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Adaptec mentions recent SSD market history

In September 2009 - Adaptec announced a new platform for integrators building hybrid storage pools using SSDs (SSD ASAPs). Its MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance Kit (which operates with upto 4x customized 32GB Intel SSDs) includes software that identifies frequently (hot) read data blocks and optimizes subsequent "reads" by moving "hot" data directly into the SSD cache for lower latencies and higher system performance.

In November 2009 - Adaptec released the results of 3rd party performance testing of its new MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance Solution in MySQL environments.

In March 2010 - in yet another simulated benchmark published today related to Adaptec's SSD ASAP caching technology - which they leverage in their MaxIQ SSD product - I learned that the underlying technology was originally developed by (surprise! surprise!) - Microsoft.

"When our datacenter team came up with some innovative ideas around using solid state devices as read caching devices, we determined it made good sense to license these advances to Adaptec because Microsoft itself doesn't sell these types of products," said David Kaefer, GM of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. "By collaborating through licensing, Adaptec customers benefit from a product that delivers impressive performance and cost savings over alternatives in the market."

Editor's comments:- the whole hard disk array acceleration market will cease to exist in a handful of years for reasons explained elsewhere. Maybe the Microsofties realized it would be better to let someone else run with it - rather than make users suffer the traditional 5 years waiting for it to work properly - by which time it would be obsolete anyway.

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Flash SSD "random write IOPS" are now similar to "read IOPS" in many of the fastest SSDs.

So why are they such a poor predictor of application performance?

And why are users still buying RAM SSDs which cost an order of magnitude more than SLC? (let alone MLC) - even when the IOPS specs look similar.
the problem with flash SSD  write IOPS This article tells you why the specs got faster - but the applications didn't. And why competing SSDs with apparently identical benchmark results can perform completely differently. the article
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