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Solid Data Systems

Solid Data Systems, Inc. is the leading global provider of DRAM-based solid-state storage systems. As the "Trusted Partner" to global enterprises, Solid Data's prestigious customers include many of the world's largest financial services companies, telecommunications providers, government agencies, and leading technology integrators. Solid Data provides world-class, worldwide 24x7x365 Service and Support via partnerships with major platform and service providers such as HP, IBM and SGI. For more information about the company and its products, please visit www.soliddata.com. Contact us at info@soliddata.com or call +1 (408) 845-5797.

see also:- Solid Data Systems - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com

  • editor's comments:- September 2011 - Solid Data Systems was a pioneer in the network compatible RAM SSD market. Their first products in 1993 were SCSI SSDs and they moved on to fibre-channel SSDs in the late 1990s.

    Solid Data Systems advertised here on StorageSearch.com during 2007 and early 2008 - but it looked like the company's product line wasn't keeping up with the high end of the RAM SSD market - and was in danger of being made irrelevant by its performance overlap with enterprise flash SSDs.

    The last time I spoke to the company in July 2010 they were still in business. But that may have changed. In November 2010 - OCZ acquired some of the fibre-channel controller technolog assets of Solid Data for approximately $1 million.

Solid Data Systems - sample mentions in SSD market history

In 1999 - Solid Data Systems published a classic white paper I/O Dynamics Impact Analysis which discussed methodologies for analyzing server apps bottlenecks and tuning SSD speedups - a theme later revisited in 2002 by competitor Imperial Technology - in their article called Tuning SANs with SSDs.

In November 2000 - Solid Data Systems published this article - Solid State File-Caching for Performance and Scalability - which discussed the declining performance (versus capacity) in new generations of hard drives - and how SSDs could fill that gap.

In July 2008 - Solid Data launched SSDGurus.com - a blog focused on the use of RAM SSDs. ...2 years later:- however when I looked the site was down. It's hard to maintain blogs - especially when you're ranting against the sweeping tides of historical inevitability. For wouldbe blogging marketers take a look at - What's the Call to Action on Your Blog? - by corporate blogging guru Debbie Weil - which may get you rethinking yours.

In September 2009 - Steve Topper, CEO of Solid Data Systems commented on market perceptions about RAM SSD versus flash SSD positioning in a press release about the company's updated range of FC compatible terabyte class RAM SSDs.

In November 2010 - OCZ acquired some of the fibre-channel controller technolog assets of Solid Data for approximately $1 million.

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In November 2000 - Solid Data Systems published an article - Solid State File-Caching for Performance and Scalability.

It discussed the declining performance (versus capacity) in new generations of hard drives - and showed how fast SAN SSDs could boost the performance of legacy servers and RAID systems by upto 4x.

Whatever happened to Solid Data Systems?

At the high end they couldn't keep up with the speeds of the fastest SSDs - like those from Texas Memory Systems.

And unlike TMS - SDS failed to make the transition to enterprise flash.

So SDS got squeezed in a price / performance user proposition point which became vanishingly small and uncompetitive.

What happened to their SAN SSD patents?

They were acquired by OCZ in 2010.
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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.

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