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Justifying the Cost of SSDs

Sep 6, 2011 |

While SSDs are expensive, prices are falling and some users are seeing remarkable returns from their investment.

Panasas CTO Predicts 2018 SSD Success

Sep 1, 2011 |

Garth Gibson outlined the role of SSDs as storage vendors work toward the exascale vision on 2018.

Texas Memory Systems Enters Primary Storage Game with eMLC Flash Offering

Aug 23, 2011 |

Storage maker Texas Memory Systems has launched the RamSan-810, its first enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash-based product, expanding the company’s market reach into the tier 1 storage arena. The move comes as more solid state disk (SSD) vendors are using the technology to challenge disk-based systems on performance-demanding applications.

Thoughts on Memory Trends from Micron’s Dean Klein

Jun 23, 2011 |

With all the focus on more powerful microprocessors, sometimes it’s easy to forget that speedier chips do no good if memory is your bottleneck. In the final ISC’11 keynote of the week, Micron Technology VP Dean Klein talked about technologies that can help to alleviate this problem. HPCwire asked Klein to preview the topic and give us his take on where he thinks memory technologies are heading, especially in regard to high performance computing.

Startup Cooks Up Software Sauce for SSDs

Jun 7, 2011 |

VeloBit, which emerged from stealth today following an undisclosed round of funding, is talking up its soon-to-launch software cure for SSD performance ills. Although their product won’t appear until later in the year, they claim their solution packs an order of magnitude price-performance improvement for solid-state drives.

Researchers Challenge NAND Flash with Phase Change Memory

Jun 6, 2011 |

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have built a solid state storage system that they claim outperforms state-of-the-art flash memory products. The new system, know as Moneta, uses phase change memory, a technology that some predict will replace the NAND flash memory used in nearly every solid state drive today.

Texas Memory Systems Pushes SSD Envelope

May 18, 2011 |

Enterprise SSD maker Texas Memory Systems (TMS) has been kicking up some dust lately, announcing record-breaking performance results with its RamSan-630 product and launching its latest PCIe flash offering. Specifically, TMS recently put up some rather impressive numbers in two key benchmarks established by the Storage Performance Council. And then this week, the company introduced its next-generation PCIe flash memory product, the RamSan-70.

In the Flesh? Reflections from the Flash Memory Summit

Aug 31, 2010 |

SSDs are worth it if they are dedicated to data that’s read frequently, such as information in a database or popular multimedia content. However, what’s most popular can change over time, and not all the data in a particular LUN (logical unit number) may qualify.

Flash Dancing: Live from the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara

Aug 19, 2010 |

SSDs are finding acceptance, regardless of their packaging or host interfacing approach. A few key vertical markets or applications are experiencing not only the promise of IO performance improvement but they are also seeing tangible benefits in lowering the power envelop compared to HDD and consolidation of infrastructure

Nimbus Goes After HPC Market with Disk-Priced Flash Array

Jul 20, 2010 |

Nimbus Data Systems has unveiled its new high-density enterprise flash memory system, delivering 10 terabytes of solid state capacity per 2U shelf. The S1000 can scale up to 250 TB per system and is being priced to challenge spinning disk appliances head on. For HPC and other enterprise users looking to turbo-charge performance of terascale-sized data sets, Nimbus offers a compelling case for making the switch to flash technology.