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SSD & storage news - 2008, September week 4

Moonwalks Data to Plasmon's Shiny Media

Australia - September 29, 2008 - Moonwalk today announced that it has partnered with Plasmon on a joint solution that provides companies using traditional HSM solutions greater control of their datasets and optimal use of their storage infrastructure without the associated management headaches.

Moonwalk 6.0 can intelligently move, copy or archive files from various platforms and file systems to the Plasmon Archive Appliance based on the business value of the unstructured data under storage.

"Plasmon's UDO Archive Appliance complements the Moonwalk environment by providing the natural repository for infrequently accessed files that must be retained." said Patrick Dowling, VP of Global Marketing for Plasmon. "Data migrated to the Archive Appliance is secured on both disk and true WORM UDO media. This strategy ensures data accessibility, record authenticity, and the 100 year UDO media life provides long-term access while greatly extending data lifecycles."

Editor's comments:- a few weeks ago Steven Murphy, President and CEO Plasmon published an update on the company's status and restructuring plans.

See also:- Optical Storage Libraries, Backup Software, gone-away storage companies

ULINK Invites SSD OEMs to Participate in SATA-IO Interoperability Workshop

Santa Clara, CA - September 29, 2008- ULINK Technology will provide a range of testing tools for designers and manufacturers during the SATA-IO Plugfest this week in Milpitas, California.

ULINK considers that it will be a good opportunity for new SSD designers and manufacturers to test the compliance of SATA-IO industrial standard by working with ULINK during this coming event. Storage Events, Storage Testers & Analyzers

Toshiba Samples 256GB 2.5" SSD

TOKYO - September 26, 2008 - Toshiba said it is sampling a 256GB 2.5" SATA MLC flash SSD with R/W speeds of 120 / 70 MB/s.

Mass production will be in the 4th quarter. ...Toshiba profile, 2.5 inch SSDs

Toshiba Launches Highest Capacity 1.8" Drive

IRVINE, Calif. - September 24, 2008 - Toshiba today announced the industry's first 250GB 1.8-inch HDD.

The 5,400 RPM disk has a SATA interface and Toshiba's free fall sensor option, which enhances protection from external shock and vibration events. Peak media transfer rate is 707Mbps. Volume shipments begin in December. ...Toshiba profile, 1.8" storage drives

VMETRO Ships High Capacity VPX Buffer Memory Board

Houston, TX - September 24, 2008 - VMETRO today announced the availability of the industry's largest capacity 6U VPX buffer memory board.

The MFC700 is a 6U VPX-REDI (VITA 48) buffer memory node with support for up to 16GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory on the baseboard, dual XMC mezzanine sites and support for Serial RapidIO fabric. Designed for applications that buffer large amount of high-speed data, the MFC700 can be utilized in signal and image processing applications, as well as data recording subsystems. The MFC700 supports VxWorks and Linux. ...VMETRO profile, Military & Rugged Storage

Seagate Services Renamed i365

Editor:- September 23, 2008 - Seagate today announced a comprehensive rebranding of its EVault, MetaLINCS, and Seagate Recovery Services companies into a single new brand - i365

i365, a Seagate Company, focuses on the unique needs and expectations of small, mid-size and enterprise companies. The "i" in the name represents information and "365" for commitment to be reliably available and accessible to customers.

The product offerings from i365 include i365 EVault Data Protection, enabling the protection and recovery of businesses' mission critical data; i365 MetaLINCS E-Discovery solutions for first pass processing, content analysis, and review of electronic information for investigatory and litigation needs; and i365 Retention Management solutions comprising data recovery, migration, restoration and data management that bridge the needs of E-Discovery and data preservation. ...i365 profile, renamed storage companies, Data Recovery

Cypress Integrates Non Volatile Static RAM in Controller

SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 22, 2008 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today introduced the industry's first device to integrate a non-volatile static random access memory (nvSRAM) and a programmable system on chip.

The new PSoC NV family combines the flexible design capabilities of Cypress's flagship PSoC architecture with an infinite endurance nvSRAM in a single package. PSoC NV devices integrate configurable analog and digital circuits, controlled by an on-chip microcontroller, providing both enhanced design revision capability and component count savings. The secure-store data logging devices target the computing, networking, telecomm, automotive and industrial markets.

"The PSoC architecture offers integration and flexibility advantages over other embedded control offerings, and nvSRAMs deliver superior performance compared to other non-volatile memories," said Robert Dunnigan, VP of Non-Volatile Products business unit at Cypress." ...Cypress Semiconductor profile

Editor's comments:- I thought you might want to think about the potential of using nvSRAM in flash SSDs.

In the future I think that very high performance flash SSDs will incorporate small amounts of non volatile RAM technology - to get better internal controller performance.

Current designs use large flash arrays and relatively small volatile RAMs. As there is always a risk of power failure - the way that the internal state of the SSD controller is managed is a defensive compromise which protects against data loss - but doesn't permit the same level of random access time that you would get if the designers were confident that the RAM was non volatile. This design trade-off is compatible with high throughput - but (even in the best designs) results in an order of magnitude worse latency than RAM SSDs.

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SNIA Announces Solid State Storage Initiative

Editor:- September 22, 2008 - SNIA has announced the formation of its Solid State Storage Initiative.

As a result, a whole bunch of SSD related articles have appeared on SNIA's site, although most seem to require registration to read them. Voting membership of the SSSI costs $5,000 a year.

Vincent Franceschini, Chair of the SNIA said - "SNIA has created the SSSI to propel the solid state technology in the storage industry. Drawing from the experience and expertise of its existing and new SNIA members, the new Initiative will work to advance the knowledge and acceptance of solid state storage by evaluating and contributing to the standards necessary for industry-wide adoption, as well as through education, training, and best practices." ...SNIA profile

See also:- Storage ORGs, SSD Alliance , SSD oems directory


Godalming, UK - September 22, 2008 - MTI today announced the appointment of Aad Dekkers to the position of Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development.

Aad will direct MTI'smarketing strategy and business development. Aad will report directly to Keith Clark, MTI's CEO. Aad joins MTI from Network Appliance where he was the Director of Products, Solutions & Alliance Marketing for Europe and served on the board of SNIA Europe. ...MTI Technology profile , Storage People

Is Deduplication of Data safe? - and More Deduplication FAQs

Editor:- September 22, 2008 - has published a new article - on the subject of - "Data Deduplication."

Its author Philip Turner, UK Regional Director at Data Domain described his article as the "Ultimate Deduplication FAQs". But it's more than mere FAQs - as the paper combines multiple mini essays on this subject in an easy to read guide. the article
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3 things that could have killed flash SSDs
The emerging size of the flash SSD market as you see it today was by no means inevitable. It owes a lot to 3 competing storage media competitors which failed to evolve fast enough in the Darwinian jungle of the storage market in the past decade.

One of these 3 contenders is definitely on the road to extinction - but could one of the other 2 still emerge to threaten flash SSDs?

The article - SSD's past phantom demons explores the latent market threats which hovered around the flash SSD market in the past decade. They seemed real and solid enough at the time.
SSD past phantom demons image - click to read the article Getting a realistic perspective of flash SSD's past demons (which seemed very threatening at the time) may help you better judge the so-called "new" generation of nv memory contenders - which are also discussed in the article. the article

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