| leading the way to the
new storage frontier||..|
ahead to SSD year 2015
those who tweet loudest|
February 18, 2015 - Re the visibility seeking marketing activities of
enterprise storage companies - I found much to agree with in a recent blog -
Storage Array Industry Social Landscape - by Don Jennings,
Senior VP - Lois Paul & Partners
(a storage industry proven
other things Don says "not many of the storage companies in our analysis
have clear content strategies to provide information and value to their
followers. This is especially true on YouTube, where these companies are rarely
posting anything other than product-usage videos. We also dont see any of them
engaging with industry media and influencers..."
output from Don's article is that he ranks 5 companies in the
hybrid storage array
market - based on the noise level and following they have achieved on
The companies (in alphabetic order) are:-
aside for the moment any reservations you might have about the validity of
using social media as a significant enough comparative measure for enterprise
companies - Don comes up with some interesting statistics for each company
about the level of its followers, tweets etc.
And by that measure
Nimble comes out top of his list. ...read
Editor's comments:- As with any measurement
- you have to ask questions like
- why has this method been chosen? Is it simply convenience?
In this case - the agenda is
clear enough - Don's company LPP is in the media business - and some companies
are clearly more noisy (and better understood) than others in "editorial
- And how valid does such a ranking carry over into other interpretations?
etc - such as future business outcomes.
If your company isn't doing well enough in the
social media blare - then maybe you should change your agency.
devil's advocate counter argument to that might be to say that a single well
designed ad can take a company positioning message to more targeted people than
all the people who see a vendor's tweets and blogs in a year. And every day I
see companies in this industry who lack the confidence to invest in themselves
in an advertising context - preferring instead to cast their fortunes on the
winds of the media lottery newswires.
And another counter argument is
that not all important relationships and engagements are as visible as you
might think on social media. Why should they be - if there are pre-existing or
better ways in which the parties in the same mutual interest segment can
For example - I've been talking to Don Jennings regularly
about his storage industry customers since June 2003 - but (at the time of
writing this) we aren't 1st level contacts on linkedin.
And a lot of
the people I talk to about weighty matters in the SSD market would be horrified
by the idea of others knowing what they're thinking about. I'm not saying
that one private communication is worth ten tweets - but if it's about about a
new business plan - or the order from your biggest customer - it can be worth
On the other hand. Social media may be the only independent
(non financial and non technical) way you can rank some of the companies
you're interested in. As only 1 of the 5 companies above - for example - has got
high enough in the search noise level to appear in the
Top SSD Companies.
more volatility inevitable in enterprise SSD markets|
|Editor:- January 21, 2015 - "SDS (software
defined storage) is a good example of an illusory market idea for comfortably
bringing technologies together which due to its many incompatible incarnations
which will probably rip many business plans apart."|
That's one of
the things I say in my new blog - what
kind of SSD world 2015? - on StorageSearch.com
not saying that SDS isn't important...
In the very same blog I point
out that (due to their inherent flexibility) an installed base of server based
SSD storage systems will be among the few types of enterprise flash products
being marketed today which will still be reusable when many other so called "all
flash arrays" (which have been designed only for backwards looking
compatibilities) get sidelined and orphaned by future generations of
SSD everywhere software.
We're still a long way from having stable and enduring reference
platforms for the enterprise SSD age - which means more change is inevitable.
...read the article
designers have refocused and chosen the viable reality of excellence in selected
niches above the less feasible goal of having the best technology roadmap for
|12 key SSD
ideas in 2014|
- the Top SSD Companies in Q4 2014
- the $Billion revenue enterprise SSD companies
|Avago acquires Emulex for
Editor:- February 25, 2015 - In 2014 - Avago Technologies - which until then
had not seemed much involved in enterprise storage - suddenly got religion.
As a heavyweight interface chip and IP maker in other markets Avago
must have asked themselves - what are the key interfaces we need to be the #1
enterprise storage connect company? - especially
enterprise storage becomes solid state.
that's the way to interpret the acquisitions (last year) of
PLX followed now (as
today) by the acquisition of
Emulex - for
approximately $606 million.
Netlist raises $10 million through share offering
February 24, 2015 - Netlist
it has closed its previously-announced underwritten public offering of 8,846,154
common shares at a price to the public of $1.30 per share. Netlist estimates
net proceeds from the offering to be approximately $10.4 million, after
deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering
expenses. Netlist intends to use the proceeds from the offering for general
Diablo updates status of UlltraDIMM legal sanctions
February 24, 2015 - If - like me - you've been following with interest the
development of true SSD acceleration technologies packaged in RAM DIMMs (aka
SSDs and similar names) then you may have been wondering - what's the
current state of the play in the
SanDisk patent and
implied rights to IP legal wrangle?
The last furious clash of
legally related press releases - from both sides - in mid January - ended with a
lot of smoke in the air - and dire expectations regarding body count. In
particular the impression was that - until the next court session on these
matters - further shipments of SanDisk's ULLtraDIMM SSDs would be suspended.
is an update sent to me yesterday from a spokesperson communicating the Diablo
side of things. So "we" and "our" in the text below means
from the perspective of "Diablo".
Injunction - Diablo says
- SanDisk has been granted a stay on their preliminary injunction, meaning
that they can ship their inventory to Lenovo, Supermicro, and Huawei.
- The preliminary injunction on Diablo is still in effect while we await the
standard appeal process.
At the center of the dispute is the idea that our technologies
compete. Our technologies do not compete. There is a long list of reasons why
they don't. Here are some of them:
- It continues to be our belief that the standard appeal process will find in
- The Netlist NVvault is memory. The OS and applications see it and treat it
as DRAM, which is why no OS drivers are necessary. Ours is storage. Ours is
seen by the OS, hypervisors and applications as a block storage device and this
is why MCS does require OS drivers.
- They are used differently. For example, you typically would not put a
whole database on a DRAM NV-DIMM but you would on an MCS-based device.
- A DRAM DIMM can be used in place of DRAM, an MCS-based device cannot. An
MCS-based device, because it is storage, requires separate DRAM in the system
for execution. DRAM based devices are required to make the server run and are
complimentary to MCS-based devices.
- A DRAM NV-DIMM cannot be removed from the system and replaced with an
MCS-based device and be expected to perform the same function.
- The NVvault product is an 8GB device because it is a memory device. Since
ours does not use DRAM and instead interfaces directly to flash, it is capable
of being hundreds of gigabytes in capacity.
- JEDEC has defined a DRAM-based
NV-DIMM (NVDIMM-N) as a completely different category from an MCS-based device
(NVDIMM-F) because they operate differently and service different applications
in very different ways. There are several other companies building NVDIMM-N
devices including Netlist,
Diablo is the only company we know of that is building an NVDIMM-F device.
Editor's comments:- I think it's important for the SSD
industry to know whether it can count on seeing a competitive market for memory
channel SSDs being developed. For that to happen it is essential for Diablo to
establish in the courts or by agreement as soon as possible that the roadmap
for its kind of technology has a future.
- Simply because they both fit into the same slot and use a similar interface
does not mean that they compete. Most PCIe cards serve completely different
functions and do not compete, even though they use the same physical interface
(examples are graphics, audio, networking, and storage cards).
If this doesn't happen quickly
- and if the whole issue is left unresolved for another year - then the window
of opportunity for this class of enterprise SSD may close. Because - as far as
I know - Netlist doesn't have a Diablo like product in a similar state of market
So if Netlist were to succeed in preventing Diablo's
product roadmap - there isn't a similar product which architects could fall back
to. And even if Netlist chose to pursue that kind of product opportunity - which
it can't do on its own the SSD market isn't going to wait idly by for another
2 years waiting for that to happen.
Other ways of adding applications
intelligence into PCIe
SSDs - and other alternatives to RAM cached to flash are already in
development. And the software market has to judge - which new markets are most
likely to return value on their developer investment.
to remind you - the bullet points above - came from Diablo and whether you agree
or disagree with them or not (or quibble - as for example in - there is an
industry of RAM resident databases - albeit they aren't the "typical"
HDD architected databases which are now running in flash SSDs) the reason so
many lawyers are involved now is more to do with the fact that 2 companies
(Netlist and Diablo) have a different recollection of what they once agreed in
a past collaborative project and they disagree on what rights that past
agreement confers on what they're doing now.
If I get more updates
I'll let you know.
The key things for now are:-
- if you've got a design which uses 1st generation UlltraDIMM style memory
channel SSDs - then you can still get products to fill those slots.
- But - if you've been planning around the preannounced 2nd generation
products - your projects are probably on hold.
"the most reliable 2.5 inch MLC SATA III SSD"
paves way to new budget military SSD - from Cactus
February 23, 2015 - Cactus
the release of a new military 2.5" SATA SSD - the 230S PRO series - a
adapted variation of the company's proven
commercial grade family which Cactus describes as "the most reliable
MLC based 2.5" SATA III SSD on the market."
Chang, VP of Engineering said - "It meets the price budget for
applications where intense writing or extreme temperatures are not prevalent."
- hardware AES256 Encryption
- Jumper Triggered Write Protect,
- NSA 9-12 or Quick Erase
- 64GB to 640GB MLC capacities
- Altitude spec of 100,000 feet
- 3,000G Shock; 20G Vibration
- Powerful Industrial ECC and Defect Management
Waitan launches secure self destructible SSDs for drone and other
hostile military zone applications
February 19, 2015 - It's rare for me to hear about a new company in the
military SSD market (I
thought I knew them all already) - but an exception to that is Waitan which this week
launched a 2.5" SATA SSD with 4TB capacity with special security options
to protect and purge
data if the SSD gets into the wrong hands - the
believe the remote controlled secure erase and self-destruction functions are
highly valuable for UAV, drone, and other remote controlled and unmanned systems
where data on the systems' storage drives is confidential, which needs to be
destroyed from afar during accidents or emergency scenarios" said James
Zheng, Waitan's CTO.
Editor's comments:- Remotely triggered
data destruction isn't a new idea in secure SSDs - but it hasn't really taken
hold in the past due to the disruptive effect of false positives - such as when
a security perimeter has been incorrectly set up or when a pacifier signal is
lost for a short time for innocent reasons.
For those reasons
Waitan's StellaHunter is triggered by 2 or more preset conditions. Users can
also choose whether the SSD should be reusable after the secure erase or whether
the SSD should have a destructive erase.
FalconStor shows why it has taken so many years to launch an
SSDcentric next software thing
February 19, 2015 - You might think there are enough SDS companies already -
but SSDcentric data architectures are pulling system solutions in
directions - so until the dust settles and the landscape looks clearer -
there are plenty of gaps for new companies to enter the market.
most significant this week was FalconStor - who
a new SSDcentric storage pool redeployment and management platform called
FreeStor - which the
company says works across legacy, modern and virtual environments.
says - "The heart of FreeStor is the Intelligent Abstraction layer. It's a
virtual Rosetta Stone that allows data - in all its forms - to migrate to,
from and across all platforms, be it physical or virtual."
They've posted a good
video which describes it all.
FalconStor's natural partners are
enterprise SSD systems vendors and integrators who have good products but who
don't have a complete (user environmentally rounded) software stack.
comments:- For 4 years FalconStor gave me the impression of a storage
software company which didn't know what it wa going to do with the SSD market -
despite having a base of thousands of customers in the enterprise storage
FalconStor's delay can now be explained. They were
studying what needed to be done - and it took a lot of work.
want to understand who else is offering a product concept which is similar in
vision to FalconStor's FreeStor - I'd say
Although due to a difference in ultimate scaling aspirations and markets - I
would say that FalconStor's product is lower end and currently more accessible.
Part of the reason being that FalconStor already has a customer base for pre SSD
era software - which they are hoping to convert incrementally.
$34 million funded SDS company Springpath emerges from stealth
February 18, 2015 - Springpath
emerged from stealth with these related
server based data platform
priced from $4,000 per server per year.
A distribution agreement with
Tech Data who will offer Springpath's
software preloaded onto servers.
funding from investors
Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Redpoint Ventures
Seagate and Micron collaborate on enterprise
February 12, 2015 - Micron
a strategic multi year agreement which among other things will secure for
Seagate a supply of nand flash for the
SAS SSD market while
also providing for Micron a framework of SSD controller IP and designs with
which it can populate gaps in its own enterprise SSD range.
comments:- Although modern
controller IP can work with any type of
flash - there are
applications in cloud
and storage arrays in which simpler controller designs - which integrate user
based code (to leverage awareness of the state of the whole array) can
systems. Such SSDs can be made even more reliable - when they can leverage
knowledge about a particular trusted source of flash.
For example in
April 2012 -
SMART Storage (now
part of SanDisk)
revealed it had figured out a way to get 5x more endurance from consumer
grade flash when using old-style non-adaptive
The technique preconditioned R/W timing parameters in the flash memory
using intelligence gained from experience with the company's (different)
Seagate's toughest competitors in the SAS SSD
market have been SanDisk, Toshiba,
HGST and even
Samsung - so from that
perspective - there are reasons for preferring to source flash from and trust
Micron hasn't dipped into the enterprise
SSD acquisition pool
to the same depth as some other
big hostages of
the SSD market. I think this was partly because Micron didn't want to be
seen as competing with its "natural" historic systems customers. But
that had left Micron with an enterprise SSD product line lacking any central
theme or controller roadmap.
In that respect - Micron's new
collaboration with Seagate - will ensure a prescence for Micron's flash in large
scale arrays and systems in very cost competitive and difficult to customize
environments - in which Micron's own SSD IP would never have been regarded as a
how reliable are consumer SSDs? - new data from OCZ
February 12, 2015 - OCZ
recently published data about the reliability
of its past generations of consumer SSDs.
OCZ says that the SSDs
it has shipping since it has been a
Toshiba group company (and
using Toshiba's flash) are about 40x more reliable than OCZ's popular
consumer SSDs were about 4 years before. And part of the story is also changes
Editor's comments:- in this paper OCZ's measure
of reliability is - returns during warranty and confirmed defects - which are
now at 0.6% and 0.3% respectively.
angle of viewing consumer SSD reliability can be seen from
data recovery data.
that of the 100,000 notebooks used under its control - it encountered the need
for 1 SSD recovery per day.
The 2 data sets - from OCZ and Intel are
incomplete - and not directly comparable due to differences in sampling
periods, warranties and model mixes. But if you assume a 1 year sampling
period - for the data recovery based data - then you end up with a failure
figure which is similar to the newest SSD data from OCZ.
Hyperstone brings enterprise-class write attenuation to industrial
USB SSD controllers
February 11, 2015 - When I see an assertion about 100x better flash
endurance - I smile and think back to an article
my SSD care scheme is the
best - in May 2012 - which discusses this marketing idea and some of the
unerlying technologies. So why mention it again today?
release today from Hyperstone (about
their new flash management technology for
contains this exact phrase.
by a factor of more than 100 in fragmented usage pattern and for small file
random writes. Thereby, the reduction in effectively used write-erase-cycles
results in higher performance, longer life and shorter random access response
times. As a result, in many applications hyMap together with Hyperstone
controllers and MLC flash enables higher reliability and data retention than
other controllers using SLC. hyMap does
any external DRAM or SRAM."
In the same announcement - Dr. Jan Peter
Berns, Managing Director of Hyperstone - acknowledges that while these
issues have already been discussed intensively for several years in the
enterprise market. Hyperstone's new hyMap controller technology brings this
kind of improvement into smaller, low power SSDs such as SD/MMC and USB which
don't have the same kind of budgets for DRAM and CPU power as enterprise SSDs.
Northwest Logic provides FPGA support for Everspin's MRAM
February 9, 2015 - Northwest Logic
controller support for Everspin's
ST-MRAM - with interoperability proven on a Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA platform.
MRAM's core IP also supports traditional volatile DDR3 SDRAM - so the
new support for MRAM will simplifiy the design of
protected low latency
Benchmarking and Performance Resources
February 6, 2015 - When it comes to SSDs - an SSD which is
faster in a way
that you can economically use - such as by converting faster
competitive dollars (trading banks) or by satisfying more virtual users with
less servers (nearly everyone who owns a lot of heavily used servers) is
worth looking at.
not the only thing (and often is not even the most important thing) which makes
up the cost of buying
an SSD - or the
to buy it - performance has been one of those parameters which - because it
has helped to sell products - even when the
numbers were unreliable
or abused - has attracted a great deal of creative literary output in the
SSD industry. Most of it fiction. Some of it fact.
I've written a lot
of articles and emails on this theme myself. So many indeed - that I sometimes
find myself in danger of writing something new - and then getting a sense of
deja vu. IOPS?
- I've got a feeling I wrote something like this before? A quick search confirms
- yup I did. - Was it yeally that long ago? Let's just update the links so it
makes sense if someone else finds it later.
It seems I am not alone
in that respect. And a recent post on linkedin suggests a much better way of
The idea came from Greg Schulz, Founder of
StorageIO - who has recently
curated a whole bunch of articles which he's written, edited or likes into a
single resource page - which he calls - Server
and Storage I/O Benchmarking and Performance Resources
have the time - Greg has many articles on this topic which will inform and
Mobiveil supports Spansion's HyperBus NOR flash
February 3, 2015 - Mobiveil today
it will provide authorized controller support for Spansion's
flash chips are low capacity, low pin count, faster (5x) NOR flash (BGAs)
suited for some applications in the automotive electronics market.
HyperBus flash interface
IP (pdf) delivers upto 333MB/s using this 12-pin interface.
Emulex's 16GFC technology supported by DataCore
January 28, 2015 - Emulex
today announced that DataCore is
releasing target mode support in its new SANsymphony V10 software-defined
storage platform, for Emulex's Gen 5 (16GFC) HBA technology.
Western Digital invests in Skyera's MRAM supplier
January 26, 2015 - Western
Digital's investment unit was among the investors in a $29 million
series B funding round in Everspin Technologies
President and CEO of Everspin said "With a leading worldwide foundry and
storage customer participating in Everspin's Series B investment round, the
entire industry spectrum is acknowledging ST-MRAM as the leading contender to
drive beyond the limits of current mainstream memory."
comments:- Everspin's MRAM is
tier of the non volatile caching technology used in
Skyera - and my guess is that this investment in Everspin is to take out some of
the risk of future availability of these memory parts at a time when an assured
supply at higher volume may soon be needed.
Tezzaron expects to ship ReRAM SSDs in 2016
January 23, 2015 - Tezzaron
it will use Rambus's
ReRAM technology in forthcoming storage-class 3D memory devices for military,
aerospace and commercial applications. The first of these designs is
scheduled for production in 2016.
So you want x3 (TLC) and 3D?
Editor:- January 23,
2015 - Even if you already thought that
and DSP was an essential way for getting usable SSDs out of smaller 2D nand
flash - then there are even more reasons for using this technology on the
journey into 3D.
That's the conclusion you'll come away with after
paper (presented at the 2014 Flash
Memory Summit) called
Necessity for a Memory Modem in 3D Memories (pdf)
things in this paper:- DensBits says that the scope for inter-cell interference
grows from 8 identifiable routes in 2D to 26 for each cell in 3D.
memory modem technology (DensBits's branding for their collection of adaptive
R/W DSP IPs) will (over and above everything it already does for 2D)
intelligently decouple read operations according to the severity of read
operations expected in the new 3D architectures - and even supports the notion
of TLC (x3) within 3D. (Which "needs state of art decoder and signal
Their conclusion? - Memory Modem technology is
required for 3D NAND scaling ...read
PS - I know it's not new news - but I hadn't
mentioned this article before and I think this type of technology will have a
big impact on the SSD market in the next year or so as it weaves its way into
SSDs made by the licensees.
Diablo appeals shipment injunction
says court was misled
January 14, 2015 -
that it has appealed the court ruling (reported earlier this week - and
initiated by Netlist)
which had granted a preliminary injunction to halt Diablo's shipments of Memory
Channel Storage based chipsets.
Diablo's appeal explains that the
ruling is based on an erroneous interpretation of the contract and a failure to
recognize the technology differences among the products involved.
importantly, however, the court did not find that Diablo MCS uses
Netlist trade secrets.
Diablo says - to support the judgment, the
order effectively rewrites the language in the contract signed by the parties in
2008: the additional words included in the order changed the terms of the
contract significantly and imposed a new obligation that was not agreed between
the parties. In other words, there was no violation by Diablo of the original
contract. The court was misled about important technology distinctions:
court relied on Netlist's representation that their HyperCloud and Diablo MCS "are
used to perform the same function" which is not the case because the
HyperCloud is DRAM (memory) and Diablo MCS is a block storage device (disk).
The court also relied on Netlist's representation that the products
are competitive because they both "attach to the same memory channel."
Diablo also says "Netlist equates the 2 devices simply because
they use the same location and i/o channel; extending that logic would equate
all devices that reside in PCIe slots, which would be a similarly erroneous
"It is important that the facts of the case are well understood;
it should also be stressed that the court did not determine that Diablo uses
Netlist trade secrets," stated Riccardo
Badalone, CEO and co-founder of Diablo Technologies. "We offer an
innovative storage device that gives customers great performance advantages, but
with this injunction, the court is putting our company and our customers at
risk. With this appeal, we expect to reverse this decision and get back to
Editor's comments:- are Netlist's products functionally
different to those using Diablo's architecture?
Yes! The differences
are so great that the 2 products are listed in different directories here on
Channel Storage SSDs - which encompasses low latency, fast flash SSDs which
plug into DIMM sockets and transfer data via interfaces which were originally
designed for DRAM.
The fact that standards organizations and some vendors have
historically used the term "flash DIMM" in the context of both types
of products - has contributed to industry confusion.
- hybrid DIMMs, NV
DIMMs, flash backed DRAM DIMMs - which includes DRAM modules which
automatically save their contents when electrical power drops to an integrated
non volatile memory from which the data is reloaded after normal power is
But the term -
flash DIMM - is a description of the physical form factor - and tells you
nothing about the operation and functionality of the device from a data
architecture point of view.
The differences are vast and immediately
obvious to anyone who's technical. But I was wondering how would I explain the
gulf of difference to someone who doesn't know anything about computer design.
analogy goes like this... Suppose someone offered you the choice of 2 types of
backpack when you started a balloon ride.
One is a parachute, the
other is a jetpack.
They both perform different functions - although -
until you activate their functions they both might look the same.
I know you need a higher skillset to operate the jetpack.
also need a much more developed
SSD software support
ecosystem to deploy memory channel SSDs too.
California Court halts sales of ULLtraDIMM SSDs
January 13, 2015 - Netlist
that the US District Court for the Northern District of California has granted
Netlist's motion for a preliminary injunction against Diablo Technologies for
controller chips used by SanDisk
in its high-speed ULLtraDIMM SSD product line.
Under the court's
order, Diablo and SanDisk are prohibited from manufacturing and selling the
controller chipset used by SanDisk in the ULLtraDIMM and as a result, from
further sale or distribution of the ULLtraDIMM itself.
Rogers - also rejected SanDisk's motion for reconsideration, asking
that it be allowed to sell existing inventory of the enjoined products.
The court advanced the trial date to March 9, 2015, for Netlist's claims upon
which the motion was decided, including claims against Diablo for trade secret
misappropriation, breach of contract, and other causes of action related to the
components supplied by Diablo for the ULLtraDIMM.
The court's order
specifically identifies the ULLtraDIMM as well as the eXFlash modules from
IBM, although the
injunction affects all modules containing Diablo components.
comments:- the possibility of such a injunction has been discussed in
before. At the heart of the dispute are whether an earlier design collaboration
between Netlist and Diablo included the rights for both companies to use a
critical interface design in the DIMM bus facing part of Diablo's memory channel
storage design. A patent ruling on
December 29, 2014
upheld Netlist's patents related to this.
The court case related to
the injunction stems from Netlist's argument that if Diablo did not have the
right to use the interface technology - then it follows that any design - such
as the ULLtraDIMM SSD - which relies on such internal technology - should only
be disallowed - pending any future agreement about licensing such a technology.
(Which it may not choose to do.)
Netlist wants to create a low latency
memory channel SSD product line of its own.
And even though Netlist
is more than a year behind the productization of this integrated technology
(compared to the first generation ULLtraDIMM designed Diablo and
SMART Storage -
which was acquired by SanDisk) the case from Netlist is that the market must
wait for its own design or any designs for which it grants licenses.
the Diablo side - its argument has been that they thought they had an
agreement which allowed them to use the DIMM interface technology (in whose
implementation they participated) in products which were different to Netlist's
flash backed DIMMs.
stake is a future market for server based accelerators which could be worth a
low double digit percentage of the entire
enterprise PCIe SSD market.
inconceivable that a small company like Netlist or Diablo would be able to
satisfy such demands on their own - especially given the fact that neither has
any core IP related to
But future licensing partners (or wouldbe
acquirers) need to be satisfied that the core technology they're using - is
patent troll proof.
Greenliant enters enterprise PCIe SSD market
January 12, 2015 - Greenliant
Systems - has entered the entry level enterprise
NVME PCIe SSD market -
of its new G7100 (pdf)
series MLC gen 2 x4 PCIe SSDs - upto 2.75 TB raw capacity, Full Height, Half
Length form factor, 130K / 60K
of upto 10 DWPD for 5
Internally Greenliant's new PCIe SSD has a
RAID protected array of
miniature NANDrive SSDs which use the company's own controllers.
our in-depth flash memory knowledge and volume-proven NAND controller expertise,
Greenliant is addressing the industry's increasing need for higher reliability,
higher performance and larger capacity flash-based storage solutions," said
CEO of Greenliant Systems.
Editor's comments:- ever since the
company was founded - in 2010 - Greenliant's focus has been on the
embedded SSD market. So it's surprising to see this new product aimed at
the "enterprise" market. However it's part of an
trend in the market.
SanDisk spins off NexGen
Editor:- January 8, 2015 -
clarified that "Hybrid systems incorporating hard-disk drives are not part
of SanDisk's strategic focus."
This strategy direction statement
by Sumit Sadana,
executive VP and chief strategy officer, SanDisk was part of an
today that SanDisk has completed the spin-out of Fusion-io's
ioControl (hybrid SSD systems) business as a separate company called NexGen Storage.
has agreed to be a supplier of
PCIe flash storage
technology to NexGen but will not maintain an ownership interest.
will be led by John
Spiers who was co-founder and CEO of the original NexGen company before
by Fusion-io in April
2013 (for $119 million).
Editor's comments:- In
retrospect Fusion-io's acquisition of NexGen was a mistake.
didn't have enough cash or people resources to invest in bootstrapping 2
entirely new systems businesses (one in the fast SSD rackmount market, and the
other (based on NexGen) in the
hybrid SSD appliance
market) at a time when both markets were already becoming much more
Can NexGen succeed as a standalone company?
Hundreds of other companies are also competing in the hybrid market
- so you can ask them. Most likely NexGen will get acquired again.
Toshiba shows early version of BGA PCIe SSD
January 7, 2015 - Toshiba
it will showcase a prototype of the world's first PCIe single package SSD -
with up to 256GB in a single BGA package at
CES this week. The NVMe compatible device
fits into 16mm x 20mm x 1.65mm and weighs under 1g. See also:-
InnoDisk's ServerDOM wins excellence award
January 7, 2015 - InnoDisk
it has received the 2015
Taiwan Excellence Award for its
(SATA SSD) which can
be used as a boot drive in 1U servers.
storage space for enterprise servers is a precious resource. InnoDisk's
ServerDOM (20mm x 31mm x 7mm) fits onto the
SATA connector of
modern enterprise servers (from which it draws power). A 2nd failover drive can
be snugly fitted - as shown above - if needed for
Samsung mass producing gen 3 PCIe SSDs for notebooks
January 7, 2015 - 19 months after launching its first M.2 PCIe gen 2 SSDs
aimed at the
(pdf) in June
2013) - Samsung
said it is now mass producing the follow-up SM951 - which supports gen 3
Samsung says - "For ultra-slim notebooks and workstations
the SM951 can read and write sequentially at 2,150MB/s and 1,550 MB/s
The SM951 is the first SSD to adopt L1.2 low
power standby mode (the PCIe
SSD equivalent of the power saving
mode in SATA SSDs) .
When hibernating in
mode, the SM951's power consumption is less than 2mW.
Cactus SSDs helped over 100,000 drivers avoid getting lost
January 6, 2015 - Cactus
it has shipped over 100,000 units of its
Series (32GB MLC) - 2.5"
PATA SSDs - to a
German automotive OEM company for use in their infotainment (integrated audio
entertainment and GPS navigation) systems.
OCZ unveils new controller
Editor:- January 5, 2015
it would showcase its new JetExpress SSD controller this week at
JetExpress will be the
heart and soul of OCZ's future product line. JetExpress silicon is native SATA
and PCIe/NVMe and will support multiple form factors including M.2, 2.5-inch
SATA, and SFF-8639 which enables
PCI Express speeds in
a compact 2.5-inch form factor.
Web-Feet sizes 2015 industrial SSD market
January 4, 2015 - Help is available if you're trying to grapple with estimating
the size and likely shape of the
it has released a report ($5,550) which includes forecasts for Industrial
Markets and Applications.
What's in it? Among other things - the
report's author Alan
says... "Within each of the 6 commercial sub-markets:
Networking/Telecom, Connected Home, Automotive, Industrial, Medical, and
Avionics/Aerospace/Military the forecast of SSDs, Embedded Flash Drives (EFD),
and Flash Cards are quantified for over 40 end-use applications. This forecast
provides a separate breakout for SSDs by form factor including modules and
another section for EFDs and Flash Cards by form factor for units and average
capacity and revenue. Geographic splits are also included."
WD demos 3.5" PCIe hybrid HDD
2, 2015 - "WD is committed to working with the industry to push the
boundaries of what you might expect from a traditional
hard drive," said
Rutledge, senior VP , Storage Technology, WD recently as the company
the demonstration of a prototype 3.5"
WD's 4TB 3.5" hybrid hard drive includes upto 128GB flash cache
and looks like a single volume to the application.
what's up and upcoming at StorageSearch.com?
January 1, 2015 - SSD readership and article downloads on StorageSearch.com increased 10%
and 20% respectively in December 2014 compared to the year ago period.
While it's nice for me that both are up - it's better that stickiness is up
|In February 2006 - White
Electronic Designs announced the availability of its industrial grade
CompactFlash cards in densities upto 4GByte. The rugged MIL-STD-810 CF cards
supported over 4 million program erase cycles. |