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July 28, 2011

Intel vPro to the Atom: Only a matter of time

As some readers know, a big reason for the slow content on the site is that I am busy writing a big piece on Intel vPro technology for a very big technology review site. As part of this, one thing I realized is that Intel’s current model of offering it only with specific chip sets and its mid to high end CPUs is quickly becoming obsolete.

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July 21, 2011

Backblaze Storage Pod Upgraded – 135TB in 4U for under $8,000

One project that inspired some of my own work has been the Backblaze storage pod v1 which held 67TB in a custom 45 drive 4U chassis. It was essentially a lower cost and lower performance Sun Thumper that utilized commodity parts to achieve high storage densities at a very low cost per TB (or PB since that is the scale the company is looking at.) For those not familiar, Backblaze is a cloud storage provider offering $5 for unlimited storage. Backblaze recently revealed its updated v2 platform with 3.0gbps drives providing 135TB of capacity for under $8000. Better yet, they are freely distributing how they did this. It puts my DIY DAS to shame, but does look fairly similar with the [...]

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July 19, 2011

Quick Look: Adaptec 6E Series 6805E and 6405E RAID Controllers

LSI has been fairly dominant in the 6.0gbps HBA/ RAID 0/1/10 market for quite a while now. Early market entry, low cost cards, and a myriad of OEM wins have made the SAS 2008/ SAS 2108 architectures the de-facto standard for use with software RAID or as RAID 0/1/10 devices. Adaptec paper launched their 6 series controllers which support the normal high-end features such as RAID 60 and flash backed write cache. Now Adaptec, following the PMC-Sierra acquisition, has moved to the lower end of the market previously occupied by cards such as the Adaptec 1045 with the new 6E series of controllers. The cards come in two flavors, the four port 6405E and the eight port 6805E.

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July 13, 2011

Netflix raises prices (a lot) and what that means for SMB/ home server offerings

It is no secret that Netflix is a hugely popular streaming and DVD rental service. When it was announced that Netflix was decoupling the streaming and DVD-by-mail services and that one would pay more for the former level of service, both colleagues sitting next to me that just received raises cancelled their subscriptions to Netflix. I have a feeling that Netflix is going to see some significant subscriber loss because of this. What is more significant is what it means to the SMB and home server markets.

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