|Huawei Symantec publishes SPC-1 results for
Editor:- January 12, 2012 - Huawei Symantec has
Benchmark report (66 pages pdf) for its high availability FC SAN rackmount
SSD - the
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
here for summary (pdf)
Editor's comments:- these
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
unveiled a new PCIe SSD aimed at the Mac market.
notebook SSD ASAP shipments may grow 100x
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
nearly 26 million in 2012
and then may
growing to 120 million units by 2015. See also:-
SSD flash capacity iceberg article floats into view
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
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.
big versus small
SSD architecture has also crept into the list too.
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
flash chips into reliable enterprise storage.
OCZ acquires SANRAD
Editor:- January 10, 2012 -
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.
companies in the modern era
Memoright unveils 7mm SATA 3 notebook SSDs
January 10, 2012 - we haven't heard anything interesting from Memoright for a long
4 years ago they were
top of the pops and
shipping some of the fastest
SATA SSDs - then
SandForce came along
and recalibrated expectations in that market - and Memoright became one of many
But Memoright is still around. This week they unveiled
ultrathin SATA 3 SSDs for the
IDC confirms SSD market revenue doubled in 2011
January 9, 2012 - worldwide SSD revenue doubled and reached $5 billion
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
January 9, 2012 - at the Storage
Visions 2012 Conference today OCZ is
PCIe SSDs - which use
jointly developed with Marvell
(instead of - as in previous models - controllers from SandForce).
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
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
pureSilicon launches 1.6TB 2.5" SATA eMLC SSD
January 9, 2012 - pureSilicon
launched a 1.6TB
(2TB raw) 2.5" SATA eMLC SSD.
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
Editor's comments:- in some ways this is an "I
can do it too" announcement - because
- 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
to pack a terabyte into a 2.5" regular height SSD. So I thought I'd
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?
See my new article -
Perspectives - on
the SSD market
|Michelangelo found David inside a
Megabyte was looking
for a solid state disk.
sudden power loss|
|Why should you care
what happens in an SSD when the power goes down? |
This important design
feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases
- has a strong impact on
SSD data integrity
This article will help you understand why some
SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in
others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be