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Report Bundle: Solid State Drives (SSD) Markets and Applications 2017 + SSD SWOT Analysis and Company Profile
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|Report Bundle: Solid State Drives (SSD) Markets and Applications 2017 + SSD SWOT Analysis and Company Profile|
|Published: August 28, 2017||Content info:||
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As the SSD market tracks through 2017, the long anticipated rollout of All Flash Arrays featuring NVMe is finally finding traction at the high end of the enterprise market. Making the transition from SATA and SAS to PCIe and NVMe has been fraught with delays in standardizing the NVMe protocols and developing an encompassing Ethernet-type fabric like the NVMf (fabric). Overall, the SSD market has grown significantly in all three markets: enterprise, client and commercial.
Adoption of new faster technologies like NVMe and the Memory Channel, along with the introduction of 3D NAND and ReRAM/XPoint is facilitating a storage to memory transformation. Traditional storage models are now transitioning to a period of radical change to accommodate the exponential rise in data volume. In a broader sense, not only is the technology element used for storage in a state of change, but also the architecture for the control plane and data plane fabrics.
Historically, the storage industry has tried to balance the two trends of performance and capacity. Having enough high performance memory/storage to process the active data set governs the performance layer and storing all the data in the highest capacity at the lowest cost determines the capacity layer. In the last decade, SSDs in client, enterprise, and commercial applications continue to mature. Flash-based SSDs are now accepted as the better performance storage option over HDDs in enterprise and client segments. On the capacity layer, SSDs are becoming affordable and vying to take over the storage function from HDDs on Tier 1and part of Tier 2. SSD suppliers and controller companies continue to make significant improvements in both lowering costs and boosting overall performance and reliability through improved controllers. These controller advancements are utilizing signal processing and algorithms for managing NAND cells for improved utilization and performance, while the host interface is also evolving on a system level.
Early SSDs utilized SATA interfaces patterned from the HDD protocols - many are still in use today. However, there was a migration to the faster SAS interfaces from the enterprise SSDs. In the older RAID-systems Tier 1 used mission critical enterprise HDDs with SAS interfaces. Displacing enterprise HDDs with SAS SSDs helped to improve performance and interoperability by easing the HDD to SSD transition.
On a system level, the first Hybrid storage system utilized fast SATA SSDs for the performance layer and dense HDDs for capacity. As the data sets got bigger and the workloads demanded faster performance a Flash-Hybrid Array was developed with faster SAS SSDs used for performance and for some of the capacity layer along with HDDs. To further increase speed, PCIe SSDs began to gain traction in enterprise by putting storage closer to memory via the PCIe bus. These early proprietary PCIe SSDs vastly improved interface performance and reduced bottlenecks in a server, but with its lack of interoperable protocols, it was not able to scale up in capacity or scale out. Consequently, the PCIe NVMe (Non Volatile Memory- Express) interface was developed to standardize and accelerate the adoption of the NVMe interface. The NVMf (fabric) allows multiple NVMe drives to connect (scale) and run at the higher NVMe transfer speeds thereby enabling the Data Center to improve overall system performance and reduce latency. Through implementation into All Flash Arrays, the NVMe protocol not only operates at a much higher throughput and connects multiple storage drives but it further closes the gap between the control layer and the capacity layer, which is comprised of 3D NAND SSDs.
Adoption of SSDs in client, commercial and enterprise applications gained momentum in 2015 with shipments and revenue totaling 111.1M units and $17.7B respectively. The results for 2016 show the TOC and TAC for SSDs is better than HDDs for both enterprise and client. For the end of 2021 WFR projects $44.4B in revenue.
SSDs, All Flash Arrays and Memory Channel DIMMs will replace the older technologies like HDDs and offset some DRAM for the performance side of storage. As SSD adoption accelerates, the high capacities afforded by HDDs for their lower unit costs coupled with the power savings makes HDD archive systems viable for the next 10 years.
The SSD SWOT Analysis and Company Profile, provides the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of 60+ standard form factor SSD vendors and 30+ third party Controller manufactures. This report recognizes the difficulty of knowing which SSD and controller storage companies are active in the market, what products and services do they offer and who is advancing the ‘intelligent processing' of memory and storage. This timely update also lists the major vendors in hardware: Enterprise Solutions and All Flash Arrays, and through software/firmware: Business Intelligence and Analytics, Data Analytics, In-Memory Compute, Object Storage and Distributed File Systems, and NVMeoF Fabrics.
Besides being a veritable who's who covering the players in each market, this analysis provides more clarity in highlighting how the SSD and controllers are evolving towards the merging of memory and hot storage. The hardware side of the SSDs shows the host interface moving from SATA and SAS to PCIe/NVMe and into the Memory channel. On the controller side are advances in handling or processing large data sets, reducing latency, improving LDPC and ECC, applying real time compression, enabling object storage, and enhancing security. As Storage Class Memories SCM) enter the market next year, how are the controller vendors like CNEX, NGD Systems or Symbolic IO able to optimize the features of SCM or counter with their unique approach.
The SSD market has approximately 150 SSD suppliers. While this publication covers over 60 notable SSD companies and 30 controller companies with SWOT analyses along with product summaries and other relevant information. The tool utilizes the Excel sort capability to sort on a specific company (s) and/or by market segment to assist users in their company analysis and provide additional insights on their competitors.
Included will be company profiles describing the focus of the company, its SSD / controller products, technology and all other relevant information. In some cases information may not be readily available. In these instances estimates will be given based on known information about the company or will be left blank until data becomes available.
Some of the parameters of the SSD controllers cover are the physical NV media, the channels to Flash Interface in the Memory controller ASIC/FPGA, and where the Flash File System /Flash Translation Layer is stored in firmware along with the Host interface. Some of the Open-Channel SSDs offload portions of the internal FTL to the host, which allows the host to manage some functions of the SSD. The Host has a SSD interface (PCIe, SAS, SATA,...), low level Drivers, an Operating System, and a User Application. In order to connect multiple SSDs and Host devices, an interface to the Host Fabric controller is provided like NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) and other RDMA fabrics, which allows storage to be shared from File, Block, or Object formats. Object storage is rapidly becoming the platform for handling the explosive growth of data, since it scales, is securable, affordable and can support diverse workloads.