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Web-Feet Research

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.

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Who's who in SSD? - Web-Feet Research

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - - May 2016

Web-Feet Research was founded in 2000 by Alan Niebel and has been researching the SSD market since 2002. They publish many quarterly and annual reports which cover various aspects of the NVM and SSD market with prices typically ranging from $2,500 to $36,000.

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Web-Feet Research selected mentions in SSD market history

In November 2009 - Web-Feet Research published a quarterly update to its annual report ($7,500 annually) on SSD Markets and Applications, (MS300SSD3-29).

This update encompasses performance acceleration options in enterprise systems that include DRAM, PCIe attached, Flash plus DRAM, rack mount flash systems and SSDs.

In March 2010 - Web-Feet Research published a quarterly update to its 7th annual report on SSD Markets and Applications (annual price $9,000).

This update focuses on the SSD market dynamics for the year ending 2009 covering the Client, Enterprise, and Commercial markets.

In March 2011 - Web-Feet Research 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 SSDs."

In April 2011 - Web-Feet Research added a quarterly SSD company SWOT market analysis service to its range of SSD reports.

In April 2012 - Web-Feet 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.
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Editor:- December 4, 2014 - In the past 5 years or so - many of you have heard me talking about "hidden segments in the enterprise", "defragmentation 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.

That's 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 at Web-Feet Research.

Alan lists over 170 end-use applications for flash memory based devices in a new market report - Flash Memory Applications and Markets: 2012-2019 report, CS100FA-2014, (321 pages, $5.95K) - which also includes many forecasts and projections.

Also in 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.

One 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 numbers.

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.

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