Its not all about max IOPS
A good summary Chris. It is good that STEC have potential competition. This will help drive the SSD (Enterprise Flash Drive) market. As you say, Pliant need to convince the likes of EMC, IBM etc to use the their drive. One problem is that the EMC Symmetrix has a FC backend (like over enterprise storage arrays), not SAS, which means that the drives would require a FC to SAS converter.
Also as I have blogged (www.spacrc.typepad.com), I don't believe it is all about max IOPS numbers. I don't believe most customers have a need for the max IOPS performance of these SSD's. Most customers would perhaps only currently drive a few thousands IOPS to each drive, and the current generation of enterprise storage arrays cannot exploit the max IOPS potential of these SSD's. There is far more to it than the max IOPS.
Anyway, I will watch this SSD battle with much interest.