Solid-state drives were made sexy by Apple’s MacBook Air and have now been given extra spice by Fusion-io’s announcement of an initial public offering. The company focuses on SSDs in the enterprise rather than consumer devices, has Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as chief scientist and can boast an impressive list of investors from Samsung to top VC firms Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Meritech Capital Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Read more

Solid-state Flash drives (SSDs ) are making inroads at both ends of the computer market – finding a place in small netbooks and also beginning to replace the traditional hard-disk drive for data storage in the enterprise.

Pliant Technology , a Silicon Valley start-up, says it can show huge savings over traditional drives with its SSDs, the first of which are launched today. Read more