In our latest Storage Media Group weekly podcast, executive editor Ellen O’Brien discusses the announcement by EMC Corp. executives of the firm's continued hard disk drive (HDD) price increase. Assistant site editor Rachel Kossman reads through the top headlines of the week from the Storage Media Group sites, and assistant site editor John Hilliard highlights three storage news items from across the Web, including news of Pixar coming dangerously close to losing part of its animated film Toy Story 2.
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In an announcement made Thursday morning, EMC confirmed suspicions that the HDD price increase made at the end of last year will stay in place through at least 2012. The hard drive price increase is a direct result of an HDD shortage caused by floods in Thailand in October 2011. Although EMC CFO Dave Goulden said the drive shortage is improving, EMC will keep its 5% to 15% hard drive price increase.
On SearchDataBackup.com was news of Quantum unveiling three network-attached storage (NAS) gateway appliances that support Linear Tape File System (LTFS) for its Scalar tape libraries.
For SolidStateStorage.com, senior writer Carol Sliwa reports on server-based PCI Express flash cards attracting attention for caching now that major vendors, including EMC, are jumping on the trend. Also on SolidStateStorage.com is a use case of a San Diego-based credit union improving its slow data processing operations by moving its main financial database off an EMC Clariion Fibre Channel SAN and onto a Violin Memory all-flash storage array.
Another case study on SearchCloudStorage.com details a Chicago law firm turning to NAS appliances attached to a public cloud for its primary storage needs. Two pieces of news appeared on SearchStorage.com, one regarding a professional services firm upgrading its data center with a public cloud and server virtualization project, saving the company $2 million. The second was Silicon Graphics International’s launch of a clustered NAS system based on a hybrid storage architecture of ZFS, solid-state drives (SSDs) and spinning disk.
John Hilliard outlines the latest Storage Soup blog post from Randy Kerns, a piece about the consumerization of IT leading to "accidental" data storage administrators. Hilliard also fills readers in on a list put out by Hitachi Data Systems' "Storage Economist" blog that outlines some internal hidden costs IT organizations may be unaware of.
Lastly, we learn that Pixar almost permanently erased a part of Toy Story 2 with the single tap of a delete key. Thankfully, an employee on maternity leave had a copy of the full movie, saving Pixar from near disaster. The lesson here, says Hilliard, is backup, backup, backup.