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Imprinting the brain of the SSD

Editor:- How did the SSD market change from:- Who cares?
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the Top 10 SSD OEMs
After SSDs... What Next?
Reaching for the petabyte SSD
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Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Clarifying SSD Pricing - where does all the money go?
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the top 20 SSD companies in Q3 2010

Editor:- October 7, 2010 published the 14th quarterly edition of the Top SSD OEMs.

The 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. the article

SSD battle of the form factors - update

Editor:- 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 enterprise SSD server acceleration market - with 48% higher search volume by readers of

Themis launches 1U rugged RAID box for its military servers

Editor:- May 4, 2010 - Themis Computer has launched the RES-XStore - a 1U (17" deep) storage system for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.

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 challenging environments.

"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

Editor:- April 13, 2010 - Proavio launched the EditBox EB8Sx - an 8 drive desktop SAS box (with 750MB/s internal storage bandwidth) designed for the video editing market.

A single SAS host port can connect up to 128 disks by adding additional boxes.

XLC invites HDD partners for "enterprise" x4 hybrids

Editor:- April 1, 2010 - XLC Disk 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.

The 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. more

TDK launches SLC half slim SSDs

Editor:- March 30, 2010 - TDK launched the 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 MM-617 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

Editor:- March 23, 2010 - Coraid today announced new models in its AoE compatible NAS line including a 2U 24 drive (2.5") model - EtherDrive SRX3500 - with 6 10GbE ports.

The company says its SRX-Series appliances can deliver more than 500MB/s throughput in virtualization environments. OS support includes Windows, Solaris, and Linux.
ioSafe demos its disaster proof backup SSD on BBC news ... In January 2010 - ioSafe launched its disaster-proof backup SSD. This clip - taken from BBC tv news - showed the kind of stresses that the new drive could survive without needing any data recovery.
Nibble:- Storage Boxes

During 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.

But 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 and 70's...

...Servers take up a lot of space.

The difference 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 network speed.

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:- Storage News in Pictures
Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Animal 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. the article, Mice in storage
Storage Box & JBOD Manufacturers

Addonics Technologies

American Megatrends (AMI)



Caen Engineering

Case Logic

Chassis Plans

Ci Design

Condre Storage



Data Protection Solutions

Elma Electronic

Enhance Technology


Freecom Technologies

GizMac Accessories

Granite Digital



iQstor Networks

JMR Electronics

JW Electronics


Nexsan Technologies

Norco Technologies




Promise Technology

Proximity Data

Rave Computer

Sans Digital


SSI Computer

StorCase Technology


Super Micro

Tape Laboratories

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