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VMWorld 2013 - Today, Mellanox Technologies teamed up with Micron to announce a collaborative solution that enables higher storage performance and efficiency for virtualized environments running VMware's ESXi 5.1. Consisting of Mellanox's ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs with iSCSI over RDMA (iSER) and Micron's 1.4TB P420m PCIe SSD cards, this new solution takes advantage of the iSER protocol and allows Micron's flash storage to deliver superior performance.
Mellanox and Micron say that this combo, when ran on a single ESXi 5.1 host, can deliver an aggregate bandwidth of 11GB/s or 527,000 IOPS using only two interconnect cards in a 3U box. The companies evaluated the solution on a Supermicro 6037R-TXRF that supports 10 PCIe Gen3 x8 slots with two Mellanox 40GbE RDMA NICs and 8 Micron 1.4TB P420m PCI SSDs.
"Selecting the right interconnect technologies is vital when selecting Flash-based storage in a virtualized infrastructure. The performance benefits of Flash can easily get trapped behind slow interconnects," said Jared Hulbert, SW Research Manager at Micron. "Mellanox's 40GbE with the iSER protocol gives virtualized applications access to higher bandwidth and excellent 4KB random throughput that only Flash can provide."
"The combined solution of Mellanox's 40GbE NICs with iSER and Micron's P420m PCIe SSD enables higher performance and accelerates storage applications running in virtualized environments," said Yaron Haviv, vice president data center solutions at Mellanox Technologies. "In addition, by consolidating compute and storage traffic over a single-wire infrastructure reduces data center complexity and cost."
This news is quite interesting, especially for someone like myself who has been overclocking PCs since one of my first had a Turbo button on it, and my fondest memories of overclocking was from Intel's Celeron 300A processors.
But, now overclocking is very mainstream, and very easy. Motherboards, GPUs, memory, smartphones and oh-so-much more can be overclocked. Where is the next big overclocking world record going to come from? If Intel has its way, SSDs! Intel is poised to tease new ways to squeeze more performance from your SSDs at its upcoming Intel Developer Forum next month.
But, would it be 'overclocking' at all? I don't think we will, and I think a little reading between the lines needs to be done. But, could Intel soon unleash something that would allow you to squeeze another 5-10% out of your SSD? Even 5-10% on an SSD that is already bench pressing 500MB/sec+ is going to net you some pretty damn good improvements.
Today SanDisk announced that it has completed its acquisition of SMART Storage Systems, a key player in the enterprise solid state drive market. In a press release SanDisk says that SMART Storage Systems will be combined with SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions.
The combined unit will be headed up by John Scaramuzzo, who has been the president of SMART Storage Systems and has worked in the industry for more than 25 years at companies such as Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Scaramuzzo will take on the role of senior vice president and will report directly to Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO of SanDisk.
"I am delighted to welcome the employees of SMART Storage Systems to SanDisk and to build upon our momentum in the enterprise storage market," said Mehrotra. "This acquisition enables SanDisk to address a large market opportunity in enterprise SATA products, and complements our strong enterprise SAS product portfolio. With this combination, SanDisk will have enterprise SSDs qualified with six of the top seven storage OEMs worldwide."
Today, QNAP Security announced the launch of its latest Linux-based VioStor NVR product. The VioStor NVR VS-2100 Pro+ series is a two-bay tower form-factor NVR that is available in four, eight, and 12 channels and is designed with small to medium business and small office/home offices in mind.
The VioStor NVR VS-2100 Pro+ series features dual-core Intel 2.6GHz processors and 4GB of DDR3 memory to ensure high-performance and stable recording while providing smooth playback from multiple megapixel IP cameras. The series is able to accommodate up to 8TB of high-quality videos encoded in H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG, and MxPEG. Full HD 1080p at 180fps video playback is supported thanks to onboard video hardware.
"The global security market presents high demand for HD resolution applications, and QNAP VioStor products are well-positioned for this need," said Amily Fang, product manager of QNAP Security. "The VS-2100 Pro+ series are affordable surveillance solutions for small-scale surveillance deployment scenario such as childcare, elder care, home, parking lot, retail stores, and so on."
Today, Corsair announced their newest addition in their SSD lineup. The new Force LS series of SSDs are powered by the Phison SATA 6Gbps controller, which makes this the first SSD series from Corsair to not be based on an LSI SandForce SF-2200 controller.
Corsair says that the Force LS series provides solid performance at a great value while maintaining reliable and efficient solid state storage for any PC or notebook with a 2.5-inch drive bay. Available in capacities ranging from 60GB to 240GB, each of the new SSDs maintain a 7mm thick footprint, which makes it an ideal solution for a replacement drive in a desktop PC or notebook.
The company says that the drives are able to attain read speeds of 555MB/s. Write speeds are a little lower at 535MB/s. Additionally, the drives are backwards compatible with SATA 1 and SATA 2 for maximum compatibility.
Corsair notes that the Force LS series supports TRIM, garbage collection, SMART functionality, and feature built-in advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms. The 60GB model retails at an MSRP of $69.99 and the 120GB retailing for $109.99. The 240GB SSD will set customers back $199.99.
Today, Thecus announced the release of two new ground-breaking home and small business NAS devices. The two bay N2560 and four bay N560 both feature Intel Atom CE5335 SoC processors that are clocked at 1.6GHz and increased RAM over previous models.
Thecus says that they have improved functionality as well as productivity through the inclusion of the T-OnTheGo remote access feature and the unveiling of its NAS Application Center on the company's website. "To make the world first even better, we looked first at what made our breakthrough possible: the SoC heart of the NAS. With the performance advances taken care of by Intel's latest Atom and 2 GB of RAM in both models, we turned to the user experience," said Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus.
This morning, MyDigitalSSD announced a massive discount on some of their popular mSATA SSD products via Amazon. Our own Chris Ramseyer has talked about SSD prices rising due to NAND flash shortages, so when hot deals come around, we want to share them with you.
Customers are able to pick up a MyDigitalSSD BP4 50MM mSATA SSD in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacites starting at just $34.99, with the most expensive drive at just $159.99, a discount of $20 off the regular price! So head over to link #1 to claim your discounted SSD from MyDigitalSSD today, and hurry as the deal is only good as long as supplies last.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, Pure Storage's Matt Kixmoeller stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk SSD storage with our own Paul Alcorn. Matt is the company's VP of storage, and talks about how Pure Storage is an all flash array company whose goal is to enable an all-flash data center.
Kixmoeller went into detail on how the company uses consumer-grade MLC flash which enables them to keep the all-flash array lower in cost than in most cases, the traditional HDD-based array. This also allows Pure Storage to pack an incredible amount of storage into a space 90-percent smaller than traditional arrays.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday John Scaramuzzo from SMART Storage Systems took a few minutes out of his day to stop by the TweakTown booth to clue us in on ULLtra DIMM SSD technology. He said that the cool thing about memory based storage is the removal of latency from the HBAs.
He elaborated on the benefits of moving the flash storage from the PCIe bus to the DIMM bus and said that the performance scales linearly each time you add another ULLtra DIMM SSD into the system.
He said that every time you add a new DIMM SSD, the performance increases in a highly predictable manner.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - HGST's Director of Marketing Ulrich Hansen stopped by the TweakTown booth this week to talk about solid state storage and their new recent acquisition of VeloBit, a company that develops SSD caching software.
Ulrich said that this addition to the HGST enterprise has allowed them to begin offering a software layer to their SAS SSDs that allows them to offer a more comprehensive solution to their customers.
He went on to say that this new offering would greatly benefit those customers who are developing SSD and HDD integrated solutions within their network. He finished up the interview by talking about their second-generation of SSD products that were introduced back in April of this year.