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Editor:- November 20, 2015 - Earlier this year I promised you a $billion / year enterprise SSD companies list (which I haven't done yet).

If you can't wait (and like short lists) then IHS has done this already for enterprise SSD drives (which excludes rackmount flash systems).

IHS's list of enterprise SSD billionaires include 3 companies:- You can see the numbers in a new article here (on Electronics360).

Among other things it says "IHS forecasts that the SSD market to pass $13 billion in revenues this year and will surpass HDDs in revenue by 2019 with $20.8 billion versus $19.6 billion."

As you may recall I said something similar (the SSD market will be bigger in revenue than the HDD market ever was) in my 2012 article - How will the hard drive market fare... in a solid state storage world?
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"What should applications developers do about all the possible permutations (interface and memory technology) emerging in the market for persistent storage class memory?"
That question is posed by Nisha Talagala, VP Engineering - Parallel Machines who goes on to discuss the technical design challenges and suggests strategies in a recent slideshare presentation.

In order to be widely adopted, any general abstraction solution has to embrace the business ambition of delivering competitively useful performance.

Nisha tackles that concern head on noting that...

"Persistent memory can be mapped in multiple ways depending on the hardware. We need to ensure that each memory type is default mapped to the optimal model possible for its physical attach."

Nisha's paper compares and notes the performance boundary choke points of several popular interface and memory (hybrid DIMM, PCIe SSD, Infiniband clustered server RAM) and suggests that transparent tiering between PM and flash is a viable software architecture approach which can deliver near optimal performance for local and remote PM. ...read the article
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"If you are in IT and you work for a FORTUNE X, then you probably have an IT shop run by legacy vendors. Yes legacy as in IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Cisco, EMC, HP, CA, and the list goes on and on..... These vendors control the IT spend landscape which dominates the 70% "run" and 30% "invest" IT expense. They are the same vendors that were chosen during the dotcom bubble. "
Vidya Ramachandran, CEO and Founder - SourceRoo - in his new blog - Before you renew with your legacy IT vendor think again! (November 18, 2015)


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SSD news - November 2015

Microsemi wins bid to acquire PMC

Editor:- November 25, 2015 - Microsemi today announced a definitive agreement to acquire PMC in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion which represents a 77% premium to the closing price of PMC's stock as of Sept. 30, 2015.

"We are pleased PMC has accepted our compelling strategic offer, which clearly benefits shareholders of both Microsemi and PMC. We can now shift our focus to realizing the significant synergies identified during our comprehensive analysis," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "As we have previously stated, this acquisition will provide Microsemi with a leading position in high performance and scalable storage solutions, while also adding a complementary portfolio of high-value communications products."

Editor's comments:- 6 weeks ago it seemed that PMC would be acquired by a different company - Skyworks - which had offered to buy PMC for $2 billion. But within 10 days of that news - Microsemi announced an unsolicited offer which appeared at the time to be marginally higher.

The final deal (today) valued PMC at $500 million more than the original offer from Skyworks - which has never shipped a line of SSDs as far as I know. So in that respect - Microsemi - is better placed to understand and leverage PMC's strategic product lines.


IDT samples power management chip for enterprise SSDs

Editor:- November 19, 2015 - IDT today announced it is sampling a new multi-channel power management IC (PMIC) optimized for enterprise SSDs.

The P8300 ($5.20 each, 1,000 unit price point ) is a flexible, programmable PMIC which can shorten time to market by enabling the reuse of power management subsystems across multiple protocols - SAS, SATA and PCIe - and form factors. Its design delivers an effective power backup system that's been proven in the field, as well as stability proven in earlier generation SSD products.


Netlist allies with Samsung to codevelop flash-as-RAM DIMMs

Editor:- November 19, 2015 - Netlist today revealed how it's going to enter the storage class memory SSD DIMM wars market. This by way of a 5 year joint development and license with Samsung which also brings to the table $23 million of funding. The companies expect to sample products in 2016.

Editor's comments:- 2015 was a signficant kick-start year for the server memory market. Retiring and retiering enterprise DRAM was one of the three big SSD ideas of the year. See also:- what's RAM really?


what's the role for a Radian Memory SSD?

Editor:- November 11, 2015 - My first instinctive impressions about new SSD products are mostly absolutely right - but sometimes they can be dead wrong.

That's why I test my riskiest SSD assertions in reader one on ones before simply casting them onto the web.

If you're interested you can see some of the internal processes at work in my new blog - what's the role for a Radian Memory SSD?

Radian Memory was one of several interesting SSD companies which emerged from stealth this year and their software was awarded best software of the show award at the Flash Memory Summit.

It was obvious to me from the first briefing email before FMS - that this product set - which includes 2.5" NVMe PCIe SSDs was a market milestone kind of product.

But even after all the papers and pdfs and datasheets there were still some questions which remained unclear to me concerning the limitations in how system architects could deploy it? And what were the ideal kinds of roles for this type of SSD? I got good answers from Radian's CEO - whom I had previously spoken with 12 years before. ...read the article to learn more


Themis ships rugged mobile datacenter platform

Editor:- November 17, 2015 - Themis Computer today announced immediate availability of a rugged Infiniband connected rackmount SSD system - called Hyper-Unity which integrates scalable SDS architecture software from Atlantis Computing with 4 ruggedized, 8 hot pluggable SSD drive, RES-XR5-1U rack mounted servers (with 1.5TB to 16TB raw capacity per node) to run virtualized applications for rugged mobile datacenter applications.

"With the Hyper-Unity solution, Themis and Atlantis Computing are changing the way that the DoD buys and consumes storage" said Bill Kehret, president and CEO of Themis Computer. "The DoD requires enhanced reliability, ultra-fast, cost-effective storage from a trusted source – on hardware built to survive the rigors of demanding environments..."


Virtium launches new 2.5" PATA SSDs for legacy slots

Editor:- November 17, 2015 - Virtium today announced a new range of 2.5" PATA SSDs for industrial applications with capacities from 8GB to 256GB. Virtium's new TuffDrive PATA SSDs have been designed as drop in replacements for legacy 2.5" PATA SSDs or HDDs.

See also:- BOM issues and SSDs, PATA SSDs


hybrid arrays and HA - an INFINIDAT customer perspective

Editor:- November 17, 2015 - How resilient are hybrid storage arrays?

Here's a neat quote from INFINIDAT from one of their customers who said - "We conducted numerous failure tests, ranging from taking out a node to pulling multiple disks, and the InfiniBox didn't blink an eye."


Diablo's blog re cost of DRAM for big inmemory users

Editor:- November 13, 2015 - The use of the word "unfortunately" made me smile when I saw it in a new blog published yesterday by Riccardo Badalone, CEO - Diablo Technologies.

The blog is about how the cost of DRAM impacts users who want to run large datasets in memory (using thousands of servers to get the memory they want).

Among other things Riccardo writes this - "Intel and Micron, for example, cited the DRAM issue when they announced a new 3D XPoint memory substrate that they say will be significantly denser and less expensive that current DRAM. Unfortunately, their technology won't be ready for a number of years."

Editor's comment:- I would say it's unfortunate for Intel and Micron - but extremely fortunate for Diablo that it won't be ready for years.

Diablo's solution for the same DRAM cost problem - Memory1 (see my article about this) - uses flash instead of exotic new nvm.

Re - "wont be ready for a number of years" if you're wondering about how much to trust that assessment - it's for the obvious reason that even if the new 3D XPoint memory does exactly what is claimed - it will take years to collect the type of reliability data needed to convince the enterprise market to adopt it in mission critical roles.

Riccardo's blog - DRAM's Surprising Role in the High Cost of Data Centers is a good read - but doesn't contain any new ideas. It just goes over the same ground (and uses the same examples) as Diablo cited in their Memory1 product launch in August 2015.


Micron prefers Persistent Memory to hybrid DIMMs

Editor:- November 11, 2015 - On the subject of SSD names which sell products more effectively - Micron this week seemed keen to emphasize the newer term "persistent memory" instead of the more common (but slightly ambiguous) "NVDIMM" in the text of its press release about a new 8GB DDR4 model in this category (more precisely called flash backed DIMMs and also other things).

"Persistent Memory" is a better SEO honey trap and brand differentiation warmer to anticipated future stories from Micron about its (look Ma - no flash!) 3D XPoint (or whatever other name it may have when it eventually appears in the catalog).


Western Digital partners with UNIS to mine datacenter opportunities in China

Editor:- November 9, 2015 -Western Digital today announced an agreement with UNIS to form a joint venture to market and sell WD's data center storage systems in China and to develop data center storage solutions for the Chinese market in the future.

Editor's comments:- in recent years we've seen China becoming the dominant market for adopting innovation in many types of large scale data systems. And because of that many SSD companies have strategically seeded more of their forward looking SSD architectural thought assets in that direction (if they didn't originally come from there in the first place).

With this agreement WD is following a well established trend - as the speed of its market reactions have been slugged in the past due to regulatory issues arising from the legacy of its dominance in the hard drive market.


dual port GbE and USB in the same M.2 SSD from InnoDisk

Editor:- November 3, 2015 - InnoDisk today announced a product first for the M.2 SSD market in the shape of a dual port isolated GbE compatible model - EGUL-G201 - which also has a USB 3 interface, and fits in a 22x60mm footprint. InnoDisk says the ethernet modules have strong electrical isolation, ESD and surge protection.
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