Articles about Solid State Drives

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What benchmarks CAN tell you about your solid-state drives

When it comes to storage, what benchmarks to use, how to configure them and how to interpret the results has been the subject of many a heated debate. Benchmarks are supposed to provide empirical data that can be used as evidence for drawing rational conclusions. Of course, if you torture data long enough it will confess to …
Trevor Pott, 02 Dec 2014

STEC this out: Flash biz bakes 2TB solid-state drives

Enterprise-grade flash maker STEC is bringing out two 2TB whoppers: an SAS SSD and a PCIe flash card. The 2TB s840 is a refresh of an existing enterprise-grade SAS SSD which uses 2-bit MLC flash and has 200GB, 400GB and 800GB capacities. The 2TB model will arrive in February. This s840 delivers up to 75,000 random read IOPS, 11, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2013
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Solid state drives set for huge growth

Enterprise solid state drive (SSD) sales will grow by almost 90 per cent a year between now and 2015. The prediction covers flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) in enterprise servers and SANs (storage area networks). The main forecasts are that the market for enterprise SSDs will grow from 150,000 units in 2010 to over 4.1 …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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HP 100TB Memristor drives by 2018 – if you're lucky, admits tech titan

Blocks and Files HP has warned El Reg not to get its hopes up too high after the tech titan's CTO Martin Fink suggested StoreServ arrays could be packed with 100TB Memristor drives come 2018. In five years, according to Fink, DRAM and NAND scaling will hit a wall, limiting the maximum capacity of the technologies: process shrinks will come to a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2013
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What system builders need to know about solid state drives

If you are building systems using solid state drives (SSDs), you need rock-solid reliability and performance – and you won't get it from consumer-grade flash. But how do you know if the drives you choose are enterprise-grade? A supplier may say its SSD is enterprise quality but can you be sure this marketing claim is true? You …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2012
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2009's Top Solid-State Drives

Kit of the Year Solid-state drives have yet to truly challenge magnetic media when it comes to storage capacity and the price you pay for it. But 2009 saw a bumper crop of SSDs as Flash and storage specialists really tried to drive performance. Some even pushed low capacity but cheap drives in a bid not to replace the HDD but to work alongside …
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Samsung and Seagate snuggle on solid state drives

Samsung and Seagate will jointly develop and cross-license controller technologies for solid state drives (SSDs) used in enterprise applications. The release singles out Seagate's enterprise storage technology, meaning its hard disk drive experience (HDD), and Samsung's 30nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash expertise. Samsung …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2010

SanDisk drives to Valley, picks up new kid for enterprise flash

Flash product maker and shaker SanDisk has bought Schooner Information Technology, which makes virtual machine-based MySQL and Memcached web cache program acceleration software using cores, threads and solid state drives. The payment terms are secret. Start-up Schooner's database and flash optimisation team have joined SanDisk's …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012
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Dell buffs up EqualLogic SAN arrays with solid state drives

As we exclusively revealed last week, Dell is launching a new PS6000 line of EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays, featuring solid state drives and expanded software offerings. Compared with the current PS5000 products, The PS6000 delivers up to 91 per cent faster sequential write workload performance and is up to 29 per cent faster for …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2009
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Let's talk about the (real) price of flash and spinning disks

Comment Lately I have been writing a lot about the role of flash memory and disk drives in the future of storage infrastructure (here and here are a couple of examples). And it's clear flash will be used for primary workloads, and object storage and disks for the rest. The reality is that flash memory is quickly becoming already a no- …
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HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

An unearthed HP presentation session shows HP is envisaging cold data storage, archiving, using flash. Here’s the TB4642 - Enabling the flash transformed data centre - session description extract; What will soon further ramp the adoption of flash are the superior storage densities offered by solid state drives as they expand to …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014

Intel to use Centrino 2 to promote solid-state drives

Intel will offer to bundle its promised solid-state drives with its upcoming Centrino 2 platform, it has been claimed. The plan is being portrayed as a bid to push SSDs into the mainstream. Today, SSDs generally command a significant premium over the price of equivalent notebooks fitted with a hard drive. Quite how far Intel …
Tony Smith, 23 May 2008

BitMicro pumps solid state drives to 1.6TB

Storage vendors have been sieging the large business market with solid state drive offerings for years — but cost and capacity restrictions have mostly kept them at the gate. Only recently has the technology advanced enough to to make SSD gear a plausible replacement for traditional disk storage. Take BitMicro for instance, …
Austin Modine, 16 Nov 2007
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Micron takes on solid state drives

Memory maker Micron is leaping into the widening world of NAND flash-based solid state disks. The shiny new RealSSD brand comprises three products: SATA drives for desktops and laptops, embedded USB drives and module storage for servers. The RealSSD geared for computae domestica will be introduced in 1.8" and 2.5" form factors, …
Austin Modine, 29 Nov 2007
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Drama in the dingly Dell as it embiggens its data centre range

Dell has dug a deeper bottom level for its SC Compellent arrays and piled up a new peak for its PS series EqualLogic arrays, expanding and enhancing both product ranges while still having an overall convergence strategy. SCv2000 SCv2000 In your mental landscape, place Dell SC (Compellent) arrays as the enterprise multi- …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2015
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Whizzy-fast Microsoft Azure Premium Storage now available. With a catch, natch

Microsoft has announced general availability of Premium Storage for its Azure cloud computing platform. Users of Azure VMs can now get speedier disk I/O thanks to the new service. Premium Storage uses SSDs (Solid State Drives) and delivers up 32TB of storage with up to 64,000 IOPS (operations per second), according to executive …
Tim Anderson, 20 Apr 2015
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Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive

Review Reg Hardware has covered plenty of solid-state disks before, but never anything to match the capacity of Kingston’s latest high density SSD. Back in January, Kingston announced the SSDNow V+ series, the higher spec members of its family of “value” drives with capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB …
Shaun Dormon, 14 Jul 2010
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Couchbase unhitches NoSQL: Multi-Dimensional Scaling is almost here

Couchbase is cracking open its NoSQL document store’s architecture by allowing core database services to run on different server parts. The firm announced Monday Couchbase Server 4.0, featuring an architecture it's developed called Multi-Dimensional Scaling. Multi-Dimensional Scaling will let you isolate query, index and data …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
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Disks with Ethernet ports? Throw in some flash and you've got yourself a HGST p-a-r-t-y

Western Digital Corp subsidiary HGST is developing Ethernet-connected drives for OpenStack users – and they won't require any application software changes, apparently. The architecture of such a product will be demonstrated by HGST at the OpenStack Summit, to take place between 12 and 16 May in Atlanta, GA. The presentation …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
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SAN gang at Nimble jump in Fibre Channel pool, but how big will the splash be?

Becoming a little nimbler in the SAN market, Nimble Storage is adding Fibre Channel support to its CS-series hybrid flash/disk arrays. Up until now these products have supported block data access over iSCSI only. Adding Fibre Channel will, the company believes, triple its addressable market. The product range was refreshed in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014

Seagate lawsuit targets solid-state drive maker

Seagate has fired off its first lawsuit at a maker of solid-state drives since CEO Bill Watkins hinted last month that the company might be forced into taking such action. The target is US-based STEC, a manufacturer of SSDs for big business, the military and aerospace applications. Seagate accuses STEC of infringing four of its …
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2008
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Coho: Hi ho, hi ho, let's go to Intel's dev chateau

Coho Data has bounced up into view again, joining an Intel development partnership focused on lashing together CPUs, SSDs and Ethernet switches. What gives? We talked about Coho’s scale-out DataStream platform, with its MicroArrays and bare-metal object store, here, in 2013. Although Coho may not like the term, these are hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015

Intel said to feed Google solid state drives

Intel is working its close ties to Google for solid state storage drive sales, according to a report. Sources have told Digitimes that Google plans to test out SSD storage in an effort to lower power consumption at its vast data centers. The ad broker-cum-search engine will turn to Intel for the SSD gear. And, if true, that's …
Ashlee Vance, 13 May 2008

Crucial solid-state drive passes vibrator test

CES on Video Vigorously shake a hard drive and you'll kill it. Lexar Crucial reckons that's just not a problem with Flash-based solid-state drives, and it set out to prove it... Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com CES 2008 on Video OpenMoko preps Linux phone prototype Microsoft demos Surface multi-touch user interface …
Will Head, 12 Jan 2008
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WD punts cash at ... no, it couldn't be... another 'tape library killer'?

+Comment WD Capital has invested $10m in object storage startup Amplidata and has put its HGST unit to work developing a set of high-capacity storage systems with Amplidata, using the latter's Himalaya software. El Reg storage desk believes the end game is intended as a tape library killer. Verizon is building a Himalaya-based cloud …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2014
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NexGen boss: If solid hardness isn't stuck into PCIe - forget it

Using flash memory, deduplication and predictable performance the iSCSI array has been reinvented by the founders of LeftHand Networks in the shape of NexGen Storage's n5. LeftHand Networks was acquired by HP and is now the HP P4000 line. It competes with Dell's EqualLogic iSCSI arrays, and NexGen is squaring up to both of them …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2012
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HGST goes on Himalaya expedition with Amplidata purchase

HGST is buying its way into object storage by acquiring Amplidata, a start-up whose technology is OEM’d by Quantum as its Lattus product and included in StorNext. HGST is developing an active disk-based archiving array, powered by Amplidata Himalaya software and using HGST shingled magnetic media drives. Initial revenue …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2015
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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

Product Roundup Gaming laptops have a reputation for being big and heavy and providing battery life that is counted in minutes rather than hours. Slowly, though, increased power efficiency in both CPU and GPU designs has given rise to a new generation of gaming laptops that are at least semi-portable. Designs such as MSI’s 22mm Stealth Pro have …
Cliff Joseph, 17 Apr 2015
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STEC thrusts fat solid disk with godlike stamina

STEC has launched a super long-life SSD capable of having 33PB written to it over a five-year period. Flash cells wear out and so solid state drives (SSD) have a limited working life as the amount of writing activity mounts up. Multi-level cell (MLC) flash has a shorter working life than single-level cell (SLC) flash. This …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2011
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Toshiba: Our 2.5-incher does the same job as a 3.5-incher

Toshiba sees life in fast 2.5-inch drives yet, and has followed close on HGST's heels by announcing a 600GB model spinning at 15,000rpm. There are also 300GB and 450GB capacity points in this 24 x7 operation enterprise drive product set. The two drives are pretty similar. Toshiba's AL13SXB has a 15mm z-height, meaning we …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2014
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Samsung brings out superskinny flash drives for ultrabooks

Samsung is shipping mini-Serial ATA interface solid state drives for ultrabooks, the attempt by Intel to spark a Windows equivalent of MacBook Air thin notebooks into being. It has extended its PM830 range of 2Xnm class, 2-bit multi-level cell SSDs, with their 6Gbit/s SATA interface and 128, 256, and 512GB capacity points, by …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2011
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How NVMe tamed the cowboy world of the flash card

It all started with flash devices upsetting the cosy disk world. Flash was faster than disk at responding to IO requests, if not at streaming data, and the easiest way to put flash drives, solid state drives, into servers and storage arrays was to use disk drive bays and interfaces such as SAS and SATA. This was practical but …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2015
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EMC snuggles Samsung NAND into flash drives

EMC is using Samsung NAND in its enterprise flash drives, marking its first second source for flash drives alongside STEC. Traditionally storage array vendors like EMC like to have second sources for technology such as disk drives, hating being dependent on a single vendor. Thus they can use disk drives from Hitachi GST, Seagate …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2010

Dell, Alienware price up Samsung solid-state drive options

Want to equip your next laptop with a Flash-based solid-state hard drive? You can if you're after a Dell XPS or an Alienware m9750. Samsung said this week it's sending 32GB and 64GB SSDs to both companies. But fitting them will cost you. Alienware Area-51 m9750 Alienware's m9750: now with solid-state drive options Alienware, …
Tony Smith, 12 Sep 2007
Samsung gen 2 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

We’re making it, but we’re not going to tell you much about it. That's more or less what Samsung has to say about its second-generation 3D V-NAND and the flash drives the tech is going into. As the name suggests, 3D V-NAND is made up of layers of flash cells stacked one on the other to increase storage capacity without …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
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Intel X25-M solid-state drive firmware update

Review Intel has updated the firmware for its four models of mainstream solid-state drives, the 80GB and 160GB 1.8in X18-M and 2.5in X25-M. Intel X-25M and X-18M Intel's X-25M and X-18M: upgraded You may recall that during our review of the 80GB X25-M we were faced with the task of updating the firmware from version 8510 to 8610 and …
Leo Waldock, 20 Apr 2009
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Bringing AFA SAN orphans in house

All-flash arrays are SAN orphans, typically operating outside the existing SAN infrastructure and having a hard time of it from the data services angle as a result. Wouldn’t it be much better if they lived inside the existing SAN house rather than being out in the cold, so to speak? Existing enterprise SAN arrays are robust, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Dec 2014
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Flash slab lab blab: NVMe-friendly PCIe spotted on HGST's cards

Blocks and Files Samsung and Micron have announced NVMe-compatible PCIe flash storage cards - and now hardware from WD subsidiary HGST has been certified as conformant to the specification. The emergence of the three products signals that new tech spec NVMe is becoming the standard way for software to control and efficiently access PCIe- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013
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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “Catalyst” supercomputer, which started sucking its first electrons in November 2013, is now open for industry workloads. When Igor pulled the big red switch last year, the lab touted features like the 800 GB of Flash attached to each of its 304 nodes via PCIe, in addition to the per- …
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Amazon forms THE VIRTY DOZEN to assassinate rival flash cloud servers

re:Invent 2013 A week after Rackspace launched its own range of flash-stuffed cloud servers, Amazon has come along and, as usual, ruined the market by pushing out a dozen instances that are bigger, faster, and cheaper than what its competitor offers. The new instances were announced by the web bazaar's chief technology officer Werner Vogels in …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
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No 15K 2.5-inch drives from Western Digital

Western Digital does not intend to bring out an enterprise 15,000rpm 2.5-inch disk drive despite arch rival Seagate having plans to do so. Seagate announced the introduction of a faster-than-10K small form factor (2.5-inch or SFF) drive last week. Stifel Niklaus analyst Aaron Rakers was told by Western Digital's CFO Tim Leyden …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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Choose Smarter: Ten… USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

Product Round-up Hard drives are still the most cost-effective way of adding extra storage capacity to a desktop or laptop. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and remarkably robust in service. Solid-state drives may be quicker, but while the prices of hard drives continue to fall, their capacity goes on climbing, so the overall cost per …
Simon Crisp, 22 Jun 2012

The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Product round-up First it was slimline Ultrabooks, then it was convertibles. Now the latest high-tech morsel that PC manufacturers are dangling before us in an attempt to boost their flagging sales is the high-DPI laptop. The information that Microsoft provides for developers refers to high-DPI displays as having a resolution of more than 120dpi …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Nov 2014

Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

As solid state drives (SSDs) become a critical part of today's storage, it is becomes increasingly important to learn about the supercapacitors that help prevent data loss. The presence – and type – of supercapacitors in SSDs should be as important a consideration as choosing between MLC, eMLC and SLC-based drives. …
Trevor Pott, 24 Sep 2014
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NetApp adds SSDs and 2.5-inch drives

NetApp is adding solid state drives (SSD) and 2.5-inch disk drives to its FAS arrays to speed data access and increase power efficiency, but is not providing automated data movement - yet. The company has a 4U DS4243 enclosure holding 24 3.5-inch 7,200rpm, 2TB SATA disk drives, or 15,000rpm SAS or 100GB SSD drives, with 300, 550 …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2010
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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

In research that has important findings for banks, businesses and security buffs everywhere, scientists have found that computer files stored on solid state drives are sometimes impossible to delete using traditional disk-erasure techniques. Even when the next-generation storage devices show that files have been deleted, as …
Dan Goodin, 21 Feb 2011

OQO cuts UMPC prices, adds solid-state drive option

UMPC maker OQO will next week launch an updated version of its Model 2 handheld in Europe, upping the Windows Vista device's processor and storage specs, and - if OQO does what it's just done in the US - a reduced price. OQO Model 2 OQO's revised Model 2: faster, more capacious The new version increases the UMPC's processor …
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 2007
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Samsung gears up to make half-terabyte flash drives

Samsung is close to volume production of half-terabyte PC/notebook solid state drives (SSD) with impressively fast read and write speeds. The product, which doubles the 256GB capacity of the previous Samsung client SSD and will ship a year after it, should be mass-produced next month. Samsung says it uses "state of the art" …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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OQO touts UMPC with solid state drive

Manufacturer OQO today unveiled its latest Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) incarnation at a London press event. It claims the palm-sized Model e2 boasts the smallest form factor currently available and it ships with Windows Vista, alongside an optional solid state drive (SSD). OQO_Model_e2 OQO's Model e2: small but powerful The e2 is …
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2007
The Register breaking news

Intel halves SSD power draw with 20nm chip shift

Intel has updated its line of low-end solid-state drives by introducing the 335, a 240GB 6Gb/s Sata unit based on 20nm Flash chippery. The chip giant claimed the 335 delivers up to 500MB/s sequential read and 450MB/s sequential write speeds. For random read and writes, it can do 42k IOPS and 52k IOPS, respectively, Intel said. …
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2012