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storage news - March 2010, week 2

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... the SSD Buyers Guide
After SSDs... What Next?
flash SSD Jargon Explained
the Top 10 SSD Companies
2010 Year of the SSD Bubble?
Storage Market Outlook 2010 to 2015
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
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Editor:- March 11, 2010 - whenever I'm asked -"What do you do for a living?" - the smart ass answer I come up with is - "I waste my time so my readers don't have to waste theirs."

Few things are so time-wasting on the web - in my opinion - as videos which talk about the SSD market. In 99.9% of cases the same points have already been made - earlier, better, and about 30x quicker on static webpages.

It's several years since a reader asked - "Why isn't there a directory of SSD videos on"

Well - there is now. I datamined and filtered it from the tens of thousands of hours I've spent reading and writing about SSDs. It's the smallest list of links in any directory page I've created since the web started - and at this rate of progress will struggle to reach double digits by the time the SSD market ends. Less is better - when it comes to wasting your time. the article

$100? - too much to pay for a 32GB MLC SSD - says OCZ

Editor:- March 10, 2010 - OCZ today announced it's shipping a 32GB 2.5" MLC SSD for under $100.

R/W speeds are unremarkable - at a mere 125MB/s and 70MB/s respectively - but the main point of this launch - according to OCZ's CEO, Ryan Petersen - is to publicize the price point and show what the company is doing "to make SSDs more affordable to end-users."

Editor's comments:- You get exactly what you pay for in SSD pricing. The big problem is knowing what you want. OCZ's new Onyx is a very low capacity, slowish notebook SSD which is unsuitable for server apps. But it does appear to be a good price today according to this comparison. (It may not look so good later.)

Imation renews RDX license beyond HDD afterlife

Editor:- March 10, 2010 - Imation today announced it has extended its RDX (removable hard disk) license agreement with ProStor Systems through 2020.

Imation also announced that it has invested $5 million to help advance ProStor's disk backup technology.

Editor's coments:- RDX was unveiled in November 2005. Today's announcement takes the license agreement to beyond the expected lifetime of the hard disk market. However, SSD backup will also be viable in the same form factor.

WhipTail signs European distributor for SSD dedupe accelerator

Editor:- March 10, 2010 - WhipTail Technologies today announced a Europe wide distribution and support agreement with Consolidate IT.

"Our clients are seeing consolidation ratios of 200-300:1 thanks to our true inline data deduplication," said James Candelaria, CTO of WhipTail Tech. "With our blazing read/write speeds (over 150K IOPS), we can accept the overhead hit and still deliver data exponentially faster than a hard-disk array. The focus becomes more of cost-per-IOP than a cost-per-GB. We land at 37 cents while a Tier 1 HDD array is around 8 dollars."

Apacer scores max on Windows 7

Editor:- March 9, 2010 - Apacer today said its Giant II DDR3 Tri-channel Overclocking Memory Module Series has scored the maximum 7.9 in the Windows Experience Index when running on Windows 7.

The company was the official exclusive memory supplier at the World Cyber Games 2009 Grand Final, held last November in Chengdu, China.

Web-Feet tallies SSD numbers for 2009

Editor:- March 8, 2010 - Web-Feet Research has just published a quarterly update to its 7th annual report on SSD Markets and Applications (annual price $9,000).

This update focuses on the SSD market dynamics for the year ending 2009 covering the Client, Enterprise, and Commercial markets.

Addressed in each of these markets are the drivers of SSD adoption, price points, and issues associated with SSD adoption. Web-Feet Research has compiled aggregate SSD shipments and revenue by form factor and application markets covering 2009. SSD market research & analysts
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