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Solid State Arrays and Gartners Magic Quadrant

The progress to Solid State Array Storage in Data Centres

Solid state arrays provide performance levels not experienced for many years with faster performance than disk-based storage arrays at competitive prices per Gigabyte, enabled by in-line data reduction and lower-cost NAND SSD.

Solid-state storage, which today mostly means flash memory, has made a totally dynamic game changer in certain applications. It will dramatically accelerate specific applications, particularly relevant in financial services, accelerating processes enabling the making of vast fortunes.

Jay Prassl, of Solidfire  said “Even in large companies, flash is mainly used for accelerating specific applications and point solutions, rather than a grand end-to-end data center adoption,” Jay works at SolidFire, a developer of solid-state arrays (SSAs). He says that the real change will come when solid-state storage is there for every data center application that can make use of it.

Gartner believes that by 2019, 20% of traditional high-end storage arrays will be replaced by dedicated solid-state arrays (SSAs).

By 2017, the SSA market is expected to grow approximately five times in revenue, compared with 2014.

By 2017, the total number of vendors and products will increase by 50%, but 20% of the current vendors will exit the market.


Solid State Drive Storage

How do SSDs wear out, and how does this make them less reliable than hard disk drives?

SSDs have no moving components, this distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and a movable read/write head. This means that compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are more resistant to physical shock, run quicker and run quietly  or even silently. However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decrease over the years the question of the life span of Data centre arrays is still an unknown quantity.

Most SSDs use NAND-based flash memory, which retains data without power, when we talk about the life span of SSD, this refers to the NAND flash substrate which can sustain a finite number of erase cycles before it becomes unusable. The process of writing and erasing data involves hitting the flash cell with a relatively large charge of electrical energy, this causes the semiconductor layer on the chip itself to degrade a minute amount which, over time, can increase byt-error rates. Dependant on the vendor these errors are corrected by use of software, but eventually the error correction code routines in the flash controller can't keep up with these errors and the flash cell becomes unreliable.

Hybrid drives or solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) combine the best features of both SSDs and HDDs in the same unit, typically a large hard disk drive and an SSD cache to improve performance of frequently accessed data.

Magic Quadrant


 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays

Source: Gartner


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largest supercomputer in the world is in UK Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Oxfordshire

13 November 2014  is a special day in UK computing. On this day UK computing is celebrating fifty years since the launch of what was at that time the largest supercomputer in the world, the Atlas 1. When built it was the size of a large detached house.  Now that same computing capacity would fit in your pocket inside your mobile phone.

The usual analogy is having the same computer power in a modern mobile phone, as suggested by the team who 10 years ago utilised the computer power  to send a rocket to a comet or indeed landing a tender on a comet 300 million miles (500 Million Kilometers) from earth

Now Rosetta the robotic space craft and Philae the probe built and launched by the European Space Agency to perform a detailed study of comet 67P

This is what a supercomputer ( Of the Time) can do or did. In the eight years of operation it had run for 44,500 hours with a 97% up time. 836,000 jobs were run, 300 million cards read, 4000 million characters from paper tape read, 800 million lines of line-printer output generated and 17 million cards punched.


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EMEA Server Shipments Market Increased 0.8

0.8 Per Cent rise in the Second Quarter of 2014 and Revenue Grew 3.8 Per Cent means that Server Shipments Market Increased in EMEA

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), server shipments in the second quarter of 2014 grew for the first time in 11 quarters, by 0.8 per cent, according to Gartner. Server revenue also grew in the second consecutive quarter of 2014 after 10 previous quarters of consecutive revenue declines. Total server revenue reached $3.2 billion, a 3.8 per cent year-over-year increase.

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Thermal Solutions

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units is proud to announce its whole new online forum the “Tt Community” ( The forum comprises Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS, and LUXA2, each brand having its own dedicated section for discussion on its products and topics. For a number of years Thermaltake has increasingly relied on communications via digital channels and in social networks to have interactive communication with the worldwide fans and the brands’ potential customers and target groups.

Thermaltake announces the launch of Tt CommunityWEB

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New Reseller for AMS-IX

AMS-IX expands business relationship with Quanza

Quanza Engineering is the latest partner to join the reselling program of AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange). Quanza has extensive expertise in offering its customers the delivery, design, implementation and management of their IT infrastructure. Quanza will become a unique partner for AMS-IX, since the company will not only help connecting their clients to the exchange, but will also act as knowledge partner for AMS-IX.

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2014 Report Reveals That UK Power Outages Doubled Last Year

The number of power outages in the UK has more than doubled in the past year, potentially costing UK businesses hundreds of thousands of pounds according to the latest Blackout Tracker report. In 2013 there were 505 reported outages, compared to 246 in the preceding 12 months. Over 2.2 million people were affected with the average outage lasting just over three hours.


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Axiomtek's Company Profile

Axiomtek's New SOHO Six Gigabit Ethernet Network Appliance Supports Intel® Atom™ C2358 SoC and Intel® QuickAssist Technology – NA361

Axiomtek, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of innovative, high performance and reliable PC-based industrial computer products, introduced NA361, its new 1U-type compact network appliance platform supporting the new Intel® Atom™ dual-core processor C2358 (1M Cache, 1.70 GHz).

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EMEA PC Shipments Declined by 10.7% in 4Q 2012

Weakness in Consumer and Commercial Demand Persist, Says IDC

In line with expectations, PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) continued to contract in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12) as sustained weakness in consumer demand and budget constraints in the commercial segment led to a decline of 10.7% in overall PC shipments compared to the same quarter last year.

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Terabit Super-channel in SE Queensland, Australia

NBN Co and Coriant Successfully Trial Terabit Super-channel in SE Queensland, Australia

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SATO's approach to your channel partners !

SATO is a pioneer and leading global provider of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection Printing solutions that leverage barcode and RFID technologies

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German Modular Rack system

Modulan with modular rack systems support future changes or additions in depth and width in real-time operations / flexible room-in-space approaches are possible

Langenselbold, - With her new rack server offers the Modulan GmbH, Langenselbold, now high flexibility in setting up data centers and is thus adaptable to the constantly changing demands of business. The racks are made of an aluminum main frame and can be combined flexibly and individually on the modular principle.

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