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  • editor's comments:-Among other things Google is one of many companies in the SSD software market and SSD enabled cloud market, as well as being a big dark matter user of SSDs. It's one of the world's largest users of SSDs. Although Google has used off the shelf SSDs from vendors like Fusion-io - Google's style in its server infrastructure has been to build its own servers from cheap commodity parts. Therefore it was only a matter of time before they also carried forward this concept to SSDs.

    I was contacted by someone in the group that designs custom servers in Google back in 2007 with questions about SSDs, reliability and endurance.

    A lot of big users were asking deep questions about SSD reliability at that time - which is one of the reasons that prompted me to devote more space to this subject.

    In an article called - the future of enterprise storage in January 2011 - I wrote about the trends which would lead towards a market where the kind of smart data content repurposing which companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and the BBC pioneered - would become part of every day business for broadcasters. But it needs an SSDcentric server model to get the best results.
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Retiring and retiering enterprise DRAM was one of the big SSD ideas which took hold in the market in 2015.

Over 20 companies have already announced products for this market among which are Memory1, 3DXPoint etc

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In November 2009 - Google opened its doors to developers who wanted to work with Chrome OS - a new operating system for tablets.

In the opening video of the Chrome OS blog we learned that the architects of the new OS were "obsessed with speed".

Therefore the new netbook OS was designed from the ground up to support only flash SSDs as the default mass storage.

Google said - there is no room in this OS for outmoded 50 year old hard disk technology.
"I often say to enterprise SSD marketers - it's easy to create a list of the top 10 oems or user sites which already use SSDs - but no one's got more than a small fraction of the list of future SSD user heavyweights - because they don't exist yet - or if they do - they're in stealth mode."
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