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|RunCore samples SAS SSDs|
May 7, 2010 - RunCore
is now sampling (its previously announced)
SAS flash SSDs for the
enterprise server market.
The Kylin II product line, available with
MLC, EMLC or SLC
flash, has R/W speeds upto 270MB/s and 260MB/s respectively, R/W
30,000 and 25,000, upto 400GB capacity and 3 years warranty.
STEC's results show weakness of marketing strategy
May 6, 2010 - STEC
confirmed that its revenue for the 1st calendar quarter of 2010 decreased
39% (to $38.8 million) compared to the year ago period.
results had been anticipated and flagged in guidance due to the company's over
strong dependence on a single oem customer -
EMC - which while being
one of the world's biggest vendors of
hard disk arrays - has a
comparatively weak pitch to offer buyers of
rackmount SSDs -
evidenced by technical performance comparisons and poor showings (in reality non
appearance) in SSD
search volume rankings.
STEC does not sell enterprise SSDs
directly to users, instead its route to market has been to rely on oems to
design its SSDs into their systems - and wait for the sales ramp to happen.
The initial advantage of that approach (when the SSD
market was smaller than it is today) is that the company did not have to
invest in developing its own routes to market and related marketing
The current disadvantage - is that the company
is vulnerable to being
swapped out in
design sockets or bypassed altogether. Additionally - STEC is poorly
positioned to acquire expertise about user value propositions related to
rackmount SSDs - because the company doesn't supply integrated solutions.
Themis launches 1U rugged RAID box for its military servers
May 4, 2010 - Themis
the RES-XStore -
a 1U (17" deep) storage system for mission-critical applications in harsh
The RES-XStore includes 4 hot pluggable canisters,
each containing 3x 2.5" drives. The RES-XStore communicates with the host
server, via an add-in HBA and PCIe x8. The RES-XStore includes a
RAID controller that
supports RAID levels from
0 to 60. Each canister is hot pluggable. As with all products in the
Rugged Enterprise Servers
family - the new storage enclosure is designed to operate in the most
"Themis is re-defining 'rugged computing solutions' to mean
rugged servers and rugged storage from the same vendor. Our rugged server and
storage systems provide enhanced RAS, as well as industry leading SWAP",
stated William Kehret, president of Themis Computer.
StorSimple fills "missing link" in cloud storage DNA
Editor:- May 4, 2010 - StorSimple has
exited stealth mode - announcing a bunch of collaborative customer supply
agreements - and disclosing info about its Armada storage appliance - which is
designed to reduce the cost and simplify the integration of
cloud storage within
datacenter applications and infrastructure.
Just as application specific SSDs
are the future for the SSD
market - StorSimple's Armada system can be regarded as an application
specific SSD ASAP
which includes features such as real-time
dedupe and cloud
The simplest way to think about it is as "the
missing link" between the promise of cloud storage and its practicality.
The companies which have agreed to be named in StorSimple's company launch press
release (Amazon, AT&T, EMC, Iron Mountain, and Microsoft) seem to think it's
a noteworthy part of cloud storage DNA too.
IBM endorses SandForce's MLC in enterprise benchmark
May 3, 2010 - SandForce
announced that its SSD SoC
technology had been used in a TPC-C
benchmark recently published by IBM.
used 10.5TB of MLC
flash SSD capacity - implemented by 56 SSDs that use SandForce SF-1500 SSD
"SSD" search volume grew 53% year on year
May 1, 2010 - Pageviews of
SSD Buyers Guide
in April 2010 were 43% higher than a year ago.
searches for "SSDs" to this site grew 53%.
site readership for StorageSearch.com increased 18% year on year (across
all subjects - not just SSDs).
The SSD form factor race? - Pageviews of
PCIe SSDs in April
2010 were 18% ahead of those for
2.5" SSDs. The
gap narrowed from 40% in March.
|SSD Data Recovery
|It's hard enough understanding the
design of any single SSD. And there are so
many different designs
in the market. |
Have you ever wondered what it looks like at the
other end of the SSD supply chain - when a user has a damaged SSD which
contains priceless data with no usable backup?
|One thing which hasn't
changed since the early days of enterprise flash - is the concept of a "naughty"
type of flash memory - which sensible, cautious types point at saying -
that's never going to be reliable enough. |
|the evolution of
enterprise flash - a 10 year history|