|SSD Innovations - new
report from Forward Insights|
Editor:- March 31, 2010 - Forward Insights
has announced imminent availability of a new report -
($4,499) - which explores key innovations to improve the
focuses on innovative solutions from major industry players such as
STEC for improving the
and reliability of
SSDs. An exploration of the evolution of application requirements in computing
applications, performance limitations of
systems, trends and industry innovations is provided. In addition, innovative
memory technologies, external power supply and linked chain architectures
are investigated as future SSD development directions.
Contents (pdf), SSD
TDK launches SLC half slim SSDs
Editor:- March 30,
2010 - TDK
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
March 30, 2010 - Web-Feet
Research has published a report -
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,
GreenBytes unveils 1U dedupe ASAP
Editor:- March 29,
2010 - GreenBytes
the GB-1000 (under $10,000)
a 1U 4TB SSD accelerated
which supports simultaneous SAN
and NAS deployments.
and restore performance is stated as 0.54TB/hr.
Windows Certification for RamSan-620
29, 2010 - Texas
Memory Systems today
RamSan-620 (250K IOPS 2U
SLC SSD) has been certified as interoperable with Microsoft's Windows Server
Radar buffs get 8GB XMC
Editor:- March 25, 2010 -
today announced it has
doubled the memory from 4GB to 8GB on its
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
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
March 25, 2010 - in yet another simulated benchmark
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.
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
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
it is sampling its highest capacity
hard drives - with 1TB in a 12.5mm high package spinning at 5,400 RPM.
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
Infortrend reduces NAS costs with SSDs
March 24, 2010 - Infortrend
it has added an SSD
acceleration layer to its
The company says that by using a judicious combination
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
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 -
today announced availability of the
- a 2.5" SATA
5,400 RPM HDD for 24x7
applications with upto 320GB capacity (MSRP $80) and quiet operation.
says audio noise from the new drive is less than
sone - "the threshold of human hearing."
Coraid expands AoE rackmount catalog
23, 2010 - Coraid
new models in its AoE
compatible NAS line
including a 2U 24 drive (2.5") model - EtherDrive SRX3500 - with 6
The company says its
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
Editor:- March 23, 2010 - Gestalt IT published an article today -
which asks -
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
- 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
PCIe vs 2.5" SSDs Snapshot
Editor:- March 23,
2010 - pageviews of
PCIe SSDs this month
on StorageSearch.com are
running 35% ahead of those for
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:-
Digitiliti Launches Virtual Corporate Library
March 22, 2010 - Digitiliti
availability of its
a multi-functional continuous VTL,
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
March 22, 2010 - Quarch
Technology announced that
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