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Netlist says ULLtraDIMM SSDs infringe patents

Editor:- January 29, 2014 - Netlist today announced it had filed motions to add two additional patents to the lawsuits against the previously announced ULLtraDIMM memory module from Diablo Technologies and Smart Storage Systems.

The 2 newly added patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,881,150 and 8,081,536) are generally related to load reduction, a critical feature in low latency memory modules. Netlist has now asserted a total of 7 patents against the ULLtraDIMM, in addition to trade secret theft, trademark infringement and other claims.

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"We have spent years developing our industry-leading technology, and are encouraged by the progress we've made defending our intellectual property in these lawsuits," said Netlist President and CEO, C.K. Hong. "We will continue to vigorously defend our IP, uncovering any and all theft of our technology and infringement of our patents, and will not allow others to profit from this unlawful activity."

As reported in its 8-K last December, Netlist says it received a whistleblower letter describing in detail how Diablo "stole Netlist's detailed architecture and design" of its flagship product, HyperCloud, to create the ULLtraDIMM.

Editor's comments:- SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM is a new class of product in which cheap high capacity MLC flash emulates many DRAMs in a module which contains little or no DRAM itself but which nevertheless plugs into a DDR3 module.

In contrast - Netlist's "similar sounding but very different" product families include real DRAMs which accomplish power fail data protection aka non volatility - by means of fast backup and restore to onboard flash - all in the same DDR3 module.

Netlist doesn't appear to be saying that it could design a product like the ULLtraDIMM - because it doesn't to my knowledge have the flash controller IP to do anything remotely similar.

Instead - what Netlist appears to be saying is that techniques in DDR3 design - which enable lots of circuitry to be placed behind a RAM interface - without placing too much load on it and slowing it down - which Netlist has itself patented - are suspected to have been used within the design of the ULLtraDIMM.


ARM licenses MRAM from Crocus

Editor:- January 29, 2014 - Crocus Technology today announced it has licensed its MLU (Magnetic Logic Unit) technology (aka MRAM) to ARM to use as a potential alternative to flash memory in future micro-controllers.

Among other characteristics - Crocus's MLU technology can provide low density NVM functionality which operates up to 250 degrees C.

See also:- 10+ years of - "MRAM will soon replace flash"


Apacer's new waterproof SSD

Editor:- January 28, 2014 - Apacer says it wil demonstrate a new "seamless waterproof SSD that operates even when immersed in water" on Booth #700 at the DistribuTECH 2014 show which starts today in San Antonio, TX.

see also:- industrial SSDs


SSD revenues don't figure in Seagate's results

Editor:- January 28, 2014 - Seagate said yesterday in its earnings conference call it expects the average capacity of the hard drives it ships in 2014 will exceed 1TB per drive (up a little from 920MB / drive already in the recent quarter.)

Re SSDs - nothing of note was revealed because Seagate "sees a need for confidentiality due to competitive concerns." Seagate said it continues to look at organic growth and inorganic growth (acquisitions) in its SSD product portfolio.


SNIA proposes new standard for virtualizing SSD implemented memory

Editor:- January 27, 2014 - It's years since the first thoroughbred SSD software horses were seen to be leaving the stables - but last week - a standards ORG - SNIA announced an effort to bolt these doors with the release of version 1 of what it hopes will be a new standard called the NVM Programming Model (pdf)

Editor's comments:- Currently if you use SSDs as memory using PCIe SSDs from Fusion-io or Virident, or if you plan to use memory channel SSDs from SanDisk - then you're potentially looking at working in 3 different software environments.

The viable permutations of hardware and software compatibility levels shrink for users when they converge at a popular market application level such as virtual desktops - but explode into crazy unsupportability for 3rd party software developers as they try to step back from proprietary APIs and hang onto more general hooks in operating systems which were never designed around the core class of capabilities offered by low latency SSDs.

Whether the long term solution to the current messy state of ad hoc SSD software lies in adapting current OS's - or maybe in bypassing old OS's entirely and starting again with cloud level service-like abstrations in virtualized servers - is interesting to speculate.

In the meantime software developers have to work with existing de-facto software environments (to generate revenue) and also keep an eye on future standards in the hope that standardization will reduce their costs (one day in the remote future).

The SSD software platform and the optimum level of engagement for vendors is a lottery which will suck billions more dollars from VCs before it is resolved. And I think that market dominance will be a bigger part of the solution than a set of committee based standards.


ESG reports on clustering Virident's PCIe SSDs

Editor:- January 23, 2014 - ESG today published a test report for Virident / HGST's FlashMAX II (PCIe SSDs) which validated the ability of this product family and its related software (vShare ) to be configured for useful operation in an Oracle RAC environment in high availability configurations which were clustered via Infiniband.

Although ESG said performance was good they also commented on some current limitations of the product suite for this type of application. In particular:-
  • the lack of a graphical interface for setup and performance mintoring,, and
  • the lack of support for other supported fabrics such as 10GbE (mentioned in the report as a future option), and PCIe fabric (which was not mentioned at all in this report).



Diablo appoints new VP Engineering to advance Memory Channel Storage roadmap

Editor:- January 23, 2014 - Diablo Technologies today announced the appointment of Jim Miller as the company's new VP Engineering - in which rolse he will be responsible for advancing the company's Memory Channel Storage roadmap and engineering accomplishments. See also:- memory channel SSDs

Editor's comments:- Among other things - 2 predictable enhancements to this technology - based on my past interviews with SanDisk and Diablo - will be future support for DDR4, and being able to use these systems with less server DRAM or no DRAM at all. The latter has been tested but is not being offered as a standard feature yet.


This is what it takes to be #2 in PCIe SSDs

Editor:- January 22, 2014 - LSI said today in its quarterly financial report it has shipped over 100,000 PCIe SSDs since it entered this market in April 2012.

Editor's comments:- LSI shipped 60,000 units in the 8 months from May to December 2013 (a figure calculated by subtracting the numbers contained in an earlier announcement.)

Despite those impressive numbers - LSI itself estimates that it is still the #2 company in this market. Which gives you an idea of how large this market has grown.


re Fusion-io's results - and the value of showing you can speak fluent rackmount when it's your logo on the outside of the box

Editor:- January 22, 2014 - Fusion-io today reported that revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 was $94.5 million (22% decline compared to the year ago period).

Editor's comments:- As reported on these pages previously - and aside from the growing number of strong competitors in the PCIe SSD market - particular factors which compressed FIO's revenue growth were:-
  • sensitivity to big orders in previous years from a small set of super customers
  • competitive issues related to the rackmount SSD market - which is becoming a growing strategic part of the product mix for Fusion-io - as the company aspires to be the primary system brand - rather than - as in previous years - an almost invisible component inside someone else's box.

    In addition to the same issues which affect all established vendors in the SSD box market (lead times to identify, qualify and satisfy prospective users) - in many respects Fusion-io will still be regarded as a "rackmount newbie" by most enterprise SSD users - whether or not they are already customers of its server acceleration products. That's because there's a lot of stuff you have to know and prove as a vendor in rackmounts - which is different to the case with cards and modules.

    So although the evolving rackmount SSD market offers a potential growth opportunity and diversification of routes to market for Fusion-io - it's by no means an easy market to conquer - and vendors have to demonstrate by their investments in systems related testing reports and marketing - that they are serious.
The customer diversification theme was referred to in this earnings report - in which FIO's CEO Shane Robison said "...We are continuing to diversify our customer base, with nearly 6,000 end-user customers worldwide now using Fusion ioMemory-based solutions to accelerate their data center applications."

Also mentioned in this report was the company's continuing effort to demonstrate that it can "speak fluent rackmount" - citing new benchmarks and customers of its iSCSI hybrids.

Fusion-io continues to be cautious with its revenue guidance. As we've seen recently in the enterprise SSD market with other vendors - executing well technically - even in a fast growing market doesn't guarantee that you'll get the business - because competitors are growing in numbers and growing in specialized marketing competence too.


Who's who in SSD? - It's IBM Jim - but not as we know it

Editor:- January 22, 2014 - StorageSearch.com today published a new article - Who's who in SSD? - It's IBM Jim - but not as we know it.

This aggregates my IBM-SSD related news coverage and articles from the past week into a single topic, more easily digestible, permalinked format. ...read the article


Virtium ships rugged 32GB 10-pin eUSB SSD

Editor:- January 22, 2014 - Virtium announced availability of the highest capacity SLC-based 10-pin eUSB module - the TuffDrive 10-pin eUSB - which has 32GB capacity, is designed to meet MIL-810 (shock, vibration, altitude, humidity) and has with sustained R/W speeds upto 160MB/s and 125MB/s respectively. The new device is also available with a write disable switch option.


OCZ relaunches as a Toshiba Group company

Editor:- January 21, 2014 - Toshiba today announced some details of how OCZ Storage Solutions (which was based on the recently acquired assets of OCZ Technology Group) will operate within the Toshiba Group of Companies.

The new OCZ Storage Solutions, under the continuing direction of CEO Ralph Schmitt - will leverage Toshiba's cutting-edge NAND and combine it with the company's proprietary controllers, firmware and software to provide both client and enterprise customers with innovative and cost-effective SSD solutions.

OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to maintain its established worldwide sales channels. Its headquarters will remain in San Jose, California, with strategic design centers located in Irvine (California), Tel Aviv (Israel), and Abingdon (UK).

"The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid-state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba's commitment to this high-growth area," said Seiichi Mori, VP of Toshiba's Semiconductor and Storage Company. "Our goal is to offer a leading edge portfolio of solid state solutions to address the storage challenges faced by both client and enterprise customers, and the acquisition of OCZ is an ideal addition to our team in realizing this strategy."

The acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZ's enterprise and client SSD businesses and enables the established OCZ brand to continue in full force with a current product portfolio that includes SATA and PCIe consumer drives for high-performance and mainstream applications, and SATA, SAS and PCIe enterprise drives supported by virtualization, cache and acceleration software.

Editor's comments:- The new OCZ - starts out in a strong competitive position - as it not only inherits a well established enterprise SSD business (which I discussed in an article in November 2013) - but it sheds many of the disadvantages which limited the revenue scalability of the old OCZ entity in the year leading up to its bankruptcy.

Immediate advantages which the new OCZ will benefit from include:-
  • less constrained future access to flash memory for its SSDs

    The old OCZ suffered from allocation and cost issues related to its perceived riskiness as a flash customer.
  • strengthening of the brand.

    OCZ's brand was already very strong in the SSD market. But for some customers in enterprise and embedded markets - there would always be an element of doubt about the long term roadmaps due to instabilities in the SSD market. Now as part of the long established Toshiba group of companies - many users will be happy to temporarily set such concerns aside - and focus more on the individual merits of particular products and their technical suitability .
  • access to more flash and SSD IP.

    While every acquisition in the SSD market is different - early indications are that OCZ could become a launch pad for integrating and expanding some of Toshiba's legacy SSD assets into bigger markets - especially in the enterprise segments.
sizing the scale of market for ULLtraDIMM SSDs

Editor:- January 21, 2014 - On the face of it the raw text of SanDisk's announcement - confirming what most of us already suspected (IBM's new eXFlash DIMMs are indeed rebranded SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSDs) didn't add materially to the sum of human knowledge about SSDs - but in a conversation yesterday afternoon with Esther Spanjer Director of Marketing at SanDisk I got some interesting new insights into how the memory channel SSD Trinity (IBM, SanDisk and Diablo Technologies) publicly think about this new proposition.

cost - Esther didn't really want to discuss the detailed market price per terabyte of ULLtraDIMMs - but it's clear that SanDisk is comfortable with a top level analysis which for simplicity starts with assuming that a terabte of fast PCIe SSD (from say Virident or Fusion-io) costs about the same as a terabyte of fast flash DIMM SSD.

Commencing from that assumption IBM/SanDisk/Diablo are saying that users can get lower system costs - in high end virtual desktops - using flash DIMMs - because they support about 2x as many users in each server as industry standard PCIe SSDs. Contributory factors are that ULLtraDIMMs have lower latency, and also incur a lower DRAM footprint.

The stinger in the tail is that the ULLtraDIMM solution uses 19nm flash (due to adaptive R/W) - whereas all the ultrafast PCIe SSDs use more expensive traditionally managed flash memory - which tilts the balance in cost comparison roadmaps.

Esther also drew my attention to 2 interlinked performance aspects of the ULLtraDIMM architecture (which I would describe as SSD symmetry characteristics) which intrinsically lend themselves better to some types of applications. These are:-
  • deterministic latency:- SanDisk has some benchmark results which show that its ULLtraDIMM latency has low jitter - compared to some competing PCIe SSDs.

    SanDisk's SSD isn't unique having this characteristic. But what is unique is being able to maintain this at a latency which is 2x to 3x better than PCIe SSDs. This opens up new market applications - for motherboard based SSD acceleration which previously had been restricted to more expensive FC RAM SSDs.
  • scalability:- Esther said that the IOPS and aggregate throughput of ULLtraDIMM SSDs scales almost linearly as additional modules are added to a server. (This had been one of the original architecture intentions stated by Diablo a year earlier.)

    Esther said the 2 things which make it easier for ULLtraDIMM SSDs to do this are:- the higher performance ceiling of the DRAM bus in servers compared to PCIe, and the fact that the memory channel doesn't get interrupted and throttled in the same way as PCIe lanes by other I/O devices in the same system.

    (SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM SSDs aren't unique in satisfying this desirable trait of performance scalability in motherboard acceleration however, despite the fact that their selected benchmark comparison product suggests otherwise.)
Another thing we touched on was flash memory supply issues.

As SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM SSDs are single sourced - it's reasonable to ask what would happen if IBM ramped up its demand for these products?

That looks to me like a situation where being part of a large flash memory maker is an advantage - compared say to being a small SSD startup at the end of a supply chain. My guess is that if IBM demand for flash DIMMs ramped in the forseeable market environment (in which fab capacity for all flash is finite) - then SanDisk would probably prioritise this higher value enterprise SSD product compared to allocating flash chip capacity to lower margin consumer outlets.

That leads on to the question of - how much revenue will this ULLtraDIMM SSD bring to SanDisk in the next 18 months?

I didn't discuss that particular question with Esther. - But it's an interesting thought experiment.

My thinking goes something like this.

I begin my recipe by adding together the combined historic revenue of some comparable high performance PCIe SSD companies (for example Fusion-io plus Virident). Let's unitize this raw ingredient and call it "one".

Next come some scaling factors. (Yours may be different.)

We need to take into account and interpret the market success that IBM disclosed recently in its rackmount SSD announcement and also factor in an adjustment for market-receptiveness for new SSD server solutions which promise to cost less than previous solutions, while being offered from a "safe supplier" (and which don't force users to learn new software).

Toss these factors into your market model blender and whirr gently for about 30 seconds - remembering to screw the lid on tightly.

Then I think a modest ramp up revenue frothing model for this type of product would look like "three" (3x the number you started with) but "five" or higher might not be too wild either.

Remember this is only a starting point. Because if you assume instead that IBM isn't the only channel for these products - and may not even prove to the biggest route to market then you need to go back to the assumptions cupboard and get a bigger blender.

But let's stay with the simple IBM case for now.

How would all that impact competitors?

server competitors?

Esther said IBM thinks this technology makes IBM more competitive than other server companies in high end markets while also being aware of the inevitably looming reality that SSD enhanced servers reduce the number of servers that users need. (To do the same things they did before.)

SSD competitors? - (This is my initial assessment.)

The total market for SSD enhanced servers is growing more complex as new SSD software vendors are enabling new architectural uses of servers - software defined storage being just one example. As I said in 2011 - the SSD market is changing from a world in which few servers had SSDs inside to a world in which all new servers are enhanced by SSDs. As users have diverse business needs - these trends can only be satisfied by an equally diverse range of systems - in which SATA SSDs, PCIe SSDs and memory channel SSDs all play a part.

In the short term (1 year from general availability) memory channel SSDs - like SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM SSDs - will take part of the market previously occupied by fast PCIe SSDs and some of the market previously satisfied by very fast rackmount SSDs. But they cannot replace all these functions at the present time (due to capacity limitations, physical proximity / distance constraints and high availability considerations - just to mention a few factors).

On the other hand - by enabling 10TB class memory as a commodity in servers - the new SSDs will also enable new applications which were previously impossible or uneconmic.

Overall - I think that in the next few years (while being vulnerable to the same disruptive revenue shrinkage effects of improved SSD utilization ratios - which I discussed the SSD software horizon and which can affect all vendors) the aggregate impact of the ULLtraDIMM SSD market should be viewed as being mostly additive to market revenue in a growing enterprise SSD space rather than being cannibalistic.

And I'm confident that will attract new competitors in the memory channel SSD space - either by alternative competing designs, new licensing options for Diablo's memory IP, or new server designs in which the flash controller management is designed into the stahdard motherboard.


InnoDisk announces volume production of industrial nanoSSD

Editor:- January 20, 2014 -InnoDisk today announced full scale production of its nanoSSD (a tiny industrial SSD) that conforms to JEDEC's standard (MO-276).

Innodisk integrates a flash control chip, NAND flash, and ball grid array (BGA) package to deliver a nanoSSD that requires only about 1% of the volume (16mm x 20mm x2mm) of a 2.5" SSD.

InnoDisk's nanoSSDs has R/W speeds upto 500MB/s and 170MB/s respectively), high shock-resistance, quick erase features, and ATA security.


IBM shows off what's it's been doing with the RamSan rackmount SSD product line it acquired from TMS - and also launches first memory channel SSD based servers

Editor:- January 16, 2014 - For most of the previous decade (2000 to 2009) Texas Memory Systems was THE company which competitors aspired to match in market position when it came to fast rackmount SSDs.

In the early part of this decade (2010 to 2012) TMS lost its monopoly on rackmounts as it inevitably had to share the expanding market with a lot of other companies - starting with Violin (which overtook TMS in brand strength in 2011) and then other companies like WhipTail, Kaminario, Pure Storage, Nimbus and Skyera which had all established strong market recognition by the end of 2012.

But in those latter years (from 2009 onwards) not only was TMS competing against all those newbie rackmount vendors - but it was also engaged in another hotly contested part of the enterprise SSD market in fast PCIe SSDs - where its product line was trying to find a place somewhere in the narrowing gaps between Fusion-io and Virident.

Then a year ago - in January 2013 - IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (which had been announced in August 2012) and since then we haven't heard much about these products apart from a few glimpses - which enabled us to observe that TMS's rackmount products had been retained and renamed - while their PCIe products were quietly end of lifed.

This week - among other things - IBM has launched a new fast rackmount SSD family - whose controller architecture is effectively an enhanced adaptation of TMS's 8th generation RamSan with some tweaks to incorporate newer memory, iron out some RAS wrinkles (you can now change everything inside from the front or back - without sliding the rack out) and a big investment to present a software friendly face. The new software capabilities are being done by products which are being offered as external-to-the-box unbundled subsystems (control enclosures) for those who want them. This means that the performance and efficiency of the raw flash array isn't compromised in any way.

IBM's new SSD box (a 2U HA 16GB FC fast rackmount SSD with upto 48TB usable capacity, priced at $683K approx list) is called the IBM FlashSystem 840.

Earlier this week I spent an hour talking about this new product with Woody Hutsell and Levi Norman - who are both now back in the IBM branded TMS fold having both sampled the delights of some other leading SSD companies in recent years. Woody wrote about his experiences in a recent blog.

As I've known both of them for many years - I couldn't help but start by saying - "This feels like one of those movies - where they decide to make a sequel many years after - but all the actors look much older. It's lucky for us this conversation isn't going out on YouTube."

You can get a flavor of what IBM thinks it's doing with this new product - and more details in its briefing document (pdf) - and I won't repeat much of that detail here.

click to see pdf

Woody said "It's interesting to me how much attention the flash operation is getting within IBM's storage organization."

He went on to say that IBM's big commitments to flash such as the $1 billion investment announced last April are seen within IBM as popular actions "which are important as we need to compete." As a result - many competent people (in IBM) want to be a part of the flashsystems effort.

Anther change in scale since TMS became part of IBM is that the size of the development team for the flash systems rackmount has quadrupled.

Sales are good too. IBM has shipped over 1,500 of these flashsystems. In effect Woody said this was limited by the fact that for 3 quarters IBM shipped everything they had planned to make.

Woody said he thought that this alone - even without all the other SSDs which IBM was selling into the enterprise market meant that IBM was probably on its way to be one of the biggest vendors in the market.

I said - a dominant market share in enterprise flash in 2014 might look like 5 or 10 per cent as there are hundreds of companies in the market. - We'll have to see how things work out.

But my guess is that with a few assumptions about density, channels etc this means this rackmount IBM product line has possibly been generating about $500 million of revenue in the past year - which explains where some of the revenue missing from competitors' reports may have gone to.

Something else which appeared in the briefing paper singing the praises of IBM's expanding universe of enterprise flash product offerings - eXFlash DIMMs - sounded to me like just another name for SanDisk's memory channel SSDs (later confirmed to be the case) which appeared in another announcement IBM server announcements today - see footnotes for more.

What's my final take on this? (FlashSystem 840 announcement)

IBM is now the company to make comparisons with if you're looking for fast rackmount SSDs with some high availability options. Particularly if you're working in a complex environment - are a big customer and think you will be reassured by the availability of compatible products and pre sales technical sales support.

IBM's density - in terms of rack units needed to build a petabyte SSD - is better than some other fast systems - but remains an order of magnitude less efficient than Skyera - due to the difference between IBM's use of eMLC compared to Skyera's claimed ability to use TLC due to adaptive controller architecture - which is 2 generations (4 years) ahead of what's used in this particular IBM box. (Having said that - IBM does already use some degree of adaptive flash SSD technology in other systems - by virtue of the SSDs it designed in from SMART.)

Going back to scary Skyera - "On the other hand" - I said to Woody - "Skyera doesn't have the same HA or software in place yet. But not everyone needs all these features."

Overall - for competitors in the same high performance and reliability class as this new IBM box (which includes companies like Violin, Fusion-io etc) - IBM can still be beaten on price. It was ever thus.

Footnotes - IBM's first memory channel SSD servers

In another IBM SSD announcement today (alluded to above) about its new server architecture which leverages memory channel SSDs - and making a comparison with PCIe SSDs - IBM said - "Our evaluators are seeing 5-10 microseconds write latency for eXFlash DIMMs in preliminary testing vs. 15-19 microseconds latency for PCIe-based flash storage from Fusion-io, Micron, and Virident, and 65 microseconds latency for Intel S3500 and S3700 SSDs."

We've seen increasing granularity of detail emerge about the system characteristics of memory channel SSDs emerging in a trickle of announcements, and experimental user reports in the past year. Now that the new flash DIMM SSD products are becoming generally available - there will soon be better clarity on real world costs and performance.


new technology report - How 3D NAND flash Stacks Up

Editor:- January 15, 2014 - "In the 2D planar era, the basic underlying floating gate technology (with a few exceptions) was essentially the same amongst all the NAND flash manufacturers, however in the 3D era (which has recently begun) all NAND flash memory manufacturers are developing different 3D architectures" said Gregory Wong, President, Forward Insights in a recent email introducing a new market report ($5,499) called How 3D NAND Stacks Up (outline pdf) - which is co-authored with NaMLab (Nano-electronic Materials Laboratory) - in Dresden, Germany.

The new report describes the various different approaches to 3D NAND design and provides an independent view of the technical challenges which memory vendors have to solve to deliver viable competing memories at different geometries.


more signs of LSI aiming to be everywhere in SSDs

Editor:- January 13, 2014 - For those who like pictures - an overview of consumer SSD form factors - written by Kent Smith of LSI can be seen in a recent article on TechSpot.com.

Uncoincidentally - and reaffirming its ambitions in the enterprise market - LSI also announced today that its PCIe SSDs will be used by Oracle in its Exadata database systems.


get ready for a world in which all enterprise data touches SSDs

Editor:- January 8, 2014 - StorageSearch.com today published a new article - get ready for a world in which all enterprise data touches SSDs.

"The winners in SSD software could be as important for infrastructure as Microsoft was for PCs, or Oracle was for databases, or Google was for online search." ...read the article


Half Micron's nand flash now used in SSDs

Editor:- January 7, 2014 - In a conference call related to financial results reported for the quarter ended November 28, 2013 - which headlined on improved DRAM results - Micron said:-
  • its nand flash business surpassed $1 billion revenue for the 1st time
  • SSDs accounted for 48% of trade volume in nand flash (of which 2/3 was consumer SSDs)
  • in addition to traditional demand from the mobile market (phones etc)- the company had identified industrial embedded applications in automotive markets as a business opportunity which itself was taking around 10% of flash volume
  • the big volume ramp for 3d nand flash was anticipated to be in the 2nd half of 2015



business analytics will drive IT investment in 2014

Editor:- January 6, 2014 - Gartner today said that the need to leverage the B2C customer experience through better analytics will be a key driver of investment in IT in 2014.


SanDisk inside award winning notebook

Editor:- January 6, 2014 - SanDisk today announced that its X110 mSATA SSDs are used inside an award winning W8 notebook from Asus - the UX301LA.


LaCie announces "PCIe SSD inside" desktop

Editor:- January 6, 2014 - LaCie today announced imminent availability of its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 - a Thunderbolt compatible desktop storage box with 2x PCIe Gen 2 SSDs inside for apps such as video editing.


what's Pure Storage worth?

Editor:- January 4, 2014 - a recent article in Forbes.com names Pure Storage in a list of private tech companies - which in the opinion of CB Insights (a VC culture market research company) may be worth over $1 billion.

Editor's comments:- in the past year it has become much more difficult to make reliable estimates of what an SSD is worth - due to the changing competitive outlook in which there are no easy winners. And leadership within a product segment for 2, 3 or 4 years no longer guarantees success in the same way as it used to.


COO departs Violin

Editor:- January 2, 2014 - Violin Memory today announced the departure of COO Dixon R. Doll, Jr.


reviewing Fusion-io's iSCSI hybrid

Editor:- January 1, 2014 - StorageReview.com recently published a report on Fusion-io's ION Data Accelerator software - which is a key ingredient in FIO's ioControl box (iSCSI hybrid rackmount system).

"Rolling the software out on our own server took less than 15 minutes start to finish" said StorageReview.com ...read the article
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