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SANRAD designs cutting-edge storage acceleration and virtualization appliances for the data centers of the private and public cloud. The V-Switch XL is a fourth-generation storage virtualization appliance. SANRAD V-Switches are installed across the world in the data centers of governments, hospitals, universities as well as in private sector companies. For more information see

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  • editor's comments:- January 2012 - SANRAD - recently acquired by OCZ - was an early evangelist of iSCSI storage - but a latecomer to the SSD market. There was almost no mention of SSDs on SANRAD's web site when I looked (in May 2010).

    But all that has changed. The company now offers user installable PCIe SSDs as accelerator options in its FC/GbE routers / ASAPs.

SANRAD mentions in SSD market history

In August 2011 SANRAD introduced the industry's 1st front loadable PCIe flash SSD accelerators as options in its V-Switch storage appliances enabling upto 4TB of flash, together with 2x10GE networking and 2x8Gb FC, all in a single 1U rackmount appliance (or 10TB in 2U).

In September 2011 - SANRAD entered the auto-tiering SSD / SSD ASAPs market with the launch of its VXL software which supports its family of FC and GbE unified storage network routers.

In January 2012 - OCZ announced it has acquired SANRAD for $15 million.

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2.5" PCIe SSDs guide
Although some aspects of the new 2.5" PCIe SSDs market are predictable - if you're already familiar with PCIe SSDs and SAS SSDs - the new SSD delivery package also opens up possibilities...
read the article - 2.5 inch PCIe SSDs These can sit either above or below pre-existing 2.5" SSDs in price as well as performance. the article
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bootable virtualized PCIe SSDs
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the iceberg syndrome
Have you ever wondered how the amount of flash inside a flash SSD compares to the capacity shown on the invoice?

What you see isn't always what you get.
nothing surprised the penguins - click to read  the article There can be huge variations in different designs as vendors leverage invisible internal capacity to tweak key performance and reliability parameters. the article
don't all PCIe SSDs look pretty much the same?
When you look at the photos and headline specs for high speed PCIe SSDs - it's easy to come away with the impression that they all look the same and have about the same performance.

After all - how different can they be?

But don't let the experience of the 2.5" SSD market - in which clusters of consumer SSD vendors use the same or similar controllers and hover close together inpopular (consumer) performance rankings - give you the wrong idea about PCIe SSDs.

In this market the performance limits and capabilities of the SSD aren't set by an old hard disk interface and package limitations.

In the PCIe market the products you get are limited only by the imagination of the designers - tempered by the guesses of marketers who are trying to predict the optimum (most salable) features for an ideal SSD.
click to read the article And because server apps vary - so too do those idealized designs too. the article
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