|rackmount SSDs -
by Zsolt Kerekes,
|I've been reporting on the rackmount SSD
market since the
the main reason that most users look for rackmount SSDs today?
still mostly speed
(IOPS performance and low latency).
But as predicted in my
enterprise SSD market
silos report - a new emerging trend is for fast-enough SSD racks to find an
economic place between the performance levels of HDD arrays and the fast end of
Looking ahead further - yet another
new segment for SSD
racks - which is still to come - will be SSD arrays to implement the
lowest cost bulk / archive / cloud storage at a lower cost than high capacity
hard drive arrays.
There's a lot of complicated stuff going on in this
market at the controller, software, architecture and business levels. These were
explored in a recent home page blog -
directions in rackmount SSDs
rackmount SSD vendors?|
|Editor:- are you
searching for rackmount SSD companies? When the number of companies marketing
rackmount SSDs started heading into the 100+ region I removed the long
dangly vendor list which used to be on this page - because it was becoming
unusable. Instead I suggest using the siet search below - and insert the words "rackmount
SSD" along with another criterion which matters to you - such as iSCSI, FC
SAN, fastest etc.|
The product shown below, from
(which is no longer in business) is an example of a
accelerated SAN router which was
featured here on StorageSearch.com in
|rackmount SSD news|
|Violin's 1st quarterly
Editor:- November 25, 2013 - Now that Violin is a public
company - it has to publiicly report revenue etc - and in its first such
for the quarter ended October 31 - revenue was $28 million - which the company
says was 37% more than a year ago.
"Enterprise data center
storage is in the early stages of a major transformation to an Enterprise Memory
based infrastructure, and Violin is at the forefront of accelerating this
transformation," said Don Basile,
CEO of Violin Memory.
Editor's comments:- one of the
self-awareness repositioning adjustments which Violin has still yet to make -
is that compared to the time when the company entered the SSD market 6 years ago - when there were
only 59 companies in the whole SSD market - and only
2 of the top 10
companies at that time (including Violin) were marketing
rackmount SSDs -
we're now in a market where the number of SSD companies is 10x bigger.
I could easily give you a list of over 100 vendors today which
rackmount SSDs or
hybrids and - in the most recent quarter -
7 of the top 10 SSD
companies were marketing rackmount SSDs within their product line.
of which means - there is a much bigger market which Violin could get - if it
were not for the pesky inconvenience of all those other competitors.
- when the company says that the enterprise market is still at the "early
stages" of adopting SSD systems - in one way I'd agree with that - insofar
as the upside potential for this whole market in revenue is more than 10x more
than it is today - but on the other hand - while Violin has got good
recognition and has established a track record in some segments of the
enterprise SSD market - for example in
and fast SSDs - I
don't rate it as a strong runner in the race for some of the
technology developments which are emerging in the rackmount market.
- the segments in which Violin is already arguably a leader - are big enough.
I often say to CEOs in enterprise SSD companies that an important
business strategy for surviving to play in the bigger SSD market of the future
- is to get better at what they do now - and to focus on just one or two
strategic product types which they can execute well and be the #1 or #2 -
rather than making the mistake of enlarging their product lines - and being an
"also compete" company which is never quite good enough to get the
business - because it operates in too many diverse application segments in
which it can't possibly be the best solution.
what are others saying
You may decide that my ratios are too timid - I said to Skyera's
CEO - Rado Danilak.
If so - scare us!
22, 2013 - I spoke recently to Skyera's CEO about
SSD utilization efficiencies and the problem of being a newbie vendor in the
enterprise SSD market. You can see more in the article -
will Fusion-io's new strategy include dressing Cinderella systems
business in new clothes?
Editor:- October 23, 2013 - Fusion-io today
announced several changes in key
personnel coincidentally with its latest
report - in which revenue ($86 million) declined 27% compared to
the year ago period. ...read
more in SSD news
New report from the Spur Group tracks "share of voice"
in rackmount SSD market
Editor:- October 16, 2013 - The Spur Group
a new market report service -
Share of Partner
Voice: Storage and SSD ($4,995) which compare the sales channels for 4
encumbant rackmount storage platform vendors:
Dell against the channel
efforts of selected rackmount
SSD suppliers including:-
Whiptail and others.
Spur Group says its "Share of Partner Voice" web based methodology
is rooted in "extracting website content from over 76,000 technology
service providers, hosting companies, software developers and other customer
facing technology suppliers through a proprietary crawler."
Ross Brown, senior principal
and the lead author of the report, said - "Our approach to measuring Share
of Partner Voice® shows that Violin Memory is outpacing the market, with
more than twice the brand presence of its nearest competitor. The report also
highlights why the market for
companies is accelerating, as the channel adoption is happening very quickly and
often at the expense of incumbent platforms."
comments:- As you know I'm a great believer in the value of using raw web
data to get insights into fast changing emerging markets - which is why I
launched the Top SSD
Companies series - 6½ years ago.
The raw data types and
methodologies which The
Spur Group use are completely different to ours. They look at different
types of web activity and are based on different population samples - so the
results and inferences are going to have different use cases too.
growing ecosystem for storage
and SSD market data companies is a healthy sign that more economic
activity in future will become SSD-centric.
But a bigger SSD market
means bigger risks too.
This is a complex and innovative market - so
it's very easy to miss key products, companies and trends in the SSD market
compared to the comparative ease with which you can assess what's happening in
the "no great surprises here" technology museum segments
elsewhere in the enterprise.
Cisco to acquire WhipTail
Editor:- September 10, 2013
- Cisco today
announced its intent to
acquire privately owned WhipTail for
approximately $415 million in cash and retention-based incentives.
are focused on providing a converged infrastructure including compute, network
and high performance solid state that will help address our customers'
requirements for next-generation computing environments," said Paul Perez, VP
and GM, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.
as we learned in June - WhipTail has designed an elegant and scalable software
and hardware architecture to
solve the ever
changing SSD rackmount riddle game - which can compete in cost sensitive
iSCSI environments or
hold its head up among the
installations while also offering resilient
WhipTail entered the
Top 20 SSD companies list
in Q4 2011 and has
been in the Top 10 part of these lists in every quarter since
Violin files for IPO
Editor:- August 28, 2013 - Violin Memory recently
it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the SEC relating to the
proposed IPO of its common stock. The number of shares to be sold and the price
range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. Violin Memory
plans to list its common stock on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "VMEM."
Editor's comments:- How much is Violin worth?
the plus side - Brand
strength and IP. It's been consistently either #2 or #3 of the
Top SSD Companies List
based on search volume for the past 2 years. (That's based on all SSD companies
- not just makers of fast and high availability rackmount SSDs. In those
specialized categories - it's the #1 company.) On the IP side - Violin is just
one of handful of companies in the SSD market which has its own market proven
controller architecture - which gives many competitive
Most similar to? - Comparisons are hard to make
because the market has moved on in the past year - and I don't know how much
IBM paid for
Texas Memory Systems
(based on market conditions before the deal was announced in
At that time I would have said TMS was worth more than Violin -
because TMS also had a proven
PCIe SSD product line
which used the same controller IP as its rackmounts. Since then, however, Violin
has improved its software IP with the acquisition of
GridIron Systems -
and nudged by investor Toshiba
- Violin has also grudgingly entered the PCIe SSD market too. So in technology
terms the Violin of August 2013 comes out slightly ahead in the SSD IP assets
count compared to the year-ago TMS.
If SSD systems companies are
worth more or less
today than they were a year ago - that suggests Violin today may be worth more
than the market adjusted relative price IBM paid for TMS. That gives you one
way - but not the only way - to estimate a low end sanity check valuation
Biggest weakness for Violin? - It has no
That means it can't compete head to head on price with
the most aggressive vendors in the fast-enough SSD rackmount segment - in
particular with companies like
the other hand - maybe Violin doesn't have to.
It already has leading
assets in 3 of the main
enterprise SSD silos - fast SSDs, HA SSDs and SSD ASAPs
auto-tiering/caching. Those markets are big enough. Maybe one business strategy
for Violin post IPO might be to stay out of the low end
iSCSI SSD market
entirely for a few years.
Skyera beats roadmap to petabyte SSD by 2 years
August 14, 2013 - Skyera
that. among other things, it will introduce
PCIe connectivity (to
the existing FC and
iSCSI) as well as
replication in the next version of its
rackmount SSDs -
the skyEagle - which will ship in the first half of 2014 - offering 500TB
uncompressed (2.5TB deduped and compressed) in a 1U form factor at a record
breaking list price
expected to be under $2,000 per uncompressed terabyte.
comments:- not a lot of people remember this - but 6 years ago- in
August 2007 -
when Violin emerged from
stealth mode with one of the
SSDs of that era - Violin's 1010
was also the first well known enterprise SSD which offered PCIe as the
primary connection option. (This was the month before
its first ioDrive and began its multi-year mission to re-educate and change the
way that the enterprise market viewed SSDs BTW.)
enterprise market was still grappling with the idea of rackmount SSDs - and for
those buying - their connection of choice was
FC SAN. That meant
Violin's initial product made a market impression - but the company had to
wait for its later systems - redesigned with FC and flash - to get the sales
which would secure its future as the new leader in the rackmount SSD market
(replacing Texas Memory
Systems). Violin's early experience with PCIe being the wrong interface for
its rackmount market left scars in the company's psyche. So it wasn't till
nearly 6 years after that Violin entered the (now) safely conventional market
for module and card based PCIe SSDs.
Today in the market of August
2013 - PCIe has evolved into a very different technology and market
proposition for enterprise SSDs.
I view the 96 lanes of PCIe connectivity - in Skyera's forthcoming skyEagle -
as a way of reaching out to an entirely new market. This PCIe option provides a
simple and cheap foundation for clustering boxes in
- As a technology (it can be used as a fabric to interconnect fast racks - a
bit like InfiniBand
in some respects - except that the ecosystem of compatible SSDs is much richer
and price competitive).
And how about the idea of 1/2 petabyte SSD in a 1U
rack next year?
Back in early
2010 - when
I published an article designed to show what one of the missing products in the
future enterprise SSD market would look like - and its consequences for
hard drives -
this way to the
petabyte SSD - I guessed we'd see a 2U petabyte SSD in 2016. So that means
Skyera is going to beat that timescale by 2 years. Which incidentally means that
all the other predicted dates about
hard drives in an
enterprise SSD world - are also 1 or 2 years earlier than anyone previously
8 of the top 10 companies now market rackmount SSDs
July 11, 2013 - StorageSearch.com
yesterday published the
the Top SSD Companies
List - based on search metrics in Q2 2013.
One of the big changes
I've seen recently is that SSD oems have learned that selling SSD components in
the enterprise market is a risky business strategy - because they don't learn
so much about user needs at the array level, find it harder to perform system
wide optimizations and have less direct contact with end-users. Also some of the
most competive products in the enterprise market aren't simply built from arrays
of commercial off the shelf SSDs.
Top SSD Companies series
started over 6 years ago - 8 out of the top 10 SSD companies marketed SSDs in
traditional hard drive
form factors. In the intervening years we've seen the emergence of many other
important trends - such as the rise of
controllers and new
markets created by PCIe
Now there's another new trend identified in the
latest edition. 8 out of the top 10 companies market rackmount SSDs. ...read the article.
Whiptail expands ambitions up and down the SSD needs spectrum
Editor:- June 7, 2013 - Whiptail recently
imminent availability of its
INFINITY high end controller architecture. A 30 node INFINITY cluster -
consisting 6 x 72TB INVICTAs - can provide a 360TB, 4 million IOPS,
The company also announced details of a new entry level
($20K floor price) fast-enough 1U
iSCSI SSD - which is
aimed at the branch office environment. The WT-1100 offers 100K IOPS with
upto 4TB capacity and will be available via resellers and systems integrators.
comments:- I've written an article about this -
enterprise SSD box riddle game
new products from Pure Storage, the significance of 38KB, and a
door opens for future government business
Editor:- May 29, 2013 -
new models in it rackmount SSD family of non-disruptively upgradeable HA storage
which double the performance of the 2U controllers to 400K 8K IOPS and
provides 12TB of raw storage in 2U. In a related
the company said - the average size of I/O requests its customers see
is 38KB - which is why Pure Storage has stopped using 4KB IOPS metrics
in its sales literature.
Editor's comments:- The rack density
of Pure Storage's new
(approx 10TB usable/ U for a 10U stack using a mix of 2U controller shelves
which manage 2U storage racks which each have upto 24x 512GB
SAS SSDs inside) is
low by comparison to industry leaders.
From a business point of view
this means their architecture may not be the first choice for customers looking
for huge installations of SSD (scaling to hundreds of
petabytes) or who
have datacenters in expensive city locations where increasing the square
footage of storage or server cabinet space is simply not an option - and for
whom higher density (SSD TB/U) outweighs any hypothetical considerations such
as lower cost per terabyte to buy.
The company says it has shipped
hundreds of units.
How you interpret that will depend on your
perspective. It's small by comparison to competitors which have been in the
market longer - but also indicates that the product works and the company is
capable of developing business in the difficult to reach smaller customers who
were orphaned by the earlier stages of enterprise SSD adoption which focused
more on SSD-CPU equivalency as the economic justification rather than simply
displacing HDD arrays. Pure Storage's business model is the harder nut to crack
- but is a bigger market opportunity - which has no clear leaders at the
In another interesting
today Pure Storage today said it is receiving an investment from
In-Q-Tel (IQT), the investment firm that
identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the US
Intelligence Community. The partnership will allow Pure Storage to further
develop its FlashArray technology to meet the unique needs of IQT's government
This is just speculation on my part - but one of the big
headaches for users with sensitive info on hard drives is the cost and secure
logistics associated with
when storage drives reach end of service life.
The only trustworthy
way to deal with hard
drives is to physically shred the drives into little pieces. SSDs present
different challenges for this end of the data lifecycle - but also offer more
technical solutions - such as built-in
- but that adds to the cost of the drives. Within the context of an SSD rack -
it should be possible to integrate reliable software based data shredding -
which would save costs
for customers who factor in these considerations.
exciting new directions in rackmount SSDs
May 29, 2013 - If you're an enterprise user who is already sold on the idea of
using more SSDs - what could be better than a great new SSD drive?
you're an SSD vendor looking for the magic formula to open up vast new
untapped markets for SSDs - what kind of solution do you need to offer to
attract enterprises who aren't at the sharp end of the performance pain
curve, are content with the speed they get from HDDs and who aren't even
looking at SSDs for their network storage?
This is a problem which has
been occupying the SSD industry's smartest product architects for years. And
their answer to both questions is the same - although the product details vary
according to the target market. - It's a new type of SSD box.
generation of enterprise SSD rackmounts is breaking all the rules which
previously constrained price, performance and reliability. The sum impact of
cleverly designed SSD arrays is systems which are many times more competitive
than you would imagine from any tear-down analysis of the parts.
new SSD folksy wisdom - "you can't second guess an enterprise flash array
from knowing what drives are in it" - may soon have to join the - "you
no longer judge
an SSD from simply knowing its memory".
Anyway - to get back to
my headline today - the new math of this new reality SSD box trend - what's
behind it, where it's going, and some of the vendors driving it - are explored
in my recent home page blog on StorageSearch.com
directions in rackmount SSDs. ...read the
Skyera unifies 19/20 nm MLC flash arrays with 100x life
May 21, 2013 - Skyera
it has added unified storage operation (concurrent NAS and SAN) to its
pre-existing SSD box.
comments:- this was already anticipated and factored in by potential
systems competitors that I've spoken to in the past several quarters.
interesting for me - is the "100x MLC life amplification" figure
recent blog by Skyera's CEO.
When you're asking what's possible
from combining controller
with software efficiencies
(don't do things which are unnecessary to access the true app data - as opposed
to emulating every just-in-case-we-need-it lookahead or spurious hard drive
traffic request) the 100x figure is a useful competitive metric.
all about being at the leading edge of the system
SSD price curve.
See also:- MLC
Seniors live longer in my SSD care home
...Next on the SSD world domination agenda - create better value
in the cost sensitive iSCSI market
Editor:- April 23, 2013 - The iSCSI market hasn't been a
fertile business development ground for SSD sales - a factor which I ascribe
to the mood prevailing at its birth.
At the start of 2001 - when
the idea of iSCSI first attracted interest on the web - the
storage market was still in
a recession which would continue for another 2 years. Users could buy new
or little used servers and storage recycled from the spending spree of failed
dotcom companies for next to nothing. There was already a proven fast way of
doing fast network storage - fibre-channel
which had been around since
1994 (but it was complex to set up). Those various factors meant that iSCSI
evolved - by necessity - into a cheap, simple to set up and maintain storage
ecosystem for frugal applications which needed data.
was nothing hard wired into the technology which prevented it from being scaled
up - most of the early attempts by vendors to nudge iSCSI into the fast lane
with dedicated hardware accelerators failed. There was no real customer
appetite in the iSCSI base to encourage vendors to push for fast random IOPS
or low latency. iSCSI was the frugal way of doing complicated network
That's another reason why - prior to 2013 - none of the top
10 enterprise pure SSD array companies started in iSCSI. There wasn't enough
market demand for the kind of low latency and fast IOPS which could open enough
doors for SSDs in storage cabinets to make it worthwhile. Instead, most of the
iSCSI arrays which have been in the market until recently were originally
developed around technology optimized for FC SAN or were simply iSCSI HDD
arrays with some SSDs thrown into some of the bays. When you saw "iSCSI"
on the datasheet of a fast SSD you knew it had most likely been added
to a model which had already been optimized for another market.
could say that iSCSI has been a safe haven for enterprise
hard drives - because
whenever there has been a tension in the feature set between the cost of
incremental capacity versus the value of incremental performance - it was cost
- and getting the cost down as low as possible - which usually won.
explained in my Petabyte
SSD roadmap article a few years ago why one day - even the mantle of low
cost per raw terabyte wouldn't be enough to protect delinquently slow and
ineffcient hard drives from being evicted from enterprise network storage
racks. And this culture shock will be knocking at the door of the iSCSI market
from various different vendor directions in the coming year - with increasing
I was pondering these factors last week when I was waiting to
Rosenthal, Senior VP Marketing Astute Networks who
wanted to talk about the
of new models in their ViSX family of fast-enough iSCSI rackmount SSDs -
which have upto 45TB of raw SSD storage in a 2U rack which with
can deliver $2,000 / TB and even with dedupe switched off - comes in at about
$5,000 / TB while being able to offer more than double the IOPS of much higher
priced competing SSD systems.
The first thing I asked about was the
company's iSCSI accelerator chip - which is one of the two technology factors
which give them an edge in iSCSI. I had heard about it many years ago - but the
company doesn't say much about it now. Len told me they were now on the 3rd
generation of their iSCSI accelerator chip. The 1st generation had been
designed for a US Navy project to enable fast access to embedded storage
located around a ship while using COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) servers and
In Astute's current ViSX systems I think you can view the
iSCSI accelerator as being the technology which buys the time (in latency cost)
which can then be spent on dependable real-time dedupe.
me that although Astute have always known this gives them a theoretical
performance advantage compared to competitors who use similar types of flash -
it's only when he engaged Demartek
to do some comparative testing recently and gave them a free hand to explore
the differences - that they realized just how good their systems were. (I've
seen summaries of these benchmarks - and they do confirm the advantages of the
Astute's new systems do now seem to offer a hard to
beat SSD package for users in the mainstream iSCSI market. Len described
this as "making flash affordable for the mid market."
earlier generations of iSCSI flash were too expensive for most users. But the
current generation - not only offers attractive pricing - but comes with proven
technologies - and cost effective replication - by what the company calls
availability groups" (pdf)- which enables users to choose which
systems provide failover clustering - and whether that's local or remote. In
addition to providing data continuity when things fail - this scheme can also
provide load balancing and imporved performance in the normal (unfailed)
One of the things which came across clearly from talking to Len
is that Astute Networks is totally focused on the iSCSI SSD market. They
know the market, they know the apps - and they aim to be one of the leading
suppliers in this niche. For them iSCSI isn't something on the tick list - it's
the whole list.
Kaminario drops PCIe and turns to SAS to get costs down in new
Editor:- April 18, 2013 - "You don't have to be
an investment bank like JP Morgan to afford our style of fast, scalable high
availability SSD systems any more" - was the key message I got talking to
VP Business Development at Kaminario earlier
this week when discussing with me aspects of the company's newest series of
FC SAN compatible SSD
arrays - the
K2 v4 (6TB usable per U at a cost of $10K to $15K per TB) which was
Phil was referring to the expectation that their products -
which in the first generation were entirely
RAM based SSDs - and
then moved onto RAM / flash hybrids and then mostly pure flash (the flash
components being implemented in the previous generation of K2's by
Fusion-io's PCIe SSDs
- a relationship direction which I suggested in a much earlier briefing
conversation with Kaminario's CEO few years ago BTW ) - had acquired a
reputation of being out of reach pricewise - and not just in a class of their
own for resilience and
of the ways that Kaminario has pulled off the affordability trick is to drop
PCIe SSDs as the internal flash components and use instead
said before that in the enterprise arrays space - "SAS is the new SATA"
- because there are so many companies which have moved into this segment
that there's stiff competition. Unlike the PCIe SSD market -which is mostly sold
on high performance - the SAS market includes a number of vendors who have been
R/W ECC to enable them to use cheap flash to build reliable
Because Kaminario still has a lot of
RAM cache in
its server based architecture - it doesn't need the raw
and performance of
FIO's ioMemory to deliver multi-gigabyte throughput at the rack level. And
another factor is that Fusion-io itself is on course to become a significant
supplier of rackmount SSDs (although not aimed at the same kind of customers.)
Kaminario didn't want to say which SAS product they're using. They
might say later. But it doesn't really matter.
The K2 v4 also
demonstrates that the key IP component in Kaminario's box is SSD software.
When I suggested that future boxes could equally well discard SAS SSDs if
2.5" PCIe SSDs
offered a better set of characteristics - Phil agreed that the company wasn't
tied to any particular internal SSD drive form factor or interface.
has paid Taneja Group
to do some new testing on the performance aspects of simulated hard faults.
These will be very useful for customers - and take the uncertainty out of the
picture - giving hard numbers for various scenarios.
For example - when
running at just under 200K
5GB/s throughput - an entire node (controller) was removed to simulate a fault.
I/O resumed after 23 seconds and performance dropped by less than 15% for 2
minutes before recovering fully.
Nimbus brings flash SMART plus stats to SSD rackmounts
March 25, 2013 - Nimbus
Data Systems today
new software APIs which support its proprietary
HALO OS based family
of rackmount SSDs
- and report on hundreds of real-time and historical metrics such as:-
flash endurance, capacity utilization, latency, power consumption, deduplication
rates, and overall system health. Another new feature is that sys admins can
monitor their Nimbus
SSD arrays via new apps on Android / Apple phones and tablets.
CEO and founder of Nimbus Data said the new software framework would enable
cloud architects and enterprise customers to gain greater insight into their
flash storage by viewing internal aspects of their flash storage which
mattered to them - rather than simply relying on benchmark indicators which
have been cherry picked by vendors or reviewers
EMC samples XtremIO flash arrays
Editor:- March 5,
2013 - EMC today
new models of PCIe
SSDs which the company claims offer nearly 60% better
TCO than (unnamed
competitors) due to new levels of
half - height, half - length PCIe SSDs are currently available in
2.2TB, while SLC models upto 1.4TB will ship in the 2nd quarter.
also said it's sampling flash
arrays which are designed and
using the big
SSD controller architecture based on leveraging IP from its acquisition
comments:- the industry has been anticipating flash SSDs which use
XtremIO's RAID busting
Details are sketchy right now - but the
from throwing away the old drive array design rulebook and starting again with
a flash foundation while at the same time having control of the complete
SSD software stack can
be impressive - as I learned last year talking to Rado Danilak
CEO of another leading company taking this approach -
we expect EMC's array pricing to come down to Skyera levels?
never happen - because EMC's business carries the legacy burden of too many
hard drives and too many old suits.
But what we could see
instead - is EMC's flash arrays coming down to a price point where the
customer pain is low enough to delay many of them from switching away to
other flash. Which means EMC could still have a future in the
Nimbus ships petabyte SSDs / month
22, 2013 -
Nimbus Data Systems
it has been shipping at the rate of over 1
petabyte of SSD
storage / month.
Violin acquires GridIron
Editor:- January 21, 2013 -
it has acquired GridIron
Editor's comments:- in
October 2012 I
listed GridIron as 1 of the 3 main contenders to
Fusion-io in the
enterprise SSD software
stakes -with the qualifying comment...
"GridIron - probably has
the most sophisticated SSD
ASAP software in the industry. But it's a shame it has been tied (until
recently) to their hardware - an SSD HDD hybrid box."
announcement - which adds to the growing list of
acquisitions in the modern era of the SSD market - will enable Violin to
strengthen its already established authority in the enterprise SSD rack market.
SanDisk invests in WhipTail
Editor:- December 13,
2012 - WhipTail
it has secured $31 million series C funding from a group of investors which
include SanDisk, an
unnamed "Silicon Valley industry titan" and some named private
equity companies and VCs.
Oracle users evenly split between server and SAN when it comes
to SSD speedup
Editor:- October 11, 2012 - Among other
in a survey of 400 attendees (pdf) which was run by Kaminario at the
recent Oracle OpenWorld
event - it was found that among the 30% of those who had already used flash
SSD acceleration - the use of internal (server based) and external (SAN rack
based) SSDs was split nearly evenly - 48% and 52% respectively.
are we now with SSD software?,
capacities in the server and SAN
Texas Memory Systems to be acquired by IBM
August 16, 2012 - IBM
announced it will
acquire Texas Memory
The deal is expected to close later this year.
Following acquisition close, IBM plans to invest in and support the TMS product
portfolio, and will look to integrate over time TMS technologies into a variety
...read more in SSD news
Pure Storage announces $1 million funding per system shipped
August 15, 2012 - Pure
Storage recently cranked up the heat on its funding to $95 million
with a new
million Series D funding round - which will help expand its
international presence towards Europe.
The company says it has
shipped more than 100 of its production
FlashArrays to customers
since emerging from stealth a year ago.
Fusion-io does a few new things
Editor:- August 2,
2012 - the performance and strategic importance of
SSD software was
reinforced in 2 recent announcements by Fusion-io.
its new ION software
- which is a toolkit for bulding your own network compatible
SSD rack by
adding some Fusion-io SSD cards and their new software to any leading server.
The concept isn't entirely new - because oems have been doing this
with various different brands of
PCIe SSDs for years
and this is a well
established alternative market segment for PCIe SSDs. What is new - is
that it makes the whole thing much easier.
Fusion-io says this new
software product "delivers breakthrough performance over
iSCSI using standard
protocols." (1 million random IOPs (4kB), 6GB/s throughput and 60
microseconds latency in a 1U rack.)
Earlier this week FIO
it was collaborating on getting interoperability in server-side flash and
with NetApp. It's
easier now to write a list of major storage systems oems who aren't doing
something significant with FIO.
Going back to SSD software...
Microsystems created and leveraged the phrase -
Network is the Computer.
I have long thought an apt
reinterpretation of that in this decade is "the SSD is the computer"
- or maybe the "SSD software is the computer" - because the ultimate
characteristics of fast computers are determined more by the SSD architecture
which is installed - than by the same old CPU chips.GridIron's SSDs can
serve hundreds of concurrent databases effectively
30, 2012 - GridIron
Systems describes the setup required to exceed 1 million (4kB) IOPS in
a 40x MySQL environment with mirroring - all in a single cabinet (including
servers) using its
SSD systems (upto 80TB in this configuration), and some 10GbE and 16GbFC
fabric switches in a new
"In large-scale MySQL environments it's not uncommon to see
hundreds or even thousands of database servers," said Dennis Martin,
President of Demartek
(which tested this configuration). "This reference architecture opens a
new, more efficient architectural approach for serving increasing numbers of
users and database queries per cabinet."
Pure Storage says what you can do with those hard drive arrays
May 16, 2012 - Pure
Storage today published a new
video on YouTube which
pokes fun at the idea of hanging onto
hard drive arrays and
suggests what you can do with them. The 142 second video packs a lot of humor
into its tour of why their way of doing
flash is cheaper and better. And it includes
a new generation of fast-enough
(100K write IOPS)
HA/FT SSD arrays
today - with upto 100TB compressed capacity - which are clustered around
not great fan of SSD videos - because they mostly waste time - but this one
will be added to my favorites
list later today - because it's amusing and speaks for the SSD industry.
|Pure Storage tells CNBC
about enterprise flash|
|Editor:- June 3, 2013 - "You're not the only
company that plays in this market - correct?" - said Becky Quick, co-anchor of
CNBC's squawkbox in a leading
question to Scott
Dietzen, CEO of Pure Storage
"We weren't the first to package flash for
storage" said Dietzen. "What we did figure out uniquely was
how to get flash into a place where it was price competitive with (enterprise)
Editor's comments:- "uniquely"
must have another meaning I haven't learned yet.