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SanDisk acquires SMART Storage Systems

SanDisk continues their string of SSD-related acquisitions today with the purchase of SMART Storage Systems for $307 Million. This purchase comes after there was tremendous speculation that SanDisk was looking to acquire OCZ over the last several months. SMART Storage Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMART Worldwide Holdings, is a leading provider of current and next-generation enterprise solid state drive (SSD) products and technology.


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SMART Storage Systems makes more sense as an acquisition for SanDisk due to their patent portfolio that includes such revolutionary technologies as the Guardian Technology Suite. SMART also has much deeper penetration into the enterprise market than OCZ, and SanDisk has traditionally focused on enterprise-centric acquisitions in the SSD market. Recent acquisitions of Pliant and FlashSoft have created significant value for SanDisk over the last several years as they increase their presence in the enterprise market.

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LSI expands its Nytro PCIe Flash Adapter portfolio

LSI Corporation announced news of the latest version of the Nytro WarpDrive and the new Nytro MegaRAID software features. LSI Nytro products provide ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth performance required for Big Data applications, hyperscale web and cloud datacenters, financial services, virtual desktops and server workloads. These flash solutions provide significant reductions in TCO through lower power consumption, less floor space and frugal IOPS-to-Watts requirements.


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The flash segment has proven to be a big winner for LSI, with the delivery of over 50,000 PCIe flash cards having propelled LSI into the #2 position for the worldwide flash adapter market. The expansion of the Nytro product line includes enhanced hardware capabilities and new Nytro MegaRAID features.

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Supermicro displays SuperStorage 6047R-E1R72L with 72 HDD bays

Computex Taipei 2013 - The Supermicro line of SuperStorage Servers features one server with a whopping 72 HDD bays for maximum storage density. How do you cram 72 HDD's into one chassis?


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Dual-drive HDD bays help to double the number of storage devices per slot. There is also an integrated LSI 2308 HBA to help handle the vast number of storage devices.


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The 6047R-E1R72L supports the C602 chipset and Xeon E5-2600 family of processors. There is up to 512GB of RAM support, and 4 PCI-e x8 low profile slots for attaching the HBA's and/or RAID controllers needed for such a dense storage deployment.

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Supermicro displays SuperStorage Server at Computex 2013

Computex Taipei 2013 - Supermicro had a beast of a SuperStorage Server on display at Computex 2013, with support for up to 24 x 2.5" drives, which could either be the latest and greatest 10 and 15K HDDs, or SSDs, including the new breed of 12Gb/s SSDs on the market.


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From the top, we can see the three 12Gb/s controllers for the HDD bays. We typically expect rebranded HBA's and RAID controllers for large OEM suppliers, but the origin of these controllers is unclear.


Supermicro was not forthcoming with many details, including the ROC utilized in these builds. These controllers look to be a custom design with large capacitors to the end of the board.


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Supermicro displays 12-node 5038ML-H12TRF Haswell server architecture

Computex Taipei 2013 - At Computex 2013, Supermicro displayed their newest line of Haswell servers, with the SuperServer 5038ML-H12TRF on display.


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The power efficiency of the new Haswell architecture provides the possibility for enhanced density in server solutions. Here we can observe a 1U rack with a single processor server.


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Here we see the 12-node version of the Supermicro Supersaver 5038ML-H12TRF on display. These hotpluggable racks pull out for easy service and each hold 2 drives for storage.


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Each tray holds one CPU and up to 32GB of Ram. These dense compute servers each feature dual port Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.


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Support for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 families allows for power consumption of 13 to 80 Watts per node, and the C224 chipset.

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Login VSI releases version 4.0

Login VSI B.V. has announced a major new release of their flagship performance testing application Login VSI.


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Login VSI is an industry standard benchmarking tool for measuring performance and scalability of centralized desktop environments, such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC). The performance-testing program simulates unique user workloads to test VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, or any other Windows based hosted desktop solution.


The new Login VSI 4.0 dramatically improves ease of installation, test creation, and management. Login VSI 4.0 also offers unparalleled production realism in workload patters, datasets, and test execution.


The new Login VSI reduces the test footprint by 90%, smoothing installation and deployment. Management centralization, updates, and logging makes the Login VSI experience more efficient and Direct Desktop Launch (DDL) mode enables large-scale testing with minimal infrastructure.


Another great new feature of Login VSI 4.0 is the improved test realism. Standard workloads have been increased from 14 to 48-minute loops, and the workload datasets now offer 1000 different documents per type, larger websites, and a video library in every format to ensure a real-world variety in data usage.

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Micron Announces the New P420m PCIe 25nm MLC Enterprise SSD

Today Micron is unveiling their new P420m I/O Accelerator in two form factors. The P420m rounds out Microns ever-growing line of enterprise offerings with a standard PCIe HHHL (Half-Height Half-Length card and the world's first MLC 2.5" PCIe SSD.


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The Micron P420m accelerates performance of today's demanding data center applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing and virtualization. The 2.5" P420m will come in capacities of 350 and 700GB and features random read performance up to 430,000 I/OPS. This version also packs a whopping 1.8 GB/s of sequential read performance, far above any other 2.5" device on the market.


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The HHHL card, which slips into a standard PCIe slot, will come in capacities of 700GB and 1.4TB. These x8 PCIe Gen2 cards sport 750,000 random read I/OPS and up to 3 GB/s of sequential read throughput. Both versions support 1-4 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) of endurance.


Microns first PCIe offering was the SLC juggernaut P320h. This card serves the high-end market that requires ultimate durability with 10+ DWPD. Micron was also the first to market with the PCIe P320h 2.5" SLC SSD, a front-loadable SSD with hot-swap capabilities.

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SMART Storage Systems and Diablo Technologies enter partnership

Today SMART Storage Systems and Diablo Technologies are announcing a new partnership to the world. This partnership has actually been working feverishly in the background for a year and a half developing a radical new storage technology. Details of the new technology are scarce and reading the press release generates more questions than answers.


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Luckily, we were able to catch up with Smart Storage Systems president John Scaramuzzo and Diablo founder and CEO Richard Badalone for an in-depth interview to shed more light on this new approach.


The high-level takeaway from the announcement is the upcoming release of a new class of storage from this new partnership, vaguely described as Ultra Low Latency (ULL) SSDs. The coming products are the fusion of SMART's Guardian Technology and Diablo's Memory Channel Storage (MCS) technologies. This new class of storage will radically transform enterprise server, virtualization, and cloud environments by taking a new approach to connecting NAND flash to the server.

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Nimbus announces HALO 2013, adds some new features into their award-winning storage OS

Nimbus Data, a pioneer in the all-flash storage market, announced a major upgrade to their product line with the update of their HALO management system. This new program injects Advanced Analytics, Open API, and Mobile Apps into their award winning storage operating system.


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For those not familiar with Nimbus Data, they offer one of the world's most resilient and future-proof all-flash SSD products on the market. Nimbus Data has experienced huge growth over the last few years, with 415% year-over-year growth in 2012, and plans to match that level of growth in 2013. They are also profitable, which is a rare quality in many flash start ups today.


Their Gemini Flash Memory Array is a monster flash array that is available with up to 48 TB of flash storage in a 2U system. This array features over a million IOPS in a 2U rack, and is deployed into a number of uses, primarily focusing on database and virtualized environments. The system offers up plenty of connectivity options, with native FDR Infiniband, 40GBe and 16 GB FC.

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Is PCIe SSD dead? SMART Storage Systems and IBM discuss the topic

Today SMART Storage Systems and IBM discussed the topic of server side flash and the benefits of using drive form factor SSDs in comparison to deploying PCIe SSD solutions in a live webinar titled "Is PCIe SSD Dead?". The webinar is also available for playback at your convenience at the BrightTALK website.


The far-ranging conversation of the benefits of drive form-factor SSDs in wide deployment in the server was certainly eye-opening and worth a view from anyone considering deploying these types of solutions into an enterprise environment. The density, performance and latency of 2.5" and 1.8" form factor SSDs is rapidly increasing in the new generation of SSDs. SAS equipped SSDs in particular are providing latency that is in the range of PCIe solutions.


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These massive performance improvements are beginning to challenge PCIe SSDs in datacenter deployments. One key to the performance of drive form factor SSDs lies in the fact that they are self-contained units. All management of the storage device is handled by the SSD itself and does not impede upon precious host server resources.

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