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Startup made a compelling pitch for hybrid systems

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) is one of the most powerful forces into today's NAND flash market thanks to its heavy R&D investments.  On Monday, Samsung Device division EVP Young-Hyun Jun announced a major acquisition designed to boost Samsung's hybrid flash drive offerings.

The company decided to purchase Nvelo, a startup who makes caching software called Dataplex, which is geared at giving your laptop or desktop a speed boost from a small (50 GB or so, typically) secondary NAND hard drive.  

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but one can safely assume that the current manufacturers whom Dataplex bundles its software with -- OCZ Technology, Corsair, and Crucial -- won't be happy with this development.


Mr. Jun comments, "The acquisition of NVELO will enable us to extend our ability to provide SSD related storage solutions to customers. We are pleased with this transaction as the employees of NVELO share our vision to take SSD storage into the next-generation of performance and reliability."

Source: Samsung [press release]

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Shrinking market
By Ammohunt on 12/18/2012 11:01:14 AM , Rating: 2
With the price of SSD's dropping fast the market for such software based caching schemes is dwindling. Soon it will all be SSD's or Hybrid plater based hard drives with a relatively large flash cache for a performance boost. I would love a 3TB drive with 64GB of flash cache.

RE: Shrinking market
By TakinYourPoints on 12/18/2012 9:18:59 PM , Rating: 3
You may get your wish sooner than you think. The newest Apple desktops are shipping with 1TB and 3TB drives with 128GB flash caches on-board. The operating system and applications are kept on the SSD portion while the most accessed assets (movies, music, etc) are also kept on it. Everything else is on the mass storage section, unless it is accessed in which case it is moved onto the SSD. Everything appears as a single volume instead of two.

I think these parts will hit the OEM market next year, and hopefully Windows 9 (or whatever the next version is called) will include file management and optimization for such systems. It is a great solution for mass storage. As much as SSD prices have dropped (I have 512GB SSDs in all but one of my machines), anything 1TB or larger is still unreasonably expensive. Hybrid systems an excellent solution in the mean time.

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