Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Enmotus stopped by to brief us on their Storage MicroVirtualization and MicroTiering data storage solution. The FuzeDrive software takes a new approach to combining the speed of flash with the capacity of HDDs. Users can install any SSD of their choice, be it m.2, PCIe, SATA, or SAS, and use it to accelerate the underlying HDD storage. Thee Enmotus software intelligently analyzes the data patterns and decides which data to promote to the flash storage. The software works at the block level, so users can still leverage RAID configurations to provide HA capabilities.
One of the immediate benefits is that users get to actually use the capacity of the flash device installed in their system, and of course the speed of the system is increased almost immediately. Enmotus is also working on a collaboration with Viking to work with their NVDIMM technology, which should enable even more expansive data acceleration possibilities. We will be including a video of a working demo, so stay tuned to these pages for an update.
FMS 2014 - Flash Memory Summit 2014 is underway, with LSI teasing its SandForce 3700 controller and its mixed 80/20 (read/write) workload performance, at up to a huge 1.3GB/sec on a native PCIe interface.
This achievement was made possible using the integrated SHIELD error correction with hard and soft LDPC and DSP technology, which works together to provide the associated endurance requirements. The SF3700 controller is built for, and optimized for bi-directional PCIe traffic, which drives the performance up much higher than competing flash controllers. This makes the SF3700 a great choice for enterprise storage.
LSI's Vice President of Marketing, Flash Components Division, Thad Omura, explains: "Flash storage solutions used for client computing, big data, and hyperscale enterprises are continuing to grow at unprecedented levels, driving the need for more advanced flash controllers to manage these data-intensive environments. The SF3700 is the ideal-building block for next-generation storage solutions with its full-duplex architecture. Both enterprise and client applications will benefit from our proprietary LDPC engine which enables customers to significantly extend NAND flash life by dynamically balancing performance and reliability with minimal latency".
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - NVMe has been a popular topic on our pages of late, with our initial article 'Defining NVMe - Hands-on testing with the 1.6TB Intel P3700 SSD' taking an in-depth look at the NVMe specification as a whole, and some included test data that helps highlight the improvements NVMe brings to the table. We followed this with our full evaluation of the first NVMe SSD in the retail space in our 'Intel SSD DC P3700 1.6TB PCIe NVMe Enterprise Review'.
The UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab) tests and certifies NVMe devices for all major vendors. NVMe is a huge topic at the Flash Memory Summit as we see the initial products come to market, and the senior engineer, David Woolf, sat down with us to cover the latest developments.
The UNH-IOL lab is already busy, and with future plug-fests and more products from multiple vendors in the pipeline they will likely bee busy for the next few years ensuring that the future of storage technology works right the first time.
A few years back there were multiple mid-size trucks on the market with Ford, Chevy, Toyota, and Nissan all offering trucks in the segment. Not too long ago Chevy and Ford both dropped their mid-size trucks while Toyota and Nissan went on selling theirs. Chevy is ready to bring its mid-size Colorado truck back to the US and has announced the starting price for the vehicle.
The 2015 Colorado will start at $20,995 including a 200hp 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission. That base level trim will have power windows, a rear camera, and a locking tailgate as well. Pricing for the small truck goes up significantly from there.
The Colorado LT crew cab will start at $27,985 while the top of the line Colorado Z71 crew cab 4x4 will start at $34,990. All of the higher-end versions of the truck will use a 305hp 3.6L V6 and 6-speed automatic.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Diablo stopped by the booth to give us some updates on their progress. Diablo currently provides the MCS architecture which allows NAND devices to communicate via the memory bus. Their MCS technology has been implemented in the UltraDIMM product from SanDisk, which is definitely one of the most anticipated storage developments this year.
One of the big announcements is a new partnership with Supermicro on their upcoming X9-Series platforms. The addition of another OEM, in addition to IBM, adds another avenue of growth for the MCS ecosystem. Diablo has made great gains in the last year with their original Carbon product, and they are already working on Carbon2. Carbon2 will support the DDR4 bus and bring enhanced functionality, such as NanoCommit technology, which will allow applications to leverage MCS products in a more efficient manner. The move to DDR4 also brings along a reduction in latency, which is impressive considering that the MCS architecture already delivers superb latency.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Roger Peene from PMC-Sierra stopped by to chat about their new Flashtec NVRAM drives. Flashtec provides non-volatile DRAM-like performance with the benefit of NAND persistence. These new drives are capable of over ten million IOPS with sub-microsecond latency.
PMC-Sierra has designed the Flashtec drives to work with industry standard interfaces, such as NVMe, via the PCIe 3.0 x8 connection. This makes integration a snap, with no special BIOS or other support required. These drives can fulfill multiple roles in the datacenter due to the ability to be connected as either a memory or block device. Users can actually provision the drives to use both types of addressing simultaneously.
The new drives come in capacities of 4, 8, and 16 GB. These new drives are very exciting and will enable a new ultra-fast storage class memory tier to accelerate critical applications in scale-out storage and all-flash arrays
Timex is stepping into the smartphone market and it's with a product that isn't like most of the others on the market today. Timex's entry into the smartwatch market is called the Ironman One GPS+ and it doesn't need a smartphone to offer GPS and data connectivity. The watch is targeting runners and uses GPS for speed, distance, pace, and other work out details.
There are a lot of GPS watches aimed at runners on the market today that can offer that sort of tracking. What sets the Timex offering apart is that it has internal GPS and doesn't require the runner to have a smartphone with them while they run to gather the data.
The watch has its own connection to the AT&T 3G cellular network and the first year of data on the watch is free. It's unclear what exactly you can do with that AT&T data connection. Timex will sell the watch for $399.95. It's unclear what the price for data after that first year will be. A version of the watch with an integrated heart rate monitor will sell for $439.95.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Emilio Billi with A3cube stopped by the booth to discuss their vision for a new datacenter fabric. The shared memory architecture combines distributed non-transparent bridging to extend PCIe features and benefits among multiple servers.
This scalable interconnection fabric can enable exciting new datacenter architectures, especially in clustering and hyperscale applications.
We all know that looking at your smartphone while you are driving is dangerous and can lead to an accident. There are a lot of gadgets out there designed to help drivers be safer and not look at a smartphone while on the road. A new device has surfaced called Navdy and it gives your car a heads up display sort of like a fighter jet.
Navdy is able to put maps, messages, calls, and apps on your dashboard and will start shipping in early 2015. The device is available for a pre-order price of $299 with the full retail price for the gadget set at $499. Navdy sits on the dash and projects images onto a 5-inch flip up screen.
The projector used is 40 times brighter than an iPhone screen making it easy to view in direct sunlight. The projected image appears to float 6-feet in front of the driver. Pairing with your smartphone is done via Bluetooth 4.0 and answering a phone call is done by waving a finger in front of the screen. Navdy runs customized Android 4.4 and has 8GB of internal storage, it will work with iOS 7 and up and Android.
Sprint has been wooing T-Mobile for a while with Sprint actively looking to purchase the smaller carrier. Regulator opposition was strong since regulators in the US have been clear on several occasions that they like four major US carriers. Tuesday, Sprint announced that it has decided to stop trying to purchase T-Mobile and will move on alone.
Rather than beefing up subscriber numbers by purchasing T-Mobile Sprint will now buckle down and try to add subscribers with better service. Sprint has reported losses every year since 2007. AT&T's bid to purchase T-Mobile was blocked by the FCC and regulators three years ago.
People familiar with the goings on at Sprint also say that CEO Dan Hesse will be replaced and that he could be replaced as soon as this week. A purchase offer by a French carrier Iliad was turned down by T-Mobile with execs saying that offer was dead on arrival.