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SSD & storage news - July 2009, week 1

the fastest SSDs
the SSD Buyers Guide
the Top 10 SSD Companies
key facts re the 2.5" SSD market
What's the best / cheapest PC SSD?
SSD Pricing - where does all the money go?
Write IOPS - inflation problems in flash SSDs
SSDs - what to tell your friends about this strange obsession
Faster 2.5" SSDs from OCZ
Editor:- July 7, 2009 - OCZ today announced faster versions of its 2.5" SATA flash SSDs.

By increasing the internal cache speed by 8% the Vertex Turbo now delivers read and write speeds clocking in at up to 270MB/s read and 210MB/s write.

These are fast for consumer SSDs - but see the fastest SSDs list for much faster devices.

Top 10 SSD OEMs

Editor:- July 7, 2009 - today published the 9th quarterly edition of the Top 10 SSD OEMs - based on search volume in Q2 2009.

Who are the top 10 most important SSD manufacturers - the companies which you absolutely have to look at if you've got got any new projects involving SSDs?

With over 155 oems now in the SSD market - this article with its commentary and analysis is a must read. the article

Cheetah Joins Fastest SSD List

Editor:- July 2, 2009 - Foremay has recently announced one of the fastest 2.5" SLC flash SSDs in the market.

The SATA compatible SC199 Cheetah V-Series has sustained R/W speeds of 260MB/s and /250MB/s respectively and 42,000 random IOPS. Capacity options range from 32GB to 256GB.

Editor's comments:- that makes the 3rd Cheetah in my Animal Brands in the Storage Market Directory. Click on the link to see the full storage zoo.

SSD Market's Biggest Shifting Trends

Editor:- July 1, 2009 - In a fast growing market like SSDs - how do you spot the most significant trends?

I discuss the 2 most significant changes in the past year and how I think they will affect the future market in my new preface to the SSD buyers guide published today.
Top 20 Storage Articles - June 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. SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
  6. the Top 10 SSD OEMs
  7. A Storage Architecture Guide
  8. NAS, DAS or SAN? - Choosing the Technology
  9. Flash Memory vs. Hard Disks - Which Will Win?
  10. the Benefits of SAS for External Subsystems
  11. RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?
  12. Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?
  13. Can you trust flash SSD specs & SSD benchmarks?
  14. 2009 - Year of SSD Market Confusion
  15. After SSDs... What Next?
  16. What's a Solid State Disk?
  17. Z's Laws - Predicting Flash SSD Performance
  18. LVD, SE, HVD, SCSI compatibility - or lack of it
  19. the 10 biggest storage companies in 2012?
  20. Overview of the Notebook SSD Market

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What's the best / cheapest - PC SSD?
Editor:- I often get emails from readers which ask the above question.

An article on - called What's the best / cheapest PC SSD? - is my attempt to create a simple FAQs page - which answers the question...
click to read this article ...of why I can't answer your question - and follows on to pose some probing questions which you can ask yourself. the article
animal brands and metaphors  in the  storage market - click to see the teeming zoo
Animal brands in storage
The Byte family was just a small part of
the interesting community of beings who
worked in the storage market.
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SSD Pricing - where does all the money go?
SSDs are among the most expensive computer hardware products you will ever buy.

Understanding the factors which determine SSD costs is often a confusing and irritating process...
Clarifying SSD Pricing - where does all the money go? - click to read the article ...not made any easier when market prices for identical capacity SSDs can vary more than 100x to 1! Why is that? the article

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