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Mtron Unveils Faster Flash SSD Technology
SEOUL, South Korea - June 19, 2008 - Mtron this week revealed new 260MB/s SSD controller technology at the World IT Show 2008 in Seoul.

Mtron 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

LAKE FOREST, 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, RAID systems, Hard disk drives

White Paper on SSD vs HDD Metrology

Editor:- June 19, 2008 - Solid Access Technologies has released a new white paper called - "New Equations for Measuring the Value of High Performance Storage."

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. the article (pdf), ...Solid Access Technologies profile

See also:- 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 BladeSystem servers.

"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 generation technology." ...Fusion-io profile

Editor's comments:-
the 200,000 IOPS figure quoted was based on striping multiple cards (at least 4) in a single server.

See also:- Are MLC SSDs Safe in Enterprise Server Apps?, SSDs Pushing the Envelope in Blade Server Design

2009 Storage Visions Conference Opens for Presentations, Sponsors and Exhibitors

San Jose, 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, past events), Storage ORGs

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.

A 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 profile

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

Round Rock, TX - June 16, 2008 - Dell announced immediate availability of a 2U SAS disk expansion chassis for upto 24 2.5" drives - the PowerVault MD1120.

When attached to Dell's PowerEdge RAID Controller, the PowerVault MD1120 can scale to 6 enclosures and house up to 144 drives. ...Dell profile, SAS, JBODs

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.

Seanodes 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

Editor:- June 16, 2008 - a report today in the Korea Times says MTRON will supply 2.5" flash SSDs to Hynix Semiconductor.

MTRON (ranked #3 in's top 10 SSDs list) also makes one of the fastest 2.5" SATA flash SSDs. ...Hynix profile, ...Mtron profile

Astute Networks Provides ATCA Storage for Sun Blades

San Diego, CA - June 12, 2008 - Astute Networks, Inc today announced the availability of a bladed storage solution for the Sun compatible ATCA market.

Sun Microsystems and Astute Networks will be demonstrating a scalable ATCA platform at the NXTcomm 2008 show in Las Vegas (June 16 - 19). ...Astute Networks profile, Storage Events

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 operation.

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 operations. ...Incipient profile, "migration" - editor mentions, SAN software ISVs

Toshiba Close to Shipping Highest Capacity 1.8" Storage Drives

IRVINE, 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. ...Toshiba profile, Hard drives (all), 1.8" drives

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 global growth.

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 SPARC notebook maker Tadpole-RDI, VP of manufacturing and procurement for Pinnacle Micro and Director of Manufacturing for Toshiba America.

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. ...SiliconSystems 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.

Casper 5.0 (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. ...Future Systems profile, Disk to disk backup

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.

Talwalkar 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. the article, ...LSI profile, RAID adapter cards, SSDs

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.

The new 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 Pageviews Grew 20%

Editor:- June 9, 2008 - 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:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup
(2) - Solid state disks
(3) - 2.5 inch SSDs
(4) - Hard drives
(5) - NAS

The new directory of PCIe SSDs entered the top 20 subjects for the first time. Overall pageviews grew 20% compared to the year ago period. 20 subjects and articles
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