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EMC Aims to Cut 2,400 Positions
HOPKINTON, Mass. - January 7, 2009 - EMC Corp said it aims to reduce its workforce by approximately 2,400 positions, or about 7% of its headcount as of September 30, 2008.

EMC expects the program to reduce costs from its 2008 annualized rate by approximately $350 million in 2009, increasing to approximately $500 million in 2010. ...EMC profile

News Feed from CES

Editor:- January 7, 2009 - there's a whole bunch of new products being announced this week at CES.

I will extract the interesting ones (related to storage) later - but the organizer's news page (link above) seems to give useful results in the meantime. Reports Top Searches

Editor:- January 7, 2009 - today updated its monthly list of the top articles and subjects viewed by storage searchers in December.

Despite 58% year on year reader growth for the ever popular SSD Buyers Guide - it was knocked out of the #1 slot by a new article - Looking Ahead to the 2009 SSD Market.

Surprisingly Data Recovery entered the top 5 subjects viewed by readers for the 1st time.

"Like any rescue service of last resort, Data Recovery is something which it's healthy to spend little or no time thinking about. But when something goes wrong with your operating data and backups - you are forced to become an instant expert" said editor, Zsolt Kerekes. "The icon used for Data Recovery on the mouse site since 1999 is still one of my favorites. You can see a larger version of the image here."

The list of top articles and subjects can be seen on the market research page.

RAED Demo at CES Aims at Gamers

Editor:- January 6, 2009 - Advanced Media, Inc. demonstrated a RAED configuration of its flash SSDs today at CES.

This shows the kind of performance that gamers can get from upgrading their PCs. Using 4x Ultra-S Plus MLC SSDs in RAID 0 the demo delivered throughput as follows:- 450MB/s read and 330MB/s write.

The performance is unremarkable for a flash SSD array. All rackmount SSD systems are already much faster. So you may be wondering - why did I mention this at all? And is the appearance of the word "RAED" above a typo?

Well consider this. When the term RAID was coined in the 1980s - the letter "I" stood for "inexpensive". At that time the idea was that you could use a bunch of inexpensive PC hard disks (which were then 5.25") to deliver the same throughput as physically larger server drives (which were 8.5" and even much bigger). The media whizzed past the heads at a higher linear speed on those big diameter disks - even at the same RPM - and there was plenty of space to pack in a crowd of heads.

That was 20 years ago and things change. Now all hard drives are "inexpensive" - and at the same spin speed there's no performance difference between a server drive and a fast PC drive. If you want faster throughput you have to use COTS flash SSDs in the array - instead of HDDs - because the rotational roadmap long ago hit its limit. Many vendors have been doing this for a year or more now, examples include EasyCo, EMC and Superior Data Solutions .

This is where the "E" comes in. "E" for "Expensive" - because it's mostly true that for the same capacity an SSD costs more than an HDD. Hence we get RAID = Redundant Array of Expensive (solid state) Drives. And thus another useless acronym is born. Will my RAED term be adopted by vendors to usefully differentiate their SSD based arrays? Or will it join the pantheon of lost RAID jargon such as RAIN, RAIGE, SAID... ...Advanced Media profile

Samsung Discloses IOPS for New 2.5" SSD

Las Vegas, NV - January 6, 2009 - Samsung announced details of a new 100GB 2.5" SLC flash SSD that will ship this quarter.

For the 1st time in a Samsung press release - the company has disclosed IOPS data for the new SSD... 25k random read IOPS and 6k write IOPS. R/W throughput is 230MB/s and 180MB/s respectively.

Samsung marketing VP, Jim Elliott said "We have created a very reliable drive for data centers with high-performance, high-endurance and sharply reduced power consumption requirements, plus tremendous long-term value when the total cost of ownership is analyzed." ...Samsung profile, the Fastest SSDs

RunCore Infringes Copyright of

Editor:- January 6, 2009 - RunCore likes the content on so much that they have reproduced an entire article - What's a Solid State Disk? - on its page here.

Unfortunately they did not ask permission, and to make things worse there is no attribution to the original source. This copyright violation is something which we take very seriously. ...Later:- RunCore have now apologized and removed the content.

Seagate Ships 500GB Per Platter 3.5" Hard Drive

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - January 5, 2009 - Seagate today announced volume shipments of a mainstream desktop hard drive with the industry's highest areal density.

Packing 1TB of capacity on just 2 disk platters, Seagate's Barracuda 7200.12 HD is a 3.5" 7,200 RPM SATA drive with an areal density of 329 Gigabits per square inch. It delivers a sustained data rate of up to 160MB/second. ...Seagate profile, Hard disk drives, Record Breaking Storage

G-Tech Launches Desktop SSD RAID for Macs

Macworld, San Francisco - January 5, 2009 - G-Technology today announced a new family of external drives based on 2.5" SSD technology.

The G-DRIVE mini SSD has a FireWire and USB interface and costs $599 for 120GB and $1,299 for 250GB.

The G-RAID mini SSD has eSATA, FireWire and USB interfaces and upto 195MB/sec data transfer rates. Price is $2,199 for 500GB. ...G-Tech profile

Benchmark Reviews Confirms flash SSD Performance Uncertainty Principle

Editor:- January 4, 2009 - Benchmark Reviews has recently published an article - "SSD Benchmark Performance Testing."

This provides experimental confirmation of something I warned about in an earlier article - Can you trust flash SSD specs & benchmarks? - namely that hard disk based performance software provides unreliable results for SSDs.

The author, Executive Editor, Olin Coles (who has published many disk benchmarks) concludes "I warn readers to regard SSD reviews with a high degree of caution". He says he's going to stop using certain test suites, and the discovery that he can't trust all the results which he has worked hard to collect and publish made him feel sick. Coles is a very experienced benchmark tester - and his article makes interesting reading. the article

See also:- how fast can your SSD run backwards? - 11 Key Symmetries in SSD design

StorageMojo Article - the Top Storage Stories of 2008

Editor:- January 4, 2009 - Robin Harris, publisher of has published an article listing - the Top Storage Stories of 2008.

It's worth a look. You can see my own pick of top news stories on the Storage History page.

Apacer Launches Miniature SSD

Editor:- January 3, 2009 - Apacer launched a miniature SLC flash SSD - the Mini SAFD 25M - which fits into 1/2 the footprint of a 2.5" SSD.

Capacity ranges from 256MB to 16GB and R/W speed is 35MB/s and 25MB/s respectively. A shell is available for users who want to mount this in a 2.5" hard disk slot.

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SSDs Pass HDDs in Storage Density

2009 may well be remembered as the year that flash SSDs surpassed HDDs in storage capacity in the same form factor.

I'm not talking about itsy bitsy 1 inch and smaller drives here. I'm talking about the hard core 2.5" form factor.

That's the size which once seemed to offer the best hopes for hard disk makers staying in business - in applications like disk to disk backup, entertainment bulk storage etc.

In January 2009 - pureSilicon started sampling a 2.5" MLC SSD - with 1TB capacity in a 9.5mm high form factor.

Price wasn't mentioned. I expect it will cost a lot. But nowhere near as much as the 1st terabyte SSDs cost - when they appeared in 2002 - at a cool $2 million.

So you may well ask - when will SSDs cost less than HDDs for the same capacity?

In some high-performance grades (15K RPM server drives) - I expect to see that happen this year - in smaller capacities like 100GB. Looking Ahead to the 2009 SSD Market
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Top 10 subjects on

The top 10 most popular directory pages on in December 2008 - were as follows...
  1. SSDs (all)
  2. Disk to disk backup
  3. 2.5" SSDs
  4. HDDs
  5. Data Recovery
  6. RAM based SSDs
  7. 3.5" SSDs
  8. Flash SSDs
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  10. PCIe SSDs
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