|Overland says cloud
storage technology can scale NAS VTLs|
Editor:- October 14, 2010 -
that it has acquired MaxiScale
- a cloud storage
Dr. Geoff Barrall, CTO and VP of engineering at Overland
Storage said "The logical next step for us is to create a clustered
scalable NAS forming a
local cloud of storage. When the opportunity arose to acquire MaxiScale's
well-regarded technology, we took notice. MaxiScale's architecture will provide
our customers with the ability to scale hundreds of (our)
into one unified pool of storage."
will iPads open doors for ASAPs?
Editor:- October 12,
2010 - Dataram
has launched a campaign called -
us prove it to You - to persuade users to evaluate its
XcelaSAN (an FC
rackmount SSD ASAP)
- which the company says can dynamically and transparently improves I/O
performance up to 30x in the user's own SAN environment with
Dataram is so confident in the results and ease
of installation that a 32GB iPad will be given to organizations that complete
"Companies often invest time and money to plan,
simulate, monitor and report the anticipated results of performance
enhancements, and then repeat the process to install and test the solution in
their environment," said Phyllis Reiman, Manager, Storage Product
Marketing at Dataram. "XcelaSAN is a better alternative that installs
quickly, without taking systems offline. Customers run their own data and
validate the actual improvement. No guessing - just proof and immediate
To register your interest - phone 1-800-DATARAM (choose option 5 and
mention code prove it to me) or email:-
comments:- I'm dubious about promotions which offer material inducements to
users - to perform product evaluations (which should be in the self interest of
their organizations anyway). But making it easier for users to try before
they buy is a sound marketing strategy for enterprise SSDs - which got a
good score as a market penetration disinhibitor in
our 2004 SSD buyer
Hyperstone will use Toshiba technology in next generation SSD
Editor:- October 12, 2010 - Hyperstone today
(Europe) has agreed to provide the company with a variety of
ASIC design and
controllers based on Toshiba semiconductor process technology will sample
in Q1, 2011.
Editor's comments:- Some of Hyperstone's products appear in
consumer SSDs - and this is a market which is noted for its lack of effective
backups (unlike the enterprise
SSD market) - so I asked the company if they had any views about the
emerging SSD data
Axel Mehnert, VP
Marketing at Hyperstone told me - "Regarding data recovery, we do not
really have any particular statement or policy. It depends on the firmware.
Customers (SSD oems) use different implementations. Depending on the deletion
process or errors' root causes data recovery might be possible or, in other
cases, not even desired. Our customers specify their requirements and we adopt
our firmware accordingly. Quite possibly, you will find different types of
implementations when looking at the same controller ID."
STEC's SSD Bookmarks
Editor:- October 11, 2010 - a
new edition in our SSD
Bookmarks series was published today - with
links suggested by
Scott Stetzer, VP Marketing STEC.
the long running series in which we ask leaders in the SSD industry to suggest
high quality SSD articles on sites outside the well known
StorageSearch.com space (which was
the 1st site to focus on SSDs over 10 years ago). The SSD Bookmarks series
introduces you to other views and ways of looking at the SSD market - with
quality assured recommendations. ...read the articles
2.5" defense SSD juggles 30K IOPS
October 10, 2010 - SMART
it is sampling a new 2.5" 200GB SATA SLC flash SSD for mission-critical
defense and industrial
solid-state drive achieves up to 30,000 IOPS random read/write and 250MB/s
sustained read/write. Validated to MIL-STD-810F it's designed to operate in a
temperature range that extends from -40°C to +85°C, with the ability
to sustain 50g operating shock and 16.4g operating vibration.
Xcel-100 offers high reliability
and data integrity
(< 1 in 1017 bits read) that is supported by extensive
error-correction and detection capabilities, multi-level data-path and code
protection, data-fail recovery, and data-integrity monitoring. The Xcel-100 also
supports the ATA-7 Security Erase. feature for applications where
data elimination is
PhotoFast launches low cost terabyte PCIe SSD
October 8, 2010 - PhotoFast
is taking orders for a new 960GB
MLC flash SSD - which - with an onboard 512MB RAM buffer - delivers upto
1,500MB/s write speeds - and costs approx $4,300.
flash SSD endurance - new executive summary
October 8, 2010 - I still get a lot of emails about my classic article -
SSD Myths and
Legends - "write endurance" - originally published more than 3
It was useful in its day and helped prepare the ground
for users in the enterprise
market to accept the idea of SLC flash SSDs in the datacenter - which
prior to 2007
- had been strictly verboten - and I specifically told you not to do
it in all previous editions of the
SSD Buyers Guides
going back to the year dot.
It was clear to many of us in early 2007
that a combination of new SSD
controller architectures and qualification processes could (and did)
completely change the shape of the SSD enterprise market - which previously had
been all RAM SSDs. It
was also clear that a lot of customers would get burned if they used flash SSDs
in high IOPS apps - which hadn't been designed correctly for those environments.
And that burnout risk - is true in every new generation of flash memory.
original article - which was long to begin with - has now got so many
sidebars and supporting links - that sometimes readers get to the end and still
haven't taken in all the key concepts.
A little knowledge
is a dangerous thing - and although the original article was vetted for
technical correctness by many leading flash SSD companies at the time - I still
get readers who are new to these issues asking questions which I have already
answered many times before.
So to make my life easier - and yours too
- if you are new to this subject - I have created an executive summary at the
top of the article - which means you don't have to read the whole thing. ...read the article
|Now we're well and
truly in the SSD market
bubble there are thousands of websites which talk about SSDs.|
how can you tell the good ones from the bad ones - which frankly don't
understand the market or the technology?
You already know about
StorageSearch.com - the most
respected site on the subject of solid state drives - which we have covered
extensively since the 1990s.
But what about other good SSD sites and
I asked SSD industry leaders to name their own favorites
and tell our readers why you should look too.
They're busy people -
running their companies and making the SSD future happen sooner. But they all
agree with me that better
about the SSD market is an important factor in its success.
look forward to seeing these suggestions.
SSD Bookmarks series
will take you to new quality sites and articles which you may not have seen