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Winchester Systems

Winchester Systems provides network-attached storage, direct-attached storage, tiered-storage and storage area network enterprise data storage solutions. These solutions include high performance SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays; tape backup devices and other high performance commercial and military grade data storage for mid-range servers including Windows, Linux, and UNIX. For more information visit Winchester Systems on the web at

Editor's comments:- May 2012 - Winchester Systems is in the rugged RAID systems market. Its arrays can include HDDs or SSDs.

"In May 2001 - Winchester Systems introduced a product called - FlashSSD - as an option in its OpenRAID enterprise storage SAN product line. This non-volatile solid-state disk was for the typical 1% to 5% of an application's "hot files" that account for 50% or more of all disk requests. FlashSSD delivered a sustained and constant 12,000 IOPS and 40MB/s data throughput. The company said it could speed up disk based applications by 2x to 5x...."
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Surviving SSD sudden power loss
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 and operational reliability.

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 negligible.
image shows Megabyte's hot air balloon - click to read the article SSD power down architectures and acharacteristics If you thought endurance was the end of the SSD reliability story - think again. the article