|the top 20 SSD companies in
Editor:- October 7, 2010 -StorageSearch.com published the
14th quarterly edition of the
Top SSD OEMs.
popular list ranks the top 20 SSD companies by search volume in the quarter
ending September 30, 2010 - and is an indicator of future business success
based on the world's best SSD market focus group. ...read the article
SSD battle of the form factors - update
October 3, 2010 - in September (for the 12th straight month in a row)
PCIe SSDs maintained
their lead over 2.5"
SSDs in the battle of the form factors for supremacy in the
server acceleration market - with 48% higher search volume by
readers of StorageSearch.com.
Themis launches 1U rugged RAID box for its military servers
May 4, 2010 -
the RES-XStore -
a 1U (17" deep) storage system for mission-critical applications in harsh
The RES-XStore includes 4 hot pluggable canisters,
each containing 3x 2.5" drives. The RES-XStore communicates with the host
server, via an add-in HBA and PCIe x8. The RES-XStore includes a
RAID controller that
supports RAID levels from
0 to 60. Each canister is hot pluggable. As with all products in the
Rugged Enterprise Servers
family - the new storage enclosure is designed to operate in the most
"Themis is re-defining 'rugged computing solutions' to mean
rugged servers and rugged storage from the same vendor. Our rugged server and
storage systems provide enhanced RAS, as well as industry leading SWAP",
stated William Kehret, president of Themis Computer.
New 8 bay SAS desktop JBOD / RAID
13, 2010 - Proavio
EditBox EB8Sx -
an 8 drive desktop SAS
box (with 750MB/s internal
storage bandwidth) designed for the video editing market.
SAS host port can connect up to 128
disks by adding
XLC invites HDD partners for "enterprise" x4 hybrids
Editor:- April 1, 2010 -
announced details of a paper it will discuss later this month at the NV
Memories Worskhop (UC San Diego) called - Paramagnetic Effects on
Trapped Charge Diffusion with Applications for x4 Data Integrity.
company says its findings could have applications in the enterprise storage
market by solving the data integrity problems in x4 MLC SSDs within a new class
of hybrid storage drives. ...read more
TDK launches SLC half slim SSDs
Editor:- March 30,
2010 - TDK
SHG2A series of half slim, encrypted industrial
SATA SLC SSD modules.
The new SSDs, which have a maximum capacity of 32GB, are about 1/2 the size of a
1.8" drive and have
R/W speeds of 95MB/s and of 55MB/s respectively.
ECC is 8 bit/sector
(512 byte) correction (15 bit/sector correction). Endurance is 100,000 write
cycles per block address (6.3 billion writes for a 16GB model). TDK has a life
span assessment tool which enables customers to monitor the life span of these
SSDs in their systems.
Editor's comments:- that brings the
number of oems in the 1"
approx SSD module size up to 32.
Radar buffs get 8GB SDRAM XMC
Editor:- March 25,
2010 - Curtiss-Wright
today announced it has
doubled the memory from 4GB to 8GB on its
buffer memory XMC card - which is designed to provide volatile, deep storage
for a wide range of military applications including RADAR, signal intelligence,
and image processing.
Coraid expands AoE rackmount catalog
23, 2010 - Coraid
new models in its AoE
compatible NAS line
including a 2U 24 drive (2.5") model - EtherDrive SRX3500 - with 6
The company says its
can deliver more than 500MB/s throughput in virtualization environments. OS
support includes Windows, Solaris, and Linux.
|Nibble:- Storage Boxes|
the 1980's and most of the 1990's you would have been forgiven for thinking that
most computer systems looked pretty much the same. A PC from Compaq looked
similar to a PC from IBM, and you would have to look really close at most
portables to determine the brand. Most office computers and servers were
aesthetically challenged. Then Apple, Sony and Sun Microsystems started to
design computers to look pretty, and storage boxes followed suit.
meanwhile another revolution was brewing...
For decades, industrial
users, the military, and telcos had realised that the cost of housing and
looking after large numbers of computers was significant. If you're managing
hundreds, or even thousands of systems, then using standard rackmount modules is
the only way to minimise floor space, speed repair and replacement, and manage
thermal and safety issues. As millions of companies became wired to the
internet during the 1990's they ran into the same problems encountered by
earlier generations of IT managers who had bought mainframes during the 1960's
...Servers take up a lot of space.
was that unlike the computer rooms built as temples to IBM in earlier
generations, the modern economic paradigm was less tolerant of wasted floor
space. So rackmount became the "in thing" and is now the fastest
growing segment in the server market.
Today the range of storage
enclosures available to the computer buyer starts from portable gadgets which
you can take to the beach, and scales upto fault tolerant systems where the disk
drives and power supplies can be replaced while everything is powered up and
online. In the home, the storage box for the digital entertainment center, will
soon become as ubiquitous as hi-fi's and VCR's were in the 90's. Brushed
aluminium, matt black, bright colors, or woodgrain finish will become more
important product parameters to consumer RAID buyers than storage capacity and
They'll all hold 200 movies, and 500 record albums,
connect to your TV, camera, and be backward compatible with your old DVD's, CD's
etc... so who cares about what's inside?
Style, ergonomics and
engineering excellence also have their part to play as corporate storage
systems become physically bigger and more expensive than the computers which
they connect to, the choice of enclosure and the options inherent in that choice
will become even more significant than before.
PS - for pretty
looking storage boxes see:-
Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market|
marketing metaphors are popular in service industries, but you'd be surprised
how many companies have used animals in their marketing of data storage
products and services.
The storage market was worth over $150 billion
in 2005, and as it gets bigger - more companies will turn to animal brands to
help differentiate their otherwise bland products and lend them artificial
(or deserving) characters and virtues.
The idea behind this type of
marketing is to suggest positive connotations so it's unlikely that anyone will
choose to associate their products with gremlins. But you may be surprised by
the population of the storage ark.
This reference articles lists all
known companies who have furry marketing brands, and also includes some which
are slimy, scaly and scary too. ...read the article,
Mice in storage