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Texas Touts High-Capacity SSD

Texas Memory unveils the RamSan-440, which it claims is the shape of things to come

In a move that Texas Memory Systems believes will have a major impact on the enterprise, the company unveiled its RamSan-440 this week, which it is touting as the highest-capacity RAM-based solid-state disk (SSD).

The latest in a slew of SSD announcements from a plethora of vendors, the RamSan-440 is a non-volatile RAM-based disk that can sustain up to 600,000 IOPS and deliver up to 512GB of storage capacity in a 4U rack-mount chassis.

Texas Memory also claims that the RamSan-440 is the first SSD to use RAIDed NAND Flash for data backup. RAIDed technology protects against the loss of an entire memory board in the event of a failure, ensuring that if a Flash memory module fails, a parity module protects the data.

RAM-based SSDs are the future in the enterprise, according to Woody Hutsell, executive vice president of Texas Memory Systems. "The RamSan-440 is more than just the market leader in performance," he claims, touting the device's "enterprise-grade reliability" thanks to its RAIDed feature and "ease of deployment."

But Texas Memory Systems isn't the only company getting in on the SSD game. Earlier this year, disk supplier STEC introduced Zeus-IOPS, a NAND-based SSD with a 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel interface. Zeus-IOPS has already been rubber-stamped by EMC for its Symmetrix system and is being tested by video-on-demand hardware supplier Concurrent Computer.

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