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DataDirect Scopes Out SSDs

SAN specialist DataDirect Networks is planning to add solid state disk (SSD) technology to its S2A hardware later this year, and, despite a tough economic climate, is still working toward its IPO.

SSD is the next natural extension to the concept of tiering,” says Alex Bouzari, the Data Direct CEO, explaining that the vendor will offer SSDs sometime in the fourth quarter. “We will have a tier zero, which is SSD, a tier one, which is SAS, and a tier two and tier three, which is SATA.”

The exec would not reveal whether DataDirect will use Flash or DRAM-based SSDs, although he confirmed that the vendor will likely finalize its plans within the next 45 days.

DataDirect’s rival EMC has already added Flash-based SSDs from STEC to its Symmetrix system and Sun recently jumped on the solid state bandwagon, announcing plans for its own Flash memory SSDs.

Other focus areas for DataDirect are cloud storage and Web 2.0.

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