Press Release


Texas Memory Systems Launches the Ram-San 210 Solid State Disk

Houston, Texas—April 10, 2001—Texas Memory Systems launched the development of its latest solid state disk, the Ram-San 210. The Ram-San 210 promises to deliver unmatched performance, availability and interoperability all in a 2U space saving chassis.

According to Holly Frost CEO for Texas Memory Systems “the Ram-San 210 will become the industry’s reference standard for solid state disks, all other solid state disks will be measured by how well they stack up to it.” The Ram-San 210 will provide from 4 Gigabytes to 32 Gigabytes of SDRAM storage capacity and either 2 or 4 Fibre Channel interface ports in a 2U rack-mountable chassis. The Ram-San 210 includes an industry leading 700MB/second backplane that can support over 200,000 random I/O’s per second.

“Despite its diminutive size, the Ram-San 210 will pack an enterprise-sized performance punch”, said Woody Hutsell Marketing Director for Texas Memory Systems, “our bandwidth and I/O’s per second capabilities continue to lead the industry by orders of magnitude. What further differentiates the Ram-San 210 are its reliability and availability features.”

Protecting and preserving data is an overriding design objective for the Ram-San 210. Every write from host servers is written to the SDRAM and mirrored to two hot swappable hard disk drives. In the event of external power failure, the Ram-San 210 can continue to operate because of redundant internal uninterruptible power supplies. After a user-defined period, the Ram-San 210 will shut down and wait for power to be restored. When power is restored, the Ram-San 210 will automatically reload SDRAM with the contents from the mirrored disk drives in under 15 minutes. 

“We believe that the Ram-San’s triple mirroring feature provides customers the security they need in order to trust us to store their enterprise data on a solid state disk,” said Paul Kaler, VP of Technology for Texas Memory Systems, “previous implementations of solid state disk have relied on backup upon power failure modes that always seemed too risky to enterprise customers.”

Unparalleled high availability is the final major design objective for the Ram-San 210. The Ram-San 210 includes more high availability features than any other solid state disk in its class. In addition to hot swappable hard disk drives for data retention, the Ram-San includes redundant batteries, hot swappable power supplies, and hot swappable fans. Of high availability, Holly Frost CEO said “our objective is to meet and exceed 99.999% availability for the Ram-San 210”.

The best news is that the Ram-San 210, with all of its industry leading capabilities, is expected to sell for a price well below the average in the industry.

About Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems (TMS) has specialized in high bandwidth, low latency, I/O intensive storage systems since 1978.  TMS products were originally designed to meet the needs of the U.S. defense industry, and now this advanced technology is available for mainstream computer and storage applications.  While the primary focus of our products has been speed, we achieve this speed without resorting to overly complex circuitry.  This emphasis on simplicity allows TMS to deliver outstanding performance with an easily understood and yet highly configurable system.  Texas Memory Systems is a member of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the DAFS Collaborative, and is partnered with Oracle, Sun, Hewlett Packard, and FalconStor in order to deliver the World’s Fastest Storage to the enterprise.

For more information, visit or call Woody Hutsell, Marketing Director, at 713-266-3200. 

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