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Intel, Hitachi Make a Splash in Solid State Storage

Dec 04, 2008, 18:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Shread)

"By partnering with Hitachi, Intel gets enterprise-class SAS and Fibre Channel interfaces and a ready market, while the third-biggest drive maker gets an instant presence in the SSD market. The first products are expected to be available in early 2010 -- when some say the enterprise SSD market should be heating up.

""By partnering with Hitachi GST, we believe we will be able to accelerate the adoption of SSDs in enterprise computing, and thus increase the overall system performance and power efficiency of these applications," said Troy Winslow, director of marketing for Intel's NAND Solutions Group.

""The cooperation of these two players shows they understand that success with SSDs is likely to be about a lot more than the SSD hardware itself," said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Mark Peters. "Optimal operation is a systems issue, and that's part of what Intel gets too.""

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