NetApp's V-Series controller has added support for Texas Memory Systems' RamSan 500 SSD product, in an unexpected twist on storage array sold state drive use. The RamSan-500 is a high-capacity flash memory-based SSD aimed at applications such as in-memory databases and others requiring every high speed access to large data sets …
This shit is getting out of hand. How come big multinationals could run on 100GB ten years ago and now this kind of bionic madness is being mass produced. Where is all this juice going?
Next gen storage, plagued by rip-offery.
RAM SAN is a rip off. In fact, most "storage plays" are a total rip off. I can't wait for this to get just slightly more commoditized so all this asinine over charging for commodities can stop.
A texax computing RAM SAN is a simply computer that takes a crap-load of cheap-ass DRAM and hooks it to an exide or optima (gel dielectric ) battery and a huge capacitor.
SSDs are overrated over-trusted (particularly MLC) junky chips that cost too much.
And the gouging. This isn't the price/size gouge of SCSI, FC or SAS, no no no. We've introduced several orders of magnitude in price increases per GB.
All the while cheap-crap unreliable NAND has made the rounds into everything, and the industry is being chained to ground-zero by corporate greed. The industry leaders in flash are determined to gogue and try and overcharge for things and in doing so they shoot this industry in the foot.
I can't wait until that rumored 20,000 RPM WD disk comes out. Should kick this loser-laden industry in the ass.
Flash and slow is the way to go...
@Mick; A 20K RPM drive is likely to kick you very hard in the pocket; purchase cost, the power these things are reputed to consume, along with the heat and noise problems, will make them a very specialised beast indeed. And 20K RPM doesn't mean another 25% IOPS over 15K.
My bet? 20K RPM has a very short lifespan both in terms of market volume and reliability. Flash, both SLC, MLC and no doubt other non-spinning technologies, are a much better punt for future high speed storage needs. In front of spinning brown stuff for now, where the trend is slower, not faster. The economics and performance of SATA and SAS disks with massive flash and DRAM caches are just too compelling.
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