges with Veritas Software, customers can expect to see a new consumer-grade data backup and recovery product -- something Veritas dropped four years ago.

EMC targets SMB market with new packages

EMC announced a new line of bundled networked storage packages targeting the midsize enterprise and small-to-medium-size business (SMB) marketplace that include lower pricing, a greater emphasis on channel sales and a Web portal tool that expedites t...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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