Names SSD Channels|
California - September 27, 2007 - SanDisk today announced that it will
offer its line of solid-state drives for resale to the system integrator
community through select US distribution partners - initially Ingram
Micro, D&H Distributing and Bell Microproducts.
SanDisk plans to broaden distribution in the U.S. and into Europe during the
first quarter of 2008 to accommodate expected increases in demand for
Fusion-io Launches PCIe flash SSD
SALT LAKE CITY - September 25, 2007 - Fusion-io
emerged from stealth mode today and launched the ioDrive at DEMOFall '07.
ioDrive is a PCIe form
factor flash SSD
with upto 640GB capacity and 100K IOPS performance.
founders Rick White, CEO, and David Flynn, CTO, demonstrated the ioDrive
installed in an
BladeSystem c-Class enclosure and functioning as a local storage device. The
ioDrive can achieve sustained data rates of 800MB/sec (Read) and 600MB/sec
(Write). Fusion-io's ioDrive will begin shipping in Q4'07 in 40GB, 80GB, 160GB
or 320GB configurations. ...Fusion-io profile
|Data Recovery from Flash SSDs?|
September 24, 2007 - if the
flash SSD market
reaches the levels of penetration predicted by many
analysts - then in a
handful of years nearly half of all new notebook PCs will use flash SSDs instead
of hard disk drives.
happens when those SSDs inevitably fail - and there's no
consumers don't do regular backups - and most small businesses don't either.
hard drives fail, get
water or get damaged in fires - the solution of last resort - is to call a
data recovery company.
These superheroes can often recover a lot of data - even if the pcbs
and chips in the disk drive have been damaged. Superheroes don't come cheap.
The cost for a difficult recovery can run into thousands of dollars (for a
single disk) but for many satisfied customers that's a much better result than
being left with no business or months of lost time rewriting reports, novels
Although flash SSDs are new to the consumer market - they've been
around for many
years in markets which absolutely needed their levels of ruggedness (and
could bear the high cost). So you may be thinking that there's a well
established industry already out there ready to process your flash SSD - if you
are unlucky enough to need a data recovery service today.
You would be
The reason is that the biggest traditional customers of flash
SSDs have been the military
or industrial users who didn't want enemies / competitors stealing their
Erstwhile flash SSD manufacturers like
STEC (who all make SSDs
whose performance or capacity leave
Samsung's SSDs in the
dust BTW) specialise in having on-board
of various forms to make sure that that the data is never recovered by the wrong
So there isn't a public track record of data recovery for
The closest that the market has to offer - is experience
with recovering data from simple
flash memory storage
(like USB keyring style
devices or camera memory cards). Unlike SSDs - those devices aren't designed for
intensive write applications - and there is nothing very complicated between the
interface controller and the flash chips themselves. So if the controller gets
zapped by static - or crunched by your car driving over it - the data is
relatively easy for experts to recover from the flash chips.
the case with most flash SSDs - which use complicated controller technology to
extend the reliability
and speed of storage. The architecture inside a high performance SSD is more
complicated than that in most
RAID systems. The
algorithms which map addresses to physical media locations vary from
manufacturer to manufacturer - and in many cases - like the formula for making
Coke or Pepsi - the details are closely guarded commercial secrets.
recovery (at the single SSD level) is not so much of a problem for datacenter
applications - because most often the SSDs are in some kind of RAID protected
array - and are also backed up (internally or externally) to other disks.
one thing missing in the consumer notebook SSD market is a clear signal by oems
- that data in their devices can be easily recovered - if there is no backup
- or the backup failed. Maybe the next generation of products will address that
Although flash SSDs are inherently much more
reliable than hard
drives - that's no consolation for the customers who will be the pioneers in SSD
Texas Memory Systems Launches World's Fastest
Texas - September 17, 2007 - Texas Memory Systems today announced the
RamSan-500 - the first enterprise-class cached flash storage system, and the
fastest flash-based SSD currently available.
Available in 1 or 2
terabyte capacities in a 4U rackmount chassis, the RamSan-500 delivers 100,000
IOPS sustained random read, 10,000 IOPS sustained random write and 2
gigabytes per second of sustained random read or write bandwidth and yet only
consumes 250 watts of power. The system can be
SAN-attached with up to 8x
4Gbps Fibre Channel
ports. Multiple RamSan-500s can be combined to deliver additional
"We see a great opportunity to
integrate flash storage technology into our
SSD lineup and solve a
wider array of customer performance challenges than ever before," said
Woody Hutsell, Executive VP at Texas Memory Systems. "With the RamSan-500
we have engineered a
disk system that uniquely capitalizes on the best attributes of both DDR and
flash, at a price point that we think will be attractive to customers who might
otherwise compromise with HDD-based arrays, which offer lower performance and
higher power consumption."
Texas Memory Systems is now accepting
orders for the RamSan-500 from existing customers. General availability is
expected in the 4th quarter of 2007. ...Texas Memory Systems
comments:- TMS has published a
paper which includes more details of the technology inside the RamSan-500.
Using a RAID-5 array of inhouse designed flash-SSDs - the write
performance (typically the weak part of traditional flash SSDs) is maximized by
writing to an already erased ready to write new physical flash location every
time a block is written. A background process, which uses a 64G RAM cache,
ensures that ready to write pools are nearly always available. In the rare event
that they are not - the worst case latency for a cache miss is only 2ms, which
is better than most
hard disk arrays.
the past TMS has been characterised by competitors as making the world's "most
expensive SSDs" (as well as the "world's fastest"). Their new
flash SSD product line means that they will be affordable by a much wider range
See also -
article- RAM versus
Flash SSDs in which experts discuss the state of the market and which also
includes a long term comparative price projection from
Fastest SCSI SSD at High Performance on Wall
York City, NY - September 17, 2007 - Solid Access Technologies today
demonstrated the Universal Solid State Disk 200 at the High Performance on
Wall Street event.
The USSD 200 augments existing server
hardware and eliminates the root cause of I/O bottlenecks by increasing random
I/O access speeds 250x faster than
hard disk drives.
The demand for rapid information retrieval is growing at an incredible
rate. Impressive improvements have occurred in CPU performance and storage
capacity, but hard disk drive I/O processing speed has not experienced
comparable advances. Mechanical disks cannot access data fast enough to keep up
with the speed of contemporary processors. As a consequence,
transaction-intensive enterprise applications continue to be plagued by I/O
bottlenecks that limit their throughput and productivity.
named one of the Top 10
Most Important SSD Manufactures by Storagesearch.com,
Solid Access is helping to dramatically improve response times in high-volume
I/O traffic applications with the USSD 200 acceleration device whose features
include:- world's fastest SCSI SSD, the industry's first and only SSD with
3GB/s SAS interface,
95,000 random IOPS via a single fibre channel port and 3,600MB/s aggregated
bandwidth via multi fibre channel links (full duplex).
Tomas Havrda, managing partner, Solid Access Technologies commented -
"(Our) mature SSD technology attacks the root cause of I/O bottlenecks by
augmenting existing hard disk drive environments for just those files that make
the difference between success and failure. ...Solid Access
SiliconSystems Plans for More Expansion
Aliso Viejo, Calif -
September 12, 2007 - SiliconSystems, Inc today announced plans to move
its headquarters to a new 36,000 square foot office building in November to
support the company's rapid growth.
Over the next 12 months, the
company expects to increase its staff by approximately 50% to meet
customer and market needs. SiliconSystems' existing facility was previously
expanded in 2006.
Objective Analysis Publishes SSD Market Report
Ireland - September 11, 2007 - Research and Markets announced the
availability of a major new SSD market report written by Jim Handy founder of
Objective Analysis called - "the Solid State Disk Market: A
Rigorous Look to their offering."
SSDs are poised to disrupt
the hard disk drive
market. Is this likely to happen? What will drive SSDs into acceptance? What
will hinder their deployment? What is the impact to the NAND and the HDD
This study covers the SSD market in depth, covering all
players in great detail, and thoroughly evaluating end markets and market
motivators. This study's rigorous approach clarifies key points and success
factors to help readers understand the opportunities as well as the pitfalls
that await all participants.
The 110-page study ($5,000 approx) is based upon exhaustive
interviews with buyers and sellers of SSDs, as well as their suppliers and other
key players in the market. This report covers all sides of the SSD equation
including important market drivers and cost analysis history and projections,
along with information from makers of HDDs about their plans to counter any
market share loss threatened by the advent of the SSD. It looks into every
aspect of the SSD market - market sizing, PC vs Industrial/Military markets,
forecasts by application, company-by-company competitive analysis, Key user
surveys, etc. There is no study even like it in the market today.
Analysis profile, storage
Editor's comments:- I've read
report and think it's a solid introduction to anyone who is thinking about
partnering with a solid state
disk company or entering the
flash SSD market.
BiTMICRO will Ship 412GB 2.5" SSDs in Q108
London, UK -
September 11, 2007 - BiTMICRO Networks today said it will ship a 416GB
2.5" flash SSD in Q1 2008.
The announcement was made at
Defence Systems & Equipment International
in London. The forthcoming E-Disk Altima E2A133BL is designed for military,
industrial and commercial users who are looking for faster and bigger storage
upgrades for time-tested PATA-based systems. Throughput is 133MB/sec burst with
up to 100MB/sec sustained reads and writes and up to 20,000+ Random IOPS.
"The launch of the E-Disk Altima series of cutting-edge solid state flash
drives will usher in a new computing era, where solid state mass storage will
combine with multi-core processors to deliver unprecedented levels of
performance required by next-generation operating systems and applications,"
said Rudy Bruce, BiTMICRO's Exec. VP for Marketing. ...BiTMICRO Networks profile
Avnet - New US Disti for SiliconDrives
ALISO VIEJO, Calif -
September 10, 2007 - SiliconSystems, Inc. announced that Avnet
Technology Solutions has become a North American distributor for its
SiliconSystems selected Avnet for its market
leadership, expertise and commitment to the embedded OEM market. ...SiliconSystems
profile, Storage VARs
Adtron Signs Europrean Distributor
AZ September 10, 2007 - Adtron Corp today announced the
selection of UK-based Hammer PLC as its master distributor for Europe.
"We have seen a greater demand for
SSD devices over the last 6
months than we have seen over the last 3 years clearly this market is
booming," said James Ward, Hammer's Managing Director. ...Adtron profile,
Samsung's 64G SSDs Shipping in Notebooks
Jose, CA - September 10, 2007 - Samsung announced today that its
2.5" SATA, 64GB solid state drive is available immediately in Dell
and Alienware consumer notebooks.
Alienware will provide a 128GB SSD configuration, by offering dual
64GB SSD drives in a RAID 0 array, as well as a single 64GB SSD combined with a
large capacity 200GB 7200RPM drive, available on its Area-51 m9750 gaming
notebook. Dell is offering the SSD drive on its XPS M1330 ultra-portable
BiTMICRO Gets $9.3 million Funding
Fremont, CA - September
10, 2007 - BiTMICRO Networks, Inc. today announced the completion of
$9.3 million in Series F funding with a team of investors led by Woodside
With this announcement, BiTMICRO's total
funding now stands at $31.4 million in private funding.
"We are excited to be part of a dynamic organization that has a
long and proud history in
development," said Buck Carson, general partner for
Woodside Investments. "The
recent entry of a number of global semiconductor and Fortune 500 companies in
the SSD market suggests
that it is poised to take off in the next few years. Our latest investment in
BiTMICRO is testimony to our group's support for the management team and the
execution of its business strategies."
"The global storage market is moving towards solid state, and as
one of the pioneers in this industry, BiTMICRO Networks is all set to become a
major player in this billion-dollar industry," said Rey Bruce, chairman,
president and CEO of BiTMICRO Networks. "We are happy to note that
investors such as Woodside Investments have taken cognizance of this fact and
are prepared to support the product development efforts that are currently
underway at BiTMICRO."
In 2005, BiTMICRO was cited by STORAGEsearch.com in its
Solid State Disk Buyer
Preferences Market Report as the most recognized brand in the SSD market.
The company's long list of technological achievements includes the introduction
of the world's first Ultra320 SCSI flash SSD, the world's first ATA/UDMA-66 IDE
flash SSD and the world's first Fibre Channel flash SSD.
SanDisk's SSD Aims at sub-$250 PC Market
Germany - August 31, 2007 - SanDisk Corp today announced the uSSD 5000
solid state drive which can be used as an economical substitute for hard disk
drives in sub-$250 PCs.
Among the first computers using uSSD
solid state drives will be
classmate PC, intended for educational markets in emerging nations.
The announcement was made at IFA
2007 where SanDisk is exhibiting this week.
SanDisk's uSSD 5000 solid state drive is a
USB module designed to be
embedded directly onto the motherboard of low-cost PCs as a
hard disk replacement.
The uSSD 5000 solid state drive supports a variety of operating systems,
including Microsoft's Windows XP Professional as well as Linux. The uSSD 5000
solid state drive is expected to be available in capacities from 2 to 8
uSSD 5000 solid state drives at 2GB are significantly less expensive
than even the lowest-capacity conventional hard disk drives. And with no moving
parts the durability of uSSD 5000 solid state drives surpasses mechanical hard
Hard / Flash / RAM Disk Performance in Databases
August 24, 2007 - Solid Data Systems today published a new white paper
called - "Comparison of Drive Technologies for High-Transaction Databases."
Database transactions are by nature random and usually come with small block
sizes. The article, written by Wade Tuma, founder and CEO of Solid Data
Systems, analyzes and tabulates cost and performance tradeoffs between
state disks and DRAM-based
It discusses considerations in choosing the right
technology and provides a viewpoint on performance comparison using
industry-standard benchmarks and handy graphical guides for estimating read and
write database performance improvements. ...Solid Data Systems profile,
the article (pdf)
Editor's comments:- last week
STORAGEsearch.com published a major
versus Flash SSDs - which is Best? which included sub articles written by
6 leading SSD industry experts.
Wade Tuma was on my invitation list
for that article and was already part way through writing his own (the subject
of today's news story). But due to other commitments it missed my deadline.
Well it's ready today and you should read all the articles to get a balanced
picture. Whatever you thought you knew about this subject even 6 months ago is
obsolete. New price shifts and technologies have changed the rules of what's a
USB 10-pin SiliconDrive Now Sampling
ALISO VIEJO, Calif -
August 23, 2007 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced it is sampling
a new USB 10-pin SiliconDrive.
It features an industry-standard
form factor and is available with 1 to 4 gigabytes capacity. The SiliconDrive
USB 10-pin module integrates advanced storage technologies to achieve higher
write speeds, lower power consumption and enhanced ruggedness and reliability
for embedded system applications such as blade servers, video poker machines,
single board computers and interactive kiosks.
profile, USB storage,
SSD Rumors? Only Stupid Companies Wouldn't...
August 23, 2007 - from time to time there are various stories in the online
media about new companies getting into the SSD market.
was Seagate, a few weeks before it was IBM.
I'm not surprised that
the 2 most significant companies which actually did come out of stealth mode
with SSD products in August -
Violin Memory - chose
STORAGEsearch.com as the publication for their detailed product launches and
follow up articles.
We've currently got over 55 publicly active SSD
oems listed on this site. I know several more significant real ones in stealth
mode - and I expect the total to exceed 100 before another year is up.
response to SSD rumors is always - only stupid companies wouldn't want to
get into the SSD market. It will be worth somewhere between 5 to 10 billion
dollars a year - and there's everything to play for.
RAM versus Flash SSDs - War for the Datacenter
August 20, 2007 - STORAGEsearch.com today published a major new
article on the SSD market called - "RAM versus Flash SSDs - which is
We've been writing for years about the subject of
hard disks vs
There's a lot of consensus now about which technology will prevail in the
disputed application slots for a single drive.
The next multibillion
dollar war in the SSD market will be for domination in the high performance
rackmount server acceleration space.
The SSD server core war
will be internecine - one type of solid state storage versus another. The title
of this article "RAM versus Flash SSDs" is misleading because there
are many distinctly different products fighting under each similar looking
With specially written features from the world's leading SSD
companies - this article will change the way that you think about SSDs in
enterprise server applications. 2007 will be seen as the Year of SSD Revolution.
Mtron will Launch New SSDs at IFA 2007
Korea - August 16, 2007 - Mtron today announced it will launch a new
solid state drive product lineup at IFA 2007 (the world's largest
consumer electronics trade fair) in Berlin at the end of the month.
IFA 2007, Mtron will show new product
lines optimized for 3 main market segments:- Standard (consumer), PRO (server
applications) and XTM (Industrial). These will be available in volume (50K to
100K units / month production plan) from September.
Mtron's current SSD product line includes 2.5" and 3.5"
SATA interface based
products, with capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Mtron says its new products
are 3 - 4 times faster than existing
HDDs and 30% - 40%
faster than any other currently available
flash SSDs - with
maximum read / write speeds of more than 100MB/s and 80MB/s respectively, and
random access time of less than 0.1ms.
Jack Han, director of Mtron's
marketing department said "Mtron SSD is the best solution for high-end
servers and notebook PCs that need faster speed, higher durability, lower power
consumption and no noise. Mtron will launch new product lineup targeted for
specific industry areas in order to satisfy the wide range of needs in the SSD
STEC has High Hopes for Zeus IOPS SSDs
ANA, Calif - August 13, 2007 - STEC, Inc. announced today its
financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $43.7 million, a decrease
of 7.6% compared to Q206.
"During the second quarter of
2007, sampling activity and production revenue from our new line of
Zeus IOPS Solid-State
Drives accelerated in the Enterprise-storage and Video-on-Demand sectors,"
said Manouch Moshayedi, STEC's CEO. "Market receptivity for Zeus IOPS with
Fibre Channel has been
exceptional. We believe that at this time, our technology is clearly the leading
technology for Enterprise-level applications... More importantly, we believe
that our long-term outlook for our SSD technology for the Enterprise-storage and
Enterprise-server sectors, VoD and other target sectors is very bright."
comments:- in its
call the company confirmed that its future is tied to the success of its SSD
products (rather than its legacy RAM products). In my view STEC sounded much too
complacent about its technology lead and lack of competition in the enterprise
server SSD market, factors which the company said would help it maintain high
Noise Damping Techniques for PATA SSDs
August 10, 2007 - SiliconSystems today published a new white paper
called - "Noise Damping Techniques for PATA SSDs in Military-Embedded
This article looks at electronic signal integrity
issues in integrating high speed PATA SSDs. It helps electronic designers
understand how factors such as ground bounce, loading, power supply noise and
signal trace mismatches can lead to false data or even device damage. Examples
given in the tutorial style commentary include scope shots and logic analyzer
the article, ...SiliconSystems
profile, storage chips,
comments:- the article gives a good grounding (couldn't resist that one) in
the signal quality factors needed to get high
operation and is equally relevant to
simplify the 20 page document:- if you connect reliable electronic modules using
unreliable signal paths - that will compromise the integrity of the data. Logic
states are virtual - but digital signals are real and can have completely
different shapes to what you expect if you don't follow basic rules.
STEC Announces Native SAS Flash SSDs
ANA, Calif - August 8, 2007 - STEC today announced the industry's first
native SAS flash solid state disks.
Zeus-IOPS products will be
standard 3.5-inch form factor SSDs built with NAND Flash as the storage media.
STEC says these high performance products will deliver 52,000 Sustained Random
Read IOPS and 17,000 Sustained Random Write IOPS. The max sustained read
throughput is 250MB/sec and 200MB/sec sustained writes.
products are expected to start shipping to OEMs in Q407. Zeus-IOPS
SAS products are
expected to start shipping to OEMs in Q108.
comments:- Q108 is still a long way in the future - and if you need SAS SSDs
today the only real option is
Technologies. The new Zeus products (if available today) would be the
fastest 3.5" SSDs. Until then the
sustained read/ write) from Curtis
retains that title.
Flash SSD Systems Get 100x Faster Writes
Wallingford, PA - August 6, 2007 -
EasyCo announces the release of its "Managed Flash Technology"
storage solution for Linux servers.
Dubbed "The 300,000 RPM
Disk Drive", MFT combines
Flash SSDs with a
patent pending drive management layer which delivers sustained random write
performance that is more than 100x faster than the bare solid state
Flash SSDs only solve the "read half" of the
enterprise performance equation. By delivering 2,000 to 7,000 4K read IOPS
(IOs Per Second), Flash SSDs randomly read 10 to 30 times faster than 15K SCSI
drives. Unfortunately, the random write performance of Flash SSDs is terrible.
With random write rates of only 13 to 50 IOPS, even applications that do as few
as 5% writes will spend 95% of their time writing. This renders existing,
unmanaged Flash SSDs as unsuitable for most enterprise applications.
is what SSD manufacturers refer to as "the random write problem" of
flash technology. EasyCo's Managed Flash Technology solves the Flash SSD random
write problem. As a result, random write speeds are in the range to 3,000 to
10,000 IOPS. Without MFT, Flash SSDs are only marginally faster than desktop
hard disk drives. With MFT, Flash SSDs are accelerated into a class by
EasyCo's president, Sam Anderson, laughs about the first production
data tests. "In our first live test, a prospect copied 218,000 of their
own records, deliberately sorted out of sequential order, from one database
file to another. Running on a 15K SCSI drive, the file to file copy took over
45 minutes. In fact, at one point, the client called to ask if the server had
hung (they were testing remotely). The same job on an MFT Flash drive took
only 2 minutes and 45 seconds, or 3,963 IOPS."
End-user pricing for the Linux supported product starts at under
$2,500 and extends upwards to over $50,000 depending on the configuration.
Windows solutions and storage appliance solutions should be available by Q407.
EasyCo is also seeking qualified Linux system integrators, as well as server
and storage appliance manufacturers who wish to distribute the MFT solution
with their hardware.
comments:- last year when I dismissed the relevance of hybrid hard disks for
enterprise applications it was because I forsaw that with clever systems
integration arrays of inexpensive flash SSDs could be harnassed to do a superior
job with respect to capacity and performance. EasyCo says it's getting the high
system write performance using commodity
Samsung 32G PATA
drives which are "far from "leading edge".
Attorn Launches Rackmount HyperDrive4 SSD Array
Zaandam, Netherlands - August 3, 2007 -
Attorn BV today announced the release of its HyperDrive4 solid state
These arrays, based on DDRRAM, provide up to 576GB of
high-speed, non-volatile storage that dramatically increase response times and
throughput for I/O-intensive applications. The patented HyperDrive4 delivers
fast access times - 250 nanoseconds for write requests and 1.1 microseconds for
The HyperDrive4 arrays are available in rackmount (1U 96GB / 3U
320GB) or tower configurations. They can deliver a maximum IOPS of 104,000
(IOMeter) and a maximum available STR of 850MB/s (HDTach). This makes the
HyperDrive4 arrays a superior replacement for high-end
RAID arrays or an
alternative to in-server memory systems.
With a price of around $250
per GB the HyperDrive4 product line offers the lowest published price for a
RAM based solid state drive.
The arrays incorporate several levels of data protection including:- a
redundant power supply, batteries and back-up
New Company Attacks Data Center SSD Pricing
August 2, 2007 - Violin Memory, Inc. today launched an assault on the
high end solid state disk acceleration market with the public début of
the highest density rackmount memory system.
Designed for HPC
and data center applications, the aggressively priced Violin 1010 connects via
PCIe and supports 504GB of DRAM in a 2U chassis. Capacity can scale to 10
terabytes. Read write throughput is upto 1,400MB/s and 1,000MB/s respectively
with 3 microseconds latency. Violin says this can deliver over 3 million
Memory Appliance is based on the patent-pending Violin Switched Memory (VXM)
technology. VXM packs a 2U high Violin 1010 chassis with up to 84 Violin
Intelligent Memory Modules which accommodate either
Flash memory. Higher
density NAND Flash VIMMs will be released later.
While hard disk
arrays are optimized for file accesses greater than a megabyte, the Violin 1010
supports full throughput for access sizes less than a kilobyte. The Violin 1010
provides significant benefits to applications with requirements for low latency
or small file sizes. Video server applications benefit from the ability to have
the same video simultaneously read by thousands of clients, without disk
The Violin 1010 has been designed to provide
cost-effective memory redundancy and protect against data loss. Its RAID
algorithms store data redundantly across multiple VIMMs. The fully loaded system
contains up to 4 hot spare VIMMs and supports non-disruptive replacement of
VIMMs. Multiple VIMMs in the system can fail without the application losing any
The Violin 1010 Memory Appliance has been in trials for 6
months and is now available. A 504GB system is being demonstrated at
LinuxWorld (August 7-9 in San
Francisco). Pricing for a 120GB DRAM system starts at $39,500. ...Violin Memory profile
comments:- although Violin doesn't call its new systems
solid state disks - that's
the best way to think about them - because they can do a similar server
acceleration job as a classic
RAM based SSD - but at
a much lower price.
Part of the cost saving is because the memory
array is volatile (data is lost when the power goes off). But in most data
center applications that limitation has a simple workaround. Another part of the
cost saving is the use of a PCI
express interface instead of the classic
which connect other enterprise SSDs.
Violin is the first SSD oem to
step across the artificial dividing line between
flash SSDs and
RAM SSDs - they will
offer both. I've said for years that most enterprise customers don't care. They
just want the best solution at the best price.
As with any product
from a new company platform support is currently limited. Also reliability is an
unknown factor. But Violin's entry into the SSD market (along with the 60%
quarter to quarter drop in DRAM prices quoted recently by
Qimonda's CEO) means
that enterprise server customers can expect to get a taste of the SSD price
wars which have been upto now confined to the
flash SSD market.
How Solid is Hard Disk's Future?
Editor:- August 1,
2007 - STORAGEsearch.com today published a new article called - "How
Solid is Hard Disk's Future?"
What impact will the fast
growing solid state disk
market have on the overall hard
disk market? - is a question I've been asked a lot recently. Most of the
here on STORAGEsearch.com are
written from the SSD perspective. Is SSDs' gain really HDs' loss? - In some
segments yes. But it's not a zero sum game. ...read the article
IDC Says SSDs Poised to go Mainstream
Mass - July 25, 2007 - a new report from IDC predicts that Solid State
Disk revenues will grow 71% annually to reach $5.4 billion in 2011.
many years SSDs have sat on the fringe of the digital universe, but a tremendous
opportunity is ahead for SSD storage," said Jeff Janukowicz, research
manager, Solid State Drives.
"Today, SSDs are about delivering a premium solution. In the future, SSDs
will be about delivering the right solution to the right market as technology
advances and requirements converge."
comments:- 4 years ago you could fit all the world's SSD analysts onto a
bike. As I predicted back then - there's now a flurry of
parachuting in to peddle advice to the wannabe SSD giants of the future. It
would be hard to squeeze today's SSD soothsayer crowd into a bus.
Although most predictions are going to be wrong - the volume of vultures
circling around this subject doesn't signal the death of the whole
hard disk industry.
It's not that simple - as you'll see in forthcoming articles.
Solid Data Launches Terabyte Fibre-Channel SSD
Calif. - July 17, 2007 - Solid Data Systems, Inc. today StorageSPIRE
solid-state disk arrays providing up to a Terabyte of high-speed, non-volatile
utilizes Solid Data's patented SSD technology, capitalizing on the company's 15
years experience in solid-state
disk solutions. With immediate response to read or write commands, SSDs
eliminate large server queues; thus, dramatically improving server stability and
response times during peak periods.
StorageSPIRE's advanced design provides persistent, non-volatile data
retention and easy configuration with no special device drivers required.
Designed with 4 Gigabit data paths and up to 12
connections, StorageSPIRE supports direct-connect, arbitrated loop and switched
fabric mode configurations with 500G to 1T of high-performance data capacity per
StorageSPIRE complements existing
NAS by presenting a high
volume of LUNs to servers and serving data 10 to 50x faster than
mechanical disks, eliminating I/O bottlenecks. The StorageSPIRE solution deploys
transparently in the data center to preserve current infrastructure,
applications, file systems, and storage management software.
...Solid Data Systems
profile, RAM SSDs
comments:- with pricing around $800 per Gigabyte this product will increase
competition in the high end enterprise server acceleration market.
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|2007 - Year of SSD Revolutions?|
the few dates I can remember from studying European history (at the age of 16)
was 1848. |
the Year of
I don't think we did any dates before that. And due
to lack of time - we didn't quite finish the syllabus and reach the other end of
this historical slice - which was 1945. I think we only got as far as 1933
before the exams crept up on us.
The definition of "Europe"
in that academic context meant "continental Europe" and axiomatically
excluded the UK - as England (where the exams took place) was naturally not
considered to be a part of Europe.
As I found in later years there
are plenty of things that have happened in the world before and after these
magic dates - and most of these events have taken place outside the continent of
Europe (whichever definition of the old world you choose). But one benefit of
my history education has been that I've enjoyed many long hours reading about
history - since leaving school - without the narrative plot having been spoiled
by a fore-knowledge of what happened next.
Similarly with my knowledge
of English literature. When I am occasionally dragged to
Stratford upon Avon
to see a new production by the
Royal Shakespeare Company - I know that -
as long as it's not that one play we did for the exams - I don't know the plot -
or even whether it's supposed to be a comedy or tragedy - and I can enjoy it (or
not) without any previous prejudice.
But back to the Year of
2007 is shaping up to be the Year of Revolutions
Solid State Disk market.
I've been expecting something like this for many years the new
announcements in the past year have included many twists and revolutionary
changes which will break down the barriers which once separated different
segments of this market.
comparisons between hard
disk and flash SSD
pricing sound as ridiculous today as
media executives who still talk about the internet as "new media".
As I said to one reader this week "Hard disk pricing is
irrelevant for many parts of the enterprise SSD market." Even if hard
disks were free - users will switch to SSDs if they have the right type
of applications - because the alternative cost of managing more servers,
swapping out failed disks, electrical power and data center floor space are too
high - or technically unfeasible.
The real battle in the enterprise
server market in the next few years will be internecine...
"RAM versus Flash
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