Viking Modular had the vision to develop the SATADIMM and then move onto manufacturing the drive. Most companies lack the vision to get past step one, but Viking is a company looking to develop products that are unconventional to make better use of conventional problems. The current portfolio of products has several of these unique solutions, but dreaming and then producing is only 2/3 of the way to a successful product.
Viking was very quiet when we started asking about availability and pricing. This has us a little worried since usually companies are throwing their availability and pricing at us before we even think to ask. The SATADIMM shouldn't be kept in a tightly sealed bottle only for the OEM market to utilize. Even in its current enterprise form with the SF-1500, many people and companies could effectively use the SATADIMM in their densely populated servers. A SF-1200 product would see even higher adaption and even a solid group of consumers would get in on the action.
The sad thing is the door on low cost, high performance 3Xnm flash is closing, but at the same time the SF-2000 door is opening and it offers even higher performance with even lower cost 25nm flash. I would really like to see Viking Modular update the SATADIMM with the new technology rapidly and then make the moves necessary to get these on the open market. I would be the first in line to pick up a SF-2200 SATADIMM with low cost 25nm flash to use in my media center as a boot drive. That would free up a 3.5" HDD slot for the RAID 5 array.
The Viking Modular SATADIMM performs with the best SandForce drives on the market and outperforms all of the other SF-1500 drives we've tested to date. The performance is there and the need for such a product is high. Now we just need Viking to do the rest.
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