Hitachi GST ends STEC’s monopoly • The Register

In the market for data center hardware, competitive advantages and outright monopolies do not exist for very long. Someone can reverse engineer or clone your product sooner or later. In the case of the Fibre Channel SSD, that was just a matter of time once everyone saw there was a hug potential market for these things. Enter Hitachi:

A Quick Look at OCZ’s RevoDrive x2 – AnandTech

    What OCZ (and other companies) ultimately need to do is introduce a SSD controller with a native PCI Express interface (or something else other than SATA). SandForce’s recent SF-2000 announcement showed us that SATA is an interface that simply can’t keep up with SSD controller evolution. At peak read/write speed of 500MB/s, even… Continue reading A Quick Look at OCZ’s RevoDrive x2 – AnandTech

OCZ Reveals New Bootable PCIe SSD (quick comparison to Angelbird PCIe)

Many, many companies are making many announcements in the product category of PCI Express SSD drives. This once rare and expensive product is now being developed into a bigger market with standards organizations being formed and a flurry of new products being announced recently. What does this all mean for you? Hopefully it means the prices will come down, but first let’s take a look at a new product from OCZ.

Intel forms flash gang of five • The Register

When a group of cutthroat competitors decide to collaborate it can only mean one thing, there’s a lot of money to be made. Intel is forming up a group to set standards for PCIe based SSD products for Enterprise and Data Center computing. To me this is a dead giveaway we will see a flood off products real soon all with similar throughput specs and storage capacities. Say goodbye SATA hello PCI Express.

Angelbird to Bring PCIe SSD on the Cheap and Iomega has a USB 3 external SSD

Some announcements last week from a company named Angelbird and the old stalwart Iomega. SSDs are the storage technology du jour and everyone wants to differentiate their offerings especially as more and more flash chips become more and more alike in speed and performance (3 manufacturers now are all neck in neck in terms of feature size). I’m really interested in PCI Express based SSD cards as they bypass the SATA disk drive interface on the motherboard. Which should give you better performance in the long run. So what to Angelbird and Iomega have on tap?

Micron intros SSD speed king • The Register

The market for SSDs is expanding and a few notable players are starting the leverage their consumer products by re-engineering proven designs as enterprise level hardware. Micron is moving the old RealSSD C300 into the RealSSD P300 and hoping to reap a big, high margin enterprise windfall.

OCZ’s RevoDrive Preview: An Affordable PCIe SSD – AnandTech

Previously I’ve posted a lot about the Enterprise level PCIe SSD products. Most of them don’t have Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) listed anywhere on their websites. The reason being, if you have to ask how much it costs, you cannot afford it. That is the Enterprise Market, that’s how they roll. But for the rest of us, me in particular, having an option other than simply dropping in an SSD to a desktop machine is attractive. Especially if it is a higher performance option. So what would a Consumer Level PCIe SSD cost?

Seagate, Toshiba to Make SSD + HDD Hybrid?

We saw a quick and unceremonious demise to Microsoft’s ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive technology released at the dawn of the Vista era. Flash caches on the motherboard or worse yet, reusing a Flash memory stick as a disk cache never caught on. But now Seagate’s revisiting the idea of a hybrid hard drive by marrying an SSD and HDD into one logical disk. Is it as fast as an SSD? Is it cheaper than an SSD? Let’s take a look.