Transcend Information saw its cumulative 2015 shipments of SSD (solid state drive) products through March reach nearly the total shipped in the first half of 2014, according to the Taiwan-based company. Transcend specializes in the manufacture of memory modules, but has in recent years put increased focus on SSDs and other industrial and strategic products. The company noted that March sales of its industrial and strategic products totaled NT$1.16 billion (US$37.1 million) accounting for 51.4% of its total revenues for the month.
Micron Technology has raised its prices for NAND flash memory amid short supply from SanDisk, according to industry sources. Micron ships NAND flash chips mainly to Intel and Seagate based on long-term, fixed-price contracts, said the sources. While having the majority of its production capacity reserved for orders placed by the two biggest clients, Micron has told its other clients that prices for NAND flash chips have been adjusted upward on tight capacity, the sources noted.
The much anticipated infrastructure refresh cycles and the new greenfield projects, which the government is planning to launch soon, will be the major drivers of growth for India’s storage and servers market. The server and storage vendors have their eyes set on the programmes such as ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, both of which are expected to lead to the rise of a large number of greenfield projects.
Prices for 256GB SSDs will likely fall below US$70 in the second half of 2015, while prices for 128GB drives will reach a sweet spot of US$40, according to Apacer Technology general manager CK Chang. With SSDs becoming more affordable, a wave of demand could be stimulated, said Chang. Upstream chip vendors have migrated their process technologies to 14nm, 15nm or 16nm, dragging production costs down substantially. As a result, prices for NAND flash memory will fall resulting in more friendly prices for SSDs, Chang indicated.
According to International Data Corporation IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Storage Tracker, Q3 2014 India external storage market witnessed a double-digit quarter-on-quarter growth (in vendor Revenue) and stood at USD 61.97 million though year-on-year was a de-growth. Q3 2014 witnessed a recovery majorly due to some large multi-million dollar deals that were absent from last few quarters.
A team of scientists from the Australian National University is developing a prototype optical quantum hard drive technology to improve storage time by a factor of over 100. They’ve already successfully improved the prototype’s storage time to six hours, which is a step towards developing a secure worldwide data encryption network using quantum information. This network could be used for online banking transactions and emails, according to the scientists. Quantum information would be written onto the nuclear spins of a europium ion using laser light.
Although only a prototype, the new player could soon solve the problem of finding and watching native content on ultra-high definition television sets. Panasonic claims that the new technology is a true breakthrough in that it represents the world’s first capable of supporting playback at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and at 60 frames a second and as such is a major step towards simplifying how consumers watch 4K Ultra HD content in their homes.
Amazon Web Services has made its new Zocalo collaboration and file sharing service available in Sydney from today. A representative for AWS announced the availability in the web services giant’s developer forums (registration required). Until today, local Zocalo users had been hosted on the Oregon AWS instance on the West Coast of the United States.
NAND flash chip controller maker Phison Electronics has seen its sales grow robustly in 2014. And under the leadership of its chairman Khein-Seng Pua, the company has initiated a restructuring plan, dubbed “Phison 2.0″ that will drive it to focus on SSD products for sustainable growth.
DataCore Software has given certification to Fujitsu Primergy BX and CX servers. The software-defined storage and virtual storage area network (SAN) solutions have doubled in scale and performance according to DataCore. The products are aimed at the mid-market. Particularly, organisations running Microsoft virtualisation projects and mixed Hyper-V and VMware environments running business critical applications like Microsoft Dynamics ERP, SQL databases, SharePoint, Exchange, SAP, Oracle and VDI.
BANGALORE, INDIA: As organizations continue to grapple with the problem of how to leverage Big Data as they cross the Petabyte divide, Fujitsu today introduces ETERNUS CD10000 which helps organizations eliminate the major headaches associated with the exponential growth of data. The new ETERNUS CD10000 system heralds a new era of extremely high capacity solutions for everyday data retention and management problems.
Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage), today announced a partnership with Beijing-based server manufacturer SuperCloud. SuperCloud is a joint venture between the Beijing government and Cloud Valley. The company is one of the innovative companies working within the auspices of Cloud Valley. Cloud Valley was founded by noted Chinese Internet entrepreneur Edward Tian, and is now home to nearly twenty companies focusing on cloud computing hardware, software and services.
Public sector organisations are generating and collecting more data today. The increase use of rich-media and large data sets makes it even more pressing to find efficient storage solutions. The City University of Hong Kong recently invested US$1 million to upgrade its enterprise storage infrastructure. Dr Andy Chun, CIO, told FutureGov how the project improved his team’s productivity, saved operating costs and reduced the university’s carbon footprint.
SSD (solid-state drive) prices in the China market have drastically fallen, with prices for a 128GB model dropping to US$50-55 and those for a 256GB model to below US$100, according to Taiwan-based memory module makers. The prices declined following a price war started by China-based SSD vendors TIGO Technology and Galaxy Microsystems, the sources said. TIGO’s SSD solutions are provided by Taiwan-based Phison Electronics and Galaxy’s NAND flash controller ICs are supplied by Taiwan-based JMicron Technology, the sources noted.
Global information storage in 2013 was estimated at 4.4ZB (zettabyte) and is forecast to increase to 447ZB in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 44% during the seven-year period, according to HGST Taiwan and Shanghai general manager Vincent Chen. Global storage market has seen structural changes in three waves, with storage devices set up in main frames in the first wave, client server-based distributed storage in the second, and cloud computing-based storage to meet storage at any time and Big Data demand in the third, Chen said.
Spending on storage inched up in 2014’s second quarter on the same period last year. But the small rise disguises a fall in the amount firms are spending on external disks. The real picture for external storage systems is that second-quarter factory revenues worldwide were down 1.4 percent on the same period a year ago to $5.87bn. Causing a modest 0.3 percent overall rise in revenues between second quarter 2014 and 2013 are strong internal storage sales in the Asia-Pacific region and emerging markets, analyst firm IDC said. Overall spending on storage reached $7.8bn in the second quarter this year.
Cloudian, a California-based company with a major presence in Japan, announced a US$24 million financing round today. The firm received funds from existing investors like Intel Capital as well as newcomers Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Fidelity Growth Partners Japan. The funding is earmarked for powering Cloudian’s global sales and marketing. Japan sales are already very healthy – seven of the 16 top clients listed on the company’s website are Japanese corporations.
Global SSD sales are expected to grow 60% on year in 2014 after nearly doubling a year earlier, buoyed by continually declining NAND flash prices, slimming-down of notebooks, and the rise of convertible tablets, according to Digitimes Research. SSD products with a storage capacity of 60GB were the mainstream in 2012, but shipments of 120GB and 240GB models began gaining momentum in 2013, buoyed by falling prices. By 2014, 240GB models have become the mainstream, while the roll-out of 480GB devices is likely to drive a new round of shipment growth, said Digitimes Research.
In view of continued growth in global demand for SSDs, Micron Technology and SK Hynix are interested in investing in Taiwan-based SSD controller IC design houses including Silicon Motion Technology, Phison Electronics and JMicron Technology to strengthen their competitiveness, according to industry sources.