|and Super Talent... brings
SAS SSD headcount to 14|
Editor:- June 21, 2010 - Super Talent
Technology entered the
SAS SSD market by
imminent shipments of its ShuttleCraft brand - which includes SLC and MLC
models with capacities upto 240GB .
SSDs - the big picture
Editor:- June 21, 2010 -
published a new article -
What's the big
picture message re SSDs?
If you often find yourself explaining
to your VC, lawyer or non technical BBQ guests why you spend so much time
immersed in SSD web pages - this may be the link they need.
And here's a video link to the masterly lyrics of
Tim Rice and
unforgettable music of
Lloyd Webber -
the Buzz? Tell me what's a happening? (video) - from the
that made them world famous.
Editor:- June 21, 2010 - CRN published an article called -
Superstars which is like a who's who in the storage industry.
new demi-terabyte notebook SSD is battery friendly
June 17, 2010 - Samsung
today announced imminent volume production of a demi-terabyte (512GB)
SATA SSD for the
market - the 1st to use
DDR NAND which enables sequential R/W speeds upto 250MB/s and 220MB/s
respectively while using about half the power of a regular
flash SSD of the
same capacity and performance.
Furthermore Samsung's new
analyzes usage patterns to automatically activate a low-power mode that can
extend a notebook's battery life for an hour or more. The new SSD includes
encryption and supports Windows 7 TRIM
comments:- apart from French speakers - who would find it natural to talk
about a "demi-terabyte" (half terabyte) - the earliest citation I can
find for this term is a
article caption in PCWorld.com. Soon the gigabyte storage age will fade
away - and as we head
for the petabyte SSD (which will store 1,000TB) we'll get more used to
talking about terabytes, their multiples and fractions.
SSD" (the terabyte is assumed) easier to say than "five hundred twelve
gigabytes"? - It saves time. I hope we'll see more of it.
Violin selects a high gear for NAS SSD acceleration
June 16, 2010 - Violin
it has acquired the technology assets of of Gear6.
installed base of (over 30 customers) is highly synergistic with our current
go-to-market strategy," said Violin Memory COO Dixon Doll, Jr. "Gear6
was founded to accelerate data center applications and solve the I/O bottleneck
which matches well with Violin's 'silicon data center' vision."
"Gear6's proven high speed NFS caching combined with the Violin
3000 10 Terabyte Memory Array will allow us to front end NFS installations
solving the performance issues of today's
NAS devices," said
Violin Memory CEO Don Basile.
Editor's comments:- in the search volume based ranking of SSD
companies which I get to see internally (we only publish the
top 10 or so)
Gear6's rank was lower than that of
- a company which has been out of business for 6 years - so I'm not really
surprised they fizzled out... as a reader said to me "after they burned
$24 millions and
didn't have much to show for it."
hidden segments in the enterprise
Macronix research pushes flash density
16, 2010 - Macronix
its research results related to its patented BE SONOS (barrier engineering)
charge-trapping technology which could make terabit NAND flash feasible.
Using 3D stacking, NAND Flash may achieve higher data storage capacity
and effectively lower fabrication cost without relying on advances in
lithography technology. Consequently some memory manufacturers have invested in
3D research recently.
Re tape's protracted demise
Editor:- June 16, 2010 -
How tape dies is
the latest blog from StorageMojo, Robin Harris.
Tape market's body is still
twitching - so it's not technically a corpse (yet) - but the life signs are
getting smaller. See also:-
Historic Milestones in
Enterprise Disk Backup
Fusion-io SSDs deployed in nuclear safety program
June 15, 2010 - today it was
that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
has deployed over 100TB of Fusion-io's dual
320GB enterprise MLC ioMemory modules deployed in ioSAN carrier cards that
connect over Infiniband
in a testbed
project to develop high-performance simulation computing capabilities
needed to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation's aging
nuclear deterrent without underground testing.
With the addition of Fusion-Powered I/O, the Hyperion testbed will
deliver over 40 million IOPS and 320GB/s of bandwidth from just 80 1U
appliances (2 racks) compared to 43 racks and more power if implemented in an
HDD based system.
"This project demonstrates how flash that performs like memory, rather than
disk, can scale to the highest levels of performance," said Neil Carson,
CTO of Fusion-io. "Equally important, it demonstrates that it is possible
to accomplish this with a fraction of the infrastructure."
Anobit aims at SandForce SSD SoCs slots
June 15, 2010 - Anobit
announced it is sampling
SSDs based on its patented
Signal Processing technology which provide 20x improvement in operational
life for MLC SSDs in high IOPS server environments.
proprietary algorithms that compensate for the physical limitations of NAND
flash, Anobit's MSP technology extends standard MLC
from approximately 3K read/write cycles to over 50K cycles - to make MLC
technology suitable for high-duty cycle applications. This guarantees drive
write endurance of 10 full disk writes per day, for 5 years, or 7,300TBs
for a 400GB drive, with fully random data (worst-case conditions).
First-generation Anobit Genesis SSDs deliver 20,000 IOPS random
write and 30,000 IOPS random read, with 180MB/s sustained write and 220MB/s
Anobit says that some of the world's largest NAND
manufacturers, consumer electronics vendors and storage solution providers
currently utilize Anobit's MSP technology in their products.
"For too long, the high prices of SLC SSDs and
MLC SSD endurance have slowed the adoption of
flash memory storage in
the enterprise. Anobit Genesis SSDs effectively neutralize both of these
concerns," said Prof. Ehud Weinstein, Anobit CEO. "By delivering true
reliability at affordable MLC SSD prices, Anobit Genesis SSDs unlock the
full promise of solid-state enterprise storage."
Editor's comments:- superficially the endurance delivered by
Anobit's SSD controller
is better than that obtainable from
SandForce - whereas
the performance lead is the other way around. For most oems what will be more
important is that they do not need to be locked into a single technology
supplier to get adequate metrics for their MLC SSD product lines.
R/W flash management in SSDs
Virident Systems launches enterprise PCIe SSD
June 15, 2010 - Virident
Systems today announced
the immediate availability of its
- a fast
PCIe SSD using
SLC flash -
with 800MB/s sustained R/W throughput, 200K sustained random
peak) and capacity options of 200 / 300 / 400GB.
Aimed at the
enterprise acceleration market - the tachIOn's
features include end to end error correction.
quoted as 24 years at 5TB writes / day.