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the top 100 SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - in Q1 2014

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  1. home page - unlike many other sites - our home page is also the place where many new SSD articles begin.

    The blog now (in March 2014 ) is what's in a number? - introducing SSDserver rank
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  2. the Top SSD Companies - ranked by search volume. This quarterly series which has been running for 7 years has proved to be a reliable advance predictor of important market changes.
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  3. SSD endurance - this is the "forever war" in the flash SSD market - managing flash endurance.
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  4. SSD news - gives you a real-time view of the whole SSD market from chips to cabinets.
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  5. PCIe SSDs - lists oems who market PCIe SSDs, and news and market commentary.
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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. the Fastest SSDs - in each form factor.
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  8. SSD controllers & IP - this is a directory of merchant market SSD controller chip technology providers.
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  9. VCs in SSDs and storage
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  10. the SSD Buyers Guide - summarizes key SSD market developments in the past year and has a top level directory of SSD content.
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  11. RAM v Flash SSDs - which is Best? - this legacy article - from the time before flash came to dominate the enterprise SSD market - still contains some useful insights.
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  12. hard drives - from an SSD perspective - chronicles the last gasp years and historic anecodotes from the HDD market - as it reluctantly retires in favor of SSDs.
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  13. RAM SSDs - recent developments in the market - such as memory channel SSDs - and PCIe fabrics - have inspired new interest in this type of SSD - which was the original enterprise SSD type before the ascendance of flash.
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  14. flash wars in the enterprise - summarizes the key technology changes in the enterprise flash SSD market from SLC, MLC, eMLC, TLC, XLC etc during the past 10 years.
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  15. flash and other nv memory - basic overview
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  16. 1.8" SSDs (including MO-297 slim SSDs) - directory of top vendors.
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  17. SSD Pricing - where does all the money go? - Also includes historic SSD price data.
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  18. 3.5" SSDs - this vendor directory gives you examples of popular 3.5" SSDs going back 10 years to the first such products in the market.
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  19. what changed in SSD year 2013? - analyzes key changes in SSD thinking and technology.
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  20. iSCSI SSDs - this was the last segment in the enterprise to adopt SSDs. But now vendors are making special efforts to appeal to the different cost sensitive needs of the iSCSI market.
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  21. Data Recovery for flash SSDs - articles and news.
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  22. despatches from the magneto-flash wars. SSD replacing HDD etc?
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  23. SAS SSDs - includes a timeline of the SAS SSD market - and lists significant vendors.
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  24. SSD software - news and articles
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  25. SSD Backup - market guide.
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  26. where are they now? - 500 "gone-away" storage companies from 2000 to 2009
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  27. Surviving SSD sudden power loss - this article surveys SSD power down management across all the SSD architecture types in the market today. Power cycling induced faults kill more SSDs in real life than endurance ever did. But SSD PSU management topology is rarely mentioned in most SSD datasheets.
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  28. SSD FITs, reliability and abstraction levels - why SSD failure models can fail.
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  29. 2.5" SSDs - this is the most crowded part of the SSD market - as you'll see by the vendor listings.
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  30. 1.0" and smaller SSDs - including SSDs on a chip.
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  31. 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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  32. rackmount SSDs - news and articles with special relevance to the rackmount SSD market.
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  33. the Storage Architecture Guides - collection of legacy articles and links related to SSD and network storage architecture.
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  34. SSD ASAPs news - market guide to auto-tiering, auto-caching SSD accelerator appliances and software.
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  35. Can you trust SSD market data? - was the home page blog in February 2013 - and has been in the top 10 part of this articles list from time to time.
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  36. Fibre-Channel SSDs - market timeline.
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  37. SSD jargon - You can't have a meaningful discussion about the intricacies of SSD design without using these words.
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  38. military SSDs - news and directory about defence related SSDs and storage.
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  39. market research - directory and news related to selected storage and SSD market research
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  40. Adaptive flash care management IP (including DSP) for SSDs - what is it? and who does it?
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  41. this way to the Petabyte SSD - Timeline and analysis of the bulk storage SSD market.
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  42. Why enterprise SSDs could a $10 Billion Market - classic article (2003).
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  43. Will there ever be 20,000 RPM HDDs? a classic article about how Zero RPM SSDs killed 20K hard drives
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  44. the SSD Reliability Papers - links and abstracts of articles related to the subject of SSD reliability and data integrity.
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  45. flash SSD capacity - the iceberg syndrome - when comparing flash SSDs - the usable capacity is not always equal!
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  46. SAN (Storage Area Networks) - in an SSD context.
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  47. industrial SSDs - articles and directory
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  48. 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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  49. Hybrid Storage Drives - market reports and timeline.
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  50. SCSI SSDs - the old parallel kind
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  51. an introduction to enterprise SSD market silos - 7 ways to classify where all SSDs will fit in the pure SSD datacenter
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  52. Popular SSD articles on StorageSearch.com - this is the article you're seeing now.
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  53. 2.5" PCIe SSDs? - what will change when the new market gets underway?
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  54. consumer SSDs - a consumer facing guide to news and reviews
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  55. the problem with Write IOPS in flash SSDs - this classic article helps you understand why all SSD benchmarks incorrectly suggest you're going to get much higher performance from some types of flash SSDs than you will see in your application..
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  56. Memory Channel Storage SSDs - will the new concept fly? - should you book a seat yet?
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  57. SATA SSDs - directory of companies who make SATA SSDs.
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  58. Legacy versus New Dynasty? - another way of looking at the Enterprise SSD market
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  59. scary Skyera - interview and analysis.
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  60. SSDs and bottlenecks - will SSDs cure all my server problems?
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  61. Can you trust flash SSD specs & benchmarks? - resource guide.
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  62. After SSDs... What Next? - I'm sure that when the time is right for you - you'll come back to this subject.
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  63. High Availability SSDs - article and directory about fault tolerant enterprise SSD systems.
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  64. 3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market - Nowadays it seems like everyone wants to get into the SSD market. Also includes a list of acquired SSD companies.
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  65. principles of bad block management in flash SSDs - The exact details and algorithms used are proprietary secrets and sometimes covered by patents. But the principles are the same in all SSDs.
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  66. SSD cloud storage - news page with a cloud and SSD twist.
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  67. RAID - with an SSD twist.
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  68. Increasing SSD Reliability - classic article about wear leveling published in 2005.
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  69. InfiniBand - storage and SSDs - market timeline and vendors.
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  70. SSD testing, benchmarking & analyzer news
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  71. NAS - with an SSD twist.
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  72. Data Integrity Challenges in flash SSD Design - looks into the detailed techniques to achieve data reliability.
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  73. exciting new directions in rackmount SSDs - this was the home page blog in May 2013.
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  74. Why size matters in SSD controller architecture - it predetermines the efficiency of achieving system-wide goals.
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  75. what do enterprise SSD users want? - was the home page blog in March 2012.
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  76. flash lives longer in my SSD care program - the new fad in selling flash SSDs.
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  77. PATA SSDs - article and directory.
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  78. the 3 fastest PCIe flash SSDs list - or is it really lists?
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  79. notebook SSDs - market overview.
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  80. Fast Purge SSDs - is an article which includes a directory of vendors who design SSDs which can self destruct or quickly and securely erase flash SSD contents (typically in a fraction of a second) to prevent data getting into unwanted hands.
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  81. SSD utilization ratios and the enterprise software event horizon
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  82. Efficiency - making the same SSD - with less flash.
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  83. RAM - from an SSD perspective.
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  84. RAM Cache Ratios in flash SSDs - all SSDs are in one of these categories - which also predicts operational characteristics.
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  85. It's IBM SSD Jim - but not as we know it - articles and analysis about IBM's strategic Q1 2014 product announcements.
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  86. Can you tell me the best way to get to SSD Street? - I've been in the SSD village so long it's natural that people passing through ask me questions.
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  87. The big market impact of SSD dark matter customers - home page blog September 2012.
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  88. How will hard drives fare in an SSD world? - was the home page blog in November 2012.
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  89. USB and SSDs - perspectives.
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  90. Where are we now with SSD software? - (And how did we get into this mess?)
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  91. understanding flash SSD performance characteristics and limitations - a toolkit. This was the home page blog in March 2013.
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  92. what's the big picture message re SSDs? - why's everyone getting so excited about SSDs? Where's the market heading? (In simple non technical terms.)
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  93. Calling for an End to - Unrealistic SSD vs HDD IOPS Comparisons
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  94. What's the best / cheapest - PC SSD? - I often get emails from readers who ask the above question.
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  95. What's an SSD?
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  96. SSD's past phantom demons - storage media contenders which threatened flash SSDs in the past decade.
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  97. the SSD Heresies - Why can't SSD's true believers agree on a single vision for the future of solid state storage?
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  98. Inanimate Power, Speed and Strength Metaphors in SSD brands - examples from SSD market history.
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  99. animal brands in the SSD market
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  100. the New Business Case for SSD ASAPs - Auto-tuning SSD Accelerated Pools of storage - aspects of market adoption.
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  101. SSD videos - just a few to help you understand solid state storage trends.
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  102. hostage to the fortunes of SSD - was the home page blog in July 2013.
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  103. Boundaries Analysis in SSD Market Forecasting - was the home page blog in September 2012 .
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  104. the SSD Bookmarks - educational articles suggested by industry leaders 2009 to 2011
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If you've ever used shared remote memory in a supercomputer style of system design at any time in the past 20 years or so - you'll know that the critical thing is how the latency grows as you add more ports. So that was one of the questions I asked.
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LSI blog discusses customer driven technology changes in the hyperscale datacenter
Editor:- March 4, 2014 - "It's no longer enough to follow Intel's ticktock product roadmap" - says Rob Ober, Processor and System Architect LSI - in his new blog about Restructuring the datacenter ecosystem - in which he goes on to say...

"Development cycles for datacenter solutions used to be 3 to 5 years. But these cycles are becoming shorter."

And when talking about rack scale architectures - Rob says "Traditionally new architectures were driven by OEMs, but that's not so true anymore." ...read the article




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Popular white papers and PDFs in February 2014
Editor:- I'm not a great fan of PDFs - but there are some on the mouse site. Here are the most popular PDFs which StorageSearch.com readers have been seeing this month - with some of the newest ones listed first.
  • Understanding Flash SSD Performance - one of the earliest papers ever published showing the difference in performance between arrays of hard drives and arrays of flash SSDs in the same controller boxes.

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Skyera's history of flash memory and storage video
Editor:- March 27, 2014 - I was a few weeks late in discovering this talking heads SSD video...

But I don't think 2 weeks matters too much when the subject is the history of flash memory and storage (video) - and the main speaker is Frankie Roohparvar, COO - Skyera - who's been in the non volatile memory business for 30 years and has over 480 patents. (Launching the video and facilitating the content is David Davis EnterpriseStorageGuide.com.)

In a really non technical way (which even a VC or lawyer can understand) Frankie Roohparvar covers the ground from the earliest nvm (cavemen making marks), lists the iconic use cases for flash based products like ipods and cameras - which kept this market alive and innovating - and brings things right up to date with the business thinking inside Skyera's petabyte scale SSDs.
Skyera talks about histroy of flash memory
If your education didn't include semiconductor physics - and you're still struggling with imagining how MLC differs from SLC and eMLC, and how endurance, adaptive R/W controllers and all those electrons (locked in leaky cells) inter-relate to each other - Frankie's verbal explanation will make it all fit into place.

On the business case for Skyera's approach - Frankie Roohparvar reaffirmed something which I think the company has always been clear about - "When 90% of the system cost is flash you really need to understand the internal workings of flash (to drive the cost down to a new lowest level)." ...listen to the video

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Being late to market doesn't count as a mortal sin in the SSD marketing lexicon right now because first mover advantage assumptions aren't valid in this phase of the market's development.

Let's remember that when LSI entered the SSD market in January 2010 - I said "LSI is the 163rd company to enter the SSD market".

And look where they are now.
who's who in SSD? - VMware (March 6, 2014)