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Radian inflicts shingles on poor, unsuspecting Flash drives

Radian Memory, startup pusher of faster SSD software, claims its SSD-managing software can work with host-managed shingled disk drive software to make an SSD-SMR disk combination quite exciting. We'll see. Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk drives gave higher capacity than normal drives by overapping wide write tracks, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015
Samsung 2TB SSD

Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

Samsung has brought out a pair of mighty 2TB solid-state drive (SSD) internal drives aimed at the consumer market. The South Korean electronics giant said its 850 SSD PRO and EVO hard drives pack 2TB of capacity in a 2.5in hard-drive enclosure. Each drive contains 128 32-layer 128Gbit Samsung 3D V-NAND chips as well as four …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jul 2015

Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

Comment Samsung’s 2TB SSDs have long warranties, but not much capacity for total lifetime data written. While being the largest consumer SSDs to date and having 5-year (EVO) and 7-year (PRO) warranties, the drives don’t actually have impressive numbers with regard to the total TB written over the life of the drives. The 2TB 850 EVO …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2015
Intel 730 SSD

We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

Review While Crucial and Samsung have been making waves in the consumer SSD market with their affordable – well, kind of affordable – 1TB drives, there has been a noticeable silence from one of the giants in the consumer space – Intel. Intel 730 SSD Intel 730 SSD complete with the Skulltrail logo found on its gaming-centric …
Simon Crisp, 03 Mar 2014
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD goes on sale

TV tuner specialist Elgato's surprise foray into storage goes on sale this week. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD Its solid-state drive is packed into a case the same size as an average portable hard drive. But instead of a USB 2.0 port, there's a Thunderbolt connector. That makes it available for use with modern Macs - and any …
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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

Win! a Samsung 830 SSD

Competition Don't forget, folks, you still have a chance to win one of Samsung's rather desirable 830 SSDs in Reg Hardware's latest competition. Samsung SSD830 240GB SSD Very desirable We were rather taken by the Samsung 830 - we reviewed it here - which is not only capacious but also comes bundled with some powerful and very useful …
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CloudSigma spins-up all-SSD storage cloud

Zurich-based infrastructure-as-a-service slinger CloudSigma has moved to all flash storage for the data center infrastructure running its cloud. Its migration to an all-SSD cloud is designed to deal with the randomized, multi-tenant access patterns of a public cloud, the company said in a statement announcing the move on Tuesday …
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2013
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+

Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

Review It took a bit of persuading to be convinced that Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ drive should end up on the test bench for review. The company had released the, er, "non-plussed" version a couple of years ago and it didn’t quite set the world on fire. Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ now has the addition of USB 3 …
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014

Avere climbs higher up the Google cloud mountain

Filer speed turbocharger Avere has a faster virtual filer in the cloud and front-ends Google Nearline and DRA cloud storage. It's adding the three-second data retrieval Nearline and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) support to its existing FXT front-end caching box' support of Google cloud storage. This means that data in …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015
VNX-F with 120-slot DAE

EMC upgrading all-flash VNX with bigger SSD and drive box

Comment EMC's VNX-F range of all-flash VNX arrays will soon scale up to 172TB of usable capacity, with a less than $5/GB cost, using a new drive enclosure and higher-capacity drives. A data sheet (pdf) on EMC's website talks about the new SSDs and drive enclosure. These are block storage arrays, accessed by 1/10GbitE iSCSI, FCoE or …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2014
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

Apple has changed the MacBook Air's SSD connector - again. A dissection of the skinny new machine by iFixit reveals the SSD, which is implemented as a slot-in slimline daughtercard containing Flash chips and controller, uses an almost but not quite mSata interconnect: 26 lines in the slot, 24 lines on the SSD. iFixit SSD snap: …
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2012
Micron PCIe SSD

Micron pulls up its flash SOCs, slurps up Tidal

The Non-Volatile Memory Express technology wave is rising and Micron has bought Tidal Systems, an early stage NVMe PCIe controller developer. Tidal Systems, which is developing system-on-chip (SOC) controllers for flash, was founded in 2013 by CEO Mike Lee and Dr Cody Wu, an former distinguished engineer at SandForce, the SSD …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2015
SSD teaser

Intel prunes SSD prices

Intel has pledged to make its solid-state drives less expensive. It has reduced what it charges resellers for its 320, 330 and 520 SSDs. It also added a 240GB drive to the 330 line, which previously topped out at 180GB. The 330 series is pitched at consumers seeking a cheaper option than its better-performing 520 family. Alas, …
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2012

Samsung barks out the orders, reveals its 3D flash lead

The top dog in the flash industry has just barked out loud and strong; emphasising its 3D flash process lead, Samsung is mass-producing 48-layer, 256Gbit 3D NAND chips, essentially tech SanDisk/Toshiba is hopeful of shipping next year. Sammy is currently shipping 32-layer 3D V-NAND chips which Dell is using in its Storage …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2015

Micron whips out new SSD, runs to data centre, yells: I'm GOING IN

Micron is going deeper into enterprise data centre SSD arena with its launch of a SAS version of its P400M SATA interface solid state disk. The mixture is pretty much as before - apart from the 6-gig SAS interface. The new P410M comes in 100, 200 and 400GB capacity points and uses the same 25nm NAND as the P400. It has the same …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2013
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato readies Thunderbolt-fed external SSD

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Best known for its TV tuners, Germany's Elgato is moving into the storage biz. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) today: a Thunderbolt-connected SSD. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD The solid-state drive is packed into a stylish casing that's the same size as your average portable hard drive. But …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
Railway line split. Pic: Ian Sane

VMware doubles the VM count for EVO: RAIL systems

VMware has pumped up the power of its hyper-converged EVO: RAIL nodes with more memory and storage, so they can run twice as many VMs. As detailed in a VMware blog, the latest node options look like this: Dual 6, 8, 10 or 12 core Intel Haswell or Ivy Bridge CPUs per node 128GB to 512GB of memory per node, up from 192GB VMware …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2015

Radian ready to replace the flash translation layer

Stealthy startup Radian Memory System's Symphonic software replaces an SSD's Flash Translation Layer software to accelerate performance up to 80 per cent and extend endurance. It's selling its own RMS-250 SSDs with this software for data centre use Flash Translation Layer (FTL) software enables a block-based SSD to be …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015

Seagate flaunts 4TB-ish enterprise SAS flash that can shift 1.8GB/s

Seagate has announced a not-quite 4TB, dual-port SAS SSD technology, built in an alliance with Micron: the drive giant is touting four 1200.2 products defined by their endurance. Micron is using the same tech in its S600DC SSD products. The 1200.2 is the first SSD, Seagate says, to optimize dual-port SAS capability, resulting …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Geek Treat of the Week This Elgato drive combines a solid-state drive with Intel’s lightning-fast (sorry) Thunderbolt connector. Inside its charcoal metal enclosure is a 3Gbps Sata SSD, 120GB in this case, made by SanDisk. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD There’s a single Thunderbolt connection on the back. Bus-powered Thunderbolt drives like this one must …
Kenny Hemphill, 26 Mar 2012

SanDisk gets all Tardis-like and shrinks cells to increase capacity

SanDisk has revved its CloudSpeed Ultra SSD, doubling capacity to 1.6TB by using smaller sized cells. Gen 1 Ultras used 19nm MLC NAND in 400GB and 800GB capacity points. The Gen 2 model uses 15nm flash and have 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB capacities. Generally, they are faster than the Gen 1 products, although their endurance has …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2015
Intel 335 240GB SSD

Review: Intel 335 240GB SSD

Intel’s 520 and 330 range of 2.5in consumer SSDs are the product of its relationship with LSI SandForce. It's practically unheard of for Intel not to have a controller of its own but its reliance on SandForce has left it in the same boat as every other drive manufacturer using these controllers. Namely, they are all eagerly …
Simon Crisp, 29 Jan 2013
KingSpec Multicore MC1S81M2T 2TB PCI-E SSD

KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

Review Earlier this year we took a look at SSD caching, an alternative way of getting some SSD performance added to a system without too much strain put on the finances. So how about a gander at the other end of the spectrum – huge capacity and performance and a total disregard for the budget Enter the KingSpec Multicore MC1S81M2T, a …
Simon Crisp, 06 Aug 2013
Intel SSD 330

Intel 330 120GB SSD review

When Intel launched the SSD 520 series of drives it caused quite a kerfuffle. The company had abandoned using one of its own controllers or even a Marvell controller, as found in the 510 series. Instead, the ubiquitous LSI Sandforce SF-2281 controller was utilised but with Intel’s own hand firmly in charge of the firmware. …
Simon Crisp, 08 Aug 2012
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD PX-256M5P

Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

Some companies make a real song and dance about the launch of a new product, others just seem to launch something without hardly making a ripple. Plextor sits firmly in the latter category, which is something of a surprise considering its latest Pro SSD range, the M5 series, features not one but two new technologies that are, …
Simon Crisp, 31 Oct 2012
4 arrows signs in arrow on wooden wall

Micron: Those dratted PCs, dragging down our revenues

Declining PC sales took their toll on Micron's DRAM revenues, sending year-on-year growth into reverse for its fiscal 2015. Full-year revenues were $16.2bn, one per cent down on fy2014's $16.4bn. Net income of $2.9bn was five per cent lower than the $3bn recorded in fy2014. Revenues for the final quarter in fy 2015 of $3.6bn …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015
Wedding cake. Pic: Tracy Hunter

Like a wedding cake: Avere unveils three-tier AWS cloud NAS

Avere is punting a three tier filer in the AWS cloud using its virtual FXT filer accelerator software. The general idea is that you have compute instances running in the AWS cloud and they use file data, so you need a NAS in the cloud. You have choices about where to put the file data: EC2 RAM for the fastest access; EBS …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2015

Fresh flashery from the NANDsters

The Flash Memory Summit has seen a fresh crop of SSDs and PCIe flash cards appear from NAND fans BiTMICRO, Seagate and Toshiba as they try to wow delegates and get sales momentum started. Seagate Nytro flash cards Seagate, flush and fresh with its strategic alliance with Micron over flash, has announced three new Nytro ( …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2015

SanDisk speeds up CloudSpeed Eco, raises capacity

SanDisk has souped up its CloudSpeed Eco SSD for cloud service providers, doubling its capacity and raising throughput, courtesy of a process shrink. CloudSpeed Eco Gen 1 was introduced at the end of March last year as a cost-effective SSD for cloud service provider use. It was built using a 19nm chip process and held up to …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2015
Crucial M500 SSD internals

Review: Crucial M500 960GB SSD

When Intel entered the personal computer solid-state drive market it was with the stated aim of making SSDs something more than an expensive luxury. It implied it would drive prices down to a point where SSDs would become a viable alternative to the standard rattling old mechanical disk drive. But even the blue-hued chip giant …
Simon Crisp, 08 May 2013
Crucial v4 256GB (CT256V4SSD2) SSD

Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

The latest addition to Crucial’s range of SSD’s, the v4 series isn’t, as you might expect, the follow up to the company’s highly successful m4 series but a different animal entirely. It's so different in fact, it makes you wonder what was Crucial’s thinking behind it. Crucial v4 256GB (CT256V4SSD2) SSD Practical electronics: …
Simon Crisp, 05 Sep 2012
Fritz Pfleumer with his magnetic tape recorder

LTO issues mighty seventh-generation 15TB tape format

LTO, the world’s most popular tape format, has a 15TB generation-7 Ultrium specification available for drive and media manufacturers. Linear Tape Open (LTO) represents a trio of technology provider companies: HP, IBM and Quantum. It works with them and tape suppliers like Fujifilm to develop tape media and drive specifications …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015

HGST says its NVMe flash card will manage 750,000 IOPS

How does damn near three quarters of a million random read IOPS grab you? HGST is at last shipping its NVMe Ultrastar SN100 PCI flash card, first announced seven months ago. The speeds and feeds look impressive, with HGST saying it’s the “industry’s highest-performing NVMe compliant SSD series.” The specs are: 1.6TB and 3.2TB …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2015
Monty Python foot UHDTV

Wikibon takes Fusion-io founder's FaME to logical conclusion

The Wikibon consultancy has taken an idea put forward by Fusion-io founder David Flynn and formulated a flash-as-memory-extension concept (FaME). The concept involves getting rid of external IO for IO-bound applications by running them and their data entirely in logical memory. Instead of having data stored on disk, which is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015

All-flash array reports aren't all about all-flash arrays, rages Gartner

Comment Our earlier pop at Gartner's all-flash array methodology has generated a response from Gartner. Joe Unsworth from Gartner – the author of the Market Share report and co-author on the Solid-State Arrays magic quadrant – has been in touch. We said corrective glasses were needed to read the report. View what follows as corrective …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2015

When the SSD came to storage land: How flashy upstarts got their break

Storagebod Of all the recent changes in the storage landscape over the past five years, the most dramatic is the coming of flash-based storage devices. Half a decade ago, we were talking about general purpose, multi-tier arrays, automated tiering and provisioning – all coming together in a single monolithic device. The multi-protocol …
StorageBod, 26 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

SSD sweetheart STEC swings to Q1 loss

If ever you needed a salutory tale about the perils of sitting on your laurels, then STEC, once EMC's SSD darling and pioneering enterprise flash high flier, can provide it in spades. First movers have got to be fast and STEC was unconscionably slow. The company's Fibre Channel interface Zeus-IOPS solid state drives (SSDs) were …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2012
Samsung SSD 840 series

Samsung SSD 840 series storage review

When Samsung launched its first true consumer SSD, the 470, it was met with a generally good reception. Yet the timing of its release pretty much coincided with the arrival of drives using the second generation of LSI’s SandForce controller and its 6Gb/s SATA 3 interface. Hence, the 470 having a 3Gb/s SATA 2 interface was no …
Simon Crisp, 26 Nov 2012

HDS fills in the available blank space in VSP range

HDS has released the last new mid-range member of its VSP data centre disk array range, the G800, with its configuration perhaps indicating a high-end refresh is coming. The G800 was announced in April with its availability revealed in a Mike Nalls blog with no formal announcement. Nalls is an HDS senior product manager. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015

DSSD hires ex-Violin player as hardware engineering veep

EMC’s flash racking developer DSSD has hired an ex-Violin Memory guy to be its veep of hardware engineering, EMC has now confirmed to The Register. The all-flash array startup has now hired Kevin Rowett, who was SVP of engineering and an advisor to Violin Memory from the beginning of 2010 to October 2013. He joined DSSD this …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015
Facebook_Samsung re 850 Pro firmware bug

Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

Turning social media against Samsung, a Facebook group has been set up to get the Korean company to fix a firmware update that borks the 850 Pro SSD. This SSD uses brand new 3D NAND and has a 10-year warranty. According to the Facebook group (requires log-in): "A few days ago Samsung published a new firmware update for its …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015
4 arrows signs in arrow on wooden wall

Micron blames dismal PC sales for EVERYTHING

Memory firm Micron's third fiscal 2015 quarter results were pretty poor - and the chief exec blames the slumping PC market. Revenues of $3.85bn were three per cent down on a year ago and eight per cent down sequentially. Net income of $491m compared poorly to the $806m reported a year ago and the $934m in the previous quarter. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2015

You know flash is king when disk giant Seagate grows its SSD line

Seagate is going to expand its solid state drive (SSD) line this year using co-developed Samsung controller technology and introducing its first multi-level cell drive. Seagate and Samsung have a flash chip supply and controller partnership. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers has talked to Seagate execs and gleaned that: …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013
Samsung tiny SSD

Samsung forks 4K with Tizen tellies

CES 2015 Samsung has decided that 4K TV isn't quite enough; it wants to do even better. The South Korean mega-firm drew a packed crowd to a CES press conference that included the unveiling of a new class of TV screens dubbed SUHD. The company said that the SUHD sets would offer a superior picture to current UHD screens including …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jan 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015

VeloBit beats big boys with SSD caching software – indie benchmarker

Two-year-old SSD software company VeloBit's HyperCache product can make Fusion-io flash run four times faster than SanDisk caching software, at least according to an independent benchmarker. Flash caches run faster the faster you can identify and stuff hot data into them. The Demartek testing organisation compared TPCC …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2012

Intel: SSD 320 power loss bricking bug can be fixed

The bug making Intel SSD 320s shrink to 8MB bricks is close to being fixed, according to Intel. A posting on the Intel Support Community website states: Intel has been investigating the 'Bad Context 13x Error' as seen on select Intel® SSD 320 Series drives. This was previously noted in the Intel community post as "SSD Power …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2011
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD review

Time was, when OCZ was typically first out of the gate with a range of SSDs based on any new incarnation of SandForce controllers. Yet, the first generation of the company’s popular Vertex drives were powered by Indilinx’s Barefoot controller. Now, with the fourth generation of Vertex drives, OCZ has completed the circle and …
Simon Crisp, 26 Jul 2012

Shrunken Intel process boosts SSD performance

Intel has announced a boosted follow-on to its 510 SSD: the 520 Series, with more than double the IOPS performance and a top-end model with almost twice the capacity. The 2.5-inch 520 is a client or PC SSD, and is built from 25nm 2-bit MLC NAND; the 510 used a 34nm process. Like the 510, it has a 6Gb/s SATA interface, but its …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2012