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SSD news - January
2012 - 3rd week
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January 20, 2012 - "What can a CIO do to improve VMware performance
without forklift upgrades?" - is a question posed by Woody Hutsell ,
Sr. Director of Product Management at Fusion-io in his new
blog about -Server Side
Micron follows SSD software acquisition trend
January 20, 2012 - Micron
it has acquired the assets of UK based Virtensys which marketed
rackmount SSDs stuffed
with Micron's PCIe SSDs and supported by a patented multi-server sharing
Editor's comments:- if buying an
SSD software company
was a good idea for leading
PCIe SSD makers
OCZ - then Micron has to
follow suit or get out of the game.
Chipmakers generally dislike
buying "systems" software companies - because they don't understand
systems and risk alienating their oem customers. But Micron's reputation won't
be dented if they can't leverage the Virtensys software. Everyone knows how hard
it is to get real value out of a software acquisition. And in the next few weeks
more people will take another look at Micron's
Micron's SSD pages.
So it's paid for itself already.
WhipTail gets more funding
Editor:- January 17, 2012
it has secured a Series B funding round led by RRE
Ventures, with Ignition Partners
and Spring Mountain Capital
The new funds will be used to increase resources in
sales and marketing.
WhipTail says over 100 customers have installed
its enterprise SSD arrays and over 1/3 of the company's revenue comes from
and VCs in SSDs
STEC prospecting for more enterprise SSD business
January 17, 2012 - STEC
announced that industry veteran Vaughn Miller has joined the company's
Systems and Software Group as VP of Business Development.
is responsible for developing business opportunities with OEMs and ISVs that
focus on enterprise
During the past 16 years, Mr. Miller held various key
management positions in business development for
Networks (acquired by F5 Networks, Inc.),
Auspex Systems. Prior to
his roles in business development, Mr. Miller served as an engineer for
Graphics (a Halliburton company) and
comments:- if you're unfamiliar with the earlier companies in this virtual
cv - before we get to the storage companies - the themes are "real-time"
and "big data analysis", the world's first
NAS company (Auspex) and "virtualization".
I've said for years that STEC didn't put enough effort into
enterprise business development. The company lost market share in the
enterprise SSD market in
Better late than never to grab a map and shovel in
this year of the
Enterprise SSD Goldrush.
BiTMICRO's new SSD controller design
January 17, 2012 - BiTMICRO
has named its new SSD
controller - which has just gone through
It's called TALINO-DE
- Translation and Linking of I/O Nodes -Device Edition. - Not very catchy - but
all the best SSD
names have gone.
The multi-core TALINO-DE is
architecture (manages hundreds of flash chips) and includes full data path
embedded AES engines for data
security, embedded XOR engines for delivering faster transaction processing
in RAID configurations,
management, and other resource optimization.
comments:- the new controller appears to be in a similar conceptual class
to those which have been shipping in some
PCIe SSDs from
example - although these in turn are very different - starting at the
basics (TMS designs range from regular to fat, whereas Virident is skinny.)
the new BiTMICRO controller lives up to its promise - and if it's marketed as a
merchant chip set - it could lead to a commoditization of PCIe and rackmount
SSDs similar to the effect
SandForce had on the
enterprise 2.5" SSD
..Much later comments:- That didn't happen. One reason
is that BiTMICRO's early controllers didn't support adaptive DSP - and were
therefore only able to work with more expensive memories - which made such
products very uncompetitive.
Other reasons were marketing and
financial weaknesses by BiTMICRO compared to a growing number of exdtremely
competent SSD competitors.
The most significant emerging technology in 2012 was
R/W DSP ECC flash management.
Although this had been around for over 2 years - 2012 was the first
time that the number of SSD makers using adaptive DSP hit double digits.
This fact surprised many of the leading companies withn this
technology segment when I told them they weren't as alone as they had imagined
at the start of this year.
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I'm trying to estimate:-
will the SSD market will be when SSDs replace hard drives?
when will it happen? and
what will be the
revenue of the SSD market at that time?
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