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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Solid-state storage nears prime time

Solid-state Drives (SSDs) have been on the edges of the storage market for years, but high prices have kept them from being considered for mainstream storage. Among the most widely used forms of solid state is NAND flash, which is in consumer devices like iPods and smartphones. Price drops in flash's raw materials and consumer awareness are stirring interest in NAND flash applications for the enterprise. SSD's fast read performance, durability and lower power consumption are also driving vendor investment. EMC became the first major vendor to include flash drives in its arrays when it added STEC's solid-state technology to Symmetrix in early 2008. "It's not just a couple of barely funded startups. I'm seeing smoke coming from all areas," says analyst Mark Peters, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, MA. "Whether it's laptops or Symmetrix, you see movements on all fronts." Texas Memory Systems has been in the DRAM-based storage business for years. It recently extended into NAND flash, according to Woody Hutsell, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hard disk drives become more affordable

  • Legal toolkit for storage systems

    Storage managers may be reluctant to admit it, but they and the storage systems they manage are key players in most companies' compliance and legal readiness procedures. While ediscovery is the current buzzword, there's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. But you can assemble an effective toolkit with some of the point products that are available now.

  • Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS

    What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?

Columns in this issue

  • Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Software will increasingly transcend the self-imposed technology barriers that have evolved in larger data center environments. The ability to create policy-based programs that not only automate processes, but empower others to help themselves, will dramatically improve efficiency.