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Storage news - 2008, February week 1

. Megabyte's selection of storage news
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hadn't aged Megabyte a bit.
the Fastest SSDs
the Top 10 Solid State Disk OEMs
the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
RAM versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?
You're Never More than 20 Feet Away from a Rat / or a Hard Drive
SSD ad - click for more info
How committed (really) are these companies to the military SSD business?
a not so simple list of military SSD companies
1.0" SSDs
1.8" SSDs
2.5" SSDs
3.5" SSDs
19" rack SSDs

Analysts - SSD market
Animal brands in the SSD market
Articles and blogs - re SSD
ASAPs / Auto tiering SSDs

Backup software
Bad block management in flash SSDs
Benchmarks - can you trust them?
Best / cheapest SSD?
Big market picture of SSDs
Bookmarks from SSD leaders
Branding Strategies in the SSD market
Buyers Guide to SSDs

Cables for storage interfaces
CD, DVD and optical storage drives
Chips - storage interface / processors
Chips - SSD on a chip & DOMs
Cloud storage - with SSD twists
Controller chips for SSDs
Cost of SSDs - why so much?

Data integrity in flash SSDs
Data recovery (all)
Data recovery for flash SSDs?
Disaster Recovery procedures
Disk to disk backup
Disk sanitizers
Duplicators - optical (DVD etc)
Duplicators - HDD / SSD
DuraClass - strength in SSD brands

enterprise MLC SSDs - how safe?
Encryption in notebook SSDs
Endurance - in flash SSDs
Enter the SSD market - 3 easy ways
ExpressCard SSDs

Fast purge / erase SSDs
Fastest SSDs
Fibre-channel HBAs
Fibre-Channel SSDs
FireWire storage
Flaky consumer SSDs
Flash Memory
Flash SSDs
flash SSD vs RAM SSD
Flooded hard drives - recovery guide
Future of enterprise storage (2020)

Garbage Collection - SSD jargon
GBICs, SFPs and XFPs
Green storage

Hard disk drives
History of data storage
History of disk to disk backup
History of the SPARC systems market
History of SSD market
Hybrid Drives

Iceberg syndrome - invisible capacity
Imprinting the brain of the SSD
Imprinting the brain of the SSD
Industrial SSDs
Industry trade associations (ORGs)
IOPS - inflation in flash SSDs
Storage news
SSD ad - click for more info
Lightning, tachIOn , WarpDrive ... etc
Inanimate Power, Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands
Jargon - legacy storage
Jargon - RAID
Jargon - flash SSD
Jukeboxes - optical storage

Legacy vs New Dynasty SSDs
Lightning - speed in SSD brands

Market research (all storage)
Marketing Views
Mice and storage
Military storage
MLC - in SSD jargon
MLC in enterprise SSDs

News page
Notebook SSDs

Online Backup
Optical drives

People in storage
Petabyte SSD roadmap
Popular SSDs - 2007 to today
Power loss - sudden in SSDs
Power, Speed & Strength in brands
PR agencies - storage and SSD
PR mistakes to avoid

Rackmount SSDs
RAID controllers
RAID systems & SSD
RAM cache ratios in flash SSDs
RAM memory chips
RamSan - SSD brands article
RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs
Recession - impact on SSD market?
Record breaking storage
Reliability - SSD
Reliability - storage
Removable drives
Routers (storage)

SAS storage
SAS - flexibility for the Data Center
SATA storage
SCSI SSDs - legacy parallel
SSD articles and blogs (popular)
Switches - SAN

Tape drives
Tape libraries

Test Equipment
Top 20 SSD companies
TuffServ - strength in SSD brands
Tuning SANs with SSDs

USB storage
User Value Propositions for SSDs

VC funds in storage
Videos - about SSDs
Wear leveling (SSD jargon)
What's an SSD?
Intel & STMicro Sample Phase Change Memory
SANTA CLARA, Calif - February 6, 2008 - Intel Corp and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone today as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory.

The 128M bit prototypes are the first functional silicon to be delivered to customers for evaluation, bringing the technology one step closer to adoption. The memory device, codenamed "Alverstone" uses PCM, a promising new memory technology providing very fast read and write speeds at lower power than conventional flash, and allows for bit alterability normally seen in RAM.

"This is the most significant non-volatile memory advancement in 40 years," said Ed Doller, CTO-designate of Numonyx, the new name for the pending STMicroelectronics and Intel flash memory company. "There have been plenty of attempts to find and develop new non-volatile memory technologies, yet of all the concepts, PCM provides the most compelling solution – and Intel and STMicroelectronics are delivering PCM into the hands of customers today. This is an important milestone for the industry and for our companies."

According to the Web-Feet Research the combined memory market for DRAM, flash, and other memory products such as EEPROM in 2007 was US$61 billion. ...Intel profile, ...STMicroelectronics profile

Editor's comments:-
Intel is hedging its bets with non volatile memory technologies which could be used in the SSD market. As well as this effort with PCM and a high speed flash venture with Micron, Intel is also an investor in Nanochip. The holy grail for nv memory is to get the speed of RAM with the long term data retention and low pricing of flash. There are many contenders in this market but most will probably fail.

Past reasons for new semiconductor storage technologies failing to get established have been unreliability (early data loss in GI EAROMs which didn't show up in early prototypes) and lack of scalability (in Intel bubble memory). Other reasons for new storage technologies failing to reach potential is that the main competitor does better than planned - for example hard disk capacity kept increasing faster than the optical disk industry had hoped.

ONStor Reports 3rd Year of 100% Growth

CAMPBELL, Calif - February 6, 2008 - ONStor Inc. today announced that the company ended its 3rd consecutive year of 100% revenue growth. Designed with n-way clustering, file server virtualisation, and a single pool of open storage, ONStor says its clustered NAS products deliver simple, efficient NAS storage management solutions which are also energy efficient. ...ONStor profile

It's Groundhog Day (Again) for 8Gbps Fibre Channel HBAs

COSTA MESA, Calif - February 6, 2008 - Emulex Corp today announced availability of its 8Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapters. Designed to maintain backward compatibility with existing 4Gb/s and 2Gb/s products, Emulex PCI Express 2.0-based 8Gb/s HBAs enable a seamless transition to next-generation SANs. ...Emulex profile

Editor's comments:-
my first reaction to this was - hadn't I already run a similar story about QLogic sampling 8Gbps HBAs last August? Turns out I had. That's why Emulex's white paper Fact vs. Fiction - What QLogic doesn't want you to know (pdf) is also getting a link here. Reports Top Storage Searches

Editor:- February 6, 2008, 2008 - today updated its monthly list of the top subjects viewed by storage searchers in January. The top 5 subjects were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup - up 1 place
(2) - Hard drives - down 1 place
(3) - Solid state disks - no change
(4) - 2.5 inch SSDs - no change
(5) - RAID systems - up 3 places

Overall pageviews grew 17% compared to the year ago period.

The last time RAID systems were in the top 5 subjects was in January 2001, when it came 3rd after SAN switches (at #2), and Backup Software (#1). Our readership is now more than 3x larger and pageviews more than 5x larger than back in those innocent days before 9/11. to see top 20

eDiscovery Companies Find Mutual Interests

LegalTech, New York - February 5, 2008 - Mimosa Systems and Index Engines today announced a joint partnership. Together Mimosa and Index Engines address the many challenges of eDiscovery by enabling organizations to implement a powerful, litigation-ready, eDiscovery solution to rapidly, discover and retrieve time-sensitive data stored in email and offline tape repositories.

"The December 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for Electronic Discovery ushered in the use of email archiving for legal document retention and preservation," said Vivian Tero, Senior Research Analyst, IDC. "The eDiscovery rule changes eliminated the need of emails to pass the hearsay test; hence, more companies are deploying email archiving applications to manage critical email as business records and to address future discovery burdens, as opposed to just meeting mailbox management and storage optimization needs."

Courts are getting tougher on companies that fail to provide documents, especially email. One of the main problems stemming from compliance and electronic discovery mandates is companies' failure to find documents and email because they've been deleted. However, the deletion of documents is often not a reasonable defense when a company is faced with a discovery request. ...Index Engines profile, ...Mimosa Systems profile

You're Never More than 20 Feet Away from a Rat

Editor:- February 4, 2008 - published a new article today - You're Never More than 20 Feet Away from a Rat / or a Hard Drive.

Intel and Micron Unveil Fastest Flash Memory

SANTA CLARA, Calif - February 1, 2008 - Intel Corp and Micron Technology Inc. today unveiled a jointly developed new NAND flash technology that is 5x faster than before. It can sustain speeds up to 200MB/s for reads and 100MB/s for writes.

"The computing market is embracing NAND-based solutions to accelerate system performance through the use of caching and solid-state drives" said Pete Hazen, director of marketing, Intel NAND Group. "At up to 5 times the performance over conventional NAND, the high speed NAND from Intel and Micron, based on the ONFi 2.0 industry standard, will enable new embedded solutions and removable solutions that take advantage of high–performance system interfaces, including PCIe and upcoming standards such as USB 3.0." ...Intel profile, ...Micron profile

Editor's comments:-
although you can already buy flash SSDs from STEC which deliver the same R/W throughput that Intel and Micron are claiming is the "fastest" flash throughput - it's a mistake to confuse chip performance with system performance.

A flash SSD is a complex sub-system which can deliver many times the intrinsic flash memory speed through its host interface using parallel architecture. What Intel and Micron are saying here is that you can soon expect a new generation of faster dumb flash storage using their new technology. It follows that SSD products which amplify raw flash chip performance will get faster (and cheaper) too.

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