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Texas Memory Systems’ new RamSan-20 delivers a complete storage system on a
PCI-e card, allowing solution providers to offer customers increased capacity
and performance that installs in minutes.

SSDs (solid-state disks) are becoming increasingly popular in data center
deployments, and improvements in flash technology and pricing are creating
demand for different form factors and connectivity options, says Woody Hutsell,
president of Texas Memory Systems.

Customers have a variety of options when it comes to drives, Hutsell says. RAM
offers the highest performance but the lowest data density, while HDDs (hard
disk drives) offer much greater capacity but are very slow.

“Many companies outgrow how much can be stored in RAM,
and then they have to rely on HDD-based storage, which is expensive,” says

“At some point, customers find they’ll either max out their ability to add
more RAM to servers or find that their HDDs
are just too slow,” Hutsell says. “SSD
offers a compromise—higher capacity and lower cost than RAM
and faster performance than hard disks.”

The RamSan-20 is a PCIe card storage system that uses flash technology to
minimize latency between the server’s processor and storage. As a PCI card,
it’s easily installed in minutes and provides 450GB of usable flash, says

“We’re putting storage inside the server that’s flash-based. It looks just
like a hard disk to an operating system, but it’s hooked into a PCI slot so
customers are unbound from the bandwidth and latency issues that happen with
traditional hard disk solutions,” he says.

The RamSan-20 offers solution providers the ability to increase customers’
performance and capacity while lowering costs simply by introducing the product
into their data centers.

“The RamSan-20 simply snaps into the PCI-e slots on midtier servers and
storage appliances, so as many PCI slots as customers have, that’s how many of
these cards you can use,” says Hutsell.

The solution’s simplicity and affordability will allow solution providers to
bring high-performance storage solutions to not only midtier and enterprise
customers, but to SMBs as well, he says.

Solution providers will find the RamSan-20 a great fit for customers that
need to accelerate server-resident applications that require large, fast buffer
areas and those that are random-access intensive, Hutsell says. This means any
customers whose systems involve large databases, digital video, financial
services and Web applications, for example, he says.

“More users are looking to SSD as they
demand greater application performance,” Hutsell says.

Texas Memory Systems has only one major competitor in the SSD
market, startup Fusion IO, says Hutsell, and Texas Memory has an established history
and strong solution provider channel that gives the company an edge.

“We have established customers, an established channel and partner community,
and have been chasing this market for eight years,” he says.

Texas Memory Systems will start taking orders for the RamSan-20 March 10, according
to Hutsell, and the product will ship to solution providers within 30 to 60