South Korea - June 19, 2008 - Mtron this week revealed new 260MB/s
SSD controller technology at the World IT Show 2008 in Seoul. |
plans to launch SSDs based on the new controller technology early next year.
Mtron's next generation controller technology is based on an
8-channel system with the maximum read/write speed of 260/240MB/s (based on SLC)
and 8,000 random write IOPS (using 4KB blocks).
Steve Jeon, CEO of
Mtron, said, "This new controller provides not only improved performance,
but also it provides high stability and reliability by minimizing errors and
instability that a typical flash memory chip has. Based on the superb technology
from our 1st generation controller, Mtron will lead the next generation
controller industry..." ...Mtron profile,
Z's Laws - Predicting
Future Flash SSD Performance
WD Ships New RAID Edition Disks
Calif. - June 19, 2008 - WD announced it is shipping new 3.5"
SATA hard drives.
With a spin speed of 7,200 RPM and upto 500GB
capacity the RE3 (RAID Edition) family has a claimed MTBF of 1.2 million
hours and improved performance in high vibration environments. WD performs
extended burn-in testing with thermal cycling added to reduce RE3 infant
mortality. MSRP for the WD RE3 500GB is $119, the 320GB is $89 and the 250GB is
$79. ...WD profile,
Hard disk drives
White Paper on SSD vs HDD Metrology
June 19, 2008 - Solid Access Technologies has released a new white
paper called - "New Equations for Measuring the Value of High Performance
It compares the rack height, electrical power and
price to achieve identical IOPS using
RAM SSDs and
hard disks. I saw a
preview edition of the article and that's what prompted me to write my plea
Calling for an
End to Unrealistic SSD vs HDD IOPS Comparisons.
I asked for the
registration barrier to be removed and Solid Access has now done that. Despite
my rant it's not a bad article. In fact it's quite informative. I guess the
reason it skips the metrics for
flash SSD arrays
is that so much depends on implementation details which are vendor specific.
There's no such thing as a generic high speed flash SSD. ...read
the article (pdf),
RAM SSDs versus
Flash SSDs - which is Best? which gets updated from time to time.
HP's Blades May Get SSD Infusion
Las Vegas - June 18, 2008 - Fusion-io
said it's adapting its flash SSDs to provide acceleration in HP's
"Fusion-io's work with HP is an
acknowledgment of the benefits of a solid-state storage solution that addresses
latency and bottlenecks at the server level," said Don Basile, CEO of
Fusion-io. "... With our ioMemory architecture, we're getting more than
200,000 IOPS within HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades today. So, working
together with HP was the natural place to begin building upon our next
comments:- the 200,000 IOPS figure quoted was based on striping multiple
cards (at least 4) in a single server.
Are MLC SSDs
Safe in Enterprise Server Apps?,
SSDs Pushing the
Envelope in Blade Server Design
2009 Storage Visions Conference Opens for Presentations, Sponsors
CA - June 17, 2008 - The Entertainment Storage Alliance announces the
8th Annual Storage Visions Conference to be held at the Flamingo Hotel
in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6 & 7, 2009.
The Storage Visions
Conference is the premier event bringing together people from throughout the
digital content creation, distribution and use value chain to meet and discuss
the role, use and advances in digital storage that enable the digital content
revolution. ...Storage Visions
, future Storage Events,
Fast Boot RAM SSDs Get Patent Protection
Houston, TX - June
17, 2008 - Texas Memory Systems says it has been granted a patent for
its Instant-On Input-Output (IO2) technology, which enables instant access to
data from a RAM-based SSD after a unit is powered on.
traditional RAM SSD
must wait for data to be entirely loaded from internal backup
hard disk drives to the
RAM storage area before it is accessible. For smaller SSDs, the loss in
availability is small. Without IO2, large capacity SSDs are impractical as
availability could be lost for up to 2 hours just to load 512GB from disk to
memory. With IO2, the duration of data restoration does not affect system
availability, ensuring the highest levels of productivity for users and
profitability for the enterprise.
"Although downtime for a
RamSan SSD in a
production environment is rare, it is a possibility, for example in the case of
a planned shutdown," said Woody Hutsell, Executive VP at Texas Memory
Systems. "Because Texas Memory Systems has been the SSD supplier of choice
for mission-critical systems for nearly 30 years, we developed the IO2
technology to address any potential loss of productivity caused by delayed data
access during power up." ...Texas Memory Systems
Editor's comments:- with
flash SSDs the
data is already there. But they aren't
nearly so fast.
Dell Launches High Density Low Power 2.5" Disk Rack
Rock, TX - June 16, 2008 - Dell announced immediate availability of a
2U SAS disk expansion chassis for upto 24 2.5" drives - the PowerVault
When attached to Dell's PowerEdge RAID Controller, the
PowerVault MD1120 can scale to 6 enclosures and house up to 144 drives.
Seanodes Launches Exanodes VM Edition
Boston, MA - June 16, 2008
- Seanodes today introduced Exanodes - Virtual Machine Edition -
software solution for integrating disparate storage into a SAN environment.
says its Exanodes VM Edition redefines simplicity with installation,
configuration and deployment measured in minutes rather than days for typical
SAN deployments. It requires no target management, no additional hardware, no
need for external SAN storage
or fabrics and no specific storage competencies.
It provides high
performance through improved parallelism and full utilization of hardware at the
user's disposal. Exanodes offers fault tolerance that includes self-healing
capabilities and less than 40-minutes to rebuild a 1TB disk. Pricing for
Exanodes VM Edition starts at $500 per terabyte. ...Seanodes profile
MTRON Leverages SSD Controller IP with Hynix OEM Deal
June 16, 2008 - a report today in the Korea Times says MTRON
will supply 2.5" flash SSDs to Hynix Semiconductor.
(ranked #3 in STORAGEsearch.com's
top 10 SSDs list)
also makes one of the fastest
2.5" SATA flash SSDs. ...Hynix profile,
Astute Networks Provides ATCA Storage for Sun Blades
Diego, CA - June 12, 2008 - Astute Networks, Inc today announced the
availability of a bladed storage solution for the Sun compatible ATCA
Sun Microsystems and Astute Networks will be
demonstrating a scalable ATCA platform at the
NXTcomm 2008 show in Las Vegas (June
16 - 19). ...Astute
Incipient Sets Sights on Error-Prone Data Migration Market
Waltham, MA -
June 11, 2008 - Incipient, Inc. announced the debut of its Automated
Data Migration software.
This streamlines and automates the
end-to-end process of data migrations for large homogeneous and heterogeneous
SAN environments. Incipient
says its software transforms today's error-prone and highly manual data
migration processes into a completely automated and uniquely efficient
Industry estimates and field data captured by Incipient indicate 25%
of data under management is moved annually at an average cost of $5,000 per
terabyte. Based on these estimates, a data center with one petabyte of storage
under management today spends $1.25 million annually on data migration
- editor mentions, SAN
Toshiba Close to Shipping Highest Capacity 1.8" Storage
Calif - June 10, 2008 - Toshiba says it will ship 160GB dual-platter
5,400 RPM SATA hard disks to oems in August.
They're aimed at the
subnotebook PC market. IDC
projects 1.8-inch HDD shipments will grow to more than 26 million units by 2012.
Hard drives (all),
SiliconSystems Names Phil Gioia VP of Operations
ALISO VIEJO, Calif -
June 10, 2008 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that Phil Gioia
has joined the company as VP of operations.
Gioia, with more
than 25 years of technology industry experience in manufacturing operations,
will lead the expansion of SiliconSystems' operations to support its rapid
Prior to joining SiliconSystems, Gioia was VP of
supply chain management at QLogic
in charge of outsourced manufacturing operations. Before that, Gioia was a
senior VP of operations for
VP of manufacturing and procurement for
Micro and Director of Manufacturing for
Gioia achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, and has an MBA
from the University of La Verne, School of Business.
profile, Storage People
New Version of Casper Hard Disk Backup
Indianapolis, IN -
June 10, 2008 - Future Systems Solutions, Inc. announces a new version
of its hard disk backup utility for Windows.
(download price $49.95) enables the creation of a complete and
immediately-bootable PC backup for use when disaster strikes. Among other new
features it eliminates severe performance degradation commonly arising from
aggressive filtering techniques in leading antivirus and antispyware products.
profile, Disk to disk
LSI's CEO Talks about SSD Market
Editor:- June 9,
2008 - LSI's CEO Abhi Talwalkar reveals his thinking about the
SSD market in an interview published today by DIGITIMES.
talks in knowledgeable detail about what he thinks are the prospects for LSI
in both the notebook and server SSD markets. But I come away from this with an
impression that LSI is going to be a late me-too player in the SSD
infrastructure market. ...read the
profile, RAID adapter
Panasas Parallel Storage Powers World's Fastest Supercomputer
FREMONT, CA. - June 9,
2008 - Panasas, Inc's. Parallel Storage has been chosen by the Los
Alamos National Lab for use with its newest Roadrunner computer system -
which is the most powerful supercomputer in the world.
Petaflop system is designed to run complex, scientific calculations solving
problems related to defense, energy, environment, infrastructure and national
security concerns. The newest Roadrunner supercomputer, supplied by IBM, is a
3000 node hybrid Linux Cluster with over 12,900 processors, comprised of a
combination of x86 and Cell microprocessors. ...Panasas profile
STORAGEsearch.com Pageviews Grew 20%
Editor:- June 9, 2008 -
STORAGEsearch.com today updated its monthly list of the top subjects
and articles viewed by storage searchers in May.
There was no
change in the top 5 subjects viewed, which were:-
Disk to disk backup
Solid state disks
2.5 inch SSDs
directory of PCIe SSDs
entered the top 20 subjects for the first time. Overall pageviews grew 20%
compared to the year ago period. ...top 20 subjects and