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the most popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com

in March 2018 - 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...

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  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. 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. SSD endurance - this is the "forever war". As memories have changed so too have controller strategies.
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  5. the Top SSD Companies - for over 10 years 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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  6. Storage Architectures - an overview guide to storage architecture articles - from classic DAS, NAS and SAN to new memory fabrics.
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  7. PCIe SSDs - oems who make PCIe SSDs, and news and articles.
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  8. the Fastest SSDs - includes form factors from M.2 upto rackmount arrays.
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  9. 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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  10. SSD controllers & IP - this is a directory of merchant market SSD controller chip technology providers and related articles.
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  11. what's the state of DWPD? - the usefulness of this role descriptor has expanded its scope to all markets.
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  12. 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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  13. SAS SSDs - includes a timeline of the SAS SSD market - and lists significant vendors. SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) was originally conceived as a performance upgrade for SCSI (an enterprise and mision critical interface which had many iterations since the 1980s) but nowadays it's the home for some of the highest capacity SSDs which are optimized for storage arrays.
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  14. military SSDs - news and directory about defence related SSDs.
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  15. RAM in an SSD context - RAM ain't what it used to be.
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  16. SSD jargon - Little words have big meanings.
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  17. Adaptive flash care management & DSP ECC IP in SSDs - what it does and market milestones.
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  18. SSD ASAPs - auto-tiering, auto-caching SSD accelerator appliances, hybrid arrays and software.
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  19. storage history - thousands of stories in archived news. This is another way to learn about changes in the market.
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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. who's who in storage market research? - directory and news.
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  22. M.2 SSDs - news and vendor directory.
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  23. 1.0" SSDs and BGA SSDs aka SSDs on a chip.
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  24. SSD Pricing - where does all the money go? - Also includes historic SSD price data.
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  25. 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 14 years.
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  26. industrial SSDs - articles and directory of vendors.
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  27. rackmount SSDs - news and articles with special relevance to the rackmount SSD market.
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  28. Data Recovery articles
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  29. (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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  30. 2.5" SSDs - overview of the many sub-types of SSDs available in this size.
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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 too). It also includes a timeline of the market highlights along the way.
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  32. fast erase / purge SSDs - list of who makes them and related technologies and articles.
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  33. 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market - Also includes a list of SSD company acquisitions from 2000 upto 2016.
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  34. a simple list of military SSD companies - and why it's not so simple to compile one.
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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. animal brands in the SSD market - examples from history.
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  38. Surviving SSD sudden power loss - this article surveys SSD power down management across all SSD architectures.
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  39. Memory Channel SSDs - news and articles about low latency flash DIMM SSDs
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  40. principles of bad block management in flash SSDs - classic overview.
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  41. VCs in SSDs and storage - news and articles related to investing in SSD companies.
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  42. 3.5" SSDs - vendors and noteworthy product examples from history.
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  43. cloud and SSDs - stories about how SSDs for cloud applications.
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  44. InfiniBand - storage and SSDs (timeline and some vendors).
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  45. RAID systems stories with an awareness of SSD.
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  46. 1.8" SSDs directory
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  47. Selling Toshiba's memory business - collected stories
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  48. high availability and fault tolerant SSDs - news and articles.
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  49. 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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  50. SSD software - news and articles related to enterprise SSD software.
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  51. after AFAs - what's next? - cloud adapted memory systems and the memoryfication of the enterprise.
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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. storage reliability - news & white papers.
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  55. 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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  56. Popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - this is the self same article you're seeing now.
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  57. 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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  58. consequences of the 2017 memory shortages
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