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Solid State Drives (SSD) Company Profiles and SWOT Analysis

  • ID: 3743674
  • Company Profile
  • October 2016
  • Web-Feet Research

The SSD SWOT Analysis and Company Profile, provides the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of 60+ standard form factor SSD vendors and 30+ third party Controller manufactures. This report recognizes the difficulty of knowing which SSD and controller storage companies are active in the market, what products and services do they offer and who is advancing the ‘intelligent processing’ of memory and storage.   This timely update also lists the major vendors in hardware: Enterprise Solutions and All Flash Arrays, and through software/firmware: Business Intelligence and Analytics, Data Analytics, In-Memory Compute, Object Storage and Distributed File Systems, and NVMf Fabrics.  

Besides being a veritable who’s who covering the players in each market, this analysis provides more clarity in highlighting how the SSD and controllers are evolving towards the merging of memory and hot storage. The hardware side of the SSDs shows the host interface moving from SATA and SAS to PCIe/NVMe and into the Memory channel. On the controller side are advances in handling or processing large data sets, reducing latency, improving LDPC and ECC, applying real time compression, enabling object storage, and enhancing security. As Storage Class Memories (SCM) enter the market next year, how are the controller vendors like CNEX, NGD Systems or Symbolic IO able to optimize the features of SCM or counter with their unique approach. 

The SSD market has approximately 150 SSD suppliers. While this publication covers over 60 notable SSD companies  and 30 controller companies with SWOT analyses along with product summaries and other relevant information.   The tool utilizes the Excel sort capability to sort on a specific company (s)  and/or by market segment to assist users in their company analysis  and provide additional  insights on their competitors.  

Included will be company profiles describing the focus of the company, its SSD / controller products, technology and all other relevant information.  In some cases information may not be readily available.  In these instances estimates will be given based on known information about the company or will be left blank until data becomes available.

Some of the parameters of the SSD controllers  cover are the physical NV media, the channels to Flash Interface in the Memory controller ASIC/FPGA, and where the Flash File System /Flash Translation Layer is stored in firmware along with the Host interface.  Some of the Open-Channel SSDs offload portions of the internal FTL to the host, which allows the host to manage some functions of the SSD.  The Host has a SSD interface (PCIe, SAS, SATA,...), low level Drivers, an Operating System, and a User Application. In order to connect multiple SSDs and Host devices, an interface to the Host Fabric controller is provided  like NVMe over Fabrics (NVMf) and other RDMA fabrics, which allows storage to be shared from File, Block, or Object  formats. Object storage is rapidly becoming the platform for handling the explosive growth of data, since it scales, is securable, affordable and can support  diverse workloads.

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1. Introduction

2. Companies (Select by Company)
3. Markets Served Segmentation
a. Enterprise
b. Client
c. Commercial

4. Company Information
a. Strengths
b. Weaknesses
c. Opportunities
d. Threats
e. Headquarters Locations
f. Corporate Status
g. SSD Products
h. SSD Capability
i. Other Products in Portfolio
j. Flash and Controller Suppliers for SSDs
k. IP Considerations
l. Patents Granted
m. Known Customers
n. Number of Employees
o. Relevant Comments
5. SSD Company List

6. Enterprise Solutions

7. All Flash Arrays

8. Business Intelligence and Analytics

9. Data Analytics

10. In-Memory Compute

11. Object Storage and Distributed File Systems

12. NVMf Fabrics

13. Controllers
a. Strengths
b. Weaknesses
c. Opportunities
d. Threats
e. Available Products
f. Firmware
g. Performance Options
h. ECC
i. Compression

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