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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.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - This week Swapna Yasarapu sat down with Paul Alcorn to discuss the SSD market and sTec's newest SSDs at FMS 2013. For those of you who have never heard of sTec, they have traditionally been a major supplier of solid state storage to many OEMs around the world. Recently HSGT has announced its plans to acquire sTec, which is mentioned in the video.
Yasarapu began the interview by talking about how sTec has been working over the last year and a half to expand their presence throughout their channels as well as end users. Paul shows off sTec's new SAS solution, which he says is the smallest SAS SSD he has ever seen.
This new SSD greatly improves the density one is able to fit in smaller form factor servers. A 1.8-inch form factor alongside a thickness of just 5mm makes this truly the next generation of SAS SSD solutions.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Early yesterday, Plextor stopped by our booth to discuss their new enterprise SSD solutions. The Plextor representative said that one of the new enterprise SSDs will be a lower endurance model which will feature consumer grade MLC, which often provides a smaller number of dry writes per module.
A new higher endurance model will also be available that will use a higher grade MLC to provide a much larger number of dry writes per module. He also announced Plextor's entry into the SAS market, one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise storage market.
Finally they wrapped things up by talking about Plextor's foray into the M.2 form factor. The rep said that Plextor is working on both PCIe and SATA M.2 solutions.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, we had the chance to stop by Seagate's booth at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit being held in Santa Clara, California where Seagate's Rafael Gutierrez took a few minutes to detail the company's 600 Series SSDs.
Gutierrez began by elaborating on the 600 series main applications. He said that they first is relative to the replacement of storage media in laptops and notebooks, while the second main application for the 600 series is the use in Data Center where power backup is not a major issue.
Paul mentions that the 600 Pro SSD is extremely power efficient and that it features varying levels of over provisioning and will stand up to heavy levels of write modes.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, our own Paul Alcorn had the opportunity to sit down with Seagate's Rafael Gutierrez, and talk about NGFF, which has officially been named M.2. Gutierrez says that Seagate is very excited about M.2 and the company is looking at expanding it into both SATA and PCIE in the future.
He went on to say that the company is seeing a lot of traction on LAMD and that the company has made a strategic investment in eASIC on their hybrid drives.
Gutierrez said that things are going very well for SSHD and that now that there are other manufacturers offering hybrid drives, the industry is beginning to really adopt the technology.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Seagate's David Burkes took some time yesterday to show off a demo of how SSDs and SSHD can remove the normal HDD bottleneck from notebooks. He went on to detail how the addition of NAND into the storage media greatly improves the performance one can expect from their laptop.
For those who do not know, SSHD technology is where SSD technology meets HDD technology and the two merge to create what is called a hybrid drive.
The HDD's cache is augmented by a small piece of NAND, which greatly increases performance in file intensive applications.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday, our own Paul Alcorn got to sit down with Joel Hagberg, the VP of Marketing at Toshiba. Hagberg started the conversation by cluing us in on the Storage Products Association, a new committee that was formed by Toshiba, HGST, Seagate and Western Digital.
He went on to discuss SSHD drives and how they benefit the consumer storage market. He mentions that the hybrid designs feature advance algorithms that pick and choose what data is loaded on the NAND and what will be streamed from the hard disk.
He wrapped up the interview buy discussing the NGFF form factor that has now been officially named M.2.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Shortly after giving his keynote speech, Marvell's VP of SSD Business, Iri Trashanski, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about how the SSD market is doing, and how fast it has expanded in the last decade. Smerdon went into detail about how Marvell supplies many of the controller chips used in the consumer market SSDs.
He said that they build a superior single controller chip that is designed so well, it is able to be offered in three separate product lines. He says that the "magic" happens in the firmware in which companies such as SanDisk, Plextor and Micron write for their controller chip.
He went on to mention that all of Marvell's upcoming next-gen products will be built on a 28nm process, which will benefit performance, power consumption and form factor.
UPDATE - We are very sorry to Gary Smerdon and Iri Trashanski. The person interviewed is actually Iri Trashanski.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Intel's Alan Frost and James Meyers sat down with our own Paul Alcorn to discuss Intel's S3700 SSD. Alan points out that the S3700 along with the S3500 are the ideal solutions for the enterprise looking for consistent IOPS due to its Intel built controller.
They also talk about SSDs in the data center and say that Intel works hard at showing those clients the value in choosing SSDs over HDDS. Paul mentioned that with the increase in density that comes with SSDs, offers the data center a cooling, capacity, and power advantage.
Meyers also keyed us in on NVME and how it is a game changer in the enterprise storage market.