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Sun & Samsung Sketch Out SSD Plans

Sun fleshed out its plans for solid state disk today, announcing a partnership with Samsung to develop a single-cell NAND Flash memory device, which it claims will push the performance envelope of existing SSD technology.

Samsung has developed what it describes as a server-grade NAND” memory device for SSDs, which it claims can expand the life cycle of any high transaction data processing server.

“The faster the product, the longer the life, the more value the customer gets out of that,” says Graham Lovell, Sun’s senior director of open storage, adding that Sun is “absolutely on target” with its SSD roadmap.

Last month Sun announced plans to offer 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs across its servers and storage products in the second half of this year, underlining the growing momentum behind SSD technology.

”A lot of people said that it's ‘two years out’ before you can implement this technology, but it’s not -- it’s here and now,” says Lovell. “From the perspective of putting these into enterprise-class servers and storage devices, there’s a huge opportunity to do this in the second half of this year.

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