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Samsung Introduces a Fail-Proof SSD

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Samsung Introduces a Fail-Proof SSD

Samsung's fail-proof technology is available in its 30.72TB PCIe Gen4 SSDs.

Samsung recently introduce to the market a newly engineered solid-state drive with fail-proof technology. This new fail-proof technology allows the SSDs to continue operating even in the chance that the NAND chips within them fail.

The South Korean tech giant announced that this innovative technology is available only in its 30.72TB PCI Express (PCIe) Generation 4 Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD. So, what is the main benefit of this new fail-safe SSD?

The new fail-safe SSD technology allows servers and data centers to save costs. In the past, NAND chip defects typically require whole systems to be powered down when exchanging the faulty SSD or performing routine data backups.

The fail-proof technology senses faulty chips, scans the data within them, and proceeds to transfer that data to normally operating chips.

According to Samsung, the PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD will come in two brands — PM1733 and PM1735 — and will come in two form factors: a 2.5-inch U.2 variant and a HHHL variant, which will have memory capacity ranging from 0.8TB to 30.72TB. 

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But wait there's more!

The latest Samsung PCIe Gen4 SSDs will also include two additional new technologies besides just the fail-proofing feature.

They will also have SSD virtualization software that can divide a single SSD into 64 smaller units. This will allow for multiple users at once and independently. By offering the division of a single SSD into singular independent units, cloud operators have the ability offer more services with the same SSD resources all while decreasing the workload of server CPUs.

Furthermore, the new SSDs will have V-NAND machine learning technology. By utilizing big data, the SSDs will deliver an accurate reading of data through ultra-fast processing by reading the electricity difference between circuits and cells within a NAND level. 

In spite of the recent dip in the memory market Samsung has continued to introduce new products to try and strengthen its position as a market leader. I’m sure we will continue to see new innovative products from them soon.

Data Storage Faceoff: Tape vs Disk vs Cloud

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Data Storage Faceoff: Tape vs Disk vs Cloud

In September 2010, Virgin Blue airline’s check-in and online booking systems went down for a period of 11 days, affecting around 50,000 passengers and 400 flights. Ultimately the downtime ended up costing the company over $20 million. So, what is the true cost of downtime you ask? Studies have shown that cost of partial data storage backup outages cost an average of $5600 per minute or $300 thousand dollars per hour! Depending on the industry, any single downtime can run into the millions of dollars of lost revenue. Just ask Virgin Blue.

Most businesses have (or should have) plans in place for emergency outages. Data backup procedures are a critical part of these emergency downtime plans. However, as the number of possible backup options multiplies with the introduction of new technologies it can be difficult to ensure you made the correct data backup decision.

Whether companies are looking to upgrade and retire aging infrastructure or are just preparing for the future, an assessment of options is needed. Welcome to the data storage face off- tape vs. disk vs. cloud backup.

Data Tape Storage Backuptape data storage

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, tape was the main way to store any backup data. Since then, it has evolved and grown with changes in technology and growing infrastructures for more than forty years. By deciding to implement or continue using tape will leave your organization with very few infrastructure improvements.

Tape is also the most affordable data storage option due to minimal infrastructure enhancements and the cost of tape itself. Usually, tape is an inexpensive alternative to both disk and cloud storage options; however, its dependent on the total amount and type of data your organization backs up.

Another major benefit of using tape as a main data storage method is the ability to take advantage multi-site storage. As with any organization’s emergency downtime initiative, it is ideal to ensure multi-site data storage. That way a disaster at one storage site doesn’t risk destroying all of the company’s proprietary data. Nevertheless, the multi-site tape storage method can be pricey once you factor in costs of secure tape transfer and storage in data centers at off site facilities. Although tapes have certainly been in existence the longest, like everything else they’re bound to evolve.

Hard Disk Storage Backuphard disk data storage

Disk-based backup such as hard drives, is vastly quicker and more consistent for data repair than tape backup. Instead of writing from disk to a tape, writing from a disk to a disk is purely a more effective method of data transfer.

In the same way, restoration from disk based storage is a fairly efficient process. Restoration allows the avoidance of retrieving, sequencing and then replicating tapes one at a time.

The biggest downside to disk-based storage backups is that they’re located in an on-site facility. For multi-location storage, a third-party is needed for off-site backup. If you don’t want to use an off-site storage provider, it can become extremely expensive to keep increasing disk space.

Cloud Storage Backupcloud data storage

Cloud-based backup refers to an online off-site back up through cloud enablement technologies. Organizations can typically store data with superior cost efficiency in a cloud, by eliminating the need to buy and refresh tapes or disks. Cloud backup is also a much less painstaking process, as data replication is done as a service.

Cloud backup normally consist of multi-site data storage. A local data copy can live in an on-site appliance like the SmartFrame, while it also replicates data to your off-site data storage provider. These applications and enablement technologies constantly run in the background of your IT processes, removing some manual IT processes.

Since cloud based back up is still a relatively new technology, there are some perceived security concerns around the cloud. Questions remain whether cloud backup will open their data to being hacked or even leaked from a third party. There are also concerns of accidental mixing of data with other customers existing in the same data center.

Decision Time

No matter which data backup method an organization chooses to implement, it will have its fair share of both benefits and drawbacks due to technology continuing to make advances in speed, efficiency and security. When the time is right for your business to install a data storage infrastructure or upgrade the infrastructure currently in place, let We Buy Used Tape do the work for you. Since 1965, We Buy Used Tape has been assisting IT professionals and their companies efficiently update their data back up systems. Used and surplus tape and disk storage can be repurposed; helping businesses increase initial return on investment while staying socially responsible. Contact one of our IT experts today for a hassle-free quote on your IT assets. Let us take care of your infrastructure update and security from start to finish.

 

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Seagate’s new 60TB SSD.. Hardware Upgrades coming soon and we can help.

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Seagate has just announced a gigantic 60TB solid-state-drive. The company has made it clear that they will provide “the lowest cost per gigabyte for flash.” There is no doubt that data centers across the world will be eager to try this equipment and possibly put them into full scale products.

It’s too early to have a real idea about the performance or longevity of these drives. Many believe they will not be compatible with current data centers. No matter the compatibility, performance or longevity of these drives, one thing is clear, we are seeing exponential growth in the data industry. Many of our readers will be looking to migrate to larger capacities to fulfill the growing needs of their business.

Excess storage devices will get in the way of newer technologies. We can help you with removing excess data, securely erasing that data, and providing you the greatest market value on your older equipment. Fill out the form on the right or submit on our asset recovery page so that you can more easily begin the transition to the new generation of storage hardware.

How to Securely Erase Hard Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSDs) in 2016

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Information security is top priority for most of us. Being the victim of a data breach or identity theft is a costly problem that can be avoided when using the right tools. The firm Blancco Technology Group did an interesting analysis of second hand hard drives and SSDs. In Balancco’s study “The Leftovers: A Data Recovery Study,” they found that out of the 200 hundred second hand HDDs and SSDs, 67% contained pemaersonally identifiable information and another 11% contained sensitive company information.

These second hand drives were not purchases from arbritrary places, they could have been purchases from ordinary places like Amazon, eBay, Craigslist and the like.  To help you with this huge issue, we are going to explain the minimum level of security you should take when disposing or selling storage devices.

HDD

There are three effective ways of securely erasing your HDDs.

Software is often times the most used method for erasing hard disks. The process however is not fast and one needs to be very mindful not to accidently delete data on the computer operating the eraser. Darik’s Boot and Nuke is an excellent tool for erasing HDDs. Be aware that this software works specifically for hard disks and does not work as effectively for SSDs. This software is downloaded and installed on a bootable device such as a CD, DVD, or bootable USB. Once installed, the computer used to erase the HDDs will need to be booted from the bootable device.

The interface is relatively intuitive and there is an excellent array of wipe methods including DOD 5220.22-M and Gutmann Wipe. The one thing that you need to be very careful about is to only wipe the data from the targeted hard disk. If you are using your personal computer you will see in production hard disks along with the targeted one. To avoid this confusion it might be best to just unplug the non-target hard drive. Additionally, because the process is long, it might be best to use an old PC so that your current PC is not unusable.

Hard Drive Data Erase Software

Hardware is another method used to erase hard drives. This method is easier than the one previously mentioned. Users simply purchase a device that connects to your hard disk and run through the process. WiebeTech Drive eRazer Ultra is a very simple tool that is reliable and effective. This device costs you about 250. It has the added benefit of being faster than the previously mentioned software and is generally easier to use.

Hard Drive Data Erase Hardware

Destruction of disks is the most effective way of guaranteeing information is irretrievable. None of the previously mentioned methods guarantee that they will work on hard disks that are defective. Companies like WEBUYUSEDITEQUIPMENT.net will use equipment like shredders to streamline the process of destroying hard drives. However, for end users, another effective method is removing the platter from within the hard disk and puncturing/bending the platter with a nail and hammer. This guarantees that information is irretrievable. To be safe we recommend that you puncture the disk at least three times and bend the platter with a hammer.

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SSDS

Wiping data on SSDs is significantly more complicated. One of the best ways to wipe data on SSDs is to head over to the manufactures website and use their recommend software for the task at hand. All major manufactures have their own propriety toolbox that works specifically with their SSDs.

Take a looks at the specific manufacturers documentation and once again be very mindful not to delete SSDs that are in production. Mess up and your relevant data will be lost forever. I am a heavy user of Samsung’s Magician software. The software is very intuitive, users just click through options much like installing software on a computer. We recommend that you read through the manufactures documentation and maybe watch a few YouTube videos until you feel comfortable with using the software. Here are a links to a few other manufacture software.

 

If your SSD is defective, once again the best method for securely eradicating your data is to destroy the SSD. This is a little trickier than a HDD because SSDs store information on a flash chip. Our company once again uses a specialized SSD shredder for this, but you can use a hammer and nail to puncture the storage chip on the SSD.

Let Us Help You

No matter what method you plan to use to secure your data, we highly recommend that you do the minimum requirement to securely erase your data. Many of you are looking to sell you hard drives and SSDs and the above options can be time consuming, sometimes costly, and very dangerous to your information if done incorrectly.

WEBUYUSEDITEQUIPMENT specialized in securing that your information is irretrievable. Depending on your need we will either securely wipe your data so that we can do the Eco-friendly approach to reuse your drives or we will completely shred your drive for a fee. We deal with Hard Drives and SSDs at high volume, this allows the process of securely eradicating data to be cost effect and easier.

If you are looking to sell your drives, we can pay for shipping and give you an excellent pay check based on current market value. When we are done we will give you a certificate of data destruction that shows you and your organization is completely compliant with regulatory agencies such as HIPPA and SOX. Fill out the form on the right to get a quick quote for your HDDs and SSDs.

We make selling your used IT equipment simple and painless

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The buying and selling of used IT equipment is sometimes confusing, as well as one of those to do list items that continually gets pushed to the back burner. What are we going to with all of these old hard drives? Network switches? IP phones and telecom equipment? Tape drives and libraries? Servers or memory? Where do we start? What is the value – how do we avoid being ripped off? How do we make sure we are in compliance? Where am I going to get the time to devote to this project? How can we securely transport these items to another location?  WeBuyUsedITequipment.net simply and conveniently helps you through these and many other issues – simple processes, friendly and efficient service, full compliance and documentation, high value buybacks, etc.  Let us show you how and do the work for you!

Our family owned and operated business has 40 plus years of experience and an impeccable record in the electronic recycling and secure data eradication business ensuring the safety of your data on any storage media products. This provides the confidence that your project will be handled efficiently, accurately, on time, and with the utmost integrity.

WeBuyUsedITequipment.net has been at the same company owned facility for over 20 years – Secure, Alarmed with central station monitoring, Video Surveillance monitoring, your equipment and data is safe.  What do you have available now?

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Is your organization getting ready for a big upgrade?  Do you need to consolidate data centers?  Are you going to be disposing of, or repurposing a lot of IT Equipment?

IT Asset Disposition and Recovery programs allow your problem or excess inventory to be converted into cash. WeBuyUsedITequipment.net’s large outlet network for obsolete, used, and overstock new IT products allows us to provide you with the maximum amount of residual value for your inventory.

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