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China’s Enterprise Storage Market Close to Reaching Hyper Speed

This week TRENDFOCUS co-sponsored The Enterprise Storage Conference in Beijing. Other sponsors included Dell, VMWare, Lenovo, Nutanix, Huawei, HGST, Kaminario, Alibaba, Intel, Tencent and more than 40 other Chinese and global data storage companies. Approximately 400 industry people attended a multi-track agenda that focused on hyperscale/data center architectures, software defined storage, super fusion technology, and […]

Optane in Its Cheapest, and Possibly, Best Form Right Now

Intel made several Optane product announcements over the past couple of weeks, including high-end NVMe-based add-in-cards targeting enterprise servers. Optane is the commercial product name for 3D XPoint (pronounced “cross point”), next generation non-volatile storage technologies. Optane promises far higher performance and endurance compared to NAND, but even as far back as Intel and Micron’s […]

HDD TAM/Build Disconnect

With fewer than 10 days left in the year, the disconnect between HDD TAM and production continues. As stated earlier this month in one of TRENDFOCUS’ Executive Briefs, the CQ4 build plan is tracking measurably higher than the expected HDD TAM. This would be less of an issue exiting CQ2 or CQ3, since the subsequent […]

NAND Supply Tightness Continues (still)

TRENDFOCUS just recently concluded another trip through the U.S. and Asia. Once thing is for certain – NAND tightness continues…. And will continue through most of 2017. From a pricing perspective, this means continued higher prices for SSDs in the market. With all major NAND vendors continuing to focus on trying to ramp 3D NAND […]

Captive SSDs Move Across Apple’s Product Line Up

As widely rumored, Apple announce a refreshed MacBook Pro line up in October, sporting new industrial designs and introducing a touch-based, contextual screen in place of the normal row of function keys at the top of the keyboard. It marks the first time, I believe, that a replacement product line up was introduced at higher […]

E3: Sony Looks to Take VR Mainstream

E3 2016, a show focused primarily on the latest games for PCs and consoles, maintained a strong focus on virtual reality (VR) this year. With Facebook’s Occulus Rift VR headset now available, high-end PC gamers with the proper hardware and the $599 to spend on the peripheral will enjoy the current state-of-the art in VR. […]

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 […]

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