Data Storage: Latest Compact Storage Devices Make Plenty of News at CES
While smartphones, computers and cameras took most of the headlines at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9, the latest data storage technology was also big news. All these new devices serve huge volumes of data that have to be stored somewhere. That "somewhere" comes in the form of hard drives; solid-state drives; thumb drives; and SAN, NAS and direct-attached rack-mounted storage servers. And while there are not quite as many new storage machines as there are phones and PCs, there are a significant number of new devices from such well-known vendors as NEC, SanDisk, Maxell, Iomega, Seagate, WD, Intel, Buffalo and many others. There also are newer companies coming onto the scene, such as Azio, Corsair, Lexar and OCZ, demanding attention with new-generation products. The latest drives have diverse designs, including highly capacious NAND flash and spinning disk hard drives with stronger-even high-end government-grade-encryption for consumer-level storage. They also deliver faster data movement due to dual-core processors with business-grade features trickling down into consumer devices.