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Howard Marks discusses hyperconvergance challenges at Storage Visions

Storage Visions 2015 -Howard Marks, a longtime contributor to Network Computing and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage.net, discusses the challenges facing the deployment of hyperconverged systems. Hyperconvergance has generated massive interest as datacenter operates look to deploy the most refined solutions to manage storage and compute in a holistic manner.

 

 

Hyperconverged solutions are still evolving, and while they offer tremendous value, there are pitfalls for the uninformed. Howard breaks down some of those challenges and discusses competing platforms.

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Hitachi Data Systems discusses their innovative storage products

Storage Visions 2015 -Jay Yogeshwar from Hitachi Data Systems discusses their integrated storage systems that can address both local and cloud storage. The Hitachi Content Platform provides a complete solution for merged data storage subsystems.

 

 

For media professionals there are many benefits to moving to cloud storage platforms. This enables collaborative workflows, especially when users are at different locations. The system leverages object storage to allow storage of hundreds of billions of objects.

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SanDisk discusses the STAR SSD upgrade program

Storage Visions 2015 -Cliff Sun from SanDisk stopped

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by the TweakTown booth to discuss their STAR(SanDisk Tech Assisted Refresh) program. The STAR program allows new customers to deliver first-rate endpoint upgrades for business customers. SanDisk provides on-premise inventory analysis of the devices that require transition from HDDs to SSDs.

 

 

SanDisk works closely with the IT team to ensure that upgrades are successfully migrated in a safe and secure manner. The IT department schedules the machines for pickup, and SanDisk performs the actual data migration and hardware installation to ensure a worry-free transition to a faster, more reliable, and lower cost SSD solution.

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UNH-IOL discusses their participation in the OpenFabrics Alliance

Storage Visions 2015 -Bob Noseworthy with the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) briefs us on the latest developments in the OpenFabrics Alliance. The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) develops, tests, licenses, supports and distributes OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution open source software for high-performance networking applications that demand low latency and high scalability.

 

 

UNH-IOL provides validation and verification of interoperability requirements for the OpenFabrics Alliance, along with other interfaces, such as NVMe.

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Diablo discusses the evolving MCS platform that powers the ULLtraDIMM

Storage Visions 2015 -One of the most innovative products to ever hit our lab came in the form of the SanDisk ULLtraDIMM (product evaluation here). The ULLtraDIMM places flash on the memory bus to realize incredible performance gains and the lowest latency possible.

 

 

Part of the magic behind the ULLtraDIMM resides in the MCS (Memory Channel Storage) Platform that translates and negotiates the data transfer between the flash and the memory bus. Diablo Technologies partners with SanDisk to provide the ULLtraDIMM, and their MCS platform powers the device. Jerome McFarland from Diablo Technologies briefs us on the continuing refinement of the MCS Platform.

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SanDisk discusses the SSD products powering the datacenter

Storage Visions 2015 -Brian Cox from SanDisk stopped by the TweakTown booth at Storage Visions 2015 to discuss SanDisk's wide variety of datacenter products.

 

 

Brian also provided us with a glimpse inside the 4TB Optimus Max. Continuing SSD density increases are seriously challenging the HDD segment, particularly in the performance segment. SanDisk has 8TB models slated for release this year, and future capacity increases are on the horizon.

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Jim Handy discusses the challenges facing cloud storage

Storage Visions 2015 - Jim Handy, the founder of the Objective analysis consulting firm, fills us in on the challenges facing current cloud storage services. Objective Analysis offers third-party independent market research and data for the semiconductor industry and investors in the semiconductor industry.

 

 

 

Connectivity issues, performance challenges, and data security are all problems that cloud storage providers are working to resolve. Jim explains why cloud storage services do not currently meet the criteria to replace internal storage devices.

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Robin Harris from Storage Mojo discusses the future of the datacenter

Storage Visions 2015 - Robin Harris, an analyst who contributes at ZDNet and operates Storage Mojo, stopped by the TweakTown booth at Storage Visions to discuss the future of the datacenter.

 

 

New disruptive technologies are emerging that are altering the future of the datacenter, and Robin walks us through some of the leading trends.

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Mangstor reveals the 2.7TB MX6000, the world's fastest NVMe PCIe SSD

Mangstor has a blazing fast enterprise PCIe SSD hiding in plain sight. The MX6000 comes in both HHHL and FHHL form factors, and features 2TB and 2.7TB of eMLC NAND, respectively. With 1 million random read IOPS and 600,000 random write IOPS the MX6000 lays claim to the title of the fastest PCIe SSD in the world. Thee MX6000 also provides protection from host power loss with a unique solution.

 

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Typical SSDs have a volatile DRAM cache, which requires power-fail circuitry and capacitors to protect the cache. The MX6000 utilizes a next-generation 64MB MRAM cache from Everspin, which provides built-in write persistence for all data, simplifying design and firmware. The MX6000 boasts a beast of an FPGA with 100 cores running at 500MHz to manage the flash. The card utilizes eMLC to provide a robust 8-10 DWPD threshold that will satisfy the most demanding workloads.

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SATA-IO displays 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 at Storage Visions 2015

Storage Visions 2015 - At the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions an HGST Ultrastar He8 HDD is on display. The new high capacity drives from HGST are utilizing helium, with their HelioSeal technology, to reduce air resistance and vibration. This allows them to cram more platters into the standard 3.5" form factor. The He8 features the same 7stac architecture as its predecessor, the Ultrastar He6 (review here). This architecture utilizes 7 platters and 14 heads.

 

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The net benefit is 33% more capacity with a decrease of 23% for idle power consumption. The He8 also offers 44% better Watts per TB. The drives also feature Instant Secure Erase for security and Rebuild Assist to speed RAID recovery tasks.

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