June 17, 2008
Houston, Texas

Texas Memory Systems’ Patent Enables High-Capacity Solid State Disk Systems
Texas Memory Systems Improves RAM Solid State Disk Availability

Texas Memory Systems, maker of the World's Fastest Storage®, today announced that the company has been granted a patent for its Instant-On Input-Output (IO2) technology, which enables instant access to data from a RAM-based Solid State Disk (SSD) after a unit is powered on. Without this technology a half-terabyte of data could take up to two hours to be available from SSD memory after a power outage.

Super fast solid state disks, like Texas Memory Systems’ RamSan products, allow organizations to manage very high transaction volumes and larger numbers of users using fewer servers, thus increasing performance while lowering cost and administration efforts. They are used in the financial, telecom, e-commerce, and online-gaming industries, as well as government, military, and research organizations, for online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, and batch processing. The growing size of mission-critical databases and the falling cost of solid state disks have increased demand for high-capacity SSDs making IO2 a must-have.

“Solid state disks are becoming more important in the data center as users demand faster application performance,” said Mike Karp, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. “As these systems achieve faster time-to-performance as well as greater capacity, the ROI calculation begins to shift much more favorably in favor of using SSDs with critical applications. CIOs need to consider the capabilities made available by Texas Memory Systems’ new IO2 technology.”

IO2 increases application availability by making mission-critical data instantly available to an application after an SSD is powered up. A traditional SSD must wait for data to be entirely loaded from internal backup hard disk drives to the RAM storage area before it is accessible. For smaller SSDs, the loss in availability is small. Without IO2, large capacity SSDs are impractical as availability could be lost for up to two hours just to load data from disk to memory. With IO2, the duration of data restoration does not affect system availability, ensuring the highest levels of productivity for users and profitability for the enterprise.

“Although downtime for a RamSan SSD in a production environment is rare, it is a possibility, for example in the case of a planned shutdown,” said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President at Texas Memory Systems. “Because Texas Memory Systems has been the SSD supplier of choice for mission-critical systems for nearly 30 years, we developed the IO2 technology to address any potential loss of productivity caused by delayed data access during power up.”

Texas Memory Systems’ Instant-On Input-Output (IO2) technology, patent number 7,216,222 is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. IO2 will be available as a licensable feature on upcoming RamSan SSDs.

About Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems ( manufactures the World's Fastest Storage® and is the market leader in solid state disks (SSD). Its award winning RamSan line of solid state storage is used to accelerate enterprise applications like OLTP databases, batch processes, and data warehouses. Founded in 1978, the Company sells direct to large enterprise and government organizations. Texas Memory Systems' products are also available through OEM and reseller partners.

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