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Storage news - June 2010, week 4

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SSD readers intro to Nanocrystal Memories

Editor:- June 30, 2010 - a recent blog from Denali Software describes the characteristics of nanocrystal memories - a flash-like nv memory technology from Freescale Semiconductor.

This comparison table on Freescale's FlexMemory page suggests 10x faster write cycle - and upto 30x endurance (10 million cycles) than traditional flash. The technology is shipping in embedded processors.

Seagate offers consumers 3TB HDD for under $250

Editor:- June 29, 2010 - Seagatetoday announced availability of the 3TB GoFlex (under $250) - an external desktop FireWire / USB 3.0 hard drive.

Nirvanix launches Petabyte scalable cloud in a box

Editor:- June 29, 2010 - Nirvanix today launched hNode - a hybrid cloud storage service which includes all the networking hardware, software and storage needed to provide an on-premise cloud storage solution contained in a minimum 200TB configuration, expandable to petabytes.

The customer provides data center space, power and cooling and Nirvanix staff monitor, manage and maintain the solution.

Editor's comments:- I asked - how much does it cost? Here's the reply.

hNode was designed to provide the compelling economics of public cloud storage and over the course of a few years our entry level offering is lower in price than our Storage Delivery Network which starts at $0.25 per Managed GB. For larger deployments the cost of the solution reduces significantly.

a reader asked me about notebook SSD encryption

Editor:- June 29, 2010 - a reader asked me some good questions about notebook SSD encryption.

Did encryption impact performance and endurance? Had I already written about this in another article he had missed? ...see what I said

NetApp's Jay Kidd joins board at ProStor

Editor:- June 29, 2010 - ProStor Systems announced today the appointment of Jay Kidd to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Kidd's accomplishments span over 30 years in key leadership roles at many high profile multi-national storage, networking, and computing companies with a strong emphasis in product strategy and development, marketing, and business operations. Mr. Kidd is currently serving as senior VP, Storage Solutions Group and Product Strategy and Development at Network Appliance.

Prior to joining NetApp, he held the position of CTO and VP of product management at Brocade, where he played a key role in developing and implementing the Brocade product road map, including infrastructure and strategic evangelism.

Brocade out IOPS iSCSI adapter competitors

Editor:- June 29, 2010 - Brocade today published a report (pdf) which compares the IOPS performance of its 10GbE adapter cards compared to competitors in FCoE and iSCSI environments.

"The test demonstrated without a doubt that Brocade CNAs outperform competing products from Emulex, Intel and QLogic in terms of performance, throughput and ease of migration to converged networks," said Frank Berry, CEO at IT Brand Pulse - who conducted the testing.

Editor's comments:- the report includes an extreme sports graphic with the tagline - "to achieve maximum performance, most tests include configurations that you won't see in real-life."

Something else I've never seen in my real-life (so far) is a report in which the company which sponsored the testing comes out badly compared to the sponsor's competitors.

And speaking of extreme sports pictures - I was genuinely impressed by this video clip of motorbikers rotating in the air - at an event in Moscow - which I saw at lunch-time today on the Russian (in English) satellite tv news propaganda channel RT.

I've always thought it's a good idea to keep an eye on what they are saying (and useful too - because you might recognize one of their spies when you meet them on the street.)

SATA SSD popularity - Q2 2010

Editor:- June 28, 2010 - with less than 3 days till the end of this quarter I can confirm that SATA SSDs have retained their high popularity with readers based on search volume in the 2nd quarter of 2010.
  • SATA SSDs are the 2nd most popular search term by interface (#1 is PCIe SSDs)
  • SATA is the #1 most popular interface type viewed by readers following content related to 2.5" SSDs

Lexar offers consumers 355MB/s 2.5" SSD for under $150

Editor:- June 23, 2010 - Lexar Media now offers consumers a 64GB version of their 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA SSD for $149.99 - with R/W speeds upto 355MB/s and 75MB/s respectively. notebook SSDs, SSD pricing

HP expands oem partnership with Fusion-io

Editor:- June 23, 2010 - Fusion-io today announced it will provide PCIe SSD accelerators for HP's ProLiant DL and ML server line with upto 640GB MLC / 320GB SLC capacities - thereby extending an oem partnership which was formally announced in March 2009.

Intel announces new consumer channel for SSDs

Editor:- June 22, 2010 - Intel today announced that its SSDs are now available in 800 Best Buy stores across the country and on

Editor's comments:- I'd never heard of But then I lead a sheltered life in rural Sussex in the UK and don't get out much. For those of you - like me -who have never heard this name before - here's the link for about BestBuy

Nasuni offers $5,000 to successful espiones

Editor:- June 22, 2010 - I have to hand it to the marketers at Nasuni - they've come up with a clever promotion scheme.

Cynics (aka experienced computer realists) are worried that cloud storage may be inscecure - right?

Nasuni say - that the 1st person who can reveal the contents of a file which they have made visible here can win $5,000.

"We're aware that many businesses are dubious about cloud storage for security reasons," said Nasuni CEO and co-founder Andres Rodriguez. "Data leakage is a major concern. With cloud storage, you have to entrust your data to an outside party, and your data is swimming around in the cloud with other customers' data. Intuitively, it seems risky. Customers are smart to be wary. But we've built a system that protects against these risks. We're confident that Nasuni can keep your data safe in the cloud, and we are willing to go the distance to prove it."

Editor's comments:- the clock is ticking. After 30 days - the company will donate the "unwon" money to a good cause.

Who's going to crack it 1st? - the Russians? or Chinese? Or has an NSA spook read the message already by the time you see this posting - but won't claim the prize - because that would be revealing too much.

I bought the 1st UK edition of the Cuckoo's Egg (1990) - and I can still remember the thrill of reading how a barely noticeable security intrusion was traced over many modem hops and international routes and much elapsed time and effort to reveal a real-life espionage. Storage Security

the story behind the StorageSearch mouse

Editor:- June 22, 2010 - for someone who's been editing directories for 18 years - I lose content quite a lot.

That includes articles, pictures, and brilliant market insights - which get scattered to the random winds of Google's site search. (More about that later.)

Today I rediscovered a banner ad - see above - and an article I hadn't read for many years.

Millions of serious storage seekers aren't scared of mice. What's the story behind the mouse?

earlier storage news

It may be that the DIMM SSD could become a stickier component for server makers than PCIe SSDs.

Many of the early generations of DIMM enhanced SSD products have required special cables or power or bios customizations by server makers to support their operation.
DIMM wars the Memory1 incident
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SSDs - the big market picture
How do you simply explain to
your friends, colleagues and VCs
what's so awesome about SSDs?
If server makers stop offering SSDs - they'll sell even less servers - because users don't see why they should pay to get a slow server at a fast server price.

But on the other hand if the server maker's favorite SSD supplier gets acquired by a server competitor - they're vulnerable from that direction - because their sales juice could get cut off.
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