the flash SSD market..........|
Flash based SSDs use
semiconductor technology to store data, and do not need any batteries to retain
data when they are unpowered.
Because they have no moving parts they
are inherently more
hard disks and use less
operating power. Flash SSDs can operate in hostile environments including
industrial, military and even
Flash SSDs have been commercially available
for a very
For example - in 1999 -
BiTMICRO launched an
early 2000s -
low capacity flash SSDs such as the
DiskOnChip opened new
markets in intelligent phones - and also started to replace
miniature hard drives.
to 2005 - high capacity flash SSDs were mostly used in
applications in which their
operating range and greater reliability (compared to hard drives) made
SSDs the only viable choices.
In 2006 - flash SSDs started to appear
in mass market notebooks as direct replacements for HDDs.
revolutions in flash SSD
controller architecture - enabled some flash SSD makers to reach
performance levels previously only achieved by much more expensive
RAM SSDs - while
managing endurance within a tolerable product life.
Year of the SSD market
bubble - was the 1st year that the SSD market reached billions of dollars.
(2 to be precise.)
The SSD market is growing fast (high double digits
or low triple digit percentage revenue growth per year) and despite
significant problems which need to be overcome in some areas of the the
- it has the potential to become a $10 billion / year market (a potential which
StorageSearch.com was the 1st market data source to identify in 2003.)
SSD revenue won't stop there. The
shows it eventually exceeding the peak size of the HDD market
the end of this decade.
Today in 2011 there are nearly 300
known manufacturers of flash SSDs, and flash
of presenting you with a long alphabetic list of companies (which I used to do
when the market was smaller) you can find flash SSD companies and content on
this site using this
search link - which you can adapt to your own requirements by adding or
For SSD market size information take a look at the
articles and links in the
SSD market research
|the Problem with
Write IOPS |
the "play it again Sam" syndrome
|Editor:- Flash SSD "random
write IOPS" are now similar to "read IOPS" in many of the
fastest SSDs. |
why are they such a poor predictor of application performance?
why are users still buying
RAM SSDs which cost
9x more than SLC? - even when the IOPS specs look similar.
||This article tells you
why the specs got faster - but the applications didn't. And why competing SSDs
with apparently identical benchmark results can perform completely
|this way to the Petabyte
|In 2016 there will be
just 3 types of
SSD in the datacenter.|
of them doesn't exist yet - the bulk storage SSD.
It will replace the
last remaining strongholds of
hard drives in the
datacenter due to its unique combination of characteristics, low running costs
and operational advantages.
||The new model of the
datacenter - how we get from here to there - and the technical problems which
will need to be solved - are just some of the ideas explored in this
|Fast Purge flash SSDs|
|The need for fast and
secure data erase - in which vital parts of a flash SSD or its data are
destroyed in seconds - has always been a requirement in military projects.
|| Although many industrial
SSD vendors offer products with extended "rugged" operating
environment capabilities - and even
notebooks SSDs come
with encryption - it's the availability of fast data purge which
differentiates "truly secure" SSDs which can be deployed in
|SSD power down
|Why should you care
what happens in an SSD when the power goes down? |
This important design
feature - which barely rates a mention in most SSD datasheets and press releases
- has a strong impact on
SSD data integrity
This article will help you understand why some
SSDs which (work perfectly well in one type of application) might fail in
others... even when the changes in the operational environment appear to be
|SSD Pricing -
where does all the money go?|
|SSDs are among the most
expensive computer hardware products you will ever buy. |
the factors which determine SSD costs is often a confusing and irritating
|| ...not made any easier when
market prices for identical capacity SSDs can vary more than 100x to 1!
Why is that? ...read