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storage history - August 18 - 26, 2009

Megabyte's selection of storage news
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about the storage market
... Debunking Tier 0 Storage
What's a Solid State Disk?
After SSDs... What Next?
flash SSD Jargon Explained
the Top 10 SSD Companies
RAM Cache Ratios in flash SSDs
3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market
Overview of the Notebook SSD Market
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
How Bad is the Fallout from Choosing the Wrong SSD Supplier?
Dataram Promises SSD Accelerator for SNW

Editor:- August 26, 2009 - Dataram said it will launch an SSD accelerator at SNW in October.

The product is currently being evaluated by key customers.

"As we 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 flash controller business and spin off its multimedia processor division according to a report today in DIGITIMES .

PhotoFast Tells More About its CFast SSDs

Editor:- August 24, 2009 - PhotoFast today officially announced details 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

Editor:- August 19, 2009 - Network Appliance today named 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.

NetApp also reported 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"

Editor:- 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 Sun flash expert Michael Cornwell - from a talk he gave at the recent Flash Memory Summit .

The article interprets Cornwell as saying "NAND vendors are going down the wrong path by racing each other in process technology—at the expense of customer needs..."

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." the EE Times India article

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VCs & SSDs
Top 20 Storage Articles - August 2009
  1. the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
  2. the SSD Bookmarks
  3. War of the Disks: Hard Disk Drives vs. Flash SSDs
  4. the Fastest SSDs
  5. the Top 10 SSD OEMs
  6. SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
  7. NAS, DAS or SAN? - Choosing the Technology
  8. the Benefits of SAS for External Subsystems
  9. Flash Memory vs. Hard Disks - Which Will Win?
  10. RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?
  11. Overview of the Notebook SSD Market
  12. Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?
  13. A Storage Architecture Guide
  14. Can you trust flash SSD specs & benchmarks?
  15. After SSDs... What Next?
  16. What's a Solid State Disk?
  17. flash SSD Jargon Explained
  18. 2009 - Year of SSD Market Confusion?
  19. Z's Laws - Predicting Flash SSD Performance
  20. LVD, SE, HVD, SCSI compatibility - or lack of it
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