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|January 2013 -
Seagate chooses Virident for big SSD architecture|
|Seagate made a strategic
equity investment in Virident as part of a
new collaboration agreement which includes remarketing Virident's
PCIe SSDs and working
together to design new SSDs
for the enterprise market.|
Nexsan for $120 million.
RunCore was the 1st
external company to announce
BiTMICRO OnBoard SSD
products - the Kylin III MAX family (fast
Foremay shipped 2TB
SATA SSDs with standard 9.5mm thickness.
it has made a strategic investment in
BiTMICRO launched a
marketing program to license its Talino SSD controller.
Toshiba began sampling a
new range of 2.5"
SAS MLC SSDs - with
self encrypting security
features and on board
|February 2013 -
Virident shares data on PCIe SSDs across multiple servers |
| Micron became the 19th
company to enter the
SAS SSD market. |
$51 million in financing led by
Dell Ventures and including an
investment by WD.
imminent shipment of a Linux version of
SSD caching software
called Intel CAS (Cache Acceleration Software) - based on the IP from its
NEVEX in August 2012.
Systems announced beta availability of a new software suite - called
FlashMAX Connect - which enables a single PCIe flash card - made by the
company - to service multiple servers.
Motion announced imminent sampling of a new
SSD controller - for
consumer handheld products. The SM2703 works with 1x nm TLC NAND and
enables full HD video recording for smartphones etc.
stealth mode and unveiled the company's Flash Virtualization Platform which
virtualizes server-side flash into a scale-out data tier for enterprise data
|March 2013 -
Violin enters the PCIe SSD market|
|QLogic enterered the
enterprise SSD market
- with a 2 card set PCIe SAN IOPS caching accelerator. The FabricCache has
upto 400GB flash, and 2x 8Gbps FC ports and can deliver upto 310,000
initiator IOPS and supports upto 2,048 concurrent logins.|
Violin entered the
PCIe SSDs market. Its
full height Velocity cards have upto 11TB raw (8TB usable) capacity and
deliver upto 500K
company - ID7 - which had been
collaborating on the development of FIO's ION data accelerator software. ID7
was the primary developer of the
SCST (SCSI target subsystem for
Linux). Fusion-io also announced it had achieved 9.6 million
byte) from a single 365GB MLC
ioDrive2 (PCIe SSD).
it will ship industrial
SATA SSDs in Q3 using
its iSLCT technology - which repurposes MLC as emulated SLC to get 30k write
from 3k standard cells.
the general availability of
1.3 (SSD software) -
which enables PCIe SSD
flash volumes (on the company's
Z-Drive R4) to be
virtualized and synchronously mirrored, so they are continuously available to
support HA and
FT services from within the virtualized host without the need for any
back-end SAN or storage
RunCore announced it
has closed $10 million in Series B funding led by OFC.
Nimbus Data Systems
announced that sys admins can monitor their HALO OS based family of
via new apps on Android / Apple phones and tablets.
announced it has closed an additional $7.5 million of funding, increasing
the total equity investment of its most recent round to $36 million.
EMC said it was sampling
flash arrays which are designed and managed using the
controller architecture based on leveraging IP from its
|April 2013 - Diablo
named SMART as flash IP partner for ultra low latency SSDs|
|Diablo Technologies named
SMART Storage as
its exclusive flash partner to pioneer a new type of (faster than
NexGen Storage (an
hybrid array IP
company) for $119 million.
Astute Networks launched new models in
their ViSX family of
rackmount SSDs - which have upto 45TB of raw SSD storage in a 2U rack which
can deliver $2,000 / TB and even with dedupe switched off - comes in at about
$5,000 / TB.
launched its 4th generation HA SSD system - the K2 v4 - using
SAS SSDs as the
internal flash components - with 120 / 280 microsends R/W latency, 369K IOPS and
6GB/s theroughput per K block. The capacity density is 6TB usable per U at a
cost of $10K to $15K per TB.
announced it has
been awarded a contract from IARPA
to develop an 8-bit per cell memory based on its Magnetic Logic Unit
raised $9 million in its first financing round from Carmel Ventures and
Jerusalem Venture Partners - according to
report in Globes-Online.com.
|May 2013 - Fusion-io
parts company with co-founders|
that its co-founders - David Flynn
(who had been CEO and President) and Rick White (who had
been CMO) have resigned and will pursue future entrepreneurial investing
activities together. |
details of its first TLC SSDs. The
Series - are SATA
SSDs for the consumer market which use the company's own
it's sampling a new model in the
hot swappable 2.5"
PCIe SSDs market - the
has upto 1.4TB MLC capacity and can deliver 750K R IOPS. Micron specifies
endurance as "50PB of drive life".
doubled the speed and density in its flash arrays with the launch of the
which include upto 24x 512GB
SAS SSDs inside each 2U
storage shelf. The company also announced an investment by
In-Q-Tel (IQT) - a non profit ORG that
identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the US
announced that it has
secured multiple design-wins for its new Series 200 TRRUST-Stor (rugged self
encrypting, 2.5" SATA SSD with 256GB SLC capacity which can do a full
in less than 8 seconds.
it shipped over 40,000 PCIe
SSDs in the past 12 months - and has been ranked the #2 merchant supplier
of enterprise PCIe SSDs in the US, and the fastest growing in this category
according to a recent report by Forward Insights
the close of an over-subscribed $20 million Series B
funding round led by
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).
|June 2013 - Stec
will be acquired by WD's HGST|
|WD announced that it had
agreed to acquire
Stec for approximately
$340 million. Stec will be absorbed into
Samsung entered the
PCIe SSD market - with
models aimed at notebooks.
a new entry level (800MB/s)
which combines 192GB of flash with an integrated
|July 2013 - Samsung
enters 2.5" PCIe SSD market|
|WD announced it had acquired
announced its entry into the
2.5" PCIe SSD
market. Its NVMe SSD has upto 1.6TB capacity, read throughput upto 3GB/s,
and up to 740K
a definitive agreement to acquire SMART Storage Systems
for approximately $307 million.
it has raised $31 million in series C funding which includes a new investor
- Samsung Ventures.
|August 2013 - SMART
samples ULLtraDIMM SSDs|
|Pure Storage -announced
that it had closed an oversubscribed $150 million Series E funding round with
institutional investors which brings the company's total capital raise to $245
it has filed a registration statement
S-1 with the SEC relating to the proposed IPO of its common stock.
it had begun sampling the first
SSDs compatible with the interface and reference architecture created
Technologies. SMART's first generation enterprise
(ULL = ultra-low latency) can be deployed via any existing DIMM slot and
provides 200GB or 400GB of enterprise class flash SSD memory with upto 1GB/s and
760MB/s of sustained read/write performance, with 5 microseconds write latency.
production of 2.5" SATA SSDs aimed at the enterprise market - which use the
3D Vertical NAND flash memories.
Proton Digital Systems
details of its new LDPC based FlashPro (a
controller ) platform
which supports 1y-nm/1z-nm MLC, TLC and 3D Flash memory from all major NAND
Flash manufacturers. FlashPro has upto 8 flash channels each supporting
533MBps and up to 32 Chip Enables per channel. Each media manager can support
data transfer rates from 50MBps up to 4.27GBps.
|September 2013 -Micron
samples first Hybrid Memory Cube devices|
|Violin Memory began trading
on the NYSE Friday as "VMEM". The company got the money it wanted
- $162 million - but those who bought at the original price didn't consider
themselves quite so lucky.
Insider commented on Violin's Awful IPO|
IBM - which had been offering
ioDrive (PCIe SSD)
technology in its product line since
first server oem to remarket the
ioScale - a product
described as having been optimized (price and feature set-wise) for huge
end users in the SSD
dark matter segment.
began sampling the first implementation of the
Hybrid Memory Cube. Micron's
(short reach) HMC provided 2GB DRAM in a BGA - with upto 160GB/s bandwidth.
completed the acquisition of Stec which the company
said would be integrated into its enterprise SSD business subsidiary HGST. WD also announced it
would acquire Virident
Systems for approximately $685 million in cash.
announced its intention
to acquire WhipTail
for approximately $415 million in cash and retention-based incentives.
|October 2013 -
Toshiba chooses DensBits' adaptive flash IP|
|Nimble Storage filed its
S-1 documents for an IPO.|
OCZ announced that its
filings had restored the compliance into compliance for its listing on NASDAQ.
it has licensed its advanced Memory Modem technology (a variety of
and DSP flash controller IP) to
Toshiba for use in
new designs of SSDs.
|November 2013 -
Primary Data gets $50 million funding, LSI samples "SSD market on a chip"
|Maxta launched its first
product - the Maxta Storage Platform
- a hypervisor-agnostic software platform for repurposing arrays of standard
servers (populated with cheap standard
SATA SSDs and
hard drives) into
scalable enterprise class apps servers in which the global CPU and storage
assets become available as an easily managed meta resource with optimized
performance, cost and resilience.|
3rd generation SandForce SSD
controller family - the SF3700 - which offered native SATA or gen 2
PCIe interfaces - and incorporated adaptive R/W DSP ECC management.
StorageSearch.com described the
underlying business concept as "SSD market on a chip" - and
described the design as the most ambitious design of a single chip
SSD controller in
Data (which recently emerged from stealth mode and operates within the
hybrid systems - SSD
ASAPs market with a cloud
announced it had
got $25 million in Series B funding - led by new investor, Ignition Partners,
and also including existing investor, Andreessen Horowitz.
EMC launched a legal suit
against Pure Storage
alledging that former EMC personnel had taken with them detailed customer
related market information. Pure Storage responded that the complaint was
- which had been founded less than 6 month earlier by the departure of the
two cofounders of Fusion-io
- announced it had secured a $50 million funding round.
OCZ announced that it would
file for bankrupty and also said it had received an offer from
acquire substantially all of its assets.
|December 2013 - LSI
agrees to be acquired for $6.6 billion|
|Nimble Storage began
trading on the NYSE as NMBL.|
terminated the employment of its CEO Don Basile -
who had been CEO of the company for the previous 4-5 years.
that it had agreed to be
acquired by Avago Technologies Limited in an all-cash
transaction valued at $6.6 billion.
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