Never mind complaints about high prices for low capacities, some early stuttering problems, questions about life expectancy, and other concerns--the SSD market grew by 14 percent in 2009, shipping over 11 million units, according to IDC. And that's just the beginning. You can expect to see solid growth in 2010, and by 2013, SSD's compound growth rate (CAGR) over 2008-2013 will reach 54 percent.
"Despite lingering uncertainties around the economy, IDC remains positive on the outlook for SSDs and believes the trajectories for shipment and revenue growth are a source of optimism moving forward," said Jeff Janukowicz, research manger, Hard Disk Drive Components and Solid State Drives at IDC.
IDC acknowledges that pricing remains a concern and will ultimately determine SSD adoption, but notes that as NAND memory continues to cost less, so too will SSDs. This will prove instrumental in the home PC SSD market, a segment where users aren't as willing as notebook users to pay more for SSDs, IDC said.
With the release of its CLARiiON CX4 and Celerra Gateway systems, EMC said it can now offer double the capacity of previous systems in half the floor space.
"Physical space constraints present significant challenges to IT administrators facing the task of managing 50 percent or more information each year," said Rich Napolitano, President, Unified Storage Division at EMC. "We've developed the industry's most comprehensive compact storage system. In addition to an innovative hardware solution that reduces floor space requirements, EMC offers software that makes the most cost-effective use of the storage system and ensures that the right information is on the right media at the right time."
EMC says its compact mid-range storage systems now support 2TB low-power SATA drives, compared to the 1TB drives supported by previous systems. Power savings also get a boost, says EMC, who claims that the energy-efficient 2TB drives consume 60 percent less power per GB than the 1TB drives.
GammaTech is poised to release the Durabook D14 E-series ultra rugged laptops. Overall the new model is fairly similar to the older D14RM, but this one will come equipped with a full 1TB of hard drive space. The manufacturer claims the system will be resistant to drops, spills, and dust accumulation thanks to the magnesium case and anti-shock materials. That’s a lot of storage that you can toss around with reckless abandon.
Other specs include a 14.1 inch widescreen display, Core 2 Duo CPU, and up to 8GB of RAM. The terabyte of storage comes in the form of two 7200RPM 500GB hard drives. Customers will be able to choose either RAID-0 or RAID-1 configurations; users may also forego RAID all together and use the disks independently.
GammaTech has not announced pricing yet, but expect it to be high. The D14RM ran about $1500 without the huge hard drive capacity. Can you see yourself ever buying one of these rugged laptops for business or personal use?
Compared to the Thecus N2200 or QNAP's TS-109 Pro, Patriot's new Valkyrie NAS device wins on name alone. But even though we're willing to award geek points for a name that doesn't suck, it's the hardware that ultimately matters.
Patriot's Valkyrie is a two-bay NAS box targeted for SOHO and prosumer users. It supports up to 4TB and comes configured with a 500MHz embedded processor and 128MB of RAM. Some of the features include RAID 0, 1, and JPBD support; FTP; UPnP and DLNA; iTunes server, user, and group management; One Touch Backup (OTB); PC-less download via BitTorrent; Active Director Services (ADS); and Dynamic DNS.
"The addition of Valkyrie to our NAS solutions, with its enhanced functionality and ease of use gives consumers a power solution at an affordable price," says Jack Chen, Patriots' Peripheral Product Manager. "Our goal is to bring products to the market that provide versatility, scalability, and functionality at a price that consumers feel offer comparable product features to the high end devices, yet are affordable to the everyday user."
In 2009, OCZ emerged as one of the busiest makers of SSDs on the planet, and lest you thought they might kick it down a notch in 2010, take a look at company's roadmap.
There will be no slowing down for OCZ, who is wasting no time in transitioning to 34nm and 32nm NAND flash memory. This will allow OCZ to introduce larger models, including 512GB versions of the Vertex and Agility series. The company's also planning a 1.8-inch SSD built around Indilinx's new Amigos controller.
The next generation of Vertex drives, Vertex 2, will sport a customized SF-1200 controller from SandForce and boast 270MB/s read and 260MB/s write speeds, putting them close to the theoretical bandwidth limits of SATA II.
OCZ also plans to expand its Z-Drive series, which use the PCI-E bus. The upcoming Z-Drive e88 will come rated at up 1400MB/s read and 1500MB/s write speeds, however it will be mainly targeted at enterprise environments. On the desktop front, the Z-Drive p88 will boast 1300MB/s read and 1200MB/s write speeds.
No word yet on pricing for any of the upcoming models.
As storage technology moves inexorably toward solid state, Toshiba is determined to be on the forefront of the changeover. The Japanese tech giant has announced plans to expand their selection of 32nm Multi-Level-Cell (MLC) NAND SSD units. The new lineup will include a “Half-Slim” 128GB SSD suitable for use in netbooks. The drives will be capable of 180MB per second read and 70MB per second write speeds.
Lest you assume that Toshiba has forgotten the performance space, there will also be new high performance SSDs. These standard 2.5-inch drives will be capable of 250MB per second read and 180MB per second write speeds. They will be available in sizes ranging from 64GB all the way up to 512GB.
If you’re weary of SSD reliability, fear not. These drives will support the new TRIM commands implemented in Windows 7. The first production samples should show up in Q1, with wide availability in Q2. No pricing information was available.
OCZ this week announced that enterprise solid state drive (SSD) provider WhipTail Technologies will tap into OCZ's "premium" SSDs for products and services the company offers.
"We are proud to support WhipTail with our enterprise class OEM SSD products," commented Ryan Petersen, CEO at the OCZ Technology Group. "WhipTail’s unique Racerunner solution takes full advantage of all the benefits of solid state drives to provide their customers with an exceptional storage appliance that gives their customers a competitive advantage."
WhipTail will use OCZ's SSDs to configure its Racerunner SSD appliances, which consists of a proprietary software stack and are touted as the "fastest flash-based appliances currently on the market."
Data Robotics on Monday announced it has hired Tom Buiocchi as the company's new president and chief executive officer. Buiocchi succeeds company founder Geoff Barrall, who held the title of CEO for the past four years.
"Geoff has done a tremendous job creating an exciting, dynamic company which is approaching 100,000 units sold and is on track for continued growth. The board is very appreciative of this achievement," said Aneel Bhusri, chairman of the board for Data Robotics. "Tom's appointed as CEO marks an important milesonte for Data Robotics. His competitive nature underlies his proven track record of building successful organizations and delivering strong growth, both of which will be critical in bringing Data Robotics to the next level of success."
Buiocchi's resume includes serving as Executive in Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures, but his last executive business role was at Brocade Communications Systems, where he served as VP of worldwide marketing, investor relations, and sales operations. Buiocchi also has some 20 years experience in a range of positions with heavyweights such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Apex Systems, and Rhapsody, Data Robotics said.
For the next three years, Microsoft and NetApp will collaborate to deliver technology solutions in virtualization, private cloud computing, and storage and data management, the two companies jointly announced on Tuesday.
"Microsoft is committed to driving highly scalable dynamic datacenter solutions with innovative partners like NetApp," said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of infrastructure server marketing, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. "Through the deeper integration of server, virtualization, management and storage technologies, Microsoft and NetApp customers can expect datacenter solutions that help them reduce costs, increase performance, and reach new levels of efficiency."
The companies said that as part of the alliance, they will work together to expand product collaboration and technical integration activities in areas such as virtualized infrastructure solutions based on Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center, and NetApp storage systems; Sotrage and data management solutions for Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and Microsoft SQL Server; and cloud computing and hosted services that provide integrated data protection.
IBM on Monday announced it has signed a 7-year outsourcing contract with Navistar, a global provider of trucks, buses, RVs, and engines.
"With facilities on five continents and continued global growth, it is imperative for Navistar to transform its IT infrastructure to efficiently manage the company's existing needs and to support future growth," said Don Sharp, Navistar Chief Information Officer. "This agreement supports Navistar's strategies of building a competitive cost structure and supporting profitable growth."
Under terms of the contract, IBM will overhaul Navistar's IT sector by providing the full gamut of services, including data center relocation, server and storage management, physical database support, and the utilization of IBM server and storage technology, IBM said. Big Blue will also provide disaster recovery services.
"By teaming with IBM, Navistar will ahve access to the world's leading services technology and research, allowing Navistar to significantly reduce overall IT operation costs and increase productivity while focusing on their core business and global expansion," said Scott Hopkins, IBM General Manager, Industrial Sector.