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the most popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - updated January 27, 2017

With over 3,000 SSD related articles here on the mouse site it can be hard knowing where to look next...
  1. home page - here are some of the recent home page blogs.

    cloud adapted memory systems

    optimizing CPUs for use in SSDs

    1 big SSD market idea and 4 shining companies in 2016

    risk reward and controllernomics in big physical memory


    They'll get their own permalinks when they get aged off this page.
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  2. SSD news - view of the whole market from chips to cabinets.
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  3. Charting the Rise of the Solid State Disk Market - tracks SSD market history from the 1970s upto the present day.
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  4. the Top SSD Companies - in 38 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?
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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. what's the state of DWPD? - the usefulness of this role descriptor has expanded its scope to all markets.
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  7. Why I Tire of "Tier Zero Storage" - debunking tier 0 storage babble.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. PCIe SSDs - oems who make PCIe SSDs, and news and articles.
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  11. 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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  12. spinning down to HDD's retirement - the long goodbye to hard drives from the home page of SSDs.
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  13. SSD controllers & IP - this is a directory of merchant market SSD controller chip technology providers and related articles.
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  14. military SSDs - news and directory about defence related SSDs.
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  15. the Fastest SSDs - includes form factors from M.2 upto rackmount arrays.
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  16. SSD software - news and articles related to enterprise SSD software.
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  17. 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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  18. Popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - this is the self same article you're seeing now.
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  19. industrial SSDs - articles and directory of vendors.
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  20. flash and other non volatile memory - overview, news and articles of nvms from an SSD point of view.
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. SAS SSDs - includes a timeline of the SAS SSD market - and lists significant vendors.
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  24. Surviving SSD sudden power loss - this article surveys SSD power down management across all SSD architectures.
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  25. VCs in SSDs and storage - news and articles related to investing in SSD companies.
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  26. RAM in an SSD context - RAM ain't what it used to be.
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  27. 1.0" SSDs and BGA SSDs aka SSDs on a chip.
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  28. 2.5" SSDs - overview of the many sub-types of SSDs available in this size.
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  29. M.2 SSDs - news and vendor directory.
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  30. SSD Pricing - where does all the money go? - Also includes historic SSD price data.
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  31. SSD ASAPs - auto-tiering, auto-caching SSD accelerator appliances, hybrid arrays and software.
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  32. 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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  33. Data Recovery for flash SSDs - articles and market timeline.
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  34. 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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  35. rackmount SSDs - news and articles with special relevance to the rackmount SSD market.
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  36. SSD jargon - Little words have big meanings.
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  37. acquired, dead, renamed, merged & gone away storage companies - over 500 companies in this list
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  38. who's who in storage market research? - directory and news.
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  39. 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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  40. 2.5" NVMe PCIe SSDs - market guide
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  41. (parallel) SCSI SSDs - the old fashioned kind - you can still get them.
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  42. 3.5" SSDs - vendors and noteworthy product examples from history.
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  43. high availability and fault tolerant SSDs - news and articles.
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  44. 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market - Also includes a list of SSD company acquisitions from 2000 upto 2016.
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  45. Hybrid Storage Drives - articles and market reports
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  46. Memory Channel SSDs - news and articles about low latency flash DIMM SSDs
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  47. 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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  48. cloud and SSDs
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  49. storage history - thousands of stories in archived news
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  50. 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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  51. SSD interface glue chips and IP news and articles
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  52. fast erase / purge SSDs - list of who makes them and related technologies and articles.
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  53. bad block management in flash SSDs - a non technical introduction to the thinking.
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  54. 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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  55. compared to EMC... - unraveling the unreal positioning of AFA startups
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  56. What happened in the SSD market in 2015? - the big ideas which emerged.
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  57. 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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  58. Write IOPS and flash SSDs - the play it again syndrome...
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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. the consumer SSDs guide - history and a guide to guides.
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  64. a simple list of military SSD companies
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  65. 7 tips to survive and thrive in enterprise SSD
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  66. where are we heading with memory intensive systems and software?
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  67. SSD Reliability - some classic papers.
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  68. PR Agencies - the editor proven cheerleaders of the storage industry - recommended by the editor of StorageSearch.com.
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  69. some thoughts about SSD customization
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  70. 7 ways to classify where all SSDs will fit in the pure SSD datacenter - a latency view.
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  71. 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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  72. 1.8" SSDs directory
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  73. why buy SSDs? - the 6 user value propositions underpinning SSD market adoption
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  74. the Notebook SSD Market - 1993 to 2016 perspectives and timeline.
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  75. a winter's tale of SSD market influences - from industrial flash controllers to HPC flash arrays.
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  76. InfiniBand - storage and SSDs (timeline and some vendors).
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  77. when the socket fits - but the datasheet doesn't - finding modern replacements for end of life and obsolete embedded SSDs
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  78. hybrid DIMMs, NV DIMMs, flash backed DRAM DIMMs etc - market timeline, pioneering vendors and articles.
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12 months of headlines
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 seeks bankruptcy protection.

4Gb MRAM prototypes unveiled by SK Hynix and Toshiba
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"IoT storage must be distributed. You can't think about a single storage device but, on the contrary, a multitude of devices with a small amount of storage can easily be part of a large distributed storage system.

It's a compelling idea but this approach has its challenges. Thousands of nodes for just hundreds of terabytes of storage?

It means massive scalability, a lot of node rebalancing when a node disappears, complex node discovery and management that could impact performance."
Interesting ideas from the blog - Storage ready for the post cloud era - by OpenIO. (January 10, 2017)


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The enterprise SSD story...

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Nearly every SSD in the market today from the smallest SSD on a chip to the bewildering array of rackmnount systems can be viewed as a choice of how to select and mix the raw ingredients of SSD IP and integrate them into products which (for better or worse) match up to and satisfy user needs.
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