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Storage news - December 8-31, 2010

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Intel launches m-SATA SSD for notebooks

Editor:- December 29, 2010 - Intel today announced a new SSD for use in notebooks.

The Intel 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

Editor:- 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 quote 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." the article

Samsung samples SSD terminator for 2.5" enterprise HDDs

Editor:- December 21, 2010 - Samsung today announced it is sampling 400GB 2.5" SATA MLC SSDs for use as the primary storage in enterprise storage systems (instead of hard drives).

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 encryption algorithm 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 same period.

Editor's comments:- 5 years ago I published a (still popular) article on the HDD vs SSD wars.

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 RPM 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 replace.

In 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 now unstoppable.

RunCore joins the 3.5" TB SSD market

Editor:- December 21, 2010 - RunCore recently unveiled a 3.5" SATA 3 flash SSD with 1TB capacity.

Internally 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 enterprise SSD 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

Editor:- December 20, 2010 - Nasuni announced 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 cloud storage providers. VCs in Storage), Storage Software ISVs


Editor:- December 15, 2010 - STEC announced that MLC versions of its ZeusIOPS SSDs are being used in IBM's Storwize V7000 (RAID systems).

Lonesome SLC?

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? the article. See also the SSD Heresies

Seagate ships terabyte 2.5" SAS HDDS

Editor:- December 13, 2010 - Seagate has started deliveries of terabyte 2.5" SAS compatible hard drives.

The Constellation 2 spin at 7,200 RPM and are designed for 24x7 operation.

Editor's comments:- 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

Editor:- December 10, 2010 - the failure rates for SSDs and 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. Because 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.

On the contrary - a much bigger difference in field reliability is suggested by the business models of industrial SSD makers and enterprise server SSD makers for whom better reliability is part of the value proposition - and by anecdotal reports which I've had from many data recovery companies.

Patriot launches native USB 3 flash drive

Editor:- December 9, 2010 - Patriot Memory launched a 64GB native USB 3 flash drive - which offers faster performance than other designs which use include a USB bridge chip.

"Patriot 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

Editor:- December 8, 2010 - Xyratex today announced 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 automated production 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 1.2" 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.

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