| "leading the way to
the new storage frontier"|
AMCC - 2008
AMCC makes the highest performance SATA and SAS RAID
controllers and provides the essential building blocks for the processing,
moving and storing of information worldwide.
The company blends systems
and software expertise with high-performance, high-bandwidth silicon integration
to deliver silicon, hardware and software solutions for global wide area
networks (WAN), embedded applications such as PowerPC and programmable SOC
architectures, storage area networks (SAN), and high-growth storage markets such
as SATA RAID. AMCC's corporate headquarters are located in San Diego,
California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.
- editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com
editor's comments:- AMCC
(acquired by LSI in
April 2009) used to be an advertiser here for several years on
StorageSearch.com. You can see one of their archived banner ads (dating from
below. Clicking on it takes you to our
SAS SSD directory.
|AMCC - editor's comments from
August 2007 - Gartner
said that since 2004, 3ware has grown its host bus SATA RAID controller unit
market share almost twofold and that in 2006, 3ware outpaced its nearest
competitor by over 45,000 units in the distribution sales channel.
May 2008 - in an exclusive
interview with STORAGEsearch.com -
AMCC confirmed it is
working with leading
SSD oems to develop
products which will support the
flash SSD RAID
In April 2009 - LSI
a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and certain associated
intellectual property of the 3ware
RAID adapter business
of AMCC for
approximately $20 million in cash.
There are nearly 500
storage acquisitions and
mergers listed on StorageSearch.com.
Here are some others, previously acquired by LSI.
- Agere Systems (merger) - storage controllers / adapters
- AMI's RAID business
- Infineon's HDD Chip Business
- Mylex - RAID adapters
- IntraServer Technology - SCSI & Ethernet HBAs
- SiliconStor - SATA chips
- StoreAge - SAN systems
|Say Goodbye to the RAID
|from the article
Storage Market Outlook
2010 to 2015|
|The high end of the
RAID controller market
is going to disappear.|
There's little point in spending money aggregating
IOPS in an
array of hard disks -
if the result costs more, is slower and is less
Some oems, like
EasyCo, have been
marketing arrays of COTS 2.5" SSDs which use traditional RAID
controllers since 2007.
But this "open" type of design approach has been a
niche within the
SSD rackmount market.
Controller companies need high volume markets.
Within the server accelerator part of the SSD market there are too many
performance and design compromises involved in keeping the SSD and RAID
controller as separate sub-systems. So fast RAID controller companies have to
integrate SSD functionality - or lose this market.
AMCC 3ware (later acquired
by LSI) was the 1st
RAID controller to publicly confirm it was working on SSD related products - in
May 2008. This
was in response to StorageSearch.com asking all the leading RAID companies what
their SSD plans were. Most of them - at that time - didn't seem to realize that
the SSD market would soon intersect with their businesses and render their
fast controllers irrelevant.
Viking was one of the 1st
oems to include a true SSD (with wear-leveling) as a module for RAID adapters in
early 2009. But
such solutions merely improve a product type within a declining market -
rather than extend the market's life.
SSD ASAPs - Auto-tuning
SSD Accelerated Pools of storage - represent one way for traditional
RAID companies to leverage
their technology assets garnered from their hard drive experience - while making
inroads into the SSD space. It's a new market in which there are no established
SSDs are the quickest way for HBA companies to enter the SSD market -because
of the low technical entry costs. And in January 2010
its intentions to enter this market segment - making it approximately the
163rd company to enter the
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