|OCZ launches fastest 2.5"
SATA MLC SSD|
Editor:- April 4, 2012 - OCZ today
launched what the
company says - is the industry's
2.5" SATA SSD
family (across a range of apps) - the
4 (based on OCZ's own
regular RAM cache
Everest 2 controller) delivers 95K / 85K random
blocks) and 535 MB/s throughput.
OCZ's CEO - Ryan
Petersen said "The Vertex 4 ... is a milestone product,
delivering maximum performance... regardless of data type..."
Editor's comments:- it's exactly 12 months since
Indilinx - the company which designed the original Everest SSD
Dataram monetizes SSD ASAP IP while retaining XcelaSAN
April 4, 2012 - Dataram
it has sold its patents portfolio related to solid state storage and
SSD ASAPs for
$5 million to Phan Tia Group.
Dataram retains a license to
continue to use the patents in current and future Dataram products including
XcelaSAN with limited
rights to transfer its license. ipCapital Group
assisted in patent valuation, and supported Dataram on the negotiation and
successful close of this transaction.
"This transaction represents
an exceptional opportunity to fund new growth initiatives while at the same time
it protects our current product portfolio" said John Freeman,
Dataram President and CEO. "The license granted to Dataram under this
Agreement will also allow us to market, develop and sell XcelaSAN as well as
other existing and new Dataram products that incorporate the technology based on
these patents. They are all protected under the Patent Purchase Agreement."
comments:- this is a good deal for Dataram. This way they retain their stake
in the high
availability FC SAN
RAM end of the
SSD ASAP market -
and get some cash to pursue growth ideas.
The XcelaSAN has been
aimed at niche segments in the
enterprise SSD market
- but could take off in new directions with the appopriate marketing
Dataram probably understands what they have to do to get
business there better than anyone else - because they've been working hard to
learn what the early adopters in this market want for over 2 years and have
been applying that feedback into product tweaks and clearer customer messages.
many readers the sum of money mentioned in this news story sounds small -
compared to the tens and hundreds of million dollar sums often bandied about in
SSD VC stories. But
Dataram is a very conservatively managed company and they get a lot done for
what seems to other SSD oems like loose change.
SCSI for PCIe SSDs
Editor:- April 3, 2012 - The SCSI Trade Association
that it has accepted SCSI Express as a formal project and has taken
ownership of refining, defining and marketing this data storage industry
SCSI Express is an industry initiative designed to adapt storage to
PCIe. It uses the SCSI over
PCIe (SOP) and PCIe architecture queuing interface (PQI) model being defined
within the T10 Technical Committee.
Editor's comments:- the
PCIe SSD market is
already an estalished and permanent
part of the enterprise SSD future landscape. What SCSI Express will do is
provide an easy way to leverage software stacks which have been already
developed for SAS SSDs and iSCSI SSDs but taking advantage of the lower
latencies and faster throughput of PCIe. It's all about
best way to think about "SCSI Express" is "SCSI for PCIe SSDs".
It's the first SCSI standard to be driven by the agenda of
SSDs rather than
also:- What is
SCSI?, storage ORGS
MOSAID samples high density fast flash modules for SSD makers
April 3, 2012 - MOSAID
that it is sampling a 16 die NAND flash stack integrated with its
HLNAND bridge interface
in a single 100-ball BGA measuring 18mm x 14mm - which provides 512GB raw
capacity and 667MB/s aggregate simultaneous R/W throughput as a building block
for use by SSD oems to build multi-terabyte SSDs with GB/s throughput by
adding their own SSD
MOSAID's VP of R&D - Jin-Ki Kim said
- "HLNAND's ring architecture allows a virtually unlimited number of NAND
die to be connected on a single channel without performance degradation."
LSI announces a new technology roadmap for SSD accelerator
Editor:- April 2, 2012 - LSI today
details of its new
family of SSD technologies - which integrate and join up several previously
standalone elements in its product line in a new unified marketing direction.
particular LSI is saying that its
controllers and software stack can be used as reliable proven launch pads for
SSD ASAP /
acceleration software - which is being integrated in new upcoming generations of
PCIe SSD cards (now called Nytro WarpDrives) which use
comments:- in a 2009
storage market forecast I said - "the high end of the
RAID controller market
is going to disappear" - and I explained why companies in that market -
like LSI had to migrate to PCIe SSDs and SSD systems array technology such as
SSD ASAPs to satisfy the emerging needs of their oem customers - which in
previous decades had been met by RAID adapters and controller chips.
LSI has done in the past few years is acquire or develop individual pieces of
the technology puzzle - and selling their storage systems business
Engenio 12 months ago
so that they didn't compete with their storage oem customers - was just as
important as acquiring SandForce.
spoke to LSI about the new Nytro technology last week. From the sales point of
view they see this as offering affordable SSD acceleration for the masses. So
you're going to see low price point fast-enough SSD ASAPs - rather than the
Other common features in the product line are that the
products are bootable, work with legacy
SAS software and
have minimal load on the server CPU.
LSI will also work to get better
integration between the functionality of its SSD controllers and the host cards
and caching software. That should lead to better latency and reliability in the
difference between LSI and FIO?
What's the single
biggest difference you may ask - between LSI and some of the other companies in
this part of the PCIe SSD ASAP market? And in particular a company like
technical ingredients above are very different - and I could summarize that by
saying LSI is at heart an SSD hardware company with most of its IP in chips
- whereas FIO is at heart an SSD software company which uses chips as
deliverables - but nearly all FIO's IP is in software. That's one way of
looking at it - but the clearest difference I see between LSI and FIO is where
they are in the philosophy of their thinking re the SSD market adoption
All the Nytro marketing orientation materials I saw
still talked a lot about how SSDs would fit into an HDD world. When I questioned
that - I got the impression that LSI's corporate marketing hasn't gone much
beyond that stage. LSI is still at the "SSDs help HDDs point" whereas
FIO and many other SSD makers - and this publication - and many of you too are
beyond that and know that the
of all enterprise storage is solid state. The tricky part is navigating
safely from here to there.
Finally - Nytro sounds like a good name for
an SSD brand - but it's not entirely original.
A company called
Curtis used to sell a
3.5" FC SSD family called Nitro!FC about 10 years ago. See also:-
Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands
Violin secures $50 million in Series D funding
April 2, 2012 - Violin
it has secured $50 million in Series D funding, which the privately owned
company says gives it at an extrapolated market value of more than $800
As part of that announcement Violin's CEO - Don
Basile said - "This is a multi-billion dollar market opportunity and
the latest funding enables us to accelerate our aggressive go-to-market strategy
and enhance our data management software portfolio to bring the benefits of
Violin's technology to customers worldwide."
Is Violin really worth $800 million? - There's a new article discussing this
today on the home page of