the SSD Buyers Guide
the Top 10 SSD Companies
and DSP in flash SSDs
the BIG market impact of
SSD dark matter
SSDs - the Survive and Thrive Guide
|New Disk Backup
Editor:- July 14, 2009 - a new article is published
today on StorageSearch.com
called - "Aspects
of Disk Backup".
Written by Andrew Brewerton -
Technical Director (Europe) - BakBone Software - the
new article comprehensively reviews the why? how? and where?
of today's modern enterprise disk backup techniques.
StorageSearch.com has had a decade
long affinity with enterprise
disk backup - tracking changes in the market since the concept 1st began.
This overview article brings that coverage right up to date - from the
perspective of a leading company in the
backup software market.
Most Secure USB Memory Stick
Editor:- July 13, 2009 -
announced the launch of its S200 USB flash drive for government and enterprise
IronKey's CEO David
Jevans said: "The IronKey S200 is the first and only
USB flash drive to achieve
the demanding FIPS 140-2, Level 3 security validation from NIST, giving even
more proof that IronKey is the world's most
secure flash drive. We
are also releasing a suite of new enterprise remote management capabilities,
available over the Internet from the IronKey managed service, or from our
enterprise server software that companies can install and operate themselves."
Seagate Ships 600GB 15K HDD
Editor:- July 13, 2009 -
announced today it's shipping its
15K.7 600GB 15K RPM hard drives.
according to our news
archive Seagate shipped the world's 1st 15K RPM hard drives 9 years ago in
Ever since then servers using "so called tier 1"
storage have been slugged by the slow access times of Millenium vintage hard
It was the lack of a
disk technology roadmap that led to the
SSD revolution - which
despite its steep learning curve and pitfalls (for the unwary) offered the
only viable escape route for performance smothered applications.
Editor Disaster Recovery
Editor:- July 10, 2009 - the
stereotype articles on our
data recovery pages
are about dozy sys admins who hit the wrong button and delete all their critical
Well - about 10 minutes ago that was me.
I launched a
delete from inside an application I shouldn't have - and my aim was wrong.
I watched in horror as my html editor, ftp package (and all its
settings for all my sites) and web stats analyzer disappeared without trace.
It's the 1st time I've done such a silly thing in many years. But no
doubt I will have flashbacks - and my finger will hover over the mouse button
whenever I do such a deadly delete.
It took 5 minutes to fetch a
backup disk and reload the apps. It's only when I restored the 1st app that I
found the others needed to be restored too. How to avoid doing this again? More
cups of tea and coffee at more regular intervals. Water may be healthy but
doesn't have the same effect.
1.8" SLC SSD from Foremay
Editor:- July 10,
2009 - Foremay
has recently announced a new 1.8"
SLC flash SSD.
The SATA compatible
SC 199 Cheetah
has sustained R/W speeds of 250MB/s and 220MB/s respectively. Capacity options
range from 16GB to 64GB.
for the 16GB device is rated at 87 years assuming 50GB sequential writes per
SSD Education - Scale of the Problem
Editor:- July 9,
2009 - One of the recurring themes in my 1 on 1 dialogs with
SSD vendors and users alike
is the importance of better education about this important subject.
of my frustrations has been my own inability to convey the idea of how much
needs to be known - compared to what is.
So I make no apology for
recycling this text below - which I wrote in an email today.
education about SSDs is the most serious problem the industry faces. Users need
to make local decisions about which info to filter in or out for their own
needs and at what level to engage with this technology. It's as if users had to
learn all about the microprocessor from the
up to today's dense
64 core processor chips
in 2 years instead of 30 years."
...Later:- If it's any
consolation to those of you out there - struggling to build a solid mental
pyramid out of SSD's shifting sands - some SSD product managers - who have been
parachuted into new roles - don't understand the technology or market they're
talking about either. Which just adds to the
by coincidence - I got this email in my inbox soon after publishing the above.
||Are you struggling with
crucial (and expensive) SSD decisions?
Are you deciding whether to
use SSDs, make your products work with them, or build them into your systems or
The SSD Basics tutorial at Flash Memory Summit offers
the vendor-neutral insight you need! Monday, August 10, 1 to 5 pm. (Yes, this is
the day before the main Summit program starts.)
|6TB Tier 0 SSD
in 2U from WhipTail |
Editor:- July 8, 2009 - WhipTail Technologies
6TB version of its 2U SSD appliance.
WhipTail's CEO, Ed Rebholz
said "One of
Tier 0 storage's
downfalls to date has been the perception within the industry that it's too
expensive. Since WhipTail's introduction earlier this year, we've already made
significant strides in helping our industry peers to gain a new perspective. And
in introducing the 6TB capacity, not only is WhipTail setting the bar for
performance, footprint and affordability, but now we're the SSD capacity leader."
comments:- it's certainly the highest density server acceleration SSD I'm
aware of. But you should be aware that the internal flash is MLC (and not
SLC) which is
a bird of a
different feather. The memory type wasn't stated in the original text of
the press release.
A company spokesperson assured me that WhipTail
manages the write cycle to ensure that the MLC disks last a minimum of 7 years
when under load.
Other competing 2U SSDs in this capacity range
RamSan-620 a 5TB SLC
flash SSD from Texas
Memory Systems and the Violin
1010 a 4TB SLC flash SSD from
VoD and Streaming Content Server Revenue to Triple by 2013
July 8, 2009 - Infonetics
Research announced a
edition of its IPTV market report.
"All eyes are focused
on video on-demand and streaming content servers as more and more programming
moves to on-demand. ...Revenue for VoD and streaming content servers (are
expected) to triple between 2008 and 2013," said Jeff Heynen, directing
analyst for broadband and video at Infonetics Research.
Infonetics predicts that by 2013, telco service providers are expected
to derive about $56 billion worldwide from IPTV services offered (not including
mobile IPTV services). storage
market research & analysts
the IPTV industry may be good for
SSD sales too. IPTV
server designers have asked me many probing questions about the characteristics
of different SSD technologies for use in such systems. See also:-
tvs and SSDs
|the fastest SSDs|
everything, and it
comes at a price. But if you do need the
speediest SSD then
wading through the web sites of over 180 current SSD oems to shortlist products
slows you down.|
And the SSD search problem will get even worse as we
towards a market
with over 1,000 SSD oems.