Google’s Chromebook Pixel

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The Google Chrome book Pixel  is an interesting move by Google. It’s interesting because they’re basically giving it away for free. if you look at how much it costs, it’s really supercheap.

The pixel comes with 1 TB of storage in the cloud on Google drive. This is equal to about $1800 over the course of three years. So if you’re already using Google drive, it’s basically like getting the pixel for free.

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Of course, that’s just what Google does.  It gets you to buy into their overall system so they can have your data. In fact, they even thrown in some features that are similar to Apple products.

On the other hand, the pixel still doesn’t have  very much processing power. It’s designed to be a slave unit that you basically connect to Wi-Fi to use the Google environment. Therefore, the hardware is not that important.

So if you’re asking about the $1300 that will get you the Pixel, just take a look at all the features you get.  If you’re willing to live in the cloud, then, could be a great deal. If you want more powerful laptop, this may not be the product for you.

 

Fab Four benefits of Flash Storage

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Due to the demands of business applications and workloads, flash storage has seen a rapid increase in adoption by leading businesses. This is evident in cloud storage as well as local storage. Today’s all-flash storage systems help enterprises improve both the economics and performance of their workloads. They deliver significant improvement in input/output (I/O) performance.

One of the top flash designs recommended is the NetApp® FlashRay™ system. FlashRay improves the economics and performance of flash technology. It also delivers efficiency, protection, and data management. This is all-flash storage that provides more value for the storage dollar.

Here are four key benefits of the innovative NetApp® FlashRay™ system:

• Accelerate multiple types of workloads with adaptable performance architecture. Increase effective capacity up to 20X without decreasing performance.
• Satisfy variable workloads with consistent sub-millisecond latency, high IOPS, and massive throughput.
• Leverage patented ‘always-on’ inline data efficiency features—such as inline deduplication, inline compression, and thin provisioning—increase effective capacity with no performance impact.
• Enable byte-granular compression and predictable performance across different I/O sizes with variable-length block layout. Realize maximum savings through byte-granular compression.

Documentation and GUI are localized in six languages. This allows data to be managed with ease internationally using the localized GUI, familiar CLI, and REST API.

Flash will become the standard for enterprises as long-term IT strategies evolve. Get to know flash and get ready to rock your data center with a foundation that will enable integration and the ability to leverage future solid-state technologies and drive down the cost of storage.