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By Steven P.
Save up to $90 on Samsung SSD storage options for World Backup Day
by Steven Parker
It's World Backup Day, and what better way to celebrate than by upgrading your various storage options on the cheap! If you aren't too fussy about going back one generation of Samsung internal SSDs, then you can pick up the 860 EVO 1TB at 45% off today on Amazon; normally costing $199.99 you can pick it up for just $109.99, a savings of $90. The drive boasts sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s.
The current-gen Samsung SSD 870 EVO 2TB is also being discounted at a slightly lesser 16% for $209.99, which is $40 off its usual $249.99 price on Amazon. The drive boasts slightly better sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 530 MB/s. Other sizes are also available at less or no discount, but that's unsurprising given that this drive first became available only two months ago.
If you're after an NVMe drive upgrade, you can pick up the 500GB Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD at 25% off today for $74.99, that's $25 off its usual $99.99 price. The 1TB version also has a slightly lesser discount of 19% at $144.99, which is a savings of $35 on the usual $179.99 list price.
The 970 EVO is backed by a 5-year limited warranty and rated for 150 TBW (TeraBytes Written) per 250GB of capacity, below you can view a chart of cache speeds provided by Samsung:
If it's portable storage you're after, then Samsung also has you covered with its latest-gen T7 Touch that has fingerprint and password security with the included app. This Type-C USB drive boasts sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s, making it faster than some internal drives.
Right now, and only for today you can pick up the 2TB variant at 24% off for $279.99, which is $90 off its normal $369.99 price. It is only available in Black at that price, the Silver color is only being discounted $20 off its normal $369.99 price.
The non Touch Samsung T7 is also getting discounted at the lower rate of 15% for the exact same $279.99 price (list price $329.99) which is a savings of $50 for the 2TB option, other colors are slightly more expensive at only 11% off for Blue and 10% off it you want Red.
And finally, the older T5 is also getting a nice discount of 25% for the 2TB version, which can now be purchased for just $210.45, that's a savings of $69.54 of its normal $279.99 list price. You should be aware that although this is great value for money at just $0.105/GB, it's half the speed of the T7 series, with read/write speeds of 540MB/s.
If you're in the U.K., there are even larger discounts on Samsung storage options in the Amazon Spring Sale which ends today. You can review those offers here.
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By Steven P.
Save up to 65% on Samsung SSDs at Amazon UK with the Spring Sale
by Steven Parker
A few of Samsung’s ultra-fast SSD variants are currently being discounted with Amazon's Spring Sale in the UK. For example, the 870 EVO 2TB is being sold at 20% (£41.50) off, making the usually £205.49 product available for just £163.99. However, there are also deals on other tiers of the SSD, with the 500GB, 1TB, and 4TB SSDs being sold with discounts of 13%, 27%, and 10% respectively.
If you're looking for a bit of expansion space on your media devices, Amazon has 33% off on Samsung EVO Select 128GB microSDXC, now costing £13.99 (list price £20.99) which is a savings of £7. The larger 256GB has a slightly smaller discount at 21% off for £29.99 (list price £37.99) which is £8 off.
Amazon is also discounting the 1TB variant of the 980 Pro today, normally costing £192.79, it can now be ordered for £162.99 which is a savings of £29.80 (15%). The PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD boasts sequential read and write performance levels of up to 6,900MB/s and 5,000MB/s, respectively. The 500GB variant has a slightly bigger discount of 22%, now costing £97.99 (list price £125.79), which is a saving of £27.80.
The non-pro PCIe 3.0 versions can also be picked up at 23% off for the 1TB version and 19% off for the 500GB storage size. The have a maximum read speed of 3,500MB/s.
Amazon is also discounting the 2TB variant of the T7 Touch by 38%. Normally costing £353.79, it can be picked up for £218.99 right now, that's a saving of £134.80. The 500GB and 1TB storage options are also available with slightly smaller discounts of 27% and 22% respectively.
However that's not even the largest savings to be had, you can pick up the 2TB 860 EVO at 65% off for £219.80 (list price £619.49), that's a savings of £399.69. The 1TB 860 EVO is also heavily discounted at 53% for just £79.99 (list price £169.99), that's a savings of £90. The 250GB and 500GB storage options are discounted at 42% and 40% respectively.
You can head to the Samsung storage savings page here to choose your pick from the listings not covered here. However, these deals will end at the end of the month when the Spring Sale ends. You can find a bunch of other deals here too.
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TrendForce warns of SSD price hikes later this year
by Paul Hill
The analyst firm TrendForce has put out a warning that the price of solid-state drives (SSD) is going to increase this year because of a pre-existing shortage of NAND Flash controllers and the power outage that recently hit Samsung’s Austin semiconductor plant. It said manufacturers are now preparing to raise the prices of SSDs by around 3-8% in Q2.
In the second quarter, TrendForce was predicting that client SSDs would retain the same price as of Q1 but it now expects the price to rise by 3-8%. Things are a little better in the enterprise SSD category, originally it said the price would fall 0-5% in Q2, but now it has prices rising from 0-5%, which is not as steep as client SSDs.
Last month, Samsung’s Austin plant was hit by a severe winter storm that suspended production from mid-February to March 2. TrendForce said that it doesn’t expect the factory to become fully operational until the end of March which will impact Samsung’s ability to produce SSDs.
With the coronavirus still affecting all parts of the world, demand for notebooks - so that work can be performed from home - is still high. Those looking to purchase a notebook equipped with an SSD could see devices getting more expensive as the year goes on.
Samsung introduces the new 980 NVMe DRAM-less SSD, starting at $49.99
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung has introduced its first-ever consumer SSD without a DRAM cache, which it's simply called the 980. Naturally, this is a step down from the 980 Pro, and in addition to ditching DRAM, it only supports PCIe 3.0 instead of PCIe 4.0.
Sacrificing the DRAM cache on the drive is likely a bit controversial since DRAM typically helps data on the drive be located by the host PC much quicker, and some DRAM-less drives can be as slow as a traditional hard drive. That's also part of the reason DRAM-less drives tend to be much cheaper. However, Samsung says it overcame the hurdles imposed by removing the DRAM by using Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, which links the drive to the DRAM on the host processor instead.
Because of that, in addition to sixth-generation V-NAND and optimizations to the controller and software, Samsung claims the 980 NVMe SSD can deliver six times the performance of a SATA SSD, maxing out at 3,500MB/s read speeds and 3,000MB/s writes for the largest size. For random reads and writes, Samsung claims 500K IOPS and 480K IOPS, respectively for QD32 operations. Samsung has also increased the buffer region on the drive to allow for better sustained performance compared to the 970 Evo.
Samsung also claims a 56% improvement in power efficiency over the 970 Evo, so it could be cheaper over time. As for durability, Samsung claims up to 150TB written for the 250GB model, 300TB for the 500GB model, and 600TB for the 1TB model. The mean time between failures is estimated at 1.5 million hours for all sizes.
The Samsung 980 NVMe SSD is available now starting at $49.99 for 250GB, $69.99 for 500GB, and $129.99 for 1TB.
By Usama Jawad96
Compute and storage updates are available for mission-critical applications on Azure
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft has unveiled several capabilities and updates for its Azure platform, focusing on making it easier for customers to deploy end-to-end solutions. Some of these include updates to compute and storage solutions for mission-critical applications hosted on Azure.
Server image via Shutterstock With respect to compute optimizations, on-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) with service-level agreements (SLAs) will arrive as a preview in April. In the same vein, customers can now scale their VMs without redeploying their scale set, with better control over cost management too. For workloads that are memory- and CPU-intensive, new Mv2 Azure VMs are available in preview as well.
On the storage end of things, multiple capabilities have been announced, once again in preview. Among these are new Azure Premium and Standard SSDs for increased data protection in case of zonal failures. Microsoft is also offering new performance tiers for customers who want higher sustained performance on Premium SSDs without having to resize it. Finally, auto-key rotation for customer-managed encryption keys (CMEKs) are live which removes some of the management burden on the customer. Backup Center has hit general availability too, this allows backup management in unified view across multiple VMs and database servers. Archive support for Azure VMs and SQL server running on Azure VMs using PowerShell is available in "limited preview" too.
Speaking of better management on cloud platforms, enhancements are available for Azure Monitor. These enable developers building Node.js applications on Linux App Services to utilize Application Insights using auto-instrumentation. Similarly, new features have been added to Azure Automanage, which is currently in preview. IT admins can now deploy security patches to Windows Server VMs in a matter of seconds.
To enable faster app development and management, Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes has hit general availability. It allows customers to manage and deploy to Kubernetes clusters efficiently via the Azure Portal and GitOps respectively. Moreover, Azure Arc-enabled machine learning is currently in preview and allows developers to build AI models in Azure Machine Learning and targeting Kubernetes clusters without having to learn Kubernetes.
Microsoft has also released a host of new services and tools to make it easier for customers to migrate their workloads to the cloud. These include enablement programs like Azure Migration Program (AMP) and FastTrack for Azure, and documentation such as the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Frameworks. Azure Migrate has new updates in preview to enable customers to easily migrate their solutions to the cloud. These include the Azure Migrate Azure PowerShell module through which customers can migrate their servers to Azure VMs in an automated way via cmdlets.
Finally, on the networking side, new options are available in Azure Load Balancer. For customers who want to upgrade and retain the same IPs, Azure Public IP SKU upgrade is now generally available. The same is the case with Azure Networking routing preference; as the same suggests, it allows customers more flexibility in deciding how their traffic is routed between Azure and the internet.
For hybrid networking scenarios, Azure Route Server, ExpressRoute Gateway metrics, Virtual WAN Remote User VPN Features, and Azure Virtual WAN are currently available in preview. Meanwhile, Scalable Bastion Gateway, advanced VPN diagnostic features, and ExpressRoute IPv6 support will be rolled out in preview soon. Over on the network security side of things, Azure Front Door and Firewall Premium have been upgraded with new capabilities and are now available in preview.
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