Ah, the USB stick: long a mainstay of the geek shoulder bag, a convenient way of quickly and easily transporting a few small files from Point A to B. But a new USB 3.0 Flash Drive from Kingston Digital, making its debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, can hold far more than a few Word files: with 1TB of storage, it can store enough data for a small business.
The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive’s 1TB storage capacity will be available later in the first quarter, according to the company; the current version holds 512GB. The outer casing is made from zinc alloy, and apparently tested for shock resistance.
The device is backwards compatible with USB 2.0—Kingston claims speeds of 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write, for USB 3.0 and 30MB/s read and 30MB/s write, for USB 2.0. It works with all Windows versions from Windows XP SP3 on up, Mac OS X v.10.6.x and up, and Linux v. 2.6.x and up.
With the general increase in data, of course, comes an ever-increasing need for storage. Research firm Gartner recently noted that worldwide IT spending will increase 4.2 percent to $3.7 trillion in 2013; data-wrangling apps and other information-management initiatives will receive a significant portion of that investment. And with that sort of spending comes a need for more hard drives to actually contain all those records and whatnot.
In fact, storage is quite a sizable business: Lenovo and EMC, for example, recently completed the formation of a joint venture, the goals of which include driving innovation in Network Attached Storage (NAS) for small and midsize firms.
But what use is all that newfangled technology when you can store impressive amounts of data on something that attaches to your keys?
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