Access Technologies Wins Best of FOSE Award for Storage|
|Editor:- March 12,
2009 - Solid
Access Technologies was named one of just 14 companies to win the Government Computer News
FOSE Awards for 2009.|
Solid Access was singled out by the editors
of GCN for its USSD 200
Model SPO - a 16GB RAM
based SSD which costs less than $10,000.
Dolphin Launches PCIe Rackmount SSD
12, 2009 -
SLC flash SSD
with upto 960GB capacity.
PCIe connected SSD has
R/W throughput upto 2,700MB/s and 50 microsecond access latency. Dolphin quotes
a figure of 270,000 IOPS but the initial datasheet doesn't break out IOPS
figures for reads and writes. The StorExpress can be located upto 10m from the
host bus using copper cable and 300m with optical fibre.
After SSDs? - Predicting the Storage Market's Next Obsession
March 12, 2009 - StorageSearch.com
has published a new article -
After SSDs... What
It looks beyond the next 3 years of hoopla in the
SSD market and predicts
what will be the next "big thing" in storage after that. ...read the article,
SSD market research &
SSD Bookmarks from SiliconSystems
Editor:- March 12,
2009 - SiliconSystems'
VP of Product Planning, Gary
Drossel - shares his SSD Bookmarks today on the home page of
SiliconSystems announced today that it has shipped over 4 million
SiliconDrives integrated with its
STEC Reports 20% Annual Revenue Growth
12, 2009 - STEC
announced that its
in 2008 had grown 20% year on year to $227.4 million.
CEO - Manouch Moshayedi - said "Based on current customer indications and
momentum, we believe that revenue from our ZeusIOPS product line - for just the
first 6 months of 2009 - will surpass the total of ZeusIOPS revenue ($53
million) achieved during the full-year 2008."
Fusion-io Raises the PCIe SSD Ceiling - Announces ioDrive
Editor:- March 11, 2009 - Fusion-io announced
an enhanced version of its ioDrive - called the
ioDrive Duo which
will ship next month.
Capacity of this
PCIe SSD has doubled
to 640GB with 1.2TB planned for the 2nd half of 2009. Performance has been
enhanced too. The ioDrive Duo can easily sustain 1.5 Gbytes/sec of read
bandwidth. Read IOPS performance is 186,000 (4k packet size). Write IOPS
reaches 167,000 (4k packet size).
Fusion-io says the performance for
multiple ioDrive Duos scales linearly, allowing any enterprise to scale
performance to 6Gbytes/s of read bandwidth and over 500,000 read IOPS by using
just 4 drives.
Data integrity and reliability have been engineered into
the design at many levels providing triple redundancy for a single storage
component. These factors include:-
- Multi-bit error detection and correction
- Patent-pending Flashback protection, offering chip-level N+1 redundancy and
on-board self-healing so that no servicing is required
StorageSearch.com's SSD market
model suggests that the market opportunity for PCIe SSDs (in server
acceleration roles) is as large in revenue as the total market for
2.5" SSDs . There
are enough competing alternative vendors in the PCIe SSD market today to
minimize the risks for end-users and systems integrators - who choose this
route for their SSD speedups.
- Optional RAID-1 mirroring between two ioMemory modules
Sun Launches Flash SSD Analyzer Tool to Boost Server Sales and
Editor:- March 11, 2009 -Sun Microsystems launched
its new Sun Flash
Analyzer - a free Java tool to help users determine how much their (Solaris,
Windows and Linux) servers could benefit from SSD acceleration.
company also launched a try before you buy marketing promotion for its servers
which have Sun branded 2.5"
SLC flash SSDs pre-integrated. The 32GB SATA SSDs have sequential R/W upto
250MB/s and 170MB/s respectively. Random R/W IOPS are upto 35,000 and 3,300
respectively (4k blocks).
3 years - assuming max write speed and 100% write duty cycle.
Launches SATA Cube SSD............
|Editor:- March 10,
2009 - Viking Modular
Solutions has launched the
- a miniature flash SSD
which provides upto 256GB capacity in a small 30x32mm footprint. |
|Sustained R/W speeds are
110MB/s and 79MB/s respectively. It's available as a BGA device or with a
"The SATA Cube3 is an ideal solution for OEMs
that require the benefits of non-volatile solid state storage and SATA
performance in an ultra small form factor," said Adrian Proctor, VP of
Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions.
Viking says that designers of
card based SSDs on form factors such as AMC, XMC, PMC and
PCIe will find the low
volumetric density and high storage capacity of the SATA Cube a strong candidate
for their space constrained application. See also:-
Launches Highest Density Tape Library |
2009, Washington D.C. - March 10, 2009 - Spectra Logic today announced
the T680 - the first tape library which stores a full petabyte of data in a
single rack .
It supports 12 full-height tape drives and 680 tape
cartridges. Interface connections include -
iSCSI. Throughput is
10.4TB/Hour (compressed ) with LTO-4 drives and media. Pricing for a 50-slot
T680 with 4x LTO-4 drives, BlueScale Encryption with key management and a 1 year
standard warranty begins at $67,780.
"The T680 offers the highest
density and most energy efficiency in a single rack" said Nathan Thompson,
Spectra Logic's CEO. "...It promises total media security and complete
library reliability, with features that eliminate backup failures caused by
dirty or overused tape media. Spectra Logic is confident that the T680 will
obsolete thousands of storage systems installed in data centers today."
profile, Tape Libraries,
RRAM Steps Closer to Commercial Fabs
10, 2009 - 4DS
funding as part of a multi-million dollar equity investment to port its
technology to existing semiconductor fabs.
during a very tepid investment climate is testimony to the strength of our
technology and strategy," said Kurt Pfluger, CEO of 4DS, Inc. "We have
demonstrated the leaps in performance, flexibility and cost from our proprietary
process that will help enable a variety of compelling future memory
applications. With this additional investment from PPP, we are better positioned
to bring this technology to market."
See also:- 3
things that could have killed flash SSDs,
flash and other nv memory
LSI Announces SSD Aware RAID Features
10, 2009 - LSI
has announced better support for
flash SSDs in the
latest update to its
LSI calls this feature SSD Guard - which can
anticipate some types of flash SSD failures in
RAID 0 configurations
and starts rebuilding data on a spare unit.
Seanodes Seeks Beta Sites for Clustered iSCSI SAN Software
Boston, Mass. - March 10,
2009 - Seanodes today announced a Beta version of its Exanodes
software for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, enabling these users to repurpose
commoditized or existing hardware as an iSCSI SAN.
Exanodes allows fast rebuilds thanks to an intelligent,
innovative approach that distributes the RAID set across multiple network nodes
and minimizes the risk of a second disk failure during the rebuild window. ...Seanodes profile,
SAN software ISVs,
TMS Joins the Surging Tide for PCI Express SSDs
March 10, 2009 -
Texas Memory Systems
today unveiled a PCIe SSD
that will ship in Q2 2009.
has 450GB of RAID protected SLC flash with 80 microseconds latency. R/W
bandwidth is 700MB/s and 500MB/s respectively. Sustained IOPS are:- 120,000
random read, and 50,000 random write. Endurance is rated at 12 years (assuming
25% continuous writes). List price is about $18,000.
With the number
of PCIe SSD oems already in double digits and expected to go north of 30 in
2010, I asked TMS's President, Woody Hutsell what was different about their
He agreed with my observation that the technical barriers to
entering this market are low. But he said that unlike most other PCIe SSD
vendors - this is the 14th generation of SSD for TMS and they already have
18 months of customer experience with flash SSDs in the most demanding server
applications with their earlier RamSan-500. The implication being - their new
flash SSD will work in enterprise accelerator apps - without nasty surprises -
and TMS knows what to tell the customers who need tuning advice. They've been
training up additional technical support people to cope with the anticipated
ramp in questions from new customers.
Woody Hutsell also said the new
RamSan-20 has a very low server load footprint which enables users to
realistically configure multiple units, and the onboard controller ensures that
no data will be lost in the event of a power outage or server crash. (In some
enterprise flash SSD array designs the controller functions such as flash
block remapping are done by the host server - which theoretically could result
in data corruption if the host CPU is abruptly terminated.)
StorageSearch.com has already
reported - reader interest in PCI Express SSDs has surged in the past 9 months.
If that translates into buying behavior - there will be more than enough
business for the companies in the market.
Aleratec Launches High Volume USB Flash Duplicators
- March 10, 2009 - Aleratec Inc. announces 2 new USB flash
Both the 27 way model (ESP $3,799) and 118 way model
(ESP $15,749) can copy up to 33MB/s. Aleratec's President and CEO, Perry
Solomon says - "The performance of the duplicators is not degraded when
simultaneously copying large numbers flash drives, a common shortcoming in most
USB flash drive
SSD Bookmarks from a Flash SSD Pioneer
March 10, 2009 - BiTMICRO's
Rey Bruce - shares his SSD Bookmarks today on the home page of
of flash SSD companies nowadays like to call themselves "pioneers".
In this case it's true, and the choice of label was my own. BiTMICRO launched
an 18GB 3.5" flash SSD 10 years ago - in
Samsung Announces 40nm Geometry for Flex-OneNAND
Korea - March 10, 2009 - Samsung
Electronics - today announced that it has begun using 40nm process
technology to produce an 8Gb
fusion memory chip.
Flex-OneNAND incorporates SLC and MLC NAND on a
single piece of silicon, allowing application designers to choose the portion of
SLC and MLC NAND storage to be used in any particular design through a simple
adjustment to the accompanying software. This maximizes the performance and
efficiency of the embedded flash chip. storage chips,
Seagate Demos 6Gbps SATA Prototype Hard Drive
VALLEY, Calif. - March 9, 2009 - Seagate and AMD will
collaborate in the first public demonstration of 6Gbps SATA storage this
week at a conference in New Orleans.
The demo features 2 Seagate
SATA disk drives -
one a shipping Barracuda 7200.12 3Gb/second hard drive and the other a
prototype Barracuda 6Gbps drive - in a desktop PC to show the performance
difference between the 2 generations. The PC is powered by an AMD prototype SATA
6Gb/second chipset. The Seagate SATA 3Gb/second drive runs at more than 2.5Gbps
and the SATA 6Gb/second drive at 5.5Gbps with the performance of each storage
interface displayed on the PC monitor.
Pillar Launches Axiom SSD Brick
Editor:- March 9,
2009 - Pillar Data
Systems launched the Axiom SSD Brick, a storage module with upto 12
Intel SSDs which
is compatible with Pillar's distributed RAID systems.
aware QoS software dynamically chooses storage types (SSD, FC-HDD, or
SATA-HDD) and tunes performance to satisfy quality of service priorities
based on user selections for each type of application.
Olixir Announces DataVault Support for FIPS 140-2
Washington, D.C. - March 9, 2009 -
Olixir Technologies announced it will add new security features to
its family of DataVault hard drives in Q2 2009.
This will make them
fully-compliant with the requirements outlined in the Federal Information
Processing Standards FIPS 140-2.
Incorporating an advanced set of security features including
anti-virus, anti-malware and encryption agents, which have already been approved
by the DOD DARTT Team, Olixir's external drives will meet all criteria to be
connected via USB cables to
U.S. Department of Defense networked computers. This comprehensive security
capability will be resident on the Mobile DataVault products and run
independently of the host computer to proactively protect the drive and the
network from malware and virus infections.
OCZ Joins the PCIe SSD Crowd
Editor:- March 9, 2009
- OCZ Technology Group
unveiled a PCIe SSD
last week at CeBIT.
Z Drive uses
MLC flash and has
1TB capacity. According to a show report on
Hardware - R/W speed is 600MB/s and 500MB/s respectively.