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storage news - March 2010, week 4

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SSD Innovations - new report from Forward Insights

Editor:- March 31, 2010 - Forward Insights has announced imminent availability of a new report - SSD Innovations ($4,499) - which explores key innovations to improve the performance and lifetime of SSDs.

It focuses on innovative solutions from major industry players such as FusionIO, Intel, Pliant, Sandforce, SanDisk and STEC for improving the performance, endurance and reliability of SSDs. An exploration of the evolution of application requirements in computing applications, performance limitations of flash-based storage systems, trends and industry innovations is provided. In addition, innovative SSD architectures incorporating new memory technologies, external power supply and linked chain architectures are investigated as future SSD development directions. ...Table of Contents (pdf), SSD Market Analysts

TDK launches SLC half slim SSDs

Editor:- March 30, 2010 - TDK launched the SHG2A series of half slim, encrypted industrial SATA SLC SSD modules.

The new SSDs, which have a maximum capacity of 32GB, are about 1/2 the size of a 1.8" drive and have R/W speeds of 95MB/s and of 55MB/s respectively.

ECC is 8 bit/sector (512 byte) correction (15 bit/sector correction). Endurance is 100,000 write cycles per block address (6.3 billion writes for a 16GB model). TDK has a life span assessment tool which enables customers to monitor the life span of these SSDs in their systems.

Editor's comments:- that brings the number of oems in the 1" approx SSD module size up to 32.

Web-Feet publishes flash market share report

Editor:- March 30, 2010 - Web-Feet Research has published a report - Non Volatile Memory Market Shares (2009) by Vendor ($2,500) - which segments component shipments by memory type and vendor.

Web-Feet says the flash memory market in 2009 was worth $20.8 billion, only 2% more than 2008. The top 5 flash vendors were:- Samsung, Toshiba, SanDisk, Micron and Hynix.

GreenBytes unveils 1U dedupe ASAP

Editor:- March 29, 2010 - GreenBytes today unveiled the GB-1000 (under $10,000) a 1U 4TB SSD accelerated dedupe appliance which supports simultaneous SAN and NAS deployments.

Ingest and restore performance is stated as 0.54TB/hr.

Windows Certification for RamSan-620

Editor:- March 29, 2010 - Texas Memory Systems today announced its RamSan-620 (250K IOPS 2U SLC SSD) has been certified as interoperable with Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2.

Radar buffs get 8GB XMC

Editor:- March 25, 2010 - Curtiss-Wright today announced it has doubled the memory from 4GB to 8GB on its MM-617 buffer memory XMC card - which is designed to provide volatile, deep storage for a wide range of military applications including RADAR, signal intelligence, and image processing.

Editor's comments:- customers always want more memory for this type of application. In one project I managed in 1991 - we designed a system which captured radar data and streamed it continuously to 16 x 6U of the fastest COTS memory cards then available at the maximum operating speed of the VMEbus. That required weeding out badly designed backplanes and memory cards - and playing with early generations of Altera FPGAs. It was similar projects streaming to hard disk arrays (and analyzing the data ASAP) where I learned a lot of useful things about storage too.

Adaptec's SSD seed corn came from Microsoft

Editor:- March 25, 2010 - in yet another simulated benchmark published today related to Adaptec's SSD ASAP caching technology - which they leverage in their MaxIQ SSD product - I learned that the underlying technology was originally developed by (surprise! surprise!) - Microsoft.

"When our datacenter team came up with some innovative ideas around using solid state devices as read caching devices, we determined it made good sense to license these advances to Adaptec because Microsoft itself doesn't sell these types of products," said David Kaefer, GM of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. "By collaborating through licensing, Adaptec customers benefit from a product that delivers impressive performance and cost savings over alternatives in the market."

Editor's comments:- the whole hard disk array acceleration market will cease to exist in a handful of years for reasons explained elsewhere. Maybe the Microsofties realized it would be better to let someone else run with it - rather than make users suffer the traditional 5 years waiting for it to work properly - by which time it would be obsolete anyway.

Toshiba samples TB 2.5" HDD

Editor:- March 24, 2010 - Toshiba today announced it is sampling its highest capacity 2.5" hard drives - with 1TB in a 12.5mm high package spinning at 5,400 RPM.

Hard disk capacities in the 2.5" size have doubled in less than 2 years. You can see how HDD and SSD capacities have grown in the past decade in this article.

Infortrend reduces NAS costs with SSDs

Editor:- March 24, 2010 - Infortrend today announced it has added an SSD acceleration layer to its EonNAS product line.

The company says that by using a judicious combination of SATA HDDs and SSDs the overall ASAP has the same performance as if it used 15K RPM SAS HDD arrays - but at 75% lower cost per GB.

OCZ gets funds to boost growth

Editor:- March 24, 2010 - OCZ today disclosed it has closed $15 million in funding to support its growing SSD business.

OCZ's President and CEO, Ryan Petersen said "This round of funding will enable OCZ to continue its growth in SSDs and accelerate the development of next-generation solutions."

WD's new video hard drive

Editor:- March 24, 2010 - Western Digital today announced availability of the WD AV-25 - a 2.5" SATA 5,400 RPM HDD for 24x7 video surveillance and DVR applications with upto 320GB capacity (MSRP $80) and quiet operation.

WD says audio noise from the new drive is less than one sone - "the threshold of human hearing."

Coraid expands AoE rackmount catalog

Editor:- March 23, 2010 - Coraid today announced new models in its AoE compatible NAS line including a 2U 24 drive (2.5") model - EtherDrive SRX3500 - with 6 10GbE ports.

The company says its SRX-Series appliances can deliver more than 500MB/s throughput in virtualization environments. OS support includes Windows, Solaris, and Linux.

1 Million iSCSI IOPS - is that fast? - or about what you'd expect?

Editor:- March 23, 2010 - Gestalt IT published an article today - which asks - How Did Microsoft and Intel Get 1 Million iSCSI IOPS?

If the author Stephen Foskett only posed the question, without giving an answer, I wouldn't of course have mentioned it here.

Looking back at storage history - in 2005 -iVivity published a record breaking benchmark of 400,000 IOPS on iSCSI. So maybe the recent benchmark is not quite so impressive after all. Phone numbers before the word IOPS need to be prefixed by international dial codes to impress the SSD mouse.

PCIe vs 2.5" SSDs Snapshot

Editor:- March 23, 2010 - pageviews of PCIe SSDs this month on are running 35% ahead of those for 2.5" SSDs.

Watching the race between these 2 leading SSD form factors to compete for reader attention has been interesting for me to watch as I try to divine what it may mean for the future of the SSD market.

I created a separate news page for the emerging PCIe SSD market 2 years ago - (in April 2008) - which was the same month, incidentally, that Seagate tried to stem the growing 2.5" SSD threat coming from STEC by launching a patent lawsuit - which turned out to be a damp squib. It's surprising how much our view of what is normal in the SSD market has changed in just a few years. To see recent SSD market timelines click here:- 2008, 2009, 2010.

Digitiliti Launches Virtual Corporate Library

Editor:- March 22, 2010 - Digitiliti today announced availability of its DigiLIBE a multi-functional continuous VTL, dedupe, compression, ediscovery appliance which automatically captures and archives new data from the time it is created and sanitizes it at the end of its policy mandated life.

Pricing starts at about $20,000 for a 3TB information director and $3 per GB archived after dedupe and compression, plus $100 per client.

SAS / SATA drive array tester reviewed by Demartek

Editor:- March 22, 2010 - Quarch Technology announced that Demartek had published a report (pdf) which reviews the usability and benefits of its SAS/SATA disk array test system.

It's useful for integrators qualifying components and modules for use in new RAID systems.

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The days of the "SSD deniers" and "SSD market entry procrastinators" are behind us.
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