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13" SAS SSD oems|
Editor:- April 29, 2010 - Foremay
has started sampling SAS
SSDs in its
The new models (available in
3.5" form factors,
and available in commercial and industrial temperature grades) have R/W speeds
of 250MB/s and 200MB/s respectively, random read/write
IOPS up to
30,000/25,000 and upto 400GB capacity.
That brings the number of
SAS SSD companies
listed on StorageSearch.com to 13.
Seagate / WD updates
Editor:- April 28, 2010 - a
weird thing happened to me today as I was trying to check the content on www.Seagate.com - instead of seeing the
usual home page I got a version which was
all in French.
despite my best efforts - it kept bouncing me back to things to do with "Stockage"
- which as I have learned is the French for "Storage".
until that stops happening - I'd just like to mention that yesterday
Western Digital -
whose web site cleverly guesses that English might be a high probability
language for someone accessing their dot-com site (as opposed to dot-fr)
when they are based in England -
that - it has agreed to purchase the magnetic media sputtering operations of
Hoya Corporation and Hoya Magnetics Singapore Pte. Ltd. for approximately $235
million) in an all-cash transaction. WD says the acquisition will augment WD's
existing magnetic media operations, strengthening its ability to meet
anticipated growth in demand for hard drives in the years ahead.
Now you might not have heard of Hoya before (and neither had I) but
the point is this shows that WD anticipates that
hard disks are still
going to be a good business -
growth in the SSD market.
Samsung ships 512Mb PRAM
Editor:- April 28, 2010 - Samsung Electronics
shipments of a 512Mb PRAM MCP which is is backwards compatible with 40nm
NOR flash memory in both
its hardware and software functionality allowing mobile handset designers the
convenience of retrofitting the 3x faster writing PRAM into exisiting
designs based on NOR.
enterprise SSD market growth will accelerate - says Objective
Editor:- April 27, 2010 - Objective Analysis
has published a new 104 page market report -
Centers Drive Major SSD Growth (
which concludes that "the stunning growth of
SSDs in enterprise servers
and storage systems is only going to get stronger."
says that the enterprise SSD market is likely to approach $4 billion in revenues
by 2015, nearly 17x
times that of 2009, while unit shipments will increase by
50x during that period to over 4 million units.
How does this
compare to other predictions?
Click here to
StorageSearch.com's directory of
recommended SSD analysts.
Nimbus nixes STEC SAS SSD costs in new iSCSI rackmount
April 26, 2010 - Nimbus
Data Systems today
storage system - a 2U 10GbE rackmount SSD with 24 hot swappable
internal 6Gbps SAS
flash SSD blades in an 80W power footprint offering 5TB protected capacity for
Powered by Nimbus' HALO storage OS the systems support
iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS
protocols and provide inline
(typically 10 to 1), continuous local and remote replication capability
in-the-box at no additional cost. Data protection inside the box ensures that no
data is lost even with 2 simultaneous blade faults.
comments:- there has been a lack of market leadership in the
market. This new product from Nimbus shows what can be achieved with a true
bottom up enterprise design - in the same way that for
FC SAN connected
applications you'd look at systems from
Texas Memory Systems
and in the PCIe
connected rackmount SSD market you'd look at
NextIO or at
I spoke at length to
Nimbus's CEO, Thomas Isakovich - about the design of these new SSD
WD reports 62% revenue growth
Editor:- April 22,
2010 - Western
62% revenue growth for the quarter ended April 2 - achieving $2.6
WD shipped 51 million
hard drives in this
"We believe that 2010 will continue to be a strong year for
digital storage," said WD's president and CEO - John Coyne.
Overland expands LTO-5 support
Editor:- April 21,
2010 - April 21, 2010 - Overland Storage
expanded support for LTO-5
(available from May 1, 2010) across its entire line of NEO Series products -
which offer backup
storage capacity up to 76TB and support for
WhipTail publishes SSD SAN acceleration paper
April 21, 2010 - WhipTail
Technologies recently published a
white paper which
discusses how SSD acceleration can economically close the scaling performance
gap which comes from virtual desktops and compares the SSD vs HDD array
costs for a 5,000 virtual user system.
Although there's nothing in this
article which introduces new
acceleration architectural concepts - the 13 page document is a clearly
written modern introduction to anyone interested in learning about how
SAN centric SSDs can
accelerate common applications.
...read the article (pdf)
Pliant names former Google exec as VP Ops
April 20, 2010 - Pliant
appointment of Frank
Kull as VP of operations.
He brings more than 15 years of
experience in operations management for Google, Cisco and other leading
Everspin samples industry's first 16Mb MRAM
April 19, 2010 - Everspin
it is sampling a 16Mb MRAM.
The MR4A16B is a 3.3-volt, parallel I/O
non-volatile RAM that features 35ns access times with unlimited read/write
cycles. Data is always non-volatile after each write for more than 20 years. In
addition, MRAM is immune to soft error rates associated with cosmic rays that
impact other memories. The 16Mb MRAM is organized as 1,048,576 words of 16 bits.
Pin and function-compatible with asynchronous SRAM, the MR4A16B targets
industrial automation, robotics, network and data storage, multi-function
printers and a host of other systems traditionally limited to SRAM-based
Fusion-io's growth lubed by another $45 million
April 19, 2010 - Fusion-io
has got another $45 million in series C
funding led by new
investor, Meritech Capital Partners.
Also participating in the round were new investors,
Horowitz and Triangle Peak
Partners, as well as returning investors, New
Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Lightspeed
Venture Partners, among others.
Fusion-io will direct the additional investment towards scaling up
infrastructure to support rapidly increasing sales (300%
annual) and build on the momentum its
SSD product line is
experiencing across multiple industries. Funding will also support development
of next generation technologies and products.
"In only a couple of years Fusion-io has clearly demonstrated
the disruptive, innovative nature of its technology. It is causing organizations
around the globe to rethink the way they architect their data centers,"
said George Bischof,
Managing Director at Meritech Capital. "This round of funding will allow
Fusion-io to maintain the rapid pace of innovation it has established."
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