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Lightning SSDs Provide Crazy Fast Speeds

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Pliant's new Lightning line of SSDs provide super fast IOPS that seem... well, lightning fast.

Pliant Technology is claiming in this press release (PDF) that its first series of "lightning" solid state drives (SSD) uses proprietary ASICs to deliver more than twice the input/output operations per second (IOPS) than the fastest SSDs currently on the market. Without using any cache, the Lightning Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) LS achieves near warp speed with 180,000 IOPS in a 3.5-inch form factor. The company's other Lightning SSD, the Enterprise Flash Drive LB, provides 140,000 IOPS in a 2.5-inch form factor.

Pliant said that the LS model will provide sustained read speeds of 525 MB/sec and write speeds of 340 MB/sec, whereas the smaller LB model offers 420 MB/sec read and 220 MB/sec write speeds. Both SSDs provide a "predictable performance profile" across enterprise workloads, with read/write mix varying from 90-percent/10-percent to 60-percent/40-percent, the company said. While removing the write cache feels like skydiving without a parachute, Pliant promises that the new design will eliminate data loss on power interruptions, and deliver consistent performance.

Pliant also claims that its Lightning SSDs offer unlimited writes, and will work without slowdown for at least five years. Designed around the standard 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors, both drives can be easily integrated into existing Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise storage and server systems without the need for modifications. The 3.5-inch LS model offers 300 GB and 1250 GB versions; the 2.5-inch LB model only offers 150 GB of storage.

“The exceptional performance and reliability features of Lightning EFDs allow IT managers to address the most significant challenges they’re facing today, namely, keeping up with continually increasing storage demands with fixed budgets, limited data center floor space and the ever growing cost of power,” said Amyl Ahola, CEO of Pliant Technology. “Our Lightning EFDs will dramatically expand the capabilities of current and future enterprise computing systems in new and innovative ways, enabling IT managers to do more with less: deliver maximum performance with less power, lower cost and a smaller footprint.”

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    kresso , September 15, 2009 8:46 PM
    "The 3.5-inch LS model offers 300 GB and 1250 GB versions" :)  That is quite a lot of space for a SSD. Gotta love typos.... or is it
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    jacobdrj , September 15, 2009 8:36 PM
    About time someone had the guts to pull this type of SSD off.
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  • 15 Hide
    kresso , September 15, 2009 8:46 PM
    "The 3.5-inch LS model offers 300 GB and 1250 GB versions" :)  That is quite a lot of space for a SSD. Gotta love typos.... or is it
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    crisisavatar , September 15, 2009 8:47 PM
    Finally some decent SSDs. All we need now are reasonable prices, perhaps 2-3GB per USD ?
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    Onus , September 15, 2009 8:48 PM
    And the price?
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    jellico , September 15, 2009 8:53 PM
    Give it a few years and SSDs are all we'll use anymore. The traditional magnetic platter drives will be relagated to large scale storage for backup, media servers and SANs.
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    gwolfman , September 15, 2009 9:14 PM
    Hopefully these are SATA-6G/SAS-6G since the current generation isn't capable of such speeds.
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    Hanin33 , September 15, 2009 9:16 PM
    jellicoGive it a few years and SSDs are all we'll use anymore. The traditional magnetic platter drives will be relagated to large scale storage for backup, media servers and SANs.


    sounds familiar... something about multi-processors/multi-core/multi-threaded applications taking over... back in 2003... and yet... here we are in 2009 and while dual core processors are all the rage, decent multi-threaded applications are still few and far between... we can't even get x64 fully adopted... make no mistake, magnetic spinning discs will be with us for even longer than expected...
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    thackstonns , September 15, 2009 9:18 PM
    and only 1.5 million dollars per GB. jk. But I bet they will be expensive!!!!
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 9:31 PM
    So, when can we expect another Toms speed record-breaking array? ;) 
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 15, 2009 9:55 PM
    kresso"The 3.5-inch LS model offers 300 GB and 1250 GB versions" That is quite a lot of space for a SSD. Gotta love typos.... or is it

    The press release says the following:

    2. User capacities: LS (3.5-inch) = 300GB and 150GB; LB (2.5-inch) = 150 GB

    So ya it is a typo its supposed to be 300GB and 150GB
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    cybrcatter , September 15, 2009 10:27 PM
    I can usually spot a Kevin Parrish news blog from title alone.
    Only he would turn "crazy" into an adverb in a title.
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    dingumf , September 15, 2009 10:43 PM
    kyeanaib4 "can it play crysis?"


    its inb4 not ib4
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    Area51 , September 15, 2009 11:48 PM
    when will they release the unit?
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    kittle , September 16, 2009 12:22 AM
    price?
    availability?

    Teasing only goes so far
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    snotling , September 16, 2009 12:35 AM
    is it based on a new controler? how does it handle 4k random writes?
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    falchard , September 16, 2009 2:17 AM
    No its multiple SSDs stacked ontop of each other.

    Price: Your first born.
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    mjblay , September 16, 2009 2:37 AM
    I love the CEO's last name -- does he pronounce it A-Hole-a? Bet he's a jerk of a boss...
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2009 3:13 AM
    seems like someone put 3 flash based boards in a raid config!
    Probably with a limitation to read from 2, and write to 1 board at a time.
    That'd explain their high speeds.

    If this is so, we could see 100GB SSD's for about $200; which is an awesome price!
    But their battery life would also be nearly trippled compared to another SSD!
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    seatrotter , September 16, 2009 3:18 AM
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    Pliant also claims that its Lightning SSDs offer unlimited writes...

    ...but is capped at 5TB.

    First thought that came to my mind. Reminded me of the crap-tastic fiasco with the ISPs. hehehe :D 
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