storage news - 2008, January week 4
|the SSD Buyers Guide|
the Top 10 SSD Companies
Can you trust flash SSD specs?
RAM Cache Ratios in flash SSDs
3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market
Design Tradeoffs for flash SSD Performance
the Problem with Write IOPS - in flash SSDs
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design
Clarifying SSD Pricing - where does all the money go?
Validated by IBM
Santa Clara, Calif - January 31, 2008 - Asempra Technologies announced its Business Continuity Server has been validated as Ready for IBM Tivoli software.
The BCS has also been certified by IBM as System Storage Proven. Asempra's BCS solution protects SQL, Exchange, and Windows File Server applications and data through a patented approach that captures and indexes all data events, creating a virtualized data store that allows instantaneous recovery to any point-in-time. Using Asempra's virtualized recovery and data protection technology Exchange and SQL can be available as fast as 30 seconds after a storage failure. ...Asempra Technologies profile
PQI's Traveling Disk
Taipei, Taiwan - January 29, 2008 - PQI today launched the Traveling Disk U173.
The key-chain form factor 8GB USB flash disk has a gliding case design which is lid-less. The blue / black or silver / white case has a sandblasted polished surface. The integrated management software includes outlook synchronization and PC-Lock security. ...PQI profile
Sun will Distribute CommVault's Data Management Suite
OCEANPORT, N.J. - January 29, 2008 - Sun Microsystems Inc. will distribute CommVault's Simpana 7.0 data management software suite on its x64 server and storage systems.
According to Art Licht, chief technologist for Storage at Sun "The partnership with CommVault furthers our commitment to providing customers with comprehensive solutions for the Microsoft enterprise, including Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007..." ...CommVaultSystems profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Solid Data Expands SSD Services
SANTA CLARA, CA - January 29, 2008) - Solid Data Systems, Inc. today announced the expansion of its professional services organization.
This group helps users optimize the use of SSDs in high transaction rate applications and is aligned by vertical industry expertise. Solid Data's services program offers free initial phone consultation, on-site architectural assessment and evaluation, and technical and cost analysis on proposed SSD-based architectural solutions.
"In the past SSDs were often used as quick fixes, only replacing key hot files," said Mark Hayashida, CTO of Solid Data Systems. "The mission of Solid Data Professional Services is to introduce architectures specifically designed around solid state disk storage. These architectures bring more than performance to high transaction rate environments. Once the limitation of mechanical disk drives is removed, the resulting systems are simpler, use much less power, and reduce the number of servers required. In addition, peak transaction capacity is dramatically increased, virtually eliminating server crashes due to overload. In properly architected systems the savings more than compensate for the additional cost of the SSD..." ...Solid Data Systems profile
Editor's comments:- this is a welcome move because as new vendors enter the enterprise SSD market - there will be many examples of the technology being mis-sold for applications which get no real benefit because the SSDs have been deployed incorrectly. That's like hitching a Porsche to plow your field. It may have the horsepower - but it's not going to go any faster than the John Deere... There's no substitute for expertise when deploying this technology.
Promise Ships New SAS RAID Controllers
MILPITAS, Calif - January 28, 2008 - Promise Technology Inc. today announced immediate general availability of its SuperTrak EX and FastTrak TX host-based SAS RAID controllers.
Promise's SuperTrak EX offerings are 4- and 8-port internal, hardware-based SAS and SATA RAID controllers using Intel's 81348 IO processor. They support RAID 5 and RAID 6 and are designed for data protection needs based on entry-level and midrange server platforms running all popular Linux distributions as well as Windows. Target applications include disk-to-disk backup, video capture, post production and database applications.
Promise's FastTrak TX offerings are software-based SAS RAID cards designed for workstation applications. ...Promise Technology profile
HyperIP Acceleration Software Scales to Wire Speeds
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - January 28, 2008 - NetEx today announced a new faster version of its HyperIP software technology that deliver near-native wire speed performance of 800Mb/s on a COTS Intel appliance.
NetEx customers can purchase the HyperIP data acceleration solution on an industry standard platform at 1.5 Mb/s and then add performance as needed up to 800Mb/s all in the same appliance with no hardware upgrades required. ...NetEx profile
RAIGE Company Gets $24 million Additional Funding
Spring, Texas - January 28, 2008 - Pivot3 Inc today announced that it has received $24 million in series C venture funding led by Mesirow Financial Capital Partners IX.
"Storage costs can be up to 50% of a video surveillance installation," said Dilip Sarangan, research analyst for Frost & Sullivan. "We see this new round of funding as a testament to the significant market opportunity that Pivot3 has as a solid, innovative data storage company, with IP-based products designed to meet its customers' physical security requirements."
Bill Galloway, Pivot3 co-founder and CTO said "Our block-level virtualization RAIGE (RAID Across Gigabit Ethernet), gives customers 5x or more the performance of traditional solutions at a lower cost. RAIGE performance exceeds Fibre Channel or 10GbE performance without requiring upgrades to a new network infrastructure." ...Pivot3 profile
TMS Sets New SPC Records
Houston, Texas - January 28, 2008 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. today announced that it has broken the world data storage performance record and price-performance record again.
The new records were achieved using standard server and storage network hardware and the TMS RamSan-400 solid state disk. Based on audited results submitted to the vendor-neutral Storage Performance Council the RamSan-400 SSD delivered a record 291,208.58 SPC-1 IOPS with a record average response time of just 0.86 milliseconds. It also set a new SPC-1 Price-Performance record by delivering that performance at just $0.67 per SPC-1 IOPS. ...Texas Memory Systems profile
...Later:- a few days later IBM's storage blogger Tony Pearson, a self proclaimed SSD skeptic, published some interesting comments about the TMS news story and SPCs in general.
StorageMaster Offers Real-time Content Delivery
ATLANTA, GA - January 24, 2008 - Concurrent Computer announced today the launch of its new StorageMaster product line.
The target market includes broadcasters who need very high-speed storage and retrieval, critical data I/O capability and advanced data prioritization. The StorageMaster regional file server allows service providers to centrally house and rapidly transport specific content (faster than real-time) to remote locations, even down to the node level.
"Concurrent's on-demand platforms must store and stream thousands of hours of video content for hundreds of thousands of end-users, but, in the end, you are still dealing with digital data," explains Bob Chism, Concurrent's CTO. "We will launch StorageMaster within the cable community first; we know those customers well and have the sales infrastructure in place to specifically target them. Our plan is to next adapt the content storage product to provide versatile, scalable, high-density storage products for that portion of the IT market handling critical data, with a need for resiliency and fast storage and retrieval." ...Concurrent profile
Editor's comments:- fast content dispersion can be viewed as the opposite process to fast disk backup. But the same technology can be applied to other applications and Concurrent plans a general version of the product line too.
WD Reports 46% Hard Drive Revenue Growth
LAKE FOREST, Calif - January 23, 2008 - Western Digital Corp. today reported that hard drive revenue grew year on year by 46% to $2.084 billion for the 2nd quarter ending Dec. 28, 2007.
In addition WD got $120 million of revenue from media and substrate sales. Overall net income was $305 million. WD shipped over 34 million hard drives in the quarter. One fast growing application segment was the PVR/DVR market which took 8.7 million 2.5" drives and 4.1 million 3.5" units.
WD's president and CEO John Coynesaid "Our operational flexibility and our technology leadership in 2.5" mobile hard drives enabled us to quickly react to a number of attractive market and product mix opportunities throughout the December quarter." ...Western Digital profile
Editor's comments:- WD's impressive results (and Seagate's 14% growth reported last week) account for most of the hard disk revenue worldwide and suggest that my article last year How Solid is Hard Disk's Future? was correct in saying that the hard disk market revenue could sustainably grow at double digits at the same time as the solid state disk market grows at triple digits. That article includes a market model which explains why the simplistic "replacement of HDDs by SSDs" - often cited by part time storage commentators is nowhere near describing the full picture.
Brocade Unveils the Brocade DCX Backbone
SAN JOSE, Calif - January 22, 2008 - Brocade today introduced the DCX Backbone, the first in a new class of high-performance data center networking products.
It provides comprehensive and flexible deployment options, including the capability to support Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Data Center Ethernet (DCE), Gigabit Ethernet, and iSCSI protocols. ...Brocade profile, SAN , SAN switches
Alacritech Promises 10GbE iSCSI Accelerator 1H08
SAN JOSE, Calif - January 22, 2008 - Alacritech Inc. announced today that it has successfully taped-out its 10GbE ASIC design.
Working in conjunction with Open-Silicon, a fabless ASIC company, Alacritech met its scheduled tape-out target date for this 5th generation TCP/IP Offload 10GbE ASIC. Alacritech targets the first half of 2008 to have 10GbE accelerators, incorporating the new ASIC, in the hands of the Tier 1 server OEMs. All of the industry's major OEMs have agreed to evaluate Alacritech's 10GbE technology on the merits of the company's history and leadership in TCP/IP Offload Engines (TOE). Accelerators will also be placed in the hands of strategic end-customers in early 2008. ...Alacritech profile
Nanochip Aims to Trash Flash
Fremont, Calif - January 22, 2008 - Nanochip, Inc. today announced the completion of a $14 million series C financing round.
It will allow Nanochip to complete development of its first prototypes later this year to support design verification testing and limited customer sampling in 2009 followed by full commercialization in 2010.
Nanochip is developing a new class of ultra-high-capacity non volatile storage chips. Nanochip says its first products could exceed 100GB per chip set, reaching terabytes in the future, and at a substantially lower cost compared with flash memory solutions.
"Flash has become the technology of choice for a variety of consumer and business applications where cost-effective, non-volatile solid-state storage is a must," said Keith Larson, VP and director of investor Intel Capital. "However, as flash process technology scaling begins to approach its limits, Nanochip's technology is well positioned to provide memory capacity with exponentially higher storage densities at a cost per gigabyte significantly below that of flash technology. New memory components, such as Nanochip's, will enable new, innovative electronics devices and increase the performance of existing computing and other devices." ...Nanochip profile
Editor's comments:- I'm used to waiting years between the time I first mention a company on these pages to the time that their first product apears. Nanochip is a good example. The company was founded in 1996 and was listed here in 2001. But it doesn't expect to sample its first commercial products till 2009. That's a 13 year gestation period!
Although the company looks and talks like a chipmaker - it aims to compete head to head in the solid state disk market and I predict it will have to design make and market demonstration SSDs in order to prove its concept to the oems it hopes will one day use its technology, or license it or (more likely) acquire the company.
Memoright Says 128GB 2.5" flash SSDs Now Available
Shenzhen, China - January 22, 2008 - Memoright today announced availability of 64GB and 128GB versions of its 2.5" SATA flash SSDs.
Burst Read/Write throughput is 133MB/sec (100MB/sec sustained).
Memoright's Sales Manager, Jasmine Hong said "Maybe we are the first one who actually has 128GB TODAY. Everyone else predicts February." ...Memoright profile
Editor's comments:- as I know from reader emails about recent announcements from other vendors - availability of new models sometimes depends on who you are. Priority tends to be given to bigger oem customers.
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