It seems like everything in storage is in flux right now, with virtualization, commoditization, convergence, and solid state disrupting everything. That's why we at Gestalt IT have decided to host a Symposium on the topic of Solid State Storage: We'll be bringing in experts from a number of top companies to talk tech, and are inviting anyone interested to attend in person or … [Read more...] about Solid State Storage Symposium – San Jose, CA
This morning, Jean-Jacques Maleval posted a “complete list of 85 SSD manufacturers in the world” over at StorageNewsletter. I was surprised to see so many unfamiliar names in the list, and set about doing some research into who all these companies are. It seems that the vast majority focus on military/embedded or OEM markets, with the consumer space accounting for a large … [Read more...] about My Incomplete, Subjective List of Enterprise SSD Companies
Hard disk drive makers are adding flash storage to their conventional spinning-platter drives to improve performance and are targeting the performance PC market. Wait a second, haven't we seen this before? As Rocky eventually said to Bullwinkle, "but that trick never works!" Flash as a Cache Using flash memory as a disk cache is a pretty good idea. Flash has awesome random … [Read more...] about Hybrid SSD/Hard Disk Drives: This Time For Sure!
Warning: This is an uncharacteristically grumpy blog post. I write about technology and gadgets. One truism that's especially true of this world is "Nil novi sub sole" - there's nothing new under the sun. Most new electronics, from flashing trinkets to data center whales, incorporate existing technologies, often in non-novel ways. Another useful metaphor is "standing on the … [Read more...] about Ask Yourself: Is This Response Adding To The Conversation?
STEC may not have been quite ready to reveal their next-generation ZeusRAM solid-state disk (SSD), but they are demonstrating it anyway at EMC World in Boston this week. The ZeusRAM is a fundamentally different animal from the existing ZeusIOPS drive in one critical way: Rather than using flash memory for primary data storage, the ZeusRAM uses DRAM. This improves reliability … [Read more...] about STEC Spills the Beans on ZeusRAM SSD