Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Avoid 5 Mistakes While Buying Cloud Services

    Cloud the data storage technology where data is stored in the servers and there is no need of any storage devices to store the data in the Cloud. It has lot of advantages such as you can access your documents, pictures, videos and many more files can be downloaded on any device and any place. Here are some steps which make you secure and protect from making mistakes, follow them before buying of Cloud Service application. Let us discuss them briefly.

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    Don’t be sure that the Cloud provides right policies and resources to secure your data. Because there are many Cloud providers which don’t have right resources and policies to secure the data, so before purchasing Cloud service you should make confirm about it. See that the Cloud provider will provide multiple levels of security, active identity management and embassy-grade physical security for data center. And also see that your data should not mingle with any database of that company.


    You should not get trapped in such ecosystem in which you cannot add new and custom-built features easily in order to extend Cloud applications. Plain-vanilla functionality is adopted by most of the Cloud services. But some businesses prefer to have the fuse functionalities, as a service they need to look for a Cloud provider that has an open standard service. The chief research officers at consulting firm Ovum IT Tim Jennings states that “SaaS plus PaaS becomes strategically very important”.


    Be careful that your Cloud provider should not isolate you in another data silo and don’t let them to force you to use only one Cloud service. In the form of isolated business applications, small bites of cloud are taken out by some companies. So before purchasing the service you need to ask the provider that can they provide integration of data with third party tool and about the cost that is associated with these integrations. Also you need to ask them about the standards of maintenance.

    Upgrades and Modification:

    You should not give the authority to the provider to decide how and when you will get upgrades. Rajan Krishnan who is vice president of Oracle group of cloud applications development said that a ready access can be given by the Cloud to innovation at a pace that your customers demand, but without disrupting your business. Oracle service allows the users to pick when you want to accept an upgrade. Also Oracle is allowing the flexibility to plan about the upgrades when their business dictates.


    You should not allow your Cloud provider to involve you into applications that are written in a proprietary programming language. Along with that they should provide you all your required standards to keep your data secure.

  • Silicon Motion Announces World’s First Turnkey Merchant SATA 6GB/s SSD Controller Supporting 3D NAND

    Silicon Motion Technology Corporation is a world top provider of NAND flash controllers for SSD (Solid State Drives) is announcing that its broadly adopted SATA 6 GB/s SSD controller has been efficient to support commercial 3D NAND. 319635

    This represents the world’s first turnkey merchant SSD controller which supports 3D NAND from numerous vendors. The enhanced SM2246EN will add drive for the approval of the most price competitive high performance SSDs in the market. Turnkey SSD controller will allow SSD OEMs to start high performing SSDs featuring which is cost effective 3D NAND. 3D Power Loss Protection firmware technology defends against data loss in 3D NAND architectures. Beside the support of 2 TB capacity, its features include sequential read performance of up to 540 MB/s, write performance up to 410 MB/s, 80000 maximum random read IOPS and 75,000 maximum random write IOPS. SATA 6 GB/s SSD Controller supports SSD densities up to 2 TB, Toggle 2.0, ONFI 3.x and asynchronous NAND.SM2256 SSD Controller

    Key Features:

    • Ultra high sequential read performance of up to 540 MBps and sequential write of up to 410 MBps
    • It delivers up to 80000 random read IOPS and up to 75000 random write IOPS
    • It also supports SSD densities up to 2TB.SM-Silicon-Motion-Controller-Diagram
    • Supports ONFI 3.x, Toggle 2.0, asynchronous NAND
    • It configurable ECC engine allows consistent data, performance throughout the complete SSD life cycle
    • It ideally suited for client SSDs targeting laptops, tablets, ultrabooks and hard disk drive replacement
    • Incorporates the most recent security protocols which is AES 256, TCG(Trusted Computing Group) and Opal full drive encryption compliant
    • Supports both commercial and industrial grade requirements
    • NAND X tend error correcting and data protection technologySM2246EN-power-loss-protection
    • Supports the most recent 1x/1y/1z nm MLC and TLC flash
    • It support future 3D MLC or TLC NAND.
  • Unplugging A Portable USB Hard Drive May Cause Damage

    Most likely no one will fry their whole computer. The unplugging the hard drive whiles it is active can damage the USB port because the static electricity is being generated between you, the computer, the drive port and the USB cable. Since the hard drive is connected and powered to some level of grounding, for a stray static charge it becomes an attractive path.

    lacie-rugged-usb-3-0-portable-external-hard-driveLatent failures can be caused due to ESD damage to your USB drives or ports, that intern cause slow down of data transmission following static shock. Due to severely damage the port or device would essentially fry it and cause it not to work at all. Overall lifespan can be shortened also. ESD can occur under circumstances such as flipping a nearby switch, plugging and unplugging.

    Be comforted before you alarmingly back away from your computer by the fact that the average computer user will not necessarily have to worry about it happening. However, in situation where ESD may occur, it is very important to know about it. Once you add USB hard drives, computer system upgrades, graphics cards and other heavy duty peripherals, then the odds of static shock will increase.

    USB ports need of protection against static shock because they are hot pluggable. The data transfer rate is up to 480Mbps and USB 3.0 at 5Gbps with USB 2.0, to interruptions in the signals these speeds are fast enough. ESD up to 2kV is protected by many USB hubs, but this is not always enough.

    Gyroscopic inertia is another risk that stems from the hard drive itself, and while disconnecting it will be spinning. The manuals details are not warning you of a common risk as such and they are limiting the hard drive manufacturer’s liability. You will end up complaining to the manufacturer when your data is lost or the hard drive dies and there will no proper response from them.

    The USB devices can be hot-plugged into the system means the USB connection is hot-pluggable, but the different issue is how the devices react beyond that basic connection. The meaning of the a device being hot-pluggable simply is, without having to completely power down the device can be connected to the main system to use a device probe or to connect it like those SCSI probe control panels.

  • Hands on: Way to create Windows 10 Bootable Flash Drive

    Are you sure about all the modern PCs came out with a built-in CD/ DVD writer? Perhaps, you may say no. Now, there are better options for handling files between two computers like USB flash drives. Installing a software using a USB flash drive is much easier than that of DVD installation. Here, you can see, how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive easily.

    Way to create a Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

    By 2 different ways, you can create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. You can use this USB drive to install Windows 10 on a compatible device. The first method is described below.

    Step 1: You have to use a USB drive of at least 4GB of size to make Windows 10 bootable drive. You have to download Windows 10 Media Creation tool from Microsoft’s site first. But don’t forget to download your respective version that you are running currently, IE either 32 or 64 bit.

    Step 2: When you launch the downloaded tool, you can see 2 options. From that, select “Create installation media for another PC” and click “Next”.

    Step 3: Specify your preferred language, Windows edition and architecture and click ”Next”.

    Step 4: From the 2 options, USB flash drive and ISO file, choose the first one; USB flash drive.

    Step 5: Next, you only have to select your USB drive. Windows 10 downloaded to your USB drive to make it bootable.

    There is also a manual method which you can follow using Command Prompt. Here, you have to use an .iso file for installation. If your Windows 10 media is in different format, you have to convert it to .iso file. Steps for creating bootable drive are described below.

    Step 1: Run Command Prompt as Administrator and type “diskpart” and agree to UAC prompt.

    Step 2: If you type “list disk”, you can locate your USB drive and select it.

    Step 3: You have to wipe the USB drive by entering “clean” command.

    Step 4: Now, just type create partition primary without quotes and click enter to create a new partition on the selected drive. After doing this, don’t forget to use “select partition 1”.

    Step 5: For activating the selected partition, type “active” and press enter.

    Step 6: Now, type “format fs=32” to format your USB drive for use.   

    Step 7: Type “assign” and enter to assign a new drive letter to your USB drive.

    Step 8: You can either extract the contents of the .iso file to created drive or can mount that file using your favorite mounting tool. If you prefer mounting, command prompt can do this.

    Step 9: Close diskpart and type “xcopy k:*.* /s/e/f i:” without quotes and press enter. Here, k is the drive letter of mounted .iso file while i is the drive letter of your USB drive. Process will now start.

    Step 10: All done. Type “exit” to get out of Command Prompt.