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the most popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com

in May 2017 - by Zsolt Kerekes, editor


With over 3,000 SSD related articles here on the mouse site it can be hard knowing where to look next...
  1. home page - this is where many thought provoking blogs first appear.
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  2. SSD news - view of the whole market from chips to cabinets.
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  3. the Top SSD Companies - in 40 quarterly articles this series has provided the answers to this question:- Who are the top SSD companies?...the companies which you absolutely have to look at if you've got any new projects involving SSDs?

    See recent edition:- Top SSD Companies in Q1 2017
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  4. Charting the Rise of the Solid State Disk Market - tracks SSD market history from the 1970s upto the present day.
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  5. SSD endurance - this is the "forever war". As memories have changed so too have controller strategies.
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  6. the upsides and downsides of hold-up caps in MIL SSDs - looks at the extreme design boundaries of hold up times in 2.5" military SSDs and the consequences for deployments.
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  7. what's the state of DWPD? - the usefulness of this role descriptor has expanded its scope to all markets.
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  8. A Storage Architecture Guide - an overviews guide to architecture articles.
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  9. military SSDs - news and directory about defence related SSDs.
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  10. the Fastest SSDs - includes form factors from M.2 upto rackmount arrays.
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  11. PCIe SSDs - oems who make PCIe SSDs, and news and articles.
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  12. flash and other non volatile memory - overview, news and articles of nvms from an SSD point of view.
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  13. sugaring flash for the enterprise - summarizes the key technology changes in the enterprise flash SSD market from SLC, MLC, eMLC, TLC, pSLC, 2D, 3D, XLC etc during the past 12 years.
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  14. spinning down to HDD's retirement - milestones and articles related to the long goodbye to hard drives from an SSD perspective.
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  15. SSD controllers & IP - this is a directory of merchant market SSD controller chip technology providers and related articles.
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  16. Popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - this is the self same article you're seeing now.
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  17. VCs in SSDs and storage - news and articles related to investing in SSD companies.
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  18. SSD jargon - Little words have big meanings.
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  19. SSD ASAPs - auto-tiering, auto-caching SSD accelerator appliances, hybrid arrays and software.
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  20. SAS SSDs - includes a timeline of the SAS SSD market - and lists significant vendors.
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  21. 1.0" SSDs and BGA SSDs aka SSDs on a chip.
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  22. RAM SSDs versus flash SSDs? - this is legacy article (originally published 2007) when flash SSDs were seriously displacing RAM SSDs as enterprise apps accelerators. But this article also includes some updates to the situation today in which RAM sockets are being populated by other types of memories.
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  23. industrial SSDs - articles and directory of vendors.
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  24. RAM in an SSD context - RAM ain't what it used to be.
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  25. Data Recovery for flash SSDs - articles and market timeline.
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  26. who's who in storage market research? - directory and news.
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  27. Adaptive flash care management & DSP ECC IP in SSDs - what it does and market milestones.
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  28. rackmount SSDs - news and articles with special relevance to the rackmount SSD market.
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  29. 2.5" SSDs - overview of the many sub-types of SSDs available in this size.
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  30. Surviving SSD sudden power loss - this article surveys SSD power down management across all SSD architectures.
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  31. this way to the Petabyte SSD - in 2010 this article predicted how the market would get to PB/U flash arrays (it even got the date near enough right 6 years in advance). It also includes a timeline of the market highlights along the way.
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  32. 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market - Also includes a list of SSD company acquisitions from 2000 upto 2016.
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  33. SSD Pricing - where does all the money go? - Also includes historic SSD price data.
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  34. what's so very different about the design of Fusion-io's ioDrives / PCIe SSDs? - This is a legacy article. Product implementation details may have changed but some of the principles are the same.
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  35. SSD market analysts this filtered list is a recommended resource for all those people who need paid-for custom reports and detailed SSD market help. There has been attrition in the market research business due to competitive factors.
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  36. M.2 SSDs - news and vendor directory.
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  37. RAM SSDs - articles and news. RAM used to be a component. Now RAM is whatever the software is happy to greet by that name (including big data RAM fabrics).
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  38. cloud and SSDs - stories about how SSDs for cloud applications.
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  39. 3.5" SSDs - vendors and noteworthy product examples from history.
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  40. understanding flash SSD performance characteristics and limitations - a toolkit.
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  41. what were the big SSD memory architecture ideas in 2016? - end of year wrap article with suggestions from people around the industry.
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  42. Hybrid Storage Drives - articles and market reports
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  43. SSD software - news and articles related to enterprise SSD software.
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  44. Memory Channel SSDs - news and articles about low latency flash DIMM SSDs
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  45. how fast can your SSD run backwards? - 11 Key Symmetries in SSD design - what they are and why you need to know.
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  46. 1.8" SSDs directory
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  47. (parallel) SCSI SSDs - the old fashioned kind. If you need them - you can still get them from many of the companies listed here.
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  48. SSD Security - news etc
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  49. RAID systems stories with an awareness of SSD.
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  50. why buy SSDs? - the 6 user value propositions underpinning SSD market adoption
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  51. SSD interface glue chips and IP news and articles
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  52. storage history - thousands of stories in archived news. This is another way to learn about changes in the market.
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  53. fast erase / purge SSDs - list of who makes them and related technologies and articles.
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  54. animal brands in the SSD market - examples from history.
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  55. bad block management in flash SSDs - a non technical introduction to the thinking.
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  56. Why size matters in SSD controller architecture - the size of the controller model (how many flash chips it can manage) predetermines the limits of reliability, performance and cost.
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  57. after AFAs - what's next? - cloud adapted memory systems and the memoryfication of the enterprise.
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  58. (NV)RAM Cache Ratios in flash SSDs - ratios matter and can help you to group similar products.
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  59. storage reliability - news & white papers.
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  60. high availability and fault tolerant SSDs - news and articles.
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  61. data integrity challenges in flash SSD design and emerging nvms
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  62. SSD Reliability - some classic papers.
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  63. market consolidation in the enterprise SSD market - 90% of the enterprise SSD companies which you know have no good reasons to survive. Why? how? when?
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  64. SSD testing & analyzer news
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  65. Write IOPS and flash SSDs - the play it again syndrome...
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  66. 2.5" NVMe PCIe SSDs - market guide
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  67. the SSD Heresies
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  68. Decloaking hidden and missing segments in the analysis of market opportunities for enterprise rackmount flash - looks at the problems of correctly identifying market segmentation models in the enterprise for the pusposes of anticipating and creating flash system solutions.
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  69. compared to EMC... - unraveling the unreal positioning of AFA startups
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  70. latency loving reasons for fading out DRAM in the virtual memory slider mix - it's these technology problems (in DRAM) which are are the core of the market opportunity for storage class memory opportunity (for flash and other tiered nvms).
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  71. InfiniBand - storage and SSDs (timeline and some vendors).
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  72. the SSD Heresies - Why can't SSD's true believers agree on a single shared vision for the future of solid state storage?
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  73. the consumer SSDs guide - history and a guide to guides.
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  74. hybrid DIMMs, NV DIMMs, flash backed DRAM DIMMs etc - market timeline, pioneering vendors and articles.
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  75. where are we heading with memory intensive systems and software?
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  76. SCM DIMM wars - how significant is Diablo's Memory1 for the enterprise data ecosystem?
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  77. Why I Tire of "Tier Zero Storage" - debunking tier 0 storage babble.
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  78. What happened in the SSD market in 2015? - the big ideas which emerged.
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  79. some thoughts about SSD customization
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  80. Branding Strategies in the SSD Market - overview to a series of articles and case studies. Does - what you call the SSD... impact - who the SSD buyer will call?
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  81. the problem with SSD education (and comprehension) - Sorry - this isn't a magic formula which resolves neatly in 5 easy bullet points.
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  82. Limericks of SSD endurance - this a playful jest which inspired many others in the SSD industry to display their hidden bardic talents.
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  83. 7 tips to survive and thrive in enterprise SSD
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  84. PR Agencies - the editor proven cheerleaders of the storage industry - recommended by the editor of StorageSearch.com.
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  85. 7 ways to classify where all SSDs will fit in the pure SSD datacenter - a latency view.
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  86. Can you tell me the best way to get to SSD Street? - I don't know what I know until someone asks me the right question.
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  87. the Notebook SSD Market - 1993 to 2016 perspectives and timeline.
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  88. a winter's tale of SSD market influences - from industrial flash controllers to HPC flash arrays.
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  89. when the socket fits - but the datasheet doesn't - finding modern replacements for end of life and obsolete embedded SSDs
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recently in the SSD news archives
August 2017 Western Digital agreed to acquire Tegile which had pioneered innovative "utility" based customer pricing models in the hybrid storage array market.

New SSD controller company Burlywood emerged from stealth promising support for multi-sourced 3D TLC/QLC flash.
July 2017 Viking shipped 50TB planar MLC 3.5" SAS SSDs based on a controller platform designed by rackmount SSD maker Nimbus.
June 2017 Toshiba began sampling the world's first 64 layer QLC (x4) nand flash memory. The 768Gb chips were the highest density nvms available.
May 2017 Micron enters the rackmount SSD market.
April 2017 IP-Maker released NVMe FPGA IP to enable use of enterprise performance SSDs in low wattage "no CPU" embedded systems.

Rambus said it was working with Microsoft on the design of prototype super cooled DRAM systems to explore avenues of improvement in latency and density due to physics effects below -180 C.
March 2017 Excelero - emerged from stealth.

Everspin began sampling an NVMe PCIe SSD based on its ST-MRAM.

Intel began sampling an NVMe PCIe SSD based on Micron's 3DXpoint memory.
February 2017 Tachyum emerged from stealth mode
January 2017 Pure Storage said the "new stack" is becoming the standard thing.

Crossbar announced it was sampling 8Mb ReRAM based on 40nm CMOS friendly technology.
December 2016 Violin sought bankruptcy protection.

4Gb MRAM prototypes unveiled by SK Hynix and Toshiba
November 2016 Silicon Motion announced the "world's first merchant SD 5.1 controller solution."
October 2016 Rambus announced it was exploring the use of Xilinx FPGAs in its Smart Data Acceleration research program.
September 2016 Everspin filed its IPO to expand MRAM
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"Do you think we should add a heater?"

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the analysis of market opportunities for
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