Steve Johnson, who works in storage architectural strategic planning with LSI's Corporate CTO office, leads us through the use of a new 12Gb/s SAS 40- port expander in development. The use of SAS expanders will help enable flexible and shareable storage volumes within a scaleable SAN-like architecture.
The use of switches to connect all storage in a DAS environment allows for more complex RAID schemes to significantly reduce RAID rebuild times. Utilizing the 12Gb/s MegaRAID controllers in tandem with a new LSI technology, dubbed 'D-RAID', will provide a massive reduction in RAID rebuild times, from a week to within roughly 20 min per volume.
LSI has gained significant traction with their Nytro line of products, becoming one of the world's largest suppliers of PCIe flash cards in a very short time. In fact, they are already shipping into 6 of the top 10 Hyperscale companies. This success has given LSI a deep understanding of the market and the needs of their customers.
One of the fastest growing segments of the flash market are the value-oriented mainstream users. These users aren't in need of solutions with extreme performance specifications or ultimate endurance; they require a solution friendly to the bottom line.
Hyperscale deployments require the most value per dollar, low power usage, scalability and the ability to extract value from their data as quickly as possible. The Nytro XP 6209 and 6210 are designed to meet the needs of the mainstream user. These cards both feature proven LSI SandForce controllers in tandem with the LSI 2308 Falcon SAS I/O controller.
LSI has announced the release of their new 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controllers and their revolutionary new DataBolt expanders at their annual AIS summit. AIS (Accelerating Innovation Summit) is LSI's yearly meeting that plays host to the brightest minds in storage technology.
The needs of the datacenter are constantly expanding, and the move to the 12Gb/s SAS specification is required to keep up with the ongoing flood of data. The ability to use faster interconnects, along with lower latency, helps to allow the acceleration of big data and cloud computing.
In a recent TPC-H test, LSI found they were able to sustain a 60% increase in performance and userload during the test. The speed hike also enabled a big reduction in job completion time and better resource utilization. This is just one of many applications the new 12Gb/s SAS controllers will excel in.
At LSI's annual AIS (Accelerating Innovation Summit) LSI announced the release of the Axxia 4500 family of communications processors for enterprise and datacenter applications. The switch from 40nm Power PC processors to a four-core 28nm ARM Corex A15 brought power efficiency and expanded functionality to bear. The series gains a 20% power advantage from the move to the ARM Cortex A15 architecture, along with a bump from 1.3 to 1.6ghz.
The CoreLink CCN-504 coherent architecture, along with the QoS aware interconnect, allows the addition of the LSI Virtual Pipeline technology for quick reconfiguration of the processors for optimal configuration on a packet-by-packet basis.
Percona is set to launch its latest Percona Server tomorrow morning at 8AM. The new Percona Server 5.6 is based off of MySQL 5.6 and offers all of the improvements featured in MySQL 5.6. Making things even better, Percona Server 5.6 features many of the exciting new features found in the enterprise edition of MySQL 5.6, for free!
Percona has built Percona Server 5.6 off of the MySQL 5.6 community edition and has taken the liberty of creating its own solutions for scalability, availability, backup, and security features that are only found in MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Edition which requires an expensive support contract with Oracle to access.
"Percona Server 5.6 is the best free MySQL variant for demanding applications. It includes many features, which are only available to MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Edition users. We also built upon the traditional strength of Percona Server to provide Percona Server 5.6 users with the best available performance for demanding workloads," said Vadim Tkachenko, Co-founder and CTO for Percona. "The powerful features and high performance of Percona Server 5.6 plus its full drop-in compatibility with MySQL 5.6 Community Edition are all important reasons why Percona Server has been downloaded over 700,000 times since its launch."
In the server market Supermicro is beginning to pick up market share with its new line of server and storage solutions supporting Intel's new Xeon Processor's E5-2600 v2 & 1600 v2 family of CPU's.
"Intel's Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v2 families push performance and efficiency to new levels with greater density and feature integration thanks to Intel's 22nm Tri-gate transistor technology," said Shannon Poulin, vice president and general manager of Intel Datacenter Marketing Group. "Intel works closely with partners such as Supermicro to ensure their latest computing solutions offer increased performance with higher frequency and core counts, lower power consumption and more features such as security and PCI-E acceleration. With Supermicro's rapidly expanding product lines and worldwide presence, our combined technology innovations can get to market quickly and contribute to a greener, more secure computing environment."
"Once again, Supermicro leads the industry with the best and most innovative green computing solutions supporting Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors," said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. "Our architecture advancements in FatTwin, TwinPro² and SAS3 12Gb/s solutions deliver the highest computing performance and energy efficiency with maximized PCI-E, memory and storage I/O bandwidth for unrivaled performance per watt, per dollar, per square foot. Our new server, storage and workstation solutions, combined with full integration and support services worldwide, help organizations minimize TCO and maximize ROI as they scale their business."
Supermicro also announced extreme-density 6U, 112 node MicroBlade systems featuring ultra-low power 8-core Intel Atom™ Processor C2000.
GIGABYTE has long been a leader in the enthusiast motherboard market and now has full support for Intel's Xeon Processor E5-1600 V2 & 2600 V2 Product Families to enter into the server market. Always going above and beyond industry standards these new motherboards come equipped BIOS fine tuning and support for 1866 MHz memory frequency at higher DIMM populations.
Gigabytes new line up cover workstation and server motherboards, GPU/MIC Computing, Network Relaying, High Density Computing and Standard Server Racks.This new line up of server motherboards carries the same level of quality and support that GIGABYTE is well known for.
GIGABYTE has released a very strong lineup of motherboards and systems to take advantage of Intel's new Xeon processors E5-1600 V2 & E5-2600 V2 product families for applications such as high frequency trading, telecommunication networks, mobile data transfers and many more.
With the launch of their latest Adaptec Series 8, PMC delivers >700,000 4K random read RAID I/O/s unleashing the potential of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs. The Series 8 family is spread across five models based on PMC's 12Gb SAS RoC controller in a low profile form factor. Configurations include 16-port adapters that connect twice the drives of competing solutions, providing the flexibility to create hybrid storage arrays with any combination of SSDs and HDDs.
The fourth generation caching solution from Adaptec now includes tiering technology allowing customers to maximize their investment. maxCache Plus with Series 8 offers additional flexibility to configure all storage devices in a server environment, not just devices connected to PMC hardware enabling admins the ability to leverage their storage assets according to their performance capabilities.
"Enterprise datacenters and cloud environments have a need to accelerate application performance while coping with massive data growth cost effectively," said Jeff Janukowicz, research director for solid state storage at IDC. "12Gb SAS architectures and tiering technologies are poised to overcome these challenges and help unlock the potential of SSDs, which is one of the key reasons IDC expects shipments of SAS SSDs to grow at a 75% CAGR from 2012 to 2017."
It isn't often that I find myself still thinking about a display at a trade show a week later, but the marriage of SMART Storage Systems' Guardian Technology and Diablo's Memory Channel Storage (MCS) displayed at Flash Memory Summit 2013 has the potential to be a game changer that can alter the very shape of the datacenter.
We are very familiar with this display of SMART Storage Systems products; we have actually posted product evaluations for all of the SSDs, and are waiting in tense anticipation for the opportunity to test the new UltraDIMM which resides at the top of the SMART product family in this display.
A close-up of the UltraDIMM reveals that the underlying MCS technology allows NAND to be addressed as a storage volume, but with the unique placement of the NAND into the ultra-fast memory slots. Each DIMM has two SMART controllers to manage two banks of NAND, and a Diablo Technologies controller to aggregate the NAND pools and present them to the memory bus as a single device.
Supermicro stopped by during the Flash Memory Summit 2013 with their latest range of motherboards.
Supermicro flaunted their latest enterprise motherboard with 10 PCIe 3.0 slots, and a standard EATX board. They also displayed their new consumer motherboard for enthusiasts.
Supermicro is moving into the client space and bringing intense validation and stress testing to ATX motherboards.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Adrian Proctor, the Vice President of Marketing for Viking Technology, stopped by the booth to talk about their latest product, the Arx-Cis-NV. This non-volatile DDR3 NVDIMM is designed for easy deployment into the server environment, and provides speeds of up to 12GB/s.
We stopped by Viking's booth for a demonstration from Adrian on the ease of deployment with the NVDIMM Solution.
With compatible hardware, available soon from major suppliers, the NVDIMM slips in easily into a standard DIMM slot. Once mated with its capacitor, this provides a safe platform that delivers up to 12GB/s of sustained speed.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Kirill Malkin, the CTO and chief architect of Storage Systems' Application-Crafted Storage, fresh off of winning a big award at Flash Memory Summit, stopped by to brief us on their Unified Hybrid Storage system for SAN and NAS workloads.
Unified Hybrid Storage marries SSDs, RAM, and HDDs into one appliance. This offers tremendous increases in speed at an affordable price point.
Kirill explains how the scaleable architecture allows entry-level customers to deploy the solution to meet the desired level of performance and capacity.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Kevin Conley, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk, stopped by to brief us on their vast portfolio of flash products.
SanDisk was a Platinum sponsor of the Flash Memory Summit and had a very large presence in the presentations and panels, helping to educate and share information with those in attendance.
SanDisk has been instrumental in the development of flash memory and has a wide range of solutions for any application.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Cameron Brett, the Director of Solutions Marketing at QLogic, gives us a brief rundown of the core technology behind the new FabricCache solution.
QLogic's FabricCache combines a fibre channel card and a PCIe SSD to provide flash acceleration for SAN's over existing fibre channel infrastructure.
FabricCache utilizes a distributed model, allowing their caching solutions to communicate with each other over the network, therefore sharing their cache in a cohesive manner.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - PNY's Bernadette Brijall explains the use for the new StorEDGE products available for Mac users. PNY has been around since 1985, and has over 25 years' experience serving consumers, OEM's and B2B customers.
The PNY products are made in the USA and come in capacities of 64GB and 128GB of capacity.
The new StorEDGE products address a lack of storage, and provide an easy upgrade path for Mac users.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Derek Dicker, the Vice President of marketing at PMC-Sierra, stopped by to discuss their latest products and their Flash Memory Summit debut. One of the most surprising aspects of PMC's debut at FMS was the introduction of a new SAS SSD controller, which Derek explains in detail during the interview.
PMC-Sierra is moving quickly with the recent acquisition of IDT. IDT drove the adoption of NVMe and has working silicon readily available for PMC, speeding the time to market for PMC.
The addition of their own SAS SSD controller to the existing RAID, HBA and expander product lines provides them a cohesive portfolio built around SAS products.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Larry Chisvin, the VP of strategic Initiatives at PLX Technolgy, stopped by the TweakTown booth to discuss the latest developments from their company.
PLX enjoys 65-70% market share of PCIe express switches, providing them with a leadership position in the market.
Much of the new advancements around PCIe involve the move to utilizing PCI Express-based SSDs. This will allow for deployment of PCIe SSD's as a backplane fabric to allow a number of enhanced features.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Michael Wu from Phison Electronics discusses their new SSD controllers designed for both TLC and MLC NAND. Michael also announced that they would also offer a PCIe controller for M.2, mSATA and PCIe SSDs.
Michael announced that the S10 will be released later this year, hot on the heels of the S9 series that Chris Ramseyer is currently testing.
Chris will have the review of the S9 from MyDigitalSSD up shortly, so keep an eye on TweakTown for the review.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Paul Goodwin stopped by the booth to display Mushkin's latest products. Mushkin's newest USB drive features a full-fledged LSI SandForce controller to deliver screaming speeds usually reserved for SSDs.
The addition of the PCIe Scorpion provides Mushkin with a high-performance SSD in a small form factor for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Near the end of the video, Chris attempts to get some juicy info on the newest LSI SandForce 3000 processor. You will have to watch the video to see the reply!
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Motti Beck, the Director of Enterprise Market Development at Mellanox Technologies Inc stopped by the booth to discuss the latest advancements in network technology. Advancements are needed to provide a high level of performance in flash-driven environments, and Mellanox has developed a range of products to address performance challenges.
Motti explained that both Infiniband and Ethernet have a place in the datacenter, spurring Mellanox to develop networking products that address both interfaces.
The ability to support both Infiniband and Ethernet over the same fabric provides a "one-wire" solution to address multiple needs, simplifying wiring and deployment.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - IP-Maker's Jerome Gaysse stopped by the booth to discuss their solutions for NVMe flash drives.
IP-Maker provides IP for storage applications, with a full set of IPs, low-level software, development environments, training and support and design services.
IP-Maker already has several customers in the bay area, continuing their expansion into the NVMe space.