|Microsemi reports shake
rattle and roll SSD results|
Editor:- May 19, 2011 - Microsemi today
announced that its TRRUST-STOR
(2.5" rugged SSDs) are the industry's first SSDs to pass zero-failure
testing at vibration
levels that are consistent with the industry's most severe environments.
"No other SSD manufacturers have published zero-failure results
at this level of vibration testing, which was conducted while our drives were
fully operational, reading and writing data," said Jack Bogdanski, director
of marketing for Microsemi. "The ability for SSDs to perform flawlessly
under adverse environmental conditions is becoming increasingly important for
applications where it is critical that data be protected at all times."
Microsemi's SSD units were pre-conditioned at 85°C for 336
See also:- industrial SSDs,
Dataram talks about blurring memory and storage
May 19, 2011 - Dataram's
Chief Technologist Jason
Caulkins has written a new blog -
Memory and Storage Technologies Begin
to Blur in which he says new nv memories may render legacy hard disk
interfaces obsolete by enabling most storage to fit in servers.
is no stranger to this concept having designed a
PCI SSD - called
the Rocket Drive 10 years ago. But Dataram's current
SSD appliance is very
much a fibre-channel SAN
animal - designed to work alongside
legacy installed RAID
arrays. Jason says in his blog the key enabler to these new architectures will
own view is
that legacy hard disk DAS and NAS storage interfaces will continue to
inter-operate with PCIe SSDs (and new faster SSD interfaces) even in a totally
solid state world. I think
storage in a complex
enterprise will always be heirarchical - because different types of SSD
will be optimized for different functions - and it won't be economic to use a
one type fits all deployment.
how will Memory
Channel SSDs impact PCIe SSDs?
the flash SSD story - survival of the fittest?
May 19, 2011 - StorageSearch.com
published a new article today called -
SSD's past phantom
The emerging size of the flash SSD market as you see it
today wasn't inevitable. It owes a lot to 3 competing storage media competitors
which failed to evolve fast enough in the Darwinian jungle of the storage
market in the
One of these 3 contenders is definitely on the road to extinction - but could
one of the other 2 still emerge to threaten flash SSDs? ...read the article
Texas Memory Systems launches very fast PCIe SSD
May 17, 2011 -
Texas Memory Systems
unveiled imminent availability of a new fast
PCIe SSD - the
RamSan-70 - a
900GB (SLC) 1/2 length card with upto 330K / 160K R/W IOPS and upto 2GB/s
Editor's comments:- I spoke to
Director of Sales Engineering for TMS and learned more about the new SSD. My
first comment was that it's long overdue - because TMS launched their classic
RamSan-20 - 26
Jamon said that TMS has learned a lot about the PCIe
SSD market since then - both as feedback from their customers and also from
analyzing the successes and failures of the many other companies which have
entered this market space in the intervening period. The most important things
about the RamSan-70 are:-
- it's fast -much faster than its predecessor due (in part) to having twice
as many onboard hardware controller FPGAs
- it fits into more slots - due to its 1/2 length (and it fits into a single
slot - despite having a mezzanine).
- it's designed to be attractive to the oem market (that's a change for TMS
whose previous SSD families were designed primarily for end-users - although
some did get adopted by oems too).
- reliability features - TMS says customers don't want to replace failed PCIe
SSDs - so instead the company has engineered into the SSD a combination of
patented features which are expected to deliver an operating life-span of of
announces 20TB virtual hard drive
Editor:- May 17, 2011 -
unveiled the LDA-Mini - a
small form factor HDD backup appliance with upto 20TB of virtual capacity -
with internal dedupe
- with MSRP of 680 euros.
Editor's comments:- in my 2010
article - this way to
the Petabyte SSD - I explained that one of my assumptions was that designers
would start to put dedupe, compression and library management features inside
SSDs. Although Lortu's product is aimed at the
HDD market - it's one
step along the way to a new class of bulk storage devices.
|SanDisk gets serious about
Editor:- May 16, 2011 - SanDisk announced a
agreement to acquire
for approximately $327 million.
Editor's comments:- I had some
time ago made these strong comments in the profile pages of the respective
"As I see it Pliant's current business model is not
sustainable as it has a very narrow channel into the enterprise SSD market
which can easily be choked off by slot substitution." and
occasional talk about "enterprise SSDs" - SanDisk is culturally
rooted in the consumer electronics market. That's a very competitive market in
which few companies are making profits."
theoretically fixes complimentary strategic weaknesses for both companies:-
no customers (Pliant) and no enterprise IP (SanDisk).
Looking back at
history -5 years ago tossed away a viable foothold in enterprise SSD
technology which had been established by an earlier acquired company
preferring to focus instead on its MLC flash patents and IP.
forward Pliant's SSD
controller will enable SanDisk to enter fast growing markets without having
to join the SandForce
OCZ samples new SAS SSD
Editor:- May 15, 2011 -
OCZ is sampling a
SAS SSD in its
The new product has upto 960GB MLC capacity and upto 60K
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