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SSD news - June 2009, week 2

PhotoFast Launches ExpressCard SSD

Editor:- June 12, 2009 - PhotoFast launched the fastest ExpressCard SSD.

Initially for the Japanese market, the G-Monster Express card 54 has R/W speeds upto 180MB/s and 100MB/s respectively.

DTS Promises Fastest 2.5" SATA SSD

Editor:- June 12, 2009 - DTS today confirmed it has won a best of show award at Interop Tokyo 2009 for its Platinum SSD.

Editor's comments:- DTS's original Platinum drive was a 3.5" hybrid - which included a RAM SSD accelerated hard drive. The internal SSD controller virtualized the interface to make it appear as an OS agnostic SATA drive.

More recent versions of this drive embed a flash SSD (instead of HDD). The best way to think about this product is as a scaled down single disk version of an SSD accelerated RAID. It can significantly increase random IOPS for some types of application - at a cost which nothing else comes close to (using SLC flash technology). It's scalable too. Some DTS customers use these drives in rackmount arrays.

This is the kind of product which requires extensive benchmarking in the production environment in which it's going to be used. If it's a good fit - then great. But actual speedup and competitiveness depends on a variety of factors which are too difficult for most users to model. DTS says it will ship a 2.5" SSD which delivers about 40,000 IOPS later this month.

New Storage Interface Standards

Editor:- June 11, 2009 - this month there have been 2 developments on the storage standards front.

Version 2.0 of ExpressCard - will be 10x faster than the previous version. This will mainly benefit ExpressCard SSDs.

FCoE is now a draft standard. To learn more read the (unreadable) T11 document (pdf). If, like me, you ever wondered what the difference was between this and the much older FCIP - this 2007 InfoWorld article explains.

SandForce Publishes Superficial SSD Article in CTR

Editor:- June 11, 2009 - SandForce's VP marketing, Thad Omura published an article in Computer Technology Review called - Making MLC Flash Practical for Enterprise SSDs.

It's very superficial (from the technical point of view) and says much less than the company already said to our readers when they exited stealth mode.

Addonics Enters Disk Duplicator Market

Editor:- June 10, 2009 - Addonics today announced a family of hard disk duplicators for 2.5" and 3.5 SATA or PATA drives..

Prices start from $249.

Editor's comments:- Addonics's Zebra disk duplicator is the 2nd Zebra in my menagerie directory - Animal Brands in the Storage Market.

The disk duplicator market is not, frankly a great market to be in, at a time when hard disk market revenue is declining by double digit percentages year on year. Addonics says you can use these duplicators for SSDs too. But that won't boost demand because most oems are just going to redeploy the under utilized equipment they've already got - rather than buy new stuff.

the Most Popular Storage Products

Editor:- June 8, 2009 - today published a new article - the Most Popular Products on (2007 to 2009)

What can we learn about changes in the storage market and the changing interests of readers by looking at how the most popular storage products viewed by our readers have changed in recent years?

I couldn't remember what these products were. And I didn't know the answer. So I delved into the log files. That revealed some trends which seem obvious now - but which I hadn't consciously noticed before. the article

QLogic Ships 40Gbps InfiniBand Switches

Editor:- June 8, 2009 - QLogic today announced general availability of its 12000 Series 40Gb/sec QDR InfiniBand switches.

"With 864 ports and bandwidth of 51 terabits per second, the QLogic 12000 series is the highest capacity general purpose QDR InfiniBand switch on the market today," said David Vellante, co-founder of "The huge bandwidth of this solution brings HPC customers better scale-out performance, lower latencies, simpler management and reduced costs."

See also:- SAN switches, InfiniBand

Today at SATA-IO Interoperability Workshop

Editor:- June 8, 2009 - ULINK Technology announced today that the company's newly released software, Drive Master 2010 Pro SATA supports SATA-IO's Revision 3.0 tests in the SATA-IO Interoperability Workshop being held this week in Milpitas, CA.

The Drive Master 2101 Pro SATA is the ULINK's newly released flagship product to support features, such as 6Gbps interface speed. It also includes new features for Trusted Computing Group's Full Disk Encryption testing.

See also:- Storage Events, Storage Security, Storage Testers & Analyzers

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