Welcome to the Trends & Technology page of Toshiba. Toshiba is renowned the world over for 50 years of leading innovation – and the power behind its hard drive solutions is no exception. Our enterprise-level developments meet the industry standards with proven reliability. Designed for high capacity and excellent performance, you can be sure that Toshiba’s wealth of experience in hard drives is at work in your storage system. Read more about our technologies in our whitepapers and articles to get to the heart of our innovations.
From 20 Megabytes to 20 Terabytes: 40 years of hard disk drive technology
About 40 years ago, the first PCs were equipped with hard disk drives (HDDs) – large drives that had a storage capacity of just 20 Megabytes. However, the technology shrank rapidly in terms of physical size, while storage capacities grew.
How does high temperature affect your HDDs?
The internal temperature of a hard drive is an important factor not only in its correct functioning but also when it comes to the reliability and lifetime of a storage system. The mechanical components of the hard disk drive, especially the fluid-dynamic bearing of the platter-stack spindle, wear out faster at higher temperatures as the fluid oil leaks out at a faster rate. So, controlling the temperature of hard drives in storage systems is necessary to ensure optimal functionality and high reliability.
Lab Report: AIC JBOD “J4024-04-35X”
Compact, and easy to install and maintain, large scalable storage is the key building block for large-enterprise and scientific data centers as well as for cloud-scale computing. AIC has recently launched the fourth generation of its 4U 24-bay frontloader JBOD featuring a robust and reliable design, with no cables on the signal path. Toshiba Electronics Europe had the chance to evaluate a sample of the J4024-04 in the European HDD lab in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Hard drive requirements for video surveillance
The video surveillance market is booming. However, with the growing number of cameras and the higher resolution video streams, the demands on the storage solutions used are increasing. Hard drive manufacturers, as a result, offer special HDDs for video surveillance. Toshiba Electronics Europe explains what sets these drives apart.
Lab Report: Promise VTrak 5960 JBOD
Striving for climate neutrality and sustainability is key in modern data centers.
The new VTrak J5960 4U 60-Bay toploader JBOD from Promise is promoted as a “JBOD with green DNA”, including a commitment to environmental protection and sustainable production. Toshiba Electronics Europe had the chance to test and evaluate this JBOD in the lab, with 60 Toshiba Enterprise HDDs.
External games library avoids uninstalling games
Although current games often consume several dozen gigabytes of storage space, even the latest-generation consoles are only sparsely equipped with storage. If you don’t want to uninstall games you have grown fond of, or if you want to play them with friends without lengthy download times, your best option is an external gaming hard drive.
Storage Trends 2022
The overall amount of data being generated and subsequently stored has grown dramatically, beyond all expectations, and consequently, hard disk drives (HDDs) still play a vital role in the global storage business. In this article, Toshiba Electronics Europe outlines the key trends influencing the storage market in the upcoming year.
Case Study – Exceeding Standards Of Smart Surveillance Solutions – DVS
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Case Study – Solving Customer Surveillance Challenges 24/7 – Optima Networks
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Case Study – Can Storage Ever Be Installed and Forgotten?
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Case Study – The storage at the heart of enterprise HD surveillance systems
The storage at the heart of enterprise HD surveillance systems.
Video surveillance systems play an essential role in our lives today. They are found on our high streets, in and around public transport, as well as in private establishments such as offices, hotels, and sports arenas.
Case Study – How Toshiba HDDs have helped CERN keep track of their generated data
Since 2014, Toshiba has been a key storage partner of CERN. Learn how three generations of Toshiba Hard Disk Drives have helped the world’s largest physics lab keep track of the hundreds of terabytes of data that are generated by the LHC experiments every second.
How to Create a Computer Backup on an External Hard Drive?
Question #3: What about device compatibility? What type of devices will you be backing up? Whether it’s PC, Mac or tablets, no one has just one type of device anymore. But multiple devices can be a roadblock to ensuring your data is fully secure and protected from loss. Finding one external hard drive that works …
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Lab Report: QSAN
Two pools of 12 HDDs The QSAN paper “How to Adjust Performance in Windows” examines best practices using the XCubeNXT series . The document suggests configuring the unit as two pools to achieve highest performance. Bearing in mind that two controllers are available, this makes logical sense as it allows each pool to be accessed …
Case Study – How Toshiba is supporting Secure and Reliable Data Storage for a Ugandan Children’s Charity
Supporting Secure and Reliable Data Storage for a Ugandan Children’s Charity
Many of us are lucky enough to have had access to free education, benefiting from that on a daily basis as we pursue our careers and follow our dreams. But large portions of the world’s citizens lack any access to education at all. If it is available, it often has a price tag associated with it. Families are faced with a choice; not whether to send the children to school, but which of their children to send.
NTT – A playground for data centers
As the IT responsible manager of an enterprise or service provider, if you were to need to support 100 new hires per year for the next 5 years, how much more capacity and performance would you plan for? How would you implement it from the starting point of your existing infrastructure? It’s not a simple and clear calculation, and it will certainly need tuning over the period of its implementation, but a few numbers and a calculator are all that is needed to develop some rough low-end and high-end costs. And you probably have a broad idea of the suppliers you will turn to in order to implement it.
Lab Report: AIC 78-Bay Dual Expander JBOD J4078-01
4U top-loading chassis are growing in popularity for storage solutions as they offer the highest density for packing 3.5“ Enterprise Capacity HDDs. Models with 60 drive bays have been used for a while, but now models with more than 100 slots are available. One common problem is that many chassis for more than 60 drives are very long (sometimes more than 1 meter) and unable to fit into existing racks. The AIC JBOD Model J4078-01 is only 810 mm long and, while offering 78 slots, it’s one of the shortest models in this class and fits into any existing rack.
Six criteria to consider when buying an external hard drive
In these times of increasing cyber-attacks, data protection and data security become increasingly important not only for businesses but also for private users. That is why regular backups of critical data from PCs or notebooks are essential. Although SSDs are very popular, for cost reasons external HDDs are still the best choice for the majority of users. However, which hard drive is the correct one? Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH can help.
World Backup Day: Toshiba provides five backup recommendations
The loss of important personal data on your home desktop PC or notebook is quite annoying. And the risks are increasing, especially due to the growing number of ransomware attacks. This makes regular backups even more important. Toshiba Electronics Europe explains what to consider on the occasion of the World Backup Day on March 31.
Surveillance data storage: What you need to know
Video surveillance is becoming smarter and more effective than ever as a way to fight crime, discover the causes of accidents for better prevention and to help find missing people. All those cameras mean a lot of video data being sent to storage devices.
HAMR vs. MAMR – Microwave technology delivers higher storage densities in hard disks
We are generating more and more data which needs to be stored safely and effectively. Hard disk drives (HDDs) continue to be central to solving this challenge, requiring them to be available with increased storage capacities. In order to provide the necessary technical solutions, engineers are now looking to incorporate microwave-based technologies into HDDs.
MTTF – What hard drive reliability really means
In terms of efficiency, security and costs, it is essential to use the right drives for the different use cases. A decisive criteria is the reliability of an HDD. But how can the reliability of an HDD be measured? Especially the aspects operating time, manufacturer warranty, Mean time to failure (MTTF) and annualized failure rate (AFR) must be considered in-depth.
How to set up a NAS
When creating a NAS (Network-Attached Storage), be it for the home or a small or home office environment, it is the initial choices made during its conception that are most crucial. Specifically, the choices regarding the RAID implementation and the drives used will have a lasting impact on the NAS that, once chosen, require a complete reconfiguration and loss of data to change.
Does the annual spring clean reach into our digital devices?
Photography and videography is now in the pockets of almost everyone. But where do all those files end up? And do we ever take time to delete photos and videos that we no longer want? With the 31st March designated as World Backup Day, Toshiba decided to reach out the world’s social-media-savvy via Facebook to ask how we are securing our precious memories and whether we are taking time out to spring clean our smartphones, laptops and PCs.
Storage Trends 2019
Where on earth are we going to put all this data? Thanks to engineers and programmers, disk drives are becoming more voluminous and combining them into efficient storage systems is getting easier. But with ever more data predicted to be generated, will we be able create enough storage for the coming decade’s needs?
HDD or SSD for storage systems?
One of the hottest topics within technology circles is when to move from established technology to the newer version, taking into account the costs and any possible risks. IT professionals are engaged in making this decision, determining whether (and when) SSDs offer better performance than the older, but lower cost, HDD technology. As one of the leading drive manufacturers with significant experience in both HDD and SSD technology, Toshiba Electronics Europe set out to investigate the question as to whether an array of 10krpm HDDs can offer a better performance solution than Enterprise SSDs and, if so, under what conditions?
Testing replacement of drives in hardware-based RAID systems
Hard disc drives are becoming more reliable, often achieving a Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) of up to 2.5 million hours and carrying a warranty of up to five years. In practice, this means that a storage system comprising 1000 identical hard drives should only expect two or three drives to fail during one year within the warranty period.