Promises SSD Accelerator for SNW|
Editor:- August 26, 2009 - Dataram said it will
launch an SSD
at SNW in October.
product is currently being evaluated by key customers.
prepare to launch a data storage acceleration product, we have studied the
current state of solid state storage appliances very carefully to understand the
strengths and weaknesses of available solutions," said Jason Caulkins,
Dataram's Chief Technologist. "The features, benefits and hidden
compromises the customer must accept with today's generation of solid state
storage appliances are not always obvious. We hope to help our customers
understand all their options and provide them with a much better solution."
Our Core is Flash - Says Skymedi
Editor:- August 26,
2009 - Skymedi
wants to concentrate efforts on its
business and spin off its multimedia processor division according to a report
today in DIGITIMES
PhotoFast Tells More About its CFast SSDs
August 24, 2009 - PhotoFast
of its "1 inch"
CFast compatible MLC SSDs which had been mentioned as a component in its RAID
product launched earlier this month.
Capacities are 8, 16 and 32GB. R/W
speeds are 100MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.
NetApp's Revenue Dips, Names New CEO
19, 2009 - Network
a new CEO.
Tom Georgens is the company's new president and CEO,
succeeding Dan Warmenhoven, who led the company as CEO for the past 15 years.
The transition in leadership, which is effective immediately, is the result of a
management succession process. Georgens, 49, joined NetApp in October 2005 as
executive vp and general manager of Enterprise Storage Systems.
that revenue for the quarter ended July 31, 2009 declined 4% compared
to a year ago.
Editor's comments:- 2 years ago NetApp was one
of the world's fastest
growing storage companies and you might have expected that its leading
position in the analyst
reported fast growing storage
iSCSI market (at that
time) would have protected its revenue growth - even in the adverse market
which followed. But the company has become a laggardly follower rather than a
leader in the critical iSCSI SSD
market. That's clear to potential buyers - even if they aren't buying too many
of those products right now.
Naming a new CEO now - at a low dip in
the company's fortunes - means the new guy will look good when growth comes
back. (If it does.)
Sun Bemoans flash SSD "Lithography death march"
August 18, 2009 - It's rare for me to say something complimentary about Sun Microsystems in the
context of "storage".
But an article published today in
EE Times India quotes some
comments I definitely agree with made by
flash expert Michael Cornwell - from a talk he gave at the
recent Flash Memory Summit .
article interprets Cornwell as saying "NAND vendors are going down the
wrong path by racing each other in process technologyat the expense of
I couldn't agree more that the needs of the
server market are not going to be solved by what Michael Cornwell aptly calls
"the lithography death march."
In my own opening article for
2009 Year of SSD
Confusion - I said "What we're seeing today in the SSD market is a
renaissance in computer architecture - and genuinely new ways of solving
performance problems. That follows 30 years of predictable developments which
derived more from foreseeable incremental semiconductor process technology
improvements (faster, denser chips) than unforeseeable new ways of designing
digital systems." ...read
the EE Times India article
| Today - if you're in a
big company in a traditional market - and hoping to do something equally big in
the SSD market - then $1 billion may not be enough - but $5 billion may be too
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