It’s been a while since I last saw a Solid State Drive with a parallel ATA interface, but at least one company is still developing them. Active Media Products announced a new 128GB SSD earlier this week, targeted at systems that are limited to an old PATA interface.
Continue reading Retro SSD drive: parallel ATA interface reappears
Texas Memory Systems (TMS) just announced they are providing open source drivers for their RamSan-20: a PCIe based flash solution that offers lower latency and higher bandwidth than a normal Solid State Drive connected via a SAS or SATA connector.
Continue reading Texas Memory Systems announces open source drivers for PCIe Flash
SSD released a new product in their FXT range of NAS accelerators: the FXT2700. The two older models, FXT2300 and FXT2500, relied on a combination of RAM and 15k rpm SAS disks for caching data that is used often; the FXT2700 combines RAM and SSD for even faster access.
Continue reading Avere Systems adds SSD to their FXT appliances
3PAR has announced two new plugins for VMware’s vCenter. The first sounds pretty standard, but the second one promises to change backup procedures forever.
Continue reading 3PAR adds VMware backup and management tools
There has been a lot of news about memory cards for digital cameras, media players and mobile phones lately. Two notable announcements managed to escape my attention earlier this month; a huge 128GB compact flash card, and a new card from Sony that supports wireless data transfers. Continue reading New memory cards: capacity, wireless transfers
Lockheed Martin, a firm that’s primarily known for their physical security products such as jet fighters, helicopters and naval ships, is now getting into computer security as well. Their first product was announced today: a secure USB stick powered by IronKey technology.
Continue reading Lockheed Martin offering secure USB sticks
As reported around the web, it looks like several people have noticed performance issues with Amazons EC2 cloud computing service. While this was to be expected, some people are surprised nonetheless. For those that are surprised: please read “the truth about overselling“. It’s about web hosting, but much of the contents are true for cloud computing as well. Cloudkick has nice graphs showing the latency to their EC2 instances:
Continue reading EC2 performance issues, what about S3 and EBS?
SuperMicro, one of the largest suppliers for “white-box” computer makers, presented their solution for high-density storage servers last month. Most traditional storage servers offer twelve 3.5 inch SAS or SATA drives per 2U of rackspace; the only exception to this are vendors offering top-loading drives such as Sun, and those offering disk trays holding more than one drive mounted back-to-back.
SuperMicro has a more traditional approach, but with a twist. Their highest density server chassis now offer extra drive slots that are accessible via the rear of the server:
Continue reading SuperMicro adding double-sided storage server chassis
Density Dynamics released a new product based on their Jet.IO RAM drives. The JetX10 Acceleration Appliance bundles four Jet.IO drives, eight SAS or SATA drives and a huge amount (up to 144GB) of RAM into a single server running Windows 2008. External connectivity is provided by either FC or iSCSI over 8Gbps FC links or 10 Gbps ethernet interfaces.
Continue reading New Density Dynamics product: JetX10
Following Toshiba’s announcement last month, Samsung has provided details about their next generation of NAND flash modules. Like Toshiba, the new modules offered by Samsung will be 16-layer stacks of 32 Gbit flash chips, providing a total of 64GB of storage per chip.
Continue reading Samsung also readying 64GB NAND flash modules