The assault on hard disk storage seems to be building with each new flash memory offering. This week, Violin Memory launched a new solid state memory line aimed to replace primary storage in the datacenter. The Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Arrays is designed as an all-silicon storage solution for data-intensive enterprise applications, and is intended to compete against disk-based solutions in cost, both upfront and operationally.
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has announced the sequel to its original SFA10000 product. The SFA10K-X unveiled on Tuesday is the company’s first major upgrade to its Storage Fusion Architecture product line originally launched in June 2009.
While SSDs are expensive, prices are falling and some users are seeing remarkable returns from their investment.
Garth Gibson outlined the role of SSDs as storage vendors work toward the exascale vision on 2018.
Storage maker Texas Memory Systems has launched the RamSan-810, its first enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash-based product, expanding the company’s market reach into the tier 1 storage arena. The move comes as more solid state disk (SSD) vendors are using the technology to challenge disk-based systems on performance-demanding applications.
With all the focus on more powerful microprocessors, sometimes it’s easy to forget that speedier chips do no good if memory is your bottleneck. In the final ISC’11 keynote of the week, Micron Technology VP Dean Klein talked about technologies that can help to alleviate this problem. HPCwire asked Klein to preview the topic and give us his take on where he thinks memory technologies are heading, especially in regard to high performance computing.
VeloBit, which emerged from stealth today following an undisclosed round of funding, is talking up its soon-to-launch software cure for SSD performance ills. Although their product won’t appear until later in the year, they claim their solution packs an order of magnitude price-performance improvement for solid-state drives.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have built a solid state storage system that they claim outperforms state-of-the-art flash memory products. The new system, know as Moneta, uses phase change memory, a technology that some predict will replace the NAND flash memory used in nearly every solid state drive today.
Enterprise SSD maker Texas Memory Systems (TMS) has been kicking up some dust lately, announcing record-breaking performance results with its RamSan-630 product and launching its latest PCIe flash offering. Specifically, TMS recently put up some rather impressive numbers in two key benchmarks established by the Storage Performance Council. And then this week, the company introduced its next-generation PCIe flash memory product, the RamSan-70.
SSDs are worth it if they are dedicated to data that’s read frequently, such as information in a database or popular multimedia content. However, what’s most popular can change over time, and not all the data in a particular LUN (logical unit number) may qualify.