Solid State Disk Market Heats Up
Solid state disk was all the rage this week with several announcements from a variety of vendors, including Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST), LSI, Violin Memory, Anobit and Intel. Sister site InfoStor has the story.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) claims to be the first hard disk drive (HDD) vendor to ship both SAS and Fibre Channel enterprise-class SSDs, albeit in only limited quantities to OEMs, with production shipments ramping over the first half of next year.
LSI announced a PCIe accelerator card based on SSD technology this week, with shipments slated for the end of the month. With 4KB block sizes, LSI claims performance of 240,000 IOPS on sequential reads and 200,000 IOPS on random reads. At an MSRP of $11,500, LSIs 300GB WarpDrive SPL-300 card isnt cheap but the company has some cool technology that integrators can bundle, including MegaRAID CacheCade and FastPath software.
Violin Memory introduced cache appliances based on flash and DRAM memory that significantly boost the performance of NFS-based NAS systems. The secret sauce in the NFS caching software comes from Violins acquisition of Gear6 earlier this year.
Anobit announced that it had received $32 million in a funding round led by Intel Capital, Intels equity investment unit. That brought the total funding behind Anobit to more than $70 million. Anobit specializes in NAND flash memory and Memory Signal Processing technology.
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