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Diablo and SanDisk received Storage Visions 2014 Visionary Product Award, in the Enabling Professional Storage Technology category, for the ULLtraDIMM. The ULLtraDIMM adds NAND onto a DIMM-type module, leveraging Diablo IP for translation and SanDisk's Guardian Technology for NAND management.
The Diablo MCS (Memory Channel System) technology creates the pathway that allows NAND to be used as either in-memory compute space or block-level storage. This allows for two different usage models that present unprecedented speed and density from flash storage. We were lucky enough to speak with the CEO and co-founder of Diablo, Riccardo Badalone, at this year's Storage Visions conference.
LSI and Oracle announced today the inclusion of LSI Nytro flash acceleration cards into the next-generation Database Machine, the Oracle Exadata X4. The new DLC feature (Dynamic Logical Capacity) leverages the inherent caching abilities of the underlying LSI SandForce processors utilized on the Nytro PCIe SSDs.
SandForce controllers compress data, and DLC allows the drive to allocate the unused capacity back to the user. This means the drive can essentially store more data than it's physically available capacity.
We were lucky enough to catch Kent Smith of LSI SandForce giving a speech on just how this technology works during the LSI AIS 2013 event. For typical 2.5" SSDs it is referred to as DuraWrite Virtual Capacity, or DVC. We have confirmed with LSI that this is the same technology at use in the Nytro series of application accelerators.
CES 2014 - QNAP had a special treat in its suite this year for CES, a new large, unannounced SMB model. The new QNAP TS-EC2480U-RP is a 4u rackmount solution with a very powerful feature list.
Starting off, this is QNAP's largest NAS to date with twenty-four 3.5" HDD trays. The system is arranged in four rows of six drive bays. The fun doesn't stop there though.
The NAS uses an Intel Xeon E3-1345 v4 processor running at 3.4GHz and 8GB of DDR3 ECC DRAM that's expandable to 32 GB. Four gigabit ports come standard from the factory but dual PCIe slots bring 10GbE into the picture.
We already mentioned the 24 HDD bays but inside, the system has two mSATA slots for mSATA SSD cache. The stated performance is 4000MB/s throughput with over 500K IOPS. The system currently runs QNAP's SMB 4.1 software.
Storage Visions 2014 - Samsung's Michael Abary, the Senior Vice President of IT Product Marketing, stopped by the booth at Storage Visions to discuss the future of SSDs and Samsung's contributions to the market.
Michael gives us a great high-level explanation of the future of NAND and the evolving ecosystem, including Samsung's deployment of TLC and 3D V-NAND.
Storage Visions 2014 - Riccardo Badalone, the CEO and Co-founder of Diablo, explains their Memory Channel Storage product. The Memory Channel Storage architecture, along with the collaboration with SanDisk, is creating one of the most exciting and disruptive storage technologies to come along since SSD's. The breakout SanDisk UltraDIMM will lead the wave of these new devices with NAND placed directly on the memory bus.
This radical departure from the typical memory architecture will enable a whole new breed of datacenter servers, and with widespread industry support can help to maximize performance and density.
Storage Visions 2014 - Paul Evans from the Daystrom Technology Group stopped by the booth to discuss their collaboration with MESS.
Daystrom integrates dynamic storage systems, but also sponsors meet-up groups, such as MESS, to help further the software-defined system ecosystem.
Storage Visions 2014 - Tarun Loomba, the Vice President of Marketing for Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk, stops by the booth to discuss SanDisk's success in the SSD market over the last year.
Tarun also discusses SanDisks future and their path forward. I also have to apologize, in the video I incorrectly recalled that SanDisk's Shanghai facility punches out over 1 million flash products per day. After double checking, it is actually over 2 million devices per day from their Shanghai facilities. Tarun also mentioned the whitepaper which can be found at this link.
Storage Visions 2014 - Randy Martineau provided us with insight into Oracles latest archival programs, and also does a bit of explaining the state of tape in the datacenter. Tape has been used since the early days of computing, and is alive and kicking over a half century later.
Unbeknownst to many, tape density is actually progressing faster than today's cutting edge hard disk drives. Randy really does a great job of giving a fascinating and thorough explanation of the technology in layman's terms.
Storage Visions 2014 - Everspin continues their lead in the ST-MRAM market with a total of 32million total units already successfully deployed.
Phillip LoPresti, the President and CEO of Everspin, stopped by the booth to give us an update on their progress, and also speaks about the future of the MRAM market.
Storage Visions 2014 - Tasia Smith explains the benefits of the Axel media management software.
Axel software allows for media management from a centralized server, and is OS agnostic for remote clients.