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|Who's who in SSD? - by
editor - June 28, 2012 |
In a fast changing market like the
enterprise SSD market - the first impression which a company makes on
you colors the way you filter out whatever they do or say next.
I admit that in 2010 - when I first read about GreenBytes - my impression was -
this is just another SSD
ASAPs company. And there are so many of those already - and their product
isn't even particularly fast.
Then in February 2012 when they
launched their first SSD rack - I didn't think too much of that either - because
I could eaily give you a list of over 100 companies which are doing that too. OK
- not so many bundling in
compression - but EasyCo
was doing compression in enterprise flash SSD racks in
2007 - and
WhipTail was shipping
an SSD rack with embedded dedupe in
2009 - and the
performance of GreenBytes' racks was so slow that they wouldn't have made the
fastest SSDs list
even 10 years
So GreenBytes wasn't anywhere near my list of the
top 20 SSD companies
to keep an eye on.
But then earlier this month I was contacted by
someone in the company to ask where they were in the scheme of things that our
readers were looking at. I looked again at what they've been doing and
reassessed them into a different places in the
enterprise SSD silos.
changes things a lot - because now - instead of viewing them as 1 of more than
100 or so hybrid SSD rack companies - they look more focused if I forget about
their HDD-included systems and look at them again afresh as 1 of a much smaller
number of pioneers in the SSD bulk storage / SSD archive market. (Their
performance is at the low end of fast-enough and the high end of SSD archive.)
I still wasn't too sure - so in June 2012 I asked Paul Silver -
who's VP of GreenBytes in Europe if he could answer some questions for me.
you can see the answers I got - and they might help you to place GreenBytes
more accurately in your own picture of the enterprise SSD use cases landscape
What percentage of your systems (worldwide) are hybrids compared to pure SSD
Paul Silver:- Because the Solidarity (SSD) is relatively new,
the majority of our current installed base are using our hybrid solutions;
however, we expect that to shift significantly in the coming months and years
ahead as all-flash solutions are increasingly adopted.
SSDmouse:- What are you doing to qualify
TLC flash to
replace HDDs in your
Paul Silver:- This is a confidential part of our
architecture and as such, I am unable to elaborate.
SSDmouse:- How do you position your company relative to
Silver:- On the face of it, both companies have a similar objective namely to
storage that delivers SSD performance at a price parity to SAS. The vision may
by similar but the reality is quite different because GreenBytes is a mature
solution with a proven storage stack that includes our patented inline
deduplication that has been tried and tested for many years.
SSDmouse:- Some of your literature mentions
HA. If a
customer has multiple racks of your storage does your software and
architecture support the failure or replacement of an entire rack?
Silver:- The HA-3000 and Solidarity range of systems are fully fault
tolerant and hot swappable so in the event of a failure, just the effected
component is replaced such as a fan or a drive.
Editor again:- So now, Dear Reader, you know what I know. I would
place GreenBytes in these categories:-
bulk storage SSDs,
SSD ASAPs and
later - acquired SSD
2008 - GreenBytes
emerged from stealth mode in . The company markets a range of
SSD ASAPs which
have been optimized for
its first pure SSD based storage array- the
Solidarity is a
iSCSI 3U rackmount SSD
with real-time dedupe and
compression with upto 13.5TB
(60TB effective) and 120,000 4K
it has raised an additional $12 million in Series B funding which the company
will use to expand sales and marketing of its
iSCSI compatble rackmount
May 2014 - Oracle
it will acquire GreenBytes.