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RamSan-440  (Source: Texas Memory)
Massive 4U SSD can sustain 600,000 IOPS

Solid state drives (SSDs) are being eyed as the future of enterprise data storage for the improvements in speed, reliability and energy savings they offer. SSDs for consumers are small devices very similar in size and shape to the traditional hard drive used in computer systems.

The SSD in an enterprise environment often takes on a different form factor though and the latest of these enterprise SSDs is from Texas Memory. Texas Memory says that its RamSan-440 can sustain a record setting 600,000 IOPS (input/outputs per second) and can be had with capacities of 256GB and 512GB.

The available storage space is a record for RAM-based SSDs. EWeek reports that the RamSan-440 is also the first SSD to use NAND flash modules in a RAID configuration for data backup. The SSD also uses proprietary technology from Texas Memory called IO2 (Instant-On Input-Output) that improves availability by making data requested from users or applications available instantly when the system is on.

The RamSan-440 uses DDR2 RAM reports eWeek and can sustain 4Gbps random read and write speed with a latency of under 15 ms. The device is in a 4U rack mount chassis and can be attached via SAN or directly attached via up to eight 4Gbps Fibre Channel ports.

Data backup is accomplished using RAID protected flash memory modules. Backup is done continuously to the internal flash modules with little impact on system performance. Pricing information is unknown, but considering that a ”cheap” consumer SSD with 128GB is right at $500, the RamSan-440 will cost a pretty penny.

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The Future of SSDs....
By wingless on 7/23/2008 12:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
The future of SSDs will only get brighter. SSDs got a foothold faster than anybody expected I think. Some were predicting that prices wouldn't come down for 2 to 5 years but I'm getting a pair of 64GB OCZ Core Series SSDs at the beginning of August, or as soon as they're available on Newegg. They're only $250 each.

RE: The Future of SSDs....
By mdogs444 on 7/23/2008 12:53:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather deal with the low volume humming of 2.75TB 3.5" sata drives for $250.

No offense.

RE: The Future of SSDs....
By TSS on 7/23/2008 4:14:30 PM , Rating: 5
at $250 you can't go beyond 1.5tb's yet. still....

i'd rather not deal with that amount of space. unless your seriously professionally working with uncompressed 1080i video, there's only 1 thing you can fill *that* amount of space with. and if you need that much porn, you need professional help rather then more storage space.

RE: The Future of SSDs....
By daftrok on 7/23/2008 5:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
Where can I find some of those?

RE: The Future of SSDs....
By Jedi2155 on 7/23/2008 12:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
They still have some ways to go before it becomes standard on your typical Best Buy PC. I think the bandwagon jumped a bit too early in the SSD market when prices were still a bit too high to be palatable to the general consumer. I'm going to give it at least another year before I consider it as a replacement for my Raptor.

RE: The Future of SSDs....
By amanojaku on 7/23/2008 1:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
SSDs got a foothold faster than anybody expected I think.

Seeing as how the first SSD was made in 1978 I'd have to correct you. In fact, the RAM-based SSD in this article is nearly identical in design to the original SSD. RAM-based SSDs have never caught on for many reasons; flash-based SSDs are the first to be taken seriously.

RE: The Future of SSDs....
By Ammohunt on 7/23/2008 2:14:49 PM , Rating: 1
Devices like this have been around for a long time. A company i worked for had a few in the 512mb 1024mb size 10 years ago. They used them to house oracle transaction logs.

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