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WD Blue SA510 SSD: Western Digital hasn’t completely turned its back on SATA yet

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Whenever new SSDs are reported these days, they are almost exclusively NVMe models with PCI Express. However, Western Digital is not yet completely turning its back on the slower SATA interface and is launching a new series in the M.2 and 2.5-inch formats with the WD Blue SA510.

WD Blue SA510 for HDD upgraders

Instead of enthusiasts and gamers, the manufacturer is targeting PC owners who still have a mechanical HDD with the WD Blue SA510. The leap in performance from a hard drive to a SATA SSD is immense. The significantly lower latencies when accessing files noticeably accelerate program starts and the transfer rates are also significantly higher.

Typical SATA SSDs

With a maximum of 560 MB/s when reading, the new WD Blue series practically exhausts the SATA interface. Write rates vary from 440MB/s to 520MB/s depending on the model, ranging from 250GB at the lowest performance to 1TB at the highest performance. The variant with 500 GB is in the middle. Since each version is available in the two formats mentioned, there are six models in the series. According to the data sheet (PDF), there are no performance differences between the different forms.

WD Blue SA510
WD Blue SA510 (Image: Western Digital)
WD Blue SA510
WD Blue SA510 (Image: Western Digital)

The 250 GB models are limited to a total bytes written (TBW) of 100 TB, the 500 GB models to 200 TB and the 1 TB models to 400 TB. From then on, the otherwise 5-year guarantee expires, but experience has shown that even more TB of data can be written before the first failures occur.

Differences WD Blue vs. WD Blue SA510

There are a few differences compared to the very similar-looking WD Blue SATA SSD series (no number). The storage volume in the older series is up to 4 TB and the performance is slightly higher overall. But the new SA510 version is significantly more economical. It remains to be seen which controller and NAND memory is in the newcomers.

Prices and Availability

Selling direct from Western Digital, the SA510 will be priced at around $65, $75 and $100 with availability in 1 to 2 weeks. The local retail trade will soon follow suit; there are already first listings.

However, if you already own a system with support for M.2 SSDs with NVMe, you should rely on such a model directly, because the additional performance is often available at almost no extra charge. A faster alternative from the same manufacturer is, for example, the WD Blue SN550 (test), which costs less than 90 euros in the 1 TB version. Gamers in particular should no longer rely on SATA when making new purchases due to the future better use of fast SSDs, including the DirectStorage API.

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Zyxel presents its new XGS2220 switches

The firm Zyxel has presented its new XGS2220 switches, a line of switches that is designed to cover the needs of SMEs without problems, both in terms of security and performance, two important keys taking into account the role that networks play today in any company.

The new Zyxel XGS2220 switches have a classic design and format, which simplifies and facilitates its integration into our SME, and are prepared to support the latest Technologys in the sector. In total we will find six different models with different configurations that will adapt to the specific needs of each SME, and to their budget.

Base model includes 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the most advanced model has a total of 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports. We can also choose between three models with PoE (Power Over Ethernet) interface, and a fiber-based model. These new switches can be managed independently or through the cloud thanks to the Nebula platform.

Zyxel has confirmed that all models of the XGS2220 series comes with a free year of Nebula Pro, which means that we will be able to enjoy advanced IGMP technology and network analysis alerts, as well as the simplicity, scalability and flexibility of Zyxel’s Nebula network solution.

Gonzalo Echeverría, country manager of Zyxel Iberia, has commented:

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“The new XGS2220 series provides our customers with a powerful solution for the increasing bandwidth demands of today’s devices. Our new series of switches has been designed to handle this pressure and equally provide different new features and management options to make the operation as easy as possible for the user”.

Zyxel’s XGS2220 switches easily adapt to environments with a consumption value between 400 and 960 wattsallows us to easily integrate WiFi 6/6E access points, VoIP, surveillance and AV devices in the network, they have flexible uplinks (up to six 10G uplinks, four 10G SFP+ and two 10G multi-giga RJ 45), support network mode AV, have Layer 2 functions (QinQ VLAN tunneling, VLAN translation) and Layer 3 static routing capabilities.

More information: Zyxel.

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D-Link supports the initiative “Digitalize your Town”

The well-known company D-Link has renewed its support for the “Digitalize your Town” initiative, and on this occasion it has opted for a new educational competition Aimed at students in the 4th year of ESO and 1st year of Baccalaureate, whose objective is the creation of projects that can be used to contribute to the development and digitization in rural areas. These projects are focused on solving real problems in their towns and regions.

This competition has the participation of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineers (ETSIT) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), and the truth is that it is a very interesting proposal and with a very clear value for everything it represents, and because it encourages younger students to venture into the world of technology, and specifically in network solutions.

Digitizing emptied Spain is quite a challenge, and this competition picks up the gauntlet without any fear. In it will participate 20 teams of students from educational centers spread over different provinces linked to the rural environment, such as Ávila, Cáceres, León, Murcia, Soria, Teruel, Zamora and Zaragoza. The competition of this second edition of “Digitalize your town” began in December 2022 and will end on June 21, 2022, with an awards ceremony that will take place in Aranda de Duero (Burgos).

As tutors of the teams they have participated university students studying telecommunications on different Spanish campuses at the UPM, and also at the University of Zaragoza, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Valladolid and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. His mission has been to guide and support the contestants in the development of the proposals.

The objective of the project is promote training in digital skills for the new generations, as well as encourage STEAM vocations (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). In the same way, it is intended that all parties involved in the initiative become aware of the problem of depopulation in rural areas, seeing it as an attractive environment for entrepreneurship in which to develop their professional career.

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At the corporate level, this second edition of “Digitalize your Town” It has the participation of companies such as D-Link, Huawei and the Cellnex foundationin addition to the involvement of the Aranda de Duero City Council and the support of Teleco Renta (plan to promote Telecommunications studies).

The theme of the projects presented is very broad and the quality of the presentations and their detail is outstandingwith videos and different materials that explain what the project is for and how it has been carried out both at the component and software level.

All the teams They have focused on proposing solutions to real problems in their towns or regions within the field of transport, health, agriculture or livestock. There are also proposals related to tourism. The jury, made up of experts from the telecommunications sector, including D-Link, will choose the 3 winners. In addition, another prize will be awarded to the team that obtains the highest number of “likes” on the competition’s Instagram and YouTube accounts with the presentation video of its proposal.

Antonio Navarro, general director of D-Link Iberia, has commented:

«We are very grateful to the UPM and to ETSIT for having given us the possibility of continuing to contribute our grain of sand to the promotion of engineering applied to rural areas. At D-Link we have the necessary technology to facilitate Internet access in rural areas where there is no broadband infrastructure, with various ranges of 4G/5G devices, as well as access points that allow long-distance radio links to extend the coverage to villages or isolated areas from Internet access nodes”.

More information: Digitize your town.

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Wolters Kluwer and the Linkids Foundation participate in the rehabilitation of a nursery school in The Gambia

Last February the inauguration took place in The Gambia of the new nursery school Dr. Ancha Nursery. This recently opened educational center once again welcomes 70 boys and girls from the town of Babylon, near Lamin, between the ages of 3 and 6.

This is a rehabilitation and improvement project that is part of the financing shared between Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Spain and the linkids foundation. The children’s center in the town of Gambia had been closed for almost two years, after the decree by the Gambian government to close it, and it was found with significant damage that prevented its normal activity.

The Dr. Ancha Nursery school is a reality once again

The minors of Babylon were left without school after the rains that occurred in the summer of 2021 ended up destroying the entire back of the school and consequently leaving other rooms such as the bathrooms, the facade or the school itself unable to be used. inside the classrooms.

The opening day was experienced as a party by all, especially by the 70 children who have thus recovered their educational center. The general director of Wolters Kluwer, Tomás Font, together with the president of the Linkids Foundation, Yeray Rivero, were in charge of the inaugural act.

The rehabilitation and adaptation of the space has consisted of the construction of a protective wall to prevent the rains from destroying the school again, and it has been reinforced both interior and exterior structures to avoid flooding. In the same way, the classrooms have been conditioned, equipped and decorated, all the furniture has been replaced, the toilets and the entrance patio have been rehabilitated, as well as the installation of a new water supply system through a deposit.

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As part of the speech on the opening day of the Dr. Ancha Nursery center, the general director of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Spain declared that both he and his company felt a great pride to be able to get involved in a project of such caliberand they believe that with their contribution they will create a better world, especially for the most disadvantaged child population.

In the same way, Tomàs Font assured that “At Wolters Kluwer we are convinced that education is the engine of progress in societies and we work to create learning opportunities, one of the objectives of the SDGs”.

The Wolters Kluwer Tax company adheres to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of an initiative carried out by the United Nations and which encompasses a total of 17 goals in the economic, social and environmental fields. .

For its part, the Linkids Foundation offers great development possibilities for social support actions both in the Canary Islands and in West Africa. The president of the foundation, Yeray Rivero gave a speech to those present in which he stated that they felt “proud to have a company like Wolters Kluwer that allows us to continue reinforcing our commitment to the development of the people who need it most and bet on creating positive futures”.

The vice president of the Linkids Foundation, Yaiza Aguiar, was later in charge of cutting the inaugural ribbon that thus opened a new stage for the school, the minors and the town. With this support between both companies in the restructuring and rehabilitation of the center, the families of Babylon can now enjoy an educational space with all the conditions.

Font stated that “All the employees and partners of Wolters Kluwer have contributed for years with our personal and collective effort in the development of a more sustainable and socially responsible business activity”and it is that the company of software solutions, information and services already has previously participated in other solidarity projects with the countrysuch as the fundraising for the Smiles for Gambia project of the NGO ASEDA Gambia and which had the support of all the employees.

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