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TMS Has Soft Solution for DBA's Hardest SSD Challenges

Houston, Texas - May 29, 2008 - Texas Memory Systems today announced the appointment of Mike Ault as resident Oracle guru.

Mr. Ault is a recognized Oracle expert and has published more than 20 Oracle-related books. By bringing him on board, TMS can provide the greatest possible level of expertise to help address customer database performance challenges and ensure optimal success with deployments of its RamSan SSDs. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, ...Mike Ault's Blog

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when planning business changes - the softer side (getting the people part right) often doesn't get as much attention as the harder aspects (technology, investments, infrastructure.)

Using SSDs for enterprise acceleration works best - when brainpower is working in tandem with the technology.

Call/Recall Announces Laser Diode Partner

San Diego – May 27, 2008 - Nichia Corp and Call/Recall, Inc have agreed to jointly develop a high-capacity optical disc recording and playback systems.

The platform is designed around Nichia commercially available violet and blue laser diodes and Call/Recall's terabyte media.

Call/Recall anticipates being able to release a Blu-ray compatible disk as well as a backward compatible player able to read Blu-ray disks as well as Call/Recall's higher capacity formats. Call/Recall also intends to use the technology for the enterprise market for the archiving of corporate information. ...Call/Recall profile, optical storage drives

Samsung Previews Fast 2.5" SSD

TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 26, 2008 - Samsung today unveiled plans to sample the fastest 2.5" SATA SSDs in September.

The 256GB MLC flash design will have a sequential read speed of 200MB/s and sequential write speed of 160MB/s. A 1.8" version of the 256GB SSD is also expected to be available in Q4. ...Samsung profile

Editor's comments:-
if such a device were shipping in volume today it would be the fastest 2.5" SSD. But I doubt if it will actually be the fastest one that's available in Q408 (in 6 months time).

See Predicting Future Flash SSD Performance , 2.5" SSDs

Sans Digital Launches 2.5" SSD Platform

City of Industry, CA - May 23, 2008 - Sans Digital has a new product line of CompactFlash enclosures.

The CompactRAID CR2T accomodates 2 CF cards in a single 2.5" SATA storage device. It supports spanning and RAID 1 (mirroring). ...Sans Digital profile

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This important design feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases - has a strong impact on SSD data integrity and operational reliability.

This article will help you understand why some SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be negligible.
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