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Storage news - October 2010 - week 1

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SandForce shows x2 SSD controller

Editor:- October 7, 2010 - SandForce today announced availability of its next generation SF-2000 family SSD processors - for oems designing SAS 3 class (6Gbps) enterprise acceleration SSDs.

The SF-2000 supports 500MB/s sequential R/W, 60,000 sustained random IOPS, wire speed encryption, end to end data integrity checks and industrial temperature operation in a skinny flash SSD architecture.

Also new in this controller generation is support for sector sizes additional to 512-bytes e.g., 520, 524, 528, 4K, etc., with Data Integrity Field (DIF) for true enterprise-class SAS drive behavior and performance.

Editor's comments:- one simple way of looking at the SF-2000 would be as an incremental x2 version of what SandForce has done before - which also demonstrates that the glass ceiling for their architecture is much higher than some people might have thought.

In a briefing yesterday I learned a lot more about the new chip and got answers from SandForce to a bunch of technology and marketing questions. I'll post these in more detail in a special article on the SSD controllers page tomorrow.

Samsung supplies 3.5" SATA SSDs to EMC

Editor:- October 7, 2010 - Samsung said today it's shipping 200GB 3.5" SATA SLC SSDs to EMC.

Sequential R/W speeds are 260MB/s and 245MB/s respectively. R/W IOPS are 47,000 and 29,000. The new Samsung SSDs have an 'end-to-end data integrity' function and encryption.

Gartner predicts worldwide SSD units and revenues for enterprise application will grow to 6.3 million units and $3.6 billion in 2014.

Editor's comments:- in a classic article (2004) - SATA Raids the Datacenter - Steve Gardner (who was Director, Product Marketing at Engenio) laid to rest user fears that SATA hard drives weren't good enough to use in enterprise apps.

Today as we know all too well there's a much bigger spread of characteristics (good and bad) in SATA SSDs. Pick the right product and you're delighted. Pick the wrong one and say goodbye to that raise or your new SSD driven startup.

Datacenter users are offered plenty of clues about the type of SSD animal locked in those removable modules but whether they have the knowledge to interpret them correctly is another matter. Although EMC is a follower - rather than a leader of SSD technologies - the company's reputation for paying strict attention to reliability issues means this is a good endorsement for Samsung's enterprise SSDs. Only time will tell if this confidence was well placed.

the top 20 SSD companies in Q3 2010

Editor:- October 7, 2010 published the 14th quarterly edition of the Top SSD OEMs.

The popular list ranks the top 20 SSD companies by search volume in the quarter ending September 30, 2010 - and is an indicator of future business success based on the world's best SSD market focus group. the article

WD's new 3 TB USB 3 HDD

Editor:- October 5, 2010 - Western Digital today introduced the -My Book Essential (approx $250) - an external 3TB USB 3 (consumer) hard drive, with up to 150MB/s throughput.

InfiniBand option doubles speed of RamSan-630 (3U SLC SSD)

Editor:- October 4, 2010 -Texas Memory Systems today announced a Quad Data Rate InfiniBand card interface option for its RamSan-630 3U SSD - which effectively doubles the IOPS to 1 Million (compared to the performance previously obtainable with the fibre-channel) connection option.

SSD battle of the form factors - update

Editor:- October 3, 2010 - in September (for the 12th straight month in a row) PCIe SSDs maintained their lead over 2.5" SSDs in the battle of the form factors for supremacy in the enterprise SSD server acceleration market - with 48% higher search volume by readers of

Traditionally most end-users have purchased their server acceleration SSDs as rackmounts rather than as modules and the ratio of SSD readers searching for SSD rackmounts has not changed in the past year. But the search data points towards a shift in the SSD architectures inside those racks within the segment I call "open" (implemented by arrays of COTS SSDs) with a bigger slice going to arrays of PCIe SSDs.

To put it crudely - when it comes to vanilla open rackmount accelerator SSDs (as opposed to application specific or proprietary rackmount SSDs) the market will lean more towards SSD boxes with Fusion-io (cards) inside than STEC (2.5" modules) inside.

But at sometime in the next several years I expect 2.5" SSDs to once again become the #1 form factor for server acceleration SSDs. This reordering will come from the need to simplify the replacement of faulty SSD modules (they may be more reliable than HDDs but they will still fail) combined with the standardization of PCIe connection in a SAS form factor - like we're seeing now in some 3.5" SSD products from OCZ) - and the emergence of a new market for bulk storage backup SSDs. (See also 2.5" NVMe SSDs.)

All this SSD clairvoyance extrapolated from just a few (million) stats? - Next week I'll be publishing the 14th quarterly ranking of the top 10 SSD oems.
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