No small storage company has had more press coverage and "buzz" than "ioMemory" maker, Fusion-io. I have long marveled at the company's ability to attract attention, but this has rubbed some analysts wrong. As component vendors enter their space, how can a premium company with proprietary products compete over the long term? The Facts of the Flash Market Fusion-io sells … [Read more...] about Can Fusion-io Survive Commoditization?
The enterprise flash storage array market, though not yet crowded, is definitely lively. After a wave of SSD's retrofitted into disk arrays joined a cadre of purpose-built devices, we're getting to the point where finally we have some compelling and competitive products. Out today is another flash start up: Skyera's passel of SandForce engineers have cooked up an enterprise … [Read more...] about Skyera’s Skyhawk Is the First Truly Integrated Flash Storage Array
This morning, Micron announced their "RealSSD" P320h SSD, bringing them into the PCIe storage market for the first time. Already a leading supplier of both consumer and enterprise SATA SSDs, as well as the world's leading supplier of NAND flash in partnership with Intel, this move puts Micron in direct competition with existing suppliers like media darling Fusion … [Read more...] about Micron Bursts Into the PCIe SSD Market
The history of technology moves in fits and starts, but one trend trumps all else: An inevitable shift from fine-tuned specialized gear to general-purpose commodity building blocks. We see it in both hardware and software, and at all levels of the industry, from chips and wafers to operating systems and networking devices. Take a step back and you'll certainly agree: Commodity … [Read more...] about Commodity Hardware Always Wins
With Apple almost certain to introduce a new MacBook Air, questions have turned to the specifics of the hardware to be used. A leaked pre-production photo features an odd memory configuration (not to mention four batteries), a device I immediately recognized as an SSD-on-a-stick. With this high-profile introduction of a new SSD stick form, I thought it was time to cover these … [Read more...] about Unconventional SSDs: PCI Express Mini Card (Mini PCI-E)