DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Solid State Drives (SSD) Markets and Applications - Annual Study" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
This annual SSD study analyzes technology, markets and applications for SSDs used in enterprise, notebook and desktop computers as well as consumer electronic applications.
It forecasts the evolution of the PC, Consumer and Enterprise markets for SSDs, as well as the technical and commercial challenges SSDs are facing: cost, capacity, controller type, reliability, density, temperature range and mechanical ruggedness.
SSDs in client, enterprise, and commercial applications continue to mature. Significant improvements have been made by SSD suppliers boosting overall performance and reliability through improved controllers. Newer companies such as SandForce, Virident, Anobit along with existing controller companies have announced new controllers and architectures that are improving the overall performance and reliability of SSDs.
Most SSDs today utilize HDD standard form factors of 1.8/2.5/3.5 inch. Smaller mobile platforms such as Tablets, Smartbooks, Netbooks and Ultra-slim Notebooks require more compact packaging creating a trend to move away from the popular HDD form factors. SSD suppliers are providing small modular form factors that are packaged as a pluggable cards, and board solderable BGA modules.
Enterprise SSDs are making several transformations. Lower costs are helped by employing MLC technology for less write intensive applications. Improved controllers along with selective NAND (eMLC) with higher endurance helps deploy MLC into enterprise applications. The first enterprise SSDs had SATA interfaces and many still do today, however there is a trend to migrate enterprise SSDs to SAS interfaces. This is done either through SATA to SAS adapters or Native SAS interfaces. All mission critical enterprise HDDs have SAS interfaces. Displacing enterprise HDDs with SAS SSDs helps to improve interoperability making the HDD to SSD transition easier.
PCIe SSDs are continuing to gain traction in enterprise. Fusion io was the first to introduce the architecture putting storage closer to memory via the PCIe bus, vastly improving performance and reducing bottlenecks in servers. Over the years Fusion io have had a number of design wins with major storage companies such as IBM, HP and a number of others. There have been a number of other SSD suppliers that have launched or have on their roadmaps PCIe SSDs, recognizing the performance advantages the memory oriented architecture has in many enterprise server applications.
SSD industry associations have matured and have established specifications with common criteria SSDs must conform to for testing and interoperability. Establishing these common threads will help the SSD industry as it did the HDD industry in its early days to accelerate SSD adoption.
New storage and memory architectures and technologies are being developed that could eventually change the landscape of storage in ten years time. Storage Class Memories is one that promises to fulfill the storage and performance requirements of the future, however today, SSDs is the beginning of that transformation.
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