|iSCSI SSD bargains from
Editor:- September 28, 2010 - if you want to see a good
example of how NOT to promote
rackmount SSDs -
take a close look at this
blowout sales flyer (pdf) which I saw today in a spam email I got (twice)
$15,000 for an iSCSI
rackmount system with 8x 64GB SSDs a good deal?
It's hard to tell...
If you think that the phrase "high performance" tells you all the
important stuff you need to know before inquiring about an enterprise SSD - then
you may be the kind of customer they are looking for.
In 2 pages of
blurb which tells you about their iSCSI credentials, how much electrical power
the boxes consume, the fact that the RAID controller is battery backed, etc -
not a single digit appears to enlighten you about R/W throughput, IOPS,
latency and other stuff which traditionally are regarded as essential
characteristics to describe enterprise solid state storage.
hard to believe that such a useless document ever got to see the light of day.
the plus side - if you've ever felt intimidated by the complexity of
SSD jargon - you
can take heart from the fact that somewhere there are storage marketers who
know a lot less than
RunCore reduces ProV SSD pricing
27, 2010 - RunCore
today announced price reductions on its
2.5" SATA SSDs - which have
RunCore's online store still shows the old (higher prices) and may not
get updated this side of the
Day public holiday in the PRC - which is why they suggest prosumers order
from local online
distributors. You can see how SSD pricing has changed over the years
in this article -
of the ProV here.
- 60GB - $159
- 120GB - $299
- 240GB - $529
Foremay joins SATA 3 SSD club
Editor:- September 27,
announced it is shipping SATA
3 versions of its
M-series flash SSDs with R/W speeds upto 450MB/s and 350MB/s respectively.
includes SSDs with the following form factors:-
was the 1st SSD maker to
sample SATA 3.0 SSDs in
less than 0.1% of data recoveries are for SSDs
September 27, 2010 - joining in the debate about
SSD Data Recovery
- Andy Butler Director of
UK based ABC Data
Recovery told me this.
"We have yet to see what I would
call an enterprise class PCIe
SSD and I am not in a hurry to buy one at $11,000 just to experiment, if
you have contacts willing to provide us with a test scenario it would be a good
way to do a whitepaper.
"The 256GB commercial SSD we do recover have wear levelling and
need every NAND chip to be read. Of the SSD we do see, most suffer
from damage caused by power fluctuations or physical damage and as yet
enquiry levels are very low. However we are ready for the increase in demand
as more people make the move to SSD.
"The majority of our work is still hard drives, server RAID and
about 20% of our capacity is dedicated to memory sticks / flash memory.
SSD represented less than 0.1% of our income for 2009 /10.
" Because of the complexity of the work and how time consuming it
is, the service is charged at a premium and so does put off many enquiries.
Where we suspect just file corruption we just charge for a logical recovery so
they are not counted in our statistics as SSD recoveries. Why not do some
test calls of the main labs including mine and see how they handle SSD
SSDs accelerate disaster recovery
24, 2010 - one of the updates to Intel's SSD Bookmarks
- published today on StorageSearch.com
- is a case study in which RAID
rebuild times for a real-time education server were reduced from 12 hours to 40
minutes, while response times became 25x faster.
The other new
suggestion is about how to estimate enterprise flash SSD TCO. ..read the articles
enterprise SSD market accelerated in Q2
September 23, 2010 - Forward Insights
today reported the market
for enterprise SSDs along with PC SSDs experienced rapid growth in the 2nd
quarter of 2010.
In contrast, they say netbook SSDs fell and the
growth of SSDs in the channel slowed compared to Q1/10.
comments:- No real surprise there if you've been talking to lots of people
in the market. Disillusion with what users are being offered in the notebook SSD
market versus what they ideally should expect was discussed in my recent article
- why the
notebook SSD crystal ball is still murky.
To get a quick snapshot
of how Forward Insights see demand for various types of flash storage growing
in the next several years see the
notes and graphs
(pdf) - from their recent talk at last month's
See also:- SSD market analysts
storage news on this
iSCSI SSD bargains from StoneFly
RunCore reduces ProV SSD
Foremay joins SATA 3 SSD club
less than 0.1%
of data recoveries are for SSDs
Intel's SSD Bookmarks update
SSD market accelerated in Q2
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