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Quick View: Micro SAS SSD

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

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 »

3PAR Continues to be HP Storage Cornerstone

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

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 »

Enterprise Computing: Violin Memory Inc Release New All-SSD Array

I’m not a fan of making press releases on behalf of other companies however once in a while, a news item catches my interest.  So it is with the announcement of the Violin Memory Inc. 3200 series of all-memory storage arrays.  Why are these interesting?  Because I think they are moving and potentially blurring the boundaries between spinning drives and ... Read More »

Hybrid Storage Alliance

Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba, Samsung and Seagate are getting together as the Hybrid Storage Alliance to promote the use of HDDs with large amounts of additional cache. They’ve set up a (not so snazzy) website at www.hybridstorage.org (check out the builder on the features page – when did you last see a builder using a laptop, never mind understanding what a ... Read More »