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the most popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor

With over 3,000 SSD related articles here on the mouse site it can sometimes be hard knowing where to look next... These were the most popular SSD articles read recently on the mouse site.

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the top 50 SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - in January 2016
  1. home page - unlike many other sites - our home page is also the place where many new SSD articles begin.
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  2. SSD news - gives you a real-time view of the whole SSD market from chips to cabinets.
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  3. the Top SSD Companies - ranked by search volume. This quarterly series (now in its 9th year) has proved to be a reliable advance predictor of important market changes.
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  4. What happened in the SSD market in 2015? - the big ideas which emerged and predictions for 2016.
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  5. SSD endurance - this is the "forever war" in the flash SSD market - managing flash endurance.
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  6. SSD market history - If you're new to the market it provides a clue to how much things have changed - and how fast (or how slowly).
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  7. SSD controllers & IP - this is a directory of merchant market SSD controller chip technology providers.
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  8. PCIe SSDs - lists oems who market PCIe SSDs, and news and market commentary.
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  9. what's the state of DWPD? - endurance in industry leading enterprise SSDs
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  10. Surviving SSD sudden power loss - this article surveys SSD power down management across all SSD architectures.
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  11. military SSDs - news and directory about defence related SSDs and storage.
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  12. the Fastest SSDs - includes form factors from M.2 upto rackmount arrays.
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  13. SAS SSDs - includes a timeline of the SAS SSD market - and lists significant vendors.
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  14. Popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - this is the article you're seeing now.
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  15. VCs in SSDs and storage - news and articles related to investing in SSD companies.
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  16. 1.0" SSDs and BGA SSDs aka SSDs on a chip.
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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 forward looking links to the situation today in which RAM sockets are being populated by other types of memories.
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  18. 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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  19. 3.5" SSDs - vendors and product examples from history.
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  20. industrial SSDs - articles and directory of vendors.
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  21. SSD software - news and articles related to enterprise SSD software.
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  22. hard drives - spinning down to HDD's retirement.
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  23. SSD ASAPs - auto-tiering, auto-caching SSD accelerator appliances, hybrid arrays and software.
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  24. flash wars in the enterprise - summarizes the key technology changes in the enterprise flash SSD market from SLC, MLC, eMLC, TLC, pSLC, XLC etc during the past 10 years.
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  25. hybrid SSDs - market perspective
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  26. flash and other nv memory - overview, news and articles.
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  27. SSD jargon - Little words have big meanings.
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  28. storage history - this timeline based overview is the archived news from StorageSearch.com which leads to thousands of stories about SSDs and other types of storage.
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  29. SSD Security - news and articles related to security in SSDs and related systems.
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  30. 2.5" SSDs - overview
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  31. rackmount SSDs - news and articles with special relevance to the rackmount SSD market.
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  32. 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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  33. Data Recovery for flash SSDs - articles and market development timeline.
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  34. 2.5" NVMe PCIe SSDs - market guide on StorageSearch.com
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  35. SSD Pricing - where does all the money go? - Also includes historic SSD price data.
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  36. this way to the Petabyte SSD - Timeline and analysis of the bulk storage SSD market.
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  37. market research - directory and news related to selected storage and SSD market research
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  38. 1.8" SSDs - list of vendors. (also includes MO-297 slim and mSATA)
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  39. 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.
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  40. Memory Channel SSDs - news and articles about low latency flash DIMM SSDs
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  41. RAM in an SSD context - RAM isn't what it used to be.
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  42. Just a few SSD videos - to help you understand solid state storage trends
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  43. what's the big picture message re SSDs? - what to tell your VC, lawyer, and non technical friends who don't work in the computer industry.
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  44. Hybrid Storage Drives - articles and market timeline
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  45. Adaptive flash care management IP (including DSP) for SSDs - what is it? and who does it?
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  46. the SSD Bookmarks - new series overview
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  47. fast purge and secure erase SSDs - overview
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  48. high availability SSDs - news and articles.
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  49. bad block management in flash SSDs - a non technical introduction to the thinking.
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  50. hybrid DIMMs - market overview
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  51. Can you tell me the best way to get to SSD Street? - re the mysteries of being thought of as an expert in the market
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  52. the SSD bookmarks - original series
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  53. M.2 SSDs - news and vendor directory.
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  54. RAID and SSDs
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  55. SSD Reliability - overview of papers.
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  56. cloud and SSDs
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  57. DIMM wars - the opening salvoes
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  58. 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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  59. Branding Strategies in the SSD Market
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  60. SATA SSDs - overview and perspective.
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  61. Decloaking hidden segments in the enterprise
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  62. testing SSDs - verification news
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new blog looks at DRAM latency creep
Editor: March 3, 2016 - We've got used to the fact the performance and characteristics of fast flash SSDs owe more to the interface, controller design and software than to the intrinsic timing and reliability of a nand cell. But what about DRAM? Isn't that much closer to the raw, organic memory ingredients?

In a new blog on StorageSearch.com - DRAM's indeterminate latencies and the virtual memory slider mix - I look at the growing gap between server memory performance and the capabilities of raw, organic DRAM cells.

As enterprise RAM performance is progressively bounded more by controller traffic analysis needs and power consumption rather than DRAM cell capability - there's an argument for saying if the statistical distribution of DRAM latencies is so wide - maybe no one would notice if you slipped in a different kind of memory in the virtual slider mix.

And that - of course - was precisely the open barn door - which ushered in the explosion of DRAM lookalike alt nvm announcements in 2015. ...read the new article


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Marches of yore in SSD market history
11 years ago - March 2005 - Curtis (which at that time had shipped over 15,000 accelerator SSDs worldwide) revealed that its Nitro SSDs (3.5" FC RAM SSDs) had accelerated the network infrastucture in a major phone provider in China. The customer, the GuangDong Branch of China Mobile was the biggest provincial branch in the Chinese Telecom industry, with over 30 million users.

10 years ago - March 2006 - StorageSearch.com noted that the number of SSD manufacturers listed on its SSD directory page (at that time) had grown to 35 companies.

6 years ago - March 2010 - Pliant Technology published a benchmark which showed that an array of 16x SAS SSDs could achieve similar IOPS as a proprietary architecture rackmount flash array from Texas Memory Systems, or an array of PCIe SSDs from Fusion-io.


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Before the enterprise flash era you could go far in understanding the pricing models and cost base of SSD products based on an understanding of the raw memory market - because memory was one of the main ingredients of cost.

Also in those earlier days - SSD market revenue was so insignificant in comparison to the raw memory market - that SSD-specific requirements did not in any way influence the behavior of memory companies.
a guide to semiconductor memory boom-bust cycles