Feeds

Hitachi admits hybrid drives aren't all that, bag of chips

Current capacity falls short of expectations

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The concept of so-called hybrid hard drives created buzz in the storage world from the moment Microsoft opened its mouth about them back in 2004.

Disk vendors would add banks of NAND Flash chips in their hard drives to act as large scale cache memory. These new "hybrid drives" would speed the time data takes to get off the drive and into the RAM, thusly cutting power consumption, boot times, and boosting performance.

So many promises. We were so young, and so willing to believe.

hitachi hybrid hard disk

But here we are three years later and wondering if it wasn't just pillow talk. Oh sure, if you look hard enough you can find hybrid drives on store shelves, but the performance difference isn't worth getting excited over. The power bill is about the same and Windows still takes approximately three and a half dillion minutes to boot up.

You aren't alone in your despondency. Richard New, Hitachi Storage's director of research admits the drives on the market now are a bit of a disappointment. He dished to CNET at Diskcon 2007 in Santa Clara.

"The initial versions haven't delivered the performance consumers expected," New said. The solution could be cramming more Flash capacity into the hybrid drives, he added. The current 256MB of memory needs to be bumped up to about 4GB to deliver on parturient promises the drive makers originally cooed into our ears. Of course, that amount of Flash ain't exactly free, ya know.

Fujitsu said hybrid hard drives with a small cache will drop boot-up from 28 seconds with a standard drive to about 21 seconds, which isn't enough to get customers to shell out the extra cash.

But to be fair, seven seconds is far enough away, according to international pop artist Youssou N'Dour. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.