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Google still best company to work for, says Fortune

Google is once again the best company to work for in the United States, at least according to Fortune.

The magazine's 2014 list of its 100 favorite employers placed Google on top for the third year in a row after leaping ahead of software developer SAS in 2012. The companies are ranked based on how they treat their employees. Fortune revealed a few reasons why Google continues to be No. 1:

Google's stock climbed past $1,000 in 2013 -- a boon for Googlers, all of whom are stockholders. CEO Larry Page urged them to be "audacious,&… Read more

Google named 2nd best company to work for in the world

Google is the second best company to work for across the world, at least in the opinion of CNNMoney.

Ranking the top 25 global workplaces, CNNMoney praised Google for its coaching services. The company offers a "CareerGuru" program in which 43 of its senior leaders provide career coaching to employees. These gurus are available in 14 offices around the world.

Google engineers can also discuss issues and concerns with senior engineers known as "EngAdvisors." More than 900 engineers have taken advantage of this program since it launched in 2009, CNNMoney said.

Currently, Google gets 61 times … Read more

WD ships 4TB enterprise-grade hard drive

Western Digital announced today the availability of its WD RE internal 3.5-inch hard drive, which offers up to 4TB of storage space.

This new drive is available in either the SAS or SATA interface standards. The former is used in enterprise/business products such as servers, while the latter is also used in consumer products, such as desktop computers. While WD says the new drive combines capacity with enterprise-class features, the fact that a SATA version of the drive is also available means that consumers can also benefit.… Read more

Google is the coolest workplace in the U.S.--again

Google topped Fortune magazine's list of Best Companies to Work For 2012, knocking the nearly paternalist SAS Institute from the top perch.

The Web giant claimed the top spot on the strength of both its financial performance-- revenue, profits and share price all climbed--and employee gratitude for its corporate culture. Fortune noted that Google employees have access to bocce courts, bowling alleys, and, of course, free food.

Each year, Fortune compiles the list of large companies that treat their employees well, generally by granting perks that the rest of us wish we had. SAS, which came in third this … Read more

Seagate's 2.5-inch enterprise hard drive hits 1TB

Consumers already have access to 3.5-inch desktop hard drives with up to 3TB of storage and portable external hard drives with 1.5TB, but business users have had to live with hard drives with much less space.

That changed today, as Seagate announced its latest in 2.5-inch enterprise hard drives, the 1TB Constellation.2.

According to the hard-drive maker, the drive is the first in its class to offer 1TB of storage and speeds of up to 6Gbps.

Note that 6Gbps hard drives already have been available from Seagate for consumers, but only in a larger 3.5-inch design. The advantage of the 2.5-inch design is the fact that it can be used in more compact applications as well as applications in which the 3.5-inch drives are used.… Read more

Western Digital enters enterprise-storage market

There have always been fewer options in the enterprise-storage market than there have been in the consumer market. That's why it's significant that enterprise buyers now have another choice.

Western Digital announced Tuesday its entry into the enterprise market with the first shipments of its WD S25, 10,000rpm, 2.5-inch SAS interface hard drives.

While high-end consumer-grade 2.5-inch SATA hard drives can spin at 7,200rpm, at 10,000rpm the new hard drive from Western Digital is still considered entry-level. This is because in the enterprise market, vendors such as Seagate already offer SAS-based hard drives that spin at 15,000rpm.… Read more

Seagate ships self-encrypting enterprise hard drives

Seagate has been busy at work. A day after it started shipping the first SATA 6Gbps hard drive, it now is shipping enterprise hard drives with self-encrypting features.

The hard drive maker announced Tuesday the worldwide availability of the Seagate Secure Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) option across its portfolio of enterprise-class hard drives. The products that come with this option include the Savvio (both the 15K.2 and 10K.3 versions), Constellation, and Cheetah 15K.7 drives.

According to Seagate, these enterprise-class products are the company's first-to-market drives with the SED technology, designed to deliver transparent security features for servers … Read more

Seagate boasts new family of hard drives

Seagate claims that its all new family of hard drives offers the lowest power consumption and record-setting for any tier-two enterprise applications.

The Constellation family, as it's called, includes two models: the 2.5-inch Constellation and the 3.5-inch Constellation ES. Both drives also include PowerChoice from Seagate, which decreases power consumption by up to 54 percent, arguably the highest in the industry.

According to Seagate, the PowerChoice technology is designed to deliver the power-reduction savings without sacrificing performance and data integrity. In addition, the Constellation family features enterprise-grade reliability and is rated at a full 1.2 million … Read more

Seagate Cheetahs now run even faster

After some time focusing on 2.5-inch hard drives and sort of neglecting the 3.5-inch segment, Seagate announced on Tuesday its new Cheetah 15K.7 and Cheetah NS.2 hard drives.

These high-speed drives are geared toward enterprise storage environments by offering speed, capacity, and reliability, along with low power consumption.

Both drives offer up to 600GB of storage and feature second-generation PowerTrim technology, which dynamically optimizes drive power consumption at all levels of activity. However, the Cheetah 15K.7 is geared toward the highest possible performance, while the Cheetah NS.2 focuses on power savings. Seagate claims the … Read more

Seagate gives high-end Savvio HDD a speed boost

Among hard drives for general consumers, Western Digital's Rapter Velocity drives have been well accepted to be the fastest. It's a different story in the enterprise market.

On Monday, Seagate introduced its next generation of the Savvio HDD, called Savvio 15k.2, that, according to Seagate, is the world's fastest, greenest hard drive.

While the "greenest" notion is hard to determine, the new hard drive indeed has impressive specs. With the same form factor as a regular 2.5-inch laptop hard drive, the Savvio 15k.2 spins at 15,000rpm--high-end consumer HDDs generally spin at … Read more