Ships Highest Density DDR3.................................................|
|Seoul, Korea -
March 19, 2009 - Samsung
today that it has just made the initial shipment of the world's 1st and smallest
high-density memory modules based on 2Gb, 50nm-class
is shipping 18 configurations of its new DDR3-based modules, which are
designed for servers. They include a 16GB RIMM and an 8GB RDIMM.
comments:- although Samsung's press release talks about how much
RAM you can get in a server
(192GB for a 2-socket CPU server system) the new products will also advance
the density and lower the cost of high end multi-terabyte
IDEMA Names Sun's Flash Guru to Lead SSD Standards
March 18, 2009 - IDEMA
today announced that Michael Cornwell will lead its standards program
for HDDs and
Cornwell, the Lead Technologist for Flash at
Sun Microsystems since
2007, has a long history in storage technologies and collaboration between
manufacturers and customers. He spent 5 years with
Quantum in various
engineering and design roles. In 2002 he moved to
Apple, where he was a
lead storage architect on that company's iPod digital content player. See also:-
Shoots for MIL-STD-810F SSD Market|
|Shenzhen, China - March
18, 2009 -
MemoRight says it will ship new industrial grade 2.5" flash
SSDs in May.
The new MemoRight rSSD is designed to operate from -40 to 85
degrees C and the company says its testing processes satisfy
expects the military,
defense, aviation & astronautics industries to be early adopters and key
users of their new SSD.
The rSSD also features MemoRight's "In-Drive" UPS, which
ensures 100% data integrity at all times. The capacitor simply flushes the cache
upon experiencing any power-off or voltage changes and writes this data to the
The new rSSD performs at 120MB/s read & 120MB/s write speeds,
with 0.1ms access time. It will be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB & 128GB
capacities, with a choice of
SATA II or IDE
interfaces. Like the MemoRight GT Series eSSD, the new model will be
manufactured in a 2.5"
form factor, with an optional
EMC says - it's Leading the SSD Charge - (is it April 1st
Editor:- March 18, 2009 - EMC announced today it has
qualified higher capacity
SSDs for use in its storage systems.
Barbara Robidoux, EMC VP,
Storage Marketing, said, "It is clear that Enterprise Flash drives are
revolutionizing the way information is stored and EMC is leading the charge.
We are delivering the 2nd generation of this technology as a result of
significant investments in research and development, testing and integration,
while other vendors struggle to deliver their 1st flash drive offerings at much
Editor's comments:- EMC's implication that they are "leading
the charge" to place flash SSDs in enterprise servers apps is absurd. To
see which companies did in fact lead the flash SSD charge into servers - take a
stroll down memory lane - and look at
And here's another way of looking at EMC's flash SSD
EMC has never appeared in the
the Top 10 SSD
Companies - which has tracked reader search volume on over 1.4
million readers viewing SSD content.
Its highest ranking was #11
- achieved in Q1 2008 - when the company re-entered the SSD market after a 20
year absence. But it wasn't the leading SSD vendor back then either.
Tom's Hardware Inflamed by Solidata's Watts Guzzling SSD
March 18, 2009 - a test report published yesterday on Tom's
Hardware says it was shocked by the high power consumption of Solidata's
2.5" flash SSDs.
publication said it was an "insult" to other oems in the
SSD market, effectively
tarnishing the reputation which hard-disk-form-factor SSDs had established
in delivering better
performance at lower power consumption than
SiliconDrives Get Speedups
Editor:- March 17, 2009 -
today announced it will ship a new, faster -
- of its SLC
SiliconDrives in the 2nd quarter of 2009 - with capacities up to 128GB.
III products include 2.5" SATA and PATA and 1.8" SATA products that
offer read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds to 80MB/s.
faster speeds and larger capacities of SiliconDrive III will help enable new
multimedia data streaming applications such as IPTV, Video on Demand (VOD) and
digital video surveillance appliances that require a high level of performance
and reliability where failure is not an option" said Gary Drossel, vp of
product planning at SiliconSystems.
Editor's comments:- SiliconSystems' SSDs have never been the
fastest and I had
always assumed this was because of
which included more intensive
processes in the on-board controller while coming in at a low power budget. But
in a recent discussion Gary Drossel told me they had some design techniques
in the pipeline which would do all those things plus beef up the speed too.
New ExpressCard SSDs Directory
Editor:- March 17,
2009 - StorageSearch.com
today published a new directory on the subject of
now - the list of ExpressCard SSD vendors has been buried in a table in the
It's still a small market. But what really distinguishes the ExpressCard SSD
market, is that it's the easiest way for users to perform an SSD upgrade on
their own notebooks. ...read the article
Storage Guardian Offers VARs White-Labeled Online Backup
Canada - March 17, 2009 - Storage Guardian
has just launched a
program so that resellers can offer its enterprise-grade online data backup
service to small and midsized businesses.
While there's no shortage of
online backup solutions
available, many of them are designed for modest amounts of data and do not offer
restores, backup lifecycle management, and handle >80GB data.
Guardian's solution is
with server-based services/apps such as Exchange, Small Business Server,
SharePoint Server, and Active Directory. A 30-day no-charge trial is available,
and itcan also be white-labeled and sold as a branded solution by resellers.
Editor's comments:- If banks can fail - then why should you
trust ANY online backup provider with your data? - I discuss that in a new
article published today - Looking
back at the online backup and storage market
IDC Calculates the Cost of Owning Storage
- March 16, 2009 - IDC estimates the total annual cost to "manage"
the world's installed base of external storage is about 60% of all
enterprise storage-related spending, including software, power, cooling,
administration personnel, and services.
"As the industry attempts to control IT costs, specifically
related to storage, IDC realizes that power and cooling costs are not
the only costs associated with external storage," said David Reinsel, group
vp for IDC Storage and Semiconductors research. "In fact, in the grand
scheme of things, the cost to power and cool external storage pales in
comparison with the cost to acquire and manage storage, including the costs for
storage software and storage administrators."
around storage efficiency technologies (e.g.,
compression, and thin provisioning) has intensified, impacting power and cooling
costs in the longer term, penetration of these technologies is very low. ...IDC profile,
comments:- in the past 10 years - the relative cost of owning data
(compared to buying it) has only improved by 20% - as you can see by comparing
IDC's ratios for 2009 - with those published in
- in an article written by Overland Data.
SSD Bookmarks from Texas Memory Systems
March 16, 2009 - Texas
Memory Systems' President, Woody Hutsell - shares his SSD
Bookmarks today on the home page of
who know the SSD industry well, mostly think of TMS as a company which makes
very fast SSDs for accelerating
SAN resident applications.
But in the many discussions I've had with Woody Hutsell during the past decade -
"reliability" has also been a frequent topic in our conversations.
That's because when you manufacture products which pack more memory chips than
anyone else has ever put into a single box - all those "10 to the minus
something" numbers which relate physics to semiconductor memory
effects - add up to design problems which are far from theoretical. TMS has
been engineering solid state storage systems for
So I was not surprised to see an in depth paper about reliability being one of
the articles in this list of bookmarks.
Terry Cunningham Rejoins Seagate
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. -
March 16, 2009 - Seagate today announced that Terry Cunningham
will take the helm as senior vp of Consumer Solutions Division (CSD) and
i365 effective immediately.
Having served previously as president
and COO of Seagate Software, Cunningham returns for a 2nd term with the company
to help augment the success of its consumer solutions and business services
Cunningham comes to Seagate from
Coral8, an enterprise
event-processing software company, where he served as CEO. Prior to that,
Cunningham was president and CEO of InfoGenesis, a maker of consumer-focused,
guest experience management software for the hospitality and foodservice
Cunningham originally founded Crystal Decisions, which was
purchased by Seagate in
1994, integrated into the company's software division and later became Seagate
Software. Cunningham piloted Seagate Software through $350 million worth of
acquisitions and helped grow the organization, with 40 offices and 2,000
employees. Cunningham's accomplishments also include serving as president and
COO of VERITAS Software,
and founding 2 other successful software companies. ...i365 profile,
Solid Access Technologies Wins Best of FOSE Award for Storage
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 -
a rackmount 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.