A colleague of mine used this quote in his keynote speech at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara last August. “If you want to be incrementally better: be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: be cooperative.” Source unknown.
Truth is there are a lot of SSD and “SSD-like Hybrid” options in the market today, from chipsets and drivers, to bundles SSD + HDD + board combos, and including Seagate’s Momentus XT the all-in-one solid state hybrid drive. But what frustrated my colleague as he spoke to a large group of industry enablers and eco-system companies, was that they were not all working together collaboratively for the good of the consumer. Critical system components and software would support one technology differently than the others, making it difficult for SSD, HDD, SSHD or other hybrids out there to deliver consistency.
If you want to hear more about John Moon’s challenge to drive higher performance and better durability in your systems, take a look at his very entertaining keynote speech. If you like the way John is pushing the industry to be cooperative then hit the “like” button for him.