Re: "can do 50 full drive writes a day for five years"
Right. I've dug around their website a bit. Most of the stuff is very light on details, the best I can get is from a whitepaper (http://www.smartstoragesys.com/pdfs/WP003_Guardian_Technology.pdf), which, when you get past all the snazzy graphs going upwards, has a few important things in:
- It includes a "Redundant Array of Memory Elements", so yes, there is a lot of redundancy.
- They "treat each cell individually thereby maximizing the effects of stronger flash elements (i.e. those that exhibit higher performance capability) while minimizing the effects of weaker elements". How they know what is 'strong' and 'weak' though I have no idea.
- A job lot of statistical error correction on reads.
- Lots of cache to reduce writes, with some chunky capacitors for when the power fails.
Most importantly though is that they will (to a certain extent) put their money where their mouth is: they give a 5 year guarantee for up to 25 full drive capacity‐writes/day.
So interesting, but I would like more technical information on how they go about this.