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Looking at the SATA SSD Market

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor
If you're a newcomer to the SSD market you might get the mistaken impression that SATA SSDs ARE the SSD market!

It's certainly true that nearly half of the 500 or so companies making SSDs do offer SATA models. But the SSD market is much bigger than the SATA SSD market - and existed long before SATA became a standard.

The SATA SSD market is important - because by offering a like for like comparison with hard drives - in form factors like 3.5", 2.5" etc it showed server makers that the days of HDDs were numbered.

I often get asked - What's that number? How many days left?

It's not that simple. The answer depends on your business application, the cost benefits of performance, electrical power, reliability etc. Depending what market you're in - SSDs are already the most economic option - or will be at sometime before 2015. For a variety of SSD future views see the SSD analysts page.

SATA SSD mentions and milestones
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charting the rise the SATA SSD market
In 2004 - when conducted the industry's first SSD Buyer Preferences Survey 53% said that SATA compatible SSDs would suit their applications best. At that time there were no SATA SSDs in the market.

SSD oems took heed of these results and by the end of 2005 there were 4 SSD manufacturers offering SATA.

This had grown to 11 at the end of 2006 and rapidly accelerated in the following years to 30+ companies by the end of 2008 and 80+ companies by the 3rd quarter of 2010.

Since 2012 - new companies have been entering the SATA SSD market every day - and I no longer list them all here - because mostly they are me-too - with some rare exceptions.

BTW - 2007 was the 1st time that SATA SSDs left HDDs in the dust when it came to performance - at the same time as 2.5" SSDs reached capacity parity with hard drives.
fast erase / purge MIL SSDs
The need for fast and secure data erase - in which vital parts of a flash SSD or its data are destroyed in seconds - has always been a requirement in military projects.

Fast Purge flash SSDs directory & articlesAlthough many industrial SSD vendors offer products with extended "rugged" operating environment capabilities - and even notebooks SSDs come with encryption - it's the availability of fast destructive data purge which differentiates "truly secure" SSDs which can be deployed in sensitive applications.

Who makes these SSDs? How do they work? And what are the characteristics and limitations of the various methods used? Click on the link above to find out more in my special article / directory about fast purge SSDs.
First you learned about SLC (good flash).
Then you learned about MLC (naughty flash when it played in the enterprise - but good enough for the short attention span of consumers).

Then MLC SSDs learned how to be good.

Now some MLC is much nicer than others. - When it's preceded by an "e" (extra-good). But it costs more.

But other people say you don't need the expensive "e" - because their controllers empathize better with naughty flash. (They really care about naughty flash being sent to bad block jail too soon.)

Is your head ready to explode yet?

It's going to get even more complicated.

......from sugaring MLC for the enterprise

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Hard way ahead for hard drives?
Surviving SSD sudden power loss
animal brands in the SSD market
Why I Tire of "Tier Zero Storage"
Data Recovery from Flash SSDs?
RAM Cache Ratios in flash SSDs
Big versus small - SSD architecture
What's the best / cheapest PC SSD?
Is the SSD Market Recession-Proof?
Branding Strategies in the SSD Market
3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market
Encryption - impacts in notebook SSDs
Overview of the Notebook SSD Market
35 Years of SSDs - SSD Market History
Why Seagate will Fail the SSD Challenge
a new way of looking at Enterprise SSDs
flash SSD capacity - the iceberg syndrome
Power, Speed and Strength in SSD brands
the Problem with Write IOPS - in flash SSDs
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design
why the notebook SSD crystal ball is still murky
Market Trends in the Rackmount SSD Market
an introduction to SSD Data Recovery Concepts
the future of enterprise data storage (circa 2020)
RAM SSDs versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?
principles of bad block management in flash SSDs
Flash Memory vs. Hard Disks - Which Will Win?
Can you tell me the best way to get to SSD Street?
How Bad is - Choosing the Wrong SSD Supplier?
Using SSDs to Boost Legacy RAID Performance
Hybrid Storage Drives - winners, losers and maybes
SSDs, tonic medicine and the next flash / flu pandemic
3 things that could have killed the flash SSD market
Flash vs DRAM Price Projections - for SSD Buyers
War of the Disks: Hard Disk Drives vs. Flash SSDs
Can you trust flash SSD performance benchmarks?
what will set the tone of the SSD market in 2012?
SSDs Pushing the Envelope in Blade Server Design
Why Consumers Can Expect More Flaky Flash SSDs!
Clarifying SSD Pricing - where does all the money go?
Can you believe the word "reliability" in a 2.5" SSD ad?
if Fusion-io sells more does that mean Violin will sell less?
Fast Purge flash SSDs - when "Rugged SSDs" won't do the job
Calling for an End to Unrealistic SSD vs HDD IOPS Comparisons
will the enterprise SSD market be big enough for all these companies [list] to grow?
Cactus 2.5" rugged SLC SSD
industrial grade 2.5" SATA SSDs
-45°C to 90°C / 60K IOPS
with device traceability
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enterprise performance
Intrepid 3000 - from OCZ

(a Toshiba group company)

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industrial SATA SSDs
efficiently matched to embedded needs
StorFly – from Virtium

military SSD from Waitan
military SSD drives with secure erase
encryption and self-destruct
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Here are a few more SSD articles

the new SSD efficiency - making the same (functional) SSD - but with a lot less chips

how fast can your SSD run backwards? - 11 key symmetries

adaptive R/W flash care management IP (including DSP ECC) for SSDs - what is it? and who does it?

memory channel storage SSDs -what are the technical challenges? How will these new SSDs affect the PCIe SSD market?

enterprise SSDs - exploring the limits of the market in your head - is about enterprise SSD futurology.

the Survivor's Guide to Enterprise SSDs - a list of do's and don'ts

Surviving SSD sudden power loss - the power management system is one of the most important parts of the SSD which governs reliability.

Strategic Transitions in SSD - roundup of disruptive changes in the SSD market in the past year.

the guide to SSD guides - includes summary of everything important that's happened in the SSD market in the past year - and has a top level list of SSD articles themed by markets, interfaces and form factors

Where are we now with SSD software? - (And how did we get into this mess?)

what do enterprise SSD users want? - and why aren't vendors asking.

The big market impact of SSD dark matter - some of the very biggest direct customer opportunities for SSDs aren't the big name computer and storage oems.

Can you tell me the best way to SSD Street? - I'm like the Old Woman of the SSD Village who talks to everyone that passes through.

comparing the SSD market today to earlier tech disruptions - applying a sense of perspective to what's happening now with SSDs

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