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Power, Speed and Strength in SSD brands

Editor:- January 7, 2011 - does what marketers call the SSD impact who the SSD buyers will call? today published a new article today - Inanimate Power, Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands - the 5th in a series about Branding Strategies in the SSD Market.

It's a survey of how vendors have played with awesome and mundane words to make their SSDs sound better - with examples from across the whole spectrum of the SSD market - the good, the bad and you know how this one ends - because a Clint Eastward movie made 45 years ago is still better known than any SSD today. And that's the challenge which wannabe T-Rexes in the SSD market have to meet. the article

the Future of TV

Editor:- January 6, 2011 - A Glimpse Into the Future of Television - is a recent blog by Rob Hof - who has also written a much longer article - Searching for the Future of Television - which discusses what Google and others are doing in this space.

What do tv's have to do with storage? - Quite a lot already - and tv will be a huge market for SSDs too - from content creation, delivery, archiving and repurposing to just plain simple online viewing.

Super Talent renews commitment to 2.5" industrial SSD market

Editor:- January 5, 2011 - Super Talent Technology has speeded up its DuraDrive range of 2.5" industrial SSDs with a new SATA model which has sequential R/W speeds of 125MB/s, 110MB/s respectively.

"The new DuraDrive Series demonstrates Super Talent's commitment to the industrial, embedded and military markets" said Super Talent COO, CH Lee. "While other manufactures are focused on large volume products for the masses, SuperTalent is focused on designing products for customers who are looking for more. SuperTalent is making durable industrial spec built - to order products. Supporting SLC and Secure Erase options for our most trusted customers."

Editor's comments:- As you might guess from the performance figures - Super Talent's "DuraDrives" don't use SandForce's DuraClass technology. But SandForce processors are used in Super Talent's TeraDrive SSDs.

Which reminds me that I must hurry up and write the next article in the SSD branding series - which will be on inanimate power, speed and strength metaphors in SSD brands. See also:- SATA SSDs, 2.5" SSDs

Samsung anticipates DDR4 market readiness in 2011

Editor:- January 4, 2011 - Samsung Electronics has developed the industry's 1st DDR4 DRAM - a 2GB RAM module using 30nm class technology.

The new DDR4 is about 30% faster than DDR3 (at the same process geometry) and could reduce power consumption by 40% compared DDR3. Samsung is working with server makers and standards orgs like JEDEC with the aim of standardizing DDR4 technologies in the 2nd half of this year.

All storage fails - design is choosing management preferences

Editor:- January 4, 2011 - the Future of Storage in the Cloud is the title of a blog on DataCenterPOST written by Patrick Baillie, CEO of CloudSigma (based in Zurich, Switzerland).

In it he discusses what he calls the "Myth of the Failure Proof SAN" and his preferences for managing inevitable failures.

Patrick Baillie says "When building out our cloud we made the decision early that we preferred more frequent low impact problems than infrequent high impact problems. Essentially we'd rather solve a simple small problem which occurs more frequently (but still rarely) than a complicated large problem that occurs less frequently. For this reason we chose not to use SANs for our storage but local RAID6 arrays on each computing node." the article

See also:- SSDs in the cloud, high availability SSDs

DDR3 prices 50% lower than 6 months ago

Editor:- January 4, 2011 - iSuppli (a market research company) today reported that DRAM prices in December 2010 had dropped to their lowest levels in 12 months.

test report for LSI's PCIe SSD

Editor:- January 3, 2011 - Demartek has published a test report (pdf) which evaluated the performance of a single PCIe SSD made by LSI (300GB WarpDrive - $11,500) in a simulated high traffic web server environment in which the activities were mostly reads.

The test compared performance, rackspace, electrical power and cost of the SSD based system compared to a conventional HDD based system and showed that for high traffic websites the SSD solution is significantly better in all respects. the article (pdf)

SSD market predictions for 2011

Editor:- January 3, 2011 - today published 11 SSD market predictions for 2011 .

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