Quantum lowers SSD $/MB

Quantum lowers SSD $/MB

The major barrier to implementing solid state disks--extremely high price--is eroding rapidly. Priced at almost $50 per MB only a year ago, some SSD units are approaching $20 per MB.

For example, SSD market leader Quantum recently introduced 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch SSD units, targeted at the Windows NT market, at about $20 per MB. The SCSI-2-based Rushmore NTE series is based on DRAM technology, with an access time of less than 100 microseconds, a throughput of up to 5,000 I/Os per second, and a sustained data rate of more than 13MBps. Capacity ranges from 134MB to 950MB.

At the high end, Quantum introduced the SCSI-3-based Rushmore Ultra series, with sustained data transfer rates of more than 30MBps, through put of up to 8,000 I/Os per second and access times of less than 60 microseconds. Capacity ranges from 134MB to 1.6GB, with pricing around $40 per MB.

SSDs are increasingly being integrated into high-speed RAID subsystems for applications such as video streaming, scientific modeling, OLTP, and Web servers.

Quantum SSD OEMs include RAID vendors Amdahl, Digital Equipment and ECCS. Contact Quantum at (408) 894-4000, www.quantum.com.

This article was originally published on December 01, 1997