Summary: SSDL has released the SCSIFlash-Fast, a highly reliable and configurable solid-state drive that serves as a seamless replacement for outdated SCSI hard disk drives in legacy systems, offering improved performance and network connectivity options.
- Seamless upgrade or replacement for traditional HDDs
- Configurability to match SCSI version and disk sector size
- Superior reliability and security compared to outdated HDDs
Solid State Disks Ltd (SSDL), a manufacturer of solid-state drives (SSDs) and a value-added reseller (VAR) of Flash and DRAM solutions, has launched an impressive new product called SCSIFlash-Fast. This innovative solution serves as a seamless upgrade or replacement for traditional electromechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) that utilize the SCSI interface.
The SCSIFlash-Fast drive leverages the tried-and-true SCSI drive architecture and incorporates industrial CFast or M.2 SSD memory, offering Storage capacities ranging from 2 GB to a whopping 1 TB. With write speeds of up to 80 MB/s, this drive is initially available with 68- and 80-pin connectors. Its primary goal is to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or system maintainers to replace or upgrade outdated HDDs that were manufactured back in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. By doing so, system reliability and security can be significantly enhanced.
James Hilken, the Sales & Marketing Director at SSDL, emphasizes the importance of this development: “Numerous computer-based systems across industries such as aerospace, defense, manufacturing, medical, and telecommunications were designed decades ago and equipped with state-of-the-art SCSI hard disk drives at the time. Unfortunately, these antiquated drives are now prone to failure due to their moving parts. Our SCSIFlash-Fast drive serves as an incredibly reliable replacement for any SCSI hard disk drive that is over two decades old.”
One of the key advantages of SCSIFlash-Fast is its configurability. It can perfectly replicate the behavior of the SCSI HDD it replaces, eliminating the need for any modifications to the host system. This is particularly crucial in cases where modifying the system would either compromise its certified functionality or prove to be cost-prohibitive. SSDL’s SCSIFlash-Fast ensures that the SCSI version matches that of the host system (SASI, SCSI-1, SCSI-2, or Ultra3), while also allowing for customization of the disk sector size (256, 512, 768, 1024, 2048, or 4096). Additional configurations, including data preloading, can also be applied.
Hilken further explains the seamless integration of SCSIFlash-Fast: “We have made it possible to remove an outdated SCSI drive and insert an SCSIFlash-Fast drive without the host system detecting any difference. Moreover, our solid-state drive offers superior reliability compared to its predecessor. It is more secure, consumes less power, operates quietly, and can even be networked through an optional Ethernet port. This networking capability enables remote access for tasks like backups and system reboots.”
Notable features of the SCSIFlash-Fast drive include its ability to automatically detect 16- or 8-bit data operation, as well as support for single-ended (SE) and low voltage differential (LVD) signaling. Additionally, a single unit can accommodate multiple SCSI addresses and logical unit numbers (LUNs), and its microcode can be easily upgraded via USB.
In terms of power requirements, SCSIFlash-Fast operates on a 5VDC supply and consumes a mere 0.8 W (excluding the power drawn by the storage media, which varies depending on the memory type). The drive adheres to the industry-standard 3.5″ disk drive form factor, measuring 102 x 147 x 25 mm (W x L x H). Interested customers can obtain detailed datasheets for the two launch drives by visiting www.solidstatedisks.com/legacy-tapes-drives.
Overall, SSDL’s SCSIFlash-Fast represents a solution that addresses the pressing need to replace outdated SCSI HDDs in legacy systems. With its exceptional reliability, configurability, and network connectivity options, this drive is poised to revolutionize the storage landscape for various industries.
HDD: A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is a classic data storage device that utilizes spinning disks, or platters, coated with a magnetic material to store and retrieve data. An actuator arm with read/write heads accesses data by moving over the spinning platters. HDDs offer large storage capacities at a comparatively lower cost per gigabyte, making them suitable for applications where massive data storage is required, such as servers and desktop computers. However, HDDs are slower in terms of read and write speeds compared to SSDs due to the mechanical nature of their operation. They are more susceptible to physical shocks and are less energy-efficient due to the need to constantly spin the platters.
M.2: M.2, also known as Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), is a computer expansion card format that is designed to replace the outdated mSATA standard. It is thinner and longer than mSATA, which gives it a much higher data transfer rate. The M.2 format measures 22mm in width and can measure up to 110mm in length. It uses the M-key and B-key connectors to interface with PC host systems, and can connect to both SATA III and PCIe for data transfer. Due to its small size, M.2 is often used for ultra-slim laptops and netbooks, as well as in embedded SSDs for tablets and other mobile devices. It is also becoming increasingly popular in the desktop computer industry, thanks to its compactness and fast transfer speeds. This makes M.2 ideal for gaming PCs, workstations, and other demanding applications that require high levels of data throughput.
SSD: A Solid State Drive (SSD) is a modern data storage device that employs flash memory technology to store data electronically. Unlike traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in significantly faster read and write speeds. This leads to quicker boot times, faster application loading, and smoother overall system performance. SSDs are known for their durability, shock resistance, and energy efficiency, making them ideal for laptops, ultrabooks, and other portable devices. They come in various form factors, including 2.5-inch, M.2, and PCIe cards, and are favored for their reliability, quiet operation, and reduced heat generation
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