quarterly edition - based on search metrics in Q3 2013|
editor - October 15, 2013
Here are the Top SSD Companies
ranked by analyzing the search volume of StorageSearch.com's readers in the 3rd
quarter of 2013.
This period - the 26th quarter in this series - was
characterized even more than before by the theme of
I discussed why big companies which have been
successful in traditional segments of the computer market feel an urgency to
acquire more charismatic SSD DNA in my article -
hostage to the
fortunes of SSD (July 3, 2013) - so I won't repeat those points here.
one perspective most of these acquisitions can be viewed as:- a company which
has had a low rating in the Top SSD Companies List hopes to improve its future
SSD market success by buying another company which is ranked higher up. That's
frequently the way it happens. But not always.
Don't be surprised by
this very list-centric view of the real value of SSD company DNA. Other
things being equal - I always say that a company which is in the top SSD
companies list has demonstrated that it has done a lot of things better than
another company which has never got to that point yet.
difference compared to previous quarters is that the gap between the top 4
companies is the narrowest it has ever been. The #1 company achieving search
volume which was a mere 20% higher than the #2 company. Compare that to
a year ago when
the difference between being #1 and #2 was 50% more search volume. And in
earlier years - the gap was even bigger.
Is that because everyone is
now trying to get into everyone else's markets? You know the sort of thing I
mean. The PCIe SSD companies want to sell racks - and vice versa - and everyone
wants to do more in software....
Maybe it's easier for the market to
perceive a vendor at being best at one thing - but it's less realistic to be
seen as being best in a spread of activities. Whatever the reasons (and you can
read more about the SSD activities of each company below by clicking on its
name) in the SSD market we are still a long way away from any single company or
technology being able to dominate all segments - no matter how much any of them
would like to believe otherwise.
On the other hand the search ratios
between the #1 and #10 ranked companies, or the #1 and #20 - are similar to what
they were a year ago - indicating a material difference at the top end of the
Anyway - without more delay - here's the list of the Top SSD
Companies based on search metrics in the 3rd quarter of 2013.
|Top SSD Companies - ©
based on SSD search volume in the 3rd Quarter
Fusion-io - same as
2 - Violin
Memory - same as before.
Stec - same as before.
- Skyera - same as
5 - WhipTail
- up 4 places.
Pure Storage - up
7 - SMART
- up 5 places.
Virident Systems -
down 1 place.
9 - IBM
/ TMS - down 3 places.
SanDisk - up 5 places.
- Nimbus - down 1 place.
- Micron - up 1 place.
- OCZ - down 2 places.
- LSI - down 9 places.
- Intel - up 5 places.
- Samsung - up 2
17 - RunCore
- same as before.
HGST - first appearance
in these lists.
Kaminario - up 2
20 - BiTMICRO
- down 5 places.
Western Digital - up 1
22 - Diablo
Technologies - first appearance in these lists.
Seagate - down 9
24 - EMC -
down 6 places.
Greenliant - down 1
26 - Tegile
Systems - first appearance in these lists.
Note:- Rankings above
are based on analyzing the search activity of SSD readers on StorageSearch.com
who came from over 165,000 unique servers which accessed our SSD content in
the 3 months period ending September 30, 2013. You can read more about the
significance and track record of this methodology in predicting and observing
SSD market intentions in
earlier editions of this