Feeds

Pliant's SSDs are awesome, says Pliant

You said. So?

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Solid state drive startup Pliant has announced a benchmark saying its SSDs rock - as it said back in September. Why is it bothering to tell us?

The benchmark is from an independent tester, Oakgate Technology, but it was presumably paid for by Pliant. It claims 16 Pliant 300GB LS 300S SSDS delivered 1.1 million IOPS "with a read/write ratio of 80 per cent to 20 per cent in 4KB blocks. The...lightning drive is capable of reaching 2.3 million IOPS and higher, based on 100 per cent reads in 512B blocks." The product also sustained these performance levels over time.

That's no real surprise here as the September announcement of the LS product said one could deliver 180,000 sustained IOPS. Multiply that by 16, and you get 2,880,000 IOPS which is 500,000 more than the 2.3 million predicted by Oakgate. It's still a huge number, though, and OakGate is stressing that it tried to emulate real world conditions.

Pliant isn't saying how much product it has shipped and who it has shipped to, but the company claims it is actually shipping product.

However, Pillar Data and 3PAR have recently signed up for STEC's Mach8IOPS SSDs with its SATA interface, both of them stressing its cost-effectiveness. Pliant is perhaps finding that its SAS interface product faces a slower adoption curve than it hoped for.

Three months after Pliant first announced its products it said it had received $27.3m in a third round of funding, having pulled in $23m in two previous funding rounds since it was founded in 2007. Something between the September product announcement and January persuaded venture capitalists to shell out a lot of extra cash. What was that?

It could be a Dell endorsement and OEM deal for Pliant as there is a coming 150GB SAS SSD for Dell's MD1220 PowerVault storage box, Pliant making a 150GB, SAS SSD. This is said by Dell to be available this quarter. Checking on Dell's MD1220 configurator page, it's not ready yet, giving Dell two weeks to have it available if it keeps to its Q1 timetable.

Pliant has not said what the extra $23m will be used for but product development seems a fair bet, along with sales and marketing resource expansion. The benchmark data will be used to help convince potential OEM licensees and distributor customers that the products do what they say on the tin and that sticking them in SAS arrays as a tier of very hot drives will be worth the expense.

The signs are that Pliant will soon announce one or more OEM deals and maybe a product development roadmap. Watch this space. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
Gartner: To the right, to the right – biz sync firms who've won in a box to the right...
Magic quadrant: Top marks for, er, completeness of vision, EMC
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.