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SSD & storage news - June 2009, week 1

See also:- 2009 summary in SSD Market History
New Book on Forensic Data Recovery
Editor:- June 4, 2009 - Ontrack this week announced availability of the second 2nd edition of the American Bar Association book, "Electronic Evidence and Discovery: What Every Lawyer Should Know Now."

The authors, Michele C.S. Lange and Kristin M. Nimsger, both have strong connections to Ontrack and more than 20 years combined experience in the legal technology industry.

See also:- "book" - editor mentions, Data Recovery

Systemic Risk with "Cloud Think"

Editor:- June 4, 2009 - Burton Group today published an article called - Clouds and Systemic Risk.

The author Jack Santos says he thinks "clouds" are at a peak hype stage and ready for a big disillusionment phase.

Fusion-io will Offer Consumers PCIe SSD Accelerators click to see profile for Fusion-io
Editor:- June 2, 2009 - Fusion-io announced it will ship a consumer optimized version of its enterprise PCIe SSD family in July.

Priced at $895, the ioXtreme has 80GB MLC flash capacity and average throughput of 520MB/s. Supported OS's include:- Windows XP, Vista and Linux.
Editor's comments:- the ioXtreme marketing package ends the confusion about the blurring boundaries in the PCIe SSD market between enterprise SSDs and pro consumers. This product has been optimized for the consumer market.
  • Out goes expensive SLC flash (consumers don't need it - although most enterprise apps do). MLC is less than 1/2 the price of SLC for the same capacity (and that gap is widening).
  • Toss out 80% of the capacity (and memory cost) which you'd find in a single slot enterprise card too. A single user doesn't need it.
  • Winding down the performance from an enterprise class product like Fusion-io's ioDrive Duo (1.4GB/s R/W) to about 1/3 of that saves a bundle on fast glue hardware. It makes the cache memory cheaper. The SSD controller processor can run slower and you don't need onboard RAID logic (or if you do - it can be cheaper).
Those kinds of value optimized decisions can lead you to a product like the ioXtreme - which is still many times faster than any 2.5" SSD and satisfies speed hungry consumer budgets without cannibalizing sales to enterprise customers. It's a clever marketing move and I'm sure it will attract huge interest.

SanDisk Ships New DOM for Netbooks

Editor:- June 2, 2009 - SanDisk started shipping its 2nd generation of PATA compatible SSD modules for the netbook market.

Storage clairvoyants, IDC, project consumer purchases of netbooks to rise from 11.5 million sold in 2008 to 50 million in 2013.

Performance of SanDisk's new pSSD is 9,000 vRPM and capacities range from 8 to 64GB. SanDisk says it has improved the non volatile cache to prevent "stalling" or "shuddering" which was a problem in 1st generation netbook SSDs.

Editor's comments:- 27 companies make miniature SSDs under 1.0" in size. pSSD is simply a brand name of this SSD family from SanDisk - and not new SSD jargon term you need to know about. The traditional term for this type of product is a DOM (disk on module). A SanDisk document describing the 1st generation pSSD said the benefits were low cost and low weight - 1/10th the weight of a typical 1.8" HDD.

Texas Memory Systems Teams with IBM to Boost Storage Performance

Editor:- June 2, 2009 - Texas Memory Systems today announced its RamSan-500 rackmount SSD system has been certified interoperable with IBM's System Storage SVC.

"IBM SVC customers have been looking for ways to improve the performance of their applications using RamSan SSD," said Woody Hutsell, President of Texas Memory Systems. "Texas Memory Systems and IBM consistently top Storage Performance Council performance benchmark audits, and both companies deliver broad interoperability for heterogeneous IT environments. So we think customers will welcome the news that the compatibility of the RamSan-500 and the SVC has been thoroughly tested and certified interoperable."

SMART Enters PCIe SSD Market

Editor:- June 1, 2009 - SMART Modular Technologies disclosed it had used Marvell's SSD controller in SMART's new XceedIOPS PCIe SSD which offers upto 400GB capacity and 140,000 random IOPS performance.

Dedupe Company Gets Duplicate Offers to Acquire It.

Editor:- June 1, 2009 - EMC says it wants to buy Data Domain for approximately $1.8 billion.

EMC says its all-cash offer represents a 20% premium to the cash and stock offer made by Network Appliance for Data Domain on May 20, 2009.

What's the fuss about? - Maybe the big companies think that customers are ready to put their money into dedupe technology after years of vendors talking about it.

See also:- this article by Data Domain - Is Deduplication of Data Safe? - and More Deduplication FAQs

...Later:- June 4, 2009 - comments and analysis on this dedupe bidding war - Data Domain's board doesn't like EMC by Robin Harris.

PhotoFast Promises 1,500MB/s SSD

Editor:- June 1, 2009 - PhotoFast showed a faster (version 2) prototype of its G-Monster PCIe SSD today at Computex.

Read performance is claimed to be 1,500MB/s.

FalconStor Claims Fastest DD2D (Deduped Disk to Disk Backup)

Editor:- June 1, 2009 - FalconStor Software today claimed that it now delivers the fastest backup and deduplication time in the industry.

Using a 100TB test bed connected to a single cluster of 2 FalconStor VTL nodes the total time to backup and deduplicate data was under 14 hours, yielding an average of 2GB/s per second.

Physical tape production can be achieved directly through 4Gbps Fibre Channel links by exporting tapes from FalconStor VTL to the physical tape library without using a separate media server. All hardware components used for the performance test are commonly available standard parts, including standard Linux-based servers and low-cost SATA-based storage subsystems.

Editor's comments:- Record Breaking claims are often hostage to editor research. We've certainly run stories about faster backup and restores before (10TB/hour in 2003 for example) but that didn't include dedupe. Let's see if this one passes the test of reader scrutiny.

Trident Space & Defense Shows SSDs at Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum

Editor:- June 1, 2009 - Trident Space & Defense is exhibiting its Triton Series of ruggedized SSDs this week at the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum in San Diego.

Beyond its rugged storage design, the Triton FSE SSD has the ability to quickly clear and purge your data and sanitize your information with agency defined algorithms allowing for complete media de-classification.
When you read something about the SSD market which seems to contradict something which you previously held as a working hypothesis - what do you do next?
can you trust SSD market data?
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SSD Article Pageviews Grow 98%
Editor:- June 1, 2009 - disclosed today that page views for the popular SSD Buyers Guide increased 65% in May 2009 compared to the year ago period.

Average page views of the top 5 SSD articles in May 2009 were 98% higher than the top 5 SSD articles a year ago.

The #1 incoming search word to the mouse site was "SSD" which occurred 2.4x as often as a year ago. These metrics indicate continued growth in reader activity related to the SSD market despite the recession.

"Nearly every IT publication now has something to say about SSDs" says's editor, Zsolt Kerekes.

"The SSD content explosion includes a lot of froth and inaccurate analysis - but also a lot of good stuff too. The best of the these get honorable mentions in the SSD Bookmarks. It's nice to know that despite the intense competition for SSD readers - we're still maintaining nearly triple percentage digit growth. Thanks to all our readers and those who link here for helping to make this happen. There's no shortage of ideas for new original SSD articles. In the past year nearly 1 in 3 new articles got abandoned mid way through editing because something more significant swept them away."
"When it comes to fault tolerance - you have to analyze SSDs as data systems devices and not as electronic components."
FITs - reliability abstraction levels in SSD modeling
top news stories in recent months

May 2009

week 1 - DDRdrive's new PCIe RAM SSD card
week 2 - Toshiba Ships 512GB Notebook SSD
week 3 - Unity Semiconductor Unveils Flash's Successor
week 4 - Rambus Unveils Faster RAM Technologies

3 Years Ago - June 2006 - from storage history

EqualLogic Overtakes EMC in iSCSI Market Share

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Top 20 Storage Articles - May 2009
  1. the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
  2. the SSD Bookmarks
  3. War of the Disks: Hard Disk Drives vs. Flash SSDs
  4. SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
  5. the Fastest SSDs
  6. the Top 10 SSD OEMs
  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. A Storage Architecture Guide
  12. Are MLC SSDs Ever Safe in Enterprise Apps?
  13. What's a Solid State Disk?
  14. Can you trust flash SSD specs & SSD benchmarks?
  15. Z's Laws - Predicting Flash SSD Performance
  16. Understanding Flash SSD Performance (pdf)
  17. 2009 - Year of SSD Market Confusion
  18. After SSDs... What Next?
  19. 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market
  20. LVD, SE, HVD, SCSI compatibility - or lack of it

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