Texas Memory Systems Reveals 15% Price Drop On Enterprise SSDs

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Whenever a new SSD drops, that always catches our ear. But whenever we hear about solid state drives getting cheaper -- that really catches our attention. Texas Memory Systems has been a name that we're hearing more often these days, and the company is about to get a ton of eyeballs after announcing that they have selected Toshiba in order to leverage new technology and "reduce cost of SLC SSDs." Cheap and SSD in the same sentence? Sing to us!

TMS has decided to integrate Toshiba's next-gen 32nm SLC NAND Flash chips into their products, which allow the company to "lower the price of its flagship RamSan-630 by 15%." Of course, anyone familiar with TMS will know that their products are exactly consumer level, nor are they cheap to begin with, but a public 15% price dip has to be good news for the consumer in general. The new 32nm SLC Flash chips from Toshiba are the smallest and highest density enterprise-grade Flash chips readily available today and are compatible with existing Texas Memory Systems’ RamSan-630. The technology allows Texas Memory Systems to maintain the same capacity within the RamSan-630 with fewer components and is passing the cost savings onto its customers.

The RamSan-630 is the densest, high-performance SLC NAND Flash-based enterprise storage on the market today, and while that may not apply to your home rig today, the precedent set here could indeed affect consumer SSD prices in the near term. And that's something that no consumer should complain about.

Texas Memory Systems Selects Toshiba and Leverages New Technology to Reduce Cost of SLC Flash Solid State Disks

By integrating Toshiba’s next generation 32 nanometer Single Level-Cell (SLC) NAND Flash chips, Texas Memory Systems achieves higher performance at a lower cost.

April 19, 2011, Houston, TX - Texas Memory Systems Inc., makers of the World’s Fastest Storage®, announced today that it has selected Toshiba’s next generation 32nm SLC Flash chips for use in its storage products. These chips allow Texas Memory Systems to lower the price of its flagship RamSan-630 by 15%. Texas Memory Systems’ customers will be the first enterprise solid state disk users to benefit from the performance improvements and greater cost efficiencies provided by this new generation of chip.

“Texas Memory Systems continually evaluates all major Flash memory suppliers’ product offerings to determine the ‘best of breed’,” said Charles Camp, Chief Technology Officer at Texas Memory Systems. “The significant engineering effort put forth to validate the devices is essential in order to guarantee our users receive the best quality and performance from the RamSan.”

The new 32nm SLC Flash chips from Toshiba are the smallest and highest density enterprise-grade Flash chips readily available today and are compatible with existing Texas Memory Systems’ RamSan-630. The technology allows Texas Memory Systems to maintain the same capacity within the RamSan-630 with fewer components and is passing the cost savings onto its customers.

The RamSan-630 is the densest, high-performance SLC NAND Flash-based enterprise storage on the market today. It is a highly reliable, rack-mounted solution that provides ten terabytes of shareable, high performance storage in a single 3U enclosure that consumes only 500 Watts of power. A single RamSan-630 system can replace an entire rack of high-end hard disk drives. Available with 8 Gigabit per second Fibre Channel and Quad Data Rate InfiniBand connectivity, the Texas Memory Systems RamSan-630 is well suited for performance-demanding applications such as high performance computing, data warehousing, and batch processing, as well as database operations based on Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

Additional information and self-service price quotes for the RamSan-630 are available at www.ramsan.com/products/ramsan-630/ 
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I think the only thing to say about price drops on SSD's is sweet...

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HHGrrl replied on Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:11 PM

Here's hoping this precedent will affect the price of consumer-grade SSDs. I really want an SSD but am waiting for the price to come down a bit more.

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