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Let’s Talk About RAID

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Author:

No, not the bug spray. The RAID I’m talking about is a hard drive RAID or a Redundant Array of Independent Disks. As crazy as the name sounds, this is essentially a type of storage solution that combines multiple hard drives into a cohesive system that appears to the computer as a single hard drive.  Depending on the setup, this can afford increased speed, storage capacity, backup solutions, or a combination of each of these.

There are four RAID configurations seen most often in the wild:

  1. RAID 0
  2. RAID 1
  3. RAID 0+1 or 10
  4. RAID 5

Each of these are similar in that they work across multiple drives, but each have their own merits that benefit specific applications in the real world. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

New OWC Jupiter mini-SAS Redefines Shared SAN Storage by Harnessing the Simplicity and Performance of mini-SAS Direct Attached Storage

Monday, January 9th, 2012 | Author:

Other World Computing announced today its new OWC Jupiter mini-SAS scalable storage solution for small businesses and enterprises utilizing mission critical and creative applications. Built upon the proven mini-SAS interface for speeds up to 24Gb/s using just a single cable connection, the Jupiter family of racks, towers, and hubs combine the highest levels of data sharing performance with the simplicity of direct attached storage (DAS) at up to 5x lower cost of fibre channel infrastructures. The OWC Jupiter mini-SAS will be available by the end of March in a variety of configurations with 8TB Enterprise solution pricing starting at $3,995.00. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, OWC will demonstrate the high performance of the Jupiter mini-SAS in its booth #5231 in the LVCC North Hall.

Centralized Storage = Higher Productivity

Jupiter mini-SAS is a centralized storage solution, which means data is stored in a single location and can be accessed by multiple workstations simultaneously. Sharing content streamlines workflows, eliminates bottlenecks, and the need to duplicate files. By eliminating the need to copy data to multiple users on DAS solutions or searching for files in multiple locations, Jupiter mini-SAS can dramatically increase productivity. Additionally, Jupiter mini-SAS can be configured to provide zoned/allocated drive access privileges so specific workstations and/or servers have exclusive access to specific drives or sets of drives. Article Continues…

Category: Press Releases

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 High Performance Plug And Play Hardware RAID Data Storage/Backup Solution Now Offers Up To 12TB

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | Author:

Other World Computing announced today it has expanded the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 desktop hardware RAID storage line storage capacity to 12TB by utilizing four 3TB high performance hard drives in the Qx2’s four hot swappable drive bays. In addition to offering massive storage/backup capacity in a desktop sized footprint, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 features a “Quad Interface” of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports and four selectable Hardware RAID settings – 0, 1, 5, 10 – for high speed, highly reliable Plug and Play use with Macs and PCs.

Four Prosumer Models Starting At $479.99

  • 2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500GB x 4 w/64MB cache) & three year warranty - $479.99

  • 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4 w/128MB cache) & three year warranty –  $579.99

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Category: Press Releases

iTunes Store Approaching 10 Billion Downloads!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 | Author:

Apple has had some impressive milestones when it comes to their iTunes Store:

100 million songs sold: Summer, 2004

250 million songs sold: January 24, 2005

1 billion songs sold: February 23, 2006

5 billion songs sold: June 19, 2008

10 billion songs sold: Fast approaching!

Apple has started a countdown to the 10 billionth song downloaded and that lucky downloader could win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card!  At the current rate of download it looks like that milestone could very well be crossed this afternoon or tonight!

If you’ve been putting off your purchase, this may be a perfect time to get that new song or album!

For official rules and to watch the countdown in action visit http://www.apple.com/itunes/10-billion-song-countdown/

Category: Apple News