|Hard Disks Need
Not Apply - Google's New SSD Based OS|
Editor:- November 19, 2009 -
its doors to developers who want to work with
Chrome OS - a new operating
system for web notebook products that will ship next year.
opening video of the
OS blog we learn that the architects of the new OS are "obsessed with
speed". Therefore the new netbook OS is designed from the ground up to
support only flash
SSDs as the default mass storage. Google says - there is no room in
this OS for outmoded 50 year old
hard disk technology.
Foremay Offers SSD Sanitzation
19, 2009 - Foremay
today announced that secure erase options are now available for most
models in its
SSD product family.
Foremay's Secure Erase function completely
erases and sanitizes all user data by overwriting or destroying both the file
tables and data in allocated blocks, as well as the data in reallocated
defective blocks on the flash hard drive.
"Foremay is pleased to
offer 3 secure erase options to suit the need for different levels of data
sanitation," said Jack Winters, CTO of Foremay. "These options are:-
software-based secure erase through a standard ATA command, hybrid software and
hardware-based data sanitation, and hardware-based one-key
self-destroy disk purge."
Editor's comments:- although these functions have traditionally been
associated with military
drives, the company says civilian applications include - the financial
sector, medical and insurance administration and other public security and
utility applications, where information is strictly
confidential or private,
such that the data needs to be purged before disposal, either voluntarily or
$9 million Funding Round for flash SSD Enabled SAN Backup
November 18, 2009 - Axxana
announced it has secured $9
million Series B investment led by
existing investors, Gemini Israel Funds
and the serial entrepreneur
also participated in the round.
The funds will be used to accelerate
the adoption of The Phoenix System - the first "Black Box" Enterprise
Data Recorder which was demonstrated at EMC
World in May 2009.
"Axxana's EDR brings a disruptive solution that is well poised
to transform the entire storage replication market and create a whole new
category within it," said Ronen Nir, Partner at Carmel Ventures. "We
are impressed with Axxana's strong founding team and their achievements so far,
including impressive endorsement by leading storage vendors worldwide."
Editor's comments:- Axxana's solution is a lossless data
recovery system which sits on the
SAN and records data into a
SSD-enabled, locally situated, data survival box. Although Axxana talks
about it "complementing" other types of data protection - such as
offsite / online backup
my gut feel is that if the product shows itself to be usable and
reliable in a wide
range of environments - it will set a new standard for
backup which will
supercede anything possible with rotating
disk backup systems or
clearest explanation is in
(pf) from which I've taken these snippets.
combines concepts used in airplane Flight Data Recorders (Black Box) with newly
developed materials and technologies to create a hardened "Enterprise Data
Recorder" storage system capable of withstanding extreme conditions to
preserve business data in the event of a disaster... The Phoenix system was
designed to survive calamitous events such as Earthquake, Weather, Floods, Fire,
and the consequences of a terror attack. The system was successfully tested and
meets international standards for various threat scenarios."
also:- Solid State Storage
Fusion-io Unveils World's Fastest SSD Card
November 17, 2009 - Fusion-io
details of a very fast PCIe form factor,
compatible, flash SSD designed for 2 undisclosed government customers.
ioDrive Octal card, occupies 2 slots and delivers 800,000 IOPS (4k packet
size), 6GB/s bandwidth and has upto 5TB maximum capacity (implemented by 8x
Each deployment consists of hundreds of terabytes of
solid-state storage capacity and is capable of sustaining over one terabyte
per second of aggregate bandwidth with access latencies under 50
"We were eager to take on the challenge of creating
a device that meets the intense demands of high performance computing"
said Steve Wozniak, Chief Scientist at Fusion-io. "With this architecture,
IOPS are easy. We achieved over 100 million IOPS, more than enough
performance to meet our customer's requirements. The real power in our
architecture was the ability to also scale bandwidth. We look forward to
productizing the ioDrive Octal in the future, and bringing the power of this
solid-state storage technology from the world of HPC to the enterprise."
the fastest SSDs
(from SSDs on a chip to rackmount appliances)
DDR PHY SoC Pop Art from Denali
Editor:- November 17,
2009 - Denali Software
today published a simple cartoon style guide which introduces the complexities
What's a DDR PHY? - To quote one of the captions - "I
sit between the memory controller and I/O pads and make your SoC shine!"
if you're not a chip level
storage designer - appreciation of these design issues are helpful to an
understanding of product architectures, strengths, weaknesses and adaptibility.
PhotoFast Unveils Fast 1.8" PATA SSDs
November 16, 2009 - PhotoFast
today unveiled a new range of 1.8"
native PATA MLC regular
flash SSDs with internal garbage
Capacity options include:- 32/64/128/256G. Internal cache
is 64MB, R/W speeds are upto 128MB/s and 90MB/s respectively.
says that its internal hardware garbage collection makes the SSD especially
suited to traditional OS's which don't have TRIM such as XP. The drive
rearranges itself when the laptop is in idle time. The benefits might not shine
through in server style
assume 100% duty cycles) but for real life notebook usage it should work
|I'm too old to
do that chimney stunt again|
this year thought