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Storage IPO Season – Violin Memory and Pure Storage

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It has emerged that both Violin Memory Inc and Pure Storage Inc are on the verge of initial public offerings, based on news articles last week.  Chris Mellor reports that Violin have filed for IPO, looking to raise $172m and in separate news, Pure Storage have raised a massive $150m in preparation for IPO some time soon.  Although both of ... Read More »

Quick View: Micro SAS SSD

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sTec have just posted a press release on their new Micro SAS SSD devices,which use the 1.8″ form factor.  There are two models, the s842, which comes in 200 & 400GB capacities and the s846, with the same specifications and including 256-bit AES self-encryption. In some respects these devices are little marvels.  They offer over 400MB/s sustained I/O rates and ... Read More »

Quick Thought: Gartner SSD Market Analysis

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Chris Mellor did a quick write-up on some of the details in Gartner’s latest SSD market report.  The document, entitled “Market Share Analysis: SSD Component and SSD-Based Appliances, Worldwide, 2012″ was issued in June and if you’re so inclined can be purchased online. Some of the detail Chris showed, including Samsung’s  SSD dominance, is interesting, but what I found worthy ... Read More »

The Fall of STEC and Rise of Western Digital

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In a news announcement yesterday, STEC Inc, makers of solid state flash drives (SSDs) announced a “merger” with (i.e. was acquired by) Western Digital, one of the leading hard disk drive manufacturers.  It’s a spectacular fall for a company that at one stage had a share price of over $41/share in September 2009.  However an over-optimistic reliance on a small ... Read More »

3PAR Continues to be HP Storage Cornerstone

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This week HP announced their new all-flash array, the 3PAR StoreServ 7450.  I’ll post separately on the details of the new platform, but for now, I’d like to discuss the strategy HP are taking compared to the wider market. As we can see from one of the slides presented yesterday, HP are firmly targeting EMC’s disparate technology portfolio. It’s true ... Read More »

The Evolution of Solid State Arrays

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In the first wave of solid-state storage arrays, we saw commodity style SSDs (solid state drives) being added to traditional storage arrays.  This solution provided an incremental benefit in performance over spinning hard drives, however the back-end technology in these arrays was developed up to 20 years ago and was purely focused around driving performance out of the slowest part ... Read More »