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Editor:- What can we learn by looking at how the most popular storage products viewed by our readers have changed in past years?

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Time-frame most popular featured product editor's commentary
January 2009 to April 2011
Fusion-io fast SSDs - click for more info
world's fastest production PCIe SSD
from Fusion-io
In April 2009 - Fusion-io was named the #1 company in's list of the the Top 10 SSD OEMs based on search volume in Q1 2009.

Fusion-io has established for itself the brand recognition of being the SSD company most strongly associated in customer minds with the PCIe form factor - despite the fact that it wasn't the 1st company to launch such a product - and also despite the number and quality of competitors in this segment. attributes the success of Fusion-io in establishing this early market recognition to the company's single minded focus on evangelizing PCIe as the next generation enterprise SSD form factor. That's unlike most SSD companies whose marketing and technical efforts have been spread thin across multiple fronts.
October 2008 to December 2008
Violin 1010 - world's densest  DRAM  array -  for  HPC and data center server acceleration
world's fastest 2U flash / RAM SSD
from Violin Memory
In August 2007 - Violin Memory launched world's fastest 2U SSD.

This was the 1st time that a PCIe connected rackmount SSD had been featured on Earlier SSDs with a claim to ultra speed fame had included FC, SAS or InfiniBand interfaces.

There were 2 things which stood out when this product was launched.

1 - the high density (compared to other RAM SSD products), and

2 - Violin's promise to follow up with a later flash SSD model with the same interface and form factor. That promise was made good in November 2008 - when the company announced a 4TB SLC flash 2U model with over 200K random Read IOPS and 100K random Write IOPS (4K blocks).
November 2007 to September 2008
2.5"   flash SSDs  from Memoright
2.5" 64GB PATA / SATA flash SSDs
100MB/sec sustained read/write
from Memoright
In the period 2007 to 2008 - 2.5" SSDs created a stir in the market by offering performance faster than the fastest hard drives at prices that were a low multiple of the equivalent HDD storage capacity (instead of being justified by server replacements as described in the SSD CPU equivalency segment of the SSD market adoption model).

Although the fastest 2.5" and 3.5" SSDs changed many times during that period - it was interesting to see that products from 2 companies - Mtron and then Memoright captured the interest of our readers.

During this period there were other faster products being shipped by other companies. For example 3.5" FC SSDs from TiGi and Curtis were significantly faster - but also cost considerably more - and had lower capacity because they were RAM SSDs - and not flash SSDs. This demonstrates that value for money and suitability for new applications were material factors for raising products into the top of the popularity stats.

These products, shown on the left, signaled important changes in the SSD market.

Mtron was based in Korea - and its first products demolished the myth of US technology leadership in this form factor.

Later, Memoright, based in China took over the leadership mantle for several quarters with a product line which performed better in many real-life benchmarks than more expensive products which had higher published specifications. These differences proved to be based on internal architecture (including a super capacitor powered RAM cache.)

Users learned that they had to probe deep inside SSD controllers to create realistic performance models for small form factor SSDs because they couldn't trust magazine published benchmarks - even when they related to products from the world's biggest semiconductor company.
August 2007 to October 2007
SATA flash SSDs with 150M bytes / sec burst read and 80M bytes / sec sustained write time from MTRON
3.5" (128G) & 2.5" (32G) SATA SSDs
80MB/s sustained write
from Mtron
April 2007 to July 2007
A25FB - 2.5"   flash SSDs from Adtron with upto 160 GBytes
Adtron 2.5" 160G SATA / IDE solid state
flash disk with secure erase
For several quarters, this product from Adtron was the highest capacity 2.5" flash SSD available.

It also had high perfomance - 65MB/s sustained write.
That's as far back as I've looked for now. But if this article becomes popular I'll roll back the clock several more years and see what that reveals.

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