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Correction, 11:08 a.m. PDT: This story initially misstated the source of a report about Southeastern. It is IDG.
Something is about to happen at Sun. Unfortunately, no one outside the company seems to know what that "something" is.
As reported in Barron's, Southeastern Asset Management, Sun's largest institutional investor, just upped its stake in Sun to 21.2 percent and recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to indicate that it has significant plans for Sun:
The filing says that Southeastern "has talked to" Sun's management, and will … Read more
Transcend is kicking up its pocket-size external hard drives to 500GB, the company announced Tuesday. This is the second vendor I've run into that now offers compact external hard drives of this storage size. The first was OWC, with its Mercury On-The-Go, which came out awhile ago.
Both models are based on 2.5-inch 5400rpm SATA internal hard drives and feature USB-only connection interfaces with bus-powered capability. These drives are compact enough. However, … Read more
In June 2005, long before most people ever heard of subprime, LIBOR, or credit default swaps, Sun Microsystems thought it was a grand idea to buy StorageTek for the princely sum of $4.1 billion. At the time, the thinking at Sun was to become more of a one-stop shop for its corporate clientele. On paper, at least, it sounded like a plausible idea.
But that was a veritable eternity ago. With the market's sudden meltdown in the last month, corporate spending--at least on Sun's products and service--has been hit especially hard. So it was that Sun warned this afternoon of a wider loss on lower revenue. … Read more
It measures only 3 inches by 0.9 inches by 0.5 inches, but Kingston Technology's DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive offers the largest capacity in the line: 32GB. Forget carrying a few dozen MP3s, a couple photos, and some Word docs. That kind of storage puts a digital media collection in your pocket.
The DataTraveler 150 is available now in the U.S. only at an MSRP of $139. It's of course fully compatible with Windows Vista, XP and Windows 2000 as well as Mac OS X 10.3 (and above), and Linux 2.6 (and above). … Read more
I wouldn't recommend putting your thumbdrive in liquid. But how about putting liquid inside your thumbdrive? Now that's cool.
That's exactly what CNK Promotions is offering. The merchandising company sells USB thumbdrives with an acrylic body (PDF) that's hollow and can be filled with the colorful liquid of your choosing. The drives can be made with a customized logo or mascot printed on the case and offer storage space up to 8GB.
Another thing about the liquid-filled thumbdrives is that they can float, which betters the chance of their being found when dropped in water. Whether … Read more
Last month we reported that the Wii was about to get a storage solution and that it wasn't going to be a hard drive. Nintendo has finally released information on what this solution actually is, and the good news is that you won't need to buy any additional hardware--except for maybe an SD card.
At the fall press conference in Japan, the company announced that in the spring of 2009, Wii owners will have the ability to download, store, and play games directly off an SD card via the console's SD slot. While data can currently be … Read more
Hewlett-Packard announced on Wednesday that it intends to buy storage specialist LeftHand Networks for $360 million.
Privately held LeftHand will fill out HP's virtualization offerings as the tech giant targets midsize companies and corporate branch offices trying to keep costs under control as their data storage needs expand.
Founded in 1999, Boulder, Colo.-based LeftHand has had a particular focus on iSCSI storage area network (SAN) technology. It has 215 employees.
The all-cash deal is expected to close in the first quarter of HP's fiscal year 2009. LeftHand will be integrated into the StorageWorks division of HP's … Read more
The Wall Street Journal has announced its 2008 Technology Innovation Awards. Among the heavyweights on the list - Salesforce, Applied Materials, GlaxoSmithKline, etc. - is open-source storage vendor, Cleversafe, a company that I've long followed and admired.
It's great to see Cleversafe getting its due credit, especially from a list of judges that includes the CTO of Agilent, EVP of Software at SAP, and more distinguished names.
Here's what caught the judges' eyes:
[Cleversafe's] Dispersed Storage software breaks files up into slices and then sends the slices over the Internet to multiple storage locations on a … Read more
I said it would happen, and here it is: a 1TB external hard drive for less than $100. Specifically, Buy.com has the 1-terabyte Cavalry CAXE3701T0 dual-interface drive for $89.99 shipped (after a $50 mail-in rebate). Yowza.
Because it's preformatted with NTFS, it's plug-and-play ready for Windows users. (Mac and Linux folks could easily reformat it, I'm sure.) The drive includes both USB and eSATA interfaces, and even comes with a SATA bridge cable so you can connect it to an internal SATA port (handy for those systems that lack an external one). Why bother? Oh, … Read more