WD buys nand flash SSD storage I/O cache vendor Virident

Monday, September 9th, 2013

WD buys nand flash SSD storage I/O cache vendor Virident Congratulations to Virident for being bought today for $645 Million USD by Western Digital (WD). Virident a nand flash PCIe card startup vendor has been around for several years and in the last year or two has ...

IBM Server Side Storage I/O SSD Flash Cache Software

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

IBM Server Side Storage I/O SSD Flash Cache Software As I often say, the best server storage I/O or IOP is the one that you do not have to do. The second best storage I/O or IOP is the one with least impact or that can be done in ...

Part II: IBM Server Side Storage I/O SSD Flash Cache Software

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Part II IBM Server Flash Cache Storage I/O accelerator for SSD This is the second in a two-part post series on IBM's Flash Cache Storage Accelerator (FCSA) for Solid State Device (SSD) storage announced today. You can view part I of the IBM FCSA announcement synopsis here.Some FCSA ssd ...

Viking SATADIMM: Nand flash SATA SSD in DDR3 DIMM slot?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Today computer and data storage memory vendor Viking announced that SSD vendor Solidfire has deployed their SATADIMM modules in DDR3 DIMM (e.g. Random Access Memory (RAM) main memory) slots of their SF SSD based storage solution.Solidfire SD solution with SATADIMM via VikingNand flash SATA SSD ...

Dave Demming talking tech education from SNW Spring 2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed ...

Speaking of SSDs (with poll)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

In the spirit of solid state devices (SSD) including DRAM and nand flash, not to mention emerging phase chance memory (PCM) among others that help to boost productivity and cut latency, here are a couple of quick notes and links. Here are a some more pieces to have ...

SSD, flash and DRAM, DejaVu or something new?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Recently I was in Europe for a couple of weeks including stops at Storage Networking World (SNW) Europe in Frankfurt, StorageExpo Holland, Ceph Day in Amsterdam (object and cloud storage), and Nijkerk where I delivered two separate 2 day, and a single 1 day seminar.At the recent StorageExpo Holland event in Utrecht, I ...

SSD past, present and future with Jim Handy

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed (https://storageio.com/StorageIO_Podcast.xml)In ...

Have SSDs been unsuccessful with storage arrays (with poll)?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I hear people talking about how Solid State Devices (SSDs) have not been successful with or for vendors of storage arrays, particular legacy storage systems. Some people have also asserted that large storage arrays are dead at the hands of new purpose-built SSD appliances or storage ...

IBM buys flash solid state device (SSD) industry veteran TMS

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need? IBM recently took a flash step announcing it wants and needs more SSD capabilities in different packaging and functionality capabilities to meet the demands and opportunities of customers, business partners and prospects by acquiring Texas ...

Oracle, Xsigo, VMware, Nicira, SDN and IOV: IO IO its off to work they go

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM....

How much SSD do you need vs. want?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I have been getting asked by IT customers, VAR's and even vendors how much solid state device (SSD) storage is needed or should be installed to address IO performance needs to which my standard answer is it depends. I also am also being asked if there is rule of thumb (RUT) ...

Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

An industry trends and perspective.. Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD? Short answer NO not yet. There is still a place for traditional storage arrays or appliances particular those with extensive features, functionality and reliability availability serviceability (RAS). In other words, there is still a place for ...

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be In a recent conversation with Dave Raffo about the nand flash solid state disk (SSD) market, we talked about industry trends, perspectives and where the market is now as well as headed. One of my comments is, has been and will ...