Hybrid: Is This the Future of Storage?

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Hybrid: Is This the Future of Storage?

While everybody hears about CES and MacWorld, another tech focused show is happening in Las Vegas -- StorageVisions 2007.

Not to be outdone by those two shows, we have some news from this one, too.

In a move to give the growing number of notebook PC users faster, more durable systems that run longer on a battery charge, Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Toshiba have formed a new organization called the Hybrid Storage Alliance.

With market research firm IDC predicting that hybrid hard disk drives will constitute 35% of all hard disk drives shipped with portable PCs by 2010, this technology is seen as the industry's answer to the growing demand for notebook PCs that deliver the speed and durability of desktop PCs.

The goals of the industry group are actually very simple:

  • Illustrate how flash memory/hard drive hybrid technology can extend the capabilities of today's notebook computers
  • Accelerate market adoption of the technology

According to the organization, hybrid technology combines the unmatched capacity and cost-effectiveness of hard drives with the responsiveness, power-efficiency and durability of flash memory.

Microsoft Windows Vista will be the first operating system capable of taking full advantage of the performance, power and durability benefits of hybrid technology. Hybrid drives will leverage the "Windows ReadyDrive" features in Windows Vista to enable a new generation of mobile PCs that boot up and resume from hibernation faster, optimize battery life, outperform standard hard disk drives and are more reliable and robust.

(And wouldn't that be nice!)


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