|Intel launches m-SATA SSD
Editor:- December 29, 2010 - Intel today
a new SSD for use in
SSD 310 is an m-SATA MLC SSD with upto 80GB in a 51mm-by-30mm by 5mm form
factor. Sequential R/W throughput is 200MB/s and 70MB/s respectively with random
R/W performance upto 35K and 6.6K IOPS. It weighs less than 10g and has typical
active power consumption of 150mW.
re multi-million IOPS SSD marketing - new blog from Woody Hutsell
December 22, 2010 - Woody Hutsell
- who for a decade led the enterprise SSD marketing business at Texas Memory Systems
- and who recently joined ViON
has recently started a blog about SSDs.
His first article bemoans the
current trend of marketers to
ever higher millions of IOPS - a marketing tactic - which he freely admits
he started back in his days at TMS.
In this entertaining and thought
provoking article Woody says - "One million IOPS. Yawn! Is that all
you've got! In fact, I would argue if the extent of your marketing message is
your IOPS you don't have enough
marketing talent." ...read
Samsung samples SSD terminator for 2.5" enterprise HDDs
December 21, 2010 -
announced it is sampling 400GB 2.5" SATA MLC SSDs for use as the primary
storage in enterprise storage systems (instead of
The new SSDs can process random read commands at 43,000 IOPS and random writes
at 11,000 IOPS. In addition, they have an 'end-to-end data protection'
function with advanced data
to assure reliability
and security for the drive.
According to Gartner
shipments of SSDs for
servers and enterprise storage systems will increase to 6.3 million units in
2014 from 324K units in 2009. In revenue, the SSD enterprise market is expected
to grow more than 7x from $485 million to $3.6 billion during the
Editor's comments:- 5 years ago I published a (still popular)
article on the HDD vs
Hard disks still provide unbeatably low cost per
terabyte of capacity - but if you can't process that content in a timely fashion
- it's not a lot of use.
Several SSD oems have said to me that after 10 years of
stagnation in the HDD market - the big server makers got exasperated with
traditional storage suppliers - because when using hard disks their newest
servers are unable to perform faster than the models they are supposed to
2003 I analyzed these
factors and predicted the server/SSD fusion that we're starting to see now.
Although it took longer than I thought to get underway the SSD avalanche is
RunCore joins the 3.5" TB SSD market
December 21, 2010 -
recently unveiled a 3.5" SATA 3 flash SSD with 1TB capacity.
the SSD includes 2 drives, each with its own
SandForce 1200 controller,
which can be configured as separate drives or in a simple RAID 0 configuration.
The product will be demonstrated at CeBIT
in March 2011.
Editor's comments:- the first terabyte
class 3.5" SSD was
an SLC fibre-channel model
shipped by BiTMICRO
in November 2008.
With the memory technology in those days - it was over 1 inch high - and very
expensive. In contrast - in today's
market - terabyte SSDs are becoming economic components within high capacity
SSD arrays - used to accelerate virtual servers, ecommerce sites, video, and
database driven apps.
Nasuni cloud aggregator appliance tops $23 million funding
December 20, 2010 -
that it has closed $15 million in Series B funding.
Nasuni's software delivers primary storage, which the company says
is indistinguishable from local storage, from an array of leading
providers. VCs in
STEC's MLC SSDs used in IBM RAID
15, 2010 - STEC
announced that MLC versions of its
SSDs are being used in
Storwize V7000 (RAID
Editor:- December 14, 2010 - I
recently interviewed Jamon Bowen,
Director of Sales Engineering for Texas Memory Systems
and asked him - why (almost alone in the industry) they still don't use MLC
flash in their enterprise SSDs? ...read the article. See
the SSD Heresies
Seagate ships terabyte 2.5" SAS HDDS
December 13, 2010 - Seagate
has started deliveries of terabyte 2.5"
2 spin at
RPM and are designed for 24x7 operation.
The new Seagate drives are examples of value engineering rather than technology
ground breaking. Western
Digital began shipping 10,000 RPM 2.5" SAS HDDs
just over a year ago.
comparing SSD and HDD failure rates in retail
December 10, 2010 - the failure rates for
hard drives in the
retail channel are compared in a recent article which is part of a regular
feature on the French website HARDWARE.FR.
many consumer SSD
designs have been flaky - the apparent similarities suggested in the
French report should not be taken to be typical of SSDs as a whole.
the contrary - a much bigger difference in field
suggested by the business models of
SSD makers and
server SSD makers for whom better
part of the value proposition - and by anecdotal reports which I've had from
many data recovery
Patriot launches native USB 3 flash drive
December 9, 2010 - Patriot
a 64GB native USB 3 flash
drive - which offers faster performance than other designs which use include
a USB bridge chip.
is one of the first companies to integrate a native single-chip USB 3.0 flash
memory controller. By pairing the controller with our Quad-Channel technology,
we're able to maximize performance with the Supersonic series," said Les
Henry, Patriot Memory's VP of Engineering.
Xyratex expands HDD test assets
8, 2010 - Xyratex
that it has acquired
the HDD component test
related business and assets of Magnetic
Recording Solutions, Inc. (MRS), including a 10 person development team.
This coincides with the recent acquisition of the assets, as well
as the development team, of Optical Systems
Corp - a respected provider of
technology to the disk drive industry.
A key element of Xyratex's business strategy is to expand its
portfolio of test and process technology within the hard disk drive industry.
The acquisition of MRS will combine Xyratex's industry-leading expertise in high
volume disk drive test, servo writing, and media cleaning, handling and
inspection technologies with MRS' extensive experience in complex media testing
and head characterization.
Memoright's new 1.2" SSDs
Editor:- December 8,
2010 - Memoright
recently launched a new range of
SATA SSDs with secure
erase, 8,000 IOPS, 100/80MB/s R/W performance and upto 64GB capacity.
RunCore unveils 2TB PCIe SSD
Editor:- December 8,
2010 - RunCore
today entered the PCIe SSD
accelerator market with a 2 slot wide module with upto 2TB capacity and
replacable flash storage modules.
This announcement didn't include
performance data. When I get it - I'll update this post. RunCore launched a
3U CPCIe\PXIe SSD card
for the test systems market in January 2010.