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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

Those who follow storage developments know that there are concerns about the viability of RAID systems. Rebuild times are so long that the chances of an unrecoverable read error (URE) occurring are dangerously high. What is true for traditional disk, however, is not necessarily true for flash. Now that traditional magnetic …
Trevor Pott, 7 May 2015
Flash Gordon

Take time to get to know the flash you think you love

We have looked at what workloads drive enterprise flash adoption and why picking the right storage medium for the job matters. Unfortunately, the market doesn't always meet everyone's needs, so an understanding of what is available is important. Flash comes in a variety of solutions, from the roll-your-own to the pre-packaged …
Trevor Pott, 30 Apr 2015
SanDisk Sansa TakeTV

Welcome to the fast-moving world of flash connectors

Flash is the new storage medium of choice and this has led to an explosion of interconnect options. Magnetic disks are slow and not particularly latency sensitive; interconnects designed for them just don't cut it in a world where flash drives can be 10 times faster and are highly latency sensitive. Let's take a quick look at …
Trevor Pott, 13 Nov 2014
X300 SSDs

Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

Perhaps the most perplexing question I have been posed this year is: "Why should I use SSDs?" On the face of it, it is a reasonable question. When it was put to me, however, I just sat there staring at the wall, trying to form a coherent thought. Where to begin? As it was late at night, I decided that starting with a brief …
Trevor Pott, 7 Nov 2014
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD

The magic storage formula for successful VDI? Just add SSDs

Every pure solid-state disk (SSD) and hybrid storage vendor on earth would like you to know how brilliant it is at handling virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads. VDI may be a niche, but it is a miserably difficult niche, in which storage plays a huge role. There is a lot more to making VDI work well than just …
Trevor Pott, 2 Oct 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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IBM officially biggest all-flash array shipper - analyst

No, it isn’t the greatly anticipated all-flash array magic quadrant, but it's great Gartner analysis nonetheless. The number-crunchers at Gartner HWQ have produced a Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013. Yummy. Let’s see what’s inside. The doc, available as a download from Pure Storage (guess who …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014

Space-saving ideas for improving storage performance

Once upon a time pretty much the only thing a storage manager had to worry about was running out of capacity. Disk space was expensive and a slew of products offered data compression, moving disused files off to tape and so on. Disk space is pretty cheap now, with multi-terabit drives readily available along with petabyte- …
Bryan Betts, 6 Nov 2013

Seagate: Storage industry ill-prepared for onrushing big data tsunami

Flash Memory Summit The world is producing such a rapidly surging amount of data that the storage industry – both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard-disk drives (HDDs) – will be hard-pressed to keep up with demand, says one storage-industry insider. "You can take that as a crisis; we see it as an opportunity," HDD manufacturer Seagate's SVP in …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2013

Hard drive sales to see double-digit dive this year

Hard drive sales will take a nose drive in 2013, according to a report by the market analysts at IHS. "Facing a relentless onslaught from tablets, smartphones and solid state drives (SSD), global hard disk drive (HDD) market revenue in 2013 will decline by about 12 percent this year," IHS reported in an email on Monday …
Rik Myslewski, 4 Feb 2013
Kingston Technology HyperX SSD

Kingston Technology HyperX 240GB SSD

Review Following OCZ’s great success with its SandForce SF2281-based Vertex 3 solid-state drive, it seems everyone is jumping on the SandForce bandwagon now. I recently tested Patriot Memory’s Wildfire SSD from, and today I have the latest addition to Kingston Technology’s HyperX product line. It too uses an SF2281 controller, which …
Shaun Dormon, 21 Sep 2011
Apple Macbook Air 13in

Next MacBook Air to get Ram, SSD, CPU boost

Apple's next 11.6in MacBook Airs will incorporate 128GB SSDs across the range and arrive with 4GB of memory as standard. They'll debut late next week. The 13.3in model, which already comes with a 128GB SSD, will get the Ram boost too. Apple MacBook Air 11.6in The spec suggestion comes from Concord Securities analyst Ming- …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2011
Samsung Series 470

Samsung Series 470 250GB 2.5in SSD

Review Reg Hardware first reviewed a Samsung SSD - the South Korean giant's first, and a device aimed at computer makers rather than upgrade-hungry punters - way back in March 2009. Rather keen we were on it too. But that was two years ago - how has Samsung managed to improve matters in the meantime? Samsung Series 470 Samsung's …
Shaun Dormon, 24 Jun 2011
SSD teaser

How I learned to stop worrying and love SSDs

When, last year, the price of decent SSD drives veered towards £1-a-gigabyte, I decided this was no longer the enviable domain of the hot-rodder. Concerns about data integrity were enough to keep me hesitant. But finally, I took the plunge. It was a revelation. MacBook Pro SSD upgrade Currently an upgrade for most laptops, …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2011
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EMC kills SPEC benchmark with all-flash VNX

EMC has topped the SPEC NFS benchmark rankings, scoring 497,632 operations/sec, using virtually all-flash VNX arrays. The previous top SPECsfs2008 NFS v3 score was 403,326 ops/sec from an IBM SONAS (Scale-Out NAS) system using 1,975 disk drives. There were 1,680 x 600GB and 240 x 450GB SAS hard drives and a total exported …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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TMS doubles flash RamSan Fibre Channel speed

TMS has doubled its flash-based RamSan-630's Fibre Channel speed from 4 to 8Gbit/s, meaning 10GB/sec bandwidth, and is working on eMLC-based flash product. The 630 is a 3U enclosure holding up to 10TB of single level cell (SLC) flash with up to 10 Infiniband (IB) or Fibre Channel ports. It delivers 10GB/sec across the IB ports …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
The Register breaking news

Kingston readies 'fastest' USB 3.0 Flash drive yet

CES 2011 Memory and storage specialist Kingston is it extend its HyperX high-end memry brand into SSDs, USB drives and memory cards, part of a plan to expand its portfolio of USB 3.0 products. Kingston's SuperSpeed roadmap, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), today, will see the company introduce a line of entry level USB …
Tony Smith, 5 Jan 2011
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Hitachi GST ends STEC's monopoly

Hitachi GST flash drives are hitting the streets and, at last, ending STEC's monopoly in the supply of Fibre Channel interface SSDs. EMC startled the enterprise storage array world by embracing STEC SSDs (solid state drives) in its arrays last year as a way of dramatically lowering the latency for access to the most important …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2010

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