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SSD news - January 2012 - 2nd week

Huawei Symantec publishes SPC-1 results for Dorado2100 SSD

Editor:- January 12, 2012 - Huawei Symantec has published an SPC Benchmark report (66 pages pdf) for its high availability FC SAN rackmount SSD - the Oceanspace Dorado2100.

A 1 terabyte (approx) usable protected (mirrored) SSD system (2.4TB raw) delivered over 100K SPC-1 IOPS at a market price of $0.90/SPC-1 IOPS. Click here for summary (pdf)

Editor's comments:- these SPC reports are very technical and the $ per SPC-1 IOPS headline figures include a lot of detailed factors including 3 years of 4 hour on-site response warranty etc. But the documents also include market prices for everything which goes into these calculations. From which we learn that a 2.4TB Dorado2100 SSD system with 16x 8Gbps FC ports costs about $52,000. See also:- SSD pricing

OWC may enter PCIe SSD market

Editor:- January 12, 2012 - OWC has partially unveiled a new PCIe SSD aimed at the Mac market.

notebook SSD ASAP shipments may grow 100x

Editor:- January 12, 2012 - iSuppli says that the use of SSD as cache in ultrabooks (SSD notebook ASAPs) will grow from just under a million units in 2011 to nearly 26 million in 2012 and then may continue growing to 120 million units by 2015. See also:- notebook SSDs

SSD flash capacity iceberg article floats into view

Editor:- January 11, 2012 - 2011 SSD market milestones is the 54th most popular SSD article seen by readers this month.

More interesting however - from my point of view - is that the SSD flash capacity iceberg article - published last May - has finally crept into the top 66 articles list. It describes the clever ways that designers leverage unusable flash capacity into performance and reliability.

And the big versus small SSD architecture has also crept into the list too.

With so many SSD articles here on the mouse site - it's hard for any new article to get into the top SSD articles list - because it can take years before enough people care about new technology topics.

In 2006 I never thought that more than a few thousand people would be interested in SSD endurance - but over a million readers have read just one of the many articles I've written about that subject. And it's clear from many emails I get that many people still don't realize how flaky raw flash is - and how much technology it takes to transform naughty flash chips into reliable enterprise storage.

OCZ acquires SANRAD

Editor:- January 10, 2012 - OCZ yesterday announced it has acquired SANRAD for $15 million.

"SANRAD's software is a wonderful complement to OCZ's Flash technology," said Oded Ilan, CEO of SANRAD Inc. "We are excited with the opportunity created by this unique combination between storage virtualization, caching and PCIe Flash storage."

Editor's comments:- this makes the 4th SSD IP or company acquisition that OCZ has done that I've written about on these pages. 3 out of the 4 have aimed squarely at the enterprise SSD market.

SSD software will be a powerful sales and business growth accelerator for PCIe SSD companies in 2012 - as it will open up new market opportunities much faster than previously possible with human engineering assets. Put simply - it's let the software solve the problem of integrating the SSD. It's more than simply auto-tiering - but that's an important enabling tool as well.

SANRAD was also the 1st company to ship front loadable PCIe SSD modules BTW.

See also:- acquired SSD companies in the modern era

Memoright unveils 7mm SATA 3 notebook SSDs

Editor:- January 10, 2012 - we haven't heard anything interesting from Memoright for a long time.

4 years ago they were top of the pops and shipping some of the fastest 2.5" SATA SSDs - then SandForce came along and recalibrated expectations in that market - and Memoright became one of many SSD me-toos.

But Memoright is still around. This week they unveiled new 7mm ultrathin SATA 3 SSDs for the notebook SSD market.

IDC confirms SSD market revenue doubled in 2011

Editor:- January 9, 2012 - worldwide SSD revenue doubled and reached $5 billion in 2011 - according to a report by IDC.

IDC expects client SSD prices will fall below $1 per gigabyte in the 2nd half of 2012, which they say will boost adoption in the PC market. See also:- SSD market analysts.

OCZ turns to Marvell controller for 5th generation PCIe SSD

Editor:- January 9, 2012 - at the Storage Visions 2012 Conference today OCZ is demonstrating new PCIe SSDs - which use SSD controllers jointly developed with Marvell (instead of - as in previous models - controllers from SandForce).

OCZ says its new "Kilimanjaro" based Z-Drive R5 will be the fastest SSDs in its enterprise product range and have capacities up to 12TB.

Editor's comments:- if anyone wondered how OCZ would retain its positioning in the PCIe SSD market - relative to competitor LSI - following the latter's acquisition of SandForce - this anouncement is the answer. OCZ also has its own controller line - acquired from Indilinx.

There are plenty of SSD controller designs in the market - and SSD designers have a lot of freedom to choose what works best for particular markets at different times.

pureSilicon launches 1.6TB 2.5" SATA eMLC SSD

Editor:- January 9, 2012 - pureSilicon launched a 1.6TB usable (2TB raw) 2.5" SATA eMLC SSD.

The Nitro N2 has average latency under 100 micro-seconds, R/W speeds upto 540/520 MB/s and upto 130k random IOPS. The N2 uses a proprietary design and is protected against sudden power loss.

Editor's comments:- in some ways this is an "I can do it too" announcement - because SMART's Optimus - launched in August 2011 - also offered 1.6TB in a 2.5" form factor - in that case with a harder to design SAS interface. But it's a long time since we've heard from pureSilicon which was the 1st company in SSD history to pack a terabyte into a 2.5" regular height SSD. So I thought I'd mention it.

SSDs. the micro and the internet

Editor:- January 9, 2012 - How does the SSD market today compare with earlier disruptive tech markets in the past 40 years?

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