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IBM Markets PCIe SSD Technology Sourced from Fusion-io

Editor:- December 9, 2009 - Fusion-io today announced that its ioMemory PCIe SSD technology has been adapted by IBM who will remarket these solutions (initially with upto 320GB capacity) as its High IOPS SSD PCIe Adapters for use in System x servers.

Editor's comments:- Fusion-io's public association with IBM goes back to August 2008 - when it was revealed as the secret ingredient in IBM's million IOPS story.

A-DATA Ships New 2.5" Gamer SSDs

Editor:- December 9, 2009 -A-DATA announced volume shipments of its 2.5" XPG range SATA MLC SSDs optimized for use with Windows 7 TRIM.

Models include:- SX95 (R/W = 230MB/s and 178MB/s) and S592 (R/W = 230MB/s and 170MB/s).

Dolphin to Merge with IPTV ISP

Editor:- December 8, 2009 - Dolphin announced that it intends to merge with Best Media AS (an ISP based in Norway - which operates IPTV, IP telephony, internet and mobile phone services).

See also:- SSDs in IPTV, movie creation and tv, Animal brands in the SSD market

Seagate's 1st SSD - Finally a Real Product

Editor:- December 8, 2009 - Seagate announced details of its Pulsar SSD - a 2.5" SATA SLC SSD with 200GB capacity.

Sequential R/W rate is upto 240MB/s and 220MB/s respectively, R/W IOPS are 30,000 and 25,000 respectively. Aimed at the server market the BER is quoted as 1 sector per 10E16. Seagate says it has been sampling the new drive - its 1st SSD - since September 2009.

Editor's comments:- the remarkable thing about Seagate's 1st SSD is that it took the company so many years to enter the market. Technically - it's unremarkable.

Will it succeed in the market? In my view it would be unrealistic to assume that Seagate's long running dominance in the hard disk market will translate to dominance in SSDs too - because nearly all its potential oem customers have already been evaluating or using SSDs from other sources for upto 4 years.

And even if Seagate's new product succeeds in filling holes in design slots in 2010 - its oem customers can always replace this product with their own designs leveraging the merchant market for SSD controllers & IP.

To succeed in the SSD market - Seagate will have to demonstrate unique mastery in some aspect of SSD technology which customers value. The most attractive area will probably be in the area of reliability.

In recent quarters we've seen a spate of flaky SSDs get to market. This tendency will rise in 2010 as many storage oems decide that shipping untried products is a lower risk to their businesses than losing out on customer mind share. Each bad news story helps companies who have a clean reputation. But as a newcomer to the SSD market Seagate may have to wait years to establish its own reputation.

It's tempting to compare Seagate's entry to the SSD market with Western Digital. But the 2 cases are completely different. When WD acquired SiliconSystems in March 2009 - it got a business which had started marketing SSDs in August 2004. That gives WD's product marketers 5 years of market experience they can talk to customers about - compared to 3 months for Seagate. Nevertheless - being late is better than never.

EMC Casts SSD Divining Rod into Hard Disk Arrays

Editor:- December 8, 2009 - EMC today published a report on its new fully automated storage tiering concept which the company says will simplify user operations needed to optimize storage allocation between hard drives and SSDs within the company's arrays.

The company says some of this functionality is now available on some models.

Editor's comments:- although better than nothing - adding a software manager retrospectively to storage arrays which were never designed for SSDs in the 1st place can never deliver as much performance as a true native ASAP SSD appliance (where some of the support is built into the hardware) - and nowhere near as much performance as the fastest SSDs (EMC has never been in this list) when optimized by human SSD hot shots.

In order to get the full benefits of the SSD acceleration paradigm EMC will need to dump its legacy storage array designs and start offering boxes which have been designed from the outset to support large amounts of PCIe SSD capacity. Without that - its systems will remain moderate performers at immoderate prices.

To put it another way - bolting SSD tiering onto controllers designed for hard drives is like trying to do air traffic control by having a traffic cop standing on the ground and waving his stick. You can make the stick a brighter color and give the pilot stronger glasses - but it's not going to give you the traffic movements you get from integrated avionics.
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