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Published: 22 Oct 2012

SOLID-STATE DISKS (SSDs) have become a hot topic this year, beginning with their integration into EMC's Symmetrix disk array in January. Since then, dozens of companies have come out of the woodwork to say they'll manufacture or integrate SSDs. But vendors and industry experts alike are warning that in this early market phase, the quality and capabilities of SSDs will vary widely. Some in the industry have already begun to call for standards on the manufacture or measurement of products, including some experts at the recent Flash Memory Summit 2008 in San Diego looking for SSD design standards. Michael Cornwell, manager of flash memory technology business development at Sun, says organizations can still innovate within minimal wear-leveling and performance standards. "Right now, probably every single standards body is making a grab for SSD," he says. Because flash requires full block writes--and erasure before new writes can be committed--products need to perform an operation similar to garbage collection, a fairly well-understood process of clearing out ... Access >>>

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