Headquartered in Monterey, California, Web-Feet Research
provides business consulting and market research services in the memory and
storage markets, with a focus on nonvolatile memory and solid state storage
technologies and small form factor hard disk drives.
Research - editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com
- Web-Feet Research
published a quarterly update to its annual report ($7,500
annually) on SSD Markets and Applications, (MS300SSD3-29).
update encompasses performance acceleration options in enterprise systems that
PCIe attached, Flash
plus DRAM, rack mount
flash systems and SSDs.
This report (available as a single report or
part of the quarterly series subscription) explores where in the enterprise
architecture these systems and devices can be deployed and the attributes and
limitations of each. SSDs in client applications are examined in detail in 7
categories: Desktop, Nettop, Traditional Notebook, Ultra Low Power Notebook,
Netbook, Smartbook, and Mobile Internet Device with forecasts and SSD adoption
rates for each of these platforms.
Also examined are SSD and HDD
storage options for these platforms, with SSD and HDD pricing by capacity and
forecasts by quarter to 4Q 2010 and by year to 2015. In addition, Web-Feet
Research compiles aggregate SSD shipments and revenue by form factor and
application markets covering 1Q 2009 to 3Q 2009. SSD supplier profiles are
provided for vendors supplying products to the market place.
In March 2010 -
Research published a
update to its 7th
report on SSD Markets and Applications (annual price $9,000).
update focuses on the SSD
market dynamics for the year ending
the Client, Enterprise, and Commercial markets.
In March 2011
said they expect the embedded flash drive market to approach $17 billion
annual revenue in 2015.
In Web-Feet 's usage - "EFDs provide
internal storage functions in mobile, consumer and some compute applications.
They are the non-removable Flash storage positioned between Flash cards, found
in many of these same applications, and SSDs. As the EFD evolves they take on
many controller features found in the low end
More details about their predictions are in their annual report (130+
In April 2011 -
Research added a quarterly SSD company
SWOT market analysis
service to its range of SSD reports.
In April 2012 -
Research published the 2011 Non Volatile Memory Market Shares by Vendor
report ($2,500) includes market shares by vendor for total nv memory (all
types) and includes breakdowns by vendor and forecasts.
|new report on embedded
flash drives market |
|Editor:- February 20, 2013 - Web-Feet Research
expects revenue in the embedded flash drive market to reach $15 billion
in 2017 - "driven heavily by mobile handsets, tablets, portable media
players, digital camcorders, GPS, digital radio along with the adoption of
flash cache in notebook and desktop PCs." |
In this context EFDs
and cards are defined as sub-systems of solid state storage ranked below SSD.
The company recently published a new report
Drives, eMMC and emNAND: 2010-2017 (134 pages, $5.5K) which includes
forecasts for EFD applications and related markets.
|90% of the enterprise SSD
companies which you know have no good reasons to survive
|A blog on StorageSearch.com - published in
April 2015 - looks at drivers, mechanisms and routes towards consolidation in
the enterprise SSD systems market along with some other outrageous and dangerous
ideas. The conclusion?|
"90% of the enterprise SSD
companies which you know have no good reasons to survive."
publication - I discussed these ideas for about 3 months with strategically
placed readers (big users, VCs and vendors) and since the article was published
you won't be surprised when I tell you it has been the central core of
many private conversations since. ...read the article
|Oh flash - how do I love
thee? Let me count the ways|
170 ways for sure. Maybe more
says SSD market report from Web-Feet Research
|Editor:- December 4, 2014 - In the past 5 years
or so - many of you have heard me talking about
segments in the enterprise",
in the industrial market", "application specific SSDs" etc.
My intention in such articles and in comments related to
SSD news - has been to show
you that there are a lot more uses for specialized flash SSDs then you might
think if you started from market models which segment traditional devices such
as hard drives, CPUs and DRAM and tried to migrate that thinking to SSDs.
because SSDs are not only creating new markets - but - being entirely
artificial devices - you can adapt their characteristics (size, power,
performance, reliability, cost) in any way choose to - if you can find enough
customers with needs, budgets and risk profiles which make doing these design
trims worthwhile from a business point of view.
You might ask - has
anybody added these application segment up?
I saw a possible answer in
an email this morning from Alan Niebel
Alan lists over 170 end-use applications for
flash memory based devices in a new market report -
Applications and Markets: 2012-2019 report, CS100FA-2014, (321 pages,
$5.95K) - which also includes many forecasts and projections.
this report - Web-Feet Research provides a density breakout by revenue, units,
and Mbits for SLC NAND, 2-bits per cell NAND, 3-bits/cell and enterprise
2-bits/cell NAND, SPI NAND, Combo (MCP) NAND and 3D NAND; NOR, MLC NOR, serial
NOR, Combo NOR and serial Combo NOR; and Phase Change Memory.
thing you may be sure of is that the 170 figure is just a convenient starting
point to think about the flash market in a way which makes sense in a single
document. But don't be surprised if future editions talk about much bigger
If you think that paying around $5K for a market report sounds
like a lot - just think of how much time it would take you to even make a list
of these different flash products and applications. Sounds cheap when you look
at it that way.
PS - and if you can't find a summary of this latest
report on Alan's web site yet (I couldn't either) - then
contact him by email.
|flash & other nvm|
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SSD controller chips
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design a flash SSD?
flash care management & DSP for SSDs