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New SSD Systems Scale to Tens of Terabytes

WASHINGTON D.C. - July 18, 2006 - ViON has selected Texas Memory Systems to manufacture its new HyperStor line of very high performance data storage systems.

HyperStor systems will start at 256G and extend up to tens of terabytes of solid state storage. In benchmark testing for some of the largest users of Oracle in the federal government, ViON has repeatedly demonstrated that its HyperStor system and multi-processor open systems servers can improve Oracle database performance from 300% to 1,500%. ...Texas Memory Systems profile, ...ViON profile

Softek Enhances Nonstop Data Mobility Software

Vienna, Virginia - July 13, 2006 - Softek today announced enhanced functionality and scalability for its distance data migration software that enables faster and more convenient migrations over TCP/IP within Unix and Linux environments.

New features include Restartable Full Refresh, which enables existing migrations to re-start from the point of broken network connection. The Restartable Full Refresh feature provides storage administrators considerable time savings, especially if a broken link condition occurs near the middle or end of a large data migration. In addition, TDMF IP now allows migration of disk volumes up to four times larger than previously supported volume sizes. ...Softek profile

Editor's comments:- migration is a pivotal part of any long term strategy related to data storage reliability. Simplifying the process will become a fast growing business.

Running SPARC / Solaris Apps on Intel Hardware

Editor:- July 11, 2006 - an article today in paints an interesting portrait of a company called Transitive.

The company, which designs emulation software, will soon launch a package which will run SPARC / Solaris applications on Intel / Linux servers. the article, Solaris Migration Reports 42% Reader Growth

Editor:- July 5, 2006 - reports that in the first half of 2006 pageviews and readership grew 40% and 42% respectively compared to the year before period.

"With over 460,000 unique readers viewing STORAGEsearch in the past 6 months, and our high reader growth rate we'll easily exceed our goal of more than one million readers in calendar 2006" said editor and publisher Zsolt Kerekes.

"September will be the 8th anniversary of starting this site, but we're still adding new strategic directory subjects like the recently launched storage reliability page. With the storage market surging towards $200 billion in 2007 - there are always new topics and applications for readers to learn about. Although the sexy side of the storage market is in the fast growing segments like flash, solid state disks and iSCSI - some long established old timers like storage security have seen innovations this year which are more significant than anything in that segment in the past 5 years."

The top 3 subjects viewed by readers in June (out of 70 storage categories on our home page) were once again:- Hard disk drives, Solid state disks and NAS. For more information on the top subjects, articles etc see Market research

Historical notes:- in the summer of 1998 when I started the detailed planning for, I'd already been publishing the SPARC Product Directory for 6 years. STORAGEsearch grew out of 3 main roots
  • An insurance policy... I was asked in 1997 - what would happen to my publishing business if the SPARC market collapsed? - Although it seemed inconceivable at the time (the dotcom boom was in a steep upward growth curve at the time) it did eventually happen. The SPARC market contracted from hundreds of oems in a seemingly "Open" market down to a handful in a seemingly "Proprietary" market with less than half the annual revenue. Due to my investment in the storage market - my ad revenue actually grew during the time that the Sun server market (and every other part of the server market too) was crashing.
  • Storage manufacturers had been an important part of my SPARC advertising and market data customer base in the mid 1990s. But the products being advertised - fibre-channel adapters, RAID systems etc - appealed to a much bigger base than the Sun market. At the time there were no enterprise storage publications - so launching the first one seemed risky - but possibly met a market need.
  • The desire to launch a pure play dotcom publication. The SPARC Directory had been migrated from a print format to a web format in 1996 - but the idea of starting with a clean sheet and no history was attractive.
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Yes you can! - swiftly sort the Enterprise SSD buckets
If you're trying to create your first short list of vendors to talk to about how to speed up your enterprise apps using SSDs - you realize now - with a sinking feeling in your gut - that maybe delaying the decision for the past several years wasn't such a good idea after all.

Because the range of technologies and design approaches is now so bewildering that you envy your peers in other (richer) companies who started down the SSD track when the range of solutions was so much simpler.

Your problem today isn't just that vendors don't seem to agree about where the best place is to put the SSD or what memory should be inside it (something I've written about in the SSD heresies).

The problem is that even when you try to narrow down SSDs to a single interface - the competing SSD vendors tell a very different story about what their products will do for you and how much they will cost. And this confusing picture isn't simply down to SSD jargon - which is bad enough - but you're getting the hang of it. There's something tangibly different lurking behind those shadowy SSD vendor promises - but you can't quite put your finger on what it is.

Is there a simple methodology which - starting from the very first press release you see on the web - reliably helps you classify all enterprise SSD products - to create 2 distinct groups.
  • the SSDs you're not interested in
  • the SSDs that might be worth a closer look
without the risk that you may miss out the best choice for your situation - and without having to read hundreds of articles and reviews?
Legacy vs New Dynasty - the new way of looking at Enterprise SSDs ... Yes there is. the article
this way to the Petabyte SSD
In 2016 there will be just 3 types of SSD in the datacenter.

One of them doesn't exist yet - the bulk storage SSD.

It will replace the last remaining strongholds of hard drives in the datacenter due to its unique combination of characteristics, low running costs and operational advantages.
click to read the article -  reaching for the petabyte SSD - not as scary as you may think ... The new model of the datacenter - how we get from here to there - and the technical problems which will need to be solved - are just some of the ideas explored in this visionary article.
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