Who are the top SSD companies?... the companies
which you absolutely have to look at if you've got any new projects involving
There are over 500 companies actively designing and
marketing SSD products and systems today.
Over 5 years ago I started publishing a new series - the Top
SSD Companies which has been seen by over 4 million readers and is now regarded
by many key people in the SSD industry (and their investors and biggest
customers) as one of the most useful
which influences their thinking.
In the very
1st edition (July
2007) I explained why I believed search volume based data would be the
best way to shortlist the future winners in the SSD market. I said...
The SSD market was going to grow from a small base of easy to follow
companies into many hundreds of companies that few people - apart from
market specialists - would have the time to analyze and follow.
would change from being a niche topic to become the most significant
business leveraging assets in the enterprise IT infrastructure - therefore it
would be useful to identify future leaders as early as possible.
Financial data was backwards looking, was available too late to
provide visibility in fast growing discontinuous markets, and was not available
for the significant companies in the market - which at that time were still
mostly privately owned.
Market research data was also backwards looking. At that time the
SSD market was too small to merit the attention of many dedicated
SSD analysts. Also
traditional market research techniques would entirely miss the early adoption
signals from disruptive startups who wouldn't be on the radar of
storage market research
companies at all.
Who really decides the future winners in the SSD market?
It's the early adopters and the movers and shakers who make markets happen.
In the years leading up to the start of this new series - that had
always been exclusively (at first) and then heavily represented by the
readers of StorageSearch.com.
And although there are now thousands of
web sites which cover the SSD market - our readership still includes most of
the significant people who will decide the shape of the future SSD market
including the people who start and manage the most significant SSD companies and
their biggest and most trend setting customers.
Many of these
arguments are just as valid today. And as the SSD market has grown bigger and
the predictive power of the series has been market proven - each new edition
of the Top SSD Companies is eagerly anticipated.
I'm a heavy user
of the list myself - because it reminds me what you think is important. And
the real-time raw version is sensitive enough to tell me about emails and news
stories I should have looked at but didn't.
Fusion-io was #1 -
announced deal with
HP and coming on-board of - Steve Wozniak. PureSilicon entered
the list for the first time on news it was sampling the world's first standard
height terabyte 2.5" SSD.
The big market impact of
SSD dark matter - you can't see them and they aren't in the market size
reports which you just purchased recently. But you can't plan SSD investments or
strategies without taking them into account.