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Rack-Scale Flash: Maximizing Flash Performance

SSDs in traditional storage systems, either as hybrid arrays or all flash arrays (AFAs) have been in the news for a number of years now, becoming mainstream solutions options to improve storage performance and total cost of ownership (TCO) for many IT datacenter workloads. However, the network latency for servers to access this data, combined […]

SAS SSDs Continue to Thrive

TRENDFOCUS just recently published its CQ4 ’15 report, which included details for all SSD types and interfaces shipped in the final quarter of 2015. One thing that continues to be clear is the staying power of SAS SSDs. SAS SSDs have continued to show growth virtually every quarter throughout 2014 and 2015. There are multiple […]

HDD Units Fall in 2015, But Storage Capacity Shipped Grows to 538 Exabytes: TRENDFOCUS 2015-2020 Outlook and Analysis

HDD unit shipments dipped below 115 million in the fourth calendar quarter of 2015 due to weak PC sales and impact of SSD incursion in notebook computers. For the year, HDD sales were down 16.9% to 469 million units according to TRENDFOCUS’ CQ4 HDD Market Update. However, exabytes shipped in HDDs continues to expand to […]

SMR HDDs are Coming to a Notebook PC Near You

While Seagate has been shipping HDDs with shingle magnetic recording (SMR) for a number of years in its external HDD products, 2016 is shaping up to be the year when the industry as a whole announces and ships mainstream OEM HDDs using the capacity boosting technology. Using a combination of slightly larger disk diameters, higher […]

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