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"At the technology level, the systems we are building through continued evolution are not advancing fast enough to keep up with new workloads and use cases. The reality is that the machines we have today were architected 5 years ago, and ML/DL/AI uses in business are just coming to light, so the industry missed a need."
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who's who in SSD? - Dell

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - - April 2016

Before Dell's acquisition of EMC in October 2015 Dell had oemed and distributed products from a number of different SSD manufacturers including:- Fusion-io, SanDisk, Micron, OCZ, Samsung and Intel.

Dell's influence on the SSD market has mainly been to push towards more reliability in firmware and ease of integration.

Dell has never (yet) been listed in the Top SSD Companies list. Dell has not been seriously regarded as a leader in SSD or AFA architecture or roadmaps.

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In March 2009 - Dell announced SSD options for its iSCSI compatible EqualLogic PS6000 storage arrays. Pricing starts at $25,000. This brings the number of rackmount SSD oems to 34.

In May 2011 - Fusion-io announced that more of its PCIe SSDs (including 640GB ioDrives and the 1.28TB Duo) are now available from Dell - which is also extending the number of server platforms supporting these accelerator options.

InMarch 2012 - Micron announced that it has developed a 2.5" form factor, hot swappable, PCIe SSD which is being used in Dell servers.

In February 2013 - Dell Ventures was one of the companies involved in a $51 million funding round of Skyera.

In June 2014 - Fusion-io announced that its all-flash ION Accelerator Appliance (fast rackmount SSD) will be offered as a fully integrated and Dell branded solution.

In October 2015 - Dell agreed to acquire EMC for $67 billion.
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Editor:- October 2, 2017 - In September 2017 - Dell was named as one of the members of a consortium which had been named as the successful winner of the long drawn out, forced sale of Toshiba Memory Corp.
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Editor:- March 3, 2017 - Dell EMC has end of lifed the DSSD product line (an NVMe array and one of the fastest SSD systems in the market) and the storyline discussed in is the missmatch between Dell's high volume commodity business and this niche HPC storage box.

The warm up to such an ending came in a news story in December 2016 by the Register which revealed the $1 billion gap between the cost of acquiring and developing the product and sales ($6 million).

Editor's comments:- In the short term this is good news for IBM's FlashSystem which is the most mature storage product line in this class.

And it's good news for startups and other specialist SSD companies which engage with the high performance end of the market.

One question I guess about the DSSD product line is that the market which it might have been aimed at 3 years ago doesn't exist any more.

Most computer companies who would be looking for HPC storage of the NVMe array variety are easily able to produce such systems from a competitive market of 2.5" NVMe SSDs. So why pay a premium to EMC or anyone else?

But a more deep rooted problem is that the DSSD is an old fashioned systems designer's prototype implementation of a modern persistent memory box. And the nvm memory changes in recent years (in cell technology and controllernomics tiering) makes the design about as useful as a TTL minicomputer competing with an NMOS microprocessor.

No matter how much cooling or SRAM you pack into a card - the cheapest place to solve latency problems is in the semiconductor chip itself before the data hits the external brake pads of the physical interface to copper.

We're going to see a lot of different permutations of big memory coming into the market. Generally the smaller the box and the closer it is to the applications processor the less waste there is in intersystems latency.

The DSSD approach has been blown away by commodity arrays at the low end of its performance ramge and by genuine memory systems technology advances at the high end.

Storage systems thinking can't compete for performance with semiconductor integrated memory systems architecture.

And here's another angle...

If you were looking for a low cost companion ultra fast compute box to work as a companion to DSSD class storage - Symbolic IO have got their own way to do it and can do it faster with less hardware.